Thursday, May 31, 2018

Book Review: Origin by Dan Brown

Title: Origin
Author: Dan Brown
Series: Robert Langdon, #5
Pages: 461
Publication date: October 3, 2017
Source: Purchased
Genres: Mystery, New Adult, Romance

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: readers who enjoy Dan Brown's writing style and the Robert Langdon series. 

Add it: Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.
As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.
Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself... and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery... and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

I have been a fan of Dan Brown since The Da Vinci Code and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of his books up until this one. This particular story was interesting in challenging our relationship with technology and perhaps opening a dialogue about our future as a species. The characters and story line just felt a little meh for me. 

Part of the charm of Dan Brown's stories are that they all take place in real places, and this is no exception. Focused in Spain our hero, Robert Langdon once again finds himself caught in the middle of an ordeal, this time focused on a former student of his. To say Langdon's character wasn't really necessary seems cruel, but that's how I felt. His particular expertise didn't shine through and his character could have been replaced with almost anyone with a similar academic background. His inclusion in the scandal felt forced at times and simply ridiculous at other times. 

Vidal was an interesting character and I enjoyed her contributions to the story. She really carried the story for me. A strong, intellectual, beautiful woman with ties to the throne, what could possibly be wrong with her? It was a remarkable commentary on her relationship with the Prince and how that all came together in the end. 

All in all I didn't love this particular installment of the series. I think fans of Dan Brown and his character Robert Langdon will find this interesting. The actual "discovery" is quite dramatic and very interesting and I would love to chat about it in real life, but alas the plot just didn't fit for me this time.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Post Holiday Weekend Feels

Hey bookish people!

So you may remember that I took a vacation recently and, to my surprise, did pretty much no reading. Hahaha. I watched a ton of Netflix, did cross stitch projects, and worked in the garden. I just never really fell into that reading place. Honestly a first, and it felt SO WEIRD.

So when the holiday weekend rolled around, it felt amazing to get back into the groove. I knocked out the endings of three books (yes, I'm that kind of person) that I was part way through. I caught up to my reading goal. It was a good feeling!

Now that we're back at work though, I'm feeling like that little duck up there.

Someone send blankets, pie, and a stack of books. I'll go crawl into the reading cave and not emerge again until they're all done. Or maybe I'll just ask for more pie and books. Who knows? All I know is that I hardcore need a nap, and work is rough today.

I can't wait for the weekend and more reading time.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Cover Reveal: Awakened by Dot Caffrey

Dot Caffrey
(The Power Trilogy, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: August 31st 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Power and Prophecy!
Seventeen-year-old Regnaryn grew up in an idyllic land among mythical beings. She believes she is the last surviving human.
Her world begins to shatter when Evil invades her dreams, demanding she relinquish unknown powers foretold by her long-deceased mother. When Graeden, a young human male, arrives, he further disrupts her once-orderly life. Her emotions in chaos, Regnaryn flees the only home she’s ever known, only to be captured by the servants of Evil from her dreams. Now she must take a stand, confronting her late mother’s prophecy while also attempting to survive and protect those she loves.

I was born and raised in New York, mostly on Long Island not “The City”. After high school, I moved to California and then did a three-year stint in the Navy before going to college and getting a Microbiology/Medical Technologist degree.
According to my Dad, I’ve been a storyteller from the time I began talking (which was at a very young age). But, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided to take my passion for writing and my love for all things magical or mythical seriously and set out to write fantasy novels.
When I’m not at my day job or writing, I enjoy creating and wearing costumes (cosplay), playing video games (though, I’m not very good at it) and watching NHL hockey and assorted other things many of which are merely time wasters. Of course, hanging out with my friends and my cats also pleasantly fills my time.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Book Review: The Reckless Rescue (The Explorers #2) by Adrienne Kress

Media Type: Ebook (ARC)
Title: The Reckless Rescue
   *Series: The Explorers #2
Author: Adrienne Kress
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: Hardcover; 208
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Source: Publisher
Content Screening: Nothing of note.

