Book Review: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison


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Wow! I do not know what to say about this book. First, I will say that this is the first book that I read by this author. She is very hyped. I tried to read Song of Solomon first, but everyone persuaded me to this book. This book pissed me off. I felt so bad for the characters of Claudia, Penola and even their mother. I won’t disclose too much about what the book is focused on, but I will say it was so sad for me. This book contains race, molestation and rape, so WARNING!

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was a great topic read, but I did not care for the story as much. Maybe because I used to have color complex issues as a child and I could relate to Pecola. I think the mother was as dysfunctional as her husband and se allowed so many things that me personally I would not have. This book was just okay for me. I gave it a 3 star review.

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Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray


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Wow! This tome here was excellent! Okay, I read this book for the TomeTopple readadathon that is going to be over on August 17th! I read this with a buddy named Kaylee who I met on twitter! She’s a great person and loves books just as much as I do. Any whoo, Libba Bray has become one of my favorite authors. Her writing is so captivating and the worlds she brings to life makes me want to go there. This tome or big book was over 500 pages and we finished it in just a week. This book is about a girl named Evie O’Neil who has a supernatural gift. She is able to see what others have been through just by touching something that is meaningful to them like a shirt or a pen. She is what you call a Diviner and others are like her in New York City. She lives with her uncle due to getting in trouble. But, as I was reading this book I wanted to know what came next. Libba Bray has really outdone herself with this one. Now, I will not give any spoilers, but I will say that the ending was not favorite, but I still recommend this book. In fact. I am reading the second book in this series right now and it is a tome as well coming in at 618 pages. I know I will fly by it since it is just that good.

Book Review: Forever By Judy Blume


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I have much to say about this book, but I will not make a rant. However, I will give my honest opinion and review here about this book. Judy Blume was one of my favorite authors growing up. It has been a while since I read anything by her so when I saw this library copy for only one dollar, I picked it up. I am glad that I did not pay full price for this book. This book is  about a high school girl named Elizabeth who goes to a party with her friend and she meets a guy named Michael. They become close and start dating shortly after that. In my opinion Michael is so obsessed with sex it is not even funny. They both are curious, but Elizabeth is the only one that is a virgin. Now, granted, I understand that men or boys have sex on the brain more than girls or women do. But, the book seem to focus so much on much whether she was talking to her mother about it or her friend.

I may have had a different mindset about this book had I read it when I was teenager. But, as an adult, it was just okay for me. I gave this book 3 stars. This was not the best book by this author and it has me a little hesitate to want to read other work from her. But, I will still give her a try.

Book Review: Water For Elephants


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This book review is going to be different from what I used to do here on my blog. My YouTube subscribers and I did a read along with them. We read 50 pages a day until we finished the book. This book was amazing! I never read a book where I got a lesson that was needed for my life right now. The message that I learned was that your gift will always be around you in some way and make room for you. This book is about a guy named Jacob Jankowski who is a soon -to-be veterinarian from Connell University. A tragic event happens that keeps Jake from not achieving his goal, but he still gets to do what he loves. He even finds love for himself! I will give go into anymore detail about this book. You must pick it up for yourself. But, I will say that I absolutely loved this book and I gave it 5 stars!

I highly recommend that everyone reads this book.

Book Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout


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Title: Lux Consequences ( Opal)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pages: 395

My Copy: Paperback Bind Up of 2 Books

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Review:

I am really enjoying this series very much! Katy, a girl who moved to Virginia with her mother after the death of father tries to make friend. After seeing her neighbor who is just the most cutest and arrogant, Katy develops a crush and a new friend, Dee. Damien is the boy she wants to know more about even though he’s a real jerk. Katy notices something different about Dee and Damien that she just can’t put her finger on until its too late. I won’t give out any spoilers because this book is a series. I highly recommend this series to everyone!!

Book Review: The Geography of You and Me By: Jennifer E. Smith


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Publisher: Hachete Book Group

Page Count: 337

Genre: YA (Young Adult)

Date Started; 2/28/17

Date Ended: 3/4/17

Purchased: Library Book Sale

Rating: Plot 3 stars, Characters, 3 stars, Ease of reading 5 stars.

Quote from Book: ” The Postcards stopped coming.”

My Review:

This was just an okay read for me. It reminded me of a generic Dear John with a bad ending. I wasn’t a fan of this one like I am with other books that this author has written.

