Soul of the Crow: #bookreview

Soul of the Crow (Reapers of Veltuur, #1)
Soul of the Crow

In Soul of the Crow: Reapers of Veltuur by Jessaca Willis, the King of Oakfall requests that a reaper execute his own daughter, Gem. It is easy to imagine that the underworld in the book is the stuff of nightmares. I picture it as something similar to the underworld of Greek mythology – everything is on fire, darkness for eternity, and creepy trees.

The Prince of Oakfall, Acari, finds out about the his father’s plan to murder Gem. So he takes Gem on the run in order to keep her safe.

The reaper, Sinisa, is not pleased with having the execution thwarted. She sees the execution as business. Sinisa wants to do this one last contract and move on to the next level.

Somewhere while on the run, Acari and Sinisa become friends. Initially, she was going to befriend him and then complete her contract. The contract and the friendship would be done.

Photo by Tom Swinnen on Pexels.com

The crow is interesting. I thought that the crow was Sinisa’s familiar. However, it seems to always be angry with Sinisa and not especially helpful. You will find out why the crow doesn’t like her. It’s a pretty good twist.

If you are interested in beings besides human beings and adventure, then you might enjoy this book. I’m ready for the second volume -book two on Amazon.

If you have a fear of birds, then you might not be crazy about this book. Or you could face your fear head on and read about a grumpy crow. FYI: Fear of birds is also called Ornithophobia.

*I was asked to read this book by the author. She did send me the ebook but I bought it anyway. There were many errors on my part. Everything is fine now.

10 Books on the #AlreadyRead List. Part 11

Goodreads

  1. Heart of the Matter.
  2. Heavy Tales.
  3. The Help. Definitely worth reading. Is it better than the movie? I haven’t seen the movie. I do love Viola Davis.
  4. Her Dear & Loving Husband.
  5. Here on Earth. I liked the book at the time of reading. However, I’m not sure if I could read it again after being through a toxic relationship.
  6. Hidden.
  7. Princess of the Infinite.
  8. The Hobbit. How did this get on the list? I am positive that I have never read this book. I could never make it through the first chapter. Never. Love the movie. If you have read the book and seen the movie, what are your opinions?
  9. How Not to Die Alone.
  10. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Flawless Friday Video: Espresso

Espresso

Who doesn’t love a good punk/funk band? It makes my day when I find a punk/funk band that is also awesome.

Speaking of awesome bands . . . check out the video for “Waiting for you there” by Espresso of Los Angeles.

P.S. If you didn’t know, the 80s toy in the video is called a viewfinder.

Links:

www.facebook.com/espressoband3
https://twitter.com/espressoband
www.instagram.com/espressoband
www.tiktok.com/@espressoband
www.youtube.com/channel/UC0lokD6aXLo38VQKz4JY83g

10 Books on the #AlreadyRead List. Part 10

Goodreads

  1. Grist Mill Road.
  2. Gulliver’s Travels. I read this in high school or college. It was alright. Probably won’t reread again.
  3. Hag-Seed.
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale. Also read this in college. Will probably read again soon. Luckily, I own it now.
  5. The Harpy.
  6. Harrow Lake.
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I love all of the Harry Potter books that I have read so far. However, like Pete Davidson, I am disappointed that J.K. Rowling has made transphobic comments. This is the quote from Pete Davidson. Think what you want about him but he’s got a point.

“She creates a seven-book fantasy series about all types of mythical creatures living in harmony with wizards and elves and the one thing she can’t wrap her head around is Laverne Cox?” he joked. “She’s a national treasure.” – Pete Davidson.

I mean . . . Laverne Cox is awesome.

Laverne Cox

Harry Potter post #1

Harry Potter post #2

8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

10. The Hazel Wood. Excellent book. Highly recommend.

Meet and Greet: J and the 9s

Original 📸: John Christou Photography 

Who: J and the 9s are one of my favorite bands. They are a glam punk band originally from NYC, currently based in LA.

What: They have released three new singles in the last few months. Check out all of their music at the links below. Share with your friends and maybe some strangers. (Then they won’t be strangers, right?)

Why: J and the 9s have an RV with a stage on top. They love animals, babies and rock n’ roll.

Where: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/jandthe9s/i-dont-care

Spotify

Facebook

Instagram: https://instagram.com/jandthe9s?igshid=z16530fjjzds

Twitter

YouTube

White Like Her: #bookreview

White Like Her

Has anyone been surprised by their DNA results?

In White Like Her, Gail Lukasik, Ph.D. learned that her mother was not who she seemed to be. For many years, her mother had been passing as a Caucasian although she was an African American.

What would you do? Would you choose a life with better options even if you had to stay away from your family?

The mother did not want to discuss they why or hows of the situation. Lukasik promised to not reveal the secret. After her mother died, Lukasik had the opportunity to go on the Genealogy Roadshow and learn more about her mother’s family.

