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review 2019-04-16 23:32
Heart-wrenching, raw, and incredibly honest portrait of self-harming and recovery in 'Girl In Pieces'; it was emotionally hard to read but this book is so VERY important
Girl in Pieces - Kathleen Glasgow

I'm going to dare to reveal a bit of myself in this review because it absolutely affected my reading.
I had the early reader’s copy for this brilliant book for a few years before I could bring myself to read all the way through it, and I even started it once and couldn’t continue, shelving it for at least a year or so before picking it up a second time. It was an intense and very difficult read for me because of the subject matter, and I got through it after reading Kathleen Glasgow’s excellent second book ‘How to Make Friends with The Dark’ which was almost as difficult for me to read, and equally amazing. Together, these two books encompass so much of my own experience it’s heartbreakingly uncanny, and I was lucky enough to even let Kathleen know this when I met her at her own book signing here in Seattle recently.

I’ve been that ‘girl in pieces’ like Charlie, like the many young women out there hiding their scars from others, under clothing or bandages, caused by cutting, burning, or whatever ‘needed’ to be done in that painful moment. It was a long and very hard journey for me to heal enough from depression, grief, anxiety, self-harming behavior, and PTSD, to where I felt I could cope with life again. The book is honest and gritty, and since Kathleen knows exactly what this all feels like, she understood what I meant when I said it took me a few years to get around to reading this; in the author’s note, she writes that it took her nine years to get this book onto paper. But she’s here. I’m here.
This book is actually about hope, and that’s honestly why I really want many many young women, girls, to read this.

 

When I read ‘Girl In Pieces’ my journey and all sorts of things came back to me, and yes, this is why the book was so hard to read; it brought up thoughts and feelings I hadn’t had for years. I know that’s what will make it hard for others to read too. The cover is a trigger warning or just a plain trigger itself; I don’t know that anyone seeing that will have any doubt as to what this book is about. While the subjects within are difficult to read about, those who understand them stand to benefit the most.
It takes a boatload of talent to tackle all kinds of really difficult issues: drug abuse, sexual abuse, abandonment, parental neglect, grief, suicide, self-harming (and foster kids in her next novel), but Glasgow does a lot in this one book. Some reviews point out that there’s 'too much' in this one book but that’s the point; self-harming is rooted in deep pain borne from many issues, it doesn’t happen out of a vacuum. Many of these issues collide and Glasgow writes about them from her depths of her soul, from her personal experience.

There are a number of different characters in the book (the deeply wounded Charlie, the toxic Riley, counselor Casper, Charlie’s mom, a number of different friends who play varied roles in Charlie’s life along the way), and they’re all memorable and painfully vivid, often uncomfortably so. And Charlie's awkwardness, fear, pain, and bravery can be felt on every page. It's hard and absolutely heart-wrenching to read but it's incredibly worth it.

 

I'll end this by saying that some readers won't 'get' this book at all, others desperately need to read it and will likely have a hard time with it. But this book will reach some people and it will resonate deeply with them. When a book can touch you deep down it can stay with you forever. But scars and memories stay with you forever too, no matter how far in the past, and this story is a reminder of that.
Thank you, Kathleen Glasgow, for writing this book. I wish I'd read this a long time ago, even if I'm not sure I would've been ready. But I'm glad it's out there in this big wide scary world.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/29236380-girl-in-pieces
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review 2017-01-30 06:41
Little lies
Uncensored (The Manhattanites Book 7) - Avery Aster

This is the 7th book in The Manhattanites series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading in order.

 

Vive and Rod meet for the first time at the farm.  I say this term loosely since they are both recovering addicts who have had a lot to deal with over the last year.  Vive has great friends who want to help, and that makes all the difference.

 

Rod has had his life torn apart.  Nothing is the same.  He can actually say he has hit rock bottom, and lost everything.  When he comes face to face with his adversary, however, he is not sure at first how to react.  They both are hiding secrets that can change the course of the future for both of them.

 

I felt like this was the best book in the series.  It had such depth.  The characters had to really lose to win.  It was a very powerful story, infused with humor and heat.  The sexy times are really hot!  Great add on for The Manhattanites series.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2016-04-08 15:20
Die Büchse der Pandora
Hamburg Rain 2084. Rehab: Dystopie - Ralf Wolfstädter,Rainer Wekwerth

Die Geschichte hat an sich eine Menge Potential: der moralische Morast absoluter Macht, Polizeigewalt und Korruption, heimliche Experimente an Strafgefangenen... Dazu kommt ein Protagonist, der an totaler Amnesie leidet und nur wenig Zeit hat, um die Wahrheit herauszufinden: ist er ein Mörder, oder ein Opfer von politischen Intrigen?

