Monthly Archives: February 2015

Super Shark Encyclopedia by DK Books

Super Shark Encyclopedia truly lives up to its name – beautifully presented, mountains of facts, and information intelligently ordered to make this a book children can grow with – from basic information suitable for grade school interspersed with more detailed … Continue reading

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Artful Rainwater Design by Eliza Pennypacker, Stuart Echols

Artful Rainwater Design is beautifully illustrated yet extremely informative and well presented. It lives up to the title, thoughtfully educating on the various ways that rainwater is collected, showcased, stored, and disseminated. From watersheds to storm drainage, nature preserves to … Continue reading

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How Your Child to Thrive by Liane Brouilette

Help Your Child To Thrive is a treatise explorating the issues of the public school system in the United States and how it affects children. Problems such as belonging, bullying, and other soft issues are discussed through other writing and … Continue reading

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The 20/20 Diet by Dr. Phil McGraw

The 20/20 diet book by Dr. Phil is a brief but easy to follow motivational and eating/exercise plan with the goal of health and weight loss. Although the diet is surprisingly restrictive (just 20 foods), it is smartly tailored to … Continue reading

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Honey Girl by Lisa Freeman

Honey Girl is an engrossing coming-of-age story set in early 1970s Santa Monica, California. Navigating the beach culture, adhering to strict unwritten rules for girls, and coming to understand her own self are at the heart of 15 year-old half … Continue reading

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Class Dismissed by Allan Woodrow

Class Dismissed is an engaging elementary/middle school read about a class of students who find themselves without a teacher – and then try to hide that situation from school, other classmates, and parents so they can have a long school … Continue reading

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In Search of Lost Dragons by Élian Black’mor, M Carine, Jezequel, Hannah Gorfinkel-Elder

In Search of Lost Dragons is an exquisitely illustrated faux travel diary of a reporter/illustrator’s adventure as he explores dragons. There are sketches, illustrations, and many sketched/drawn paraphernalia such as train tickets, posters of dragon shows, etc. While cleverly done, … Continue reading

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The King of Thieves by Evan Currie

I’ve really enjoyed Currie’s Odyssey One stories and King of Thieves is in that same vein: plenty of action, a wide cast of unique and relatable characters, and plenty of space opera. It’s a winning combination that keeps readers invested … Continue reading

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The Replaced by Kimberly Derting

The Replaced continues shortly after the events of book one, The Taking, and contains Derting’s winning combination of loveable down-to-earth characters and action-oriented plot. Yes, this is a twinkie – a guilty pleasure of a YA title – but it … Continue reading

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The Cage by Megan Shepherd

Writing a review for The Cage presents a unique challenge: the story, like the characters and pacing, was a frustrating mix of good and bad. Characters were so unlikeable as to be irredeemable (even as antiheroes) and a love triangle … Continue reading

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A Just Determination by John G. Hemry/Jack Campbell

As a fan of the Lost Fleet series, I was happy to get the Audible version of this book from a recent sale. As expected from the author, we have a story of a personable and decent guy in a … Continue reading

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Ash by Shani Petroff and Darci Manley

Ash was a novel that surprised me – a decently written dystopian with clearly much though gone into the set up and plot. It could have easily been yet another soppy romance with short sighted characters too busy with ‘cute … Continue reading

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The Gift by Dave Donovan

Roughly around the half way point, I stopped the Audible version in disgust. There was just so much cliche and flat characterizations trying desperately to support a simplistic first contact sci fi. Everyone talked liked computers simulating a person; ironically, … Continue reading

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The Taken (Foxcraft 1) by Inbali Iserles

The Taken is an exciting adventure of a fox trying to find her family after they mysteriously disappeared one night.  Author Iserles has created a nuanced world around the foxes and their bit of magic, “foxcraft”.  And heroine Isla is … Continue reading

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Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

Anything Can Happen is a decently written coming out story that eschews a traditional happily ever after ending in favor of slice of life sweetness. Main character Tretch is a nice guy navigating through life with a supportive family and … Continue reading

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Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

Gates of Thread and Stone felt like a book of greatly missed opportunities: flashes of originality and brilliance quickly buried by mediocre writing and a soppy romance. There just wasn’t enough meat on these bones to distinguish it beyond every … Continue reading

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Stress-Free Discipline by Sara Au and Peter L. Stavinoha

Stress-Free Discipline presents a view on discipline that it is about education rather than punishing. There are good points in the book but I found it to be more clinical than realistic. A one-approach fits all really failed to merge … Continue reading

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Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall

Mars Evacuees is an interesting animal: lightweight yet heavy, humorous and grim, silly yet serious. Similarly, the characters are both likeable but also so annoying as to make a reader actively dislike them. And the plot is both well trod … Continue reading

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Jinx’s Fire by Sage Blackwood

Jinx’s Fire brings this wonderful children’s fantasy series to a satisfying conclusion, tying up loose threads but avoiding a saccharine pat ending. And truly, that has been where this series has excelled: highest writing standards, interesting and complex plot, and … Continue reading

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Eat Right For Your Sight by Jennifer Trainer Thompson, Johanna M Seddon

Right For Your Sight has a particular focus on age related macular degeneration – the natural aging process that causes vision to slowly deteriorate. It is published as a project of the American Macular Degeneration Foundation and backed by the … Continue reading

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