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Review: Death’s Intern by D.C. Gomez

Death’s Intern is the first in The Intern Diaries series. Isis Black gets offered a job working for death. Her first few days on the job are not easy, but she is committed to helping her friend.

The book is written from the main character’s perspective. We are able to understand Isis’s thought process and feel the emotional turmoil that she faces throughout the book.

All of the characters were unique and enjoyable. Even the bad guys had some exceptional comeback lines. By far, my favourite is Constantine. He is a no-nonsense kind of guy. Once e you read the book, you will know why I love him so much!

The only pitfall was a few grammatical errors. Unless you are an avid reader,  editor, or reviewer, you probably won’t even notice.

I was captivated by the story from the beginning. There was a great balance between prose and dialogue that kept the story progressing and keeps the reader invested. Overall, this was a great book, and I look forward to future encounters with Constantine and the whole team.

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Review: Jace Wars Episode 2 by Aaron Russell

Two weeks ago, I reviewed the first Jace Wars comic; today, we are looking at the second. If you don’t remember, these comics are based around Jace, who had a brain tumor when he was very young. These comics give a different perspective on the family’s journey to fight and stick together through difficult times. The money raised has been going to McMaster Children’s hospital for many years.

The story continues with Jace, Gigi, and the rest of their crew as they set out to stop a deadly virus from being released.

The story had an interesting arch, lots of emotion, and a few twists. At one point, I was upset at what happened to some characters that I liked. I am excited to see the outcome when episode three is finally released!

The artwork was spot on, which is very important for a comic. At times the story progresses through pictures alone. This is accomplished because the artwork is consistent and detailed.

At the end of the book, there are a few informational pages. These explain how the villains were created based on difficult emotions that the family had to deal with during Jace’s fight with the tumor. The  next informational page explained Jace’s armor and what each mark meant. It was ‘t just a cool drawing but encaptured significant events and people. I was  aptivated by the amount of thought that went into each character and the armor.

Jace Wars is a great story for all ages. Particuarly to help children who may be struggling with something challenging.

Be sure to check out the Jace Wars website and take a read.

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Review: Jailed by Robert P. French

Jailed: A fast-paced thriller that keeps you guessing to the very end. (Cal Rogan Mysteries Book 7) by [Robert P. French]

Jailed is the seventh book within the Cal Rogan Mysteries, but the first one I have had the pleasure of reading. I was concerned that not reading books 1-6 would leave me completely lost. I was delighted to find out that this is not the case! Each book is a stand-alone story but based on the core character group.

Jailed is about a young man, Micah, who claims to have been wrongly convicted of the murder of his girlfriend. Cal and the rest of the Private Investigation team set out to get Micah out of jail. While Micah is in jail, there are two rival gangs, one wanting him dead and the other protecting him.

The book uses a first-person narrative, which is often poorly done. Robert, however, did a fantastic job of giving us the characters’ perspectives without being inundated with ‘I did.’ When I first started reading this book, I was a little concerned about this perspective because each chapter is through the eyes of a different person. It was weird wrapping my head around who would be speaking for the first three chapters because I am not used to reading books written from this perspective.

It worked so well for the progression of the story. Not only did we view the story through various sets of eyes, but the thought processes were interwoven so smoothly. I would not have wanted this book any other way!

The story kept me wanting to read on, and the twist I thought would happen didn’t. But there was a twist. If you like detective books, this is a must-read!

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Review: Jace Wars, Episode 1 by Aaron Russell

Jace Wars is a comic about a brother and sister who learn of a new illness affecting many beings near them. By trying to help, they make themselves a target and need to form a team.

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This is more than just a story. The author is a friend I met many years ago working in social services. Aaron was told his son, Jace, wouldn’t make it because of a brain tumor. Luckily, that was many years ago, and Jace is doing fantastic now. Through the trauma, Aaron created Jace Wars to raise money for McMaster Children’s Hospital. Specifically for their doctors and research on brain tumors.

Jace Wars Episode One is a short read focusing on forming their team. The story is light-hearted but serious. There isn’t much written, but what is there is impactful. The message of hope, perseverance, and differences that make us unique are just some important lessons taught.

Comics are more than words, so though there aren’t many words, the emotions come through in the graphics. My favourite is when Chimmy hides behind Jace. The expressions are genuinely wonderful.

The only disappointing thing was that it ended too soon. However, I know there is another episode and another review. I hope that the next part is as inspirational as the first.

Read the comic here (it’s free, and you can find out more information on Jace Wars).

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Review: When Grace Found Me, Volume 3 by Kim Lengling

This anthology shares the story of various women from all over the world. Each story shows how God’s grace touched their lives. When Grace Found Me : Real-Life Stories of Women of Faith by [Kim  Lengling, Ruth Pearson, LTYV Publishing]

I loved how each story started with a photo of the woman. It connected the reader with the real-life person who shared their struggles. These aren’t light-hearted, funny adventures but real, human, tragic, heartbreaking stories. They show the various ups and downs that people from across the globe face.

No one story is the same as another. Each person on this Earth has various experiences that can be expressed and handled in a multitude of ways. This book shows a snapshot of the immense possibilities that one might face in their life.

An everyday woman (not an author by trade) writes each story; some are better than others. Some stories left me wanting more. Some pulled at my heartstrings while others did not. But it never took away from the soul behind the message and the book’s purpose.

Overall, this was a fantastic read.

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