House on Bo-Kay Lane by Greta Burroughs, (A Wee People Adventure)

Description: Gerald and Vernon believe their time with the wee people came to an end after returning to their homes, but begin to wonder when strange things started to happen at a nearby abandoned house. Ghostly images and voices haunt the boys’ dreams. Curiosity draws them to investigate the mysterious haunted house. What they find takes them back to the world of the wee people and a new adventure begins.

 

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The existence of the Wee People are in danger as once again Gerald, Vernon, and this time a grown up, Andrew (Gerald’s dad) come to their aid.  The differences in the cultures of the two worlds are well contrasted and examined in the writing skills of Burroughs and sometimes even comically. Once again Burroughs has delivered a great YA book for all ages.

Returning to the land of wee people has been as great adventure as the first time.  Greta has delivered a magical world of adventure and enlightenment. It was good to see old friends, Gerald and Vernon and to meet a new adult character.  The choice of connecting the two world by alternating the settings between Gerald’s world and the world of the Wee People (book one), allows the reader more insight to the characters motivations and adds a connection that can be used in future (hint) books in the series.  There is so much room to expand that it make me eager for the next book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Review: The Night Circus (audiobook unabridged) by Erin Morgenstern, narrated by Jim Dale

TheNightCircusThe circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazement. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

 

 

What this book lacked in excitement, it made up for in descriptive narrative, but that was not enough to save it .  I found that disappointing. I think a circus setting is magical in an eerie sort of way and the idea of the circus entertainers having the eternal responsibility for it was a quirky twist but it never made it pass the idea stage. The story, sometimes a love story, sometimes a thriller, was more or less just confused.   The descriptions and the Steampunk touch were the highlights of the long slow story.  Okay but not something I would recommend unless you are having trouble sleeping.  Then it might help……But the narrator was great!

 

Review: Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay

I usually do not give away my feelings for a book till the end of my post but I just have to say this one GRRREAT! I read this book in one sitting last night, all night….

“Trust Your Eyes” is a fast pace thriller that will keep a reader wondering till the very last page.  I have always been a fan of Barclay’s writing but this book may be his best yet.  I know for one thing, he has secured me as a fan that will be anxiously awaiting his next release.

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Book Description: Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pours over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen.

Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon—but has not—in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

Thomas’s brother, Ray, takes care of him, cooking for him, dealing with the outside world on his behalf, and listening to his intricate and increasingly paranoid theories. When Thomas tells Ray what he has seen, Ray humors him with a half-hearted investigation. But Ray soon realizes he and his brother have stumbled onto a deadly conspiracy.

This book is available at the Bullitt County Public Library and Amazon. (Check your local book store or library for availability.)

Review: Susie Q’s Restuarant Bardstown Ky.

Well, since retirement, I have been spending time with my daughter and we have had some real experiences.  I kept thinking that I should let people know about these little local gems that we are finding.  I do book reviews then surely I could expand that to other things…..so my rattling begins…..

The absolute perfect example of a local gem is Susie Q’s in Bardstown, Kentucky.  Don’t let the simple and quaint overtones fool you.  This place delivers class, quality and heavenly flavors on a plate (with a side order of homemade potato chips.) Whether your taste is for the down home style pot roast or the original style Ruben, you will not be disappointed.

I opted for the chicken salad on a croissant, homemade, of course.  It was divine, with a slightly sweet after taste and a good crunch of pickle and fresh breast of chicken.  Simple and delightful.

Paula, chose the Ruben, the thinly sliced corned-beef was perfect with the homemade sauce. On marbled rye bread it was a work of art. (Per Paula)

Now to my daughter Desiree, who chose the slaw burger and may never stop talking about it.  It was a juicy (yes, you could see the juice running from it) 1/4 lb Angus burger loaded with their own homemade slaw that was made with lettuce, and that, by the moans emanating from Desi, was obviously delicious.

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We are already planning a quick return to try out the meatloaf and the desserts (Oh, did I mention 3-4″ high homemade apple pie with ice cream and caramel, and homemade coconut, chocolate, and lemon meringue pies….shall I go on…). Great food at a great price and friendly service!

