Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Book Review: The Wolf Road

The Wolf Road


This is the kind of book I love. I was so interested in this book. The book blurb is sort of fail, honestly I don't believe it described this book one bit. I believe that the only thing this books blurb showed you was that it was a book about a trapper. I hate books that honestly have an entire back cover of reviews. Tell me more about the story, than what people thought. This may be a petty issue but it really bothered me. 

The book starts out with a girl named Elka, who is found by a Trapper, when she was seven years old. She has been completely swept up and completely left at the mercy of his hut. He decided that she would be useful. He decides to teach her how to live off of the land. Which is pretty big of him. I enjoyed this part of the story more than I thought I would. 

She is such a fun character because she really doesn't enjoy being 

I honestly found this book to be a compelling and easy to read. I feel like the story is face-paced. The strong female lead is exciting. I found the story of trauma and ultimate survival to be beyond gripping. If you are looking for a girl power lead story this is something you will really enjoy. 

"Way I reckon it, men killed more wolves than wolves ever killed men. I know who I’m more afraid of.”

I really enjoyed this book. I received this book for blogging for books, although I couldn't wait for it to be delivered before reading so I bought the ebook and finished it in two days. I really think most people will love this book.

Goodreads Description: 

A debut literary thriller from an incredible new voice. What do you do when the man who gave you everything turns out to be a killer? 

Everything Elka knows of the world she learned from the man she calls Trapper, the solitary hunter who took her under his wing when she was just seven years old.

But when Elka sees the Wanted poster in town, her simple existence is shattered. Her Trapper – Kreagar Hallet – is wanted for murder. Even worse, Magistrate Lyon is hot on his trail, and she wants to talk to Elka.

Elka flees into the vast wilderness, determined to find her true parents. But Lyon is never far behind – and she’s not the only one following Elka’s every move. There will be a reckoning, one that will push friendships to the limit and force Elka to confront the dark memories of her past.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Book Review: Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership

Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life

As a young woman currently going into the business world. I am majoring in business currently this book seemed right up my alley. I need all the help I can get! This is a non-fiction, borderline self help book. 
When I first picked up this book I thought it was going to be a "empowering women, emasculating men" book, but it wasn't. It features really great messages about success stories from nationally acclaimed women, with out being male bashing. 
This book will make you aware that discrimination exist still even though it is 2016, come on people we are all human, women have the power to do anything. 
Leading Women, is a collection of pulled together leadership tips that will open a conversation about the workplace and women's places in it. It will inspire you to be a better, more positive person. It encourages you to take risks, and if you fail, learn how to accept the consequences. No one pushed you to try so no one is at fault but you if you fail. 
I have to admit that this book completely excited my expectations. I really thought this book would underwhelm and be completely boring honest. I really found that the discussions in this book, will change my life in so many ways. 
I encourage every woman to check out this book, regardless of your place in the workplace or not. It is a book that will inspire everyone. 
Disclaimer I received this book in exchange for an honest and completely unbiased review. All thoughts, opinions, and such are my own. 

Goodreads Description: 
Now is the time...

Stop waiting around for the career--and life--that you deserve and start taking the reins! Leading Women shows you how to claim power and respect, conquer your internal barriers, and change the world by helping other women do the same. Featuring stories from twenty nationally acclaimed female leaders, this empowering guide offers real-life advice for breaking free of the predetermined roles in the business world and life. Powerful women such as New York Times bestselling author Marci Shimoff, advocacy leader Gloria Feldt, and Emmy-winning television host Aurea McGarry describe what it's like to go beyond their comfort zones, hold their own in a male-dominated environment, and take control of the situations that keep many women from achieving their goals. From corporate coach Lois Frankel's key ways to becoming a natural and necessary leader to bestselling author M. Bridget Cook-Burch's struggles after years of abuse, their insight will help you embrace your purpose, seize important opportunities, and overcome any obstacle that comes your way.

