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Heather Turiello

Overland Park, KS USA
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Goodnight Moon For Today’s Busy Adult

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-18

Huffington has penned a cute poem reminding adults of the dangers of letting our electronics and busy lives get in the way of good sleep hygiene.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Charlie Tuesday back at it!

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I've really enjoyed this series. Charlie Tuesday, the orphan turned private investigator, or thief taker, is fun to follow as he's solving crimes for the poor and deserving. The backdrop of London during the Great Fire, told in tandem with story line about the royal family is fascinating. I love this imperfect hero and his love interest (or not?) Lili, the gypsy catholic spy. From what I've read in other reviews, the historical details aren't perfect, so if you are an historian, perhaps this isn't the book for you, but if you love historical fiction and don't mind small liberties to be taken to improve the story, this is an exciting and educational mystery with intrigue and puzzles galore. The storyline with the Royals and court is interesting and gives perspective of the challenges of a monarchy completely out of touch with the common people. Lili's gypsy status and Catholic persuasion highlights religious and class persecution. The narrator is wonderful, too. Can't wait for more in this series!

The Real Meaning of Love and Family

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-17

This is the feel-good, heart-warming and heart-wrenching book of the year. Ginny Moon is a special girl. She just needs that special family to just give her a chance. When she finally finds that perfect family, they can't understand why she's still steadfastly bent on running away. She mourns so deeply for her lost babydoll and no one understands that she wants HER babydoll. Not just any baby doll. But the foster parents and social workers keep working to make Ginny happy in her new home. This is s story of true love and the meaning of family.

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Spellmonger

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-17

Minalan is a Spellmonger, otherwise known as a local magician, in a small rural farm community, when his local town is attacked by a horde of Gurvani (called Goblins, but not your traditional goblins). He and his apprentice jump into the fray to protect the townspeople. It soon becomes evident that these Gurvani are strangely armed with magical items and are bent on destroying humanity.

The Pluses: Terry Mancoeur has created magical creatures that are unique and quite frankly, hilarious. The goblins are small hairy little man-like, unintelligent creatures, not at all like any goblins I've run into in stories. Minalan's descriptions are very funny, but he also has a sensitivity for these creatures that I found touching, until they started trying to kill all of mankind, then, he was a little less kind...but that's to be expected.

Minalan has a sarcastic wit that is entertaining and strangely balances his egocentric voice with his honestly about his own insecurities.

While he's a bit cocky, it does turn out that he does have quite a heroic background giving him a little credibility for some arrogance. He jumps right into helping the village and surrounding peoples by grouping them in the liege lord's castle for protection when the goblins overrun the valley.

The minuses: Rating this book was difficult for me because I almost gave up on this book so many times. The story was fine, but over and over I kept thinking I'd rather read this myself rather than listen to the voice/persona chosen by the narrator. All I could think was how pompous and self-aggrandizing he was, but he seemed to think he was self deprecating. It really rubbed me the wrong way. But I stuck with it and over time I got used to it. If you're sensitive to narration, make sure you listen to the sample because it's a long book.

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16 of 23 people found this review helpful

Song of Shattered Sands

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-17

I wonder how many times I've been tempted to start a review with this may be my new favorite series of all times or my new favorite author... There are some really amazing worlds and magic-systems out there, and this one is one of the best. I hesitated to read it because of several negative reviews on Audible and I'm so glad I went with my gut and grabbed this book, because I ended up really loving it! I can't give it 5 stars all the way across because it took me a little bit to get used to the narrator. That seems to be the complaint of others as well. Honestly, though, by the end, I couldn't imagine anyone else's voice doing the narration. Just stick it out, it's a great story.

The story begins in medias res, so the reader needs to be patient and let the story unfold the way Beaulieu tells it. We start with Ceda, a tough-as-nails teen orphan girl who has taken to pit fighting to make her way on the streets of Sharakhai. We learn about the life of the poor of children Sharakhai, the gutter wrens, the Kings who rule, the Maidens who guard the Kings, and the Asirim who are the monsterous and mysterious dangerous slaves of the Kings.

There are a large number of story lines, all somehow tied to Ceda and as the story unfolds, her role and importance to the city becomes increasingy understandable.

There is a little love story blooming with her childhood friend Emre, creating a little angst and suspense.

To wrap up...This may end up being my new favorite series of all time. We'll have to see:)

For those who care: yes, there is sex, drugs, cursing in the book. It's not like Game of Thrones, but it's not clean.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

It's the end of the world. Are you ready?

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-15

Alex Fletcher is the ultimate suburban prepper. We met this ex-marine, technologist in the first book in the series and now his family is finding themselves in even more dire straits.

Steven Konkoly has written the ultimate EOTWAWKI novel with both a fascinating story, and a good example of how prepping can be done in a suburban environment. In the Jakarta Pandemic, a pandemic takes out the America economy and now the country has been hit by an EMP. Alex Fletcher and company group with friends and neighbors, travel to locate missing family members and deal with ongoing social and infrastructure decay. Love this series. Learning a lot and really like the characters!

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Cerebral story. Makes you think.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-13

Any additional comments?

This story is the second in a 4 book series. Like Night Watch, this book is about a governing organization responsible for keeping order among the Dark Ones, creatures of the Dark. However, darkness versus light is not exactly the same as evil versus good.

The Night Watch was a story about the group of magicians who maintain the balance of good and evil by guarding the Light from the Dark. The Day Watch is told in part from the perspective of members of the Dark Ones. When a light one and a dark one end up in a confrontation with unfortunate results, it's up to the Night and Day Watches to attend a tribunal where their actions will be judged. Honestly, some of the storyline is silly and to some may be heretical. But it allows him to explore some interesting topics even if he is a little preachy at times.

If you ask one of the Light, overseen by the Night Watch, they would say that the Dark Ones are evil. But we learn in the Day Watch that it's not so simple as that. The Dark Ones believe that an individual has the right to take what they want. If they take it from someone, that person can take it back. Free will is the mantra of the Dark ones.

It's impossible to miss the parallels to Communism and Democracy. I really enjoyed this story as much as I ended up loving The Night Watch, but Lukyanenko is not interested in telling this story in a traditional way. These are a compendium of short stories allowing the exploration of light versus dark and he isn't afraid to kill off key characters. He doesn't play fair when telling a story because real life doesn't have a predictable arc or wrap up nicely at the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Weak...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-13

Any additional comments?

It's not deep...but I do enjoy a little teen angst over a weekend... Not sure if I'll keep going with the series...

Light, YA Fantasy.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-13

Any additional comments?

I'm a fan of fae lore and really like stories based in the Otherworld. This one isn't deep and terribly well-written, but I'm liking the main characters. It's a light read...

I like Molly Harper, but how about some variation?

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-13

Any additional comments?

I have really enjoyed all the Molly Harper books I've listened to and read so far, but I'm beginning to tire of the same cookie cutter jokes and characters. I was surprised to find myself getting bored mid-way through this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful