I cannot understand the wonderful reviews for this book. It was so generic, basic, and dry. It added little or nothing to the body of on or off line sI cannot understand the wonderful reviews for this book. It was so generic, basic, and dry. It added little or nothing to the body of on or off line subject-matter content. The only thing I felt excited by were the excerpts of writing from published books. Although, a few were quite odd choices for the author to include. One reviewer on Azon said that Lamb gave "outdated advice, and advice that is debatable." I agree. Having studied children's book writing with Nora Cohen, it is clear there is greater wisdom available. Cohen's courses and guidance is recommended. Unfortunately, she does not have a book out on the subject. She was formerly a HARCOURT Children’s Books freelance editor. She is also also a former SENIOR EDITOR & MANAGING EDITOR at G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS, in New York, NY. Still, educators and others rave about Lamb's book. They found it information-packed and useful. I found it overwritten, boring, and creatively dry. To each his own. You may love this book. Be sure to avail yourself of the useful "Look inside this book" feature of Azon. Notice that, despite rave reviews, as of today's date you can buy copies of this book for .o1c + shipping on Azon. That never happens with the most valuable published content. I agree with the readers on Azon who gave it 1-2 stars. Much ado about nothing....more
'He's the kind of train that maybe comes only once in your life and if you miss, if you don't get on, then... then it's something I'll regret for the'He's the kind of train that maybe comes only once in your life and if you miss, if you don't get on, then... then it's something I'll regret for the rest of my living days.' ~Natalie Fairfax, Crushing on the Boss
Enjoyable, chick lit and oh-so-sweet, light summer read with something special. This book was very much a fun frolic through the wildly changing life of Natalie Fairfax. The girl is single and lonely and just desperate enough to try something different. I could relate to this character and her often humorous struggle to find herself. Natalie is at a life stage where her friends were getting married. So most everyone she knows, except her, is having honeymoons and babies. Meanwhile, she still hasn't figured out what to do with her life, much less found a man. She works as a waitress and has a delicious, hot fantasy about one of her regular clients. So many elements of this book were either entertaining or helped make it a page turner. The characterization was hilarious. I loved Natalie's quirky roommate Wendy. Wendy gives Natalie the inspired idea to leave her waitressing job and apply to be an assistant. What? Leave her comfortable, yet uninspired day job? To work for the sexy man beast that she can't stop daydreaming about? Fascinating characters include the eccentric, wealthy object of her affections and his interesting brother. I laughed out loud at certain scenes. Especially hilarious moments were the interview, drinking at work, and a mystery meat dinner entree joke. There is something intriguing and uplifting about this book. You will laugh, smile, and maybe cry along the way to seeing if Natalie finds her HEA after all....more
Super sweet romance with something special. The story is about a young filmmaker, struggling to become a real producer. She is caught in the world ofSuper sweet romance with something special. The story is about a young filmmaker, struggling to become a real producer. She is caught in the world of post-collegiate interning for two years. She has been a protected young woman. Her parents are controlling, and her fiance is an even more controlling man. This story is all about how Birdie learns to find and follow her heart, truth, and dreams. Despite external opposition and her own struggle to grow, Birde Frost does grow. Along the way, love finds her and opens her up to a more wonderful life that she can imagine. I loved the characters and the charming way that Birdie's re-education unfolded. This book may me feel: I laughed out loud, smiled (a lot), and cried while reading. I felt horrible when Birdie discovered her fiance was a cheater. Though, I was happy that it freed her to have a relationship with a better man. It is hard to say what makes this book so magical and enjoyable. It is a great summer beach read or book to curl up and read with a pot of tea. Still, there is more to this story than your average mind candy lit....more
**spoiler alert** Equal parts hilarious, exciting and fun... surprised how much this book sucked me in!
Omgosh--not what I was expecting (particularly**spoiler alert** Equal parts hilarious, exciting and fun... surprised how much this book sucked me in!
Omgosh--not what I was expecting (particularly after the set-up story within a story opening). This book has a highly engaging plot but the bet bit is that the story (dialogue, characters and so forth) is deadly FUNNY. Ashley is an awkward yet clever and funny.
