Book Review: Rogue Angel: Footprints

Rogue Angel: Footprints

Rogue Angel: Footprints, by “Alex Archer”

Annja Creed is a part-time archeologist, part-time tv host of Chasing History’s Monsters, and full-time adventurer.

Annja is asked by an old friend to assist her on a search for Big Foot in the remote wilderness of the Northwest. Annja’s friend claims to know of evidence of the legendary Sasquatch. But as soon as she arrives, Annja and her friends’ students are harassed by gunmen, telling them to go home. But her friend is missing. And as trouble follows her everywhere, Annja soon finds herself surrounded by mystery, extreme danger, and deception.

While no history or archeology played a role in this installment, I found the story to be extremely fun. Not as action-packed as some, Footprints is still full of suspense, intrigue, and mythology. Annja makes some strange choices that are a bit out of character, but still remains a heroic figure, always trying to do the right thing. Fans of action and adventure novels should definitely be sure to check this one out. It’s helpful to have read the very first in the series, Destiny, just to have background on Annja and her special sword. But beyond that, the wonderful thing about the Rogue Angel series is that they don’t need to be read in any particular order. Each is a completely new adventure. I haven’t missed one yet, and can’t recommend them enough.

Book Review: The 4400: Promises Broken

The 4400: Promises Broken

The 4400: Promises Broken, by David Mack

Following the events in The 4400: Welcome to Promise City, tension is escalating between the US government and Jordan Collier promicin-positive followers. And the 4400’s greatest foe, the Marked, have devised a plan to wipe out the p-positive, but countless innocents will die as well.

David Mack and Pocket Books have finally given fans of the show the resolution we have been waiting for, since its untimely cancellation. The characters have changed and developed, but not beyond reason. And suspenseful as ever, this latest installment has Agents Baldwin and Skouris making the most difficult decisions of their lives. They must choose sides and risk everything. And, ultimately, Kyle’s prediction of the fate of the world lying with Tom Baldwin comes to a head.

With all of the characters we’ve come to know and love, Mack has skillfully rendered each with believability and soul. The story is gripping and fast-paced, with a climatic ending that no 4400 fan should miss. And while there is a satisfying ending to the overall story arc, there is plenty left open for future accounts and other avenues to explore. This was a fantastic conclusion to an incredible series. And I, for one, would love to see it continue on in further novels, particularly if the same authors return.

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Book Review: The Shadowmask

The Shadowmask

The Shadowmask, by R.A. and Geno Salvatore, is second in the Stone of Tymora trilogy.

Picking up where The Stowaway left off, young Maimun seeks the stone that was stolen from him. Crossing treacherous land, sea, and battling pirates are just a few of the obstacles Maimun must face. But the biggest surprise is what awaits when Maimun finds himself shipwrecked on a mysterious island.

It would have been helpful for me to have a short summary of the events from the past book before reading this second installment. I found it difficult to recall characters and events from The Stowaway. Though, it was still a fun and fast-paced, swash-buckling adventure. Maimun and his journey is a story that readers of all ages can enjoy. There is less of a cliffhanger at the end of this installment, but still left me eager for the next. The Stone of Tymora trilogy is a wonderful introduction to epic fantasy for young readers, full of adventure, danger, magic.

Book Review: How Not to Make a Wish

How Not to Make a Wish

How Not to Make a Wish, by Mindy Klasky

Kira Franklin is in a dead-end job and unsure about her future, when she comes across a magic lamp. And a genie, named Teel, appears and must grant her wishes. Told that larger wishes, such as world peace and ending hunger, would take too many years to resolve, Kira must focus on herself. Deciding her first need is a job, she quickly wishes for her dream job. Her next wishes soon follow, but what Kira thought she wanted doesn’t turn out to be so her ideal.

In true chick lit fashion, How Not to Make a Wish is more about Kira’s journey and learning about herself than it is romance or fantasy. Though there are strong elements of both romance and fantasy as well. The incredibly likeable and relatable Kira has gone through heartbreak and still makes unwise choices. But she learns from her mistakes. While, some of her choices surprised me – I assumed that she’d do the selfless thing and free the genie with one of her wishes. Instead, it seems to never enter her mind. Maybe this is so the series can continue, but for some reason it didn’t sit well with me. Teel was a main character and stated his case several times for wanting Kira to hurry her wishes so he could possibly enter his idyllic, Eden-like garden. But other than the selfish wishes, this was an incredibly fun and fast-paced read.

Klasky is a gifted author that pulled me into the story immediately. The narrative is charming, warm, and witty. This will appeal particularly to chick lit fans, which is a broad category in itself. It’s light-hearted and fun and will leave you wishing for more.

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