Audiobook Review: Hollow Fissure by Max E. Stone

23 Sep

  • Author: Max E. Stone 
  • Book Title: Hollow Fissure 
  • Release Date: May 15, 2017
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance (There are a couple of sexual scenes in the book)
  • Page count: 12,865 words, 55 pages
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The well-meaning and meddlesome Mr. and Mrs. Aden want nothing more than to protect their only daughter, Hannah.
After her childhood kidnapping in Somalia and a final showdown in Italy against the monster responsible, nineteen-year-old Hannah just wants back the life stolen from her.
She isn’t naïve like her mother believes. Frequent flashes of past terrors assure her that the healing process is far from over. At the same time, she’d hardly use her dad’s words and call herself “strong” or “brave.” That description belongs to Melissa Bennett, the woman who almost died saving her.

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Melissa doesn’t feel much like the hero she’s being hailed.
While she is glad to have saved a life for once, the one she’d almost taken continues to haunt her dreams and stall her recovery.
Despite her good deed and continuous help from friends and family abroad and Kyle—the father of her little girl—she knows her days of freedom are numbered. 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free audio copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is not a stand-alone book and since I didn’t read the first three books, I was quite lost. It sounds like there was a lot of action and suspense in the previous novels because Hannah was kidnapped at some point and rescued by Melissa.

Although I couldn’t really get into Hollow Fissure, I do like the author’s writing style except for all the talking during the sex scene. I also like the use of two narrators, male and female. That always makes audiobooks seem more realistic. 

If I get the time, I’d like to read the first three books in this series and then read (listen to) this one again. I think that would make a big difference.

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About the Author

Max doesn’t remember ever not creating a story.

A writer and lover of books since the age of nine, Max first set pen to page as a hobby, constructing stories that were anything but fit for children. Entertaining classmates while simultaneously concerning surrounding adults with blood-ridden tales of gory mysteries and heavy suspense that “just came to mind,” Max, with the help of family and the encouraging words of an inspiring teacher, continued to develop this gift. 

Max reads everything and everyone; relishing the journey of authorhood and learning something new each day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: Yoga for Kids and Their Grown-Ups by Katherine Priore Ghannam

22 Sep

With 100+ fun activities for you and your child to do together, Yoga for Kids (and Their Grown-Ups) creates meaningful ways to connect while teaching them the concepts of yoga and mindfulness.

Doing yoga with your child is a special way of spending time with them. Yoga for Kids offers simple guidance for playful activities to help you bring the benefits of yoga and mindfulness into your child’s life. Regardless of your own skill level, Yoga for Kids has practices and techniques that you and your child will be able to enjoy.

As a former teacher and certified yoga instructor, Katherine Priore Ghannam has seen firsthand the positive affects of teaching yoga to kids. In Yoga for Kids, Katherine shows you exactly how to teach your child to disconnect from distractions and connect with themselves—right at home.

Yoga for Kids includes:

  • Over 100 engaging activities, including essential poses, breathing exercises, meditations, yoga games, and more
  • Clear illustrations of every pose and sequence
  • Kid-friendly language to name and describe poses

From down dog to walking meditations, Yoga for Kids provides everything you need to teach your child yoga and mindfulness techniques. With Yoga for Kids your child will learn healthy ways of playing with their bodies—and with you.

Amazon link: Yoga for Kids and Their Grown-Ups.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Yoga for Kids and Their Grown-Ups is a fun and educational book for people of all ages. It is written for parents but uses instructions that are easy for children to understand. There are pictures for each pose and pictures at the back of the book that show the poses and corresponding page numbers for a quick reference. There are also tips for some of the poses that are easy to spot and even games to play to make yoga more fun!

There is a chapter on meditation which is a powerful tool that can be useful throughout their lives. I like the ages on the meditation exercises near the end of the book although I’m not sure my 4 year old great-nephew could sit still for even 3 minutes at this time though…maybe at nap time. 

Yoga for Kids and Their Grown-Ups is a great book for anyone interested in starting yoga. It is also a good tool for adults to spend time with their kids, grandchildren, students, etc. 

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About the Author

Katherine Ghannam is the founder of Headstand, a non-profit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Leading a national movement to integrate mindfulness and yoga in K-12 schools, she oversees school programming, fundraising, strategic partnerships, and organizational sustainability. Katherine leads workshops training teachers around the country and strategizes with school leaders to develop cultural shifts for greater wellness in K-12 schools. She began her studies in mindfulness and yoga seventeen years ago as a way to relieve stress as a public school teacher. Katherine is the recipient of a Jefferson Award for outstanding service to her community and has been featured on CBS and NBC news for her commitment to building more serene and sustainable environments for K-12 students and teachers. 

