Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge by Christine Nolfi

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From Nolfi's request(image and blurb):

A savage rape on hallowed ground. Secrets buried for decades by the town’s most influential family.

Now Ourania D’Andre will learn the Great Oak’s secrets as construction begins at the Fagan mansion. She can’t afford to turn down a job that promises to stir up the long-buried guilt—and the passion—she shares with powerful Troy Fagan.

She’s already juggling the most important job of her career with her new responsibilities as a foster mother for young Walt and Emma Korchek. And there’s a hard, older man on the construction crew with eyes void of emotion—cold and killing. The secrets of his brutal past will pose a grave threat to the children in her care. Will she find the courage to face him?

Christine Nolfi had asked me to review The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge.  I had read the blurb and was quite interested. Another factor was that I had read and review her debut book Treasure Me, and loved it!(To see my review of Treasure Me   you can find it HERE).  So basically I was compelled to read it!

Nolfi is a wonderful story weaver!!!  I was sucked in from the first chapter and wanted to know what happens next.  Even when I had finished the story I wanted more!  The story is told from several perspectives and Nolfi does make it clear pretty quick who is talking.  I enjoyed seeing what was going on from other characters, which it also gave me a fuller picture of what is going on.  The different plot lines were tied in very nicely too, and didn't take away from one or the other.  There is a lot going on that the pace of the book moved quickly, but not too much that I felt like it was over the top.

The characters are also strong characters.  I loved all the characters!  Even some of the minor characters, which again shows Nolfi's talent as a story weaver!  I even felt sorry for Sweeper as he became a victim himself from his surroundings.  It doesn't excuse his actions but there is one point you can't help but feel sorry for him.

So if you haven't figured it out yet I LOVED this book!!  I believe Nolfi is quickly becoming a favorite author!


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Special for Sundays: 4th Sunday of May

Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related



Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 


We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!

Thanks for stopping in!!! We are back to the TBR mountain again!  So this week I am choosing....


I have read the first two books Fallen(review can be found HERE) and Torment(review can be found HERE).  I had enjoyed both of these books last year, and when the 3rd book was available for pre-order I definitely did it.  I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but again plan on doing so soon!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder



Just in case you haven't figured it out yet, I am a big fan of Maria Snyder's.  I love her writing style and the way the characters are complex and not flat.  So of course when I had heard about this book I instantly wanted to read it, well before it was published!  When I read the first chapter from Maria's newsletter, I was hooked and couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy.  So I was excited to say the least about reading this one.  Now the only question remained would this book live up to the excitement that I have built up...ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!

The story line is fantastic.  I have read about the plague, even done a research paper on some of the "remedies" people were trying at the time.  So of course the plague had me interested.  However the plague only plays a small part, although an important part, in the story line.  This didn't upset me in the least, since the story takes place after the plague has taken its course.  There are elements that take you by surprise, even up until the end.  I am very glad that with this being the first book in a series, it doesn't end with a major cliffhanger.  After all we have to wait until next year for the sequel, and I hate when I have to wait a long time after a major cliffhanger!

The characters are like her other characters, in her other series.  At first I was a bit disappointed in the fact that I could take certain characters and place them right in the story.  I only have myself to blame for this because I had recently partially read some of her other books, so they were fresh in my mind.  I did find plenty of differences which allowed me to continue to enjoy the book.

I totally enjoyed this book, and recommend it to anyone!  Of course I believe this about any of the other books by Maria too!






Sunday, May 20, 2012

Special For Sundays: 3rd Sunday in May

Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related



Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 


We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!

Thanks for stopping in!!!  This week we are focusing on a favorite author, and this week I chose Christopher Paolini:


I had picked up Eragon due to the cover and the blurb.  I was instantly captivated by the story and the characters.  Also the maps in the book as well as the languages that Paolini had created was very impressive to me. (I feel the same with J.R.R. Tolkien too)  When the next two books came out I had to get them to figure out what was going to happen next.  I do have Inheritance on my TBR mountain to read, and do plan on returning to the world very soon!


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cemetery Street By John Zunski




I was approached by John Zunski to review his book.  I had agreed because the blurb had intrigued me.  I must say that the book was not a disappointment, it is very emotional towards the end.


I felt the book was more like a fictional memoir, which isn't bad but took me by surprise.  Due to that it had an emotional impact, meaning I did cry.   I thought the pace was pretty good, but at one point it did slow.  I do believe it was intentional as it hit a major  event in the story line as well as a turning point.  Afterwards  it did pick back up and move along pretty well.  There are several twists in the story, all of which help the story.


I liked several characters, although Shannie was the main focus.  Mainly because of James' love for her.  She is bold and spunky.  She does show vulnerability at times, and at others is very odd given certain circumstances.

James is the narrator and he had a lot of stuff happen to him.  His way of handle things varied, sometimes he was just wishful, angry, or even shut down.  I felt like the end he had more depth, but then again it was during a part when he focused on himself.   I am not used to the male perspective but for this book it was quite intriguing and effective.

The only issue I could take with the book is some of the sexual scenes.  At first it was alluded to, and didn't get very graphic.  Towards the end the scenes got a bit more graphic.  It didn't bother me a whole lot but I do know a few people that wouldn't be interested.

I enjoyed the book and was wondering how James would deal with the situations.   Overall it was a pretty good read.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Special For Sundays: 2nd Sunday of May

Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related



Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 

We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!


Thanks for stopping in!! So this week we are looking at 2 books everyone must read and why.  I think that this is a good time to go back to a few childhood classics.



I know many modern women have issues with Little Women.  Mainly due to the portrayal of their lives to be homemakers.  During a Children Lit class I took the other girls had an issue with it.  It is of my own opinion that Louisa May Alcott wrote about what she knew.  At that time women were to be homemakers, she was just showing how life was like during her time period. 
I enjoyed reading it as a child/young adult.  And then again when I read it for the Children Lit class.







