Ooh, the widow has a backbone and has decided to use it. Dear Moira, don't lose that, please. (I may be tired of door-mat females)
The Mischaps ride again! Actually, they sail again. Into a dimension far, far, far away where you can’t find it. Why can’t you find it? Because the dimension is lost. Yes, the Mischaps sail into The Land of Lost Directions. But guess what they find there? A prophecy! Yes, a prophecy about them! What does the prophecy say? What does it mean? Can the Mischaps discover the secret of fulfilling the prophecy…and destroy its evil, dangerous, stinking curse?
This is the third book in the Ahoy, Mischaps! series. I absolutely loved it!
I usually do character breakdowns in my reviews, but I have a little trouble doing this for the main character, who narrates this story in the style of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, as she actually doesn't have a name and is only known as The Narrator. However, we join Sir O Yuri Wiseguy-eh and well known Pukelitzer prize winning journalist, I.B. Nosy on another zany adventure, this time in the Land of Lost Directions.
This story has a fantastical plot, which kept me hooked from beginning to end. There are several references and play on words that would go over a child's head, but adults would pick them up with ease. The Mischaps gang find themselves lost in the Land of Lost Directions, where a greedy and ambitious cat called Mia has placed a curse on Gum Drop chocolate, turning it into mud. Or has she? In order to break the curse, the Mischaps have to fulfil a prophecy. Let the adventure begin!
This is a story full of adventure that is so nonsensical and humourous, I found myself highly entertained.
There are some old faces from previous books that appear in this tale. There's Moose, the chocolate loving plantation worker; Heathcliff, a possum who happens to be a fantastic detective (a secret is revealed about this character in this tale); Speck and Spang, two eagle-eyed vultures, and Spit, a small purple snake with the largest set of eyelashes known to adorn a snake. The reader is also introduced to some brand new characters, ranging from a crocodile called A. Buncha Crock to a swamp rat called Louie, who wants to be a pirate, and a chef called Chef Mac A. Roni. We also get to meet a Mummy named Ralph, and Dr. Ag. O. Nee and his Igor assistant Mandibles tumble into the adventure too.
I found myself turning the pages in an effort to find out what happens in every chapter, which is introduced by the narrator and is told in such a witty and engaging way that I found myself smiling even through the dangerous parts. I could picture the scenes in my mind's eye with ease. I didn't see the scenes as live action but as an animation though. I think this would make a fantastic children's animated movie, along with the other two books. I reached the end of the book with a bittersweet feeling; I didn't want it to end. However, I think there's another adventure on the way as the story ends in such a way that, although not a cliffhanger, it infers that it will continue. I can't wait!
I am not sure what age range this book is aimed at, but I sat with a smile on my face for most of the story. This story, however, would be ideal for children to listen to at bedtime.
Miss Mae has written a wonderfully imaginative story that will enchant adults and children alike. I love her writing style, which is fast paced enough to keep even the most fidgety youngster enthralled, and the flow was wonderful. I am a huge fan of Miss Mae and I will be keeping an eye out for more of her books in the future.
I highly recommend this book to children aged 5 upwards and to adults looking for a quick, light read. - Lynn Worton
The Rally for US was meant to be a day of camaraderie and awareness. Instead, that crisp October morning turned into the bloodiest terror attack to strike the city of Boston in more than a decade.
In the wake of the attack, the New England Special Terrorist Division—NEST—turned to their most senior and capable agent, Alivia Morgan. She was unwillingly ripped from her home and family, but didn’t have a choice. Though she had no idea just how deeply personal the fight would become.
Now, it was up to her to find the extremists and stop another catastrophic blow that would drive the death toll higher. She was captured, alone, and armed only with her years of training and experience in Special Ops and the elite Army Rangers. Alivia quickly realized she was in a race against time as she struggled to escape with her life and stop the impending attacks. Could she do both?
This is the first book in a new series which follows the New England Special Terrorist Division (NEST for short). I loved it!
Alivia Morgan is a fantastic character. She is capable, strong and determined. When a terrorist cell targets her in retribution for her killing one of their leaders in an earlier mission, Alivia finds herself in a fight to the death. Held hostage, but knowing her team is looking for her, she is determined to bring the cell down. As the danger increases and the threat to innocents rises, can she stop them in time?