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who have been eagerly awaiting the next adventures of Sebastian and Evie!

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
More mystery, more bravery, more danger, and one amazingly reckless rescue await in the second book in the Explorers series! The perfect read for fans of The Name of This Book Is a Secret and The Mysterious Benedict Society!

Reader! Your attention is greatly needed. We have left things unresolved! What began as your average story of a boy stumbling upon a pig in a teeny hat and a secret international explorers society has turned into an adventure of epic proportions.

* The bad news: The boy (Sebastian) has been kidnapped by a trio of troublesome thugs.
* The good news: His new friend Evie has promised to rescue him!
* The bad news: Sebastian has been taken halfway around the world.
* The good news: Evie has famous explorer and former Filipendulous Five member Catherine Lind at her side!
* The bad news: There's still the whole matter of Evie's grandfather (and the leader of the Filipendulous Five) somewhere out there in grave danger.
* The good news: Pursuing Sebastian will lead Evie and Catherine to another member of the Filipendulous Five, who might be able to help!

This missive is a call to action and an invitation to join in mystery, bravery, and danger. There will be new people to meet, new places to see, and some dancing along the way. And one amazingly reckless rescue.
Huzzah! Another excellent installment in The Explorers series! To say that I've been waiting eagerly for this book is an understatement. When last we left Evie and Sebastian, they had both grown so much as characters. They had struggled with their views of the world being thrown in chaos, come out the other side, and found themselves in situations that they never could have expected. If you missed my review of the first book, I'll quickly tell you that I loved it. I've been so ready for more, for so long.

This book did not disappoint! It starts with a bang as we find our characters on separate, but equally harrowing, journeys. I have to say, the amount of character growth that Adrienne Kress manages to fit into this second installment is admirable. Instead of leaving Sebastian and Evie at the level of that they achieved at the end of the last book, she pushes their limits even further. I loved watching Evie, our brave but still nervous heroine, learn to believe in her abilities. Equally so, watching Sebastian overcome his fear of being in the spotlight made me grin from ear to ear. There are so many lessons to be had in this story, but they never overpower the action and adventure on the pages. In fact, this book is beautifully balanced. I loved it for that.

As for the plot, there's a ton of forward movement in this story. We meet a new member of the Filipendulous Five, and find new clues in the mystery surrounding Evie's missing grandfather. We visit strange new lands, and dive further into the imaginative world that Kress has built. I'll admit, since I wasn't sure how many books will be in this series, I was worried that this story might suffer from middle book syndrome. It did not. It was fun, fast-paced, and full of wonder. As an adult reader, I was enhanted. I can only imagine how much fun the age group this book is aimed at will have!

Long story short, this book is wonderful. It's an excellent second installment to this series and, once again, I can't wait to see what happens next! If you haven't started adventuring with Evie and Sebastian yet, please do! There's a pig in a teeny hat waiting for you, and so much more.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Cover Reveal: The Aviary by Emily Shore

Happy hump day fellow readers! I have a treat for you today in the form of a fabulous new YA series to check out. You'll definitely want to add this to your watch list for next spring after you see the fantastic cover. Keep scrolling!

The Aviary
Emily Shore
(The Aviary Series, #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: March 5th 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
I am nobody’s Swan.
Beauty is now a corporate commodity, bought and sold on city streets and displayed in elite Museums.
Sixteen-year-old Serenity has spent her entire life in hiding, to keep safe from this decadent world. Overnight, her parents disappear, and Serenity is kidnapped, sold at auction, and thrust into the Aviary—an illustrious Museum where girls are displayed as living art by day and at night, cater to the lascivious whims of men who bid on their exhibits. Serenity has much to learn about this enthralling but competitive world where girls go by names like Raven and Nightingale and will stop at nothing to become top Bird.
The enigmatic and deadly Aviary Director, Luc, soon idolizes Serenity’s purity and aims to turn her into his grandest exhibit of all time—The Swan. In no time, she becomes the most coveted exhibit in the Aviary’s history.
Soon, Serenity learns that Luc holds the key to finding, and freeing, her parents. To save them, she must learn to play the Swan to perfection to win Luc’s heart, earn his trust, and save her parents. She doesn’t count on the fact that she’ll develop feelings for Luc in the process. Now, she’ll have to face an impossible decision: escape The Aviary and lose her only chance at finding her parents; or become Luc’s Swan for good, and lose her identity forever.