I had gotten this book with Little Women.  It is another classic that just has to be read.  I remember reading this one several times and crying when Black Beauty seen Ginger on the cart, each and every time.  I am a big softie when it comes to animals, so it was a natural response for me.





Both of the these books are great and I remember grabbing them, finding a hiding spot, and reading them for hours on end.  I do fully intend to read these again at some point, and definitely having a copy in my personal library!



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

WWW Wednesdays #2

 Is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading where we post 3 things:  1) What we are currently reading, 2) What we recently finished reading, and 3) what we think we are going to read next.



I am currently reading The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge by Christine Nolfi.  I am really enjoying it so far and very interested in how it all turns out!







My recent finished book is still  by Maria V. Snyder.  I highly recommend it.  It is very enjoyable and bummed that I have to wait until next year for the next book in the series!









I think my next read is going to be A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin.  I have read the first two books of the series and this is the next one.  I am hoping to get it read while I am on vacation!




30 Years of reading

Today I turn 30, and I thought I would list 30 books that I have read, enjoyed, and have special memories throughout my life.  These are in no particular order.
 
1) Black Beauty Anna Sewell
2) Little Women Louisa May Alcott
3) Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls
4) Little House series  Laura Ingalls Wilder
5) Harry Potter series  J..K Rowling
6) Study Series  Maria V Snyder
7) Glass Series Maria V Snyder
8) Earth Children Series  Jean Auel
9) The Velveteen Rabbit  Margery Williams
10) Who Killed My Daughter Lois Duncan
11) Mercy Thompson Series  Patricia Briggs
12) Alpha and Omega Series Patricia Briggs
13) The Inheritance Series Christopher Paolini
14) The Baby Sister's Club series  Ann Martin
15) Wicked Years series Gregory Maguire
16) Confessions of an Ugly Step Sister Gregory Maguire
17) The Chronicles of Narnia  C.S. Lewis
18) Harriet the Spy Louise Fitzhugh
19) Julie of the Wolves Jean Craighead George
20) The Shack  William P. Young
21) Marie Linda Windsor
22) Pride and Prejudiced Jane Austen
23) She's Come Undone  Wally Lamb
24) I Know This Much is True Wally Lamb
25) Count of Monte Cristo Alexander Dumas
26) The Other Boleyn Girl Phillipa Gregory
27) My Sister's Keeper Jodi Piccult
28) A Night to Remember Walter Lord
29) The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank
30) Lord of the Rings series J.R.R. Tolkien

I have plenty more that I have enjoyed, quite a few on the blog here.  So while you continue to read I am off to the book store to find a few books to buy for me!  

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Special For Sundays: 1st Sunday in May

Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related




Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 

We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!


Thanks for stopping in!!!   So another favorite book...honestly this is getting more difficult as I try to come up with different books and not gush over ones that I have posted about before.   But I am being dragged back to probably my most favorite book which I did a quick review HERE.  So I apologize but I feel that this book needed better review!



This is my go to book, when I am trying to find something good to read I pick this one up.  Why does it draw me in time and again, even though I know what happens?  Well I find it just like a classic, it is just that good.  

I love the characters!  Yelena isn't perfect, but she is a character young women can look up to.  She stands up for herself and takes steps to protect herself.  She also is smart and uses her intelligence to help her out.   Valek is quite interesting and has more depth than what is at first revealed.  Ari and Janco are just a great duo, and become favorites too!  There are also some characters that I just want Karma to run over a bus, back up and run over again.  Yeah no love there, but having characters I don't like speaks volumes to the Maria's writing in my opinion.  

The plot is different from some of the other books I had read, even recently.  The pace is moves pretty well.  I don't find any points that drag, and while I have read it several times I haven't lost interest in it yet.  

I am so glad I had picked this book up, and glad to continue to read it over and over again!





Wednesday, May 2, 2012

WWW Wednesdays #1

 Is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading where we post 3 things:  1) What we are currently reading, 2) What we recently finished reading, and 3) what we think we are going to read next.


As of right now I am not currently reading anything because I just finished my latest book today.  And haven't started the next one yet.



So I recently(today)  finished reading Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder.  I highly recommend, very enjoyable and bummed that I have to wait until next year for the next book in the series!













My next book to read is The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge By Christine Nolfi.  She had asked me to do a review on it, and since I enjoyed her novel Treasure Me I agreed.  I plan on starting it tomorrow!

The Adventures of Benjamin Skyhammer by Nicole Sheldrake


Nicole Sheldrake had approached me to read and review her book.  It caught my attention since it came from a perspective of someone that had no magic.  It was more of an adventure book, and I hadn't read one in a while, so I agreed.

The book is short and the 1st in a series.  I must say that even though the book is short it took me a while to get through it, or at least it seems that way.  It wasn't a book that kept me on the edge of my seat and made me want to pick it up again as soon as I could.  I think some of it has to do with the pace.  When the plot became more action involved the book moved pretty well, however when the main character Benjamin was being introspective the pace really slowed down for me.   

 I also felt like the romance that happens sort of came out of thin air and seemed sort of thrown in.  I do think Sheldrake tried to set it up some.  I just felt like it sort of came out of left field, and wasn't totally needed at this point in time.  After all we can feel similar feelings towards close friends.

I do like the fact that we don't know Higgins' first name, and the guesses thrown in from time to time.  I also enjoyed the action and adventure side of the story.  Sheldrake also created different types of lands and characters for each area that typically inhabits it.  It was very creative in my mind.

Overall I can't say that I liked or didn't like the book.  This is one I will have to think about more!

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