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Book Review 87: Seduction (Reincarnationist #5) by M.J. Rose

Book Review 87: Seduction (Reincarnationist #5) by M.J. Rose

Last year as I started the new year it seemed like every book I read had something to do with time travel. This year every book I read has some connection to reincarnation. Talk about being drawn to certain types of books, right? I’ll be honest, I didn’t set out to string a bunch of these types of novels back to back. It just happened that way and if you know anything about Carl Jung, nothing is a coincidence. Seduction by M.J. Rose is the fifth installment in her Reincarnationist series. I found this series several years ago after winning book 4 in the series via the GoodReads First Reads program. The premise is quite easy to grasp (we all have past lives) and there are tools/artifacts in the world that can help us connect with our past lives. Jac, the main character, is in denial about past lives even though she seems to be drawn into situations that seem to be big neon signs screaming at her that past lives DO exist. Her denial draws her into intense siutations that create the driving force for most of the plots in the series. I like Jac the skeptic. She’s always […]

0 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on April 27, 2015
Book Review 83: What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund

Book Review 83: What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund

What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund is a uniquely crafted book and uniquely written book. With a large typeface and lots of pictures, the 419 page book doesn’t take long to read. Did I like the book? There are some interesting thoughts here and there scattered throughout the book, but mostly Mendelsund seems to repeat the same thing over and over again. In quick summary… We are what we read. Reading is as individual to the reader as it is to the writer. As a reader, we can never know the mind of the writer and we will never know the full scope of the novel in our hands. But is it a good book? It’s repetitious and too easily skimmed. As an English major, an avid reader and having friends who are avid readers, I felt like I knew and/or agreed with most of his conclusions. As a result, I didn’t learn anything new which is the main reason I reach for non-fiction books. So for the individual voracious reader, I would give What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund a thumbs down. However, this might make an excellent book for a book club […]

5 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on April 6, 2015
Rewind Review 10: The Reincarnationist series by M.J. Rose

Rewind Review 10: The Reincarnationist series by M.J. Rose

A quick, engrossing read in the same vein as The Da Vinci Code, but the plot and characters are stronger. Originally Read: March 05 to 17, 2012 GoodReads | Amazon.com Affiliate Link        I actually enjoyed the 2nd novel in this series more than the first novel (The Reincarnationist). I’ve always felt a connection to Beethoven and his music. I was drawn in by key piece of the puzzle throughout the book. However, unlike the first book in the series, there were fewer flashbacks and as a result less of a connection with the past life memories breathing life and mystery surrounding the memory object in question throughout the novel. Originally Read: March 17 to 25, 2012 GoodReads | Amazon.com Affiliate Link     Of the three books in this series to date, this one is definitely the weakest. Too many characters to follow and not enough connection between the multitude of characters and their past/present lives. Overall, a disappointment compared to books one and two. Originally Read: March 25 to April 05, 2012 GoodReads | Amazon.com Affiliate Link      Rose continues to move away from the elements in this series I loved the most–the historical flashbacks. While the story did […]

2 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on March 18, 2015