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  • Holy Cannoli! Chick-E Gets A Job on Feb. 16, 2012
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    I recently received an invite to download this book and write a review, and I am very impressed with this story, and especially the character! I have 4 children, ages, 1,5,8, and 19, and the youngest 3 were thrilled to have this story read to them, and giggled at all of the hilarious things that happened to Chick-E at her new job! This is such a good story that teaches a very important lesson, and we are all excited and anxiously awaiting the next volumes! By the way, if you haven't checked into who exactly Chick-E is, you have to visit her site! She is a very cool and helpful role model for kids, pre teens and teens and I am happy to see such a neat character online for our children!
  • Holy Cannoli! Chick-E Gets A Job on Feb. 16, 2012

    I recently received an invite to download this book and write a review, and I am very impressed with this story, and especially the character! I have 4 children, ages, 1,5,8, and 19, and the youngest 3 were thrilled to have this story read to them, and giggled at all of the hilarious things that happened to Chick-E at her new job! This is such a good story that teaches a very important lesson, and we are all excited and anxiously awaiting the next volumes! By the way, if you haven't checked into who exactly Chick-E is, you have to visit her site! She is a very cool and helpful role model for kids, pre teens and teens and I am happy to see such a neat character online for our children!
  • The Incredible Shrinking Bully on March 07, 2012

    We love this book, it is probably one of the best books about bullies/school/standing up for yourself, types of books that we have read yet!! My children's ages are 1,5 8 and 19, and my 8 year old has had his fair share of bullies already. He participates in a club at his school about bullying and he is so thrilled to copy this book and read it to his class. The author wrote this is such a genuine way, with lots of creative ideas that I haven't seen before. Making the bully "grow" and the children he picked on, "shrink", and the cute comment about the fact that Frank, (the bully), must have just learned to rhyme, lol, since he is rhyming everybody with words to make fun of them. The lesson of courage is excellent! I hope this gives small kids across the world, hopes to do what Bart did, and stand up for themselves! Mona has won our hearts over here at the Oliver household, again! She has such brilliant characters, and a unique way of writing about them. We are delighted to be given a chance to read these books and we are excited about the next Chick-E book as well!! We recommend this story to ANY child, of any AGE! **We were given a chance to review this book for our blogs**
  • The Unfinished (Expanded 2014 Edition) on Nov. 29, 2012

    I was more then pleased with this book. It isn't very often that a book with less then 20 pages, that isn't a childrens book, really grabs my attention and ends up being one of the most original stories I ever read. My only complaint would be that I would love an actual mini series or possibly a new book with a lot more pages! This has a lot of potential to be a super mystery, detective, science fiction, and everything in between, novel. It amazes me that this author was able to create such a unique story, (this is something you don't see so often anymore), and introduce so many characters, give short descriptions of backgrounds, the plot, thoroughly explain what is happening, answer your questions, and deliver such a magnificent ending, in less then 20 pages. Of course I understand the reason behind the short story, after all, it is a short story, but inside, I am wondering or maybe it's more along the lines of hoping, that this was released to see what we would think and that maybe there is a best seller coming our way in a year... hint hint!! I am a big horror, action, science fiction, creepy, mystery, crime, fan, and I read and watch a ton in this genre. This is truly something that had me on edge and dreading the little arrows on the bottom of the screen when I saw I hit the double digits. I agree with the reviewer who stated that, The Unfinished, reminded them of, The Twilight Zone. I have seen every Rod Serling story, at least 20 times each and still record them on my DVR, lol. The Unfinished would be an episode he would be proud of. I recommend this book to all scifi fans, any fans of The Twilight Zone, and please, if we get enough people to read and post their thoughts, maybe we can persuade the author to give us more!
  • Invisible Powers - Loose Yourself And Run on Dec. 13, 2012

