Review: Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2)Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



After reading the epilogue from the first book I was shocked and couldn't wait until the second book came out. I enjoyed this book and the format that it came in (the same as the first). The interviews were interesting and made it more intimate. I wasn't expecting the "unknown" person to die in the book, nor for Allysa (I think that's spelt correctly) to have engineered the child! I was like WTF, really!? And the very end of the book, the epilogue again, made me want to read book three. Now I have to wait until 2018 for the next book and I'm quite sad about that. I guess we'll have to see what Mr Neuvel has in store for us next. I wonder if this is a trilogy or has more books to come.

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Review: Arrow: Oliver Queen's Dossier by Nick Aires

TitleArrow: Oliver Queen's Dossier 

Author: Nick Aires


Publisher's Insight:

Arrow - Oliver Queen's Dossier collates the intelligence Oliver Queen has uncovered on nefarious business dealings and criminal activity in Starling City, with "top secret" records on his alter-ego Arrow since his return from Lian Yu. Includes hard copy duplicates of confidential government and business documents acquired by Oliver and Felicity Smoak, top secret schematics for Arrow's weaponry, and Queen family records.

Arrow is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow. The series follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, portrayed by Stephen Amell (Private Practice, Heartland), who, after five years of being stranded on a hostile island, returns home to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrow.

I've spent more time than I should deciding exactly which rating I was going to give this. I couldn't put a 3.5 so I had to go with a 3. Here are the reasons.


  • Has a great new book cover, it's not paper and definitely not leather, but a faux leather typed cover. It gives you an idea that something good should be inside.
  • A lot of thought was given to the things that would be included in the book itself.
  • Once you take off the dust cover (if you could call it that) you can't tell what it is. I'm sure that there's a reason they did it, maybe to hold the air of mystery.
  • (same as above) There's a lot of thought given to the things that would be included in the book. Even though they thought through the things in the book you can't read them, you can't get an exacting feel for the things that are in there. So there are newspaper articles and photos and sticky notes. When they are all laid on top of each other in layers, 2D, you can't get a real feel for what is there. It would have been nice to have a little bit of information written up on each of the characters/events/topics that were in the book.
With those being said, I had to give this a 3-star rating and I hate it because I went into it with such high hopes.

************ I received this product for free/at a discount in exchange for an honest review, but all opinions are my own. Most books are donated to the local library for circulation, or donation to the Friends of the Library.


Review: A Day at the Beach by Jedd and Todd Hafer

Title: A Day at the Beach

Author: Jedd and Todd Hafer


Publisher's Insight:

Do you yearn for a day at the beach where your mind and soul can wander away from life’s troubles? Do you gaze up at the sun or the nighttime stars and wonder if God is really on your side? Do you long to hear his quiet voice in the roll of a gentle wave? In A Day at the Beach, brothers Todd and Jedd Hafer don’t have the answers to all of life’s troubles, but they’ll help you see that the God who built the universe also wants to help you build a great life. Let these encouraging words bring a ray of warm sunshine to your doorstep as Todd and Jedd offer their joy-filled perspectives on life and faith. So take a deep breath, unplug from life’s daily grind, and follow the call of your heart to Jesus, the ultimate source of life.


This a beautiful non-dated devotional book. It's light and airy with a great message from the authors. It does remind you of a special day at the beach with your loved ones because the brothers make you feel like you are a part of the family as they bring you along with their thoughts on God and his loving message.

I received this product for free/at a discount in exchange for an honest review, but all opinions are my own. Most books are donated to the local library for circulation, or donation to the Friends of the Library.


Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A friend of mine recommended this book to me on Goodreads. With all of the books that are sent to me to add to my TBR pile, this sounded like one that I'd really like.

I was glad to see that the book was written in interview and reports from the members of the team. It made things flow so much more quickly. I will admit though that there were parts of the time that I was wondering if things would move along a little more quickly, but then it would pick right up for me. I will say that when you get to the end of the book you're going to be like, "WTF!" and you'll have to get the next book. I'm waiting to get it from the library now.

Take the chance on this book if you like sci-fi books with a little bit of a twist to it. I found it to be less of a thinking man's book, and more like a lighter and slightly "fluffier" version. I've read that Sony Pictures has bought the rights to the movie, so you never know how that will work out and if they are going to flesh out the story a little bit.

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Review: Spaceman by Mike Massimino

Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the UniverseSpaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Mike Massimino
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This has been the best 10 hours 57 minutes I have spent all year. Most of this I listened to while walking and Mike made me forget that I was exercising, thank God, and made me want to stay out for just another 5 minutes.

Having heard his words of struggle and triumph helped me to understand that I can be encouraged and I can encourage my children and grandchildren to push through any possible struggle to head toward a dream that they may have.

I would be so honored to meet this man and to hug him for all he's accomplished, the dreams he's helped push along and the encouragement he's imparted.

I'm so glad that the author read this book, it made it far more real to me than having someone else read it.


Mike Massimino served as a NASA Astronaut from 1996 until 2014 and flew in space twice: STS-109 on space shuttle Columbia in March 2002 and STS-125 on space shuttle Atlantis in May 2009 – the final two Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions.  Mike became the first human to tweet from space, was the last human to work inside of Hubble, and set a team record with his crewmates for the most cumulative spacewalking time in a single space shuttle mission.  

Mike has a recurring role as himself on The Big Bang Theory; appears regularly on late night talk shows, news programs, and documentaries; and is a much sought after inspirational speaker.  He received his BS from the Columbia University School of Engineering, and his two MS’s and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He currently lives in New York City where he is an engineering professor at Columbia and an advisor at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.


Review: Anything But Love by Abigail Strom

Anything But LoveAnything But Love by Abigail Strom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sweet and sexy

Jessica and Ben have known each other their entire lives. When Jessica gets a little bit older they grow apart and Ben barely recognizes who she is.

Later in life Jessica is getting ready to get married and Ben goes to the wedding at his mother's request. When the wedding doesn't work out Ben helps Jessica find out who she is and what she really wants in life.

I found this book to be absolutely endearing and full of hot steamy wonderful sex. I was not expecting this book to be as wonderful as it was. And with audible narration it became one of my favorite go-to things for when I took a walk. I'm so glad that I was able to find this book and read the wonderful words that this author had to prepare for me.

I definitely look forward to reading more things by this author.

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Review: Tiger Lily by Wende Dikec

Tiger LilyTiger Lily by Wende Dikec
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I will admit that the synopsis of this book sounded a little silly, but once I got into the book it made sense and just made me fall in love with the book.

Lily is a "goody-two-shoes" in the uber sense. She is one of the popular crowd, and even dying doesn't fix it ... until she sees ghosts and needs help. She finds it in the most unlikely of places. And with that help, she opens up her life and her mind to things she never thought possible. Ghosts and spirits follow her around and make her life more confusing than it was before, is she crazy or did dying open up things that she's not ready for?

I'm a bit of a softy, but you need a little pack of tissues at the end of this book. Just when you think everything is wonderful, it's not and tears stream down your face.

Wende Dikec is a talented author with a talent for words, and the gift of storytelling. I can't wait to read more by her. Thank you for the ride - I can't wait to do it again.

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