Book Review: Plum Dandy Knits

Title: Plum Dandy Knits
Author: Alicia Plummer, Melissa Schaschwary

Book Description:


Polished knits. Plush yarns. Perfect match.

Sometimes nature’s most beautiful details are the perfect inspiration for creating simple yet luxurious knits. In Plum Dandi Knits, Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary–designers, friends, and leaders of the much-love Plum Dandi group on Ravelry–bring you 23 projects that reflect and react to the natural world with a sumptuous twist of plush fibers, feminine accents, and stylish comfort.

Lace that mimics soft forest foliage or the numerous tassels of a pine tree. Textured patterns that call to mind a babbling brook or waterfall. Thick wool shawls and sweaters knit in anticipation of blustery cold days ahead. The uncomplicated pieces in this collection, knit in soft, luxe yarns, are soothing complements to slowing down and settling into peaceful moments. Wherever you seek stillness and calm, Plum Dandi Knits will help take you there.

My Review

I don’t normally review knitting books that I have never knit from, but saw this one & thought I would check it out. It has quite a range of knitting items that already have given me several ideas of things to knit. You have leg warmers, cardigans, cowls, socks, shawls, finger-less mitts (you can never have enough of those), headbands, sweaters, scarves, etc. The patterns are easy to understand & the charts are simple to follow. I wouldn’t put these patterns for a complete beginner but I think if you know the basics you would be able to make any of these patterns. The only thing I would have liked to see would have been a few more plus size items, but I am not disappointed in the book in any way.

I would check the book out and read it. I like the patterns, just not the colors she used in them all. But like all good patterns you can change the color of the yarn.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Robin Hood’s Dawn

Title: Robin Hood’s Dawn: Book One in The Robin Hood Trilogy
Author: Alicia Plummer, Melissa Schaschwary

About Dominion

A kingdom under assault.

A conspiracy born of anarchy.

A hero standing against tyranny.

Falsely convicted of a shocking crime, Robin Fitzooth, the Earl of Huntingdon, finds refuge in Sherwood Forest and becomes Robin Hood. Leading a band of men against the injustices of a malevolent sheriff and his henchmen, Robin begins to unravel a web of treachery threatening the English royal family.

As shadowy forces gather to destroy the future of a nation, Robin faces deceit, betrayal, and the ravages of war as he defends his king, his country, his people, and the woman he loves from a conspiracy so diabolical, so unexpected, that the course of history hangs in the balance.

From the mists of an ancient woodland, to lavish royal courts teeming with intrigue, to the exotic shores of the Holy Land – Robin Hood leads the fight in a battle between good and evil, justice and tyranny, the future and the past.

Part one of an exciting three-part retelling of the Robin Hood legend!

My Review

Robin Hood’s Dawn (The Robin Hood Trilogy #1) was not what I figure it was gonna be. I figure it would be the same old storyline that has been told several times before. To my surprise Olivia Longueville & J.C. Plummer changed the entire story line while still remaining true to the story. Olivia Longueville & J.C. Plummer has shifted things & moved the order around so much that it seems like an entire new story while at the same time remains true o the story just not the normal story line. There are all the “bad” & “good” characters in the story in their correct places but things have been moved around & has made it more interesting in my opinion.

If you want to read the Robin Hood Story but completely different in a good way that will make you want to read the second & third book in the series then you need to read this book.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Dominion

Title: Dominion
Author: Shane Arbuthnott

About Dominion

Molly grew up hearing the tales of Haviland Stout, her ancestor who discovered the dangerous magical spirits that inhabit the far corners of the world. Now, on the edge of the New World, in the British Dominion of Terra Nova, Molly and her family collect spirits aboard their airship, the Legerdemain.

But when Molly captures a spirit that can speak and claims to have been Haviland’s friend, her entire life is upended. What if everything she knows about the spirits, and her own history, is a lie? In her hunt for the truth, Molly will have to challenge the most powerful company in Terra Nova and find the courage to reshape her world.

My Review

Ok, what got me wanting to read the book was the description. I love spirit, ghost, etc stories. I choose it before I even realized it was a children’s book. I should have realized it once I downloaded the book, but surprisingly the story line kept me interested & I read the book in two nights. I was completely drawn into the main character of the books & felt each of her feelings that she felt.

I do recommend this book if you want a bit of light reading but that is only because it is rated as a children’s book. Do not let the classification as children’s reading put you off. It is a good book & I want to read the next in the series.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: The Chalk Man

Title: The Chalk Man
Author: C. J. Tudor

About The Chalk Man

A riveting and relentlessly compelling psychological suspense debut that weaves a mystery about a childhood game gone dangerously awry, and will keep readers guessing right up to the shocking ending

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.
In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he’s put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead.
That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.
Expertly alternating between flashbacks and the present day, The Chalk Man is the very best kind of suspense novel, one where every character is wonderfully fleshed out and compelling, where every mystery has a satisfying payoff, and where the twists will shock even the savviest reader.

My Review

Ok, to be honest I didn’t have high hopes for this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I did not guess the actual antagonist until about three pages from when the author told you. I normally can pick out the antagonist & protagonist fairly quickly.

Just when you think you have everything figured out with whom the characters are and how they behave C.J. Tudor will throw you a twist in the story. From the very beginning of the story where the “head” disappears you start to think, “ok, that is the main story line”. Then you realize that nope, that is just part of the story line. Every part of the different story lines all join into one at the end of the books. For a first time author this is a very wonderful thing to complete. I can not wait to see what else C. J. Tudor publishes for all the readers in us.

I recommend this book if you like to be engaged in a book. I read this book in two night and had a very hard time putting it down the first night so I could go to sleep.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.