Why I Read It:
This is the book of the moment, the latest Great American Novel. Plus
I liked The Corrections back in the day when Franzen was dissing Oprah
Where I Obtained the Book: I picked this up at my local public library.
and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul, the
gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods
generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you
where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to
actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife
of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter (environmental lawyer, commuter
cyclist, total family man) she was doing her small part to build a
better world. But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a
mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively
Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big
Coal? What exactly is Richard Katz rocker and Walter's college best
friend and rival still doing in the picture? Most of all, what has
happened to Patty? Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become a
very different kind of neighbor an implacable Fury coming unhinged
before the street's attentive eyes? In his first novel since The
Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love
and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations
and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken
compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy
weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's
characters as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more
confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving
portrait of our time.
I liked this book. While I saw in reviews it had some deeper meanings
about America in a post 9-11 world, this book worked for me as a
dissection of a relationship, the story of a family. I believe that any
two people who want to be together AND are committed to the
relationship can succeed. Some of those relationships just take a hell
of lot more work than others. This story delves into a relationship
where one spouse, with the best of intentions, entered into the marriage
without being committed. Patty Bergland sought to break free from
confining parents, an abused past, a mentally ill best friend, and a
frustrated life and married a nice guy who she didn't love 100 percent.
Her husband spent his life energy trying to make up that difference
until he just couldn't.
I liked is just when you think Franzen had broken down the marriage to
its component parts, he breaks it down even more. His ability to expose
the core truth of a relationship and a family is what makes him a
genius. I have seen where some people are made uncomfortable by
Franzen's writing; or they dismiss it as puerile nonsense. I think it
is because in some ways they can see the realities of their own
relationships in it. The danger of becoming complacent with the others
in our life and having them just slip away due to small negligences
before they can be saved. A great marriage requires great work, every
If you want a fantastic read and an on-target analysis of a family, then Freedom is for you.
Author Biography: Jonathan
Franzen was born in Western Springs, Illinois on August 17, 1959. He
graduated from Swarthmore College in 1981, and went on to study at the
Freie University in Berlin as a Fulbright scholar. He worked in a
seismology lab at Harvard University's Department of Earth and Planetary
Sciences after graduation. His
works include The Twenty-Seventh City (1988), Strong Motion (1992), How
to Be Alone (2002), and The Discomfort Zone (2006). The Corrections
(2001) won a National Book Award and the 2002 James Tait Black Memorial
Prize for fiction. He also won a Whiting Writers' Award in 1988 and the
American Academy's Berlin Prize in 2000. He is also a frequent
contributor to Harper's and The New Yorker.
Title: The Danger In Daring A Lady (Naughty Girls #4)
Author: Emma Locke
Stars: 4 out of 5
masterpiece in the telling. Lord Darius Alexander or Dare as he prefers
to be called meets his match in Caitlin Hart, a land rich but penniless
farm owner he meets in a card game in Gloucestershire. While trying to
earn back his brother's draft for 100 pounds he finds an inner peace and
happiness. However, as in all good romance stories there is agnst,
overwhelming sexual attraction, and vices to overcome before true
happiness can be achieved. The reader should also recognize the
underlying fight against addiction (in this case gambling) which is the
cornerstone of this story.
I gave it four stars for content and readability. If you enjoy historical romance this book should be on your must read list.
I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.
A WAGER HE CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE Devil-may-care
rogue Lord Darius Alexander can’t resist a wager. When a game of cards
is suggested at the remote inn where he’s stopped for the night, he
antes up his family’s savings, certain his Town bronze will give him the
advantage. He never expects to lose his fortune to the irritatingly
confident, uncommonly beautiful hoyden daring to play with the men. …Nor
does he expect to lose his heart.
A WOMAN HE DOESN'T DESERVE TO WIN Caitlin
Hart is known for her good sense. When a ridiculous reprobate tosses
his savings onto the gaming table, she doesn’t hesitate to divest him of
it. But Lord Dare won’t accept defeat like a gentleman. He suggests a
compromise, and before long the handsome scoundrel is working back his
losses on her small farm. But her neatly plowed fields might be too
close for her heart’s content, for soon she finds herself wondering if
she can dare him to stay forever when the last of his coin is tucked
safely into his pocket.
