Saturday, November 28, 2015


I received a mobi.file copy of this book through a giveaway on LibraryThing and this is my honest opinion.

When you hear the name Ian Fleming you immediately think of James Bond, but practically everyone doesn’t realized that he’s the author behind the movie Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang which is based on the children’s book he wrote by the name.

Although Leonard Wibberley had written over 100 books he’s best remembered for the first book in the series which this book is the prequel for, The Mouse That Roared; which is probably due to the movie starring Peter Sellers.

In this book the tiny, backward thinking Duchy of Grand Fenwick is, according to a rascally Irish knight, about to be invaded by the French with a new weapon of mass destruction, the cannon.

As expected, a simple plan to have the Duchy drop their differences with the Irish in order to join forces to defeat the French enemy goes awry when Sir Roger's daughter, the Lady Matilda becomes unduly enamored in the Irish knight who brought the news concerning the French invasion. In the end, somehow, despite their shortcomings, they persevered and defeated the French who promised never to attack the Duchy again; which became the precedent of what would happen to them 500 years later when they decided to invade the US, a time at which they still insisted on using the longbow as their choice of combat weapons.

Once you get by the British dry wit and humor which prevalent in this book and its sequel The Mouse That Roared, you’re left with a wonderful satirical work of literature about the time period these stories takes place.

For the wonderful satirical story the author has written here, I’m giving it 5 STARS.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015


I know it’s been about three weeks since I last posted a status report but it’s been extreme hectic around here which started off by my becoming under for almost a week. It was during this time we started to have some problems with the weekend home attendant we had, which meant I had to keep a more watchful on what was happening.

With not having our apartment painted for almost 10 years we felt, despite my OH’s condition, to have it painted. Luckily we found someone who’d move the furniture; take down the pictures, paintings, etc. we had on the walls and then rehang them. While they did a wonderful job, which took 3 days to do, I’m just now finishing putting back everything in place.

Naturally, with all this going on, I had a sudden influx of books from the giveaways I’ve been entering. In addition to which were doctor visits for which I had to arrange transportation for my OH and a wheelchair, the home attendant and myself.

I now have about 6 e-books in my possession to be read/reviewed, 3 recent ones which I’ve yet to receive as well as a few for which I need to send reminders to authors to send me the copy of the book I’d won. During the time since I last posted my status report until now I’ve only read/reviewed 12 books, it should have been a few more.

Hopefully, the rest of this year will be better than it has been so far.

Since it’s THANKSGIVING, from my family to yours, have a happy one and many, many more.


Sunday, November 22, 2015


This is the second book [mobi.file/KINDLE] I’ve been fortunate to have won through a recent LibraryThing giveaway from this author’s Native American series and the following is my honest opinion.

One of my best subjects in high school was history where I had about a 92/93 average, and American History was my favorite of all the history classes I had.

In this author’s second book for his Native American History series, Mr. Walker has taken his readers into the longest and most expensive Indian War this country has ever been involved with.

The author takes his readers right into the action in a matter which is similar to the “You Are There” television programs with Walter Cronkite [1953 – 1957] as you meet all the important players in this episode of American History.

As I wrote for the first book I’d reviewed in this series, Native American history has for too long been swept under the rug and forgotten about. Although the historical documentation exists it has, in my opinion, been tucked away in archives gathering dust. I know how hard it is to research a particular event in history, as I’ve helped someone doing research on such an item, and had gone with this individual to Washington, D.C. where I was given access to the stacks of the Library of the Library of Congress for a given range of the LC classification system for books.

It is for this reason I admired the tenacity Mr. Walker had in gathering the information contained in this book and for presenting it in readable form which is missing in most history books. Not only has this author merely given the information pertaining to this tragic event in American History, he has given the readers of this book some insight about the event. This is why I’m giving this book the 5 STARS it so richly deserves.


Saturday, November 21, 2015


I’ve once again been fortunate to obtain an e-book copy of a true crime book written by this author, Jack Rosewood and the following is my honest opinion.

One would never expect that Wisconsin, “America’s Dairyland,” could also be the home of four of most vile serial killers known to this state? I find it ironic, according to Wikipedia, as to the origin for this state’s name, in that one leading theory holds that the name originated from the Miami word Meskonsing, meaning "it lies red," a reference to the setting of the Wisconsin River as it flows through the reddish sandstone of the Wisconsin Dells. But after writing this book, I have to wonder if it can also refer to the blood of the victims staining the landscape.

Instead of concentrating his efforts, and this time with the aid of fellow author Dwayne Walker writing the introduction, to give us one depraved serial killer, we’ve been given four. While the names of Ed Gein, David Spanbauer, and Walter Ellis might evoke horrific memories to those living in Wisconsin; Jeffrey Dahmer evokes these same memories across the United States.