The young author very much gets sucked in to her new life when vamp Isaac turns her against her will. Then she very poignantly hates elements of the reality that being a vampire entails (namely that she is a blood sucker who sometimes kills humans because she can't control it or she needs it to heal faster).
This is a vampire novel, a story within a story,l that is both light and funny yet also heartful. So many hilarious scenes. The main character Ashley had a funny and snarky yet great sense of humor. All of the characters are well-developed and unique. I would have loved more romance but often the characters were too busy fighting for their lives and struggling to uncover why both the Winter and Summer Fae Courts, and everyone else, seemed to want to find Ashley.
The book includes many mesmerizing mythological creatures, from a ghost pup to fae, werewolves, witches, vampires and Ashley (a hybrid with a fascinating heritage). Although much of the story is non-stop action, there are moments when a future romance between Nik and heroine Ashley begins to develop. The end of this book includes an exciting chapter from the next in the series. ...more
Super useful for writers, particularly screenwriters as well as comic book and graphic novel story creatives, who wish to better understand or write aSuper useful for writers, particularly screenwriters as well as comic book and graphic novel story creatives, who wish to better understand or write animation or animation-influenced scripts or stories....more
Surprising dark PA YA that twists and turns and is quite the page-turner. This dystopian series twists and turns but all the while satisfies. The storSurprising dark PA YA that twists and turns and is quite the page-turner. This dystopian series twists and turns but all the while satisfies. The story is an ensemble piece with many characters but that primarily features the stories of two sisters Gabby and Dawn. The storyline, like characters' allegiances, twists and turns. It was surreal to read a dystopian plotline that began in post-apocalyptic London and led to the colonies... the prisons and rebel cities that dot the wasteland that is this future dark America.
***SPOILER ALERT*** The author has a very effective way of revealing information to the reader which, to their shock and horror, the characters later discover. One of those that had a profound impact on me was when Dawn discovers that Drew isn't really dead but was being tortured while she hung out in the Prophet's main Texas city and even went to a party (to try and deaden her pain):
“I know,” he says. His voice has lost its fire; its passion. His usual confidence is gone. I don’t recognize this boy. I had dreamed about being reunited with Drew but it was nothing like this. I never imagined that it would be so uncomfortable. I never imagined I would feel this lost around him. He was going through hell while I was spending time with his captors. ~Dawn, 'Day of Reckoning' (Dawn of Rebellion Series Book 2) (Kindle Location 903).
If, after reading the first book, you are wondering if Gabby and Dawn will be reunited with their mother... this book answer that and many more plot twists and threads that were introduced in the first book. As dark as this book is, multiple wars, on multiple fronts, and Captain Collins sometimes seems like the only wise man in the bunch... with his awareness that "doing right for one group means doing wrong for another," as the people left after global warming, disease, and war, all battle for the remaining resources... even if they have to kill others to get kill other survivors to do so. There are moments of levity, you may laugh out loud at Dawn or, most likely, Gabby's sense of humor (black irony at the situations they are sometimes in). The love of sisters, despite very different political allegiances and thoughts about what is moral and ethical, shines through. There is a bit of light romance as well. I look forward to seeing how certain plotlines come together; what will happen when the entire Nolan is reunited? This was a fast read and interesting book in a sea of same-old same-old YA PA knock-offs (where THG and other stories are poorly regurgitated). Happy reading~*...more
