Thursday, 31 December 2015

2016, Here We Come!

Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a safe and amazing night and ring in the new year the way you planned.

Starting on January 1st, 2016 My Novelesque Life will be expanding to daily posts. So every day there will something book related for you! I am also working on other pieces of writing in the new year and will post a link here for those that may be interested.  I have many reviews, thoughts and fun stuff planned and hope that you will join me on this journey.

k (My Novelesque Life)

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Peace on Earth and all that hopeful stuff :)

I hope you all have had a wonderful amazing Christmas (or whatever you call December 25) and are not too stressed as the new year approaches.  For the past few weeks I have been under the weather with a nasty cold that leaves you a shell of your former self.  Sorry, being sick always leaves me pretty dramatic.  However, even on my deathbed I have managed to
squeeze in some reading.  I have also been thinking about what 2016 holds for me, my writing and this blog.  A recent derailment in my job might just be what I need for motivation in figuring out my career.  That is all I will say at the moment.  Please check back on the 30th of December as I will have some more to reveal...and you may notice some edits to my previous posts (just a bit of clean up!).

In the meantime...stay safe, be happy and keep reading! Peace on Earth and all that hopeful stuff :)

k (My Novelesque Life)

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Quickie Review: Cooking with the Stars

Written by Bridget Moynahan and Wendy Howard Goldberg
2015, 288 pages
Genre: Food and Entertaining, Performing Arts

Rating: ★★★

I am a big fan of Blue Bloods even though I am a season and a half behind (damn PVR!) at the moment.  Who does not like a show starring Tom Selleck and Donnie Whalberg, with cops and mysteries and wholesome family dinners?! I have to say one of my favourite scenes in every episode is when the whole family gets together for Sunday night dinners and bicker. When I was quite young our family did have dinners like this but bigger, louder and with a lot more bickering.  When most of got to school age our family drifted away from this, and being an only child dinners were quiet and quick.  Part of me still longs for the big family dinners and that is one aspect of the show that appeals to me.  I was very excited to see that they were putting out a cookbook! I am so glad I decided to borrow it from the library first as I was quite disappointed.  There were some stories from the show in the book but it was more on Bridget and even the recipes had less to do with the show and was again more of Bridget's favourites. The recipes are good comfort food for Sunday dinners but nothing more to them than standard recipes found online. 

k (My Novelesque Life)

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Message from My Novelesque Life

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I know that this is a busy time for us all as we plan for the holidays - no matter how we celebrate.  I wanted to thank all of you that take the time and read any of my posts.  It has been a great joy for me to share my passion of books and great writing.  Starting December 31, 2015 I will be doing daily posts -- not all reviews.  I am excited for the new year and am having fun planning some new things.  I hope you all have a safe holiday and enjoy spending time with those you love! Remember being a reader does not mean you have to spend a lot on books...that is what the library is for and trying new things :) Feel free to send me a message if you ever need any personal recommendations.

k (My Novelesque Life)

Friday, 4 December 2015

Naughty or Nice Christmas Romance Read

A little NICE SPICE for the holiday...

(Sanctuary Island: #4)
Written by Lily Everett
2015; 320 Pages
Genre: holiday, romance, contemporary

Rating: ★★★

(I received an ARC from NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

"Tis the season for family and love…"
In the previous novel, Heartbreak Cove, newcomer Sheriff Andie Shepherd is trying to build a quiet new life on Sanctuary Island when she learns she has a ten-year-old niece, Caitlin.  Caitlin's mother has died and Andie's Army Ranger brother, Owen, has gone missing so she is all that Caitlin has left.  With horse trainer, Sam Brennan they managed to give Caitlin the confidence and love she has always needed.  

