Saturday Short-Story Review: Alien (Mysterious Monsters #2) by David Michael Slater

Saturday Short Story Review

Hello book lovers! Today’s short story review is on Alien (Mysterious Monsters #2) by David Michael Slater.

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Publication Date: March 12th 2018

Publisher: Corgi Bits (Incorgnito Publishing Press)

Read Date: March 30th 2018

Genre: Children’s Fiction / Mystery

Pages: 108

Stars: 5/5

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With Bigfoot safely stashed in their basement, Maddie, Max, and Theo Mattigan are off to Las Vegas with their dad. His plan is to prove there are no aliens on the loose there. But now that his kids know that Mysterious Monsters are real, they’re making plans of their own. 

They’ll need clever disguises, well-hidden walkie-talkies – and more than a few broken eggs – to find out, once and for all, what’s hidden in the notorious Area 51.


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Alien, second in Mysterious Monster book series that started right from the end of first book Bigfoot, in which Mattigan kids got involved in conspiracy that did lot of damage to their dad’s image but it also changed their mind, now they believed in Mysterious monsters. In this book Mattigan kids wanted to help their father in solving the mystery of Alien rumors in Las Vegas and prove it all fake but with their own plan.

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Mattigan kids- Maddie (12), Max (10), Theo (8) – were again so smart, brilliant, more mature and different from other kids of their age. It was proved more than once during their hotel stay in Las Vegas. Their father, Marcus Mattigan was big skeptic who was hosting a show ‘Monstrous Lies with Marcus Mattigan’ proving that all fantasies and monsters are fake. I loved this adorable kids and their father. This was most fascinating family I ever read.

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Book was narrated again in third person mesmerizing story teller voice. The beginning, introductory chapter, was great with overview of Mattigans and their next adventure. I loved Mattigans’ illustration throughout the book. Max was great with putting puzzle together and was true spy in the book. Theo was such cute and innocent boy, this little guy was so charming and made me smile. Maddie’s motherly care for her siblings didn’t go unnoticed and again she was such impressive big sister and daughter. Their understanding  regarding their father’s skeptic nature and that he is not ready for facing the real monsters and accepting the truth of it was remarkable.

I loved Mattigans’ research on the aliens and rumors around it. Till the end of the book it kept me wondering whether Alien story was a real or not and what will happen if they found real Alien. This book had less twist and turns compared to first one, kid’s plan of capturing alien was unpredictable but who was the alien at the end, I could see it coming. Author did great with suspense and the twist just before alien’s mask was uncovered at the end was surprising.

Walkie talkie, spy kit, spy tips, teachable moments, and aliens will definitely pique interest of young readers. One of the moment that I truly love which was teachable moment for children and also showed maturity of Mattigan kids was gambling at casino and how Maddie and max phrased people playing there as ‘Zombies’.

End was great and this line so fits the end of the book,

“What happened in Vegas got out of Vegas.”

There is some family mystery as well which I’m sure will be uncovered in future books of the series and I’m looking forward to read more about Mattigan family and their monstrous adventure. I have a feeling by the end of the series Mattigans’ basement is going to be flooded with monsters. 😉

Overall, it was fun entertaining alien mystery that all kids would love to read.


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Author: David Michael Slater

To know more about author click ⇒HERE

Illustrator: Mauro Sorghienti

Buy Link: Amazon.in / Amazon.com

*** Note: I received review copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to publisher, author, and NetGalley. ***

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#BookPromo #BlogTour: Sweet Home Summer by Michelle Vernal @rararesources @MichelleVernal

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Eeeek!! I totally forgot it was my turn during the blog tour for Sweet Home Summer by Michelle Vernal yesterday. It just slipped out of my mind. Many thanks to thanks to Rachel @Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in this tour and also for reminder.   

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Sweet Home Summer by Michelle Vernal

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Publication Date: 12th January 2018

Publisher – Harper Impulse

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What’s a Matchmaker? I’m thinking a really, really old Irish version of Tinder…

Isla Brookes was terrified of leading a little life in the small New Zealand town where she was born and where her gran and mum were also born and bred. To escape their fate, she breaks it off with her teenage sweetheart and runs away to London. She’s spent the last ten years climbing the interior design career ladder and meeting the wrong kind of man until one day she wakes up and wonders what it’s all been for. Leaving her latest unsuitable man and job for dust Isla winds up sitting on a beanbag in therapy at a Californian retreat, where she realises it’s time to go home.

They breed em tough on New Zealand’s West Coast. A fact Isla’s grandmother, Bridget prides herself on. Her heart was broken once, and she won’t let it happen again, but now ever since her husband passed away, someone’s been sending her Valentine’s Day cards.

