Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Shannon's Review - The Magic Of Friendship Snow by Andi Cann





Title: The Magic Of Friendship Snow
Series: Not At Moment
Author: Andi Cann
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Andi Cann
Genre: Fiction, Children, Picturebook, Winter
Publisher: Mindview Press
Received: Bought
Release Date: Sept 2008
Pages: 32
Rating:



Author Andi Cann’s Official Websites:



Website:
https://www.andicann.com/

Blog:
https://www.andicann.com/blog/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/andicannbooks/

Twitter:
None found

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/andicannbooks/



Shannon’s Thoughts:

A little girl that has a hard time making friends find a snowman to talk to. He is a unique snowman that helps children like her make friends with other children.

Even though this book is based in the winter it has a message that can be used year-round. As a child, I was very like the little girl, Jo Jo. What I would have given for a magical snowman or a whimsical scarecrow (The are no scarecrows in this book, I was just using it as an example) to help me make friends.

I wish that the snowman, Puddles, could have stayed longer to help JoJo. Puddles, like Frosty, could only stay in the snowy part of the year. I would like to see a story like this but with a character that hangs out year-round.

It is a very sweet book that is great for all children, especially those that are going to start school soon.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Shannon's Review - Shaman, Healer, Sage by Alberto Villoldo Ph.D.








Title: Shaman, Healer, Sage
Series: Not at the moment
Author: Alberto Villoldo Ph. D.
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Lauren Dong
Genre: Non-Fiction, Spirituality, Holistic Medicine
Publisher: Harmony
Received: bought
Release Date: December 2000
Pages: 243
Rating:



Author Alberto Villoldo Ph. D Official Websites:



Website:
https://thefourwinds.com/

Blog:
https://thefourwinds.com/blog/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/AlbertoVilloldo

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/albertovilloldo

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/albertovilloldo_thefourwinds/



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Author, Dr. Villoldo, writes about how his path in life led him to be a healer that heals with energy medicine.

I enjoyed reading this and it was written in a nice quick flow. The doctor’s history with the many different communities where he practiced energy healing with was interesting.


If you are looking for a book that teaches you how to be a healer then this is not the best book. To be honest I don’t remember too much of the lessons. The author does have his own classes but for myself, I don’t have that kind of money. It is not a bad read, I just wanted to learn more about how I can become a healer and this made me like it might be out of my reach.


I would read more books by the author just because this was well written. It might be good for someone who is researching holistic healing but they have read nothing about the subject before.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Shannon's Review - Marvel Adventures Hulk: Defenders Vol. 2 by Paul Benjamin






Title: Marvel Adventures Hulk - Vol. 2: Defenders
Series: Marvel Adventures Hulk
Author: Paul Benjamin
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: David Nakayama and Steve Scott
Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Marvel, Hulk, Fantasy, Superheroes
Publisher: Marvel
Received: Bought
Release Date: April 2008
Pages: 96
Rating:



Author Paul Benjamin’s Official Websites:



Website:
https://paulbenjaminwrites.com/

Blog:
None found

Facebook:
None found

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/thepaulbenjamin

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/paulbenjaminwrites/



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Dr. Bruce Banner tries to keep his cool except when his friends or the world needs help he gets angry and becomes the big mean green Hulk. Banner’s friends Rick and his pet monkey help the Hulk anyway they can even though they have no real super power. Trouble always seems to follow the doctor and it is usually some really bad evil being trying to take over earth.

This is volume 2 in Hulk adventures. I have not read the first volume and I feel like there might be some important info that I am missing but not a lot. I enjoyed the comic relief friend, Rick, and monkey.

I was a little confused when the silver surfer showed up as a good guy because I really thought he was a villain. I have not read a lot of Hulk comics before but I have seen the movies and tv shows with the character. Rick and monkey have not been in the movies as far as I know so that might be part of the storyline in volume 1 that I missed.

