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review 2017-10-11 01:02
Mind Games
Mind Games - Stevie Turner

Title:  Mind Games

Author:  Stevie Turner

Publisher: KDP

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean 

 

Rating: Four

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"Mind Games" by Stevie Turner

 

My Thoughts.....

 

After a 35 year marriage it looks like this wife has had enough of her husbands addiction to porn and want a divorce.  Now, to fully understand what has gone on with this husband you will just have to pick up "Mind Games" to see how this author presents it to the reader.  As I was reading this story I am not sure who I felt more sorrier for  Frances or Martin.  Definitely there was help that was needed by both but it didn't seem like anyone really wanted it.  Martin claim to have quite this addiction but soon we will find out from the read really was that true?  I could feel Frances need to not want to grow old along but to want to get back with Martin really had me shaking my head and saying REALLY!  As for Martin well I can will say is He Really Needed Some Help!  This story really left me thinking wow!  I will stop now and just stay you will have to pick this one up.  Will these two ever get back to that HEA that they seemed to have had at the beginning of their marriage?  Well, all I will say is wow...Martin certainly think he has it all figured out. But anyone is has an addiction to pornography will definitely need to help.  Now, since Martin tell Frances that he is though with porn and she seems to believe it!  What will happen if Frances finds out really what Martin is hiding and still is up to.  As the story stops here, hopefully Frances will still have her apartment still there for her to return to.  She just may need it!

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review 2017-10-10 03:58
The Little Girl Inside: Owning My Role in My Own Pain
The Little Girl Inside: Owning My Role in My Own Pain - Barbee Tonya

Title: The Little Girl Inside: Owning My Role in My Own Pain

 

Author:  Tonya Barbee

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:

 

"The Little Girl Inside:  Owning my Role in my Own Pain" by Tonya Barbee

 

My Thoughts....

 

What a interesting true story of how this author [Tonya] came out of this situation that so many a person can also be found in ..drifting and only wanted what we all want and that is to be truly loved.  I found this story definitely being one that can help others in so many different ways.  The novel explains it all so well in the twenty-eight chapters.  I loved how the chapters were short and very much on point of what that subject was concerning that particular chapter.

 

So this is what was up when she listened to that little girl inside her as many of us do whether we want to admit it or not.  Some of it may be good but for the most part of it all...it was bad especially when it came to her relationships.  After four failed marriages would she finally get the answers she so desperately needed?  Would she ever find someone like her father...which she adored and coming from a good family?  What about her 'Dreams and Hopes' as only she wanted was to be loved as it seems like her father gave to her family.  Well, as this story goes on we learn about Sir Knight, Sr Charming, the Playmate, Officer Wrong and now we either the Internet date [Sir Intellectual].  Now, that will be quite a story of how her best friend  Naomi enter the picture and things will take a turn from that situation. From that situation she meets Gaines and I will truly say her life will never be the same with this person.  At this point I kept wondering didn't Gaines story sound weird but as you will see that little girl kept listening to just what she wanted to hear.  I don't want to spoil it and tell too much of the story but I hope that you will pick up this read and see just how this author will bring it out so well to the readers. Yes, this is a true  story!  Will Tonya [by the way as I write this review the her and she is named Tonya] ever come to the realization that only she will be able to stop this situation that is going on in her life.  Yes, she has been hurt so much but Tonya now was on her fourth marriage and it was time to wake up and realize that that inner voice of that little girl should be saying that it was time to grow up, mature and only then would hope come.

 

What got me as I read this story was that several people around Tonya knew exactly what Sir Intellectual was all about...but one person told her...this was when the house they were to buy went down hill.

 

"I wanted you to have this house because I knew you would take care of it, give it love and restore it to the beautiful place that it once was....But if you think for one moment you will make it with that so-called man you call a husband, you have another thing coming.  That man doesn't love anyone except himself.  He is a liar, a cheater, dishonest, and you can do much better than him."

 

Did she listen? NO!

 

Thank God for the 'Retreat' from the church that seemed really to help Tonya get her life together.

 

In the end will Tonya be able to not 'implement the perfect family in wanting to give her children the father figure that had always met so much to her?  Will Tonya learn to just treasure what she already has?  Will that little girl inside of Tonya have a 'tranquil spirit and be content just where she is and seek God's blessings for every move she makes?'

 

I loved the ending of this read..

 

"Never give up. Love yourself and embrace your mistakes and learn from them...Keep smiling and be grateful. It starts with you taking the first step to own up to your own pain. God will help you from there?'

