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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

Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Ultimate Illustrated History by Richie Unterberger

Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Ultimate Illustrated History - Richie Unterberger

If you like Bob Marley you will love this book. The books starts with Bob's birth and goes up past his death in 1981. Death did not slow Bob Marley down in his quest to make Reggae known around the world. His band mates the Wailers are still going strong today and carrying on his legacy. 

 

The books takes you through an illustrated tour of all things Bob Marley. His life, his death, and his music. I was actually fascinated with not only the pictures but also the written parts of this book. I thought I knew a lot about Bob Marley before reading this book to find out I actually knew very little. I knew basic facts before and honestly very few. After reading this book Not only do I know more about Bob Marley but I also understand him more. 

 

I have always enjoyed Bob Marley's music. This book is the perfect edition to the albums I have of Bob's. Great book for any library or music collection. 

 

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

Smorgasbord: The Art of Swedish Breads and Savory Treats by Johanna Kindvall

Smorgasbord: The Art of Swedish Breads and Savory Treats - Johanna Kindvall

I love to cook. To me it is more of a hobby then a means of sustaining life.  This book is more then just a bunch of recipes. First of all you get a history to go with some of the dishes. This book features Swedish recipes. It gives you better understanding of why these dishes are served at certain holidays. It also has a bunch of tasty recipes. Including a starter recipe for sourdough. Which I have on my kitchen counter. The bread from it is AWESOME!! The books has recipes for soups, condiments, breads, main dishes, veggie dishes, desserts and more. This book is well worth it. 

 

I actually read this book a while ago but was asked to hold my review until publication. 

 

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

Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia O'Hara, Lauren O'Hara

Hortense and the Shadow - Natalia O'Hara

This weekend 2 of my Grand Daughters spent the night to have a slumber party at Nana's house. I read them this book. It is a short read. The book is about Hortense. She is a young girl who is afraid of the her shadow. She doesn't want it to follow her around. Until one night something scary happens and her shadow actually helps her get out of the trouble. 

 

This is a great book for helping children ages 5 to 7 to overcome some of their fears. The book is filled with wonderful illustrations. 

 

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

Three Heart Echo by Keary Taylor

Three Heart Echo - Keary Taylor

5*

I wish I could give this more then 5 stars. I really enjoyed this creepy story. I would love to read a background book of this story as well.  Keary Taylor has done an awesome job with this book.  Every other chapter is either Iona or Sully's thoughts. So you get a good picture of the whole story instead of just one side. The book is kind of thought provoking with a "What If?" added to reality. 

 

The book is about Iona Faye. Her Fiance Jack Caraway has been murdered in front of her and Iona just cannot force herself to move on, all she does is think of Jack and her loss. She finds out about Sully Whitmore. Who is said to talk to the dead.

 

Sully lives in the abandoned town of Roselock. Just him and the ghosts of the town live here. The men of Sully's family have been cursed and all males dies when they are 33 years, 3 months and 3 days old. Sully is just turning 33 and is just biding his time and waiting for the end to come. 

 

Iona shows up to get help from Sully by talking to Jack so she can get some closure.  Everything is not as simple as a loved one has passed away move on. They find out that Jack is not what Iona thought he was. He was evil in life and in death. It is up to Sully to find out from the spirits of Jack and the 3 other women's deaths he has had a hand in and save Iona before the curse comes to call him. 

 

I won't tell you the end but I was kind of shocked. 

 

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

Halloween Carnival Volume 5 Richard Chizmar, Lisa Tuttle, Norman Prentiss, Kevin Quigley, and Peter Straub

Halloween Carnival Volume 5 - Lisa Tuttle, Kevin Quigley, Norman Prentiss, Richard Chizmar, Brian James Freeman

Halloween Carnival Volume 5 is the last book in a 5 book series. Each book features 5 short stories written by a different author. These books are pretty short. Only takes a little over an hour to read the whole book. A new book will be released each week of October in 2017. This book the final book will be released on Halloween. 

 

The stories are scary or creepy. I think they were more creepy then scary. I really enjoyed this book. I liked seeing each of the authors style of writing.  I liked all of the stories but if I have to choose a favorite it would be THE HALLOWEEN BLEED by Norman Prentiss. But even though it wasn't my favorite of the stories in this book I really liked Peter Straub's writing style the best. 

 

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

Halloween Carnival Volume 4 Kealan Patrick Burke, Ray Garton, Bev Vincent, C. A. Suleiman, and Paul Melniczek

Halloween Carnival Volume 4 - Kealan Patrick Burke, C.A. Suleiman, Ray Garton, Brian James Freeman, Bev Vincent

Halloween Carnival Volume 4 is the 4th book in a 5 book series. Each book features 5 short stories written by a different author. These books are pretty short. Only takes a little of an hour to read the whole book. A new book will be released each week of October in 2017. The final book will be released on Halloween. 

 

The stories are scary or creepy. I think they were more creepy then scary. I really enjoyed this book. I liked seeing each of the authors style of writing.  I liked all of the stories but if I have to choose a favorite it would be THE HALLOWEEN TREE by Bev Vincent. 

