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Book Review : A Pair of Docks by Jennifer Ellis!

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Today I am reviewing a Sci-fi adventure thriller book for Middle Grade/Young Adults, titled A Pair of Docks by Jennifer Ellis. More about the author:

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Jennifer Ellis lives in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada with her husband, two sons and geriatric cat. She can generally be found writing, running, spending too much time on skis, and working as an environmental researcher. She writes science fiction, fantasy, and post-apocalyptic fiction for kids and adults. You can subscribe to her blog for the latest book news and industry insights at www.jenniferellis.ca.

Book Summary

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Fourteen-year-old Abbey Sinclair likes to spend her afternoons in the physics lab learning about momentum and gravitational pull. But her practical scientific mind is put to the test when her older brother, Simon, discovers a mysterious path of stones that allows them, along with Abbey’s twin, Caleb, to travel back and forth between their world and what appears to be…the future. Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones who know about the stones, and they soon realize their lives are in danger from a man known only as Mantis.

Abbey, Caleb, and Simon must follow a twisting trail of clues that will lead them from their autistic neighbor, Mark, to a strange professor who claims to know the rules of the stones, and to multiple futures—some of whose inhabitants don’t want to stay put. It will take all of Abbey’s analytical skills to unravel the secrets of the stones, uncover the threads that tie the futures together, thwart Mantis’s plan, and, most importantly, keep her family alive—now and in the future. A Pair of Docks explores Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, the meaning of time, the potential for parallel universes, and the boundary between science and witchcraft. It is the first novel in the Derivatives of Displacement series.

My Review

The book’s cover is very attractive. It captures the nature’s beauty and at the same time seems mysterious. The different shades of green is just so gorgeous. The creeper like font used for the title follows the same natural theme as the rest of the cover. This is such a well designed cover. It’s one of my favorites of all time.

The story’s main protagonists are three siblings namely Abbey, Caleb and Simon. In the first chapter itself, the mystery begins. It pulls you in right away. There is a set of stones that the siblings come to know about, that acts as a portal between Earth and another world. First they have no idea whether it’s Earth itself or some other place that they are traveling to. Also, it seemed like they were seeing the future too!. This is a world within a world kind of feel like the movie Inception!. It is so interesting yet the author doesn’t confuse the reader.

One character in the story is Mark, the siblings’ autistic neighbor. He seems to know a lot more than he is letting on. You will never guess what a key character he is. He seems enraged/violent at times but though everyone thinks he has these episodes due to him being autistic, everything happens for a reason. He is the most interesting character in this book. There is so much suspense surrounding him. Mantis, another important character, is a formidable man. I love the twists and turns in this book. All characters have a good individual story about them and are well developed.

The suspense element is present throughout the book. The author has written an excellent and well thought about story. A Pair of Docks is a compelling read and one of the best books I have read of late. This is the first book in The Derivatives of Displacement series. The next book in this series is coming soon and I just cannot wait to see how this story develops more. Also, the Acknowledgement section, is written hilariously and is one of the best I have ever read. This is one book that you definitely need to read.

I give this book 5 out of 5 which by Goodreads standards mean ‘it was amazing’!

Links to the book

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Source: I was provided a complimentary ebook copy for review purpose. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Giveaway and Book Blast : The Heroes of the Himalayas by Lars Guignard!

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About the Books

Move over Percy Jackson. Find out what everybody is talking about!

Have you ever gotten hopelessly lost in a strange land?
Talked to an elephant?
Ridden a magic carpet?
Been jailed by an angry parrot?
And discovered that you have the power to change the world?

Zoe & Zak hadn’t either. But that was before their lives were turned upside down by a mysterious creature called the Ghost Leopard. Now, they find themselves attending a strange school high in the Himalayan foothills, where nothing is what it seems and anything is possible.

The Zoe & Zak Adventures contains the first three full books of the middle grade fantasy adventure series, where two semi-normal kids begin to live absolutely extraordinary lives.

In Book One, The Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak take their first trip to India where they learn that they’ve been chosen to protect a mythical creature from a terrible fate.

In Book Two, The Yogi’s Curse, Zoe & Zak are back in India, this time to attend Moonstock Academy, a strange and sometimes frightening boarding school where weird events seem to occur on a regular basis.

And in Book Three, The Tiger Temple, Zoe & Zak take on their second semester at Moonstock and their most terrifying challenge yet.

