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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Review #38: A LOVE STORY...HOW GOD PURSUED ME AND FOUND ME...AN IMPOSSIBLY TRUE STORY by SAMANTHA CHANDLER


TITLE: A LOVE STORY...HOW GOD PURSUED ME AND FOUND ME: AN IMPOSSIBLY TRUE STORY
Author: SAMANTHA CHANDLER
SELF-PUBLISHED
Release Date: 26 NOVEMBER 2015
Genres: MEMOIR/ SPIRITUAL & RELIGIOUS
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

One Woman’s Ultimate Friendship with God

This memoir was so moving and so spiritual that it warmed my heart while I was reading it for this review.  Samantha Chandler was the daughter of a “former altar-boy-in-the-Catholic-religion father and a pagan mother whom she referred to as wicked and abusive.  Samantha claims she has been visited by three angels throughout her years on earth and has looked satan in the eye.  She writes her story with passages from the Holy Bible, quoting them and providing explanations on how they relate to the events that occurred in her life.  She has dined with U.S. presidents and has gotten married to rich men as well.  Samantha’s walk with God officially began when she was twenty-one years old.  She surrendered her life to Christ in a small Methodist church where a pastor asked random people of his congregation to come forward and make a public confession of their sins and fully give their lives to the Lord.  And years later when she was on a trip to the Holy Land, she got baptized by a church friend in the River Jordan where Jesus was baptized by his cousin John the Baptist.  Samantha would also mention that she is a cofounder of a children’s ministry formerly called Children’s Cross Connection which is now called Childspring International dedicated to bringing extraordinarily sick or devastatingly disfigured children from around the world to the USA for donated surgeries.

While reading this book, I could not help but relate to it in my own way.  I, too have a special relationship with the Lord where I always keep Him on the forefront because I believe in His leading and compassionate ways.  Samantha has that vibe and I felt at peace with her story here which is a story of triumph and victory.  She makes me feel proud of her and her devotedness to the Lord because her story is a positive one and should be shared across the world.  I do find courage and renewed faith in her words and wish her all the best with wherever she is at at this moment.  This book gives me inspiration to write the same on my own experiences in my own journey in life at some point later when I am fully experienced and knowledgeable of the decisions I have made and the wins and losses I have felt with making them.

I recommend this book to all who have a special relationship with the Lord or to those who are looking for something comforting for their own troubled lives in that there is help and faith and love when you have the Lord God in your life.  That He listens and never abandons those who seek refuge in His arms.  That God, through his Son Jesus Christ, is always merciful and attentive to us and that He is the only one to defeat the wicked snares of the devil.  I tell you, when I finished this book last night, I sighed softly to myself and blessed Ms. Chandler in my heart for lending her experiences with the Lord for us to get inspired by.  What a blessed story this was.  I urge you to buy it for your kindle’s ebook collection because it’s a great victorious book to keep in case you go through trials and tribulations and you need advice and inspiration on how to defeat them.  All in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Review #37: A NEW LIFE: THE CHRONICLES OF THE REVERIE, NOVELLA 1 by NATOMI KARKAEL


TITLE: A NEW LIFE: THE CHRONICLES OF THE REVERIE, NOVELLA 1
Author: NATOMI KARKAEL
Publisher: NK BOOKS
Release Date: 17 SEPTEMBER 2016
Genres: SCI-FI/ ROMANCE
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

A Rural Couple’s Introduction to the City and Suburbs

            Blorzen and Anastafari Skylynn had just got married and were naturally accustomed to the very rural Sorsani where they had been raised since birth.  They are just teenagers with little knowledge of the outside world and what it contains.  From the beginning of the book, they ready themselves for the trip of a lifetime as they are set to leave Sorsani and explore the sectors beyond its borders.  They at first sleep in trees as they are experts at but soon became so cold in the nights that they sought out barns, farms, and hotels as places for resting as they advance more and more out into the outlying places outside Sorsani.  They reminded me of hillbillies who do not know what elevators are, what cars are, and what phones are towards the end of this steady-paced book.

What got me turning the pages of this story was how innocent and naïve this couple was.  I felt like some of it was familiar to my own experiences as a guy from the suburbs of Lakewood, Washington state when I first moved over here to the Washington, DC metropolitan area only in my case it was the metro train and the behavior of city people that I was completely unfamiliar with.  Haha.  I felt like the story moved smoothly and I wished that the author Natomi could have made it longer into a thicker novel because to me it felt like a saga, a family saga.  I am glad that this is the first part and that hopefully Natomi will release the next book sometime soon as I am eager to find out more about this humble couple (Blorzen and Anastafari) and how their lives will fare like will there be tragedies or what.  I will not reveal what happens near the end of the book as I don’t want to spoil it for you but let me assure you that this is indeed a heartwarming tale and kind of reminds me of the Biblical couple Joseph and Mary and their search for a comfortable place to rest.  (This is one of the likable aspects of this book for me…)

