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Wonders Beyond Numbers

By introducing us to the major characters and leading us through many historical twists and turns, Johnny slowly unravels the tale of how humanity built up a knowledge and understanding of shapes, numbers and patterns from ancient times, a story that leads directly to the technological wonderland we live in today. As Galileo said, ‘Everything in the universe is written in the language of mathematics’, and Wonders Beyond Numbers is your guide to this language. Mathematics is only one part of this rich and varied tale; we meet many fascinating personalities along the way, such as a mathematician who everyone has heard of but who may not have existed; a Greek philosopher who made so many mistakes that many wanted his books destroyed; a mathematical artist who built the largest masonry dome on earth, which builders had previously declared impossible; a world-renowned painter who discovered mathematics and decided he could no longer stand the sight of a brush; and a philosopher who lost his head, but only after he had died.  Enriched with tales of colourful personalities and remarkable discoveries, there is also plenty of mathematics for keen readers to get stuck into. Written in Johnny Ball’s characteristically light-hearted and engaging style, this book is packed with historical insight and mathematical marvels; join Johnny and uncover the wonders found beyond the numbers.

Wonder Beyond Number

I finally did it! I started this book on January 10, 2018 and just recently finished it. This book is my 1st reading resolution of 2018. It was supposed to be finished in January, but I tried. Life has been a little hectic. So back to the book.

It was actually quite interesting, if you enjoy mathematics and history, because you get a lot of it, if you read this book. Johnny Ball’s writing style was great and he filled the rest in with facts, puzzles, and pictures to help the reader to get involved, unlike a text book. He started off the book with the math behind the pyramids, which is actually the reason why I started reading it. Johnny Ball wrote about many people from Aristotle, Plato, Newton to Albert Einstein.

To be honest, I like math and history, so I enjoyed reading it. But if you do not like math or history, then don’t ever pick this book up. There were parts of the book that keep me reading and there were parts that did not interest me at all. So, if you are a math or history geek, then you might enjoy this book.

 

Title: Wonders Beyond Number

Author: Johnny Ball

2018 Reading Resolution

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

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A Song Unheard Review and Some Exciting News!

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect a song unheardchoice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I–to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales. Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he’s won–until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father’s work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe. But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t–that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

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A Song Unheard is the second book in Roseanna M White’s series Shadows over England. I read the first book (A Name Unknown) last year and enjoyed it but to be honest, (like you all know I am when it comes to book reviews) I liked this book a little better, from the story to the characters.

Let’s start with the story and the plot. I was intrigued with the book from the very beginning to the very end. I was actually disappointed that the story ended and that the next book in the series isn’t out yet (More on that later). White has a little different writing style than most authors so I would say her books start off slower then the pace quickens at every turn of the page. By the way, the music aspect of the book was great. As a musician myself I liked that very much, even though the main characters were violinists. (I play the piano, if you wanted to know.)

And now to the characters. This one had two interesting main characters. As I mentioned earlier it was fun to have the music aspect and I enjoyed reading about the character’s love of music. One of my favorite parts was that Willa could play music by ear, while Lukas could not. Unlike some books where you like only one of the main characters, this book was not like those. I liked both of the main characters.

So, to conclude, I recommend this book!

Title: A Song Unheard

Author and her Website: Roseanna M. White

I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

 

And the Extra news:

Read about the next book in the series right below. The book will be released on 9/04/18 (Why the Long Wait?)!

Once London’s top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now An Hour Unspentuses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold. Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancé to end the engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clockwork repair with her father, she can’t help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems. As 1915 England plunges ever deeper into war, the work of an ingenious clockmaker may give England an unbeatable military edge—and Germany realizes it as well. Evelina’s father soon finds his whole family in danger—and it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape it. 

The Lady and the Lionheart: What Makes Fiction Worth Reading

Virginia, 1890: Raised amid the fame and mystique of the Big Top, Charlie Lionheart holds the audience in the palm of his hand. But while his act captivates thousands, it’s away from the spotlight where his true heart lies. Here he humbly cares for his pride of lions as if they were his brothers, a skill of bravery and strength that has prepared him for his most challenging feat yet—freeing an orphaned infant from the dark bondage of a sideshow. A trade so costly, it requires his life in exchange for hers, leaving him tarnished by the price of that choice. As the circus tents are raised on the outskirts of Roanoke, nurse Ella Beckley arrives to tend to this Gypsy girl. All under the watchful eye of a guardian who not only bears a striking resemblance to the child, but who protects the baby with a love that wraps around Ella’s own tragic past, awakening a hope that goodness may yet reign. When their forbidden friendship deepens, Charlie dares to ask for her heart, bringing her behind the curtain of his secret world to reveal the sacrifice that gave hope to one little girl—boldly showing Ella that while her tattered faith is deeply scarred, the only marks that need be permanent are his own.

The Lady and the Lionheart

2017 INSPY Award winner

2017 Carol Award finalist

2017 RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award winner

2017 Christy Award Winner

 

 

 

 

I am in a book coma. I don’t know what to read anymore. This book is so good. It took me barely one day to finish it and to be honest it is so worth reading. This is actually a book that I want to get for my bookshelf. I have four more book reviews to write, some are actually written already, but once I finished this one I had to recommend it. Literally, right when I finished the book, I was disappointed that I read it so quickly. I looked at the other books I have sitting on my nightstand but could not get myself to start another because The Lady and the Lionheart was such a good read!