Just as the little family starts to settle into a routine Owen Shepherd has been found wounded, after trying to save his fallen soldiers and is now coming home.  With all the publicity surrounding him all he wants to do is get on his feet and get to know the daughter he never knew he had.  Before he even arrives on the Island he meets Libby Leeds who does not want to go to Sanctuary Island as her own past is too difficult to face.  Yet she must face it or lose her job and reputation.  Can the two help each other heal and give Caitlin the Christmas she deserves?
My two favourite novels of Sanctuary Island have been book 2 and 3 and when I finished book three I could NOT wait till we had Owen's story.  However, I just couldn't like Libby and her story line in this book.  I did enjoy Owen and Caitlin getting to know each other and finding a place for one another in their hearts.  I will read the next book but I would need it to be a ★★★★ to continue the series.

k (My Novelesque Life)

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Debut Author Review: O'Connor & Kincaid Series: Part III

(O'Connor & Kincaid: #2)
Written By Tess Diamond
2015, 99 Pages
Genre: romantic-suspense, mystery

Rating: ★★★★

(I received an ARC from the AUTHOR in exchange for an honest review.)

End Game is the third and last book in the O'Connnor & Kincaid series, but from how it ended I don't think this will be the last time we see Jake and Maggie.  As the hostage negotiation continues we see exactly why the senator's daughter was kidnapped.  I won't say too much about the plot for spoiler reasons, but will say that Diamond ties up the book very well with still leaving her series open to continue in the future. I don't see Maggie and Jake having an easy time with happily ever after or Maggie not making waves at the FBI again.  I also see Maggie digging into her past until she has it all figured up...or at least, I hope that is where Diamond is going!

End Game was released today on Amazon and is available only through Kindle.  

k (My Novelesque Life)

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Debut Author Review: O'Connor & Kincaid Series: Part II

(O'Connor & Kincaid: #2)
Written By Tess Diamond
2015, 106 Pages
Genre: romantic-suspense, mystery

Rating: ★★★★

(I received an ARC from the AUTHOR in exchange for an honest review.)

Game of Lies continues where the first book left off and but knowing the identity of the kidnapper hasn't made Maggie or Jake's jobs any easier.  They may know the who but now they have to discover the why to get to the Senator's daughter alive.

In the second part of the three-part series we get to know more about Maggie's past - what happened with her own kidnapping as a child and why she left the FBI two years ago.  We get a few glimpses of Jake but not enough to make him a more standout hero.  If you are looking for more heat in the romance department, Diamond does deliver but I was more intrigued with the consequences.  I will definitely be reading the third book as soon as I can because I am curious to see how it all gets tied up.  Stay tuned to tomorrow's post as I will reveal if it is all worth the hype I have psyched myself with, lol.  

For those wanting to wait till all 3 books are is your lucky day December 3rd is when End Game will be available on Amazon.

k (My Novelesque Life)

Debut Author Review: O'Connor & Kincaid Series: Part I

(O'Connor & Kincaid: #1)
Written By Tess Diamond
2015; 113 Pages
Genre: romantic-suspense, mystery

Rating: ★★★★

(I received an ARC from the AUTHOR in exchange for an honest review.)

When Tess Diamond asked me to review the first book in her trilogy I went straight to the synopsis and was relieved that it was a novella-length romantic suspense.  I said yes and picked it up a few weeks later and was pleasantly surprised at what I read.

Maggie Kincaid was once FBI's best hostage negotiator until a case went wrong and Maggie slid into self-doubt.  With the disappearance of a Senator's young daughter Maggie has been pulled in by her mentor to bring the girl home safely.  Maggie was once kidnapped, along with her older sister, and knows what it feels like to be a victim but also has insight to how evil thinks and acts.  The Senator's has hired his own investigator, Jake O'Connor, an ex-forces security expert who has his own way of doing things.  As time starts to run out the two must join forces if they want to save a young girl and bring her home alive.

Please note that this novella does end with a cliffhanger but book two (Game of Lies) has already been released and the third novella (End Game) will be released on December 3, 2015.  All three books must be read in order and cannot be read as standalone stories (think serials).  Each is a little over a hundred pages and are quick suspenseful reads.  I enjoyed the character of Maggie Kincaid as she is realistic and also flawed.  You get hints of when she was kidnapped as a child and later when a case goes south and tears her to pieces.  It is this characterization that keeps you reading.  I liked the banter between her and mysterious Jake O'Connor and that we find out about Jake as Maggie does.  In an 113 pages, Diamond gives us so much without bogging the reader down.  The cliffhanger gives us the kidnapper's identity so you think what does book two have in store for us...I will let you know tomorrow as I am currently in the middle of GAME OF LIES.

