Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

The Night MarkThe Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nice story about time traveling and love. The writing is good and the characters are well defined. The historical aspect is interesting. Good book.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Review: To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin

To Capture What We Cannot KeepTo Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a beautiful book about Émile Nouguier and Caitriona Wallace's love story. Émile Nouguier was the engineer who designed the Eiffel Tower and managed its construction from 1887 to 1889. Caitriona Wallace was a widow who took on a chaperone assignment and travelled to France with her wealthy Scottish charges where she met Nouguier.

One of the things I enjoyed the most about this book, was the construction details of the tower. The engineering behind the erection of the tower is truly amazing.

The story contains cameos of famous historical characters such as Gustave Eiffel, Georges Seurat, and many more. This makes the story very entertaining. I recommend this book!

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Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won a copy of this book in a giveaway on This is a young adult book about Tea, a young girl who starts her training as a bone witch. The bone witch pulls her magic from the dark magic and has the ability to raise the dead. The story jumps between the beginning of her training and several years later as she is preparing to go to war. I enjoyed the story and the writing. The characters are well developed and interesting. This is a good start to the series.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the first book by J.K. Rowling I read. It is a dictionary of all fantastic beasts. It was interesting and sometimes humorous. I did not realize how many mystical beings there are. I am just glad no one will ever quiz me on it. Fun and fast read! Also... A Portion of the proceeds from this book will go to two charity groups: Comic Relief and Lumos.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Review: The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo

The Fire by NightThe Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As Canada is remembering the battle at Vimy Ridge which happened 100 years ago, I have been reading more historical novels. This one is 5+ star book!!! This story is filled with emotions and pulls at the strings of your heart in an expected way. This is the story of two American nurse friends who both served in the WW2. One was sent to the Pacific war; the other to the war in Europe. Their stories will touch you and most likely move you. When I think of war nurses, I think of the old war movies which show them in a safe hospital far from the enemy lines, wearing impeccable uniforms and all looking like Paulette Goddard in "So Proudly We Hail!". This is not this kind of story. This is raw writing which shows fear, pain and loss. The book ends on a positive note without forgetting what happened to these two extraordinary women. I recommend it fully!

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Chronicles of a French Gardener --- Part 4

My plants are growing as expected, but because of the sun angle, they are started to lean and twist.

To help them stay straight, I used skewers.

I looked out my window yesterday and spotted something near where my garden will grow this summer.

I think he was doing a reconnaissance survey to see if he will be able to get to my vegetables this summer. 
Good luck bunny!