Here is a video review of Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford. It is an autobiography of her life growing up as the adopted daughter of Joan Crawford. The book was very well written, and at times intense. I really felt for Christina but also thought a lot about why Joan may have been the way she was. I discuss all these in the video below. I gave it 4/5 stars!
Fallout is my first Ellen Hopkins book, and it will not be my last. I really enjoyed this novel. It is a wonderful story about the innate flaws in not just someone who is hooked on drugs, but also those who are affected by their family member’s illness. Each short chapter was a glimpse into the reality of a family (or in this case, many families) torn apart by their own inner (and sometimes outer) demons. The way the story progressed was not only unique, but it showed a very different way to lay a novel out. I was very pleased with it being in verse, and it has actually inspired me as a writer which is something that does not happen very often.
I am giving this 4 stars out of five and that is simply because even though the chapters were short, the book was a bit longer than I think it needed to be. I have Burned on my bookshelf now for a buddy read with someone, and look forward to reading it soon!
I listened to this book via Audible. This series has been recommended to me many times over the last few years, so I decided to bite the bullet and give it a listen. I figured a free trial with not one, but two free credits was worth the risk, and I am glad I took it.
Harry Dresden is an amazing character. I found him funny, heartwarming, and at the same time, a bit of a butt head at times. It was fun to get to know this new, and magical character. The best thing about Harry was his unapologetic attitude to people, himself, and especially demons. I am not sure what the title Storm Front has to do with the contents of the book, but it was still fun.
The book was read very well, and brought each character to life. Each character was put together so well, and fleshed out even better. I really have no complaints about this book, and I look forward to reading, or listening to book 2. I am giving this book 5/5 stars!
The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-time was a book I did not think I would enjoy but, I loved this book! I tried to read it as a physical copy and just could not do it. This time, I decided to listen to it on audio book and it was AMAZING! The story is about an autistic boy who tries to figure out who killed the local dog, and along the way uncovers some long buried family secrets.
The main character, Christopher is a wonderfully written and beautifully narrated character. I found myself sympathizing and laughing with him at so many points in the book. His father was wonderfully flawed and yet he did his best to be the father Christopher deserved.
I am not going to prolong this review, but this was a wonderful story full of complex characters, wonderful secrets, and I recommend the audio book just because the narration was that wonderful! 5/5 stars:)
This will not be a normal fiction review. I wanted to shake it up a bit, and share a review of a non fiction piece that I just finished.
I bought this book as research on a new project. As even a self published writer, I love getting material from Writer’s Digest to help me in my craft, and this book is another that did not disappoint. It was full of helpful and user friendly tips and tricks to turn a blog into a book. It gave great insight for not only creating and managing your blog when you start the process, but also how to think of blogging a book as a business (because when you turn it into a book, you want it to sell, right?) I found the book easy to read, and even though I don’t usually do it, I ended up highlighting some of the material to go back to later on because I will have to go back and re-read certain sections, and even some entire chapters when I finally start the project.
There is really nothing that I did not like about this book. It was a great intro for me, and with all the information given, I truly believe with the right content and posting schedule, I can create a blog to book that people will want to read. I feel this way because this book started out as a blog and was submitted to many publishing companies until Writer’s Digest picked it up. This fact alone has given me the gumption to start this new endeavor, and hopefully follow in the footsteps of some of the success stories mentioned at the end of the book. I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great way to get started in writing and has something to say! 5/5 Stars!
I LOVED this book!!!
I listened to it while at work and was completely engrossed in the story. The setting and characters were well written and even better narrated about. I was really looking forward to this book, because I love historical fiction, and the medieval world as a rule of thumb.
The story centers around a woman named Jacquetta Woodville. She is the mother of the forthcoming “White Queen” and this was her story. She tells of growing up in the court of Luxembourg and how she was married to a man in the English court whom she did love. Unfortunately she looses him and becomes a widow quickly within the story. She decides to marry again to a man named Barron Rivers whom she loves even more than her first husband and he loved her even more. Being the descendant of a Water Goddess she has the gifts of second sight and other magical abilities. This serves to keep her safe in the politics of the English court where she befriends the queen Margaret of Anju very early on. Their relationship is one very close to sisterhood and understanding the roles of women at the time. Throughout her life, we learn so much about her, and ultimately the various powers as a descendant of apparently, a goddess and as a woman.
Make no mistake though, she takes no shit from anyone and can hold her own while knowing how to speak and play the game. I recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction and are looking for a great story. I am putting this on my big book list because the written book is well over 400 pages and the CDs took 15.5 hours to listen to so it counts:) Check this book out first if you want to go chronologically in the war of the Roses. 5/5 stars!
