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review 2017-08-22 14:19
REVIEW BY AMY - My Wolf and Me by India R. Adams
My Wolf and Me - India R. Adams
Their love was innocent.
Their friendship was pure.
Their fear was real.
Their danger was true.
 
When little Marlena is left to care for an abandoned wolf pup, her parents see their irrevocable bond, and this humble family embarks on an adventure trying to care for the needs of a rapidly growing wolf, and the needs of their headstrong daughter. The comical complications of such a venture only darken when Marlena, now a high school student, witnesses her wolf shift… into a young man.
 
Secrets and the pure hatred from a man out for revenge take Marlena, her family and her wolf on a heartbreaking journey of devastating loss, captivity, and ultimate sacrifices.

 

 

@TheIndiaRAdams, @Mommy_Amers, #Young_Adult, #Paranormal, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/amy/mywolfandmebyindiaradams
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text 2017-08-15 17:51
Looks interesting ...
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain - Maryanne Wolf

An older book but new to me (Barnes and Noble Readouts mention reminded me).  Synopsis from publisher page for Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain:

 

"Human beings were never born to read," writes Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert Maryanne Wolf. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself to learn something new. In this ambitious, provocative book, Wolf chronicles the remarkable journey of the reading brain not only over the past five thousand years, since writing began, but also over the course of a single child's life, showing in the process why children with dyslexia have reading difficulties and singular gifts.

 

Lively, erudite, and rich with examples, Proust and the Squid asserts that the brain that examined the tiny clay tablets of the Sumerians was a very different brain from the one that is immersed in today's technology-driven literacy. The potential transformations in this changed reading brain, Wolf argues, have profound implications for every child and for the intellectual development of our species.

 

Critical Praise :

 

“[Maryanne Wolf] displays extraordinary passion and perceptiveness concerning the reading brain, its miraculous achievements and tragic dysfunctions.” — BookForum

 

“Everything Wolf says makes sense....She clearly knows her stuff.” — Washington Post Book World

 

“Brilliant and eye-opening.” — Albany Times Union

 

“...intriguing...” — New Scientist

 

“Fascinating....Wolf restores our awe of the human brain.” — Associated Press

 

“[Wolf’s] conversational style, reflective comments and insights from work with children...create a narrative flow and bright tone.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

“The squid of Wolf’s title represents the neurobiological approach to the study of reading....Given the panic that takes hold of humanists when the decline of reading is discussed, her cold-blooded perspective is opportune.” — The New Yorker

 

“A book worth talking about.” — U.S. News & World Report

 

“Enjoyable....Wolf, with remarkable agility in a relatively compact book (intended for both aficionados and the uninitiated), transitions seamlessly between disciplines as diverse as linguistics, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and archeology, among others. Her voice comes through clearly; she is fascinated by reading and shares that energy.” — New England Journal of Medicine

 

“Wolf’s alarm about the spread of semi- literacy among the young is obviously justified, and her book provokes thought about it as only reading can.” — Sunday Times (London)

 

“This humane and fascinating book...is a paean to what Proust, über-reader, called ‘that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude,’ to all that has been and can be achieved for individuals and for mankind through literacy.” — The Evening Standard (London)

 

“Blindingly fascinating...detailed and scholarly....There’s a lot of difficult material in here. But it’s worth the effort....For people interested in language, this is a must. You’ll find yourself focusing on words in new ways. Read it slowly--it will take time to sink in.” — The Sunday Telegraph

 

“Proust and the Squid is an inspiring celebration of the science of reading....Wolf’s insights are fascinating....Proust and the Squid has much to offer on this important--perhaps the most important--subject” — The Guardian (London)

Source: www.harpercollins.com/9780062010636/proust-and-the-squid
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review 2017-08-15 11:57
The entire series in one volume – quite good stuff
Astounding Wolf-Man Complete Collection - Robert Kirkman

 

 

This volume at 668 pages takes a while to get through and it's worth the time spent. It deals with a man bitten by a wolf, becoming a werewolf and then a superhero. Tragedy besets him at various stages as he discovers more about what he can do, what is expected of him and he attempts to clear his name of a crime that the world thinks that he has committed.

