Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amy reviews Hearts in Harmony by Raine Gillespie





 
Hearts in Harmony by Raine Gillespie

Genre: Romantic Fiction
Content: Clean
Publisher:  Trifecta Books
Release date:  August 2014
Number of Pages:  105
Book Summary/Teaser:
Elahna Nezario gave up her musical dreams to help run the Queen of Hearts, her mother’s chocolate shop, after her sister’s sudden death. After an unfortunate run-in with Elahna’s childhood crush, owner of the Dolce Theater, not only do her dreams surge back to life, but so does her heart.
This book is easy to get interested in, and it is written pretty well.  It is really short and makes for a quick read.  However, this genre isn't for me.  Many of the events are pretty unrealistic, and the characters reactions do not seem fitting.  The conflicts were pretty far-fetched and resolved WAY too easily.  The romance seems a little sappy and "too good to be true."  This is a good book if you are looking for a quick distraction. 
Rating: ***

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spooktacular Giveaway!!


 
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Amy reviews And Something Blue by Paige Timothy


 And Something Blue by Paige Timothy
Genre: Romantic Fiction
Content: Clean
Publisher:  Trifecta Books
Release date:  August 2014
Number of Pages:  108
Book Summary/Teaser:
Bridal consultant Laurie Fletcher spends her days helping others prepare for the most special day of their lives. Will true love ever come her way, or is she doomed to watch others get their happily ever after?
I enjoyed the fun simplicity of this book.  You get to know a lot of the characters in this small town and start to be involved in their lives.  Although it's completely predictable it is a fun "feel good" read.  It has the similar Mr. Darcy feel to it which is always welcome.  I have to say that I was actually disappointed with the end.  I feel like the author spent a good amount of time on the story build up and back stories, and then the ending wrapped up in about 2 pages.  I didn't think it did the story, or the other people in the story, justice.  I think she could have taken the story so much farther and done a lot more with it.  I was relieved, however, to be reminded that this is Book One.  That did make me feel better that we haven't heard the last from everyone in the small town.  I guess I will have to keep reading!
Rating: ***

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Amy reviews Night by Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel

Genre:  Non-Fiction
Content: Some hard material concerning World War II
Publisher: Hill and Wang; Revised Edition
Release date:  2006
Number of Pages:  120

Book Summary/Teaser:
Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man.

Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.
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My Opinion:
I have a hard time putting down books that are written about World War II, this book is no exception.  The stories and scenes are well depicted.  It is written with an honesty that is rare, and surprising.  It is a short read, but very powerful. 

Rating: ****

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Kim's review of Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading
Book 1 in Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series
316 Pages

Publisher: Iain Reading
genre: middle grade/YA

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new young adult series of adventure mystery stories by Iain ReadingThis first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations. 

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales, Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty's adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada. As the plot continues to unfold, this spirited story will have readers anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada's Yukon.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves. There are currently 4 books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series.

What I thought of this book:
Kitty hawk is a great read. I enjoyed the suspense and intrigue almost as much as the great amount of historical information.

I learned quite a lot from this book, from the sections about the whales to the sections about the Yukon gold rush.  I thought it very neat that the author was able to find so much mystery and suspense from an historical event.

Kitty is smart and inventive as well as tough and light on her feet. Her bravery shows throughout the story from her capture to her daring flights that save the day.

I would be very interested in reading more from this author.

I give this book four stars ****

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