With the guidance of these influential, resourceful leaders, you'll maximize your personal power, exceed your business goals, and establish a network designed to support and celebrate your fellow women.

Contributors include: Kristin Andress, Cheryl Benton, Claire Damken Brown, PhD, M. Bridget Cook-Burch, Vivian Diller, PhD, Gloria Feldt, Lois P. Frankel, PhD, Joanna L. Krotz, Aurea McGarry, Lisa Mininni, Shirley Osbourne, Lois Phillips, PhD, Birute Regine, PhD, Linda Rendleman, Marcia Reynolds, PhD, Marci Shimoff, Rebecca Tinsley, Sandra Ford Walston, Michele Willens, and Janet Rose Wojtalik, EdD

Monday, October 24, 2016

Book Review: Bullied Kids Speak Out: We Survived--How You Can Too

Bullied Kids Speak Out: We Survived--How You Can Too

This is the book I needed as a child. I am beyond thankful that bullying is an issue people care about. Personally I saw four of my friends commit suicide over bullying. Countless more I know dealt with bullying. Your words and actions are powerful. 

All too often you think you are alone when you are being bullied, you don't believe the issue matters, or that anyone can do anything to help you. That couldn't be more wrong. You do matter, the issue matters, and most of all people care. 

Honestly if I could give this book a million stars I would. This is a collection of first hard stories and accounts of bulling. It is deeply moving and incredible impacting. Being able to walk through peoples pain will help inspire you to try and change the world. 

Inside this book are stories that range from LGBT students being outcasted, cyber-bullies, young girls told they are fat/ugly. The stories we often hear about too often. They write about the support, or even sometimes lack of support they had in the situation. Wake up teachers and principles, you have to do something. The collection is comprised 17 stories that will make you realize just how much this epidemic is hurting people. 

It is an eye opening account of just what so many kids deal with on the playground, in parks, and behind close doors. Children who are currently being bullied need to read this book. This book could save one life, every life matters. To be able to understand that so many people go through this issue will help them get through it. Adults need to read this to learn how to fight this ever growing issue. This book will leave a lasting impact. 

Thank you so much to F+W Media for sending me this book for review. All thoughts options and statements made are my own.

Goodreads Description:

True stories from "New York Times" bestselling author Jodee Blanco's tours

Have you ever felt alone, as if no one understands what you're going through, and that no matter how hard you try, you're scared things may never get better? Do you wish your classmates would give you a break? I felt that way often in school. I was bullied and excluded for the same reason maybe you or someone you know has been--simply for being different. There were days when all I wanted was to stay in my room. Back then, I would have given almost anything to meet the kids you're going to meet here.

Autumn dreaded recess. Joshua was afraid to trust anyone at home or at school. Taylor had lots of friends until her BFF turned them all against her. Gabe's online gaming world was turned upside down when other players started humiliating him. A teacher was bullying Brianna. Eric's Asperger's made him the butt of cruel jokes. The cool crowd beat up Tiffany and videotaped it for YouTube. Zach got punched and stomped on because of his weight. Trinity felt invisible. Aamina was harassed because of her family's religious beliefs. Riley had to live with the soul-crushing weight of mental illness as well as the other students who jeered at her plight.

These are some of the brave teens who will be talking to you in this book. They--and others they inspired--found the courage to stand up to their bullies and reclaim their lives, and you'll hear exactly how they did it.

You're not alone anymore.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Book Review: Madame Tussaud's Apprentice

Madame Tussaud's Apprentice

What to say about this book? It was interesting, but did it really have a gripping story? Not really. Will I remember it in a couple years? Probably not. I expected a enchanting story and what I got fell pretty flat for me. I am really sad to say this book was a let down. 

This book was a really bad with the YA tropes. Reasons I don't typically pick up YA on my own anymore. The issue here for me was that the time period for me historically just didn't line up with the way the characters acted. They weren't researched well, or maybe they were supposed to be "unnatural and out of context" and I just missed the point. I knew a little bit about Madam Tussaude, and the revolution surrounding her. I am no means an expert but I believe this story at least hit the mark in a few ways. 

