April Book Reviews!

Happy Easter and April Fools Day! Hope your day was magical!

Here are some books I’ve been reading:

The Terra Debacle: Prisoners at Area 51 (Star Trails Tetralogy)

By Marcha A Fox

I jumped right into the seventh book of the Star Trails Tetralogy series and hoped I wouldn’t be completely lost not having read the previous books—I wasn’t! What I found was an amazingly well-written science fiction story set in the 1970’s with my new favorite character: Thyron the highly intelligent plant. I was immediately drawn into the story with the spaceship ending up on earth while a plant was hiding from authorities. Soon, the ships passengers: a young human girl, a robot, and Thyron ended up “contained” in area 51. An astrobiologist Gabe, is called in to help with the plant-life. Gabe soon finds out his sensitivity, helps him communicate with Thyron. This was my favorite part of the book. It was insightful and humorous with the relationship between human and plant. There’s also a lot of depth and research that makes this a fascinating journey with aliens, humans, plants and robots. The ending fueled my imagination. I’ll be reading the rest of this series and hope to explore and learn more about Thyron and friends! I highly recommend this book!

Circumstances of Childhood

by John W. Howell

“Circumstances of Childhood” is written in the unique style of Mr. Howell and was a book that kept me up late into the night reading!  Greg and Keith are childhood friends and Greg ends up living with Keith’s family. They play football together creating new plays and plan out their future. Unfortunately, only one of them make it to live those dreams. When one of them is killed in an accident, the other one goes on to be successful–with a happily ever after. But, that happy ending is ripped away when money is stolen from Greg’s company and his life falls apart. Parts of the storyline are told from Greg’s prospective and the rest by Keith. I loved the bond created between the two, who were like brothers, that existed beyond death. Choices that are made can affect the characters for the rest of eternity.  This is a perceptive and an exciting read with a whodunit mixed in. It’s a skillfully written story with well-rounded characters that I couldn’t help but care about. The storyline kept me engaged until the last page with some unexpected twists. Although, this is a different type of story than Mr. Howell’s John Canon series, it is worthy of your read if you enjoyed that series like I did. This has become my favorite book from this author.  I highly recommend!


Embrace your inner child by reading a book! D.L. Finn



19 thoughts on “April Book Reviews!”

  1. Once I got into Terra Debacle, I did enjoy it and was quite impressed with Ms. Fox’s knowledge and creativity. Circumstances of Childhood was a thought provoking story that was a page turner. It is also my favorite book by Mr. Howell though his other books were also excellent. I am more into human interest stories than espionage/murder/intrigue.
    Great reviews, Denise.

    1. I agree that Ms. Fox’s knowledge added to the creativity and depth of the story. Yes, all John’s book are great but this one had that heart that made it all the more amazing–although I do enjoy a great action adventure, too! Thank you Karen! I hope you are having an amazing day:)

  2. Great reviews, D. L. I have Terra Debacle and look forward to reading it. And, like you, I loved Circumstances of Justice. 🙂

    1. I think you will enjoy Terra Debacle, Gwen! Yes, Circumstances of Childhood was a great read. I hope the day has been amazing for you, thanks Gwen.

  3. I read Circumstances of Childhood and really enjoyed it. John Howell always tells a good tale. I’m intrigued by the sound of hte Terra Debacle as well. Anything with UFOs and/or Area 51 is almost always a draw for me 🙂

    1. You can’t go wrong by reading a book by John Howell, I agree. I think you will enjoy Terra Debacle Mae, it is creative and backed by Ms. Fox’s knowledge. I am always drawn into Area 51 and UFOs, too! Have a great Monday!

    1. They are both great books that I thoroughly enjoyed. Different genres but both worth the read. Hope you are having a great Monday, Staci:)

  4. What great reviews! Congratulations to both Marcha and John! I have both books on my TBR to read this month and I’m so looking forward to reading them both. 😀

    1. John certainly is Billy,) If you like Sci-Fi, I think you will really like Terra Debacle!

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