Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book Review: Smoke

“Smoke. Everything about it had always meant being away to her, so now that she was safe at home, it was a smell that didn't track.”

Elizabeth is an arson investigator who's life is in chaos right now. She is debating leaving her husband Ben, and dealing with a massive wildfire that has recently grow out of control. She has been a career firefighter for almost a decade. She was once a forest firefighter. It is in her blood. This one lies in the heart of her town, right in their own backyard even.

When Elizabeth is forced to evacuate she is faced with going back to her in-law's house. They have just decided to divorce and now have to pretend to be happy and loving again. This is sort of an issue I have about this book. Elizabeth is the complete opposite of me. She is constantly nagging her husband, wanting to change him, argue with him. This she even admits, but yet dwells on it. Maybe I am being too simplistic when I think she could have solved things by just cooling off her jets.

The character of Elizabeth is one I had a love-hate relationship with. She was a down-home, small town girl. Desperate to be a mother, one who desired the love of her husband. Extremely independent and brutally honest to a fault. She was a mixed of emotions and a constant over analyzer.

At the same time, I didn't feel like the author explored Ben and Elizabeth's relationship enough. There wasn't enough backstory,  and everything in the present felt tense. It caused me to think several times throughout the book, that maybe they should get a divorce. I mean if they are so unhappy, that would be the best thing to do? I do believe that you should want to fight

The story actually is told from two different perspectives, two different women, Elizabeth and Mindy. They couldn't be more different but at one point they were  friends. Now, they just completely ignore each other. All those years disappearing into the abbess of anger.

Mindy is a perfect housewife, married to a man named Peter. She is the "Susie homemaker" of the book. She has two teenagers named Carrie and Angus. She loves her children. She is the typical worry wart and protector of them. She feels lost, though. She feels entirely disconnected from her children and life. Living life on auto-pilot is seems as if she could fade right into nothingness.

Unfortunately, I really feel like Mindy's character was extremely weak and failed to really be described. She was a worried housewife and thats about it. It just seemed very stereotypical in my opinion.

We aren't told right away why Mindy and Elizabeth went their separate ways. It is sort of left as a teaser of things to come. All we are told in the beginning is that she misses Elizabeth and struggles with the companionship of her new ones.

This type of story telling is new to me. I found it jumping from the present, where they are trying to solve the mystery of the fire, to the past where we are learning exactly who our characters are. The transitions are the various chapter titles.

This is the type of story that will captivate you. I found myself completely thrown into the story. I felt like Elizabeth and Mindy were my friends. I could imagine going through the fire, being evacuated. My heart ached when they were sad, I laughed when they laughed. Any book that makes you forget time, is a perfect book.

What would have made this better would have added more into the story other than the women? I know we get a special perspective in the end but I would have loved to hear the story from Ben, Angus, or even Tuckers side.

I also think many themes were introduced and then quickly dismissed. It seemed to sort of meander around topics and never really hit on anyone. This brings me to the ending. I really enjoyed the ending, I still have some issues with it.

The confession seemed rushed and tied up. I really think the story was way to descriptive in the middle and the author realized she had to finish the novel. It was a bit of a surprise ending but not really. I sort of had already figured it out. 

I bought this book with kindle unlimited and I am so glad I did! 

Goodreads Description: 

From the internationally bestselling author Catherine McKenzie comes an evocative tale of two women navigating the secrets and lies at the heart of a wildfire threatening their town.

After a decade-long career combating wildfires, Elizabeth has traded in for a quieter life with her husband. Now she works as the local arson investigator in a beautiful, quaint town in the Rockies. But that tranquil life vanishes when she and her husband agree to divorce, and when a fire started in nearby Cooper Basin begins to spread rapidly. For Elizabeth, containing a raging wildfire is easier than accepting that her marriage has failed.

For Elizabeth’s ex-friend Mindy, who feels disconnected from her husband and teenage children, the fire represents a chance to find a new purpose: helping a man who lost his home to the blaze. But her faith is shattered by a shocking accusation. 

As the encroaching inferno threatens the town’s residents, Elizabeth and Mindy must discover what will be lost in the fire, and what will be saved.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Welby O’Brien’s ‘Love Our Vets’ Giveaway

Do you have a loved one who has seen war and has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at some level? More than likely you who love your veteran will also be deeply and profoundly affected, which is why Welby O'Brien wrote Love Our Vets, a resource for restoring hope for families of veterans with PTSD. Sharing as a counselor and from her personal experience of living with a 100% disabled veteran with PTSD, Welby O’Brien gives hope, encouragement, and practical help for families and loved ones who are caught in the wake of the trauma. Love Our Vets answers more than 60 heartfelt questions, providing down-to-earth wisdom and much-needed tips for taking care of yourself.

