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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

AC/DC: Album by Album by Martin Popoff

AC/DC: Album by Album - Martin Popoff

I don't know about you but I grew up listening to AC/DC. I know most of the words to most of their songs still to this day. Did I know the history of the band and of the songs? No but I do now.

 

This book is filled with fascinating stories of how the band got together, how they produced their albums and where their heads were at the time. You get an honest look at each of the band members. Martin Popoff introduces you to all things AC/DC not just with second hand stories but through interviewing each and every person in the band and people along the way that had an impact on the band.

 

There is also a ton of awesome pictures throughout the book. Not just pictures of the band. There are photos of album covers, PR photos and more.

 

Do you now that Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott wrote most of the songs for the band? Do you know why Angus wears the school boy outfit? Do you know how the band got it's start? You will after reading this book.

 

With Bon Scott passing away in 1980 and now Malcolm Young passing away recently it is only right that someone has written a true account of the journey for the band and Martin Popoff has done it.

 

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

Awakening (Redeemer Chronicles #1) by Julie C. Gilbert

Awakening: Redeemer Chronicles, Book 1 - Julie C. Gilbert, Julie C. Gilbert, Caitlin Jacques

This was my first book by Julie C. Gilbert. So I was unsure what to expect fro her writing style. I was pleasantly surprised though. I Liked her writing style quite a bit. I liked how she gave you just enough background at any  given time to keep the story flowing and not leave you scratching your head. Her characters were well defined and each had their own personality that came through very nicely. The book was written with alternating chapters featuring the point of view of the different main characters. This did get me confused a couple of times and I had to go back and see which character was speaking. I do not usually choose books featuring vampires and zombies, but when I read the blurb on the book it still sounded like a decent story. I am glad I chose the book, even  with my aversion to vampires and zombies. The vampires and zombies did not really  play a large roll in the book, yes they are the bad guys but they did not have large speaking parts. 

 

Awakening is the first book in the Redeemer Chronicles series. The series is aimed toward Young Adult and is Fantasy. There was no colorful language or sexual situations in the book, so would be appropriate for even younger teens. 

 

Victoria Saveron Vic to her friends, is the main character in the book. She is or at least everyone but herself believed to be the Chosen One. Vic doesn't believe she is the Chosen One considering all of her friends have more and better powers then she does. 

 

Katrina and Tellen are her friends. They take off on a journey to find Vic's Father to help her recognize her true powers. If they survive the journey. Someone is unlocking Darkland portals to raise an undead army to take over the word, and Vic and her friends need to find out her true powers or loose the world as they know it. 

 

This is a short book. If it were not part of a series I would not be happy with the ending at all, guess I will just have to wait for book 2. hopefully it won't be a long wait. 

 

I was given my copy of this book from AudioBookWorm Promotions

Laurel's Gift by Tricia McGill

Laurel's Gift - Tricia McGill

I chose this book because I am a avid reader of paranormal. I love books about ghosts. When I saw this book had the spirit of a little girl I jumped at the chance to read it. I was a little disappointed that the book did not center a little more on the ghost aspect it was still a very good read. The book mostly centers on Laurel and Eli's budding romance, I still set up late turning pages. This is a rather short book. I was able to read it in one sitting. The book takes place in a suburb of  Melbourne Australia. The stars of the book are Laurel and Eli along with 2 cats and Charlie the dog. 


Laurel is staying at her Great Aunt Maggie's place to take care of her pets after Maggie is put into a nursing home due to a nasty fall. On Valentine's day a bouquet of roses are delivered to the house for Maggie and Laurel decides to find out who sent them so she can let them know about Maggie's fall. This is where things get interesting. 


Eli is the nephew of David. David is love of Maggie's life, even though they never got to really be together. David passed away several years ago, but before his death asked him to carry on with sending roses to Maggie every year on Valentine's day. 


Eli and Laurel meet face to face and sparks immediately fly. They have a lot in common. Seeing spirits is the big one. Laurel has been sensing the spirit of a little girl since she first arrived at Maggie's house. She has heard the little girl singing and has also been led to a few clues in the mystery of the little girl. Eli also senses something there. Laurel and Eli try to unravel the mystery of the little girl.


Along the way a few new mysteries come up and the 2 find them smack dab in the middle. Maggie passes away and they find her journal. Eli's father passes away as well a whole bunch of mysteries arise. Together Laurel and Eli try to work out all they clues they are running across and the deep dark secrets the passing of his father and her Aunt open up.

A Letter from Lancaster County (Lancaster Discoveries #1) by Kate Lloyd

A Letter from Lancaster County (Lancaster Discoveries) - Kate Lloyd

This is basically the story of 2 English sister. They are not Amish but the story does take place in Amish country with the Amish people. The 2 sister Angela and Rose have always been rivals but they do try to get along but being totally different it doesn't always make for a smooth relationship. 

