Amy Siggelow

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  • Dirty Little Angels on Feb. 16, 2011

    I won this book as an ARC from Library Thing. I really enjoyed this book. I was "warned" by the author that it is pretty dark, and it surely was, but it was so very good! It was a book that I didn't want to put down. This story is about a 16 year old girl, her 19 year old brother and their parents. The mother had just had a miscarriage and has holed herself up in her room and isn't paying attention to either one of her kids, while the father, recently unemployed, drinks too much and is down at the local pool hall most of every day. This is a story set in New Orleans, a place I've never been. There are many references to different areas and/or street names. The 16 year old girl, Hailey, is in turmoil throughout the book, for many reasons that are explained while reading. A great story of family dynamics, mistrust and the importance of being supportive of family. I very much recommend this book for anyone to read, as it has all the elements of a great storyline....adventure, mystery, betrayal, religion, love, etc. Great book Mr. Tusa!
  • Encounters in Paris - A Collection of Short Stories on March 12, 2011

    I have never read a collection of short stories incorporated into a book before, so this was a new experience for me. I found this book very interesting, I was able to really connect with the characters in a very short time and I loved the fact that it presented issues such as infidelity and betrayal and things that are present in today's society. I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Moncel's works and I will be recommending this story to friends.
  • Guardian of Eden on May 18, 2011

    I won this book from the Member Giveaways on Library Thing. I was compelled to enter to win this book from it's description on Library Thing. I was not sorry that I had entered and I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to read this book. I read it in one day - that is how good it was! This is a story of Garrett, born of a white mother and an African-American father. He is the older brother of his half-sister, Eden; they have the same mother but different fathers. Garrett and Eden's mother is unfortunately an alcoholic and drug abuser who seems to be neglectful of her children, causing Garrett to become the "parent" of Eden. He is a very gentle, sweet, and very intelligent young man, who loves his sister more than anything in the world, however, he has a dark side from the years of neglect he has received by his parents. The novel starts out with an event that takes place involving Eden being rushed to the hospital. It then goes into the story of how things went about resulting in that outcome. This is a very well written, interesting and realistic book, one that I very much enjoyed. I would recommend this to most anyone, although it does involve a little violence and does touch upon incest from past encounters of the mother. Very good book!
  • Just Another Day in Paradise on June 06, 2011

    I won this book from Member Giveaways on LibraryThing. I just finished reading this book of short stories and had to post this right away! What a great read! The stories are "dark" stories, but very interesting. I'm really not sure how to review this book, as the stories are short and about different things. I noticed that most of the stories tend to revolve around "karma", as in people getting away with things, but then bad luck or death follows them later. My favorite story was the very last story (appropriately placed in my opinion!). It was about a Lady and a stray cat named Otto, which the Lady (as she was called in the story) found while the cat was being bullied by a group of kids. I don't want to ruin the story by describing what the story was about, but the ending gave me goosebumps. Those are the types of stories that I love! This is a great book for those who don't mind dark (but not too dark) subject material. I would say it is appropriate for adults and maybe older teens. I do recommend it to those who want to try it - you won't be sorry!
  • Legacy - Book One of the Balancer Chronicles on June 17, 2011

    I won this book from the Member Giveaways on Library Thing. When I entered to win this book, I really wasn't sure I would like it, but I decided I needed to read titles outside my normal genre. Wow, I sure wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I did! I also won a copy of The Eyes That See by Chis Adonn in the Member Giveaway at Library Thing, and read that novella first. While reading the novella is not necessary, it did give me a better understanding of the basic premise of this series. This is a book about Balancers, who are exactly what their name implies - they help balance out good and evil so that one does not overshadow the other. This book has many supernatural entities in it as well: werewolves, sirens, vampires, elves, etc. This is basically the story of a new balancer, Kat, who has been summoned back to her recently deceased grandmother's home. Once in the home, she is directed to a book that has been locked away in a secured room. As she opens the book, she discovers that it is a journal of sorts, written by her great, great grandfather, James. James is also a balancer and he has been waiting for Kat to come to the home so that he can tell her his story through the pages of the book. It is a fantastic story, with much imagination and detail. I loved the way this book was written; as if James was not only speaking to Kat but to the reader as well. I became totally immersed in this book and wished that I could be part of the book itself. Ms. Adonn has the ability to draw the reader in and in so much detail, paint a picture of sorts, leaving the reader to feel that they are experiencing what he is describing. I am very glad that this is only Book One as it ended at a very pivotal point, leaving me wondering what will happen in the next book. I recommend this book to anyone, regardless of whether they like fantasy stories or not. The amount of emotion, both good and bad, portrayed in this book is outstanding. I give this book 5 stars!
  • Gifts and Consequences on Sep. 02, 2011

    I won this book from the Member Giveaways on Library Thing. Within the last 10 minutes, I finished this book, and had to wipe away many tears. This was such a touching story! This is an example of how one person's life can affect so many others. The main character, Jonathon, is a multi-millionaire who has all the money in the world, but does not have the one thing he truly desires - his wife Susan. Susan had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease and as she started wasting away, Jonathon decided he would help people in Susan's name. He has a team of workers that help him locate particularly desperate people who, for one reason or another, have expressed the desire for something while giving back in return. Jonathon enters into agreements with these people giving them an awesome gift, if they, in turn keep up their end of the bargain. Some do and some don't, but the choice is ultimately thiers. This book comprises these individual's stories and whether or not they live up to their end of the bargain, resulting in either whatever they had wished for, or to have to pay the consequences. The end of the book involves the death of Susan, after years of wasting away to nothing, as Alzheimer's will surely do to a person. I was very overwhelmed at the sheer emotion the last part of the book gave me. What a lesson to be learned. I encourage everyone to read this book as it has a wonderful message!
  • Grave Situation on Oct. 08, 2011

    I won this book from LibraryThing's Member Giveaways. I enjoyed reading this book. The author spent a lot of time describing details which makes the reader feel as though they are actually part of the book. There were quite a few people in this story, which became confusing for a little while. I liked the way the author linked together events that happened at the beginning of the book to events happening later. It was like going through an actual murder investigation. Very good book!
  • A Black Deeper Than Death (Miki Radicci Book 1) on June 11, 2012

    This was such a great book. More of a YA novel, but as a middle-aged woman, I still really enjoyed it! Great plot, great characters, action, suspense and a bit of fantasy are all part of this book. I would definitely recommend this to anyone!
  • Elusive (Book #1 in the On The Run Series) on Feb. 12, 2013

    I won this book from LibraryThing's Member Giveaways. I really enjoyed this book. It was full of action and mystery and really caught my attention. It is one of those books you don't want to put down. I like that it was partially taking place in another country. I was fully immersed in this book! One issue that I had, which has also happened in other books I've read, is that, when reading it in Kindle, as I would turn the page, there would be some text missing. In some cases, it seemed like it was only a few words, but in other cases it seemed like it was a whole paragraph or more. It's most likely a Kindle issue, but I'm not sure. All in all, however, this was a great book and I look forward to reading more from this author.