Freda's Voice

A Canadian Lifestyle blogger who is a bookworm and poet.

Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne

— feeling big smile
Poison Dance - Livia Blackburne

I need to read Midnight Thief now!
What a great and exciting story. This girl is on the hunt for revenge. She needs to learn to become a deadly assassin. There's not much more I need to tell you to pull you in, right?!
I am so happy I read this book. The characters had me drawn in like a magnet pulled me. The plot of the story had me on the edge of my seat through the whole thing. 
It was just a fantastic intro into this series!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/04/poison-dance-by-livia-blackburne-17.html

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

— feeling big smile
One Step Too Far - Tina Seskis
What a story!

When you think of twins, you probably consider them to be close womb mates. They probably share everything, do everything together and are besties, all while having different personalities. Not in this case. The only thing correct is the different personalities. These two hated each other though. Like, always. It's sad really, and yet, you don't realize how sad until the end.
I really loved this story though, and here's a secret; I had no idea of the main plot until almost the end. This was a good thing though. It was like guessing what was happening and just not knowing. Shows talent on the writers' part. It shows originality too.
Yup, this one is going to get a recommendation from me!!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/04/one-step-too-far-by-tina-seskis-16.html

Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

— feeling crazy rabbit
Notes From Underground - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, George Guidall

Interesting and humorous.
This guy sits alone and decides to write down all his vents and vexations against every one and every thing under the sun. I actually laughed at his ramblings, and nodded in agreement as I found it ironic to be happening still today. I even became baffled at one point by what exactly his problem was. Still I was pretty enthralled. For being written in the 1860's, I was amazed at how drawn into the writing I was. 
It may not be the most magical read I have ever read, but it was so far from what I usually read. Still, I am glad to have read it.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/04/notes-from-underground-by-fyodor.html
— feeling big smile
Maelyn - Anita Valle

Such a cute fairy tale.
These nine princesses are highly unusual. I won't tell you why, but I will tell you that they are smart. This novella centers on the eldest princess, Maelyn. She is a great ruler, smart, beautiful and fair. She is not one to hurt her family or loved ones, and basically saves them from an evil source. It was a quick and delightful read!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/03/maelyn-by-anita-valle-14.html

Breaching The Contract by Chantal Fernando

— feeling wink
Breaching the Contract (The Conflict of Interest Series Book 1) - Chantal Fernando
Steamy and romantic!
I can't wait to read Seducing The Defendant. Kat is a great lady, and Tristan is hot as fire. The two of them together is magic.
How my heart broke for Tristan, learning about his wife and son like he did. Wouldn't feel good for anyone watching on the sidelines. I'm way too empathetic. I just wanted to hug him, but couldn't squeeze into the pages. 
Very good, quick and fun read! I know a lot of you will love it so read it!
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/03/breaching-contract-by-chantal-fernando.html

Love, Loss And What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi

— feeling big smile
Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir - Padma Lakshmi

What a story, and what a life!
I am a fan of Top Chef and have watched Padma on it since I first started watching. I always wondered what her claim to fame was, and her memoir definitely fills us in and more. I was blown away by some of the stuff I learned about her, and am even more in awe of her. She's not just beautiful, but she's smart, a good mother and human being in general.
Plus there is recipes in this book that she so graciously shares with us. One of them is her childhood favorite, Chili Cheese Toast.  I can't wait to try it!

Yeah, I'm a bigger fan now. I want to track down her cookbooks now too. Recipes that are indulgent without the fat, basically. I'm intrigued.
Fans of the show Top Chef, or not, you will like her life story. I'd bet on it. She is simply fascinating.
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/03/love-loss-and-what-we-ate-memoir-by.html

The Keeper by Ted Dekker & Tosca Lee

— feeling bad smell
The Keeper: A Short Story Prequel to Forbidden - Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee

Well it ended rather abruptly...
Do I feel like I know what is going on? Not really. When I read the synopsis, I really had a sense of adventure and excitement. I didn't get that from this short story though. I got that there was a couple of brothers, but didn't really go beyond that for me.
Will I read Forbidden? Probably, I love Ted Dekker's writing. Will I be rushing to get it today? No. I'll get it at some other point.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/03/the-keeper-by-ted-dekker-tosca-lee-11.html

Jokes: Clean Jokes For Everyone by Joy I. Johnson

— feeling haha
Jokes: Family Jokes, Husband-Wife Jokes, Jokes for Kids, Boss-Employer Jokes, Couple Jokes, Clean Jokes for Everyone - Joy I Johnson

Cute.
Though the book says these jokes are for everyone, there were a couple I wouldn't tell small children. They were pretty clean for the most part, and I even laughed out loud a few times. 
There were a couple jokes I had heard before, so I'm not sure how original they are but maybe more of a compilation of jokes heard, Still it as nice to tickle my funny bone for a few minutes.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/02/jokes-clean-jokes-for-everyone-by-joy-i.html

