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review 2017-08-14 23:07
An honest memoir about eating disorders.
Ink in Water: An Illustrated Memoir (Or, How I Kicked Anorexia’s Ass and Embraced Body Positivity) - Lacy J. Davis,Jim Kettner

Graphic illustrations are a rather underused technique when it comes to mainstream literature, but they work particularly well with highly emotional issues like eating disorders. Lacy Davis has come clean with her problems with Anorexia and Bulimia (although she shies away from these terms), through a memoir that is honest and down-to-earth, and will hopefully provide motivation and encouragement for other sufferers.

The art work is done by her partner, Jim Kettner, who we meet in the memoir. I have to admit to being particularly impressed that someone else understands her well enough to do these illustrations, throughout the book I had assumed they were done by Lacy, herself.

 

Society puts huge pressures on youngsters these days, particularly the women, but men too. It is little surprise that many people crack under these pressures. In my opinion, any advice shared by those who have lived through their issues, is of tremendous value to those still battling their demons. This readily accessible format makes these shared experiences even more widely available.

 

Good luck to Lacy and Kett, I shall be interested to see what they come up with next.

 

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review 2017-08-07 16:17
Giveaway & Review – The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm by Sybrina Durant @Sybrina_spt @GoddessFish
The Blue Unicorn's Journey To Osm Illustrated Book: Full Color Illustrations - JPGs Only - Sybrina Durant,Sudipta Dasgupta,Kimberly Avery

I love the magical and elusive unicorn, so when I heard about The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm, I had to ‘saddle up.’

 

 

The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm by Sybrina Durant

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GENRE: Teen Fantasy Book

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MY REVIEW

 

There’s no place like home…OSM means awesome.

 

He is supposed to be their savior. But how can that be possible? He has no magic.

 

He feels an outsider, he just doesn’t fit in. Does anyone feel a touch of Rudolph in this?

 

The fun, colorful, imaginative illustrations are wonderful, filled with fantastical creatures, both good and bad.

 

Each creature is unique, individual, just like in real life.

 

Is there such a thing as a fish unicorn? If so, imagine the possibilities.

 

Set your imagination free.

 

The Blue Unicorn…reads like old time fairy tales…where life and death choices are made…And …maybe, you will learn why you never see a unicorn.

 

This magical fantasy filled with fun and humor, sadness and happiness, and lessons learned. We are not alone.

 

I voluntarily reviewed The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm by Sybrina Durant.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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review 2017-07-25 23:54
Christmas in July – Fufar the Christmas Monster by A J Cosmo @AJCosmoKids
Fufar the Christmas Monster - A.J. Cosmo

Welcome to Christmas In July and One Sentence Review for Fufar the Christmas Monster by A J Cosmo.

 

I have been collecting his wonderful illustrated children’s books for some time now, waiting for the perfect opportunity to share. If you are looking for something to entertain your youngster over the summer, consider some A J Cosmo reading.

 

Fufar the Christmas Monster

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MY REVIEW

 

Fufar comes to us in a cute poem, filled with wonderful illustrations any child would want to reach out and touch, and, if you wonder, does Santa really see all the naughty…just look at his creative way of making the best out of the worst.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

 

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review 2017-07-17 19:15
Christmas In July – A Bear of a Christmas by A J Cosmo @AJCosmoKids
A Bear of a Christmas - A.J. Cosmo

Welcome to Christmas In July and One Sentence Review for A Bear of a Christmas by A J Cosmo.

 

I have been collecting his wonderful illustrated children’s books for some time now, waiting for the perfect opportunity to share. If you are looking for something to entertain your youngster over the summer, consider some A J Cosmo reading.

 

A Bear of a Christmas

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MY REVIEW

 

When one of the cubs asks, “Mom, why doesn’t Santa visit bears?”, this cute story unfolds as mama bear tells them why Santa doesn’t visit them on Christmas Eve, and Bo Bo’s solution to the problem puts a smile on my face, making me believe the saying, Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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review 2017-06-12 01:41
Beautiful story about grief, and living while grieving
The Ice Dragon - George R.R. Martin

The fantasy elements are as fascinating and compelling as the story of a family who loses their mother, Beth, during childbirth.   Adara, Beth's youngest daughter, is cold, and distant, and born during winter.   The titular ice dragon comes each winter for Beth, getting closer and closer to her even as Adara withdraws more from the world, and especially her family. 

 

She doesn't smile or cry, and the only thing that brings her joy is her ice dragon.   Even when the 'why' of her coldness is revealed - a small secret, but one that is traumatic to her - she has been this way.   Perhaps she's always sensed the lack of her mother, and how her birth ushered in Beth's death.   (This isn't spelled out, but it doesn't have to be; it doesn't really matter in the end.   The trauma of overhearing why her father treats her differently seems vastly more important to how she grows up this way, to be honest, and that seems to be a tipping point: when she touches and starts riding the ice dragon.)

 

I don't believe this is set on Earth, but rather in a medieval type setting on a world quite similar to Earth.   It's not just the dragons, but the fact that Adara's hometown is never really placed in anything other than incredibly vague terms.   It gives the town a sense of otherworldliness when combined with the fantastical elements. 

 

Regardless, it seems a rather typical lifestyle for a medieval farmer, and I like how grounded in reality this world is without tying it down to our world or another.   It's beautiful, full of both pain and hope.  Although I kinda wanted the ending to be different at the beginning and throughout the end, in retrospect this was the perfect ending. 

 

And just a final note about the art.   First of all, I got this book for, I think, a dollar at Readercon this year, and it's a first edition with the poster by Royo on the back of the dust jacket.   Secondly see the art on the cover?   That's the same artist who does the illustrations inside.   (It's all pencil work/ink work in a blue tone, with a dark blue typeface to match, and all the illustrations are some of the most lush, gorgeous pencil/ink work I've ever seen.   Royo has been a favorite artist of mine for a while, and I think anyone who reads this book will understand why.)

 

I'm glad I finally got around to this book.   It's absolutely lovely, with sparse, but gorgeous prose, and it only took about an hour or so to read.   I think I like it more than Song of Ice and Fire, in fact!

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