Book Review: The Navigators, by Dan Alatorre

The NavigatorsThe Navigators by Dan Alatorre

  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Dan Alatorre (July 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HKF3JGO
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Getting Rather Excited about the Season of the Christmas Novel!

    About this time every year a favorite occurrence happens.  Christmas books come out for me to read. Last year I read about 45 during the Christmas season. It was wonderful. It might not have been snowing in Kentucky, but there were plenty of blizzards in many small towns across the genre.

    There were wishes, hopes, magic, Santa’s, and really cute families, all coming together with love and the spirit of the season.  Oh, yes! I am ready to start all over again, with a fresh new batch of Christmas novels. This is the season for the time travel, Christmas novels, mail order bride, Christmas novellas, second chances at love, Christmas stories, Returning home to find an old love waiting, Christmas tales, and new twists on the Santa Legend. Whatever the setting, I am ready with my hot chocolate and my notepad. Let’s get ready for some holiday reviews.

    So here is wishing you all a happy Halloween and a joyous welcome to the Christmas novel season. I have already picked up a few to get me started.  If you have any favorites, then comment below, I will attempt to find it and get it on the read list. As always December will include Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express,  and The Night before Christmas. There are some things you just have to do to  make the season bright.

    Enjoy November, I will be reading and reviewing as I participate in NanoWriMo.

    Book Review: New Release: Winters Rising, by Shannyn Leah

    Winters Rising (Lexcon Time Travel, #1)Winters Rising by Shannyn Leah

  • Series: Lexcon Time Travel, The Winters
  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 19, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1537499602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1537499604
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review:Has Anyone Seen My Brain, by Dan Nimak

    Has Anyone Seen My Brain?Has Anyone Seen My Brain? by Dan Nimak

  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rainbug Books (April 20, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 20, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01EM6NFHM
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    My Review:

    What a great time travel plus friendship book. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Jayden, Aneki, Addie, and the ringleader. This book was interesting and made me appreciate the game of baseball and the history of Salem.

    I think there is going to be more adventures if I read that last sentence correctly. I hope so anyway. Dan Nimak really did a great job of building this story. I liked everyone featured and I loved the time periods. I was completely caught up in the story. Dan Nimak has a real connection to the Salem witch trials which were the time frame of their trip back in time.

    When I saw that there was time travel involved, I knew this book was for me, so I requested a copy to read and review. I was so glad to receive this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This might be considered Middle-grade reading, but I, as an adult, enjoyed the characters and the story immensely. The​ writing is quick and clever and right on target for the age range. Well written and as hard as it is to manage time travel without plot holes, this one aced it.

    My Recommendation:

    I highly recommend this as a great book for middle-grade readers and also anyone that enjoys a fast-paced trip into history via time travel. The concept was unique and the characters were engaging.

    Where to Find Has Anyone Seen My Brain:

    This book is available on Kindle by clicking the link below.

    Book Review: Crossing in Time, by D. L. Orton

    Crossing in Time (Between Two Evils, #1)Crossing in Time by D.L. Orton

    My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: In the Land of Broken Time, by Max Evan and Maria Evan

    In The Land of Broken Time: The Incredible JourneyIn The Land of Broken Time: The Incredible Journey by Max Evan and Maria Evan

  • Print Length: 53 pages
  • Publisher: Max and Maria Evans; 1 edition (August 2, 2016)
  • Publication Date: August 2, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JM4FG6C
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: The Time Traveling Outlaw by Ma​cy Babineaux

    The Time-Traveling OutlawThe Time-Traveling Outlaw by Macy Babineaux

    • Publication Date: July 29, 2016
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01J1UKI7Y

     


    My Rating:

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


    The Book Blurb:

     

     

    The year is 2026. Logan Carver is serving the sixth year of a life sentence without parole. But the corporate prison where he is held has an experimental science wing, and Logan has been volunteered against his will to test a machine that can transport living things through time.

    The year is 1861. Sally Macintosh is a beautiful, headstrong young widow living alone on a ranch near Lockdale, Texas. She had a husband, not long ago. But he was murdered by a ruthless cattle baron intent on taking their land. She’s about to lose all hope when she meets a stranger on the road into town, a mysterious, handsome wanderer willing to help her stand up to the man who killed her husband.