Emily Shore is a MN author with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Metro State University and was a grand prize winner of #PitchtoPublication, which led her to working with professionals in the publishing industry. Her anti-trafficking books Ruby in the Rough and Ruby in the Ruins are her first indie-published books with proceeds benefiting trafficking rescue organizations: Breaking Free and Women at Risk, International. This summer she will be debuting her first contemporary novel as well as re-releasing her paranormal series in the fall: Roseblood
Emily lives in Saint Paul with her husband and two little girls. In her free time, she enjoys connecting with rescue organizations and survivors of sex-trafficking, hearing their stories, and injecting their truths into her books for youth. She loves motivational speaking on the issue of sex-trafficking and is lining up more schools and libraries for the fall and winter, campaigning against sex-trafficking, baking, acrylic painting, interior decorating, and spending time with all the little girls in her life.

To learn more about Emily's work and the anti-trafficking movement, see her Facebook page where she regularly blogs: and sign up for her newsletter through the Contact Me on her website:
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Cover Reveal: Reckless Radiance by Kate Roth

Oh my darlings, you are in for a special treat today! If you haven't heard of the lovely Kate Roth, well then you might be missing out. Today one of her book babies gets a new look and I couldn't be more excited to share it with you all. Reckless Radiance is a touching story with a lot of heart. You'll want to add this to your TBR immediately.

Title: Reckless Radiance
Author: Kate Roth
Pub. Date: January 2014
Publisher: Kate Roth Writes
Formats: eBook
Pages: 401
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | ibooks | Kobo | B&N

After a heartbreaking loss, Valerie Gilmore ran away to start over. Her days are filled with regret and her nights are spent with a man who only helps to numb the pain.

Everything changes when a mysterious stranger named Russell walks into her life. He’s sweet, but odd and Valerie is sure he’s hiding something. She finds herself unnerved every time his familiar blue eyes seem to look straight into her soul.

She’s desperate to know his secret—who he is, what he knows and why he’s protecting her at all costs.

If you haven't figure out by now, I'm a big fan of Kate Roth. Her books introduced me to the wonderful world of romance novels and I've been an admirer ever since. You can grab this fabulous book for only 99 cents right now so what are you waiting for?! 
Published since 2012, Kate Roth is addicted to all things romance. Her passion for love stories, both traditional and unconventional, has led her to write in various sub-genres of romance including New Adult, Paranormal and Erotica. Kate is inspired by everything from music to the real-life romance tales she's heard through her years as a professional hair stylist.

One thing is certain, Kate Roth writes steamyconnections, sassy dialogue, and strong heroines & heroes.
Kate spends her time away from the keyboard with her insta-love husband, her sweet baby boy and faithful pound puppy.
Find her: Twitter | Facebook | FB Group

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day and Bout of Books eve!

Greetings my lovely reader friends! Long time no talk. For those that celebrate it, Happy Mother's Day! Being a mom is so rewarding in so many ways, unfortunately getting more reading/blogging done isn't one of those ways. I have two kids under 3 so my days are full and my nights are sometimes fuller. They bring a lot of joy to my life but I do miss those moments where I could curl up with a good book and just read  ALLLLLLL day long.

