Archives for April 2015

Belinda’s Book Nook Review: The Madman’s Daughter (#1) by Megan Shepherd


Title: The Madman’s Daughter (book #1)
Author: Megan Shepherd
Copyright: January 29, 2013
Genre: fiction
Format: audiobook

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.

My Thoughts:

I found this book on Overdrive and really was excited when I heard the sample. First off they had great intro music which not all audiobooks have. The voice talent was performed by Lucy Rayner. I will have to add her to my list of voice talent I enjoy listening to. Second, the story takes a twist on the old Dr. Moreau tale (which I have to confess I have never read) by coming from the perspective of his daughter.  As of late, I am really enjoying re-tellings of old tales. So I snatched this one up immediately.

I like that the character Juliet was a strong female throughout the book and especially in the time period she was living in.  She was very analytical and compassionate at the same time. Two things that don’t always go hand in hand in character traits.

The story moved at a great pace and I continue to listen to see how the story would end.  What I didn’t realize is that it is part of a series. My first reaction when completing the book was that it was good but that I would not continue on to the next book. But, with more time and space between completing it, I feel like many author’s books improve through series so I just might pick up the audio for the second book.

Having said this, I would give this 3 1/2 butterflies. Please note that I don’t condone the harming of butterflies and this is the first time I am using a half butterfly. But I didn’t like to be constrained when I think it is more that 3 but not quite 4.

I will let you know after I listen to the second book if I feel the series is growing or just alright.

Happy Reading!



Write On Update

writeon1At first I thought of making all of my cards for this WriteOn challenge and then I realized it would be cutting too far into my work schedule so I ran out to find some cute cards to use to write my 30 letters. I found all these beauties at TJ Maxx. I have always looked at the card selections there because they get really great brands and sell them at a really good price.

writeon5I even think I will use the clever box designs and try to recreate them with my Silhouette. I am always looking for the challenge. The butterfly one on the left even has a magnetic closure which I will definitely be incorporating into a future project.

writeon4I began writing a list of potential recipients and will check them off as I mail them a letter. I am sad to say that I don’t buy books of stamps as often as I would like. Despite my complaints that I don’t want Post Offices closing, while preparing for this challenge I realize that I don’t do enough to ensure that doesn’t happen. And that means using their services more regularly and buying more stamps. I can’t imagine not having post offices anymore than I can seeing our libraries disappear.  So this challenge will help me put action to my beliefs.

I found these lovely floral stamps and they are almost too pretty to mail (there goes that hoarder talking)!

writeon2I love this card because the flowers are dimensional and the envelope is in pretty colors too.

I sat and began writing and let me tell you, I don’t write as much and for very long when I do so I am embarrassed to say, that my hand actually began aching. However, I pushed on and wrote two letters.

writeon3Apollo even joined in and mailed his first letter for the month. Today I will write another. I am liking that the recipients won’t be expecting anything from me so that makes it more special.

I hope you find a time to send a letter to someone this month. Think how happy they will be to receive it and it only costs you the price of a postage stamp.


The Evolution of an e-reader

ereader1Hello Everyone! It’s been a week and I wanted to share the newest addition to the family. No, I don’t have any more children but a new e-reader. It came last Monday and I have been meaning to share my excitement with you all in blogland!  But first let’s begin at the beginning…My very first e-reader. I bought the Kindle 2 from Amazon back in March of 2009 and guess what my first book that I ordered? On March 21, 2009 I ordered my first book for my e-reader and it was, “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer!! So I have been using an e-reader for 6 years now!  I remember loving the feeling when I finished book one at 10 at night, I could and did order the second book in the series and began reading it minutes later.

It took some getting used to and I still missed my books but tried to avoid purchasing books for a while why I gave the e-reader a chance.

ereader2Then Barnes and Noble came out with a reader and I loved the concept of supporting an actual brick and mortar. And let’s face it, I was dazzled by the color and touch screen features. So I dived in and got the Nook color. I fell in love with it. It was the perfect size and I could do so much more with it than my Kindle.  I was happy and then…

ereader3The Nook HD Tablet! It came in white and I liked how sleek it was. I believe Leao got it for me December of 2012. I very much enjoyed and still do enjoy this e-reader.  I gave my old one away and never looked back. The design was improved and more storage space with improved speeds.  I even set up accounts on it for my boys.

Then, a few weeks ago, I started to get that upgrade itch again and looked at the new Samsung Galaxy Tablet they produced for the Nook. It looks pretty amazing.  I wanted to continue to support B&N but rumors continue to circulate about them selling the Nook division. So I started thinking about it and began looking at the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablet. The funny thing is although I was using a Nook, I preferred and used the Kindle App on my Nook to read all my books. So I sort of knew where I was heading before I knew it!! Another thing is I like to watch Netflix on my tablet and the Nook’s sound wasn’t so great.  Online I heard some booktubers talking about how great the Kindle’s sound was. The bonus is I have Amazon Prime so I can watch free movies and TV shows from them too. So I talked with Leao and ordered it Saturday and of course it was here last Monday.

kindlefireHDXtablet3Can I say love at first sight? Yes indeed. It’s screen resolution rivals the iPad Mini and the sound is amazing. I can listen to audiobooks on it or listen to craft tutorials on YouTube or some of my favorite songs on Pandora. I even got the origami cover that allows it to stand on it’s own for hands-free viewing!  So I am really happy with this purchase. Then I started thinking about how I went full circle with the Kindle.

kindlefireHDXtabletI still buy books but not like my pre-ereader days. I still love holding a book and I often take out books from the library.  It has never been an all or nothing with me.  I love books and will continue to buy them in their physical form but not at the rate I had in the past. But I love looking back at the evolution of my e-reading experience.

I even had a chance to use the MayDay feature when I had trouble downloading a book from Overdrive onto the Kindle. It was so cool how the person could hear (not see me) and see my screen to help me. She took over at one point to show me what to do.  I have always been impressed with Amazon’s customer service but this was above and beyond.

Do you use an e-reader?

Happy reading friends!


Treat Yourself Tuesday (TYT) – Breakfast with my girlfriends!


Hello and Happy TYT!! I am just back from a lovely breakfast with two of my amazing girlfriends. I know, you want to know if I put all that down right? Well I did eat the entire (yes entire) vegetable omelet, two pieces of bacon and one of the toast and I left the sweet potato since I don’t like sugar on my sweet potatoes.  Not to mention that if I did eat it, I would need to unbutton my top button and I think that wouldn’t go over to well in a public place!!

It was nice to catch up over a yummy meal. We used to go out for girl’s night out but scheduling conflicts made that a challenge so a few months ago, we started meeting for breakfast and although it isn’t as glamorous as our nights out, we still feel good when we return to our busy schedules.

It’s important to make a little time for friends. It’s good for the soul!

I hope you find make time today for a great TYT!



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