Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Castaways

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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Castaways by David McDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
 
*I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Blurb:
Guardians of the Galaxy: Castaways is the thrilling new adventure featuring Marvel's swashbuckling heroes Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, and the ever-charming Star-Lord himself, Peter Quill. After a series of missions-some successful, others less so, and most nearly getting everyone killed-the Guardians of the Galaxy are at a breaking point when they crash-land on a strange planet. With no way to repair their ship, the frustrated Guardians go their separate ways, quickly discovering that the planet's inhabitants have never progressed past a medieval stage of development. Quill finds himself a favored member of a powerful duke's court (as well as a favorite of the duke's daughter), and life seems just fine under the circumstances . . . until the duchy comes under attack. When Quill reckons that their foe may be what's keeping the planet's civilization from advancing, he realizes that defeating it-with the Guardians' help-may be their only hope for getting off of that world. . . .
. . . If he can find his friends in time. 


Cover: Cool
Rating: 4 stars
Overall: An exciting adventure
Characters: A perfect team
Plot: Interesting
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Probably
Recommend Yes.

 I don't always like space travel books, but I do enjoy Marvel, and comic book style characters, so I gave this one a shot. I loved the team's chemistry, and that their differences are what makes them strong as a team. The plot was interesting, and I enjoyed seeing each of the group making a name for themselves in a strange land, that allowed them to still stay true to themselves.

Even though the story focused on Quill's struggles, and followed him, I feel it gave each of the other teammates enough time that it turned out balanced. He had to work through things with each one, and it also tells about their journey as they make this strange planet their home for a time. I also loved that because of this, and Quills knack for getting into trouble, there was plenty of room for each of the characters to crack jokes, or to poke fun at him, adding humor even in the tense spots.

The overall story and plot could easily be middle grade, but because of some of of the language, and violence, it might be more YA. Either was it was a fun, quick read!

About the Author:
David McDonald is a mild mannered editor by day, and a wild eyed writer by night. Based in Melbourne, Australia, he works for an international welfare organisation, and divides his spare time between playing cricket and writing.

In 2013 he won the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent, and in 2014 won the William J. Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review and was shortlisted for the WSFA Small Press Award. His short fiction has appeared in anthologies from publishers such as Moonstone Books, Satalyte Publishing, Crazy 8 Press and Fablecroft Publishing. In 2015, his first movie novelisation, Backcountry, was released by Harper Collins.

David is a member of the Horror Writers Association, The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, and of the Melbourne based writers group, SuperNOVA.
 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

(Blog Tour!) The Return of Tachlanad! (Review and Excerpt)


YA Fantasy
Published: October 16, 2015
Publisher: Books We Love, Ltd.

Blurb
Once upon a time in the beleaguered land of Lothria… A princess under a magical aura, her absent-minded sorcerer grandfather; a conflicted warrior prince; a young ne’er-do-well who finds an unlikely friend while on an impossible quest; an imprisoned queen, her betrayed king, their enchanted son and his beautiful enchantress; half-human man-eating rebel slaves; a band of blood-thirsty assassins…and Tachlanad, the legendary Sword of Names, missing for generations… 

When the queen receives an omen, it can mean only one thing: the fate of all she loves hangs in the balance. The land and its people will topple into chaos if a tenuous alliance cannot be preserved. Her husband misled by sinister forces, her son gone missing, she sends her daughter and father on a journey far to the west to reach the impregnable stronghold of “the True King in Hiding.” There they will seal the truce with her marriage to the old king’s unwilling son and unite against the evil power that seeks to subjugate them. Unless the Imperon has his way. 

An epic fantasy adventure for young adult and adult readers, The Return of Tachlanad is the first book in the “Sword of Names” series.

Review:
I really enjoyed reading this one! I have always enjoyed stories about medieval times, and when I seen this one, I got excited to see a new series begin! I wasn't disappointed! Although I did find some of the words slightly difficult to pronounce, such as ghathwen (an enchanter) ithey were used that made it easy to understand what was meant. I enjoyed reading about Elthwen and her brother Elthric. Join them as trouble brews and sides must be taken!

