Thursday, April 20, 2017

Book Review: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Title: A Shadow Bright and Burning
Author: Jessica Cluess
Format: Hardcover
Source: Blogging for Books

First, I want to point out the gorgeous cover for this book!  It definitely caught my attention and was one of the reasons I even noticed this book.  I know they say not to judge a book by its cover, but in this case, I am happy to report that the story was just as captivating as the cover.

A Shadow Bright and Burning is a fascinating fantasy story featuring Henrietta, a strong and smart character with magical abilities. Much to her surprise, she is invited to train as a royal sorcerer. As the only female sorcerer among the sorcerer trainees, she definitely holds her own.  I loved reading her interactions with other characters and seeing all of the different relationships develop as she learns more about her powers and what it means...and discovers a few secrets along the way.

I really enjoyed the intriguing and imaginative world and story that the author created.  It was filled with plenty of magic and monsters to satisfy this fantasy fan, as well as just enough suspense and romance, to allow me to lose myself in the story and to keep me wanting to know more.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series and seeing where the author takes us.

*I received a copy of this book through Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.*


To learn more and to possibly purchase click here 
JESSICA CLUESS is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel, A Shadow Bright and Burning. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories. 
Visit her at jessicacluess.com and follow her on Twitter at @JessCluess.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Alone in Paris by Ashley Earley...Q&A and Giveaway!


Very excited to be part of the Alone in Paris Blog Tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club!
Keep reading to learn more about the book and its author!

Alone in Paris

Publisher: CreatSpace
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Synopsis:

Breathe, Taylor. 

 Taylor Clay's family isn't exactly perfect. They may look the part with the nice, big house and her dad's fancy job, but that's what's tearing them apart. That, and her dad's sudden recurring drinking problem. Though her family is close to falling apart, she never wished for something like this to happen. She never wished for her father to drive off a bridge. Especially not while they were on vacation; especially not when her and her mom were in the car with him at the time.

Breathe. 

 She's devastated after the fact. And it isn't helping that the papers are gossiping about how the pristine lawyer could have driven off the bridge on purpose. And just when she thinks nothing could possibly make things worse, she realizes she's left alone with no relatives to care for her. So she's alone. Her parents are dead. And she's stuck in the country her family was visiting for their vacation. She's alone in Paris.

Just breathe. 

 Then Nathan walks into the picture. Funny, snarky, persistent, and sometimes, just flat out rude, he annoys Taylor to no end. He won't leave her alone, but Taylor doesn't know whether or not she should push him away.


     

Ashley Earley is a 20-year-old author that is working toward her B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. When she’s not writing, she’s posting on her blog, reading, obsessing over a book character, or spending time with friends. Her obsession with books started at the age of twelve, before developing into a love for writing at the age of fourteen, when she wrote her first novel.

Her Thriller/Suspense short story, Chasing Hair of Gold, won first place in the 2016 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards.

