Book Reviews // Literary Discussion
Let's go to a place that takes us far far away
When you find that book that distracts you from the boring details of your everyday life, or the pain you have endured. That is what makes the written word so special. Some stories transport us to another time or another place. Our imagination sparks and everything else fades into the background. We spend hours and even days lost in the lives of those who were created. There is nothing quite like it.
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
Review: Aaru is absolutely riveting. Every human on this planet has wondered and questioned if there is life after death. David Meredith has created a compelling idea in which modern science is able to create an afterlife utopia that is tangible and known. Through this story, we follow Rose and her family as she fights an illness that eventually takes her life. The first few chapters raised goosebumps on my skin and brought tears to my eyes with David's description of the pain and suffering that Rose endured, as well as the grief that her parents and sister experienced while watching her demise...
Review: I purchased this book on recommendation from my husband because I was looking for something that was similar to Lord of the Rings. Homeland puts us in a world that has dark elves, fairies, orcs, dwarves, and other mythical creatures. However, the society that Salvatore created for the dark Drow elves is quite captivating and downright evil. Shortly after the introduction, we begin to follow Drizzt who is the son of Matron Malice...
eve of darkness
Review: Sylvia Day is truly the master of adventure filled romance. In the first installment of The Marked series, we follow Evangeline who was captivated by a dark stranger. After a night filled with passion and lust, her life was transformed forever after bearing the Mark of Cain. Evangeline soon realizes that the world she once lived in is completely different; it is filled with demons and sinners who are called on to fight the ever nearing evil...
reflected in you
Review: This is the second book of the Crossfire series that follows Eva and Gideon. This installment really illustrated their desire for one another despite the difficulties that their relationship endures. We get to know more about the demons that they both face alone that leads to the jealousy that festers in their relationship with one another. I think that this book in particular illustrates how dangerous intense passion can become when there is jealousy and envy dividing the persons within the relationship...
he lived next door
Review: I love everything about this book. It has the perfect amount of romance, character growth, and suspense. Chassidy is a representation of so many women who struggle to conceive. Fertility problems seem like such a taboo subject and I have not encountered this difficulty in a novel until now, and I am very glad that Moore decided to make it part of this novel. I cannot imagine what kind of struggles a couple would go through after losing a child, but I think that Chassidy and Bryce's journey displayed an accurate portrayal of what some people might go through. While reading their story, I could feel the pain radiate off of the page; I could also sense the joy that the characters once had for each other...
bared to you
Review: If you were a fan of the 50 Shades of Grey series, then I promise that you will fall even more in love with Eva and Gideon in the Crossfire series. Bared to You is an incredible beginning to a steamy and sexy romance that is filled with drama and lust. What I enjoyed most about this book is the revelation that each character has major flaws, yet their attraction to one another blossoms into passionate love that helps them to defeat their demons that they suffer from individually and as a couple. Day does an incredible job at setting the scene by teasing the readers just enough prior to giving us the full picture...if you know what I mean...
carol maloney scott
Review: This book is like a modern day fairy tale. Scott's way of writing brings me back to the days when I read "Once upon a time..."; it was very refreshing to read a story that had such a different writing style from what we see in contemporary romance and women's novels, yet it was sweetly familiar and made me reminisce about my favorite princess and fairy stories. I think the relationship that the three young women have with one another makes this story even more special. Heather, Tiffany, and Amanda are all unique characters that have strengths and weaknesses that contributed to the plot and I enjoyed reading how each of them worked through their difficulties to grow...
return to earth
Review: Aithal delivered another intriguing installment of The Galaxy Series with Return to Earth. This book continues the journey, but on an Earth that is riddled with devastation, torment, and despair. This novel paints a picture of what Aithal believes could occur in future years if humanity continues to destroy itself and its habitable planet. Again, I think that the concept of this series is very interesting and it seems to reflect the author's passion for critical thinking when it comes to human introspection, as well as care of the environment...
beyond the milky way
Review: As a native Floridian, I really enjoyed the descriptions of how the community comes together during a NASA launch. It is such a special moment in history and Aithal was able to capture the essence of a NASA launch very well. Overall, I really enjoyed the concept of this novel, especially with the underlying messages regarding our earth and even the potential for life beyond what is sustained on our planet. I also think it was a cool idea to utilize the knowledge base that most have regarding our current space navigation systems and merge that with more advanced technology that has not yet been produced. The characters in this book were engaging, but I wish there was a greater depth to them...
