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Monday, July 31, 2017

Book Review #34: TALON 4, CONNECTED by GIGI SEDLMAYER


TITLE: TALON 4, CONNECTED
Author: GIGI SEDLMAYER
Publisher: AURORA HOUSE
Publication Date: 19 JANUARY 2014
Genre: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

Bible?  Check!  Family Values?  Check!  Animal rights?  Check!

            Hooray!  Hooray!  It’s Talon time again!  Well, this is the fourth book in this award-winning series from Australian author Gigi Sedlmayer.  It starts off right where the third book, Flight for Life, ended.  Matica and her family are forever grateful to the three condors: Tamo and Tima and their son Talon for aiding Matica and Crayn (her father) while they were traveling on foot to and from the city of Cajamarca in Peru.  Crayn’s foot that had been bitten by a spider was slowly healing due to the medicinal leaves that the condor family provided to him and Matica was set on finding out what they are by showing them to her Peruvian friends Pajaro and his very elderly father Elcano.  Throughout the book, Crayn’s injury slowly recovers.

            What I like about Sedlmayer’s style of writing is the colorful way she incorporates the South American settings into the story.  She expertly brings the Peru Indians and their habitats to life and adding to it Matica and her Caucasian family is just endearing for me.  Also, she blends in her Biblical knowledge making this story a family-oriented book not just for children but for adults too who are looking for a healthy, heartwarming tale to fan the hardship flames of their lives away.  I think this book should be distributed to rehab centers for the disabled and the oppressed across the world for it teaches us about compassion, friendship, self-discovery, God, family values, and peace among two different races.  It is harmonious and that’s what the world needs in this time of turmoil and warfare.

            I recommend this book highly for Bible school students and those aforementioned because I think it is great for instilling healthy values and a world peace message in readers across the world.  I think this whole series should be recognized for being this way and the author Gigi Sedlmayer should be commended for her humanity efforts too.  Oh!  And the most important theme of this series is animal rights.  How this disabled little girl stands her ground in protecting her condor friends from the-you-know-who (poachers) is a notable deed indeed!  Buy this book and its other four parts today because I must tell you, good is the only lesson you’ll be getting from them.  And that’s getting your money’s worth right?  Right!



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Book Review #33: THE LAST VALENTINE (THE LABYRINTH OF LOVE LETTERS) by FELIX ALEXANDER

TITLE: THE LAST VALENTINE (THE LABYRINTH OF LOVE LETTERS)
Author: FELIX ALEXANDER
Publisher: FOREVERPOETIC
Publication Date: 13 FEBRUARY 2017
Genres: HISPANIC/ ROMANCE/ MYSTERY
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

Exciting, Page-turning Masterpiece that’s My Top Favorite Read This Year So Far!

            Oh.  My.  Goodness.  This book is a masterpiece in all its glory!  I just finished it last night and boy do I feel good about it.  It starts off with a bang right from the beginning up to the end.  Felix Alexander is a mastermind I tell you!  The plot is a first of its kind if I can remember and if I was to compare his caliber to another author dead or alive, it would have to be the late bestselling author Sidney Sheldon.  Oh my!  You’ll have to read this one for yourself to discover his talent and the brilliant way he told it.  It is in prose form and that made it all the more easy to love and hard to put down.

            A love letter found with the body of a murdered man was how this mystery started.  It falls into the hands of a lovely teenage girl who enlists the help of her guy friend (not boyfriend, also a teenager) to find out its writer and why there is a bloodstain on it and why it was in her father’s possession in the first place.  (Her father is an important man in her city’s police department, he was the one who initially stole it from its place in the police headquarters of the Puerto Rican city this book takes place in).  Soon the lovely teenage girl and her guy friend come to discover that there is a fascinating place called the Labyrinth of Love Letters where love letters written by those who are in love with their intended readers but cannot have them are placed in there for these intended readers to find.  It also served as a place for these forbidden lovers to meet and express their loves for each other.  Anyway, the two teenagers soon become entangled in a series of dangerous events that all lead up to the most exciting climax I’ve ever read in a long time.