Having read this author's previous Escape trilogy, when he contacted me with regards to reading a complimentary copy of this book, I eagerly accepted as I knew I would be taken on an amazing roller coaster ride of not only danger but emotion. However, I also purchased a copy of this book when it became available to pre-order and re-read it as soon as it was released. This review is based on my own opinion and have not received remuneration for it.
As I said previously, I knew I would be taken on an emotional journey. However, I wasn't expecting the intensity, though in hind-sight I should have anticipated it. The story is told through mainly Alivia's point of view, but other characters, including the bad guys also have their say. I was pulled in from the first page and didn't put the book down until I had finished it.
The reader is introduced to the NEST team. NEST is one of several anti-terrorist task forces set up after the 9/11 attacks. The leader of the group is Director Luis Huerta and he is hands-on in his approach to leading the team. An ex-sniper, he has lots of experience in war. Then there are several other operatives that work under him, including Alivia and JJ. There is a hint of romance to go along with the danger as Alivia and JJ are involved in a forbidden relationship.
Then there are the bad guys. They are not the most pleasant of people and have the intention of causing as much chaos and terror as they can. The leader of the terrorist cell, Syed Ashear, has a personal grudge against Alivia and is determined to use her as a pawn in his deadly game against those he sees as infidels and nonbelievers.
I found myself holding my breath several times when reading as the intensity was almost unrelenting. There are some lighter scenes to counteract some of the more gruesome aspects of the storyline, but the fast pace kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next. Although this book has a fast pace, it is not rushed. The author has a talent for describing scenes in such vivid detail that it made it easy to picture and it ran like a movie in my mind's eye. In fact, I think this book would make a good movie thriller or TV series similar to NCIS. There are scenes of terror, as well as car chases, gun fights and explosions. Just when I reached the end of the book (or so I thought) with a feeling of happiness, the author throws a curve ball and ends the story on a chilling note in the epilogue. It doesn't quite end in a cliffhanger, but it's close and sets the reader up for the next book. I hope he's busy writing it because I am dying to read it!
David Antocci has written a thrilling first book to what looks to be a fantastic new series. His characters are extremely lifelike and this made the story feel incredibly real. I said in my review of Escape: Dead End that this is an author to watch, and I was right. I love his fast paced writing style, and the story flow is fantastic. I have already added this author to my favourite authors list, and will definitely read more of his books in the future.
Although there are no explicit scenes of a sexual nature, I do not recommend this book to young readers, or those of a nervous disposition, or those who may be affected by a triggering event due to extreme violence and/or abuse and/or terrorism. I highly recommend this book if you love crime thrillers, suspense novels and/or military fiction. - Lynn Worton
Hannah was tending bar at Goonies. Her tension headaches were getting worse now starting in her neck. Hannah was the main bartender in this place. This was Hannah’s town where she had been born and still lived and soon this would be her bar.. Hannah was the only female bartender in her small town. Hannah had been raised by her alcoholic father who was a fisherman but he spent more time in jail then being her father. Hannah relied on no one. Hannah’s boss was looking to sell the bar and Hannah was ready to buy it and she could finally have something for herself. Outright and owned by her. She had been bartending for ten years. She just had to get the owner Mr. Bangs on board who had already said he would give her the first opportunity to buy the bar and with Hannah’s entire life savings she felt she could convince the bank to give her a small business loan for the rest. She just needed the details from Mr. Bangs . He just didn’t show up at all or do much of anything when it came to the bar. He very rarely had.Very rarely had Hannah felt pretty. Hannah had risen above her upbring enough to gain most people;s respect in her small town. Then the phone rang and it was Gabe who was the sheriff of the town and he told Hannah he had her father and he was in the drunk tank sleeping it off. Hannah had gone to grade school with. Hannah had always went running to clean up her dad's messes but she couldn’t leave the bar and she told Gabe she would pick him up after she closed the bar. Her father was the only family Hannah had and she didn’t want him to die or hurt others. Her mother had died when Hannah was five. There had always been a sadness around her father. As Hannah was bent over to get a bottle of Jack she heard a man say he was looking for someone. Hannah replied good luck with your search then Hannah heard him say he was looking for his wife and he realized it was him the man who had ever gotten close enough to make her feel like more than trash, the one man tried to forget over the last six months. The one man who had got her to say I do- Grant Latham and then he said “ Hello Mrs. Layhem” . Hannah had taken her first vacation and went on a two week Caribbean cruise where the last night Hannah had married Grant. Hannah had snuck out snuck off in the middle of the night and went back home. Hannah ahd stole Grants heart married him, and then broke his heart and left. Grant had intended to go after Hannah but then Grant got word his father had died and left his company to Grand and the task of of keeping it out of his gold digger mother’s hands. So Grant had to immediately go back to New York. Hannah asked how Grant had found her. Grant’s life was very different from Hannah's life He had been the sole heir to a billion dollar empire know he was in control of it. He has been trying to run that billion dollar empire while he was grieving over his father’s death. His father had been everything to Grant whereas Hannah’s father wasn’t. But Grant wanted his wife back and he wanted Hannah to come to New York with him. Grant blackmails Hannah into giving him a chance to show her their marriage can work.
