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review 2018-10-05 23:11
The Hanging Girl
The Hanging Girl - Eileen Cook
I thought I was going to like this because I enjoyed With Malice so much,,,,,,but,,,,,,,this came nowhere near to being as good as With Malice was.

I finished reading this book literally two days ago and I've already forgotten most of what happened this is how forgettable this book is first of all.

Since I've already forgotten most of the book, I'm finding it hard to articulate what exactly annoyed me so much about the book, all I have is this distinct feeling that I just didn't like it.

I thought the mom of the main character was really stupid, it honestly came as no surprise that she had Candi when she was a teenager. For someone who puts so much effort into their appearance you'd think she'd at least be able to buy the right shade of foundation from like Maybelline or something. Half of the characters present didn't even serve any purpose to the story like Candi's best friend Drew, or that girl at the end who she thought murdered Paige. They literally served almost no purpose to the story, if you took out Drew it would only slightly change some of the stuff that happened and maybe cut down ten pages from the book.

Candi was so annoying and I get that she has anxiety and all that jazz,,,,,,,,but her New York problem literally could've been solved if she had been honest and just been like I'm poor, I can't go. And then Drew yelled her and basically implied that Candi wanted to be poor and that she was choosing to be poor,,,,,which was so fucked up like people don't choose to be poor. It's like impossible to save for anything when you're poor because there's always something that comes up that you gotta spend your money on but this is a different rant for a different thing so moving on.

And then the ending pissed me off like the last ten or so pages because it was literally,,,,,,so stupid. It hinged on one teeny tiny fact that was BARELY even connected to Candi realizing who had actually killed Paige. The author was literally reaching to make a connection with the explanation that she gave. I gave the biggest gotdamn eyeroll because it just felt so lazy.

With Malice was better, don't bother with this.
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review 2018-10-03 03:51
Keeping Eileen (Farraday Country Book 11) by Chris Keniston
Keeping Eileen - Chris Keniston

 

 

Eileen is the glue that keeps the Farraday clan together. She has so much love to give and is never afraid to impart wisdom as she showers love. Keeping Eileen is her happily ever after. Her's is a tale of self sacrifice, lost love and family tragedy. Out of the ashes of her broken heart, she has impacted a great many lives and wormed her way into the heart of countless readers. So I am so glad that she finally gets the chance to find a little happiness of her own. Keniston proves that love has no age limit and hope is never ending.

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review 2018-09-28 15:57
Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake - Eileen Christelow
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I don't think I'll ever like these books as much as I could. I always feel like they should rhyme. They always get 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed stuck in my head and then feel lackluster against the fun rhymes.

The story itself was okay. Definitely wouldn't recommend letting monkeys (or children) use the oven by themselves, even if firefighters may or may not have ideas for how to fix the mess. Cute illustrations. It's obviously one of those books that is not meant to be taken seriously but I take a little seriously because I can only imagine how terrifying it would be to wake up to find firefighters in your bedroom after your children almost set the kitchen on fire. 
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review 2018-09-09 22:53
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed - Eileen Christelow

 

Brief Review:

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed shows students how to count down from 5 while having a song attached to it, keeps the students interested, and shows that no matter how many times you tell someone something, doing the same thing and expecting a difference is not right.

Idea of how it can be used in a classroom:

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed shows students how no listening can hurt you in the long run and there are people who want the best for you. The teacher could ask the students what caused all the problems with the little monkeys and what was something that the mama did that the little monkeys did? The teacher could explain this through showing/ explaining to students the more you do something that’s exactly the same the results will not change.

Reading Level & Leveling System:

Guided Reading Level

E

Book Rating:

I would rate this book a 2 because it has a good moral behind it, which is to listen to the doctor, but in the story, no one listens to the doctor. This shows disobedience to someone who is trying to actually help.

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text 2018-08-11 12:35
Blog Tour : Royal Undercover by Eileen Troemel with Except and Giveaway

 

Today’s stop is for Eileen Troemel’s Royal Undercover. We will have info about the book and author, a great excerpt from the book, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

 

Happy Reading :) 

 


 

 

Mel Breuer is a supply officer and nothing else. Until a request to report to the security office on Space Station Joplin reveals her real identity. Demands from her large family change her life and drop her in the hands of John Vellum a professional protector. Her other life taught her to trust no one – ever.

Former military, John Vellum is a Protector. He protects the elite. The elite can be difficult but John knows a firm hand will keep his clients safe but Mel is not what he expects.

The danger to her life is real and imminent. While trying to keep her safe, he learns she is spunky, vulnerable, and sexy. Amidst kidnapping attempts and other threats, John’s desire leads to something deeper if he can only get her to trust him.

