Thursday, November 7, 2019

Book Review of Gracelin O'Malley by Ann Moore



Goodreads Summary: As the potato famine devastates Ireland, Gracelin openly defies her English husband by feeding the desperate souls who come to their door, and secretly sides with the rebels who call themselves the Young Irelanders—including her beloved brother, Sean—as they fight to free their homeland from the yoke of English rule.

Goodreads Rating: 4.58 stars with just over 344 ratings (for all 3 books in the trilogy set)

Genre Listing: Historical Fiction, Fiction, Ireland Culture

2019 Reading Challenge: #25 Read book 1 in a trilogy ( find the full challenge here)

Review: 

I found this book in one of my e-mails from Kindle. The whole trilogy is lumped together in one book. It was on sale, so I figured I'd give it a shot. It's kind of messing with how I usually do my reviews, though, and I wanted to do one for each book. 

Gracelin O'Malley is the main character in the trilogy. It follows her from around 5 or 6 to 19. It's set during the 1800s during the potato famine. This is not a period I've read much about but found the way it was presented in this book to be really interesting. I thought that Ann Moore did an excellent job of developing the scene and creating a visual of how hard life would have been during this time. I'm such a sucker for details that make historical fiction novels feel realistic. 

I really liked the character development in the first book. I felt like the story gave a lot of background of not only Gracelin but also her family and her husband. Gracelin was well written and felt like a solid main character. She went through hell, but still had a kind heart and was willing to give what she had to others. The squire was absolutely vile, and I thought he was equally well-written. It's been a while since I've detested a protagonist as much as I hated him. There was even some info included info on the townspeople they interacted with. Overall, I felt that Ann Moore gave a great look into a family-oriented community who took care of their own even in the worst of times.

I appreciate the Irish culture in this book. I always feel incredibly ignorant of my own Scottish and Irish ancestry. Through Granna, who is my favorite character in the book, a lot of Irish history and lore are discussed. How factual it is, I don't know, but it makes for a good story regardless.

Overall, I really enjoyed the introduction to Gracelin O'Malley's story. There were definitely some surprises and some heartbreaks with certain characters that I was really fond of. With the whole series being in one book, it's going to make it easy to knock out the other two for the trilogy section on the reading challenge. I'll probably dive into book two here shortly, once my kindle charges.


Monday, November 4, 2019

Book Review of Broken Glass by Alexander Hartung






Goodreads Summary: One murdered, one missing. Both are almost identical.

Detective Nik Pohl has seen every shade of darkness in his career. Not used to playing by the rules, he finds himself frozen out by his superiors. What’s worse, now he’s being blackmailed by a shadowy businessman into investigating a seemingly crimeless disappearance.

A young woman, Viola, left her home months ago, leaving a letter to her parents saying she wouldn’t be coming back. With a little digging, Nik discovers the case of an almost identical-looking woman who went missing in similar circumstances. There’s one important difference: that woman is dead. Viola may still be alive… but perhaps not for much longer.

When Nik is viciously attacked, it becomes clear that whoever is behind Viola’s disappearance has some high-level connections, and they will stop at nothing to shut him down. But he’s in too deep, and the clock is ticking. He has to find Viola, and her captors before it’s too late.

Goodreads Rating: 3.83 with just under 1,000 ratings

Genre Listing:
Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Goodreads Challenge:
32/50

2019 Reading Challenge: #17 a Detective Novel (Find the full challenge here)
Review:
Hey. Look. I read a book for the challenge, and it was a First Reads! I may have talked about the First Reads before, but basically, how it works is you sign up, and each month, you get a free kindle book that's just released or a hardback discounted. I have a massive stack of unread ones on my kindle. So yay. I read one.

One of the things I really appreciate about how Tress and I have designed the reading challenge is it's meant to get people out of their comfort zone. Broken Glass by Alexander Hartung was definitely out of my comfort zone, which is weird because I like crime related things I just don't read much of it. Broken Glass starts off a little slow. Nik seemed like a disgruntled cop with anger issues and wasn't overly interesting to me at first. It really didn't pick up for me until he got really into Viola's case. Viola's case isn't the only one discussed. Many things need to be solved, and Viola's story is just a starting point.


