Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Review - Last Known Victim by Erica Spindler

Last Known Victim by Erica Spindler
Type: Thriller
Publisher: Mira
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 528
ISBN-13: 9780778325796
Rate: 5/5
Author Site: Erica Spindler
August 2005.
Amid death and destruction, hurricane-savaged New Orleans has a new dark force to fear.

As the rescue efforts unfold, a grisly discovery is made at one of the massive refrigerator “graveyards.” One of these metal hulks contains six human hands - all female, all right hands. The press has dubbed the unknown perpetrator “The Handyman.” But with no way to trace the origin of this refrigerator, and with evidence lost to time and the elements, the case dead-ends.

Captain Patti O’Shay is a straight-arrow, by-the-book cop who is assigned to the case. Her tough, unflinching character is fractured when her husband and fellow police captain is found murdered - surprised by looters taking advantage of the post-storm chaos.

August 2007
Patti, still grieving and disillusioned, gets a call from homicide: skeletal remains have been unearthed in City Park. The unknown victim - a female - is missing her right hand. But for Patti, this grave holds something even more shocking. Found beside the victim’s bones is her husband’s police badge.

Casting aside the very “rule book” by which she has lived her life, Patti is fearless - but so is the killer. As he stalks her she is forced to question all she believes in, to doubt the code she has lived by…because she knows that if she doesn’t find The Handyman first, she will become his last known victim.

Erica spindles a fine web in this Shocking Thriller. In the mist of this post-storm hurricane Katrina is on it's way to New Orleans. Not only is everybody trying to find cover from this devastating storm but for some there is a fate far worse...

Spindler kept me engrossed with the Handyman Killer. I felt like I was playing a game of Clue (board game I loved playing)... Everytime I guessed who the Handyman Killer may or may not be I would be way way off in this game play.. But I do know the weapon of choice is defiantly not with the candle stick...

Review - SNOW by Uri Shulevitz

SNOW by Uri Shulevitz
Age range: 3 - 7 Years
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 10/6/2004
Pages: 32
ISBN-13: 9780374468620
Rate: 2/5
Author Site: Uri Shulevitz
"It's snowing," said boy with dog.

"It's only a snowflake," said grandfather with beard.

No one thinks one or two snowflakes will amount to anything. Not the man with the hat or the lady with the umbrella. Not even the television or the radio forecasters. But one boy and his dog have faith that the snow will amount to something spectacular, and when flakes start to swirl down on the city, they are also the only ones who know how to truly enjoy it. This playful depiction of a snowy day and the transformation of a city is perfectly captured in simple, poetic text and lively watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations.

As snowflakes slowly come down, one by one, people in the city ignore them, and only a boy and his dog think that the snowfall will amount to anything.

I didn't pictorially like this one but it is still a good book for children to enjoy. Cause what child doesn't like snow?? Esp when they in school.. There just itching for an chance to get out of school and go play in that mess..I know my chaps is ready for some snow. They wanting to throw snowballs (at me)and build a snowman so bad they can't stand it.. As for me, well ok you got me I do like playing in the snow with them, they bring the inner child out in me...

Review - Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis

Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis
Age range: 3 - 5 Years
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 3/13/2008
Pages: 40
ISBN-13: 9780803731950
Rate: 5/5
Author Site: David Soman and Jacky Davis
Lulu's older brother says she is too little to play with him. Her mama and papa are busy too, so Lulu has to make her own fun. This is a situation for Ladybug Girl!
Ladybug Girl saves ants in distress, jumps through shark-infested puddles, and even skips along the great dark twisty tree trunk—all by herself. It doesn't matter what her brother says, Ladybug Girl is definitely not too little!

In this sweet and cheerful story by husband and wife team Jacky Davis and David Soman, one not-so-little girl discovers how to make some fun that is just her size, right in her own backyard.

What's That??? Up in the sky!!! Is it a bird?? Is it a plan??? Nope, It's Ladybug girl and her trusty hound dog Bingo... Superman doesn't have anything on Ladybug girl. She's quite a unique little girl,nothing can stand in her way nor hold her back when she's ready to have some fun. When your bored you can always count on Ladybug Girl and Bingo to come to the rescue.

Awww this was a sweet little book,my daughter and I enjoyed reading this book together. Ladybug girl reminds me of a superhero for little girls. Where most little girls pretend to be little princesses and have tea parties. Lulu puts her inmagiton to the test. She wants to be adventurous and hopes you'll join in on the fun...

Until next time,UP UP and Away!!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Review - The Golden Egg by A.J. Wood,Maggie Kneen (Illustrator)

The Golden Egg by AJ Wood

Age range: 4 - 8 Years
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 2/28/2000
Pages: 20
ISBN-13: 9780811828376
Rate: 4/5
Author Site: AJ Wood

Little Duck is hunting for a very special Easter egg. She searches high and low with the help of her forest friends, but where will they find the golden egg? Children will be delighted by this fun Easter egg hunt as they discover colorful foil-stamped surprises hidden under gatefold flaps on each page. Accompanied by beautiful watercolor illustrations, this simple rhyming story and hide-and-seek game is the perfect addition to any Easter basket.

