Coming Home by: Lisa really touched my heart in places & offered quick paced suspense, action, & mystery. It was a wonderful combination of a...more Coming Home by: Lisa really touched my heart in places & offered quick paced suspense, action, & mystery. It was a wonderful combination of a good hearted woman, Jill, who cared for other people in every day life as a doctor for children, and refused to turn her back on a girl who was once her step daughter who she still lived dearly. She finds herself drawn into a mystery & keeps uncovering new evidence which pulls her further in. Being a parent, it is easy to relate to Jill's feelings for her ex-step daughter. I am closer to my step mother & I understand how a relationship like that can carry on. The story was exciting, twisting, full of suprises, and family loyalty and live.
Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom, who has finally gotten her and her daughter's life back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry a great guy, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her, though it is stressful, and her daughter Megan is a happily over-scheduled thirteen-year-old, juggling homework and swim team.
Jill's life is turned upside-down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on their doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news — Jill's ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer. Jill reluctantly agrees to make a few inquiries, and discovers that things don't add up. As she digs deeper, her actions threaten to rip apart her new family, destroy their hard-earned happiness, and even endanger her own life. Yet, Jill can't turn her back on a child she loves and once called her own. COME HOME reads with the break-neck pace of a thriller, but also explores the definition of motherhood. It asks the questions: Do you ever stop being a mother? Can you ever have an ex-child? What are the limits and love of family?(less)
My son and I read this ebook last night and I was very impressed. Most of the children's ebooks I have seen have horrible illustrations, but the illus...moreMy son and I read this ebook last night and I was very impressed. Most of the children's ebooks I have seen have horrible illustrations, but the illustrations in this book were simple yet very professional and entertaining. The story flowed nicely and my son (6 years old ) read it to me. It had a very heart touching ending which I wish could be hinted at in the title, without ruining. My son laughed with me throughout the book. To me that is a good book. A book that both entertains & interests the child, and it is always a bonus if the story also gives them something to fill good about. I am a graphic designer and illustrator myself, and I loved the illustrations. Very touching, funny, & awesome story!(less)
Black Woods by Laura Wright LaRoche (Goodreads Author) 5 of 5 stars Avid mushroom hunters and volunteers with the local Search and Rescue Department, La...moreBlack Woods by Laura Wright LaRoche (Goodreads Author) 5 of 5 stars Avid mushroom hunters and volunteers with the local Search and Rescue Department, Laura and Julie, who are in their sixties, remember that first encounter in the woods years ago.
Four young men who are fun by nature, travel to the woods with high hopes of a hunt they won't forget.
A call to the Search and Rescue Department will bring them shockingly together in the.... Black Woods.
MY REVIEW: I wanted to take a little while after reading this Perfectly horrifying book to think on the review to do it justice. Should I start with the fact that I think about parts of the book every few days? Maybe the fact tht I love woods, spooky woods, used to love scary stories but became a little chicken in my older age of 39.. Maybe I can skip to the part where I lay sleepless in bed at 4 am a few nights ago rolling parts over in my mind & my fuzzy cat rubbed against my leg & I near had a heart attack! Needless to say, this story stuck with me!
The story begins with an old scary retelling of something horrific that happened years ago. After that introduction, we are introduced to 2 sisters, Laura & Julie, who are in their 60's. The sisters love mushroom hunting in "their woods ". Even the 2 sisters know there is a specific place in the woods where nobody is safe. As long as they avoid that area everything is always fine. As younger women, they saw the 'beast' that controls that area, but nobody believes them. Many, mamy unexplained deaths & disappearances over the years back up their fears. The sisters are also members of a rescue group because they know the woods so well due to their years of mushroom hunting in the woods. I enjoyed getting to feel comfortable with the sisters and their families throughout the story. I started to feel a true liking for them.
Along cometh the idiot teenagers. (this would be a good movie, all horror movies need the idiot teens). The idiots (I mean teens) drove from an area about an hour away to try out some hunting/ camping in the woods. The hilarious descriptions & conversations of the teens makes me wonder if the author hasn't been a fly on the dash taking notes in a car full of nutty teenage boys. It is 100% hilarious & accurate as far as how idiots (wonderful teens) act when left to their own. I could not believe anyone other than a teen could so accurately lay out their ridiculous interactions with one another. Just hilarious.
Needless to say, the teens roam into the off limits area the locals know to stay away from. They also get into several predicaments before the 'monster-beast' even gets a chance at them. It is a recipe for some gross, gory, bloody... Just right down stomach turning reading. That is when you aren't holding your sides laughing. The scenes gripped me a little too tightly in places, yet I couldn't stop reading. The characters were well developed and I felt like I definitely got enough of the picture when it came to gore.
