T's Stuff too

T's Stuff too

I love to read and actually read books from several genre's. My favorite is paranormal though. I also have been blessed with 11 Grand Children from our 4 kids, so I do read a lot of Children's books as well to the kids. i have a regular blog where I post tons of book tours. Check it out if you enjoy books: http://teresanoel.blogspot.com/.

 

This blog is for reviews of the books I have read. I do also accept books from authors to read and review. Contact me if you have a book you would like reviewed at my email: mshogrider67@gmail.com

Review
5 Stars
Archipelago New York by Thomas Halaczinsky
Archipelago New York - Thomas Halaczinsky

Thomas Halaczinsky first arrived in Manhattan New York in 1990 from Europe. Shocked that most of the people around him did not know or care about the beauty surrounding them. He wanted to connect with his surroundings and decided to explore the Island as others did not. In 2012 he was finally able to own a sail boat. He chose to chart a route almost identical to Adriaen Block who first sailed up the East River into Long Island in 1614. The more Thomas sailed the more he decided he was not only just discovering his surroundings but he was on his own inner journey and quest of discovery for who he was and where he fit in. 

 

Instead of driving to most of the places he wanted to see and discover he took his sail boat. Most of the time it was just him his camera, and the open water. Sometimes he took a friend. 

 

This book takes you on his journey. He tells about his feelings, how he sailed, where he went, and what he saw. Not only on the way but when he arrived at each point. The pictures are phenomenal. One of my favorite is page 22. You see the water off the side of the sailboat, there is an island with trees across from the water, then across from the water the coming out of the fog are the huge buildings of Manhattan, it truly is a stunning photo. 

 

The book is filled with photo's, maps, history, and Thomas's own personal insight of what he saw. If you are from New York or just love learning about different places this book is a real treat. I am personally an armchair tourist. I would love to go visit places in person and I do get to go many places with my wonderful husband but some places I know I will never go in person. This book in a way gives you the feeling of having visited without leaving home. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

Review
5 Stars
Southern Quilts: Celebrating Traditions, History, and Designs by Mary W Kerr
Southern Quilts: Celebrating Traditions, History, and Designs - Mary W. Kerr

Growing up with a bunch and being a hillbilly myself I have seen some tons of homemade quilts and have some at my house now. My Grandmothers Aunts and Mom have all quilted my entire life. I have even made a few. 

 I have seen some really beautiful quilts that tell stories as well as some that are just plain block quilts to keep you warm at night. I have seen quilts made out of old clothing, Lord knows my Grandmothers had stacks of what I call rag bags and they called them their quilt pieces. My Grandmothers are both gone now but looking through this book brought back a lot of my childhood. 

  This book is filled with pictures and a short backstory of quilt designs that became popular mostly in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The picture are stunning and I would love to have so all of the quilts in my house. 

  The book gives the name to each design and also pictures of the variations of the design. If you love quilts or just think they are pretty you will love this book. If you want to learn how to make a specific quilt you will now have a name of the design in order to search for patterns. If you are thinking of adding a southern theme to a bedroom this book could also help you decide on a quilt to go with the room.

  Mary Kerr has one a fabulous job with this book. It would make an excellent addition to any crafters collection.

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

Review
5 Stars
The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York by Peter J. Tomasi
The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York - Peter J. Tomasi, Sara DuVall

I am a huge history buff and love to learn about different landmarks. This book is about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. It is not really my type of book as it is done in Graphic novel or Comic book style. It was still a great book. It takes you from the beginning of the the idea by John Augustus Roebling to the completion 14 years later of the bridge which was oversaw by his son Washington, and his daughter-in-law, Emily.

 

This book is great for kids and adults alike. It is actually a very short read since most of the book is pictures. But it does give you all the information you need to understand the idea and need for the bridge, how the spot was chosen, and how the construction began and all the way through to the completion.

 

The book tells of how Washington Roebling developed caisson disease and was pretty much bedridden for most of the 14 years it took to build the bridge but his wife Emily stepped up and pretty much became the chief engineer on site. At the time this was pretty much unheard of for a woman to take this type of role in well pretty much anything.

