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For the Right to Learn Malala Yousafzai’s Story

Title: For the Right to Learn;
Malala Yousafzai’s Story
Author:Rebecca Langston-George
Genre: Children’s Nonfiction, autobiography
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Publishing date: 1st September, 2015
ISBN: 9781623704261
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Synopsis: A fascinating story of peace, bravery, and non-violent protest*Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize*An inspiring, illustrated nonfiction picture book for young readers

My Review:

For the Right to learn, tell the story of Malala, a young girl, who refused to be silent in a world where woman are expected to remain quiet. She opposed the taliban rules, argued for education for girls, and was almost killed for her beliefs. This story is the proof that one little voice can change the world.
This tells Malala’s story from her beginning as a child in Swat Valley of Pakistan to her present day in Birmingham. Malala’s story is retold beautifully by Rebecca Langston-George, accompanied with gorgeous illustrations by Janna Bock. This book gives children the opportunity to learn and understand the struggles Malala has faced, as well as the enormous courage she proved and continue to prove by carrying out her work for equal education for all.
The story is gripping and powerful, told in a simple, easy to understand, language.

Illegal Aliens

Title:Illegal Aliens
Series: Aoleon The Martian Girl-Part 4
Author: Brent LeVasseur
Genre: Children’s Science Fiction
Publisher: Aoléon Press
Publishing date: February 1st 2015

Synopsis: After their saucer is destroyed, they crash land somewhere in the deep Martian desert, and they set out to locate Kyrios and the secret base where Aoléon’s parents are being held captive.

My Review:

This series quickly loses its charm on me. During the first few books I found it charming, but in the fourth book I just find the storyline annoying and too much is going on all over the place. The description of the book says that we will finally figure out whether or not they can save Aoleon’s parents, but nope that doesn’t happen. It seems like someone wrote the description then someone else wrote the book and they never bothered with checking the two against each other. Much of the humor that made the books funny and endurable before has went underground just like Aleoon’s father (which we never hear anything about anymore).

Little Miss Somebody – Excerpt

Title: Little Miss Somebody
Author: Christy Lynn Abram
Genre: YA
Publisher: Humble Bee Publishing
Publishing date: July 1st, 2015
ISBN: 9780692386224

Synopsis: Based on a true story
Fourteen-year-old Nikki is forced to leave her whole world behind when her mother makes an impulsive move to Missouri. Once in the heart of Saint Louis, her mother begins a vicious cycle of abuse and abandonment, leaving Nikki to fend for herself at her grandmother’s house, amidst her mother’s drug addicted siblings.
Humiliated, lacking resources, and feeling more than ever like a burden, Nikki decides to take matters into her own hands—when she embarks on a journey to find her father, a missing piece to the puzzle of her life. Along the way she unravels more pain and layers of family abuse, causing her to want to give up.
But she won’t give up. Not yet. Not Nikki. Not until she finds what she’s looking for. But, will Nikki find the love she desperately needs?

Little miss


We walked across North Pointe Boulevard and up the street to the house. Meechie made fun of me, saying, “You almost got beat up today. What would you have done if I wasn’t on the bus?”
“They probably would’ve beat me up, but I would’ve fought as hard as I could.” I answered.
“Girl, please. Ain’t no probably about it. They would’ve beat your tail up.”
We both laughed as we approached the house. Uncle Lee was sitting on the front porch, smoking a cigarette and giving us the evil eye.
“What y’all laughing at?”
“Nothing! You’re always in somebody’s business,” said Meechie, rolling her eyes.
“You better watch your mouth, little girl, before I punch you in it!”
“Whatever! With your ole’ ugly self,” she mumbled as she opened the metal screen door.
Meechie and Uncle Lee didn’t get along. Uncle Lee was notorious for stealing everyone’s money and food. He was short, skinny and missing his two front teeth. When he was younger, everyone called him “Wheels” because he liked to roller skate. Everything changed when he got addicted to crack. Now, Uncle Lee spends his time washing cars for money and hiding in the basement until he get his next fix.I giggled under my breath and hurried to pass Uncle Lee before he started on me, but it was too late.
“What you laughing at, dirty little girl? That’s why you got ketchup on your pants.”
“So what! That’s why you don’t have any front teeth!” I said, sticking out my tongue. Meechie fell over in laughter.
“That was a good one!”
I was proud. Uncle Lee was always making fun of me. I had finally gotten payback. I wanted to say more, but he was infamous for trying to fight me and my cousins, and I’d had enough drama for one day. One time, he and Meechie got into a fight and she swung so hard her arm popped out of socket. She told me it hurt badly and she had to go to the hospital to get her shoulder bone “snapped” back in. Since then, every time she got into a fight, one or both of her arms would dislocate. It felt good to know Meechie would risk dislocating her arm to protect me. I loved Meechie. She always came through, no matter what.


