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Book swap!

Published April 25, 2017 by Kaitlin Michelle

My geek girls x Bloggers Facebook group did a book swap recently! 

My partner sent me Clockwork Prince which is book 2 in the Infer Al Devices series. I need to get book 1 stat, because this looks amazing! She also sent me this little old fashioned phone and cute bookmark! Thanks so much Toni!

Also a big thanks to Pepi for hosting this!

2016 Books in Review

Published January 9, 2017 by Kaitlin Michelle

Here are the best books and series I read in 2016! I only read 60 books this year, instead of my goal of 75.  So this year my goal is 50 books.  I am working full time now, so I will most likely read a lot less than I did when I didn’t work at all.

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PS: What are the best books you read in 2016?

The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959) by David J. Castello

Published January 4, 2017 by Kaitlin Michelle

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The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959)

By David J. Castello

New Magical Realism Novel Asks:

WOULD YOU REALLY WANT TO LIVE FOREVER?

Immortality. What would you do if you had the recipe to live forever? Keep it for yourself, share it with loved ones or tear it up and burn it? The power – for good or evil – would be immeasurable.  The new magical realism novel, The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959) by David J. Castello, follows the life of Steven Ronson from 1945 to 1959. A U.S. Army medic, he stumbles across an immortality formula designed for Adolph Hitler during the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. Still numb with grief and haunted by the loss of nearly every soldier in his unit, Ronson sneaks the formula out of the camp and makes his way to Munich. After a night of passion with a German teenage girl, he consumes the immortality formula as his vendetta against death. Ronson soon discovers the immortality formula also gives him supernatural powers and fantastic musical abilities. He decides to travel to New York City to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a jazz saxophonist, where his performance catches the attention of a disgraced British missionary and his beautiful, adopted niece Jennifer.What follows is a fascinating trail of discovery from New York City to a remote Tibetan monastery where Ronson learns the immortality formula has been closely guarded for thousands of years. Time, however, is running out and Ronson learns German occultists who helped bring Hitler to power in the 1930s have selected another Aryan messiah, and this time he has the formula. Steven cannot allow the nightmare he experienced in Germany to happen again.
Intriguing, original, meticulously researched and based on physical evidence, The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959):

 Asks if immortality is a blessing or a curse

 Shows evil is selfishness to the point of destruction

 Proposes Hitler’s rise to power was assisted by those with mystic/supernatural powers

 Challenges the origin of humanity and Christianity

 Is largely a work of non-fiction interspersed with fiction

 Exposes the real-life ancient medical school above the Chakpori Hill in Tibet was destroyed in 1959 because the Chinese feared its power and hold on local Tibetans

 Contains references from the journals of World War II soldiers

“There are many strange and bizarre parts that are historically accurate, but only known to a few and they buttress each other in a way that will make some wonder if the entire book is  non-fiction,” says Castello. “I have a feeling that more than few history professors will chuckle to themselves – until they dig deep enough.”

About the author:

David J. Castello is the Chief Operating Officer and Editor-in- Chief for the Castello Cities Internet Network (CCIN.com).  Born in the Bronx, he now resides in Nashville. Connect with Castello on Facebook The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959) is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and in bookstores everywhere.

 

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Lock & Mori (Lock & Mori #1) by Heather W. Petty

Published November 13, 2016 by Kaitlin Michelle

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Goodreads:

In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students—one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty—meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.

Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more…

FACT: Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads.

FACT: Miss James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.

FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted.

FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock’s one rule—they must share every clue with each other—Mori is keeping secrets.

OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can’t trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.

My Thoughts:

My #otspsecretsister bought me this book as one of my gifts.  I read it right away, but it has taken me FOREVER to review.  I read it on the plane to and from my vacation to Cancun.  I love Sherlock Holmes, I watch all of the shows and movies of late, and recently read Warlock Holmes.

Lock and Mori is a really interesting book.  It is about Sherlock and Moriarty as modern day high school students. Moriarty is James Moriarty, a girl!!, who goes by Mori.  She meets Sherlock, who she dubs Lock.  He challenges her to solve a string of murders with him, the only rule is they have to share all of their information with each other.  Sherlock is exactly how you would imagine high school Sherlock to be, observant and odd. It’s so cute how he starts falling for Mori! Swoon! It’s not hard to solve the case and figure out who the killer is from an early point in the book. Despite this, the book is very interesting, and it’s cool to see how everything tied together.  I’m excited to read the next book in the series. I love how this book is told from Mori’s POV. It tells all about her home life, with a drunk and abusive police officer father (her mom died.) The entire book is dark with the growing relationship between Lock and Mori being the only bright spot in an otherwise very dark tale.  Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and normally I loathe Mycroft in all of the portrayals I have seen him in, but I found him to be delightful in this book! Watson was also in the book, but only briefly, so I expect to see them both in future installments. I am concerned for the couple because they are mortal enemies in the other Sherlock Holmes renditions I have seen. I don’t want to see Sherlock get crushed by Mori, but I do anticipate that to happen eventually.

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The Bridge to Never Land (Peter and the Starcatchers #5) by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson

Published November 11, 2016 by Kaitlin Michelle

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Goodreads Summary:

Aidan and Sarah Cooper have no idea what they’re getting into one afternoon when they discover a mysterious coded document in a secret compartment of an antique English desk their father recently brought at an auction. Something about the document seems familiar to Sarah, and that night she realizes what it is: the document seems to be referring to some books she has read – the Starcatchers series, about the origin of Peter Pan. But how could that be? The document seems far older than the books. And of course, the books are just stories….