Review: Dark Harvest provides everything you could ever want in a story. This psychological thriller and mystery contains in depth scene descriptions, as well as incredible character development. Unlike a lot of novel's Dark Harvest provides nuanced details of every character through first person point of view. I think it is incredible that Patchell was able to create unique backstories to every character that was introduced. Although a tricky task, she was able to accomplish this without leaving me feeling bored and ready to move on...
Review: There is a very good reason why Stephen King gave this novel such high praises. When I read psychological thrillers, I want to basis of the story to be as accurate to a real-life scenario as possible, especially if the author decides to write about real psychological dysfunctions. Sager did an excellent job at creating a horrifying plot that could be reality. This book starts off incredibly fast, which is another thing I look for in thrillers. If think if an author can establish a suspenseful plot development, while maintaining a gripping pace he or she has conquered the difficulties associated with creating a good thriller...
in black & white
Review: This book was very touching and emotion evoking. Through the story of Micah learning about her biological father and the overwhelming gift he left her, Lavendar reminds us about the complexities of human relationships and how so many factors play into their success or failure. This book struck home as my own grandfather abandoned my mother and did not reach out to her until later in life. That kind of gesture can be both wonderful and devastating and I think that Micah's experience consisted of both feelings...
me & milo the great
Review: In just a few words, this novel is heart wrenching, warm, and magical. It has been a while since I have come across a book that truly makes me feel exactly what the characters are feeling. Schlicher has an incredible gift with words in a way that made Holiday and Milo so real for me. Holiday's story is tragic and defeating and in those moments I felt as if I was her. I could feel her depression radiate off the pages. The way her character went through life is a portrait of what someone with depression goes through on a daily basis...
Review: This novel is very different from the typical romance stories that I read, yet it was also very familiar. For some reason, a lot of current romance authors fall trap to the vogue story of a young woman falling in love with a powerful mysterious man. Although Modern Love definitely had some different components from this popular storyline, the gist was essentially the same. I think that there could have been a lot more that North could have added to this story in terms of providing more intimate details of the characters and their troubles. Both Al and Will were extremely dynamic characters and they each had interesting pasts that I wish would have been more developed. The idea of this story was really cool and I enjoyed it as a light read, but I think the readers could have gotten a lot more from the characters and the story if it was longer and more detailed...
the gender secret
Review: When I read a series, I usually look for each installment to have its own mini story that can, in a way, stand on its own. The Gender Secret encompasses this trait that I desire in such a profound way. This book helped the series to move along through adventure, romance, and the addition of exciting characters. It also showed character development of both Violet and Vigo, as well as the development of their relationship and what it means to the story. When I first started listening to this audiobook, I became a little bit nervous that I would be able to easily predict the ending of the book...
better in the morning
Review: As a reader, every now and then I come across stories that touch my soul in a way that leaves an everlasting imprint. Better in the Morning did exactly that. This story is captivating, charming, and elegantly written. In the midst of my own chaotic life, I couldn't put this book down. Veronica is the essence of so many young women who make life choices for reasons that do not truly reflect their honest desires. She is incredibly witty and charismatic, but as you first get to know Veronica, her light is dulled due to the misery she is experiencing. I really enjoyed being witness to her journey of fighting through trial and error to get to the place that she always was destined to be...
the gender game
Review: I am so incredibly thankful that this book is part of a series, because I am obsessed with it! Normally, I listen to my audiobooks during my drives, but I was so engrossed in this book that I couldn't stop listening to it. I think the idea of splitting the U.S. into two areas (Matrus and Patrus) is a really cool concept. I think it shows the importance of understanding how the ruling of one gender (no matter which one) would be detrimental to the country's citizens in one way or another. Aside from the world that Forrest created, Violet's character is captivating, strong, and vulnerable...
