Sunday, June 10, 2018

Review: A Christmas Creek Carol

A Christmas Creek Carol A Christmas Creek Carol by Rachelle Ayala
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this story. Christmas and Halloween are my favorite holidays. I enjoy holiday themed books and movies all year around. A Christmas Creek Carol was a perfect read on this hot summer day. As much as I enjoyed the Christmas aspect, the true story was Ebony’s story. I loved how Ebony realized the most important things in life are not physical things. Too often we get lost in being a success and having the perfect life. This story is the reminder that you can have everything; success, the ultimate home, the right accessories of the perfect life but if you don’t make time for the people you love you truly have nothing. A quick read that captures your imagination, it is perfect for a rainy spring afternoon, a sultry summer day when Christmas seems so far away, a chilly fall day or a needed moment of relaxation after Christmas shopping.

I was given an ARC by the author for review purposes.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Review: Lucky in Laguna

Lucky in Laguna Lucky in Laguna by Rachelle Ayala
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Reality show spotlight. I enjoyed this story. If you ever wanted to know how real these shows are, this is the story for you. I don’t want to go into the story so it will be enjoyable for you to read. I liked the characters. Loved the plot. This would make an awesome beach book, or rainy afternoon book. It is face paced, good for older teens and up.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Review: The Seventh Day

The Seventh Day The Seventh Day by A.E. Watson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was okay. Time flow was an issue for me. I would have like some consistency there. The heroine was another issue. She came out strong but became weaker and weaker. This, though, could have been done on purpose. The author might have been trying to show us how the mind alters thing in a crisis. If you don’t go in expecting The Hunger Games or The Walking Dead you will enjoy the book more. It was different enough to grab my attention. I will read the next one in the series.

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Review: Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book on audible awhile back. I did not realize what I was missing. I love the artwork! I have not been a fan of graphic novels. I read comic books as a kid, of course. I loved them. But I always thought of them as a different category from books. I love watching a book unfold in my mind. Especially horror books. Nothing is more terrifying than what your mind conjures up. It knows exactly what your fears are. This graphic novel, though, comes mighty close. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review: Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences Unintended Consequences by Marti Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I listened to the Audible edition and read along with the kindle edition.

I enjoyed the story. I like the idea of a series about innocent people who were convicted. The number of people who live this scenario, in real life, is disheartening. I am all for bringing attention to this. There are some scenes that you read and you think, “not close to reality”. I happen to be fine with this because the author did not claim it was a factual story. The story was interesting to me. A father convicted of killing his child yet insisting his child was still alive. A horrifying scenario.
The story drew me in. There were side stories going on in the background. I thought they contributed to the story. I listened to it in one sitting. I liked the reader. I thought she did well trying to convey feelings and thoughts. It is not an easy task.

It was an entertaining read for me. I would say if you are unsure about it try the sample or seek it at the library. I’m planning to continue reading the series.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Review: Frozen

Frozen Frozen by Christine Amsden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I fell in love with Cassie Scot in the first book I read of the series. I have read every book as they came out and not been disappointed once. I remember when I finished Stolen Dreams I was so sad because the author had said the series was finished. Then came the books about Cassie’s friends. And then, with hope never dying, I got the news that a new Cassie book was coming! Oh joy! The author did not let me down. Frozen picks up flawlessly and it is as if the series never had a break.
What I enjoy so much about these books is the way Christine Amsden blends fantasy with reality, blurring the lines and making the reader wonder if it couldn’t all be true. Cassie is not your perfect heroine. She is flawed as we all are, plagued with insecurities and doubts that come with being hurt by those you love. She does not let those thoughts and feelings hold her back though. Cassie bravely goes on, making her way through life, albeit a life filled with magic, vampires, werewolves and other creatures. Sometimes she makes mistakes that carry costs. Sometimes those mistakes can be fixed, sometimes not. But she keeps going, which is what we should do.
This series is, in my opinion, amazing! I am not big on choosing favorite books. It is too hard. There are so many that deserve that honor and many more I haven’t discovered yet. So I have kept my favorites down to two children’s books, my first book I read solo and my beloved Anne of Green Gables. With Frozen I have discovered just how much I love this series. I can honestly say it is my favorite series. I hope you will give it a try and that you will love Cassie and company just as much as I do.
In my opinion these books deal with heavy topics at times so I would use frequent discussions if permitting my teen to read it. I would recommend reading this series in the order they were released. You will miss so much of the actions and relationships that shape later books.
I would like to thank the author who provided an advanced copy for me to review. No expectation of a review, good or bad, was made. The review, and my gushing, are honestly how I feel about Frozen and the series. It is a series worth investigating. I hope you do.

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Review: A Christmas Creek Carol

A Christmas Creek Carol by Rachelle Ayala My rating: 5 of 5 stars I loved this story. Christmas and Hall...