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.

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

The Obsession by Nora Roberts| Book Review

Book Title: The Obsession

Author: Nora Roberts

Genre: Romance/Thriller/Suspense

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis – At 12 yrs old, Naomi Bowes followed her father into the woods one night and stumbled upon a shocking & disturbing truth. From that moment, life would never be the same for Naomi, her mother, and her brother, Mason. Years later, Naomi’s past follows her wherever she goes, making her develop a nomad-like attitude for her job as a photographer, bumping around from place to place. In the present order of events, Naomi is in her late twenties and decides to root herself in a small town by purchasing a huge house in need of many repairs. She befriends the town folk and even finds love in Xander Keaton, the town mechanic. While Naomi busies herself with taking pictures and bartering them for odds and ends needed around her house, and sparks fly between her and Xander, her horrific past resurfaces and she can’t help but blame herself, and want to retreat into a space where she hasn’t opened her heart and life to others.

My Review – if you’re familiar with my blog, you’d know I love most of what Nora Roberts writes, how she writes, her manner of storytelling. It’s the way I love my own stories to be. A dash of romance tied in with mysteries, suspense and thriller.

I must admit I had an inkling of the climax in this book but not because of a weak plot. I’m just an alright detective(hehe). This book was very character driven. The characters were fully explored and examined, their growth and progress added to the story. Without all of this meaningful clutter, I don’t see how the main plot would work as a whole book. Overall, I would recommend it as it doesn’t narrow in on just a romantic story. That’s just a fraction of what this book is about. Without selling the story away, I’ll say it’s a tie in of murder, mayhem, healing, strength.

*Before heading into this book you should know that there are some dark moments, mentions of rape, torture and murder by a disturbed serial killer. *

Thanks for stopping by. Happy reading!

Xo Kat

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare| Book Review

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City of Fallen Angels is the fourth installment of The Mortal Instruments Series. Needless to say, it wasn’t a page turner like the first three books. For me, at least. I did enjoy it however, because it’s a continuous piece of a larger story. I’m not really big on YA per se but I will read it if it sounds interesting. The adolescent nature of the characters really showed in this book, something I didn’t care for but it is YA fantasy so I’m not beating up the book about it.

I enjoyed that there were several points of view rather than just Clary and Jace, especially Simon. The book is somewhat revolved around the importance of Simon being a daylighter and what his blood can do. There’s also the case of Jace who is having nightmares about himself hurting Clary, the one person he loves and can’t live without. We get to see more of Isabelle, Maia’s story as well as a blast from Magnus’ past. The overall plot of the book is okay in my opinion and I did rate the book three stars on Goodreads but I would recommend that it be read in order to complete the entire series as well as read Cassandra Clare’s other series. I believe the Mortal Instruments pave the way for other characters we may see in other books.

I think we may also see pieces of this book in the TV Series. Are you a fan of the show as well? Leave me a comment to let me know what you thought about City of Fallen Angels.

xo Kat

#HappyReading

Thriller September Reads| TBR | Books

Halloween is already in my air. Two days of weather in the 60s and I’m already gearing up for my favorite season, the haunted season. Random Kat Facts: I didn’t grow up in the US so Halloween was just a TV thing to me but ohhh how I wished I could be part of that world. Growing up on movies like Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus and a ton of horror movies which I wasn’t allowed to watch. Well…fast forward a few years and here I am. Both my kids and I are excited about it. Have any of you started picking out costumes as yet? We haven’t but my daughter is bouncing around ideas. I feel like she’s leaning towards Trolls.

Without further ado, let me explain my Thriller September theme for reading. I read most genres but I pick and choose what I’m reading based on what vibrations I’m getting, and recently I’ve been feeling a thriller/horror binge.

Here’s what I have in mind for my upcoming reads:

Current reads: IT by Stephen King – As with any movie based on a book, I read the book just before the movie comes out.

  • Great Tales of Terror by HP Lovecraft – I’ve always wanted to read Lovecraft because Stephen King, whom I absolutely adore has spoken about being influenced by Lovecraft. I love that it’s a huge volume with a lot to offer, can’t wait to get into it.
  • Penny Dreadfuls (Sensational Tales of Terror) – Compiled by Stefan Dziemianowicz
  • Kingdom Keepers II (Disney at Dawn) – Ridley Pearson
  • End of Innocence – Stephen King
  • Lives of the Mayfair Witches – Anne Rice

Most of these are what I’ve had on my TBR for the longest while. If you have any scary reading suggestions, leave them in a comment!

Happy 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

How I Read for Cheap

Heya Bookish People! Are you ready for the summer sun? I’m not.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. These are all my opinions and whatever books/apps/devices are mentioned, I have purchased. 

