“What You Said?”-The Failings of a Bibliophile With Audio Books

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When my son was about 2 years old, and needed us to repeat something, he would ask, “what you said?”.  It was so cute, but of course, we’d correct him.  I can guarantee you, at 19, he no longer says that.  Anyhow, that’s our saying at home when we are being goofy, and I thought this was quite fitting for my experience listening to an audio on the road. About a couple of weeks ago, I was able to check out the audio for this book. I downloaded it onto my computer, so that from there I could download it to my iPhone.  My plan was to listen to the book, while on the road to a conference.  Because I was transferring the cd’s onto my laptop, then transferring them to my iPhone, and I had never done that before, it took me about 4 hours to figure it all out and finish the task.

So, on my road trip I went.  I had created a playlist, with the book title, of course.  However, it played in alphabetical order of each title, rather than the order of the book.  Not a problem.  I played it by “author” setting,  for the story to be read out loud in the correct order.

However, I failed miserably.  Here’s why:

1.  Concentration: I am a proactive driver. I am constantly looking at sides, driving cautiously, which means I didn’t always remember what was being said and which character the narrator was talking about.

2.  Pause and Play: For some reason, if I stopped and turned the van off, my iPhone wouldn’t remember where I was at in the story, and it would either start over or just pick a random spot.

3.  Squirrel!:  I’m a visual person and the drive was beautiful.  I’d be looking at the scenery or reading the billboard signs, then I’d completely forget what was being said.  Unlike a book, I just can’t turn back a few pages.  I had to  rewind a whole chapter, which wasn’t fun!

4.  Who? When?:  I don’t know when or how, but as I’m driving, the storyline went back and forth on the timeline: past and present.  It was simply hard to remember which time period was being told. I found myself getting confused.  It wasn’t until I stopped at my destination that I looked down and saw that somehow the story was being “shuffled”.   For example, I’d be in chapter 1, then move onto chapter 11, and had no idea.  While I am a sign reader, I don’t look down at my phone.  It wasn’t until I was at a full stop that I realized what had been happening.   I still don’t know if the novel naturally goes back and forth from past to present, and even if it did, I simply couldn’t keep up.

5.  Mindless: While the narrator is phenomenal, I realize I just need some music I can sing to, because it doesn’t matter if I know every word, and it helps me stay calmer and more focused.  The narrator for this novel has a very distinguished voice and I loved when he would talk in the different character voices.  However, it was too hard to stay focused on the audio version of novel, no matter how interesting it was.  Granted, it was playing in random order, so that impacted my experience tremendously.

From what I do remember, I really liked the novel and plan to read the book.  Some people are able to listen to books with no problem. I am apparently not one of them.  My husband loves using the service from Audible.com.  He loves the ease of it and how quickly it just transfers to his phone, like I love the easy format with my e-readers.

When people tell me they can’t use e-readers, I can completely understand them.  Just like having a variety of genres to choose from, there are a variety of different ways to read a book. I’m a visual learner, and it makes perfect sense that I prefer reading to listening.  It also makes perfect sense that I don’t always know the words to a song unless I read them, and that’s okay.  I’m really great at humming and ad-libbing!

Which do you prefer: audio, e-books, or a physical copy?

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Finding the Silver Lining

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I am an optimist at heart. I always look for the good in someone and something, no matter how small. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in such an abusive environment that even in the darkest moment there was hope, perhaps it’s because of my wonderful great-grandmother who nurtured and loved me, perhaps it’s because of the wonder and beauty I see in my children every day, or perhaps it’s because of the beauty and love I have seen through my Heavenly Father and my relationship with Him.  Maybe, it’s a combination of it all.

To get to this silver lining that I want to share with you, I must first go to the dark side.  The dark side of blogging. Below are links that you can read up on to be informed of what has happened.

Blog Posts:

Twitter:

These hashtags can lead you to some of the discussions that have happened on Twitter: #BlogHonest, #StopPlagiarism, #TruthTrain

The Ugly Side to Blogging:

1. Don’t be bullied into silence.  If someone is private messaging you, emailing you, calling you out on social media to get a response, don’t respond.  However, don’t stay silent on issues that are important to you.  The issues are separate from the person.  Issues teach us how to grow and learn from them, how to bridge support, and how to help one another.  Talking about the “issue” doesn’t mean the person is being vilified.  It means we are using the issue as a platform to grow.

