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1.99: Pearl S. Buck’s Peony: A Novel of China Buck is one of the best authors of stories about China that you will find anywhere.
1.99, Jack Finney’s novel Time and Again Delightful story of time travel, one of the best.
1.99 Leon Uris’s – Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin
1.99 for Dorothy Sayer’s Gaudy Night (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 12)- Lord Peter, need I saw more?
1.99, James Grady, Six Days of the Condor- espionage, suspense.
1.99, Donald Westlake- The Hot Rock: A Dortmunder Novel (Book One) (The Dortmunder Novels 1) American whodunnit, Westlake is always funny, often irreverent, classic big caper fiction with panache and grins.
Healthy Habits: 9 Biblical Principles to Help You Lose Weight and Get Rid of Debt
Just 40 pages
Reader Review: Full disclosure: Amy is my mother-in-law
I enjoyed this short book and found it to be full of biblical truth and helpful illustrations and stories. Given the relatively short length it didn’t go into great detail. However, it’s full of practical applications and challenges to help you own up to your own sin and repent and change your life. She does a good job connecting overeating with overspending and this book would be helpful for the many, many people that struggle in those areas.
Kill The Clutter 2 Pack: Includes Kill the Clutter and How to Organize Small Spaces
Contains Amazon Bestselling Home Organization Books
Kill the Clutter 2-Pack is a combo pack that will help you organize your home and keep it that way.
Kill the Clutter and How to Organize Small Spaces by Heather Lane are practical step-by-step guides that focuses from room to room to help you to develop efficient methods to declutter your home and keep it clean without feeling overwhelmed, even in small spaces.
If you would like to organize your home and life without feeling completely overwhelmed with where to start, this combo book pack is for you.
Every page in these books are right to the point to help you take action and make a difference you and your family and friends can immediately see.
Don’t let a smaller area make you feel cramped.
You can make a difference today.
Kill the Clutter: Organize Your Home and Keep it That Way
How to Organize Small Spaces: Decluttering Tips and Organization Ideas
RC Sproul’s Can I Have Joy in My Life (Crucial Questions Series Book 12)
Blurb: Joy is a popular topic in Western culture today. Books explain how to find joy in a wide variety of activities. We speak of “joyous” occasions such as weddings and births. We sing about “Joy to the World” at Christmas. “Joy” remains a popular name for girls. But given the extent to which joy seems to be on our minds, few people seem to have it or even know what it is.
In this Crucial Questions booklet, Dr. R.C. Sproul cuts through the confusion surrounding this popular but misunderstood attribute, showing the one sure path to deep, lasting joy—a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. By abiding in Christ, Dr. Sproul shows, we may experience fullness of joy—a joy that transcends unhappy circumstances and even permits us to rejoice with others because of the blessed hope Christ provides.
There are many other free booklets by Sproul.
Paul’s Letter to Titus: Bible Trivia Quiz & Study Guide (BibleEye Bible Trivia Quizzes & Study Guides Book 17)
I like this series. Chapter by chapter, each chapter followed by multiple choice questions, with the answer and the part of the text that has the answer given on the next page. We wouldn’t do the entire series, because there are other Bible study approaches I want to use as well, but these have been a welcome change of pace once in a while.
The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block
Blurb: You are not lazy, undisciplined, or uncommitted!
Procrastination, perfectionism, and writer’s block are habits rooted in scarcity and fear. If you know the seven secrets of the prolific, you can “magically” recover all the energy, discipline, and commitment you thought you had lost.
Author, coach and workshop leader Hillary Rettig characterizes, in great detail and depth, the major causes of underproductivity, including: procrastination, perfectionism, resource scarcity, time scarcity, an ineffective writing process, bias, ambivalence, internalized oppression, traumatic rejection, and exploitative career paths.
Then she tells you how to conquer each. The solutions are:
1. Identify and Overcome Perfectionism
2. Abundantly Resource Yourself
3. Manage Your Time
4. Optimize Your Writing Process
5. Understand and Claim Your Identity as a Writer
6. Cultivate Resilience in the Face of Rejection and Harsh Criticism, and
7. Create a Liberated Career.
Those are the 7 Secrets of the Prolific! And whether you write fiction or nonfiction, or poetry, screenplays or something else – or whether you write for business or school – those secrets will help you speed your output, lower your stress, and bring you joy and fulfillment.
