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Review: Cycle of Lives by David Richman

Three and a half years ago, I had cancer. There was already a lot going on in my life, so thinking about the diagnosis wasn’t on the radar. Even after two surgeries and a stay overnight because of an infection that almost killed me, I still didn’t give my cancer much thought. Many of us try not to overthink about our cancer because it is scary. I could have died!

Cycle of Lives is a collection of 15 stories about how cancer affected them, from the survivors to those who cared for loved ones. But more than that, it is a book of emotions. Sure, cancer has affected me, but I am more than my cancer, and this book captures 15 individuals’ lives, cancer included.

I thought this book had an attractive format that I haven’t seen in similar books. Between the stories, the author shares about his 5,000-mile bike ride and how he came to terms with his sister’s death. There was a short biography page about each person that gave a brief overview of what might be expected in their section. Within each section, the stories have subheadings making them easier to digest.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t a page-turner, but it was a heart-turner. This would make an excellent gift for someone going through a cancer diagnosis (or the family and friends of that person).

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Review: Wolf at the Door by Joel McKay

When a Thanksgiving dinner gets an uninvited guest, or two, blood will be shed.

The book’s cover gives some serious horror vibes. However, the content of the book was only slightly horrific. Each chapter focuses on a different person’s perspective of the events of the evening. The characters were relatable, being forced to attend a family dinner.

Once the introductions are finished, the action begins. The death scenes are perfectly detailed, so you can see what is happening. The fear is felt through the words straight to the reader.

When the evening finishes and the sun rises, the characters have a decision to make. I fully agree with their decision after the night they had.

It is a quick read and enjoyable for a horror lover. Just be aware that the kills are gory.

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Review: Every Day Excellence by Joseph RR Templin

This book is a full year worth of self-improvement. Each day starts with a quote, followed by an explanation/story, and finally an activity. All are aimed at helping you grow.

I really enjoyed the quotes and found them to be inspirational. The explanations/stories the author used to add a deeper meaning to each day. They are used to reinforce what the quote expressed to help set up the deep thoughts that the activity evokes.

If you enjoy journalling (you will need your own notebook) this is a wonderful book to guide you on the journey.

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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).