These mini adventure books are great for kids starting to read and for those who may not be ready for novels. Graphic novels like these are short and sweet. I will be reading more of them as they come my way.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Shannon's Review - Russell Wiley Is Out To Lunch by Richard Hine




Title: Russell Wiley Is Out To Lunch
Series: Not At Moment
Author: Richard Hine
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Unknown
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Humor
Publisher: Amazon Encore
Received: Free for Review
Release Date: October 2010
Pages: 300
Rating:



Author Richard Hine’s Official Websites:




Website:
https://www.richardhine.com/

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/RichardHineAuthor/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/richardhine

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/richardhine/



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Russell Wiley’s path is hitting a sharp turn on the rollercoaster of life. His wife is less interested in him and his job is failing.

The writing flows well enough and Russell’s problems were interesting at first.

As the story goes on all I kept thinking is “Okay where is this going? Where is the plot?” Unfortunately, I never found one, or I did not get what it was. The book was pretty boring. In the beginning, I felt bad for Russell, but then somewhere near the middle, I stopped caring. I read other reviews that this was humorous. I did not laugh once.

Maybe if you have worked in an office with a job like Russell you would like this more than I did and find it funny. Sadly, I did not like this book.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Shannon's Review - I Don't Want To Go To School by A.J. Cosmo






Title: I Don’t Want To Go To School
Series: Not At Moment
Author: A.J. Cosmo
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: A.J. Cosmo
Genre: Fiction, Children's, School, Picturebook,
Publisher: Thought Bubble Publishing
Received: Free for review
Release Date: August 2013
Pages: 38
Rating:



Author A.J. Cosmo’s Official Websites:




Website:
https://ajcosmo.com/

Blog:
None found

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ajcosmokids

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/ajcosmokids

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/ajcosmokids/



Shannon’s Thoughts:


A little boy shares his thoughts and fears about going to the first day of school. His mother tries to ease his dark thoughts the best she can.

The art is cute and the story is a good idea for kids entering their first day of school.

The questions that the mother tries to ease by saying that most of his fears won’t happen would have not worked for me because a lot of his worries actually happened to me as a kid. I was not a fan of elementary school as you can guess. The flow of the book was a little awkward and although the art is cute it doesn’t work sometimes.

Elementary school was hard for me and I don’t know if this is the book for any kid who has had these troubles. It is probably best for the first day of kindergarten.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Shannon's Review - Castle Roogna by Piers Anthony (Xanth #3)




Title: Castle Roogna
Series: Xanth #3
Author: Piers Anthony
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: unknown
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, Series,
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Received: Bought
Release Date: Jan 1979
Pages: 329
Rating:





Official Piers Anthony Websites:





Website:
http://www.hipiers.com/

Blog:
http://piersanthonyblog.blogspot.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorPiersAnthony/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/piersanthony

Instagram:

None found






Shannon’s Thoughts:


The third installment in Piers Anthony’s Xanth series. We meet the son of the previous main characters, Bink and Chameleon. Dor is a young boy of twelve who has magic and is being raised to someday be King. Most heroes of Xanth have to go on quests and Dor must as well. With his “babysitter”, an ex gargoyle, and a spell from the wizard Humphreys he goes back hundreds of years in time to find a cure for a girl and her zombie.


I find over the years I like series that are family sagas. Probably why I like genealogy as well. I really like the Xanth books for the magic and the humor. I had started this book 2 other times and then lost the book because we moved. The start of the story never left my mind which is rare for me to remember anything I have read for very long. I was happy to finally get to finish and find out how Dor’s first quest went.


Dor's quest seems fairly hard for a 12-year-old but he finds friends and helpers. One friend in a spider he calls Jumper. I mention this because if you are not a friend of spiders you may not like this story as he is in the book for most of it. I don’t love spiders and I don’t hate them either. Jumper was much nicer than Aragog from the Harry Potter series.


I can’t wait to read the next book, Centaur Aisle. I have also read other series from Piers Anthony and I do recommend his books for fantasy lovers.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Shannon's Review - Hopper Lends A Helping Paw (Hopper & Friends) by Amy Best




Title: Hopper Lends A Helping Paw
Series: Hopper & Friends
Author: Amy Best
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Michael Harris
Genre: Fiction, Series, Animals, Picturebook, Children's
Publisher: The Essential Library
Received: Bought
Release Date: May 2016
Pages: 26
Rating:



Author Amy Best’s Official Websites:





Website:
None Found

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
None Found

Twitter:
None Found

Instagram:
None Found





Shannon’s Thoughts:

Hopper the Rabbit watches his grandmother make up baskets for those less fortunate. The idea of giving these items to those in need gives him an idea that he shares with friends who also decide to help.

