Freda's Voice

A Canadian Lifestyle blogger who is a bookworm and poet.

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

365 Days Of Mindfulness by White Lemon

Mindfulness: 365 Days of Mindfulness - White Lemon

I'm really enjoying this book. Every morning, after I take my moment with God reading my Bible, I read this book. It gives you a tip to do each day, then it gives you an accompanying quote. The tip is always something helpful to you the individual. Like one day it was to take deep breaths. Another day it was rubbing your palms then placing against your face to activate the nerves and pressure points. It's a calming technique that I really appreciated learning. The quotes are inspiring and true, like this one;

Take care of your body; it's the only place you have to live. - Jim Rohn.


So it's a great inspirational tool, as well as a great reminder to make the best out of each day. I am happy to do each morning, and it makes me feel good. 
I managed to grab this copy for free on Amazon, what a score that was! Still I would pay for this one, and suggest you all check it out! Morning is what sets the pace for our day, so starting them off right can make for better days ahead.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/01/365-days-of-mindfulness-by-white-lemon-2.html

RIP Katherine Kellgren

Reblogged from Debbie's Spurts:

Sad news. I know Katherine Kellgren mostly as the narrator of Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness books, but she narrated lots of other works.

Bag Of Bones by Stephen King

— feeling dead
Bag of Bones - Stephen King

Not my favorite King book.
I'm actually disappointed. Having read many of his books, and being fans of most, this felt long-winded to me. I wasn't really feeling the ghost story part either. Maybe he should just stick to writing about sickos that are living, I dunno, but this one... UGH!
The story frustrated me. It took too long to get anywhere, while sometimes I felt it was going nowhere at all. The characters were boring, for the most part, except for Ki. She was adorable. (Was she based on his grand-daughter? Does he even have a grand-daughter? Again, dunno.) 
Yup, still a huge fan of Stephen King, but this is not getting a recommendation from me any time soon. Start with Rose Madder instead, if you're a newbie to his works and don't want to get spooked to badly. It's a good one. Or read The Bachman Books. Good stuff there too!

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/01/bag-of-bones-by-stephen-king-1.html

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

— feeling booklikes

Six Degrees of Separation.
That is what I am reminded of while reading this incredible story. How people, places and events seem somehow interconnected.
I'm so glad I read this story! It was a twisty-turny tale that kept flowing until it concluded. It has some gruesome moments, I can't lie about that, but those moments had to be there. They added that needed depth to the moment. It was filled with mystery too. You thought you had an idea of what was happening and then it was something all together different. I liked that immensely.
I liked the somewhat opening ending too. You kinda know what happens, but you still have a little to imagine with.
A lot of you will love this book. Not like it, love it. Just like me!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/12/unraveling-oliver-by-liz-nugent-27.html

Blessed Life by Kim Fields

— feeling booklikes

Great memoir!
I was already a fan of Kim Fields, especially as Tootie, but now I have a deeper and more profound respect for her as an actress and more. She has done so much in her time on this planet.  I feel like I learned so much about her very private life. Also nice to read how deep her faith is rooted. So much so, when approached to do a show with less than savory morals, she wanted to know why they wanted her. To lighten the show up, of course! Sadly, it didn't work though. She's just better than that show, in my opinion.
If you like to lean about other people, get a glimpse into their lives. Read this one. It's so good. She has had an incredible life, so far. Definitely read it if you like celebrity reads though. If you know how Kim Fields talks in real life, that is what you will hear when reading the book.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/11/blessed-life-by-kim-fields-26.html

Royally Roma by Teri Wilson

— feeling big smile
Royally Roma (The Royals Book 1) - Teri Wilson

Such a charming story!
I love the chemistry between Julia and Nico. At times it was sweet, but other times they were so hot they were on fire. I'm so glad things happened they way they did.
I feel like this is one of those romances that really stick to you. I definitely want to read the next book and see what else transpires. Do they get married? I hope so. I like reading a natural progression of life in stories, and this one would be ideal having a royal touch to it.
Yup, I love it, and you will love the book too. I guarantee it!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/11/royally-roma-by-terri-wilson-25.html
— feeling big smile
Reblogged from Me, Myself and Books.:

London Noir by Ann Girdharry

— feeling big smile
London Noir: A gripping crime suspense thriller (Kal Medi Book 2) - Ann Girdharry

Closure for the first book.
All the things that you felt left hung in Good Girl Bad Girl were answered and put to rest in this book. I did love that, and the new plot too, as well as feeling it's complete.
If Kal Medi is in  a third book, it would HAVE to be a new plot, story and everything. No questions were left raised in book 2.
It was more exciting for me, and that is rare for a second book to better than the first. I feel that was as this story had a beginning, middle and end, where the first book wasn't like that at all.
Really good stuff together though!! I know many of you will enjoy reading about Kal Medi and all that she gets herself into.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/11/win-london-noir-by-ann-girdharry-intl.html

Anger Is An Energy by John Lydon

— feeling star
Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored - John Lydon
Interesting bio from an interesting  man.
I feel like I sat down and had a conversation with Johnny Rotten about his life. I knew a bit about him, the bands he played in and even other things he has been up to. I feel like I know so much more now. Getting glimpses into the backstage part of the show, sort-to-speak.
What a story too! Being a fan I was completely enthralled throughout. Especially in those private moments where he talks about Sid, and Nancy too. I've always wondered about his point of view. Now I have it.
I do feel that he bounced around a lot when telling a story, I mean, if you have ever heard him talk then you probably get what I mean. He gets back to where he needs to be, but often gets sidetracked in the stories. 
It's all good though, and fans, like me, will eat it up!
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/11/anger-is-energy-by-john-lydon-23.html

The Authorized: Roy Orbison by Roy Jr., Wesley & Alex Orbison

— feeling big smile
The Authorized Roy Orbison - Alex Orbison, Roy Orbison, Wesley Orbison, Jeff Slate

What an incredible story!
Truth be told, I knew of Roy Orbison, the musician. Now I feel like I really know him though. Wow, what an amazing and tumultuous life he had. Rising to the top one minute only to be brought down by the worst of circumstances, over and over again.
His sons, who wrote the book, really take you inside their lives with their dad and show you the real story of his life. You gain so much insight as to why or how things were the way they were.
The photos were nice to see too, some I had seen, but most were new to me. I saw so many celebrities and family, all who Roy loved closely and cherished, but was sad to not see one photo of him and Elvis. A man he admired so much and was friends with as well.
Still, this is an excellent read. And with Tom Petty's passing as I write this out, it almost feels poetic that I finished this book today.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/10/the-authorized-roy-orbison-by-roy-jr.html

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

— feeling big smile
Uncommon Type: Some Stories - Tom Hanks

A fantastic collection of stories!
I am so happy to have read the stories that come from Tom Hanks' brain. With tales from another time, or about issues from then or now, and even some spark of ingenuity, I was rapt. I do have favorites though. Go See Costas is my top choice. It's a story about life in a new country, and the struggle within language and culture barriers. Quite prolific! 
I'm going to share a little part with you all, so you can get a taste of brilliance;


DING! I'm at my so-called desk in the so-called office of Greensheet Give-Away,the free shoppers' guide that once provided the Tri-Cities with oodles of coupons, advertisements, and, in the back pages, local interest stories where regular folks could see their name in print. I was crafting a piece on a dog show just held at the old Civic Auditorium--my pay was fifteen bucks!--when the most beautiful woman who ever started a conversation with me walked by and said, "You type fast." She was right, and since I was the fast type, I wooed her, wed her, and have been her main squeeze for over forty years.
 
Like, isn't that pretty amazeballs writing?! I know right?! 
Definitely get this book. You won't regret it.
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/10/uncommon-type-some-stories-by-tom-hanks.html

Good Girl Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry

— feeling booklikes
Good Girl Bad Girl - Ann Girdharry

What a ride!
I feel like the book took me places, literally and figuratively. We ventured from London to India and back and forth again and again, but also the two story lines that not only went together, but complimented each other, took the reader on a thrilling journey of lies, murder and mystery.
I feel like I need to read London Noir, the next book in the series. I just have a feeling it will be fast-paced and gripping much like this one.
A great debut! Too bad it took me so long to read it!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2017/10/good-girl-bad-girl-by-ann-girdharry-20.html

Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood

— feeling booklikes
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