Thursday, June 16, 2016

Review - Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín





Book Summary

Colm Tóibín’s New York Times bestselling novel—now an acclaimed film starring Saoirse Ronan and Jim Broadbent nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture—is “a moving, deeply satisfying read” (Entertainment Weekly) about a young Irish immigrant in Brooklyn in the early 1950s.

“One of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary literature” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.

Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.

My Review - 3 1/2

This was a book club read for me and I think a great one for book clubs that are willing to be open and personal with each other. The journey of Eilis will make you think 'how would I respond, what would I decide, do I make decisions for myself or others', where is home and what does it mean to me and I believe the response to some of these questions would represent your feel and rating of the book.

I enjoyed the character development in Brooklyn and the different parts of the book.

Part 1, we get an intro of Eilis life in Ireland and her journey of sea sickness to Brooklyn. I enjoyed the intro, it showed what immigrants will go through for the betterment of their selves and for family.

Part 2, she arrives and the priest that helped to confirm her living in Brooklyn introduces her to her landlady and helps to settle her in a job.  I enjoyed seeing who Eilis was, a loner that everyone likes in my opinion.  She respects everyone and it shows through her actions.  The only thing I think she did for herself is her accounting studies, this fueled a spark in her.

Part 3 was the longest.  We see Eilis, the Ireland young lady settle in at Brooklyn.  She is past the phase of being homesick and becomes a part.  She meets a young man and they fall in love.  She gains respect over all the other ladies at the house she resides without trying, but being true to herself.  She treats customers with the utmost respect, including the coloured ladies when this change took place in Brooklyn.  The store moments were my favourites, back in Ireland and Brooklyn.  People watching can be so interesting and reading was mesmerizing at times. Tragedy back in Ireland takes place and the decision to go back and visit occurs.

....she felt almost guilty that she had handed some of her grief to him, and then she felt close to him for his willingness to take it and hold it, in all its rawness, all its dark confusion.  Kindle 68%

Part 4 is touching and confusing at the same time.  I was disappointed that she hadn't found herself and was unable to be true to herself.  I was engaged and couldn't wait to see what happened.  You know you are near the ending and BAM, it ends, just like that, the story is over.  It was one of the worst endings ever for me, so much so I immediately hated reading the book and considered giving it a 2 1/2.

It made her feel strangely as though she were two people, one who had battled against two cold winters and many hard days in Brooklyn and fallen in love there, and the other who was her mother's daughter, the Eilis whom everyone knew, or thought they knew. Kindle 79%

I have set with the thought for a few days and I am on the fence with 3 1/2 or 4.  I decided on 3 1/2 because I believe it depends on the reader but I wouldn't know who to recommend to.  The fact that I can see discussion helps, I think it is a great book club read.  I enjoy when authors allow the ending to be open, allowing the reader to make a decision, I truly detested this ending though, I really felt like 'where the hell is the rest'.  The ending was a shock to my system.


I didn't realize this was also a movie.  Here is the trailer. 





Monday, June 13, 2016

It's Monday - lots of reading for me/sick



Book Date now hosts It's Monday What Are Your Reading?  The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It's a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read List.

Personal

Well, I went out with my book club on Monday night, great but left work early on Tuesday not feeling well.  I thought I had picked up the stomach bug but nope food poisoning, eek.  That was 500% worst then the stomach bug and today was my first day feeling better.   Being sick though allowed lots of reading.  I finished 2 books, whooooah


I'm currently reading - I have read all of Mary Kubica's books, all solid reads so far.



Summer Book Club Choices

Just finished this one, review will be up this week.  Have you read it?



I have never heard of this one, have you?



I enjoyed this one, very glad it wasn't romance, in my opinion anyways.  My Review




What do I think will be next?  A favourite author and favourite series I believe.



Have an amazing week.



Thursday, June 9, 2016

Review - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes




Published - December 2012
Movie Release - June 3, 2016

Book Summary

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our StarsMe Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?


My Review - 4 1 /2

Me Before You was the perfect title.  Louisa (Lou) was hired to change Will's mind about living.  She thought of everything to make him happy but really Will only agreed to make Lou happy and to give her the chance to experience life.  They both were from a small town, Will is wealthy and Lou is from the other side of town from an 'ordinary' family.  Will made Lou feel he was doing for him but really he was doing for her.

