“The Taste of Air”–Review

416syijurlIt all changes with a phone call.

Nell Williams, a wife and full time mother, receives a phone call regarding her mother, Mary Ellen Reilly.  While Mary is supposed to be residing in an assisted-living facility in Massachusetts, apparently she’s been in a hospital in Vermont.  Confused by this new information, Nell contacts her sister, Bridget, and hops on a plane to Vermont.  By the time the sisters arrive, they learn that Mary has been seriously ill and is barely capable of speaking, so getting any information is going to be a lot more difficult.

While they’re there, the sisters eventually learn that Mary has been living another life, with a cottage of her own and a connection to two men—including the local residents—who claim to have known Mary for years.  But who are they to Mary?  And is it possible that they’re connected with Nell and Bridget?

During their stay in their mother’s hideaway, Nell and Bridget start to uncover more secrets from Mary’s past, leading them to question their own lives and decisions for the future.

I’m happy I’ve had the opportunity to read this book.  Each chapter contained many surprises and it left me wanting more.  I especially liked the descriptions of the settings in Vermont. (I hope to, one day, visit the place.)  I also enjoyed reading the chapters from Mary’s past.  No worries, I won’t spoil a thing, but I will recommend you check out this book.  As always, feel free to post your comments.  Happy reading!

About the author: Gail Cleare has written for magazines, newspapers, Fortune 500 companies, and AOL.  Her award-winning advertising agency represented the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  She was the turtle Leonardo’s date for the world premier of the second movie, and got to wear a black evening gown and sparkly shoes.  Gail lives on an 18th century farm in New England with her family and dogs, cats, chickens, black bears, blue herons, rushing streams, and wide, windy skies.  She loves organic gardening and nature photography and can often be found stalking creatures with a 300 mm lens.  Check her out on Twitter.

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“The Goblin Crown”–Review

51gzvtguzil-_sx322_bo1204203200_It is the first day of high school for Billy Smith and he is dreading every moment of it.  Billy has always been the socially awkward type, anxious, always feeling as if he’ll never fit in anywhere.  During his first day at Francis Drake Prep, he winds up making a fool of himself in front of beautiful Lexi Aquino.  To top it off, on his first day, Billy winds up making an enemy in the star quarterback, Kurt Novac.  When Lexi defends Billy, Kurt chases them into unknown territory where the three of them are mysteriously transported to another world, an underworld where goblins reside, including strange animal hybrids and powerful magic.

Billy, Lexi, and Kurt soon learn they’re not safe in the land of Kiranok—the largest goblin city in the world—but then they receive help from Hop, a goblin leader.  During their journey, the teens learn of  Kiranok’s history, language, and culture, as well as the history that foretells of a human arriving to claim the Goblin Crown and lead them to defeat the deadly Hanorians.

While they’re still at war, the goblins can’t save Kiranok without their Goblin King.  So who gets to claim the crown?  Billy can’t help wondering if it is he who is meant to save the goblin race, his true calling.  And if so, will he also be able to get himself, Lexi, and Kurt back home?

This was quite an interesting story, with a lot of action and adventure.  I really liked the dialogue, as well as the vocabulary the goblins used.  I’ve never read a story quite like this and I’m glad I had the opportunity.  This is the first book in the series and I’m a bit curious about the sequel.  What will happen next?  I’d recommend this story for fans of the fantasy and folklore genres.

Feel free to post your comments.  Happy reading!

The Goblin Crown: Billy Smith and the Goblins—Book 1 will be released on November 15, 2016.

*I received this copy from Turner Publishing, as part of the Review Team.

About the author: Robert Hewitt Wolfe is a television writer and producer.  He got his big break writing the episode “A Fistful of Datas” for Star Trek: The Next Generation.  He’s also worked on over 300 episodes of television for shows like Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The 4400, Alphas, and Elementary.  He also developed the TV show Andromeda and helped adapt Jim Butcher’s acclaimed Dresden Files novels for television.  Robert also grew up in San Francisco.  He attended UCLA, where he earned a BA in Film & Television and an MFA in Screenwriting.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Celeste, and their dog, Baxter.  He can also be found on Twitter.