Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Mystery #Paranormal A Boy Named Rabbit (Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2) by Marcia Meara


I read some amazing books in 2020 and I would like to share them again with you, updated with the authors most recent releases and their biography.

Following on from my review of Wake-Robin Ridge Book 1 by Marcia Meara I was looking forward to book two of the series and here is my review from August 2020.. A Boy Named Rabbit.. and I was not disappointed.

About the book

In Book 2 of the Wake-Robin Ridge series, Marcia Meara, author of Swamp Ghosts and Finding Hunter, returns to the rugged beauty of the North Carolina mountains, introducing a little boy whose remarkable gift will change the world for everyone he meets.

“Evil’s comin’, boy…comin’ fast. Look for the man with eyes like winter skies, and hair like a crow’s wing. He’s the one you gotta find.”

The remote mountain wilderness of North Carolina swallowed up the ten-year-old boy as he made his way down from the primitive camp where his grandparents had kept him hidden all his life. His dying grandmother, gifted with the Sight, set him on a quest to find the Good People, and though he is filled with fear and wary of civilization, Rabbit is determined to keep his promise to her. When he crosses paths with Sarah and MacKenzie Cole, neither their lives nor his, are ever the same again.

The extraordinary little boy called Rabbit has the power light up the darkness, and the resourcefulness to save himself from the one person his grandparents had hoped would never find him. His dangerous and bittersweet journey will touch you in unexpected ways, and once you’ve let Rabbit into your heart, you’ll never forget him.

My review for A Boy Named Rabbit August 31st 2020

Having met Sarah and MacKenzie Cole in the first book I was looking forward to catching up with them, and having read the reviews for the second book, I knew that I was in for something special.

The blurb can often be misleading for a book, but in this case when the author promised that this little boy would touch us in unexpected ways and find a place in your heart, it was true. She has created a wonderful character who despite a different and challenging start in life, blossoms before our eyes. He has a gift that will transform lives and he is also the gift. And for Sarah and Mac a chance for healing and completion.

As with any good story, the road is not all plain sailing, with danger hovering to take advantage and ruin the sense of belonging Rabbit is desperate for. Mystery surrounds his origins. It takes a great deal of research to unravel the evil that resulted in his upbringing with his grandparents in the isolated wilderness of the North Carolina mountains. An upbringing that has prepared this ten year old to survive on the land, even when threatened, and the ability to give love in abundance.

The element of the paranormal in the story is subtle and believable, especially when in the context of the region and its acceptance of special people. The characters of Sarah and Mac develop through the book and events reach a climax that end this particular episode in their lives very satisfactorily. There is an epilogue which hints at the next phase in the story of this wonderful family, and I am looking forward to finding out how. I recommend that you do begin with Wake-Robin Ridge so that you don’t miss out on another terrific read.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A selection of books by Marcia Meara

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Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and one small dachshund.

When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. She enjoys nature. Really, really enjoys it. All of it! Well, almost all of it, anyway. From birds, to furry critters, to her very favorites, snakes. The exception would be spiders, which she truly loathes, convinced that anything with eight hairy legs is surely up to no good. She does not, however, kill spiders anymore, since she knows they have their place in the world. Besides, her husband now handles her Arachnid Catch and Release Program, and she’s good with that.

Spiders aside, the one thing Marcia would like to tell each of her readers is that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. If, at the age of 69, she could write and publish a book (and thus fulfill 64 years of longing to do that very thing), you can make your own dreams a reality, too. Go for it! What have you got to lose?

 

Thanks for dropping by today and I hope you have enjoyed meeting Rabbit and will check out this book and the others by Marcia Meara. Thanks Sally

 

You can find all my other reviews for books I have enjoyed: Smorgasbord Book Reviews

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates #Reviews -#Supernatural Marcia Meara, #Romance Teagan Riordain Geneviene, #post-apocalyptic Sandra J. Jackson


Welcome to the first of the author updates of the week with recent reviews for authors in the Cafe.

The first author today with a new review is Marcia Meara for A Boy Named Rabbit: Book 2 of the Wake-Robin Ridge series.

About the book

In Book 2 of the Wake-Robin Ridge series, Marcia Meara, author of Swamp Ghosts and Finding Hunter, returns to the rugged beauty of the North Carolina mountains, introducing a little boy whose remarkable gift will change the world for everyone he meets.

“Evil’s comin’, boy…comin’ fast. Look for the man with eyes like winter skies, and hair like a crow’s wing. He’s the one you gotta find.”

The remote mountain wilderness of North Carolina swallowed up the ten-year-old boy as he made his way down from the primitive camp where his grandparents had kept him hidden all his life. His dying grandmother, gifted with the Sight, set him on a quest to find the Good People, and though he is filled with fear and wary of civilization, Rabbit is determined to keep his promise to her. When he crosses paths with Sarah and MacKenzie Cole, neither their lives nor his, are ever the same again.

The extraordinary little boy called Rabbit has the power light up the darkness, and the resourcefulness to save himself from the one person his grandparents had hoped would never find him. His dangerous and bittersweet journey will touch you in unexpected ways, and once you’ve let Rabbit into your heart, you’ll never forget him.

One of the recent reviews on Goodreads

Feb 15, 2020 Deborah rated it Five Stars

Sarah and Mac survived a terrifying encounter with a vengeful ghost in book #1 of this series, ending up happy and settled together, but nothing could have prepared them for the way their world is turned topsy-turvy in book #2 by the arrival of an elusive figure on their land. Quite what – or who – is the wild, half-starved boy Sarah sees near the grave of Mac’s son?

