Issaura’s Claws

Issaura’s Claws was written by Katharine E. Wibell and published by Phaesporia Press in 2016.

Wibell centers on racism in this story. She tells how the theriomorphs are oppressed by the humans and how, as a result, both groups don’t trust each other. She also tells how the two groups put aside there differences and work together to stop a new threat.

Lluava is the main character in this book. When the king announces a draft she volunteers to go not knowing that as a girl, she will not be trained to fight. She makes lots of friends and soon emerges as a prominent figure in the resistance against the raiders. Some people think that she is the descendant of Issaura, one of their gods.

Varren is Lluava’s partner in the war. That means that they help each other and they fight together. An unusual thing about this pairing is that Varren is the heir to the throne.

Chat is a boy who was sent to war because he was a theriomorph. On the way to the camps he meet Lluava and they become friends.

Rosalyn makes friends with Lluava after Lluava saved her life. She is content with her role as a nurse in the war and is actually very good at it.

This story is set in Theria a mythical world of humans and therians. At the time of this book, Theria is at war with the raiders.

There isn’t really a climax to this book since this whole book is filled with action and you’re always wondering: whats going to happen next?

I really enjoyed this book. It was well-written and had just the right amount of suspense. I would definitely  recommend it.

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Lord Edgeware Dies

Jane Wilkinson brags about how much she would like to kill her husband. The next day he is dead and quite a few people testify that she was the last person to see him alive. But an equal amount of people if not more testify to her being at a dinner party during the time which the murder was committed. If Jane did not kill her husband then who did? And how do you explain that she was in two places at once?

Basically the two prime suspects for this story are Jane Wilkinson and Carlotta Adams. I’ll write both their bios and leave it to you to decide who did it.

Name: Jane Wilkinson

Motive: Wants to marry the Duke of Merton. Has bragged in the past about how she wants to get rid of her husband.

Suspicious Circumstances: People  say that she was the last person to see her husband alive.

Name: Carlotta Adams

Motive: None

Suspicious Circumstances: Can do a spot-on impression of Jane. A briefcase was found with makeup and a wig in it.

Peril at End House

So this is a bit of a different mystery so I’m just going to write the scenario.

Nick Buckley has narrowly escaped death three times. She believes that it was all just accidents but Poirot isn’t so sure. When Miss Buckley’s cousin gets killed the plot deepens further. Are the two culprits the same person or not?

I really enjoyed this book. I guessed who the culprit was at the beginning of the book but as the plot thickened I began to second-guess myself.  I would recommend this book too anyone who likes to read.

Threads of Suspicion

I received a free copy of this book from  the Bethany House bloggeer review program  in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson was published by Bethany House in 2017.

Henderson writes about two different yet similar conflicts. One is Maggie’s internal conflict where she struggles with accepting Jesus as her lord and savior. The other is Evie’s conflict where she struggles with her answer to Rob’s marriage proposal.

Evie Blackwell is a detective who is working on the Missing Person’s Task Force. She is currently investigating the case of a missing college student by the name of Jenna.

David is also working with the Missing Persons Task Force. He takes the case of Saul Morris, a private investigator. He and Evie help each other with their cases throughout the duration of this book.

Margaret May MacDonald is a famous singer. She is also David’s girlfriend. David and Evie believe that Maggie’s concert might have something to do with Jenna’s disappearance.

Jenna is the missing person that David and Evie are trying to find. When they interviewed people who knew Jenna they see two startlingly different view points. David and Evie have to figure out which viewpoint is closer to the truth.

This book is set in suburban Chicago. Most of the people there are very helpful and willing to be interviewed. Evie and David, with the help of God, have to figure out if all of the missing girl’s cases are linked or if it is just a coincidence.

I really enjoyed this book. I thought that it had the right amount of suspense and it didn’t drag on to long. I would 10/10 recommend this book.

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Ruth and Derek Kettering’s marriage is falling apart. Ruth is wrapped up in an affair with Comte de la Roche while Derek is seeing Mirelle an exotic dancer. Both secretly reserve spaces on the Blue Train for their own purposes without the knowledge of the other. While on this train. Ruth Kettering is killed. Valuable jewels from her compartment are taking making it look like just like another train robbery but Hercule Poirot is not so sure.

