David Alan Morrison and H.L. Melvin ’s Guild of Immortal Women

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

Overview: Welcome to The Bastille, home to a group of remarkable women and a very special tapestry. Oddly enough, the bodies of two women have been found out on the premises. Both show signs of advanced age but with a few odd details. Details of say, tattoos and piercings that no eighty-year-old would ever be caught with. It’s up to Detective Matt Mathers and Lynn Swanson–Abbey’s therapist–to find out what’s going on.

Story Telling: Urban or Contemporary Fantasy can be a hard sell. With all of today’s technology, adding the magical can be difficult. Especially to add the elements in a believable way. Mr. Morrison and Ms. Melvin have managed to pull this off in a excellent way.

Likes: This was a great thriller. You have to keep turning pages to see if Robert get what he should.

Dislikes: I didn’t care for the attitude that the women had. Right and wrong is very important to me. Also, there was no explanation for why men didn’t make good wardens of the tapestry.

Favorite Character: My Favorite character position is a tie this time, mainly because of her leave ‘me alone with my Wii’ attitude. She loses points for her language, though. Ruth is my style of woman. She always has food for guests and prefers to be cooking. But she loses points for diminished capacity in regards of recognizing danger.

Favorite Quote: This was the best quote for me. “Eleanor set her knitting down and raced to the door. She hadn’t heard Ruth sound so panicked since the cancellation of M*A*S*H.”

Favorite Scene: My favorite part was when Matt saw that Eleanor was in trouble.

Conclusion: This is a great story. The witches weren’t to bad. Don’t blink or you might miss a bit of Arthurian legend.

David J. DeWitt’s Handwriting Analysis: Discover Your Own Vocational/Career Potential

I received this book courtesy of Dr. De Witt for a fair and hones review.

Overview: Dr. De Witt Has spent years in the graphologist field. This has given him the skill and confidence to show us how to analyze our own handwriting.

Story Telling: In this book we have tests, we have tests, examples, trait identifiers, as well as some of the jobs certain people will fit in.

Likes: I liked the whole idea of the handwriting analysis. It was fun for me to play with. I will continue to play and learn from it.

Dislikes: I disagreed with the strongest job that the tests said that I was suited for. My eyes and brain doesn’t see the invisible lines that artists and hair dressers need to see. I’ll stick with my writing.

Favorite Scene: My favorite part was the characteristic traits visible in the writing.

Conclusion: This is a great book and I love the subject. I hope you enjoy playing with it as much as I did.

Lisa Occhapintis’s Novel Living Collection. Decoration, and Crafting with Books.

I received this book for a fair and hones review.

Overview: Ms. Occhipinti loves books. She likes to protect them, cover them, conserve them, and decorate with them.

Story Telling: There are patterns for book shelves, tips for conservation, and tips for thinning the library.

Likes: I appreciate the tips for conservation. At least now I can see how to replace covers, and end papers for my favorite books. I also liked the shelf patterns.

Dislikes: I didn’t care for the crafting section that much. Too much book destruction.

Favorite Quote: My favorite quote was this: “Novel Living is a hymnal to actual, physical books, their forms and their functions.”

Favorite Scene: My favorite part was the conservation chapter.

Conclusion: This is for all the book lovers. I plan on using this book well.

Thomas Perry’s A string of Beads: A Jane Whitefield Novel

I received this book for a fair and honest review.

Overview: Jan is still recuperation from her last “runner” job. When she is coming back from a run, she sees the Clan Mothers–the highest political and legal force that the Seneca Tribe has–at her house. A tribe member has gotten in trouble with the law due to a bar brawl. Now, his opponent is dead. Can Jane help Jimmy keep his freedom? Or is Jimmy in more trouble than she originally thought?

Story Telling: The story was strong. Jane showed her anxiety very well.

Likes: I like how the runner system worked. Jan tried her hardest to balance her duty with her relationships.

Dislikes: I didn’t care for the supernatural encounters that Jane had. Yes, they happened while she was asleep, but no dream has ever been that clear for me. Especially with the dead.

Favorite Character: My favorite person was Carey. He was having a hard time, but he stayed loyal.

Favorite Quote: The quote of the book came while Jane was talking to her lawyer friend. Allison said, “That and obfuscate. It’s what we do all day.”

Favorite Scene: My favorite parts were when Jane snuck into Issak Lloyd’s hospital room and his own home. That’s a bit braver than I prefer.

Conclusion: It’s a good story. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Paul Janson’s The Ice Cream War

I received this book courtesy of Mr. Janson for a fair and honest review.

Overview: Mary Burke has gotten some bad news. Jerry Wilson is back in town. The last time he was home, he gave away ice cream for about two weeks. Her fears are short lived however as Jerry’s ice cream shoppe becomes home to a murder victim. As much as Mary dislikes Jerry’s competition, she can’t picture him as a killer. So they’re off to see who killed the girl, that is if Mary can prevent Jerry from giving away all the ice cream.

Story Telling: It’s a first. A cozy mystery without a cat.

Likes: Mr. Janson did a great job of implying Jerry’s differing tastes. Mint Chocolate and Root Bear ice cream? Doesn’t sound like it goes well together does it?

Dislikes: It seemed like Mr. Janson used a lot of stereotypes here. I think that they were meant to add humor.

Favorite Character: The character I liked the best this time was John Burke. When he saw that his business partner was going to cheat the wife, John decided to help the soon to be ex..

Favorite Quote: I guess it would be around the time Mary is asking if she needs a lawyer. “I’ll promise not to charge you with any crime if you promise not to call him. How’s that?”