I loved the ending. It was both surprising and lended a hopefulness needed for me after all of the action. The story definitely stuck with me for many days after finishing the book! (less)
I loved this book. This young boy's devotion to find his missing mother at all costs was so touching. He had lost his whole known family, other than t...moreI loved this book. This young boy's devotion to find his missing mother at all costs was so touching. He had lost his whole known family, other than the uncle and his family who reluctantly took him in. His pain,loss, determination, and anger after losing his family feels so believable and understandable. His humor and sarcasm, found in most 15 year olds, adds the right amount of ease to the heavy scenes & made me smile laugh. I could relate to similar feelings as a teen. Then he was presented with this unbelievable "fantasy" world that ended up being his only chance at helping his missing mother. Except the world was not fantasy at all. It is his new life & he has a helper to get him through this new world of excitement & surreal experiences to help him discover who he really is. I haven't read a "teen" book in a while, but this was so much more. It wasn't just a supernatural teen book. The supernatural elements kept me wanting to know what was up next & I guess now I have to get the rest of the books in the series. It was a real page turner. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder in the beginning, but with help, and good leadership, he found his way and his true goodness, loyalty, and amazing powers saved the day in the end. Until next time any way. (less)
Google's rundown: Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks (The Nightmare #1) by Robert Gray (Goodreads Author) 4.16 · Rating Fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows li...moreGoogle's rundown: Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks (The Nightmare #1) by Robert Gray (Goodreads Author) 4.16 · Rating Fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows lives in a monster-inhabited place where everything is horrible, which in her world means wonderful, but things are about to become wonderful (horrible) when she must move to the human world. Paperback, 252 pages Published November 8th 2011 by Createspace (first published November 7th 2011)
My thoughts: 5 *'s
Poor 14 year old Eve has to move from her monster world to the human world with her monster family, and learn to fit in with humans to solve the mystery of murders that have happened in the monster town she grew up in. Eve starts right out making enemies of "mean teen girls" and getting on the principal's bad side. Her father, mother, and brother are all monsters in disguise and they all suffer some hilarious culture shock.
The book was very funny as Eve finds herself in one fix after another with monsters and humans. The book was appropriate to be read by a teen. The descriptions of the characters and the opposing worlds are very imaginative and interesting and the mystery to be solved only adds to the book's lure. My 7 year old enjoyed hearing the story, and I found it enjoyable myself. I give the book a great 5 stars. I believe it is well written and well thought out and comes out a winner!(less)
Graveyard Games by: Sheri Leigh was a twisting, turning adventure of a book that i could not pit down. I was captivated by the suspense and the way th...moreGraveyard Games by: Sheri Leigh was a twisting, turning adventure of a book that i could not pit down. I was captivated by the suspense and the way the character's prior relationships unfolded. I loved the mystery and revelation of just enough to keep you hanging on. I loved the book up until one problem at the very end, yet the rest was so suspensful i could forgive my small issue. The main female character was given such a build up as being a successful cop, yet at the end, in the cemetery at the end, she did not act as though she had any of the professional experience that was made such a big deal of all throughout the book. She had returned to her small town to find out who killed her brother. The book begins to produce strange acting old friends, unresolved pasts, secrets, and paranormal - unnatural events. She does not know who to trust and who not to suspect. The book was my first self published read, and I was not disappointed with the action. The story was exciting and held my interest, with good twists and turns and a very gruesome surprise ending with a twinge of found love. Highly recommend it!(less)
Being an artist, I found the idea that Bea could sketch what people were thinking or picturing was remarkable. Unfortunately, Bea has just been kicked...moreBeing an artist, I found the idea that Bea could sketch what people were thinking or picturing was remarkable. Unfortunately, Bea has just been kicked out of her private school & gotten out of rehab. She does not appreciate her ability with a killer on the lose, the loss of her "friend's" life who left her hanging & blamed in the drug situation & her guilt of thinking she could have the first girl who was killed, but was too messed up to help.
Now that Bea has met Willa at her new public school & realized that Willa was raped & is lying about the rapist's ID to hide her own drug problem, Bea feels she has to help find the killer. She sketches the man's face & goes head to head trying to help someone who does not want help (Willa).
I liked that Bea apparently had a conscience and felt guilt at knowing she could help, but knew nobody would believe I'm her ability to sketch what someone was thinking. I liked the descriptions of her crazy attitude and wardrobe. I appreciate a person who can be themselves / original. I love that she has to put on her "don't FU-#? with me boots when she has to buckle down and take Matt's into her own hands to save other women. Bea ends up in a world of trouble trying to do what is right & is given a very hard time from all angles.... Yet she does not give up.
I enjoyed the mystery, suspense and the paranormal aspects of this story. I highly recommend this book. It has some serious issues, but is a good read & demonstrates that determination & a mind to do what is right is actually a good thing. Drug recovery is hard & to read about someone succeeding is also,refreshing.