Curious, Sarah and Aidan begin to decipher the mysterious document. At first it’s a game – unraveling the mystery piece by piece, each piece leading them to a new, deeper puzzle.

But soon the game turns strange – and scary. They discover that the “stories” are real, and that what they thought was a fictional battle between good and evil is still going on. And the scariest part is: They have become part of it.

Pursued by a being that can take any form and will stop at nothing to get what it wants from them, Aidan and Sarah embark on a desperate, thrilling quest for help – a quest that leads them to some unforgettable people in some unlikely places, including one that’s not supposed to exist at all. At each step they must solve new puzzles and escape new dangers, all the while knowing that is they fail, the evil they are fleeing will be let loose on an unsuspecting world.

My Thoughts:

This book is set in modern times, so about 100 years or so after the last book! Sarah and Aiden Cooper are siblings that have read the Peter and the Starcatchers books (kind of weird, like Inception of books.) One day they discover a hidden message in some old desk, and discover that it is taking about the Starcatchers.  At first they think it must be a hoax, because the books aren’t that old, and they are just stories, but they decide to investigate just in case.  They are going to London on a family vacation and decide to do some sleuthing to see if the note is real and if they can find the starstuff.  It wouldn’t be much of a book if they didn’t. After almost being devoured by Magill’s wolves they make it out with the starstuff. The problem is that Ombra is now after them having sensed the presence of starstuff. This was my least favorite of the series. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.  None of the characters we love are in the beginning half of the book, which is disappointing. Although it was interesting to see how modern people would handle starstuff.  I did like how they utilized the Peter Pan ride at Disney World, which I love! What happened to Neverland and why no one can find it now, that tied in quite nicely.  I felt like Peter was less like the Peter from the first 3 books and more like the Peter from the fourth book or the original Barrie novel.  I didn’t like Sarah and Aiden, and didn’t connect with them.  Their constant need to argue was annoying.  It is worth checking out, only if you are a completist.

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Peter and the Sword of Mercy (Peter and the Starcatchers #4) by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Jim Dale (

Published November 10, 2016 by Kaitlin Michelle

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Goodreads Summary:

The year is 1902 – it’s been twenty-three years since Peter and the Lost Boys returned from Rundoon. Since then, nobody on the island has grown a day older, and the Lost Boys continue their friendship with the Mollusk tribe, and their rivalry with Captain Hook. Meanwhile in London, Molly has married George Darling and is raising three children: Wendy, Michael, and John. One night a visitor appears at her door; it’s James, one of Peter’s original Lost Boys. He is now working for Scotland Yard and suspects that the heir to England’s throne, Prince Albert Edward, is under the influence of shadow creatures. These shadow creatures are determined to find a secret cache of startstuff which fell to London many centuries ago. The starstuff is hidden in an underground vault which has only one key: the Sword of Mercy, a legendary weapon kept with the crown jewels. Molly is determined to locate and protect the starstuff, but when she suddenly goes missing, it is up to her eleven-year-old daughter, Wendy, to keep it out of the Others’ clutches. Wendy has heard her mother’s stories of a flying boy named Peter Pan, and he may be her only hope in saving the world from a shadowy doom..

 

My Thoughts:

This book is set over 20 years after the last book.  Peter and the Lost Boys haven’t aged of course, but Molly and the boys that left the island have.  Molly and George are married (we knew that was coming) and have 3 children: Wendy, John, and Michael (duh!) James, one of the original lost boys, is now working for Scotland Yard, he brings Molly disturbing news, The Others are back.  Not only that but the heir to the thrown is under their control.  Molly decides to help, but when she goes missing Wendy knows she will have to get Peter to come back to London to save everyone.  This book is set in the same time and age of the original JM Barrie story, although Peter hasn’t aged he does seem to have gotten more selfish than he was previously. Perhaps because none of the Starcatchers have visited in over 20 years.  This is more of an origin story than a prequel, because this story does not fit in with the original Barrie tale.

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Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (Peter and the Starcatchers #3) by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Greg Call

Published November 9, 2016 by Kaitlin Michelle

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Goodreads Summary:

In this action-packed conclusion to the Starcatchers trilogy, Peter and Molly find themselves in the dangerous land of Rundoon, ruled by the evil King Zarboff, who takes great delight in watching his pet snake, Kundalini, consume anyone who displeases him. But that’s just the start of the trouble facing our heroes, who once again find themselves pitted against the evil shadow creature Lord Ombra, in a struggle to save themselves and Molly’s father – not to mention the entire planet – from an unthinkable end. Meanwhile, back in Never Land, a tribal war is under way, and while Peter is off fighting to save the world, a young Mollusk princess has no choice but to join forced with sinister pirates to save her island from the vicious Scorpions.

Peter and the Secret of Rundoon is a wild desert adventure – with flying camels, magic carpets, and evil shadows – that literally zooms toward an unforgettable and unimaginable climax. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have teamed together once again to pen a story with unrelenting action and adventure that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

My Thoughts:

This book was supposed to be the conclusion to the series, but the ended up writing two more books! YAY! Peter and Molly finally meet the ruler of Rundoon, King Zarboff, the third *raises hand in salute, lest I be eaten by Kundalini, his giant snake*

There is so much action in this series, and this book in particular.  Ombra is back and is as evil as ever.  There is a tribal war on Mollusk Island happening.  So much awesomeness! It is a very fast paced series, and this book is no different.  I was able to finish this book in one sitting.  There is so much excitement, it’s really hard to put this book down.  The whimsy and humor you’ve come to expect from the series doesn’t disappoint. On to book 4!

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