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review 2018-12-07 20:52
Reclaim Your Heart Review

The book begins with the topic of ‘Attachment’ and as I finished that section I was already pondering over the fact that how many things I keep clinging to in this world. I cling to people, I cling to my possessions and I cling to certain dreams and desires causing so much pain to myself. As I read further, I felt like this book was customized for me, for my emotions, for the things I do and for the pain I have been through. Every sentence is so marvelously inspiring. It left me astonished at the wisdom of Allah and what all have been prescribed in the Qur’an. I have fallen in love with my Creator and the life to come ahead, all over again.

 



I have never really been a fan of self-help books. Many a times I had picked up a self-help book only to put it back on the shelf. But Reclaim Your Heart got me hooked from the first page itself. I can’t say I have completely transformed but I am surely on my way to freeing myself from the shackles of this life.

I will certainly recommend this book to all my readers who want to strengthen their relationship with Allah and who wish to find a deeper meaning to their lives. Reclaim Your Heart is an eye opener to what lies beyond this world.

 

Reclaim Your Heart is not just a self-help book. It is a manual about the journey of the heart in and out of the ocean of this life. It is a book about how to keep your heart from sinking to the depths of that ocean, and what to do when it does. It is a book about redemption, about hope, about renewal. Every heart can heal, and each moment is created to bring us closer to that transformative return. Reclaim Your Heart is about finding that moment when everything stops and suddenly looks different. It is about finding your own awakening. And then returning to the better, truer, and freer version of yourself. Many of us live our lives, entrapped by the same repeated patterns of heartbreak and disappointment. Many of us have no idea why this happens. Reclaim Your Heart is about freeing the heart from this slavery. It is about the journey in an out of life’s most deceptive traps. This book was written to awaken the heart and provide a new perspective on love, loss, happiness, and pain. Providing a manual of sorts, Reclaim Your Heart will teach readers how to live in this life without allowing life to own you. It is a manual of how to protect your most prized possession: the heart.

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review 2018-12-06 17:51
‘The Liar’s Room’ fell flat for me; intriguing premise but set in just one room and animal abuse that I couldn’t get past
The Liar's Room - Simon Lelic

The concept of this book is intriguing: two people are ’stuck’ inside a room until the truth comes out. It reads much like the basis for the plot of the horror movie series ’Saw’ or how it would be to be stuck in a nightmarish panic room.

But in the case of ’The Liar’s Room,’ a dangerous client is keeping a therapist in her office, forcing the truth to come out about her dead son, and has let her know that he is holding her daughter hostage somewhere until she divulges everything.

 

It is extremely rare for me to give up on a book for content, style, pace, just about anything. But I'm afraid to say that this one has broken my streak of finishing books because I do believe I should give them a chance right through until the end. But someone mentioned recently to stop reading a book if you're truly not enjoying it, and I got to a point in this one where I honestly was not enjoying it anymore.

 

What absolutely did it for me was abuse to an animal (a cat) and this followed a fair amount of obscene language that I felt was over the top and ’reaching’ just a bit. I'm not a prude, or naïve by any means, and I'm not scared away by much (I actually read a lot of horror writing), but it felt like this was used as a plot device for shock value and didn't serve enough as part of the storyline. Additionally, the detail, since it was being explained as something being looked back on, was unnecessary and the situation that this happened within was feeling like a continued stretch to me.

I was already having trouble staying with the story going from the therapist office (a static location) to lengthy descriptions of what happened in the past. It wasn't holding my interest how I hoped it would.

 

I hate that I couldn't continue with this but once I got to that point in the book, I had that nasty image in my head and it wouldn't disappear. I can handle just about any horror movie, all the blood and guts, I'm not afraid of heights, needles, snakes, nothing. But don't give me animal abuse.

 

I absolutely want to read Simon Lelic’s other books though; I have several on my TBR list. I'm actually a big fan of psychological thrillers.

This one, however, was not for me.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/37961294-the-liar-s-room
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review 2018-12-06 14:00
Review: Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Triumphs - Ilona Andrews

 

Mercenary Kate Daniels must risk all to protect everything she holds dear in this epic, can't-miss entry in the thrilling #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series.

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She's made friends and enemies. She's found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate's doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.

For her child.

For Atlanta.

For the world.

 

 

 

Only read this review, if you have read all the previous books or this book may contain spoilers.

 

 

Well this was it. The end to a wonderful series that I will treasure forever and the characters I will miss.

As always I have trouble writing a review for the last book in a series. It is hard not to spoil stuff so I will make it fairly short.

As all the other books, this book sucked me right back into Kate’s world and I had to make myself stop so I can enjoy the book more than one day lol .

The book starts off a couple years after Magic Binds and Kate and Curran are now loving and proud parents to their son Conlan. Who without giving anything away is just the best mash-up between Kate and Curran you can ask for. Things have been quiet in Atlanta for a while but Kate and Curran, know it is just a matter of time before Roland shows up. Both have grown so much since we met them both and the famous  "Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...” Not only have they grow a ton individually, but also a couple. Though there are still things they will hide from each other for the time being… of course…

Once stuff started happening it goes fast and fast paced and multiple things are happening to them and or around them . In order to win the big fight we have been waiting for, for ten books everyone must come together. Especially since they might be fighting multiple enemies.

