The Life She Was Given review

THIS BOOK, OMG!

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I received a copy of “The Life She Was Given” by author Ellen Marie Wiseman from the publisher Kensington Books through Netgalley for an honest review. 

Lilly was born an albino in the early 1930s during the depression to a family that was fairly well off during that time, the family owned Blackwood Manor and horse farm. Lilly’s mother kept her locked up in the attic until Lilly was ten years old before selling her to the Circus where she became a member of the “freak show”. All the time Lilly was locked up in the attic, hidden away from the outside world, her mother told her she was a monster and an abomination. Her mother was a religious fanatic and kept Bibles in Lilly’s tiny attic room and made her pray and read scripture devoutly. It’s hard to say if her mother was always this way with religion, or if she became that way after Lily was born, it doesn’t really say in the book, i’m guessing maybe after the birth of Lily, because, after having eight miscarriages, her mother vowed to sell her soul to the devil for a baby, and after Lilly was born with her condition, her mother believed it was because of the deal she made with the devil. Through the happenings of Lilly’s tragic and sad life it would seem like Lilly was absolutely a cursed child no doubt.

In the second chapter we meet Julia an eighteen year old girl in the 1950s. She is a struggling, barely getting by waitress in a little diner, she is not sure if she is going to have a meal that night or be able to pay her rent for the apartment she and her abusive boyfriend are living in. A private investigator shows up to the diner one night with a letter, informing Julia that she has inherited her childhood home, the home that she ran away from two years prior, is now hers. Her mother has passed and left the Blackwood Manor to her. Arriving at the creepy and possibly haunted manor, she discovers a disturbing secret that she is determined to get to the bottom of. From here bombshell after bombshell is dropped, right to the very last page. A few times I actually gasped and whispered “oh my gosh.”

I enjoyed this book immensely, this story has stuck in my mind, it really had an impact on me. The author really did a wonderful job with her research of that time period, and took some actual true events from history and weaved them into this unique skin crawling story.  Knowing that a lot of the story was inspired by actual events makes this story that much more gripping. I saved this book to read at the end of my day, which for me is when I save the best books to read, it is the quietest and the time when everyone is unwinding themselves or already in bed. This is my me time. Unfortunately, this is when i’m in my bed, before going to sleep. Unfortunate because this book was too good to put down and two nights in a row I stayed up all night reading. This is a must read!

Clockwork Angel…. I’m love

Oh Will I’m in love with you ❤

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This book was AAAAAAAAMAZING!!!!

My heart is pounding, i’m breathless and i’m in love with a fictional character from a book! OOOOF course would be, after all I had a crush on a Ninja Turtle as a kid. I’m weird, ok.

Cassandra Clare, you did a wonderfully fantastic job creating swoon worthy characters and one enthralling captivating plot in THE INFERNAL DEVICES, A CLOCKWORK ANGEL! This I believe will be my new favorite YA series. Why did I wait so long to read it, what is wrong with me? Totally fan girling atm, let me catch my breath, i’m a little too excited!! 

Here’s the Goodreads synopsis for you while I catch my breath:                                                In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.

The plot was action packed, not a dull moment, and I loved all the characters, except the bad guys obviously, and I really, really looooved Will. Some serious heart eyes going on over here.

Tessa: I love that she is not afraid to be herself, she doesn’t try to be a tough chick, and she is not helpless, not an “Oh I need a boy to rescue me” type either. She is a very                     smart capable heroine who finds her voice and speaks up when the timing is right.             And when she speaks up, boy does she ever. I love that about her. I also love (there’s           lots of love in this review I know, but I really just love this book, ok), that she is not             judgmental and is friendly toward those who are different and doesn’t care about               their disabilities or flaws, she sees the good in them and cares about them for who               they are as people. And of course she is a massive book lover to boot!of

Will: Oh, sweet lovely, brooding, sarcastic Will, with his black hair and blue eyes…… let’s     just take a moment and appreciate the visual in our mind’s fantasy…… Ok, Will, hmm           Will. He tends to push everyone away, he pretends to be out drinking and hanging                 around in brothels, but really he’s going for long walks by himself. This boy is a                       mystery, which is kind of frustrating because he won’t let anyone get near him, or love           him, you (ok, I) just want to scream “Let me love yooouu!” His past is only touched                 upon a little in the book, hopefully we’ll learn more about his history in the second                 book “A Clockwork Prince”  He also is a very caring person, but hides it, and                         something happened between him and one of the servant girls Sophie, i’m curious to             find out and hope that it will be revealed.

Charlotte and Henry: Husband and wife team who run the INSTITUTE, well, ok,                 Charlotte runs the institute, while silly Henry is just that, he’s your silly but ultra lovable uncle.

