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review 2018-04-14 17:31
Wolf Sanctuary: The Wolves of Speedwell Forge - Chuck Rineer

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review!

I just adore wolves, we don’t have them here (though I believe they are slowly returning though), so the only chances to see wolves are at the zoo and in books/on tv. So when I spotted this book, promising lots of wolves and photographs, I just had to request it. And yay, for getting accepted!

When I first started I was a bit worried this would contain tons of text. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading (duh), and I love learning about wolves, but I mostly wanted this book for the photographs of wolves. :P Sometimes there are days when you just want visual instead of words.
But thankfully the texts soon got less and less, instead it became more and more photography, and I was delighted.

Of course the text parts were also interested to read, I especially took a liking to the caption under the photographs (when they were there).

The wolves were beautiful, gorgeous, though I have to say seeing them snarling and fangs out made me terrified. Yes, I know that wolves aren’t to be messed with (doesn’t everyone?), but most photographs focus on the cuteness, the fluffiness, the playfulness and then there was a whole chapter featuring them with fangs bared and lots of scariness radiating from the photographs.

I definitely enjoyed this book, it was lovely. The quality of the photographs is high (though I have to say some looked photoshopped).
All in all, if you are a fan of wolves I would recommend you read this book!

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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review 2018-03-28 10:42
Plenty of lessons to learn in a twisty mystery with a jaw-dropping ending
The Sanctuary on Cayman Brac: Key to the Truth (Fraud or Miracle? Book 3) - Christoph Fischer

This is book three in the Fraud and Miracle Trilogy, and after reading it, I confess I’ll miss the characters and the twists and turns.

The series deals in subjects that seem more relevant now than ever. In a world dominated by fake news, where elections are doctored, and the future of a nation might be in the hands of people who manipulate data to benefit the highest bidder, the status of the information we take for granted, who deserves our trust and how far we would be prepared to go to learn the truth have become pressing matters we all must seriously think about.

Author Christoph Fischer brings together the cast of the two previous novels, delighting the many readers who felt, like Erica, that things were not settled and they wanted to know what would happen next. Had she really discovered the truth, and was she going to let it go at that? Like we did in The Healer, we follow Erica, who has managed to locate Arpan in Cayman Brac, and has decided to confront him, gun in hand. But, no matter how determined she is, she cannot resist the connection she felt to Arpan, and she accepts his version of the truth. Of course, that might be “his” truth, but is it what really happened? Erica once again cycles from belief to doubt and back again, and although her feelings for Arpan intensify, she needs to know if she was ever “healed” or not. Thanks to her insistence we get to meet Hilda, but like many other characters in the story, appearances can be deceptive.

Readers of the series will recognise some of the characters from The Gamblers and that will make them keep a close eye on what they do. But even with the advantage we have over Erica (we follow her and share in her clues, but have good reason to doubt some of the events, as we know who some of the students at Arpan school really are), the author once more keeps adding twists to the story, and the final reveal scene (worthy of an Agatha Christie novel) is as tense as any of the poker games in The Gamblers. I will not reveal the many bluffs, but if I had to summarise it I’d say… Wow.

I particularly enjoyed meeting Erica again. Although the nature of her healing might not be what she had initially expected, she is much more open and human, able to recognise her own limitations and weaknesses, and prepared to experiment and enjoy life. While some of the other characters might not have changed much (and continue to play for high stakes), others, like Ben, have learned their lessons and now focus on what really matters. Beyond the twists and turns of the plot, there are solid characters that grow and change throughout the series and we root for them and care for their well-being.

The island and the retreat, which we enjoy both as visitors and as participants thanks to Erica, are beautiful and inspiring and although most of us would find it difficult to cope with some of the rules and restrictions of the sanctuary, we’d all love to visit it and spend some time recovering and reenergizing. Personally, I would love to experience the inner workings of such a place and perhaps even to bear witness to some of the mind games.

A great ending to the trilogy, entertaining, satisfying, and surprising, that will leave readers feeling hopeful and confident. Sometimes the teachers are the ones who need to learn the lessons and letting go of control is the way to progress and evolve. My congratulations to the author.

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review 2018-02-13 18:15
Interesting Story Buried Under Too Much Sexing
My Viking Vampire (Sanctuary, Texas Book 1) - Krystal Shannan

An Unexpected great find. Why do I say that ? This was a free offering and usually the free books are rough and seldom lead to anything better. Yeh, How negative of me, but it has proven true. Okay moving on, this book broke that pattern.
The story was well developed, with believable backstories and characters I want to know better. vampires, werewolves, djinns, dragons and so much more, living in a town together. There was never a dull moment, it stayed steady. Why only 3 stars ? Don't laugh, there was too much sex. Yup I went there, call me a prude if you like. The story was just so good on it's own it didn't need all the sexual activities. It took me out of the story, and stuck me in their bed, or in their head thinking what they wanted to do. I just wanted them to hurry it along so I could get back to the djinn or the werewolves or the town where the actions was stalled waiting for them to finish. I also didn't care for her therapy plan it was weirdly placed in the story I thought. Not a fan of BDSM, and that could be the root of it.
I have heard great things about the rest of the series and plan to keep going. I loved this this para-world the author created. The dragon brothers are next :P

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text 2018-02-11 20:08
Reading progress update: I've read 49%.
My Viking Vampire (Sanctuary, Texas Book 1) - Krystal Shannan

Viking vampire- yes yes yes, the perfect combo. It's Smexy reading time-I've had this on my kindle since ? Cleaning out the kindle can be fun with a hot super sexy Viking nibbling on my neck. Hey I can dream

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review 2018-02-06 20:13
Wolf Sanctuary: The Wolves of Speedwell Forge by Chuck Rineer
Wolf Sanctuary: The Wolves of Speedwell Forge - Chuck Rineer

What a wonderful book. Not only are there photo's of wolves but there is also a lot of information about wolves. The book features The Wolves of Speedwell Forge Wold Sanctuary in Pennsylvania.

 

In 1976 The Darlington family was given a wolf dog. In 1980 the state of Pennsylvania decided that wolves were exotic pets, and that all owners of exotic pets needed a special permit in order to keep their pets. Of course the Darlington's applied for the permit. After receiving the permit to keep their wolves the Game Commission came to them to ask if they would consider letting them bring wolves to them instead of euthanizing them. And that was the beginning of the Wolf Sanctuary. Now more then 3 decades later the Sanctuary is still going strong. In 2007 the Sanctuary starting giving tours and educational programs in order to get more people to visit.

 

Chuck Rineer the author of the book has been volunteering since 2007 at the sanctuary. He has done an amazing job with the photos in this book. Documenting these beautiful animals and sharing them with the world.

 

I loved reading the stories and tidbits featuring the wolves by name. I would love to someday go and visit the sanctuary in person.

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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