I loved the world building, and the characters were each unique and interesting. I quickly fell in love with how the story unfolded, and enjoyed seeing the different races and groups of people I learned there culture and ways. From the magical women of Morolath to the fierce warriors of Norlunde, as well as seeing where the Skaddock, or man-beasts, fit in to the complex struggles at hand! Will the magic of Morolath be enough, or will Imperon succeed in overtaking the crown, and break the fragile treaty for peace?

I'm excited to see what happens next! I'm so glad I didn't pass up the chance to take part in this tour, and I defiantly recommend for this for any YA fantasy fans!


Excerpt: 
Chapter One
Lysienthe

With a shiver of dread the Queen of Lothria, clenched her hands on top of the tower wall and turned her gaze to the east. Far in the distance—beyond steep, rocky cliffs, beyond the basin of a harbor below—sky and sea retained a dark oneness. The stillness in the air enveloped her like the cool mist clinging to her skin. Then slowly, an orange orb crowned the horizon. A swath of luminous red crystals danced on the water in its wake, and dawn spread like flaming tendrils across the receding darkness. Her breath caught in her throat as night surrendered its hold. The fine hairs on her arms prickled.
Rivers will burn.
“We have been undone.” Her voice rasped on a whisper. “All is as I saw in my dream.”
The old man at her side laid a warm hand on her shoulder. His silence told her he had seen the omen as well, and yet he remained soundless, watching.
She looked up at the black outline of her father’s face in the brightening morning. “You must take my daughter now and do as we discussed.”
“Lysienthe…!” The disbelief in his sighed reply sent a wave of panic coiling into her very center. “The king…?” His voice hoarse with urgency, he tightened his grip on her. “Did you not warn the king?”
Hot tears surprised her with the harshness of their sting and suddenness. Where cold fear had restrained her as if in shackles, a pang, deep and long, now rippled. “I could say nothing to convince him.” She turned away lest he see the weakness overcoming her in a debilitating wave. She shivered in her shift, hugging herself against the chill.
The memory of her husband’s breath on her neck yet clung on her senses, its warmth rustling the loosened hair from the braid that fell over her shoulder. His words, with their sincerity and single-minded resolve, resonated still on her aching heart. His smile, forever seared in her mind’s eye, moved her with its tinge of sadness mixed with resolve. The sweet taste of his kiss lingered on her lips.
“Wolthar says he has no reason to fear deception.” She labored for calm and closed her eyes, fighting back images in her mind. “He said his course is set. He said no price is too high for our chance at a lasting peace.”
“Oh, my dear child….” The old man gently turned her around and opened his arms to her, the trace of his expression reflecting the anguish in his voice. Pressing her cheek to his chest, Lysienthe succumbed to her father’s embrace. For a long, silent moment, he held her close, warming her with his dark cloak and his hands on her back. “Many years have come and gone,” he said in a quiet voice, “since you placed such faith in your gifts.” He took a step back, holding her at arms’ length, his large hands strong on her arms. “Why now?”
Fighting the panic that seized her, she shuddered. “It was fear for my children. Fear made the denanth strong in me…my gift…my curse….”
The light of the red sky cast his face in shadows. His jaw tensed, then relaxed, and his eyes shone black as fenstones. “It has always been strong in you, my daughter. True and wondrous gifts you have been blessed with and not a curse at all.”
Lysienthe breathed deeply of morning’s raw chill and, with its release, all fear and panic melted away, leaving her with a clarity of thought she had never known. She had foreseen all that had come to pass, and that which had yet to occur. But she had no power to prevent the events from unfolding; she had not been blessed with that particular gift.
“Then I beg you to trust me.” She raised her head and squared her shoulders. “Soon it will be light. Take Elthwen to my sister, by any means you see fit. I will distract her maid.”
“To Morolath…?” Her father backed away. “The girl will go kicking and screaming if she goes at all. I told you, if the plan was to see her to the fortress at Elyndrus, I would take her there.”
“The Imperon will expect that. I fear he and his lackeys will stop at nothing to prevent our alliance with Elyndrus.” She grasped his hand in her two. “See her safely to Morolath Island. That is all I ask. Protect my daughter…”
“You needn’t worry on that count. I would die before I let anything happen—”
“…by any means you see fit.
He stared back, eyes glinting shards of light. “Of course you do not mean—”
“By any means.”
He drew in a slow breath and expelled it in a short burst. “I have taken an oath to the king, as have you.”
“Oaths, it seems, can be broken. You must awaken your crystal. As your queen…. No….” She hesitated, reluctant but compelled to continue. “As a ghathwen…I…I command you.”
“If you put it like that, I have no choice but to….” Her father fell silent, head bowed in contemplation. “The use of such power has been outlawed. Surely, you—”
She tugged on his hand. “I know what is at stake! You know it as well. As soon as Elthwen is safe at Morolath, you will go to Elyndrus and plead our cause to the old king. He will listen to you. You are Nochlan, Eryth Rhanthir, a man of great gifts.” She added softly, “At least you were…once.”
“That was long ago,” he said with a slow shake of his head. “Now I am known as Old Nochlan, the queen’s doddering father. I hardly remember how to….” He sighed and then spoke with resignation in his voice. “And what of you?” He found her eyes with his shadowed gaze.
“No harm will befall me.”
“But your place—”
“My place is here. My son needs—”
“Elthric is lost.” He flapped a hand in the air to punctuate his words. “His uncle has twisted him. You said so yourself.”
She paused and said in a measured voice, “Then I mean to untwist him.”
Nochlan, Eryth Rhanthir, raised his head and opened his mouth, as if he would protest. Instead he simply nodded with a forced sense of duty. “As you wish.” He set his jaw. “My duty is to abide by the old laws.”
He made a move to turn, but she could not bring herself to release his hand. “No, Father…I beg you, not as your queen, not as a priestess of Morolath, but as your daughter….” She ached to tell him of her fear. For herself and her husband, for her children. For everyone. The anguish deep inside cried out to him, of the hopelessness and the darkness to come, all she had foreseen. She held her breath at the hope of comfort in the words she longed to hear. But the moment of weakness dissipated before she could give voice to her thoughts.
His hand slipped from hers. For an instant, he lingered as if sensing the unspoken turmoil churning inside her, waiting for her to speak, and then he hurried off, leaving her utterly alone and shivering.
From high in her tower, Lysienthe gazed out over the brightening harbor where the rising fog revealed shrouded forms of longships moored along the quays. Dark forms scurried to and fro among them. “My dearest husband, my love, my lord,” she said softly, “may Nirmanath, Mother of All Things, watch over you.”



