Great Practical Solutions for Fixing Dysfunctional Relationships. A practical guide on how to deal with relationship issues with children through improving communication. This book offers concrete answers including how to respond to petulant or uncommunicative teenagers. The author suggests a balance between the business (teaching and disciplinary) and personal (fun
Simplistic Plot With Absurd Ending I actually looked up the phrase “deus ex machina” to make sure that was the correct term for my issues with this book. The plot is both too simplistic (everyone knows who the criminal is from the beginning) and too unlikely (coincidental meetups abound). It
Literary Fiction Disguised as a Thriller. Stephen King wrote in his latest book, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, that he likes short stories because it prevents him from going off on tangents. Vienna is a book full of tangents on European history and art. While some do relate to the
Good Religious Thrillers. I previously read the first book in this collection separately. I am rating only the second book, Journey, here. I’m taking a break from reading the remaining novels as the plot lines are somewhat repetitive. I am curious what will happen to the main characters so I
Nothing New Here. Absolutely nothing new here for anyone who has read at least a few diet books in the last couple of years. As Dr Phil states we just need to quit looking for a miracle weight loss solution. You can start by not bothering to read this book.
Starts well but disappointing overall. I liked the first quarter of Down the Rabbit Hole, where Holly is first introduced to Playboy life and is trying to get a room in the mansion. However, every decision that Holly makes, from moving to the mansion to dating an “old man” is
Excellent WWII Historical Romance. I really enjoyed this historical romance set during World War II between a first generation Japanese woman and her American boyfriend. It was interesting to learn about the Relocation Centers used solely for people of Japanese descent, regardless of their citizenship status. It is interesting that
Poor mystery but interesting slice of French life. I enjoyed entering the world of a wine expert within France. However, I think there are rules for mysteries that Montmartre Mysteries broke. There was no way for the reader to solve the mystery as crucial information was not given until the
Great Unique Christian Fantasy. I only picked up this book because I enjoy the author’s Jason Strong detective stories. This book is a Christian fantasy. I have read many more mysteries than fantasies and only read about ten Christian books in my entire life (all Christian love stories) so I
Absolutely fantastic book! Just finished Eeny Meeny while taking a furtive extra-long break at work. This book is so good that it is hard for me to express how I feel about it. Let me just say that I tried to finish the last 300 pages last night after I
Great characters in an absorbing paranormal romantic mystery. This was a good paranormal romantic mystery. Maybe it’s because I have read so many mysteries, but Force of Nature seemed rather easy to figure out. However, I loved the characters in the book–each had their own voice, motivations and quirks. The
Makes you think what would you do! If you loved Scott Pilgrim, you will love this one more. I loved this graphic novel. The plot was totally unpredictable. It also mashed together so many genres that it is hard to categorize, which is great. Maybe young adult paranormal mystery sci-fi
Compelling short read. Highly recommended! Usually I don’t like short stories because they are either slice-of-life character studies with little plot or characterless stories with a “surprise” twist at the end. This story in contrast has just the right amount of interesting characters and action-driven plot. It is rather amazing
Good short thriller. I read the author’s second book, Breakout, before this one and to be honest that one was better. Still Roseblood held my interest for the half hour it took me to read it. I enjoyed it a lot until the end, which I didn’t like.
Great book about the symptoms, effects and treatments of strokes. Highs, Lows and Plateaus is an important book about the symptoms, effects and treatments of strokes. I read this book because my mother-in-law had a stroke 20 years ago and I was curious if treatment options had changed. The answer, as
Good graphic novel about storytelling, radio and podcasting. Out on the Wire starts out interesting but then bogs down in the middle. It is based on an interesting idea: show the creative process of telling stories through non-fiction podcasts. However, I think the author loved her subject so much that