The Ray Reviews

The Ray Reviews

Books that I want to review will be put on this page. I'm a slow reader, so bare with me. Also I tend to not finish some so just be warned. Hope you like my reviews though. Most of my reviews are brief with no spoilers.

!!! spoiler alert !!! Review
2 Stars
Why I'm Not Finishing This Book: I've read 179 out of 266 pages.
My Journey with Farrah: A Story of Life, Love, and Friendship - Alana Stewart

One of my idols in the whole world is Farrah Fawcett. Along with Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, and John Lennon. So when I saw this book at goodwill for $3 I jumped at it. 

 

BOY WAS THAT A MISTAKE. 

 

I will admit, I bought it and ignored it for months after. I would always tell myself to pick it up, but I never did. Mainly because Farrah died of cancer and my fear of cancer is so strong that I was scared it would depress me AND IT DID. Finally I picked it up and I'm putting it down unfinished.

 

I feel like I never finish books and I feel guilty for that, but this book I do not feel guilty about. So this book is told by Farrah's friend Alana Stewart. It is supposedly her diary published, but I suspect that she fabricated parts. 

 

I'm not gonna lie I hated this book so much, I'm not finishing it. Here is why. 

 

1. The book is written in diary form. I hate that and I know I should of known, but I didn't bother to look at the format before buying, because I saw Farrah and I freaked!

 

2. This book is like 25% Farrah, 75% Alana. I questioned myself many times on what story...or more like whose story is she actually telling. It seems like she used Farrah as a money maker to sell her shitty book. In the beginning it was about Farrah and how Alana felt, which I expected once I saw it was in diary form. Then the middle to near end it was strictly about Alana and her sex life and her kids and Farrah would pop up sometimes when they went to Germany for her treatment. So again was this really a story about Farrah and you or just you? 

 

3. Alana was the victim in all of this. Forget that your friend is dying of cancer, lets make the book about how your emotional going through shit and how no one understands what its like. I get it that its her personal diary and usually people write the most selfish shit, cause we all feel like the world revolves around us. But it just felt like she steered way off of what it was suppose to be about. This book was totally consumed by Alana trying to make people feel sorry for her, even though her friend is dying.

 

With this being said, I have a few things I liked about the book.

 

1. Never before seen pictures, I love Farrah and I love her look. So when I saw some of the pictures I freaked, she was so stunning.

 

2. She didn't make Farrah seem weak or anything the opposite of what she was known for. Farrah was strong and fought til the end and even though the book was basically about Alana, when Farrah was mentioned she was mentioned with respect.

 

3. If the book was about Alana I would of loved it. Cause she has a juicy life, but I did not buy it to read about her, I bought it to read about Farrah and her friendship with Alana.

 

All in all I give it a 2 out of 5. Not finishing it though.

!!! spoiler alert !!! Review
5 Stars
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock REVIEW
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock - Matthew Quick

I read this book in one day. My internet was off though, but still I read it in one day because it was great! Leonard reminded me of myself. This is more of a rant, but anyways... When people hurt to the point of breaking... don't know how to describe it. ... It's like that part of you that was fun, loving and care free transforms into someone who is depressed and anxious all the time. I can totally understand why he wanted to kill Asher. I was bullied from 6th grade to 11th grade for being overweight, black, and shy. That is a long time for someone to endure torture. It made me a highly aware of people and their behaviors (since I was always looking over my shoulder), this caused me to become suicidal. Cause I knew deep down inside not a lot of people are truly happy. I wonder all the time what is the point in living if I'll always be unhappy. I mean, bills and debt...am i right? And not only that, but a lot of people who hurt others were fucked up themselves. Everyone just gets beaten down. The world seems to do that. One moment you have dreams, the next you realize you're no better than the cashier who scanned your groceries. That when you die, you're dead and no one remembers you or immortalizes you.

 

Any who...that made no sense.

 

I didn't like how it ended, I wish it would of ended more happy. Even though, I guess it kinda did...? I get the symbolism behind it though. I just wish it would of ended happier. 

 

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to go on a roller coaster of emotions. This book makes you think about your own life. Which might not be a bad thing. 

 

I will say it is a trigger warning. I have major depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder. I found myself getting triggered with my depression very easily. So if you have a mental illness, I encourage you to read the book, but be mindful.

 

<3 Bye

Review
2.5 Stars
Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi REVIEW!
Under The Never Sky - Veronica Rossi

I tried so hard to get into this book, but from the beginning I had no idea what was going on. It was like the author didn't think that some people (like me) would like to know the back story first (and if there was a backstory in the beginning it was poorly presented). I get it some books give you pieces of the story throughout the book, but I'm not into those story lines. If I'm confused in the beginning, I'll be confused in the end too. It could be my dyslexia, but if that's the case then this book wasn't going to work in the first place. I get a C for effort. :/

 

PS: Not every book is made to everyone, so maybe you liked it...but I didn't. I couldn't even read on.. Sorrrrrryyyyyyy....