Authors get their ideas in a variety of ways. For me, its mainly from dreams—very cinematic dreams—that stay in my head long after Ive awakened. Mostly these night flicks are nothing more than a collection of cryptic and often unrelated scenes that need to simmer on the back burner while my muse (when shes not vacationing on a sunny beach somewhere) helps to add seasoning and substance to the mix.
Ive always loved history. Way back in junior high, my mind would wander from dates, battles and treaties to musings on what it might have been like to live in another time. Family vacations always included visits to Civil War or Revolutionary War battle sites, tours of colonial houses and restored villages, which, even these many years later, serve as inspiration.
Born in New York City, I live in central Connecticut with a long-time husband, a grown-up daughter and two dogs. We also have a grown-up son and daughter-in-law, who recently presented us with our first grandson. When not writing I enjoy cooking, gardening, photography, reading, music, movies, and long walks with the pups.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Avatar: The Last Airbender Book Tag!

 This was created by A Clockwork Reader, and I found it on Dreamland Book Blog! I have been an Avatar:TLA fan from the first episode and highly recommend it!

I couldn't help but do this as soon as I seen it! I hope to do more tags in the future, and have started doing tags on Instagram too! I might even try to make a few soon!

Questions:

 

Water
1. Katara and Sokka: Best sibling relationship:


Edward & Alphonse Elric - Fullmetal Alchemist
 Ed and Al..need I say more? Ok, so this is both one of the most tragic and most memorable sibling relationships I can think of. Filled with sacrifice and struggle they each set out to give the other their all. 