You can visit her at www.ashleyearley.com.
-What inspired the story?
I got the idea for the book Alone in Paris from a picture. The picture was of a girl sitting next to a small pond. She was wearing a white dress, and more importantly, she was alone. And I just imagined there being the Eiffel Tower in the reflection of the pond.
Since I pictured the girl in the photograph alone, when I started writing Alone in Paris, I had to figure out how she came to be alone. Once I figured out how Taylor came to be alone, the story built from there. 
-What was the most difficult part of writing this book? Easiest?
The most difficult part about writing Alone in Paris was forming a romance between Taylor and Nathan. Nathan was a real struggle because I did not want it to seem like that he was only there to make Taylor feel better. I didn’t want it to seem like that Nathan was Taylor’s only reason to move on. Taylor is stronger than that and he is well aware of that. She didn’t need a guy to help her through her struggles; she only needed someone to show her that it was possible to overcome those struggles. I wanted my readers to understand that Nathan was someone that Taylor could count on.     
The scenes where Taylor would fall into a panic-attack or depressed state were also really difficult to write. 
The easiest part of writing Alone in Paris was the banter between Taylor and Nathan. At first, Taylor despises Nathan and doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. He takes it in stride and throws witty comments at her—which she answers with her own. As they got to know each other, I tried to keep their witty comments coming. I was so inspired by their banter one day and ended up writing the 20 Questions chapter. I thought of the premise for that chapter while I was at work and wrote it over my 30-minute break. I flew through it and had an absolute blast coming up with questions for Nathan to ask and questions that Taylor would ask, and then they’re answers were so fun and playful. It was a very smooth scene to write that I soared through in no time.  
-What do you hope readers get from Alone in Paris?
I want my readers to realize that they can turn to someone if they need help. Open up and tell someone if you’re struggling. You might think that it’s just a minor thing that you don’t want to bother anyone with, but you need to get those feelings out. Turn to a friend, or a family member and tell them your problems (no matter how small). Talking about your struggles is the first step to overcoming them. There is no obstacle you cannot overcome. 
-Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I wanted to be many different things growing up. None of those things I ever said that I wanted to be when I grew up sounded right to me. It wasn’t until I was 16 when I discovered that I wanted to write for a living. 
-Do you have a favorite place to write?
I love writing outside on my patio because I feel more relaxed, but if it’s too hot/cold, my desk is just as good.  
-What was your favorite book(s) as a kid?
I was not a reader when I was growing up. My parents had to force me to read, which made me hate every book. I was an outdoorsy kid and couldn’t imagine spending more than a few minutes sitting down with a book. I didn’t get into reading until I was 12—when I read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I’ve been a bookworm ever since!
-What do you like to read now?
I devour young adult (usually fantasy) and new adult novels every chance I get! Now that I’m getting older, I’ve started to favor the new adult genre but I still love young adult.
A big thank you to Ashley for answering my questions! 
Be sure to check out the other stops on the Tour!



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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Release Day Blitz...Dark Alpha's Lover by Donna Grant

Today is the release day for Dark Alpha's Lover by Donna Grant, the latest in her Reaper series...
Check below to learn more about this book and its author!

Summary:
There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I am coming for you...

I answer to no one but Death. I am impenetrable, impervious, immortal. I exist to do Death's bidding and no one--not Reaper nor human nor Fae--can stand in my way. Except for the bewitching half-Fae, Catriona. She swears the magic in her family passed her by, but I know better. This woman is strong. This woman is powerful. And when her abilities surge forth, no one will be able to stop the Dark Fae from coming for her. Except for me. I want to keep her close. I want to keep her safe. I want lose myself to her, again and again...


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She’s the author of more than thirty novels spanning multiple genres of romance including the bestselling Dark King stories. The acclaimed series features a thrilling combination of dragons, the Fae, and Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

My Dream Lootcrate!

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you probably already know this, but I'm a big fan of subscription boxes and subscribe to a couple.  One box that I don't get, but have always wanted is a Lootcrate...

...so imagine my surprise and excitement when I heard about the chance to create MY Dream Lootcrate!  I could put anything in this dream box that I loved and wanted.  If you don't already know, the Lootcrate boxes are monthly mystery crates for pop culture fans filled with awesome and exclusive items and apparel from TV shows, movies, games and more! They are filled with items that are perfect for geeks, collectors, and fans.


Anyway, here is a little more about this specific project:

Ever want to put together your own crate of awesome items from the world of pop-culture?? Well now is your chance! Loot Crate is looking for fans to come up with ideas they'd do if they could put together their own crate. The subscription service for geeks and collectors of all trends is encouraging all fans to get involved and share their own Dream Crate.
Sounds fun, right?

Well, it took me awhile to come up with exactly what I would want...I mean the possibilities are endless and this my DREAM crate!  There are so many themes and things I could (and wanted to) include!


