February 14, 2019

Grimms' Fairy Tales

Book Title: Grimms' Fairy Tales
Author: Jacob & Wilhelm GRIMM
Genres: Children's Fiction, Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales
Disclaimer: I downloaded a free copy from +LibriVox
Description:
A classic collection of oral German folklore, brought together for posterity by the scholarly brothers Grimm in the 1800s, this epitome of fairy tales includes many of the world’s best known stories. In these dark foreboding woods, you will find: Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Lily and the Lion (better known as Beauty and the Beast), and Snow White and Rose Red, among other timeless works. These tales were later heavily revised and sanitised, but here are presented closer to their grim and beloved originals. (Summary by Marlo Dianne)


The audio book that I downloaded from Libox is a free download. It got a 62 Chapters or you can call them stories by the Grimm Brothers. It fairy tales and what the originals stories ending really are.

Did you always think that the Disney version was the real one and did not know that they did not really end up Happy ever after. Well I did until I read a book that was called Grimm Woods by D. Melhoff.

It made go looking for the original stories of my favorite fairy tales. Grimm Woods did not tell all the fairy tales ending it was story of itself but it did act out some of the fairy tales. It also is an adult or new adult book. Please be caution to that fact.

This one is not as graphic in the audio book. This is not to bad. It help understand some of the fairy tales. The ending are different then though of Disney's. I know why that is, it is because they remade them to fit better for young children.

You will get some of your classic fairy tales in this audio book. It enjoyed it. Though I say it will take some time to listen to. It a 10 hours and 32 mins long audio book. I would suggest listening this is pieces or couple of hours a day.  



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January 31, 2019

Monthly Wrap up: January


January is here is gone. The Coldest month of the year. This is the first time that it really cold in the temps as it below freezing on the last day of January along with the 30th being really cold. This made school close on the 30th and I am not sure for today.

It be worth reading books today if you wanted to or have the time. Yesterday was also a good day as well. For me I was able to read 8 books in total for the month of January.

Books Read in January:

  1. The Christmas Story of Light by Ora Smith
  2. Woman of Courage: Collector's Edition by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  3. A House for a Mouse by Rebecca Westberg
  4. Colorfull by Doreen Williamson
  5. Eye of the Eagle by Sharon Buchbinder
  6. A Hunting of Hillwood Farm by Kathryn Knight
  7. The Forgiving Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  8. A Song for Bellafortuna by Vincent B. Chip LoCoco

My books really fall in different genres for this past month. They are in 3 different media categories I believe as well. They will be shown bellow.

Books by Genre:

  1. Christian Fiction - 2 Books
  2. Historical Fiction - 2 Books
  3. Romance - 2 Books
  4. Children - 2 Books

Books by Media Categories:

  1. E-Book - 3 Books
  2. Hardcover - 1 Book
  3. Paperback - 4 Books
I have read a total of 1,530 Pages for the month of January, This is seem like a good amount for just one month. The total for 2019 is 1, 530 Pages.

Books by Pages Total:

  1. The Christmas Story of Light - 32 Pages
  2. Woman of Courage: Collector's Edition - 384 Pages
  3. A House for a Mouse - 24 Pages
  4. Colorfull - 32 Pages
  5. Eye of the Eagle - 280 Pages
  6. A Hunting of Hillwood Farm - 174 Pages
  7. The Forgiving Jar - 320 Pages
  8. A Song for Bellafortuna - 284 Pages

Total Pages by Month:

  1.  January - 1,530 Pages

Total books by Month:

  1. January - 8 Books

Do you want to read these books or get them for yourself.



 Here is everything that been posted for the year. Some things have been will be posted later then when I read the book or reviewed it. Most cases this is when a book is on tour with me. The Book review may be posted later or a month or so done the line. I will gladly mark these when I read the book so you know.



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January 30, 2019

Book Review: The Forgiving Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Book Title: The Forgiving Jar
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Genre: Romance, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Amish
Series: The Prayer Jars #2
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Publisher Date: 02-01-2019 (320 Pages, Paperback)
ISBN: 9781624167485 | 9781643521367 (Kindle)
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Disclaimer: I received complacency copy and my thoughts and options are my own. These are my honesty review
What would happen if you found out someone has been impersonating you?
Sara Murray had never met her mother’s parents and was surprised to learn after her death that they were Amish living in Pennsylvania. When she is finally able to make the trip to meet them, she is shocked to learn someone else has been living with them and pretending to be Sara. Sara can’t understand how quickly her grandparents are willing to forgive the imposter.
Secrets and deceit seem to follow Sara, and she is so tired of it. Though soon she meets Brad Fuller who is visiting her grandparents for during Christmas. She likes him a lot, but even he seems to pull away from her, not being totally honest.
Struggling, Sara finds an old canning jar hidden in the barn that is full of encouraging prayers. Can Sara find a way to forgive the past and move on to building new relationships?


