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Reviews
Title
Paris in time
Author
Gilbert Falissard
Review
beautiful photographs,informations and comments.This book put you in mood of nostalgia.Beautiful!
Genre
informational
Rating
Title
Magic Hour
Author
Kristin Hannah
Review
"Magic Hour" by Kristin Hannah is one of those stories I just could not put down once I started to read.

On a fall day in October a little girl shows up in a tiny town in the Pacific Northwest. The little girl is hiding in a tree visibly scared, dirty and holding a wolf pup.

The local sheriff, Elle Cates, nets and tranquilizes the howling child. She is brought to the town hospital where Dr. Max has to keep her bound to the bed and sedated. The sheriff calls her sister, Dr. Julia Cates, asking her to come home and help this child. Julia, a psychiatrist in California, recently closed her practice after a tragedy occurred with a young patient of hers. Julia decides to go home to see if she can help but also to recover from what she considers her failure.

The child is severely malnourished and small for a six year old. She doesn't speak. She howls and hurts herself. She is afraid of everyone around her and the room she is in. She appears feral to everyone observing her.

Julia decides to apply for temporary guardianship of this child and bring her home to work closely with her.

From there you read a story that has sadness, tragedy, happiness, and unexpected love.

While reading I found myself laughing out loud, crying and laughing through my tears. This is truly one of the best stories form this author I have read to date.
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
Fall of Giants
Author
Ken Follett
Review
Epic saga set during WWI. Follett weaves stories about several families in different countries during World War I. Great pageturner. I couldn't put it down.
Genre
historical fiction
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Title
My Gentle Barn
Author
Ellie Laks
Review
Ellie has quest at a young age to heal sick animals of all kinds. An abusive family drives her mission to be a voice for the voiceless. She establishes The Gentle Barn Animal Rescue in California. True story.
Genre
Non Fiction Audio Book
Rating
Title
Safe Heaven
Author
Nickolas Sparks
Review
The book is another romantic novel by Nicholas sparks that took place in South Carolina. I loved the fact that this book had an element of suspense added to it. It was difficult for me to put down this book and it took me less time to finish it than I anticipated. I once came home and sat on the couch and stayed there reading every word of the book for three straight hours without noticing the hours that went by. I loved the plot, the choices of words.
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
Blackout
Author
Keith R.A. DeCandido
Review
Based on the hit television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer created by Joss Whedon, "Blackout" is a tale that expands upon two flashbacks from the episodes "Fool For Love" and "Lies My Parents Told Me" that feature the vampire Spike fighting the second Slayer he murdered, Nikki Wood.

Overall, the novel is an interesting tale that keeps the reader entertained from start to finish. It reveals what happened to Spike and Nikki in NYC prior to when he killed her.

The way the author captures Spike is very true to his characterization prior to having a chip implanted in his brain by The Initiative (a government organization) that prevents him from hurting/killing people and becoming romantically obsessed with Buffy in the television series. In the novel, while he is a violent sociopathic killer, he possesses an enjoyable wit and deeply loves his Sire, Drusilla, whom he is highly devoted to. In other words, the Spike written in this book is more in line with the villain/anti-hero you plain loved as opposed to loved-to-hate prior to being made a regular member of the Buffy cast. Many (including myself and the actor who portrayed Spike, James Marsters) liked this incarnation of the character the best during the show's seven year run, so it was a pleasure reading a story that focused on him while he was still an evil vampire. However, I would advise those who only liked the character while he was struggling to become good and eventually became a hero to avoid this novel, as this is not the version of Spike they are fans of.

The author does an excellent job of developing Nikki, a character who only received roughly five minutes of screen-time in the entire show. He writes her as a tough, strong willed, and bold young woman with a selfless, kind heart. She evidently holds a deep love for her son, Robin, and is very determined in fulfilling her duty to protect the innocent from vicious supernatural creatures. Needless to say, it is sad when the reader reaches the end of the novel and Spike murders her, since he or she got to know her as a person and formed an attachment to her prior to her death.

Reet, an original character created by the author who is a vampire in charge of a NYC vampire gang, serves as an antagonist to both Spike and Nikki. He is a rather well developed character with an intriguing backstory, and his presence in the story adds further spice to the plot. However, things really heat up when Drusilla, Spike's childlike but sensual Sire who is a psychotic clairvoyant, enters the story. As a big Drusilla fan, I am very critical when people write for her. I have read some Buffy comics and novels in the past that have failed to accurately depict her character as she was in the show (though, to be fair, she is a difficult character to write). However, this author did a decent job in writing her. Just as she was in the show, he wrote Drusilla as a sadistic killer who still had a sweetness and playfulness to her, as well as wrote her poetic language and doublespeak with deep, compelling meaning (it was also like this in the show). However, I wish she had been featured more prominently in the story. She is truly a delightfully fascinating character, and her romance with Spike is a joy to both watch and read.

After Drusilla is abducted by Reet to get to Spike, Spike breaks into his stronghold to save her. Drusilla kills Reet, and she and Spike effectively dismantle his gang, which had been constant trouble for Nikki during her entire time as a Slayer.

The book features mentions of The Son of Sam and depicts the occurrence of the 1977 Blackout. Overall, these are weaved well into the plot and are depicted accurately by the author. He is also very descriptive in illustrating his characters and environments, as well as writes action/fight scenes in exciting ways that will keep readers engaged.

In addition to feeling Drusilla should have been featured in the story more, I also felt that the prologue, which shows Buffy in the present-day visiting Spike in his crypt and meeting Leroy (one of Reet's former gang members who served as his right-hand man), and half of the epilogue, which shows Buffy in the present-day killing Leroy and her and Spike about to engage in a sexual tryst, were mere filler to the plot and unnecessary. Instead of having Buffy kill Leroy, I think he should have been killed by Spike and Drusilla after Drusilla killed Reet and they both effectively put an end to his gang.

