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review 2017-04-06 04:01
Breathe: A Ghost Story - Cliff McNish

This is a story about 3 ghost children who met an untimely death in different places in the world but are all stuck ina house together while being bullied by the ghost of an old woman. The old ghost uses the children to help keep herself in the human world by draining the children's energy. One day, a woman and her teenage son move in to the old house. The ghost children try to keep them away but their efforts are unsuccessful. The old ghost possesses the woman in order to get close to her son because she missed having a child of her own. The 3 ghost children and the teenage boy work together to save the woman and send the old ghost into the afterlife. This is a book I would give to advanced readers depending on their maturity level. It is not a difficult book to read but some parts can become complicated. 

 

Lexile Measure: 680L

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review 2017-02-07 16:36
Let It Breathe by Tawna Fenske Review
Let It Breathe - Tawna Fenske

Vineyard manager Reese Clark is determined to bring her family’s Oregon winery into the big leagues, and she knows building a new tasting room and event pavilion is her ticket there. Having her ex-husband’s best friend—and her secret college crush—turn up to head the construction project, however, doesn't pair well with her plans. Between her nauseating lovebird parents; her motorcycle-riding, pot-growing grandfather; and her pet alpaca, fond of head-butting groins, Reese has more than enough chaotic characters in her life.

 

Back in college, Clay Henderson was more likely to be sprawled over a bar than building one. But even if the new clean-living Clay has matured as deliciously as an oak-aged chardonnay, he’s still off-limits. As Reese’s well-laid plans for the winery crumble like bad cork, Clay the newly sober gentleman is sweet enough to rescue Reese from a wardrobe malfunction and still spicy enough to play “I Never” with her. Can he overcome his past rep to offer her a love too heady to ignore?

 

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I am really happy to have discovered this writer. I have several books of Fenske I have bought but have not read. After I read Let It Breathe, I tore through those.

 

The writing is riddle with the little facts and details that are catnip for me. I get to learn all about winemaking and the heroine does wildlife rescue so there is that fun as well.

The heroine is well drawn as someone who is stuck and the hero's journey to become his sober best self is great. He has loved her forever but has amends to make.

Their romance is one to root for.

 

There is a cast of secondary characters whom I like and some crazy goings on which I liked less. The mix of humor and ache in the book is well done.

 

I really just wanted more couple time without the mayhem and also I didn't like her ex husband (who she is still friends and co workers with and who is also the hero's college best friend) in terms of I thought he should have been really called on his uh stuff. He does not have a smooth path in the end but the book would have been more emotionially fulfilling if the hero and the heroine separately would have had it out with him. Also, the heroine's journey gets a bit repetitive and I think she could have grown more and in varied ways.

 

But it was a good book that gave me a new writer to read. Yea!

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review 2017-01-28 01:44
So, so good!
Drowning to Breathe (Bleeding Stars) (Volume 2) - A.L. Jackson

Drowning to Breathe (Bleeding Stars) (Volume 2) - A.L. Jackson 

 

As Callie Marie Bentley would say, "So, so good". I love that the author stayed true to Baz's character although I was so hoping that he would back off. It would not have been who he was and he had to do what he had to do to keep his family safe.

The twisting and turning and secrets and lies were so devastating but through it all, Shay and Baz were solid, and I loved that. Epilogue was awesome. I just loved every minute of this story. I'm so sad to see it end.

I will definitely be continuing on with this series. This was an accidental find. I'm so looking forward to the other guys getting their stories.

Loved the audiobook of this, but I have to admit, I'm partial to Andi Ardnt more than Sebastian York. She did the accents and made the story come to life for me. 

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review 2016-11-22 21:30
What type of breather are you?
Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health - Belisa Vranich

Everyone should read this book! It explains how our breathing changes throughout our lives due to stress, trauma and anxiety and how we start to hold our bellies tight and breathe up in our chest area.  That type of breathing doesn’t allow your body enough oxygen and can lead to many different types of health problems, including heart problems, insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure, obesity, GI tract difficulties and even memory problems.  This is a 14-day program that will re-teach your body to breathe as you did when you were a child, using the diaphragm instead of chest muscles.

 

I’ve become more aware of my breathing since starting up yoga practice once again a few months ago. I found this book to be so helpful in re-training my body to breathe the way I should be breathing.  I’ve only be using the book a few days and already feel the expansion in my ribs and lungs.  The muscles in my back are a bit sore due to the increased use of those particular muscles that haven’t been used in many years due to the short, shallow, upper body breaths I’ve been taking.

 

The book includes simple, quick exercises that you can use to strengthen those muscles used in breathing to give you increase your lung capacity. I thought the beginning of the book read like an infomercial and was a bit repetitive.  But stick with it as when the author gets to the exercises, they are excellent.  Quite a few of them I’ve been using in my yoga practice so were familiar to me.  There’s also an excellent section for athletes.  The book is very easy to read and understand.

 

I’ve always been an admirer of Dr. Andrew Weil and there’s a quote by him included in the book that I’d like to share. “If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn to breathe correctly.”

 

Here’s to better breathing for all! Highly recommended book.

 

This book was given to me by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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review 2016-11-18 00:00
Try Not to Breathe: A Novel
Try Not to Breathe: A Novel - Holly Seddon I've heard so many new thrillers/suspense novels being compared to The Girl on the Train (or Gone Girl), lately, that I don't even take the comparison seriously anymore BUT I think it's safe to assume that if you liked the one than you will like the other as well. This reminded me so much of "TGOTT" although I admit I liked that book slightly better than this one, but only slightly, still there were many similarities. Both had British main characters who were 30 something's and severe alcoholics, each still holding onto a failed marriage while trying to solve a crime and quit drinking simultaneously. Both were somewhat obsessed, or at the very least they had not yet gotten over, their ex husbands, although said ex had moved on to remarry and have a baby, and both had issues around wanting a baby but being unable to have one. ...To name only a few of the very obvious parallels.

I enjoyed this book very much. It's basically about a young woman, named Amy, who was badly beaten at the age of fifteen and since then has been in a semi conscious state, similar to a coma, except she is aware of her thoughts and what is said to her, and doctors believe to have found a medical breakthrough in which she can communicate through a MRI. A journalist, Alex (earlier referenced in this review), is writing an article about Amy connects with Jake, who was Amy's bf at the time of her attack, and both are emotionally invested in finding out who hurt Amy, as the case remains unsolved and long forgotten by police. I guess it sounds like every other suspense move out there when put in those terms but I thought it was entertaining, not blatantly obvious or predictable, and there were sufficient twists throughout to keep me guessing and enough sub plots going on to keep things interesting.
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