Did you ever have that niggling feeling that you had forgotten something? I kept forgetting that I had read this book recently and hadn't written a reDid you ever have that niggling feeling that you had forgotten something? I kept forgetting that I had read this book recently and hadn't written a review. If I hadn't been given the book for that very reason, I wouldn't have felt so badly when I did remember. Sorry it took me so long, Gita.
AND my memory of the book was gone. Part of it is my fibro fog is in full flare. Though I could remember that the book was cute, I know that Ms. Reddy tries to get a few lessons in there for the reader. I wanted to make sure I got it so I went back and read it again. It only took a few minutes. It was worth the re-read. Which proved to me that a child will want to return to this book often.
First, the illustrations are absolutely adorable! Abira Das (Illustrator) did a fantastic job! Second, the lessons were there. Here is a frog who is too happy-go-lucky for his own good. A lesson I tried to teach my own children was that if they wanted to wander beyond our yard they needed to have a sibling or two with them for the safety in numbers. So this educational moment would start a lot of conversations between parents and children. Or even students and teachers.
Then one could study amphibians, frogs in particular. Heck, one could even adopt a pet frog for a while learn about their growth, food, and other needs. And then make sure the children understand how important the proper environment and care is for any animal.
Last, it is a great early reader, one a parent could read aloud but the child could grow to read it independently all the while enjoying the fun pictures. ...more
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S.M. Reine has done it again! I can't believe how prolific she is! I feel I have climbed intoDisclosure: I was given this ebook for an honest review.
S.M. Reine has done it again! I can't believe how prolific she is! I feel I have climbed into her world and each book takes me deeper. Okay, it isn't a foreign world. It is our world with changes brought about by a lot of factors, gods goddesses, angels, demons, fae, magick and so much more. Just when you think she has introduced all the imaginary creatures available, there are more. And yet, these places are all close at hand. I miss living in Reno just because her books often take you downtown to bars that we humans usually overlook. But her characters can be found in other geographical sites: LA, Las Vegas, Canada, many places. Then you find yourself in heaven, hell and places I had never heard of. Yet it all weaves into a never ending story that feels like you are living another life than we mudbloods usually live.
This is the second book in this new sub-series called, "Mage Craft". It centers around Marion Garin, daughter of the former Voice of God Metaraon and Seth Wilder, yes, the one we met way back in Ms. Reine's first of all these 'serieses' the 'Seasons of the Moon' books. When the apocalypse happened I think Ms. Reine calls it 'Genisis', an already distorted earth/heaven/hell brings about changes in everything and everyone. And so it is that Marion is still on a quest to get her memories back. And Seth needs her to find answers for himself.
Although these books are full of excitement that read very fast once you get into them, I still feel the need at this point for references. My memories must be locked up in some canope somewhere, too. I almost think we need a running cast of characters and refer back to when they showed up and how they were affected and caused effects in the Reine-worlds.
And though the story leads to the next book, Sarah Reine didn't leave us on a cliff. Things were left cleaned up but there are so many more questions we need answers to. I can hardly wait to read the next book in the series! Thank you for continuing the story and letting me read it!...more
I finished 'reading' this a couple days ago. I put off writing the review because I wanted to write it in German. But I just feel too inept in my writI finished 'reading' this a couple days ago. I put off writing the review because I wanted to write it in German. But I just feel too inept in my writing and speaking of the language. So English it is. In case anyone is interested, I have started working with an app called DuoLingo where you can learn other languages. I started out wanting to do Spanish and German but my two semesters of German is closer in memory (I took those nearly a couple decades ago) than my two years of Spanish in high school. So after I get better with my German I may go back and try Spanish again. Either way, I understand a lot more written than I do any other way. I wish DuoLingo offered Latin because that has got me through a lot of my life as a basis.
This was a cute little book about the love of three sons for their mother. They want to give her a birthday present to show their love. It is sweet and adorable. I would love to be able to read it aloud one day to myself, my cats and hey, it could happen, my grandchildren.
My biggest problem is that the text-to-speech doesn't work. I would think a child would love to have this be a book to read or have read to him or her so they could learn to read it themselves and understand from both languages. And the language of love that the bunny brothers teach so well. By the way, I have downloaded the German narrators on my fire but they didn't work any better than the English version. So I will have to learn the words better to be able to speak them with any expertise at all. This nice part about the DuoLingo app is you do get to practice speaking the language. I do wish I could find more books that are read to me in the easy learning levels....more
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Gita V. Reddy, the author, lives in India. Her books take place in India. So, I suggest that thDisclosure: I was given this book for an honest review.
