Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for Consumed (Barren 2) by Elizabeth Miceli presented by Swoon Romance! Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!   Happy Book Birthday, Elizabeth!     Stacey Lorenzo has finished treatment, but is still devastated by her past as she enters college. With drugs and alcohol so readily available, so much freedom, and barely any supervision, Stacey falls back into old h...

  I Hope My Non-Christian Friends Will Bear With Me This Next Month as I Review/Interview Those Books & Authors of a Religious Nature. I Will Still Be Reviewing/Interviewing Others as well, Along With a Few Wonderful Blog Hops and Other Giveaways! Be Sure to Check My Blog Daily & Enter All the Giveaways as well.!!   He Knows my Name from Ron Brough – A John Lyde film Screenplay by Sally Meyer Little Rebekah is fascinated by the m...

    I hope I do not offend other wonderful authors by stating Marcia Lyn McClure is a favorite and I believe is incapable of writing anything but awesomely romantic, clean stories. ‘The Secret Bliss of Calliope Ipsich’ is just another one of her amazing stories. I am honored to Host this Book Blast presented by… The Secret Bliss of Calliope Ipswich by Marcia Lynn McClure “Oh! Do link arms with me, Calliope,” Blanche whispered...

     This Book Blitz Presented by YAReads Tours is of a New Young Adult  Book… About the Book: Stone of Thieves by Diane J Reed Published May 8th, 2014 Published by Bandits Ranch Books, LLC Genre: New Adult Romance Kindle Link: http://www.amazon.com/Stone-Thieves-Robbin-Hearts-Diane-ebook/dp/B00K7SL392/ref=la_B0071FXGOE_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400770055&sr=1-3 Synopsis for Stone of Thieves, book 2 in the ...

Either one of these hunks could be a thief of my heart! Gypsy Thief is the first of the Talisman Trilogy for YA. It gets slightly sensual in parts but I would be willing to let my YA read it. I would then discuss certain situations with them afterwards. Laura is an ordinary student beginning her Senior year of High School. She feels it will be lie every other year..boring. However, this year is definitely different. There is a new boy at schoo...

What a delightful story of intrigue, adventure and romance this was! It reminded me of a different popular series but with a few different twists – of course, any weird fantasy with two romantically involved beings would have the same affect on me. This tale was centered on a young college girl- Jazz – drawn into a totally different type of friends group… so different than her current one. It includes a mysterious young man -...

For Love or Loyalty is a good title for this touching historical romance novel.  It relates to more than one instance. The serene appearance of the cover is also a good choice.  It is very descriptive of the female main character and the background hints at the storyline. It is light enough to be eye-catching and dark enough to set the verve of the story. The characterization was solid and the reader felt a definite connection to each. I love ...

‘The Cutting Edge’ is a great story of a model who finally “hit the Big Time” but at what cost?  Was it really worth the sacrifices she would be making? She decided to go back home where she would discuss it with her father,  realizing it was not only her life this decision would be affecting. She arrived late at night, deciding to spend the night in a motel rather than awaken her parents…a hotel she never made it...

Cami Checketts is an amazing author! Her new, exciting,  story of a courageous young, single mother is a “must read”! In this fast-paced, suspenseful – yet, romantic – new adventure novel, a single mother’s life is nearly ended because of her successful blog information center. Check back here on Monday for a scant Biography and my personal Interview with Cami Checketts!  Oh, and do not foget to enter on the Raffl...

Surprisingly, this second book of the Starlet’s series was better written than the first. Liana Marie Michaels is truly discovering who she is and Manuel is likewise finding who he is. The question is; Will this discovery allow them to stay together or direct them into going separate ways? Marie Michaels makes a major decision for her future. That decision leads us to the next book of the series in an effective way. There was not the obs...

  This was a difficult book for me to “get into”.  It seemed very repetitive and  to drag through most of the book.  Carla Hanna generously donated it in exchange for an honest review and this is.  I really hate when I cannot lend a firm support to new authors. This is my “take ” of the story. One:  This is meant to be a Young Adult book. I suppose it would be listed as a “New” YA book. (I think that &#...

