Veil of Darkness (Earthsoul Prophesies) Book Review

veil-of-darkness-coverOnce upon a time, I decided to support a local author that I’d seen at a city festival for several years in a row.  I’d had sour grapes each time I’d seen him, with his fancy table and his fancy books and his fancy signs.  “Why can’t I do that?” I thought glumly each time I saw him.  “Why can’t I get my books published and get a table at a city festival or two and sell my books?”

Well, I finally grew up and out of my self-centeredness and decided to try his books.  I’m always ready for a good epic fantasy, and I was ready to try this one. Continue reading “Veil of Darkness (Earthsoul Prophesies) Book Review”

Witch and Wizard: A Cautionary Tale

witch and wizard coverHave you ever read a book that just grabbed you and never let you go, which you were a little embarrassed to admit you read because you’re an adult and you shouldn’t enjoy it as much as you do but you don’t care because it’s the most amazing book in the history of everything?

Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but Witch and Wizard isn’t it.

Written by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet, this book is lazy.  From the world building to the dialogue to the descriptions to the characters, this book is the epitome of why James Patterson’s idea of making his name a brand and letting ghostwriters do the work is a very bad idea. Continue reading “Witch and Wizard: A Cautionary Tale”

Book Review: My Story by Elizabeth Smart

elizabeth smart coverThis memoir is one that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time.  I remember when Elizabeth Smart was taken.  I remember the news, the fliers, the little buttons and the blue ribbons (though I only saw the blue ribbons on TV).  Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapping was one of the few news reports, along with reports on the 9-11 attacks, that my family recorded on VHS.  We prayed for Elizabeth, we wished we could go on the search parties (with a mother with a full-time job and a father who was physically unable to go into the heat, and children too young to participate, all we could do was watch), we gulped up the news, devoured it, sat on the edge of our seats waiting, hoping, that Elizabeth would be found.

And me?  I was terrified. Continue reading “Book Review: My Story by Elizabeth Smart”