#FridayReads: Aaden BlueStar by @authorGaughan #YA #scifi #bookreview

Aaden Bluestar


Title: Aaden BlueStar: The Awakening (Aaden BlueStar series Book 1)

Author: David Gaughan

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction


Book Blurb:

At fifteen, Aaden Greene is imbued with extraordinary powers after a freak incident. Astounded by his powerful abilities he’s also confused by the terrifying vision of the monstrous apparition that appears before him at the time of his metaphysical awakening. Struggling to blend his ordinary life with visions of other lifetimes in extraterrestrial realms, he discovers his connection with an ET who has come to save our world. What amazes him most is the connection between the charismatic E.T. with whom he has been closely connected throughout the ages and his father, a Senator running for President on an environmental ticket. With each heart-pounding moment, the ensuing battle between the extraterrestrial BlueStar Beings and the formidable entity of Aaden’s earlier vision requires them to join forces to combat that negative energy. With an environmental backlash, the future of Earth and the survival of the human race depend on their success.


My Review:

In a flash of lightning, fifteen-year-old Aaden’s life is forever changed. Climbing a tree trying to get a prized baseball, Aaden gets struck by lightning. His friends worry but by some miracle, he’s not dead. Instead, he’s awakened latent powers and scary visions. His powers come in handy at school and home but trying to appear “normal” gets harder and harder.


Meanwhile, there’s an extraterrestrial war taking place just north of Earth, somewhere near Mars. A dark force is trying to infiltrate Earth and it’s up to the Bluestar beings to stop it. But they need help to avoid this environmental disaster so they call on Aaden and his family. The future of Earth is in their hands. Can Aaden use his natural abilities and skills to defeat the enemy or is the fate of humanity doomed?


I really loved this unique science fiction book. Who knew that lightning could “awaken” alien powers? Aaden and his friends are portrayed realistically yet in modern times. I loved the extraterrestrial dynamics and politics which added to the believability of the plot. Filled with all kinds of action, dramatic tension and meaningful messages, this is a fantastic read! While I found the environmental sub-plot a tad heavy-handed, it made sense considering the rest of the story.


I highly recommend this book to ages 12 and up for complexity of the English language as well as situations. Both teens and adults will enjoy this clean science fiction adventure.


Favorite Character: Aaden. He’s such a delightful character to read. His witty nature and honest inner thoughts make him come alive off the page. I enjoyed the way he dealt with his school rival (not quite a bully but close). Someone who anyone can relate to and a joy to read.


Favorite Quote: “There’s power in numbers,” said Adam. “The more people with the same positive thought, the more powerful the effect.”


My Rating:  4.5 stars


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Author Biography:

Born on the same day and month as Mark Twain, this Sagittarius has always been the explorer, not only in world travel pursuits but also alternative fringe subjects.


Having climbed the Great Pyramid of Cheops (and getting arrested doing so), some of his other world experiences included riding camels in the Sahara Desert, white-water rafting at the top of the Ganges river, fire walking on a weekend retreat, hot air ballooning in the Cappadocia Region in Turkey and visiting ashrams in Northern India. Much of David’s overseas travel has been fueled by his keen interest in metaphysical subjects. In his earlier years he witnessed, along with three other people, a sighting of a UFO mother ship and four smaller craft, and that was the catalyst for him to research that subject, also in connection with established world viewpoints and how ancient prophecies might hold the clue to our past and future. Having had close friends and relatives affected by ill health, David’s writing incorporates a wide variety of subjects, from natural healing techniques and alternative living guidelines through to fictional works for both young and older readers, his writing influenced by the rich tapestry of life experiences.


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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Bottled by Carol Riggs is a #YA Must-Read @Artzicarol #BookPromo + #Giveaway


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by Carol Riggs
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: July 7th 2016
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Summary from Goodreads:

At seventeen, Adeelah Naji is transformed into a genie and imprisoned in a bottle. For a thousand years, she fulfills the wishes of greedy masters—building their palaces, lining their pockets with gold, and granting them every earthly pleasure. All that sustains her is the hope of finding Karim, the boy she fell in love with as a human. When at last she finds a note from her beloved, she confirms he has access to the elixir of life and that he still searches for her.

But someone else also hunts her. Faruq—the man who plots to use her powers to murder and seize the life forces of others—is just one step behind her. With the help of a kind master named Nathan, Adeelah continues to search for Karim while trying to evade Faruq. To complicate matters, she begins to experience growing fatigue and pain after conjuring, and finds herself struggling against an undeniable attraction to Nathan.

As Faruq closes in, Adeelah must decide just how much she’ll risk to protect Nathan and be with Karim forever. How much power does she really have to change her future, and what is she willing to sacrifice for an eternity of love? If she makes the wrong choice, the deaths of many will be on her hands.


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Interview with Carol Riggs  


  1. What’s your writing ritual like? Where do you work, and do you listen to music?

I work really well at home in my “office” on my desktop computer; I don’t even own a laptop. Music can be inspirational before I write, but when I do the actual writing, I like quiet (or the patter of rain outside), because music throws off the rhythm of my words and sentences. I can concentrate better without any distractions. For my schedule, I get through my email, Facebook, and Twitter, and I’m ready to work. On a typical day I write about 700-1500 words, putting in 4-6 hours. I treat it as my job.


