Kelley Anderson

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  • Alone (Vampires and the Life of Erin Rose - 1) on Nov. 22, 2011
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    A girl wakes up in a strange apartment in a strange town with no memory, not even who she is. The driver’s license with her picture says her name is Erin Rose. Also, there is a vampire bite on her neck. Strange enough for you yet? It gets better. The character of Erin Rose is unbelievably simple. She gets a job and searches for clues about her past. She has a friend and eventually a boyfriend. You only find out about what Erin is feeling as the book goes on. The mood stays at dark and mysterious, slow and quiet throughout the entire story. Steve Perlow is excellent at describing a scene and making it real in your mind without being obvious. And yet I wanted to know more about Erin. I wanted to know what she was feeling when she awoke with no memory, how lonely she was with no friends and family. The book held my interest by not providing me with enough details. I wanted to know more. Eventually, in the last couple of chapters I did find out enough enough about Erin to make the book worth while. While I was satisfied with the ending and am looking forward to reading the next book, I do hope for more action, more plot twists, and more information about Erin Rose – where she came from and who she was. I received this book for free in the Epub format as a part of the Library Thing giveaway.
  • No Justice: A Michael Sykora Novel (with Bonus Content!) on Nov. 22, 2011

    magine your fiance and your best friends wife and child were all raped and murdered in one terrible night. Would the court system provide enough justice to satisfy you? Or would you take matters into your own hands. No Justice is the story of one man who decided to do that, and then continue to do so for others who didn’t feel they would be satisfied by the system either. Software designer by day, Michael Sykora’s hobby is vigilante hunter. He takes money to rid the world of people he has decided are evil enough not to deserve to live. Then, when an old friend calls out of the blue and asks for help, he may just get in over his head. The characters in Darcia Helle’s book are deep, complicated characters with realistic feelings. In a word, fantastic! The plot twists keep you on the edge of your seat and this is a book that I couldn’t put down. The descriptions and the dialogue were well written, detailed and at times laugh out loud amusing. I received the EPub version of No Justice free from Library Thing giveaway.
  • Bedtime Stories for Dogs on Jan. 02, 2012

    Bedtime Stories for Dogs is a fantastic book of short stories and poems, written by dogs, for dogs. I had a fantastic time reading this book! The stories were cute, funny, and nostalgic for any dog lover. I read several of them to my daughter, who actually caught a few puns that I missed. My favorites were the poems about riding in the car, and the reason dogs hate cats. I thought the author did a fantastic job of keeping the story in the dogs voice. The stories were highly creative and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them. I received this book free from the Library Thing giveaways.
  • Finding Fiona on Jan. 02, 2012

    Latest Entries » Bedtime Stories for Dogs by Amy Neftzger Filed under: Uncategorized — Leave a comment January 2, 2012 Bedtime Stories for Dogs is a fantastic book of short stories and poems, written by dogs, for dogs. I had a fantastic time reading this book! The stories were cute, funny, and nostalgic for any dog lover. I read several of them to my daughter, who actually caught a few puns that I missed. My favorites were the poems about riding in the car, and the reason dogs hate cats. I thought the author did a fantastic job of keeping the story in the dogs voice. The stories were highly creative and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them. I received this book free from the Library Thing giveaways. Comment The Librarian (Book One, Little Boy Lost) by Eric Hobbs Filed under: Uncategorized — Leave a comment January 2, 2012 Wesley is the class nerd. He is good at writing and loves books, so when his class takes a field trip to the ancient library in town, he is excited to go. He prepares an essay for the contest to be judged by the ancient curator, which is promptly confiscated by the class bully. While exploring the library with his friend Taylor, the two happen upon a terrified wild boy who seems to be straight out of a children’s book. Things only get stranger from there. I thought this was a fantastic book. Having become an avid book fan at a young age, I could really identify with the Wesley, who loves books and writing. And when the children leave their middle school world behind, the descriptions and imagination of the author really pull you in to the story. I plan on reading this book with my daughter (who is 6) after I read some of the old classics, such as Peter Pan and Wizard of Oz with her, so she can understand the plot a little better. I would recommend this book for any school aged children who love books, whether or not they have read these classics. I am confident that not only will they love this story, but they will want to read the books Eric Hobbs describes in the story as well. I received this book free from Library Thing giveaways. Comment Low Town by Daniel Polansky Filed under: Uncategorized — Leave a comment January 2, 2012 Daniel Polansky has created an intriguing world of Low Town – a slum in the winter time filled with despicable characters, citizens living in poverty and filth, drug trafficking and magic. Children are showing up dead – abused and sacrificed and the Warden, a former secret ops agent now leading a life of crime, can’t just stand by and wait for the next victim. So in a bid for his very life, he makes a deal with his former boss to find the culprit. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well written and interesting, the setting appropriately dismal with just enough goodness and innocence to make you root for the citizens who live there. I did figure out who the killer was early on, but I didn’t figure out the motivation until the very end, which kept me turning pages long past when I should have stopped reading to get a good night’s sleep. A great book for anyone who enjoys a mystery with a little fantasy mixed in. The perfect blend – not overwhelmed with magic and strange names, but enough magic to keep it fresh. I received this book free from the Goodreads giveaway program. Comment Bedtime Stories for Dogs by Amy Neftzger Filed under: Uncategorized — Leave a comment December 19, 2011 Bedtime Stories for Dogs is a well written collections of tales for doggies and the humans who love them. This book clears up the story about why dogs don’t like cats or squirrels, pays tribute to car rides and kibbles, and even explains why dogs don’t live as long as humans. All stories are written from the point of view of a dog and create an entertaining reading experience. Bedtime Stories for Dogs was so much fun to read! A collection of tales as told by dogs and poems written about things that dogs like (and a few that they dislike), I laughed and smiled with each new story. The poem “Riding in the Car” was so true and sweet, I had to read it out loud to my family. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs, or has children who love dogs. The stories are quick, fun and very enjoyable. Comment Finding Fiona by Emily Ann Ward Filed under: Uncategorized — Leave a comment December 14, 2011 Fiona is found on the beach, bleeding from a stab wound in her stomach, burned and bloody, with no memory. A year later, living with Hannah, the kind-hearted woman who found her and brought her to the hospital, she is no closer to remembering her past. She has a journal full of dreams that feel like memories and a couple of articles in a Boston newspaper detailing her journey and searching for her family. Then one day at the library she discovers a picture of her parents in a Physics magazine. She turns around to leave and runs right into James who she knows from her former life, but doesn’t remember how. I enjoyed reading Finding Fiona, but found the setting a little dreary. The characters were well thought out and written and the dialogue flowed well, but I never really got a sense of Fiona’s surroundings. The book was 126 pages long and could have easily been longer and more detailed. I did enjoy the plot and the ideas behind the story – girl searches for her past and finds many answers, most of them not very nice. I would recommend this book to young adults, it is an enjoyable read and the end left room for more – if there is a sequel, I would like to read it. I received this book from Library Thing giveaway.