Monday, April 10, 2017

By Your Side

Stars 4/5
By Your Side by Kasie West

I have rewrote this review a few times trying to get my feelings across without spoiling the book so here it goes... The main character, Autumn, finds herself locked inside a library over the weekend with a boy from her school, Dax, that has a horrible reputation. Autumn was the stereotypical snobby, shallow and self absorbed high school girl. Dax was the quiet, reader guy that came from a dysfunctional family that everyone gossiped about. The story had a few twists and turns that I never saw coming and I enjoyed it as I do all of the Kasie West books I have read. I would recommend this book to everyone! Fun Read!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Goodbye Days

Stars 5/5
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
I have been waiting to read this book forever and finally I did! This book is full of emotion so make note of that before you sit and read it (hint - bring tissues). The different emotions in this story is gripping and even upsetting. I don't want to spoil the story but the adults and their behavior in this book made me so mad that I wanted to scream. The story is about a boy, Carver, that sends his friends a text message to find out where they were and as a result they were all killed in a car crash answering the text message and how the community and the families dealt with the ordeal. I love how the author included other characters in the story that went through deaths as a young boy and how they dealt with it because at the end of the book I felt ok. Like I knew how the rest of Carver's life would be. I would recommend this to everyone. I loved the story.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Betty Boop

Stars 5/5
Betty Boop by Roger Langridge and Gisele Lagace
(note - This review is for the entire collection that will be released May 16th 2017. This cover is only for the first edition story. No cover is released yet for the new full book)

I love Betty Boop and I was honored to be asked to review this graphic novel before it's release. First let me say, the illustrations are amazing. Keeping true to her look and style. I appreciated that so much! The story line was fun and also true to form as a vintage animation. The characters were all wonderful and I loved not only the main characters like Koko the clown, Grampy, Bimbo, Pudgy, Sally and Scat Skellington but also all the well illustrated ghosts, bugs and even the scene of Betty riding in the taxi. What a wonderful book. Loved the Bonus Materials at the end. I would recommend this to everyone! 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Jane Eyre

Stars 5/5
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Every time I read this book, it makes me think of the similarities to Charlotte Bronte's life. All the tragedies, love, holding on to a family and just stumbling through life. This is a dark romance for me. I don't want to give away the story line too much but I feel like even when the good came about in the story it was always clouded with pain and a certain fogginess. I truly love this book and I must give it 5 stars because not only is it a true work of brilliant artistry but to know this story came out of the author's real life horrors. I would recommend this to everyone.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sense and Sensibility

Stars 4/5
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I have to say this is one of my favorite Jane Austen books and it wouldn't be right if I didn't say that one of the main reasons I love this story is because one of my favorite actors played Colonel Brandon in the film. Alan Rickman definitely played a big part in making this book one of my favs. Every time I read the book I picture him in that role and it warms my heart. This book is about coming of age, finding love, heartbreak and never settling but opening your eyes to other possibilities that maybe you never saw before. I would recommend this book to everyone!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Northanger Abbey

Stars 4/5
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

This is the creepiest book by Jane Austen and I just love it. It shows how she loved to dabble in everything not just romance but I guess I am partial because I love Austen! I think this book shows how love and romance, even in that era of time, had it's dark side and how it was both sided, male and female. This novel is always a joy to read and I would recommend it to everyone. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mansfield Park

Stars 4/5
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

I have to say that Mansfield Park was the first book I every read of Jane Austen and loved it so much that I became a devoted fan of her work. Mansfield Park, to me, was one of the more adult stories she wrote in that it was more seductive with sex scenes. I always laugh when I think of what Jane must have been going through in her life when she wrote this book in comparison to her more prim and proper novels LOL! I can't say which book of Miss Austen's was my favorite because they all are wonderful and fit well at different times of my life when I read them. I would recommend this book to all.