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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Shannon's Review - If You Were Me And Lived In The Mayan Empire by Carole P. Roman


Title: If You Were Me And Lived In The Mayan Empire
Series: If You Were Me And Lived In
Author: Carole P. Roman
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Children’s. Picture Book
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform  
Received: From Author For Review
Release Date: March 2017
Pages: 66

Author Carole P. Roman’s Official Websites:





Shannon’s Thoughts:

Another book from the “If You Were Me And Lived…” series.  This edition is about the Mayan Empire.  

This series is great for kids to learn about history. Since I don’t have kids I think is also great for adults who do not read much history and want to learn by not getting overwhelmed with a huge history book. I learned many things that I did not know, like the fact that descendants of Mayans still live in the area and still speak Mayan. They placed boards on babies heads to elongated the head.  They embedded jewels in their teeth.

There is a lot of information in this little book. My only problem is the info does not really stay in my head but I think that is a me problem not a book problem.  Luckily since it is a kids book it is small and you can re-read the book quickly.

Carole P. Roman does a great job on the research of the history and on what to place in the books. I look forward to reading and learning more from the other books in the series.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Shannon's Review - The Wicked And The Divine: The Faust Act Vol. 1 by Kieron Gillen


Title: The Wicked And The Divine: The Faust Act Vol. 1
Series: The Wicked And The Divine
Author: Kieron Gillen
Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Publisher: Image Comics
Received: Bought
Release Date: November 2014
Pages: 144

Author Kieron Gillen’s Official Websites:





Shannon’s Thoughts:

Laura is obsessed with these pop stars who happen to be Gods reincarnated.  The Gods come back every 90 years but do not hang around for long because they tend to die young.  Some people love the Gods others think they are a nuisance or fraud.  There is a murder, Lucifer aka Luci is framed and sent to jail. Laura tries to help her by talking to the other Gods and asking for help.

I find many of image comics have beautiful art and this one is no different.  Although I will say this the art reminds me a little of the original Jem And The Holograms cartoon which is a good thing to me because I loved it back in the day.  The story has some holes and still needs a lot of explaining especially all background of the Gods.

Many people say the writing was hard to follow.  There was only one part that was hard to follow for me which was in the beginning when Laura was talking to the reporter about Luci.  I couldn’t tell if the reporter was interviewing Luci from jail or the answers were coming from a flashback from Laura’s conversation with Luci.  So yes there is some confusion at times but did not stop me from really liking this graphic novel’s beginning.

I had never really heard about this series before hand it was the cover that caught me. Now that I have read it I can’t wait to look for the second volume next visit to the bookstore.  

Monday, November 6, 2017

Celebrate Everyday With A Book - November 6th 2017

It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find  (new, old, or coming soon) for everyday holiday.  

Monday November 6th 2017

Marooned Without A Compass Day


Title: Marooned In The Arctic: The True Story Of Ada Blackjack The “Female Robinson Crusoe” by Peggy Caravantes
Genre: Non-Fiction, History
What Is It About?: After being assigned as cook 4 explorers to Wrangel Island. Ada Blackjack ends up marooned on the island for almost 2 years after the explorers


Title: Naked And Marooned: One Man. One Island by Ed Stafford
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Travel
What Is It About?:  An adventurer has a goal to survive 30 days without clothes, food, or water.

Saxophone Day


Title: Jay Versus The Saxophone Of Doom by Kara Kootstra
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Sports
What Is It About?: Jay is a good hockey player but learning to  playing the saxophone is not going to be easy.


Title: Sadie The Saxophone Fairy by Daisy Meadows
Genre: Fiction, Chapter book, Fairies, Children
What Is It About?: All the music fairies instruments have stolen by Jack Frost

Tuesday November 7th 2017

Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day


Title: The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
Genre: Fiction, Children, Fantasy, Dragons
What Is It About?: A dragon is tricked into drinking magical chocolate that turns her into a human girl.  


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Title: Rosie Rudey And The Enormous Chocolate Mountain: A Story About Hunger, Overeating And Using Food For Comfort
Genre: Fiction, Childrens,
What Is It About?:  Rosie favorite food is chocolate and when she is upset she eats way too much.

