This is a very interesting introduction to a new fantasy series. It begins with Prince Barrett learning that there is more to his world than he origin...moreThis is a very interesting introduction to a new fantasy series. It begins with Prince Barrett learning that there is more to his world than he originally thought. He learns of a prophecy that will lead his destiny and sets out with a stranger, known as a fade, a female spy, two princes, and a sorceress to prevent Xonis from gaining power.
It is written well and you learn a lot about Barrret, who seems surpisingly human when many make their main characters seem like gods. Barret second guesses himself alot, but that add to his charm. I also liked interactions between him and the spy; maybe they will fall in love?
This is a good fantasy with realistic characters. Their interactions were believable and I was able to picture much of hte scenery and action.(less)
This is a very cute book and funny. Poor Arthur cannot stop carrying and he doesn't`t on how how bad it smells. Sure it`s about farting but that is wh...moreThis is a very cute book and funny. Poor Arthur cannot stop carrying and he doesn't`t on how how bad it smells. Sure it`s about farting but that is what kids will like about it. I enjoyed the poem and the drawings. This is a book I think kids and adults will enjoy. (less)
This is a short book the covers the rule of a prince in ancient Greece who aligns himself with Medea, the daughter of Cybele, so as to gain power for...moreThis is a short book the covers the rule of a prince in ancient Greece who aligns himself with Medea, the daughter of Cybele, so as to gain power for his kingdom and be remembered. With her help and the help of her shield maidens he overcomes a warring kingdom and secures his throne. As time wear on. the prince starts to regret his decision of accepting Medea's help as the kingdom is turned over to man hating women who delight in castrating them. Later he meets Dulce, who bears him a son and and gives him to the temple of Artemis thus diminishing Medea's hold on him.
This is an adult story so don't read it if you're squeamish. However, I thoroughly enjoyed. It is well-written and like I said a very interesting take on an ancient poem. If you want a short read, try this one.(less)
The book starts with the main character, Ian, arriving home after a business trip. He lives in a futuristic world where everyone has a holographic scr...moreThe book starts with the main character, Ian, arriving home after a business trip. He lives in a futuristic world where everyone has a holographic screen implanted in their hands. He returns home to his community where they live by the "It takes a village" mantra. His son has basically been raised by his neighbors, but Ian himself only sees him a few days a month. While home, he meets a a homeless man and decides to help. Then he starts questioning the world he lives in. Before he knows it, he is forced to leave his home to evade arrest and is now a fugitive.
Though a novella, I found the story engrossing. The set up and the writing style kept my attention the entire way through. My only real complaint was hte lack of quotation marks for the dialogue. Without them, it made it difficult to know when a character was speaking and when they weren't. But other than that, I still liked this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes dystopian type literature. (less)
The story begins with Logan and his sister Mindy waking up in what appears to be their bedroom. They soon discover that they are not at home and that...moreThe story begins with Logan and his sister Mindy waking up in what appears to be their bedroom. They soon discover that they are not at home and that their neighbor hood is not their neighborhood. IN fact, all of the adults, including their parents, are gone. While trying to discover where they are, they meed giant, metallic insects and then get trapped inside a computer. While in the computer, Mindy and Logan learn that they are not even on their own planet, and that the planet they are on is in danger from a shadow beast. Soon they find themselves looking for a spirit stick of sorts that has magical like properties so that they can save the place they are in from the shadow creature. They manage to do so, but the search for their parents and a way home has only just begun.
The story had me hooked from the first page. I found it to be very engrossing nad difficult to put down. I loved the typical brother sister relationship that Mindy and Logan had as they worked together to escape their predicament. This is a cute kid's book that I think people of all ages will enjoy.(less)
The story had promise, but the writing is horrible.
The books begins with Sion getting ready to marry her government assigned partner. She is apprehens...moreThe story had promise, but the writing is horrible.
The books begins with Sion getting ready to marry her government assigned partner. She is apprehensive about it and doesn’t want to go through with it. However, defying the United Government is unheard of and those that do are executed. After her marriage to Athens, they are assigned to live and work in Zone 8, a grungy, and not so nice place to live. there Sion sees the world as it really exists. Her husband’s ex-lover was also assigned to Zone 8 after being married off to a man named Santiago (who recently lost a wife he loved very much and hates the government). Soon Sion finds her husband running away to be with his previous lover and she finds solace in Santiago’s arms. Before she knows it, she is pregnant with an unauthorized baby and forced to run away with Athens, his lover, and Santiago.
