Freda's Voice

A Canadian Lifestyle blogger who is a bookworm and poet.

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

— feeling big smile
A Series of Unfortunate Events 1: The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket

What a great read!
I can totally see why this series is so huge and was made into a tv series on Netfix. It is epic! 
It is one of those stories that doesn't have a happy ending. It takes you where you don't want to go, but brings you out again. All of this is in good fun though.
Some pretty brilliant writing is  at play here. You are pulled so deep into the lives of these three children, hoping they are well taken care of in the end.
And now I want more!
It may be a while though, but I will definitely read on!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/05/the-bad-beginning-by-lemony-snicket-21.html

Rooms by Lauren Oliver

— feeling doubt
Rooms - Lauren Oliver

Man, this took me some time to get into.
I really didn't get it, didn't know who was who, and just didn't like it. I kept plodding through though. About halfway through, the character build up started to come together and I could begin getting a sense of what might be what. By the end it wrapped up nicely.
I'm not a huge fan of ghost stories to begin with. I like what the author tried to do with the twist and turns in this one. 
This just was not my favorite read. I prefer all of the other books I have read by the author. 
I have a feeling that I won't be alone on this one.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/05/rooms-by-lauren-oliver-20.html

#EarlyReview I'll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie

Family secrets.
We all have them. Dirty little tidbits that we may never tell anyone about.
This book took a moment for me to get into it. At first it flipped around viewpoints a lot, and didn't really get me anywhere solid to start drawing a picture.  But about halfway through it picked up and I wanted to know who really did this to Amanda.
In the end, you do find out the whole truth, though justice is not gratifying.  I thought the ending was a little rushed compared to the rest of the story.
Still as a whole I liked it. Just didn't love it like I expected to.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/05/earlyreview-ill-never-tell-by-catherine.html

The Recovery by Suzanne Young

— feeling booklikes
The Recovery - Suzanne Young

This was a great little story about Michael Realm and his mission to make things better. He did a lot in his time as a handler in The Program. His conscience has seemed to kick in and now he wants to right his wrongs. Noble enough and from the heart, that is why it's good.
If you are a fan of the series and read the books, read this one.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/04/the-recovery-by-suzanne-young-18.html

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

— feeling booklikes
Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard

This was okay.
It was like Clueless in a lot of ways, but with added mystery. That was never solved.
I felt like the characters and their teenage ways were the best part of the story. The writing was a little scattered though in the beginning. I found it hard to know what was going on, but I caught up in the middle and it got better for me.
I even have the first season of the show now, so I can see how the adaption is. It's quite popular after all. You'll see what I think about that too.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/04/pretty-little-liars-by-sara-shepard-17.html

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

— feeling love
Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout

LOVE!!!!!
My only disappointment is that Kat and Daemon didn't hook up before the book ended.
OMG!!! The chemistry between them was intense. I couldn't wait for them to get together.... and I'm still waiting.
It's not entirely a bad thing. The build up to this romance is at the top of the charts. 
I loved the sci-fi aspect too, and usually that's not my thing. It definitely is here though.
Can't wait to read the next one in the series.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/04/obsidian-by-jennifer-l-armentrout-16.html

My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall

— feeling big smile
My Mother Was Nuts - Penny Marshall

Probably one of the best memoirs I have ever read.
I really heard her voice while I was reading. I learned so much about her too. Man, what a life!
Shortly after she passed away I bought this book. It took some time to read it, but I'm so glad I finally did.
This book is literally a timeline. She starts right from birth. You go through her relationships, career, and personal life. Some stuff you will know, but I guarantee there will be a lot you don't know. She had such a colorful life.
If you like memoirs, or even if you aren't sure, read this. It's good, it's solid and it's funny.
I like the photos at the beginning of each chapter too. They're personal, for the most part, so it's quite the glimpse into her world.

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/04/my-mother-was-nuts-by-penny-marshall-15.html

The Librarian: Unhappily Ever After by Eric Hobbs

— feeling booklikes
The Librarian: Books One and Two - Eric Hobbs

Ok, so not as good as the first book, but it was still good.
As a book lover, it is a unique perspective to go inside a classic story like The Wizard of Oz or Peter Pan. That alone keeps me turning page after page. The author is quite creative, but also creates well developed characters to go on these adventures. 
I do still feel like this one didn't flow as well as the first book. There were a couple of moments that just didn't make sense to me, the moments just flipped too quick maybe....
Still, I want to read book 3. Just not right away. I feel like this one left off at a place that I'm okay with returning to at a later time.


3.5/5

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/03/the-librarian-unhappily-ever-after-by.html

The Librarian: Little Boy Lost by Eric Hobbs

— feeling big smile
The Librarian: Books One and Two - Eric Hobbs

What an adventure!!
This story follows kids on a library trip. What happens on this visit is so cool that I am left wanting more.
As a book lover, the idea of a library being the setting is awesome enough, then you add elements of existing classic stories and you have a smash!!  
The magic and adventure in this book is perfect for young readers. Not too scary, and packed fun of things they will connect to.
I look forward to the other book in this series. I hope it is just as much fun!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/03/the-librarian-little-boy-lost-by-eric.html

The Iron King (Manga) by Julie Kagawa

— feeling bad smell
What a waste.
There was like 3 pages of actual story that abruptly ended, and the rest was just illustrations. Nice illustrations, but boring still. I thought I would at least get a little tale, even if it was one I had already read.
This was literally a waste of my time.
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/03/the-iron-king-0-by-julie-kagawa-12.html

A Is For Alibi by Sue Grafton

— feeling big smile
A is for Alibi - Sue Grafton

Kinsey is quite a character.
This series focuses on her, she is a private investigator, and this is not only an intro to her but her first case. What a case it is too. So many possibilities and unanswered questions... intrigue, more murder and quite a sexscapade! 
Would I call this novel brilliant, no, but I can see what sparked the love of this series. I definitely want more!
I want to know what Kinsey will be up to next.... will it be taking off from where this left off? I hope so.
I bought this one on the day of the authors' passing. I'm so glad I did too, and now I see exactly what the hype was about.

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/03/a-is-for-alibi-by-sue-grafton-11.html

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne & John Tiffany

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, John Kerr Tiffany, Jack Thorne

Better than I thought it would be.
In my mind I definitely wasn't giving this one a fair chance. I don't like reading in playwright format, but I flew through this one. It's not even J.K. Rowling... but that didn't matter either. These two guys that wrote this one did her stories justice.
Was I blown away to give it a perfect rating? No.
Did I like it? Overall, yes.
I liked how it picked up where the films and the last book leave off. You are left wondering what happens with Harry's family, since you get that glimpse. This story gives you everything you want and more.
What I didn't care for was the bopping around to different scenes. I get it's a play so it's different, but some were to cut and dry for me. Especially coming from such huge books from Rowling. This was like a tidbit.
Still good though, and fans of the series should read it.


3.5/5

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2019/02/harry-potter-and-cursed-child-by-jack.html

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