Did you take my advice and read Wonder, the story that paved the way to this book- that's NOT a sequel? Well if not, you should do so now because you'll want to read this one too! This time, the POV's come from three characters who played a piece in Wonder. When you read this, you'll be just as affected as with the first book.
As I stated, this is not a sequel book. This book is about three children, from Wonder and how they were affected by the special boy that made a difference at Beecher Prep. Julian, the bully, Christopher and Charlotte are the tellers of the tale. Honestly, Auggie was barely in this book and that's what was off yet still quite nice.
OMGoodness, You Look Yummy! is an adorable read! So here's the synopsis:
This story is so cute and I can't wait to share it with my ewoks. It's about a baby ankylosaurus who's found by a tyrannosaurus. The tyrannosaurus has develops a fatherly relationship with little Yummy. And the ending... totally adorable! It's sweet and I can't think of any child who wouldn't love it.
Grab yourself a copy of this beautiful children's story. You will be so happy you did.
A book by Tatsuya Miyanishi (story and illustrations).
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Auggie and Me is next.
**Book provided by Akira Chima of Museyon Pub.
There is a reason I love to read and I'm going to be quite frank here. At first, it was because I had to. I hated it. Then I wanted to, like many. Later, I found I had to. Created within me was a lust, a ravenousness, insatiable hunger for more books, more lives. So I grab books from all walks of life, as long as they're walks I can't take on my own.
away form Nightmares thinking, the author's got something, but it's not for me. On to the next book!
Rating: 👓👓👓/5 specs
*You Look Yummy! is next.
**eBook provided by author, Dan Sihota, for an honest review.
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Nightmares is next.
**eBook from my personal collection.
I've never read an Amish romance before, so when I saw this story, I thought it would be nice. I know Amish have their own language and when using English, they sound Danish. I love accents, but I'm gonna tell you now, reading it is another story, especially the way it's used in this book.
This story is written well, other than the throw-in expressions. I enjoyed the story. It deals with issues like alcoholism, sexual abuse, mental and physical abuse and biblical chauvinism. Sadly, the death of Sadie's parents placed her in a position to marry a person who'd left her to an awful fate years ago.
The book raises emotions and is an excellent read for anyone who loves this genre. I'm on to the next book. 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓/5 specs
*Stay With Me tonight is next.
**ARC provided by Booklook Bloggers for an honest review.
When you're given a devotional book to rate, it's very different. You can't place it in the same category as any other. For me, this book was easy. I just used it with my family. We used this book every night and I can say, I loved it. We're still using it and will continue to use it in the new year.
Kristen Hatton used Get Your Story Straight as a lesson guide. You get the focused reading first, then you answer a few questions. Then next day or two you actually work on what you've been given before something else to read that relates. The rest of the week you get some in-depth questions that you work with the family to answer. I loved it.
I am a homeschool mom, as you know, so when I used this, I really believe my family became closer. So many of the activities and questions were relatable to both my son and my husband and neither are teens. It was beautiful and a blessed addition to my family time.
We will use this book until we need something new. It's now a staple for the Hunt family and I hope you enjoy it too. On to the next read!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
* Stay With Me Tonight is next.
**This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity for an honest review.
OMGoodness! Have you ever been one of those people that loves something so much, when you think about it, you wear a huge, cheesy grin? That was me as I finished the last, maybe eight chapters of Wonder, by R. J. Palacio. This book is so sweet, funny, and tear-provoking that I couldn't put it down! I finished it in 24-hours! (I'd have finished it soon had bedtime & a nap not interfered).
Wonder is about a boy, a fifth grader who suffers from mandibulofacial dysotosis (and a tad more)- a genetic defect that causes ones features to either not develop, or to not develop where they should- that's the best way to describe it. I looked it up on a few sites and those who suffer from this appeared exactly as described. But "Auggie", August Pullman, doesn't let that stop him from being normal. Yes he endures situations that made me angry as a mother, yes he is loved and yes, he has a happy ending- but everything he went through in the book... so emotionally raw. I even got up one time and read a few pages to my husband, fussing and bickering at the book - like it was all real! This book really affected me, but I loved it.
Every little bit!
The Gap of Time is Jeanette Winterson's take on the Shakespearean story, The Winter's Tale. I've never been heavy into Shakespeare, but I purchased the Barnes and Noble The Complete Works of William Shakespeare for casual reading. I've thumbed through a page or two from time to time, loving the work till I hit an incomprehensible paragraph or so. Thankfully, that did not stop me from enjoying this book.
The Gap of Time is the story of a powerful, wealthy man, (Leo) and his belief of his wife's (Mimi) infidelity, as well as the illegitimacy of her daughter, Perdita. His jealous rage brings him to send away the daughter, and cause the tumultuous end of his marriage and family.
Predita lives a happy life with Shep, the teller of the story. The POV's change yet doesn't harm the flow of the story at all. You either feel like a good friend is telling you a tale, or you're trapped, riding the tempest of a mad man.
I endured Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet back in high school and I remember a deep sense of exertion. I was so grateful for Winterson's modern-day version. The Gap of Time told of jealousy, unrighteous revenge, forgiveness and mental instability. Dark undertones are enunciated with Leo's heavy monologues that time-chucked me right back to those uncomfortable plastic and metal school seats of school, writhing from confusion and boredom, but tolerable. I'm honestly happy I stayed with the story.
I gave the book 4/5 specs instead of five because the book had moments where there was pondering of the universe and other such trivialities that made me want to toss the book. I didn't and managed my way through- and found it worth the journey. I hope you try this book out and see if you share the same thoughts. Send me a message or leave a comment! I'd love it.
Have a great day and an even greater book! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Wonder is next.
**ARC provided by First to Read for an honest review.
I was gifted with the Instagram friendship of Ms. K. K. Allen a short while ago and I regret nothing. She's the sweetest and very talented. Her series, The Summer Solstice is sure to gain many followers and the book...
Number one, the cover is lovely. All the pieces come together- the mirror, Kat gazing at her alluring and beautiful reflection, like most YA characters. 😜 Then there are the things flying about... something I won't mention because: NO SPOILERS!
Okay, so Kat is an orphan. She and her mother were abandoned by her father when she was an infant and her mothers has just passed away, by a mysterious heart attack. She's swept away to the lavish town of Apollo Beach to live with her estranged grandmother, Rose. She feels odd, heartbroken and alone and her sixteenth birthday is around the corner.
But there are whispers of Kat and her family. Accusations that would normally chase people away. But the rumors, they're all true and Kat is about to find out the who's, what's, when's and why's- because it all affects her as of the Summer Solstice. When everything changes, and the truth surfaces...
Now how in the world could an adorable face like this be malevolent? How could she be menacing and considered, bad? Well you don't know Queenie- the ambrosial family pet. There's something about her, other than being perfect, a quick learner and great with kids. Something... sinister.
This quick read, Baad Dog by Sal Conte is part of the Kiss Off Book Tour is now a book added to my fav's list. This story was so good- it was a hilarous thriller. The beginning, seeing in my mind's eye, this adorable pooch sitting on the chest of a man she'd maimed, made me think to myself, "This is gonna be good!" And I was not let down.
Baad Dog is about a family- well honestly, it's about a man who wanted a dog, but pretended the pooch was for the family. Yeah, that's the truth. But his children are both under ten and his wife isn't a pet person, so he does the next best thing... he get's a ...NO SPOILERS! You're gonna have to read this one on your own if you want to find out what it's all about. I can tell you this, you will love it! I know I did! "Cause this one's a good one. Oh yes you are!" 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓5 specs
*The Gap of Time is next.
**eBook provided by Kiss Off Book Tours for an honest review.
There are times when there is no rhyme or reason to a horror story. It just is. Outpost, by Joe Hart , is about two brothers and a guy friend with his son on a fishing trip in the Canadian wilderness. It's a trip that ends in terror.
Sometimes you don't need a monster chase you. Sometimes it's the hidden that can terrify you more than anything else. This story does that. I don't want to say too much but I can tell you that when Kyle has the notion that something's coming for him, his brother, his brother's friend and son, he is right. And what it is is unknown! Description is on point and it's a heck of a short!
Right now, I believe Outpost is free on Amazon. Check it out because I'm telling you, it's a fast, intriguing read that will have you shaking your head like, "Dang..."
Off to another book! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓5 specs
*Baad Dog next.
**eBook is from my personal library.
So excited to be a part of another book tour; this one belonging to Jeff High and his book The Splendor of Ordinary Days. This book is amazing, with it's puzzle-like book cover (and you know how much I'm a sucker for covers!), colorful characters and strong storyline!
The story's mostly about Luke Bradford, the implanted, town doctor, but every character carries arresting quality to the town of Watervalley, TN. It's an up-to-date version of Mayberry, with each person displaying that 'thing' that makes them unique, vibrant and unbelievably enjoyable! The town is makes a book like this, and Jeff High so successful.
Normally, I'm one of those gals where, if there's not a lot of action, I'm lost in the book. The Splendor of Ordinary Days doesn't do that to you. I found myself engrossed in each flourishing or debilitating quality- even Rhett, the dog! The development is so on point, you can't do anything but love them all, even crass and obstinate Luthor.
I am so happy I chose this book and the book tour. The Splendor of Ordinary Days is more than a good read, it's finding a piece of Watervalley for yourself and moving right on in! Don't believe me? Just click on the link in the first paragraph, then read the books! On to the next novel! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Splendor of Ordinary Days is next.
