[Banned/Challenged Book] The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

For this week, I’m featuring a banned, challenged, or censored book each day of the week alongside your regularly scheduled line-up!



The Perks of Being A Wallflower

MTV Books
Pub Date  February 1999
Genres     YA, Fiction, Contemporary
Goodreads


Description

Now in a special edition to mark the twentieth anniversary of a beloved cult classic! Read the #1 New York Times bestselling coming-of-age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Also a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic.

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

A #1 New York Times best seller for more than a year, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults (2000) and Best Book for Reluctant Readers (2000), and with millions of copies in print, this novel for teen readers (or “wallflowers” of more-advanced age) will make you laugh, cry, and perhaps feel nostalgic for those moments when you, too, tiptoed onto the dance floor of life.


REASON FOR BEING
BANNED OR CHALLENGED

Drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”

INITIAL REACTION

An absolute favourite of mine!

Although I won’t lie, this book is a hard one to get through sometimes… but for it to be “banned” seems ridiculous to me. Challenged… eh, ok. I’ll give it that. But banned? Yikes!

DISCUSS

What do you guys think? Have you read this one? What were your thoughts on it and does the challenges brought upon it stand or are wildly exaggerated?

[FRIDAY FREEBIES – NIGHT 7] Free Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Books

Friday Freebies is a Friday Night feature I host here on Reckless Indulgence, where I showcase anywhere between 5 to 10 FREE E-BOOKS that I’ve recently come across online. I try to group them into categories, genre, or type – but sometimes it’s a mixed bag.

And just to be clear:

I’M NOT ENDORSING THESE BOOKS.
I haven’t read them (yet). I don’t know if they’re good or bad.
I’m only providing a reference for any free books I find in genres I like.


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POLAR BEAR DAWN: A DETECTIVE BERNADETTE CALLAHAN MYSTERY (Detective Bernadette Callahan of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Book 1)

by Lyle Nicholson

Goodreads
Red Cuillin Publishing
Pub Date  October 25, 2013
Genres     Mystery, Fiction


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Google Play
Amazon / Kindle


Description

Murders happen. But not with employees of the same company in Oil Camps in the high Arctic and Northern Canada. Two detectives, one from Alaska and one from Canada are given the case. They find the murders are connected. Now, they have to work together to find out why the victims were silenced. What secrets did their deaths conceal?

Frank Mueller, the Alaskan Detective is close to retirement. He’s been through three marriages and two stints in rehab. He is on probation with the force. He knows the Anchorage Police department has given him this case because they don’t want it investigated fully and there’s no booze in the Arctic oil camps.

Bernadette Callahan, the Canadian Detective, is in her mid thirties with a lot to prove on the force. She is Cree Indian and Irish, raised on a native reservation in Northern Canada. She’s been ingrained with the ways of the ‘people,’ by her grandmother that have given her instincts.  Her instincts tell her there is something more than four dead people—someone is settling a score. The real crime will happen soon.

The oil companies think the deaths are bad for publicity they want them solved quickly. The detectives are under pressure to come up with a verdict they know is wrong.

Callahan begins to unravel a series of unlikely suspects. A Chemistry Professor with a grudge against big oil, a Mexican low life gangster and Wall Street Executives. How are they connected?

Something is about to happen to oil supplies in the Arctic. The two Detectives can sense it. They know it’s real—can they convince others to act?

This novel is the first in Bernadette Callahan Detective Mystery/Thriller series. A female detective in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where being a hardheaded woman who uses her instincts is not always welcome.


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ONCE GONE (a Riley Paige Mystery Book 1)

by Blake Pierce

Goodreads
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  December 10, 2015
Genres     Mystery, Serial Killers, Murder, Psychological Thrillers


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Google Play
Amazon / Kindle


Description

Women are turning up dead in the rural outskirts of Virginia, killed in grotesque ways, and when the FBI is called in, they are stumped. A serial killer is out there, his frequency increasing, and they know there is only one agent good enough to crack this case: Special Agent Riley Paige.

Riley is on paid leave herself, recovering from her encounter with her last serial killer, and, fragile as she is, the FBI is reluctant to tap her brilliant mind. Yet Riley, needing to battle her own demons, comes on board, and her hunt leads her through the disturbing subculture of doll collectors, into the homes of broken families, and into the darkest canals of the killer’s mind. As Riley peels back the layers, she realizes she is up against a killer more twisted than she could have imagined. In a frantic race against time, she finds herself pushed to her limit, her job on the line, her own family in danger, and her fragile psyche collapsing.

Yet once Riley Paige takes on a case, she will not quit. It obsesses her, leading her to the darkest corners of her own mind, blurring the lines between hunter and hunted. After a series of unexpected twists, her instincts lead her to a shocking climax that even Riley could not have imagined.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE GONE marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.


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RETRIBUTION: A PARANORMAL THRILLER (Psychic Detective Kate Pierce Crime Thriller Series Book 1)

by C.M. Sutter

Goodreads
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  October 25, 2018
Genres     Psychic, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Crime


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Amazon / Kindle


Description

The violent drug-related murders of two prominent attorneys have the homicide division of the Chicago Police Department scrambling for answers, but without clues, a motive, or a suspect, not even the FBI can track down the killer.
With the media demanding an arrest and at their wits’ end, the Chicago Police Department makes an urgent call to the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office in hopes of bringing in Kate Pierce, a psychic detective, on the case. A reluctant Kate agrees only when word comes that Jesse McCord, a new friend and top-notch Chicago homicide detective, has gone missing.
Partnered with Detective Henry Johnson of Chicago’s homicide division, Kate goes on the hunt for the killer, armed with clues from her revealing dreams—and her dogged determination. As they inch closer to locating Jesse and learning the identity of the suspect, they realize the killer may be much closer than they think.

* All books are standalone stories but since characters carry over, they are best read in chronological order.

Start at the beginning of the Monroe Sisters’ world with Maniacal. Find all of the books leading up to the Kate Pierce Crime Thriller Series listed in order below.

The Detective Jade Monroe Crime Thriller Series
#1 Maniacal
#2 Captive
#3 Fallacy
#4 Premonition
#5 Exposed

Note: The Jade Monroe FBI Thriller books follow on the heels of the conclusion of Exposed, Book 5, in the Detective Jade Monroe Crime Thriller Series.

The Agent Jade Monroe FBI Thriller Series
#1 Snapped
#2 Justified
#3 Donors
#4 Leverage
#5 Malice

Note: The Amber Monroe Crime Thriller books follow on the heels of the conclusion of Malice, Book 5, in the Agent Jade Monroe FBI Thriller Series.

The Amber Monroe Crime Thriller Series
#1 Greed
#2 Avenged
#3 Vendetta
#4 Atrocity
#5 Travesty

Note: The Psychic Detective Kate Pierce Crime Thriller Series follows on the heels of the conclusion of Travesty, Book 5, in the Amber Monroe Crime Thriller Series.

The Psychic Detective Kate Pierce Crime Thriller Series
#1 Retribution
#2 Imperious
#3 Deranged
#4 Beguiled
#5 Diabolical


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FREE TO KILL (Katie Freeman Mysteries Book 1)

by Julie Mellon

Goodreads
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  December 9, 2014
Genres     Serial Killers, Murder, Women Sleuths,


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Amazon / Kindle


Description

FBI Agent Katie Freeman’s life has been upended. After being reassigned from Louisiana to middle Tennessee, her new bosses suspect that her reassignment is due to an indiscretion with her previous partner. Now, she and her new partner, Michael Powell, are asked to assist on the bewildering case of a woman who was kidnapped, tortured and left for dead on her own front porch. Before they can make any headway, a second woman disappears. As the number of missing women rises, Katie and Michael must work to figure out how the women are being abducted and where they are being held. Will they be too late to save the latest woman?

Complicating matters even further is a cold case left behind by Michael’s former partner. Who murdered Henry Stephens twenty-six years ago? What happened to Henry’s wife? And why does one of the suspects act like he knows Katie?


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GONE THE NEXT (Roy Ballard Mysteries Book 1)

by Ben Rehder

Goodreads
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date   September 15, 2012
Genres     Fiction, Mystery, Thriller


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Amazon / Kindle


Description

Meet Roy Ballard, freelance videographer with a knack for catching insurance cheats. He’s working a routine case, complete with hours of tedious surveillance, when he sees something that shakes him to the core. There, with the subject, is a little blond girl wearing a pink top and denim shorts—the same outfit worn by Tracy Turner, a six-year-old abducted the day before. When the police are skeptical of Ballard’s report—and with his history, who can blame them?—it’s the beginning of the most important case of his life.


