Book Review: An Author’s Odyssey (The Land of Stories #5)

Book Title: The Land of Stories (An Author’s Odyssey)land

Book Author: Chris Colfer

Source: Bought at a Barnes and Noble

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

For my review of book 1, go here: The Land of Stories (The Wishing Spell)

For my review of book 2, go here: The Land of Stories (The Enchantress Returns)

For my review of book 3, go here: Book Review: The Land of Stories (A Grimm Warning)

For my review of book 4, go here:  The Land of Stories (Beyond the Kingdoms)

Please don’t read this review if you haven’t read the first four books. There are some spoilers.

This book is a continuation of book 4.

Lots of things happened in this one and lots of adventure for Connor and Alex…mostly Connor. He certainly has a wild imagination. This time, they travel into Connor’s stories. What I really liked about them is that the mistakes in his writing proved to be funny, such as a Rosary Chicken. That’s a lesson for writers everywhere – spelling matters.

There’s a scene with the Masked Man and Bree’s story. That was also an awesome thing because it’s realistic- for a teacher to give a wrong story back to a student by accident. Things happen. That was really well written on Chris’s part. .

Stay tuned for my last review of the series. Already started reading 6th book and it’s also the last the series. That one, I got signed by Chris Colfer. ^_^

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Recommend to middle grade kids and adults who love fairy tales.

Book Review: Dead Wrong (Blackmore Sisters Mystery Book 1)

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Book Author:  Leighann Dobbs

Source: Bought for $0

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

 

Okay, so I got this book in April and tried to start it maybe 10 times but couldn’t get passed the first chapter. I kept getting stuck on the same paragraph and frankly speaking found the first pages to be boring. However, I didn’t give up and finally was able to read it all the way through in October!

So this lady gets killed and the sheriff decides to blame one of the Blackmoore sisters. Good thing that the police force has a new cop who smells something fishy and helps out the Blackmoore sisters. It’s a great read (once you get passed the first pages) and the characters are awesome, especially the cat! That cat literally saves the Blackmoore sisters on multiple occasions. I’m not going to say how so read it yourself. ^_^

 

I recommend to young adults who like cozy mysteries, awesome cats and are cat people, romance, and attics.

Book Review: Curiosity and Arawn’s Penance (Gabrielle Book 4)

Book Title: Curiosity and Arawn’s Penance (Gabrielle Book 4)

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Book Author:  Zachary Chopchinski

Source: K.U.

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

Spoiler Alerts

The adventure continues. Gabrielle has now lived for centuries as others and is finally ready to go after Arawn with a team of excellent killers during the age of Adolf Hitler. What fun!

What I liked –

Gabrielle is wiser and had trained her next body since childhood for a fight so she would be prepared. She gets to travel with a band of 4 people (herself included) who are on a mission to kill Adolf Hitler and boy what a ride that was. Here’s where it got interesting. At about maybe 70% of the book, she thinks that she’s done with the mission and is wondering of what will happen to her. I was wondering as well because she was really on about destroying Arawn. But, the author did it. He added more twists into the last 30% of the book, including a preview into his next series. It made me question a lot of what she went through. Oh, and I liked the part where she saw the souls that she saved over her journey…I almost cried cause it was an emotional scene. Well done Zachary !!!

I actually didn’t catch any typos this time!

Nice choice of time in history.

I recommend to young adults who like paranormal fantasy, adventure, strong characters, and the past.

Book Review: Ghoul of My Dreams: A Psychic Cozy Mystery (Larue Donavan Psychic Cozy Mystery Series Book 4)

Book Title:  Ghoul of My Dreams: A Psychic Cozy Mystery (Larue Donavan Psychic Cozy Mystery Series Book 4)

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Book Author:  Rose Pressey

Source: K.U.

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

Okay, so in place of Abe and Mae West, and Elvis… we get Marilyn Monroe.  I believe that Miss Pressey did a good job bringing out the sex symbol in her story line. 😉

Things get much darker and another psychic becomes of importance. With the shadow people out to get her, she needs to figure out the psychic, the girl who’s interested in witchcraft and how to keep a relationship with the sexy coffee shop owner, oh and friendship with her bestie.

Though, I give this book 5 dragon paws or stars… there is one thing that I’m disappointed with…I mean seriously who leaves off a story like that? With- the end? There needs to be one more book in the series…especially after what happened during the investigation with the other psychic! So, Miss Pressey, I request another book…please?! ^_^ Thank you in advance.

This is a darker reading for anyone who likes to read about romance, ghosts, and creepy homes. I highly recommend. A good continuation to book 3.

Book Review: The Ghoul Next Door: A Psychic Cozy Mystery (Larue Donavan Book 3)

Book Title: The Ghoul Next Door ghousl3

Book Author:  Rose Pressey

Source: K.U.

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

Okay, so in place of Abe and Mae West, we get Elvis. It was hilarious reading the part where Larue sees Elvis for the first time. I was giggling!

Though with Elvis around, we also get a case where a TV crew is involved. That’s not all, it suddenly got dark…the story. Things are a little different in this one, we get bad spirits, case of an ex-girlfriend, and exorcism. This story is more action packed and more interesting… mainly due to so many things going on. ^_^

Good luck to Larue with everything!

