The Bad Daughter, by Joy Fielding ~ 3.0 Stars


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Thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review review.

Release Date: Available Now

368 Pages

Synopsis: What first appears to be a random home invasion reveals a family’s dark secrets in this domestic ticking-clock suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of See Jane Run.

A hostile relationship with her sister and a complicated past with her father’s second wife have kept Robin estranged from her family for many years. But when her father’s new family is attacked in their house, with her father, his wife, and young daughter in critical condition in the hospital, she returns home to await their fate and hopefully mend fences. It looks like a robbery gone awry, but as Robin spends more time with her family members, she learns they all have their secrets—-and one of those secrets may have put them all in horrible danger.

Joy fielding has been one of my favorite authors in the genres of mystery, suspense, and thrillers, but I have to admit that despite the exciting sounding premise, The Bad Daughter was disappointing for me. 

The pace was much slower than what I’ve come to expect from this prolific author. It’s a domestic drama (which most of her books are), with a mystery thrown in, but not much of the suspense that I’ve come to expect from her. None of the characters are well developed, but the one who annoyed me the most was Robin. She was entirely too bland and passive for me, and I was unable to connect with her despite her suffering from panic and anxiety attacks. The majority of the story focuses on Robin’s dysfunctional relationship with her one-dimensional angry and aggressive sister Melanie. I would have liked a couple of the secondary characters to have been given bigger roles, especially Blake who was the sole voice of reason, but alas, it never happened. 

To me, the villain was fairly obvious early on, and I couldn’t believe no one guessed who it was, particularly Robin, as she’s a therapist. There’s some weak reasoning provided to try to explain this, but I just didn’t buy it so the ending turned out to be anticlimactic for me.

While The Bad Daughter wasn’t my favorite novel by Joy Fielding, she’s been a bestselling author for over four decades, so I’m by no means giving up on her. I’m already looking forward to her next novel. 



Project Pandora (Assassin Fall #1) by Aden Polydoros ~ 4.0 Stars


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Tbanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: Available Now

372 Pages

Synopsis: Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to home, he’s learned that lesson the hard way. But when strange things start happening—waking up with bloody knuckles and no memory of the night before or the burner phone he can’t let out of his sight—Tyler starts to wonder if he can even trust himself.

Even stranger, the girl he’s falling for has a burner phone just like his. Finding out what’s happening only leads to more questions…questions that could get them both killed. It’s not like someone’s kidnapping teens lost in the system and brainwashing them to be assassins or anything, right? And what happens to rogue assets who defy control?

In a race against the clock, they’ll have to uncover the truth behind Project Pandora and take it down—before they’re reactivated. Good thing the program spent millions training them to kick ass…

Project Pandora is the exciting and promising beginning to the Assassin Fall series, and I easily breezed through it in two sittings. It took me a few chapters to acclimate myself because not only are there several characters, when they’re under the influence of the sinister society who has brainwashed them, they’re known by Greek code names. But this is a fairly minor complaint, because from the first page, I was immediately sucked in. What I appreciated most of all is that all the action took nothing away from the characters themselves. The ending is a cliffhanger so I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel, Project Prometheus which is due out sometime this year. 


“The Spoon Theory”

I had never hear of the Spoon Theory until Deanna told me about it a few weeks ago. Thank you my friend for thinking of myself and others who suffer from chronic illness and pain, especially when you’re suffering as well.

Dee's Rad Reads and Reviews


I’ve noticed recently that a lot of my wonderful blogger friends have been struggling with a variety of  chronic health issues. Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Migraine Headaches, Chronic Pain, and many more.

I’ve also seen that many bloggers feel guilty if they can’t post more often, reply to comments, blog hop etc.  As I also suffer from chronic health issues, I understand these feelings. Although of course, we are all different.

Blogging, reading, writing reviews. and interacting with others has been incredible for me.  I’ve met some fantastic reviewers, readers, bloggers, authors, and publishers.  All of it takes me away and gives me a sense of purpose.  I’m starting to feel confident about writing a good review.

I am really thankful for this blog. However, there are some days where it is just too much for me. Sometimes I need to take a break and I’m learning that it’s okay.

I think…

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15 things not to say to someone with a chronic condition

This is such a well written post by The Narcissist’s Daughter and her advice cannot be repeated enough.

The Narcissist's Daughter

Chronic pain and disease are not just pain or sickness.

It is frustration, sadness, anger, anxiety, emptiness, and loneliness. It is wondering how on earth you will make it through, and if you can cope with this forever. It is wondering how you can pay the bills, buy your medications, and visit the doctors, while still putting food on the table for your family. It is missing your life, the one you had before you got this sick and being scared of the future.

Surviving with chronic pain, or illness means that each morning when you get up (if you can get up) you face the day with uncertainty and fear. You try to put a smile on your face and cope the best you can, but often failing.

Those of us who have this battle withstand so much mockery and blame from others, there is so much misunderstanding and…

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Words To Remember ~ George Peabody




Today, on the anniversary of his receiving the Congressional Gold Medal in 1867 for charitable work, Google has chosen to honor “the Father of Modern Philanthropy”, George Peabody. I have a special fondness myself for this man as the library where I worked for so many years, was founded by him. If you’re unfamiliar with him I encourage you to look him up. A man of humble beginnings, during his lifetime he endowed a multitude of schools, museums and libraries here in the U.S. as well as establishing the Peabody Trust, which is still one of the biggest housing trusts in the U.K.


And, if you have time, take a look at the video Google’s provided of the creation of this gorgeous mural by volunteers at the George Peabody Elementary School in San Francisco.

Education: A debt due from present to future generations.

~ George Peabody ~


Shatter (Glitter #2), by Aprilynne Pike ~ 4.0 Stars


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Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Books for Young Readers for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: Available Now

384 Pages

Synopsis: Danica planned to use beauty, blackmail, and a glittering drug to control her own fate. Her escape from the twisted world of  the Palace of Versailles was perfectly orchestrated and paid for. Or so she thought.

Betrayed by the man who had promised her freedom, Dani is now married to the murderous King. It’s a terrifying position to be in…and yet it’s oddly intoxicating. Power may be an even stronger drug than Glitter—-a drug Dani can’t resist, in the form of secrets, manipulation, and sabotage.

In her new position at the head of the court, Dani must ask herself who she really is. Can she use her newfound power to secure her real love, Saber’s freedom and a chance at a life together outside the palace? Or is being Queen to addictive?

I was a little iffy about trying Shatter after reading it’s predecessor, Glitter, but I’m glad I did, because I found this so much more enjoyable. Although I loved the world building and setting, I gave the first book a paltry 1.5 stars mainly because I absolutely loathed Dani who I felt had absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever. What a difference a book makes. Dani is still dealing Glitter but she now sees the moral repercussions of what she is doing. Unfortunately, she’s trapped, as if she stops, her true love Saber will be killed by Reginald, the man supplying the drugs. And to make things worse, she’s forced to marry Justin, the loathsome King of the Palace of Versailles, and along with her small group of friends discovers a horrific plot afoot. 

Dani matures so much in this sequel, although that also means she’s forced to become as ruthless and calculating as Justin at times, for the greater good. I was shocked and thrilled to see this new side of her. She also shows her vulnerability when in order to cope she keeps her stays under her dresses as painfully tight as possible to give her a sense of control. 

Thankfully she has the ever loyal Saber at her side to help her. But this also brings me to why this didn’t get a full 5 stars. In both books, Saber served as a voice of reason to Dani, even if she didn’t always listen to him. By now I expected their relationship to go up to the next level. Yes, they do become a couple, but there’s very little romance, and what there is, it’s more told, rather than shown. Despite a couple of touching scenes, I just never found their love completely believable.

Overall though, I was impressed with how much an improvement Shatter was over Glitter. Because of the way the book ends, I’m not sure if there’s to be a third, but I’m rather hoping there is. 

R.I.P. Stephen Hawking ~ 1942 – 2018



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In what has to be one of the most surreal coincidences, world-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has passed away on not only the same day that Albert Einstein was born, but also the same day we honor Pi. And then there’s the fact that he was born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death. So maybe this is proof that time is circular. Whatever you want to make of this, he was an incredible genius who overcame tremendous personal hardship and contributed so much to the mathematical and scientific communities. He will be missed. Here are a few of my favorite quotes.

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.


Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.


My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit, as well as physically.


The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.