Book Review: The Charm Bracelet

The Charm Bracelet is a heartfelt novel written by Viola Shipman. Each turn of a page just melts your heart. This book is about the charm bracelet, that is a family heirloom. It entails the rediscovery of the important of family and each charm. Each year, Lolly, one of the main characters was given a charm along with advice for her birthday. Lolly is now seventy and starting to forget her past. The story of the family and each charm is revealed bit by bit. This story reminds readers of the preciousness of family. This book follows the lives of Lolly, Lauren, and Arden.

You must remember, unhappiness can consume you entirely, without you realizing. Happiness is a choice. – Viola Shipman

This exquisite writing brings together the 3 woman as they reminisce on Lolly’s past and charm bracelet. Each charm has a story behind that over time she begins to share with her daughter and granddaughter. This book made me realize the importance of family and how you should cherish them.

The main characters in this book all face the same challenges in life. Throughout this novel, you learn how each character overcomes their challenges and fears in life. How do you let go of your fears and do what you love? How do you cope with the highs and lows of life? How do you learn to love yourself, and pick yourself up every time life knocks you down? These are what the characters have trouble with.

This book couldn’t have come at a better time. Currently, I am dealing with finishing off high school which entails exams and summatives. This book taught me more than ever that you can rely on your family at your darkest times. Unlike like other individuals they will be there for you at the end of the day no matter what.

One reason I enjoyed this book deeply is because of the mini sentimental lessons you learn from each charm. Each charm holds a reminder for you in life such as to have fun, to let go of control, to seek out the type of love we deserve, to follow our passions, etc.

After reading this book, I have decided that my next big purchase will be a charm bracelet. As I want to continue the tradition in the book in my own life. I would like to be able to pass a bracelet on to my children and tell them the stories of each charm. Thank you, Viola Shipman.

I 100% recommend yall to read this novel. This book is a heartfelt novel that I will continue to re-read throughout my life. Your girl finished this book in 3 hours. I would recommend this book to young adult readers and anyone looking for a light or easy read. Overall I rate this book 5/5 stars 🙂

-XOXO chana


Book Review: A Thousand Pieces of You

“I would love you in any shape, in any world, with any past. Never doubt that.”

A Thousand Pieces of You is an exquisite novel written by Claudia Gray. This is the first book in the Firebird series.  This thrilling fantasy novel features a girl traveling through different dimensions chasing her father’s killer. Marguerite Caine’s parents are physicists, well known for their invention, the Firebird. This device allows individuals to jump into other universes.But when her father is murdered, – the perceived killer is Paul- one of her parent’s assistant’s. She and Theo, chase Paul as he escapes into another dimension. This novel follows the journey that they must take in order to get justice for her father’s death. Throughout this novel, Marguerite encounters different versions of the people she loves. As well as, falls in love and finds the truth behind her father’s death.

First, and foremost, can we talk about the cover? While in the library, this book captivated my attention. At first glance, I knew this novel had to be read! I mean just look at the design and spectrum of colours. AH, this book needs to be on my bookshelf soon. And I will be rereading this book in the future.

This book intrigued me from the start with the killer storyline- her father being murdered. But this book lacked in this storyline and I would have enjoyed it more with an increased amount of this storyline. Do not go in reading this book with the intention of a thriller novel focusing on murder.

One aspect of the book that I loved was the ability of the characters to travel to different dimensions. Though typically these dimensions were different there were many similarities. Firstly, the characters personality and interests tended to be the same. Additionally, Marguerite’s father was dead in her universe but alive in others. Another thing I loved about this book was the change in setting every few chapters as the characters traveled through dimensions. Each world brought a change in reality as the relationships between characters changed.

“Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science—that’s the most spectacular window of all “

I do not typically, find myself reading sci-fi, fantasy novels but I am glad I read this one. Though this book is classified as fantasy and sci-fi there is so much romance in it. I am an avid reader of romance novels and this aspect of romance kept me interested throughout the novel. At the beginning of the novel there is only one love interest, but as the novel progresses another love interest is revealed. Causing there to be somewhat of a love triangle. First, there is Theo, the flirtatious lab assistant who accompanies Marguerite’s journey through the different universes. In contrast, we have Paul, the quiet lab assistant who betrayed her family by killing her father. I was not happy with who she picked in the end. But, there are 2 more books; there’s still room for change! I can’t wait to get my hand on the other two books.

One thing I did no expect from this novel was the numerous twists and turns that this book entailed. The layout of the twists and turns were strategically placed and were in favour of the readers. This novel constantly kept me guessing.

This book will have to be one of my favourite February reads. This book leaves you wanting more especially with the shocking reveal at the end. This book only took me a few days to read. I would recommend this book to any avid readers of fantasy, sci-fi or even romance.

Thanks for tuning in 🙂

-XOXO chana