Review: Mated by Anna Leigh Keaton

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Book Information:

Mated by Anna Leigh Keaton
Cobblestone Press, LLC
Published in 2010
ISBN 9781600884672
118 Pages

Series Information:

Woodland Magic Book 02

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

After Sheridan loses her sister, Tina, to the fairy prince, Aislan, she begins to feel lonely. However, Barachus and Dresden, guards to the fairy king, will not let her feel that way for that much longer. But, there are a few problems before they can be together. One, the fairy king won’t allow their relationship. Two, Sheridan doesn’t like/allow males touching her. Will their feelings be strong enough to keep them together?

Okay, this book is much better than the first book in the series. It’s hardly the perfect book, but much, much better than the last one in this series. :) Oh, there might be spoilers in this review as well. ;) Just warning you ahead of time. :D

A couple of notes first before I actually start in with what I like. Don’t worry there are only one or two general notes that I would like to point out first. ;)

Remember how I said, even though the first book is kind of bad, you should still read it? Well, here’s the reason why you should. This book starts off with some parts of Chapter Nine of Fated, but it changes to what happens to Sheridan after Tina leaves with Aislan. Why the author didn’t just combine the two books into one general book with different POVs (point-of-views), I don’t know, but that’s what happens sometimes. Anyways, that was the first note.

The second note is that there is a mention of rape and attempted rape. However, the author tries to put it as delicately as she can without it being too upsetting. Now, if you don’t reading about any kind of rape, attempted rape, or how a woman feels after she is raped, don’t read this book then. ;)

One last note, before I forget and gush over the smutty parts. ;) There are male x male smut scenes and male x female x male smut scenes. I like ménage and yaoi, so I don’t have a problem reading about it. But, I mostly know how most people react when they see homosexual relations, so just warning about those things.

Now that those notes are done, let’s move on to why I liked this book a lot more. One, the plot and character development is much more noticeable. I actually can tell what some of the character’s personalities are now. ;) It also has more emotion from the characters, rather than having just “sadness” like the first book did.

Another thing I love about the book is that there is more action. The last book had too much cuddling and crying for my tastes. ^^; And I like Sheridan develops her “claws” against her attacker and show how he (the attacker) can’t overpower her anymore. :D

The last thing I liked about the books is, you guessed it, the smut. I love how the author was able to make the male x male scenes and ménage scenes so yummy~ *COUGHS* I’ll stop that before I write all of the lovely, smutty scenes. ^^;

Overall, this book had a lot more development than the previous one, and the characters had more emotion to them. It was also pretty much a short, fast read. ;)

One more thing, if the author comes out with more Woodland Magic books, I might not read them. :(

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

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Review: Fated by Anna Leigh Keaton

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Book Information:

Fated by Anna Leigh Keaton
Cobblestone Press, LLC
Published in 2010 (?)
ISBN 9781600883729
84 Pages

Series Information:

Woodland Magic Book 01

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

When Tina goes to visit her sister, Sheridan, she meets Aislan. Tina has never believed in fairy tales, but meeting Aislan, a fairy prince, has changed her mind. But will the fairy be able to save from a disease no one can cure?

This was a very short e-book, and one or two problems that caused me to not really enjoy reading it. >.>” I know, I like smut, but I like a little bit more plot and character development would have been nice. And the only reason why the rating is a two is because I like the smut in it. Oh, there might be some spoilers in my review. ^^;

Okay, now for the reasons why I didn’t like it. One, not enough plot and character development. Two, not that much in-depth feeling in order to make it a little bit better and longer. There, the personalities are so blah, and they don’t really develop until the second book. Correction, nothing really develops until the second book.

This part of the review might contain spoilers.

The basic plot reminds me of so many different supernatural HEA (happily ever afters) that have the main character suffering from an incurable disease in the human world, but the supernatural portion (vampire, fairies, etc) finds are way to cure it (usually by bringing them into their world). Then, they live happily ever after.

Now, that might be the HEA you like, but I usually like my climax with more action than finding a way to cure an incurable disease (unless it has some kind of twist).

End Spoilers?

Now for the things I liked it: the smut, of course, and some of the details. Also, it is a quick smutty read. That’s it. >.>”

Overall, if you want to pay $4.00 to $5.00 for an eighty-four-page e-book, go ahead. I mostly bought it because I love supernatural, smutty things. And, I loved the cover. Though, I would read it before reading the second book since it kind of goes over what happens in this book. ;)

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

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Review: There’s a Cat in the Library by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter, Illustrated by Steve James

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Book Information:

There’s a Cat in the Library by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter
Illustrated by Steve James
Little, Brown and Company
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780316068741
40 Pages

Series Information:

Dewey
Not really a series, but there are some books about Dewey.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

This is the illustrated children’s book version of Vicki Myron’s adult book, Dewey the Library Cat. Dewey is new to being a library cat, as he is trying to figure out what a library cat does, he wonders if he is the right cat for the job.

