Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Am I Pretty? by Lindsey Jensen Berke

Am I Pretty?Am I Pretty? by Lindsey Jensen Berke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Am I Pretty? is a wonderful book for small children to read themselves or have read to them. With easy to understand words and sentences. The message is also very important for children and even adults, you are great just the way you are and if people can't accept you for who you are then perhaps you should find others who will.

It is especially good for young girl to read, showing them that there is more to them then just looks. That they can be strong, kind, smart and independent.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

#booktour #review Those Children Are Ours by David Burnett

Those Children Are OursThose Children Are Ours by David   Burnett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's been twelve years since Jennie has seen her two daughters, walking out on them and her husband in a drunken fit of rage. Now after all this time she wants them back in her life, she wants to know them and them her.

Jennie at the time of her marriage was unstable, drinking and sleeping around. Being neglectful of her children, caring only about herself. After befriending a preacher who frequented the bar/restaurant in which she was working started to take a long on hard look at herself and began to make the change to her life. Sobering up, going back to school and getting her masters. Attending church, giving up on men and seeking help for her issues.

So many years have gone by will her daughters even want to see her? How will they react?

Those Children Are Ours is a very touchy book, with many triggers that could upset its reader. We have a main character that you feel for, yet you can hate at the same time. BUT she is also a good example showing that people can change. That they can overcome their low points and pull themselves out of the dark.

With this book we have a well rounded group of characters, some who you will hate no matter what, Jennie's father is one of those for me. There was nothing about the man that makes me feel that he can redeem himself ever.

When I first started reading I thought that this was going to be basically a family drama type of book, I never expected the events that actually started to take place.

Those Children Are Ours is well written and attention holding. Pulling on my heartstrings, and bringing out my mama bear instincts at times. I found myself wanting to know more about the lives of these characters once the book had ended. To me that is always a really good sign that I enjoyed the story, when the cast matters so much that I want more.

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Jennie Bateman screamed at her daughters, cursed at her husband, packed a bag, and walked away. Twelve years later, she petitions the family court for visitation with her daughters, Alexis and Christa.

Her attorney tells Jennie that, ordinarily, she could not imagine that some type of visitation would not be granted. But, she warns, the situation is hardly ordinary. True, Jennie suffered from a bipolar disorder when she began to drink heavily, abandoned her family, and moved in with another man. True, she has turned her life around: leaving her boyfriend, returning to school, entering therapy, taking medication, finding a job, and joining a church.

But she pressed no claim for her children when her husband divorced her, and she has made no attempt to contact them in any way since then. Her daughters, now sixteen and fourteen, live four hundred miles away. They have busy lives that do not include her, lives that will be totally disrupted by the visitation that she requests. Their father is engaged to be married to a woman who has taken the role of their mother for a decade. Alexis remembers nothing good about Jennie. Christa recalls nothing at all.

Conflict ensues as soon as Jennie’s petition is served: her former husband does not want to share his children with the woman who deserted him; her children have no interest in knowing the mother who abandoned them, and her father insists that she is being timid and ought to demand full custody, not simply visitation.

As court convenes, Jennie’s past is dredged up− the desertion, the men, her drinking, her mental health − and paraded before the judge. Her claim to be a different person, now, is attacked. The judge hesitates to grant Jennie’s request, but reluctantly agrees to order three trial visits.

If persuading the judge to let her see her children was difficult, convincing them to allow her to be a part of their lives seems to be almost impossible. What happens as she finally begins to connect with her daughters places them all in grave danger and threatens her life, itself.

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About the author
David Burnett lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston.

David enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches. He has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, a Native American powwow, and his grandson, Jack. David and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. In The Reunion, Michael's journey through England and Scotland allows him to sketch many places they have visited.

David has graduate degrees in psychology and education and previously was Director of Research for the South Carolina Department of Education. He and his wife have two daughters.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

REVIEW: Light by Adrienne Woods (Dream Casters 1)

Light (Dream Casters, #1)Light by Adrienne Woods
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given an uncorrected e-copy for review. My copy contained spelling errors, which hopefully were fixed in the published versions.

Before I start I would like to take a moment to say how lovely the cover art is. It is absolutely gorgeous.

The story opens up with a couple who's destines were not to be together. He a light dream caster and she a dark. The dream casters are not like the Sandman we learn about as children, yes they can can conjure up dreams and things out of sand, light is golden brown while dark is black and brings shadows and nightmares.

"She was his nightmare, and a nightmare he was prepared to die for."

It was a love story that was never meant to be. From this union we have a child, Chastity.

Chastity thought she was a normal girl she had know idea that she was the daughter of a shadow and light caster. Up until the day she felt the sands in her own hand she had never heard of casters or their world.

Once discovered she is lives in fear that she will turn dark, that her sands will run black.

"It can't be that simple. They say Shadow Casters are born Shadow Casters"

Shades laughed again. "Nothing is born dark, Chas, It's made."

I really enjoyed this book, it held my attention from start to finish, despite my review copy having spelling/ grammatical errors. It took nothing away from the story.

Light is the start of a young adult fantasy series, if this first book is any indication of what this series will be like then sign me up for the long haul. This will be one journey I will thoroughly enjoy.

I do have to point out a complaint of mine though, what was with all the freaking giggling?

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Monday, October 5, 2015

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)The Magicians by Lev Grossman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I strongly hoped I would fall in love with this book, as I had heard it was like Harry Potter only more adult. I will give it a hat tilt, it did have some comparisons. We have a magical school, a school sport (no flying brooms mind you.) It even had different "houses", so to speak. These being the groups you wind up in after your discipline is figured out.

What I hadn't heard about The Magicians was the Narnia aspect of it. Because Fillroy = Narnia.

So like I was saying, my hopes were high. But sadly love did not come to me. That feeling of warmth and tingles failed to make an appearance. I did however like and enjoy aspects of the book.

I was turned off at times, one of these times was all the swearing. I can't say all but some of it. Don't get me wrong I've read many a tale with cursing, heck I can swear like a sailor myself at times. My point is that it didn't feel right. The flow, it felt fake at times.

Another turn off was Quinton, our main dude. He at first I found likable but then as the story continued on he just got on my nerves. I kept on thinking okay he'll redeem himself now....pages after pages later, I was still holding on to that hope. There's always book 2? Right??

While I'm on a roll, let's continue. For sure I thought there was going to be storyline and characters just forgotten about, and to some degree they were. They were bloody well just left simmering in the back, meanwhile I was thinking, gah did the author forget? Apparently he never, but I'm still in the dark. Book 2 will light my way? Right??

Now don't get me wrong I did say I liked and enjoyed aspects. I'm a sucker for magic schools, I love the magical world, I'm drawn to the mage class. So of course I would at least like the book. The storyline was able to hold my attention disbite any of the negatives I have pointed out. So for the better part of it I was happy. I will read book 2, I have to, unanswered questions and the what not.

3 star rating:
-.5 stars for the fake feel of the swearing.
-1 star for the my unhappiness with Q
-.5 for almost letting things simmer away to nothing.

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