Monday, February 27, 2017

Review ~ The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

Title: The Girls from Corona del Mar
Author: Rufi Thorpe
Copyright: 2014
Type; fiction
Page: 256
Series: No

Reason for Reading: Was the book for my bookclub last month.

A fiercely beautiful debut blazing with emotion: a major first novel about friendships made in youth and how these bonds, challenged by loss, illness, parenthood, and distance, either break or sustain. 
Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can't quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend's life. Until a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall apart further-and there is nothing Mia can do to help. And as good, kind, brave Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is and what that question means about them both. A staggeringly arresting, honest novel of love, motherhood, loyalty, and the myth of the perfect friendship that moves us to ask ourselves just how well we know those we love, what we owe our children, and who we are without our friends.

Man where to go with this one... man such a hard story to read at times and yet at other times such an easy story to relate to. There were times I felt bad for Mia and then I felt bad for Lorrie Ann. There were times I wanted to smack Lorrie Ann and strangle Mia and reverse. I laughed and cried. I related to both of these girls at different times and at other times I just wanted to reach out and hold them. They both went through so much that all I could think to myself at one point was poor baby. There was a point I wondered if Lorrie Ann was right and there was a point I asked myself was Mia right. That's how I knew this was a good book because it didn't take a side it didn't you as the reader what to think. It made you ask yourself who in this story is right? Does making a choice for what seems like selfish reasons to the world yet done for love reasons to the person make it a good choice and who has the right to make the tough decisions? Who was actually right in this story all along and what could have ever made it a better story? Where in the world did our people go wrong? Was there actually a spot in the story where our character could have made a better decision and life gotten better? Or was this their fate forever? 
How does friendship survive, form, meld and rebuild and as a human how do we survive what we are dealt with when life throws us some if not a ton of curve balls?
That's what this story made me dig in deep to think about. At the surface it's all about friendships and growing up and apart as we get older and make values and moral decisions as an adult. However, this book is much much deeper and one that I feel like grew me on a different level. Did it answer any of those questions? No but it did make me think about how quickly I judge others who I have no idea what their life story or path has been and I find I am less likely to jump to a conclusion as fast. 


Grade: 4 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend: Definitely a read I would recommend!
Keep or Give: I am giving this while it was an excellent read that made me think about things it is not something I would re-read over and over again. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday Ramblings #5

What a week!

I had the flu last week which means 5 days of no work and 8 plus days of recovery with medication. Then catch up from that work that I missed. My home fell apart with cleaning and other things. So the last 2 days has been catching up with that. Add to it I am leaving for a work training today and won't be back until late Tuesday night!

So needless to say no reading occurred but I am hoping that changes this week. I did manage to catch up on some shows and of course start some new shows so YEAH to addictions.

Legion is a new show I started

Boy that one challenged my Xmen knowledge and forced me to research some of the comics to remember what the actual hellz was happening LOL but it's good I recommend it to any nerd!!

I also started Taboo 

That show is just weird and I have to say I got 4 in before I was like either the drugs I am taking are just messing with me or this show is... so I'm not certain I will stick with it although Tom Hardy is fantastic!

I also got hooked on Kid's Baking Challenge
Those little kids are adorable and I enjoy it after work. 

Otherwise the only other things I did was watch John Wick finally and boy howdy 

Keanu Reeves is still fione as heck and boy still has moves that makes you wonder what diet he's on and gawd I hope I move that good at 52. 

Mom came over this week to watch Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (cause we loved the first)
And honestly it was horrible and long and it wouldn't end and dear lawd save me my gawd that was the longest boring movie I have seen in a long time. So I need to clean my brain and watched Priest to make up for it 

Do any of you remember Priest

I have a thing for vampire and zombie movies and Karl Urban and a vampire SIGN ME UP!!! so yeah there you go my week in a nutshell LOL 

How was your week? Did you watch or read anything interesting?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Review ~ The Trouble with Magic by Madelyn Alt

Title: The Trouble with Magic
Author: Madelyn Alt
Copyright: 2006
Type: Fiction
Pages: 261
1. A Bewitching Mystery

Reason for Reading
I am trying to clean up my TBR pile and this one has been there since 2007 so I thought it would be  a quick easy read.

Antiques-shop clerk Maggie O'Neill was a little weirded out when she discovered her new boss Felicity was a witch. But when Felicity becomes the suspect in a local murder, Maggie must enlist Felicity's wiccan friends for help--and discover her own spellbinding talent.

I thought it was cute to a point. There was a lot of teaching me about magic, Wicca and the basic belief behind it. It felt like I was being converted or attempted to be converted throughout the book. I had no problem reading about witches and honestly if I did I wouldn't have picked up a book on magic so I didn't see the point to constantly remind me the reader that witches are good, this is what they do, this is how they work and the world is against them and wants to burn them. Honestly I found that I ended up skipping those parts which was sad because the book wasn't that long to begin with. All in all it was a quick easy read and the mystery wasn't that deep nor that hard to figure out. I was worried for awhile that there would be a love triangle and I HATE those but turns out that the author was smart enough to end that. It also turns out to not have a real romantic part to it either.
I enjoyed a lot of the other side characters as well, but I just didn't need all the other stuff with it. I felt that I was being told a lot of information that was unnecessary which is why I won't continue with the series.

