Book Review: My Partner, Jakup the Jay


 “Are you kidding me? A moped? You drive a moped?”

He glowered at me. If he’d had shoulders, they’d have shrugged. I shrugged mine instead, “Take it or leave it—or use the wings you came with.”

His beak opened and closed in exasperation. He peered skyward. “What the hell did I do to get this—this person? You can be sure I’m filing a complaint with the Local. This piece of junk is not big enough for the two of us.”

“So fly.” He tried, big macho bird like him. He‘d keep up, no problem. Of course, he didn’t count on my hitting top speed and cruising, so finally I heard this cry, “Wait up. Wait up. Do you have to go so flippin’ fast?”

“Not quite the hotshot you thought you were, are you?” I gloated.

If I’d been a beetle, he’d have buried his beak in my back, judging from the dirty look he shot at me. I’m fairly sure scrub jays eat the things. I dismounted and opened the handy dandy bin at the rear of the scooter. We moped riders like to think of our mounts as power motor scooters. At least in the bin, he’d be sheltered from the wind. I spotted a moldy half-eaten apple, a Nature Bar wrapper, a couple of bungee cords, and a USB cord for charging my phone. Not my problem, beggars can’t be choosers. What the hey—jays EAT moldy apples.

He hunkered down, shoving the bungees together in a make shift nest. He didn’t say a word, but the angle of his head told me, he was one pissed off Aphelocoma Californica. No doubt, he’d have more to say on the subject of mopeds when we reached our destination. I gunned the motor and took off.

Estee Kessler (2013-11-13T06:00:00+00:00). My Partner Jackup The Jay (Kindle Locations 96-109). Jupiter Gardens Teen. Kindle Edition.

Book Review

Riley Rose didn’t plan much beyond the next semester. Being the perpetual college student with all of the beautiful women and the endless supply of booze was just too good a life to give up easily, no matter what his parents thought. When he is forced to volunteer on summer break he takes on a simple job feeding baby birds. Little did he suspect that before the summer was through he would have a bird perched on his shoulder and it would be telling him what to do.

THE GOOD

Normally I do not like to review Young Adult fiction because all too often it has seemed to me that Young Adult is writer code for Not-Good-Enough-For-Adults, I was running a little short on review material and I trust the publisher, so I gave it a read. This is a piece of Young Adult fiction that I would actually recommend to my adult friends. It is a well written easy read with a quick pace and engaging story. Riley and Jackup are well defined and have lives of their own, but the supporting cast is equally distinct and supports the story in an excellent fashion. The settings are believable and well detailed, giving the story the support most often found lacking in Young Adult fiction.

THE BAD

There are times when the story skips forward or an unimportant side story is injected into a chapter, and this can make for a slightly jarring read. Obviously it is not such a problem that I did not like the book, but it was the one thing that really bothered me about the book.

THE TAKEAWAY

I enjoyed this book and I think it laid a great foundation for additional books in the series. It was presented to me as a young adult novel, but I think it would serve well as an adult read for a lazy summer day at the beach. If you get a chance to pick up a copy, go for it. You will not regret it.

 

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Book Review: Blue Into The Rip


The flying machine hovered over the island of Dooleys Wood, a single blade whining in the balmy air.

Various memorised schematics of helicopters popped into Blue’s mind (he remembered everything). The aircraft was like no other helicopter. A hybrid. Directional jet engines slung on either side of the fuselage. A traditional helicopter was heavy, noisy and mechanical, challenging gravity for a place in the sky. This machine had no such contest. A bronze-coloured, flitting hummingbird.

The crack of breaking branches and a substantial brass-like ladder crashed through the canopy.

“Hey, Gote.” A youthful voice over a tinny speaker. “Get on board.”

Blue stared open-mouthed.

“Do you want rescuing or not?”

Rescue.

The word jarred him into action and Blue grabbed hold of the ladder. The whine of the helicopter increased in volume. A few seconds later, Blue dangled hundreds of feet above an inland sea of never- ending water. A plain white logo of the Earth within a ring adorned the fuselage. The artist had done a sloppy job on the continents; the outlines were unrecognisable. Underneath, three words, OUR VERY EARTH. Undaunted by the height, Blue pulled himself into the golden-skinned craft.