I was provided this ebook copy via the publisher for an honest review. My opinion is not a paid endorsement, but is my honest opinion of the book. (less)
When it's dinnertime at home, Zachary wishes he didn't have to help set the table, prepare the meal, or clean up a...moreZachary's Dinnertime by Lara Levinson
When it's dinnertime at home, Zachary wishes he didn't have to help set the table, prepare the meal, or clean up after dinner. But when he visits his friends and discovers the many delectable delights and traditions of their cultures from African-American, to Japanese, to Mexican, to Israeli, to Indian he returns home eager to share his traditions with them . . . and to help with all the chores!(less) Paperback, 32 pages Published April 15th 2012 by Star Bright Books ISBN1595723307 (ISBN13: 9781595723307)
REVIEW ~ Lisa Moon Shine Art Spot
First of all I completely love the illustrations in this wonderfully colorful and expressive children's book. A clever lesson is disguised here to introduce children to new cultures & new cultural meals. It is always amazing when a child can learn about their world through new people and new experiences.
I loved the fact that the main character became more open minded to his responsibilities as well as already having friends who were multicultural to begin with. More books as wonderfully illustrated and fun as this read will hopefully keep children's minds open to the wonderful benefits of being friends with many kinds of people & aware of the lessons (even food lessons) that these friendships can bring into their lives. Associating with people & not judging them by their culture can help everyone to have very enriching experiences in life.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review and I loved it's open hearted message and it's expressive & fun illustrations. (less)
I just finished the paperback of this wonderfully heart touching novel that served as words passed from a dying man to his 7 year old son to be read w...moreI just finished the paperback of this wonderfully heart touching novel that served as words passed from a dying man to his 7 year old son to be read when his son is older. The father, a reverend, used this text as his way of passing along his words and life lessons to his son that he otherwise would not be able to pass on due to his death. I read a few pages of this book in a library and my heart was immediately captured. The true love and longing to pass wisdom from father to son pours from these pages. He came from a family of reverends and tells his son history and stories of his father and grandfather that he would otherwise never know, as is so often the situation for a child who loses a parent at a young age. The book is not a "religious" book, but a book of live, feelings, family stories, a few family secrets, personal fears and apologies and advice for when he will not be there for his son. If only everyone who loses a parent when still a child had a book of family history & their deceast parent's expressed love and devotion to hold on to once the parent passes. This was truly a beautiful book that I would recommend to anyone with a heart! (less)
I read this book a few months ago & bought another book by the author Augusten Burroughs called You Better Not Cry ( book of his past Christmas ex...moreI read this book a few months ago & bought another book by the author Augusten Burroughs called You Better Not Cry ( book of his past Christmas experiences). Running with Scissors was disturbing, yet I could not put it down. His life, childhood, & how he portrayed it was just gripping. I find it comforting to know someone with such a horrible, screwy upbringing can be successful at some point. It shows there is hope for everyone & people can overcome their pasts. (less)
The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Freres by Marie LeTourneau
My rating: 5*****
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 · rating details · 42 ratings · 27 reviews This story serve...moreThe Mice of Bistrot des Sept Freres by Marie LeTourneau
My rating: 5*****
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 · rating details · 42 ratings · 27 reviews This story serves up a delightful recipe for a children's book: take one adorable tale of Parisian mice who want to win the prize for the best cheese soup in France, add a full serving of the whimsical illustrations of Marie LeTourneau, mix in a dash of French language and a sprinkling of Parisian café culture, and voilà! We have The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Frères (Bistro of Seven Brothers).
With many basic French words cleverly woven into the story, readers will absorb the language without even realizing it. There is a pronunciation guide at the front of the book, and directions in the back to this website for the famous cheese soup recipe!(less)
~~~ My thoughts: Lisa MoonShineArtSpot
I fell in love with the beautiful, whimsical cover illustration Marie LeTourneau & the story was absolutely delightful & fun with a clever mix of French words in an easily understandable context. I could not wait to see what the cute & energetic little mice would do next. Such a clever book. There is also a tasty sounding recipe for the award winning soup prepared by the mice brothers & their helpful sister.
Marie LeTourneau combined the perfect ingredients of design, whimsy in illustration & story telling to cook up an amazing children's read!
This book was provided for an honest review and my opinion is in no way a paid advertisement for the book.(less)
I liked this second book in the trilogy better than the first one, I think because I have always liked books about witches, magic, warlocks & such...moreI liked this second book in the trilogy better than the first one, I think because I have always liked books about witches, magic, warlocks & such. I will have to refer to my notes for a more in depth review because I am horrible with names, but this was an excellent book with a lady who doesn't know she is a witch, but just as she is realizing her powers, a powerful warlock comes around putting his spell on her and trying to take them away. She luckily has a strong network of true friends who assist her ...
I will definitely write more later, but not enough to spoil the ending. (less)