Weeping Angels by Cristy Rey

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Author: Cristy Rey

Summary of the book:
“Four years ago, Frankie Rios walked away from her best friend and big sister, Iris. To Frankie, Iris died the day that she last rejected Frankie’s attempts at getting Iris alcohol and drug treatment. Rather than accept grief for her beloved sister’s loss, Frankie turned to her music. A renowned cellist, Frankie has managed to ignore the pain and suffering of losing the person she loved most in this world. With Iris out of her mind and out of her life, Frankie was able to move on…or so she thought. Until Iris really did die.”

 

Review 4
There were two main characters in the story; Frankie Irises sister and Topher Irises childhood best friend. I found these characters very real, and raw with emotion. I could identify with the emotions that both of these characters were feeling. I too have lost a sibling like Frankie all though mine was to cancer not addiction, I also lost the love of my life first to his addiction and then to his suicide that took him from me forever.
The book is written in two POV’s I, myself like it this way (as long as it is done right). I like to see how the different characters describe what is happening and how it affects them. I do not look at it as duplicating a scene like most readers do. Cristy does and awesome job of writing out the two POV’s!
I found the plot of the story believable and so close to home for me this was a hard book for me to get through due to how much it felt like my life. I have still not come to terms with the losses and I struggle with them constantly. I am hoping that I can learn something from the characters and use it to help me move forward. I need to follow Cristy’s advice and learn to love myself again and let others in to love me.
My favorite part of the book would have to be seeing Frankie and Topher come together and help one another heal. Both are broken and shattered from different reasons but find a common ground to help in the healing process. Together they make sense and recognize what each other needs; to be loved for whom they are, faults and all. I really can’t say that there was anything I did not like except maybe the feeling it made me feel, but isn’t that what a story is suppose to do?
I think I experienced every emotion we know while reading this book. Despair, anger, loss, depression, love and happiness. Pretty much in that exact order with happiness finishing it off like icing on a cake.
I recommend this book to anyone who has felt loss this book helps put things into perspective and gives you some coping skills. I feel it can help in the healing process of loosing someone you love or maybe even to help you help someone else.
I have read another book by Cristy, Taking Back Sunday that I really loved. He two are totally different types of books. And she still nailed it and wrote something great again with Weeping Angles. I love her writing style and look forward to reading more from her.

Bund by Duty

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Bound by Duty

By Stormy Smith

5 Stars!

I was contacted by Stormy and asked if I would like to read her debut novel and write a review. I checked out the synopsis and I knew it would be something I would like.

Stormy blew me away! The synopsis barley even touched on the story that was about to unfold! Bound by Duty is like I said Stormy’s first novel let me tell you she writes like a seasoned pro! I see this on going to the top quick!

I really liked all of the characters well except for the villains… they are hard to like lol! The characters have a bit of mystery to them, you know the kind where are they good? Or are they bad???  I like how the story takes place over a period of about two months and actually feels like that amount of time has gone by. But that you don’t have to read about every day in day out. She has the main character Amelia reflect back on a few days here and there to let you know what had happened with our it being all drawn out, it was refreshing to me to read a book written that way. Like most books you have some slower paced chapters and some fast past.. you know the kind where your heart is racing to keep up! I have come to really like it when the author writes this way, it gives you time to really soak things in and let them sink in. I did not want this story to end so I took my time and split it into two days of reading ( I am a fast reader and usually finish all my books in one day) but let me tell you it was not an easy thing to do! I did not want to put my kindle down for nothing!

In this story you have Amelia she is the main character , her older brother Cole , best friend Bethany, Micah ( Bethany’s boyfriend )  and Aiden a guy that Amelia is drawn to ( you will see just what I mean when you read the book). There are a few other character that you do not really see they are just spoken to or spoken of, Rynn Amelia’s childhood nanny and her father. And then there are the evil characters but they are always needed to have a great paranormal read!

Amelia and her brother are witches but Amelia is what they call an Elder and has no idea what she is capable of doing! She has been lied to her entire life but those that love her, not teaching her how to use her powers and keeping dark secrets from her. I have read reviews where people call her “whinny” I did not get that impression from her at all. And I myself hate a whinny heroine!   I loved watching her come into her powers and learn a little of what she is capable of. I can hardly wait to see her with full powers and control!

I love a good series where the story just keeps getting better and better and that is exactly where I see this one going.

Thank you Stormy for contacting me and asking me to read your book. I am sitting on pins and needles waiting for book two! You have found a dedicated fan in me 🙂