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The Prisoner of Azkaban – Book Review

About the Book: 

For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well. And the Azkban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, “He’s at Hogwarts…he’s at Hogwarts.”

Harry Potter isn’t safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.

Sam’s Book Review:

J.K. Rowling is back with another Harry Potter adventure, complete with more characters and beasts, new teachers and spells, which gives you the latest adventure for the trouble-attracting trio. Filled with moments of laughter (of course!) and moments of suspicion, this book does not fail to disappoint the fans of the series. For all of you modern day fantasy lovers who have started the series and need to know where to go next, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the stop for you. 

You can buy this book from Amazon in Kindle, hardcover, paperback, mass market paperback and audiobook here. [affiliate link]

David: Lord of Honor – Book Review

You can buy this book here.

About the book:

David, Viscount Fairly, has imperiled his honor…
Letty Banks is a reluctant courtesan, keeping a terrible secret that brought her, a vicar’s daughter, to a life of vice. While becoming madam of Viscount Fairly’s high-class brothel is an absolute financial necessity, Letty refuses to become David’s mistress-though their attraction becomes harder to resist the more she learns about the man…

Perhaps a fallen woman can redeem it.
David is smitten not only with Letty’s beauty, but also with her calm, her kindness, her quiet. David is determined to put respectability back in her grasp, even if that means uncovering the secrets Letty works so hard to keep hidden-secrets that could take her away from him forever…

The Review:

I’m not a stranger to the Regency Romance genre, but I haven’t read Grace Burrowes until now. When David: Lord of Honor came into our inventory, I picked it up, because of the unusual circumstances that bring the Hero and Heroine into each other’s lives (plus, attractive cover!).

Most romances, especially Regencies, are quick reads for me. I get lost in the story line at 1 in the afternoon, and it’s dinner time before I realize that the afternoon has passed and I’m just closing the cover of the book for the last time.

David: Lord of Honor was not such a book. I took my time through the first half of the book. It’s not that the plot is slow, because it is well-paced. I wasn’t bored (I don’t bother finishing a book if I cannot truly immerse myself in it by page 60). I was, rather, simply not compelled to sit and read the book in one sitting.

However, as the plot began to reach its climax, I had been drawn into the characters and their journeys. I couldn’t put the book down for more than a few minutes, because I needed to keep going. 

Their emotional journeys alone are compelling (it’s difficult at this point to not give away spoilers!), and you don’t want to stop reading, because you want them to get over themselves and get to their Happily-Ever-After (also known as the HEA).

I rarely cry while reading a romance anymore. Something about writing my own romance stories and knowing that at some point, this couple is going to part ways before they get to their HEA takes the sting out of that dark moment for me. But when David and Letty reach theirs, it hit me hard and I spent at least two chapters in tears.

Whether you’re a hard-core Regency fan or you just enjoy an engrossing romance, David: Lord of Honor is definitely worth a read. It is perfect for rainy days (something we have plenty of here on the Washington Coast) or quiet evenings. Make a pot of tea and enjoy the ups and downs of a brothel owner and his madam (and have the Puffs on hand!).

This book is also available from Amazon in Kindle, Paperback and Mass Market Paperback here. [affiliate link]

Fiskur by Donna Migliaccio – Book Review & Promo

Fiskur by Donna Migliaccio Released November 7, 2017

Fantasy

The Gemeta Stone Book 2

Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC

With his family’s talisman in his possession, Kristan Gemeta is ready to face the Wichelord Daazna – but he has no inkling of the scope of Daazna’s power, nor the depths of his hatred. 

With the recovery of his family’s protective talisman, Kristan Gemeta has found hope, courage – and perhaps even the first stirrings of love.  With the aid of Heather Demitt, her band of rebels, a shipload of Northern brigands and the legendary Kentavron, he readies himself to face the Wichelord Daazna.  But neither he nor his comrades realize the strength of Daazna’s power and hatred.  The Wichelord’s first blow comes from a direction Kristan least expects, with horrific, lasting consequences.

**Book Review by Jenn Bradshaw**

 I will be the first to admit that fantasy is not my #1 favorite genre, but every so often, the opportunity arises and I take the plunge to dive into a fantasy story. Fiskur by Donna Migliaccio is one of these books. Granted, it is book 2 in a series, so I came into the story a little late (I have book one, and will add its review and a link in this blog post when I finish reading it). Fiery Seas just released this book, and I will say that it is amazing.

