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Confuzzled Books

If you are wondering what kinds of books I review and events I host, this little section is the place to look. Books I love to read: Children's, Young Adult, Paranormal and Fantasy books. Books I like to read: General Fiction, Romances, Religious Fiction, Mysteries and Biographies. So those are the genres of books I will generally review. If you send me a book outside of those areas, I'll consider it, but it may not fit my tastes. Reviews will take about 2 months to post; I try to post them around the time the book is released. On giveaways: Sending me a signed book to give away on the site is a great way to get your book noticed. I do a "mystery book" giveaway about every 2 weeks, where I read the book and twitter about it without revealing its title, then reveal what I've been reading and give it away. The whole event takes a couple weeks, and I feature the giveaway book on my blog for most of that time.

Currently reading

Blood Lite II: Overbite
Heather Graham, Jeff Strand, Kelley Armstrong, J.A. Konrath, Janis Ian, Derek Clendening, Amy Sterling Casil, Sam W. Anderson, Aaron Polson, Brian J. Hatcher, John R. Little, Joel A. Sutherland, Jordan Summers, Allison Brennan, Lezli Robyn, Scott Nicholson, Sharyn McCrum
V is for Vulnerable: Life Outside the Comfort Zone: An ABC for Grownups
Seth Godin
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman
Parting the Veil: The Art of Nene Thomas
Nene Thomas, Bruce Coville
The Art of Amy Brown (Bk. 1)
Matthew(Read by) Ryan, Ilyana(Read by); Brown, Amy Kathleen?(Author) ; Kadushin
The Creativity Book: A Year's Worth of Inspiration and Guidance
Eric Maisel

Fiscal Pear and Shimmer in the Call of River Whale

Fiscal Pear & Shimmer in the Call of River Whale - Olivia Brooks-Scrivanich I think the consensus for this book will be that people liked it. Sadly I’ll be one of the few that didn’t.

First let me tell you what was good about the book. The author has written a very imaginative story and came up with things I wouldn’t have thought of. Some of the character description stays with you. I still can’t think of the bad guy, Butt Rott Root, without picturing something very evil, slimy and smelly. The author’s also not afraid to go to dark places and come back from them. All of these are good things.

What I didn’t like was … maybe I am not as open to different imaginations as I think … because I found the whole thing a little too weird. One thing that didn’t help was the book cover, picturing the characters from the book, kind of made the story creepy for me.

There were also sections that repeated the story. For example, when Fiscal Pear would meet another character, he’d retell what had happened to him so far. But the thing was, you had already read what happened to him. Perhaps children, who are the ones this book is supposed to be written for, will enjoy that more. I just don’t think it needed to be repeated. Instead, you could have a sentence like most books do, where you say, “Fiscal Pear told Chance everything that happen to Skimmer and him. Chance listened attentively as the pear told the horrible tale.” Then the story would move on from there.

One other thing that bothered me was most of the book was supposed to be in flashbacks, and I assume that’s why it was in italics. But as we neared the end, I don’t think we were in a flashback anymore, but everything was still in italics. I was a little confused about whether Fiscal was still telling his story to the Owl, as he had been in the beginning.

So I am sorry to say I didn’t like this book. But please no one go by me, because I do have such different tastes than most people. There’s only one review I could find about this book and it is at Amazon. That person gave it four stars. If you have reviewed this story, let me know I will link you