Where the Shadow Lies by Cassie Sharp |Book Review

Where the Shadow Lies by [Sharp, Cassie]

Book Title: Where the Shadow Lies

Author: Cassie Sharp

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis

Jael Tindle, unlikable in her community because of her unapproachable nature. She receives a note that nearly sends her to the point of insanity. The note brings with it a blast from her dark and deadly past and Jael will do anything and everything to protect her son from this past. She hires Private Investigator, Zander Williams to follow her son for his safety. But Jael isn’t so safe herself. Danger begins to follow her everywhere she goes. Everywhere she turns, the plot thickens. Zander, who is drawn unknowingly to Jael, digs up her past and is determined to protect her through it all until the mystery is solved.

My review

For a debut novelist, Cassie Sharp is a brilliant writer. Not only does she weave this dangerous tale with complicated twists and turns, she delivers it in the manner of an established author. I always stress on the fact that I read for the writing, not only the story and this book did not disappoint. The vocabulary was used articulately to give the reader a proper assessment of feelings and actions. Cassie also hit the nail on the head with showing not telling.

On the other hand, I enjoyed the events of the story itself. No plot holes. With every chapter I was left wanting to know more and more. This…takes talent. Hats off to the author. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

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

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens|Book Review

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To begin with Oliver Twist is a very sad, heartbreaking and eye-opening story. I personally love the way Charles Dickens wrote. I connect with his language in a very deep way as a lot of the books I read as a child were written by English authors. I simply just love and enjoy the language of that era.

This is a very tough tale to stomach with a lot of twists and turns in the plot. It was hard for me to keep up with all the characters in the book so bear with me if my account seems jumbled.

Oliver is an orphan whose mother has died in childbirth. He lives in dreadful poverty under the care of Mrs. Mann at a baby farm, meaning Mrs. Mann received some sort of payment for housing Oliver. One day, he was plucked from the baby farm by Mr. Bumble, the parish beedle and taken to a workhouse where he was poorly treated, as he had been all of his life. Oliver is nine years old by the way. While at the workhouse, he was tricked into asking for more gruel…that’s where the famous line, “Please sir, I want some more,” came from. Well this ignited rage among the board of well-fed gentlemen, who then offers five pounds to anyone willing to take Oliver under their care.

Oliver is then sent to the Sowerberry’s. There Mr. Sowerberry treats him somewhat better than his care givers before, but Mr. Sowerberry’s wife looks down upon Oliver with passionate hate. Another incident occurs which leads to Oliver running away from the Sowerberry’s for a chance at a better life in London.

I don’t want to spoil the entire book so I’ll summarize from here that Oliver meets great misfortune as well as people who has come to genuinely care for him. And something optimistic to look forward to, he might just find out about his family.

Hope that was a good enough account of this well loved story. Do you like reading classics? Leave me a comment on which ones you’ve enjoyed and why.

Happy Reading!

xo Kat

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

*Contains minor spoilers*

Another book yet unfinished. Roughly three weeks ago I started this book because I didn’t want to look at the movie before I read it. It put me to sleep quickly every night and I also drifted off the pages and into other thoughts throughout. Basically I forced myself to read this book and I almost made it to the end. I felt like three weeks was a long time to keep forcing myself to read it through so I closed up this reading project and started another one.

Firstly, the story didn’t entice me in any sort of way, nor did the characters. Right off the bat I didn’t like the main character, the one who narrates the entire book. The whole story felt like a lay up to another story, and it just wasn’t as gripping as I thought it would be. I must say I’m quite disappointed as this book has gotten so much hype around it and a Tim Burton movie. For that fact alone I wanted to really like it but it just didn’t hit with me.

To summarize the story, it’s about a sixteen year old rich kid who has just lost his grandfather. His grandfather supposedly introduced him to pictures of his childhood which Jacob didn’t think were real. After his grandfather’s death, he traveled to an island where his grandfather lived at a boarding school for answers. This decision was backed by his therapist(who I smelled as a rat from day one).

Upon reaching the island, he sees living proof that his grandfather was telling the truth about peculiar children, children with mutant-like capabilities including his grandfather’s teenage sweetheart.

I don’t want to spoil the entire story if you haven’t read this book, but it wasn’t in the least bit gripping to me. Despite my views on the story the author’s voice and writing style is amazing. I’d love to try something else by this author one day. It isn’t a bad book but I don’t think it’s YA. I get the sense that’s it leans towards more of an elementary age group.

This is just my view. We all won’t enjoy every book even though the mass population loves it. Drop me a line if you’ve read this book and why you liked it.

xo Coffee Doll

How to reach your reading goals

Time is never on our sides as we get older and if you’re a reader like myself, you sometimes feel a little stressed that you’re not getting enough done. A lot of people I spoke to can’t imagine adding reading to their already busy lives but it’s how I survive, escaping this world into another world. I’d simply wither away without feeding my brain the words that roll of off pages.

If you’re not a reader, I’m not sure how my post will help you but if you are a reader and would like to read more, keep reading…

You don’t have to speed read.

Nope. You don’t have to read faster to become a better reader or to challenge yourself. I will share how you can achieve your goals without be stressful about reading. Nourishing your imagination with pages is a beautiful thing and it’s meant to be enjoyed.

Set a reading time.

By reading time I don’t mean a reading schedule. If you have a demanding career or studies and/or children it’s impossible to say something like you’ll read fifty pages a day. If you want to set that goal for yourself, it’s fine…as long as you don’t feel pressured. I can assure you that some days you’ll barely get through a few pages, then other’s you’ll most likely finish a portion of the book.

You can set a reading time for yourself when you’re most focused. Some people like the mornings, some prefer their lunch break and I personally prefer at night. It helps me wind down after a tiresome and hectic day, although I’m one of those that lugs a kindle everywhere and use it.

Make it a part of your daily routine.

Incorporating reading time in your daily routine can help you get a little done each day instead of frustrating yourself with cramming an entire book in one sitting. Although it’s traumatic when we want to know what happens next and our eyes are deceiving us.

No social media.

I can’t tell you how much the internet ruins productivity for me. Whenever I sit to read or write, I’m always distracted by a notification or a quick thought to google something becomes two hours of me watching random people talk about their lives on Youtube. I invested in a Kindle because of this reason but you don’t have to. Just exercise the will power to block out all social media during your reading time. Silence those phones.

Choose interesting reading material.

Sometimes I pick up a book because there is a huge hype about it, especially on Booktube. In most instances, I don’t enjoy the book and end up putting it down halfway feeling like I’ve wasted good time. When you stick to material that interests you whether it be biographies, self-help, fantasy, romance etc. you tend to engage in what you read better, hence you read more.

These are the few things that works to help me keep focused on reaching my yearly reading goals. If you don’t already have a structure for reading try it and let me know in the comments if it worked for you. Thanks for reading! xo Coffee Doll