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Week in Review

Good morning. I hope you had a nice week. For those of you who participated in the Dewey's 24-hour readathon, I hope you got a lot of reading done. I had signed up but didn't end up having time to read much on Saturday. We went to a couple of the local farms ~ most of the farms around here opened up for tours on the weekend. It was a lot of fun! We got to see where a lot of our food comes from.

Recent Reviews and Other Posts
Last week, I posted a review of The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy. What a fun middle grade series that is!!

What I'm Reading
I still reading All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg. I'm really enjoying it ~ so glad I finally picked it up off my shelf!

Up Next for Me
Next up will be something from my Spring Reading Thing list.

What C is Reading
C is still just re-reading some of the books in the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. He's considering moving on to the Kane Chronicles next. We …

Book Review: The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy

The Princes Charming are back in The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy. This is the second book in the The League of Princes series, and I had a blast reuniting with Frederic, Duncan, Liam and Gustav, and all of their princesses! This time, the princes start off on a mission to stop the wedding of the evil Briar Rose and Liam. But soon they're on a whole new mission: get the bejeweled sword that belongs to Liam's family back from the Bandit King, their nemesis from The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.

As in the first book, the missions are full of bumbling foolishness and wacky characters who somehow persevere through it all. One fun difference is the inclusion of the princesses in most of the action. Briar Rose, Ella, Snow and even Rapunzel join the men on their big adventure to storm the castle of the Bandit King. And they bring many of their friends from the first book along for the ride.

I will admit that I didn't laugh quite as much…

Week in Review

Good morning and welcome back to My Book Retreat. I hope you had a nice week of reading.

Recent Reviews and Other Posts
Last week, I posted a review of The Color of Greed by Jack Thompson. It's a fun mystery. I have two more reviews to write and hope to have them up this week.

What I'm Reading
I finished reading Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. We'll be discussing it tomorrow night at book club.

Now I'm reading All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg, a book that's been on my shelf for a couple years now. I'm glad I'm finally getting to it!

Up Next for Me
Once again, I'll be picking something from my Spring Reading Thing list when I'm ready for another book.

What C is Reading
C finished the both of the books in the Chronicles of the Red King series by Jenny Nimmo. Now he's just re-reading portions of books that he's already read, including some of the books in the Lightning Thief series. Hopefully we'll find something new for…

Book Review: The Color of Greed by Jack Thompson

When private investigator Raja Williams receives a call from Clarice Hope, who insists that her husband Randy was murdered, he decides to fly out to California and take on the case. The police declared Randy's death an accident, but it doesn't take long for Raja to believe that he was indeed murdered. With help from his partner and hacker, Vinny, Raja works to uncover what really happened.

The Color of Greed by Jack Thompson is a fun mystery with an old-fashioned feel to it. It reminded me of the older private investigator shows, like Columbo or even Magnum P.I. Raja is an Oxford-educated, independently wealthy man, who uses his resources to help people like Clarice. He drives fancy cars and has his own plane. But he cares about people and wants to help them. He's a character you can care about.

The investigation into Randy's death kept my interest. There were several twists and turns, and plenty of action and political intrigue. The writing and dialog were well done, …

Week in Review

Welcome back to another weekly recap. I hope you had a good couple of weeks. I missed my recap last week. Life has been busy as usual. Before I get started, I just have to say that I am so saddened by the bombing at the Boston Marathon. I am from the Boston area and am glad to know my family and friends are safe. But I am heartbroken for everyone who was hurt and their families as well. It's just so hard to imagine this has happened.

Recent Reviews and Other Posts
Last weekend, I posted an interview with Starr Gardinier Reina last weekend. I've been silent otherwise. I have a couple reviews to write so hopefully that will happen this week.

What I'm Reading
I read The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy. It was a fun continuation of that series!

Now I'm reading Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman for book club.

Up Next for Me
I'm not sure what I'll pick up next, but it will be something from my Spring Reading Thing list.

What C is Re…

Interview with author Starr Gardinier Reina

Today, I'd like to welcome Starr Gardinier Reina, author of The Other Side: Melinda's Story, which is being released this week on Tuesday, April 9th.

Q. Welcome to My Book Retreat! Can you tell me a little about The Other Side: Melinda's Story?

A. It's a young adult paranormal. Here's a little information about the book:

If you’re told you the story, will you believe it?

Melinda James is begging for people to believe her story. To her, it’s not a tale. 

There are cops and even family members who believe she is responsible for the mayhem that followed the death of her father.

Those events were terrifying and unbelievable. Her father begins to speak with her from the ‘Other Side,’ and warns her to take her mother and older brother Kyle and leave immediately because his death was no accident, like everyone assumed. But Melinda doesn’t take her father’s words to heart. Soon, her family members and friends begin to disappear, and all she’s left with is a ‘crazy’ story that no…

Week in Review

Welcome back to another weekly recap. I hope you had a good week. While you read this, I should be in Busch Gardens Williamsburg enjoying Spring Break with my kids! This will be a quick update since I'm typing on Sunday evening while my 6 year old lies next to me trying to fall asleep! I forgot to hit publish, so actually I'm posting this Monday night. Whoops! Hope you had a good day. We spent 8 hours at Busch Gardens and had a great time!

Recent Reviews and Other Posts
I posted a review of The Last Child by John Hart. That's it for posts last week. The basketball games have been taking up too much of my reading time in the evenings!

What I'm Reading
I'm still reading Maphead by Ken Jennings. I also picked up The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy. I needed something light to go with the heavier book about geography!

Up Next for Me
I'm not sure what I'll pick up next. And I'm going to skip the kids' reading update this week …