Saturday, November 12, 2016

Etched in Bone (Early Review - Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Roc)

Etched in Bone (The Others, #5)Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this so much!
Ok, so first of all I never thought there'd be another series that could come close to competing with my beloved Mercy Thompson stories, but Meg Corbyn and The Others have captivated me just as much. Especially the relationship between Meg and Simon, which is a pairing I ship hard! lol
My other favorite thing in this one is The Elders. They're creepy and terrifying, and all that you want far away from the main characters you love, and yet as a reader you feel your own curiosity piqued and searching for them. So getting a bit more about them and how they interact was fun.
And then there is "that Cyrus", officer Montgomery's no-good brother. Cyrus is a perfect rendering of all the crappy and jailbird type people I've ever met, and his presence affects the courtyard in more ways than The Others could have anticipated. I never like a spoiler so I can't say how all these moving parts tie together but I enjoyed every page of it, and I can not recommend this series enough! It has shifters, intuit, and clairvoyants, humans, simple life folks, Elders, and vampires, and all of them mixing together trying to figure out how to co-exist on an alternate universe that still shares enough similarities with the earth we readers live in that it doesn't feel so foreign. Relationships build slowly too, and we get to learn the personalities of characters in a real-time feel, which makes the tiniest steps towards friendship and neighbor between humans and terra indigene have that much more of a payoff.
If you're a Mercy Thompson fan you should definitely read this one.

Thank you to Netgalley & Berkley Publishing Group for the review copy!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Abuse & Energy by Mariane Weigley

Abuse & Energy: Bringing You Home Through the Transformational Power of EnergyAbuse & Energy: Bringing You Home Through the Transformational Power of Energy by Mariane Weigley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. This book is not very long but it had a huge impact on me. I read 93% of it in one week during "summer hours" at work which are extremely busy and extra long so that's how much it interested me. But I then put it down and didn't come back to it until recently because it was also emotionally intense. If you've ever dealt with abuse and are looking for a way to heal and spiritually grow then this book is a perfect start. I learned so much and even the aspects that typically would have seemed "woo-woo" to me did not seem that way when in context of this book. I look forward to Mariane's next one, and to reading the whole series she has planned. Perfect for a public library collection, and academic libraries with therapy programs.

Thank you to Weigley Publications, Inc  & NetGalley for the review copy!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Summer Series Obsession🌞📚❣

Written in Red (The Others, #1)Written in Red by Anne Bishop
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I finally have a job where I can listen to audiobooks while I work and this series is my absolute new obsession for the summer. So glad I waited so that I could read them back-to-back! I'd go cray otherwise lol.

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 This book was a library copy.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Over-Scheduled Andrew by Ashley Spires

Over-Scheduled AndrewOver-Scheduled Andrew by Ashley Spires
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven't seen a book for young children on the topic of over-scheduling and the importance of down time before this one. And Over-scheduled Andrew perfectly explains with cute illustrations and story, and shows how trying to do everything and be everywhere at once is not possible. When little Andrew gets excited and joins too many activities he starts getting tired and it begins to affect not only his schoolwork but also his friendships. He hardly has even 15 minutes free to hang out with his best friend! But slowly he realizes that having almost every minute scheduled isn't any fun and not working out for him so he starts paring down his extracurricular activities to just the ones he really loves, and life gets back to being fun and having free time to play with friends again:)
I think lots of kids will relate to Andrew and either be able to tell their parents they too feel over-scheduled or see how maybe wanting that third, fourth, or whatever-number activity might not be what they really want. This is a simple but important picture book for today's busy little kids.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Quantum Change by William R. Miller

Quantum Change: When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary LivesQuantum Change: When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives by William R. Miller

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Started out great, but then lost steam. It focused a lot on addiction which I wasn't expecting since I wasn't familiar with the author. I thought it would be broader on different aspects of what people dealt with and have more of their specific personal narratives. Regardless, it was still interesting and one of the few books I've found that discusses this subject with scientific/psychology foundation.

This book was a library copy.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt

Bug in a VacuumBug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my gosh, I love this book SO much! It's a beautifully simple explanation of the five stages of grief, known as the Kübler-Ross model, told through the story of a little fly that gets swept up into a vacuum. Readers go through all the stages with him: denial, bargaining, anger, despair, and acceptance. The artwork showing the little fly's experiences are gorgeous and silly enough to keep the deep messages being shared lighthearted and accessible for children. I'd recommend this for anyone wanting to talk with children about death or feelings in general, since we really all should be so lucky to learn about these common stages of emotions which we all have to deal with when facing a life-changing event. Thank you LibraryThing and Tundra Books for the opportunity to win & review this book!

Thank you to LibraryThing & Tundra Books for the review copy!

Max the Brave by Ed Vere

Max the BraveMax the Brave by Ed Vere
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is perfect for a bedtime story. It's short and simple, yet funny and the cat is very cute. He's a bit of a scaredy cat that wants to be brave too, so that helps as a nice little segue for little ones needing to build up some bravery and comfort before bedtime in their own beds lol.

Thank you to Sourcebooks for the review copy!