Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” —Groucho Marx

Friday, February 5, 2016

NEVER NEVER III by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Once upon a time, fairytales were told and the main characters of the fairy tales, lived happily ever after.   Once upon a time, I fell in love with the work of Colleen Hoover and I have read a lot of her books, but not all.....she writes faster than I can read and I can not keep up with all of it.     Then once upon a time, Colleen wrote a book with Tarryn Fisher and it was called Never Never.

Never Never became a trilogy.   The first book was intriguing and left us wondering in suspense.    The second book was more of the same.     Every 48 hours Silas and Charlie, (Charlize), loose their memories of themselves and each other and every thing they know about their world.    Sort of reminiscent of the Bill Murray movie, Groundhoig Day, which I hated.

Now the third book has been released and it is time for me to review it after having read through it.

SYNOPSIS:

New York Times bestselling authors Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are back with the much-anticipated final installment in the Never Never novella series. 
Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything. Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?

FROM MY PERSPECTIVE:

Book one was 159 pages, Book two was 158 pages and the third and final installment was 92 pages long.   To me, this should have been released as one full length novel, rather than as a trilogy.     I hate suspense to be drawn out in such a manner, waiting for part two which felt a bit repetitive of book one and then waiting for the conclusion in part three which was only a short story ending.    

I didn't know what to expect for  an ending in this series, but I knew I had to finish it.   Seriously, who can leave it hanging?    Certainly not moi!   I am glad I was able to finish the story.  It was more or less a happily ever after ending and the main characters did grow to know and understand who they were previously and made the choice to be better people in the present and future.

Was it quirky?   Yes, it had that quirky Colleen Hoover element.   Was it enjoyable?  Yes      Was there a twist that surprised me?    yep....especially toward the end.    My preference however, is for Colleen to stick to her own authoring of books with the quirks and surprises and enjoyment that comes from her own well of creativity.

I rated this a 3 wink read.

 Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  I purchased a copy of this book for my personal kindle collection.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

All Roads by Peter Murphy--a review








SYNOPSIS:

Danny Boyle isn't all here. Years of destructive behavior have left him in an alcoholic coma. Meanwhile, his marriage is over, one of his children wants nothing to do with him, and the other suffers by his bedside.

And while the complexities of life swirl around him, Danny, in his halfway state, comes face to face with his demons and struggles to understand them. He must confront the ghosts of his past – ghosts who have unfinished business with him.

No one can be certain of where Danny's road is leading. But where it actually leads is far more surprising than any could have anticipated.

The resounding conclusion to the Life & Times TrilogyAll Roads is a stirring ode to life's resilience and possibilities.


FROM MY PERSPECTIVE:

All Roads by Peter Murphy is the third and final book in the Life and Times Trilogy.  Itis the story of Danny Boyle, born Irish and raised in the Catholic Church, Danny grows into a young man and witnesses the murder of his friend Anton.    Life for Danny isn't easy....he makes good and bad choices, but it is never easy and he is always at war with himself.    It came as little surprise to the other characters or to the reader that he would become an alcoholic.

There are many very well developed characters in the Life and Times Trilogy.   From the heirachy of the Catholic Church, to the church body, family members, in-laws and children and ex wives, characters fill the book and interact in one way or another with Danny Boyle.   Each has a perspective, an opinion and perhaps an agenda.....but each was touched by Danny Boyle in one way or another.

This installment was a long read and I struggled with Danny's darkness until he made a friend in his son's father-in-law.   It was then, that I saw glimmers of hope for this truly sad human being, Danny Boyle.  The story does end on a positive note.   As a work of fiction, it is a very accurate portrayal of the sorrows an alcoholic faces.

I rated this book a three wink read!

  Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  I received a copy of this book from the author or their representative in exchange for an honest review.



Monday, February 1, 2016

January 2016 Reading Recap

Greetings fellow readers!   My January reading was somewhat affected by the fact I had major surgery, so I apologize to authors and peeps alike who may have expected more.   But life interrupts when least expected.   For any curious minds, so far so good!   And my reading should be back on track soon.

Here's what I did get read in January:

Lilliana Anderson's Drawn to Fight--contemporary romance--dreamy



  

All Roads by Peter Murphy--an Irish fiction read, third in the series.








A Great Conclusion to the Cerulean Fantasy series by Megan Tayte  Darkly Deeply Beautifully....review to post on February 16---awesome series!



And last but definitely not least, my favorite read of January by Steven Manchester, The Changing Season...a coming of age story for a boy and his dog.
This was a masterful portrayal as only Manchester could provide us with!




So as few books as I was able to read in January, they were all very enjoyable and satisfying....a little something for everyone!


I hope your January was just as enjoyable!

Happy continued reading my friends!

Miss Beth

Monday, January 25, 2016

Drawn to Fight by Lillianna Anderson----a review







SYNOPSIS:

Sometimes, it's inappropriate to fall in love with a certain someone. I should know. When I met Hugo Sparks, I didn't know he was my art teacher. But, by the time we found out, it was too late - we'd already fallen. But, we did the right thing, we tried to fight it. Eventually though, we gave in. That was when my brother Zac caught us. He said it would tear our family apart - we were already hanging on by a thread. I said I was in love. He didn't believe me and did everything he could to keep us apart.


Including breaking my heart.


In return, I broke his.


My name is Meg Reid - Zac Rivers' half sister. This is a tale of hurting the ones you love, and thinking it's for the best.


