Review # 6

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I’m doing my sixth review on the book The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman. All I have to say is wow. I give this book 5 stars. I was kind of skeptical about reading this book because I never heard of the author. She was a bestselling author however, so I gave her a chance. I’m really glad I did, because I loved this book.

So if you’re reading my blog and how I usually do my reviews I always reveal the book and the ending, so if you don’t want to know how the story ends don’t read my blog 🙂 Anyway let’s get started.

Okay so this book is about Clare and Jess Martin. They are a married couple from New York. Jess was a bestselling author and trying to work on his second novel, but he lost his inspiration so him and his wife Clare move to Clare’s old neighborhood of Concord. They decide to be caretakers to a wealthy old man who was also Clare and Jess’s professor in college.

Katrine, the realtor tells them that this was the perfect place to get inspiration. They see the cottage and they think it is perfect. It was a huge property with a side suite down the hill from where Mr. Montague was staying (who they’re taking care of). They were to stay in this small cottage and help restore the mansion for Mr. Montague. He wanted to make sure it was in working condition if and when he passed away.

So they move into the cottage and the first night there, Clare hears sounds. It sounded like a baby crying outside the cottage. She wakes up and goes outside, but doesn’t see a baby but actually a shadowy figure in the fog of the pond. Clare tries to run to the figure but it vanishes.

Clare heads back to the cottage where Jess is still sleeping. She doesn’t want Jess to think she is crazy. She did have a breakdown in the past because of having a miscarriage.

So the story is basically about Clare getting haunted at this house. She hears babies crying, sees shadowy figures, hears and bells ringing in the middle of the night. She thinks she’s gong crazy, but she is also writing a novel that maybe caused these hallucinations. She was inspired by Monty. She decided to dig up who she really was. She was adopted as a young baby, and never found out who her real parents were. She heard the rumors of the Apple Blossom Girl and Monty’s father Bayard. His father had an affair with this young girl while married to Minnie and she got pregnant. Both actually got pregnant at the same time.

Minnie found out about the young girl, but didn’t do anything about it. When the young girl had her baby she gave her baby to her sister and she gave it to Bayard, but he didn’t want the baby and he gave it to the maid. The young girl, whose name was Mary Foley, drowned in the frozen pond the night she had the baby. The rumor was that she was haunting the estate ever since. Minnie went crazy because she thought her baby was killed and her baby was swapped with Mary’s baby.

So with that said, now you get the gist of what the story is about. Clare finds out that she is Monty’s daughter with a previous student of Monty’s. She tells Monty and he is happy. The thing is though, is that strange things kept on happening. Clare seemed to be going crazy. The way the author captivated her character, made her seem like she was a little off the hinges.

As the story comes to a close, Clare realizes that Jess and Katrine were conspiring against her. She finds out that Jess and Katrine actually dated in the past. Since Monty found out that Clare was his daughter, he wrote her into his will to own the house called River House, but called Riven House because of all the hauntings. Jess and Clare’s marriage was not perfect at all, in fact it was bad. Really bad. So Jess and Katrine arranged to inherit money from Clare, by trying to kill her in a way that looked like accident.

Okay so this story is strange, the ending got me a little confused. So Clare thought this whole time that Katrine and Jess were conspiring against her, however, I don’t think that was the case at all. Jess was actually proud of his wife for writing such an amazing novel and Katrine was actually trying to get Jess and Clare to live in Clare’s old childhood home to get away from River House because she was losing her shit. Clare had this illusion that Katrine was actually the ghost of River House, trying to make her crazy. She was dead wrong.

CLIMAX!!

Clare saw Jess and Katrine go into Clare’s old home and spend a good hour in there. Clare sat there waiting for them to come out, but hid. Clare left upset, because she thought he was cheating on her and took off like a bat out of hell. She crashed her car and it flipped. It was freezing rain outside and Clare was inches from freezing to death, but she was able to get out of there. She raced back to the house on foot to tell Monty about Jess and Katrine’s plan to kill her. When she reached the house, she went into Monty’s room but he wasn’t there, but saw the pages of her manuscript on his desk. He was using her work to write his own novel. He saw her and he freaked out, he thought she was the ghost of the house and had a heart attack, and died. Clare confronted Jess about having the affair and Jess laughed it off. Clare got upset and the power went out. She grabbed a gun from Monty’s room and tried to leave the room, but Jess was holding her back. A tree flew into the window from the ice storm that was taking place outside. Clare was able to get free. She left the room but Katrine and Jess were able to get to her. She shot and killed Katrine. She ran away from Jess and he went into the pond and drown, but she did try and save him. She saw a ghost however, drag him down into the blackness.

So now you can choose what to believe. Was it really haunted or were Jess and Katrine conspiring with each other to kill Clare so they could inherit the house and the money?

I rate this story very high. I do love a good haunting/ghost story.

M.

Review # 5

Today my review is going to be about the book Crow Lake by Mary Lawson. Out of 5 stars I give this book 3 and a half stars.

When I first started reading this book I struggled with it. I don’t really read a story like this, but I gave it a chance.

#WARNING SPOIL ALERT

So this book is basically about a woman named Katie who is the main character and is telling the story about her childhood. It takes place in a farmland in Toronto, Canada I believe.

She reminisces about her life as a young girl, like 7 or so and the devastation that her, her two older brothers, and younger sister went through with the loss of their parents. Luke and Matt are her older brothers and Bo is her younger sister.

Katie loves Matt the most to me in the story. She clings to every word he says and wants to be with him 24/7. Katie appears to be afraid of Luke and annoyed by Bo.

Eventually Katie grows up and she works at a university and does something with organisms and microscopes haha. She chose this because her brother Matt was interested in this and he ended up staying in Crow Lake because of an unfortunate incident that happened with him and a girl.

Anyway the story continues with Katie as a grown woman dating a man who she’s not so sure about. She gets an invitation from Matt about his sons birthday party. This issue is, is that she’s not sure if she should bring this man with her because she’s not 100 percent about how she feels about him.

Long story short, this man finds the invitation and now she has no choice but to invite him and he says yes. Katie is the type of character that holds everything in. She never told him about her family really or her upbringing, so she’s afraid to bring him. She does anyway and it actually works out. Him and Matt get a long at the end of the story and Katie finds herself happy to be back in the company of Matt and her other siblings.

Throughout the whole story Katie seemed ashamed by her family because she never spoke about them, but deep down she loved them very much.

I did enjoy this story, but it was very different then what I’m used to reading. If you check it out enjoy and keep me in mind.

Also I wanted to point out that I’m now part of a publishing company called Zimbell House. Click Here to see me and my interview 😁

Camping Trip

I have a really strange story that I would like to share with you that happened about 7 years ago.

My then boyfriend now husband and I went camping in the Promise Land, which is above the Poconos in Pennsylvania. It was the first time we actually went away together, so it was a nerve wracking experience.

Hanging out with him was great however, camping was god awful. It rained the whole time we were there and our tent was soaking went. It was actually nice one day and we went kayaking in a lake, which was really nice and the first time I ever went.

Anyway on to my terrible experience. So it was I believe the last day there and I was so happy to be going home. It was a beautiful summer day and I was anxious to go home. I headed to the showers they had there and took a shower and got ready. After I was finished I got dressed and brushed my teeth. Now this is when I heard this girl freaking out. This girl, she had to be like 12 or even maybe younger. She was screaming her lungs off. And something was going on with her. Either she was throwing up or something was coming out the other end. I’ll never forget that scream for the rest of my life. Her family was huddled around her and she was calling for her mom. They found her mom and she hauled ass into the bathroom.

The girl sounded like she was dying. I don’t know what the hell happened to her but she put a dent in my mind forever. Eventually an ambulance came. By that time, I left the bathroom. I only caught a glimpse of the ambulance leaving. I just can’t get that painful scream out of my head. I’m not sure if she ate something wrong or what, but it was bad. I mean really bad. Like worse nightmare bad.

I decided to share this story because I always wanted to find out what happened to this girl. It was in the summer of 2011. I think when I do my YouTube page I’ll talk about it. Maybe someone recognizes this story and I’ll maybe one day find out what happened to that girl.

Depression is no joke

People that deal with depression know how hard it can be to deal with things on a daily basis. People that don’t deal with it have no idea that people with depression are on the edge of self destruction.

One word or phrase can set them off. Take me for example, I’ve been suffering with depression for awhile which I hate to admit but I feel it’s important to be honest. A lot of things in my life have me down and the people I rely on the most are my support system. Sometimes however, those people can hurt you the most by saying something that can ruin your whole day. Everyday It feels like I want to cry, so when someone I care about deeply says something that could be hurtful even if they’re kidding, it destroys me. I want to crawl in bed and not come out.

Some people think it’s bs and that I can just turn off my depression but it doesn’t work that way. Those people will never understand.

If you know someone who suffers with depression, listen to them. Don’t turn your back on them.

Remembering Selena

So I have to get this off my chest. I watched Selena today, I’m not sure if you remember who she was. If not I’ll give you a little background. She was a Mexican American girl that was an up and coming singer. She won the hearts of millions of people before her tragic death in 1995. She was shot dead by the president of her fan club. Selena was only 23.

When I watched the movie today it moved me in so many ways. First happiness, then anger, and ended by sadness. This girl had everything. Her family started singing when they were very young. Her brother played the bass and her sister played the drums. They were only kids when they started out. As Selena grew, so did her voice. They started playing locally and then eventually hit the big time. She made it big in Mexico and is considered the highest earned Latina woman ever. She was doing her crossover album when she was killed.

I was so pissed off! This girl was amazing and she was just starting to live her life. Then this jealous woman comes along and shoots her for a reason that was just plain old stupid. To this day it upsets me. She could’ve went on and been something big, even more so then she was, but because of someone’s stupidity she died. You just never know what life is going to throw at you. You could be going along your way successfully, and then bang your dead. I don’t think I’ll ever get over her death. Every time the movie is on (starring Jennifer Lopez) I have to watch it, and every time it cuts deep inside of me. Maybe I’m being crazy but I thought she was a very talented woman. She sang she danced and she even designed her own clothes.

She found the love of her life and married him when she was only 20. He was the guitarist for the group. They lived happily together until her life was cut short. Him and the family were devastated. I don’t know why it bothered me so much today more then any other day. I needed to get this off my chest. I feel so saddened for the family and for her husband because of someones cowardice. That woman will spend the rest of her life in prison. I’m sorry for going off on a tangent but it cuts like a knife when I think how multi-talented she was and how she was taken away from us.

Selena Quintanilla-Perez 4/16/71-3/31/95

Rest Easy

Review # 4 Ready Player One

This review is geared toward the book Ready Player One, not the movie. I have yet to see the movie because I like to read the book first. So let me delve right into it…

I personally gave the book a 5 star rating! At first it was hard to get into because their were so many things going on. Once I passed the first chapter I got really into it. The main character was described so much in detail that I felt like I knew him personally. All the other characters were equally very describable. The one character who was a girl called Art3mis was probably one of my favorites because well it was a girl. the book is based on a video game called the OASIS, which is basically a program that James Halliday conjured up before he passed away. He decided to make a running contest after he passed on that if a Gunter (which is a gamer) could collect these magical keys then they could get his company. That basically sums it up.

The main character Parzival (Wade Wilson) is this geeky high school kid and they live in this world where virtual reality is the norm. They boot up and then all day they’re succumbed to a virtual world. The United States and the world is basically a shit-hole now so that’s why the virtual reality makes life so much more enjoyable.

