February Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (253 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4 stars
Review by Aloe

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Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first installment of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.

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January Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Just Another Quiet Little City by J.S. Frankel


Just Another Quiet Little City by J.S. Frankel
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Horror, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (234 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

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Magic is in the air, and it makes the rules. Teenagers Gabe Common and his girlfriend, Millie Themmes, have settled in Angels Camp, California. As a high school dropout with little education and no future job prospects, Gabe is forced to work as a sideshow attraction with Millie at his side. They spend their days taking people on airborne excursions, and Gabe longs for some stability in his life.

However, all things have to change, and change they do when the magic returns with a vengeance. As with Chumsville, their former residence, most of the citizenry of Angels Camp disappear with no rhyme or reason, leaving only fifteen survivors behind. And the changes from human to something else happen once more, this time with frightening speed.

An old friend, Gil Perkins from the FBI arrives as a liaison, and then the army takes over. However, they have another plan in mind, and they imprison Gabe and the other survivors and use them as guinea pigs, trying to copy their powers.

Gabe needs answers, and the answers lie in Chumsville, a small community in South Dakota. He and his friends stage a breakout and make a perilous journey back to where it all started. Once there, Gabe and Millie learn the secret of why the magic happened and have to fight for their very survival.

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December Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Gargoyle Redemption by Isabel Castruita

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Gargoyle Redemption by Isabel Castruita
Gargoyle Redemption Trilogy – Book 1
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (163 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Orchid

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18 year old, Shinka Fox moved to California to pursue her music career, her mother Bru Fox is a famous artist traveling the world. Infatuated with a boy named Abel Lapis at her new school Shinka is surprised when the young man always seems to be around when she’s in trouble. A group called the Hunters is out to kill Shinka. But Abel has a secret, he’s a gargoyle. Will Abel rescue Shinka in time or will the Hunters reach her first?

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November Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Curse of the Moon by Beth Trissel

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Curse of the Moon by Beth Trissel
Secret Warrior Series
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (182 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 4.5 stars
Review by: Orchid

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The bad news? Morgan Daniel’s wolf is out of control. The good news? There’s a treatment. She just has to get a potion from a lizard shifter witch–without looking into the witch’s eyes. Easy, right? But when the witch puts a spell on her younger brother, Morgan has to do the witch’s bidding to save him.

Fortunately Morgan isn’t alone. She has Jackson to lean on, a few witches coming into their powers, a secret warlock, and the always mysterious Chief Okema. What could possibly go wrong?

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October Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Reunion by JS Frankel

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Reunion by J.S. Frankel
Catnip, Book 5
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (201 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

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Harry Goldman, teenage DNA researcher, genius, and total nerd, is thrown into jail for illegal transgenic research. Freed by the FBI on the condition he works under their aegis, Harry is taken to New York where he meets Anastasia, a cat-girl and the product of transgenic engineering. No sooner do they get acquainted then they are attacked by another creature, a bear which is more than a bear, and are forced to flee for their lives. Along the way, they encounter furries, Doug the Dog, find out that they are more into each other emotionally than they’re willing to admit, and end up in the Catskill Mountains where Harry finds out the shocking truth about how Anastasia was created…and what she was created for.

September Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Law & Order by JS Frankel

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Law & Order by J.S. Frankel
Publisher: Finch Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (177 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

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Book 2 in The Nightmare Crew series

The Nightmare Crew is on the hunt for their evil genius creator, but they find trouble that could spell the end of them all.

Paul Wiseman and his crew return to battle their greatest opponents yet—versions of themselves.

Paul has been transformed into a werewolf, and along with his girlfriend and the rest of the crew—a vampire, a sentient water being and a resurrected zombie—he moves out to the west coast to set up shop in the Sierra Madre mountain area in order to fight crime.

They also seek more information on Andres Peterson, a ruthless and clever industrialist scientist, whose company made them.

Peterson has fashioned his own version of the crew, but their methods of fighting crime are heavy-handed, cruel and unjust.

Things are never as they seem, and it will take a death and a winner-takes-all fight to settle it. Will evil triumph?

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If You Were Me and Lived In…the Middle Ages by Carole P. Roman

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If You Were Me and Lived In…the Middle Ages by Carole P. Roman
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Children’s Illustrated Non Fiction Book
Length: Short (79 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 5+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Stephanotis

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in her exciting new series. Learn what kind of food you might have eaten during the Middle Ages, the clothes you might wear, what your name could be, and children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

Another great title in the If You Were Me and Lived In… series.