Even after the show aired, Lukasik and a few other people kept up with the research. They didn’t solve every mystery but they did learn quite a bit.

The author does get to meet cousins from her mother’s side of the family. She does feel conflicted about revealing her mother’s secret but in the end I think she was glad to have the secrets out in the open.

Proud Boys and other white supremacists will not enjoy this book. You can’t buy good taste though. So keep reading books that will open your mind and that you can learn something from.

In the foreword by Kenyatta Berry, JD writes “These are the questions that White Like Her raises that will help us as a nation continue the discussion about racial identity. “

If you are interested in genealogy or racial identity, then you will find this book to be especially fascinating. There are also a few videos about the story on YouTube. I will never regret telling everyone to read White Like Her.

10 Books on the #AlreadyRead List. Part 9

Goodreads
  1. The Girl Without Skin.
  2. The Glass Castle.
  3. Go Ask Alice. I read this book when I was about 12 years old. Maybe it’s not for every 12 year old. However, after reading this book, I was never really tempted to do drugs or run away from home. If nothing else, I wanted to learn from Alice’s mistakes.
  4. Gods and Generals. Historical fiction set during the Civil War.
  5. Gods of Jade and Shadow.
  6. Gone Girl. It was a good book. So many twists. I did hate the ending but it is what it is.
  7. Great Expectations. It’s a classic.
  8. The Great Gatsby. I also read this when I was 12. I didn’t quite get it then but I have reread it several times.
  9. Green Dolphin Street. This book is one of my all time favorites. It has adventure and romance. I probably identified with Marianne, who was what you might call the dark horse.
  10. Gretel.

The Inheritance Games: #bookreview

The Inheritance Games

Imagine being relatively poor and struggling to get ahead in life and in the next breath you’ve inherited a sizeable fortune from the Rockefeller family.

One day Avery Grambs was living with her sister, Libby, and the sister’s abusive boyfriend, Drake. Then practically the next day, Avery has inherited a palatial estate and the fortune of Tobias Hawthorne, who is a stranger to her. The only stipulation is that she has to live in the mansion for one year. Of course, Avery will be sharing the house with all of the people that did not get what the fortune that they wanted. All of them are the enemy for the next year.

Avery is very bright but unaccustomed to having wealth or the whole world following her every move. She doesn’t have that many people in her life that are trustworthy.

The most interesting character, Emily, is already deceased by the time Avery moves to the Hawthorne estate. She was dating two of the Hawthorne grandsons and was a bit of a risk-taker. We don’t know if Emily was killed or died of natural causes until the end.

Avery spends a lot of time trying to figure out the mysteries of Hawthorne House. How does Tobias Hawthorne know her? Why did he leave her an interitance?

I thought that this book would be predictable. However, there’s enough mystery and a puzzle around every corner to keep it interesting.

If you like mystery, drama, and puzzles then you will probably enjoy The Inheritance Games.

If you would rather read a boring book about boring people, then this might not be the book for you.

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  • I received this ebook from the author and NetGalley in exchange for doing a review. This blog is part of The Write Reads Blog Tour.

Cold case Quest: Tina Johnson, Maria Gruden, and Nadine Frank

The cases of Tina Johnson, Maria Gruden and Nadine Frank are not necessarily connected. We don’t know enough about their personal lives to say that they lived in a similar way.

However, the homicides occurred on the east side of Columbus. All three ladies were stabbed. They were between the ages of 19 and 32.

Tina Johnson

Tina Johnson was 19 years old when an unknown assailant stabbed her and left to die behind a garbage truck. The incident occurred on September 11, 1979.

Maria Gruden

Maria Gruden was stabbed while in her home on December 6, 1980. Gruden was 32 years old at the time of her death.

Nadine Frank

On April 7, 1987, Nadine Frank survived an initial attack in which she was stabbed several times. She was taken to the hospital but refused treatment. Frank died from her wounds a few days later. She never named the person who stabbed her.

As far as I know, no one has been arrested for the cases of Johnson, Gruden and Frank. If there were witnesses, either no one has come forward or didn’t identify a suspect.

If you have any information about any cold case in Columbus, contact the Columbus Police Cold Case Division or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers.

The locations of all three homicides

Columbus Police

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers

Meet and greet: Dig Two Graves

Dig Two Graves

Who: Dig Two Graves

What: Progressive metalcore from New Jersey

Why: In the words of EDM artist Son of Michel: “I’m an edm artist and music producer who loves blending genres and making sounds that will hopefully catch the attention of more ears as I continue to create. I felt this song x10 and felt I could give it some Son of Michel dub to match that Dig Two Graves energy. On god. Hell Yeah brother. Gucci smoochy.”

Where:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7dr3Be8p7CRBGt02CVEBpi?si=twHiQqCFQsSVGdxx7jhe-w

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/wick-son-of-michel-remix-single/1519271458 

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