  1. How long does it usually take you to complete a novel?

For the rough draft, about 3-4 months. Depending on what’s going on in my “real” life, up to 6 months. Then comes the important part: letting it set for a while, doing a complete read-through, and sending it off to my critique partners to shred. Then I revise according to their feedback. The rewriting timeline varies, of course, depending on what other projects I have going on.


  1. What are you working on now?

BOTTLED is my second novel to be released, after my debut, THE BODY INSITTUTE. I have a third book releasing in October, a YA sci-fi called SAFE ZONE. The one I’m currently writing is a YA fantasy, a retelling of a French fairy tale. I’ve always wanted to do a retelling, so it’s exciting to be finally doing it. It has ogres in it and I’m half done. I can’t tell you any more, or I’d have to de-materialize you…


  1. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Well, that’s not very often! but I love the beach, and I’m lucky to be less than 1.5 hours away from the Oregon coast. I have a college degree in art, but I haven’t done much drawing or painting or quilting or even fabric art the past few years. I used to do pencil portraits, but found it wasn’t creative enough; I felt too much like a camera since my style was realistic (representational). I like to walk rather than jog. I love listening to music, watching dance of any kind, and attending writing conferences.






“Someone’s coming,” I hasten to say. “If you don’t act soon, my bottle and my services will be snatched from you.”


Alarm spikes across Bello’s face. He clutches my bottle in a death grip. “Take me to Kenya, genie. Quick!”


I skip the pleasantries of an “as you wish.” With the sound of someone’s fist pounding on the door, we swirl from the room in a massive flash of wind and dissolving particles. I probe his mind and acquire the location. It’s there in the forefront of his memory: a remote area near the place he grew up, thick with pungent cedar and podo trees. We begin to merge back into normal dimensional space. Fear lingers on my tongue as a bitter metallic aftertaste. Is it the African’s fright, or mine? As the transfer comes to an end, I whisk back into my bottle.


It’s always better to stay out of sight after a location change.


Air rushes into my lungs as I regain form. I lean against my cushions, head down, hands trembling against my knees. That was too close. Much too close.


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About the Author

Carol Riggs is an author of fiction for young adults (and adults!) who lives in the beautiful green state of Oregon, USA. Her debut novel, The Body Institute, released Sept 2015 from Entangled Teen, exploring body image and identity. Her fantasy YA, Bottled, will release from Clean Reads on July 7, 2016, and her sci-fi YA, Safe Zone, will release from Entangled Teen in October 2016. She enjoys reading, drawing and painting, writing conferences, walking with her husband, and enjoying music and dance of all kinds. You will usually find her in her writing cave, surrounded by her dragon collection and the characters in her head.


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Just Claire by @JeanAnnWilliams #BookReview #CleanReads #TuesdayBookBlog

Just Claire


Title: Just Claire

Author: Jean Ann Williams

Genre: Young Adult


Book Blurb:

ClaireLee’s life changes when she must take charge of her siblings and depressed mother, and she finds relief in the lies she tells herself and others. Frightened by the changes in Mama, ClaireLee just knows she’ll catch her illness like a cold or flu that hangs on through winter. Deciding she needs to re-invent herself, she sets out to impress a group of popular girls.


At the slip of an untruth, she deceives her way into the Lavender Girls Club. Though, her best friend Belinda will not be caught with the likes of such shallow puddles. ClaireLee drifts further from honesty, her friend, and a broken mother’s love, until one very public night. The spotlight is on her, and she finds her courage and faces the truth and then she saves a life.


My Review:

Just Claire…or just the Book of Job for young adults 🙂


First let me say, the touching acknowledgement brought tears to my eyes and I offer my sincere condolences to the author for the loss of her son.


The book was not an easy read.  Let me say also the book was very well written and really puts the reader in the time and place clearly.  The style is one that draws in the reader and makes him/her feel for ClaireLee.  I loved the character ClaireLee and only wanted her to find some happiness.  Lolly is probably my fave character; Lolly really saw the world through the eyes of an innocent 3-year-old and it was incredibly well done.


Now the suffering and trauma that ClaireLee suffered seemed never-ending and with her plaintive prayers to the Lord for help it really reminded me of the Book of Job.  How much did ClaireLee have to suffer? Almost every positive thing that came about for her was immediately followed with a terrible negative that destroyed the positive.


The bully Kaye was a horrible, hateful, evil character.  If a parent knows of a horrible sub-human who is bullying in their social circle, then this book is key to read to children to let them understand how evil and vicious and low-character bullies are.  I would have thought a positive end for Kaye would have been her struck dead by a truck… alas, that only happened in my mind.


If you wish for your young adult to understand life is made up of challenges and you must just keep battling, then this is a good book.  A very hard book about a really sweet girl who really deserved a nicer life.


My Rating:  3.5 stars


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Author Biography:

Jean Ann Williams has published over one hundred articles and short stories for children and adults. JUST CLAIRE is her first book.