Grade: 3 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend: It was cute if you like a fluffy mystery with a little bit of magic that turns out wasn't magic
Keep or Give: Give

Thursday, February 16, 2017

TBR Thursday #4

So I discovered this lovely book meme over at Kimberly Faye Reads and I thought to myself I just have to do it. I no longer have a massive TBR pile however, I still need to clear out some books that I told myself I would read so I thought I would keep doing this until I did.

Title: A Meditation on Murder
Author: Robert Thorogood

Aslan Kennedy has an idyllic life: Leader of a Spiritual Retreat for wealthy holidaymakers on one of the Caribbean's most unspoilt islands, Saint Marie. Until he’s murdered, that is. The case seems open and shut: when Aslan was killed he was inside a locked room with only five other people, one of whom has already confessed to the murder. 

Detective Inspector Richard Poole is hot, bothered, and fed up with talking to witnesses who’d rather discuss his ‘aura' than their whereabouts at the time of the murder. But he also knows that the facts of the case don’t quite stack up. In fact, he’s convinced that the person who’s just confessed to the murder is the one person who couldn’t have done it. Determined to track down the real killer, DI Poole is soon on the trail, and no stone will be left unturned.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday #3

W...W...W... #6 ~ February 15, 2017

The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey 

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

What did you recently finish reading?

I Hate You - Don't Leave Me: Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder by Jerold J Kreisman


"Am I losing my mind?" 

People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) experience such violent and frightening mood swings that they often fear for their sanity. They can be euphoric one moment, despairing and depressed the next. There are an estimated 18 million sufferers of BPD living in America today-each displaying remarkably similar symptoms: 

* A shaky sense of identity 
* Sudden outbursts of anger 
* Oversensitivity to real or imagined rejection 
* Brief, turbulent love affairs 
* Intense feelings of emptiness 
* Eating disorders, drug abuse, and other self-destructive tendencies 
* An irrational fear of abandonment and an inability to be alone 

For years BPD was difficult to describe, diagnose, and treat. But with this classic guide, Dr. Jerold J. Kreisman and health writer Hal Straus offer much- needed professional advice, helping victims and their families understand and cope with this troubling, shockingly widespread affliction. This completely revised and updated edition includes information on the most up-to-date research that has opened doors to the neurobiological, genetic, and developmental roots of the disorder, as well as the connections between BPD and substance abuse, sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, and eating disorders, making it a vital reference for understanding and living with BPD.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis 

Ethan Makkai thought that seeing ghosts was the worst of his problems. Between his ethereal gift and life with a single mother hell-bent on watching his every move, he feels imprisoned. When Ethan sees a chance to escape, to leave the house by himself for the first time in his life, he seizes it, unaware that this first taste of freedom will cost him everything.

Ethan is thrown into a strange and eerie world, like nothing he's ever seen. He's assaulted by dive-bombing birds and rescued by a stranger who claims to be his bodyguard. His apartment is trashed, and his mother is kidnapped to a place Ethan never knew existed—a hidden continent called Tara.

Travelling to Tara in search of his mother, Ethan discovers that everything he knows about his life is a lie. His mother is royalty. His father is not dead. His destiny is likely to get him killed.

Confronted by a vicious sorcerer determined to destroy the Makkai family, Ethan must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he’s going to save his mother and all the people of Tara, including the beautiful girl he’s fallen for.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Album Review ~ Under My Skin by Ben L'Oncle Soul

Artist: Ben L'Oncle Soul
Album: Under My Skin

Released: 2016

1. A Very Good Year
2. All The Way
3. Fly Me To The Moon
4. The Good Life
5. Moonlight Serenade
6. I love Paris
7. My Way
8. New York, New York
9. The Way You Look Tonight
10. I've Got You Under My Skin
11. Witchcraft

Bought from: Amazon
Price: $9.49

Thoughts of Album:
This album obviously just from the name of the tracks is a throw back to old blue eyes of Sinatra, but what I love is Ben has made it his own. The words are there you recognize them for what they are and yet they are uniquely Ben's. I don't feel that once again I am getting Frank Sinatra redone and thrown back in my face the same old way again. I am getting a little of unique Ben and his interpretation of the how he feel Fly Me to the Moon, New York New York and Witchcraft should be done. Ben has his own flavor which makes everything on this album unique and fun. I enjoy listening to it getting ready for work as well as coming home and cooking dinner. Ben has a unique voice yet at the same time I feel that he could totally jam with Ottis Redding and fit right in there as well. I like the mix of modern and yet I could feel at home in a jazz club doing what I need to with wine to relax. Everything about this album just flows together. Never once did I feel jarred out of place wondering where does that song fit in or how did they think that worked. If you are feeling like you want more Ben check out his original album it has both English and French you can get it on Amazon here it is my ABSOLUTE favorite album of his and I play it all the time. 

Favorite Track(s)
1. Fly Me To the Moon
2. The Way You Look Tonight

Grade: A

Would you recommend: I would highly recommend anything this man does and any of his albums are worth it. This is just his latest one released. 

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