Freda's Voice

A Canadian Lifestyle blogger who is a bookworm and poet.

Hammer by Faith Winslow

— feeling big smile

HOT!!!!!
And they didn't even get around to actually having sex, but even I wanted them to by the end of it. Rachel and Sam are made for each other.
What a story! Seriously. I went into this thinking I was getting a hot romance, and it was, but it was so much more too. It actually had a decent story line with the biker aspect. I liked that they were not your typical bikers either. It was just a great plot.
I actually want to read book 2. So I'm off to find that now.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/02/hammer-by-faith-winslow-8.html

Ever After High: Briar Beauty's Story by Shannon Hale

— feeling cool
Ever After High: Briar Beauty's Story - Shannon Hale

Short and sweet!
Briar is an interesting character. She has a bunch of mischievous brothers, and is excited to go to Ever After High.
This little tale is an intro into her life leading up to her departure for school.
I do wish there was more though.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/02/ever-after-high-briar-beautys-story-by.html

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas

The last half was epic!
The first half, not-so-much. It was kind of boring. A whole lot of talk and no action. The second half though was something else, and the ending...
So it was pretty intense. Picture a fighting scene with such magnificent magical forces, dragons, witches, fae, shapeshifters... really this series has it all. When they come together though, holy crap. Page turn after page turn.
The ending was so intriguing and so intense. I have to wonder how the heck they will get Aelin. It's consuming my thoughts as I type. Yeah, I probably should go buy Tower of Dawn now.
Let me tell you what I didn't like about this book, and only this book in this series so far. I didn't like the vivid sex scenes, even though I wanted these two to hook up and do it like animals, I didn't really wanna read about it. Could've told us, but I guess not in such detail. It almost felt erotic,and that is a little much from a YA series.... 
Still, if you haven't read this series, please do. It's a fantasy series like no other. 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/02/empire-of-storms-by-sarah-j-maas-6.html

100 Inspirational Quotes by Joyce Meyer

— feeling angel
I love this little book.
When you open it up, you will have both pages to focus on. One side is a quote, that you may or may not be familiar with. On the other side is the translated word from the Bible that connects to the quote opposite. It leaves you pondering both quotes and realizing the connection. 
Joyce Meyer is a great bible teacher in how she can help a reader connect to what she is talking about. I find her books are always an inspiration for me to do better and be better as a person. This one is no different, although quite different.
Fans will love it, and people who haven't read anything of hers before, this is a perfect place to start.
 
Be sure to visit the post on my blog for the giveaway!! US ONLY!!
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/02/win-100-inspirational-quotes-by-joyce.html

Elevation by Stephen King

— feeling alien
Elevation - Stephen King

What a different story from Stephen King!
When I sit to read  king book, I expect to be scared shitless. I at least figure he will take me to a scary place that is twisted and unique. Well, I got the unique part, and frankly, didn't miss the scary part.
It was such a cool little story because of the strange phenomenon that happens. It really made me wonder, 'what if?'. 
This story is now one of my favorites. The emotions I had mixed with master storytelling makes it a fantastic read! You should definitely read it too!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/01/elevation-by-stephen-king-4.html

Dirty Daddy by Bob Saget

— feeling haha
Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian - Bob Saget, Bob Saget, HarperAudio

Entertaining!
Bob Saget is more famous for his tv roles than his comedy, but I appreciate the latter more. He's funny, and he's kinda graphic for a comic.
I liked reading his words, as scattered as they often are, and learning more about Bob. I now know who he looked up to, and how long he has been into comedy. Neither I knew until the book. I loved seeing the photos within the book, really showing you what he cares about as a person. 
He did quite a bit of name-dropping, so celeb fans will love reading all of those.
All-in-all, a decent read.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/01/dirty-daddy-by-bob-saget-3.html

365 Days of Happiness: Inspirational Quotes To Live By

— feeling beat brick
365 Days of Happiness: Inspirational Quotes to Live By - Various, Keefe,  M.G., Gounod,  Jill, Falls,  Jackson

I thought this one would be something other than what it is. 
I knew it was a book of quotes, but I didn't expect them to just be listed one after the other. I mean, you can literally get through them in just over a half an hour. 
I dislike having a daily book that list them all together. I like the suspense of not knowing what the next days' quote will be. 
Slightly disappointing, format-wise, but the quotes make up for it. Most are ones that have me thinking and implementing the best I can.

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/01/365-days-of-happiness-inspirational.html

Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey

— feeling beaten
Chasing Mona Lisa - Tricia Goyer, Mike Yorkey

I love Tricia Goyer!
I really wanted and thought I would love this book, but I didn't.
I loved aspects of it. I liked the graphic way the war was told. It felt like it was told from someone who lived it. It felt real at times. It was hard to read in those moments, but it was appreciated.
I was indifferent to the characters. I wanted to like them, but I felt it a weird time to get caught in a romance. Among all that really graphic violence.
Then we get to the Mona Lisa. I felt like I may have learned a little history lesson while reading this book. I didn't know the Louvre was a fortress in the past. I didn't even really know much about the origins of the painting, other than who its' creator was. It was a interesting read learning so much about the painting, the artist and the museum.
So not my favorite read by her, but not hated either. 

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/01/chasing-mona-lisa-by-tricia-goyer-mike.html

Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

— feeling big smile
Bitter Sweet Love - Jennifer L. Armentrout

I need to read White Hot Kiss!
Jas and Dez, the chemistry is off the chain! These two ignite the reader with their love story that is under rather odd circumstances. 
I'm so intrigued by the whole world they live in and how the rules are. Besides them fascinating me, their story really is one out of a fairy tale.
I like the balance of demons and wardens, basically good and evil. Surprisingly they even sometimes go together.... like this one character....
Yup, a great start to this romantic and gripping story!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/12/bitter-sweet-love-by-jennifer-l.html

The Big Book of Random Facts Vol. 6 by Bill O'Niell

— feeling big smile

What a super fun read!
 I like having useless facts in my head. They can often be great conversation starters, plus it gives you a wealth of knowledge. 
Although this book is just fact after fact, most of them I had not heard of before. There were a few I had though.
The best one is that in vanilla, secretions from beaver anal glands is inside it. How I laughed and kinda gagged at that one. I just made vanilla tarelles, which are an Italian cookie. I looked at the hubby and said, 'Oh, great. Now we got beaver anal gland cookies.' It was hilarious, but may have been one of those moments where you had to be there....
A quick, fun and informative read. It will have you looking stuff up to verify it, for days.
The only thing I didn't care for was the way it was presented. Just in numbered form. That was the boring part, to be honest.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/12/the-big-book-of-random-facts-vol-6-by.html

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

— feeling terminator
Archenemies - Marissa Meyer
How I wanted to like this book... I liked the first one.
This one had good things about it, but the story kinda fell flat for me.
I wanted more action and adventure with all these really cool characters that have really cool super powers. I got some action and adventure, but nothing like the fast-paced excitement I got last time.
I almost got what I wanted with Nova and Adrian too, but again it was not to be. 
If there is another book, I hope it is more exciting than this one. I still think it's a cool group of villains and heroes. I want to see them do more to save humanity.
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/12/archenemies-by-marissa-meyer-49.html

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

— feeling amazing
Anne of Green Gables Novels #1 - L M Montgomery

This series was one of my childhood favorites, and lately, I've seen it making the blogging rounds and had a need to reread it.
I'm so glad I did!
I flew through it, yet, I savored it. It took me back to my own adolescence when my love for Green Gables first came about. I love it as much today as I did 30+ years ago.
Anne Shirley is always on the hunt for kindred spirits and yet, anyone who reads this book instantly becomes one. You look her quirky, imaginative ways. You love the unconditional love that Marilla and Matthew give her. You cry when someone important passes away in the story... at least, I do every time I read it.
You really get pulled right into Avonlea!
For those who have read it, can empathize. Those who haven't read the book... what are you waiting for? It's epic!!! And to think it was written in 1908. It doesn't feel like it though.
Yup, I'll always love this book.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/12/anne-of-green-gables-by-lucy-maud.html

If Ponies Rode Men by James Elliot

— feeling alien
If Ponies Rode Men - James Elliott
Being a Hamiltonian, and seeing Robert Land's name all across my hometown, I always wondered who he was. Now I know.
He was an American Loyalist spy, and for some reason he decided to make Hamilton his home after the revolution.
Not without much strife, trials and heartache. He lost children. His family that survived was not with him for so much of his life. His story is sad. 
As a Canadian, it's weird to say my hometown is started by an American who was considered a traitor. But the British roots in me are quite okay with it all again.
Still, I now know where my city started. 
The writing is slightly boring and fell flat for me, but I appreciate the research that went into this book.
Readers will enjoy it's non-fiction with fiction.
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/11/if-ponies-rode-men-by-james-elliott-46.html

Amy, My Daughter by Mitch Winehouse

— feeling amazing
Amy, My Daughter - Mitch Winehouse

What a powerful read, and at the end, I'm in tears.
As a parent, I couldn't imagine having to bury your child. Adult or not. It is something I know I wouldn't ever get over, so my heart cries for her dad.
This book is from Mitch's point-of-view, and being her dad and best friend, he knew more than anyone.
I remember watching it all unfold in the media, them calling her 'Wino'. Seeing her dad's view really opened my eyes to her situation. She wasn't lost, or even a druggie, though at one point she had to kick drugs. She was a drunk. A fatal drunk. She wanted to be sober, but was caught in a cycle.
Such a sad way to go. Yet, if you look at that '27 club', weren't they all drunks and super talented?!
If you're a fan, read this. You will gain so much respect for her and her dad. More than you already have. If you're not a fan, read it. You probably have some misconceptions about her like I did. Thank the media for that....

 

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

— feeling big smile
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  - J.K. Rowling

What an ending!
I love how you get to the end and it gives you a glimpse into the future. All those questions you have raised, get some closure and you are left to imagine what it's like from there-on-out. I like that. Most books leave you wondering.
Plus the story all comes together. Yeah it leaves the future open for more, but the 7 book tale truly comes to an end.
I also don't hate Snape anymore. I want to but I can't, not now....
Yup, even though they are decent size books, or you think you know the story from seeing the films, you need to read them. I'm so glad I did, and yeah, I'll probably read The Cursed Child and the Fantastic Beasts books.
Now to watch the film and pray they do my favorite part in the book justice. Since they've omitted the house elves from the other films, I won't hold my breath. Just know Dobby is still my favorite character.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/11/harry-potter-and-deathly-hallows-44.html

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

— feeling big smile
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

This was such a great read, and a sad one too.
I cried near the very end. Such an incredible loss, to the story, to the series.
Yet I find myself again wondering if this is one of my favorites. The twists and turns in this one, as well as Dumbledore finally letting Harry further into the knowledge he has, is what keeps you turning page after page.
I just hope the movie does this one justice. I'm not going to hold my breath though, the book is always better.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/10/harry-potter-and-half-blood-prince-by.html