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review 2017-12-17 09:16
The Great Quake
The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet - Henry Fountain

When I was eleven years old, the big Sumatra earthquake and following tsunami on Boxing day shook the world with its devastating power. However, it also shook my interest into geology and tectonics. So when I came across The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet I was immediately curious.

I have to admit that I was completely unaware of this earthquake, although its significance became clear very quickly, with the new techniques that had been developed recently even if the human and material loss was relatively low due to it happening in a scarcely populated area.

Henry Fountain gives a rather complete overview of the different aspects surrounding the 'great quake', looking at it from many different points of view. However, I thought rather a lot of the book was filled with human interest stories which somehow made it feel a little overdramatic. It also took a long time to get to the actual quake and its aftermath. However, I thought it was an interesting book and I would definitely recommend it to those interested in earth quakes and geology.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing me with a free book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-11-16 00:00
The Fountain: Seven Extraordinary Stories by Seven of Your Favorite Authors
The Fountain: Seven Extraordinary Storie... The Fountain: Seven Extraordinary Stories by Seven of Your Favorite Authors - Lisa K. Miller,Julia Mills,Darlene Kuncytes,Linda Boulanger,Virginia McKevitt,C.B. Roberts,Andi Lawrencovna Book Reviewed: The Fountain
Author: Linda Boulanger, Darlene Kuncytes, Andi Lawrencovna, C.B. Robers, Julia Mills, Lisa K. Miller, Virginia McKevitt
Publication Date: 11/15/2017
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars

My review at this time is for Banning by Julia Mills

This story grabs you by the heart it is so intense.
We have a curse handed down to Banning a Dragon for his evil doings.
Myanna has lived her life believing in wishes and fountains although the one time she truly needs her wish to come true it doesn't.
But for some reason Myanna is drawn to the foutain and the dragon that protects it.
Myanna has another problem. She is a doctor of the mind and is being sent in to deal with the worst criminals on earth. What does one do when those prisoners do the unthinkable?

Grab this story I am sure you will enjoy it.
It's intense, we get action and oh so hot romance.

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review 2017-09-24 20:00
Had a lot of potential, but fell very short of what it could have been
The West Woods (Fountain) - Suzy Vadori The West Woods (Fountain) - Suzy Vadori

I received an Advanced Reader's Copy to read and review from Weapenry Co-Op and Netgalley.

If you could have one wish, what would you wish for? This book has you asking yourself that question as the students find a magic wishing well. It certainly puts a lot of pressure on your wish. You want it to be worth it, you don't want to waste your one wish. Well sorry to disappoint you, but that's exactly what these girls do, they waste their wishes. Absolutely no one make a worthwhile wish, making you angry that they have the opportunity. 

I didn't have extremely high expectations for this book, and honestly it was about as good as I expected it to be. The first two-thirds of this book were pretty good and then it started going downhill, and it just kept going.

The characters were all crafted nicely and made a nice group of girlfriends for a boarding school. Courtney was an alright character in the beginning and then she just became more and more selfish and rude. I found myself wondering why the other girls would even want to hang out with her. She treated her friends like dirt, or rather, more like pawns. People who she could manipulate to her will in order to achieve everything she wanted. I like my main characters to have flaws, but damn, Courtney tips the scales overboard in The West Woods.

As for the writing, for the first part of the book I was thinking that this would be a four, potentially a five star read. The author filled some chapters with the feeling of anxiety and excitement as the girls snuck around. Some of the scenes were written so well that I found myself on the edge of my seat, covering my mouth and hoping that the characters could get away with whatever they were attempting at the moment. The writing is what saved this novel from being a two star read. It captivated me and it is clear that the author has the ability to create a five star read.

As for the plot... there was no climax! I feel as if this has happened far too frequently in some books I have been reading as of lately. I finished the book feeling like "that's it?". There were so many loose ends, absolutely no real resolution and not even a cliffhanger that left you feeling as if these problems could be solved later. 

Oh and the romance? You mean the romance that wasn't? It was basically non existent because Courtney decided to be terrible. Good for Cole though, at least he didn't wind up subjected to her terrible treatment as well. The synopsis made it sound like there would be so much more to this romance. 

Basically I feel as if this was a novel with a good idea and great writing, but lacked adequate structure. A book needs to have a climax and a resolution, this one had neither. Courtney was also an incredibly unlikable main character. I definitely would not count out the author, but I would not suggest reading this book.

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review 2017-06-25 15:04
Fountain of Drowned Memories by Erik Hofstatter
Fountain of Drowned Memories - Erik Hofstatter


Fountain of Drowned Memories is a short story that touched my heart.


Lorcan is a man obsessed with the stains in the ceiling and someone, (or something?), trying to steal from him. Is this real or is there something else going on? For a story that is only 18 pages long, this one packs a powerful punch and I highly recommend it.


Oh, and did I mention it's free? (Or you can donate $1.00 if you like it!) Here's a link, (what do you have to lose?):Fountain of Drowned Memories


*I received this short story free, in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*



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review 2017-04-14 00:00
Under the March Sun: The Story of Spring Training
Under the March Sun: The Story of Spring Training - Charles Fountain I think I've learned more about baseball business deals than I ever wanted to know!
Lots of numbers, lots of moves by teams...and yet, I found the book intriguing. I had never thought of how spring training started. Or how African American players were treated in the south once Jackie Robinson had integrated baseball.

Recommended for baseball fans.
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