2.  At the end of the day, all you have is your word.  If you can’t keep your word, then that is an issue and a person I choose not to be around.  I want to be around those I can be myself with.  I want people to be around me, who can also be themselves.  Trust is highly important and I want to be able to trust your word, no matter how bad it may seem.  If we can’t be transparent and authentic, especially behind closed doors, then our relationship is based on falsehoods, and I don’t want to invest my time in that.  So, choose your inner circle wisely.

3.  Everyone has an opinion.  That is what I love about social media. That is what I love about America.  That is what I love about Texas (because yes, all Texans believe Texas is a great country-it’s our joke).  Will everyone agree? No. Will everyone disagree? No.  People will have their opinions.

Truthfully, I don’t know how anyone can watch The Walking Dead.  It’s creepy and gross.  But, I’m in the minority…aside from being Latina and female, I know I am because so people love that show.  My son loves it, watches it every week, and my bloggey friends post all about it.  I still adore them and love reading their posts and know what they’re reading! You know what? I don’t try to force my infinite love for Housewives on my son or my bloggey friends.  But- I do talk about it! Because I love those shows (minus Atlanta and Miami).  Hopefully, they still love me even though they have no idea why I love to watch them!

Same goes with the issues of plagiarism and the person who did it.  People have opinions that some will agree with and others wont.  You know what? That is okay.  My opinion: that person is not horrible, or a pariah.  She doesn’t have to be exiled or banished from the blogging world or any world, for that matter.  She is a wife and mom, who made a ridiculous mistake that has natural consequences.  However, it brought up great points for us to discuss: when to say no, how to say no, how to ask for help, what it means to blog, and what we can do as a community to bridge this division that has been created.

While people may want the talk of “plagiarism” to go away, it won’t.  It won’t because people need to process through what happened, especially when it happened to them or by someone they trusted.  It’s a grieving process of sorts.  It is not okay for someone in J’s camp to belittle, harass, or send private messages to ask what you implied, what you meant, and say they are “her protector”.   We are grown adults, we can speak for ourselves.  An apology was sent out, whether someone chooses to receive it or not, is up to each individual.  However, it is not someone’s right or place to feel the need to check in with everyone and see where they stand.  That is childish and brings up a whole other set of issues.

My Silver Linings:

1. I learned the importance of copyright:  I spent a lot of hours on my blog posting copyright information, after being informed about what it actually means and how to protect my work from being plagiarized.

2.  I have simplified my reviews:  I don’t post a whole lot of descriptive information (unless it’s from a book tour), and I write about what I love about the book.  I don’t write negative reviews.  I don’t care to invest my time in writing about a book I didn’t enjoy. Why would I want to even finish a book I didn’t love?  So, my blog will contain reviews on books that I want to share with others.

3.  I am streamlining my presence on social media.  I am still working on my accounts, but am limiting my social media accounts to FB, Twitter, and Bloglovin’.  I will also still keep my FB page because that is where I like to share all the freebies Nook has to offer!  It’s exhausting, overwhelming, and unnecessary to have accounts in every place…at least for me.

4.  I have learned the value of “blocking”:  Life is short.  My time with blogging is limited.  This is a hobby I enjoy and will continue.  This means that I choose not to read the negativity or attacks on people, who have an opinion that is different from theirs.  It’s okay not to agree with everyone, it’s okay to not necessarily enjoy everyone’s posts, and it’s okay to not follow everyone on social media.  It is okay and the world will still go on.  Surround yourself with those who value your worth, who inspire you, and who teach you….and yes, surround yourself with those who have a freakish, crazy habit of book hoarding, too!

My goal on social media is to promote great books and authors, whose work I love.  The bonus to that is I have met some incredible bloggers and have enjoyed reading about their daily life, what’s on their bookshelves, and tours they have joined.  I also like to share about my daily life and my crazy love for reality tv.  So, I’ll still be tweeting, just not as much.

5.  Back to Basics:  Like any hobby or job, anything can be consuming if we allow it.  Therefore, I plan to spend less time on social media and more time being involved with my family and friends, in person.  This means not checking in on social media, while out to dinner with my family!  I am at a place in my life where I am able to move around and exercise (no longer suffering from shoulder pain), and I need that for my own self-care.  I can’t be a help to others if I am not taking care of myself.

