Friday, 19 July 2013

Today I am digging into my archives for a review I have done in the past. This was an amazing read and I could never brag about it enough so I though I would re-post. Enjoy!!

Summary: Lisa was conservatively raised in a Catholic family in no-where middle America, where excitement is scarce and dreams are for sleeping. Little did she know, at age thirteen, she would suddenly find herself on a totally different path.

Through an unlikely chance meeting of a fellow classmate, she's surprisingly mesmerized, almost consumed, to befriend a girl who is obviously from the other side of the tracks...the cool side. Lisa does whatever she has to just to be accepted into this small club of coolness. Little did she realize, she was signing up for a lot more than social status. The two best friends find themselves innocently taking their relationship to a foreign level neither had experienced or saw coming.

My Thoughts: I have issues with reviewing memoirs. So much so that I almost turned this book away at first. I think there is a lot of pressure to try and enjoy a memoir because it is actually the story of someone's life. If you don't like the book...was their life not good enough? Were their hardships not entertaining enough to keep you interested? Was their story not heartfelt enough to make you tear up? These are the thoughts that go through my mind when I read a book about someone else's life. I can't stand the pressure of feeling so obligated to like a book, that I am not even thinking about the story as I read. It's a total turn-off. Luckily, Lisa had me so immersed in her story that I didn't even have a chance to think about that pressure. I was completely into the story and aware of nothing else (my poor children were forced into video games all day to keep them quiet while I read. Such good little monkeys they are). Lisa is a fantastic storyteller and I love the way she writes. Not only from the heart, but like a REAL person. She writes the way most of us think...except it makes sense. Love it!!

During a time when being gay meant being shunned by the world, a young Lisa met her soul mate and hung on to her principles throughout the hardships of hiding her relationship from the world; her parents, her friends, and later...her co-workers. Her life was forged before she even finished high school when she didn't see what others saw..."How could loving someone be wrong?".

From her parents not understanding her (and practically imprisoning her), to a little more understanding, to eventually moving out of home and beginning her life with her true love Lisa's view on her life never wavered. She had it all planned out, and it was to be great. Like most teenage dreams, however, life became a living nightmare. We see her through her rise to freedom and her party scene, to her undeniable confusion with her own identity and sexuality and her eventual fall from high to the depressing low. This is life. No pretty pictures. No hiding what's real. This is what I loved about this book. She tells it how it is. Nothing is as important as that.

One things that got me about Lisa's story was how she names herself and her partner, Selina, in The Place. I loved it. She took her relationship with another female, when they were young and living in a world where this was soo not the norm, and she put such a terrific spin on it. Like this was their time to shine, their special secret, their right above all others. This showed me so much into Lisa's personality and views on homosexuality. If only everyone thought that way then (and now, come to think of it), what a Place it would be.

You have to give it to Lisa Vaughn. She threw her entire adolescent experience, from the naive pre-teen to the fall-from-grace as a young adult, into this tell-all book. It is the perfect coming-of-age story for any confused youth because it takes us into the mind of a teenage girl in the midst of an identity crisis. It shows us what we can overcome if we stick with our beliefs. It tells us that life may not be what it seems from the outside looking in. What story is there that is more powerful than that? None that I can think of.

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely without a doubt. I would read it again and when my daughter comes to an age where the language is appropriate (although let's face grow up too quick and know all about sex and drugs WAY too early for my taste as it is) this would definitely be considered a staple for her reading list. What teenager doesn't have the same thoughts and feelings Lisa had in this book? None that I know of. That's what makes it so special.

If you are looking for a read that is quick, easy and speaks volumes...The Gifted Ones if definitely a must-read. I have not read a more powerful and inspiring book yet this year, or last...maybe even ever. This is for sure a new favorite on my list...where will it place on yours?

I want to thank Lisa Vaughn for the opportunity to read and review The Gifted Ones. It was a pleasure to read (in one

For more information on Lisa Vaughn or to get your own copy of The Gifted Ones (do it, do it now) click here!!
My Rating: 5 Stars *****

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Review: Night Huntress 2: One Foot in the Grave

After packing and moving and Canada Day and unpacking and organizing....I am still NO WHERE near done at home. There are days that I wish I was soooo much more organized, then there are days that I curse my shopper's impulse. WHY oh WHY do I have so much STUFF?!?!? It isn't even just me, it is also my children. Ok, not my daughter. It seems that every box I pick up has something that belongs to her in it. I don't know where she is going to put it all! Definitely her mother's daughter I guess. My boys, on the other hand? Their rooms are fully unpacked, organized, and they are living happily in brand new, clean rooms. Show offs. Anyway....before I head back to my never-ending, trying-to-get-my-house-somewhat-comfortable is the next installment of my series read!!

From Goodreads:

You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide…
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.
Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head – wanted: dead or half-alive – means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever … and Bones won’t let her get away again.

My Thoughts:

Wow!! That was my initial reaction about 2 chapters in. Cat is now this big, bad government superstar and I LOVE it!! If you thought she was bad ass before....just you wait! She has a great team to work with for all her vampire hunting excursions and she rules with an iron fist. Definitely a force to be reckoned with. She takes no shit from anyone. Just like our good-ol' Cat. I give her credit. For a woman who, not long ago, left the love of her life out of necessity she doesn't skip a beat. Her sarcasm, humor and "don't mess with me" attitude has not wavered. It takes a strong person to take the hand she has been dealt and make the most of it. 

When Bones shows his unexpected, but amazingly sexy, face just brings the whole story into place. I actually FEEL that this is the timely romance every woman dreams of. *Sigh* The passion, the anger, the feelings of resentment overruled by the deep love that is shared....a fantasy that one can only imagine. You can feel the sexual tension, the anger, the intensity in every word and action the characters make. Oh, and Chapter 32......yeah, you NEED to get to Chapter 32. Once you get will know why!

I don't think there is anything I can say I hated about this book. I wasn't a fan at the end of the last one when Cat left Bones, but it definitely made a huge impact when they ultimately found each other again. Well played Ms. Frost, well played. 

My Rating: 5 Amazing Stars *****

With that being said...Back to my work. Ugh. It needs to be over soon. More updates as I go! Bonus: My private reading room is almost complete!!! Yay!!! At least I have ONE room in that place where I feel like home!!! 

Oh, and for my lovely American followers: Have a great 4th of July!!!!