Whore by Willow Aster Review

Whore by Willow Aster

Beautiful, intelligent, independent, strong-willed, wealthy…
Lilith Fontenot seems, by all appearances, to have it all. But that’s not how the highest paid prostitute in New Orleans sees herself.
A stain on society. A scourge. A waste. Outsider. Prisoner…
Any idyllic dream of the normal life she may have once imagined, Lilith buried long ago. Her only plan now is survival.
But mob boss Nico Santelli and community center owner Soti Christos have not given up on Lilith. Each has his own very specific, very opposing, plans for her, and neither will rest until it becomes a reality.

WHORE is a singularly bracing take on an ancient tale of tireless love, betrayal, and the possibility of redemption.

I loved this book. It was an escape for me, and I haven’t read a book that forced me to escape in a while. I was living my life with Lillith and gosh, it was either so darn sweet or so darn terrifying. Most of the sweet parts included Soti, who I’m pretty positive needs his own book. I need more of him. His background, how he became who he is, his philosophies. I need all of it. Kudos to Willow Aster for creating this character, because he is one of the best male leads I’ve read in a while.

I loved that this book included the metamorphosis that happens when a woman becomes a mother. I haven’t read nearly enough books that encompass this and I have been craving this scenario to be brought to life in a book. Willow mastered it.

I had my reservations about reading Whore due to the intensity of the title, but I can’t really live by that judgmental philosophy because helloooooooo, my favorite book has the F word in the title. I was wondering if Whore was going to be heavy on the smut side and light on everything else. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The subjects tackled in this story are intense and heartfelt and I will never use the word smut in the same sentence with this book ever again because it just feels wrong!

This was my first read by Willow Aster but it will not be my last. I really enjoyed her writing style. The insights she included about kindness and selfless love are EVERYTHING. I can’t wait to read more by her and see what other types of characters she has created. I so easily became a Willow fan with this book.

“There will always be someone out there perpetuating hate, judgement, or that sneaky little lack of emotion called indifference. Screw that, let’s err on the side of love.”

To see purchase options for Whore through Amazon, click here.

To learn more about Willow and her other books, click here.

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Whore by Willow Aster Review

The Polygamist’s Daughter by Anna LeBaron Review

I find cults to be out of this world interesting. This topic always sucks me right in. It is so mind boggling how people justify their beliefs/actions, and it’s insane how many people will follow something that’s obviously bad so blindly. I saw The Polygamist’s Daughter on @stephaniereads bookstagram account and knew I had to read it.

The Polygamist's Daughter

My father had thirteen wives and more than fifty children . . .
This is the haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. Ervil’s criminal activity kept Anna and her siblings constantly on the run from the FBI. Often starving, the children lived in a perpetual state of fear―and despite their numbers, Anna always felt alone. Would she ever find a place she truly belonged? Would she ever be anything other than the polygamist’s daughter?
Filled with murder, fear, and betrayal, The Polygamist’s Daughter is the harrowing, heart-wrenching story of a fatherless girl and her unwavering search for love, faith, and a place to call home.

This wasn’t what I expected. The cult members didn’t wear matching long sleeve Plymouth dresses and have their hair up in birds nest buns. They didn’t all live together in a commune in the middle of nowhere. They were all scattered through out the South West parts of the United States, and they were all basically living in poverty. Based on the descriptions by LeBaron, it’s a wonder none of the bazillion children died of malnutrition.

I’m dying to give away spoilers about this book because there’s so much I’d like to discuss. Instead, I will give you some expectations you can have if you plan on reading it. You can expect to be surprised, because you probably haven’t read a story like this before. You can expect your heart to hurt for the children who were forced into this way of life with no choice of ever living a different way. You can expect your eyes to bug out of their sockets while wondering to yourself, could something like this really happen in our country?

As a whole, I found Anna’s story to be fascinating and enlightening. We get more than her childhood in this book, we get her entire life and how living in a polygamist cult as a child affected her into adulthood.  By the end of the book, I just wanted to give her a big hug and tell her how great of a job she’d done and how obviously beautiful her heart is. She took something horrific and turned it into an inspiring account forcing readers to look inward into their own hearts and lives. I could feel her genuineness through her words, and that is simply something that cannot be faked.

Without a doubt in my mind, I recommend this book to anyone. This is not one of those weird books that only Kacy could ever like. This is something anyone can learn something from. To see purchase options for The Polygamist’s Daughter through Amazon, CLICK HERE. If you live in my area and want to check this out from the library, the Tarrant County libraries do have copies. Feel free to message me if you need help figuring out our library system. 🙂 Happy reading, friends! Xoxo

The Polygamist’s Daughter by Anna LeBaron Review

Off Topic Tuesday

IMG_4594.jpgHappy New Year, everyone! 5171 Miles Book Blog and myself have come up with this great, big idea about stepping out of our blogging comfort zones this year and talking about things that are just a little off topic compared to what we usually talk about. Hence the name Off Topic Tuesday! On the first Tuesday of every month, Ashley, Sabrina and I will be chatting about some different and fun topics. But trust me, in between we will still bombard you with books, because we are OBSESSED and that obsession just isn’t going away any time soon. Today we are going to share with you our 2018 bookish goals. So, without further ado, here’s to trying new things in 2018!