Take some time to care for yourself as the caregiver by entering to win a prize pack from Welby full of items to help you relax and de-stress.


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Love Our Vets
  • A picture frame to remind yourself to pray for your vet and the other veterans
  • A wooden card to send to your vet to let him or her know you're thankful for his or her service
  • A water bottle to help keep you healthy and in prayer
  • A set of journals to help you walk through Love Our Vets
  • A relaxing candle to melt away stress

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on October 17. The winner will be announced October 18 on the Litfuse blog.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Author Interview: A.R. Cook

Today I have A.R. Cook with me for an author interview. A native of Riverside, Illinois, A.R. Cook  currently resides in Gainesville, Georgia, and is the author of The Scholar and the Sphinx YA book series from Mithras Books / Knox Robinson Publishing, as well as the recently release The Scale Seekers series.

 She also has short stories published in the anthology "The Kress Project" from the Georgia Museum of Art, and the fairy-tale collection "Willow Weep No More" from Tenebris Books. Several of A.R.'s short stories and short plays have been awarded honorable mentions in various magazines, such as Toasted Cheese Literary Journal and Writer's Digest. From 2009-2013, A.R. was the book review columnist for the Gainesville Times, one of the most widely distributed newspapers in northeastern Georgia.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 

It was probably in high school when it dawned on me that I wanted to make writing my career, but I’ve been writing since first grade. I remember, at the beginning of the year, all the first graders were given a sheet that had about 20 lines on it, so every time we wrote a story, we’d put the story’s title on one of the lines. The idea was to fill it up by the end of the year. I had not only filled out the front, but then flipped the sheet over, drew about 30 more lines and filled those out too. I was constantly inventing stories (keep in mind, a story for a first grader can be one paragraph long, if we wanted).

How long does it take you to write a book?

Really depends on the book. “Shades of Nyx” was a work over 15 years in the making – it was originally a short story I submitted to Writers of the Future back in high school, and it was a very different story, more of a straight-up medieval fantasy. Then it sat untouched for years on a floppy disk (yes, a floppy... how old school) and eventually I picked it back up and gave it a complete makeover. I expanded on it, gave it new characters, and it became what it is today. The subsequent books, “Fang of Fenrir” and “Threads of Fate,” were maybe around 8-10 months (since I have a day job, could only work on them in the evenings) because I was on deadlines to get those into my publisher. I just wrote a novella that took me only 3 weeks. So it depends.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I write when I can. Usually in the evenings after work, but sometimes if it’s really quiet at work, I’ll sneak in some writing time (don’t tell!) I’m not one of those writers who can write for 15-20 minute spurts and be okay. Once I sit down, I’ll lose track of time for hours – and if someone tries to interrupt me, I’m like Jack Nicholson in “The Shining” (my husband learned this the hard way).

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I wouldn’t say I have many “quirks”…I prefer to write in my patchwork “hippie” pants but that’s about it.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I read a lot of books growing up, and I was particularly drawn to fantasy and mythology as a kid. In college, I took course on Greek mythology and creative writing. So the research I did for my books stemmed from what I was already passionate about and had some knowledge to begin with. But learning about other mythologies – Japanese, Native American, Norse, Russian, African – was a fun part of the process.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

If you mean published book, “Shades of Nyx” is my first, at age 30…if you mean story in general, I wrote a full-length storybook at age six or seven that was Halloween-themed. My first novel was in about fourth or fifth grade and I was writing it all out by hand. I got to about page 80 when someone told me, “You know you’re going to have to type all that out if anyone’s going to read it,” to which I didn’t feel like starting over and I put it aside. Maybe someday, if I find wherever I put those original 80 pages (and can still read them) maybe I’ll type it out.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? 

Thinking about writing (no kidding). I work at a university during the daytime, but I also exercise, cook, sketch, and I have been attending author events and conventions to promote my books.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I will often look back on what I’ve written and honestly wonder where the “voice” came from. Sometimes it seems like I write in a way I don’t normally talk or think, as if it’s a separate person from me. Someone once said, “Writers have very good ‘ears’,” meaning our characters whisper things to their authors. It is surprising how our characters can take hold of a story and lead it in directions you never expected.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?

One of the first authors that got me into the fantasy genre was Lloyd Alexander, and his book “The Cat Who Wished to be a Man.” It was a fun and inventive story. Over the years I’ve read Neil Gaiman, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, John Irving, Terry Brooks, all of who have inspired stories for me. I also became fond of Oscar Wilde after reading “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” I’ve read quite a few Gothic classics and love the language of the time they were written in.

What do you think makes a good story?

I think it ultimately boils down to your characters. You may have the most gripping plot, a flowery vocabulary, and an amazing world you’ve built, but if your characters are flat, cliché or too over-the-top, it spoils the whole thing. Some of the best stories don’t even have much plot – they focus on developing rich, fully-realized characters and their relationships. It’s also one of the hardest things to do, creating characters that truly act and talk like real people, especially in fantasy when you have all kinds of wild and imaginative creatures. But even a five-headed dragon with wheels for feet still needs to feel like a real person. That’s how readers connect to the story, being able to understand what it’s like to be in these characters’ shoes.

1854, France. David Sandoval wakes up on the outskirts of Le Havre, with no memory of what he has been through and who he has left behind– not of Fenrir the world-devouring wolf, not Baba Yaga the witch, Tanuki the shape-shifter, not even Acacia the Sphinx, who has held a place in his heart for years. It is not only his memory that is gone, for his existence has been erased by Lord Nyx, the incarnation of the Night, and no one in the human world can see or hear him. 

Yet something still ties David to the magical world, keeping alive a glimmer of hope that he can be restored. With the help of the storyteller Anansi and Baba’s cat Vasilisa, David traverses the places and people of his past, gradually regaining his memory and his existence. But old enemies start to pick up on his trail, including Madness itself and Nico the Teumessian, who blames David for his “undead” state of being. To complete his restoration, David must face the Moirai, the weavers of the magical Curtain that not only separates the worlds of humans and of mythical creatures, but also holds everyone’s destinies. 

Can David have a new fate woven for him, and will the price be higher than he is willing to pay? Meanwhile, Acacia finds herself in league with the Asgardian warrior Tyr and the vengeful Fenrir to defeat Lord Nyx once and for all, and an old friend of hers, Alasdair Gullin, is coming with a league of Master Huntsmen to side with her in the final battle. What Gullin will have to sacrifice to do so, however, may spell his doom, and may not be enough to take down the night god and save all worlds from falling under Lord Nyx’s shadow.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Book Review: The Rabbi's Cat

I am not sure what I expected out of this graphic novel, but what I got was a major disappointment. I was hoping for something more, it is a religious novel, but I felt it lacking in a lot of ways. I may receive hate for this review, but I promise to always be honest. 

A little-widowed rabbi, his daughter, and their adorable cat live in Algeria. This book is supposed to be a lesson on Judaism and a spin on a religious tale. This novel is woven together carefully and is beautifully written. The author uses a cat, who has eaten the family parrot, and is now able to talk, ask questions, and challenge the Jewish faith. This is brought to the attention of the rabbi. There is a lesson on lying which I very much enjoyed. 

I hated the part where the cat is no longer allowed to spend time with the Rabbi's daughter, whom he really is close with. This is due to him being a bad influence. He eventually asks how he can be with her again. I disliked this because I believe you should be able to question your beliefs, I completely understand that the cat lied and was mischievous but I feel like it really creates an unhealthy shelter. 

I believe if anything this really opens a great discussion on faith and the matters that come with that issue. Religion is a touchy subject, I am glad that graphic novels are starting to take on these challenges. 

With all the negative things I have pointed out, let me now tell you what I love about this book. The author can write, the passion and beautiful storytelling is extremely prominent throughout. I enjoyed the words and description used. I was never bored at all. 

The second thing that I loved about this was the art. It was gorgeous and so very colorful. I enjoyed the scenes. The artist Joann Sfar has his own style. Something that is completely original and easily identified. You know exactly who drew these expressionistic images. They are realistic, but also very abstract and cartoonish. It isn't overdone, it isn't underdone, it is just perfect.

Overall this is a book I believe you should check out. While I didn't like the graphic novel,  you may love it. I was really glad to pick this up at my college library. I will try to find the second one soon. 

Author:  Joann Sfar 
Illustrator:  Joann Sfar 
Publisher: Pantheon
Publishing Date: May 22nd, 2007
Pages: 152
Source: College Library
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Goodreads Description: 

The preeminent work by one of France’s most celebrated young comics artists, The Rabbi’s Cat tells the wholly unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their talking cat–a philosopher brimming with scathing humor and surprising tenderness. 

In Algeria in the 1930s, a cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter, Zlabya, eats the family parrot and gains the ability to speak. To his master’s consternation, the cat immediately begins to tell lies (the first being that he didn’t eat the parrot). The rabbi vows to educate him in the ways of the Torah, while the cat insists on studying the kabbalah and having a Bar Mitzvah. They consult the rabbi’s rabbi, who maintains that a cat can’t be Jewish–but the cat, as always, knows better. 

Zlabya falls in love with a dashing young rabbi from Paris, and soon master and cat, having overcome their shared self-pity and jealousy, are accompanying the newlyweds to France to meet Zlabya’s cosmopolitan in-laws. Full of drama and adventure, their trip invites countless opportunities for the rabbi and his cat to grapple with all the important–and trivial–details of life.

Rich with the colors, textures, and flavors of Algeria’s Jewish community, The Rabbi’s Cat brings a lost world vibrantly to life–a time and place where Jews and Arabs coexisted–and peoples it with endearing and thoroughly human characters, and one truly unforgettable cat.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Book Review: Ghost World

That was the worst thing I believe I have ever read. I am so disappointed. 
I really want those hours of my life back. I will never get that wish granted though

Apparently, this is some sort of movie, or comic I am not sure? I haven't watched a movie so I went into this blind. Maybe I should watch the movie? 

This book has no point. Let me repeat that this is about that is about nothing. 

This book goes nowhere. I couldn't understand the plot. I eventually put the book down and went online to get some more info and I realized that this book has a lot of negativity surrounding it. Then it made more sense. I still don't get the point. I still have no clue what Ghost Girl is about. I really don't care about it at this point. 

The main characters of this book are Rebecca and Enid, both girls around the age of 18. They have accomplished what most kids their age do and graduated. They are confused and unsure of what to do with their life. Most of us can relate to that. I am going through that right now. I really didn't like how I really didn't care about what happened to them. 

*not my photo // no copyright intended

The graphic novel has no storyline. It is set up in a series of scenes that really don't connect in any way. They don't serve any clear purpose. There is way too much negativity in this graphic novel, I don't like negativity without a purpose and storyline. 

There is so much negativity. The characters are very much negative nancies. I eye rolled so hard my corneas detached a couple of times. 

They are so negative about themselves, constantly pointing out dislikes, shouting faults to the rooftops. They are offensive and generally catty to each other. They are criticizing others of things they regularly do. 

I really just want to throw this book out the window.

I picked up this book at my college library. This is not a sponsored post. 

Goodreads Description: 

*not my photo // no copyright intended
Originally released in 1997 as a limited hardcover edition of 2,500 copies that sold out almost instantly, Ghost World has subsequently gone through 18 softcover printings, selling in excess of 150,000 copies in the United States, becoming one of the best-selling and most revered graphic novels of all-time, culminating in the 2001 Academy Award-nominated film.

To commemorate the tenth anniversary, Fantagraphics Books released this deluxe, expanded Ghost World special edition in 2008, combining the original graphic novel, the Oscar-nominated screenplay adaptation by Clowes and Terry Zwigoff, as well as over two dozen pages of rare and obscure bonus material in one book, along with a new cover and introduction.

Ghost World is the story of Becky and Enid, two teenaged girls and best friends facing the prospect of not only growing up, but growing apart from each other. Clowes paints a tender picture of this intellectually precocious, sexually adventurous (despite a mutual lack of experience), and formative period in their lives, filtered through a blue hue echoing a world lit by the cathode rays of a television — a perfect metaphor for their post- nuclear existence. Both naturalistic and nostalgic, Ghost World carves a layered narrative out of the daily existence of these fully-realized young women.

Ghost World: The Special Edition included the original, 80-page graphic novel; the out-of-print, Oscar-nominated 106-page screenplay; the little-seen comic strip created for the Ghost World soundtrack; and over 30 pages of rare ephemera related to the book and film, including covers to foreign editions of Ghost World, rare promotional art, pictures, sketches and much more.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Book Spotlight : A Perfect Plan

Excerpt from the end of Chapter 2:

Now he only had one more obligation to fulfill tonight. With Lord Edward Hastings’ unfortunate demise, a new duty rested on his shoulders. He was now the guardian of Miss Samantha Hastings,
Edward’s little sister. Although a woman of her age hardly needed a guardian, chaperone would be a
more appropriate word.

