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The Great Game

By: James Vachowski.  Format: eBook.   Read: November 2014.

This is a short story about told from the point of view of an older man regaling a young child with his heroic stories from World War I.

History meets fantasy in this historical short story. Each chapter takes place during a different point of World War I, and there are several mythical creatures along the way. This is a very fast, easy-to-read book with a delightful narrator. Teenagers and adults alike will enjoy this book.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Note:

The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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I Talk Slower than I Think

By: C. D. Bonner   Format: eBook.   Read: November 2014

This is a collection of stories to remind adults of every age of a simpler, more hands-on era.

I Talk Slower than I Think is a nod to the good old days. Filled with southern expressions, each chapter relays an old family story passed down from previous generations. This book will have readers laughing out loud, as well as a few nodding along as they relate to certain events. Although there are some stories that are more emotional than entertaining, overall this is a feel-good book that both Southerners and Northerners can appreciate.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:

The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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Angel with Burnt Wings

By: Scarlett Jensen    Format: eBook.    Read: November 2014.

Alice was a young girl with an open future. However, due to abuse and circumstances her self-esteem disappeared. Seeking love and acceptance, she fell into the wrong crowd and wound up in jail. This is the story of how Alice became the woman she is today and how she finally tried to find love and acceptance within her own heart.

This is a novel. The author declares that it is based off of Alice from Wonderland and even alludes to this character occasionally in the story. However, from the beginning the author explains in detail how she interviewed real life women in jail and learned their life stories. The author’s goal is to tell their story by creating the fictional Alice. Written like a memoir, Alice recounts her days from the childhood abuse to the crime spree and eventually finding God through the help of therapy. This is a very profound book, focused more on life lessons than a normal flow of a novel.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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Personal Shelves Review

The beginning of October, we had to bury my grandfather. The days leading up to the trip, my mind was scattered and I couldn’t focus on anything. I tried reading different books from The List, but my focus wasn’t there. I tried to watch a movie, but my dvd player was broken. I was stuck… I couldn’t get past my own mind, so I went scrolling through my library on my Nook. I stumbled across this book that I had downloaded for free. It had the promise of a sweet, short romance, so I gave it a shot. Here are my thoughts:

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Personal Shelves Review

It can be difficult to read a book from an app on my computer, so several weeks ago, when there were fireworks and I needed my Nook to play Ozzy’s calming music at night, I was wide awake and decided to read an ebook that was on my Nook. My friend Dana, who you may remember designed my amazing logo, recommended the author Kim Harrison to me. A while back, I downloaded the first book in the series, while it was on sale. Here are my thoughts:

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The Cards of Life and Death

By: Colleen Gleason     Format: Paperback        Read: August 2014

 

Diana Iverson has it all, a blossoming malpractice firm and a seemingly perfect fiancé, when she receives news of her estranged aunt’s sudden passing. Diana inherits her aunt’s old home and decides to take a last minute trip up to Maine. While there, she discovers her aunt’s tarot cards which keep popping up at strange times, along with a handsome neighbor and his big, black lab. However, when strange incidents keep happening and several sabotage attempts on the house and her car, Diana begins to suspect her aunt’s death wasn’t from natural causes, but she may be putting her own life at risk.

Colleen Gleason’s mystical book is descriptive and will have readers feeling as though they are living the story. This book is about learning to conquer old insecurities and trusting in your intuition, in order to be open to trusting others. The second half of the book picks up the pace and is packed full of suspense. Though at times the storyline can be predictable, the ending contains a major twist that will leave readers shocked and speechless.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Note:

I won this copy in a contest held by a different author. To learn more about this author, please visit her website.

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My Sister’s Books Review #58

Meena Mouse’s Perfect Raspberry

By: Trilby Plants

Illustrated by: Deborah Gagnon

1st grade and Younger

 

Meena Mouse has run away from home after eating the raspberry that her Mom was going to use to make a tart. Lost in the forest, Meena runs into the Silver Mouse who helps her find a perfect raspberry, but will Meena be able to find her way home?

