The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry|Book Review

Synopsis:

Christopher Bauer and his wife Hannah, both work at the hospital as an orthopedic surgeon and nurse respectively. One night, a small child is admitted, in bad condition nothing short of horrifying. The child, Janie, is around 6 years old, but looks more like a toddler in size. Janie suffers from multiple ailments, physical ones due to abuse, and mental ones, due to neglect. We learn that Janie’s mother was killed, and the police found Janie bound and tied up in a trailer with chains. Janie’s recuperation is a long road ahead, but the Bauers, who had formed a connection with Janie at the hospital, takes it upon themselves to foster Janie as they may be in the perfect profession to care for someone like Janie.

Genre: Thriller

My Review:

This was a horrifyingly gripping read. Each page made me impatient to get to the next, however disturbing the details grew. Told from the POVs of Christopher Bauer and Hannah Bauer(Janie’s adoptive parents) and Piper Goldstein(Janie’s case worker), enough story was given and enough story was held back to show a brilliant case of unreliable narration. The pacing was great, not too detail-y and boring, kept me invested for sure. Short and concise chapters, just the way I like it.

At times, the adoptive parents were naive and possible stupid but i can’t fault them for that. They were first time parents who took on a situation bigger than they can handle. Right off the bat, I knew that these characters and their story wouldn’t end wrapped in a pretty little bow. Again, something i like. I read elsewhere about the abrupt ending, but i honestly can’t complain about it. Some stories need to challenge readers to interpret their own understanding of what happens.

This book gave realistic insight into the repercussions of child abuse and neglect. As much as I was disgusted and heartbroken about what happened to Janie, the author also showed how truly sinister she could be.

All of You(Rebel Desire #3) by Fabiola Francisco |Book Review

All of You (A Rebel Desire Novel Book 3) by [Francisco, Fabiola]

Book Title: All of You

Book Series: Rebel Desire Book 3

Author: Fabiola Francisco

Genre: Romance/Country Music

Synopsis: Cassidy Rae works tirelessly at a diner to make ends meet. Her only focus in life is Rae, the daughter she’s raising alone. Rae’s father is out of the picture. That’s because Cassidy Rae never told him about her. She meets Jason Stone, a country music star who can’t take his eyes off of her. Soon after, Jason is not only inching his way into her heart and life but also Rae’s.

My review: After I read this book, there was a sweet aftertaste in my mouth. None of the characters were douche bags even the one’s that you think might have been. A very charming story with a handsome hero and a strong heroine. The lightness of this book is just what I need in between more complicated stories. That isn’t to say Cassidy Rae didn’t face her own trials and tribulations in this story. But I’ll leave that for you to read about when you buy the book. Completely recommend if your love heartwarming happily ever afters.

I rated this book 5 stars 🙂

Happy Reading Bookish Folk!

xo Kat

Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi|Book Review

I’ve got back to back book reviews 🙂 And I’m happy that I completed four books in January so far. My secret goal is to do four a month but I don’t want to do any bragging yet because I know myself. Life gets in the way.

Finally finished Shatter Me, and started Forget Me Not by Willow Winters. I finished that last night. It was that good. Without further ado, let’s get into the book review.

Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi

Initially I thought this book was fantasy YA. I honestly didn’t know much going into it other than people get hurt when the protagonist touches them.

Juliette Ferrar, a seventeen year old girl has been imprisoned in an asylum for three years. The asylum is not your usual asylum, as she suffers abuse and starvation during her time. She’s completely isolated and only gets shower liberties once a year.(I can’t remember if that’s right.) Her parents have forsaken her since she’s hurt people in the past by touching them. She feels like an abomination and loathes herself. The world has also fallen apart and a movement called The Reestablishment runs things in this dystopian novel.

She’s joined by another prisoner at the beginning of the story, who turns out to be her childhood friend, Adam Kent. Oddly, Adam is immune to her touch. As they figure this out, they both plan to escape the asylum and the brutal Warner who wants to use Juliette’s abilities for his own twisted aspirations.

