Monday, February 23, 2015

The Aesir KidsBy James Goldin and Charlotte Goldin

The Aesir Kids
Author: James Goldin and Charlotte Goldin
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: James Grant Goldin; 1 edition (August 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985455322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985455323

Book Description:
THE AESIR KIDSThey're the children of the Norse gods, with incredible strength, magical weapons and monsters for pets. They've got problems with school, bullies, family issues and attacks by giants. And when Asgard, the home of the gods, is threatened with utter destruction, it's up to the children of Thor, Sif, Loki, Freya, Balder...along with some very extraordinary save it. THE AESIR KIDS tells the story of... THRUD, the teenage daughter of Thor, who has to balance fighting trolls and giants with her after-school job waiting tables at Valhalla... FIRE, young master of flame, the son of the three mysterious Norns and perhaps the key to saving the Nine Worlds... MAGNI AND MODI, Thrud's younger brothers, whose strength is matched only by their knack for getting into trouble... ULL, the greatest skier of the gods...except for, maybe, SKADE, the four-year-old goddess of skiing... TJALFI, the human boy who can run like the wind... ROSKVA, Tjalfi's sister, who can hear something happening many miles away... FORSETI, the level-headed son of Balder, who's as good with a bow as he is with a written test... NOSS, the beloved daughter of the Goddess of Love... HELA, the sensitive little girl who hates her destiny of growing up to be the Goddess of Death... Along with other gods, godlings, light-elves, trolls, dwarfs and creatures, these young heroes must find a way to save the universe...and find the core of courage within themselves. THE AESIR KIDS is a fantasy novel based on many actual characters from Norse mythology. It's the first published collaboration between author James Grant Goldin and his ten-year-old daughter, Charlotte Goldin.

Book Review:
Book Review by: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness)
February 24,2015

"This is a coin of Asgard", the old man said in a clear, strong voice, that carried up to the shadowy rafters. "Asgard, the home of the Aesir-The home of the gods. On this side is Odin, the All - Father, in his right hand he holds his spear, Gungnir; on his shoulder are his Ravens. Hugin and Munin who bring him news from here on Midgard, the Earth-"( Book Excerpt from Aesir Kids)

Co-writing a book is not uncommon, but with your 10 year young daughter, I the we can all it is different to say the least. But it works. James Grant Goldin and Charlotte Goldin are a father and daughter writing duo that established a wonderful middle school adventure, fantasy, with Norse mythology (I personally always found fascinating), that is great for both boys and girls. As it should be. A story that can be loved by all.

This book brings something for everyone, all audiences, for our history and mythology lovers, to the comic or graphic reading crowd, to the average and everyday fantasy fiction readers with a twist on the Nordic Mythology.

In the Aesir Kids, it is a fun story that any fan of Percy Jackson will fall in love with. It may hold one thing very similar that incorporates mythology into its characters but beyond that we have something different. Beyond the infusion of the Norse Gods and the having children, the authors add a whole wheel house of new characters to create diversity within these gods and Demi-gods. 

I personally got hooked when I read that Norse Mythology was a key factor, actually I was super excited! I had to read it no matter what. When it comes to mythology you can guarantee I have read stories and stories crossed with fiction, Loir, even comics such as Thor being one of them and Wonder Woman being Amazonian. 

For those who are interested but are unsure, the Aesir Kids is a great book for anyone who is a fan of fantasy, mythology,adventure, the mix of mythology is just a added bonus. The father and daughter duo created a cohesive, fluid, fun, adventurous tale. It's also a great way to introduce the young to the noir and Greek Gods. They can learn where they stand in their story, the Loir like Loki and Thor.

This is a book I would read again soon when I finish other priorities. I rarely read a book a second time so close apart from finishing it once. The last time I remember re-reading a book back to back was Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. For me that is saying a lot, this book is packed and filled with adventure, mythology, and a fun and exciting read. One I recommended to any graphic novel enthusiast, adventure and fantasy lovers to the action packed mystery lovers. This book reaches a wide span of genres to people.

About The Author(s)


James Grant Goldin was born and raised in New York City, although he long ago left it for the West Coast. In a rather varied career, he has written over 100 hours of television, including such outlets as the History Channel. In addition to the swashbuckling novel "The Legendary Adventures of the Pirate Queens," he is the co-author (with his young daughter Charlotte) of the forthcoming fantasy "The Aesir Kids."



