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Her Pretty Face

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New friends, new school, new life, looks can be deceiving in the new novel by Robyn Harding. Her Pretty Face is a thriller that will pull you in, wrap you up like a snake and destroy the feeling of security that you have about the people in your life. This unputdownable tale is perfect for the summer, it’s a must read!

Frances’ son is her everything, he has some behavioral issues, so she always has to stay on top of what he’s doing at home and at school, and when he eventually gets into trouble, Frances feels like the outsider at the prestigious school her son attends. That is until she meets Kate, another mom to a boy in the same grade as her son, she’s cool, relaxed, and doesn’t have that air of “I’m too good for you” like the other mom’s do. Soon, the two become best friends.

As the story unfolds, the chapters flip back and forth between a few different perspectives. First, it’s Frances, and then a man who is interested in getting to know Kate’s teenaged daughter, Daisy,  except he’s older and a little bit creepy. Lastly, there’s the brother of a girl who was murdered in the early 90’s. Why is he significant? One of the moms is the murderer, and she’s free to live the life that his sister deserved.

Each chapter brings out more lies, more ways that either woman has been deceitful in her past, but will this one secret destroy the friendship forever? I honestly get goosebumps just thinking about this book again, it was so delicious! This is the second Robyn Harding book that I’ve read, the first being The Party. Both of these books I thoroughly enjoyed, I cannot wait to read more from this author, she is full of surprises, and hopefully she has lots and lots of storytelling to do in the future! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

 

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The Recipe Box

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Samantha always wanted a little bit more for herself than the family orchard that she grew up on. In The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman, Sam leaves her idyllic northern Michigan town to find her dream, but she may have been right where she needed to be all along.

When Sam heads to New York to start a new life, she finds a job as a pastry chef which she loves, but the chef she works for leaves something to be desired. She comes to the conclusion that she can no longer deal with the job and leaves, headed back to Michigan to figure out what she’s going to do now.

The family in Michigan helps Sam see what she’s truly missing, connection, love and support from those who care about her the most. Eventually, Sam comes across an old recipe box that has been passed down for generations, and opening it helps her connect to her roots, which may help her find herself again.

Since I’m from Michigan, I really fell in love with the atmosphere of this book. I enjoyed reading it quite a bit, but I also felt like I wasn’t fully pulled in by the story. It’s been done over and over again, and it left me wanting more. I loved watching Sam grow and learn about what’s truly important, but I was left seeking out more than what the story offered.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars, it was just run of the mill chick-lit type of fiction for me. Something light and airy to read. This is the second book by this author that I read, and both books were just okay to me. I don’t think I’ll be picking up her work in the future unless something really catches my eye.

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Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Cover Meaning-Guest Post

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Do not judge a book by its cover, we all know that saying.

But I still like to read covers. They give me a glimpse into the story and often secure the secret in them.

First of all thanks to Kerrie, for giving me the opportunity to write a post for her blog. Thanks.

So, why am I doing the cover reading of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child even though it’s been out for a long time?

Well, because of this question that a person has asked me on Quora:

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Okay, here is the cover of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Forget all the text and focus on the picture.

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There is a kid inside the nest.

We don’t know who the kid might be.

But the big guess is Albus Potter.

He is sitting inside the nest.

His legs are crossed and he looks alone.

What is the nest supposed to mean?

The nest is not only a nest, but the nest also has wings.

That nest represents the snitch. But why the snitch?

The snitch is the fame of Harry Potter.

We all know Harry Potter was popular, even before he entered the Hogwarts. But after the first game of Quidditch, when he ends up catching that snitch with style, that was the moment, the students of Hogwarts realized that he is surely the famous Harry Potter, the boy who can do anything.

The snitch is a representation of Harry Potter’s fame.

The nest is the security Harry gives to his kid. The nest is inside that snitch.

The boy sitting inside that nest means that he is getting shadowed by the fame of his father.

And when you look closely, he is not sitting in the middle, he is sitting a little bit left, giving space in the right.

It may be weird, but, it may suggest that space there, is for a friend that Albus desperately needs.

If it all seems overstretched to you, well, it all fits with the story.

Well, moving on.

Why cursed then?

