Sunday, April 22, 2018

Review: Undead Girl Gang

Undead Girl Gang Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When you're in high school, ridiculed for being a practicing witch, and your best (and only) friend dies under mysterious circumstances, what do you do? You find a way to bring her back, even if there are many unexpected consequences.

Once Mila brings back Riley, along with classmates Dayton and June, two others who died under the guise of suicide, she is faced with the task of being able to get revenge for their deaths within seven days, before they must return to the graveyard. On top of that, she is feeling closer than ever to Riley's brother, a person she has had a crush on since she met him. Although Mila feels like a continual outsider for how she looks and what she does, it is in this space where she is able to open up to those who she thought were her sworn enemies to find accidental friendships.

This is by far the best YA book I've read this year. Although you have the typical teen in the center, trying to find her place in the world, all of the strange and often wacky circumstances that follow her over a week make it a book you can't really put down until you find out just what happened to her undead friends.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Book Spotlight: God, Will I Ever Find Happiness?: The Journey Toward Healing Your Inner Child


This book was created from the question "God, will I ever find happiness?" found in the introduction. The author has often tousled with this question and statement out of exhaustion and hopelessness most of her life. Through asking, there was also a process of searching. Thus, this book was born out of the questioning if there was truly more to life. That more included peace, love, and most of all, happiness. Through her personal experiences of overcoming hardships and depression, Mitzy seeks to provide wisdom to help others become the conquerors they were born and created to be. This book provides helpful tools and perspectives that give guidance to those who are struggling to enjoy their lives to the fullest. The purpose of this book is to let you know that happiness is possible for you!

This book is available for purchase from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  

About the Author:
Mitzy is an Artist, Author, and Coach to many who are seeking to improve their lives from minimum to maximum! She is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and a proud alumna of Spelman College and an anticipatory graduate of McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. Her education entails a background in Psychology, Studio Art, and Pastoral Care. From a variety of circumstances in her life that range from depression, homelessness, to even finding the ability to deal with the day-to-day “hustle and bustle in life” Mitzy has sought to lend the knowledge and guidance that she has earned and learned. It is through her work that she hopes encouragement and inspiration can be born back into the lives of those who have given up on life and feel like all hope in a better future is gone. Through her writing and presence, Mitzy desires to bring back that fire and passion that is buried deep down within us all.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Review: The Other Lady Vanishes

The Other Lady Vanishes The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Other Lady Vanishes is the second book in Quick's Burning Cove series. The series itself deals with a small resort town in California where the height of Hollywood glamour like to hang out and relax from their grueling careers. In this novel, a female patient from an insane asylum named Adelaide becomes the center of attention when she pairs up with mysterious import/export professional, Jake Truett. It's a classic whodunit story with all of the gritty details.

Although I like this book just as much as the first one, like the first one it goes on a little too long. If every character would stop repeating details and explaining the whole story to each other, it could easily be fifty pages shorter. Other than that, it is a fun story that is reminiscent of classic Hollywood noir, only without the production code getting in the way of a good story.

*Book provided by Penguin First to Read

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Book Spotlight: The Spirit Of Truth Is Power: Reviving Faith In Jesus Christ

Religion & Spirituality

This is a book that explores the truth about the message of Jesus in the Bible, not a sentimental approach to the truth, but one that allows readers to seek the paths of God in honesty and sincerity of heart. In the author’s words, it is about “Truth that is scripturally verified; Truth that is sound in Holy Spirit revelation; and Truth that should be prayerfully received.” This is an inspirational book that comes across as a gift to be received in faith.

Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite writes:

“As I read through these pages, I felt inspired, admonished, and greatly encouraged to continue the path of seeking God’s truth. I didn’t doubt for a moment that Joan Jessalyn Cox has a wonderful gift of faith and that she communicates it with simplicity and authority. Her writing is infused with the knowledge and wisdom of one who has listened attentively to the word of God and who tries to translate it into their life. She makes ample use of scriptural references, helping the reader discover the hidden life that flows through the scriptures, and unveiling truths that readers will love to contemplate, embrace, and use to transform their lives. The writing is friendly, and the core message of the book can’t be mistaken. The Spirit Of Truth Is Power: Reviving Faith In Jesus Christ is a powerful book, a reflection that readers need, especially in this day and age when what arrests our attention most are falsehoods crafted by the media to manipulate readers."

The Spirit of the Truth is Power is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or ask for it at your library.

About the Author:

Joan Jessalyn Cox is the former editor of International Christian News. She has been keynote speaker at Woman's conferences, and spoke at Christian Writer's Conferences. Joan has taught foundational truth and deliverance in bible studies, and counseled people with spiritual needs, and for deliverance. Joan has authored several books and is currently writing the Foundational Faith In Truth Bible Study series.

The truth you are seeking is: Truth that is scripturally verified; Truth that is sound in Holy Spirit revelation and Truth that should be prayerfully received. Reviving Faith in Jesus Christ is truth without a doubt!

For more information, please visit  http://www.jesusabundanthope.com.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Book Spotlight: Agile Confusion: A Quick Understanding of the Basics and Application (Carnsa Development Series)



Perhaps you are not sure what some software development terms you hear mean? Are you going to connect with some IT people in a project and want a fighting chance in understanding what they are going on about? Perhaps you just want to get a general idea of Agile methodology areas quickly during your lunch break or commute home. This is a short book designed to give you the essentials with some useful examples you can relate to.

This is the second short semi-fictional story from the Carnsa Development Series. You will be introduced to Agile methodology techniques as Claudia a business analyst and her family work on a project from start through to launch.

Agile Confusion: A Quick Understanding of the Basics and Application is available for purchase through these websites:

Amazon (UK)

You can also learn more about the first title in the Carnsa Development Series, A Guide to Models Used by Business Analysts

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Review: Blue Bird

Blue Bird Blue Bird by Magda Ayuk
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Magda Ayuk's collection Blue Bird is poetry that explores the self--how we love ourselves, hate ourselves, and how this impacts relationships outside of ourselves. The collection contains many shorter pieces, some only a line or two.

What stood out about this collection is the repetition of images. Two images that kept resurfacing was fingers (what was on fingers, what was being licked off of fingers) and food. These images appeared in wildly different ways, which was interesting to see, but the repetition did become a little flat by the end of the collection.

Overall, the collection was an interesting read, but it definitely could have been more.

*Book provided by NetGalley

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Review: The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky

The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky is a look at the life of a young woman named Leda, from the time she sits down at a coffee shop during college to the day she dies.

The title is what first drew me to this book. I've never read Noam Chomsky. I studied creative writing in college.

But that's where the similarities stopped.

Leda is obsessed with the most superficial things, and this doesn't change throughout the book. When she's younger, she's constantly thinking about whether she looks linear or not (I'm guessing this is her word for skinny, though that's not clearly explained). Later on, she's always thinking whether the women she meets are linear. Beyond that, she has the most superficial relationships. All of her friends and herself don't seem to like each other, but they go through the motions. This repeats itself with mom friends, work friends, and anyone else Leda spends more than five minutes talking to.

In terms of romance, Leda also stays pretty superficial. The one time that had a chance to stand up for herself and her needs, she backs off at the sight of a diamond on her finger. The only redeeming quality Leda has is that she seems to have raised her daughter to not be as superficial as herself, but that only makes Annabelle revere her in a way that she doesn't entirely deserve. And just in case you're wondering--Noam Chomsky is never read. And since I've never read Chomsky's work, I'm not sure what, if anything, it has to do with Leda's story.

*Book provided by Penguin First to Read

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