‘Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter’ by Sarahbeth Caplin – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / July 29, 2013

Sarahbeth was raised Jewish all her life… albeit not strictly Jewish. She had experiences in her young life which made her want to avoid Christians.  She held little regard for them. However, she attended public schools so was exposed to many Christian attitudes and traditions. She decided at seventeen she would become a Jewish Rabbi and was determined to do so even into college.  During her college years she had experiences wh...

‘Get a Life: Clearwater Crossing #1’ by Laura Peyton Roberts – Book Review by LAWonder10
Young Adult Books / July 29, 2013

This is a great YA book! There were places in the story, however,  where one felt he/she had slipped into a different story.  The author attempted to set the stage of several individuals and his/her family’s separate interchanges.  In doing so, there was not a smooth transition between scenes and, at times,  one felt a little lost. However, the author was able to bring the reader back into the story. This novel is the first of ...

‘The Complex’ by Cathy E. Zaragoza – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / July 26, 2013

OK… Attention all YA!  This is worth your time, I PROMISE!!! The Complex is 367 pages of fast moving dialogue.  Really, the author could not have cut it much more without ruining the story.  When I first received this I thought I would mentally prepare myself for some rambling…. It wasn’t there.  I couldn’t believe I had finished it so fast and not once became bored! This is the first in the new Linx series by...

‘On a Quest for Christ’ by Lisa Are’ Wulf – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / July 25, 2013

On a Quest for Christ: tracing the footsteps of your spiritual journey, is a works which does just as it states – traces footsteps of one’s personal journey.  This is more than simply a book.  The author has presented this self-help book in story form then developed it into a personal history and self evaluation documentation. The author gives examples and thoughts, then makes it very easy for the reader to develop his/he...

“Finding God, Creating Me’ by Julie Pfeifer – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / July 24, 2013

This was a very well-written booklet. The author reminisces about a very special friend in her earlier years…a friend she lost contact with after she married and began having children… a friend who died. This booklet describes the relationship from the very beginning through the struggle the author had with her faith and understanding. She questioned what she truly believed. Steve was the best friend she ever had, helped ...

‘Ashes Ashes’ by Julie Coulter Bellon – Book Reviw by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / July 19, 2013

Julie Coulter Bellon’s exciting Hostage Negotiation series continues in this second novel of ‘Ashes Ashes’. Colby’s experience in the Marines as a sniper provided him with the qualifications he needed as a sharpshooter/detective for the local police Hostage Negotiations task force.  He loved his job… most of the time. He usually felt like he could really aid in the saving of lives and in saving others fr...

‘The Aedyn Chronicles: Flight of the Outcasts’ by Alister McGrath – Book Reveiw by LAWOnder10
Children's Books / July 17, 2013

‘The Aedyn Chronicles: Flight of the Outcasts’ is the second in the series. I didn’t have the time to purchase the first one before this review but the second book was fairly explanatory of what occurred during the first. (I still highly recommend reading ‘The Aedyn Chronicles: The Chosen Ones’ first) This was a tough one to accurately rate. The story line was very good yet at times a narrative would app...

‘Love’s Rescue’ by Tammy Barley – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Historical Fiction / July 16, 2013

This is a great, well-written and clean novel about tragedy, adventure, relationships and romance. The time frame is during the Civil War. Jess’s beloved brother and best friend is disowned by his father for turning away from their new western home and family business to defend their home and property in Kentucky by fighting for the Confederacy. Jess maintains close contact with him until suddenly the letters stop. In desperati...

‘The Rancher’ by Kelli Ann Morgan – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / July 14, 2013

This is a clean, delightful historical romance! It was not totally predictable. There were a few twists the author incorporated. The family of male main characters were very masculine,  individual, and alluring. The story was about two individuals from a strong family foundation, yet from very different circumstances. There was some slight humor and quite a bit of action. It never dragged on. Those Redbourne’s were a strong, de...

