Phaedra Seabolt

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  • Holy Cannoli! Chick-E Gets A Job on Jan. 24, 2012

    It is a very short read if you are used to reading 500 or more pages like I am. It took me about 15 minutes, but it was a really good 15 minutes. Chick-E decides on her walk home from school that she would like to get a job. She determines that it must be when she sees the Help Wanted sign at Mama Romano's restaurant. She immediately applies and gets the job. The rest of the story talks about how much of a disaster her first day of waitressing is and how she handles a bad situation. She learns that you can't be good at everything you do, but you must learn to make the best of a bad situation. She shows real strength in believing in herself and creativity in problem solving. It is a wonderful read for early adolescents (could be read as early as 6 or 7 depending on your child). I am actually looking forward to seeing how other books in the series go. I think it will make a wonderful addition to our bookshelf for the future.
  • Spell Checked on March 16, 2012

    This was a wonderful read! I read it in about two days because I just had to know what was happening next. The story moves along at a quick pace without feeling like you are missing any information. You get all the information you need just when you feel like you need it. I thoroughly enjoyed the new twist on where vampires and witches come from (not telling where because you should read it). This story is about how vampires and witches exist in our world (specifically taking place in Dublin, Ireland mostly). Humans don't exactly know that they are among us, but they also are very accepting of the possibility. Vampires still need to drink human blood to survive, but it turns out that witch blood is poisonous to them. However, witches have breed so thoroughly with the human population, that it is becoming increasingly difficult for vampires not to drink some of the witch blood in their "human" donors. This is a problem that Beck, the main vampire character of the story, is researching for solutions. He believes there must be a way to help vampires and witches alike survive on Earth without bringing about war and with helping all races. He believes his research will even bring an end to many diseases like Cancer and Aids. This is where the main character, Mae, comes in. She becomes a part of his research as well as the love of his life. Mae finds herself in Ireland on a vacation with her best friend Gemma. During her vacation, she beoms immersed in the world of the supernatural and finds her true place in the world. She has been an orphan, adopted child, and finally left alone when her adoptive parents died. Her only family is her best friend Gemma. She loves anything geeky (a woman of my own heart), but finds it difficult to really fit in since technology is still primarily a man's world. Beck falls in love with Mae even though his real reason for meeting her is because the soul of his eternal beloved is trapped somewhere in Mae's body. Helen of troy, Beck's beloved was cursed by Aphrodite to keep returning to a new body after death takes her and to find Beck again and again since he will never die. Mae is the host for this lifetime, but Beck falls in love with Mae and must decide between the love of his eternal life and his true soul mate. I thoroughly loved this story.
  • The Incredible Shrinking Bully on March 16, 2012

    Children have so much to deal with in school that a bully should not be one of them. I hate the idea that there are bully's in school, but everyone has to learn to how to be who they really are. I think that everyone gets bullied at some point in their life and most people even act as the bully at some point. You may not even realize that it has happened until after it is over. This story gives you a way to talk to your children about how bullying occurs and how you can handle it. Bullying makes you feel small, insignificant, and helpless. If you think of it in the other direction (which most kids don't), that means the bully feels bigger, important, and powerful. Bart is able to put this feeling into words and pictures to demonstrate to the reader what happens to both parties involved in bullying. Bart learns that he must take a stand against Frank and if he does it when everyone else is watching, they just may stand behind him. No one likes being in Bart's position, but if someone has the courage to stand up for what is right, others tend to follow. I loved the story and the simple art. The end of the book even provides you with questions you can talk to your kids about and help the mto identify if bullying occurs in their life and how to deal with it. Empower your kids! Teach them to be strong.
  • Immortal Voyage on June 20, 2012

    C.G. Powell has taken a very interesting perspective in the city of Atlantis in this story about how aliens and humans can co-exist. The truth about Atlantis is a secret though, so shhhhh! This story is primarily about a family who rules a portion of the world called Eir. The queen dies during childbirth of their fifth baby girl, but leaves behind no sons. As her last dying wish, she makes the King promise to let their daughters marry for love. It's a pretty big deal since now the king has to rely on a daughter to marry a man who is capable of running the kingdom without getting to groom him for the position. It is entirely possible each daughter would marry someone completely incapable of being the next king, but he swears to her as she dies that they will marry for love. Seventeen years later, the king has married off two daughters and one has married a man that could rule, but no one wants him in a position of power. The other appears to be a complete idiot whom no knows much about at all. King Rowe is on a mission to marry off the other three as he is getting older in age. During this time he has had the chance to groom one man to take over in hopes that one of his daughters would indeed fall in love with him. It's a gamble that you will definitely enjoy reading about. His other chance of leaving the kingdom with an heir is to break his dying wife's wish and betroth Jael, the youngest. You will learn that Jael is different from her sisters and Rowe has a very good reason for the betrothal other than finding an heir. It's a mystery that has surrounded Jael since her birth and will leave you shocked at the end. Rest assured that the story has a happy ending and leaves an opening for a second book. I thoroughly enjoyed this and even though I typically avoid aliens, this is well worth the read. Especially since it is C.G. Powell, an author I thoroughly enjoy. Read more reviews at Identity Discovery (blog).
  • Forget Me Not (#2, The Mystic Wolves) on June 22, 2012