 

Plotwise, there are not many surprises if you're a fond reader of the superhero comic genre but it's well-told and interesting enough with reasonably clear illustrations and incorporating the Robert Kirkman comic universe (Invincible etc..). Worth a look.

 

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review 2017-08-14 13:34
Book Review For: The Wolf of Kisimul Castle by Heather McCollum
The Wolf of Kisimul Castle (Highland Isles) (Volume 3) - Heather McCollum
The Wolf of Kisimul Castle (Highland Isles, #3)The Wolf of Kisimul Castle by Heather McCollum
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

'The Wolf of Kisimul Castle by Heather McCollum is Book Three in the "Highland Isles" series. This is the story of Mairi Maclean and Alec MacNeil.  I have read the other book in this series (and LOVED THEM!) but feel this can easily be a standalone book.

Mari first marriage was for family alliance, which turned out very bad.  Mari first husband was an older and hateful man. Whose son mistreated her when he was away.  But now her husband is dead and she has returned to her brother. Tor Maclean (who we met in the first book).  But now Mari has willing agreed to marry again for family alliances but this time she thinks that it a safe choice. But she is taken by Alec before she can marry.

Alec has two children who are left with no mother after Mairi husband killed his wife, In addition, the clan and neighboring towns people feel that his Castle is cursed.  So most of the house workers are gone and the Castle is falling apart inside.  So Alec thinks a Wife For a Wife and takes Mairi.  But Mairi is a headstrong women who isn't easily talked into going along with his command of Marriage.

I so enjoyed this book and this series!  Ms. McCollum has a way to make you feel apart of the story.  I love watching Mairi build a relationship with the kids who were sad and neglected. Mari truly became the heart of Kisimul Castle! I also love with you have such great secondary characters that you hope you will see more of them soon in another story!!

Just Loved it!!

Highland Isles:,

Book 1: The Beast of Aros Castle ,

Book 2: The Rogue of Islay Isle,

Book 3: The Wolf of Kisimul,

 

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review 2017-08-14 07:56
Review: The Wolf of Kisimul Castle by Heather McCollum
The Wolf of Kisimul Castle (Highland Isles) (Volume 3) - Heather McCollum

My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin

 

Alec MacNeil has a simple plan for revenge: kidnap his enemy’s bride on her wedding day and marry her himself. But Mairi Maclean is no wilting flower. She challenges him, tempts him, and isn’t about to give in and marry some man just because he says so. But even though she’s his captive, it’s not long before Mairi is breathing new life into Alec’s home. And the longer the two of them are around one another, the more difficult it becomes for them to resist their mutual attraction…

The Wolf of Kisimul Castle is one of the most fun books I’ve read in a long time. I can’t count the number of times Mairi and Alec made me grin and Heather McCollum’s writing just plain charmed the heck out of me.

Mairi is a strong, resourceful woman who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. When taken captive she doesn’t faint with fright, but defies Alec and makes herself comfortable in his dungeon. I loved Mairi’s cleverness, attitude, and warm heart. Kisimul Castle is a dark and depressing place when she arrives and she – along with Alec’s adorable children – turn it into a home. As for Alec, though he’s determined to avenge his wife’s murder, he’s no monster. He’s a kind and loving father and a leader who wants to do what’s best for his people. I adored both Alec and Mairi, which made it easy to become invested in their love story. Their romance is lively and fun; every part of it crackles with energy. The sparks that fly from their first meeting keep flying all through the book which made this a wonderfully satisfying romance.

Some books just make you happy when you read them, and that’s definitely the case for me with The Wolf of Kisimul Castle. This is the first book of Ms. McCollum’s that I’ve read and her style reminded me of vintage Julie Garwood. I couldn’t have been more entertained by Mairi and Alec’s story and I cannot wait to go back and read Ms. McCollum’s first two Highland Isles tales!


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2017/08/review-wolf-of-kisimul-castle-by.html
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