Category: Romance

A Charming Cure by Tonya Kappes

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Cozy, Fantasy, Magic, Mystery, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Rural, Series, Witches / 0 Comments

A Charming Cure by Tonya KappesA Charming Cure by Tonya Kappes
Series: Magical Cures Mystery #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace on September 21st 2012
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 260
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Bubble...Bubble...
Psychic June Heal's homeopathic cure shop, A Charming Cure, is the most popular shop in the unusual little town of Whispering Falls, Kentucky.
Cures and trouble...
June is about to learn she has more than psychic abilities when she attends Hidden Hall, A Spiritualist University, leaving her shop in the hands of handsome sheriff Oscar Park.Hidden Hall has an internal war between the Good-Siders and the Dark-Siders, putting June in the middle.
Magic stirs...
Hidden Hall is riddled with every type of spiritualist. Magic is lurking around every corner, even black-magic.Unfortunately, the Ultimate Spell gets into the wrong hands. But it is only discovered after a few spiritualists go missing or end up poisoned to death.
And troubles double...
Madam Torres, June's crystal ball, reveals that A Charming Cure is in shambles along with the rest of Whistpering Falls.Will June figure out who has the Ultimate Spell and stop them before they destroy the entire spiritualist com

My take on this book: CAUTION! THIS BOOK REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET!!!!

The next book in the Magical Cures Mystery book series leads us back into the small wonderful village of Whispering Falls. At the end of the last book, I believe, we find out that June, to be a good leader, needs to learn about her powers first. So for the first time ever June Heal goes off to college, the very same college that her aunt is the head of, and trying to figure out what is going on at both the college and her little village.

Along the way we find out more about the Good-Siders and Dark-Siders while trying to stop whoever is trying to cast the Ultimate Spell. Which she does and we met new people in this book. Especially two twin girls, who also end up in Whispering Falls at the end, that are split into one Good-Sider and one Dark-Sider. They were first enemies, with June, and then turned into unexpected friends at the end of the book.

For another self-published book Tonya Kappes has outdone herself with this book as it is better than the first one!

I don’t really want to spoil this book for all the people that are reading my reviews but this book to me is good and I guess a good book for character development but the book is getting a little fuzzy in my head as I try to recall it some while I do this book review. So I am just going to say that it is a good book and that everyone should read it!!

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About Tonya Kappes

For years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been self-publishing her numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plotlines and quirky characters, but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.

She has a B.A. in Education from the University of Kentucky and a proud Kentucky Wildcat fan.

Married to an amazing man, Eddy, she has four son ranging in ages from twenty-two to sixteen years old, Charlie and Scooter (Schnauzers), and Kitty Kappes.

Now a full time writer, she spends her days creating the fun-loving, quirky southern characters that is full of charm that readers have come to love.


A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Cozy, Fantasy, Magic, Mystery, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Rural, Series, Witches / 0 Comments

A Charming Crime by Tonya KappesA Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes
Series: Magical Cures Mystery #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace on June 3rd 2012
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 320
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Bubble... Bubble...June Heal has nothing to lose when she relocates her homeopathic cure shop, A Dose of Darla, from the flea market booth in her home town, to a quaint shop in the cozy but unusual little town of Whispering Falls, Kentucky. Or so it seems.
Cures and trouble... Whispering Falls has a lot of secrets. From talking snow globes to whispering animals not to mention a few sprinkles of fairy dust, June realizes Whispering Falls is more magical than she thought. . .literally.

My take on this book: CAUTION! THIS BOOK MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET!!!!!!!!

This book I believe is the first book I have read this year and also the first non-teen book review I am doing for this blog. I have read a lot of other adult books but I think starting with this one is a good idea. Since I got it off my already read book list for this year on goodreads. I’m supposed to read seventy-five books by the end of the year and I have read forty-one. I’m quite happy with what I have accomplished so far. I actually think I started reading this on our road trip/move from California to Montana.

Anyways even though this book is self-published by the author I actually loved it. Since yeah there was errors in the book but in my opinion even the books from actual publishers also have that problem with not very good editing jobs. This book is a really good one and I even more liked how the character, June, found out that her mom, Darla, used to live and work there and about who her dad actually was. She also learns a lot about herself in this book and others.