**spoiler alert** Love to read dark YA PA books? Check out this fascinating YA dystopian read about the bonds of sisterhood set against an alternate f**spoiler alert** Love to read dark YA PA books? Check out this fascinating YA dystopian read about the bonds of sisterhood set against an alternate future earth reality where the infrastructure/cities of America was mostly destroyed in the post-apocalyptic future. The main characters are two sisters who are nothing alike. One is small and dark while the older sister is blonde, conventionally beautiful/a babe and athletic. SPOILER ALERT: The two sisters are Dawn and Gabby, British citizens whose father died in a car accident and whose mother disappeared, and their sibling dynamic is realistic and well-described. Gabby is the older sister who has spent her life taking care of little sister Dawn. Society is very controlled. Your career is decided and thus your life and income levels. Britain of the future is divided into three classes, the small group of wealthy upper class individuals, the middle class military, and the desperately poor lower classes. Many of the poorest people live in hovels and do not have enough food to eat. The two girls, like many poor people in Britain in this dystopian future, live in abandoned buildings, sometimes moving several times a month, and seldom have enough to eat. They pretend their parents are still alive. Younger sister Dawn is a good student who aspires to university after high school... while older sister Gabby is an athlete who believes she's destined for military placement in the British government that controls most aspects of British citizens' lives. So when Gabby is shipped off to the colonies for petty theft (she stole a silver bracelet for Dawn's birthday, from a high-end story), Britain is using parts of the overgrown US to house prisoners, Dawn decides that for once in her life she'll do the rescuing. It just so happens that maybe Gabby's quick private trial and judgement has something to do with the very wealthy boy she was dating... the same boy who unknowingly drove her away in the getaway car. That boy Drew is determined to find his way to the colonies too... and Dawn accepts his help love--they rendezvous at an airstrip where a sympathizer to the rebels agrees to help him--and soon he and Dawn are flying across the pond to the new Wild West... AKA the overgrown remains of America. There is a bit of a love triangle in this story, as known player Drew starts to fall for Dawn on their journey to Floridaland (a prison where the inmates pick fruit daily so that it can be shipped to England). On their way to find Dawn's sister Gabby, Drew and Dawn have many adventures: finding ruins, being attacked by a bear, being accosted by a man who means to kill Dawn (so Drew kills him instead). Some of the best parts of this book were the surprises. Dawn and Gabby's father isn't dead. He's in the military in the former US. The story, despite being dark (and creeping me out, as I was reading/reviewing the book while visiting Florida and the penal colonies are in Florida) is a fun adventure story that twists and turns. The characters are vibrant and memorable. The book seems like an ensemble character story at points as there are a number of well-written characters. If you like YA PA novels then you will like this book. Immediately bought the 2nd book in the series and am reading it next! Happy reading~*...more
This book has super sweet characters, which I loved, and reveals anecdotal details of former orphan Ruth Fielding who came to live with her miserly unThis book has super sweet characters, which I loved, and reveals anecdotal details of former orphan Ruth Fielding who came to live with her miserly uncle and had many adventures and travels after. In this particular story in the series, after befriending mogul Mr. Hammond, Ruth gets paid for her first moving pictures scenario (when it is good enough to be produced). She decides to deposit the check, and I loved her dialogue in part of that scene: "This will be credited to the fact that R.F. can actually make something with her brains, my lady. What do you think?" In an earlier book in the series, Ruth gains financial independence by restoring a valuable necklace to its owner and receiving a reward. In one of my favorite bits of dialogue, the author helps young readers to understand the challenges of interpersonal relationships: "Oh, well, my dear, we cannot make people over in this world. That is impossible," said Mr. Hammond (when Ruth dislikes the film director she met earlier). The story offers many life-lessons, about growing up, being a kind person, persevering toward ones goals, and so much more. I wish that I'd read this entire series as a child. The characters are well-developed and the storyline has terribly comedic moments and much camaraderie. This book was referenced by Rita Lakin in her wonderful memoir of her life as a TV writer in 'The Only Woman in the Room: Episodes in My Life and Career as a Television Writer'. (The Only Woman in the Room: Episodes in My Life and Career as a Television Writer) Apparently, reading 'Ruth Fielding in Moving Pictures' was a huge part of her following her dream to write for TV (and become one of the most successful female TV writers post white-male domination of Tinsel Town). Charming YA book that reminded me a great deal of the Trixie Belden "girl detective" books and The Bobbsey Twins series of episodic adventures that I loved to read as a girl. Modern readers may find this series, and book, too sweet, or the plot slow. I loved it! Happy reading~*...more
