Quick Book Review: Bone Idol by David Louden

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Bone Idol (bohn ahyd-l), despite confusing me by the titles, was a really nice read! And by really nice, I mean it kept me hooked, interesting and on my edge about what was going to happen next to the main character.

I enjoyed reading about the main character as he grew up, but I sometimes felt a little confused as to what age stage he was at. I did my best to guess at what age he was at while I was reading it, but I sometimes found it a struggle to understand if he was still a preteen or a teenager yet.

I found the novel was just perfectly long enough to not get me bored and wishing for it to end. I was almost begging for more when I got to the last chapter. I would definitely want to continue reading this series if another book came out and followed the lead character or his family again.

One word of advice was that I would have liked a more clear plot. I wasn’t exactly sure what was going on for a complete plot, other than following the character as he grew up. Yes, I understand it was somewhat an autobiography but I would have loved a clear plot to the stories.

I did enjoy this book and I would recommend it to many readers who want a different read, that is a fictional themed novel but has a more real life setting while you follow the character.

Four out of five stars, due to the lack of a continuing plot and the age confusion I experienced while trying to figure out how old the lead character, Doug, was throughout the novel.

Amazing book nonetheless!

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: Dora Versus Picasso by Cecil Jenkins

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This book was nonfiction gold! When I was younger, I was really into art so I decided to pick up this book about an artist that I was obsessed with when I was under the age of ten.

This novel follows Pablo Picasso and one of his many lovers, Dora. While the beginning experienced a slow start, once I was five chapters in I could not put this book down.

Many events in this book reflect the actual events that occurred, but are written in a more fictional way than a non fiction informational book. Having this book being written in the fictional, story telling format made this book more enjoyable and made me feel like I was actually there witnessing Picasso paint.

This book was beautifully written, and after the fact when I looked up the paintings to see how they compared to the descriptions in the novel, I was in awe of how descriptive the author was.

I usually dislike non fiction books, but picking this book up made me really reconsider the amount of dislike I have for them. If all works were based on non fiction like this book, I would feel the need to pick more books up.

The downside I saw to this book, was that I wanted a little more insight into the relationships Picasso had with the ex wife (who is only mentioned and not in a lot of the action of the novel) and with his currently lover and not mistress (Marie).

Overall, I loved this book. When this book finished, I was frustrated that I couldn’t read more (which is not a bad thing at all)! I would definitely read another book by Cecil Jenkins after reading this amazing gem! This work of art (oh the puns and irony!).

Five out of five stars! I was unable to put this book down and I demand more! Also, it was signed by the author which made this book a little bit more special for me! (Okay, maybe a lot more special).

I received this book for free through Good Reads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: A Hunka Hunka Nursing Love by Kathryn Maeglin

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This romance novel was a quick and fun read! The novel follows Valerie Palka who is a businesswoman. This businesswoman decides to start up a little business involving male nurses helping the elderly in their homes after her Mother begins to need help in her home. Valerie hires one of the nurses who helped her Mother, named Keith, and might be falling for him!

While reading this novel, I found myself believing that this could happen (minus a few facts regarding the health care team that might have been needed to be researched more) and I enjoyed every minute! The novel started out and moved fast enough to keep me interested, and always had interesting turns with every page turn.

Following Valerie, Keith and Helen, as well as the other characters, was a roller coaster of emotions and minor suspense. I definitely would pick up another novel by Kathryn Maeglin after reading this novel.

The downside to this novel was how it ended. Not in the fashion of the plot, but the speed. I found the ending to come to a sudden, rushed end and without much insight into it. I felt the last chapter or epilogue could have been explained a bit more in one or two chapters, but maybe I’m just being picky.

I really did enjoy this book! I rate it four out of five stars mainly because I felt like the plot could have been extended to visit a few more problems within the story about Helen and Valerie’s relationship (without giving away any spoilers, I shall say “near the end of the novel”). Overall, it was amazing though!!

Four out of five stars! Amazing book! I’d read it again and recommend it to many of my friends who enjoy romance and light-hearted comedy!!

I received this book for free through Good Reads First Reads.

