Freda's Voice

A Canadian Lifestyle blogger who is a bookworm and poet.

Anger Is An Energy by John Lydon

— feeling star
Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored - John Lydon
Interesting bio from an interesting  man.
I feel like I sat down and had a conversation with Johnny Rotten about his life. I knew a bit about him, the bands he played in and even other things he has been up to. I feel like I know so much more now. Getting glimpses into the backstage part of the show, sort-to-speak.
What a story too! Being a fan I was completely enthralled throughout. Especially in those private moments where he talks about Sid, and Nancy too. I've always wondered about his point of view. Now I have it.
I do feel that he bounced around a lot when telling a story, I mean, if you have ever heard him talk then you probably get what I mean. He gets back to where he needs to be, but often gets sidetracked in the stories. 
It's all good though, and fans, like me, will eat it up!
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/11/anger-is-energy-by-john-lydon-23.html

The Authorized: Roy Orbison by Roy Jr., Wesley & Alex Orbison

— feeling big smile
The Authorized Roy Orbison - Alex Orbison, Roy Orbison, Wesley Orbison, Jeff Slate

What an incredible story!
Truth be told, I knew of Roy Orbison, the musician. Now I feel like I really know him though. Wow, what an amazing and tumultuous life he had. Rising to the top one minute only to be brought down by the worst of circumstances, over and over again.
His sons, who wrote the book, really take you inside their lives with their dad and show you the real story of his life. You gain so much insight as to why or how things were the way they were.
The photos were nice to see too, some I had seen, but most were new to me. I saw so many celebrities and family, all who Roy loved closely and cherished, but was sad to not see one photo of him and Elvis. A man he admired so much and was friends with as well.
Still, this is an excellent read. And with Tom Petty's passing as I write this out, it almost feels poetic that I finished this book today.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/10/the-authorized-roy-orbison-by-roy-jr.html

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

— feeling big smile
Uncommon Type: Some Stories - Tom Hanks

A fantastic collection of stories!
I am so happy to have read the stories that come from Tom Hanks' brain. With tales from another time, or about issues from then or now, and even some spark of ingenuity, I was rapt. I do have favorites though. Go See Costas is my top choice. It's a story about life in a new country, and the struggle within language and culture barriers. Quite prolific! 
I'm going to share a little part with you all, so you can get a taste of brilliance;


DING! I'm at my so-called desk in the so-called office of Greensheet Give-Away,the free shoppers' guide that once provided the Tri-Cities with oodles of coupons, advertisements, and, in the back pages, local interest stories where regular folks could see their name in print. I was crafting a piece on a dog show just held at the old Civic Auditorium--my pay was fifteen bucks!--when the most beautiful woman who ever started a conversation with me walked by and said, "You type fast." She was right, and since I was the fast type, I wooed her, wed her, and have been her main squeeze for over forty years.
 
Like, isn't that pretty amazeballs writing?! I know right?! 
Definitely get this book. You won't regret it.
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/10/uncommon-type-some-stories-by-tom-hanks.html

Good Girl Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry

— feeling booklikes
Good Girl Bad Girl - Ann Girdharry

What a ride!
I feel like the book took me places, literally and figuratively. We ventured from London to India and back and forth again and again, but also the two story lines that not only went together, but complimented each other, took the reader on a thrilling journey of lies, murder and mystery.
I feel like I need to read London Noir, the next book in the series. I just have a feeling it will be fast-paced and gripping much like this one.
A great debut! Too bad it took me so long to read it!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/10/good-girl-bad-girl-by-ann-girdharry-20.html

Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood

— feeling booklikes
Geekomancy - Michael R. Underwood

So much fun!
Imagine all your favorite sci-fi movies, fantasy tv shows, and comic books got all rolled into one. Now put them in a story about a girl finding her way through life. You can see why it would be so much fun if you use your imagination!
The author did just that. A creative mind he has to be able to make so many references and be in theme with the story. I really enjoyed it.
I also loved the flow of the tale. It had a beginning, middle and end, with much excitement and adventure along the way. There were also many characters and creatures too, which was nice.
A lot of people will like this book, especially if you have an inner geek.


3.5/5

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/09/geekomancy-by-michael-r-underwood-18.html

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

— feeling big smile
The Good Daughter - Karin Slaughter

Another hit in my books!
Karin Slaughter is such a good writer. She has a way of drawing me deep into the story. I wonder about them, the characters, and where it's going to go. Will they make it out? Will they get justice? I get invested.
That's good story-telling.
I like the pace of this book, it was steady, it kept me reading.
I wasn't always pleased with the outcome though. A couple of moments I was like, 'aw, man!!', but in all sincerity, it worked too.
If you haven't read anything by her, you must! She is a great thriller writer!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/09/the-good-daughter-by-karin-slaughter-18.html

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

— feeling big smile
Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs - Molly Harper

Such fun!
I love the idea that vampires, werewolves and other creatures walk among us. This story follows Jane, a newly turned vampire who is trying to find a balance between living and dead and still maintain her life. Let's face it though, being a vampire is far from normal. Jane is about to find that out  and much more!
Looking forward to the next book in the series!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/08/nice-girls-dont-have-fangs-by-molly.html

One, Two He Is Coming For You by Willow Rose

— feeling surrender
One, Two ... He is Coming for you: Rebekka Franck #1 - Willow Rose

