5 stars

Review: Detached by Christina Kilbourne

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Before I begin my review for Detached, I first want to thank Dundurn Press for the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour. Tomorrow (September 10th, 2016) is World Suicide Prevention Day, and I am more than grateful to be able to talk about this very sensitive yet important subject right here on my blog. For those of you who already know me, you’d know that I have dealt with (and still am dealing with) mental illness first hand. For years my depression and anxiety consumed me, and I am now finally just getting comfortable with talking about it. On that note, through this blog tour for Detached, I gladly took the opportunity to speak out (more) on mental illness. I also want to thank Christina Kilbourne for writing such a powerful novel that hit very close to home for me. (more…)

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Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

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My Rating: ★★★★★

My Review/thoughts:

Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners mysteriously went missing. But now all of them except one are back. The five kids—now all 16 years old— who did find their way back home after all those years…seem to be perfectly fine. And none of them can remember anything that happened to them for the past eleven years. What happened to these children the last decade? Why did only five of them come back? What will happen now to their families that tried so hard to move on from something so tragic? The Leaving is one of those books that you just need to go into blindly. The less about the premise you know, the better reading experience you will have. Trust me. (more…)

Movie Review: A Sunday Horse (2016)

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A Sunday Horse
Directed by: Vic Armstrong
Starring: Nikki Reed, William Shatner, and Cassi Thomson

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My Rating: ★★★★★

My Review/thoughts:

A Sunday Horse is a film inspired by the true story of Debi Walden Connor. Debi Walden, a talented rider and a trainer, is determined to make her dreams come true of becoming an Olympic champion in show jumping. Her family, unfortunately, is no longer able support her financially. For a while, this makes Debi turn her back on her faith of becoming a rider again. But as God would have it, she will once more find her way into the world of horse riding and jumping. Even after a near-fatal accident, Debi Walden, full of drive, dedication and passion, defies all odds and fights against the tribulations thrown at her with God right by her side. (more…)

Review: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

The Wolf Road: A Novel by Beth Lewis

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My Rating: ★★★★

My Review/thoughts:

How do you begin to trust again when the one man you have come to know as your father figure turns out to be far from who you thought he was? Much of what Elka knows about the wonders and ways of the wilderness comes from the man who she calls Trapper. The same man who took her in when she was merely just a babe, barely eight winters old. But all is destroyed when Elka goes into town one day and sees that her Trapper—actually named Kreagar Hallet—is wanted for multiple murders. Now Elka, broken but still determined, must walk a road full of secrets, deception, and questionable friendships. (more…)

Review: Elora of Stone by Jaime Lee Mann

Elora of Stone: Legend of Rhyme Series (Vol. 1, Book 1)

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My Rating: ★★★★

My Review/thoughts:

The Kingdom of Falmoor—where both good and evil creatures lurk—is not the safest place for any set of twins to be born. All twins born in the Kingdom of Falmoor are doomed to be separated from each other, one way or another. Enter four-year-old Asher Caine. Asher mysteriously vanishes in the woods one day while playing with his twin sister Ariana. Eventually, after years and years of searching with no luck, Asher’s family couldn’t do any more than believe he is no longer alive. Ariana, however, even after nine years later, believes in her heart that her brother is still very much alive. And the only way to lift the curse of evil from the Kingdom of Falmoor is to find her twin brother. Elora of Stone perfectly combines fantastical magic elements with the very realistic magic that comes from a strong bond within a family. (more…)

Manga Review: One Punch Man (Vol. 1-3) by ONE

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

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My Rating (for all three volumes): ★★★★★

My Review/thoughts:

One Punch Man is a manga about a young man, named Saitama, who defeats all kinds of villains (from giants jacked up on some kind of steroids to a “mosquito queen”) with one single punch. Hence “One Punch Man.” Saitama, throughout this manga, has a very indifferent attitude about life and the villains he defeats, which is what makes this manga all the more hilarious and entertaining. He acts as though fighting off these villains are such an inconvenience to him and couldn’t bore him more. These bad guys are just not challenging enough for Saitama.

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Review: Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

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My Rating: ★★★★★

My Review/thoughts:

The
Screaming
flashed me back to a time
when Mom and Dad were still together
if you could call
miles apart together.

Having divorced parents and knowing firsthand what it’s like to have to deal with the constant bickering, words thrown at each other back and forth between two people you love, this verse struck very close to home. I was pulled right in. (more…)