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review 2018-03-23 14:20
The Magic Misfits - Neil Patrick Harris,Lissy Marlin,Author
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I actually enjoyed this more than I was expecting. Earlier this year, I listened to Neil Patrick Harris' Choose Your Own Autobiography, which I had mixed feeling about. I saw this at the library and was intrigued by the premise (and of course the fact that it was written by Neil Patrick Harris).

This is a great book. Though it starts out pretty dark, it picks up quickly. Parts of the plot at predictable, but it is still a fun read. A great adventure tale that ties in magic, morals, and friendship. 

I also really enjoyed how Neil Patrick Harris set up the book. Carter is basically homeless, a pretty common tenant in magical adventure stories. However, it's not all fun and games for him. I like how Harris works in the negatives of Carter's existence (eating out of the trash, having to look for a safe place to sleep, the fear of someone stealing his things while sleeping, basically having to hide his existence). This is a wonderful contrast to those books that make homeless kids seems cool and free (like how Tom Sawyer envies Huckleberry Finn). I think this is a good handling of Carter's situation instead of glamorizing it. 

Secondly, I really like how Harris gives Leila two dads and it's no big deal. The two dads part is nothing groundbreaking, but the no big deal part is awesome. Leila explains that she had two dads so casually that it seamlessly fits into the story. It isn't a pivotal point in the novel, it doesn't lead to any other plot points. She just has two dads and it's totally normal. This is awesome and makes Leila instantly relateable to those of us who come from LGBTQ families. (Also, I love his dedication of the book to his kids.) 

Overall, a great start to a series. I'm really intrigued to continue reading and see when happens next to the Magic Misfits.
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url 2018-03-22 05:00
Author Of The Month - Jamie Fessenden - Grand Finale

Join us once more as we celebrate this fantastic author! 

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text 2018-03-21 11:00
Facts About Me: Life With Cancer

I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2002, one week before my 16th birthday. I underwent extreme chemotherapy treatment and a stem cell transplant in a trial research program. Now, due to side effects that weren’t known at the time, I have quite a few different disabilities and illnesses that creep up from time to time. I have to use some fancy gadgets at home, and I’ve got a boring old, regular wheelchair to get me where I want to go.

I get by as best as I can and don’t particularly consider myself ‘disabled’, though there are things I can’t do that really irritate me, because I used to be able to do them. I’m just happy for what I’ve got and try to get on with it.

The only real blessing it's given me is the freedom to spend all day, every day, following my passion - writing. Other than family and my reviewing hobby, there are no other commitments to take up my time, as I'm considered unfit to work. Which means that I get to write all. the. time.


After my treatment, I actually wrote a book about my experience as a teenager with cancer. It was posted on Wattpad after I completed it, then published with Write More Publications, but has since been unpublished due to Write More closing down. The book is still available to review, in its original (unedited) format, on Wattpad. I've been lucky enough to have some amazing readers, who comment to let me know how much my experiences help them cope with similar life struggles, and how my survival gives them hope, even for family members who are going through similar things.

You can read the book, An Unpredictable Life, for free on Wattpad right here: https://www.wattpad.com/story/9749942-an-unpredictable-life



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review 2018-03-20 16:58
I Feel Happy Happy Happy
High Voltage - Karen Marie Moning

I am in my happy place. Dani, the woman has gone through some massive trials and made some huge transitions. In the beginning it was confusing, to see a young girl suffer so and be seen as more in the future. I admit I did not like young Dani, she was a thorn to me in the story. Oh there was some serious backlash towards Ms. Moning, speculations based on her age, before the tale was finished being told. If only they'd waited they would have seen this beautiful, wonderfully magical woman finally grab ahold of her red threads and become what she was ment to be. The truth of why this obsession was there made me jump and scream "YEH!" I'm not going to spoil it for anyone, you don't need to know more.
Another great book from Ms. Moning. She continues to be one of my top 5 authors, one I re-read from often. I can not wait for her next work.. Bravo Ms. Moning, you rock !

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text 2018-03-20 11:00
Teaser Tuesday: Underneath It All
Underneath It All - Elaine White

Underneath It All, book 4 in the Decadent Series, by Elaine White


Underneath it all, he just wants to be normal.

#Decadent #lgbtq #indieauthor #mmromance





Source: smarturl.it/Decadent.Series1-4
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