Special sections include:
*writing on the Internet (and how to withstand the Internet’s harsh culture)
*coping with the many clueless and/or challenging comments and questions people direct to writers (e.g., “When will you get that thing done?”) and,
*Publishing Without Perishing, a special Appendix just for graduate students and other academic writers.
The 7 Secrets of the Prolific is published without DRM so that you may enjoy it on any device you own.
132 reader reviews, the average is five stars.
Here’s one: This is the first review I have ever written in all the years I’ve used Amazon.
Simply put if you find yourself mysteriously never completing your personal work, never starting that project, never finishing things you are passionate about, and can’t figure out why, I would recommend you read this short book. The insights that the author offers will cut right to the heart of what is preventing you from doing what’s in your heart and head. No surprise, you already have the key to unblocking yourself.
One thing this book is not. is crazy New Age motivational shlock. Although I found the book very motivating, it wasn’t because the author was acting as cheerleader, just telling me I can do. She seems to have more respect for the reader than someone who is simply trying to motivate you. What the book is really trying to do is teach you. Teach you how to see the reasons and patterns that all add up to sabotaging your best creative or productive instincts. Once you see these things, you will certainly wonder how you could let so much time go by without seeing them. I guess that’s true of any great wisdom. It was there all the time. But this book lays it out with humor and a compassionate clarity.
The author does not expect you to change your whole life and thinking to overcome your blocks. I think it’s the opposite. Once you can make progress on overcoming your blocks, your whole life could change. For me, reading this book and listening to the author on some videos that are out there, helped tremendously on a struggle I’ve had for years. It almost sounds too good to be true.
It’s an easy read, but very powerful. I would suggest getting the book if you’re just tired of not living up to your own potential
Me: I downloaded this one.
Paleo Appetizers: 90 Illustrated Paleo Appetizer Recipes and Delicious Paleo Snacks Cookbook. Quick & Simple Gluten Free Party Foods (Paleo Recipes: Paleo … Dinner & Desserts Recipe Book Book 10)
Blurb: ”Paleo Appetizers” by Jane Burton a #1 Best Selling author, is an Illustrated cookbook with easy, delicious Paleo appetizers and snack recipes. It includes over 90 illustrated party appetizers to tempt and treat your guests. You will also discover quick and easy favorite entertainers and 30 top tips for holding a successful party.
An integral part of any party or special occasion is the appetizers or finger foods. If you are new to the Paleo diet and lifestyle, you may struggle with understanding what you can serve to your guests and what you can’t. Many of the traditional and bought party foods can be loaded with fats, wheat flour, preservatives and sugars. Drinking alcohol at parties is also common and although some alcohols are Paleo friendly, most of them aren’t. Don’t let this discourage you. It’s still easy to throw a Paleo party with plenty of delicious appetizers and snacks that will keep your guests happy as well as intrigued.
So what kind of snacks and finger foods are Paleo friendly and at the same time delicious? A general guide is – if it’s processed its out. This includes wheat breads, sugars and dairy products which are all known to give many people allergy problems. Gluten free, dairy free recipes aren’t that difficult to make it just requires planning. Healthy, natural foods will take center stage. For starters, a lot of easy snacks can be just simple ingredients. Nuts can be eaten as they are. When vegetables, fruits and cooked meats are cut into bite-size pieces, they can make fine appetizers with a little imagination. They can be put together in layers, perhaps with a flatbread or crackers, or be served with a variety of dipping sauces like salsa, guacamole, Paleo mayonnaise and homemade ketchup. Arrange the food on a plate or platter so that it looks attractive. The finishing touches such as garnish and other décor coloring can give that final visual look of perfection.
There are plenty of cooked Paleo snacks that you can serve. The options are limited only by your imagination. Salads, skewers, vegetable chips, assorted natural cold meat snacks are just a few of the foods you can offer to your guests. Cooked appetizers that will delight the taste buds include grain-free dishes, savory bites and sweet treats too.
Reader Review: Great recipe book with lots of photos. Recipes and directions are easy to follow. You’ll get great tips on how to prepare for a party with family and friends.
At not quite fifteen, Stefan’s father finally let him board the longship Sja Vinna to take part in his first Viking raid. Yet, the battle was not at all what he expected and he soon found himself alone and stranded in Scotland.
