Over the years I’ve found a variety of methods that work when teaching younger readers about our Constitution. I’ve used several ideas and methods with my own children when homeschooling the older two. I suspect I’ll look for a way to help my youngest when it comes time to study this document. Will I use this book? Maybe as an additional resource but not as a primary one. It’s the Constitution broken down to be a little easier to read but it lacks contributing information. Why was an amendment important during that time period? That helps readers understand the Constitution as a whole because times change and what was important then may not be seen as an issue now. Overall it’s a good supplement that has been divided up for easier reading but not something I’d depend solely upon for education. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Charlie: As memoir type books go this one is good, if you enjoy reading diary entries. Some of the entries are heart-wrenching while others kinda made me mad. I don’t know how truthful this whole thing is but even so I do know this sort of thing does happen. It’s difficult to carry the burdens associated with family abuse. My best friend never said anything and she certainly didn’t write it down where it could be found. It wasn’t until she was diagnosed with cancer that she spoke up, and even then it was just to a few select people. Anyway, if I had this book then I might have given it to her because I think it might have helped her. Perhaps that is what this author is thinking, that by speaking up and sharing that it will help someone else. When you read this keep an open mind and bring the tissues.
An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
This book is highly entertaining if you enjoy reading about historical figures as I do. The writing is imaginative and is also intelligently written. While I cannot attest to the accuracy of everything contained within this book I can say much of it resonates as truth. It’s amazing how much our country depended upon people from other countries, especially the French. Without them we likely would have lost. Overall I enjoyed reading this book and found it a wonderful escape during stressful days and I found nothing to gripe about inside. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
First off, ignore that hideous cover. I almost delayed reading the book because I couldn’t stand to look at that cover. Thankfully I picked it up and began reading. I didn’t realize that this is a second in a series but the author provided enough background that I didn’t feel like I was missing a huge chunk of development. The characters are nice enough with some layering but they don’t feel completely fleshed out. This could be due to not getting to know them and their flaws from the first book so I won’t discount it here. The plot feels comfortably familiar without being a repeat of another book, movie or TV show. It has a bit of issue with flow; feeling a bit stop and start at times. Overall this is a good one sitting read and one I can easily recommend. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
Read and Reviewed by Charlie since it was a DNF by me. This one ended up partially read then tossed to the side several times before it was finally read in full. The characters are standard run-of-the-mill types. The plot is a touch outside the boundaries of reality but still swallow-able if you are able to suspend a large chunk of belief. The more you read into the book the less thrilling it feels and the more you want to read something else. I felt I was in a stubborn streak and wanted to finish this book, else it ended up tossed in the donation bin unread. Looking back I likely should have just listed it as unread and moved on. However, I’ll bet there are those who just love this book and think it’s fantastic. That’s all good and fine. I’d be worried if everyone felt the same way about a book. A copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Review by Sean: “This is a great sci-fi book! Easy to read and understand with a really great pace throughout the book. I love the dialogue and “science” aspects. The main characters are upbeat and well thought out. I especially like that the “science” is fairly plausible. The main male character is really interesting to read about and comfortable to get to know. I love the way the author is able to surprise the reader and build the tension!” A copy of The Fold was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
While the writing is nicely done and Sanna is certainly skilled in painting scenery and vivid images I just could not connect with any of the characters. They seem generally well fleshed out but I just did not like them. When you don’t like the characters you’re reading about it makes it very difficult to like the rest of the book. I’m not so certain about any of the historical accuracy so I’ll leave that part silent. The writing is good and I do like the idea for the main plot thread but it just didn’t do anything for me. Overall it reads more like a rough draft with a few high points and a lot of low points. I received an ARC through The Reading Room in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and may differ from yours.