 

 

 

 

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“Troublemakers all of them,” John said. He heard the water drain from the tub, shut down the files on his comp. “This is going to be interesting,” he muttered. Taking the com, he knocked on the Princess' door and waited. Princess Margarita kept him waiting. He was giving her another ten seconds. The door opened. She stood there in t-shirt with no bra and shorts. “What,” she said. John swallowed as lust slammed into him. “Your com,” he said keeping his eyes on her face and gray eyes. “Great,” Mel said. “I told you to keep it.” “Do you want them going through the station,” John asked. “Bubble killer,” she grumbled and took it from him. He stepped back from her. She followed him out. “So who did you piss off to get this assignment?” “I beg your pardon,” John said. “When I lived in the monstrosity, the security people begged not to be on my detail,” Mel said. Her com chimed multiple times, but she continued to ignore it. “Are you going to answer your com,” he asked. “Not until I have to,” Mel said. “Can we get some food?” “While we can order from any of the restaurants on this level, I’d prefer to wait,” John asked. “Great,” Mel said sounding like it was anything but. “Do any of them have a good burger?” “The menus are on the comp,” John said. “I’d prefer to wait until my team is here. It restricts those who have access…” Ignoring him, Mel walked over to the comp, brought up the menus and started shifting through. “How the hell does this count as a burger. Shit, what is all this crap,” she complained as she moved through the list. “Oh, here we go. You want one?” John ran a hand through his hair. “Did you hear what I said about security,” he asked. “I heard,” Mel said. “The thing is, I don’t care. No one has bothered with me for the last three years. You get a juicy assignment of babysitting me. I get to eat real meat instead of the more affordable substitutes while I’m annoyed with all this crap.” John smiled at her description but the information he was given belied her assessment. “There are some serious threats,” he said. She turned from the menu, paused in ordering momentarily. “Like from who?” “There were briefings sent to you,” John said. “Oh, those,” Mel said. “I don’t agree with the assessments.” She turned back to the menu. “You want anything?” “Princess Margarita,” John said. “Perhaps you might return to your room. It’s inappropriate for you to be dressed so casually in my presence. Security is my top concern and if you could wait for a meal, it will assist in ensuring you are safe and secure.” Mel went very still, too still. She took a deep breath, seemed to argue with herself. John waited for her reaction. Shaking her head, she turned, “There are a few things I’m going to tell you about me. First, don’t call me Princess. I’m Mel. If you can’t manage that, get a replacement. Second, my own mother can’t get me to dress like a princess. If you don’t like what I’m wearing, don’t look. Third, I’ll get a damn meal when I want a damn meal. If you don’t want me ordering, then I’ll be happy to go back to my place alone and get food.” “Pri.. Ma’am,” John modified how he addressed her. “In order for this to work, there has to be cooperation.” “I’m here, aren’t I,” she said her temper starting to break through. “I’ve let you drag me to this hideous suite. I’ve let you pull me out of my job which I’m probably going to lose now thank you very much.” “Why do you need a job,” John asked seeing her worry at the job loss. “Because I pay my own damn way,” Mel said. She threw up her hands, stalked back into the bedroom and slammed the door. John wasn’t sure what to think. He heard her moving around in the room. She came out again, wearing pants, a bra and a long sleeve top which covered her. “I’m going out,” she growled stalking around him. “No,” he said stepping in front of her. “Princess Margarita, your safety is my highest priority.” “Get out of my way,” Mel said. “You can take that damn com and shove it. You can take this assignment and shove it. I don’t care one bit what threats there are, I’m out.” “Your disregard for threats is what got your friend killed,” John said digging deep into what he knew about her. “Are you sure you want to continue your reckless behavior?” “You have no clue,” Mel said hurt flashed across her face. “It wasn’t my disregard for threats which caused her death.” “The two of you snuck out,” John said regretting the hurt he saw the topic caused her. “She died and you didn’t.” Princess Margarita you have a call waiting, please take the call in your suite “Fuck,” Mel said. She stalked over to the com, pressed the button to see her sister. “It’s about time, Margarita,” Sabrina said. “You’ve upset mother. Why do you have to be difficult?” “What do you want, Sabrina,” Margarita said. “Mother needs you to do some diplomatic schmoozing at three events,” Sabrina said. “No,” Margarita said. “I’m not … I walked away.” “You can’t walk away from your family,” Sabrina said. “Now I’ve sent the times of the three events. Do you have anything decent to wear? What am I thinking, of course you don’t. I’ll see to it some suitable clothing is sent to you. Margarita, don’t mess around with this.” “I’m not doing this,” Margarita said. “Mommy and daddy are really stressed out, do you want to cause more problems,” Sabrina said. “Be a good girl for once in your life and do as you’re told.” “And if I don’t,” Margarita said. “I’ll send Michael down to you,” Sabrina said her eyes narrowing as she watched her sister take in the threat. “Bitch,” Margarita said. “Fine, but I’m not wearing anything stupid. You can send someone here but I’ll pick the outfit, unless you want me going in my comfortable clothes.” “Fine, but read the briefs and do what you're supposed to at these receptions,” Sabrina said. “Tell the rest of them to leave me alone,” Margarita said. She closed the connection, hung her head. “Fuck.” Without a word, she returned to her bedroom. John stared after her and wondered if he could contact Michael.

 

 

 

 

 

From poetry to novel, I enjoy telling a good story or expressing a heartfelt emotion. I've been published in Circle Magazine, The American Tarot Association's Quarterly Journal, What's Cooking America, Children, Churches and Daddies, placed second in Words of Women 2010 Writing Contest, 2012 Daily Flash, and The Deadman's Tome. I have a bachelor's degree in business and a second bachelor's degree in English Professional Writing and Book Editing. On the side, I have a small editing business. In addition to my work, I love to read, crochet, crafting, research genealogy, and spend time with family. I have three adult daughters and have been married to my husband for over 30 years. I'm the proud grandma of three fur babies - my daughters' cats.

 

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