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review 2020-04-05 18:24
Son of Hanover Block (The Hanover Quartet Book 3) - Gregor Xane

A young boy falls down on the playground and is diagnosed with a brain tumor. That was probably the best day of his life, because it's all downhill from there.


The beginning of this, the third book in the series, was completely horrific and off the wall. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it got triply worse. I didn't know what was going on, but I trusted Gregor Xane to put it all together and he eventually did. Mostly.


The originality of this series cannot be impeached, I've never read anything like it. I thought a beginning so different from the first two books breathed some fresh air into this installment and that was appreciated. We also got to learn more about the overarching story and I think that's where the 4th book is going to tie everything up.


The Hanover Block - Gregor Xane Brides of Hanover Block (The Hanover Quartet Book 2) - Gregor Xane  Son of Hanover Block (The Hanover Quartet Book 3) - Gregor Xane  


In the meantime, I cannot help myself from staring at these covers and asking myself WTF? What will the fourth one look like?


Highly recommended!


You can get a copy here: SON OF HANOVER BLOCK


*Thanks to Gregor Xane for the paperback in exchange for my feedback. This is it!*

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review 2020-04-01 22:30
TRUE CRIME by Samantha Kolesnik
True Crime - Samantha Kolesnik

TRUE CRIME was a brutal novella which, to my mind, was about the cycle of violence abuse engenders within families, and which then ripples outward to the world.


Being a novella, every single word counts and Ms. Kolesnik masterfully used those words to impact the reader.


Recommended to those who can stomach severe abuse, (though most appears off-screen), so to speak.


*I bought this novella with my hard earned cash.*

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review 2020-03-12 23:30
Break Shot: My First 21 Years - James Taylor

I'm not that big a fan of James Taylor, but he's from the area where I live, (western MA) and I thought this audio might be interesting.


I was wrong. For a memoir that covers a musician with drug addictions and mental illness, this was boring. There's actually very little here because, (it felt like), there was a musical interlude every two minutes.


Perhaps, if you're a die hard James Taylor fan you would enjoy this. I was just wanting it to be over.


A free Audible Original for members.

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review 2020-03-02 18:45
I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons - Kevin Hart,Neil Strauss


I recently saw most of the film THE UPSIDE, starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman. I missed a little of the beginning but I watched and enjoyed the rest. I was surprised by how much I felt for Kevin Hart in the film, because I'd previously only seen him in commercials or very short comedic bits and he got on my nerves, to be honest.


In this book he tells the story of his life, his successes and failures, his positive and negative points, his love for his mom and family, and his willingness to work hard and get it done. It was not all fun and games, because a fair amount of the time he and his first wife were constantly fighting, (he was cheating, she might have been), and so on.


What impressed me the most was his ability to shrug things off and stay positive and I'm going to try to take that ability and incorporate it into my life.


This was hilarious and informative and fun to listen to, if maybe just a tad too long.


Highly recommended, especially to those who love to listen to the memoirs of comedians.


*I purchased this audiobook from Audible with my hard earned cash.*

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review 2020-03-01 19:47
THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS by Stephen Graham Jones
The Only Good Indians - Stephen Graham Jones

THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS is a superb, gut wrenching novel, and it wrecked me.


I've been sitting here struggling to come up with some words that don't sound like the same old thing. This book is not the same old thing.


I've been sitting here struggling to find a way to relate to you the mind-warping effects of this novel, because it is mind warping.


I wish I had a way to explain how the guilt here was wrapped up and entwined with grief and shame and then buried under the burdens of Native American life.


I wish I could tell you that the tragic truths told in this book were not true, but I'd be lying if I did.


With beautifully written prose that demands your full attention, the ugliest of stories unfolds here. I loved every black and brutal, dark and gray minute of it. I don't what else to say.


My highest recommendation.


Available May 19th, 2020, but you can pre-order here: THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS


*Thank you to Saga Press and NetGalley for the e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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