I had to just live in the moment and try to encourage Will to do the same.  I had to be happy, in the hope that will would be too.   Kindle 83%

This book had great characterization.  I thought this was adult fiction, I'm glad I didn't go into thinking romance which for me it wasn't.  I do think Lou fell for Will but Will didn't love Lou, I think he was grateful and cherished his time with her but not love. I wonder if this would have met the romance fans expectation.

Nathan, the caregiver was great, I enjoyed Will's' father but I didn't enjoy the sister and mother.  And I enjoyed Lou's family.  Hearing the story from Lou's perspective was a nice touch but we then got one chapter from the other characters but not Will's perspective, this was miss.  My least favourite was Lou and her boyfriend Patrick storyline, far to much of their story but I loved when they all came together for dinner.  Will has dark English humor and it cracked me up.  Patrick definitely wasn't deserving of Lou.

I thought the ending was exactly what we should have expected but with the label romance, maybe not.  The story was heartbreaking but I understood Will's decision.  The debate on assisted suicide I think is like the debate on abortion.  I read a few other reviews, WOW on the anger.  Will is a quadriplegic, this is HIS story.  I thought Jojo Moyes did an amazing job capturing the essence of Will.

I loved being able to picture Lou with her wild, eccentric way of dressing, colourful to say the least.  She knew she was different but not worthy of discussion or how to create a life for herself.  Also, the use of social media to assist Lou with her plans was the perfect modern touch.  The amazing plans had me thinking about a true bucket list, taking the time to cherish life outside of the normalcy of day to day living.

I would have to fill those little white rectangles with a lifetime of things that could generate happiness, contentment satisfaction, or pleasure.  I would have to fill them with every good experience I could summon up for a man whose powerless arms and legs meant he could no longer make them happen by himself.  Kindle 37%

I do love my intense thrillers but this was the perfect mood book for me, I really enjoyed it.  I will wait for it to come out and watch at home though.

Another movie recommendation for those that enjoyed this.

The Intouchables














Monday, June 6, 2016

It's Monday - what are you reading?



Book Date now hosts It's Monday What Are Your Reading?  The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It's a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read List.


I'm currently reading - this came 2nd on my poll.




Anyone that loved Me Before You, I recommend the movie Intouchables, amazing, I absolutely loved it, which is also what intrigued me with Me Before You.




I reviewed - this was 1st from my poll - My Review




What I may read next. Prequel to Pretty Girls




Friday, June 3, 2016

Review - Brother by Ania Ahlborn




Book Summary

From the bestselling horror author of Within These Walls and The Bird Eater comes a brand-new novel of terror that follows a teenager determined to break from his family’s unconventional—and deeply disturbing—traditions.

Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse miles from any road. The Morrows keep to themselves, and it’s served them well so far. When girls go missing off the side of the highway, the cops don’t knock on their door. Which is a good thing, seeing as to what’s buried in the Morrows’ backyard.

But nineteen-year-old Michael Morrow isn’t like the rest of his family. He doesn’t take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees. Michael pines for normalcy, and he’s sure that someday he’ll see the world beyond West Virginia. When he meets Alice, a pretty girl working at a record shop in the small nearby town of Dahlia, he’s immediately smitten. For a moment, he nearly forgets about the monster he’s become. But his brother, Rebel, is all too eager to remind Michael of his place…



My Review - 4

The title, cover and summary really gripped me, I'm glad I was able to read this one before seeing it all over the blogs.  I find I appreciate most books more this way.

We meet the Morrow's, a made up family of mother and father, two daughters and two sons but are any their blood children, you question this during the story.  It baffles me on the stories when children are abducted and brainwashed to believe they were not wanted by their family and to embrace their new.  It is hard to believe we have some crazy sick people in our world but with the news we know it is an unfortunate pat of our world.

The continuous buildup to the climatic ending is perfection.  You know it will end badly and just wonder how but the additional jaw dropping, emotional ending, just wow.   Ray, known as Rebel is the King of manipulation and patience.  As children, Michael does something that Rebel thinks requires retaliation.  He takes this to the ultimate horrific level.