She even helps her best guy friend out with his job some, since he is the sheriff in that town. This book is so good and Tonya Kappes is a really good author and I can’t wait to read more of her books.

This Review was previously posted on my blogspot site which I will be closing soon.

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About Tonya Kappes

For years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been self-publishing her numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plotlines and quirky characters, but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.

She has a B.A. in Education from the University of Kentucky and a proud Kentucky Wildcat fan.

Married to an amazing man, Eddy, she has four son ranging in ages from twenty-two to sixteen years old, Charlie and Scooter (Schnauzers), and Kitty Kappes.

Now a full time writer, she spends her days creating the fun-loving, quirky southern characters that is full of charm that readers have come to love.


The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Magic, Middle School, Mythology, Review, Roman Mythology, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Mark of Athena by Rick RiordanThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion Book on October 2nd 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 586
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Annabeth returns in the third installment of the biggest series yet from Rick Riordan, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and Percy Jackson andamp; the Olympians series.In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six--who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land--Greece itself--to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery...With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

My take on the book: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK YET!!!!!

To me a lot has happened in this book. We learn that Athena sends only the bravest and smartest of her kids to find a statue that the Romans stole and put away somewhere safe where no one would find it. We have all seven of the demigods together on one ship with Coach Hedge to supervise them.

We also find out that no demigod from either of the two camps have “gone back to the homelands”, meaning Greece and Rome, because of the many monsters that live in the Mediterranean Sea. Though it is there that Leo, Frank, and Hazel fell overboard. It was at the underwater palace that we found a training center for the underwater heroes. Though Percy was quite upset that they didn’t want to meet him, even though he is the son of the water god.

We also encounter a hero turned god and a goddess before the trek to Rome. Along with meeting a nymph called Echo, the poor girl, and a demigod that was obsessed with his own reflection. A lot of very good, cool, and interesting things has happened in this book and I just don’t want to spoil it at all. Especially with Aphrodite’s weird message to Annabeth.

Out of the whole book there is only one thing that I disliked about it and that was at the end after they helped Annabeth at the last leg of her journey, on the Mark of Athena quest, all only for her and Percy to end up in Tartarus. The worst place for a demigod to end up. Even if they need someone there to close the Doors of Death on that side. Though this book with the first two also had some character development going on but not a whole lot from with what I can remember.

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About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Magic, Middle School, Mythology, Review, Roman Mythology, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Son of Neptune by Rick RiordanThe Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion Books on October 4th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 521
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, To storm or fire the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

My take on the book: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK READ THIS REVIEW AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!!

When I first read the plot I read it super-fast because I was so excited that a new book was out and that it had Percy in it. I mean its Percy. Anyways after I read it the first time I had to stop and go “wait….what is it about?” So I had to reread it again but very slowly. I also tried to think of what maybe Rick was thinking about with each of the three things for the three main characters for this book.

For Percy’s all I had to do was read the first line and I started to think “oh no! Rick Riordan what did the gods do to Percy know!” As I read further along in the little paragraph I just kept on thinking which god did this to Percy and Annabeth. Then I saw the last sentence and immediately I thought “What! Did Athena and Aphrodite team up on Percy and Annabeth?” I was so unhappy as I thought about that since Percy and Annabeth have been through so much together. For Hazel’s I started to think after reading the first sentence “What is she a zombie that Ares brought back for the ‘other’ camp?” I then saw the next part about her mom being possessed by greed and I started to think didn’t one of Hades’ forms had a power to do something with jewels being brought up from the ground. But I also wasn’t exactly sure if that was right at all. I started to wonder what is Hazel’s gift and what did she do with it that could harm the future of the world. With the last sentence I just thought that she could have just liked horses and that she is meant to find the house that is in her dreams. For Frank’s when I saw klutz I automatically thought of a medium height person that isn’t to his full height and obviously clumsy. Then I saw the next line and I honestly hadn’t heard of any myths about people being descended from heroes but then I guess that it could happen. With the next line of him hoping Apollo claims him but not being very good at archery during the war games I can’t help but think that maybe he isn’t a son of Apollo at all. Since Apollo’s kids are always good at archery. The last sentence though is making me wonder what Frank’s secret is that he feels like he can trust Hazel with and what did Hazel do to get Frank to trust her with this kind of secret.