Set in a world where the tyrannical government controls everything and people live with the illusion of freedom; this book had promise. Unfortunately the poor writing style makes it fall short. The writing reminded of high school quality writing. Practically every sentence is written in passive voice. Why is it every modern author feels the need to write in passive voice? Secondly, the narrative repeated itself too much. Though I like the fact that the author gives you the back story for why this dystopian world is the way it is, she felt the need to repeat it over and over again—almost every other chapter. There is one chapter where almost every paragraph mentions that Sion is pregnant. I almost wanted to scream, “I know she’s pregnant! Quit telling me that!” On top of all that the internal thoughts of the characters made for agonizing reading. How many times does the reader need to know that Sion was unsure of marrying Athens; or that she had always believed in the government, but then doubted it? When you add the repetitive narrative, lengthy descriptions, and soap opera like internal thoughts of the characters you end up with a laborious and tedious book to read.(less)
This is nice short book with bits of wisdom. Being only 60 pages it is easy to read in a couple hours. This isn't a novel or any kind of history. It i...moreThis is nice short book with bits of wisdom. Being only 60 pages it is easy to read in a couple hours. This isn't a novel or any kind of history. It is simply a book full of quotes about life, achievement, and flat out being and knowing who you are. One of my favorite quotes was: "A lot of times the people we seek approval from are those who are never capable of giving approval." It is a very true statement and one i will constantly be reminding myself of. Anyway, if you are looking for a short read that offers good advice and bits of encouragement as well, this is definitely the book for you. I also think that this book would be a great gift for others, especially if their teens and college age, but that is just me. Well worth a read. (less)
This book is LOL funny! I found it to be a quick and enjoyable read. Fashion advice for vampires—who knew there was a market for that?
This is an A-Z g...moreThis book is LOL funny! I found it to be a quick and enjoyable read. Fashion advice for vampires—who knew there was a market for that?
This is an A-Z guide for vampires—whether old or new—on fashion with all of the dos and don’ts. I loved reading it. Not only do you get to find out how many real celebrities are actually vampires, but the author puts in some great bits of humor. For instance, in the section about accessories he states that you need a big enough handbag that can hold body parts should the need to feed arises. You are even provided with a list of clothes that everyone should have tin their closet.
This is a fin read and if you want some light-hearted humor (and none of that Twilight junk) you need to read this book. It’s short, so you can easily finish it in an afternoon. (less)
I rarely give high praise for a book, but this one had me laughing nonstop. I loved it and couldn’t put it down.
Melissa is a new real estate agent who...moreI rarely give high praise for a book, but this one had me laughing nonstop. I loved it and couldn’t put it down.
Melissa is a new real estate agent who has a live in boyfriend and a shopping fetish. She loves to drink wine and drown her sorrows in food. Then, her boyfriend leaves her for a younger and hotter looking woman who happens to own a yoga studio. Wanting to know more about this woman, Mellissa looks up the studio’s website and notices that they are looking for a blogger about yoga spiritualism. On a whim, Melissa applies—under a different name—and gets the jobs.
Her blog turns out to be a hit and the woman (Shanza) who owns the studio and is the one Ron left Melissa for contacts her and they strike up a friendship. Also, Melissa decides to give the whole yoga thing a try so she sins up for classes at a local studio. Soon her blog is being syndicated and nominated for an award and her real estate business starts taking off. She also ends up striking uup a friendship with a fellow agent in her office—a man she always thought of as an arrogant jerk but turns out to be a nice guy. She finds herself losing weight and actually eating more healthy. However, soon her real life and blogging life clashes and she has to make a choice: continue deceiving everyone, or come clean accepting this new spiritual awareness that she has developed.
Like I said, this is a funny story. I was hooked from page one. I found myself laughing at many of Melissa’s antics, partly because I’ve done some of them myself. For a fun, short read, this is definitely worth a try.(less)
This is a good book that describes not just the medical side of dealing with a cancer diagnosis, but also the emotional impact such a diagnosis can ha...moreThis is a good book that describes not just the medical side of dealing with a cancer diagnosis, but also the emotional impact such a diagnosis can have on one’s life. It is full of personal stories from the author as well as a few others. The author gives a comprehensive account of what living with cancer is like and how one can deal with it through food.
The book also breaks down the kinds of food one should eat which could prevent cancer or help a person living with cancer offset the impact of chemotherapy. The books breaks down each of the foods in sections. It even tells you which foods to avoid because of how they can adversely affect your body.
I found this book to be very informative and will be incorporating some of what the author suggested in my diet. The recipes at the end are a plus. I love recipes and some of them sound really delicious. I look forward to making them.
If you are suffering from cancer, know someone who is, or just want to avoid it this book is worth looking at.(less)
Peter lives in England and is just hoping for something interesting to do. Then one day Mrs. Kipple gives him a surprise. He soon finds himself steppi...morePeter lives in England and is just hoping for something interesting to do. Then one day Mrs. Kipple gives him a surprise. He soon finds himself stepping through a broom cupboard and into another world of magic, mystical creatures, adventure, and evil. Soon Peter meets all sorts of strange creatures—some friendly and some not—and learns about an evil witch named Cirinian. As he continues in his adventure, Peter finds himself looking for a magic scroll and on a quest to destroy the evil Cirinian.
I found this book to very enjoyable. It reminded me some of Alice in Wonderland, but is different in its own light. As a juvenile fiction book, I think kids will find it interesting and thoroughly enjoy it. Many of the characters were developed and each had their own quirks. Though my favorite was the mouse, Mr. Twindle Twoondle. I got lost in the story and didn’t even notice the time spent reading.
