What a grand adventure!
I just gave a satisfied sigh as I reached the end of the third installment of D. C. Gomez’s, The Intern Diaries.
It was fun meeting the next Horseman of the Apocalypse, War and his intern, Katrina as they team up with the crew at Reepers to find a missing princess before time runs out and a war between Vampires and Elven breaks out.
I feel like the character, War, could have been filled out a little more. I didn’t get much on him but I loved his intern’s fresh perspective as she has worked for War for many, many generations and the connection to Bob was touching as well.
I love the surprises that always come with Isis’ missions. It’s great how she is still shocked when bigger and better equipment roll out for her use. There is no end to the supplies that Constantine and Bartholomew can get their little paws/hands on!
All in all, I just really enjoy these adventures with Isis and the enlarged again, group at Reepers. The endings are pretty predictable but it’s the only way you would want to see it go, because then, there will be another story. (That’s my logic anyway.) This one has a bit of a surprise for Isis in the end.
I give this book a 5 star rating because the cover art is great, the story is very interesting and fun to read and the characters are original and very easy to fall into rhythm with. This story is for folks who, like me, love a great fantasy series. Once you read the first one, you just want more. I want more Isis and the crew and the kinds of adventures that being Death’s Intern will bring.
I’m now just waiting to start the 4th book in the series where we will meet Famine. Should be interesting!
The decline of AmericaREVIEWED BY SUSAN

Nonpartisan history of the presidents
As background, I have been trying to learn more about politics to ensure a knowledgeable choice for myself when going to the polls. Our country is undergoing some major shifts and upheavals in the economy, the climate, violence, wokeness, etc., and I wanted to see how history has influenced these issues and the ruling parties. Reading The Decline of America: 100 Years of Leadership Failures, by David S. Schein, has been a great resource to help me understand what our past legislation and ruling party at the time have done to either cause decline or assistance to our economy and our lives. The author starts with Woodrow Wilson and does an analysis of each president thereafter through Barak Obama. He gives an outline of their upbringing, talks about their international and national policies and the effects of same, shows the debt they incurred during each presidency and how inflation was affected each year of their terms. At the end, he grades them on the aforesaid, as well as on their character. I loved that the author was nonpartisan, which gave a very grounded view of each president, without opinion.
I would highly recommend this book if you want to know the history of the different parties and their contribution or lack thereof to the betterment of America. This obviously is not a book for pleasure reading, but is for learning and advancement of knowledge. It is a very insightful book about how the parties have aligned themselves over 100 years, and how the parties are still progressing and reinventing themselves. I give this a 5 for how informative, factual and concise it is.
Keeper of the jewelREVIEWED BY NICHOLE

Excellent World Building and Compelling Storytelling
This is the first book I have read by this author, and it is the first book of the Soul Forge series. I will definitely be reading the next book! I really enjoyed the scope of the story. It takes place in a realm of elves and wizards and dragons and is rife with magic and betrayal and intrigue.
There are so many characters throughout the story, and all of them are well developed and relatable on some level. The queen who rules a kingdom that is divided by malice and bigotry. Her older brother whose chance at the throne was dashed as soon as the queen was born – elf law stating the eldest daughter of the crown would inherit the kingdom – seeking what he feels is rightfully his. The princess who wants nothing to do with the crown, but whose destiny pushes her toward a greatness her world has never seen. And many more key players who will help the princess become who she is meant to be.
The story is a grand one, set in a world with a rich history developed by the author. With enemies on multiple fronts, the realm of South March stands on the brink of war and chaos. The author keeps the plot moving with action and discovery, though occasionally there is a lag in the action as the personal experiences of some of the characters distracts from the overall storytelling.
Rich with colorful characters, compelling action, and a world-altering plot, I would recommend this book to fans of fantasy adventure and magical tales.

This is the only writing by this author that I have read. It is not my usual genre – memoirs – but I very much enjoyed the book. The history that the author lived through, and seeing it through his eyes, helped the book stand out to me. As the first generation born to survivors of the Holocaust, Schnurmacher offers a rare glimpse into the lives of those children – both in youth and adult lives – and how the trauma their parents survived shaped who they became. The complete devotion of the son to the mother is heart wrenching, while the mother’s devotion to the son takes on an almost antagonistic feel sometimes. But of love, there is plenty, and the relationship between Tommy and his aging mother is quite compelling.
The author does a great job setting a scene, and his dry humor and often sarcastic tone make the stories come to life. At times, the number of grammatical errors becomes slightly distracting, but does not take away from the heart of the narrative. As the author jumps around in time, though, there are stories that turn into stories within stories. He starts out with one thought, which reminds him of another thing, which leads to a third story – without ever having gotten to the point of the initial thought. They do eventually come back around, and a sense of conclusion is achieved.
Overall, the book is poignant, the stories are entertaining, and the spirit of the woman at its center is inspiring. To have endured so much hardship, and still have the passion for life that she had, really makes one think about what they are contributing to their world. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy memoirs, stories of generational trauma and how the effects are seen from generation to generation, and any child who has experience with a parent whose personality was just too big for one body.