Good descriptive Western, with major challenges to the hero. Good solid values.
As a parent, what would you do to make sure your child had the best life possible? Or rather, is there anything you would not do? This is the question at the heart of the immigrant story of Border Child by Michel Stone. The writing beautifully draws me into HÃ©ctor and Lilia's world - all emotions that parents everywhere relate to. Best of all, the book leaves me thinking. What would I do? Faced with HÃ©ctor and Lilia's impossible decision, what would I do?
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This is the fourth (and final) volume in the Earl and the Fairy series by Ayuko. This volume tied up things nicely. Illustration and story quality were in keeping with the previous books; well done but not spectacular.
I continue to enjoy this simple and sweet Victorian fantasy story. This book picks up where the third left off. Lydia has been trapped in a warehouse by Rosalie and is trying to escape. Much of the story continues to be focused on the mysterious Fogman.
We learn a lot about Edgar's history in this book. Lydia and Edgar continue with light banter throughout.
The ending of the book is more realistic than fairy tale like and the story is tied up nicely. I had been hoping for a bit more romance between Lydia and Edgar, but after reading the ending I kind of like how it ended. It was very realistic and left the future open to the reader's own imagination.
Overall this was a good ending to a engaging and sweet shoujo manga series. I enjoyed the characters, story and illustration. While this manga didn't blow me away with it's high quality and uniqueness; it was well done and fun diversion. I would recommend to those who enjoy historical fantasy manga with a Victorian feel to it.
I was a huge fan of Howard's Splintered series, so imagine how excited I was to see another book by her! This book was really slow to start and very hard to get into. I really struggled to read the first half of this book but the second half was much better. This is a paranormal gothic romance of sorts, with some interesting mystery as well.
I almost stopped reading this book around page 100; but I decided to stick with it a bit longer. Around 150 pages in the story actually starts getting interesting.
Our heroine, Juliet, is deaf which adds an interesting dynamic to the story. A number of characters in here have disabilities; one has a clubfoot and another is colorblind. As I said it was an interesting addition to the story. I didn't really like Juliet much as a heroine, she was too gullible and too needy. She does gain some backbone as the story continued but she never really grew on me.
I really didn't like the lead character of Hawk either and despised how thoroughly our main heroine, Juliet, lets Hawk emotionally manipulate her. Hawk continually tells Juliet he loves her and constantly uses her for his own well being.
The end of the story is better. I will just say that Juliet finally feels more empowered and unravels the mysteries between Lord Nicolas Thornton and Hawk. I can't really say more without spoilers. The romance in the second half of the book is well done and sweet. I also enjoyed some of the twists and turns that happen later in the book; although they were fairly predictable.
Overall this was not Howard's best book by far, I definitely prefer her Splintered series to this book. The book just moves too slow and some of the lead characters are very unlikable and irritating (including our heroine). I do have Roseblood as well and plan on reading that book. However, if Roseblood is as slow as this book is I may be done with Howard as a writer after that. I wouldn't recommend.
This is the first book in the Warrior Chronicles by Breene. There are six books in this series and all have been released. This was an okay book. Despite some rough writing I ended up engaged and interested in the story by the end. This is one of those books that I know is fairly poorly written but, being that I am a sucker for interesting characters, I was drawn in anyway.
I listened to this on audiobook and Davies did a good job. She sounded very much like I imagine Shanti would and did a good job with male voices as well. I would recommend listening to on audiobook if you enjoy audiobooks.
There are a few things about this book that make it seem a bit amateurish. The writing here is a bit rough and some of the things that occur in the story don't quite make sense. Some of the things that don't make sense and are contradictory in the beginning are eventually explained. However, the way it's put together is sloppy.
Additionally some of the way actions are described are a bit just....off. For some reason Breene has an obsession with telling you how a guy's balls react in a given situation; the description âso and so made his balls tighten in anticipation/anger/lustâ was used quite a bit. This was a unique experience for me because I didn't realize a guys balls could be so expressive in so many different types of situations (war, general conversations, etc). A number of descriptors were similar (using strange body parts to try to convey a characters' emotions) and it felt a bit...off and awkward.
Despite the above as the story continued I ended up being very engaged with the characters and this world. I really want to know what's going to happen to Shanti and Sanders and the rest of our characters. I also loved the world and all the political issues here.
