Friday, June 23, 2017

A Cousin's Prayer by Wanda E. Brunsetter #Bookreview #0by18

A Cousin's Prayer (Indiana Cousins, #2)Title: A Cousin's Prayer
Series: Indiana Cousins #2
Author: Wanda E. Brunsetter
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Published Date: September 1st 2009
Genre: Amish, Christian Fiction
Page Count: 304
Format: Paperback

My Rating: ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
Kumme to Amish country, where the simple ways of life lead to hope and healing. Katie Miler is traumatized after her boyfriend is killed in a van in which she was also a passenger. How will she find her way out of the valley of her depression? Freeman Bontrager will make any excuse to be near to Katie, hoping to win her love. But how far will he go to gain her trust. . .and her heart? What will bring this girl out of the shadows of fear, and open her heart to life—and love?

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 My Review:
"Breathe deeply..move through the anxiety..float with it.. get mad at it.. do whatever it takes."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mine by A.N. Senerella ARC #Bookreview

MineTitle: Mine
Author: A.N. Senerella
Publisher:  Inkitt
Published Date: June 21st 2017
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
Anika Mason—simple name. Brown hair—average color. Blue eyes—she wished they were brown. But somehow she's attracted the attention of the new boy at highschool, and he is becoming quite obsessive and possessive over her. She needs to figure out how to get rid of him, fast. But when she's forced to lie about having a boyfriend to get him to leave her alone, she gives the name of the biggest player in the school; Brady Morrison. Not only did she not like him, but he barely knew she existed. And now she had to pretend she was dating him. Wonderful.

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 My Review:
"Maybe if you stopped trying to force yourself on me against my will, I'd be willing to try to know you. "

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Motorcycles, Sushi & One Strange Book by Nancy Rue

Motorcycles, Sushi & One Strange Book (Real Life, #1)Title: Motorcycles, Sushi & One Strange Book
Series: Real Life #1
Author: Nancy Rue
Publisher: Zondervan
Published Date: May 8th 2010
Genre: Christian, YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Page Count:221
Format: Paperback

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
Normal?

While family dinners and vacations to touristy destinations are ordinary events for her “normal” friends, fifteen-year-old Jessie Hatcher’s normal life means dealing with her ADHD and her mother’s bipolar disorder.

So why is Jessie shocked when the unexpected happens? Now her “normal” includes living in Florida with the father she always thought was dead and learning the secrets of sushi from a man who teaches by tormenting her. Life isn’t any saner with her dad, but a cute guy and a mysterious book might just be the crazy Jessie needs.
 

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 My Review:
"You always have a choice between doing the thing that's going to help you or doing the same thing you've been doing that makes you miserable." 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden #Bookreview

Memoirs of a GeishaTitle: Memoirs of a Geisha
Author: Arthur Golden
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published Date: July 5, 2000
Genre: Historical Fiction, Japan,
Audio Time: 18 hour, 9 min
Format: Audiobook

My Rating: ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 

Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. Sayuri's story begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. It concludes with World War II when the geisha houses are forced to close and Sayuri reinvents herself and finds a rare kind of freedom on her own terms.                              
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 My Review:
“I could no more have stopped myself from feeling that sadness than you could stop yourself from smelling an apple that has been cut open on the table before you.” 


Sayuri started being 'trained' at the age of nine after she was sold to a tea house that will make her into a Geisha if she follows all the rules, and is respectful of the people in charge. Seems like an easy task, until we meet some of the other young women in the tea house and learn that one thinks she's the best and the other so afraid that she will do anything to not get in trouble again.

“I don't think any of us can speak frankly about pain until we are no longer enduring it.”

Once Sayuri is seen as a threat by one of the Geisha things start going very wrong, and lead her to do things that get her into great trouble, which makes it next to impossible for her to become a Geisha. With the help of a kind other Geisha, she is able to start properly training and working towards being her own Geisha and possibly her freedom.
This also lead to men being involved in the story. Sayuri learns the art of being attractive to men, yet still mysterious enough that they want to know more about her. (she is not a prostitute) Which lead to her having to act a certain way in order to please most men and made me grow very frustrated with the situation that she had been put in. I don't blame her either for feeling the way she did about certain things and I wouldn't have been okay for them either.

“Was life nothing more than a storm that constantly washed away what had been there only a moment before, and left behind something barren and unrecognizable?”   

I think I ended up over hyping this book for myself sadly. It's one I had wanted to read for so long and had always found it daunting because of how long it is. While the length of this book did grow tedious at times when it came to certain parts of the story that I just truly didn't care for or have any interest in. I will say that I did learn a lot from it.
I learned how long it takes to be a Geisha and the demands that have to be met. I learned that just like with anything else this is very competitive and some people will go to any lengths to make sure they aren't knocked down. While entertaining grew boring after awhile when it came to certain people's antics.
The final straw for me disliking this was when her virginity was literally sold to the person willing to pay the most for it. No not okay.
As more time went on as well I found myself growing more and more frustrated with all the characters including the main one. All for different reason, but still it ended up making me not like the book.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire #Bookreview

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)Title: Every Heart A Doorway
Series: Wayward Children #1
Author: Seanan McGuire
Publisher: Tor.com
Published Date: April 5th 2016
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQIA. YA
Page Count:173
Format: Hardcover

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ .5

Goodreads Summary: 

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.
 
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 My Review:
"Because she had wanted to know what was at the end of the long path between the trees, and because she hadn't wanted to turn back before she understood everything. Because for the first time in forever, she'd felt like she was going home, and that feeling had been enough to move her feet, slowly at first, and then faster, and faster, until she had been running through the clean night air, and nothing else had mattered, or would ever matter again-"
I ended up going into this book with very low expectations because of the size and how much hype was around it last year. I am honestly so glad I did, I ended up absolutely loving it and just wanting to see so much more of each of the students worlds and wanting to know more about each of them.

The main focus of the book is on Nancy, but the few side characters we do get to see I absolutely loved and we surprisingly learned a lot about them in very few words.

"You're nobody's rainbow.
You're nobody's princess.
You're nobody's doorway but your own, and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you."
The friendships Nancy makes with Sumi, Kade, Jack, and Christopher were so nice to see. The all went to different worlds, yet somehow they make this wonderful team that helps each other figure out what is happening in the school. I was able to figure out the mystery portion just a few pages ahead of when everyone else did and I'm glad it wasn't a super obvious one for a change.

"So this was the world. This was the place she'd come from - and more, this was the place where she came closest to belonging in this world." 

This is a story of the fairy tale worlds we've all learned some about before, with some of the underworlds mixed in the best way possible. It's hard to explain, but it works somehow. The author did an amazing job in not only building so many worlds, but building each of the characters and making us care about each of them characters in a very short amount of time.

I am so happy I waited to read this book until the second one was almost out, because I need to know what happens next!




A Cousin's Prayer by Wanda E. Brunsetter #Bookreview #0by18

Title:  A Cousin's Prayer Series: Indiana Cousins #2 Author:  Wanda E. Brunsetter Publisher:  Barbour Publishing, Inc. Published Dat...