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The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson Book Review

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The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson _ Zainey Laney

This is the story of Rapunzel, But you have never hear it like this before. However, Rapunzel has lived alone with her mother all her life. While her mother provides for her, she forbids her to read or meet men.

When Rapunzel meets Sir Gerek, both of those rules are broken. Rapunzel finds the strength to find work at the castle and in so doing discovers the real truth of who she is.

I thoroughly enjoyed this spin on the story. The characters were deep and the story kept moving at a good pace. If you like period dramas, especially with a familiar theme, I recommend this one for sure!

The Golden Braid is available on AMAZON in kindle, audible, MP3, and hardcover formats. Not currently available on available on Google Play.

Available: Nov 17

Press Summary:

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower…

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?

 

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

 

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Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

 

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The Good Neighbor Review + Giveaway

It’s Novel Nerd! Plus a Giveaway! Read to the end to find out how to get your own copy! Plus look for a new Book Review on Mondays.

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This is the second book I am reading for BookSparks U. If you missed the first one, Big Law by Lucy Cameron, make sure you check it out!

The Good Neighbor by AJ Banner _ Zainey Laney

The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner is classified under the suspense thriller genre. I reminded me a lot of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, but shorter. If you are a fan of the type of books that keep you guessing, this will be up your alley.

Sarah lives a perfect life as a small town writer in beautiful Washington, and is still a newlywed to Dr. Johnny. However, one night a fire reveals the dangers of living in a small town.

Like I said, this book was a really fast read both in length and how it keeps you reading. My complaint is that the characters were not written as complex and deep enough as they could have been. While I did kind of root for the heroine, I did not fall in love with the protanganist enough to want to read a sequel. However, if you are looking for a book to read for enjoyment, this is an excellent read.

The Good Neighbor is available on AMAZON in paperbakc, audible, MP3 CD, and ebook formats. Not available on Google Play at this time.

Release date: September 1

Press Summary:

Named by Harper’s Bazaar as a book that could be the next Gone Girl.

From a phenomenal new voice in suspense fiction comes a book that will forever change the way you look at the people closest to you…

Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about—quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That’s what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah’s happiness.

Dazed and stricken with grief, she and Johnny begin to rebuild their shattered lives. As she picks up the pieces of her broken home, Sarah discovers a shocking secret that forces her to doubt everything she thought was true—about her neighbors, her friends, and even her marriage. With each stunning revelation, Sarah must ask herself, Can we ever really know the ones we love?

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Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

It’s Travel Thursday with some more Epic Travel.

Marshall recently had the opportunity to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party with Chris. Here is his take on one of the most popular halloween events in Orlando.

Mickeys Not So Scary with Chris and Marshall _ Zainey Laney

 

I recently had an opportunity, alongside MovieGuy84, to check out Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. This is not the first time I had been to the Party, but it was the first time I had been there on an invite. Okay, technically as a +1 on an invite. Thank you, MovieGuy. If you want me to sum up the rest of what I’m going to say, you should definitely go, and a lot an entire evening for it up tomidnight. You’ll be tired the next morning, but it’ll be good fun.
Mickeys Not SO Scary Castle _ Zainey Laney
Each year, they kick off the night with a show. In previous years, most were disappointed with the production and direction of the shows. I’m pleased to say that Disney has addressed that. This year features the Sanderson Sisters of Hocus Pocus fame, their long-overdue-induction into the society of Disney Villians, and a lot of elbow rubbing with other villainous headliners. The sorcerous sisters have come back from their slumber and are attempting to brew their Hocus Pocus Party Potion. They need several ingredients that are all supplied by various ne’er-do-wells including Dr. Fusilier, Oogy Boogy, and Maleficent. It’s all very campy, and yes, that’s the point. Personally, I felt that Oogy Boogy’s part was a bit weak as far as story line, but this is about fun, not high literature. The Sanderson Sisters were perfectly decked out. They looked exactly like their movie counterparts, and moved and sang just right. Disney really did them justice here, and the show really made the night for me.
Mickeys Not So Scary Boo to You Parade _ Zainey Laney
After that, the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hallow fame came riding through to kick off the Boo-To-You parade. If you haven’t seen this before, it takes various attractions from around the Magic Kingdom on parade, blending their theme songs with the parade music in an earworm that will please and annoy you for two and a half days after. A fun highlight is the zombie undertaker dancers for the Haunted Mansion. As they dance, they drag their shovels on the ground, throwing up a shower of sparks. So fun. If I’m not mistaken, they’ve added Wreck-It Ralph characters near the end of the parade, close to the Goofy Float. I liked Vanellope running around and saying hi to everyone.
Mickeys Not So Scary Boo to You Parade _ Zainey Laney
Now, you can’t have a fun Halloween without Trick-Or-Treating, and Disney supplies. Many of the attractions are shut down and become candy zones where you can load up. Interestingly, Pirates of the Carribean was also shut down. Possibly because George doesn’t want to work nights. My recommendation is to wait until during or after the night’s fireworks display to do your candy runs, as the lines will be shorter. We managed to hit all the stations, see the show, parade, and fireworks, and ride three rides all during the event without breaking a sweat. While you’re about, you should check out the Haunted Mansion, as all the staff have revealed their undead selves (via great makeup jobs) in the moonlight, and one of the ghostly ladies will be out for a meet-and-greet. Great photo ops are to be had all over the park, as just about every character is hanging out to meet you. Now, I mentioned the fireworks display. Really, I wasn’t much of a fan of it. Having seen it before, and having so much of it de-synced was a bit of a turn off. I hope they’ll update this in future years.
Mickeys Not So Scary Fire Works _ Zainey Laney
All in all, this was a great event, and I hope to go again one year. If you have the opportunity, kids or no, you should definitely go. It isn’t a scary Halloween. It’s a fun, exuberant romp through all the festivities you remember from your childhood. And your inner child will thank you.
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Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney