I have never cried this much over a book. The tears were running down my cheeks, my eyes were clouding over, making the words difficult to read as theI have never cried this much over a book. The tears were running down my cheeks, my eyes were clouding over, making the words difficult to read as they all ran into one another. I was feeling all this emotion over a book that I could not put down, it was incredible. I was so touched by This Star Won’t Go Out, the journey of a young girl who walked among us for such a short period of time and the lives that she touched. As Ester’s battle with thyroid cancer is explained in this novel, I felt at a loss. As I read from many of her friends, family, doctors and acquaintances, I regret that I never got to know Ester. I’m sorry that many of you didn’t get to meet her too because I feel if you did, perhaps all of our lives would have changed for the better. This memoir shows us that sixteen years is too short of a life to lead but in sixteen years, you can make a difference. Ester lived a life of faith, she lived a life of love and she lived a life of giving back. It was so remarkable that one young person can have such a powerful and encouraging influence on so many people, and some of these individuals she personally did not even get to meet. Her positive outlook and her energy when faced with such a bleak outcome was truly amazing. Being diagnosed at the age of twelve, she tried to keep an optimistic outlook on life and tried to have others keep that same outlook. With constant medical issues, doctor visits and procedures, Ester was a fighter. Just writing this review brings tears to my eyes as she truly is one inspiring individual because that is who she wanted to be. She didn’t do it for fame and she didn’t do it for show, she did it for herself. There are parts in the book that made me laugh as I the read the journals, the letters from friends and other materials that make up this 431-page book. I am in awe at everything that this book contains and the quality of the book. Photos, sketches, journal pages, letters and stories on thick paper outline Ester’s courageous war with her disease. Everyone should read her book; she gives you hope and inspiration. ...more
Delilah Dusticle is back with a big assignment that only she can handle. With her new business Dustbusters formed with her good friend Abi, things areDelilah Dusticle is back with a big assignment that only she can handle. With her new business Dustbusters formed with her good friend Abi, things are starting to look promising. Using her special gift of eradicating duct, Delilah scales up walls, reaches into crevices and captures dusts that no other individuals can’t. Delilah has now discovered that if she feels sad or loses her concentration, her special gift fails her. Instead of eradicating dust, dust begins to fall and coats everything around her. A strange occurrence but something Delilah must keep in check. With a Grumpy Sponge in her pouch, Delilah is at work one day when a letter is delivered asking for her services from Count Dracula in Transylvania. A trip! Not wanting to pass up this adventure, Delilah and two of her employees embark on this adventure. Doris, a strange quirky lady and Dev, this fun daring lad accompanied Delilah on this job. What a ride they have to arrive in a new country. What Count Dracula had in mind for Delilah and her cleaning crew was not what they anticipated but choosing Delilah for this job was perfect. Getting the castle ready was a big job but the tale is not over. As Count calls out his guests, “Jack Frost,” “Esmeralda Wartface,” “Garb and Garbie Gargoyle,” “Baroness Noreen and her entourage” it is this last name that draws the most attention. Her arrival at the ball causes quite a commotion that leads to a fun-filled quest of discovery.
A great children’s book, as Delilah does more self-discovery in this story as she learns about her past and she moves forwards in her new business. I was excited to see some pictures inserted into this book as it adds to the story. As Delilah finds out more about her special talents, she questions whether, “I am not sure it is a gift. It’s a bit weird, and it can sometimes be a curse.” I liked that thought, a pure honest thought to talk about with a child as you are reading the book to them. The night of the ball was fabulous and children will truly enjoy hearing/reading about that account. The book is thrilling and a fun read. The author provided me a copy of this book for an honest opinion. ...more
What a fabulous book! I had so much fun reading Michelle’s novel, I am beginning to wonder if I should reread it and discover my own Inner Goddess. AsWhat a fabulous book! I had so much fun reading Michelle’s novel, I am beginning to wonder if I should reread it and discover my own Inner Goddess. As Holly tackles her workbook journal, pondering all aspects of her life, she vows not to quit. The journey is rough, the Bordeaux is calling but Holly is determined to make it through this book. With her sarcastic, dry sense of humor, Holly had me laughing out loud countless times as she honestly answered the questions one-by-one as she unleashes her own Inner Goddess. With a weakness for alcohol and junk food, the exercises become more difficult for Holly to complete, which makes Holly do more soul searching and makes the book more amusing for me. The journey that Holly takes as she records her way through each chapter of the book, is difficult but Holly is determined to succeed. I loved her vigor to trudge through the book when at times all she wanted was a drink in her hand. Three children, a husband and her friends all get brought into the picture as tries to discover who Holly is. As Holly changes, she begins to see the world differently and the book begins to shift. Life becomes different and I loved how the author presented this change. This is truly a fantastic book. I will have to buy a couple copies for my friends, they will love it! Thank you NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book.
“I enjoyed for the most part, everything I ate until I got to the curry, which is HANDS DOWN the most nuclear effing thing I have EVER put in my mouth.” (Holly having lunch with her yoga friends- expanding her culinary tastes)
“life’s journey is thousands of baby steps instead of one giant from A to B. The beginning and the end are not life - Life is the passage between the two.”
I liked Jack – it’s plain and simple. Jack was not totally there, I mean he was cloned and when they cloned him they didn’t give him all of his memoriI liked Jack – it’s plain and simple. Jack was not totally there, I mean he was cloned and when they cloned him they didn’t give him all of his memories so he was searching for answers. Jack was determined to find out where he belonged and what had happened to him and in the end well, I can’t tell you what happened but I am glad I rooted for him because the conclusion was incredible. Not your traditional Christmas story, Jack: The Tale of Frost is more of a science fiction tale with elven and some technical advances that not your typical Santa Claus can pull out of his magic sack. A bit confused in the beginning of the book by the middle of the book, I got into the flow and was feeling frustrated as Jack tried to understand his dilemma. As Mr. Frost tries to control his surroundings and Sura and Joe find their place, I tried to quicken my pace so I could put the players in their proper place….like I had that much control. As the temperature dropped in Mr. Frost’s underground chambers, I grab my blanket and settle into an afternoon of cold twisted drama. Thank you Tony for sending me a copy of this book to review. ...more
4.5 stars What caught my eye about this book is the variety of art work on the pages. “I spy with my little eye something beginning with” and then the4.5 stars What caught my eye about this book is the variety of art work on the pages. “I spy with my little eye something beginning with” and then the author gives you the alphabet letter for that specific page and immediately on the opposite page you have a work of art to find something that corresponds with that letter. Some pages the author has you looking for items that “end” with a specific letter of the alphabet instead of “beginning” with a letter but that is the only difference in the pages. What you will love is the pictures in this book, if you enjoy art or want something different in an I-spy book . There are pictures from Picasso, Vermeer, Goya, Matisse, Renoir, and Seurat just to name a few. Twenty-six letters of the alphabet and twenty-six different painting by twenty-six different artists. The last two pages of the book are devoted to what you should have found on the pages (not where to find them on the pages) just what the item is, who the author is, the name of the painting, the date it was created and where the original painting is housed. It’s a fun book with not a lot of words but adds a dimension of well-known art to the popular concept of I-spy. ...more