Month: August 2019

The Ghost of Gold Creek

“My name is Misty Stevens.” *

After Misty’s mother takes one wrong step; her life changes forever. Her mother is gone, her father is impossible to understand, her best friend Lou is headed down a path that Misty can’t follow, and to top it all off, a mysterious wild horse is causing havoc among the neighboring ranches and farms.
Buried artifacts, ghost stories, emotions, and feelings for a particular boy leave Misty confused and worried for her sanity…and maybe even for her life.

All it takes is one wrong step. *

The Ghost of Gold Creek, written by Lisa Michelle Hess and published in 2019 by GlasIncPress, is a heartwarming story of love, loss, and coming of age. This book falls under the contemporary mystery romance genre.

I would recommend this book for ages 16+. There is romance, intrigue, and some thematic elements to watch out for. A well-composed story with memorable characters and compelling plot twists. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

…there is no going back, only forward. *

*All excerpts taken from The Ghost of Gold Creek, written by Lisa Michelle Hess and published in 2019 by GlasIncPress.

Romanov

My blood is my crime. *

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov is the youngest daughter of the last Tsar of Russia. Her and her family are being kept in captivity, waiting for their sentence to be passed.

If you look at it, it’s still red. If you touch it, it’s still wet. But if you listen to it, it speaks a single name in a pulsing chant.
Romanov *

Nastya is given a task by her father before they are separated-smuggle an ancient spell past the Bolshevik guards. This spell may be her family’s salvation.

Romanov *

In addition to the dangerous task of keeping a spell hidden from her captors, Nastya has the greater challenge of guarding her feelings, as a handsome young Bolshevik soldier emerges on the scene.

Romanov
For that name alone, bound to my blood like a Bolshevik is bound to the Russian Revolution, I am destined to die. *

The stakes are high. Nastya is on one side of a firing squad, the soldier Zash is on the other side. The spell is itching to be released. And the fate of Russia hangs in the balance.

Because not even royal blood can stop bullets. *

Romanov, written by Nadine Brandes and published in 2019 by Thomas Nelson, is a gripping novel with secret romance, hidden spells, and deadly intrigue. This book falls under the historical fantasy genre, and is very loosely based on the true story of the Romanov family.
I would highly recommend this book for ages 15+. There is violence, as well as some intense intrigue and romance. All in all, an excellent read with memorable characters and ancient magic. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

*All snippets taken from Romanov, written by Nadine Brandes and published 2019 by Thomas Nelson.

The Eye of Minds

Michael and his friends are gamers. Entering the Sleep every day, they hack and code their way through games, levels, and programs, intent on their goal-to enter Lifeblood Deep, the ultimate level for gamers of all ages. But not everything is fun and games in the Sleep. A new cyber-hacker has emerged on the scene, and his designs are more sinister than thieving food from cafeterias and bringing weapons into different games. This hacker holds gamers hostage, and then forces them to remove their cores-which kills them both in the Sleep and makes them brain-dead in the real world. The VirtNet Security is unable to track down this hacker, so they hire teams of coders to find him and stop his evil schemes once and for all. Michael and his friends Bryson and Sarah are chosen as one of the teams-but the hacker already knows who they are. He has targeted them, and they have only a short while before he finds them. Can the friends escape the KillSims, hack through the Firewalls, and discover this hacker’s identity before it’s too late?
The Eye of Minds, written by James Dashner (New York Times best seller and author of The Maze Runner Series) and published by Random House Children’s Books in 2013, is a highly imaginative, edge-of-your seat read. This book falls under the sci-fi and virtual reality genre.
I would highly recommend this book for ages 14+. There is some mild mature language, a few inappropriate jokes, and intense violence to watch out for. This book is very well written with no dull spots and colorful descriptions. A gripping read with fun cyber-world delving and gritty action scenes. 4 out of 5 stars.

Renegade Skyfarer

Renegade Skyfarer, written by R.J. Metcalf and published in 2018 by Fayette Press, is a rousing tale of airships, dragons, sky pirates, lost memories, and political power struggles. Book one in the Stones of Terrene Chronicles, this book would fall under the steampunk\fantasy YA genre.

Ben wakes up in the medical bay of the airship The Sapphire with his name as his only memory. The crew members of this ship found him unconscious and bleeding near a dragon’s nest. He has no idea what happened to him, or even if he belongs in this world. But there’s more going in Terrene than just Ben’s mysterious appearance and the regular attacks by dragons. The magical Barrier between southern Terrene and the northern Elphs is weakening, and it’s only a matter of time before it collapses altogether, leaving them vulnerable to the attacks by the vicious enemy. The crew of The Sapphire is determined to find the one thing that can strengthen the barrier, and so far, they’re not having any luck. To make matters worse, political unrest is growing and there are whispers of a new ruler to take the throne. Will Ben stay with his new friends and help in the quest to save Terrene? Will he ever remember who he really is? And will Terrene survive the coming storm?

Welcome aboard The Sapphire.

I would recommend this book for ages 16+. There is some romance and mild thematic elements to watch out for, as well as violence and some intrigue. This book has excellent description, believable dialogue, and well-thought out characters. 3.5 out of 5 stars.