About The Author:
Emma Locke is a writer and
engineer living in the Pacific Northwest, where she loves hiking with
her dog, hot yoga and riding out the annual 330 days of rain. Hiking and
yoga give her time to plot, the lack of sun makes for perfect writing
weather, and as for her day job, the dichotomy seems to work: her
analytic side ensures her passionate, satisfying love stories don't
mulch under her bed, and her author side forces her to keep writing
more. You can Like Emma on Facebook at facebook.com/AuthorEmmaLocke or check out her books and appearances at www.emmalocke.com.
Being a mom is one of the hardest job I have ever had and I once cleaned guys dorm rooms in college.
Every day is different with different challanges.
Example: 7 yo daughter: "Mom can I have more chips." ME: "No you can't have anymore." 7 Year Old daughter: (running to her room in tears." Me: (A very confused and lost look as I follow my daughter to her room) "Whats wrong?" 7 Year old with lots of tears running down her face: "What did I do mom? Why can't I have chips anymore." Me: "Kiddo you can have the chips just not today. I will put a bag in your lunch tomorrow for school." 7 YO: "So I can still have chips?" Me: "Yes tomorrow for lunch." 7YO: "OK." Leaves her room as if nothing happened.
Title: Hollywood on Tap Sweet Salvation Brewery #2
Author: Avery Flynn
Stars 5 out of 5
Sean O’Dell has found a love and its Sweet Salvation Brewery but he also
has a secret he would like to keep hidden at one point he was Hollywood
Heartthrob but left it all behind to find something he loved creating
the perfect beer.
Natalie Sweet comes home to help her older sister run Sweet Salvation
Brewery with her endless clip boards, flow charts, sweater sets and her
crazy way she can get anyone organized even the walking destroy Sean
Avery Flynn creates an entertaining over the top romantic mystery that I
was unable to put down until I finished the book. Natalie is a triplet
who just happens to have enough anxiety issues to drive a normal person
insane. When a person starts to sabotages her brewery she tries to keep
her head on she shoulders even though her anxiety is fighting to keep
her locked in her office. Instead of hiding away she and Sean work hard
to discover who is trying to destroy her lively hood and his dream of
creating the perfect blended beer. I love the way the Avery Flynns
created fun banter between Natalie and Sean and I will admit it even had
me smiling and laughing.
I loved that Sean walked away from the lime light and his mystery of why
was compelling and believable again creating characters who came alive
on the page.
This was my first book in the Sweet Salvation Series and I plan on picking up book one and I can’t wait to read Olivia’s Story.
Bought after recommended by another Author. Thanks Heidi
years, Sean O’Dell has hidden his past as a Hollywood heartthrob from
everyone at the Sweet Salvation Brewery. However, the arrival of nosey
efficiency expert Natalie Sweet threatens the status quo. It doesn’t
help that with her glasses, buttoned-up sweaters and always pulled-back
hair that she’s uncovered one secret already: His attraction for hot
has had enough of the strong-and-silent Sean submarining her efforts to
change the brewery for the better. She’s ready to do whatever it takes
to make her vision a reality, even if that means taking down the
pig-headed and too-hot-for-his-own-good brewmaster.
attraction battles stubborn determination as Natalie and Sean go head
to head in a battle that’s anything but business as usual.
Title: Switcheroo Gideon Oliver #18 Author: Aaron Elkins Stars 4 out of 5 Review:
brilliant mystery novel that takes place on the island of Jersey. It
has it's beginning at the onset of WWII and the partial evacuation of
families from the island. That is followed by a murder and
murder/suicide among the same families. Gideon is invited to Jersey to
examine some partial remains and resolves the mystery plus and
additional murder which takes place.
I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone seeking
a cozy mystery for light reading. I have read other books by this
author in the same series.
I gave it a four star rating.
I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.
The Skeleton Detective is back.
cold case dating from the 1960s draws forensic anthropologist Gideon
Oliver to the Channel Islands decades later to shine a light on the
mysterious connection between two men who died there on the same night.
as young boys by their fathers during the Nazi occupation, wealthy
Roddy Carlisle and middle-class George Skinner had some readjusting to
do after the war ended—but their lives remained linked through work,
trouble with the law, and finally, it would seem, through murder.
expects that Gideon’s modern-day investigation will turn up fresh
bodies. But old bones tell many tales, and the Skeleton Detective has to
be at his sharpest to piece together the truth before the body count
mounts still higher.
