Sunday, March 26, 2017

Open When: A Review

Inspired by the trend of "open when" letters sweeping the nation, Instant Happy author Karen Salmansohn has created a bound collection of 12 notes for readers to flip open whenever they need a pep talk.
With categories like "Open when you need a laugh," "Open when you're feeling stressed out," and "Open when you need courage," these little happiness-boosters are based on Salmansohn's viral posters that combine witty sayings with colorful graphics.

Review:

I've seen books around like Open When. Books having unique and creative ways of sharing inspiration there cute funky little books. Open When..Letters to life your spirits is a quick  pocket book filled with quotes and sayings to hopefully make you feel better. Also some of them have little actions for you to do. So Open When is a very nice experience to read and maybe pass it on to someone else in need.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.

~Kellie

Monday, February 20, 2017

Unfolding: A Review

Jonah wishes he could get the girl, but he’s an outcast and she’s the most perfect girl he knows. And their futures seemed destined to fork apart: Jonah’s physical condition is debilitating, and epileptic seizures fill his life with frustration. Whereas Stormi is seemingly carefree, and navigates life by sensing things before they happen. And her most recent premonition is urging her to leave town.

When Stormi begs Jonah for help, he finds himself swept into a dark mystery his small town has been keeping for years. And the answers Stormi needs about her own past could possibly destroy everything Jonah has ever known—including his growing relationship with Stormi herself.



Review:


Unfolding was a book I can't really describe how I feel about it. The book was so short and quick and kind of predictable. The book was generically okay, the characters okay. I've read many of Jonathan Friesens books in the past but it really unfortunately that none of them have ever stuck with me as much as his first book.

Unfolding unfortunately sticks to a very common troupe. Our main character is a guy who has a friend who is a girl, and he is so in love with her. He wants to protect her, he gets angry when any other guy is in the picture. A lot of these books have this troupe. 

As I said before this book is quick and short, the events in this book were pretty interesting but they really do move quick never really lingering on one event. I do wish they would have lasted longer there were parts that were exciting.  There were also characters I'd wish he would have elaborated more on. 

In all the story was okay, and so were the characters. 




I recieved this book for my honest review from the booklookbloggers program. (booklookbloggers.com)

~Kellie

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Human Acts: A Review

In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed.

The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. From Dong-ho’s best friend who meets his own fateful end; to an editor struggling against censorship; to a prisoner and a factory worker, each suffering from traumatic memories; and to Dong-ho's own grief-stricken mother; and through their collective heartbreak and acts of hope is the tale of a brutalized people in search of a voice.

Review (sorry it's a short one.)

Human Acts was a tough read for me not because of the contents. I had a hard time liking and sticking with the POV. Every point of view had sort of the same story. All of them almost relived the same seen over and over. Most of them centered around Dong-Ho. Each character had their own story to tell, but I just wished the writer would have stuck to one.

The parts when they go from past to present unfortunately confused and kind of bored me. Human Acts didn't get my attention the way I was hoping.







I was given Human Acts for my honest review from the Blogging for Books program. (www.bloggingforbooks.com)

~Kellie

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Gilt Hollow: A Review

Willow Lamott’s best friend is a convicted killer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. Over four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and
fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow Lamott stepped back into his life. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton wonders if his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves.

Review: 

Gilt Hollow is a simple YA murder mystery. I can’t say it’s any more than that. The plot is simple a guy wants revenge on the people who put him in juvie for 4 years. And there is Willow the take charge then becomes so weak in a matter of minutes. There are definitely parts that I really enjoyed and did keep me in suspense.

The characters were hit or miss, I did for the most part enjoy Willow and Ashton. The other characters seemed to fade into the back then pop out a little then disappear. I guess that could have been the point as well. The book itself was a quick read but I felt parts of the book would come to a crawl with your typical Ya clich├ęs.

As I said before it is a simple murder mystery but I do feel it is a pretty good one. There are parts that seem to give the ending or the villains away. They are subtle but they are unfortunately there.  So if you like suspense/murder with your typical YA romance this is definitely recommended.




I was given this book in return for my honest review from booklook bloggers.


