Friday, January 23, 2009

Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

Name: Heir Apparent
Author: Vivian Vande Velde
Genre: Junior Fiction - Fantasy
Reviewer: Karen Pellett
Rating: Love
Alerts/Warnings: None
Premise (be brief): - "While playing a total immersion virtual reality game of kings and intrigue, fourteen-year-old Giannine learns that demonstrators have damaged the equipment to which she is connected, and she must win the game quickly or be damaged herself" (King County Library).
Opinions: Now didn't I tell you once that I read a wide range of books...I found Heir Apparent a quick, enjoyable read. Though Giannine is disenchanted and bitter that another year has come and gone with only a gift certificate to a gaming center from her father for her birthday she learns through her trials in the game Heir Apparent that not every father is the same. She also learns that even though you may not trust those around you. that running away from them is not always an option. Giannine finds faith in herself and others while struggling to finish the Heir Apparent story before it finishes her in the real world. I highly recommend this for any young reader (though parents really should read it as well).

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Guilt-Free Motherhood by Joni Hilton


Name: Guilt-Free Motherhood: How to Raise Great Kids and Have Fun Doing It!
Author: Joni Hilton
Genre: Adult Self-Help
Reviewer: Karen Pellett
Rating: Fabulous
Alerts/Warnings: None
Premise (be brief): - "This is the book you wish your mother had had when you were a kid. It's a kinder, gentler, funnier, and more realistic approach to mothering that allows both parents and children to achieve their full potential-and with more than enough good times to go around. Joni writes in a way that is utterly charming, tender, believable, and brimming with exceptional insights and advice. You'll laugh . . . you'll cry . . . you'll love it! And your kids will thank you for having the good sense to read it." - Book Back
Opinions: Sometimes life can seem so overwhelming that you wonder if you are ruining your kids for life. This book helps you to take a step back and see what really matters when raising children. This book has helped me to better prioritize my life so that I can keep my sanity while realizing what a joy and a blessing it is to be raising a child. If your stressed, if you wonder if you can keep doing it...then take a moment...lock yourself in the bathroom and take a long bath while reading this book. Let the husband deal with the kids and take a moment for you and you will realize what areas you may need to improve on so that you don't feel so guilty about how you are raising your brood.