Book Review – Monkeyboy

Monkeyboy (An Anki Legacies Adventure)Monkeyboy by S. Shane Thomas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Evolution takes a giant step forward when a monkey from a troop that can only say howdy eats a magic stone that increases his intelligence tenfold. He is adopted into a loving family and treated like any school-aged child. His fondest dream is to find more stones to feed to his cousins so as not to be the only monkeyboy.

He’s not the only one with such a dream, however. A radical group also searches for the magic stones with the intention of creating an army. Monkeyboy’s focus shifts from finding the stones for personal gain to finding them before they can be misused.

Monkeyboy by Shane Thomas is a rollicking adventure any child will enjoy. It’s full of juvenile humor. The pace never quits and, of course, Monkeyboy and his friends save the day.

As an adult, I enjoyed the story for other reasons. I liked that there was no stigma surrounding adoption. I liked that the adults weren’t depicted as overbearing or dismissive as is so often seen in MG fiction. The parents were supportive, understanding, and forgiving of Monkeyboy’s antics. They were protective of their children, yet included them in their excursions so they could learn outside the schoolroom.

Inventive and entertaining, Monkeyboy would make a fine bedtime story.

I was given a free Advanced Reader Copy of Monkeyboy in exchange for an honest review.

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My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

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I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

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Book Review – Horror Guide to Florida

Horror Guide to Florida (Horror Guide to ... Book 2)Horror Guide to Florida by David Goudsward

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Horror Guide to Florida by David Goudsward is an encyclopedia of all the urban legends of Florida and the movies that were made to celebrate such legends. It’s totally addictive. You know how sometimes you look up a word in the dictionary and the word next to it is interesting too and before you know it you’re so engrossed that you read words for an hour? Yeah. Horror Guide is like that.

I bought Horror Guide at a local book fair where I met the author. I found him as fascinating as his book. He told me all about his next project. I can’t wait to read it.

If you live in Florida or if you plan to visit, I highly recommend Horror Guide to Florida. It’s a terrific reference book and will help you plan interesting road trips. I know you’ll enjoy it.

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My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

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I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

 

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Book Review – The Missing Yesterdays

The Missing Yesterdays (The Adventures of Tremain & Christopher #1)The Missing Yesterdays by Terry Marchion

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In The Missing Yesterdays by Terry Marchion, Tremain, a lovable and eccentric scientist, is up to his armpits in wacky experiments. When one goes wrong, it causes an entire civilization to disappear. It’s up to Tremain and his nephew, Christopher, to set things right. But how?

The machine that seems to be at the heart of it all sends them to realms unknown. They must unravel the puzzle of where and when they are and restore the course of time before they too wink out of existence.

I love time travel stories. I love the inherent paradoxes. The Missing Yesterdays is a good introduction to such stories for young readers–the story is not too technical and the paradoxes are not overly convoluted. There’s just enough adventure to whet young appetites and open the door to more. Recommended for Middle Grade and up.

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My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

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Story Structure | Filling the “Plot-holes” http://bit.ly/2m9qf9F  #writetip #writingadvice

My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

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I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

Skip exposition and start with events already underway. http://bit.ly/2mrAAMi  #writingtips #writingadvice

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Why self-pub authors ignore libraries at their own peril. http://bit.ly/2mrxFTw  #indieauthors #writerslife

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My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

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I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

11 Tips to Clean Up Your Dirty, Wordy Writing http://bit.ly/2l7PIQj  Rewriting can be a powerful thing. #writingtips

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7 Steps to Writing a Book That’s Ready to Be Professionally Published http://bit.ly/2lYnZjc  #indieauthors #writetip

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My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

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I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

Character Background: 5 Backstory Writing Tips http://bit.ly/2kzJrwt  #writers #writetip

Loglines aren’t just sales tools, they’re writing tools. http://bit.ly/2kzIsfB  #writers #writetip

What intellectual property is and what rights authors have for their creative work. http://bit.ly/2l4bnHi  #indieauthors

11 Book Publishers Open to Simultaneous Submissions http://bit.ly/2lLIq2X  None of them require agents. #writerslife

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How To Optimize your Facebook Author Page to Sell Books http://bit.ly/2kR0asV  A great step-by-step for #indieauthors.

An Exhaustive Review of the Top 7 Email Marketing Services http://bit.ly/2m225uG  A long post but worth it. #indieauthors

Book Review – Skye’s Lure

Skye's Lure: A Contemporary Fantasy Romance Mermaid eBookSkye’s Lure: A Contemporary Fantasy Romance Mermaid eBook by Angel Leya

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Skye’s Lure by Angel Leya is a bedtime story that will delight young readers. In this modern mermaid tale, two misfits, one human and one mermaid, both unhappy with their lot, get a chance to view life through the other’s eyes.

The only problem I had with the story was the kidnapping. Saying that he kidnapped her because he loved her is unacceptable and is not the kind of love I would want my children to expect. However, there is a happy ending, and I’m all for that.

I was given a free copy of Skye’s Lure in exchange for an honest review.

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