First Chapter Review: The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper by Fiona Ingram

I am reading The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper, the third book in Fiona Ingram’s Chronicles of the Stone series. Having read the first two books in this pre-teen action adventure series, I have high hopes for this one.

BLURB: A plane crash! Lost in the jungle! Hunted by their old enemy, will Adam, Justin, and Kim survive long enough to find the Third Stone of Power? With only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, the kids make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the lost city of stone gods, where the Stone of Power might be located. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task. Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

COVER: Just what I would expect for this series. It fits in well with the covers of the other titles, and its colorful image catches the eye.

FIRST CHAPTER: When Adam opens his eyes, the screaming of tearing metal has stopped. Shaken up by the plane crash, Adam, Justin and Kim need to figure out what to do now that their guide is injured. They quickly realize being alone in a jungle filled with hungry animals and unknown tribes places them in some of the greatest danger they have ever been in.

KEEP READING: Definitely! I’ve loved this series since the beginning, so there is no doubt that this latest installment should be just as thrilling. Dropped immediately into the action, the reader will be eager to find out what happens next and how Adam, Justin and Kim will figure out their next steps.

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I received a free digital copy from the author. This first chapter review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way. Look for my full review coming soon!

Dog Band by Regan W. H. Macaulay

Dog Band by Regan W. H. Macaulay is a delightful and creative story about a group of dogs who start a band. The challenge is that they don’t know what type of music to play, so they go about asking their friends for advice.

This is such a cute story. Between the fun text by Macaulay and the colorful illustrations by Wei Lu, this book is destined to entertain youngsters.

There is so much to enjoy about Dog Band. The band receives a variety of answers with great reasoning behind their friends’ choices. The author includes some pronunciations for readers as well, so they understand how to say different breed names.

Children who like reading stories about animals, children who have a love for music, and those who appreciate fun stories will want to read Dog Band.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher : Iguana Books (March 23, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1771804750
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1771804752
  • Reading age : Baby – 8 years

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.

A Playmate for Imani by Rebecca O. Hayes

A Playmate for Imani by Rebecca O. Hayes is an adorable and fun story about a dog’s search for a playmate.

Imani watches her owner hop on the bus in the morning, but she is still eager to play. So, Imani wanders around searching for the perfect playmate.

This delightful story is brought to life by Hayes’ engaging text coupled with colorful artwork by Diane Brown. Silly antics ensue as Imani goes about her day hoping those she meets along the way will play with her.

If you are looking for a book for dog lovers or a cute story that will make young readers smile, A Playmate for Imani is a great choice.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback & Hardcover: 34 pages
Published: January 2020
Language: English
Hardcover ISBN-10: 1950074145
Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1950074143
Paperback ISBN-10: 1950074137
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1950074136

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

Book Spotlight: Amiranda: Princess Amiranda and the Tale of the Deciduous Forest by John P. Adamo

AMIRANDA: PRINCESS AMIRANDA AND THE TALE OF THE DECIDUOUS FOREST
By John P. Adamo
Juvenile/Tweens

An instant classic tale portraying the life of “Amiranda,”an innocent and brave princess, who unwittingly sets out on a quest that will ultimately determine the fate of her entire kingdom.

From her castle window, Amiranda would gaze at the beautiful countryside below-always watching carefully, always observing everything. Gradually the princess realizes that she knows very little
of the small kingdom over which she would one day reign.

Nevertheless, Amiranda would never disobey her father’s wishes, especially the one to never enter the mysterious dark forest, which borders their kingdom. That is, until one day when she would have no other choice.

Amiranda will take a journey that will lead her on a wild adventure, where the decisions she makes will determine the fate of many lives-the lives of her animal friends, her family members, those who dwell in her kingdom, and her very own life as well. Travel along on this trip where Princess Amiranda hopes to find the missing piece in her existence and ends up trying to achieve the impossible….

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John Adamo is a Long Island-based author and songwriter who has copyrighted more than four hundred poems and has both written and composed numerous songs and short stories. Music has always been an integral part of John’s life, as he has performed at different venues all across Long Island—both as a professional pianist since the age of seventeen (one year after his father passed away) and also as a disc
jockey / emcee for various private parties and public events.
This is John’s first formal work, which was originally written as a screenplay and copyrighted in 1998. John has always had the visualization that an animated movie would one day be made from his work. The author wanted to put together a story unlike any other, and one that could be enjoyed by people of all ages … both young and old alike. A story that reinforced good values, covered common ethics, and taught morals as John feels those important criteria are so often left out in today’s modern fairy tales.
After having the screenplay sit on his shelf for nearly fifteen years, John felt that it was finally time to let the world know the life and world of Amiranda—a Cinderella-type princess who has everything in the world that a princess could possibly ask for, but is still missing something more in her life. With your help, John hopes that he can help fulfill Amiranda’s aspirations, hopes, and dreams. Last but not least, John hopes you like Amiranda’s story just as much as he enjoyed writing it … Enjoy!

