Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Book of a Few Review

Author: Austen Rodgers

Release: July 1st, 2015

Genre: Apocalyptic

Pages: 313

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

The time is the Black Era, a period in the not so distant future characterized by a virus that turns humans into zombies. No, they don’t die and come back to life; the virus simply mutates the living being into a vicious, destruction-seeking monster.

20-something Chester Keeton has come to realize what is going on the first day of the infection, often known as ‘The Silence,’ as all forms of communication have ceased to function. After finding his family dead in their home and unable to locate his girlfriend Miranda, Chester finds his best friend Branden to embark on a journey of survival.

This novel is a fast-paced adventure of a story, with the likeable protagonist of Chester struggling with moral dilemmas that many of us would ourselves face if put into the same situation. Written realistically as a log from Chester, as well as a few entries by other characters, the story keeps you reading and wanting more until the very last page.

The only thing I would have liked was to see further development of what the doctors had found about the newest zombie aberrations. That being said, I cannot wait to see what author Austen Rodgers has in store for us readers in the future.

 

Rating: 4/5 deranged zombies

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Poppy McVie: Whale Facts

  • 56 orcas are currently being held captive in 14 marine parks spanning 8 different countries
  • Of these 56 animals, 21 were captured from the wild and 35 were born in captivity
  • Since 1961, 148 orcas have been taken into captivity
  • In total, 161 orcas have died in captivity (this does not include the 30 whale calves that were miscarried or still born)

Shocked by these facts? Learn more at the WDC (http://us.whales.org) where all these facts were found by author Kimberli A. Bindschatel.

Read her book Poppy McVie: Operation Orca Rescue when it hits shelves and e-readers this week (http://www.kimberlibindschatel.com).

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Poppy McVie: Operation Orca Rescue Review

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(*This is a photo from goodreads.com)

Author: Kimberli A. Bindschatel

Release: July. 22nd 2015

Genre: Adventure, Conservation

Pages: 200+

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

Wow. That’s the first word that automatically comes to mind after finishing this whirlwind adventure of a book. This sequel to the first book in the Poppy McVie series takes readers on a journey of both dazzling beauty, thanks to the ingenious writing of Ms. Bindschatel, and startling realizations.

The writing doesn’t shy away from using dialogue that a young 20-year old woman would use. Yes, Poppy swears, even dropping the occasional f-bomb. Finally a book that doesn’t cover up the idea that frustration leads way to swearing, especially with such a passionate protagonist.

This book tackles the matter of whale poaching, particularly in the beautiful fjords of Norway, for commercial gain. Without giving away any spoilers (you’ll just have to buy the book!), I will say that Operation Orca Rescue outlines the horrors of poaching these majestic creatures without being gratuitously violent.

On a lighter note, the writing in this book blew me away so much that I often found myself taking screenshots of various quotes. Below is one of the stunning works of writing I’m talking about:

“Is this what was meant by transcendence? To be held aloft by an invisible force of nature like some great hand, lifted from below? What is the wind but an illusion, made manifest by the collision of hot and cold air?”

If that doesn’t move you on a deep level, I don’t know what will. This book moved me so much that I will continue to post content relevant to the topic of whale poaching and the writing in this book throughout this upcoming week to pay homage to Operation Orca Rescue’s release.

To learn more about this conservation wonder that is Ms. Bindschatel, visit her at: http://www.kimberlibindschatel.com

To learn more about the plight of our whale friends in Norway visit: http://us.whales.org/issues/whaling-in-norway

Rating: 5/5 Norwegian fjords

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Death of a Batty Genius Review

Author: Angela Pepper

Release: June 29th 2015

Genre: Mystery, Cozy Mystery

Pages: 326

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

After the cliffhanger ending of Death of a Crafty Knitter, Stormy Day yet again finds herself in the middle of an investigation. But this time, it’s in a different locale than her beloved Misty Falls. After the unexpected arrival of her ex-fiancee Christopher, Stormy and her best friend Jessica travel to a yet-to-be-opened mountain lodge owned by Christopher’s cousin Butch and his wife Marie.

Through the various twists and turns, readers will bask in the winter wonderland setting that exists in the book while dealing with summer’s extreme heat.When Stormy and co. reach the resort they’re faced with a group of friends they briefly met early; the batty geniuses. Their backstories mixed with the already strong characters that existed in the first two books combine to make a story that is so insanely addictive that readers will find it hard to put down.

What are you waiting for? Get your hands on this series and let yourself become enveloped in the lives of Stormy Day and her faithful friends.

Rating: 5/5 snowshoes

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