 

Angela is married with kids all though she is not happy with her life or relationship. Rose is single and looking for a life that includes a husband and children.  They are in their mid to late thirties and know they are kind of running out of time. Their mother has just passed away and they receive a letter from their Aunt  Silvia. Who is their mothers sister and is a Mennonite living int he heart of Amish country.

 

The sisters decide to go visit Aunt Silvia. While there they find out more about their Mother's past, and take a deep look at themselves. As well as meeting Glenn an undecided Amish man. He is in his late 30's and has still not decided to join the Amish Church or not. Both women fall hard or him, but can either one of them ever have him or is he connected in ways that there should be no intimate connection?

 

The books chapters alternate between Rose and Angela's point of view and at times got a bit confusing. The book could of been a bit better if the the women weren't always either whining and complaining about their lives, or insulting each other. Sibling rivalry can be pretty bad I get that but in the book it is a constant thing. 

 

With a lot of series the first book is either awesome or not so great. in this case it is the not so great. i will be giving this series a 2nd chance with the 2nd book in the series. I have read other Kate Lloyd books and enjoyed them very much, so I don't want to count this series out just yet. 

 

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

Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven by Jaya Saxena

Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven - Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman


Ok let me start by saying I have been studying and learning witchcraft for more years then I care to say. This book is a joke to anyone who is even the least bit schooled in the real thing. On top of that if you take this as your first book and try some of the junk in this book you can and will be opening yourself to some not so fun things in your life. The book does not give any warnings on how some spells can turn on you so to speak. Also there is not enough information given in the book to make these spells plausible. When using tarot cards you really need to know what the meaning of the card is, you don't just pick the pretty one. You also need ore then 1 paragraph to understand and be able to read tea leaves. These things need full chapters if not more then a single paragraph.

 

As a fun book this has humor, to me it was more making fun of witchcraft then being serious. This book was not for me and honestly I doubt it is for anyone else who is serious about witchcraft in any way.

 

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

The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb

The Unquiet Grave: A Novel - Sharyn McCrumb

This was to me a gripping book. It is actually based on a true story. The case was called the case of the Greenbrier Ghost. This story is told by Attorney James P. D. Gardner. James is in an asylum in Lakin, West Virginia in 1930 after a suicide attempt. Dr. Booker is his physician and as part of his treatment he gets James to open up about his past. James tells him the story of Zona Heaster. Te book does tend to jump around a good bit, not just from past to present but from places and events. It is a very good 

good though for the most part kept my interest. some of the past parts that had nothing to do with the tale I did skim over though. 

 

The true story part is about the life and death of Zona Heaster in 1897. Zona has been murdered or so her family believes. She was a small town girl from Greenbrier, West Virginia, who meets newcomer Erasmus Trout Shue. He is a handsome blacksmith. Zona falls in love immediately and just as quickly marries him. And just as quickly as she meets and marries she is also dead. Her family is told Zona fell during an illness. Her family does not believe this at all.

 

Her mother is determined to get justice for Zona. One night Zona's ghost comes to her mother and tells her who killed her. Her mother Mary Jane goes to the county prosecutor and demands they look into the case. They exhume Zona's body and do an autopsy and decide it is a case of murder.  The book follows the events leading up to the trial and the trial itself.

 

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

Tangible Spirits by Becki Willis

Tangible Spirits - Becki Willis This book did not turn out to be what I thought it was but... it was still a great story. It was more a mystery and romance then a paranormal book, even though there were some ghosts. The book moved a little slow for me especially at the start but it was still a book didn't want to put down. I liked that the book did not need cursing or steamy sex scenes. Yes there was sex but it was just hinted at and you used your imagination to fill in the blanks. The book has a lot going for it, ghosts, mystery, intrigue, hot guys, romance, murder and more. Gera is a reporter and has come to Jerome AZ in search of ghosts. Being a stoic non believer this will be a hard story for her to write. When she arrives she is drawn into the Twilight Zone at least to her. The whole town believes in ghosts so much so that when Abe Cunningham is murdered everyone lays the blame on Mac. Mac is the towns most popular ghost. Gera not believing in ghosts decides to turn her ghost article into a murder mystery. Soon she feels like she is being followed. Someone knifes her car tire, she is drugged by the snake loving bartender. She falls for the hotel she is staying ats owner, the town banker falls for her and so much more. The book may be a little slow moving but it does have a lot going on it.

The Endless Fart by Beatriz Rare

The Endless Fart - Beatriz Rare

I just have to say this is one of the strangest stories I have ever read. Who would of thought to write a book about Farts of all things. It is a hilarious book. I know a bunch of boys and men and some girls and women who would love this book. 

