Top Ten Tuesdays and other stuff

I’ve been busy working on pages to my blog so I thought I’d share with you what I’ve done.

There’s the two give-aways going on  until March 31. One is for Follies Past and the other one is for The Terrorist’s Daughters.

I’ve added a couple challenges: The Classics Challenge and The Apocalyptic and Dystopian Challenge.

I’m reading two books to review: Beggars or Angels: How a Single Mother Triumphed Over War, Welfare and Cancer to Become a Successful Philanthropist by Rosemary Tran Lauer

Beggars or Angels



and Louisa Catherine: The Other Mrs. Adams by Margery M Heffron and David L. Michelmore.



April’s New Releases are now posted under New Releases.


It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday a meme from The Broke and the Bookish.  This weeks theme is Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List.


Read Les Meserables

Read 52 books this year

Review 24 books this year

Have 500 followers on my blog

Add another bookcase

Read all the Anne of Green Gable novels

Read George Martin’s Game of Thrones series

Meet an author

Write a short story

Finish reading Hawaii by James Michener. I’m about half way through it.


The Terrorist’s Daughters – Book Review


The Terrorist’s Daughters
T.O.G.G.L.E. #1 Series
Author – Brian Arthur Levene
February, 2014
Psychological thriller
252 pages

From the back cover:

Born in Chicago, Illinois, three sisters are uprooted and brought to Pakistan, after the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. After becoming oppressed and abused by their radicalized father and drug-addled mother, two of the girls decide to run away from home. They soon discover their inner selves. One is a twelve-year-old blessed with a gift she does not know she has, the other, a seventeen-year-old proficient in the methods of psychological warfare. Along the way they encounter a handsome young man, and his family who are also looking to start a new life away from a terrorist state. Their travels takes them to Afghanistan, Dubai, Mexico and the United States, leaving a chaotic but interesting trail behind.

Developing a family among a group of outcasts, including a young Asian girl who is prolific in computer hacking, their adventures continue with the girls making daring escapes from authorities, and fighting Al Qaeda extremists working for their father. The Terrorist’s Daughter all leads to a dramatic conclusion revolving around love, faith, family, and the potential destruction of an entire city.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book and had trouble putting it down.
It was an interesting, gripping and fast-paced adventure similar to The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo. Because it was so fast paced I found it difficult to get emotionally involved with the characters. I really like to bond with a books characters. I also at times found it difficult to believe these girls could accomplish some of the feats they did, but I suppose if you were born into that environment anything is possible.

My favorite characters were the young man that helped them, Arsalan, and their oldest half-sister, Larissa. I felt they supplied some balance to the story.And of course the settings of Pakistan, Dubai, and Mexico added some exotic element to the book.

This book deals with some very serious topics .which include incest, rape, violence
Even though the style seems to be aimed at teenage girls, I would find it difficult to recommend to anyone younger than 17.

This is the first book in a series and I can’t wait to read the next one.