Monday, June 27, 2011

Book Review of Warlock

Wow! I can't believe that this book ended like that and that I have to wait until next summer for the final book!

In this 5th book of the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, everyone is scattered. Josh has joined forces with John Dee & Virginia Dare. Sophie is with the Japanese Immortal Niten at Aunt Agnes's house. Nicholas and Pernelle are in Prometheus's Shadowrealm, and Scathach, Shakespeare, Joan, St Germain, &  Palamedes have been transported back in time to the ancient world of Danu Talis. The end is drawing near.

Monsters are locked in the cells at Alcrataz. Billy the Kid and Niccolo Machiavelli are hoping to regain the favor of their Elder masters by releasing them onto the unsuspecting population of San Francisco. Will they go through with their orders or will they not?

I rented this copy from the library. And I've had a hard time putting it down. I've become quite attached to the twins, Josh & Sophie, and at times I want to smack them because of the mistakes that one of them keeps making. Sophie must find an Elder to teach her the last of the elemental magics, Earth. And I was not at all expecting the twist regarding who finally is found to teach her. So many little things that appear in this book have made me question who is good, who is bad, and who is more than what they seem. The lines between good and evil have really blurred and it's hard to tell who is who now. The flashbacks got a little confusing but they add to the drama of the book. Overall, a very good read!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Has it been 15 years already?

Has it been 15 years already since I walked across the stage and accepted my diploma? Wow! Time really does fly. I went to my 15th high school reunion last night. Yes, it was a huge step out of my comfort zone. But it was in my budget - FREE! I pretty much only went because my friend Steph asked if I was going. But you know what, I actually had a pretty good time. Got to catch up with a lot of people and met some really nice people. It's surprising how many of us stayed (or came back) to the area. I got to talk a lot about my business and may even have at least one new customer. Which will be really awesome. I may go to the 20th in 5 years. And it would be great if I show up there in the PINK CADILLAC!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Review of Thief by Linda Windsor

Book 2 of Linda Windsor's Brides of Alba series is called Thief. Like the Healer (book 1), it's set in the late 6th century of Scotland during the time of King Arthur. Caden is exiled from his home, so he offers his services as a mercenary in the various wars between the Saxons. When he's gravely injured, he calls on Jesus and is spared death. He is then nursed back to health by a woman whose daughter was kidnapped from her many years before. He agrees to try to find the daughter, Sorcha. Sorcha is a young woman who was kidnapped from her home at the age of 7 and sold into slavery by the Saxon captors. Unlike most children though, the people who bought her raised her as a daughter. Now grown, she rescues other children from the same fate. When she's sent to be a companion/interpreter to the new princess, her path crosses Caden's. Then a brutal murder at the court sends them both fleeing for their lives. Miraculous things happen that cause her to question the pagan gods and seem to strengthen Caden's young faith. Will they be captured? Will brother and brother be reunited? And will Caden be able to let go of his past to love again?

I seriously couldn't put this book down. The characters both have flaws and they're well written into the story. The things that they go through makes me both cringe and cheer for them. I've always enjoyed Linda's books and this one is no exception. I can't wait for the third and final book in this series, The Rebel, due out next summer!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A little tired

I'm a bit tired. I took Mom to the airport this morning and then ran all over creation after work to collect the last few dollars I need to finish my star! I'll be finishing it tomorrow. Kiki was glad to see me when I got home. She was one hungry kitty!

When I finish my star tomorrow, I'll be finishing as a Ruby! I'm so excited. And as soon as Team Member 2 becomes qualified, all I'll need is a third qualified team member and then that MacKenzie red jacket is mine!