Power of Vulnerability review


This is a seminar series on cultivating things in our lives that really matter, getting rid of the blame game, and being more authentic in your every day life.  Brown is hilarious! Her stories are mostly from personal experiences but she also adds in stories from her research subjects.

This was recommended to me and I’ve recommended it to several others already.  Granted, it is 6 hours long but it is so worth it!  I got it from my local library so check there before you buy it.  :-)

Destroyer Angel review

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Goodreads: Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation—an autumn canoe trip in the to the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is thirteen. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen.

On their second night out, Anna goes off on her own for a solo evening float on the Fox River. When she comes back, she finds that four thugs, armed with rifles, pistols, and knives, have taken the two women and their teenaged daughters captive. With limited resources and no access to the outside world, Anna has only two days to rescue them before her friends are either killed or flown out of the country.

This book is decent – rather predictable and a little outside the realm of realism but guess we don’t read fiction because it is something that could really happen.

The writing is true to the other Nevada Barr books and good for an afternoon read. I might be done with this series because, like the Maggie O’Dell and other series, it has pretty much run its course.

I was hesitant to read this book because I’m rather sick of the series but figured I should give it another try.  It has nothing to do with the author when I say that I’m tired of a series – I know it has to be hard to keep a character fresh from one book to another.  There is only so many times a character can face harrowing circumstances before the reader reaches their puke point.

Books from the Library

Some people still go to the library and yes, I am one.  I went today to return two books and ended up bringing three back home with me.  Still have the rest of “The Walk” series to read but got these as well:

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I am hesitant to read another Koontz after being so disappointed in the last newer one – but I will start it and see.  I have long rid myself of that nasty need to finish a book if I think it is terrible.  Who has that kind of time?

Don’t know much about the other ones but they caught my eye so will give them a try.

The Mask review

I know they say you can doeverything on a tablet that you can do on the laptop but I don’t have the patience for figuring out how to drag and drop the book’s picture here or put Goodreads info for it.

A couple days ago my laptop died and had to be sent in for repairs.  It is sorely missed.

This book by Koontz is an oldie that I mistook for a new book.  It is about reincarnation as this girl who dies in a fire comes back time and time again to kill her mother.

This is old Koontz – the author I fell in love with back in my twenties.  The suspence is there as well as the element of supernatural.  I enjoyed the book even though I had read it before.

I wish he still wrote this way.  I give the.book an A.

Miles to Go review

miles to goSo I decided to start on this book instead of the other.  I started it this evening while the rains beat down in a nice rhythmic dance on the roof.  Shortly after the rain stopped for the night, I was done and book two is history.

Goodreads: Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, wakes one morning to find himself injured, alone, and confined to a hospital bed in Spokane, Washington. Sixteen days earlier, reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he planned to walk to Key West, the farthest destination on his map. But a vicious roadside stabbing has interrupted Alan’s trek and robbed him of his one source of solace: the ability to walk.Homeless and facing months of difficult recovery, Alan has nowhere to turn—until a mysterious woman enters his life and invites him into her home. Generous and kind, Angel seems almost too good to be true, but all is not as it appears. Alan soon realizes that before he can return to his own journey, he must first help Angel with hers.From one of America’s most beloved and bestselling storytellers comes an astonishing tale of life and death, love and second chances, and why sometimes the best way to heal your own suffering is by helping to heal someone else’s.Inspiring, moving, and full of wisdom, Miles to Go picks up where the bestseller The Walk left off, continuing the unforgettable series about one man’s unrelenting search for hope.

I couldn’t decide which book to start with and decided on this one because I had already read the first in the series.  Quite frankly, I didn’t like where book one left off so decided to see how things were going in book two.  I do admit to liking Alan though I have to say I find his progress and the people he meets along the way more than a little factious.  I’m very skeptical at how a person could reach the distances he claims to have reached in such a short time – however, that aside, I do find the book fascinating and fun.

The writing is well done and one can’t deny the Christian aspect of the story.  I like that it is free of gore and violence, though the man does get stabbed three times at the end of book one.  Still, it is a good story and well worth the effort.  I will enjoy the next book and have to say it doesn’t take long to read one – about 2 1/2 hours for over 300 pages.

I can’t say I love the series as much as my sister did but they are good and I will finish the series.  I like Evans bent towards Christianity and find his writing refreshing in that area.  I easily give the book an A.

The Dollmaker


Goodreads: And now a new clue has surfaced…a doll that is the spitting image of Claire Doucett’s missing child, right down to the tiny birthmark on the girl’s left arm. A chance sighting of the eerily lifelike doll in a French Quarter collectibles shop leaves Claire shaken to her core…and more determined than ever to find out what happened to her beloved Ruby. When the doll is snatched and the store’s owner turns up dead, Claire knows the only person she can turn to is ex-husband Dave Creasy, a former cop who has spent the past seven years imprisoned by his own guilt and despair. He let Claire down once when she needed him the most. Can she make him believe the doll really exists? She’ll have to if they’re to survive an encounter with a brutal psychopath– the dollmaker–who stole their future to feed an obsession that will never die.

I started and finished this book today.  I had come up with a similar idea several months ago after having a nightmare about a man who made dolls in the likeness of children he murdered.  While doing research, I came across this book so figured I should read it – plus it is by Amanda Stevens whose Graveyard Queen series is one of my favorites.

It is obvious to me that I could not write this story even a tenth as well as she did so I had to give up on the idea.  Stevens does an excellent job dealing with the topic – I was caught up in the story the moment I read the prologue.

The writing takes you to New Orleans’s French Quarter and briefly touches (thankfully) on the whole devastation of Katrina.  I know it was a major event but I do get a little tired of the whole Katrina thing showing up in books though I suppose it is hard to ignore if one is to do the area justice.  Still, I appreciate how Stevens kept it to a minimum.

At any rate, the story was well told – I was sufficiently creeped out by the Dollmaker and his motives for kidnapping and killing children.  It pains me to think there might be such sick individuals out there.

I give the book an A.  The relationship between Claire and Dave is one that a person would envision between a couple whose child was kidnapped and the consequent divorce/hard feelings that went with it.  I liked Claire’s sister, Charlotte, and thought her part could have been expounded on but that would have been more involved, I suppose.

I read on Amanda Stevens website that she has two new Graveyard Queen books coming out next year.  I certainly hope that is true – I get so tired of waiting for books in series.  I’m getting to the point that, if a book is going to be part of a series, I won’t read it because I hate the wait.  I prefer stand alone books that I can think about, mull over and then move on from.