Everyone Freaks Out! But it’s Going to be Okay

I received this book for a fair and honest review.

This book was kind of cute. At least until it got to the last few pages. Then it turned into an ad about college financing.

The rhymes are set for children, but the subject matter is more for their parents.

My personal opinion is that you don’t necessarily need college, it’s all based on the chosen profession. But, if you need to know what’s going on, this one would help you. (By the way, I didn’t go to the website; just wasn’t interested in that part at all.)

Michael Connelly’s The Fifth Witness-Mickey Haller: The Lincoln Lawyer

Michael Haller, Mickey, is in a bit of a bind. For a defense attorney, the recession means more people are going to the public defenders office. But, civil law, specifically foreclosure law, is a good way to pay the bills. All of this changes when one of his foreclosure clients is charged with murdering the head of the home loan department of the bank, Mickey thinks he has a good case. After all, how does a 5’3” woman knock a 6’2” man on the top of his head.

I must say that Mickey gets a bad rap. Our Constitution does not say that only the innocent, or likable, have the right to a fair and vigorous defense. If you want to get technical, it’s not even written that way in the Bill of Rights, though that is the basis. In a perfect world the innocent would always got free, while the guilty would always be convicted. The story wrapped up nicely. There weren’t any holes that I could make out. Mr. Connelly wrote a compelling novel.

My favorite scene was when Mickey and Hayley were out for pancakes.

I liked the story, though it’s not really something I would re-read.

Scott Thomas Campbell’s An American Resurrection

I received this book courtesy of Mr. Campbell for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Pete Cameron is having a hard time. Due to the recession, he is working with a rather jealous friend. But something has gone wrong. So now, Pete is on a journey to plant a tree, and maybe something else.

This was different. Mr. Campbell has written a slice-of-life tale following a realtor. This book was rather difficult for me to work through, and not for reasons of the language involved. For most part, I’d say about 90%, there was a depressing flow to the novel. Kind of like a dirge, or a ‘(S)He’s Done Me Wrong’ song. Everyone’s life seemed to be going down the drain. Call me naïve, but I want to hear about someone trying to make the world a better place. There’s a lot that can come up against someone like that.

My favorite part of the story was the ending. And a couple of the hitchhikers. They tried to show Pete how to fix things.

Mr. Campbell is good at telling a story. I hope the next one doesn’t take us down such a dark alley.

Dean Koontz’s The Darkest Evening of the Year

Amy Redwing has a passion for golden retrievers. Her newest retriever seems to be an extraordinary animal. Nickie is determined to drag Amy and her boyfriend into a rather disturbing situation.

Nickie was an amazing dog. Brian is the way Mr. Koontz decided to show most of this. Some of the golden retriever rescue scenes though, was a bit over-much and it was different from much of Mr. Koontz’s other works. Sometimes these scenes came close to preaching unlike his usual works.

My favorite scenes were the ones where Brian and Amy were unburdening their pasts to each other. That and the call Amy received from Sister Jacinta.

I enjoyed this book immensely, more than I normally enjoy his novels.

Rebecca Crosdale’s When a Spider Came to Stay-The Spider in My Den Series 2

I received this book courtesy of Mrs. Crosdale for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

The book is about a little girl who is fascinated with the spider in her house. (Something has to be wrong with her.)

The story seems more geared to children up to the second grade level. Some of the words are a bit bigger than what would be included in a ‘first reader,’ though it seems Mrs. Crosdale truly wishes to book to help explain some of the differences around us and the different people we’ll meet.

There is a questionnaire included in the book that is designed to encourage discussion between the parent and child, or–in the case of early school lessons–teacher and child.

My favorite part was the fact that Mrs. Crosdale was encouraging parents to take interest in their child’s education.

All-in-all, it’s a good book for a parent to read to a child of any primary age and talk about.

Steven F. Freeman’s Havoc-The Blackwell Files 4

I received this book for a fair and honest review.