I liked this book. It was a quick and fun read. I liked that we did get Hannah’s and GRant’s backstory done in flashes which I don’t usually like but this was done just so that it wasn’t to bad. I didn’t really like that Grant came and expected Hannah to give up everything she knew to follow him back to new York after all she had only known him for that two weeks and either way that was her whole life and where she had been born where she had wanted to but her business and what she knew. I did like that Grant didn’t give up on Hannah and actually wanted to give the marriage a chance and when he could he finally found her. I love how Grant interacted with Hannah’s friends. I found there was some repetition in this book but it still held my interest. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of the book and I recommend.
„Mortal Danger“ von Ann Aguirre, der Auftakt der Trilogie „Immortal Game“, schaffte es durch eine Unaufmerksamkeit in mein Bücherregal, die mir erst bewusstwurde, als ich es vom SuB befreite. Auf der Rückseite ist Aguirres „Razorland“-Trilogie abgebildet. Ich erinnerte mich, dass ich vor langer Zeit eine Rezension zum ersten Band „Enclave“ las und angeekelt war, als die Rezensentin von Vergewaltigungsmythen und speziell Opferbeschuldigung als essentiellen Bestandteilen des Buches berichtete. Ich verbannte es auf meine mentale „Niemals-niemals-nie-nicht“-Liste. Wäre mir aufgefallen, dass „Enclave“ und „Mortal Danger“ von derselben Autorin stammen, hätte ich „Mortal Danger“ garantiert nicht gekauft. Jetzt war es aber nun mal da, also beschloss ich, es trotzdem zu lesen.
Edie Kramer wollte sterben. Die Demütigungen an der Blackbriar Academy waren einfach zu viel. Das Maß war voll. Sie stand bereits auf der Brücke, als sich eine Hand auf ihre Schulter legte und ihr ein Angebot unterbreitet wurde, das sie nicht ausschlagen konnte. Der gutaussehende Kian offerierte ihr einen Vertrag über drei magische Gefallen mit seiner Firma. Edie erkannte die Vorteile der Vereinbarung sofort. Die Gefallen ermöglichen ihr, sich an all jenen zu rächen, die sie Tag für Tag quälten. Was hatte sie schon zu verlieren? Sie schlug ein. Innerhalb eines kurzen Sommers änderte sich ihr Leben radikal. Als sie nach Blackbriar zurückkehrt, ist sie bereit, Vergeltung zu üben. Sie will die Elite der Schule leiden lassen, sie von innen heraus zerstören. Doch kaum hat sie begonnen, sich ihren Weg in ihre Mitte zu erschleichen, gerät die Situation außer Kontrolle. Aus Streichen und Manipulationen wird tödlicher Ernst. Nun ist Edie in einem Spiel gefangen, dessen Regeln sie nicht versteht. Wird sie gemeinsam mit Kian einen Weg finden, sich aus ihrem Pakt mit dem Übernatürlichen zu befreien?
