Thins You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center

Thins You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center

Let’s just start by saying I am not a Woman’s Fiction type of reader. I don’t really care for strong female characters and their life-changing stories. I usually read Thrillers, Horror and anything that has to do with death and being scared. But man, this book just melted my heart and I couldn’t get enough of it.

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Forgotten Places

Forgotten Places

If you like history and historical fiction novels with a hint of romance and a twist at the end this will be a good fit for you. 

Forgotten Places is a story loosely based on true events that happened back in the 1800’s in Van Diemen’s Land which is now Tasmania. An escaped convict Alexander Dalton has been hiding in the wilderness for 11 years, when out of nowhere Grace Ashwell, a nanny and a little girl, Violet, stumble on his hiding spot while on the run themselves. 

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Behind Closed Doors - Review

Behind Closed Doors - Review

It was just what I needed to get out of my reading slump, and really what motivated me to start writing reviews, again. You might have noticed my blog has been pretty quiet for the past few years. 

Right away I felt a weird vibe from the couple, the husband mainly. Plus from the synopsis it was clear that there was something fishy going on. No one’s life is THAT perfect, and we can clearly see that Grace is not so perfect on the inside, as much as she tries to portray the perfect facade on the outside.

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You - Review

You - Review

Disturbing and creepy are the first words that come to mind when I think of this book, and that's exactly why I would recommend this book to everyone. First of all, to teach women that creeps are out there and they need to be careful, but also to experience a story told from a perspective that many don't get to see.

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REVIEW: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

REVIEW: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Amy and her parents getting ready to be cryogenically frozen, so that she can wake up in 300 years on a different planet, where her parents are going to help build a new life for people of earth (Because of course we have ruined our planet). Like any teenager she is scared and doesn't know what to do, should she go with her parents or should she stay and never see them again. She chooses to get frozen for 300 years, or so she thinks. When she wakes up she is in for a shock.

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REVIEW: IT by Stephen King

REVIEW: IT by Stephen King

I really want to like Stephen King, I do. I have many of his books, but this one was just not my cup of tea. When you write about 10 year old having sex (a girl with about 5 guys) you have lost my interest. Ever since I read that I was grossed out and really wanted to just give up on the book. But then I got the audio book again and listened to it while I was running, if it wasn't for that I would not have finished it.

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REVIEW: Spells and Sleeping Bags by Sarah Mlynowski

REVIEW: Spells and Sleeping Bags by Sarah Mlynowski

Like all the other books in this series, this is for young adults, I should say around 13-16 years old. But I wanted to step back in time and enjoy something that I would have loved when I was younger. This is the third book in the series so I won't go into too much detail, I loved this book. The first one was obviously good the second one was ok, but this one was my favorite. When I was young I always wanted to go to camp, but I couldn't

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REVIEW: Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

REVIEW: Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

What would you do if suddenly you didn't remember your life? Would you get depressed, believe everything everyone is telling you about your life or would you seek the truth and find yourself? I personally love stories about memory loss, amnesia and stuff like that, just the idea of not knowing who you are is hair-raising, and so bizarre to me that I can't get enough. Yes, I'm a weirdo. Although in this story the character looses a part of herself, she gains so much more.

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REVIEW: Just What Kind of Mother Are You

REVIEW: Just What Kind of Mother Are You

Image a perfect mom, someone who has everything under control, someone who is better than you. Now imagine being the person responsible for her daughters disappearance. Yikes!! The author does a terrific job with this story, it's not told from the perspective of the parents of the missing girl, or from the girl herself but from everyone else involved. It's not so much about her abduction, more about everyones lives and how they got affected by it.

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REVIEW: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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I didn't really know what this book was about, I try not to read up a lot on books that I still haven't read. I just but them and then wait for the surprise. Since this book was so popular I just had to buy it, even though I ended up not reading it for a long time.I blame that on having a newborn at the time.

The book is about a missing girl, not a young girl, a married woman who goes missing, and her husband is trying to find her, he is devastated, and tries to uncover her past in order to help bring her back. And that's all I will say.

This book was great, definitely on my top list of books, it was dark creepy and gripping, I was constantly guessing what happened, and at one point I guessed right, but then changed my mind. Definitely kept me hooked. The characters were good enough where I wanted to find out more and more, but I think it's the story itself, the mystery that makes this book so great. The ending might make people angry or disappointed. But no matter how you think it could have ended, this is the only way. Any other ending wouldn't feel right.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes a little mystery, it's not a long book so you don't invest too much time in it if you hate it, but  I doubt you will. And yes, you are supposed to hate the characters.

Frogs and French Kisses by Sarah Mlynowski

Frogs and French Kisses by Sarah Mlynowski

This is a sequel to Bras and Broomsticks which I loved, and yes I know it's for middle school kids or High School but I liked it, so there. I like witches, witchcraft anything that has to do with powers. So of course I loved this book. And of course like any series, the first one is the best, and eventually they aren't that good. The fire dies out and we are only left with a glimmer of what the story one was. Though hopefully not with these books.