I had so much fun reading this book just because I love video games. The idea that it takes place in the future and that virtual reality is the norm just seemed crazy but hey you never know. I thought the concept was pretty outlandish. Could you imagine a world where you go into a virtual reality world and that’s the norm? I can’t haha that just seems far out. I thought it was cool though.

I can’t wait to watch the movie now! I heard it was good but I haven’t much more than that. The movie came out the same time as the superhero movies so they’re more popular. This movie had a lot of everything: Action, drama, suspense, even some romance. I enjoyed it very much, that’s why I gave it a five star rating.

M.

Disney Vacation

Wooohooo I survived Disney!! Six grueling days of walking and rides and I survived lol…I had such a blast though. I would probably do it again but not for years to come.

I enjoyed spending time with my family and my nephews. They were so cute, my youngest nephew who is ten was of course ten, meaning he was acting his age. Making fun of everything I was doing and what I looked like haha but hey he’s ten that’s expected. My other two nephews were a little older and they were fine. They just wanted to ride the rides. It was just really nice to get away.

The plane ride going there was fine. I was scared to death but my lovely mother bought me a drink so I could calm my nerves, which helped. I didn’t mind the flight at all. Heading home however, was a different story. We had to get up at three a.m. and be out front of the resort at three-thirty. My mom and I were exhausted. We arrived at the airport and our flight was supposed to be at 6:55, but it was delayed by about a half hour.  My brother and his family drove the nineteen hour drive home. I was grateful that our flight was two hours. Which was enough for me because I didn’t enjoy the flight home. I gave my mom a break by not freaking out on the plane. Instead I freaked out inside my head. I was thinking the worse of everything lol…but that’s just me. Anyways we made it home safe and I was super happy. Tired but happy.

So let me tell you what my favorite ride was and the worst was in my opinion. My favorite ride was the banshee ride in Pandora. OMG it was so real. It was amazing! It really felt like you were flying. You could smell the ocean and feel the breeze in your face. It was incredible! I don’t think nothing will ever compare to this ride. A close second was Soarin’. They put you in a chair with a harness and you sit there and you take off but there is a movie screen surrounding you and it felt like you were flying. You could smell the the different things and feel the wind blowing. It was pretty amazing! It took you around the world to different sites like the seven wonders of the world.

The worst ride I think was the Nemo one. Now first of all I love Nemo the movie, it was such a cute movie but the ride ugh. Second of all, we had to wait in this god awful line that was about an hour wait. When we finally get there we sit down and the ride lasted about 30 seconds and then it was over. I was so disappointed, but what could I expect for a kid ride. Also we did Mission: Space, which is in Epcot. There is a less intense ride and more intense ride. The first time we went to Epcot my mom and I went on the less intense ride and that was fine. The second time we went we decided to do the more intense ride and that was horrible for me. I was so dizzy and I couldn’t enjoy the ride at all. For me it was like when you drank a lot and had the spins. It was terrible. My mom thought it was fine but me, no way. I’ll never get on that ride again if I ever go again.

If you’re heading to Disney, prepare to walk a lot. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as well and hydrate. I went there and it was hot and I was sweating and I went through so much water. I had comfy shoes with me but my feet were still killing me. I feel like you should train as if you’re going on a marathon haha. We calculated that we walked about ten miles a day, so by the end we walked around sixty miles! Can you believe it!?

Other than that, it was a great trip! We went to Hollywood studios, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot. My favorite was Animal Kingdom. It had real animals and the rides were fun and of course they had the Tree of Life, which was amazing! Magic Kingdom was my least favorite because it was so crowded. If it wasn’t so crowded I would have enjoyed it more, but it was surrounded with screaming babies, toddlers, and kids. Loads and loads of kids. We did have dinner at Be Our Guest at the Beast’s castle which was neat. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie, so I was excited to eat there. We even got to meet the Beast and had our picture taken with him. It was great! All the roller coasters were fun too! If you’re into that.

All in all if you’re thinking about going to Disney, you should go!

P.S. The parade was amazing!