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“Love Love Love! This book had me from the first chapter. This book overflows with top-notch character development, culture, adventure, and FUN!” ~ Sunshine, Bubbles and Books

This is adventure with a capital ‘A’ and the kind that middle grade readers will love.~ Word Magic: All About Books

“Once Zoe and Zak are off on their adventure, the pace never lets up. There are constant dangers lurking all around them and they are pretty much constantly fighting for their lives. Throw in some really interesting mystical creatures and you have a recipe for a great MG novel!!” ~ Best Kids’ Reads

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“Lars Guignard keeps up the pace with this second installment in the Zoe and Zak Adventure series. I recommend this series to tweens and teens who love a great adventure steeped with magic and mysticism. Ages 8+.” ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“Fantasy, action, adventure, wonderful characters and some fun mysteries has me hooked… 5 Stars!” ~ Brooke Blogs

I loved the faster pace of this second book. Zoe & Zak’s adventures kept me turning pages to see what was happening next.” ~ Carpinello’s Writing Pages

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“Zoe and Zak’s adventure in the Tiger’s Temple nerve-wracking and enjoyable all at the same time! Magic flies high in this story. Guignard continues not only to entertain his young readers but also to educate them on the exotic culture of India. Readers learn about everything from food to mythology. I love all the magic and mystery in his books, and you can’t help but love Zoe and Zak with their self-destructive behavior.” ~ Jump Into a Book

“The great thing about this book, besides the fun adventure, is the exposure kids will get to different cultures, mythologies, and ways of life.” ~ Nik’s Picks

“Lars Guignard’s writing is easy to read and the story flows well and he has a great sense of humor. Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple is another must read for readers of all ages. I can’t wait for more books in the Zoe & Zak series! ” ~ Bound 4 Escape

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About The Author: Lars Guignard

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Prior to writing novels, Lars Guignard wrote for film and television. As a teenager he attended boarding school in the Indian Himalayas and his experiences there provided the inspiration for the “Heroes of the Himalayas” series which now include: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse, and Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple.

He lives in the Pacific Northwest where he dodges bears and cougars while hiking & skiing the magnificent Coast Mountain Range.

For news about new releases, please join his email list by contacting the author: Zoe&ZakAdventures@gmail.com

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Book Review : Fearless Joe Dearborne by Lisa Whitney Mitchell!

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Today I am reviewing Middle Grade/Tween book titled Fearless Joe Dearborne by Lisa Whitney Mitchell. More about the author:

Lisa Whitney Mitchell lives in Florida with her husband, two sons, and their dog. When she’s not writing, she practices law. Fearless Joe Dearborne is her first novel.

Book Summary

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Some might say he’s courageous, while others would say he’s daring, maybe even a little crazy. But when Joe Dearborne risked his life and ran into a burning building to save a puppy, the local newspaper referred to him as “fearless”—and that’s a pretty big title for a sixth-grader to live up to.

Plus, Joe already has plenty else to worry about. After other daring feats in the past, Joe promised his father he wouldn’t do anything dangerous again, and, alas, he’s just broken that promise.

But whatever trouble he expects to get into with his father, and despite the dangers he’s triumphed over in the past, nothing could prepare Joe for what he’s about to encounter when a cold, bitterness creeps into his home.

A mysterious and peculiar woman named Mrs. Chill has just been hired to care for Joe while his father is away on business. In no time, however, Joe discovers that she’s up to more than cooking and cleaning, and she has plans to destroy his family. Joe’s effort to save them results in perilous, sometimes humorous, encounters, and leads him on a journey through the threatening wilderness where he faces his greatest challenge yet.

My Review

The book cover is really nice, particularly the big, bold font used for the title. It carries the feeling of ‘fearlessness’ in it. I kind of relate it to some game I used to play when I was younger – Indiana Jones!. The devilish character in the background shown on the cover, is a coyote and I love how artistically it’s shown. The protagonist is a sixth grader, Joe Dearborne. He doesn’t have the feeling of fear in him!. That makes him do things like saving a puppy by rushing into a burning house and more. Thus he earns the name Fearless Joe Dearborne!

However, a casual comment from a fan of his, makes him doubt himself and he does something reckless just to know if he could experience fear. Unfortunately, he does and something within him changes overnight. Joe is so modest and humble. He doesn’t lap up the attention everyone gives him, instead he likes to keep to himself. He looks up to Trent Rapids, a survival expert who has traveled the world and wrote a series about his experiences. Joe happens to be in a situation whereby he takes inspiration from what he read and applies it to his situation, thus saving the day!.

There are some hilarious events in this book that are equally given importance as are the dangerous ones. The author has really thought out and written an excellent story, managing the level of danger perfectly. I didn’t expect that level of danger, but it indeed is so thrilling and exciting. I couldn’t put this book down and soon, I was flying through the pages, wanting to know more. The author has successfully woven an exciting story!

There are many important characters in the story but the most important one is Mrs. Chill, who as her name suggests, is a cold woman, with a heart of stone. She is a conniving lady, with ulterior motives, who happens to be appointed as Joe’s housekeeper. Joe soon understands that this lady is upto no good. If he doesn’t do something, there will be several deaths. Was he successful and did he emerge a hero?. You got to read the books to know more!. This book is meant for kids of age 8 and up. Joe can easily inspire young readers, make them more brave and perceptive. What an excellent read!. I cannot believe this is this author’s very first novel!

I give this book 5 out of 5, which by Goodreads standards mean that ‘it was amazing’!

Links to the book

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Source : I was provided a complimentary ebook copy for review purpose. All opinions are 100% my own.