My Thoughts:

This novel is very uniquely written and I can see where many readers can be put off. However, I liked it. I enjoyed it but I probably won’t read another series with this type of narration. I see it as Juliette’s personality, but I wouldn’t want to read another book character in the same tone. Juliette uses an abundance of metaphors and similes all throughout the book. One really has to acquire a taste for it. She also narrates by repeating phrases over and over and there’s lines in the book scratching out unnecessary narration.

I couldn’t believe this book was professionally edited judging by it’s lack of punctuation and cringe worthy numbers instead of spelling out the actual word. I finally accepted that it’s probably what they were going for.

I admit the writing is beautiful, capturing and over descriptive at times. There are many hook lines to tug at your heart and that’s what carried the story in my opinion. This novel was a lay up novel. No real plot and climax. And at the end, although I’m curious to know what happens next, I feel like I’m stepping into the world of X-men. The romance aspect weighs in more heavy than anything else in this story. But I can understand the audience that this caters to.

This is just my two cents. I don’t hate it and I hope the rumors about a TV Series are true. I’d watch it for sure. I always stress that I’m not a YA kind of reader so for me to really want to know more about this series, that says a lot.

Thanks for reading! Leave me a comment below and let me know if you’ve read this one before and what you think.

xo Kat

 

Captive Rebel by Erin McDermott|Book Review

Book title: Captive Rebel (The allegiance book 1)

Author: Erin McDermott

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: Destined to be enemies, bound by fate…

Prince Ariston rules over the Allegiant – an elite faction favored by the Greek Gods. Separated from his family at a young age, he became a prisoner to the rebellion.

Marylyn O’Conner is a rebel, forced to do the rebellion’s bidding until an unforgiving family debt is paid. A pawn in the war for rebels to gain their freedom, she is obligated to become a spy, or her family will suffer.

Driven by revenge after returning from captivity, Prince Ariston makes it his mission to hunt down rebel spies, capturing Marylyn O’Conner in the process.

Desperate, Marylyn knows she needs to escape her alluring captor, or risk the safety of her family.

My Review: For some unknown reason this book reminded me of Cinder(the Lunar Chronicles). The story is by no chance similar but my feelings towards both books were. Why? Because the characters were likeable, straightforward. There was no clutter in this book which I appreciated as a reader, and writer. Everything flowed, no loop holes, no mindless yammering. A romance, but not only a romance. And it ended well yet left avenues open for the sequels. Overall, I would recommend if you like YA Dystopian or Fantasy, Action & Adventure.

Happy reading!

Xo Kat

How to Write A Book Review

While most book bloggers and book reviewers out there write awesome and informative reviews, I’ve seen multiple discussions about how book reviews are done. In one of my writer groups, I’ve seen authors say they won’t read reviews because they put them off or make them feel a certain way. While I respect authors’ decisions not to read harsh reviews, I’ve also come across books being reviewed in a non-reviewing way.

Often, we don’t like stories or characters and feel it necessary to review how we think the book should end or what a character should’ve done. The majority of people looking at reviews are readers just like yourselves, hence, the review should be catered to that audience. I’d also like to note that there is nothing wrong with leaving negative reviews, but it shouldn’t be attacking in nature.

Here’s a few tips on how to cover a book review so that readers can get the best from it.

  1. Make sure you give it a star rating. You can give any book between one star and five stars. This is the first kind of review that readers are looking for. Not everyone actually reads an entire review.
  2. If you’re reviewing on your blog, make sure to include the title, author and genre of the book. Not everyone enjoys the same genre of books. Inserting this will help your review reach it’s relevant audience.
  3. If you’re reviewing on Amazon.com or Goodreads, a captivating title sounds more appropriate rather than “Okay” or “Good”.
  4. Write a brief spoiler free synopsis of the book, leaving out the climax. Your synopsis should end with something that leaves the reader wanting more. If you must leave a spoiler, Goodreads has a built in tool that allows reviewers to check. However, try to refrain from doing this on your blog without warning your reader.
  5. After you write the synopsis, then write your review, why you loved the book, why you hated it, how it made you feel, what it reminded you of etc.

