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Reviews

  • The girl with the dragon tattoo by Larsson, Stieg,
    ★★★★☆

    What can I say? I don’t think I can add much more accolades to this novel than what has already been thrown out there. I hesitated in reading this because I knew there would be sexual violence and certain acts of mutilation I am uncomfortable with.

    I was starkly impressed with the gravity of the plot, the meandering nature of how the mystery unfolded.

    Great read...not always delightful but great.

    Reviewed by LaBae D on Feb 21, 2017

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  • Frequency : the power of personal vibration by Peirce, Penney.
    ★★★★☆

    This is one of those reads that stick to you through life and is easily applied to your day-to-day. I always fault myself for not taking notes during a read. Nonetheless, the main term that stuck with me and that I use as a centering tool is 'home frequency'.

    She uses this particular concept as a baseline to build on more complex theories and applications. The overall meaning of home frequency is just as it implies- locating your personal level of frequency/vibration. In recognizing the feeling of sitting in your home frequency; you will have the ability to manipulate your energy and be less susceptible to succumbing to outward energetic pulls (definitely useful as a public librarian).

    Towards the end of the book, however, I found she took the reader to a level that not all are prepared to traverse. The act of ascension is extremely powerful and is definitely not for the beginner energy worker. She should have saved the latter concepts for a more advanced book.    

    Definitely qualifies for re-read status.

    Reviewed by LaBae D on Feb 21, 2017

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  • The Paris architect : a novel by Belfoure, Charles,
    ★★★★☆

    4.5 stars! Belfoure's background in architecture is evident in the intricate detail he uses to describe the creative processes and the ultimate pride one holds in the craft.

    Lucien Bernard is a struggling architect during German occupation who does not care much of the Jews. However, when offered the opportunity to use his talents to hide Jews in ingenous hiding places, he jumps at the opportunity; not necessarily because he cares but for the challenge and the money. He always insists that his current job will be his last but is driven by the challenge of fooling the Gestapo's and being considered a genius and upsetting his enemies. The thrill of the chase makes this book a page turner.

    I loved this book from beginning to end and learned quite a deal about the German occupation and architecture.

    Reviewed by LaBae D on Feb 16, 2017

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  • The Lost City of the Monkey God by Preston, Douglas J.
    ★★★★★

    The Lost City of the Monkey God reveals the story of a twenty-first century expedition to a section of the Honduran rain forest where two ancient cities are discovered.  No one has been in this remote area in centuries, but through the use of Lidar, an advanced radar system implemented from the air, ground features that were obviously man-made have been revealed.  Just to battle the dense jungle is dangerous and difficult.  The investigative team must also be on the lookout for the aggressive and deadly fer-de-lance snake as well as a multitude of insects which could harbor deadly diseases. In fact Woody, one of the three British ex-Special Air Services officers hired to set up camp in the hostile jungle environment, killed a fer-de-lance in camp on the first day and many of the team members contracted a dangerous parasitic disease, leishmaniasis, which required special intensive treatment.  But, not one, but two cities were found.  A cache of artifacts that had lain undisturbed for centuries was uncovered.  This is a real-life adventure story with innumerable twists and turns.  I loved it!

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Feb 10, 2017

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  • The Night Wanderer by Clare, Alys
    ★★★★★

    Lassair and lawman, Jack Chevestrier, must solve the brutal murders of several disparate Cambridge residents.  In the midst of the murders Gurdyman disappears.  As Lassair's romantic feelings for Jack grow she is unaware that Rollo is, at last, on his way back to England.  The historical setting is very well researched and detailed.  I thoroughly enjoy the herbal lore and study of alchemy.  I even found a bit that related to something I was studying in an online course, Magic in the MIddle Ages.  The Aelf Fen books are well written and a pleasure to read.

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Jan 25, 2017

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  • Pax by Pennypacker, Sara
    ★★★☆☆

    Peter's father, who has enlisted in the army, forces his son to abandon Pax, the fox Peter has raised from a kit.  Peter instantly regrets not fighting harder for Pax and vows to return to the place he last saw the fox.  Hundreds of miles now cover the distance between them, but Peter knows Pax is still alive.  He must undergo an arduous journey to see Pax again.

    There are main stories in this book--the story of Peter and Pax and the greater story of the devastation of war.  Set in an unnamed location, the story line about the war doesn't have much depth.  The portrayal of what happens between Peter and Pax is more detailed and is the more powerful of the two story lines.  

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Jan 25, 2017

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