I am a stay at home Mother and wife. I was in the workforce outside the home since I was 15 years old, but finally made the decision to be a stay at home mom 2 years ago when circumstances made it apparent that is where I belonged. I would not change it for the world. My 10 year old son is now thriving in school and I have time to pursue more classes to keep up on and improve my nursing skills (I have my associates degree in nursing). I am an avid reader and reviewer. I used to just review for my facebook, but now have a blog that I review on too and now on goodreads.com.
I love cross stitching in my spare time when I am not busy doing stay at home mom/wife things, reading, reviewing books, or leading my son's cub scout group. My son is my life and my miracle baby. He was born 3 months premature with lots of ups and downs while in the hospital for 4 months. He is my inspiration to keep going no matter how hard things get. I look at him every day and think how lucky and blessed I am to have him in my life.
I have been married 2 years to a wonderful man who treats me and my son like royalty. :)
My friends all tell me I am "the busiest person they know" and my best friend always asks me how I can be so busy and get so much done all the time. She tells me all the time that I am the busiest person she knows and I don't work outside the home. Guess that is what happens when you are a Mom, Wife, furkid owner (cats), school volunteer, cub scout leader, cross stitcher, nurse, student, reader, blogger, and book reviewer. LOL! AND I WOULDN'T CHANGE A THING!!! :)
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Smashwords book reviews by Angela Krause
- ALL'S FAIR IN VANITY'S WAR, Urban Fantasy (Book I The Seer's Seven Deadly Fairy Tales)
on March 05, 2012
Kindle Edition via Smashwords (free from author in a giveaway)
What to say about this book…I can’t say as I hated it, but I can’t say as I loved it either. I found it a bit hard to follow at times. I understood the baseline of what was going on, but I found myself lost in the details. The prologue was supposed to get me to how the Seer became the Seer, and it did. Then it jumps into the main story. The concept of the book was very good. It had action, adventure, paranormal/mythology, and a bit of romance. The book kept right on going, there was none of those weird lulls some books have, which was great. I can’t say, though, that I left the book feeling at all like I understood what just happened. Meaning, it left me with way more questions than conclusions. Now I realize this is a book one in a series, but I like a bit more of a closure, even if there are going to be other books.
This book was not a bad book, this is not my views here. I enjoyed the plot, the characters, the paranormal/mythology, and the concept of it. I can’t imagine being a Seer that has to watch over and protect a girl that is “taking your place” with your boyfriend you had when you were alive. What a dilemma! I don’t know that I would be able to do it that’s for sure. Keleigh, is the girl that is being watched over by the Seer. Keleigh knows magic exists and knows that her Mother had abilities in magic. What Keleigh also knows is that her Mother told her to never use magic and never taught her how to control her own abilities she developed as a child. When her parents are killed and Keleigh goes to live with Locke (the Seer’s boyfriend when she was alive) she is made to see what she is and what she is capable of with her magic. Locke and his family are also ExtraOrdinary (magic folk). When bad things start to happen Keleigh is forced to look more closely at what she really is and that she needs to learn more about her abilities and magic. She struggles with this due to her Mother always telling her not to. There is a bottle that is very important to the ExtraOrdinary people that is in peril. Keleigh and Locke are the ones that are to protect the bottle, only problem is that they have no idea where it is. Together they learn about the powers of Keleigh, what the bottle hold, why the bottle is so important, who is after the bottle, and how to go from hating each other to maybe even loving each other. Will they find the bottle though before someone else does and it’s power is in the wrong hands?
Would I recommend this book to others? I would, just because I didn’t like it, doesn’t me you won’t. It was a good story, just not for me.
- Forever -- and other stories
on Oct. 31, 2012
PDF version free via Smashwords.com
I always find it hard to write reviews for books compiled of many short stories. I don't want to give away the storylines, which I find hard not to do if I am summarizing them. So, here is a little bit different style of review for me. No summary of the stories, just my view on the entire collection and which one(s) I found I liked the best.
I really enjoyed these short stories. They were very well written and very heartfelt stories. I think my two favorite stories in this book were "The Little Books that Ran Away" and "My Father's Old Car". I found these two stories extra touching to me personally. I could "see" the stories as I read them, which is always a true sign to me of great writing. I think this author does a fantastic job with this book of short stories and reading them you could tell he writes from his heart and soul. I plan on reading his other works too.
Great author, great stories, great writing!!!
- Human Instincts
on Oct. 31, 2012
PDF version via author for honest review
Dr. Deanna Nicholas is the only surviving geneticist working for the General after the war. Her boss died, but before he did they were the ones to end the war by making a virus that killed. There was a vaccine made, but it had very adverse affects on those that were given it. Deanna has morals and ethics, which her senior geneticist did not. She doesn't think it's right to kill the innocent just for the good of science like he did. There is no way to make children who are not "tainted" by this vaccine's side effects, so the world is headed to ruin. Or is it? The General gets a message from a prison that was kept secure all these years and also has inmates that were not given the vaccine, so are not affected by it. The only hope for humanity is to test these inmates and see if they really are unaffected and could maybe help repopulate the world. Deanna goes to the old prison herself for medical assessments and to bring them supplies. She takes a huge risk doing this, after all these are inmates and even worse, inmates who have not seen a woman in many years and who are the most violent of inmates. She has to put her trust in Tom, the inmate who seems to have the "best" background of them all and is most willing to try and help and keep her safe. Will the inmates really be unaffected like they claim or will she have risked her life and made an extremely long trip for nothing? Will she survive the stay in the prison with all these male, dangerous inmates to even find out if they are affected or not? And what if they are unaffected, who can partner with them that is female and unaffected herself? Is this one big bust of an idea and trip and money? Deanna is willing to risk it all to find out.
I must say that at first I was a bit lost and confused in the book, but after the first chapter or so it all came together and I could jump in with both feet. This book has a very good and different plot line than others I have read or seen. It also has great characters, my favorite being Deanna and Tom. I thought it really seemed to move right along and I was happy and anxious to come back to it if I had to stop reading. I couldn't wait to see what happened next to Deanna as she dove into this mission. There are some twists and turns too, that really make the book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes science, mystery, or just a great read. It was such a unique plot and book that it was made all the better! This is a truly talented author and I would read more of her books anytime.