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Waffles and Pancakes – Cindy Springsteen

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waffles and pancakesNo, it’s not time for breakfast. Waffles and Pancakes are two hamsters. They’re friends in the pet shop and are sold to two different boys on the same day. One goes home to a life of luxury, the other to an old box. When the boys, who are friends too, get together to play, the hamsters are reunited. It’s then that both hamsters and boys learn valuable life lessons.

Waffles and Pancakes is a delightful way to teach children about love and relationships. This colorful, beautifully illustrated book, speaks about the importance of love over possessions. It’s not what you have in your life, it’s who you have.

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Tumbleweed Forts – Daniel Ferry

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tumbleweedJoshua is a lonely child. With only his imagination to keep him company, he invents epic adventures in his mind. He leads armies and builds magnificent tumbleweed forts in his desert home. When a trip to his fort goes awry due to a dust storm, Joshua’s adventure really begins.

As he huddles in his fort, he is rescued by a mysterious girl named Zeleen. She takes him on an even more amazing adventure than those of his own making.

Many of the events depicted in the novel came from Ferry’s own life. By his own admission, he is Joshua. Ferry is the son of an Air Force test pilot, as is Joshua. Though Joshua’s description of his father’s job is much more elegant and majestic. He calls him a “knight of the sky” – his plane is a “thundering airship”.

Daniel Ferry’s novel, “Tumbleweed Forts”, is a fantasy as fascinating and magical as the desert itself. The reader is drawn into the world of Joshua’s imagination, seeing the wonders through his eyes. We go with him as he journeys with Zaleen.

Intended for middle grades and up, “Tumbleweed Forts” is a must read for anyone who loves a good fantasy/ adventure.

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Thieves in Paradise – Bernadette Gardner

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thieves in paradiseCharity Foster is a gambler and thief with a bounty on her head. When she scams Gar Gremin, beating him at his own game, he sends bounty hunter, Kol A’Kosu after her.

Kol’s clan is well known for finding what they seek. To support his clan, he’s willing to chase down Charity, bringing her to justice.

Unfortunately for Charity, Kol is very good at what he does. He finds and captures Charity only to realize that he’s seen her in a vision. A very explicit vision.

When problems with their space ships causes them to remain on the planet of Lebron, awaiting rescue, Kol and Charity get to know one another very well indeed.

Thieves in Paradise is a fun futuristic romantic romp in the jungle. The story is relatively compelling, but over all, it’s really more about the erotic scenes between the two main characters. These are extremely well written and not for the young. I recommend this book for adults only with warning of very explicit content.

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© 2014 Dellani Oakes

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The Stovepipe – Bonnie E. Virag

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stovepipeNormally, I don’t read memoirs, but when a friend recommended I read “The Stovepipe”, telling me I would love it, I gave it a chance. How glad I am that I listened to her.

“The Stovepipe” wasn’t written as an ego trip by an elite, rich and famous person. Nor is it about some one of great historic importance. It is written about two young girls who lived with the horrors of the foster care system in the 40’s and 50’s.

This memoir, beautifully written by one of the girls, shows the indifference of the system and its inability to properly follow up with the foster children. It should be required reading for anyone who plans to work in the foster care program or has contact with foster children.

Bonnie and her twin sister, Betty, are taken from home at the tender age of four. No one tells them why they were removed, nor are they told where they are going or for how long. Separated from their siblings, they are frightened and alone.

The two go from one situation to another. Sometimes the changes are for the better, more often not. On occasion, they meet up with other of their siblings, but mostly they have no contact with one another. Eventually, the two girls end up with the Benders. At first, it seems an ideal location. They work hard on the farm, go to school and do homework like normal children. The only hitch is the Bender’s son, Doug, who does everything he can to torment them.

I didn’t want to give away any more of the plot. Suffice to say, things go downhill rapidly. “The Stovepipe” reads more like a novel. Virag fleshes out her characters with vivid memories of the events of her life. The reader can’t help but be amazed at what a wonderful, loving person she has become after all she was forced to endure.

I highly recommend “The Stovepipe” whether you’re a fan of memoirs or not. It is an incredible work that leaves the reader feeling anger at the injustice, as well as happiness at its conclusion.

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© Dellani Oakes 2013

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The High Bridge – Elizabeth Haysmont

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high bridgeSeth Monclair has a secret. Not a deep, dark secret, but one he doesn’t want anyone to learn. Keeping it becomes harder – and more important – when he meets sassy, opinionated, self-possessed Sandra Yorken.

Sandra is a journalist who debunks ghost stories. She’s in Colorado to do just that. Little does she know that the greatest ghost story of all time is waiting for here at the High Bridge.

“The High Bridge” is not just a spine tingling ghost story, but a tale of love between two unlikely lovers. The character are marvelous, the plot intricate and compelling. I didn’t want to stop reading – only giving up when my Nook needed to charge.

I highly recommend this novel to lovers of true romance with a paranormal twist.

 

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Even a Succubus Can Get the Blues!

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Succubus Blues – Richelle Mead

succubus bluesGeorgina Kincaid wasn’t always a succubus, but now that she is, she takes her job seriously – sort of. Bookstore assistant manager by day and life force stealing succubus by night can be rough on a girl – especially when she finds a human man who is difficult to ignore and figure out.

Seth Mortensen is a confusing man. Famous author of Georgina’s favorite books, he’s nothing like she imagined. He writes amazingly well, but finds it hard to put together a sentence when confronted with the beautiful and somewhat intimidating Georgina. Even so, she finds herself attracted.

As if life isn’t chaotic enough, there’s a new player in town and he’s killing immortals. Even after Georgina is warned to stay out of it, she can’t help but investigate, getting herself in a heap of trouble.

“Succubus Blues” is a fun romance novel with a mysterious, paranormal twist. The characters are engaging, the dialogue is realistic and moves the story along. The plot goes at a brisk pace as Georgina investigates – steeping herself in trouble. I greatly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it.

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The Ghost of Whispering Willow – Amanda Thrasher

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whispering willowThere’s something in the Whispering Willows. Andy, Stewart and Zach are sure it’s a ghost. Amateur ghost hunters, they set up equipment hoping to get pictures and videos of the elusive spirit. Finally, luck is with them and they see a boy about their age, obviously a ghost. Imagine their surprise when Ally, Kendall, Maggie and Krista quietly announce that they’ve seen a ghost too, only their ghost is a little girl! Together, the children figure out how to contact the ghosts and find out their story.

This well crafted ghost story is intended for middle range YA readers, but has enough mild chills for older readers too. Even I got a tingle when the ghost first appears and talks to the children. It’s not too spooky for timid readers and is a great adventure tale too.

The Ghost of Whispering Willow is a story of love, mystery, family and friendship. Readers enjoy the ride as the children do their best to help Elias, the ghost, and his little sister, Margaret-Rose. Who knew ghosts even need help? But they do and it’s a dangerous situation for all involved.

The characters in novel are wonderfully crafted preteens who are very lifelike in their speech and actions. Thrasher captures their courage and naivete well. The ghosts are also incredibly well delineated. They sound as if they are from a different time. Even though they’ve existed through the years, their thoughts and perceptions are those of less modern people.

 I really enjoyed The Ghost of Whispering Willow and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good, well crafted, warmhearted, exciting ghost story.

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