Thursday, December 10, 2015

A Refuge At Highland Hall: A Review

The Great War shakes the world of a spirited young woman and the brave British pilot she loves, taking her from London to her family’s magnificent country estate, and sending him into the war-torn skies over France. 
 
 
Penny Ramsey has always considered Highland Hall her home, but when Britain becomes involved in World War One she travels to London to assist her sister Kate with the eight orphan children she and her husband Jon have taken into their home. Doing her part for the war effort takes priority over Penny’s dreams of romance until she meets Alex Goodwin, a Royal Naval Air Service pilot in training.
 
Alex is determined to prove his worth and do his part to defend his country. Knowing he is heading off for the dangerous assignment of  chasing Zeppelins across the front line in France, he feels it’s unwise to form any romantic attachments. But he can’t help admiring the pretty, warmhearted Penny and wondering what it would be like to find her waiting when he returns home from the war. 
 
As Penny writes to Alex, their friendship blossoms, and she becomes his tie to home and normalcy as he faces the hardships war. But being an RNAS pilot means confronting the enemy, and the fallout form those experiences push Alex beyond Penny’s reach. Can God mend the brokenness left by the losses of war? Will faith and forgiveness bring them together again?

 Review:

The Edwardian Bride series comes to a close. Penny is the last person who hasn’t gotten married, so of course this is her story. England is in the middle of War which brings an injured pilot Alex Goodwin. This ensues pandemonium in the Ramsey household.

When I got this book I was beyond excited to read the conclusion of this series. Turansky brought back all of the characters from pervious books, Julia, Kate and lastly Sir William. That was an aspect that I always like about this series. The switching of the point of views, making sure we got a conclusion with those characters.

Unfortunately this book didn’t hold my attention as much as the first two. I think it was the fact as I really wanted to read more of Alex and Penny, but just when I was getting used to it. The character would be switched, and I would have to read another chapter just to get back to them. So that unfortunately lost my attention real quick.

It was a very sweet ending, the book had it highs and lows. I think it took off strong but unfortunately got a little rocky at times. It was a series that was most enjoyable. 






If you interested in the series or any other work by Carrie Turansky you can check out her website for excepts and news on upcoming works. http://carrieturansky.com/



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

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Golden Braid: A Review

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.
Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.
The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?




Review:




The Golden Braid is about Rapunzel trying to be her own person. She is being incredibly controlled by her mother Gothel. Friends are a no go and men are even worse. Rapunzels mother has told her horrors about men. They will leave you, hurt you. Rapunzel has spent most of her life in fear of people.

The Golden Braid was definitely a quick story to get into. Events quickly lead to meeting the love interest Sir Gerek. At this point it unfortunately became predictable, Rapunzel not wanting to get close to him because of all the things her mother has told her. Something that really disappointed me was in the synopsis was Rapunzel could take care of herself, she could throw a knife. I thought it was going to be a part of the story which it unfortunately wasn’t.

Also at one point I stopped and thought to myself. Have a read this story before?  I felt like I’d read the same events and the same people. Only to realize this is a sort of companion novel to The Princess Spy. The story happens at the same time, at the same place with different people. Companion stories are never my favorite, it’s like the same story just a different side. Also I may have compared it with Tangled. Dang it, Disney.

The story was not bad at all it was quick, and fun to watch Rapunzel grow into someone stronger then she was in the beginning. And I was excited to see what twist Dickerson would give the Rapunzel tale.







I received this book for my honest review from the booklook bloggers program. (booklookbloggers.com)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Why Not Me?: A Review

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.
 

In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions,” Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman’s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady,” she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes,” Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)
 
Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

I have always loved Mindy Kaling, since the first time I saw her on the office. When I first saw her in The Office I had no idea she wrote some of the episodes it made me like her even more. And I unfortunately didn’t get to read her first book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, but I didn’t get a chance to pick up this book. I don’t think you need to read that one to get Why Not Me. Why Not Me isn’t a continuation of her previous book, but is just another set of stories.

The stories go over a range of topics like love, friendship, work and lots of it. Kaling takes you into the way she gets ready for the day, to how she feels when she sees herself in a magazine. To what she is thinking when someone is interviewing her. She sets the record straight how she isn’t perfect (which is a lie) she has flaws, but that’s okay and all she wants to be is her best self.