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[Banned/Challenged Book] I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings (authors) & Shelagh McNicholas (illustrator)

For this week, I’m featuring a banned, challenged, or censored book each day of the week alongside your regularly scheduled line-up!



i am jazz

Dial Books
Pub Date   September 4th 2014
Genres     Children’s Picture Books, LGBT+/QUILTBAG+, Nonfiction, Biography
Goodreads


Description

The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere.

From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.


REASON FOR BEING
BANNED OR CHALLENGED

This autobiographical picture book co-written by the 13-year-old protagonist was challenged because it addresses gender identity.

INITIAL REACTION

Loved that a book like this was made, but had SOO MANY ISSUES WITH THIS ONE… and NONE OF THEM ARE BECAUSE JAZZ IS TRANS.

Main two issues I had was that JAZZ IS NOT WHITE. WHY IS SHE DEPICTED AS WHITE IN THE BOOK?! She’s Jewish, and yes, I know Jewish people come in all skin colors… but Jazz’s skintone is NOT white.

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her skin is clearly bronzed or light brown or tanned or something. THERE IS COLOR TO HER SKIN, OK?! My biggest issue is that this book is supposed to be biographical account of her early life and the cover LITERALLY SHOWS A LITTLE WHITE GIRL with not a hint of bronze or color or anything to her skintone. I mean… what the hell did this book need the whitewashing for? WHY?????

Secondly, I really didn’t like the reinforcing of the gender binary and gender stereotypes throughout the book (things like “girl clothes” and “boy body”). I understand that the book was made for kids to understand, but that’s just the problem. If you continue to teach kids from since young that there was “boy clothes” and “girl clothes”, you continue to enforce the problem, especially for kids who don’t feel like the clothes suit who they are inside. I know I definitely had that problem growing up. It was unbelievably frustrating to be herded towards a section of the store for my assigned sex when I wanted nothing more than to head over to where the “cool clothes” were on the other side of the aisle. (And yes, I did used to think of them as “the cool clothes”, not the “[insert a sex/gender] clothes”.)

DISCUSS

What do you guys think? Have you read this one? What were your thoughts on it and does the challenges brought upon it stand or are wildly exaggerated?

[Banned/Challenged Book] Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg (author) & Fiona Smyth (illustrator)

For this week, I’m featuring a banned, challenged, or censored book each day of the week alongside your regularly scheduled line-up!



Sex is a Funny Word

Triangle Square
Pub Date  July 28th 2015
Genres     Nonfiction, Parenting, Childrens, Graphic Novels
Goodreads


Description

A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identities, Sex Is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers. Much more than the “facts of life” or “the birds and the bees,” Sex Is a Funny Word opens up conversations between young people and their caregivers in a way that allows adults to convey their values and beliefs while providing information about boundaries, safety, and joy.

The eagerly anticipated follow up to Lambda-nominated What Makes a Baby, from sex educator Cory Silverberg and artist Fiona SmythSex Is a Funny Word reimagines “sex talk” for the twenty-first century.


REASON FOR BEING
BANNED OR CHALLENGED

This 2015 informational children’s book written by a certified sex educator was challenged because it addresses sex education and is believed to lead children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex.”

INITIAL REACTION

Never read it, but I remember hearing about it. Sorta want to put it on my TBR/WTRO2 list…

DISCUSS

What do you guys think? Have you read this one? What were your thoughts on it and does the challenges brought upon it stand or are wildly exaggerated?

[Banned/Challenged Book] The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

For this week, I’m featuring a banned, challenged, or censored book each day of the week alongside your regularly scheduled line-up!



The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub Date  September 12th 2007
Genres     YA, Fiction, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Humor
Goodreads


Description

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

With a forward by Markus Zusak & interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney


REASON FOR BEING
BANNED OR CHALLENGED

Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit.

INITIAL REACTION

Not gonna lie, I don’t really remember much about this book. I remember I didn’t like it all that much (like, it just wasn’t my cup of tea). I didn’t HATE it or anything, I just wasn’t the biggest fan. It was ok for me. Probably a 3 star book or something. I honestly didn’t think it was worth all the fuss (AGAIN) especially since it was bringing to light topics and issues that are IMPORTANT ONES and part of life… part of many children’s lives, regardless of whether adults like it or not.

