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review 2015-09-27 14:27
Conquer your Pain in 9 Steps
Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps: Building the mindset and team you need to suffer less and achieve more - Carole Staveley

en I saw Conquer Your Pain in 9 easy Steps I contacted Carole and asked her if I could review it, I’m so glad I did. Carole had struggled with chronic pain for 13 years before she was finally able to formulate a plan that helped her to not only deal with her pain but to return to an athletic life as a tri-athlete! WOW. Carole has written us this book to show us how she managed this, she guides us through her plan and offers encouragement and support throughout.

The book is divided in three sections, the first is about finding your ‘why’. Why do you want to feel better, and I don’t mean just to ‘feel better’ but why? Carole helps you to figure this out with her help, guidance, and her use of real world case studies, both her own but also of others she has worked with. Next up she guides you through the myriad of issues you will encounter from the medical profession, she shows how to find the right people to support you, both professional and not. As well as how to ask the right questions. Finally she helps you to persevere and put everything into practice.

The last couple of chapters guide you on how to become a tri-athlete if that’s your goal. Not mine admittedly but maybe yours?

I loved Carole’s tone throughout, at no point is she condescending, she is friendly and encouraging and explains her points thoroughly using not only her own experiences but quotes and case studies of others too.

I did find some of the chapters irrelevant for me in the UK, as we don’t have much choice on doctor’s or the hospital’s we can use, known as the postcode lottery over hear. Our choices depend on where we live. Apart from that, this is a book well worth reading for both patient and medical professional alike.

Overall, if you or anyone you know, lives with chronic pain this is a must read!


NB I Reveived this book free for an honest review

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review 2015-09-27 11:38
Hexad: The Factory
Hexad: The Factory - Al K. Line

ere’s a time travel book that will have your head spinning! Hexad: The Factory is one weird story. Imagine deciding that there is time travel and to prove it you dig up the proof, which you have left in the garden ten years later! That confusing enough for you?

Ok so yeah, this story basically says that in 10 years time they will come back to tonight and bury proof in the garden which you will dig up in the morning. Well anyway that’s basically it, except things get a lot more complicated when you add in all the Paradox’s and parallel universes and such. This really is one confusing story to follow.

Having said that though, I loved it! I had to use my brain and really think about Amanda and Dale’s actions, could this happen, what would happen if they did such and such? Fascinating.

Amanda and Dale are both great characters, they are well-developed and very easy to relate to.

Overall, you really need to be a lover of time-travel and sci-fi to enjoy this book, otherwise I think it might get a little too confusing. Enjoy


NB I Reveived this book free for an honest review

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review 2015-09-27 11:24
Two for the Road
Two for the Road (Stories in Pairs Book 3) - Ekta R Garg

wo for the Road is the third set of story’s from Ekta Garb, and they do not disappoint. This third book introduces two completely new stories, and characters. The first ‘Excess Baggage see’s an exhausted Allison returning from a business trip and wanting to just flop out and relax. But when her bestie call’s asking her to put up her sister and boyfriend until they fly of to Spain, relax is one thing totally of the menu! Next up was ‘Wrong Way’ where we meet Rachel and Jim, they are travelling down to Florida to ‘check on’ Jim’s mother. Rachel is NOT happy with the plan and feels Jim is over-protective of his mother.

Boy could I relate to Wrong Way! As always Ekta’s story’s are well written, and well paced, you get the feeling that these characters are your friends, and the story’s are really happening for real. I know Wrong Way happens in my family plenty enough!

Ekta has a way with words that can pull you into just about any story she could think up, making it real. Her story’s are basically about real life.

If you’ve not ready any then I suggest you check this book out. Enjoy.


NB I Reveived this book free for an honest review

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review 2015-09-27 11:10
The War Prince
The War Prince: The Son of the Man - Adrian Castaneda

he premise of the War Prince is a good one, but sadly in this instance, was not well executed. Basically the story is that Anthony Cast is born alive only thanks to Adrian (an angel who guards heaven’s gates) gives him his own heart. Anthony is destined to have a new son, who will be Adrian reincarnated, he then has to protect him from evil until old enough to take back his role as an angel.

Sadly, I found getting through this book difficult, the writing is very poor, and needs a lot of editing. The characters are interesting and reasonably well-developed which made it easier for me to get to know them a little.

The story line itself felt rushed in some places and way to slow in others, I was a little confused about what was going on at times as things seemed to be a little muddled in places.

Overall, a great premise but some work is needed.

NB I Reveived this book free for an honest review

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review 2015-08-20 11:38
Chestnut Street
Chestnut Street - Maeve Binchy

The day Maeve Binchy past away, was a sad day for the literary world, and especially her fans. So when I saw Chestnut Street was being re-released, I had to review it. Giving it a 5 star review really is a no brainer for a Binchy fan like myself.

Chestnut Street is a series of short stories, each about a different resident of the street. With Maeve’s trademark humor and attention to detail, we enter each residents life, there trauma’s, excitements, fear, etc.

Each story, like it’s subject, is completely different. The characters are so well-developed that you will think of them as your own neighbours. With the humor I can guarantee a giggle or two. Although fictional, Maeve had a skill for showing us the real world in Ireland, the customs, the people’s character’s and the amazing landscape.

There isn’t really much more I can say, as I feel a Maeve Binchy book really needs no introduction. If you’re already a fan, then this is definitely a book for you. If not, hmm, well then Chestnut Street is the perfect introduction to the Binchy world. Enjoy.

 NB I received this book free for an honest review

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