10/19/2014

Soppy by Philippa Rice - Book Review


"The next hot ticket could be British artist Philippa Rice, whose marvelously inventive blogs My Cardboard Life and Soppy have won her fans across the world."
--Anna Baddeley, The Observer

The wildly popular web comic SOPPY--with more than half a million notes on Tumblr--is the illustrated love story of author Philippa Rice and her real-life boyfriend. True love isn't always about the big romantic gestures. Sometimes it's about sympathizing with someone whose tea has gone cold or reading together and sharing a quilt. When two people move in together, it soon becomes apparent that the little things mean an awful lot. The throwaway moments in life become meaningful when you spend them in the company of someone you love.

SOPPY is Philippa Rice's collection of comics and illustrations based on real-life moments with her boyfriend. From grocery shopping to silly arguments and snuggling in front of the television, SOPPY captures the universal experience of sharing a life together, and celebrates the beauty of finding romance all around us.


Soppy by Philippa Rice 
108 pages
December 2nd 2014 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN13: 9781449461065
Comics, Romance


Source: Free digital review copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Plot

Soppy is a comic book without continuous narrative. Illustrations in this book are solemnly about funny, cute, or not so cute moments in a relationship. Soppy is a quiet, lovely and thought-provoking book, what is saying to its readers that romance can hide in a small daily moments.

Characters

Soppy is based on real life events with real people. How can you not love people, who seem to love books, and each other, fondly? I liked them. 


Emotions. 

Yes, Soppy is soppy. It can make readers' heart melt into a puddle, but above all, as I stated before, it's a quiet feeling book. 

Writing.

Soppy doesn't need much words, one picture can say thousand of them. Art may not be a masterpiece, but illustrations are lovely and unique and fit with the feel in this book. 

Soppy can be flipped through quickly, but it's good to reread over and over again. I liked Soppy and would recommend for readers who love books with a soppy feel. 


10/14/2014

The Girl Who Came Back to Life by Craig Staufenberg - Book Tour Giveaway

Title: The Girl Who Came Back to Life
Author Name: Craig Staufenberg

Author Bio: Craig Staufenberg is a writer and filmmaker living in NYC.
Contact: craig.staufenberg@gmail.com
Website: craigstaufenberg.com

Author Links -
Website |  Facebook | Twitter | Linkedin |  Amazon

Book Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 16th, 2014
Buy Link(s): Kindle, Paperback

Book Description: When you die, your spirit wakes in the north, in the City of the Dead. There, you wander the cold until one of your living loved ones finds you, says "Goodbye," and Sends you to the next world.

After her parents die, 12-year-old Sophie refuses to release their spirits. Instead, she resolves to travel to the City of the Dead to bring her mother and father’s spirits back home with her.

Taking the long pilgrimage north with her gruff & distant grandmother—by train, by foot, by boat; over ruined mountains and plains and oceans—Sophie struggles to return what death stole from her. Yet the journey offers her many hard, unexpected lessons—what to hold on to, when to let go, and who she must truly bring back to life.

CHAPTER 1
SENDING

When you die, your spirit wakes in the frozen north, in the City of
the Dead, and waits there until someone comes along to Send you
to the next world by telling you a simple and heartfelt “Goodbye.”

This single word, spoken by someone who loves you, releases your soul from
this world and lets you finish your journey to the next life.
The City of the Dead is difficult, dangerous, and expensive to reach. You
must join the steady stream of mourners who pour north at all times to Send
their loved ones, unwilling to let their dead wander forever through the cold.

CHAPTER 2
THE YOUNG ORPHAN

Sophie was twelve years old when her parents died. Three days later, she sat
on a hill overlooking her town’s cemetery and watched the gravediggers
chip away at the hard winter ground for the better part of the day.
Sophie watched as the sun began to set and two holes appeared in the
ground, large enough to fit her parents’ bodies. When she saw the small
procession of mourners carry two cheap wooden caskets out of the funeral
hall and down the crooked path to the cemetery, she stood up on that hill and
walked the other way.

