Freda's Voice

A Canadian Lifestyle blogger who is a bookworm and poet.

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
— feeling sad
R.I.P.
Reblogged from Themis-Athena's Garden of Books:

 

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

— feeling big smile
Renegades - Marissa Meyer

Most know what a huge fan of the Lunar Chronicles I am. Forget everything you know about that series before jumping into this one though. The two series are so very different, and comparing the two would be unrealistic.
I really like this series.
I like how two different groups of superheroes/villains, which you really need to decide for yourself which one you think is which, battle good and not-so-good. I found that while you would naturally be a Renegade fan, it wasn't so for me in the end. I was all Anarchist. I felt like they were the Robin Hood of superheroes. Fighting for the injustice of man. I felt like the Renegades were trying to maintain order. Neither side is wrong, really, but is either side right?!
So let me talk about Nova/Nightmare. She is amazeballs. And I totally want her and Adrian, *swooning*, too hook up already. The chemistry is unreal. Like two dogs in heat. 
Anyway...
I look forward to the next book when it comes out. For sure.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/05/renegades-by-marissa-meyer-21.html

Save The Date by Morgan Matson #EarlyReview

— feeling big smile
Save the Date - Morgan Matson

Such a brilliant read!
I thought I was reading a romance, and it was, but it was so much more than that too. It was a family, and their lives. There were moments that felt so raw and real, and moments when I laughed along with them. If this was a movie, it would be one helluva cast of characters. Each person was unique and had me wanting to know more about them.
The Grant family. What a family indeed.
I hope, even though this story completely ended, that there will be another book. I want to know what life is like after the divorce. Where does Charlie go when she goes home from university? These burning questions will linger in my mind.
Another great read from Morgan Matson. She is quickly becoming a YA favorite of mine.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/05/save-date-by-morgan-matson-20.html

Save A Truck, Ride A Redneck by Molly Hrper

— feeling big smile
Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck (Southern Eclectic Book 1) - Molly Harper

So sweet that I wanted more. 
When it ended I actually said, 'Oh shit, that's it?!'. Mainly because it was over and I didn't want it to be.
My only gripe was how quickly the relationship happened at the end. They went from thinking about it, to BAM! Even with the history and chemistry, it still sorta felt forced there. 
I like Marianne and Carl together though. They work.
I like all the characters in this story. It seems like quite a nice place to be, with many nice folk in the town. 
I definitely will read the next book, Sweet Tea and Sympathy. It sounds sugary sweet!!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/05/save-truck-ride-redneck-by-molly-harper.html
— feeling amazing
I wish they'd do The Throne of Glass series since it's better, but I love Sarah J. Maas so I'm gonna see this one for shizzle!!!

A Court of Thorns and Roses is Coming to the Big Screen!!

Reblogged from Hooked on Books:
— feeling grin
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer Ikeda

I don't watch a lot of movies or TV shows but this is one movie I am definitely going to see! Can't wait to see who they cast- hmm??

Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas

Epic!
I want more though too! I need to know the rest. I have to know if Lorcan is okay. Did they get the other two wrydkeys? Are the witches and fae going to be friends? 
I know some of you can not even begin to fathom my questions, especially if you haven't read the series. I hope my questions pull you in though. (Those that do know, please don't tell me.)
Adventure. Check. Action out the wazoo. Check. Excitement and drama. Check. Yup, this series has it all, and frankly, this book is the best of them so far. There's just something about reading a story with all my favorite fantasy characters in it.... magic!
If you haven't read this series, I cannot urge you enough to do so. I like her other books too, but this series is by far my fave!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/04/queen-of-shadows-by-sarah-j-maas-18.html

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