**spoiler alert** Dark, disturbing, and deeply compelling. It's been a long time since a book kept me up until the wee hours despite my need to sleep.**spoiler alert** Dark, disturbing, and deeply compelling. It's been a long time since a book kept me up until the wee hours despite my need to sleep... yet this high suspenseful, twisting and turning novel by Peter Martin did exactly that. Donna is a fascinating character whose identity twists and turns as does her life following a traumatic event and personal violation of life-changing proportion. I don't want to spoil the story for you so I won't detail the plot (and other readers have done so). I will say that the characters are well-developed, the plot is a hypnotic slow burn that makes for a page-turner, and the emotional development of the characters has real depth. There are moments of redemption for protagonist Donna who has exactly the warped psychology you would expect from a former child model and commercial TV star. Donna's parents are typical image-obsessed stage parents who focus on the value of her beauty which has skewed her sense of self-worth. When Donna is befriended by a largely normal and emotionally sensitive and loving family, who accept her as she is, she learns some valuable lessons about gratitude and strength. Some people have written that they saw the plot resolution in advance, yet I did not. The author skillfully handles a story that reminded me a great deal, in some ways, of Gone Girl (minus the psychotic female lead) and The Girl on the Train. The quality of the writing and story development, for this debut novel, was a pleasant surprise. Happy reading~*...more
There's a Houdini in this book... but it's a lizard, not a person, and his antics and what follow are hilarious. Think fun, fast read. Super charmingThere's a Houdini in this book... but it's a lizard, not a person, and his antics and what follow are hilarious. Think fun, fast read. Super charming book for middle graders with hijinks and mysteries all around in this enjoyable book. Will Charlie and Brad replace their teacher's alarm clock before they are discovered and where has Houdini gotten off to? In the fabulous tradition of Roald Dahl, 'Charlie Bingham Gets Clocked' has a magical quality set amid the humorous ironic world of middle school student Charlie Bingham. Fun characters include multiple teachers and classmates, including Brad and Alyssa, as well as Houdini the lizard… whose unauthorized school field trip and later escape from his owner Brad cause all kinds of problems. SPOILER ALERT: Once Houdini hides in the teacher’s alarm clock, which Brad takes to recover the lizard, the lizard escapes leaving Brad holding the clock. In the series of misadventures that follow, multiple students get involved to try and recover Ms. Walker’s missing alarm clock. There are numerous inside jokes referring to Carolina Parks books. The story is both hilarious and riveting as the clocks ticks on and the reader desperately wonders if the kids will replace the clock in time and find Houdini. Happy reading~*...more
**spoiler alert** Illicit pleasures between the pages... and elsewhere in this erotically charged ensemble romance with thriller elements. Fascinating**spoiler alert** Illicit pleasures between the pages... and elsewhere in this erotically charged ensemble romance with thriller elements. Fascinating mix of literature and lore… historic royal lore which, when interwoven so skillfully, into a modern unconventional romance, makes for riveting, scintillating, and compelling reading. One of the most fascinating parts of this book includes references to and decoded excerpts of a mysterious journal kept by a secret royal matrilineal line.
“This sixteenth day of October the Year of Our Lord 1541, Methven Castle. I tire yet I must write for my beloved’s daughter comes hence. I pray I live to give unto her this book and charge her to give it also unto a daughter conceived in love. I direct and beseech my heirs to find love where they may. Love is a gift of God, not of kings,” ~Queen Margeret, the 4th Queen of Scotland
The theme of the book, to find love where one might, however unconventional, whatever the cost, is the subtext of the decoded passage above. Please note that this book describes illicit passion, taboo relationship in particular, at least one case being historic as well as a particular present-day taboo relationship.
