September 21, 2013

Annabelle by Nancy Christie

Annabelle is a very hauntingly dark short story. So, obviously, I was thrilled to read it.

Annabelle is the daughter of a painter. Her father’s artwork means everything. So much so that it controls the family.

Annabelle’s mother is her father’s model. She receives all of the attention because as I said before, the art is everything.

Annabelle becomes jealous. She wants to be noticed. She wants to be wanted.

When the twist in the story is revealed, everyone’s life is turned upside down and it becomes more dark and disturbing than I had originally thought it was.

There is not much I can say without giving away the whole story. Go read it!

4/5 stars. It was a little slow in places, but the story was good and I was able to read it in one sitting. 

When Good Boobs Turn Bad: A Mammoir by Jill Foer Hirsch

As you can probably conclude from the title, this is a memoir (or “Mammoir”) about Jill Hirsch and breast cancer.

While cancer is a very serious topic, Jill was able to get through her diagnosis, treatment, and recovery by using humor. She displays that in this book of hers.

It takes you through every stage of her battle with cancer, and it is laced with humor the whole way through.
It is very informally written, almost as if you are reading a journal written by Jill. It keeps the book interesting and fresh.

Jill proves that you can get through any struggle with the support of family, humor, (plus making people feel sorry enough for you to buy you gifts….).

This is a lovely little book. Little because it is pretty short. It was very light hearted for such a heavy topic.
5/5 stars. Fun to read and very well written

It reminded me of a book I reviewed at the beginning of the year Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor by John Kerastas

September 12, 2013

i and the Great Divide by Fiona McGlynn

i and the Great divide is a children’s book that deals with the topic of divorce. 

 In a home that is dealing or has dealt with divorce, many times a child may feel like it is his or her fault that their family is being broken up. Often, this is not the case. This story is told in a very unique way with letters of the alphabet representing people and families. 

I feel like when children who are going through a divorce look through this book, they will relate to it. They may not realize why at the very beginning, which I feel would be good for them. If they open a book knowing it is about divorce, depending on the family situation, they may have a certain attitude going into it. Once they get through it and realize they can relate it to their life, I feel as though it will shed some understanding on the situation and cause a child to understand it in their own way.

It is a very cute book. It is written extremely well, flowing from page to page seamlessly. The illustrations are adorable and match the words very well. It is easy to understand for all ages, and I feel that any child that is struggling through their parents’ divorce would enjoy having a book to relate to. 

 5/5 stars.

September 10, 2013

i and the Great Divide by Fiona McGlynn coming to Amazon Create Space September 12th, 2013

New children’s book on divorce, “i and the Great Divide” sparks family conversations

Overview: “i and the Great Divide” is an illustrated children’s book, designed to leave kids in divorce feeling loved, peaceful, and self-expressed. Both print and kindle copies will be available for purchase online (via Amazon and Createspace) September 12th, 2013.

Synopsis: In a world where alphabet letters are people, word families can go through big changes just like human families can.

The letter "i" experiences this one day when her parents, "t" and "n" start to fight. "i" gets into all kinds of trouble as she tries to make things go back to the way they were. Just when things can't get worse, she experiences a transformation that leaves her feeling loved, happy and grateful for her family (and the changes too!)

I appreciate where Fiona is coming from with this book. I think there need to be more books like this for children that handle tough subjects. Stay tuned - I will be posting a review of the book as soon as it is released!


To Learn more about Fiona and the Illustrator Robin Urquhart, click through to the Read More

September 2, 2013

Cover Reveal for Addison Westlake's new novel "Facebook Jeanie"!! Out on October 1, 2013

Synopsis from the author Addison Westlake

"It's Bridget Jones meets "Groundhog Day"...

Ever wonder if you made the right choice? What if you could go back and find out?

31-year-old Clara is in a steady relationship—with Facebook. Every night after her depressing bureaucratic job (so much for saving the world), Clara comes home to her empty apartment (yes, she was dumped) and settles down with a pint of ice cream for some good, old-fashioned Facebook stalking. It's her college boyfriend, The One Who Got Away. With the bod of a God and a net worth of umpteen bamillion, he now has the perfect life—everything she could have had if she hadn't been so, so stupid.

But, wait. Jeanie from Facebook shows up at Clara's job. There's a new app they're beta-testing and Clara's perfect for it. That night she clicks on it and... nothing happens. But the next morning when Clara wakes up at noon, hung over, listening to her roommate blow-drying her hair and singing "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It", she realizes she's back in college. With the chance to do it all over again.

Back in the world of frat parties, BFFs, and long-suffering, overlooked lab partners, join Clara as she discovers what it really means to hit the reset button on life. What could possibly go wrong? And, this time, can she get it right?"

I am a fan of Addison's writing. If you search way back in my blog to last year, (which I wont make you do so here is a link - Christmas in Wine Country ) I reviewed her novel Christmas in Wine Country Available Here!

Not only is she a wonderful author, she is a pleasure to work with and I cannot wait to read her new novel. So, do not forget, it will be available on October 1st, 2013 and I strongly recommend picking it up. 

Also, stay tuned because I will be posting a review of it as soon as I finish!

To learn more about Addison Westlake, click through to the Read More

September 1, 2013

Fundamental Problems by Michael J. Tobias

Fundamental Problems is a collection of short stories that challenges the reader to think outside of the box.

Since they are short stories, it reads very quick.

It opens up with a story about our planet Earth being destroyed by alien creatures. What a nice welcome story.

After that the stories get progressively better. I feel as though there is something for everyone hidden within the pages of this short story compilation.

The writing style keeps you engaged until the last page. It is also very short, so it will not take up a lot of your time. I was able to finish it in one sitting, so if you have an open afternoon and enjoy reading short stories, I would recommend getting your hands on this book and enjoy getting lost in another world for an hour or two.

4/5 stars just because the opening story and the ending story were the weakest ones to me. I would expect them to be the best ones. 

Homo Saywhaticus by Lance Manion

Homo Saywhaticus is a collection of short stories and it fall under the genre of Adult Humor. Very adult…

The book sort of reads like a blog, which makes sense because Lance is a blogger. I don’t read many comedy or humor books, but I felt myself enjoying this one.

It can get very raunchy at times, and at other times you are not even sure what it even going on. But, I think that is the point. It is a book that doesn’t make you think a whole lot. It could be a break from reality if you are having a stressful day. Just pick it up and read one or two of the short stories, and they may make you laugh.

I found myself laughing out loud a few times, wincing a few times, and utterly confused at other times.

It was quite the journey, but a fun one.

4/5 Stars.