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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Book Review of The Labyrinth Wall ( Obsidian Series Book 1) Author:Emilyann Girdner

The Labyrinth Wall ( Obsidian Series Book 1
Author: Emilyann Girdner 
  • Publisher: Luminous Words Press; 2nd edition (November 

Book Description:
 November 9, 2013
Read Amazon bestselling, Reader's Favorite 5 Star rated novel, The Labyrinth Wall, the first book in the Obsidian series, perfect for fans of adventure filled and imaginative favorites like The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games and the Hobbit
Araina’s isolated teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man emerge through a rippling wall into the dark labyrinth she calls home. As a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s Creators have unleashed a series of magical attacks using the labyrinth against its inhabitants. Now Araina must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to reach safety on the other side of the labyrinth wall.

The Labyrinth Wall is the story of a young woman who discovers that although labyrinth walls confine her and her enemies try to repress her, the power of hope can set her free.

Will the walls that confine her be the walls that set her free?

What Few Other Buyers ThoughtmOf:
4.7 Star, Amazon Best-Selling Novel. 
(Fantasy, Young Adult, New Adult & College, Epic, Mystery, Sword & Sorcery, Coming of Age, Dystopian) p

5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing Dystopian Fantasy
By Ellen P. Lafleche-christian 

I’m a big fan of fantasy fiction provided it isn’t super sweet and cute and I am so glad I read The Labyrinth Wall. The Labyrinth Wall is a great adventure with a dystopian fantasy feel. Ariana and Darith go from one exciting adventure to another which makes the book impossible to put down. There is a constant quest to learn whether there is really something better outside the labyrinth walls. If you enjoy books like The Hobbit (with a slightly lighter feel), you will definitely enjoy The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner. I can’t wait to read the next book. 

4.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome Adventure
By Desert Rose Reviews 

I enjoy books about puzzles, mysteries, riddles, adventure and suspense. Some of the best books for those ingredients are stories involving a labyrinth. There aren't many books that deliver the same kind of entertainment and excitement as a well-written labyrinth adventure. This is one such book, and is one I really enjoyed

Book Review:
Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness)
February 19,2015

The Labyrinth Wall, dangerous than being here? The characters that you meet on the journey through  the labyrinth is various fights against the guards to keep them from leaving, cannibals, and something out of the Stone Age........SABER TOOTH DOGS ( Oh yeah I went there, or I should say they went there. I like to know where they pulled that stone aged beast out of, maybe a little black magic had a helping hand!). It's a fight for SURVIVAL! It's a crude adventure that makes you believe your out while your still in. It's a survival, it's a fight for survival, it's a adventure of life and death.....

The Labyrinth Wall is filled with suspense and excitement, it's a addictive fun read. Combining fantasy, adventure, magic, strange beings, beings that just seem real enough as they can come off the page. It has that mix of the The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien with James Dashner's Maze Runner. Beings and magic you see in the Lord Of The Rings with magic while you have  Maze Runner being kept captive being told it's for your safety than being trapped  by the same people who put you in. This dystopian novel will not release you from its grasp up until the very end. Even when you think.......
........'re already out......

About The Author:
Though she was born in Germany and raised in Turkey until the age of five, Emilyann Girdner spent the majority of her grade school years in Tallahassee, Florida. She discovered early she had a love for stories. Reading books, watching movies and then acting them out with friends or toys gave living an extra flavor. This is likely why she spent the first part of her college career studying Creative Writing, before switching to Graphic Design and then graduating with a BFA in Digital Art from Missouri State University. She's now living and working in Florida.

Given her three focus transitions as an undergraduate, it isn't a shock that she is a multi-medium lover, exploring writing, digital art, photography and design. She finds that her creativity is most fluent when given the opportunity to bounce between artistic outlets.

To truly understand this Author, there are two things to know about her. Emilyann hopes to share a love for others and God in all she does. She believes that imagination sparks beauty in the soul.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Book Review of Reality Natalie by Author Katie Sparks

  • Book: Reality Natalie
  • Author: Katie Sparks
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Firedrake Books, LLC (October 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • The Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NFTEG08

Book Description

 October 15, 2014  8 - 13  4 - 6

When the most popular kids' TV show, Kidz Konnection, decides to hold auditions for a guest host spot, the show’s BIGGEST fan decides to audition. 

