Author Archives: Monica

monicaA Mom Knows Contributor

About Monica

I am the mother of two beautiful children. I am a widow and a part time librarian. I love to read, act and read some more. I graduated from Utah State University in Liberal Arts with a minor in History.

Frost BurnedFrost Burned by Patricia Briggs- Book Review

Mercy Thompson is a great character.  She is the type of woman I want to be…well, without the whole skin changing into a coyote thing.  She is strong, opinionated, self reliant and has a super sexy husband (that’s how he … Continue reading

Deeply OddDeeply Odd by Dean Koontz- Book Review

Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz is a novel that I have been anxiously awaiting for what seems like forever, but as always it was well worth the wait! Odd Thomas is arguably my favorite fictional character, his wit and outlook … Continue reading

The SanctuarySanctuary by Ted Dekker- Book Review

The Sanctuary is a novel about a correctional facility that has been given free reign to rehabilitate convicts without governmental or state regulations.  The hero of the novel is Danny, a priest who turned vigilante when he felt the system … Continue reading

World War ZWorld War Z- Movie Review

I love Zombies.  I have fallen into the zombie craze and was very interested to see how this movie would come to pass.  I have read the book and while I really liked the idea behind it I really did … Continue reading

Pacific RimPacific Rim- Movie Review

So I went to see Pacific Rim at the “super cool” 3D movie theater with the reclining seats and the ETX Dolby Atmos sound system, I mean if you are going to see a 3D summer action movie do right…right!  … Continue reading

NOS4A2NOS4A2 by Joe Hill- Book Review

I saw this book on the shelf at the library for quite a few weeks before I decided to pick it up and figure out what the title meant….I know, it was a busy time of life what can I say.  … Continue reading

Man of SteelMan of Steel- Movie Review

OK, so I must make a confession about this movie.  I really didn’t want to go see it, I mean how many Superman movies can they make?  I saw the trailers and thought well the special effects are going to … Continue reading

The StormThe Storm by Clive Cussler- Book Review

The Storm by Clive Cussler is another exciting NUMA adventure.  This one stars Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala.  As always this Cussler novel is full of excitement and adventure. A mad man has adapted some high tech hardware to reap … Continue reading

The HobbitThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey-Movie Review

The Hobbit is finally here!  I have been one of those people who have been eagerly awaiting this movie for as long as I have known it was coming out.  So as I sat in the theater I couldn’t help but wonder … Continue reading

The Diviners by Libba BrayThe Diviners by Libba Bray: Book Review

Alright, I started this book with much excitement, a new author for me and what sounded like a great premise…I mean just read this outline from the website: “Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off … Continue reading

Odd ApocalypseOdd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz- Book Review

Another Odd book!  OK, not odd as in strange or unusual but Odd, as in Odd Thomas.  I love Odd and was very excited when this book came out.  I couldn’t wait to find out what the next adventure would be … Continue reading

Cruise Ship in Tropical LocationCruising with Kids?

What does the phrase “Family Vacation” bring to mind?  Fun, family, road trip or long car ride, screaming, and whining?  Well, for me the thought of the latter was too overwhelming to even consider.  Luckily for me our next family … Continue reading

The Wind Through The Key HoleThe Wind Through the Key Hole by Stephen King-Book Review

When I saw that Stephen King had a new book out I was ready to be first in line to read it, then I saw that it was another Dark Tower book and then I knew that I had to … Continue reading

The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games-Movie Review

Thanks to our local library, my family and I were able to see The Hunger Games tonight before it officially opened in our local theatres and I must say I am so glad! So here’s the synopsis of the story … Continue reading

LonelinessMourn With Those That Mourn-Part 2

In part one of this series I spoke of helping children through loss.  In part two I will speak to dealing with the loss of a spouse.  I must admit that writing the first part was much easier.  It had … Continue reading

Journey 2: The Mysterious IslandJourney 2: The Mysterious Island

So it was President’s Day, the kids were out of school…so what do we do?  Head to the movies!  The only thing playing that we all could agree on was Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.  The kids wanted to see … Continue reading

Child at GravestoneMourn With Those That Mourn-Part 1

The most common question asked of me after my husband passed away is “Is there anything I can I do for you?”.  I can see in people’s eyes that they want to help, but they don’t know how.  The problem with that … Continue reading

Woman in Black - Movie ReviewThe Woman in Black – Movie Review

I went to a movie on opening night!  I almost never do that, but both kids were out of the house, how could I not?  My son was at a camp out and my daughter was at a sleep over, … Continue reading

Last Will & TestamentA Widow’s Advice

As a new widow, I get looks from people who seem like they really want to ask me questions about my experience, but they don’t quite know how to do it.  I mean really, what would they say?  So I … Continue reading