I said yes
Review: I think that Emily is incredibly brave to have written this book and have it published. In this biography, Emily takes us through her difficult times and her happiest of times. At a few points, she talks about her battle with suicide. This is one of those topics that may come across as taboo to talk about, but Emily made her experience incredibly relatable. As I was watching the Bachelor and Bachelorette, I felt like I wanted to get to know Emily on a deeper level. This book let all of her fans do exactly that and even more so by helping her come across as more than just a reality TV star...
Review: This book was such an extreme disappointment after reading Red Queen. Ultimately, I felt like not much happened in this book and it could have been watered down to fit into either Red Queen or King's Cage. The story kept going around in circles and it seemed like there were very few things that the plot accomplished even though it was a fairly long book. The plot was not the only thing that was stuck in this book. I felt like Mare did very little growing of developing in this book of the series. There was very little self-discovery and that was very frustrating as a reader who loved the first novel...
it's not okay: turning heartbreak into happily never after
Review: This book is completely different from what I normally go for, but I thought that it might be something fun to listen to on my way to and from school. I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor/The Bachelorette franchise and Andi was by far one of my favorite ladies. During her time on both shows she presented herself as a sassy and independent woman who didn't take any crap from other people. I was really interested to learn more about her experience as a contestant, bachelorette, and newly single woman...
Review: The concept of this book's world was really intriguing to me. I like the idea of the reds and the silvers and how their body chemistry is genuinely different from one another. I think that Aveyard did an amazing job at providing her readers with an elaborate painting of this world. When I was listening to this book, I was transported to the Stilts and the Silver Palace. I also really enjoyed Mare's character and how dedicated she is to her family and her people. Although she becomes entangled with the silver royal brothers, she never loses sight of her true purpose, freeing her fellow reds from poverty and destruction...
behind her eyes
Review: This book is a total mind #$@%, but in the best way possible. Each character was incredibly distinct and they all played a monumental role in the story. I actually didn't read a long description of the book before purchasing it on audible, I just took a chance because I loved the cover. Louise's character had such incredible development even though she constantly made me want to yell at her through my car speakers. She becomes so consumed with David and Adele that their troubles begin to heavily impact her well-being. However, she cannot seem to shake them and she ends up paying the consequences. When listening from Adele's perspective, I often got chills because she was so psychologically corrupt...
the brothers of brigadier station
Review: This story is incredibly charming and such a fun romantic read. I love how Meghan seeks out a simple life in the country as opposed to the city life that our generation tends to lean towards. Her character really appreciates the outback and what the outdoors can do for the soul. I think the dynamic between Meghan and Lachie is interesting and I see how he was her connection to getting the life she always wanted. But the story didn't really become engaging until Darcy (Lachie's younger brother) came into the picture...
throne of glass
sarah J. maas
Review: I have seen Maas's novels all over the internet recently, but it took me a little while to jump onto the bandwagon. When I was younger, I enjoyed reading fantasy and SciFi immensely. But as my bio suggests, I have more recently been engaged with romance novels and mystery, so I was a little nervous how I would like the first installment of this series. But I am very glad that I took the chance, because I am obsessed with this book! So obsessed in fact, that I am trying my hardest not to read the second book so that I can finish the other novels I have lying around. During the first few chapters, I immediately began to fall in love with Celaena Sardothien...
the unexpected everything
Review: This book is incredibly charming and the perfect read for summer. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Andie and her three friends. They all had their own quirks and contributed to the group in unique ways. The relationship between Andie and her father was torturous for me in the beginning, because I hate to read about conflicts between parents and their children. This was just a personal dislike for me, but I think the beginning really made room for relational and character growth as the story progressed. Clark's character was also really engaging and intrigued me. I think that his maturity added a lot to the plot and it helped Andie's character move forward...