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS

Website  →   www.princessamiranda.com

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The Making of a Master by Kai Strand

Can Frank solve the mystery of the cave-ins before they ruin his beloved Underworld city of Concord? New from Kai Strand, The Making of a Master, A Concord Chronicles novella is a middle grade adventure fantasy.

Excerpt:

Robin’s squeal of delight was the reason Frank broke the rules and brought stuff down from the Outerworld.

“Come on already!” Anna slapped her hands against her thighs, the muffled stomp of her foot in the ankle high grass displayed her impatience.

Frank glanced at his partner just in time to see her tap her watch-less wrist. A smile tugged at his lips when she huffed.

“Time stands still down here,” he said. “What’s the hurry?”

Before him, Robin, a young Archer, perched in the round of the tire swing Frank had just hung. Her thin arms wrapped tight around the thick rubber, to keep her from tumbling to the ground. Her silver hair streamed like a shooting star behind her in stark relief against the darkness of the earthen ceiling far above their heads. She squealed with pleasure each time Frank gave her a gentle shove, sending her and the swing soaring.

“I don’t get it, Robin.” Anna’s gaze tracked the girl back and forth. “Why do you enjoy that swing so much? You’re an Archer. You leap higher than that thing can carry you while you create your beautiful rainbows.”

Robin’s uncontrollable giggles prevented a reply.

Frank’s heart fluttered as quickly as Robin’s thin wings as the joy he provided for the young Archer filled him up. He laughed when Robin tucked her wings close to her back and the tire swing spun around and around.

“Whoa!” Robin cried, still laughing.

Finally, Anna gave into laughter as well, her blond ponytail swinging back and forth as she shook her head at Frank. “Mark needs to develop a special punishment for your insubordination. First the teeter-totter and now a tire swing!”

“I’m not doing anything wrong,” Frank said. “I’m still performing all of my duties as a Natures Spirit. We’ve already made our rounds of the blue and green sections. Mark doesn’t care if we get sidelined while making sure the citizens of Concord are safe.” Frank inhaled the scent of earth and loam that wafted through the air every time Robin swung toward him. He wished he could fill his lungs and steep his olfactory senses with the smell of the Underworld twenty-four hours a day. With a push he sent Robin away again, her infectious giggles teasing a full-blown smile to his face. “And happy.”

Anna watched Robin tilt her head back and nodded. “You’re right.”

“Higher!” Robin cried.

“Last time.” Frank planted his feet and gave a firm push. Robin swung as far out as the rope would carry her. On the way back, the tire twirled, and Robin’s giggles filled the otherwise empty park.

Frank stepped back, allowing Robin to swing and spin. He grinned when she tipped back as far as she dared and stretched her legs straight, seeming to enjoy the freedom of floating. Her tiny wings fluttered in the breeze.

When, at last, Robin climbed out of the tire, Anna caught the dizzy child by the shoulders to steady her.

Robin fluttered her ruffled wings until they lay flat down on her back. When she spoke, her voice was lilting and childlike. “The swing is like flying, but without having to work at it. I make rainbows to bring joy to others. The swing brings me joy.”

Frank arched an eyebrow and crossed his arms across his chest. “It’s this thing called ‘fun,’ Anna. Everybody’s doing it. You should give it a try.”

About the book:

As a Spirit of Security, Frank gives his personal touch to maintaining peace in the Underworld city of Concord. From traffic control to providing new equipment for the playground, he works to keep the citizens of Concord safe and happy.

Frank grows concerned when signs of a failing infrastructure appear – small piles of dirt in unexpected places, damp spots on the walls – especially as his sister, Dawn, is scheduled to spend an entire week in Concord. Then the museum collapses. He and his partner, Anna, race to solve the mystery but things become more difficult when his own entrance to the Underworld fails, limiting his access to Concord.

With Dawn’s assignment imminent, Frank races against time and gravity to save her and the residents of Concord. Will he find answers in time, or will a giant collapse destroy his beloved city?

The Making of a Master is available in print or ebook.

Kai Strand writes fiction for kids and teens. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was an EPIC eBook Awards finalist. Her young adult title, King of Bad, soared to the publisher’s #1 spot in its second month. She is a besotted wife and the mother of four amazing new adults. She, her husband, and their two dogs hike and canoe throughout beautiful Central Oregon, where they call home. Learn more about Kai and her books by visiting her website: www.kaistrand.com.