6.  My family comes first:  When my hobby is overtaking my family time, it’s time to step back. These past couple of months have shown me the importance of that, as I’ve dealt with health issues and family friends who have health issues, too.  I have spent too much time reading tweets and FB posts and not enough time doing the things I should be doing-like printing out our Hawaii vacation pics from 2010!!

7.  It’s okay to say NO:  Saying no doesn’t mean I don’t want to, it just means I can’t right now or in the near future.  I really hate having to tell publishers, authors, and tour hosts- “no thank-you”.  However, I have been doing more of that and feel more free to read what I can without the pressures of review dates.  Due to my health issues last year, I had to cancel on book tours and realized that while I can “today”, things can change down the road. Thankfully, the tour hosts have always been quite understanding, very helpful,  and immensely supportive.

8.  Self-care: I mentioned that earlier- if I can’t take care of myself, I can’t be of help to others.  This means making time to exercise, spending time with my Bible and having devotionals, volunteering more (because that brings me joy), and doing things I enjoy that doesn’t include a laptop or a book. Gasp!  Yes-I just wrote that!!  And, that’s hard because I always have book with me.  However, it’s all about balance!

9.  Forgiving others:  It is so important to forgive others, even when they hurt you (intentionally or unintentionally).  Life is too short.  Anger and hate takes too much energy.  I have forgiven J and even “her protectors” because they are human, they are doing or did what they thought was best at the time, and it gives me peace to move forward in my own life.  I choose to enjoy the talks and moments I did have with them and realize that some friendships end, while others begin.

10.  Being Helpful:  When I first started blogging, it was because of my love for reading and talking books with others.  I had just had my car accident and was unable to drive, was in constant pain, and limited in what I could do.  Bloggers were my cyber friends, who talked about books and shared about their joy for reading.  I learned so much from them, continue to, and I want to do the same.  I want to help those who need my help, even if it’s just giving emotional support or prayer.

Our community of bloggers have one thing in common: we love books.  Behind our computers, we are all people, who truly care about books, love to talk and share, and are compassionate people.  That is my goal: to not lose my compassion and to always look for that silver lining.

My thanks to these awesome bloggers that started this conversation, so that we can all grow and learn as a community.  If I left anyone out, it wasn’t intentional. Please add your link and I will add it to this post.

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Review & Giveaway: Walking on Trampolines by Frances Whiting

Synopsis:

Tallulah de Longland,’ she said slowly, letting all the Ls in my name loll about lazily in her mouth before passing judgement. ‘That,’ she announced, ‘is a seriously glamorgeous name.’

From the day Annabelle Andrews sashays into her classroom, Tallulah ‘Lulu’ de Longland is bewitched by Annabelle, by her family, and their sprawling, crumbling house tumbling down to the river.

Their unlikely friendship intensifies through a secret language where they share confidences about their unusual mothers, first loves, and growing up in the small, coastal town of Juniper Bay. Their lives become as entwined as Annabelle’s initials engraved beneath the de Longland kitchen table.

But the euphoria of youth rarely lasts, and the implosion that destroys their friendship leaves lasting scars and a legacy of self-doubt that haunts Lulu into adulthood.

Years later, Lulu is presented with a choice: remain the perpetual good girl who misses out, or finally step out from the shadows and do something extraordinary. And possibly unforgiveable.

It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce.

My Review:

This is a book that grew on me.  As I turned each page, I became more immersed in the story of Tallulah de Longland.  When it ended, I simply wanted it to go on. The story spans a few decades, with Tallulah (Lulu) reflecting back on the past and sharing her story of the present.

It starts out with Lulu meeting Annabelle at their Catholic school, St. Rita’s.  Soon, they become the best of friends, developing their own language and creating a dictionary.  Both come from eccentric families, with Lulu’s mom struggling with a mental illness that is never defined (but includes bouts of severe depression).  While her mom, Rose, has her quirks, she loves her daughter immensely and loves to bake!  Lulu has twin brothers, who aren’t main characters in the storyline, but still show how resilient children can be, in a home where someone is mentally ill.  Both, Rose and Harry, are a couple who do what they can to provide for their children and help move them along to create their own adventures.

