Thursday, July 31, 2014

Seizure Review

This series is incredibly unrealistic, but fun. I have trouble believing that 14 year olds can get away with everything these four get away with. That said it is a great story with lots of twists and turns that keep you glued. It is smart and well written. I love that Tory is such a strong leader.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Frostbitten Review

Frostbitten is a fun, fast-moving YA novel. The author has created on interesting world in a small Canadian town with a history of werewolves. The main character is believable, and the plot contains some interesting twists.

While I found the main character believable I didn't always find her so likeable. She seems a bit bratty and the love story is too easy. That said I am sure there are many who would disagree with me!!

Overall Frostbitten is a well-written and interesting book.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Run has a trailer!!

Stars in Her Eyes Review

Stars in Her Eyes is a creative and well-written YA novel. The story line is unique and the author does some great world building. Personally I am not a big fan of alien stories so it was not a series that I myself would read any more of or recommend to anyone else. However, for those who are fans of fantasy/sci-fi with an alien story line I am sure they would like this book.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Devil Bones Review

The last few Temperance Brennan books I have read were just ok. I liked them but I didn't love them. Devil Bones makes me want to read more Kathy Reichs. I like my characters flawed and my story to keep me guessing. Devil Bones did both. Brennan is a great character because of her flaws. Her obsession with the case and her sorrow over loss make her a character I can relate to. The ending of Devil Bones was a surprise. I did not see it coming. My guess was completely wrong! Overall a great mystery/suspense with a twist ending.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review of Miriam

I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Miriam is a the story of a city in turmoil. The men of the Watch are charged with protecting the city of Miriam. Magic and mayhem put the city and the men of the Watch in peril.

There were several grammatical errors and typos which distracted me from the story. The book also ends with several threads unresolved. I assume that these will be resolved in a sequel. This is personal preference, but I prefer that each book in a series is a complete story that is a part of the larger whole.

That said Miriam is a great read for lovers of fantasy and horror. I think with a little polishing this could be a great book.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Review of Rise of the Trinity

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to like this book. I thought it was a great premise and that the author was very creative in her world building. This is a book about triplets who are separated from each other at birth. On their 15th birthday their father brings them together and shares that they have a destiny together to save the world from evil.
Rise of the Trinity started out really well and had a great part in the middle, but overall it left me disappointed. There were several grammatical errors and typos. The wrong names in the wrong place, of instead of or, and similar mistakes. I found the timeline to be very confusing. When the book starts the characters are all teenagers. Midway through the book they have their 15th birthday. At times the reader is told in the narrative that years have passed, but the action would not indicate this. It might be helpful to mark the changing of time for the readers so that they are not trying to put the pieces together.
I think this could be a good book I just think it needs a little polishing.


Saturday, July 12, 2014


So one of those things I love doing most is finding hidden treasures at yard sales, flea markets, or thrift stores. I found this tray at a thrift store.

As you can see it is pretty tarnished.
To start with I took a glass 9 x 13 pan and lined it with tin foil - shiny side up. Then I took one tablespoon of baking soda and one tablespoon of salt and put them in the pain on the foil. Then I poured boiling water into the pan. Dropped the tray in and gave it some time. When it came out it was still a little tarnished so I took some toothpaste and water and cleaned the tray with that.
This is how it came out.
I did a little research, and this is a 1940s condiment tray. I can't believe how well it came out!

The Seventh Sentinel Review

Yolanda Ramos has created a great world in the Seventh Sentinel. After losing his adopted father Cristiano finds out that he is a sentinel tasked with protecting holy artifacts. The story is interesting and the action is intense, particularly the last half of the book.

I probably would have rated this book higher, but it took me a while to really get into it. The first several chapters do a lot of world building. There were a lot of characters and ideas introduced. I found myself having to stop and think about who the book was talking about now.

In all The Seventh Sentinel is a well thought-out novel. It has great action and introduces and interesting world with unique problems and strengths.


Friday, July 11, 2014

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Run is a short mystery/suspense novel. So far reviews have called Run "an entertaining, quick read" with a "quirky" main character.


It’s ironic really, the chain of events that led me here, kneeling in the dirt with a gun to my head....
When Charlotte Marshall started research for a book the last thing she expected was to uncover a 30 year old mystery and end up in a fight for her life. A fight that would teach her the meaning of trust and just when to run.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Angel Experiment Review

The Angel Experiment was a quick, easy read. Patterson provides a great internal dialogue for the main character Max. The book ends with a lot of unanswered questions which I find frustrating, seems like a way to make a reader buy more books. In some ways it didn't feel like The Angel Experiment had its own story. Instead it seemed like part of a longer story that was cut short. If I compare this to Harry Potter, each story in that series was its own complete story. It's just my personal feeling but I get annoyed when I feel like authors are just trying to get me to read the next story. Finish this story then give me a sequel.
After that rant you may be surprised to hear that I did like the story. It was a good example of what it is, a quick, entertaining read.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Two for the Dough Review

This book was just fun. It read really fast, the characters are great, and I laughed out loud more than one. It's not a book to change the world, but then not every book has to. It does exactly what was intended. It entertains.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Help Review

The Help is an amazing book. I could not put it down. It made me laugh and it made me cry. Maybe most importantly it made me think. It is the kind of book that you don't forget.

The author does an amazing job in giving all of the women of the book a voice. I felt like I knew each and every one of them, and maybe that is the point I do know each and every one of them.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has not yet read it.

Review of Into the Veil

Jennifer R. McDonald has written an interesting and page-turning YA novel. The first sentence hooks you and the book flies by. She does a great job with world building by giving you just enough information without giving too much. It also helps that the main character is learning about the world as well as the readers so that the world building seems very natural.

There are some minor grammatical errors and unclear sentences. A few times I had to read a sentence more than once to figure out what was actually happening. The book also ends with a lot of loose ends which I personally find frustrating. I don't like it when each book in a trilogy can't stand on its own. That is just personal taste though and I am sure many others do like that.

Overall I really enjoyed Into the Veil and look forward to reading the second book. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who is a YA or fantasy fan.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Review of Bloodline

Bloodline by Tara Ellis is a great, fast-paced book. I stayed up late to finish the last few chapters because I just could not put it down. The story line is well thought out and detailed. I definitely found myself looking over my shoulder a few times as I read as the author created a great sense of tension.

There only reason I did not rate this book five stars was that I felt that the first chapter had a few too many info dumps and the last chapters seemed a bit rushed. This may have more to do with personal taste than anything else.

I really enjoyed reading Bloodlines and I will definitely recommend it my friends. I look forward to reading the sequel!

Bloodline (The Forgotten Origins Trilogy)

Happy 4th!!!

Happy 4th of July!! Hopefully you all are having a good one. I started today off with a parade. My nephews decorated their bikes to ride in the parade. So much fun to see them enjoying themselves!! Some people decorate their bikes so creatively. There was this one toddler whose stroller had been turned into a boat. Too cute!

Thursday, July 3, 2014


I have been working on the sequel to Run. At this point it is tentatively titled Stand. I thought I was almost done, but the characters weren't happy. Now I am rewriting. Hopefully they will be happy with the direction the writing is going now!