Archive | June 2012

Industrial Magic – Review

Kelley Armstrong does it again! She has written a wonderful, intriguing emotional book. I felt this one a bit more dialogue for my taste but the magic was still there. 🙂

Someone is murdering the teenage offspring of the underworld’s most influential Cabals – a circle of families that makes the mob look like amateurs. And none is more powerful than the Cortez Cabal, a faction Paige is intimately acquainted with. Lucas Cortez, the rebel son and unwilling heir, is none other than her boyfriend. But love isn’t blind, and Paige has her eyes wide open as she is drawn into a hunt for an unnatural-born killer. Pitted against shamans, demons, and goons, it’s a battle chilling enough to make a wild young woman grow up in a hurry. If she gets the chance.

We are back with Paige and Lucas. We also meet Jaime, a necromancer (a celeb  who Savannah adores). Closer to the end of the book the gang is all there – the werewolves – Elena, Clay, Jeremy; The vamps -Cassandra and Aaron; and Paige’s friend’s -Robert, and Adam!  I think I would love to live in a world of supernaturals. I would love to meet these people. 🙂

We also get to meet Lucas’ family. All of the good, the bad, and the ugly. I really liked Benicio. I found him very sweet and a doting father to Lucas. I think that made it harder for Lucas because he  has this great dad who only wants the best for him but is burdened with the family business.  It does mention in the book that Lucas would like a relationship with his dad but unfortunately anytime Lucas tries to spend time his dad basically tries to rope him into the whole family business.

As with most of Kelley Armstrong’s books she starts off slow. More dialogue then action. She tries to get the setting and a who-done-it type of feel. Then towards the later half of the book she brings it all together. I am also not too sure how I feel about the romance. Sometimes she eludes to s*x -nothing to describe but you know they are going to do it, but then others she just starts to describe it only to leave the rest to your imagination. I kinda wished she would or one or the other. Give us full detail or give us nothing but imagination.

SPOILER ALERT: Paige and Lucas are investigating a serial murder. They found an accomplice and Paige just about dies -or gets very, very hurt. The accomplice get tried in a cabal trial and executed right away. Which sucks for Paige and Lucas because now that is a dead end. However a “spirit or spook, tries to get in touch with Jaime and together they figure out that they need to contact Cassandra. So now we have all 4 working together. Eventually they need a body guard so that’s where the werewolves come into play. It all boiled down to a very vengeful vampire.  Which Benicio kills in the end!! So cool. Something happened  to Lucas that made me go “What!!!”  I was about to die. Then Kelley Armstrong pulls a miracle and I could breathe again!

This is the fourth book in the series and still going strong. So many times I have stopped a book series cause of some reason or another. Seeing as how I am in the middle of a challenge though, I am glad she writes a really good book! Can’t wait for the next one.

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Mommy Moments

 

3.) You know you’re a Mom when…

  1. you find yourself doing/saying the same thing your mother did or said. Even though you said you’d never.
  2. your DVD or TV becomes the babysitter.
  3. you spend you date night worry about the kids. Even though you know they are good and in capable hands , they are still out of your sight and all these “what if’s” cross your mind.
  4. you see and hear another child throw a temper in the store and think “Praise the Lord that’s not my child….today at lest!”
  5. you jump awake from the dead of night with the slightest whimper of “mom”
  6. you have learned to navigate the hallway at 3a.m. in the dark. only to stub your toe on a toy or step on legos and think “why didn’t I tidy the room before bed”
  7. when your hubby wonders why you can’t hear the screaming kid. That’s because you have successfully tuned them out.
  8. you take every moment to hug and kiss your children no matter how messy they get.
  9. you have multiplied you love with each child.
  10. your heart breaks for children in less loving situations.

 

I am a mom of three and these have been my own personal mommy moments 🙂 I greatly love my children!

NeverDark – a review

This was a wonderful story about faeries, trees and lots of woodland creatures. I was able to get a free paperback courtesy of the author. Thanks so much.I really enjoyed reading it.

My emotions ran from frustration and hate at the beginning. Lord Darkwater is just a big meany who wants the fair Princess Fiera as his bride. To a great sadness when the Great Mother Oak is almost destroyed because of greed. To happiness at the very end when all is restored and hope is brought forth.

Being a faerie book and following Fair Fiera’s quest to find Mother Oak, you meet creatures such as noble ants, to Mexican crows, to feisty squirrels. Each makes a lasting and deep impression and friendship!

The one spot I had trouble with was how quickly Darkwater went from a bitter, greedy man to a hopeful, happy man who changed his name to Clearwater. My question was how can someone with that temperament turn from mean to nice so quickly? But when you think of his life story, he wasn’t really mean. Just a misguided genius who had great plans that went awry. When he was able to get his mind right again he used his brilliant mind to change things and make things better..