This is really more of a 3.5 to 3.85 book but since I feel it’s worth more than a flat 3.0 it earns a 4.0. Where it shines is the writing style and beautiful descriptions. I feel like I am there experiencing my surroundings while I read those parts. Where I feel it falls short is in keeping the flow going while developing primary characters. Where so many books start out slow and gain momentum this one starts out with a good pace but ends up mired down by the end. The characters could use a bit more fleshing out to feel more authentic and real although they are not terrible as they are. The story is interesting and is what drew me to the book in the first place. Overall this is a decent read and one I can easily recommend to anyone who likes historical fiction. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
There are things I like about this book and there are things that don’t settle well with me about it. I like the plot and how the main thread weaved throughout the read along with a few side threads but it doesn’t feel like they were all well thought through or maybe they didn’t grab the interest level as well or it was just a side thought that never became fully realized. I didn’t feel a rising tide like in other thriller books, nor did I feel much suspense. It was more like I was along for the ride with this one. The characters seem authentic enough but the way they were presented and developed I didn’t like any of them which made it difficult to connect and care about any of them. The writing is good, which helps a lot. Overall it’s a good book but nothing I’d get overly excited about. I received an ARC through Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
I have a feeling that this will be one of those books you either love or hate with very few readers landing somewhere in the middle. I don’t love it. It has an abundance of cliché’s and eye-rolling moments. The characters are too literal to be accepted as is. There were several moments I seriously considered putting it down and labeling it a DNF. I’d set it down but that cover was so alluring I figured it had to get better. It never did. I don’t hate it though. It is well edited and reads easily enough. Structure wise it’s a good example. The idea behind the plot is intriguing and the title is excellent for a romance. Overall the book lands in the mediocre pile just barely squeaking in enough to keep three stars. I received an ARC through Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
This is a quick easy and enjoyable read. The content is both light and meaningful while not being heavy or overloaded. I like the various characters as they feel unique and well fleshed out and maintain their personalities throughout the book. It’s an interesting story with a little bit of twist although I don’t feel it lands squarely in a particular genre. It’s a touch sluggish getting started but don’t let that deter you. Overall it’s a good book and great for when you don’t have all day to read. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
Before you read this you might want to pick up the first book in the series, Widow Walk, although it’s not entirely necessary. Isthmus is the second in the series and shows the growth of LaSalle’s writing style. The read is smooth and intriguing with plenty of historical research bringing the time period to life. The characters are wonderfully fleshed out and easy to connect with and read about. The story is elegant in form and a very solid example of a well constructed historical fiction novel. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
Widow Walk is a wonderfully told historical fiction/romance story. It weaves through the various characters while describing the countryside during the time-period it is set in rich well researched detail. While not an adventure story with excitement at every turn, Widow Walk is engaging and interesting to read. I like the various characters and their viewpoints. A few times I paused to wonder why the author included something but never long enough to be pulled out of the story. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
I have very mixed feelings about this book. On one hand it is fairly well written with interesting characters. It has an intriguing plot with good flow, mostly. On the other hand I was pulled out of the enjoyment of the read with the phrasing used by the characters. When I read fantasy I don’t want to hear current slang or jokes or anything that doesn’t fit with the setting. I nearly stopped reading in the first chapter with “Winter’s Coming” and “I was right, I knew it had to be Ms. Dragon in the Alchemical Lab with the Chamber Pot!” It gets worse in the next chapters. There’s potential in the book and I’m sure there will be readers who absolutely love it. Maybe I’m just old school when it comes to fantasy? At any rate, I didn’t enjoy this one much at all and I don’t think those who enjoy GRRM, Anthony, MJ Sullivan, Sanderson, or Butcher will enjoy this one. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
Review by Christina: “I absolutely adored reading this book! I have never read any of Sundin’s book before but you can bet I’ll be looking for her books from now on. The first bit of the book was a little bit sluggish getting started but not enough to make me turn away. Once it got going it never slowed down again, right up the the amazing ending. I felt like I was right there! I can’t wait to read the next installment.” We received an ARC through Revell publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinion.