Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Review: Unbearable Girl

Unbearable Girl by Julie Camper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I couldn't put this book down! "Unbearable Girl" by Julie Camper is more than a coming of age story dealing with current issues - it's an emotional roller coaster that makes you really evaluate your life and the people you influence daily.

Technology, bullying, abuse, pregnancy and same sex relationships are all incorporated into this moving book. I felt a personal connection with the main character on several levels. I've spent 32 years of my life trying to work through who my Father thought I should be and who I am. I grew up a Minister's daughter. Church every time the doors were open, often my Father in the pulpit preaching on me or my Mother and how we should be living our lives. I was not grounded like my punishment was to attend church X-amount of days every week when I was in trouble. The final parents found out I was (still am) bisexual at age 20. My Mother looked at me with tear-filled eyes and said; "I wish you had been pregnant instead of this." I left home soon after and spent the rest of my 20's finding who I was without them.

Everyone has their own story and I'm sure there are people who will read this and disagree with what I've said but I can honestly tell you on a PERSONAL level this book hit home. I not only recommend "Unbearable Girl" to teens and young adults...I recommend it to parents, teachers and anyone struggling to find their own ground.

5 stars and 2 thumbs way up!

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Complete Wardstone Trilogy Review

I was lucky enough to come across this gem of a fantasy. If you're a fan of Tolkien and CS Lewis, I know you will fall in love with the trilogy - same as I. Book 1

`The Sword and the Dragon' was the first book I had the pleasure of reading by M. R. Mathias and I can only say it was a beautiful place to start. The plot, conversations and scenes flow smoothly – in fact if you’re like me you’ll be lost in this fantasy world. Who wouldn’t want to live in a world of dragons, epic battles and valor? Start here, and I promise you will read every book in the series!


Book 2

Mathias managed to top himself in the second book “Kings, Queens, Heroes and Fools” by further developing key characters from “The Sword and the Dragon” all while intricately weaving new favorites along the way. You’re thrown right back into the action within the first few pages as the author paints a grim picture of the events that have unfolded. With epic battles and mystery around every corner I was once again lost in this fascinating world.

Book 3

Reading “The Wizard and the Warlord” was both exciting and upsetting at the same time. I was so enthralled in the series I couldn’t wait to dive in to the third book, but knowing it was a ‘trilogy’ the epic tale would end. Mathias keeps the content fresh, adding new characters (both good and evil) the dialog and the scenes are simply fantastic. Without giving anything away…if you start this series, you simply must follow it through to the end. M. R. Mathias has created such a magnificent world. He delivers the story the way every writer should…full of gripping scenes and lovable characters.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Papa's Letters Review

     Many of us (who live in the US) long to trace our ancestry and have very little information to rely on. It is still possible, but imagine reading your Grandfather’s love letters to your Grandmother? Imagine being able to connect so many dots of your past? I found “Papa’s Letters” to be such a heart-warming story of this amazing man’s journey for love and the family bonds instilled thereafter. 

     Author (and Granddaughter) Judith C. Lovell shares this romantic, historical and awe-inspiring story. Along with letter excerpts Lovell shares fond memories of the family allowing you to grasp the whole picture. Love can blossom anywhere, if it is the right time and place and if you open your heart. These two magnificent Jamaican-American lovers prove this and much more. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Broken Gift by Daniel Friedmann

 The Broken Gift

The controversy is as old as the written word (and probably before) who is right/wrong in the battle of Creationism vs. Evolution. As a well studied open-minded individual who was raised in a strict Christian Minister's household I have found myself in the middle of the debate several times. I read "The Broken Gift" by Daniel Friedmann in one sitting - that is how gripping the book is. The author has an uncanny ability to argue both sides of the issue with the same amount of knowledge/research. He does this with a sense of delicacy for Christians and Scientists alike, perhaps both are right. Naturally he leaves the decision up to the reader (as it should be) only supplying facts/resources for his conclusions. I have been following Mr. Friedmann's virtual book tour for some time and his fact-based findings are refreshing to say the least.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with an open mind - of course I will not suggest it to my Father lest we have another argumentative Holiday season! Even if you have not read Daniel Friedmann's first book "The Genesis One Code" you will have only a vast amount of knowledge to gain by reading "The Broken Gift".

*The fine print:
I was compensated for this review but the thoughts/words are 100 percent mine. I strongly support this book and author.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Paris Wife Review

First review is a personal favorite.

The Paris Wife: A Novel

Life is complicated with moments of happiness and moments of sadness.

Knowing Ernest Hemingway's history, I knew Hadley was his first wife - first of many. My heart would not allow my head to finish the see it through because I have a personal connection.

I cried myself through the last 5 chapters, re-reading emotions. The underlying message that Hadley told herself...the same message I tell myself. "What is done, is done. No one knows what tomorrow will bring but you must be present."

Maybe it's the pain and ultimately the divorce of one of my favorite writers that has me obsessed with this book. All I know is there is a deep resonance. I find myself thinking about Ernest and Hadley from time to time. When was the last time a book did this to you?

From the book; Hadley to Ernest

"We'll always be friends - delicate friends, and I'll love you 'til I die, you know."



Tuesday, November 12, 2013


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