Ms. Migliaccio weaves a breathtaking story that is impossible to rush through. (I often read books of this length within a day, this took me a week to get through) As she spins the story, her concise setting, action and character descriptions allow a vivid image to form in the reader’s mind, and then get out of the way of the narrative.

This is not a book for young teens or those affected by gore and violence. While the author keeps her descriptions concise, and potentially disturbing scenes are not plentiful, some scenes are graphic in nature. Executions, torture and rape among them.

Her characters are well developed and pull the reader into the story. It’s easy to love the protagonist, even when he’s not terribly lovable; hate the antagonist, he is evil and twisted even as his own story unfolds; and cheer on those oppressed by tyrannical overlords.

The elements of this story weave together a variety of legends, myths, recognizable cultures and languages right alongside Ms. Migliaccio’s invented elements – seamlessly. 

In short, I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. It is a bit longer (in PDF form, it was well over 500 pages), hence the “epic” tag for this book. It is not, however, a difficult read, despite the various elements of languages other than English. I highly recommend this book to fantasy readers. (Yes, I’ve encouraged Hubby to read it as well!)

You can buy the book at these locations (not affiliate links):

Amazon  ~  Barnes & Noble  ~  Kobo  ~  iBooks

Jenn Bradshaw is a writer, homeschooling mom, spiritual seeker and crafty person. She writes romance and fantasy fiction under the name Sage Wolfsong, and blogs at her website: www.sagewolfsong.com.

Mockingjay Book Review

Thrice Read Books reviews Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay, book 3 in the Hunger Games Trilogy

About the book:

The greatly anticipated final book in the New York Times bestselling Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. 

Who do they think should pay for the unrest?

Katniss Everdeen.

The final book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins will have hearts racing, pages turning, and everyone talking about one of the biggest and most talked-about books and authors in recent publishing history!!!!

About the author:

Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins made her mark in children’s literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles, which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.

Brian’s Review:

The third and final book to the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay doesn’t disappoint.  Collins once again hits the nail on the head with the final book.  If you don’t have tears at the end of the book check your pulse.  Collins has displayed a masterful series and if you are upper Jr. High and up, you will most assuredly enjoy these books.  If you saw the movies, then all I can say is, wait until you read the books…

Brian & Sam review book 3 of Suzanne Collins' YA Dystopian Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, on the Thrice Read Books review blog.

Sam’s Review: 

Flying arrows! Heart break! Betrayal. All of that happens in Hunger Game 3, Mockingjay.

Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins, is the third, last, and final book in the Hunger Games. And it is as good of a book as the other two. This powerful ending will leave you wanting more, but at the same time, it leaves you satisfied with the way things turned out.

Katniss has been chosen to be the rebel’s Mockingjay. Simple, right? I mean, all she has to do is make propos and scare the Capitol. It’s not that easy. See, Peeta has become the capitol’s puppet, and Katniss keeps getting hurt.

This book was very, very, very fun to read, and I’m very sorry that it ended there. Overall, the series was fun to read. But, a couple of things were wrong. One, the book ended, two, why can’t there be a story without a super evil bad guy, and three, I miss the games. In other words, I loved this!

Buy this book:

You can buy a copy of this book from Thrice Read Books here.

This book is also available from Amazon in Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook and audio CD formats here. [affiliate link]

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Book Review

Brian’s Review:

In this final book you’ll find yourself cheering and rooting for Salander.  You’ll experience the rush as things fall into place and the fear that perhaps it won’t go as planned.  If you have read the first two books, there is no way you’ll want to leave the story unfinished.  A must read. If you haven’t read the first two books, I strongly suggest you do.

The Book:

Lisbeth Salander- the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels- lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital.  She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders.  With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence.  And, on her own, she will plot revenge- against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

     Once upon a time she was a victim.  Now Salander is fighting back. (From inside the cover of book.)

Thrice Read Books has this used book in stock. You can purchase a copy here.

You can also purchase this book from Amazon as hardcover, Kindle, paperback, audiobook or Mass market paperback here. [affiliate link]

Hard to Handle – Book Review

Admittedly, I’ve only read two of the books in this series (Book 2 and Book 5 – this one being book 5), but I am in absolute love with Ms. Warren’s storytelling once more in Hard to Handle, A Beauty and Beast, Gargoyles novel. [Note: This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon.com. When you purchase something after clicking on this link, I receive a small percentage of the total purchase as commission from Amazon, at no additional cost to you, the buyer. I thank you in advance for supporting us in this way.] 

