My review of this novel for juveniles is a mixed review. The story line for the first half of the story parallels with a famous series of novels of a young wizard whos parents were killed when he was six. The author did change several key elements of the story to keep it from being a work of plagiarism. Once the author allowed the characters free rein of how the story would develop it became better. It does need to have a total barrage of editing done to tighten up the story.
The story opens with a sprite flying through the universe being drawn to Earth by a blast of Wild Magic. When Sky reaches Earth, she discovers a battle between a family and a demon. Just as the demon murders the parents, Sky wisps away the small boy from the evil grasp of the demon.
After rescuing the small boy, Sky spirits him away to the world of Alure, home of the elves, to her elf friend Soone. Soone keeps the boy for a year teaching him magic as he tries to remember why he was not destroyed with his parents. The events of that day is a total blank.
Fast forward eight years to the cloister town of Hope. Twins, Ann and Mark Tuttle are practicing cloaking outside which is against the Town Council rules. They obverse a moving van at the old King house that has been vacate since the accident that killed their friend Ben and his parents. Everyone except Ann believes this to be true. Ann on the other hand, hold on to the believe that Ben is still alive.
Soon her belief is proven to be true as Ben King comes home along with his werewolf and vampire foster parents, Moco and Amanda Richard. Ben has been living with the Unaligned wizards in the normal regions of the US. Ben has came home to find out what truly happened eight years ago. The Tuttle family is ecstatic to have Ben back in their lives. However, much of the town is not in agreement with the Tuttles. The town of Hope has cloistered itself from the rest of the US to hide the fact of its residents having magical abilities. Council chairman, Horace Grimm Jr. is leading the opposition of allowing Ben back into the community. Evil is spreading consuming life /earth magic and Horace Grimm tries to lay the blame on Ben.
Ben and his friends must unravel his past to save the world and universe from being consumed by evil.
I give this novel a three and a half stars. With proper editing done it would be raised to four and a half stars. You can find Apprentice Wizards of Hope at the following link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/740267?fbclid=IwAR1B_3ut1pLw4KYMyo0Tn3ypE1MKx91exYPeLv-gjKDyrZAzmrL_UHUB8Uk
The author throws her protagonist head long into the unknown right from the start of the story. Sybel, a simple farm girl watches her mother’s life being taken by a wasting away disease. At her mother’s funeral, her father accuses Sybel of being the cause of her mother’s death. Hatred fills his heart as he shoves Sybel into the funeral pyre to kill her. Only the fire doesn’t consume her it wraps around her bathing her in flames. She walks out of the pyre unharmed only to find that the whole village has now turned against her because she is a mage. Sybel must flee to find the answers to her life to the mage city of Kemoor. The reader is drawn in as Sybel searches for the answers for her life, making the reader wanting more as the book ends as she reaches Kemoor, to continue in the next book.
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This is the second novel I read written by Author Ricki Dragoni. Author Ricki Dragoni spins a intriguing nightmare with his novel ‘The Swift’.
The main protagonist, Coach Mike wakes up August 8, 2022 to find nothing working, no electronics period. Nothing from a flashlight to any utilities working in town. The word of mouth information has it that the military will be evacuating the town of Storm Lake by sundown. The military arrives in antiquated vehicles not seen since the Vietnam War.
The first thing the military does is throw up a barb wire fence around the town. Then the evacuation starts. The military separates the town’s people into two groups, one group to green transport trucks and the other into a fenced in pen. Then they are gone with no explanation on what happened, leaving them in the pen.
After escaping the pen, those who are left decides to travel to the military base at Fort Dodge to find their families and answers. They must travel at night because the sunlight now burns their eyes. All process food is contaminated. The only things palpable is water, alcohol, and fresh meat. The trip is taking a toll on them, they are wasting away. In between them and their objective is the Swift. The Swift appeared shortly after they start the trip. The Swift is a group of vicious, brutal, creatures that are lightening fast with hands of sharp claws. Some can breathe fire. You shutter when you hear their high pitch screams knowing death is close at hand.
The story will draw you into the adventure and terror as Coach Mike strives to be united with those he loves. The ending is a fantastic twist to the story. No spoilers here. You have to read the novel to find out what Coach Mike finds out what actually happened to them.
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Hi everyone. I treated my husband and myself to a day out with a new restaurant yesterday. If you know my husband you know when it comes to eating out he pretty much stays in a rut on where to go to have dinner.
After walking through the German fest we decided to go out for dinner. My husband’s suggestions Arby’s, Hardies, etc., get the picture? I retorted that he was in a rut and we should try something new. He gave me that look of what have you got up your sleeve now? My answer was let’s try that dumpling restaurant over in East Village.
Since I couldn’t quite remember the name or the exact address we spend about ten minutes driving around East Village looking for the restaurant. We pulled over to try and google it on his phone. Low and behold I find out he deleted his WIFI connection on his phone so there we sat as I tried to remember where it was located and he sat behind the wheel wanting desperately to go to a fast food joint. I finally remember it should be around 3rd or 4th Street in between Walnut and Court. As we buzzed by 3rd I saw Molly’s Cupcakes and a sign on the building across the street from it. I had him drive around the block so we could investigate. He of course tried to turn the other way on 3rd but we finally arrived at our destination, Dumpling Darling, 212 East 3rd Street, Des Moines, Iowa. We got there around two pm. which turns out to be a good time because the dinner crowd is gone and there was only one other couple having dinner. Yes I am from the old school of the mid-day meal is called dinner not lunch and the evening meal is supper.
I ordered the Lesley’s lamb steamed dumplings and my husband ordered the potato perogies with bacon. The soft drinks are from Tractor Beverage company so no Pepsi or Coke produces served here.
They served the meal under ten minutes. The food was delicious and I wished that we had more people in our group so we could have ordered the Mega Flight which is four of each of the steamed and fried dumplings they serve, forty dumplings in all so I could try a variety of dumplings.
So if you want to try Dumpling Darling I would suggest going in the off hours like we did so you don’t have the crowd to deal with. I give it four out of five stars.