Book Reviews

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

My edition: Kindle owned
Pages: 283
Genre: Mental Illness,
Publish: March 19,2009
Rating: 3 stars


Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss—her life—and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend’s memory, and feeling guilty for not being able to help save her.

In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, award-winning author, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all—hope. 


Fair warning there will be spoilers!

This is my second Anderson book. Both books have been on controversial subjects. But they are both subjects that need to be talked about more in schools. Or by the parents.

I pour too much cereal (150) in the bowl, splash on the two-percent milk (125).

Wintergirls is about Lia who is anorexic. She won’t eat and she knows the calories of every food. She used to be friends with a girl named Cassie who had been dealing with bulimia. After Lia is put into the hospital for the second time, Cassie then drops her as a friend ignores her. Until a Saturday night/Sunday morning when she called Lia 33 times. Lia never picked up. Then she finds out on Monday morning Cassie was found dead in a motel room.

Throughout the book, we get flashbacks, weird descriptions of the world around Lia, and struck-out sentences that the font was bigger than the rest which are a few things that I wasn’t a fan. Laurie does an amazing job of describing someone going through the illness. Lia is obsessive with her weight. She plans out that to appease her father and stepmother she will only eat dinner with them.

Spiders hatch and crawl out of my belly button, hairy little tar beads with ballerina feet. They swarm, spinning a silk veil, one hundred thousand spider thoughts woven together until they wrap me up in a cozy shroud.

The girl reflected back from the window in front of me has poinsettias growing out of her belly and head. She’s the shape of a breakfast-link sausage standing on broom-stick legs, her arms made from twigs, her face blurred with an eraser. I know that it is me, but it’s not me, not really. I don’t know what I look like. I can’t remember how to look.

The weird descriptions I don’t know if that is due to her illness and her body not getting the sustaining that it needs much like her body temperature or if she just sees the world weird. Not only is Lia dealing with anorexia but she is dealing with the guilt of not answering her friend’s calls. She keeps count from 1-33. She also repeats over in her head “body found in motel room, alone”, “she called me” and she feels like it’s her fault Cassie died.

I don’t like Lia. While yes she is dealing with a mental illness, she is kind of a crap character. Why? In the flashbacks we see her as an enabler for Cassie’s illness. She would change in the same changing rooms at the mall to show off her body to make Cassie feel bad. She won’t talk to her mother and calls her mother Dr. Marrigan. Lia doesn’t want to be helped. She doesn’t listen to her parents or talk to her therapist. She is a classic case of a person not wanting help. When Elijah calls and says he needs to talk to her, she shows up and proceeds to give him a fake name. The few times they are together she doesn’t tell him the truth of her real name. When he does find out her real name he just wants to go home and be left alone and she finds that he’s acting weird. The other fact of her I don’t like is she gets on blogs of other girls dealing with this illness to help enable her to “stay strong”. Cassie’s mom wants to talk to her but Lia ignores her. Even when she begs Lia to call her back.

I see that her parents are concerned. The mother and stepmother don’t buy that she is fine. The dad I think was in denial sometimes. I can understand where the parents are coming from. They want to make sure their daughter is safe and is eating right. They even have her in therapy and sent her to a clinic twice to help her. Unfortunately, Lia is (as I stated) the classic case of a person not wanting to be helped. That is until it’s almost too late.

It took me a while to get through this. I don’t know if it’s because I love food that I couldn’t see her side of reality. I connected more with the parents. I can’t tell if it’s because I am a mom-to-be or because I’m 28 far from the teenage mind set. While I don’t like Lia, I do feel for her and for anyone who is going through anything like this. I pray that if you, dear reader are like this, that you will find the help you need and that you accept it.

Book Reviews

John Winchester’s Journal by Alexander C. Irvine

My edition: Kindle owned
Pages: 218
Genre: Paranormal, Media tie in, Fantasy
Publish: Feb 3rd, 2009
Rating: no rating DNF


Sam and Dean Winchester know all the secrets their father recorded in his journal. Now you can, too.

On November 2, 1983, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a demonic supernatural force. In the wake of the tragedy, their father, John, set out to learn everything he could about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America . . . and how to kill it. In his personal journal, he not only compiled folklore, legend, and superstition about all manner of otherworldly enemies but he also recorded his experiences—hunting the creature that killed his wife even as he raised his two sons.

Part prequel, part resource guide, John Winchester’s Journal finally gives fans the ultimate companion book for Supernatural. It’s all here: the exorcism Sam and Dean used in “Phantom Traveler,” John’s notes on everything from shape-shifters to Samuel Colt, Dean’s first hunt, Sam’s peewee soccer team . . . and John’s single-minded pursuit of a growing and deadly evil.


