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The Color Master Stories by: Aimee Bender

The Color Master

I picked up this book at the Dollar Tree.  The cover caught my attention as well as the author.  I did listen to this on audio book and it was narrated by several different people.

I wasn’t a big fan of the author’s other book and this was the same case for me.  This is a collection of short stories and there weren’t any that I would say that really interested me.  Some were ok, but others were just plain strange.

I gave this book 2 crowns.

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Yiddish Yoga by: Lisa Grunberger

Yiddish Yoga

I recently purchased a bunch of yoga related titles from Bookoutlet.com and this was one that caught me eye.  It seemed like it would be a quick and fun read and I was right.  As I was stuck in bed one day with sciatica pain, I was able to read and laugh my way through this book.

This is the story of a widowed, Jewish grandmother and her experience with participating in a year of yoga classes.  Her granddaughter purchased these classes as a gift to try and help her grandmother through the grieving process.

This was a heartwarming story that was full of laughs.  The author combines both Sanskrit and Yiddish and the imagery is hilarious.  There is an adorable dictionary of sorts at the end of the book to help you interpret both languages.

I highly recommend this little nugget to anyone who enjoys yoga and or needs a bit of humor in their life.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Maeve’s Times: In Her Own Words by: Maeve Binchy

Maeve's Times

After Maeve passed away, her husband gathered a collection of her articles from the Irish Times and had them published into this book.  I was and still am a huge fan of Maeve Binchy.  Her writing was unlike anything I had ever read before and her story telling abilities were bar none.

I listened to this on audio book and found that it was read by her daughter with the same strong Irish accent that I believe Maeve had.  It was as if I was listening to her.  Each of these stories were articles that she had written and published in the Irish Times.  There was no continuous theme except that they are painstakingly honest.

I found myself nodding my head in agreement and laughing at some of the stories.  I did enjoy it but I know that if I had read it, I may have enjoyed it more.  Short stories and/or articles are difficult to listen to.  It is much better, for me anyway, to listen to a complete story.  That being said, her writing was true to that of her full length novels.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Reignited by: Colleen Houck Review and GIVEAWAY

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Synopsis 
 

A sibling rivalry.
A forbidden romance.
A spell that changes everything.

In Heliopolis secrets abound and passions ignite as chaos rises.

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Tiger’s Curse series and Reawakened comes a novella full of celestial marvel, passion, betrayal, and evil that will grow to reign over humanity forever.

Before Lily and Amon met, before the cosmos was in chaos and needed three brave brothers to fight off evil, there were four siblings who helped rule the earth.

Each sibling had a special gift. Osiris, the god of agriculture, helped mortals to grow and thrive in their natural environment. Isis, the goddess of creation, fostered health and wellness. Nephthys, the seer, was able to keep the balance between all living beings and the universe. But Seth, the youngest sibling, was left without any special powers. The Waters of Chaos, which granted each god’s talent, were running dry, and Seth was paying the price.

As time passed, however, Seth’s determination and willfulness resulted in a very special gift, one that should have granted him the ability to enact wondrous change. But Seth’s competitive childhood gave him a heart so cold and vacant that instead, his gift brought about great evil.

Seth was now the god of unmaking, the creator of disorder and destruction. And he was ready to seek his revenge, dominating all who got in his way.

My Review:

I love the Tiger’s Curse series from Colleen Houck and I have book 1 and 2 of this Reawekened series on my TBR shelf.  I was asked to read and review this novella and was so excited.  This is listed as book #0.5 so I picked it up before I could dive into the rest of the series.

This is a story of sibling rivalry between the gods of Egyptian myths.  Of course, a godess is involved.  The details that Colleen uses in her stories transport the reader to that world.  I can picture each scene vividly in my head.  I can’t wait to read more about Seth, Osiris, and Isis and their twisted tales of love.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR  colleen-houck
 

New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

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Good Behavior by: Blake Crouch

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The Trial by: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

The Trial

Book #47 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

I think that by now, I have already told you that I will pretty much only read The Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson.  I have read some of his other books and haven’t been impressed.  I like him as an author and fully admire his support independent book stores and getting kids to read.  It is nothing against the man himself.  I just don’t enjoy his other series as much as I do this one.

Anyway, James Patterson has come up with BOOKSHOTS.  They are short stories either written by himself and his co-authors or they are written by authors that he supports their work.  This BOOKSHOT is technically considered book 15.5 in the Women’s Murder Club series.  You can not read this as a stand alone because it picks up where book 15 leaves off.

Even though it is a novella, it does its’ job of packing a punch.  The story is fast paced and involves all of the same personalities as the full length novels in this series.

I gave it 4 crowns.

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Life is a Cabernet by: Jan Moran

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This is a companion novella to the Winemakers.  It is beautifully written and gives a bit of a back story to two of the characters in the Winemakers.

It is set to be released in September of this year.

Read The Winemakers and read this novella right after.

I gave this 4 crown4_crownss.

 

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