That Darkness… by Lisa Black

Posted May 3, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
That Darkness… by Lisa Black

Maggie Gardiner is a crime scene tech in Cleveland, Ohio. Someone is killing all the hardcore criminals. Maggie sets out to find the answers. Little does she know that the killer is one of Cleveland’s finest. (this is revealed in the very beginning of the book). This is a police and crime scene novel. The crime scene investigation was very realistic and graphic. The author herself is a crime scene technician so the details are well described.There was also some of the history of Cleveland and the Rockefeller mansion that was interesting. There really weren’t as  many twists and turns as  I  would like. Most of the story line was set at the beginning of the novel although the ending was somewhat of a surprise for me. The characters were well-developed and interesting. I would recommend this  novel for anyone that likes police/CSI type books with a gritty and unique story line. I give this novel four stars and look forward to the other books in the Gardiner and Renner series. I received a copy of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.   Rating:📖📖📖📖 Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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Book Blitz…How two:Have a Successful Relationship…by Phil and Maude Mayes

Posted May 3, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Book Blitz…How two:Have a Successful Relationship…by Phil and Maude Mayes

How two: Have a Successful Relationship By Phil and Maude Mayes Genre: non-fiction, self-help, relationships – adult romance Publisher: Olive Branch communications, Inc. In “How Two: Have a Successful Relationship” Phil and Maude describe a simple step by step understanding that is easily accessible to everyone. They share their personal experience of how it’s possible to have a loving passionate relationship without conflict and alienating arguments, one based on shared core values and a complete acceptance of each other’s individuality. They have outlined an effective process for creating mutual solutions and a method of practice that they hope will help spread peace in the world, one relationship at a time. Their strong desire to make their direct experience available to all couples shines through their writing and will renew your faith in what is possible and attainable. In this book you will learn: * How to find mutual solutions to decision making and problem solving * How to remain an individual within the relationship * How to break the vicious cycle of anger and recrimination * How to avoid the pitfalls that create separation and estrangement * How to keep that original loving connection to your partner This book is […]

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Kindred…by Steve Robinson

Posted April 28, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Kindred…by Steve Robinson

Jefferson Tayte, an American genealogist, is on the hunt for this birth parents. His search leads him to Germany where he must untangle his family tree by delving into the horrors of WWII. I have no idea why everyone doesn’t know what a fantastic author Steve Robinson is. He has an uncanny talent for describing scenes that paint such a detailed picture in my mind that I feel as if I can reach out and touch the characters. I first discovered Robinson’s works when he was a self published author. Now he has become quiet popular. I recently found copies of this books at my local library here in Florida. I was first intrigued by the description of his first book ‘In the Blood’ as a genealogy mystery.  All the books in the series revolve around genealogist Jefferson Tayte researching someone’s family history.The novels take place in Europe but Tayte is from America. To me this is brilliant because it allows readers on both sides of the pond to identify with the novel. Kindred is the fifth book in the series. It is fast paced and multilayered . This novel focuses on Tayte researching his own family history (he was adopted under mysterious circumstances as an infant). The story line […]

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Jordan and Justine’s Weekend Adventures for Wildlife Alliance…Tanille Edwards-Book Tour Review

Posted April 26, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Jordan and Justine’s Weekend Adventures for Wildlife Alliance…Tanille Edwards-Book Tour Review

Title: Jordan and Justine’s Weekend Adventures for Wildlife Alliance Author: Tanille Edwards Genre: Children’s Book Synopsis: Jordan & Justine’s Weekend Adventures® for Wildlife Alliance brings children right into the center of animal life at a wildlife conservation center. Jordan and Justine use their magical powers to explore the world of dolphins, to find out how laws can protect wildlife, and to learn what it means to be a mammal. Perfect for children ages 7 to 9. By Tanille Edwards and Latoya Edwards. 2016 is the year to take a stand for Wildlife! There are animals that need our help. Author, Tanille Edwards and publishing company, Fire Flies Entertainment have partnered with the national organization Wildlife Alliance to share 50% of the proceeds from each Wildlife book from the Jordan & Justine’s Weekend Adventures series sold to the organization. Review: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. When I heard about this book, I jumped at the chance to review it. My kids will be attending field trips to our local animal conservation center in our area, so this book came at a perfect time. I love books that introduce children to situations or places that […]

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The Silent Twin…by Caroline Mitchell

Posted April 23, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
The Silent Twin…by Caroline Mitchell

One twins goes missing on a desolate country farm. The other twin stays silent about what happened to her sister. Police officer Jennifer Knight is sent to the home as a family liaison officer. The twins parents both seem as if they could be responsible. Knight uses her police skills and sixth sense to try to find the girl in time. The book was not as spooky as the cover and title led me to believe. (Although there were a few spooky scenes).I found the plot of this book to be somewhat fast paced.  It kept me questioning who did it. Just when I thought I had the mystery of the kidnaper figured out, the storyline would twist and turn. I liked the character of Jennifer Knight and how she is not a  perfect person but is excellent at her job. The conclusion reminded me a little of ‘Dark Places’ because it had a double twist. I found the novel a wonderful ‘who done’ it. It did lag a bit in the middle, for me, but definitely picked up quickly. I also did get a little confused in the police terms and ranks since this book is based in the UK and I am used […]