As always thanks for checking out my post. If you have any more tips for book reviewers, I’d love to hear it. Happy Weekend!

xo Kat

Christmas On Thin Ice by Holly Blair | Book Review

Book Title: Christmas On Thin Ice (A Juniper Falls Holiday Romance)

Author: Holly Blair

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: Lily Jordan has just found out that she is pregnant for a famous golfer who ditched her. With the recent demise of her parents and the debt they left behind, Lily and her two brothers has to come up with a plan to save their family business, a tree nursery and skating rink. In comes Noah to save the day by offering to buy a percentage of the Jordans’ business but Lily isn’t too keen on losing her family business, or heart so quickly. 

My Review: Rated 5 stars in Goodreads because this book was a warm and enjoyable read to kick start my holidays reads. A very short book, actually a novella that can be finished in just a few hours but it’s content is full of feeling and substance. Great writing too. I completely recommended this to any who enjoys clean Hallmark type Romance as much as I do. 

Happy Reading! Xo Kat

In This Moment by A.D. McCammon| Book Review

In This Moment by [McCammon, A.D.]Book Title: In This Moment

Author: A.D. McCammon

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Summary:  Elizabeth Shea is a widowed mother of two who’s having a hard time healing from the loss of her husband, Xander. She meets Brendon Scott, a school counselor with a disturbing past of his own. Brendon likes Lizzy(as she’s called throughout the book) from the get go, and although it takes her a while to offer her friendship, she eventually does.

My Review:

In This Moment is a sweet, cozy tale about second chances, healing and love. I’m a very character driven reader and I loved the way Brendon’s carefree attitude balanced Lizzy’s restricted one. The story revolves around their friendship which eventually blossoms into more. The author did a great job assessing the feelings of her characters, something I appreciate in the romance genre. It didn’t feel rushed at all, just progressive. Rated four stars on Goodreads, I think this is a great fast paced read for anyone looking for a fulfilling story about two broken people coming together.

Thanks for reading!

xo Kat

Crushed by A.D. McCammon|Book Review

I’ve been lucky this year to have found some well written romance novels. A lot of romances can get cliched and cringey, not any fault of the authors but I believe few of us writers really know how to capture the essence of true love, especially true first love. Well A.D. had no issues doing that. Love and heartache roll off every page in this book. It was beautifully written, and felt and what I loved the most or actually admire, is the author’s ability to keep love alive throughout the book without repeating herself. As a writer, I find this very difficult. I get very repetive once I’ve fleshed out my characters enough so I pretty much fell in love with the way this book was written. 

Here’s a brief synopsis…

Julianna has just returned to her hometown after being separated from her cheating husband. She has negative, and sometimes troubled feelings about returning to Tennessee. Soon after moving back, she meets up with Eric, her best friend in high school. As the book progresses we learn that Julianna and Eric both had a deep love for each other but never acted on it due to circumstances. They’d also broken contact for some time so it took them a few to rekindle their friendship, and admit their love for each other. 

There’s some suspense elements in this book and if you’ve read my blog before you’ll see that’s my favorite recipe for romances. 

Happy reading! Xo Kat

Fifty Shades Darker Movie Review

It took me over a year to actually look at the first movie, that’s how not excited I was by this franchise. Jamie Dornan made a fine Christian Grey but I wasn’t too enthusiastic on the other casting. I read the book a long time ago so I’ve definitely forgotten all of the details. I drew the parallels to The Twilight Saga before I even realized this series was based on it and started out as fan-fiction. Fifty Shades is meant to be a romance told in its own way and I can respect that as an individual who appreciates writing as an intense art form. That being said, this was no literary piece of work.

