Monday, April 27, 2015

Book Review: Remembrance Part 1: A Time for War


Anna is running. She runs from the SS and she runs from her own memories and failures. After everyone in her village was brutally murdered as she watched from the woods, including her own family, she tries to seek refuge but the Germans always catch up to her. It seems like everyone she encounters is at risk or out to report her, and she isn’t sure how long she will survive.

Remembrance is book one of the Remembrance series and introduces Anna, a Jewish girl in Poland who isn’t so sure God is actually looking out for her. She has good reason to doubt her faith, since God didn’t seem to protect her family from being murdered by Nazis, and worse He didn’t give her the strength to protect them, not even her 4 year old brother, which will haunt her for the rest of her life. It seems obvious that eventually the Nazis will catch up to her, but what she will do in the mean time to survive will make everyone reading realize how comfortable and wealthy we are. Anna is hungry, cold, hiding in pits and walls, and never quite sure who she can trust, even fellow Jews. I am a big fan of historical fiction in general, and so far this seems well researched and engaging. Of course the Holocaust is undeniably fascinating, as you can’t help but put yourself in the shoes of both the attacked and attackers and wonder where you would stand. I think that is part of the appeal of Anna; while she has no choice due to her heritage, she still questions her own morality and if she really is any better than the Nazis as she tries to survive. I hope to see more of Anna’s story, and like everyone else hopes she survives long enough to tell her story. 

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Book Review: Fibles

Fibles : Children's eBookFibles : Children's eBook by M.R. Everette
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fibles features several Christian short stories designed as fables (fable + Bible - get it!!???!?) to answer the life questions of children. Erlee Bird teaches children to make a morning and evening bedtime routine in order to be first in line for breakfast, Moonie the calf being swindled for a wooden nickel by a fast talking Billy the Buffalo, Potter the Otter learning to do his homework before playtime, and several others.

The stories were cute, and my 6 year old daughter enjoyed them, even giggling at times. She was also able to pick up on the object lesson relatively quickly. There were also some chuckles for the adults, such as Erlee “tweeting” while “online” with his friends. While the stories were cute, I would have liked more obvious Scriptural tie-ins with the stories, since it is supposed to be a fable/Bible mashup. Also, more practically, more pictures would have helped my kids attention. However, I can see this being a really cute VBS or Sunday school curriculum.


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2015



You guys know I'm a fan of ebooks and particularly if they are cheap or free! If you are looking for books, courses, and many bonuses, check out the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! This is a great resource and I have bought several other bundles and never been disappointed. Check out some of the goodies!







And this is only a few of the things they have to offer! There's also audio courses and bonuses like store credits or products worth over $300! Happy browsing :)

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Book Review: The Sales Pro

The Sales Pro: THINK Like A Pro, ACT Like a Pro, SELL Like a ProThe Sales Pro: THINK Like A Pro, ACT Like a Pro, SELL Like a Pro by Paul Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Are you considering a career in sales, struggling to understand the sales component of your current job, or just plain want to understand the techniques and tricks of sales? If so, The Sales Pro should be on your must-read list. Successful veteran salesman Paul Anderson condenses his lifetime of experience into step by step guide of how to master the art of the sale. Rather than the tired cliches of marketers, Anderson gives you easily understood instructions on how to both get in the sales mindset and achieve the actual sale.

My husband is in sales, and the instructions in this book were very similar to what he learned, and he had top notch training, unlike many who are just thrown in. If you are struggling because you were just dumped into sales, try the processes outlined here. My only complaint was the little cartoon vignettes did not really enhance the learning for me, although that is just me - everyone learns differently. I’m sure others find them better than the text. Either way, this book will help you get a grasp on a difficult process and help you start selling and earning.

There is a giveaway for this book on Goodreads! If you want to win it rather than buy Enter Here before April 29, 2015!


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Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Review: The Sword and the Dragon

The Sword and the Dragon (The Wardstone Trilogy, #1)The Sword and the Dragon by M.R. Mathias
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hyden is annoyed that he doesn’t get to make the climb this year, but all the Elders are counting on him to win the archery tournament. When his brother comes back with more than enough for him, he doesn’t think twice about letting his brother keep the bauble he found, even though technically his brother was on his climb. When they visit the fortune teller’s tent, neither Hyden nor Gerard can believe her prediction, even when it starts to come true. Hyden thus sets out on a journey to become Hyden Hawk, bearer of the legacy of Dahg Mahn, friend to elf, king, Seawardsman, and all creatures, not the least of which his faithful hatchling, Talon. Can he take on the mantle of Dahg Mahn and fight the growing evil, as those in the ancient stories? He isn’t sure he can bear such a burden, but he may not have any choice.

In the Sword and the Dragon M.R. Mathias sets up the Wardstone Trilogy, and it reads like an epic fantasy. Kingdoms are warring, demons are emerging, prophecies are being fulfilled and questioned. All the heroes are reluctant, but necessary. The traipsing over the known world - utterly required by epics - is prevalent and there are many magical and mystical creatures encountered. Although the story dragged a bit I was enchanted by the back stories and the slow reveal of the prophetic nature of the quest, and honestly quite impressed by the realistic humanity displayed in the motivations of both the good and bad guys, to the point where I felt some degree of dismal sadness for the role that the bad guys played, even though it had to be so for the story to progress. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy, and hope it sets up a new universe for more stories to unfold.


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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Paleo Event Giveaway

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Book Review: Halith

HalithHalith by Kirsten Kelly
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Halith has always had a love/hate relationship with her destiny. On the one hand, she has always known she was meant to be a warrior, despite the obvious gender stereotype issue. On the other hand, people in her life keep pointing her toward her true destiny, and she doesn’t like following directions. In keeping with her defiance of the norm, she gathers her friends and makes plans to thwart the war of the inevitable. At the heart of it though, is her desire to meet her famous father and find out if he is the missing piece she always assumed he was.

Fans of RPGs will see a lot of familiar elements, the fantasy world, the races, the series of increasingly more difficult quests, random objects picked up that play a part in the story later, a team of differently abled people that form a cohesive unit because each has a skill necessary for the group. This one is chock full of girl power, although honestly that isn’t as rare in the fantasy world. Although the gamer in me cringed a few times, and the writing critic in me a few more, I think it is a solid first novel, although I suspect as the series progresses you might cringe a little if you go back to read the first attempt. The writing is a little flat, and sometimes jumps back and forth from strange old English to modern, and the relationships progress rather fast and conveniently, but still a story emerged, and I hope it’s one that digs a little deeper in the next installment.


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