~Kellie 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rad Women Worldwide: A Review

Rad Women Worldwide tells fresh, engaging, and inspiring tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. From 430 BCE to 2016, spanning 31 countries around the world, the book features an array of diverse figures, including Hatshepsut (the great female king who ruled Egypt peacefully for two decades) and Malala Yousafzi (the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) to Poly Styrene (legendary teenage punk and lead singer of X-Ray Spex) and Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (polar explorers and the first women to cross Antarctica). This progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women's history and belongs on the shelf of every school, library, and home. 

Review:

Rad Women Worldwide is the first sort of Feminist non fiction book I have ever read. I have to say I loved every minute of it. There were some women that I was familiar with but it was still exciting to read up on. Every women story is just a couple pages long but they are able to fill it with their lives, achievements and hardships.

I believe this is a perfect book for pro-feminists, feminists or someone who just wants to read about incredibly strong women.  This book opened my eyes to the so many who have shaped history, who have shaped America as we know it. Also a wonderful plus for this book is the illustrations that come with it that were done by Miriam Klein Stahl. It so nicely gives a face to these women who some I have never seen before.

I do believe this book also makes you feel like you can be strong, believe in something, help someone.  Also fight for what you believe and never give up.

If interested in this book or looking forward to any future work you can check out Kate Schatz’ website for more info. http://www.kateschatz.com/
You  can also check out http://www.miriamkleinstahl.com/ if you like the artwork.



I received this book for my honest review from the blogging for books program. 

~Kellie

Monday, September 19, 2016

Photographs From The Edge: A Review

Legendary nature photographer Art Wolfe presents an intimate, behind-the-scenes guide to the experiences, decisions, and methods that helped him capture images from some of the most exciting locations across the globe. 

Wolfe takes you from the mountains of the Himalayas to the sandy shores of Mnemba Island, with stops in the crowded streets of India and the alkali lakes of Africa along the way. You’ll learn the equipment, settings, and creative choices behind each photograph. From endangered species to cultural celebrations to natural wonders, Wolfe brings each subject to life through his stunning photography and the stories he shares in this one-of-a-kind photo safari.

Review:

In Photographs From The Edge shows off almost 35 years worth of beautiful photographs from Art Wolfe. These photographs were taken all over the world. Besides showing off his work, it also tells of Wolfes life, how he came up with his style.

Along with the beautiful photographs Wolfe adds a story to it, how life took him to this location, what he did to the photo. Each photo adds “The nature of the photo” that is what the culture is behind what’s in the photo. Another is “Photo tip”  which gives the reader or any photographer tips on how to handle or do certain things. I also really like how each photograph lists what equipment he used in each shot. I feel that was a really smart move.
It is a really well put together book, and it would a nice book for anyones collection.   


If your interested in this book or look at upcoming work you can just out Wolfes’ website. http://artwolfe.com/

I received this book for my honest review from blogging for books. (bloggingforbooks.com)


~Kellie

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Loyal Heart: A Review

Robert came to Galveston to fulfill his promise to a dying man and look after his widow. He didn’t expect to find love in the unlikeliest of places.
Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade Phillip Markham. If anything happened to Phillip, Robert would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. She was his life, his world, his everything.
After the war, Robert is left to pick up the pieces and fulfill his pact. When he arrives at Miranda's home in Galveston, Texas, things are worse than he imagined. Phillip's name has been dragged through the mud, everyone in town believes him to be a traitor, and his widow is treated as an outcast. Even more disturbing is her emotional well-being. Miranda seems hopeless, lost, and so very alone. 
Robert had thought his duty would be simple. He would help Miranda as quickly as possible in order to honor a promise. But the moment Robert laid eyes on her, his plans changed. He's mesmerized by her beauty and yearns to help her in any way he can.
He makes it his duty to protect Miranda, turn her reputation around, and to find some way to help her smile again. But it doesn't prove to be an easy task—Robert knows something about Phillip that could shake Miranda to the core and alter her view of the man she thought she knew so well. 

Review:


The Loyal Heart was something I was hopeful for. It sounded like it would have good mystery. Unfortunately this book wasn’t for me. The characters were iffy especially Robert Truax was creepy to the point where he wouldn’t leave when asked. It annoyed me greatly. There were some characters I really liked, like Belle and the rest of the staff.

I feel the story went on to long, I feel like a little of it was predictable. There was definitely some enjoyable moments but not enough for me to completely like the book.




I received this book for my honest review from the booklookbloggers program. 
~Kellie