The Queen’s Favorite Witch Vol. 2: The Lost King by Benjamin Dickson

Join Daisy Sparrow, Queen Elizabeth’s right-hand witch, for her next adventure in The Queen’s Favorite Witch Vol. 2: The Lost King by Benjamin Dickson.

As Queen Elizabeth struggles with the pressure from her advisors to marry and turn over her power to a male sovereign, Daisy is certain she has seen Prince Philip of Spain before, and there is something not quite right with him.

The Lost King is the second volume in The Queen’s Favorite Witch graphic novel series, but you don’t need to read the first book to understand what is happening here. The author weaves a magical story that blends history and fantasy into a fun adventure.

In Daisy, the author has created a young witch still learning how to use her abilities, who has found herself a trusted consultant to the Queen of England. They confide in each other, and their relationship is warm, though Daisy is certain not to overstep the boundaries of class. Luckily, Daisy’s other companions encourage and help along the way.

Rachel Smith provides the vibrant and colorful artwork to complement the storyline. And historical facts about Queen Elizabeth I can be found at the back of the novel.

As a lover of comic books as a child, I find graphic novels such an engaging art form. I look forward to more of Daisy’s adventures.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Papercutz (August 22, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 112 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1545809836
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1545809839
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 7 – 12 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 2 – 3

I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Men of the 65th by Talia Aikens-Nuñez

Teens and young adults will enjoy learning more about the heroic service of the 65th Infantry Regiment in Men of the 65th: The Borinqueneers of the Korean War by Talia Aikens-Nuñez.

The author weaves an historical account of the only Puerto Rican unit in the United States Army from its inception through its courageous fighting during both World Wars and the Korean War despite facing discrimination. Filled with historical photos, maps, graphs, and tons of extra historical information, Nunez shares the story of the Borinqueneers, whose legacy was recognized in 2016 when they received the Congressional Gold Medal.

I chose to read Men of the 65th because my father-in-law served during the Korean War, and because I don’t know a lot about the conflict. These brave men of the 65th impressed their peers with their ingenuity and determination. They faced discrimination, capture, and were largely overlooked by history, but through a grassroots effort would finally be recognized for their contributions.

If you enjoy history, especially military history, stories of those who have overcome discrimination, or accounts of bravery, Men of the 65th is an excellent choice.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Zest Books ™ (May 2, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 136 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1728479142
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1728479149
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 11 – 18 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 6 – 12

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

The Second Chance Farm by Janice Blanchett

The Second Chance Farm by Janice Blanchett is a heartwarming story of how a rescued goat helps a wandering stranger realize everyone deserves a second chance.

A farmer finds a lost goat and brings him back to his farm. Christening him Rusty, the goat grows up alongside the other farm animals. Then one day, Rusty notices how different he is from the others and thinks he should walk away from the only home he has ever known. The lessons Rusty learns about family and forgiveness help him when a wandering stranger arrives at the farm looking for work.

What a unique way to approach the parable of “The Prodigal Son.” Instead of the son being the main character, Blanchett creates a touching story of a rescued goat helping the son who took his part of the family fortune and wasted it. This story is beautifully told and is accompanied by the creative artwork of Jack Foster (one of my favorites). The author then suggests the reader discover the rest of the wandering stranger’s story in the Gospel of Luke.

The Second Chance Farm will make a great addition to church and home libraries.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0C47LV217
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Janice Blanchett (May 5, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 31 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985182545

I received a digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

The Giving Back Tree by Tarky Lee (Review & Giveaway)

For those who always knew the rest of the story of the selfless giving tree was left unwritten, author Tarky Lee has brought the story full circle with The Giving Back Tree.

Inspired by The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Lee creates a story of how the lonely stump, long ago forgotten, is found by a girl who loves and appreciates her, allowing the tree to heal and bring forth a new beginning.

The Giving Back Tree is one of the most inspiring stories of the healing power of love that you’ll ever read. The artwork harkens back to the original story, making this a story all ages can enjoy. A feeling of nostalgia will wash over readers familiar with the original, while this modernized story speaks volumes to the magic of love and joy and the importance of appreciating the world around us.

Touching and inspiring, you will want to read The Giving Back Tree over and again.

