I got this for the kindle, and it was very hard to read on my old style, unlit, black and white kindle, but the Author sent me the pdf and using it on...moreI got this for the kindle, and it was very hard to read on my old style, unlit, black and white kindle, but the Author sent me the pdf and using it on my computer it has been wonderful. There are good recipe's, first for the syrup, and then for the fluffy, foo foo, type Lattes that usually cost way more than this ebook. So stop giving your money to the coffee chains. I started with the cinnamon syrup because I love cinnamon coffee. It was easy and delicious, and the way my menfolk go through chocolate syrup! Who knew you could make your own? My sons have been known to need it so seriously it required a midnight grocery run. No More. Now I have another reason to stay addicted to coffee and sugar, Yeah Ok, maybe I didn't NEED that. But I am loving it.(less)
How can you be so familiar with something and not really know it at all? I know the Christmas Carol story of course. I know it from scary old black a...more How can you be so familiar with something and not really know it at all? I know the Christmas Carol story of course. I know it from scary old black and white, 2 channel TV when I was a child, and from Scrooge McDuck's version when my younger brother was a child, and from All Dog's go the Heaven's Christmas Carol when my boys were children. And I now it from various other references throughout our culture. So I was surprised to realize that it was one of the few Dickens novel's that I was need required to read in high school or College. And just out of curiosity I downloaded it win I found a free kindle edition. I enjoyed it so much. No retelling of the story has the original's wonderful way with detail and description. But of course it is those very vivid details that make it stick in your mind enough that eventually you want to reference it, or if you are a storyteller or film-maker, attempt to recreate the magic. I really don't have anything new to say about this little book, except that it is easy to read, and hard to put down, and inspire of the moral lesson, is also just plain fun. If you only know it second hand, treat yourself to an enjoyable story.(less)
I started this story without having read the prequel to it. It stands very well in its own as a chronicle of the one brief period in time.
I read it s...moreI started this story without having read the prequel to it. It stands very well in its own as a chronicle of the one brief period in time.
I read it strangely at the same time as I was reading a book with a vampire version or Queen Anne Boleyn "the foul mouth and the fanged lady" and it was a fun contrast.
This book is full of wonderful descriptions and delightful characterizations and the sounds and sights and scents of the period come to life.
The people are familiar of course but the portrayal is fresh although a bit cold and distant and lacking in any opinion on the questions and mysteries which have followed Anne's story. You learn nothing of what Anne really did or felt but much of what was conspired against her as a pawn with no more value.
Oddly enough the most emotionally touching moments fall not with the royals but with a dead child and some peacock wings. I mourned the loss of the wings more than the death of a young queen. (less)
I was wondering what to read while lamenting that there wasn't a new Harry Dresden novel coming out by Jim Butcher. A fellow Dresden fan suggested thi...moreI was wondering what to read while lamenting that there wasn't a new Harry Dresden novel coming out by Jim Butcher. A fellow Dresden fan suggested this and it was free on kindle so I gave it a chance. Funny because I was also reading "bringing up the bodies" with King Henry the 8th and Anne Boleyn and here they were again although in different guises.
If you are easily offended by foul language then this book is not for you. I loved it however and see that I will be spending money on the rest of the series. It blends a bit of Harry Dresden with a bit of Harry Potter and a lot of imagination. I have never met a character like Annie B.
There is magic and a magical school nothing like Hogwarts. There are vampires nothing like Twilight. There is an interesting jump between two points of view, both King Henry. There is danger and humor and a raw edge. I can't honestly say that I expected the story I got, but I enjoyed it. (less)
The prodigal Hour, a Time Travel Novel by Will Entrekin, was a book I knew nothing abut but picked up for a free giveaway on my kindle. I love the de...more The prodigal Hour, a Time Travel Novel by Will Entrekin, was a book I knew nothing abut but picked up for a free giveaway on my kindle. I love the delight of finding myself drawn into a story in a different style, about different subjects than I had been reading of awhile, and this book was a delight. The science used in the time travel is well explained and consistent and believable. And although it is a novel, and not a movie, I keep catching myself thinking, "I loved the special effects." After thinking about it, I realize that his description of what happens when time seems to pause everyone else, as the people in the effect are speeded up, is very much vivid and detailed and allowed me to see it clearly. Those descriptions put me in mind of the old movie, "Clockstoppers" where the effects included being able to move a person out of the spray of water as the drops hung in mid air, seemingly suspended by their relative slowness.
