Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Final Response by E.R. Yatscoff

The premise of the book is very interesting to me. A group of firefighters are hired by a company called Vulcan Security to stay in an abandoned Canadian city for the winter while everyone else heads south to avoid polar vortexes and storms called swirls. Their job is to protect the city from fire until the spring. Problems arise when the firefighters unwillingly become involved in a gang war and corruption on a scale they are not prepared for.
The book starts off a bit slow but then picks up. It is action packed and was actually fun for me to read as I live in the area where this all takes place.
I found the book to be very descriptive and informative with regards to fire fighting and I was able to picture the scene and what was happening very well due to the author's narration.
A couple of times the flow of the book was disturbed by a change from past to present tense but it was easy to get back into it. It is very minor and does not take away from the book at all. I found the book to be  very well written and I enjoyed how the author described the scene so well I could imagine it.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review and I want to thank the author for the opportunity.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Making It Home (Book One in the Time to Time Series) by Suzanne Roche

Overall, I found this book to be a lot of fun to read. The concept is interesting in that it involves modern day children who time travel to different time periods. I found the information simply stated (for children) and accurate. I am always looking for children's books that have a bit of historical fact in them which is why I chose this book. I honestly didn't notice the narrative part as a couple of other reviewers noticed but then I was more involved in the overall story itself which I fully enjoyed. I read this book on my kindle and did find that the photos and illustrations were a bit small so I would recommend to buy this book in paperback to get the full benefit. I am looking forward to the second book in this series (and would love to hear about Peri's adventure during the Salem Witch Trials). 
I was also impressed by the attempt to cover the topic of a blended family and the effect on various members involved. 
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Murder of William of Norwich by E.M. Rose

In 1144 the body of young William of Norwich was found. He had been tortured and then murdered by a person or persons unknown but for a variety of reasons blame was unfairly placed on the entire Jewish community. 
This incredibly well researched and well written book details the history of what is the first known accusation of ritual murder attributed to Jews in medieval times. It is an enlightening account of Jewish/Christian relations in this time period. I found it to be a fascinating read although some may find it a bit dry. Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning more not only about the origins of the blood libel but also a not so well known part of Jewish/Christian history.

4/5 stars