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Review: It’s a Bright World

  • Title: It’s A Bright World to Fell Lost in
  • Author Mark O’Dwyer
  • paperback
  • # of pages: 49
  • released: 2017
  • Published: Publisher Obscura
  • genre(s): humor
  • My rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis

Are you feeling a little lost? Got that ‘left in the spare room’ emptiness about you? Mawson does too.

He sits atop his cushion and ponders about baffling things.

The world is a funny place for a curious teddy bear to live in. Friends approach him about their own dilemmas. They seek instant answers that will make everything all right. Mawson does his best. But after he ponders deeply, most things remain for him just as baffling as they were before.

Take a moment out of your day to pawse with him and explore the world. For the many frazzled readers who feel, secretly, much the same, he offers the comfort that the world is a bright place to be.

My Review

This book was absolutely precious.  Any one who had a favorite animal, doll or toy growing up should read this book.

Telling this story through the eyes of Mawson the bear is what makes this book so good and the reason that I encourage everyone to check this book out.

Happy reading!!!!

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What I read this week!

Over the last two weeks I have been attempting to read the book Dark Chains by LaTasha “Tasha B” Braxton.  I really wanted to give this book a try because the author had alot lot of information to support everything she had to say but after alomost two weeks I decided to put this book down as a “DID NOT FINISH” because of the fact that it couldn’t keep my attention for more then a few minutes at a time.

 

Happy Reading!!

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Review: Dis’ Taste

  • Title: Dis’ Taste
  • Author: Caven Tootell
  • Kindle
  • # of Pages: 307
  • Released: October 27, 2017
  • Publisher:
  • Genre(s): Historical fiction
  • My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*I was given my copy of the book by the author but all opinions are my own.

Synopsis

Set in pre-WWI Congo Free State, the story follows two Belgian Colonial officers, Philippe and Augustine and the latter’s wife, Clementine. The Congo Free State was established as a private fiefdom of King Leopold of Belgium, to extract as much wealth as could possibly be achieved with no care on the effect to the native people. Estimates point to deaths of over ten million Congolese during Belgian rule.Augustine brings his new wife into country; to bring a piece of normality into their lives, the two men strike up a friendly challenge to host each other to lavish dinner parties using exotic local foods and recipes. The story then follows the three characters, their interactions with each other, other Europeans, Africans, and the oppressive state sponsored rape of the country.The violent environment creates a surreal world where each person attempts to forge a new life for themselves, but eventually descend into an ever darkening world of lost dreams, disillusionment and hatred. At the start, Philippe is brutally and savagely maimed in an attack. The aftermath causes him to deal with an ever increasing post-traumatic shock, whilst managing a company rubber plantation, using opium as a crutch.All characters strive to build themselves an elusive, better life, but the oppressiveness of the country overtakes their lives. Philippe questions the ethics of what they are doing, whilst working his plantation with local assistants and an indigenous woman. Augustine suffers issues with the nature of his work which causes him to lose his sense of proportion, humanity and ability to relate to Clementine, who finds comfort with Philippe.The friendship between each person becomes more and more strained with the cycle of substance abuse, distrust and tensions over their relationships, eventually leading to the outside horror visiting their lives.

My Review

This book took me awhile to get into but I loved it by the end.  The ending is, actually, why I gave this book five stars.

Caven Tootell is a wonderful writer.  I found his descriptions of characters to be unique and insightful without being complicated.  Tootell also used the Congo and it’s features to show his readersdifferent moods.

Dis’ Taste deminstrates multiple common views black and white people had for each other in post W.W.I Africa.  I am so happy that there has been so much progress in human rights over the last hundred years but we still have a long way to go.

I would encourage all matchure individuals, reader or not, to read this book.

Happy Reading!!!

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ARC Review: Kingdom of Ash and Soot

  • Title: Kingdom of Ash and Soot (The Oder of The Crystal Daggers #1)
  • Author: C. S. Johnson
  • Kindle ebook
  • # of Pages: 352
  • Publisher: Prodigy Gold Books
  • Releases: July 3, 2018
  • Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

* I was given a copy of this book by the publisher but all opinions are my own.

Synopsis

In an age of political unrest and racial divide, one girl’s search for truth will determine the future of her kingdom.

   Prague, 1870 

For the last ten years, nineteen-year-old Eleanora Svobodová has worked as a servant in her stepmother’s household, dreaming of the day she will be free to live life on her own terms.

