Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Review: Aoleon The Martian Girl: Part 2 - The Luminess of Mars by Brent LeVasseur

I received an ebook copy to review.

Title: Aoleon The Martian Girl: Part 2 - 
The Luminess of Mars 
Author and Illustrator: Brent LeVasseur
Category: Middle-Grade
Genre: Science-fiction and Fantasy
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Book Description:

Gilbert never knew that school could be so dangerous!

Determined to accompany his new friend, Aoleon, wherever she goes, Gilbert soon finds himself back in school – at the Martian Space Academy. There he’s introduced to Martian society, hears a history lesson on the Draconian and Andromedan races, and even gets invited to a psiball match. But Gilbert soon finds out it’s not all fun and games. Not only is Aoleon’s arch nemesis, Charm Lepton, determined to make sure that Aoleon doesn’t make it through the psiball game, but Gilbert also comes under attack when a mysterious force attempts to control him.

Do our two heroes have what it takes to survive?

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About the author:
Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He is an associate member of the Children's Book Council. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Aoleon The Martian Girl 

My opinion:
Part 2 of Aoleon and Gilbert's adventure starts off really good. Aoleon paints Gilbert blue so he doesn't stand out while she shows him around Mars. Somehow Gilbert gets the attention of the Luminess, who is the wife of Luminon the Martian leader, and she tries to control him so Aoleon and Gilbert have to run away and escape again. The rest of the book wasn't as exciting as the first book. Aoleon takes Gilbert home and introduces him to her family. The next day she takes him to her school where he meets some of Aoleons classmates and learns a little Martian history. After school Gilbert watches Aoleon play a game called psi-ball. 

I was hoping for more action but part 2 was mostly about what living in Mars is like. Some of the names are pretty strange like Ptolemy, Xanthe, Phaethontis and Plutarch Xenocrates.  There are some funny parts just like in the first book and the pictures are very helpful. I think I would enjoy this book so much more as an audiobook so I could hear how to say all the names but then I would miss out on the pictures. I did like this book but I am hoping Part 3 has a lot more action. I give this book 3 stars.

You can read my review of Part 1 here.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Book Review: Aoleon The Martian Girl Part 1 First Contact by Brent LeVasseur

I received a free ebook copy to review.

Aoleon The Martian Girl Part 1 First Contact 
by Brent LeVasseur
Category: Middle-Grade
Genre: Science-fiction and Fantasy
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Mars wants our cows (yes, cows!) and they're sending an invasion fleet to take them from us. Only Gilbert and Aoleon the Martian Girl stand in their way!

Gilbert always longed for adventure but now that he has it, he's not sure that it's everything it's cracked up to be. Ever since the night he met Aoleon the Martian Girl sitting in the middle of a crop circle in Farmer Johnson's field, it's been nothing but one wild ride after another.

From fighting off swarms of giant killer robots to dealing with strange aliens from another world, never mind trekking across the vast Martian desert in order to skyboard deep into the center of a (hopefully!) extinct volcano, Gilbert's had his hand full just trying to keep up with it all. And now it's up to him and his new friend, Aoleon, to face off against the evil Martian overlord and keep our cows safe at home where they belong.

The launch of this exciting and innovatively illustrated new series takes the reader deep into the heart of an unforgettable and out-of-this-world friendship in a story full of hijinks, hilarity, and good old-fashioned fun. Join Gilbert and Aoleon in this exciting middle grade science fiction adventure today!

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My opinion:
Aoleon The Martian Girl Part 1 starts of at the Sullivan Farm House in Nebraska where we meet Gilbert Sullivan. Gilbert seems like a normal farm boy with a pet cat and strange dreams. Gilbert wakes up from one of his dreams and because he can't go back to sleep decides to look at the sky through his telescope when he sees a strange light pass over his house. He decides to go investigate and that's how he ends up meeting Aoleon The Martian Girl. Right away Gilbert can tell that Aoleon is friendly. So then their adventure begins! First they run away from Gilbert's neighbor, Farmer Johnson, who is trying to shoot them then they have to escape from military planes trying to shoot them down! I'm so glad the book tells you every time the setting changes because I would have been so confused. The story starts off in Nebraska but it takes you to California to Paris and even to Mars! 

What I loved the most about Aoleon The Martian Girl Part 1 was what I love about most fantasy books the action and adventure! The characters are likable, the illustrations are great and I laughed so much! Even though this is a middle grade book I would recommend this book to people of all ages because I believe anyone would enjoy it especially if you're into reading fantasy and science fiction but if you're not you might enjoy it anyway. I give this book 4 stars because I did have to go back and reread some parts a couple times to make sure I understood what was going. Overall a very good book anyone can enjoy!