    Logan failed the woman he loved in his own time, and he makes a promise to himself to not let that happen again. But his captors in the future have him on a short leash, able to yank him back to 2026 at will. If he’s going to help Sally, he’ll need to break the hold they have on him. Only then can he help the beautiful woman he has encountered in the past and possibly redeem the future.


    My Review:

     

    This, time travel book is just a great piece of writing. Right from the start you begin to feel connected to Logan. His past troubling and his future uncertain, you find him stumbling around in the heat naked.

    Sally is a widow that is struggling to keep her land from being taken away by the greedy Sturgess. He has the manpower and the money to make people fear him. She is a strong woman that is willing to face the danger alone. She is relieved when Logan drops into her life and is the kind of man that he is.

    When Logan comes into the picture he brings out the hope and deeper feelings in Sally.

    Macy writes of the struggles of a woman alone in the old west as she struggles not to be manipulated by the town bully and his crew. Her writing brought everything brilliantly to life.
    Weaving the past and the future into a remarkable tale that allows you to become invested in Logan’s life. There is a wonderful sense of hope and love in this story.

    There are some steamy bedrooms scenes that even thougth I personally didn’t find them overdone, might be more than expected.

    Overall, I enjoyed this book so much. Really well written and such an original concept. Macy Babineaux takes Sci-Fi and makes it emotional and interesting for the rest of us.

     

    Recommendation

     

    If you enjoy a sweet tender story of romance, hardships and the chance of finding love again after the pain of losing before, then you will enjojy this book. The characters are good together and are just as surprised with their own feelings as the story unfolds. the time travel aspect is important to the concept, but is not too technical and scientific to understand, while just scientific to make you believe. There are scenes that might be considered rated R. I really enjoyed the book.


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    Book Review: About Time by Jack Finney

    About Time: 12 Short StoriesAbout Time: 12 Short Stories by Jack Finney

    • Print Length: 226 pages
    • Publisher: Touchstone (November 12, 2013)
    • Publication Date: November 12, 2013
    • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00AK9IXLO


      My Rating:

     

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

     

     

    The Book Blurb:

     

    About Time offers a delightful return to the world of time travel and light comedy that distinguished Jack Finney’s all-time classic Time and Again. The protagonists of these twelve stories are well-meaning but at odds with their surroundings and their lives. The time to which they escape—through time travel—doesn’t always fulfill their expectations in the way they had hoped, but sometimes, they can still find their dreams.

     

    About the Author:

     

    Maybe you have heard of Jack Finney as the writer of the successful book The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. He wrote beautifully descriptive science fiction in the late fifties and sixties. He wrote books about time travel that today are just as exciting and intriguing as they were when first published. Jack Finney (1911–1995) was the author of the much-loved and critically acclaimed novel Time and Again, as well as its sequel, From Time to Time. Best known for his thrillers and science fiction, a number of his books—including Invasion of the Body Snatchers—have been made into movies.

     

     

    My Review:

     

     

    This book has all the best stories by Jack Finney. Some are time travel and some are just lovely stories that capture your heart. Each of the stories I carry with me since I first read this book in the 1970’s. Thankfully the short story The Third Level is included in this book. I wanted to share each story with you, so this is a list of the twelve.

    • The Third Level (1950)
    • I Love Galesburg in the Springtime (1962)
    • Such Interesting Neighbors (1951)
    • The Coin Collector (1960)
    • Of Missing Persons (1955)
    • Lunch-Hour Magic (1962)
    • Where the Cluetts Are (1962)
    • The Face in the Photo (1962)
    • I’m Scared (1951)
    • Home Alone (1961)
    • Second Chance (1956)
    • Hey, Look at Me! (1962)

    In the story about the Cluetts, we find a couple that built their dream house. A Victorian House that they treat as authentic in every way. It is beautifully written and made me want one too. Each story has a beauty to it. the simpler times aspect. Of Missing Persons is another favorite. You understand how people choose to stay or go. It makes you question yourself. Would I chicken out? Would I go? Trust me, I have asked myself that so many times, and each time I choose differently. It is a strong story that resonates with me. The third Level takes us into an odd encounter which once again left me wondering if I could walk away from the discovery. That is one of the reasons that Jack Finney is an absolute favorite Author of mine, he makes me ask myself the hard questions. Most of the stories have the theme of time travel. That being said, the story of the lunch hour shopping trip where the protagonist scores a pair of x-ray glasses is a clever piece that kept me laughing. I find this book to be a whirlwind of emotions. Yet, I always leave it with a feeling of longing. I want to experience several events that are mentioned in the twelve. Can’t I just have one?