But when her estranged grandmother, Lady Penelope, comes to Prague on behalf of Queen Victoria, everything changes. Throughout Bohemia, a string of murders and secret whispers hint at a larger coup, and Lady Penelope, as the leader of the Order of the Crystal Daggers, an ancient order of spies and soldiers that protect kingdoms and their rulers, is determined to discover the perpetrators. When she offers Eleanora the chance to help her prevent the kingdom from falling apart, she is hesitant to trust her. And while joining means freedom from her stepmother and protecting the people of Prague, Eleanora knows her life will never be the same–or her own.

Can she find a way to be free and still do the right thing? Or will joining the Order only lead to disaster?

Review

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book, but I was disappointed with the ending. I have to keep reminding myself that this book is part 1 of a series for young adults and I’m 36.

All readers looking for an easy, fun read should consider this book. Just remember it’s book one in a series, so the ending isn’t as vague as I initially thought.

Happy Reading!!!

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ARC Review: Unshattered

  • Title: Unshattered: Overcoming Tragedy and Choosing a Beautiful Life
  • Author: Carol Decker and Stacy L. Nash
  • Paperback
  • # of Pages: 208
  • Release: June 5, 2017
  • Publisher:
  • Genre(s): memoir, inspiration
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*I was given a free copy by the publisher, but all opinions are my own.

Synopsis

Unshattered recounts Carol’s fight for survival against sepsis and its life-shattering complications. From excruciating skin grafts to learning how to function in daily life without lower legs, a left hand, and her sight, Carol takes us on a personal and raw, yet inspiring journey. She travels through the darkness of trauma, anxiety, and depression to arrive, literally, at the peak of a mountain with a heart full of gratitude and love.

Mcfly’s review

I really enjoyed reading the memoir. Carol’s writing was very open and frank throughout the book.

I have read multiple memoirs where the authors skim over the negative events in their lives and then wonder why the readers don’t fully comprehend the authors point or pain. On the other hand, Carol’s memoir has a spotlight on the negative. She shares her physical and mental state during every stage of her battle with sepsis.

I believe Carol’s story is a testament to the strength and will power of the human mind. Carol is living proof that one single thread of hope/desire is all that is needed for an individual to come back from the abyss.

Everyone should read this book. Yes this book has parts that are sad and hard to read, but remember that it has a positive end. Once you finish the book you will understand. I promise.

Happy reading!!!!

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Review: Bart Simpson’s Manual of Mischief

  • Title: BART Simpson’s Manual of Mischief
  • Creator: Matt Groening
  • Hardcover
  • # of Pages: 64
  • Publisher: Insight Edition
  • Released: March 18, 2014
  • Genre(s): Humour, Comics
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book was given to my husband a few years back because he’s a big Simpson’s fan.  I am to, but for some reason I never picked up this book until now.  I really regret not reading this book sooner.  I had so much fun reading this book.

All readers will have fun reading this book but I wouldn’t give this book to a kid because it will give them ideas.

Happy reading!!

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Review: Woodcutter

  • Title: Woodcutter
  • Author: Shaun Baines
  • e-book
  • # of Pages: 290
  • Publisher: Thistle Publishing
  • Released: March 28, 2018
  • Genre(s): Debut novel, crime thriller
  • My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*I was given a copy of the book by the author, but all opinions expressed are my own.

Synopsis

Some family trees are meant to fall…

On the run from his criminal family, Daniel Dayton returns home to Newcastle Upon Tyne when his abandoned daughter is attacked.

But his family have problems of their own. Targeted by a brutal mercenary, their empire is destined to be destroyed should Daniel refuse to help.

Betrayed by his parents. Despised by his brother. In love with his sister-in-law. Home has become a dangerous place to be.

Daniel wants his daughter safe. And he wants his revenge, but in the shadowy streets of Newcastle, things are never what they seem.

My review

I am awed and impressed with this novel.  The plot line was original and well written.  The characters were complex but relatable.

I enjoyed this book so completely that I am actually having difficulty trying to write about it.

All I can say I read this book you will love it.

Happy reading!!!

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Review: Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins

  • Title: Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins
  • Author: Robert Crown
  • # of Pages: 275
  • Paperback
  • Publisher:
  • Genre(s): memoir
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*I received my copy of this book from the author.

* All opinions are my own.

Synopsis

How does a child’s life change when his mother tries to murder him? It’s one of the most profound betrayals imaginable. This is the inspiring true story of Robert Crown’s amazing journey out of the darkness of his childhood and into a world brightly illuminated by the power of positive understanding and purposeful thought. His message to the world is that if he can do it, you too can overcome any challenge in life by focusing your thoughts on what you desire.

My Review

This book was incredible.  Reading about Robert’s childhood put things about my life back into perspective for me.  Many readers will agree that a good book (fiction or nonfiction) has the ability to do this.

