Book Reviews

The Werewolves of Aylmer

As many folk know, Kelly Armstrong (kelleyarmstrong.com) is Aylmer’s own supernatural author who now has 20 novels published and has topped book charts all over the place. Her first published book, Bitten, is going to be made into a television serious that will air on the Space channel. Set in …

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Life After : The Arising –Bryan Way

In the spirit of honest reviewing, I feel I should let you  know that I know the author of this book personally which is why I know I can be totally honest with this review. To his credit Bryan not only wrote this book but he also self published it, …

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Horse Crazy Lily

Sometimes it’s so much fun reading Middle Grade novels, books written for those we now refer to as ‘tweens. Horse Crazy Lily was my first exposure to The Lily Series, and I’d give it four out of five horseshoes. (I rarely give ratings of five out of five.) Although this isn’t …

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Horse Crazy Lily

Sometimes it’s so much fun reading Middle Grade novels, books written for those we now refer to as ‘tweens. Horse Crazy Lily was my first exposure to The Lily Series, and I’d give it four out of five horseshoes. (I rarely give ratings of five out of five.) Although this isn’t …

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How to Be a Pirate

As I read How to Be a Pirate, I considered just how I was going to write this book review . . . or if I would write it at all. Then, I had a thought. Why not ask you, my readers, what you think of certain elements Hiccup Horrendous Haddock …

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The Boy Kelsey

Standing in the youth section of our local library, I was glancing at the books on display. Having recently read The Summer I Became a Nerd and The Secret of the Old Clock – the first Nancy Drew mystery – I decided this time I should read a book with …

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The Survivor

This is the first book by DiAnn Mills that I’ve read . . . but it won’t be the last. If you’ve read any of my book reviews – or pretty much any of my writing – you’ll realize relationships are very important to me. A brilliant plot and gripping …

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The Summer I Became a Nerd

What a fun ride! On the front cover, Cole Gibson refers to “the laugh out loud dialogue.” I’ll admit I had my doubts. I thought the premise of Leah Rae Miller’s The Summer I Became a Nerd sounded great, but not many books make me LOL. (Hey, it’s young adult …

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Seraphina by Rachel Hartmen

Seraphina lives in a world where dragons and humans have signed a peace treaty and live reasonably peacefully together, until a prince is murdered in a very dragon-like way. Now tensions and mistrust on both sides are running rampant. Seraphina has respect for both sides which draws her to the …

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The Diviners by Libba Bray

After an unfortunate incident, trouble seeking Evie has been sent to her Uncle’s in New York. Her parents feel that Uncle and the city will mold her into a proper young lady…and will no longer tarnish their names in their hometown. Boy were they wrong! Evie soon finds herself right …

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Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks

Title: Hallucinations Author: Oliver Sacks In Hallucinations, Sacks explores the experience of hallucinations in psychologically healthy people and the different conditions that can cause them. Vision loss, intoxication, sensory deprivations and even grief can cause the sanest among us to hallucinate. Sacks himself is a neurologist, although he doesn’t stick strictly …

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

  Not quite a romance novel and just touching on science fiction… Life at Hailsham seems ideal for Kathy H, the story’s narrator, and her good friends Ruth and Tommy. It seems like a picturesque English boarding school, where students are well tended to, well nurtured, and allowed to grow …

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Orbit by John J Nance

A lucky winner is given a free ride on a commercial space flight but as soon as he arrives on orbit, bad things happen. Now trapped high above the Earth, one man writes his thoughts, feelings and epitaph, not knowing that the world below is reading every line. As the …

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

You may have determined by now that when I review a book I write mostly about how I liked it and why. I will leave the details of themes and plots and other mysteries to those more qualified than I. I write only as a person who loves to read. …

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Elizabeth I by Margaret George

In this novel, Margaret George dazzles tackles a very difficult subject  She attempts to tell the story of Elizabeth Tudor.  Elizabeth is an enigma — the Virgin Queen with so many suitors, the victor of the Armada who hated war; the gorgeously attired, jewel-bedecked woman who pinched pennies. England‘s greatest …

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Pershing by John Perry

How can I say I enjoyed a book about war and an American general?  Because it is a well crafted story which carries you through the career of General Pershing, a man who has been somewhat neglected by history.  Pershing began his Army service in the Philippines, Mexico and Cuba. This  served as a …

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The Souls of Black Folk by WEB Du Bois

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) is considered the greatest of African American intellectuals–a sociologist, historian, novelist, and activist whose career spanned the nation’s history from Reconstruction to the civil rights movement.  Du Bois was born in Massachusetts and educated at Fisk, Harvard, and the University of Berlin. Du Bois …

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Book Review: Homecoming by Cathy Kelly

I like to read serious books like nonfiction books, biographies, dramas.  I also like to read books with a great story, engaging characters, and a proper ending.  I don’t want everything to magically work out on the last two pages.  I want closure.  I want a little bit of reality. …

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Talk to the Hand by Lynne Truss

However, my favourite anecdote concerns a neighbour of mine in Brighton who works in a shop where everything costs a pound – a job he does with considerable dignity, I have to say. One morning, as he was opening the shop, he had a very imperious customer who first ticked …

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To Be Perfectly Honest

Openness, honesty, and transparency are three traits I value highly. But just what does honesty really mean? Is it always telling the truth – as the author sought to do for an entire year? And then again, what does “telling the truth” really mean? Does it mean opening up oneself …

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