Friday, February 15, 2019

Review: When a Fox Mourns

When a Fox Mourns When a Fox Mourns by Shara B. Allen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Novels with content this dark should come with a warning. When a Fox Mourns is deeply disturbing and profoundly sad. The author's use of a unique poetry style of writing took some getting used to but turned out beautifully in a story that needs the beauty.

Fox is a victim of abuse via many sources and to cope with that horror she does what many women do; everything from cutting herself severely and drug abuse to seeking out dangerous men and drinking herself into oblivion. To no one's surprise, she develops severe symptoms like terrifying hallucinations that leave her conversing with the devil. Full of violence and angst, When a Fox Mourns is a mine field of triggers for trauma and abuse victims and that should be noted.

There were some errors here and there that a decent editor could have pinpointed but overall, Shara B. Allen has put out an in depth and sadly, realistic, book that shows what it is to live through hell. Now I have to go watch Happy Feet to clear my brain.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Review: Power: The Leadership Mantra: How to Develop an Effective Leadership and Management Skills

Power: The Leadership Mantra: How to Develop an Effective Leadership and Management Skills Power: The Leadership Mantra: How to Develop an Effective Leadership and Management Skills by Vikrant Shaurya
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When the opening paragraph of Power: The Success Mantra included the phrase "I'm a twenty-four year old entrepreneur and book launch manager". I may or may not have rolled my eyes. I mean I don't read romances starring twenty-somethings because I literally can't take the subject matter seriously through the eyes of someone that young. From that very perspective came the eye-roll. Then I had to remind myself... Zuckerberg, you judgmental heifer! Vikrant Shaurya is young but he's also very talented and obviously someone who wants to share the secrets of his success rather than hoarding them and hoping no one ever comes along to challenge those accomplishments.

The book is written clearly and in common terms rather than going the jargon heavy route for effect . Personal examples of whatever skill he is showcasing at any given time bring this business, money and small business informational text to life. This is a prime example of a book that is actually helpful and entertaining.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Review: The Time I'm Given: Six days to make it real

The Time I'm Given: Six days to make it real The Time I'm Given: Six days to make it real by Guy Wheatley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Somehow, The Time I'm Given is not listed under science fiction in the Kindle categories. The sci-fi aspect is the entire premise that the novel is built on, which is obvious even from the summary. Fans of the genre might miss this and what a shame that would be.

There were some editing issues, "all ways" instead of always and "you" where "your" would be the correct word for instance. The "all ways" mistake was all over the book. Missing commas, paragraph long sentences... human editors, people, they can't be replaced by spell check or even the best grammar checking programs.

The Time I'm Given gave me a run for my money when it came to reviewing. I feel like I can't say much without blowing it totally. Zee is Susan who is dead but she's not dead, she's Zee. Zach is the potential love interest but also someone who absolutely cannot be so. I badly want to talk about that but in the interest of not spoiling the whole book for everyone, I'll stop. All of the stars I'm giving are for creativity in terms of the plot.

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Review: Welcome to Spicetown

Welcome to Spicetown Welcome to Spicetown by Sheri Richey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spicetown Mysteries is a new amateur sleuth series by Sheri Richey. I have heard this style of mystery referred to as cozy mystery or cozy crime, meaning the usual sex and violence associated with other sub-genres in crime is missing. I tend to prefer that dark grittiness with my crime. It feels more real for me. But there do come those times when it's nice to get caught up in and enjoy a more innocent atmosphere. That's what happened with Welcome to Spicetown, the first book of the series.

Spicetown, Ohio, with its street names like Paprika Parkway and Sage Street, is running high on the cutesy factor. Mayor Cora Mea Bingham plays the main character role and you can't help but adore her. She's funny and the dynamic between her and the other main character, police chief Conrad Harris, is amusing to read. Despite the saccharine setting, the mystery is something you find yourself totally immersed in solving. And after all, isn't that the whole point of a mystery novel?

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Review: Ascend Online

Ascend Online Ascend Online by Luke Chmilenko
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Sort of a Jumanji meets a slightly less sinister USS Callister/Dungeons and Dragons, Ascend Online is a science-fiction fantasy set in the not so distant future, 2047. Marcus is pulled into the interactive online video game he plays with his friends and from there he has adventures beyond his wildest imagination. Luke Chmilenko created this premise and seems to have written every word for his gamer buddies. I don't mean that in a derogatory way necessarily but I am saying there is a specific target audience for this and I'm probably not in the clique. My kids, definitely, even my techie nerd husband would probably be entertained by Ascend Online. Being that my youngest is eleven and my husband is forty-something, well that's a wide age range and I would be remiss if I didn't admit that Chmilenko deserves come commendation for delivering that kind of appeal.

I have to stick to my roots and point out that the dialogue was at times somewhat overly dramatic and unrealistic and a more thorough editing and proofreading job most certainly could have been done.

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