Meara has created a truly unique character in Rabbit – a child raised in complete isolation from the modern world. The only people he has ever known are his grandparents, and when he is suddenly left alone, he undertakes a perilous journey to locate the man his gran – who has ‘the Sight’ – instructs Rabbit to find with her dying breath. The man who looks exactly like Mac.

Rabbit’s reactions to everything, from the magic of electricity, to living under a roof, to the sound of music, are wondrous, and ring so true for how a complete innocent might genuinely regard such miracles. And Rabbit’s charming dialogue is such fun to read!

Add Meara’s signature supernatural twist, when it transpires that Rabbit’s gran has passed her gift onto him, and you have a tale that is heart-warming, shocking, scary, and truly satisfying, all rolled into one. Once more, I stayed up far later than I should to keep reading another chapter, and another, and then did the same as I did on finishing book #1, going straight on to the next one without pause. Highly recommended.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Marcia Meara

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And : Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Marcia Meara on: Goodreads

Connect to Marcia via her blog: Marcia Meara Writes

The next author is Teagan Riordain Geneviene for her recent release the romantic novelette Fiona Finch & the Pink Valentine

About the book

Put your feet up and enjoy a whimsical break with this quick, lighthearted story. There’s some romance, and a lot of silliness. It’s a steampunk/Victorian setting. You might call it a long-short story or a novelette.

This is a tale of an old lost valentine and the shenanigans that ensue when it turns up. Fiona Finch and her brother Steele – along with a helping “wing” from Quellie the duck, work to bring two long ago sweethearts back together. Even though it is a Valentine’s Day story, it does not include sex or passionate romance. It does, however, include a lot of imaginative fun.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Robbie Cheadle 5.0 out of 5 stars A light and fun-filled read which is clever and entertaining Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2020

This delightfully whimsical Valentine novella is filled with the author’s trademark creativity, humour and sharp insight into human characters and relationships. Fiona is a fun-loving girl with a passion for pink. She lives with her genius stepbrother, Steele, who is the protegee of the famous inventor, Professor Quirinius. The Professor has been absent from their lives for some time at the start of the story, as he has been pursuing his own inventions and initiatives. When he left them, however, he gave Steele a gift of a cheeky and troublesome duck, which Fiona has nicknamed, Quellie. Quellie is also clever and likes to help out around the house with certain tasks including delivering the mail.

After a disastrous episode where Fiona’s efforts to create a lovely pink dye result in Quellie dying herself pink and reacting to the change with great annoyance, Steele tries to reinstate peace by sharing with Fiona a wonderful gift from the Professor. The gift is a selection of delicious chocolates encased in a beautiful pink wooden box. The box is for Fiona who loves pink. Quellie’s annoyance with Fiona bubbles over and she charges her, causing the lovely pink box to fall to the floor and break. A quick inspection proves that it is not broken. The box actually has a secret drawer which has sprung open due to the fall. Inside is a pink Valentine’s letter to a well-to-do and wealthy woman who as recently been widowed.

Fiona takes it upon herself to send the 30-year old Valentine’s letter to its intended recipient with rather hilarious and entertaining consequences.

If you are looking for a light and fun-filled read which is clever and entertaining, this novella is the book for you.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Teagan Riordain Geneviene

Read the reviews, buy the books : Amazon US

and : Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Teagan : Goodreads

Connect to Teagan via her blog: Teagan’s Books

And the last review today is for the post-apocalyptic adventure from Sandra J. JacksonThe Escape Series Book 2 – Catching Butterflies: Search for Home

About the book

April and Beth have escaped, and their captor is dead. Freedom is in their grasp – if only they knew where they were.

With some memories returning, April and Beth struggle to find answers to their questions. What they know is that they’ve been vaccinated against a strange virus. But what happened to their family, and to the rest of the world?

As they head out, they stumble onto the compound where their nightmare began, but the empty building only brings more mystery into their lives. Soon, they encounter others wandering on the numerous trails throughout the woods. For April, finding her family is priority one; for Beth, it’s sticking to the trails.

How can April ever convince her to leave the forest… and why are they being hunted?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Jennifer Coffey 5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite dystopian YA series!  Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2020

The Escape Series follows two sisters, April and Beth, as they try to piece together what has happened the world in the last five years.

The plot of the last two books has kept me on the edge of my seat. The plot is fast, but still leaves time to digest what is happening around them. Jackson does a great job of slowly giving the reader the information they need to help the sisters piece together the mystery of the Butterfly Virus.

The world-building is perfect and nothing to convenient. Jackson wrote the story, so the girls wouldn’t suddenly remember what happened to them. The girls needed to experience and encounter to trigger a memory, and I thought that was brilliant. (Also, the world they live in is absolutely terrifying!)

The organization is straightforward, and I was never confused.

In the first book, I didn’t like the girls as much as I wanted too. I found them both to be too immature, but on in this book. As the sisters regain their memory, they become more relatable and lovable.

My favorite part was the big plot twist at the end. I had been waiting for that moment for so long, and I was so happy when it happened.

My least favorite part was around the middle of the novel. The girls stumbled across the location where they were held captive for five years. During their search through the rubble, I found that scene to be slightly slower from the rest of the novel.

I give Catching Butterflies 5 out of 5 stars. I loved almost everything about this novel. Specifically, the characters stood out to me the most because they drove the story in a positive direction, and they developed significantly over time.

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys YA dystopian novels. I liked this better than The Darkest Minds trilogy by Marie Lu!

Also by Sandra J. Jackson

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And : Amazon UK

Read other reviews and follow Sandra on: Goodreads

Connect to Sandra via her blog: Sandra Jackson WordPress

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books under your arm.. thanks Sally.