Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl Blog Tour: Review, Giveaway & More

About the Book:Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl:Traveling with her parents brings Lydia, daughter of explorer and singer Buddy Davis, plenty of adventure and mystery - from hidden clues in bookstores to cave paintings deep underground. 
About the Author: Whether she’s building life-sized models of dinosaurs with her adopted family, trying her hand at cooking at a private retreat, or living in a barn, author Aidyl Ewoh (aka Lydia Howe) seems to have adventures follow her wherever she goes. Check out her book, Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl and find out more about her at her BlogFacebook, and Twitter.
Review: I was thrilled to get a copy of Aidyl/Lydia's book to read and review. I think she is such a sweet girl and I was so happy when I heard she got a book deal. So I was interested in seeing what this book was about. It's a slim children's book packed with adventure. You have a 12 year old Lydia looking for something hidden in a library mystery and the ongoing story throughout the book of her dad, Buddy Davis going spelunking as you see on the cover. Let me tell you that even though this is a children's book and I couldn't connect as easily since I'm older that it still was a good book! The first or second little chapter bit really got me excited with a sort of cliffhanger until the next part. Ahh! So even though a younger reader would probably enjoy this book a good bit more than I did, it's still a nice book that will have you smiling at the adventure and story. I was also interested to learn a little bit more of Lydia's story as I hadn't really before. I'm assuming that the story in the book is her own and not fictional. Your heart really goes out and starts to grasp what makes her Lydia. It helps you to see things a little differently. I would rate this book 3 stars personally, but I'm sure younger readers would enjoy it much more. I'm actually going to give it as a Christmas present to my younger sister. (stay tuned to the end of the post, you might have the same idea)

Top Five Favorite Books as a Child

I’m the kind of girl who likes behind the scenes, getting-to-know-the-author kind of stuff. And hence this post. 

Originally this post was going to explore several different topics, my five best-loved books as a child, five favorite quotes about writing, five favored words... Etc. Then I started thinking about books I liked as a child and this post kinda took over. 

I was sitting in our living room with my siblings the day after Thanksgiving, asking them about books we liked best as children and this list very quickly appeared. (These are in no particular order.)

The following poem is from The Christian Mother Goose Big Book. My sister, Helena who is right above me in age and I used to say this poem all the time. When we were younger we would time ourselves to see how quickly we could quote it. If I remember correctly, our best time was 10 seconds. 

Betty Botter

Betty Botter did but mutter, 
“But,” she said, “the mutter’s bitter;
If I’m bitter while I mutter, 
It will fill my heart with clutter;
But a bit of better chatter,
That will make my heart feel better.”
So she sought some words to fit her,
Which were kind instead of bitter;
Soon she sang and didn’t mutter,
So kept out that awful clutter; 
So ‘twas better Betty Botter 
Changed from bitter things to better!

Helena decided to try and say it again after not thinking about the poem for about ten years. Y’all, within a few tries she cut her time down to 8.6 seconds! Yikes! I finished off the evening with 9.2 seconds, but believe me, I’m not going to be satisfied with that time. 

What was one of your favorite books as a child?

 To read an excerpt from my book and find out the answer to the True or False question, check out this blog tomorrow
To see the schedule for the Blog Tour and to find out how you could win a CD or DVD by just commenting, click here

Also check out this awesome giveaway! I'm hosting a giveaway for a copy of Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl! Open to US residents only, please.
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Keep an eye on here...I have an Allegiant review coming up soon, as well as The Iron Traitor and House of Hades! 


  1. Thank you so much for the review and having me on here, Sara!

    1. I was so happy to have you!! Thank you for thinking of me! :)

  2. I really enjoyed this post. The poem sounds like a pretty good tongue-twister!

    God bless!

    His Princess,

    P.S., I tried commenting a few minutes ago, but I don't think it went through. So I commented again. :-)

    1. Thanks! I had fun writing this post. ;)

    2. I didn't see your other comment so maybe there was a glitch? I'm glad your second one got through! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. Oh I loved the poem in fact a different version of it is one of my favorite tongue twisters. I can't remember how the whole thing goes but it starts out like
    Betty Bitter had some butter
    but she said the butters bitter
    if I put it in my batter
    it will make my batter bitter
    so she bought some better butter....
    One of my favorite children's books is Silly Sally :)

    1. Oh my goodness that is a hard tongue twister!! Haha, thank you so much for stopping by!

    2. Nice, Keturah! I actually know that one, too. ;) It gets *really* hard when you try and say one right after the other because they start getting mixed up. ;)

  4. Oh, James Herriot's Treasury for Children is one of my favorites too! (Loved this post!)

    1. Thanks! I ordered all five of those books on Amazon after I wrote the post, and I just go that book. It made me happy! :)

  5. Odd. I could have sworn I'd left a comment here. I remember guessing true on the true/false. Gotta love technology. :-)


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