Overall I was surprised by the end how much I wanted to read the next book in this series. If you can get past the slightly rough and awkward writing style this is a pretty enjoyable book. I plan on reading the next one and hope that the writing quality smooths out a bit. I am hoping this is a case of âfirst book syndromeâ and in the next book Breene will have a better writing stride and flow.
This was the third book in the Shadow Falls series. There are 5 books in this series and all have been released. There is also a spin-off series called Shadow Falls: After Dark. I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the previous books but still found it to be a compelling read.
Kylie is still struggling to figure out what she is. Additionally she is dealing with another freaky ghost who keeps telling her that âSomeone lives and someone diesâ. I was happy that Kylie made some progress in discovering what she was and how her powers work.
I continue to enjoy most of the characters in this series. Each book has had a contained mystery as well as the overarching story; I really enjoy this format for urban fantasy/paranormal books. These books are well written, entertaining and make for a quick read.
My only disappointment for this book was that the love triangle between Lucas, Derek, and Kylie is still taking up a lot of page space. I was hoping this would be resolved and we could move on. I don't really understand why so many YA paranormal books feel it's necessary to put the heroine in these love triangle situations. Wouldn't it be enough for the heroine to find one person to respect, relate to, and fall in love with? Is every teen out there dramatically torn between two great loves?
Overall I enjoyed this book and plan on continuing with the series. I like the characters and how all the different races interact (witches, shapeshifters, vampires, etc). I also really enjoyed watching Kylie finally learn more about her past and powers. I would recommend to those looking for a quick and fun YA paranormal read. Hopefully the next book doesn't spend so much time dwelling on the love triangle aspect.
My husband enjoys these very much and is reading the entire series.
This is a wonderful story by her and a fast read. I enjoy all of her stories and this is no exception. I can hardly wait until the next one arrives. Great author of mysteries and suspense.
This book focuses on Iris. She runs a vampire concierge service that happens to be the only one of it's kind in Half Moon Hollow. She does the things vampires don't want to (or can't) do. She was dropping off the contract for a new client when she found him on his kitchen floor. After offering her a nice sum of money, she took him home, putting him in the basement.
What follows is a dislike of each other that blossoms into more. I really liked Iris. She is sarcastic, fun, intelligent. She gave up a lot to be able to raise her younger sister when their parents were killed. I enjoyed the interactions between her and Gigi (17 years old). The interactions between Cal and Gigi was also hilarious. I liked how well he integrated into their family.
Cal was harder to like at first, but he got much better. Jane, Andrea, and Jolene also make appearances here. (Not necessary to read Jane's books first, but I think I enjoyed this more because I read them first). Liked the elements of botany in the mystery. The who-done-it was easily guessed, but I found I didn't care!
Looking forward at other books in the series, I see Gigi gets her own book! Unfortunately it doesn't look like she majored in nursing at the U of K like mentioned in this book. (Bummer, since I am one).
I don't think I will ever take a cruise again!
This book had such potential to be an exciting horror book, but it lost it's footing. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy parts, but it could have been more thrilling and action packed.
The ship lost power and drifted off destination; no lights, no toilets, cold food they were running out of, but there was plenty of liquor offered. Passengers went crazy, formed groups, there was an old lady psychic acting like a cult leader running the show. Someone was murdered and the norovirus was spreading, red bags of poop were thrown overboard in the grimy, slimy ocean, with people vomiting all over.
Except for Maddie and "The Suicide Sisters", the characters were one dimensional and unlikable. The ending was awful, I didn't understand most of it and it just fell flat for me.
Like all good Andy Carpenter books, this one starts with a dog. Andy has started a program where he pairs dogs from his rescue foundation with prisoners in a low security prison so they can train the dogs and make them more adoptable. It all worked well until one of the prisoners makes his escape with one of the dogs. And then he is found fleeing the house of a friend that is found brutally murdered along with Brian's soon to be ex-wife. What's worse is he is a client of Andy's, inherited from an old lawyer that Andy knew, which means Andy has to work. From there it is a wild ride trying to get evidence and, in trademark style, taking different pieces of information that from 2 seemingly unrelated incidents and tying them together. Rosenfelt's characters are well defined and likeable. His plots are always well thought out and devious. Many of his books goes past the verdict to find the real perpetrator which I find really intriguing. The other thing I find that is interesting to me is that it takes place in New Jersey and there are a lot of mob related issues. I don't think there is too much organized crime in the small town in Minnesota where I grew up. At least I don't think the Elks are mob related. Maybe the Masons? Nah. I love these books!