The Forgiving Jar is about Sarah. You learn a bit about Sarah in the first book called The Hope Jar? Wanda does a really well job writing Sarah story along with Michelle's. If you are not a fan of Wanda Brunstetter you will be once you have read on of her books.

The first book is about Michelle Taylor story. This book is about the English granddaughter's story of the Lapps. How would you feel if someone impersonated you? Well this is how it start in the second book with Sarah coming to stay with her grandparents. When you see the woman you pretended to be you and why she is allowed to stay there? Sarah feel really upset about it.

Will Sarah learn to forgive? We know she finds the Prayer Jars or at least one? She doe not know who wrote them or who they belong to? Michelle happens to find Sarah with one of the Jars and tell her she knew about The Prayer Jars and that there is one in the barn as well.

We also get Brad who come back to visit during his Christmas break. He does not know the real Sarah. He thinks the one he meet was Sarah but doe not know it Michelle Taylor. Michelle has to tell him the truth and ask for forgiveness?

Wanda seem continue Michelle's story along with adding Sarah's story. Though this is mostly Sarah story we get to see Michelle live blossom and she how they interact. Will Michelle get to see her brothers Jack and Ernie Taylor? Will Sarah learn to forgive? Will Michelle and Ezekiel get married?



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Book Review: A Song For Bellafortuna

Book Title: A Song for Bellafortuna
Author: Vincent B "Chip" Lococo
Genres: Historical Fiction, Italy, Fiction, Opera, Cultural > Italy
ISBN: 0972882448 | ISBN-13: 9780972882446
Publisher: Cefalutana Press
Publisher Date: May 14, 2015 (284 Pages, Paperback)
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A Sweeping epic tale of love, drama, sacrifice, and redemption, set among the beautiful landscape of Sicily.
The beautiful, yet secluded, hilltop village of Bellafortuna, Sicily, is a great producer of wine and olive oil. The entire village prospers. However, after the arrival of the Vasaio family, production dwindles and the villagers soon find themselves in crushing debt to the Vasaios. Only the Sanguinetti family remains outside the control of the Vasaios, but the reason haunts Antonio Sanguinetti every day of his life, and he offers financial and emotional support to his fellow villagers. When Antonio's only son, Giuseppe, discovers his family's past, he becomes determined to take on the Vasaios and remove them from power. Led by the young Giuseppe, a plan is hatched that could result in either complete freedom for the villagers, or if it fails, forever solidify the Vasaios' control. Find out what happens in A Song for Bellafortuna.


A Song for Bellafortuna is a decent story. Though I am not sure exactly what the plot of it really is? I got the feeling that it was more about the village of Bellafortuna and it people. Though it was a told though a person or persons of Sanguinetti's family.

Is seem to be more about the Giuseppe's life and his family did and trying to make it right for a fight for freedom for his village and it villagers. I did not get this until about Carlo Vasino's death and a really good friend of Giuseppe's dies who name is Baggio.

I really could not get why the book was called what it was it was about. It more about the village of Bellafortuna. The author writing is what makes me want to rate it low. Though we do get lots of history about Italy and it surrounding city with history about Bellafortuna, Sicily.

The chapters leading up to finally getting where we get to the action and why they seem to get this one favorite and greatest tenor in the world named Caruso is the most interesting part and where I could not put the book down. Before that I really could put the book down and really did not want to complete it. Though the story of love, and friendship is though out the book.

The history and scene of views is talked about and created is really can be captured this this book. This is the only thing that keeps me reading the then the action of if they villagers get that freedom?



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January 23, 2019

Book Tour: Marine by Mark JG Fahey with Giveaway

Book Title: Marine
Author: Mark JG Fahey
Genres: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Action, Adventure
Series: Halley's Casino #2
Publisher: Mark Fahey
Publish Date: 2016-10-20 (378 Pages, Paperback)
Disclaimer: I received this book free though IReadBookTours for an honest review.
Description: Nebula Yorker ("Neb" to his friends) finds himself on the water planet of Marine in a race to recover a long lost Triopelian Star Chart he previously never knew existed.
Along the way Neb encounters new friends and a villainous brother and sister team bent on doing whatever they must to get their hands on the star chart first - including mayhem and murder.

One cocky android, one imbibed professor, one universal(ly) renowned scientist and one ice breathing sassy Water Dragon makes Neb wonder whether the past 3 years travelling with Halley's Casino was just a peaceful lull?

Who will find the star chart first?

What are the implications if Neb doesn't?

