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review 2018-01-13 03:44
Dragon's Treasure by Qaida Harte
Dragon's Treasure - Qaida Harte

Warning: rape, torture, blood and gore. Not a pretty read for the first 40%.

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review 2017-09-22 18:02
Siren's Treasure
Siren's Treasure - Debbie Herbert

This is the second book in series and is Jet's story. Jet, feels like an outcast. Different from her sister Lily and her cousin Shelly, she is dark to their light. Jet was betrayed by her ex-boyfriend Perry. Perry is now out of prison and up to something. Landry is FBI and is investigating Perry. Jet is part of the investigation. The big question being, is Jet involved?
Somethings worked for me. Others didn't. In some ways, I liked this better then book 1 (Siren's Secret). In others, not.
The Awesome:
Jet is a fucking awesome! I liked her drive, compassion, athleticism, and even her insecurity. She uses her wish to find out her parentage (and it's not surprising). Landry was a decent character too. Lily and Shelly make appearances. 
The Not:
While I liked the paranormal in Landry's life, it was too much for the length of the story, IMO. Instead of April and the mermaid who saved him when he was a kid; pick one and focus on that one. Both were glossed over I thought. I thought the build-up to the end and the end just fizzled. Perry and Vargas could have been really good villains. 
I am known to overlook the lack of protection in a paranormal. (Contemporaries, in the other hand should have some type of discussion/mention). This one stuck out to me, because when they first got together, no mention was made. None. Then, at the end, it mentioned condom use and the fact that they hadn't used protection earlier. Oopsie! (And yes, you can assume something and you would be correct!). 
This also stuck out to me, and not in a good way. Lily, Shelly, and Adriana are all beautiful, blonde, light skinned, kind. The rest of the mermaids are described in similar ways. Except the Blue Clan. The Blues are described as dark and barbaric. Their skin is dark too (shades of blue). They are also the outcasts of the mer-world. Again, this is primarily from the beginning of the book when Jet is participating in the Mer world games (or something like it). No other page time was spent on it other then later on in the book in regards to Jet's parentage. 
I am still looking forward to Lily's story (even though I think she is my least favorite).
Also- the ISBN (9780373009336) from my book (that I'm holding in my hands) comes up for a COMPLETELY different book! Bride in Flight by Essie Summers published in 1965!

So, I used the Kindle edition.  That number is correct.  

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review 2017-08-13 05:10
Henry and the Hidden Treasure by B.C.R. Fegan
Henry and the Hidden Treasure - B.C.R. Fegan,Lenny Wen

Genre:  Adventure / Imagination / Family / Monsters


Year Published: 2017


Year Read:  2017

Publisher: TaleBlade

 

 

Henry


I would like to thank the publisher TaleBlade for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

The story is about a young boy named Henry who has received some pocket money from his parents and he ends up hiding the pocket money in his little treasure chest, even though his parents keep telling him that he needs to put his money in the bank. However, Henry has a small problem: he believes that his little sister Lucy is actually a sly ninja who is out to steal his treasure and Henry tries to think up of some schemes that will prevent Lucy from stealing his treasure!

Will Henry be successful in protecting his treasure from Lucy and what kind of tricks will Lucy pull from her sleeves?

Read this book to find out!
 


I was actually quite surprised that TaleBlade had offered me a free advanced review copy of this book as I was quite interested in checking out this cute little children’s book from the mind of B.C. R. Fegan! B.C.R. Fegan has done a great job at writing this story as it focuses on Henry trying to protect his precious pocket money from his little sister Lucy and I loved the fact that this story tackles the importance of taking your parents’ advice if said advice is meant to help the child in the long run. I also loved the fact that B.C.R. Fegan focused on the importance of the love shared between siblings as the story relates how Henry would distrust his little sister Lucy in terms of whether or not she would steal his money and I was quite interested in seeing how Henry would solve his dilemma with his little sister Lucy throughout the story. Lenny Wen’s artwork is adorable to look at as the characters are drawn in a rounded and adorable way that made me smile inside! I also loved the fact that Lenny Wen used watercolors to provide a luscious feel to the artwork and they really shine in the images of the monsters themselves, especially of the artwork of the large pink pig that would have helped Henry guard his treasure.

Henry

The reason why I took off half a point from the rating was because I felt that there was a bit of a plot hole in this story as I was curious about how Henry got his pocket money (I know it seems a bit odd to know about, but I wanted to know if Henry got his money from house chores or the like). I also wanted to see more moments between Henry and Lucy when Henry is not busy imagining Lucy as a ninja most of the time, since I wanted to see the full extent of their relationship in the real world.

Overall, “Henry and the Hidden Treasure” is a truly cute book for children who want to learn the importance of taking good advice from parents and loving their siblings for all of their faults. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2017-08-03 02:59
Adorable, Imaginative and Sweet
Henry and the Hidden Treasure - B.C.R. Fegan,Lenny Wen

It'd be easy for this to contain more words than the actual book -- so I'll try to keep it short. Henry's got a little bit of money, and doesn't want his little sister to get it. So he sets up a series of elaborate traps and challenges (think Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Home Alone) to keep her from it.

 

Along the way, his imagination his on full display and he eventually learns something. There's a very sweet ending that will hopefully teach by example.

 

I cannot say enough good things about Wen's artwork. It's adorable. It's dynamic. It's simple, but eye-catching. It doesn't detract from the story, but shapes and propels it. There's not a lot of detail, but what's there is important.

 

For the younger set, I can't imagine how this won't become a favorite. Thankfully, it should be pretty easy for parents to re-read. Amusing story with great art. That's pretty much what you're looking for in this kind of book, right? Available in hard copy and e-book, it's a great buy.