 

This is definitely a novel I would recommend to all women. Indeed it would be a great help for all who listens to that little girl as she is speaking and definitely being able to learn from ones past own mistakes!

 

Thank you to the author for the gift of the read for my sharing my honest opinion of the read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-29 17:02
Fear-mongering, transformation, and awakening
Do Not Say We Have Nothing: A Novel - Madeleine Thien

Much like when I read The Historian, I was unable to decide if what I was reading was fiction or nonfiction. (Of course, there were no vampires in this book so maybe this isn't the best comparison except for the way they both made me feel.) I couldn't put down Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien despite how much I sometimes wanted to in order to spare myself further heartbreak. This is the story of those who lived through China's Cultural Revolution and their successors a world away in Canada...at least a tiny little slice. Our main characters rotate between Sparrow, Kai, and Zhuli who lived during Mao Zedong's reign of terror, Ai-Ming who took part in the demonstrations of Tiananmen Square, and Marie who wants to piece everything together in present day Canada. This is also about music and its power to lift the soul or to mire it in secrets. A lot of sensitive topics are touched on in this book including but not limited to torture, public humiliation, and sexual assault. This is not just a work of historical fiction but also a mystery about people, events, and a book that keeps resurfacing. Intricately woven with details which seem to make the story come to life in vivid color right before your eyes this book is one that I think everyone should experience. This is the hallmark of excellent historical fiction. 10/10

 

For a nearly complete list of the classical music mentioned in the book: Spotify.

 

Source: Goodreads

 

 

What's Up Next: Hunger by Roxane Gay

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-09-16 00:07
Self-deprecation at its best
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays - Scaachi Koul

I first heard about Scaachi Koul's One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter several months ago on BookTube (I will continue to sing its praises) and added it to my TRL as I felt the need to read more Canadian authors. This book is a collection of essays about Scaachi's life growing up as a child of Indian immigrants in Canada. There's a focus on body positivity, feminism, and the endemic racism she and other people of color face in that country. She discusses her family and how she is the direct product of two disparate parenting philosophies. (Each chapter begins with an email conversation between herself and her father. He's quite possibly the funniest man on planet earth.) She's deeply afraid of going outside of her comfort zone and yet she's in a relationship with a man who seems to do nothing but push her to do just that. (I thought I had travel anxiety until I read about her experiences flying.) It's a look into a family as different and yet somehow the same as mine or yours. There's always going to be some neuroses in any family. It's about self-discovery, self-love, and ultimately self-acceptance. It was a lot of fun but judging from the fact that I had to refresh my memory by looking up the blurb it isn't the most memorable book I've had the pleasure of reading this year. So I'm gonna give it a 6/10. 

 

A/N: I really need to start making detailed notes about the books I've read immediately after reading them because my backlog of book reviews is getting more and more lengthy. Stay tuned for a special post on Tuesday by the way. ;-)

 

Source: Amazon

 

What's Up Next: Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History's Most Iconic Extinct Creatures by Ben Mezrich

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-09-05 07:55
If My Moon Was Your Sun by Andreas Steinhofel & Nele Palmtag (Artwork)

At about 37%, I was smiling, this so far has given me really good warm and fuzzy feelings. I am in love with the artwork. It's heartwarming and makes me happy. I do not know if I would call this a picture book. Sure, there are a lot of pictures, but just as much text or more. I feel like this book is good for any age, but when thinking about children, probably 7+ if the child is an avid reader and knows the love of a grandparent. They could surely relate to this story. I can relate, even as an adult. I feel like I would do something like Max did for a loved one if I knew I could get away with it and knew for sure there would be no dangers involved for anybody.

Whenever the grandfather does The Great Forgetting, I feel my stomach drop and I want to cry. It is so, so heartbreaking and Andreas Steinhofel writes this wonderfully. I am impressed with their writing style. It is beautiful and touching.

I smiled so much during the dancing bits. There are parts in this story that are cute and make me giggle, but then parts that make my heart hurt. There is a point in the book where Max mentions a fear he has and it caused me to feel overwhelmingly emotional. I love that this book invokes such emotions. To think, I just randomly found this for review on Netgally.

My final thoughts: I loved this. I would buy the final version. It's beautiful and I want the audiobook/music to complete my experience with this.

 



Disclaimer: I received this from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the chance to read this!

Just a note: This comes with an audiobook/music, but we do not get those when reviewing the book on Netgally. I do feel like it makes us miss out on some of the emotion the author wants us to feel, as the audiobook/music goes with the text.

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