‘The Planet-Girded Suns’ by Sylvia Engdahl – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books / July 14, 2013

‘The Planet-Girded Suns: History of Human Thought About Extrasolar Worlds’ is just what the title claims. The author has done a massive amount of research on his subject. In her updated version, she has brought to light much documentation that was not available in earlier editions of her book. It astounds me how she obtained so much information! The author has gone to extensive research to aid others in knowledge and stud...

‘Angel Falls’ by Connie Mann – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books / July 6, 2013

I just finished reading and amazing book with a very captivating story. The only negative points of the story was its somewhat repetitiveness and it dragged out slightly. There was some sexual content but nothing explicit. I would feel comfortable in allowing an older YA to read it. The story centers around a young nurse raised in Brazil, educated in the United States, then returned to Brazil to run an orphanage created by her benefa...

‘Tnetnok: A Special Star’ by Gary L. Fox, Jr. – book review by LAWonder10
Children's Books / July 5, 2013

Such a clever and different story this is! A new, and wonderful twist on the Christmas Star. It is great at the Holiday time of year but also during the year.  It is a great teaching tool for building a feeling of individual worth in things pertaining to God. This is a perfect bedtime story for pre-elementary and elementary age. It is also great reading exercise for slightly advanced readers. For a good religious study book for very ...

‘A Greater Love’ by Rachael Ann Nunes – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / July 5, 2013

“A Greater Love’ is a very touching story at the Holiday time of the year or at anytime. This is a touching, bittersweet tale of a couple, who after several years of marriage are childless – one by choice, the other because of the spouse’s choice. It causes a major problem in their marriage. This is also a story about two young children, orphaned through the death of their parents and given to an alcoholic aun...

‘The Prairie Prince’ by Marcia Lyn McClure – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / July 1, 2013

‘The Prairie Prince’ is just one of Marcia Lyn McClure’s many literary masterpieces. This is was extremely talented author. Through her writings, she causes intense emotional, passionate feelings to arise within her reading audience without explicit details. It is very “cleanly” accomplished. This is a romantic, historic fiction drama with some added action.  It is a story of two specific families: A dys...

‘It’s Nothing Personal’ by Kate O’Reilley (Sherry Gorman) – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books / June 28, 2013

WOW! What a tremendously talented writer Sherry Gorman (alias Kate O’Reilley) is! This was a bittersweet and powerful story of an anesthesiologist who lived through two years of a nightmare. Through the acts of a selfish, ruthless individual, the repercussions affected the lives of many innocent people, including Dr. Jenna Reiner. It is the amazing account of the impact society and some of the evils of power and money can have ...

‘Never Stop Holding Hands’ by Shara Grylls – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books / June 28, 2013

This was a fun and meaningful book.  It addresses several issues couples sometimes fail to do to maintain a solid marriage relationship foundation. Inside these pages are valuable ideas to keep the “love light glowing” for years after some of the “bliss” fades through life’s trials.. All newly wedded and engaged couples should read this. What a great engagement present. It is full of words of wisdom in a...

‘Love Simplified’ by Terri J. Haynes – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / June 28, 2013

OK This story was very predictable but what a great Chick lit, It creates warm ‘fuzzies’ all over. One experiences a barrage of emotions throughout this well-written, romantic but clean story. Tempest Day was a known love professional but realized she had never been in love. She had dated but they all ended leaving her feeling unfulfilled. She was successful with getting others together, why not herself? On a national int...

‘Against the Odds’ by J. Adams – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / June 28, 2013

Raine was a successful model who made a lot of money but she wasn’t happy.  Things had not been  good with her husband Jerome for awhile. To “top off” the whole situation, her husband admitted to cheating on her and that was the last straw. She felt she had to get away.  Raine called her best friend, Caroline, who  insisted (along with her husband, David) she come and stay with them on the ranch as long as she wishe...

‘Children’s Favorite Bible Stories’ by Thomas Nelson – book review by LAWonder10
Children's Books / June 28, 2013

This Children’s Favorite Bible Stories book is not just a cheap copy of bible stories. This is a nice printed copy on quality paper, is hard-bound, and has full page color illustrations by Natalie Carabetta. It, also, contains ideas to encourage pondering and deeper thought. Within these pages there are little prayers at the end of each story to assist little ones in learning to pray, including praying about what they have lear...

‘Ryan’s Crossing’ by Carrie Daws – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / June 28, 2013

This was a sequel to ‘CROSSING VALUES’. The story was well-written. The momentum kept building to the end but the intensity left one slightly disappointed. After years of searching, Ryan’s parents have found his sister Amber. Furthermore, she is getting married.  Still angry with her for abandoning him years ago, he loves her deeply. He needs to be there for her and make sure the man she is marrying is OK. When arri...

‘Crossing Values’ by Carrie Daws – book review by LAWonder10

Yes, this was quite predictable. Yes, this was almost too good to be true. Yet, this was so totally uplifting and well-written, it would benefit all to read and enjoy this novella. This was a totally uplifting novella of a forlorn young woman,  with tragedy and no stability in her young life. She was out of money, again, and wondered into a small tourist town.  It seemed doubtful she would find work on their off-season but she had to...

‘A Wolf Pup’s Tale’ by Rachael Yu – book review by LAWonder10
Children's Books / June 25, 2013

This was a slightly unique story about the wolf pup’s adventures.  He got separated from his mother which led to some exciting, and sometimes frightening, adventures. Delight your “little” ones with this fun story about the wolf pup’s efforts to find his mother again.  The illustrations are very colorful and expertly done. The  book would be a good reading practice for an advanced elementary student.  It would...

‘Finishing Touches’ by LK Hunsaker – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books / June 25, 2013

Jenna was only 24 when cancer took her husband. He was a very successful young artist.  She was content to just be his wife and put her own talents and desires “on hold” so she could totally support him. Her parents and best friend were against her marriage but she was happy with this decision anyway. The storyline was a little difficult at first to follow, as the author fluctuated between past and present.  She, however,...

“Never Ending Spring’ – by Darrell Case – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / June 25, 2013

The first part of this story was slightly difficult to follow but as the story progressed, so did the writing quality. The remaining pages were very well-written. This is a bittersweet tale of a family’s experience of the sudden death of loved ones, in a manner many of us will not have to directly experience. Still, there are enough of the events which many of us do experience, or have done, that we can emphasize with the chara...

‘In Her Name Empire’ by Michael R. Hicks – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books / June 25, 2013

OK. I had determined in the first half of this book I really could not justify even a solid three star rating. It seemed repetitive and lacking in content. There was also profanity, and I wasn’t at all impressed with the writing…there were also a lot of typographical errors. This is a story of a cruel warring planet who is feared by confederations and all who dwell within. It is also a story about a young boy who repeated...

‘Paint Me True’ by E.M. Tippetts – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / June 25, 2013

‘Paint Me True’ is a novel about a twenty-nine year old woman who has dated a “Nerd” for six months. She had recently moved to Oregon and didn’t know many people. She was a professional painter and was house-sitting for her new stepmother. She hadn’t dated much and Len (the “nerd”) was always nice to her. When he asked her out, she did not want to hurt his feelings and it was “jus...

‘Castles in the Sand’ by E. M. Tippetts – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / June 22, 2013

The novel is the first of E.M. Tippetts’ new series, ‘Shattered Castles’, therefore she was setting up a story foundation that at times was distracting to the reader. The first part of this book was a little slow. Madison lives in a small town and is a part of a dysfunctional home-life. Her best friend, Kaillie, are opposite in most ways.  Kaillie is more “messed up” than anyone and is from a worse dysfu...

‘Nobody’s Damsel’ by E.M. Tippetts – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / June 22, 2013

This is the second of Ms. Tippetts’ Fairytale series. The first, ‘Somebody Else’s Fairytale’, set the stage. Now Cloe has her Master’s degree and has been miraculously hired by Jason’s and her home town as a forensic scientist. Will the separate types of lifestyles and all the negative media destroy the ties between Cloe and Jason? Can their love survive with so much against them? These two books o...

‘Robby’s Quest for Seed’ by D.C. Rush & Daniela Frongia -book review by LAWonder10
Children's Books / June 21, 2013

This short story consisted of a group of birds migrating for the winter. Unable to settle in their location of choice, because of circumstances, they had to quickly find a new place to settle.  With food supply scarce and other detriments facing them, Robbie feared for the worse.  He was responsible for their safety.  He must not fail! There were good points on being responsible, trustworthy, persevering, and optimistic.  It also emp...

‘The Rebels of Cordovia’ by Linda Weaver Clarke – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / June 20, 2013

Linda Weaver Clarke has, once again, created an intriguingly wonderful story. This is a different twist on a tale you will surely recognize.  It is in a historical setting…After King Arthur…”Merry Men”…..Have you guessed yet?  It is a beloved tale! Cordovia was once an ideal peaceful country. An evil man took over leadership and now the people are beginning to rebel.  The two key people, Marie and Daniel...

‘Beautiful, Magical, Amazing Ballet’ by Mary Lee – book review by LAWonder10
Children's Books / June 20, 2013

In my review of this book, I find it to be written in a very creative manner! The illustrations are very simple, cute and colorful.  This alone would entice most any young girl to want to read it.  However, that isn’t all there is to this very clever story.  There are creative thoughts and good comparisons  expressed within these pages. This book can aid in cognitive development. I highly recommend it. What a great book for tod...

‘Mrs. Claus and the School of Christmas Spirit’ by Rebecca Munsterer – book review by LAWonder10
Children's Books / June 20, 2013

Enjoy Christmas in July with your little ones!  “Christmas Spirit” can be encouraged anytime of the year. This was a well-written, creative story which broadens the positive meaning of Christmas. It puts a different twist on the usual Christmas stories, and adds in the building up of the Christmas spirit in young ones! I would recommend this for older elementary age students and for advanced elementary reading. With this ...

No Exit: The Apple Grove Gang (Volume 1)’ by Hamilton C. Burger – book review by LAWonder10
Children's Books / June 20, 2013

This is a great book for Summer Reading programs. This elementary chapter book places importance on friendships, working together to solve problems, and in offering positive support within a community. By utilizing individual talents and capabilities, much can be accomplished. Portrays good and bad in life. This book offers mystery/suspense, adventure and unity. My book review for ‘No Exit: the Apple Gove Gang’ offers a F...

‘Dead Running’ by Cami Checketts – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / June 16, 2013

Cami Checketts is a talented writer yet I am a little confused as to where she came up with this title. I have a couple of vague ideas but I feel she could have come up with a better title. Regardless, this was a delightful story of a woman in her mid-20’s living with her grandmother after the loss of her parents killed in an accident in Mexico. After the Prequel, the story unfolds with grumbling by Cassie, and it is soon disco...

‘Johnny Came Home’, by Tony Breeden – review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / June 15, 2013

First, although this is a totally honest book review, I must acknowledge this book was sent to me by the author for a review. It has been on of the most difficult book reviews I have ever done. I have very mixed feelings on the subject matter vs. literary content. It is a  very well written novel.  Breeden has effectively captured an array of strong characterizations yet, has brilliantly intermingled them in an interesting way. Johnn...

‘At the End of Our Journey’ by Jack R. East, Jr. – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / June 12, 2013

My daughter won this in a giveaway.  I found the title and subject matter interesting so borrowed it from her. This was a very inspiring account of a spiritual journey of  Jack R. East, Jr.  The basis of this journey was in two consecutive dreams he experienced at the latter part of 2010. He presents this without overbearing preaching, nor in presenting his views and experience as absolute gospel. Jack effectively ‘shares’...

