Monthly Archives: October 2016

Operation Grizzly Camp (Poppy McVie Adventures #3) Review


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(I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review)

Author: Kimberli A. Bindschatel

Release: 2016

Genre: Adventure, Thriller

Pages: 184

Bravo! That’s the first sentiment that comes to mind after reading the newest installment in the Poppy McVie series focusing on the title characters adventures as an animal protection agent.

This outing tells the story of Poppy and her partner Agent Dalton’s mission to catch a poacher hunting bears under the guise of a legal hunting lodge in the Alaskan wilderness. The descriptions of this area are next to none, with the beautiful writing driving home the underlying message about the importance of conversation.

“Glacier-covered peaks along the shoreline, dotted with alpine lakes, offered streams that meandered downward, through the patchwork of green, toward the satiny blue sea. Beautiful, untouched, the way it was meant to be. Alaska was truly the last frontier. I held my breath, taking it in.”

Upon embarking on the hunting trip, Poppy comes face to face with dangers posed by both nature and humans themselves. The suspense in the wilderness scenes had me reading voraciously to discover what would take place next. Whether you agree with hunting or not, Ms. Bindschatel’s fact-based books will make you evaluate your views regardless without being preachy.

An absolutely wonderful addition to the series, watch out for the next book Operation Turtle Beach, coming soon.

Rating: 5/5 vistas of Alaskan wilderness


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My Favourite ‘Scary’ Books

I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of horror because it frankly terrifies me and not in the exhilarating way fans of the genre describe it. So I’ve decided to compile a list of 4 books that scared me in a bearable way for all of the non-horror fans out there.

  1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (1939)


10 strangers are summoned to an island, where each has a secret that may or not be their demise.

The older writing and gothic-esque feel make this book decidedly creepy, and the twist caught me completely unawares. A thriller for fans of Agatha Christie and mysteries alike.

Fans of this book may find a watching of the 1985 movie romp Clue to be a good pairing.

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2. The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones (2009)

A college freshmen needs to get away from her life at NYU and decides to reside in her father’s Northern Canada cottage, a desolate location that painted the picture in my head of an area around the Muskoka region.

The sheer isolation of this locale, compared to the bustling New York life that the protagonist is accustomed to, feels claustrophobic and eerie throughout the entirety of the book. The feeling is almost The Cabin in the Woods-esque (from what I hear about the movie), but with much less horror.

3. The Diviners by Libba Bray (2012)

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In roaring 1920’s New York City, Evie O’Neill becomes embroiled in the world of the supernatural and occult as a serial killer is roaming the streets. The twist? Evie is what becomes known as a ‘Diviner’, an individual with a supernatural gift, in her case she can see what’s happened by touching objects.

I don’t want to say too much more, because I want people to read the book without spoilers. I will say that the character of Naughty John absolutely haunted me and kept me up late enough to finish the book so I could find out what happened.

4. Variant by Robison Wells (2011)

Teenager Benson Fisher is sent to the mystery-shrouded Mayfield Academy that is quite literally located in the middle of nowhere. It’s here where gang wars occur between the classmates and the mystery of the entire Academy is called into question.

The action of this book had me gripping the edge of my seat, but I would consider the ‘scariness’ factor of the book to be more centred on the wonderfully written suspense sequences.

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Poppy McVie

I am finally back now, my lovely fellow bookworms!

To begin my return, I wanted to focus on giving a theme song to one of my current favourite book characters; Poppy McVie. Poppy McVie is the title character in Kimberli A. Bindschatel’s Poppy McVie Adventure books. A feisty Special Operations agent with a passion for protecting animals, Poppy is the kind of character that teenage girls would find to be a good role model. She isn’t afraid t0 be who she is and stand up for what she believes in.

This brings me to a song that I believe perfectly encapsulates her character: Something Wild by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Lindsey Stirling. As a longtime fan of Andrew McMahon from his beginnings with the band Something Corporate, to the more popular Jack’s Mannequin and now to his current act, his team up with violin virtuoso Lindsey Stirling brings about a beautiful song.

The following lyric is one that I believe captures the essence of Poppy McVie:

“The way you see the world, it got you this far. You might have some bruises and a few scars, but you know you’re going to be okay.”

To hear the full song on Youtube click the link: Something Wild

More about Poppy McVie will be coming to Bookworm Buzzes soon, as I am currently reading the newest instalment of the series Operation Grizzly Camp. 

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