Not only were his descriptions see-able, but his people were know-able. The way they thought and reacted is how many of us would hope to react with that opportunity. Chance and Cassie were my favorites as people but all along, every time that he left Leonard's story, I was frustrated because I wanted more.
The places they choose to go, (Spoiler Alert) to save a Dad, or see if Jesus was real, or to the trade Towers on Sept 10, or to kill Hitler, may seem a bit predictable and yet what happens with each choice is not only unique, and heart wrenching, it is something told in a voice that often made me stop and highlight and underline passages that felt so well written, and so beautiful and touching that I never wanted to forget them.
I hate having to choose a number and a star. This book is so close to a five star book, I love it, will remember it, may even save it and read it again. It isn't as smooth or perfectly written as some but it is so sincere and so compelling. It doesn't quite sit on the rarefied shelf with my all time favorites, and I wouldn't think of it first thing when someone says to tell them my favorite book, but that may be more a matter of it not really being in my favorite genre, rather than anything to do with its lack of anything specific. So Yeah, it's either a 4 or a 5 and either way, I'd recommend it as a purchase for anyone who wants both entertainment and a reason to think.(less)
I got this book as a free kindle download and glanced at it at first because I have been a teacher myself, since 1989. I see some points in common wi...more I got this book as a free kindle download and glanced at it at first because I have been a teacher myself, since 1989. I see some points in common with my experience and a couple that are really different, but I did find this book to be very captivating for the authenticity of its voice. As a high school teacher, Mr. Flores had more leeway with the topics he covered and more ability to speak directly with his students about real life, and sex, suicide and abuse than grade school teachers have. I am also the Mom to two boys who just graduated high school in the last couple of years and I see in a few of their favorite teachers some of that same honesty and willingness to be less than "proper" to connect with the students.
I haven't taught high school since my student teaching days, but even in the preschool, severely handicapped classrooms, and the middle school English classes where I have spent the most time, I have seen the same issues. Kids are dealing with so much in their real life, that impacts how much attention and respect they can give to their school life. More important than if their teacher says a swear word in front of them, is if their teacher cares about them. They will learn so much more, and try harder, when they feel that the teacher sees them and cares for them. You feel that caring in the way Mr. Flores writes.
The things that were different for me, He writes that it was hard to talk to people about the real world of working as a teacher, because people don't spend a lot of time with teachers, and aren't used to seeing teachers. He also spoke of the one time a parent came to his room without having a prior appointment and a guidance councilor present, as a scary thing. That may be why he only lasted 5 years.
In my community, there are teachers and parents mixed in a lot of social situations. If I go to a movie or out to eat, I always run into students and their parents. If I go shopping I end up stopping to chat every time, with families of students. Parents come in and out of the school, and drop by the classroom, and have eaten dinner at my house. Sure, at times the parent is angry and a meeting has to be held, but over-all there is a partnership, a mutual attempt to do what is best for the children, and communication. Mr. Flores, I loved your book and your heart was in the right place, but you should never have been so shielded from the very people who most could support and encourage you.(less)
I downloaded this as a free kindle book, and actually had no intention of reading it at this time, but work has been stressful and the very first sen...more I downloaded this as a free kindle book, and actually had no intention of reading it at this time, but work has been stressful and the very first sentence grabbed me as a compelling escape. "The first time my sister died, we were three years old." It was mysterious, and dramatic with a hint of the kind of mystery I love.
It was not a religious book, as the title might make you think, but was along the lines of Stephen King's Firestarter, or The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. It wasn't as flawlessly written as a Stephen King Novel, but it was easy to become involved with the characters and to make predictions about where the story might be going. There was enough familiar elements that it fulfilled the expectations it gave me, and just enough creativity to keep me involved. Some reviews have mentioned the fact that the ending is an obvious set up for more in a series, as a negative, but since I enjoyed this book, I would love to see more like it.