A great story that I think all people, children and adults alike would enjoy!!

 

NeverDark by C.S. Einfeld

Finally, The Right Bible

Since I left an occult- like independent Baptist church back in Oct I have been looking for a Bible to read.  I was KJV only for so long that that was all I knew. But it felt like anytime I would open the KJV that the only words I would hear would be the Pastor’s telling me what to believe. I felt I wasn’t hearing God.

So I started searching. I found an NIV, and an ESV. The ESV one I use for my Child-Training Bible.  However, I was not up to debate KJV-only vs. other version and so I couldn’t quite feel comfortable reading other versions. Plus anytime I would start to read any version I would start to feel conviction. I KNEW what the Bible says having had it pounded into me for so long and I was tired of being made to feel wrong. I wanted God’s Love. At this point in my life I NEEDED and craved God’s love. SO I kept searching for a Bible that would show me God’s love. That would soothe my wounded soul. That wouldn’t just point out my sins and short comings but show me that God loves his child.

I finally found it! I found the Bible that I can sit and read and enjoy the Words of God.! It is a child’s Bible called The Wonder Bible!

 

The insert tells us :”Children first learn to “Taste and see that the Lord is Good” in bright, engaging children’s story Bibles. But what happens when they outgrow their simple picture Bibles? What happens when they hunger to know more about God’s promises, people, and plans? Most often, we expect them to jump immediately to a full-text Bible.”

This Bible has been abridged from 800,000 word text to about 130,000 words written as more of a storybook. And that is why I like it. It reads like a storybook yet has enough meat to hear God speaking to you.

THANK YOU LORD FOR BRINGING ME A BIBLE. THANK YOU LORD FOR GIVING ME A BIBLE THAT I MAY READ ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LOVE. THANK YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF ME ALWAYS 🙂

 

What is Success?

A few weeks ago I had a conversation with a friend. She was taking about her in-law’s family. Their 5th boy had a “shotgun” marriage. He had fallen in love with a girl, ended up getting her pregnant, and because of circumstances, had to get married right away.  My first thought was “they (the parents) weren’t very successful in raising their kids right.”

Which really got me thinking : what is success?

Wikipedia says this:

Success may refer to:

The dictionary describes it as :

1.the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.
2.the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
3.a successful  performance or achievement:
4.a person or thing that is successful
5.Obsolete . outcome.
Synonyms   achievement, fame, triumph.
SO let’s ask again : when it comes to raising children, how do we know we are successful??
How does each family raise their children to be successful. The above family was not successful in teaching moral purity and abstaining/keeping ones self to marriage. Yet each of the children (save one) all have wonderful spouses and partners. Each and every child was taught to think for himself/herself and all have good paying jobs.  But they are just one family.  Another family that I knew of was very religious, was in fact an independent Baptist family. The lived, breathed, ate the Bible, yet only 1 of the 4 children have a success home life. Another has a good Christian facade but the children are way too sheltered (yes there is a thing as sheltering your children too much). and we won’t even talk about the mess the other 2 children made.
Kinda makes you think doesn’t it?  What is success??  Is it knowing the Bible? Is it living the law of the Bible? Is it getting a good job? Is it being dept free? Is it? Is it? Is it? I think a better question would be : What do I want for my children? How do I train my children to be successful?  Okay that is two questions. 2 excellent questions and ones I can answer!
  1. I want my children to think! Sounds funny but I want my children to be free-thinkers, to step outside the box and learn things on their own. I want them to make their own decisions. I want them to find God or rather have God find them on God’s own time.
  2. I want my children to have good jobs. Not the necessarily the highest paying job but a job they can love (or at least like). A job that will pay bills and have a bit over to spend.
  3. I want my children to find love. This one may be the toughest. What if they find someone that I don’t like :O I will have to remind myself that I am not marrying that person 🙂  What if they “fall out” of love later on during the relationship? I will have to remind myself to have grace during that period. I really want my children to have what my hubby and I have found -a best friend who I want to spend all my time with. A best friend who I can argue with but know that making up after will be bittersweet.
  4. I want my children to be kind and to look after others. I think this is important in this world. I don’t want them to be pushovers (see #1( but I do want them to speak in kindness, and gentleness. I want them to go out and about and have a smile always ready on their lips.

Those are a few of the things I want my children to be and do. My children are young and some things may come up later (sexual purity) but those my hubby and  I have discussed to be used for later conversations with the children.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to my ramblings 🙂  🙂
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