 

Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/08/02/henry-and-the-hidden-treasure-by-b-c-r-fegan-lenny-wen
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review 2017-07-13 00:00
Treasure for Treasure
Treasure for Treasure - R. Cooper Treasure for Treasure - R. Cooper Okay, so I have a lot to say, it's late and I don't have much battery, so I need to be quick.

First off, in many ways, this story reaffirmed my love of this series, after the previous book didn't work for me. It has all the magic and the glow and the shine and the love that I loved of the first few books in the series. It's a dual POV, which is the best because it lets us see both sides of the story.

But, we'll come back to the positive. I want to get the negatives out the way, to explain why it's not the 5 star rating it should have been.

* there is no chapter heading for the prologue, which really irritates me, because the rest of the book has chapter headings. I really don't think a simple one word heading is too much to ask for, here, to make it clear what we're reading.
* there is a huge emphasis on race, sometimes bordering on racist. I also noticed this problem in the previous book, so I'm just going to leave it at this – racism goes both ways. People of colour can be racist against white people and white people can be racist about people of colour. Both of that was evident here, with Joe the POC having a huge issue with white people that really didn't help me like him much. I'm also not that hot on Joe being described as “brown”or mixed.
* the stereotypes, again, are heavy. The poor POC that everyone hates, ignores, treats badly and who is bullied in school; the popular versus the unpopular kids; skin colour dictating privilege; gay people being looked down on. It's all in here, in varying degrees of detail and focus.
* the miscommunication. Again. I get that it's a tried and tested plot arc, but it gets tiresome after a while, especially since I've just spent the last week reading all seven books of this series so far, one after the other. The similarities between them stand out far too starkly, when read that way, and it annoys me because it only goes to show that none of these characters know how to trust, have faith in, care about or even believe their potential “mates” without having huge arguments, misunderstandings and danger in the way. No one ever talks to one another and it gets on my nerves, because the problem is usually so simple to solve and no one notices.
* the first half of the book was weaker than the second. I don't say that lightly, but I quite honestly spent the first half of the novel not liking Joe, one of the MC's, and loving the other, Zarrin, so much that I wanted better for him than Joe. That feeling faded after the halfway mark, but it's honestly how much I disliked Joe as a character. There's actually a quote I highlighted because it perfectly summed him up in the first half: “childishly resentful”

So, back to the continuity of the series, for a moment. I loved that there was a little bit of Diedre's Secret in there, that we meet the wolf, Marie, who was a great character and reminded us that some areas, such as Wolf's Paw was in books 3 and 4, can be secluded from other Beings than the predominant one, in this case dragons. The little addition of her being a Greenleaf was nicely done and also the continued danger of having scales stolen from a dragon for money (first mentioned in A Boy and His Dragon) was a good addition. However, I felt a real trick was missing that there was no mention of, no visit from, not even a hint of Arthur and Bertie, who could have been a real source of inspiration and support for Zarrin.

Onto the positives:

* Joe's past with Russ was nicely explored, taking it's time throughout the story before we found out the full details.
* Zarrin was unusual for a dragon, because he considered everything that he loved, no matter in what way, to be his and part of his treasure. I love that this included Bernard, the elf housekeeper, and I don't doubt that he'll likely have a short of his own eventually.
* I loved Martin. He was an amazing best friend, a nice side plot that kept Joe distracted when he needed it. I loved how he stirred up so much trouble for Joe, for his own good and I hope that he and Forrester have a story of their own, even if it's a short, because I could feel the hints of a little something something brewing between them from the first moment they were on the same page as each other.
* As a main character, I loved Zarrin. He was unappreciated, abandoned and lonely. He was so much like a child; all innocent, wide-eyed and sweetly naïve, with a fierce temper and a belief in things that other people had forgotten were possible. It made me love him right from the start.
* As for Joe, it wasn't until about the halfway mark that I finally appreciated who he really was, because even having his POV, all we ever really saw was someone in total and complete denial, someone being rude and mean to a person that was innocent and getting hurt by his actions without a need for it, and someone who was too selfish and self-involved with his own life and his own beliefs to ever be good enough for Zarrin. Once the second half came, however, he really came into his own. I still saw hints of those flaws, but I hated them less as time went on. He, too, was like a child; all wounded pride, poor kid rebellion, bristling anger and masking hurt with a scowl, while feeling singled out for his race, his sexuality and his lack of wealth.
* Together, Joe and Zarrin had excellent chemistry, even from the start. Once I started to like Joe more, I did begin to root for them and I felt that things progressed nicely from stranger to acquaintance, to rumour mill, to friendship and then dating. It had a nice steady flow and worked really well in the second half.
* I absolutely loved that Zarrin had cats that he called his treasure and that he found one to be Joe's. It was a really nice small thing that meant a lot.
* Zarrin meeting Joe's mother was epic!
* Joe meeting Zarrin's sister was epic!
* The whole 'couple' thing started at about the 50% mark, which was perfect. I was getting a little frustrated that most of the other series books ended after a couple got together, officially. This time, they both felt it, both knew it, both admitted it to themselves and they still had a lot to explore with each other.

Overall, it was a great addition to the series, even if it had a few pitfalls that didn't work for me. It's restored my interest in reading more novels which, to be honest, had been flagging after book 6. Now, I'm just as eager to read about more of these side characters as I was before I finished the bundle of Books 1-5.

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Favourite Quote

“He was a dragon. He was mighty. He was the protector of this town, and he wanted nothing in return except for a few words, or simply for Joe to remember his order.”

“I think if one of those deer could talk, it would be his only friend in the world.”

““You don't eat meat? You live in a fishing town and you don't eat fish?”
Zarrin's wrinkled nose was so cute it was terrifying. “They have faces, Joe,” he confided seriously.”
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