4.5 Star Review · Angels · book review · Brain · Romance · Youth/Young Adult

All Things New by Lauren Miller (a review)

All Things New by Lauren Miller

Published by Three Saints Press(August 1, 2017)

ISBN: 978-0998511115

After a car accident Jessa Gray finds herself wallowing in a bout of questions and insecurities along with a new disability: aphantasia. She can no longer visualize imagery in her mind, but once she moves to Colorado to live with her dad, not only does she meets new friends, she begin to learn that maybe this disability is not a disability, but unique and useful.

This book is incredible as far as imagery and ideas. When Jessa finds her boyfriend cheating on her, it throws her into a panic attack while driving and then some car speeds past a red light and hits her causing her entire world to change. As you read, you get the feeling Jessa has always relied on her beautiful  looks in the past to cover up who she really inside- which is broken. The author does an amazing job slowly peeling back the layers of Jessa’s life and helping us to see why she thinks and behaves the way she does.

The beautiful takeaway in this story is that panic disorders are real but with the right support and love, you can heal.”

The shining light is Marshall. His attraction to Jessa seems instant. Even with her scars he see her as beautiful and wants to spend time with her. He tries to see the best in everyone and even though he has a hole in his heart, his love for Jessa could repair her own. Their romance buds pretty fast and that was unexpected, however their interaction was all marshmallows and hearts.

My eyes are on his chin, his forehead, then, finally, his eyes, which leap at me…swallowing up air between us…let go of me. But he isn’t holding on to me…He’s just looking at me.” (All Things New, 2017)

What is also interesting about the book is the references to “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde. The book seems to mirror the story as far as perception and the soul is concerned. It piqued my interest in reading Oscar Wilde’s novel.

In summation, the book was definitely good if you are into serious existentialist talk, Van Gogh, and teen issues. An overall good story.

Learn more about Lauren Miller and then if you’re feeling super geeky, check out this link on existentialism and learn more about that too and click Aphantasia to learn about that as well.

This book was received for free from Netgalley!

 

book review · Five Star Review

The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox, Surprising Facts About Your Sleep

the eight hour sleep paradox
The 8 Hour Sleep Paradox by Mark Burhenne, DDS

Are you having a brain fog?

Can’t concentrate at work, feeling dizzy?

Gaining weight?

The cause of your afflictions may be as minor as you think but still so critical.

It is sleep.

The very first chapter of Mark Burhenne’s book The Eight Hour Sleep Paradox begins with the question:

Why is a dentist writing about sleep issues?

It begins when his daughters complain about his snoring one day, but come to learn it was his uber health conscious wife who had the sleeping problems. More specifically, interrupted sleep breathing.

“The people who suffer the most are perhaps the people who seem the healthiest.”(pg. 17)

Mark warns us that it is our teeth and their placement that literally affects how we breathe at night. For example, “the placement of your teeth in your mouth affects the placement of everything else including your jaw, tongue and facial muscles…among other things crowded teeth reduce the amount of space you can use to breathe.”(pg. 5)

Now we understand in part, how teeth affect our sleep.

The power of this book rests in the caring tone Mark Burhenne have for readers; born from care for his own family. He was saddened by the loss of his father in 1996 who suffered dementia, and Mark wondered if sleep could have changed his dad’s fate. Now that there is more research conducted on the topic, is there more we can learn from sleep? Can it save us?

What you should know about the sleep paradox now

  • Common types of people with undiagnosed sleep disorders are: athletes, allergy sufferers, children with ADD/ADHD, petite women(?) and those who grind their teeth.
  • Monitor your sleep(there are apps for that, by the way).

One key takeaway I got from the book is that it is not about getting 8 hours of sleep, it is the quality of how you are sleeping. If you are getting up in the middle of the night or after hearing your own interrupted breathing via a monitor, chances are you will not be at your optimal self the next morning.

Word of advice? Don’t end up like The Sleepless!

I highly recommend this book!

Thank you again, to Mr. Mark Burhenne for gifting me this book!

