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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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Review: Preternatural 3, Reckoning by Peter Topside

This is the final chapter for Blackheart and Mr. Smith, and I was not disappointed. The story takes place a year after the second book. Meadowsville is trying to put their town back together when the unthinkable returns.

I enjoyed that there was a distinct battle between good and evil, light and darkness. The divide amongst the townspeople resembles much of our society. Many see things in black and white and forget their faith quite quickly. Interestingly, even those that want to do good are often coaxed into agreeing with something that they know will end badly. The politics amongst the townspeople, mayor, and town council is expertly explained, not just through the town meetings but through the emotional turmoil that the mayor is enduring.

The book contained great foreshadowing, which I won’t explain for fear of spoilers. It showed extensive character growth amongst the leading group and the town. I think that it had a fitting end with closure for the readers. The worst thing when reading a book is feeling like something was left unsaid. Peter did a wonderful job wrapping this story up.

My favourite part was that we heard more about the town’s beginnings, which I would love to read more about. Perhaps Peter will give us a prequel?

The book releases on April 12, 2022. Get your copy here.

 

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Review: Thriving After Sexual Abuse by Denise Bossarte

Sexual abuse is a hot topic; more and more people are coming forward with their stories to shed light on a complex Thriving After Sexual Abuse: Break Your Bondage to the Past and Live a Life You Love by [Denise Bossarte, Beverly Engel]issue. More often than not, the abuser is someone you know (in the case of Denise, it was her grandfather). This book shares some of Denise’s story about her sexual abuse, but more importantly, it shares ways to thrive afterward (perfect title for this book).

I love how the book focuses on the strategies that helped Denise overcome her abuse; each chapter focuses on a different part of the healing journey. She is able to articulate in great detail and emotion how and why each strategy is helpful. Even if you haven’t come forward about the abuse, this book is a helpful first step in the healing process. There is a list of resources at the end of the book, including other books, websites, and meditations.

This book can help many people struggling with past sexual abuse. It is one of the best self-help books that I have read. Get your copy here.