When the world is coming to a Dark and nasty end, Guardians are summoned to hold back the evil that threatens to end life as we know it. It seems, though, that this time, things are not going according to plan or tradition, and as Guardians (hidden away around the world in the form of the ghastly gargoyles a la Notre Dame) awaken to stop this most recent threat brought on by the Noctorni and the Demons they serve, the Guardians discover a world much changed.

Not only have a few hundred years passed, but the Guild that supports and serves the Guardians has been effectively wiped out by the Noctorni. To confuse matters further, each of the awakened gargoyles to this point are male, and must overcome both a lack of information and a change in tradition as they find themselves partnered, one by one, to women of power (those with paranormal abilities) rather than to the men of the Guild they are used to working with.

Ash is brought into sudden waking by recent events, but her very existence shakes the foundations of all that the Guardians have ever been. Never has a Guardian been summoned without a Guild member, and never has a Guardian been… female. Ash has no idea what the implications are for herself, let alone the world she was summoned to protect, but time is short as the Noctorni gain in strength and advantage. 

Her only option is to partner up with a decidedly reluctant and stubborn Michael “Drum” Drummond and his youngest sister Maeve. Drum is content being a Dublin publican, and has no interest in getting caught up in the struggle or the politics of the Light’s battle against Darkness, yet he finds himself thrust into the very heart of it as events unfold and he and Ash discover that he is her Warden – a magic user assigned to a Guardian should one need to be summoned. 

His younger sister, Maeve, manages to track down another Guardian/Warden pair in America, but when Kylie and Dag arrive, things take a decided turn for the worst as Maeve is abducted to be used as a human sacrifice to summon one of the seven Demons that will bring human life as we know it to a brutal end.

Can Drum and Ash overcome the unusual nature of their relationship to work with other Guardians and Wardens, to hold back the Darkness and free Ash from her lonely existence?

Christine Warren tackles this story with her signature style of wit and creative storytelling, and for fans of paranormal romance, this is a tale not to be missed. As mentioned, I have only read 2 of the books in the series, and unlike some series, this one might be better experienced in order. 

This book can be purchased in either mass market paperback or Kindle format from Amazon here.

Happy Reading!

The Art of the Pendulum – Book Review

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When it comes to things mystical and magical, Cassandra Eason’s body of work is a great place for beginners to start.

In this particular volume, Ms. Eason explains what a pendulum is, how to choose or make one, and how they can be used (from decision making to finding oil and your way home). Her writing is simple, straightforward and uncomplicated.

I’ve done a little pendulum work in some of Elle North‘s intuition courses, but wanted some more in-depth information to fiddle with on my own. I found this book to be an amazing resource.

You can check out your local library’s stacks for this book, or find it here on Amazon.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Book Review

About the Book: 

What did Harry Potter know about magic? He was stuck living with the decidedly un-magical Dursleys, who hated him. He slept in a closet and ate their leftovers. But an owl messenger changes all that, with an invitation to attend the Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches, where it turns out Harry is already famous… (From Amazon.com product listing.)

Brian’s Review: 

The Sorcerer’s Stone, is a brilliant start to a brilliant story. Rowling’s first book is geared towards the age of maybe 10 or 11, which happens be to the very age of Harry Potter himself at the start of this.  Her later books in this series though grow up with the characters.  Masterfully written, and have lead to the love of reading for countless children world wide. If you have a child, around the age, this is a great book.  I do give a fair warning though.  If you attempt to read this book before your child, you too will be hooked. So if you aren’t looking to start a series you won’t put down until the end of book 7 do not attempt to enjoy this book with your child.  You will fall in love with the characters. If you have seen the movies, I suggest you read the books, you won’t be disappointed.

Sam’s Review:

Hey, and I am back just as I promised, and today  we are doing the first Harry Potter book, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. For those of you who haven’t seen the other two Harry Potter reviews, it’s best that you start here, since I’ve been doing them backwards, I guess. If you have seen one or both of the other Harry Potter reviews, and are a little confused, that’s okay. Now, let’s get on with the review. Harry is the boy who survived Lord Voldemort’s killing spree, removing so much of the dark lord’s magic that Voldemort was forced into hiding. Harry, his parents dead, was given to his aunt and uncle, who were determined to take away Harry’s magic, if only they could. Now eleven years old, he gets the invitation for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and learns that he is the boy who lived. While at his new school, he makes two new friends, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. Together, they learn that Voldemort is somewhere in the castle, and that if he isn’t stopped in time, Hogwarts might be no more. No pressure on them or anything, right? Wrong. Since they are the only ones that know about it, they take it upon themselves to stop the dark lord. Can they do it? Read the book to find out. I hope that you have a great weekend, and please don’t forget to check out the store link, subscribe, like, and enable notifications. See you next Friday. Bye!

