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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

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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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Review: The Epitome of Kimmy by Kimberly Anne Bell

All life is precious, and when a child comes into this world, they should be covered in love and acceptance—Kimberly shares how this was not the case for her in this memoir. Throughout the book, we understand how she came to ‘Accept & Embrace It All.’ A saying that I love!

The Epitome of Kimmy: Accept & Embrace It All by [Kimberly Bell]

Kimberly described many traumas in this book and how she persevered. It chronicles her life from birth into adulthood. The book kept me reading as I wanted to know how she was doing as an adult. I feel like this only skims the surface of the events that happened. I would love to read an extended version in the future that goes more in-depth about the emotions that she felt and the coping strategies that she found along the way.

It is a beautiful way to share with others that you can make it out of the darkness. It is worth the read.

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Review: Manflu by Simone de Munoz

When I first read the title ‘Manflu,’ I didn’t have very high expectations. It is a weird title, but Simone delivers an excellent book that I didn’t want to put down.

Manflu by [Simone De Munoz]

The basis of the book is that an illness has killed most men or those that survived were bedridden. A few men prove to be immune, and some never caught it at all and are housebound. The main character is a scientist working on a cure, while others are trying to sabotage her.

The writing is excellent and easy to read. Each character had their own unique personality. Every time stopped reading; I couldn’t wait to get back and see what would happen next. It felt like I was watching a movie in my head as she transported me to this world with Manflu.

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