 

This book really is worth the time it takes to read it and you come out on the other end knowing a lot about a iconic landmark in the United States history.

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

Review
5 Stars
Dark Harvest (A Holt Foundation Story Book 2) by Chris Patchell
Dark Harvest (A Holt Foundation Story) (Volume 2) - Chris Patchell, Mark Cooper, Monica Haynes
Dark Harvest is the 2nd book in Chris Patchell's Holt Foundation Stories series. The Holt Foundation is a group helping victims and families of people who have been affected by violent crimes. The foundations founder Elizabeth Holt was a victim of a violent crime in her college. Just before her death she created the foundation. Which all comes to light in "In The Dark" book one of the series. You should really read book 1 to get all the backstory to the developments in this book. This book can be read as a stand alone. There are parts that would make more since in you read book 1 though. In this book Marissa and her daughters are still coming to terms with Brooke's kidnapping and the aftermath. But the Holt Foundation also have a new case. Young pregnant women are disappearing. A mid 40's Doctor with early onset Alzheimer's is doing stem cell experiments to cure himself and also selling off the babies of the pregnant moms to fund himself. He is taking the babies by c section of the young women he kidnaps and letting the mother's die. When young and pregnant Becky Kincaid comes up missing from the local baby store the team takes on the case. When Marissa finds out she is pregnant with Seth's Child she goes to a local Women's Clinic to help decide her options. This Women's Clinic is where the mystery starts to unfold. This is not just a mystery but also a romance with some real life stuff thrown in. Marissa and Seth are still exploring their new relationship, but Seth is still carrying a lot of baggage and is still hung up on his dead wife and her death. He also is trying to decide whether to go back to being a cop or staying at the foundation. Brooke is dealing with the PTSD from her kidnapping and not doing a very good job of it. Marissa is in the middle of Brooke and Seth and their problems, but she discovers she has a problem of her own. A Baby! The audiobook is dual narrated by Lisa Stathoplos, Corey Gagne as was book 1. Both of these narrators do a wonderful job with the book. They bring the story and the emotions from the pages to life extremely well. I like they they each have their own chapters. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Review
5 Stars
Gray's Promise (King Security #2) by Anni Fife
Gray's Promise - Anni Fife

Gray's promise is book 2 in the A King Security Series. I read book one, Luke's Redemption, a while back and loved it. I was lucky enough to receive an email from Annie herself asking me if I wanted to read book 2. I of course jumped at the chance. I am so glad that I did. As good as Luke's Redemption was Gray's Promise tops it. To me this book, actually both book's are movie quality. You know when you read a book and think to yourself I would love to watch this play out on the big screen? Well that is what I kept thinking. This book had my heart breaking, my heart racing, and my heart jumping for joy, and sometimes doing all 3 at once. There is a perfect balance of romance, which by the way is a 2nd chance romance, mystery and murder. The book is gripping. It drags you in on page one and makes you want more on the last page. I was on the edge of my seat, turning pages as fast as I could.

 

In the book Zoey Morgan was 19 on the night her world turned upside down. She was brutally raped and her family was murdered, and the love of her life walked away. Now 14 years later Zoey has blocked that night away in her mind and cannot remember anything but a few snippets here and there. She is out to discover the truth of that night as well as why her love left.

 

Grayson "Gray" Walker's heart was broken on that night when he is told that Zoey, who he called his Butterfly, has accepted his brother Jacks proposal of marriage. He decides to walk away and join the Marines. He has tried to see Zoey a few times over the years until one night she told him to just go away. Heart broken and defeated Gray does as Zoey asks.

 

Now 14 years later Zoey walks into the King's Security Office asking Gray for his help to unlock the memories and find out what really happened that night so she can move on with her life.

 

If you like a good roller coaster ride, I think you should grab a copy of this book and buckle up. You won't be sorry.

