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review 2018-09-19 03:42
Tinsel Fish (Tyack & Frayne #2) (Audiobook)
Tinsel Fish - Harper Fox

I seem to be having trouble connecting with this series, and I honestly don't know if it's the length of the stories or if it's the narrator. 


This is really too short to go in-depth with the material or the characters, and things and other characters keep getting introduced, on top of the mystery of sorts that Lee and Gideon are working on. I did love Gideon's mom, and it was nice to see Gideon going out on a limb relationship-wise, planning time off from his job when he knows that Lee will be home from his own job. 


I didn't understand why Lee, a psychic, didn't believe in spirits off the bat. His job is going out, documenting monsters and such, and reading energies and people's minds and other random mojo to find things and people. But spirits? That's crazy talk! Atheism in paranormal settings just doesn't make a lot of sense to me. He doesn't have to be religious or anything, but he does have use basic common sense. It reminded me of those idiots in that godawful The Boys on the Mountain, going out to investigate a haunted house but none of them believe in ghosts. *headdesk* Thankfully, Lee does prove to be smarter than that lot. Not that that would've been a hard thing to do.


Tim Gilbert is a great narrator, and he's easy to follow, but he's got this gravelly, gruff voice that just doesn't really seem to fit. Well, that's not quite right. It fits Gideon perfectly, but everything else? Not so much. He is able to clear his voice up for Lee, but the variation in his voices for the various characters shows a limited range. And I still feel like he should be reading something much more serious, like one of those classic Russian authors with names I can't pronounce. :D


There is promise here, and I've loved nearly everything else I've read by Ms. Fox, so I'm going to try the next one eventually, but I I'll be reading it. This'll be it for me with the audiobooks. 

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review 2018-09-15 22:22
And One Last Thing...
And One Last Thing ... - Molly Harper

Completely non-bingo related, but I've been itching to read this book since it arrived, and I was heading to Key West for a short stay, so into the bag it went.


Molly Harper has, until recently, been best known for her hilarious series of books set in the town of Half-Moon Hollow, about a community of vampires.  Her newest books are a departure from the Urban Fantasy and focus on women's fiction/chick-lit.  And one more thing is an earlier effort at the same: no vampires or werewolves, just a screwed over woman getting her own back in a deeply hilarious and outrageous way, then facing up to the consequences.  There's a new love too of course; without it this would be an incomplete book, but it's not insta-love and it doesn't smack of rebound.  Harper makes reader and characters alike wait for it and work for it.


I put off reading this one for years thinking it would be too shallow for my tastes in chick-lit, but after reading her recent series set in Georgia (Sweet Tea and Sympathy), I realised I might be missing out.  I was.  It's not a life changing read, but it is more thoughtful and involved than the title and synopsis would lead you to believe.  It was light, but not frivolous, funny but not at the expense of character development.  A perfect beach read.

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review 2018-09-09 22:44
Miss Mingo and the First Day of School - Jamie Harper


Brief Review:

Miss Mingo and the First Day of School is about the first day of school in Miss Mingo’s Classroom. She has the students share what makes them different from the other students.

Idea of how it can be used in a classroom:

Miss Mingo and the First Day of School is a great resource for teachers to teach different types of animals and what makes them different from each other and to support the differences in everybody. The teacher could have the class sit in a circle and have the students name one thing they think separates themselves from the rest of the class.

Reading Level & Leveling System:

Accelerated Reader

3.6; Third Grade Sixth Month

Book Rating:

I would rate this book a 3 because it does let children know its okay to have differences from other students but if a student was really different it might not be a great idea because sometimes other students might not be so nice and understanding that its okay to be different.

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text 2018-09-09 12:33
Recommendation for anyone who has the Darkest London square: very British vampires
Dire Straits - Helen Harper

I was doing some tidying up of my blog today and came across "Dire Straits", the first of Helen Harper's five Bo Blackman books, set in an alternative London.


The review starts:

"Set in an alternative contemporary London where Tribers (Demons, Witches and Vampires) have been an accepted part of society for centuries, “Dire Straits” tells the story of  Bo Blackman, a bottom-rung-of-the-ladder investigator at the Dire Straits detective agency, who is set up for a murder charge when she attempts to serve a summons on a demon.


'Dire Straits' is excellent Urban Fantasy by any standard: it gives a new and convincing take on Vampires, Witches and Demons; it has a complicated, well thought through plot that kept me hungry to know what would happen next while feeding me action, tension, and emotional upheaval along the way and the main character is engaging as much for her flaws as for her strengths.


My enjoyment of all these attributes was greatly increased by the fact that the book is set in London, which means that, as a Brit, I can clearly see where fantasy has been skillfully grafted on to reality."


If this interests you, you can find the rest of the review here.

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review 2018-09-07 21:05
The Kissing Hand
The Kissing Hand (Chester the Raccoon - Nancy M. Leak,Ruth E. Harper,Audrey Penn

I love love love this book! My mom use to read this book to me when I was a little girl. The book is about a young raccoon named Chester that is nervous about starting school. His mother kisses his palm and tells him that "whenever you feel lonely and need a little loving from home, just press your hand to your cheek and think, 'Mommy loves you. Mommy loves you." This book would be great to read to your class on the first day of school. It allows the students to make book to self connections. You may also add an activity at the end of the read where the students get to trace their on hand draw a heart in the middle of their palm to connect with the book and fully comprehend the text. Then they may place the hands where they are visible to the class as a reminder of love from home. 


Fountas and Pinnell: Level I




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