I loved every bit of it. To her college days to her shorts days of being a sorority girl, to dating someone who worked in the Whitehouse. And something I really enjoyed was her perfect courtship in alternate life told in fictional emails. On an end note I really hope Mindy Kaling writes more, she is hilarious and wonderful to read about.


If your interested in this book or anything else Mindy Kaling has worked on you can check out her site to read excerpts or get news on upcoming releases.

 http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/127911/mindy-kaling/




I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

~Kellie

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Time Garden: A Review

A dazzlingly beautiful coloring book for all ages, The Time Garden will sweep you away into a whimsical cuckoo clock–inspired world, created in intricate pen and ink by the internationally best-selling Korean artist Daria Song. 


Journey through the doors of a mysterious cuckoo clock into its inky innerworkings to discover a magical land of clock gears, rooftops, starry skies, and giant flying owls—all ready for you to customize with whatever colors you can dream up.

Cuckoo . . . cuckoo . . . cuckoo . . . When the clock strikes midnight, you’ll wonder, was it all a dream?

The Time Garden features extra-thick craft paper, ideal for non bleed-through coloring, and the jacketed cover with flaps is removable and colorable. Special gold-foil stamping on the cover and spine and a To/From page make it perfect for gifting to adults and kids alike.





Coloring books have been around for years, but adult coloring books have been on the rise. Selling out everywhere, new ones popping up everywhere. The Time Garden is my first adult coloring book, and now I can see why everyone loves them. They may not have a lot of text to them but the beautiful and intricate pages will tell the story for you.

Daria Songs artwork is beyond beautiful on each page, each page going from a simple to a complicated design. Also what I like is that adult coloring books have endless pages to color. I mean by that you can take off the dust jacket, and color on the back of that. And you can color on the main cover of the book. Adult coloring books may be a bit pricier then your normal coloring book, but I think it is so worth the money you spend and the time you give.

I didn’t want to stop coloring it such a relaxing and stress relieving process for me. Such a great item.


If your interested or want to know anything about this or any up coming projects by the Artist and the Author of this book Daria Song you can check out her website.




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

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Never Said: A Review

In this contemporary YA novel by bestselling author Carol Lynch Williams (The Chosen One), fifteen-year-old fraternal twins Annie and Sarah are sisters, but that is where their interaction ends. Then Annie begins to withdraw from the family, forcing Sarah to investigate why-and the secret she uncovers changes their relationship forever.
Never Said explores not only the effects of abuse but also our world's reliance on self, beauty, and other people's perceptions. With themes of forgiveness, love, sacrifice, and hope woven throughout the story, teens and other fans of young adult fiction will be drawn to this story of two sisters who must find a way to come together and find the healing they both need.






Carol Lynch Williams gives us an inside look into troubled families secrets. Never Said is about twins who are total opposites from each other, Sarah is shy and has an extreme case of social anxiety, and is masked by her sisters shadow. Annie is a beauty queen, popular school, until something happens. She is no longer popular, no longer beautiful, in her parents eyes.
This book I thought was written on some good subjects like bullying, fat shamming. I do think young adult contemporary needs more of. I think it would really related to a lot of teens now.
The one problem I had was the ending, the secret, the end I thought was kind of predictable. It was like Annie would hint but would never finish the story or tell it all the way. So when the secret was revealed, I felt like I already saw it coming. The story was a fast read, sad and heart warming at the same time. A story of two sisters love for each other, and protecting each other.




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

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Twinkies Cookbook: A Review

In celebration of the 85th anniversary of Twinkies®, Hostess® has updated and expanded their beloved and quirky classic The Twinkies Cookbook. This new edition includes the very best recipes from the original, combined with twenty-five new and wonderfully wacky recipes submitted by Twinkies aficionados across the country. From a Twinkie-filled take on chicken and waffles to Twinkie pumpkin pie and beyond, these colorful concoctions will surprise and enchant the Twinkie fan in all of us.


85 years of twinkies, can you believe it? The twinkies cookbook is an cute little book. Most of the recipes are short and sweet. I will say most of the recipes are just cut them up and make a cake or some sort of pie. The book in the beginning just has a little bio about the history of twinkies, which they add vintage pictures. I really did enjoy, also I’d say a good bit of the recipes had pictures which I also love. The cookbook was cut up into seven sections. Cake, pie, fruit, chocolate, cream, meat and novelty.  I would say that all of the sections but meat are the same, cut it up, slice it and put either chocolate or fruit on it. Lastly it was a very cute, quick cook book.