As the story gets more in-depth, and towards the end, it's evident that Nik has some serious issues that's made him kind of the good cop gone rogue. He's definitely not corrupt, but he does things his own way and doesn't play by the rules. I think this aspect of the story is a little cliche, but once I got interested in the story, I didn't really mind. It did make for some predictable plot twists, however. Balthasar and Jon as characters were ok. Balthasar actually reminded me of Woody, the Coroner from Psych. His oddities and the way he acted made it so I couldn't picture anyone but Woody. Jon, I could take or leave. He's kind of mysterious and just there footing the bill. I'm curious to see if more of his story comes out in the series.


I think that Viola's story kind of gets lost in the mix. She's the reason that Jon reaches out to Nik, but there are so many other crimes and surrounding things that overshadow finding her. It's mentioned a lot, and eventually, she's given some justice, but I feel like presenting her case as the main one is a little misleading. Honestly, after Nik goes undercover and solves that case, the story surrounding Viola loses momentum.


Overall, I liked the story, and I'd read another book in the series. I don't know that I'd go out of my way to pick the next one up, but if it showed up in my Kindle recommendations, I wouldn't be upset about it. It's a decent start to a series and could get really interesting. 










Monday, October 21, 2019

September-October Reading Challenge Update



Hi. Readers! I wanted to do a quick update on my reading progress for the challenges. I did that thing I do where I got sucked into a series and didn't bother to come up for air. I did manage to add five books to the reading challenge beforehand, so that's progress, right?

The series I got sucked into was the remainder of the Starry Hollow Witches series by Annabel Chase. If you've been following me a while, this also happened with Chase's Spellbound series. I didn't do any reviews on these because the books are about 200 pages each, and I'd finish one and instantly start the next book at 1 am. This would also explain why I've been a complete zombie for October.  This series is good if you need a quick read or love a good paranormal cozy mystery. The main character is a sassy single mom from Jersey. She's, of course, caught in a love triangle with a Vamp and a Werewolf. There's a lot of literary references, including Harry Potter. If you read Spellbound, Emma and Daniel even make a cameo in one of the later Starry Hollow books. Annabel Chase's series is my latest guilty pleasure. I'm trying to stay away from the rest of them so I can actually accomplish the things.

Currently, now that I'm done binge-reading this series, I'm working on Broken Glass by Alexander Hartung. This should fulfill my Detective Novel selection. I'll likely have a review once I'm done for this too. I don't like not doing the reviews for books I read, but it's hard when I burn through series like I did with Starry Hollow.

So with the binge reading, I'm mostly caught up on the Goodreads Challenge. I'm at 31/50 books. I'm going to cut it close, but I might be able to hit my goal this year. Here's the update for the actual reading challenge. Stay tuned, it's about that time of the year where Tress and I start planning next years. I imagine that we'll keep the same format, but update/recycle some of the categories. We've had excellent feedback regarding the setup. If you're participating in the challenge, drop a comment about how you're doing, or what you'd like to see. I can't guarantee that suggestions will make it in, but I'm sure I'll look at them at least. If you're wondering what I'm talking about, check out the full challenge post here.


