Love & Madness by Leah Parker| Book Review

Title: Love & Madness

Author: Leah Parker

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction

Synopsis:

After a one night stand with Ty, Luna finds herself pregnant. On the up side, Ty wants to raise this baby with Luna to make it work, but they’re both basically strangers. They both make an effort until their individual struggles get in the way.

My thoughts:

Let me begin by saying this is not a happily ever after read. And i’ll follow that and say I still recommend this book because the journey of it is worth reading. Luna and Ty’s story touch on a number of issues such as depression, substance abuse and toxic relationships. What I really liked is that the author didn’t tell her audience that Luna suffers from depression over and over. She showed that. It was realistically done and very relatable. Sadness is not depression. Depression hits even when everything seems okay and everyone around you loves you and supports you.

Ty has a past with alcoholism, and that too is a greyed area. It’s a misconception to think alcoholism is a choice. There are issues deeply rooted in Ty’s past that leads him to this.

Overall, I’d say this book touched on heavy subjects that’ll give the reader an intimate insight of mental health. Romance, love, family, humor are all part of the package if you decide to pick this up. Rated four stars!

Happy Reading

Xo Kat

In The Gray by A.D. McCammon| Book Review

Synopsis:

Writer Lori Stevens has a brief encounter with Officer Steven Duncan one morning. She buys him a cup of coffee and the gravitational pull between them was instant and electric. Steven wants to see Lori again, but Lori doesn’t do dates or relationships. Broken by an abusive past, Lori ditches Steven and pursues her writing even further, by telling the story of Ashland. Ashland was also abused in a way society doesn’t see it as being abused. Lori connects with Ashland on that level. They both self-blame and carry around feelings of shame and guilt for something that was done to them. Some time after Lori ditches Steven, she runs into him again, only this time he’s dating her best friend, Cat.

Despite the circumstances, Lori and Steven form a friendship which is neither good or bad. It’s In the Gray.

My Thoughts:

This book is a romance about two people coming together, but the priceless take away from this story is its message. Abuse isn’t black or white, and victims living in grayed areas can often feel isolated. They might believe their pain is meant to be overlooked because of the unclear picture that most of society has of abuse. I appreciate the author telling the stories of Lori, Ashland & Juliana in this series to bring to light the stigma that women face as victims of abuse. It’s an eye opener for all who live with this secret and guilt. I myself, am not free of this kind of abuse and I never speak about it. I try to uplift my fellow women and encourage them to speak out, but I NEVER EVER speak about my experiences with abuse. Before I say anything I’m uncomfortable with, I’ll say this one thing. This story is inspiring, and I feel like a small seed has been planted in my head to be open with my story. It’s still very difficult for me to mentally process what happened in the past and I doubt it very much I can write a tell-all about myself but I do work small fragments of myself into my stories.

My rating: 5 stars!

 

Follow author A.D. McCammon on Facebook and Instagram by simply searching her name. She also has a FB Reader Group called AD’s McReaders for her readers to connect with her and her writing.

Xo Kat

Red Lights, Black Hearts by Fabiola Francisco| Book Review

Author: Fabiola Francisco

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Synopsis:

The story follows Sam, who works in the Red Light District in Amsterdam. In the beginning we learn that Sam has been running from her past and possibly herself by fleeing to Europe. She eventually meets Max, a traveling businessman from Germany who shows her that she can be loved, she can be healed. If only she would look deep within herself and want that for herself.

My Review:

The writing was beautiful…philosophical and poetic. Even with nothing going on, it was interesting to read. Red lights, Black Hearts is a testament of Sam’s healing. She explores the depths of her pain and suffering. She finds comfort in Max’s company and words, which lead her to love herself again, build herself up from the ground.

The book starts of kinda steamy but then it tapers off into therapeutic conversations between Sam and Max. Max serves as her support system throughout the book. She didn’t want him, she needed him. That was the vibe that I got. Overall, a neat story about redemption and healing.

My rating: 4 stars

Here’s the link to add the book to your TBR! Follow the author on Facebook, Instagram and join her FB reader group Fabiola’s Fab Reads to connect with other readers who loved the book.

Check out Red Lights, Black Hearts by Fabiola Francisco

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31142569

Xo Kat

The Dreams by Matthew R Fleming|Book Review

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Genre: Horror Fiction, Thriller

Synopsis

Five strangers wake up in an eerie forest with no memory of how they got there. As they try to catch their bearings, they realize that they are not alone and something sinister is watching them, baiting them, almost like a predator playing with its prey. They find themselves suspecting of each other especially when one of them goes missing and presumed to be dead…killed to be more specific.

My Thoughts

The Dreams is a horror novel that is written in true horror format in my opinion. A well-crafted plot that left me satisfied and wanting a movie out of it to be honest. My most favorite parts about this book is the building suspense and tension. I was so suspecting of each of the characters and found myself paying attention to every little detail about them. I also appreciate that the author wasn’t over-explanatory as to stray from the main story. Would I recommend? Yes, absolutely. Any true horror fan would enjoy this read. I must say although I did share a similar theory to the climax of this book, it did not disappoint at all.