Book Review: The Most Beautiful Book in the World by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

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Book Review:

Title: The Most Beautiful Book in the World: Eight Novellas
Author: Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Date Read: September 4th – September 26th, 2016
Date Reviewed: September 26th, 2016

Introduction: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I wanted to read this because I was lacking in anthologies as of lately – I had almost none on my shelf!

Spoilers Ahead?: No.

Quick Summary: This anthology is full of eight different novellas that are not related. They are cute, short stories that are sure to entertain the reader. These are merely eight random stories, nothing that is to hard for the average reader to comprehend, and nothing sci-fi or crazy plot wise. It is a set of contemporary fiction novellas.

Evaluations: Some stories spoke more to me than others, but all eight of them were beautifully written. I enjoyed each novella as  they came, and even though it took me a while to get through the novel, that was merely because I wanted to read one story at a time. If a reader goes in expecting a simple, entertaining read, than this book is for them!

Overall, I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t extraordinary. It was just a good read.

Plot: Each of the plots are finished within each story. I was thoroughly impressed by Mr. Schmitt’s writing. Many authors create a fictional world within their novellas and then the reader is left craving more. Mr. Schmitt sums each story up perfectly and the endings left me feeling complete. I did not require more and I did not require less – so bravo to this fabulous author.

Themes/Creativity:  When I read over other reviews of this novel, it was clear either readers swung one way or the other. You hate this set of novellas, or you love it. If you are expecting a grande, exquisite set of stories then this anthology is not for you. It is contemporary, French literature, and readers should be aware of this coming in. The stories are creative in their own right, with each being different from the rest. They are fast past, they have a simple narrative and they are not super sophisticated.  I couldn’t find any themes, but I would say this little anthology is creative.

Uniqueness: Each story is unique in their own way. Some of the stories, such as the first Wanda Winnipeg, may put the reader off if they are not fully invested in the anthology. Some of the stories are brighter and more unique than others, while some of them are simply plot driven and simple minded.  Since this anthology was originally in French, I would have loved to read the French version without translation, because there may have been some words lost in translation.

Strengths: Mr. Schmitt’s plot driven writing is by far one of the best strengths. He gets to the point and writes a wonderful story!

Weaknesses: I found that the sophistication within these stories was very bland. I would have loved some grander stories, but perhaps the book was not meant to be grande and sophisticated.

Score: 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed the novel, but I hoped for a little bit more. I would definitely read more wrote by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt in the future.

Quick Book Review: Heart Prints by Anne Schober

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To be honest, I usually do not read books like this because I have no taste for them, but this book was a beautiful exception. This little book full of stories about how lives were changed and how to relate to other people and students warmed my heart up quite a bit.

At the beginning I wasn’t sure if I would be interested in the book, since I usually am more into fictional stories with grande adventures. Once I got into the book, reading about how lives were positively affected by other people and how one can change themselves to relate to others made me thoroughly enjoy this book.

The book is beautifully written with a great use of descriptive words where needed. I felt like I was reading a very well thought out essay for an English class (and I really enjoyed English class and editing essays).

It is hard to find one thing wrong about this book (other than the fact it is from a genre that I don’t usually read). This book can lift the spirits and teach the reader about how to relate to other people, not just students, and how a reader can possibly have a positive effect on another person’s lives.

Four out of five stars! Beautifully written and a wonderful, short read.

I also really enjoyed the fact that it was autographed and had a message specifically for me. It made my day brighten seeing the book specifically signed with my name by the author with a little message.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: Carrie by Stephen King

 

 

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I have always wanted to pick up Carrie and I finally was able to find a copy of it.

Since I saw many film adaptions of this book first, it was kind of weird reading the different viewpoints of the novel – but it worked. I enjoyed reading the different perspectives within the novel, it gave a special insight into the minds of everyone else, something many books lack.

I definitely didn’t find it scary. It made me feel horrible for the treatment of the girl, and it made me understand why she was so evil, but I wasn’t scared. The films left me a lot more horrified then the book did (and books have left me scared before. The first Temperance Brennan book did just that).