One of my bookish goals for 2018 might sound a little funny. If you frequent bookstagram, you have probably heard of #theunreadshelfproject2018 that’s going on right now. Everyone and their mom is declaring 2018 the year that they read all of the unread books that they own. This movement is basically not possible for me, because I probably only have a total of 5 books that I own that I haven’t read. I just don’t buy books that often. Not because I don’t want to, but because I am so dang frugal that I rarely buy anything for myself that’s not a necessity. I usually get my books from the library or lent to me by friends. So, instead of joining the unread shelf movement, I am vowing to BUY MORE BOOKS this year. I want to support authors and grow my home library.

I am setting a goal to read 65 books this year. I was able to read that many in 2017, and since I’m fairly certain 2018 will be just as busy (if not more busy) I think 65 books is a good goal. I also want to branch out a bit as far as genres go. I’d like to read more from outside my comfort zone, like maybe fantasy and non-ficton. Finally, I want to read more books written by indie authors. Indie authors are so cool and talented and I want to support them and become more well-versed in this side of the industry.

On a more personal note, I would really like to join the herd and commit to eating healthier in 2018 and be more active. I’m really considering challenging myself to try something new and do yoga Youtube videos. Where I can find the time to do that, I’m not sure. Reading and blogging are obviously my first priority. 😉

What are your bookish goals for 2018? Please share with us in the comments! And be sure to head over to 5171 Miles Book Blog and see their resolutions. Next month we will be talking about all of the places we’ve traveled to in our lives. I’m really excited about this one! Being a military wife for 5 years took me to some interesting places. Thanks for hanging with us, guys! See you next time. Xoxo

Off Topic Tuesday

2017 in Review: My Year in Books

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2017 is coming to an end. For me, this year brought a lot of personal growth, more than I ever could have expected for myself and in ways I would’ve never anticipated. I am proud of the person I am and I’m proud of the person I now aspire to be. I say all of this because books have played a big part in my growth this year.

I only made one bookish goal for 2017 and it was that I keep a record of every book that I read so that I would have a number at the end of the year. Well, I certainly did that. On three overly sized notebook papers is a list of all the books I read this year, the grand total being 65 books. I also created this blog and put up a whole bunch of content which I know for sure has attracted at least two loyal followers in my dad and my husband. So all in all, it was a great year in books for me.

Out of the 65 books I read, there were definitely some AMAZING ones that have not left my brain since I consumed them. I was able to pick out 5 favorites to share with you. These are not going to be listed in any particular order, because picking 5 favorites was already hard enough.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio I read this one before I started my blog, so I don’t have a review for it up currently. Nonetheless, I certainly did enjoy this book. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me cringe. It is just an all around great story that could make an impact on anyone.

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher Well, of course this one is on here. It is the book that made me finally buckle down and start this blog because I NEEDED to vent about it. If you haven’t read anything by Tarryn Fisher yet, what in the heck are you waiting for? Start with this one and experience the mind blown effect this woman’s writing has. Fo realz.

F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher If you’re a regular on this blog, you are probably smacking your head right about now saying, “duh!” to yourself because you knew this one was coming. Just go read the review and you’ll see why it’s so important to me. A Kacy life changer, this one is.

The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss I finally read that one book that my husband begged me to read for years and to my surprise, I absolutely loved it. This story has not left me and I don’t think it ever will. I honestly believe this is storytelling at its finest. Be warned that the final book in this series has not been released yet, and there is no future release date in sight and it’s been 10 years since he wrote the first one so… yeah…

In This Life by Christine Brae I read my first Christine Brae book this year and it basically broke every single bone in my body then somehow miraculously healed me by the end. This one was an extremely personal read for me and easily became one of my favorite books this year. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Whew. I made it, you guys. 2017, it’s been real. 2018, I’m coming for you bigger and better than ever. Hope you’re ready. Thanks so much to everyone for supporting me in this blogging adventure this year. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. This was a huge leap for me and it has just turned out to be the best thing ever. I hope you all had a great year and are optimistic moving forward. Happy New Year, everyone! Xoxo

 

2017 in Review: My Year in Books

Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand Review

Wow. Wow wow wow. I’m not wowing because of this book, I’m wowing because of how crazy my December has been. My reading goals have gone down the drain and I’m just barely scraping by. It’s the 21st and I’ve only completed two whole books this month, and that makes me really sad. Christmas time is a busy time when you are a mom, wife, daughter, sister, and friend, apparently.

