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Bedtime Stories for Dogs is a fantastic book of short stories and poems, written by dogs, for dogs.  I had a fantastic time reading this book! The stories were cute, funny, and nostalgic for any dog lover. I read several of them to my daughter, who actually caught a few puns that I missed. My favorites were the poems about riding in the car, and the reason dogs hate cats.

I thought the author did a fantastic job of keeping the story in the dogs voice. The stories were highly creative and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them.

I received this book free from the Library Thing giveaways.

Wesley is the class nerd. He is good at writing and loves books, so when his class takes a field trip to the ancient library in town, he is excited to go. He prepares an essay for the contest to be judged by the ancient curator, which is promptly confiscated by the class bully. While exploring the library with his friend Taylor, the two happen upon a terrified wild boy who seems to be straight out of a children’s book. Things only get stranger from there.

I thought this was a fantastic book. Having become an avid book fan at a young age, I could really identify with the Wesley, who loves books and writing. And when the children leave their middle school world behind, the descriptions and imagination of the author really pull you in to the story.

I plan on reading this book with my daughter (who is 6) after I read some of the old classics, such as Peter Pan and Wizard of Oz with her, so she can understand the plot a little better. I would recommend this book for any school aged children who love books, whether or not they have read these classics. I am confident that not only will they love this story, but they will want to read the books Eric Hobbs describes in the story as well.

I received this book free from Library Thing giveaways.

Daniel Polansky has created an intriguing world of Low Town – a slum in the winter time filled with despicable characters, citizens living in poverty and filth, drug trafficking and magic. Children are showing up dead – abused and sacrificed and the Warden, a former secret ops agent now leading a life of crime, can’t just stand by and wait for the next victim. So in a bid for his very life, he makes a deal with his former boss to find the culprit.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well written and interesting, the setting appropriately dismal with just enough goodness and innocence to make you root for the citizens who live there. I did figure out who the killer was early on, but I didn’t figure out the motivation until the very end, which kept me turning pages long past when I should have stopped reading to get a good night’s sleep. A great book for anyone who enjoys a mystery with a little fantasy mixed in. The perfect blend – not overwhelmed with magic and strange names, but enough magic to keep it fresh.

I received this book free from the Goodreads giveaway program.

Bedtime Stories for Dogs is a well written collections of tales for doggies and the humans who love them. This book clears up the story about why dogs don’t like cats or squirrels, pays tribute to car rides and kibbles, and even explains why dogs don’t live as long as humans. All stories are written from the point of view of a dog and create an entertaining reading experience.

Bedtime Stories for Dogs was so much fun to read! A collection of tales as told by dogs and poems written about things that dogs like (and a few that they dislike), I laughed and smiled with each new story. The poem “Riding in the Car” was so true and sweet, I had to read it out loud to my family.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs, or has children who love dogs. The stories are quick, fun and very enjoyable.

Fiona is found on the beach, bleeding from a stab wound in her stomach, burned and bloody, with no memory. A year later, living with Hannah, the kind-hearted woman who found her and brought her to the hospital, she is no closer to remembering her past. She has a journal full of dreams that feel like memories and a couple of articles in a Boston newspaper detailing her journey and searching for her family. Then one day at the library she discovers a picture of her parents in a Physics magazine. She turns around to leave and runs right into James who she knows from her former life, but doesn’t remember how.

I enjoyed reading Finding Fiona, but found the setting a little dreary. The characters were well thought out and written and the dialogue flowed well, but I never really got a sense of Fiona’s surroundings. The book was 126 pages long and could have easily been longer and more detailed.

I did enjoy the plot and the ideas behind the story – girl searches for her past and finds many answers, most of them not very nice.

I would recommend this book to young adults, it is an enjoyable read and the end left room for more – if there is a sequel, I would like to read it.

I received this book from Library Thing giveaway.

Mego 8″ Super-Heros is a giant hard cover book packed full of colorful pictures and absorbing information about children’s super-hero toys from the 70’s and early 80’s.

When I got this book, my 6 year old daughter grabbed it right away and spent the better part of an hour looking through it. Before I got a chance to look at it, my husband took the book and spent at least a half hour with it. (He grew up with these toys). As a family, it was fun to rediscover all of these old toys and find a few that we had never seen before. This book would be a fantastic gift for any toy collector.
I received this book free from the Goodreads giveaway program.

