Monday, December 2, 2019

Review: Accidental Activist: Justice for the Groveland Four

Accidental Activist: Justice for the Groveland Four Accidental Activist: Justice for the Groveland Four by Josh Venkataraman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Wow... just wow. I really really enjoyed this book! Not only is it a quick read but it was so interesting.

I have never heard of the Groveland four but now I want to go read all the books referenced in this one.

Its so interesting to learn how one person can read a book and start a petition that goes on to change lives.

Not only is this a great story but also brings up important subject matter that nobody wants to discuss. Racism is still sadly a thing and I can't help, but wonder when it will finally stop.

Be the change!

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Cover revel: the mahasiddha field by dwai lahiri

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The MahāsiddhaField
by DwaiLahiri

About the Book:
The world of Asuras and Dévas is considered mythological. Indian mythology is replete with tales of Dévas battling the Asuras constantly. The interesting thing to note is that whether it is a God or an incarnation of a deity in human form, aka an Avatār, there was also a human element involved in these stories. The teachers of the Dévas (gods) and the Asuras were human sages, known as Rishis.

Find out what happens when seemingly unconnected individuals get drawn into a world of suspense and action, as mythology collides with their world in the book 'The Mahāsiddha Field', the first in a new sci-fi/fantasy series!

An elderly wandering mendicant in South India, two young Indian-American men, two soldiers from the Indian Army and a mysterious sage from high up in the Himalayas are thrown together in an adventure unlike any other; as a most unlikely adversary leaps out of the world of Indian Mythology to challenge their beliefs, their sanity and their courage.

About the Author:
Dwai is a long time practitioner of the Daoist internal arts with a focus on Taijiquan. He is also an eager student and practitioner of Advaita Vedānta, Kashmir Shaivism and Yoga. He enjoys being part of the artistic process in various forms - as a writer, musician and a martial artist. The Arts are an excellent medium for spiritual practice and he has dedicated more than two decades of his life in the quest for spiritual clarity.

He started writing in the early 2000s in the public domain, under the pen name ‘Rudra’ for ‘’, which then was the preeminent online literary portal for the Indian Diaspora.  In 2007 he started the online journal ‘The Medha Journal’ where over 1000 articles---the compiled work of 96 authors including himself are available for readers today, on various topics ranging from Indic studies, philosophy to poetry and fiction.

In the worldly domain, he is a software engineer for a Silicon Valley software company, and an engineer by training. He likes to think of himself as humble bridge between many disparate worlds-- science and spirituality, art and technology, Eastern and Western cultures.

 He lives in the suburbs of Chicago in Illinois, USA with his wife, daughter and two dogs.

Contact the Author:
Blog * Twitter * LinkedIn * Quora

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Cover Reveal: The Pearl of Immortality by Nishi Chandermun

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The Pearl of Immortality
by Nishi Chandermun

A world exists that is dominated by the forces of Light and Dark magic. A world where The Sands of Time comes to life, a unique and compelling fantasy.

Xerxes discovers an ancient golden Lamp in a shop of magical artefacts and his simple life is immediately altered, propelling him into a brand-new world inhabited by powerful alien races.

On this strange and distant planet, a world so unlike Earth, Xerxes soon discovers his new identity, one that names him Dragonheart.

Presented with his ancient dragon of more than five thousand years old, a dragon with indescribable magical abilities, he is compelled to accept his destiny as Dragon Rider. A destiny that drives him into the heart of threats shadowed over by the evil Naga race.

Can Xerxes shoulder the responsibilities of a true Dragonheart? When the significance of the Lamp comes to the fore, it becomes evident that the fate of the planet lies entirely in his strength.

About the Author:
I was born and raised in the city of Durban, one of the sunniest places of South Africa, where I live with my husband and three kids. However, home away from home is the magnificent Cape Town, a serene laidback city where the heart and spirit of the ancient Table Mountain beckons one to return again and again.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree, cum laude and went on to study psychology thereafter, both careers which held my avid interest. However, my greatest passion was always in writing, something I have been doing for as long as I can recall. So, it’s no wonder that I finally surrendered all else to become a professional writer.

I have previously written middle grade fiction as well as illustrated books for little children. The Sands of Time series is my first venture for young adults, a project that I have been arduously researching and working on for several years. If there’s a single belief I live by, it would be this:

Masterpieces are not created overnight. All that is truly remarkable requires a magical moment of growth.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Review: Fuck The Pope But Use A Condom

Fuck The Pope But Use A Condom Fuck The Pope But Use A Condom by Johann Naudé
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from book sirens in exchange for an honest review

To be honest, the only reason why I read this book was for the title. It grabbed my attention and I just couldn’t let it go.