[Cue Natalie Greyson]

Eleven-year-old Natalie is determined to overcome her habit of turning into a tongue-tied, air ball burping, runny-nose disaster whenever something embarrassing happens in front of an audience so she can audition for the coveted role. As the show’s biggest fan, no one could possibly deserve it more than her! 
Except a GIANT obstacle stands in her way: her parents deny her permission to audition.

To make matters even worse, Natalie's naturally talented best friend, Kailyn, decides to audition too, and will stop at nothing to win. With their friendship suddenly in question, Natalie turns to her blog, In A “Nat” Shell, to vent her frustrations, but Natalie’s emotional outpouring and lies only creates more anxiety for herself. With the stakes high, Natalie goes against her parent’s wishes and decides to audition, but Kailyn has her own secret plan to be Number One, even if it means doing so at the expense of her best friend. Can Natalie find a way out of the drama and into the spotlight? Or will the competitive pressure cause her to lose her ultimate dream along with her best friend?

Book Review:
Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness)
February 18,2015

Reality Natalie by Katie Sparks is about a young girl Natalie Greyson. Natalie Greyson is a young girl with big dreams. She has dreams of being on the most popular kids show, Kidz Connection. The only thing is her parents do no want her auditioning for the show. THE WORST THING in Natalie's mind is her Siblings, they are the reason why her parents don't want her to audition because they have a "large" photo  shoot scheduled (like that is fair). Of course they get to be "famous" but when she wants to be on a TV show and make a name for herself as well as HAVE HER DREAMA COME TRUE of being FAMOUS, POPULAR and last but not least BE RESPECTED, but all hope gets squashed by ugh,THE Parents. To make matters worse her friends just have to be talented....of courseLike god can't [she] have ANYTHING! Even better her best friend is UBER talented, confident, and also plans to audition. How UN-FAIR! Now Natalie absolutely for sure does not stand a chance with her running.

For Natalie being eleven *Shivers*  is just awkward in any public situations. For example:
1. Just talking she stutters and stumbles over her words.
2. Let's not get into giving speeches, it most absolutely does not give her leg up in the competition with her fumbling and dropping things. 
But this is Natalie Dreams! Why can't anyone get that,not even her best friend who is willing to risk their friendship just to win. But isn't Natalie sort of willing to as well jus for her 15 min.

With bypassing her parents in order to accomplish what she wants, it looks like her best bet is taking advantage of the schools field trip to the local station. A girl has to what has to do when it comes to fame right? Or No? But for Natalie is the path she is taking going to make the stars in her eyes come true? Is it going to come with a price? Is she willing to suffer absolute public humiliation? She just might be so, but will her guilt ridden mind accompanied with the chances of losing a friend? Along with the cost of fraudulently impersonating a  parent all be to much? For Natalie where will the line be drawn. What will Natalie decide, what direction will she go in? Will she go with deceit? With lies , risk of losing ones close to her, OR be honest, and real as one can possibly be?

Reality Natalie by Katie Sparks is a good book for young girls, she is fun, full of life, spunky determined, and quirky with her own charming qualities. Natalie learns a lot about herself on her journey to find fame and become the "cooler" she thought for herself and thought she really wanted more than any friendship and trust of her parents. 

With depth and heart, self reflection, with personal growth, learning, and growing into one self. Natalie learns on her journey and finds their is more to life than fame. Their is friends, trust, the support of others even when you have a small disagreement.

This is a great coming of age story,min a world full of imperfections, growth, sibling rivalry,parental quips and learning you are as good  as you make yourself.

This is s story many young girls can relate to. The feelings and emotions,the hormones going all wanky. The need to fit in at any possible means, rebelling against parental figures and wanting to be cool and feel no one understands you.....its a great story for any girl, it is easy to relate on a personal level with a nice plot development to give the story substance.

About The Author:
At a very young age, Katie Sparks discovered the magic of books. She counted on weekly library visits and treasured receiving her first library card at the age of five. At six, she wrote her first story called Baby Carrie (still in her collection today!) Katie knew then that writing would be in her future. By day, she is an editor for the parent consumer line at a non-profit medical association and enjoys working closely with authors and industry professionals. Immersed in the publishing industry in both her professional and personal life is a dream come true. On weekends you will often find her writing and sipping coffee at one of the many unique coffee shops in Chicago, spending time with family and friends, or curled up with a new book. Katie has been an active member of SCBWI for the past seven years. She lives in Chicago with her devoted and extremely vocal cat Moe. Her upcoming MG Novel, Reality Natalie is her debut novel.

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