Freda's Voice

A Canadian Lifestyle blogger who is a bookworm and poet.

Carniepunk: The Three Lives of Lydia by Delilah S. Dawson

— feeling clown
Carniepunk: The Three Lives of Lydia: A BLUD Short Story - Delilah S. Dawson

OMG.
My mouth is agape and I'm like wow. Didn't see that coming.
So good. So sinfully good. It's like that thing you have to have but know you shouldn't.... oh, but do it anyway....
What a twisted little tale.
I loved it.
I don't know whether I like the imaginative part or reality part better, but boy-oh-boy, I liked it.
see, and now I need more. I need, Wicked As They Come. NEED.
Listen, read the synopsis. If you think you might like it, you probably will and should read it. I think you have to be into the unusual, but that's a good thing.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/10/carniepunk-three-lives-of-lydia-by.html

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

— feeling big smile
The Kept Woman - Karin Slaughter

So vivid and gripping!
I'd not read any of the other Will Trent books, and frankly, I don't feel lost. I will go back and read them all at some point, because the author is that good, but I don't feel like I lacked in anything for having not read them.
I read someone had commented that this book was gory. I suppose in their mind it would be, but in a thriller is that not an element that is sorta par for the course? I didn't find it gory at all. Vivid, yes. Gritty, yes, but not gory. You have to remember, the things that I read in the book were things that probably happen in real life. There are some real sickos out there that paint nasty pictures, so this wasn't far-fetched at all.
That's what makes Karin a great author. She can put you in a situation in the book, and it feels so real, it's like reading a news clipping. I can't wait to read more from her!

4.5/5

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/10/the-kept-woman-by-karin-slaughter-69.html

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

— feeling big smile
A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas

So good.
At the end of A Court Of Thorns and Roses, I was crushing on Rhysand. This book here, reiterates why crushing on him is a wise choice.
Although this story was up and down, in the end it was quite a ride.
Love, intrigue, excitement, adventure, they all play a part. The love scenes are something else though. If you are into hot, graphic sex scenes, then you better buckle up for this book! It has all that and more! I had a couple of moments where my mouth was like wide open... yeah, I would rather gore than sex, but that's me.
Fighting scenes were okay, but I could have used a lot more detail or grit. I don't know. The main focus of the story was war and mating. The latter was done quite well. 
I'm thinking the next book will have what I need. With the main character in a position to add all the exciting elements I look for, I will be disappointed if it goes otherwise.
Still a decent series. It's faeries, so what's not to like?!

3.5/5

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/10/a-court-of-mist-and-fury-by-sarah-j.html

Wake Up To The Word by Joyce Meyer

— feeling angel
Wake Up to the Word: 365 Devotions to Inspire You Each Day - Joyce Meyer
An empowering word each day.
Every day you get a new word. You learn it's meaning, even if you think you may know it already. Then you are given a vignette  of sorts, connecting that word to the Bible. Making you think and evaluate your own thoughts, values and opinions. Finishing it off with a piece of God's word. 
Sounds like the perfect way to start every morning that I am blessed to have.
Joyce Meyer's books, even devotionals, always have me questioning myself. You can never be too sure that you know everything, and must always be open to learning. Especially about yourself. Evaluating your moral compass from time to time helps you keep on the right path. I find her devotionals help me do that. I am sure most of you will too.
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/10/wake-up-to-word-by-joyce-meyer.html

Christmas In Venice by Meadow Taylor

— feeling happy
Christmas in Venice - Meadow Taylor

So sweet!
I'm glad Alessandro gave Olivia his number at the end, geez, I was thinking they would walk away from each other with no look back. After the moment they had filled with all that chemistry, there was no denying they needed to get together. Well, that did not happen, but a number is a start.
I did get a laugh from this short story though. In was funny in ways I least expected. Which was good!
Can't wait to read, Midnight In Venice. This sounds like a perfect romance series for me and my tastes!! Not only do I get the sweetness of watching people fall in love, but what a better setting than in Italy!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/10/christmas-in-venice-by-meadow-taylor-66.html

