Book Review: How to Write a Simple Book Review by Allyson R. Abbott

Have you ever wondered how to write a book review? Where to begin or how long it needs to be?

Has it ever occurred to you that even negative reviews may be helpful to authors?

Are there different types of reviews? Where can you get tips for reviewing a book? Do you wish writing a review was easy?

With this book it is. Sharing your opinion with people who want to hear it is fun. Your reviews help fellow readers find out if a book is worth their time and money. Authors appreciate the recognition of a review, no matter how long, and the insight of a review can show them where they need to improve. ‘Writing a Simple Book Review; it’s easier than you think!’ holds these answers and more. You can start writing book reviews today; even if it is only a few words.

My Review

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

I’ve been writing reviews for seven years, and I started by looking at what others wrote in reviews for several books to try to get the hang of it. I would have really benefited from this book! How to Write a Simple Book Review is for readers who want to give their feedback to the author or other readers.

I have found over the years that authors appreciate reviews more than you can imagine. Most authors also appreciate any negative feedback because they want to know if there is a way they can make their readers happier with their writing. That said, I think it’s important to try to find something positive to say if you can.

How to Write a Simple Book Review explains the different types of reviews and how simple a review can be. Even one word is helpful! Anyone can do that. There is a lot of repetition but that may be helpful to beginners.

If you’ve been wondering what you can do to let an author know how you feel about their book, write a review! If you don’t have any idea how to do that, this book will explain it well, and you’ll know exactly how to write one.

About the Author

I ‘m very lucky to have the indulgence of time and space to enable me to write. I took a sabbatical from work to accompany my partner on his bucket list travels and adventures, and never went back. I really thought I would struggle with all the free time, so decided to write to keep myself occupied. Now writing has consumed my time and I am never sure where we will be or when, hence my novels could be classed ‘international’ as they may have been written across a few countries. We are still travelling, although we do pop back to the UK for a few months every now and again.

I love the fact that no matter what our age we can use new technology to connect to the rest of the world and enhance our lives. Back in the UK I have my friends and family and with emails, phones, skype or face-time, we are never out of touch for long. Even my mother at eighty-six uses face-time to catch up with me. I have the world at my fingertips and only twenty-four hours away from anywhere.Being a ‘mature aging gracefully’ woman, I feel akin to the problems of aging and relationships. I spent many years on my own before finding my truly remarkable and very patient partner who I happily gave up my whole world for. My stories are about mature relationships with mature people. People who have character and humour, who have a history; people just like us.

I like to call it Hen Lit, not Chick Lit, but it is not just about falling in love. They are about real relationships.I hope you enjoy my stories. Please check my web page or social media pages if you would like to contact me. I love emails and try to answer every one as soon as possible.

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New Release: The Story of a Cockney Kid by R.S. Lawrence

A real-life story about growing up in England before & after World War II

About the Book

This is a story of a boy born in the 1930s when poverty was the ordinary way of life. The boy was the first-born child of a young couple living in the dock area of Poplar. 

Among the first children evacuated from London when war was declared, the child’s education suffered once in a country school. The usual path for boys during the war was to leave school and work on a farm, but this boy had a burning desire to join the RAF.  He worked hard at school and paid close attention to the progress of the war.  Shortly after the war ended he passed necessary exams and set off for a new life in the RAF.

This is that boy’s story.

Excerpt from the book

“Every evening, Jamie listened to the radio and made notes in his diary.

The bad weather had continued throughout January, and February was only a little better.  March was on its way, with high winds.  The weather was just a little better.  The frosts just didn’t last as long.  Although it was still cold, there was no snow to freeze over at night.

Going to school every morning, Jamie never looked forward to the exercise session as it always made him hungry and he would have to wait until midday before he could have his sandwich.

March was moving on.  The news reported that the RAF had bombed the town of Essen.  It had destroyed most of the town, mainly Krupp’s munitions factory.  The raid must have been successful.  The RAF had no losses to their bombers.

It was a Saturday and Jamie was sitting on part of a wall in the foundations of the bombsite next door.  He was just musing about school and things that had happened since leaving the farm and how life had changed so much, looking around the site.  Although it was still chilly, Jamie didn’t mind, as a new spring was on its way.  He noticed some green shoots around the edge of the bomb crater.  Jamie went for a closer inspection, to find that the shoots looked as if they were flower shoots.  Jamie just had to tell Mary of his find, and ask if she wanted him to dig them up.  Mary told Jamie to leave them, as they must have been in the garden before the bomb and they had survived.”




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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect present for any age.

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This book is a must have as it tells the story of Jamie and growing up before and during WWII. I learned a lot about this era and would interest those who enjoy stories of kids in London, those interested in history or older people who may remember this time.

It’s a good read for students wanting to read about those growing up in England during the 1930s and up until after WWII.

Make a terrific birthday or Christmas gift.



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Audiobook Review: Twisted Fate by Kate L. Mary

The world Megan James thought she knew has been slowly unraveling. Her father disappeared and was presumed dead, her mother’s sanity started to slip away, and the safe world she’d always thought she was living in slowly began to reveal its very dark and twisted depths. With the discovery that both her father and long-lost uncle, Angus James, were alive, Meg thought she’d finally learned all the secrets New Atlanta and the CDC had to offer, but she soon discovers that the surprises have barely begun.