As they building or trying to build (some are still buttheads and to stubborn) their final army we get to see many other people from previous books and it I really enjoyed it . One big one was Hugh d’Ambray. I really liked how all the played out in the end and it all came together…. (I still have to read Iron and Magic soon…..very soon)

As with all or most Ilona Andrews books, we get plenty of humor even with this emotional last book in the series. I laughed but I also cried, it has as most previous books some heartbreaking and tender moments. But also some really surprising things happened, there were a few things I never even crossed my mind.

The final battle while awesome was a bit predicable if you know their work but overall very enjoyable. Be warned, not everyone will make it out alive and we suffer some rather big loses.

While most of the story arc was nicely wrapped up and things all came together and made sense, there were a few things I thought was just left untouched or open ended. BUT after reading the epilogue I have some sliver of hope that we will have another spin-off somewhere or sometime. Here is to really hoping. 

I can’t say all that much since I don’t want to spoil it but I’m still not 100% about my feeling with that ending.

Overall it was a fantastic ending to an epic series.  And even though I has some minor issues with some things are left untouched I can’t help to give this books 5 . Because it the end it just didn’t matter that much … I just love it too much. 5 ★

 

 

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review 2018-12-03 01:56
Joan Of Arc's inspirational life story shines through in this unique novel told entirely in verse
Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc - David Elliott

This book is exquisite. ‘Voices: The Final Hours Of Joan Of Arc’ has brought life once again to one of the most unforgettable and extraordinary female warrior icons. Everyone knows her name, but do they know her story?

 

Told in verse, in different medieval forms of poems, ’Voices’ is so unique (some stanzas are shaped like the subject that is ‘speaking,’ ie the sword or the crossbow). David Elliott has written such a compelling account of Joan’s short life from her beginnings in Domrémy, to her visions of the Saints, the battles she led against the English, and her eventual capture and execution. The encroaching ‘Fire’ poem that repeats throughout the novel is particularly clever and impactful.

 

Back then in 1430 France (when she was captured and put on trial), Joan was viewed with suspicion and as an affront to the Crown because she dressed in armor and wanted to ’look like a man’. She didn't believe she should have to stay at home ’to sew and mate’ when a war was being fought, simply because she didn't want to, never mind her sexuality. Her story has always been known as one of the earliest examples of a woman standing up against misogyny, against a patriarchal system that didn't make sense to her, and because her beliefs simply wouldn't allow her to sit down and accept what was happening around her.

Joan’s voice and perspective come through clearly in the novel as brave and courageous, with the right bit of stubborn. She questions the system and pursues her objectives, which give the novel an obvious ambiance of inspiration throughout. I only really wanted more from the novel when it came to the trial and perhaps the very end of her life.

Joan became a Saint after her death and was declared a martyr for everything she gave for ’God and country’. I did appreciate the epilogue and author's note at the end of the book; it seems this work was a labor of love and I enjoyed reading about its inception.

 

Joan of Arc is a historical figure who is infamous because of the brave, short life she lived, with such a tragic death, and I think Elliott has written something brilliant here that can draw many people in to learn more about her.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/40796139-voices
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review 2018-12-01 18:16

 

 

Tom Petty and Me: My Rock ‘n Roll Adventures with Tom Petty

John Scott

Publisher: Chickasaw Buddy Publishing, INC. (2018)

ISBN-10: 069209119X

ISBN-13: 978-0692091197

https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Petty-Me-Jon-Scott/dp/069209119X

 

Reviewed by :Dr. Wesley Britton

 

“Six weeks before our record was going to be dropped from ABC Records, Jon Scott went to radio stations with a vengeance and got our record played and on the charts. Because of that, we are forever grateful to him.”

 

-Tom Petty (The Hollywood Bowl, September 25, 2017, Petty’s last concert performance)

 

It’s no trade secret that promo man John Scott was very instrumental in igniting the career of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers when no one else in the music business believed in them.

 

As chronicled in Scott’s very personal insider’s tour of the music industry, in 1973 he moved from behind a Memphis radio station microphone to work for MCA Records as a Southern-based promo man. Then, he was promoted to head of national album promotion and worked and traveled with bands and artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elton John, the Who, Olivia Newton-John, Keith Moon, Roger Daltrey and Golden Earring.

 

In 1977, Scott moved over to ABC Records with the same job title. It’s here where his story really gets interesting as Scott’s 40-year association with Tom Petty begins after a series of coincidences and serendipitous events. That was when Scott put his radio and promo experience to work as he threw all his energy behind Petty and his music.

 

So the memoir is part a detailed review of what a promo man does, revealing why they’re an indispensable part of an artist’s success. In part, the book is about the professional collaboration between Petty and Scott as well as a fond series of reminiscences and anecdotes of their long friendship. That includes behind-the-scenes stories in the recording studio, song composition, and touring.

 

So this is a book not just for Tom Petty fans who won’t want to miss this one, but for those who’d like a peek into the promotions side of the music industry, especially from the 1970s onward. Happily, Scott writes with a personable, engaging style any reader can enjoy. On top of that, we also get an informative foreword by John Mellencamp, another musician who benefited from Scott’s work.

 

If you’re interested in a signed copy of the book by John Scott, here’s how to get one:

 

https://tompettyandme.com/

 

This review first appeared at BookPleasures.com on Nov. 29, 2018:

https://waa.ai/oaFb

 

 

 

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