The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

The DressmakerThe Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was watching the trailer for Kate Winslet’s next movie that led me to reading The Dressmaker. As a fan of the beautifully talented Kate Winslet and fashion, I was instantly entranced by the 2 minute trailer and needed to read the book that inspired the film.

The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham takes place in the 1950s as it follows dressmaker Mrytle “Tilly” Dunnage as she returns to her small hometown in Australia to take care of her sick mother. Right away the little town of Dungatar makes it know that Tilly is not welcome back. As the story progresses, Tilly’s past is slowly revealed while she begins to transform the people of Dungatar with her fashionable creations.

Just as Tilly’s creations transform the people of Dungatar, Ham’s beautiful syntax brings vivid imagery to every page. Ham does an exceptional job of revealing Tilly’s secrets as well as those of the townspeople, to the point where you don’t know what’s going to happen next.

Filled with secrets, love, loss and determination, The Dressmaker will leave you thinking about it weeks after reading. I recommend this book to anyone who loves fashion and dark comedy and is looking for something to cleanse their palate.

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The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles #1)The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As I was browsing through the young adult section in the library, the cover of Farah Oomerbhoy’s The Last of the Firedrakes caught my eye and so I added it to my book haul.

The first in Oomerbhoy’s Avalonia Chronicles, it tells the story of 16-year-old Aurora Darlington who gets kidnapped through a portal to a land of magic. Okay, right away this book grabbed my attention as I spent the night reading half the book before falling asleep. But I admit that picking this book back up wasn’t easy.

In the first half of Oomerbhoy’s novel, Aurora is introduced as a young girl who is bullied and her family’s treatment of her rivals that of the Dursley’s. Right away I’m rooting for Aurora because in my mind there’s no place but up for her to go in gaining self-confidence. As Aurora explores this new land, forms friendships and discovers who she really is, its easy to become annoyed with her. I often found myself asking “why” to her actions as I couldn’t understand her feelings/motives throughout most of the book. It isn’t until the end that Aurora finally seems to gain confidence and come into her own but by then its into someone who the journey doesn’t necessarily reflect.

As this is only the first book in Oomerbhoy’s Avalonia Chronicles I do look forward to reading more. Oomerbhoy’s writing is solid and she does a great job getting right into the action. I do hope her second book plunges right into action! I recommend this book to anyone looking to start a new light YA fantasy series.

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Throwback Thursday Review: Tairen Soul by C.L. Wilson

Queen of Song and Souls (Tairen Soul, #4)Queen of Song and Souls by C.L. Wilson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can safely say that I’ve become addicted to the Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson. I have been devouring these books like there’s no tomorrow. The Winter King was the first book by Wilson I read and from there I discovered the Tairen Soul series, which I haven’t been able to put down. Wilson delivers just the right amount of romance, royal court intrigue, action and magic to weave an incredible story about a woman who rises out of a small loving life to embrace a power that will either save the people she loves or destroy everything she holds dear.
I’m onto the next and final book of the Tairen Soul series but I don’t want it to end!

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Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every Other DayEvery Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Unique. Addictive. Badass. Three words I would use to describe Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I stumbled across this ebook looking for a short, fun romance story to get lost in but found myself reading late into the night whispering, “one more chapter.”

Every Other Day takes place in a world like our own but where supernatural creatures have existed for a while. Kali, a normal high school girl isn’t as normal as everyone thinks, especially her father. Kali finds herself unraveling secrets about who and what she is, while trying to not die again. Oh, and Kali might just be going crazy because an intriguing voice in her head named Zev won’t shut up.

Barnes does a fantastic job of building this world that’s half supernatural and half science. No longer are the creatures that go bump in the night stories, they’re real and even on the endangered species list. I loved reading Every Other Day and still can’t decide if I’m happy or devastated that this is standalone book. I do know that I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially if you’re in a book slump!

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There’s pain from falling in love

and pain when remembering too.

There are times I wish for pain so

I can feel closer to you.


Breath Of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #2)Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After what seemed like forever I finally sat down and read Breathe Of Fire by Amanda Bouchet. I should say I devoured the second book in Bouchet’s Kingmaker Chronicles because there was little sleep. This series has quickly become a favorite of mine as it’s a mythology encased romantic adventure.

Breath Of Fire starts immediately after A Promise Of Fire,” jumping right into “Cat” Catalia Fisa dealing with the aftermath of the events in the first book. From the start, there’s drama, action, romance and my favorite, a dose of Greek mythology. I loved that this second book involved more mythology and Bouchet does a great job intertwining it with the characters stories.

I loved Cat and Griffin’s story. Their relationship progresses to the point that Griffin is more than ready to take the next step and I love his support of Cat. In this book a lot of secondary characters are pushed to the front. We learn a lot more about Kato, Jocasta, Carver and Flynn. I really look forward to learning more about Piers which I have a hunch we’ll get in the next book!

So the wait for Heart on Fire begins! For anyone who has already read the Kingmaker Chronicles, I recommend rereading them and for everyone else I absolutely recommend you start reading.

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Found friends to love

and a life to drown in.

I’m not scared to feel.

I’m scared of nothing.

Green Rider by Kristen Britain

Green Rider (Green Rider, #1)Green Rider by Kristen Britain

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While looking for my next great epic fantasy read I came across Kristen Britain’s Green Rider series! Again, a great book I found when I wasn’t even looking. Green Rider is the first book in the series and I should have known that I would love this book because of three things. First, the series follows a woman named Karigan G’ladheon. Second, there’s action and I’m not talking about a few sword fights but life and death type of situations. (fyi, there’s no such thing as too much action) And third, there’s magic involved!

The Green Rider is an excellent book if you’re looking to follow a woman through a perilous journey she didn’t ask to take. Britain does a great job of creating a female character who acknowledges her faults but still perseveres through the face of danger. Though I was looking for my next epic fantasy when discovering Green Rider, I wouldn’t classy this first book as high fantasy or what I refer to as epic fantasy like The Lord of the Rings or the Sword of Truth series, which was the type of book I was looking for. This book was lighter in its mood and simpler in writing.

No matter what type of genre/style you’re looking for in your next book, I definitely recommend checking out Green Rider by Kristen Britain!

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Throwback Thursday Review: Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

Where the Heart IsWhere the Heart Is by Billie Letts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first read this book a long time ago after seeing the movie, with Natalie Portman played Novalee Nation. Natalie Portman became one of my favorite actors and I had to read the book after watching the movie. P.S., it didn’t disappoint!

Where the Heart Is is a soft heart warming story. I love the pacing and mood throughout the book. There is a trustful mood set from start to finish that allows the reader to have faith that everything will work out in the end. I love that Letts was able to create this mood as it helps develop the characters.I really recommend the movie to everyone and to give the book a shot. I just love the story and its one of my favorites!

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“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

-Walt Disney