Friday, May 4, 2018

Mini Reviews: Island Games, The Crown Jewel Mystery, and Found in Time

I've been reading a lot of books lately and don't always feel the need to write an in-depth review of them all. Here are a few that were quick reads:

Island Games by Caleb J. Boyer
Lasting Press
Published: Dec 20, 2017
Category: Middle-Grade, 192 pages
Genre: Action/Adventure
Content rating: G


I like supporting young writers and was impressed that this book was written by a 12-year-old boy. It was a quick read and fairly entertaining, suitable for an audience of 8-10 years of age. Best friends Matthew and Ryan wake up on a deserted island, without their memories and have no clue why they are there. They realize they must work together to survive and are tested in what turns out to be a series of games. The novel is an admirable debut for a young writer but was lacking in character development, realistic dialogue and plot resolution. With a good editor, however, I can see this young writer developing his craft to become a successful writer.

The Crown Jewel Mystery by Anne Elliott and Charles Veley
Wilton Press
Published June 1, 2017
Category: Adult fiction, 113 pages
Genre: Mystery novella
Content rating: G


After reading one of the books in this series, I was eager to read this novella that is a prequel to The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery series. It was a fast, exciting read, as we are introduced to Lucy James, a brilliant and spunky heroine who gets caught as a hostage during a bank robbery. Having grown up as an orphan in an American boarding school, she was on a quest to discover who the anonymous donor to her upbringing could be. She then finds herself in a dangerous predicament and as the plot unfold we get to see what her connection to Sherlock Holmes might be. An engrossing, entertaining and delightful read. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Found in Time by J.K. Kelly
J.K. Kelly Consulting LLCPublished: Oct 17, 2017
Category: Adult fiction, 318 pages
Genre: Time Travel, Sci-fi
Content rating: PG-13


I was looking forward to this time travel story that promised to be exciting, but unfortunately, it wasn't what I expected. It started out good but then just didn't seem to be going anywhere. The characters spent way too much time drinking and cussing in bars, and after 50 pages, I just lost interest.

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  1. I was interested in your thoughts on all three of these, especially Island Games.
    Glad you enjoyed the novella. Too bad the time travel didn't work out.
    Thanks for sharing.


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