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Original Essays | September 17, 2014

Merritt Tierce: IMG Has My Husband Read It?



My first novel, Love Me Back, was published on September 16. Writing the book took seven years, and along the way three chapters were published in... Continue »
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Amy Goes Surfing by Julie Labossiere
Amy Goes Surfing

KaelebsMomma, November 29, 2011

In ‘Amy Goes Surfing’ by Julie Labossiere, young Amy has been taking surfing lessons and is ready to go out on her own to test her skills. While Amy is certain that she can do this alone, she’s also very anxious and a bit afraid. With the support of her family and mentor, Amy decides to take the plunge.

I felt like this was a great book for children. I read this to my 9 and 11 year old and they loved it. They felt like they could relate to Amy, as to there have been many instances where they too were nervous about something.

Anxiety is a normal part of life that everyone will experience many times over. No matter how confident you are, you will always doubt yourself. Julie Labossiere understands this and shows in a positive way that it’s perfectly okay to be scared and if you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything.

I believe this book is great for all elementary students. As far as reading alone, I feel that it’s appropriate for third grade level and up.

Way to go Julie! Another positive, yet realistic book that children can relate to their everyday lives. I look forward to reading ‘Amy Plays The Violin’ and ‘Amy Volunteers’.
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FM for Murder
FM for Murder

KaelebsMomma, November 12, 2011

In ‘FM For Murder’ by Patricia Rockwell, the 2nd book in the Pamela Barnes series, a murder has Pamela back to work in this acoustic mystery. In the early hours of morning, a local deejay is shot to death on air. Unfortunately, the police have no leads on who the shooter is. Hundreds of miles away, the son of a terminally ill carpet manufacturer is keeping a secret that connects him to this baffling crime. With the help of her husband, co-workers and students, will Pamela be able to piece together a detailed puzzle that seems impossible to solve? Will justice be served or will the killer remain at large, the shooting an unsolved mystery?

I am a fan of Patricia Rockwell’s writing and have been since reading her first book in this series. I’m also especially fond of series books, as to I become attached to the characters. Patricia has a way of bringing the characters to life and drawing her readers into her stories. Another bonus that I particularly appreciate is a segment at the end of the book, titled ‘Rocky’s Recipes’, where Patricia shares recipes that were mentioned in the book.

Patricia writes ‘cozy mysteries’, meaning that you’ll want to cuddle up with this book for a relaxing read. That’s exactly what I did. I read this book from start to finish in one day. It was a page turner that I had a hard time sitting down. I’ll be reading ‘Voice Mail Murder’ next. I can’t get enough!

I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a good mystery, minus the chilling thrillers and gore. I’m not fond of eerie books and steer clear of most mystery genre books. Patricia Rockwell’s writing was a pleasant surprise and a welcome read. Even those with the mildest of tolerance can finally sit down with a mystery that they will enjoy!

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Skye Object 3270a by Linda Nagata
Skye Object 3270a

KaelebsMomma, November 11, 2011

I just finished reading Skye Object 3270a by Linda Nagata, a highly adventurous and futuristic book. Generally, sci-fi stories don’t interest me, but I was instantly hooked after reading the first chapter. A scientist from the city of Silk discovers a lifeboat floating amidst the solar system. Inside is a 2 year old child, who is in a frozen induced sleep and believed to be the only survivor of her kind. She is given the name Skye Object 3270a. Skye has grown up in Silk and is currently an adventurous teen who questions her past and where she came from. With the help of her friends, Skye sets out on a mission to seek answers. Unfortunately in doing so, there are many dangerous tasks involved, as well as knowledge that may jeopardize every life on Deception Well.

I felt like Linda Nagata did a fantastic job bringing her readers into this fantasy world. Often I’ve found sci-fi books to be hard to understand, but this is not the case with Skye Object. The story reads smoothly and draws its readers in. I appreciate the friendships and coming of age struggles that Linda’s characters must face. She gives a realistic feel to building relationships and overcoming dilemmas. Her characters are fun loving teens in an other than ordinary, but exciting future world.