 

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

Halloween Carnival Volume 3 by Kelley Armstrong, Kate Maruyama, Michael McBride, Taylor Grant and Brian James Freeman

Halloween Carnival Volume 3 - Kelley Armstrong, Kate Maruyama, Michael McBride, Taylor Grant, Brian James Freeman

Halloween Carnival Volume 3 is the 3rd book in a 5 book series. Each book features 4 or 5 short stories written by a different author. These books are pretty short. Only takes a little of an hour to read the whole book. A new book will be released each week of October in 2017. The final book will be released on Halloween. 

 

The stories are scary or creepy. I think they were more creepy then scary. I really enjoyed this book. I liked seeing each of the authors style of writing.  I liked all of the stories but if I have to choose a favorite it would be LA CALAVERA by Kate Maruyama. 

 

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

Halloween Carnival Volume 2 by Glen Hirshberg, Lee Thomas, Holly Newstein, Del James

Halloween Carnival Volume 2 - Glen Hirshberg, Lee Thomas, Holly Newstein, Del James, Brian James Freeman

Halloween is coming and it times to get in the mood. I love a good scary or creepy story.  This book has 4 of them. They were more on the creepy side then scary but I as happy with the book. This is the 2nd book in a series. I am not real sure how many books are in the series.  I do have have books 2 through 5 so far. Each story in this book is written by a different person. The writers all have their own style of writing and you can that through this book.  I enjoyed all 4 stories. If I had to pick a favorite it would be the one by Lee Thomas. It is named The Facts in the Case of My Sister. My choice is not to say that their was anything wrong with the others I just liked it better. This is a short book and a quick read, but well worth it. 

 

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

Cushion by Tamela Miles

Cushion - Tamela Miles

Cushion is about Natalie Kliebert and Billy Chambers. Natalie has come back from the dead to have another chance at life after her life was cut short in a car accident. She is working hard at getting her degree as a therapist and the life she wanted in her past life and now in this life as well.

Her next client is Billy Chambers. Billy is a Pop Star, he was also Natalie's crush in her past life. He was very mean to her then since she was not the thin super model kind of girl. He had laughed at her and nicknamed her cushion. Billy is now in trouble with the courts for his drinking problems and has been appointed a court ordered therapist to help in his alcohol recovery.

Natalie keeps her past life from Billy until she has no choice. They are both in trouble from the demon Phenex. He takes the souls of the departed and leaves them broken and sad in the Shadowlands in Limbo. The demon is coming for Natalie and while he's at it he is going to take the living Billy too. They must fight together to not only save themselves but all the lost souls in the Shadowlands.

This was a pretty good story. It is a short read. There were a few things unrealistic in the first part of the book, after Natalie's death and before her return. Things like she went back to her house and packed a few things then drove her SUV. Ghosts don't need things nor do they drive. Other then that is was a good read. I love the hard style of Natalie. Even though she isn't really hard but had to let Billy think she is.

 

Brooklyn's Sweet Ruin by Paul Raphaelson

Brooklyn's Sweet Ruin  - Paul Raphaelson

This is actually a very sad book. It is a photography book with no words but sad all the same. There actually are some words at the end of the book where the photographer Paul Raphaelson tells his story of the Domino Plant, how he researched the plant. The book is pictures from the Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn. It was once the world's largest refinery. Now it sets silently decaying and wasting away. The pictures in this book are so clear and give you a real picture of what was once very important part to not only Brooklyn but to the world. I was surprised that in the pictures there was no graffiti. There is an index of the pictures towards the back of the book explaining what you are seeing. 

 

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

Heavy Timber Structures by Anthony F. Zaya and Tim Diener

Heavy Timber Structures: Creating Comfort in Public Spaces - Anthony F. Zaya, Tim Diener

This stunning book of photos is from the Lancaster Co. Timber Frames Inc. It is a small compilation of some of their projects over the years.  The Lancaster Co Timber Farms build amazing wooden buildings from churches to historical reconstructions.  The pictures in the books show the different buildings they have had a hand in. Along with the finished pictures you get what I will call a blueprint of the wood they placed or used in building the structures.  There are also pictures of the construction. It is a very interesting book to look at and read.  The reading part is very short, so it only takes a couple of hours to get through the book. 

 

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

Human Tribe by Alison Wright

Human Tribe - Alison Wright

I love photography books. The pictures in them can take you all over the world. This book is no different. In this book there are over 160 photographs of people. They range from babies to very old. Some have backgrounds others are just close ups of faces. There is beauty in everyone of these faces. Eyes are said to be the window to the soul. The eyes in these photos are very expressive and beautiful. The photos in this book range from the mid 1990's to 2016. They are from all over the world. There are no words in the book other than the introduction. The pictures themselves tell the tale in this book. 

 

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

Acca (Angelbound Origins) - Christina Bauer

Acca is the 3rd book in the Angelbound Origins series and the 3rd book I have listened to on Audiobook. I love this series. I love seeing what Myla is going to get herself into next. So far we have seen her come from a almost normal teenager to being engaged and becoming the Scala of the After Realm and now finally She and Lincoln are getting married. If they can stay out of jail and live long enough. 

 

This book was one of my favorite so far. Myla is actually running things now. Lincoln and Myla have to get the proof needed to finally get the House of Acca put into prison. They get it but it is stolen before they can use it. To get the Rixa Codex back which holds the recoded proof they need they have to make a quick trip to Earth. Once on Earth they have to fight the Acca there too, and be back in time for not only court but their wedding day. 

 

I cannot wait for the next book in this series to see if things gt more intense or calm down a little bit while Myla and Lincoln enjoy their new wedded bliss. And also to see if their is a little Myla or Lincoln on the way. 

 

There are a few colorful words in the book but there is no strong sex scenes. There are 2 scenes in this book but they leave the actual act to your imagination instead of spelling it all out for you. 

The Chocolatier's Wife by Cindy Lynn Speer

The Chocolatier's Wife - Cindy Lynn Speer

This was a very enjoyable book for me to read. Lately I have been having a stale feeling to most of the books I have been reading. Not that those books were bad in any way, they just seemed to pretty much the same story with different people and in different places. This book had a whole new story and has refreshed me. I think Cindy Lynn Speer has done a great job with this book. I like how she gave great descriptions but did not babble on. You got enough to understand where the story was taking place, or enough to figure out the person's reasoning, and things like that but there wasn't 3 pages over nonsense that had nothing to do with the story.  The book was not over romanced either, actually there really was very little romance since where these characters live Love does not really come into the emotional play like in our world. 

 

In the kingdom of Berengeny when children are born they are taken to the Wise Woman who casts a spell to choose the child's future spouse. One of the main characters William was taken to the Wise Woman and no face appeared to her. He was taken back each year with no results until his 7th birthday, when finally the face appeared. The Wise Woman then holds a brass plumb-bob over a map to see where the spouse lives. To his families dismay she lived in the North part of the Kingdom. The North and South parts of the Kingdom have been fighting for over 500 years. 

 

William does not take this badly and sends a letter to his intended Tasmin Bey. She is still a baby at this time. William continues to send letters and gifts over the years to Tasmin. They become friends through these letters and are actually excited about finally meeting each other face to face. Even though both sets of parents do not wish for this marriage to ever take place. 

 

Finally Tasmin turns 18 and is sure William will send for her. But he does not. He has been a sea captain and decided it was time to return home open a Chocolate shop and send for Tasmin as soon has his business is making a decent profit.  But then he is accused of murder. He is arrested for killing the local Bishop with poisoned chocolates from his shop. 

 

William writes tasmin to let her know she is off the ook to marry him an accused murderer and that he is innocent. Tasmin goes to William to try and help clear his name. you will have to read the book to find out what happens next. 

 

Phoebe’s Gift (Peace in the Valley #2) by Jerry S. Eicher

Phoebe’s Gift (Peace in the Valley Book 2) - Jerry S. Eicher

Phoebe's Gift is book 2 in the Peace in the Valley Series by Jerry S Eicher.  Phoebe Lapp is our main character in this book. The book is a bt confusing at first but once the story gets moving it was well worth the read. 

 

Phoebe's moves to her beloved Grandmother's farm to care for when she becomes sick. After her Grandmother passes away and it is up to her to take care of things.  After her Grandmother's passing she learns of her dream of running a pony farm to help English children who have been abused. She also learns that her Grandmother's neighbors David and his sister Ruth were to help her run the farm. Now  Phoebe has to decide on what to do. Keep the farm idea or bury her Grandmother's dreams as well a David and Ruth's or to make a go of the farm.

 

On top of deciding what to do about the farm she learns that Ruth is considering jumping the fence and going to live in the English world.  She also learns that David has started to have feelings for her. All of this on a woman with no self esteem. 

 

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

Mary's Home (Peace in the Valley #3) by Jerry S. Eicher

Mary's Home (Peace in the Valley Book 3) - Jerry S. Eicher

Mary's Home is book 3 of the Peace in the Valley Series by Jerry S Eicher. In this book we meet Mary Yoder. Her dreams are to be a upstanding citizen in her Amish community and to have a home and family of her own.  This was a really good book. Kept me reading to see which shoe so to speak was going to drop next. There was a lot going on in this book. 

 

At first she meets Josiah and they decide to marry. Right before the wedding he decides he no longer wants to get married. Mary is left heart broken. Later on she finds out he has found a new love and has set his new wedding date. It just so happens to be the same date they were to be married.  

 

Stephen another man from her community then sets his on on Mary. Mary dos not care for Stephen in the same way and decides her best bet is to help Stephen find his mate since she does not want it to be herself. 

 

Then Mary meets Willard. Willard is the some on Mary's neighbor. He has come to visit for a week.  Willard has his own plans for life. He is a missionary to Kenya. As Mary and Willard spend time together during the week their feelings grow for each other. Mary is left wondering what God's plans for her are. Should she marry Willard and go to Kenya or stop the romance and stay in the community hoping for another chance at her dreams of her own home and family. 

 

Also int he book we meet Mary's sister Betsy. As a child Betsy was burned in an accident on her face and has scars. Betsy is considering jumping the fence and living in the English world. Mary has more to worry about then just her dreams as she tries to help Betsy.  

 

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