With Jackson Star’s threatening presence looming over them, Meg and her family are forced to flee the walls of New Atlanta, leaving both Axl and Donaghy, the man Meg has come to care so much about, in the CDC’s clutches. Knowing that rescuing them will be no easy task, the group turns to a very unlikely source, and Meg soon discovers that her long-lost uncle has more than a few shocking secrets to share. After two decades of living behind walls, it looks like the end of the zombies could be in sight, assuming they can break into the most fortified building left in the world. Luckily, Angus James knows exactly what to do to make it happen.

But Angus isn’t the only one with a few tricks up his sleeves. When Jackson Star suddenly decides to release Donaghy, it isn’t out of the kindness of his heart. With the clock ticking more than ever, Meg finds herself in a race against time. Success means not only saving her family, but the whole world as well, while failure could very well mean a life of living as Jackson Star’s slave.

My Review

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

I listened to Twisted World, Twisted Memories, and Twisted Mind so I was looking forward to listening to this last book in the Twisted World series. I wasn’t disappointed.

Meg’s family has had to flee New Atlanta or they’ll be killed by Jackson Star or worse. Unfortunately, they know they’re going to have to return to save Meg’s father and Donaghy. But when Donaghy shows back up, they know that his fate has been sealed.

Meg and her family not only have to deal with Jackson and the CDC, but there are always zombies that they need to keep an eye out for. And now that Angus is back, how is the church (the fanatics who worship him and are waiting for his resurrection) going to react? They have a surprise coming when they meet their “Savior.” Will they help them or turn on them?

If you like post-apocalyptic stories, this is definitely worth your time. It’s more about the characters and the zombies are just a part of life. I also like the way the series ended.

About the Author

Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of Adult, New Adult, and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance! Her YA book, When We Were Human, was a 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and a 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal winner for Young Adult Science Fiction. Her book, Outliers, was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2018 Author Academy Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction, a Finalist in the 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, and a First Place Winner in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction. Tribe of Daughters was recently named as an Honorable Mention in the 2018 SPR Book Awards.







In Between

Cynical Wordsmith

I cried myself to sleep,
When I was younger
Because I didn’t know how
Or when
The world would end.

There’s a paralyzing fear
That surfaces
For things we don’t know,
And things I can’t change.

How does one go
About day to day Life?
How does one Love
Knowing loneliness is imminent?

I’m lost, I know,
But my hopes are pervasive.
Hopes for you, the world,
And all that’s in between.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Magic Home: A Displaced Boy Finds a Way to Feel Better by Isabella Cassina

“The Magic Home is an endearing and enduring story of a child’s journey to deal with unimaginable feelings of sadness, loss and displacement. This touching story teaches us how to tap into the child’s resilience using the healing power of play and expressive arts. The Magic Home is a must-have book for child clinicians, caregivers and child professionals to use with children displaced from their homes, regardless of the situation.”
— Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, MA, RPT-S, founder and president emeritus of the New York Association for Play Therapy.

“The Magic Home is a comforting story about a little boy who loses all that is familiar and faces many uncertainties in his new life until he meets Ina, who helps him feel that he is not alone. This gently told story and sweet illustrations offer children who have faced disruptions in their families a sense of control over their circumstances and hope for a brighter future.”
— Sue Bratton, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, director emerita, Center for Play Therapy at University of North Texas

“The Magic Home takes us on a journey that is dealing with loss, adjustment and, most importantly, feelings. This book helps adults help children with big feelings that are hard to understand. The added suggestions on how to use the book and reusable figures are a valuable addition. A delightful and helpful book that helps us all know we have a magic home.”
— Linda E. Homeyer, PhD, LPCS, RPT-S, distinguished professor emerita and past president of the Association for Play Therapy (APT) board of directors.

From Loving Healing Press

Available to buy from…   Barnes and Noble   GPlay   Paperback   Hardcover

My Review

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

The Magic Home is a great book for children who have suffered loss and/or been displaced for any reason. It shows how life can be happy one moment and change the next moment. It’s also a story of hope, though.

The little boy in The Magic Home has to leave with his mom and isn’t given any explanation. He feels signs of anxiety: a crushing feeling in his chest, spinning head, sweaty hands, and weak or trembling legs. Once he starts school and meets his new teacher, things get a lot better. She teaches him that he’s not alone and helps him to deal with his loss through kind words and his love of coloring. With her help, he learns to enjoy life again and realizes that he no longer has those feelings of anxiety!

At the end of the book, there are different types of play therapy that adults can use to help children through the rough times. There are also figures of people that can be colored and used as needed.

The Magic Home looks like a useful tool to help children deal with loss and change.

Enjoy our book excerpt

Page from The Magic Home: A Displaced Boy Finds a Way to Feel Better by Isabella Cassina
Page from The Magic Home: A Displaced Boy Finds a Way to Feel Better by Isabella Cassina

About the Author

Isabella Cassina is a Swiss social worker specialized in International Cooperation and Therapeutic Play. She holds a Master of Arts from The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies IHEID in Geneva, and she is recognized Therapeutic Play Specialist by the Association for Play Therapy Italy APTI. She worked for the Swiss Red Cross as Head of the Social Services in the refugees sector. Isabella has acknowledged significant experience as humanitarian worker, trainer and international speaker. She is co-founder and project manager for INA International Academy for Play Therapy studies and PsychoSocial Projects based in Switzerland, and consultant for the APTI. She has undertaken a Ph.D. in Expressive Arts Therapy in Switzerland..

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I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.


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