This book hooked me from the introduction and I can't seem to put it down, even when I should be working on my own writing. A clever blend of wit and...moreThis book hooked me from the introduction and I can't seem to put it down, even when I should be working on my own writing. A clever blend of wit and history, Ghosts of Salem captures the essence of a town and its people from both the present and the past.
The pictures draw you in and the author's attention to detail breathes life into every page. I could feel the chill of a specter's presence looking over my shoulder as I read about the different locals. I'm still in the throws of this magnificent book and I can't imagine a better way to start my Halloween season than reading some witchy facts about this fascinating city.
From the first moment I saw these little critters I fell in love. Small, like uber tiny, they wormed their way into my heart. Easy instructions that l...moreFrom the first moment I saw these little critters I fell in love. Small, like uber tiny, they wormed their way into my heart. Easy instructions that left no question in my mind whatsoever, cute pics, small projects perfect for learning and an assortment of critters to warm your heart this book is perfect for anyone who loves to crochet. Even if you are just learning amigurumi, you can do these designs. One tiny hook. A couple of DMC floss pieces and you can rock this book. Christmas may never be the same.
Did I mention the terrariums? OMG. They are the cutest things since sliced bread. The tiny shrubs, flowers and plants are so adorable.
If you wanted, you could totally make these in a larger yarn. You would just have to play with sizing, but the smallness is what makes them super cute. Erin Clark has outdone herself with this book and I can't wait to see more like this...maybe food art...I want cupcakes...lol.
***This book was given to me by the publisher for a fair and honest review.
Cute! Adorable! Must have in my collection!!!(less)
In this lovely book you learn how to do many Chinese knot designs. The illustrations have a regional flair and give examples of many fashion uses for...moreIn this lovely book you learn how to do many Chinese knot designs. The illustrations have a regional flair and give examples of many fashion uses for the handwork. Any kind of jewelry with knotwork is available, from belts to brooches with diagrams to denote thread movement. It reminded me of needle tatting in a lot of ways and I am eager to undertake some of the projects for holiday gift giving. They are, quite simply, beautiful.
One of the only opportunities I found with this book was there were a few knots that were not fully explained and in several instances I was not sure exactly how to hold the thread. In future re-printings I hope that some illustrations will be added to this effect. When doing a craft like this, it helps to have pictures like with the Visual series for students to learn just how to secure the piece by showing some step by steps of the basic levels and go from there.
This book was a great resource in the art of Chinese knotwork. From the history of the craft to the diagrams of thread movement and the variety of crafts involved, it is a keeper. I am so glad the publisher sent it to me for review. Now I have something to play with in anticipation of the holidays!
Jenna Samuels has indeed had a very interesting year. She was poisoned, her brother is dead and returned to her as a guardian angel and her father is...moreJenna Samuels has indeed had a very interesting year. She was poisoned, her brother is dead and returned to her as a guardian angel and her father is off in la la land in Austin. Her Mom is still half out of it after being drugged with memory loss drugs and her love life is just picking up.
Life with a window into A-world is not as peachy as you'd think it would be. Jenna has some hard life issues to look at, starting with who killed Amber, her brother's angel boss. We meet Bo Shivers (I love that name!) and learn a whole new side to the angel game. Not everything is as cut and dried as people think. There are shades of gray with rules that are sometimes not exactly clear for angels and humans alike.
Jenna teams up with her new boyfriend Ryan and her best friend to puzzle out yet another mystery, landing herself in deeper trouble than ever before. The child Jenna is beginning to grow into a young woman, if she makes it out alive. This book is choc full of Southern fried Texas sass, kolaches, eternal questions and some very zip-tastic one liners that had me snickering into my coffee.
5/5 Fun, humorous and fit for teens of all ages. This book is a keeper and I can't wait for more! (less)
This book takes everything from wearable paper art to items for the home. I have often marveled at the curled paper and quilled projects I had seen du...moreThis book takes everything from wearable paper art to items for the home. I have often marveled at the curled paper and quilled projects I had seen during the holidays and now Ann Martin has given us some step by step visual aids to make projects that will wow your friends and family. The key pendant and the orb pendant made me want to rush out and buy all the parts. The Crepe Paper Lilacs project was simply amazing. The flowers looked so life like and I wouldn't have to worry about killing them. Each piece is lovingly made and put together in a step by step fashion that is as easy as it is visually appealing. The candle luminaries was delightful and I could even do it!
