10.04.2017

Review: Misfits and Bandits by Pete Leriget

Misfits and Bandits (the Adventures of Blitz and Uncle Drake)Misfits and Bandits by Pete Leriget
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just love this little series. Bandit and Uncle Drake are the best of what all animals should be. In this installment the boys you meet a pair of misfits who learn a lesson, a person who deals with a sensitive subject with love and grace, someone tries to pull the wool over someone's eyes, and loses the battle, and finally the highlight of the book, a story including farts. I'm sorry, there's not a bad book that includes a fart.

Mr. Lerigét, I look forward to more books in the future!


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************ 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.

10.03.2017

Review: The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox by Mark Burhenne

The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox: How We Are Sleeping Our Way to Fatigue, Disease and UnhappinessThe 8-Hour Sleep Paradox: How We Are Sleeping Our Way to Fatigue, Disease and Unhappiness by Mark Burhenne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had the hardest time reading this book. Although the book has information about sleep disorders and how they affect our lives it was quite difficult to read. The footnotes were placed at the end of each page instead of at the end of the book in an appendix. It disrupted the flow of the book and made the book look choppy and disjointed. I appreciate the information that was given to me about the topics covered but I would not read it again and would not recommend it to family or friends.

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9.13.2017

Review: Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

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

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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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9.03.2017

Review: The Circle by Dave Eggers

The CircleThe Circle by Dave Eggers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I was weirded out by the possibility of the tech that this book suggested, but could see how people would spend time and effort working towards it and also back it thinking it was a good thing. It was so "off" in my mind that I ran it by my friend and my boyfriend and one thought it was as creepy as I did and the other thought the tech would be a good idea. So it was a wash on what people would think.

I watched the movie and the book and the movie have totally different endings. If anyone has read/watched this and thinks differently, please let me know. Maybe I misheard or watched them and need to clarify things in my brain.

I would read the book again if I had nothing left to read but I can say I wouldn't watch the movie again. So that makes for a good thing, the book is always better than the movie.

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8.29.2017

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

TitleArrow: Oliver Queen's Dossier 

Author: Nick Aires

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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.




Review:
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.

Pros:

  • 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.
Cons:
  • 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.

8.15.2017

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

Title: A Day at the Beach

Author: Jedd and Todd Hafer

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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.




Review:


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.

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8.03.2017

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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