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review 2019-01-07 20:42
Playboy Pilot
Playboy Pilot - Penelope Ward,Vi Keeland
I Picked Up This Book Because: random selection from my kindle

The Characters:

Captain Carter Clynes:
Kendall “Perky” Sparks:


The Story:

God I love a romcom and this book is no exception. It was fun and funny, sexy and just a tad scandalous. I really enjoyed Kendall and Carter’s romance around the world.


The Random Thoughts:



The Score Card:

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4 Stars
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text 2018-12-09 21:57
24 Festive Tasks: Door 15 - St. Nicholas' Day / Sinterklaas, Task 4 (Books Featuring Children Rescued from Peril)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain,Guy Cardwell,John Seelye
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Black Stallion - Walter Farley,Keith Ward
M - Jon J. Muth

I suppose Harry Potter and just about every children's / YA fantasy (or mystery) series would fill this bill, but big HP and Three Investigators fan though I am, let me offer these for consideration instead:

 

1.  Mark Twain: The Adventure of Tom Sawyer -- Tom and Becky Thatcher in McDougal's Cave (rescued thanks to Tom's tenacious search for an exit), and Tom and Huck Finn up against Injun Joe; inter alia, listening to Joe's and his cohorts' plans at the peril of their own death in case they are discovered, and Tom incurring the same risk by speaking up at Injun Joe's trial (after which Joe escapes through a window).

 

2.  Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden -- At the beginning of the book, Mary is sent to England to stay with her uncle to save her from the cholera epidemic that will shortly thereafter kill both of her parents, who have remained in India.

 

3.  Walter Farley: The Black Stallion -- Alec and "The Black" become friends when they help each other to survive on a desert island after being shipwrecked.

 

Honorable mention:

 

"M" (screenplay, not book): A chillingly creepy 1930s movie,  concerning the hunt for a pedophile serial killer -- starring Peter Lorre (pre-Hollywood) as the pedophile and directed by Fritz Lang.

 

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review 2018-11-29 14:30
There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider - Jennifer Ward,Steve Gray
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Cute Halloween-themed revamp of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly". Very cute illustrations. I liked the style. I also liked the amount of detail in the illustrations. There are some rather silly rhymes on the tombstones in the cemetery. Nice balance of a little scary, but not too scary. Definitely more cute than scary. 

I will say that I tend to prefer Lucille Colandro's style a little more, because the things/animals the person swallows usually come up with no ill effects. I love the silliness of the story, but also like knowing that the things/animals swallowed aren't actually hurt. The ending of this book wasn't quite as clear cut and made me a little uneasy. I can easily see my childhood mind not being able to let go of wondering whether the witch was okay or not. 

Overall, good read with nice illustrations. 
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review 2018-11-19 00:42
John Wesley - May McNeer and Lynd Ward

I never knew a whole lot about John Wesley, other than he was a preacher and the Weslyan denomination is named for him. The book was good, and I came to be fascinated with the trials he went through in his devotion to the Gospel. He was one of 19 surviving children (yes by the same 2 parents, and most lived past childhood) and the son of a pastor as well. His brother Charles Wesley was quite famous as well for writing church hymns, his singing voice, and traveling with John in preaching. John was known for his compassion for the poor, and wanting to change the plight of the needy, not only physically, but also to give them access to education. He was responsible for starting the first Sunday School in England, not only to teach the Gospel, but feeding the poor, teaching them math, and to read and write. He also opened Orphan House-- at the time poor parents "would sell their boys for 5 pounds apiece, and girls for 4, to be trained as chimney sweeps. At five years old, children were often put to work down in the mines." He also established Kingswood School for boys which differed from the typical boarding school of the time in that "there was no punishment by flogging, and no cruel treatment of the younger boys. Always there was kindness and justice." The choir at Orphan House became one of the best in the country. 
But all was not easy-- mobs would gather to do him bodily harm, spurred on by politicians and nobles that did not want the poor educated, and said he was a heretic by not doing things in the prescribed way of the Church of England. During his lifetime, he had published more than 400 books, editing a magazine, and all sales went to aid in his church work. He kept nothing for himself-- he said that the "whole world was his parish"-- this statement is on his grave. He continued to preach and travel nearly to his death, almost always on horseback. His last sermon was when he was 88, a week before his death. Throughout his life, he also fought to end slavery and the slave trade, the last letter he wrote the week of his death was again urging this fight. He had traveled to every corner of England, Scotland, and Ireland and America as well in his career mostly on the back of a horse in an effort to preach and help the poor. I was glad to have read this book about such and admirable person.

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text 2018-11-05 15:09
The Prequels only
Consumed - J.R. Ward

Taking a quick break from my long walk through The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, I downloaded the 2 prequel novellas entitled The Wedding From Hell parts 1 and 2,

 

Despite the fact that I am a lover of epic fantasy and nothing makes me as excited as starting a new series, I needed a break from my current read and decided to take a few hours and read something a little easy and fun.I have read books by J. R. Ward before and I was expecting something a little dark and a little raunchy. However, this wasn't the case. Despite the characters heading right toward a relationship with each other, Ward made a point of letting you know that they had known each other for more than two years. We may not be along for that "get  to know you" ride, but i have always found it easier to believe that people grow to love each other instead of meeting one night and ...

 

Usually stand alone novels are something I want to skip over. I like what comes next and eagerly await the next chapter for beloved protagonists, however I may just give Consumed a try because I liked these two characters. I found myself hoping it would work out for them in true romantic fashion. Danny is the reformed womanizer and Anne is the cautious professional.

 

I give them 3 stars for two reasons. 1 - I can't ever rate a novella a perfect score because they are so quick we have to be rushed through the story.

 

2 -  I wanted a bit of humor and there wasn't any. Serious is all well and good. I enjoy the tension and the romance,but life needs a smile once in a while. 

 

Overall... I liked the story and I think I will be buying Consumed just as soon as I finish my current series.

 

Happy Reading!

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