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Review: Sheila’s Men by Jenna Ashlyn

Sheila’s Men is about a woman, Sheila, who is trying to do the best she can for her daughter. However, through doing what Sheila thinks is expected of her she ends up marrying a man who turns out to be extremely abusive. The story is based on the author’s experience in hopes to shed light on abusive relationships and help others get out. sheil

The book is written from Sheila’s perspective and the author does a beautiful job narrating through Sheila’s inner dialogue. The inner dialogue gives us glimpses into the thought process of staying in an abusive relationship. Society condemns women for staying but it is not as simple as a choice of staying. The narration shows a side of life that, luckily, most of us don’t have to experience; the fear, pain and hopelessness of being with a spouse who consistently berates and abuses.

The author does a great job of bringing the reader into the story and becoming invested in Sheila. Rooting for her to escape. Cheering her on as her confidence grows.

In the first half of the book there are off scenes that are like dream sequences about ‘the gray’. A place that is scary and has hungry, evil individuals prowling for Sheila. I did not enjoy these off scenes because they took me out of the story. I had a hard time transitioning from the story to these parts then back again.

Overall, this is a well-written book that shows life outside of our often shielded worlds.

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**if you are in an abusive situation please seek help, there are often shelters available to help you escape

Posted in autism, Blog, On Writing

What is a Social Story

This week I don’t have a book review to share (I know it is sad). However, I wanted to share the social stories I have and what they are. If you don’t live or work with neurodiverse children then the term social stories might not be something you have heard before.

A social story is a short story explaining a specific skill to help a child learn. They often have pictures, either illustrations or real-life pictures of the child, showing the steps of the skill.

These stories are used frequently with children with autism to learn skills that the rest of us take for granted. I didn’t know much about these books when my child was younger and we struggled through learning various skills. I wanted to create the stories that I wish we would have had access to when my son was growing up to help him.

Currently, I have three social stories available. I am always looking for more ideas that other parents need.

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Posted in Blog, fantasy

Review: Queen of Magic: The Revolution by Hayden Knight

The story follows a witch, Salaire, who learns about her mother’s troubling deal to get what she wanted. In the end, it is Salaire who must follow through on the deal and lead the nonhumans to freedom. Queen of Magic: The Revolution by [Hayden Knight]

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and didn’t want to put it down. The dialogue kept the story going with enough description to show where we were in this magical world. From the onset of the story, it is evident that Salaire just wants to be left alone but by the end, she is thriving in her new role which shows great character growth. 

There was some indication of a potential love interest but it didn’t delve deeply into that part of the storyline. Thank goodness! Too many stories get sidetracked by the love interest and I lose interest in the story.

The characters were all very interesting and had their own personality. I even read their dialogues in the voices I thought they would be using. From the witch to the wolves to the dwarves and everyone in between it was interesting to see how they all came together.

Even though this is the first in the series the ending was still very satisfying. I am always very disappointed in a book when nothing is resolved, luckily the troubles that arose in this book were handled in this book. The epilogue was the cliffhanger, as it should be, showing where the next book will lead us.

This book is worth the read and I hope to review the next in the series when it comes out.

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Review: Hive by Jeremiah Ukponrefe

Hive takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where an alien force decimated the world. There are now pockets of humans trying to survive and hopefully, end the hive for good. 

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There are strong characters throughout the book and you see the relationships change among them. The main character really comes into his own by the end of the book. The writing is effective in transplanting the reader into the hive’s world. 

I enjoyed the story and the twists throughout. No spoilers here but there are exciting twists! 

There was quite a bit of description used, especially in regards to the weapons. The amount of description was tedious to read. The weaponry descriptors were strange and things I wouldn’t have known if not for video games. 

Overall I enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the series. 

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Review: A Flash of Horror by Karina Kantas

This is a collection of super-short stories that take less than five minutes each to read. Every story is unique, well written, and transports you directly into the story without having to read the often dull build-up. They were all full of excitement and yet simplistic. Even with the simplicity, there are sufficient details to let your imagination run wild.

The stories are designed to be horror; however, only a handful of the stories felt like horror. It is an enjoyable read, but I wished for more horror.

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