DISCUSS

What do you guys think? Have you read this one? What were your thoughts on it and does the challenges brought upon it stand or are wildly exaggerated?

[Banned/Challenged Book] Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

For this week, I’m featuring a banned, challenged, or censored book each day of the week alongside your regularly scheduled line-up!



13 reasons why

Razorbill
Pub Date  October 18th 2007
Genres     YA, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Goodreads


Description

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.


REASON FOR BEING
BANNED OR CHALLENGED

Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.

INITIAL REACTION

I can understand the panic over it, especially with teen suicide rates so high in several countries, but I don’t know if it’s worth all the commotion. Yes, the book deals with teen suicide. It’s literally the premise of the thing. But… I dunno. I think it’s more popular opinion that is of greater concern. The topic of suicide is something that shouldn’t be shied away from and needs to be discussed with teens, but public opinion is what needs to stop either glorifying, demonizing, or simply polarizing the subject in media and television because I think THAT’S what’s really getting the kids (and their parents) so riled up.

DISCUSS

What do you guys think? Have you read this one? What were your thoughts on it and does the challenges brought upon it stand or are wildly exaggerated?

Library Finds 9.14.19

Found these at my local library recently and ABSOLUTELY meant to post these sooner (but I’ve been SO BUSY TAT)

I’ve already read through 2 of them, The Grownup and Greyhound. I meant to start on The Wild Things, but I just haven’t had the time. I’ll definitely be trying to do so soon.

Here’s the goods:

[Review] Brave Face by Shaun David Hutchinson

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Brave Face

Shaun David Hutchinson

What rating would you give it?
♥ 5 of 5 Stars ♥

Give us a summary.

(Goodreads Description)
Critically acclaimed author of We Are the Ants—described as having “hints of Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five” (School Library Journal)—opens up about what led to an attempted suicide in his teens, and his path back from the experience.

“I wasn’t depressed because I was gay. I was depressed and gay.”

Shaun David Hutchinson was nineteen. Confused. Struggling to find the vocabulary to understand and accept who he was and how he fit into a community in which he couldn’t see himself. The voice of depression told him that he would never be loved or wanted, while powerful and hurtful messages from society told him that being gay meant love and happiness weren’t for him.

A million moments large and small over the years all came together to convince Shaun that he couldn’t keep going, that he had no future. And so he followed through on trying to make that a reality.

Thankfully Shaun survived, and over time, came to embrace how grateful he is and how to find self-acceptance. In this courageous and deeply honest memoir, Shaun takes readers through the journey of what brought him to the edge, and what has helped him truly believe that it does get better.

What did you think of the book?

And this is how you get a person who HATES MEMOIRS to read a memoir.

WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW

First off, this is one of the books I featured on W2RO2 (Want To Read Or Own) AND I managed to find it at my local library last month to read for my N.E.W.T.S.

Secondly… I said this before, and I’ll most certainly say it again: TBH, I’m actually NOT the biggest fan of memoirs, autobiographies, and biographies. I have nothing against them, I just tend not to wast–EHEM–spend my money on them. XD EVEN IF THEY’RE AMAZING. That being said…

Third… IT ABSOLUTELY LIVES UP TO THE HYPE. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

I knew I’d love this book from it’s catch line:

“I wasn’t depressed because I was gay. I was depressed and gay.”

Because I can SO relate.

What a fantastic, emotionally charged read. I’m still feeling that IN MY BONES.

Holy cow. There was so many relatable moments in there for me. You just would NOT believe. I felt his isolation, his pain, his struggles, his desolation, his despair, and inevitably his acceptance of self (even if it came at the expense of deciding he that acceptance came in the form of hating oneself until he finally learned to stop doing that and ACTUALLY live with who he is).

Listen. Anyone like me who honestly can’t understand why someone else would wanna read a memoir (Like, whhhhyyy??), you NEED to read this. It will change your life and your perspective of why memoirs (NOT ALL, BTW) are really, REALLY important and need to exist and continue to exist for generations to come.

This is one of those types of memoirs. I’m SHOOK.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Well… this IS a memoir about some pretty heavy topics, so go in understanding that.