I recommend this book to readers looking for a sci-fi/romance/family tale because I  forgot to mention earlier in this review that this book does not take place on earth but rather in an alternate universe but still with the same elements as we have here in our actual world.  That the rural Sorsani reminds me of the countryside and that the more advanced places the Skylynns visited like Cuflin and Kepca resembled our cities and suburbs.  Get this book today as it only costs a buck and that it will make you sigh and think of the younger days when you and your spouse just got married and were looking for a way to make ends meet.  Natomi’s storytelling skills are fresh and forthcoming.  She writes in a sincere way that will warm your heart and keep you reading on for continuous comfort and peace.  Buy her book today!   


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Book Review #36: OFF THE GRID: THE CATALYST by BRIAN COURTNEY


TITLE: OFF THE GRID: THE CATALYST
Author: BRIAN COURTNEY
SELF-PUBLISHED
Release Date: 24 MARCH 2015
Genres: DYSTOPIAN/ SCI-FI/ LITERARY FICTION
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

One Man against the “Institution”

            Pan A. McCandless is an independent-thinking soul.  First of all, his real name is not really Pan.  It was earned because of his personal story’s resemblance to the mythological creature consisting of women and mischief.  He was tutored by his mother right from his childhood on working hard and achieving the “American dream.”  Pan also had a fair share of getting in trouble with the police right from his teenage years where he went to juvenile jail and got into a scuffle with racist white teenage prison mates who had wanted him to join them and their “white supremacy” agenda.  Pan had a soft spot for minorities and was totally against the police stating that they did not live up to their “serve and protect” policy but used their job privileges and duties dangerously.  Aside from these troubles, Pan sleeps with two women: one was a waitress who lived above a bar he frequented and one was a bank employee who he met when he went to her workplace to deposit a load of money he acquired through drug dealing means. 

            This book drew my curiosity when it introduced Pan as similar to the mythological being with the same name.  I am a fan of such and I also was lured in by Pan’s solo, daring behavior as well as the mention of the “Institution” because this is the first time I have heard of this subject.  What this book means by the “Institution” is the government itself and how everyone’s data is kept by it from the day we enter the world at birth so that everyone of us are easily tracked by the government at all times.  Here’s the book’s complete description of what the “Institution” means:

“According to Pan, The Institution was everyone and everything all the way down to the streets on which we drive.  The Institution is the government and the infrastructure.  It is the schools and clergies.  It is where we live and where we shop.  It is where we work and where we come together for fun and it is all around us at all times.  Everyplace we go and everything we do has a feeling of autonomy, a sense that there isn’t any connection.  This seeming disconnect, this feeling of separation is how The Institution retains its power.”

This book contains violence and sex but not graphically so it was readable and likable.  It was exciting right from the beginning and aligns with current events involving the law and illegal immigrants and their connections to cartels, drugs, and murder.  I thought the author knew quite a lot about this world or must have done extensive research or was talking from personal experience.  Pan is pretty much your stereotypical masculine character as he loves his women and booze very much.  I recommend him and this book to those who love stories having to do with the law and the whole issue of drugs and the life of a lawbreaking citizen who sees the government as an unfair entity abusing its power and privileges.  It’s a very interesting read and I guess I enjoyed reading about Pan and his very individualistic views…

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Book Review #35: TALON 5, ENCOUNTER by GIGI SEDLMAYER


TITLE: TALON 5, ENCOUNTER
Author: GIGI SEDLMAYER
Publisher: AURORA HOUSE
Release Date: 23 NOVEMBER 2015
Genre: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

Is this the Final Showdown between Talon and the Poachers?

            Talon #5: Encounter here is yet another score-bigger as it continues from the last book in this award-winning series about the disabled sandy-blonde Matica and her condor friends: Tamo (father), Tima (mother), and Talon (son).  In this installment, the three birds and their human friends battle the ultimate enemy: the poachers Pete and Zed who are dead serious on shooting Talon down with their rifles and pistols.  But thankfully, the birds know how to dodge their bullets and fight back with the help of Matica, her family, and the rest of the Peruvians of Pucara, Peru, the village they are staying at for doing God’s mission.  I guess that is the reason for the title, Encounter: where Matica and her condor friends encounter the murderous but clumsy poachers. 

            I forgot to mention in my reviews throughout the books for this series that Tamo, Tima, and Talon communicate in a way that Matica is able to understand and read which helps them a lot because they need each other for survival.  Matica has a problem with her growth (height-wise) and this enables her to fly on Talon’s back and prevent the poachers from hurting Talon.  This book is action-packed and a bit more serious than the other books because it involves a bit of gun violence and there is actually blood and poo (bird excrement).  I would inform those who are against violence of any kind to consider this before getting to read this book.  The good thing about it is that there are no murdered victims throughout the story.  I do have to tell you enthusiastically that this book keeps you turning its pages due to the showdown that occurs in it and so I was hooked from the beginning until the end.

