Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Elizabeth Smart

My Story
Elizabeth Smart, with Chris Stewart

I keep forgetting to post about the books I finish. The past couple weeks have been a little crazy with Halloween activities and prepping for our up coming cruise. I actually downloaded this book to have reading material while on vacation but I ended up reading it in two days. I started reading it because I figured it was a Non-fiction story and those always take me a while to get through. Not the case with this book at all. I flew through the story and found my self completely caught up in her story. What a horrific experience she went through.

 I think that way it was written really helped the story flow. This has been by far my favorite Non-fiction book about crime. I have read several others, about some pretty awful situations, but they were written much more academically, making them, at least for me, less reader friendly.

As I was reading this story I found my heartbreaking for her. I cried multiple times reading about what she had to endure. I cried even harder when she was rescued. What an ordeal. I found her perspective very interesting, especially trying to understand why she was unable to escape or even talk to others, while she was held captive. I also found her hope and faith very touching. Especially when she talked about her Grandfather being there, in spirit, for her. I am amazed that instead of blaming God or wondering why he would let such terrible things happen, that she chose to believe in God and his ability to keep her alive. Like she says, God has give people free agency, so he can't stop all the evil that is in this world but there were moments of true mercy and help that I am sure came from Him.

I remember when this story was in the news and I have always admired how well she seems to have adjust back into her life. I am glad that she was willing to share exactly what she went through. I can't imagine reliving that ordeal anymore then she had to.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot
by Liane Moriarty

I have been so busy with life that I almost forgot to post about this book, which I finished over a week ago. I usually try to write about the books a read sooner so they are fresh in my memory so I will try my best to remember my impressions of this story.

First things first, I thought this was a great read. The concept was so interesting to me. Imagine waking up from an accident and forgetting everything that has happened during the last ten years.  In the story, Alice wakes up after bumping her head, and thinks that she is still pregnant with her first child. When she finds out that she has 3 children and is getting a divorce, she just can't believe that her life has changed so much. She finds that she doesn't really like everything about who she has become. Would your life be what you expected? Would you be surprised by the person you have become or the path your life has taken in those ten years?  I wonder if I looked at my life from my 25 year old's perspective, would I want to change things about myself? Really fascinating stuff for me.

I flew through this book. I found myself quickly drawn into her story. And I really liked how her amnesia changed the course of her life. I thought the ending of this story was perfect. In fact, I think that the ending is what really made this book such a great read. I really hate it when you put so much time into a story's characters and then it doesn't work out the way you envisioned, so I was extremely happy that was not the case for this book. The ending really did make the book that much more enjoyable for me.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Black Ice

Black Ice
by Becca Fitzpatrick

SO I was a little nervous to read this book. It got a lot of really terrible reviews on Goodreads. A lot. But I really enjoyed her Hush Hush series so I decided to go ahead and give it a try.

In this book two teenage girls find themselves trapped in the snow, in the mountains of Wyoming, and at the mercy of two guys who take them captive. Will her ex boyfriend be able to find them and rescue them in time?

This was a very entertaining book and I really enjoyed reading it. I definitely don't agree with most of the reviews I saw on Good reads. There were a lot of complaints about the main character falling for a bad guy or being spoiled and stupid but I couldn't disagree more. I found her to be resilient, smart and determined. She was put in a tough situation and came out stronger. Sure some of her earlier decisions weren't great, But she is a teenager. They don't always make great decisions but if they are smart they learn from their mistakes. Also I didn't feel like the guy was really a bad guy and he showed that by the way he treated her and how he tried to protect her. Also I have thing for the guys in her books.  I always seem to really, really like them. I know some of you felt the same way about Patch in her Hush Hush series. I'm I right? Her books/ characters are definitely my guilty pleasures of the Young Adult genre.

Just like Hush Hush, this was a fast, fun read. I didn't want to put it down. She does a great job of keeping the story moving. I really enjoy her style of writing and this book did not disappoint in that department. My one complaint would be that I found it to be very predictable. I figured out who the murderer was very early into the story. Other then that this was a great read.