Welcome to Feathered Quill Book Reviews, a place for readers to find their next treasure.
Along with reviews of many well-known titles, this site also searches out unique books
from small, independent presses.
Feathered Quill Book Reviews prides itself on giving the reader an honest, unbiased critique of each and every book on its website.
So slip off your shoes, pour yourself a cup of coffee, explore our pages,
and discover many wonderful gems in the world of books.
Named one of the best websites for independent authors by The Association of Independent Authors!
Tracy Weber manages a delightfully whimsical mystery in the latest installment of her ‘Downward Dog Mystery Series’: A Fatal Twist.
Kate Davidson is a yoga instructor and takes her job quite seriously. When she agrees to be the doula for her pregnant best friend, the reality sets in she is not ready for her own child bearing anytime soon with her love and live-in mate, Michael. The closest they had come to parenthood was with their beloved German shepherd, Bella. She had issues, but she was still the center of their universe and ample training ground for parenthood. This is to say until Michael added two precocious labradoodle puppies to the mix. Soon enough, however, that would be the least of Kate’s concerns.
At the grand opening of a new birthing center, Kate excuses herself and heads to the old wing to freshen up. When she discovers the body of surly fertility Dr. Dick and sees yoga student Rachel (his wife) fleeing the scene, Kate cannot help but incorporate the task of solving the mystery to her yoga business. Convinced Rachel is innocent, she makes it her mission to find the real killer before Rachel is destined to a life behind bars. It wasn’t easy balancing a yoga schedule and crime solving with the constant frustrations of keeping up with the shenanigans of Mutt and Jeff (the newest additions to their once balanced abode). Michael wasn’t exactly keen on Kate’s convictions to playing super sleuth in the recent turn of events with the murder of Dr. Dick either.
I’ve not had the pleasure of reading any of Ms. Weber’s Downward Dog Series. However, this being my first did not disappoint. It was fun and fast-paced and had a nice balance of humor and intrigue throughout. It is clear Ms. Weber is quite knowledgeable about yoga and I enjoyed how she developed main character Kate as the quintessential instructor with crime solving dimensions to complement her day-to-day yoga instruction. This by no means is a graphic and dark murder mystery. Rather there is a fluid and light air that carries from page to page with the sublime element of a crime having been committed and the need for resolution. I applaud Ms. Weber for focusing on the lighter side of a tragic event and maintaining her mission of guiding the reader to the answer of the proverbial ‘who done it’ with light and airy twists along the way. Well done Ms. Weber. I look forward to the next body of work in this series.
Quill says: A Fatal Twist is a fun, unpredictable read that has a nice balance of humor and intrigue throughout.
Becoming Nature: Learning the Language of Wild Animals and Plants
By: Tamarack Song
Illustrated By: Peri Swan
Publisher: Bear & Company
Publication Date: March 2016
Reviewed By: Kristi Benedict
Review Date: February 24, 2017
Many of us can say that we enjoy being outdoors, whether it be a walk in the park, a day on the lake, or a hike through a forest - there are several activities that allow us to enjoy nature. However, there are still some things we miss even when we seem to be surrounded by wilderness and author Tamarack Song has developed twelve steps to help us fully experience the outdoors and the animals that live there.
With intense experience living in nature himself, Tamarack Song has spent extensive time in the outdoors which includes living with a pack of wolves for a time. So, with all this great experience Song has put into words how everyone can become one with nature as he has learned to do. The steps begin with letting go of our dependence on technology for a moment and truly listening to the natural world around us. Even letting go of the restraint of time is something he suggests as he mentions that one day we should turn off any alarm clocks and try to avoid looking at the time. This will allow our bodies to wake naturally with the sun and function through the day without thought of the time. Each one of these steps works to bring us closer to the animals and plants around us and allows us to see things we may have overlooked before.
In the next steps author Tamarack Song then becomes more technical on how exactly to move through nature in the most effective way. He outlines the languages of different types of birds and how to recognize them, and also how to recognize the paw prints of different species of animals. In addition, he also lays out different pieces of needed supplies such as a good pair of moccasins that will help keep your steps quiet as you enjoy the nature around you. Then for travel down the river he puts together plans of how to build your own canoe and the best way to row through a river in order to work effectively with the currents but not disturb the animals around you.
When I first started reading this book I thought it was going to be more of a memoir of Tamarack Song’s experiences and memories of his time in nature. However, I was surprised when I saw this was a book completely dedicated to teaching readers the way to truly become one with nature. Of course Song included stories and lessons he has learned from others over the years but his teaching ability was showcased wonderfully in this book. There were many points that made me stop and think that this was something I could do, as I love being able to enjoy the wilderness around me whenever I get the chance and this book gave great advice in how to do that.
Quill says: A wonderful read and instructive guide for any outdoor enthusiast.
For more information on Becoming Nature: Learning the Language of Wild Animals and Plants, please visit the author's website at: www.tamaracksong.org
Written & Illustrated By: Marie Letourneau
Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing
Publication Date: March 2017
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: February 19, 2017
I love, love, love (have I said love?) children’s books. No matter what “adult fiction” authors present, it is still the beautifully done children’s tale that hits you right where you live. It is also a true necessity in a world where children look more and more at digital screens than they do actual books.
So parents, I present Argyle Fox. Not only is he a precious character who lives in the woods and is surrounded by really cool things – like the Badger’s Place and the Beaver’s Pond – but he is also a young man who loves to play outside! (Without a cellphone in sight, by the way).
Argyle has one problem when it comes to his home in the forest. He lives in a really cool tree, don’t get me wrong, but in the springtime the winds will literally whip down the mountainside making it almost impossible to find a game to play that doesn’t get interrupted by Mother Nature. Readers will follow Argyle on a day such as this as he heads out to choose various activities that the wind most definitely interrupts. From building a card tower to playing “pirate” at the Beaver’s Pond, the “WHOOSH” of the wind literally scatters his hopes of having a fun day outside. Mr. Badger explains to Argyle that the wind will mess up his games, as well as the groundhog popping out of his burrow.
But...what’s a boy to do? Well...Argyle uses his imagination. He thinks and thinks and thinks about a game that can be played using the wind as an ally and not seeing it as an enemy. Can you guess what that game is? Well, read the book and find out!
The illustrations in this one are absolutely adorable. The colors are bright as readers get a full view of the true beauty that exists in the forest. Plus, the story is all about using your imagination and creativity and not giving up...no matter how frustrated you get with something. The author/illustrator gets a huge A+ for this one, and a standing ovation from a fan who absolutely believes that children’s books must be a part of a child’s life for the rest of time.
Quill says: Sit with your child and spend time with Argyle. You will absolutely love him and want to return to his forest again and again.