My Review of Worthy of Song and Story

Reblogged from: Fee’s Fleeting Thoughts


Worthy of Song and Story - Neal Chase

Worthy of Song and Story by Neal Chase is the first book of the Stian the Viking series. Twelve-year-old Stian wants to be the best viking ever. He wants to prove this by going on a raid with his father, but ends up being saved, but by whom he doesn’t know. He is then captured by a dark elf named Dahlia, on her mother’s command. Stian finds out his father isn’t who he thought, and that Loki is his real father. Stian and Dahlia set off on a quest to free Stian’s Loki from the prison that Odin has thrown him into.


This story is set in viking times, but the dialogue is in the present. Preteens will get a kick out of Stian and Dahlia’s banter. This story has a bit of action and humor with a bit of feels thrown in.


I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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My Review of The Lizard Queen


The Lizard Queen Volume One (Volume 1) - H.L. Cherryholmes

The Lizard Queen by H.L. Cherryholmes is an intricate story comprised of three parts in the first volume. This Shrinking World, From the Ashes, and A Spectacular Lie. We follow Amy Darlidale as she mysteriously finds herself in another world. She is believed to be the one sent to fulfill a prophecy, but not all believe she is the one, and she finds herself in danger. With the help of the young companions who find her, she sets out to find out her role in the prophecy.


H.L. Cherryholmes does a fabulous job of creating an intricate fantasy world, and well developed characters that are completely believable. You become highly invested in these characters, and soon you find yourself whisked away into this fantastical world. The only problem I had with this book is that it is extremely detailed. A bit too detailed for my taste, but it is a well written novel.


I won this book in a giveaway, and received a copy from the author. All opinions are my own.

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Quest for the Harmonicon by Randy Lindsay

I’m pretty excited about this!

Rainne's Ramblings


battleelemtl001v4Chase Freeman is a boy with a heart for adventure stuck living in dull Drifter Flats. The only exciting thing that ever happens in his small town is Eclipse Day and even that isn’t enough for Chase—until he sees the strange ball of light streaking across the sky. Enlisting his best friend Jordan, her little brother Luke, and Harlan the smartest boy in school, they follow the light to an American Indian medicine circle. Drawn into the middle of it, the four friends are suddenly teleported to the Battlementals dimension along with the school bully Brendan and his friend Lena.

Once there, they find an elemental people desperate for them to accept the grand quest to save the universe. A deadly alliance has pulled it out of balance and, soon, everything will vanish altogether. Friends and enemies will have to find a way to work together to assemble the Harmonicon…

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My Review of Freaks of Nature


Freaks of Nature (The Psion Chronicles) - Wendy Brotherlin

Freaks of Nature by Wendy Brotherlin is not what I expected. Going by the blurb, it’s a story about fifteen-year-old Devon McWilliams. He doesn’t have the best psychic abilities, in his opinion, so he escapes from the psionic detainment facility. This book starts out strong for the first eleven pages. We meet Devon, we watch him escape, then he’s caught. That is where the story stops being about Devon, for the most part. We’re introduced to several characters, but Devon is no longer the main character. The execution of this story fell very flat for me. I never really got to know Devon, which was disheartening. The story is fairly well written, but not enough to redeem itself from the lack of story development. I won this book in a giveaway and all opinions are my own.

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My Review of Playing Dead



Playing Dead by Allison Brennan is the third book in the Prison Break Trilogy but it can stand alone. It’s about Tom O’Brien, an ex-cop imprisoned and sentenced to death for his wife and her lover’s murders. Claire, his daughter, believes he is guilty until she meets Oliver, a law student who claims to have proof of her father’s innocence. She starts questioning everything about what she knows about her father’s guilt and his fifteen year imprisonment. This story grabbed me and didn’t let go! I was in the dark about who done it until the very end of the book. The mystery and suspense was nail-biting and had me on the edge of my seat holding my breath! It was a thrilling ride! This mystery is well executed and very well written. I’ve had this book on my shelf for a few years now, but never felt the need to read it. I told myself that this year I would get some of my older books read, and I am so glad I did!

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Mondays are for Murder: Beastly Bones…

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Welcome to our first murderous Monday for the year!  I have taken the liberty of choosing a murder mystery out of left field for today because it also allows me to knock another book off my Mount TBR Reading Challenge for 2017 and my Colour-coded Reading Challenge, both of which are hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block.  Beastly Bones is the second book in the Jackaby series by William Ritter, a historical mystery series with a paranormal twist. You can see our review of the first book here – I’m surprised that it’s actually been two and a quarter years between drinks for me and this series!  Anyway, here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

I’ve found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I’ve known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with…

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Our Books Are Not Free

Rainne's Ramblings

Guest post by Rose Montague, writer of Urban Fantasy/Young Adult books with a lot of humour and just a touch of romance.
Rose has worked both in a library as well as several bookstores. She lives in Elon, NC.


It started with a bit of a rant with my post on Facebook:

“Free, Free, Free…

I see it in my emails, on twitter, on my Facebook newsfeed, 20 free books, 400 books at 99 cents, sign up and get free books, enter to win 47 free books, 36 authors giving away eBooks at this event. I’m not participating, sorry.

How about a fun read at a reasonable price? That sounds like a good plan to me.”

Thirty minutes later, I added this in a second post:

“I’m thinking about doing an event called OUR BOOKS ARE NOT FREE.

No giveaways, no prizes, no incentives other than meeting authors and…

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TBR Friday: Book Uncle and Me

I think I’m going to try this on my own until I learn the post blogging deal.

The Bookshelf Gargoyle

TBR Friday

Welcome to my first TBR Friday for 2017!  I have made it a goal to read at least one book from my TBR stack each month, with a goal of completing Pike’s Peak level – 12 books – on Bev’s Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017 by the end of the year.  Today’s book is not only going to count toward that challenge, but also Bev’s Colour Coded Challenge, the Epistolary Reading Challenge AND the PopSugar Reading Challenge in category five: a book written by a person of colour!  Boom!

Today’s book is Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami and here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Nine-year-old Yasmin intends to read a book a day for the rest of her life. Book Uncle, who runs a free lending library on the street corner, always has the perfect book for her. But when Book Uncle seems to be in trouble, Yasmin has…

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