Gita V. Reddy, the author, lives in India. Her books take place in India. So, I suggest that this presents an educational opportunity for parents and teachers. Pull out the encyclopedias, books about India, and/or make sure Google is available. Though Gita takes the time to explain terms or words within the story that are regional, it would stop the flow of the story to explain everything India. And this set of stories keeps you reading, even as an adult.
The mysteries are right up front. I love that they help the reader to learn to use their powers of observation. That was the only super-power I would allow my children to use. (Otherwise, with cape flowing they would have jumped from second story windows. So no capes or pretending other powers.)
Since I should have written this yesterday, I can't remember exactly, but I think each of the stories was about some kind of theft. (Well, duh! it is there in the title of the book! **wink, wink**) I did wonder if there was a higher incidence in India than America. But realized that it could be localized here, also. I live in a small town (population approximately one thousand) and I assume we have as much crime here, per capita as L.A. usually drug related. So India is probably comparable. AND I prefer a mystery that has to do with theft over kidnapping or murder. And in this case, it is the smart children that figure it out. Hopefully, that comes with the conversation that kids who see something should say something to parents, teachers, authorities, etc. So this book is valuable for all that the reader puts into it.
The author mentions money statements. Another Google shows us what that means and how it translates to American money. But more than anything else, these stories are fun and show us how much we have in common and teach us about other people, respecting others and their properties. And did I mention, these stories are fun?
I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially parents and teachers to facilitate a great learning experience. ...more
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WHAT IF... You were a contestant on a reality survival show and while you were buDisclosure: I was gifted this book by NetGalley for an honest review.
WHAT IF... You were a contestant on a reality survival show and while you were busy learning to survive somewhere away from civilization the general population got sick and most of them died? That is the premise of the story. And the story is told from different points of view. The first is from the makers of the program. Then we see what is happening on the show and behind the scenes of the show, Then we get the comments from the show's website. And of course, we see it from the main character eyes. All points of view deepen the reader's experience.
I hated putting this book down. The suspense kept me going. What was going to happen next. What if's popped up in my head and kept me wishing I could speed-read to learn what happens next. Some would call this a psychological thriller, but I don't this that's true. Murder mysteries with the psychopath working his own end, that to me is psychological thriller. This is suspenseful, though, and it messes with your mind as you try to understand what is real. We all know reality show aren't. But the author lays down a fine line and blurs it for all but her own purposes.
Ms. Alexandra Oliva, also, develops believable characters even though the names I remember are Zoo and Tracker. The intrigue is trying to see how it all will fit together and hoping it will all work out.
If you are looking for a book about survival, similar to Wild but not, this is for you! I loved this book and hope to see it made into a movie! And I'd love to see what happens next. No, no cliffhanger, no indicators that it even needs a part two. But I'd love to see how many people we can find and what their stories were. Please pick up this book. I think you will enjoy it!...more
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This was a short but sweet, autobiographical, metaphysical book telliDisclosure: I was given this ebook by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was a short but sweet, autobiographical, metaphysical book telling of the author's 'spiritual journey'. That is what I liked best. This wasn't a book telling you how your spiritual journey should be and how if yours isn't like the author's it's wrong, rather, we just follow how the author works it out on her own, in her own way. Because of that, it was very beautiful!
Want to know what? This author actually acknowledges her own dark and doubting days. It isn't just forced on the reader that a positive outlook will bring the heart's desires as many of the 'New Age' books seem to imply.
If you want to spend a few minutes on the metaphysical side, here is a place to gentle in....more
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CUTE! I loved this little story. It shows us how to try new customs and ideas. IDisclaimer: I was given this book by the author for an honest review.
CUTE! I loved this little story. It shows us how to try new customs and ideas. I do believe that children would love the story of this cute, curious little monkey that wanders into the city. He learns valuable lessons to share with those around him, humans and other monkeys.
As Bholu, the little monkey, gets to the city he sees that a little girl and her family enjoy eating using a knife and fork. He learns that this is the way of the people and it works for them so he learns to use these tools, too.
The story continues in chapter form each leading to the next nearly seamlessly. As is common the main character (the monkey) bumps into problems and works them out. I believe that young readers will love this story. But I think it would make a nice read-aloud situation, too, as there are many concepts that parents and teachers could help children to absorb. Such as "When in Rome..." Now normally I would agree. In this case, the monkey is back with his friends and finds the knife and fork don't do well on coconuts. But the conversation should move in both directions. Those berries won't be so messy with a fork. And I'm sure the humans don't use those tools to eat cookies.
Maybe a bit could be said for those of us with arthritis who find chops sticks hurt even if they want to do as the Romans (Chinese) do. Or even the forks and knives for some, have to have adaptations so as to get the job done.