Favorite Scene: My favorite part would be when Jerry had to talk to DEA Agent Blanchard.

Conclusion: It’s a pretty good story. I just didn’t catch some of the humor. Enjoy the read.

Constance Corcoran Wilson’s The Christmas Cats Encounter Bats-Christmas Cats 3

I received this book courtesy of Ms. Wilson for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: The Christmas Cats have been called to help some children with their school bus. Turns out there’s a funny noise in it, and The Christmas Cats have been promised toys if they can solve the mystery.

Story Telling: This is a cute story told in rhyme. The illustrations were adorable, even if Fireman Cat looks like a bear.

Likes: This book is easy for a child to follow. As well, it becomes interactive in the last few pages.

Dislikes: I don’t have anything against this story.

Favorite Character: Chef Cat. He is cute.

Favorite Quote: “Or is it a sound that is just in my head.” Police Cat.

Favorite Scene: My favorite part was when the cats were looking to see what was behind the vent cover.

Conclusion: I liked this story. It was cute and fun. Enjoy it with your children.

C.A. Coffey’s A Farming Family in the New World-The Barnard Family Saga 1679-2005

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

Overview: Mrs. Coffey has brought her ancestors to life, for all who are interested, in this novel of their stories. We follow the line from Thomas all the way up to Claude Barnard.

Story Telling: This is how you tell a non-fictional account in a story mode. Mrs. Coffey collected stories from her cousins, and other family members to fill this novel. She also included family trees, recipes, and photos of those involved. There were even some wills shown, at least the transcriptions.

Likes: I liked how she handled the Civil War Era of her family’s tale. There wasn’t much discussion on who was right or wrong. Also, the guerrilla tactics of both sides in the neutral States was fairly handled. And she didn’t denounce the importance of the role that the Bible and God played in her family.

Favorite Character: My favorite member of her family was Frannie. She was a woman who did what she had to without complaint, as well as held a joy for her music and shows.

Favorite Quote: My favorite Quote was this part in the Revolutionary War era. “The next day Hessians climbed the hill in a cold rain to attack the Americans. Although they took many losses as the Americans fired down upon them, still wave after wave of Germans persisted relentlessly until the Americans were forced to fall back.” Now, I knew about the French and the English participants in the Revolutionary War. But the Germans? I had no idea.

Favorite Scene: My favorite part was the recipes.

Conclusion: All-in-all this was a fascinating read. I hope you enjoy it. I think I’ll keep this family in my library.

Mary Jo Wisneski Johnston’s Doggie Delicious

I received this book courtesy of Dr. Johnston for a fair and honest review.

Overview: Bibi is a very special dog. She has always wanted to try something new. So it’s not too surprising when she figures out how to fly.

Story Telling: Dr. Johnston had a very interesting idea. The story starts out like a memoir, then merges into a magical realist style.

Likes: The ideas were kind of cute. Bibi has a fun loving spirit.

Dislikes: My only problem is that some of the names are hard to pronounce. Thankfully, Dr. Johnston uses nicknames a lot.

Favorite Character: I liked Pampa the best.

Favorite Scene: my favorite part was the play day.

Conclusion: It was a fun book. Some of the names will require a parent or other loved one to read with the child for the best chance at fun.

Beth Shaw’s Yogalean

I received this book courtesy of Ms. Shaw for a fair and honest review.

Overview: Ms. Shaw has invited us to not only read her manifesto, but to also utilize it for our own benefit.

Story Telling: Ms. Shaw includes a body type quiz, yoga postures, weight exercises, types of cardio, and recipes to make our attempts easier. She also uses a bibliography so we can check some of her sources.

Likes: Anyone who wants to better life for others has his/her heart in the right place in my opinion.

Dislikes: Most of Ms. Shaw’s references were from the same source. Considering that her field is yoga, those journals aren’t really surprising. It’s the beliefs they encourage that bothers me. There was some out-dated information being stated. I didn’t think anyone believed in sugar rushes anymore Also, in my opinion weight gain is similar to height and hair/eye color. It’s all genetics. We can fight it all we want to, but at the end of the day, genetics will win.

Favorite Scene: My favorite part was the free weight sections.

Conclusion: It’s another self-help book. I hope you can find use in it. Just do your own research first. As for me, supersize me!

Jane Bennett Munro’s Death by Autopsy-Toni Day Mysteries 4

I received this book courtesy of Ms. Munro for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: Toni Day is driving her mother and step-father home from the airport. When they witness a car drive into the canal, Toni pulls over to help, to no avail. Later on, she is called in to perform the autopsy on the driver. Surprise! She isn’t dead…yet.

Story Telling: Ms. Munro has some strong characters. Her story was well written.

Likes: Toni and her family were fun. She may have had issues with Beulah, but she was determined to do her job without letting her feelings get in the way.

Dislikes: I had a hard time reading past the medical terms. I think you need to have some doctorate in order to even pronounce them. It’s one of those books that makes it a pain to read out loud. The character that I liked the least was Brenda. In second place was Carole.

Favorite Character: My favorite character was Nigel. Retired and cancer-stricken, he still had to use his police knowledge. He also had a great sense of humor.

Favorite Quote: My favorite quote was one of Ms. Munro’s opening quotes. “Defer not ‘til tomorrow to be wise, Tomorrow’s sun to thee may never rise.” William Congreve.

Favorite Scene: My favorite part was when Toni managed to make Clark Dane, counsel for Brenda and Mortimer Duke, sick. A close second was her showdown with the antagonist.

Conclusion: This was an excellent book. Once we got past the medical terms, it was a quick and fun read. I hope you enjoy it. After all, it made my library.