Luckily, every few months a fabulous read-a-thon event comes along that motivates me to TRY to read more. Bout of Books starts tomorrow so if you're looking for a laid back, self motivating, twitter chat happy read-a-thon than I suggest you join us! I won't be posting my updates here (see above for reasons why) but you can always find me on Twitter @mischievously.

As always, dear friends, thanks for your unending patience when our blog takes an impromptu hiatus but know that we will always be back. Keep reading and don't forget to treat yo self!

Bonus kid pic:

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Book Review: The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers

Media Type: Audio Book
Title: The Cleaner of Chartres
Author: Salley Vickers
Publisher: Viking
Pages: Hardcover; 304
Release Date: June 27, 2013
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Historical Fiction

HDB Rating: 2 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy slow moving historical fiction that has a very psychology heavy bend.

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
From the author of Miss Garnet’s Angel, a story of the redemptive power of love and community in the famous French cathedral town

There is something very special about Agnès Morel. A quiet presence in the small French town of Chartres, she can be found cleaning the famed medieval cathedral each morning and doing odd jobs for the townspeople. No one knows where she came from or why. Not Abbé Paul, who discovered her one morning twenty years ago, sleeping on the north porch, and not Alain Fleury, the irreverent young restorer who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes and elusive manner. She has transformed each of their lives in her own subtle way, yet no one suspects the dark secret Agnès is hiding.

When an accidental encounter dredges up a series of tragic incidents from Agnès’s youth, the nasty meddling of town gossips threatens to upend the woman’s simple, peaceful life. Her story reveals a terrible loss, a case of mistaken identity, and a cruel and violent act that haunts her past. Agnès wrestles with her own sense of guilt and enduring heartbreak while the citizens piece together the truth about her life.

I started out this book a little shaky, since I don't generally read a lot of Historical Fiction. However Agnes soon became a likable enough character that I was engaged. Although this isn't the quickest moving story, and perhaps it has more featured characters than necessary, I still found myself connected enough to Agnes that I wanted to finish this story. Her backstory unfolded a bit at a time and, even though I was fairly sure I knew where things were going, I wanted to see if I was right. I'll give Salley Vickers credit in that she created a very relatable and human character in Agnes. Her mistakes and successes were a beautiful thing.

What kept me from fully falling in love with this book though was how much it hopped back and forth in time, with little to no notice. I listened to the audio version of this, and so it made it even more difficult to get my footing every time we were thrown back to the days of young Agnes. On top of that, as the book neared its end, I felt myself becoming less and less interested in where things were headed. Agnes felt like she stalled in her growth as a person, and then the ending itself was far less than satisfactory. In fact, and this is coming from a reader who is very open minded, the ending left me with some really uncomfortable moral quandaries. I'm still not sure how I feel.

So, for a plot that kept my attention for the most part, a character whom I did enjoy, and a narrator who did a fairly good job, I'll give this two stars. I finished this book, and it was interesting journey. I just wouldn't read it again.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Monday, May 7, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (5/7/18)

Happy Monday, y'all! Yes, I actually mean that. Monday it may be, but I'm feeling pretty optimistic about it. As you can see, things have settled into a nice rhythm here at HDB, and that in itself means that things are in a good place. Huzzah!

Likewise, my reading has been doing so much better lately as well! I've been back into the swing of things, and my review roadblock has vanished. I've just kind of learned to let my brain do its thing. If it says that I need to take a break, I do. It makes things go so much more smoothly.

On to the books!

I've had a great run of reads these last few weeks. The Book Knights was an indie review book that I loved because of its ties to Arthurian legend. The Glass Spare was a random read that I picked up from the library, and ended up LOVING it. Sweep in Peace was me reading something comforting, that I knew I'd love, so that I could work my way out of that weird slump I was in. I'm happy to report, it worked.

I'm actually reading multiple books right now, per usual, but this is the one that I'm focusing on most ardently. In an effort to get myself out of my self-imposed genre prison, I decided to give The Cleaner of Chartres a try. It's been a little rough to get settled, but now I'm really starting to like the story! I can't wait to see where it takes me!