Katherine’s new app, Time In Kid, is the creative mindfulness resource for kids and parents who want to spend time in, not time out.  

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Audiobook Review: Sea Breeze Academy by Bryant A. Loney

21 Sep

A group of boarding school teens in season five of a Cali-based sitcom begin to realize they are in a TV show. 

A missing student, or maybe several.
Embedded marketing, sushi, token friends, and cacti.
The sound of the Pacific waves in the background.
Smothering darkness. The threat of Alaska.
Another perfect, perfect day.
Happiness lives here.

Brooklyn, Matthew, and the gang are ready to rock their last few weeks of junior year at their elite boarding school on the California coast. But something is amiss. In the fifth and potentially last season of this award-winning television series, the struggle between truth and network censorship just might destroy their bond once and for all. Can they survive another season of love, mystery, and adolescent angst on the sunny West Coast? Will life ever be normal again?

Experimental and subversive, Sea Breeze Academy is a smart love letter to the Nickelodeon and Disney Channel sitcoms you grew up with. Are you ready?

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I like reading books for young adults or middle grade readers most of the time, but Sea Breeze Academy was one that was hard for me to follow. It may be better in print but the audiobook was not easy to listen to. It was more like a script than an actual book and it started with Season 5 so I was totally lost when it jumped back to Season 1.

The characters said “registered trademark” a lot when stating a brand name and it tickled me once I realized why they were saying it, especially when one of the characters asked why they kept saying it.

Although Sea Breeze Academy isn’t for me, I think this is a book that middle grade readers might enjoy reading.

 

About the Author

Bryant Loney was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1997. Sea Breeze Academy is his third novel; he is also the author of To Hear the Ocean Sigh and Take Me to the Cat. He loves dogs, poems, and haunted mansions. You can follow him on Twitter (@BALoney) and Instagram (@BryantLoney) or visit him online at www.BryantLoney.com.

 

 

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20 Sep

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Book Review & Giveaway: No End of Bad by Ginny Fite

20 Sep

Book Title: No End of Bad by Ginny Fite
Category: Adult Fiction; 280 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Release date: June 2018
Tour dates: Sept 3 to 21, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 (Contains cursing, violence, non-explicit sex but NO adultery, abortion, etc.)

 

Description

A DC conspiracy novel of grand proportions…

Washington, DC, housewife Margaret Turnbull’s world literally blows up after her husband, FBI agent Clay Turnbull, is falsely arrested and killed by agents working for an international drug cartel.

Unbeknownst to Margaret, her enemy’s tentacles reach all the way to the White House and control senior personnel. Their powerful enterprise in jeopardy, the assassins will stop at nothing to cover their tracks. With cutting-edge surveillance–CIA, FBI, and NSA technology–there is nowhere to hide, no one to trust. No one is safe–anywhere.

To read reviews, please visit Ginny Fite’s page on iRead Book Tours.

 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

No End of Bad starts with the arrest of Clay Turnbull, an FBI agent who is falsely arrested and ultimately killed by other agents working for a drug cartel. Before he’s killed, the reader learns that Clay has been working on something that he wasn’t assigned and was told by a friend to let it go. Sounds like the start to a good political thriller, doesn’t it? 

Clay’s wife Margaret and her daughters are in danger and they have no idea who they can trust. They are just one step ahead of the assassins until someone can figure out what is going on. Will they catch the killers before they catch up to Margaret? 

No End of Bad is a thriller will some twists. It did get a little too in depth at times but that is a personal preference. The characters were believable and well developed.  What is scary is that this is a believable story. With all of the corruption and violence we see these days, Genny Fite has come up with a story that is frightening. All in all, it was a good read and I liked the ending.

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About the Author

 

Ginny Fite is the author of the dark mystery/thrillers Cromwell’s Folly, No Good Deed Left Undone, and Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally Murder, as well as a funny self-help book on aging, I Should Be Dead by Now, a collection of short stories, What Goes Around, and three books of poetry. She resides in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with Ginny: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Book Review: Darci the Drummer Takes Drum Lessons by Jeremy Bridgman

18 Sep

Darci the Drummer is a picture book for children ages 4 to 9 and brings to life the story of a 2nd grade girl who is a passionate drummer at heart, bashing away to the beat with natural rhythm on anything she can find when she hears a good song. Darci dreams of the day when she can play on a real drum set with skill. However, her little brother hates the raucous noises she makes, and she has no idea how she can even become a “real” drummer. Despite the criticism from her brother, and ensuing self-doubt, her parents help show her the way by surprising her with drum lessons and the encouragement to keep working at something she loves. Darci the Drummer invokes the passion of music and of learning how to play an instrument; it introduces children to various musical terms and the names of some influential drummers that span different musical genres; and it highlights the importance of musical education and the determination needed to improve oneself through practice.

