Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

January / February 2010

Friday February 12, 2010
One of the blogs I read -- and we all know how much I LOVE book and book giveaway blog is sponsoring a 350 followers contest. 

Her blog is really interesting and well she likes books AND gives them away, so you can see why I enjoy it.

Check it out at

http://www.larissaslife.com/2008/02/350-followers-giveaway.html

While you are there, enter her contest.  Some really nice prizes for her 350 follower giveaway!


Posted 2/12/2010 at 12:8 PM

Thursday February 11, 2010
I have signed up for the Early Reviewers program at Library Things. http://www.librarything.com/er/list

 Each month you have a chance to win one of the listed books and than all you have to do is post a review of the book.  I have never really written a review before, so please be kind

littleknown

The Little Known

Janice Daugherty
BelleBooks, Inc. (February 1, 2010)

Book Description:

A good-hearted boy. A segregated town. A stolen fortune.
When twelve-year-old Knot Crews, an African American boy growing up in the segregated south Georgia town of Statenville, discovers a bag of bank-robbed cash in an alley, he is nearly overcome with happiness and terror. All that money – a hundred thousand dollars – could be the ticket to everything he’s ever wanted, but he knows he can’t spend it, not only because his conscience won’t let him, but for fear of being caught.

Jennifer's Review

A beautiful written moral tale set in the south during the turbulent 60's. A young black boy, Knot, discovers a bag full of stolen cash from a botched bank robbery. Since he cannot use the money himself due to moral and practical reasons, he decides to share small amounts with his needy neighbors, both black and white. Most of the neighbors don't use it wisely and Knot learns that the money doesn't help them change their lives for the better.

Janice is a wonderful storyteller who writes of characters and landscapes that leap from the page and make you feel that you are right there with them in the story. The story deals with Social Issues, forgiveness, racism and poverty. A very Human story with authentic people that showcases the good and evil in all of us.It is touching, gripping, tragic, and yet somehow hopeful.

Now that being said I want you to know it wasn't my sort of thing. I found it slow at times and too overly descriptive for my taste. However, it is an outstandingly beautiful story and most will enjoy it. I think it would be a fantastic addition to a public schools English curriculum. It would bring up thousands of moral discussions and many teachable moments.

Also the copy that I was given was an ebook, and I find them extremely challenging to really get into. The ebooks I find have a less personal feeling to them and I often lose my place and feel disjointed from the story. I think this particular story would be better suited to an actual physical book which would help you to become more emotionally invested in the story
Posted 2/11/2010 at 12:0 PM

Monday February 8, 2010
I'm exhausted after this weekend, and I really have no idea what to write about, so I think I will just ramble on about a few things.

Books and Blogs and Contests OH MY

Well it has been an incredible Monday so far for books and contests and blogs.  Since opening up my email today I have won 2 more books from 2 different blog contests.  Yup, I know, I think Jeff is thinking divorce now! At this point I want to thank Natasha for getting me hooked on book blogs and on blog readers.  It had introduced me to tons more authors and also helped me organize the blogs so that I don't spend all day reading them.  My boss is also thankful for that point.  Also thanks to blog readers I am never bored at the Reference desk or AskON when we are having a lull in students.  I don't feel guilty about reading the book blogs at work, because I am a Librarian (Library tech for those who know and care about the difference) and TECHNICALLY it is work related. Although, I have yet to have a reference question on Paranormal literature -- but I COULD you know! 

One of the books I won is on my list of books to read too.  The other book I won - wasn't on my list to read, but the first prize was a Viking Barbie doll and I need something girly since I live with the 3 stooges.  I didn't win the Barbie, but at least I got a book. Never read any romance novels involving Vikings, but I am always up for something new.    I will post a review on the books after I have read them.

