Book Reviews

Grace Alive by Natasha House

My edition: Kindle (Owned)
Series: Heart of Grace #1
Rating:2 stars. DNF @26%

Meet Zoe Reed.

She is 26, unmarried, and still living with her parents. Working at a lame craft store, she feels like her life has become one giant disappointment.
Waiting for Mr. Right, yet having never been on a date, let alone kissed a man, she wonders if he will ever come.

Then she meets Branson Tate.

The handsome man and his three kids stumble into her life, and she finds him to be the polar opposite of what her parents have always wanted for her.
But when Zoe’s dad, the pastor of the largest church in Michigan, says God spoke to him who her husband is, she’s faced with a choice.
Is her father hearing God or is she?

Review: So this book has been on my TBR list for a while and I got it a long time ago. It has been sitting on my Kindle collecting little electronic dust particles for about a year and a half. I should have left it there.

Our heroine is Zoe, who is a pastor’s kid. She is 26 and still living at home. She hasn’t been on a date ever and hasn’t even kissed a guy. One night she is working at the craft store called Little Bit of Everything, when Branson walks in with his three daughters. Zoe thinks he’s cute right away. Hey, a girl can look and not touch. She sees no sign of a marriage ring but that still doesn’t mean anything.

Her father wants her to be with a man named Jacob who gives Zoe the creepers. The guy does sound like a creep. Even though Zoe isn’t leading him on, her dad is. While she feels like God is telling her to go with Branson, her father is telling her different.

I felt for Zoe in a sense of I come from a Catholic background which is to believe Catholics marry other Catholics, but I didn’t. I am engaged to Wy who is an atheist who hates Christmas music anytime unless the week of Christmas. Neither of my parents really care. I think the only person I would hear from about that is my grandma who sadly past away when I was in junior high. But my family really cares if someone is happy then let them be happy.

Anyway this book kind of upset me in many ways. The focus on a woman needing a husband so she can pop out kids was really grating my nerves. If a woman doesn’t want a husband she shouldn’t be looked down upon just for that. Plus what is up with everyone having three kids. Some people stop after two or heck even one. Some even had more of the little people because they wanted too.

One girl had gotten pregnant in the youth group outside of marriage, and my dad had put her up front and rebuked her in front of everyone.

I don’t know about you, but that just does not fly with me. That is horrible to do. Especially to a young girl. What if she was raped and was to scared to say anything to someone? Ugh I hate stuff like this.

Another problem I had was how her father was basically telling her that she needed to court and marry Jacob or else she will go to hell. That’s pretty messed up. I simply couldn’t enjoy this book.



Book Reviews

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

My edition: Library Book
Pages: 221
Rating: 3 stars

Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn’t kidding about the “Foever” part.¬†
Of all the things Anya expected to find at the ¬†bottom of an old well, a new friends was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century.
Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya’s normal life might actually be worse. She’s embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she’s pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friends- even a ghost- is just what she needs.
Or so she thinks. Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya’s Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut from author/artist Vera Brosgol.

Review: This is a graphic novel. I haven’t read one in a while. I tend to prefer manga but I saw this and wanted to give it a shot. Anya is a Russian girl who lives in the US. She is a bit embarrassed by her family but loves them no less.


Anya one day decides she is going to walk in the park and get away from school when she falls down a well.


At first she’s scared and tries to call for help. Then she sees a skeleton when she lights a match. Then someone appears.


The ghost appears friendly but Anya is not having it. She wants out of the hole and away from the skeleton and ghost.

Anya is very relatable. I liked her. She was funny and she wasn’t a stupid heroine. She even gives dirty looks to people who touches her food. Even if it’s a ghost.


I mean who hasn’t given that look to someone.

Anya only has one friend at school. When she finds out that a piece of bone from Emily (ghost) skeleton is in her bag she is then followed by Emily. After Emily helps her with a test in school she decides to keep her around.They get pretty close until Emily starts to change and acting different. Anya then has to make a choice. Keep Emily around or get rid of her.

I did like this but my major upset was that the end seemed a little rushed and rather dull. I was hoping for a bit more of a creepy vibe but that never really happened. I also found in this book the dumbest character I’ve come across. Her name is Elizabeth.

Warning spoiler:

Elizabeth is the nice girl who is dating the hottest guy at school. Anya goes to a party with them. (She is also crushing on said hot guy.) Anya goes upstairs to find hot guy to see Elizabeth who is standing outside a door. When they strike up a conversation, Hot Guy comes out of bathroom that he is supposable in with Preston, only Anya saw Preston downstairs not that long ago. Giggles come out of bathroom that hot guy was in. He then hits on Anya right in front of girlfriend then tells girlfriend she need a better warning.

Yeah you read that right. Girlfriend was helping her boyfriend cheat on her. It’s only been happening for THREE years now. So I say again the dumbest character I’ve come across.