However, I felt the second part of the epilogue depicting Robin Wood in the present-day before being interviewed for a position as Sunnydale High School's new principal was a nice addition, especially considering how it further goes into how traumatized he was from his mother's death. It also serves as an effective tie-in to his entrance into the series in the show's seventh and final season, where he plays a rather big role.

Whatever flaws this novel may have, you cannot go wrong with a story that features Drusilla playing with toys in FAO Schwarz, as well as Spike and Drusilla taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park (naturally, they killed the carriage driver, and Spike used the horse's reins to guide it through the park).
Genre
Horror
Rating
Title
Dewey
Author
Vicki Myrron
Review
I give it high rating because it touched my heart and is such a strong reminder of how much animals add to our lives. If you have ever saved or rescued an animal, you know how grateful they are and how much love they give back. They bring us though hard and sad times in such a special way. This little guy touch the hearts and lives of an entire town and, through this book, continues to touch hearts.
Genre
Nonfiction
Rating
Title
Unlikely loves
Author
Jennifer S. Holland
Review
This is such a fun, quick read. If you love animals this is the book for you! Jennifer Holland has come out with a sequel to her previous book Unlikely Friendships, Unlikely Loves is her second book of unique animal relationship stories. In both books Holland has compiled very cute stories complete with pictures of unique animal relationships. Some of the stories are friendships between animals, while other stories are about an animal taking over as a surrogate parent for a different breed of animal.
Genre
Nonfiction
Rating
Title
Unlikely Friendships
Author
Jennifer S.Holland
Review
Everyone needs a friend--someone to play with, to snuggle with, to share joys and fears with, someone to console you when you're down. This book tells forty seven short stories of unusual friendships from around the world--an iguana and a cat; a leopard and a cow; an elephant and a dog; a bird and a cat; a dog and a fish! Many people think that animals don't have many emotions. But this book about love and friendship shows how deep animals' emotions run.
Genre
Nonfiction
Rating
Title
The Other Story
Author
Tatiana de Rosnay
Review
After reading and loving Sarah's Key, I was so excited to read another of her books. I was so disappointed. This book is well written; however it revolves around a totally unlikeable, self-absorbed main character. I kept waiting for something to actually happen, for some action, anything. Unfortunately I had to wait until the end of the story, too little and too late for me. I do not recommend this book.
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
Iron Kissed
Author
Patricia Briggs
Review
The third book in the supernatural Mercy Thompson series about a female mechanic who is also a shape shifter. A fun read if you like books involving werewolves, vampires, fae, and other creatures.
Genre
urban fantasy
Rating
Title
The Late Scholar
Author
Jill Paton Walsh
Review
A nice historical mystery with good period detail (England, specifically Oxford, in the early 1950s).
Rating
Title
Gilded
Author
Christina Farley
Review
this is book 1 of The Gilded Series. A Korean-American girl returns to Korea with her father. Her biggest concern is fitting in at school until her grandfather tells her a demi-god will steal her soul. She uses her martial arts skills and help from an attractive classmate to avoid this fate.
Genre
young adult fantasy
Rating
Title
The Light in the Ruins
Author
Chris Bohjalian
Review
A good read about Italy in WWI. The chapters alternate from 1943-44 and 1955 in a way that works well. The 1955 chapters reveal the scars from the war and the 1940s chapters reveal how they came to be. Then add a serial killer and his perspective. The author made it all work.
Genre
historical fiction
Rating
Title
My Salinger Year
Author
Joanna Rakoff
Review
Very absorbing true story of Ms. Rakoff's year working for a literary Agent in New York City and her experience with their biggest and most prestigious client - JD Salinger. If you are interested in Salinger you will love this book.
Genre
memoir
Rating
Title
The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
Author
Fannie Flagg
Review
A woman searching for her mother is taken back in World War 2 to discover the WASP group of women pilots. As a well kept secret amazing facts come to light a pathway to finding a family reunion. DB77825
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
The Promise of A Pencil
Author
Adam Braum
Review
Find your life purpose in 30 mantras and reflect on this true story how one person made a difference in this world. Pencils of Promise established by the author has brought worldwide attention to Global education.
Genre
Non Fiction audio book
Rating
Title
The House I Loved
Author
Tatiana De Rosnay
Review
An intriguing novel set in Paris in the 1800's. Emperor Napoleon and Baron Haussman wish to modernize Paris by changing the façade of many buildings as well as the city's infrastructure. The protagonist, Rose is truly a heroine as she is determined to fight against her family home being demolished. To overcome her loneliness, she writes letters to her beloved husband who is deceased. Much is revealed about their lives. This book kept my interest and I read it very quickly. Would highly recommend - especially if Paris is one of your favorite cities like me! Romantique!
Genre
Historical Fiction
Rating
Title
The Boy on the Wooden Box
Author
Leon Leyson
Review
A man who was rescued by Schindler tells his boyhood story. Not just for young readers. This is a lovely, not overly grim first story of the Holocaust you could read as a family.
Genre
biography, WWII
Rating
Title
The Husband's Secret
Author
Laine Moriarty
Review
Australian housewives and their complicated secrets unravelling in a book filled with details of family life certain kinds of women will love. I did, chuckling softly at the Queen Bees and wanna-bes I recognized in Australian society so similar to our own. Good sense of humor, a fun beach read to pass around.
Genre
fiction, Australia, family life, chick-lit
Rating