Review: First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung

Book Details:

274 Pages

Published: October 12, 2010

Author: Loung Ung

Synopsis:  From a childhood survivor of the Camdodian genocide under the regime of Pol Pot, this is a riveting narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit.

One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung’s family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed.

Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung’s powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet miraculously sustained by courage and love in the face of unspeakable brutality.

Opinion: This book hit me on so many levels. I found myself having feelings I have never felt whilst reading a book. It really makes you think and consider how quickly life can change. How you can have everything and then one day have nothing. Never take your family for granted because they may be all you have left one day.

I think I may have enjoyed it more than I did if it had been from the viewpoint of an adult versus a child. That does not make the book any less though that it was a recount of the events that happened to her at such a young age. It is definitely interesting to see how much she remembered and the effect that it has had on her throughout her life.

This book is an autobiography. It is not fiction. It is not fake. It is real life events from a young girls point of view during the Cambodian genocide. There are events in this story that are hard to swallow. This is real. This happened. This is history.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: The Red Ledger: Part 4 by Meredith Wild

I received a copy of The Red Ledger Part 4 via Bare Naked Words in exchange for my honest review.

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Published: August 14, 2018

Authors: Meredith Wild

Synopsis: There’s no turning back…

The second I spared Isabel’s life, everything changed. I used to deal in death wishes. Now the instinct to protect her charts the course. Because every time I turn away from her, something turns me back. She’s uncovered a side of me that I can no longer ignore. Doesn’t change the fact that she doesn’t belong in my world.

Isabel’s learning to hold her own, but nothing can prepare her for the life I’m being called back into. With a long road ahead of us, I won’t make promises I can’t keep. She can barely accept the dark deeds of my past—a bloody history spelled out in a ledger she’s more preoccupied with than I’d like. When an old associate sets a dangerous plan in motion, I can’t hide who I really am. And there’s no turning back…

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Opinion: Just when you think this series can’t get any better, you’re wrong. I don’t understand how this is Wild’s first delve into this type of storyline, because she’s writing this story like she’s been doing it for forever.

The ride starts out smooth, but then holy mother of god can we talk about plot twists? Wild is constantly keeping us on our toes with The Red Ledger. I may cry over the fact that there are only two parts left in the series. Just bring me a box of tissues. It’ll be fine. I guess.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Release Blitz: The Red Ledger: Part 4 by Meredith Wild


The Red Ledger Series (part 4)

by Meredith Wild

Release Date: 14th August

Genre: Suspense/thriller

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Synopsis

There’s no turning back…
The second I spared Isabel’s life, everything changed. I used to deal in death wishes. Now the instinct to protect her charts the course. Because every time I turn away from her, something turns me back. She’s uncovered a side of me that I can no longer ignore. Doesn’t change the fact that she doesn’t belong in my world.
Isabel’s learning to hold her own, but nothing can prepare her for the life I’m being called back into. With a long road ahead of us, I won’t make promises I can’t keep. She can barely accept the dark deeds of my past—a bloody history spelled out in a ledger she’s more preoccupied with than I’d like. When an old associate sets a dangerous plan in motion, I can’t hide who I really am. And there’s no turning back… 

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Meredith Wild is a #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and international bestselling author. After publishing her debut novel Hardwired in September 2013, Wild used her ten years of experience as a tech entrepreneur to push the boundaries of her “self-published” status, becoming stocked in brick-and-mortar bookstore chains nationwide and forging relationships with the major retailers.
In 2014, Wild founded her own imprint, Waterhouse Press, under which she hit No. 1 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. She has been featured on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, the New York TimesThe Hollywood ReporterPublishers Weekly, and The Examiner. Her foreign rights have been sold in over 20 languages.
Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband and three children, she refers to herself as a techie, whiskey appreciator, and shameless sun worshipper. Find out more about what projects she’s working on next at www.meredithwild.com.
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Review: Tales of the Peculiar (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children 0.5) by Ransom Riggs

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Book Details:

160 Pages

Published: September 3, 2016

Author: Ransom Riggs

Synopsis: Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales. 

Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—known to hide information about the peculiar world—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar.

Opinion: I was very excited to finally read Tale’s of the Peculiar after finishing Library of Souls. I can honestly say it did not let me down. I have rated all eleven stories, but have chosen not to review each one in depth. There were certain themes we revisited throughout, such as greed. Each story is different though and it did not feel repetitive at all.

The Splendid Cannibals 5/5

Tales of the Peculiar started out on such a high note with The Splendid Cannibals.

The Fork-Tongued Princess 5/5

The First Ymbryne 4/5

The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts 3/5

This was a cute, short tale. It just was not as good as I felt it could have been. The ending was adorable, but the main character came across as needy and whiny throughout.

Cocobolo 4/5

The Pigeons of Saint Paul’s 5/5

The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares 5/5

The Locust 5/5

The Locust was one of my favorite short stories in this compilation.