TESS DIAMOND is a romantic suspense addict with a taste for danger - and chocolate cake. She lives in Colorado Springs with her law enforcement husband, two kids, and ferocious Jack Russell guard dog. She always dreamed of being an FBI agent, and now she almost is - if watching 24 reruns and plotting her next novel counts.

Connect with Tess:
Twitter: (@T_DiamondBooks)

k (My Novelesque Life)

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Hello December!

Sorry, I have been away for awhile BUT I have been doing some exciting things and making plans for even better posts! Later tonight I will be posting a new review from a new author...stay tuned!

k (My Novelesque Life)

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Mystery Monday Extra Special: The Chinese Shawl

(Miss. Silver: #5)
Written by Patricia Wentworth
1943; 320 Pages
Genre: mystery, detective

Rating: ★★★★

Laura Fane has returned to London to collect her inheritance but it is not the happy moment she
anticipated. Her father was expected to marry a cousin but instead fell in love with Laura's mother. Her father has left her everything including the estate that his jilted fiancee occupies. She wants Laura to sell her the place so she can leave it to her niece Tanis. Laura is not sure what to do.

When Laura is summoned to visit Tanis' aunt Laura discovers Tanis is manipulated and will do anything to get her way, including blackmailing. When Tanis ends up murdered Miss Silver is on the case and everyone is a suspect.

Another great mystery in the Miss. Silver series. Randal March, Miss. Silver's former charge aids her in solving the murder. I like the chemistry between the two much like Holmes and Watson. The way they bounce off of each other makes the solution of the mystery much more enjoyable.

k (My Novelesque Life)

Mystery Monday Extra: Danger Point

(aka: In the Balance)
(Miss. Silver: #4)

Written by Patricia Wentworth
1941, 225 Pages
Genre: mystery, detective

Rating: ★★★★

Miss. Silver is on the train returning from her holiday with her niece when a young lady stumbles into her compartment. Right away she can tell the young girl is afraid of something and tries to get her to open up. The young woman, Lisle overheard some women gossiping about her husband. His wealthy first wife's death may have not have been accident and now that his estate is in jeopardy again will Lisle be next?

A predictable but engaging mystery. Like in Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca the new bride is frightened into thinking her husband is the killer of his first wife. And, also like in Rebecca you will be at the edge of your seat wondering if the husband is misunderstood or a monster.

k (My Novelesque Life)

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Mystery Monday: Another Winner by Raybourn

(Veronica Speedwell: #1)
Written by Deanna Raybourn
2015; 337 Pages
Genre: mystery, historical fiction, romance

Rating: ★★★★

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

When I first picked up Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn I  fell in love with the gothic historical mystery series, featuring Lady Julia.  I tried Raybourn's standalone novel, The Dead Travel Fast,  and had mixed feelings about the plot and characters (review will be featured on TBT).  I tried her "Roaring Twenties" series and found some were better than others.  I was sad to hear that there would be no more books in the Lady Julia series, and wasn't sure how to feel about her newest historical mystery series, featuring Veronica Speedwell.  She sounded like a strong-willed woman like Julia but would it be as good? I started the novel last month and LOVED it. I think I might even like it more than her Lady Julia series as more novels come out.

Veronica is a fun character! She is a bit like Julia's sister Portia in that she believes that sex outside of marriage is a must for a future spinster like her. She speaks her mind and what comes out of her mouth is priceless.  Veronica is a scientist that is interested in studying butterflies and has gone on expeditions and written papers (under V. Speedwell). However, she is constantly trying to prove herself to her peers.  Like most of Raybourn's novels the action pretty much starts at the beginning.  As Veronica buries her remaining aunt she starts to get ready to leave town and start on a new adventure but instead adventure finds her.  As she is about to be kidnapped a German baron comes to her rescue and tells her she is in grave danger.  He takes her to his most trusted friend, Stoker, to hide while he discovers the truth...but is instead murdered and the police are looking for Stoker for the murder.  Now Veronica and Stoker are on the run to clear their name and find the murderer of the baron.