     

    Recommendation

    There are twelve stories in this compilation all written by this one brilliant writer. Everyone owes it to themselves to read it at least once and see if the witty, charismatic writing style of Jack Finney draws you in as well. I have provided all my own children with a copy of this book and they loved it. I first read The Third Level in the late sixties I was only twelve yet I fell in love with time Travel. It might explain why when I found A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux it became my favorite romance. I can honestly recommend that everyone give it a shot.

     

    Where to Find: About Time:

     

    About Time can be found in Paperback, Kindle, and Nook by clicking the links provided below.

    Book Review: Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

    A Knight in Shining ArmorA Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I first read this book in 1989 and it became my most favorite book. There is not only time travel involved, but there is the sweetest story of love. A forever kind of love that touches the deepest parts of my heart.

    When Dougless Montgomery is abandoned at a country churchyard in the middle of the English countryside, an unexpected hero comes to her aid when she kneels at the old tomb and cries. From that moment, the adventure of several lifetimes begins and whisked me away with it. Nicholas Colin Stafford moved by the tears appears to Dougless and they attempt to change history. Dougless knew when she joined him that he was in danger and tries to not only adjust to living in a time foreign to her, but to save this wonderful man from the fate to which he might be destined.

    It captured my heart with the romantic story of Dougless Montgomery and Nicholas Stafford, the Earl of Thornwyck. He was magnificent. He had humor, curiosity and belief in the almost impossible truth.

    Knight in Shining Armor (The Montgomery/Taggert Family Book 15) was my first Jude Deveraux book and I became obsessed with reading all of her books in an attempt to capture that feeling again. Since she has done about 4 other time travel books, she has become a leading expert on time travel.

    This is a time travel book that touched my heart and made me believe too that there was someone out there at some time in the past for me.

    There is the quote that made me believe in a forever love:

    “My soul will find yours.”
    ― Jude Deveraux, A Knight in Shining Armor

    The book made me cry, laugh, and love. What more could you ask for? I did not want the book to end and I have now read it about 4 times. Just to get that feeling again.

    I now own the kindle edition as well as the hardback book (a birthday gift from my sister who knows me better than anyone). It is one of my most prized books.

    Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux is available in hardback, paperback, Kindle, and in audiobook at Amazon

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    Book Review: Swept Away by Susan Kiernan Lewis

    The Heidelberg Effect (Tempus Fugitives Trilogy, #1)The Heidelberg Effect by Susan Kiernan-Lewis
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Ella and Rowan meet just as Ella is about to move to Germany. They are in Atlanta and they only have a short amount of time before her flight. They seem to have a connection when they meet and it is nice to see them work at how they will continue even after she leaves. They make plans on calls and Skype sessions to hold them over.

    I liked Rowan and I liked Ella. I did not like the changes that came over Ella when she went to Germany. She feels something pretty strongly for Rowan, but doesn’t always take his calls. That I found confusing.

    This is a time travel book and it was done well. It made me feel like I went back with her. I felt like I was seeing this convent and castle which made me like the book even better.

    When she moves to Germany she discovers her mother’s secret and it effects her very deeply. While she was in such an emotional state she stumbles into the year 1620. There she meets a cast of characters that she feels compelled to help. They are a group of nuns that are being targeted by the leaders of the city.

    Axle and his father feel no compunction in how they treat the villagers including this convent full of nuns. Ella steps in to assist the nuns. She has a few items at her disposal and she doesn’t hesitate to use them.

    Back in the 21st century, Rowan has come to Germany to see what has happened to Ella. Since she disappeared three weeks before he has no real leads to her whereabouts. After he has reached a dead end he stumbles into a small street and suddenly he is stepping into a garden where he finds Ella. He doesn’t know it is now 1620.

    Ella and Rowan work together to try to help the nuns. They do have some clever ideas and work very hard for an end to the mistreatment that Axle and his father commit.

    The book is very interesting and it is really engaging. The characters have a few flaws, as do we all. If you like time travel books, I believe this is a good one. This is a series of books, but this does not leave you hanging. There is a conclusion to this book and the next one picks up a few months later.

    The title of the books changed after publication so The Heidelburg Effect became Swept Away.
    This book is available as a Kindle book on Amazon

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