Remember Typhon by Kimberly A. Rogers

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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Remember Typhon by Kimberly A. Rogers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The presence of communications expert Zenia (and her cat) on the Starstream aggravates Commander Gavril to no end. But when Zenia hears a distress call from the planet Typhon, Gavril has no choice but to take her along on the rescue mission. Gavril may—or may not—live to regret that fact in Remember Typhon, a short story by author Kimberly A. Rogers.

And here I am, branching into science fiction a tad.

That is, I’m not wholly unfamiliar with sci-fi. As a cinephile, I’m a fan of the original Planet of the Apes pentalogy (Escape from the Planet of the Apes is my favorite.) And I watched a good deal of Star Trek in past years (of which Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is my favorite, despite some Trekkie’s understandable opinion that DS9 isn’t as Star Trekkish as the other Star Treks.)

But as a bibliophile, I haven’t read much sci-fi at all, and I’d say this story gave me a good means to stretch my reading wings. I was sure that I wouldn’t quite grasp everything, but the story didn’t pile on so much unexplained, unfamiliar stuff as to lose me. The main thread of this short tale is complete, though it’s pretty clear that it’s a setup for more adventures to come. And I couldn’t help but to smile a little whenever Zenia would “thank Yisus.” (Heeheehee, I see you, Zenia.)

I’ll be on the lookout for whatever adventures this one is a setup for.

Join the Faith, Hope, and Book Love Group!

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I often tell folks I’m a bookworm-turned-author. I love writing as much as I’ve always loved reading, and for a few years now, I’ve been getting a kick out of holding occasional giveaways on my blog.

Since I’m on Facebook, I decided to start a new group for fellow lovers of Christian and inspirational fiction, called Faith, Hope, and Book Love. I’ll be sharing there about my new releases and book sales, and there will also be exclusive giveaways only for FHBL group members.

If you’re on Facebook too, feel free to come join the new group!

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Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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Four Silver Stars

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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“Foolishness may have golden offspring. I hope yours does.”
I did too.

Aza might have the most unusual and loveliest voice in all of Ayortha, a kingdom of singers. But because so many people–including Aza herself–consider her to be ugly, she’ll go to foolish lengths in her attempts to magically become pretty in Fairest, a novel by Gail Carson Levine.

Oh, fairy tales aren’t my go-to type of reading, and I don’t reach for many middle grade books to read either. But I once saw and enjoyed the movie Ella Enchanted, based (loosely?) on the Newbery Honor book by the same author. As I used to read more fantasy as a child, it’s been my plan for some time to dip back into fantasy fiction of the mythical and magical variety. So, when I happened to come across this novel, I figured, “Hey. Why not?”

This fantastical tale turned out to be quite engaging with excellent drops of genius along the way. There’s blackmail, betrayal, and some violence, but also endearing kindness and romance in the story, along with Aza’s down-to-earth lesson that young people (and, I daresay, grown folks as well) can learn from. The novel didn’t leave me with a Chronicles-of-Narnia kind of “wooow,” but still, every minute of it was worthwhile to me.

So, I’ll say this book is my small, happy step back into the mythical and magical side of things. 🙂

Puppy Dog Tales by Liwen Y. Ho

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Four Silver Stars

puppy-dog-talesPuppy Dog Tales by Liwen Y. Ho

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Just knowing Uncle Bruce had thought of him was enough. “I’ll take whatever I get.”
Melvin would live to regret those words.

Anesthesiologist Melvin Lai has anything but a soft spot for animals—including the cocker spaniel he just inherited and doesn’t want. But, surely that wouldn’t ruin all of his chances with the dog’s beautiful veterinarian, Vivian Chu, would it?

I’ll admit I needed a light, pick-me-up kind of read when I picked up Puppy Dog Tales by author Liwen Y. Ho, and this romantic comedy was just the ticket. I think I took a bit longer than I should have to stop and realize, “Oooooh, that Melvin,” since I ran into this guy before when I read another romance by this author, True to You. I was then thrilled to see “that” Melvin starring in his own story.

And a light, pick-me-up, humorous kind of story it is. Animal lovers should appreciate it that much more. The change in some of Melvin’s feelings seemed to be a little too much so quickly, but I found the read to be quite pleasant, and I laughed aloud along the way. Fellow fans of sweet romantic comedies should enjoy this as I did.