            If you have been following Matica and Talon’s story in this series, this book will not disappoint you.  You will love the teamwork between the good guys of the story, you will appreciate the smartness of the condors, but if you are anti-violence and a G-rated reader, then you might want to read this book with caution and the least I can tell you is that there are no deaths so yeah.  Again, the themes of Christianity and family are included so my recommendations in my reviews for the other four books in this series remain.  All in all, this was an eventful and exciting read for this past week for me.  Go ahead, add it to your ebook collection, you will thank me for saying so!  Have a great weekend!


Monday, July 31, 2017

Book Review #34: TALON 4, CONNECTED by GIGI SEDLMAYER


TITLE: TALON 4, CONNECTED
Author: GIGI SEDLMAYER
Publisher: AURORA HOUSE
Publication Date: 19 JANUARY 2014
Genre: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

Bible?  Check!  Family Values?  Check!  Animal rights?  Check!

            Hooray!  Hooray!  It’s Talon time again!  Well, this is the fourth book in this award-winning series from Australian author Gigi Sedlmayer.  It starts off right where the third book, Flight for Life, ended.  Matica and her family are forever grateful to the three condors: Tamo and Tima and their son Talon for aiding Matica and Crayn (her father) while they were traveling on foot to and from the city of Cajamarca in Peru.  Crayn’s foot that had been bitten by a spider was slowly healing due to the medicinal leaves that the condor family provided to him and Matica was set on finding out what they are by showing them to her Peruvian friends Pajaro and his very elderly father Elcano.  Throughout the book, Crayn’s injury slowly recovers.

            What I like about Sedlmayer’s style of writing is the colorful way she incorporates the South American settings into the story.  She expertly brings the Peru Indians and their habitats to life and adding to it Matica and her Caucasian family is just endearing for me.  Also, she blends in her Biblical knowledge making this story a family-oriented book not just for children but for adults too who are looking for a healthy, heartwarming tale to fan the hardship flames of their lives away.  I think this book should be distributed to rehab centers for the disabled and the oppressed across the world for it teaches us about compassion, friendship, self-discovery, God, family values, and peace among two different races.  It is harmonious and that’s what the world needs in this time of turmoil and warfare.

            I recommend this book highly for Bible school students and those aforementioned because I think it is great for instilling healthy values and a world peace message in readers across the world.  I think this whole series should be recognized for being this way and the author Gigi Sedlmayer should be commended for her humanity efforts too.  Oh!  And the most important theme of this series is animal rights.  How this disabled little girl stands her ground in protecting her condor friends from the-you-know-who (poachers) is a notable deed indeed!  Buy this book and its other four parts today because I must tell you, good is the only lesson you’ll be getting from them.  And that’s getting your money’s worth right?  Right!



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Book Review #33: THE LAST VALENTINE (THE LABYRINTH OF LOVE LETTERS) by FELIX ALEXANDER

TITLE: THE LAST VALENTINE (THE LABYRINTH OF LOVE LETTERS)
Author: FELIX ALEXANDER
Publisher: FOREVERPOETIC
Publication Date: 13 FEBRUARY 2017
Genres: HISPANIC/ ROMANCE/ MYSTERY
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

Exciting, Page-turning Masterpiece that’s My Top Favorite Read This Year So Far!

            Oh.  My.  Goodness.  This book is a masterpiece in all its glory!  I just finished it last night and boy do I feel good about it.  It starts off with a bang right from the beginning up to the end.  Felix Alexander is a mastermind I tell you!  The plot is a first of its kind if I can remember and if I was to compare his caliber to another author dead or alive, it would have to be the late bestselling author Sidney Sheldon.  Oh my!  You’ll have to read this one for yourself to discover his talent and the brilliant way he told it.  It is in prose form and that made it all the more easy to love and hard to put down.

            A love letter found with the body of a murdered man was how this mystery started.  It falls into the hands of a lovely teenage girl who enlists the help of her guy friend (not boyfriend, also a teenager) to find out its writer and why there is a bloodstain on it and why it was in her father’s possession in the first place.  (Her father is an important man in her city’s police department, he was the one who initially stole it from its place in the police headquarters of the Puerto Rican city this book takes place in).  Soon the lovely teenage girl and her guy friend come to discover that there is a fascinating place called the Labyrinth of Love Letters where love letters written by those who are in love with their intended readers but cannot have them are placed in there for these intended readers to find.  It also served as a place for these forbidden lovers to meet and express their loves for each other.  Anyway, the two teenagers soon become entangled in a series of dangerous events that all lead up to the most exciting climax I’ve ever read in a long time.

            I recommend this book for fans of Sidney Sheldon and Tilly Bagshawe.  I really enjoyed the time I spent reading it and the way the story builds up to reach its climax towards the end of this book.  It’s a great fictional story that summons up memories of the aforementioned authors’ books and would definitely make a great Lifetime channel movie in the future.  I tell you, with this book, I am happy to know that there are hidden gems out there in the book world because this author I haven’t heard about except when his book here was assigned to me to read and review.  Wonderful writing skills, superb editing skills and amazing plot.  I simply give this one an enthusiastic five stars for excellence!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Book Review #32: TALON 3, FLIGHT FOR LIFE by GIGI SEDLMAYER


TITLE: TALON 3, FLIGHT FOR LIFE
Author: GIGI SEDLMAYER
Publisher: AURORA HOUSE
Date of Publication: 16 MARCH 2014
Genre: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

A Diverse Rainforest, the City Life, and of course Matica and her Birds!

            Okay!  You will definitely love this story as I enjoyed it very much these past four days of my life.  Matica returns in this epic adventure with her birds and this time she and her father make a long, eventful trip on foot to the neighboring village of Bambamarca and the city of Cajamarca from their village of Pucara all within the South American nation of Peru.  Crayn, her father, needed to get to Cajamarca to make arrangements for their family’s anticipated big trip to their home country of Australia as they are missionaries originally from there.

            The thing about this book is that it was so colorful and exotic with all the strange creatures Matica and Crayn saw as they traversed through a jungle then a rainforest before arriving in Bambamarca.  There were multicolored macaws, toucans, and monkeys and nut-eating piranhas.  There were also some really beautiful but different plants and flowers like the giant lobelias that Matica did not fancy once she touched them.  I tell you, the author of this book, Gigi Sedlmayer did her research extremely well or was delineating each of these things from experience as this book is like a biology textbook with all the knowledge Crayn had of them.  It was a really nice read I have to say as it started slow in the beginning but eventually became interesting and amazing by the middle and end parts.

            And all through the book, Sedlmayer adds bits and pieces of her Christian faith with Matica and Crayn relying on it and Biblical knowledge to help them get through the journey.  If you are looking for one that is family-oriented and speaks like good old-fashioned children’s books of back in the days, this series are the books to order.  I won’t spoil the fun for you as I had my own fun of discovering so much from this book through its pages it left me in awe afterwards.  And if you’re wondering about the birds, especially Talon who this series is based on, yes, he is a huge big deal in here too.  I recommend this book highly for children and adults because aside from the innocence, there is also Sedlmayer’s excellent literary skills to note.  Also, her editing skills are superb.
 
So from me to you, get this book for your home library or for your e-reading device.  You won’t regret it, I promise!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Book Review #31: FED UP! A RELATABLE MEMOIR by C.P. HENDERSON


TITLE: FED UP! A RELATABLE MEMOIR 
Author: C.P. HENDERSON
SELF-PUBLISHED
Date of Publication: 31 JULY 2016
Genre: BIOGRAPHY/ MEMOIR
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

A Struggle with Wits, Humor, and Positivity

            Carol P. (C.P. for short) Henderson is a fighter and a hard worker.  She followed in her father and sister’s footsteps of joining the United States Air Force right out of college.  But in this eventful memoir of hers, she had to stand her ground and earn her place through all of her employments in the federal government.  Being an employee of the federal government is a blessing right?  Not according to her in here.  In here, she tells all, right from her racist supervisor in the military to her devil incarnate boss at a job in the state of Maryland to dirty and sleazy co-workers she encountered in Arizona.  All of it with her own wit and sense of humor that will make you read on for laughs and for pure entertainment.

            What I really loved about this book was the fact that C.P. never backed down while in the middle of all her hardships.  And add to that her mocking tone in her side comments for each of the occurrences she so deliciously inputs in this sad but positive account of her experiences of being employed by the federal government.  I also acknowledge her family and boyfriend for being there for her in her times of need.  I think this memoir is meant to inform C.P.’s audience of the struggle she went through and how she arrived at the current place she is in at the moment (as this book was published last year in 2016, we don’t know if her situation has changed, like advanced on to better things or not).  I have to tell you, the working life has its own positives and negatives and that everyone’s journey is various.  This is just a glimpse into what C.P. went through and if we are ever to come across the likes, then we should summon up memories of this account and see how C.P. dealt with it.  It’s so funny I had to laugh out loud while resting on a couch because her sense of humor is very extreme and there’s always that sense of “girl bye” attitude in her tone!  Hahahahaha!

