Book Review- Billy Bedivere in the Quest for the Dragon Queen

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Billy Bedivere in the Quest for the Dragon Queen: A Kingdom of Legends Adventure  by Alan Sproles
Published by Bookbaby on December 3, 2015
Genres: Children’s Books, Fantasy, Fairy Tales
Pages: 222
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Would you like to leave on a camping trip poor and come back rich? But what if that meant fighting a vicious huge blue bunny, or a big black bear, or man-eating trees or a two-headed dragon guarded by giant spiders? That’s what happened to Billy on a weekend camping with his dad and friends. Told by his dad not to cross the creek, Billy does just that when he hears the call for help from inside a large cave in the side of a cliff. Billy, the good scout, goes in the cave alone concerned that someone was in trouble. As he moved deeper and deeper into the cave Billy falls into a vortex that sweeps him into another world. It is a brilliant but very strange place. It appears to be a one-way trip until he acquires some very strange and even famous characters as friends starting with a rose that has been calling out for help because a large bunny has been eating them. Rose informs him that the only person who can help him get home would be the genie and tells him how to get there. On the way Billy encounters Hansel and Gretel who accompanies him on his journey. After their near fatal encounter at the chocolate house of the witch they make it to the genie who informs them that the only way home is to defeat the Dragon Queen, a two-headed dragon at Flagara’s house of Sad Faces. To return home Billy must grow up fast if he is to survive and conquer the biggest challenge of his life- if he can. Does he have what it takes? He’s just a kid but he’ll need to be a man to get home. Billy Bedivere must defeat the Dragon Queen but first his life will change forever along the way! It changes because of his new friends- a droll named Sparkie, a pixie named Pippy and a talking dragon named Dreadon to name three, and there are many more. Billy succeeds in getting through the Dark Forest and to Flagara’s house of Sad Faces where the great dragon is protected by a hoard of giant spiders. The Dragon was once a princess that was cursed by another very evil witch. Billy is victorious in his battle with the dragon but that victory will reveal something even more shocking. And that will change everything again!

Billy Bedivere was an interesting book. The story itself makes a good children’s story, however, it did not feel like I was reading a children’s book. The writing style was strange… some version of third person present tense, but there were several places in the book where it slipped in to second person, which did not exactly read well. If anything the way the book was written kept it from being more exciting.

This is a book that would be amazing if it were rewritten. The story itself is somewhere between Narnia and The Magic Tree House, and definitely has a lot of potential. It’s just the writing that makes it fall short. The writing takes away some of the magic.

All of the characters in the book are great. There is a good mix of fairy tale characters and magical creatures that team up together to go on an amazing quest/adventure. It’s a heart warming tale and I really did find myself enjoying it, and I do think that I will read the second one when it comes out. I just really wish the writing was a bit different… I think that would make a huge difference.

I am going to give Billy Bedivere in The Quest for the Dragon Queen three out of five hearts.

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*This book was sent to me for free by the author in exchange for an honest review. This has not in any way affected my views or opinions of the book.

June Book Haul and Ottlite Lamp Giveaway

I have some very exciting news!  Along with getting some amazing new books in the mail, I have teamed up with Ottlite to giveaway two incredible lamps. How cool is that!?! So, lets get started!

Here is my June book haul:

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  • Autobiography of a Serial Killer by Travis D. Bickel
  • Error Code by R.K. Howard
  • Hang-Ups and Hangovers by Kyle Milligan
  • Billy Bedivere in the Quest for the Dragon Queen by Alan Sproles
  • Boundaries by Jim Steinberg
  • Filling Up In Cumby and Other Stories by Jim Steinberg
  • Last Night at the Vista Café by Jim Steinberg

IMG_1841These books were all sent to me by their respective authors, and I am so excited to read them! You know what else is exciting? Hang-Ups and Hangovers was signed… check it out! Big thanks to Kyle Milligan for that. Signed books make me feel all warm and fuzzy.


Anyway, lets get to the part you have all been waiting for: the giveaway! As I said earlier, I have teamed up with Ottlite, a lamp company who brings daylight inside with their one of a kind natural daylight blub. You can check out their website here.

I was sent two lights by Ottlite:

The Color Spectrum Lamp is better than I ever imagined. It is sturdy and beautifully made. The controls are easy to use and activate with the touch of a finger. There is no need to press or click anything. It has three brightness levels that you can access in sequential order. One touch for the lowest setting; two for the middle; and three for the brightest.

Surrounding the ON button is the color spectrum. With just a touch it lights up the base of the lamp and is capable of turning 256 different colors. Yup, you read that right. 256 colors! All you have to do it touch the color you want the base to be and it turns that color!

The neck of the lamp is super flexible, and can bend all over the place. It is easy to position and holds a wide variety of poses very well. On the back of the lamp is the power cord and a USB port.

Oh, and incase you were wondering, I used the lamp light in the pictures I took of the books. Hehe. Anyway, here is a slideshow of pictures I took of the lamp.

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I got the LED Book Light in red. It has one brightness setting and turns on and off by a button on the top. It is surprisingly bright, so there will be no need to squint while you are curled up reading in your bed (or wherever you like to read).

The light can be powered from two power sources: a plug in the back or 3 AAA batteries. The instructions say not to use the plug while the batteries are in, because it will mess with the DC power and cause the lamp to short. Other than that small hazard, it is extremely useful to have two power sources (especially to me who has no AAA batteries. I looked everywhere).

The neck of the book light is very flexible and bends all sorts of crazy directions. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I love bending lamps. It just makes me so happy (don’t ask me why).

The light can stand on it’s base or clip onto a book (or in my case the edge of a table). It has a special grip on the clip so it doesn’t slip off. I just realized how much that sentence rhymed. I feel like I should be a poet now….. or a rapper…. I really do love the grip though. It’s great!

Here is my slideshow of Book Light images:

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And those are my two new lovely lamps. And now you have a chance to win both of them (except brand new from Ottlite)! You want to know how? Well I’ll tell you how.

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is make sure you are following Keystroke Blog (if you don’t know how just look in the sidebar) and share this post on either Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #KeystrokeOttliteGiveaway ! Then leave a comment on this post saying “done” so I know who entered. How easy is that!?

The winner will be chosen on June 26th by random selection. This giveaway is only open to those in the US and Canada excluding Quebec. So before you enter make sure you live there or have an address in those areas that you can use if you win. The winner will be contacted, informing them of their win, and will have 24 hour to respond before a new winner is chosen.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out Ottlite’s website here. They have a huge variety of unbelievably amazing products for all sorts of different purposes!

Good luck entering!