Saturday, December 8, 2018

Book Review - Foxlowe: A Novel by Eleanor Wasserberg




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Foxlowe is a crumbling old house on the moors but to Green, it is a special place. Foxlowe is the only place she knows. In Foxlowe, Green can do whatever she wants. She can run through the hallways, eat desserts whenever she wants, and be free of daily hassles.

At Foxlowe, the family shares everything. They perform special rituals to protect themselves from the Bad. Everyone is content living at Foxlowe until Blue, Green's little sister, grows up and dreams of being in the Outside. She talks about become a Leaver; one of the unmentionables.

The writing style of this book wasn't my favorite. I found it to be quite annoying and made it harder for me to enjoy the novel. I couldn't bond with Green and had a hard time understanding why she did certain things and why she showed Freya so much loyalty. The book was a bit slow and didn't have much going on. I also didn't like that there were parts of the story that they didn't explain. For example, who were Blue's parents? There were several time jumps that made the book confusing in the later parts of the novel. Overall, this book was a bit of a letdown and difficult to get into. I would recommend reading a sample before buying.


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Book Review - The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger



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During an early morning in November, a woman and a man board a private plane heading to Geneva. The plane never makes it to the destination as it crashes in the Alps. Matthew Werner is among the passengers who disappeared. He leaves behind his young wife, Annabel, who is unable to cope with his disappearance. As Annabel tries to come to terms with her husband's death, she learns that her husband has kept a few secrets from her. While digging into his life, Annabel unwittingly puts herself in the crosshairs of his enemies.

Society journalist Marina Tourneau has finally made it big. She is now engaged in the famous Ellis family. She can finally stop writing about the powerful families now that she is one of them. However, when one of her close friends is murdered, she agrees to work one more story. While investigating for her story, she realizes that someone close to her might be involved her mentor's murder. Who is after Annabel? Will Marina be able to trust anyone?

I love thrillers and when I saw this book, I thought this book might be interesting. I found the plot to be interesting but, quite predictable. I didn't like many of the characters as I thought they were very one dimensional and not very well developed. I didn't really care if they got their happy ending or if they fell into a ditch. Overall, the book is a page-turner but, not a very good one.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Book Review - Draw and Paint Super Cute Animals: 35 Step-by-Step Demonstrations by Jane Maday



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In this newest book by Jane Maday, she teaches readers how to draw cute animals. Utilizing photo references to create pencil drawings, the author shows simple techniques to add more depth to the drawings by using colored pencils and watercolor. Readers can learn to draw puppies, dogs, rabbits, cats, songbird, ducklings, flamingos, frogs and chipmunks.

I found the book to be easy to read. However, it didn't improve my atrocious drawing skills. I liked that the book included ways to paint our drawings. I liked that Jane included ways to add more dimensions to our drawings, such as flowers. Overall, a good book people who like learning to draw books.


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