Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I had planned for the weekend to do a lot of relaxing, which includes READING!  I picked up this classic at the library, thinking it would be fun to read a book that I read when I was younger but somewhat forgot the premise of what happens in the book…I’m glad I did!

I’m a huge dog lover, so I know that when I pick up a dog related book that I’m either going to tear up because it gets sad or tear up because there’s unrelenting compassion for the animals.  This one had me at both!  Take some time this summer and pick up an old classic, they are usually quick reads, but they remind us of many memories and qualities that we had hoped for ourselves when we read these books when we were young!

Where the Red Fern Grows is a story about a boy named Billy who dreams about owning his own hound dogs.  His family doesn’t have a lot of money, so no matter how hard he tries to convince his parents to buy him the dogs, it’s just not possible.  Billy comes up with his own plan and after two whole years of working and saving his money, he finally has enough to buy his dogs he’s always wanted.  It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks.

Soon Billy and his dogs become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of the two dogs and Billy’s enthusiasm is unbeatable.  Tragedy strikes and Billy learns that you can still find hope in troubling times.  Billy’s love for his dogs is unbreakable in this story, a highly recommended read for EVERYONE!

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My two hounds and I reading “Where the Red Fern Grows”

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Fur, Feather, Fin—All of Us Are Kin by Diane Lang, Stephanie Laberis (Illustrations)

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This is a GORGEOUS children’s book!  The story takes us on a journey though the animal kingdom from mammals all the way down to millipedes, teaching with beautiful illustrations about how all creatures are connected!

I loved how the story had a rhyming direction as you follow along and look at all of the creatures with fur, feathers and fins and how they are all connect in some way.  There is so much diversity in the animal kingdom and I feel this book explores and demonstrates this in a fun way with the pictures that are eye catching and colorful.  I highly recommend adding this book to your collections, no matter your age!

Find me on Instagram to see a video of the embossed cover art @asimpletasteforreading, it’s amazing!

 

Tess of the Road (Tess of the Road #1) by Rachel Hartman

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This book was written by the author of the popular story “Seraphina”, which I have not read yet but after reading this book I think I’d like to!

I might say that if I had read “Seraphina” before this, I probably would of had a better grasp behind Seraphina’s character although I really, really, really liked her step sister Tess!  This story is set in the medieval times in a Kingdom where ladies are meant to be ladies and men are the strong protectors….but when you throw dragon’s into the mix, well….they can do whatever they please.

Main character Tess is a strong willed gal who can also be a bit of a troublemaker.  Tess also has another sister, who is about to be married while her family wants to send Tess to a nunnery.  She knows that if she doesn’t leave while the tide is low, she’s never going to be truly ‘free’.  The only thing Tess can think of is to set out on her own….alone and pretending to be a boy.

Tess isn’t really sure where she plans to go, so when she runs into an old friend, luck seems to be on her side.  Her friend is a quigutl, which you will learn a little bit about – its a subspecies of dragon – who gives her protection and company while she’s on the road.  Little does her friend know, Tess is hiding a secret, one to her past that she’s tried years to forget is now threatening to expose her.

The story was a little hard to get into right at the start, but once it got rolling it was good!  I think that I would have been able to understand the terminology a little bit better if I had read the “Seraphina” books prior to this, but it’s not necessary I would say.  The cover art is amazing, story line was well written and I really enjoyed the characters. I look forward to reading more from this author, especially her popular series “Seraphina”.

The Saint of Wolves and Butchers by Alex Grecian

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

With in just the first few pages I was already getting an eerie feeling in my stomach!  This story is based in Kansas, in a town that’s literally less than an hour away from where I live!  I even have a friend who lives in the TOWN in this story, talk about goosebumps.

The Saint of Wolves and Butchers is a story about Travis Roan and his dog bear who travel all around the world ‘hunting’ evildoers, bringing them to justice.  Travis and Bear have been called to a town in Kansas, following the trail of a man called Rudolph Bormann, a Nazi doctor and concentration camp administration who is secretly living in the US under the name of Rudy Goodman in the 1950’s.  One day in a cafe, a woman recognizes him, which is where Travis’s story starts.

Although once in Kansas, Travis learns that Rudy has friends in high places that will go to any length to protect him.  He also discovers that Rudy is still continuing his diabolical work at a church where the followers believe he has God-like powers.  Caught between these two is Kansas State Trooper Skottie Foster, she plans to do whatever it takes to help Travis, even if it means losing her job, putting her and her family in a danger she never could of imagined.

This is an interesting story placed in an unlikely town in Kansas, where a secret has been hidden for years that is now being uncovered.  It’s pretty fast paced to where you won’t want to put the book down, there really never was any down time in the story!  I’m really going to have to check out more books from this author, he seems pretty keened into making readers want to jump out of their skin! Alex Grecian weaves together a strong tale of past and present to bring historical fiction into a modern mystery!

 

Published April 17th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons