The Help by Kathryn Stockett book review

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The Plot

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Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

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Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

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Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

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Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

The Review

This is a strong, beautiful, heart breaking story that will grip you at your very core. This book while being 400 something pages was no hard read. I found myself flying through this book, and gripping each and every page. Told in alternating character’s stories I was fully immersed. This book had me laughing, crying, screaming, every emotion, you name it, I felt it. There are so many heartbreaking moments, that while in the end is triumph the heartache will leave you breathless. The pain I felt for Mae Mobley and Aibileen broke me to pieces. i wanted to reach in and hug that little girl. Aibileen is such a beautiful strong woman in this book for taking care of and loving that little girl like she did.

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I also saw a bit of myself in Skeeter with her fierce independence. Skeeter was a brilliant character.I felt that as a book to movie adaptation that the characters were spot on. You see the tall dorky, independent Emma Stone as Skeeter. Which if you got to read this book you could almost sear that the author had her in mind when describing her. I also loved Minny. Minny made me laugh so hard in moments with her sassy, smart mouth. I love how she gets even at a certain someone with some chocolate pie. I laughed so hard I almost peed myself. Although while being a smart mouthed stubborn as a mule maid, she has a heart of gold!The writing style and use of grammar was perfect for this time period. The author delivered it beautifully and soon enough I heard the characters voices in my head as i read along. You are sure to fall in love with some and despise others as they become more and more real to you. This read will forever hold a special place in my heart as it is unique. This book is a masterpiece!  5 stars from me!!!

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Mesilla by Robert James Russell book review

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The Plot

1863, New Mexico Territory. Shot full of holes and on the run from the relentless pursuit of his one-time friend now intent on retribution, Confederate deserter Everett Root finds himself navigating the brutal desert headed to the town of Mesilla, where he believes salvation lies. But when Everett stumbles on a cache of silver, and a young girl who’s lost everything, he is forced to take stock of his past and his future. Full of sprawling landscapes and wild gunmen, Mesilla is a story of one man’s resolve to rectify the wrongs he has committed and make peace with his place in the world.

The Review

It is clear to me that I am becoming more and more of a fan of Robert James Russell. His novellas are wonderfully written and spark so much intrigue. Russell takes your typical western backdrop and turns in into something more. His poetic pens flows and delivers us a rugged gunslinger, woman in distress, and hostile Indians. This book is a fast read and packed full of adventure. The backdrop of this book is set in a rough world and you root for our main hero as he races against his opponent. This gritty world is brought to life before you and you are pulled in as this book unfolds before your very eyes. With a keen imagination from Russell you will not be able to put this book down! 5 stars from me!

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Sea of Trees by Robert James Russell book review

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The Plot

An American college student, and his Japanese girlfriend Junko traverse the Aokigahara Forest in Japan-infamous as one of the world’s top suicide destinations-in search of evidence of Junko’s sister Izumi who disappeared there a year previous. As the two follow clues and journey deeper into the woods amid the eerily quiet and hauntingly beautiful landscape-bypassing tokens and remains of the departed, suicide notes tacked to trees and shrines put up by forlorn loved ones-they’ll depend on one another in ways they never had to before, testing the very fabric of their relationship. And, as daylight quickly escapes them and they find themselves lost in the dark veil of night, Bill discovers a truth Junko has hidden deep within her-a truth that will change them both forever.

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The Review

The first thing that grabbed me about this book was the fact it as about Suicide Forest. The mystery surrounding this place has always intrigued me. The central plot of the book follows Bill and his girlfriend Junko who are in search of Junko’s sister, Izumi. As Bill and Junko search for her they come across different items and places in the forest. It’s at these parts that we get glimpses into the eyes of those who have killed themselves and what led up to them doing it.

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The story evoke chills up ones spine as we continue to read on and the story of why Izumi went there in the first place unfolds. Set in a manner that is told beautifully and poetically the author lightly embraces the subject of suicide and with love and ease delivers it. This book is beautifully told and is a quick read. Not one to read in the dark though! (might be a little too chilling.) 4 stars from me!.

