Freda's Voice

A Canadian Lifestyle blogger who is a bookworm and poet.

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

Ensnared by Rita Stradling

— feeling big smile
Ensnared - Rita Stradling
Wonderful!!

Oh, how I love a good retelling, and this story definitely fit that bill!
Beauty, or Alainn, was a perfect match for the Beast, Lorccan. The chemistry between them was undeniable. And with this Steampunk Sci-Fi twist, it made the relationship so much more interesting.
Like Lorccan's house.... seriously, this place sounds huge and what a wonder it would be in real life. 
Just like a good fairy tale, all things have happy endings. Everyone gets what they want in the end, and all is well in the kingdom.
I like that, especially in this story!
Majority of you who read my reviews will surely gobble this one right up!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/03/ensnared-by-rita-stradling-6-earlyreview.html

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

— feeling panda face
Passenger - Alexandra Bracken

It was okay.
The story itself involved some freaky time travel, that sometimes I didn't fully comprehend. Along with these people all on the hunt for an heirloom of sorts, that can be used for the greater good evil of those who have it. 
What I did love was the chemistry between Etta and Nicholas. Here were two totally different people that were brought together and became enamored. It was a nice change of pace to the slightly boring story, when these two started to blossom their romance. 
In light of it, I may even read the next book just to see what transpires between them some more. 
Do I think everyone will love this book? No. I do, however, think many will enjoy the love story in it as much as I did.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/02/passenger-by-alexandra-bracken-5.html

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

— feeling big smile
Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs

Another awesome look at Peculiars!
Each book in the series picks up more speed than the last, with this book coming to a final conclusion. Ironically, it did leave room open for more, if necessary, but in a whole, the story came together nicely.
How I like to see all the Peculiars make it to where they needed to be and with whom they needed to be with. A happy ending is always nice. I found myself feeling sorry for the creatures that were considered an enemy in this series, after finding out the full history on them. Didn't see that coming, that's for sure!
If you haven't read this series, you should. I saw one person commented that this series is too creepy for her, but that's the thing, there is not much creepy about the story at all. It's like a science-fiction, fantasy, if you ask me, and I think some of you who are turned off would be so on if you gave it a try.


4.5/5

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/01/library-of-souls-by-ransom-riggs-3.html

Telling The Truthiness by Richard Braaksma

— feeling bad smell
Telling the Truthiness: The Gospel According to Stephen Colbert - Richard Braaksma
Meh.

I was stoked when I won this book, I thought it would be cool to read a biography on Colbert. Well, it wasn't. At least, not this one.
This book is basically the author connecting whatever dots he can between Colbert's comedy, on or off the shows, and the Bible. 
I read my Bible every day. Love having a moment with God each morning. That's not why I wanted this book though. I wanted to laugh, not be taught more Bible study from some one else's perspective. Even that was lacking for me.
Not getting any accolades here. Sorry.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/01/telling-truthiness-by-richard-braaksma-2.html

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

— feeling big smile
Stardust - Neil Gaiman

Incredible.
I was there. In Wall. Watching this story unfold from the sidelines.
At least that is how I felt. Like I was in the moment. Scary, exciting moment that is was. And by moment, I mean book.
Faeries, witches, and even things you can't explain, became an essential element to the fantasy. This world. The politics. The characters. All were strong. 
Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller, in my opinion. He knows how to put you there. Even in something you could never otherwise fathom. He brings strong characters to you, with a plot that has you digging in deep. Then he ties it up at the end with a perfect cherry on top. I can't wait to read more from him!
I also plan on watching the film adaption soon. I know I have seen it before, but it might be different for me this time around having read the book.

