Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Audiobook: The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan

The Nanny
Narrated by Clare Corbett, Patience Tomlinson, and Ben Eliot.
Duration: 11 hours 8 minutes
When her beloved nanny, Hannah, left without a trace in the summer of 1988, seven-year-old Jocelyn Holt was devastated. Haunted by the loss, Jo grew up bitter and distant, and eventually left her parents and Lake Hall, their faded aristocratic home, behind.

Thirty years later, Jo returns to the house and is forced to confront her troubled relationship with her mother. But when human remains are accidentally uncovered in a lake on the estate, Jo begins to question everything she thought she knew.

Then an unexpected visitor knocks on the door and Jo’s world is destroyed again. Desperate to piece together the gaping holes in her memory, Jo must uncover who her nanny really was, why she left, and if she can trust her own mother…

In this compulsively readable tale of secrets, lies, and deception, Gilly Macmillan explores the darkest impulses and desires of the human heart. Diabolically clever, The Nanny reminds us that sometimes the truth hurts so much you’d rather hear the lie.

Friday, March 27, 2020

3 Mini Reviews

I am reviewing three books that I read earlier this year and took my sweet time reading/listening to. Here we go: The Poet X (9780062662804): Acevedo, Elizabeth: Books
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Format: Ebook
More info: Goodreads

I was very hesitant to read this book. I am not of a poetry person. I can only take a few poems at a time but I can never find myself engrossed in a book written in this format. However, this one completely grabbed me!

I fell in love with the main character, Xiomara. The way she described her emotions and the events in prose really called to me. I found myself feeling frustrated, sad, happy, inspired, and hopeful. I had no idea I was going to be so emotional with this book. I rate it: 5 stars

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Getting Out of this Funk

Hello dear readers,

I hope all is well with you and that you and your loved ones are safe in this terrible situation that we are in. I honestly pray that each and every one of you are healthy and out of harm's way. 

My husband and I are doing our best to be safe by staying at home. When we do go out for essentials, we make sure to sanitize everything we touch or bring back to our home. It definitely changed our daily life routine. We are both working from home, we're finding different ways to entertain ourselves behind walls (we do miss hiking so much!), and we make sure to give each other space for personal time. We're mostly trying to stay positive and stay sane. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Review: Once Upon A Christmas Eve

Image result for once upon a christmas eve audiobookRead by Ashford McNab
Duration: 3 hours

Adam Rutledge, Viscount d'Arque, really rather loathes Christmas. The banal cheerfulness. The asinine party games. And, worst of all, the obligatory trip to the countryside. His grandmother, however, loves the holiday - and Adam loves his grandmother, so he'll brave the fiercest snowstorm to please her. But when their carriage wheel snaps, they're forced to seek shelter at the home of the most maddening, infuriating, and utterly beguiling woman he's ever met....
Sarah St. John really rather loathes rakes. The self-satisfied smirks. The sly predatory gazes. Oh, and the constant witty banter rife with double meaning. But in the spirit of the season, she'll welcome this admittedly handsome viscount into her home. But as the snowstorm rages, the Yule log crackles, and the tension rises, Sarah and Adam find themselves locked in a fiery, passionate kiss. If love is the true meaning of Christmas, it's the one gift this mismatched pair can't wait to unwrap.

Audiobook: Sal & Gabi Break the Universe

Image result for sal and gabi break the universe audiobookRead by Anthony Rey Perez
Duration: 10 hours

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents a brilliant sci-fi romp with Cuban influence that poses this question: What would you do if you had the power to reach through time and space and retrieve anything you want, including your mother, who is no longer living (in this universe, anyway)?

How did a raw chicken get inside Yasmany's locker?

When Sal Vidon meets Gabi Real for the first time, it isn't under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal's office for the third time in three days, and it's still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a fight with Sal. She is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany's locker, even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared.

Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he's capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken--including his dead mother--and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There's only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk.

A sassy entropy sweeper, a documentary about wedgies, a principal who wears a Venetian bauta mask, and heaping platefuls of Cuban food are just some of the delights that await in his mind-blowing novel gift-wrapped in love and laughter.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Little Free Library #9

My husband and I went hiking the other day near the Azuza area and we happened to pass these two LFLs on our way to the trail: 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow

Image result for gods of jade and shadow
The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucat√°n to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.