Obviously, it had to contain things that I love, so I knew it had to be a little bit bookish. But I am also a total nerd for anything Disney or Harry Potter. But how could I combine all three of my passions and still have a somewhat cohesive crate? 


I thought about it for a bit and finally I realized what these three things all have in common...MAGIC!


Books are magical portals to other worlds, Harry Potter is all about magical beings and creatures, and there is no magic quite like the magic found in a Disney song, movie, or character.  Plus, all three manage to make me smile no matter how bad I feel and that's pretty magical, too, if you ask me.


I scoured the Internet looking for items that were just right and there were SO many I wanted and wished I could include.  But I narrowed it down and now I am pleased to present...my "Do You Believe in Magic? Lootcrate"





So what did I decide to put in my magical Dream Crate....





Every item is related to Harry Potter, Disney, Books or a combination of two or all of them.

1. A tote bag. I love tote bags and carry them around like purses.  This particular one was found on Society6 and is perfect for this theme!

2. A T-shirt.  Everybody likes Tees, right?  Every time I read this shirt I can't help but smile...and sing it in my head.  I love it so much!  This specific shirt was found on Amazon.

3. Artwork.  I am a HUGE fan of Risa Rodil's work absolutely love this quote and find it perfect for this box.  You can get her work on several different sites, but I stumbled across this one on her Society6 page

4. A necklace. For my box I included this wand necklace that I found on Amazon.  It's so pretty and it's nice to think you have a little piece of magic with you whenever you wear it.

5. A bookmark. Every time I see this one I am reminded of "Wingardium Leviosa" and it was also found on Amazon.

6.  A mug.  Never has a mug been more true for me than this one I found on LookHuman.com.

7. A Keychain. I collect keychains and I am absolutely in love with this one featuring the house from one of my favorite Disney/Pixar movies, UP.  Found it on HotTopic.com.

8. A Pop Funko vinyl figure.  Any Disney or Harry Potter Pop would work.  I put these princess ones down as an example and love them.

9. A book.  Well, obviously I'm going to include a book...you did see the title of my blog?  This one is just an example of one I wouldn't mind and is a retelling of one of my favorite Disney movies and fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast.

10. Socks!  Socks are a fun accessory that can really express your personality.  Found these bookish socks from ModSocks here.

11. A wallet. Got to keep my funds for books and fandom merch somewhere and this one featuring my favorite Disney princess and fellow bookworm from HotTopic is perfect for me.

12. Stickers. These can be fun and be placed just about anywhere. These bookish ones are available on LookHuman.

13. A journal or notebook.  Again, Risa Rodil has amazing designs and I love this Harry Potter one that I found on her RedBubble site.


Well, that is what I'd put in my Dream Crate...quite a bit more than I originally planned, but believe me when I say that it was so hard to narrow it down...the possibilities were truly endless.

So what would you put in your Dream Crate?







Friday, April 14, 2017

Blog Tour: Scarred by Mia Kerick...Review & Giveaway!


Today I get to tell you about an emotional, new romance from author Mia Kerick!

Check out my review below and be sure to enter the giveaway!
Scarred
Mia Kerick
Publication date: March 1st 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance, Suspense
From bestselling author Mia Kerick comes a New Adult novel of Gay Romantic Suspense that will keep you up reading all night!           
Matthew North waited ten years to heal from the devastating wounds inflicted by the man who abducted and abused him as a child. Living reclusively on a tropical island—with no company but his four cats—he merely avoids the lingering pain.   
Wearing twisted ropes of mutilated skin on his back, Matt struggles with a profound hindrance—the scars that deaden his soul. However, on the night he meets lively Vedie Wilson, a local restaurant busboy who expresses his gender by wearing lipgloss and eyeliner along with his three-day beard, things change. 
Gradually, Vedie and Mateo unite in friendship. Through a series of awkward encounters, the pair learns each other’s secrets. Vedie learns that an angelic face can front for a scarred soul. Matthew learns that the line between one’s masculine and feminine sides is blurred. Can they embrace the painful stories behind each other’s scars if they’re to find everlasting love? Or will surrendered love come to be yet another blemish on their souls?
Author Bio:

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories. 
Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.  
Title: Scarred
Author: Mia Kerick
Format: Digital Copy
Source: Blog Tour

Have to confess that it took me a bit to get into this one, but once I did I really enjoyed it and was touched by the story and relationship between the two main characters.

