Saturday, October 18, 2014

Review: Strangers On The High Seas

Captain No Beard and the crew of the Flying Dragon welcome a new crew member, when Cabin Girl Cayla joins the ship. Responsible for his little sister, Captain No Beard is not very happy because he finds his newest charge a distraction. When faced with danger, the captain must find a way to escape. While learning valuable lessons about strangers, the crew realized not to judge somebody because they are young or small. Strength comes in all sizes!


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Carole P. Roman's Strangers on the High Seas (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013) is the fourth book in her Captain No Beard series.  Despite its bright, colorful illustrations, Strangers on the High Seas just didn't float my boat.  The story feels somewhat disjointed, and the insertion of "valuable lessons about strangers" is awkward and contrived.  The ending is cute and is sure to get a giggle from young readers, but, overall, Strangers on the High Seas is a bit of a dud.

I received a complimentary copy of Strangers on the High Seas to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received.  For full disclosure, see the sidebar.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review: The Flip

Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals it's past, will the couples marriage survive The Flip?

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Michael Phillip Cash's The Flip (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014) is part ghost story, part romance, and all entertainment.  Julie and Brad are likable, well-developed characters, but the stars of the show are the ghosts, Tessa and Gerald.  Cash does an outstanding job of weaving the back story of Hemming House seamlessly into the narrative; in fact, the back story was my favorite part of the tale!  Fast paced and spooky, The Flip is the perfect read to get you in the mood for Halloween.

I received a complimentary copy of The Flip to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received.  For full disclosure, see the sidebar.