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Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

These were so interesting. I've not read much about the Norse gods. Loki is definitely the star of the book IMO. He's forever up to something. The other gods are more serious. He livens everything up. This is told in a cool way so that even if it's a gruesome tale of gore the reader gets maximum enjoyment. Norse Mythology was definitely a treat.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > Imagine Me Gone

Imagine Me Gone - Adam Haslett

This is a sad story. It is from different point of views of members of a family. The father is mentally ill and cannot shake it off. He tries over his life but he has to be hospitalized several times and his wife and kids are left to make it through plus take care of him. One of the children inherits mental illness. The reader gets to hear what it's like for the person enduring the mental pain and from those who deal with their lives being turned around repeatedly because of their family member. It's no fun for anyone involved. There's lots of love and tough decisions. This story is well-rounded, adding in everyone's regular issues too. It's a great book for those that want to see how hard life is for people in these situations.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut

This book is a crazy, seeming to head in all different directions. It covers a lot of social issues and much is about free will. It kind of makes fun of everything and is pretty 'out there' a lot. The way it is highlights how ridiculous things are in real life.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman - Lindy West

4.5 stars

 

A lot of the material in this really hit home for me. She talks about feminism and body image issues in a way that I completely get. I think she gets the point across in a positive and interesting way also. She isn't preachy or attacking. She's honest and humorous. She gives some important points so I recommend this to everyone.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Good Earth

The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck

Oh man, this story. It's a doozy. Some parts are just so very sad. The family just keeps trying and trying and trying. Their life is such a struggle. The woman, OMG, her entire life is heartbreaking. Thinking of her makes me feel overwhelmed. The Good Earth is about a family trying to live off the land and better themselves. Each decision affects their entire future. It's a humbling story for sure. This is a hard book for me to rate. I love a book that makes me emotional, and this did that very much. Some parts made me upset in a bad way though, but I guess it really was just staying true to how life was. If you're looking for a story to take you away, this did that for me. It totally took over my mind while I was reading it. If you're looking for a upbeat tale, this probably isn't it. It's not all sad like my review is making it sound though. I do recommend it very much.
4+ stars

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne, Nina Baym, Thomas E. Connolly

I read this book in school. I wasn't crazy about it then, but it was a little better the second time. I honestly don't remember much about when I read it in school or the discussions about meanings that we probably had. I still got bored some, but Pearl kept me more interested this time. I like the way everyone else's crap doesn't seem to get Pearl down. She's a strong character.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > Roses are Red

Roses are Red - James Patterson

I always enjoy getting another installment of Alex Cross. I feel like I know him, his family and partner. This story is a little about his romantic life, but of course, it's mostly about a high profile crime. Someone is robbing banks and killing people. He has to try to figure things out. The reader gets some from the point of view of each side, the perpetrators and the detectives with some twists thrown in.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Man I Love

The Man I Love - Suanne Laqueur
 
I love this author's writing style. I read wonderful stories all the time, but the actual craft of writing from this author continues to blow me away.

Erik and Daisy meet and fall in love in college. She's a world class ballerina, and he does the technical design. Everything is going wonderful for them. Their romance is perfect. School is great. By all signs, the future is nothing but up, up, up. After a tragedy, it's impossible for them to get back on track. This is the journey of their love and despair and the eventual finding of themselves. It spans many years.

I didn't read anything about this story before starting it. Every emotion hit me hard, and I had to ride it out fully. I want to go into detail about all my feels at each point, but I don't want to spoil anything. Just know that you aren't going to want to put it down, but you may have to a few times to wipe your eyes. It's beyond beautiful. It broke my heart at times and overfilled it others. The Man I Love is not to be missed. Exquisite. Moving. Defining.
 
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Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > Good Boy

Good Boy (WAGs #1)  - Elle Kennedy, Sarina Bowen
 
If you read HIM and US (amazing must reads), you'll be happy to learn that Jamie and Wesley are in this book. They aren't the leads, but it's a treat to see more of them. Jess is Jamie's sister. Blake is Wesley's teammate, and he lives in the same building as Jamie and Wesley. Jess and Blake had a hookup in US, but they weren't actually together.