 

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/11/stardust-by-neil-gaiman-with-giveaway.html

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

— feeling booklikes
Heartless - Marissa Meyer

I wanted more.
Sad, but true.
I'm left feeling like the end was the best part, and all the rest leading up to it kinda fell flat for me. Let me clarify though, this is still a good read. Just not what I thought it would be.
I wanted to read a story about the Queen of Hearts, and while it was, it was actually more of a love story for most of it. Not what I wanted at all. She may have been the Queen of Hearts, but she was far from lovable in the original. To have a retelling with her so sweet it made my teeth hurt.
Still, the love story drew me in and was well-written in typical Meyer fashion.
Was it the best Wonderland adaption I've read? No, but it was good. The world she drew fell between the olden days and a mystical, magical land that we know Wonderland to be. The characters were just like in the original Wonderland story, though maybe a bit more vividly.
All in all, I would read another if it came out. Just putting that out there...
Fans of Marissa Meyer best make sure not to go in expecting too much. Not every story can be a five star story, so remember that.

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/11/heartless-by-marissa-meyer-75.html

Delilah by Angela Hunt

— feeling angel
Delilah: Treacherous Beauty (A Dangerous Beauty Novel) - Angela Elwell Hunt

What's a girl to do?!
Everyone thinks Delilah is a traitor. She turns Samson in, and apparently didn't bat an eyelash... or did she?
This story plays a nice picture for what may or may not have happened between Samson and Delilah. We see a friendship and love story unfold, and then they are separated. The journey before, during and after are so enthralling, that I took my time reading it all and getting a vivid idea of what it must have been like.
I'm intrigued by the looming too. In the story, Delilah uses a loom, and some of the clothes she makes I would love to see. They sound very ornate for the time period.
Still, this was a fantastic book and an author I will definitely read again.


4.5/5

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/11/delilah-by-angela-hunt-74.html

Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

— feeling big smile
The Isle of the Lost - Melissa  de la Cruz

What a delightful read!
A story filled with all your favorite villains and their children. There were even villains I had forgotten. The refresher sure was nice.
So much magical adventure, with such wit, you know it's a Disney hit!
I have to say, Carlos was my favorite character. He had a tiny part of the spotlight, but he was used well in the scenes. I found myself wondering if they was any villain to him at all.
A great read for kids and parents too. If you like fun stories, that stay true to what we know as Disney stories to be, then you will love this one.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/11/the-isle-of-lost-by-melissa-de-la-cruz.html

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

— feeling amazing
Hollow City - Ransom Riggs

Peculiar, indeed.
It was also so much more too. Like excitement, adrenaline pumping scenes, and a little fear. Oh, how I liked this story. And more than the first book.
This book picks up exactly where Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children left off. Which is a good thing. You are left wondering what happened to them and did they succeed in helping Miss Peregrine. Well, you stop wondering in this one. You get so many more answers than you had questions, but in a good way.
I liked this one so much I am reading Library of Souls as soon as I can. Seriously. 
Then I will watch the film.
If you haven't read this series, make sure to start on Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. You will get kinda lost if you start on Hollow City. But be sure to read it soon. Probably the most original series I have ever read, and I even have the hubby reading it too.
One of a kind reading you can't miss out on!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/11/hollow-city-by-ransom-riggs-72.html

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach

— feeling big smile
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Deborah Moggach
Better than the movie!
At times I felt it was so different too. I love how it was interpreted, but I do love the flow
of the story more when reading it.
I actually had to forget what I had seen. The characters they chose for the film seemed
quite different than the book. While some I could connect the dots, others it was hard, so I just let it go and read. I'm glad I did too. I found the book so much more rich in Indian culture. It made me want to go and stay at the Marigold Hotel myself, or even the Hotel Balmoral. I just want to be there.
The story, or rather one specific character, is more racist than I remember in the movie.
'Only a different color skin could get his mojo working. Women like these knew how to 
satisfy a man, it was their culture'. Say what?! My mouth hung open for that one. But I'm
glad it didn't put me off or stop me from reading. Those shocking moments, or character 
flaws, kind of make the story more real. It's sad, but there is some really racist people out
there.
All in all, if you haven't seen the films or read the book, I suggest starting with the story.
So good. So very good.
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/10/the-best-exotic-marigold-hotel-by.html

