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I have another favorite fantasy series! The world-building, magical concepts, and story started in A Promise Of Fire hooked me early and kept me there. The main character, Cat, hasn’t had an easy life, which means she is particularly unprepared for meeting Griffin, a man with a mission. A man who knows too much about her hidden abilities. There’s a good dose of romance, which I enjoyed. Griffin is one of the good guys, determined to make the world a better place. He’s a likeable character. Another highlight for me was the role played in the story by various Greek gods. All of that was good, but it was the monster battles that glued me to the page. Bouchet writes great magic battle scenes.
A Promise Of Fire gets a solid 5/5 stars.
I love when a series continues from where the last book left off the way this one did. Cat is rapidly maturing into the leader she needs to be and has lost the touches of what seemed like annoying personality traits in book 1; her home environment left a whole lot to be desired and her reasons for leaving would turn anyone’s hair white. To expect her to be an adjusted young woman after that is asking too much. Her character growth arc was awesome to watch.
Book two offered more imaginative monsters, battles, and well-crafted action scenes. I loved the relationships between all the characters and the twisty surprises. There was also some satisfaction that a couple of my premonitions proved to be true, which is interesting because if that happens too often a book might be called predictable. It definitely was not, and I was excited to read the final book in the series.
Breath Of Fire gets five/five glowing stars.
I was anticipating reading the boss battle that was inevitable from the first book, which was always a concern because the boss is the heroine’s mother. The way that battle went down was wonderfully unpredictable. The outcome, better than my expectations.
Sharing a little bitty spoiler about a certain portion of the book that made me know for sure that Cat and Griffin get a happy ever after is tempting, but I just can’t do it. The point is, Bouchet didn’t tell me they will be happy together forever, I believe they will. Their bond has been thoroughly tested.
My emotional investment was 100% tripled, which is so hard to achieve. I’m kind of a tough critic. I read a lot of books that never get reviewed here because I only want to highlight the best books I read. Like this entire series.
If you’re into action, romance, Greek gods, and fantasy, I highly recommend this series.
And more good news, I hear there will be a spin-off novella featuring the Beta-team. I cannot wait. Thinking about it steals my breath.
Heart On Fire gets five/five glowing stars.
The Kingmaker Chronicles series gets 5/5 glowing stars. Hurry up and release that novella, Mrs. Bouchet! I mean, pretty please?
Have you read any of this trilogy? All of it? I’d love to chat about it.
As always, thanks for reading with me!
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I was introduced to Ross’s work when I was working toward my nutrition degree and was assigned the task of finding a popular book about approaches to diet and write a paper about it. I chose The Diet Cure, Ross’s first book. Years later my dear friend, a talented NLP practitioner and Theta healer named Jillian O’Hara, recommended The Mood Cure based on her own experiences with it.. I remembered how impressive The Diet Cure was and added The Mood Cure to my TBR tower.
There are six pages of notes written in my book journal from while I was reading this book. I’ve added notes to handouts I give to clients directly quoting Ross’s work. This book is worth reading if you or someone you care for is trying to balance their moods, even if I didn’t agree with every point Ross made. For example, I thought a deeper analysis of liver function was needed before implementing amino acid therapy and I don’t depend on animal-sourced protein the way she does. Protein is definitely a key, but I believe that it can be plant-based if you eat complete proteins or combine them, like beans and rice. I’ve seen too much animal protein create new problems.
Everyone in a position of helping others with nutrition should read this book.
This review is of the ebook edition, published in 2002.
Highlights of the book are:
Evaluation of symptoms including a deeper dive into remedies.
A timeline for when you should see improvement from the remedy.
Specifics about supplementing with amino acids.
How low-calorie diets and skipped meals can quickly reduce vital serotonin-making supplies.
Informative charts. I saw the same charts in the paperback version and they were much easier to read there than in the ebook version.
Non-meat sources of tryptophan.
Which nutrients you need to take in for consistent neurotransmitter function.
Information about light therapy.
Chapter 13 is an exceptional approach to chronic pain and can improve daily life with simple changes.
Ross backs her information with research.
Amazing bibliography, including my introduction to 7 Weeks to Sobriety by Joan Matthews-Larson, which is easily the best book I’ve read on nutritional approaches to alcohol and substance dependency.