This brings me to my fist issue with this book. The middle grade feel to it. Meet the main character, Celie, who is pretentious at best, annoying at worst. Ever since her parents died, she has decided to join forces with Algeron. They basically just steal to get back at everyone. It is your basic "eye for an eye" situation. 

This brings me to my second issue with this book. The love interest between these to is obnoxious and forced. I wasn't puppy love but it was annoying to say the least. It was everything about teenage love you hate. I just hate when romance is "overly done". Maybe if some of the romance was cut out it wouldn't have bothered me as much. 

My favorite character in this book of course was Madame Tussaud, honestly are you even surprised by this? The sad thing about her is I feel like we didn't get enough time with her. I did like the storyline surrounding her. 

The last issue I had with this book is the gore. It is pretty ummmmmm gore-y in parts and for something that feels very immature (middle-grade -ish) I felt like the author put a little bit to much information in the book. I almost stopped reading. I can handle gore normally but the way the book has it, I don't know but it just turned me off. 

Overal I think people should give this a try. I don't think this is a book for everyone though. 

Thank you so much for sending me this book for review F+W Media. All thoughts are my own.

Goodreads Description: 

In 1789, with the starving French people on the brink of revolution, orphaned Celie Rosseau, an amazing artist and a very clever thief, runs wild with her protector, Algernon, trying to join the idealistic freedom fighters of Paris. But when she is caught stealing from none other than the king's brother and the lady from the waxworks, Celie must use her drawing talent to buy her own freedom or die for her crimes. 

Forced to work for Madame Tussaud inside the opulent walls that surround Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Celie is shocked to find that the very people she imagined to be monsters actually treat her with kindness. But the thunder of revolution still rolls outside the gates, and Celie is torn between the cause of the poor and the safety of the rich. When the moment of truth arrives, will she turn on Madame Tussaud or betray the boy she loves? From the hidden garrets of the starving poor to the jeweled halls of Versailles, Madame Tussaud's Apprentice is a sweeping story of danger, intrigue, and young love, set against one of the most dramatic moments in history.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Book Review: Beneath Wandering Stars

This is one of my favorite YA novels I have ever read. I know I say that I loath young adult novels, this book might have just made me change my mind. The writing this book is spectacular. I am unsure words can express my feelings about this wonderful novel. 

This is a novel that is centered around being a military brat. I love this concept because I like near bases and have friends that were military brats. This books starts out with the pain of having a loved one in a coma. The main characters brother is fighting for his life and may not make it. With her family completely falling apart one girl is on a mission to save her family. She is just about to break out into the unknown adult world and is fighting against her father. 

The book is a great example of the joinery in life. Aren’t we all on one amazing journey to find our selves? The book is thought provoking on a number of levels. This book will make you question exactly who you are, and what that means. 

The pilgrimage of el camino de Santiago is a concept that I knew a little about, although the author really capture the meaning behind this spiritual journey. 

I will recommend this book to all readers, even those that hate ya. Pick it up and prepare to go on a similar journey with the characters. 

Disclaimer, I received this book from the publisher (Merit Press) in exchange for my honest and 100% unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own. 

Goodreads Description: 

After her soldier brother is horribly wounded in Afghanistan, Gabriela must honor the vow she made: If anything ever happened to him, she would walk the Camino de Santiago through Spain, making a pilgrimage in his name. The worst part is that the promise stipulates that she must travel with her brother's best friend--a boy she has despised all her life. Her brother is in a coma, and Gabi feels that she has no time to waste, but she is unsure. Will she hesitate too long, or risk her own happiness to keep a promise? An up-close look at the lives of the children of military families, Beneath Wandering Stars takes readers on a journey of love, danger, laughter, and friendship, against all odds.