After enduring years of trauma and struggling with depression and PTSD, Christy Lynn Abram embarked on a journey to self-healing using holistic wellness as her guide. Now, as an Expressive Writing Coach and author, she teaches others how to love themselves healthy.
Christy is trained in eight healing modalities, including: a Reiki master, EFT practitioner, reflexologist, massage therapist, and a crystal healer, all of which aided in her discovery of how to heal herself naturally. These life-changing skills also served as the foundation to enhancing her gift as an intuitive healer. She has been recognized for her knowledge of the chakra system (by best-selling author of the Chakra Bible, Patricia Mercier), gemstone healing, and energy medicine. She also contributes to several online publications on the subject of holistic healing and offers individual coaching, e-courses, and workshops all designed to assist and encourage others on their journey toward a better, fuller life. Christy also loves to use her gift of writing to help others.
In her book Chakra Wellness: 7 Ways to Renew the Total she dives into the seven chakra centers from a mind-body-soul perspective. Readers learn how to discern key issues, heal imbalances, and maintain energetic barriers to eliminate stress and increase their overall well-being.
In her emotional novel, Little Miss Somebody, Christy wears her heart on her sleeve and delivers a poignant tale of love and sacrifice. Based on a true story, Little Miss Somebody will be released in July 2015.


The Hybrid

Title: The Hybrid
Series: The Hybrid series #1
Author: Venus Morales
Genre: YA – Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Venus Morales
Publishing date: February 9th, 2015
ISBN: 9781508406471
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Synopsis: Ari is the daughter of Ares, the God of War. Half goddess and half Phoenician, she is raised by her father in secrecy until her 18th birthday, when he is forced to return to Olympus.
She chooses not follow her father, and decides to venture out into the mortal realm. There, Ari crosses paths with the archangel Julius, who bears a message from a seer. Ari must return to the Bayou to her late mother’s coven to regain her family crown, she is soon fighting for more than just the crown; she is fighting for her life, and the inner darkness that’s consuming her.
With 7 days to prepare for her trials and 7 days to fight for her life, Ari does the one thing she must do to survive; she forges herself into the weapon she was born to be.

My Review:

This book features a really strong heroine, Ari. she is the daughter of war and carry a few bloodthirsty vampire characteristics. She’s an arrogant kick-ass character. Additionally this book feature a vampire queen; Ily, so good to say this is a book that’s steaming with girlpower. Though the characters seems at times a bit too human for their eternal beings.
However girlpower aside, the book got a bit icky with me during the times when the author tried to make her characters be more human. Ily complaining about breaking nails, Hera ordering shoes from Ily, because that is obviously what the wife of Zeus and  a vampire queen spend their time doing. Though this could be a good way to bring in younger readers and make them relate to the characters. These kind of ticks made the book feel more like a teen-fiction while the other content of the book was clearly YA.
The concept of the book felt rather original, even though I enjoyed the premise more than reading the book. Some of the terminology in the book was distracting f.eks.: deamonons which was demons. Of course this is original, but it removed the story from the puseo-reality it is in to something further from or reality.
All in all it was a quick read, and the middle part was by far the best compared to the start and the ending.


Who am I, you ask? I am a woman who wears many hats. A mother of 3 wonderful boys is my first and for most priority, and from there it trickles down. I’m a wife, a cook, a house cleaner and a mommy to two dogs and a lazy loveable cat. Then there’s my ulternate life.. The writer she is the kid who refuses to grow up. Stuck in a mind state of a teenager, who still has imaginary friends. The two halfs of me get along great!! As long as I let the writer out and listen to my imaginary friends tell me their story, then there’s no conflict. If I keep her caged up too long… Well… You know what they say, when you keep the beast caged up to long, it gets angry.
The life of a writer is who your born to be, not a job you just take on. It’s who I am.

