Sunday, October 15, 2017

Book Spotlight: Breakthrough A Testament of Faith




This book chronicles the author's personal struggles and triumphs. It is a sheer testimony for those who are in need of a little faith. Without faith we are stuck. To breakthrough whatever you are going through, renew your faith and gain access to a whole new life.

This book is available for purchase through the author's website



About the Author:

To find out more about Belinda Baker's journey, you can see her timeline on her website. You can also follow the author on social media including Twitter, Facebook, Google, and YouTube.

Review: The Best American Series 2017: 16 Short Stories & Essays

The Best American Series 2017: 16 Short Stories & Essays The Best American Series 2017: 16 Short Stories & Essays by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a wide-ranging collection of fiction and nonfiction included in titles within the Best American Series. I enjoyed reading this because it collected so many different areas, from travel essays to science fiction short stories. Although I didn't like all of the sixteen titles (sports stories really aren't my thing), it was a solid collection of good writing. If you like not having to commit to a full novel, and you like to mix fiction and nonfiction, it's a good title to pick up.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Review: Depression & Other Magic Tricks

Depression & Other Magic Tricks Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Depression & Other Magic Tricks is a collection of poems from Sabrina Benaim, a poet with one of the most popular videos of a performance out there. While that is the thing that drew me to this collection, the rest of the work is just as strong and emotional as that performance.

What I liked about this collection is that is doesn't shy away or try to put anything in a standard box. It's real and even as personal as it is to the poet, still relatable to a wide audience. The only thing I didn't enjoy is that some of the poetry is written in a block paragraph form, which I've always found difficult to maintain my attention span while reading. Other than that, it's a superb collection.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Review: The Girl Who Said Sorry

The Girl Who Said Sorry The Girl Who Said Sorry by Hayoung Yim
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although this is written as a children's book, The Girl Who Said Sorry is a familiar tale for every female. It expresses the frustration of the constant state of living within double standards, be great--but not too great, be thin--but not too thin, speak your mind--but stop talking. It's purpose is to address all of those things that girls and women immediately apologize for because that's the way we've all been raised. And it rightly points out that being apologetic for being yourself is something we all need to move away from.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review: Divine Hotel: Time Travel Mystery

Divine Hotel: Time Travel Mystery Divine Hotel: Time Travel Mystery by Nicole Loughan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Divine Hotel is a run-down landmark and the place where Sarah, a social worker, finds her latest clients. Through a series of strange events, Sarah is met with someone who wants to help change the past in order to save lives. She can do this all if she can learn how to effectively use a ring that helps her time travel.

The initial premise of this book as a time travel mystery is what drew me to it, but once in the middle of the book, it is put on the back burner for the most part. There are many subplots that try to take over the story, some connected to time travel and some not. This subplots range from the plight of Sarah's latest clients to the history of the Divine Hotel to including infamous cult leaders. In what appeared to be a lighter mystery book, that threw me for a loop.

The book does clear up most of the mystery at the end (a little too neatly, in my opinion). What fascinated me was the few pages the author talked about the real history of the hotel, the organization that ran it, and what parts of the real story were included in the novel. Other than that, I don't think I got what I expected when I started reading it.

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Book Spotlight: The Tattoo




All Stacie wants is a tattoo, but her mother isn't having any of it.

What is wrong with a little tattoo? Everyone her age has one, and it's so cool! This is the 21st century, and a little tattoo is not that big of a deal!

But Stacie's mom, Connie, can't understand that. According to Stacie, Connie is too old and outdated to understand what's cool today. But soon, a visit to Stacie's grandma will change the way Stacie thinks.

Stacie's grandma notices how upset Stacie is with her mom, so she asks what happened.

Grandma then reveals to Stacie that her mom was just like Stacie when she was younger. In fact, she was a bit of a trouble! And she wanted a tattoo, as well!

Then grandma goes on by revealing a big secret to Stacie, who is very surprised! What is the big secret that will make Stacie change her mind? The answer is written in The Tattoo.

This book is available from Amazon, Destra World Books Publishing or direct from the author's website

About the Author:

Ronald Destra is a Floridian author, illustrator, publisher, and entrepreneur. Each of his books has a unique storyline that appeals to young ones, while teaching them about heavy subjects.

His books include: Best Friends, Santa's Little Helper, The Birthday Party, Hoppy the Frog, Tommy the Giraffe, The Little Hero, Fluffy the Bird, The Tattoo, Scrappy the Dog and many more.

Ronald Destra is the co-founder of Destra World Books Publishing. His passion is to help younger children learn that they do have a purpose in life and to never give up. 

 For more information, please visit RonaldDestra.com and DestraWorldBooksPublishing.com.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Speak to My Heart

Speak to My Heart Speak to My Heart by Rebecca Talley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hailey loves her accounting job, but when her grandpa suffers a stroke, she is compelled to go and stay with her grandparents for awhile to help out. What she didn't know was that Gramps's speech therapist, Peter, would be much more than professional help. With both of them just still getting over difficult breakups, can anything come of it?

This is a sweet romance novel that in a way is completely predictable, but there are still a few surprises that readers may not expect. Readers will love and empathize with Hailey, and root for her until the last page.

The only real problem with this novel is that issues are emphasized by repetition. First the action and dialogue show the issue, Hailey thinks about the issue, then the narration reiterates the issue. This type of repetition isn't necessary and gets old quick, especially when it comes to the subplot about Aunt Regina. The reader catches on quickly she's not necessarily a good person--we don't need to be told multiple times in the same paragraph.

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