Saturday, May 2, 2015

Review - The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry




Book Summary

Brunonia Barry, the New York Times Bestselling author of The Lace Reader, offers an emotionally compelling novel about finding your true place in the world.

As in The Lace Reader, Barry delivers an atmospheric Salem, Massachusetts setting, remarkable narrative tension, and an unforgettable ending that candy—coats nothing. The heroine, Zee, must sort out the real story of her family's past before she can move forward with her own life, thus setting the stage for a beautiful use of the metaphor of celestial navigation through out the book. The Map of True Places asks fundamental questions about the nature of reality versus storytelling, development of self versus loyalty to family, and how to find your true north.

Have any of you read The Lace Reader?  Would you recommend?


My Review - 4 stars

I wanted something different to read, that wasn't y usual mystery genre, and I was able to pick a great  one.  This has been on my to read list for over 3 years.  I highly recommend this one for book clubs, so much to discuss.

Zee is a psychiatrist that lost her mom to suicide and now has crossed the lines with a client that reminds her of her moms death.  Unfortunately the suicide has impacted her and she takes time off to spend with her father.  Her father had Parkinson's but she didn't realize how far the disease had progressed and now she wants to be his caregiver also.  Is Zee helping or is she running away from life? 

"It's not down on any map; true places never are."
-- Herman Melville


This was a great quote from the book.  Finding the place that you need to be and should be at the perfect moment.  Realising you are living life for others instead of yourself.  I enjoyed this thought that was in the background of the story.  It also made you think if daughters try to relive our mothers lives.

Each section in the book started with a quote or motivation around the stars, celestial navigation, which became a beautiful part of the story, you enjoyed the journey of understanding the stars. 

There was lots going on in The Map of True Places but a beautiful transition from one part of Zee's life to another, it captures you and makes you just want to continue reading.

When Zee gets to her dad, she realizes he has broken up with his life partner but she remains close as they have been an important  part of her life growing up.  Both her and her dad have ended relationships, another life change.

The bonus for me is there was a mystery element for Zee, I was shocked by it but loved how it really showed you, you never know who you will love.  What a beautiful story of life, the sadness and beautiful parts of life and how all things connect, making you realize the world is smaller then we think.

 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Review - One Among Us by Paige Dearth




Book Summary
Eleven-year-old Maggie Clarke lives with her caring family in a quiet community where the crime rate is low.  Then one day, while she is at the mall with her mother, Maggie is ripped from her peaceful world forever.  She awaken in the back of a van, tied up next to a four-year-old boy, who gives her the strength to live in the ruthless and horrific world of human sex trafficking.  Robbed of her innocence and freedom and imprisoned with other children, Maggie does whatever it takes to survive, hoping that one day soon, her parents will find her.  
The Clarkes’ lives are turned inside out as they search for their daughter and grapple with the deep regret of one bad decision. Detective Rae Harker vows to find Maggie—dead or alive. Haunted by his own demons, Detective Harker believes that by finding Maggie, he can forgive himself for making a poor decision several years earlier that led to his own private hell.
When a strange man approaches Maggie with a dangerous proposition almost a decade after she’s kidnapped, Maggie risks everything to break free of the human chains that bind her. But not even she can know how far she will go to get even with the people who ruined her life.
My Review - 3 1/2
I have read another of Paige Dearth's dark emotional reads, Believe Like a Child and loved it, it was inspired from her life, a balance between what lives on in her imagination and the evil that lurks in the real world.  This was a story she used as therapy for her own personal abusive turmoil.  
The title One Among Us, describes the remarkable strong main character Maggie perfectly.  You love her and continue reading all the torture scenes with her and other children just to see how it all ends.  I enjoy these books because I find it inspirational on all the families, advocates, police that do what is needed to help the children.  I believe if I lived in the US I would volunteer to assist in some way.  Very selfless career to choose. 
As much as Maggie was an amazing character, the torture was to much, I wish the novel was shorter, it was over 600 pages and could have been less than 500 with some editing changes.  Paige Dearth ended chapters to similar, it was good but became the expected so it was the consistent catch phrases that didn't have an impact throughout.  eg.  "She was right.  Her life was going to change.  But not in the way she'd hoped."  Editing would have helped, there were some repetitive scenes, the anniversary of Maggie's birthday or when she was taken from her family, the reader didn't need the same scene every year.
You have to appreciate the journey of stories that involve abuse on children.  Paige has an amazing way of including memorable characters and allowing you to see the light through the abuse and pain.  For families that have lost children, this novel also shows the amazing connections made when volunteering time to help others in a similar circumstance. 
Paige Dearths books pull me in, I'm totally engaged with all the turmoil.  You will be angry, cry and feel heartbroken.  The best part of this story is that she has a full journey of Maggie and her friends, from when she was taken at 11, forced into sex trafficking, stripper, pimp life and helping families reunite. All the stories come together with a sad but fulfilling ending. 
I recommend her books but highly recommend Believe Like a Child, it made my Top 10 in 2013. 


