Freda's Voice

A Canadian Lifestyle blogger who is a bookworm and poet.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

— feeling big smile
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  - J.K. Rowling

This has got to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest book I have ever read.
It's gigantic.
You would think it would be daunting but actually, while it took me forever and a day to complete, it flowed so well that I always had a hard time putting it down. Life just got in the way for me, not the book.
This one had me more sad at times. It had moments that you didn't want to happen and they still did. I'm left with a 'Poor Potter' feeling. It sucks. Yet I want more.
The one thing I will tell you about the story is that this is the book where Harry finally understands who he is and matures some. So many of his questions, even ones he didn't know he had were answered. It brought a lot of everything together.
Still it's not over, so I must continue.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/10/harry-potter-and-order-of-phoenix-by-jk.html

Shadow Of The Fox by Julie Kagawa

— feeling booklikes
Shadow of The Fox - Julie Kagawa
I'm a fan, having read 16 books of Julie Kagawa's. I have high hopes.
It was good but not great.
I feel like my lack of knowledge with Japanese culture and folklore may have contributed to me not loving it. I literally had zero knowledge.
At the beginning of the story I was even slightly confused, and wondered if it might be a bad read. I'm glad I kept going and am glad I did. At the end of the story I was left wanting to read book 2, Soul of the Sword. I was pulled into this story about a kitsune on a quest, who meets a samurai and other characters. 
I also k=now want to know more about Japanese culture in general.
I just want to say to Julie Kagawa fans; don't go into this read expecting too much if you also have a lack of knowledge in that culture, (actually; or not). Fans often have their hopes too high and compare it to their favorite series, which is unfair when it's so different. Have an open mind like I did, and you will end up enjoying it.

 

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/09/shadow-of-fox-by-julie-kagawa-41.html

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

— feeling evil grin
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
My favorite so far!
I loved the story in this one. The intensity of a villain like Sirius Black on the loose, mixed with a dose of Lord Voldemort, and the excitement was page-turning! Plus I felt more adventure in this one with the tournament Harry had to participate in.
It was sad to see death in this one, but it is imminent after all so I shouldn't have been surprised. And yet I was.
This book is by far the biggest of the series too. It was easy to read, but still took some time to get through. I don't mind though, it was so worth it.
Get onto reading this series if you haven't already. Seriously.
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/09/harry-potter-and-goblet-of-fire-40.html

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

— feeling amazing
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - J.K. Rowling

A real page turner!
I have loved this series. The first two books were not only an introduction of sorts into the witch and wizard world of Hogwart's, but a collection of small adventures.
This book is all that and more. It has a dark note. It takes the reader to the scariest depths of Hogwart's. 
At this point, this book is my favorite. I can't wait to read on!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/09/harry-potter-and-prisoner-of-azkaban-by.html
— feeling amazing
Reading the series, this is a great find!!

Hmmm...might go with Halloween BINGO

Reblogged from Debbie's Spurts:
— feeling frankenstein

 

Source: http://stillcracking.com/harry-potter-shooter-recipes-are-magical

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

— feeling big smile
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

Brilliant!
I felt like this book exactly what I would hope from it. Another year at school and another year of adventures. As these kids learn magic, they learn how to mature and grow as human beings as well. Near the very end of the book, Dumbledore teaches Harry the most valuable lesson of the whole school year. It was well worth reading to get to.
Why do I hate the Malfoy's so much? They take villainy a little too far. Ugh.
The stand-out character was definitely Dumbledore's phoenix! Just sayin'. I love that bird!
Can't wait to watch the film! I've seen it years ago, but want a refresher now. And onto book 3 we go!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/08/harry-potter-and-chamber-of-secrets-by.html
Reblogged from roxannerhoads:

* Free Book Friday August 24 Truth and Solace *
Love at Solace Lake Book Three by Jana Richards

Truth and Solace
Love at Solace Lake
Book 3
Jana Richards

Love is worth the risk…

When their grandfather dies, the Lindquist sisters, Harper, Scarlet and Maggie, inherit the northern Minnesota fishing lodge that had been in their family for three generations. The inheritance is bittersweet. They were raised at the lodge by their grandparents. The natural beauty of the place hasn’t changed, but the building itself is crumbling and desperately in need of repair. The lodge also reminds them of what they lost. Twenty-two years previously, their parents died there in what was ruled a murder/suicide.

As the sisters struggle to breathe new life into the failing lodge, old fears and questions rise to the surface even as new love presents itself. Why did their father murder their mother? What truths did their grandparents keep from them? The sisters must fight to keep the wounds of the past from putting their futures, and their fledgling relationships, in jeopardy.

The truth could destroy them. Or set them free.

Maggie Lindquist left Solace Lake determined never to return. Circumstances have pulled her back and she’s helping to restore her family’s dilapidated fishing lodge. When she agreed to the plan she didn’t expect to have to work side by side with the man who abandoned her ten years earlier. She didn’t expect to like him, or want him ever again. But can she trust him as she once did?

Luke Carlsson rushes home to tend to his ailing mother. Her lengthy illness means he needs to stay, at least temporarily. And to stay, he needs to work. Solace Lake Lodge offers him a job and an opportunity to work with the woman he’s never stopped loving. But the restoration is unleashing secrets hidden for decades and no one is left unscathed. Especially not Maggie and Luke, whose love needs to be resilient enough to forgive, and strong enough to build a future together.