Meet the Author:

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He is an associate member of the Children's Book Council. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Aoleon The Martian Girl 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Your Chakras and You by John Cappello

Your Chakras and You 

by John Cappello

New Age / Self Help
Date Published: July 2015

This recording is a meditation to cleanse the Chakras. The relaxing narration guides the listener to gently dwell on each Chakra area and visualize each of them. Focusing and sending healing energy to each Chakra allows them to function normally.

This meditation was developed because there is a need to understand the Chakras and the importance of the energy they control in each person. These energy center can become under or over emphasized in life due to stress and tension. When they are not functioning in a normal manner they can cause emotional, spiritual and physical discomfort. The narration in this meditation is designed to assist in relaxing and creating an atmosphere for healing.

About the Author

John Cappello is an internationally renowned psychic medium from the North Texas area. He has been working in the area of evidential mediumship since 1997 and gives comfort and validation to those suffering from the loss of a loved one. He has demonstrated his work on many radio and television programs and has appeared on America’s Spookiest Homes on the HGTV Network. John travels around the country appearing at various metaphysical outlets providing workshops, public demonstrations and private readings.
He is certified as an “authentic” psychic medium by the American Federation of Certified Psychics and Mediums. He is an internet radio talk show host for the program Beyond Metaphysics on the Inception Radio Network and author of the award winning book, Open the Mind Exercise the Soul. The book has been recognized as a finalist in the adult non-fiction category at the North Texas Book Festival in 2013, the winner of the New Age category for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a finalist in the New Age category at the International Book Awards in 2013 and was a finalist in the New Age category at the USA Best Books Awards in 2013. It was the most awarded psychic development book in 2013 in the United States.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Review: Effenfine Tweezer Set

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My opinion:
I don't know if it's just me but I usually buy a few tweezers a year because I keep losing them. I need tweezers in my bag, in my room, in the restroom and also in the living room in case I need to use them because you never know... I loved everything about the Effenfine Tweezer Set!

Here's a list of things I love

  • the name Effenfine!
  • the case it comes in
  • it's a set of three (even though my sister already grabbed one to keep)
  • the red color
  • how easy they are to hold with my fingers
  • they work great on even the smallest thinnest hairs
  • they look so pretty!

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Book Review: Green Bird by Mark Ansel

Book Description:
When a little green bird living with his pink squirrel friend decides to find his real family, he ventures deep into the world to be reunited. The little green bird stumbles upon several different green creatures but none of them are birds.

As he grows tired from the journey, he takes a big nap, not knowing that a big green bird was sleeping above him. When the big green bird leaves in the morning, it leaves a big green feather behind, hoping that the two may be reunited again.

The little green bird doesn't care how long it'll take, he’s determined to find his family.

My opinion:
Green Bird is a cute adventure book for very small children. My children are 1,3, and 7 and they all loved it. My one year old especially seemed to enjoy it. I would show the pictures to my kids and ask them is this a bird? My one year old thought every little green thing was a bird! The pictures are adorable I think I loved the pictures even more than the story. There was no real ending so I'm guessing there will be more Green Bird adventures. I would give this book 4 stars.

Green Bird is 99 cents on Amazon

Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Review: The Gatekeeper's Trilogy by Eva Pohler

I received a free ebook to review.

Book Description:
A young adult fantasy about the ancient gods in modern times.

A teen becomes entangled with the gods of Mount Olympus when one of them, Thanatos, the god of death, wants his chance at love. He makes a deal with his father, Hades, to go to the upperworld to win Therese’s heart, but not all the gods are happy.

Part paranormal romance and part adventure story, this trilogy follows Therese’s adventures as she struggles to overcome the challenges the gods dish her in her quest to become like them.
Follow Therese’s adventures as she strives to become a goddess in the ancient Greek pantheon.


My opinion:
Even though I have always thought Greek mythology is pretty interesting I don't know very much about it. I only knew of the main Gods and Goddesses like Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Aphrodite, and a few others but just by reading The Gatekeepers Trilogy I learned about so many others I hadn't heard of before and I loved that. For example I didn't know the god of death even had a name but now I know his name is Thanatos and he has a twin brother named Hypnos but now I do. I loved the love story I loved the adventure but most of all I loved learning a little more about Greek mythology. 

