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The Nope Tag

Thank you to @WordsWithLara for tagging me for this tag.  The Nope Book Tag was created by A Booktube Book.

1. NOPE. Ending:a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.

Kingdom of Ash and Soot by C. S. Johnson.  The book ends with the main character unconscious.  This ending didn’t make me read book two, it enraged me too much.

2. NOPE.  Protagonist:a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

3. NOPE. Pairing:a “ship” you don’t support.

I don’t like fiction books that romantasize abusive relationships.  Books that do this allow society to continue to rationalize away this behavior. When, in reality, abuse shouldn’t be tolerated no matter how minor it may seem.

4. NOPE. Plot twist:a twist you didn’t see coming and liked.

The ending of The Diary by Julia Derek.

5. NOPE. Genre: a genre you will never read.

I am willing to read all genres of books, but I don’t like to discuss political or religious books with most people because of the issues that can arise.

6. NOPE. Book format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

Audio books.  I have tried listening to them but my hands get fidgety causing me to lose focus on the book.

7. NOPE. Trope: a trope that makes you go Nope.

I not fond of books that romanticize Stockholm syndrome by having a woman get kidnapped for sexual pleasure.

8. NOPE. Recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.  I know this book is a classic but I don’t like Salinger’s writing style, so I don’t see the point.

9. NOPE. Cliché: a cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

I hate when authors end with “and they lived happily ever after”.  Come on there are other ways of conveying a positive ending.

10. NOPE. Love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one.

In my opinion most love interests aren’t worthy no matter how incredible they are.

11. NOPE. Book: a book that shouldn’t have existed and made you say NOPE.

I can’t answer this question.  Yes there are quit a few books I don’t like, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t exist.  Just because I didn’t like a book doesn’t mean others wont like it.

12. NOPE. Villain: a villain you would hate to cross.

Hannibal Lector.  He scares me because a cannibal with a high IQ and a degree in psychology is someone who could actually exist in the real world.

13. NOPE. Death: a character death that still haunts you. 

Dobby from the Harry Potter universe

14. NOPE. Author: an author you had a bad experience reading before and have decided to quit.

E. Thomas Joseph.  I tried to read Winter Eternal: The River That Flows Two Ways but after two weeks I had only gotten 33% through the book and decide to stop.

 

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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Chasing a Butterfly by H.W. Bryce

  • Title: Chasing a Butterfly
  • Author: H.W. Bryce
  • Publisher:
  • Released: 2016
  • Genre: poems

“A journey of love through loss to acceptance”.

* Partial proceeds from the sale of this book are ear- marked for the Alzheimer’s Society to help combat this terrible disease.

Excerpts from book

When I was driven to taking an introductory course to educate myself about my wife’s Alzheimer’s disease, I became tongue-tied and overwhelmed with emotion. It was then that I found a way to express my grief–by writing my feelings and experiences, in poetry. Over the next couple of years, I had compiled about a hundred poems, longish ones, short ones, haiku-style ones.

MEMORABILIA

Oh dear!

A little pile of business cards,

An empty CD box,

Picture postcards—an owl, a heron, one red fox, An orange, a thumb tack, and one stopped watch, All sitting on the stand under the kitchen light, Balanced beside one lady’s slipper, the right.

Ann was here!

Authors bio

H. W. (Herb) Bryce

Former journalist, editor, book editor, teacher, courier, and robbery and kidnap victim while travelling the Middle East and North Africa.

His poetry appears in anthologies in Canada, the US, and, in India.

Mr. Bryce was judge (one of three) for the 2017 Rabindranath Tagore Award Internationl English Poetry Competition.

He is the author of a family book “Ann, A Tribute,” and of “Chasing a Butterfly: A journey in poems of love and loss to acceptance,” the poems of Alzheimer’s and poems for everybody. (Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and FriesenPress.com.)

“Chasing a Butterfly” is available also through the 26 branches of the Fraser Valley Regional Valley system.

H. W. Bryce blogs at http://hwbrycewrites.com

He has been a featured poet and frequent contributor to many venues. With his fellow Alzheimer’s writer John Knapp, of  “Donna’s Story,” he does info gatherings at care homes with readings from their books.

They are available for readings.

Mr. Bryce is a member of the Royal City Literary Society and the Holy Wow Poets Canada.

H. W. Bryce BA University of Western Ontario, now Western University.

What others have to say about Chasing a Butterfly

From the back cover of the book

“Thanks for sharing your heart with us! A family member has Alzheimer’s and I know (though not as deeply as you) the pain and loss when you watch someone you love slowly disappear before your eyes. HUGS.”

-Jo Hannah Afton, Asheville, North Carolina, USA

“My truly talented friend. How blessed I am to have written beside you.”

~Renae Potter, Australia, writer who also became a family caregiver

“Wonderful how your words bring tears and memories back.”

~Irene Nunez Martinez, author, London, who was caregiver to her father

“Simply beautiful…I appreciate the acknowledgement of having given you a seed that you planted, watered, and nurtured into such a heartfelt and meaningful poem.”

~Craig A. Adams, Washington State, USA, caregiver to his wife

Happy reading!!!