Kelly K. (kellylynne) - Reviews

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Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, Bk 1)
Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, Bk 1)
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/23/2006
Helpful Score: 2


An interesting read. Pretty typical of Mercedes Lackey--strong female character, lots of magic.

The main character, Talia, runs away from an arranged marriage at the age of thirteen. She's then Chosen by a magical companion and becomes a Herald, learning to use her telepathic abilities to protect the kingdom.

Definitely worth reading.


Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them
Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them
Author: Liz Curtis Higgs
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/20/2006
Helpful Score: 11


I like the way the author adds a touch of humor to the moral lessons here, and I love her reasons for writing the book: as a former "bad girl" herself, she just couldn't relate to the perfect, pious female role models in the Bible, and instead found herself sympathizing more with the bad girls. Each chapter starts with a modernized version of the bad girl's story, followed by a discussion of where they went wrong and what a modern Christian can learn from their examples.


Been There, Haven't Done That : A Virgin's Memoir
Been There, Haven't Done That : A Virgin's Memoir
Author: Tara McCarthy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/11/2006


A very funny and interesting autobiography.


Building Classroom Discipline (7th Edition)
Building Classroom Discipline (7th Edition)
Author: Carol M. Charles
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 6/11/2006


A pretty helpful resource, especially for newer teachers or student teachers who are struggling to get control of a class. It contains an overview of many different educators' writings, philosophies, etc. on discipline.


The Heart of a Teacher: Collected Thoughts on a Noble Calling
The Heart of a Teacher: Collected Thoughts on a Noble Calling
Author: Ruth Anne Muir
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/11/2006


This book is full of quotes, poems, and stories celebrating teachers. It contains a lot of good inspiration for teachers, to pick you up and remember that what you do is important--you know, when you're drowning in a sea of papers to grade and parents to call.


High Wizardry
High Wizardry
Author: Diane Duane
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 11/23/2006


A satisfying sequel to Deep Wizardry. Nita's younger sister Dairine discovers that she too has magical powers. She discovers the wizard's manual on her family computer and takes the wizard's Oath. She doesn't pay much attention to the ideals behind it, or the dangers she'll face, because she's so caught up in the idea of glory and power. And then, she begins her wizard's Ordeal...


The Klingon Dictionary (Star Trek: All)
The Klingon Dictionary (Star Trek: All)
Author: Marc Okrand
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/11/2006


A fun read for Star Trek geeks.


Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Bk 1)
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Bk 1)
Author: Ilona Andrews
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/25/2009


Highly entertaining urban fantasy, with a very interesting take on mixing modern and magic elements. Magic has been getting stronger for the last 100 years or so, and when a magic surge hits, technology stops working. The main character is a magic-using mercenary who helps clean up after a magic surge.


Power Lines (Petaybee, Bk 2)
Power Lines (Petaybee, Bk 2)
Author: Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/12/2006
Helpful Score: 1


From Amazon.com: "From Library Journal
Former Intergal officer Yanaba Maddock allies herself with the residents of her adopted planet Petaybee against her one-time employers to prevent the mineral rape of a sentient world. Shortsighted opportunists clash head on with stubborn defenders of a world and a way of life in this sequel to Powers That Be (LJ 5/15/93). McCaffrey and Scarborough collaborate seamlessly to tell a first-rate sf adventure with strong male and female protagonists and a life-affirming theme."


Powers That Be (Petaybee, Bk 1)
Powers That Be (Petaybee, Bk 1)
Author: Anne Mccaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/12/2006


Back of the book says: "Strange things were happening on the icy planet called Petaybee. Unauthorized genetically engineered species had been spotted. Geologic survey teams sent to locate newly detected mineral deposits were either coming up empty--or disappearing altogether. And the locals weren't talking--especially not to the company bent on exploiting the planet.

Disabled combat veteran Yanaba Maddock seemed to the company to be the ideal spy: the frailty that made her no further use to the military would be a perfect blind to allow her to get close to the Petaybean natives. But miraculouslsy, with her relocation to the arctic planet came a return of Yana's health and strenght. And the more she got to know the people of Petaybee, the more determined she became to protect her new home.

For something strange and wonderful truly was happening on Petaybee. Something worth fighting for, or even dying for--but, especially, something worth living for.


Shadows and Light (Tir Alainn, Bk 2)
Shadows and Light (Tir Alainn, Bk 2)
Author: Anne Bishop
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/12/2006
Helpful Score: 5


Back of the book says: "Ever since the slaughter of the withces, the Fae--who should be shielding their long-lost cousins from danger--have ignored the needs of the rest of the world. And shadows are again gathering in the eastern villages--dark, potent shadows that threaten the lives of every witch, woman, and Fae.

My opinion: While it doesn't hold a candle to her Dark Jewels trilogy, it's still a fun read. A detailed and believable magical world. And saying that it's not as good as the Dark Jewels trilogy--well, a Hershey's bar isn't as good as Swiss chocolate, either.


Sir Apropos of Nothing (Sir Apropos, Bk 1)
Sir Apropos of Nothing (Sir Apropos, Bk 1)
Author: Peter David
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/16/2006
Helpful Score: 6


Very entertaining if you have a slightly twisted sense of humor. This is a satirical fantasy story that plays with the ideas of chivalry and heroism. Apropos is a perfect anti-hero--every time you start to like him, he does something despicable.


Time's Eye (Time Odyssey, Bk 1)
Time's Eye (Time Odyssey, Bk 1)
Author: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/12/2006
Helpful Score: 4


Wow! A very exciting read, with an interesting mingling of different times in history. The basic premise is that suddenly the world has been split into various "pieces" from different times and put back together. Not only has this destroyed many civilizations and put people from different times in contact with each other, it also screwed up weather patterns. (Suddenly you have an area that's still in the Ice Age sitting right next to a warmer spot--it wreaks havoc with the climate.)

Strong characters, lots of plot twists, and vivid descriptions. Definitely one I'd recommend.


Yoga for Weight-loss: the Effective 4-week Slimming Plan for Body, Mind and Spirit
Review Date: 6/12/2006
Helpful Score: 3


Back cover says: "Yoga for Weight-Loss" is a ground-breaking regime that stops the endless cycle of weight gain, by putting you back in control of your body, your eating habits, and your attitude toward your weight. Drawing on teh gentle Hatha yoga technique, which works to balance the body in order to gain optimum health, fitness, and confidence, anyone--young or old, beginner or expert--can benefit from this program."

My thoughts: The diet seems kind of strict to me, but then, I'm a chocoholic. I couldn't stick with it, but maybe others can. It has lots of tips for avoiding using food to substitute for emotional needs, as well as step-by-step directions for lots of yoga poses.


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