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Review: Mine by Rachael Tamayo

This book is about greed to the extreme. Justin is taken to Vegas to celebrate his birthday to discover that he has married a much younger woman. She turns out to be psychotic. There’s murder, betrayal, and many twists.

Rachael Tamayo wrote Mine in first person perspective, allowing different characters to share the telling of this twisted adventure. In the first few chapters, I was intrigued by the dynamic between Justin and his new wife. I was certain that I understood the plot until…. (sorry, no spoilers). I was dead wrong.

As I continued reading, I realized what the story was actually about. I knew the outcome until… (another twist). Once again, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the author could sneak in the twists. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and how well each character was fleshed out in their personalities.

Be prepared for murder and swearing. It’s not a bedtime story. But it is worth the read.

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Review: Queen of Madness by Hayden Knight

This book is a continuation of Queen of Magic (check out the review) set 6 months into the future. The story broadens our horizons of the people and lands surrounding the main characters, putting attention onto a new foe, the Queen of the Fae.

This book is written in the same style as the first, using lots of dialogue to progress the story. Something that I am a big fan of, with just enough descriptions to bring the world to life. The first book focussed on Salair, the witch queen, who plays an important role again. However, in this book, the other characters are explored more deeply, the wolf twins in particular.

Hayden put a disclaimer at the beginning of the book as there are sensitive topics discussed. They also opted to put trigger warnings at the start of the chapters with those particular topics. What I thought was incredibly unique and helpful for readers was that there were summaries at the end of those chapters. This allows readers to still enjoy the book, not miss out, and not be triggered by these topics. I did not skip any chapters and think that Hayden Knight did a great job of exploring difficult issues with compassion.

I would love to write more about the character development seen throughout the book, but I don’t want to give any spoilers. Just know that there is a diverse group of non-humans (and humans), and each one is given their own uniqueness.

Unfortunately, there were quite a few editing errors. At times these interrupted my flow of imagination.

Overall, I loved this book and will be reading the next. Get your copy here (affiliate link – thanks for your support).

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Review: Junkie by Robert P. French

Junkie

Junkie is the first in the series of Cal Rogen detective books. It is the second I read (because you don’t need to read them in order!). We follow Cal as he tries to prove that his friend was murdered. During his investigation, Cal is dealing with addiction to heroin, potentially losing his daughter, and discovering hidden family truths.

The book is written in first person perspective, and each chapter designates which character we are following. Most of the book is written from Cal’s perspective. Like the other Cal Rogen novel I read, I like this style of writing for this book. It keeps the story moving at a nice pace while uniquely revealing the story through the eyes of various characters.

Robert P French did an excellent job of incorporating Cal’s addiction into the book respectfully. It highlights how people with addiction are still intelligent and hard-working individuals impacted by mental illness. Robert shares how difficult it is to live with an addiction and how there is a cycle of wanting to get help but knowing it will be a long and challenging path.

There were many times when I thought I knew who the murderer was, but I was frequently wrong. There were some exciting twists to keep me reading along with colourful characters.

I highly recommend reading all of the Cal Rogen series – even if you don’t read them in order!

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Review: Make Every Move a Meditation by Nita Sweeney

Make Every Move a Meditation delves into using movement in meditation by sharing personal stories, how-to’s, practical examples, benefits, and much more.

In the age of instant gratification, the idea of taking time to meditate quietly can be daunting. By using movement that you are already doing (sports, walking, etc.), it can be easier to add meditation into your life.

As a 200-hour yoga teacher, I have read many books about meditation. Many of them were dry, giving the history of meditation, and written for those that already meditate (don’t get me wrong, there is value in these books). Nita Sweeney writes for both new meditators and new to movement meditators.

She begins by explaining why you should implement movement into your meditation. There is great value in both movement and meditation. By putting them together, you can reap bigger rewards – just read the book to find out!

What I really liked about the book were the actionable steps. Nita not only explains how to use movement for meditation she gives instructions to practice before moving on.

Writing for the world of self-indulgence and sharing personal stories makes this one of the most captivating meditation books that I have read.

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Review: What If You Could by Lynne Harley

A little caterpillar is hanging out on a branch with big dreams. There is a positive and negative voices competing for his attention.

This is a beautifully drawn book. Each page has a few rhyming sentences with an eye-catching image. The story is simple and yet shares a big idea.

Everyone deals with both positive and negative self-talk. Negative self-talk can be so detrimental that some of us spiral into depression (I’ve been there). The negativity can be so loud and demanding that it can be hard to ever realize that there is anything good in life and that we can achieve what we want.

His voice was belittling the little caterpillar. Luckily, the positive voice was louder, and the caterpillar realized he could fly!

I read it to my almost three-year-old grandson, who loved the book. It is cute and teaches children to believe in themselves.

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