            I recommend this book to people who love a funny story and are looking for laughs.  It’s got all of the juicy details that can make one stay up all night to find out what her destiny would be because for one, it is a struggle and we all love to read about struggles to get inspired by.  Secondly, it is witty and hilarious.  I was impressed by every comeback she had for every smart-mouth or jerk she had to put up with at each of her jobs.  We all want that in a story right?  YES!  So take it from me, get this book for this upcoming weekend if you’re planning to stay in and rest or for that stroll in the park on Sunday you’re looking forward to.  I read this all in two days and boy I felt empowered by C.P.’s careless and fighter attitude.  All through this book, she never mentions any moment where she backed down during hard times.  Her wit and courage make her story shine through.  It is a memoir worth your entire day.  Get it today!  Hooray!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Book Review #30: TALON 2, ON THE WING by GIGI SEDLMAYER


TITLE: TALON 2, ON THE WING
Author: GIGI SEDLMAYER
Publisher: AURORA HOUSE
Date of Publication: 16 MARCH 2014
Genre: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Available from AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

A Remarkable Tale of One Girl’s Adventure with her Condor Friend

This exciting tale is the second part of a series of books about a ten-year-old sandy-blonde girl by the name of Matica who has a special condition that has stunted her growth, making her remain at the height level of a toddler.  She is special in this book because of her remarkable relationship with a family of condors that live in the mountains nearby her home in Peru, South America.  She and her parents Mira (mom), Crayn (dad), and younger brother Aikon are originally from Australia but moved to Peru due to Crayn’s occupation.  In part one of this series, Matica was able to save an egg of two adult condors who was being eyed by a bunch of ruthless poachers.  From this saved “egg” came a dear friend, Talon, whom which this series of books are about.

Now in this book, Matica had a dream that she was able to fly on Talon’s back across the Andes Mountains of Peru, where she was then abruptly dropped with Talon not making an attempt to help her at all.  She woke up in time and proceeded to relay her nightmare to Aikon and her parents who took it lightly except that Mira thought she should be careful because you never know…  This book is different from part one in that it introduces a bunch of new characters all eager to hear about Matica’s relationship with Talon as well as seeing her fly on his back.  We have to consider the fact that this is something “extraordinary” and that no one has ever flown on the back of a bird in the skies or been recorded down in the history of the world.  (I think.)  There is a plot twist here where one of these new characters resents Matica because he had someone dear to him with her condition abandoned due to thoughts that this beloved person was of no use to society anymore.

I read this book with anticipation waiting for that lesson that part one had.  I felt that the same moral was being played out here where Matica once again proved to her surrounding community that her disability and her friendship with Talon tells all those who have a friend or family member with her condition to embrace that person because they might come in handy someday.  And all through the book, the Peru Indians were very thankful and adamant to listen to Matica’s tales of her friendship with these condors especially the title character, Talon.  It gave them a reason to embrace these birds, Matica’s condors, knowing that they have a valid place in their environment and must be protected at all costs from poachers and all those who threaten to hunt them down for trading and consumption purposes.

I recommend this book to grandparents and parents who are looking for a book for that special, dear bookworm in their families.  It will instill in him or her a sense of duty to look out for our friends in nature and teach him or her also the values of love, compassion, friendship and leadership.  I also recommend this book to teachers who are searching for titles to add to their classroom libraries.  Trust me, your students will enjoy this tale at story-time because the notion of a disabled girl befriending a bird (just like with a dog or a cat or a turtle) and showing it all of her tender love and care is something very kind and sweet that they can relate to.  So what are you waiting for?  Order this dear today!  You will get your money’s worth!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Book Review #29: HEAVEN HELD by SUZANNE GENE COURTNEY


TITLE: HEAVEN HELD
Author: SUZANNE GENE COURTNEY
Publisher: STRATEGIC BOOK PUBLISHING & RIGHTS CO.
Date of Publication: 9 JANUARY 2017
Genres: RELIGIOUS & SPIRITUAL
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

The Beauty of Heaven As Told By Daniel

            The author of this book, Suzanne Gene Courtney, had a son named Daniel Robert Sayre, who died back in August 26, 1997 in Hawaii when he fell from a mountain ledge there.  Courtney tells in the preface of this book how she was heartbroken and how she and her remaining family went through a series of supernatural experiences where they felt his presence in dreams, how a photo of him would “continually fall off the wall at his grandmother’s house, and a shooting star on the night when he went missing.”  This book is an account of her communications with Daniel from beyond through a Christian medium she and her other family members talked to because of signs from Daniel from heaven where they (including the medium) believe he is at in his afterlife.

            Heaven Held’s entire body is made up of a dialogue between Courtney and Daniel where he tells her his experiences in heaven with the angels and the children that die and come there as their place for eternity.  He talks about how there is nothing but sweetness and glorious colors and happiness in heaven.  He reveals that the souls of children who have just made heaven their home go through a passage in order to achieve angelhood.  While reading about this, my heart sighs with wonder and awe thinking what it would feel like to become an angel in the kingdom of the Lord, basking and existing in the light of His aura and never experiencing any more struggle like it is here on Earth.  This book is very short but speaks volumes to how magnificent and blessed a soul (child or adult) will be when they are admitted to heaven and pass on to become beings known through history as all-good and all-loving.  It makes this book a must-read for everyone who has lost a loved one, especially a child.

