Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Book Review: Pretty Girls  by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls by Karen Slaughter is a hard hitting, can’t put it down but can’t bear to read it story of a family devastated by the disappearance of their daughter oldest Julia after 20+ years.  The mystery surrounding her vanishing  erodes the sanity of the father, propels the middle sister into addiction and so flatlines the affect of the youngest sister that she plays into the hands of the fiend who is the instrument of the destruction of her family and the families of many across the world.  Fast paced and one of the most painful reads of my life, I  gave it four stars because the violence and creeping psychological menace almost overwhelmed me. However,  the mark of a great writer is that she can move hesitant romance/inspirational readers like me out of their comfort zone and move their broken reading hearts through connection with  characters.   An unforgettable read.  Please pick it up. 

Review by Karen

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Heart to Heart

Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching and if you are running out of ideas, why not try writing a love poem?

Here are some titles for inspiration.

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda is a collection originally published in 1924. It has been translated into English by W.S. Merwin.

Dizzy in Love is a collection of poems by teens. Who knows the angst of love better than teenagers?

Aimless Love New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins is a compilation of new and selected poems from four previous books. Collins is a two term Poet Laureate.

Of course, you can go traditional with these works.

The Sonnets - Poems of Love by William Shakespeare.  You can't go wrong with Shakespeare. 

Burns:poems by Robert Burns contains the classic "A Red, Red Rose".

Give poems a try!

Review by Cara