The Boy Who Could Hold Back the Sea 5/5

The Tale of Cuthbert 4/5

Although the shortest story in the compilation, The Tale of Cuthbert was another favorite. We have a bit of background with it in the main novels so it is fun to read the story finally.

The Man Who Bottled the Sun 3/5

Unfortunately, the stories did not end on a high note for me. I only rated two of the stories as 3/5 and this was one of those two. It was a tale of greed but it was long and drawn out in my opinion.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★

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Review: Reborn (The Red Ledger Vol. 1) by Meredith Wild

I received a copy of Reborn via Bare Naked Words in exchange for my honest review.

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Published: August 7, 2018

Authors: Meredith Wild

Synopsis: He’s death for hire…

Some people measure life in hours. Days. Weeks. I measure mine in kills. A covert military mission gone wrong robbed me of my memory and any link to my past. This is my existence now. I execute and survive. Nothing more, nothing less. I was ready to write Isabel Foster’s name in my ledger of unfortunate souls until she uttered the one word that could stop the bullet meant for her. My name.

She knows my face. She knows me. She’s the key to the memories I’m not sure I want back. Now nothing is simple. I still have a job to do, and my soul isn’t worth saving. I’m not the man she thinks I am. I can’t love her. And sparing her life puts us both in the crosshairs.

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Opinion: Meredith Wild never ceases to amaze me. Her talent is absolutely beyond words.

Reborn is a complete and total work of art. It is so unlike everything Wild has written in the past. The Red Ledger Series captivates you and draws you into the action, making you feel as if you are experiencing the same moments that Isabel and Tristan are experiencing.

I cannot wait to continue reading as I am so emotionally invested in this series. I recommend this series to anyone looking to add a little drama, and darkness, into their reading time.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Release Blitz: Reborn (The Red Ledger 1-3) by Meredith Wild

Reborn: The Red Ledger Series (Vol 1) by Meredith Wild
Release Date: 7th August
Genre: Suspense/thriller
The Red Ledger, a binge-worthy suspense/thriller series with Wild’s signature erotic twist
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Synopsis

He’s death for hire…

Some people measure life in hours. Days. Weeks. I measure mine in kills. A covert military mission gone wrong robbed me of my memory and any link to my past. This is my existence now. I execute and survive. Nothing more, nothing less. I was ready to write Isabel Foster’s name in my ledger of unfortunate souls until she uttered the one word that could stop the bullet meant for her. My name.

She knows my face. She knows me. She’s the key to the memories I’m not sure I want back. Now nothing is simple. I still have a job to do, and my soul isn’t worth saving. I’m not the man she thinks I am. I can’t love her. And sparing her life puts us both in the crosshairs.

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“Get ready for a sultry, suspenseful ride that you won’t soon forget. This book has it ALL.” 
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Meet The Author
Meredith Wild is a #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and international bestselling author. After publishing her debut novel Hardwired in September 2013, Wild used her ten years of experience as a tech entrepreneur to push the boundaries of her “self-published” status, becoming stocked in brick-and-mortar bookstore chains nationwide and forging relationships with the major retailers.
In 2014, Wild founded her own imprint, Waterhouse Press, under which she hit No. 1 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. She has been featured on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, the New York TimesThe Hollywood ReporterPublishers Weekly, and The Examiner. Her foreign rights have been sold in over 20 languages.
Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband and three children, she refers to herself as a techie, whiskey appreciator, and shameless sun worshipper. Find out more about what projects she’s working on next at www.meredithwild.com.
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Review: The Red Ledger: Part Three by Meredith Wild

I received a copy of The Red Ledger: Part 3 via Bare Naked Words in exchange for my honest review.

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Published: August 7, 2018

Authors: Meredith Wild

Synopsis: She can’t outrun him…

Isabel should have died the night we met. She has a gift for looking danger in the eye and coming out unscathed. She narrowly escaped DC with her life, and now she’s on the run again. I’m hardly her guardian angel, but I’m determined to keep her safe. More, I refuse to give her up. She’s under my skin, sparking more than a few latent memories. She’s made me feel again. Showed me I’m human in ways I never knew possible.

I’ll find my way back to her, even if that means contending with the organization that has promised to keep her hidden. Except they have a different way of doing business than I’m accustomed to. Now I have to decide who I really am. Man or mercenary.

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Opinion: My heart was broken at the end of Part Two and I am so glad that Meredith worked on putting the mend on that right away. I’m not sure how long I could go without Tristan knowing where Isabel is.

We’re seeing a different side to Isabel, a more bad ass, take charge side and I am loving it! Isabel wants to be in control of her life. She is tired of being in the backseat, so to speak, of everything that is going on.

I can’t wait to continue reading with Part 4 as Isabel and Tristan team back up and depart on their journey together.

The suspense is unreal with these and Meredith definitely has me on the edge of my seat!

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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