Declared “a series that never disappoints” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Gideon Oliver mystery series is highly recommended for fans of Agatha Christie and Kathy Reichs.
About The Author:
Aaron J. Elkins AKA Aaron
Elkins (born Brooklyn July 24, 1935) is an American mystery writer. He
is best known for his series of novels featuring forensic anthropologist
Gideon Oliver—the 'skeleton detective'. The fourth Oliver book, Old
Bones, received the 1988 Edgar Award for Best Novel. As Oliver is a
world-renowned authority, he travels around the world and each book is
set in a different and often exotic locale.
In another series, the protagonist is museum curator Chris Norgren, an expert in Northern Renaissance art.
One of his stand-alone thrillers, Loot deals with art stolen by the Nazis and introduces protagonist Dr. Benjamin Revere.
With his wife, Charlotte Elkins,
he has also co-written a series of golf mysteries about LPGA member Lee
Ofsted. They shared an Agatha Award for their short story "Nice
Aaron and Charlotte live on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.
I know it is a right of passage as a mother to sit in the bathroom and be questioned by her toddler on her bathroom skills work.
I know you are wondering why don't I just lock the door?
Good questions well honestly it started of with one day I locked the door enjoying the peace and sernity when all of a sudden I head a loud crash and the toddler screaming. in my panic I had forgotten I had locked the door and in the very seconds I thought the very worst.
The toddler was on the floor surrounded by crafts I had put in the center of the table trying to keep him from touching.
I never wanted to feel that panic so I stopped locking the door but at the time my toddler couldn't open the door so he would stick his cute little fingers under the door saysing.
"Momma I need you. Momma I love you. Momma why." The peace I was looking for was again lost!
Now my toddler is turning 3 in May and he opens the door wide for all the world to see. He questions me on my bathroom stills and why it takes so long.
You might be thinking perfect time to potty train. HAHAHAHAH you don't know my kids.
My oldest Potty trained at 3 1/2 and he gave himself a time table too. NO JOKE!
First I will pee in the potty and maybe my but I will definably poop in it. Than when all the diapers are gone I will wear a pull up during the day and a diaper at night just in case. I will again try to poop in the potty. Than when pull ups are all gone I will do everything in the potty.
Guess what that is how he did it for one month!
My kids talk at very early ages it is so cree0py but I love them.
Number 2 came home from Disneyland a week after she turned 3 looked at me and said
"I am never wearing one of theses again." She threw her diapers away and never once had an accident.
Number 3 which I head would be the easiest HA Wrong! She was 3 going on 4 when she finally potty trained and that was because we told her she couldn't go to preschool until she had been potty trained a full year.
Number 4 has yet to show any interest in the potty unless it is me going potty.
So the bathroom is far from the place I hide from my kids. Everyone says I will miss the day when my kids no longer want to talk to me in the bathroom. When and if that day happens you are all more than welcome to say "I TOLD YOU SO!"
AS for right now I dream for that day to come with open arms. To Poop and Pee ALONE HEAVENLY.
I will admit I love to change things up I mean I think my hair is a new color every 8-10 weeks. Right now its has way took much brown for my liking and I will go with Cooper Red with blonde and purple highlights next time!
I love the title of the blog and that isn't going to change it is more the layout and pictures. Please throw some ideas out on what you would like to see changed?
More blog tours, Blog hopes, guest post, contest, more or less on silly life. Throw out idea and let me know what you as reader, authors and publishers would love to see. This blog is for me but it is more for those who are following.
Comment on this post!
Heid and Doug the crazy parents of 4 amazing and equally crazy children.
This is a darling little mystery set in an old English
manor house. It begins with an accidentally death during World War II
which is covered up by the perpetrator. It is uncovered by our intrepid
American/English gardener who during the course of her investigation
resolves other dormant mysteries surrounding several of the local
I have read other books by this author and was not
disappointed by this offering. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys
a relative non violent mystery.
I give it a 4 star rating.