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Friday, October 21, 2016

Book Review : Fearless Flyer

I loved this picture book. It was based around a woman named Ruth Law, who was a pioneer female flyer. She made a solo flight from Chicago, to the big city of New York. Or at least she was hoping to. It never ended up happening. She would end up being the first to fly solo for that long. 

" I wouldn't give a cent for any experience that didn't scare me a little. The scare is part of the thrill."

This book will empower young girls, and show any child that they can do whatever the set there mind on. If it doesn't work out, the risk you took was knowledge gained. This is a powerful message that children of all ages need to hear more of. 

Lets talk about the art for a few. Apparently Prisma color pencils and lithograph crayons were used to create the illustrations for the book. Which creates quite an interesting effect in the end. One that is different any other childrens book I  have read. 

Disclaimer I received this book for review from Boyds Mills Press in exchange for my honest and completely unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. 

Goodreads Description: 

On November 19, 1916, at 8:25 a.m., Ruth Law took off on a flight that aviation experts thought was doomed. She set off to fly nonstop from Chicago to New York City. Sitting at the controls of her small bi-plane, exposed to the elements, Law battled fierce winds and numbing cold. When her engine ran out of fuel, she glided for two miles and landed at Hornell, New York. 

Even though she fell short of her goal, she had broken the existing cross-country distance record. And with her plane refueled, she got back in the air and headed for New York City where crowds waited to greet her. In this well-researched, action-packed picture book, Heather Lang and Raúl Colón recreate a thrilling moment in aviation history. Includes an afterword with archival photographs

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Day and A Life Blog Tours

A Day and a Life (The Hawk and the Dove #9)

I have always found that monks were very interesting. They are extremely devoted to their beliefs and practices, that is something that I admire. They are naturally called to this religion. It is obvious that the author Ms. Wilcock who is also fascinated with the monks and writes deeply and emotionally about the experiences about two monks that are eager to practiced their faith. 
Like many people finding their faith they feel they do not measure up to the more experienced monks. Of course this causes them to question their calling and question everything they believe. Eventually they begin to work through this and overcome their fears about the abilities they have. They look deeply into themselves. The find their strengths and weaknesses over time. 
The author takes us on a journey. The journey is one everyone must take at some point, she is showing us the regardless of who you are people are people. People are important no matter how small they are. Everybody has challenges. 
There were three things I disliked about this book. Those are: 
1.  I didn't like who much of these story seemed stuck in details about the century the book was set in. 

2.  The wordiness in the book. It felt at times that things were explained could have been done in an easier and less complex way 

3.  The story was slow. There was so much detail and descriptiveness it weighted the book down. 

Disclaimer: I received this book from Kregel in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Goodreads Description:

The monastic rhythm of life at St Alcuins means that all is peaceful on the surface, but beneath there are strong currents as each monk contends with his own hopes, fears, challenges, and temptations. Not every monk is settled and secure. 

Sadness permeates the monastery when it is discovered early one morning that one of the novices, Brother Cedd, has disappeared. It quickly becomes clear that disturbance in the life of one can impact many. As the day goes on, the question looms: will Brother Cedd return? And what will be the consequences if he doesn't? 

In this moving conclusion to The Hawk and the Dove series, Pen Wilcock describes a single day in the life of the community weaving a deeply touching, frank, and witty tapestry of monastic life.

Book Review: Empty Places

This is an emotionally gripping coming of age story set in my home state of Kentucky. The time period is around the Great Depression. The town is in Harlan County Kentucky which is a small county in no-where Kentucky. It is an extremely realistic, unapologetic depiction of Appalachian country. The people in this story are dirt poor as were most people during this time. 

When everyone is getting out of dodge little Adabel is despreately trying to keep her family together and hold on to whatever hope she can muster up. Her mama left her when she was just the tender age of six and as you can imagine that really hurts her. She can't remember much of anything about her mama, but everyone else can. Her dad works in the local mine, unfortunately he is the town drunk. His alcoholism turns him mean and borderline abusive at times. 

