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review 2016-01-15 19:44
Beautiful Water Colors and Descriptions of the most feared and loved bird: OWLS
Owls: Our Most Charming Bird - Matt Sewell

This is such a cute book with wonderful watercolor depictions of the Owls of the world. Separated out by the type of owls, the descriptions include scientific and funny facts. 

Although there are some tough words, this would still be good for an older child to read, especially given the artwork. For the birdwatchers of the world, there is a checklist of the owls for when you spot them in hikes! 

The matte finish of the cover and the watercolor art is a perfect blend, and a favorite for me when I read books. One of the first things any reader notices is the cover and any artwork. 

 

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/252263/owls-by-matt-sewell/ 

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review 2016-01-15 16:39
Survivor's guilt, attitude, and plenty of laughs!
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Rebecca Paley,Leah Remini

Leah Remini has been through it all and she will never let anyone walk all over her again.

 

In her tell-all book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, she discusses growing up in a religion that taught her how to 'clear the planet' and how she still uses some of the positives from LRH in her life, even after splitting from the controversial religious group. 

 

Remini explains enough of what she and others went through to allow the reader to decide for themselves if Scientology is a cult or just a religion who request's your whole bank account when the plate is passed. 

 

For me, it was incredible to read how Remini grew up in this mindset, being as independent and smart-mouthed as she is. You would think someone as strong as her would have realized the atrocities happening within her own church sooner. 

 

That is not the case though, as she explains how tough it was to be audited every hour of every day for years and the commitment that had to be made in order to feel like she was a 'good person' by LRH standards. 

 

Definitely a great read with snarky comments on the people Remini thought were there for her, and how she has overcome her fear of being free. 

 

http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/253674/troublemaker-by-leah-remini/ 

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text 2015-08-21 20:37
Currently Reading: Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda
Bonita Avenue: A Novel - Peter Buwalda

This is so far intriguing. The chapters are long, however, there is a great amount of detail. Takes me a while to realize who I am reading about. 

 

Onto Chapter 3...

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review 2014-12-26 19:50
Along the lines of a Da Vinci Code mystery

The Secrets of Life and Death by Rebecca Alexander is the female author version of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code or any of his other amazing novels. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the character change with every chapter, much like how my previous review copy of The Good Suicides was organized. I think that it makes for a much better flow of information than perhaps a character change mid-chapter. Although sometimes that mid-chapter lane change is needed, it can get tiring throughout a novel. 

Professor Felix Guichard is involved in solving an interesting death of a young lady whom has symbols engraved in her skin. Professor Guichard believes they are linked back to Dr John Dee, the Elizabethan Alchemist and Occultist in Krakow.

This was a quick read and easy to understand; just in case you have had a previous issue with language and history from Brown's novels. Occult has always been a very interesting topic to write/read about both in fiction and non-fiction. Alexander goes into detail and I could feel exactly what the character was going through during the read. 

 

Link to Amazon is below for purchase!

 

http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Life-Death-Rebecca-Alexander/dp/0804140685 

 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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text 2014-12-02 17:37
Too Many Books, Too Little Time...
The Secrets of Life and Death - Rebecca Alexander

Is it possible to have too many books but not enough time to read them all? 

 

I think so now that I have 20 more books added to my lovely (and overflowing) library nook. 

 

I am aching to finish The Secrets of Life and Death by Rebecca Alexander. It is delightful thus far and I am enjoying the back and forth of characters. It connects the time periods rather nicely!

 

I think next I will take a break from my B4B gig and start reading a juvenile or young readers book. I have soooo many to choose from, I am overjoyed! 

 

To be continued bookies...

 

My best,

Adria

 

 

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