    It isn't very often I read a book that is so heartfelt, and you can feel the author's passion coming from the pages, but, Jaden Mars, does just that. I thought this was not only interesting but also a very positive book, especially in our times. We truly need a push in the right direction, and I appreciate and agree with the direction this book takes the reader. There are indeed, three forces in the universe, and if we were to become more aware of our surroundings and our lives, and of course, other people, we can create our own reality and recognize the messages that we seem to miss everyday. The author conveys this message very clearly, and reading this book isn't at all like I first thought. It isn't like reading a "How To" book, or a run of the mill, self help book. The author is not only entertaining, but comes across as more of a friend then the teacher or the author. That of course, makes this book all the more rewarding and easier to comprehend. There is something in this book for everybody, and Jaden Mars, makes these lessons so much more entertaining and you will truly finish this book feeling much better about yourself and the world around you. I am anxious for the next in this series and I am thankful Jaden Mars, is sharing this with the reader. We are in some very trying times, and it is becoming more of a reality that the only way we will get through is to start the steps that are orchestrated in this book. I recommend this book for anybody who is open to the world around them, becoming a better person, and wants to better themselves.
  • Souls of Darkness on Jan. 03, 2013

    Of course everybody who reads my reviews knows I am a big horror fan! The crazier and the bloodier, the better. I am usually extremely picky about horror movies, short stories, and novels, and I tend to either really love them, or really not love them. I don't know how to describe this other then it is a hit or miss with books like this with me. If there is 1 thing out of place, or something that seems to much like another movie or book, or short story, it tends to go downhill from there. I am just super critical of everything horror, fantasy, and I do love science fiction or anything in similar genres. Souls of Darkness was certainly a huge, HIT! I was actually not expecting to really, really, really like the stories as much as I did. I have to admit, short horror stories sometimes end way to fast and leave all of the good stuff out. This was not the case here by any means. Which makes this all the more splendid, since this is a collaboration of short stories, 3 authors, 15 stories, published by Fishcake Publications. (Btw, I love Clive Barker, however, I never cared much for his short stories, SHHHH) I just thought I would throw this in here, lol, I have a Pinhead tattoo on my back, and have been a long, long time fan.But, his short stories, bleh. I think my point is that I am highly critical, and sometimes I think, who am I? But, then I remember, I , well, we, are the readers and the people who do matter. So, I am not trying to sound like I am better then any of these authors, I am just the goofy 38 year old, who loves Halloween and horror for almost all my life. Ok, so back to the book, here we really have, original stories by 3 very talented authors. I was impressed and would love to read more by them! Here is the introduction, taken from, Souls of Darkness, : This illustrated book shows exactly what can happen when you take three very different horror, fantasy and sci-fi writers, dismember their work, and then fiendishly stitch it back together in the form of an anthology of their compiled short stories. A contorted mixture of sinister sci-fi horror, ghostly goings on and true-life terror, carefully combined within the cover of this book. That was plenty for me to get all giddy and jump right in! The next cool thing about this book, are the illustrations! Martin Rothery and Warren Lee, Extraordinary work! You get to read stories by, Kenneth Frank, Damon Rathe and Louise Hunt. The first story, River of Dreams, by Louise Hunt, is enough to make you shiver, and an excellent choice for the first few pages. She has a neat, straight to the point way about her writing, and is cleverly descriptive. Decent shock value in her stories too. Damon Rathe paints quite a few vivid pictures of some insanely twisted events in, Community Spirits. I like stories that make me think they would make a great movie someday, especially science fiction! To Play the Game, by Kenneth Frank, is a brilliant short story, one that makes you think, and embraces a deep, dark, twisted side of reality and is truly sinister. I can honestly say I enjoyed every short story in this book, particularly the stories by, Kenneth Frank, I would love to see this book in print, and I will be buying this one. I love being able to read online, but I love real hard copies even better, and this is one that I would buy and put on one of my bookshelves. I have very many favorites in this book, I have to say, To Play the Game, Geoff, Lady Luck and Bramble Cottage are my very favorite stories! **I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review**