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Reviewed by: Mr. N

When Love Blooms by @Judythe2 #Romance #99cents #CleanReads


Book Title: When Love Blooms, Book 1 of the Fitzpatrick Family Series – Andy

Author Name: Judythe Morgan

Genre: Sweet/Inspirational Romance, Clean Reads

Book Blurb:

After a hit-and-run accident leaves her mother confined to a special care facility, Darcy Clark abandons her dreams to run the family’s struggling landscape business.

Then at-risk students from her old high school become the labor force on a city park project, and Andy Fitzpatrick shows up to supervise his students. The chemistry between Darcy and Andy is instant.

But will a secret link between Andy and her mother’s accident kill the attraction before love can blossom?

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“Thanks again for your help and your students with the mulch,” Darcy Clark said through the open window of her Buds ‘n Blooms Nursery truck.

“Andy.” He patted the doorframe. “You’re welcome. See you around.”

When she glanced in the rear-view mirror, he stood at the curb waving. For a dweebie kid, Matt’s little brother had grown into a fine specimen of manhood. Young, lean and fit. She was already hiding gray hairs under L’Oréal. He might be a little bullheaded about his students, but he seemed to be a nice person. Certainly appealing. His actions today definitely put him in the good-guy category.

But her observations about character in the past hadn’t been so accurate, especially where men were concerned. She couldn’t trust her judgment with the opposite sex, and she wasn’t about to risk putting her heart in jeopardy again. Not when she believed his brother had been driving the car that struck her mother.

The bright red Buds ‘n Blooms Nursery truck joined the flow of traffic from the student parking lot where senior students rushed out for burgers and fries instead of cafeteria cuisine. Martin’s black low rider pickup joined the chain of vehicles. Martin wasn’t a senior, which meant he was cutting out on afternoon classes.

Andy exhaled a loud sigh. Again. Would he ever get through to Martin?

The challenge of teaching at-risk students was difficult to say the least, but he’d willingly taken on the task because he thought he could make a difference. After three years, he’d had some successes and equally as many failures. This particular class had more potential than his others. He didn’t want to lose any of them.

Re-tying his bowtie, he headed back inside. On his way, he stopped by the Attendance Office. “I want to give you a heads up. Martin’s leaving campus again.”

Mary Jane Walker, who’d been attendance clerk at Burton High School forever, pushed her glasses on top of her dyed-red hair, exposing the grey roots. “You know we can’t keep covering for him.”

Andy nodded. “I’m sure he’s going home so he can meet his sister’s kindergarten bus. Isn’t there some way we can get him in the early dismissal program?”

Ms. Walker pursed her lips. “He needs a paying job to be eligible.”

“I’m working on it. Give him just one more bye. We’ll lose him if he goes back to juvie. He’s not tough enough. He won’t survive in there.”

“Oh, all right. I won’t mark it.” She pasted a sticky note on her record book. “Martin might surprise you. If I remember correctly, several of us didn’t think you’d survive or amount to anything either, and look how you turned out.”

He didn’t need Ms. Walker’s reminder. Memories of bad judgments, failure to do the right thing and opportunities missed haunted his thoughts. “Thanks. I’ll talk to him and try to make him understand his potential.”

All afternoon his class discussions kept coming back to the “hottie” in khaki shorts and red tee-shirt with the Buds ‘n Blooms Nursery logo. Andy didn’t stop them. Friday afternoons were relaxed. The last hour of the schedule, he helped with homework since most received no encouragement from their families. With Monday a school holiday, they were too excited to focus anyway.

Suzette and Rachel agreed Darcy Clark wasn’t half-bad, for an older woman. Andy smiled. Age to a teen was relative. Darcy and Matt had been classmates, which meant she was thirty-two to his twenty-six. Not that big a difference to Andy’s thinking.

He glanced at Carlos, remembering the flecks of green that fired in Darcy’s hazel eyes when she’d argued that Carlos, or one of his students, might be responsible for the vandalism she was experiencing. The school flowerbed, he couldn’t deny that, but she was wrong about Carlos being her vandal. She didn’t understand what these kids faced every day or know their stories. Andy would have to convince her before she decided to go to the authorities. Carlos did not need any more trouble. He had enough at home.

Andy continued to grade papers except his focus kept wandering. Meeting Darcy had certainly been the highlight of his day, and he was having a devil of a time blocking her images from his mind and the surprising magnetic pull. In one short encounter, she’d managed to totally disrupt his peace of mind.

His preacher father always said Andy’s biggest problem was letting the devil fill his head too much, but Andy didn’t see Darcy Clark as devil sent. More like heaven sent.

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Author Biography:

Judythe Morgan writes award-winning love stories of true love, second chances, forgiveness, and happily-ever-after. Her experiences as a military dependent, antiques dealer, and teacher have provided a wealth of stories to tell. Add years of international travel and an insatiable desire to see, do, and learn and you have a creative fountain overflowing. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her walking her dogs—a very large Old English sheepdog and an equally tiny Maltese—in the nearby Rio Grande National Forest. For more information about Judythe and her books, visit her website at http://www.judythemorgan.com or her award-winning blog at http://judythewriter.wordpress.com/

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