Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Dance of Cloaks (Shadowdance, #1) by David Dalglish

A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish
Lots of action, lots of killing in a medievalish setting where thieves have their own guilds and fight to rule the city which is under the control of three wealthy families and a king. Thren is the theiflord and he is raising his son Aaron to be his successor. Aaron, however, has other ideas about becoming the brutal murderer his father wants him to be. The story is well written and intriguing. I received this book free to review from Netgalley. Apparently, it has been rewritten, the first edition having been self-published. This book is fine, and I am glad that the author re-did it - I despise poorly written and poorly edited self-published books. Editing is very important. The book is good and I look forward to reading the others in the series.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sarah's Choice by Rebecca St. James

Sarah's Choice
I received this book free to review from Netgalley. The beginning of the book was very hard to get into and I was going to quit reading it because I just did not like or care about the main character at all, but I looked at the reviews and they were good ones and one of them mentioned that the book is hard to get into, but gets better, so I kept on reading. The book really does get better after a rather uninteresting beginning. Basically, Sarah is pregnant and it was unplanned and she deals with the issue of deciding whether to keep it or have an abortion and deals with her anger with God that she has held onto since her father's death several years before. It is a very Christian book with the Christian viewpoint on those issues.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Reckless Magic (Star-Crossed #1) by Rachel Higginson

Reckless Magic (Star-Crossed, #1)
Intriguing story, but needs editing. I received this book free to review from Netgalley. It was published in 2011 which means that it has been out for awhile, so I do not understand why, since there are many other reviews that refer to the same problem, that it has not been edited. It is full of grammatical errors that distract from the story. I find that rather sad. It is a YA paranormal romance whose main character is a 16 year old girl who is a witch but had been raised as a human so she did not understand her "powers". There is an evil king, a handsome prince, political unrest, and a teenage girl with superpowers who has not been told what is going on. I hope that the author got an editor after this book because I would like to read the other books in the series.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
This is a cute book for kids ages 9 to 14. Twelve year old Ellie is rather surprised when her mother brings her grandfather Melvin home - because he has created a youth potion and is now thirteen years old. As Ellie navigates middle school, her grandfather does too. Together they try to find a way back into his lab so he can get the ingredients for his youth potion. Melvin gets Ellie interested in science and the book is filled with facts about science and famous scientists. But, is it really a good thing to have a youth potion? I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
This is a totally lovely book about art and how art teachers can affect children's views of themselves as artists. I picked it up at the library and my husband told me that he had loved reading it to our children and my kids said their art teacher had also read it to them when they were in elementary school. For some reason, I did not remember it at all, but it really is quite wonderful and has an empowering message for children that their creativity is beautiful and wonderful.

The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth

The Secrets of Midwives
This story is told by three women who are all midwives - grandmother, mother and daughter. All three women are hiding secrets although Floss, the grandmother, and Neva, the granddaughter have the more intriguing ones. The story is captivating and I liked Floss and Neva although parts of Neva's story are rather unbelievable. The parts about the midwives and giving birth were quite interesting, but Grace, Neva's mother was not very likable. This book is a quick and interesting read. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
I totally loved, loved, loved this book! John Green's writing is fabulous and funny and the story is awesome. When Colin Singleton's girlfriend, Katherine XIX dumps him, he is devastated and so, he and his best friend, Hassan, go on a road trip - which ends in Gutshot, TN where they are invited to stay and work. As they record stories from townspeople, Colin works on a mathematical formula that should predict which relationships will work and which ones will not by categorizing people as dumpers or dumpees. Fun, quirky and fabulous, this is a book that I highly recommend.