So with my ineptness at baking or cooking I took a crack at a recipe, a simple one mind you. So with 3 or 4 chilled twinkies I cut them in threes and dipped them in chocolate and then with some toppings. Nuts, cherries, and chocolate sprinkles. They were simple to do and kind of cute. It’s called Twinkie Petits Fours.

















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

Friday, July 10, 2015

Center Of Gravity: A Review

What if everything you think is true and real about your life is a lie?

Ava's life in the coastal South appears nearly perfect after her recent marriage to the powerful and handsome Mitchell Carson. She loves her husband and the family they have created. Even Mitchell's young son from a previous marriage, Jack, with his superhero ambitions, can't imagine life without Ava. Outwardly, Mitchell appears to be a caring husband and doting father, but as Ava soon discovers, there is a dark side to Mitchell Carson that she never imagined.
When Graham Thomas, a lawyer with a secret past, stumbles into Ava's life, everything changes. Mitchell's jealous streak emerges after an innocent encounter between Graham and Ava, and Mitchell soon convinces himself that Ava is unfaithful. When Mitchell starts divorce proceedings and a custody war, Jack is caught in the middle, which soon makes him question Ava's pure intentions. As Ava searches for a way to save her family she begins to uncover her husband's secret past and capacity for unhinged jealousy and rage.
I’m not a huge adult suspense thriller type of person. So I went into the book, not really thinking it was all that. I do have to say I was beyond pleasantly surprised. Center of Gravity was definitely suspenseful. Center of Gravity has 5 point of views, which I feel were done really well. The main characters were Jack the oldest son, Ava the wife, Graham the lawyer. And Lucy the child psychologist, and lastly Mitchell the sinister husband.

I really like how the story flowed, it seemed like each situation any character got in. It just got worse and worse. The book definitely made me not want to put it down, to just see what would happen. I really enjoyed the little peeks into the husbands point of view, and how this man was just going crazy and might have grown up that way.


I did have little problems with the book like Ava was that sort of sad abused house wife who would say things, like I wont be treated this way anymore, or I will toughen up. Only couple chapters later she is this sad, quiet thing who doesn’t do anything. Also Jack who in the book is eight, and the way he acts and talks seems like he is so much older. And sometimes Graham the lawyer seemed to do nothing for nobody.
Other then that it was a really enjoyable and suspenseful story, from a first time author.




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

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Shore: A Review

The Shore: a group of small islands in the Chesapeake Bay, just off the coast of Virginia. The Shore is clumps of evergreens, wild ponies, oyster-shell roads, tumble-down houses, unwanted pregnancies, murder, and dark magic in the marshes. Sanctuary to some but nightmare to others, it’s a place that generations of families both wealthy and destitute have inhabited, fled, and returned to for hundreds of years.


 From a half-Shawnee Indian’s bold choice to escape an abusive home only to find herself with a man who will one day try to kill her, to a brave young girl’s determination to protect her younger sister as methamphetamine ravages their family, the characters in this remarkable novel have deep connections to the land, and a resilience that only the place they call home could create.  
 
Through a series of interconnecting narratives, Sara Taylor brings to life the small miracles and miseries of a community of outsiders, and the bonds of blood and fate that connect them all. 



       I’m having a hard time rating this book a four or five star. This book was something so completely different then I’ve ever read before. This book takes on a generations of two different families on an isolated island. It was a very original story, there was a different mix of characters, and each took place in a different time with a different character some I cared about more then others.

As a warning I must warn this is a depressing story all the way. This book deals with a lot of subjects as in child abuse, animal abuse, murder and rape. Also black magic, which felt so weird in a mostly contemporary book. So this book had some very harsh elements to it, but I really did like this book I really didn’t want to put it down and when I did put it down, all I wanted to do was pick it up again. It wasn’t like I had other things to do, or sleep.

 So this such a fast story even though it takes place with different characters and times taking place during 1876 to 2143. Which is a part for the book that I really liked. I do believe this really quite unforgettable and I wonder what kind of book Sara Taylor will have next.


