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review 2019-03-04 20:57
The Path Keeper
The Path Keeper - N.J. Simmonds

I liked the cover. I probably should have read a bit further before requesting it on Netgalley. Ella has it all in London, but she can't find her place until she meets her stalker, ehm love interest. He spends the entire book saying how he always loved her, through all her previous lives. That is not scary at all.

It was one of the most cringe worthy romances I read in a long while. After she meets Zac there is not a single thing besides him that she can do or think about. He will break the rules, just for her. Add to this a random attempted rape, which was completely glanced over, and a rather ridiculous subplot about Ella's parents and I found I was not really caring any more about any of the big revelations with the angels, who may or may not play a part in life.

It was a fast read, sure, but I never got into the story. The characters don't really have a personality besides loving each other. This was definitely not for me.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!




After I took the snake I was back to square 1: by a female author. This book is written by NJ Simmonds, a woman, so I get to roll 2 dice.


7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.

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review 2018-02-17 07:03
Black Girl Magic: BreakBeat Poets Volume #2
The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic - Idrissa Simmonds,Jamila Woods,Mahogany L. Browne,Patricia Smith

First and foremost, many thanks go to Haymarket Books for the review copy.

Overall this is a really solid collection. It's difficult reviewing collections - there will always be some pieces that speak to you more than others. All in all I'd say about a quarter of the poems absolutely blew me away, half were good, and a quarter didn't really resonate with me, which is a pretty good ratio. The thread running through the collection was cohesive, and each section had its own flavor while still playing into the overall theme. This one packs a punch, and I was really glad I was able to read about these women's experiences. Really looking forward to following some of these women and their work as they move forward!

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review 2016-09-20 22:09
some what like Harry Potter
Avis Blackthorn and the Ring of Enchantment (An Avis Blackthorn Magical Adventure, Prequel Book 0) - Jack Simmonds

Avis Blackthorn is in trouble. He's just borrowed his parents prized possession... a very valuable possession -- the Ring of Enchantment. When Avis uses it to bring his teddy rabbit Sedrick to life, he thinks he will have a best friend -- and his parents need never know. But Sedrick runs off with the ring and into a salt circle and vanishing into the fairy world.

Now Avis must follow him and get the ring back before his parents find out, but he ends up getting more than he bargained for... from marching killer broomsticks and a witches curse, to a pig called Horse and a boy called Bernard. As well as trying to find Sedrick, Avis must help the fairy world, or face being trapped there for life, and it means coming face to face with a very evil witch if he is ever to succeed

What did I think of it:
3.5 stars
its an ok read, some people say it like the Harry Potter series, in a way it kind is but I think that Harry Potter series is a little better, here is some of the things that doe make it resemble Harry Potter:
Harry Potter:
1: Wizarding School : Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
2: the wizarding world is cut off from the normal world
3: Dark Wizard Lord: Voldemort
5: Harry goes to school at age 11
6:they use wands
7: when over some one see something their not to see their memory is wiped
7 Ron- lives with his family ( Mr and Mrs . Weasley , and has 5 older brothers and 1 sister )
Avis Blackthorn
1: Wizarding School: Hailing Hall School for Wizards
2:Avis lives in other dimension called :Seven Magical Kingdoms
3: Dark Sorcerer: Malakai
4: Avis uses a channeller( its lets you to do magic)
5: Avis goes at age 12
6: Non-magic lands: Outside
7: when over some one see something their not to see their memory is wiped
8: Avis : lives with his family ( Mr and Mrs: Blackthorn and his nine siblings)

so if you liked Harry Potter you might like this series.

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review 2014-08-15 12:06
Short and sweet
Heaven on Earth - Lilian Simmonds

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.


Against the advice of her family and friends Marion decides it’s time for her to live a long-held dream. She wants to learn how to ski. So what if she’s 62? You only live once, right?


This is a wonderful heartwarming short story about how you should follow your dreams and in fulfilling those dreams you just might find something you weren’t even looking for. I loved Marion though I did want to give her a little shake when it looked like she was just going to give up. This story reminds me of something my mom said to me once about a friend who wanted to go to nursing school, but she would be 56 by the time she finished. My mom said, “Well, how old will you be if you don’t go to school?” Ok, I don’t quite remember her exact age or chosen career, but you get the point I’m making, right? Don’t let age stop you from doing new things or following a dream. Marion was physically fit and able to ski (no brittle bones or anything that would be harmful to her health), so she had no reason not to give it her best shot. Fly, Marion, fly! *sigh* I miss skiing. All-in-all an awesome read.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/08/ffs-untreed-reads.html
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review 2013-09-26 00:00
The Strange Case of Dr. Simmonds and Dr. Glas
The Strange Case of Dr Simmonds & Dr Glas - Dannie Abse Abse has a hard act to follow here. Doctor Glas, which I've discussed elsewhere, is a superb existential story of alienation, told from the point of view of a doctor who by virtue of his position in society is both especially connected to people - he is privy to their secrets - and especially disconnected - he is privy to secrets. The very fact that his job is to be privy to their most private thoughts means that the nature of his social relationships is compromised and ambiguous. He finds it hard to understand what his relationship is to individuals and that is connected up, of course, to his relationship to society.

Abse continues on this theme with the profound understanding that comes of being both a doctor and a poet. He is at the time of penning this, furthermore, an eighty year old Jewish doctor and poet.

The rest is here

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