Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.1 Characters: Withering-By-Sea (A Stella Montgomery Intrigue Book 1) First published: October 31st 2014Rating: 8.14 stars GoodReads:Withering-By-Sea Review: A lovely little story. Lots of great characters! The illustrations throughout the book are beautiful too. My only criticism is I wish some of those illustrations had been used for the cover. It would’ve created appeal to a broader audience where the current cover doesn’t really give you a true sense of the story. A minor criticism though for an otherwise great book
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Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.3 Characters: Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle (Gabriel Finley Book 1) First published: August 25th 2014Rating: 7.34 stars GoodReads:Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle Review: What’s the next book after your child has done Harry Potter and the Percy Jackson series? Well, it’s Gabriel Finley. Mixing a little Norse mythology, author George Hagen takes us into a world where ravens and select humans called amicus are chosen to communicate with each other and form a magical bond.
Author: First Book Publish:1975 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:9.1 Characters: Shogun Volume 1 (Shogun Book 1) First published: November 18th 1975Rating: 9.04 stars GoodReads:Shogun Volume 1 Review: Second read. Amazing novel. A complex political plot which had me concentrating hard! Enjoyed very much the window onto Japanese culture, however rosy tinted clavell pictured it! Shogun Volume 2 (Shogun Book 2) First published: November 24th 1975Rating: 9.22 stars GoodReads:Shogun Volume 2 Review: Great book(s), loved it. Feels timeless. Fantastic depiction of cultural conflict, the age of exploration and Japanese culture.
Author: First Book Publish:2016 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.2 Characters: Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas (Addison Cooke Book 1) First published: October 10th 2016Rating: 8.24 stars GoodReads:Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas Review: Smooth-talking, refined twelve-year-old Addison Cooke loves a grand adventure, especially one that involves using his vast knowledge of history and archaeology, learned from his aunt and uncle, both world-famous researchers. If that adventure includes an expertly-knotted Windsor tie and an Arnold Palmer on the rocks, all the better. Luckily for Addison, adventure has a way of finding the Cookes. After Addison’s uncle unearths the first ancient Incan clue needed to find a vast trove of lost treasure, he is kidnapped by members of a shadowy organization intent on stealing the riches. An expert in Incan history, Addison’s uncle is the bandits’ key to deciphering the ancient clues and looting the treasure. . . unless Addison and his friends can outsmart the kidnappers and decipher the clues first. So it’s off to Peru (business class, no less), across the Amazon, and all the way to Machu Picchu in a race for riches and history.
Author: First Book Publish:2016 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.7 Characters: All that Glitters (Stavin Dragonblessed Book 1) First published: July 15th 2016Rating: 8.68 stars GoodReads:All that Glitters Review: This is the story of Stavin Kel’Aniston, a boy trained as a warrior, he serves his people as a caravan guard to obtain gold for their community. Stavin earned dragon-scale armor from the dragon on the mountain for his bravery, but the gift of the dragon comes at a price. Thieves, brigands, and ne’er-do-wells of every kind are attracted to Stavin. As the summer passes, Stavin fights for his life and the honor of his name. Book One in the Stavin Kel’Aniston DragonBlessed series. Author’s preferred edition. Note: Discounted for a limited time.
