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review 2017-05-22 13:18
Poetry from High School
The Raven - Gallery Books

When I was in high school, I went to a private school that prepared an all-girl student body to go to college. I remember being assigned this poem in an English class and I remember some of the discussion, but when I reread this poem today, I looked up more of the words that I had just passed on when I was in high school. Why did I reread this poem? I am starting my prep for next year. I will have a high school freshman, an 8th grader, and a 7th grader. I am looking at the poem from a new perspective and realizing things from the poem that I had missed when I was in high school. 


Have you ever reread something you read when you were younger and thought about it in a new way? 

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review 2016-08-03 02:49
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
The Raven - Gallery Books

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe is a mysterious poem. It is a classic, bleak and filled with darkness.


Five stars read aloud. This is only a sample, not a full book.


"'Prophet!' said I, 'thing of evil!--prophet still, if bird or devil!--

Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,

Desolate, yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted--

On this home by Horror haunted--tell me truly, I implore--

Is there--is there balm in Gilead?--tell me--tell me, I implore!'

     Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.'"

Questions always remain unanswered...brilliant discourse with a dark spirit.


Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Raven-Edgar-Allan-Poe-ebook/dp/B00DX0F4FK

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review 2016-03-16 13:30
The Raven - Gallery Books

*Book source ~ Free online


Edgar Allan Poe’s celebrated poem available and narrated by Christopher Walken.


It’s Edgar Allan Poe and Christopher Walken. How bad can it be? As it turns out, not bad at all. There were a few times the background noise was distracting (the guitars for instance), but overall this was wonderful.


Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/03/wowwa-raven.html
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review 2015-09-27 08:01
Owl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charish
Owl and the City of Angels - Kristi Charish

Owl is back!


I have wanted to read the next book in this series since I read the first book; Owl and the Japanese Circus. And, I'm quite pleased to say that the story is even better in this book. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the first book. But since the introduction to the supernatural world and its beings had been dealt with in the first book could this book focus more on the continuation of Owls adventures and less getting to know the characters and all the supernatural stuff.

Someone is impersonating Owl and stealing objects and now it seems that the person has stolen cursed objects that kill whoever touches them. Owl must now steal them back and clear her name. Thankfully she has some help; her best friend Nadja, Owls boyfriend Rynn and, of course, her cat Captain. Also, in this book we finally get to meet Carpe face-to-face in the real world instead just as a gaming partner to Owl. And, I have to admit, I think he really is my favorite character. Well, he and Captain of course.  It's just something special with the hacker elf. I mean I haven't anything against Rynn. But I wouldn't mind some Owl and Carpe action in the future.  Also the messenger Hermes had a small part in this book.  I liked him very much too and hope to see more of him in the future. Someone I'm not as sure I like is Rynn's cousin Artemis. I mean I started with liking him, he was so different from Rynn, but in the end. Well let's say he kind of messed up a bit and that was too bad since I found him to be quite an interesting new addition to the story.

This book was really good, action from the beginning to the end. Plenty of hilarious moments especially since Owl doesn't know when to shut up and keep getting in trouble all the time.  I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!


One thing; the cover. I prefer the cover to Owl and the Japanese Circus. I just don't fancy this cover that much. The cover to the first book is just so beautiful, this one not so much.


Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-09-09 04:10
5* Book Review of Sustained by Emma Chase
Sustained (The Legal Briefs Series) - Emma Chase
Summary: A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I'm going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal's office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

  Title: Sustained
Series: The Legal Briefs #2
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher: Gallery Books
Released: 25th August 2015
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eGalley
Source: via Publicist, Carolyn at Sullivan and Partners - thank you

I had seen Emma Chase’s name around the www and when the opportunity became available to grab Sustained, I couldn’t resist. Ms Chase has now become a favourite, I absolutely loved Sustained and also listened to the audiobook of Overruled. And again it was fabulous too. I haven’t read a book surrounding lawyers previously and was extremely happy when I didn’t find a whole lot of legal jargon that would have just confused me. The characters were fabulous and who wouldn’t fall in love with Jake Becker.

Jake Becker is a thirty year old defence attorney that rebuffs relationships. If his hook-up leaves without a hitch the morning after, he may meet up with her again, otherwise it’s only once. The problem is, when he meets Chelsea McQuaid, thoughts of other women go straight out the window and Jake finds himself becoming attached very quickly to her and her 8 nieces and nephews.

Jake is known for his stature in the courtroom, never being intimidated by anyone. He was a bad boy who was turned into the lawyer he is today, by hard work and determination from one the most respected Judges in the business.

After having the longest two weeks of his life, he is introduced to a nine year old with a chip on his shoulder. When he takes Rory home, he’s astounded to discover a beautiful woman looking after a menagerie of children by herself.

Chelsea McQuaid is superwoman, through tragedy she became the guardian of her nieces and nephews ranging in age from infant to fourteen. At twenty six, she put her life on hold to become the person the children needed.

Jake cannot get the superwoman out of his head. Her strength, determination and patience is innumerable. He seems to jump when she asks and falls deeper without realising it. Not having had a relationship before, Jake’s worried he’s not good enough and she deserves someone better.

Will Jake allow himself to fully love Chelsea and the kids? Can he allow his career path to follow a different direction that is right?

Jake has a soft heart if only he would recognize it and his caring nature is extremely admirable. He is such a great character and surrounded by wonderful friends. The ending was fabulous and shows that no matter what, you can change for the better at any time in your life. I cannot wait to read Brent’s story next in Appealed, due for release 17th November 2015. I highly recommend this book to all romance readers. It’s just amazing! 5 PAPER HEARTS






About the Author

authoremmachaseBy day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.
Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.



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