a most excellent 5 star read! wow...wow...this is an amazing book, this guy Tom is brilliant!
this book is just awesome, a real page turner. I was a lit...morea most excellent 5 star read! wow...wow...this is an amazing book, this guy Tom is brilliant!
this book is just awesome, a real page turner. I was a little skeptical at first having read child 44 I wasn't sure I could take another excellent yet, draining book like that again. This is not that kind of book. This is a story of love, strength, evil, loyalty, confusion but, mostly a knowing, a feeling. Daniel gets a frantic call from his mother from Sweden saying she is on her way to him, she needs help and he mustn't tell his father... someone is after her. Tilde, the mother sounds hysterical and like she is making no sense. Daniel's father, Chris calls and says his mother has just run a way from an asylum he put her in and if he sees her, stop her and keep her with him. Daniel is shocked, what is going on? His orderly world has just turned upside down. His once idyllic life and family is not what it was, was it ever what he thought and who are these people he calls his parents? Daniel has secrets of his own so the thought that his parents have been hiding things from him seems plausible yet... can he even trust himself or his own instincts? This story is not what you might think, it is multilayered and moves quite fast, the characters are so real and believable. Do yourself a favor and get this book. Soon. (less)
I almost didn't read this one because in the beginning Lou was so tough & tough talking it turned me off. Sometimes...more4 pleasantly surprised stars...
I almost didn't read this one because in the beginning Lou was so tough & tough talking it turned me off. Sometimes women come off so hard and tough it's a big turnoff for me, Lou just skirted this line. There is also a ton of street slang that was a little off putting as well but the great story made up for it. I did keep reading and I'm glad I did. Homicide Detective Elouise "Lou" has been haunted by the unsolved murder of her older sister, Tori over 25 years ago and she now has a case that is eerily similar. Lou and her rookie partner "Colorado cowboy" Colin are on the case of a young girl found hanging in the closet of an under construction condo unit. the hanging is meant to look like a suicide but Lou knows better and as the case unfolds all the clues seem to lead to the same bad men who were under suspicion when her sister went missing. Lou is having a hard time with this new case that has her flashing back in time to when her sister went missing and how it affected her and every choice she has made since then. Lou's crumbling marriage and her new partner round out Lou and her life as she gets closer and closer to the killer.
This got three stars... not because of Paul, whom I love but, because of the author, Tom Doyle who in my opinion is a putz!
The whole book seems to be...moreThis got three stars... not because of Paul, whom I love but, because of the author, Tom Doyle who in my opinion is a putz!
The whole book seems to be a put down of Paul, his love Linda and the kids. There are some interesting stories and facts that are fun but, mostly it seems slanted that Tom really doesn't like Paul or even the Beatles for that matter...
That's all the review I'm giving. Do yourself a favor and read any other book on Paul or the Beatles(less)
3 stars, I just couldn't get into this like I wanted too!! the three... 2 stars I tried but I could just not get into this book... I enjoyed the beginni...more3 stars, I just couldn't get into this like I wanted too!! the three... 2 stars I tried but I could just not get into this book... I enjoyed the beginning and that was it. I tried to care. I tried to engage. I tried to enjoy. I tried. The story didn't hold my attention and I did not like the delivery style of it. It is written documentary style, each chapter is a news story. I liked none of the characters, just not my kind of read (less)
a most excellent 5 star read, review to come...:) just love your writing Ruth!
I love Ruth! I have devoured and delighted in her books, "Garlic and Sa...morea most excellent 5 star read, review to come...:) just love your writing Ruth!
I love Ruth! I have devoured and delighted in her books, "Garlic and Sapphires", "Comfort me With Apples" and Tender At The Bone" thus far and this one was no exception. When I heard/saw she had a new book out I didn't even read the blurb about it or care what the title was or what it was about, I just knew I wanted it. That I would "need to read" I was surprised then, when I realized it was a novel and, truth be told a little apprehensive.... I had nothing to fear, as Ruth once again delivered. Billie Breslin grew up in a loving home where the women cooked. As a child Billie had an instinct for food, a knowing a palate that could rival no other. The book is fun and happy, talks about food, cheese, new York, Food magazines, mansions, romance and throw in some mystery you have the perfect recipe for a book I will love! Billie drops out of college and leaves home to hit the big Apple. She gets a job at Delicious! a gourmet food magazine where she writes articles about food but can not cook food for reasons we find out later and soon after the magazine folds, yet Billie stays on to answer the help line. All alone at the offices she discovers in the library a secret room where she find correspondence from WWll from a young gal Lulu Swan to James Beard! Billie goes on the hunt for Lulu and what she finds, who she finds is part of the fun of this book. (less)
you can't see your bones with binoculars!... 5 stars
Anything that gets the kids into the story and laughing, asking questions is a most excellent 5 st...more you can't see your bones with binoculars!... 5 stars
Anything that gets the kids into the story and laughing, asking questions is a most excellent 5 star read for us!