As I try to play catch up, this is my next Indie read on my list! The Beyond Now Device sounds fascinating, and I can't wait to dive in!

That's it for me! What are you reading this week?

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Book Review: The Book Knights by J.G. McKenney

Media Type: Print Book
Title: The Book Knights
Author: J.G. McKenney
Publisher: J.G. McKenney
Pages: Paperback; 272
Release Date: July 5, 2017
Source: Author
Content Screening: Mild Violence

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers looking for a fast paced mix of fantasy and a dystopian future.

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon
When her parents are condemned to death by Morgan Fay for the crime of reading, Arti Penderhagen becomes a fugitive. Hunted by Mordred, the sadistic police captain who recites poetry to enhance his physical strength, Arti escapes to the Isle of Avalon, a sanctuary for outlaws. There she meets an old librarian named Merl who tells her about the Grail Tome, an ancient book in Morgan Fay's possession that can alter the course of history. Can Arti steal the book in time to save her family? 

THE BOOK KNIGHTS is a fantasy adventure in which knights wield words as weapons, librarians are wizards, and books can change the future.

Where to begin with this review? I won't deny that I had high expectations for The Book Knights. The fact that this story promised to merge together a dystopian world where readers are banned, and Arthurian legend, had me really excited. Can I please profess that I secretly loved every second a new character was introduced in this story? Their names were perfection and, set against the backdrop that McKenney created for them, they had me in their thrall. I was ready for an adventure, and I definitely had one.

Let me go ahead and start with the characters, since I've already touched on that. As I mentioned, each character has a name that ties them into the Arthurian legend that this book lovingly pulls from. Arti Penderhagen, our protagonist, is a reader who is forced to flee her family home during a  book raid. She instantly peaked my interest. Here was a young girl, taught to read from childhood, out in the world on her own. I was fascinated as I watched her navigate this new world, where being a reader is a death sentence. I think Arti was the easiest to connect with, because we were kindred spirits. Readers forever. It helped that she got the most face time here, since I really got to know who she was. While I loved all the other characters as well, I never got to know them as well as Arti. There wasn't time.  I would have loved some background into their personalities, and gotten to know more about their views on the world they live in.

As it stands, this is a very quick moving book. Characters are introduced in a way that feels natural, which was nice, but the plot moves along so speedily that I never quite felt like I had my footing in Arti's world. I had so many questions about Morgan Fay's motives. I wanted to know more about the general public, and what their opinions were on the world at hand. I also desperately wanted to know more about the Book Knights as whole, since the book had to give a whirlwind explanation in order to move back into the action. While I enjoyed this whole plot, I just honestly wished that the story was longer so that there was more time to get into the the thick of things. I like closure, and I crave world building. The Book Knights was a little shaky on both counts.

I suppose it all comes down to the fact that I just wanted more from this book than I received. The writing was great, the characters were well rendered even if they didn't have as much depth as I wanted, but I missed out on the sturdy world building that I'm so used to in Fantasy books. Arti's world was one that fascinated me, mainly because of how close we might actually be to living in it. I would have loved to see more background established. I wanted more details to help me understand why Arti's destiny was so important, and really color in the full picture.

As it stands, I'm happy to give this book a solid three stars. I enjoyed my time reading it immensely. I accidentally left this book when I went home to visit, and was absolutely devastated until I got it back and was able to finish it. That, my friends, is the mark of a good story. I eagerly await more.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Just breathe, and move forward.

This is what I've been trying to do lately. Truthfully most of my time and effort has been concentrated on just keeping things in this tenuous balance that I've built. It's like I'm holding this massive stack of very expensive plates on a really, really small pedestal. One false move, and the whole stack goes crashing to the ground. No pressure, right?

