Saturday, April 27, 2013

#38 A Corner of White: The Colors of Madeline Book One by Jaclyn Moriarty

Two worlds, the Kingdom of Cello and Our World. Very different but linked by a crack in a parking meter and a sculpture made of cement and a broken TV.  Madeline in one world and Cody in the other. Both have problems...really BIG problems. A crazy Mom, a missing Dad, Color attacks, fickle friends..but somehow, through it all, they manage to help each other. What defines "Friendship"? Madeline and Cody do a fair job of showing us what is really at the core of a friendship, and how friends really care about each other, even if they can't meet face to face. A wonderful blend of fantasy and pain that is oh too real.
ISBN-13: 978-0545397360

#37 The Blue Door (book 3 or the Quilt Trilogy) by Ann Rinaldi

An interesting look into the ends of the era of Slavery from the perspective of a young girl, searching for acceptance and truth, both from her southern family and her northern relatives. She finds herself hiding from a man who has sworn to kill her, and working hard for the first time in her life in a northern fabric mill owned by her great-grandfather.Action, family ties, truth and strength all figure in this book about putting together the pieces of a torn and raveling family quilt. Amanda receives a challenge from her grandmother "Can you keep silent for two weeks?" she is angry and defiant but rises to take the bait and thus begins her journey of self discovery.
ISBN# 0-590-46051-X

#36 Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James

Anastasia and Christian are working out how to live as a married couple. Christian still struggles with the fear that Ana will leave him, and Ana with the fear that she can never convince Christian of his own worthiness of her love and her commitment to him.She must deal with her own fear of loss in a very unexpected way! Lots of intrigue and more danger than in the first two books, a bit less of the whips and chains, mild B and D, but still enough sex to be interesting. We find out more about Christian's early years as he slowly explores his past. The end gives us a peek into the future and a look back at the past for a different perspective on the beginning. A fitting end to the trilogy.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

#21 the Cat Whisperer by Mieshelle Nagelschneider (out of order, I know)

This is a book every cat owner should have. Not only does it explain cat behavior, that to most of us is inexplicable, but gives step by step instructions on how to change it! For so many cat owners the things our cats do are so far outside of our ability to explain why they do what they do. It is really wonderful to have an explanation for problem behaviors. Even more wonderful is finding out a way to change that problem behavior. This is an indispensable reference book for any cat owner! Even better,this is a book to read before you get a cat! That way you won't be making any mistakes you will need to fix later.


#35 Full Moon over Madeline Island by Jay Gilbertson

Once again we check in with Eve and Rocky, Ruby and Helen and all the rest of the Madeline Island crew.
Just want to say to our author, "I am so glad your editor saved this book from the fire! I was crushed when I thought it had been lost! (Cute how you worked the previous books and your pumpkin oil in too!)
The apron business is flourishing,Toad Hollow maternity home is moving forward and everyone is up to their old tricks! Eve ends up in the drink, they become famous on the radio and the "Duck" just keeps rolling and floating along.
I always enjoy a visit to Madeline to check in on all my friends, and you will feel the same way about these characters once you know them. Another Duck race in on the horizon with of course, hilarious results.
OK Jay, I'm ready and waiting for the next book!!

#34 The Tomato Patch: The Amish of Ephrata

This little novella takes us into the Amish community of Epherata once again. We see how they deal with jealousy, pride, family and even a little courting!
Priscilla Smucker loves her garden. She enjoys working with the earth to bring forth vegetables to nourish her family and community.
Susie Byler also grows tomatoes and makes sure EVERYONE knows that HER tomatoes are the best! Not exactly the normal feelings for a young Amish girl. I guess drama follows all young women, even in an Amish community. A fun glimpse inside their world to see how teen drama is dealt with in their world.
ISBN-13: 978-1478313786

#33 Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure by Dean Koontz

What a joy to spend some time with one of my favorite characters! Odd Thomas falls into a particularly interesting and strange rabbit hole when he enters Harmony, an odd little town on the coast, with Annamaria, a strange young woman, Raphael a golden retriever and Boo a white German Shepherd who happens to be a ghost. If you are familiar with Odd Thomas, none of this sounds strange to you, if you are not familiar with him, well, you should be.
Odd and crew end up in a town where a malevolent force controls the population, shifting from one to another in an instant. Included is a closed military base, an alien force, artificial intelligence and Odd's own strange talents. I won't spoil the story for you, but suffice it to say, it is another wonderfully "Odd" tale. Not to be missed! Odd Thomas is a wonderful, lighter side of Dean Koontz. Very seldom will you read a story that can give you goosebumps and have you laughing out loud in an empty house!

Friday, April 12, 2013

#32 Fifty Shades Darker: (Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) E L James

We continue the journey of Ana and Christian. More becomes clear as to why Christian is like he is and Ana learns what she can handle and what she can't. Ana starts her new job and works to loosen Christian's iron grip on her life. Christian attempts to learn to trust. I won't spoil it for you, but things come to a head with "Mrs. Robinson"! Charlie Tango (the helicopter) features heavily in the ending of this installment. Again, the end will leave you wanting to read the final book! I can't wait to start it myself. Worth the time, a bit more mystery in this one.

ISBN-13: 978-0345803498

#31 Fifty Shades of Grey: (Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) By E L James

I waited awhile to read this book because Of all the frenzy surrounding this trilogy.
That being said, I really liked the format of the book (I listened to it as an audio Book) My Favorite character is Ana's Subconscious. That got your attention, huh? For those of you who like hard core novels..this is not the series for you. Yes there is sex, somewhat graphic, definitely not for kids, but not the whips and chains that it was hyped to be. Mild B + D only. This is actually a love story between a young virgin college girl, and a multibillionaire Business owner. It has lots of twists and turns that keep your attention. So if a little soft kinks interest you, this is a fun read, and well worth the time. I wouldn't read it if you don't plan to read the whole series, the end will leave you dying to start the second book!

ASIN: B007J4T2G8

#30 The Spark by Kristine Barnett

Light it!
Jake is a remarkable child who might have never been able to help anyone or pursue his passion had it not been for an insightful, creative, dedicated woman. His Mom. This family's life definitely held to one of my family motto's "If nothing else, Life is never boring!" Having had a brilliant father who was still defending his patents for chemical compounds well into his late 60's, yet never could tell his right from his left or which way was North, or do math in his head. I understand a very tiny piece of how Jake's mind works. As I learned with my learning challenges, and my daughters central auditory processing disorder, sometimes, you just have to keep trying different things, until you find something that makes sense to you. It doesn't matter if the method you use to learn doesn't make sense to anyone else, as long as it makes sense to you. This is a great book for anyone with a child who learns differently.


Friday, April 5, 2013

#29 Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge

Lucie Walker....who is that? Even Lucie doesn't know. She comes to consciousnesses knee deep in San Francisco bay, with no idea who she is or why she is there. She ends up in the psych ward, and on the news...which is how she was found by her fiance Grady. Slowly, she begins to realize that she is not the same Lucie who left Grady a week before. She isn't sure she would want to be that Lucie! Controlling, distant, maybe even unfriendly... Follow along as she slowly uncovers her past, old memories that can effect the rest of her life. Others think some memories are too hard, too horrible to be remembered at all. A fascinating peek inside a human mind. Don't start reading this one will be up all night reading!
ISBN# 978-1-4516-8403-4