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review 2018-03-15 16:18
The Dark Side of Innocence by Terri Cheney
The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar - Terri Cheney

This is a compelling memoir by an author who is able to pull readers right inside her head, she writes with such intensity and intimacy. It is about her childhood and teenage years and is ostensibly about growing up with childhood bipolar disorder, though it is just as much about growing up in a very dysfunctional family, to the point that I wondered how much the atmosphere contributed to her mental health issues. The parents are obsessed with keeping up appearances, their relationship is fractured at the best of times, each has a favorite child with whom they sometimes side against the other parent, and the author and her brother don’t seem to have a real relationship with each other at all.

Meanwhile the author has mental health issues from a young age, which she never discusses with anyone. Part of this book I think is a skillful portrayal of how childhood works for everyone – you live in a weird private world that you probably don’t talk about, and you lack the perspective and judgment to know what’s normal. In other ways it’s very specific to her family and the place where she was growing up (suburban southern California in the 1960s and 70s): as an adult she realizes that her youth was littered with warning signs, from frequent, prolonged absences from school to poetry about suicide that she wrote from a young age, which somehow never resulted in an intervention.

I found this to be a really interesting memoir, well-written and a fast, compelling read. The author perhaps sells it short by writing that it’s aimed at parents of bipolar kids; while it may provide insights for those parents, I am not one and still enjoyed it. It’s a good read for anyone who wants to know what life looks like through someone else’s eyes – and isn’t that one of the primary reasons we read?

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text 2018-03-06 11:00
Teaser Tuesday: The Other Side
The Other Side (The Decadent Series Book 2) - Elaine White

The Other Side, book 2 in the Decadent series, by Elaine White


Ignorance is bliss…the truth is terrifying.

#Decadent #lgbtq #indieauthor #mmromance





Source: smarturl.it/Decadent.Series1-4
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review 2018-03-02 15:15
De schepping van universums
De donkere kant van de zon - Terry Pratchett

Ik heb zo veel van dit boek genoten. Terry Pratchett is sowieso een van mijn favoriete schrijvers, en ik lees hem nog liever als hij science fiction schrijft. Dit verhaal gaat over mensen en buitenaardse wezens die de kracht hebben om sterren en universums te scheppen en te vernietigen - nu ik erover denk, is dat ook de verhaallijn van een ander boek waar ik onlangs ook veel van genoten heb: The House of Suns door Alastair Reynolds. Beide boeken hebben, volgens mij in ieder geval, zowel intelligentie als een warm hart.


Ik heb dit boek gelezen toen mijn Nederlands nog niet zo goed was (het was het tweede boek in het Nederlands dat ik ooit las, na Het Gouden Ei door Tim Krabbé). Ik wil het graag nog een keer lezen.

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review 2018-02-20 16:55
Chocolate with a Side of Murder (Daley Buzz Mysteries #1) by Meredith Potts
Chocolate With A Side Of Murder (Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery) (Volume 1) - Meredith Potts

I like a good cozy mystery now and then. This one was ok it wasn't great but I will be going back for book 2 before I decide my true feelings on the series. Meredith Potts takes us to the tiny town Treasure Cove CA. We meet Sabrina. She runs the family coffee shop and is dating David a police detective. When the owner of the Chocolate shop next to Sabrina's coffee shop is murdered, Sabrina steps in to help solve the murder. 

Sabrina's character could use some improvement. Yes she solves the murder in the end but at the cost of alienating herself from half the town. The way she goes after her suspects and her line of questioning as well as her attitude just made her rude and not very likable to me. The book is very fast paced. The book starts off 10 years earlier when her sister comes up missing and has not been any clues to date. I am assuming this has part to do with her attitude. A lot of the book centers on her feelings towards the disappearance. I do hope in future books that mystery is solved. The book does leave a lot of loose ends on other things brought up during the book. Some of the characters just seemed tossed in with no true spot in the story, so hopefully in later books they will have established rolls. i do read a lot of series and never fully make up my mind abotu a series in book 1. A lot of times book one just basically establishes everyones rolls in later books and that is what I am hoping for.

I did listen to the Audiobook, which is narrated by Lainie Pahos. She done a good job with the story. She let me now when someone was happy, sad, or had other emotions from the tone of her voice. Some of her voices she used grated on my nerves a bit, luckily those people had small parts in the story. 

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Meredith Potts The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it

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review 2018-02-17 12:44
The Other Side Of Dawn
The Other Side of Dawn - John Marsden

And then it is all over. The final episode of the Tomorrow-series by John Marsden. I've enjoyed reading them, it was an interesting story. I did like the first three books best, they seemed to be the most realistic, and this last book had a few points where I believe they were more lucky than possible. Just a bit too many coincidences and a feeling Marsden really wanted a happy end at the end of the series. Still loved it.

I would recommend this series to everyone, because I really liked it and wish there were more books than the seven I've read!

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