It took awhile to understand at first but I did enjoy the present day story vs the story building from when Michael joined the family.  It helped you to understand the disturbing intent of Rebel.

What I love about horrors is they have you talking to the characters "No Michael, don't go, Michael look out, Michael don't believe him, etc."  It makes you become more engaged in the story and I felt emotionally charged.  How can I be rooting for a murderer but that is not his natural way, Michael was made into a monster and didn't know how to get out.

This story is worth the read just for the horrific manipulation.  Michael hands down is my favourite character but the build up for Rebel to get what he wanted, brilliantly crazy. I feel like it could have been more character development for the mother and father but it didn't take away from the story.  They are sick demonic family.  Michael with the right upbringing definitely could have been a Physician.  There is so much I want to say but will give away the brilliance of Ania Ahlborn story 'Brother'

There is blood and lots of it.  This is not for the reader that won't be able to sleep at night without visions because it is graphic.  Nothing is for shock value in my opinion.  This family is related to the serial killer from Silence of the Lambs that had the women in the whole, that is all I will say.

I will definitely be read more from Ania Ahlborn.  I didn't realize it but I have read The Neighbors, my review here.

My Review 3 1/2 stars



Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Monday - What are you reading?



Book Date now hosts It's Monday What Are Your Reading?  The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It's a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read List.

HAPPY MONDAY

My last review - I was disappointed, only 2 stars




My current read - I'm enjoying it





Book club choice this month - I read it as my first read of the year.  My review 4 1/2 stars




I have no idea what is next - I am feeling a pull towards Adult Fiction and not my normal of suspense, so we will see.



Friday, May 27, 2016

Review - Sister by Rosamund Lupton






Book Summary

When her mom calls to tell her that Tess, her younger sister, is missing, Bee returns home to London on the first flight. She expects to find Tess and give her the usual lecture, the bossy big sister scolding her flighty baby sister for taking off without letting anyone know her plans. Tess has always been a free spirit, an artist who takes risks, while conservative Bee couldn’t be more different. Bee is used to watching out for her wayward sibling and is fiercely protective of Tess (and has always been a little stern about her antics). But then Tess is found dead, apparently by her own hand.

Bee is certain that Tess didn’t commit suicide. Their family and the police accept the sad reality, but Bee feels sure that Tess has been murdered.  Single-minded in her search for a killer, Bee moves into Tess's apartment and throws herself headlong into her sister's life--and all its secrets. 

Though her family and the police see a grieving sister in denial, unwilling to accept the facts, Bee uncovers the affair Tess was having with a married man and the pregnancy that resulted, and her difficultly with a stalker who may have crossed the line when Tess refused his advances. Tess was also participating in an experimental medical trial that might have gone very wrong.  As a determined Bee gives her statement to the lead investigator, her story reveals a predator who got away with murder--and an obsession that may cost Bee her own life.

A thrilling story of fierce love between siblings, Sister is a suspenseful and accomplished debut with a stunning twist.



My Review - 2

This is my first Rosamund Lupton book and it has been on my TBR for a long time.   I wonder if I would have enjoyed it more a few years ago.  I was bored.  The beginning was fantastic and really pulled you in.  I enjoyed the change of style where Bee writes a letter to Tess and the story unfolds mainly in this style.

My problem is that there are no highs and lows by 60% I was so bored, it felt all the same and just went on and on and on so I went to the last 2 chapters just to see the ending.

I really do not understand how so many loved this one.  I enjoyed the sister touch, they were very different but had the special sister connect.  Sweet......but not enough to capture a beautiful emotional story-line for me.

I understand not believing she committed suicide and making sure to prove it for the legacy of her sister.  None of the characters stood out to me.  The mom was there but not.  Others accepted the suicide easily, was Bee just desperate.  Just a weird story, nothing came together for me.

I found the execution to be completely off and I don't think I would give this author another try.  I was quite disappointed. It had me on the edge of falling into a reading slump.




Thursday, May 26, 2016

I chose to read Brother by Ania Ahlborn

Thanks for participating in my poll.  Me Before You actually won out by 1 vote but a few of you also said it is not my kind of book which I agree.  It is a mood book for me and I just wasn't sure so I went with the 2nd choice from poll.

