Book Review: Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen #BookReview #Romance #Fiction

Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1)

by L.J. Shen

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My thoughts:

5-stars to the angstiest romance I think I’ve ever read!

One word sums up the majority of the relationships in this book: dysfunctional. The two main characters in this book went to high school together and have a strong history of conflict. Both are fairly complex too. Vicious, the main male character, is a huge bully; he’s flat-out crude, not caring for a single second who he hurts or what people think about him. Although he’s nearly impossible to tolerate through much of the book, he has a past, and there were hints throughout that he was capable of change. There’s just something about him though; it’s intoxicating. Continue reading “Book Review: Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen #BookReview #Romance #Fiction”

Book Review: The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer #BookReview #TheStoryThatCannotBeTold #MiddleGrade #HistoricalFiction

The Story That Cannot Be Told

by J. Kasper Kramer

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My Review:

Ileana loves to collect stories, and she has a very large number to share. The issue is that stories can be dangerous where she lives. Her uncle has experienced this first hand as he’s been missing since the publication of one of his stories. Now, when the family’s safety is put at risk in Bucharest, they send Ileana away to live with her grandparents for a time. Here Ileana discovers that there’s so much she never knew.

The setting is Communist Romania in the late 1980s. It’s such a difficult time with food rationing, unrest and low living standards in general. I have to admit that I didn’t know much about this time period in Romania, nor did my kids. The book is both educational and entertaining— woven with folklore in between what’s happening in real time. We never lost interest and my kids were literally buried in their books. It’s beautifully crafted with wonderful characters and storytelling.

Personally, I enjoyed the story very much and decided on a 4-star rating, whereas the kids were a solid 5-stars —no questions asked. Some of the content was a little more complex, but it didn’t faze them. We looked forward to reading it daily. We read physical hardcovers and also enjoyed the audio along with the book.

The Story That Cannot Be Told is tense at times and also full of emotion, but funny too. It has also inspired me and my children to read more historical fiction. I recommend it for middle-graders, adults with an interest, and anyone who loves a good story.

4.5 stars

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Music Monday: Chris Cornell “Imagine” Cover #MusicMonday #Imagine #ChrisCornell #Music

Music Monday

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.


Last time I shared:

Twenty One Pilots “Lane Boy”

This week’s share:

Chris Cornell

“Imagine” (John Lennon)

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Flower Friday: Blue Wood Hyacinth #FlowerFriday #Perennials #Flowers #SpanishBluebells #BlueWoodHyacinth

I discovered Flower Friday while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and decided to begin sharing some flower pictures from our gardens along with some information about them. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


It’s been a long time since the last Flower Friday! Last time I shared: Mountain Mint, Swallowtail, and Zinnias

Here are all 2019 shares:


Today’s share:

Blue Wood Hyacinth

This is an exciting share for me today because the flowers just magically popped up. I honestly don’t even remember planting these.

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