Thursday, July 9, 2015

Summer Reading

I just finished 3 really fun reads you should check out this summer:

Gyspy Pearl: Tye (book 3 in the Gypsy Pearl series, by Lia London). If you like fun scifi that doesn't make your head spin with techno-mumbo-jumbo you should totally check out this series. It's clever, action packed, and makes you think about how you would look at our planet if you were seeing it for the very first time.

Synopsis: 3 Worlds, 3 Gifts, 3 Powers... Caz must find them all in order to free the fanep species and become queen of the entire Granbo System. When she reaches the third planet, Tye, she figures she's almost done with the mystic cycling process. But the third Gift, instead of giving her Power, threatens to derail everything. It renders her paralyzed every time her adrenaline spikes--something that's hard to avoid when forces from the other two planets are converging to kill her!


The Impossible Race (book 3 in the Cragbridge Hall series, by Chad Morris). This is a wicked-fun-read! All the books are! They are filled with humor, lots of action, and this one makes you think if you could visit anytime in history where would it be? A great book for reluctant readers to try out!

Synopsis: In the final book of the Cragbridge Hall trilogy, Abby, Derick, and their friends must utilize their skills in time travel and technology to survive roving bands of dinosaurs, race through space, build robots, and fight virtual dragons.
It’s known as the Race—an annual tournament where teams of students compete in the hopes of winning an unbelievable prize. But before this year’s competition, Derick and Abby receive a terrifying message from the future: Charles Muns’s plan to control history is going to succeed. It will cost countless people their lives and change the destiny of the world. And there is nothing anyone can do to stop them.
Despite the danger, the twins gather their friends and enter the Race, ready to compete against the best of the best in order to claim what might turn out to be a key of ultimate power.
Can they compete the Race in time and stop Muns? Or has the future already been written?
A page-turning, time-travel adventure that teaches powerful lessons about choice and consequence, believing you can do hard things, and valuing our history.


The Secret of Grim Hill (Book 1 in the Grim Hill series, by Linda DeMeulemeester). This is an inventive spin on what you thought you knew about Halloween. It's got humor, has more of a spooky element, and I would also recommend this book to a reluctant reader--especially a girl.

Synopsis:  Winner of the OLA Silver Birch Award, and selected, Canadian Toy Testing Council's "Great Books for Children." Cat Peters just transferred to Darkmont High and is already desperate to get out. There's no way her mom can afford the tuition at Grimoire, the posh, private school nearby, so when Cat hears that Grimoire is offering a full scholarship to the winners of a soccer match, she jumps at the chance! Once she makes the team, everything starts going Cat's way. It's as if the whole town is under a spell - all anyone cares about is the soccer game. Elated by her new celebrity status, Cat doesn't pay much attention when her little sister, Sookie, and their bookworm neighbor, Jasper, try to tell her there's something...just not right about the old school on the hill. But when terrible things start happening, Cat is forced to take Sookie and Jasper seriously and figure out what is going on. While investigating, Cat stumbles across a book of ancient Celtic myth and fairy lore and quickly realizes that something truly wicked is at work inside the walls of Grimoire.


These are great books! I invite you to check them out. Also tell me what you've been reading. My next book is called: Song of the Mountain (Book 1 in the Mountain Trilogy, by Michelle Isenhoff.) I'm listening to this one! It just so happens to be narrated by the talented Shea Taylor who narrated my own book, The Stone of Valhalla.


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