Donna Lawrence

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  • More than Magic: Semester Aboard on Sep. 01, 2011

    Looking for a book with vampires, werewolves, witches and other magical creatures? This is the book for you. I really enjoyed this book. It has many unexpected plot turns and twists. It begins with Jen Maddox, a young college student, spending a semester on a cruise ship travelling throughout Mexico and South America. She encounters all sorts of magical creatures, some of whom are not too friendly towards her! He is on a voyage of discovery about herself and those around her. This book is a lot of fun. I felt close to many of the main characters. I give it 5/5 stars
  • Monster Story on Sep. 14, 2011

    MY REVIEW: ******contains spoilers******** I must admit, I am not a huge fan of horror stories. This book sounded interesting therefore I thought I would try it. I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed this book. Some of the more grisly descriptions of ripped up body parts had me closing my eyes and shuddering, however, overall, a great story. I loved the way the author told part of the story from the viewpoint of the monster. I've seen this in other books but not done as well as here. A nice change in a horror story, especially since ***spoiler**** the monster is eventually aware of his previous life. The action in this book begins immediately with the dead rising from the earth. This would be a great Sci Fi channel movie!! The one thing I didn't care for was the constant introduction of new characters. It can be somewhat confusing keeping all the characters straight. I began to think of them as "red shirt characters" Remember the old Star Trek TV show? You always knew the guys in red shirts were going to meet their doom before the end of the show. They are a necessary part of any story, the expendable people. Overall, this is not my normal genre of book but I'm glad I read it. I look forward to reading more by Ms. Griffin
  • My Perfect Wedding on Sep. 27, 2011

    My Perfect Wedding by Sibel Hodge can be described as 'chick lit'. Remember that before you pick up this book. It is a great book for a beach day or a lazy day at home. The book is an easy, quick read. You can read it in an afternoon. I read it while sitting outside my son's school waiting for him to get out. On the way to her wedding, Helen Grey ends up in jail. Yes jail.. What a way to start a marriage! This book will have you laughing out loud. Think Lucy and Ethel...I still get a kick out of them.. Timeless humor. Sibel Hodge has mastered this kind of humor. Most of Helen's problems are of her own making. She perpetually has her foot in her mouth. Unfortunately, I read this book without reading 14 DAYS. The first book in the series. I have since purchased it and will reread Helen's story after reading book one. Helen and Kalem are great characters. Reading this book has made me wish for a vacation in Cyprus. Ms. Hodge did a great job describing the place, now I would like to see it for myself...someday.
  • The Telescope Builder and Other Stories on Oct. 02, 2011

    A different kind of book. Not quite what I expected. The book consists of several short stories that allow us a brief view into the narrator's (authors?) life as he grows both physically and emotionally. Each story seems to carry a hint of regret or apology for his actions. We all have things we regret from our youth. This seems to be somewhat of a purging or cleansing for the author. Interesting idea. I liked some of the stories more than others. I did enjoy the diversity of some of the stories.
  • Denibus Ar on Oct. 22, 2011

    Received this book from LibraryThings member giveaways for an honest review. Books with an archaeology theme are my downfall. I just can't get enough of them. Throw in a paranormal aspect and I'm in heaven. This book was no exception. The author has an impressive ability to combine Egyptian archeology and the paranormal aspect of a "mystical connection with a long dead Pharaoh of UpperEgypt". I enjoyed reading this story and hope for more from this author. I liked the main character of Carl Langley, the Australian archeologist. He reminded me a bit of Indiana Jones (always a good thing!)
  • Scriber on Oct. 23, 2011

    Ben Dobson is an excellent fantasy novelist. This book is an excellent fast paced novel. It reminded me of medieval Europe, England, during the monumental reign of King Uther Pendragon. I was able to envision this book in a movie format while reading it, assigning current actors to the characters in the book. (This is rare for me, I don't usually do this while reading). There is enough fantasy and twists and turns to keep all readers enthralled. The characters portrayed in this book are rich and fascinating- I loved the female warriors. I encourage any lover of fantasy to read this book.
  • Anyone on Oct. 23, 2011

    I love the idea behind this book, Shapeshifters! Who would you change into if you could become anyone? This book is incredible!! I started reading it Sunday morning and didn't stop until I was finished. It is easy to relate to the main character Tainie. Everyone has some level of self esteem issues. Melissa Conway takes an unbelievable scenario and makes it believable. I'm not certain she could have achieved this with a less likeable main character. If you like YA fantasy, READ THIS BOOK! I haven't read anything by Melissa Conway before but I look forward to reading her other books.
  • Lucifer's Odyssey on Oct. 30, 2011