Anywho, I was able to finish this quick little nugget, Winter Street, and I have to say, it charmed me. I mentioned on my Instagram page that this was probably my biggest bandwagon read of 2017. Everyone, literally EVERYONE, on bookstagram is reading this series right now, so when I saw that my library had a copy I figured I should see what all the fuss was about. I mean, look at this cover. Is it not the most enticing Christmas read ever? It sucked me in like a vacuum.

Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket’s Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can’t get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley’s second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines. 

As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who’s playing Santa at the inn’s annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unreachable in Afghanistan, it might be up to Kelley’s ex-wife, nightly news anchor Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn. 

Before the mulled cider is gone, the delightfully dysfunctional Quinn family will survive a love triangle, an unplanned pregnancy, a federal crime, a small house fire, many shots of whiskey, and endless rounds of Christmas caroling, in this heart-warming novel about coming home for the holidays. 

This book was soooooo cute. I’d heard that if you liked the show Parenthood you would like this book, and I totally agree with that statement. This definitely has Parenthood vibes mixed with something resembling one of my favorite Christmas movies, The Family Stone. Winter Street is filled with multiple characters who all have their own set of dramas, and they all mesh together to make one great story.

If you are looking for a quick and light read to entertain you during your downtime (if you have any) this Christmas season, I highly recommend this one. It’s easy to read and moves really smoothly from start to finish. I can so dreamily envision reading this beaut while soaking in a lavender scented bubble bath with a nice glass of white wine sitting next to me. Unfortunately, that’s not my reality, but it COULD be yours. So do it!

Merry Christmas, everyone! If not sooner, I will be back after Santa magically appears with a 2017 reflection/wrap up. Then in 2018, I’ve got some new things planned for The Fettered Matriarch that I’m pretty darn excited about. Stay tuned!

To see purchase options for Winter Street through Amazon, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about Elin Hilderbrand, CLICK HERE.

Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand Review

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon Review

Amy Harmon has been on my radar for months now. Maybe even a whole year. I’ve heard so many good things about her books, and I’ve been dyyyyying to get my hands on anything of hers. My chance finally came when The Law of Moses kindle version went on sale for .99 cents a couple of weeks ago. I snatched it up and immediately went in blind. And boy was it not what I was expecting.

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

I’m about to do something crazy. This is where I usually put the synopsis for the book I’m reviewing, but I’m not giving you this one. If you’d like, simply click the picture above and you can easily read it there. BUT I advise you to read my review first and then decide if you want to read the synopsis or not. Basically, this is my blog and I do what I want. So just keep reading. 🙂

I really had no clue what to expect with this book. A lot of my friends that recommended Amy Harmon to me like to read similar stories as me, so I assumed I’d get some kind of romance with some heartache and some kind of life lesson. And geez, Louise. Did I ever get all three of those in this one book, somehow in a way that I wouldn’t have ever expected. Ever.

Spoilers aside, this was a great read that hit me right in the heart and continually surprised me with its twists and turns and bumpy roads. This was something I needed to read at this exact moment in my life. Raising a toddler is HARD. Most definitely the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I take it for granted way more often than I’d like to admit and I get stressed out so easily. Sometimes it takes a strong message to redirect your thoughts and put life into perspective. This book was that message for me, and I’m just so thankful that it came to me at the right time.

“People liked religion but they didn’t want to have to exercise any faith. Religion was comforting with all its structure and its rules. It made people feel safe. But faith wasn’t safe. Faith was hard and uncomfortable and forced people to step out on a limb.”

I wouldn’t say this is a religious book. Honestly, The Law of Moses is its own genre. I’ve never read anything like it before. Go in blind. I dare you. Decode the secrets and discover its heart. Be vulnerable and let the words draw you in. If you are looking for a book to make you feel, look no further. You have found it. I really, really enjoyed this one and may even read it again someday. I most certainly will be reading more by Amy Harmon, because I have a gnawing suspicion that I will thoroughly love everything that she has to say.

CLICK HERE to see purchase options for The Law of Moses through Amazon.

CLICK HERE to access Amy Harmon’s website.

 

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon Review

Favorite Quote Friday

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GUYS. I’M HERE AND I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY. I’m retiring from Favorite Quote Friday. When I saw my friends Ashley and Sabrina doing it at 5171 Miles Book Blog, I thought it was the greatest idea ever and wanted in on it. They said I could totally play along with them, but I have quickly realized that a weekly post from me that isn’t a review is an unreasonable expectation to have for myself right now. So, with that being said, this will be my last favorite quote that I will be sharing with you on a Friday.

And it’s one of my favorite lines from a romance novel ever. This series has stuck with me, and I still think about Caleb and Olivia sometimes. They took my heart and stomped on it. Hard.

“I fell in love underneath a tree.” -Tarryn Fisher, The Opportunist

 

Favorite Quote Friday