Robert Crown wrote this book with the hope that the reader “might be inspired and believe that if this guy can go through all this and make it, they can certainly make it through whatever they’re going through.” (Pg 258)  His book did just that in my opinion.

With all the bad things you hear every day, let this book remind you of the power of good that can be found in people.  Everyone should read this book, it is really a great testament to humans capability to heal.

Happy reading everyone!!!

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Review: Vic Boyo Doofus Dectective

  • Title: Vic Boyo, Doofus Dectective in Double Murders are Twice as Bad
  • Author: Milo James Fowler
  • Kindle edition
  • # of Pages: 234
  • Publisher: Effervescent Press
  • Released: March 15, 2018
  • Genre(s): humor, crime fiction
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

* I was given a copy of the book by the author.

*All opinions are my own.

Synopsis

Two murders. One detective. Half a brain.

1931, New York City: Detective Vic Boyo may not be the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but that doesn’t stop him from solving cases as only he can. With a little luck and a whole lot of gumption, Boyo sets out to find the murderer of a local cop. Problem is, Boyo’s more interested in a gorgeous femme fatale accused of killing her husband. She’s destined for the electric chair, but Boyo’s got a hunch she might be innocent. And nobody gets in the way of Boyo’s hunches, not even Vic Boyo himself.

Review

I had a great time reading this book mainly because the author did an extraordinary job of weaving humor into a detective story.  I found this so refreshing because recently all the detective stories I’ve read were serious and dark.

Milo James Fowler is a natural writer, his words never came across as forced or strained. The occasional yet consistent use of 1930’s slang was fun without being distracting.  After reading this book I can see why Mr. Fowler is an author and English teacher, his love for the written word is obvious.

I would strongly encourage everyone to read this book. It has something for everyone.

Happy reading everyone!!!

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Review: Befriended

  • Title: Befriended: Be Careful Who You Trust
  • Author: Ruth O’Neil
  • # of Pages: 309
  • e-book
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Released: February 5, 2018
  • Genre(s): Contemporary Thriller
  • My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

* I received my copy of the book from the author.

*All opinions are my own.

*May contain spoilers.

Synopsis

Some secrets never leave us alone… Gemma Peacock’s life was perfect – or at least, she thought it was. She had a home she loved, a job she enjoyed, and a husband she adored. The only cloud on the horizon was the continuing tension between Gemma and her mother-in-law, but that’s the same for everyone, right? After the death of her beloved husband, Ritchie, everything begins to fall apart. Indiana Manors’ life, on the other hand, is far from perfect – but she knows just what she has to do to fix it. Befriend Gemma Peacock – and destroy her.

My review

This contemporary thriller was exciting and kept me on my toes at every turn.  I found myself wanting more the whole time I was reading it.  If life hadn’t gotten in the way I probably would of finished it in a day.

Ruth O’Neill certainly put a lot of effort into developing both the characters and story.    The world she created was rich with details that kept drawing the reader in.  O’Neill did an incredible job of releasing details at just the right time to draw the reader in even more.  She didn’t dump them all on you at once and she didn’t leave any out either.  Ruth O’Neill is definitely a skilled writer.

With this praise I’m sure you’re wondering why I gave this book only three stars.  If you know my scale, you know this is a positive review.  The one and only issue I had with this story is the portrayal of people with mental illnesses.  Joan and Indiana are both given traits and symptoms of multiple mental illnesses.  Indiana’s back story suggests that she could have PTSD.  Joan’s illness is not given a name and could be multiple different mental illnesses based on the symptoms mentioned.

Both characters are portrayed negatively throughout the book.  Indiana is aware of the fact that her mentally is different than others but states that she enjoys being around other people’s suffering and she is manipulative. Joan is delusional, manipulative and narcissistic.   Both of them lack empathy for others and wont acknowledge their issues.

I don’t think that Mrs. O’Neill had the intension of portraying the mentally ill this way.  I think that Ruth O’Neill, like so many people, has a limited knowledge of mental illness.  She probably got some of this knowledge from sources (news, movies, books, social media, magazines and more) that choose to only talk about the social violent episodes of a few (because violence gets attention while people’s well being doesn’t) without even realizing it.

I say this because in my experiances with family & friends diagnosed with mental illnesses that they not only acknowledge their disorder(s) but make a conscience effort to maintain a healthy mentality and lifestyle.  Yes, there are individuals who aren’t this way but they are the exception, and they can often become like my family/friends with the right support.

I guess what I am trying to say is this, the book is worth reading but realise that Joan and Indiana are both mentally ill people who should be labeled as “the execption not the rule”.

So if you like Trillers or are a Ruth O’Neill fan check out Befriended and stay open minded about mental illness.

Happy reading!