From http://cougar-tales.blogspot.com/ - I won    (BTW fun blog from extremely nice women)

The Cougar Club by Susan McBride

From http://www.freshfiction.com/contests.php/ - I won

Viking in Love  by Sandra Hill

Definition of Hell

16 month old adventuresome little boy at a Superbowl party where everyone had no interest in hanging around with little children. The evening consisted of the following. No Jesse, No Jesse, don't touch that Jesse, Mom I'm bored (from Jake), Jesse NO, NO JESSE -- you get the picture.  Also I think Jesse terrified the cat and dog, and they might need some serious therapy.  I did get to have a few seconds of conversation with Jeff's family, but it wasn't enough for me to stop from counting down the seconds until I got to leave.  I love them all, but it was HELL!

Rants: Please people if you MUST pee on the seat, for god sakes clean it up so that I don't have to.  It is a PUBLIC bathroom, lets be considerate of other people.
Posted 2/8/2010 at 2:27 PM

Thursday February 4, 2010
So the very few people who read this should know by now that I ADORE books (I know I'm a library worker, it is a required skill for one to have).  One of my favorite things to receive are books and book gift card. I read for at least 15 minutes a day no matter what or where - and please lets not tell Jeff or the kids that half of the time when I say I am "going to the bathroom" it really means I am going there to read.  Well, thanks to Natasha A. who introduced me to blogs in which you can win books, I am now even more obsessed with books and authors.  Just this week I have won 3 books from various blog sites. One is even by one of new favorite authors (also introduced to me by Natasha A). I have even started agreeing to review books in order to get new books.  This is not a bad thing as I am reading new authors and trying new genres. Not to mention it keeps my brain active (sometime gets numb from hanging out with 16 mth and 8yr old boys) and I am challenging myself to write, which as you can tell, isn't really my strong point.

I have now become quite the eclectic reader. I used to only read "historically accurate romance novels" and some paranormal romance's.   Now I am reading pretty much anything fiction.  Please also remember I am not reading a lot of non fiction right now because I have a 16mth hellion and an 8 yr old with Spina Bifida -- the brain really has no room or energy to process anything intellectually stimulating.  That being said I am re reading Romeo Daillare's Shake  Hands with The Devil since he is speaking at the OLA conference in February that I am attending.   I'm really enjoying quite a few new authors and trying all sorts of genres. Its fun, I recommend jumping out of your usual genre and trying something new.

These are just a few of my favorite authors and blogs.  And if you are interested you can win stuff too at some of them.

Authors

Julie Kenner:   Writes mostly romance and the fantasy/paranormal genre.  Her books are extremely funny and the characters are unforgettable.  My favorites so far are her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series and her  Blood Lily series. I read most of her books in one night because I just don't want to put them down and get quite sad when the book is done and have to wait until she writes again.
http://juliekenner.com/index.php

J.K. Beck:   Julies other writing name.  Her books are not for sale yet, but the excerpt I read for The Shadow Keepers: When blood kills is outstanding. I cannot wait for this series.
http://jkbeck.com/

Bertrice Small:  Historical romances and fantasy/paranormal romances.  I have read everything she has ever written and really enjoy her.  She tells a good tale and her characters are almost always strong women. One thing I love about her is that she does her research well and is very historically accurate. 
http://www.bertricesmall.net/

Jennifer Estep: Fantasy/Paranormal.  Lots of fun, quirky characters in interesting predicaments.  Tells stories that you don't want to put down, since you are having so much fun.
http://www.jenniferestep.com/

MaryJanice Davidson: Fantasy/Paranormal.  Wickedly funny writing and fun stories that you want to keep on reading even after the book is done.  Great Undead series about a new Vampire called Becky. As MJ says "Betsy Taylor turns 30, gets laid off, is killed by an SUV and wakes up dead all in the same week."  How can you not love her.
http://www.maryjanicedavidson.net/

Jeaniene Frost: Fantasy/Paranormal. Unusual and likeable characters, witty dialogue and just really different stories.  Her series of Night Huntress novels were recommended once again by Natasha.  Again one of those authors that you just want to keep reading and look forward to everything she publishes.  A little darker than any of the authors I have mentioned so far.
http://jeanienefrost.com/