2. Yue: Favorite star crossed lovers:


The Book Thief. 
Ok, this one killed any feels I had. The relationship of Liesel and Rudy caught me off guard, and I so wanted this to work out! -ugly cries!- 


3. Blood Bending: A book with a disturbing/unsettling concept: 

 
The Lord of the Flies
 A few came to mind, but none so twisted, or disturbing as The Lord of the Flies. What's worse? That in some cases, I can see this being a possibility in real life!  -shudders!- 


Earth
4. Toph - A character who's strength surprised you/or surprised the other characters in the book:


Hinata - Naruto
Hinata from Naruto. In a series with so many powerful characters this shouldn't come as a surprise. Yet I love how far Hinata came through the series, and if nothing else, she definitely surprised her friends! 

5. The Tales of Ba Sing Se - best short story/poetry collection:

  
Complete Grimm's fairy-tales
 Grimm's fairy-tales is my pick. On one hand I loved them, on the other, they are some of the best known stories even today. I think that guarantees them as one of the best, right? I think so.


6. Kioshi Warriors: Best warrior character:

                                 
  Nasuada - Inheritance Cycle
  Nasuada, just wow! The Trial of Long Knives, she proved not only that a woman can be a warrior, but also that she was a warrior, and she was willing to do what it took earn that title. 


Fire
7. Zuko: Best reception arc/a redemption arc that should have happened:

 Bran - King Raven Trilogy
I love this trilogy for so many reasons, but I picked it because throughout, Bran, the main character, goes through a major transformation. In the beginning we meet a rick, selfish, spoiled noble who has everything handed to him. In the matter of three books, gone is the child, and from the ashes rises a man who is caring, cunning, and oh so capable of leading his people home!
8. Iroh: Wisest character: 



Charlotte - Charlotte’s Web
It's been ages since I thought about this book, but that makes it al the more reason to point it out! Charlotte is just awesome! She's wise and caring, looking out for all her friends, even to the end. 


9. Azula: Best downfall: 


Fagin - Oliver Twist
I can't say much, as I don't want to spoil it, even though it is a classic. Let's just say this end makes the rest worth it! At least it did for me.
 

Air 

10. Appa: Favorite fictional animal/pet:  


Reepicheep- The Chronicles of Narnia
How could you not love Reepicheep? I mean he's adorable, feisty, and skilled with a sword! 

11. Aang: Purest cinnamon roll: 


 Thomas - Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) 
Again I can't say much, but trust me, he's innocent! Such goodness and brilliance, he deserve so much better!

 12. Avatar state: A stubborn character/a character that struggles with letting go:


Bilbo - The Lord of the Rings
This is another that I could have listed so many! I choose Bilbo, because he struggled for so long with the Ring, and even when he does pass it on, he yearns to take it back. Forcing his nephew, Frodo, to do what he can't. 

I tag everyone who is an fan, and even if you aren't and just want to do this! If you do, share a link in the comments so I can see!

(Book Blast) Tuning In by Chris Neal


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   Welcome to the Book Blast for: Chris Neal is the author of the Tuning In Series.

Tuning In


How would you like to be twelve and be able to hear the unadulterated thoughts of every confused adult around you? Not every memory, but a person’s active thoughts. It makes for an interesting childhood.
Now trained as a con artist, by his family, Michael is all grown up and spreading his wings out in the real world, but there is a problem. Whether pulling small scams, impersonating a rich brat or playing poker with the mob, Michael is utterly unsatisfied with life. He questions his purpose and talents.
Chance smiles upon Michael, and he gets a job helping to steal a jewel collection with a sorted past. Jewels rumored to be the property of royalty, used to fund wars and even stolen once by the Nazi’s. Stealing that which has already been stolen is too tempting an opportunity to pass up.
He must infiltrate the high-powered New York law firm of Bishop, Adams, and Davenport. The smart and ruthless senior partners know where the bodies and the jewels are hidden. Michael must walk among them undiscovered as he and his team search for the jewels.
As a con artist this is a dream job but who is conning who, and what is that darkness he senses?

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He is a fan of all things urban fantasy including The Dresden Files and shows like The Originals, and Constantine. His love of reading and his children are his inspiration to write his stories and share his humor.
The Tuning In series is his first foray into writing about the paranormal con artist Michael Cheffied.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

ACRBA Tour Ehvah After by Rose Dee



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( August 25, 2015)


By Rose Dee








About the Book:
Ehvah Rowe’s life is in freefall. Her teen queen status is long forgotten, and with a childhood of tragic loss, no family save a diabolical aunt, and no career prospects, her L.A. celebrity world holds no future.