USA Today bestselling
author Marty Wingate’s Potting Shed series continues as expert gardener
Pru Parke digs up a Nazi warplane—and a fresh murder.
transplant Pru Parke has put down roots in England, but she never
dreamed she’d live in a grand place such as Greenoak. When her former
employers offer Pru and her new husband, former Detective Chief
Inspector Christopher Pearse, the use of their nineteenth-century estate
while they’re away for a year, she jumps at the chance. Sweetening the
deal is the prospect of further bonding with her long-lost brother,
Simon, who happens to be Greenoak’s head gardener. But the majestic
manor has at least one skeleton in its closet—or, rather, its garden.
on renovations to the extensive grounds, siblings Pru and Simon
squabble about everything from boxwood to bay hedges. But when the
removal of a half-dead tree turns up the wreckage of a World War II–era
German fighter plane and a pile of bones, the arguments stop. That is,
until a rival from Simon’s past pays a surprise visit and creates even
more upheaval. It’s suddenly clear someone is unhappy their secrets have
been unearthed. Still, Pru’s not about to sit back and let Simon take
the fall for the dirty deed without a fight.
About The Author:
Marty Wingate is a
Seattle-based writer and speaker about gardens and travel. She is the
author of the Potting Shed mysteries from Random House/Alibi, about Pru
Parke, middle-aged American gardener who moves to England and digs up
more than weeds. The first two in the series are The Garden Plot and The
Red Book of Primrose House, followed by the third in late summer 2015.
Her new cozy mystery series, Birds of a Feather, begins in June 2015
with The Rhyme of the Magpie. You can hear Marty on the podcast A Dry
Rain, free from iTunes and always available at adryrain.net. She leads
garden tours to European and North American destinations.
wow, wow, I don’t even know how to tell you that I loved this book. It
was fantastic, I wanted to keep reading
but I didn’t want it to end either. The
closer I got to the end the slower I started to read, I wanted to know
would happen but I also knew that with this sort of book that the ending
really only be another beginning. I saw
myself in these pages and it was fascinating and really made me double
take often. Was this book about me? Well NO, but WOW…..or did I say
that already? I hope this is expressing how much I enjoyed this book.
5 Stars +.
The struggle in this
book for me was who to hate, and who to cheer for or against. I wanted to hate Eric and then I wanted to
hug him. Whose side should I take? That is the problem with couple relationships
especially in a divorce situation…who do you get to keep in the divorce of your
good friends? What a pain that you can’t
keep them both. Well this book is
wonderful, thought provoking, well written, amazing and WOW. You need to read this book if you are
married, or in a long term relationship, or thinking of being in either in the
future. This book will open your eyes and
let you know- you are not the only one in how you feel alone in a room full of people
you know. You are worried about you and everyone else is worried about themselves and who can you talk to?
Read this book
especially if it is the only one you read this month. I am still thinking about Eve and Eric and I
finished this book a week ago.
Kids, work, church, friends, enemies, spouses, family members and every other
thing in your life that pulls your attention is in this book. How do you decide what is the most important
and what you can let go? That is the
question for the ages and I have no answers for you. Read this book and see yourself and how maybe
you can figure out what is truly important before it is gone….for good.
Synopsis: From the editor of the New York Times
bestselling essay anthology The Bitch in the House and the novel Sweet Ruin
comes a compelling domestic drama about a woman who must hold her family
together after her husband disappears.It is every woman’s nightmare—or fondest
dream. Her husband leaves to drive the babysitter home and doesn’t return. Thus
begins Gone, Cathi Hanauer’s sexy, tension-filled new novel. For the past fourteen years, Eve Adams has
worked part-time while raising her two children and emotionally supporting her
sculptor husband, Eric, through his early fame and success. Now, at forty-two, she
suddenly finds herself with a growing career of her own—even as Eric’s career
sinks deeper into the slump it slipped into a few years ago. After a dinner at a local restaurant to
celebrate Eve’s success, Eric drives the babysitter home and, simply, doesn’t
come back. Eve must now shift the family in possibly irreparable ways, forcing
her to realize that competence in one area of life doesn’t always keep things
from unraveling in another. Gone is a
novel about change and about redefining, in middle age, everything from one’s
marriage to one’s career to one’s role as a best friend, parent, and spouse. It
is a novel about passion and forgiveness and knowing when to let something go
and when to fight to hold onto it; about learning to say goodbye—but, if you’re
lucky, not forever.