There is so much going on this novel that it has the feeling of a fantasy novel - epic journey to the truth.  This historical novel feels like it was written in the time it was set and it was easy to see the era.  The banter between Veronica and Stoker is also great - very Clark Gable and Joan Crawford.  I recommend this novel (and series) to every Raybourn fan and those who love a good mystery!

k  (My Novelesque Life)

Monday, 12 October 2015

Mystery Monday Postponed

After all that turkey AND ham for dinner I need some tome to recover but will be back tomorrow night with Mystery Monday and two Mystery Monday Extras.

k (My Novelesque Life)

Friday, 9 October 2015

TBT: Historical Romance

Written by Candice Hearn
2004, 384 Pages
Genre: historical romance

Rating: ★★★★

Richard (aka Major Lord Mallory) returns home from "the wars" and finds his beloved grandfather on his deathbed. His cold non-maternal grandmother sends him on a mission to find the long-lost Mallory heart before her husband dies. At one of the social events in London he sees the brooch pinned to Lady Isabel Weymouth's bosom. Was this socialite widow a jewel thief as well? Richard steals the brooch from Isabel (who is borrowing the jewelry from her grandmother) then Isabel steals it back the next day. So begins the game of jewel thievery but soon they don't know if they are stealing the brooch or one anothers's heart.

A fun historical romp sizzling with passion and a hint of mystery and action. A great read all around. Hern has as a way with dialogue and characters. Even when they were a bit cliched you still felt love or hate for them. It is a predictable story that keeps you entertained.

k (My Novelesque Life)

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Quickie Review: Photography and Poetry


Written by Adam Kirsch
2015, 128 Pages
Genre: poetry, photographs, nonfiction, history

Rating: ★★1/2

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

In the Emblems of the Passing World we see photographs of August Sander of Germans from before World War I to World War II.  The photographs are beautiful and capture so much emotion and make you wonder the story behind them.  Unfortunately, I was not a fan of Adam Kirsch's poetry.  I am not sure the poetry really conveys anything about the photo and often are just jumbled words.  I have to admit I stopped reading the poems after 60 pages and just looked at the great photos.  I would only recommend this book to those who enjoy great poetry.

k (My Novelesque Life)

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Throwback Toddlers, Tots and Teens Tuesday

Tonight I am doing a review of a novel that I read four years ago but is a series that is still doing well.  I may be in the minority about this book...

(Fallen: #1)
Written Lauren Kate
2009; 435 Pages
Genre: young adult, paranormal


After a bizarre fire kills a friend, Luce is sent to a reform school Sword & Cross to "recover".  Most of her classmates seem odd yet intriguing. One student in particular catches her eye, gorgeous and standoffish, Daniel Grigori. He turns out to be a Fallen Angel and they have spent many lifetimes trying to be together.

I started out liking the novel and the teen angst and longing was not annoying like Bella and Edward. I thought that the "mystery" (quotes because you know what it is and it says it in the synopsis but it still remains unnamed) dragged out for too long and even when answers were given it still came out stilted. I sort of felt letdown when everything was explained. Unfortunately, I will not continue with this series as I don't have any curiosity left for the series.

k (My Novelesque Life) 

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Mystery Monday: Dr. Charlotte Stone - Book 4

(Dr. Charlotte Stone: #4)
Written by Karen Robards
2015; 336 Pages
Genre: romantic suspense, suspense, mystery, paranormal, supernatural


(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.) 

Last summer when I finished the third book, Last Whisper, I was a bit shattered when it ended with a cliffhanger.  I thought if this was the last book in the series I would be devastated.  After I picked myself up off the floor I moved on with life the best that I could.  As other books came into my life I slowly let Charlie and Michael go.  By the time I saw that book four was being released (my mind probably had blocked out the trauma) I had not realized that I needed to read this book AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Last week, I realized I missed reading and reviewing this book in August and September so I decided to get on that. OMG as soon as I started the first page all the emotions and scenes from book three flashed through my eyes.  I spent my day off reading as much as I could.