Whatever the title may be, he now had the added responsibility of approving a husband for the lady; a task which placed him in direct control of her future. Not exactly a role he wanted to play. However, he just needed to marry her off to the first available suitor and he would be free of his promise. Still unmarried, he assumed she would be plain and willing to accept the first man who proposed; considering this was her first season, she would need guidance in that respect. Lady Hastings, Edward’s widow, would be able to assist with the husband hunting process. He decided he would leave the matching to her and then just approve whichever man made it through the tedious courting process.

Benjamin tried to remember the face of Edward’s baby sister. Ten years ago, the last time he met Samantha, she attacked him with a foil. Her face screwed up with raw determination and a scowl as she swung at him from the landing of the Hastings’ country estate stairwell. Her verbal assault was almost as vicious; Edward must have been responsible for that lack of manners. A small girl with plaits and a sharp sword; the memory brought a smile to his lips. He chuckled softly, rubbing his left hand unconsciously.

A tiny puckered scar still blemished his left hand. It seemed difficult to picture Samantha as anything else but a scrawny, ill-mannered child. He assumed, as an adult, she must resemble her brother; same chestnut hair, same blue eyes. Although decidedly more feminine, he corrected the image in his head. He would have no difficulty spotting her this evening. He only hoped she was unarmed.

Where to purchase:

EBooks are available for purchase through  Amazon,  Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords and

Dream Big Publishing for $6.99 (on sale now for $4.99). Paperback copies are available for $12.99.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Book Reviews: The Chicago School

When I saw this book I knew I had to pick it up. I am a business major and love all things economics. The Chicago School tells the story of how the University of Chicago assembled a team of great thinkers who revolutionized economics and business. 

I disagree with a lot of the reviews of this book. This book wasn't bad in my humble opinion. There are many things in this book I really liked. I felt like at points I ate the information up and wanted even more.

I loved the discussion of actual ideas. The talk about methods, I really wanted that to be expanded upon. I really enjoyed the topics of socioeconomic issues like race, poverty, jobs, and various other issues. About how much politics influences our economic system.

The biggest thing I disliked about this book was that the author spend so much time talking about tedious biographical data, which to be honest was a very time consuming to read. I am not an economist so I had to stop repeatedly to look up terms in order to grasp the concepts he was talking about.

I feel that this really weighed the book down. It made it a chore to read. I would have preferred more information about how Chicago became a major economic hub. I think it would have been interesting to read bout the various economic theories. I would have preferred to learn more about how Chicago shaped those modern theories

The other thing that is important to point out is biased. This author clearly is extremely interested in Chicago. To be honest I believe this influences his views and opinions. I don't believe he is able to be truly unbiased. He doesn't question the Chicago school of thought enough. It's all very one sided.

It is important to learn about the author, Johan Van Overtveld , Ph.D., is extremely knowledgeable in these areas. He is the director of the Belgium-based think tank VKW Metena, which works on a breadth of economics-related issues. Formerly, the editor-in-chief of a Belgian newsmagazine Trends, he has written many books and contributes to the Wall Street Journal Europe as well as other financial publications. He is currently the Minister of Finance of Belgium

I feel like this book does a great job at presenting this information at an entry level for beginners like me, but also is advanced for people who have more experience. I really recommend this book to anyone.

I was provided a free copy by Agate Publishing in exchange for my honest and completely unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Book Description: 

When Richard Nixon said “We are all Keynesians now” in 1971, few could have predicted that the next three decades would result in a complete transformation of the global economic landscape. The transformation was led by a small, relatively obscure group within the University of Chicago’s business school and its departments of economics and political science.

 These thinkers — including Milton Friedman, Gary Becker, George Stigler, Robert Lucas, and others — revolutionized economic orthodoxy in the second half of the 20th century, dominated the Nobel Prizes awarded in economics, and changed how business is done around the world. 

Written by a leading European economic thinker, The Chicago School is the first in-depth look at how this remarkable group came together. Exhaustively detailed, it provides a close recounting of the decade-by-decade progress of the Chicago School's evolution. As such, it's an essential contribution to the intellectual history of our time.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Book Review: LumberJanes

Extremely uninteresting for me. I was so disappointed by this graphic novel. I was amped about this book. This was brought to my attention when I went to my college library asking for different graphic novels. I was searching for something with more purpose. I was told this was a feminist graphic novel. For the most part, it was. It was brought up in a fun and interesting way. Sharing names of life-changing women in history. 

These girls are constantly in trouble. They can't seem to avoid it. They are witty in a way that annoys me. They freaking get annoying after awhile. One liner can be fun, but when they become predictable it just loses it's appeal for me. The funny moments become very silly to me. Bordering on a level of immaturity that I can not handle. 