It was well written – the writing style was strange at times, but it’s easy to follow.

I was definitely amazed at the idea behind this book. How did Stephen King think this up? That thought went through my mind numerous times while reading. It’s a wonderful idea and he did it justice.

Overall, it was a good story and I want to read more by Stephen King. He’s quite the genius!

Four out of five stars.

Quick Book Review: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

In honour of the Inferno film release, here is my review of Angels and Demons!

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As a swimmer I expected to like this novel, but sadly I found it lacking.

The story itself is incredibly amazing, but it lacked any form of excitement. It seemed to be more of an essay than a story about how the Three-Year Swim Club came to being and how they entered a quest to get to the Olympics.

The author did a great job researching and presenting this novel, but it was not what I expected at all. Despite the incredible writing and fantastic story, I just felt like it was lacking a good ‘umph’ to the story to make anybody want to pick it up and read it.

I expected a lot of explanation into swimming, but sadly there wasn’t much of that either. With the lack of exciting plot movement and swimming descriptions, I just felt let down.

I love non-fiction, and as a non-fiction novel it was fantastic, but it was just not what I expected off of the back cover.

Two out of five stars.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: Guilty:A Split Moment – A Split Family by Jane Bidder

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** spoiler alert ** This book was an amazing take on having a family member go to prison.

This book started out very slow for me, and I did not enjoy the first quarter of the book. I found it very hard to get into, until Simon went to prison. Once Simon went to prison for texting and driving and in turn killing a woman, the book became very interesting to me and had my hanging on at every word. It gave a very interesting perspective on what happens to family relationships when one person is thrown into a prison.

I found the relationships in this book very believable, and I also found the plot line very believable as well. The conversations made sense, and along the way I had constant questions that were eventually answered.

The only way this book could have been any better was if the beginning was more catchy to hold onto my attention. It felt very slow and boring at the beginning, but it was an introduction.

I still have questions about what happened to the characters and there is a special place in my heart for them.

Four out of five stars! Due to the boring beginning.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: People Who Need To Die by Victor Rook

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This novel was an amazing spoof on people who should be killed off in the future. People Who Need To Die is an amazing satirical novel depicting how some people would kill off those who frustrate others.

This was a series of many short stories, and each one was equally amazing in their own way! The glimpse inside this author’s mind is absolutely shocking but at the same time awesome. This book gave me a Saw (film) type feeling, where someone decides to play a wicked game and kill off others who are not keeping the peace. Bad Drivers, people always on their cellphones, spammers, internet trolls, horrible bosses, litterbugs, black friday shoppers, idiots and gardeners are all destroyed in this series of short stories.

I did find Terror Garden, the short story, to be long, slow and boring compared to the other novels, but as a selection as a whole, this novel is amazing. I didn’t expect the series to be so good and well developed. I actually want to reread this and suggest it to everyone I know. This author needs to make more books like this!

The “selective” homicides was a fabulous idea, and I wish there were more satirical novels out there like this that I could get my hands on. Absolutely wonderful!

Five out of five stars!

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

PS I also loved that he signed it for me and spelled my name right. ❤

Quick Book Review: Tangled Lives by Hilary Boyd

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This book was very believable and easy to read, but very slow and boring in my opinion.

This story follows Annie Delancey and her happy, grown family as the child she gave up for adoption while she was a teenager tries to contact her. This ends up causing trouble within the family and the story follows this very drama.

While the drama that occurred was believable, I found that a little bit more action or drama could have happened to make the story more interesting. While more drama might have made it seem less realistic, it also would have made for a better novel.

The story moved very slowly, but the writing was very beautiful. The descriptions and word choices by the author made it a very beautiful read. Once I got about two thirds into the book, I did find myself hooked to the story since I wanted to find out what was happening to the characters.

I found the ending to be quite lame and uneventful. I expected an interesting ending that showed how the characters were years later, instead of a small summary of a random event to the family.

I did enjoy this book, and I would suggest it to other people but I would not read the book again. Well written with a believable plot, but not the most attractive read to keep you hooked onto the book.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

3 out of 5 stars.