We see Albus is living under the Shadow of his father’s fame, but his sibling is there too.

Why he is alone, and feeling detached? And cursed?

For that, you have to understand a kid not only inherits the name and fame of the father, but he also takes the load of sins.

“It is unfortunate that in most cases when the sins of the father fall on the son it is because unlike God, people refuse to forgive and forget and heap past wrongs upon innocent generations.” 
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E.A. BucchianeriBrushstrokes of a Gadfly

You may ask, what sin has Harry Potter committed?

A lot, I say.

From different perspectives:

He saved the magical world, but much death and the destruction happened.

The Dark Lord is dead, but it does no good to blame him, so they blame the person who is still living. That is Harry Potter.

If you have read The Mortal Instrument series, you will see how Jonathan Morgenstern becomes a likeable character after his death. The Dark Lord does not become a likeable character.

Eventually, Harry Potter becomes the reason for many deaths. Like Collen, Lavender, and many other…

 

Lily and James, were the elder ones, took the fame.

Albus carries the sin of his father.

And the idea was so strong. It shows in the story.

He desperately wanted to save Cedric.

In doing this, he did everything that was in his hand. Of course, he created a mess.

 

That’s what the Cover of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child means.

A lonely kid, under the shadow of the fame of his father, and thinking that his father is not a hero, but the reason for so much destruction.

So he was cursed to have a thought like that.

 

What do you think…  Do you agree, or disagree ??

What do you think that cover means?

If you like my theory, read my new post on my book blog. It is about what could happen in the new Six of Crows Book.

If you are interested in learning more about me, please read my post on Queen of Air and Darkness

 

 

About the Author:

My name is Faizan, I live in Delhi, India. I am doing my MBA in Marketing, and Book Blogging is kind of a hobby. I do like to write about lots of thing, like, character analysis, book covers, book blogging etc.

You can find me on Instagram, Facebookand Twitter.

 

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The Glitch

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When their daughter goes missing on a foreign beach, Shelley and her husband don’t even get off of their phones to go find her until ten-twenty minutes later, that’s when I knew I wasn’t going to like this book, or these characters for that matter, but I still pushed through and tried to find the good in The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen. The book wasn’t all bad, but it honestly wasn’t that great either. I felt like I had no idea where it was going, at first I thought it was a thriller or mystery, then it turned into almost a satire, and finally a science fiction book. Why? I honestly don’t know, but I am not into this story what so ever.

Shelley is the CEO of Conch, which is a wearable device that connects to your ear and basically does everything you would want it to do, her husband, her kids and herself are on vacation when their four year old daughter walks off, they end up finding her at someones home, and that’s just the beginning of all the things that are weird and straight up silly about this book.

I think that Shelley is supposed to be unlikable, and I’m alright with a protagonist that isn’t likable, but I at least want to enjoy the story line if we are going that route, and this was just dumb.

As the story unfolds, Shelley meets another woman with the same name and same scar, who tries to make her believe that she’s her younger self coming to visit her. I just don’t get it, is this book about the corporate world or is it about doppelgängers? I really can’t care enough to figure it out.

Needless to say, I’m disappointed in this book. I give it 2 out of 5 stars. I received this book from Netgalley.

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Lessons from Life

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Look within yourself and find out what your purpose truly is, what drives you, and what gives you life. That way, you can live to the fullest, enjoy every day and be successful at whatever you do. Lessons from Life by Steven M. Darter is a positive journey through understanding what it means to live your best life.

First, Steven explores the idea of finding what we are naturally good at, that way we will be successful in our endeavors. Then he discusses how to unlock that talent, and how to accept God’s will and the calling of a larger purpose.

With stories from his life, Steven incorporates a lesson in every chapter of this book. Including uplifting detail, you can find some really great advice within these pages. As you watch Steven discover his own natural talents and use them, you will see that you can do the same with your life.

Another detail that I really enjoyed about this book was that at the end of each chapter there were discussion questions to ask yourself, to push you forward and make you think.

There is some really good stuff in this book, guys, it’s powerful and if you are stuck in a rut it can help to dig you out. I definitely enjoyed reading this, it made me feel like I could do anything I set my mind to. Thank you Steven for sending me your book, I give it 5 out of 5 stars.