THE BACK OF THE SHED GANG’S TOP SHELF PICKS:

The Back of The Shed Gang often don’t read books, but when they do they are very picky about who gets the top shelf on the bookshelf made of beer bottles. So it’s an honor when an author makes that top shelf pick. Here are the books and what they thought of them. (More to come…)
Dreamscape: Saving Alex Dreamscape: Saving Alex by Kirstin Pulioff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kirstin Pulioff has created yet another masterpiece with Dreamscape: Saving Alex. The story is an unique and intriguing concept that I throughly enjoyed. Alex is a disillusioned sixteen year old girl who feels that her parents don’t value her opinion or as a person. This is proven when her mother informs her at the last minute that they are moving a lot sooner than anticipated, the next day! Giving her no time to say good bye to her friends. Under protest, Alex and her best friend Natalie set to work and pack her belongings. During the packing process, Alex’s best friend Natalie finds an old video game they used to play as kids. When Natalie grows tired and stops playing, Alex continues the game, but something weird happens. She gets sucked into the game. Now lost in the video game world, Alex discovers that her surroundings are all too real and she’s in danger. Soon, Alex discovers that she’s more valued than she thought.

Kirstin has pulled off, in my opinion, the impossible. She’s taken a complicated concept of turning the fantasy world of video games, interjecting it into our world and making it realistic and compelling. I was easily pulled into the story of a teenage girl being dropped into a world which she believed was familiar only to discover it’s not. She has to adjust and adapt. Does she do it flawlessly? No. Does she accept her new surroundings and role with grace? No, not at first. The main character is portrayed as perfectly flawed… in other words, human. The perfect role model.
Dreamscape: Saving Alex is spellbinding right down to the last word.

5 out of 5 stars
Duane Dexter's Bigfoot Adventures Part 2Duane Dexter’s Bigfoot Adventures Part 2 by Simon Oneill

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Simon Oneill has delivered yet another spine tingling, fast paced rom through the woods with a story that is both intriguing and humorous.
On the surface, Duane Dexter appears to be an ordinary teen. He is handsome and adores beautiful women who flaunt over him in return. He has an off beat best friend, and is an accomplished musician. However, look a bit closer and you see Duane is a lot more than he appears. He lives alone in a run down cabin in woods though he has a large inheritance and lots of friends. He is most comfortable not in designer clothes, but in tattered and stinky attire. Look even further and you see that Duane is keeping a secret. Duane Dexter is a superhero. No, he’s not Batman or SpiderMan, he’s Phantom Bigfoot! Guardian of all creatures of the woods, including a two special tribes of Bigfoot: The WereBigfoot who are humans who can shape shift into the beast and the natural born Bigfoot. Duane takes pride in his duty and does everything he can to protect his furry friends from danger. Then a new danger arrives in the quaint town of Big Beaver stealing his supernatural abilities. Will Duane be able to beat this threat without them or will evil have its way?

Simon Oneill’s Duane Dexter’s Bigfoot Adventures Part 2 is a refreshing take on the paranormal genre. His protagonist is not muscle bound hottie in spandex that shoots lasers out of his eyes. He is a teenage prankster with a heart of gold whose superpowers are protecting nature and those creatures that live with in it. Phantom Bigfoot is funny, heart warming all wrapped up in a breath of fresh air.
4 out of 5 stars
Duane Dexter's Bigfoot Adventures Part 1Duane Dexter’s Bigfoot Adventures Part 1 by Simon Oneill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As an avid reader to say that Simon Oneill’s Duane Dexter’s Bigfoot Adventures Part 1 is an unusual read is an understatement. But that is a good thing.

Duane Dexter has been tasked with a huge responsibility that your average teenager doesn’t have on their shoulders. He is the leader and responsible for a group of hairy beasts known as Bigfoot. It’s a difficult task because nosy hunters often wander near the tribe’s liar. But, it’s nothing that the crafty Duane can’t handle, because he has kept the loveable tribe safe without fail for years. However, when a teenager is kidnapped by a love stricken Bigfoot Babe, sending the townsfolk and the police searching for him, the danger of their discovery is at a all time high. Will Duane be able to keep the Bigfoot tribe safe or will they be discovered by not so understanding humans?  Plus:

This story is a laugh-hold onto your sides fast paced ride.
A paranormal story that’s unusual and refreshing.
The residents of Big Bear are well rounded, colourful and hilarious and I dare you not to like them.
The story maybe a laugh riot but it also has plenty of mystery and intrigue with a dash of romance and lust thrown in.
It’s a story that will stay with you for a long time.
Minus:

There was only one problem with Duane Dexter’s Bigfoot Adventures Part 1 There was a scene that made me a little upset, but that just proves how talented a writer Mr. Oneill l is if he can spark deep emotions in the reader.

I would highly recommend this novel.
Blood Of The Eternal MoonBlood Of The Eternal Moon by Simon Oneill

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What is the test of a great novel? When you get up in the morning, determined to complete those tasks on your to do list, but before you do, you decide to pick up a book a read just a little, and end up reading the entire thing in one sitting. When you close that book and have to take a hit of oxygen because you held your breath the whole way through. When you can wish a villain a gruesome death and cheer out loud when the heroes are triumphant in victory.

This is what Blood of the Eternal Moon has done for me. I read the first one and thought it was a gasping for air roller coaster ride. I did not think anything would top it, but I was wrong. Blood of the Eternal Moon does.

The second book picks up where the last one left off with a broken, tormented and abused beautiful vampire who is lost inside of her own mind suffering from amnesia due to a horrific event she had witnessed. Deep in the recesses of her mind, Delicate Rose knows she is destined to be something more, she is to become a powerful supernatural being called Eternal. She will become this powerful vampire under the Eternal Moon. However, there is an ancient evil that is coming for her determined to drain her of her blood so he can become eternal himself. This blood is not meant for this evil because it is only for Eternal’s true love who must drink her blood for them to be together for all eternity. To stop this evil, her true love, a human, must kill this evil and stop him before it is too late and the world is covered in darkness.

Spine-tingling isn’t it? Wonderful job Mr. Oneill

Verses of Athine: The Daughter of Ares Chronicles CollectionVerses of Athine: The Daughter of Ares Chronicles Collection by Shannon McRoberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let the fantasy adventure begin!

I may not understand a lot about Greek Mythology, but that has not stopped me from being fascinated with it.
The title character, Athine, is a young warrior goddess with magical powers, and her very existence is a product of trickery, but in the end her existence proves to be a blessing.

Shannon McRoberts had me spellbound long after I put it down.

Even if you are not a fan of this particular genre, I encourage you to pick up a copy and settle in for the adventure of your life!
For a list of all my previous reviews, under the name Tina St. Clair, please click here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A3DZ11HGK10W41/ref=cm_cr_pr_auth_rev?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview

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