Name: Monsiuer le Marquis

Motive: Would want those jewels

Suspicious Circumstances: None

 

Name; Demetrius Papopolous

Motive: Would also want those jewels

Suspicious Circumstances: None

 

Name; Rufus Van Aldin

Motive: Wanted him away from his daughter, Ruth

Suspicious circumstances: None

 

Name: Major Richard Knighton

Motive: None Apparent

Suspicious circumstances: None

 

Name: Derek Kettering

Motive: Wanted Ruth out of the way so that he could be with Mirelle

Suspicious Circumstances: Was seen entering his wife’s compartment

 

Name: Mirelle

Motive: Wanted Ruth out of the way so that she could be with Derek

Suspicious Circumstances: Was on the same train as Ruth

 

Name: Katherine Grey

Motive: None

Suspicious Circumstances: Was on the same train as Ruth

 

Name: Ada Mason

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: None

 

Name:Comte Armand de la Roche

Motive: he wanted the jewels

Suspicious Circumstances: Ruth could have easily concealed him in her room not knowing that he planned to kill her.

 

The Screwtape Letters

mpbooks,

Last week I was reading The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis and I thought it would be a good idea to make this weeks review about it. The book was divided into a series of letters by a demon, Screwtape, to his nephew, Wormwood, Screwtape advises Wormwood on how to proceed with tempting his “patient”. I thought the book was very interesting and made you think. The most important thing is to remember that the letters are between demons and that everything Screwtape says you should do the opposite.

Maya Papaya

Julius Caesar

mpbooks: We have Maya Papaya stationed in Rome on the 15th of March. We are hoping that Caesar will pass this way on his way to the Senate. Over to you Maya.

Papaya: Yes I am here stationed where Caesar passes every day on his way to the Senate. He should be com…

Soothsayer: Beware the Ides of March!

Papaya: Excuse me?

Soothsayer: Beware the Ides of March!

(Soothsayer runs off)

Caesar: Was that guy bothering you?

Papaya: Uh, no, not really, he just kept on saying…

Caesar: Beware the Ides of March yeah, I know he was saying the same thing to me earlier. Not sure what he means by that. My wife had a scary dream about me being killed last night. Not sure what that means either. It’s probably not important.

Papaya: Probably. So where are you off too?

Casear: The Senate. Some guy who hates me told me to go there today and I  trust him explicity.

Papaya: Sounds legit. Bye! Have fun being crowned king!

Caesar: Thank you! I will!

Papaya: Well there seems no point in staying here any longer. Over to you mp…

(distant shouting and screaming)

Papaya: Wait a second. I’m going to see what’s going on.

(sees Antony n the distance)

Papaya: Antony! Mark Antony

(Antony sees Papaya and walks over)

Papaya: What’s wrong? What happened?

Antony: They killed him! One by one they stabbed him.

Papaya: Killed who?

Antony: Caesar! They murdered Caesar in cold blood! And now they might kill me too. Everyone knows we were friends.

Papaya: That’s awful.

Antony: I need to go back and pretend that I’m on their side if I want to live. But they  might kill me as soon as I step in the  door. I need to send someone to tell them  that I’m not angry with them. But who? You wouldn’t be interested would you?

Papaya: Am I interested in going into the midst of a bunch of murderers? Of course I am! Just tell me what to say.

Antony; Okay. Tell them that I’m upset about the murder of my friend but I’m willing to hear them out. I sent you because I was afraid. If they are willing to talk to me tall them to send you to me and I will come.

Papaya: Well it looks like I have a job! Over to you mpbooks.

The Chapel Car Bride

This book was given to me by Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

A chapel car is a train car that looks like a sanctuary inside with a tiny living space. This is what Reverend Irvine and his daughter Hope travel in. Reverend Irvine preaches and Hope plays the organ, sings, and teaches the children. At Finch, one of  the towns the chapel car stops at, Hope meets two young men. Luke is a struggling coal miner who has dreams of becoming a pastor. Kirby is an unhappy mine manager who was sent there by his father and is looking for a way out. When Kirby offers to take Hope to the neighboring villages to teach the children Hope quickly agrees. Luke suspects that Kirby has an ulterior motive.

