First reading attempt From December 23, 2012 until February 17, 2013
Notes: I began this book with the full intention of going through the entirety of it...moreFirst reading attempt From December 23, 2012 until February 17, 2013
Notes: I began this book with the full intention of going through the entirety of it as soon as possible. Unfortunately, life got on the way and I couldn't go farther than 17% into it. I'm taking off my currently reading shelve (as I'm really not reading it at all) for the time being. I will come back to it in the future.(less)
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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
An anthology of Christmas stories, perfect for the...moreTo see the review with all the Glitz and Glam drop by My Blog and check it out
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
An anthology of Christmas stories, perfect for the holiday season. It includes four shorts: Melting Frosty by Maggie Shayne, Charlotte’s Web by Erin McCarthy, Beat the Temptation by Nalini Singh, and Gift of the Magi by Jean Johnson. Because these are short stories I can’t really tell you what they are about without risking revealing the whole thing up, but I’ll do my best to review them without spoilers.
So I read this book due to the Vet VS Newbies challenge at Goodreads’ Gotta Have Paranormal Romance with a Kick Group. The book showcases spirits, witches, werewolves, and the magi and I totally love it. I usually stray away from Christmas books unless I want to read a story from a particular author. It’s nothing against the books, just not what I normally read. Which is why I’m so glad that I was given this book as one of my alternatives, otherwise I would have missed it completely. All four stories are worth the time and can be read in one sitting.
Do you believe in the future, your future, to be pre-ordained? Would you follow the signs if you knew someone was giving you directions from the hereafter? There are three main characters: Mathew, Holly, and the fedora hat. Mathew lost his father one fretful Thanksgiving eve. The last reminder of his father’s presence –a fedora hat– was also lost that time; as a consequence he has hated Christmas ever since. Meanwhile, Holly lost her entire family during Christmas as well, and even though she lost everything, her mother’s love for the holiday has kept her going on strong ever since. Now Fate has found a way to put these two together and the result is a beautiful, sweet, feel-good type of story that just warms you up and keeps you smiling as you read it through.
It’s a very quick read, as is just a short story –you can finish it up in one sitting. I highly recommend it, especially since we are in the holidays.
Title: Charlotte’s Web Series: Murphy Sisters, Book 1 Author: Erin McCarthy Individual Rating: ★★★½☆☆
I enjoyed the story, the dynamic between the Murphy sisters reminds me a lot of the dynamic between the Halliwell sisters from the TV series Charmed; the same type of banter and strife. It was a good story but I didn’t connect with Charlotte as much as I would have loved to. In fact, the moment Bree (the second sister) crosses paths with the uptight guy at the coffee shop I wanted to switch story and follow hers instead. In all, the story is sweet, fulfilling, nice, and fun at times.
Title: Beat of Temptation Series: Psy-Changeling, Book 0.5 Author: Nalini Singh Individual Rating: ★★★★★
A great story that keeps you glued until the very end. Although I have read books by Nalini Singh before this is the first story I read about her Psy-Changeling series. I am officially hooked; I want to read more about it. The story has great characters and interesting plot.
I do have to say that I felt like I needed some parts explained better, so I guess that this story is best read after one has begun the actual series, were more information about their universe is given. The truth is that I didn’t really need it to understand the story –it’s a solid standalone– but I felt slightly like I was reading a story from the midpoint onwards.
Title: Gifts of the Magi Author: Jean Johnson Individual Rating: ★★★★★
I haven’t read anything from Jean Johnson until this point, but I will make a point about getting more books from her. This is by far the best of all the stories in this anthology, to the point that it made me cry; that’s how good it is. The Three Magi is a beautiful story about the miracle that is love in everyday life and how one must keep it alive with the help of simple, little actions. It takes the story of the Three Wise Men and extends it into modern times. I definitively believe that this one is worth reading; especially on this season.
WARNING I bought the Kindle Edition for this book and there was a glitch of sorts with this particular edition. I don't know if it's limited to my copy of the book or if it happens to every single one; but just in case here is the glitch:
As I finished the third story (Beat of Temptation) and I was clicking through to get to the next story the pop-up window that allows you to rate the book after you have finished it comes up. I recorded the glitch with my phone, watch the YouTube video to see it in action. I tried it several times and is always on the same spot, plus it comes back up at the end (where it should do normally). I reported it to Amazon, but I have no way to know if they'll fix it.(less)
I read this book as part of the Christmas version of the Vet vs Newbies challenge at Gotta Have Paranormal Romance with a Kick. This book was one of m...moreI read this book as part of the Christmas version of the Vet vs Newbies challenge at Gotta Have Paranormal Romance with a Kick. This book was one of my three available options and I’m so glad I chose to read it as I have discovered another great series to get addicted to. The book itself is the fourth installment and the only one I have read from both the series and this author. The story works perfectly as a standalone even though is sequel in an ongoing series.
The characters are intriguing, the world itself is complex enough that sucks you in. I really enjoyed the story and I want as well as the romance between the main characters. You fall in love with Reseph as the plot develops and you get to feel the anguish that Jillian experiences in her journey. I loved the book; I will definitively be looking to get my hands of the rest of the books. After all, who wouldn’t be interested in the tale of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse? (less)
Libro de texto de la clase Psicología del Aprendizaje con el profesor Jorge H. Larrache.
Un buen libro sobre la psicología educativa. Explica las difer...moreLibro de texto de la clase Psicología del Aprendizaje con el profesor Jorge H. Larrache.
Un buen libro sobre la psicología educativa. Explica las diferentes teorías del aprendizaje que actualmente se utilizan. Da ejemplos de situaciones que se puedan presentar en el salón de clase o que le puedan estar ocurriendo a los estudiantes y posibles soluciones de como manejar las mismas.
Adicional a esto, cada capítulo tiene una sección llamada "Aprobar PRAXIS" la cual está dedicada a proveerle las herramientas necesarias al futuro maestro para que pueda complementar sus conocimientos y poder pasar los exámenes de certificación de maestros en los Estados Unidos. Además de una sección por capítulo, el libro contiene un apendice dedicado a la certificación de maestros llamado: "Estándares y certificación: PRAXIS II e INTASC"
En resumen, es un muy buen libro, fácil de leer y muy explicativo. En Puerto Rico las pruebas para la certificación de maestros se conocen como el PCMAS, este libro será una muy buena herramienta al momento de repasar para ese particular exámen. (less)
I'm sorry, but I could barely get through this book. It was assigned to me (and the rest of the class) as part of our Young Adult Literature Course. M...moreI'm sorry, but I could barely get through this book. It was assigned to me (and the rest of the class) as part of our Young Adult Literature Course. Maybe I came into the book with bad picture already as the professor showed us the 1988 movie version. The movie was horrible and, to me, the book was no better.
I don't really mind controversial themes in literature at all; but just that the writing style put me off. (less)