Is this book a substitute for a qualified nutrition professional? Simply put, no. We all need a trained professional to guide us through the entirety of making changes in a way that will lead to lasting results.
Reading this book will empower any reader in understanding how moods can be balanced, and that is golden.
Be sure to check out the great resources on Julia Ross’ website.
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I’m not usually pushy about book recommendations, but today I will be, because if you haven’t read this treasure of a book from 1997, you really, really, should.
My review is of the 1997 print version.
Reading this book bathed me in good feelings, and the awareness that Morrie Schwartz and I have solid life principles in common. What mattered most to Morrie in life are the same things that matter most to me – people, relationships, contentedness, and joy.
Tuesdays With Morrie was written by Morrie Schwartz’s student, Mitch Albom. Albom’s intent was to raise money to help with Schwartz’s medical bills. We learn this in the afterward, after we’ve been thoroughly steeped in how much Albom and others benefited from knowing Morrie Schwartz.
Morrie Schwartz taught far more than the classes listed on student’s schedules. He and other professors of their time used their position to better their student’s lives and inspired them to be good humans. He taught them the value of silence and illuminated how much we can learn from it.
If I’m even a percentage of the teacher he was, it’s in part because I read this book.
Click here to visit the books page of Mitch Albom’s website. He has interesting goodies over there.
This is an iconic book, so I’m betting at least some of you have read it. If so, please share your thoughts about it with me.
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48 books and going strong!
I’ll start with the official blurb.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER (February 2019)
Lieutenant Eve Dallas fights to save the innocent—and serve justice to the guilty—on the streets of New York in Connections in Death, the gritty and gripping new In Death novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb.
Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.
Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.
Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances…
Starting a new In Death book always feels like going home to visit family you see twice a year – because that has been the release schedule for the past few years and when you’ve been reading the same series for a decade a new release is like a family reunion.
I read the new release as soon as I can, which is usually through the library. I put in a request for the ebook and the hardcover on release day and wait to see which one comes up first. This year it has been the hardcover. If I was set on reading the ebook version through the library I would wait another four or five months.
This review is of the hardcover version.
I classify In Death books as being either character driven or case driven. Connections In Death is case driven. There is a healthy amount of main character Eve Dallas’ drool-worthy husband, Roarke, in the story, and a gathering where we get to party with most of the series beloved characters.
If you’re new to the series I think you should know that all of the books have graphic scenes in them, either in the bedroom, at the crime scene, in the morgue, and at times in the field. You should also know that the series takes place in the future and the technology is part of the charm.
The pacing of this book was addictive and before I knew it I finished the book in a few sittings. This was our bright-eyed Dallas, tugging on every lead, seeing information no one else could. That’s why she’s the lieutenant.
The action sequences are easy to follow and we had a few in this one. There’s solid motive for Pickering’s staged OD, a satisfying investigation, and a perfect conclusion. If there’s one trick I think Robb missed, it would be that I would liked to have seen Dr. Rochelle Pickering after the case is solved. It’s a tiny thing compared to how the city they live in is enriched by what Eve Dallas and her team accomplished in the course of the investigation.
Connections In Death gets a solid five out of five stars from me. If you like futuristic homicide mysteries, give this series a try. Then we can talk about who we think the candy thief is. I have a couple of theories, like that it has to be someone in homicide.
Here’s a link to J.D. Robb’s website where you can find buy links and more goodies.
Are you an In Death fan?
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You all remember meeting Queentutt on my Interviews With Inspiring People series, right? Well, she also introduced me to an amazing historical romance author, Tarah Scott. I jumped into her latest Highland romance, “My Highland Lord,” with gusto. I’ll do my best to express how much I enjoyed my first Tarah Scott novel by telling you that I sighed Phoebe and Kiernan’s names one night as I was falling asleep. Their romance touched me that much. It is exactly this feeling that draws me to read and write romance.
“My Highland Lord” is the second novel in the Highland series. I bought it thinking it was the newest release, so, a bit of confusion there. Once I knew that I was reading the second book, I started looking for couples that could have been in the first book. They will be my next review. The third Highland title will be released on May 15, “To Tame a Highland Earl.” Oooh, dishy.