The Candidate by Lis Wiehl

— feeling big smile
The Candidate (A Newsmakers Novel) - Lis Wiehl, Sebastian Stuart Intense! This book would be the perfect candidate for a film adaption. It was so intense, gripping and full of political intrigue that I was keen to read to the end. I'm not American, but there is a lot of hoopla surrounding this particular US election. This book couldn't have been read at a more perfect time! I can't wait to read more from this series, and the enigmatic Erika to stomp more stories in the stories. She really does have a way of getting the most dangerous stories to come to an end. If you haven't read the first one, that is ok, you won't miss much. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but I encourage you to go back and read The Newsmakers.
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/10/win-candidate-by-lis-wiehl-us.html

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens (Early Review)

— feeling amazing
Never Let You Go - Chevy Stevens
Wicked.
I expected nothing less to be honest. Chevy's stories have a habit of keeping me up at night, part from I have to keep reading it and part from sheer terror. I live for that in a thriller though. It's a key element to getting me sucked right into the story to where I am a fright. 
Chevy Stevens is the Canadian, Female, Stephen King. Seriously. Her books give me the kind of chills his books do. It is so hard not to find the talent in this lady's writing. She captures the reader, and keeps them glued to the end.
This story hit close to home for me. I am a domestic abuse survivor. When I started reading the book and realized that this story was about just that, I prayed to God she got it right. Having lived through it, it's not something authors put forth with such rawness, at least like this one. At times, it hit so close I was thinking back to my own experiences. The likeness was uncanny and scary all over again.

That is what makes her an incredible writer.
She gets so gritty, raw and real, you almost think you're reading a real life event or story.
Plus the twists and turns in the mystery part, man, I thought I had it once. Then twice, then back again. It was cool though. You think you know, but do you really?! I love that!
Another book, that not only is going to be a favorite, but one I won't get out of my head. Ever.
If you haven't read this author, what are you waiting for? Do it. Do it now.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/09/never-let-you-go-by-chevy-stevens.html

Based On A True Story by Norm Macdonald

— feeling booklikes
Based on a True Story: A Memoir - Norm Macdonald

The world's longest joke?
I think I just read it with this book. Seriously.
Did he have a ghost writer, or did he not? I don't know. It was weird, expectantly, but was it too weird?
I did laugh. A lot, in fact. I was also baffled at times too. Still, I enjoyed what I read.
This guy comes from a place in Ontario that I haven't even heard of, and I live in Ontario too. I found that funny, but it also prompts me to want to see more of my beautiful province.
Do I feel like I read a memoir? Not in the least. Even when he discussed actually events in his career, they all drifted to something else all together and somehow it all became about Adam.
So did I love it? Not really. I didn't dislike it either. It just was.... well, I don't know what it was, but it was.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/09/based-on-true-story-by-norm-macdonald-63.html

The Midnight Games by David Neil Lee

— feeling alien
The Midnight Games - David Neil Lee

A unique story!
I love that it's based in my hometown, and oddly enough, in my neighborhood. Taking a trip through the neighborhood in this book is different though. We don't have any crazy happenings at the former Ivor Wynne Stadium, that I know of anyway, and I live right across the street from it so I should know.
I'd be scared out of my mind if the things in the book happened in my neighborhood. Geez.
Which brings me to the only downside I felt about this book. I felt it was geared for an older crowd, like 16+. Being a mom of two grown kids, I can say I wouldn't want my 12 year old reading a couple of the parts in here. 16 year old, yeah, ok. Realistically they experience more, but a 12 year old may still get nightmares.
Other than that, it was a unique tale that borders on sci-fi and horror. A little graphic here and there but nothing too bad. 
I hope you all will read it. It's a fresh story from an author who lives locally. Gotta love that!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/09/the-midnight-games-by-david-neil-lee-62.html

Cold, Cold Heart by Karin Slaughter

— feeling amazing
Cold, Cold Heart - Karin Slaughter, Shannon Cochran, Inc. Blackstone Audio

Brilliant!!
Twisted too, but in a good way. Oh my goodness, this is an intense 69 pages lemme tell ya!
I did not think it would play out the way it did either, which is also a good thing. I'm pleasantly surprised!
I love this author's writing. She puts you there, in that intense moment, and sometimes has you scared. She sure does paint a vivid picture, but in thrillers, it's what I look for. If you haven't read anything by Karin Slaughter, this little ditty might be the perfect place to start. You will really see how well she cam craft a story and hit you with the ending. Like, BAM!
I think I have a girl-crush....

