I have been lax in posting book reviews, both here and on Goodreads/Amazon. So, rather than just go on, I am going to post a few from recent books I’ve read.
Katie Sullivan, of D/A Dialogues fame and author of Changelings: Into the Mist, has written a short novella. Three Ghosts illustrates the depth of Katie’s writing and gives us the viewpoint of multiple characters. I really enjoyed it but had wished it was longer. Perhaps this could be the start of a novel? Five stars
I typically do not read non-fiction, or if I do, I only read the first half before I quit out of boredom. To me non-fiction is telling a story that I basically already know and am familiar with. I gave this five stars for the story content. I was compelled to keep reading. While the Wright Brothers is a story we think we know, there is so much more that is commonly not known. However, I only give this book three stars for the writing. I know that David McCullough is a popular biographer, but the sentence structure was really awkward in several places, causing me to re-read sections to be sure of the meaning. That is unfortunate because with improved writing this would be a five star book for sure.
I love historical fiction, particularly Nazi Germany and Civil War books. This book did not disappoint. The story was told from the slave point of view, but also from his childhood friend, who was the slave owner’s son. Freedom means different things depending on your perspective. This tale was not filled with slave whippings (which I abhor reading about), but was instead how these two boys lived their lives. I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone. Five stars
Where do I begin? And how can I possibly tell you what I think of this fantastical creation without spoilers?
Empire of Shadows takes us on a roller coaster ride through other worlds and other lands as Ana, Finn, Aidrik, Nicolas, Amelia and the rest of the Deshanel clan search for answers.
This latest installment in the House of Crimson and Clover series is an epic tome. The characters are even further developed, story lines created and twisted and other worlds explored. Every book by Sarah Cradit I think is better than the last, but this book is a masterpiece. Cradit has written such a complete novel with Empire of Shadows. I was concerned about the length, but quickly realized it wasn’t long just for the sake of length. Every word was necessary. The author matures with each book and invites the reader to enter the world of the Empyreans.
I could not put this book down. It drew me into its worlds and held me there. I would give this far more than five stars if I could. This book left me speechless, yet wanting more; sad and angry, yet wanting more. Cradit is a masterful writer and I cannot wait for the next book.
*I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest and fair review
My Apple Watch arrived today. I stayed home to wait for it. Of course, it was to be delivered some time by 3:00 so it ended up arriving at 2:50. The UPS driver was laughing at me. He said he figured I would be home today.
I’m such a geek. I love my new toy. I’ve spent some time getting acquainted. Siri is still amazing on the watch. The Apple map function is pretty cool. I can read and send texts with talk to text. I can scan emails. I can listen to my music and control it. I haven’t tested Apple Pay yet but I will be doing that in the next few days. I haven’t set up any activity apps yet. I will be migrating my To Do list to Clear. I have my favorite photos at my fingertips. I can use my watch as the shutter button for my phone camera. And, of course, it tells time, gives me the weather, sports scores, stock prices, has an alarm and stopwatch.
I would imagine that there will be more apps as time goes on. But Twitter, Evernote, and Keynote are a great start. I’m sure I will keep learning new things it can do.
Is it a necessary purchase? Not really. But it’s a useful purchase for people like me and I’m having fun!
On another note, got my dad a new computer. I really don’t think he will like it. It has Windows 8. I know I hate it but at least I can figure it out. I set up his iPad too. I don’t think that is going to end well. First of all, he doesn’t grasp the concept of apps. Second, all he does is play solitaire, get an occasional email and occasionally look something up on the web. I tried showing him how I could iMessage him, how Siri could help him so he didn’t have to struggle trying to use a keyboard, and talk to text. I hope this all works out…and he doesn’t knock it to the ground and shatter the screen.
I always wanted to be an only child. I finally think I am. My sister won’t even return my phone calls or texts. She visits dad once a week. He doesn’t have a list for her. She isn’t doing his laundry. She isn’t the one moving his furniture. The man exhausts me. Unless you see what it is like, it’s hard to explain. He always (and I mean daily) has a list of things he wants or needs me to do. I’m too tired to get into it too much tonight though. I just want him to be happy.
I can only give this five stars? I was captivated by Molly from page 1. I felt as if I was right next to her throughout the years covered in this book. Too many times an author will make me feel like that with a character and then the book ends abruptly. Not so this time. The adventures, the trials, the accomplishments of Molly Lee will live with me a long time.
I thoroughly enjoyed Redemption, but Andrew Joyce took me on the ride of a lifetime with Molly Lee. His character development was superb and every action made perfect sense. Oh, how I would have loved to have Molly as my friend.
I highly recommend this book. While you could read it as a standalone, I would still suggest reading Redemption first. Molly Lee is not a character you will soon forget.