Though they had taught Sophie about the pilgrimage north to the City of
the Dead, and though they told their daughter she would have to Send them
one day, her parents had died suddenly and never fully prepared her for the
realities of life, death, and the journey that lay ahead of her.

In her innocence, she didn’t understand the full weight of her parents’
death. It was just another problem to solve, and as she walked away from the
cemetery, back into town and towards her grandmother’s house, she settled
on the single obvious solution to her parents’ passing. She would take the
pilgrimage north, yet, while the other mourners would travel to say “Goodbye”
to their loved ones, Sophie would implement a different plan. She would find
her parents’ spirits in the City of the Dead, remind them where they belonged,
and return them back home to be with her once more.

Sophie had never heard of the dead coming back from the north, but that
didn’t stop her from dreaming of returning to life what death had claimed
from her.


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9/22/2014

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper by J. L. Bryan - Book Blitz





Ellie Jordan’s job is to catch and remove unwanted ghosts. Part detective, part paranormal exterminator, Ellie operates out of Savannah, Georgia, one of the oldest and most haunted cities in North America.

When a family contacts her to deal with a disturbance presence in the old mansion they’ve recently purchased, Ellie first believes it to be a typical, by-the-book specter, a residual haunting by a restless spirit. Instead, she finds herself confronted an evil older and more powerful than she’d ever expected, rooted in the house’s long and sordid history of luxury, sin, and murder. The dangerous entity seems particularly interested in her clients’ ten-year-old daughter.

Soon her own life is in danger, and Ellie must find a way to exorcise the darkness of the house before it can kill her, her clients, or their frightened young child.

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper
Author:  J.L. Bryan 
Publication date: September 19th 2014
Genres: Adult, Horror, Paranormal

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23150980-ellie-jordan-ghost-trapper?ac=1

Purchase:
--Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ellie-Jordan-Ghost-Trapper-Volume/dp/1500977004/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411132428&sr=8-1&keywords=Ellie+Jordan%2C+Ghost+Trapper
--B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ellie-jordan-ghost-trapper-j-l-bryan/1120343895?ean=2940150596184

AUTHOR BIO
J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, his son, and some dogs and cats.

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Twitter: @jlbryanbooks

Five Signs Your House May Be Haunted

Things go bump in the night.  You feel like someone is always watching you.  You think you have a ghost, but maybe it’s a just a creepy squirrel scrambling around your attic at night and staring at you through the windows.  How can you tell for sure?

The editors of Ladies’ Haunted Home Journal are back with an easy guide to determining whether a paranormal presence infests your house!  Before calling the ghost trappers, consider whether you have any of the following signs:

Cold Spots: One or more areas in your house might seem much colder the space around it.  This may be a corner, closet, or other out-of-the-way spot.  You may be excited to learn that when you feel the cold spot, you’re not just in the presence of a restless dead spirit, you’re also touching it!  You’re almost inside the ghost, and it’s kind of inside you.  Pretty neat.  Important note: A cold spot inside your refrigerator or freezer may be caused by the appliance itself.

Strange Sounds: You may hear moaning, groaning, thumping or crashing late at night.  Make sure it isn’t an elderly neighbor or relative bumbling around your house.  If you hear voices threatening you with death or dismemberment, you might consider the benefits of spending the night at a Motel 6.

Mysterious Motion: Plates slide off the counter.  Doors open or close by themselves.  The chandelier leaped down from the ceiling, flew across the room, and tried to kill you last week.  You’re beginning to think something may be amiss.  First, make sure there aren’t any logical causes for these problems, such as keeping your counter too greasy, or a broken hinge in the door, or that idiot who installed your chandelier.  If you can’t find an explanation, odds are you’ve got a ghost (or a poltergeist, but let’s not split hairs).

Absurd Disappearances: Your keys disappear from your end table, only to be found in the fish tank.  Your good silver vanishes, piece by piece, and you discover all of down in a mysterious back corner of the basement.  It’s either a family member with bizarre hoarding tendencies or a mischievous ghost.  Either way, you’ve got an annoying problem on your hands.