If you’re an avid reader, buying books can get a little pricey. It adds up if you’re purchasing each book on average of ten dollars, and hardcovers for way more than that. Some people do love to collect pretty and limited editions of their favorite books and there is nothing wrong with that. But I am a reader for the story. It matters not to me the way it is delivered whether I’m using an actual book or e-reader.

I have a post up which I will link why I prefer using an e-reader. That’s just my preference. And the cost factor and limited shelf space has a lot to do with it.

Let’s get right into the tips I have for lowering your cost of reading.

E-reader

I would say this is the most basic way to cut a few dollars off of your books by using apps such as Kindle, iBooks etc. These apps are all available for your devices for free so there’s no cost to download it and you don’t have to go out and purchase an actual Kindle or iPad. You can do it right there on your phone.

Libraries

I love libraries and recently so many have been closing down which makes me sad but I think it’s a brilliant way to save on books. Not every book I read, I feel the need to purchase a copy of it so this is also a good way not to waste money. Just borrow them, for free. If you don’t like it, just return it.

Thrift-store

Recently I went down to Goodwill to donate some of my children’s books, the ones we have double copies of and they have a really nice shelf with books ranging from 99cents to $3 which I think is a steal. I came home with nine books for less than ten dollars and they were in good condition. Some of them were hard cover, some were in mint condition. Find some thrift stores close by and check them out.

Bookbub.com

I have been using this site for several years now and I’ve accumulated so many free books on Kindle. I don’t know when I’ll ever get the chance to read them all. Basically, all you do is sign up with your e-mail and every day you’ll get an e-mail notifying you of book promotions. Some books you can download for free for Kindle or iBooks and some books have a major price cut. Every day for the last three or four years, I have been opening emails from bookbub.com and it’s been really awesome. I have an abundance of books so I don’t always need to go out and buy a book unless I feel a strong urge to. And also with bookbub, you can select the genres of books that you would like sent to you.

Bookdepository.com

I haven’t ordered anything yet from bookdepository.com but I recently came across it and they do free shipping worldwide so it’s not exclusive to the US/UK. And also, most of their prices are marked down from it’s original selling price so that’s a plus.

ebay

Ebay has many preowned books for sale at marked down prices and sometimes you can score big when looking for an entire series or several books by a particular author.

I hope you all liked this. I do appreciate reading for cheap and if you have any more tips be sure to leave me a comment. I’d love to hear it. 

Happy Summer everyone. Enjoy your weekend!

xo Kat

June TBR list

Hey y’all! What are you reading this weekend? Here’s my June TBR/haul. I’m sure I won’t be getting into all of these by even the end of July as I’m reading slowly. Investing my time in writing so bear with my slow book reviews.

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

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Recently I’ve been eyeing this book at my local pharmacy. They have a bestseller section. The cover alone has a certain pull to it.  I don’t want to spoil these books for myself so I didn’t look at any thorough reviews. From what I understand this is a thriller, there’s a murder and it might be connected to a detective’s past. Yeah, that’s what you get from me…I avoid spoilers like the plague because I know I won’t read it if I know details.

Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi

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I’ll be honest, I’m not really interested in this book but there was a hype around it on Booktube so I thought why not check it out at some point? It’s about a girl named Juliette who is locked up for murder who doesn’t touch anyone because the last time she did, she landed up locked up.

Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

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This is one I’m excited about because I absolutely loved The Girl on The Train. Not that it’s the same or anything but when I like an author, I like them a lot. A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Friendship between a group of four friends turns destructive.

There are tons of books in my TBR pile that I want to share with you but as I can’t share them all at once, I break them into monthly TBRs. Happy reading and have a great weekend!

xo Kat

The Ultimate Book Tag

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  1. Do you get sick while reading in a car?

Yes, I feel lightheaded.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique and why?

I couldn’t choose to be honest. I do love the language of British authors from the 1800s and early 1900s.

3. Harry Potter Series or The Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

I loved both series at different points in my life. I’ve since outgrown my Twi-phase but I haven’t outgrown Harry quite yet 😉

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it(besides books)?

Yes, I do carry a backpack purse with me. It holds basic things like my wallet, keys, phone, Kindle, a notebook and pen when I need to jot down ideas. I’m a mom so there is always spare diapers, a sippy cup and snacks in there too.

5. Do you smell books?

Indeed. It’s intoxicating.

6. Books with or without illustrations?

Funny story. When I was a child and now getting into Nancy Drew, I didn’t want books with illustrations. I felt it too babyish, however at thirty, I appreciate the artwork, and I also like to read comics from time to time.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

*hides face* Fifty shades of Grey. Yes, I did read it and I did like it despite having problems with the main characters and plot. I think it was the fact that it all started from Twilight fan fiction that drew me towards it. But yes, I was deeply surprised by the literary criticism that the book got. Not that I didn’t see the flaws in it myself but I thought in order for a book to even get published and create such a phenomenon, then it had to be quality writing.