I would recommend this book to mature middle grade students, as to I think it may be a little advanced in terms of reading level. However, the content is appropriate for this age group, unlike many books geared toward this crowd. Likewise, I think YA ‘s and adults will enjoy this book, because it’s fast paced and packed with action.

Skye Object 3270a is certainly one of the best books I’ve read and I encourage anyone who enjoys an adventurous story to pick this one up. Don’t let the genre discourage you if you are like me and not a sci-fi fan. Since reading this book in a matter of a couple days, I’ve already looked Linda Nagata up and will be delving into her other stories as well.
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13 Days: The Dark Circle by K. Lippi
13 Days: The Dark Circle

KaelebsMomma, November 10, 2011

I’ve recently read ’13 Days: The Dark Circle’ by K. Lippi. In this book 16 teenagers are chosen to compete in a reality television show. Their mission is to be the last one standing. Their prize is take home one million dollars. The only thing standing in their way is the St. Clara Asylum where massacres and suicides abound by many and this is where they will call home for 13 days.

Unfortunately, everyone begins to feel the stress of their adventure. There are lies, love triangles and peculiar happenings from the beginning. Each time another player is brutally taken away, the other cast members become more paranoid. Could St. Clara’s actually be haunted and could they be involved in more than just an ordinary game show?

I honestly loved this book. It was a real page turner. I think that K. Lippi did an excellent job keeping the right amount of suspense present and her readers on the edge of their seat. While I wouldn’t go as far as saying this is morbid tale, it’s certainly packed full of mystery.

However, the editing in this book was not very well done. I’m a stickler for these types of mistakes and it actually takes away from the book in my opinion. There were inconsistencies throughout the book, misspellings, overuse of certain words and grammatical errors. My advice would be to check and double check before publishing a book.

I think this would be a great read for mature teens and young adults. As a 30 something adult myself, I enjoyed the storyline immensely.

Now for the criticism… As I mentioned a couple times above, I really enjoyed this book, mostly. The ending felt rushed. I felt a complete disconnect in my feelings for the book by the ending. I’ve never finished a book that I’ve felt more unsatisfied with the ending, then this book. If you’re looking for a happy ending, this book certainly is not for you. I found myself flipping through the last blank pages, looking for something, anything to actually end this story. My only hope is that K. Lippi ended ‘The Dark Circle’ in this manner to follow it up with a sequel. That being said, if a sequel is produced, I will buy a copy hot off the presses. I need better closure! In retrospect, the ending does have an unexpected paranormal twist that leaves you saying…”oooooh.”

Overall, even with the issues that I found, I still enjoyed reading this book. I think K. Lippi has some great ideas and I hope to see more from her in the future and I look forward to reading ‘Awakening’.
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Bingoed by Patricia Rockwell
Bingoed

KaelebsMomma, October 24, 2011

I had the pleasure of reading ‘Bingoed’ by Patricia Rockwell, a novel about a 90 year old super sleuth named Essie Cobb. Essie and her “partners in crime” suspect that foul play is involved when one of their fellow residents at Happy Haven Assisted Living Facility collapses and falls into a coma after winning at Bingo. The theories run rampant when spry Essie and her friends put their mind to solving this mystery.

Mrs. Rockwell hit a homerun with ‘Bingoed’. The storyline will keep you coming back for more. This is definitely a mystery read that you don’t want to miss. Curl up with a cozy blanket for this cozy read.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good “whodunit” mystery. People of all ages will enjoy this book. I appreciate Mrs. Rockwell’s mysteries, because they are not too graphic or intimidating. Anyone who shies away from a mystery due to gripping content will appreciate this book. I think my grandmother would get a kick out of ‘Bingoed’ and enjoy it as much as I did.

Patricia Rockwell is a quick rising author, whose writing will captivate you. I look forward to reading more from her in the future. Don’t miss out on the adventures that Essie Cobb and her quick witted friends “wheel” themselves into. This page turner will make you laugh out loud, as well as keep you guessing and waiting to see what will come next. I’m anticipating reading more about Essie’s adventures.
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