The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston is the fourth book in An Amish Heirloom Novel series. Mattie Fisher's daughters have slowly uncovered clues to her secret as they delved into her hope chest. Mattie gathers Veronica, Rachel, and Emily and starts sharing the story that has she kept hidden for twenty-eight years. It takes her back to February of 1989 to a life she had before she met their father, Leroy. It is an emotional tale that brings back many memories and reminds her of a sad period in her life. Pull up a chair to Mattie Fisher's table and listen to her story in The Beloved Hope Chest.
The Beloved Hope Chest is a well-written novel that ties all the threads together from the previous three books. Readers find out how the items the daughters found in the hope chest fit into Mattie's journey. The novel had a good pace, great characters, and a picturesque setting. I sat down to read The Beloved Hope Chest and was quickly drawn into the story. I did not stop reading until I finished the book (I was up quite late that night). I give The Beloved Hope Chest 5 out of 5 stars. Important issues addressed in The Beloved Hope Chest are love, faith, trusting God, forgiveness, power of prayer, and the importance of communication between couples. The Beloved Hope Chest is not a stand-alone novel. You need to read The Forgotten Recipe, The Courtship Basket, and The Cherished Quilt prior to The Beloved Hope Chest. It is the only way you will understand what is happening in this final book in An Amish Heirloom Novel series. While reading The Beloved Hope Chest, your emotions will be on a roller coaster. I found some parts of the story to be heartbreaking. The ending is touching. I provided only a brief summary of the book so I would not reveal any spoilers. I hope others will enjoy The Beloved Hope Chest as much as I did.
I'm sorry -- I just couldn't get past the first couple chapters. It's so over-written. Way too many adjectives.
I so enjoyed this book! I have already let a friend borrow it to read & will then pass it along to anyone who wants to read it. Very spiritual and enlightening!
This is a steampunk graphic novel about a world that is slowly converting to an all automaton workforce. The location is Victorian London, 1895 and the author uses wonderful artwork that drew me to select this book in the first place. It's delightful. The book is the first in an interesting new series by the author of the award winning Hollow Fields series which I have not yet seen let alone read. Perhaps I should check it out.
In this book and this time period lower class children are disappearing faster than their adults. The key character, Sally Peppers, is niece to Erasmus Croach, founder and chairmen of the Ember company. Sally is a rebellious and thrill seeking child whose parents worry about her behavior so much so that they send her off to live with her uncle. Then Sally goes off riding her velocipede and seeking adventure in a lower class neighborhood. Sky, London's only steam bot police officer, is directed to locate Sally. The two find themselves paired in an unusual set of circumstances where they accidentally discover a dark secret about Sally's uncle's steamboat factory and they have to decide whether or not to tell the world about it. It's a fun read coupled with wonderful colorful artwork.
Such a good story! I have throughly enjoyed this series by Colleen Coble. A good suspense novel with numerous villains and excellent main characters. Highly recommended!
One of the best inspirational fiction stories I have read. Set in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus's ministry, this story shows life and the culture of the everyday people. I don't want to give much away but you will be blessed and moved after this read. Loved it
This actually was a really good story. I would be interested to read more, especially a backstory. Well done!
This book is well done and entertaining. Creative. Its hard to find good Hanukkah books that don't hammer the same old theme over and over. It's time to move on to current relevance of Hanukkah, so I appreciate tie creative approach.
I loved all of the Desperate Duchesses books. I wished that I had waited for the final one and read them back to back as a saga. By the time I got to this book I really couldn't remember all of the characters and how they fit into the whole picture. Of course, Villiers appears in all of them, but I really couldn't remember his story. I would go back and read them, but there are too many books and so little time. This story was particularly engaging. I liked the H/H and particularly liked the children that were introduced. Both of them were precocious and very smart, but not to the point of being obnoxious. Recommend. Note: try to get them all and read them in order.