Sunday, February 8, 2015

It's Monday, what are you reading?

Sheila over at Book Journey hosts I'ts Monday What Are Your Reading?  The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It's a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own Te Be Read List.

I have been in since Thursday night with flu like symptoms, going to Dr tomorrow, sigh.  I really don't like being sick.


I just finished - it was disturbing.  My Review

I loved her other book Believe Like a Child





I started this but couldn't get into it, I may go back to it.




I downloaded these two, trying to decide, any recommendations on what I should choose?


or



Thanks for visiting Tea Time with Marce, have a great week.

Monday, January 19, 2015

What are you reading? It's Monday

Sheila over at Book Journey hosts I'ts Monday What Are Your Reading?  The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It's a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own Te Be Read List.


I'm currently reading - I have heard great things





I finished this one - do not be derailed by cover, Psychological Love story  - My Review





My Bookclub read - my turn to host this Wednesday, so I will review Thursday




I think this is going to be next




My Review of Paige Dearth's other book - 4 1/2






Saturday, January 17, 2015

Review - Black Lies by Alessandra Torre




Book Summary

Brant:

Became a tech billionaire by his twentieth birthday.  Has been in a relationship with me for 3 years.  Has proposed 4 time.  Been rejected 4 times.

Lee;
Cut grass when he's not banging housewives.  Good with his hands, his mouth, and his body.  Has been pursued relentlessly by me for almost 2 years, whether he knows it or not.

Go ahead.  Judge me.  You have no idea what my love entails.

If you think you've heard this story before, trust me - you haven't.


My Review - 4

The cover definitely represents the steamy love scenes BUT this is a Psychological mess with your head romance.  What would you do for the man you love?

This is a story about a man and woman loving each other while living separate lives, the black lie. Will there love be worth it once the lies are revealed?  Once I got to 50% I couldn't stop reading, such an amazing spin with a good tie it all together ending.

Favourite quote - 39% on Kindle

When you really love someone, you cannot walk away.  No matter what they do.  No matter the lies from their mouth, or the actions from their bodies, you tie yourself tightly to their sail and vow to be there through thick and thin.  Let the wind blow you where it may.  Even if that place is a crash. Even if that place tears you apart and kills anything good.

I appreciate that the author really went for a unique story.  If you enjoy Psychological thrillers, romance with adult content, good writing and sitting on the edge of your seat, I highly recommend you give this one a try.  Entertaining with a wow feeling.

My only concern was how the community and media were able to keep the big secret or not know it, that was a little far fetched for me.  Money can't buy everything........





Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Julianne Moore wins Best Actress for Still Alice




Still Alice is a favourite book of mine, touched me deeply.  I read it before blogging and it still will get a 5 star.  How did I miss that the movie came out last year, did you see it?



I think Julianne Moore is the perfect choice for it, she is amazing.  I highly recommend this book by Lisa Genova.




Still Alice by Lisa Genova, her debut book

I read this book before I started blogging but I love it and I'm thankful for it because my father has Alzeheimer's and it helped me to understand how he feels at times especially from being in a high profile job and being a family man. A sad but brilliant book. I highly recommend. This one will always stay with me.

Summary

Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University.Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what's it's like to literally lose your mind...

Go here to see what prizes etc Lisa Genova has won for Still Alice http://www.stillalice.com/


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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Top Reads of 2014




2014 has been a hard year emotionally and looking back, not much change from 2013.  I have got to look within and figure it out.

I initially wasn't going to do a Top Ten but when I looked, I haven't read many books and felt like I didn't complete many either BUT the ones I did, I loved or really enjoyed so of course I want to share with you.  The blogging community is all about us sharing our love of books so I don't want to forget that.


Novel Adult - never did figure out this new genre - Psychological Thriller fans that do not mind a few good detailed sex scenes. Warning - there is an incest rape scene, please proceed with caution when reading this amazing book.