Thanks

I chose..........

Brother by Ania Ahlborn


From the bestselling horror author of Within These Walls and The Bird Eater comes a brand-new novel of terror that follows a teenager determined to break from his family’s unconventional—and deeply disturbing—traditions.

Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse miles from any road. The Morrows keep to themselves, and it’s served them well so far. When girls go missing off the side of the highway, the cops don’t knock on their door. Which is a good thing, seeing as to what’s buried in the Morrows’ backyard.

But nineteen-year-old Michael Morrow isn’t like the rest of his family. He doesn’t take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees. Michael pines for normalcy, and he’s sure that someday he’ll see the world beyond West Virginia. When he meets Alice, a pretty girl working at a record shop in the small nearby town of Dahlia, he’s immediately smitten. For a moment, he nearly forgets about the monster he’s become. But his brother, Rebel, is all too eager to remind Michael of his place…






 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

What should I read next?


So blogging friends, I started the year amazingly and was on a high with my choices, the past 3 have been torture and I have wasted a month.  I am even behind 2 reviews now because I just don't want to review them.  My goal this year was to review all.

Please help with what I should read next please.  These are my ideas:

Poll is on sidebar, please choose 1 or  2.

1) Brother by Ania Ahlborn



From the bestselling horror author of Within These Walls and The Bird Eater comes a brand-new novel of terror that follows a teenager determined to break from his family’s unconventional—and deeply disturbing—traditions.

Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse miles from any road. The Morrows keep to themselves, and it’s served them well so far. When girls go missing off the side of the highway, the cops don’t knock on their door. Which is a good thing, seeing as to what’s buried in the Morrows’ backyard.

But nineteen-year-old Michael Morrow isn’t like the rest of his family. He doesn’t take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees. Michael pines for normalcy, and he’s sure that someday he’ll see the world beyond West Virginia. When he meets Alice, a pretty girl working at a record shop in the small nearby town of Dahlia, he’s immediately smitten. For a moment, he nearly forgets about the monster he’s become. But his brother, Rebel, is all too eager to remind Michael of his place…




2)  me before you by Jojo Moyes





They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our StarsMe Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?




3)  The Girl you Lost by Kathryn Croft




Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched. Today, she came back.

A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Girl With No Past.

Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.

Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?

When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her baby and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory. 

Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?





4)  Don't you cry by Mary Kubica




In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she's the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger's spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.




5)  The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian





When Kristin Chapman agrees to let her husband, Richard, host his brother’s bachelor party, she expects a certain amount of debauchery. She brings their young daughter to Manhattan for the evening, leaving her Westchester home to the men and their hired entertainment. What she does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, her husband sharing a dangerously intimate moment in the guest room, and two women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night.

In the aftermath, Kristin and Richard’s life rapidly spirals into nightmare. The police throw them out of their home, now a crime scene, Richard’s investment banking firm puts him on indefinite leave, and Kristin is unsure if she can forgive her husband for the moment he shared with a dark-haired girl in the guest room. But the dark-haired girl, Alexandra, faces a much graver danger. In one breathless, violent night, she is free, running to escape the police who will arrest her and the gangsters who will kill her in a heartbeat. A captivating, chilling story about shame and scandal, The Guest Room is a riveting novel from one of our greatest storytellers



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review - Field of Graves by JT Ellison




Published Release Date - June 14, 2016

Book Summary from NetGalley

With FIELD OF GRAVES, New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison goes back to where it all began… 

All of Nashville is on edge with a serial killer on the loose. A madman is trying to create his own end-of-days apocalypse and the cops trying to catch him are almost as damaged as the killer. Field of Graves reveals the origins of some of J.T. Ellison's most famous creations: the haunted Lieutenant Taylor Jackson; her blunt, exceptional best friend, medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens; and troubled FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin. Together, they race the clock and their own demons to find the killer before he claims yet another victim. This dark, thrilling and utterly compelling novel will have readers on the edge of their seats, and Ellison's fans will be delighted with the revelations about their favorite characters.


