Friday, May 31, 2013

Bedtime Story: Goodnight, Thumper!

Synopsis: "With simple text and sturdy board pages, these two new titles in the Disney Bunnies line are ideally sized for toddlers' little hands and even Easter baskets. In these stories, Thumper is not quite ready to go to bed, and he learns to count to ten. Full color."

My Review: This is a cute Disney version of the classic goodnight book. Thumper gets to say good night to the forest animals. My one question is where is Bambi and Flower? I am sure that once Munchkin is able to understand the movie and book he will be wondering the same thing. That said, the illustrations are cute and the story is short, simple and sweet.
My Rating: This is a cute book but missing some of my favorite Bambi characters. It was still short, cute and Munchkin still enjoyed the story.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.
Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

From the Review Pile #5

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday.
The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or if you don't receive review books, any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.

I know that a lot of you have a huge pile of books that you want to read/review, but it understandably takes a while to get around to reading them all - here you can give a book (or two!) some of the publicity that it deserves, even if you haven't read it yet!


Synopsis: "Written by an Israeli, Enfold Me is a provocative and dark journey into a chillingly-realistic post-Israel Middle East.

Precipitated by a massive earthquake and an Iranian-led attack, the fall of Israel rips Daniel Blum from his suburban life and scientific career. Alone and scarred, he endures subjugation and terror in Hamas-controlled Northern Liberated Palestine.

Now, Daniel must follow George Farrah, a figure from his past, deep under the Carmel mountain and through Egyptian-controlled, quake-ravaged Tel Aviv. Haunted by tragedy, Daniel strains the bonds of duty and family as he and George uncover a secret that could alter the region’s balance of power.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pen to Paper

Another month has passed and I have been keeping up with my writing. I am really enjoying taking the time to hand write letters. It has become my quite time once or twice a month to sit down after Munchkin goes to bed, with a glass of wine of course and connect with my pen pals and friends and family scattered all over the world.
I encourage you all to join me and the Ink Readers to connect with fellow book lovers and meet new pen pals and friends.  I sent a letter to one of my pen pals this month and will be sending another soon as well as a letter to one of my other pen pals through Ink Readers.  I am also thinking about finding another regular pen pal, nothing beats getting a letter in the mail!!
I also sent a letter and a new home decorating package to my dear friend and fellow blogger Jessica at Thoughts at One in the Morning.  She recently moved to her own apartment and I had a lot of fun hunting up a small collection of decorations to bring her own personality into her new space.
And of course there were all the new baby, bridal shower, graduation and wedding cards, notes and gifts that I sent out this last month.
So have any of you written a letter to a friend or loved one recently? Have you received one? 

Review of Power Study by Maria V. Snyder

Synopsis: "Ari and Janco deal with a Sandseed Story Weaver and a cocky young soldier while Valek is off helping Yelena."

My Review: I was so excited to read this novella in the Study series, I had loved Ari and Janco throughout the other books but I was so disappointed. They didn't have the same feel to them as before. I was distracted by the banter that usually was entertaining but it just got in the way this time. I really felt a lot was lacking in the plot line and the characters. It all just fell flat and read like a story instead of pulling me in like Poison Study did :(
My Rating: So sad but I have to give Power Study a rating of One Paw.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review of Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

Synopsis: "When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before....

Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself—and save the land she holds dear."

My Review: Compared to the previous three (2 full length and 1 novella) books in the series, Fire Study was kind of a meeh for me. I was honestly getting a little sick of Yelena's attitude and her must rescue the world on her own mentality. Another reviewer put it perfectly 'there is too much going on without anything really going on'. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone but a lot of the same things happen again and again and again throughout the book and you would expect the characters to smarten up a little. There was a little surprise at the end as to who is who though so I guess that made up for it. I really feel that this is a good end to the series and maybe just a couple of novellas to peek in on our favorite characters, especially Janco, Ari, Valek and Kiki. Maybe some happy times would be nice.
My Rating: I hate that this was a little bit of a disappointment.  I really do adore the characters and maybe that is why, I think I wanted a little bit of down time for them.  The next couple of Novellas look good and the branch off Glass series looks like a good place to go as I really liked Opal and want to know more about her.  I give this one a rating of Three Paws.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Holiday Reading List

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Links will take you to my review
Chasing Dragons by Douglas A. Jaffe
And the Soft Wind Blows by Lance Umenhofer
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
Slow Snail (Bedtime Story)

Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

Fire Study
Currently Reading:

October Night by Theresa Oles - Kindle - 15%

 Books to be Read Soon:
Blood in the Valley by JK Hogan (Requested Review)
Heat Wave by Richard Castle (Audio Challenge)
Justice by Jade Varden (Requested Review)
Soft Spots by Clint Van Winkle (Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge)


Last week was suppose to be vacation week for me and Hubby.  We were going to get some house baby proofing done and some projects finished (and I had planned to get some more reading done) but as usual plans don't work in our favor.  It ended up being a chaotic week at the office so I was needed every day.  At least no one could make us work over the long weekend so under Munchkin's careful supervision we replaced the fence on one side of the yard.  We didn't even make a dent in our long to do list but at least we accomplished something.  Hopefully I can get a book or two more finished this week!

Here is a picture of Munchkin making sure we build the fence right!