Book Review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos

Title: The Farm
By: Joanne Ramos
Genre: Fiction 
Pages: 327
Release Date: May 17th, 2019
Publisher: Random House
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from Goodreads: Nestled in the Hudson Valley is a sumptuous retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, private fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you get paid big money—more than you've ever dreamed of—to spend a few seasons in this luxurious locale. The catch? For nine months, you belong to the Farm. You cannot leave the grounds; your every move is monitored. Your former life will seem a world away as you dedicate yourself to the all-consuming task of producing the perfect baby for your ├╝berwealthy clients.

Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines and a struggling single mother, is thrilled to make it through the highly competitive Host selection process at the Farm. But now pregnant, fragile, consumed with worry for her own young daughter's well-being, Jane grows desperate to reconnect with her life outside. Yet she cannot leave the Farm or she will lose the life-changing fee she'll receive on delivery—or worse.

Heartbreaking, suspenseful, provocative, The Farm pushes our thinking on motherhood, money, and merit to the extremes, and raises crucial questions about the trade-offs women will make to fortify their futures and the futures of those they love.

Review: OMG, what a strange premise. The story was well written and easy to read. I found myself sucked into this strange world of a baby farm and couldn't put the book down. The ending was a little lack luster. I was hoping for more, but in the end, I really enjoyed this read. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

Book Review: Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris

Title: Cilka's Journey
By: Heather Morris
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 352
Release Date: October 1st, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads: From the author of the multi-million copy bestseller, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, comes the new novel based on an incredible true story of love and resilience. 

Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her. 

Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.

After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? And where did the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was sent to Auschwitz when still a child? 

In a Siberian prison camp, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.

Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Ivan, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

Review: Take a deep breath and try not to cry. This story picks up after WW2 has ended. Cilka has been charged with spying for the Germans and is being shipped off to a prison camp in Siberia. What Cilka has to go through in her short life is so painful to read. She survived Auschwitz by being raped by the Germans, she was sentenced as a traitor and then to top it all off, raped again in the prison camp. Cilka is just trying to survive, but her humility and compassion toward the people around her, in the same situation as her was incredible. I would imagine someone like that would be hardened to the world, but not Cilka. She gave away her chance of freedom so a friend could survive. 

I read this book in one day. Couldn't put it down. This was a powerful story that needs to be read.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

Book Review: How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by E. Eason

Title: How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse
By: K. Eason
Genre: Scifi 
Pages: 406
Release Date: October 8th, 2019
Publisher: DAW
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from Goodreads: First in a duology that reimagines fairy tale tropes within a space opera—The Princess Bride meets Princess Leia

Rory Thorne is a princess with thirteen fairy blessings, the most important of which is to see through flattery and platitudes. As the eldest daughter, she always imagined she’d inherit her father’s throne and govern the interplanetary Thorne Consortium. 

Then her father is assassinated, her mother gives birth to a son, and Rory is betrothed to the prince of a distant world.

When Rory arrives in her new home, she uncovers a treacherous plot to unseat her newly betrothed and usurp his throne. An unscrupulous minister has conspired to name himself Regent to the minor (and somewhat foolish) prince. With only her wits and a small team of allies, Rory must outmaneuver the Regent and rescue the prince.

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse is a feminist reimagining of familiar fairytale tropes and a story of resistance and self-determination—how small acts of rebellion can lead a princess to not just save herself, but change the course of history.

Review: I had a hard time getting into this one. I'm wondering if it was the pacing of the story or the story itself. Usually, I burn through a book in one day, being unable to put it down, but this book took me several days to get through because I kept getting board with the story. I loved the characters. They were fun and colorful. The world was interesting and full of scifi elements. I could only give it a three star. It just wasn't right for me.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

Mini Reviews: The Raven's Heart, Rebel Heir, How to Forget

I have some more mini reviews for you. Too many books not enough blog space. I could fill up my blog everyday with a review for the next two months with the amount of reviews I need to do. Lets get to some of the pages I have turned lately.

The Raven's Heart 
By Jesse Blackadder

Rating: ★★★☆☆

This happened to be the oldest book on my TBR pile. The history involved in the is book was really in depth,  and the story itself was really interesting. I thought that it was a little long though. Just when you think the story will end, it keeps going with a new set of problems. 
Rebel Heirby 
By Vi Keeland

Rating: ★★★★☆

This was a steamy read. There was a nice story behind it and you really get to know the characters and their backstories. If you are looking for something hot, this is it.
How to Forget
By Kate Mulgrew

Rating: ★★★★☆

I'm a big fan of Ms. Mulgrew. Voyager, Orange is the New Black. Love it all. This story is about her childhood and how she had to watch her parents grow old and die. I loved how Mulgrew told the story. It was filled with love and loss. A wonderful memoir. 

Weekly Menu #317 And The Book Of The Week

Hey Monday, welcome back. Its been a hell of a week. Sick children, chaos at work, busy schedules. I'm ready for a rest. Let's hope today is my rest day.

I did manage to hit a weight loss goal this week. 6 lbs down. I made myself the goal of 20 lbs this year and its been a rough year. I've only lost 8.2 lbs of that goal, but I'm now in a good place and getting good results on my current routine. I'm excited for my next goal.

This weeks read is Still Me by Jojo Moyes. I'm currently reading the previous book After You and I'm really getting into it. Still Me is on my Goodreads Best of 2018 list that I need to finish before the end of the year. Who's with me?
What are you reading this week? Any goals that you are working on? Let me know down in the comments.

Lets get on to the menu!







Leftovers Night

Sunday Confessions # 9

Another week, another confession. This has been a great week. The boys are on their second week of school and I've finally had a Monday to myself. It was a long summer and although I'm sad to be separated from my boys, I need this quiet time to reset and spend on myself. 

Lets get on with this weeks confessions.


Weekly Menu #317 And The Book Of The Week
Book Review: How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by E. Eason
Book Review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
Sunday Confessions #10

Brother sounded really interesting. I picked up this book after reading about it from another blogger.

Children of Blood and Bone was the last book I needed to finish my Best of 2018 Goodreads challenge. 

Spin the Dawn was also recommended by another blogger and it sounds awesome! 

Both these books are reviews from Goodreads that I am excited to read.

This week I finished my reading goal for 2019. 150 books and there are still a few months left in the year.

Thanks for stopping by for my confessions. I would love to hear what books you've found this week. I'm always looking to expand my TBR list, hahahah. Leave me a comment below. 

Book Review: Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Title: Beneath a Scarlet Sky
By: Mark Sullivan
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 513
Release Date: May 1st, 2017
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Rating: ★★★★★

Summary from Goodreads: Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Skyis the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.
Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.
In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.
Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.
Fans of All the Light We Cannot SeeThe Nightingale, and Unbrokenwill enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.

Review: This book is a thriller. Set in world war 2, we get to dive into a story that is based on truth. I find that these are the best kind. To know that there were people strong enough and brave enough to defy the odds and help people in need. This story brought me to tears.