Friday, 30 March 2018

Book Review - Alligators Overhead by C. Lee McKenzie

General Information

Author: C. Lee McKenzie 
Year of publication: February 19, 2018
Number of pages: 151
Publisher: C. Lee McKenzie

Plot summary: (blurb)

Alligators, witches and a spooky mansion aren't your average neighbors unless you live at the edge of the Ornofree swamp in the backwater town of Hadleyville. The town's bad boy, Pete Riley, may only be a kid, but he's up to his eyeballs in big trouble, and this time he isn't the cause. This time the trouble arrives when a legendary hundred-year-old mansion materializes next door and the Ornofree alligators declare war to save their swamp from bulldozers. Things only get worse when Pete's guardian aunt and several of her close friends vanish while trying to restore order using outdated witchcraft. Now Pete must find his aunt and stop the war. He might stand a chance if his one friend, Weasel, sticks with him, but even then, they may not have what it takes.

Positive points:

This is an unusual story with a very original storyline. The plot is filled with action all the way through and will have you cheering for the characters to succeed in their quest to save the swamp. It has plenty of twists and turns that make it an enjoyable read.

Negative points:

Maybe the author could have ramped up the emotions a little more. I really love to squeeze out the emotions in the characters in my books. That is the only thing I can think to say that's negative.

What makes this book unique:

Talking alligator clans conspiring with witches against developers.  Is that unique enough for you?

Overall impression:

This story started off from page one with action and kept me turning page after page all the way to the end. This is a great story for any middle grade fans that enjoy an exciting adventure. It was well written and filled with realistic characters.

My rating:

Five stars from me!

Book links:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Meet the author, C. Lee McKenzie

My Passions:

Besides reading and writing, I love to do two things: I love to hike. I love to practice Yoga. Well, three things if you count eating. I love to eat. That’s why I love to hike. Might as well make it four things, because I love to spend time with my family and friends. Wait! I love to grow my own salad. And cats—I love to grow them too, so now I’m up to six things I’m passionate about. I know there’s more, but I’m out of space and you don’t need to be bored.

My Favorite Books:

Anything with Hobbits.
Anything Stephen King writes, except I don’t like some of those stories at night when I’m alone or even if I’m not because I’m a real sissy in the dark.
Anything with a dragon in the title or on the cover.
Barbara Kingsolver’s books.
Edgy Joyce Carol Oates books.
E.B.White’s Essays, and stories that start, “Once upon a time . . . .”

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

For the First Time Ever! Truth Teller Trilogy for FREE!!

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Truth Teller Omnibus

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Happy reading everyone!

Truth Teller:

How could ten-year-old Charlotte ever envisage that magic really existed. For her, the world of other realms belonged in children's fairy tales—or so she thought—until she discovers a strange shopkeeper, which begins an adventure that will change her life forever.
When she finds herself lost and alone in a far away forest, she must embark on a journey where heart-stopping danger and real life monsters are real. However, a far greater threat shadows her every move. Even with the strengths and skills of her new companions, they cannot protect her against a ruthless druid assassin.
But in this realm, Charlotte is not the vulnerable little girl she thought she was.

The Wrath of Siren:

Elderfield accepts a Gateway into another realm in a desperate bid to protect the human child, Charlotte, from the Dark Druid. His good intentions go horribly wrong, threatening the destruction of all his people and condemning the Truth Teller to a life she can never escape.

Favian's Law:

Thirty years pass in a flash of elven magic and Charlotte loses all those dear to her. She tries to put things right but is forced to return home, leaving Elderfield to face certain death.

She has no way to save him, but worst still, no way to save herself. The discovery that her own world is changed beyond recognition leaves her no choice but to give up her gateway forever.