Review
5 Stars
Creating Celtic Knotwork: A Fresh Approach to Traditional Design by Cari Buziak
Creating Celtic Knotwork: A Fresh Approach to Traditional Design (Dover Art Instruction) - Cari Buziak

I am so excited about this book. I have always wanted to learn how to make Celtic knots. They are so beautiful. I honestly figured they would be extremely hard to make and that it would take years of training to get them right. With this book, a sheet of graph paper, and a pack of markers I have learned the art. No mine are not totally perfect yet but I can say I have designed and made a few already. I have even used some plain craft ribbon to make some of my creations. I have designed a small knot to make out of wire to make earrings and a matching necklace to give as gifts.

 

This book is an instruction manual to making Celtic knots. It takes you step by step through multiple knots, shapes, and sizes. These knots are so intricate I never thought they would be so easy to make. The book is very easy to read and gives you all the information with diagrams you need to get you started and on your way to making these beautiful knots. This book is not just for beginners but advanced knot makers can find many useful tips and designs as well.

 

The book is very easy to follow. There is a diagram for each step in the creation process. There are simple knots, more advanced, and even shapes like the Celtic dog, lion, and even a person. This to me is the perfect book for anyone interested in making and designing Celtic knots.

 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

Review
5 Stars
Wolf Sanctuary: The Wolves of Speedwell Forge by Chuck Rineer
Wolf Sanctuary: The Wolves of Speedwell Forge - Chuck Rineer

What a wonderful book. Not only are there photo's of wolves but there is also a lot of information about wolves. The book features The Wolves of Speedwell Forge Wold Sanctuary in Pennsylvania.

 

In 1976 The Darlington family was given a wolf dog. In 1980 the state of Pennsylvania decided that wolves were exotic pets, and that all owners of exotic pets needed a special permit in order to keep their pets. Of course the Darlington's applied for the permit. After receiving the permit to keep their wolves the Game Commission came to them to ask if they would consider letting them bring wolves to them instead of euthanizing them. And that was the beginning of the Wolf Sanctuary. Now more then 3 decades later the Sanctuary is still going strong. In 2007 the Sanctuary starting giving tours and educational programs in order to get more people to visit.

 

Chuck Rineer the author of the book has been volunteering since 2007 at the sanctuary. He has done an amazing job with the photos in this book. Documenting these beautiful animals and sharing them with the world.

 

I loved reading the stories and tidbits featuring the wolves by name. I would love to someday go and visit the sanctuary in person.

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

Review
5 Stars
The Timeless Seashore by Joe Votano
The Timeless Seashore - Joe Votano

I wish I could give this book more then 5 stars. There are so many breathtaking photos in this book of seashores, coastlines, and everything else to do with the sea. I honestly cannot pick just one or even 5 of my favorites in the book, I loved every one of them.

 

Plate 49 is of the St. Augustine Lighthouse in St. Augustine Florida. I have been there and climbed the lighthouse many times. Plate 46 is the interior of Ponce De Leon Lighthouse in Ponce Inlet Florida. I have also climbed those steps several times. The views from these lighthouses are just amazing in person. Looking at these pictures made me want to go back to both.

 

There are 75 photos in this book and each are beautiful. Their is no words or descriptions in the book, just beauty. At the back of the book there is an index to tell you where each photo is from.

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

Review
3.5 Stars
Farraway Mist by Tani Hanes
Farraway Mist - Tani Hanes

  This Book is more a romance then Paranormal. The romance part was pretty good,  the paranormal parts are very short and far between. I was not crazy about Scout's attitude at all, she just seemed like a spoiled little girl to me, and a know it all. I guess it could just be she is comfortable with anyone and everywhere she goes. I just couldn't make myself like her. George seemed like a really awesome guy, I really liked his character. I really did not like the ending before the epilogue. I am not going to go into detail because I don't want to ruin it for the next reader, but the reactions were so wrong. 

   George Wilder, Rock Star and actor, lost his wife a year ago, due to a fall. Since then he has secreted himself away in his mansion. He decides to hire a librarian to straighten out the library in his home. When he bought the house he bought it with everything in it including the books in the library. After going through the applications he settles on Scout Lawson. 