Mitch Albom: An internationally renowned and bestselling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician.  His stories both fiction and nonfiction are inspiring and I have cried while reading all of them. Makes you think of the simple things and that we should enjoy them everyday and always tell those you love, how much they mean to you. 
http://mitchalbom.com/

Bruce Campbell: Actor, writer and one cool dude.  I have loved this actor since I first saw the evil dead series back in high school.   He just seemed to me like the kind of guy who doesn't take himself too seriously. His books are self deprecating and just damn fun to read.
http://www.bruce-campbell.com/

Kevin Smith: Director, Writer, Actor(?), Honorary Canadian. Extremely funny but I am warning you seriously vulgar.  I have loved most of his movies and his writing is just fresh and fun.  When you read his stuff you really feel that he is talking to you.  Also a guy who doesn't take himself too seriously and you know isn't full of merde.  He's in Toronto right now and I wish I would get the chance to sit down and chat with him.
http://www.viewaskew.com/

Tobias Tinker: Musician and Author and my 1st crush.  Had to put him here since he is extremely talented and well I followed him around like a little lost puppy, so I totally owe him.
http://aeosrecords.com/symetrk

Blogs

Vampire Reader:  http://vampirewire.blogspot.com/
Bibliophilic Book Blog:  http://www.bibliophilicbookblog.com/
Sci-Fi Guy:  http://www.scifiguy.ca/
Libby's Library News:  http://libslibrary.blogspot.com/
Good Reads:  http://www.goodreads.com/
Library Thing: http://www.librarything.com/er/list
Book Junkie: http://myfoolishwisdom.blogspot.com/
Dark Fairie Tales: http://darkfaerietales.com/
Love to Read: http://lovetoreadforfun.blogspot.com/
Cougar Tales: http://cougar-tales.blogspot.com/
All Things Urban Fantasy: http://allthingsurbanfantasy.blogspot.com/
Tartitude: http://tartitude.blogspot.com/

Oh yeah and the books I have won are as follows

Jennifer Estep's Spider bite from http://vampirewire.blogspot.com/
Knight of Pleasure by Margarat Mallory from http://libslibrary.blogspot.com/
The Little Known by Janice Daugharty http://www.librarything.com/er/list

http://www.librarything.com/er/list
Posted 2/4/2010 at 12:46 PM

1 Comments
Hey Jennifer... thanks for including me on your list even though only 1/30th of my book is currently publicly available. You certainly don't owe me anything. I found this page through a Google Alert I have set to flag mentions of me or my work - sounds more narcissistic than it is really, it's kind of a business necessity at this point. Just trying to stay engaged with fans or potential fans wherever they might appear.

Nice to learn a bit more about you - didn't know about your family situation, I can imagine that would be a challenge but you seem happy and positive, which is really all one can hope for one's old friends.

Personally I am reading essentially nothing but non-fiction, in the business/marketing/personal development realm. The first two categories I would never in a million years have imagined myself immersed in, but it's become a necessity: our 'hellion' will turn 3 in a month and I am not well-suited to going out and getting an actual job, so - after 20 years of avoiding it and somehow managing to have an interesting career regardless - I have to figure out how to run my creative and musical life as a business. And oddly enough, I am finding it utterly fascinating, challenging, and strangely inspiring. Who knew?

OK off to put out fires in my strange little corner of the Web. Have a fascinating day!
- tobias

p.s. music for a Saturday:
http://tobiastinker.bandcamp.com/track/harpsichord-improvisation-no-1-in-c-minor

(I'm feeling harpsichord-y this morning for some reason)
Posted 2/6/2010 at 4:24 AM by symetrk

Wednesday February 3, 2010
Thought this was a good way to remember all the books I am dying to read

When Wicked Craves by J.K. Beck When Pleasure Rules by J.K. Beck
When Blood Calls by J.K. Beck


Destined For An Early Grave: A Night Huntress Novel
Jeaniene Frost
Product Image Spider's Bite: An Elemental Assassin Book by Jennifer Estep

Heat Wave
Richard Castle
Product Image Dead in the Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel (Sookie Stackhouse/True​ Blood) by Charlaine Harris