I tend to only give 5 star reviews to my very favorite, will want to read this again many times, on the tip of my tongue anytime someone asks my favorite book, and this was not quite there, but I enjoyed it a lot, I'd read any sequel, and I'd never feel bad about suggesting it to anyone who likes books about science gone a bit evil, like the Maximum Ride novels.(less)
The Smile of Vanuvati was gifted to me by Harini Srinivasan after I commented that the book blurb sounded fascinating, and that I intended to buy it...more The Smile of Vanuvati was gifted to me by Harini Srinivasan after I commented that the book blurb sounded fascinating, and that I intended to buy it after I got a paycheck. She was very clear that I could read it with no expectations of anything in return, and that she thought it might be a bit difficult for an American to understand without a background in the culture and history from India.
I started by reading her children's picture book, Zoo Duck, which of course was quickly finished. I liked it a lot, and then I turned to this story. I love the idea of mystery and magic and objets that hint at past times and are shrouded in myth. The Smile of Vanuvati was just such a story. It reminded me a bit of the old Alfred Hitchcock, "Three investigator" mysteries, and a bit of the wonderful, "Magic Elizabeth" story I read from Scholastic as a child.
There is history and archeology and a treasured, but often lost Doll/Goddess figurine. There are modern children who are lovable and funny and just enough mystery to keep me turning the pages.
The story begins in ancient times, and shifts forward through time in leaps that are then reversed in an archeological dig where the past is uncovered and dreamed about. There are hints and speculations and the sense of the eternal mystery that is the piecing together of all that came before from whichever fragments the river of time has allowed to bob to the surface.
History is important, and children today sometimes miss making that connection. I love that this book shows a very clear sense that even though times and places change, the core feeling that make us human, do not. My children have grown, but I know that they would have loved to have me share his with them when they were around 5th grade. I would recommend it for anyone around age ten, and for any adults who like a quick, interesting tale with a touch of history and a bit of new vocabulary if you are not familiar with India.(less)
This is a sweet picture book with a delightful story and a lesson of not giving up in a changing world, for young children, especially those who love...more This is a sweet picture book with a delightful story and a lesson of not giving up in a changing world, for young children, especially those who love animals. The duck loses both home and friends to a drought but is brave enough to set off and find a new home and another group of friends. The duck is tenacious, even when at first the humans there are foolish and chase him away, he returns until finally someone recognizes the beauty and the distant land he has travelled from and values him enough to welcome him. A young child will love the pictures and the story, while the parents will love the lesson imparted so subtly the child won't even realize there is learning happening.(less)
I did not read this book until I had already heard that it was written by JK Rowling. Then I had to read it. I consider myself a Potterhead and a book...moreI did not read this book until I had already heard that it was written by JK Rowling. Then I had to read it. I consider myself a Potterhead and a bookworm and while I enjoyed this book a lot, I have not given up hoping for more from the wizarding world.
I do love good private investigator stories and my favorites have strong, but unique, and flawed enough to be interesting protagonists. This fits that mold, along with Harry Dresden by Jim Butcher or Lawrence Sanders' McNally.
If you want to love the characters like JK Rowling makes you, then the detective and his temp will pull you in. The mystery itself is subtle and intriguing and keeps you guessing wrong. It is a fun story (less)
I love Richard and Kahlan and the Mord Sith and the Wizard Zedd. I don't pass up a chance to read any book by Terry Goodkind with even a small chance...moreI love Richard and Kahlan and the Mord Sith and the Wizard Zedd. I don't pass up a chance to read any book by Terry Goodkind with even a small chance of meeting up with these characters again. I'm only giving this book a 4 star rting because of how it compares to some others in the series. It begins a new section of their world but some of the long sections are really repetitious and can be skipped over without losing a moment of the story. I don't know how many time a battle against numberless hordes can come flooding over our wonderful band of people and still see them take them all down. How many times the endless battle ends with piles of corpses and floods of blood. The battles can't get any bigger than the already have been without taking over all he world or moving beyond swords and wizards fire to new generation of weapons. Still the vales of these characters, their determination, loyalty and passion are impossible for me to turn away from. I loved this story. That said, No Way am I going to give a fifth star to a book that killed off the person this one did. Bad! Wrong! How Could You!
