Saturday, January 14, 2017

Penelope Gilbert and the Children of Azure

PENELOPE GILBERT AND THE CHILDREN OF AZURE is an utterly adorable book for kids.  (By kids…the main character is 13.  I could see myself reading this around that age and it becoming one of my favorites.)

This book is one adventure after another, with cute drawings mixed in.  I liked how the action never stopped.  When I taught in elementary school, a lot of kids would complain about “boring” sections in books.  They would quit reading. I can see this book holding their attention the entire way through.

My favorite part is the charm which the author writes with.  The dialogue flows well, and there are quite a few humorous sections.  This book comes highly recommended!

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Chronicles Of Being Isisti

I received a copy of All Legends: The Chronicles Of Being Isisti: The Prequel to the Curse of Mary by Nicolajayne Taylor.  I had not read THE CURSE OF MARY prior to reading this.  You can read this as a standalone and enjoy it – I did!  I will, however, be looking for THE CURSE OF MARY to add to my to be read list.

This book is told from Isisti’s point of view.  Isisti is a demon.  I’ve always had a thing for stories that take on the demon’s point of view, mainly because I grew up with books where the demon was the bad guy, totally one sided.  You hated him or her, and that as that.  This book paints the demon as complex, worthy of a reader’s attention. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Old Crimes and Nursery Rhymes

Another excellent mystery.  I flew through this one, as I had already read books 1 and 3.  (Yes, a little out of order, but still enjoyable)  The characters have plenty of heart and the setting is beautifully written.  I especially like the romantic elements.  Not many mysteries include romance, and I found that the inclusion made it all the sweeter.

Saturday, January 7, 2017


I am a huge fan of mysteries.  This one had heart and a beautiful setting.  A lot of mysteries I read are focused entirely on the mystery – you don’t get to learn much about the characters.  This one is different.  The characters are real, and you feel with them. 

I loved the antiques.  I’ve always had a special fondness for items of olden days, and it was exciting to read a mystery about them.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Death in the Shadows

I received a copy of DEATH IN THE SHADOWS by Paul McCusker from Lion Fiction via Kregel in exchange for an honest review.  It is the second book in the Father Gilbert Mystery series.  Like the first book, this is expertly written and you will find yourself not only lost in the mystery, but consumed by the characters and setting as well.

In this story, Father Gilbert is attending a three-day religious conference. It turns out that the town, Engelsea, isn’t a wonderful family vacation spot.  In fact, it is rather scummy.  Father Gilbert quickly becomes ensconced in a murder.  He sees an apparition and decides to investigate. If you’re like me, you won’t figure out who did it until the very end. 

Much of the book focuses on the sex-trade world, something I don’t normally read about.  It is, however, written tastefully.  I do find this book to be appropriate for adults and young adults.

I enjoy how Father Gilbert is written not just as a priest, but someone real and relatable.  I find that him being an awesome, intelligent person shines more than him being a man of the cloth, although the book doesn’t make light of religion. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


I received a copy of MURDER AND MISTLETOE by Jane Firebaugh in exchange for an honest review.  This is the third installment in the series White Mountains Romantic Mysteries. 

I loved mysteries novels, and this one has it all.  Great characters, snappy dialogue, and a mystery that will keep you guessing.  My favorite part of all was the setting.  It becomes its own place.

Josh and Olivia make an excellent pair of detectives.  I adored the chemistry between the two of them.  I look forward to reading more about them.

Monday, December 26, 2016


The cover captured me.  I love the image of the stone – and of course the title is catchy too.  I dove in late at night, and didn’t expect to read as much of it as I did in one sitting!  The characters are endearing.

My favorite part is how well the female and male characters were written.  I’ve read quite a few romance novels – all of them by women – where all the characters sounded female.  It made some of those books quite awkward when both of the main characters seemed like the same person.  Hey, opposites are supposed to attract! 

The romance in GYPSY STONE was perfect.  Sometimes the romance is heavy handed, or feels wishy-washy.  There was just the right amount, and she wrote them tastefully. 

The setting is another aspect you’re sure to enjoy.  The setting in a story makes or breaks it for me, and this setting was described beautifully.  You feel as if you are there.

I do recommend this, but because of the romantic aspects, it would be most enjoyed by a fellow romance lover.