Decent Children’s Book About Overcoming Fear

How to Make a Golem and Terrify People by Allete J. Willis

2 stars

I read this story out loud to the boys. It took us quite a while because it wasn’t real riveting. It took along time for something to actually happen. There were times when we thought the main character, Edda, was not being real nice, especially to her best friend. It took forever to find out whether or not there was really a golem.

The story mostly concerned with Edda trying to learn how to be more brave.  She takes a short cut though by building the golem instead of facing her fears herself.  I thought the lesson was dealt in a bit of a heavy handed manner.

We didn’t like how it ended very well. There were questions we felt were left in the air.

All in all it was okay but we wouldn’t necessarily sign up for a sequel.

I received this from netGalley for review


Love on the Eve of World War II

Sophie and the Rising Sun by Augusta Trobaugh

4 stars

Lovely sweet story of two 50somethings finding love at the start of the second world war.   The hero was  an extremely mild mannered man of Japanese descent and the heroine was a spinster who had spent her whole life looking after her mother and aunts.  Most of the story was told through the eyes of the hero.  I really enjoyed how he felt so much for the heroine without even really knowing her.  And after they met, he really treated her like a princess.  I loved the description of the painting that he did of her and would have loved to really see it.

The book was a fast read but the story was slow moving and rather lyrical.  The imagery was lovely and the relationship seemed destined and true.

I could have used just a bit more concreteness at the end but all in all a very sweet story.

I received this from netGalley for review.

A Fun Little Harlequin Desire

Tempted By Her Innocent Kiss

by Maya Banks

4 stars

So far I liked this 3rd in the series best. There was angst and growth and unrequited love etc. The hero didn’t really do right by the heroine and caused unnecessary problems but he wasn’t an ass. It was more along the lines of stupid guy mistakes. He treated the heroine well throughout though and the reader could see he felt more for her than he understood himself. The heroine wasn’t a wimp but rather a woman in love trying to make it work before she gave up. Well written and fast moving. Love scenes were well placed and well done with believable emotion.  Very nice read and I’m looking forward to Cam’s story.

I received this from netGalley for review.