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review 2022-08-24 05:14
LEAD ME NOT by Ann Gallagher
Lead Me Not - Ann Gallagher

Isaac Morris has been a leader of protests against the LGBTQ+ community with his family and church. At one protest a man comes up to him and challenges him to choose to be gay then go back to straight. He declines but, upon thinking about it and with his twin sister's nudging, he decides to make a documentary about choosing to become gay then choosing to go back to the straight lifestyle. His brother John thinks he should do to help John's son who John is afraid is going to choose the gay lifestyle. Isaac and Ruth, his twin, move to Seattle to set up the filming and the experiment. Isaac gets into trouble at a gay bar. He meets Colton there and asks Colton to help him navigate the gay lifestyle. While Colton helps him, both are attracted to each other but don't act on it. Colton has secrets in his past. Isaac has secrets in his present. Colton also invites Isaac to his gay-friendly church. Isaac goes and meets Pastor Mike, Colton's mentor and friend. Isaac hears a different interpretation of the scriptures he has used in the past to condemn the LGBTQ+ lifestyle. He stops and thinks about it. What will Isaac discover? Will the documentary come out? Will Isaac's ideas on the gay community change?


This was an intense read but so good! I liked how the scriptures are used and the different interpretations given within the book. Some good points are made. Both sides of the debate are represented.


I liked Isaac and Colton. They are good together. They move slowly into a relationship. When the documentary blows up everything, I could feel the pain of both men. I liked that Isaac decided to go ahead with the documentary. I also liked he had the support of Ruth. I liked that they also reached out to siblings who left their church and family. I liked Abby, his older sister. She had wise words for him. I was glad he listened.


I highly recommend this book. It is worth your while to read it.

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review 2022-07-18 20:24
Review: Cinderella Is Dead
Cinderella is Dead - Kalynn Bayron

This was an amazing book that in the year 2022 hit a little two close to home.  The people of Lille have been subject to to whims of a power-hungry tyrant for over two centuries, with women and girls bearing the brunt of his madness.  Cinderella is dead, and it turns out the story everyone has been told about her is a lie.

This was a beautiful retelling.  So original and thought provoking (considering today's current atmosphere.)  I was completely caught up in the tale.  The characters, even with a few annoying habits, were so likeable.  I was right there in it, fighting with them.  It was well thought out and wonderfully written.   I read along with the ebook, while listening to the audiobook and as usual, Bahni Turpin knocked it out of the park!  She captured the emition of the characters and did amazing distinguishing them with different voices.  This was a 10-out-of-10 would/will read again.

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review 2021-11-29 13:21
Aristotle and Dane Dive Into the Waters of the World - Benjamin Alire Saenz


A million thank you's for the win of this book! I couldn't wait to get a copy, since I loved the first book so much, and it didn't disappoint!
I was taken immediately back into Aristotle and Dante's world. It's the 80's, they are in love and gay. It wasn't accepted then. The torment, mostly from the inside, was heartbreaking at times. I rooted for them both every step of the way!
I laughed at times, and I even cried twice. Books that can bring those emotions out in me, you know they are fantastic! The writing is devourable! That is exactly what I did. Flew through this chunker in record timing, and that is credited to the author.
I so want more. I don't ever want to stop reading about Aristotle and Dante. I hope we get to see them write their names on the map of the city of love!
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/11/aristotle-and-dante-dive-into-waters-of.html
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review 2021-10-24 21:21
Cemetery Boys - Aiden Thomas
I've been wanting to read this since I saw it come out and am glad I finally got to. I really enjoyed this story, and frankly, didn't have any idea anything about the Brujx before.
I loved the ghost story romance. Well done!! I didn't see it coming and then it was all I wanted. 
The magical elements in this story appeal to me. I like wiccan and voodoo stories and felt this was much of the same, just a different culture, but it still felt relatable. 
I definitely want to read more about Yadriel and his people. I was so invested in those parts of the story.
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/10/cemetery-boys-aiden-thomas-45.html
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text 2021-09-29 05:24



The TRIUMVIRATE - Love for Power, Love of Power, the Power of Love.


A story about love and loyalty, politics and power, sacrifice and survival

taken from tomorrow’s headlines.


Till Oct. 6 at https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU



When terrorists kill Shyloh’s mother, he dedicates his life to making a better world. He recruits his childhood friends Aiya and Judith. With their intimate bond, exceptional talents and singular determination they become a formidable team.


He chose them, nurtured them, advised them, and, in no small way, is responsible for who and what they've become.


Judith, the warrior and pragmatist who believes in law and order, is the commander of the new country's military.


Aiya, the theologian and advocate for justice and morality, is leader of the Cascadia's largest faith-based organization.


In the past, when dissension, disagreement, and at times hostility threatened to destroy their triumvirate, Shyloh, the idealist and politician, was able to harness the heat and energy generated from this polarity and craft a consensus, identify a goal, and create a process to get there. Together they’ve been responsible for Cascadia’s survival amid the chaos and carnage that accompanied the collapse of civilization.


But now, negotiating this dichotomy of will and passion is like being between two powerful magnets, crushed when as opposite poles they collide, and at risk of disintegrating when as similar ones they repulse each other.


The unraveling of civilization caused by climate change has brought unique challenges. For  each of them the goal has begun to take on different meaning. In the end, there can only be one better world, but whose will be best?




    ...a GREAT choice for a bookclub to read and discuss.

"This book traces Shyloh's efforts to make a better world of our present social, economic, and environmental crisis through creating a team of three unbiased leaders (The Triumvirate). The problems they address are real and will be known to the reader. They are today's headlines and, being unbiased, these three are revolutionaries in their own time. It is fast paced, a good story, and an easy read.
    - Clark Wilkins, Author of A Compelling Unknown Force


If you enjoy fiction/sci-fi, climate change and politics this could be a book for you.

I enjoyed the futuristic portrayals of Canada because of the connection with the many pressing social issues in our country's politics.

Touches on many divisive social issues of today (immigration, virus, climatechange, federal/provincial strain) and provides a unique perspective. The take on the Canadian confederation was particularly interesting to me because of the current issues in Alberta.

- Tom Urac, Author of Spartan Revolt


    "...unflinchingly stares down some of today's most contentious issues, whether they are of a socioeconomic, environmental, racial, or political nature.

"...sure to spark discussion amongst intellectuals and casual readers alike, ... highly recommend it as a selection for a reading group.
-- Jonathan Walter, Contributing author to THE DEVIL'S DOORBELL, GHOSTLIGHT, and DARK DOSSIER anthologies; and columnist for UXmatters Web magazine




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