Maybe a lesson in manners and why a knife and fork might be more healthy than eating with hands. Or how it might be up to Bholu to teach his friends how wonderful it is to have new skills.
There is so much in this story that leads to conversation. Yet this could be read over and over as one would love to have this monkey visit them for a picnic sometime.
Brilliant work Gita! Thanks for letting me read your books!...more
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This story reminds me of the Grasshopper and the Ant of Aesop Fables fame. But inDisclaimer: I was given this book by the author for an honest review.
This story reminds me of the Grasshopper and the Ant of Aesop Fables fame. But in this case, the lazy one is the ant (no grasshoppers in this story). And the main character is a girl. Yes, girls can be lazy, too! ;-)
The artwork is adorable and the story flows quite nicely. I love that the ant has so many expressions!
As a bedtime story, parents and children could discuss laziness, shame, the values of telling the truth, how you can make mistakes and make reparations. And most of all about unconditional love.
As the child learns to love this book it will make a great addition to the young reader's shelf as well. Or Kindle shelf for the children. It reads nicely on the Kindle so makes a good to-go story....more
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I always love it when I can go into the worlds Ms. Reine has built. And I feel exhilarated whI was given this book by the author for an honest review.
I always love it when I can go into the worlds Ms. Reine has built. And I feel exhilarated when I come back to the real world safe and sound. Yes, there will be more to the story but it didn't leave you on a cliffhanger.
BUT, there is something I wish Sara would do: Please, at the end of the book or the beginning or somewhere on the internet, a cast of characters. Somehow I was under the impression that Marion was Elise's mother. I did remember she was someone important to Elise. And somehow I had forgotten what had happened to Seth in previous books. Yes, I can understand keeping the history vague due to the fact of Marion's amnesia but somewhere to be able to look it all up would be great for those of us who have read ALL the books so far and have our own memory problems.
Marion was a growing character in this book and one falls in love with Dr. Luke. And you do feel the connection. You feel that there may be history yet because of the memory lapse on Marion's side Dr. Luke seems hesitant to do certain things. This ebb and flow of curiosity keeps one moving through the book to find out how and what this connection is, was or is going to be.
As usual, I wish everyone could read all of Ms. Reine's books starting with Seasons of the Moon. Hard to believe all the characters, beings, and worlds that this prolific writer has brought into being from that young girl, Riley, and to see her make an appearance in this book made it all the better. These worlds and people are as real to me now as they have to be to Sara Reine. Can't wait for the next one!...more
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This book seems to get a variety of reviews. Some people hate it and some peDisclosure: I was given this book from NetGalley.com for an honest review.
This book seems to get a variety of reviews. Some people hate it and some people love it. I seem to have fallen in the middle. The parts I didn't like are about certain types of people or situations they get themselves into. The parts I like were the ones where I got to know the characters who grew deeper.
I live in the country now. I know about the grapevine. But I think the characters didn't take stock in the stories that surrounded them. I liked Dix because he didn't let anything affect him. He was steady.
Poor little rich people! GAWD! The main character, Miranda, was the poor little rich girl. Her mother was AWFUL! If that woman were poor, she wouldn't have been able to crawl into bed and feel sorry for herself for so long. Poor people have to get up and go to work to be able to eat and keep a roof over their heads. A twenty-something daughter who has been raised by rich people was equally crippled. Why did it take her so long to take care of business? Because it had always been done for her. No poor adult could have lasted doing nothing. So I didn't like her very much but I held out hope. Maybe Dax could help her.
I found myself confused as to why we brought up David who is Darius later. He seemed to have some good goals that went astray. Many have a hard time with the idea of the commune. I think there is a place for that type of living. Many who were raised poor learned about bartering services and stuff. Having lived in a large family I see the benefits of having many people and points of view around to make a rounded person. But in this case, I expected Manson would emerge from this kind of twisted thinking.
How to not put in spoilers here? I was shocked by what happened. Seems an educated woman would have been able to see through the garbage. But she missed out on the poor people's common sense. Too bad.
The ending was great. I was surprised by the new partnership. We didn't get enough of... um... trying not to spoil... the person who stars at the end next to Dax. We should have been given more of that point of view so the surprise wouldn't have been so great.
I am curious as to what happened next. Letting properties decay sounds like a rich person answer. There are homeless people even in small towns. How about using these building for something useful?
There. I think I said everything and didn't give away much.
This will not go down as one of my favorites, but I think I will remember it. Thank you, NetGalley for letting me read it....more
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Are you old enough to remember the cigarette ad featuring a lady smoking withDisclaimer: I was given this book by NetGalley.com for my honest review.
Are you old enough to remember the cigarette ad featuring a lady smoking with the words above/below (in magazines) or narrated (on television) "You've come a long way, baby." As I was reading this book I kept picturing myself yelling at that ad, "YEAH! BACKWARDS!"