Author Biography: Cathi Hanauer is the
author of the novels My Sister’s Bones and Sweet Ruin and the editor of the New
York Times bestselling essay anthology The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell
the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage. Her articles,
essays, and/or criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Elle, O, The
Oprah Magazine, Glamour, Self, Parenting, Whole Living, and other magazines. She
lives with her family in western Massachusetts. Visit her online at
Title: Haunted - Foot Work Author: Chuck Palahniuk Stars: 4 out of 5
A Friend suggested this book to me but because I was back log with so many other books she had me listen to the Foot Work one day. I was blown away but this story it was so haunting and tragic. I haven't read the book from the beginning only the synopsis. The premise is very much a macabre parody of human endeavor. Life, suffer and death in some of the most horrific ways. Foot Work is about two women who learned that aromatherapy, feng shui,reflexology, acupuncture and aura can kill people if done right or wrong. One woman Lentil used her gifts to enhance sexual pleasure without having to anything but massage feet. Making thousands of dollar. She brings in her friend who hasn't earned a lot of money from just practicing "traditional" reflexology. Soon it goes from sexual pleasure to killing people for the Russian Mob. When Lentil decides she is done with this path in life the writer Mother Nature learns her friend was killed with a bullet. The story is dark but at the same time pulls the reader in with every descriptive word. I never listen to autobooks because my mind becomes easily distracted however this story pulled me in and I couldn't stop listening. I have read that each story gets darker and human nature we all hold back comes alive in horrific and deadly ways. I don't think I will read the book as a whole but find certain stories to read.
Synopsis: Haunted is a novel made
up of stories: twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious,
mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter.
are told by the people who have all answered an ad headlined 'Artists
Retreat: Abandon your life for three months'. They are led to believe
that here they will leave behind all the distractions of 'real life'
that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them. But
'here' turns out to be a cavernous and ornate old theater where they
are utterly isolated from the outside world - and where heat and power
and, most importantly, food are in increasingly short supply. And the
more desperate the circumstances become, the more desperate the stories
they tell - and the more devious their machinations to make themselves
the hero of the inevitable play/movie/non-fiction blockbuster that will
certainly be made from their plight.
About The Author:
Written in stolen moments under truck chassis and on park benches to a soundtrack of The Downward Spiral and Pablo Honey, Fight Club came into existence. The adaptation of Fight Club
was a flop at the box office, but achieved cult status on DVD. The
film’s popularity drove sales of the novel. Chuck put out two novels in
1999, Survivor and Invisible Monsters. Choke,
published in 2001, became Chuck’s first New York Times bestseller.
Chuck’s work has always been infused with personal experience, and his
next novel, Lullaby, was no exception. Chuck credits writing Lullaby with helping him cope with the tragic death of his father. Diary and the non-fiction guide to Portland, Fugitives and Refugees, were released in 2003. While on the road in support of Diary, Chuck began reading a short story entitled 'Guts,' which would eventually become part of the novel Haunted.
In the years that followed, he continued to write, publishing the bestselling Rant, Snuff, Pygmy, Tell-All, a 'remix' of Invisible Monsters, Damned, and most recently, Doomed.
also enjoys giving back to his fans, and teaching the art of
storytelling has been an important part of that. In 2004, Chuck began
submitting essays to ChuckPalahniuk.net on the craft of writing. These
were 'How To' pieces, straight out of Chuck's personal bag of tricks,
based on the tenants of minimalism he learned from Tom Spanbauer. Every
month, a “Homework Assignment” would accompany the lesson, so Workshop
members could apply what they had learned. (all 36 of these essays can
currently be found on The Cult's sister-site, LitReactor.com).
in 2009, Chuck increased his involvement by committing to read and
review a selection of fan-written stories each month. The best stories
are currently set to be published in Burnt Tongues, a forthcoming anthology, with an introduction written by Chuck himself.
His next novel, Beautiful You, is due out in October 2014.
Author: Lisa L. Phillips
Stars 5 out of 5
This review is written by my 5 year old daughter.
I can read but not great. This book has awesome pictures of a dog and I love looking at all the pictures. My older sister 7 year old read the book to me at bed time. It is really fun book and can't stop looking at the pictures.
Thank you to Lisa L. Phillips and Claudine Wolk for for a copy of the book.
I love getting my kids books in the mail because they first love mail and second love reading. This books is really fun because the author Lisa L. Phillips isn't just the author but the photographer each picture tells the story just as much as the words do. At the end of the book is a recipes for Dawg Cookies.
