No Turning Back: The Life and Death of Animal Species by Richard Ellis

•October 24, 2012 • Leave a Comment

4 stars

Genres: non-fiction, science

Format: ebook

448 pages

Published by HarperCollins Publishers

Published in August 10th 2004 more details…

ISBN: 1453271155

ISBN13: 9781453271155

Where to Buy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

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Note: I received this copy via Netgalley

 

Synopsis:

A noted naturalist’s fascinating inquiry into the life and death of animal species Just about every species that has ever lived on earth is extinct. The trilobites, which dominated the ocean floors for 300 million years, are gone. The last of the dinosaurs was wiped out by a Mount Everest-sized meteorite that slammed into the earth 65 million years ago. The great flying reptiles are gone, and so are the marine reptiles, some of them larger than a humpback whale. Before humans crossed the Bering land bridge some 15,000 years ago, North America was populated by mastodons, mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, and cave bears. They too are MIA. Passenger pigeons once flew over North America in flocks that numbered in the billions; the last one died in 1914.

In this book you will meet creatures that were driven to extinction even more recently, as well as some that were brought back from the brink. You will even encounter animals not known to exist until recently — an antidote to extinction.

 

My Review:

Ellis looks at the various factors that have contributed and still are to the extinction or the species being threatened.  The majority of this book deals with extinction that has occurred in the past and what might transpire (or inevitably will at the rate we are going) in the future.  Ellis is able to masterfully bring science to the everyday individual.  While some parts are still dry Ellis mixes in a variety of interesting anecdotes and facts from modern things.

 

One of the key points people should take from this book is just how much of an impact humans have had on bringing forth the extinction of species and moving the process along.

 

About the Author:

Richard Ellis is one of America’s leading marine conservationists, and is generally recognized as the foremost painter of marine natural history subjects in the world. His paintings of whales have appeared in Audubon, National Wildlife, Australian Geographic, the Encyclopedia Britannica, and numerous other national and interna­tional publications.

 

Video featuring the author:

http://video.openroadmedia.com/7fyeK/meet-richard-ellis/

 

Also: http://lrjohnson13.blogspot.com/2012/10/no-turning-back-life-and-death-of.html

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Never Too Late (Changes #1) by Jay Howard

•October 24, 2012 • Leave a Comment

3 stars
Format: ebook
396 pages
Published in November 1st 2011
Where to Buy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:
Relationships can strain to breaking point when there are too many secrets, too many problems not faced.

Maggie is forced to make tough choices when her husband is left in a coma and his secrets start to surface. The changes to her life inevitably have repercussions for her son and daughter. What choices will they make to bring about the changes they need?

Maggie must find her inner strength, for herself and her children, and she will never see life in quite the same way again.

My Review:
Everyone has to learn some tough lessons in life and this story really brings across the reality of that situation. With that being said some of the chapters were a little harder to get through, some issues were solved a little too easily it seemed for the gravity of the situation. To each their own though, the characterization fit nicely in and the characters themselves blended easily together. I will definitely be reading the second one, Jay Howard makes characters come alive.

About the Author:
Born in England, part raised in Wales, Jay Howard also introduced herself to her other country, Canada. She has muddled her way through life until discovering the beauty of Somerset and the joyful pain of writing.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13450132-never-too-late

Also on: http://lrjohnson13.blogspot.com/2012/10/never-too-late-changes-1-by-jay-howard.html

The Twelfth Paladin by Nora Weston

•October 23, 2012 • Leave a Comment

3 stars

Format: ebook

245 pages

 

Published by Melange Books

Published on June 25th 2011more details…

ISBN: 161235176X

ISBN13: 9781612351766

Where to Buy: Amazon

Synopsis:

Scarred with angelfire by a rebellious angel named Micah, Jake Cottrell is sanctioned to become the twelfth paladin in Micah’s supernatural unit of slayers. However, regret abounds as Micah is banished from his command and ordered to protect what he now despises…a human he believes is unworthy of such an honor.