This is a hard book to review as everything I want to say sounds like a spoiler or might lead to a spoiler.  So bare with me please...Charlie heads back into work, after some time off, to hand over files to a lawyer who could be Michael's twin...except they have different eye colours.  Before Charlie can investigate him there is a prison break on death row and she is taken hostage along with a school bus with young kids. While her life is in danger all she can think about is clearing Michael.

From the first chapter I was hooked till the end but I did have a few little problems.  There were certain things and parts of the story that kept getting repetitive to the point I was getting a bit annoyed.  Charlie's devotion for Michael at times felt over the top but I think it annoyed me only because of the ghost/human relationship.  And, the last 1/4 of the book felt really rushed. I would have rather the book ended on another cliffhanger and for another novel to be written.  I am not sure if this is the last book in the series.  Robards did tie everything up and there was no real anticipation for another book.  Yet, if there is book 5 on how things progress I would definitely read it.

k (My Novelesque Life) 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Toddlers, Tots and Teens: YA Historical/Paranormal Fiction

(The Diviners: #1)
Written by Libba Bray
2012; 592 Pages (18 Hours and 14 Minutes)
Genre: young adult, paranormal, historical, mystery, suspense
Audio Read by January LaVoy

Rating: ★★★★1/2

Last month for one of my reading groups we had the theme of Young Adult for September being all about back to school.  We had a poll and The Divinersby Libba Bray was chosen.  This is book one in the series by the same name.  Set in 1926 - post WWI and during the Prohibition - young Evie O'Neil is rebelling too much for her parents and is sent to stay with her maternal uncle in New York City.  Evie is excited to leave her boring old hometown where memories of her late brother seem to be everywhere.  Also, in New York is her friend, Mabel Rose a good girl with intellectual parents who are always off protesting for a cause.  Her Uncle Will, or Unc as Evie calls him, is hoping that Mabel and his assistant Jericho will keep his niece grounded and out of trouble.  It doesn't look good when she meet a con named, Sam Lloyd and another odd character, Memphis Campbell.  She also become friends with Theta Knight, a Zeigfeild Girl, and her friend Henry.

Will is the curator of an Occult Museum and and expert in the occult so he is called to help the police with a murder scene with cryptic occult stuff.  Evie is scared her uncle will figure out she has a secret that has to do with a special gift, but can't help use it to help catch a serial killer.  As the case affects all the characters they discover they are not the only ones with a secret...nor that something evil has awakened.

This is one novel I would recommend to adults who love young adult books.  It has everything one looks for in a good story - a bit like Deborah Harkness' The Discovery of Witches - and I really enjoyed the historical and paranormal elements.  The actual case is a bit like a B-movie or radio drama from the 30s and 40s but it really fit the book and the period.  While I found it silly at times I also thought it was perfect for how Bray writes this novel.  The dark is balanced with humour and young adult chatter.  As well as this book is written and feels like it's written for adults when it comes to love and romance you remember they are just young people.  There is nothing really explicit in this novel but with the dark theme I would say this book is for 15+. This is a perfect "mom-daughter" novel to read together.   I cannot say too much without revealing spoilers but I really recommend you try it.

I listened to this novel on audio - read by January LaVoy - and found she did an awesome job in giving each character a distinct voice and even the era.  You can listen to an sample on Goodreads.

k (My Novelesque Life)

TBT: The Last Victim - Robards

(Dr. Charlotte Stone: #1)
Written by Karen Robards
 2012; 321 Pages
Genre: romantic suspense, mystery, paranormal 

