Monday, May 27, 2019

Monday Review by the Book Dragon: A super sweet Texas romance!

The Book Dragon has read Charmed by the Daring Cowboy, Book 4 in the Sage Valley Ranch series, by Melanie D. Snitker and gives it five big claws!
My 5 star review: After being introduced to Sage Valley Ranch in book 3, I downloaded #4 in the series (also works as a stand-alone), since I've loved everything I've read by Ms. Snitker, and this one does not disappoint! The story is sweeter and a little tamer than #3 (no bull riding), but the main character Alyssa is a landscaper and good with plants, so it demands a different story. Ms. Snitker is masterful in creating her realistic and totally sympathetic characters. I feel as if I've made new friends in the struggling young widowed Alyssa, her precious son Noah, and Dare the knight-in-shining-armor cowboy, who the reader can't help but love and root for! If you love clean romance with all the feels, you MUST read this book! Then, you'll want to read more of the stories set at Sage Valley Ranch, as well as all the others by Ms. Snitker.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Monday Review by the Book Dragon: A nail-biting survival story featuring dinosaurs!

The Book Dragon has read Corinna Turner's DRIVE! (first in the unSPARKed series) and gives it a roaring 5 claws!
My 5 star review: Wow! What an exciting story! Wish this had been around when I was younger, but I've never outgrown my interest in dinosaurs, so it was worth waiting for!

Widower with two teens remarries, and they travel together to bring home the new wife and stepmother. Simple plot, you say? Not when the family lives on a farm surrounded by electric fences to keep out the new top-of-the-food-chain predators in this amazingly detailed future United States. This is short and a quick read (and so suspenseful you won't be able to put it down). Thankfully, it's not the end, though this story can stand alone.

I can't wait for the next installment in the unSPARKed series! (The electric fences protecting cities and farms are so important, they are capitalized as SPARK.) Recommended for anyone who loves dinosaurs and adventure/survival stories!

(This book and others by the prolific author are featured on the Catholic Teen Books site.)

Monday, May 13, 2019

Monday Review by the Book Dragon: Exciting Christian mystery!

The Book Dragon has read Fallen Leaf by Julie B. Cosgrove and gives it 5 claws!
My review: 4.5 stars for a Christian mystery with more than one heart-stopping event! Great characters, realistic setting and situation, and lots of twists and turns that keep the reader guessing and anxious for fictional characters who feel more like new friends!

I first met Jessica, Bailey, and Shannon in book one of this series, One Leaf Too Many, but this one can stand alone. book one focused on Bailey and her genealogy search, and book two begins when blond, blue-eyed (and adopted) Jessica gets a DNA test and discovers a complete surprise--she is half Cherokee! I don't want to inadvertently give away spoilers, but the way this story becomes a murder mystery is compelling and suspenseful! I can't wait for book three, which should belong to Shannon.

Recommended for all readers of Christian mystery, and if you aren't into genealogy before you read this book, you'll want to explore your own family's secrets.