Lulu experiences first love with Josh, and the three of them (Annabelle, Lulu, and Josh) become inseparable.  Something happens and Lulu’s life stalls.  Annabelle and Josh move on, and it isn’t until Lulu moves in with a friend, that she meets the infamous Duncan.  Lulu develops her own voice and draws the line (so to speak), with Duncan, which sparks a life long friendship that is so endearing and heartfelt!  Duncan has his own issues, one being that he loves women with the letter “K”.  It is through Duncan’s own journey, that Lulu comes into her own and embraces who she is.

Because Lulu grew up Catholic, it made sense to see how much Lulu struggles to accept happiness and gifts from others.  However, through the course of the book, she learns to forgive herself, forgive those she loves, and embrace the adventures that her family and Duncan very much want for her life.

Frances Whiting is a debut author, who wrote this book, with the setting being in Australia.  So, there is some Australian lingo, mate.  However, it doesn’t come across confusing or difficult to follow.  This story has so many beginnings and endings, throughout the novel, that it really seems like this novel could have been a sequel of sorts.  Reading the interview at the back of the book, I was simply amazed that this book was a labor of love that took 7 years to write!!  The novel doesn’t show this at all, as it is seamless, quite relevant, and has a great rhythm to it.

While it could easily have been a “girl meets boy” tale, Frances takes the story even deeper and brings forth issues that happen in real life-which makes it quite relatable to anyone.  Frances also raises serious issues about friendships, boundaries, infidelity, health issues, starting over, and finding love.  Frances shows that everyone has flaws, have  journeys that sometimes intersect with their past, and above all, that everyone deserves a second chance.

This was a beautiful novel that I enjoyed.  I cried, laughed, and simply loved the way every character has his/her own personal challenges to overcome, yet no one is ever truly alone to experience those.  The title didn’t make a whole of sense to me, until I read the interview Frances gave.  Then, it made perfect sense.  Like a trampoline, there are dips, falls, and times you are soaring in the air!  Overall, an excellent book that I highly recommend!

P.S. I do hope Frances considers writing a sequel to this novel! There are so many adventures for Lulu and her family and friends to share with all of us!!

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*This book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley. No forms of compensation were given.

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The publisher has graciously offered 2 copies of this book!! 

Simply fill out the form and 2 winners will be randomly selected. 

This giveaway is open to US & Canada readers.

Giveaway ends March 10, 2015.

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1) Fill in the comment form (it will not be visible to anyone but me, Books in the Burbs.

2) There is a question in the comment form.  Answer it below this post, where the general comments are listed.

****In order for your entry to be valid, both parts must be answered.  This includes your mailing address.  It takes time to receive word back from winners and I am on a deadline to submit both winner’s information to the publicist.  Thank you!   

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Mug O’Comfort Swap-Sign Me Up!

Last month, I participated in a Books ‘n’ Bloggers Swap, and loved it! So, of course, I had to join this swap, too! 

I am really looking forward to this, since I have new found love for my Keurig.  It has been extremely cold lately, in Texas.  Crazy, right? Since I don’t drink coffee, I have been drinking hot cocoa!  Yummy! Naturally, I’m also loving using my Christmas mugs (because hot cocoa is magical to me), but I can always use another fantastic mug!  If you want to join in on the fun, look at the info below and I hope to see you there! Who knows, I may even be partnered with you!!

Your Swap Objective:

Get to know your fantastic partner and send them an awesome package that has a mug and other mug-related goodies.  Goodies can include things like treats, cocoa, coffee, tea, etc.

Dates to Remember:

  • Sign-Ups Start:Monday, February 9th.
  • Sign-Ups End:Monday, February 16th.
  • Giveaway Ends:Tuesday, February 17th.
  • Partners Assigned:Wednesday, February 18th.
  • Packages Ship: by or on Saturday, March 7th.
  • Show-Off Link Opens:Wednesday, March 11th.

You can click on the image above and will directed to Chaotic Goddess Swaps!

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CG Books ‘n’ Bloggers Swap Reveal

This is my first swap with Chaotic Goddess Swaps, and by far, the most fun I’ve had with a swap!  I was teamed up with Miss Angie, who has a blog: My So-Called Chaos.  I truly enjoyed getting to know her through email and Twitter!!  I love her sense of humor, love her style, and she has just ventured into the world of photography!  So, it’s been awesome to see some of the pictures she has taken on Instagram!

