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Review: Yoga Cocaine by Daralyse Lyons

This is not the type of book I would normally pick up but I loved it and wanted to see how the main character’s life wouldB081W8SBVR end up. I am happy to say that I have not had to deal with drug addiction but I still felt a deep connection with this book and the struggle of the main character to get her life together. The struggle of failure and the fight to get some semblance of normalcy and happiness.

The book is written in a way that follows the 12-step program which was such an interesting structure. The other main topic of the book was incorporating yoga into recovery. I connected with this portion of the book so much that during one of my yoga flows I cried. Releasing some of the trauma that I had stored, the same way it was described in the book.

If you know someone who is struggling this is a book that you need to read. It will give you some understanding of what they may be going through and the thoughts of self-hatred. Addiction is not a choice that people make. It is a mental health illness that needs serious and long-term help and understanding.

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Review: Where the Light Shines by Kelly Inviere

I love poetry and have written quite a bit of it over the years. It was my main coping mechanism during my teenage years when I didn’t think that I could go on. That was how I compiled my first book Thoughts of a Wanderer and even added in some poetry to my mostWhere the Light Shines Through: A Memoir in Poetry by [Kelly Inviere] recent book. The point is I love poetry.

And the book Where the Light Shines by Kelly Inviere is a book of poetry. She uses poetry much in the same way that I did to cope with some difficult and traumatizing times in her life. She does a fantastic job!

Poetry is a very fluid form of expression and there are many ways to write it. Personally, using some type of rhyming scheme is a must. Which is a big positive for this book as Kelly incorporates various strategies of rhyming. It is an easy read but a heartfelt and deep dive read. The more poems that you read the more you can see how the story of her life unfolds. It is a very unique way to write an autobiography and it was a pleasure to read.

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The Vicious Game by Derek Scarzella

Right from the start I was hooked into the life of one of the main characters. The scene was set through dialogue and observations which let the reader get right to the story. There are two story lines throughout the book which shows two sides of the same coin. It was interesting to see this contrast between the two plots that were interconnected and yet weren’t. Most times I wouldn’t think that would work in a story but it did for this one.

I won’t give away any spoilers but I will say that at the end I was shocked. It was wrapped up nicely and I must say that the characters got what was coming to them.

However, as this was the first novel written by Derek Scarzella there could have been some better formatting choices. Overall, the story was to the point and I enjoyed it. It was an easy read (though not for anyone who is uptight about language or sexuality). The only real problem I had with it was that at times in the middle of a chapter the story would change scenes without notice and I would have to do a double take to readjust my visuals (I like to see the story play out in my head).

Many books will do this shift in scene or even a time lapse but they will utilize some type of formatting technique to make it clear to the reader. Usually some asterisks ***** in-between the paragraphs. I don’t hold this against Derek and it would be something that he can easily incorporate into future novels.

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Meredith’s Triumphs

I recently had the pleasure to interview the author of Meredith’s Triumphs,  Theresa Corbley Siller. She was a pleasure to speak with and her interview will be posted soon to the Write or Die Show. Theresa provided me with a copy of her book to complete an honest review, and I can honestly say that I enjoyed it.

The book is about a teenager, Meredith, who struggles with weight issues that lead to bullying. Meredith is a very believable character and I could identify with many of her struggles. The book delves into a topic that most shy away from, food addiction. This is such an important topic to talk about and I think all teenagers should read this book. It can give some great insight into the harm that addiction can have on your and your family, as well as the impacts of bullying.

There were a few times when the dialogue took me out of the story because I had never heard someone talk that way. However, that does not impact the quality of this book or the important message that it is addressing. The only other critique that I have for the book is that I wanted a deeper exploration of the relationship with Meredith’s father. However, since this book’s main target is pre-teens that may have changed the target audience. Maybe in the future Theresa will release a version for adults that dig into that a little bit more.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and think all parents should just leave a copy out for their pre-teens to find. I know as a  pMeredith's Triumphsarent if I gave it to the kids they would roll their eyes at me, but if they discover it on their own then it is pure gold.

 

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Zoe the Crab – Review

As an author I have read many books (and plan to read many many more). Recently, I was able to read (or rather listen on Audible) Zoe the Crab trilogy written by Lucia Matuonto. There are three books all featuring this sweet little crab, Zoe, who has to overcome her fears. The story has great take aways including, facing your fear, meeting new friends, environmental impacts, trust and doing what is right (even if it isn’t easy).

The books are divided up into chapters making it an easy read for young readers. The characters all have distinct personalities which gives the series more life. As an audiobook the narrator uses various voices that really suit the characters – I would recommend if you can listen on audible it is one of the best narrators I have heard. The only odd thing in the narration was the mother crab’s voice, at first I thought it sounded like a father, but it doesn’t affect the story at all and overall it was very well done.

Each book Zoe must overcome some type of fear. In the first book she meets new friends that carry through to the second and third book, so reading them in order is important. The bond she develops with her friends seems very natural and children can relate to finding their best friends. Each character stay true to themselves throughout each of the books.

I enjoyed how Zoe aged through each book. She starts as a very small crab but in the third book she is a couple of years. It shows the readers that as we age and grow we learn new things and can face more challenges.

I would recommend this book to all young readers, the stories share their moral but it is still a fun story with challenges to overcome.

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Zoe the Crab: Lost on the Beach

Zoe the Crab: Mystery Island

Zoe the Crab: To the Rescue