Full Apparitions: If you have seen a ghost appear and disappear, you probably have a ghost.  We don’t really have an alternate explanation for this one.  Call your local paranormal exterminator today!

We hope these tips will help you sort out whether your house is haunted or your family just weird!  If you have further questions, please read our pamphlet: My House is Haunted – What Now?  Good luck with that ghost!

9/19/2014

Now I See You: A Memoir by Nicole C. Kear - Book Review

At nineteen years old, Nicole C. Kear's biggest concern is choosing a major--until she walks into a doctor’s office in midtown Manhattan and gets a life-changing diagnosis. She is going blind, courtesy of an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, and has only a decade or so before Lights Out. Instead of making preparations as the doctor suggests, Kear decides to carpe diem and make the most of the vision she has left. She joins circus school, tears through boyfriends, travels the world, and through all these hi-jinks, she keeps her vision loss a secret.

When Kear becomes a mother, just a few years shy of her vision’s expiration date, she amends her carpe diem strategy, giving up recklessness in order to relish every moment with her kids. Her secret, though, is harder to surrender - and as her vision deteriorates, harder to keep hidden. As her world grows blurred, one thing becomes clear: no matter how hard she fights, she won’t win the battle against blindness. But if she comes clean with her secret, and comes to terms with the loss, she can still win her happy ending.        

Told with humor and irreverence, Now I See You is an uplifting story about refusing to cower at life’s curveballs, about the power of love to triumph over fear. But, at its core, it’s a story about acceptance: facing the truths that just won't go away, and facing yourself, broken parts and all.

Now I See You: A Memoir by Nicole C. Kear
288 pages
ISBN: 1250026563 (ISBN13: 9781250026569)
Published: June 24th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
Source: I received free digital review via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



Now I See You is Nicole C. Kear's memoir about how she was diagnosed with an eye disease called retinis pigmentosa and how she tried to keep her condition hidden from others, and possibly from herself. Reader can follow her eventful life with a constantly degenerating eyesight, until to the point that she admits to herself that she must take her disease more seriously than before as ignoring the disease could put her life in danger. 

Despite the serious topic in hand, Now I See You is a witty read, written with humor, so I found it hard time to put the book down. The memoir also includes some tips how to fake having a normal eyesight and avoid awkward moments, when you're, in fact, almost blind. 


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Rating: ★★★★

9/18/2014

Desire by Missy Johnson - Book Review

I’m a sex worker. 

A prostitute. A whore.

Whatever you want to call me, the result is still the same. I sleep with men and I get paid for it. I don’t make excuses for what I do.

Then I learn how fragile life can be; how in an instant, everything can change. My mother disappears and I'm left to care for my two estranged siblings. I can barely manage to look after myself. 

How am I supposed to look after a hormonal fifteen year old and a five year old who has no idea who I am?

I just want my old, uncomplicated life back.

Especially when He shows up.

He’s investigating my mothers disappearance, but I can see that it’s more than that for him.He thinks he can help me. He thinks he can fix me.

Only how can he fix something so broken?

Desire by Missy Johson, New Adult Romance

Review

Kaitlyn Delancey experienced something terrible in her teenage years. That destroyed her previously good relationship with her mother. She  ran away from home and started a new life. Few years have passed and she has estranged from her younger sister and brother. 

Kaitlyn is now working in a sex industry and has isolated herself from her feelings. She has forgotten the possibility of being loved.

But one day she founds out that her mother has disappeared. Detective Devon Walkerson investigates the case. Kaitlyn's siblings need some place to live in and Kaitlyn is practically guilted into taking her siblings in her place. So, Kaitlyn needs to deal with her mother's disappearance, painful memories, winning back her siblings' trust and developing love towards Devon. 

Desire is indeed an emotional, sugary sweet read. At the same time, the ending and Kaitlyn's mother case felt bit rushed. Neri's behaviour and accusations against Kaitlyn were irrational and ridiculous. 

Desire is a story about healing of being hurt and broken, and an importance of having a real supporting family. Despite some negative aspect in the story, I did enjoy the book overall. 

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