If you want to learn more about Sara Taylor or read a preview of this book check out her website. http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/221050/sara-taylor




I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review. (bloggingforbooks.com)

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest: A Review

Swan Lake meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region's most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the gamekeeper.

The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around—and Odette Menkels spends her nights poaching his deer to feed the hungry orphans of Thornbeck. By day, Odette is a simple maiden who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor.

For Jorgen Hartman, the margrave’s forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgen inherited his post from the man who raised him ... a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher.
When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries. The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her; the one woman he loves is his cunning target . . . 


What becomes of a forester who protects a notorious poacher? What becomes of a poacher when she is finally discovered?
Swan Lake meets Robin Hood is definitely a good description of this book. Spoilers, there is no merry men or a woman turning into a swan. So sorry to be the one to tell you. So yes you have your Robin Hood type who is Odette. Hunting illegally to feed the poor. Who also loves swans. If I tell you a secret, will you keep it? Every time someone says Odettes name in this book. I just think of Prince Derek from The Princess Swan. So even when her name is mentioned I just hear Prince Derek yelling, Odette!

So onto the story, it was very heart warming. Odette (Odette!) really did want to protect and support these children and homeless people. And it makes her remember her sad past. A downside to this book is there wasn’t a whole lot of characters, and not a lot of them were fully developed. I guess they didn’t have to be  since we had two main characters. Odette and Jorgen, but they downside is that they were practically the same person.  

Jorgen had almost the same story of growing up as Odette, but I guess that is what draws them together. The story was good, but it didn’t blow me away, it has something I don’t know if I love yet and that is instalove. They meet and they see nothing but each other. The story is original enough but nothing that surprised me or made me question because I felt like I already knew. It does leave something unanswered which angers me, but other then that it was a beautiful retelling. (Odette!)



I received this book for my honest review from booklookbloggers.com.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Rise Of The Fallen: A Review

Warning this is the second book in a series!

A six thousand year war rages and now the demonic Fallen are coming for him—the one man shrouded in mystery. Only Validus stands in their way.


Validus is the last and least of God’s angels, but he’s seen much across the millennia since his creation. Empires have risen and fallen as angelic and demonic forces battle in a raging war that will determine humanity's fate – and the fate of his defeated brothers.


Eventually called to be an earth-bound warrior, Validus rises to a position of power and respect, commanding legions of angels through impossible battles and overwhelming odds. But when orders arrive from the Creator's most elite Messenger, he finds himself suddenly demoted to a task of apparent insignificance considering the fierce war they are waging against the demonic Fallen – the covert protection of one unbelieving man. 


Validus soon finds himself on a mission that will push him beyond his abilities as he battles to protect Drew Carter, for the Fallen are coming for him. Legions of them. 

As Validus races against time to discover why Drew is so important to humanity's survival, can he stand between Drew and all who would destroy him?


The sequel to Cloak of The Light oh boy was I ready. Until I found out the main character wasn’t Drew Carter, I was severely disappointed. I was waiting for the day for this book to come out. Only to find out that the greatest thing about the first book wasn’t showing up in the second.

I mean he does show up but for only about one page every other chapter. I tried not to let that effect the way I was reading Validuss story but it did. This book didn’t continue from the first book, it went into Validuss past and and then to his point of view of what was happening in the first.

Overall I really tried not to hate it but then I ended up finding something wrong. The book is pretty action packed and filled with chaos if that’s someones thing. I just really hope the next book is from Drews point of view or I think I just might skip it.  





If this book sounds interesting to you can check out Chuck Blacks website http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=75395 and read excerpts to this book series or anything else Chuck Black has written.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review. (bloggingforbooks.org)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe: A Review

Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.
Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea's door, and with him, an even more curious string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They've come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the café has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life's biggest questions.
When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.

Miracle At The Higher Grounds Café was a cute little read. The book doesn’t even reach two hundred pages. It was a fast and quick read. Starting out with our main character Chelsea who is trying to live life on her own with her two kids. I really liked all of the other characters introduced especially Chelsea’s guardian angel Samuel also known as Manny.

The story was a cute little story, with Chelsea’s lacking faith in god. Something is placed in the café to help people have that faith. At first I thought it was a little cheesy but over the course of the book I thought it was cool way send a message.


