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Live Chat at TODAY!

Hey Bibliophiles!

Quick note here to let y'all know that Simone Elkeles, author of Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction and many other books for teens, is visiting from April 26 to May 10 and participating in a Live Chat with fans today, April 28, at 7pm ET.

I haven't personally read any of her books, but all I hear is great! And there's a chance to win a copy of her book! And y'all know how much we addicts like to win FREE books, right?!

So what are you waiting for? RSVP your intention to join the chat to and have fun!!!

Emperor Dad

Emperor Dad is a Best Novel Darrell Award winner by the YA sci-fi author, Henry Melton. (The cover is showing up kind of funky on my blog for some reason, to see it as it truly is, instead of this psychedelic one, go to one of the links at the bottom of the post.)

In it, teenage football player James begins to suspect that his dad, recently laid off, has invented something huge – teleportation. When his dad’s new mysterious job begins to take him out of town around the same time a bodiless voice calling himself the “Emperor” begins making an appearance throughout the world (and creating quite a stir as he sets himself above the nations of Earth), James is determined to find out what’s going on…

Emperor Dad is very original in its presentation of the creation and control of teleportation. The way in which James’ father deals with his scientific discovery is very unique and an attention grabbing take. Henry Melton’s novels come across to me as having a broad appeal to readers, but with an…

Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country

Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country is the sequel to Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure, by Allan Richard Shickman.

Now, I want to warn any readers’ that haven’t read the first book, Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure that this review will have some spoilers in it – so don’t read it!!! J

Averted your eyes yet? Okay, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Without giving away too much, I’ll say that Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country is primarily about what happens when Dael’s progress gets side-tracked when something tragic happens… I won’t tell you what, of course.

While Zan-Gah tries desperately to regain the twin brother he once had, but whom seems damaged beyond repair, he also leads the idea to move his people from their harsh land to that of the Beautiful Country he first visited as a slave in Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure. But will the journey prove too dangerous?

Well, first of all, the opening sentence is a killer. Having just finished Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure when I began Zan-Gah and th…

Pixie Dust

Pixie Dust is award-winning author Henry Melton’s newest YA sci-fi novel.

In it, Jenny Quinn, a physicist getting her advanced degree, is involved in an experiment involving vacuum decay (um, what, right?) that goes awry. A huge discovery is made, but then her professor dies in an accident – an accident she finds suspicious. But just as soon as she finishes grieving and begins detecting a bit, she realizes that the incident with the lab experiment left some big changes in her own body. It’s infected her somehow. Now, Jenny has to figure out what is going on and doesn’t know if she’ll even survive long enough to find out the truth about what happened to her professor.

Okay, physics ain’t my thing. I never was very into math – probably my weakest subject. Science was interesting – but physics??? Talk about gibberish! So, I was taken a bit aback at the detail and intelligence that Henry Melton seemed to portray in Jenny Quinn’s character. I have no way of verifying that all of the basic th…

Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure

Zan Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure is an award-winning novel by author Allan Richard Shickman.
Zan-Gah gains both notoriety and respect as a boy reaching manhood by his clan when he kills a lion early on, despite his small stature. But this does not help his recurring nightmares about his twin brother who disappeared a year ago after an argument. Though he is believed to be dead, Zan-Gah’s gut tells him he is still alive – which can only lead to the fear that he has been taken captive.

Despite his parents’ fears, Zan-Gah uses his newfound independence to convince everyone that he can find his brother, Dael, and that he will not return without him. Thus begins the many faceted, dangerous mission of the young, but strong, Zan-Gah.

The situation of Zan-Gah is initially hard to delve into, as it is much more primal and, well, prehistoric than our world. I must admit that it took me about 50 pages or so to really feel invested in the main character, Zan-Gah or to really feel invested in the plo…