Another enjoyable who-done-it with Mahalia and her wacky cousin, Wavonne. When 'Halia agrees to cater her high school reunion she's in for some romance, old high school nasty girls, and murder. What a fun read!
I like the story, as I do all of Wicks books!
Eric Jerome Dickey has earned a reputation for being able to effectively capture and document the spirit of powerful African American women in a romantic setting. The sales of his novels would indicate that he is definitely doing something right.
As such, Mr. Dickey and Marvel Comics decided to undertake a joint venture in which the author documents the younger days of popular X-Man Storm. There have been some tales written about the young Ororo Munroe's days as a thief in Cairo, but to the best of my knowledge, this is the first attempt to document her coming-of-age. (Further, it tells of the first meeting with her future husband T'Challa, who would eventually be known as The Black Panther.)
This graphic novel, reprinted from 6 previously published comic books, provides a well-written and moving bridge between two images from the early X-Men comics â a Chris Clairmont / John Byrne tale of a younger Professor X getting his pocket picked by a street urchin girl Ororo, and a Chris Clairmont / Dave Cockrum scene in which Professor X appeals to adult African demi-goddess Ororo to use her talents for all of mankind. It tells of how the child Ororo morphed into the woman who would be known as Storm. (And yes, I mean âbecame a womanâ in ALL of the senses of that phrase, including the one which was left off the printed page.)
Mr. Dickey also uses this tale to show how a young Prince T'Challa learns of the world outside of his Wakandan Palace â how the common man lives, struggles, and eventually dies.
I don't know if Mr. Dickey would be effective documenting a superhero long-term, but he has certainly shown a talent for the limited series â I hope he gets / takes another swing at this medium.
Rating: 4 1/2 stars, rounded up to 5 stars where 1/2 stars are not permitted.
What is âknownâ? If, by âknownâ, you mean âin possession of irrefutable evidenceâ, you are not destined to work in the intelligence community. On the other hand, if you can deal with educated interpretations of various pieces of evidence, and can live with words like âhigh certaintyâ, âlikelyâ, and âhighly improbableâ, you might do well in that field.
I bring this up because it is the basis of Malcolm Nance's book âThe Plot to Hack America: How Putin's Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Electionâ. If a foreign power undertook an effort to influence an American election, the likelihood that they would leave behind incontrovertible evidence is almost nil. (Aside: The likelihood that the people finding that evidence would survive to report on it could also be questionable.) Author Nance interprets various pieces of evidence â finding a computer worm that was originally coded using a Cyrillic keyboard, spoof websites that are based in former Russian satellite states, and admissions made publicly by 3rd parties â to paint a picture that Russia's leader wanted to ensure the results of the 2016 Presidential election were acceptable to him and his interests.
It must be pointed out that the author never claims that Republican candidate and eventual winner Donald Trump was an active party to these mechanisms. (There is a possibility, however, that some of his advisers â ones outside of the official campaign structure â had some level of awareness.)
This book is definitely worth a read.
Rating: 4 1/2 stars, rounded up to 5 stars where 1/2 stars are not permitted.
DISCLOSURE: This book was provided free of charge in a random draw. No conditions were placed upon entry or acceptance, but a request for an honest and prompt review was implied.
One Fete in the Grave is the third installment in the Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery series set in Dixie Tennessee and featuring Liv McKay and Di Souther. Liv runs a party planning business Liv 4 Fun, best friend Di is a mail carrier, and both have a knack for solving crimes.
Liv has been hired by the town council to organize the annual Fourth of July celebration. Competition amongst the bakers was fierce, rumors were swirling that the judges were bought off during the Ms. Dixie Beauty Pageant, and the firework show was spectacular. Overall a successful job for Liv until the body of councilman Bubba Rowland is found shot in the head with his pants down in a port a potty.
It's seems plenty of people had it in for Councilman Rowland. When someone close to Liv is named as the prime suspect, she and Di set out to find a killer. Their investigation uncovers a shady investment scheme and hints of adultery, things in Dixie aren't as innocent as they seem.
A fast paced storyline with well developed characters both new and returning. Strong family dynamics and friendships draw you in from the first page. A big wedding is coming up and the bride's outrageous demands will have you laughing out loud. Definitely a series not to be missed.