Because I tend to read more on my e-readers ( I have a Nook and Kindle), she was quite gracious to gift me two books for my Kindle!  This time around, there were about 35 bloggers, who participated!  It is has been quite fun and exciting hopping over to other blogs to see what everyone received and what they gave!

This swap was based on giving 3 books:

  1. A book you love
  2. A book you haven’t read but are interested in
  3. A book from your partner’s wish list

The book that Miss Angie loved and wanted to share with me:

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The paperback, The Fault in Our Stars.

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. I actually have already read the book, but love it so much, that I am glad to have it in paperback!  He is my new favorite author, as I have just recently purchased all of his books on my Kindle.

A book that Miss Angie was interested in reading, and is actually on my wish list is, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.  A fellow blogger listed this book as one of her favorite books for 2014 and it sounds like an excellent book, so I can’t wait to start reading this one!

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Downloaded this onto my iPad, so that you can see how pretty the cover is!

Lastly, the book that was on my wish list and I’ve been wanting to read is a favorite amongst many bloggers.  It’s, All The Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven.  I’ve been seeing this book on my Twitter feed a lot and bloggers are raving about it, plus it’s adding a great discussion about mental health and suicide-which are both near and dear to my heart, since I am a family therapist and have lost a friend to suicide.  So, I’m eager to read the book and join the discussion!

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I downloaded this also onto my iPad, so that you can see how awesome this cover is! Doesn’t it look like real post-its?

Miss Angie was also so sweet, as she added some delicious chocolate treats, a pretty book mark, and a note pad that will fit perfectly in my purse to jot down blog post ideas!!  I actually use my phone right now, but I don’t type as fast as I think!  So, it’s actually a very fitting gift!! She even included a handwritten card, which was quite sweet!

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Here’s a picture of all the great goodies and awesome books I received! Thanks, Miss Angie!

I truly enjoyed this experience and loved meeting a fellow blogger!! I had a blast shopping for her, although I will admit, it was hard!! I wanted to find the perfect books and goodies, so I spent a lot of time at Barnes and Noble, which is always a treat for me!!  Of course, I had to order my favorite Starbucks drink: White Chocolate Mocha, while I shopped!  However, I am hoping she will love all the goodies and know I enjoyed every moment of it!!  It was like Christmas all over again!  I love giving gifts, more than receiving, so this was a treat for me!  I definitely will be participating in these swaps and hope you will consider joining me, too!!

 

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Questions to Ruin An Author Interview

 

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Having been a book club organizer before, I had the privilege of meeting authors, long before my book blogging days.  Some authors attended our book meets, while others Skyped with us.  As a book blogger, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with authors and some have answered questions for this blog.  I have even started attending author events, which I absolutely enjoy!  I love getting to know a different side of authors because it gives me a deeper sense of who they are.  I also learn interesting tidbits about their book, which always add an another dimension to the book.  However, there have been times when I’ve read author interviews or been in the room, where someone has asked those cringe worthy questions-that makes me think, “did you just really ask that?!?”.

I decided to make a list of questions that make me cringe, when a reader is at an author event,  and asks the author:

1.  What’s your book about?  Seriously.  That has happened at a book club meet, where the author was on Skype with the group.  The author actually replied back-“did you read the book?”.  Bam!  Yes, she did!  Never ask that question!  Read the synopsis, at least!

2.  Which character did you love most? I realize this is a typical question.  However, I always view this question as “Sophie’s Choice”.  It’s like asking a parent which child they love first.  Regardless of how “evil” or horrible a character is, authors spend countless hours on research, writing, and developing each character.  Sometimes, the author may actually love a character that isn’t the main one, but each character is just as important.

3.  When is your next book being released?  First, not all authors are writing books right after another.  Again, I liken books and characters to parents and children.  You would never ask a new mom, who is still in the hospital, “so, when are you having your next baby?”.  It sounds ridiculous, right? You want to enjoy and savor the moment with the new mom and baby, not start looking at months down the road…right?  That is the same with authors and their books.  The authors want to enjoy the moment with that particular book.  Even if the author is working on another novel, has one about to be released the following day-let the author enjoy that moment with that specific book being discussed.  It’s so much pressure for authors to write a novel, add to that, the stress of wondering how the book will be received, the book promotions and tours the author has to participate in…it’s all quite overwhelming.  So, don’t add extra pressure by asking about that next book.  Some may not have anything planned because they simply want to enjoy that moment, focus on the current book, and recharge, before even considering writing another book.