Told from the point of view of both main characters, Vedie and Matt (or as Vedie likes to call him, Mateo), Scarred is an interesting romantic story about two emotionally and physically scarred men.  Vedie, a character who is not afraid to show both his masculine and feminine sides, has retreated to an island where he can just be himself and possibly forget his past.  There he meets Matt, a near-reclusive man who has his own reasons for retreating to the island.  Together they help each other as they both drop their guards and a relationship develops.

As I said, it was a little difficult for me to get into the story at first. I almost felt like I had missed something as we jumped right into things as Vedie and Matt first meet. But as I continued to read and slowly learn more about these very different men, their secrets, and their blossoming relationship, I found myself wanting to know more and feeling all kinds of emotions.  Tissues were definitely needed.

As the title of the book suggests, both men have scars from heartbreaking and traumatic pasts that they try to hide and that have lead them to the island they call home. Pasts that might be triggering for some readers including some pretty horrendous physical and emotional abuse. 

Confused by his feelings for Vedie and still dealing with horrible and heart wrenching past trauma, Matt finds it almost impossible to open up at first and often disassociates himself.  As Vedie observes, it's like he's been broken and in a way he has. Meanwhile, Vedie is just as reluctant to let down the walls he has built around himself and his heart due to past experiences.  It's amazing that they are able to handle all of the hurt they've had to deal with and still manage to function. They both seem to understand one another and eventually find their way, but not without a few hiccups along the journey.

And while I liked how the author gave them each distinct personalities and voices, Vedie's vernacular and frequent use of slang was a bit surprising and jarring at times considering that the author is a non-POC. I know that I'm probably making no sense as I struggle to put exactly what I mean into words, but occasionally it was a little uncomfortable.

However, I really liked and felt for both of these characters as I read more about them and the terrible things they had gone through to get to where they are.  The author did a great job of showing their vulnerability and also their strength as they got to know one another. And I liked how both helped the other heal a bit and how they accepted one another for who they were. They made a nice couple and it felt like they were meant to find each other despite their differences and difficult pasts. By the end, I was glad to have been able to read their story.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*


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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Blog Tour: The Castaways by Jessika Fleck...Review & Giveaway!


Today's my stop on The Castaways Blog Tour!
You can check out my review below and make sure you enter the giveaway!

Book Title:  The Castaways
Author: Jessika Fleck
Release Date: April 3, 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy

The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous. Renowned for its infamous corn maze…and the kids who go missing in it.

When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing. Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.

Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home. But victory may require more betrayal, sacrifice, and heartbreak than she’s ready for.


Jessika Fleck is an author, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter — she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. Her work verges on fantastical and dark with a touch of realism. She is a regular contributor to the fantastic kidlit blog, Kidliterati, and is represented by Victoria Marini of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

Author Website: www.jessikafleck.com
Author Twitter: @jessikafleck
Title: The Castaways
Author: Jessika Fleck
Format: Digital ARC
Source: Blog Tour/Publisher

First, let's all take a moment to appreciate the gorgeousness that is the cover for this book! Hats off to whoever designed it!  I'd frame it if I could.

Now, let's talk about what's behind that cover...

I'm going to try my best not to spoil things or get too lengthy in my review, but there is a lot packed into this fast-paced book.  At first it seems like it might just be a story with a bullied teen girl trying to deal with life and overcome her fear, and yes there are some predictable moments, but the author manages to take a few turns and add a few interesting characters that I wasn't expecting.

