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The Last Wife of Henry VIII



The Last Wife of Henry VIII
Carolly Erickson


While I found it refreshing that there was a novel from Catherine Parr's point of view, to me it seemed almost as if the novel was rushed, from start to finish, in everything that went on. I was rather disappointed that some of the more interesting parts of her life, such as being Queen Regent during Henry's war campaign, were merely glazed over rather than described in detail. Such things would have made the novel far more interesting than it was.

In saying that, it was quite a good novel, but again, there were many things that would have made it better, and that would not have been hard to include in order to do so.

America the Beautiful



America the Beautiful
Moon Unit Zappa


Truly this is one of the lesser known novels out there, and that is a shame. It's all about the pains and sorrows of breaking up and moving on, and trying to get on with your life at the same time.

Occasionally flippant and sometimes shocking, this novel is a true reflection of getting back on your feet after being knocked down - hard - to the floor.

Gargoyles: Clan Building Volume One



Gargoyles: Clan Building Volume One
Various Authors


A worthy sequel to the wonderful show! It leaves of at a torturing cliffhanger though!! Still worth the money. A must-read!
Note: I'm only doing one post for these books because, as a whole, I was unimpressed with them.



It Sleeps in Me
Kathleen O'Neal Gear


This book certainly was fascinating to read. It explores the many different types of Native American rituals, both spiritual and sexual. It explores the darker sides of both, and delves into the dark side that each person has. Worth a read!



It Wakes in Me
Kathleen O'Neal Gear


In this novel Sora dives further into her haunted and demon-riddled past and present, while undergoing periods of violent and sexual possession. While not as good as the first, it certainly keeps you on the edge of your seat while reading it. Some, though not all, of the questions posed in the first novel are answered here. Not a bad read.



It Dreams in Me
Kathleen O'Neal Gear


I was really looking forward to the conclusion of this trilogy that explores both spiritual and sexual dark sides in Native American culture. However, this book was, for lack of a better word, APPALLING!! The conclusion is anti-climatic and rushed, and Sora's ultimate fate is a complete and utter joke (one that isn't really funny, if you think about it).

The final chapters were so awful I had to force myself to read them, only to be disappointed in the end. What a horrible way to end such a story. I could not believe that the author chose to end it this way. I will think FIVE TIMES before picking up another novel by this author again!!

The Dog Rules



The Dog Rules
William Thomas


This book is a must read for any dog owner. While I loved Marley and Me, this book offers a more tongue in cheek look at the many sides of dog ownership - and it has a purely Canadian perspective as well. I could not put it down!!

Firekeeper Saga: Wolf's Blood



Firekeeper Saga: Wolf's Blood
Jane Lindskold


Certainly I did not want to finish this book, as there are none after it so far, and I definitely had a reason. While the chapters with King Bryessidan can be somewhat dull, as a whole the entire book - especially scenes between the Meddler and Firekeeper - is well worth savouring. I wait with hopeful and bated breath the next installment of this series, and I will get it - even if I have to buy the hardcover!!

Reviewer's Addition: The author has stated in several interviews that she won't be continuing the Firekeeper Saga at the moment - or any time soon. So it looks like, right now, the series is complete.

American Fuji



American Fuji
Sarah Backer


This novel is, hands down, one of the best novels of modern Japan that you will ever read. It touches on everything, from modern Buddhism to the injustice of the helath care system. Part expose, part romance, this novel will sweep you off your feet.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret



The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick


This book is fabulous. The combination of written chapters and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations is a unique and wonderful touch. A nice mix of fact and fiction, this book won't take too long to read, but you'll relish in every second of reading it. A must-read!

The Sower of Tales



The Sower of Tales
Rachna Gilmore


This book is certainly the type that you want to curl up in a ball and read beside a fire on a cold cold day. Calantha is wily and witty, as well as brave and self-doubtful, the stuff of good heroines. While it is an easy read, the message it offers is haunting, sticking with you well after you finish it. An excellent book.

Falling Upwards



Falling Upwards
Kassandra Sims


While it begins somewhat slow, and if you are unfamiliar with Authurian legend some of it will still have you asking questions by the end, I still find this book a very worth-while read. The back cover makes it sound like a very funny and brainless read, and while there are funny moments, I find that this is not so. I honestly think it belongs in the fiction section, not the romance. Still, good read!!

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