I decided to start reviewing some picture books because I keep on seeing really cute ones in the library, and this is my first one that I am reviewing on here. While most people don’t like it is based on a true story from another author, I like it. Why? Because it gives a chance for little kids to broaden their horizons even though they aren’t on the adult reading level yet.

Anyways, I like the children’s book version, but I’m not too sure if I would like the adult book. >.>” The author(s) made it really easy and fun to read for children. The illustrations make it even more enjoyable. They were so cute and soft that I looked at the pages extra long. :)

There aren’t really any special hidden lessons for children in the book, but it is still really enjoyable. Anyways, it is a good read to read to your children, and I think they will love the illustrations.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: The Trojan Horse by Emily Little, Illustrated by Michael Eagle

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Book Information:
The Trojan Horse by Emily Little
Illustrated by Michael Eagle
Random House
Published in 1988
ISBN 0394896742
48 Pages

Series Information:

Step into Reading (Level 5)
Not a real series, and you can read them in any order.

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

A simple retelling of the Trojan War and how the Greeks won this war. The city of Troy lives in wonder, with a stonewall protecting it, while the Greeks live on rocky land and can’t grow wheat. In order to get wheat, they have to trade with Asia, but they can’t get past the channel because Troy won’t let them pass without paying the toll (gold). After the Trojans kidnap Helen, Menelaus’ wife, the Greeks declare war on Troy. The war goes on for years, until the Greeks finally have a plan to defeat Troy, which involves a wooden horse.

The facts in the books are all really simple and not really interesting, so it is not as engaging as I would like it to be. They pretty much had all the information that you most likely remember from school, so it won’t really expand your child’s knowledge on the subject. From what I remember when I was little, this book mentions almost the same information as what is in the history book, just less pictures. Also, even though the illustrations seem to be pretty, there seems to be less than the previous Step Into Reading book I have read. The artwork also looks a little bit blander than the Trail of Tears‘ illustrations.

I think it would be more interesting if I read it myself, but the purpose of the children’s book is to have your children read it to you. However, you help them when they having trouble with a word or page or have questions. Basically, you need to definitely participate reading with them with this one because of the names, but I found it boring. It had too many details of the history for little kids, at least to me. >.>” Also, go over the pronunciation guide with your child, which is at the book of the book, FIRST before having them read it since most of the words will be hard for them.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: The Trail of Tears by Joseph Bruchac, Illustrated by Diana Magnuson

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Book Information:
The Trail of Tears by Joseph Bruchac, Illustrated by Diana Magnuson
Random House
Published in 1999
ISBN 0679890521
48 Pages

Series Information:

Step into Reading (Level 5)
Not a real series, and you can read them in any order.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

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Through simple explanation, the author explains the history behind the Trail of Tears and the challenges that the Cherokee Nation faced during this time period. Chief of the Cherokee Nation, John Ross, and his people (17,000) must leave their homes and go west. During this trying time period and journey, a lot of deaths and hardships will befall them.

The information given is pretty much interesting, which one of the reasons why I like the book, and even some of the history I don’t really remember that well. The hardships that they are faced and the history facts are not really watered down, but phrased in a way that won’t have your kids ask questions you wouldn’t really want to answer when they are still kind of young. If your kids don’t understand that we have done bad things in the past, you might have some explaining to do. Now some of the interesting information they give are about Cherokee legends of how their people came to be, the legend of the Cherokee Rose, which is thought to come from the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee written language and the newspaper, and some other pieces of information. Basically, it is kind of like a miniature history book with fun and interesting information, but I wouldn’t count on it for tests and things like that since most schools depend on their history books for making tests. It’s also great if you want to give a head start for your kids about the subject before they start on it in school. Another reason why I like this book is because of the illustrations inside the book. They are some pretty, and I liked looking at some of them. :D

The only thing I didn’t like the book is the boring parts and not enough history/facts to keep me personally interested, which is the main reason why I rated this book a 3 out of 5. However, it is a good little book that will tell your kids about the Trail of Tears before they learn it in school.

I would recommend this book for kids who are having difficult time learning about the Trail of Tears and need a little bit easy way of explaining the basics of what happened during that time. However, I wouldn’t depend solely on it for their school projects. Also, make sure you read it with them because some of the words they will have trouble with like the Cherokee language and maybe some other things. But, it is pretty much easy to understand.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 by Carolyn Meyer

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Book Information:

Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 by Carolyn Meyer
Scholastic
Published in 2000
ISBN 0439129087
214 Pages

Series Information:

Royal Diaries
Not really a series, but has a lot of books under that general name.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

The story of the very last Grand Duchess of Russia, Anastasia, told through a fictionalized diary by Carolyn Meyer in the Royal Diaries series/line.