The story gets straight to the point. Grandma Rabbit makes a basket for fellow neighbors in need and Hopper watches, asking questions. It is very inspiring and hopefully encourages children to do the same.

I would have added in the back of the book places kids could donate and help others. Other than that the book is sweet as are the characters.

I see more Hopper and Friends books in my future. They are fun little tales and children will like the recurring characters.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Shannon's Review - Amish Anthology by J.E.B. Spredemann




Title: Amish Anthology
Series: Not exactly
Author: J.E.B. Spredemann
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: unknown
Genre: Fiction, Amish, Christian
Publisher: J.E.B. Spredemann
Received: bought
Release Date: February 2017
Pages: e-book
Rating:





Author J.E.B. Spredemann’s Official Websites:



Website:
https://www.jenniferspredemann.com/

Blog:
https://www.jenniferspredemann.com/blog

Facebook:
None found

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/amishjeb

Instagram:
None Found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

This anthology has 4 stories about Amish families. Each story is a short piece from 4 different full books all about different Amish girls with surprising stories about faith and forgiveness.

Each story, although short, is enough to whet the appetite and leave you wanting to know how each woman’s story ends. I found all of these stories by Spredemann a little different than the typical Amish stories by other authors. There are more shocking revelations that keep the reader interested. My favorite was the final story, Cindy’s Story, which is an Amish retelling of Cinderella. I have read many fairy tale retellings and never thought of mashing it with Amish life.

The stories do end right at a point where you want to know more about what happens to the families. They feel like cliffhangers and they end well enough but the reader will want more.


I would absolutely read more by J.E.B. Spredemann. I enjoyed each story and am very interested in more Amish fairy tale retelling.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Shannon's Review - The Bojeffries Saga by Alan Moore






Title: The Bojeffries Saga #1
Series: Bojeffries Saga
Author: Alan Moore
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Steve Parkhouse
Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Fantasy,
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Received: bought
Release Date: 2013
Pages: 96
Rating:




Author Alan Moore’s Official Websites:




Website:
None Found

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialAlanMoore

Twitter:
None Found

Instagram:
None Found





Shannon’s Thoughts:


The Bojeffries are a unique family with supernatural characters and British humor.

Each person in the family is a little strange. I have seen some reviews comparing them to the Addams Family but in my opinion, they lack the Addams charm. The missing charm and the way the stories change abruptly confused me a bit.


I wish I had more to say about this graphic novel but it has taken me months to just write this. I do not hate the stories but I don’t love them either. I wish there was more explanation about the family and each their differences.


I am beginning to think Alan Moore is not my cup of tea after this and The Lost Girls vol.1. They just were not that enjoyable.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Shannon's Review - Heretics Of Dune by Frank Herbert




Title: Heretics Of Dune
Series: Dune #5
Author: Frank Herbert
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: unknown
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dune
Publisher: Berkley
Received: Bought
Release Date: April 1986
Pages: 471
Rating:




Author Frank Herbert’s Official Websites:


(taken from goodreads.com.)


Website:
https://www.dunenovels.com/

Blog:
None

Facebook:
None

Twitter:
None

Instagram:
None


Shannon’s Thoughts:

The 5th installment to the Dune Universe, Heretics Of Dune begins almost 2,000 years after Leto II, The God Emperor’s reign. One character who was in the background since the beginning of the series is now the center of attention, and that character is a teenage Duncan Idaho. This Duncan Idaho is a clone and many have been made over thousands of years but this Duncan has something different. Something the Bene Gesserit are looking for. We are also introduced to a female character who speaks to the sandworms, Sheeana. The future of everything lay with them.

I enjoyed being with Duncan again and just having a younger character who doesn’t know what's to come. Where Leto II was the tyrant and leader there is definitely a lack of leadership. The different races are breaking. There is much chaos and all the different groups think they have the right path to follow.

