There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat by Lucille Colandro

Book Description:

Published: August 1, 2005

What won’t this old lady swallow? This time around, a bat, an owl, a cat, a ghost, a goblin, some bones, and a wizard are all on the menu! This Halloween-themed twist on the classic “little old lady” books will delight and entertain all brave readers who dare to read it!

Review –

Young children will love having this book read to them and the brightly colored quirky illustrations are an added bonus.

I love this series. Check it out.

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Emissary by Jonathan Davison

Book Description

May 4, 2012
When Dr Trehearn Culver is awoken from cryogenic stasis only to find the rest of his colleagues have mysteriously died, he becomes the sole survivor aboard the ‘Emissary’, a vast star ship on a mission to colonise a far off planet. Battling his solitude and compelled to carry on his mission to appease his only companion, Adraste, the ship’s ‘thinking computer’, Trehearn travels down a road of scientific research and ethically questionable experimentation.
Believing himself to be the only hope of rekindling his species that have reduced themselves to near destruction, Trehearn’s genial aptitude and tireless efforts look to have achieved the impossible, but then even the best laid plans can be doomed for failure.

Review –
I enjoyed the first half of this story the most and didn’t see the twist coming so that made it even better. This is a first-rate piece of Science Fiction and shows the relationship between humans and a thinking computer.  Well worth the read,
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Death In A Summer Colony (Ray Elkins Series #7) by Aaron Stander

Book Description

July 1, 2013
It’s a warm summer evening in Cedar County. A storm is just beginning to roll onshore from Lake Michigan. In the auditorium of the Mission Point Summer Colony, the audience settles in for a performance of a stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Death at the Vicarage.” By the first intermission the intense thunderstorm is overhead.

The old auditorium reverberates to the violent tumult. Flashes of lightning cast eerie shadows through the rolling, heavily wooded landscape. Then the power fails. The building and surrounding countryside go black.

When the electricity is restored, Ray Elkins, the Sheriff of Cedar County, is guided from his seat in the auditorium to the stage area. A member of the cast has been found fatally stabbed.

Review –
Another free digital book that I couldn’t pass up It was  okay and  a pleasant way to pass a cool windy Autumn afternoon.
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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Product Description:

Published: September 26, 2006

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

Review –

I usually wait a week or two to write my review of a book because I just get so far behind as a whole, but after finishing Sharp Objects I had to get my thoughts down on paper, or screen, whatever.

When you first meet Camille you know nothing of her troubled childhood or dysfunctional family but you realize she has problems of her own. She’s a cutter and is now in remission, if there is such a thing, but her entire body, except for a circle on her back, is covered with words. Camille cut words, She also drinks to excess and as we find out later doesn’t mind taking a few drugs.

Her mother appears to be a goody-goody prim and proper Southern lady, but that is only on the outside. She is totally screwed up because of her mother and carries it to extremes. I will not give away what exactly-you will have to read the book. Suffice it to say, that she is a nut.

Camille’s step-father is a mealy mouth Southern gentleman who seems oblivious to what’s going on around him.

Camille’s step-sister is  an advertisement for the BAD SEED.  Most of you, if not all, are probably too young to have heard of that movie but it’s about a little girl who is mean and bullying to the point of murder, while making adults think she is a sweet innocent girl.

This cast of characters plus others make up the story and the outcome is sort of surprise, but I did  have an idea of who the guilty party was before it was told to the reader but the ending WAS a surprise and I felt a sadness. I had hoped for better for Camille and that’s all I’m going to say.

I rated this book 5 stars *****

Gillian Flynn also wrote Gone Girl which ia about to be released as a motion picture. It wouldn’t surprise me if down the line Sharp Objects is made into one too.

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Scourge (Dr. Samantha Bower Medical Thriller #3)

Book Description

August 30, 2014
THE END OF THE WORLD

Dr. Samantha Bower witnessed the obliteration of human society. Entire continents decimated by a virus of unknown origins. Only a bleak world of ash and blood remains. One in which the survivors fundamentally change what it means to be human.

Samantha now struggles to make sense of the devastation, and the horrific response of humanity to an extinction level event. Left with little else, she accepts help from a man once sent to kill her. He offers her hope: a small village in the Congolese jungle unaffected by the virus. A place called Shangri-La that he claims to have seen firsthand. A place where the deepest mysteries of man’s arrogance over nature will finally be answered for her.

The world a barbaric wasteland, she must place her trust in a man that is fundamentally untrustworthy. With no other options, she goes with him in search for Shangri-La, and will discover a truth she could never have imagined.

Review –
I have to admit that this was my least favorite of the trilogy but still found it hard to put down. 
Dr. Samantha Bower is led into the jungle of the Congo, where the virus has affected no one, by the man sent to kill her.
It’s  action packed and all questions are answered in various scenes of the book and the ending is not over done and doesn’t leave anything out. A very timely series.
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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Published : September 10, 2013

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

or Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Review –

This is a heartwarming coming of age story about twins who go off to their first year of college. One is independent and out going while the other is shy,introverted and lost in being a writer of fan fiction.  The girl’s mother wanted to name her baby Catherine but when twins were born decided to use the name anyway and named one Cather and the other Wren. I thought that was a hoot. 

The characters are very well-developed and the dialogue is what really makes the book.  My favorite scenes are the ones between Cath and Levi because I believe he fell for her very early on and she never knew he was even interested in her in a romantic way. Once that fact was made known there are a couple of steamy make out scenes that are not over the top(after all it is a YA book). 

It’s a story about family ties, what makes them and what breaks them and about love. A fantastic read made even better because I had the audio version and the narrator did a bang up job.

I rated this book 5 stars *****

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