Thirteen-year-old Kannak’s problem was just as grave. Her father deserted them and the only way to survive, she decided, was to take a husband over her mother‘s objections. Suddenly she was helping a hated Viking escape. Could Kannak successfully hide a Viking in the middle of a Scottish Clan? And why was someone plotting to kill the clan’s beloved laird?
This book is a prequel to Marti Talbott’s Highlander Series. Suitable for ages 14 and above.
Reader Reviews: There are over a hundred five star reviews, and only a total of 15 1 and 2 star reviews. Most of the low reviews merely complain that they were bored, a few complain that it seems to be for teenagers (duh), but I couldn’t resist this particular 2 star review, titled “Gin a body meet a Viking, comin frae the sea”:
Young Viking sails to Scotland on to his first raid. The wee laddie (Yes, Vikings sound like Vaudeville Scots, dae ye not ken that ?) dreams of glory and loot, but as he spends some quality time with Dad on board, he discovers his genitor has more in mind. Daddy longs for a peaceful life, having promised his late wife, a Scottish lassie he kidnapped and infected with the Stockholm syndrome, that her bairn would go back to Scotland and strike his roots there.
The Vikings take an unexpected bashing at the hands of local crofters led by their doughty Laird. Dad is skilled and Sonny barely escapes unharmed. There are three seconds of agonizing suspense before Sonny (sorry, the Laddie) runs into the Little House on the Prairie, or, as the Vikings will have it, the Wee House on the Muir. Enthusiastically adopted by a deserted woman and her lassie, the Laddie turns out to be a handy man about the house. As he settles down, he learns about his adopted family’s sad story : Mum was betrothed to the Laird, but for mysterious reasons her fiancé defaulted at the altar to marry a woman he did not love. Mum was then married to another, unwilling swain, whose own fiancée was so unhinged that she hanged herself from a tree across the lane. Years went by and nothing much happened, except once the Laird got drunk enough to beget twins on his mean, ugly wife. The twins are in the process of growing into sociopaths. Lots of men want to marry Mum, but a) she’s still married to her runaway husband and b) the Laird still loves her and he’s the one who says who gets married to whom. One day the Laddie and the Lassie realize what has been painfully obvious to the reader for the last hundred pages and fall into each other’s arms. Vows ensue.
The mean Laird’s wife tries to kidnap the Lassie whom she suspects of being her husband’s bastard daughter. The Lassie is saved by a black stallion who keeps popping into the story and immediately disappearing, possibly because he gets bored with the plotline. The Laddie is sold into slavery. On the downside he misses the Lassie, on the upside he learns how to build a bridge, which may boost his resume. Seasons pass, years pass. The bridge gets done. A spare diet and a lot of outdoor exercise have done wonders for the Laddie who now looks like Ragnar Lothbrok with hygiene problems. He and his crew are sent to work for another Laird. The Laddie realizes that the master builder knows nothing about his craft, but who listen to slaves anyway ? The situation irritates him enough to make him restless and bring him before the Laird for disciplining. But lo and behold, what is this the Laird spies, carved on the laddie’s cherished medallion ? A portrait of his beloved daughter who was kidnapped by Vikings years ago. “Grand Father !” “Grand son!” “Into my arms !” “Abolish slavery first and then we’ll talk about it” “Ok. I always thought it was a bit gross anyway.” Finding a grand father is a boon, because the laddie now gets a much needed bath and a free kilt. “This Laird thing is a gas,” the Laddie thinks, “I will create my own clan. But first, let’s retrieve the Lassie.” The Lassie is standing at the top of a cliff, her long hair blowing like an answer in the wind, her eyes staring at the empty sea. “Peek-a-boo !” “You !” “Me !” Kisses ensue. The mean Laird’s wife gets kicked out on a trumped up charge of adultery, the Laird jumps the Lassie’s mum who has been eagerly expecting this moment for the past seventeen years. The village goes all Brigadoon around them. The Lassie and the Laddie move into a castle with low real estate value because it is haunted and they form a new clan. One supposes they also have satisfying sex because a next novel called “Viking’s daughter “ is on the way.
O, I forgot. The laddie is called Stefan Rosetti. a proud Viking name obviously. But then the writer could have gone the whole hog and named him Gabriel Dante, so one must be thankful for small mercies.