Jake slips far away from righteousness, outwardly proving Micah’s judgment, by replying to a wicked email from next@hell.net. Forever a seeker of mischief, Jake dares Hell to burn him. Hell agrees. Davis Travers thickens the plot by introducing Jake to Rachel Darnell. A temptress extraordinaire, she erupts from the fiery pits to steal Jake’s soul. After a steamy seduction from the dark side, Jake is left spellbound.

With his soul dangling between Heaven and Hell, Jake soars on a blistering blacktop to escape the wrath of Hell as he fights for redemption while transforming into the twelfth paladin. Feel the heat as you grab your precious soul and go for a virtual roller coaster ride into Hell and back.

My Review:

When playing a game with hell someone is going to get burned.  Every character has a choice in the story between good and evil and of course evil is always the more enticing option.  The use of the first person character viewpoints was effective, although the lengthy internal dialog often felt overly descriptive and caused a break in the flow.  With that being said the characters are not segregated into all good or all evil, making them more realistic to people you might meet.  The hero and heroine of this story come with their own issues but we do see them develop and mature along the way.

I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About the Author:

Nora Weston’s fiction and poetry slips in-between and all around science fiction, fantasy, and horror. No one has ever accused her of being sane. The most terrifying things Nora has encountered are teenagers…with driving permits, and she’s taught five of these frightening creatures to drive.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11843526-the-twelfth-paladin

Path of Needles (Paths #1) by Hannah Kollef

•October 23, 2012 • Leave a Comment

3 stars

Length: 190 pages

Genres: Fantasymore details…

Published October 12th 2012

ISBN13: 9781479389704

Where to Buy: Amazon

 

Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

Synopsis:

Cultured and refined seventeen year old Kat Finnegan becomes unexpectantly embroiled in myth and fantasy upon her father’s disappearance.  Now along with her twin brother Roger and friend Jim she is determined to unravel the secrets of the Rose Queen and the world of the Fey.

 

My Review:

The world Hannah Kollef created did not seem to be entirely developed; I was having trouble grasping what she was trying to get at.  I also found myself having to go back and reread parts but at other times wanting to skip over the monotonous and lengthy amount of information.

 

The main character, Kat Finnegan, was strong and well defined especially in her willingness to help those around her; however, I thought she accepted the whole concept of a magical world a little too easily.  It was said and then just automatically taken for fact.  Roger and Jim took it the same way.

 

About the Author:

Hannah Kollef was born on the anniversary of Genghis Khan’s death. She believes this is responsible for her poor table manners and love of pillaging.
Hannah earned her BA in Japanese and Political Science at Washington and Lee University. Upon graduating, she decided to pursue writing and published her first novel, “To Wake the Shadows.” In October 2012 she published the first in her new Paths series, titled “Path of Needles.” She also launched her new website, hannahkollef.com, a multimedia collaboration with input from a variety of talented musicians and artists.
​In addition to her novels, Hannah has been published in various magazines including In General magazine and Hometown Quarterly. She also works as a freelance copywriter, editor, and social media consultant for several small businesses. She lives close to New York City.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16032205-path-of-needles

 

A Very Demon Christmas (Demon Hunters #1) by Evanne Lorraine

•October 21, 2012 • Leave a Comment

4 stars
5 flames
Genres: Erotica, paranormal, romance
Format: ebook
110 pages
Published by Loose Id

Synopsis:
Holly loves her job as a private nurse, but the ill and injured offer little chance to explore her secret longings, especially not for a submissive seeking a master worth risking her heart. When she braves the exclusive La Ceinture Noir, a mysterious dom takes charge of her. She never sees his face, but she’ll never forget his powerful mastery.

Demon hunter Colin avoids the sweetly submissive nurse next door because she doesn’t deserve to be drawn into his nightmare world. No one does. All he has to offer her is pain and heartbreak. He damn near trips over his own tongue when he spots her in red lace lingerie at the club. After a too brief interlude with the enchanting little slave, he comes to his senses, and alters her memory of their encounter before leaving.

