Freda's Voice

A Canadian Lifestyle blogger who is a bookworm and poet.

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

Yoga For Beginners by Amy Gilchrist

— feeling booklikes
Yoga For Beginners: Essential Poses For Yoga Beginners - Become A Yoga Expert With The Best Yoga Poses For Flexibility - Amy Gilchrist

A great book for beginners!
Easy, step-by-step instructions, paired with an illustration to show you how to do the stance. Each chapter is learning a new yoga pose, and teaching you clearly how to do it, as well as the proper breathing techniques.
I loved learning a new pose every day and will continue to incorporate these into my normal work out.
If you're looking to better your body, gain more physical strength and tone up your muscles, then this is for you. 

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/06/yoga-for-beginners-by-amy-gilchrist-28.html

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

— feeling big smile
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared - Rod Bradbury, Jonas Jonasson

What a tale!
There were moments throughout where I felt lost in a way. With the story flipping back and forth between then and now, it got a little confusing at times. Still, in the end, it was brilliant and I get it.
This is a story that has to be told the way it is for you to understand who the 100 year old man is, and how he came to climb out of his window. You needed to go back and forth between his life, moments he won't want to forget, and once you read, neither will you. His moments are incredible. That putting it mildly too.
Yup, truly a wonderful story.
Did I like it better than the other book I have read? No, but close.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/06/the-100-year-old-man-who-climbed-out.html

Zombie Kids Go Green by Julia Dweck

— feeling smile
Zombie-Kids Go Green (KiteReaders Monster Series) - Julia Dweck

Zombie Kids Go Green is about a group of zombie kids that help clean up the environment they are in. The book is written in prose and is quite short. I couldn't find any purchase links, and frankly, it's been on my Kindle so long now that I don't recall how I acquired it. 

It's written in prose and it's lovely.

The author uses clever words to engage the reader, young or old, and teaches them even smelly zombies love the Earth enough to care for it.

The illustrations are awesome too.  Great job, Mark Draisey.

I really enjoyed this little book a lot. If you're a zombie fan, check it out.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/06/zombie-kids-go-green-by-julia-dweck-26.html

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum

— feeling big smile
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

The same as the movie and yet, so different too.
If I was to describe the story and act like there was no movie to be seen, I would tell you about this dark and whimsical fantasy. Where witches rule the lands and creatures of many kinds are in abundance.
I wish I had not seen the film. As epic as it was, it's actually ruined the real story for me a little bit.  The movie was so magical and family oriented . The book is not. It has a darker element than the film adaption. I like that though but don't think everyone will. Especially if you've already seen the film first. Things happen in the book that don't happen in the movie, or the things that do happen are out of sequence to the film.
Still, I like dark and I liked the book.

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/06/the-wonderful-wizard-of-oz-by-frank-l.html

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

— feeling big smile
Vanishing Girls - Lauren Oliver, Justice Folding, Saskia Maarleveld, Joel Richards, Elizabeth Evans, Dan Bittner, Tavia Gilbert

Not my first book by Lauren Oliver, and probably not the last either. I loved Before I Fall, and the two books that I read in the Delirium trilogy. So I anticipated this one to be decent. 
It was decent. There were a bunch of twists and turns. The story took the reader deep into these two sisters, and their lives. It centered on PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder. A topic that is different for each individual, based on their traumatic circumstances. The plot around the sisters, leading to the PTSD is a whirlwind of emotions. Frankly, if you don't read the whole book, you may not get the story, even if you know what happens. There's a sort-of six degrees of separation here. It's not so blatant though.
Yup, I was lured in, and I liked it.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/06/vanishing-girls-by-lauren-oliver-24.html

The Ultimate Book Of Quotations by Joseph Demakis

— feeling booklikes
The Ultimate Book of Quotations - Joseph M Demakis

This book is awesome. It has quotes from some many people, and for every emotion, event, activity or anything you can think of. This really is quite an extensive compilation.
I was harboring some anger when I sat to read it.  Anger quotes were pretty early on, as the quotes are listed alphabetically. I read some of the anger quotes and started to slowly realize that holding onto that anger was doing me no good. The person who angered me didn't care. Only I did. This was the quote that hit me hardest;


Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. 
But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
~ Maya Angelou
 
It was a realization that this wasn't just a book of quotes. It's also a refresher for whatever life throws our way. If you're angry, sad, lonely, overjoyed, whatever the reason, you will find so solace in these pages. 
When people want a pick-me-up on life in general, they will find it in someone's wise words. Why not start looking here?!
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/05/the-ultimate-book-of-quotations-by.html

Twice As Nice by Sandra Liu

So many great recipes to try.
As I was flipping through the recipes, I was happy at how thorough the book felt. Don't get me wrong, each cookbook has step-by-step instructions, but this one felt more in depth detail than most. I also like that in the recipes, specifically the one I made, had fresh and prepared methods. So instead of soaking beans overnight, she had an alternate solution in canned beans.
I tried the  Broiled Chicken and Pepper with Hummus recipe.
I didn't make hummus, but adapted the chicken method to make wraps. 


They were so delicious too, I ate 4 of them! Flavorful, and quick to whip up, I am eager to try another recipe, or even use one to suit my tastes as I did with this one. I know I am going to have much fun with this book. If you love chicken, this is definitely a cookbook for you!
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/05/twice-as-nice-by-sandra-liu-22.html