Freda's Voice

A Canadian Lifestyle blogger who is a bookworm and poet.

Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood

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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

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

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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