Thursday, December 24, 2015

Book Review: The Red Ribbon by Rachel B. Ledge

The Red RibbonThe Red Ribbon by Rachel B. Ledge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

This book is amazing!! England pretty much any time in history is a favorite. Add in romance, intrigue, and a dash of ghosts and I'm in. I assumed I would like it. I didn't expect to fall passionately in love with this book. From early on, I HAD to know what was going to happen to these people. They just had to be okay because they were too amazing to be anything else. Julia, Roland, Clementine, and a few others whose names I won't mention for fear of giving something away are now dear friends. Charles King is a horrid awful person.

I sped through this book because I had to know that my new friends were okay. Now I'm ready to back an read through it slowly to catch all that I missed the first time. I will be ordering a physical copy of this book in the very near future. I have to have these people near me.

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Right now on Amazon Kindle, it is only $0.99! It is worth way more than that! I will say there were a few typos that might bother some. And there were some areas were the characterization was a bit thin and the plot may have been rushed in a few places. It does jump right into the middle of the whole thing and it dances around some other issues. So it isn't perfect, but I loved it too much to let those (in this book) minor issues detract from my deep and passionate love. However, for some of you and even for myself at the right time, these minor issues could be major ones. So you have been forewarned!

Personally, the fact that I want to read it again says a lot. I almost NEVER reread a book. The only one I have reread on purpose is Wuthering Heights. So that's pretty high praise from me. Amazing book!

Friday, December 18, 2015

What's going on?

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I should probably be thinking of a blog to wrap up the year, to tell you about my One Word for the year, and be thinking of a new word. I'm not doing any of that. I'm just thinking about today and not even one day forward. I'm a bit stuck in one spot. I'm not exactly sure why. I'm devouring books which in some ways makes me happy, but it is bordering on obsessive which generally means that I'm trying to avoid some emotion. But I have no clue what emotion or how to figure it out.

The end of the year is coming and I should be preparing all kinds of end of the year wrap up posts and activities. I'm doing none of that. Maybe it is all the stuff going on in the lives of those around me. I'm trying not to take it all in. I'm trying to give it to God and go on. Maybe I'm not doing a good job of that. Maybe I'm just stressed with all of the requirements on me because I know I'm not performing up to my best in most of these areas. Too much stuff and not enough me. I'm sure you guys know what I mean because you've probably been there before yourself.

Not that it is all doom and gloom around here. Lots of things are going well. My kids have had great Christmas programs. We have gone to a couple awesome Christmas parties. I always love having the tree and it's light around. I'm looking forward the family time coming up. Life in general is going well, So maybe I'm just overthinking everything.

I can't quite pinpoint what it is that is nagging in the background somewhere, if it is anything. When I figure it out, I will let you know.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Book Review: Chronicles of a Clocksmith by M. Doerner-Miller

Chronicles of a ClocksmithChronicles of a Clocksmith by M. Doerner-Miller
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I got this book in exchange for an honest review from Story Cartel.

The distance between the narrator and characters turned me off. I assume it was an effort to make it seem more like an ancient tale. Therefore I think it could be good for young elementary kids. Lots of fantasy, unique characters, and very tiny amounts of violence.
However for me, it just made it hard to connect with the characters. And without that connection to character it really made it hard to slog through the book. However if you like the feel of an ancient tale, this is a great option.

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I hate to give bad reviews for a clever book. It really is a good story. The gnomes and other fantasy characters are neat. The author does a good job of bringing it back to the real world and what the parents are thinking and feeling. Violence is only mentioned in passing and in a distant way. The final "battle" isn't even a battle. It would make a great novel for you to read to your elementary aged child or for them to read for themselves. It doesn't translate well for adults, but kids would enjoy it immensely. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Action Packed or Human Driven: Two Good Books

A few months ago I wrote about two sci-fi novellas, Relics and The Lucid. They each have a part 2 now. I have read both of them and both of them have improved in totally different ways. The Lucid is an action packed thriller. Relics is a moving portrayal of humanity. They are both great in so many different ways. They are definitely worth your time and money.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First things first, I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I like episode 2 better than episode 1. Of course you have to read episode 1 to understand what is going on and Episode 1 has merit of its own.

Episode 2 moves quickly. There is lots of action and you see the process of character development. Some sad things happen, but they are not drawn out to the point of tragedy. I really appreciate this. We see the major players revealing who they are and their part in the plot.

This is the part of the story where you really find out who they are and what is going on. I can't wait for the next one!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, I wanted to not like it. I wanted to be over the Sci-fi AI genre. But I just couldn't do that! That darn Nick Thacker has done it once again. He has drawn me into this futuristic world where humanity is pitted against Artificial Intelligence. The System is a background character, which lets you focus so much more on the people in the story. Rand, Diane, Ravi, Meyers, Solomon, and now the town of Relics and the camp of Unders! There are so many people connected in so many ways that we are just beginning to discover. This is not just a sci-fi AI story. This is a story about people, people who have made mistakes, people who are trying to make things better, people who are trying to recover who they are. These people are trying to connect and create relationships in spite of the System that is deconstructing and isolating the people. There is so much here to love.

Book Review: I'd Rather Wear Pajamas by Chelsea Walker Flagg

I'd Rather Wear PajamasI'd Rather Wear Pajamas by Chelsea Walker Flagg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

I laughed until I cried. This is honest, hilarious, and real. I can't say that I agree with every observation, but the story is not told as if I should agree with it. She does talk about motherhood, but it is not the focus of the story. The focus is her going from young girl to confident adult woman. There are so many stories that all women can relate to. I am so glad I read this book! You will be glad to read it as well.

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I literally sat in bed last night laughing until I was crying. Both my husband and my son came to check on me to see what was happening. Her story is so very relatable.
My only complaint and it is a relatively minor one is her dependence on her horoscope sign to determine how to categorize herself. It was a little off putting. So I didn't rate it a 5 stars. However, that is a minor point that doesn't detract from the story anyway. If you are a woman and want to laugh, get this book. You will not regret it!