Brave Face delves into life with depression, suicide, as well as what life is like being gay and not having a strong sense of self and acceptance, in part because the world around us offers none of the role models we deserve to see. Whether you are gay, lesbian, biThe author is raw and honest about his life, including many of the poor decisions he made and behaviors he engages in that shine in him a negative light. He keeps it real to the very end and I greatly appreciate that (because we all make stupid mistakes and I cannot stress enough that we NEED to own them and not simply hide them away, never to see the light of day, or deny them when they DO come to light because someone unearthed a “dirty little secret”).

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Would you recommend this book?

are you kidding me

IS THAT A TRICK QUESTION?!

OF COURSE GO READ IT!!

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Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 2019
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 369
Genre & Themes: Nonfiction, Memoir, Autobiography,
LGBTQUAI+
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Borrowed from local library
Challenge:  Goodreads 2019 ReadingChallenge, 2019 N.E.W.T.S.,

[FRIDAY FREEBIES – NIGHT 6] Free Children’s eBooks

Friday Freebies is a Friday Night feature I host here on Reckless Indulgence, where I showcase anywhere between 5 to 10 FREE E-BOOKS that I’ve recently come across online. I try to group them into categories, genre, or type – but sometimes it’s a mixed bag.

And just to be clear:

I’M NOT ENDORSING THESE BOOKS.
I haven’t read them (yet). I don’t know if they’re good or bad.
I’m only providing a reference for any free books I find in genres I like.


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.A Month of Bedtime Stories - the First Five Stories (and off you went to the woods)

A MONTH OF BEDTIME STORIES: THE FIRST FIVE STORIES (AND OFF YOU WENT TO THE WOODS)

by Neil McFarlane

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  December 9, 2017
Genres     Children’s Stories, Humor, Bedtime, Ages 4-6, Grade K-6


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Amazon / Kindle


Description

The first five stories of the highly praised collection, “A Month of Bedtime Stories”.

Children will love being the main character and hearing about the adventures they had earlier in the day. (“You don’t remember? It must have been that bonk on the head that made you forget!”) Parents too will enjoy the humor and imagination of this book of immersive, read-aloud bedtime tales.


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.A Diary of a Private School Kid

A DIARY OF A PRIVATE SCHOOL KID (Book 1)

by Penn Brooks

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  October 6, 2016
Genres     Children’s Books, Slice of Life, Bullying, Children’s Chapter Books, Age 8-12, Grade 3-7


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Google Play
Amazon / Kindle


Description

Private school is tough: bullies, peer pressure, uniforms, and social issues. You think it’s bad being a wimpy kid in public school? Try walking in my shoes for one day! I’m Ben Montgomery and these are my unintentionally hilarious stories of misfortune.

A Diary of a Private School Kid is a funny illustrated chapter book that’s entertaining for children, middle school students, and adults.


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.FIERCE WINDS AND FIERY DRAGONS

FIERCE WINDS AND FIERY DRAGONS (Dusky Hollows Book 1)

by Nan Sweet

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  May 21, 2014
Genres     Children’s Books, Sword & Sorcery, Fantasy, Scary Stories, Folk Tales & Myths, Age 8-14, Grade 3-8


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Amazon / Kindle


Description

LIVE THE MAGIC
LOVE THE ADVENTURE

Ivy and Carrie love their new classroom even if the new teacher is a little strange. When Mrs. Huffity asks for volunteers to care for an egg, Ivy doesn’t budge. She’s had a few scary dreams about that egg and wants nothing to do with it.

But when trouble comes, Ivy defends the egg. In her desire to save the baby that hatches, Ivy is tossed into the middle of an adventure. She discovers more than she ever wanted to know about fierce winds and fiery dragons.

-Over 50 five-star Amazon reviews. Fans of The Chronicles of Narnia will love Nan Sweet.

~In the Dusky Hollows Series~
Book 1: Fierce Winds & Fiery Dragons
Book 2: The Curse of the Invisibles
Book 3: Too Much School
Book 4: Adrift
Book 5: An Unexpected Adventure
Book 6: The Haunted House
Book 7: The Unicorn’s Quest
Book 8: Cry of the Banshee
Book 9: Tara and the Ice Giant
Book 10: Furry Mess


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.The enchanted hat

THE ENCHANTED HAT

by John Ulutunu

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  December 25, 2015
Genres     Children’s Books, Picture Books, Pirate, Time Travel, Action & Adventure, Age 5-18, Grade P-12


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Amazon / Kindle


Description

David is an ordinary boy, with an an EXTRA-ordinary hat! A hat that can take him to places, well beyond his wildest dreams!