Me: Regarding the Scotland/Viking issue, another reviewer says “This amazing book can provide some very interesting details regarding the historical connections between Scotland and the Vikings: Caledonication”
House Cleaning Made Easy: How to Clean your House Fast, Easy and Clutter Free (House Cleaning, House Organizing, Organized House, Easy Cleaning, Home Organizing, Home Cleaning, Minimalism, Cleaning)
Blurb: You are about to discover how to take care of your house while saving enormous amounts of time and effort! You can drastically improve your daily life by learning how to clean and organize your home. This really important task that we all need to do may seem like a fairly easy task but in reality it’s way more than that. There are both right and wrong strategies; strategies that save you time, and those that kill your time. The difference is subtle, yet immensely powerful. That’s precisely what we will learn together throughout this book.
This book will help you build the right cleaning and organizing skills to make a real impact in your life.
Here Is A Preview Of What You’ll Learn…
How to de-clutter your home
How to clean each room of the home
Cleaning all your appliances
Making your windows spotless
Getting rid of stains in your bedroom and kitchen
Keeping your floors spotless
Much, much more!
Reader Review: This is an amazing house cleaning guide! After reading this book I realize how I have been doing it all wrong for years. This book not only gives you the most efficient and easy way to clean every part of the house and it also advice you on the proper cleaning supplies to use. I really like how the author included a lot of natural cleaners instead of store brought ones. The tips on how to clean windows well has help me the most! I have always dread cleaning windows but not anymore as now I’m aware of the proper techniques and steps to get the job done.
Fall and Winter Gardening: 25 Organic Vegetables to Plant and Grow for Late Season Food
blurb: Complete guide to growing organic vegetables for a fall and winter garden. This book explains which vegetables can survive in cold weather and how to grow them. Recommended for backyard gardeners and container gardeners who want to grow food for fresh eating all year round. Written by the author of the best-selling Fresh Food From Small Spaces gardening book, a former columnist for Urban Farm magazine.
● Introduction to Late Season Vegetable Gardening
● 25 Vegetables for Cool Seasons
● Starting Vegetables From Seed
● When to Plant in Your Area
● Preparing the Soil and Fertilizing
● Garden Rows, Raised Beds, and Containers
● Extending Your Season
● Harvesting and Storing Your Produce
● Resources: More Information
Grow Food from Your Own Organic Vegetable Garden This Fall
Those summer tomatoes sure were good. Now that the harvest is in and the summer is nearly gone, what’s left to do? Plant a fall garden! Yes, you can, even in a cold climate. This book covers short season varieties of many organic vegetables. Learn which vegetables can survive the cold weather and how to provide them some simple protection from the elements. Grow food for your family, eat healthy, and save some money by vegetable gardening this fall.
This book describes 25 varieties of vegetables you can plant late and grow deep into the year for harvest in late fall, winter, and early spring. All the vegetables covered here are hardy in cool temperatures. They will thrive in cool fall weather and they can handle an early frost. Some of them can handle a hard frost and keep on trucking, particularly when they are protected using one of the techniques covered in this book. This is organic vegetable gardening for everyone, almost any time, any place.
The Secrets to Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening
Many of these vegetables can be stored during the winter and kept until you need them. A few of them can even be left in the ground and covered with a thick mulch blanket over the winter for the first harvest of the new year in early spring. All of them are delicious and can be eaten fresh or preserved by freezing, drying, canning, or pickling them for later use.
Winter is Coming and You’ll Be Prepared
Save money this year. Eat healthy. Plant vegetables for your fall garden and harvest them this winter. You will also learn how to extend your season and grow vegetables right into the winter for fresh eating all year long. Imagine harvesting your own potatoes, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, arugula, bok choy, and much more!
Reader review: I found this book very helpful. I wish I had it earlier, in late summer so I could plan ahead. I found it very informative, but I couldn’t find a lot of the seeds in local stores. It may have been too late. If I had looked in August, or if I ordered from seed catalogs I could find more variety. I did try growing cabbage, broccoli and carrots this summer and it was a total fail. Maybe that was because they are not ment to grow in Tennessee in 100 degree weather. This book will come in handy next year and many years to come. I learned my love of gardening from my 93 year old father. He grew the standard garden produce, but I do know he grew trunips in the fall and I never got into that. I may try that next year. Last year was the first time I grew lettuce in the spring, and I had amazing success with that. I love this book, and will use it often for refference. I hope I can pass my love of growing my own food down to my two girls, who now have daughters of their own. May even order them the hard copy of this book as gifts.