Review
5 Stars
Diary of A Murderess by M. Harrison
Diary of a Murderess: Gotham - M.   Harrison

This short story has a place in my heart, because my sister is the author! I really loved it. It has Dexter feels and it's a quick read too! I was straight to the point, I really enjoyed that element of it. I also liked how it was written. The main character wasn't what I thought she'd be. But Gotham (bad guy) was. I wish it was longer! Check it out, won't be disappointed.

Review
4.5 Stars
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Book One - Paige McKenzie, Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Getting into this book I didn't think I would like it. I haven't read a lot of paranormal books, so I thought it would be boring. I also am very picky on the way books are written. Unlike a lot of readers, I prefer books written simply. I don't like books that are so detailed that it becomes a paragraph explaining a cup of coffee.

 

I will admit, it was slow for a while. That's why it took me a long time to read it. But when it started getting good, I couldn't put it down!!! I cannot wait for the second book, which apparently is going to be called "The Awakening of Sunshine Girl"

 

I would recommend this book to anyone and if you have time then check out the YouTube channel. :)

Review
5 Stars
Valentine by Tom Savage

OLD POST

 

 This book is just...WOW. So good! It's a little slow at first, because of the details. But once you get into it a little more it's sooo good! I couldn't believe what happened at the end. Everything ties together so well, which is really difficult with mystery thrillers sometimes. I recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery. Definitely worth the read.

 

 

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Jillian Talbot seems to have everything: a lovely home in Greenwich Village, a small circle of close friends, a handsome and passionate lover who has just proposed to her, and a glamorous career as a bestselling author of suspense novels. Her writing has captivated thousands of fans, but she has always been safe from the terrifying scenes she creates. Until now. Somewhere in the shadows of New York City, someone is watching her. He knows her every move, her every fear, almost before she knows it herself. He is as devoted as a lover, courting her in his own mysterious way - leaving notes in her mailbox, gifts on her doorstep, messages on her answering machine. His motives are as cryptic as the name he goes by: Valentine. But his intentions are deadly clear. For Jill Talbot, the terror has just begun. Wherever she runs, he will find her. And soon she will meet him on his terrible day of judgment. His triumphant day. Her darkest day. Valentine's Day.

Review
5 Stars
The Saucer by Stephan Coonts

This is from another old account of mine that I can't long onto.

 

Just finished this awesome book. It's definitely a favorite now. I love the way it was written. It kept me on my toes for sure. It takes a little time to get into and to memorize the characters, but all books are like that. I really loved it!!! I can't wait to buy the sequel and see what that is all about.

 

 

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Description: After 140,000 Years...
Seismic Surveyor Rip Cantrell has made an exhilarating discovery-a flying saucer embedded in the Sahara sandstone. Buried for eons, it's not the invention of modern man. Computer-equipped, it can't belong to ancient man. Rip's betting his life on the only alternative. If the ship's memory bank holds the proof he needs, it's going to rock civilization, and make Rip a very famous man.

Its Time Has Come.
Once the secret's out, Rip's outwitted by an enterprising billionaire set to steal the saucer's profitable technology-and outnumbered by the Libyan army looking to lay claim to history. But it's in a skeptical UFO investigation team that Rip finds an unlikely ally: test-pilot Charlotte Pine. Together, they come up with a plan to protect the saucer's secrets.

But Where In The World Is It Going?
Under a hail of bullets, in an exhaust of white fire, Rip and Charlotte are off. Accelerating on a fantastic journey across continents and oceans, they're about to experience the mystery of what once was, and explore the possibilities of what could be, on an adventure 140,000 years in the making.

Review
5 Stars
Oakdale Confidential by Anonymous

This is from another old account of mine that I can't long onto.

 

Read this book a while ago, but it was the first book in a while that I have read all the way through. So I have to tell you all about it. This book is very addicting, each chapter leaves you wanting to read the other. Which is what a book should make you want to do. This book should be a fun read, by no means is it a literary masterpiece. It should be read when you want to read a big-ish book, but playful and compelling. If you love soap operas then you'll definitely love this book.

 

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Description: This is the novel that everyone in Oakdale is talking about.

This is the scandal they can't ignore.

It's a major event in Oakdale -- a black-tie gala honoring the Marron family's fifty years of support for Oakdale's Memorial Hospital. But high spirits are cut short when patron of honor Gregory Marron Jr. is delivered in his limo dead on arrival, from an apparent heart attack. Three women in the crowd have reasons of their own to suspect murder. . . .

Event organizer Katie Peretti never understood her boyfriend Mike Kasnoff's reasons for not attending the party -- until now. Wrongly implicated in a crime against the Marrons, Mike served a stiff sentence, and has nursed a simmering rage ever since. Maddie Coleman, the teenaged sister of the limo's driver, Henry, knows that her brother owed Marron thirty-thousand dollars. She also knows he couldn't pay him back, and had only one recourse for permanently erasing the debt. Carly Snyder's suspicions are more personal. The wife of police detective Jack Snyder, Carly was one of Marron's mistresses. In a heated moment she wanted her shameful past dead and buried -- a wish her husband possibly honored.