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/09/cold-cold-heart-by-karin-slaughter-61.html

The Right Wrong Number by Barbara Delinsky

— feeling booklikes
The Right Wrong Number - Barbara Delinsky

How sweet!
Not only does Carly know how to grow a garden but she also knows how to let love grow. A lesson that is really hard to master when you meet the person of your dreams. Most people have a tendency to go too fast, but she knew to pump the brakes a little.
What a great intro into the series too. It was short, sweet and drew me right in! I hope Sweet Salt Air has the same characters, Carly and Charlie. I need to know where it went from where it was. Like, really NEED to know. They got married and made babies, right?! Please!
Can't wait to read more!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/09/the-right-wrong-number-by-barbara.html

The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin

— feeling booklikes
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun - Gretchen Rubin

Well then...
I wanted more from this book. I don't know, maybe I thought it was more self-help than memoir. I still enjoyed it though, just differently than I thought I would.
I read through Gretchin's personal journey to happiness. She researched and put things to use that she learned, all in the name of finding inner happiness. It was captivating to hear her results and findings, and I felt that I learned a lot myself.
The best for me was dealing with her children. Although mine are 19 and 21, I still feel the practices she used, specifically when talking to them, could be useful to me as well. It's like taking positive reinforcement to a whole new level, and I like it.
A great read. If you want a glimpse into happiness though, you have to take note and look inside yourself. That's where happiness lies. You just have to find it, like Gretchin did.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/08/the-happiness-project-by-gretchin-rubin.html

Hotel of the Lost (Hotel Ruby) by Suzanne Young

— feeling big smile
Hotel Ruby - Suzanne Young
And The Eagles sing....
Welcome to the Hotel California. But, wait! We're at Hotel Ruby. Where everything is what it seems and not as it seems. Where the ballroom is grand and the dances long.
Oh, how I got caught up in this book. The story of Audrey, her brother Daniel, and their dad, and how they cope after their mom dies.
Although the subject is tragic, the book is not so. After you finish the book, you almost feel an odd romantic feeling towards it.
I am sure there won't be anymore of this, it was wrapped up quite nice, but I would love to see more of the characters at Hotel Ruby. 
This is a really good story. Somewhat twisted, and yet with such a flow you can't help but get caught up in the drama of it all.
I like this one a lot, and I will be talking about it for some time.
 
 
 
 
Which cover and title do you like best?
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/08/hotel-ruby-hotel-of-lost-by-suzanne.html

What We Pretend To Be by Shaun David Hutchinson

— feeling alien

We Are The Ants Short Story

 

Cute!
Now I now more about, We Are The Ants, which I still need to read. I think I am going to love it too, based on what I read here so far. 
Alien abductions. Not something I read usually, but maybe I should be more open. I may be missing out otherwise. 
Only 26 pages long but it definitely left me wanting more. Not because of a cliffhanger, but because it is so interesting. The synopsis, the cover, the short story read, all show me that the full length book is going to be worth it all. 
This is just an introduction to the characters though, so I am treating it as such, and don't really see a story other than these abductions are happening to several people. I guess all the answers I have and more will be revealed in the novel.
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/08/what-we-pretend-to-be-by-shaun-david.html

Fractured by Catherine McKenzie

— feeling big smile
Fractured - Catherine McKenzie

Six degrees of separation.
In a short description, this is a roundabout story of heartache, though you don't realize how bad it aches till the ending. Which sort of makes the story epic. The build up is intense, so many times I thought I knew what was going on, only to find out how far from the truth I was. Again, that is sort of what made the story though, and in such a groovy way. There were several viewpoints to get the story from, and having them come together with a bang was key. The author was definitely able to pull that off.
I like her books a lot though. I always feel put in the moment. So if you haven't read any of her books, do so. Start with this one.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/08/fractured-by-catherine-mckenzie.html

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

— feeling amazing
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

Brilliant!
I understand now why this book is a classic, a favorite to so many, and he is the most translated author of all time. This is literally one of the best piece of literature to graze my fingertips that I have to ask myself incessantly, why the hell did it take me so long to read it?!
But I bought the book so I can read it again and again, and I feel like each time I read it I will take away something else.
I had so many emotions with this book, though none bad. The teachings in it were awe-inspiring. Quotes like, 'Where your treasure is, there will also be your heart' are going to resonate through me for the rest of my life, I bet. 
Look, I'm not going to tell you about the book. I will tell you that if you haven't read it, you really should. It's frigging amazeballs on so many levels.
I can't wait to read more from this author!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2016/08/the-alchemist-by-paulo-coelho-55.html