The Chapel Car Bride was written by Judith Miller and published by Bethany House Publishers in 2017.

Miller writes about the conflict between right and wrong. Luke ultimately represents the right although he makes a few mistakes while Kirby represents the wrong even though he does do a few charitable acts. Hope is suspended between the two men not knowing who to trust. She suspects Luke of being jealous of Kirby and she wants to believe that not all mine managers are the same but she does concede that Luke knows more about these things than she does.

Hope  wants to do what is right and serve God while she’s in Finch. She thinks that Kirby’s offer to drive her to neighboring towns is an answer to prayer, and she never suspects that his motives are less than charitable. Soon he asks her to do something she knows is wrong with the threat of never taking her back to those towns. Hope wants to tell other people about God but she doesn’t want to betray Luke’s trust.

Luke has dreams of being a preacher someday. He starts to meet with Hope’s father every morning for Bible study and eventually starts preaching at some of the meetings. All the while he gets to know Hope better and better and begins to hope that they could become more than friends.

Kirby is the son of the owner of the mining company. He doesn’t take much interest in the business and was sent there by his father as a punishment for gambling in the hope that his son would become more responsible. Kirby’s only thoughts are to get out and to win the affection of Hope.

Nellie is Luke’s younger sister. She is about Hope’s age and the two girls become fast friends. Nellie goes with Kirby and Hope to the neighboring towns and she helps with Sunday School.

Finch is a little mining town in the middle of nowhere. The people in it don’t take well to newcomers and it is hard for Hope and her father to integrate themselves into the community. The woods are off-limits and when you hear that someone is “gardening” or “hunting” you can be sure that they’re in the woods.

I enjoyed this book. I thought that it was well-written and well-edited. I would definitely recommend this book to any of my friends.

The Eagle of the Ninth

The Eagle of the Ninth was written by Rosemary Sutcliff and published in 1954. It is a books about Great Britain during the period of Roman rule.

This book was assigned to me to read for school and honestly, I didn’t enjoy it. While the pacing picked up towards the end of the book, I found it difficult to push through the first few chapters. The story moved slowly and personally, I didn’t think it was too great of a plot. That isn’t to say the whole book was bad, though. I can honestly say that I enjoyed the last three chapters of this book. I felt like there was a lot more action in the chapters and the plot line took a turn for the better. So, in conclusion, I don’t think that this is the worst book you can be assigned, but I wouldn’t pick this book up on my own.

Twelve Caesars

This week I am reviewing Twelve Caesars written by Suetonius. I will do so by writing a short paragraph on each of the Caesars and a conclusion.

Julius Caesar was the first Caesar. He is credited with founding that kind of government. There is not a lot to mention during his reign since he was assassinated after only five years in office.

Next Caesar is Augustus. He is often called the father of Rome. He had very few bad qualities. The most important thing that happened during his reign was that Jesus was born.

Next we have Tiberius. He was cautious, careful and he wanted to help Rome. Once he got on the throne though he became really evil.

Gaius is the next Caesar. Even though Rome thought he would be great, he had no good qualities. Suetonius described him as a monster.

Claudius started out as a humble, honest Caesar. He soon became timid and paranoid. He trusted no one and had many innocent people killed.

Nero is often thought of as the most evil Caesar. The truth is that early on in his reign he was merciful and generous. Later, he went crazy. Some people thought he was the Antichrist.

The next three Caesars didn’t reign very long. Galba ruled for a little over a year. Otho and Vitellus both ruled for less than a year. Not much happened during their reigns.

Vespasian is the father of the two next Caesars. He had many good qualities, His only vice was that he raised money in questionable ways.

Titus was the first son of Vespasian. He was very generous and had no bad qualities. During his reign, Christianity spread.

Domitian was the second son of Vespasian. Unlike his brother and father, he was very cruel and had few good qualities. He was the last Caesar.

I didn’t really enjoy this book. It was hard to keep all of the Caesars from running together. Personally, I would just read this book review instead of the actual book.