~The Write Web

 

 

4 Star reviews · book review · Creative Writing · New Adult · writing

D.K. Cassidy Writes About a Nation that Can No Longer Sleep

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I just reviewed The Sleepless(Insomnolence Book 1) over on Amazon, so check out the full review there! I’ve also written a neat haiku review over on Goodreads that quickly sums up my thoughts on the work.

The Sleepless was a very interesting story. What I learned from the author is the power of characterization and not being afraid to test premises.

In The Sleepless, the main character Kate has to navigate life not being able to sleep anymore, so she has to take on odd jobs like cleaning up dead bodies and the another horrible job she refuses: prostitution.

Thank God she has Decker, a dear friend(who could be more than a friend at this point) who does the clean up duties for her. He is actually a sleeper. One of the ones unaffected by whatever event happened a decade back. What I like most about him is that he is an artist and never had much liking for Smartphones and social media. He prefers touch and face to face communication.

D.K. Cassidy’s fearless approach to tell a story about a nation who can’t fall asleep makes the book appealing and to be honest gave me pause. I feel this nation is heading to that point now. Think about it: I can barely sleep because I am always scrolling on my phone trying to find the next Tweet, or next comedic Facebook post and when not doing that, I am reading an eBook.

By time I have to go to work, I am still up- no choice now.

When I come home, I hop on my laptop. I do real work on there, but social media takes up 80% of that time.

D.K. Cassidy is currently working on Book 2: The Dreamers. If you have not already, please subscribe to this blog and check out D.K. Cassidy’s amazing books! 🙂

~The Write Web

 

book review · Five Star Review · Online Learning

Learn Chemistry Concepts in Under a Minute With This Book

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Know-it-All Chemistry by Nivaldo Tro

Wellfleet Press(2017)

ISBN: 978-1-57715-151-7

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As I always say, any book on science and math that uses colorful images, charts and illustrations, automatically gets an A+.

Know it All Chemistry has this and more going for it; I highly recommend it- but only as a companion to studying chemistry on a deeper level.

If you are looking for a simple, easy to understand book for help on areas dealing with tough topics like ionic bonding and chemical equations, this book is for you.

I wish this book was available when I was taking honors chemistry in the tenth grade years ago. The class was tough. Thank goodness for sites like Khan Academy  and  Thought Co.  where you can learn this subject and more for free. There are also several books you can buy to help you with chemistry.

Earlier, I mentioned that this book is better paired with a deeper study of chemistry.

I say this because the book is broken into one minute bites- chapters that give you the bare bones about specific topics and even runs down the timelines of famous chemists and theorists.

A fascinating fact I learned from reading the book was about the Yew Tree. This tree is very special even though on the surface it seems it may not be. Chemists have found out that its bark actually has cancer fighting agents in it.

In summation, I find this book to be very much needed as a companion to whatever you are using to study chemistry now. Highly recommended!

*Book received for free from Netgalley.

afterlife · Apologetics · book review · Five Star Review

Answering the Toughest Questions About Heaven and Hell

Answering tough questions about heaven and hell
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Answering the Toughest Questions About Heaven and Hell by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz

Published by Bethany House(2017)

ISBN:978-0-7-7642-1871-2(Print)

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*Book received for free from Bethany House Publishers*

Here’s a sobering fact: “More than 7,000 people die each day in the U.S. Nearly 11,000 are born each day.”(Answering the Toughest Questions, pg.28, 2017).

Bickel and Jantz began this book in the most logical way by asking: Is there an afterlife in general? The tone of the book is conversational, intellectual and made for very easy reading.

However, where the book excels in being  highly organized, the answers given may satisfy those who are deep in the religion and who never waver from the Word of God whilst “new school” believers like myself, believe in Christ but are not quite sure if everything the bible paints is 100% accurate or made clear.

The good part is that the authors actually save the biblical teachings for later. They offer information on the afterlife based off of sound research and used ingenious quotes from Peter Kreeft, Freeman Dyson, Alan Segal, and more.

The real question remains though: Were they able to give us what we want?