U.S. General Election Day


Title: Election Day
Genre: Non-Fiction, Children’s, History
What Is It About?: Tell way this holiday is an important day and why we should all vote.


Title: Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide To Winning Any Office From The PTA To The White House by Rebecca Sive
Genre: Non-Fiction, Politics, Feminism
What Is It About?: A woman’s guide to gaining leadership in politics.

Wednesday November 8th 2017

Cook Something Bold Day

Title: Bold Flavored Began Cooking: Healthy Plant-Based Recipes With A Kick by Celine Steen
Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook, Vegan
What Is It About?:  Bold new flavors to vegan dishes


Title: Cooking Bold And Fearless
Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook,
What Is It About?: Many recipes with adventurous food combos.

Dunce Day


Title: Lovable Dunce by Godi Zidrou
Genre: Fiction, Children’s
What Is It About?: Trouble maker, Docuboo, is punished often and fights with other students.  Will he ever learn?


Title: A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Genre: Fiction, Literature, Humor
What Is It About?: A tragic comedy of errors.

Thursday November 9th 2017

Chaos Never Dies Day


Title: Chaos by Patricia Cornwell
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
What Is It About?: The 24th installment with medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. In this one Scarpetta and her family iis tormented by a cyberstalker
Due out: January 10, 2018


Title: The Chaos Of Luck by Catherine Cerveny
Genre: Fiction, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance
What Is It About?: Second in Felicia Sevigny series. Felicia moves to a new planet for a fresh start.

Friday November 10th 2017

Forget-Me-Not Day

Title: Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile,
What Is It About?: A middle school girl with tourettes tries to hide her illness


Title: Forget Me Not by Nancy Van Laan
Genre: Fiction, Children’s, Picture Book
What Is It About?: A story putting into words what it is like to have a family member with Alzheimer, written for children.



Title: World War II US Marine Infantry Regiments by Gordon L. Rottman
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, World War II, Photography
What Is It About?: Black & White and colour photos. Will illustrate wide range of uniforms, weapons and combat equipment, spanning from Pearl Harbor to Harbor to VJ-Day.


Title: Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, And How They Rescued Each Other by Craig Grossi
Genre: Non-Fiction, Pets, Dog, Memoir
What Is It About?: The story of U.S. marine Craig Grossi bond with a dog he found in Afghan battlefield and how they saved each other.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Five Fun Facts - Dean Koontz

Five Fun Facts

About Author

Dean Koontz
Best known for writing Odd Thomas Series and Phantoms.
(photo borrowed)

1. He has used 10 pen names in his career as a writer.

2. He wrote an episode of the 1980’s tv show C.H.I.P.S.

3. Is deathly allergic to cats.
4. Big fan of Denzel Washington.
5.His dog Trixie has been an inspiration for a lot of his writing even after her passing in 2007.

Info collected from wikipedia, and

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Shannon's Review - Seven Unholy Days by Jerry Hatchett


Title: Seven Unholy Days
Series: N/A
Author: Jerry Hatchett
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Publisher:  Red House Publishing
Received: From Author For Review
Release Date: April 2013
Pages: 470

Author Jerry Hatchett’s Official Websites:





Shannon’s Thoughts:

An IT geek, Matt Decker, has created a futuristic new power grid for the United States. A crazy mastermind gets into the electric system and shuts down power everywhere. As this nut gains power by causing other catastrophes in the world and claiming to be “The Messiah” and “The Devil” from the bible. Decker and his group of computer experts try there best to find this man and keep the power and other things up and running.

This thriller moves pretty quickly.  The electric systems going down they way they did is a fear of mine. We really depend on electronics so much now a days for news, communicating with others and hospital’s life support.

I do not know if it was the dark points in the book that made me dislike it but I really did not connect with the characters.  I connected with the terror of the different disasters because they felt like something that could happen.  I do not feel that only one man could have made that all happen the way, Hart did..

I am not a big fan of thrillers this is second one in a month I have read.  They both seemed very similar even though the stories were a little different.  Both had terrorism in them.  This one just fell flat like other book did as well.  It this was a series I probably would not read the next one.