Rating: ★★★

My first book by Karen Robards was Superstition - a romantic-suspense with paranormal elements. I enjoyed the storyline, characters and found it quite good on the suspense scale.  I have since read several books by Robards and on the whole have really liked them.  In 2012, while at the library I picked up her newest novel in hardcover, The Last Victim.  I had not read the synopsis as Robards was now on my "must-read" authors.  The novel starts with Dr. Charlotte "Charlie" Stone, an expert in criminal pathology, interviewing serial killers on death row for her research.  The serial killer we meet along with Charlie is Michael Garland.  Charlie is a buttoned-down by the rule kind of gal but has this other side to her.  Michael who is a charming smart-ass ruffles her feathers a little but wants to see her really flustered.  Then Michael is killed by another inmate and Charlie is the only one that can see him, along with the FBI clamoring for her assistance on another serial killer...wait...oh, did I mention that Charlie has the ability to see spirits?  Yes, she can she communicate and see ghosts.  When Michael realizes she can see him he attaches himself to her.  As Charlie tries to aid the FBI with the Boardwalk Killer - who is either a copy cat or that same killer that murdered her best friend, Holly when they were just young girls.

We are also introduced to FBI Agent, Tony Bartoli who serves as the good guy love interest while Michael is the bad boy foil.  Now I didn't think there was going to be much of a love triangle as one is alive and well, the other is dead...and a serial killer.  I liked the banter between Michael and Charlie but I am not buying the romance angle.  I like Tony and think he would make a great hero. As I read the book I was intrigued enough to keep reading and was enjoying it but there were times i was putting the book down and saying "really?"  I enjoy paranormal novel but ghosts and humans as love interests is not my saying that I will be reading the next book in the series, lol.

(Dr. Charlotte Stone: #2)
Written by Karen Robards
 2013; 336 Pages
Genre: romantic suspense, mystery, paranormal 

Rating: ★★★

(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review).

Charlie, an expert in criminal pathology, is great at her job in seeing what is in the minds of killers and can also see dead people! In fact, the man she is starting to have feelings for is a ghost and may also be a serial killer.  Trying to runaway from that part of her life she puts her energy into helping the FBI capture the killer dubbed as the "Gingerbread Man."  In helping Agent Bartoli she may have just put herself in the spotlight and maybe the next victim for the cruel manipulating murderer.  As Charlie tries to feel more towards the living man in her life who has only shown her kindness she give Michael more ammunition to never leave her side.  While she figures out her love life can she also capture a killer.

I enjoyed this novel a lot more than the last book, The Last Victim.  In this novel, we have bypassed the "she-can-see-dead-people" thing and that her best friend is a psychic (and maybe a Voodoo Priestess), but to be honest I am still "ugh" about the ghost and human romance thing.  The one thing I love about Karen Robards' writing is that the suspense and character development take center stage so that little things like weird ghost relationships don't seem so bad or a deal breaker.  I also am not a fan of love triangles but Robards keeps it from getting juvenile.  Charlie has two men who are vying for her attention and she is legitimately - in my opinion - thinking it over.  I also like that we see more of Buzz and Lena and get to see more of their characters development.  I am in for the third book.

(Dr. Charlotte Stone: #3)
Written by Karen Robards
 2014; 352 Pages
Genre: romantic suspense, mystery, paranormal 

Rating: ★★★

(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review).

 After her last case Charlie is thinking about staying on the sidelines when it comes to capturing serial killers.  She almost makes good on that promise until Lena, an Agent that Charlie aids in special cases, personally asks fer her help.  Lena's sister, Giselle is missing and what she does know sounds like the MO for the Cinderella Killer.  Lena wants more than her professional help but also her unique skill of seeing dead people.  Charlie heads to Las Vegas with her best friend, Tam and her lover and ghost, Michael in tow.

I am really enjoying this series far more than I would have imagined.  This paranormal romantic-suspense series has a great female lead.  While she is not always the wisest with her decision making she is realistically flawed which makes her more endearing.  Michael, her ghost love interest, is charming, dangerous and a bad bet for a future.  Together the two differently wounded characters have great chemistry and their "romance" and future is very intriguing.  In saying that I should warn you that book three leaves you with a huge cliffhanger.  As soon as you reach the last sentence you cannot believe the novel has ended.  There better be a book four or I am going to be very disappointed.

So what about the mystery?  Right, Kaminsky's sister has gone missing and Charlie is called in to help the FBI Special Unit find her.  This book is more of a character and spirit world storyline than mystery.  There is still suspense in other aspects and I enjoyed this novel but be warned as a standalone this novel may not work so well.   