   Scout Lawson has recently broken up with her boyfriend in Boston and decide she needs a change. She put in a application to be a private librarian for a home in England. 

  When Scout arrives George is shocked he thought she was a man from her picture attached to the application.

  Almost as soon as Scout arrives strange things begin happening. The first night she is grabbed while in bed by an unseen hand. George comes to her rescue, which is pretty much the beginning of George's romantic feelings for Scout, even though he thinks she is a lesbian. Turns out she is not and she has feelings for him as well. 

  The romance is hot at times, the sex scenes are not extremely graphic, but there are several of them. There is quite a bit of strong language in the book as well. All in all it wasn't a bad story. 

Review
5 Stars
Twofer Murder (Mac Faraday Mystery #13) by Lauren Carr
Twofer Murder - Lauren Carr

This is one of my favorite books so far of all the books by Lauren Carr I have had read, and I have loved them all. She takes all the main characters from 3 of her popular series, Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose mysteries and put them all in this one book. Not only that, she sends the women to murder mystery writers conference in Pennsylvania and the guys go fishing in West Virginia. 

 

Sounds fun right? The women end up involved in a murder of one of the writers at the conference and the guys end up involved in the murder of a journalist investigating a timber company for fraud. They basically all still work together to solve both crimes even though they are states away, via cell phones. Each group works on their own case but gives and gets input from the others via cell phones. 

 

I love how she has all the characters watching each others backs both near and far. I love the humor as well as the seriousness in the book. Lauren has really done a great job with this book. I love all 3 series, but by putting them all together this made for a really great read. I love how all the characters are so well thought out, and each person brings their own weight to this book. Everyone is a star player in the book. 

 

I was given my copy by Lauren Carr and IRead Books Tours in exchange for my honest review.

Review
5 Stars
Rise (Spelldrift: Coven of Fire, #1) by Sierra Cross
Rise (Spelldrift: Coven of Fire) (Volume 1) - Sierra Cross

Rise is book one of the Spelldrift: Coven of Fire series by Sierra Cross. For me it was a heck of a kick off too, I couldn't put it down. From pretty much the first paragraph this book had lots of action. Alix is a very likable character. I loved her attitude. Alix is very sensitive and tender hearted, just don't piss her off. Sierra Cross has done a great job with this series, I am on the look out for more of this series.

 

Alix was left an orphan at the age of 14 when her parents were killed in a bus accident, at least that's what she was told happened to them. Her Aunt has raised her since and has tried to give her a good life, or has she.

 

This book is filled with twists and turns and I feel like if I tell you about them I will spoil the story so this review is intentionally vague.

 

I was given my copy of this book from Xpresso book tours and the Author for review purposes.

Review
5 Stars
Doctor Kinney's Housekeeper by Sara Dahmen
Doctor Kinney's Housekeeper - Sara Dahmen
The name of this book has been changed to Widow 1881. 

I really enjoyed this book. It is not what I normally read but maybe I should change that. The book to me read almost like a diary. It was written in first person. You really got to know Jane Weber, all of her thoughts and feelings were really laid out. A few times I even had a tear in my eye. Sara Dahmen has done a wonderful job with this story. It really jumped off the pages. Her descriptions were very lifelike but yet there wasn't so much description that I got bored or skipped paragraphs. I really enjoyed the book and the setting.

Bostonian Jane Weber is recently widowed at a young age. Her marriage was not one filled with love or lust, it was more like a quiet friendship. After her husbands passing Jane wanted to get a taste of passion and during that brief moment she later finds herself to be pregnant. With her husband being dead and the father of the child being out of the picture, Jane decides to take a job as housekeeper to a Doctor in the Wild West to keep her secret. 

After loosing her baby, nearly dying, falling for the Doctor then convincing to court another woman, Jane decides to head back east, and deal with her broken heart. Now the questions are: Will she change her mind and go back West? Will she meet someone new and start a new life? Will the Doctor come after her? Read the book and find out!!
Review
5 Stars
Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story by Karl Beckstrand
Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story - Karl Beckstrand, Luis F. Sanz

This book is great on a couple of levels. First of all it is written in rhyme. Small kid love rhyming books, at least mine do. The book is written about stars which is something that can be seen by everyone, so it makes it real for the kids, my kids tend to like stories that have an actual real subject to them. This book would make a great bedtime story for the kids, the stars come out at night, Right?