 

So ganz neu ist die Idee des vermeintlichen Mörders mit Gedächtnisverlust ja nicht, aber dennoch hätte daraus ein hochspannendes Buch werden können - leider scheiterte das für mich an vielen kleinen Dingen.

 

Zum einen konnte mich der Schreibstil einfach nicht überzeugen. Besonders die Dialoge klangen für mich oft hölzern, und die verschiedenen Charaktere hatten meines Erachtens keine prägnante, unverwechselbare Stimme. Oberflächlich gesehen bedienen sie sich vielleicht unterschiedlicher Sprache, aber es häufen sich dennoch die immer gleichen Ausdrücke, besonders dann, wenn sie aufgebracht sind. Auch sonst empfand ich den Schreibstil als nicht sehr einfallsreich, besonders, was die Sprecherverben betrifft:

 

"stieß er sorgenvoll aus", "stieß er amüsiert aus", "stieß er nachdenklich aus", "stieß er grinsend aus", "stieß sie überrascht aus", "stieß sein Gesprächspartner euphorisch aus", "stieß Daniel wütend aus"...

 

Viele Ausdrücke klingen für mich auch einfach etwas merkwürdig, so wird zum Beispiel von einer Frau gesagt, ihre Lippen seien "hufeisenförmig gen Hals gezogen", jemand macht eine "esoterische Handbewegung" und bei einer Prügelei heißt es: "Tritte wechselten den Besitzer".

 

Die Welt wird an sich sehr eindringlich und atmosphärisch beschrieben, was mir gut gefiel, aber sie erschien mir nicht immer in sich schlüssig, gerade was den Stand der Technik betrifft. Ich hatte das Gefühl, dass immer das gerade möglich oder nicht möglich ist, was am praktischsten für den Verlauf der Handlung ist. Einerseits hat Daniel eine Tätowierung, die seine Gesundheitsdaten fortwährend an das Gefängnis sendet - also eine Form absoluter Überwachung -, andererseits kann er beinahe problemlos unerkannt aus besagtem Gefängnis hinausspazieren.

 

Das Buch enthält viele rasante, actionreiche Szenen, aber die Spannung verpuffte für mich oft dadurch, dass Daniel völlig unglaubwürdig die noch so gefährlichste Situation meistert. Entweder hat er wahrhaft herausragendes Glück, oder im Buch tummeln sich die unfähigsten Wächter und Polizisten der Menschheitsgeschichte! Wenn es nur eine Szene gewesen wäre, in der es Daniel gelingt, unbewaffnet einen ausgebildeten, bewaffneten Gegner (oder sogar mehrere) zu überwältigen, würde ich ja gar nichts sagen - aber solche Szenen ziehen sich durch das ganze Buch. Dazu kommt noch eine Szene, in der ein Gegner ihm im Prinzip sagt: ich werde dir gleich xyz antun - ich fand, das solltest du wissen, bevor ich dich in diesem nicht abgeschlossenen Raum allein lasse...

 

Außerdem wird Daniel aus den unerwartetsten Ecken Hilfe angeboten, was ich auch nicht immer glaubhaft fand. Warum sollte zum Beispiel jemand, der im schlimmsten Ghetto lebt, tagtäglich mit Verbrechen und Gewalt zu tun hat und dadurch sicher etwas abgestumpft ist, sein eigenes Leben riskieren, um einem Fremden zu helfen?

 

Die dramatische Wendung am Schluss kam für mich leider überhaupt nicht unerwartet. Es gab schon im zweiten Drittel des Buches eine Szene, in der mit fadenscheiniger Begründung etwas so offensichtlich vor Daniel und dem Leser vertuscht wird, dass es mich stutzig machte und dadurch genau das Gegenteil erreichte: es gab in meinen Augen nur einen möglichen Grund für diese Vertuschung, nämlich genau besagte dramatische Wendung.