To purchase on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Giving-Back-Tree-Tarky-Lee-ebook/dp/B0BQRD8GCK/

To purchase on Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-giving-back-tree-tarky-lee/1142866984

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Tarky Lee will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Enter to win a $15 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BQZGZVH9
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gullet Publications (April 11, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 42 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985870909

I received a copy from the author through Goddess Fish Promotions. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

The Not so True Adventures of Brandon, Josh, and Adam by Barry M. Fellinger (Giveaway)

Join Brandon and Josh as they work to bring Adam home from the Strataderks and the Intergalactic Council on Obedience to Parents.

The Not So True Adventures of Brandon, Josh, and Adam by Barry M. Fellinger is a funny sci-fi adventure story with zany happenings, strange aliens, and intergalactic hijinks. Having escaped the Council, Brandon and Josh are astonished to discover that their cousin Adam has disappeared. Knowing his misbehavior led him to being abducted by the Strataderks, they must devise a plan to bring him home. Of course, that also means they must find a way to get back to outer space first.

This is such a funny story. As a parent, I might have hoped there was an Intergalactic Council on Obedience to Parents that abducted naughty kids to teach them a lesson. Kids will enjoy following along as Brandon and Josh, with the help of some doubles from a different dimension, plot and plan to bring Adam home. Of course, their nosy sister might just get in their way. Think of this like Spaceballs meets Phineas and Ferb.

Readers who enjoy humor, sci-fi adventures, and outlandish antics will appreciate The Not so True Adventures or Brandon, Josh, and Adam.

EXCERPT!

Double Trouble OR WHICH COUSIN COUSIN IS WHICH?

Oh, this is making my head hurt! Brandon is up there, but it’s not me. But it’s the right Brandon who will know what to do. But Josh is up there, but it’s not the right one, and he will be lost, and why doesn’t this Josh . . .

Brandon #2’s thoughts jumbled together as he tried to think everything through. He was fast losing his appetite.

His mind wandered as he began to pick away at his food. I mean, the one who should be with me is not, cuz this Josh is down here. But the wrong Josh, though he certainly knows what’s about to happen, which means he will refuse to eat the broccoli. But if Brandon up there doesn’t realize he has the wrong Josh, that Josh will be kidnapped with him, but it won’t be the right Josh. Then I will be stuck with the Josh, who lived through this, and he will understand everything, so maybe that’s not so bad . . . By now Brandon’s head throbbed so much from trying to sort this all out in his mind that he couldn’t concentrate on food anymore and put his head in his hands. Then he looked up at Josh.

“Josh,” Brandon spoke very low. “I understand. You’re not the right one.”

“What, dear?” asked Brandon’s mom, as Brittany complained, ‘Mom, Brandon’s whispering secrets about me to Josh.”

“Am not,” snapped back Brandon.

“Um, Mom, I think Josh might be sick. I think he should go to my room and lie down.”

“But I’m fine.” Josh was now panicking, understanding Brandon knew, but neither of them knew if the other Brandon hiding with Josh’s double understood yet. They were waiting for this Josh to come up, after all. Brandon needed the right Josh with him soon, but because he had not been through this before, he wasn’t thinking about one super important thing.

“What about the tantrum?” Josh asked Brandon softly. “If I don’t act up, they won’t come and then Adam is . . .”

He stopped mid-sentence when he felt an unusual bump like someone was trying to push him off his chair, strong enough that he nearly fell off it and had to grab the table to keep his balance.

“Brandon,” Josh whispered again. “Did you feel that?”

“Feel wh—” Brandon started to say and then the phone rang. Josh thought the last time that happened, they had been rounding the corner to the kitchen when his Aunt Beth answered the phone, not seated at the table. That’s different, he thought to himself. Aunt Beth is sitting at the table this time, but I guess we definitely did take longer upstairs. Still, something strange is going on, though.

Brandon’s mom turned to speak to the three children with a concerned look on her face. “That was your Aunt Patty,” she said, catching her breath. “It’s about your cousin Adam. He got into some big argument with his parents at the dinner table, and then he stomped off to his room.”

GIVEAWAY!!!

Barry Fellinger will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Enter to win a $20 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tellwell Talent (January 25, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 296 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 022887923X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0228879237

I received a digital copy from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.