Liberation By Sian B. Claven

Liberation
Author: Sian B. Claven
Published: April 15, 2019
51 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Evelyn was everything that Karen and Aubrey could ask for in an adopted daughter until she starts having the darkest of dreams, or perhaps they are the memories of her previous life that she seems to have forgotten.

Who was Evelyn in her past life? And why does it feel so bad?

Kim’s Review:

Claven does it again! This story is creepy and bloody and perfect for a short, engaging read! I will admit that at certain places, it did get a bit predictable, but other than that, I really enjoyed this story. Claven is perfect for a good horror book and she keeps proving it book after book. And the cover! I easily recommend this book for horror lovers!

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50 Real Heroes for Boys

50 Real Heroes for Boys: True Stories of Courage, Integrity, Kindness, Empathy, Compassion, and More!
Author: Christy Monson

Narrator: Johan Twiss
Published: September 1, 2019
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: February 2-5, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

50 Real Heroes for Boys teaches young boys everywhere that being a man only requires being yourself–but your best self. Bright, colorful portraits by over a dozen international artists accompany true stories of men who knew that character–things like integrity, kindness, empathy, courage, respect for women, and more–mixed with their own unique gifts–art, athletics, creativity, dance, music, curiosity, and more–could make the world a better place. Readers will find Jackie Robinson, who used courage to break barriers in sports; Jim Henson, who used humor to uplift the lives of millions; Dav Pilkey, who used perseverance to push through dyslexia and become one of the word’s most successful children’s book authors; and many more! The book also includes dozens of stories of women like Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Jane Goodall, because boys can have women heroes too! Written by marriage and family therapist Christy Monson, 50 Real Heroes for Boys reminds boys everywhere what true masculinity is all about.

Jessica’s Review:

Though aimed for boys, this children’s picture book would be suitable for girls as well.  The heroes mentioned include:

  1. Men and women
  2. Well known and not so well known figures
  3. Main-stream and historical figures
  4. National and international figures

Everyone would learn something from this book.  Each figure has at least one ‘special power’ that is unique to them and their situation they went through to become a real hero.  There is also a section for each hero that lets kids think about how they can be a hero and do what the mentioned person accomplished. 

I received an audible copy from the narrator Johan Twiss to review.  Please note when you buy an audible copy you will also be sent a PDF so you can listen to and also follow along reading!  Together the audio version and book are a perfect combination!  There is music that goes along with the narration and most of it had a Marvel/superhero feel to it.  There was also music to go along with the mentioned figure’s time period or where they are from. This audiobook was pure entertainment, yet also educational for everyone! 

This was a highly enjoyable children’s book that I would say is for everyone and all will learn something from in!

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Asylum By Marcus Low

Asylum
Author: Marcus Low
Published: April 1, 2017
226 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Barry James is detained in a quarantine facility in the blistering heat of the Great Karoo. Here he exists in two worlds: the discordant and unforgiving reality of his incarceration and the lyrical, snowy landscapes of his dreams. He has cut all ties with his previous life, his health is failing, and he has given up all hope. All he has to cling to are the meanderings of his restless mind, the daily round of pills and the journals he reluctantly keeps as testimony to a life once lived.

And then there’s an opportunity to escape. But to escape what? And where to? Can there be a life to go back to? Is there still a world out there in the barren wasteland beyond the fence?

Kim’s Review:

A dystopian story of quarantine and death. Enough said. Of course I was going to read this book and I’m so glad I did! A hospital quarantining a group of men with a dangerous and untreatable strain of lung disease. Yay, hospitals! At first, I felt like I had no idea what was going on. However, the more I read, the more I understood. While there is some action that takes place, it’s a very philosophical and emotional read. There’s also a bit of conspiracy sprinkled in. Overall, it’s an interesting book and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a fascinating read!

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