Alton and Mallory are back. It’s been just about seven hours since the closing events in “T Wave.” Their Roman holiday is off to a great start. Too bad a new acquaintance of theirs ends up murdered in the Coliseum. Are we really so hopeful as to believe that their vacation can go on as planned without them getting involved in the investigation? Well, probably, but where would the story be?

This story was pretty good. It combined the urge to stay out of the investigation and on their vacation with the curiosity of what happened to Duncan. The whole international intrigue thing was well worked out. You won’t be able to easily identify where all the players are, or where they all fit in.

My favorite scenes were when Zane Crowe attacked Mallory and Alton in Rome, and when Alton finally figured out who Tom was.

Thankfully, Mr. Freeman didn’t feel the need to include much graphic sex. I just hope it doesn’t start increasing in each subsequent novel. That would be a deal breaker for me. Other than that, it was a great story.

Lynne Truss’ Eats, Shoots & Leaves: A Zero Tolerance Guide to Punctuation

This is an interesting read. Ms. Truss claims the book is for the sticklers; however, I must disagree. She takes us through the rules, both of basic usage and style specific (the Oxford comma), for each form of punctuation.

Here’s a major warning for the American reader. Ms. Truss is British. Therefore her punctuation is British. However, she does accept and explain that American publications have different rules.

I like the fact Ms. Truss uses both humor and examples to make her points. This is one reason I think the book can help anyone who wants to learn how to punctuate properly.

This is a great book for anyone, especially authors. I’ll be keeping the Oxford comma, though thank you very much.

Cherise Kelley’s Dog Aliens 2: Oreo

Oh goody, Raffle has gotten a new doggy brother. Unfortunately, Oreo has different ideas about that one. And now the rotten Niques are up to something, and Lido has to figure that one out.

Dog Aliens 2 started out slow, though it picks up speed and brings some answers to some of the questions left us from the first novel. I always wanted to know how the Kaxians and the Niques manipulated their technologies. We get to visit Neya again. And she seems to still be looking forward to her mate.

My favorite scene is when Oreo meets the toddler.

Mostly this was a good story. Will be looking forward to the next.

Marshall Chamberlain’s The Ice Cap and the Rift-The Ancestors Series 2

I received this novel courtesy of Mr. Chamberlain for a fair and honest review.

It’s been two weeks since the events of “The Mountain Place of Knowledge.” Now it’s time for another international incident. This time it’s a saucer with some unique toys. A list of those who are not interested would be shorter. Paging Drs. Morgan and Rollins, time is of the essence.

Normally if a series flops for me in the first book, I don’t try the rest. Rarely do the later books offer any redemption. But, I made an exception in this case. Unfortunately, it followed the routine of a series. It really depends on your likes.

Most of the problem is I like evil, antagonists, the bad guys, etc, to get what they have coming to them. And in a series this means the bad guys ought to lose more than they win. This series went backwards. The bad guys are always winning.

I think this series is better for the religious fiction, or espionage crowds. It’s not for everyone, and I’m not interested in reading the next on in line, for reasons both of religious and personal tastes. Everyone has their own tastes and this one doesn’t fit mine.

Debbie A. Heaton’s The Haunting of Wolfe Haven

I received the book courtesy of Ms. Heaton for a fair and honest review.

Riley Russell has a plan. After a three year exile, she is returning to her marital home, Wolfe Haven, in order to settle things with her estranged husband Tristan. Add a murder and meddling family members, and things start to heat up for Riley.

I wish I could have enjoyed this book. The novel was supposed to be a ghost story, and a murder mystery, sort of like the “Haunted Home Renovations” series, at least that was my impression, but it struck me as being more about how wronged Riley felt. I was looking forward to seeing how Sebastian’s murderer was caught, or even some spooky scenes with the ghost.

I did like that the ghost tried to help Riley out. And the settings were beautiful.

Perhaps this story is more geared to those who like romances. As for me, I think I’ll just go with the next in line for Mel Turner and company.