Next week for Mystery Monday will be book FOUR in the Dr. Charlotte Stone series!

k (My Novelesque Life)

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Throwback Thursday and more fun stuff!

Along with the usual review for Throwback Thursday I will also be doing a post for Toddler, Tots and Teens.  I was hoping to do it for today but have been busier than I thought (and still need my reading time, lol).

Poetry will be postponed!

k (My Novelesque Life)

Freedom to Read: Day 15-30: Banned Books Week

Later this week Banned Book Week will end but today is the last post in my Freedom to Read month. (it is a topic I will continue to discuss but not as detailed as this month's posts).  I also picked September because that is when school starts - bringing to an end of  Summer Reading and making way for school reading.  I always find it sad that schools restrict so many brilliant books because the subject matter is deemed "inappropriate" - instead of educating students on why the subject matter is thought of as inappropriate, and how does the author bring this to light.  I will stop preaching no, promise!  I am just so passionate about everyone having the freedom to read.  I hope that you in someone were able to celebrate this privilege that is not yet a right for all.
Oscar Wilde

I am currently listening to Go Set a Watchman by controversial author Harper Lee and also reading O'Pioneers by Willa Cather  - which was also has been banned.  I have not finished them yet so will not say anything other than I am enjoying the writing of both books.

The list of the 10 most challenged young adult novels from 2014-15 follows.

1. "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," Sherman Alexie
2. "Persepolis," Marjane Satrapi
3. "The Bluest Eye," Toni Morrison
4. "The Kite Runner," Khaled Hosseini
5. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," Stephen Chbosky
6. "Drama," Raina Telgemeier
7. "Chinese Handcuffs," Chris Crutcher
8. "The Giver," Lois Lowry
9. "The House on Mango Street," Sandra Cisneros
10. "Looking for Alaska," John Green

k (My Novelesque Life)

Quickie Review: Little Men by Abbott

(BiblioMysteries Series)
Written by Megan Abbott
2015; 45 Pages
Genre: mystery, novella, historical

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.) 

Rating: ★★1/2

"In 1953, Penny is just another washed-up, wannabe Hollywood actress who is past her prime. She has settled in to a quiet lifestyle, and when she finds a low-rent bungalow in Canyon Arms, it’s a dream come true; Penny takes to the place instantly. But the dream cottage with its French doors and tiled courtyard may not be as perfect as it seems. Penny’s new neighbors start filling her head with stories about past tenants, whispering voices, and a suicide that may not have been a suicide at all. Soon enough, Penny starts hearing strange noises and she can’t help but wonder about the true fate of the bookseller who died in her home a dozen years earlier. Her suspicions are only fueled by the ominous inscription that she discovers in a book that’s closely guarded by her landlord. . . ." (From Amazon)

A very creepy tale! I usually read BiblioMysteries of authors I have already read but the synopsis of Abbott's story sounded fun.  I am not sure what mystery genre she writes in but I will definitely have to read more by her.  My only downside to this story was that it wasn't longer. 

k (My Novelesque Life) 

Mystery Monday Extra on Wednesday:

(Miss Silver Mysteries: #3)
Written by Patricia Wentworth 
 1939; 213 Pages
Genre: mystery, detective

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

After a few close call accidents Rachel Treherne starts to believe her life may be in jeopardy and the killer may be one of her own family members or a close friend. She looks to governess turned private detective, Miss Silver to help unravel the mystery by staying in the Treherne mansion.

Rachel's father has left his fortune to her and her desperate family members want more than their share and cannot wait till her natural death. Then there is her maid who has an unnatural obsession with her and new neighbour who shows his interest in her. Each day Rachel's suspicions get the better of her and hopes Miss. Silver can help her.

Rachel's father has left his fortune to her and her desperate family members want more than their share and cannot wait till her natural death. Then there is her maid who has an unnatural obsession with her and new neighbour who shows his interest in her. Each day Rachel's suspicions get the better of her and hopes Miss. Silver can help her.

The thought of living with people who may be plotting your death is handled brilliantly by Wentworth. This one had me guessing at first and then I sat back to see if my guess was correct.

k (My Novelesque Life)