Unfortunately there were some parts I didn’t enjoy. One was Chelsea’s’ almost ex husband was always around and I mean always. I know she is trying to forget the past but a lot of this book is her just talking about. Remembering it, and then remembering it some more. And I feel they tried to add a villain without really taking it anywhere. Other than that I really liked it. There were ups and downs and some good laughs.     




I received this book for free for my honest review from booklook bloggers. (booklookbloggers.com)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Black Moon: A Review

Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows.  Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world.  Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.


He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness.  Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend.  All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had. 




I can now say I haven’t read a book quite like this. Black Moon is about people becoming insomniacs, spreading like a zombie like disease. There are four POV in this book. Some I liked more then others. Each character has their trials. A main part in this book is that it’s extremely depressing. It’s scary, and vulgar, that was a main point I really liked in this book. There is no ups in this book.

One thing I have to say which I didn’t like is that. Some parts were really unclear but I’m guessing that’s how the author wanted it to be. Some POVs I had to stop and reread. In the book a part of sleeplessness is that they say random things, and do random things.


So as a whole this book was every where. The book isn’t that long but in my opinion it’s super fast paced book, there isn’t a stopping point for any of the characters or story. But when it reaches the end it is  The End. That just left me confused and wondering, thinking hey what happened here, what happened there. It just leaves you questioning what has happened, but giving you no answers since this is a stand alone book.  




I was given this book for my honest review from the blogging for books program. (bloggingforbooks.org)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Mini Book Haul

                                                    Book Haul Time!


Sorry for being MIA guys I've just been in the biggest reading slump of my life. And I've been sick and really busy, but I went to my local thrift shop and picked up some pretty exciting books. 

Okay so first book.
The Beast Within by Serena Valentino ($1.00)
Oh a side note has anyone seen the new cast for the live action Disney Beauty and The Beast? If you have what do you think of it. I'm so excited, Beauty and The Beast is my favorite Disney movie of all time. 

Next book.
The Name Of The Star by Maureen Johnson (.50)

Next
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (.50)
I've wanted to read this book forever, and I mean forever. I saw the movie when I first started junior high. And I knew there was a book for it. And I finally got around to picking it up.

Last one
Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran (.50)
I've been sort of on an Egyptian kick lately, especially if it has to do with Cleopatra.


And that is it, hopefully I can get back into the groove. I will have another book review up soon. 

~Kellie

 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Both Of Me: A Review

It was supposed to be just another flight, another escape into a foreign place where she could forget her past, forget her attachments. Until Clara found herself seated next to an alluring boy named Elias Phinn—a boy who seems to know secrets she has barely been able to admit to herself for years.

When her carry-on bag is accidentally switched with Elias’s identical pack, Clara uses the luggage tag to track down her things. At that address she discovers there is not one Elias Phinn, but two: the odd, paranoid, artistic, and often angry Elias she met on the plane, who lives in an imaginary world of his own making called Salem; and the kind, sweet, and soon irresistible Elias who greets her at the door, and who has no recollection of ever meeting Clara at all. As she learns of Elias’s dissociative identity disorder, and finds herself quickly entangled in both of Elias’s lives, Clara makes a decision that could change all of them forever. She is going to find out what the Salem Elias knows about her past, and how, even if it means playing along with his otherworldly quest. And she is going to find a way to keep the gentle Elias she’s beginning to love from ever disappearing again.

Both of me is about a girl named Clara who finds herself next Elias and is instantly pushed into an adventure. I really like how quickly this book was, I mean right after the prologue this book just pushes you in.  This is the second book I’ve read by Jonathan Friesen that his written about mental disabilities.

In some of the descriptions of this book it talks about this big mystical world that Elias is seeing. Sometimes it just doesn’t show in the book. And when it does I kind of just found it annoying.  Another thing sometimes I hated were the main characters sometimes Clara would be extremely whiney and ran away so many times, it was annoying.

Lastly I thought some parts of the book was going by pretty fast as in a good story telling way, then there was a going to fast what just happened sort of way. Like something would be explained and I’d like to know more then the book completely moves on. And there was the two Elias’s one who thinks of Salem then the regular Elias. The regular Elias part were extremely short, which I thought unfortunate.

Overall the story was entertaining and a really fast read.






I received this from the BookLook Bloggers program for my honest review. (booklookbloggers.com)