Fast fun read for the entire family.
Things that should never happen over spring break.
1. Lice over spring break (Thank havens that was last year.)
2. Mother being sick.
3. Father being sick at the same time Mother is sick.
4. Yard work that causes Parents to get sick.
5. Mother and Father unable to sleep for some unknown reason.
As you can see the 14 days of spring break has started off with lots of fun. Doug IE Father decided he wanted to get grass to grow in the backyard so he rented a rotor thingy the kids were simply amazed at the machine and wanted to help. So they moved dirt around and sprayed water on the rock/dirt to help dig up the ground. Now if I could only get the kids to work that hard in their bedrooms We would have a clean house.
The day after the dirt was moved around I can down with a cold/allergies that has left me sounding like a teenage boy. For the first time in almost ten years I bought Sudafed and did you know you have to buy it behind the counter? I didn't because that is how long it has been since I have bought any sinus medication due to the fact I was either pregnant, trying to get pregnant or nursing.
Its amazing what a difference over the counter medication can due for sinus headache its Wonderful!
Yes its is wonderful after 10 years of relying on my body to just go though the processes I am finally able to take medication again that works.
In a nutshell mothers should never be able to get sick and they should never be allowed to be sick as the same time as dad ie Father.
So back to the please forgive me for lack of reviews.
Review: I’m really not into teen\young adult books but I'm so happy I read this book.
At first I thought the book reminded me of Hunger Games because both worlds have Districts and Hunger Games had the Games and Perception
has the Campaign. The difference is how the heroin finds her freedom or
her perception of freedom. It also has the fantasy of Philip Pullman His Dark Materials with the connection between Human and ingenium animal and the unconditional love the human and ingenium have for one another.
first few chapters were a little confusing and I wasn't sure what was
going on and how the animals (ingenium) and people worked, to be honest
I’m still not sure I completely understand even after I finished reading
the book. I have to be honest and tell you I was quite lost at one
time and just hope that the author will clarify the connection in her
next book. At times I would get lost and have to reread the section
because the action of the character didn't seem to fit or work with the
scene presented in of the book, but I loved the story. Heather is a
fantastic story teller.
loved the idea of ingenium in this case a tiger and being able to
telepathically communicate with them at all times. I also loved the
fact that ingenium couldn't lie but could only communicate though what
they saw as their perception. The love between the human and ingenuim
is beautiful and I wish sometimes I could see myself the way others see
loved the heroin of the book Ardana and her ingenium Rijan. She was
feisty, insecure about herself, strong, doesn't take no for an answer
and tries so hard to right wrongs. She has a twin brother Kade and they
telepathically communicate with each other and their ingenium. In the
begining of the book Kade and Ardana were never allowed to be alone with
one another, we see how their relationship changes when they are
constantly with one another. Their connection is beautiful and yet a
painful bond as they feel each other’s passions, loss and desires.
is romance in the book but it is fun to read and I have to admit when
Ardana wasn't sure of her feelings I wanted to yell " How could you NOT
love this guy? I love this guy." the romance is made for teenagers so
there isn't anything inappropriate.
There are several themes that float though the book; What is freedom, What is truth, Unconditional love, Choice and Perception?Ardana explores each of these themes though-out the
book and when she finds the answer to the question we learn a little
more about her and slowly fall in love with this character. The author
had me asking myself the same question of what is freedom and what
choices would I make if I was Ardana. I never felt the connection with Hunger Games as I feel with Perception.
all the popularly of young adult books and how many seem to be a knock
off of another I find this book refreshing because it is its own story
and book. There are sword fights, death match, romance with realistic
charm, and amazing characters you will fall in love with.
Give this book a try you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait for the next one.
Thank you Heidi for this review..Heidi is a regular guest reviewer with us.
Publisher: Published June 29th 2011 by Heather Cashman
Pages: Kindle Version 294 pages
Quick Review: 4 ½ Stars out of 5.
Why I Read it:
The author was looking for reviewers to read his book, I am a guest
blogger here and so Lisa asked if I would take a look at this book.
Where I Obtained the Book: Sent by the author.
Synopsis:Your perception will sharpen once you see through a tiger's eyes. More
than five hundred years after the apocalypse, the survivors of off-grid
genetic experimentation have refined their mixed DNA to the point that
humans and their animal counterparts share physical and mental links.