Too Near the Edge is a mildly suspenseful story about Cleo, a grief therapist, who has come up with a way to help her clients make contact with deceased loved ones from the other side using a mirror. Cleo is introduced to Sharon, a recent widower, by a mutual friend. Sharon’s husband fell into the Grand Canyon. The authorities say it was an accident, a couple of people believe it was suicide, but Sharon is convinced it was murder. Cleo helps Sharon try and contact Adam to find the truth.

I found Too Near the Edge a light quick read, the kind of book that makes you want to guess who the killer is before it is revealed. I enjoyed Lynn Osterkamp’s style of writing and the dialogue between characters was casual and comfortable to read. I was pretty sure I had the killer figured out, right up until the end, when I found out I was wrong!

The only down side to this book was that there were too many different story lines going for such a short book. Some of the minor characters just popped in and out quickly, especially Cleo’s boyfriend. He didn’t really seem to fit in the story, other than he was Cleo’s boyfriend.

Overall, a good read. Would recommend this book to anyone looking for something light and quick to read.

I received the ePub version of this book free from Library Thing Member giveaways.

Heroes and Villains of the Bible is a fantastic children’s book for anyone who understands the power the Word of God has and would like to read scripture with their children, but has a hard time finding exactly the right passages to use. The best and most loved stories of the Bible – Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, Jesus many miracles and conversations – are all here, written in actual scripture, to share with your children.

When I received this book, I browsed through it quickly and then handed it over to my six year old daughter who is just learning how to read. Immediately, she recognized quite a few names from Sunday School and dove right in. She read the first 20 pages before she took a break which really impressed me. So I sat down and read the book also, not expecting it to be anything more than another storybook about Bible Characters. I loved that the stories are actual scripture, put into a format that is easy and accessible to children. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with Children from 4 years to 12 years old.

Tritcheon Hash by Sue Lange

Welcome to Coney Island, named after that amusement park left behind on Earth hundreds of years ago. Coney Island is a planet made up entirely of women from Earth whose ancestors left the men behind on earth, fed up with their war mongering, dirty and rude ways. They said they would eventually return, but after this long without men, they are not sure they want to. So they send Tritcheon Hash, ace pilot, to sneak into Earth and report back. As expected, this plan doesn’t work so well.

The book started pretty abruptly, right into the middle of Tritcheon’s boring day at work. I was lost for the first few chapters, not having an introduction to the planet and the new ways of Earth women. I understood intellectually that on a planet full of women, there would be no male characters, but the futuristic names and lack of character descriptions had me picturing males in my head, which made me even more confused.

The best part of this book is the time Tritcheon spent on Earth. The character descriptions improved, the dialogue and character interaction picked up. You could tell that Sue Lange really enjoyed the male characters of the book. They came alive in her writing.

As for the part of the story spent on Coney Island, it seems there was a lot of focus on a very few characters. It was hard to get a feel for Tritcheon when she had no interaction with others. Her children were never really described and as they were supposed to be so important to Tritcheon, it seems rather strange that I am not sure even what color hair they had.

Overall, I would say that the book kept me interested from the time Trichteon landed on Earth up until the point she left Earth. Before and after that could really have been longer and more descriptive.

I received this e-book free from Library Thing Early Reviewers program.

Knight Moves by John Hartness

Two buddies live together as roommates, drink beer, play video games and reading comic books. Doesn’t seem like a good book does it? How about if those buddies are also vampires, one dresses in a superhero costume and they fight crime in their spare time? Puts a little twist on the story and sounds like a much better story.

And believe me, it is a MUCH better story. I thought that the plot of the book was fantastic, the characters well developed and the writing intelligent and witty but very easy to follow. John Hartness has written his vampires in a way that they could be ordinary people, if ordinary people drank blood to survive and surprised themselves with super human strength. The fact that these vampires are a little nerdy and read comic books just adds to the humor and lightheartedness of the story.

Knight Moves is book 3 of the Black Knight Chronicles series by John Hartness. Not having read the first two books, I thought it would be a good test of the books readability to start out in the middle of the series. I was able to read Knight Moves as a stand alone book and completely understand the story, which says a lot for the writer. I plan on reading the first two books of the series and I suspect that some of the references in the book, such as “cousin to a fairy” and “the time we battled a …(insert supernatural creature here)” will be expanded on. These comments did not detract from the story and actually made me curious about what the vampires had been doing before this book.

Overall, I was sad when the book ended. I had enjoyed reading it so much that the ending was frustrating. I can’t wait to find the first two books in the series and look forward to more books from John Hartness.

I received the EPub version of Dark Knight free from Library Thing giveaway.