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review 2018-01-30 00:08
The Ruby Brooch by Katherine Lowry Logan
The Ruby Brooch - Katherine Lowry Logan

I was pretty excited to dive into this time travel novel because I played way too much Oregon Trail as a kid and this book is set in the mid-1800s along the Oregon Trail. Kit MacKlenna is a modern day paramedic living on her ancestral horse ranch. Yet she has questions about her heritage and a small package left to her tempts her into the past to discover her true roots. I really liked that she knowingly traveled to the past. She plans well, studying up on the time period and packing certain supplies. Now I will say that I was a little surprised by how many modern things she decided to take with her (flashlights, IVs, pregnancy tests, etc.) and I did worry that would lead to many, many questions for her later. Also, she chose to take her dog and cat along for the trip as well. While I do like having furry companions in any story, I did find this an odd choice and I deeply worried the pets were going to be Red Shirts for drama down the road.

Then we’re off into the semi-civilized lands of Missouri. She knows that it will be hard to get a place on a wagon train as a single woman so she’s hoping to find a group that will accept her. She’s capable of seeing to her own food, camping gear, and animals so it’s really a matter of bending the social norms of the time. At first, the mid-1800s characters held to their social morays but as the story progresses, I did notice that there were sometimes unlikely reactions to Kit’s modern attitudes. Those little breaks in character took me out of the story from time to time and I wish that Kit had to work harder to either hide her modern ways or win others over to her ways quietly.

There is a strong romantic element to this book. I did like Cullen though I found the insta-luv between him and Kit to be rather convenient. Cullen is an interesting character but once he becomes involved with Kit they had this silly emotional roller coaster. Flirting, fighting, showing off to one another, ignoring each other, kissing, making up, etc. I was much more interested in the historical elements of this story but, alas, those were rather lacking once the tale was set up and off and running. This is a romance story first and foremost and a historical fiction second.

Despite the silly romance, Kit is a woman who does get stuff done. She’s a good shot, knows how to ride well, and has her medical skills. She’s also skilled at sketching. So she has a lot going for her if she can just wrangle in her emotions and stay focused. This mystery about her true relatives eats away at her throughout the story. While I can understand how that mystery can drive a person, I did feel she was a bit too needy at times, forgetting all the good things her upbringing modern Kentucky did have. I can’t help comparing The Ruby Brooch to other time travel books by the likes of Diana Gabaldon and Connie Willis. This book isn’t on the same level as those works. It’s more romance than historical fiction.

Some of the other interesting characters include Braham McCabe, who adds a bit of comedy here and there.The Barrett Family was very good to Kit and I feel I got to know Mrs. Barrett and Frances the best among them. Elliot Fraser is Kit’s godfather in modern Kentucky and he provides wisdom and safe household to return to if needed. All told, 3.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Teri Schnaubelt was awesome as the narrator. I really liked her variety of accents and the range of voices she had for men and women. Kit cried so much in this book (a little too much for me) but Teri did a great job with all the emotions. Schnaubelt sounded engaged throughout the story and all her character voices were distinct. There were no technical issues with this recording. 5/5 stars.

➜ Susan received a free copy of this book from the narrator. Her opinions are 100% my own.

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review 2017-11-09 23:45
The Alien's Mail-Order Bride by Ruby Dixon Review
The Alien's Mail-Order Bride: A Sci-Fi Alien Romance Novella - Ruby Dixon

Though still carrying the scars of his past as an intergalactic soldier, Emvor doesn’t mind the quiet of his chosen life as a farmer. He doesn’t even mind that most nights are lonely on remote Cassa, but he does need help around his farm. A mail-order bride from his homeworld seems like the perfect solution. She’ll be a tall, sturdy female to help with the chores and bear his children.

Unfortunately, the person that arrives is Nicola. She’s small, delicate…and human. She also knows nothing about farming, and she's lied and deceived her way across the galaxy to get to Cassa so she can hide from those that would capture her. She's a problem, and also the most enticing thing he's ever seen.

Now Emvor has to decide…can he keep the woman who’s nothing like what he asked for but is everything he needs?

 

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A pretty run of the mill mail order space bride with super nice characters but a little stretch for the conflict.

 

A quick read.