 

Die Charaktere wirkten auch mich überwiegend eher flach - besonders die Bösen sind so dermaßen allumfassend unsympathisch, dass es nicht reicht, dass sie korrupt sind, sie müssen auch am frühen Morgen saufen, regelmäßig Prostituierte besuchen und am Arbeitsplatz onanieren, wenn das Verkloppen von wehrlosen Betrunkenen zum Stressabbau nicht mehr reicht.

 

Fazit:
"Hamburg Rain 2084" ist eine epische Dystopie, erzählt als eSerial, bei dem jeder Band von einem anderen Autor geschrieben wurde. Scheinbar bin ich dazu verdammt, die Bände abwechselnd großartig und enttäuschend zu finden, und nachdem mich "Sundown" voll überzeugt hatte, tat sich "Rehab" wieder sehr schwer.

 

Der Schreibstil las sich für mich sperrig, mit vielen Wortwiederholungen, die Charaktere erschienen mir sehr eindimensional und stereotyp, und vor allem fand ich den Verlauf der Handlung oft überhaupt nicht glaubwürdig. Auch das Ende hatte ich leider schon vor der großen Enthüllung erraten.

Source: mikkaliest.blogspot.de/2016/04/rehab-hamburg-rain-2084-band-3-von-ralf.html
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review 2015-03-17 00:00
Dakota (Rehab for Superheroes #4)
Dakota (Rehab for Superheroes #4) - Ann Livi Andrews Dakota is the latest offering by Ann Livi Andrews, in the Rehab for Superheroes line of books. With this entry, I'm starting to think this series would do really well as a television show, ala Arrow or Agents of Shield. I would recommend that fans of either show pick up this piece, as they will find lots to love.

I generally don't do much in the way of synopses, so all I'll say is this: Dakota provides one hell of a backstory to the character of the same name. This story starts off in a way that may leave first-time readers of the series a little lost, given the number of characters in play. However, those who have previously read entries will find their way quickly.There were some minor issues with word choice or grammar, but these were forgettable.

The real meat of the story picks up with an intriguing and altogether eerie story set in the early 1940s, at the Crowley Institute ~ a psychiatric hospital that seems like equal parts Arkham Asylum and Hellboy's BPRD. Dakota is forced to participate in a series of creepy resurrection experiments in order to test his limits. The characters in this stage of the story are interesting and the reader is placed in Dakota's shoes as he attempts to navigate this harrowing experience and survive.

Livi's skills as a storyteller offer some indelible imagery, on par with her work in Em and imbues the piece with its own unique flavour. The Crowley scenes were done so well, I was disappointed when they were over as I wanted more in the Institute. I have to say my eyes nearly fell out of my head at the climax of the story and the images conjured were certainly a treat. I loved how Dakota evolved and his powers were described with a visual flair that made me smile.

The story had me hooked at the end and I can't wait for more. If this was on Netflix, I'd be jumping to the next episode. Superhero fans, your series is here.
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review 2014-12-13 16:15
Review: Rehab is for Witches - An Anthology
Rehab Is For Witches - Tyffani Clark Kemp,Miranda Stork,Tara Wood,J.A. Howell,Elle J Rossi,Cynthia Valero
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
 
Rehab for Witches is a rather unusual, yet intriguing anthology in style and substance. Here's a quote from the beginning of the book with an explanation:
 
This book doesn’t stick to time as though it was a Velcro. It moves in the same direction, but it flits back and forth, because this is a journey of six witches aiming to get through magical rehab. So it’ll follow all on them on their journeys…and then the journey they take together. So sometimes you’ll go back, and sometimes you’ll go forwards. We guess that’s just the nature of magic. You’ll get the hang of it.
 
That sums it up much better than I could. I was a tad worried that it would be disjointed, but it wasn't. In fact, the different stories and different voices made for a more compelling read. I enjoyed all of the stories, though a couple times I didn't want to leave the character and move to another since I developed a bit of an attachment.
 
The anthology follows six misguided, miscreant witches in rehab. All had done some bad things with their magic and were being punished as a result. I enjoyed these characters- enjoyed reading about their past deeds and rehabilitation. The anthology is also full of swoon-worthy men, who make the misguided witches hearts beat faster... I think there's a spell for that...
 
Overall, this is a fun, fast-paced read. If you like paranormal stories, especially ones about witches walking the line between light and dark, be sure to check out Rehab for Witches.
Source: www.kimberleighwheaton.com/2014/12/rehab-for-witches-anthology-author.html
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