But there’s more to Holly than he suspects. For openers, she’s immune to his mind games. He can’t erase her memories without serious damage and he can’t bear to hurt her. The more she learns about him, the greater her jeopardy. How can he keep her safe through a very demon Christmas?

My Review:
Holly is a spunky relatable character in the fact that she is out of her element. She had never experienced anything like BDSM before but found herself enjoying it as Colin expertly schooled her in the acts. Colin on the other hand was the perfect mix of mystery having a tough guy persona that melts a little when Holly is around.

Bondage and blindfolds can be fun as readers experience it from Holly’s own perspective of not realizing just how much she liked the darker side of life until she becomes practiced with Shibari binding. This story is a stimulating mix of the paranormal demon story blended intricately with BDSM.

I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About the Author:
When Evanne Lorraine is not writing dangerously sexy stories, she is gardening, walking the dog, or sleeping. When it’s too cold and wet to garden then she is reading good books.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13283767-a-very-demon-christmas

Uncle John’s Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader by Bathroom Readers’ Institute

•October 21, 2012 • Leave a Comment

4 stars
Format: ebook
608 pages
Publication by Portable Press

Synopsis:
The Bathroom Reader turns 25! Uncle John is celebrating this historic milestone with his biggest all-new edition ever—more than 600 pages of absorbing material!

“Fully Loaded” is putting it mildly. This behemoth of a book is overflowing with incredible stories, surprising facts, weird news, little-known origins, forgotten history, fun wordplay, and everything else that millions of loyal fans have come to expect from the world’s best-selling bathroom reading series. As always, it’s divided by length: quickies for the reader on the go, medium-sized articles for those with a few minutes to spare, and extra-long pieces for those truly leg-numbing experiences. Here are just a few of the hundreds of topics loaded into this edition of America’s favorite “on the go” source of fascinating information:
– Real Life Superheroes
– Big Fat Nothing: the Story of Zero
– The Strange Fate of Eben Myers, the “Radium Man”
– When Authors Attack (Each Other)
– How to Talk Like a Bowler
– First Date . . . Last Date
– The Worst Business Decision Ever

My Review:
This was the first time that I have read a Bathroom Reader book and I have to say I found it quite enjoyable. There was a plethora of fun and interesting facts that kept me entertained. This would be perfect for a family party or a random road trip to keep everyone entertained along the way.

Fast paced and an easy read. The book is also well-organized and broken up into sections with fun tidbits in between.

About the Author:
The Bathroom Reader’s Institute UJBR boasts more than 12 million books in print and a membership base topping 40,000 loyal readers . . .

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13594962-uncle-john-s-fully-loaded-25th-anniversary-bathroom-reader

The Whispers of the Sprite (The Whispers #1) by Joanna Mazurkiewicz

•October 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

2 stars
Format: Ebook
Genre: young adult, paranormal, romance
230 pages

Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:
Ania’s life changes when she is stabbed late one night on the beach. After he incident she starts to be able to see spirits, one in particular is Gabriel. The rub of the situation, Gabriel and Ania could not touch one another.

My Review:
Even though the plot idea is interesting an original the writing style is immature and shaky with too much description. I found myself wanting to skip through parts and the characters did not seem very believable. It is understandable that Ania wants to move away from her mom but she seems rude about it. Especially when she is the one that stupidly goes out alone at night with no protection, no surprise she gets stabbed, with that she still pushes her mom away.

About the Author:
Joanna Mazurkiewicz was born in Poland. She moved to United Kingdom when she was only nineteen and just finished high school. She had aspired to be a writer upon completion of the Harry Potter series but also enjoyed reading books like ‘Gone with the Wind’, ’Animal Farm’ and ‘The doll’. She graduated from Swansea University with a bachelor degree in American Studies. While studying in the UK she made a decision to start writing fiction in English.

The “Whispers of the Sprite” is her first debut novel and she is currently working on the second book in the series. Joanna lives in Cowbridge, a small town in South Wales near Cardiff with her boyfriend Bruce. She enjoys cycling around Welsh countryside some of which has become the settings in her first series.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16054483-the-whispers-of-the-sprite

 
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