With that being said, this book is not for everyone. If the title made you smile or laugh then go ahead and read away. If you frowned or did not care for the tile, please pass…..

Moving on.

Great writing with a twist of dark sense of humor. I loved it. Yes there were times I thought it was dumb but more times than not I was laughing out loud and page turning. The author knows how to grab your attention and keep it.

If you’re ready for a fun light read. Here you go.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Review: They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Either I’m heartless or everyone’s emotional. ( true statement I stole from someone else)

I loved the concept of the book, but I needed for background… like why. Why does this company pick and choice when people die? I just needed a little more to truly understand and get into the book.

a company called Death-Cast calls people to tell them when their last day has arrived so they can say their goodbyes, live in the moment, and tie up any loose ends. Of course, knowing you are going to die is also horrifying, especially if you feel you haven't lived your life to the full. An app called Last Friend brings together those who are dying and enables them to find someone to enjoy their last day with.

We are met with Mateo and Rufus who are going to die today. They both link up through the Last friend app and try to live their best lives. Here they both help each other to become better people and live their life to the fullest and sadly find love with each other.

The title gives it away so no spoilers.

There were parts of this book that I loved and could not put the book down. But. I did find a lot of the book dragged and wanted to skip sections.

I listened to the audio book and found myself debating to DNF it but it takes a bunch for me to DNF a book and it just didn’t not fall in that category and im to morbid and needed to know how they both died…..

All my friends rated this book 4-5 stars…maybe this will be your cup of tea.

It was not for me.

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Review: Why She Lied

Why She Lied Why She Lied by Julie Coons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was graciously sent a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I was so very excited to read this book and finally sat down during my vacation and devoured it in one sitting.
This book sucks you in right at the beginning. Not many books can do that to me, but this…this I knew was going to be wonderful especially since it was based on a true story.

Being a victim of domestic violence myself this book really hit home. I truly feel so sorry for all the pain and horrendous gut wrenching issues the author has faced. Julie tells her story of bringing down one of the biggest human trafficking rings ever. I can't believe everything this woman went through to bring these people to justice. She is truly a hero!

Human trafficking is becoming a big issue here in the United States and sadly it’s a topic nobody wants to talk about or deal with. Its truly sad. We need to stand together and rise up to protect our children.

This book starts by introducing us to Julie who works at a hospital and we learn about her horrible abuse in the past. Her co-workers are insistent she go on a date with James. However, Julie’s gut tells her otherwise. After saying no, numerous times she finally agrees and goes out with James.

She finds out that James has cheated on her several times and now she finds herself pregnant. That night when she tells James she is pregnant she finds out that he is being charged with molestation of a girl at a daycare he worked at. She now has to make the biggest choice in her life by deciding if she will end this pregnancy and save her unborn baby from this monster or keep the baby and deal with the fact that James will still be able to be around the baby.

5 years later Julie is approached to law enforcement to help bring justice to the monster she once knew as James. This is when Julie finds out about James involvement with human trafficking and the nightmare starts all over again when Julie starts digging and finding out she was almost a victim herself.

If only Julie would have trusted her gut….

One of THE BEST Thrillers you will read this year! Hand down.

*Thank you Ms. Coons for giving me the opportunity to read your book!*

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Review: The Last Mrs. Parrish

The Last Mrs. Parrish The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Amber wants to change her life. She is tired of being the one who is a “nobody”. She wants to marry a wealthy man and live in a large expensive home in a nice neighborhood. So she devises a plan that she is certain will allow her get what she wants. The first half of the book is Amber's point of view and very suspenseful. Amber has her sights on wealthy, successful and handsome businessman Jackson Parrish. The only problem, he is already married with two daughters and appears to dote on his beautiful wife, Daphne.

Daphne Parrish chairs a foundation, Julie’s Smile, which helps sufferers of CF. Her younger sister, Julie, had died of the disease. Amber befriends Daphne, pretending she also had a younger sister who died of CF. Amber does it well becoming Daphne’s closest friend as well as Jackson’s personal assistant. Of course Amber and Jackson are having a torrid affair and her plan of taking Daphne’s place is well away.

The second half of the book is Daphne's point of view. here we get 12 years of her marriage and the background. Here is were we discover the perfect marriage is really not the perfect marriage. Jackson Parrish is anything but the pleasant devoted husband he appears to be. Unfortunately, this section of the book is too very tedious and very long.

Daphne soon discovers what is going on and now come up with actions of her own. I was so team daphne but she turned into an unlikable and unbelievable character.

all in all this was a good psycho thriller and had the potential to be a 5 star blown out of the water book..but it just wasn't there.....

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