Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Book Review Tuesday on Wednesday


Life II by Scott Spotson    4 Stars


I enjoyed this book, especially the fact that it was unpredictable. When Max was given the opportunity to go back in time he had no idea what would change or how different his life would be. Through this long novel we saw how his choices affected those around him. Some remained friends no matter what. His emotions concerning the children he left behind were palpable. Interesting take on time travel.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Book Review Tuesday on Wednesday

The Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club (The Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club #1)


4 stars: A fun cozy set in a retirement community.

A fun cozy mystery set in a retirement community and from a few viewpoints. Items are being stolen from the inhabitants of the "Babbling Brook" retirement community, and a couple of residents decide to investigate.

The Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club (Book One)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Book Review Tuesday

I've posted a couple of reviews on Goodreads and Amazon in the last couple of weeks. In case you missed these:

Into the Dim (Into the Dim #1)

by Janet B. Taylor -- 5 stars

Hope doesn't know she comes from a long line of time travelers, and when she finds out, she also learns her presumed dead mother is alive but trapped in time. Her adventures with her new friends and a fascinating man are filled with references to actual history from the time of Queen Eleanor  of Aquitaine and Thomas Becket.

The book ends with enough threads dangling that this is sure to be a series. And sure enough the sequel is called Sparks of Light.




Just The Beginning (The Accidental Cannibal) by Dale Rutter


Although I didn't read the first book in the series, this could stand alone. Samuel is recruited by the king to join his soldiers. Soon after he and his family move to the capital, he's made a captain. Eventually he helps the king defeat his brother. The book could use some tightening.

I gave this one 4 stars, but it's really 3 and a half. I sent the author a pm explaining some of issues I saw, including grammatical errors.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Book Review Tuesday

I am thoroughly enjoying this series of murder mysteries as told by almost fourteen-year-old Hazel Wong, Vice President and Secretary of the Detective Society. She and the society's president The Honourable Daisy Wells are on summer hols, and Hazel's father has taken them on the Orient Express. Not only is there a murder, but also a spy aboard their carriage. And of course the two girls solve the crimes before the adults, finally impressing Mr. Wong.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Book Review Tuesday

It may be the day I post a review, but, although I'm reading an assortment of books, I haven't finished any of them.

Instead I'll post a review of one of my own books. This was one of the first reviews of the Crimson Orb:

I bought the Kindle edition of this book to pre-read on a long weekend away before gifting my book-hungry grandchildren with a hard copy. I wasn't quite certain which of them would enjoy it AND I wanted to make sure it was suitable (fairly stuffy parents lol). I've concluded that it's bound for two out of the three of them, one a teenage boy (the swordplay! the wizard!} and one a pre-teen girl (the heroine! the cat! the magic!). I suspect that the third one, who's just nine and still utterly soccer-crazy, will be along to read it in due course.

The fun begins on page one, when our heroine, Nissa, sitting and petting her cat whilst (jealously) watching her brothers practice swordplay, is joined by Holm Manor's wizard, Madoc. Need I say more? A girl who yearns to master the sword, and wizardry? And probably some rapid beating of the young heart along the way? And pesky sisters, too? Yes, you've got it.

By the end of Chapter One, I'd learned the difference between magic and wizardry and that, even in Nissa's world, girls haven't been allowed to do the same things as boys. Bah! But is she going to put up with that? I think not, would you? The story of Nissa and Master Madoc, the wizard (and more), was definitely my favourite part, and central to the story. When Madoc goes missing, the quest begins.

Ever wonder if a wizard is a such a good wizard, why he can't free himself when the baddies get him? Yeah, me, too. Now I know; I think that was somewhere along about Chapter Twenty-Four.

By the end of Chapter Forty-Three, I'd learn how to turn a skirt into wide-legged riding britches, who didn't make it across the Frozen Tundra, where the Crimson Orb was (but how to get it???) and what the swamp inhabitants were doing with it. But it wasn't over yet…there was still a final chapter to go. And a sequel promised for 2015.

This is a lovely book, an otherworld story well told and with a myriad of interesting details that make it all the richer. I can't fault it (I get fussy about typos and this book is very well edited, I'm happy to report) and I'm pleased to be gifting the kids with it. Hertzoff's writing is eminently readable, it's cleverly written, brings in lots of different, interesting topics AND the dialogue moves the story along particularly well. There is a great cast of characters and always lots going on so it's a great attention-keeper.

Now I'm off to order the paperback for the kids. Two thumbs up for Nissa.



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Book Review Tuesday

Here's the review I wrote for The Hollow Crown by Jeff Wheeler

A wonderful sequel to the first three books. Trynne, Owen's daughter, is a terrific new character. If you like Arthurian type stories, this series is for you.

The first book in the series is The Queen's Poisoner.