            I recommend this book for fans of Sidney Sheldon and Tilly Bagshawe.  I really enjoyed the time I spent reading it and the way the story builds up to reach its climax towards the end of this book.  It’s a great fictional story that summons up memories of the aforementioned authors’ books and would definitely make a great Lifetime channel movie in the future.  I tell you, with this book, I am happy to know that there are hidden gems out there in the book world because this author I haven’t heard about except when his book here was assigned to me to read and review.  Wonderful writing skills, superb editing skills and amazing plot.  I simply give this one an enthusiastic five stars for excellence!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Book Review #32: TALON 3, FLIGHT FOR LIFE by GIGI SEDLMAYER


TITLE: TALON 3, FLIGHT FOR LIFE
Author: GIGI SEDLMAYER
Publisher: AURORA HOUSE
Date of Publication: 16 MARCH 2014
Genre: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

A Diverse Rainforest, the City Life, and of course Matica and her Birds!

            Okay!  You will definitely love this story as I enjoyed it very much these past four days of my life.  Matica returns in this epic adventure with her birds and this time she and her father make a long, eventful trip on foot to the neighboring village of Bambamarca and the city of Cajamarca from their village of Pucara all within the South American nation of Peru.  Crayn, her father, needed to get to Cajamarca to make arrangements for their family’s anticipated big trip to their home country of Australia as they are missionaries originally from there.

            The thing about this book is that it was so colorful and exotic with all the strange creatures Matica and Crayn saw as they traversed through a jungle then a rainforest before arriving in Bambamarca.  There were multicolored macaws, toucans, and monkeys and nut-eating piranhas.  There were also some really beautiful but different plants and flowers like the giant lobelias that Matica did not fancy once she touched them.  I tell you, the author of this book, Gigi Sedlmayer did her research extremely well or was delineating each of these things from experience as this book is like a biology textbook with all the knowledge Crayn had of them.  It was a really nice read I have to say as it started slow in the beginning but eventually became interesting and amazing by the middle and end parts.

            And all through the book, Sedlmayer adds bits and pieces of her Christian faith with Matica and Crayn relying on it and Biblical knowledge to help them get through the journey.  If you are looking for one that is family-oriented and speaks like good old-fashioned children’s books of back in the days, this series are the books to order.  I won’t spoil the fun for you as I had my own fun of discovering so much from this book through its pages it left me in awe afterwards.  And if you’re wondering about the birds, especially Talon who this series is based on, yes, he is a huge big deal in here too.  I recommend this book highly for children and adults because aside from the innocence, there is also Sedlmayer’s excellent literary skills to note.  Also, her editing skills are superb.
 
So from me to you, get this book for your home library or for your e-reading device.  You won’t regret it, I promise!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Book Review #31: FED UP! A RELATABLE MEMOIR by C.P. HENDERSON


TITLE: FED UP! A RELATABLE MEMOIR 
Author: C.P. HENDERSON
SELF-PUBLISHED
Date of Publication: 31 JULY 2016
Genre: BIOGRAPHY/ MEMOIR
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

A Struggle with Wits, Humor, and Positivity

            Carol P. (C.P. for short) Henderson is a fighter and a hard worker.  She followed in her father and sister’s footsteps of joining the United States Air Force right out of college.  But in this eventful memoir of hers, she had to stand her ground and earn her place through all of her employments in the federal government.  Being an employee of the federal government is a blessing right?  Not according to her in here.  In here, she tells all, right from her racist supervisor in the military to her devil incarnate boss at a job in the state of Maryland to dirty and sleazy co-workers she encountered in Arizona.  All of it with her own wit and sense of humor that will make you read on for laughs and for pure entertainment.

