Owen the Owl is sure to delight many young readers with this author's colorful illustrations, rhyming prose, and valuable message that "it's okay to bOwen the Owl is sure to delight many young readers with this author's colorful illustrations, rhyming prose, and valuable message that "it's okay to be different." My reading of it to a group of children brought smiles and laughter. Highly recommended. ...more
This was a great conclusion to the series. I enjoyed the first two books in the Sarah Woods Mystery Series, "An Appointment with Murder," and "An ActThis was a great conclusion to the series. I enjoyed the first two books in the Sarah Woods Mystery Series, "An Appointment with Murder," and "An Act of Deceit," so naturally I had to grab this final story for my Kindle when it became available. Ms. Jennings's writing style is enjoyable in that she has taken the time to develop her characters thoroughly, allowing them to evolve as the series progressed. However, I feel each book also works well as a stand alone story. It takes a certain level of finesse to pull that one off. Jennings's works are well written and properly edited; I'd recommend them all to those who enjoy hard-boiled mysteries. ...more
I found this book to be endlessly imaginative. The combination of wit and humor Mr. Freeman gave to his main character, Billy Purgatory, was age-approI found this book to be endlessly imaginative. The combination of wit and humor Mr. Freeman gave to his main character, Billy Purgatory, was age-appropriate and clever. I'm impressed with just how engaging the plot was, considering this work falls into the Young Adult category. It's quite a feat to write a story that young folks and adults can enjoy together. Freeman has done just that. Recommend....more
AJ Aalto's ~Touched~ is a quintessential work of fiction, as it delivers what a great work should: entertainment. Aalto's main character, Marnie BaranAJ Aalto's ~Touched~ is a quintessential work of fiction, as it delivers what a great work should: entertainment. Aalto's main character, Marnie Baranuik is one of the most irreverant, sharp-witted characters I've encountered in a novel in quite some time. Further, I found the story line and supporting characters dynamic and exciting, maintaining an edgy feel cover to cover. This is a long novel, yet Aalto manages to keep a full-steam-ahead pace throughout, the reader always wondering what's going to happen next. Be advised, there is plenty of rough language within, but I didn't find that it detracted from the story. Recommend....more
The Prodigal's Foole was the very first urban fantasy I've ever read. Now, if you had asked me the day before I started reading this work what the urbThe Prodigal's Foole was the very first urban fantasy I've ever read. Now, if you had asked me the day before I started reading this work what the urban fantasy genre was all about, you would have been privy to a blank stare; I had no clue. And I've never been one to seek out works dealing with fantasy, magic, supernatural powers, or religion, the subject matter upon which this book is most definitely built. Therefore, once I sat down and gave this story a go, imagine my delight when I found myself held spellbound.
This is how Mr. Wood did it. He wrote great characters, both male and female, a piece of magic the best writers in the business sometimes experience difficulty in pulling off. Dialogue was hip, witty and most of all intelligent. These characters were people you wanted to know, to hang out with...to love...to hate. They came to life, which made it a hell of a lot easier to suspend reality and allow the fantasy aspect to work for me. The character development made me want to believe they could practice magic for real.
Wood chose the first-person narrative to tell the story. And though this point of view can be limiting in some novels, his use of balanced descriptions, comfortble pacing and a dynamic, well-conceived plot more than made up for the singular perspective this convention entails.
I also enjoyed the tasty side dishes of horror and suspense thriller contained within the story. Wood's main character, Symon Bryson, got dragged through hell unwillingly, but dug deep, worked through his shortcomings and came out the other side a changed man, better equipped for the next inevitable battle. (you know there are two more books, right?)
Lastly, RB Wood took the time to make his writing tight and nearly error/typo free with excellent and greatly appreciated attention to the editing process.
Thank you for writing such a well written, entertaining novel, Mr. Wood. I'm officially a fan of your work and a new fan of the urban fantasy genre.
