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review 2018-01-10 03:24
Sweet read, love conquers the past
First Street Church Romances: Love's Cure (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Sweet Grove Beginnings Book 4) - Emily Murdoch

A quick sweet story that brings two wounded souls together. Mariana's blindness has made her angry for most of her life. Gerald's one mistake follows him to Sweet Grove. Her need for independence from her family is encouraged by Gerald. Feelings grow fast with the help of a little faith. I enjoyed the characters and this small town as it grows.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2017-12-22 05:48
Insightful approach to historical suffrage movement
The Cure for Dreaming - Cat Winters

Olivia's dancing around the edges of the suffrage movement in 1890s Portland, OR. She's strong-minded but quiet, dreaming of a future as a teacher or writer, but trapped under her domineering father's thumb. When she's hypnotized on stage the night of her birthday, she craves the relaxing peace of it. But when her father hires the hypnotist for a private session to remove her rebellious thoughts and ability to protest, she finds the drive to commit to a position and fight back against the patriarchy.

 

This was a brilliantly-told piece of YA historical fiction dealing with the early days of women's suffrage in the United States. The paranormal romance angle was really innovative, giving a fun, dramatic angle to gender relations, politics and the silencing of women. Flawless writing and storytelling, with clear trouble taken to include appropriate historical detail. I appreciated the effort to give the antagonists clear, believable and appropriate motivation as well. Even the villains have reasons for thinking and acting the way they do. Excellent effort and highly entertaining read.

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review 2017-09-18 14:07
The Cure for Dreaming
The Cure for Dreaming - Cat Winters
I really enjoyed this novel. I wasn’t sure if this novel was for me but after the reading the first couple chapters, I was drawn in by Olivia. Olivia had a voice and she used it to express herself. She wanted change, she didn’t want what the world expected of her, Olivia wanted more. Her father tried to silence her, to make her one of the many women who followed the plan, set by history. He was determined to make Olivia an example of what women should become yet Olivia already had her mind set on what she wanted in her future.
 
I loved the execution of this novel, how a hypnotist could change the course of so many lives. It was brilliant! Set out to be entertainment value, the hypnotist’s talent soon became much more than fun and laughs, it became a commodity, one that could be exploited. There had to be a balance and I read to find this middle ground. A place where everyone’s needs could be reached. I cringed when Olivia and Henry started to get intimate, I didn’t want this and the book didn’t need it either. A romantic relationship didn’t need to be tangled up with what was transpiring within the pages of this book. I thought this novel was captivating, driven and executed in an excellent fashion. I highly recommend it.

 

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review 2017-08-04 03:26
An Intriguing New Medical Perspective for Type 2 Diabetics
Diabetes: The Real Cause and The Right C... Diabetes: The Real Cause and The Right Cure - John M Poothullil MD

Diabetes: The Real Cause and The Right Cure: 8 Steps to Reverse Your Diabetes in 8 Weeks states its main case right on the cover, clarifying the approach Dr. Poothullil takes in a book that maintains that diabetes is a curable condition: "Type 2 diabetes is not due to insulin resistance; it’s your diet. See how you can stop taking medication or injecting insulin." 

 

This perspective is especially intriguing for Type 2 diabetics because it focuses on a very different medical explanation for the cause and reversal of high blood sugar and diabetes than other diabetes books offer. It also places more control over the condition in the hands of readers who could change their lifestyle choices in order to eliminate the disease. The book is not for Type 1 diabetics, where the pancreas is actually damaged; but Type 2s will find it packed with specifics that contrast old theories about diabetes with the author's new perspective on its causes and why certain medicines only appear to work if insulin resistance isn't really the cause of the Type 2 diabetic's problem. The chapters make a strong case for eliminating grains from one's diet and taking better control of one’s eating choices. The 8 steps offer a relatively easy-to-implement program most will find easy to follow. 

 

Aware that such a simple program promoting a 'cure' could be seriously questioned, Dr. Poothullil addresses initial concerns right from the beginning ("If you think that diabetes is your destiny because one or both of your parents had it, you will learn that what you have inherited is only a potential. If you think Type 2 diabetes cannot be “cured,” this book will show a completely different picture."), advocating a self-help program that requires only a willingness to self-assess in order to prove successful: "To avoid Type 2 diabetes, your goal must be to take back control of your body and rediscover or reconnect with your authentic weight. You know when your weight is right for you because your brain knows when your fat cells are not full and your blood is not full of fatty acids and glucose." 

 

The book is a no-brainer must-read for any Type 2 diabetic who truly wants to change, and who is open to consider a new scientific equation for understanding their diabetes along with different approaches to not just control it, but eliminate it from one's life. All that's required is a willingness to change lifestyle choices. 

 

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review 2017-05-31 20:17
In der Todeszone // The Death Cure
Die Auserwählten - In der Todeszone: Maze Runner 3 (Die Auserwählten – Maze Runner) - Katharina Hinderer,James Dashner,Anke Caroline Burger

German and english review

 

Ich habe nicht wirklich viel positives über den letzten Teil der Reihe zu berichten, um ganz ehrlich zu sein. Es ist schon eine Weile her, dass ich den zweiten Teil gelesen habe, trotzdem hatte ich keine Probleme wieder in die Geschichte zurück zufinden. Der Schreibstil an sich, war wunderbar einfach und  gerade die kurzen Kapitel, haben es leicht gemacht durch das Buch zu kommen.

 

Doch das war es eigentlich auch schon. Ich mag wirklich nicht, wie die ganze Sache abgeschlossen wurde. Ich finde nicht, dass wirklich zufriedenstellend war. Die Charaktere, ich weiß nicht, ich war einfach nur genervt und wollte es so schnell wie möglich hinter mich bringen, damit ich nichts mehr über die Charaktere lesen muss. Waren die schon immer so nervig? Ist mir das nur in dem Teil besonders aufgefallen?

 

Es gab wirklich viel Spannung in dem Buch und auch sehr viel Action, doch die Antworten und die Lösungen, die uns gegeben wurden, waren einfach viel zu wenig. Ich hatte wirklich mehr erwartet.

 

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To be completely honest, I don't really have many positive things to say about the last book in the trilogy. It's been a while since I read the second book but I didn't have any problems getting back into the story. The writing was really good and especially the short chapters made it easy to get through this book pretty fast.

 

But that's about it, really. I I don't really like how the story ended. I don't think that it was satisfying in any way. The characters, I don't know, I was just annoyed and wanted to get through this book fast, so I didn't have to read them anymore. Where they always like that? Did I just notice it more this time around?

 

There was lots of action and stuff like that going on, but the answers and the resolution to things, just weren't enough. I expected something different and way more than what they gave us.

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