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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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Review: The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold My rating: 5 of 5 stars ...