This book caught my eye a couple years ago and I was just now able to get a hold of a copy. Let me say, this book deserves every award it has. The story, the plot, and the characters were so well done. This is the first Joanne Bischof book I have read and to be honest, (Note for the author) Joanna you are going to have to work really hard to write a book better than this one. (:

Ella and Charlie were both amazing. Charlie is one of those characters that my younger sister would call swoon worthy and I cannot wait to see his name on her list of book boyfriends. Ella was the kind of character that the readers could feel for in a personal level. Her history was so sad and depressing that you had to like her. But during the sad parts and the happy parts, the whole book was good. I can honestly say that there isn’t one scene that annoyed me. Very few book have that.

So, if you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it! If you have read it, tell me what you thought about it.

So to end this review, even though it is only February and there are ten more months in the year, this book is already on my favorite books that I have read in 2018! I don’t rate books (except on Goodreads) but I am going to rate this one. 5-Star-ratingsAnd yes this book deserves five bright and shining stars! Well done, Joanna Bischof!!!

 

Title: The Lady and the Lionheart

Author and her Website: Joanne Bischof

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

First Impression

First Impressions: A Contemporary Retelling of Pride and Prejudice.
Lawyer Eddi Boswick tries out for a production of Pride and Prejudice in her small Texas town. When she’s cast as the lead, Elizabeth Bennet, her romantic co-star is none other than the town’s most eligible–and arrogant–bachelor.

Both of these books are the same. The one on the left is the updated version. Instead of a palm pilot, it is a cell phone. I did not see any other huge changes. Which I am glad of since this book is super good.

This book (whether you read the new edition or the old one) is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I read this book before but when I was looking at books that Bethany House Publishers was publishing this year, I saw this one. I had to read it, again. It was just as good as I remembered. I did read the new version. With the exceptions of the minor changes I mentioned earlier, it is the same as the original version. Smith only made a few of her own changes to the story but they were done very well and fit the times.

Eddie and Dave played there role as Elizabeth and Darcy very well. Actually every character in the story was well written. The setting of the book, instead of taking place in England, took place in London, Texas. I thought that was creative on the part of the author. So, to sum everything up, I liked this book very much, the story was well thought out and the characters well written.

If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it. 

 

Title: First Impressions

Author and her website: Debra White Smith

I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

 

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

Return to Ivy Hill in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage as friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold.
Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for?
Rachel’s friend and hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and fills her days managing her girls’ school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what–or who–has captured each man’s attention? The truth may surprise them all.
Meanwhile, life has improved at the coaching inn and Jane Bell is ready to put grief behind her. Now if only the man she misses would return–but where is he?
As the women of Ivy Hill search for answers about the past and hope for the future, might they find love along the way?

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

Julie Klassen is the current queen of writing regency era novels. If Jane Austen (the all time queen) lived in this time period, she would have a worthy competitor. There are no current authors that I have read that come close to her. That is saying something because I have only read two of her books, and I have read many regency era books. So, if you are an author that wants to write a regency era novel, then use Klassen as a mentor, because she rocks at it!

This book was so good, everything about it, from the story to the writing style. I read it within a few days. You do need to read the first book (The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill) in order for this book  to make any sense. Since all of the characters are from the first book.

So back to this book. Let me just say that I liked this book so much that I cannot wait for the next one to come out. This book, like the first, changed points of view, but I got used to reading it quickly. Julie Klassen added a lot of quotes/ideas from books such as Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and pretty much any of Jane Austen’s novels. I did see just a little from North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell too.

All the characters were well developed and all had their own interesting story. My favorite (in this book) was Rachel. She was the one I was most looking forward to reading about. Especially since she was based off of Anne Elliot from Persuasion by Jane Austen. I am not going to tell who Captain Wentworth is in this story.

My favorite part was when Rachel received a copy of Persuasion. It was one of those moments in a book when you want to do a happy dance. Don’t worry I didn’t, my family would have thought I was super weird. But for you book nerds out there, you know what I mean.

I highly recommend this book/series and I am looking forward to reading more from this author. For Jane Austen nerds like me, this is the book for you! If you have any recommendations for Klassen’s other books, please comment.

 

Title: The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

Author and her website: Julie Klassen

I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869

In search of the mysterious element known as aether, Claire Dulac flew her hot air balloon toward the edge of our stratosphere―and never returned. Her husband, genius engineer Archibald Dulac, is certain that she is forever lost. Her son, Seraphin, still holds out hope. One year after her disappearance, Seraphin and his father are delivered a tantalizing clue: a letter from an unknown sender who claims to have Claire’s lost logbook. The letter summons them to a Bavarian castle, where an ambitious young king dreams of flying the skies in a ship powered by aether. But within the castle walls, danger lurks―there are those who would stop at nothing to conquer the stars. In Castle in the Stars, this lavishly illustrated graphic novel, Alex Alice delivers a historical fantasy adventure set in a world where man journeyed into space in 1869, not 1969.

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This is my last book that I had to read for my 2017 reading resolution, which means I read 60 books!

This book is written by a French author. The story was okay–a little strange–but it was intriguing. It is a series. The art work was well done. The plot had a similar Jules Verne style. It was filled with adventure and a little mystery.

So, if you like books like Around the World in 80 Days and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea then I think that you might like this graphic novel.

 

Title: Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869

Author: Alex Alice

Reading Resolution 36: Read a book that was originally written in a different language.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

Renegades

Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies―humans with extraordinary abilities―who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice―and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to the villains who have the power to end them both.

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So, I absolutely liked reading  Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and I still do. It is one of those series I would recommend to anyone. But, this book…

Is nothing like Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. Which was super sad. Unlike the Lunar Chronicles which is fairy tales at their greatest, this book is super heroes but not at their greatest.

So, currently, I am not a fan of this book. Maybe in the future I will try it again but right now it is not my type of story.

 

Title: Renegades

Author and her website: Marissa Meyer

Reading Resolution 49: Read a book with a one-word title.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.