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text 2017-09-06 12:50
PocketBook Touch HD Ruby Red – rubinowa wersja PocketBooka z ekranem 300 ppi

 

PocketBook, jako jedna z niewielu obecnie firm produkujących czytniki, rozpieszcza nas różnymi wersjami kolorystycznymi swojego sprzętu. Większość czytników dostępna jest w wariacjach na temat czerni i bieli. Niedawno pokazał się na rynku PocketBook Touch Lux 3 z matowozłotą obudową, a teraz mamy premierę PocketBooka Touch HD Ruby Red, czyli wersję rubinową. Niektóre sklepy zapowiadały nowy model już kilkanaście dni temu. Teraz Ruby Red z ekranem 300 ppi trafia do sieci sprzedaży. W RFN oferowany jest w cenie 149 EUR (podobnie jak wersja z czarną obudową) a u nas będzie to zapewne 659 PLN. Sugerowana cena detaliczna to 679 PLN.

 

PocketBook Touch HD Ruby Red (źródło: PocketBook)

 

Ważnym atutem PocketBooka Touch HD Ruby Red jest oczywiście ekran E-Ink Carta z rozdzielczością 300 ppi (1072х1448). Z wyróżniających go cech warto wskazać także obsługę plików mp3 i TTS. Poza tym posiada przednie podświetlenie, fizyczne przyciski zmiany stron, gniazdo kart microSD. Waży 180g, a rozmiary są identyczne z poprzednikami serii Tocuh Lux, więc można korzystać z wcześniej dostępnych okładek.

 

PocketBook Touch HD Ruby Red (źródło: PocketBook)

 

Zeszłoroczna premiera PocketBooka Touch Lux 3 Ruby Red wprowadziła urządzenie nie tylko w innym kolorze ale także ciut lżejsze oraz zbiegła się z premierą usługi Legimi na czytnikach Touch Lux 2 i 3. Wejście PocketBook Touch HD Ruby Red na rynek nie oznacza jednak tym razem zmian wewnątrz urządzenia. W tym roku czeka nas przynajmniej jeszcze jedna nowość PocketBooka, zapowiadana na jesień.

 

Niemieckie księgarni już w zeszłym tygodniu zapowiadały nowego PocketBooka (źródło: www.buecher-krugg.de)

 

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review 2017-08-06 03:13
The Beat on Ruby's Street
The Beat on Ruby's Street - Jenna Zark
Eleven-year old Ruby Tabeata is growing up in Greenwich Village in 1958.  She is part of the Beat generation and lives a slightly different kind of life than those around her.  Ruby loves poetry and writes some herself, her biggest dream is to hear Jack Kerouac perform.  However, her parents aren't exactly married, her house isn't the cleanest and she doesn't attend a normal school.  All of this plus being mistaken for stealing from a market stall gets Ruby in trouble and gets the attention of a social worker.  The social worker does not approve of Ruby's home life and takes her to a children's home.  While there, Ruby does whatever she needs in order to return to her mom and home.
 
The Beat on Ruby's Street was a very interesting look into the life of a child of the Beat generation.  I really don't know much about people who did consider themselves Beatniks, and never thought about the children that they raised.  I was very interested in Ruby's way of life and I adored her poetry.  I thought it was very interesting that they were treated without respect because of their different way of life.  However, I didn't like that the social worker was portrayed as a villain rather than someone who came to understand a different way of living.  I was very happy that Ruby did finally get to meet her poet and perform her poetry.  Overall, an inspiring piece of historical fiction for middle grade readers. 
 
This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 
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review 2017-07-08 22:37
'Warrick's Hope by Leilani Love
Warrick's Hope (The Dragon Ruby Series Book 4) - Leilani Love,S.L Carpenter

'Warrick's Hope by Leilani Love is book Four in "The Dragon Ruby" Series. This is the story of Warrick and Hope. This can be a standalone book but I truly feel if you want to enjoy this book to the fullest you should read the previous books. This series so far as been really great so that in another reason to read the other books too.
Hope and Warrick are meant to be mates but they are having to mover past some harsh things that were done to Warrick by his twin brother Gabriel. In addition Hope is trying to come to terms with nothing that what she thought Warrick was guilty of all this time it was really his brother. To move forward they have taken to living together...granted they start out in separate rooms. But they slowly start to work things out and deal with the current issues they have.
If you have ever been reading a series were you stalk the author and keep a eye out for the next installment in a series then you will know how I feel about this book, series and author.
I quickly read though Ms. Love's book then I just can't wait for the next one to be published....so now I am doing the waiting and stalking game again!
Loved it!!
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