And what does a Water Moon have to do with all of this?

John Lennon seems to know....
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Marine takes place about three years after Neb is on Halley's Casino. This book takes you on an adventure of it own. It also talks about Neb parents home planet and more about his parents. I gives you lesson about history or at least a bit about Neb's history or his parents for that mother. There seems to be something going on that makes Neb go after a star chart.

What is this star chart and why does everyone want it. There seems to be a dragon that guarding it and only one person who is to receive it. Mark put you in the story and you go for a ride. It adventures and filled with action.

Who are friends and who are foes? What is an Air-heart? What an Ice dragon? Whatever happen to here home? What or who is a water moon? It all started on Halley's Casino when Neb see two guest acting strange. I believe Mark doe a wonderful job with this story. I can not wait to pick up the next book.



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Mark JG Fahey
Meet the Author:

​Mark JG Fahey is not an alien, contrary to what you may have heard, though he swears he has been to space. Mark has dabbled in various undertakings throughout his illustrious career, from on-air hosting/reporter/stand-up comic to messenger for the Prime Minister of Canada. Mark also holds a degree in Restaurant Services. His family and friends can attest to his excellent cooking skills. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Mark was raised and still resides in Aylmer, Quebec, Canada. Halley's Casino is the first book in the Halley's Casino trilogy.

​Halley's Casino: 3rd place winner in a worldwide competition with World's Best Story 2017 . Finalist and 3rd place winner with the Independent Author Network October 2018 and is also a finalist for the inaugural Canadian Book Club Awards 2018.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

BOOK REVIEW TOUR SCHEDULE:

Jan 2 - Bookroom Reviews - review of Marine / author interview
Jan 3 - Library of Clean Reads - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 7 - #redhead.with.book - review of Marine/ giveaway
Jan 8 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Marine / giveaway
Jan 9 - Mystery Suspense Reviews - book spotlight
Jan 10 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Halley's Casino / author interview / giveaway
Jan 11 - Blooming with Books - review of Halley's Casino / giveaway
Jan 14 - 3 Partners in Shopping - review of Marine/ giveaway
Jan 15 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Marine / giveaway
Jan 16 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Marine/ giveaway
Jan 18 - Blooming with Books - review of Marine / giveaway
Jan 21 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Marine / giveaway
Jan 23 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Marine/ giveaway
Jan 24 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Marine/ giveaway
Jan 30 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of Halley's Casino / guest post / giveaway
Jan 31 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of Marine / giveaway



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January 21, 2019

Book Review: The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

Book Title: The Haunting Of Hillwood Farm
Author: Kathryn Knight
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Publisher: Wicked Whale
Publisher Date: January 4, 2019 (174 Pages, e-book)
ISBN: 9781732252226
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After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted—the ability to communicate with ghosts. But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm. She quickly realizes she’s dealing with a dangerous presence beyond anything she’s ever experienced, and something else becomes equally clear—the only other living person in the house, Mrs. Turner’s handsome grandson, thinks she’s a scam artist. While she’d prefer to just ignore him, her heart beats a little faster every time he’s nearby.

Luke Turner doesn’t believe in spirits. He’s moved back to restore the family farm, but living on the property serves a dual purpose—he can watch out for his grandmother. He’s not happy about the sudden appearance of a self-described psychic, or his inexplicable attraction to her. His initial suspicions crumble as evidence points to an actual haunting, but he’s still determined not to fall for Callie—the past has taught him it’s best to avoid relationships.

As Callie is drawn deeper into the mystery, she becomes the target of a vengeful spirit, and Luke can no longer fight his feelings for her. Unable to resist their desire, passion ignites…even as the paranormal activity escalates to a final deadly confrontation.


There seems to be a haunting at the Hillwood farm, but maybe there are two hauntings? No one knows why there a mean one or violent ghost? Alice is be attacked but also be helped by her husband Henry? It gets so bad that Callie is called in to help?

Luke seem to no want to believe that there are ghosts? You will be surprised as the event continue to happen when Luke and Callie are together and when they are apart? One is trying to get warn and one is about danger?

We get everything the author wants in a story. We get hauntings and the paranormal effect and along with it we get a romance that blooms. Whether this is the author intent or not, does not matter as it seem to just happen.

The plot is done well. I loved it. It one that got my attention as I was reading. I wanted to know who the ghosts were. Especially the one that was haunting the Turners and Callie? This is answered at the end. The reason for two ghost and who was who is revealed. One was protecting and the was hurtful? We find out why it happen as well. If you are into hauntings or ghosts or even paranormal aspect in the book this one is good.