**eBook was provided by author, Timia J. Williams for an honest review.
I used to read romance novels, adult and YA alike when I was in my early to mid-teens. It wasn't until I'd reached fifteen that I found sci-fi and horror a great fascination. Honestly, this is my second romance of 2015 but my first, ever Christian romance novel. and I loved it!
Raspberries and Vinegar is about Jo and her two girlfriends who want to return to a natural, spiritual lifestyle. Jo loves the country and carries strong environmental beliefs due to her knowing God would want her to appreciate all He's given. All she's wanted with said life was a man who felt the same way.
Zach is tired of the country living, caring for bovine with a heart that yearns to be a vet in the city. He's also looking for an opportunity to leave his broken heart behind but there's something in Jo Shaw that makes his heart hitch every time he sees her.
When Jo and the girls purchase land from the Nemesek's, Zach's parents, they think they're devoted to one another and lives with God as their only man. But when Jo falls for Hot and Handsome Zach, she fights against her heart strings for the want of a possible husband. Zach also fights but the feistiness and beauty of the short, brown-eyed nature lover won't leave him be.
This book has an incredible story! It's not just about Zach and Jo resisting, doubting and falling for each other. There are crazy situations (and people), a dog who doesn't mind and seriousness that keeps a Christian theme without forcing faith on the reader. The tone is light and airy, just enough to get you to remember there's a plan, a God-driven purpose for everything. I don't think non-Christians will feel weighed down by it this book at all. It's a terrific story with the perfect merger of romance, faith and comic relief. Check it out!
Have a great day and even better book! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
* Rai Turner: Autobiography of an Adult Entertainer is next.
**Book from my personal library.
Would you like to win one of 5 FREE ebooks? You could win a copy of Sal Conte's Baad Dog. I read this story and it's amazing! (My book review posts on the 22nd). Enter- you could be the winner! Giveaway ends Nov. 1st.
Here's a galley that blew my mind. Blood Matters is the story of young Brittany, who is caught up in a series of tragedies. First, her mother has an affair, deserting her and her father. Her dad then takes up with Ella, a girlfriend half his age, one whom Brittany loathes. Because of Ella, Brittany’s beloved pet Mittens was vanquished from the home to a backyard fort. It's in the fort that Brittany discovers the body of her best friend Emily. Cause of death: suicide.
Brittany, inconsolable to everyone, finds Emily reaching out to her... form the grave. Emily attempts to give an urgent message, one that could possibly save her friend, but Brittany turns a deaf ear. On a ghost! Now she finds herself in a situation where she can either injure others, or like Emily, injure herself.
Blood Matters carried an original concept, one like no other. The story was well written, however, there were places where more detail was warranted: especially where Emily’s friend Colby was concerned. What happened to him? In the story, something major happens but there isn't any follow up.
I met this author on Twitter. We followed one another and then he sent me a link to his book, The Afterlife Decision The author is Michael Smith, not to be confused with Michael W. Smith, and he lives where? In LONDON! Talk about so awesome!
What a story it is too! The story's about Stephen, aman who's just been given approval on his parole release. He's anxious, but what gets him is that he's taken to a room, four days before he's to go home. In the room is a long table with a man dressed in a black suit and a woman in a white suit. It runs from there.
The concept provokes seriousness and really makes you wonder what Stephen will choose, but it also makes you think. Whether you're Christian or not, the offer gets to you. It's real- we all make choices, everyday. We never this of the true outcome or how long we have to enjoy it though. This book makes you think about it.
And the cliffhanger? Priceless.
I received Sex, Love and Fame by Kris Kristofferson with a different title. After several weeks, I was gifted the story before and after the make-over. It was a tad confusing but I thought to myself; I said "Alyssa,"... because I address myself by name. "Alyssa, this could be good. Especially since it's his first novel!" Writing under the name Kris Kristofferson, I was both intrigued and excited to see this new author had to offer.
Sex, Love and Fame carries the nostalgic vibe of the East Coast v. West Coast rap wars- with a lethargic twist. The story is about Jaylen, who's motto should be 'Play dirty or go home!' He's selfish, in love with the wife of the man who owns the label Jaylen blackmailed on to and he steps on anyone he feels is beneath him. He walks a nescient yet advantageous line and doesn't care who he pisses off. Which is why so many want him dead.
I know this is Kristofferson's first book and I promised I wouldn't be heavy on him, but I still have to be honest. So with the start of this review, let's begin with the book's cover.
First, no one's ever going to know who he is! His pen name belongs to a well-known actor and singer so he can't put his name on the cover without being sued. Without a name on the cover, no matter how small, no one's ever going to know who you are, thus diminishing great opportunities of recognition. The cover's got a lot going on, yet not enough. After reading the book, I see why he used the images, but with the setup, it's difficult to tell what's going on. That's a turn-off for many readers since a cover is a sort of One-Liner for the possible reader. It has to hit on the reader like, "What's up baby; look at me!" And it should also give the briefest of summary- whetting the interest. this one causes a little confusion.