My Review - 3 1/2

JT Ellison takes us back to where it all started and we get to meet characters who we already know for the first time.  I didn't enjoy this part as much as I thought I would because I have followed the journey's of theses characters and love both Dr. Samantha Owens (the medical examiner) and Lieutenant Taylor Jackson series.  I thought it would bring new information for us to know which I didn't really think it did and of course we get to have a case to follow which is the great part of her series.

I have read 4/8 of LT Taylor series and all but one of Sam Owens, they both appear in both series because they are an amazing team together. I will have to analyzing why I enjoy Dr. Sam Owens series more.

We get to see how Baldwin and Taylor get together which was interesting, a nice to know.  They found each other when they were put together on this case and their history and the support was a perfect match, more than the spark they initially felt. I like that they are still together and now show the dynamics of the balance of work and personal.

I am also a fan of Andrea Kane, and this story reminded me of one of hers, Twisted.  University students are going missing and found murdered, all but one who ended up being the chosen one.  I really like the style of letting the reader be a part of the investigation, guessing along the way, profiling the killer, agreeing or not agreeing with the detectives.

I did feel like it took to long to investigate one part of the story coming together, which I believe could have made the difference in possibly two being murdered.  The illness of the killer didn't sit well with me and so the ending wasn't climatic.

JT Ellison is one of my favourite authors and I will read all her new works while still catching up on the older ones.  I expected a different spin on this one since it was taking us back but it fits perfectly with the LT Taylor series.  I would put this as Book 1 maybe in the series. My expectation not being met and the investigation missing a key clue to get to the killer earlier makes it a 3 1/2 instead of a  4 or 4/12 on a favourite series, which I highly recommend.

Thanks to NetGalley for this read, they really help to keep me updated on her books.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

It's Monday, What are you reading?




Book Date now hosts It's Monday What Are Your Reading?  The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It's a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read List.

Published - December 2011
My current read.......




I read another JT Ellison, her newest to the LT Taylor series - 3 1/2 
My Review



I reviewed this NetGalley read - 2 1/2 - 3 stars
My Review



My Bookclub's choice this month - it was my first read of the year
My Review




I just started my current read so I am unsure what is next.




I have completed my Yoga Certificate, I am now a certified Strala Yoga Guide, have you heard of Tara Stiles and Strala?  I'm so excited.........



Monday, April 18, 2016

Review - Dear Emma by Katie Heaney




Published - March 1, 2016

Received from NetGalley

Amazon's Summary

Harriet, the author of her college newspaper's pseudonymous student advice column "Dear Emma," is great at telling others what to do, dispensing wisdom for the lovelorn and lonely on her Midwestern campus. Somehow, though, she can't take her own advice, especially after Keith, the guy she's dating, blows her off completely. When Harriet discovers that Keith has started seeing the beautiful and intimidating Remy, she wants to hate her. But she can't help warming to Remy, who soon writes to "Dear Emma" asking for romantic advice.

Now Harriet has the perfect opportunity to take revenge on the person who broke her heart. But as she begins to doubt her own motivations and presumably faultless guidance, she's forced to question how much she really knows about love, friendship and well-meaning advice.



My Review - 3

I wanted something light and saw this on Netgalley and was intrigued.  It felt very young to me, maybe it is for YA fans. I read it rolling my eyes most of the time.

I enjoyed the character Emma and the advice she gave to the college students in their newspaper for the column Dear Emma.  My main issue is that Harriet is nothing like the strong willed decisive Emma and I couldn't help to not care about her character, she came across as flaky mainly for herself and the friendships didn't feel real to me.  It all felt high schoolish, not like college life.
 
She is 'dating' a guy when he stops texting her.

She bitches and complains and does nothing.

Her new library colleague, Remy, just happens to be the new girlfriend of her now 'ex'.

Of course Harriet hates her.

She talks about it with her roommates with no decision on what to do.

Then Remy writes in 'Dear Emma' my boyfriend hasn't contacted me in 3 days, deja vu.

Sigh........ This is how it felt to me.  A little choppy, not great execution.

Harriett has two roommates who she cares a lot for but the relationships didn't feel real to me.  It was more disturbing that she considered one to be her best friend.  I did find it interesting when one friend is having amazing moments in their life and the other is in a low place it is hard to want to share which ends up putting walls up between them.  I thought this was a good storyline but could have been more fleshed out.