Jess feels like she isn't as put together as the rest of the Canning clan. She's trying to figure out her life. Blake is adorable. At first glance, he seems shallow and only surface deep, but that's because he likes to keep things lite. He prefers to make people happy. He's kind and funny, beautiful inside and out. Jess and Blake are so easy to love. They're decent people with big hearts and relatable actions. Both are great friend material, and they definitely fit as a couple.

I really enjoyed this story. It left me with a good feeling. It's a mix of RomCom, sweet, sexy and sporty. It's worth checking out for sure.
 
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Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > From Sand and Ash

From Sand and Ash - Amy Harmon
 
Eva and Angelo grow up together in a sort of mixed family. His grandparents take him in. They live with Eva and her father. She considers his grandparents as her grandparents. Her father considers him the son he didn't have. All of these bonds are tested by the events of WWII. Eva and her father are Jewish. Hitler has control of Italy. Eva and Angelo are getting older. They find that the love they have for each other is more than just familial. Angelo's goal has always been to become a Catholic priest. His position allows him to help people (especially the Jews) more than he could otherwise, but it also means he can never marry.
 
This book is full of beauty and tragedy. It follows two people in love and the conflict and consequences of everyone's choices. It portrays the best of worst sides of human nature. Mostly it focuses on the lengths people will go to help each other. My heart hasn't felt so much in awhile. From Sand and Ash is an experience that should not be passed up. It's an epic love story that will restore your faith in humanity.
 
 
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Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8?

Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8? - Ethan Brown

Interesting. If you like true crime stories or mysteries like Making a Murderer, you should check it out. There are so many questions. Things were definitely not handled right.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Bird and the Sword

The Bird and the Sword - Amy Harmon

This story has throwback to so many fairytales, but it's definitely original. It has a poetic feel. The leads are likable. It's very easy to root for them. No one is overly perfect, and no problem is easily solved. I like how the characters question the morality of a situation. The storyline is well-weaved. For sure check it out if you're interested in romantic fantasy that falls somewhere in between Children's and Household Tales (Grimms') and Disney or maybe off to another side.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > Wolfsong

Wolfsong - T.J. Klune

I LOVE this book. I put off reading it for awhile even though I usually love this author because I knew it was a shifter book. For some time, I haven't found a shifter book that really did it for me. I've been thinking maybe that isn't my genre or my tastes have just changed, but this story is amazing. It has so much inside it. It is so original with the main couple, but them hooking up isn't the be all end all. There's a whole world of major issues going on around everyone. The love is deep and easy to feel, but the action and mythology grabbed me also. This story pulled the emotions from me. I was angry, sad, happy and all over the place with feelings. ♥︎ I can't recommend this book enough.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

This was engrossing. I recommend not reading any spoilers before you finish it. It switches between all of these different parents in this one class at a school. They're all helicopter parents of young children. There are so many politics, personal issues and dramas. A certain huge occurrence has happened at a school event. The storyline switches between before and after without saying exactly what happened until the end. The reader slowly learns everyone's backgrounds and problems. It's being made into a miniseries, and I'm looking forward to watching it.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > Killing Stalking

Killing Stalking - Koogi

Just finished part 1 of season 1. I can see that this is definitely going to be dark and not for those who can't handle nudity, blood and torture. I don't recommend this to everyone for sure.
Update— finished all the parts of Season 1. Wow, that was intense. Some parts were difficult to get through because of the horror in much detail, but I was too hooked to stop. It has loads of mind fuckery and very adult content.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Midwife's Revolt

The Midwife's Revolt - Jodi Daynard

This book did a really good job of drawing me in. It uses actually figures from the history of America. In my far from expert opinion, the author does a good job of making the settings realistic. I felt an emotional connection with the story. I was interested in what would happen in situations and figuring out the mysteries.

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