Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bernie and the Lost Girl, The Universe Builders


4 Stars


All of God Town is in an uproar. A child has been lost. The Town mobilizes, and an exhaustive search is carried out, but as the day wears on, the fear grows that little Emily may be lost forever.

Despite growing evidence, the gods continue to resist the idea little Emily has wandered into the woods, a place feared by even the gods themselves.

Yet, a young god named Bernie isn't afraid, and with the help of his friends, Suzie and Lenny, they embark on a rescue so daring no god would ever consider it. They will search the woods, and, if necessary, they will even search the deadly area beyond The Town known as the Unknown Territory.

It's a fascinating tale of a most unusual hero on a courageous quest.



Bernie and the Lost Girl is the second book of Steve LeBel to be published by Argon Press, it's a prequel to Bernie and the Putty, taking place just before he graduates and heads off to his first, real job.

Bernie  and the Lost Girl gives a deeper look into the world of the gods and proves even gods and be 'fraidy cats. Anything outside their literal circles of existence is unknown, undesirable, and absolutely terrifying. With all their imaginative capabilities, the wide array of creatures haunting the shadows of their hand crafted worlds, the gods cannot imagine, nor have any desire to discover, whatever lies beyond the edge of the forrest.

But a young girls life may depend on doing just that and Bernie can't stand by and watch as her parents fall to pieces searching for her. 

Bernie shows what he's made of in this story of overcoming fear and true friendship. This book is a great opportunity to see what lies beyond the forrest and why the gods are so afraid of the unknown! Who made the gods? Why has history been left unrecorded? What in the world lies beyond the Forrest??? 

I have a feeling all these mysteries will be unraveled as the series continues. There's so much left to be said.

If you haven't read Bernie and the Putty yet, you can start with either book. They're easily stand alone books and you can't go wrong with either option.


To Purchase a Copy of Bernie and the Lost Girl, Click Here

Interested in reading more about the world of the gods? Check out my review of the first book in the series below, Bernie and the Putty published last year. 

For Book Reviewers, you can request copies of The Universe Builders from Argon Press








4 stars

Gods are not simply born with amazing gifts and abilities. Well, I suppose they are, but that doesn't mean they can use them right away. They must be trained to use their powers appropriately and to their fullest potential (a.k.a. they go to school). They grow and learn and make mistakes until they are competent enough to find their place in a world full of gods with amazing potential where they will settle down and ride out eternity in peace and prosperity. All gods that is, except for Bernie.

Bernie is a young god just out of school looking for a universe building career. His father was one of the greats, winning award after award for his amazing building skills creating worlds beyond any gods wildest dreams. Having tasted success, Bernie's father left him and his mother behind forcing him and his mother to move to the outskirts of the cities into the poorest of neighborhoods. To top off being fatherless and poor, Bernie has a chaos cloud that does just that; Creates chaos. Bernie tries to control his cloud, he accepts his and his mothers situation and he works his little god butt off to rise to the top to save his mother from destitution.

Upon graduating with a builders degree, the most coveted degree in their world, he immediately applies for a builders position. His chaos cloud, doing what it does best, makes a mess of his appearance forcing his interviewer to second guess giving Bernie a position with their company. Luckily, Bernie does have one friend who convinces Ezrah to give Bernie the chance he desperately needs.

Bernie's first assignment at his new job is to build whatever he wants. Anything he can imagine he is given free range to do. Problem is, his new position and promise of a happy life is being compromised by an old school mate, Billy (who I can adamantly and fiercely say I hate with a passion) who still holds a grudge over a fight back in school he brought upon himself. Out of vanity for his slightly scarred face (courtesy of The Fight) and from pure evil desire to use his Uncle Shemal's high position with the company, Billy creates an influence over fellow coworkers to get what he wants. And what he wants is to ruin Bernie's life.


Get ready to grind your teeth and churn your stomach acid into ulcers as you sit back and beg for Bernie to succeed. The constant sabotage Billy bestows upon poor Bernie will make you want to carve another scar into his face. But Bernie has allies! Hold out hope for his friends. Bernie and the Putty has a very unique story to tell full of deep characters wonderfully flawed and real. I believe there is more to the story than we are shown (Mr. LeBel does offer a short story of Bernie and Billy's fight that I can't wait to read) and I would love to go deeper into the world of the gods. Where DO the gods come from? Who gave them unending life and youth? Where do the worlds go that are blinked out? Bernie has so many questions left to answer and I hope we have the opportunity to discover the secrets behind the gods.

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