My Review 



Adult Fiction - The best laugh out loud book I have read in years. Review 5 star




Thriller - completely edge of your seat, intense thriller. Review 5 star




Thriller - action packed race to the end thriller.  Review 4 1/2 




Thriller - unputdownable, great intensity thriller.  Review 5 star




Women's Fiction - Heather is a go to author for me. Emotional with a genuine embrace.  My Review 5 star




Suspense - Strong women, Charlie's Angels meets Scandal, Summary, didn't review 4 1/2 star




Women's Fiction - great friendship story, loved it.  Review 4 1/2 star




Mystery - great book to keep you reading into the night.  Review 4 1/2




Adult Fiction - Very intriguing multiple points of view perfectly done. Review 4 1/2





I wish all of you a happy, fun filled, healthy, successful 2015.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday - What are you reading?

Sheila over at Book Journey has an incentive for networking so go over and have fun while adding to your 2014 Wishlist.


I'm going to start a Christmas book tonight.  I loved Jason F. Wright's The Wednesday Letters so this should be fun.




I completed and it will be on my top 2014 list - My Review




I also read this for Bookclub



And this is January's bookclub choice






Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review - Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes





Book Summary


Catherine Bailey has been enjoying the single life long enough to know a catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell.

But what begins as flattering attentiveness and passionate sex turns into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon learns there is a darker side to Lee. His increasingly erratic, controlling behaviour becomes frightening, but no one believes her when she shares her fears. Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape.

Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine—now Cathy—compulsively checks the locks and doors in her apartment, trusting no one. But when an attractive upstairs neighbour, Stuart, comes into her life, Cathy dares to hope that happiness and love may still be possible . . . until she receives a phone call informing her of Lee’s impending release. Soon after, Cathy thinks she catches a glimpse of the former best friend who testified against her in the trial; she begins to return home to find objects subtly rearranged in her apartment, one of Lee’s old tricks. Convinced she is back in her former lover’s sights, Cathy prepares to wrestle with the demons of her past for the last time.

My Review - 5 star

This is a chunkster read, 611 pages but what an intense thrill, I completed it in 4 days and I am a normal 1 book a week reader with most books at 400.  This was completely an edge of your seat read.

I loved the 3 year span, Chapters about 2004 with her boyfriend, being swept off her feet to the destructive controlling relationship vs 2007 now living in fear that he will find her and this time, be successful in killing her.  Both time periods were gripping and effective to moving the story along.

Cathy used to party hard with an amazing group of friends.  This all changed once Lee came into her life.  Everyone thought he was perfect, including Cathy at first.  She tried to talk to best friends about the changes but wanting their own perfect boyfriend made them become overshadowed with really understanding.  This sounds crazy but Elizabeth Haynes made it all so real and complicated.

Cathy started a new life after escaping near death. I enjoyed learning more about OCD and PTSD, which she was diagnosed for as part of her escape mechanisms.  Cathy became a new person, different personality in order to protect herself. Throughout this she met someone also which helped her confront her OCD.  The repetition of her checking doors etc for her safety may seem to much for some readers, but I thought it hit home with the intensity of it.

I thought the ending was brilliant.  At times there was some gruesome abuse scenes but so effective, none for the shock factor. Controlling manipulative people can be so charming, it is truly amazing to see the destruction many were affected by.  I loved the end, totally made you think and realise how strong Cathy really was to have survived and fought for her life and rights.

I highly recommend, the repetition for me, created the intensity of the story but may put others off.

Another bloggers review - Matt from A Guys Moleskin, the review that sold me.




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - This is Where I Leave You





Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! 

Just do the following and go here to participate: Teaser Tuesday

Grab your current read 
Open to a random page 
Share two (2) 'teaser' sentences from somewhere on that page 
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! 
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 


I am trying to get back into my favourite past time and de-stress time - Reading

This teaser is from a book I read during my 2 months of being missing, really enjoyed it and look forward to watching the movie. 

Teaser

And now I see you, so angry about what happened to your marriage, and I just want to tell you, at some point it doesn't matter who is right and who was wrong.  At some point, being angry is just another bad habit, like smoking, and you keep poisoning yourself without thinking about it."


Have you watched the movie?  Good?

I look forward to networking and checking out the teasers.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Not ready to give up........






Friends, I have missed you.  I think of you often but just couldn't get into posting or networking.  I haven't read a book in 2 months, eek.  My mind has been full.


  • Stress at work
  • Moving into the house - all sorts of emotions with this one
  • Trying to build my yoga business
  • Just life

I also think I tried a few books that were terrible or just not the right mood for me which didn't help. Through it all I have realised I think this is the best form for me and I miss many of you and reading books.  

I receive amazon emails and I no longer recognise the newest, lol, now that is showing how long I haven't been here.

I hope to be back.

Holiday preparation is beginning, Christmas is in the air......


