Saturday, September 20, 2014

#Review: The Dazzling Darkness by Paula Cappa

A secret lies buried beneath the haunting statuary in Old Willow Cemetery. In Concord, Massachusetts, the surrounding woods are alive with the spirits of transcendentalists Emerson, Thoreau, and Alcott. Elias Hatch, the cemetery keeper, is the last of modern-day transcendentalists. Does he know the secret power buried in Old Willow Cemetery? Would he reveal it? 

Next door to this cemetery is a lovely gabled house. When the Brooke family moves in, the secret of Old Willow strikes. 

On a cold afternoon in March, five-year-old Henry Brooke does not arrive home from the school bus stop. Antonia Brooke is frantic her child is missing, or—the unspeakable—stolen. Adam Brooke spends a harrowing night searching the Concord woods, fear gripping him as hours pass with no leads. 

Finally, a police dog tracks Henry’s scent inside Old Willow Cemetery. Detective Mike Balducci suspects that Elias Hatch knows the truth about what happened to Henry. Balducci knows Hatch’s metaphysical beliefs. What Balducci discovers buried in the cemetery is beyond the grave, beyond apparitions or shadowy drifts rushing through the pine trees. 

There are the dazzled faces in the darkened air … and their secret.

My review:
I can't imagine ever losing a child either by them going missing or by death, It is not something a parent ever wants to go through but unfortunately, it does happen. Author Paula Cappa, explores this subject with this book. 

It is painful to see the main characters go through anguish as they look for their child. Each lead seems to lead to another but this is no ordinary missing persons case. I was absolutely intrigued as the author unfolded each piece of the mystery and was engrossed in their discoveries of just what had happened to Henry. Just as I thought the book was coming to a conclusion and end,..BAM...another twist in the plot.

This is a case of the unexplained intertwined with historical characters like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Marie Curie. Real scientific discoveries, crystals, paranormal, and myth were all here too, coupled with good old fashioned belief and a tad bit of religion.

This book is one you cannot put down once you start reading it. 5 stars!

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book for my own collection. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ with yours. ~Naila Moon

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall Fright Read-a-thon #FrightFall

FrightFall Read-a-Thon
Even though it is not officially Fall yet, in my mind it is! I love this time of year and what makes it even more exciting is all of the things that go on at this time. 

To add to my giddiness this year. I am participating in the FrightFall Read-a-thon which begins September 29th. Who doesn't like to read scary books once in awhile? Or a good mystery? Or a thriller? I do! This is the chance to get to do that.

Would you like to join me and the few other participants? You can sign up with the link above and win a prize or two as well.  Have fun!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

#Review: Town Haunt: An Anna Nolan Mystery by Cathy Spencer #TownHauntsReview

Cemetery caretaker Sherman Mason is horrified to hear his dead wife calling to him from her grave. He asks newcomer Tiernay Rae, a gorgeous witch and proprietor of the Healing Hands store, to hold a séance to find out what’s troubling his wife’s ghost. Tiernay needs a coven to focus her powers, however, so her roguish brother, Greg, suggests that Anna Nolan and her two friends help ‒ “the maiden, the mother, and the crone” as he calls them. But with Halloween fast approaching and the séance unleashing a malicious evil in the small town of Crane, can Tiernay stop it before someone gets hurt, or even killed?

My review:
I like a good ghost story but not with a bunch of gore. This was just enough to keep me intrigued although in truth, I could have used a little bit more. It was almost too mild.

I liked the story line and characters. Sherman is not your ordinary cemetery caretaker. He has some brains to him but has fallen on bad luck.

The "witch" is not the fairy tale kind with the haggard looks. No, this gal is glamorous and has the eye of another character in the story. She really cares about people even when they do not think the best of her like Anna Nolan, the semi-sleuth of the group.

Personally, I like the two characters and to have known what made them click a bit earlier on would have made the mystery more exciting.

I did think at times the book dragged a bit even though I could follow along just fine. Some things seemed a bit plausible to happen in real life and others seemed like the author was reaching. I know she meant for this to be more of a mystery than paranormal book but she could have easily done a paranormal.

Overall, not a bad book and I would read more from this author but I did expect much more considering the characters and the good start to the story.

I give this book 3 stars.

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Disclosure: I received a Kindle copy of this book for my open and honest opinion, The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Tag, your it! My top 10 books.

This Summer there have been a lot of tag challenges going around Facebook. They have been fun, inspiring, and sometimes down right funny.

Just this week I was tagged by my friend, Rebecca to do the "10 Books Challenge" were I share 10 books that has stayed with me throughout my life for whatever reason.
The challenge did not say that I had to tell why, but I thought why not? So, I decided to use this challenge for this blog as it fits perfectly. Note: If you click on the book, it will take you to a link to buy it too. (For the record, I have no affiliation links)

So, here I go...

1. Daddy Long Legs-this book has resonated with me for years. I read the book around middle school years and it stuck. It is really my favorite book of all time. I loved the girl wrote letters to an unknown sponsor. She spoke of life, love, and angst.