Well, the authors were humble enough throughout the book to mention that they do not have clear answers on everything. In fact, going with God, reading the bible and combing through research dealing with the afterlife is anyone’s best bet.

Another cool feature of this book are the reflection questions at the end of each chapter. The questions are tough too! Not something to take lightly. This is your afterlife we’re talking about here.

Below are a few teaser bits of what I learned from this book:

  • Before followers of Jesus were called Christians, they were called people of the way because Jesus said it first that he was/is the way to heaven.
  • C.S. Lewis said “we have an innate desire for immortality so immortality(in some form) must exist.
  • Death may not sting, but it still hurts(I love how they put that!)
  • Life after death can be explained through biology, consciousness, teleology, and physics- to some degree.
  • Our brains and minds are separate. Therefore, when the body dies our minds or spirits will live on.

I enjoyed this book completely. It sort of rekindled my faith. I love reading theology and Christian living books for this reason.

Do you have any thoughts or experiences you’d like to share here? If you have reviewed the book also, let me know!

-The Write Web 🙂

4.5 Star Review · book review · Romance

Date Me by Logan Chance(My Honest Review on a Hot Novella)

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Date Me( a Sex Me Novella) by Logan Chance

Published by The Brothers Chance 2016

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According to author Logan Chance’s Amazon bio, he “tells it like it is and is a man of his own.” He has also been nominated for Best Debut Goodreads Author of 2016. With credentials like that, I was not surprised that this book would be pretty darn hot.

Erik Murphy is a bad boy pilot and he just learned his ex is getting married soon. He needs a date to go to her wedding. Someone to show off and make his ex mad- but who would go with him on such short notice?

With the help of his meddling, sailor mouth sisters, his profile is posted on a dating app and he is surprised when he gets more than a few lady callers.

One in particular, Belinda, seems to enjoy everything he enjoys. He begins messaging her back and forth and even looks forward to their light banter.

Then one day he meets Belinda’s friend Kayla.

Things get a bit ore difficult.

Erik’s growing attraction for Belinda is relegated to conversation only but her hot friend commands his fantasies with her body. They have a serious chemistry going on. He wants her- bad.

What is a man to do? Go for good conversation and a good time(He and Belinda likes the Miami Heat) or go with your instincts according to the laws of attraction?

Here is a full warning: there is a plot twist but even for a novella (which I finished in one night), it was soooo good. Right to the last drop.

Also, I think reading romance novels from a male perspective can be a new thing for me. Reading from male’s perspective, kind of confirmed that guys really do like when a woman takes control but they can also be sweet and thoughtful to the woman they love.

4.5 Star Review · book review · mystery novels

Guilty by Laura Elliot(My Honest Review)

 

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Guilty by Laura Elliot

Published by Bookouture June 22, 2017

ISBN:978-1786811424

*Book received for free from Netgalley*

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Thirteen year old Constance Lawson goes missing one night and the prime suspect is her very own uncle, Karl Lawson.

The only reason he is a suspect is because young reporter, Amanda Bowe, has a way with words; she makes some startling connections, supposedly linking Karl to his niece’s disappearance.

Six years later, Karl’s life has been destroyed: His brother alienates him, his wife and child abandoned him, and Amanda Bowe is doing excellent.

What will it take for Amanda to understand the pain she put Karl through?

What I can say about this book, is that it keeps you guessing. That is a major point for me and was basically the bonus which gives this book its 4.5/5 hearts.

The reason this book gets four and half hearts, is not because it’s a bad book. To be honest, this story was pretty brilliant.

I just have not read a psych thriller in so long, I was lost at some points or didn’t care..? I cared about what happened in Karl’s life though.

The reporter is one character I did not like nor feel any connection with.

Also, at some point, I thought the story would end, but then the book twists into Amanda’s story. I honestly did not care about her and her life. I truly didn’t. But her story is the bonus of the book in some ways.

What ways you may ask? When it comes to a person being guilty, so many play their role in it too.

I am seriously considering reading more of Laura Elliot’s books.