This is a darker reading for anyone who likes to read about romance, ghosts, and mediums. I highly recommend. A good continuation to book 2 and it starts off right where book 2 ended. ^_^

Book Review: Ghouls Night Out: A Psychic Cozy Mystery (Larue Donavan Book 2)

Book Title: Ghouls Night Out  ghouls2

Book Author:  Rose Pressey

Source: K.U.

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

Okay, so Abe moved on and Mae West takes his place. Larue is one lucky gal to get all the attention from famous ghosts.

It gets more serious for Larue in this one. Not only is she still not lucky in love (again someone is after Callahan), but also there’s a new guy in town. With her past experience from her last case and learning that witchcraft exists, Larue, is confused, angry, and determined to yet again fight for the man that she’s interested in. It doesn’t help that her best friend, Mindy, suddenly hates her. Larue is in for another big ride!

Larue is getting better at solving the complex life that she lives, but still is a little slow to realizing who is behind the mischief.

Oh, and of course, she gets two other ghosts who have opinions on everything, including a young man who is in love with Larue. I loved his (Anthony’s) character, he added entertainment to the read.  Also, having a recently departed ghost helped for Larue because she had to handle less stress. I mean ghosts are stressful…the way that they don’t leave her alone that is. 😉

This is a light reading for anyone who likes to read about romance, ghosts, and mediums. I highly recommend. A good continuation to book 1 and it starts off right where book 1 ended. ^_^

Book Review: Me and My Ghoulfriends: A Psychic Cozy Mystery (Larue Donavan Book 1)

Book Title: Me and My Ghoulfriends ghoul1

Book Author:  Rose Pressey

Source: K.U.

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

 

This was a funny read. I really liked how Miss Pressey depicted Abe Lincoln. That was actually why I chose to read it…after I read the part where the president gives dating advice to a medium.

One minus of the story line is that the main character, Larue Donavan, was a little slow to solve the mystery of what was happening to her love interest, Callahan. Though, after one finishes this novel, one may get why she was so slow at it, but her best friend, Mindy, was faster than the medium.

What’s different about this ghost story, you ask?

Well for starters, you get to spend time with Abe Lincoln. Two, you get to spend time with Larue, who knows a lot about being a medium and ghosts and never ever thought about any other type of paranormal activity. Another thing was that after each mission, she would take the ghosts with her…as long as she had room in her car for them that is.

This is a light reading for anyone who likes to read about romance, ghosts, and mediums. I highly recommend.

 

Book Review: Curiosity and The Sentient’s Oblation (Gabrielle Book 3)

Book Title: Curiosity and The Sentient’s Oblation (Gabrielle Book 3)

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Book Author:  Zachary Chopchinski

Source: K.U.

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

Spoiler Alerts

The adventure continues. Gabrielle now questions her decisions. She didn’t think that there would be consequences that would touch too close to home.

What I liked –

Gabrielle is older once again. She gets to talk about her journey with Morrigan since the rules had changed. She’s also less held together and acts more like the child that she is. She lets two humans know about the gods and they get swarmed by evil creatures. She also gets to kill a man…not a monster like she got skilled at killing them. It was bound to happen. This story is more dark. So get ready for blood….and gruesome scenes.

Less typos than the previous book!

Nice choice of time in history.

I recommend to young adults who like paranormal fantasy, adventure, confused characters, and the past.

Book Review: Curiosity and The Hounds of Arawn (Gabrielle Book 2)

Book Title: Curiosity and The Hounds of Arawn (Gabrielle Book 2) gabriele2

Book Author:  Zachary Chopchinski

Source: K.U.

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

Spoiler Alerts

The adventure continues. Gabrielle chose to stay on the adventure and leaving her life with her mother behind. I don’t know if I would be able to do if I were in her place. Would I be able to leave my family to save souls? It makes me questions the decisions that are put before us and if we make the right choices.

 

What I liked –

I liked that Gabrielle was in an older girl’s body for this one. Since, Gabrielle chose to help Alexandra, it’s only natural for her to grow up along the way, though we were reminded at times that she was still a 13 year old young girl. Again, compliments to the author. Well Done!

Also, it was nice that Gabrielle was able to catch herself and not talk about her mission. It must have been really hard!

However, there were a couple of typos that made it confusing to read in one part of the novel.

I wonder how Zachary chose the people in history for this one? Intentional or spontaneous? ^_^

I recommend to young adults who like paranormal fantasy, adventure, and scary red eyes.

Book Review: The Curious Tale of Gabrielle: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Book Title: The Curious Tale of Gabrielle: YA Paranormal Fantasy gabriel1

Book Author:  Zachary Chopchinski

Source: K.U.

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

 

This is some great writing. At first, I wasn’t sure what to think. It was a bit confusing, the change, but the ending of the book brought things to light.

Gabrielle is a great character. She’s young and gets to see her own innocence wither away with her adventure. At first, I thought that the books fell under the middle grade genre but as those clicks kept increasing, I decided that it’s more for young adults though Gabrielle is only 13. I guess, I didn’t read the YA Paranormal Fantasy part of the title. 😉 I chose to read it because a lot of my fellow bloggers read and the cover looked interesting. 

What I liked –

I liked the emotions that Gabrielle felt. Zachary did a good job with it. He also introduced the characters in in interesting ways. Also, what’s impressive is that Zachary wasn’t scared to hurt his characters. Some authors are afraid of having their characters go through pain and hurt the smaller roles. Well done!

I recommend to young adults who like paranormal fantasy, adventure, and magical objects.