8. Do you have any funny stories including books from your childhood.

Well it’s not really funny and it’s more about the time I was fifteen in high school. My friend and I discovered Mills and Boons….those Harlequinn erotic romances in the school library and boy did we read the heck out of them.

9. What is the tiniest book on your shelf?

It’s a small book about cat breeds.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Game of Thrones by George RR Martin.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I do write, and have taken up with it seriously in the last year. And yes, it’s a dream of mine, however far fetched to walk into a bookstore and see my book on a shelf.

12. When did you get into reading?

From the moment I could read actually. We had these reading books in school and they were so interesting, detailing Caribbean history and other tales. And at home I was always gifted and surrounded by books so it was a natural process.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

I’ll give some authors instead. Jane Austen, Charles Dicken, the Bronte sisters. Then I also love Dracula, Dr jekyl and Hyde, The Secret Garden, Frankenstein…I could go on and on…when I started reading novels, it was all classics.

14. In school what was your best subject?

Take a wild guess….English!

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had before that you hated, what would you do?

If I’m being totally honest, I can’t hurt a person’s feelings when a gift is involved. I was taught that it’s the thought that counts, not really the gift, so I’d probably place it on a shelf and keep it there.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Similarities, I’m not sure. Divergent reminded me of Hunger Games, although I didn’t keep up with the entire Divergent series. I thought the high school in House of Night Series was like a darker, more adult Hogwarts. lol, not really but the thought crossed my mind at that time.

17. What is a bad habit you do while blogging?

Social media and messaging. It’s really the death of productivity.

18. What is your favorite word?

I say basically a lot…does that count?

19. Are you a nerd, dork or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I’m assuming dork or dweeb is somewhat derogatory. I’m not as near as brilliant as a nerd. I’m just passionate about books, and stories, and characters. It’s my hobby. My personality is on the goofy side if that counts as dork or dweeb.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

The vampires that I first read about existed in Anne Rice’s novels and yes I was all about vampires until they got a little glittery. I’m still undecided 🙂

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels! Because I love the way the TV Show supernatural portrays them.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Spirits. I’m not a huge werewolf fan but I do enjoy a good horror movie.

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?

The Walking Dead, that’s why.

24. Love triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden Love. A person shouldn’t be confused between two loves, then I don’t feel like that’s love. Forbidden Love makes for better anticipation.

25. And finally: Full on romance books or action packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

It all depends on what mood I am in when I choose a book to read.

I tag anyone who wants to do thism tag. Hope you enjoy my answers as much as I did answering them.

xo Kat

What Cats Do Book Tag

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As cats do this when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happiest or relaxed?

  • Oh my gosh, this is a hard one. I like books with plots and twists…maybe a Nora Roberts book or one of those indie books on Kindle. Predictable cheesy romances are sometimes relaxing after a long book.

SLEEP

What is a book that put you to sleep?

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I understand it was a book loved by many so don’t hate me for my opinion. I just felt it lacking. It was predictable and felt it was a huge build up. Even as part of a series, each book should have a proper ending. I did rave on the amazing writing though, I like the author’s style. That being said, it’s a very appealing book for younger readers.

TWITCH WHILE DREAMING

Have you ever dreamt of a book you read?

  • I’ve dreamt of the heroes of the books I’ve read 🙂

SEEMS TO PLAY NICE

….until the claws are out.  Which book had the biggest plot twist?

  • Thrillers usually have great plots twists. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Dark Places and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

CUDDLES

Which books character would you give a hug to?

  • Jack, the little five year old boy from the book Room by Emma Donoghue.

CATNIP

What’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?

  • Most recently The Tycoon’s Revenge by Melody Anne. I like romances with family elements, they make me smile.

CAT BREEDS

What are your favorite books?

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak hit me right in the feels and it’s definitely one I’d read every few years. But I appreciate books in all genres, really. Thrillers, Horror, Romance, Fantasy, Children’s Literature.

THE VET’S OFFICE

Your least favorite book.

  • There are many books that I couldn’t get through but since I have short term memory, I’ll answer this based on my 2017 reads. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and Miss Peregrine’s.

BEING PLACES THEY SHOULDN’T

Least favorite cliche.

  • Love triangle.
  • The chosen one who has to save the world. How about a chosen lot? Like the power rangers.
  • Ohhh one I really dislike is the billionaire trend…can’t the less fortunate fall head over heels in love?

THE GOOD OLD CARDBOARD BOX

Most underrated book series.

As it so happens, two of my favorite series are underrated.

  • The Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan. It’s based on Wicca and I absolutely loved it.
  • House of Night Series by PC & Kristin Cast. (Vampire and Wicca themed)

I tag anyone and everyone to do this tag. 

xo Kat