Author: First Book Publish:2008 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:7.4 Characters: Dark Resurrection (Empire of Xibalba, #2) (Empire Of Xibalba Book 1) First published: March 9th 2009Rating: 7.46 stars GoodReads:Dark Resurrection (Empire of Xibalba, #2) Review: Postnuclear America has changed little since the primal leveling of the twenty-first century. Warrior survivalists Ryan Cawdor and his band live by a code that honors the kind of absolute freedom only a raw frontier can provide. Until rumors of a wider, more prosperous world than the Deathlands thriving deep in Mexico, untouched by the nukecaust, lure them into uncharted waters….Captured by the pirate foot soldiers of the mysterious Lords of Death, Ryan Cawdor and his companions sail into a surreal world where electric lights blaze but blood terror reigns. In Veracruz, Mexico, Ryan is marked for slaughter, his effigy linked to an ancient deity. Helpless, Krysty, Dix and the others await a horrifying fate at the hands of whitecoats manipulating pre-dark plague warfare. As the Lords of Death unleash their demonic vision, hope–for Ryan, the others and nascent civilization–appears irrevocably lost. Plague Lords (Empire of Xibalba, #1) (Empire Of Xibalba Book 2) First published: November 30th 2008Rating: 7.34 stars GoodReads:Plague Lords (Empire…
Author: First Book Publish:2006 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.3 Characters: The Future Begins (Star Trek: S.C.E., #62) (Star Trek: S.c.e.: What’s Past Book 1) First published: March 31st 2006Rating: 7.28 stars GoodReads:The Future Begins (Star Trek: S.C.E., #62) Review: WHAT’S PAST A special six-part S.C.E. event that flashes back to previous adventures of the S.C.E. crew from the 23rd century to the height of the Dominion War, with special guests from all across the Star Trek universe 2375: After being rescued from the U.S.S. Jenolen by the crew of the Starship Enterprise(TM), Captain Montgomery Scott found himself seventy-five years removed from the time he knows, a twenty-third-century engineer now living in the twenty-fourth. Now he serves as the liaison between the Starfleet Corps of Engineers and the admiralty, supervising the S.C.E.’s mission assignments. But Scott’s transition into a new century is not an easy one. The horrors of the Dominion War in particular bring about a crisis of conscience that leads Scotty from the strife-torn world of Kropasar to the pleasure planet of Risa, where encounters with Admirals Alynna Nechayev and William Ross, Ensign Robin Lefler, and Lefler’s mysterious mother lead Scotty to a momentous decision….
Author: First Book Publish:2012 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:7.9 Characters: Evertaster (Evertaster Book 1) First published: June 13th 2012Rating: 7.84 stars GoodReads:Evertaster Review: Mehhhhhhh. I just didn’t love it. This was a bedtime book for my ten and thirteen year old and they actually loved it, but I was never hooked. So there you go. The Buttersmiths’ Gold (Evertaster Book 2) First published: May 1st 2013Rating: 8.28 stars GoodReads:The Buttersmiths’ Gold Review: A perfect middle grade tale to read with your kids! There’s action, mystery, and valuable lessons on loyalty and purity. Oh…and trolls!
Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.6 Characters: The Trek (Darwin’s World Book 1) First published: May 28th 2014Rating: 8.62 stars GoodReads:The Trek Review: Darwin’s World is still untamed, glorious, and dangerous. Survival of the fittest rules. It’s a world where cold and hunger must be coped with. It’s a world with huge beasts, savage predators, and humans who are just as predatory. They too must be dealt with in order to survive. Matt must lead a tribe of people with varying abilities across southwestern North America in a time corresponding to Earth’s late Pleistocene. He must also create a civilization and develop a society where people cooperate for the common good of all. With the new rules, there’s a need for someone to enforce them; that duty also falls to Matt. Not everyone will complete the journey…
Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:7.1 Characters: The Book of Storms (The Book Of Storms Trilogy Book 1) First published: November 5th 2014Rating: 7.04 stars GoodReads:The Book of Storms Review: “A boy on a quest against the power of the storm” Eleven-year-old Danny’s parents are storm chasers – which sounds fun and exciting, and it is, so long as you aren’t the son who has to wait behind at home. And one night, after a particularly fierce storm, Danny’s parents don’t come back. Stranger still, the old sycamore tree in Danny’s yard seems to have been struck by lightning, and when he picks up a fragment of wood from the tree’s heart, he finds he can hear voices … including that of next door’s rather uppity cat, Mitzy. The stick is a taro, a shard of lightning that bestows upon its bearer unnerving powers, including the ability to talk with plants and animals – and it is very valuable. So valuable, in fact, that it attracts the attention of a Sammael, an ancient figure of darkness and a buyer of souls. And he will do anything to get his hands on it … And so…