I didn't connect with any characters and it definitely didn't feel like college days to me either.  As this was inspired from Jane Austen's Emma, which I haven't read, I would recommend to those fans.  It gets a 3 because I finished it but definitely not my cup of tea, more like a 2 1/2.


Sunday, April 10, 2016

It's Monday, what are you reading?




Book Date now hosts It's Monday What Are Your Reading?  The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It's a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read List.


I'm currently in New York completing my Strala Yoga certification, yaaaaaay.........   sorry for not being around last week, I had so much to organize since I am away for 2 weeks.  My 9 year old daughter, day time work, preparing yoga participants for substitute, consultancy HR work, it has been hectic.  I also don't like to post when I don't have time to network, I enjoy the give and receive part of blogging.

Tara is an inspirational yoga guide.




I'm currently reading (I expected more, trying to finish soon, ready to move on)




I reviewed and showcased the movie trailer being released in September. 





I wanted something light after reading The Other Wife, so I got this  from NetGalley, hope I enjoy it.

Amazon's Summary

Harriet, the author of her college newspaper's pseudonymous student advice column "Dear Emma," is great at telling others what to do, dispensing wisdom for the lovelorn and lonely on her Midwestern campus. Somehow, though, she can't take her own advice, especially after Keith, the guy she's dating, blows her off completely. When Harriet discovers that Keith has started seeing the beautiful and intimidating Remy, she wants to hate her. But she can't help warming to Remy, who soon writes to "Dear Emma" asking for romantic advice.

Now Harriet has the perfect opportunity to take revenge on the person who broke her heart. But as she begins to doubt her own motivations and presumably faultless guidance, she's forced to question how much she really knows about love, friendship and well-meaning advice.



Enjoy your week......


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Review - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children





Publication - June 2011

Book Summary

A mysterious island.



An abandoned orphanage.




A strange collection of very curious photographs.




It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. 

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.



My Review - 3 1/2

I saw the trailer of the upcoming movie and remembered I have had this one on my shelf since it was released.  I immediately picked it up.  The best part of this book are the photographs, unique with a historic artistic feel throughout the story. I love the movies X-Men and thought it may be similar, the Peculiar children were similar and they intrigued me but didn't have the pull were I am so engaged with them I need to follow there journey.  I wish this was a stand alone novel, the pictures are great but unsure if that style would continue with great ratings for the whole trilogy.

The first half of the story was engaging, a five star read for me.  Jacob's grandfather trusted him and shared some fascinating stories and photos, which you wonder are real or fantasy.  Something happens and Jacob is told to go check on his grandfather.  He and his friend find the house empty, go in the woods and walk into a horrifying surprise. Part of the reveal takes Jacob and his father on an adventure.

I am excited when Jacob and his father travel to the island.  Jacob is eager to understand more about his grandfather and find out how much of the stories are true.  The story begins to get creepy and I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the reveal of the peculiar children.  Instead of an elaborate display this part was slowly done as they were unsure of Jacob.  And this is where it began to lose its appeal for me.  The children were Peculiar but not were I was excited, fascinated or even curious for more.  They were revealed and that was it, maybe it was that Jacob had to embrace them for who they were but just didn't feel like the hold your breath moment I was looking for.

This is where the true adventure for Jacob began and it became unsafe for not only him but the Peculiar children and the people on the island.  Those that want the Peculiar children become a risk and they are fighting for their existence and safety.  I don't mind gruesome but this felt out of place, monsters wanting to eat children, the Peculiars.  This becomes a run for their life state of affairs.  Jacob has to make a decision, go home with his father back to their family or become a part of what can be his new home with Miss Peregrine and the Peculiar Children.  Overall an original idea especially with the photography but I thought it started really strong and just had a weird ending with unforgettable characters in my opinion.  If you want to try something unusual, this is it.  I am not interested in reading on.

Also, I am glad I had the hardback, I couldn't imagine reading this on a Kindle. I have read that those that have downloaded do not recommend either.

I almost gave this a 4 because I thought the first half was extremely strong, the photography unique but the 2nd half felt like a different book and it doesn't pull me to want to know what happens next.


The Movie will be released September 2016, what do you think, looks cool.........