Under a lot of stress? Grab a copy of an adult coloring book. Lost Ocean is a bit more difficult than Ms. Basford's earlier books. The details are smaUnder a lot of stress? Grab a copy of an adult coloring book. Lost Ocean is a bit more difficult than Ms. Basford's earlier books. The details are smaller in some of the pages, so you will need to sharpen those pencil crayons to a finer point. Pages take days and hours to color, and you will probably never have the right shade of green or blue. (Which in itself can be a bit stressful!)
Lost Ocean follows the same format as Secret Garden in that as you color, there are hidden treasures to find in the pages.
My only beef with these coloring books is that the pictures go into the binding (when the picture spans two pages), making coloring that part a little awkward. I'm also not sure if the paper will survive markers, hence the pencil crayons.
All in all, great value for the money as this book will keep you occupied for a long time. By the way, these books are not only for adults - I gave my nieces a copy of Secret Garden last summer and they had a blast with the books. So maybe ages 12+ and artistically inclined would be a better recommendation. ...more
This man was once my salvation. Now he will be my ruin.
Wow. Didn't see that coming. Completely unexpected. In fact, I thought I had guessed whodunit aThis man was once my salvation. Now he will be my ruin.
Wow. Didn't see that coming. Completely unexpected. In fact, I thought I had guessed whodunit and then the book just got twisted. Yup, that about describes my reading experience. I devoured this book in one day - I could barely put it down - it was that fantastic.
Full review to come closer to the publication date.
Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for a review copy of this book....more
This was a fun little novella that focused on Pia and Dragos. After reading most of the books in the Elder Races series, I must admit that Pia and DraThis was a fun little novella that focused on Pia and Dragos. After reading most of the books in the Elder Races series, I must admit that Pia and Dragos are my favorite couple. They are an unlikely match - Dragos is a big, overbearing, powerful dragon and Pia is a calming influence with a rare Wyr nature. In this installment, Pia is sent to Hollywood to spend a week with the Light Fae Queen per a diplomatic agreement.
There's a lot going on in this short novella (180 pages or thereabouts): 1. We get to see more of Pia and Dragos' happily ever after - they are very much in love and can't keep their hands off each other. Oftentimes when you read a series there is only a brief mention of previous couples. Not here.
2. We learn a bit more about the rivalry between the Elder Races, namely between the Fae.
3. There is a threat to all of the Elder Races and those with magical powers.
This is a must read for Elder Races fans. While the Elder Races series is best read in order, this short novella can be read as a stand alone, just to get a taste of the author's writing.
Thank you to NetGalley and the author for a review copy of this book....more
This is a DNF (did not finish) review. I read through to 42% and this book is not for me.
- I did not like the hero Hancock- Here we have a big bThis is a DNF (did not finish) review. I read through to 42% and this book is not for me.
- I did not like the hero Hancock- Here we have a big bruiser of a military man, all muscle, all business. He rescues his damsel in distress (although she is really badass) only to constantly think about turning her over to the bad guys for the greater good. At first the book reminded me of the TV series American Odyssey, but too much time was spent in the hero's head. Men do not think that way. They can't possibly.
I loved the heroine Honor. - This is a woman who manages to escape a massacre, disguises herself as a native, and looks out for herself and others.
Unfortunately, the narrative dragged a little for me and I can't keep reading.
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin for a review copy of this book....more
This is a book that is difficult to review. As a parent, I would never wish upon any parent to go through the trauma that Tom and Marilyn endured. TheThis is a book that is difficult to review. As a parent, I would never wish upon any parent to go through the trauma that Tom and Marilyn endured. The loss/kidnapping of an infant (or any child) is every parent's nightmare. To have that child stolen from you and be raised by another - a horrible and most despicable act.
I think that what struck me with this book is the fact that the kidnapper Lucy justified her crime using all sorts of excuses. The baby's mother was neglectful and left the child alone in a shopping cart, the child reacted to her, etc. But nowhere did she think of the child's best interests - only her yearning for a baby. Lucy was a good caregiver; baby Mia did not lack for anything. Lucy told her sister and co-workers that she adopted Mia from a teenage mom from Kansas. She rarely saw her own family and did not have many friends from outside work.
Lies do have a way of catching up and Marilyn learns of Mia's existence. She establishes contact and Mia learns about Lucy's deception. Lucy leaves the country on a business trip to China (no extradition laws). Mia goes to San Mateo to be with her birth mother's family.
This book raises all sorts of ethical issues. While Lucy committed a most heinous crime, could Mia put her in prison for life? What about restitution for Mia's birth parents? How does one integrate a "lost" child back into a family? Mia's birth mother Marilyn was a little too "granola" for me, focusing on chi, astrology, and yoga (not that there is anything wrong with those things, lol).
I do have one criticism of the book. The ending is way too abrupt. I would have liked to have seen more closure for all involved.
Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for a review copy of this book.