Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

What can I say about this book?

Other then the fact that I LOVED it! I love this series so much and am saddened that this is the last one but I will admit I am happy with the way it ended. Because in all honestly who doesn't want the Happily Ever After in all books?

This is in Ash's point of view. Not the usual Meghan's point of view. So I enjoyed the difference. Ash has to return to Meghan in the Iron Kingdom but doing so will kill him so he decides he is just going to go get himself a soul and become human. With his trusty sidekick Puck and Grim (the sarcastic cat)they embark on a crazy adventure that puts them up against monsters and a journey to the end of the world. Along the way they gain 2 more friends who accompany them. One who is someone everyone thinks is long dead. The other an enemy that has promised that the Prince will arrive to his destination safely. The monsters alone (well the description of them) make this book seem a little darker. I mean I like to think I have a good imagination but some of the stuff in here was pretty scary! (at least to me)

If you haven't read the Iron Fey series I urge you to do so NOW! What are you waiting for!?

I rated 5 stars!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Life's That Way by Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver plays Bobby Singer on the CW TV show "Supernatural". It is one of my most favorite shows on television. I buy every season and I make sure to tune in every Friday night. To watch my beloved Winchester brothers go against whatever evil they are facing this week. Bobby is like a father to them. There helping, giving advice or just offering a drink when needed. He really helps make the show what it is. He is only on the show occasionally but man those episodes are always good.

Reading this book has been one of the HARDEST things I have done. One minute Jim has me laughing and the next I am crying so hard I think it warrants the dreaded "Ugly Face Cry" This book is a wonderful dedication to his wife Cecily. He started writing the emails when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. Which is where it gets hard for me. My own mother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer back when I was 17. So basically reading this was kind of like reliving everything my mom went through. I remember her losing her hair. I remember her being in pain and I remember being in the hospital room with her when she passed away. There are so many similarities with Jim's feelings and the way I felt back then. Its been 12 years for me and time has made it easier but I never will forget and I never will stop missing or loving her! I love how in some emails he concludes "No bye bye" and my favorite was the "Good Morning, Good Morning" song that he sings to his daughter Maddie. Every email seems to impress me more and his ability to be human and have feelings and not be afraid to express them. I love that he freely says "I can't do it" or "I broke down today".
Yes this book is sad but it really is worth the read. There are so many good points he makes in the book that I think everyone should know. Read the book. Especially if you have lost someone to Cancer. Yes it will be hard and yes have tissues but really just knowing that someone else knows how you feel and its in writing can make all the difference!
Thank you Jim for saying what needed to be said that nobody else would say!

I rated 5 stars!