It will take a murder, an escape to the Australian tropics, and the friendship of an Aussie bodyguard, for her to discover healing, faith, and a way forward.



David Blake knows how to be a soldier. His army training equipped him to fight and protect. But when it comes to helping a fear-filled celebrity navigate the same post-traumatic stress symptoms he has suffered, David discovers the challenge in forsaking his own strength for God’s plan.



Rose Dee weaves a story of mystery, drama and romance, in her trademark tropical North Queensland Australian style.








About the Author:
Rose Dee was born in Ingham, North Queensland, Australia. Her childhood experiences growing up in a small beach community would later provide inspiration for her first novel. Rose, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, decided to try her hand at writing two years ago. The result of that attempt is her first novel, Back to Resolution. Her novels are inspired by the love of her coastal home and desire to produce exciting and contemporary stories of faith for women. Rose's other releases include Beyond Resolution - the second book in the 'Resolution' series. And A New Resolution the final book in the series. Rose has also co-written a novel in conjunction with three other outstanding Australian Authors: The Greenfield Legacy. Rose resides in Mackay, North Queensland with her husband, young son, and mischievous pup, Noodle.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review: Applesauce Weather

Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**I received an ecopy from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review** Thank you!

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Blurb:
In a touching poetic novel, a fall apple ritual—along with some inventive storytelling—brings a family together as they grieve the loss of a beloved family member.

When the first apple falls from the tree, Faith and Peter know that it’s applesauce weather, even though Peter is getting a little old for such things. It also means Uncle Arthur should be here to tell his stories, with a twinkle in his eye as he spins tales about how he came to have a missing finger. But this is the first year without Aunt Lucy, and when Uncle Arthur arrives, there’s no twinkle to be found and no stories waiting to be told. Faith is certain, though, that with a little love and patience, she and Peter might finally learn the truth about that missing finger. Paired with warm, expressive illustrations by Amy June Bates, this heartfelt tale by award-winning poet Helen Frost highlights the strength of family and the power of a good story.


Cover: Nostalgic
Rating: 4 stars
Characters: Realistic
Plot: Like a childhood memory
Overall: A fun read
Recommend? Yes

Review:
Brilliant! This is both a love story, and a tall tale, beautifully crafted! I love the way the author chose to tell the story, the style is perfect, and truly makes the reader what to know more! I loved hearing both Uncle Arthur's story to the kids, and the memories of when he was a young boy and Lucy was just a pretty girl.

 Every year, when the first apple falls, Aunt Lucy and Uncle Arthur come to make applesauce at the old family house. Then Aunt Lucy dies, and the tradition is no longer certain. Faith waits, sure her uncle will come, but her parents warn her that he might not show this year. Uncle Arthur, always with a story to tell, wonders if he will be missed? Yet, true to her name, Faith waits, long into the night, itching for another of Uncle Arthur's tall tales!

This is a fun story, with an old-timey feel. A story told with love, the kind that elders enjoy telling children, and that children beg for again and again. When reading I felt as it I was a child, listening along with Faith and Peter. With pretty pictures, and an unusual story this book earned a four star rating from me!

Dislikes:
  •  The one point that I didn't care for, and was more than a little squeamish to read, there is a part where Uncle Arthur passes on his pocket knife. Then jokes that to keep it sharp, Peter had to sleep with it open, under his pillow one night a year, every year. I know Arthur was just giving Peter a hard time, but on the off chance that a child does this, I would rather the joke be something less dangerous!

About the Author:
I'm dipping my toes into goodreads to see how it works. Thanks for finding me here, and thanks to everyone who has read and written about my books. I love to know you're there, even if I don't come here too often to say so.

Helen Frost is the author of six novels-in-poems and two picture books for children and young adults. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

(Book Blast) Unchained Melody!

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Welcome to my stop for the Unchained Melody Blast! For a limited time Unchained Melody is currently 99¢ on ALL retailers, and not just with the smash words code!

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Pamela Landers had it all, a senior partnership with a top law firm, expensive car, and a luxurious condo. What she desired most was a loving husband, children and a life filled with precious memories that would comfort her through her golden years.

