Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October Book Reviews

The Lost Stories by John Flanagan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a book of short stories with the characters from the Ranger's Apprentice books. It reminded me how much I like this world John Flanagan has created. I liked the short stories. It kind of gave an idea of what the rangers might do when they're not off on a big adventure.

Caught by Margaret Peterson Haddix
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fun, quick read. Perfect for tweens or teens. I think this one was my favorite so far in this series.

 Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement: A Guide for Officers and Their Families by Kevin M. Gilmartin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is recommended reading to my husband's police force and their spouses.
Very interesting read. It talked a lot about something called hypervigilance. Basically when officers are on duty their senses are extremely alert for any possible danger. As a result, when they are off duty their senses are dulled and that can cause problems in their relationships.
It also talks about officers making their career their identity, which also causes problems.

It was all very interesting and it all made sense. However there was only one chapter on what to do to combat the cycle. It talked about how exercise helps. Then basically said take responsibility for your actions and behaviors and don't make your job your life.{duh!} It felt a little lopsided, lots of info explaining what officers go through, but not much advice on how to deal with it.

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was one of those quick, feel-good love stories. I love that on the cover of the book there's a little ribbon across the top that says "A proper romance". And it was that, there was nothing inappropriate in it.
This type of book always reminds me of the dating and engagement period of my life - you know, when the other person can do no wrong. And it kind of brings those feelings back.

Hell's Corner by David Baldacci
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book, but I can't think of much to say about it. It's basically a mystery. I would recommend reading the other books in the series first so you get to know the characters.

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