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review 2017-12-27 16:24
Hopeful & Heartwarming – Strays by Mara McBain @MaraMcBain
STRAYS - Mara McBain

Strays by Mara McBain is one of those gems that could easily slip through the cracks.

If you are looking for a feel good book for the holiday season, look no further.

 

STRAYS

 

Goodreads  /  Amazon US  /  Amazon UK  /  Amazon CA

 

MY REVIEW

 

“I’ll risk it. We all go through shit. We can either sit down and cry, self medicate, or let it roll off and keep trying.”

 

A good deed done, and Jarek pays it forward, just when Cali needed a friend.

 

“Strays like us need to stick together.”

 

My feelings were all over the place, leaving me feeling dirty, wanting a shower, yet making me smile and want to hug the characters. It makes me feel hope for mankind. That there are more good people than bad people.

 

Even though the sex is a bit graphic, erotic, it is so sweet and loving, it gave me a warm, loving feeling.

 

I cannot imagine what it would be like to grow up  without your parents, but this horrendous story of the foster care system makes me fear, not just for the characters.

 

I could see a totally different outcome for these two young people growing up in the system and turning out ‘bad’, but they managed to rise above their past into loving, giving, ‘normal’ grown ups.

 

“I think a lot of people underestimate the power of laughter. Couples that laugh together, stay together.”

 

I so much agree with this. To me, laughter is very powerful…and necessary.

“You don’t keep score in love.”

 

When theyy came home from seeing the Fourth of July fireworks, my feelings caught in my throat. Thank goodness it wasn’t what I thought, but Mara McBain sure gave me a feeling of panic with her writing.

 

Such a touching story, the writing having my feelings running riot. Hit all the buttons. Realistic, heartbreaking and heartwarming, with characters that shine and disgust in a realistic fashion. I have to give it a rousing five star rating and if you’re looking for something to wake you up and slap you around, give it a try.

 

I won a signed ARC of Strays by Mara McBain and I am so happy I did. Thank you Mara.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

 

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review 2017-09-25 03:23
Emotional
Touched - Mara White

Mara White is, without a doubt, a talented writer and that comes through in Touched. The story is emotional and gripping as it follows June and Gem into adulthood. The drawback for me was the jumping back and forth in time, especially in the beginning. The multi POV combined with those jumps made it hard to connect with the characters. Fortunately, it did get better as the story went on and the depth of emotions became more evident. All in all, I would call this a love story; maybe not what we all think of when we hear that, but a love story just the same and well worth the read.

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review 2017-09-12 03:40
Where is that kid from 'Matilda' now?
Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame - Mara Wilson

I don’t really review autobiographies or memoirs on this blog, it’s largely devoted to YA fiction, but these memoirs are written by the child actress who played, among other roles, beloved Matilda, Natalie in Mrs Doubtfire, and Susan from the remake of Miracle on 34th Street.

 

 

Her name is Mara Wilson and she has some things she wants you to know. Mostly that she’s a grown up now, someone who has sex and is old enough to drink alcohol legally.

A more than competent writer, Mara shares with us stories from her school life, including a horrible bullying incident that led her to transfer to a performing arts boarding school, some behind the scenes stories from her acting days, and how she struggled to keep acting once she outgrew being ‘cute’. Obviously she’s a beautiful, intelligent woman now, but once she grew boobs she just wanted to quit acting. Did she break up with Hollywood or did Hollywood dump her? It’s still a bit ambiguous in this book.

 

Mara’s honesty is refreshing. She’s still a celebrity, even if she’s not quite famous as an adult, and a lot of people look back fondly at her childhood work and remember her. She’s honest about how weird that is, like acting wasn’t particularly hard for her (even though she really was one in a million, and its obvious for me to say here she really was talented) and it’s a bit strange how everyone keeps telling her how awesome she was. She’s honest about how she feels about the industry now and her peers who have gone on to star in grown-up films like ScarJo and KStew. She’s even honest about finding her niche in New York City and how she’s been stretching her wings as a storyteller. But best of all, she’s honest about her OCD and anxiety diagnosis and how she learned to deal with mental illness.

 

I enjoyed this look at Mara’s life, though she doesn’t remember much from the parts I was really interested in because it all happened when she was so young. She gives the impression of being an intelligent, innocent, precocious child who enjoyed being a bit of a show off but felt guilty about it at the same time. She’s grown into a competent, wise storyteller. As autobiographies go, this is one of the better ones I’ve read.

 

Have you seen any of Mara’s films? Did you ever wonder what happened to that kid from Matilda? Can you recommend any other celebrity memoirs?

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review 2017-07-04 07:00
Book Review For: Maldeamores by Mara White
Maldeamores (Lovesick): A Heightsbound Prequel (The Heightsbound Series) by Mara White (2015-05-25) - Mara White

'Maldeamores' by Mara White is the first book in the series "Maldeamores" This is the story of Lucky and Belen. This book starts at the beginning of their lives and keeps moving through their years so show case how they became to have these feeling for each other and how they felt along the way. This book comes with allot of emotions that does take you on a roller coaster ride. This does end with what I would call a somewhat cliffhanger that sets you up for the next book.
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review 2017-06-11 17:52
Shadows Fall (The Dems Trilogy, #3) by Devi Mara Review
Shadows Fall: (The Dems Trilogy #3) - Devi Mara

Where it begins. How it ends.
It is the beginning and the ending of everything. Shadows Fall.

Ambassador to the Dems, Aya Berk, has many reasons to resent King Baraz. She has thousands of them. He is a stubborn, hateful man who drags the rest of the universe into his misery. Some may fear him, but she never has and certainly will not start now.

King Baraz has hated humans so long the reason has become secondary. They are devious, plotting, and not to be trusted. He is certain of himself and his place in the universe. That is, until the one person he never expected to see again re-enters his life.

Aya and Baraz are two people separated by time and choices. But when an ancient evil threatens to destroy everything they have built, they are forced to set aside their differences. In the battle to hold on to what they love, can they find some spark of what once was? Or will it all fall into shadow?

 

 

 

Review

While I appreciated how complete the world was by this book in the series, I could never get over the crimes of the hero.

 

He never redeems himself to me and this makes the whole book impossible to enjoy.

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