What the Heck Happened? I was really loving this book. The cliffhangers at the end of each chapter actually had me holding my breath in suspense. I loWhat the Heck Happened? I was really loving this book. The cliffhangers at the end of each chapter actually had me holding my breath in suspense. I lost some much needed sleep last night to get to the end of this book. And get to the end I did.
I am sad to say that the ending was such a disappointment. For me it left unanswered questions. And I have to add that once the "horrible events" were revealed they were not very believable and yes, I am still scratching my head thinking WTH?
I absolutely loved how the book was written. The author really has a way of pulling you in and holding you just where he wants you. You know you have to sleep but you just can't put the book down, you have to find out what happens next. Excellently written, good story that just did not have me believing it as it went on.
If you like hold your breath thrillers, give this a read. I certainly will read this author again.
I live in New Jersey, not far from where this book takes place so of courseI had to read it. Hmmmm. I was less then thrilled. It was a gor My Thoughts:
I live in New Jersey, not far from where this book takes place so of course I had to read it. Hmmmm. I was less then thrilled. It was a gore-fest. I was hoping for a creepy, scary novel but what I got was blood, guts and more guts. I am not squeamish and blood and guts can have their place in a book but for me, it was just too much and not enough story. If that is your thing then this book is for you.
Meet Baba Yaga, the witch that flies around in a cauldron hunting children to kidnap and eat. Yes, this is a children's book.
In the pages of this storMeet Baba Yaga, the witch that flies around in a cauldron hunting children to kidnap and eat. Yes, this is a children's book.
In the pages of this story we meet Olga, a young girl whose mother died leaving her with her father who marries providing Olga with the infamous wicked stepmother! Before Olga's mother died, she gifted her with a special doll that Olga always kept in her pocket. It is this doll who helped Olga outwit Baba Yaga when the good ole evil stepmother sent her off to Baba's house under the premise of getting a needle and thread. But we all know it was so Baba could eat her!
I knew the story of Baba Yaga but had never read the fairy tale. I enjoyed reading the story and especially enjoyed the photos. I feel that reading the actual book instead of on a Kindle will bring the photos and the story to life. The photos are cute and friendly and not horribly scary. (I don't think they are scary at all but I am trying to see them as a 5 year old child would)
This is a fun little book that children who are old enough to understand that it is a fable, and that no cauldron riding witch will be hunting them, will enjoy.
Suggested age is 5 and up.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing the free galley of this book.
Here I sit wondering just what to say about this book. I don't even know where to start.
Did I like it? Yes and no. It was well written and flowed wel Here I sit wondering just what to say about this book. I don't even know where to start.
Did I like it? Yes and no. It was well written and flowed well so that make it easy to read and continue reading even when my gut was telling to to put it away.
The story is not a new one. It centers around the perfect couple. They are not perfect though are they? The husband in a jerk and the wife is emotionally abused in ways that make me want to vomit!
I am not judging and one never knows why people do what they do, but a part of me did not find Grace to be believable. I feel that she could have done more to get away from Jack instead of just rolling over. But again, she had the added worry of her sister's safety tied into her actions.
The psychological abuse in this book in beyond horrific. This man Jack was nothing but a monster and we never really find out why he is the way he is, what led him to do the things he did. In my opinion it was abuse for the sake of abuse and nothing else.
Of course I loved Millie. She was the only brightness that brought a smile throughout the entire book. I would have liked to have had a little more information on how things went with her at the end. I was not a fan of the ending due to lack of information but that is me. I like a book to have a nice tidy ending and even though this one did, it really didn't. Yeah, I know confusing. I am still shaking my head thinking what did I just read and why????
Go ahead and give it a read if you like psychological thrillers but be prepared. It is extremely disturbing....more
I am a huge theater lover and was so excited to see a book that is aimed at children, that explains all about the theater. Every page is a teachable mI am a huge theater lover and was so excited to see a book that is aimed at children, that explains all about the theater. Every page is a teachable moment. Reading this to a child before taking them to their first performance will really help them know what to expect, why things are done the way they are and they will be able to get the most out of their experience.
I also learned things that I did not know like this:
"Did you know the highest balcony, where the cheapest seats are, is called "the gods"?
No, I did not know that. We always called them the nosebleed seats or the cheap seats but I was never aware that they had a "real" name!