Let’s start with what urged me to check it out from the library. I decided to check it out because I just love The Royal Diary series and the Dear America series since I love historical fiction. :D

I know this is for middle school and below, so it won’t have all the elements that a young adult or adult book will have, so I will try not to go into the lack of details. For a middle school book, it does have the right amount of details and big words. Though, the one thing I can’t forgive is how the diary entries are so out of place in the beginning that it is actually kind of boring, but it gets interesting once War World I starts up. Once those entries show up, it isn’t that boring since they come pretty much in order and you can make sense of it. Yeah, so that is only thing I really don’t like about the book, and that is the only reason why it is a 4 star instead of a 5 star. ;)

Now for the things I loved. I just loved how you can tell the author did her research over the matter, and she tried to keep it as accurate as she possibly can. Also, you can almost imagine how it might of felt like to live during World War I as Anastasia – or, maybe, as any young, rich noble girl in Russia. Second thing I loved is that you can almost sense almost the kind of personality Anastasia might of have – the mischievousness and playfulness almost pop out of the pages. And like all the Royal Diaries, I like the history notes, pictures, and other information the books usually come with. Also, I like how both the Royal Diaries and the Dear America books are pretty much fast reads – I finished this one in pretty much 1-2 days. :D Oh, I also love the historical aspects of the books. :)

While like with most of the Royal Diaries or Dear America books, if you know the history, it already kind of spoils it, but what really makes these books special is how the authors in those series can pull off how a young teenager might have felt during that time and give that person a personality you can imagine relating to. So, despite being an adult, I still enjoy these book series because of the history and the other things I mentioned above.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

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Review: 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue by Deborah Smith Pegues

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Book Information:

30 Days to Taming Your Tongue by Deborah Smith Pegues
Harvest House Publishers
Published in 2005
ISBN 9780736915601
141 Pages

Series Information:

30 Days to “____”
Not really a series, but author has a lot of books with the 30 Days to “___”.

Review/Rating:

1 out of 5

With Deborah Smith Pegues using biblical scriptures as your guides, this book will (or should I say, won’t) help you with what you say and how you should say it, in order to improve both your personal and business relationships.

Let’s see… what to say about this book? All right, let’s start with the reason why I bought a religiously infused (or what I say, “BOOKS WHICH TRY TO MAKE YOU INTO EVEN MORE OF A RELIGION-FANATIC,” how to book. I honestly didn’t read the summary – shame on me, but oh well. I ordered this with two other books, When to Speak Up and When to Shut Up and Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People, which are much better books in my opinion.

The only parts I liked are: some of the metaphors and similes, sayings, (very few) scriptures, able to finish it in one day (and not because I liked the book), and the poem at the end. I think When to Speak Up and When to Shut Up and Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People will help you more than this book. Only if you are a religious fanatic do I think this book will be of any help to you. >.>”

Worst parts: Too much religion to be any good for non-religious fanatics. Too much quoting and not enough explaining of how that particular part of biblical story matches what we should learn and how to put it into use. Also, the book just quotes the scripture without analyzing it or how to ask yourself questions on how to conduct yourself in certain situations. Oh, it had some good points, but nothing really to show how to get to those good points. You can definitely tell it is a religious propaganda – not that there is nothing wrong with that, but it’s a waste of money for something you could get or hear from church for free.  Also, during the beginning part, it says something about how only God can help you tame your tongue – not your own hard earned efforts. Okay, this is me after reading that, “You mean nothing I do will matter, unless I become a mindless zombie of ‘If you don’t follow this, you’ll go to hell.’ Do people really only need divine assistance in order to say and do the right thing?

While this book would be good if you are a heavy religious person, these “lessons” will not work with those who believe mostly in self-efforts and not solely on beliefs (God, divine figure, morals, consciousness) in order to help them succeed. I rated it a one because I found it unhelpful, too religious, not enough real life examples or explanations over the biblical story quotes, and some of the information is kind of altered. If you research some of the fact parts, you’ll know what I mean.

And no, I will not listen to comments along of the lines of “I shall pray for you. You are going to hell.” Why? Because I have my own opinion and my own mind, I don’t need you telling me how to think. Also, if this offends you because you are one of the ones where God is the total aspect of your life, then don’t let it, because as I said before, you have your opinion, and I have mine. I’m sorry, but I can’t help how I am. Let’s just agree to disagree, and don’t shove your views done my throat. Be smart, not confrontational. ^^

Oh, there is also a workbook for this book, but I don’t know how it is since I didn’t buy it along with this book. But if you are like me, I would suggest just going to your church and ask your leaders there to give you some counseling on how to improve your speaking skills and how to “tame” your tongue – and then donate whatever you would have used to buy this book to the church.

Another note, this book isn’t really apart of a series. The author just has a lot of “30 Days to ____” books, and no, I won’t be reviewing or reading those since they aren’t a series like in fiction.

Out of the three books I got, I found When to Speak Up and When to Shut Up and Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People to be the most helpful and insightful. If those books are examples of how all the help books from that publisher publishes, then I think I will order all the help books I need from them. :X Go read those books instead of this one — it really is just a waste of money when you can learn it from your church for free.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, but I gave it away as a gift after reading it.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

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