Because times are rough and money is beyond tight everyone in the family is expected to pitch in. While Adabel is desperately trying to remember her mother, she sets out on a mission to find out. She asks everyone about her. Which is a bad thing to do in a small old town. Eventually she finds out somethings that change everything. It seems she has opened a can of worms. 

Her family is falling apart, she is trying to figure out who she is, while being forced to be a parent. Her dad does attempt to become sober and be the father figure she desperately needs. Unfortunately it isn't always successful, and battling any disease is hard. 

I thought it was a great book for being middle grade / YA. Regardless of how much your life sucks this book will make you beyond grateful for what you do have. This gives you an eye opening account of what was like when hope was lost. It is an incredible read. 

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Boyds Mill Press in exchange for an honest and completely unbiased review. All thoughts are my own. 

Goodreads Description: 

It is 1932, in Harlan County, Kentucky. Times are tough in the mining community, especially for thirteen-year-old Adabel Cutler’s family. 

As they fight to survive, Adabel has to figure out her own identity while dealing with her volatile father, her dutiful sister, her defiant brother, and her mother’s disappearance, which she can’t seem to remember. 

This is a beautifully written and deeply felt coming-of-age novel by the acclaimed author of Like a River. Includes an author’s note, bibliography, and archival images.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Book Review: Without The Moon

"Without the Moon" is Cathi Unsworth's new book is amazing. I am so happy I picked up this book. This author is amazing at crime stories set in the past. This book in particular is set in London during World War 2. 

During this time in London is a dark time and place. It is set in noir, with blackened streets, battered neighbors are multiple issues plaguing the city. There are criminals, robbers, prostitutes a plenty. The city is frustrated and most are hoping for a better life. There are even some interesting fortune-tellers to spice things up again. The world that this book is set in is very descriptive and pulls you in. 

Unfortunately like most books there are people that are looking to cause ruckus and trouble. The kind of trouble that ends up in violence and murder. The author weaves a story woven together with terror as well as courage. 

The real heros of these book are interesting and they are female. This is an powerful story, one with real heart. I enjoyed how the story was mixed with mesmerizing details. I loved the mix of real life events and imaginary one.  The atmosphere was fun. The characters were memorable. 

Disclaimer : I received this book for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review from Anansi Press . All Thoughts opinions and such are my own

Goodreads Description: 

Hush, hush, hush

Here comes the Bogeyman . . .

London during the long, dark days of the Blitz: a city outwardly in ruins, weakened by exhaustion and rationing. But behind the blackout, the old way of life continues: in the music halls, pubs, and cafés, soldiers mix with petty crooks, stage magicians with lonely wives, scandal-hungry reporters with good-time girls — and DCI Edward Greenaway keeps a careful eye on everyone.

But out on the streets, something nastier is stirring: London’s prostitutes are being murdered, their bodies left mutilated to taunt the police. And in the shadows Greenaway’s old adversaries in organized crime are active again, lured by rich pickings on the black market. As he follows a bloody trail through backstreets and boudoirs, Greenaway must use all his skill — and everything he knows about the city’s underworld — to stop the slaughter.

Based on real events, Without the Moon is an atmospheric and evocative historical crime novel demonstrating Unsworth’s masterful grasp of the genre. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Book Review: Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

Trigger warning: This book involves drug use, violent sex, and sexual rape. Please read at your own risk. 

I want to start this review by stating that I went into this book with a bit of bias. I was unaware of this books content when I requested it for review. When I read that it was supposed to be about the dead spirit of Kurt Cobain I was hesitant. I am so glad I read this book. It was really good. With that said lets move on with my review. 

I am not a fan of fan fiction normally, in some ways that made me hate this book. I really am just not a person that connected with the main character.  Her name is Evelyn and she is an annoying 16 year old girl that is  everything you hate about teenagers. 

