I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, especially since I'm a dog lover. This is the 5th in a series about RaI won this book in a goodreads.com giveaway.
I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, especially since I'm a dog lover. This is the 5th in a series about Raine Stockton who is a dog trainer who used to be married to a cop, and she finds herself solving mysteries in a town in North Carolina. Reading the description on the book, it sounded like too much was going to happen in one story. However, it did pan out and made sense and wasn't overwhelming. Raine was a charming character, and her dogs were even more so. I didn't solve the mystery on my own before the end. The descriptions of Christmas and the beautiful mountains in NC were lovely and I enjoyed reading them the most.
One downside to the book was some of the editing. In some places it seemed like there was sloppy editing and some missing (or added) punctuation. (For example in one sentence the word "great" was used instead of "crate".) That pulled me out of the story a bit at times.
However, overall I really enjoyed this quick read. I enjoyed it enough to order the first book in Ball's Raine Stockton mystery series, and I look forward to reading that soon....more
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was a good balance between prose and dialogue and I found myself uI received this as a goodreads giveaway.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was a good balance between prose and dialogue and I found myself unable to put it down, finishing it in two work days. I enjoyed the pace of the story, which was set and helped along by a forest fire threatening to take down the O'Leary Ranch. I know nothing of forest fires, and the descriptions of what was happening were vivid enough to make me believe I was seeing it.
I also enjoyed the back story of Molly and her father and their struggles with mental illness. Of course a disasterous event would trigger symptoms, and it was interesting to see how this played out.
Overall an intersting book. Different from anything else I've read. Full of rich characters and a moving storyline. I recommend it! ...more
This book was very creative. It portrays Darcy, a girl who lives on the island of America Pacifica after an iceI won this on a goodreads.com giveaway.
This book was very creative. It portrays Darcy, a girl who lives on the island of America Pacifica after an ice age ruined what is now the current United States and the people had to flea to a warmer climate. I enjoyed exploring an imagined world post-iceage and following Darcy's journey to find her lost mother.
This book clearly is one in a series as the ending leaves open a big gap for future writing. The story was intriguing enough to keep it moving forward, however at some times it felt as if I were reading (listening to) conversations and explanations in order to get a historical background. At those points it did drag a bit.
The cover of this book stated that it will be marketed as Young Adult, however there were quite a few times I couldn't imagine that this would be great for anybody younger than the adult age due to some sexual scenes and descriptions. I would highly recommend this book for an adult audience, however I have reservations on recommending it for anybody younger than that.
Overall a fun read and an exciting adventure. ...more
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An easy to read and hard to put down book. "Never Knowing" follows Sara as she goes on a quest tI won a copy of this book on a goodreads.com giveaway.
An easy to read and hard to put down book. "Never Knowing" follows Sara as she goes on a quest to find her birth parents and gets caught up in a thriller of a journey to find the truth. Complete with a terrifying serial killer and a totally unexpected twist, this story has the hallmarks of a good thriller.
This book was scary enough that I had a hard time reading it at night and found myself double-checking that my doors were locked before bedtime. I liked how the story is told in "sessions" as explored through Sara's interactions with her therapist. That is the first time I've read a book with that type of narration, and found it to be creative.
I appreciated the opportunity to read and review this book. ...more
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I'll start by saying that I did enjoy reading this book. It was a fast read and I found myself vI won a copy of this book as a goodreads.com giveaway.
I'll start by saying that I did enjoy reading this book. It was a fast read and I found myself very entertained. I have never read another book by this author before and the lighthearted writing style was easy to read.
I did feel like there were too many sub plots going on at the same time. I found myself lost in the details a few times, however never saw the end coming. I couldn't actually guess how this was going to end, which is a good thing.
In order to read this book, you really have to be able to suspend your beliefs. For example, what are the chances that a woman and her husband (who is a cop who investigates homicides) would actually let Yolanda live with them while she's under investigation? From the beginning I thought just that was pretty unbelievable. Once I cold tell myself it's just fiction, though, I found the read much more enjoyable.
