The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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5 out of 5

A BEAUTIFUL memoir.

Since childhood, a young girl struggles in life due to her parents’ lack of taking on parental responsibilities, though not without love. A non-traditional love of a parent.

Her family moves a lot and she and her siblings would often fend for themselves in terms of food, warmth, and even bringing in money. The children always try to be understanding and considerate of what their parents are going through or may be feeling, so they would take it upon themselves to sort of handle and take care of the family; Of each other.

The girl takes you through her ups, downs, and aspirations. You get an understanding of everyone’s roles and relationships. You would like to think it’s a bad situation, and it is, but then you think “At least they have love”, but it still doesn’t justify a lot.

The whole thing is just bizarre and an unimaginable way of allowing\letting\making your kids live. But in the end it all worked out. It wasn’t the cheesy “Disney-ending” I would want for myself if it were my life, but it was satisfying enough.

 

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Misery by Stephen King

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2 out of 5

While this one was intriguing, it was hard to stay intrigued throughout the descriptive scenes. I know there was a certain mood and time Stephen was trying to convey, but I felt like I was trying to trudge through it to get to the exciting parts. Felt like fillers.

This story starts off with an author who gets in a car wreck and is “rescued” by who you later learn (but not too much later) is a crazy woman. She is supposedly his biggest fan and has a big issue with the way one of his series had ended. Basically, she demands an ending that the book’s character deserves. His legs are all messed up from the accident, so he can’t just escape, though he tries to while his captor goes out on errand runs.

There are some parts that do get my heart racing, the same way as if I were watching it as a movie, but I do have a hard time reading through slow parts. I need constant action or curiosities (that move the story along) to keep me captivated.

 

I was going to give this a 3 instead of a 2, but I have to admit that I didn’t even finish it. I did, however, read more than half the book. So, at least I tried.

I do hear great things about the movie, though. I have never seen it.

Lol.

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

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5 out of 5 

Mitch Albom is one of my most favorite authors. His books are so real, in a sense of real life hardships, dreams, love and friendships, experiences, etc.. His stories really speak to my soul, gay as that may sound, but do you know what i mean? I might have already said this in a previous Mitch Albom book review, but after reading a book of his it leaves me with a feeling of light-heartedness and love and awe in my heart. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto was such a BEAUTIFUL story from beginning to end. At least halfway through i was already telling friends to read it. Especially the ones who love music.

This book is about Frankie and his life told by Music, the very thing every human is born with, whether or not it comes out strong throughout our lives. Music states that we are all born with music in our soul, only some of us keep it alive and some of us let it go. The metaphors used to describe all this is very poetic. Its very attractive and fitting.

So his life is told and explained by Music, but also by his colleagues from different times of his life; People who have great love and respect for him as a friend, fan, coworker, or acquaintance. The way saw it in my head was like a type of docu-series. Something like that. He was a lost baby, a struggling boy, and a man with so much experience, so much passion, and so much love. Ugh!

The end had me unsatisfied in the sense that it messed with my heart and I was wishing that I could go straight to the characters and intervene. I’m not saying it was a bad ending, just that it left me wanting to cry for an important and undiscovered truth will FOREVER be unknown!!

(Sigh.)

But read it anyway. Its still beautiful.

End of Watch by Stephen King

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3 OUT OF 5 STARS!

End of Watch is the third book to the Hodge’s trilogy. Unlike the second book, Finder’s Keepers, the story continues with the Mercedes killer in the first book, Mr. Mercedes. In this book, the story of the Mercedes killer comes to an end and fills me with content, sadness, and solace.

I gave the first two books 5 stars and this 3 because it is sort of slow. While just about every part of the book was relevant, funny, sad, messed up, or interesting, it was just a different pace than I was expecting.

It begins with the killer being in a coma. He is coming out of his coma and eludes any court trials for his crimes in the first book by faking coma. After roughly a year or so goes by he slowly realizes that he has mind control power. Eventually, it evolves into using that power through an old video game where while people are playing they become hypnotized and allows the killer to slip into their mind to commit suicide.

Though that is the synopsis of it, the story also includes the close friendship between Kermit, Holly, and Jerome. It is my most favorite thing about these books. Their relationships only grow stronger, closer, and more awesome! The ending… (oh, my heart…). They are friendship goals.

To the very end.

ATTN. AUTHORS! Great opportunity for free book cover artwork explained inside!

(The images above were not done for anyone. They were done out of pure boredom. Dirty Hipsters done recently and the other was done earlier this year (maybe Jan.?))

Hi and thanks for stopping by. I have, for a couple years now, been wanting to get some of my creative works onto book covers. Naturally, as a book nerd, I think it’s a very cool idea, but I never knew where to start.

So I am wanting to work with TWO writers to get a feel for the process. With this I hope to understand all the legalities, what I want in my contract, what I can expect from a writer’s contract, money transaction, and most of all how I can please my clients.

I understand that artists can charge more for revisions, but this will be completely free trials. I would also love feedback, of course, on the flow of our communication and my overall work. CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM WILL ALWAYS BE WELCOME!

This will be purely for an educational experience.