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Title: Serafina and the Black Cloak
Author: Robert Beatty
Genre: Children’s fiction, fantasy
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publishing date: July 14th, 2015
ISBN: 9781484709016
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Synopsis: “Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”
Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of the Biltmore estate.There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. When children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is:a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s identity before all of the children vanish one by one.
Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic. In order to save the children, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.

My Review:

This book had a huge marketing hype around it. All the marketing, the intriguing description as well as the book-cover got me very excited about this book.
In many ways this book would be better off had the author invented a fictional family to go with the castle. Instead he chose to go with the family who are historically linked to the estate, and then he throws history all over the place. Of course all historical fiction does fictionalize a lot of things, but their fictional facts should in some fashion be linked to actual historical facts or theories.
The characters were easy to enjoy but they were a little flat. The mysteries are a bit simple and the books targeted audience (8-12 year olds) wouldn’t have much trouble figuring out the mysteries presented in the book. That is everything except Serafina’s own “past” which is barely foreshadowed at all and is just info-dumped on the reader in the end. Though it is pretty clear what she is, or it is very well displayed by the books illustrations, but the whole why and whens are just dropped in the end.
That aside, this is a book that can be enjoyed, particularly by it’s targeted audience, but the hype around it is insanely overplayed. This is a normal mediocre book which could have been much better had the story been a little more complex and with more colorful characters. If the novel had been longer and there had been more space for the character’s to evolve, this would have been a superb book.
By all means, this book turned out to be a huge disappointment.

Se the astonishing book-trailer below (I would watch that movie):

Come Out Tonight

Title: Come Out Tonight
Author: Bonnie Rozanski
Publisher: Biting Duck Press
Publishing date: August 3rd, 2015
ISBN: 9781938463228

Publisher Description:: Sherry Pollack is a brilliant scientist working for a high-pressure translational medical research lab, where she has helped bring to market a new sleep aid called Somnolux. All of that is destroyed when she is assaulted and left in a persistent vegetative state. Her loving boyfriend and the detective assigned to the case both struggle to find her assailant and to bring Sherry back.
Their research leads them to an array of unlikely suspects and to increasingly worrying discoveries about Somnolux. The surprise ending may make you wish you could never sleep again.

My Review:

To start of this review I would like to compliment both the writing and the narrative, as they carry the story on in a brisk pace. The story is told in a split narrative between a detective Donna Sirken and Sherry’s boyfriend Henry.
Though the premise of the story is very intriguing and I was very excited to read this particular book it just didn’t do it for me. The story was a little predictable, and the characters just didn’t evoke enough emotion for me to pay attention to them. At certain points on the story the characters had emotional outbursts and internalization of thought, as to reveal certain character traits, but they weren’t done in a very masterful way and instead of enriching the story they made the story feel clipped.
The story is sold as a hard sci-fi, which is another one of the reasons I picked it up. Come Out Tonight is not a hard sci-fi, it lacks a lot on the technological side to qualify as such. It is more of a light Science Fiction thriller, and I think it even could have passed as just a normal Crime/Suspense Thriller.
The book could also have had a more interesting cover. Though I picked this book purely for its premise, I do believe that some people will put this book down purely based on its cover.

The Hollow Moon

Title: The Hollow Moon
Series: Aoleon The Martian Girl #3
Author: Brent LeVasseur
Genre: Children’s science fiction
Publisher: Aoléon Press
Publishing date: February 8th, 2015
ISBN: 9780986208232

Synopsis: Gilbert finally gets his chance to learn to skyboard. However, things go horribly wrong and they are chased by the Royal Paladin guard.

My Review:

This is the third installment in the book-series, and all though there is much more action in this one I found myself loosing interest. It is a perfectly fine story, but it did no captivate me in any way. The artwork is still fine, and it is a story that promotes a kick-ass female superhero, which is great. The overall story still lacks direction, which is one of the reasons I feel like I’m losing touch with this story. The good thing about this story is the characters, it is easy to care and fear for them. Another positive thing is that the speed picked up, and the story unfolds faster than in the previous one. There are two more books in the series and I hope the last two books will provide more sense of purpose.

