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The Lost Mermaid (A Tale of Three Kingdoms - Volume 2)
By: Michelle Paula Snyder
Publisher: White Knight Studio
Publication Date: September 2014
Reviewed By: Kristi Benedict
Review Date: April 20, 2017
The three major kingdoms of The Lost Mermaid were ruled by three different beings including fairies, unicorns, and mermaids who each had their own unique talents. The fairies were impressive with their use of magic, the unicorns possessed a strong army, and the mermaids were efficient in navigating the waters for trade. Knowing that unification between their kingdoms would be best for all, a royal wedding has been planned between the Fairy Prince Andreas and the Mermaid Princess Presinne. Even though Presinne has known Prince Andreas since they were children and she has grown to respect and love him, there were still apprehensions about the larger responsibility on their shoulders. Add in the fact that Presinne will now have to live away from the openness of the ocean in the fairy kingdom and she is worried...just a bit.
However, there is little time for worry as an array of important guests descends upon the mermaid kingdom in anticipation of the upcoming wedding. Although there is one person in the kingdom who is not quite as excited about Presinne’s upcoming marriage...Camellia, who just happens to be the youngest daughter of the mermaid king and queen. For young Camellia, her oldest sister Presinne was the soul person she could connect with as her sister would always make time to listen to Camellia’s stories and look at her drawings. With her sister moving to the fairy kingdom, who would take Presinne’s place as Camellia’s confidante and friend?
With exciting preparations going on in the mermaid kingdom there is an evil plan commencing in other parts of the city. Not everyone is quite as happy about the upcoming marriage of a fairy and mermaid and they will do what they can to sabotage this event. Giving orders to set their plan in motion, an evil witch and devious wizard hide back in the shadows waiting for the opportune time to turn these kingdoms against each other and throw them into turmoil.
When I read the summary for this book and series it brought to mind the prototypical fantasy fairy tale that every little girl dreams of reading and author Michelle Paula Snyder definitely delivers on that. This book has every element that is needed to create a fun fantasy adventure including the amazing fairies, mermaids, and unicorns that make the three kingdoms. Then in addition, there is the added element of danger that keeps the reader hooked until the very last page to see how this adventure ends. The only critique I had for this book is that it is written from several different perspectives and at times I had to go back and remind myself who was talking and where we were in the story, but overall the story was wonderfully entertaining.
Quill says: A wonderful story of fantasy and adventure that young (and young at heart) readers will love!
For more information on The Lost Mermaid (A Tale of Three Kingdoms - Volume 2), please visit the publisher's website at: www.whiteknightstudio.com
News: A Tale of Too Much Information and a Girl
By: Simon Plaster
Publisher: Mossik Press
Publication Date: December 2016
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: April 14, 2017
This is one of the funniest books you will read in a long, long time. Yes, it is an intriguing mystery, yet it is filled with colorful characters, great lingo, and absolute reality when it comes to showing exactly how horrific journalism (AKA: the lack of actual factual reporting) there really is out there in the world today.
Her name is Henrietta. She used to live in small town Henryetta, Oklahoma, where she worked for the local newspaper, the Henryetta Weekly Herald, as a journalist. This is a small, small town, so it didn’t really have a whole lot of juicy headlines, but Henrietta made sure to always research well, investigate appropriately, and always tell the truth – even if it was a bit boring at times. She did, however, sink her teeth into a couple of stories that promoted her up the ladder by Mr. Harold, the owner and publisher of the Herald. Mr. Harold also encouraged her to seek a brighter future. So, Henrietta ends up in a much bigger city working for a local TV station as an assistant producer. What does that mean, you ask? Well...poor Henrietta is basically a girl who runs around helping a reporter who’s not all that nice, fixing her makeup, fixing her hair, etc. But one day, she receives a call from her mother back in Henryetta. Her mom, Wynona Sue, who works at the “Best Little Hair House in Henryetta,” calls her daughter to tell her about a reality show that’s going to be shot inside the Hair House. She needs her daughter’s help when it comes to the “news” and how she should act on TV. But that’s not all that’s happening back home.
Three girls have gone missing, No one knows why and there are no clues as to where they went or what happened. When she heads home, Henrietta finds herself in a real mess. The person who took over her job at the Herald is all about salacious journalism. She picks and chooses certain words from a very real story and presents it in a way that makes for great tabloid journalism. Her name is Gigi Carpenter. She used to work for Newsweek. Let’s just say her demise came about because of a man by the name of Trump who sued her for ruining his character.
Readers will be engrossed by Henrietta and...Henryetta. Not only is she knee-deep in dealing with this ridiculous Gigi, but she is also trying like heck to track down these three missing girls who literally seem to have disappeared off the planet from the alley behind the Ps-n-Qs pool hall and quaint café. You have characters and suspects galore in this one, and each and every one of them owns a hysterical background story all their own. Will Henrietta be able to go up the ladder by solving this crime? Will she be able to expose a bad journalist? Every question is answered, and any mystery reader who loves that tinge of humor will absolutely love this book.
Quill Says: HEADLINE—Simon Plaster has Once Again Written a ‘5-Star’ Tale!
By: W.H. Raymond
Illustrated By: Archway Publishing
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Publication Date: February 2016
Reviewed By: Kristi Benedict
Review Date: April 14, 2017
The one person young Theo held in regard above all others was his beloved grandpa, whom he called Gramps. Even though his family lived in the middle of a busy city, Gramps was always finding places to take Theo that brought both of them close to wilderness. On one trip they hiked up mountains in Colorado during the winter months where the snow covered the ground and the wild sheep blended in with their white coats. Then they switched gears and took a trip to Miami, Florida. In Miami they encountered the intense and sometimes dangerous life of animals as predators were hiding everywhere. In all of these wonderful trips Theo was constantly asking questions and loved the time with his grandpa where he learned so much from the information his Gramps had gained over the years. There was also a trip these two took together that was a little closer to home that brought them to a place called Three Pines Ranch. Here is where Theo was introduced to a palomino gelding named Rocket who just captured Theo’s imagination, as he was amazed that an animal that large could be controlled by a human on its back.
However, when Theo’s grandfather suddenly passes away, Theo is left with a hole in his heart that he cannot seem to fill with anything else. His grandfather was the sole person who could help him see the wonders in life and with him gone Theo is having trouble finding anything enjoyable in his world. On top of that, his best friend and neighbor moves away to Colorado with his family, leaving Theo utterly alone to face life by himself. He has no interest in the subjects in school and the constant bullying from other students continues to tear down his confidence. As his grades drop and interest in life declines, his parents become worried that they won’t be able to find something to help bring their son out of his depressing state. The answer will come from an unlikely friend and a sweet horse from Theo’s past that no one expected.
This story presented a quite relatable character in Theo and I instantly enjoyed reading about him. I also found myself wanting to help him though this hard time in his life. In that regard the author, W.H. Raymond, did well in creating a character and story that pulls at the heartstring and pulls the reader in effectively. The one critique I would have for this story is that the title is slightly deceiving as the main focus is on the character of Theo but only a small portion of the story included that horse named Rocket. So, in hindsight, after reading this book I did expect more mention of Rocket based on the title. Overall, however, I found this to be a very enjoyable read.
Quill says: A story with a sweet relatable character that pulls at all your heartstrings.