Level 1: Book of the Month Club
1. A book with a red cover – The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
2. Read a YA fiction novel –Paperglass by A.R. Ivanovich
3. A book under 300 pages – The River Witch by Helena Rookwood
4. A book you got for free – The Hagstone by Helena Rookwood
5. Reread the first book of a series you love –Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Links to the original review, no review for the reread)
6. Read a book that takes place during the summer – Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
7. A book whose title starts with the letter M – Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg
8. Read a romance novel – What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
9. A book that has been turned into a TV show or movie – Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
10. A book with a title done in alliteration (e.g. Pride and Prejudice) – Magic & Murder by Annabel Chase
11. A New York Times bestseller (past or present) – A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
12. Free space – pick any book!- Catch and Kill by J.D. Lassica
Level 2: Casual Reader Club
13. A book by John Grisham
14. Read a fantasy novel- Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol (no review)
15. A book with a color in the title
16. Reread a book you have recommended to someone else
17. Read a detective novel
18. A book with a number in the title- The Rule of One by Ashley and Leslie Saunders
19. Read a book about dragons
20. Read a book published by Penguin Random House- Hounded by Kevin Hearne
21. Read a book found on Project Gutenberg
22. A book about an artist (fictional or real)- The Blue Period by Luke Jerod Kummer
23. A book that was published in 1999
24. Free space – pick any book!- Death at the Workhouse by Emily Organ
Level 3: Dedicated Reader Club
25. Read the first book in a trilogy
26. Read the second book in the same trilogy
27. Read the third book in the same trilogy
28. Read a book recommended by a friend/on social media
29. A book about a librarian
30. A book about breaking a code or a treasure hunt
31. Read a book by Brandon Sanderson
32. Read a book that takes place in a large city- The Rule of Many by Ashley and Leslie Saunders
33. A book suggested by https://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/
34. A book for under $3.00
35. A book with exactly three words in the title- Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
36. Free space – pick any book!- Magic and Mystery by Annabel Chase
Level 4: Speed-Reader Club
37. A book over 500 pages
38. A book about time travel
39. A book with a form of weather in the title
40. Read a book published in 1969
41. A book authored by a Catherine/Katherine or variant
42. A book by Anne Rice
43. A book from Time’s All-Time Top 100 Books list
44. Read a coming of age novel
45. A book involving mythology
46. Read a self-published book
47. A book with the word dream in the title
48. Free space – pick any book!
Level 5: Overachiever Club
49. Read a book on a banned book list
50. The most recent book in a series you haven’t finished- An Unwanted Guest by Emily Organ
51. A book that you judged by its cover (either positively or negatively)
52. A book that takes place in your home state
53. A book that takes place prior to 1965
54. Read a biography
55. Read a book you’ve previously abandoned
56. A book about a real or fictional politician- My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
57. A book set in Asia
58. A book with a tree or forest on the cover- Haven by A.R. Ivanovich
59. A book with the letter Z in the title
60. Free space – pick any book!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Book Review: Death at the Workhouse by Emily Organ

Goodreads Summary: London, 1885. Something’s not right at Shoreditch Workhouse, and reporter Penny Green is struggling to convince someone to listen. After spending time there undercover, she knows that more can be done for the deserving poor beneath its roof. But does anyone else care?
When two workhouse inmates die in a fight, the police and the coroner accept the simplest explanation. Penny undertakes her own investigation with Inspector James Blakely’s help, and it’s not long before they make themselves unpopular.

A macabre turn finally makes the authorities act, but can anyone stop the force behind the crimes?
Goodreads rating: 4.23 stars with just under 100 ratings
Genre listing: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Goodreads challenge: 22/50
2019 Reading Challenge: #24, Free space! Pick a book (find the full challenge here)
Reviews on the Penny Green Series: The Bermondsey PoisonerThe Curse of the PoppyThe InventorLimelightThe Maid's SecretThe RookeryAn Unwelcome Guest

Book Review:

Hurray! A new Penny Green book. I love this series so much, and Death at the Workhouse definitely did not disappoint. I eagerly await when a new one comes out, and I try to read it as soon as it comes out. For those of you who aren't familiar with this series, it's a Victorian murder mystery that follows the main character, Penny Green. Penny is a female news reporter in the 1800s, who has a knack for being involved in murder cases.  She and Inspector James Blakely often work together to solve cases. It's definitely not a cozy mystery, but I would consider it to be generally clean. The murders themselves get a little gruesome, but otherwise, it's pretty clean.

I love reading about Penny, and I feel like Emily Organ gives a lot of different views of what Penny's life is like. You see her life as a spinster renting a room in a boarding house. You see her life as a newspaper reporter, continually having to endure sexist comments from her peers because she's "of the fairer sex." At one point and time in the story, she's given a lady's column because she's the only female reporter and the editor things the women want a fashion article. At the same time, she's incredibly smart and observant. She usually figures out something is a miss before everyone else. She tries to use her reporting to help people and wants to report the truth even when it's hard. I adore her.

Per usual, I couldn't put Death at The Workhouse down. I think that the mysteries keep getting better and better because I honestly had no idea who was behind the murders and who was anonymously sending Penny books. I had my guesses but was utterly wrong. I'm a little ashamed at myself for completely missing the latter mystery.

