A Letter to My Cat: Notes to Our Best Friends: Short Review

a letter to my catRating: 3/5

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for an honest review.

As a cat lover and owner, the moment I saw this book I wanted to get my hands on it. The book itself is very pretty; it contains glossy pages with pictures of adorable cats and the letters that their owners wrote to them. The letters range from hilarious to heartwarming- I’ll admit I teared up a few times thinking of my past fur babies while reading some of these notes. While it was an entertaining read, I see this as more of a gift you’d buy for your cat loving friends than a book you’d sit down to read seriously. I will admit that I’ll most likely pick this up again to flip through my favorite letters and stare at the cute pictures before I pass it on to someone else. Overall this was a cute read with adorable cats and I’m glad to have read it.

This would definitely be a cute Christmas present for any cat lovers you might know!

Grab a copy here (Link leads to BookDepository- shipping is free for many countries!)

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The Witch and Other Tales Re-Told by Jean Thompson: Review

Rating: 4/520821269

I received this book for free from Penguin’s First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve always been a huge fan of fairy tale retellings so I was prepared to love The Witch by Jean Thompson once I read the summary. I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed. Thompson’s collection of modern day retellings was riveting. As each story began I felt a little like a detective trying to guess which fairy tale this one would be retelling.

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I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe: Review

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ORIGINALLY POSTED ON GOODREADS 07/24/2014

RATING: 4/5

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for an honest review.

“…We will be together again because he has been bound to me almost since the first I knew of him.”

“I shall always be near to you.”

When Jeremiah and his friends begin to talk about joining the Union army, Rosetta takes her future into her own hands. But even after marrying the man she loves, she realizes that she won’t be content to sit at home and wait for him to return to her. Driven by the thought of the money that she can earn for their future together, she does the unthinkable and disguises herself as a man to join in the fighting with him.

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The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne: Review

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ORIGINALLY POSTED ON GOODREADS 07/01/2014

RATING: 4/5

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for an honest review.

“…Relationships never end. Once made, they just influence each other backwards and forwards in time, for better or worse.”

The Girl in the Road embodies this sentiment as the stories of Meena and Mariama are laid out before us. Though the two women have never met, their lives seem to parallel as the two narrate their journeys through a futuristic world and later connect in ways that left me stunned.

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The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson: Review

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ORIGINALLY POSTED ON GOODREADS 01/29/2014

RATING: 3.5/5

I received this free ARC from Netgalley.

I’m half Here. I’m half There. I’m a girl divided, which is to say that I’m no one at all.

This seems to be the main struggle of Laila, the narrator of The Tyrant’s Daughter. As the teenage daughter of the recently assassinated “king” of her country, she and her mother and younger brother find themselves in the United States where they struggle with not only their grief but the issues of adjusting to a new culture and finding a place where they fit after the loss of their royal status.

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