Mr. Rosewood has given to the aficionados of the True Crime genre of books, a book which cuts to the chase regarding the story of four infamous serial killers from Wisconsin; their lives, crimes, and ultimate capture and trial, as well as what might have been the psychological reason for their depraved behavoir in a very readable and enjoyable manner.

I believe reading one of the books in this series, might get you wanting to read more; it’s happen to me; which is why I’ve given these two authors 5 STARS.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


I received a KINDLE copy of this book through a recent LibraryThing and the following is my honest opinion. 

To begin with the author has used British English in the writing of her book, which is understandable since she lives in the UK. While I’ve read/reviewed several books using it; I, for one, didn’t know that the word “BASQUE” is an article of clothing similar to a bodice or long corset, rather than a language/people of a certain portion of France.

There’s definitely a story wanting to be told here but unfortunately the author has made the common mistake of telling her readers practically every event in the story as well as telling them how a character is feeling and what they’re thinking.  In the past I had written items for a community newspaper for a few years so I know this is an acceptable method of telling and presenting the facts related to a particular story.

This journalistic attribute is shown in this book by the author’s dating each chapter and even giving us the time it is taking place. This book is supposedly a work of fiction; however a fictional novel is supposed to create the illusion for its readers being there in the story, seeing and hearing everything that’s happening without actually being told by the author.

Given the above, the best I can give this book is 3 STARS.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


I got a DOC.file copy of this book from the author through Marie Lavender’s Halloween Giveaway and the following is my honest opinion.

This is the second book from Kathleen Davis I’ve read/reviewed. I find the vehicle the author uses to have her main character, Emerson, quite interesting, if not unique.

In this story Emerson gets sent to clean the attic as punishment for fighting with her younger brother; cleaning is something she really hates doing. As she cleans she finds a velvet hat, puts it on; she then she immediately feels dizzy and passes out. The next she knows it’s around the year 1895, she’s in a manor house where is she’s ironically Emma, the maid there; Emma is now Genevieve is her roommate there, showing what to do in her new found capacity.

There’s a definite reason for Emerson being there and at this particular time.  After some time she had a gut feeling that something sinister was afoot, and through true grit and tenacity she proved she had been correct as she watched all the culprits involved being led away by the local constable.

She went to sleep that night in her gown, and woke up the next morning in her father’s wearing jeans and a tee-shirt with the velvet hat still in her hands.  Emerson then ran to the attic and saw nothing had apparently changed.

Had her adventure to the past been only a dream; but how could it have been, especially after she found a yellowed envelope in a copy of Pride and Prejudice on the floor and a certain locket at the bottom of the trunk. It was then she realized she’d actually changed her family’s history with this mysterious journey to the past.

I found the writing in this to be quite attention getting once you begin reading it, especially for girls between the ages of 8 -14 which is why I’ve given this book 5 STARS.


Saturday, November 14, 2015


I received a PDF.file copy of this book from the author through Marie Lavender’s Halloween Giveaway and the following is my honest opinion.

I usually have some difficulty in following adult novels which fluctuate between the various characters’ POV. However, Ms. Sprayberry had done a superb job in using this writing technique in this book.

Mia and Jax had been close friends for many years but never got around to acknowledge it as being a girlfriend/boyfriend kind of relationship.  Each year both of their parents would send them off to Camp WatcheeWatchee as soon ended for the summer. When their parents had missed the entrance to the camp they decided to get to the camp by walking through the woods.

When Jax saw Mia walking he decided to race off in order to beat her getting there, only slowing down after he hears what sounded like a shot in the woods. He arrived first but after she didn’t arrive, Jax reported the situation to the camp counselors. After two days the search got called off, but he felt something was terribly wrong and made a commitment to himself to find Mia regardless of how long it would take. Something did happen to Mia, she had been murdered.

As Mia tries to get to the camp before Jax,she hears a crackling of leaves and snapping of branches, followed a thump on the ground as her vision blackens.

The following summer Jax is back at camp vowing to find Mia, who had been deemed a runaway camper the previous year. However, Jonesy, the senior camp counselor, continuously prevented Jax from his mission to find her.

Meanwhile, Mia has come to the realization to her status as an earthbound ghost, and tries repeatedly to get Jax’s attention so he can come to her at the blowdown her body is located. Once she’s able to get through the invisible barrier which has prevented her from getting to the camp itself. After which Jax is able to lead others to the murder site, and helps to discover the shocking discovery of who the murderer was.

I hope I haven’t too much of the story away as this book is one which is hard to put this short read down once you’ve started to read it.

While I make this book out to suitable for the middle-grade audience of readers, I feel this book will have an enjoyable read for children of all ages, and is the reason why I’ve given the book and the author 5 STARS.