I remember being in at a book club meet and an author had written the sequel to her first book.  She was working on a trilogy and the question was asked about her “next” (last) book.  The remainder of the time was spent on talking about the “phantom” book and not the book that the author had intended to talk about.  To this date, that author has not released the last book.  Yet, so much time was spent on a concept, rather than the book we all had read, loved, and planned to discuss.

4.  What are you currently reading? Sounds like an innocent question, doesn’t it? However, the author is there to promote their book…not someone else’s.  While authors love to support each other, and are quite open about that on social media- at a book event, author signing, or meeting, where the author is intended to talk about his/her book-don’t use that time to talk about other books.  Don’t overshadow their moment by putting the author on the spot.  Allow that author to have his/her moment and talk about the intended book.

5.   Can I give you some suggestions?  First of all, the book has already been written. Secondly, you are not the expert.  Don’t attempt to change their storyline.  Unless the author is asking for suggestions, don’t offer them.  Your intentions may be purely innocent and well meant, however, in that particular moment-it’s simply rude.

Note: These are questions that are cringe-worthy at a book event, where the author is attending (in person or Skype) to promote a specific book or talk about that particular book.  This doesn’t apply to conferences, meetings, or social media, where authors are more laid back and talking about a variety of topics, books, authors, etc.  On social media, authors love to receive feedback on their books, storylines, characters, and are always sharing and supporting other authors and their work!!

Are there any questions that have made you cringe or feel uncomfortable for the author? I’d love to know your experience!  Sound off below!

Also, don’t forget about the current Books Giveaway I am hosting!!  Click here for details.

 

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She Reads Books of Winter: The Magician’s Lie by Greer MacAllister

Synopsis:

Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician’s Lie, a debut novel in which the country’s most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband’s murder —and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.

The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden’s husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear.

But when Virgil happens upon the fleeing magician and takes her into custody, she has a very different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless-and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding. Over the course of one eerie night, Virgil must decide whether to turn Arden in or set her free… and it will take all he has to see through the smoke and mirrors.

My Review:

One of the greatest honors I’ve had as a book blogger is being a part of such an amazing community with She Reads!  This Winter, four great books have been selected, with The Magician’s Lie as one of them.

From the moment I read the page, I wanted to know more about Arden.  She is one of the few successful magicians in the country, who also happens to be a female!  As Arden is holed up in a small county jail, she tells her story to Virgil, (a police officer), who has to determine what to do: turn her in for murder or release her.

Both Virgil and Arden have some similarities: they are broken (physically and emotionally), they have to choose their fate, and both have to come to terms with their future.  Over the course of one night, Arden shares her life story and what happened on the fateful night that her husband is murdered.  Did she do it? Was it an illusion gone wrong? Was someone else seeking justice?

Aside from trying to figure what happened, I was most interested in Arden’s early childhood.  She is always second choice, from the time her father leaves her and her mother, to when her mother chooses her cousin’s side for the sake of their financial future, Arden (Ada) realizes that she is truly the only one in charge of her future.

I loved reading about the early beginnings of what it entails to be a magician, a female magician on the road dealing with the dangers and hostility that can easily come her way.  While Arden strives to make a name for herself, her past is never far away…sometimes literally.

Greer MacAllister is an amazing storyteller, and like Arden, it was hard to separate fact from fiction.  Greer based some of the book on actual facts, actual magicians, and brings an incredible story that is unique, will be loved, and will keep people guessing.

The ending seemed to move a little too fast. I wanted to see what happens after the interview with Virgil, however it ends brilliantly and in true magician form-it keeps you guessing long after the last page!

This is definitely a book that will be on many great lists of 2015, be a favorite amongst readers, and hopefully will show that in the end- you are in charge of your destiny and that what doesn’t kill you, truly does make you stronger.  Choice…this story is all about it. So, now you have the choice: will you read it or won’t you? If you do, you will be just as mesmerized as I was and appreciate the level of work and art that magic encompasses.  It’s a fantastic read and I enjoyed it very much!

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greer the magicians lie authorAbout the Author:

Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister is a poet, short story writer, playwright and novelist whose work has appeared in publications such as The North American Review,  The Missouri Review, and The Messenger. Her plays have been performed at American University, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. She lives with her family on the East Coast.

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