Monday, March 28, 2011

The Griffin's War by K.J. Taylor

The Griffin's War (The Fallen Moon)The Griffin's War by K.J. Taylor

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought this was going to be the final book in the series, but by the ending, I think there must be at least one more. I guess I'll have to wait to learn how it all turns out.

I found this one a little disappointing to be honest. I guess I was expecting it to build off the other books more than it did. The tone and style fit with the other books for the most part, but there were a few added elements that just didn't do it for me. For instance, there's a lot more lovey-dovey stuff in this one (not sex, just mushy love), and it rubbed me the wrong way. There is plenty of action though; lots of fighting and slashing and stabbing and dying- Kill Bill style, or so I imagined it.

Still it was a decent read, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as such.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Honeybee: Poems & Short Prose by Naomi Shihab Nye

"Watch us humans as we enter our rooms,remove our shoes and watches, and stretch out on the bed with a single good book. It's the honey of the mind time. Light shines through our little jars."

Although, I freely admit that this book was not what I had expected, even so it has a definitive quality that shines through as I read it. I believe that this quality is transforming in nature through the various elements that were brought up throughout each poetic source shared in this book.
These poems or paragraphs are thought-provoking almost to the point of confusion for my dear brain. For this reason, I understand that this book will not be for everyone. If you do choose to read it, please acknowledge that it won't take you very long indeed. I read a few of the poems to my 12 year old daughter and she didn't feel like they made enough sense to her. Yet, poetry is that way and that's part of the beauty of it-where words can be constructed in such a way that they can be epic without the need to make sense. This is one of the things I love about poetry and words, in general.
Intrigued, I finished reading this book on my own. I found an endearing poem called "Bees Were Better." It made an observation about people as they break up and this one line I could relate to because I've done this too:

Two people broke up
across the table from me
at the library.
I could not sit at that table again
though I did not know them.

These types of observations were prevelant in this collection of 82 poems and this was one of my favorite things about it. It was honest, simple yet it didn't talk down to its readers. Instead, it left you with a bittersweet feeling of life and what it holds, even from its political views, which left me pondering about more than the nature of bees.
Most of all, it remains for me that Naomi Shihab Nye is one modern poet & author that I'd like to meet. I need to pay attention and this could be possible since she lives in San Antonio. Meeting her would truly be a gift! In her writing, one can tell how much she has yet to offer and what she has already given us is amazing! These are valuable ways of writing words that I'd like to learn how to share with the world for myself.
Let me know if any of you have met her before. I'm highly curious.

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow (February 26, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0060853905
My rating: 3 stars

My Favorite Poems in this collection:

Bees Were Better pg. 66

There Was No Wind pg. 84

We Are Not Nothing pg. 105

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Griffin's Flight by K.J. Taylor

The Griffin's Flight (The Fallen Moon, #2)The Griffin's Flight by K.J. Taylor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an excellent follow up to the first book. Arren's life has been ruined and worse, he has become something that horrifies him. But when he meets a strange girl- an outcast like himself- he begins to hope. Still, things never seem to work out for him the way he hopes they will. The more he fights against his destiny, the more he locks himself into a future he does not want.

This was a fast-paced, enjoyable read. I handed the first book to my husband just in time to get him excited to read this one. He loves the series, too. He finished book three about ten minutes before I finished this one, and now I can't wait to see what all his oo-ing and ah-ing was about.

Like the first book, this is a piece of dark fantasy that doesn't feel dark. Taylor doesn't dwell to long on the morbid or gory things. She tells it like it happened, and I like that about this book.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Review - Irish Moon By Amber Scott

Title: Irish Moon

Author: Amber Scott
Found At:  Amazon
Format: Paperback and E-Book

Irish Moon by Amber Scott is a wonderful historical paranormal novel set in Ireland in the 1300’s.   We are introduced to Breanne, a fiery, headstrong princess who wants to live her life on her own terms.  In spite of her family’s apprehension, she is learning how use her druid powers.  After being tasked with caring for a wounded English knight the same night her mentor is mysteriously killed, the intrigue and passion bubbles to the surface and you cannot put the book down until you know what happens next.

The characters in the book really jump off the page.  Breanne is strong, smart and feisty.   She’s not willing to settle and the interactions between she and Ashlon (the knight) are wonderful.  The romance between them is hot but it’s not overly done.  The chemistry between the two is incredible and you couldn’t help but want them to be together.   I loved how noble he was and it didn’t hurt that he was hot!!   The biggest surprise and delight was the cursed cat.  He was funny but still provided wisdom and insight.  He is a great addition the cast of characters. 