Funny how fate has a way of steering you down that path where dreams really can come true. When Pamela encounters Gavin Templeton along her journey, she has some life-altering decisions to make that eventually lead her to happily ever after she always dreamed of.

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About the Cynthia Roberts -

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My love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family. It wasn't until much later in life I actually took up the pen to write my first historical romance, Wind Warrior. I really don't fit into one specific niche. Once a story starts to flow, it's only then I know what genre/sub­genre it will fit under.

I have only one regret, and that is not getting to this point in my career much sooner, rather than later. Life has a way of setting up road blocks, which for me, was supposed to work out that way. Because of those detours, I have become a more passionate and expressive writer, allowing me to create the kind of raw human emotion I want my readership to feel. It is my hope you walk away with not just an entertaining read, but the importance in knowing,

"Without imagination & dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities."

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday's Weekly Recap: Week 10 (8/14 - 8/21)


Week 10 of my Sunday's Weekly Recap posts! And...! It's my birthday! XD
I've been reading a lo, and got a good number of reviews posted this week. I also have a few more I haven't written yet. I've been working hard to get caught up on review, I'm still working on it, but I have gotten a few done.


Books I read last week:
Blood Sacrifice Jill Cooper (Can't wait! Book 3 of the Blood Sister trilogy!)
Eva and the Monster (Jill Cooper's daughter)
WE ARE LEGION (WE ARE BOB) by Dennis E. Taylor (publisher request)
The Impermanence of Voice by M.L. Weaver
Forbidden Birth by William Rubin



What I am currently reading:




The Exiled Seven (The Exiled Series, #1) Renworth, Blake *
The Bow of Destiny Solomon, P.H. *



  Bonus (if I can get to them!):





This is what I plan to read, but posts and books that are planned are all subject to change. I also won't list reviews in the planned posts, since I never know when I have going to have time to write them. I usually write a few at a time, so it gets squeezed in when every I get the chance. The exception is for a book I received from the author, publisher, or other site in exchange for a review, those I usually write ahead and schedule for a time agreed on by the requester, usually on or around the publish date.


I will mark books that were requested or suggested in exchange for a review with *


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Review: You're Different Jemima


You're Different Jemima by Jedidah Morley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

**I received a ecopy in exchange for my honest review from the publisher** Thank you!

Blurb:
Jemima likes to sing loud, dance her own moves and use her imagination, but her teacher and the other kids think she's too 'different'. When Mrs Chuckles takes over the class, Jemima discovers that being different is WONDERFUL!
A book to make children feel special about what makes them 'different'.




Cover: Whimsical!
Rating: 5 Unique stars
Overall: I could easily relate to Jemima, and loved that she found someone who enjoyed her uniqueness!
Characters: Sadly realistic
Plot: To help children who are different feel good about themselves
Recommend: Yes
Source: Empowering Resources publisher

Review:
In third grade, I was Jemima, and because I couldn't read, I was called stupid and lazy by my teacher. My art teacher was the one who taught me to be creative and different. The next year, with a more encouraging teacher, I took off reading without a problem! Encouragement is a powerful thing, and more kids need to hear this message. Being yourself, and doing your own thing doesn't have to be bad, and is often a good thing! If life was all black and white, if rainbows only had one color, who would enjoy them? We need to teach this more, and to encourage children from a young age that it's OK to be different, and this book does a great job at showing what a difference a few kind words can make!


Overall I loved this book. It's important to reach out, and teach children at a young age that it's okay to be different, and that it's important to be yourself. Too often today we hear things, and see things that tell us other wise. That tell us that we have to look this way, and act that way. In truth being yourself is the best gift you can give the world, because different is beautiful!

 



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About the Author:   
Jedidah Morley -
I am a mother of three, Music Teacher and aspiring picture book author. I was born in St. George, Queensland and currently live in Bargara, a beautiful coastal community near Bundaberg. I love running, reading, singing and being silly with my three daughters.
When I was young it was often said that I was a little ‘weird’ or just a touch ‘outside the box’. For years I thought this was a terrible thing, after all, who wants to stand out from a crowd? As I started developing wrinkles and the odd silver highlight, I finally learnt not just to embrace ‘difference’ but to celebrate it. Sharing this message is the reason for writing my second picture book,  “You’re Different Jemima!”
My ideas for stories blossom from personal experiences. I was once that child who coloured a rainbow duck instead of a yellow one and I’ve always sung loud and proud. Now I’m hoping that I’m a teacher, like Mrs Chuckles from my latest book, who celebrates the uniqueness of each child.