When the dance hall, the scene for this heartbreak, falls into decline, Bridget decides the link to her first love must be restored even if the events of long ago can’t be put right. She’s never heard of dating apps, so in a nod to her Irish ancestry, she decides to hold a fundraising Matchmaker Festival.

Then Rohan Sullivan blows into town on a strange wind offering his services as a bona fide matchmaker; suddenly it’s time for both women to remedy the mistakes of their past.

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Michelle Vernal.jpgHello, my name is Michelle Vernal, and by way of introduction, I’m Mum to Josh and Daniel and am married to the super supportive Paul. We live in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand with our three-legged, black cat called Blue. BC (before children) Paul and I lived and worked in Ireland, the experiences we had there have flavoured my books.

I’ve always written, but it was only after my first son was born that I decided to attend a creative writing course at Canterbury University. Oh the guilt dropping him at pre-school so I could learn the basics of story writing, but oh the joy of having conversation to contribute other than the price of nappies that week!  The first piece I ever penned post course was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. I went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of my take on parenting, but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, I set myself the challenge of writing a novel. Six books later and a publishing deal with Harper Impulse here I am. These days I write for a lifestyle magazine and my latest book Sweet Home Summer has just been released by Harper Impulse.

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The Bone Curse (Benjamin Oris #1) by Carrie Rubin

 

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Publication Date: March 27th 2018

Publisher: ScienceThrillers Media

Read Date: March 28th 2018

Genre: Mystery Thriller / Medical Science-Fiction / Occult

Pages: 296

Stars: 3.75 (that sums 4)/5

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MEDICINE HAS NO CURE FOR EVIL…

Ben Oris, a pragmatic med student from Philadelphia, gets cut by an old bone while touring the Paris catacombs. His companion Laurette, a public health student from Haiti, senses danger and worries an evil curse now runs through him.

Ben scoffs at the idea—he simply has a wound that won’t heal—and back home he returns to his stressful clerkship at the hospital. But when people close to him succumb to a grisly illness and a dark priest pursues him, his skepticism wavers. Could a bone from an 18th-century skeleton with a frightening history really cause modern-day disease?

With the help of Laurette, he scrambles to find a cure through Vodou before more of his loved ones die. But first, he must battle the mysterious priest who’s bent on vengeance and determined to have Ben’s blood as his own.


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The Bone Curse was a medical science-fiction book that revolved around Haitian Vodou practice and culture and a curse that travelled father to son and messed up Benjamin Oris’s pragmatic thoughts and life. The story is about religion vs science and faith vs agnosticism, logic, trust, friendship, and vengeance.

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Ben (Benjamin Oris) was introvert medical student who worked hard to get into med school and Internal medicine clerkship under Hitler like attending (Dr. Smith) was even harder than the admission.  He was pragmatic to fault. He never believed his best friend Laurette when she warned him about the experience in Paris catacombs, the way bone hurt him and now he carries the evil with him, he didn’t believe her. Even though one after another all his loved once gets mortally sick. Weird thing is he clung to his skepticism till the end of the book as if all that happened to him and what he experienced was nothing, which I didn’t like. He even doubted Laurette, when all she did was help him. There were many flaws in this character- he was selfish, he cared only about his career, always at internal war, escaping his responsibility, he never talked about things when he should and so messed up many relationship in his life. That’s too many right? Well I was glad he developed in almost everything by the end of the book except in his skepticism which remained.

Laurette– she was my favorite character in the book. Her friendship toward Ben was most remarkable, she never given up on him even though Ben let her down again and again by not trusting or believing her. She was smart, funny, selfless, kind, and humble woman. Not a single thing about her I disliked. Her logic were similar to Ben she was also a believer which was the reason of all doubts for Ben.

I even liked Ben’s both gay fathers and his mother Harmony. Sophie was real great, the way she gave him a chance to escape his responsibility and handling the situation was not easy thing to do for a woman who is abandoned by her family. Character development was good in the book. I loved the way Ben’s relation with his mother was developed and change in Dr. Smith’s attitude towards Ben, and Ben’s gradual development as the book progressed.

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It was like half of the book take place within hospital and other half of the book was about Haitian vodou and main character and people around him were tangled in this juxtaposed setting.

Beginning was strong with interesting paranormal experience of Ben and Laurette in Paris catacomb. Book was tense, gripping, and suspenseful with horrifying elements. The flow of the book was perfect it was not too fast or slow, every scene were placed in nice and smooth order that made the book very interesting.

The story was narrated through Ben’s POV and as he was medical student working for clerkship there was lot of medical science terminology which awesome and showed author’s experience in the field. I specifically liked Ben’s rounds in the hospital that was not only just medical talk but also gave overview of his colleague, hospital staff, and his relationship with them.

