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url 2018-07-27 09:32
Discover This Season's Chic Pendants from the Circle Collection

Fall head over heels in love with our chic Circle collection which features halos of rich pavé set crystals, enhancing the classic disc shape with a mix of textures for lust worthy and luxurious pieces.

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review 2018-07-26 14:20
Circle Rolls - Barbara Kanninen,Serge Bl... Circle Rolls - Barbara Kanninen,Serge Bloch
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Well that was kind of terrifying. What starts out as a clever rhyming book about shapes takes a pretty dark turn. It all works itself out in the end, but the details were a bit creepy. 

[ In the book, circle rolls until it lands on the top of a very sharp triangle and pops. Like it literally explodes and its pieces fall everywhere. WHAT? It was pretty horrifying. And the other characters are completely unfazed. The tiny people who adorn each page just get out their umbrellas and watch bits of circle fall from the sky. Not only that, the pieces land around square who then inhales some of the dust of its exploded friend and sneezes. This causes all sorts of ruckus and what-have-you, but the major point is that a character blows up and is inhaled by another character. This is weird and gross and horrifying. Who thought that was a good idea in a children's book? End rant. (hide spoiler)]

The pictures are simple, but entertaining (besides that terrifying part mentioned in the spoiler). I can seen this being used in schools to teach rhyming, shapes, actions, cause and effect, etc. 

At the end, this book was just okay for me because it got a little too dark and I think there are better educational books for kids that don't include horrifying accidents.
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review 2018-05-11 13:23
Whispers from the Woods
Whisper from the Woods - Victoria Wirth

This is such a beautiful book. It is a picture book for children but when I picked it up at the used bookstore I just couldn't put it back down. The artwork is amazing! Whisper from the Woods is short but together with the stunning artwork it tells the story of life in the forest. A small seed drops from a tree and begins to grow. It is nurtured and before long is surrounded by other small trees, it's siblings. They grow as a family, loving and supporting each other until one day there is a storm and the family is changed forever. Life goes on though and the forest continues to grow.

 

I still can't let this book go.  It goes back to my shelf.

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url 2018-04-09 19:49
New Releases Today in Series
Circle of Ashes - Elise Kova,Lynn Larsh
Peachy Flippin' Keen - Molly Harper
The Italian's Marriage Bargain - Annie West

Per FictFact.com's Book Release Calendar.


Circle of Ashes - Elise Kova, Lynn Larsh   #2 in Wish Quartet
Peachy Flippin' Keen - Molly Harper   #3 in Southern Eclectic
The Italian's Marriage Bargain - Annie West   #7 in Hot Italian Nights

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2018-04-04 09:57
The Dark Circle - Linda Grant The Dark Circle - Linda Grant

Twins Lenny and Miriam are shocked to discover they have both contracted Tuberculosis. Whisked away to a sanatorium in the Kent countryside, they soon find themselves mixing with people they would never normally be associated with. They bring with them a rebelliousness, one which they discover may not be what sees them through their stay in the Gwendo, but which may have a lasting effect on themselves and their fellow patients.

 

Don’t read this book expecting a happy story. It is quite a dark tale, the claustrophobia and intuitionalism of the sanatorium hanging heavy over the story. The early treatment of TB was often barbaric and Linda Grant’s narrative made it all too easy to imagine the distress and pain the patients went through. The story is peppered with light moments, the slight rebellions of the characters, some which caused less ripples on the surface than others.

 

There are a variety of characters, each unique, showing that the terrible illness crossed social boundaries, was indiscriminate with those it infected. Linda Grant’s characterisation meant that each was well drawn, bringing their own slant to the story. Lenny and Miriam were not particularly likeable, at least at first. They are quite selfish characters, thinking only of what betters their own lives and quite condensing and dismissive of others who are different to them.  As their stay in the sanatorium grew, so did their characters, Lenny becoming less gregarious and more thoughtful, Miriam stepping out somewhat from behind her twin’s shadow. This is very much a character driven piece, a study in how the fledgling NHS started to work away at social boundaries and class divide and though set in the 50s, echoes some of the political and social climate of today.

 

There are echoes of a prison to the sanatorium and indeed many of the patients refer to themselves as inmates, and become institutionalised. There is little freedom for the patients. The fitter of them can attend the local village but most are ordered to remain in bed, sleeping outside in the cold or shut away from the outside world. It is this sense of imprisonment, of control by others that leads some of the characters to rebel, to upset the status quo in order to survive, both physically and mentally.

 

The Dark Circle of the novel’s title can be many things. It is the scars on the lungs of the tuberculosis sufferers. It is the circle created by those patients not chosen for the innovative cure. It is the ripple left by the rebellious actions of the patients and the condescending view of the new National Health service by others. It is the group of survivors from the sanatorium, forever bound together by their time in the Gwendo.

 

I did read this in two parts, with a gap between the second reading, but I am glad I picked up the book again. This is not an easy read, nor is it light entertainment. It is however a well written, intriguing and thought-provoking tale.

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