The characters are all very different and very odd. They stick together, and seem like true friends but something about them rubs me the wrong way. The plot had so many issues and made zero sense. 

Now moving onto my issues with the art. I loved the cover of this book. It was glorious, interesting, and had vivid coloring. When you go through the book the style has completely changed. It is almost strange in the way that it changed. I have to admit that sometimes I was bothered by the art in this novel.

Overall I wouldn't recommend picking up this novel. It is about 4 hours of my life that I wish I could recover.  

Title: LumberJanes
Publisher: BOOMBOX! 
Publishing Date: April 7th 2015
Source: From Library

Links: Amazon // Barnes and Noble 

Goodreads Description: 


At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. 

Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together... And they're not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! 

The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here. 

Collects Lumberjanes No. 1-4

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Hello! Today I have an awesome blog tour to share with you, if you are new to my blog thanks so much for checking it out! One thing you will notice is that I love children's books. I believe reading should start as soon as possible.

Max at Night is a must have for any children's library. Written by a New York Times bestseller. 

Max is just a cute little cat, who really wants to say goodnight to the moon before sleeping. A problem arises when the moon, well the moon is no where to be found. It seems as if it has just gone missing. Little Max goes on a mission to find the moon. He looks all over, he goes outside, climbs trees, and buildings. 

Once out side he sees the hill, the rooftops, and the night, he asks them where moon is. Finally after a while the moon is visible due to the winds changing. 

The moon is bright and wonderful. At last Max is super sleepy. The story is extremely cute and adorable. The book is easy to read, and pretty quick to read. The illustrations are well done, simple, and impactful. They are colorful but not bright.  

I would recommend this book to all readers but I believe younger children will enjoy this book more. I want to think Source books Jabberwocky for sending me this book for review! As always I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review all thoughts are my own. 


Meet Max - the mighty kitten and New York Times bestseller.

This is Max. Max is very sleepy. It's way past Max's bedtime. Max has drunk his milk. Max has brushed his teeth. Max has cleaned behind his ears. Now Max just needs to say goodnight...

Max is tired and all ready for bed, but when he can't find the moon to say goodnight to, he sets out to find it. But that's not as easy as Max had hoped... Witty and heart-warming, this stylish and beautifully illustrated book is the perfect bedtime read.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Book Review: Drawing the Line: Indian Women Fight Back!

A powerful story that needed to be told. This is the story that is written by a wonderful feminist to bring to light the issue of sexual discrimination, rape, even brutal gang rapes and other horrifying things that are all too often happening in India. This book is a part of larger conversation happening around the country. 

This is a collection of 14 different Indian artists, who tell their story or the stories of others. These stories are heartbreakingly honest. The invoke emotions, fear and explain what is making being women so hard. They are all wonderful graphic artist. The are finally, drawing the line. 

The issues explored in this book are ones we are all to familiar with. This isn't just an India issue, this is a global issue that gets worse every single day. It is disgusting that sexual abuse and harassment is such a normal thing. We hear about new assault every single day. This book is cracking the silence and getting the word out there. 

Graphic novels about political issues, or hard topics tend to get a lot of hate. People want to read fun stuff, the want an escape from the hardness of the world. This issue is something that we can't avoid. Every single human being on this earth needs to go out and get this book right now. We can't stay silent anymore. 

To give you a better idea of the types of stories included I decided to include a list of topics discussed. Here are five of those topics. 

1. Women who are raped by their husbands
2. Stories from a women who stopped shaving and waxing
3. A woman who is desperately trying to convince her boyfriend that she won't stand for a sexist ritual in a Hindu wedding. 
4.Stories about the women in rural India
5. A teen from a middle-class family who decides to buy a fancy dress. 

Check out this book. It is very important. I picked this book out at the library but I will be buying it very soon. 

Links //  Amazon // Barnes and Noble // Goodreads 

Goodreads Description: 

"Drawing the Line: Indian Women Fight Back!" is a comics anthology by 14 women of their day-to-day experiences in India. Produced out of a week-long workshop with Indian women artists, both amateur and professional, Drawing the Line is part of a larger national conversation in India around sexual discrimination that emerged in the aftermath of the brutal gang-rape and murder of a young medical student in 2012. 

First published in cooperation with feminist Indian publisher Zubaan Books and the Goethe Institute, Ad Astra Comix is pleased to bring "Drawing the Line" to a North American readership, reminding us that feminism must be intersectional and global in its approach.