“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
Growing up, Mallory Dodge learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at a public high school. But she never imagined she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet soon it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard. – Goodreads Description
I hadn’t heard anything about this book before I bought it and deciding to read it, but I had heard several things about the author, both good and bad. So when I eventually went into this book, I think I was in a good place. I wasn’t going into this book with great expectations that may be let down, but I still wanted to read this book. And if I’m being honest, my copy was nice and floppy and had an amazing cover that was crying out to be read. The description was also intriguing and I wanted to read more.
This was an easy book to read and one of those books where you can put it down, if you put it down, and pick it up and still remember what was happening in the story from where you left off. That amazed me considering how much I had on at the time. That is impressive and I don’t know whether it’s the writing or the story, but that deserves major props because my memory sucks and I’ve seen myself re-reading chapters to play catch up.
There are characters in this book that are easy to imagine with little character development and others I think needed a little bit more time spent on them. It got a little bit repetitive on times and it was either down to poor character development or just poor story line development. On saying this, there was one moment that just took me by complete surprise and I don’t know why it did. It shouldn’t have. The way it was done just added to the plot and made it what it was to me. I’m not giving any spoilers away.
This book also did something that I love when books, films, TV, people do, even if it was unintentional. It recommended another book because it kept constantly mentioning this one book throughout and it got me wanting to read this other book as well, to see it’s importance and then understand the characters and connections in this book even better. Plus I take book recommendations from anywhere, so thank you Jennifer 😀
Who else has read this book? What were you thoughts? Do you know what part I was talking about?
I gave this book 4 stars as I did get emotional at one point and it was an easy book to read.
Hello Readers 😀
It’s so nice to be writing again, as you can tell if you visit and read my site, I haven’t posted anything in a while. I have had a few things going on and sadly I haven’t been able to post anything on this site, or on my Instagram either. If you are wondering what’s been keeping me busy, I have been moving and have started a new job, so my life has been a little crazy lately. But things are starting to get back to normal, or should I say calmer and not living out of boxes anymore *relief*. All in time for me to set some goals for 2018.
My first goal for 2018 is going to be the amount of books that I plan on reading this year. Each year I set myself Goodreads Reading Challenge and this year is no different, so this year I have set my goal at 50 books. Hopefully by announcing my goal, it will encourage me to keep up with it, no matter how busy I am at work and so on.
Another goal I have for 2018 is to Post More! I know I post mainly book reviews but I want to post more in general. Even if I don’t have that much time and can only do short reviews, at least then I’ve managed to post a review on what I’ve thought of what I’ve read, and close to when I’ve finished the book. I am able to do this with Goodreads and put off doing it on here because I want to do an in depth review but then because I’ve left it too long, I don’t do because I forget what I was going to say about the book. This leads me into another goal.
I want to take some notes when I’m reading. Just have a notepad near by, that way if something happens, something surprises me, this can be included in my reviews, making it more personal because I don’t always remember everything. No matter how quick I write my reviews to finishing the book.
These are just some of the goals I can think of at the moment that I want to ensure I keep up with for the ENTIRITY of 2018. Wish me luck. What are some of you goals for 2018?
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to get to ask the authors of my most recent read, Mind Me, Milady – Ken Hicks and Anne Rothman-Hicks some questions I had during the course of reading the book. This was something that I’ve never done before, so it was great to be given this opportunity. Here are the questions I asked and their answers to those questions:
1) Could you tell us a bit about Mind Me, Milady and why it is a must-read?
“Mind Me, Milady is a blend of genres: the mystery of Susan’s dreams and premonitions, the thriller of the Gentleman Rapist stalking women, including the main character, and romance between Jane and Jack, who she fears might be the Gentleman Rapist because he is definitely hiding something. All in all, there is a lot going on that together makes it very rewarding for many readers.”
2) What was it like co-writing a book as a married couple?