I do recommend this book for anyone who wants a light-hearted, fun read. (less)
I rarely give books five stars, but this book is hilarious. It is a collection of short stories from the author's life. It is short and a very easy re...moreI rarely give books five stars, but this book is hilarious. It is a collection of short stories from the author's life. It is short and a very easy read. I found the book very entertaining and funny. A great way to cheer yourself up after a bad day. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be re-reading it. I loved the bra in a Christmas tree story. (less)
was given this book as a gift from a friend, but I really should have read book one in the series.
Heir begins at teh end of a battle where Prince Nes...more was given this book as a gift from a friend, but I really should have read book one in the series.
Heir begins at teh end of a battle where Prince Nestor has been kidnapped by enemy forces. Merl, a contender for the throne, is taken to the castle, where the king is basically on his deathbed. There is a lot of political intrigue, but mostly, a debate is waged as to whether Meryl really is next in line for the throne. Apparently his mother was a princess and had him in secret so no one knew about his existence until he had grown.
In the meantime, two kingdoms plot against Bahadi using Nestor as a pawn in their schemes. Nestor allows himself to be used even after he learns to use a Jebo staff. A magical staff.
As the story progresses, Nestor continues to be corrupted while Meryl learns to use the Light Sword and harness his skills. He grows form the boy that he is into he leader he needs to be at the end. The book ends with a battle and leads into the third book in hte series.
This isn't a bad book. It reads fairly easily. I think my biggest problem was that I didn't read book 1 first. So make sure you read the first book in the series before this one; otherwise you might get a bit lost like I did. My only other complaint was that it seemed to tell the story rather than show it. I would have liked more descriptions during the battle. But it does end in a way that makes you want to read the third book. I am interested in how Meryl continues in his role as prince and i what happens to Nestor after he is banished. (less)
This book is not very long but is full f good advice. It details mostly on how to effectively manage a place of business. The core behind this book is...moreThis book is not very long but is full f good advice. It details mostly on how to effectively manage a place of business. The core behind this book is that to effectively manage you must first lead. Also it details how to motivate people and that a good manager takes responsibility for his and those under him actions. All in all I found this to be a good book with advice that anyone can use in their personal and career lives. I recommend giving this a try. At only 99pages it can be read in an afternoon. (less)
I picked up this book thinking it was a typical murder mystery, but the murder portion is more secondary to the plot.
The story takes place in India (t...moreI picked up this book thinking it was a typical murder mystery, but the murder portion is more secondary to the plot.
The story takes place in India (there is a glossary in the back which helps explain some aspects of the culture which I found useful). The main character, Rani, is summoned by her aunt, Savitri, to help with wedding preparations for her cousin. She is mostly treated as a servant even though she is part of the family.Her aunt, uncle, and cousins are stuck up jerks. Rani's uncle, Vir Sigh is creepy, and that is putting it mildly. The guy is a prick.
While at her aunt's house, Rani, who is a journalist from a small paper, decides to do some investigating into her shady family history. About 3/4 of the way through the book, Vir Sigh is murdered and everyone is a suspect. There isn't a lot of investigation that goes on to find the murderer. Mostly, it is just the family talking about how they hated him. Eventually the killer is found and the case is closed.
With Vir Sigh dead, Rani and her mother, who was cheated out of her inheritance, are able to claim what is theirs and move back onto the family estate.
The story isn't bad and is written in a way where it is easy to read. However, it really isn't a mystery in the traditional sense. Mostly, I found the book to be more of a commentary on Indian life and its caste system despite the reforms that were supposed to have been made thee. The story focuses mostly upon the internal family struggle between Rani and her family and their distance relations.
I thought it was an okay book. I was expecting something different. That being said, if you like stories about internal family struggles then this is for you. (less)
The story begins with Shelby escaping to the library to get away from her alcoholic father. Once there she receives a message on a computer screen tel...moreThe story begins with Shelby escaping to the library to get away from her alcoholic father. Once there she receives a message on a computer screen telling her to go to the janitor's closet. So she does and gets transported to another world where she meets up with others like her from different walks of life; who are al known as the Kin.
Zach is another teenager who gets transported to the same world after receiving the same cryptic message. However, he doesn't get met by the one who is supposed to take him to the other Kin and ends up wandering. Eventually Zach meets a man named Throg who helps him find the other Kin and navigate this new world.
It turns out that Shelby, Zach, and the others are known as the Kin, counterparts to the Assembly who are supposed to help save the world from Biskara (Satan) and his servant Malefec. The Assembly had been kidnapped by Malefec and that is why the Kin were summoned. Together they travel the world to find the Assembly and rescue them. Then they have to find the Silver Sphere, an object that allows them to contact the Truth Seekers (people who are to help them save the world).
After the Kin find the Assemble and the Sphere, a big battle is raged against Malefec, but he escapes; an allude to the next book in the series. Then all of the Kin, but one are sent hom and Shelby ends up with a couple of pleasant surprises.
The story is engaging and fast paced. Very easy to read. It keeps your interest the entire time and was difficult to put down. My only complaint is that there were a lot of characters and I had a little difficulty keeping them straight. Maybe that's just me. But otherwise, I enjoyed the book. I look forward to the next book in the series. (less)