Just, if you love them, read it, if you have never met them, don't start here but don't start at the beginning either unless you want to give up a serious chunk of your life to this.(less)
Given that I am a fifty year old Mom to two adult men, a wife of 30 years, a writer of my own YA novels, and a teacher, I have a hard time explaining...more Given that I am a fifty year old Mom to two adult men, a wife of 30 years, a writer of my own YA novels, and a teacher, I have a hard time explaining just why my favorite books to read are so often young adult fiction, with a touch of magic and a bit of romance and adventure. I guess I love to feel young and hopeful and ready to begin an adventure myself, and if I can suspend my disbelief and believe in Hogwarts or Narnia, then I can for a while forget that I am starting to feel the cold weather in my aching joints.
I have been a fan of Cassandra Clare's world for quite awhile. I love the fact that her men and women fight for what is important to them, side by side. I love that the adults are not always dead and off the stage, and that the love people have for each other isn't just juvenile romance, but explored in many relationships, parent to child, adopted family, big sibling to little sibling, best friends forever, straight and homosexual, whatever the relationship, she makes it complex and makes you care. Even in a fictional world, the people move and breath.
The Jem/Will/Tessa relationship is fascinating because they all love each other, and there is respect even in the triangle and the competition. No-one wants to hurt anyone even as each person is willing to take on the pain rather than inflict it on each other. Some reviewers have hated the epilogue and felt that it was too easy, or a compromise but I love it because it felt true to who she had built these characters to be. The issues of loving someone immortal were already there in Magnus Bane's story and it fits.
I doubt this review will change anyone's mind or convince anyone to read it, like who wasn't going to read it if you've read her other books anyway? But I hope you read it with as much pleasure as I did. Good Job.(less)
Thirty years ago I turned in a portfolio to my high school creative writing class and called the collection of short stories and poetry, "Patchwork Me...moreThirty years ago I turned in a portfolio to my high school creative writing class and called the collection of short stories and poetry, "Patchwork Me." That is the main reason this book caught my attention. I had no idea what it was about or who Gregory G. Allen was. There were things about this book other than the title that made me feel like it was somehow connected to me, my husband is a Gregory, my Mom is a Priscilla, I've done foster care, I have a mysteriously itchy elbow. I love show tunes and have been hypnotized and some of my best friends are gay men and road trips always lead me home and I passionately believe in creating your own family.
I don't know what genre this dang story is and it wouldn't let me put it down and kept surprising me along the way. Don't know what to tell you of the plot without giving away the surprises. Just read it. I am glad I did.(less)
I was lucky enough to get to read a copy of this book before it was published. As such, I saw some mistakes which I've been told were fixed since I re...moreI was lucky enough to get to read a copy of this book before it was published. As such, I saw some mistakes which I've been told were fixed since I read it, and I felt when I read it that it was rough and unfinished because it was, but months have passed during which the author has been working to give you a finished product she is proud of.
I was impressed with how quickly I was pulled into the story and how much I liked Olivia right from the start. I love how the scenes were described and how clearly the feelings were felt and how quickly the author gave me a sense of who the characters are. I did not expect to spend most of my day reading it but it was easy to read and hard to stay away from. What a lovely creation this book is, with beautiful imagery and characters and story line that are enjoyable and compelling.
I think readers of Science fiction and fantasy will enjoy this first Novel from Nicole murphy and like me, hope that there are more coming from this talented writer.(less)
I admit that I started reading this series only after really enjoying the Jack Reacher movie. It has been a summer of family illness and stress and fo...moreI admit that I started reading this series only after really enjoying the Jack Reacher movie. It has been a summer of family illness and stress and forest fire smoke and missed planes and I got two Jack Reacher books on kindle and grabbed this one in the airpot shop just to have some escape from the boredom of hours waiting in a plane on the tarmac. It worked really well as a distraction. I didn't like it as well as the first jack Reacher, The Killing Floor, perhaps because by now I am feeling that the formula is a bit predictable, but I still enjoyed the action and the characters.
In this book; an abusive husband; a smart, little girl; a chronically lying, but beautiful, and discriminated against, scheming victim; a nasty, white-entitled, rich-B of a Mother-in-law, are among the fascinating cast of the scene where Jack once again rides in and saves the day. It is a fun and violent and energetic read. I'm not sure what it says about me that I love it because of the blood and glory, and of course, because Jack, vigilante though he is, is one I'd feel safer having on my team.(less)