Thursday, February 23, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

I received this book as part of a book subscription called Fandom Adventures which I signed up through CrateJoy. It's an awesome box to get monthly and this book was amazing.

What if everything you ever knew about Medusa (you know, the one with the snakes on her head) was wrong? This story leads you down a path of learning who Medusa was before she became a "monster", what her life was like while she was a "monster" and then what her life was like after she no longer was this "monster". It put such an interesting twist on the Greek Mythologies stories I'm sure you're used to. This book really gets down to the nitty gritty in how Medusa feels about life and of course it's not short of any awesome characters. Hermes, Hades, Persephone... Athena, Zeus... Death.. they are all touched on.

If you're into Greek Mythology and want a different take on Medusa and even all of the other Gods than I would recommend you read this book. I loved it! I wish there was a sequel.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: God on a Harley by Joan Brady

God on a Harley by Joan Brady

I was given this book for my birthday from my Mom. A friend of hers that lives down in Texas recommend it. She advised that when she got divorced this book really helped her. While I've been divorced for almost 10 years and don't really need help in that area anymore... I do have to admit that I think this book would help ANYONE in ANY situation.

We learn the main character is Christine and she's suffered a horrible heartbreak in the first few pages of the book. The heartbreak was not fresh but as we come to find out (and she runs into the heartthrob) it's a lot fresher than she thought and hoped. This book takes you through Christine's relationship with God and how she comes to find herself again. How she's able to take back her life and build a new relationship with herself and God.  At one point in the book she has an angry conversation with God and asks him many questions on why the world is the way it is. These are questions I often find myself asking and it made the conversation she has with him very real in my eyes.

I'm not a super religious person so for those of you who are not as well don't be scared off by the title or the fact that Christine is renewing her relationship with God. There's other things that you can take from this book that you could use in your own life if you're struggling to find where you fit in and what's working and not working. This is a fairly quick read, I got through it in one afternoon. Check it out. I don't think you'll be sorry.

BOOK REVIEW: How One Attempts to Chase Gravity by Nicole Campbell

How One Attempts to Chase Gravity by Nicole Campbell

This is book two of a three part series (three part yes but 4 books total) and its the end of the love story between the main characters you've come to know and love from books one and one and half talked about here and here.  This whole story of Courtney and Ethan is so relatable. Anyone whose every been in love will be able to relate to the heartbreak, the tears, the happiness, and every other emotion you have when you're in love. This particular book made my heart swoon. I won't give away why but lets just say I said "awwwwww" really loud at home by myself and was forced to explain to my three dogs (who were now looking at me like I was crazy) what was going on in the book. They approved of course and agreed right along with me on the "awwwwww." I know you won't regret reading this series. I almost wish that these characters were real people and I could meet them. What a fascinating thought. Anyways, READ these books. You won't be sorry.

BOOK REVIEW: What Comes of Breaking Promises and Guitar Strings by Nicole Campbell

Breaking Promises and Guitar String by Nicole Campbell

This is book one and a half of this three book series (actually 4) and its written from Ethan's side. This mirrors the first book in the series which I talk about here.  Instead of hearing what's only going on with Courtney's side of things, you hear about what going with Ethan and what he's been dealing with. It's pretty amazing I have to say to read a book from one point of view and then basically read the same book but from a different angle is pretty amazing. I really felt like I was just one of the gang in the first book but now knowing what was going on in both the main characters lives and heads apart from each other, puts a whole new spin on things. If you read the first one you HAVE to read the rest! You won't be sorry!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: What Comes of Eating Doughnuts with a Boy Who Plays Guitar by Nicole Campbell

What Comes of Eating Doughnuts with a Boy Who Plays Guitar by Nicole Campbell

I got this book as part of a subscription service called Literary Vacation Club. It was my first "box" from them and I was very excited to read the book they chose.

This book was amazing. So amazing I went on Amazon after I finished it in two sittings and ordered Nicole Campbell's other three books that go with this one. The story is about a young girl named Courtney and her first love. The story is written in a way where you kind of feel like you're one of the gang. Courtney and her best friend Vanessa are so relateable and who doesn't love a good story about your first love. The book made me blush, cry, laugh, and pull out my 'ol yearbook to look back on my first love.

This is quick read and will definitely get your feels going. I recommend to anyone.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

I loved this book. I don't recall who recommended it or what list of books I nabbed it off but I'm glad that I did.

The story line is that of Lucky Linderman who is getting bullied by Nadar McMillian. Lucky is having problems at school with a project he started for one of his classes that revolved around how you'd kill yourself. Cause his parents and school counsleors to consider him "at risk". He has problems at home with a father who doesn't know how to be a father and is very absent in his life and a mother who just goes along with it all. Lucky escapes in his dreams to the jungle during the Vietnam War and has full on conversations with the Grandfather he's never met who is a POW/MIA. During all of this he manages to grow up and come to peace with his life and finds himself able to stand up to his bully.

I really enjoyed this book. It's a fairly quick read but very well written and something I feel everyone could relate to.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

I received this book from a good friend of mine the other day and I couldn't be happier with it. The story is told from the dogs point of view. So many books I've read in my life time and only a few that come from an animals point of view. 

Enzo's (the dog) health is declining and in the bringing you learn its the eve of his death. While this might down like a super downer to start with, trust me, it's not. Enzo continues on to tell you his life (ultimately his masters as well) story. He takes you through being plucked out of a group of other puppies right up until the end of his life. You learn about his master Denny and his love of racing cars, which in turn Enzo develops a love for this as well. Denny's wife Eve and what it was like when they first met and how Enzo felt about her intruding in on their bachelor pad. He goes through Denny and Eve's wedding, her pregnancy, their child Zoe and both Eve and Denny's parents. Denny and Eve go through a lot with Eve being sick and then in turn Denny goes through a lot with her parents due to a custody battle. Without giving away all the major points of the book... its a very touching story. 

I currently have a dog who was diagnosed with Lymphoma and I imagine some of the things that Enzo says and feel, are things that she feels as well. The one thing that Enzo doesn't want to have to do is have his master HAVE to hurt him intentionally (put him down due to illness) and that is the one thing I hope and pray for my Bitty. 

I'm sure my description of this book really does it no justice as there is so much more emotion and passion involved in Garth Stein's writing... just know:

I laughed. I cried. I cried some more. I loved this book.

This is another book that I found as a trailer for it. Seriously.. why do all books not have this. (All though, the last trailer I found did a much better job making me interested in the book)

I found this trailer too which I think did a much better job of getting me excited about the book.