    Never in a million years did I think I'd be rooting for Lucifer! This book has a whole new take on the relationships between Lucifer, Michael, Jehovah and the rest of the gang. Lucifer, by the way, is the Crown Prince of Chaos and he's stuck on Earth. This was an amazing story. At first, when I began reading, I thought Lucifer was just what I would expect the devil to be like. After reading further into the book, he became more likeable-yes likeable. No I'm not crazy, Nor am I a Satan worshipper. This book just was that good! The magic part kind of threw me for a loop. Not enough really explained about magic--maybe in the later books. (This is book one of a series) Read it, you'll be surprised and amazed. I received this book from LibraryThing Member giveaways. I was looking forward to reading about Lucifer getting his butt kicked. This was much better! READ THIS BOOK!!
  • The Devil of DiRisio on Nov. 02, 2011

    I enjoyed this book. I read it without the benefit of reading the first in the trilogy. I was unfamiliar with the challenges Sonya faced throughout her early life. This book begins when she is 17 years old and studying at the DiRisio. Her boyfriend has joined her in Italy and is a basketball player. I found the characters to be likable, but I felt Sonya was a bit too naive to be matriculating in Rome at her young age. Overall, an enjoyable read. I have purchased the first in the trilogy and look forward to the last book.
  • Effie At The Wedding on Nov. 02, 2011

    Effie at the Wedding is a very short, quick read. The story chronicles the wedding day of older sister, bride to be. "The thin and pretty one" and the maid of honor, younger sister, not so pretty, insecure and slightly overweight Effie. Effie likes to make lists, her lists are witty. Most of the story takes place in the bathroom where Effie is hiding away her insecurities, until her sister arrives and she realizes that she (older sister) will always be there for Effie. -love the cover -should have been longer -want to see what happens to Effie now Perhaps this could be a series of short stories
  • Twenty-Five Years Ago Today on Nov. 10, 2011

    This is not my normal genre. I saw this book on LibraryThing and thought it sounded good. Boy, am I glad I read it! Very well written and fun read. I was hooked from the beginning. It's been a very long time since I've read a who-dun-it without figuring out (before the last page) who did it! It is always fun to be surprised at the end of a story. The characters in this novel were wonderful. The dynamics between Kris and the members of the newspaper staff is one of the better aspects of this book. I love reading about power struggles! The writing is straight forward. This is a quick, easy read for mystery lovers. Definitely worth your time. On a cold winter night, curl up with a cup of steamy hot chocolate and read this book. Just remember, to paraphrase Kris Langely (via Stacy Juba) "It's hard to understand tragedy if it hasn't been part of your life" I loved this line and wanted to somehow incorporate it into my review.
  • Gears of Wonderland on Nov. 29, 2011

    Let me begin by saying, I love the cover of this book. I am automatically drawn to a book with a great cover, and this one's a winner. I am also new to the entire steampunk movement but I find it's a lot of fun! I love the combination of steampunk and wonderland in this book. Jason Anderson has created a story that Lewis Caroll would like. I don't like to reveal or spoil the story with my reviews, just buy this book- it's a gripper! You won't want to put it down until you're finished. When I was finished, I found myself looking for more pages, and rereading passages. This wonderland has kingdoms with wars, flying ships and other fun stuff. James is a wonderful character (no pun intended). He visits a land he believed to be just a story from a book. He becomes involved in an amazing journed. I hope to read more from Mr. Anderson. I can see more adventures for James in Wonderland.
  • The Unwilling Bride on Dec. 30, 2011

    Christian Romances are not my usual genre, however, I have to keep my eyes open for more books by Candy-Ann Little. This novel is very well written, the spirituality is not overwhelming. This book will be enjoyed by both Christians and non-christians alike. If you like a good romance, and be honest- we all need a little romance in our lives, read this book. I really liked the strong female lead, Caitlin Gallagher. She is sassy and funny without behaving like a shrew. As for Dillon Cade, you are going to love him! I guarantee it! The book has a wonderful historical aspect to it. I give it 5 stars and look forward to reading more from Candy-Ann Little
  • Saturation on Dec. 30, 2011

    I've had this book for a while. It was given to me by the author for an honest review. I've put off reading it because I thought it might be a difficult read. I've had first hand experience with dealing with alcoholics, and it is not a pleasant experience. I've become somewhat jaded as I've seen the 'falling off the wagon' far more than success with sobriety. Jennifer writes about her struggles overcoming alcoholism. Have you ever been driving and come upon an accident, seeing the police and ambulance at the scene? You know how we all slow down to 'peak' at what's happening? That's how I felt while reading this book. I was watching as Jennifer went through her voyage of self discovery. I don't think I would have been able to express myself as well as she has. She doesn't hold anything back. I found myself rooting for her to maintain sobriety- I want to see her succeed. I would love to read about her a few years down the road, Good Luck to you Jennifer!
  • The Devil's Legacy on Jan. 18, 2012

    A wonderful story! This book is full of 'what ifs' and 'maybes'. Imagine what would happen today if the Elgin Marbles are discovered to be fakes? The real marbles having been stolen over 200 yrs ago. A "Pandora's Box" exists with information about the true marbles and the theft. Everyone is involved from the monarchy to the Prime Minister and museum director. This books goes back and forth between multiple times in history to explain the story of the marbles. The book involves a colorful cast of characters from Napoleon to Winston Churchill to Queen Victoria. A fantastic exciting debut from author Tom Jackson