Sail on a pirate ship, dance with wild animals, go on adventurous, heart throbbing expeditions… it’s all possible with the magic hat!

Hold on tight, because you are about to go on an EPIC adventure!

Are you ready… let’s begin!


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.My Snowman, Paul

MY SNOWMAN, PAUL (Snowman Paul Book 1)

by Yossi Lapid (Author), Joanna Pasek (Illustrator)

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  November 1, 2016
Genres     Bedtime story, Children’s Picture Book, preschool, kids, kindergarten, ages 2-5


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Amazon / Kindle


Description

Friendship and Fun in a Winter Wonderland!

My three-year-old’s review, “Buy this book! Cuz. People love to buy a snowman book. It is about snowmen and people and kids and doggies and snowman and house and beds. I have read this book lots of times.” – D. Lieberman (Amazon Customer, five-star review)

* Mom’s choice gold award winner.
* Moonbeam, Best Picture Book Series Award winner.

Paul is a fun-seeking snowman who loves going on adventures with friends. In this book, Snowman Paul meets Dan for the first time, and they become best friends in an adventure-filled winter wonderland. This book teaches your little ones the valuable lessons of true friendship, courage and being comfortable with who you are.

Written in rhyme and stunningly illustrated with full-page watercolors, this is the introductory volume to the multiple award-winning Snowman Paul series. This adorable story will delight children, parents and grandparents alike. It is a perfect bedtime story, and it is ideal for beginner readers. It makes a great Christmas gift, and it will show you how much fun winter can be if you embrace your imagination.

Ready to experience some fantastic fun in a magical winter wonderland? Join Dan and Snowman Paul in this imaginative and whimsical adventure!


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[Review] The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

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The Grownup

Gillian Flynn

What rating would you give it?
2.5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Goodreads Description)
A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

“The Grownup,” originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology.

What did you think of the book?

Okay. So I had high hopes for this one. Really, I did.

I found it rather oddly at my local library, stuck in-between two ENORMOUS books that just caused this tiny, itty-bitty thing of a book to stand out even more prominently on the bottom shelf of that aisle.

I opened the cover. Read the description. Turned it over and found these onimous words printed IN HUGE, BOLD LETTERS:

“YOU LIKE GHOST STORIES?”

and I was hooked.

Sat down in the library. Finished reading it in a single sitting.

And was THOROUGHLY DISAPPOINTED AFTER BEING ENTERTAINED AND ENTHRALLED FOR NEARLY 50 PAGES OF SUSPENSE AND WONDERING.

When I started, I honest to goodness enjoyed this story. I really, REALLY did.

Then from, like, page 47 or so it all started to go to hell and the whole damned thing just fell apart. I honestly have no idea why the author decided – of all things – to give us such a crap-shoot ending to such a promising short story! In fact, it’s because of the way the story ended that I can’t possibly say I enjoyed reading this. I felt cheated and used.

…which I guess might have been the feeling the author was going for, considering the main character’s lifelong profession and occupation (and even the way in which the story, itself, ended). It’s just… I don’t think you’d want YOUR READERS feeling like they’ve been duped because it probably won’t do well in endearing them to you so they’ll come back to read more of your books. (*accent* You know what I’m sayin’, sweetheart?)

The pacing was good, and the writing itself was very good. Simple. To the point. The voice of each character was superb. That first line definitely got me from the start. If nothing else I kept turning to the next page simply because I kept uttering, “What? …..WHAT?” under my breathe with each turn.

But ultimately… I feel like I was click-baited IRL. That’s NOT a good feeling AT ALL, so no way is this book getting my recommendation — UNLESS, that’s the sort of feeling you’re going for. Or you wanna give this book to someone as a prank. Then by all means.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

I think the biggest one (and the one that threw me because it was so unexpected) were the copious recounts of sexual situations enacted by the MC.

There were also some implications of “bad family life” going on, ghost stories, hauntings, and mentions of grisly murder.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Two.

Would you recommend this book?

As mentioned before, I – personally – wouldn’t. Maybe only as a prank or something.

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher:  Crown
Publication Date: Nov 2015
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 64
Genre & Themes: Fiction,
Short Stories, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Borrowed from local Library
Challenge: 2019 GoodReads Reading Challenge,
2019 N.E.W.T.S.