The ladder retracted and the door slid shut with a hiss.

“Ready for the ride of your life, Gote?” came a boyish voice over the speaker. “Time to light the fuse. Wahoo!”

With a deafening roar of engines and prop, quick acceleration flung Blue against the back wall of the compartment.

Blue Into The Rip by Kev Heritage (Kindle Locations 172-186).

 Blue Into The Rip

 Time travel is supposed to be fun, or at the very least it should start out that way. After years of reading and movie watching it seems to me that the act of time travel (whether forward or backward) at least starts off as a lot of fun. There is usually that time where you are all excited about seeing something old or discovering something new, but for Blue, the awkward teenager with the unusual eyes, time travel was a nightmare he couldn’t wake up from or escape. Continue reading “Book Review: Blue Into The Rip”

Book Review: Shifters


“This is not a diary or a journal.  This is a record for anyone who comes after me. There were, are, and will be thousands of millions of copies of it, but this is the only one you will ever find.

This book only exists in case I die.  If you’re reading this, I’m probably dead.  If I’m not, I’m going to want this back.  I’ll also want to find a way to keep you quiet. I suggest you find me before I find you.”

Zachary Umstead’s novellette, Shifters, is a great little afternoon read, an introduction to his series of young adult books that will be hitting your favorite online bookstore soon.  This 13 year old author has quite a career in front of him if his follow up work is as good and if his talents grows with his years he’ll be a force to reckon with by the time he’s an adult.

Shifters introduces us to Alex, a football player who makes a horrible decision.  Wracked with regret he is given a second chance, a life with a do-over.  His new found gift sets him on a course where doing the right thing becomes a whole lot easier and a whole lot more dangerous.

Indie Book Collective presents The Tour de Troops!


Did you know that over 300 overseas troops who have requested books?

And this blog tour is going to make sure they get them!

How are we going to do that?
Through the Indie Book Collective’s massive social media presence, the  Collective is gathering together as many authors as possible to give  away as many eBooks as possible to the troops!  We hope to get each and  every one of our brave men and women the books they want!

While I’m not a published author as of yet, I still wanted to participate in this worthy event.  Leave a comment, and check out the other blogs here and leave comments there as well.  Every one is worth it and will mean something to our troops, and if there was ever a weekend to show appreciation isn’t this the one?

So without further ado I present to you my book review of George H Sirois’ novel, Excelsior.

“Matthew, so few humans achieve their destiny before leaving this world. You have that chance.” Matthew Peters had spent the last seven years creating the ultimate online comic hero. He never dreamed that he would find the true hero within himself.

A couple of months ago I took part in the Blog Tour-de-Force and one of the free books I received was Excelsior by George H. Sirois.  Excelsior is a piece of young adult science fiction, and normally I do not read young adult fiction of any sorts because I get bored with the simplicity of the writing and the story, not to mention that so often there is a healthy dose of teen angst involved, but the little quote from the the smashwords website intrigued me and I’ll freely admit to the fact that as a long time comic book lover the mere word excelsior made me curious.  I read George’s blog and I could appreciate how much time he had spent in the creation so I thought I would give it a try.

Excelsior is definitely the end result of a labor of love.  The characters and history poured into the 70,000 plus words is plainly evident.  There is no confusing which character is which as the story unfolds and make no mistake, this is a very character driven bit of fiction.  The story only has a couple of different locations, but they are all distinct and well described so that you get the sense of each space and who lives and works there.  George says in the afterword that he spent fifteen years working on the main character and his story and the effort really shines through.

The story revolves around Matthew, a junior in highschool who is far more interested in working on his web comic Excelsior than he is in doing his school work or paying attention in class.  When his comic draws the attention of a beautiful scientist working under a deadline and two nightmarish alien villains reawaken after millenia of imprisonment, his hold world gets turned upside down as he learns that the world of his imagination is far more real than he could have dreamed and that he is the key to the survival of his own world as well as the world of Excelsior!

Excelsior is definitely aimed toward the young adult reader, but it is well written enough that even adult fans of science fiction will enjoy it.  I’ll definitely be saving this one for my boys to read when they get a littler bit older and to re-read on my own.

Links:

George H. Sirois’ Smashwords Profile

George H. Sirois’ Twitter Profile

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