Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Witch's Boy

Stars 4/5
The Witch's Boy by Kelly Barnhill
A wonderful coming of age story. A boy that shouldn't of survived. A wolf that found him. A girl negatively influenced by magic and a world full of it. I really enjoyed this story. It was a fast paced read. Fun and Exciting! I would recommend this book to everyone.

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Dead House

Stars 3/5
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
This book had an unique story line. A girl suffering from DID or Multiple Personality Disorder her whole life and was living two lives with no sleep ever - a day girl and a night girl leaving cute little notes to each other and having unrealistic goals of one day actually spending time together as separate people. Also the friends in the book added to this lunacy. I guess the creepy part was the "demon possession" but I was creeping out with the craziness. The story was set up like journal, video, psychiatrist notes and random writings found which I thought was the part that kept me reading.  I would recommend this book but I need to say that DID is no joke. It is very rare and I have seen thousands claim to suffer from this disorder online making fun and calling their multiple personalities "head mates" which I believe is very wrong. This disorder should not be romanticized because it destroys lives.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Afternoon of The Elves

Stars 4/5
Afternoon of The Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle
What a wonderful story of magical realism. A book about two girls that become friends over an Elven Village and the pursuit of seeing an Elf. A fun quick read full of hope, imagination, magic and growing up. I really enjoyed this unique story line and would recommend it to everyone. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Odd & The Frost Giants

Stars 4/5
Odd & The Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
What a wonderful short story. I really enjoyed this book. A tale about Odd and his adventure to help the Gods from the Frost Giant. Just like all Neil Gaiman books, the characters are very likable and the story is fast paced and remarkable. A coming of age book that I would recommend to all. 

Liesl & Po

Stars 4/5
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
What a magical story! I really enjoyed this book. It was a sort of twisted Cinderella/Pandora's Box-Style tale that included a nasty stepmother, a box of magic, a young love interest and friendships even crossing over to the land of the dead. This was a fun read and the only thing I would of wished for that was not included was more about Mo's sister. I would recommend this book to all ages. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Soul of an Octopus

Stars 3/5
The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
I did like learning more about Octopus in all of it's wonder with lots of emotion but of course the things that I didn't like is the fact that the Octopuses were in the aquarium and that the author knew that her friend was a heavy smoker but encouraged her to place her hand in the water to touch Octavia which was right after Athena died so suddenly. I think of that as a bit careless honestly. The book was informative with humor and sadness. 

The Ballroom

Stars 4/5
The Ballroom by Anna Hope
What a wonderful work of historical fiction. A story about a man and woman that meet in an asylum and how their lives cross... across the floor of a beautiful ballroom. I really enjoyed this book. At times I felt like I had seen a film like it before but then it would twist as to keep me wanting more. So what you think will happen may or may not. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves historical fiction stories, love, romance, splashes of taboo thoughts for that era and even tears.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Veteran's Day!

Thanks to All Veterans!

I have been away for a bit but now I have returned. More to post Tomorrow! 

CongratZ Donald Trump

CongratZ to Donald J. Trump
45th President of The United States of America

During this time, we all need to remember to be nice to one another regardless who you voted for. Remember we are all human beings with feelings!
Never Fear Change!

Monday, November 7, 2016

The View From The Cheap Seats

Stars 4/5
The View From The Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman
This book is a collection of speeches, reviews, introductions and ect. I really enjoyed this book. It was a window to peek through to one of my favorite authors. I liked reading his ideas, inspirations and thoughts on many different topics and stories. I loved reading most about his time writing about Bod in the Graveyard Book. I still hope he writes another book about this graveyard. I would love to find out if Bod ever goes back or was he buried there? I would recommend this book to everyone especially if you are a Gaiman fan. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Devil in The White City

Stars 3/5
The Devil in The White City by Erik Larson
I can't say that I haven't done my research on H. H. Holmes in the past because I have but this book did reveal a few odds and ends that were new to me. The book kinda felt to me like two books in one. One being about the history surrounding the fair and the other of Holmes so if you are just interested in one or the other, best to find a not so comprehensive book. I thought the story was good but did wish to read more of the magical side of things with the fair.

The Hidden Life of Trees

Stars 5/5
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
I really enjoyed this book! It was a true eye opener in regards to how trees interact with other trees, animals, insects, fungi and humans. It has not been long ago pets were considered objects as trees are now. It makes me wonder with all these studies if things will change for them. I do hope so. It is very interesting to know how trees think, feel, communicate and even protect themselves. I would really recommend this book to everyone especially vegetarians. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Dark and Hollow Places

Stars 5/5
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
This was the final book of the Forest of Hands and Teeth series and I did enjoy the series. A dystopian world filled with the undead and the living trying to survive. I did enjoy Anna's character best of all. She was a survivor and strong minded in comparison to her sister Gabi and Mary from the first book. The love interest was nice but I have to confess that I was hoping for Anna to become immune. Very nice ending to a very nice series. I would recommend it.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016