Ralph is an elephant, he wakes up late for work and hurries. He grabs a LOT of quick and easy food downs it and runs out the door. On the way to work he gets hungry again since he did not eat a full breakfast. He sees a pizza shop and a pizza missing one piece. He buys the pizza and continues on his way to work eating the pizza. Once at work he gets a feeling in his tummy. GAS!!!  

All day his stomach is upset and the fart just keeps going, hard as he tries to hold it in. And the worst part is he finally has a date with Bessie tonight. Bessie is so beautiful and it has taken Ralph years to get the courage up to ask her out. Ralph comes up with a plan to hold in the fart during the date. Hopefully he can make it. 

This book has really fun illustrations. They are vibrant and bright and will pull your attention. That on top of a hilarious story makes this a really fun book for anyone.

Spirits in the Water (Elements of Untethered Realms #4)

Spirits in the Water (Elements of Untethered Realms Book 4) - Catherine Stine, Gwen Gardner, Jeff Chapman, M. Pax, Angela Brown, River Fairchild, Simon Kewin, Christine Rains, Meradeth Houston, M. Gerrick, Cherie Reich

This was a pretty cool book. I enjoyed the different stories. Some took a whole lot of imigination to come up with. Some needed more to the story and some should be turned into full books. 
I really enjoyed the story Extraordinary by Angela Brown. I would love to read a full book on this story. In the story Angelique's whole life about to changing. She just hit puberty and begins to "Phase". This means she is able to merge through doors, she can turn into a puddle of water and more. She also learns about her birth and the mother who died when she was born.  When a tornado takes her house and her father figure she phases in front of a person she though of as a brother, he does not understand and tells her to leave. Now she is on her own after loosing everything and learning the secrets of her life. 
Another story that was pretty good but really need a bit more background was The Folding Point by Cherie
Reich. In the story Aimee and her brother Xavier are Pager Magic's. They can fold paper into birds then write some magic words on the paper and it will fly like a real bird. They can also form other things like weapons.  In the story Aimee's mom has been arrested for being a Paper Magic.  Paper Magic has been banned.  A group of other paper magic's are going to try and break all the arrested paper magic's out of jail. 
I did not find one bad story in the book. Each is about a different subject. This book is really not ghosts and goblins but it was a great Halloween read.

The Last Veterans of World War II by Richard Bell

The Last Veterans of World War II: Portraits and Memories - Richard Bell

This book is super powerful. You will be looking into the eyes and the heart of the last remaining men and women who fought for our freedom in World War 2. You will learn their name, current age, branch of service, as well as  their thoughts, feelings, and memories from their days during WW2. 

 

There are also black and white photos of each of these hero's as their are now, as well a pictures of them in the days of the war. In the photo's of their younger days each persons hands are represented holding those pictures. These pictures are like an emotional gut punch. The pictures alone are enough to tell part of their story, paired with their words makes this one of the best books I have ever read. 

 

Whether you agree with war or not this is a part of our history. The 44 men and women featured in this book are some of the few remaining members of our military from that time period. Most are in their 90's. Their lives may end soon but with this book there stories never will.

 

Thank you netgalley.com for giving me a copy of this book. 

Hendrix The Illustrated Story by Gillian G. Gaar

Hendrix: The lllustrated Story - Gillian G. Gaar

Even if you have never listened to Rock and Roll you know who Jimi Hendrix is and have heard at least some of his music. Jimi Hendrix was one of the greats. More so after his death September 18, 1970, then before. His music is still played all over the world to this day, 47 years after his death. Jimi is a self taught guitar player who many musicians after years of training will never accomplish what he did.

 

This amazing book takes you on a tour through Jimi's early life to his death. The pictures and there are a lot of them are amazing. There is a discography towards the end of the book showing all of his albums which are still being released to this day.

 

The story of Jimi's life was very well written. There are some little known facts as well as things everyone knows. I was very happy to have been given a copy of this book from Netgalley. I really enjoyed this book.

Hellraisers by Axl Rosenberg, Christopher Krovatin

Hellraisers: A Complete Visual History of Heavy Metal Mayhem - Axl Rosenberg, Christopher Krovatin, Matt Heafy

In my teens and twenties and even today I loved Heavy Metal. Some of the bands depicted in this book are my favorites and I still listen to today, some of the bands I have to admit I had never heard of. Thank you to this book and YouTube I have heard of them now.  This is an amazing book. It has tons of pictures, background, song titles, and more. I learned some things about some of my favorite bands even, and some of it was some pretty crazy stuff.  The pictures in this book are awesome. Some of the pictures are on stage, some are from Photo shoots. I remember now why I was in love with some of these guys through the HOT photos in this book. 

 

If you like any Heavy Metal at all or are just a huge fan of music in general grab a copy of this book. This book was like traveling down memory lane as well since I loved these bands from the 80's to date.

 

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

Deep in the Hollow by Brandy Nacole

Deep in the Hollow - Brandy Nacole

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. So much that at 3 AM my husband came looking for me to go to bed.  I loved how well Brandy Nacole wrote this book. There was just enough description to keep you in the loop and to catch you up on the story. I loved the hints at romance, the walk through Jo's grief, the mystery, and the ghosts. Everything about this book was great to me. 

 

Jo is grieving over the death of Bryce her boyfriend a year ago, her parents taking and leaving her and her brother Tyler alone, trying to move on with life, and being blamed for her boyfriends death by everyone, and trying to finish her senior year at school. She has a lot on her plate. All she has left is her brother Tyler and her best friend Millie. Jo used to be in the "In Crowd" at school until Bryce's death, now she is an outcast. Kirk, Bryce's brother is leading the pack at blaming Jo for his death. 

 

It's Homecoming at school and Kirk decides to throw a party at the Lookout. He is calling it a Memorial to Bryce, being as this is where he died. He make sit quite clear that Jo is not invited. Jo decides to go anyway. Not because she wants to crash the party but because she knows that whatever killed Bryce could come back, and she is not wrong. 

 

Cooper is the new boy at school. He is trying his hardest to become friends with Jo, but she keeps shooting him down. Not only does he want to be her friend he wants to help her. Cooper has a secret. He is not just an ordinary guy. He is a Hunter of Ghosts. He has been summoned to Dover to help get rid of the spirit that is throwing people of the ledge at the Lookout. He just has to get Jo on board to get rid of the the spirit which will also clear her name. 

 

In the process of learning what they can about the spirit and to come up with the best way to kill it they learn that this has been going on for about a century. There is also a Coven involved. Now to figure out how to kill the spirit and to keep themselves alive. 

My American Nightmare - Women in Horror Anthology

My American Nightmare: Women In Horror Anthology - Azzurra Nox, Nicky Peacock

This is a perfect for book to read this time of year. With Halloween Coming quickly. I had a blast scaring myself. This is an Anthology. it has 19 stories in the book. Each story is written by a different author. The stories run the range of every ghoul and goblin in the Halloween line up. From Ghost to zombies. These are short stories, but the creep factor grabs you quickly. There are several stories in this book I would love to read a whole book on. 

 

Picking a favorite story would be impossible for me. I really loved the first one, yea I know picking the first one is lame. But it is about a zombie apocalypse.  How a virus ends up effecting the whole country. The story takes place in Pennsylvania. A girl and her family are trying to escape their hometown but it ends up being too late. The mother gets sick first then the father. The girl ends up being alone and just as she forms a plan to escape she ends up with a sore throat. The first sign of being affected. I also have to admit I would love to read a full book on this story, it ended way to soon for me, but it really stuck with me. 

Muffy & Valor: A True Story by Karl Beckstrand

Muffy & Valor: A True Story - Karl Beckstrand, Brandon Rodriguez

Little Muffy was attacked by a large dog and hurt badly on her side. After she heals he no longer likes other dogs and barks at any one that come near her. 

 

Valor a large German Shepherd gets out of his yard and is hit by a car and hurt badly on his side.. 

 

Muffy's person Carlos runs to his mom about Valor laying int he street hurt. She drives him to where Valor is and since no one seems to know who Valor's people are, they take him to the Vet who fixes him up. Not knowing where her loves Mother worries abtout what to do with Valor since Muffy does not like other dogs. Carlos tells his mom that he will watch Muffy and keep her away. 

 

Once they get Valor to their home Carlos decides to see how Muffy will act around Valor. Surprisingly she knows Valor is hurt and goes to him to comfort him.

 

This is a true story from Karl Beckstrands childhood. It is a very sweet book. As a huge dog lover it brought a tear to my eye.  I hate to think of animals hurt, suffering, and alone.  I have 2 furry kids. One has 3 legs, he was shit in his rear leg several years ago. So I think this story hit real close to home for me. It is a great book. It doesn't really go into detail of the wounds. it is a short book, and the words would be pretty easy for early readers. 

 

I was given a copy of this book by the author for review purposes but the review is my own thoughts. 

The Curl Revolution by Michelle Breyer

The Curl Revolution: Inspiring Stories and Practical Advice from the NaturallyCurly Community - Michelle Breyer

I have extremely curly, extremely thick, and extremely frizzy hair. My hair still lays in perfect ringlets, and at my age that's not a cute look. 

 

This book is filled with tips and support for those of us with unmanageable curly hair. Along with some amazing pictures. I have learned some things from this book. I have found new hair products that I am trying and some are on a list to try. There are also some recipes for home made hair products. Also a wonderful website. 

 

As much as I hated my hair before this book I am learning to love it, well I am in like with it right now. Learning these new tips and tricks and ways of styling has really been a gift. 

 

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