“We have been writing together for a long time. The first joint project was a course we shared when Ken was a student at Haverford College and Anne was at Bryn Mawr. There are many benefits, especially the constant feedback. Of course, to write together successfully, we both have to put our egos aside. That is not always easy.”
3) Was there a lot of arguments, compromising or did you both agree on majority of the story and plot?
“This was a difficult book and it took us a long time to put the elements together. We had a lot of angst-filled conversations about whether particular scenes or parts of the book were moving the plot forward. In the end, we always agreed.”
4) How long did it take for you both to write this book?
“That is a difficult question since we put the book down several times and came back to it.”
5) Did you have to do much research for this book?
“There was some research, including the nature of a serial criminal, the mechanics of hypnotism, the concept of reincarnation, the history of colonial New York, and the Battle of Manhattan during the Revolutionary War.”
6) Where did you come up with the idea for this book, particularly the idea and concept of the “Gentleman Rapist”?
“We were drawn to the idea of someone who believes they lived a prior life and also wanted the story to be set in Central Park in a place that would have looked substantially similar now to the way it looked in Revolutionary times. We thought the idea of a rapist who spoke like an English Aristocrat as he wielded power, was a very creepy combination.”
7) Did you know who the Gentleman Rapist was going to be from outset, or did you change your mind while writing?
“We have a very fluid writing process. It would be hard to say when exactly we decided who would be the Gentleman Rapist. We did not start out knowing.”
8) Who was your favourite/worse character to write in Mind Me, Milady and why?
“We are both very attached to Jane, who appears in two of our other novels, Weave A Murderous Web and Praise Her, Praise Diana. Susan was the most difficult character to write because she is both assertive in her way and very in need of protection. The Gentleman Rapist was interesting, since we had never written anyone like him before.”
9) What character in Mind Me, Milady are you least likely to get along with?
10) Are you working on anything at the moment?
“We are working on our fourth book in the Jane Larson series.”
11) Which book are you most proud of writing and why?
“We are most proud of Praise Her, Praise Diana. The book deals with a very difficult topic, rape and violence toward women in its many forms. It also has many characters of whom we are very fond, including Jane, Maggie and Detective Smalley. Finally, the book contains certain despicable characters and others who are neither all bad nor all good.”
12) What made you both want to become writers?
“We were both early avid readers and started writing and dreaming at a young age.”
13) Do you both have day jobs in addition to be writers? If so, what do you do?
“Ken was a lawyer (and is now semi-retired). Anne was an editor before she became a full time writer and raised our three children.”
14) How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Here are our links:
Ken and Anne’s blog: http://www.randh71productions.com/blog
Ken and Anne’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Kenneth-Hicks-and-Anne-Rothman-Hicks-622272714477979
Praise Her, Praise Diana:
Barnes and Nobel: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/praise-her-praise-diana-anne-rothman-hicks/1120805267?ean=9781612359441
Weave A Murderous Web:
Barnes and Nobel” https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/weave-a-murderous-web-anne-rothman-hicks/1123847239?ean=2940152901085
Melange Books LLC: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/hicks/web.html
Mind Me, Milady:
Barnes and Nobel: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mind-me-milady-anne-rothman-hicks/1126178316?ean=9781680464382
I was approached and sent a free copy of this book by the authors and publicist, in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion of this book.
I didn’t know what to expect from this book and I was surprised by how quickly I was able to immerse myself in this book and the world within it. The characters of Jane and Susan were strongly developed to the point that you start caring about them, which is what you want with this type of book. The same can be said with the male characters and the suspicion that surrounds them and the possibility that they could be the guilty character, the Gentleman Rapist. Not knowing who to trust.
This book is surrounded in so much mystery, which is fantastic has it keeps you guessing right up to the last few pages. This mystery and these questions are answered in the last few chapters, which is where everything is so brilliantly brought together.
