Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review: Mother Earth by Lydia Lee

Mother EarthMother Earth by Lydia  Lee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

About the Book
When climate change reaches a catastrophic stage, Gaia and her unlikely friend, Toks, an alien-machine hybrid, set out to save the world. With the help of Toks, Gaia accidentally created an enchanted brush to revive life from its basic DNA. Unfortunately, an undercover U.S. political force is determined to exploit the last remaining oil fields in Antarctica and ignores the environmental degradation. Therefore, Gaia is a target that needs to be eliminated. Amidst all of the conspiracy, a super villain is born. Even though Gaia encounters set back after set back, creatures of all kinds were revived from stones and deep sea, helping her through many difficult situations. While this is a Superhero genre, the characters draw your attention to the real issues in today's world and bring humanity and friendship to the forefront.

The Review
Mother Earth challenges its reader(s) to think about human impact on our planet (Earth). The graphic novel contains really lovely artwork that helps to narrate the story well. The dialogue is written in a way that children will understand and become more conscious of their surroundings (plus what type of footprint they may leave behind).  This entry does speak about some environmental/political issues but it is done in a way that can be easily digested by the young adult reader.

Thank you to the author for providing this entry in exchange for an honest review

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About the Author
Emily Carr is a University in Vancouver, B.C. and Mother Earth  has been accepted by The Vancouver Public Library for their collections. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Something to Howl About (Alphaville 0.5) by Christine Warren

Something to Howl About (Alphaville, #0.5)Something to Howl About by Christine Warren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’re a fan of Christine Warren’s The Others series then the inhabitants of
Alphaville will provide everything that you crave.

The leading characters penned by Christine Warren are everything a reader would want in their alpha roles. The banished she-wolf, Annie Cryer has confidence and beauty and the brown bear, Jonas Browning is what every arrogant alpha is supposed to be. Between the two there is an immediate attraction but it takes a real alpha to misunderstand what he is supposed to do. Meaning every misstep he could make, he made them. Jonas believes that bear shifters, especially brown bear shifters don’t mate for life and like their counterparts they mate with any available female. That understanding of how mating works is getting in the way of what his bear is telling him and the female he is focused on will not tolerate any of his nonsense.

It truly takes a great balance between the leading characters to propel a story forward. Both leading characters are equally as strong so that one doesn't drown out the other. Plus, helps that (for the reader) there are some forehead slapping moments and some “what the heck is he thinking”! This was a perfect introduction to residents of Alphaville.

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