I really enjoyed this delightful little book. It is full of fun little pictures that will make it even more appealing to children and yes, adults too. I enjoyed looking at the pictures as much as a child would.
Recommended for every child that you know!
Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review....more
There is not a whole lot I can say about this book other than I am glad that I read it.
The author shares his experience watching his father decline f There is not a whole lot I can say about this book other than I am glad that I read it.
The author shares his experience watching his father decline from a robust, strong man to a man who can no longer do anything for himself. ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a horrible, horrible disease that needs to be eradicated NOW! This is a disease that slowly kills your body but never your mind. Imagine being stuck, a prisoner in your body, a body that you can no longer control, no longer move, yet your brain is as strong and functioning as ever. That to me is hell on earth.
The book takes us from the past telling stories about "Pa" and the man he was to the present, the man he was forced to become. We walk the path to death along with the author and his family. Like everything else, Pa died the way he wanted to proud and strong.
Books like this need to be written and read. Death does not need to be swept under the bed. It is important to know how these diseases take a toll on not just the person diagnosed but the entire family. So We Go is a well written book that will make you laugh and cry but you will be glad that you were invited into this private moment.
Thank you Netgalley for providing a free galley of this book.
With a title like this, how could I possibly have passed on reading this. No way.
I was not sure if I would like it buI have a crush on Chris Edwards!
With a title like this, how could I possibly have passed on reading this. No way.
I was not sure if I would like it but I am open minded and curious so I started reading. I LOVED THIS BOOK!
Chris Edwards is an excellent story teller. Reading this memoir is like sitting on a comfy sofa with a drink and a snack talking to him. He does not hold back nor does he spin things to show how easy everything went. I really liked how numerous times he admitted that he was lucky to come from well off parents who were willing to help pay for all of his surgeries. He says he is a lucky one who was able to go for the deluxe model that most people can’t afford. There was no arrogance involved with these statements. In fact, I found Mr. Edwards to be very humble.
I can not begin to imagine what it feels like to be in the wrong body. After finishing Balls I am proud to say that I understand a lot more than I did going in. I love this quote: “The fact is gender identity is not defined by what’s inside your pants; it’s defined by what’s inside your brain.”
I laughed out loud in so many places and I will admit to cringing while reading about how a new penis is built. Transgender people are brave souls to be sure. I loved how Mr. Edwards faced everything with humility, grace and most importantly humor.
I have to say a big thank you to Chris Edwards for writing this book, bringing these issues out into the open where conversations can be started. Thank you for the laughs, the cringes and the education that I received from reading this book!
Netgalley provided me a free galley of this book....more
There is just something about snow that adds to a horrible situation making is seem so much worse. Imagine, snowed in, waiting, knowing there is sometThere is just something about snow that adds to a horrible situation making is seem so much worse. Imagine, snowed in, waiting, knowing there is something out there and it is coming.......what would you do?
This is called a Novella, I call it a short story and I am not a lover of them. I find that there is not enough time to really establish the characters enough for me to really care about them. This book was different, the characters were very unique and I quickly started to hold my breath wondering who would survive and how.
White is a quick, enjoyable read by a great author.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to read White in exchange for an honest review....more
This was a nice little book that introduces children to Malala, who she is, what she stands for and what her life is about. Malala is very brave and hThis was a nice little book that introduces children to Malala, who she is, what she stands for and what her life is about. Malala is very brave and her story empowers young girls to stand up for their rights and what they believe in even when it is not easy.
Very nicely illustrated, written in simple terms that will appeal to children and help teach them about things that are not easy to talk about. This book is also a reminder to our children that the things they may take for granted are not available to other children in the world. It can open up discussions on many levels about many world issues.
Highly recommended for all children, especially little girls.
**Received free from Netgalley for an honest review**...more
Ok, call me nosy but I enjoy a look into people's windows. I suppose that actually would make me a Peeping Tom. Listening to this book was like sittinOk, call me nosy but I enjoy a look into people's windows. I suppose that actually would make me a Peeping Tom. Listening to this book was like sitting in the audience of a theater show. I enjoyed being there but I admit at times I totally zoned out. A bit slow moving and confusing. I came away with more questions than answers. Just an ok listen for me....more