I was really impressed with how grotesque this mystery got. Though, I use that more comparatively in regards to the other books in the series. I'd still consider it mild compared to other mystery authors. Anyways, the central mystery isn't so much that there are murders but what's happening afterward to the bodies. Death at the Workhouse by Emily Organ really gets into some interesting issues for the Victorian period and looks at the association between medical schools and the theft of corpses.

There's always an exciting side mystery within this series. I love this almost as much as the main plotline. In this series, it talks about the mysterious disappearance of Penny's father. I won't go into a ton of details because I don't want to spoil it, but there's a definite plot twist. Frankly, it's about time for some of the subplots to end up where they did. I don't think any of these were surprising but necessary. Confused? Good. Read it, and you'll understand.
The one thing I will say about the series is even though you'll see in places that you can read it out of order, I wouldn't. In terms of the main murders, yes there's no correlation there. However, in terms of Penny's life, relationships, and father's disappearance, I would want to read these in order.  There's a progression that I feel would be confusing out of order. Personal take, and not anything against the series though. Just something I think l should let other readers know about.


 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Book Review: The Rule of Many by Ashley and Leslie Saunders


Goodreads Summary:  Born to a death sentence in a near-future America, rebellious sisters herald a revolution—if they can survive.

Twins Ava and Mira Goodwin defy the Rule of One simply by existing. The single-child law, ruthlessly enforced by Texas’s Governor Roth, has made the sisters famous fugitives and inspirations for the resurgent rebellion known as the Common.

But the relentless governor and his implacable Texas State Guard threaten that fragile hope, as Roth consolidates his power in a bid for ultimate authority.

As Ava and Mira relinquish the relative safety of their Canadian haven to stand against Roth, new allies arise: Owen, a gifted young programmer, impulsively abandons his comfortable life in a moment of compassion, while Zee, an abused labor camp escapee, finds new purpose in resistance.

The four will converge on Dallas for a reckoning with Roth, with nothing less than their destinies—and the promise of a future free from oppression—on the line.

Disobedience means death. But a life worth living demands rebellion.
Goodreads Rating: 3.97 stars with over 1,000 ratings.
Genre Listing: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult, Fiction
Goodreads Challenge: 21/50 (Gahhh almost halfway there. Maybe I can meet my goal.)
2019 Reading Challenge: #32 A book that takes place in a large city (See the full challenge here.)
Review on other books in the series: Rule of One


Book Review:

It feels like I've been reading Rule of Many forever. It's only been a few weeks, though. This is not in any way, shape, or form the book's fault. It was a lack of sitting down and reading on my part. Mainly because I had to finalize my capstone project and graduate!!!! Hurray! I'm done with school. It's a massive relief for sure. I hope that means more time to read in the future!

I picked up Rule of Many by Ashley and Leslie Saunders as soon as I finished Rule of One. The first book was more getting to know the world Ava and Mira lived in as well as their life as forbidden twins. Rule of Many you get to see their life as rebellion leaders, America's most wanted, and figuring out who they are as individuals. 

I don't feel like there was ever a dull moment in Rule of Many, but it does switch between characters quite a bit. I think that Rule of One only switched between Ava and Mira, but I can't remember. Rule of Many includes perspective from "Zee" and Owen. Zee's introduction is a fascinating one, and I like the addition of her character in the story. Owen's point of view was okay. I didn't get really into it, and at times I found it kind of annoying. It wasn't super detrimental, but it didn't really feel necessary. I didn't fully get his motivation for joining the Common. It was kind of forced like his joining was because he had no other option.

I don't think this is the end of the story, and I hope it's not. I'm curious to see where the Common's Rebellion goes. There were some exciting additions to Ava and Mira's world, and I'd love to read more about them. Not to give too much away for The Rule of Many, but there's definitely a traitor in the Common. I'll be honest, I wagered a guess and was completely wrong on who it was.

I think the thing I like the most about the Rule of Many is just how quick it moves, which was similar to the Rule of One. It's under 400 pages and jumps right into the action. There's not a ton of rehashing what happened in The Rule of Many. I like reading through Mira and Ava's journey of figuring out who they are as individuals now that they don't have to pretend to be the same person.  Also, as far as dystopian/ Sci-Fi, it feels entirely plausible. I think if you're a fan of Hunger Games and Divergent you'd enjoy this series. So definitely check it out!




