The Christmas Cats Can’t Help When the Hive Elects a Bad Bee. The bees learn a valuable lesson about making important decisions without enough information. They also learn that everyone needs to work to earn the trust of others.
This book is the sixth in the Christmas Cats series (www.TheXmasCats.com) but it can be read as a standalone. Although it is written for kids between the age of 3 – 12 years old, it is more appropriate for kids above 6 years old as the book incorporated politics in a subtle manner. The book has about 68 pages, with a few last pages consisting of black and white images for colouring purpose.
This book is amusing, and fun to read. It fits not just for kids but also for adults as they would have a good time reading the book out to the kids. It teaches some important values behind being a good leader and how not to be ‘the bad guy’. If the book is read out to kids in the right manner, they will be able to understand the message in a very simple manner. I have never thought of a children’s book that can have politics in it.
A 4 star for this book. The illustrations are great.
In A Death in Vegas, the president of a company that specializes in beneficial bugs for organic gardeners discovers a young woman dead in his Las Vegas hotel suite. She had worked as a sexy lady bug at his convention booth — and he had nothing to do with her death. While that’s being investigated, the FBI raids his booth on a money-laundering scam that he knows nothing about. Soon, the coroner doesn’t have good news, either. Who has set him up? Why? With the police and FBI are against him, and his wife missing, he flees to find answers and his wife.
You will be surprised to find a murder mystery book that is funny, has a main character that can come across as a fool at times and yet be equally entertaining, has a sexy young model in it.
Readers may find it to be filled with ethical and moral issues, as well as some parts that may not seem logical, but if you are reading it for the pure pleasure of it, you will be entertained by this book, which is a page-turner.
Patton basically hires a sexy model to work for him as a sexy lady bug at a booth. Patton has a business in the beneficial bug industry. The next day, he finds her naked and dead in his room. He was charged for the murder, although he is clueless about the whole mystery. On the other hand, the FBI raided his booth and his wife accuses him of having an affair with the model.
Patton actually surprises us with the way he uses his intellectual ability, and this is when we get hooked to his character. You will have to read the book to find out about it.
A mysterious man from the past steals the time travel lantern. When Eve and Patrick find it, they destroy it. Eve’s life is shattered. She must return to the past, where secrets await.
In the third novel of THE CHRISTMAS EVE series, Eve and Patrick Gantly are living a normal life in 2019 New York, preparing to celebrate the Christmas season. Patrick is taking courses in forensic psychology and Eve continues to work as a nurse practitioner. To their delight, she is three months pregnant.
Despite their happiness, Eve is having premonitions that something dreadful is about to occur. Concerned about the future and the safety of their child, she insists that they destroy the time travel lantern. Patrick is more cautious.
One afternoon when Patrick is out, a sinister man breaks into the apartment and forces Eve to give him the lantern. In many ways, Eve is relieved the lantern is gone. She hopes they can now live a more normal life. A day later, Patrick shadows a woman who has been staking out the Gantly’s brownstone apartment, and he confronts her. To his and Eve’s utter shock, they learn that Lucy Rose is from 1924 and that she time-traveled with the man who took the lantern. He returned to 1924, but she chose to stay behind. She offers to sell the lantern back to Eve and Patrick, and they reluctantly agree, hoping to keep it out of unscrupulous hands.
Convinced that the lantern is a threat to their future happiness, Eve and Patrick decide to destroy it.
But the lantern has more power than they could have ever imagined. Once the lantern is destroyed, Eve’s life is completely changed. She must set off on an adventure, in a struggle that will return her to the past, where she will learn the secret of the lantern’s origin and delve into the farthest reaches of her heart.
This is book 3 of ‘The Christmas Eve’ series and it can be read as part of the series or on it’s own but I believe when all three is read, you get the idea of how one character is connected to the other in detail.
Time travel is perhaps a genre that everybody enjoys reading and I am no exception in this case. Being a fan of chicklit books and those that highlight the lives of women, I have to say that I enjoyed the part where Eve and Partrick were brought back to 1884, where oppression against women was greater than it is now.
I love how Eve puts in effort to make sure that she doesn’t lose Patrick and although she finds it uncomfortable to be transported back in time, she eventually gets used to it. I love the way the authors weave the story, in a simple, yet enjoyable manner.
I would rate this book an easy read as you get hooked on to the story rather quickly.