Buy the book:

Thrice Read Books has a paperback edition of this book for sale here.

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Return to Gone Away – Book Review

About the Book:

Return to Gone-Away is a children’s book written by Elizabeth Enright, which is the sequel to the book Gone-Away Lake and discusses how the Blake family buys a house in Gone-Away. The book was first published in 1961.Plot introductionWhen Portia learns of her parents buying Villa Caprice, a tumbledown Victorian house close to Gone-Away Lake, she is excited. She, her brother Foster and her cousin Julian enjoy learning about the “new” old house, with the help of elderly neighbors Mr. Payton and Mrs. Cheever.

Sam’s Review:

Portia and Julian are back in Return to Gone-Away Lake when the Villa Caprice is bought for a full time home to live in. Join Uncle Pin and Aunt Minnehaha as they find old treasures and the old watering hole when they need to swim during the hottest of summers. This book is by Elizabeth Enright and published by Odyssey Classics Harcourt, Inc.

Portia is overjoyed to hear that her parents have bought the Villa Caprice, but it’s just so much work to fix! I mean, think about it. It needs new plumbing, new shutters, even heating elements. Family and friends fix up the old house to make it the best house ever, if it means getting scared by Baron Bloodshed, the “watchdog” Mrs. Brace-Gideon sets out to guard her home.

Follow along as they find rare items, spend the night in an old house, and make new friends. Foster and Davey find a dumb-waiter and get stuck in it! And better yet, they uncover the secret that Villa Caprice has held for years…

When Julian and a friend go to spend the night in an old house during a storm, they are stuck in the highest room in the house, and when a goat comes and knocks the stairs down, then they are really stuck. But before that, summer was never hotter. 100॰ in the morning, and getting hotter throughout the day! Pindar remembers that there was a watering hole where the children of Gone-Away Lake used to swim. But he doubts it’s even still there. So, he takes them up there, in the old fashioned bathing suits, of course, and finds it still around, crystal clear and ready for enjoyment. And with that, the characters have a blast in the water, cooling off.

Mrs. Brace-Gideon was said to have owned a safe where she kept her best and greatest treasures. Everyone has big hopes of finding it and opening the safe to find its greatest treasure. And when Portia finds it, everyone cannot wait to find what secrets it has held since Mrs. Brace-Gideon left. And when it is opened, the contents were…

Want to find out how our story ends? Read the book! This book is for ages 8 and up. Illustrated by Beth and Joe Krush. I’d give it four stars for excitement and enjoyment. 5 stars for the best descriptions. Illustrated.

Buy the book:

You can buy this book at Amazon in either Kindle, paperback, hardcover, audio CD or audible formats here. [affiliate link]

Catching Fire – Book Review

Brian & Sam review Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire (Hunger Games Book 2) on the Thrice Read Books blog

About the book:

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. (From Amazon.com product listing)

Brian’s Review:

Book 2 to the Hunger Games trilogy, and this book is no disappointment.  Collins continues to build on her great characters and entraps your mind with them.  Again I can say if you love the movies you’ll love the books.  This is a series you will not want to put down.  I don’t recommend trying to read these books one at a time, as while you wait for the next you’ll be chewing your nails.  Just better to get them all and enjoy them as one.

Thrice Read Books reviews of Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire (Hunger Games book 2), reviewed by Brian and Sam

Sam’s Review:

The second installment in the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins doesn’t disappoint this reader, being equally good as the first. The title is Catching Fire.

Katniss and Peeta have been chosen for the Games yet again, and they have possibly started an uprising. President Snow is after Katniss, which makes this a whole lot more fun. Not! I feel really bad for Katniss.

This book was extremely fun, just like the last one, but i was slightly confused in the beginning because it just launched right into the story. Don’t worry though, everything was explained over time, which is good.

Buy the book:

Thrice Read Books has one paperback edition of this book for sale here.

You can also buy this book from Amazon in Kindle, hardback, paperback, audio CD and Audible here. [affiliate link]