Grow thy Own: A Simple Guide to Organic Gardening. (How to Grow Healthy Organic Plants)
blurb: Organic farming produces the most delectable, nutritionally dense foods on the planet! Even if you use the methods described to grow flowers, it will help the planet because no man made chemicals are used when growing organically. Gardening started out as a hobby of mine, but now it has quickly become a way of life in which I have found to be very peaceful. Practicing organic methods creates healthier plants, in turn this health transfers to the planet as well as your body if you consume what you grow. Some of the topics discussed include: seed choice, watering, composting, bacteria, fungus, macronutrients, micronutrients, pest control, and fertilizers. Happy Gardening!
Reader Review: Do not – and I repeat – do not let the size of this book fool you! It may look short to the naked eye, but there is a wealth of invaluable information between its covers.
I’ve always had a strong interest in growing my own garden but I’ve never really taken it any further than that. Having said that, I’m so glad I decided to get this book. This is precisely what I needed to get me started and put on the right track. The author does a splendid job of describing in detail the various topics that an organic-gardener-to be needs to know. I learned a great deal that I didn’t know before, especially about pest control and fertilizers. I’ll be sure to apply this information to my own endeavors and if you’re anything like me, I highly suggest you do the same.
The DIY Kitchen Cookbook: How to Make Your Own Clean & Healthy Make-Ahead Mixes, Seasoning Blends, Snacks, Breakfasts, Condiments, Dressings & Drinks
Blurb:Do-it-yourself recipes are healthier, cleaner versions of what you’d normally buy in a grocery store. This ebook contains 62 recipes to make your own make-ahead mixes, seasoning blends, snacks, breakfasts, condiments, dressing & drinks.
And they’re easier than you think! So why DIY?
When you do-it-yourself, YOU are in control. You know exactly what’s going into your food. No preservatives, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners, etc. Just whole, clean, healthy foods instead of processed foods that are full of unnecessary additives.
You can use these recipes as guidelines. Try them out, then make them your own! Tweak them to fit your family preferences or swap out ingredients to make them allergy-friendly. You’ll see I’ve provided a lot of tips and variations for many of the recipes.
Pack in the extra nutrition. I’ve taken the nutrition guesswork out of these recipes by adding whole food ingredients with extra vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, omega-3s, etc.
You’ll save time and money, as well as space in your pantry and refrigerator. Once you stock-up on the some of the ingredients you’ll need for a DIY kitchen, you won’t have to buy as many premade staples, and you can also save yourself the extra errands. Spend some time making some of the make-ahead mixes and you’re done.
It’s green. You can skip the excess packaging of premade, processed foods.
Reader REview: This book is a must-have! It is so easy to follow and relate to, especially because I am easily intimidated by recipes with obscure ingredients and long preparation times. With two small children and a busy schedule, this book is my lifesaver for saving time with meal prep and the amount of timing standing in the kitchen. My trips to the grocery store are shorter because I am not wasting time reading all the labels now that I make my own delicious food from this book. I might also mention that my grocery bills are cheaper! Using ingredients that I can pronounce is extremely important to me and I hope to pass this clean way of eating and thinking about food onto my children. My 5 year old has a severe egg allergy so I also love this book because I know for certain there are no allergens when I make the recipes myself. Great find!
Fred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results
Reader Review: “The Fred Factor” is a delightful little volume, just over 100 pages, with inspiring examples and wisdom of how you can become a “Fred” – a person who takes pride in their work and turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. I received a copy from a colleague with an inscription “Thanks for all you do – you’re truly a Fred!” I was curious to find out who this Fred character was, and I read it from cover-to-cover immediately and have kept it on my bookshelf for occasional re-readings since then. The phrase “You’re a Fred” became a catchphrase in our organization to compliment someone who you felt had offered superior service.
Fred was a postman who went out of his way to satisfy the customers on his route. It seems like a relatively simple job to do, but Fred’s passion to know the patterns of each of his customers and make sure their mail was safely delivered made him extraordinary. The author cites many other Fred examples he has come to know.
