Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Monday, August 29, 2016
I have recently discovered Heather Graham's writing. This book was the second of her's that I have read and I highly enjoyed it. I like the idea of a ghost helping someone find a killer or try to protect the person who see him. In this book Bartholomew, was highly concerned about Katie's safety, not just her physical safety but the safety of her heart. He warned her against falling for David for various reasons, almost like a big brother would. Bartholomew quickly became one of my favorite characters in the book for this reason and because he was a prankster and one who enjoys having fun.
Overall the story was interesting and I enjoyed the historical aspect included into the story, but there were some points that didn't seem to flow right or seemed to drag on rather than keep pace with the rest of the novel. Katie and David's characters were well developed, and somewhat complex, but all the other characters fell into the background. Some characters are introduced in the very end that would have made sense to introduce earlier on including the killer. We didn't see much of the killer character in the book aside from when the story told from his viewpoint (when readers didn't know who it was). If there was a little more interaction happened with the killer and Katie/David the ending may have made a little bit more sense.
Graham does a good job setting up the story and building suspense throughout it, but some points seemed to have fallen short of expectation. It almost felt like there was more that Graham could have done with the story. But even with dull moments the book still held my attention and pulled me into the story line. I would recommend this novel to mystery fans who don't want something gory and over the top. There is some romance, but I don't think there is enough for the novel to be considered a romance novel. I would give this book a rating of 3.5 out of 5. I have three more Heather Graham novels on my to read list (I am sure I will end up buying more) and I cannot wait to begin one of them.
Monday, August 22, 2016
About a week and half ago my beloved Gramma had passed away. She was a spitfire of a woman who was deeply devoted to God. One of the many things she and I had in common was our love for reading. Among the items that was given to me of hers, as a large amount of books. Some I will review in honor of her.
The first one I started reading is Heloise. I remember seeing this book or at least one like it in my house growing up, but never read it because we'll as a kid it didn't interest me. But now as a woman in my 30's I wondered if there are tips that are helpful today. The answer is Yes. Yes there is.
There are so many helpful tips with humor added in ranging from getting gum out of hair and dishwashing tips to how to save potatoes from shriveling and saving your razor from rusting. A lot of these tips, I never thought of trying. I kept thinking why didn't I try that? This reminded me of those "Daily life hacks" videos is see on social media all the time. Who would have thought a popular trend today started in the 60's with books like Heloise!
I absolutely loved reading this and will be sure to try some of the ideas presented in the book. I recommend it if you like learning new ways to do things, ideas to re purpose things, cleaning ideas and more. I'm not going to give the book a rating for various reasons. But will say it is a good addition to book shelves. I love that this is one of the many ways I can remember Gramma and keep her close.
I generally love many stories that deal with Alice in Wonderland, this series is no different. I love Looking Glass Wars series. I was saddened that Alyss and Hatter didn't play bigger roles in the story. Sure they were in the novel, but they were not the focus whereas Redd and Arch's plots were the main story line. The Cat and Dodge were not in the story much either, especially when the battle scene finally appears, they don't do much of battle. I was waiting for something because there was a lot of build up. But that seemed to be most of the book, building up for something else, something we don't see a lot of in this book, maybe the third installment.
Alyss hasn't changed much, she is still concerned with her feelings for Dodge and at times that takes her attention away from her duty as queen, but I guess you have to add in a romance to the story somewhere. What I did like and thought was interesting was the silk from the caterpillars having special qualities when woven into fabric or woven together. It was an interesting addition to the story and I wanted to see where Frank would take it other than using the silk thread as a weapon or enhancement for weapons like Hatter's Hat. I am not sure if I like this one as much as I liked Looking Glass Wars, and I am eager to see what happens in the third book of the series.
I would give this book a 3 out 5 stars because it didn't seem as entertaining as the first book, though I still couldn't put it down.
Friday, August 19, 2016
As soon as I began reading this book I fell in love with it. Liz Long does an amazing job creating a world that captivates her readers. I love stories that combine different magic powers, but sometimes those stories don't mesh well with numerous powers. This one makes use of the powers in a great way, each person helping someone else train and great strong. Lucy at first comes off as being a whiney little girl, but as the story progresses she becomes stronger and comes into her own fire abilities as well as skills as a leader. She comes to realize not only who she is as a person but the strength she has as a Firestarter. Throughout the book she relies heavily on others to help her around the circus, but it doesn't come off as a girl incapable of completing a task, it is one of teamwork and family unity.
There is a little bit for everyone in this novel,:mystery, romance, and fantasy. Liz writes a fantastic tale that is difficult to put down. It has an even pace and doesn't feel like it is forced. One of my favorite things was the character Gabriel, he was an Empath. Liz takes the idea of an Empath a step farther in that they are able to control the emotions of someone else rather than feeling every emotion. I also enjoyed that there were different levels to the gifts like with Firestarters there are those who can control fire, make fire, or even those who could just withstand it. A lot of things in the book were unique and different from what I have seen in other books, and that makes it fantastic in my mind.
I know there is more to the series and I eagerly await the next book in the series to find out what will happen next, whether someone else will come along to replace Felix or if something else worse will happen. I give this novel a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
It also tells you different things you can do to make it different or alter it to meet your dietary needs.
There are a few recipes that I have tried and they are as delicious as the books made them sound. Most cookbooks include images from time to time, but this one does not include them. Not that pictures are necessary for cookbooks, but sometimes it helps make something look delicious enough to eat. The recipes are easy to follow and do not include anything that you wouldn't be able to find at the local grocery store.
I love that I have a cookbook that has a literature element to it, it fits the person that I am and I think it would make a great addition to other bookshelves for those who love cooking and reading. I give the cookbook a 4 out of 5 since there isn't a way to determine if the food looks good.