            I recommend this book to anyone who believes in heaven, God, and angels.  I also recommend this book to those with a lost loved one questioning where and how his or her beloved is faring after death.  Just reading about the goodness of heaven and the angels in this book will assure you that the kingdom of God is one we ought to strive to achieve once we depart this world of ours.  Because when we are made aware of heaven and God and angels, we will not die unhappy but die happy knowing we will be in good hands after all.  Get this book today as it is Sunday and I know you are in need of positivity to get on with this temporary life we have down here on Earth.  God bless.  


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review #28: PARALYSIS: BEATING THE ODDS by ADDISON D'MARKO


TITLE: PARALYSIS: BEATING THE ODDS
Author: ADDISON D'MARKO
Published Independently
Date of Publication: 28 MARCH 2017
Genres: HEALTH & FITNESS
Available from AMAZON.

A “Stay Strong” Account from a Hemiplegic Teenage Girl

            Addison D’Marko is a strong-spirited, diligent, and hemiplegic teenager who experienced a stroke at a very young age and therefore got paralyzed on her whole left side.  The book starts off with her in the hospital right after she went through brain surgery to stop her seizures that she had since she was three years old.  When she found out that her whole left side was paralyzed, she did not cry or feel bad about it.  Instead, she had a fit of laughter and that, to me, showed she was a positive go-getter.  That she took bad news and processed it into something humorous.  As much as it seemed sad, D’Marko did not let this fact slow her down from enjoying her life.  And that is why this book and account is a must read for anyone out there with a permanent/temporary disability to rise above it and make sure that he or she won’t surrender to its debilitating complications and so and so.

         This book is filled with what D’Marko did after she was paralyzed on her whole left side.  In it, she tells of the time she was in the hospital to the time she went back to finish her high school requirements to the time she was working at various places to the times when she was going through physical therapy to recover from her disability.  D’Marko’s storytelling skills are so easy to read and comprehend that it makes this book a quick read as I read it in just two days.  It can really provide encouragement for anyone who thinks that his or her disability is the endpoint of his or her life.  It makes one want to get up and do something in his or her life to succeed.  D’Marko’s spirit is very strong and she is a very independent individual as well.  Her employment that she tells about in this book, all part-time, heartens my heart that with the will and self-motivation, one will land a job no matter what one feels about a job.  All that matters is that you have a job and you are earning money and you are paying your bills.

         I recommend this book to everyone who is in a situation that has set him or her back from reaching a goal or realizing a dream.  With D’Marko’s independence and hard work, you will look at your hardship a whole different way.  The fact that she even wrote this book with the help of an editor, despite her paralysis, should tell you that you can do anything, you can be anything no matter your level of ability.  She proves in here that you are the key to your own success.  That you must not let your disability hinder you from getting on with your life.  If she can do it then we all can do it no matter our disabilities or shortcomings.  Get this book now for your own personal growth.  I really urge you to!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Book Review #27: THE UNIVERSES OF GOD 4 (THE FINAL ETERNITY) by TWE STEPHENS


TITLE: THE UNIVERSES OF GOD 4: THE FINAL ETERNITY
Author: TWE STEPHENS
Publisher: CREATESPACE
Publication Date: 25 OCTOBER 2016
Genre: CHRISTIAN FICTION
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

Brilliant Except for Bias

            The Universes of God 4: The Final Eternity here is so brilliant, you’d have to call the writer Stephens a genius for his Biblical knowledge and vast imagination.  I think for someone to write an entire book, let alone, a quadrilogy set for the most part in heaven is worthy of praise and respect.  As a Christian and a Holy Bible lover, I thought this book stood right up there with such masterpieces as Avatar and the whole Star Wars series.  I mean, this book resembles movies as those in that they are set entirely in a universe apart from our Earth here.  I laud Twe Stephens for his work here, very well done and thank you for this contribution to Christian literature.

            The book follows the events that are detailed in the Biblical book of Revelations with citations included.  It tells of the time when the holy and the blessed are celebrating the Son of God with all the angels and the heavenly creatures magnifying his name to the unfaithful and the unholy having to labor for their sins and disobedience of the laws of the Lord.  There is a slight change in the retelling as Stephens’ added his own flair to it by giving the apostles of the Lord different names, names that are earned through their having achieved the kingdom of God and for their righteousness.  There is Yeshamiel (Matthew); Ophaniel (Thomas); Morael (James the son of Zebedee); and others called Mariah (this one is male and is supposedly the new version of Judas); Raquel (Matthias); and Pesagniyah, Jazel, etc.  There are also names for those who were damned and followed satan such as Zillah, Freiel, Aarel, etc.  They are the ones who chose to stand with satan and his “synagogue.”