Friday, September 6, 2019

Book Review: The Rule of One by Ashley and Leslie Saunders


Goodreads Summary: 
In their world, telling the truth has become the most dangerous crime of all.

In the near-future United States, a one-child policy is ruthlessly enforced. Everyone follows the Rule of One. But Ava Goodwin, daughter of the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, has a secret—one her mother died to keep and her father has helped to hide for her entire life.

She has an identical twin sister, Mira.

For eighteen years Ava and Mira have lived as one, trading places day after day, maintaining an interchangeable existence down to the most telling detail. But when their charade is exposed, their worst nightmare begins. Now they must leave behind the father they love and fight for their lives.

Branded as traitors, hunted as fugitives, and pushed to discover just how far they’ll go in order to stay alive, Ava and Mira rush headlong into a terrifying unknown.
Goodreads Rating: 3.78 stars with over 7,800 ratings
Genre Listing: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fiction
Goodreads Challenge: 20/50
2019 Reading Challenge: #18 A book with a number in the title ( For the full challenge visit here.)


Book Review:

Woohoo! I got to finish two books in a week, and I wasn't even reading them at the same time! I started The Rule of One by Ashley and Leslie Saunders right after finishing The Blue Period, because frankly, I needed a pallet cleanser. The fact that it filled something on level two of the challenge was just a bonus. 

The Rule of One was a very refreshing read. It's just under 300 pages, and it moves very fast. It alternates between Ava and Mira, twin sisters. In their world, due to a climate issue and over-population, families are limited to one child, hence "The Rule of One." Obviously, because of this law, they can't be out in the open about being twins. Like many post-apocalyptic stories, citizens are microchipped, and their every move is tracked. Ava is the microchipped twin and Mira is the second born, aka the secret, no one knows about. The girls are raised by their father and take turns being Ava. 

I thought this was a fascinating and original premise. I think a lot of books tackle the limited child rule, but I feel like the secret child is usually kept at home the entire time. I liked that the girls switched off and perfected the art of being completely identical. It also made me feel really sorry for Mira because she doesn't really get to have her own identity. When it's her turn, she has to pretend to be her sister. I think this made me really drawn to the twins.

I'll be honest, this book actually scared me a little. The situations that created Mira and Ava's world felt so plausible and so current. I highlighted a ton of quotes in this one, so if you're on Goodreads send me a friend request and check those out. A lot of what I highlighted is what gave me chills. I won't get too political or whatever with the quotes, but one example is about 75% through the book. "The United States was once the most idolized superpower in the world. Our power lay in our equality, our liberty, and our democracy of the common people.," Rayla says, her quiet words emanating strength, drawing Ava even closer. " And look what we've become." I'm not sure if this will work, but feel free to check out the rest of my highlights here.

I have to give a ton of kudos to Ashley and Leslie Saunders with The Rule of One. I can't remember the last time I read a young adult book that did not have romance. You read that right. There is no romance. It's two young women fighting for their right to survive. This makes me so freaking happy. Nothing will kill a book quicker for me than misplaced romance for the sake of having romance. 

I think my most significant issues with The Rule of One is the transitions and the background story. These are minor annoyances, but the whole time reading I felt like the story transitioned weird. I'm not really sure how to explain it, but it was like scenes were cut short in some places. I would have also liked to have gotten more of a background story. We understand that their mom is dead, but I'm not sure if she was murdered for having twins or died in childbirth. I get the impression it's the former, but I don't know that it outright says in the book. The girls are also really good at survival skills, and it doesn't seem natural to me. It's such a small thing, really. Yes, they had to be good at surviving and not getting detected, but because their father worked for the government, they still seemed to have a pretty sheltered life. They are really good at school and studying to be doctors, but I don't know that what they've had to do thus far translates into the knowledge they had about surviving. It would have been interesting to know if their father like made some game with them to help teach them, knowing they'd need it someday.

Overall, I  loved this, and as soon as I finished, it started reading the second book, The Rule of Many. I think that Divergent fans would really like The Rule of One. It reminded me a lot of the series while I was reading it. 



Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Book Review: The Blue Period by Luke Jerod Kummer

Goodreads Summary: A riveting novel about the tragic romance that nearly destroyed a young Pablo Picasso—while granting him his first flight of creative genius.