I did not like that this one ended on a cliffhanger. I wanted to see when Sheeana and Duncan meet. I wanted to know more about everyone. I wanted to stay immersed in the world.

I am itching to read the next book, Chapterhouse Dune. I haven’t read ahead review or descriptions of the next book. I can understand why this series is beloved by many.











Thursday, December 16, 2021

Shannon's Review - Hannah And The Angels #6 Mardi Gras Mix-Up by Linda Lowery Keep




Title: Mardi Gras Mix-Up
Series: Hannah And The Angels #6
Author: Linda Lowery Keep
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Unknown
Genre: Juvenile, Chapter book, Fiction, Angels, Fantasy
Publisher: Random House Book For Young Readers
Received: bought
Release Date: June 1999
Pages: 128
Rating:




Author’Linda Lowery Keep's Official Websites:



Website:
https://lindalowery.com/

Blog:
None found

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/lowerykeepbooks/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/lowerykeep

Instagram:
None Found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Young Hannah has been chosen to help others and her angel friends guide her on the journey. Hannah makes new friends as she helps those that seem like they are alone in their struggle. In Mardi Gras Mix Up Hannah is led to a young boy in a wheelchair who has run away because he does not want to leave his home.

I like chapter books like this. It is a sweet short story not made too easy. It reminds me of Touched By Angel for kids. This was the first one in this series I had read. I could follow what was happening but I did feel like I would understand the reason for angels if I read the first book. Hopefully one day I will.

The only downside is that I feel the angels are not in the book as much as I thought they would be. Everything is kinda put on Hannah’s shoulders which is kinda rough for a preteen.

Hannah and the Angels is a great series for kids ages 5 and up. I would also recommend The Fairy School series by Gail Carson Levine.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Shannon's Review - Ghosties by Gerald Hawksley





Title: Ghosties
Series: Not at the moment
Author: Gerald Hawksley
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Gerald Hawksley
Genre: Fiction, Childrens, Picturebook, Fantasy, Halloween
Publisher: Gerald Hawksley
Received: Bought
Release Date: October 2012
Pages: 33
Rating:



Author Gerald Hawksley Official Websites:



Website:
None found

Blog:
None found

Facebook:
None found

Twitter:
None found

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/geraldhawksley



Shannon’s Thoughts:

A rhyming story full of fun with different ghosts. On one night of the year, a ghost town appears and those that are living are looking for a little scare.

This is a fun one for the kids. Not really scary ghosts they are more looking for fun and cheer not looking to scare. I liked the rhyming, the words flowed nicely and the art is a little goofy like the ghosts. This version had some cute kids jokes about ghosts at the end and a preview of another story by the author.

I had no real faults with the book it was cute and silly which was the point I am sure.

I would definitely read something else by this author and I think it is a good Halloween book for kids 7 and under.



Monday, December 6, 2021

Shannon's Review - The Diamond Secret by Suzanne Weyn





Title: The Diamond Secret
Series: Once Upon A Time
Author: Suzanne Weyn
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Unknown
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Royalty
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Received: Bought
Release Date: January 2009
Pages: 240
Rating:



Author Suzanne Weyn’s Official Websites:





Website:

http://www.suzanneweynbooks.com/

Blog:
http://www.suzanneweynbooks.com/blog

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Suzanne-Weyn-Author-227394427320435/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/suzanneWeyn

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/suzanneweynbooks



Shannon’s Thoughts:

The diamond secret is a retelling of Anastasia. A tale where the main character was created from a real princess but the outcome of her life as a fairy tale instead of the sad actuality.

This book has two things I enjoy; one it's a fairy about a princess and two the princess is Anastasia Romanov. I am very interested in the lives of the Romanovs and have read many history books about them. And like so many others I wish this fairytale was true.

I am not a fan of the title of the book. If I went by the title and the cover image I would have thought it was another retelling of Cinderella. Frankly, there are too many Cinderella stories so the fact that it wasn't was refreshing.

I hope to read more of this series which is a retelling of fairy tales...even if there is a Cinderella one I will read it.