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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.




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“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
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.
"My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."

Source: www.amazon.com/Maldeamores-Lovesick-Mara-White-ebook/dp/B0100MNCYI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499199912&sr=8-1&keywords=Maldeamores
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review 2017-06-18 07:23
Lilo zieht um
Lilo auf Löwenstein - Mara Andeck

Lilo und ihre Familie haben eines Tages genug von ihrem nervigen Nachbarn und ziehen hinaus aufs Land, in ein richtiges Schloss! Schnell finden sie Anschluss an die anderen Mieter auf Löwenstein, und Lilo erlebt mit ihren neuen Freunden so manches Abenteuer.

Mir gefiel diese süße Geschichte sehr gut. Lilo ist ein aufgewecktes, selbständiges Mädchen, das aber auch seine sensiblen Momente hat. Mit ihren Problemen geht sie jedoch sehr erwachsen um, z. B. wenn sie sich gegen die fiese Nachbarstochter durchsetzen muss. Lilo findet immer eine Lösung. Manchmal erfordert eine Situation ihren Mut und manchmal eine Auseinandersetzung mit ihren Gedanken oder Gefühlen. Für letzteres hat sie eine super Idee, nämlich Feelies. Dazu nimmt sie ein Video auf und beschreibt darin, wie sie sich in einer bestimmten Situation fühlt, um sich später daran erinnern zu können.

Lilo erlebt einiges in diesem Band, aber die Geschichte wirkt nie gehetzt oder getrieben. Einerseits war es angenehm, dass es nicht so aufregend war, andererseits fehlte aber auch zwischendurch ab und zu die Spannung. Die Story enthält außerdem eine sich zart anbandelnde Liebesgeschichte und am Ende gibt es ein ungelöstes Rätsel, das wohl erst im zweiten Band aufgeklärt wird.

Ein schönes Buch für zwischendurch, das ich eher für Mädchen empfehlen würde.

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