This was actually better than I expected:) I started watching the TV series when it started on Lifetime when it was on, and I saw it was based on a book series so I decided to pick up the first one and get reading. There are changes of course but the book itself is well written.
Witches is based on Freya and Ingrid two sister witches who live in the mortal world with their mother Joanna but have been prohibited to use their magic from the all powerful council of witches. Well, they live in the town of Hampton NY and all hate that they cannot use their magic but it does not stop them. Freya is the wild child bartender who is engaged to one man Bran and is boinking his brother Killian for kicks. This creates a unique set of issues and brings a hell of a lot of drama. Despite the drama Freya has a big heart and tries to balance the insanity of her life while being a good sister and daughter.
Ingrid is the down to earth feet on the ground sister who works at the library and does not like to put herself in the middle of drama. She is just the picture of smarts and some would say fridgidity but as the book continues, she begins to grow and by the end of the book she comes out of her shell just a bit. Likable and fun in her own ways she gives a wonderful foil to her crazy fun sister.
Joanna is the typical protective mom and shields her girls from some things while not from other things but she is formidable in her own way. Not much is really said about Joanna in this book so we get very little back story but we know she had a husband and something happened when the girls were young and he has left the picture. She has the most amazing mother instincts and uses her magic with great care but also does not take any shit from anyone.
Despite the small flaws of slowness in some areas and the sexual tension being a bit forced at times it was a good book and I am looking forward to picking up the next one, Serpent’s Kiss. 4/5 Stars!
What an amazing mind twist! I was lucky to get a chance to read a net galley advanced copy of this book and I am glad I did. The main character Velvet is an angsty teen with a serious attitude problem. I cannot understand why (sarcasm) as I would feel the same way if I was stuck in Purgatory after being killed so early in life.
Danny Marks created a great set of characters while giving readers a chance to see the darkness of a teen’s mind. Her relationship with the other characters was refreshingly dark and sometimes a bit over the top. Her quest for vengeance toward Bonesaw really messed with my brain and I can see how it would mess with other readers as well. I liked that Danny did not even touch the insta-love button with this story even though he could have. I did find Nick to be a bit more irritating than most secondary characters because of his inability to be mature. I am not saying Velvet was mature because frankly she bugged me with her attitude at times in the novel.
The only reason I am not giving this book 5 stars because I had to put it down many times through the course of the week because I sometimes had a tough time getting into the plot. For me, it waxed and waned but I will say I did very much enjoy the ending. I look forward to Danny’s next work:)
This was a historical fiction based around one of the most prolific serial killers in history, Elizabeth Bathory.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the author’s writing style and her research was very sound. The book reads very much like letters to her son and that is how the author wanted it. I found it easy to read and enjoy the story.
I felt bad for Elizabeth during certain points in this book because there were things that she could not help in her life. Being that she was the product of an arranged marriage and her husband Farenc was not the nicest or most attentive husband made her have to do her best to survive. This was especially true after he died. I think that the popular history of this historical character may be some fact, and also largely based on the ruling people of the time besides her. Was she cruel in her punishments of her servants? Yes she was, but this was the custom of the time and I think from the little research I have done, and after reading this book (even though it is a story based on history) that she may have been unjustly punished with being walled up in her castle. I am giving this 4/5 stars because I felt the author could have expounded on Elizabeth’s mental state a bit or her emotional state a bit more with regards to giving up her first daughter and it did read a bit slow at times. I found the book to be good otherwise, and I would be pleased to read more from this author in the future.
First, I have to say I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishing for an honest review. That being said, I really enjoyed this book! As someone who grew up in a Christian home, I heard a lot about Moses, the Exodus, and the plight of the Hebrews to try and escape the slavery of the Egyptians. This story does not focus on Moses, though. This story focuses on Caleb, who is not really mentioned very much in the Bible at all. It did not detract from a great story, though.
We open the story by meeting our main character, Caleb. He is a man who knows about the story of Moses and of the plight of the Hebrews. He is telling his story a long time after the Exodus, and the author makes it clear that much of his story is artistic in basis, not exactly taken from the stories in the Bible. We follow Caleb through his journey of life and some loss, all while fighting hard to keep those he cares about most alive. There are many bloody battles in this book, and while I usually do not like them saturating a story, I could get my mind around it for this story. The author gives a real face to a man that no one really knows anything about. I could almost see Caleb as I was reading his story.
This book only took me three days to read, and I almost could not put it down. The ending was a bit slower than the rest of the story, but overall, it was a well written book. I have never read this author before, but I would be happy to read another book by him soon. My only other complaint was that there were times that the story seemed a bit rushed as well, which could be why the pacing was good. I know it makes no sense to say that, but a story’s pacing can be great while parts can feel rushed. Thank you to Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to review this book for you and share my thoughts. I look forward to reading more soon.