*Whether or not you are reading this with the intent to contact me, advice, direction, and constructive criticism is still welcome.*

A little bit about my artistic background: I am fully self-taught. Everything I know about Photoshop I have been pushing myself to learn since around 2012-ish. I started out trying to be a family photographer. Long story short, I did not enjoy it much. There was too much demand and I liked doing things in my own way. The poses were too cheesy, I had to worry about the family’s attire (and sometimes they just won’t get it right), I was often around kids, and a lot of times people would expect me to give them a free session. I liked having model calls for creative portraiture. One day I realized that family photography was not for me. I love the creative stuff. I love great concepts. I have lots of old works practicing that creativity and I also have quite a few sketches of stuff I never got out to do. Some time last year or two years ago I took an interest in digital illustration. I am no artist where drawing is concerned, but since I love great concepts and HAVE TO get them down I go the simplistic route. The way I got into this, actually, was from not being able or having the motivation to go out and set up a shoot for my conceptual ideas. So instead I’ll draw them out. And in doing so I stopped limiting my imagination. I say “limit” because I always had to consider what I CAN/KNOW HOW to do/achieve on PS.

*Fun Fact: The pink-haired character in the above picture was a character I created for a book I was trying to. I sent my transcript to just one publishing company and that never went anywhere. So I guess I’m still figuring out her story 😛 And I just threw her in a picture of an abandoned house I found and photographed.

Whether you want art for a physical book or an ebook, I’m down to try and make something for you. If for whatever reason you decide not to use my art THAT IS TOTALLY FINE. I would thank you for giving me a chance and you may move on. If you are interested please email mandycane2008@hotmail.com with your info: A brief intro about yourself, your book, and (if you have one) a vision of what you would like your cover to look like. I can try to achieve your vision or create my own interpretation.

Thank you for your time! I look forward to future projects!

 

 

Finder’s Keepers (The second to the Bill Hodges Trilogy) by Stephen King

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Good morning! I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars!

First of all, two words: STEPHEN KING.

Now then… it starts off intriguing. It instantly began with trying to get you to think and hope that what was going on went a different direction (at least I was). Oh, but it took a turn for the worst, lol, because of course.

Anyway, beyond that nerve wracking beginning, it was a steady pace of story lines and curiosity. I wouldn’t say it got boring, but I was just waiting for the crazy parts. But worry not, because crazy it got.

This story is different from the first. They don’t go hand-in-hand (if that would be the correct term…), but they do connect. If someone were to have started with Finder’s Keepers first rather than Mr. Mercedes (like I almost did, not knowing it was a trilogy at the time) then I don’t think any confusion would have been made. BUT it is better reading the first one first so that you understand the characters when they reminisce.

The very end makes me think that the next book will go back to the First Book character’s story. And I must say I am VERY excited to get to it. I believe it’s called End Of Watch. I’ve got to get it SOOOOON!

Currently reading Alone in Paris by Ashley Earley. A story that includes depression, suicide, and love. I am almost halfway through.

The Darkest Light by Ashley Earley/ Fortunately, the Milk… by Neil Gaiman

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THE DARKEST LIGHT: 3 out of 5 stars!

For being Ashley Earley’s first published book it was good! What intrigued me to read this BEFORE her latest book, Alone In Paris (which is one of the books I plan to read this month, June) was that there was magic in it. The main character comes from two worlds: the world we live in and a world where a pure human will not find without the help of a magical being. Where there is a magical world, there are magical creatures. I was excited about that, except I felt like she wasn’t taking advantage of that. It could have been better in terms of battle scenes and grand landscapes and involvement with other magical beings and creatures, but I still was able to picture it all in my head as if I was watching a movie, which was a big plus. Now, where romance is involved, she’s got a real knack for that. My FAVORITE part and probably the only part that really touched me was the end where she discovers another love interest that could have been. Honestly, I had been waiting for that the whole way through and when I finally got it I was like “OOOH!!” *blushing* lol. THAT was a good part.

There were parts that seemed pretty repetitive and I thought I was reading a page over again. I don’t know what was up with that, I think she was just trying to get the characters’ points across, but it would confuse me whenever I would take a break from reading and then pick it up again. Or maybe it’s just me.

But overall, what I got from this is that she probably dreams of romance in the sweetest ways. And I can’t wait to get to Alone In Paris. Romance just might be her niche.

 

Fortunately, the Milk…: 5 out of 5 stars!! 

Oh, boy, where do I start…

I bought this book for my son quite a while ago hoping he’d read it on his own, which he never did (he was 6 at the time and now 7), so I started reading this to him at bedtime because I sort of really wanted to read this myself ( I LOVE NEIL GAIMAN), lol. So I’m reading, reading, reading, and my son and I got SO INTO IT! It is now one of his favorite books and one of my favorite books to recommend to my friends whether or not they have children.

It’s about a father. His kids tell him they need milk for their cereal, so he goes out for a walk to pick some up. The kids express that he is taking forever and when he finally comes back he’s got a good reason for it. AND THUS HIS STORY OF WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO HIM WHILE OUT GETTING THE MILK BEGINS!

They are quite exciting, funny, silly, and most impossible stories! My son has less than a handful of favorite books and this just made the list.