HUGS



I am currently reading



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Review - Dead Wrong by Allen Wyler




Book Description

When a top secret program of implanting harrowing memories into innocent people comes to light, neurosurgeon Tom McCarthy is literally caught in the crossfire.  While McCarthy looks forward to a three-day weekend, his office is suddenly raided by two Department of Defense investigators bent on arresting him for a crime he didn't commit.  All hell breaks loose when an inadvertent scuffle escalates, leaving one agent dead at the hands of the other and McCarthy fleeing but hopelessly trapped inside the labyrinthine corridors, heating ducts and stairways of a gigantic Seattle medical center.

With the CIA and Seattle PD closing in, McCarthy unwittingly pulls Dr. Sarah Hamilton into the fray.  And like rats in a maze, they struggle to stay one step ahead of their deadly hunters, while simultaneously uncovering a trail of corruption that reaches shocking dimensions.


My Review 3 1/2

I have read Dead End Deal by Allen Wyler, I enjoy his medical thrillers and so far can see it is a run for your life, medical competitive culture as a consistent style in his books.

It is annoying and a little unbelievable how Physicians can become 'God like' with their thinking, all powerful and will do what they want but with no morals.  How dare they make life changing surgeries without patients knowing?  The Physician doing this secret program is now scared to death that Dr. McCarthy, the Physician that patients have went to for a second opinion will figure out what is going on.  He lies to all in order to put out a hit on Dr. McCarthy.

Without knowing Dr. McCarthy's background, they do not realise he has what it takes to fight back and make sure everyone knows he is the good doctor and prove they are dead wrong.  When he tricks one of the detectives to kill his own, this when all bets are off and bringing him in becomes personal.

The cat and mouse was exciting at first but then became a little repetitive and lost its suspenseful impact. The complexity of the surgeries was to detailed in my opinion but you can tell the author was a neurosurgeon as he uses his experience to capture the true medical details.

I would read more of Allen Wyler's medical thrillers.  Dead End Deal reminded me of "Locked up Abroad".


Go here to purchase

Amazon
Publishers site, Astor+Blue
B&N

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Allen Wyler is a renowned neurosurgeon who earned an international reputation for pioneering surgical techniques to record brain activity.  He has served on the faculties of both the University of Washington and the University of Tennessee, and in 1992 was recruited by the prestigious Swedish Medical Center to develop a neuroscience institute.
In 2002, he left active practice to become Medical Director for a startup med-tech company (that went public in 2006) and he now chairs the Institutional Review Board of a major medical center in the Pacific Northwest.
Leveraging a love for thrillers since the early 70’s, Wyler devoted himself to fiction writing in earnest, eventually serving as Vice President of the International Thriller Writers organization for several years. After publishing his first two medical thrillers Deadly Errors (2005) and Dead Head (2007), he officially retired from medicine to devote himself to writing full time.

He and his wife, Lily, divide their time between Seattle and the San Juan Islands.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Reading book, can't wait to watch movie - Jonathan Tropper



After watching the trailer I knew I had to read the book, only a few chapters in but I am loving it, so funny.



I can't wait to go to the movies to watch.

Have you read this, would love to read your review when i'm done.



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - T. E. Woods, The Justice trilogy




Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming releases we are highly anticipating. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

The Unforgivable Fix (Book 3) will be released October 2014

I am currently reading Book 1 - The Fixer and have downloaded book 2, this is looking like a great trilogy, I am pleased, exciting, great women leads and suspense.  I hope it gets continues to get better.




Never a doubt. Never a mistake. Always for justice. Never for revenge. She’s the person you hire when you need something fixed—permanently. With a strict set of criteria, she evaluates every request and chooses only a few. No more than one job per country, per year. She will only step in if it’s clear that justice will not be served any other way. Her jobs are completed with skill and precision, and never result in inquiry or police investigation. The Fixer is invisible—and quite deadly. . . .
 
In the office of a clinical psychologist in Olympia, Washington, a beautiful young woman is in terrible emotional pain. She puts up walls, tells lies, and seems to speak in riddles, but the doctor is determined to help her heal, despite the fact that she claims to have hurt many people. As their sessions escalate, the psychologist feels compelled to reach out to the police . . . but it might be too late.

In Seattle, a detective gets a call from his son. A dedicated journalist, he wants his father’s expertise as he looks into a suspicious death. Together they follow the trail of leads toward a stone-cold hired killer—only to find that death has been closer than either could have imagined.

Review to come next week.

Book 2 - The Red Hot Fix



What great covers right.........  have you read them, would love to read your review when I am completed Book 1.