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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Catholic, with Asperger's, who reads and writes as her obsession. These are the ramblings of the books I read.

I sometimes go through stages of "genre love", I'm addicted to mystery thrillers, Catholic theology, memoirs, 20th century Chinese historical fiction & Victorian fiction and non-fiction, but you'll find I read an even wider variety of books than that, both fiction and non-fiction. I have a teensy fascination with macabre non-fiction books about death and anything about insane asylums.

I also tend to post a lot of reviews of juvenile/teen books, with a nod towards what parents can expect to find that might or might not be objectionable.

I also blog about graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pray the Rosary: for Rosary Novenas, Family Rosary, Private Recitation, Five First Saturdays by Rev. J.M. Lelen

Pray the Rosary: for Rosary Novenas, Family Rosary, Private Recitation, Five First Saturdays by Rev. J.M. Lelen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is a beautiful vintage little booklet that I love and carry in my purse because I just adore the pictures and the little thoughts that each Mystery tells you to think about while you are praying. Being from the 50s it does not have the Luminous Mysteries we nowadays say on Thursdays but otherwise the Rosary is still the same. It starts off with how to say the Rosary, tells about Novenas and a few ways to do Rosaries,contains the words to every prayer needed or used in the Rosary then has a page for each of the remaining mysteries. There is a picture, a thought to concentrate on and a list of the prayers for newbies so you won't forget what order to say them. As I said before I love the gorgeous old-fashioned pictures and concentrate on them when using this booklet to pray the Rosary. A really nice vintage booklet to have and treasure.



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stolen from the Garden: The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper by William Swanson

Stolen from the Garden: The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper by William Swanson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Something about the description of this book piqued my interest, though I'm not sure what. I read a lot of true crime but this is the first time the case has not been about a serial killer or at least a murder. No. Here we have a fairly simple crime. A wealthy socialite is kidnapped in the 70s, a ransom note for $1,000,000 is sent, the money delivered and the woman found, scared and disheveled but unharmed. What follows however is a very long and twisting case. It goes cold, until 7 years later an arrest is finally made, but then that is when all the strangest parts of all happen. I enjoyed the book well. It's written in an easy to read style, The author is more than respectful to the victim and her family. Included are pages of actual court case testimony and a few pictures. I had never heard of this case before; probably because many high-profile kidnappings happened during this time period (including Patty Hearst). But this is an absorbing and interesting case and Swanson has presented it in a compelling read.



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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Sixteen (Soul Jumpers Book 2) by Ali B

The Sixteen by Ali B

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Soul Jumpers (Book 2)

Excellent! A fine follow-up to "Iris Brave". A non-stop adrenaline rush from beginning to end. I had a few problems with the first book but those can be attributed to author's first-book-syndrome as they have been cleared up in this sequel. Iris is a fine character and one I've grown to care about. She is no longer so impulsive, yet still courageous, making her a much more believable, real character. I love the unique plot and while book one was mainly a set up, "The Sixteen" was action, through and through. We meet a great quirky bunch of supporting characters here and the ending brings a surprise twist. I also like that even though the book ends with rising action as Iris starts out on the next part of her journey, the plot here has a definitive climax and the reader finishes with a sense of satisfaction. A great second book and I'm highly looking forward to continuing this series. Bravo!



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Friday, October 10, 2014

Iris Brave by Ali B

Iris Brave by Ali B

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Soul Jumpers (Book 1)

I really enjoyed this intriguing middle grade fantasy. I found the plot to be quite unique and compelling, making for a quick read. The focus of this volume is on Iris and builds up to the reveal at the conclusion so, unfortunately, there isn't much in the way of the paranormal actually happening here, or at least that we are let in on yet. This was the problem I had with the book, that it ended just as the plot was getting to the exciting part! It felt like I'd read only half a book. Otherwise, I really enjoyed Iris, finding her to be a fun and captivating character that I cared about. Her actions were a bit beyond believability but honestly, her impulsive behaviour just made her more endearing to me. So, a good, fun, quick read that ended way too soon and now I'm picking up the second volume so I can find out what's going to happen!



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Thursday, October 9, 2014

St. Vincent De Paul... The Man Who Said "Yes" by Boniface Hanley, OFM

St. Vincent De Paul... The Man Who Said "Yes" by Boniface Hanley, OFM

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This 30 page booklet has small print in two-columns so it contains a lot more text than one assumes at first glance. Quite a meaty history of the years of St. Vincent de Paul's life. A biography of the saint who founded the Vincentians and the Daughters of Charity it also gives a history of France and the Church through the 1600s. de Paul led quite an eventful life and an inspirational one making for interesting reading. The history covering the Thirty Years War, the Fronde, and a time of spiritual emptiness in the French Church also brings fascinating reading. The booklet has no date but from a photograph of a hospital ward I'd date it as being from the 50s. The book is illustrated with photos and prints that are in the same monotone blue as the cover. Well, worth the read and one that makes me interested in reading more about St. Vincent de Paul's life and times.



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Dear Canada: A Trail of Broken Dreams: The Gold Rush Diary of Harriet Palmer, Overland to the Cariboo, 1862 by Barbara Haworth-Attard

A Trail of Broken Dreams: The Gold Rush Diary of Harriet Palmer, Overland to the Cariboo, 1862 by Barbara Haworth-Attard

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dear Canada (1862)

A typical story of the hardships going along the trail overland from Winnipeg to the Cariboo during the Cariboo Gold Rush of British Columbia. I've read so many books about the various gold rushes that this had nothing new to offer and was a fairly uneventful tale; though I did find the ending picked up and went in a different direction than I had at first expected. The story also has a girl pretending to be a boy and I really don't like this device in juvenile historicals as it usually, as it does here, follows the expected tropes of "wow! how much easier it is to be a boy. I can wear pants and swear!" Haworth is a good writer though, and if you've not read anything about the Cariboo before the experience is fully realised here, for the intended age level. Not bad.



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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl

Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


An eye-opening look at the two years prior to Princess Victoria ascending the throne. While HRH is not the main character we are given a wonderful insight into her young character and her circumstances leading up to her becoming Queen. The focus is upon her fictional maid, a lady who has been orphaned without inheritance and must fall from grace and accept work to survive. Here we are introduced to downstairs life, the seamy underbelly of London life for single helpless women as the maid finds herself involved in intrigue involving the Princess and a plot to keep her from the throne for as long as possible. Along with the mystery is a romance and much detail on pre-Victorian life and Princess Victoria's life from 16 1/2 to 18 years old. Well-written with much obvious research done. This is the author's first book and that is a bit visible in some over dramatic scenes and flowery passages but this is forgiven with the inclusion of real excerpts from the Princess Victoria's journals of the time. I've read another of MacColl's work and can say this was a good effort for her first book. Will appeal to Victorian fans and is suitable for the younger age range of YA.



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