I just wanted to point out that the proper way to pronounce the blog is Read (as in I read a book) Riding Hood Reviews, in case there was any confusion.

I thought about this a 6:28 this morning. Am I insane for being that awake that early?

up early

Books to Make a Difference

I recently read a book called Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. She is a Goodreads author, and if you get a chance to, definitely check out some of her work. In this book the main character has a fear of going outside, being touched, and being around people. At least that is the simplest form I can describe it to you with out sounding like a doctor. It is more than just being afraid. It is a mental illness that cripples her everyday life. She even has times when she passes out in cold sweats, and shallow breathing. I am not reviewing it right now, but definitely be on the look out for it soon. Instead, I want to talk about books making a difference by writing about what I would call taboo subjects.

I am not saying there is not a range of books about some of the hard and most difficult things in life. Look at John Greene he wrote a book about cancer, and it became a phenomenon. No, I am not saying that at all. It is my personal opinion, and it may differ from yours, that there just is not enough.

I suffer from depression, and when I read Under Rose Tainted Skies I realized that there are people who don’t understand what we may be going through. Those of us with mental illness. She lost all of her friends. I know with depression people tell you to get out of bed, to do something that makes you feel happy, to smile. If you are anything like me you paint a smile on, and when it gets too much, and you can’t hold it inside anymore they tell you that you are not your usual happy self. In reality, you are in bed because the sadness keeps you there. You can’t make yourself happy. It’s not anything you did on purpose, or that you don’t want to be happy it is just the way it is. As I like to say people will question, judge, and fear what they don’t understand.

So, what if more authors wrote books that helped educate about things like mental illnesses. What if they raised awareness about suicide? What if that one book helped save a life, or helped a person find a ray of happiness in the gloominess that surrounds them? What if a book actually made a difference?

Do you agree with me? Do you see where I am coming from? Do you have suggestions of books with similar themes? Did my post make a difference? I urge you to communicate with me in the comments. I would love to hear your insight.

-Little Read Reviewer

Lord Of Shadows

*********warning review contains spoilers***********

My heart leapt with joy as I preordered this book. I was sat there and pressed submit order, with a smile on my face I waited for it to find its way into mailbox. On Friday it arrived, and I began to read.
I felt a bit sad because I really wanted Julian and Emma together and not Emma and Mark. I think Mark needs to be with Christina. What can I say I live vicariously. I understand why they had to end things, and why Emma has to pretend to be with Mark, but I still miss what could have been.
Even with that disappointment, I think Lord of Shadows deserves the highest praise. I feel like Cassie really let us know who the characters are. We got to know some off the characters that are kinda background props. You know, Livvy, Ty, and Dru. Putting Deigo and Jamie in there as covert spy types was awesome. I appreciate that doing so let me have a little more insight on what went down when they shattered Christina’s heart into a million pieces. I have closure now. The story line was perfect as it was, but she was not done. Clare made me happy once again. In walks Alec and Magnus. I ship them so hard. It could not get any better.
Nothing stays great forever.
I don’t understand why she had to go kill off a ton of people. What is wrong with Magnus. Robert Light wood is a prick, but he did not have to die. What reason did she have for killing Livvy and possibly Ty. The ending did not have to go the way it did. Things with Julian and Emma even went from bad to worse. I felt like I was set up to be really happy, just to be faced with disappointment in the end. I didn’t like that one bit.
Despite my personal opinions about the ending I still think it’s an amazing book, and I will still be faithful to Cassandra Clare and the world she brings me into. Unless she kills off Clary. that might change things.

Grab your coffee. Get your books. Hop on the Banwaggon