2. The Giving Tree-I have always loved Shel Silverstein from the first time I read his books. This book in particular I love because it speaks of giving from the heart everything you have. It also represents using what you have and are given wisely.

3. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie-this book is just fun and quirky. I actually like the whole series that started with this book. It shows that sometimes you get in an endless loop of being asked for things and it may never end.

4. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs-I have always liked the fairy tale of the three pigs. However, this telling of the classic tale I adore. I love that the wolf tells the story of what happened from his perspective.

5. The Hardy Boys Mysteries-I know this is not just one book but I loved this series. I used to own several of the books when I was a kid and read them so much they were totally dog eared. The mysteries intrigued me but did not bog me down. I recently found a independently owned book store that has almost all of the books. I would like to own and read them again.

6. Nancy Drew Mysteries-I love these pretty much for the same reason as #5 except it was a girl! Growing up, this was important for me to relate to.

7. It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown-seriously, who does not like Snoopy and the gang? If you know me at all, you know I love Snoopy! This is one of my favorites of the cartoon version. I love that Linus mistakes Snoopy for the Great Pumpkin. This book was also a gift given to me by my husband and has a prominent place in our home every Halloween.

8. Yellow Star-this book I have only read this year but is for sure among my favorites. I am interested in the stories of holocaust survivors. I feel their stories need to be heard so those atrocities never happen again but also so they are remembered. This book is told in first person narrative and is good but heart breaking too.

9. Stillwell: A Haunting On Long Island-although this book is from one of the authors I represent, I really do like this book.I like the ghostly story mixed with just a bit of love story. It is sweet and timeless. In addition, I just like how the author weaves words.

10. Autobiographies/Biographies-I know this is not a book but a genre. I love reading all sorts of books from this genre of which there have been too many to mention. If I find someone interesting, I will read about them.

Many books could be on this list but this is my top selections Who knows they can always change.
So, who to tag now...

Happy reading!
Naila Moon

Monday, September 1, 2014

#Review:Good Night Sleep Tight What A Wonderful Flight by Louis Lintvelt/Illustrated by Do Thai Thanh

After an exciting flight, it is time to say goodnight. 
The tired sun sets overhead. 
Sleepy aircraft get ready for bed. 
They slow their propellers and park their wings. 
Time to snuggle up and tuck in...Goodnight, Sleep Tight. 

The charming illustrations and sweet rhyming text are sure to be a delight for sleepy aircraft enthusiasts.

My review:
This sweet little book tells the story of several different types of aircraft with cute little names that match. For example: Fire Plane Dave and Jane the Jet
Each one has a two page spread for what they do, then another two page spread of how the "sleep" at night.

The book is totally in rhyme of which the author excels at. The pictorial illustrations show each aircraft boldly with the surrounding as secondary. The pictures are in darker more muted colors to denote the idea that the aircraft are going to go to sleep after they work.

I read this book to my grandchildren. My grand-daughter delighted in the repetitive line,
"Hush...Goodnight...Sleep Tight." I winked at her every time this line came up and she would say the line with me and wink too. 

We loved this book and it gets 4 stars from me and a wink from my grand-daughter pictured above.

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$200 Blogger Appreciation #Giveaway


With the holidays fast approaching, I am sure many of you could use some extra cash

Welcome to the $200 September Blogger Appreciation Giveaway 2014 hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

#Review: Clam Wake by Mary Daheim


Innkeeper and irrepressible sleuth Judith McMonigle Flynn and cousin Renie face off against a cold-blooded killer in a beach community in this delightfully charming Bed-and-Breakfast mystery from USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Mary Daheim.
With the holidays gone and Hillside Manor almost empty, Innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn has a bad case of the blues. A house sitting stint at her aunt and uncle’s retirement home on Whoopee Island with cousin Renie seems like the ideal pick-me-up. Surrounded by retirees in the off-season sounds peaceful and pleasant--or so the duo thinks. But it isn't long before a dead body pops up in their vicinity. Not surprising in an area full of older folks—until they learn it wasn't a bad ticker that did in the victim, but a very sharp knife. With clouds of suspicion hovering over her and Renie, Judith reluctantly begins sleuthing—if only to prove they didn't commit the crime.
But what she finds is puzzling. The victim reputedly didn't have an enemy in the world--except for the killer. Digging for clams and answers, the cousins discover that retirement can be deadly—at least among the eclectic, eccentric residents of Obsession Shores.

My Review:

Sometimes I like to read a good mystery book and do not like a bunch of blood and guts. This one fit the bill pretty well. This series of books is the first one I have ever read and know I would like to read some more.

I really like how the two main characters are just trying to make the best of an unexpected trip but end up finding a dead body on the first day they are there. What a bummer! However, as they go along trying to find the real killer, they meet some interesting, eccentric people on an unusually named island.

The only fault I found in the book is that it does drag a bit which made it seem repetitive a bit. It wasn't so much that it made me not want to read the book though.

I sincerely loved all the quirky characters including the main ones and was surprised at the end who the real killer was but of course, I will not reveal who that is. Read it yourself, you will like it. I know I did and that is why, this book is getting 4 stars from me.

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