Author info:

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys.
He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel.
He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Warning Cry

Title: Warning Cry
Series: Guardians of the Wild #2
Author: Kris Humphrey
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Publishing date: July 6th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1847156051
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Synopsis: When a raven drops a white feather at the doorstep on the day of your birth, it is a symbol of your destiny. You are a Whisperer – a guardian of the wild.

My Review:

I did read the first book in this series and it was not my favorite book, but I decided to go ahead and give the second book a try, as it might grow on me. It didn’t. There are too many unanswered questions from book one and they continue into book two without any offer of any explanations. As one book in a series it is to be expected that there have to be some open treads for future installments to carry on from, but this book/series just leave too many of them. Somehow it makes the story float all over the place and I, as a reader, have no sense of progress and no sense of direction. A good book leads the reader on the way to the answer, a great book tricks the reader and leave in a few lies, this book just throws out a million questions and offer no explanations.
To look at the positive side of things I want to say that the pace of the story and the narration is intriguing, it does offer the reader some sort of comfort and familiarity. The cover is gorgeous, and for younger readers I think this chaotic book might just work, it just didn’t work for me.

The Luminess of Mars

Title: The Luminess of Mars
Series: Aoleon The Martian Girl #2
Author: Brent LeVasseur
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher:  Aoléon Pres
Publishing date: February 23rd 2015

Synopsis: Gilbert gets to visit the Martian Space Academy (Aoléon’s school) where he encounters Aoléon’s nemesis, Charm Lepton and her friend Quarkina, as well as receiving a history lesson on the Martian people by Plutarch Xenocrates.

My Review:

The book is fast paced and full of adventure just like the previous one. The author has successfully created a resourceful and high energy superhero. For the most part the writing is to the point, but sometimes it seems like the plot loses its grasp on the story and it sort of waddle around, and at some points I think it would have done better with stronger editing.
The graphics are still fun, but I still think they speak more to the younger part of Middle Grade readers rather than the older part. The graphics follow the style of most modern cartoon shows for children.
One thing I really dislike about this series is its clunky and awkward title format. The title format makes it hard to distinguish each volume from the other, and I think it would have benefited from sticking with a traditional graphic novel format or just given each installment a title and call it a series like all other books.

To end the review on a positive note I did enjoy the story for what it was, and I think the writing will be engaging for children who are just starting to read on their own.

Author Bio

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:   Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Aoléon: The Martian Girl

Writing with depression and battling writer’s block

When you are a writer and you struggle with depression, writer’s block isn’t just writer’s block anymore. Writer’s block is something that can be easily swayed when you put your will to it; but when your writer’s block comes from depression it is significantly harder.
I have experienced this first hand. In the past I’ve had writer’s block, and I’ve dealt with it. The best way to battle a block is to just sit down and write. The last few years I have struggled with clinical depression, to a degree where I have been on medication. As I write, I do realize that this post should have been written in May, during mental health awareness month, but mental illness is here for all the other months too. For us all to help remove the stigma, we need to be talking about it, not only in May.

The problem with a Writer’s block when you are depressed, is that the will to something about it is far away. For me, writing has been a sort of therapy. My writing is where I write out my anger, my hatred. It is where I can be anything I am unable to be in my real life. Two years ago, I just stopped writing, and writing has been a constant struggle since, and my depression has turned worse. It is a downward spiral; I can’t write because I’m depressed, I’m depressed because I don’t write.
Because of my illness I was unable to finish my Creative Writing Degree, I had to defer my third year and will be doing it over this year. And I do claim to have all the answers to fix it (I’m still not writing the writing I need), because there is no magical cure and it might not get easier.
To battle the writer’s block, the first step is to realize what’s the problem. In my case depression is the reason or my writer’s block, and eventually the writer’s block became a contributing cause for my depression. It was already too late for me to turn things around when I realized this, a whole semester had passed and it was three months until my dissertation was due.
When you realize what the problem is, you can take steps to fix it. In the past my writing had always been linked to my reading. If I read a lot, I would write a lot. At my writing peak I wrote 5000 words a day and I read almost 100 books that year. It is my belief that all writers need to read. To quote one of my favorite Lannister: “A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.”

I think what I am trying to say here is that it is important to see things in context. As writers we create context in all our little pieces of work, but while we are doing this we forget to take a look at our own, very real, life. So my advice would be: read wide,  read often, and read to expand your mind. Also, remember it is no shame in putting down a book that just doesn’t rub your back.