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review 2018-03-16 00:00
Nate: The Sutton Ranch Series Book 2
Nate: The Sutton Ranch Series Book 2 - Taryn Plendl,Kathryn M. Crane Characters like Nate and Shiloh are a reminder of why I fell in love with reading. Taryn Plendl goes beyond what the eye can see and takes aim at what the heart can feel. Shiloh is the best part of humanity. What others perceive as weakness is a source of strength for her. She enlightens with her spirit and inspires with her touch. She has the heart of a fighter and will champion the most lost of souls. Nate is a triumphant masterpiece.
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review 2018-03-06 18:08
Haunted Souls by Kathryn Knight
Haunted Souls - Kathryn Knight

This book dragged me in on page one and didn't let me go until the final period on the last page. I had a hard time putting this book down. There was a couple of spots where I did skim over a few paragraphs that got a little long winded but other then that I loved this book. I am all about paranormal reads, and ghosts just happen to be my favorite. I am not a huge romance reader and this book does center a lot of romance, I am impressed it kept my attention so well.


In the book Emily and Brett met 4 years ago and had a whirlwind 2 week affair. Both agreed it would be no strings attached. Brett was headed to the Air Force to be a EOD Tech and Emily was headed back to college to finish her senior year and become a vet. Neither one wanted to admit they had begun to have feelings for each other so at the end of the 2 weeks they parted without looking back. Until a few months later when Emily finds out she is pregnant. She knows that her and Brett's parting was the end, and that his schooling and training in the Air Force was all he could handle at the time so she decides not to tell him about the baby.


Now 4 years later Brett is back in town and Emily has Tyler their son now 3 1/2 years old. She knows she has to tell him now before he finds out on his own. Brett steps right into his role as a father, and Emily and him do their best to keep their feelings to themselves for each other which are still in place even after the 4 year separation. Both also have their own demons to battle with. Emily has lost everyone who has ever been close to her and Brett has PTSD from his years of deployment. There's also a new presence in their life in the form of a 12 year old boy ghost who died over 300 years ago that Tyler picks up as a friend from a ghost tour and invites to come home with him. Brett who at first does not believe in ghosts tries to help Emily with the haunting, and in the mean time their feelings grow stronger for each other. Can they fight their demons, rid themselves of the haunting, and become a family?


There are a few sex scenes in the book, some violence, but very few and very light cuss words in the book. Katherine Knight has done an amazing job with this story. The book is filled with feelings that grab you by the heartstrings. Like I said I am amazed at how well this romance help my attention.


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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text 2018-03-05 20:06
Reading progress update: I've read 46%.
Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Kathryn Harkup

In Hunter’s book, The Natural History of Teeth, he wrote about the potential effectiveness of tooth transplants.

Hunter’s fame and recognised expertise meant that tooth transplants became a popular but expensive way of preserving a complete set of teeth when one was lost. The results looked considerably better than the alternative of ill-fitting dentures but were not without their own problems.

Hunter recommended young women be chosen as donors, since their teeth were smaller and fit better in the gaps left by the missing tooth in another’s mouth. Their young age would also mean that hopefully they had not been infected with any sexually transmitted disease, but it was no guarantee. Before an understanding of germ theory, eighteenth-century doctors and dentists saw no need for working in sterile environments; the best a recipient could hope for was that the donor tooth would be rinsed in warm water before being implanted in the jaws of the recipient.

These rather inadequate precautions certainly resulted in fatalities. It must also have caused a few awkward conversations when individuals had to explain how they had acquired syphilis or similar diseases while remaining faithful to their spouses. Incredibly, the practice of teeth transplants continued into the twentieth century.


Umm, ... lovley. 


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text 2018-03-04 12:07
Reading progress update: I've read 32%.
Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Kathryn Harkup

So far, I'm not loving Making the Monster - it's interesting as a history of Mary Shelley's book, but as for the science part ... I'm 1/3 in and have only now come to some science related sections. Even so, these are more general history of science sections. 


As much as I have enjoyed the paragraphs on Paracelsus and Davy, the information imparted seems a little too superficial for me to love the book. 


Not what I expected, as I didn't seem to have this problem with A is for Arsenic.

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text 2018-03-03 22:45
Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Kathryn Harkup

Mary and Shelley's story is quite the teenage emo drama:

"On 6 July 1814, after Shelley had signed papers securing one such loan, part of which was to go to alleviate Godwin’s financial difficulties, he went for a long walk with Godwin and told him about his and Mary’s plans to form a union. Given Godwin’s advocacy of free love in Political Justice and his openness about his relationship with Mary Wollstonecraft before they were married, Shelley and Mary probably expected Godwin to give his blessing. Instead, Godwin was outraged and tried to separate the two, giving stern warnings to his daughter and Shelley. Shelley was barred from the house and Mary was told to cease all communication with the poet. Mary declared she would be faithful to Shelley, as she could love no other, but agreed not to see or encourage him.

But this was not the end of the matter. One afternoon after their forced separation, Shelley rushed into the schoolroom and said ‘They wish to separate us my beloved, but death shall unite us,’ before giving Mary a bottle of laudanum. He was also carrying a pistol. ‘This shall reunite me to you,’ he said.

Mary calmed him down and he left, but shortly after a midnight ring at the doorbell awakened the household to the news that Shelley had taken an overdose of laudanum. The Godwins rushed out to save him but Mary stayed at home to fret. He survived the attempt."


Now, can we get to the science bits, please?

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