FROM MY PERSPECTIVE:

I enjoyed reading Lillianna Anderson's Drawn to Fight.   This story was set in Australia where there are fight clubs and both Meg's brother, Zach and her boyfriend, Hugo, need to fight to release their inner demons.

Anderson's characters are very well developed and realistic.   The   characters drew the reader into their story and made the reader care about their outcomes.   Life had made Meg mature beyond her years;   she possessed the wisdom of someone older and the aura of the same.    No wonder Hugo was drawn to her without a clue as to her true age and identity.

The storyline was a bit complicated, with Zach trying to keep the family together and being almost paranoid about bringing outsiders in to their "secret" lives.   Meg saw things differently, but tried to abide by his wishes...for the sake of the family.   She wanted to be a normal teen-ager....no possibility of that under the circumstances.

All was resolved in a satisfactory albeit, almost unbelievable fashion.

Now I had not read the first in this series, but this book was easily read as a standalone and quite enjoyed as such.   This is one of those stories that just qualifies as great escapism for the reader.

I rated this as a 4 wink read!


   Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  I received a copy of this book from the author or their representative in exchange for an honest review.








Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Changing Season by Steven Manchester---A review




SYNOPSIS:

This was supposed to be a simple summer for Billy; one more lazy expanse of time before college began. He'd fill the hours playing with Jimmy – his canine best buddy – going camping and doing all the things he promised Jimmy they'd do before Billy left.

But that was before the accident that shook the entire town.

It was before the summer job that turned into something so much more than a way to get a paycheck.

And it was before Vicki.

This summer was destined to be many things to Billy, things he didn't truly understand until now. But it was definitely not going to be simple.

An enormously touching, richly textured, deeply moving novel of new adulthood, THE CHANGING SEASON is an experience to savor.


FROM MY PERSPECTIVE:

In my humble opinion, Steven Manchester is one of this generations greatest writers and so when something comes out by him, it becomes the top book to be read in my TBR pile.   I can't help it, his writing always speaks to my heart and leaves me with so much to think about.

The Changing Season resonated with me as I could relate on so many levels to this tremendous tale of growing up.   Like Billy Baker, I loved animals and I was carried on a splashing sea of uncertainty....what did I want to do with my life after high school?   I never did determine what I should do, unlike our young hero, Billy.

Another thing we shared was a strong moral ethic and a strong sense of loyalty to our friends.    Billy was your normal teenager experiencing first love, a vile test of friendship, and a job he came to love and appreciate.

The author could have taken this story in so many different directions, but I loved the simplicity of the relationship between dog and boy.  The story could've been about your next door neighbor or at the very least, someone you know.

This book is an easy read for those who love coming of age tales, dogs, and first love.
I loved it. I am excited that it was my first read in 2016.   It's a good sign for future reads this year.

I rated this a five Wink read!


 Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  I received a copy of this book from the author or their representative in exchange for an honest review.




Monday, January 4, 2016

December Reading Recap

Happy New Year fellow readers.    I didn't succeed with my twenty -five days of Christmas reading this year.    First I took the summer months off and then in early December I received a breast cancer diagnosis, that thoroughly threw my planning into utter chaos.

This diagnosis came just in time for the depressing winter weather we have in Iowa.    I am so looking for sunshiny days and milder temps this year.    I don't want to get depressed.

Anyway, I only read five Christmas stories In December, but I think they were worthy Christmas reads....certainly enjoyable to this reader.   All but one was reviewed during December 2015.   Evergreen Springs will be blogged about during December 2016, but is quite worthy of the read.






















Wishing each and every one of you the best that 2016 has to offer us in the coming year!    May God richly bless you through out the New Year!

and Happy continued Reading!


Miss Beth

Monday, December 28, 2015

Trust Me by Earl Javorsky---A Review








SYNOPSIS:

Jeff Fenner’s life is out of control. At the nadir of a rocky, sometimes-up-usually-down career, he has finally come face-to-face with his demons: he’s being investigated by the police, he owes money to the wrong people, and he sees an empty future shutting down in front of him.

When Jeff hears that his sister Marilyn has committed suicide, he refuses to believe she killed herself and he embarks on a tortuous journey toward self-discovery and redemption . . . and toward the beautiful but troubled Holly Barnes. Holly’s own demons have led her to a self-help cult in Beverly Hills called Saving Our Lives (or, perhaps more appropriately, SOL). Through Holly, Jeff learns of a string of apparent suicides eerily similar to his sister’s—and that Holly is the next target.

A fresh, bracing, surprising novel of suspense, TRUST ME further establishes Earl Javorsky as a thriller voice that demands to be heard.


FROM MY MIND'S EYE:


If you are into thriller suspense/ mystery, murder and mayhem, Earl Javorsky is an author to be added to your TBR list!  In my humble opinion, he ranks right up with the best authors out there in this genre.

Trust Me is written in alternating voices, which can be disconcerting with so many characters, but at some point that becomes a minor influence as you move deeper into the story Javorsky creates.  It is an effective tool though as these various characters begin to cross paths with one another.   The stage has been set for their interactions and the suspense steadily builds to the climactic end of this brewing pot of insanity and criminal deeds.

Truly a nail biter with criminal intent which repulses this reader at times, it is difficult to put Javorsky's work down.   His writing is smooth and flows effortlessly; his characters are strong and well rounded.    You can feel their psychological pain and weaknesses in the writing.  

Javorsky is definitely an author that should be followed as he journeys through this genre.

I rated this a 5 wink read!

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  I received a copy of this book from the author or their representative in exchange for an honest review.