This is a wonderful book from author Cathy Pegau, and the first in a new series. This book follows Charlotte Brody, as she sets out to visit Alaska, the “Last Frontier.” For the time, it was frowned upon for a young single woman to travel alone, let alone all the way to Alaska. At least Charlotte has her brother.
Charlotte hasn’t been in town for long when a murder quickly grabs her attention. It’s with this murder, Charlotte realizes how rough things are in the frontiers of Alaska. Locals don’t seem to think it worthy to investigate murder since it was a prostitute who died. The investigative reoporter in Charlotte won’t let things rest. While investigating, she finds more than she bargained for.
I enjoyed this story and the characters. I particularly enjoyed the setting, I thought the author did a great job of describing life in Alaska during the early 1920’s. I found the murderer to a bit obvious, but I enjoyed the journey to the big reveal. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this manuscript from Kensigton Publishing, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is a story told through visual images by artist Daria Song. The story follows the nighttime journey of a fariy through a magical world.
The artist intended this to be interactive, enabling the reader to color the images on the page. The drawings are beautiful and magical!
This link will take you to samples of the drawings in the book:
The Time Garden Chapter One
The artist also has a prequel to this book available titled The Time Garden, I’m anxious to get this book as well. I enjoy the drawings and being able to color them in myself. A relaxing way to spend the evening.
More Info and Artist Bio
I received a complementary copy of this book from blogging for books in exchange for an honest review.
This is a fun, quirky, often mysterious book intended for middle graders. The story will quickly draws in the readers attention and will have them wanting to continue reading. I know I sure did!
Warren the 13th, is a young boy who is set to inherit the Warren the hotel when he turns 18. Unfortunately, Warren’s uncle Rupert, has quickly run the hotel into the ground due to his laziness. Warren learned from his father a hard work ethic and does his best to maintain what he can.
When a mysterious guest arrives one day, this leads to more and more unexpected events. There is a rumor of an “All Seeing Eye” being hidden somewhere within the hotel or grounds. There is so much speculation as to what this “All Seeing Eye” is, no has a clue. Warren is determined to find this before someone else does. With the help of some unlikely people, Warren sets out to find the All Seeing Eye before someone else does.
This book is filled with rich, vibrant characters that bring the story to life. There are wonderful illustrations to help give a sense of what the characters are seeing and feeling. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I’m looking forward to reading the next in series.
I was provided a copy of this manuscript from Quirk Books, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I liked this book! It quickly grabbed my attention and kept me reading until I finished the book. This is about one woman’s quest to determine what is and isn’t real in a world heavily based in virtual reality.
Earth is unrecognizable in the year 2086, it’s a barren wasteland. There is life before and after, “The Extinction”. Bees no longer exist. Corporations such as Hexagon, rule the world. Hexagon has created a virtual world called Nirvana, a virtual world people can escape in – that is if they can afford it.
Larissa works for Hexagon as a an operator of Nirvana, along with her fiance Andrew, who is a programmer. Andrew is worried about something and suddenly disappears. Larissa is distraught over his death, in an attempt to feel connected to Andrew she visits Nirvana. Andrew comes to her and asks for her help to expose a secret about Hexagon. Hexagon stops at nothing to try to keep the secret hidden. In a virtual world where nothing is as it seems, Larissa must figure out who and what she can trust.
This is a thought provoking story that will quickly grab your attention and keep you reading. This will have you questioning the advantages/disadvantages, as well as the benefits of virtual reality. There is a lot of action that keeps the story moving along at a fast pace. I enjoyed the characters. I found I was questioning whether or not certain characters were trustworthy or not, right along with Larissa. There are plenty of twists and turns that keep things interesting.
There is something for everyone in this story, science fiction, fantansy, romance and suspense. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this three-part series.
(This is an updated review for a book that has been heavily revised.)
I received and advanced reader’s copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.