Room by Emma Donoghue – #fbf #bookreview


Room by Emma Donoghue

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Emotional Stars


To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world….

Told in the inventive, funny, and poignant voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience – and a powerful story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible.

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.


It’s really difficult to review this book, 1 because of the subject matter and 2 because of the narration.

The story is narrated by a 5 year old little boy called Jack.
He lives in ‘Room’ with ‘Ma’ this is the only place he has ever known as he was born there.

Room is 11ft by 11ft with a bath, cooker a bed, a wardrobe all of the creature comforts you would ever want and Jack is happy!

Ma is not happy…..

Ma was kidnapped at the age of 19 and put into the room and has not been able to leave for 7 years!

Jack has lots of friends, he has Bed, Wardrobe, Plant, Egg Snake and Dora in TV.

Because the whole story is told from Jacks POV you never really understand everything that is happening in Room but you can feel it.

You can feel it when they look at ‘Watch’ and it is 8.47pm and he runs into ‘Wardrobe’ to his bed so that he isn’t there when ‘Old Nick’ comes in at 9pm….

You can feel it when he counts the grunts until it goes quiet and Old Nick leaves…

You can feel it when Jack speaks about people in TV not being really real, and ‘Outside’ is outer space ……

🎧🎧 – Narrated by Michal Friedman & Ellen Archer

The narration is hard at first, and I felt guilty about being a bit fed up with it after a few chapters, it started to grate my nerves, but after that I understood why it was done like that.

A good but difficult read.

📣I have since found out this morning while posting this Flashback Friday review that one of the narrators of this book Michal Friedman has since died.
It was announced here –…

This is incredibly sad, and although it was a few years ago i hope her husband and children are doing ok.

Be Prepared,


Written in Red by Anne Bishop – #FBF #bookreview

Written in Red

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

5 Fantastic Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.


This is the first book in the Others series a fabulous urban fantasy series….. I read this book in February 2017 and binged the series finishing the last book in March 2017….. I am not a huge fantasy/urban fantasy person but this book was spectacular as were all the other books in the series,…. so much love to Meg and Simon and all the rest of these amazing characters! If you are thinking of dipping your toe into this genre I strongly suggest this series…

~ review February 2017~

I think I have found myself a new favorite urban fantasy series….
The question I ask myself is what took me so long to read this book? My favorite part of books are the character and the character development… and both of these were done so very well in this book…

Meg the female protagonist was so well written… she was naïve and yet she was so strong…. and she never came across whiny, and that is something I have a problem with in a lot of books in the fantasy/urban fantasy genre…. and then we have Simon.:. a little rough around the edges, but he is a wolf after all…. all the secondary characters were done so well, they were all very necessary to the book…. and added so much color…. and I was never confused as to who was Who and I give the Author credit for this…

My favorite of these secondary characters being the bear, the crows, and of course Tess….. I also really liked the part the elementals and the ponies played in this…. shoot I could go on forever, but I won’t…. Will definitely be reading the next book in the series very, very, soon!

**** as I mentioned above I have read all the books in this series and all my favorite characters remain throughout and were fabulous throughout… and even played a bigger role in future books… cannot encourage you enough to try this series!

Be entertained in this new world,