‘Buyer’s Remorse’ by Traci Tyne Hilton -Book Review given by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / May 27, 2013

I love this title!  It hilariously fits the story! Mitzy was a successful Realtor who, after having a traumatic kidnapping experience, decided to take some time off her job to recover.  She sold her condo,  was in the process of picking up the last of her cleaning supplies from it, when she discovered the dead body of a woman who surprisingly looked a lot like she did.  The Mafia had threatened her, earlier, when she testified and put one of the crime bosses behind bars.  She had never met the client of the other agent – the one who had purchased her home. Was it the uncanny resemblance between her and the victim that caused the end of the unfortunate lady’s life ?  Thank goodness she had a wonderful fiancé’, Alonzo, who would come to her aid very quickly. He left his job site to come  console and comfort her. The mystery unfolds.  Was it her the Mafia meant to kill or was this young woman the intended victim?  If she was, who would want her dead and how did she get in the house when Mitzy had never given her the keys?                              …

‘Millicent Marie is Not My Name’ by Karen Pokras Toz – Book Review given by LAWonder10
Children's Books / May 27, 2013

How many of you children really like your name?  If you do, you are lucky.  Often our names result in much teasing in school from our peers.  Millicent Marie was determined nobody would know her full name.  Read the story and discover what happened.  This is a very well-written story.  I would suggest the age group interest of this book would be early elementary.  However, this is a fun chapter book the older elementary age will surely relate to. In my review of this book, I give this a Five Star ( ) rating. Buy this book now from Amazon [raw] [/raw]

‘The Worry Glasses’ by Donalisa Helsley – Book Review given by LAWonder10
Children's Books / May 27, 2013

This tale is of a little girl with all sorts of anxieties. It is a very entertaining, cute story.  I highly recommend this book to teachers, parents and reading groups for children.  It is an excellent book to help with parenting skills and in assisting children who need to cope with anxiety and anger issues.  Children will become more aware of their own challenges with ideas on how to manage them.  This is very well-written.  The e-book has very small print which can be difficult to read. The paperback book is a far better choice.   A review of this book gives it a  Five Star rating,  ( ) despite the tiny print of the e-book. This is a great book to help with parenting skills. [raw] [/raw]

‘Someone Else’s Fairytale’ by E. M. Tippetts – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / May 27, 2013

I bought this book over a year ago but decided to read it again.  I enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read it.  Once again, I stayed up all night until the story ended. This is a very well written, very cute story.  It kept my interest throughout each page.  This tale brings out some of the craziness one experiences in life.  Often our sadness is caused by our own foolish choices.  Sometimes when situations in life has gone badly, then a chance of a dream come true is given, we reject it because we don’t believe it can be real.  We often feel it must be “Someone Else’s Fairytale’ for it surely couldn’t happen to us.                                                                                                                                                                                    Will Chloe’s opportunity end as “Someone Else’s Fairytale”?  After a lifetime of loneliness and trauma, will Chloe to stick to her goals and disinterest in a high profile person?   I highly…

‘Beyond The Pond’ by Jennie Samuel – Book Review by LAWonder10
Children's Books / May 27, 2013

This is a well-written story – written in sections.                                                                Its content is geared toward the older elementary age or for young teenagers. It is slightly confusing in the first part of the book as to what this story was really going to be about. I felt I was reading a story for two different age groups –  for the younger  group, it was lacking in illustrations. There were a few illustrations that would have appeased the older elementary age group but not the younger age group. In the beginning of the story it tells of  a mother is moving to a house that she inherited from  grandmother. Her son is upset about leaving his home and friends.  When they arrive at their new home it is in bad need of repairs.  The good part about it is there is a young boy his age living next door.  After a time his friend’s father is transferred, so once again he is without a close friend. There is a dried up pond of which he and his mom fixes so he can have fish in it.  He and his mother periodically purchase fish for the pond. Near the pond is a large oak tree. It has…

‘The Forever Stone’ by Gloria Repp – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / May 27, 2013

