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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-12-26 06:33
When is The Last Werewolf not the last werewolf? Reading the Sequel, Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan
Talulla Rising - Glen Duncan

 

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Turn-Offs

 

So, the last werewolf wasn’t the last one by far! In fact, there was a group of werewolves, just waiting to be discovered. Then there were the new ones that Talulla kept making and they arrived at exactly the right moment. One of the things that turned me off about this book.

 

The cliffhanger at the end seemed unnecessary. For me, the story was complete, so why complicate it with the real Remshi’s appearance?

 

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Turn-Ons

I love the covers on all the books in the series.

 

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What I liked was that the author did not shy away from violence, gore, and the other big taboo, sex while in werewolf form!

 

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I wasn’t a fan of Talulla because her inner monologues were just as irritating as I found Dani’s (Fever series by Karen Marie Moning) to be! Well, okay not that irritating but they did annoy me a lot. She may not have been likeable, however, I appreciated that she didn’t try justifying or apologize for who she was.

 

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Some Favorite Quotes

 

My mother once told me she thought hell would be nothing more than being given a glimpse of God — then having it taken away, forever.

 

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His face was full of masculine prettiness and immensely likeable. Which, by horror’s law of inverted aesthetics, made me sure we were being taken to our death.

 

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Even when you want to stop caring about it you can’t. Even when the solution to knowing they’re going to cut off your left breast is to disown it, you can’t. It’s yours.

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If you were a woman a portion of your fear was given over, in installments that began when you were still a little girl, to rape

 

 

Did you write The Book of Remshi?

Yes.

When?

When papyrus was new.

 

New Words Learned

 

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review 2016-11-04 12:00
Molly Harper FTW!!!
The Single Undead Moms Club - Molly Harper

For me, reading a new Molly Harper story is like getting a huge gift from the literary Gods. I can always count on lots of chuckles (or outright guffawing), a crazy cast of characters who are too charming not to like, and a HEA that will leave me sighing happily. Libby’s story hit those points and so many more.

‘Dear Lord’, I prayed, ‘please grant me the grace to explain this situation to my mother-in-law without permanently damaging our relationship. And if that’s not possible, please keep me from ripping her throat out, because that’s the sort of thing that will go on my undead permanent record.’

This was actually a tad different in a way from other Half-Moon Hollow novels in that, here, Libby was facing a terminal illness and dealing with what that would mean for her precious son Danny. So things started off on a rather sad note but then quickly became a wonderful look into what it was like to get her life back. Even if it meant her in-laws and the PTA members were none too happy about the ‘vampire’ situation.

 

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review 2016-09-06 01:25
Llama Llama home with mama
Llama Llama Home with Mama - Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama books are some of my favorites.  Perhaps it's because a tactile object to go with a story always made reading more fun for me as a child.  And, I have a stuffed Llama is his red pajamas!!!

For kindergartners and first graders, I may pull this book when we discuss healthy habits and how to avoid getting sick.  But, I may also pull this book when we talk about Mothers in the Spring of the year.  I think a worthwhile writing project each year (for any grade level) is to write about our moms, or those ladies who are like mothers to us.  I would have lots of books about moms and things they do pulled for children to read during their free time to get ideas about why moms are special.  In this book, Llama is taken care of by his mom when he is not feeling well.  How does your mom take care of you?  Oh.  Let's count the ways!

grade level equivalent: 1.7

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review 2016-08-07 11:19
The Single Undead Moms Club
The Single Undead Moms Club - Molly Harper

Anyone who has read Molly Harper's books, specifically the ones that take place in Half Moon Hollow, know why I bought this book:  Half Moon Hollow stories are pure fun.  

 

I was worried when it arrived as a love triangle is central to the story, and love triangles are evil.  I needn't have worried; Harper knows how to make even a love triangle palatable and funny.  (She also embraces full disclosure and eschews male posturing, which makes triangles so much easier to...not loathe.)

 

The Single Undead Moms Club doesn't really have a strong single plot line that's a constant thread throughout the story.  Libby is a newly turned vampire fighting a custody battle for her son, she's starting to date again, and she's trying to fit in with both the vampires and the PTA, but all three sub-plots sort of seamlessly weave in and out of each other.  Towards the end there's a mystery that brings everything to a close.

 

Harper's books are great for pure light-hearted fun reading; solid writing, great characters with strong friendships between both men and women, and a lot of great one-liners keep me coming back for every new book.

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review 2016-08-07 01:09
Amusing book about motherhood.
Ketchup is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves - Robin O'Bryant

When I settled down to read this book I realized I bought the wrong one. What I wanted was 'Ketchup is My FAVORITE Vegetable'. But it was too late. I've had this book for at least a month so there was no returning it now and it was my mistake anyway. Still, I went in with low expectations. I had no idea what I was getting into but I thought I'd read it anyway.

 

Perhaps because I did not know what I was getting into this helped. The book is a series of essays about various parts motherhood: everything from being into labor to breastfeeding to her relationship with her husband to the role her mother plays as a grandmother, etc. The author did a very good job in being sympathetic without being too "woe is me" or superior or smug. She can and does have those moments but she seems to recognize that she, like her family, are all human with all the emotions that come with that.

 

The essays are highly readable, with many being only a few pages long (they vary a bit). I'll admit that some were not as interesting as others but overall this held my attention, especially as I don't particularly like essays very much.

 

There's not much more to say. I'm not a parent but I still found this amusing and it hit the spot for a "lighter" read that I had been looking for. That said, it's not for everyone. Sometimes it gets a little TMI, such as when she relates the story of a child placing a turd of poop in her hand. Her tone and humor are probably not for everyone, as evidenced by some of the negative reviews.

 

I'd also say it isn't really a purchase book. Moms would probably relate to a lot of the book but apparently the author has a blog and in retrospect I would have probably preferred to just read everything/anything there, although I'm not familiar with it. That said, if you're looking for a library borrow or a cheap bargain buy this isn't a bad pick either.

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