            What I really loved about this book was the fact that C.P. never backed down while in the middle of all her hardships.  And add to that her mocking tone in her side comments for each of the occurrences she so deliciously inputs in this sad but positive account of her experiences of being employed by the federal government.  I also acknowledge her family and boyfriend for being there for her in her times of need.  I think this memoir is meant to inform C.P.’s audience of the struggle she went through and how she arrived at the current place she is in at the moment (as this book was published last year in 2016, we don’t know if her situation has changed, like advanced on to better things or not).  I have to tell you, the working life has its own positives and negatives and that everyone’s journey is various.  This is just a glimpse into what C.P. went through and if we are ever to come across the likes, then we should summon up memories of this account and see how C.P. dealt with it.  It’s so funny I had to laugh out loud while resting on a couch because her sense of humor is very extreme and there’s always that sense of “girl bye” attitude in her tone!  Hahahahaha!

            I recommend this book to people who love a funny story and are looking for laughs.  It’s got all of the juicy details that can make one stay up all night to find out what her destiny would be because for one, it is a struggle and we all love to read about struggles to get inspired by.  Secondly, it is witty and hilarious.  I was impressed by every comeback she had for every smart-mouth or jerk she had to put up with at each of her jobs.  We all want that in a story right?  YES!  So take it from me, get this book for this upcoming weekend if you’re planning to stay in and rest or for that stroll in the park on Sunday you’re looking forward to.  I read this all in two days and boy I felt empowered by C.P.’s careless and fighter attitude.  All through this book, she never mentions any moment where she backed down during hard times.  Her wit and courage make her story shine through.  It is a memoir worth your entire day.  Get it today!  Hooray!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Book Review #30: TALON 2, ON THE WING by GIGI SEDLMAYER


TITLE: TALON 2, ON THE WING
Author: GIGI SEDLMAYER
Publisher: AURORA HOUSE
Date of Publication: 16 MARCH 2014
Genre: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Available from AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

A Remarkable Tale of One Girl’s Adventure with her Condor Friend

This exciting tale is the second part of a series of books about a ten-year-old sandy-blonde girl by the name of Matica who has a special condition that has stunted her growth, making her remain at the height level of a toddler.  She is special in this book because of her remarkable relationship with a family of condors that live in the mountains nearby her home in Peru, South America.  She and her parents Mira (mom), Crayn (dad), and younger brother Aikon are originally from Australia but moved to Peru due to Crayn’s occupation.  In part one of this series, Matica was able to save an egg of two adult condors who was being eyed by a bunch of ruthless poachers.  From this saved “egg” came a dear friend, Talon, whom which this series of books are about.

Now in this book, Matica had a dream that she was able to fly on Talon’s back across the Andes Mountains of Peru, where she was then abruptly dropped with Talon not making an attempt to help her at all.  She woke up in time and proceeded to relay her nightmare to Aikon and her parents who took it lightly except that Mira thought she should be careful because you never know…  This book is different from part one in that it introduces a bunch of new characters all eager to hear about Matica’s relationship with Talon as well as seeing her fly on his back.  We have to consider the fact that this is something “extraordinary” and that no one has ever flown on the back of a bird in the skies or been recorded down in the history of the world.  (I think.)  There is a plot twist here where one of these new characters resents Matica because he had someone dear to him with her condition abandoned due to thoughts that this beloved person was of no use to society anymore.

I read this book with anticipation waiting for that lesson that part one had.  I felt that the same moral was being played out here where Matica once again proved to her surrounding community that her disability and her friendship with Talon tells all those who have a friend or family member with her condition to embrace that person because they might come in handy someday.  And all through the book, the Peru Indians were very thankful and adamant to listen to Matica’s tales of her friendship with these condors especially the title character, Talon.  It gave them a reason to embrace these birds, Matica’s condors, knowing that they have a valid place in their environment and must be protected at all costs from poachers and all those who threaten to hunt them down for trading and consumption purposes.

I recommend this book to grandparents and parents who are looking for a book for that special, dear bookworm in their families.  It will instill in him or her a sense of duty to look out for our friends in nature and teach him or her also the values of love, compassion, friendship and leadership.  I also recommend this book to teachers who are searching for titles to add to their classroom libraries.  Trust me, your students will enjoy this tale at story-time because the notion of a disabled girl befriending a bird (just like with a dog or a cat or a turtle) and showing it all of her tender love and care is something very kind and sweet that they can relate to.  So what are you waiting for?  Order this dear today!  You will get your money’s worth!