‘Madison Morgan:When Dogs Blog’ by Pam Torres – book review by LAWonder10

This is a fun Chapter Book for older elementary age children. Madison is beginning sixth grade in Middle School. She is not very excited about it and decides she just wants to appear invisible.  Her best friend, Paige, is excited to start Middle School.  She has gotten interested in fashion and boys…boring. They have been friends since first grade.  Now,  Madison hardly recognizes Paige with her new attitude and interests. Then...

‘Starlet’s Run’ by Carla Hannah – book review by LAWonder10
"New" YA Books , Young Adult Books / June 10, 2013

Surprisingly, this second book of the Starlet’s series was better written than the first. Liana Marie Michaels is truly discovering who she is and Manuel is likewise finding who he is. The question is; Will this discovery allow them to stay together or direct them into going separate ways? Marie Michaels makes a major decision for her future. That decision leads us to the next book of the series in an effective way. There was n...

‘Finding Her Way’ by Leah Baniki – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / June 8, 2013

For all Historical Fiction fans, this is the first in a series of this highly recommended series. This s an adventure of a young woman’s difficult journey from Boston to Oregon  to join her father.  Three years previously, she was a spoiled Kentucky girl who, after her mother’s sudden death, refused to go West with him.  At that time, she was Fourteen and mad at her father for selling their beloved home.  It was a home fu...

‘Warring Spirits’ by April W. Gardner – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books / June 8, 2013

WOW! What a profoundly moving piece of Literature! This is a tremendous Historical Romance of which a man would probably enjoy as much as a woman. There is plenty of action, adventure, drama, romance and suspense within the pages of this novel. The setting is in the early part of the 1800’s;  a time when there were many land wars between the American Indian, Mexico, and the U.S.A. The story unfolds with a Mulatto slave woman, p...

‘Starlet’s Web’ by Carla J. Hanna – Book Review by LAWonder10
"New" YA Books , Adult Books / June 1, 2013

  This was a difficult book for me to “get into”.  It seemed very repetitive and  to drag through most of the book.  Carla Hanna generously donated it in exchange for an honest review and this is.  I really hate when I cannot lend a firm support to new authors. This is my “take ” of the story. One:  This is meant to be a Young Adult book. I suppose it would be listed as a “New” YA book. (I thi...

‘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 pu...

‘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 sure...

‘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-...

‘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...

‘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 w...

‘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 oppo...

‘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 AMAZO...

‘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 t...

‘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 f...

‘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...

‘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...

‘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 h...

‘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 on...

‘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 sh...

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’ ...

‘Talon Flight For Life’ by Gigi Sedimayer – Book Review by LAWonder10
Children's Books , Young Adult Books / February 12, 2013

  Talon and his parents are very unique condors.  Matica and her family has taken this family of birds “under their wings”. This is a continuing amazing account of the interactions of Matica, her father and the fowl with the people, on the way to Cajamarca to get supplies. Matica has never been outside her village since she was five years old. Her father is desirous that she discover many things which exist outside her li...

‘Talon On The Wing’ by Gigi Sedlmeyer – Book Review by LAWonder10
Children's Books , Fantasy / February 6, 2013

 Talon on the wing is the second book in the children’s realistic fantasy of the Talon series.  These are clean, delightful stories of a family and village and their relationship with some very special fowl. Matica has to make some very big choices…One in particular.  Will she choose to be with her father or her very special friend?  Could she have it both ways?  This “trial” is in preparation for an even bigg...

‘Talon Come Fly With Me’ by Gigi Sedimayer – Book Review by LAWonder10
Children's Books , Fantasy , Young Adult Books / February 3, 2013

    Matica was a lonely, distraught girl with a disability.  She felt desperate.  Her parents were very supportive, loving and encouraging but was that enough? Her parents were on a mission in Peru among an Indian tribe.  Her brother was energetic and had his own friends but he also loved his older sister. When Matica felt all was in vain, she miraculously made friends with very unusual beings.  Was it just by chance or from divine i...