Located at 607 West Stephen Foster Ave. In Bardstown, Ky.  Price: $5-$10  502-331-9298

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Review: Wrecker Dave Conifer

Wrecker by Dave Conifer

A good thriller and a fast read, definitely an all-niter. Looking for more from this author. Reminiscent of Dean Koontz suspense writing.  Dave Conifer delivers an edge of seat thriller.

Book Discription:   Jane thought a loveless marriage was as bad as it could get.

Steve thought life was perfect with a hired man to do his chores.
They were both wrong.
Jane Havelock is coping a day at a time in a bad marriage when her husband Steve hires handyman Rob Manteo for a never-ending series of odd jobs around the house. At first Jane is repulsed by Manteo, a huge, muscular man with primitive communication skills. But revulsion reluctantly gives way to curiosity and even fascination as loneliness drives her into a precarious friendship with Manteo. He’s morose and mysterious, but there’s definitely more to him than meets the eye.
As her marriage and her husband’s career crumble around her, Jane digs into Manteo’s past and uncovers a horrible secret. She knows now that it was more than chance that brought Manteo into their world, but it may be too late.

Review: His Brother’s Baby by Blanche Marriott

Not normally a romance reader, I have to admit that I was dragging my feet reading this book.  I should have been making time!  The unique approach that Blanche Marriott takes with the old age twins twist is a real refreshing change of pace from that the same old done to death twin switching theme. I love the mystery and romance that is intermingled with the powerful character development of Gabriella and David.

The Rhode Island setting is a perfect blend for the story of these two lovers. The descriptions are vivid and lend quality to the overall story. It is a simple but well written love story.

I found Marriott’s story to be tender and touching with a hint of mystery and suspense.  Settle in for a long night of romance with this one.

Overview: His Brother’s Baby

Illegal cigars. Mistaken identity. Heated passion on a cold stormy night.

David Rutland has spent a lifetime covering for his errant twin brother and making things right. No more. Time for the irresponsible womanizer to grow up and face the music. But David isn’t prepared for his world to be rocked when he meets the beautiful redhead who mistakes him for his missing brother. David doesn’t know what’s worse, deceiving his brother or deceiving this woman he’s waited his entire life to find.

Gabriella Santori knows the meaning of a rock and a hard place. Lured by the big tipping Damien Rutland to save cigar bands for him at the cigar lounge where she works, she eventually realizes he’s up to no good. She decides she’s had enough and arranges a meeting to tell him, but she’s taken back by the difference in him. He’s not the creepy, macho, unnerving customer from the cigar lounge and before she knows it, she’s smitten.

When Gabriella later discovers she’s pregnant and learns that Damien is missing, she enlists David’s help out of desperation. As the family waits for news of Damien’s whereabouts, Gabriella can’t help falling in love with the wrong brother…or is it? Must David forego the love of his life because of his twin’s irresponsibility? And will they ever find his missing brother? …..by Blanche Marriott

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

If you are a fan of the Hunger Games then be prepared for a no “reality show” look at the post-apocalyptic world faced by Penryn.  She is just a young girl searching for her stolen sister and willing to make a deal with even a fallen angel to get her back.  The natural and un-natural perils that Penryn faces are nothing compared to the emotional pain that she has to endure as well.  The depth and detail that the author gives to her character’s histories, and the character makeup themselves, are part of what makes this story so interesting.

The Biblical elements of the book are not overly pushed and is blended well into the storyline with the histories of all the characters.  There is graphic violence and some romance but it is mostly a hard-driving look a survival in an unforgiving world.  I found this book to be very well written.  I was a little hesitant to read another book in a series, since I have a hard time keeping up with all the other series books that I read.  I am so happy that I gave this story a chance.  I found the character of Penryn refreshing and her strength inspiring.  This book is marketed toward teens (contains mature content) but has enough excitement and depth of content that even adult readers will enjoy the story.  I will be following this series.

 

Product description from Amazon:

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.  Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.  Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.   Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.