Jorie and the Magic Stones

Jorie and the Magic StonesJorie and the Magic Stones by A.H. Richardson
Published by Serano Press on December 26th 2014
Pages: 268
ISBN: 0692358927
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four-stars

When Jorie, the girl with “hair of fire” went to live with her Aunt at Mortimer Manor, she had no idea what lie in store for her. On her first day at the Manor, Jorie discovers a book hidden under the floorboards. The book is about dragons and has mysterious writing she has never seen before. She soon befriends Rufus, the boy living with his Grandfather next door. They quickly become friends and begin exploring the Tam (small lake/pond) together. Soon Jorie befriends a “talking” cat who tells her about life beneath the Tam. Looking for adventure she uses the four mysterious words and enters the mysterious world. She returns home after a short visit and wants to bring Rufus with her to the enchanted land. Jorie and Rufus return to the land of Cabrynthius where they meet a dragon named Grootmonya who sends them on a quest to find the magic stones of Maalogto. The pair need these magical stones to save the land from the evil half dragon who wants to rule and have all of the power for himself. Jorie and Rufus encounter both good and evil characters including a baby dragon, an greedy power hungry professor, caves of fire, the sad daughter of the bad half dragon and a deadly butterfly.

On their quest the children learn about bravery, loyalty, friendship, courage, and teamwork. This is a fantasy book for children which focuses on good vs. evil, friendship, loyalty, and belief in yourself. Both characters have their own strengths which play nicely off the other.

The book had the right amount of pacing for younger readers. The plot was pretty straight forward and the dialogue and writing were appropriate for younger readers with the exception of the fantasy names such “Grootmonya.” The book is an easy and interesting read. Young fans of fantasy, magical lands, dragons and ancient places will enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from book publicity services in exchange for an honest review.

four-stars

Murder in Little Shendon

Murder in Little ShendonMurder in Little Shendon by A.H. Richardson
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on August 28th 2015
Pages: 256
ISBN: 1515283976
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three-stars

This is Murder Mystery book where everyone in this village is a suspect. The victim was not a likable person and it appears that everyone in this small village had a bone to pick with him at one point or another. When he is found murdered in his shop – Police Inspector Stanley Burgess and his two amateur detectives, his friend Sir Victor Hazlitt and the famed Shakespearean actor Beresford Brandon are on the case.

Everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE, in this town is interviewed. This is a classic British Whodunit. As each person is interviewed it becomes evident that there are those keeping secrets, those with secret relationships and those who may or may not be involved. Then to make matters worse, or more interesting, there is another murder. People in the village are on edge and and begin to look at each other as possible suspects. There are a few twists and turns. The book culminates into the big REVEAL at the end. Everyone is gathered at the end for the big public reveal. Drama ensues and the investigators get their answers.

I struggled initially with this book. I LOVE mysteries but had a very hard time getting into this book. I also found that for me there were too many characters. Around the half way mark, I started enjoying this book more and I will say that the reveal at the end was done very nicely. Kudos for that! For some reason, I feel that this book would work very nicely as a play. I can see this being performed and acted out on stage.

I received a copy of this book from Book publicity services and the Author in exchange for an honest review.

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three-stars