I’m not going to focus on summarizing the movie or the books but I do have my own opinions on the trilogy that I haven’t shared anywhere before. Facebook is so controversial these days. Most people think it’s about abuse and rape. Now Christian’s and Ana’s relationship is no perfect example of how a relationship should be. I myself wouldn’t want to be in such a union, however, it’s a book. It is just a book…just a story. No need to get worked up when there’s worse things written and portrayed out there. I myself looked at the movies because of Jamie Dornan…I’ve liked the actor ever since I saw him as Sheriff Graham in Once Upon A Time TV Series.

My actual take on this second movie is that I don’t have one. Just putting it out there I looked at a censored version of it, so no I was not there for the steamy scenes. (LOL) The first movie, boy meets girl, boy likes girl, girls likes boy then we find out boy has a problem and girl can’t be in such a relationship then it ends because it’s a trilogy. All this time I thought, well maybe the series has something to carry it to the heights of which it went. Until I saw Fifty Shades Darker. I’m still at a lost as to what the plot was. It feels dragged out. Not a strong enough story that it needs to be split into three books. Ana is bland and boring. There really is nothing about her specifically that’s suppose to drive Christian Grey to change, other than the fact that he wanted to control her from day one. I felt like if the female lead was thought out differently, it could’ve be more convincing. The fact that he owns everything in the books turns me of to no end…when would someone write about a poor guy that a woman falls head over heels with?

As usual I have to remind my readers that this is just my opinion not a verdict on any author or director. It’s an entertaining series on days when you don’t feel like focusing on an intense piece of literary work but it’s not something that I would re-read either.

Thanks for reading! xo Coffee Doll

Most Liked Book Series Part 1

I have read these books at different ages and stages of my life. It has either impacted or remained with me as a most liked till this day. I will call this Part 1 because I cannot remember all the series I have read in this moment, also I don’t want to make this super long. I have labelled this as “most liked series” because I can’t really say favorite. I think if you have more than five favorites, it’s not really a favorite.

The Sweep Series (Cate Tiernan)

This series I believe have really broken me out into reading book series. I had read Harry Potter before this, but this one really made me want to read more series in this genre particularly. The subject of this series is Wicca. Growing up you may tend to misunderstand Wicca for what it is but reading can really open up a whole new world. The series follows Morgan Rowlands, a teenage girl who discovers that she is actually a born witch with powers and can perform magick. She learns the dos and don’ts as well as falling in love and fighting dark forces. I had found this book in my highschool library and there were only the first two. There was no way I could get the others, things weren’t as accessible as it is now. Years later, I found it in eBook format online and I read the rest of the 12 books. There are 14 all together and a 3rd person special edition I believe. I would say this is my favorite series of all time because it really opened up my love for reading about magic and witches, fantasy and horror.




The Demonata (Darren Shan)

This series follows three people from different times, Grubs Grady, Kernel Fleck and Bec Mcconn. It is made up of 10 books. The three main characters do eventually meet. A group of Mages called the Disciples accompanies them. The disciples travel through different Demon universes and the world trying to protect humans. The main demon in this series is Lord Loss who feeds off the sorrow of human beings. He has many minions that plays terrifying parts throughout the series. Their goal is to destroy the human universe. These books are so brutal and action packed from the start, I was a little bit surprised, in a good way. It’s a perfect mix of  horror and fantasy. I love the ending where the main characters take on a sort of intangible form to recreate the universe as it once was but with a better vision. 


House of Night (P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast)

I think there are twelve books and some novellas to go with this series. I have just read seven of these books. I started reading it a long time ago and life got busy. I have started to read the way I want to but I think with age, I didn’t necessarily lose interest, but there’s just so much that I prioritized before this series. I will be getting back to it soon though. It is still however one of my most liked series. A mixture of Vampires and Wicca. I didn’t read much books like this before so this was definitely ground breaking in this type of subject. The main character in this book is Zoey Redbird. She was marked and then she had to attend a vampire boarding school which functions at night of course, hence the name House of Night. Zoey is definitely not your damsel in distress and I liked that about her character. She is accepting of her fate and she isn’t scared or guilted about screwing up. I will probably do a better review once I have finished reading this series. 





Stay Tuned for Part 2 of my most liked series.

Happy Reading
XO Kat