 

The book features a few tips, like how to find the North Star. The books does not actually feature certain stars and give a scientific history so to speak of it but instead it is more like a bunch of describing words about stars in general. Some of the words are quite large and would not be good for smaller children to try and read themselves, but as a parent I have no problem reading the book to them. It is a very short book but actually filled with a lot of stuff all related to stars.

 

The illustrations in this book are top notch. They are very colorful and quite busy. The kids loved looking at the pictures, and actually have my tablet right now looking at the book again.

Review
4 Stars
The Zee Brothers Vol.2: Zombie School Lockdown (Zombie Exterminators) by Grivante
The Zee Brothers: Zombie School Lockdown: Zombie Exterminators, Book 2 - Grivante, Ian McEuen, Grivante Press

The Zee Brothers and JJ are back. This time they are called in on a case at a local school. It all started when Little Tommy was sent to the nurses office with a tummy ache. Tommy didn't just have a tummy ache though. The nurse calls the Zee Brothers. When the Brothers and JJ arrive they get more then they bargained for. Not just has Tommy been turned Zombie but they find a full fledged outbreak on their hands. Problem is all of their weapons are in the van, outside of the school, and they are locked in. 

I love these Zee Brothers stories. This is my 2nd and can't wait for a 3rd. This is not your ordinary Zombie book. It is filled with funny redneck humor. I listened to the audiobook and Ian McEwan does an amazing job of bringing this story to life. Both of the books have been short reads but Grivante fills the page with humor and action. These books are not really for kids there is a good bit of foul language and this one even has a touch of sex.
 

 

Ian McEuen really does a great job narrating this audiobook. He really brings it to laugh and I think I laughed harder because him. 

Review
4 Stars
The Zee Brothers : Zombie Exterminators by: Grivante
The Zee Brothers : Zombie Exterminators - Grivante

This was a very short book. It was filled with action and humor. Ian McEuen has done an amazing job with this story. He was great with the narration as well as the different voices. 

To me this was not the normal Zombie book. It was more like a Zombie book with back woods Rednecks. It was a fun book to listen to.

Jonah and Judas are brothers and Zombie hunters, they drive a pick up, and argue with each other over pretty much everything. Especially the girl JJ. A housing development was built on top of an ancient Indian burial ground and when an artifact was disturbed it has awoken the Zombies. The Zombies are trying to get the amulet back and along the way they take out anyone and everyone in their path. 

They receive a call to come take care of the Zombies in a man's house and the phone call ends with a holler and a gurgling sound. Jonah and Judas head out to find out what has happened, knowing the man was probably killed by the Zombies in his house. This is where they meet up with JJ and her magical and disco imbued dog, Xanadu.

Review
4 Stars
A Witch's Trial (Witch for Hire #3) by N. E. Conneely
A Witch's Trial (A Witch's Path Book 3) - N. E. Conneely

Witch's Trial is the 3rd book in the A Witch's Path series by N E Conneely. This book picks up where book 2 leaves off. I have to admit it was not my favorite of the 3 books, I am actully giving this book a 3 1/2 stars. This book was not as action packed as the other 2 and well Michelle was pretty whiny in this book. She has always been tough and a whiny Michelle just didn't set well with me. The book did give a lot of backstory to the other 2 books though. It was nice to know how things more or less started to some of the open ended story lines in books 1 and 2. Elron does finally get his place as co-star in the series. 

In this book Michelle is getting invitations from covens all over and some of them are down right pushy. Michelle and the gang are gearing up to go after the Grimoree. Elron and Michelle are getting closer even with the newfound knowledge that his wife Sylvia is still alive but also knowing that she must die.

I have enjoyed this series even if this was not my favorite of the 3. I will be looking for more books buy N E Conneely as well. 

I was given my copy of this book for review purposes from AudiobookWorm and the Author