If I Were Your Monster by Scott Nicholson

— feeling cool
If I Were Your Monster - Scott Nicholson, Lee Davis

How cute!!
Great illustrations accompany the cutest stanzas, all about what each monster would do if they were owned by you. It was fun and I breezed through the short pages. I even re-read it! It was just that adorable!
Grab this one for your kids when its nearing Halloween time. It would be perfect during that season.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/02/if-i-were-your-monster-by-scott.html

Maintenance works on BookLikes on Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018

Reblogged from BookLikes:

Heads-up! 

We're planning some more maintenance works on BookLikes on Tuesday, Feb.20, 2018, CET. 

We'll do all to make BookLikes available during the updates, however, some hiccups and temporary interruptions may happen.

 

Sorry for all the inconveniences!

Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

— feeling big smile
Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas So exciting!! Like the series didn't have me on the edge of my seat already, then BAM!!! Throw in some dragons and witches and I'm about to lose all control! The story got more intense. Sometimes I was confused, but I caught up again quickly. It was just the intro into these other characters that weren't around in the first two books. It took some getting used to. I like it all though. It was one adventure after another. So fast-paced and really intense at times. I definitely need to read on. I have to know that Aelin is making it to where she needs to be. It's all I will think about.... Such a great series!!!
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/02/heir-of-fire-by-sarah-j-maas-8.html

The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

— feeling big smile
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden - Rachel Wilson-Broyles, Jonas Jonasson Ironically funny1 This story took a minute to get to where it needed to be, but the journey to get there was fun and full of surprises. I love the characters, although some are distasteful creatures. Nombeko is awesome, and so is Holger Two. I love how smart Nombeko is. She is so clever that most people cannot keep up with her and whatever plot is in her mind. The love story between her and Holger Two is sweet too. The chemistry between them is unfathomable. I loved the whole adventure with the bomb though. That was the best part of the whole read. Seeing where it went, and where it would be going is what kept me glued. Yup, now I look forward to the other book I have on my kindle by Jonas Jonasson. I hope it's just as good!
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/02/the-girl-who-saved-king-of-spain-by.html

The Fixer #1.1 by Rex Carpenter

— feeling bloody
The Fixer, Season 1, Episode 1: (A JC Bannister Serial Thriller) - Rex Carpenter

What a surprise ending!
That wasn't what I expected at all. I had a feeling this would be good, but I didn't think it'd be that good. J.C is one bad-ass dude!!!
The best part for me, though the ending rocked, was how he dealt with a bunch of punks that broke into his place. Epic, I tell ya! I can't wait to start the next one, which there is five in total.
People who love action and tough guys will love this series!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/02/the-fixer-jc-bannister-11-by-rex.html

The Epidemic by Suzanne Young

— feeling big smile
The Epidemic - Suzanne Young

Looking forward to reading The Adjustment now.
This is a series that I doubt I will tire of. Quinn and Deacon have me swept into this dramatic society, and their love story. I feel like I just can't stop until I know that they are safe and get away from The Program. You might not have a clue what I'm talking about, and that is okay, but you can easily catch on by reading the series.
This book was exciting for me. Maybe more so than some of the others in the series. It was the great chase that had me intrigued. Sure, there is usually a lot of chasing going on, but this had some sleuthing too. I guess that combo made it better.
It really is a good series. Some solid storytelling and not what you would normally read I bet.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/01/the-epidemic-by-suzanne-young-5.html

Dr. Suess Does Die Hard by The Single Screenwriter

— feeling crazy

Hilarious!
The movie was broke down into forty something rhyming pages, and it was good. Although I can't get any info on the writer, he did one helluva good job parodying one of the best action films of all time.
The whole book took like 3 minutes to read though. He should've incorporated the second and third films as well. Still it was a fun read. Yippee-ki-yay!


3.5/5

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/01/dr-suess-does-die-hard-by-single.html

Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

Oh my goodness!! What an ending!!!! I'm literally heading straight to Amazon to buy book 3 after writing this. Just saying... I'm fascinated by Celaena. I'm fascinated by who she is and who she becomes. I'm fascinated by the men who love her. I'm totally rapt. This book moves so quickly. Adventure after adventure. Between the characters and the plot of the story, this series is a favorite of mine. It has all the elements I look for in a good fantasy series. Yes, in the first book I wanted more butt-kicking and she gave me that and more with this book! I definitely don't want to tell you too much, that's what the synopsis is for. I will say that you definitely need to read this series. IT is the best of her books in my opinion.

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/01/crown-of-midnight-by-sarah-j-maas-3.html