  The author sent me a complimentary copy of her book in exchange for an honest book review. What neither of us realized is that I had already downloaded and read her e-book. I drew my conclusions of my book review before I even received it.  I was curious about this book and I am not disappointed after reading it. This is a story about a woman who had been in a abusive marriage.  Now, after the death of her husband, has an opportunity to flee the annoying life with her mother and others to create a new life for herself.  She moves to a small town where she aids her aunt’s endeavors in clearing out and remodeling an old  house that she inherited. She made friends of all ages with the people in that small town.  She got especially close to those hired by her aunt, with the storekeeper and the Dr. One gentleman wants to be close t her but she does all she can to discourage him.  There are others who are strange and some interesting as well.  There has been a few sudden deaths but were they accidents?                              This story contains, trauma, mystery, romance, drama, and overcoming trials and obstacles of life.  It contains…

‘Number Zoo’ by Petra Craddock – Book Review given by LAWonder10
Children's Books / May 17, 2013

This is a great teaching book for numbers 1 to 9. Toddlers will love it. The illustrations are simple but colorful. It is good for an early reader. The only objection I have is petty. …Why did the numbers not go through the number 10? My book review for this book offers a solid Four Star () rating. Buy this book now from Amazon [raw] [/raw]

‘The Five Mouse Brothers’ by Rachel Yu – Book Review given by LAWonder10
Children's Books / May 17, 2013

I  recommend this to an advanced elementary reader. This book reviewer feels this is somewhat of an unique book.    Through illustrations and other means of emphasis, the reader fills in the blanks. The illustrations are good. It is definitely a different approach to reading than most. The book aids in identifying objects and words. Because of all the above reasons I review this book giving it a Five Star BUY THOS BOOK NOW FROM AMAZON. [raw] [/raw]

‘The Lucky Escape’ by Dr. Heather Manley – Book Review by LAWonder10
Children's Books / May 17, 2013

My book review of this somewhat unique book was educational in a fun sort of way.   It takes the reader through a fun journey through the digestive system.  This is one of the Human Body Detective series. Through illustrations, and other means of emphasis, the reader is asked to fill in the blanks. The illustrations are good. It is definitely a different approach to reading than most. This is a superb teaching aid in learning about the body in a fun, unique way. Aids student in identifying objects and words. It is an advanced elementary reader. I happily review this book and offer a Five Stars ( ) rating Buy this book now from Amazon [raw] [/raw]

‘Broken City’ by D.D. Chant – Book Reviewed by LAWonder10
Adult Books / May 17, 2013

With this book review, I give ‘Broken City’ a strong Four Star rating. Why? This is a story of a futuristic time and the separation of three distinct class situations.  I am ecstatic that is is only a beginning of a series. I feel it will be exciting following the character’s lives ad the tribes’ development.The story slightly dragged in a few places but was still very well-written. The story was told in the first person present tense, which I am not a big fan of, but D.D. does it very well.  Toward the end, a second voice in the first person was added but it was still very well done, keeping the reader’s interest. It has drama, romance, intrigue, mystery and action. You cannot miss in this Sci-Fi creation. (1/2) Buy this book now from Amazon [raw] [/raw]

‘My Burden is Light’ by Robert Fantina – Book Review given by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / May 17, 2013

My husband won this in a giveaway or we probably never would have purchased it – a BIG MISTAKE! I am pleased to do a book review on this great novel. This is a story for all of us in today’s society to read.  Within the pages of this heart-wrenching story is the experience of a young man raised within a strong Christian family.  He has strong Christian ideals, beliefs, and dreams.  As he approaches adulthood, he is forced to face a very unpleasant awareness.  If there is anyone he could share this with, who would possibly understand, it would be his identical twin brother. [Spoiler] It puts a different light on same sex attraction and will help each individual become more aware and less condemning.  It also offers alternatives for those who struggle with this dilemma. All of us struggle with trials. The important thing is how we react to those trials. This is a clean, emotional, inspiring, and bittersweet story of a young man’s struggles and solutions. A must read for all and especially, for Christian people.  Discuss this in Book Clubs and with your youth. My book review of this book gives it a strong Five Star  ( ) rating.   Buy this book now from…

‘Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise’ by Joyce Magnin – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books / May 17, 2013