Vodou practice, culture and history related to it was depicted vividly with mention of all the small things that easily conjured up scenes. I loved reading about the curse, its story and the reason why it travelled from catacomb to Ben and why it is making him contagious and making his loved ones sick. There was also touch of racism along with religious beliefs.  

Ben’s logic and reasoning as a science students was right at its place but there are somethings beyond science that is called faith and religion that you can’t be reason with. Both things is different but has a fine line was represented in the book amazingly. Whole curse thing, illness and Ben’s experience through vodou practice was given a two way explanation, one scientifically and one a cultural belief, and Ben’s metal turmoil between this two was more focused in the book which made it realistic.

Some turns I could see coming and some twists were surprising. Climax was shocking and unpredictable. So much happened from climax to end that kept me on the edge. End was good only I’m not happy with Ben’s end thought.

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The reason was Ben. I didn’t like his skepticism. Till some point it sounded logical, liked his realistic approach but then he started irritating me. His constant mind battle in tense situations just fueled my frustration. I just wanted yell at him ‘to do something fast, believe for a minute, save people and get over with it’. As I said I didn’t like his end thought and the way he treated Laurette. There was something off with his narration, I couldn’t feel his emotions, it just made me understand his situation and his feelings but it didn’t reach to me.

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Overall the plot and subplots was great, unique, intriguing that glued me to book till the end. Those who like mix of science and religious belief, and occult practice would love to read this book.


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Author: Carrie Rubin

To know more about author click ⇒Here

Buy Link: Amazon.com / Amazon.in

*** Note: I received e-arc of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to publisher, author, and NetGalley.***

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Destiny’s Gambit (The Voyages of Jake Flynn #1) by R.J. Wood

 

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Published: January 24th 2015

Publisher: HeroicTales.com

Read Date: March 24th 2018

Category: Middle Grade/ Young Adult / Science-fiction / Fantasy / Steampunk

Pages: 224

Stars: 4.5/5

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Jake Flynn’s parents disappeared when he was a baby. On his twelfth birthday, the mystery of why his parents disappeared begins to unravel when he discovers a glowing talisman with a message from his father.

Jake is directed to a derelict sailboat in a field. He watches in awe as the talisman knits ropes and sails for it out of golden energy. Awash in light, the boat sails up into space, and the voyages of Jake Flynn begin.

During the quest to find his parents, Jake encounters space pirates in tall sailing ships, channelers that can wield energy like magic, and evil cabalists led by a sinister snake-woman. Assisted by a young healer and her aged protector, a spirited cabin girl, and a salty space captain, Jake learns that he too can channel, and that he is central to stopping the cabalists from resurrecting a long-dead evil.

Puzzles, a pirate asteroid, walking the plank, fantastic magic, traps, treasure caves, multiple planets and great ship battles – Jake must experience them all on this epic sword and space adventure.

By the end, Jake will discover the truth about his destiny, realize that family can transcend blood lines, and understand that his own needs are sometimes less important than those of others.


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Destiny’s Gambit is science-fiction fantasy steampunk novel that take place in outer space. It’s a story about 12-year-old Jake who was searching for answers about his parents who disappeared when he was too young. The story is about good vs bad, friendship, growing up and taking responsibility, accepting destiny and never giving up hope. This book adventurous involving Magis, pirates, ship battles and puzzles set by Jake’s parents and lot of space surfing.

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Jake Flynn had fascination for ships and loved everything about them and so was a great captain when he sailed on the voyage of finding his parents. He never came to terms with his parents disappearance, he had lot of questions about them but no answers from his grandma or uncle. When he received a mysterious signal and then locket with a message from his father he left to find them to unknown world occupied by pirates and different species. I liked the way his turmoil was showed in the book with all emotions. His fears, courage and conscience was presented realistically. I liked his gradual development and the way he took decision and accepted fate.

Starla– I liked this calm nonviolence natured life Magi. Her wisdom in the book were inspiring for both characters and readers of the book. She was very supportive to Jake and I liked the way she handled tantrums of Jehn.

Jehn had seen lot worse in slavery of pirates. She was short tempered and had some problems with Starla. She was smart and had a good survival instinct.

Otto, the old Magi and captain Goldbar both were good fighter and likable characters.

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World, planets, and descriptions of the places was unique, detailed, and structured creatively with all logics and justifications that a middle grade/young adult readers can easily understand. The voyage, floating of ship, magic and powers, looks of different species were imaginative. The book gave the feeling of Chronicles of Narnia. This was just the first book of the series so there was sufficient overview of the world and I have feeling as the series will progress there will be more to know about this world.