Book Review: How To Get Out of Your Own Way by Tyrese Gibson


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Title: How To Get Out of Your Own Way

Author: Tyrese Gibson

Publication Year:2011

Pages: 274

My Version: Kindle

My Rating: 4 stars

Review:

This was my first book that I’ve read by Tyrese and I must say it took me a while to get through it. What I mean is that I’ve had this book on my kindle since it came out and I’m now just reading it! I think it was time to read this book as I have been having some reflections and feeling about my own life. This book spoke to me in a way that my friends or family never will. I was able to relate to a lot of what Tyrese is explaining in his own life dealing with an addictive parent, siblings and wanting to get out the hood. I can respect his advice toward teenagers, women and men for that matter. In this book, the author was able to ” keep it real” and ” tell it like it is” to his readers. He gives some the truth to the game, learning about yourself and how to handle yourself in all situations especially business. His confessions of his life made me tear up because I feel like I’m going through what he had once been through. I highly recommend this book to those who may not know the answers at the time. Maybe you are just in your own way.

 

Book Review: It Ends With Us By


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Title: It Ends With Us

Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 364

My Copy: Paperback

Disclaimer: This book contains domestic violence

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Review: I must say that I was not expecting this book to be so good! For me, in the beginning it started out very slow and it was  not grabbing my attention. Then, after the first 100 pages the book took off! I am so happy that I kept reading because I absolutely loved this book so much! This story is about a girl named Lily who befriended a boy who named Atlas who was homeless. Atlas went to the same school as Lily as they became friends. Lily’s household was not perfect as she had wanted it to be. Her father abused her mother on many occasions and she would try to stop the abuse by entering the room. When she would enter the room, her father would stop hitting her mother. Fast forward to a few years later ( in Boston), Lily meets a man named Ryle who is so perfect for her. The irony is that she meets Ryle after her father’s funeral.  Ryle is a great guy. He is smart, funny, and a hot neurosurgeon. I won’t give out any more info, you have to read the book yourself, but I will say Atlas does come back while Lily is with Ryle. But, who will she choose and why?

Book Review: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers


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Title: Redeeming Love

Author: Francine Rivers

About The Author:

“New York Times” best-selling author Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote “Redeeming Love” as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books and then rereleased by Multnomah Publishers in the mid-1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea, set during the time of the California Gold Rush, is now considered by many to be a classic work of Christian fiction. Redeeming Love continues to be one of the CBA’s top-selling titles, and it has held a spot on the Christian best-seller list for nearly a decade. Since “Redeeming Love,” Francine has published numerous novels with Christian themes–all best sellers–and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous honors, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, after winning her third RITA Award for inspirational fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. Francine’s novels have been translated into over 20 different languages, and she enjoys best-seller status in many foreign countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, and South Africa. Francine and her husband, Rick, live in northern California and enjoy time spent with their three grown children and taking every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren. Francine uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and she desires that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life.

Page count: 480 Pages 

My read version: Audiobook

Review:

Wow! This was the first book that I have read by this author–a Christian author at that. I absolutely loved how all of the characters were portrayed in this historical fiction. It has become a new favorite genre of mine! This book is about a girl who was forced to live a life beyond her control. Angel also know as Sarah lives her life to the best of her ability no matter what others say about her. She knows who she is and yet she is determined to live in a way that she thinks is best for her. Until she meets Michael Josea. I won’t mention who he is, but I will say that Sarah met her own Angel one night and he showed her what love really was despite Sarah’s flaws. Unsure of herself, her emotions and her way of life, Sarah tries to figure out what she’s on the earth for. Lessons are learned and being on her own shows her which path to take. I have just ordered some other books by this author and I hope it does not disappoint. Readers, if you have not read this book, please get your copy now! The audiobook is great!

My Rating: 5 stars

High Recommend: Yes

Book Review: Slammed By Colleen Hoover


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Format: Audiobook

My Rating: 5 star

My Review: Colleen Hoover is my new favorite author. I will READ anything that she writes. I listened to Slammed on audiobook and I must say that this book was amazing. The book is about a teenage girl named Lake who goes through a lot of tests in life. Losing her father and only have her mother and little brother, Lake and her small family are forced to move to Michigan due to a family matter. I won’t give any spoilers, but I will say that Lake makes new friends, falls in love and even grows up more than she thought she would. There is nothing wrong with getting ” schooled” if it will teach you a lesson.