Friday, March 20, 2015

Fabulous Friday Finds 3.20.15

I Love, Love, Love getting a Great bargain on books, as I'm sure everyone Bookworm is :) We have a local Savers in my area and if you've never been it is a must. At Savers when you buy 4 books you get a 5th FREE. Pictured are my 4 picks and not shown are the 6 books I got my youngest. BTW for those interested he picked 4 Magic Tree House books, the first Dragon Slayers Academy book and a Wall-E chapter book. I have been wanting these books since their publications and they are in FABULOUS condition for second hand, Score!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Lost Scrolls (Twisted Roots BK#2) by: Shelly Goodman Wright

Three scrolls. Three continents. Three demons in pursuit.
     Jessica wants nothing more than to stay on the protected grounds of the Okefenokee Swamp and plan her wedding, but the spirit of her dead father has other plans and leads her to a wooden chest. Inside the battered antique, an old secret is uncovered, sending Jessica on the adventure of her life.
     Demons on her trail, an unexpected red-haired rival wanting her dead, and the heartache of leaving her fiance, overshadow Jessica's desire to unravel her twisted family tree.

My Review: 3.5 Stars
     I Won!!! Yay...I received this book on a Goodreads giveaway from the author and here's my review.
For me the aspect of The Lost Scrolls that changed my mind from 4 stars to 3.5 was the awkward sexual tension between Jessica and Hunter. And I mean awkward in its aggressiveness, almost to the point of dominance and the conversations that I felt were melodramatic. What finally hit it home was Hunters' reaction to the dancing at the end of the book. I know Twisted Roots is a Christian Lit book and it definitely makes a point of abstinence with young unmarried people but I felt that it was forced in an unrealistic way. Though I do appreciate the author trying to capture what young couples go through and their internal conflicts. However, regardless of that, I loved the twist and turns Jessica's adventure had and what a fantastic, magical world Shelly Goodman Wright has brought to life. It was great learning along with Jessica about a past that she didn't know she was really missing. I would love to see artist renditions of the characters. Unfortunately, try as I might at my local library I just couldn't find a copy of A Light into the Darkness, book 1 of the Twisted Roots trilogy, I never had a chance to read it but I'm on the hunt for it now. When I do get my hands on a copy, it'll be a great prelude to what I have already read and help to give the back story on Jessica and Hunter's beginning and the adventure that proceeded The Lost Scrolls. But that being said The Lost Scrolls definitely holds its own. I look forward to reading what Mrs. Goodman Wright has in store for Jessica, Hunter and the Cherokee tribe of the Okefenokee Swamp in book 3 of the Twisted Roots trilogy "Legacy".

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

     "Sixteen people were invited to the reading of the very strange will of the very rich Samuel W. Westing. They could become millionaires, depending on how they played the game.
The not-quite-perfect heirs were paired, and each pair was given $10,000 and a set of clues (no two sets of clues were alike). All they had to do was find the answer, but the answer to what?
The Westing game was tricky and dangerous, but the heirs played on, through blizzards and burglaries and bombs bursting in the air. And one of them won!
With her own special blend of intricacy, humor, and upside-down perceptions, Ellen Raskin has entangled a remarked cast of characters in a puzzle-knotted, word-twisting plot. She then deftly unravels it again in a surprising (but fair) and highly satisfying ending."

     I first came upon this book while looking through available books on PBS (PaperBackSwap) and hopping over to Goodreads to read an overview, which peeked my interest. I grabbed a copy at my local library and was not disappointed.  I got goosebumps, I was puzzled and I cried. But that was the point, right? The Westing Game is a Great whodunit story reminiscent of the board-game Clue. I really enjoyed Raskin's characters and finding out the intertwining lives they have led. And of course the end, where I cried, was prefect. I gave this book 3 stars because the beginning, while nicely introducing you to the plot and characters, was a little on the slow side for me. But the rest of Westings' game was full speed ahead. I will definitely reread The Westing Game again in a couple of years and I encourage anyone who likes a nice easy-read mystery to pick this book up.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Once upon a bookshelf

Well, there's no better place to start this blog than with an introduction to one of a couple bookshelves that I've made from wooden wine boxes. I LOVE that they have sliding tops "Doors for me"! The fact that dust will have to find another way to get to my books makes me happy inside :)

So now onto the pictures...

 In order to be able to open both sides of my book towers I needed to place the tower on the left upside down, which surprisingly does not mess with my OCD :)

Hope you enjoyed and get inspired to hit up your local wine store for any wooden boxes they might be getting rid of.