My children enjoyed this delightful story of a duck trying to find the most beautiful egg. It's a great story with flap pages with colorful eggs hidden behind each flap. My daughter likes the swan with the pink egg but it is not the color that the duck is looking for.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Review - Darker Angels ( Black Son's Daughter Series #2) by M.L.N.Hanover

Darker Angels (Black Son's Daughter Series #2)
by M. L. N. Hanover

ISBN-13: 9781416576778
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 9/29/2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rate: 5/5
Author Site: M.L.N. Hanover
In the battle between good and evil, there's no such thing as a fair fight.
When Jayné Heller's uncle Eric died, she inherited a fortune beyond all her expectations — and a dangerous mission in a world she never knew existed. Reining in demons and supernatural foes is a formidable task, but thankfully Jayné has vast resources and loyal allies to rely on. She'll need both to tackle a bodyswitching serial killer who's taken up residence in New Orleans, a city rich in voodoo lore and dark magic.

Working alongside Karen Black, a highly confident and enigmatic ex-FBI agent, Jayné races to track down the demon's next intended host. But the closer she gets, the more convinced she becomes that nothing in this beautiful, wounded city is exactly as it seems. When shocking secrets come to light, and jealousy and betrayal turn trusted friends into adversaries, Jayné will soon come face-to-face with an enemy that knows her all too well, and won't rest until it has destroyed everything she loves most....

Wow!!! Part 2 of The Black Sun's Daughter is excuse my french but it is kick ass. It had me on the edge of my seat. Darker Angels is slam pack full of twits and turns had me guessing to the end.

Jayne takes us to the Big Easy in New Orleans for her next quest of defeating more of these bad supernatural demons. Can Jayne and her gang team up with Karen Black to stop this serial killer demon before he gets his attend victim...

Review - Unclean Spirits by M.L.N.Hanover

Unclean Spirits (Black Son's Daughter Series #1)

ISBN-13: 9781416575979
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 12/2/2008
Pages: 368
Rate: 5/5
Author Site: M.L.N. Hanover
In a world where magic walks and demons ride, you can't always play by the rules.
Jayné Heller thinks of herself as a realist, until she discovers reality isn't quite what she thought it was. When her uncle Eric is murdered, Jayné travels to Denver to settle his estate, only to learn that it's all hers — and vaster than she ever imagined. And along with properties across the world and an inexhaustible fortune, Eric left her a legacy of a different kind: his unfinished business with a cabal of wizards known as the Invisible College.
Led by the ruthless Randolph Coin, the Invisible College harnesses demon spirits for their own ends of power and domination. Jayné finds it difficult to believe magic and demons can even exist, let alone be responsible for the death of her uncle. But Coin sees Eric's heir as a threat to be eliminated by any means — magical or mundane — so Jayné had better start believing in something to save her own life.
Aided in her mission by a group of unlikely companions — Aubrey, Eric's devastatingly attractive assistant; Ex, a former Jesuit with a lethal agenda; Midian, a two-hundred-year-old man who claims to be under a curse from Randolph Coin himself; and Chogyi Jake, a self-styled Buddhist with mystical abilities — Jayné finds that her new reality is not only unexpected, but often unexplainable. And if she hopes to survive, she'll have to learn the new rules fast — or break them completely....

I didn't think that I would like this series but honestly The Black Sun's Daughter Series are the best I read in awhile.. I'm already on book 3 and just now doing review for book 1 Unclean Spirits..oopps... But anyway's on with the review....

Life for 22 year old Jayne just got alot more interesting. Shunned by her parents, because they dont see eye to eye,Jayne goes out and lives her life the way she sees fit. The one person Jayne needs the most is murdered,(her Uncle Eric)killed by evil spirits/wizards known as the Invisible College. Jayne is forced to live a life she knows nothing about but she better get with the program real fast or she will become there next victim...

After her uncle's death Jayne realizes she never really knew Eric at all. Come to find out she inhearted quite a lump sum to last her a lifetime.. Not only does she inherit her uncle's millions,Jayne also gets his acquaintances,plus don't forget about his mortal enemies...

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Review - Mommy by Max Allan Collins

Mommy by Max Allan Collins
Paperback: 265 pages
Publisher: Leisure Books (Mm) (November 1997)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 084394322X
ISBN-13: 978-0843943221
Rate: 5/5
Author Site: Max Allan Collins
The inspiration for the cult movie starring Patty McCormack. Meet mommy. She's pretty, she's perfect. She's June Cleaver with a meat cleaver. And you don't want to deny her--or her daughter--anything. Because she only wants what's best for her little girl and she's not about to let anyone get in her way. And if that means killing a few people, well, isn't that what mommies are for?

Oh gosh, I don't ever want to run into this mommy... Mommy gave me chills and I loved every moment of it.. I'm a mother myself and I want my children to have everything there wittle hearts content but I'm not going to be like Mommy and go on a killing rampage to do it. Only way I see myself killing anybody is to protect my sweet dear little ones..

Review - The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend

The Perfect Nest
Age range: 4 - 7 Years
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 2/13/2007
ISBN-13: 9780763624309
Rate: 5/5
Author Site: Catherine Friend
It’s the perfect read-aloud! A flustered cat is on the verge of crying fowl in a farmyard story that will crack kids up.
Jack the cat is building the perfect nest. It’s bound to attract the perfect chicken, who will lay the perfect egg, which will make the perfect omelet. And sure enough, a chicken shows up ("¡Caramba!"), but so do a duck ("Sacré bleu!") and a goose ("Great balls of fire!"). Feathers get ruffled — and Jack gets much more than breakfast — in a funny tale rich in detail with a sweet final twist.

What a Hoot!!! This was truly an awesome book. The kids and I loved this great tale of a chicken, a duck and a goose whom found zee perfect nest.. You just gotta read this book to find out how Jack the cat made zee perfect nest for the perfect egg... Jack surly got more than he bargained for.. An the illustrations are remarkable by John Manders. Beautiful and very colorful with a farm yard fill.