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About the Publisher:

Empowering Resources (independent publisher)

WHAT WE DO

We are a specialist publisher that produces, promotes and manages books and speaker events. Offering consultation, representation, promotion, manufacturing and distribution for those who have a story to share.

OUR SPECIALTY

We specialize in publishing and promoting books that nurture, educate and empower kids and adults.

Our Mission

Our mission is to be a leader of dialogue. To be a voice. To provide resources that initiate conversations in the home and in the media. We lead dialogue by representing authors and speakers who have a story to share. We provide resources that help people of any age understand complex emotional and psychological issues. Our dialogue is structured for a child’s level of understanding.

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Review: Even Mummy Cries


Even Mummy Cries by Naomi Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**I received a ecopy in exchange for my honest review from the publisher** Thank you!

Blurb:
Our mummy says she loves us MORE than a GAZILLION BILLION TRILLION plus INFINITY. She says that we are the CLEVEREST kids that she has ever known.
Then sometimes we notice our mummy feeling sad. Our mummy’s sadness EXPLODES, and she cries. It feels strange … and a bit scary.
A gentle book reassuring children they are not to blame for any sadness experienced by their parents and encourages parents to openly express their sadness with their kids without feeling guilt or shame.


Cover: Fitting
Rating: 4 stars
Overall: When a parent cries, it's often not the child's fault.
Characters: Good
Plot: To help children when their mother (or parent) is going through a dark time
Recommend: Yes
Source: Empowering Resources publisher

Review:
I had mixed feeling on this one too. I agree with the message, when mothers cry, and more so when they are depressed, it's not the child's fault. I also feel though that it should encourage those suffering with depression to seek help. My mother suffers from depression, and I am bipolar, and I know what it's like to have your mother in that dark place. I feel it glosses over everything and acts like it just goes away. Sometimes though I think the children need to be told that it's not their fault, but that their mothers are sick, and I feel mental illness is hidden, or ignored too often. I think children have the right to know as much as anyone else. I enjoyed this book, but like many other things, they glossed over the mother's depression as if it isn't important, and I feel it's a missed opportunity to introduce children to depression, not in depth, but even to mention that it is common, and isn't something to be ashamed of.

Overall I think this is another great resource, and just wish it told a little more about the next steps. I think this, and similar books are needed, and children need to know and be taught what's right and good, and what's not. To me this still feels like it's hiding the fact that sometimes people really need help, and the children should be told that seeking help isn't a bad thing, or something to be avoided. I feel that the way this book showed sadness, and feeling down, is that it last for a short time, then its all sunshine and laughter, and sometimes it's more. I know the children can't control that, but I also feel they should be told that sometimes, people need help, and that there is no shame in admitting you need help, or in asking for help.


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Naomi Hunter  - 
I am an enthusiastic, friendly and warm-spirited woman who is passionate about being the best individual I can be. I have an honors bachelor degree in Primary Education and am embarking on the author's platform in the hope to nurture and instill courage into young lives.

My dream is to write about sensitive topics in a way to bring about freedom, love and warmth, empowering my readers with effective communication and dialogue in which to discuss difficult issues.

I am the mother of an inspiring five-year-old daughter and the wife to an incredibly supportive and amazing husband. We are about to embark on our global adventure of traveling the world together, living and loving life to its fullest abundance!

First destination... Tanzania, Africa! Volunteering our teaching expertise in a little school called The Steven Tito Academy.

It is also the beginning of my books going GLOBAL!


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Empowering Resources (independent publisher)

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We specialize in publishing and promoting books that nurture, educate and empower kids and adults.

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Our mission is to be a leader of dialogue. To be a voice. To provide resources that initiate conversations in the home and in the media. We lead dialogue by representing authors and speakers who have a story to share. We provide resources that help people of any age understand complex emotional and psychological issues. Our dialogue is structured for a child’s level of understanding.

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