Before I get carried away thinking about what goodies Tarah Scott has for me in her next novel, I’ll finish telling you more about why “My Highland Lord” gripped me, and didn’t let go. It’s an adventure with some humorous mishaps along the way. Phoebe is an intelligent, beautiful woman who has some mysteries to solve. Kiernan is a man she can truly love and respect. He is also a dishy, intelligent, Scot. Phoebe and Kiernan are both dedicated to righting wrongs done against people in “lower” classes, which makes them admirable. I hope you don’t mind the small spoiler there.
Tarah Scott’s research of the time the story is set in, and her detailed descriptions, set the scenes perfectly. I finished “My Highland Lord” and went immediately to start reading the book before it, “My Highland Love.”
It’s series like these that remind me of why I love romance.
Don’t you just love reading a stellar book? Julia Ross’s research for The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of your Emotions – Today is inspiring. As a Holistic Health Consultant, I’ve learned more from her about amino acid therapy than I did when I earned my degree in applied nutrition. The Mood Cure is filled with recipes, resources, and practical information. Is it a substitute for qualified care? Not in my opinion. Still, learning what this book has to offer will empower readers to seek out someone who can work with them on this level.
Chapter 13 alone should be required reading for anyone working in mental or holistic health, in my opinion. When I think of all of the suffering that could be prevented…
I highlighted pages and pages of notes on the Kindle version of the book to add to my client’s knowledge base. There is one recommendation that Julia Ross makes that I had trouble with. She advocates a lot of animal protein in the diet. I know a lot of emotionally adjusted vegetarians and vegans. I don’t feel that the amount of animal protein she’s suggesting is right for everyone, or that it’s the only way to go. It is a large disagreement, but if you keep it in mind as you use the book, you’ll be exposed to amazing amounts of useful information that can really make a difference.
Do you love finding an exceptional new tool? I do, and now that I have the Kindle edition of “Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing” by Mignon Fogarty (2008) I may have a tough time purchasing a paper copy of a reference book in the future. The search feature adds loads of ease to answering my grammar and usage questions.
Mignon Fogarty is knowledgeable and fun to read. Who can use this book? Anyone. I typed my question directly into the search feature and results stacked up. I was usually able to find the answer to my query right there in the search results without opening each one to see if it was the right one.
This book makes editing and proofreading a snap!
Brian Freeman is one of my favorite authors when it comes to edge of your seat thrillers.
Stride’s past is coming back at him again in the latest Jonathan Stride novel. The little girl he knew 10 years ago is a beautiful hooker now. Everyone says she’s crazy and can’t be trusted. She says someone is trying to kill her.
He will keep you guessing until the last part of the book about who did what and why. Then he will have you crying with relieved joy.
I ended up giving the book 3 stars. I think I need to see a little more of the hero side of Stride for a minute. Challenges are fine but the unending tragedy is a little numbing for me. I hope that doesn’t sound like a complaint, because I wouldn’t have missed reading this book! If you are a Stride fan you can enjoy learning even more about Stride’s life. I hope he’s working on another Stride novel, and including a little more sunshine for Stride.
I have been in love with the romance genre since I first read “Tiger Eyes” by Judy Blume in elementary school. I can gleefully read romance novels from sun up to sun down. I found another new-to-me author to add to my reading pleasure.
“Naturally Naughty” by by Leslie Kelly (2002) is my introduction to her writing. I wouldn’t normally go for a book that had the back cover blurb that this one had because it was about revenge, but I am already a Jill Shalvis fan, and this book is related to her book “Naughty but Nice.” I wouldn’t want to miss any nuances in “Naughty but Nice” because I passed on “Naturally Naughty.”
I was very impressed with Leslie Kelly! “Naturally Naughty” was an easy, well written, enjoyable read. If you like a read with non-stop sex, this will not disappoint! I like Kate and Jack and the chemistry between them and how much they learn about themselves, their families, and the town that they grew up in.
“Wicked & Willing” By Leslie Kelly (2003) sealed Leslie Kelly onto my list on authors. I will gleefully track down every one of her back list titles and read them in order now. I was moved by Venus a.k.a Violet’s story of finding herself and finding love.
I reviewed these two novels because they appeared together in a Silhouette Showcase.