Mini Review: Claus: Legend of the Fat Man and The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski

This summer was a summer of change.  My husband semi-retired in June and we moved from Louisiana to Alabama.  July our two oldest grandchildren moved in with us. 
During this time of transition, I have done a lot of reading.  I found a new genre that I simply adore.  I read sequels to the books I have waited patiently   (not really)  to be published.  I have been introduced , thru reading, to new authors like: Karen Cantwell, Stephanie Bond, Barbra Annieno, and Tony Bertauski just to name a few.
The first set of books I want to tell you about are written by Tony Bertauski Claus: Legend of the Fat Man and The Annihilation of Foreverland.

Claus: Legend of the Fat Man:
In 1818, William Perry commanded the ship, Alexander into the Artic region.  Upon returning to England, it was reported that three of his crew members had gone missing during a stop to Baffin Bay.
While the missing crew members appeared to be acquaintances,  there were rumors that they were actually related.  One deckhand claimed to know where they had gone....the North Pole.
I loved this book!!!  Christmas is one of my favorite holidays.  I was excited when I stumbled upon this book.  Mr. Bertauski delivers an awesome new approach on the creation of Santa Claus.  His characters are intense, full of emotion and have a determination of any community fighting for their freedom.  I love a book that hooks me in the beginning and carries me thru every twist and turn to deliver me at the end totally satisfied  with the ride, smiling.  So put on your parkas people, it's going to be a icy ride!!!!

The Annihilation of Foreverland
When kids show up on the island, they're told there was an accident.  Before they can go home, they will visit Foreverland, an alternate reality that will heal their minds.
Reed dreams of a girl that tells him to resist Foreverland.  He doesn't remember her name, but he remembers he loved her once.  He will have to endure great suffering and trust he is not insane.
Danny Boy, the new arrival, meets Reed's dream girl inside Foreverland.  She is stuck inside the fantasy land that no kid can resist.  Where every hearts desire is satisfied.    Why would anyone care how Foeverland work?
Great story.  Kind of like Peter Pan gone horribly wrong.  The characters are strong.  The action is robust and there are twists and turns around every corner.  Never a dull moment from cover to cover.