The nice thing is that it's been easier this time around. All the work that I've been doing on myself, and on the environments around me, has really helped me find a stronger center. It makes that scary stack of plates a little less daunting when I put it on a comfy chair temporarily, and escape into a video game or a book. I've been letting my body tell me what it wants to do, and I've been honoring that. It's working great.

I'm out of my reading slump too, which has been wonderful! This time around I'm taking it slow, savoring books instead of powering through them so that I don't burn myself out. Also I'm going to pick up some graphic novels again, because I really miss reading those.

So, that's me right now. I've been slowly and quietly working on some ideas for filler posts that I'll type up as I feel good about them. I'm reading through some wonderful Indie books that will hit the site with reviews soon. I'm happy.

Just breathing, and moving forward.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Book Review + Giveaway: Ray Vs the Meaning of Life by Michael F. Stewart

Media Type: Ebook
Title: Ray Vs the Meaning of Life
Author: Michael F. Stewart
Publisher: The Publishing House
Pages: 212, ebook
Publication date: May 15th 2018
Source: Xpresso Book Tours/Author
Genres: Young Adult, Coming-of-age

4 Keys to My Heart: Recommended for readers who enjoy an eclectic coming of age story and meme quotes about the meaning of life.
Grandma’s Last Will and Testament names Ray to inherit the trailer park. It’s a million-dollar estate with one hitch: to prove he’s not as aimless as he seems, Ray must discover the meaning of life by the end of the month. (She left the answer in an envelope.) If he fails, the camp goes to his estranged family.
How does anyone find the meaning of life while running a park full of misfit miners, would-be truck racers, and one demanding little girl? There’s a bear too. A grizzly. Maybe that’ll help?
Add it: Goodreads / Amazon

Ray is a typical teenager just trying to get through high school and find something he enjoys. He spends most of his time playing video games by himself and crushing on a neighbor girl. Then his grandmother dies and everything gets turned upside down. Ray finds himself suddenly responsible for an entire trailer park and all that it entails.

I'm a big fan of coming of age stories and this one does not disappoint. What seventeen year old is ready to discuss the meaning of life? I certainly wasn't. Ray's search for understanding leads him on a hilarious and sometimes disgusting path towards enlightenment. The author does not shy away from the muck that is part of the daily grind of running a camp full of miners and misfits.

I have to say one of my favorite parts of the story was the pool iceberg. The simplest of problems can become overwhelming if we don't manage our expectations of them, including how long it takes for ice to melt once the weather warms up. The symbolism of this and Ray's interactions with Penny really warmed my heart.

There is a lot of depth to this story, family struggles, helping those in need, taking responsibility and of course growing up. Ray's family is an eclectic group of misfits who motivate him, intentionally and not, towards finding his meaning of life. You'll want to join in on this hilarious "spiritual" journey.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy a fun coming of age story with a lot of heart.

Michael F. Stewart embraces all forms of storytelling. In 2009, he created Bully For You for Scholastic Canada, a fully functioning social media platform with an embedded interactive story. He’s written graphic novels for Rubicon Publishing’s Boldprint series, illustrated early readers and novellas for Pearson (coming in 2019!), non fiction texts on Corruption and Children’s Rights; he even tried to convince the world that we needed a location based storytelling app with augmented reality (NARR8R)-we still do! He’s written adult horror, sci-fi, urban fantasy, and adventure. He’s even written books you’ll never find. But nothing is ever wasted. His most recent book, Counting Wolves, a contemporary YA, was named to Kirkus Reviews “Best Books of 2017” list. The Boy Who Swallows Flies (2018) won Killer Nashville’s Claymore Award, and the Assured Destruction Series won The Creation of Stories: Best YA Award at the Toronto International Book Fair. In 2016, Michael was selected to join the CFC/Entertainment One TV Adaptation Lab. Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he was the Ottawa Public Library’s Writer in Residence and runs free writing workshops. To learn more about Michael and his next projects visit his website at or connect via Twitter @MichaelFStewart.


FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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