Jul 232015
 
Review: Ashes of Life + Giveaway

Before I start my review, I’d just like to apologize to the authors and publisher for missing my original posting date. Thanks for being accommodating with a new date. This book is amazing. I went into it thinking it was going to be really sad, but this turned out to be a beautiful romance. Yes, there were some sad and troubling parts, but the overall feel was hope and love. This caught me off guard, but was the best kind of surprise. This was a powerful story about love, and the power of family, and really highlighted that family is […]

Jul 072015
 
Review: Those Girls

These girls are seriously cursed. And this book is seriously awesome, in a totally scary, uncomfortable, left me bawling on the ferry in public, kind of way. Do I need to back up here a bit? No way. I read this as quick as I could because it was entirely captivating and thrilling, but I don’t really want to relive it. Why? Because those girls went through hell, and I have no wish to go through it with them again. If anything could go wrong, it did. Think of your worst nightmare, and then double it. *shudder* I’ll never look […]

Jul 062015
 
Review: The Book of Speculation

This is a very captivating, very melodic story. With a duel past and present narration, the story follows the current day Simon with his crumbling house and worries for his sister, and the past story of Peabody’s travelling circus with its Wild Boy, Seer, and Mermaid. Both narrations had a similar melancholy dreamy feel, and fit together well. It felt like two very separate stories until near the end, but even so, they were both very interesting. The characters in both were well developed and intriguing. The past narration definitely had more unusual characters, but Simon’s worry and depression were […]

May 192015
 
Review: The Well

This book had such an overwhelming melancholy feel, I had to read it in small chunks because the feeling of the book kept soaking into me. The feeling fell just short of depressed, but it was certainly on the darker side of emotion. This mood fit the story very well as the story is all about Ruth, and her reflections on what happened at The Well. Her story looks back at when her and her husband first arrived, and the struggles that started with the drought. It goes through the arrival of her daughter and grandson, and the arrival of […]

Apr 072015
 
Review: Inside the O'Briens

The crying! Oh, the crying this book caused! I read this all in one day, in one sitting even, and there were so many times I had to pause to wipe away the tears so I could see the page. This is such an emotional story. It gives you a front row seat to how Huntington’s Disease destroys a person’s life, and everyone around them. It’s extremely painful to witness, especially since there is absolutely nothing that can be done to halt or slow the disease. This story is told primarily from Joe and Katie’s points of view. They are […]

Mar 102015
 
Review: Lacy Eye

I read this book really quickly and found myself sucked into Hanna’s life and memories. She suffered a brutal home invasion attack which left her disfigured and her husband dead, and there was suspicion cast on her youngest daughter. That sounds like a complete nightmare to a parent. The story focuses mostly on Hanna and her quest to remember what happened that night, as she’s been asked to testify at an appeal trial for her daughter’s boyfriend, who was found guilty of the attack. At the same time, her daughter comes to live with her, and Hanna struggles with figuring […]

Feb 122015
 
Review: The Secrets of Midwives

This was a very emotional story about 3 generations of midwives. Neva has just announced she is pregnant and won’t say who the father is, while her mother Grace struggles to accept the news, her grandmother Floss is reminded of her own story. I found that I quite liked both Neva and Floss, but could barely stand Grace. Grace just seemed too selfish and flakey. Neva was a strong modern woman, and I loved the way her story flowed. Floss had quite the secret in her past, and while it was fairly easy to guess early on, the actual story […]

Jan 202015
 
Review: First Frost

This was a magical and beautiful story. It had a wonderfully poetic feel, and really centered on family and love. While this is a sequel book, I didn’t actually read the first, and I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. This is a great stand alone story. It felt mostly like Bay’s story, and it was quite magical as she has the gift of knowing where things belong. She knows she belongs with a specific boy in her classes, even if he doesn’t seem to know she exists. There is also a little mystery drama with an older con […]

Oct 082014
 
Review: The Silent Sister

I had really high hopes for this book, and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it. The story is built around a mystery about Riley’s sister Lisa, who was thought to have committed suicide when she was a teen. As Riley is cleaning up her father’s house after this death, she stumbles upon information about Lisa that makes her question everything that happened. While I found the mystery a little predictable, and slightly unnecessary, I mean really, why was everything kept a secret from Riley, I did find Riley’s grief very realistic. Her inability to concentrate of the task […]

Sep 022014
 
Review: Everybody Has Everything

I had been putting off reading this book because I was afraid it would be too emotional, but I finally decided to just go for it, and my overall impression was one of disappointment. I approached this book with the feeling that I would be very sympathetic about Ana and James, and their reactions to receiving custody of Finn. Unfortunately, I never connected with Ana. From the very first page, she felt cold and unlikable. It’s hard to feel for a character when you can’t bring yourself to like anything about her. Even most villains have some redeeming qualities, and […]