Rockslide by Michael Wisehart

Rockslide2Michael Wisehart is one of my favorite authors, alongside Michael J. Sullivan, John Bierce, and Brian McClellan. So, I was extremely excited to be part of the “review team” for Rockslide, the third installment of the series Street Rats of Aramoor.

In this book, Ayrion finds himself responsible for a group of outcasts from the various street tribes of Aaramoor. Starving and harassed by the other tribes, the outcasts are struggling simply to survive. Feeling the burden of leadership, Ayrion and his friends Reevie and Sapphire endeavor to save the outcasts as well as the members of Hurricane by earning entrance into the Guild. However, nothing is ever easy, and several members of the Guild are eager to see the demise of Ayrion and the Hurricane tribe, so they ask an impossible price, one that Ayrion cannot pay without extreme risk to his life.

If you have not already done so, I suggest re-reading Hurricane (the second book in the series). It has been a long time since I read it, and consequently, when I started reading Rockslide, it took me a while to recall who the various characters were and how they related to one another.

As I said before, Michael Wisehart is one of my favorite authors. I enjoy the way he writes. Personally, I thought Rockslide was a little slow, but that may be due to the fact that I know where the story is going. I have read, and truly love, The Aldoran Chronicles and know the role that Aryion plays in that series. Consequently, I am very eager (one might say impatient), to see how he gets there. However, Rockslide, like the other Street Rats books, primarily still deals with Aryion’s life on the streets of Aramoor. So, I guess I will just have to learn to be patient while I wait for Aryion to grow from being a street rat to the character he is in The Aldoran Chronicles.

A little bit of waiting never hurt anyone….right?

The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)

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Netflix’s The Baby-Sitters Club is a modern re-telling of the books originally written by Ann M. Martin in 1986. What started out as a cute, innocent TV series about four girls trying to earn some extra money by baby sitting, quickly became a platform for today’s controversial topics.

While their are aspects of this show that I like – each episode (of the five I watched) is from the view point of a different baby sitter, and each sitter has a particular issue/struggle in their life that they are dealing with – the series is not one I will continue watching.

Sensitive Reader Alert: Episode 4, Mary Anne Saves the Day, openly addresses transgenderism as their is a young boy (6-8 years old) that Mary Anne is baby sitting who identifies as a girl.

The Mousetrap Killer by J. Kevin Earp

“Mousetrap. I wanted to play Mousetrap. You roll your dice. You move your mice. Nobody gets hurt.”

– Bob the Tomato, VeggieTales’ The Toy That Saved Christmas


Screen Shot 2020-05-04 at 10.07.21 PMWhenever I hear the word “Mousetrap”, that scene from VegeTales immediately comes to mind – a bunch of vegetables conversing after a sledding accident in which Bob the Tomato’s eyes and nose fall off. But J. Kevin Earp’s The Mousetrap Killer puts an entirely different perspective on the word: mousetrap.

The re-emergence of a serial killer brings Marcus Lear and his team to Marysville, Indiana, where an individual known only as the Mousetrap Killer claims to have taken another victim. Known for concocting elaborate plans, the Mousetrap Killer imprisons victims in a booby-trapped room, providing them with a clue that, if answered correctly, promises escape. Marcus Lear and his team are in a race against time. Using their newly developed, yet unfinished software, can the Lear team assist the Marysville Police in finding the Mousetrap Killer and saving the victim before it’s too late?

The Mousetrap Killer is the third book in the Marcus Lear Mysteries by J. Kevin Earp. While the first book, Murder on Perry’s Island, is by far my favorite due to the major role that PTSD plays in the story, The Mousetrap Killer is my next favorite. There is something about a serial killer that ups the suspense and intensity in a story, making it harder to put down.

So, if you like playing detective and want a high-stakes case, check out The Mousetrap Killer: Marcus Lear Mysteries, Book 3. As with the other books in the series, J. Kevin Earp provides you with all the details you need to solve the mystery along with Marcus and his team. You are not only a reader, but a detective as well.

*I am related to the author and was provided with a copy of “The Mousetrap Killer: Marcus Lear Mysteries Book 3” free of charge in exchange for my review. I received no monetary compensation.

Keep Yourself Entertained

It can be a struggle to find things to do during this time of quarantine. I’ve compiled a list of resources that I’ve found, a lot of them I got from Peters Township Public Library’s website.

Library Resources

Most libraries have an abundance of digital resources from online classes to audiobooks, e-books, and movies. Be sure to check out your local library’s website. If you don’t have a library card, don’t worry. A lot of library cards are giving patrons the option of obtaining an e-card so they can still access online resources.

Resources for Kids: 

Audible: Audible is offering free stories for kids (and some classics that might interest adults). They also have stories in different languages as well. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Story Time Online

Ranger Rick: Free digital subscription

International Children’s Digital Library

Story Time in Space: Books read to children by astronauts in the space station.

WQED Education: Videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. Daily activities relating to PBS series. How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus: 

Kahn Academy: They have videos on a number of different subjects for all ages. They have even come up with a suggested “school schedule” for parents working with their kids at home. They have made it easy to access age-appropriate videos on their site by viewing this page and selecting the appropriate age category. 

Scholastic Learn at Home: Resources for Pre-K through High School

San Diego Zoo Live Video Cams: San Diego Zoo has live video cams on their animals.

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari: The Cincinnati zoo is live streaming animal videos daily at 3 p.m. EDT. on their Facebook page. You can also view past videos on their website.

Air Force Museum:

Virtual tours of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. There is also a link for an app that allows you to see inside the cockpits. That app is pretty cool.

Adults/Older Teens:

Crash Courses: Geared more for high school and older.

Duolingo: Learn a Language

iSeek Naturalist: Nature app