The Fred Principles are few and simple: 1) everyone makes a difference; 2) success is built on relationships; 3) You must continually create value for others, and it doesn’t have to cost a penny; and 4) you can reinvent yourself regularly.
My copy of the book has highlights, underlining, and dog-eared pages, such as “convert your job into one you love, not by doing a different job, but by doing the one you have differently.” Also, “if you go about doing the right thing, knowing that the doing is its own reward, you’ll be fulfilled whether or not you get recognition from others.”
The message and the lessons in “The Fred Factor” are straightforward and easy to comprehend and can be applied to any organization, large or small.
Maggie’s Insanely Yummy Ketogenic Crock-Pot: 33 TERRIFIC Slow Cooker Ketogenic Recipes for Weight Loss!
From the blurb: 33 Easy, Delicious, Keto Friendly recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You’ll get to enjoy these exotic Crock-Pot recipes…and many more!
Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage
Crockpot Creamy Zucchini Soup
Crockpot Chicken Casserole
Crockpot Sweet and Sour Trout
Being a cookbook, you will also get:
Nutritional Value of each recipe.
Step-Step detailed instructions on how to prepare your own dish.
Time required to prepare and cook.
Number of Servings.
Reader Review: “I’ve been looking for a low carbohydrate, high fat diet for quite some time now, and fortunately got this book just when I needed it most. My husband is diabetic, and because both of us are so much busy in our office and meetings, we barely had time to make food ourselves. Just when his condition got worse, we decided to opt for a Ketogenic Diet, as suggested by our doc.
And boy am I glad to have this book! The slow cooking is perfect for any busy couple, and with low carb, you can just eat as much. 33 of these recipes are so much unique and equally tasty (I managed to make 3 of them by now).
The fat to carb ratio looks great, the ingredients are easy to find, there is prep time, cook time, number of servings. I was kind of skeptical about the nutritional value at first but then I checked out the value myself in a website and found it to be fairly correct. But the best part? The directions! Many other cookbooks are kinda lazy, and end the procedures in two or three steps. But this does not. The step by step detailed procedure is just great! Huge thanks to the Author!
What would happen if some modern kids were forced to live without their modern devices?
The teens enrolled in ‘The Natural Path’–a school for device-addicted kids run by the smooth but vaguely sinister Dr. Zarkov–quickly find out when the school turns out to be nothing but a front for an elaborate kidnapping plot. Trapped on a remote tropical island and facing what looks like certain death, they will have to band together if they hope to defeat their ruthless captors. But it will still take all their ingenuity just to survive…
A realistically detailed and thrilling story by novelist P.D. Quaver which will appeal to young adults (13 and over).
Reader Review: As a parent, I found this premise intriguing–kids forced to give up their electronic devices and survive. Yes, this would be a battle even for most adults. But this story isn’t really about whether or not the kids can handle life without technology as much as it’s a thriller about kids literally fighting for their lives.
The story starts with a group of teens being dropped off for a special summer camp, which doesn’t allow any electronic devices in hopes of bringing the youth closer to nature. They are all rich, except for the MC, Max, whose father lied to get him there. The author does a fantastic job in bringing across characters with a wide variety of personalities. Each one is believable and well done. He also does an amazing job giving each their own voice. Even in the dialogue itself, it’s easy to recognize the characters through their speech patterns.
The kids are for the most part authentic and likable. It’s easy to sympathize with them and fever for them as they fight their way through the adventure. It’s fun to watch their ingenuity and how they pull together despite the differences. Each one brings their own strengths, none which is less valuable than another. It was nice to see this.
The plot is fast paced. The story itself well written. The reader falls into the world and does not want to come out. Although recommended for kids 13 and up, I found the writing more fitting for reluctant readers in this age group or middle graders (older). But unfortunately, the violence is too vivid to recommend this to the second of these reading groups. However, reluctant YA readers will love the fast paced action and devour the book to the very end.
Ancient Guardians: The Legacy of the Key (Ancient Guardian Series, Book 1) (Volume 1)
REader Review: I would give The Legacy of the Key a 3.5. As far as debut novels go, it was pretty good. It’s a weird combo of contemporary but historical at the same time (you’ll see) and sci-fi, if that makes any sense, and it actually works.
