Jul 31

My Piece of the Puzzle (5) Summer Break, Vacations and Random Reflections

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Each day and each experience when living with a child with autism is different.  Each child with autism is different.

For those who don’t know what autism is:

Autism is a developmental disability, which is defined as a syndrome. A syndrome is simply a mix of signs or characteristics that can be used to show a particular condition. Autism is a lifelong condition that combine both developmental and behavioural features.

Translation: Autism is a series of developmental issues in socialization and communication that affect each person differently.

Jul 28

Review: Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

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Review: Spirit by Brigid KemmererStorm (Elemental, #1) Series: Elemental #1
by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on April 24th 2012

Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.
Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn't want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.
And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.
Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.
The storm is coming . . .





Jun 22

A Matter of Time

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A Matter of TimeA Matter of Time Series: Angel Sight #3
by Lisa Basso
on August 4th 2015

Rayna and Kade went to Hell to save one another . . .; but both failed. Now, centuries of Kade's demons are unearthed when he is brainwashed and used as a Fallen pawn. In the freezing pits of Hell, Ray is beaten, tortured, and pushed to her breaking point. If Ray is to ever leave, she must take a stand and fire back at her attackers even though she is only now beginning to understand the true strength of her wings.





Jun 21

Talkin’ Bout Books Tuesday (1) : Racy Book Covers – Yay or Nay?

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“Talkin’ ’bout Books” is a newish meme for weekly book discussions.

Each Tuesday, we will post a discussion about a book-related topic. Sometimes, we will gear this toward writing books rather than reading them.


 

My topic for this week is:  Racy Book Covers – Yay or Nay?  What do you think about “risque” book covers on non-erotica novels?

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Too often, too many authors have fallen into the mantra that “sex sells.”  Even YA novels lately have gotten to be more and more over the top in terms of the adult nature of the cover images and to me too many authors are toeing the line between what is and is not appropriate on this one.

Jun 16

Review: A Slither of Hope by Lisa M. Basso

This book may be unsuitable for younger readers due to the subjects of a sexual nature, drug and alcohol use, language, violence and/or other controversial material. The flames indicate my subjective opinion of the degree of these subjects in the book. They may or may not all be represented and there may be others represented that are not specifically mentioned. Please research the suitability of all books for yourself and your family, especially if you are unfamiliar with the author or publisher. A rating of 0 flames does not necessarily mean the book is suitable for young children. It merely means there is no "mature" content.
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Review:  A Slither of Hope by Lisa M. BassoSlither of Hope Series: Angel Sight #2
by Lisa M. Basso
on August 5th 2014

Rayna struggles to piece her life back together, but hiding in plain sight from the police, the SS Crazy, and the Fallen isn't a foolproof plan—something Kade, the World's Worst Roommate, reminds her of everyday. The late nights of failing to teach Ray how to protect herself against the Fallen are getting to Kade, changing him in ways he doesn't like, and after a family emergency sends Ray back into Cam’s arms, Kade decides he's had enough. News of Rayna's resurfacing brings both angels and the Fallen to San Francisco by the dozens, all eyes scouring the city for the girl with the gray wings. Rayna will need both Kade and Cam's help to ensure her family's safety, navigate the new dangers and enemies springing up all over the city, and manage the surprises that arise with her new set of wings.





Jun 13

ARC Review: The Spider Ring by Andrew Harwell

ARC Review: The Spider Ring by Andrew HarwellThe Spider Ring by Andrew Harwell
Published by Scholastic Inc. on January 27th 2015

A powerful ring. A dangerous web. When Maria inherits a strange, spider-shaped ring from her grandmother, she doesn't realize she's also inheriting a strange power -- the power to control spiders and have them do whatever she wants. This is a pretty cool thing when it comes to fetching objects from another room . . . or if Maria wants to use the spiders to get back at some mean kids in her class. But the power comes with a price. Maria has attracted the attention of the Black Widow -- who is trying to collect all the spider magic for herself. The Black Widow is not going to let anything stand in her way -- especially not Maria. The story of the ring is being woven like a web -- and Maria is going to have to do everything she can to not get trapped within it.



Jun 11

Review: The First Queen: A Dusk Gate Chronicles Short Story by Breanna Puttroff

Review: The First Queen: A Dusk Gate Chronicles Short Story by Breanna PuttroffThe First Queen: A Dusk Gate Chronicles Short Story (The Dusk Gate Chronicles) by Breeana Puttroff
Published by Thirteen Pages Press on January 1st 1970

Becoming a queen isn't easy. It's even harder when you're about to be the first ruling queen your kingdom has ever had -- and you grew up in an entirely different world.

But somehow, Quinn and William will figure things out together.

The First Queen is a short story (around 10,000 words/40 pages) of some fun moments surrounding Quinn's coronation and her early marriage. The story comes between Blooms of Consequence and A Christmas Rose, for fans of the series.



Jun 09

Review: 2012

Review: 20122012 by Ted Stetson
Published by Smashwords Edition on January 19th 2011

Everyone said it's the last day of Earth and went outside and waited.

ISBN: 9781458112323
one-star
Format: eBook
Source: Free

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May 30

Review: Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs

Review: Déjà Dead by Kathy ReichsDéjà Dead Series: Temperance Brennan #1
by Kathy Reichs
Published by Pocket Books on August 25th 2015

People stepping into the world of forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan, star of Kathy Reichs' electrifyingly authentic bestsellers. Her life is devoted to justice - for those she never even knew.
In the year since Temperance Brennan left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolina, work has often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebec. When a female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in trash bags, Tempe detects an alarming pattern - and she plunges into a harrowing search for a killer. But her investigation is about to place those closest to her - her best friend and her own daughter - in mortal danger...




May 28

Review: Foundation by Ann Aguirre

Review: Foundation by Ann AguirreFoundation Series: Razorland #0.5
by Ann Aguirre
Published by Macmillan on October 23rd 2012

In Ann Aguirre's award-winning novel, Enclave, humans have taken refuge in colonies below ground. Here is the story of what drove them there, told through the eyes of a teen who would later have vast influence over the fate of many, and who gave his heart to the one person who needed him most.

ISBN: 9781466832695
Pages: 32
three-stars
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased

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