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To Capture What We Cannot Keep: A Novel by Beatrice Colin book review

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The Plot

(as taken from GoodReads )

In February 1887, Caitriona Wallace and Émile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris, France–a moment of pure possibility. But back on firm ground, their vastly different social strata become clear. Cait is a widow who because of her precarious financial situation is forced to chaperone two wealthy Scottish charges. Émile is expected to take on the bourgeois stability of his family’s business and choose a suitable wife. As the Eiffel Tower rises, a marvel of steel and air and light, the subject of extreme controversy and a symbol of the future, Cait and Émile must decide what their love is worth.

Seamlessly weaving historical detail and vivid invention, Beatrice Colin evokes the revolutionary time in which Cait and Émile live–one of corsets and secret trysts, duels and Bohemian independence, strict tradition and Impressionist experimentation. To Capture What We Cannot Keep, stylish, provocative, and shimmering, raises probing questions about a woman’s place in that world, the overarching reach of class distinctions, and the sacrifices love requires of us all.

The Review

This book brings us compelling relationships set in a beautiful back drop of a French heritage. We are immersed as the reader in a intriguing time period. The story sets among the relationships as the Eiffel Tower is being built. While I felt the story to focus more on the tower than the relationships, it was still a brilliant read. The authentic details of the book grabbed me most as the characters are based upon real people who did contribute to the tower being built. The relationships between the characters were not over dramatized and i liked that the story was not a war setting for once (as most books set in Paris are). A great rainy day read that is sure to capture you! Thanks NetGalley for sending me this book. While I did receive this book in exchange for my review, all thought, feeling and opinions are my own. 4 stars!

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The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson book review

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The Synopsis

How would you pay if you were billed for the expense of your life? In this book we follow an unnamed male lead who works in a video store store. his life mostly includes talking to his friend Roger, re-watching movies and eating takeout. When he receives a large bill in the mail for the expense of his life, he calls this national company known as W.R.D to figure out what exactly this bill entails. After waiting on hold for  a very long time, he is told that he is being billed for how his life as been lived. His bill is an astronomical amount! With a man is so content with having so little, how will he pay?

The Review

I found this book to be brilliant and a tad scary. This book wasn’t scary in a BOO!, type way but rather in a oh my god how would i handle this situation way. I found Karlsson to be very imaginative and have a very smooth and fluid pen. I loved reading this book! I ended up reading from page one to the last page in one sitting it was so good. I found myself white knuckled, and gripping every page wondering how our main man would make out of this drastic situation. I feel that there was very good underlying morals to this book. It almost makes you want to reevaluate your life and see each little thing in every moment. The writing was brilliant and flowed smoothly. The book while being short delivered so much. Thank you blogging for books for sending me this. While i received this book for free, all thoughts, opinions and views are my own. 4 stars from me!

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion book review

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The Plot

R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization. And then he meets a girl. First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight!

My Thoughts

So whoa! This was such a great book! I had originally watched the movie first and then found out more about the books. I ended up ordering this on thriftbooks b/c my dear friend Allie suggested this for the club I started with my friends. I am really glad she picked this as the book delves into so much of a deeper meaning than what is seen on paper.

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This book shows us how one person can change the course for others and how they can ignite a spark inside someone. We see how the main hero, “R” falls for this human girl Julie and how she makes him feel alive and literally by her love she becomes alive. The whole theme of this book centers around change and making a difference in the world.

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From this small excerpt you can almost feel the writer begging for his readers to do the same. This quote is simply amazing and moves you. The writing is flawless and the character development was beautifully executed. This book while being a short read of only 200 some odd pages will have you begging for the next installment in the series. Definite a 5 star read!

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The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco book review

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The Plot

*** as taken from GoodReads***

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training. In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

The Review

I devoured this book as if it was the breath of life. The pace of this book starts off so strong and only builds up quicker and quicker. This story is made of two entwined tales and reads so quickly and fluidly. The story idea of using Asha’s is so unique. I loved reading the alternating past and presents in this book, and Rin does a good job of keeping pace between them and not letting anything lack. I was thrilled to receive this very early arc from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and i can’t wait till its published! The cover is absolutely gorgeous and I hope that they don’t change it. An also lets talk about the heart glass for a moment! OMG! How unique of an idea. The heart glass is used to show how someone is feeling and if they fall in love they can give it away to someone but they have to be careful as who they give it to can use it to control them. So much creativity and heart from the author went into this fantastic read. 5 stars from me.

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