Friday, December 23, 2016

Book Review: TEN TERRIFIC MONSTERS A Hidden Item Book By Chris Mason

Join Willie the wolf and the nine other monsters he met in the unemployment line and see all the things they did after they left the line in this hidden item book. Ten Terrific Monsters features over one hundred items to look for in ten different scenes. Children and adults alike will enjoy all the hidden items found within these pages.

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Ten Terrific Monsters is a fun hidden item book. Some of the items you have to look for are funny and kind of challenging, but that could be due to I kind of suck at hidden item books, and my eyesight is going. The illustrations are well crafted, drawn in fine detail. Think Where’s Waldo style. 

While Ten Terrific Monsters is aimed at children it is overall theme seemed more for adults than kids or at least not YOUNGER kids. I could share this book with my 12 years old more so than I could my twin 4 year old's. Overall Ten Terrific Monster was enjoyable. It was a fun nonchalant read. Adults and older kids will definitely enjoy the movie and cult culture references throughout the book. For example when helping Willie the wolf find his items one of the items you are looking for is a t-shirt with the words "Team Jacob" on it.  The humor was noted. It was classic.

 RATING ****(4 stars)


Chris Mason was a house husband for 20 years raising three children with special needs before becoming an author in 2013. Now he is author of over 15 books in various genres including: The in the Box series of books as well as P is for Phoenix: An ABC Book of Mythical and Legendary Creatures, Ten Little Monsters Standing in a Line available in both print and audio, a line of coloring books and his newest book Ten Terrific Monsters: A Hidden Item Book which continues the adventures of Willie the wolf and the other monsters he became friends with in Ten Little Monsters Standing in a Line. Look for all of Chris’s books at Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords and other major e-book retailers.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Audrey of Farmerton (Andoran’s Realm Book 1) By M Gregg Roe

Growing up in a poor village in Andoran’s Realm, Audrey’s only goal was to move somewhere else. Anywhere else. An incident involving a group of young adventurers provides her with the means to get herself to the fabled Witch’s City, but nothing goes quite as planned. The city is daunting, filled with magic, intrigue, and an assortment of odd characters, not all of them human. Audrey finds herself in a living situation that is both unexpected and awkward. She struggles to adjust to her new life as she seeks to acquire an education, make friends, and find romance. And along the way she discovers her life’s calling, something that she had never expected.



Growing up we 'd all agree we’d love to live in a magical fantasy land. Hey though! fantasy life has its same mundane growing up struggles as we do. We learn this clearly in AUDREY OF FARMERTON. Aimed at young adult readers AUDREY OF FARMERTON is a sort of coming of age story. A combination of My So-Called Life meets D&D(Dungeons and Dragons). AUDREY OF FARMERTON tells the tale of seventeen-year-old peasant farm girl Audrey who wishes for life in the big city(Called Witch‘s City to be exact.). She gets there, but not by moralistic means as Audrey learns the ups and downs of life in the big city with a promising hope that just cause you made mistakes doesn't mean you have failed.

While this book is an enjoyable read I mean who does not love magic, romance, wizards, beautiful witches, and elves it is really geared towards the youthful market. Older readers though will  still be enchanted though due to Roe's writing. His words flows smooth and effortlessly holding a simplistic charm. It's a bit off putting at first, but he is writing from Audrey’s POV in that of a young uneducated peasant girl. The end results? Beautiful.

RATING ****(4 stars)



M. Gregg Roe was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from Ohio State. He worked at a government lab and in aerospace before finding employment at a small company in the recycling industry. These days he lives in Tennessee and is primarily a writer and personal servant of two cats.

He has always been a voracious reader of fantasy and science fiction, as well as an avid Dungeons & Dragons DM and player. So it seemed natural to make his first novel a fantasy based on the D&D campaign that he has been running since 1979.

Friday, December 2, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: ALBINA: (The Windflower Saga Book 19) By Aleksandra Layland

In a time not now and in a world not of our own... We meet Albina in Far Haven: A Quest For Certitude. A Fight for Justice. (Part III of the Windflower Saga trilogy). She is the only daughter of Tribune Loris Kennet and Lady Keridwen, the former Duchess of Ansgar. However, we know little about her beyond the details of her birth and that she attends university to study science. This short novella fills in the gap, following her from childhood until she leaves home at sixteen to begin her higher education; and then her adventures, struggles, triumphs, and romances that finally lead to her embarking on her professional goals as well as her young married life.

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Layland works her storytelling magic again as we enter back into her historic fantasy world with the sweet and charming branch off the story of ALBINA. You see The Windflower Saga consist of the 3 main trilogies. Then there is branch off books from these main trilogies that make up the epic The Windflower Saga, and that is where ALBINA fits in.

ALBINA focuses on Loris and Keridwen daughter from the third book in the trilogy Far Haven: A Quest for Certitude. A Quest for Justice. While different from the rest of the series as it is written in first person, not third person once you get into the story ALBINA it could not be written any other way. Layland gives Albina such a sweet intelligent voice you fall in love with her instantly and are so grateful she did not marry that arrogant Hemmings! Layland's love of genealogy really shines in this book too though if you find genealogy and family lines a tad confusing as I do that part of the book may make your head spin trying to remember who is who and whom to what in this large ducal family in line Layland created.

That aside ALBINA is a wonderful happy short novella fitting perfectly within the Windflower Saga revealing and expand more in the amazing world Layland created.

RATING *****(5 stars)


Aleksandra Layland is a retired civil engineer and a federal civil servant who worked primarily for the United States Air Force as a senior installation engineering manager responsible for buildings, airfields, infrastructure, fire protection, and emergency preparedness. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Western Caroline Islands where she helped build school classrooms and cafeterias, low-income housing, and simple village water distribution systems. Her other interests include arts and crafts, family genealogy, religion, and spirituality, fostering peace in the world, and enjoying retirement with family and friends.