I loved the world building in this. The author creates an alternate dimension called Pemdas and I really liked the way she makes it come alive with vivid, detailed descriptions, I could almost see it before my eyes. Great imagination.
Reece was a good heroine. She’s smart and she can hold her own, she doesn’t let anyone put her down. I was waiting for her to become a weak damsel in distress, but it never really happens, she doesn’t need saving and she pretty much deals with everything thrown her way. I liked the way she handled the girls in the palace. At the same time, she’s a typical girl, swooning over pretty boys, loving big bathrooms, grooming products and big closets.
Levi (love that name!) was a good hero – none of that possessive, controlling stuff we so often see in romance these days. He also had that air of nobility about him, but it definitely doesn’t define him and he’s just a normal, good guy. I must say that I really liked him, he was just the right amount of cocky, even though at times he was too sappy for my liking.
I thought Reece had better chemistry with Harrison than Levi. It’s not really a love triangle although I expected it to be, the blurb definitely implies it. Yes, the romance is very sweet, but maybe a little too perfect and a tad cheesy. It’s a slow build up to them admitting to their feelings, and I liked how subtle it was.
While I generally liked the writing, I’d say it still reads like a debut novel – the author barely ever uses contractions, even in dialogue, which just seemed completely unnatural. At first I thought maybe it’s just the Pemdai that talk like that, but no, the heroine does as well. And there is an abundance of improper use of commas (punctuation in general, but commas especially) – it messes up the flow of the story. I was constantly making pauses in my head wherever a comma was even though I knew I shouldn’t, and it took me longer than it normally would to read a book this long.
That being said, I loved the characters and the plot. I must admit, I was really surprised at where the story went. I didn’t expect it. All the people in the palace – the spiteful trio (I always think that if I want to slap someone from a book, it’s a good character), and the lovely Elisabeth, the Emperor and Empress, Jasmeen and my favorite, Harrison, they were great and they all add something to the story. It was a little slow at times, but seeing as the author took her time to introduce you to Pemdas and all the back story it made sense. It was really interesting so I wasn’t bored.
It’s a very clean read, for those who care about those things.
Overall, if you want to read a light story set in a different dimension with a sweet love story and a bit of a thrill at the right times, I definitely recommend it. It’s a good escapist read because it takes you to a whole different world and makes you want to visit Pemdas yourself. The story ties up nicely in the end, but at the same time the author creates a good introduction for the sequel. Will I read the next book? I think I probably will. I kind of want to know what else is out there, you know?
Grandpa, When Do We Say Me, Myself, or I?: Let’s Stamp Out Grammar Demons!
Every day, we hear things like “Myself and Fred went to the game” or “Me and Joe sold the tickets”. Or “Please join my wife and myself for dinner”. Yikes.
Confusion over the words “I” and “me” usually result in the horrible misuse of the word “myself”. It’s not that hard! Get it right! Don’t sound uneducated in an interview! Or on the air!
News broadcasters with millions of viewers get it wrong all the time.
In this Grandpa book, he helps the grandkids learn some easy-to-remember tips for these and other common Grammar Demons. “Lie” and “Lay”? “Who” and “Whom”? All these and more Grammar Demons are covered, along with simple quizzes and answers.
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Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have a Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books, even though I have two kindles. That’s because my kids keep taking off with the Kindles to read their school books and they don’t remember to recharge them before returning. I wouldn’t say I’m bitter about it, but I might be a little disgruntled.
If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers. The second Kindle is actually one I was given in exchange for some writing work, and I gave it to my two teens. It does not have 3G, which is why it’s their Kindle. Personally, I don’t like Kindle Fires because I am a crank like that.
Lately, though, since I got my tricky little new phone that does all kinds of magical things and is smarter than me, I have downloaded some books with color illustrations, and downloaded other books direct from Gutenberg, and I have to admit, I like it very much indeed. You can set up a Kindle account to download to your phone, and download a kindle app for the phone as well.
If you like these free listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free titles there several times each week.
Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full. You can left click on a title on your Kindle anddelete it from your device, while still keeping it in your list of titles at Amazon in case you want to add it back to your Kindle later without paying for the title all over again. Don’t delete it from folder at Amazon unless you want to rid yourself of it permanently. Now that I have my tricksy little new phone, I have added it to my list of devices to which I can download devices. Woot!
Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from reviews on Amazon’s page.