Holly Sterling’s Hiccups

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

Overview: Ruby and Oscar are playing when they run into a little trouble. Can Ruby help Oscar cure his hiccups?

Story Telling: We get a cute rhyming story for the young ones. It will be a plus if they already like Dr. Seuss.

Artwork: The illustrations are chubby little color pencil sketches.

Likes: Ruby showed some good problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. She certainly shows your little ones how to think outside of the box.

Conclusion: This was a fun story. Enjoy it with your little ones and their furry friends.

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Dean Koontz’s The Servants of Twilight

Overview: Single mother Christine Scavello has had a bit of luck after years of an oppressed childhood. Unfortunately, nothing in her life has prepared her for this. Her son, Joey, for all of his sweetness, has run afoul of an old woman. There’s something about her that seems unnatural. She seems to have latched onto the idea that Joey must die. Who can Christine turn to in order to save her son?

Story Telling: This is a supernatural thriller. And please, don’t start thinking werewolves and vampires. I have yet to see Mr. Koontz write about those.

Dislikes: Mother Grace may have claimed to be working for God, but–truly–you only have to look at her fruit. Outside of putting an entire city ‘under the ban,’ has God ever demanded the death of a child?

Also I expected little more from the ending. This disconnect could be because this book was one of Mr. Koontz’s earlier novels.

Likes: Charlie was very determined to do the right thing by Christine and Joey.

Denton Boothe was the biggest help Charlie or Christine could have had.

Favorite Character: It would be either Denton Boothe or Kyle Barlowe.

Favorite Quote: Here’s something you might want to remember. “The thought is father to the deed, right?”

Favorite Scene: It would be when Henry and Charlie went to see Denton Boothe.

Conclusion: Like I said earlier, the ending is where I felt disappointment in the story. Other than that, we had quite the interesting ride.

Roger Stern’s The Death and Life of Superman

Overview: Superman has faced many enemies in his career. Darkseid and Mongul have both given him the fight of his career. Now, however, a monster arises that just might end Superman’s life. This begs the question: when one of earth’s greatest heroes fall, who will step into his place?

Story Telling: This book asks a good question: can a story told over the span of forty comic books be condensed into one volume? No, I’m not wading into the minefield of whether or not comic books are real books. I’m just saying that Mr. Stern did a good job.

Dislikes: Paul Westfield’s attitude about those with powers is horrible.

Likes: Bibbo was cool. What else do you call someone who respects his hero so much that he tries to better the world?

Jonathan and Martha held themselves together pretty well considering the circumstances.

And Emil Hamilton held a self-deprecating style of speech at times.

Favorite Character: It’s a toss-up. Now, you can’t call Superman, because if you don’t like Superman, why are you reading this book? For my toss-up, it’s between John Henry Irons, Jonathan Kent, and Bibbo.

Favorite Quote: This is something that more people should consider. “Power carries a lot of responsibilities, son, and it’s up to each of us to use whatever talents that we have to leave this world a better place than we found it.”

Favorite Scene: I loved it when Bibbo was handing out lunches to the homeless.

But it could also be when Batman foiled the assassination attempt at the funeral.

Conclusion: This was a terrific story. Though, I believe it was more of Metropolis’s story, and not Superman’s.

Carole P. Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived on…Mars

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

Overview: Are you ready for a new series? This series is taking us off planet. Let’s visit the red planet. What can we see here?

Story Telling: This is more of a scientific travelogue. At least, that’s what I would call it.

Artwork: These illustrations seem to be more pastels with watercolors. They have a good smoky look.

Dislikes: Why is it every time a book is supposed to be educational, we lose the fun? You can learn while having fun. In fact, you can learn better when you are having fun.

Likes: Um, some of the facts were interesting. Knowing the source of the names is something the literary-minded will enjoy.

Conclusion: This book is definitely for the budding astronomer. Enjoy it with your future astronauts.

Carole P. Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived in…the Ancient Mali Empire

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

Overview: Crank up the time machine. This time, we’re heading to the middle ages in the Mali Empire. What will we learn this time around.

Story Telling: We have a historical culture book.

Artwork: We have the watercolor illustrations this time around.

Dislikes: Here’s the thing, I understand that people want to believe that, as a whole, humanity is intrinsically good. However, when the root of a belief system is–what most of the people would call–sinful, then the adherents aren’t going to be, shall we say, open to other belief systems.

Likes: We got a glossary at the end of the book.

Conclusion: This is a hard book to read. I don’t mean the word choices, or difficulty to understand. I’m talking about the subject matter itself. Do your own research, and maybe you need a Higher Power’s help with discernment. It does make for a good conversation starter.