I used to watch Supernatural. I did like the show for awhile. I had bought this when I was a fan and I had never really gotten to it. When I became a born again Christian I found faults in much of Supernatural. Like a God who is absent even to His angels and some of the scripture they use a few times it’s out of context. But that is my reasoning on why I don’t watch the show anymore. I will forever love Dean’s antics. Especially the episode when there is a cat in the locker. If you are a fan of the show you know exactly which episode I am talking about.

To start off I would like to say if you love Supernatural that’s cool. I explained why I’m no longer a fan. Hopefully, you will understand and not automatically judge me because I put my faith first and didn’t want to continue on watching a show like Supernatural.

The reason why I am reading this is because I am cleaning out my kindle and I decided to give this a try instead of just deleting from my account. With that being said let us get to the review.

One thing I really do love about Supernatural is that the boys are from Kansas. We are reading John’s journal which Sam and Dean have in the show. The journal starts off with John dealing with the death of Mary.

How do I feel about this… I feel like this really didn’t feel like John’s voice. I feel like this was just a backstory to what happened between the death of Mary to John’s death. I feel like the journal sounds better on the show than what this turned out to be.

I really couldn’t get into the story. Nothing gripped me like the show did. I will just take it as a bust. Really not a fan of the journal.

Book Reviews

Winter’s Secret by Lyn Cote

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 239
Series: Northern Intrigue #1
Genre: Christian, Mystery, LEO
Publish: Dec. 25, 2013
Rating: 3 stars


Book 1 in series, Followed by Autumn’s Shadow, Summer’s End, Spring’s Storm, Mistletoe and Sage and Loving Winter

Romance and mystery in a small Wisconsin town during a record-breaking snowy winter.

Smashed heirlooms, ripped upholstery and rifled drawers–who is breaking into homes–stealing and vandalizing? And targeting the most vulnerable–the seniors of the small town? As the new sheriff, Rodd Durand, home again to small town Steadfast, Wisconsin, takes on the Snowmobile Burglar. In the course of her duties, Wendy Carey, the home health nurse, discovers each new break-in. The small town reels as the burglar eludes capture and steps up his crimes. A vindictive woman and a secret baby heighten the suspense. When Wendy and Rodd begin to fall in love, family complicates matters. But the real stumbling block to their love lies within. Can they break through their own insecurities over the past?

Note to readers:This series (Winter’s Secret, Autumn’s Shadow, Summer’s End) came out a decade ago from Tyndale House Publishers in trade paperback and large print. This is the revised and updated edition. In the intervening years since this series first debuted, I wrote another thirty books. When I looked over the pages of the original books, I realized that I like how I write now better.

PLUS technology (ie cell phones, etc) has changed so much that these books needed sprucing up. Besides when an author writes a story, it feels like her child. And I want my “children” to look their best as I send them out into the reading world once more. So I hope you’ll enjoy these books in their second improved edition.


Now that I’ve had a few days to think on this I knocked my four star down to a three star.

I liked the plot line and the characters, but I felt as if this seemed to drag on. Nothing really gripped me about the mystery of what was happening. The vindictive woman felt like she was thrown in for the drama. The secret baby came in towards the end and then wasn’t really anything until the epilogue when we get a POV from the mother.

I don’t know if it’s me and being clouded by allergies and prego brain but nothing stands out really to me from this book.

Book Reviews

Make-Believe Fiancé by Vivi Holt

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 207
Series: Make Believe #1
Genre: Romance, Christian, Fake Fiancé, cowboy
Publish: May 24, 2018
Rating: 3.5 stars


Take one billionaire cowboy in need of a fiancée, add one divorced teacher with trust issues and mix in a fake engagement. What could possibly go wrong?

Gwen Alder is starting over — divorced and broke, she’s come to Billings, Montana for a new beginning. But waitressing in a roadside diner for the summer isn’t paying the bills, and she finds herself in over her head with no hope of catching up.

Heath Montgomery has it all — fame, fortune and a mega-watt smile, but one thing he doesn’t have is a date for his cousin’s wedding.

When the two of them cross paths, Heath has an idea — what if he paid her to be his date? No strings, no complications, just a simple business transaction — a way to finally win his father’s trust, and get his parents off his back about settling down once and for all.

She’s poor and plain. He’s wealthy and arrogant.

They didn’t want anything more than a simple arrangement. They never planned to fall in love. But sometimes cupid has a mind of his own.

* Make-Believe Fiancé is a clean and wholesome contemporary Christian romance, the first in a new series from bestselling author, Vivi Holt.


Gwen just got out of a divorce and is looking for a place to stay. Heath is needing a date to get his family off his back. When he offers to pay her to be his fake fiancé for his cousin’s wedding, she says yes only if he can pay her first month’s rent and write a recommendation letter.

The one thing they didn’t count on is slowly falling for each other. Heath and Gwen start getting to know each other and are realizing that they have more in common.

Super cute and clean romance. Gwen and Heath had great chemistry and I loved seeing them together.