From rowdy Barcelona barrooms to the incandescent streets of turn-of-the-century Paris, Pablo Picasso experiences the sumptuous highs and seedy lows of bohemian life alongside his rebellious poet friend with a shadowy past, Carles Casagemas.

Fleeing family misfortune and their parents’ expectations, the two young artists seek their creative outlet while chasing inspiration in drugs, decadence, and the liberated women of Montmartre—creatures far different from the veiled ones back home.

The new life feels like bliss, and nothing can come between them…until a dark-haired, enigmatic muse enters the picture. The two artists’ passion for Germaine will lead to a devastating turn. Amid soul-searching and despair, however, Picasso discovers a color palette in which to render his demons and paint himself into lasting history.

Bringing the exuberance of the era vividly to life, this richly imagined portrait of Picasso’s coming of age intertwines the love, death, lust, and friendships that inspired the immortal works of a defiant master.

Goodreads Rating: 3.56 stars with just over 2,000 ratings.
Genre listing: Historical Fiction, Art, Fiction
Goodreads Challenge: 19/50 (Sooooo behind. Argh)
2019 reading challenge: #22 a book about an artist (find the full challenge here.)

Book Review:

I'm honestly just going to dig right into this review. If I don't, I may lose all my thoughts, and I've been grouchy and snarky this week. The summary above calls it riveting, and I don't think that's the word I would use to describe The Blue Period by Luke Jerod Kummer. It is about 350 pages long, but it seems like so much longer. Every time I checked my progress, I felt disappointed with how little I had actually read. It is one of those books where you read like ten or so pages and feel like you've read fifty because it just drags on.

I think that part of the reason that The Blue Period drags on and on is that nothing really ever happens in it. I believe it starts with his friend dying, and then flashes back to his childhood and how he learned to paint. Once it catches back up to the initial scene, it's just a pattern of Pablo Picasso either being broke in Spain or broke in Paris. Which, don't get me wrong the author did a great job of showing just how destitute the painter was and how dirty the world was.

I was surprised at how little there was actually detailing the paintings done by Pablo Picasso. I mean don't get me wrong, it's there. But I thought it'd be more prevalent in this story. A lot of it is that he snuck away and painted at night. Might favorite aspect of the story was when he went and painted at the prison. However, for me, this just felt like a small part of the story. I didn't read the summary when I picked it out or started reading it. I saw Pablo Picasso and said welp, there's my book for #22 and called it a day. Had I read this, I probably would have realized that it wasn't necessarily about the artwork, but what got Pablo Picasso to his famous Blue Period. I also know very little about Picasso's life. I saw the Old Guitarist at an art museum once, and that's about the extent of it beyond his signature styles. I like art, but Art Historian I am not.

I was honestly not prepared for the graphic nature of the book or the desperate need for a thesaurus. Real or fictional, I feel like after reading The Blue Period by Luke Jerod Kummer, I now know more about Pablo Picasso's sex life than his artwork. Most of his time in Paris based on the story told in this book seemed to be occupied screwing prostitutes and having Syphalyis. I don't mind reading sex scenes, but I feel like they need to be done well if they're going to be done at all. Literally, every sex scene was described as fucking. There are a plethora of words in the English language that could be used to describe someone having sex, why limit ourselves to just one word? I know. Strange ask coming from me, considering I tend to use the word or some derivative of it as sentence enhancers. In the realm of Picasso, having Syphilis- I did not need a detailed description of the sores on his dick. I came for Art but got a description of diseased genitalia. Awesome.

In addition to the desperate need for a thesaurus. The dialogue needed serious help. Every scene with it just read really weirdly. I don't know if it was an attempt to go for the language used in the early 1900s if it was translated from another language into English, or what, but it did not read well. It just felt awkward most of the time. Overall, I just really didn't enjoy this book. I read it because it was free, and it filled a spot on the challenge list.

As you can tell, I really didn't enjoy the book. For what it's worth, I don't like shredding author's work like this. I actually feel bad, but I promise honest reviews, and I've never been one for sugar coating anything. I imagine when I finally publish my work that Karma will bite me in the ass for this blog. If you want some different views on the book, feel free to check out Goodreads. It seems to be a mixed bag.