The concept for Darci the Drummer formed as a result of Bridgman’s own musical adventures at a young age, along with the experience of music lessons that his own children are blessed to receive today. Bridgman was also inspired by the delight that has been exhibited by many who have sat down at his drum sets for fun, and the perseverance that he encourages in his children when facing doubt, struggle, and criticism.

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MY REVIEW

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Darci is always drumming on things. Rather than telling her to be quiet, her parents encourage her and tell her they think she has real talent. They surprise her with drum lessons! She’s excited but once she finds out how much work it’s going to be to be a good drummer, she momentarily has doubts. Once she has the tools she needs though, she’s ready to get busy learning all she can.

Darci the Drummer has colorful illustrations on every page by Gabbi Steiger that should help keep the interest of younger children. It also has a good story that encourages children to pursue their passion, something I’ve always thought was important. I like how other learning opportunities are included such as showing the names of some of items in the drum set and explaining what a metronome does. My favorite extra learning “extra” was that when a color is mentioned, that word is that color, for example gold.

I definitely think this is a great book for children 4 to 9 to enjoy and learn at the same time.

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ABOUT JEREMY BRIDGMAN:

Jeremy is an active member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators and a life-long musician, currently playing the drums in various music groups along with composing and producing music in his home studio, located in the charming downtown Westchester neighborhood of Bakersfield, California. He is also the proud father of four musical children, and husband to a lovely piano teacher and singer. He manages his own company with multiple distinct aspects, consisting of IT services and support; music recording, production, and performance; book authorship; and more.

Darci the Drumm​er is meant to encourage children to pursue their musical interests and education,” says Bridgman. “In an age where music and arts programs are continuing to see a cut in funding, it’s important to begin fostering the passion for music at a young age.  I hope children of all ages remember the absolute joy Darci experiences when it comes to her love of playing the drums, and to use that joy to connect to their own interests and passions.”

 Darci the Drummer is available for purchase through AmazonBarnes and Noble, and other fine retailers. Learn more by visiting www.darcithedrummer.com, or connect with the author on FacebookInstagram, and Goodreads.

Book Review & Giveaway: The Mind’s Eye by Perry Prete

17 Sep

Book Title: The Mind’s Eye by Perry Prete
Category:  Adult Fiction;  243 pages
Genre:  Thriller
Publisher:   Sands Press
Release date:  March 7, 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (mobi, PDF, ePub)
Will send print books to: USA & Canada
Tour dates: Sept 3 to 21, 2018
Content Rating: R (Violence towards women based on real life events, language, graphic violence)
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​Nicole Baker is a quiet girl – the type of person who is seldom noticed by anyone. That is until one day she discovers she has the unique ability to see images move on photographs. At first, she uses her ability to entertain friends at parties and work. Then senior detective Paul Hammond learns of her ability and enlists her help in a case of unsolved murders that he has not been able to make any headway on.

Carl Kadner, a rookie reporter with the local paper is investigating the murders as well. And he learns what it takes to be the kind of reporter he wants to be when he puts himself in danger for the sake of the story. It is only when Carl, Nicole and Detective Hammond pool their resources that things start making sense.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Paul is a detective and is given the lead on a possible homicide case but all they have is a woman’s arm. There are no leads until another woman is killed, and a woman named Nicole suddenly has a gift with which she can look at a picture and see what happened when it was taken. She’s able to give some clues to the police.

As the serial killer continues to search for women who fit his criteria, Paul and Nicole fall into a relationship that seems to be good for both of them. The killer ends up in a relationship with a girl named Katy. It’s a strange relationship but it works for them.

Carl is a rookie reporter who is also on the case. He does some investigating on his own and always seems to be right there with the police investigation if not a little ahead of them.

I thought Mind’s Eye was good from the beginning. It kept my interest and was not only suspenseful and cringe-worthy but funny. All of the characters were well-developed and unique. There were a couple of unanswered questions which was a little frustrating but it still had a good ending. It would have been a faster and even better read if the dialogue had been edited. It was often difficult to know who was talking which slowed me down quite a bit. Despite the dialogue, I recommend Mind’s Eye.

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About the Author

Perry Prete is a Canadian crime writer and paramedic. His first novel, All Good Things, introduced us to Ethan Tennant, a City of Ottawa paramedic who looks at crimes from the medical perspective.

Perry continues to work full-time as a paramedic and uses his thirty plus years of life changing and sometimes dramatic experiences to bring realism to his gripping medical novels. His other works include, The Things That Matter Most and All Good Things.

He is also a business owner, specializing in the pre-hospital care field. His company sells medical equipment across North America, primarily to EMS agencies.

A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Perry, graduated from Fanshawe College in London but now lives and works in Brockville, Ontario.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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