Archive | September 2012

No Humans Involved – Review

Normally after so many books in a series, I start to lose interest. The characters drag on or there is nothing to hold your attention or I just lose interest period. But with Kelley Armstrong’s “Women of the Otherworld” series, I am still so much into it.

No Humans Involved is #7 in the series. This one features Jamie and Jeremy. A mystery and love story all wrapped up in one book. Can you saw yummy!! 😀 haha

Jamie is doing a TV shot with two other “spiritualists”. In the garden in the back of the house she’s staying at she comes across child ghost. Ghosts that can neither talk to her or really communicate with her. That starts her off an adventure/mystery as to why she can’t connect with these ghosts.

She enlists Jeremy to help along with Eve and the stage is set for a great read!  She encounters a group of humans that are trying to harness magic. These are dangerous humans that will stop at nothing to be magical. In the end all the bad guys end up with heir due reward, Jamie frees the children ghosts and Eve and Kristoff see them over to the otherside.

One last note: Jamie is such a tease to Jeremy. She wants to make sure their relationship is/will be going somewhere before they get intimate. However in the meantime she teases Jeremy mercilessly. She lets him see her naked but he can’t touch :O what a bad girl!  A love story to believe in.  **sigh** Jamie is so girly yet so sure of herself. Jeremy is an Alfa wolf and well I don’t think I can say much more. Together they make a great couple and compliment each other quite well.

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Understanding World Religions -Review

In Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day, cross-cultural expert and professor Garry Morgan explains the key beliefs, histories, and practices of more than twenty religions, including the familiar–Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism–and some of the lesser known–Baha’i, Sikhism, and New Age religions. Broken into forty short readings, each chapter is engaging and easy to understand. In just minutes a day you’ll soon have a better understanding of the world’s beliefs.

** I was able to read this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a review**

 

When I saw that this book was one I could read and review I was kinda excited. I wanted a book like this; one I could research other religions in bite size pieces and come away with some knowledge. I was pleased yet a little disappointed with this book.

This book has very short chapters -roughly 4 pages each topic. So if you wanted to get a rough idea of a certain religion you could do so. In some cases I wanted to learn more and this created the perfect diving board to get  started. I learned a few tidbits that I didn’t know before:

  • Ch. 3  “All other religious systems believe the main responsibility for solving life’s problems rest upon people. Christianity reveals and demonstrates that we cannot set things right by our own efforts”
  • Ch. 9  “Native peoples highly value living in balance with the natural environment.”
  • Ch. 13 “One universal human problem all religions seek to handle is the presence of both good and evil in the world. Dualism is the philosopgical term for this perpetual struggle and religion wrestle with it in so many ways.”
  • Ch. 14 “Islam is an Arabic word meaning “submission” and the religion’s central theme is submission to the will of God.”
  • Ch. 28 “Lamas meaning “superior ones””

These are some of sentences that made this book worth while.

However, there were some issues that I had. Religion is so broad, and it’s hard to narrow it down to a few. Then try to cram those few religions into a few paragraphs. The Author, it seems, had a hard time doing this too. One whole chapter -Shinto- was not very descriptive. I read that chapter and didn’t have a clue what it was. The author talked about how it is Japan’s national religion then went on to talk about China’s religions. It was mostly a chapter about the history not the religion itself.

Also, the Author devoted several chapters to certain religions like Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. As I said because of how vast each religion is instead of giving a complete description on each one, he wrote maybe a paragraph or two on what it was. Then went on and wrote more of the chapter or chapters on the founder, history, and geology of the religion. Which isn’t bad because that is always useful but I wanted to know about the religion and how it works and how they worship.

One last problem I had with this book was the underlying Christian tone. Instead of being a completely biased religion book. I felt it was entirely too Christian. Sometimes it would be a simple comparing of the two religions or sometimes it would be “well we know the Bible says” type tone set in there. That really put me off. It’s not that I don’t appreciate what the Author is trying to remind me but I came reading this book to find out what a particular religion believes not how it compares to Christianity.

All in all ,even with my complaints, this is a useful book to have. Especially if you are doing some research into a particular religion.

 

 

 

Revamp -Review

RevampRevamp by Beck Sherman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was able to read this for free from the group “Read-It-and-Reap” in exchange for an honest review.

I really like this book. I found though that it didn’t really have a set story (well it kinda did) but had a very good story and easy to follow nevertheless.

Emma-Rose wakes up on a plane only to find she was a soul survivor in the vampire Apocalypse. Then the only person she meets tries to kills her. She eventually meets up with a cool little dog and a great guy.

Her takes her to a secluded place and there the group fills her in on the blanks and teaches her to fight.

I love vampires and these are the dark ones -sunlight kills, steaks through the heart kills, and they like blood!

I found the Author veers from the main story to tell about some background of the various characters. Normally I don’t like that as I want to get on with the story 🙂 However the author kept me glued to the story.

Great book!

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Broken -Review

This is the sixth book in the Kelley Armstrong series: Women of the Otherworld. We are back with Clay and Elena, and Elena is pregnant!!

So we start off with a pregnant and very worried Elena, plus her mate Clay.There has never been a recording of a female werewolf getting pregnant. She is so nervous and having nightmares. So to get her mind off the pregnancy, she takes a quick easy job. Clay and Jeremy go with her. A quick break and enter, then home to rest and relaxation (as much as her mind will let her)

Only something goes wrong (as they are wont to do in books 😉 ) The item they stole had a spell cast on it , and they triggered the spell which triggered a porthole from the past. They call up they rest of the pack plus Jamie the necromancer. I do so hope Jeremy and Jamie get together. 🙂 Anywho we now have Jack-the-Ripper, zombies(yes, there are zombies in this book!). a pregnant werewolf and all sorts of wonderful, witty dialog that only Kelley Armstrong can deliver.

All in all they figure out the whos and whys (I don’t want to give away any spoilers) and back to normalcy everyone goes. At the very, very end we are treated to a great surprise when Elena gets to deliver!!

I have to say I love, love,love Clay and Elena. Clay reminds me so much of my hubby. haha okay Clay is too feral and my hubby to tame to be compared but the Relationship is there. I see and feel the love and close relationship they have!  Even though they bicker and fight, kiss and make-up, love surrounds them! That is a beautiful thing -to see a couple with loads of problems come together.

Another great book from author Kelley Armstrong!!