We talked about bodies and how they worked for days. We sang the head bones connected to the neck bone and on and on with the kids pointing to each bone and showing me and the kids all over again how it works. The pictures were funny and informative. I have preschoolers, ages 3, 4 and 5 and some of the information is over the younger ones heads but, I don't think it mattered to much I am a good improviser and so were the big kids who also teach the little ones by their words and actions. We also talked alot about taking care of our bones with healthy eating, exercising and trying not to break our bones by being and playing safely.
we talked about the differences between animal bones and people bones, the big and long names were too hard for them but it was fun for them to try. (less)
this is a story as old as time itself. Plain, poor Mabel has a scholarship to a prestigious college and is befriended by her polar opposite......more3 stars
this is a story as old as time itself. Plain, poor Mabel has a scholarship to a prestigious college and is befriended by her polar opposite... the beautiful, vivacious and wealthy Genevra. Mabel Dagmar is invited to share in the splendor that is Genevra Winslows life at their cottage Bittersweet in Vermont. And this is where things get ugly, she discovers a big family secret and she must come to a decision... what would you give up to have it all? would you forget everything you were taught or know to stay in the spotlight? At times this story moves slowly and it can be hard to like any of the characters but, stick with it. Mabel must choose between right and wrong, between the have's and the have not's. Can she live with the decision she inevitably has to make? Well, I guess you will have to read this book to find out! (less)
This Steam Punk book was my first in this genre and a real hoot! The only complaint I have is the e-book version I read was...morethe kraken king ... 4 stars
This Steam Punk book was my first in this genre and a real hoot! The only complaint I have is the e-book version I read was jumbled up and difficult to read, note to the publisher... This is the first in a series of 7 (!) books, I would like to see them condensed into maybe three volumes, a trilogy but, I will read them any way they are printed. Do keep all the great cover art!
Zenobia Fox alias Geraldine Inkslinger is traveling in an airship with her bodyguards, married couple Mara & Cooper and her friend Helene off to have an adventure like her brother has been telling her about her whole life and like she has been writing about for years. Halfway through the journey the airship is attacked and thankfully rescued by none other than the great Kraken King Ariq. The great and powerful King is immediately smitten with Zenobia and she with him, the angst filled highly charged and humorous actions between the two is ... a hoot! Helene needs to find her husband and she is sure Ariq doesn't care for her so she demands the king take them over the desert to get them to their original destination. The journey is filled with wonderful steampunk mechanical people, animals and wondrous, wacky inventions along the way. I Love Ariq, Zenobia and the whole cast in this wild book but, not so much her friend Helene... Do take the time to read one or all of these books, it will be time well spent.
Bear in Underwear: Goodnight Underwear... 4 stars This was a hit with my preschoolers. The title alone had them rolling on the floor and then checking...moreBear in Underwear: Goodnight Underwear... 4 stars This was a hit with my preschoolers. The title alone had them rolling on the floor and then checking out what underwear they wore that day. We talked for a long time after about camping, what we wear camping and what would we do if we saw a bear in underwear! lots of giggles with this one. I just happen to have 7 fulltime preschoolers so they thought it was nifty that there were 7 bears too. I wish there were pictures with this one but, actually with vivid imaginations, we didn't really need any. Needless to say I read this one at naptime...
does a bear wear boots ... a most excellent 5 star read!
This was a fun read for my preschool kids. We talked a lot about why animals don't wear clothe...more does a bear wear boots ... a most excellent 5 star read!
This was a fun read for my preschool kids. We talked a lot about why animals don't wear clothes, why people do and the kinds of clothes people wear in different weather.
Kids love to be silly and say silly things so, we spent quite a bit of time wondering what clothes would make someone super silly! The questions at the end were a nice add for some additional thinking skills.
The pictures were colorful, informative and fun as well. We just happened to be doing a polar bear segment last week when I read this to the kids so that worked out well. When the kids asked me to "Annie, please read us the silly bear book on my Kindle again" I knew it was a 5 star read for my preschool kids!
Some of the text was wonky on this e-copy but I just talked my way through it..:)(less)
This was a great quick and fun 3 star read Austin Police detective Andrea Finch is on administration leave for the off duty shooting of a freckle face...moreThis was a great quick and fun 3 star read Austin Police detective Andrea Finch is on administration leave for the off duty shooting of a freckle faced teenager weilding a gun at a fast food joint. While on leave she gets a call from her computer savy and smart but troubled younger brother Gavin who has droped out of college and needs to borrow some money. This sets off alarm bells for her and when she tries to find out what's going on with him and where he is living, she wonders if her brother is getting a little to close to an old friend with a shady past. This sets her off on a collision course with the very attractive FBI agent Jon North who works Homeland Security and has his own interst in her little brother and his friends. Jon is working undercover trying to find out about and hopefully bust the terrorist group who may also be involved in a murder from long ago. Jon finds out her brother is involved and wants to bring him in but Andie needs to find him before the FBI does so that she can protect him as she has always done. Andrea and Jon dance around each other, while the chemistry builds, neither trusts the other one until they begin to realize they just might need to work together on this to save her brother and innocent lives. While both are trying to figure out what is going on with her brother and his friend and suspected terrorist Shay, the romance between the two blossoms. Andrea is a smart, capable and strong woman who can handle herself with and without a gun which makes for some fun and interesting reading. Jon is very alpha male and a macho type of guy. I didn't care much for him at first, it took me awhile to warm up to him. I recieved this e-book from Net galley(less)