The Cougar Club: A Novel
Susan Mcbride



The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Ree Drummond

Brisingr
Christopher Paolini

The Name Of The Wind
Patrick Rothfuss


Here's The Deal: Don't Touch Me
Howie Mandel , Josh Young
Happy Hour at Casa Dracula
By Marta Acosta

Midnight Brunch
By Marta Acosta

The Bride of Casa Dracula

Haunted Honeymoon at Casa Dracula
by Marta Acosta


I Love Rogues
Bertrice Small

Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume
Jennifer OConnell , Meg Cabot , Beth Kendrick


Posted 2/3/2010 at 3:54 PM

Wednesday February 3, 2010
So boys and girls my brain is still hurting from watching last nights season 6 premiere

I have really enjoyed and loathed watching Lost over the years, because it always keeps you guessing.  Just when you think you have something figured out, the writers throw in something new and you are back to square one "what the feck is going on on the island"

That being said I enjoyed watching last nights episode eventhough I was -- wait for it -- lost.  As many of you lost fans know everyone has lots of questions over the course of the show that they need to have answered.  I have 2 new ones to add after last nights show

1. Why wasn't Shannon on the plane this time around. Boone said something about going to rescue his sister but she didn't want to be rescued and now he was coming home without her -- hmmm

2. Why was Desmond now on the plane, wasn't he supposedly the reason the plane went down in the first place.

I still think the premise of the show has something to do with Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and redemption but lets face it I have a simple mind and it just wasn't built for all the obscure religious and scientific references over the seasons.

In the long run, who really cares.  Its an interesting show with unusual characters and some really nice eye candy for the ladies.  I personally would love to be left on a deserted island with any or a combo of the following Sayid, Sawyer, Charlie and Desmond.  I know shame on me, no Jack, but I personally find him annoying and whiny!  Man up Jack you pussy!  Sorry for the language but I live with my husband and 2 boys, all my lady like qualities have been slowly disappearing over the years ; )

My buddy in England, Angela, sent me the following.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did
http://blogs.thestage.co.uk/tvtoday/2010/02/the-rsc-gets-lost-in-10-minutes/index.html

Sawyer and Sayidi

Posted 2/3/2010 at 12:5 PM

Tuesday February 2, 2010
I was going to change the name of this blog, but I would have to upgrade or restart it, and I am too cheap and lazy to do that.

Most of the stuff I post is only for family and friends so I thought I would add some reviews and books that interest me and you all  might like.

The following links are excellent sites for cataloguing of books or even just listing what books you have read or want to read.  They also include reviews and there are also chances to get review copies of books or even just free books

GoodReads - if interested my books are under Jennifer Rayment
http://www.goodreads.com/

Library Thing - if interested my books are listed under mountie9
http://www.librarything.com/home/mountie9
Posted 2/2/2010 at 10:25 AM

Wednesday January 20, 2010
Just realized that I hadn't posted any pictures of the boys in a very long time.  Here are just a couple

staybackpaparzzi Stay Back Paparazzi jesse1stcake   Jesse's 1st taste of cake

 Whoastayback Sheila & Jesse archie Worlds cutest dog Archie
 myboyshalloween Rayment's Halloween 2009halloween2009  The geeks!

mmmMilkshake  Mmmm Lick's milkshakesJakelicksToo much chocolate


jefftryingtotradeJforcar  Jeff trying to trade Jake for car     hmmthingstocome   Hmmmm


Futureketchupaddict  Future Ketchup Addict    imsosexyevenwithdrool Damn I'm cute in this hat

auntiehollyoutifit  Holly's outfit (aka Marlboro Man)  illshowyouhowtodoit  I'll show u boys how its done!

  Baseball2009    Jake Baseball 2009  1stdayofschool20091st day of Grade 3 2009dontlethimgetmemom Playtime    crapurgointobereaderlikemom Damn, not another reader in the family
jenanddina Man do I look like a dufus beside Dina!
Posted 1/20/2010 at 1:12 PM


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