Review of The Remnant Chronicles, Books 1 & 2

   If you enjoy books that challenge notions of love, loyalty and truth, and then make you grapple with how to harmonize them, this series is for you! Review of Books 1 & 2 in the Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson Kiss of Deception (Book One) SUMMARY FROM BACK: In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, … Continue reading Review of The Remnant Chronicles, Books 1 & 2

Review of Queen of Shadows

 Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, Book 4) by Sarah J. Maas Wow! How’d she do that? These seem the only words befitting this book…It’s that good. A true ride for the emotions… SUMMARY FROM BACK: Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire-for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past… … Continue reading Review of Queen of Shadows

My Review of Servant of the Crown

Servant of the Crown by Melissa McShane (The Crown of Tremontane Book 1) If you loved Seraphina for the fantasy mixed with political intrigue, I recommend this book! While there are no dragons, the mix of a strong heroine, dynamic characters, and excellent writing is sure to satisfy. SUMMARY from Back: Alison Quinn, Countess of Waxwold, is content with her bookish life—until she’s summoned to be a lady-in-waiting … Continue reading My Review of Servant of the Crown

Review of The Art of Racing in the Rain

I know I’ve read a great book when I reflect on it after I close the cover, and even the day after. I believe I have a book hangover from this one… Summary from back cover: Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and … Continue reading Review of The Art of Racing in the Rain

Review of Singularity Series Bks 1 & 2

     1) Will the blending of man and machine that’s happening today ever obsolete humanity as we know it? 2) If we reach singularity, what will the next step to our advancement be? If these questions have ever crossed your neurons The Singularity series by Susan Kaye Quinn might well tickle your synapses further. The Legacy Human (Book One) Summary: What would you give to … Continue reading Review of Singularity Series Bks 1 & 2

Review of The Paper Magicians Series

If you love origami and magic, The Paper Magician series by Charlie N. Holmberg is definitely for you! Let your expectations go and just enjoy this whimsical, imaginative, and sweet story. The Paper Magician (Book One) Summary from Backcover: Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the … Continue reading Review of The Paper Magicians Series

I’m Adding My Book Reviews to the Blog!

I read an awful lot of books and it occurs to me, from comments folks have made about the reviews I post on Goodreads, that you all would probably enjoy hearing about books I think are mention-worthy. So, it is with that background I offer you the first of many reviews of books I’ve read. I hope you enjoy my thoughts and find them helpful in … Continue reading I’m Adding My Book Reviews to the Blog!

My Second Father

1949: The boy peered out from his hiding place as the soldiers grabbed Father and lead him away—every fiber of his being longed to cry out at the injustice, but he dared not. Father’s crime: graduating from an American university, St. John’s University in Shanghai, the Harvard of China. And now the Communists considered him a threat to their new power and they imprisoned folks … Continue reading My Second Father

The Meaning of Mom…A Personal Story

The morning of January 5th dawned sunny. My son shouldered his backpack and headed to my car like so many times before. Despite the familiarity of the scene, I knew when he returned he would not be the same, nor would I. An hour later, I parked and we made our way inside his Air Force recruiter’s office, the drop off point for his journey to Basic … Continue reading The Meaning of Mom…A Personal Story

The Levity of Birds

While writing to my son who is at Air Force Basic Training, I decided to relate the latest news and happenings. The incident in question tickled my funny bone and morphed as I wrote and I thought you might enjoy. On February 16th, I ambled into a deadly contest of wills that I was unaware existed in the world. Yes…naive, uninformed, peace-loving, little ol’ me.”What conflict … Continue reading The Levity of Birds