Professor Margaret Torrens retired to a mountain cabin only to find her solitude disturbed first by a former student with an odd, mute girl in tow, and soon after by a man who laid claim to both woman and child.
Now Margaret is locked in a ward for the criminally insane, and a charge of murder is in the air. As a psychologist pries out her story, she is waylaid by her own secrets, borne by the ghost of her young husband, lost decades before. Things Too Big to Name traces the power of memory to heal and enable connection after long isolation.
A psychological thriller that I would personally want to be made into a movie! It reminds me of watching thriller movies that keeps you guessing until the end, keeps you hooked to the story from the beginning but also annoys you with the slow pace in between.
The story is being narrated by Margaret, who is a retired teacher. The story starts with Margaret’s car hitting a deer while driving to her remote cabin. At the spot the incident took place, she felt like she saw the spirit of her dead husband.
The story unfolds as she seeks a psychologist to uncover the truth, while getting confused further with the visit of her former student.
This story can get quite confusing as the narrator of the entire story is Margaret. Because of this very same reason, the character development of the other characters apart from Margaret is somehow not very extensive. Therefore, we only learn about the characters as much as Margaret would like us to know about them. However. this element is necessary to keep the suspense in the story going. One has to have a good focus when reading to pick up the interesting twists in the story.
A 4 star for this book!
About the Author:
In an episode of sanity, award winning author, Molly Tinsley resigned from the English faculty at the US Naval Academy and moved west to write full-time. .
She is the author of MY LIFE WITH DARWIN (Houghton Mifflin) and THROWING KNIVES (Ohio State University Press), she also co-authored SATAN’S CHAMBER (Fuze Publishing) and the textbook, THE CREATIVE PROCESS (St. Martin’s). Her more recent books are the memoir ENTERING THE BLUE STONE and another Victoria Pierce spy thriller, sequel to SATAN’S CHAMBER: BROKEN ANGELS.
Her fiction has earned two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sandstone Prize, and the Oregon Book Award. Her fiction has been widely published and her plays have been read and produced nationwide. She lives in Ashland, Oregon.
This vivid novel offers much entertainment and excitement throughout its telling of various adventures. Although the main character’s motives are presented, only small portions of the story involve his attempted redemption, leaving room for resolution in a subsequent sequel. Creating a more obvious through line that better connects all of the characters and their actions will improve the overall narrative while the multitude of subplots offer the creative material necessary to build a compelling series.
Having no former knowledge of The Count of Monte Cristo hinders the reader’s understanding of the protagonist’s current situation, but additional sequels provide a format that allows room for necessary background information to be provided. Dantes’ character is undoubtedly flawed, a huge asset in terms of presenting a relatable protagonist. Offering further insight into his past will allow audiences to better understand his former behaviors and appreciate the lengths to which he will go to try to remedy his wrongdoings.
Raymee is introduced rather abruptly, but is a strong and gripping character nonetheless. One is instantly impressed by her intelligence and confidence and appreciates the desperation of her situation. Raymee’s motives are a bit muddled, as her desire seems to change from one of avoiding her betrothal in favor of true love to that of acceptance of her fate in exchange for power. The disclosure of Dantes’ influence on her behavior is a brilliant addition, as it strongly connects the two characters and allows for vivid representation of the monstrosity of revenge. The castrations are unexpected and graphic, characteristics highly indicative of current popular television programs. Parallels between Raymee and Daenerys Targaryen from the program Game of Thrones can certainly be drawn, as each beautiful female develops from youth to a place of authority, cunningly demonstrating her power to influence her subjects. Raymee’s continued rise, especially following the implied birth of the Arabian prince, and potential fall is certainly deserving of further exploration, particularly if she continues to gain inspiration from Dantes’ past.
I have not read the original version, The Count of Monte Cristo. However, this short read turned out to be a pleasurable read for Dantes and Mercedes, who are lovers. I like how the story is written in a simple and easy-to-read read manner. Dantes later learns about his anscesty, which is traced all the way back to Mary Magdalene. I think the continuation of the story from one chapter to another is a little abrupt and leaves the readers feel that the story is hanging. As a reader, it takes a while to follow the shift in the settings of the story.
I like the fact that Mercedes is being protrayed as an independent woman who goes on to venture into a business although she agreed to become Dantes’ second wife. She also asked Dantes to marry her, and I see this as a form of a strength of woman.
Overall, I would give this book a 3-star for the characterization of Mercedes and Dantes.