Review – Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)

Overall Rating 5 Stars -Book Description: 5 -Cover: 4 -Plot: 5 -Creativity: 5 -Grammar: 5 -Simile Use: 4(little to none) -Description: 4 (well-balanced) I absolutely love most things Sherlock Holmes. My favorite movie… Sherlock Holmes…my favorite TV show Sherlock. I’m … Continue reading

I woke up and wanted to read…so I did.

Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume FlaskAmanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask by Darlene Foster

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was an excellent, easy flowing adventure. You meet the very inquisitive Amanda as she begins a journey to the United Arab Emirates and as she learns about this new country, so do you. What I think is so excellent about this book is that it shows a different side to the Muslim culture than most people realize. Unfortunate events in the US have created stereotypes that should and need to be broken–I believe that this is a great book for young and old do to this. It was obvious that the author did plenty of research on the area, yet it was woven skillfully into the book so that it didn’t stand out as unneeded. I can’t wait to see and learn from more of Amanda’s adventures!

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Darlene Foster

About this author

Darlene Foster is an employment counselor working with youth at risk, an ESL tutor for children, a wife, mother and grandmother. She loves travel, shoes, cooking, reading, sewing, chocolate, music, the beach and making new friends. Her 13 year old grandson calls her “super-mega-as-woman-supreme”. She was brought up on a ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta, where she dreamt of traveling the world and meeting interesting people. She lives on the west coast of BC with her husband Paul and their two black cats, Pumpkin and Monkey.

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Cover Reveal: Rings of Enchantment

In November, during the Great Hurricane where I lost power for over a week, I was pleased to be able to enchant myself by reading the first in the Enchantment Series, Mere Enchantment by Alicia Rivoli. I was also able to participate in a discussion board while reading the novel–one of which the author of the novel was a part of. It was a great opportunity to meet a great author, so when she asked me if I would participate in her cover reveal for the next book in the series, Rings of Enchantment, I jumped at the chance! Without further ado:


Estimated Publication Date: April 5, 2013

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Mere EnchantmentMere Enchantment by Alicia Rivoli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars
Where to begin? Honestly, I did not believe that I would finish the book. The writing is great first off, but it’s very technical. For me this caused the dialogue to feel choppy. The description was very intricate and detailed down to every piece of food the characters consumed. This was a bit much for me, and I found myself skimming many parts. The reason I didn’t feel I would finish was because of the slow start and high levels of description. The storyline is great, and I really enjoyed the ending. As I got deeper into the book I was able to become accustomed to the flow and detail level, but I also noticed that the character’s maturity didn’t match their ages– especially once they reached Mere. One thing that struck me was the third POV, why? I normally hate it and here I didn’t. It flowed well in this form and allowed for two stories to be made into one. I loved the budding romance between Megan and Zachi. At first when I started feeling it, it was creepy. However, as you grow to see that he was her guardian, you understand. I’m also hoping that Chloe and Preston can be together, although their insta-love was a bit unrealistic to me. I can understand the instant attraction, but saying “deeply in love” after what accumulates to a few hours? The title is very fitting– the story is enchanting, and the ending made it so I know I will come back for more. This is more middle grade than young adult, and I can see a young boy really enjoying this.

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