Freda's Voice

A Canadian Lifestyle blogger who is a bookworm and poet.

— feeling amazing
Reading the series, this is a great find!!

Hmmm...might go with Halloween BINGO

Reblogged from Debbie's Spurts:
— feeling frankenstein

 

Source: http://stillcracking.com/harry-potter-shooter-recipes-are-magical

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

— feeling big smile
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

Brilliant!
I felt like this book exactly what I would hope from it. Another year at school and another year of adventures. As these kids learn magic, they learn how to mature and grow as human beings as well. Near the very end of the book, Dumbledore teaches Harry the most valuable lesson of the whole school year. It was well worth reading to get to.
Why do I hate the Malfoy's so much? They take villainy a little too far. Ugh.
The stand-out character was definitely Dumbledore's phoenix! Just sayin'. I love that bird!
Can't wait to watch the film! I've seen it years ago, but want a refresher now. And onto book 3 we go!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/08/harry-potter-and-chamber-of-secrets-by.html
Reblogged from roxannerhoads:

* Free Book Friday August 24 Truth and Solace *
Love at Solace Lake Book Three by Jana Richards

Truth and Solace
Love at Solace Lake
Book 3
Jana Richards

Love is worth the risk…

When their grandfather dies, the Lindquist sisters, Harper, Scarlet and Maggie, inherit the northern Minnesota fishing lodge that had been in their family for three generations. The inheritance is bittersweet. They were raised at the lodge by their grandparents. The natural beauty of the place hasn’t changed, but the building itself is crumbling and desperately in need of repair. The lodge also reminds them of what they lost. Twenty-two years previously, their parents died there in what was ruled a murder/suicide.

As the sisters struggle to breathe new life into the failing lodge, old fears and questions rise to the surface even as new love presents itself. Why did their father murder their mother? What truths did their grandparents keep from them? The sisters must fight to keep the wounds of the past from putting their futures, and their fledgling relationships, in jeopardy.

The truth could destroy them. Or set them free.

Maggie Lindquist left Solace Lake determined never to return. Circumstances have pulled her back and she’s helping to restore her family’s dilapidated fishing lodge. When she agreed to the plan she didn’t expect to have to work side by side with the man who abandoned her ten years earlier. She didn’t expect to like him, or want him ever again. But can she trust him as she once did?

Luke Carlsson rushes home to tend to his ailing mother. Her lengthy illness means he needs to stay, at least temporarily. And to stay, he needs to work. Solace Lake Lodge offers him a job and an opportunity to work with the woman he’s never stopped loving. But the restoration is unleashing secrets hidden for decades and no one is left unscathed. Especially not Maggie and Luke, whose love needs to be resilient enough to forgive, and strong enough to build a future together.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079WFZXV2/

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Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

— feeling amazing
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

My first time reading the series, and what do I think?!
Fantastic and magical!
Even better than the film too! This story, the first in the Harry Potter series, is everything I had hoped for and more! There were moments in the story that were more vivid and descriptive than the film brought to life. It was what I didn't even know I needed.
A quick read too. From easy story telling, to this magical world and even more magical characters, you are at the end before you know it.
I'm heading right into the next book too. I just can't wait. 

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/08/harry-potter-and-philosophers-stone-37.html

The Roxy by Andrew Czezowski & Susan Carrington

— feeling grin

A book for punk lovers, like me!
Most of my favorite bands got their start at The Roxy. It was a night club in the late 70's that didn't last very long, but in that time it was magic!
Bands like The Clash, The Lurkers, Siouxie and the Banshees, all played in this club. For me, learning more about the owners, Susan and Andrew was fascinating. I also loved the detailed timeline of the club. Most of this stuff I had no idea about.
If you love punk like I do, get this book. You will be hooked from cover to cover!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/08/the-roxy-by-andrew-czezowski-susan.html

Going Through The Change by Samantha Bryant

— feeling grin
Going Through the Change - Samantha Bryant
So much fun, and a story I easily relate to.
Okay, so I am peri-menopausal. I'm saddened that I am not harboring some new-found powers thanks to the change. These ladies in this story made menopause kind of fun. Just think for one second here, if you got one power during menopause, what would you choose? This book is a creative look at menopause with a twist. Instead of just raging hormones, what if we turned into a man? Or instead of hot spells, you could wield a ball of fire? Cool, right?! 
So this was a quick read, and I'm glad there is more to the series. I need to know what happened to the villain that got away!!
Women, get a copy. Especially if you are over forty! You'll have a blast reading it!
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/going-through-change-by-samantha-bryant.html