This was a story about a woman suddenly widowed and just wanted to get away from everything and everyone and start a new life.  On the internet, she found a mobile home in Paradise trailer park for sale, along with a picture of it. She printed a copy of her new home in Paradise, sold her present home, then ventured on the highway to find her beautiful, new “Paradise” home.  What a lovely name. It must be a wonderful place.  Once she arrived in her new residence, life took on a new and unexpected “turn”. What will Charlotte decide to do now? This is a slightly humorous “chic-lit”.  It does, however, very well portray life’s “ups and downs”.  What reaction to unexpected circumstances does one have? The importance of acceptance, friendship, and working together for good is presented in a fun and wholesome way within the pages of this slightly humorous novel. There is drama, adventure, light romance, and some intrigue within these pages. I recommend it for those times you need light reading. My review for tis book is a weak Four Stars (  )It moved too slowly for me, yet, it was a good tale. Buy this book now from Amazon [raw]…

‘Hattori Hachi – The Revenge of Praying Mantis’ by Jane Prowse – Book review by LAWonder10
Young Adult Books / May 17, 2013

The Hattori name was accompanied by a great legacy. Upon the sudden disappearance of her mother, Hatti discovers she is a key part of this legacy. Will she be able to find he mother before it is too late?  Will she advance in the things she must learn to saver her mother? These are only a couple of questions she must strive to answer as many new characters abound. Who can she trust?  Which “friends” are there to deceive her?  Can she even  trust extended family members? There is so much she has to learn that a fourteen year old should not have to deal with.  Many events follow which tries her mental and physical stamina to the limit. What a great story for Adults, and older children, although it is written for Young Adults. There is plenty of action, suspense and drama to be experienced. There is even some romance. This is Book One in a fascinating, action packed adventure into Ninjutsu Martial Arts.  I had never known of ninjutsu before. For my book review, I give this book a very strong Four Stars                                (1/2 +) rating Buy this book now from Amazon [raw] [/raw]

‘Hattori Hachi: Stalking the Enemy’ by Jane Prowse – Book Review by LAWonder10
Young Adult Books / May 17, 2013

In Book Two of the Hattori Hachi series, Hattori Hachi and associates are called to Japan in an exchange program. A ‘message’ is sent to Hattori to inform her this is not an optional invitation. Many lives, especially kinsfolks lives, are dependent upon her.  Through further delving into the world of Ninjutsu, more significant advancements are reached by Hachi. Although the adventures aren’t as intense as in book one, it is still a well-written and exciting book especially for the younger YA audience. It all continues as a fantasy, with adventurous, ongoing action. This book gets a very strong Four Stars (1/2+) rating with this book review. Buy this book now from Amazon [raw] [/raw]

‘Hattori Hachi – Curse of the Diamond Daggers’ by Jane Prowse – Book Review by LAWonder10
Young Adult Books / May 17, 2013

This book review follows the Hattori family as they continue in their super adventures and in the quest to save Hachi from the experienced evil of the Raven and the Kataki. Is Toby a friend or a foe?  Who can she trust? This is book Three in the fast-paced Hattori Hachi series.  Once again her mum and Yazuki disappear without an explanation. She must find them. So many deadly enemies keep searching Hattori’s family.  Who can she trust? Your youth will love the continued adventures of Hachi Hattori in this new second novel of the series.  Students of the advanced art of ninjutsu martial art are quickly striving to defend their honor and family.  Youth and older children everywhere will thrill along with the continued action of this series. The action is a little excessive at times but still is well worth your youth’s reading enjoyment. There is plenty of adventure and suspense. I received this novel in exchange for an honest review. My readers, who know me, know I can be painfully honest if it is what I firmly believe.  These are cleanly, well-written books full of excitement and adventure with a slight amount of romance. The tales stress good…

Chains of Freedom
Adult Books / May 17, 2013

Chains of Freedom is a great title for this book!  What this title  emphasizes to me is that all FREEDOM has a price. Freedom is also confining if one is loyal to that cause. Devour these pages and decide for yourself. The setting is in historical New Zealand among the wonderful Maori people. I hesitate offering much information of this story.  It could very easily spoil the events occurring in this story and persuade readers’ opinions.  I am, therefore, hoping you are curious enough to open this book and read the treasures within these pages without me spoiling the story. There is adventure, romance, friendships, time of conquering, and much more when you open this book and decide for yourself if the ‘Chains of Freedom’ is worth the price. It is tastefully written and written well. There is steady drama and action. My review of this book offers a strong Four Stars BUT THIS BOOK FROM AMAZON NOW. [raw] [/raw]