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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday- Night's Mistress

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the awesome Breaking the Spine where I showcase a book that has not yet been released that I am looking forward to.

This week it is:

Night's Mistress by the brilliant Amanda Ashley

For centuries, Mara has been a Vampire: mysterious, alluring and fiercely independent. Although she has been pursued throughout her life - by Vampire and mortal alike - she has never allowed love to claim her. But when she discovers she's pregnant, Mara finds herself torn between two unforgettable men...Kyle Bowden is the mortal father of her unborn child. A gorgeous, golden-haired artist full of passion and life, Kyle was ready to give his soul to Mara-until he learned her terrible secret. Logan Blackwood is the Vampire she created 900 years ago. Now a Hollywood millionaire with all the dark seductive power of his kind, Logan still longs for the woman who turned him. With time running out, and her dark gift fading, Mara must decide what is best for the miraculous new life growing inside of her. But first she must embrace the feelings in her heart-and choose one lover...for all eternity.

I have loved Ms Ashley's vampire romance novels since I was a teenager....So  REALLY looking forward to this. It is out July 30th 2013.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday- Books That Feature Travel

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week is the top ten books that have some sort of travel in them.

This list was difficult for me because I don't read a lot of books about travel or that have travel in them...So I am really stretching the definition.

1)Prince of the Air and Darkness- the main character travels to Ireland to help her artistic creative ability and meets a mysterious stranger
2) Dracula - boats, trains, carriages, transylvania, Whitby and a dozen other places.
3)13th Child Series - this is old west meets magic so there is a lot of frontier travel.
4) The Baby Sitter's Club Super Special New York New York- most of the super specials had the girls travelling places, but this was my favorite
5) Jane Eyre - Jane travels quite a bit in this book.
6) Ghost Finders - they hunt ghosts and creepy crawlies all over, lots of travel here.
7) Jurassic Park - they travel to a island and then travel all over said island
8) Flashback - the MC travels through time, through an old camera.
9) Queen of the Damned - the characters in this seem to be constantly on the move.
10) Kate's Book - a little girl and her family cross from East to West in a covered wagon train.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Growing Up Humming - Mike Spinak

I received this book from the author in return for an honest review

Growing up Humming

By Mike Spinak

Fans of David Attenborough will enjoy experiencing the wonders of nature through Mike Spinak's pictures and words.

Imagine witnessing hummingbird chicks being raised on the nest from front row seats, with every step shown as it unfolds, accompanied by fundamental explanations of the "whys" behind what you're seeing. In Mike Spinak's Growing Up Humming, you'll see hummingbirds as you've never seen them before.

The elder chick has flown from the nest, and now follows her mother while learning how to live like an adult. The younger chick hasn't yet fledged, and life will be easier for her mother when both are flying. What happens when a mother hummingbird wants her chick to leave the nest, but the chick isn't ready? This fact-filled, true story, photo book shows the answers in a heartwarming tale the entire family can enjoy.

Buy It Here

This is a simple and informative picture book on humming birds. It goes through all the stages of a baby hummingbird’s life, explaining terms like regurgitation and thermoregulation. The book tries to reach not only an adult audience but also a younger one by using terms like “Big Sister hummingbird” and as much simple language as possible to explain the complicated changes in feathers, coloring and habits etc..etc..

The only issues I found were the pictures did come across a bit grainy at times; however this could have been because I was reading it on a .pdf file. Also the font size changed quite a bit too, though I can understand why the author chose to do so. I wish the author had chosen another color aside from green, the constant green back ground and gray birds led to the pictures not being as brilliant as they could have been. People expect brightly colored birds and picture books.

This was an interesting book, I’m not huge on birds, but I appreciate anything that I can give my kids that will spark their interest education wise and teach them something. Overall I was happy with this books content. It wasn’t very long, it was easy to understand, enlightening and interesting.