Review: Death and Faxes

Death and Faxes
Death and Faxes by Julie S. Howlin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review through GoodReads FirstReads.

Tabitha Drake is in many ways the typical young-adult. Unsure with her love life, not LOVING her job, and just trying to make ends meet. She’s also a psychic. Throughout the book we see her struggle with multiple traumatic events and issues that unfortunately many young women go through. Most, thankfully, don’t have to deal with all of the ones Tabby did, but many, such as the other women portrayed in the book do fall victim and don’t get out. This book, while being a sweet romance and police mystery/murder, is also an eye opener for women who have been a victim of a controlling or abusive partner. Add in a psychic ability that she doesn’t believe in, which if she did she would have saved herself a lot of trouble, and the book is highly entertaining.

Despite the unlikelihood that all of these scenarios would all happen to the same person, this book, at least for me, represents the struggle that most, if not all, young women face; navigating the uncertainty that is the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

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Review: Consciousness Archaeology

Consciousness Archaeology
Consciousness Archaeology by Maximus Freeman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received Maximus Freeman’s Consciousness Archaeology for free through GoodReads FirstReads.

The whole concept of the book is to expose Freeman’s personal journey to self-enlightenment and peace. I love the ideas and methods that he has found and included in the book. Many of the steps on the path to peace are things that I will incorporate into my life.

The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the way the question and answers were written, seamed a little odd to me.

Overall; a must read. Short, but to the point and meaningful.

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Review: Boo

Boo
Boo by Neil Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received Neil Smith’s ARC of Boo for free through GoodReads FirstReads.

I absolutely love everything about this cute and quirky novel. I have to admit, I was caught off guard on multiple occasions. Just when I thought I had the figured out the the truth, a curve ball is thrown; kept the reading interesting.

I find some aspects of the ‘town’ to be depressingly sad; Only thirteen year olds are in this ‘town’, Which means the likely hood of anyone knowing another ‘townie’ from before their passing in ‘America’ is slim. There are only three visited cases.

One of the biggest reasons for my five-star rating is that at multiple points in the book, and for different characters I felt strong emotions; For Johnny, I felt the anger and frustration. For Boo I felt the true desperation of wanting to help, and being unable to. I also felt overwhelming sadness when Boo says that all he wants is his parents.

The ending was a complete surprise to me up until the very end, it shines a light on bullying in a completely heartbreaking and unexpected way.

Neil Smith did a fantastic job of showing the thin line between mental illness bullying, and how both are, without the proper help and support, an unfortunate road to suicide.

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Review: Meg’s Best Man

Meg’s Best Man
Meg’s Best Man by Cynthia Bruner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received Meg’s Best Man: A Montana Weekend Novella by Cynthia Bruner in exchange for an honest review through GoodReads FirstReads.

I really enjoyed this book, I think it was the simplicity of it. The relationships were very down-to-earth and real. That’s what makes or breaks a story like this for me. The novella provided a clear ‘snapshot’ of a rusty wedding weekend, and was beautifully described. I loved the sparks between Meg and Gage, I felt as if I was actually witnessing a budding relationship. With that being said this book may not be for everyone, it is clearly a work of Christian fiction. Nothing overpowering, I had no real issues with the light touch of Christianity, however I known some people may.

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