            Now there is a pet peeve about this book that ruined it for me.  This book puts the Jews and Catholics in a bad light and considers those people as allies of the devil.  I guess this is because Catholic practices include veneration of the saints and the Virgin Mary and the Jews were the ones who persecuted the Christ when He lived as a man during His days on earth.  I didn’t like that about this book because that’s “hate” right there and hate is a property of the evil one.  Also, when the Blessed were chastising the damned, they used swearing words like “stinking” for example which I personally felt was unnecessary since they are Blessed and the children of God so they should only speak beautiful, heavenly words instead of foul words like that that only should come out of the mouths of the wicked.  I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.

            All in all, I advise those who buy this book to read it wisely as this is biased and holds a dangerous view against groups of people that if taken too seriously could lead to some grave consequences.  But other than that, job well done Mr Stephens.  Your writing skills are amazing!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Book Review #26: AMERICAN ROCOCO: ESSAYS ON THE EDGE by ISHAM COOK


TITLE: AMERICAN ROCOCO: ESSAYS ON THE EDGE 
Author: ISHAM COOK
Publisher: MAGIC THEATER BOOKS
Publication Date: 17 MARCH 2017
Genre: ESSAYS
Available at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE.

Engaging Essay Collection You Have to Read!

            If there was a collection of essays as interesting as the Monalisa, this one is surely it!  It was assigned to me to be read and reviewed and just by the title itself, I knew I was in for a treat since I love all things art.  From the first essay about the hidden dangers of smartphones to the one about love that preaches: “hate between a man and his wife can help their marriage.”  Very interesting right?  That and many other views of his made me read this collection from cover to cover.  His thoughts and ideas can make you go “oh really?” to “wow, I didn’t think of that before.” 

            The title essay made me smile when he talked about the “variety” of customers that shop at Walmart and how the “obese” are praiseworthy for their carelessness about their appearances.  I rarely go to Walmart and when I do there’s always a shortage of shoppers or the “uniques” are absent but this is not the first source of this idea that I stumbled upon.  It tickled me that Cook brushes aside the negative side of it and lauds these people for their confidence in their bodies.  Heck, I would do so too since I am not perfect and whoever polices people on their shopping looks ought to be chastised for their shallowness.  Who gives right?  This is why I trust Cook and his essays the more.  (Also, he goes on to compare fatness with the rococo style…haha).

            I recommend this collection to everyone who wants to learn a new angle about certain topics.  I recommend it to those readers who love the arts too since there is a good ladle of essays about music and the visual arts in this gem.  I assure you the ideas and views of this author will force you to keep on reading to discover fresh points of views.  I guarantee you that you will not be wasting your money and that once the book is over you’ll smile, shake your head, and acknowledge Cook for his interesting views.  I did and it was a great feeling on this sunny day of June 2017!  

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Book Review #25: MATERBEAMPATER by HONEY R. ADEWOLE


TITLE: MATERBEAMPATER
Author: HONEY R. ADEWOLE
Publisher: OLYMPIA PUBLISHERS
Publication Date: 31 JANUARY 2017
Genres: CHILDREN'S LIT/ HUMOR
Available at AMAZON 

A Fun Children’s Book of Naughties, Gritties, and Notables…

            Do you like nursery rhymes?  Do you like to read about characters that are kids?  Are you looking for an entertaining book for your kid(s)?  Are you looking for a gift for your youngster this upcoming summer?  One with pictures and funny words that could make him or her and yourself smile?  Then this is the one you should get today.  It is made up of rhyming little poems divided into three sections about kid characters with special/hilarious traits.  Some of them are:

  • ·         Milly, the little girl who hates taking a bath so she runs away
  • ·         Willy, the little boy who sleeps so much he wets his bed
  • ·         Edward, a boy with hair that looks like sausages
  • ·         Linda, a girl who grew horns in her head and has a big pink nose


The book is short and features simple illustrations that depict each of the characters going through their dilemmas or struggles.  I can see any child coming to love it simply because the stories are facetious and creative and the words are spoken in a childlike way.  So go on, do yourself a favor and order this baby now for that deserving little boy or girl of yours who loves reading. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Book Review #24: ALTERNATIVES TO A FROZEN MOUSE by AJ MOUSE


TITLE: ALTERNATIVES TO A FROZEN MOUSE
Author: AJ MOUSE
Publisher: AJ MOUSE
Publication Date: 19 FEBRUARY 2017
Genres: PSYCHOLOGY/ BIOGRAPHY
Available at AMAZON

Interesting Glimpse into the Life of a DID Woman

                First of all, what is DID?  Well, this is the new term for the disorder that is most known as Multiple Personality Disorder.  DID stands for Dissociative Identity Disorder.  The sufferer or the gifted one is mainly Jade but she has nine other alternative personalities (alters) that stay with her and help her lead a normal, productive life.  Jade is married to Roger and has a son from another man by the name of Steven.  Steven has a romantic partner, Eli, who both make life beautiful for Jade and her alters.  The book is written interchangeably between Jade and a newborn alter by the name of Anne who acts as a psychiatrist who formulated the idea to write this book detailing their stories, their concerns, their feelings, and their experiences.  Jade is in love with her husband, Roger, but Anne regards him with distaste after he called her ugly and tries to make her lose weight.  Through all this, Anne, Jade, and the other alters all share a concern for the safety of Roger, Steven, and Eli because there is an ominous alter they term, the Monster, who they consider is a harm to their body and others.