Review: I was really disappointed after finishing this book. I had high hopes for it after reading a bunch of reviews and seeing that it was compared to 50 Shades of Grey and the Crossfire Series. Rome and Calloway obviously have a very strong connection, but as the story progressed I realized that there was very little substance. Sure, they each had each gone through incredibly difficult situations that led to their adulthood problems. However, I find that storyline to be so typical among erotic novels now that I am craving for something more...
behind closed doors
b. a. Paris
Review: To put it mildly, I am obsessed with this book! I read the description multiple times before finally deciding to take the plunge because honestly, the description does not do the story justice. This book is certainly one to keep you on your toes until the very end. One thing I found interesting was how the chapters rotated from past to present. Personally, I have never read a book in this format and I was not sure how I would like it as the story went on. However, it made for a really great presentation of the story...
all souls trilogy
Review: This trilogy is by far my favorite when it comes to fantasy featuring witches and vampires. Each book followed its own path while still remaining connected to the main plot. Unlike other novels within this genre, Harkness was able to create a realistic world where vampires and witches exist while staying hidden from humans. It was also very obvious that she did her research about the settings that she placed her characters in. Her knowledge of present-day England and the United States, as well as the history of England made her written world come to life in an incredible way. There was never a scene that I couldn't picture in my mind...
Review: I have to admit that I am a huge sucker for erotic romance novels. I don't know what it is, but after reading the 50 Shades of Grey saga, I became hooked! I came across Craving when I was on Instagram. It was an ad that stated the storyline was steamier than that of Christian Grey. So naturally I had to give it a chance! Although the story was stimulating in some ways, it was really difficult for me to concentrate on that and the characters because there were so many glaring typos and grammar errors. The errors were not just in the beginning, middle, or end of the book, but all throughout...
Review: This is one of the many books that I listened to via audible. Although I realize that listening to a book is obviously much different than reading it myself, I still feel like I can get the picture in my mind of what the author is trying to paint. I gave this thrilling story 4.5 stars instead of 5 because the first few chapters were not as captivating as the rest of the story. I don't mind a slow start, but this one was almost excruciatingly slow. I found myself paying more attention to the road than I was to the story (which I probably should pay more attention to the road while driving haha!). However, once Meyer started to establish the storyline more, it became incredibly exciting and I was on the edge of my seat the entire journey...
Review: I know Samantha virtually through our YouTube beauty channels and when she started talking about releasing her 5th novel I immediately emailed her for a signed pre-order copy. Although I have only talked to Samantha through social media, I can tell how genuine of a person she is. Writing is her passion and it definitely shined through in Defining Her. This story transported me to a situation that felt extremely similar. The characters in this novel were eloquently created and their growth throughout the story was portrayed in the best way possible....
HOW TO sTart the book you have always wanted to write
April 3, 2017
Ever since I was a teenager, I have always wanted to write a book. Although still very young, I have lived through some very interesting events that I think would make an exciting base for a great adventure. However, I tend to procrastinate and I consistently told myself that I would get to writing my book one day. For about 10 years that day never arrived...until recently. As I approached an age that made me closer to 30 than 20-years-old, I quickly became anxiety ridden that my life only consisted of one thing, school. I have been in school for 21 years now and being a student has become my identity. I never thought that I could be more than that, but I am thankful for my sudden change of heart. Why not now?...
Hello everyone! I am a lover of many things! I have always enjoyed reading books and I have decided to turn my passion into something more. I enjoy a wide range of genres, but my favorite is a good romance. I am currently working on my first novel, which I hope to have finished by the end of this year. I married my best friend in 2016 and I am the mother to three incredible doggies and a feisty kitty.
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