This book made me want to delve more into the art of paper craft. There is something for everyone here--from the beginner to the skilled crafter. This is one book you will want in your library for the sheer amount of different projects--a few designs I did not care for, but the process to craft your own designs is there ready and waiting to explore. (less)
Tanis Gray has done some incredible work with this book. Inspired from art and history, these patterns are in themselves art with form and function. T...moreTanis Gray has done some incredible work with this book. Inspired from art and history, these patterns are in themselves art with form and function. The King's College Pullover with vaults, buttresses and archways screams Gothic architecture. Cabled knits and a ribbed collar pull this piece by Mari Muinonen together. It is lovely.
The Beaux Arts Cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald is a stellar construction of lace panels, I-cord edging with slight waist shaping, some pretty ornate panels and buttons that match the color scheme. The simple stockinette stitch comprises a good deal of the piece and shows just how a few pieces of elegant stitchery and a good old standard stitch can work wonders.
The Hotel Tassel Wrap has to be my favorite piece from the book. Lace and cables make up this Art Nouveau inspired wrap by Asa Tricosa. Lace, mesh, garter edge detail and a cabled motif follows the style of Victor Horta and his Hotel Tassel. The green lace weight yarn is glorious and the pattern is both written and charted out for ease of use.
This book is a must for all art and architecture lovers.
What a refreshing read! A zany new character with a touch of sass and a penchant for getting herself into trouble, Azalea does just that when she hits...moreWhat a refreshing read! A zany new character with a touch of sass and a penchant for getting herself into trouble, Azalea does just that when she hits Vegas for a hair convention. What happens in Vegas unfortunately may just get a good friend into trouble if Azalea can't prove she isn't a killer. A fun romp with more twists than a corkscrew curl, this read is one that will bring you many hours of enjoyment and I for one have found a new author for my must read shelf. Beth Yarnall is a storyteller that nabs you up at the get go and holds you hostage until the last page is done.
Fan girl moment!!! Awesome read and I can't wait for more!!!
Christopher is searching for the murderer of his best friend and when he encounters the lovely Rebecca, he senses there is more to her than meets the...moreChristopher is searching for the murderer of his best friend and when he encounters the lovely Rebecca, he senses there is more to her than meets the eye. In dire financial straights and struggling to protect her reprobate father, Rebecca assumes the identity of an heiress and the romp begins. A true Cinderella story complete with sexy scenes and tingling deceit, Christopher, Prince Charming extraordinaire, is determined to get to know the woman he has become fascinated with. Will her secrets be both their undoing? Will she reveal her true nature to a man who captivated her from the very first? You will have to get this one to find out!
I liked this book because the setting was different. Historical New York is not often written about in this context and I quite enjoyed it. The Cinderella factor is one that always charms me and this book was no different. A page turner from the first, I had trouble putting it down. The blend of the fairy tale theme and the almost Downton Abbey feel made me love it even more.
This is a great story about two teen girls struggling with their sexuality. Two totally different girls find themselves thrust together on a school pr...moreThis is a great story about two teen girls struggling with their sexuality. Two totally different girls find themselves thrust together on a school project and find their is more to each other than meets the eye. This is an age appropriate story about two girls who fall in love and discover that their lives are about to be turned upside down.
Great read and I can't wait for more in this series.(less)
This book was given in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Finding time to read a book all the way through these days is rare for me, so whe...moreReview:
This book was given in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Finding time to read a book all the way through these days is rare for me, so when I was given a copy of Sweet Violent Femmes, I hoped I would have time to read the entire thing. As it happened, the pages few by in quick secession and before I knew it, I was lamenting the end. This collection of short stories was beyond brilliant and full of righteous feminine fury. In each tale there is an element of helplessness, an aura of female subjugation in a male world and an overwhelming sense of rage at the injustice.
"The Glass Room" was the first story and it completely sucked me in. I started it on break at work and I barely remember finishing my food, I was so engrossed in the story. It shines a light on women who work in the sex industry and the risks they take to earn a living. When one of the gentleman callers proves to be a little too much into pain, one girl takes matters into her own hands. I was pretty nearly cheering at the end.
"Tethered" was spectral and at first confusing as the girl in the story figures out what has happened to her and where she is going. Lovers are not always what they seem and in this story it is true more than most.
"Seeing Black" was a wonderful story. It ripped my heart out and I found myself blinking back tears. Families can be a haven or Hell and in this case, it was more the latter. If you have been subjected to abuse in any form that involved your family, you will really feel it with this story. Trigger time. The conclusion is very satisfactory.
"Feminist Theory" was a devious little package from the get go. Revenge is sweetest when it is served cold and this young lady has more to dish up than most. Again, if you have issues with an abusive man in your life, this one will hit home with a dead on bulls-eye.