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REVIEW: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

I didn't know what to expect of this book when I started reading it. I really didn't even know what it was about, I'm not sure I do now that I read it. But as much as I thought i would hate it in the beginning I grew to like it more and more towards the end. It's not a thriller and it doesn't keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat. But it slowly pulls you in, you find yourself caring about the characters, and wondering where life will take them, or why they are in the situation they are in. They go from stupid college students to smart grown people, and all you can do is smile. I wouldn't say this is anywhere close to being one of the best books I have read this year, and I'm not sure everyone would like it, I'm not sure why I like it. I usually prefer something with a kick, a good thriller, suspense, mystery, or just pure smutty romance. And this book falls somewhere between all of those. It's simply about life. I think it lacked a good climax, everything is on the same level of importance. The characters are well developed but not memorable. It's been only a couple weeks and I can't remember their names, or maybe it's just me and my memory sucks.

It's not a bad book, just not something I enjoy, and I would still recommend it to some people. But if you prefer a good page turner than this might not be for you.

ARC REVIEW: Urban Watercolor Sketching

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Are you interested in watercolor? Do you sketch? Then check out this awesome book.

I received this book from bloggingforbooks for review, this is my honest opinion.

For those of you who don't know I'm an artist, I work in a graphic design field, but I really prefer to paint and draw. I have been interested in getting into watercolor more, because it's such a difficult medium I have always been a little afraid of it. I own a lot of watercolor supplies, just like book, I also hoard art supplies. I requested this book to get a little inspired and learn more.

I like this book a lot, and it's not the type of book you read front to back and then review. I flipped through it, and read a little here and there. Mostly I looked at the art and go some inspiration, some ideas for what I want to paint. I like the way it's laid out, it's fun and creative. The book offers a lot of information on color, hue, technique and a little bit of history, of paint as well as art itself. Everything in this book is sketched, it really shows that the author is serious about what he does. Also the book itself is a good size, as soon as I opened it I was wowed.  I will definitely keep this book on my table andgo back to it when I need some info. I recommend it anyone who is a painter, and artist, looking for inspiration and education. Go check it out!

If you are interested you can check out my art

 

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REVIEW: Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

REVIEW: Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

See the characters spread their wings in this Shakespeare verse filled novel. The story is set in a fictional town of Barnwell, where the three sisters, Cordelia, Rose and Bianca, reunite back at home. Not under happy circumstances, their mother has cancer, and they all want to help a little. As well as run away from their problems but have no where else to go but home. From there we see how they struggle to put their lives back together while dealing with their sick mom.

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REVIEW: Where'd You Go Bernadette

Set in a rainy city, this is only the second novel by Maria Semple, who herself escaped California to live in Seattle. She is the former writer of Mad About You tv show, which I used to love oh so much. After Bee announces that her promised reward for getting good grades will be a family trip to Antarctica, Bernadette's agoraphobia intensifies. She already hates people, and being around strangers, not to mention other moms from Bee's school, she has to face being stuck on a boat with people, without an escape. She starts to act odd, even more then she usually does, and the drama between her and some other moms at the school gets a little out of hand when she accidentally destroys property. She hates this city, she hates the people that live here that hate the city, she hates being involved in school activities, even though she is a say at home mom, she claims to not have free time. She doesn't want to talk to anyone, she doesn't even make her own restaurant reservations, or buys groceries, she has service from India for that. Bernadette has issues, big ones, and most of them started when she was an architect a long time ago.

This book is written in epistolary form, ranging from letters to text messages. This is the way Bee, Bernadettes daughter tries to find out what happened to her mom, why she disappeared and where she is. It's supposed to be told from Bee's point of view, but since it is written in letters we get to hear everyones side. And that's not a bad thing. With Bee explaining in between the documents, this makes it easier to follow so many characters and ties everything together. Semple did a great job giving a voice to so many different characters and personalities. It was written well and some of the characters were likable it was even a little funny, but it lacked a big dramatic climax. After Bernadette disappears we only get to see Bee's side of the story and that's when it looses that spark. It was nice to see the characters from different perspectives,  I enjoyed reading about the drama and the gossip but when that changed I felt like it got weaker and didn't move along as quickly anymore.

 

I personally didn't like this book too much, I thought I would, at first I did, I liked the drama, kind of reminded me of Desperate Housewives, but then quickly lost it's spark. The climax, if there even was one, was not that interesting.  Since this book is about a middle aged woman who is going through some kind of midlife crisis I couldn't really relate to it, I'm not middle ages nor do I have any crisis. I'm am stuck in the in-between stage, too old for YA and too young for woman's fiction.

I would recommend this book to an older crowd, preferably in their 40's.