Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dead Drunk

From the Publisher: Malcolm Woods learns of a stabbing at the planetarium where his wife, Belinda, works. The TV news confirms his worst fears when the stabbing victim turns out to be Tom Hanson, the man who killed Belinda’s parents in a drunk driving mishap sixteen years ago. When he rushes home to find her missing, he assumes the worst, especially when the police arrive with a warrant for her arrest. Malcolm begins to doubt his wife's innocence when he finds an empty home pregnancy test, realizes a knife is missing from the kitchen and hears several accounts of the murder on TV from strangers claiming to be Belinda's friends.

Although he has serious doubts about his wife, Malcolm starts tracking Hanson's movements. He needs to find the truth before the police find Belinda and arrest her (and their unborn baby) for murder.

My Review: Dead Drunk is a good, fast read! It has a good story, characters you love, and ones you love to hate...plus, murder. What else is there? ;) We meet Malcom as he learns that his wife, Belinda is a suspect in the murder of Tom Hanson, the man who killed her parents in an alcohol related crash many years ago. Of course, Police find the connection and automatically think Belinda did it. They are not interested in looking any further. In their minds, the case is closed. The only thing preventing them from an arrest is the fact that they cannot find her. No one knows where she is, not even Malcom.

After the Police come in a ransack their house looking for clues, Malcom is more determined than ever to prove his wife's innocence. So he gets to work. He talks to anybody and everybody who had a connection to Hanson. But first, he needs to find out more about his wife's childhood. Even though they are married, Belinda had always kept that part of her life to herself. Malcom always chalked it up to the painful memories of losing her parents but now he is starting to wonder if she's really the person who killed Tom. Maybe she wanted revenge? He has to first prove to himself that he believes his wife is innocent before he can convince the Police.

So we follow him on this journey of believing in the one you love and finding a killer. Who else would want Tom Hanson dead? What other motive could there be? As all signs point to his wife, he is more determined than ever to find other suspects. And he does, but can he find enough evidence to prove someone else did this? You'll have to get the book and find out :)

This was a good book and one that I really enjoyed. Check it out on Amazon!

                                   ****4 stars I really enjoyed this book!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Supernatural Hero

From the Publisher: Andy is the nerd everyone makes fun of. He's really skinny, wears glasses and talks to himself, but he falls in love with the prettiest girl in the class. One day Grandpa dies and turns into a ghost. Then, Andy discovers a new power, he can see ghosts and talk to the dead.
Join Andy's journey and find out how a nerd can become a hero. 
Supernatural hero is a great children's book with an outstanding story, for the whole family to enjoy. It is a book that will stay with you forever.
My Review: Supernatural Hero is a really cute book! It is a story about a boy named Andy. He's a 6th grade boy who is having trouble with bullies because he's a nerd. He gets made fun of by his class mates and even yelled at by his big sister, Lynn. There are even times when he feels his parents are against him. The only adult that he truly feels understands him is his Grandpa. They are the best of friends and he feels he can tell Grandpa anything. But one day, his grandfather gets cancer and dies. Andy is devastated. But even though Grandpa has passed away, he comes back as a ghost and only Andy can see him! He's there for Andy and tells him that he will be with him always and will help him get invited to birthday parties and also help him get a girlfriend. Andy has his eye on a girl in his class named Zoe. She is beautiful and the "Queen of the class."
This story gives us some insight into the mind of a boy who feels he is nothing but a nerd. It will make you laugh, cry and cheer for the underdog! And in the end will leave a smile on your face. If you have a child who is struggling with feeling left out or like s/he's not one of the "cool kids" then read this with them! It's a great story about believing in yourself and having the confidence to put yourself out there and not be so scared. There's nothing to fear but fear itself.
You can buy the book on Amazon

                                                           ****4 Stars I really liked this book

Saturday, January 4, 2014

52 Weeks of Family French

From the Publisher: Start speaking French today! 52 Weeks of Family French contains small, weekly lessons that will get you and your family speaking and understanding French right away. No flashcards or grammar practice required! Here is the perfect book to help you finally learn to speak French and teach your children as you learn. All weekly activities are integrated into modern family life. Games and fun activities are included to help you on your language learning journey.

Also inside 52 Weeks of Family French: Ideas! Pressed for time? The Ideas! section presents ways to integrate language learning into a busy day. Pronunciation Guide: An easy to follow pronunciation guide will help you as you learn to navigate foreign sounds. Cultural Notes: Each unit highlights a French cultural topic. Give your child one little fact a week to ignite their interest in worldwide cultures. Learning Resources: An entire section of the book is devoted to free or easily accessible resources to help make learning French more exciting for your child. Learn to speak French the fun, natural way...and bring your kids along for the ride!

My Review: I am a homeschooling mom and I am glad to have come across this book. I am wanting to teach my kids a foreign language and this book is set up a little like a curriculum in that it has weekly lessons. It gives us plenty of time to learn at our own pace. Because in homeschooling, there is no "time limit" on learning. You stay on a lesson until you master it. Plus this book is set up to allow us to be aware of our progress.

I also like that there are pronunciations under all the French words. Many of them I would have no clue how to say! So I'm glad Eileen added that part in.

One more nice thing about it is that she gives suggestions on ways to enhance the learning. Like one night for dinner, try to have a conversation in French. Or when you wake up your kids, tell them "Good Morning" in French and have them say it back. She also gives a list of free resources that you can look up and have on hand to help you master the language.

Eileen is a teacher in addition to being a writer. So that makes me feel good about this book. I know that I can trust the source :) I highly recommend this book for anyone, with kids or without, wanting to learn French.

You can download it from Amazon to your Kindle or get it in paperback

****4 Stars I really liked this book