Here’s the link to my newly created FB page if you want to keep up with my blog on there:

https://www.facebook.com/Bookish-Kat-582027968799821/

You can also see what I’m up to on Instagram and Twitter @bookishkat7

Happy Reading! 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

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

Alfred: The Boy Who Would be King by Ron Smorynski

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Alfred is a typical eleven-year-old boy who spends most of his spare time playing video games on a second-hand computer he was gifted. He is an only child and lives with his mother whom he sees as beautiful and sometimes odd in the way she speaks and dresses. Alfred sees it as old fashioned. Alfred is drawn to books, as well as video games of medieval times, something which has his mother uneasy every time it’s brought up. He also sends his mother into a frenzy when he asked about his father, whom he has never seen or heard of.
One night, Alfred summons an old wizard by saying the name “Bedenwulf.” He believes this to be his father name. The old wizard appears to be out of sorts and has no memory of who he is or what he does yet he manages to transport Alfred into another world, a medieval one. There, they learn the old wizard’s name is Tirnalth, and they meet a faithless cleric, Verbogen.
In the fantasy land, Alfred encounters creatures such as werewolves and gargoyles. He is told that he might be the only surviving heir to rule the kingdom and that an evil witch has driven the entire kingdom into despair. Alfred is determined to fit into the role of King and save his people.
This book was basically advertised as something similar to Harry Potter so immediately it caught my interest. It’s a brilliant middle-grade story and reminded me of Rick Riordan at times. I laughed during this book so the author captures humor well but here’s my concerns about things that could’ve been done differently. Firstly, Alfred is eleven years old and I feel like there are times he sounds more like a preschooler with the excited clapping, and at other times, Alfred is sharing all this knowledge with people. Maybe rework the characteristics for an eleven-year-old boy and the story would work beautifully. With a little editing, this story is a gripping and exciting one for fans of J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan.

xo Kat

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews|Book Review

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Flowers in the Attic is the first installment of The Dollanganger Series, followed by three books and one prequel. I’ve read all except the prequel which I plan to read and review some time.

Does anyone read V.C. Andrews? Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one hehe. I enjoy VC’s books quite a lot. Like I’ve said before, I don’t stick to one particular genre and I hardly read YA so my blog might sound a bit foreign.

If you’ve heard of the movie that came out on Lifetime a couple of years ago, then you’ll know about the taboo subjects explored in Flowers in the Attic as well as throughout the entire series.

Book one follows Corinne and her four children, who has just lost their father in an accident, leaving them in debt. Corinne shows up to her mother’s house with her two teenagers and younger twins, Cathy and Chris and Cory and Carrie respectively. Corinne hasn’t seen her mother in years due to a fallout in which it’s hinted at this time that it was something bad that Corinne did.

Soon after arriving at their grandmother, Olivia’s house, the book centers on the lives of the children who are treated with disdain and scorn. The children don’t quite understand the dynamics of their history yet and are in for a rude awakening when their grandmother locks them in the attic, blocking them off from society, and life.

Corinne rarely visits her children who are abused by their grandmother. They begin to mistrust their neglectful mother as she appears to care more about her wealthy inheritance than her own flesh and blood. Cathy and Chris transforms the attic into a place where their younger siblings can experience life between four walls. They read books and try to teach Cory and Carrie as well as make pretty paper flowers. I’m guessing that’s where the title plays in.

Olivia puts the notion of a romantic relationship in Cathy and Chris’ heads until both siblings’ romantic realizations are for each other. This was the first book I’ve ever read with any sort of incestual relations, but I quite liked the story.

What you’ll want to know before reading this book is, will they ever get out? How will the twins survive the ordeal being so young? And what’s next for Cathy and Chris in terms of their taboo feelings for one another?

Happy Reading!

To find out more what happens to the children and their mother, check out the rest in the series: Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, Garden of Shadows(Prequel-Corinne’s Story)

Leave me a comment if you’ve read this one. Did you like it or not?

xo Kat

The Tycoon’s Revenge|Kindle Book Review

The Tycoon’s Revenge by Melody Anne.

A quick light read about two young sweethearts torn apart by lies and deception. Ten years later, Derek is a successful businessman and millionaire(aren’t they all?) who is out to seek revenge on an old flame and her father for ruining his family. Little does he know, Jasmine blames him for leaving her and she’s been keeping a big secret from him for ten years.

I gave this book three stars, a bit more than it deserved. Not that it was a bad read, I quite enjoyed this story and was hooked from the beginning. There was no major plot twist, although enjoyable and it was written very well but it was no master piece. Unfortunately we’re given only five stars to rate all books so this one deserved some credit for a beautiful love story about family that flowed very well throughout it’s plot.

xo Coffee Doll

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Working Stiff by Blair Babylon|Book Review

The full title of this book is Working Stiff (Runaway Billionaires #1:Casimir).

With a character’s name like Casimir who wouldn’t want to read this, right? So in between longer books, I like to pick up these quick reads on Kindle mainly in the adult romantic genre. Blame it on my Mills & Boons discovery in high school. I enjoyed this one, and although there was a super rich billionaire in it, I was not annoyed.

Brief Synopsis: Rox works as a paralegal for hot shot lawyer, Casimir who is known for his playboy ways. Deciding not to fall for his antics, Rox pretends to be married for three years. Early on in the book, Casimir meets with some trouble and it draws him and Rox closer together, all the while she’s unaware of his royal roots in Europe.

That’s basically all I can share without giving too much away. If you enjoy a Nora Roberts kind of book with racy scenes, this might be a good read for you.