Now that was just my first thoughts just by reading the plot. I kept those thoughts in my head as I started to read the book. Which I immediately started to feel bad for Percy as he looked in my mind’s eye as looking pretty bad after fighting a ton of never dying monsters while trying to find Camp Jupiter. He runs into an old hippie lady that all I can’t help but think is either a monster or one of the other goddess’s hiding out. Which turns out to be right even though Percy had lost his invulnerability when he crossed into Roman territory which sucks for Percy. But what’s good is he makes some new friends, especially with Hazel and Frank, and goes on a quest with his two new friends.

We also found out a lot about Hazel and Frank’s pasts and with what Frank entrusts with Hazel. Which I’m not telling since that would ruin the book. Well not as much if I told you what the quest is about but I think you can tell what it is if you look at the cover and after you get kind of far into the book. Like once Percy is in camp. The ending is also very good as well.

Just like with most of Rick Riordan’s books this one is also a good book. I loved everything about it and I am glad though that Percy started to remember stuff from his past faster than Jason. Out of most of the people in this book there is one character I seriously dislike and I guess that is mostly just on him thinking he is this high and mighty sort of prophecy giver from teddy bear stuffing. His name is Octavian and I really don’t like him especially with the way he treats Percy, and most of the other campers, since they first met in the book. Plus he doesn’t even look that good. I mean Frank looks better than him. But yeah I think that is the only bad thing. Though we did see Nico and him acting like he didn’t know Percy when he did is kind of cool. Even though Percy didn’t like that when he got his memories back but knew that Nico did the right on acting like he didn’t know Percy so that the Roman campers wouldn’t gang up against him.

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About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Magic, Middle School, Mythology, Review, Roman Mythology, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Lost Hero by Rick RiordanThe Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion Books on October 12th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 557
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Jason has a problem.He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?
Piper has a secret.Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.
Leo has a way with tools.When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who's gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason's amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

My take on the book: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK!!

Rick Riordan left us off with a new prophecy and a feeling that we were getting a new book series. We found out from Rachel Elizabeth Dare that seven demigods need to save the world at the end of Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and to start the new series called the Heroes of Olympus.

With this first new book we are meeting four new characters named Jason, Piper, Leo and Coach Hedge. We also see how much Camp Half-Blood has changed from what it was before. We got a lot more cabins and a lot more campers as well.

We also find out when Annabeth comes to help get Jason, Piper, and Leo to Camp Half-Blood that Percy has been missing for three months. Almost immediately once they land Leo got claimed by his father, Hephaestus, and we find out the Roman form of his is called Vulcan all only because Jason said it. Hmm I wonder with why and how he knows the Roman forms of the gods and goddess’s instead of their Greek form?

Later that night Piper got claimed by her mother who is Aphrodite. All throughout the book we learn about a whole lot of stuff on each character including how Jason is Thalia Grace’s brother. Toward the end of the book we find out that Jason is a Roman camper but is happy with being at Camp Half-Blood as he has made a lot of new friends and him and Piper are together.

We also find out that Piper’s dad is a Cherokee Native American celebrity actor. We also find out that the Earth Mother goddess is trying to wake up and get all of her titan and giant children up again and trying to destroy the world. We also find out about Leo sort of being the one who killed his mom and that he is working on building a flying warship to go to Camp Jupiter to get the other three campers.

This book is a very good one and I love it very much. I love that Mr. Riordan wrote this series in third person but also that every three chapters is of either Jason, Piper, and Leo which is pretty cool as we get to see some things that has been happening with them. I can tell this series is going to be a good one. I am also quite happy to say that I was oh so wrong about this one not being any good at all. Which was my first thought of this series but I am happy to say that I am very wrong and that I can’t wait to read and share my thoughts of the other books.

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About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.