Before and during the world wars, women helped create the silent pictures (among other pioneering works around the world. The wars had all the men busy so the women had to step in and do those male jobs. And they did great jobs. When the men came back home they closed that all down and ratcheted back to the little woman, barefoot and pregnant, in the kitchen where men believed women belonged. And if you aren't screaming by the end of this book, you haven't been paying attention.
This is a non-fiction book with footnotes and references galore. If one were reading a traditional paper-paged book, this would be quite handy to follow the strains of facts. But I found that squeezed at the ends of every chapter, they block the flow of the read. Especially, when one reads using Text-to-Speech. It is part of the reason it took me so long to read this gem of a book. I had to stop and fast forward past all the notes to get to the next chapter. I can forgive the few typos as this was an uncorrected proof.
The meat of the book was great! The author, Cheryl Robson, takes us into the lives and careers of many of the silent screen actresses, camera carriers, clip-room slicers, screen writers, and directors at the beginning of the exciting motion picture days. Back then, women were on equal footing. By the last chapter, you are reminded of these last few years of white-male-dominated Academy Awards.
If you follow my reviews, you know that in the last couple of years I have dedicated myself to reading mostly books written by women featuring strong female characters. This has been an awakening challenge for me. This challenge begat the challenge to watch similar types of TV and movies. I learned of the http://bechdeltest.com/ and started seeing how white-male the world of film is. Thank goodness for the ABC Thursday evening goddess: Shonda Rhimes. She gives me hope.
If you need to see how miraculous an evening of Shonda Rhimes is, take these facts directly from this book (Silent Women): "Women make up 51% of our populations. Minority men 18% so why are women only directing 16% of TV...while minority men are directing 18%?" "Minority women make up 19% of the US population yet direct just 2% of TV shows." This isn't just a problem of film. But our young girls aren't seeing themselves in books or movies. I didn't. It took me until I was in my 60s to see what had been missing. I only read guys adventures and sci-fis. There weren't female books beyond the cashmere-sweatered Nancy Drew and other good-little-girls-in-their-places books. Is it any wonder I still can't speak up for myself? Is it any wonder the populations of girls and ladies in this world still can't show the force they own? I have said it before: We hold up more than half the sky worldwide. We need to show the world how that force works.
Thank you for letting me read this very important book. It should be required reading for everyone....more
I wish I could read this! It came with instructions to open written parts but that doesn't work in this book. The font remains so tiny as to need a miI wish I could read this! It came with instructions to open written parts but that doesn't work in this book. The font remains so tiny as to need a microscope! Too bad, I'm sure the information is very good! Can't read and no text-to-speech. FAIL...more
Disclosure: I am the luckiest person alive. Not only did I win the Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley.com but about the time I was at the 75% poiDisclosure: I am the luckiest person alive. Not only did I win the Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley.com but about the time I was at the 75% point of that book, the physical, paperback, uncorrected proof, landed in my mailbox. It seems I won the GoodReads (used to be called FirstReads) contest for this book. I wanted to register it with BookCrossing before sending it out into the reading world but the site wouldn't take the ISBN. So I will update on where it is going later.
My thoughts as I first began reading this book was that this is a small player, less than Squeaky Fromme, in the Charles Manson case. And though I believe it is loosely based on this and other cases like that in the late 60s early 70s, the story is more about that era and some of the teens of that time.
Being a child of the 60s myself, I was very interested in getting this book. I recognized the social cliches, the disenfranchised. But I am here to tell you that not all of us were druggies or runaways. Many of us were more the flower child who believed in peace and love and still do.
This story takes us down the dangerous road of girls who were so in awe of a guy that they would do anything for him. Once on drugs, they were just puppets for this guy. And they took it to the extent of murder, for hardly any reason beyond their fantasies.
So, yeah. Murder and blood are involved. To me, that is the part of the story I didn't like. And it seemed to be the main point. As I mentioned above the main character is a lesser person of this clique. It is her story. How she felt the need to leave her family and join this strange group. And in spite of myself, I found I wanted to know more about her journey.
Was it the best journey? No. Was it the most interesting journey? Not at all. In fact, I found myself bored, a lot. That is why it took so long for me to read this even though I did have it on Kindle. Just a word on the font of the paperback, it is too small but I could have managed in small doses. So others might do just fine with it.
This was not a favorite book. Could have actually lived without ever reading it. But it was well written and kept me interested. I look forward to sharing the paperback with others and see what they feel about it.
I was finally able to register the book on BookCrossing. I marked it available. It is BCID: 353-13957336 Let me know if you want me to send it your direction....more