You will alternately love and hate the very realistic characters as they struggle with their passions, human foibles, and daily lives. The settings and scenes are stunning and richly described. Although the subject matter of this book is generally held to be taboo, this book is written as racy and salacious, titillating sub-genre fiction that satisfies. “Illicit Passion” is a page-turner. Happy reading~* ...more
In 'Dreams of Kratocracy,' a deeply saddening and beautiful book, the author has set the story in Europian. Europian is a dystopian fictional future wIn 'Dreams of Kratocracy,' a deeply saddening and beautiful book, the author has set the story in Europian. Europian is a dystopian fictional future world that is worse yet likely eerily similar in some ways to the world that the human race is headed toward (a world where the gap between the haves and have-nots widens as power including money trumps our own humanity). In Europian, oppressive societal control exists under the illusion of a perfect society created by the powers that be. This dark futuristic literary science-fiction novel is reminiscent yet not derivative of George Orwell's '1984.' In the future super-state of Europian, a police inspector, Inspector Beech, stumbles into evidence of the secret dark, controlled Kratocracy--the Government controlled reality created by those who seized power--during a routine accident investigation. The society is largely numb, humorless, poor, and so down-trodden that they accept their domination by the well-to-do who are in power politically and otherwise. I found the numb naïvitee of Inspector Beech, the main character, and the highly-structured dark and forbidding, yet curiously banal, setting and story line to be very realistic, plausible, and appropriate for the story. The themes of power-mongering, apathy, and flawed politics and values, are highly intelligent. The prose style is spare and clipped and the pace of the plot is fast. The plot is an exploration of the dark side of politics and political agendas and the unraveling of one man's life. The book will quite likely make you think a great deal more about the shadowy machinations of politicians around the world. Beech's life-changing investigation reveals the current Europian regime's conspiracy to wipe out Jow... a passionate grass-roots political opponent who is successfully campaigning to become president of the Europian parliament. In the course of his life's unraveling, Beech feels a passion and intense love, for reporter Fiona, likely for the first time in his life. The reviews for this book are polarized, quite likely because the author avoids the trite Hollywood ending that most readers, perhaps largely American readers, seem to prefer. Certain readers who do not enjoy the literature of bygone era, books by authors such as H.G. Wells, Kurt Vonnegut, Aldous Huxley, or George Orwell and the like, may not enjoy or entirely get this work of literary fiction. If you do like or love the aforementioned authors then, as I did, you will likely very much enjoy this book. 'Dreams in Kratocracy' is scarily reflective of what modern society may become. Happy reading~*...more
Fall in love or play in the sun, sand, sea or wilderness of Tofino...a spectacularly beautiful British Columbia beach community and small district onFall in love or play in the sun, sand, sea or wilderness of Tofino...a spectacularly beautiful British Columbia beach community and small district on Vancouver Island, off of Canada's west coast.
This is the best travel book that I’ve ever read and Tofino, B.C., a small district on Vancouver Island, off of Canada's west coast, is likely going to be one of the neatest little towns that you’ve ever discovered. If it is possible to fall in love with a place by reading a book then you and Tofino just might begin a romance destined in the stars. Clearly, Tofino, B.C. has the great outdoors, local charm, world class spas, organic, local, and vegan food, and the magical wild beauty of the beach and wilderness. But also, this beautifully written little guide is full of activities ideas, local anecdotes, and friendly suggestions, about all of the 251 things to do in Tofino, B.C. (including where to stay, eat, drink, heal, find peace, commune with nature, and/or make merry). You will love how the personality of the town and community come across in this handy travel guide.
Know from wild natural scenery, majestic lakes, inlets and primal ancient rainforest, Torino has a unique charm and temperate climate, so no wonder the beach town is a hot-spot for writers, artists, and other creatives, as well as healers, lovers ,and people seeking an ideal place to fall in love or play in the sun, sand, sea or forests of a spectacularly beautiful beach community. Hot tubs, misty days filled with rain, reading in coffee shops, or whiling away the hours in the Mermaid Tales Bookshop, breathing in the fresh air of the ocean, watching the sun rise and set on the beach in dog-friendly picturesque Tofino, I want to do it all and finish off the day on the beach, by a fire, nibbling or drinking something from Chocolate Tofino.
Having always wanted to visit British Columbia, this book makes it clear that the district of Tofino is the place to start dancing in the moonlight, storm or whale watching, or maybe falling in love in a pure, beautiful, magical place where one can deeply connect with nature, animals, and a community of like-minded souls. Restaurants to tickle any taste buds, family friendly outings, fine or fun food, celebrating local indigenous culture which values the spirit of the place and all creatures that live therein, enjoying music, or surfing and other outdoor sports, and more, with a healthy eco-friendly and environmentally conscious community....more