Meine Leseerfahrung mit „Mortal Danger“ von Ann Aguirre war von Anfang an zum Scheitern verurteilt. Nicht, weil ich aufgrund meines Wissens über „Enclave“ voreingenommen gewesen wäre – ich bin sicher, dass ich dem Buch eine faire Chance eingeräumt habe. Nein, für mich begann es damit, dass ich eine völlig andere Geschichte erwartet hatte. Im originalen Klappentext wird nämlich nicht erwähnt, dass übernatürliche Elemente eine Rolle spielen, weshalb es mir sehr wichtig war, diesen Fakt in meiner Inhaltsangabe zu betonen. Ich dachte, es handele sich um den vollkommen menschlichen Rachefeldzug eines gehänselten, nerdigen Mauerblümchens gegen die beliebten Kids ihrer Schule, der außer Kontrolle gerät, weil sie sich im Zuge ihrer Pläne auf einen gefährlichen, zwielichtigen Kerl einlässt. Ich habe nicht mit Sagengestalten, Göttern oder Magie gerechnet. Als sich herausstellte, dass Edies Vertrag mit Kians Firma ein paranormaler Teufelspakt ist, war ich demzufolge ziemlich verdattert. Ich musste meine Erwartungshaltung anpassen und habe mich wirklich angestrengt, diesen Richtungswechsel zu verdauen, aber es wollte mir einfach nicht gelingen, weil der ganze übernatürliche Kram in „Mortal Danger“ unzureichend umgesetzt ist. Das einfallslose ewige Spiel der unoriginellen Unsterblichen, in das sich Edie blindlings hineinziehen lässt, erschien mir wirr, chaotisch und vage; ich habe nicht einmal begriffen, wer da gegen wen um was spielt und wieso. Edie, deren Rachemission ebenfalls unklar bleibt, ist mittendrin, interessiert sich allerdings frustrierend wenig für den größeren Rahmen ihrer eigenen Situation. Sie reagiert maximal auf akute Probleme und half mir überhaupt nicht, zu verstehen. Ich hatte das Gefühl, das Spiel, das der Trilogie immerhin ihren Namen gibt, dient Ann Aguirre lediglich als Bühne für die Inszenierung ihrer Protagonistin. Dadurch mangelt es der Geschichte an Atmosphäre und Ordnung, an einem roten Faden, an dem sich die Leser_innen orientieren können. Vielleicht sollte Edie die Rolle des roten Fadens ausfüllen, für mich konnte sie diese Aufgabe jedoch nicht übernehmen, weil ich sie nicht ausstehen kann. Sie ist in abstoßendem Maße egozentrisch. All die Eigenschaften, die sie ihren Peinigern an der Blackbriar Academy vorwirft, besitzt sie selbst im Übermaß: Egoismus, Falschheit, Oberflächlichkeit, Eitelkeit. Wer im Glashaus sitzt. Es dreht sich alles immer nur um sie, um ihre Empfindungen und ihren eigenen extrem begrenzten Horizont. Ihre ichbezogenen Scheuklappen hindern sie daran, die richtigen Fragen zu stellen und brandmarken sie als schales Püppchen ohne Tiefgang, IQ hin oder her. Außerdem trieb es mich beinahe in den Wahnsinn, wie sie sich von Kian behandelt lässt und wie sehr sie sich auf ihn verlässt, obwohl sie im Grunde nichts von ihm weiß und er ihr Vertrauen nicht verdient. Der Typ ist mit seiner besitzergreifenden, klammernden, obsessiven Art dermaßen unheimlich, dass ich darauf hoffte, dass er Edie verrät, damit sein Verhalten einen höheren Sinn ergibt. Pustekuchen. Stattdessen entwickelt sich zwischen ihnen – natürlich – eine Beziehung, die mir alle Haare zu Berge stehen ließ und die dank Ann Aguirres triefend kitschigen Formulierungen an meinem Brechreiz zerrte.
„Mortal Danger“ hat meiner Ansicht nach wenig zu bieten außer einer komplett vorhersehbaren Lektion über Oberflächlichkeit und Vorurteile, einer kaum zu ertragenden Protagonistin und einem farblosen, verwirrenden Konstrukt übernatürlicher Verwicklungen. Die Lektüre war enttäuschend und langweilig. Ich habe natürlich schon schlechteres gelesen, aber die Folgebände des „Immortal Game“ kommen für mich nicht in Frage. Ich habe Ann Aguirre die Möglichkeit gegeben, mir zu beweisen, dass sie trotz der heftigen Kritik an „Enclave“ eine talentierte Autorin ist – sie konnte mich nicht überzeugen, daher bezweifle ich, dass ich es noch einmal mit ihr versuche. Vielleicht hätte ich es doch gleich lassen sollen. Eine solche Unaufmerksamkeit wird sich nicht wiederholen.