Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett Bahni Turpin (Narrator), Octavia Spencer (Narrator), Cassandra Campbell (Narrator), Jenna Lamia (Narrator)

Title:  The Help

Author: Kathryn Stockett

Published: April 30, 2009, by Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

Excerpts: Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers

If you’ve enjoyed the southern charm of Fannie Flagg or The Secret Life of Bees, you’ll find The Help a delight. Miss Eugenia Phelan (“Skeeter” to her friends) is a young woman of privilege who enjoys her fellow Junior Leaguers but sometimes finds their ways at odds with her own principles. She plays the part of her station in 1960s Mississippi but can’t help feeling dissatisfied with keeping house and acting as recording secretary at league meetings, and yearns for something more.

Minny, Miss Celia, Aibileen, and Yule May are maids employed by Skeeter’s friends. Each woman cooks, cleans, and cares for her boss’s children, suffering slights and insults silently and sharing household

secrets only among themselves. In the wake of the Junior League push to create separate bathrooms for the domestic help within private homes, Skeeter contacts a New York book editor with an idea. Soon she’s conducting clandestine meetings

with “the help” to capture their stories for publication. It is a daring and foolhardy plan, one certain to endanger not only the positions but the lives of the very women whose stories she transcribes — as well as her own.

Stockett is a wonderful novelist, and The Help is a charming, thoughtful novel about women finding their voices, and the truths we see when we have the courage to look unflinchingly into the mirror.

(Spring 2009 Selection)

My Review: While I did enjoy this story, I struggled to understand what was going on. Overall I enjoyed what I did understand and I’m looking forward to watching the movie.

My Rating: I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Would I recommend: Yes, mostly the story was interesting.

Review: The Locket by Richard Paul Evans

Title:  The Locket

Series: The Locket Trilogy #1

Author: Richard Paul Evans

Published: January 1, 2000 by Pocket Books

Excerpts: After the death of his mother, Michael Keddington finds employment at the Arcadia nursing home where he befriends Esther, a reclusive but beautiful elderly woman who lives in mourning for her youth and lost love.

Michael faces his own challenges when he loses his greatest love, Faye. When Michael is falsely accused of abusing one of the Arcadia’s residents, he learns important lessons about faith and forgiveness from Ester — and her gift to him of a locket, once symbolic of one person’s missed opportunities, becomes another’s second chance.

Richard Paul Evans, author of the beloved #1 bestselling classic The Christmas Box, begins a wonderful new series with this stunning New York Times bestseller — a bittersweet reminder of life’s most precious gifts….

Quotes: “Believe. Believe in your destiny and the star from which it shines. Believe you have been sent from God as an arrow shot from His own bow.

It is the single universal trait that the great of this earth have all shared, while the shadows are fraught with ghosts who roam the winds with mournful wails of regret on their lips.

Believe as if your life depended on it… for indeed it does.”

― Richard Paul Evans, The Locket

“I believe it’s after the honeymoon ends that true love begins. It’s in the hard times that the greater virtues of love reveal themselves, like tolerance and patience and kindness.”

― Richard Paul Evans, The Locket

My Review: This was such a touching book that I don’t know why I waited such a crazy long time to read it. I read it for #RYBSAT which is Read Your Bookshelf A Thon. Can’t wait to start the next in this series!

My Rating: I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Would I recommend: I would highly recommend this book. It had a great storyline and I really enjoyed the characters in it.

Review: Destined by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Destined

Series: Wings #4

Author: Aprilynne Pike

Published: May 1, 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers

Book Description: Destined delivers all the romance and action that fans expect as it brings Aprilynne Pike’s Wings series to a deeply satisfying conclusion.

Laurel used to think she was an ordinary girl from Crescent City, California. She never would have believed she was truly a faerie from a realm called Avalon.

Now Laurel must risk her life to save Avalon from destruction by Yuki—a rare and powerful Winter faerie—and troll-hunter Klea. But Laurel won’t have to fight alone; David and Tamani, two boys she loves in different ways, will be by her side, along with her best friend, Chelsea.

Readers of the Need and Graceling series will want to follow Laurel’s story from its beginning in Wings to its heart-stopping end in Destined.

Quotes: “I’m begging you, to come be with me.” And she pressed her mouth against his and murmured against his lips. “Forever.”

For a few seconds he didn’t respond.

Then a groan escaped his throat and he thrust his fingers in her hair, pulling her mouth back to his with a fierce hunger.

“Kiss me,” she whispered. “And don’t stop.”
Aprilynne Pike, Destined

“Tamani pulled out his cell.

“He has an IPhone?” her mom whispered as the second ring sounded in Laurel’s ear.

Laurel nodded. “I was saving that little tidbit of ammunition the next time we discussed me getting a cell.”
Aprilynne Pike, Destined

Review: So good yet so sad. I really loved this series from beginning to end. It was quite different from anything I’ve read lately. I’m looking forward to reading more like it! And so far this has been the best fantasy and fairy story I’ve come across yet.

I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

I would highly recommend this as it’s been my favorite YA/Fantasy series!

Review: Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Wings

Series: Wings #1

Author: Aprilynne Pike

Published: May 5, 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers

Book Description:   Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.

Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.

In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

Quotes:  “Whatever you need, I’ll be. If you need the science geek to give you answers from a textbook, I’m your guy; if you just want a friend to sit by you in bio and help you feel better when you’re sad, I’m still your guy.” His thumb slowly stroked across her earlobe and down her cheek. “And if you need someone to hold you and protect you from anyone in the world who might want to hurt you, then I am definitely your guy.”
Aprilynne Pike

“It’s your call,” he said softly, “but whatever you decide, I’ll help you.” He placed a soft, warm hand at the back of her neck and Laurel’s breath caught in her chest. “Whatever you need, I’ll be. If you need the science geek to give you answers from a textbook, I’m your guy; if you just want a friend to sit by you in bio and help you feel better when you’re sad, I’m still your guy.” His thumb slowly stroked across her earlobe and down her cheek. “And if you need someone to hold you and protect you from anyone in the world who might want to hurt you, then I am definitely your guy.” His pale-blue eyes bore into hers, and for a second she couldn’t breath. “But it’s all up to you,” he whispered.”
Aprilynne Pike, Wings

Review:  Of all the books I read at the end of 2014, I really loved listening to this one. I’ve been subscribing to Scribd and listened and read it through that app. The storyline kept me hanging the whole way through and I really enjoyed the fantasy storyline. When I started this series I was in the middle of a reading slump and this really excited my beginning of 2015.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I definitely recommend this book if you haven’t read it yet.