    My love for werewolves drew me to the Mystic Wolves series long before I started writing book reviews. I tried desperately to win The Mystic Wolves (book 1) when it came out, but ended up getting it when it came available on Amazon for free one day. Imagine my excitement when the second book in the series became available for a book tour from Promotional Book Tours! I had to have! I was not disappointed either! The first book ended with Darcy an Mason's make out session being interrupted by another werewolf claiming to be Mason's future mate. I was shocked and desperate to find out what would happen. Darcy shows tremendous restraint by not destroying Amber, the wannabe mate. Granted Mason had to hold her back a few times, but I know I would have torn her to pieces if I had been Darcy. Things get really crazy for them when Amber claims asylum, which means she is seeking a place of safety for fear that her life is in danger. Who threatens her and why? Well she claims her dad is going to kill her or do extreme bodily harm to her if she returns to her pack without marrying Mason. What on earth would cause such drastic measures? Well it turns out Mason and Amber have an extensive history. I'm not going to rehash it because that is the bulk of the story. You will be shocked at the lengths that Amber goes through to get rid of Darcy and to win over Mason. You will be even more shocked at how this story ends! I must say that Belinda Boring has a knack for leaving you hanging and wanting more. I can't wait for the next one and am hoping it comes with a book tour as well. Read more reviews at Identity Discovery Blog.
  • Broken Promises on Nov. 05, 2012

    The world is under attack. No one saw this one coming until it was already happening. The method of attack is so overpowering that even those that figured out what was going on had little to no time to defend themselves against it. The human race stands the chance of being annihilated by their own hands without understanding their actions. How could this be happening? A handful of people can answer this question only because the secret that the Fae truly existed on another world has been kept a secret from Earth. Bri never knew what she was until the Fae came to her world and took over her boyfriend's mind. She thought she was just a super clumsy human who got lucky enough to fall in love with an amazing man. Then her world came crashing down around her as her boyfriend and the other people around her suddenly grew very angry and violent. No one seemed to be able to control their torturous tendencies. Even Bri was struggling to maintain her normal composure. After nearly being killed, she learns who she really is and why she has a fighting chance to fight the charm affecting the humans. Will Bri be able to continue fighting the charm? Will her boyfriend ever be normal again and not try to kill her? Will the human race be able to withstand the magic of the Fae? Only time will tell. I am very intrigued about where this story is going to go. You will not get all the answers in this one story, but Belinda Boring certainly knows how to leave you wanting more. You won't be disappointed with this cliffhanger. Read more reviews at Identity Discovery Blog.
  • The Mystic Wolves (#1, The Mystic Wolves) on Nov. 12, 2012

    What an amazing book! I seriously could not put this one down! I started it last night and finished it in less than a day. If you like books that get right into the romance immediately, this is for you. I seriously was wondering what the plot really was for a few chapters because it focused so heavily on the relationship between Darcy and Mason (pack alpha). Darcy and Mason came together through a blind date by Darcy's mom and their wolves instead claimed each other. It was love at first sight and their love has only grown since. There is an interesting aspect of this story in that neither one of them is ever satisfied if you catch my drift. In order to be together they must go through a mate bonding ceremony where it is highly important that the female remains pure. Their ceremony has been scheduled and they are waiting for some specific date to come around before they can consummate their love. In the meantime, they thoroughly enjoy driving each other crazy. Don't get me wrong, even though I didn't know where the story was going for a while, it's still a very entertaining read. At some point it does become clear that there is actually someone out to destroy Mason in some way. This person orchestrates the death of Mason's beloved sister and a childhood sweetheart. After that, he is out to get Darcy. She ends up kidnapped and you find out that there is actually something special about her, but we don't know exactly what that is. Then she is returned to Mason to deliver a message and show that no one he loves is really protected. The story ends up with a vampire rescuing both Mason and Darcy and the peace treaty between vampires and werewolves solidified. Finally we end with a HUGE cliffhanger as another werewolf shows up on their door and tries to lay claim to Mason. What will happen? Will Darcy's wolf kill this intruder? Will Mason have to choose between them? Where did she even come from??? All questions that I am sure are to be answered in the next book, but boy it's going to drive me crazy waiting until I have to time get it! Read more reviews at Identity Discovery blog.
  • Bewitching the Werewolf on Dec. 11, 2013

    This is an extremely quick read with approximately 40 pages. It is always free, and I would say worth reading. Megan is asked to help a werewolf alpha find his mate. She is a wiccan for hire. At first it looks like the werewolf, Zack, is being forced to find a wife by his mother, but it turns out that he truly thinks that something is wrong with him. He desperately wants to find what so many others have already found. He wants his one true love, the woman that will own him and he will own. He surprised at the result of his first taste of Megan's magic, as is she. He's even more surprised when he finds his mate. I really enjoyed this short novella. It got straight to the point. I really wish it had been longer. The author has a nice writing style and great descriptions, though they are simple. Sometimes simple is better than over explained. I would recommend it. It definitely has me wondering if Caroline Hanson has other books out there. Read more reviews at Identity Discovery Blog.