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Book Review- The Guardians of Elijah’s Fire

02 Jul, 2012 by in youth fiction Leave a comment

The Guardians of Elijah’s Fire
by Frank L Cole
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 12, 2012
by Cedar Fort, Inc
ISBN: 1462110576
Book Source: Netgalley
4.5 stars
Book Summary from Goodreads: Just when they thought they were safe, Amber Trendon, and their classmates get yanked back into the action. With the Tebah Stick in enemy hands, Amber becomes a target, and it seems even her closest allies can’t be trusted. Now the gang will have to travel through enemy territory to protect a deadly ancient weapon that could cause the earth’s utter destruction.

This thrilling tale ups the action and doubles the danger. Bestselling author Frank L. Cole delivers an addicting read for adventurers of all ages.
Cathy’s Review: Things have settled down for Amber since her last adventure. She still thinks about Joseph and Dorothy occasionally, but she has other things going on, like school, homework and her very important 15th birthday. She cleans all of her birthday wishes out of her mailbox and finds a package with two very old, very important looking leather-bound books. Upon closer inspection, Amber realizes that they are the first and second Books of Kings from the Bible. She’s a bit perplexed, but just figures that Dorothy has sent them to her. She gets ready for bed and goes to sleep, only to wake to yet another nightmare of the creatures that she found in the cave as she searched for the hidden scepter, and a mysterious phone call from Joseph, warning her yet again about Dorothy. Dorothy can’t be as bad as Joseph says he is, is she? Amber doesn’t think so, but she is beginning to have her doubts. Things get really crazy the next day as Amber, Lisa and Trendon meet for dinner at a popular burger place, but their dinner is interrupted by what appears at first glance to be your basic robbery, until the robbers only want to take Amber and Joseph’s crazy uncle Jasher shows up as well. Just who can Trendon, Amber and Lisa trust to protect them from the threats that seem to appear on all sides?

I really enjoyed reading this book. The story line is packed with action and adventure from beginning to end. Amber is quite a smart character, I really enjoyed the way that you couldn’t tell until the very end who was lying and who was telling the truth. I think that this was a fun book for all ages!
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About the author: Frank L. Cole has lived in such exotic places as the Philippines and Kentucky, and currently lives with his wife and three children out west. While he strived for years to earn his publishing credits, Frank considers sharing his message of “Exercising Your Imagination” to over 30,000 kids across the country as his greatest accomplishment. The Guardians of Elijah’s Fire is Frank’s 5th published book and will release this June, 2012. You can learn more about his writing at
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Book Review- The Rifts of Rime

21 Jun, 2012 by in Steven L Peck, sweetwater books, youth fiction 1 comment

The Rifts of Rime
by Steven L Peck
Paperback, 280 pages
Published June 12, 2012
by Sweetwater Books
ISBN: 1599559676
Book Source: Netgalley
4 stars

Book Summary from Goodreads: In a world overtaken by greed and a ruthless, power-hungry dictator, Pinecone knows he’s no warrior. But when he’s entrusted with the sacred Scroll of Quickening, an ancient record that holds great power, Pinecone must summon the courage to protect the scroll. If he doesn’t, its secrets will be lost forever.

Meanwhile, Pinecone’s friend Leafe is mounting a makeshift rebellion to fend off the Thane whose evil might grows stronger every day. But her efforts may force her into some troubling alliances.

Cathy’s Review: In the beginning of time the Wealdend gathered the animals around them at their holy tree and quickened 5 species of animals: The gray squirrels, the wolf sisters, the marmots, the ants, and the folk (squirrels with a flap of skin attaching their wrists to their ankles.) Each of these groups were given a special gift that would be very important later. The folk however are given a trial before they are able to use their special gift. They must learn to listen before it’s too late. Soon though, their world becomes corrupted. There are too many power hungry of the gray squirrels, including their leader the Thane. They are trying to destroy and get rid of the folk and trying to rule the whole of their world. Will the poet, Pinecone and paper maker, Leafe be able to stop them from taking over before it’s too late?

Honestly my first thought about this book was, squirrels, really??? But the more that I got into the book and learned about the characters the more I liked it. The book is written for a target audience of about 8 to 12 years old and I think that they will love it. It reminds me a bit of The Rats of Nimh that I read as a middle school child and loved. I love the way that good wins in the end. I really enjoyed this book! I hope that there are more adventures connected with this one.

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About the author: Steven L. Peck is an evolutionary ecologist and professor of the philosophy and history of science. He is the author of a previous novel, The Scholar of Moab (Torrey House Press, 2011), and a forthcoming young adult novel, Spear from the Wealdend’s Tree (Cedar Fort Press).

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