Book was third person narrative. I liked the view point of main character and voice of all other characters, they acted according their age and role which made characters reasonable. They all had their story. Oh I wish there was more mention of Jack’s grandma, she was wonderful lady.

There was right amount of suspense, adventure, and thrill with many unpredictable twists and turns. Most of the time I couldn’t guess characters’ next step. I specifically loved the explanation of characters’ power, their skills and magic in the book.

Climax was full of riddles, exploration, revelations and tense gripping battles. End was great with new friends, responsibility, and purpose; with development of characters and cliffhanger. I wonder what the mystery of Jack’s parents and powers was, where his ship will head next, and what kind of enemies are waiting out there in his next voyage. I would love to continue this series.

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Can’t exactly point out any negativity in book but it felt like there was something missing or I wanted something more. As it is first book in the series and I have many questions regarding world and mystery so I’m holding back the full rating for next books of the series.

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Overall, Destiny’s Gambit was fast paced, enjoyable adventurous sci-fi with creative world and smooth writing that all young reader would love to explore.


You can find Destiny’s Gambit on Goodreads

You can buy Destiny’s Gambit here:
– Amazon
– Barnes & Noble
– Kobo
– Smashwords

R.J. WoodAbout the Author:

R. J. Wood has been creating stories and adventures for others since 1979. A bard at heart, he trained in Drama (BA) and History (MA) while at university. He currently lives near Snoqualmie Falls in Washington State with his wife and children. There he does a little fishing, some adventuring, and of course, his writing.

Like everyone of my generation and beyond I have been heavily influenced by film. I like to think of my books as movies in my mind. I developed my creative writing through fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal RPGs. My degree in drama helps me with story, characters, and especially dialogue. Having an advanced history degree is excellent for plots and characters, but it also helps me with world building.

You can find and contact R.J. Wood here:
– Website
– Facebook
– Twitter
– Goodreads
– Amazon
– Instagram

*** Note: I received review copy of this book as a part of blitz tour organized by  Lola’s Blog Tours. Many thanks to author and Lola for giving me a chance to read the book. ***

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (23)

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?’ is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Hey Book Lovers! I hope you all had a fabulous week. I returned yesterday very late from vacation, technically today at 2:30 a.m. (we had a connecting flight Kochi – Mumbai- Hyderabad and were supposed to arrive back to Hyderabad on Sunday at 11 p.m. but because of air traffic second flight was delayed.) I was damn tired today and had a lot to do- unpacking, laundry, cleaning… it was a busy day after awesome week of vacation. I will share some pictures later this week, they are still in my cam.

I didn’t read much during my trip as we were out sightseeing whole day and when we returned to hotel I barely could read few chapters, I couldn’t even read your posts and I’m sorry for that. 

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I finished Destiny’s Gambit (The Voyages of Jake Flynn Book 1) by R. J. Wood. I will write and post review tomorrow.

Currently Reading—

The Bone Curse (Benjamin Oris #1) by Carrie Rubin

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Ben Oris, a pragmatic med student from Philadelphia, gets cut by an old bone while touring the Paris catacombs. His companion Laurette, a public health student from Haiti, senses danger and worries an evil curse now runs through him.

Ben scoffs at the idea—he simply has a wound that won’t heal—and back home he returns to his stressful clerkship at the hospital. But when people close to him succumb to a grisly illness and a dark priest pursues him, his skepticism wavers. Could a bone from an 18th-century skeleton with a frightening history really cause modern-day disease?

With the help of Laurette, he scrambles to find a cure through Vodou before more of his loved ones die. But first, he must battle the mysterious priest who’s bent on vengeance and determined to have Ben’s blood as his own.

I finished 50% of this book. It’s releasing tomorrow and again I can’t review it on release day. 

Next this week—

Deadly Spirits by E.Michael Helms 

31146881When PI Mac McClellan’s girlfriend convinces him to join the Palmetto Paranormal Society, he becomes embroiled in a case of whooodunnit. The society president, while investigating an old hotel, is found dead at the foot of the stairwell, his neck broken. The man’s secretary and current squeeze stands horrified beside his body. Authorities rule the death an accident. Mac has doubts—no one heard the man tumbling down the stairs. Then the secretary dies in an apparent suicide. Two deaths in two paranormal investigations, and not a peep out of either victim. Mac suspects there’s more going on than a vengeful spirit.

Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series, which began with Deadly Catch. 

Last week I thought I will read this on my vacation but I only managed to read Destiny’s Gambit and then I remembered The Bone Curse is releasing this week, so I started reading it in place of this one. But this week I will surely start this book.


What are you reading this week? How was your last week? Have you read any of these books before or planning to read in future? What do you think about them?? Share your thoughts in the comment-box below.

 

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