Varying species have divided into districts, living in a tenuous peace
under the President of Calem.
and her tiger ingenium Rijan leave their life of exile and abuse in the
Outskirts, setting out with their twin brothers to redeem themselves
and become citizens of the Center. But shedding their past isn't as easy
as they had hoped. When the system that shunned them becomes embroiled
in political conflict and treachery, their unique abilities and
experiences from the Outskirts make them invaluable to every faction.
The runaways become pawns to friends as well as enemies, and with every
step it becomes more difficult to tell which is which.
I write because I have to. That’s the reality of it. When more than a
few days go by and I haven’t had time to get into the story (because of
editing, formatting, family, etc.), I get depressed, irritable, lonely
in a crowd. It is something I can’t quite explain to anyone, least of
all myself. It just happens. It also happens between stories. I have
more than one series that I am writing, and if I stay too long in Calem
without visiting Brynne and Jaxon in my Shifter Series, the same thing
happens on a lesser scale. Once their stories are done, I can move on
with my writing, but have to go back occasionally and read it. Or decide
to write a prequel. (What am I thinking?)
than write, I like to spend time with my kids, since it seems so
fleeting. They are my best friends. We do everything together. We have
TV marathons, go to the mall, bake, take long walks, listen to audio
books while putting together puzzles, and generally torment one another
with our idiosyncrasies the way all best friends should from time to
am learning to play the piano with my son. I’m not very good at it, but
I’ve heard that if you keep learning new things until the day you die,
you can fend off Alzheimer’s. I occasionally take a Latin Lesson or two.
have a garden that takes me back to the reality of where I came from,
where I will eventually return, and reminds me to make the most of the
in between. I also love the feeling of harvest, the law of reaping what
one has sown. It is a feeling of accomplishment and communion with the
earth that makes me feel grounded.
Doug and I went to a animal shelter the other night and saw some of the most beautiful little puppies. Each one screamed buy me and it was hard walking away empty handed.
HOWEVER the best part is for a small donation I can have some puppy cuddle time whenever I need it because I knew if I had brought home the Border Collie mix I would have had two kids screaming and refusing to be anywhere near the dog and the other two so excited the little guy would go into hiding.
Spring Break has started and for most parents it is a week of not having to get up early, a week of easy going and a week of fun.
Well we have a modified school year so the one week is really 14 school days. Since my four kids have no idea what it means to sleep in Doug is up at the crack of dawn. As you can see I didn't say we were up at the crack of dawn because my kids know not to disturb the beast until 6:50am otherwise they will have a really rough day with a very grouchy mom.
Happy I don't have the homework fight however I have only changed that for the "I don't know what I want lunch or the I am not going to eat that for lunch."
Thankfully they love Museums, the library and we have enough friends around I can send them away for a few hours. I bribe other moms with yummy chocolate treats just so I can have a few minutes of peace. Brownies, Oreo cookies and cookies dough mix. Heavenly.
Bribes also work for my son who will babysit for a pack of Pokemon cards.
With all that said please forgive for the next 2 weeks as I struggle to find a good hiding place to read and another one to blog the books I have read.
interesting tale regarding Israel and many lost relics from Christ’s
time. I found the story fast paced with great flow. Biblical
Archeology is a form of study I didn’t know existed and yet it makes
complete sense. Why not have a group out there to study the Bible by
finding artifacts that point to its truth and exsistance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_archaeology
story followed a group of archeologists as they interpreted a found
copper scroll to help them find the lost temple artifacts. Intrigue and
suspense keep you reading and turning the page. Bad guys around every
corner and even in their own camp. This is also a story of faith lost
and found. I enjoyed the ideas presented in this book and yet I have
to say that the very end was not where I hoped it would go and at the
same time I was a bit confused…oh well you can’t always get everything.
you enjoy mysteries and especially religious based ones, you will
really enjoy this book. The ending did not detract from the story as a
last dig. One final descent into the twisted tunnels of ancient
Jerusalem. Will the truth be found among the treasures that lie beneath
the holy city?
