Saturday, August 18, 2018

09 Oct 2018
Charlesbridge Teen
This 2nd book in the Select series offers more than the first book. If you’ve read my review for Select, you know what I mean.

Julia went her separate way the night her family disappeared, while keeping her boyfriend John’s abilities from out of her family’s radar, and dogging the FBI, who believes Julie can lead them to Novak.

Aside from the tension between them, Julia and John decided to go their separate ways for John’s safety and health. She and Angus reunited to hunt down her birth mother in California. Along the way, she learned some new details about herself, their race, and, how may be, they are not the only race evolving.

For all YA fans out there, all the trending YA elements are still present in this installment. But I’m happier that Ms. Weisenberg pursued the "Chachapuris perspective" more now. Also, all the major characters are back. I’m sorry that Julia and John’s relationship was not romanticized more, as expected by most YA readers. Although, I really don’t think that’s what the author is really gunning for this series. So, we all should hang tight and see how these all fuses together.

Book detail:
Title:  Select Few
Author:  Marit Weisenberg
Publication:  October 9, 2018 by Charlesbridge Teen
Genre:  YA Fiction
Rating:  ★★★

*Thanks to Charlesbridge and Netgalley for the galley in exchange for this unbiased review.

Book Review | SELECT FEW by Marit Weisenberg

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

About the book:

Samantha is dreading her return home. Throughout her life, she had a rocky relationship with her mother – and now her mother is all she has left.

Through a nostalgic look back, Samantha recognizes the presence of God in an ordinary life.  She learns more about herself as a wife and mother who has had her share of sorrow and blessings.

As her faith increases, she is able to see her mother through new eyes, leading to reconciliation … and is reminded of that every time she sees Heaven Shining Through.

About the author:

Joe Siccardi has been an editorial writer, editor and publisher for 52 years and posts a blog at As he states, "I'm the ordinary Joe walking along this journey called life and sharing it with you!" He is the proud father of five children, 18 grandchildren, two great-granddaughters and another great-grandchild expected in August. He currently lives in Dover-Foxcroft, after life experiences in Paterson, Totowa, Ogdensburg and Newton, NJ; Belvidere, IL;  Toledo, OH;  Washington, DC; Laurel, MD; and Seneca Falls and Willard (Romulus), NY.

Wednesday Spotlight | Heaven Shining Through by Joe Siccardi

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

About the Book:

Kristian Anders, a dirt-poor farmer, lives in a land where evil forces take the form of men. The sins of his past weigh heavily on his mind. When a stranger directs him to take a new path, Kristian begins the journey of a lifetime towards a distant King who is rumored to solve all problems. But then a ruthless soldier is dispatched by the ruler of the dark land to capture or kill Kristian. Everything leads to one final fight, where Kristian must defeat the demons of his past or die.

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About the Author:

Peter Wisan is a language collector, adventurer, screenwriter, and film director. He is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps Individual Ready Reserve. His greatest literary influences are C.S. Lewis, Ray Bradbury, and O. Henry.

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Wednesday Spotlight | Kristian's War by Peter Wisan

Monday, April 2, 2018

Hilda is FED-UP with being a cow. Spending all day doing not much but moo. There has to be something more she can do. 

So she decides to be a sheep...
... then a pig
... and even a chicken.

Is the grass any greener on the other side?

Join Hilda, the fed-up cow, on her voyage of self-discovery in this daft but timeless story, written in rhyme.

This is a wonderful read. Parents and kids will have a great time reading this rhymed-story aloud together. The illustrations, by Maria Todoric, are lively and captivating, they can definitely stimulate every kid’s imagination.

Following Hilda’s exploits toward self-discovery was indeed fun. Through this engaging storyline and illustrations, the themes of identity and contentment were expounded superbly that is very consumable for small children. It is really important to let children know that while it's fun to explore, it is most vital to be proud of who they are, first and foremost.

I absolutely believe that THE FED-UP COW is an ideal read for the whole family. I highly recommend it.

Book details:
Title:  The Fed-up Cow
Author:  Peta Lemon
Illustrator:  Maria Todoric
Publication: January 30th 2018 by Quirky Picture Press
Genre: Children's Books
Rating: ★★★★★

*Review copy was provided by the author in exchange for this unbiased review.

Book Review | THE FED-UP COW by Peta Lemon

Monday, March 26, 2018

With Guest Book Reviewer Ycel Dimayuga

ENDER'S GAME is set in the future where people are only authorized to have two children, much like in the Shadow Children series. However, the Wiggins were allowed a third child (Andrew, calling himself Ender) by the Interplanetary Fleet (IF) as part of an Earth program to produce brilliant officers to fight an alien race that has invaded the solar system. The older Wiggin children, though highly intelligent, did not make it to the program but Ender did. He was only six when he was taken from his family and sent by the IF to the Battle School, situated in Earth's orbit. Here Ender was rigorously trained and pushed to his limits, and excelled in a competitive squad-based war simulation in zero gravity. He became well-respected by his peers but was plagued with guilt and nightmares because of the terrible cost he paid to earn their respect. Soon Ender hated himself because he thought he was becoming like his brother Peter who liked hurting people.