Jem: Sweet Jem, he is my second favorite character after Will. Jem suffers from an addiction that is slowly killing him. Will takes great care for Jem, he loves him like a brother and the two of them know each other inside and out. Jem is the only one Will shows his heart to. I really hope Jem makes it through the series, I hope beyond hope they can find a cure for him. It will break my heart if anything happens to him, he is very special.

There are quite a few twists and turns and surprises in the book to keep you interested. I have a fondness for the characters, there are a lot of key players in here, but the way the story was written, it’s super easy to keep track of who is who. The book ends with a cliff hanger and had me running out Sunday evening to the bookstore just before they closed to grab the second book in the series Clockwork Prince. I can’t wait to get started on book two tonight. I really hope the rest of the books in the series will be just as awesome as the first book was if not better.                                          

 

 

Quick Review: Look Again, Lisa Scottoline

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This book had my heart pounding hardcore from the very beginning until the very last page.
Besides almost throwing me into an anxiety attack, this book had me balling my eyes out at one point. I was literally an emotional wreck.
I read this book a few years ago and it has stuck with me.It really hit me to my core, no other book since has come close to putting me in such an emotional state as this book did.
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I’d like to check out more of this author’s work, her writing is magnificent to be able to make the reader feel so much, to really get lost in the story and make the characters seem so darn real.

My favorite Shakespeare Play

 

a-midsummerIn my last post I shared my love for fairies, so it should be no surprise that one of my favorite Shakespeare plays would be A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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The play is beautiful and magical, I love the costumes. I remember the first time I saw it, I think my eyes must have been huge and my mouth agape in wonder and amusement, it was spectacular, it was unlike anything i’d ever seen before! I was enthralled and obsessed with this play from then on. I couldn’t get enough. I was the oddball, at that time The Lion King had just come out in theater’s and all the kids my age were going nuts for that movie, seeing it hundreds of times, and there i’d come along talking about this awesome Shakespeare play I saw with fairies in it!

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And then 1999 came along and Michelle Pfeiffer starred in the movie version. I was in awe all over again.

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It was because of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that I became a fan of William Shakespeare. I have not only seen the play on stage, watched the movie countless times and of course read the play a bazillion and ten times, it still remains my all time favorite work of Shakespeare’s.

 

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Believe in the magic

Like stardust glistening
on fairies’ wings
Little girl’s dreams
are of magical things.

I looove fairies, I collect them and I have to have every book on them
I like to add some magic and fantasy to my everyday boring old human world, imagining that there are little fairies looking up at me and smiling while perched on a wildflower, playing with the ladybugs, butterflies and dragonflies.

What if…..they were real?

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The Bell Jar

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The Bell Jar is the only novel that was published by Sylvia Plath. It was first published under a pseudonym “Victoria Lucas” in 1963, one month before Plath’s suicide by gassing herself with her head in the gas oven.

Sylvia herself suffered with depression, so it makes sense that that her lead character Esther Greenwood would suffer the same feelings of hopelessness and despair as the author. It is a semi-autobiography after all, one of the main reasons it was published under a pseudonym.

The book starts off with Esther going to New York in the summer on an internship at a popular women’s magazine to her unfortunate decline into a deep depression in a psychiatric hospital receiving electroshock therapy treatments after her attempted suicide by swallowing a bottle of sleeping pills.

The book was definitely dark, but there were some funny parts. Mainly when Esther was in the asylum and would fantasize about messing with the doctor’s heads I couldn’t help but laugh a little. It made me love the character a little more and lightened up the serious dark subject matter the book focuses on.

 It is EXTREMELY rare for me to read a book more than once, and this is one of the very few I will more than likely read again.

Attack of the giant centipede

I pulled an all nighter last night.

It was WILD!

You see, I bought a ton of books over the weekend, I mean I went on a massive shopping spree at a couple of local bookstores, not to mention the damage to my bank account from purchasing a bunch of ebooks and staying up all night and the whole of today reading.

I know, I’m a wild woman! I’m living on the edge! I’m..I’m.. I..

I feel like crap today, I have a headache, my ears are ringing, my eyes are puffy and sore. I feel like I have a hangover. A book hangover?

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More like “Hello giant centipede, bye, bye sleep!”

So, as i’m sitting here writing this blog post, a giant centipede decides to run toward me, I throw my computer and start yelling for my mommy. I swear it was huge and wanted to eat me, my heart is still pounding and now i’m paranoid that something is crawling on me. I might be having a heart attack. I am so creeped and grossed out right now you guys.

That’s it for this blog post for tonight, that took ten years off my life. Partying with books and having giant centipedes coming for attack. I’m really living the life I tell ya!

HOLY CRAP MY CAT JUST TOUCH MY TOE AND I ALMOST FLEW OFF MY DECK INTO THE GARDEN!