            I found this book to be quite an interesting read.  It is interesting because I am amazed at how this condition, DID, fares.  I mean, to have all those different persons living within one body is something that sounds like it only should be the stuff of horror or thriller movies but it exists and there are individuals in this world who have it.  Now as I was reading through this book, I got the sense that people with DID are just like other people with other mental disorders.  They are not monsters, they are not criminals, but that they are just persons who are “cursed” or “blessed” as some others look at it, and need our love, care, and understanding.  I believe that this person(s) that wrote this book wrote it and chose to publish it to be read by all as a cry for support.  I can see that she wants the world to know where she is coming from and that she is to be respected and understood as do all mentally disabled persons.

            After reading this book, I urge you the reader who is reading this review of mine to make an effort to buy it for your reading list this year to support mental illness.  As with all mental illnesses, this lady (who has alters of both sexes) had a rough childhood.  The title character “Mouse” is their most beloved alter because she was hurt the most and was the victim of childhood abuse.  If you are curious and an advocate of the mentally ill, do consider buying this book.  I just got educated about DID because of it and I want to tell you it is not an easy or desirable condition.  This author and her alters go through constant changing in order to get by on a normal day.  They leave each other emails to help each other keep track of their daily activities.  Take it from me, buy this book because it makes you understand and have compassion for those who suffer from a disease that the media seems to bad-name in their portrayals of it, making these innocent people look like criminals and monsters but not actually helping them in their personal quests to live productive, normal, and independent lives.  The same can be said for all other sufferers of other mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar, etc.  Have a great day!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Book Review #23: TIME'S UP by R.A. JORDAN


TITLE: TIME'S UP
Author: R.A. JORDAN
Publisher: VANGUARD PRESS
Publication Date: 19 OCTOBER 2015
Genres: CRIME FICTION/ MYSTERY
Available at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

Starts Off with a Bang and Will Keep You Up All Night!

            I read this one in a week because I had some other things going on in my personal life like my gig with Odyssey and my book collection efforts.  But to be honest, this one really is a quickie.  Alright, let me get right down to my review for you.  It started off with a bang.  From the first few pages, an old (maybe about in their late fifties to early sixties) couple was just returning from a New Year’s Eve Party that they had attended with both of their daughters who decided to stay late with their friends when they nearly collided with a rushing black car coming in the opposite direction but still in their lane.  The couple brushed it off and arrived home at their farm that they just bought three years prior.  They saw that their dog, Purdy, was fast asleep in their utility room because she had been given a sedative to calm her nerves since she was afraid of the noise made by fireworks that went off when the New Year rang in moments ago.  The couple, named Peter and Ann Wall, went straight to bed.

            The next day, Peter the husband woke up early to do his usual routine of driving Jumbo, his 1955 Series Two Land Rover to a solitary oak tree that stood on top of a mound that allowed him to view the house and outbuildings.  Well, as he drove Jumbo, something happened that got his head cut off and leaving him dead for good on New Year’s Day.  It was just a few hours later that Ann his wife woke up and went looking for him that she found him beheaded and deceased and changed her and her daughters’ lives from then on.  Now the mystery in the death was whether Peter had some type of plan to end his life this way or was he killed by someone else.  This brought in a slew of characters and unfortunate events that made this book a page-turner during this cold May 2017 for me. 

            I loved this book.  It was the pace I needed for my own personal enjoyment.  It did not drag on like some books I read and reviewed.  Nope.  This book had me reading from beginning to end hungry to find out what could have caused the uncanny death of Peter Wall.  The man isn’t just anybody.  He’s the owner of a company that makes a lot of profit and he has a lot of money ready to be bequeathed to his wife and two daughters if in the event that he dies.  Insurance I mean.  I am glad that I read this novel because it is set in England and Ireland.  It is a great glimpse into that part of the world as there are some terms featured and mentioned in it that seem foreign and un-American.  There are some places’ names that are similar to ones here in the East Coast like Grosvenor and Cheshire.  Anyway, to make this review short and simple, I assure you that you will not waste your money on this one if you are looking for a quick read for this upcoming summer season.  I guarantee it!