There were some editing issues in my copy where wrong names were used when talking about certain characters and so on, as though there were some last minute switches. These were just silly mistakes that could’ve been sorted with a once over, but it’s something I had to mention as it happened several times and it did begin to annoy me. But on saying that, it didn’t interfere with the story.
I just discovered that this book is the second book in the Jane Larson series and I’m interested to read the first book.
Throughout this entire book, it was such an emotional and beautiful masterpiece that, in my opinion, really should be read by everyone. It’s one of those books that just speaks to you and that you can learn from, especially when you’re a child and then if you read it again as an adult. This book teaches you about so much and when I finished reading this book, I was left thinking about countless of things. It teaches you about right and wrong, loss and heartbreak and so much more. The innocence only a child has, mixed with the anger and rage of the war. There was so much truth, which made this book just heated with emotion. As an adult reading this book you can see everything and understand it all, whereas a child may not and does not it this book, and that breaks your heart to see. To see such audacity occur to a child. It makes you ask questions and look at yourself a little deeper.
The two main characters, William and Tom, are so different at the start of this book, but by the time you get to the end of this book, they have become so similar. You can see how these two characters have developed and grown throughout the entirity of the book, as their development is and plays a part of the story. I can’t point to anything negative to say about this book, because of how much great the writing, the plot, the characters, the story is. This book just emotes so much. What you are left with and what you take away is important.
I saw the movie adaptation when I was younger and had such a strong bond with that movie, that I was hesitant to read this book because I didn’t want those memories tainted. This book just added to those and is one of the closest and truest book to movie adaptations I have seen. I give this book a massive 5 stars with a recommendation to everyone, no matter what age or what genre you like to read.
This is a little curious read that I came across and recognised, because of the film adaptation I had seen a couple of years ago. I never knew that this movie was based on a short story, especially one written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, so this took my interest.
This is a book, that is in itself for a better word, curious. Benjamin Button is born, but he isn’t born as you would expect, or how his parents had expected. Benjamin is born old. He has a beard, he can talk. Not what you would expect from a new born baby. As Benjamin goes through his life and ages, his body actually gets younger. So, he is going through life kid of backwards. Now Benjamin and those close to him, have to deal with this bizarre abnormality and everything that comes with it.
I honestly wasn’t expecting much from this little read, especially when you think that this short story takes place over the whole of Benjamins’ life. What can you really get from a short story? Well, I ended up really enjoying it. For such a short read, it contained so much. The writing was so beautifully and carefully done, ensuring to emulate and capture the age that the character was at each stage of his life. The way that this book ended, with the pure gentle child like innocence, was literally breath-taking. The whole concept behind the idea of this book did make me think about what if this was my reality, or if this happened to my child.
I did believe that F. Scott Fitzgerald could have gone so much more into this story and made it into a novel, instead of the short story that it is. If it was done as a longer and more detailed novel, then there would have been so much more emotion at certain parts and made this a much deeper read. This is why I ended up removing a star. However, for the short story that it is, it was still a good read and one I do recommend for people to read and therefore I rated it 4 out of 5 stars. I can’t believe I’d only read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald before today, this one definitely beat that for me.
Have you read this story before? Or any of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works? What do you think?
I came across a little post and I really liked the idea behind it, so I thought that I would do one about myself. The idea is to come up with 25 Bookish Facts about yourself and share it, so here are some little facts about me and hopefully this will be a good way for you all to get to know me a little bit better. So, lets begin..
1) I am a slow reader and envy all those fast readers out there.
2) I am more of a night time reader, staying up until the early hours in the morning. This can be so peaceful.
3) I totally judge books by their covers.
4) I suffer with chronic migraines which sucks as a reader, as it can really damping the whole reading process. The joy can sometimes turn into misery.
5) I never read the Harry Potter series in the correct order the first time I read the books.
6) My least favourite genre is most probably Sci-fi.
7) I can’t read in a moving vehicle, especially a car, because I’ll either get carsick or a migraine. This doesn’t stop me from trying though!
8) I HATE lending out ANY of my books! I’ve had a bad history with this.