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Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

— feeling amazing
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

My first time reading the series, and what do I think?!
Fantastic and magical!
Even better than the film too! This story, the first in the Harry Potter series, is everything I had hoped for and more! There were moments in the story that were more vivid and descriptive than the film brought to life. It was what I didn't even know I needed.
A quick read too. From easy story telling, to this magical world and even more magical characters, you are at the end before you know it.
I'm heading right into the next book too. I just can't wait. 

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/08/harry-potter-and-philosophers-stone-37.html

The Roxy by Andrew Czezowski & Susan Carrington

— feeling grin

A book for punk lovers, like me!
Most of my favorite bands got their start at The Roxy. It was a night club in the late 70's that didn't last very long, but in that time it was magic!
Bands like The Clash, The Lurkers, Siouxie and the Banshees, all played in this club. For me, learning more about the owners, Susan and Andrew was fascinating. I also loved the detailed timeline of the club. Most of this stuff I had no idea about.
If you love punk like I do, get this book. You will be hooked from cover to cover!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/08/the-roxy-by-andrew-czezowski-susan.html

Going Through The Change by Samantha Bryant

— feeling grin
Going Through the Change - Samantha Bryant
So much fun, and a story I easily relate to.
Okay, so I am peri-menopausal. I'm saddened that I am not harboring some new-found powers thanks to the change. These ladies in this story made menopause kind of fun. Just think for one second here, if you got one power during menopause, what would you choose? This book is a creative look at menopause with a twist. Instead of just raging hormones, what if we turned into a man? Or instead of hot spells, you could wield a ball of fire? Cool, right?! 
So this was a quick read, and I'm glad there is more to the series. I need to know what happened to the villain that got away!!
Women, get a copy. Especially if you are over forty! You'll have a blast reading it!
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/going-through-change-by-samantha-bryant.html

Free Fall by Brad Thor

— feeling booklikes
Free Fall: A Prelude to Hidden Order - Brad Thor

What an exciting little read!
It was my first time reading a book from Brad Thor, and I loved the subject matter. Who wouldn't enjoy an espionage thriller with Somali pirates? I know I did, and it also made me want to read more from the author. I even may start this series right, since this novella is #11.5 in the series, but I didn't know that when I sat to read it. I don't think it mattered anyway. I don't feel like I missed out on anything previously so it's all good.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/free-fall-by-brad-thor-34.html

Ever After High: Ashlynn Ella's Story by Shannon Hale

— feeling big smile

Another cute story.
This one was an introduction to Cinderella's daughter, who also happens to be the next in line to be Cinderella. I'm not sure why history has to repeat itself there, but in the story, that is Ashlynn Ella's destiny.
It didn't really tell us anything else, except she is going away to school.
Short but sweet, I look forward to the next one.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/ever-after-high-ashlynn-ellas-story-by.html

Daire Meets Ever by Alyson Noel

— feeling booklikes
Daire Meets Ever - Alyson Noel

I read Fated years ago and loved it. Enough so, I have the birds from the beginning of each chapter tattooed on my wrist. I saw this for free, and although it's a backstory, I was intrigued and hoped it would be good.
It was too short to be anything though. Ever and Daire meet and that's really all there is to it.
I feel like I need to get on with this series. I gave Fated a 4 out of 5 and never continued, now that I had a refresher, I feel like I'm missing out.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/daire-meets-ever-by-alyson-noel-32.html

Chicken Recipes by Hannie P. Scott

— feeling big smile

I like this book. A lot, in fact.
Flipping through the recipes, my mouth was watering. Literally each one I would like to try out and prepare for my family.
I prepared the Baked Potato Chicken Casserole.

It was delicious, although time consuming between prep and cook time. Still, when the hubby called it excellent, I knew it was worth it.
I will be making it again and again, as well as trying more!
Definitely add this one to your list ladies!! It's a must-have!
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/chicken-recipes-by-hannie-p-scott-31.html

Before by Cambria Hebert

— feeling booklikes
Before - Cambria Hebert

Started off kind of slow but didn't end that way!
It became a creeptastic intro to Sam and Heven. They're not an item, but Sam sure wishes they were. Plus there's a 'monster' that I really wantt to know more about.
Good thing I have Masquerade on my Kindle, because I'm left on the edge of my seat.


Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/before-by-cambria-hebert-30.html

Actors Anonymous by James Franco

— feeling bad smell
Actors Anonymous - James Franco

Meh.
I wanted to like this book, I mean, I LOVE James Franco. The premise was pretty interesting too, and unheard of. Still, the book fell flat for me.
It was a fictional book of short stories, it was supposed to be thespians that were not famous yet. Each story was a vignette of how they cycle around acting, tryouts, casting calls and more. Stories from their every day norm, and how they get through life.
I found that almost every story had a sexual side to it, or was about things I felt uncomfortable reading about. I didn't need to know half of what was told, especially who was doing who. 
There was a moment where James was telling his story, but being fiction, you quickly realize it's him but he's talking drivel. So I lost interest.
I would enjoy a memoir much more, that's clear. Fiction is not his forte in my opinion. He should stick to acting.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/actors-anonymous-novel-by-james-franco.html