author: Sarah Vallance
publisher: Little A
This was such a good book. I first rated it 4-stars for a few reasons but one being this was my first memoir. I had absolutely nothing to judge it on. Then the more it sat, the more my mind absorbed all I read, I realized this was truly a good book, especially considering it was the first she wrote. It deserves all it’s 5 stars.
Do yourself a favor and pick up this book. Keep an open mind and understand that everything she writes about, she is writing about her life as a person with a brain injury.
There have been comments made about her focus being on the fact that she was a lesbian and how she shouldn’t have (which is so not true. She didn’t focus on it, that is her life. It’s no different than if she were married to a man and talked about him and other boyfriends all throughout the book. I think perhaps the reader may have been too focused on it themselves.)
Anyways, the point is, this was a really great book. Well written with a LOT of really inspiring and thought-provoking writing all throughout. Thank you Sarah Vallance for writing such a great book and for sharing so much of yourself to us readers.
“With work, I never had enough time to write. Now I had too much time.
Freedom creates a prison all its own.”
“Like most introverts, I have few social needs, and if I cannot enjoy the company of the small handful of people I love, I would rather be alone. One of my many contradictions is that I don’t like people much, but I find comfort in having them around.”
“We brain-injured folk get a really raw deal. Doctors blame us for our accidents—as if we wanted a brain injury. Neuropsychologists think we invent our symptoms because we are emotionally unstable or trying to cheat the legal system. Society thinks we are violent and unpredictable. Families and partners tire of our mood swings. And I’m one of the lucky ones. There are scores of brain-damaged people who can’t speak for themselves.”
author: Sheryl Browne
Nicole deserves a life better than the one she had. An abusive husband and a mother who treated her like garbage. When she finds the handsome and kind Richard, what more could she ever want? Tragically, life wasn’t kind to Nicole any more than it had been as she took her own life not all too long after she and Richard were married. Becky, Nicole’s best friend, tries to understand what happened surrounding her friend’s death as so many details just don’t add up. What follows next is a tail of lies, mystery, lust and forgiveness.
I gave this book 3 stars because for one, it was so hard for me to keep everyone straight at first. When you have so many characters like this, I don’t feel its a good idea to have a narrator. I feel like the chapters labeled by their names should be in first person, in THEIR voice. It’s way too confusing when you have so many “she” characters. The pronouns just get confusing.
Another reason is the story had a lot of potential but just felt like a debut read when this author has several others. Its a good read, a quick read, and one I really did enjoy. But it wasn’t amazing. I could read this book alongside another one rather easily (so long as I kept track of who was who lol)
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.
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author: Kristin Maher
publisher: National Center for Youth Issues
Wow. This is a phenomenal and incredibly important book.
“Shame is a powerful emotion for children, and when they get sucked into the Shame Game and start believing lies about themselves – that they don’t just MAKE mistakes, but they ARE a mistake – their world can become a dark place.”( The Awfulizer )
-1- The art is adorable!! Every kid will love it, no matter the age.
-2- Putting a name and a picture to “shame” is such a new concept and its brilliant. So so so many kids (and lets face it, adults too) struggle with shame (me included) and it’s just not something talked about enough. This is so incredibly exciting to see not only this concept being brought out into the light (finally!) but also through such an intriguing and captivating story. I was reading a child’s book and I was captivated!
-3- The last page where there are 7 points. This page was probably just as important as the whole book if not MORE important. What is written here is something every SINGLE parent, foster parent, counselor, teacher, you name it, should be talking about.
This book should be in everyone’s hands that has a child, no matter the age. Whether it’s your own child or if you’re someone that works with or volunteers with children/young kids/young adults….This is important. And for $10?!? That is a STEAL for the art and the work involved in making this book.
If I could give 10 stars I would. BRAVO…
This book is not published until August 22, 2019.
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author: Marissa Stapley
publisher: Graydon House
Miles and Grace. A celebrity couple that has it all. Perfect life. Perfect marriage. Booming company. But how much of what you see is real? A group of couples are at their ends in their marriages, seeking a “last resort”. They come to The Harmony Resort in search of a last ditch effort to help fix their marriage, but what they find instead are a lot of dark secrets and pure evil. Walking through the gates of hell can either ruin them or it can save them and they are all about to find out which.
I gave this book 3.5 stars rounded down. It had points where it was gripping and it certainly was a thrilling read at times. However there were holes in the story where details about someone would just suddenly emerge, when this is something that should’ve been building all throughout. There was not enough depth to each character and it felt like a very simple story that had the potential to be a 4-star book with a little more effort.
I would recommend as a good library book or a cheap kindle to read as a light read on the beach or if you’re wanting to read a couple books at once. This is a great book for that. Hope you all enjoy!
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author: Andrea Dunlop
Andrea Dunlop takes you off on an adventure many can only dream about; a new life in the beautiful world of Buenos Aires. The circumstances leading up to this new life are all but haunting and the harder Liz tries to run from this, the quicker it seems to catch back up. Can she escape the monster in her past? Can those that knew her in the “before” ever accept her and love her again?
It took me a bit to decide on what to rate this novel. I loved that it wasn’t a slow burn before you ever even saw a glimpse of what was to come, yet it didn’t divulge the exciting details all at once. Dunlop gives us a side-by-side narrative of both the lives of one girl, Katie Cleary and Liz Sullivan, fine-tuning her ability to give you just enough excitement to keep you moving along but also a slow enough pace to let you enjoy the new lifestyle Liz created and to immerse yourself into her new world. It was a beautiful cat-and-mouse game that most authors do not play with.
I gave this book 3.5 stars due to the fact that I feel like this book could have had a lot more depth in the characters. I feel like towards the end the plot got thinner and the characters got more glossed over in order to finish the story.
I would still recommend this book as it was an enjoyable read, and I feel like it is a good book to read another book along side of if you are that kind of reader.
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author: Katherine Center
publisher: St. Martins Press
A book with a story to tell that hasn’t settled on what type it wants to be is a little how I felt about How to Walk Away. If I had to pick, I would say it was a combination of Contemporary Fiction (aka Family Drama-lite-) meets Women’s Fiction meets Chick-Lit and it truly doesn’t know who it wants to be.
I toyed back and forth with giving this a 4 star review, a 3 star, or somewhere in the middle and landed on 3 stars. Here’s why..
The 4 stars of this book
There were a LOT of goosebumps going on. There were truly some good, deep moments where I genuinely appreciated the author’s writing. She didn’t always tie a neat bow at the end of everything (almost, but not always and certainly not on the most important part). She, many times, made me feel like this was true to life in some ways. SOME ways.
The 3 stars
I could technically claim 2.5 stars on some of this stuff but I’ll give it 3 because this IS chick-lit(ish) and so I need to be fair and judge off that. But there were too many times, in my opinion, where the author made it far too simple. A lot of glossing over of emotions, accepting things for what they are, and certain unemotional responses to where there should be something. She always made sure to throw it in there, it wasn’t just some emotional empty hole, but it was like “oh yeah and I was pissed. See me throw this. Okay we’re good now .I told you I was angry , let’s move on.” And She didn’t seem to stay consistent within that.
Overall, for the first time ever, I think I understand now when people say an author manipulated their emotions. I don’t feel like Katherine Center necessarily manipulated me but I do feel like instead of making this a great story just by excellent writing (which I know she is no doubt capable of), it was a good story based mostly off all the feels the book gave you. That was the heart of it. I don’t want that in a book. I want it to be real.
All this to say I will still pick up the next book Katherine Center writes. She is a good writer and I’m looking forward to seeing more of what she has to offer. Thank you for the work you do!
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