This is my first Christian, medical thriller and it was fantastic! To me, there's nothing more frightening than when a doctor writes a book on a medical catastrophe. There's no doubting the information and how something trivial to the patient can escalate into a major event. In this case, a vaccination was manipulated into a monster of a medical thriller. Dr. Mabry made this story scary because it could be real.
Miracle Drug is about a Dr. Josh Pearson, who's honored with an amazing job: personal physician to the ex-President of the United States. The prestige evaporates when both ex-President Madison and his girlfriend Rachel are both infected with a superbug. An infection that's resistant to all antibiotics! Dr. Pearson's options are severely limited, having to use RP-78, a medication shunned by the FDA. And to make matters worse, what remains of RP-78 isn't enough for two patients, leaving Dr. Pearson to make a choice... and that's not all.
When I began this book, I expected there to be a good story, but not one I'd cling to. This book was a fictional, medical marvel- I was blown away! I also expect many would want to look this book over due to it being a Christian novel - DO NOT LET THAT STOP YOU! This book is so good!
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing gifted me with this ebook and I'm so happy they did- Europa Journal is the an amazing read! If you're a fan of science fiction and fantasy, this book has them both wrapped up in a wormhole of an adventure.
Set in the future, where Mars and other planets have been colonized, Captain Mackenzie O'Bryant "Mac" and Leo, her soon-to-be son-in-law are pilots on a supply run that ends with them below on Europa, below its sea-level to visit a renowned scientist and friend who's made a discovery that changes everything for mankind. Now since I don't give spoilers, I won't say what happens next, but they wind up going through a wormhole that jettisons them into another dimension with flying islands, big, hairy, samurai creatures that stand eight or so feet tall and elf-like beings that are considered a type of royalty. It's a trip!
I loved this book so much, I finished über-fast. I started on Friday and was done Monday. I decided to give this a 4/5 rating due to the bit of confusion when explaining the goings-on with a character named Reed. It was cleared eventually, but I couldn't keep track at first. I can tell you this much- it did not take from the story. I loved it and will be talking others about this one for a while!
Thanks for reading- time to grab another book!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Sex, Love & Fame: Sixteen Bars of Love, Vol. 1 is next.
**eBook was provided by HadesPublications.com/Edge Books.
When several military veterans’ emotional wounds trigger anger and unrest in Watervalley, Dr. Luke Bradford learns some important lessons in service, courage, love, and sacrifice in The Splendor of Ordinary Days by Jeff High. As Luke struggles to understand Vietnam War veteran Luther’s past, and restore harmony in Watervalley, an unforeseen crisis shatters a relationship he values dearly.
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I've always admired poets. Their souls, intermingled with imagery, create an atmosphere I've never been able to attain or control. Any time I read a book of poems, I have to be opened significantly more than with a regular book. Each poem is a Lilliputian account and must be read a few time , before an understanding can be reached. Almost Blank Pages, by Haden Mills is no different.
His style is rather somber but not oppressive. Several of his poems took me back to my teen years- and since I was almost always the New Kid, I understood the lines of loneliness from time o time or the anger in the others. This convocation carried many of those emotions.
I cracked up at No Helmet, No Filter, but felt the intensity of Forgiveness. I even loved the sincerity and appreciation of Many Thanks. If you love poetry, this is a great read for you. Check out Hayden Mills as @authorhaydenmills on Instagram. 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 Specs!
*Europa Journal is next.
**Free eBook provided by author, Hayden Mills..
Strangers Drowning by Larissa MacFarquhar begins with the hypothetical question: “If you had to choose between saving two complete strangers of your mom from drowning, would you pick the strangers?”
This concept grabs you right from the beginning. The book is a compilation of stories from people who were more than compelled to help others. Some instances so extreme, so drastic they damaged their own families. This book enlightened me in the area of idealism but also granted me the gift of knowing where to draw the line.
Strangers Drowning brought to mind the conflict of the two natures featured in the bible (Romans 7: 14-20). Many of these people started with good intentions, but they lost their way and ended up going so far beyond realism, they found they couldn't stop. They abandoned wives in labor, families and even a hospital to save the life of an unborn child- All in the name of helping others! Although God was sometimes mentioned, the book was not biblically based and was not preachy. There was also no true moral to the story. It was what it was, a great telling of people with an acute sense of obligation.
I appreciated the author’s writing style. MacFarquhar allowed you to come to your own conclusions and search yourself as to what you would do in each situation. I would definitely read more from this author. 📚
(Guest Blogger: Wilma Phillips)
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 Specs!
*Europa Journal is next.
**Free ARC provided by Penguin Press.
are the life source of Indie Authors the tool that creates Best Sellers! I know I do not have that much power, but I can sure add to it!