I did like how the author mirrored Evelyn's relationship with her friend Celine, to Kurt and Courtney's marriage. It really was a scandalous almost destructive relationship that fans will enjoy. In ways the author "ruined Evelyn" in the same way that Courtney supposedly ruined Kurt. 

This book is crazy packed with cliche elements. It is like the author doesn't even care / try to avoid them. This book is messed up in all the wrong ways. It is better served as a short story. I could have lived with out the last 100 pages. It was violent, offensive, and even crude in places. It was great in a few parts but not enough for it to be a book you can't put down. 

I think ultimately if you are a fan of Kurt Cobain, or a person that worships the ground that celebrities walk on this will be something you enjoy. If you enjoy dark/ suicide / possible murder books with lots of sex and drug use this book is just for you. 

Disclaimer : I received this book for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review from Anansi Press . All Thoughts opinions and such are my own.

Goodreads Description: 

Lynn Crosbie's new novel is a fantastical love story about a teenage girl who embarks on a relationship with the dead spirit of Kurt Cobain.

Evelyn Gray is a miserable sixteen-year-old girl from Carnation, Washington, who is in love with Kurt Cobain. When Evelyn is taken to the hospital after a drug overdose, Cobain's spirit reanimates itself in the body of a young man who is convalescing in the bed next to her.

Evelyn and the man -- now named Celine Black -- escape the hospital and run off together, determined to become famous. They find the musical success they seek, but despite their mutual devotion, they are tormented by their passion and jealousy. As their fame grows, their relationship becomes more excessive and an episode of sexual violence explodes into a shocking murder.

This is a highly original work of haute fan fiction, written in Crosbie's poetic and emotionally evocative prose

Blog Tour / Review : Love our vets

Love Our Vets is a very good book. I loved the message and hope included in this book. As a person with many people serving this book hit close to home for me. PTSD is such an issue today with so many people coming back from war, injured mentally as well as physically. PTSD is not always talked about as much as it should be. 

The authors did a great job at give you ideas on how to help and shinning a light on the situation of PTSD. This is not a marriage manual, diagnose yourself, or a replacement for therapy and other treatment. It is a book that will give families ideas on how to make life easier with PTSD. It is a manual for love and understanding. It will encourage and comfort you along the way. This doesn't affect just the veteran, it affects us all in ways that are sometimes hard to see at first. When we pull back the blinders we can truly help solve the issues. 

This book talks about all the symptoms that many face  the fear, loneliness, anxiety, reliving parts of war, sleepless nights, and so on. I liked how the chapters broke down the what, why, and how. I liked that it talk about what you should pray. I pray every night for members of my family and strangers. 

Overall I believe this book is great for vets, families and their loved ones. 

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Goodreads Description: 
Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD (Deep River Books, April 2015)
Chances are that if your loved one has seen war, he or she has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at some level, and you who love your veteran will also be deeply and profoundly affected.
Finally, the cries and needs of the loved ones have been addressed in this comprehensive, practical book, now newly updated in its second edition!
Love Our Vets answers more than 60 heartfelt questions, providing down-to-earth wisdom and much-needed tips for taking care of yourself. 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. This book addresses a broad spectrum of issues and concerns and offers realistic wisdom from a wide variety of individuals who share from real hearts and lives.
Now newly revised and updated with additional material, the second edition of Love Our Vets continues to be enthusiastically welcomed by VA and other counselors. This is not just another book about PTSD; rather, it is a tremendous resource for families and loved ones who struggle heroically along with their vets to face the day-to-day challenges.

Purchase a copy:
About the author:
Welby O'Brien holds a Masters Degree in counseling (Portland State University) and a teaching degree (Biola University). Author of Formerly A Wife, and Good-bye for Now (Wingspread); contributing author, Shepherding Women in Pain (Moody Press), and Chicken Soup for the Soul, Divorce and Recovery. Founder of Love Our Vets support network; wife of veteran with PTSD.