Beautifully illustrated, this book pops with vibrant backgrounds. Children everywhere will enjoy the bold, colorful world of Meena Mouse. Written with short, repetitious sentences, this book is a nice choice for parents to read to their kids. As with every good children’s book, there is a moral to be learned from Meena’s adventure.

 

Notes:

This review was written for My Sister’s Books. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

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My Sister’s Books Review #57

My Sister’s Keeper

By: Jodi Picoult

Modern Times, Rhode Island

Family Dynamics

 

Anna knows she was born to save her sister’s life, but after thirteen years she is ready to make her own medical decisions.  Her sister has had almost-terminal cancer for as long as she can remember and her family revolves around the diagnosis. As Anna seeks legal representation, the routine of her family is tossed upside down and her sister’s prognosis hangs in the balance.

From the very first sentence, Jodi Picoult has weaved a powerful tale, centered around every parent’s worst nightmare. With one child sick, this family tries to do everything they can to keep her alive, as most adults can relate too. However, the author’s ability to switch points-of-view between the various characters, illustrates this situation from each heartbreaking side. Readers will appreciate the different fonts that are used to emphasize each character’s personality, as well as the memories that help develop the plot. The commanding, gripping and controversial ending will leave readers debating long-after they have read the book.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:

This review was written for My Sister’s Books. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

Similar Authors:

Elizabeth Berg, Diane Chamberlain, Jacquelyn Mitchard

 

Links: Available in store and online:

Paperback:

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Epub:

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Blio:

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My Sister’s Books Review #56

A Walk to Remember

By: Nicholas Sparks

1950s, North Carolina

High School

 

Landon Carter was a popular guy with a relaxing year planned for his senior year of high school. Jamie Sullivan was the shy, extra-good daughter of the town’s Baptist minister. Both of their lives were destined to be changed, starting from the very first day of school. As Landon grows to know the real Jamie, his mind and heart are put to the test.

Nicholas Sparks writes a beautiful, coming of age novel, full of innocence and character growth. The author uses foreshadowing as a way to communicate with the reader through Landon’s voice and memories. Readers will laugh and cry as their hearts expand throughout this sweet tale. For fans of the movie, this book will be a bit of a shock as it is a nod to the golden days where young men adhered to a dress code and southern traditions were always upheld.  However, the best part of this book is that it appeals to all ages and times.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:

This review was written for My Sister’s Books. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

Similar Authors:

Nicholas Evans, Richard Paul Evans, Francine Rivers, Kristin Hannah

 

Links:  Available in store and online:

Paperback: http://mysistersbooks.mybooksandmore.com/web1/actions/searchHandler.do?key=BTKEY0013662002&nextPage=booksDetails&parentNum=12564

Epub:

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Blio:

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My Sister’s Books Review #55

Justice Comes After Death

By: Werner Hoppe

Mystery, #1 is trilogy

Modern times

Georgetown, SC/Germany

 

Karl Shoemaker’s world turned upside down several years ago, and ever since he has traveled the country with his Rottweiler. It is their stop in Georgetown County, South Carolina that has Karl hoping he can help the local police. A young woman has been murdered and all the citizens are in complete shock. As Karl tries to help others, he realizes these friendly people might just help him begin to heal.

This book is like a slowly building rollercoaster that has a fast-paced ending. Though the book could use a bit more editing, the storyline will keep readers guessing until the very end. It is packed full of descriptions, southern colloquialisms and traditions. The author does a good job showing how small the world is through his interconnecting plots. Overall readers will be eager to find out what adventures Karl is headed into next.

 

Similar Authors:

Bill Noel, Lynn Hodges, and Steve McMillen

 

Notes:

This review was written for My Sister’s Books. To learn more about this bookstore, visit their website.

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