If you're in the mood for a light mystery, with lots of yummy food and coffee descriptions, this is a good book. If you're looking for something realistic, though, this might not be your cup of tea....more
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“The Last Brother” by Natacha Appanah was an amazing look into a corner of World War II that I hThis book was given to me in a Goodreads.com giveaway.
“The Last Brother” by Natacha Appanah was an amazing look into a corner of World War II that I had never known about before. This is the story of Raj, a young boy who lives on the island of Mauritius, and who survives brutal weather, brutal beatings from his father, and brutal losses of loved ones. It is a story of hope and redemption, and of an unlikely friendship between island native Raj (9) and Jewish exile David (10).
Appanah’s descriptions of Mauritius were so vivid, I couldn’t help but feel I’d actually gone there. The images of ripe fruit trees, knotty bamboo, packed mud, and forest floors were so beautiful that they allow the reader to experience a place he or she has probably never been, in a time long past. Her description of how destructive and powerful the island’s weather could be was both epic and tragic.
For such a short tale, I was amazed at how close of a connection I felt with Raj, and how strong his relationship with David could be. With the story being told by an elderly Raj, it also added a beautiful dynamic to read about his relationship and love for his own son. This is truly a well crafted story; both beautiful in language and content. I am so happy I had the chance to review this book.
Strachan’s translation of this work was beautiful. Parts of it even read like poetry, and nuances are not missed. ...more
The Color of Lost Rooms by Irene Latham was different than any other collection of poems I’ve read. I enI received this as a goodreads giveaway book.
The Color of Lost Rooms by Irene Latham was different than any other collection of poems I’ve read. I enjoyed the mix of references to literature, history and art. In a way, many of the poems were very postmodern in that they might describe a piece of art while imagining what was happening at the time it was painted, or what might happen once the paining is compete. There is even a “Postcard from Mars” included. Among my favorite pieces about art was actually the second poem, “My Dress Hangs There”. It was a wonderful way to incorporate both Frida Kahlo’s personal history and work of art and suppose what could have been. Very imaginative.
I also enjoyed the poems about family, and some of the pain that is such a reality for most all of us. Poems like “Love Poem with Christmas Lights” and “Black Dress” really hit home for me and described feelings of loss that are so hard to attach words to.
For those historical figures and events that are written about (such as “Abe Lincoln Speaks of Mary Todd”, “Audrey Hepburn at the Dance Studio” and “How the Sacagawea Got It’s Name”), although I may not know very much about them I very much appreciated Latham’s playfulness with them. For example, my favorite line was from the Audrey Hepburn poem which says, “…while I scratched/ dirt with fingers, unearthed/ tulip bulbs and ground them/ to flour…” I had read about this, but never imagined Hepburn doing it.
Overall a wonderful collection and I really enjoyed the opportunity to read it. Thank you. ...more
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. “The Impaler” is a prequel to Gregory Funaro’s book “The Sculptor”. Having not yet read “The Sculptor” I canI won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. “The Impaler” is a prequel to Gregory Funaro’s book “The Sculptor”. Having not yet read “The Sculptor” I can say that this book still makes sense on its own and does not need to be read second. I had a hard time putting this down. Despite all the goriness and torture, I found myself at times beginning to understand the killer. I was, of course, reminded of Vlad the Impaler which meshed history with the modern United States in a way I hadn’t imagined before. This was a great read, full of fear and entertainment....more
I received this as a giveaway from goodreads. I think the illustrations were really neat and somewhat different. I loved how it's a little different aI received this as a giveaway from goodreads. I think the illustrations were really neat and somewhat different. I loved how it's a little different and focuses on the doing of good things. I was a little confused about the Karma part and will read it again to see if I missed something. It seemed more like Cirrus was a genie in a bottle than an example of Karma, but perhaps I misinterpreted....more