Overall the book was a fast paced read of bloody vengeance and horrific revenge. I loved every second of it. I think too often women in our society are looked upon as disposable objects of desire without concern for the repercussions. I am so glad Holly wrote this collection of darkly divine femmes to give a voice to some who can't speak for themselves. There are many women in the sex trade that die from extreme situations inflicted on them with no accounting at all. Children are victimized by a male relative or family friend and nothing is done to stop it. Boyfriends take it upon themselves to silence an inconvenient truth when it takes two to tango. All of these situations are thrust boldly under the stark white lights of this marvelous book.
From the first page, this book grabbed me by the hair and wouldn't let go. The fresh retelling of the Snow White-esque story was well done and I loved...moreFrom the first page, this book grabbed me by the hair and wouldn't let go. The fresh retelling of the Snow White-esque story was well done and I loved it. The voice was crisp and each and every character came through clearly. The huntsman was a figure that became Herne, the lord of the Great Hunt and the witch became his prey. The evil queen brought elements of Alice in Wonderland. The book is rife with familiar fairy tales and stories I loved as a child, now woken up for a more adult spin on things. Excellent read! In fact I can't wait to get back to it now to see just what happens to that wicked queen. I hope she gets a trip down the oubliette herself. I know just the huntsman who could put her there.
*Great sexual tension *Believable characters *Smooth pacing and vibrant action *Fairy tale lovers will adore it!
Mysteries with a Southern flair are one of my favorite ways to pass the time. Reading Small Town Trouble was a whole lot of fun and late night page tu...moreMysteries with a Southern flair are one of my favorite ways to pass the time. Reading Small Town Trouble was a whole lot of fun and late night page turning. Kim is a character that quickly wormed her way into my heart with her snark and fearless nature. Bunky the dog and her crazy mother Evelyn are two more characters that really reached out and practically took a breath and jumped right out of the book. (I secretly think my dog Tadpole may be a distant relation of Bunky's. Snorting and Cheerio munching are two of his favorite pastimes.)
I am still reading this delightful mystery and I can't put it down. From the glimpses into the rocky romantic life that Kim is navigating between two married women and the murder of her cousin and a local topless bar owner (both weenies lopped off!) she has an interesting road ahead of her. Who would want to kill these two men and separate them from their manly bits? The plot is thickening as a mysterious man offers Amy (one of Kim's flames) money for her family's old farm and her mother Evelyn money for the old radio station. Neither of which looks important on the outside, but sometimes the more you look, the more you find. Even in a small town where nothing is what it seems. Trouble is afoot and Kim is going to find out who stands the most to gain from murder and mayhem.
For a great adventure full of quirky and lovable characters you need to give this novel a try. I can't wait to read more adventures with Kim and her wackadoodle family. Awesome sauce read!
This book hooked me from the first line. The characters reminded me of people you might have in your own life, with idle talk that was comforting and...moreThis book hooked me from the first line. The characters reminded me of people you might have in your own life, with idle talk that was comforting and had me smiling often. The only difference is the ghosts. This town seems to have an over abundance of them. With murder and mayhem on the loose, the paranormal investigations go from lightly funny to darn right intense. If you are looking for a good read to keep you warm this holiday season (or anytime) give this book a try. It has something for everyone-romance, ghosts, murder and a very tasty smelling pork roast.
In this second installment of the Demon Outlaws series, we land in a world that is broken and lawless. Things are not as they seem and Raven is accuse...moreIn this second installment of the Demon Outlaws series, we land in a world that is broken and lawless. Things are not as they seem and Raven is accused of being a demon. Similar to the witch trials, the mob mentality is unjust and desperate to live, she flees. Blade is an assassin with a past. He wars with duty and the want of a new life.Both are running from mob justice and fall in together after he saves her from her stepfather who nearly killed her for being a half demon. finding something in each other in the process. Love is a choice...every act in our lives is a choice, especially fighting for what and whom we love.
This story was well written and touched on some very universal themes. I had not read the first book, but was able to slip in and sink right into the story with no issue.
This collection was a breath of fresh air just in time for the holidays. If you love books that take you into the lives of characters you can love and...moreThis collection was a breath of fresh air just in time for the holidays. If you love books that take you into the lives of characters you can love and you wish you could know in real life, then this is the book for you. Starfish Shores is a place I would love to go to and maybe catch a ride on a boat or maybe, just maybe take a walk on the beach and stare up at the stars. This book felt like going home for the holidays-to a place that wrapped you in a blanket after the world kicked you in the butt and left you hurting. I loved it and am looking for the next collection by these talented writers.