Monthly Archives: June 2017

Here and Gone By: Haylen Beck

Here and Gone

My Review:
This was an outstanding psychological thriller.  You know what is happening the whole time with all sides of the story but it is impossible to know if everything will be resolved at the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put it down.   I highly recommend this novel.  I did not know anything about the author until I finished the story and saw that the author was a pseudonym for acclaimed author, Stuart Neville.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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Sisi Empress on Her Own By: Allison Pataki


This is the concluding book in a duology.  I really am not a historical fiction reader but this duo of books was fantastic.  I loved the depth of character of Sisi.  She was exceptionally honest in her feelings and her words.

This book tied up lose ends very nicely without leaving the feeling of it being done just to be done.  The story is very descriptive and transports the reader to the empress’ reign and the surrounding times.

I am looking forward to reading more books by Allison in the near future.

I gave this book 5 crowns.


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Nowhere to Lay My Head by: Craig Daliessio

Nowhere to Lay My Head

Craig suffered a major blow to his life when the economy collapsed in 2008.  He lost everything; his job, his house, his ability to truly care for his daughter…gone.  He lived in his car for 6 years trying to get some version of his life back.  He didn’t move to another state because he wanted to be close to his daughter.  He needed to be a phone call and a short drive away.

I thought Craig’s story was a sad one.  I can’t imagine not having a place to sleep at night.  What I didn’t like was the political rage that was exhibited in this book.  I am not saying that I was a supporter of the Obama presidency but I was a bit surprised at the blatant resentment shown.  I get that Craig was hurt by the policies and procedures of those terms but I didn’t really want to hear about it.  I was also angered about the way he spoke of government assistance programs.  They were designed to be used in situations like his.  I do not believe that if he accept support that he would become lazy and not continue on his path to a better life.  Yes, the system itself is a mess and it allows for people to take advantage of it.  However, for those who honestly need it, it is a blessing.

What this book needed was a good editor.  There were many parts of this book that were repeated and revisited using the same words.  I was wondering if I had flipped back in the book accidentally.  I found a lot of grammatical errors and that just made me feel as if this was rushed to publication.

All in all, I understand the therapeutic process of writing about these years.  Craig did suffer and his daughter did as well.  I just had a hard time relating some of the decisions that were made.

I gave this book 2 crowns.


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Wrap Up


Books Read/Listened to:  14

5 crown reads: 7

4 crown reads: 3

3 crown reads: 2

2 crown reads: 1

1 crown reads: 1

DNF: 2


Another great month.  I read a lot of new releases but also a few from my own shelves.  Yes, I bought more books.  I would be surprised if I didn’t.

How was your reading month?

Happy Reading!

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The Party by: Robyn Harding

The Party Publication date: June 6, 2017

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Give a Girl a Knife by: Amy Thielen

Give a Girl a Knife

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