Now Katie, Maddie, and Carly, each of them desperate to protect the man they love, are crossing paths in an investigation that's uncovering more poisonous secrets in Oakdale than they ever imagined. The means, motives, and suspects are shifting with each new twist -- and one of these determined women may not live to see the killer revealed.

I Feel GUILTY For Reading Ebooks.

This is going to be a rant that has been on my mind as of a couple weeks ago.

 

I'm BROKE. I don't mean I have a job, but I have to be responsible and spend my money on bills broke. I mean I'm unemployed, haven't bought a thing for myself since last year, barely have clothing cause I can't afford to buy new clothing BROKE. So I haven't been able to buy any books. Most the books I own are big and non fiction and lately I've been in the mood for fiction. Because of this problem, I've been reading ebooks that I've downloaded from a torrent site. aka FREE BOOKS.

 

I feel guilty, not because I'm downloading it illegally. Cause honestly, no book is worth spending $30 dollars or more on. HONESTLY. Unless it's an edition book. But a lot of people know what I'm talking about when I say, books are expensive if you read a lot and aren't buying them used. Even if it's used the money will add up. A lot of readers are book collectors and I know personally, it's always been my dream to have my own personal library of books that I've read.

 

Anyways, back the the problem. It's not that I feel guilty I downloaded them illegally. Its that I don't like feeling like the book I'm reading is not actually in my room with all my other books in my collection. And of coarse one day, I'll buy all the books I've read online so I can have a physical copy, but it frustrates me. I am the type of person who likes to turn the phone and the laptop off to read. Not stare at a laptop screen for more than I already do.

 

I feel jealous that so many people on this site and YouTube can buy a book and read it within shipping days. Then buy another book after book. While I have to read it online, but I don't get to hold the book, and place it on my stand like the rest of the books I have. It's just a ritual that as a book reader I do. I welcome my books to the collection. It's IMPORTANT to me and I'm not able to do that, cause I'm stuck to reading ebooks.

 

I tried to get excited about it and say I'll have an ebook collection. It's just not the same though. I don't even like ebooks. :/ 

Review
1 Stars
18+
Spellbound by Sylvia Day (2013) Paperback - Sylvia Day

I didn't bother to finish the book. Here's why. EXCUSE MY LANGUAGE.

 

I hate that I have to rate this one star. Cause I believe that a lot of books should be rated at least a 3 for effort. But this book is stupid!

 

I love erotic books, especially ones that have a decent story line and just get to the sex. I mean that's why we read them right? Well I do anyways. This book started off as if it was a sequel to a book. I honestly had to search to see if I accidentally started reading a sequel. It wasn't, but I thought it was that is how weird the start was. The book had no explanation for anything. It answered some questions, but only the minor questions. Not the ones that they should of answered. The one sex scene I did read was amazing though, I could see it and everything. It would of been great if it had a good story line. A less confusing one.

 

It honestly seems like she just wanted to write a book about two people having a cat and dog relationship and fucking a lot. She didn't care about the actual story behind it. If I was her, I would of just wrote short stories of the two characters and their misadventures in the bed. With maybe a prequel to explain the story behind them. Would of been better.

 

I just didn't like the book. So I didn't finish. Which is a good lesson. NEVER FINISH A BOOK YOU DON'T LIKE. PERIOD. You don't owe your time to a book not worth it. I'm sure the author has other good books, as I've heard.

Review
3 Stars
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones, No. 1) - Barbara Park

As an adult this is a light read, very silly.

 

I don't think I'd recommend this book to anyone who gets annoyed with child like mentalities easily. Cause obviously it's a very childish book. I also don't recommend it to anyone under the age of 7 or 8 (yes some kids read that early.), just because it has some bad behavior and words that can be easily picked up on. Junie B. says hate and stupid a lot in this first book. Like she hates a kid in her class named Jim and she doesn't want to go on the stupid school bus. So just look out for that if you are looking for a book to read your kid.

 

In these couple months, I'll be reading the whole Junie B. Jones series. Along with my other books. So keep an eye out.

Review
5 Stars
Looking for Alaska - John Green

I just finished reading this book like minutes ago. It took me about a week to read it, WELL it took me probably a 3 days in total. But a week to complete, because I had to keep stopping. I was so emotional through the whole book, I didn't want to keep reading cause I didn't want to cry.

 

Anyways, this book is wonderful. I recommend it if you're going through depression, or if you are in a place where you feel stuck. This book put some things in perspective for me. It's entertaining and makes you feel apart of the book.

Review
5 Stars
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

I'm going to keep this brief, because I read this a while ago and I feel like the emotions I had after reading this have passed. 

 

This book is amazing, John Green is a genius.