When it begins, The Castaways introduces us to Olive, a high school student who is being bullied by a trio of fellow students.  And let me tell you, these three make the characters in Mean Girls look like the Teletubbies with their heinous acts of bullying.  It's actually a little hard to read and stomach the stuff they do.

Anyway, a pirate-themed carnival comes to town and Olive, our main character and favorite target of the bullies, reluctantly agrees to take her little brother despite the rumors about kids disappearing from it in years past after entering the corn maze.  All goes well until Olive returns later on her own and finds herself surrounded by the vicious trio of mean girls. She attempts to flee by entering the corn maze and after a few twists and turns among the corn stalks, she finds herself...well, not in the corn maze. With no idea how it happened, she has somehow been transported to an island where two rival groups of kids with similar stories to hers are battling each other.

Soon she is right in the thick of things as the kids battle it out and try to figure out how and why they got to wherever they are and how to get home.  And I don't want to give too much away, but yes, there is a dreamy boy with an intriguing past involved that our heroine falls for, of course.

Think Mean Girls meets the Lost Boys of Neverland meets Lord of the Flies meets The Twilight Zone.  I know, right? Such an interesting concept and mix.

And with this fascinating concept, the story definitely had the potential to be a favorite for me as I love all of those things, but for some reason I just wasn't as "wowed" as I had hoped.  Don't get me wrong, I really liked this book!  The writing was good, the plot was fun and different, all of the characters were vibrant and interesting, and I never really lost interest in what I was reading. But even though I was entertained and really enjoyed the book, I just felt like it was missing something and I am not entirely sure what.

But as I said, even though the book might not have been what I anticipated, I still enjoyed reading about Olive, her adventures, and her fellow castaways.  I definitely sympathized with her throughout the story, especially at the beginning, and my heart broke for her at times. It is great to watch her grow stronger and change as the story progresses, just as you would hope and expect. I loved the characters and world the author created so I would not mind reading more from this author or even more books set in this world.

I would recommend this one for fans of YA Fantasy and/or YA Romances as it is an interesting blend of the two.

*I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Book Spotlight: How to Tame a Triceratops by Will Dare...plus Giveaway!

Howdy, folks! 
Today I am spotlighting a fun, new kids book that I actually had the pleasure to read.
It's filled with both cowboys AND dinosaurs...something younger me would have been thrilled to read and even adult (well, I pretend to be one anyway) me enjoyed!

So keep reading to find out more about this book and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

How to Tame a Triceratops by Will Dare
Publication date: April 2, 2017
Series: Dino Riders #1
Welcome to The Lost Plains!
wild west frontier where dinosaurs never went extinct.

Josh Sanders wants to be the next great dinosaur cowboy! Ropin’ raptors and ridin’ bucking brontosauruses just like his hero Terrordactyl Bill.

Too bad he’s stuck working on his family’s Iguanodon ranch, riding his ancient dino, Plodder. The closest Josh has ever been to a T-Rex is reading about them in his Dino Cowboy Handbook. 

To prove he has what it takes, Josh is determined to win the annual Settlement Race. But he’s gonna need one fast dino to stand a chance. With the help of his friends Sam and Abi, Josh will need to tame a wild Triceratops! 