Scott Card tackles a number of serious issues in writing this novel. He gives us a six-year old protagonist who also figures in some of the most disturbing scenes in the story. But I think the author wants to point out that children are no different from adults, that they have valid thoughts and emotion and should be treated with dignity and respect. Children are oftentimes not taken seriously, and I remember fairly well that children growing up in my generation were not allowed to participate in grown up discussions. I see my son’s frustration as I listen half-heartedly when he is trying to communicate with me, forgetting that this is how our humanity first establishes itself, by reaching out to tell others what we want, struggling to be understood. Valentine was right when she said, "Peter, you're twelve years old. I'm ten. They have a word for people our age. They call us children and they treat us like mice.” How frustrating indeed. Even the long drawn-out war with the aliens was a case of serious miscommunication. And yes, they paid dearly for that.

This book is not purely sci-fi but it is also largely about military strategy. I thoroughly enjoyed the war games in null gravity. Several characters played mind games and manipulated other characters (Graff, Rackham, Valentine and Peter). But the tour de force is in the last game. You’ll always remember Ender for his famous words: the enemy's gate is down.

About Ycel:

Ycel is a devoted wife and mother of three, lover of books and coffee, and dubbed herself as Perspicacious Loris. She is, indeed, very perceptive, but, I'm sure, she does not hang herself upside-down. Or, does she?

TFG:  What is your favorite genre?
Ycel:  I like historical fiction because it forces me to find out what actually happened so I can separate fact from fiction. Though I don't do this all the time. Sometimes I just enjoy getting lost in another time and place.

TFG:  How would you define yourself as a reader?
Ycel:  Moody, so I don't have a set reading list. I will read whatever catches my fancy.

TFG:  Thank you very much, Ycel, for guesting. I hope this is not the last.

Say It With A Book #12 | ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

About the Book:

Three years in the making, Vices and Virtues was a passion project by Ashley Franz Holzmann. The goal was to write a themed anthology with original content.

Every story in this anthology is an exclusive publication, and each story is based on either a vice or a virtue from the history of humanity—some are based off of the Roman virtues, while other are rooted in Christianity, and some take their inspiration from Hinduism.

Since beginning this project, many of the writers have begun to find their own successes. C.K. Walker has now become a writer for an upcoming Netflix show. And Christopher Bloodworth has become a full-time writer and recently launched an interactive podcast titled Rover Red.

Three of the authors: Ashley Franz Holzmann, Kristopher J. Patten, and Rafael Marmol have launched their own publishing company called -30- Press, LLC

Get your copy here.

About the Author:

Ashley Franz Holzmann was born in Okinawa, Japan and raised in a variety of countries while his parents served in the Air Force. He considered attending art school, but is instead a graduate of West Point, where he enjoyed intramural grappling and studying systems engineering and military history. He majored in sociology and is currently a captain in the Army. Ashley speaks Korean, enjoys backpacking, and is the cook in his family. He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, two sons, daughter, and their two dogs.

For more information on Vices and Virtues visit the As For Class website:

Wednesday Spotlight | Vices and Virtues: A Horror Anthology by Ashley Franz Holzmann

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

About the Book:

Three inmates break out of a maximum-security prison in Texas, one of them Danny Marsh, a suburban kid in his twenties who landed in jail because of a crime he never intended to commit. An American Cage  follows Danny and his two escape partners over a twenty-four-hour period as they struggle to cross Texas to freedom in Mexico. On this dangerous journey, Danny has to evade the rabid Texas authorities, and even worse, the schemes of one of his closest allies, who isn't who he seems.

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About the Author:

Ted Galdi entered the world of novel writing in 2014 with the publication of bestselling  Elixir, winner of a  Reader Views  Reviewers Choice Award and a Silver Medal in the Readers' Favorite Book Awards.

His second novel, An American Cage, was released in October 2017 to glowing reviews from Kirkus and other distinguished organizations.

He is currently giving out free copies of his third book, Lion on Fire, and offering his first short story, A Road to Nowhere, for just ninety-nine cents.   

Ted is a graduate of Duke University, a major in Political Science with a Certificate of Achievement in Film, Video, and Digital Media Studies. He's been featured by ABC and FOX television, iHeart Radio, and many other media outlets.Check out his interviews if you'd like. 

​If you want to schedule an interview with Ted, or talk to him about anything at all, email him. He loves receiving messages from readers and responds to everyone who contacts him.

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Wednesday Spotlight | An American Cage by Ted Galdi

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Black Bullet (The Order of the Senary #2) by L.D. Rose

About the Book: 

Fledgling vampire Jonathan Kerr has just met his match.

Not even his past life as a former marine and FBI agent could prepare him for the battle against the monster inside him, struggling to take hold. After an old nemesis of the Senary surfaces in Brooklyn, unleashing chaos and terror in the battered borough, Jon sets out to take him down. Instead, he ends up with far more than he bargained for when he clashes with the beautiful half-vampire hybrid, Lawan Knight.

After escaping near death and suffering unspeakable horror at the hands of vampires, Lawan trusts no one, regardless of species. In between bouts of drunken stupor, her only goal is to exterminate all those who've wronged her, including every member of Jon's vampire bloodline. But Jon's soulful eyes and quick smile crawls under her skin, transforming her black and white world into a hazy shade of gray.

As the days rapidly grow darker, Jon and Lawan turn to one another, but their inner demons threaten to tear them apart. The only way either of them will survive is if they overcome their greatest fear--


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About the Author:

L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes award-winning dark paranormal fiction and she’s a PAN member of the RWA and FF&P. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive Boxer, and her two devious cats.

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Wednesday Spotlight | Black Bullet (The Order of the Senary #2) by L.D. Rose