Free Fall by Brad Thor

— feeling booklikes
Free Fall: A Prelude to Hidden Order - Brad Thor

What an exciting little read!
It was my first time reading a book from Brad Thor, and I loved the subject matter. Who wouldn't enjoy an espionage thriller with Somali pirates? I know I did, and it also made me want to read more from the author. I even may start this series right, since this novella is #11.5 in the series, but I didn't know that when I sat to read it. I don't think it mattered anyway. I don't feel like I missed out on anything previously so it's all good.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/free-fall-by-brad-thor-34.html

Ever After High: Ashlynn Ella's Story by Shannon Hale

— feeling big smile

Another cute story.
This one was an introduction to Cinderella's daughter, who also happens to be the next in line to be Cinderella. I'm not sure why history has to repeat itself there, but in the story, that is Ashlynn Ella's destiny.
It didn't really tell us anything else, except she is going away to school.
Short but sweet, I look forward to the next one.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/ever-after-high-ashlynn-ellas-story-by.html

Daire Meets Ever by Alyson Noel

— feeling booklikes
Daire Meets Ever - Alyson Noel

I read Fated years ago and loved it. Enough so, I have the birds from the beginning of each chapter tattooed on my wrist. I saw this for free, and although it's a backstory, I was intrigued and hoped it would be good.
It was too short to be anything though. Ever and Daire meet and that's really all there is to it.
I feel like I need to get on with this series. I gave Fated a 4 out of 5 and never continued, now that I had a refresher, I feel like I'm missing out.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/daire-meets-ever-by-alyson-noel-32.html

Chicken Recipes by Hannie P. Scott

— feeling big smile

I like this book. A lot, in fact.
Flipping through the recipes, my mouth was watering. Literally each one I would like to try out and prepare for my family.
I prepared the Baked Potato Chicken Casserole.

It was delicious, although time consuming between prep and cook time. Still, when the hubby called it excellent, I knew it was worth it.
I will be making it again and again, as well as trying more!
Definitely add this one to your list ladies!! It's a must-have!
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/chicken-recipes-by-hannie-p-scott-31.html

Before by Cambria Hebert

— feeling booklikes
Before - Cambria Hebert

Started off kind of slow but didn't end that way!
It became a creeptastic intro to Sam and Heven. They're not an item, but Sam sure wishes they were. Plus there's a 'monster' that I really wantt to know more about.
Good thing I have Masquerade on my Kindle, because I'm left on the edge of my seat.


Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/before-by-cambria-hebert-30.html

Actors Anonymous by James Franco

— feeling bad smell
Actors Anonymous - James Franco

Meh.
I wanted to like this book, I mean, I LOVE James Franco. The premise was pretty interesting too, and unheard of. Still, the book fell flat for me.
It was a fictional book of short stories, it was supposed to be thespians that were not famous yet. Each story was a vignette of how they cycle around acting, tryouts, casting calls and more. Stories from their every day norm, and how they get through life.
I found that almost every story had a sexual side to it, or was about things I felt uncomfortable reading about. I didn't need to know half of what was told, especially who was doing who. 
There was a moment where James was telling his story, but being fiction, you quickly realize it's him but he's talking drivel. So I lost interest.
I would enjoy a memoir much more, that's clear. Fiction is not his forte in my opinion. He should stick to acting.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/actors-anonymous-novel-by-james-franco.html

Yoga For Beginners by Amy Gilchrist

— feeling booklikes
Yoga For Beginners: Essential Poses For Yoga Beginners - Become A Yoga Expert With The Best Yoga Poses For Flexibility - Amy Gilchrist

A great book for beginners!
Easy, step-by-step instructions, paired with an illustration to show you how to do the stance. Each chapter is learning a new yoga pose, and teaching you clearly how to do it, as well as the proper breathing techniques.
I loved learning a new pose every day and will continue to incorporate these into my normal work out.
If you're looking to better your body, gain more physical strength and tone up your muscles, then this is for you. 

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/06/yoga-for-beginners-by-amy-gilchrist-28.html

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

— feeling big smile
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared - Rod Bradbury, Jonas Jonasson

What a tale!
There were moments throughout where I felt lost in a way. With the story flipping back and forth between then and now, it got a little confusing at times. Still, in the end, it was brilliant and I get it.
This is a story that has to be told the way it is for you to understand who the 100 year old man is, and how he came to climb out of his window. You needed to go back and forth between his life, moments he won't want to forget, and once you read, neither will you. His moments are incredible. That putting it mildly too.
Yup, truly a wonderful story.
Did I like it better than the other book I have read? No, but close.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/06/the-100-year-old-man-who-climbed-out.html

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