Welcome to Raven's Book Blog

Welcome to Raven's Book Blog

I read LOTS of books when I'm not working or studying for my masters degree.

So I finally finished it...
Tomb of the Golden Bird - Elizabeth Peters

Okay, so I finished it a couple of days ago, but wasn't ready to write about it then.  I enjoyed picking back up where I left off 5 years ago.  I was able to tie everything together nicely.  Sadly, at the end of reading this book, I discovered that chronologically, this is the last book (and there won't be any more since Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Mertz passed away a few years ago).  The remaining book took place about 11 years before this one, so it was written out of the timeline.  Oh well.  I will enjoy it too.  It's kind of sad that my mother never got to read it, but it is what it is.  I'm not going to spoil it, but I will say the story is a fitting end to the series (if there has to be an end).  I thoroughly enjoyed each and every book in the Amelia Peabody series (as well as the Vicky Bliss and the Jacqueline Kirby series as well).  I highly recommend the series and recommend reading them in chronological order starting with the "Crocodile on the Sandbank".  A list of the books and the years covered in the book are listed at http://www.mpmbooks.com/peabody/ameliabooks.html




I just started reading "Tomb of the Golden Bird" by Elizabeth Peters.  It is kind of bittersweet for me for two reasons.  The first is that when I finish those last two books (this one and A River in the Sky) there won't be anymore because Barbara Mertz, who wrote as Elizabeth Peters passed away in August of 2013.  So I'm a bit sad that there won't be anymore stories about my favorite fictional Egyptologist.  The second reason is more personal, and part of the reason I have waited almost 5 years to read these books.  You see, my mom and I used to read them and then talk about them.  In February it will 5 years since she's been gone.  I was very close to my mother, so some days are harder than others, and I still miss her everyday.  I've been wanting to read this for a while now, I just couldn't bring myself to do so.  I'll write a review when I am done with it.


Signing off for now,




Tomb of the Golden Bird - Elizabeth Peters



I Survived!

So I survived my classes last semester and got an A in both of them.  Less than a week before the new semester starts.  I did get to take a vacation during my time off.  Yay me!  Got to relax, which I needed.  Didn't do much reading while I was gone, just a few little cozy mysteries.  Just a couple shots from my trip.  Had a very relaxing time, but now it's time to get back in the swing of things.  See you soon.




Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World (9th Edition) - Jeffrey S. Nevid, Spence A. Rathus, Beverly S. Greene

Yep, so I've been totally slacking when it comes to updating my blog and reviews.  In my defense, I am half way through a Masters level Abnormal Psychology class that is required for my specialization on my Masters degree in Criminology.  So I've been reading my text book for the class.  Pretty boring stuff or at least very dry.  Other than that, I read a few short mysteries that were okay and passed the time, but nothing spectacular.  Over and out for now.


So here's the Abnormal Psychology textbook that I am reading.  At least it is informative. No spoilers, it is pretty self explanatory, and it is a textbook.

5 Stars
30 Pieces of Silver by Carolyn McCray - A Review
30 Pieces of Silver - Carolyn McCray

This book is an extremely controversial religious/historical thriller.  


Overview of 30 PIECES OF SILVER... A Christian suicide bomber. John the Baptist's bones inscribed in ancient Greek. A dark secret carried from the foot of the crucifixion. Can science solve the world's greatest mystery?


It's Dan Brown meets Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones.  Non-stop action and conspiracy theories abound and keep you riveted until the last page and leave you wanting for more (good thing there are other books in the series that follow).


There is historical fact and folklore.  It makes you rethink everything you have been taught about the death and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  This book leaves you wondering "what if?".  It is thought provoking and shows you a different perspective of the death of Jesus and the events that transpired after his death.


This is an intelligent fun read with great characters that you will come to care about.


Bottom line, if you like Dan Brown, you will like this.  If you like conspiracies and thrillers, you will like this.


Hi everyone!


Welcome to my first update to my blog.  Okay, I know that sounds cheesy, but I'm new to this, so bear with me.  I just got done with my first year of Grad school, only 1 more left.  I am currently reading the Dulcie O'Neill series by HP Mallory and enjoying it.  It's fall now, so things will finally slow down a little for me.  Yay!


Thanks for reading,



5 Stars
Clockwork Scoundrels
Clockwork Scoundrels - E. W. Pierce
5 Stars
Dressed To Kill (A Tourist Trap Mystery Book 4)
Dressed To Kill (A Tourist Trap Mystery Book 4) - Lynn Cahoon
0 Stars
Kissing the Werewolf
Kissing the Werewolf - Kendra Ashe

Welcome to my little book blog.  I'm new here, but I read ALOT, which you can probably tell from my bookshelves.  This is my first actual blog post, since I don't normally do that either.  When I'm not working as a software developer or going to Grad school (for a masters in criminology), I read.  Ebooks, paperbacks, hardcovers, you name it, I read it.  The genres I read are all over the place to: scifi, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, romance, chick lit, history, and pretty much anything that interests me or sounds interesting from the publishers blurb.  


Alright, now for the shameless plug for my friend's book:  One of my friend's that I grew up with and also went to college with wrote his first book a while back and is working on the second one.  I found the first one very amusing.  It's available on Amazon and called: 

How to Survive the Stabbing Weasels (and Other True Stories) Kindle Edition

by Nathan Waldrip (Author)
How to Survive the Stabbing Weasels is a collection of hilarious and inspirational stories of dealing with and overcoming adversity. While in college, the author was diagnosed with a neurological condition and multiple brain tumors that left him deaf. He finished college to become a teacher and coach.
He doesn't mention me by name, but I am one of his former transcribers in several college classes that we took together.  Great fun!
Alright, wrapping this up for now.  Seems pretty good for a first ever blog post.