I highly recommend this novel and sincerely look forward to the next....more
Wee Three is a beautifully written collection of poems that managed to bring me back to my childhood, with memories of a happy, less complicated time.Wee Three is a beautifully written collection of poems that managed to bring me back to my childhood, with memories of a happy, less complicated time. I've always enjoyed reading to children, and put Marta Moran Bishop's lovely collection to the test: an audience of two, one three years of age and the other, five. And though each had their favorites, the look of wonderment on their faces as they listened to every poem is the best endorsement a book could ever receive. Well done. Recommend....more
The Night Watchman Express was my very first YA read, and I have to give Ms. DeLuca high marks for a number of reasons. My schedule seldom allows theThe Night Watchman Express was my very first YA read, and I have to give Ms. DeLuca high marks for a number of reasons. My schedule seldom allows the luxury of reading for hours on end, so I generally engage in fits and starts. Night Watchman was written so well, it enabled me to pick up where I left off very easily, sometimes after a week or more. This is an important quality for a YA novel to posess, as the attention span of young adults can be limited at times. I found the story line to be wonderfully creative, and engaging. Alison DeLuca also handled character development very well with each persona ringing true; in large part, due to realistic, believable dialogue. I'm pleased that this novel is the first in a series. It's alway nice to see a series start strong like this one has. Well done. I highly recommend The Night Watchman Express for the young, and young at heart....more
I don't have children myself, but I'm a huge advocate of encouraging kids to fall in love with books. Therefore, I try to set aside some time each weeI don't have children myself, but I'm a huge advocate of encouraging kids to fall in love with books. Therefore, I try to set aside some time each week to spend reading to children. Meet Franklin Bean is a story that completely lights up a child's face when read. It contains valuable lessons that deal with responsibility, bullying, manners, and friendship, among other topics. The artwork contained within is also excellent, and translates quite well to the e-reader platform. I highly recommend this educational, entertaining story....more
In Search of a Soul delivered on many levels, but what captured me from the moment I began reading, was Mr. Hill's extraordinary ability to describe tIn Search of a Soul delivered on many levels, but what captured me from the moment I began reading, was Mr. Hill's extraordinary ability to describe the feelings evoked by the ocean. At the risk of sounding trite, the author's descriptions of sailing the world literally stirred my soul. Reading this work left me feeling more romantically attached to the water than I've ever felt in my life. Well written, and full of adventure, In Search of a Soul is a great read for those who long to spend time being captivated by the wonders of the sea....more
Dreaming in Darkness, by Jessica Kristie, is a poignant, and deeply moving journey about love and loss. Many will find solace in Jess Kristie's abilitDreaming in Darkness, by Jessica Kristie, is a poignant, and deeply moving journey about love and loss. Many will find solace in Jess Kristie's ability to take that which lives deep inside the heart and soul, and translate those feelings and emotions into gorgeous poetry and prose. Love unrequited...promises made and broken...despair and heartache---these are the things we, as humans, eventually feel when we open our hearts to others. Never have I seen raw emotion represented so eloquently, as love lays it's staggering, oft-times, painful tune. Both powerful and captivating, Jessica Kristie delivers a body of work you will not soon forget....more
Every so often, a book comes along to cause a shift in one's thinking...Gabriel's Redemption was one of those books for me. I've never been a reader oEvery so often, a book comes along to cause a shift in one's thinking...Gabriel's Redemption was one of those books for me. I've never been a reader of the Sci-Fi genre, but I read Umstead's book blurb, and became intrigued. As the ebook was a relative bargain, I took a chance on it. I'm pleased to report that after having read Mr. Umstead's novel, not only will I read future works by this author, but I've actually developed a genuine interest in the genre.
Umstead made some decisions in his debut that really worked for me. The story line was set one-hundred, sixty-five years in the future. The technological advances Umstead created for this future world seemed quite logical, and plausible, never causing me to question the clever weapons, and equipment he created. There were enough characters involved to produce a comfortable dynamic, without overdoing it. Their depth and development were well conceived, which added a richness to the plot. I found the pacing comfortable, allowing me time to absorb, and adjust to this new world.
If I were to change anything about Gabriel's Redemption, I might have suggested a longer book, as there was certainly room to elaborate on several plot points. However, this is merely an opinion, and in no way detracted from the overall quality of the read.
Steve Umstead is a fine writer with a vivid imagination...likely a huge fan and voracious reader of the genre. It was obvious to this reader that he did his due dilligence in learning the sci-fi genre inside and out before trying his hand at crafting a work of his own. As a result, I highly recommend Gabriel's Redemption. ...more