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Library Book Sale – Alachua County Friends of The Library

Posted April 21, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Library Book Sale – Alachua County Friends of The Library

When I was about ten or twelve, I remember going to a huge library sale and being so excited to browse and buy so many books at a super low price. So recently I’ve been looking at the http://www.booksalefinder.com website for such a sale in my area. Although there are a few small library sales, in the Central Florida area, there was nothing that was really as amazing as I remember. Then I noticed that the sale for Alachua county (Gainesville) said HUGE next to it on the book sale sight. The Friends of the Library of Alachua County have it’s book sale twice and year, in the spring and fall. Since the spring sale, this year, happened to be on my birthday, I decided I had to make the 2 1/2 hour trip. I talked my mom in to going with me since my husband had to stay home with the kids. My mom and I decided to get there near the beginning, as I absolutely hate the idea of not getting first dibs . We ended up getting there about fifteen minutes after the sale started. Let me tell you that those people who think physical books are a thing of the […]

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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry…by Fredrik Backman

Posted April 20, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 2 Comments
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry…by Fredrik Backman

Elsa is a seven year old girl who is teased for being different at school. Her greatest weapon is her Grandmother. Granny is a wildly excentric and imaginative former doctor. She creates a whole world for Elsa in their fairytale stories. When Granny dies, Elsa feels alone and isolated until she is enlisted by Granny (in a note) to complete a mission to tell those that Granny offended, that she is sorry. I previously had read Fredrik Backman’s book, ‘A Man Called Ove’. Ove is one of my all time favorite books and characters. Beckman’s ability to create lovable older people is absolutely amazing. Elsa, is very cute in  this story. I did love her as a character. Having two seven year olds myself, I did find her overly precociousness and her worldly knowledge rather unbelievable for a seven year old. To me Elsa’s personality is more of a quirky thirty year old.    I didn’t quite find this to be a page turner. It lagged quite a bit in the middle and had many long drawn out descriptions of Granny and Elsa’s fairyland. I did find the story cute and endearing and had a strong message about communities and families. I […]

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The One-In-A-Million Boy…by Monica Wood

Posted April 17, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
The One-In-A-Million Boy…by Monica Wood

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. A boy scout dies suddenly. His absentee father decides to take on his scout project, assisting a 104 year old women with chores around her home. The elderly woman, Ona, is a  somewhat grumpy but lovable Lithuanian immigrant. Throughout the book, pieces of her life come to the surface . The characters in the novel soon embark on a quest to set Ona up as the Guinness Book of World’s Record’s oldest living driver.    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is a charming and bitter sweet story. The odd but gentle boy and Ona form an amazing friendship. The characters were very well developed and likable. I almost expected Ona to be sitting beside me when I looked up from the book.   The novel begins sadly. It lets us know from the beginning that the young boy has died unexpectedly. It then takes on the stories of how the remaining characters move on with their lives. It also incorporates flash backs for the boy’s visits to Ona. This novel uses a combination of scenes from the present, scenes from the past, world record […]

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Ninja and Bunny’s Great Adventure…by Kara S. Tyler and Illustrated by Sarah Pacetti

Posted April 16, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 3 Comments
Ninja and Bunny’s Great Adventure…by Kara S. Tyler and Illustrated by Sarah Pacetti

Welcome to the Ninja and Bunny Tour Author Kara S Tyler and Illustrator Sarah Pacetti Today I’m hosting this stunning Children’s Picture Book about two sisters. It’s appropriate for all ages, boys and girls, and will delight parents as well with it’s great message and gorgeous illustrations. Check out my review below and make sure to enter the great giveaway at the end of this post with special prizes that fit the themes of adventure, fantasy, and heroism included in this book.  I read ‘Ninja and Bunny’s Great Adventure’ with my girls and we loved it. My nine year old daughter decided to read it again to her younger sister. I love that it had fairies and magical elements but still put the characters in roles that are not stereotypical  for girls. They loved the ninja and how she was tough and not afraid. We will definitely be reading more in the series. We give it five stars.   About the Book A children’s tale of imagination and play, of love and loyalty, and of courage and determination. Marian loves playing make-believe, but what if her big sister Ruthie’s fairies have been real all along? What if Princess Isla is […]

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If You Were Me and Lived in Egypt….by Carole P. Roman

Posted April 14, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
If You Were Me and Lived in Egypt….by Carole P. Roman

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  ‘If You Were Me and Lived in Egypt’ is part of a wonderful series of children’s books that teaches children about cultural diversity. It transports you to various cultures or periods in history and explains how children in that particular time or place live or lived. I was super excited to read these books with my kids. I love learning about other cultures and wanted my kids to love doing the same. They enjoyed learning the Egyptian words for mom, dad, grandmother, and grandfather. They also loved learning about the different type of foods eaten in Egypt.  This series would also be a wonderful teaching tool when traveling to other countries as it shows children children what to they can expect while there. I look forward to reading more of these wonderful books with my kids. I give this book five stars. Rating:📖📖📖📖📖 Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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