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January 19, 2019

Book Review: Eye Of The Eagle

Book Title: Eye Of the Eagle
Author: Sharon BuchBinder
Series: Hotel LaBelle Series #3
Genres: Romance, Paranormal, Fiction, Suspense, Fantasy, Contemporary,
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publisher Date: November 12, 2018 (280 Pages, E-Book)
ISBN: 1509223565 (Print) | 1509223572 (eBook)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from Reading Alley. This is my honest review
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Anomaly Defense Director and shapeshifter Bert Blackfeather doesn't need a boss with no experience. So what if she's beautiful or gives him a jolt when she shakes his hand? He never plans to get seriously involved with another woman—not in this lifetime.

Phoebe Wagner, an empath with psychometric abilities and an advocate for the deaf, gets more than she bargained for with Bert. One touch and she relives his IED injuries. So what if he's handsome and hot? She doesn't need to add his secrets to her own. Phoebe's are bad enough. 

When his niece goes missing from Hotel LaBelle, Bert goes to Montana to help—and Phoebe insists on going with him. Can these two hard-headed people share their darkest secrets in order to work together? It may be the only way to save an endangered child—and their own hearts when Bert's past rears its ugly head. 

One soars like an eagle. One strikes like a thunderbird. But for both hearts, revenge can be deadly when it's nourished.


Well when you first open this book, you think oh another romance like every other one that happens in the office. The author put us in for a what would be typical but it nothing like a typical romance book. I really do like that this not all romance. There is action involved and even some power in followed.

You seem to get not only spiritual powers and some Native American culture but you get a story or plot full of government talents and bring in someone new and really cute looking. Then there a budding romance before they leave the office.

This got all kinds of powers involved. The hero and Heroine become a team. What you do if someone could eagle shifter? He looks human and act all human? What does a little ugly man doing? We seem to have it all.

It starts out with a child missing and no other then Bert's family member. He does not want his boss to come. She intents on want to go with him. She determine to help. Things start to happen as soon as they get here at the hotel. She has secrets as well has Bret Blackfeather? What are Phoebes and her mother secrets? Seems not all now about his secret other then family possibly.

The characters are created and developed quite well. I love that we learn more each character though out the story. We do not get all them until the end of the book. We got not only the bad guys but also the good guys in full development.

Is Bert family in danger and why? Seem the US Senator daughter get caught up with someone from Bert past and with an enemy of the US. The Monster as Phoebe calls him see to be into human tracking and other crimes.



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January 16, 2019

Book Review: Colorfull

Book Title: Colorfull
Author: Dorena Williamson
Genre: Children, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Social Issues, Religion
Publisher: B Kids
Publisher Date: 2018-05-01 (32 Pages, HardCover)
ISBN:  9781462777648
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Imani and Kayla are the best of friends who are learning to celebrate their different skin colors. As they look around them at the amazing colors in nature, they can see that their skin is another example of God's creativity! This joyful story takes a new approach to discussing race: instead of being colorblind, we can choose to celebrate each color God gave us and be colorFULL instead.

This story as a meanful teaching for children. I got the meaning of the story or the moral of the story as you read. This is a great story for children of all ages. Parents should pick this one out and help teach our children what it mean to be different.

The author does a wonderful job of this though pictures and story itself. She show how god created a world that is colorfull. Would you want your child to be colorblind? God made us to see colorfull and world colorfull so we should teach our children that being different skin color like chocolate it okay and that even siblings may look the same but different. This a book teach children and others that colors are beautiful. If everything was the same color our world would be dark or not special.

Look at your world differently and teach our children and child to be kind and say there a reason god made each and everything with colors. He want as to see Colorfull.


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January 15, 2019

Book Review: A House for A Mouse

Book Title: A House for a Mouse
Author: Rebecca Westberg
Genre: Children, Animals, Mice,
Publisher: Create Space
Publisher Date: August 28, 2010 (24 Pages, Paperback)
ISBN: 978-1450511421
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Facing danger, two hungry mice, Whiskers and Cheesepuff, concoct a plan to live in harmony with a house full of humans.







The story of the two mice is a sweet one. Though it really does not really have much of a story to it. The story is how to get a house for a mouse. I like it but it not much of a story. The author does a wonderful job with the pictures in telling the story to a point.

The pictures could be down a bit more. There is not much of adventure to this story. The development of the characters is not there much. This need some work. This is best for children under the age of 7. Children that can read will be able to read it. It good for young children a bit for the picures for children under 5.

The author would have told the story as how the owner of the home came about and then found the mice or mouse and had a bit more of an adventure to how it ends. I say this book would have gotten a better rating. It an okay book to me. Maybe to you it will be better for you. You decide if you want it for your children or not. Like I said it an okay book. Great for children.



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