Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart #YA #Audiobook # Review @DanGemeinhart

Jonathan Grisby is the newest arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys–an ancient, crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean. It is dark, damp, and dismal. And it is just the place Jonathan figures he deserves.

When twelve year old Jonathan Grisby arrives at Slabhenge, hungry, cold and tormented, he faces at least ten weeks in the forbidding and Dickensian-like reform school. Run by The Admiral and his staff, who take pleasure from making life as difficult and uncomfortable as possible for the unfortunates who have been sent there. Slabhenge has had several incarnations, including a facility for the mentally ill, but to the boys it seems more like a prison with it’s many corridors, staircases and stone-walled, dank rooms. Continue reading

The Dragon of the Month Club

  • Dragon book coverAuthor: Iain Reading
  • Published: December 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Young Adult, Fantasy
  • four-stars

The Dragon Of The Month Club is the exciting first installment in a new book series that tells the story of Ayana Fall and Tyler Travers, two best friends who stumble across an extraordinarily magical book and soon find themselves enrolled as members of a very special and exclusive club – The Dragon of the Month Club. 

On the thirteenth of every month a new dragon conjuring spell is revealed and the two friends attempt to summon the latest Dragon of the Month. The varieties are almost endless: Air Dragons, Paper Dragons, Fog Dragons, Waterfall Dragons, Rock Dragons, Tree Dragons – not to mention special bonus dragons for all the major holidays, including a particularly prickly Holly Dragon for Christmas. 

After her father walked out and because her mother lost her job, Ayana Fall and her mother have relocated to a small town in Alberta. Ayana misses her home in Vancouver, the majestic Rockies, and her friends. To make matters worse she’s being targeted by a school bully. After a particularly horrible encounter with the very unpleasant and vicious Heather van der Sloot and her cohorts, Ayana seeks solace in the dim and dusty reaches of the library. Emotion overwhelms her, tears falling in earnest and thoughts swirling. Only when she was cried out did she notice a boy watching her from behind a shelf of books. And that’s when the friendship between Ayana and Tyler Travers begins. Continue reading