Genre: Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

BOOK REVIEW: The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

Posted January 8, 2018 by Fizzy Pop in book review, Laura Frantz / 0 Comments

Nothing burns my buttons more than having to ‘sit’ on a book when I finish it.  I finished this book last night when I was without a computer and time on my hands … to start another book of course.  I had such grand thoughts and emotional things to share about this book.  A lot of it frustration but in my head it was engaging and somewhat entertaining.  And now?  It’s gone.  Gone in the ether that is my oft forgetful brain.  Gone in the world of thinking.  I try really hard not to think ya know?  And here we go. I had high hopes for this book based on the synopsis.  Heck, I even liked the cover and I’m not a cover junkie like some people (ahem, Kristin).  I was expecting some intensity, some action, and even a fresh perspective (you know, Tory) from an engaging and interesting period […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

BOOK REVIEW: Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Posted January 2, 2018 by Fizzy Pop in book review, Valerie Fraser Luesse / 0 Comments

This book spoke to me on some level.  When I saw it come up for review I was a minute or 1440 minutes too late to nab it.  NetGalley to the rescue!  As a debut novel Valerie Fraser Luesse hit it out of the park.  That being said I’m sitting here looking at a mostly blank screen and struggling to rate and even review the book.  The synopsis sold me on a story about a young southern boy in the 1960’s who would stop at nothing to find out what happened to his dad’s friend, a man he looked up to, that happened to be black.  That’s not quite what the story delivered to me.  I loved the story, I truly did but reality did not meet expectation.  I had to adjust my  expectation to find that reality was handing me a pretty amazing book of community, faith, friendship, love, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore

BOOK REVIEW: Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore

I sit here staring at a blank page not sure how to proceed.  I finished this book last night without an abundance of fanfare.  It was entirely too many hours past bedtime, which I paid for all day, but it wasn’t like jumping from my fuzzy socks exciting.  .I enjoyed the story, the twists and turns, getting to know the characters.  I just didn’t fall in love with the story.  It’s like someone forgot to glue the glitter when they poured it on. The characters were well developed and memorable.  There were a few too many for my ability to remember names and I would frequently have to go looking back to figure out who was who.  That is always a me problem and seems to be more prevalent in the first book in a series as the stage is set for the continuation.  I think where it fell apart […]

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BOOK REVIEW: An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

BOOK REVIEW: An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

When I saw this book I knew I had to read it.  I didn’t pay enough attention to the fact that it was fourth in a series.  In my goal to read ‘all the books’ this was just a minor hiccup, not a setback.  Until it was.  All the books people, it’s harder than it sounds.  I found other books slipping in and pushing this book back because there were three that needed to be read.  I found the end of the year creeping up on me and books that were still waiting in the wings for their turn to shine.  I took a leap and crossed my toes and dove into ‘An Inconvenient Beauty’ hoping on hopes that it would read well as a stand alone novel.  I was not disappointed, nor was I lost, as I flew through the pages.  Yes, the experience would have been enriched with […]

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BOOK REVIEW: All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick

BOOK REVIEW: All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick

Posted December 26, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in book review, Jane Kirkpatrick / 2 Comments

This book was not at all what I expected.  The synopsis did not set me up for the book that I read.  Before I get into that though there’s a couple of warnings I need to throw out here.  This book is based on a real person.  It is a work of fiction but we all know that there is always a nugget of truth even in pure fiction.  While based on a real person and a lot of research was put into her there is not a play by play account of Jennie’s life.  Much can be ascertained from historical records and those ideas are used to create this book.  That being said there is mention of spousal abuse.  There is mention of alcoholism and drug abuse.  These are things that may be offensive to some Christian readers as well as triggering to other readers.  I do not in […]

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