The setting of the tale really made to entire story stand out.  The magic, the folklore and the romance all worked to keep the pages turning and I was engaged from the first page.  If you are a fan of historical, paranormal or just romance, this would be the story for you.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Review - Sounds Of Murder by Patricia Rockwell

Sounds of Murder

Title: FM For Murder
Author: Patricia Rockwell
Found At:  Amazon
Format: Paperback and E-Book

Book Description: When Psychology Professor Pamela Barnes discovers her department's star researcher strangled to death in the computer lab, she's determined to find out who did it. Will an accidental recording of the murder allow Pamela to use her expertise in acoustics to identify the killer? A unique cozy mystery--set in the world of academia and high-stakes research--full of excitement, humor, and romance.

In this first book from Patrica Rockwell, we meet Dr. Pamela Barnes.  I enjoyed the fact this book immediately immersed the reader into Dr. Barnes' life.  The academic politics came immediately into play and when a much-disliked colleague is killed, everyone becomes a suspect.  Patrica Rockwell made Pamela Barnes a delightful character.  Even with her being a professor, she  still was a very down to earth person.  She has a loving husband (who cooks!), a tense but loving relationship with her freshman daughter, friends who are her polar opposites and a job she loves.  

This book also shows the underside of the world of academia, with tenure issues, budget cutbacks and personality clashes.  After discovering the body, Dr. Barnes can't help but poke around to find out who killed the researcher.  The killer was never given away until the end and with so many possible suspects, the killer was truly a surprise.  This was an enjoyable read and I think the series potential for this will be outstanding.  Patrica Rockwell leaves you curious about what happens with Pamela Barnes next.  She seems to be a magnet for trouble and I really look forward to see her next adventure.

If your interested the 2nd book of the series is called FM For Murder .

My Review for FM For Murder is HERE.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

30 Pieces of Silver By Carolyn McCray

 Title: 30 Pieces of Silver
Author: Carolyn McCray
Available at: Smashwords and Amazon
Format: E-Book

Before I get started, let me introduce myself.  I'm Karen and I'm an avid reader.  This is my first post here at 5-Squared and I look forward to many more!  I can also be found at  

This grabbed me from the first page and took me on an incredible journey! I couldn't stop reading. The suspense was wonderful and the way the author wove the past and the present together were outstanding. It was one adventure after the next and you couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. It was a complex and mysterious story with engaging characters. Dr. Monroe was a smart yet brave woman and rolled with the punches along with Brandt and his team. I really expected a woman who wouldn't hold her own with the rapidly changing environment but she was side by side with the team and her quick thinking came in handy.  Seeing her own beliefs change in the face of mounting evidence really made her come to life!  The conflict present in Brandt with his job duties and his religious convictions provided a depth to his character.   In addition, the author told an excellent biblical story and the ending left me stunned.  It obvious that she really took time to make the past story as engaging as the present story.  I think if you are interested in biblical history, you'd enjoy this book so much. I know that it's unlike anything I've read recently and that's good thing!!

My Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

The Particular Sadness of Lemon CakeThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was so hard to rate. It's really more like a four, but loses points because it has the F-bomb a few times. Which breaks my heart because now I can't go and tell EVERYONE I know that they MUST read this book. The F-word is a big deal to me. But that's all I'll say about that.

Aside from the above complaint, this book is BEAUTIFUL! Bender is just an artist. Everything about this story was carefully crafted, and she makes it seem so effortless. It is thought provoking, but still easy to read. It focuses on some paranormal or super natural elements, but the story is really about relationships and how we relate to the ones we know far too well.

I'm not sure I can start another book right away. This is going to haunt me for some time before I can truly put it aside and move on to something else.

So if you don't mind the occasional profane expression, pick it up. Today.
If you are very sensitive to profanity, like I am, I sadly steer you clear of this otherwise delightful read.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom by A.C. Crispin

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of FreedomPirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom by A.C. Crispin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was an ARC my good friend K. Marie gave me, just for fun. This story is all about Captain Jack Sparrow before he got the Black Pearl. Okay, it's more like HOW he got the Black Pearl. If you enjoyed the movies, even remotely, you'll have fun with this.

It took me while to get through because the chapters are a bit lengthy, and I like to read in chapters if I can. Since I've been busy, it's been hard to find the time lately. But finish it, I did- enjoyably so.

FYI- This book is being published as an official Disney edition story and is marked for ages 13 and up- as it should be. The language is pretty clean, but there are some fairly suggestive love scenes that really would be inappropriate for younger children. Oh, and killing. Not too graphic though.

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