After reading any of these titles, you’ll learn a lot. They’re fun and entertaining for all ages. Growing up, I read lots of books about the Middles Ages and even learned about it at school but after reading this title, I discovered more things. One interesting fact was the value of salt and the higher up and richer you were in society the nearer the salt was placed to you during a meal. The author hints at that maybe it’s where the expression “he is worth his weight in salt” originates.

Just like the other titles, this one is lavishly illustrated, this time by Mateya Arkova. I found it even more detailed then the rest of the books and covered topics like religion, craftsman, medicine, professions, and the differences in the classes and how they interacted with one another

If you’re a fan of history or know a child who likes illustrated books and learning about children from other times, this is one to check out

If You Were Me and Lived In…Ancient China by Carole P. Roman

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Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Children’s Illustrated Non Fiction Book
Length: Short Story (69 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 5+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Stephanotis

Carole P. Roman’s award winning series has traveling again and this time it’s to East Asia to visit the People’s Republic of China. In this book, younger readers can learn about the wide variety of climate when they read about China’s vast size. They will begin their journey in China’s ancient capital, Beijing, where they will discover the Imperial Palace of the Forbidden City.

Different regions of cuisine are discussed, highlighting the variety of styles and spices of food. Currency, sports, exciting tourist attractions, and a lovely description of the New Year Festivities are included in this introduction the beautiful land of China.

Embraced by educators, parents, and children, the series gently and respectfully introduces the subjects of cultures and customs around the world.

This the seventh book in the If You Were Me and Lived in… series that I’ve reviewed and this one focuses on the Han Dynastry in Ancient China. Mateya Arkova is the illustrator and once again her drawings pair perfectly with Ms. Roman’s words. I have to admit I haven’t read many books on the history of China so this one gave me an easy to read introduction (and therefore would be ideal for a child too).

This particular book covers topics like silk and how important it was to the Chinese economy. The different levels of professions and the importance of colors and numbers to the people of China. I like the way the author always introduces either a boy or girl character who leads the reader through the story and shows what life was like for a young person, showing the reader what they ate, how they dressed and what they studied at school.

Another interesting title that I recommend you check out.

If You Were Me and Lived In… The American West by Carole P. Roman

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If You Were Me and Lived In… The American West by Carole P. Roman
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Children’s Illustrated Non-Fiction
Length: Short Story (44 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 4+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Stephanotis

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in her exciting new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat on the Oregon Trail, the clothes you wore in in the American West, what your name could be in the 19th century, and what children did for fun once their many chores were done. If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

This the sixth book in the If You Were Me and Lived in series, and like the previous ones, this title was just as entertaining and educating. I know the intended audience is middle grade readers, but I find myself learning something new with each book I read. For example, I had no idea that you’re never supposed to wave at another man when you’re on a horse, you simply nod and another no-no is never put on another man’s hat.

This book is once again nicely illustrated by Paula Tabor and like the other in the series, complements the text. The author gives you a sense of the hardships settlers endured to find a new way to make a living. Not only is the journey on the Oregon Trail documented in this book but also what life was like for young people once the family arrived. Readers can learn about the types of chores young pioneers did and what type of schooling they had.

If you or your child wants to learn about the settlement of the American West, this is a book to definitely check out.

If You Were Me and Lived In…Brazil by Carole P. Roman

If You Were Me and Lived In…Brazil by Carole P. Roman
If You Were Me and Lived In…Brazil by Carole P. Roman
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Children’s Illustrated Non Fiction
Length: Short Story (26 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 7+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Stephanotis

Join Carole P. Roman when she visits the stunning and diverse land of Brazil in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to South America to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land through the eyes of a youngster like you and understand what life is like in this exciting place. Don’t forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair world traveler.

This might be a little late to tie in with the Olympics but if you child or grandchild, (or even you!), wants to learn more about the country that hosted the games, this is a wonderful resource.

It’s the fifth in the series I’ve read, and like the others, this one is both entertaining and educational.

If you’re not familiar with the series, they put the reader in someone else’s shoes, in this case, a child who lives in Brazil, and tells you about their everyday life. This one covered money, food and what you’d likely be served at dinner. I liked the section about the Amazon rainforest and the overview of Brazil’s place in the world. It’s heavily illustrated (by Kelsea Wierenga), which complements the text perfectly.

Check this one out if you’re enjoy an easy to read book about geography and culture.