David Chambers, a distinguished archaeologist, has spent his
professional career uncovering the facts in the artifacts. His work sets
the standard for biblical research in the Holy Land. But surrounded by
the evidence, David has sunk into an abyss of doubt and a painful
experience with a seemingly unresponsive God has left him without hope.
old friend and mentor reaches out to David, enticing him with the
riches described in the enigmatic Copper Scroll. Losing ground with his
peers, his fiancé Amber, and his faith, David Chambers has a choice to
make. Will he undertake one final dig to unlock a secret that could
alter the course of history? Do the secrets of the Old Testament hold
the key to the political turmoil of the Middle East?
a world where faith has been eclipsed by the allure of doubt, The
Scroll offers a different journey: a pulse-pounding adventure to find
truth worth dying for.
Author Biography: Grant
R. Jeffrey is an internationally known author of more than twenty
bestsellers and the editor of the Marked Reference Prophecy Study Bible.
Recognized as one of the world's leading teachers of prophecy and an
intelligent defense of the Christian faith, Jeffrey appears frequently
on television and radio throughout the world. He studied at Philadelphia
College of the Bible before entering the business world. Later he
earned his masters and Ph.D. degrees in biblical literature from
Louisiana Baptist University. He and his wife, Kaye, live near Toronto
where they serve in full-time ministry.
L. Gansky is the author of eight popular novels, including A Ship
Possessed, Terminal Justice, and his newest release, Distant Memory. He
is also the senior pastor of High Desert Baptist Church in Phelan,
California, where he has served for more than a decade. He and his wife,
Becky, are the parents of three college-aged children. Photo not
Title: American Chillers #16 Alien Androids Assault on Arizona Author: Johnathan Rand Stars: 4.5 out of 5
I asked my son to review a book and he didn't want to write it out so I asked him some questions and he responded to them in his grumble. Gotta love 4th Graders Mom: What Did you love about the book? 9 Year old review : Pretty much all of it. How the characters think her teacher is an android but not one would believe her. Her teacher is an android. They fly in their teachers spaceship to the Alien planet 407X and how the air was breathable was pretty cool and how they got caught in a prison. Mom: What didn't you like about the book? 9 Year old Reviewer: Its not quite as good as some of my other books. Synopsis:
In Scottsdale Arizona Shelby Crusado has a sneaking suspicion she thinks her teacher is a robot but not one will believe her. About The Author: Christopher Wright is the author of dozens of horror fiction books for children and young adults. He writes under the pseudonyms Johnathan Rand and Christopher Knight. Almost all of Wright's books (save American Chillers) take place in his home state of Michigan.
This is a sweet romance with a little bit of mystery that brings two people who normally never meet together. I personally enjoy romance mystery novels that have a slow build up so that the romance is believable vs instra love that in the real world would fall apart. Casey is a strong female who can take care of herself and doesn't need anyone to look out for her. Max needs a place to take it easy while he heels from his recuperate from an injury sustained in the line of duty. They work well together and I enjoyed the simple banter in the book. It flowed well and the ending wasn't anything explosive but it fit perfectly to the novel.. This is a sweet, easy quick read for those who want to spend a lazy afternoon. AC from Netgalley. I will recommend this friends and family who want a clean Romance with just a little mystery.
Synopsis: Casey Morgan opened Hope
Ranch for troubled teens in a rural Texas community, but not everyone
welcomed her. The unexplained death of her security guard and other
disturbing activities prompts her to advertise for help to make her
ranch the safe haven she envisioned.
The lady pointing a rifle
at his head wasn’t the greeting Major Nathan “Max” Maxwell expected. Max
needed the job to give him a place to finish his recuperation before
returning to his Spec Ops team, but instead of the serenity he expected,
he walked into a web of deceit and danger.
Torn between his
growing feelings for Casey and his need to return to his team, Max
searches for the strength to help the beautiful ranch director. Casey
wasn’t looking for a man, especially one whose career choice didn’t mix
well with her life. Would Hope Ranch give them a chance to find a future
together? About the Author:
Fran McNabb grew up along the
beaches and islands of the Gulf Coast. After spending the first years of
marriage in Germany, she and her husband returned to the coastline to
raise their two sons. Today they live on a quiet bayou harbor and spend
much of the year boating and fishing. Fran earned both her B.S. and
her M.E. from the University of Southern Mississippi, and over the years
taught English and journalism as well as presided over writing
workshops for various organizations. This love of the English language
prompted her to write engaging romances, many of which are set along her
native coastline. She'd love to hear from her readers at http://www.FranNabb.com
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