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review 2018-09-10 04:34
Shiloh - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Shiloh is about a young boy who discovers a beagle dog who is being mistreated and abused. He goes beyond and does the right thing by protecting Shiloh and taking care of him. He becomes Shiloh's voice and guardian angel. This book can be used in a classroom by using it to discuss the importance of doing the right thing even when it is not the easiest route. The text could also lead to an assignment where the students get to research about their community and what organizations help around their community. 



Grade: 3-8

Fountas and Pinnell: Level R

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review 2018-05-23 03:20
My Partner and Me (Shifters and Partners #2) by Hollis Shiloh Review
My Partner the Wolf - Hollis Shiloh

Sean is happy with his mate, Tom. As far as he's concerned, life is golden. Except for when it isn't. Their work is dangerous. While Sean's recovering from his most recent injury, he hears a little girl in his head, calling for help. And his wolf side is acting up: too sensitive, too vulnerable. He needs Tom more than ever, especially when it means facing his family and old wounds. Even if things are never truly right for his wolf side, at least he has a mate who will never leave him…right?



Not sure Tom and Sean needed a second book but this one is much better than the first.

They are mated and a great deal of the deals with settling into couple hood and a case as well as the world building.


You could happily start the series here though this book makes it seems like this series might be a para cop series and really the rest are more romances with cop elements. New couples, thank goodness, but Tom and Sean make very cool appearances.

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review 2018-05-22 03:12
My Partner the Wolf (Shifters and Partners #1) by Hollis Shiloh Review
My Partner the Wolf - Hollis Shiloh

om Langley and Sean Goods work together in a human-and-wolf shifter partnership, assisting the police, rushing in to solve crimes wherever their bosses send them. They're a great team, and they have fun together, too: joking and enjoying each other's company in a way that doesn't happen every day. 

Tom is also a married man. And his husband hates the wolf shifter with a passion. Tom tries to balance the sides of his life—one minute on a high-pressure chase with Sean, the next placating his husband Lowell. 

Then the unthinkable happens: his marriage ends. Heartbroken, he's not expecting to ever get over Lowell's betrayal or to be able to love again. 

Sean offers a solution: sex as friends. They have chemistry, and they trust each other. 

But can they change their partnership that much? And is Sean secretly harboring feelings for him—expecting more than just sex?

Sean is a loveable, funny, strong, and protective. He's the best buddy a guy could have. But Tom might not be able to keep from breaking his heart—if Sean is in love with him, and Tom can't love him back.




I tend to have trouble with love stories when on partner (Tom) in this case so doesn't deserve the other (Sean).


Tom is passive, non self reflective, and then cruel in his fear and stupid.

So, yeah. If I hadn't read out of order and read books I liked in this series, I wouldn't have read on but I did snd there are some good books ahead.


I read the spin off by another writer which tells Tom's cheating husband's romance and it really good and emotionally complex. Someone's Favorite ('Someone' Book 1) by A. Russo 

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review 2018-01-09 18:47
Unraveling Rose by Brian Wray
Unraveling Rose - Brian Wray,Shiloh Penfield

Title:  Unraveling Rose

Author:  Brian Wray

Artist:  Shiloh Penfield 

Genre:  Toys / Friendship / Children's / OCD / Mental Health

Year Published: 2017

Year Read:  2017

Publisher:  Schiffer Publishing  

Source: eARC (Edelweiss)

Content Rating:  Ages 4+ (Nothing Objectionable)




4.5 stars

I would like to thank Edelweiss and Schiffer Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

2017 seems to be the year where I am able to find many children’s book that deal with mental health issues and I loved the fact that I am able to find such children’s books since I wanted to read more about mental health and these books were essential to my reading choices! So, I picked up another book from Edelweiss called “Unraveling Rose,” which was written by Brian Wray along with artwork by Shiloh Penfield that dealt with the issue of OCD and I really enjoyed this book!

Rose was a stuffed bunny who was loved by a little boy and they would do all kind of activities with each other like read books and play in the park together. Also, Rose likes everything to be perfect such as making sure that the books on the bookshelf were straighten up and making sure that the tea cups were facing the right. One day, however, Rose noticed that there was a loose thread dangling from her arm and even though Rose tried to ignore the thread, it ended up being the only thing that she thought about and she ended up pulling out the thread. Unfortunately, the thread ended up stretching out even longer and it got to the point where Rose could not do much of the activities that she used to due to the thread pulling out the stuffing in her arm and rendering her arm useless.

Will Rose be able to play with the boy again and can she get over her obsession with fixing her loose thread?

Read this book to find out!

I must admit that I was quite impressed with this children’s book as it is rare that I read a children’s book that dealt with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Brian Wray has done a great job at conveying the signs of having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which includes making sure everything is perfect, to the point that it becomes a massive obsession. I really enjoyed the relationship shared between Rose and the boy as it reminded of the relationship shared between the boy and the stuffed rabbit in “The Velveteen Rabbit,” which is where the boy truly cares about Rose, even if Rose was losing her stuffing out of her arm. This story also seems to be extremely similar to the classic children’s story “The Velveteen Rabbit,” as both stories involved a young boy playing with their stuffed rabbit. The only difference between the two is that this story has the “Velveteen Rabbit” character (Rose in this case) suffer from OCD and we get to see how Rose handles having this condition. I also loved the fact that Brian Wray provided some information about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at the end of the book as it gave me more insight on how OCD works and how you can help a person who is suffering from OCD. Shiloh Penfield’s artwork is adorable to look at, especially of the images of Rose herself having a cute white dress with pink polka dots on it and the small boy having large glasses and a friendly expression on his face.


The reason why I took off half a point from the rating was because I felt that the pacing was a bit slow in some places and I often found myself trying to read through this book rather quickly as I wanted to hold my interest in the story.

Overall, “Unraveling Rose” is a truly cute book about teaching children about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and how to deal with it. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing objectionable in this book.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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review 2017-12-18 00:00
The Christmas Mansion (sweet gay romance)
The Christmas Mansion (sweet gay romance) - Hollis Shiloh This was okay. There were some really cute parts, as it's more of a sweet romance than hot, but there were still problems, for me.

Despite my Kindle deleting all my notes, I can still remember the problems from last night's reading - namely that the story hints at being "historical" all the way through, even in the blurb, yet the only thing even remotely historical about it is the fact that they use gas lights and horse drawn carriages. And the mention of a magician is such a small factor in the plot that it could have been missed out entirely and the story wouldn't have been affected. To me, it read as a contemporary story - everyone was wearing jeans, talking in modern speech, and men were dancing with and kissing other men out in the open, flirting with perfect strangers, without the slightest hint of being caught or it not being the "norm", as it would in a historical. For me, I might have believed it more without the magical aspect and the historical attempts, because they just didn't fit the story.

I liked the characters. They were decent, if not as explored as I would normally like. For the length of the story, it was adequate. I had a problem with the insta-love issue, but other than that, it was a decent read and I'd read more by the author in the future.
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