This wildly entertaining new chapter book series for ages 7 and up features exciting illustrations and real dino facts! A great way to get kids reading. And don’t miss the next book in the series: How to Rope a Giganotosaurus.
Josh sat up in bed and rubbed his eyes. He’d just been dreaming about riding through the Roaring Jaws Valley when he was woken by a loud screeching noise outside. “What the…?”
It was pitch-dark—the middle of the night— but he was sure he’d heard…
Kaaaark!
“Pterodactyl!” Josh cried. He’d know that sound anywhere.
He raced to the window and looked out just in time to see one of the winged beasts swoop down low over the barn, where some newly born iguanodons were being kept. It clattered against the roof, tearing at the wood with its claws. If that thing got in the barn, those baby guanos were done for.
He leaped out of bed and jumped straight out of his window, racing for Plodder’s pen. Nothing and no one was going to snatch up one of his family’s iguanodons. There was no time to lose. The old gallimimus roared with surprise as Josh jumped on his back, then they raced out into the open, across to the barn.
“Get away from there!” Josh cried, waving his arms above his head and readying his lasso. The pterodactyl swooped down low and stretched its claws in his direction. In an instant, Plodder reared up in fright, throwing Josh off his back.
Josh hit the ground hard, knocking the wind from him. He could just make out the terrified cries of Plodder as he ran back to his pen.
“Plod!” he said and groaned. “Come back!” But it was no use. As he looked up into the sky, his eyes went wide with fear. The pterodactyl was plunging from the sky toward him. Its claws sliced through the air like knife blades.
And Josh had nowhere to run. He braced himself for impact…
Suddenly, a roar went up from his side, and a huge shadow passed over him. Three pointed horns stabbed upward at the pterodactyl.
“Charge!” Josh gasped.
The huge triceratops roared angrily as he swiped and slashed at the sky, forcing the winged dinosaur to flap higher into the air.
Josh jumped up, keeping a close eye on the ’dactyl. He felt something brush against his legs and looked down to see a large horn rising up from the ground toward him. Josh yelped in fright as he tumbled backward and then landed heavily on a pair of muscular shoulders.
Beneath him, Charge snorted, as if telling Josh to hold on. Josh grabbed the young dino’s horns just as it kicked into top gear. The ground rolled by in a blur as Charge raced after the fleeing pterodactyl—with Plodder charging back in the other direction toward the ranch.
“I guess you don’t like ’dactyls much,” Josh said and laughed, barely able to believe it. He’d hoped if he’d found something Charge liked, the triceratops would let Josh ride him. He hadn’t thought about trying to find something he didn’t like!
Up in the air, the ’dactyl took one look at the charging triceratops and flapped faster. To Josh’s amazement, Charge lowered his head and quickly began to close the gap.
“Faster than a bullet in a hurricane!” Josh cheered.
Panicked, the ’dactyl turned and tried to swipe at them with its claws, but Charge reared up onto his hind legs, stabbing at the sky with his horns.
Josh whooped excitedly and held on tight. The pterodactyl gave an angry squawk, then flew straight up into the clouds.
“You did it!” Josh called.  But as the flying dino took to the skies, Charge didn’t stop charging. Now that he was all excited,he was zooming around like a dinosaur possessed—just as Mr. Sanders came running down from the house.
“Uh-oh,” Josh said, but it was no use. Charge was heading right for the barn.
Luckily, Josh knew exactly what to do.
In an instant, he jumped up to standing on Charge’s back, just like he’d done with Plodder. This time though, he took his lasso and looped it around Charge’s huge central horn. With a yank of the rope, he shifted the dinosaur’s head to the left. Just as he was about to crash into the side of the barn, the charging dino gave a roar and came to a shuddering stop. His dad looked on wide-eyed, face-to-face with the heaving, eager dino.
“Dad! Charge saved the guanos!” Josh cheered.
“And, look, I got him under control too.” Charge gave an impatient snort. “Well, kinda!”
Mr. Sanders watched Josh, openmouthed. Eventually though, he gave him a wry smile. “Well, son, in all the years of dinowrangling, I’ve never seen anyone ride a trihorn like that. I guess you got yourself the new dino you were after,” he said.
“Does that mean I get to race him?” Josh asked. “I suppose it does,” his dad began. “But on one condition—” 
“Anything!” Josh said.
His dad cast an eye over what Josh was wearing. “No racing in your pajamas!”
Two bundles of the first two Dino Riders books – How to Tame Your Triceratops & How to Rope a Giganotosaurus