#Review: #TheGlassCastle by Jeannette Walls ♥♥♥♥♥

 

 

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My emotions are all over the place after listening to the audiobook for The Glass Castle.

This is the first memoir I’ve taken upon myself to read. I usually find the idea of memoirs boring, as I am more of an “other-wordly” type of girl and, obviously, accounts of real life lack that certain kind of magic.

The life of Jeannette Walls is far more terrible, and somehow magical, than I could have ever imagined.

This story had so many feelings wrestling within me, but mostly just plain anger. I cannot BELIEVE half of what her parents put her through. What makes it even worse is that most, if not all, could have been prevented. And that which could not be, should have been handled so much better. Walls did not have an easy childhood, and yet she somehow found happiness through most of it, even when the rest of us would be completely defeated. Obviously, as she grew older and wiser, she started seeing what her parents were putting her through for what it was, but even after taking charge of her life and well-being, she still managed to hold onto the love for her parents that I, personally, would have probably walked away from.

No child should go hungry because a mother believes self-esteem is more important than eating. No child should be denied medical care because a parent thinks modern medicine is some big conspiracy.
No child should suffer abuse (in so many forms) and have their parents make excuses for their attackers, if not outright ignoring them.

That Jeanette Walls survived, and later shared with the world, is a magic in it’s own right. This book isn’t easy to read. But anything worth doing is never easy.

~ Duckie

 

 

#Review: Lady Blackwing by Devorah Fox ♥♥♥ #ShortStories

 

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I received a free copy of Lady Blackwing in exchange for an honest review

Lady Blackwing gets what it’s like to be a writer. Inspiration can be found anywhere, but it’s often like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall. First we open with the author that just knows his writing is great, but gets no affirmation. Then we meet Mercedes who looks at the world with a writer’s eyes, who lets stories consume her to the point of near-dysfunction.

Yeah… it’s exactly like that, and it made me chuckle to read it played out by another.

So, let’s get to the book. Short stories are not my usual thing. Mostly because I find it difficult to immerse myself in a handful of pages and when I read I crave escape. That being said, it’s also so incredibly hard to stuff a full story arch into those limits.

I think Fox did well at giving us a short and sweet story. I found a few issues that could be worked on (head hopping, opening with a character whose personality I would normally avoid like the plague in real life, and issues with punctuation and flow) that did make it a little hard to push through to the end.

On an imaginative and story-crafting standpoint, I think Devorah Fox could really breathe life into this girl and her adventures. It’s a unique and fun power she discovers, and it’s that uniqueness and imagery that will make me pick up another one of Fox’s longer novels.

~Duckie

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#Review: Shades of Darkness by @JRLindermuth ♥♥♥♥

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I am not exactly a connoisseur of mystery novels, at least not mysteries that don’t have a bit of supernatural element to them. That being said, once I was able to get into this read I could not put it down.

When Jan Kepler is found dead in her beloved birding woods, Officer Flora Vestine and detective Sticks Hetrick have their work cut out for them. Solving any homicide can be tricky. That’s especially true when your victim is a law-abiding citizen, keeps completely to herself, and whose only hobby is birding. Even while they were in school together, Flora can’t recall Jan having a single friend. Even now, as a teacher in that same school, Jan’s peers and students liked her well-enough, but only had one friend—the formidable town spinster. Throw in a sudden–and seemingly random–string of car thefts and the unlawful timbering, and it’s a tangled web of bad leads and dead ends.

A great mystery is chock full of personality and intrigue, and Lindermuth does not fail to deliver. He manages to breathe life into the community of Swatara Creek, complete with eccentricities, heart-wrenching personal struggles, and flavors from every walk of life. His rich, authentic dialogue makes the characters pop out of the page and his descriptions of the township suck you right into their world with ease.

There are many theories to choose from as you journey to find Jan’s killer, and it keeps you guessing ’til the very end.

 

Now the cons:

There are couple moments of jarring tense shift, and sometimes it is difficult to remember what name belongs to what character as there are so many involved (not a bad thing, exactly. I like a variety of characters.) The surnames are somewhat unusual from your typical “Smith, Williams, etc.” which I think has a little to do with the getting mixed up easily. Or that might just be me, ha!

If you love a good little mystery to cozy up to, I would definitely put the works of J.R. Lindermuth on your reading list!

~Duckie

 

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I received a copy of Shades of Darkness in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Undead and Unwed by Maryjanice Davidson

Undead and Unwed (Undead, #1)Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m sitting here trying to think of the best way to explain my feelings on this book, and find it difficult. So let’s start with the fact that I listened to the audiobook version. This, I think, is super important to keep in mind and effects my personal enjoyment of this book.

Story: Overall this is definitely a fun fluff book. Something fun and snarky to pick up for a quick read. It is very short. There is a lot of f-bombs, a lot of snark, and not entirely lacking in the smut dept. In fact, there is a scene or two I would describe as outright vulgar. Now, this doesn’t bother me and didn’t detract from my enjoyment, this is just a warning for those who are uneasy about it. DEFINITELY DO NOT LISTEN TO THE BOOK AROUND ANY OTHER HUMAN BEING lol. Still, it has interesting, if a little two-dimensional, characters and fun dialogue. The overall story arch is pretty basic, with neat little twists on the common lore of vampires, but nothing omgosh amazeballs.

Narrator: I don’t know why buy Nancy Wu’s voice, at least as Betsy, DROVE ME INSANE! I continuously had to stop and remind myself to focus on the writing over the incessant, nasally, croaky whine of the voice telling the story. It was like nails on a chalkboard. And she made the men, who were supposed to be at least in their 30s and up, sound like immature teenagers. It was…. difficult. But I refused to give up the story. I am almost 100% sure that if I had read the book instead of listen to it, I would have just sank into it easily.

My advice: pick up the book and read. Don’t do audio. While the main character is shallow and materialistic, and selfish…. she was still fun. There are many scenes where I rolled with laughter. She is so pig-headed.

I will be reading the next book for sure. Guilty pleasure, y’all.

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Review: Uriel’s Fall by Loralie Hall

 

Uriel’s Fall: Ubiquity, #1

I came across the audiobook for Uriel’s Fall while looking for a narrator for my own work, and I must say the short two-minute sample I heard was enough to drive me over to Audible, register for an account, and download it.

Uriel’s Fall doesn’t waste time with the old good vs. evil rhetoric when it comes to demons and angels, and I couldn’t be happier for that. Hall brings a fresh look into the day-to-day lives of the inhabitants of Heaven and Hell, and Ubiquity is very much a day-to-day job. I love how she manages to meld the supernatural with the mundane seamlessly. This could very well be happening in the real corporate world and we would never know.

Ronnie is a fun character. Her snark helps to save her sometimes whiny and naive disposition. I mean, when you are a demon who can’t remember anything past three months ago, and had to have Lucifer pull strings to get you a job that feels daunting, I guess you have some things to whine about. And things don’t seem to be getting any better when an aggressive, bully-centric, and blood-thirsty voice suddenly starts talking to you, mocking your private thoughts. Especially when the voice appears to want a bloody vengeance against the three most powerful angels of all time.

Hall manages to keep the story flowing, effortlessly dialoguing Ronnie and the voice as she sets out to juggle a confusing love triangle between her, Gabriel, and Michael, figure out why Lucifer has suddenly become distant and unhelpful with getting her memories back, fighting with a d*** boss, and discovering what, or who, killed Metatron centuries ago and why she is connected to her death.

This book has quickly become one of my favorites and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into more. DEFINITELY worth a read, or listen!

~Duck

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