The Gatekeeper's Sons is book one of The Gatekeeper's Trilogy and even though it is my least favorite out of all three books I still loved it. In this book you get introduced to Than and Therese and a bunch of other characters. The way Therese meets Thanatos and Hypnos is pretty sad but I think it is always good to know how any love story begins.

The Gatekeeper's Challenge is even better than book one. Therese has to pass 5 challenges from Hades if she wants to become a goddess. This book is full of adventure!

The Gatekeeper's Daughter is my favorite of all three. It seems like finally Than and Therese will be together but some of the gods and goddesses are still against their love. Therese has to find her purpose and keep fighting to be with Than. The books just keep getting better and better and I can't wait to read books 4-6! Overall I think these books deserve 5 stars!
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Book Review with Giveaway: Chance Meetings: Stories About Cross-Cultural Karmic Collisions and Compassion by Madhu Bazaz Wangu


In this eloquent collection of stories twelve different people from different walks of life discover how one chance meeting with a stranger can change a person forever. Madhu B. Wangu draws from her own Indian-American heritage and examines the lives of ordinary people facing challenging circumstances—cruelty, prejudiced minds, twisted family relationships, unhappy marriages—and demonstrates how these situations transcend ethnicity and background as interactions with strangers force each character to look deep within themselves, often acknowledging painful truths and long-held secrets, in order to seize control of their own destinies and forge their own paths to independence and happiness.

Madhu Bazaz Wangu poignantly weaves a universal message that ties the characters in these stories together, one that applies to anyone who has experienced poverty, jealousy, fear, prejudice, disillusionment, and above all, the feeling of being a foreigner, even within one’s own family.

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"Beautiful, lush, lyrical stories and rhythmic language transports and transforms--each story is an unforgettable journey." - Kathleen Shoop, IPPY Award-Winning Author of The Last Letter and After the Fog

"A skilled practitioner, Madhu B. Wangu, writes from the marrow of her bones. In her collection, she conjures dream-like motifs of goodness, guidance, and the human condition. Her writing, infused with echoes of Hindu and Buddhist myths, is deeply satisfying and transformative." - Gwyn Cready, RITA Award Winning Author 

"Chance Meetings is an evocative and thought-provoking collection: A delicious blending of cultures, delicately rendered and rich with sensory detail." Meredith Mileti, Author of Aftertaste

Story Summaries: 

Secret Healer: One small town boy’s journey from the innocence of childhood to the injustices of servitude before finding shelter with an old man.

Cadmium and Crimson: Two sculptors, one goal—to make masterpieces in three dimensions. The older dedicates his life to art and his younger contemporary to success. Where do their intentions lead them?

Blackened Mirror: A successful artist discovers his authentic self.

A Chance Meeting: A young man treats a total stranger the way he wants to be treated without expecting anything in return to amazing effect.

Yellow Jacket: The protagonist is unable to resolve the guilt caused by the jealousy toward his younger brother as a result of his sudden death.

The Thug: In an intense, frightful hour, a woman realizes the folly of gossip.

A Precious Gift: After her son’s death, a distraught woman learns from her old mother how to cope with loss.

An American Dialogue: A synchronic event changes a prejudiced woman’s beliefs about a man from a religion other than her own.

Darkness Behind Eyes: At the age of seventy-two, the deep driving desire of a woman who has wanted to learn to read since her teen years helps her achieve her goal.

Gauri’s Freedom: An arranged marriage dramatically alters a young woman’s plans for her life until she meets another woman by chance who inspires her to take her life into her own hands through determination and self-sufficiency.

Cycle of Life: A young, idealistic woman learns why and how life goes on despite suffering, anguish and physical pain.

Portable Shrine: A writer discovers she is capable of more than she thought through the life lessons learned by the characters in her novel.

Read an excerpt HERE

My opinion:
Chance Meetings is not the usual type of book I read but it seemed interesting so I decided to give this book a chance. The first two stories Cycle of Life and Cadmium and Crimson were okay but I still wasn't convinced I would like the book. Since they're short stories I kept reading anyways and I'm glad I did because I loved Gauri's Freedom, An American Dialogue, and The Thug. These stories show how someone you meet can change your life or the way you think. I did enjoy reading these stories and thought most of them were sweet even though Secret Healer wasn't such a nice story until the end and almost made me cry. Overall I give this book 4 stars.

About the author

A Historian of Asian Religions and Indian Art, Madhu B. Wangu taught Hindu and Buddhist art at Wheaton College, Wellesley, University of Rhode Island and University of Pittsburgh. She has published four non-fiction books and numerous essays in scholarly anthologies. “Chance Meetings” is her debut story collection.

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