Carniepunk: The Three Lives of Lydia by Delilah S. Dawson

— feeling clown
Carniepunk: The Three Lives of Lydia: A BLUD Short Story - Delilah S. Dawson

OMG.
My mouth is agape and I'm like wow. Didn't see that coming.
So good. So sinfully good. It's like that thing you have to have but know you shouldn't.... oh, but do it anyway....
What a twisted little tale.
I loved it.
I don't know whether I like the imaginative part or reality part better, but boy-oh-boy, I liked it.
see, and now I need more. I need, Wicked As They Come. NEED.
Listen, read the synopsis. If you think you might like it, you probably will and should read it. I think you have to be into the unusual, but that's a good thing.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/10/carniepunk-three-lives-of-lydia-by.html

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

— feeling big smile
The Kept Woman - Karin Slaughter

So vivid and gripping!
I'd not read any of the other Will Trent books, and frankly, I don't feel lost. I will go back and read them all at some point, because the author is that good, but I don't feel like I lacked in anything for having not read them.
I read someone had commented that this book was gory. I suppose in their mind it would be, but in a thriller is that not an element that is sorta par for the course? I didn't find it gory at all. Vivid, yes. Gritty, yes, but not gory. You have to remember, the things that I read in the book were things that probably happen in real life. There are some real sickos out there that paint nasty pictures, so this wasn't far-fetched at all.
That's what makes Karin a great author. She can put you in a situation in the book, and it feels so real, it's like reading a news clipping. I can't wait to read more from her!

4.5/5

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/10/the-kept-woman-by-karin-slaughter-69.html

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

— feeling big smile
A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas

So good.
At the end of A Court Of Thorns and Roses, I was crushing on Rhysand. This book here, reiterates why crushing on him is a wise choice.
Although this story was up and down, in the end it was quite a ride.
Love, intrigue, excitement, adventure, they all play a part. The love scenes are something else though. If you are into hot, graphic sex scenes, then you better buckle up for this book! It has all that and more! I had a couple of moments where my mouth was like wide open... yeah, I would rather gore than sex, but that's me.
Fighting scenes were okay, but I could have used a lot more detail or grit. I don't know. The main focus of the story was war and mating. The latter was done quite well. 
I'm thinking the next book will have what I need. With the main character in a position to add all the exciting elements I look for, I will be disappointed if it goes otherwise.
Still a decent series. It's faeries, so what's not to like?!

3.5/5

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/10/a-court-of-mist-and-fury-by-sarah-j.html

Wake Up To The Word by Joyce Meyer

— feeling angel
Wake Up to the Word: 365 Devotions to Inspire You Each Day - Joyce Meyer
An empowering word each day.
Every day you get a new word. You learn it's meaning, even if you think you may know it already. Then you are given a vignette  of sorts, connecting that word to the Bible. Making you think and evaluate your own thoughts, values and opinions. Finishing it off with a piece of God's word. 
Sounds like the perfect way to start every morning that I am blessed to have.
Joyce Meyer's books, even devotionals, always have me questioning myself. You can never be too sure that you know everything, and must always be open to learning. Especially about yourself. Evaluating your moral compass from time to time helps you keep on the right path. I find her devotionals help me do that. I am sure most of you will too.
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/10/wake-up-to-word-by-joyce-meyer.html

Christmas In Venice by Meadow Taylor

— feeling happy
Christmas in Venice - Meadow Taylor

So sweet!
I'm glad Alessandro gave Olivia his number at the end, geez, I was thinking they would walk away from each other with no look back. After the moment they had filled with all that chemistry, there was no denying they needed to get together. Well, that did not happen, but a number is a start.
I did get a laugh from this short story though. In was funny in ways I least expected. Which was good!
Can't wait to read, Midnight In Venice. This sounds like a perfect romance series for me and my tastes!! Not only do I get the sweetness of watching people fall in love, but what a better setting than in Italy!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/10/christmas-in-venice-by-meadow-taylor-66.html