So intense!
This fast-paced mystery follows a Rebekah as she tries to solve a serial murder spree. At times, she gets way to close for comfort and it gets pretty scary, but in a good way.
I can't wait to read more in this series!
A gripping page-turner that is sure to satisfy the thriller lover in you!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/08/one-two-he-is-coming-for-you-by-willow.html

Donna by V.C. Andrews

— feeling booklikes
Donna - V.C. Andrews
Better than Corliss!
Though this one also brought both novellas together.
I liked Donna. I like that she's a wiz. I like the sounds of Spindrift Academy too! Sounds like a school filled with the most interesting students and staff alike. So much so, that I can't wait to read more from this series.
A definite good start to the series!
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/08/donna-by-vc-andrews-win-too-15.html
— feeling grin
Last Breath - Karin Slaughter
Can't wait to read The Good Daughter now!
Where the book left off, I'm hoping the next one picks up at. It was a book I kept reading through to the end in one sitting. The flow was just easy.  The story surrounding Flora is pretty intense. The twists and turns the plot takes are not what you expect at all, but it becomes such a good thing. You really wanna slap the shit out of Flora by the end of it. at least I did.
So onto the next book now!
 
 

Corliss by V.C. Andrews

— feeling booklikes
Corliss - V.C. Andrews
It ended kinda weird.
The story as a whole was pretty good though, and not what I had expected at all.
I liked Corliss. I didn't get why no one believed her, she seemed like a trustworthy gal from the get-go, but still she was doubted when she told what happened one night... that night.
I'm looking forward to seeing what the next one, Donna, is about. I hope it's a lead-up for something greater.
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/07/corliss-by-vc-andrews-13.html

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

— feeling booklikes
Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

I need Glass Sword now!
This story is pretty amazeballs. Has a super amount of adventure. Usurping of thrones. Killings and fighting, and all in the name of glory.
I'm slightly disappointed that a couple people didn't get what they deserved, but hopefully that is coming in the next book. 
The idea of these two groups of people in this book, Silvers and Reds, having 'others' that share both traits is the spark of the plot. You keep waiting for Mare to show her shit. She eventually does, and it's epic, but you do pine for it to show throughout.
A great start to this series though, and I can't wait for more!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/06/red-queen-by-victoria-aveyard-12.html

The Murder Game by Julie Apple

— feeling booklikes
The Murder Game - Catherine McKenzie writing as Julie Apple

What a great story!
I love the whole six degrees of separation in this story. I love how the author takes us on this courtroom drama ride, and how you think you know but you end up learning something more. I love the whole concept of this story!
The characters, Julian, Lily, Jonathan and Meredith, have such a great friendship, though tumultuous at times too. The chemistry between them has them coming back to each other, and us coming back to read more about them.
The mystery is so solid. I've seen that show, How To Get Away With Murder, and I can declare factually that I much prefer this twisty tale more. Catherine McKenzie, or rather, Julie Apple, sure has a way with words and wrapping a reader into the story.
Fans, grab this one fast.
If you haven't read any of her books, this is a great place to start!

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/05/the-murder-game-by-julie-apple-11.html

Wires And Nerve by Marissa Meyer

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 - Marissa Meyer, Douglas Holgate

Epic!!
I love The Lunar Chronicles, and this graphic novel is a perfect addition to an already fantastic series! I can't wait to read the second one when it comes out next year. 
All of our favorite characters are back, and they are brought to life with the illustrations. Those illustrations are awesome, and being a fan of the series, it is nice to see what exactly Marissa Meyer had in mind when she created the characters. It's quite close to what I dreamed up in my mind when reading the novels.
I love this book and all the rest in the series, so I can't recommend them enough, but I still will till the end of time! 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/05/wires-and-nerve-by-marissa-meyer-9.html

Situation Momedy by Jenna Von Oy

— feeling big smile
Situation Momedy: A Very Special Episode in Toddlerdom - Jenna Von Oy

Calling all mommies!!
This cute, tongue-in-cheek look at mommyhood is one that all moms can relate to. Jenna has a way of sharing her stories, while giving some great pointers for new moms or moms to toddlers. She may not have all the answers, but she tries to handle life and children in a way that is positive, loving and at times hilarious.
Reading her story, even though I had not read the first book, had me looking back on my own experiences as a mom to babies and toddlers. I also had two kids in diapers at the same time, so I know the struggle is real. Seeing that all mothers go through this is one thing, but to know you aren't alone with the tantrums or toddler antics is a another. Often when the going gets tough, we feel alone. Reading this book was almost like attending a support group. Albeit with a few more laughs.
I may be long past my diapering days, with my children grown and adult now, but I hope Jenna writes more momedy books. Her humor shines through those poop-filled moments like nobodies business, and it's nice to go back in time to when I had those moments too.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/04/situation-momedy-by-jenna-von-oy.html

Wildcat by Sara Paretsky

Wildcat: V. I. Warshawski's First Case (Kindle Single) - Sara Paretsky

A fun little story!
I wouldn't call it V.I's first case so much as her introduction to bad guys. She didn't really go on a case, but was being a nosy child chasing things she maybe shouldn't have.
It made for a good, quick read though. It also helped shape why V.I. became the private detective that she did. This incident would have created that whole spark.
I loved the movie, so it was nice to read a story with a familiar character. I definitely want to read more now too!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/03/wildcat-by-sara-paretsky-7.html