9) My favourite books when I was younger (the earliest I can remember) are; ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Matilda’ and ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’.
10) I love going through second hand bookshops and discovering little hidden gems.
11) My entire Roald Dahl collection was the first books I bought myself, setting up my very own account. I sadly don’t own those books any more.
12) My mother, a non-reader, once gave ALL of my books to a charity shop while I was at school, claiming I had too many books. I was FUMING!!
13) I 100% prefer physical books over eBooks or audiobooks, although I do read and listening to them all.
14) I can’t and won’t ever dog-ear, write or do anything that may damage my books.
15) I own so many books and I haven’t read about half of them. That doesn’t stop me continually buying more books.
16) Following on from *no15, that means that my current TBR list on books I already own is high. This is before including or thinking about any new TBR books I discover, or may have been released.
17) I will choose to read the book before watching the films adaptation, so there’s several films I still haven’t seen because I haven’t read the book yet.
18) I always have at least one book on me at all times!
19) I have a tub/box that’s just for bookmarkers and it’s almost full and sits on my bookshelf (one of them). But I still often use random things, eg. remote, my phone, another book as a bookmarker.
20) I love it when a book takes me by surprise.
21) My Amazon wish-list is a godsend. I can just add all the books I want or take my fancy, then when I think I deserve a new book, they’re all there in one place.
22) Sometimes I find it hard or it takes me longer to get into fantasy and dystopian books, simply because of their worlds.
23) I am bad when it comes to reading a book, to be constantly thinking and wondering about possible endings and twists, especially when reading a mystery, or a suspense. 9 out of 10 times I’m usually right, which can be good, but can spoil the ending of the book for me. Stupid overthinking brain.
24) There is no such thing as too many books. NEVER!
25) My Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2017 is 60 books. Fingers Crossed!
So there are just 25 little bookish facts about me and I hope you’ve gotten to know me a little bit better :). What are some 25 bookish facts about you?
This is a book that I had once purposely avoided reading when it first came out, due to the extreme hype that surrounded this book. I was then given a few free credits to audible and decided to use one downloading Ready Player One and see what all the hype was about. After all, what was I losing? I can’t believe that I waited so long before immersing myself in this world.
Imagine a world, not far off our own, where majority of the world spend their time plugged into a Virtual Reality world, called the OASIS. The Oasis is a virtual world, which has become more like reality than reality itself. So much so, this is where children go to school, create businesses, earn a living and so on. The OASIS was created by James Halliday and just before Halliday death, he created a competition inside the OASIS that would have the power to change everything for someone. And Wade Watts dreams of winning this competition. But competition always brings out the best or the worse in others.
This book made me fall in love with audiobooks. Listening to this book instead of reading it, in my opinion made my experience of this book so much better. Instead, I got to fully emerge myself into the story, be a part of it, hear the story through Wade Watts voice. Almost emulating the OASIS in a way. This world was so easy to get into and to stay immersed inside for the entirety of the book, so much so that every time I had to knock it off, I did so with reluctance. The game references and 80’s pop culture references throughout, added something to this book. Even if you didn’t understand it all, there would be at least parts that you can connect to. It was so different from anything that I have ever heard or come across before and I loved it!
I first listened to this book last year, back before the mention of the movie adaption, while on holiday and I also finished it during that holiday. Now, after seeing the trailer to the movie and the time lapse since listening to it, I had to re-listen to it. I had no choice, obviously. This time, I listened to the entirety of the audiobook in a day and half and don’t regret it. There was no turning it off for anything, except for sleep. There was some that I had forgotten, or just not heard the first time, and I’m so glad that I listened to it again. Definitely a book I actually want to own and read physically, seeing if I have the same experience as listening to it, as if it improves or is worse. Massive 5 stars and highly recommended!!
Tell me what you think. Have you read this book, and if so, what format did you use? Are you excited about the upcoming movie adaptation? Comment below.