Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Crazy is my superpower by AJ Mendez Brooks

 Recently retired WWE superstar AJ Mendez Brooks is a powerhouse—strong, quirky, and totally confident. But that wasn’t always the case. With humor and tremendous heart, she opens up for the first time about her harrowing struggle to understand her demons and the diagnosis that helped her gain control over her life.

I wasn't a WWE fan for long, but in the time that I was I both loved and hated AJ Lee's character. I adored her that we had a female character to watch who was short and spunky and seemed real, and then later I detested the way they had her character become the crazy girl, the butt of every joke. I expected this book would cover more of her time as a wrestler. I was pleasantly surprised to find out this wasn't the case. The book is an in depth look into her childhood and past. You get to see her use her mother's struggles to help her grow. You get a glimpse into how dark her life could have turned out. She does talk a bit about wrestling, but she treats it like you would treat any job, so it doesn't become the focus of the story. I liked her honesty and bravery when talking about her bipolar disorder, and how she doesn't act like it's something she should be ashamed of. So often mental illnesses are stigmatized, and those who suffer aren't able to be so open and honest about them. AJ's writing is engaging, she speaks passionately, and her book is a good read. I would recommend it to anyone, WWE fan or not. 

I recived this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

 YOU, you… God thinks about you.
God was thinking of you long before your debut.

From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. Knowing that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly.

Written in playful, charming rhyme and brought to life with vivid, fantastical illustrations, young readers will be encouraged and excited to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin create for themselves.

Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knew
That the world needed someone exactly like you!

This book reads like a beautiful song, explaining to children the love that went into their creation and how God has a unique purpose for them. Complimented with some stunning illustrations. I bought it for my niece, who was thrilled that the girl in the story kind of looks like her. I cannot recommend it enough for your children, grandchildren, etc.

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from Blogging For Books. All opinions are 100% my own.   

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Misfit Faith by Jason Stellman

  Jason Stellman has always felt like a misfit. A Protestant pastor with a sharp wit, a restlessly inquisitive mind, and a love of pop culture and rock and roll, he has long sensed that something was missing when it came to his relationship with God. In time, he felt drawn to the Catholic Church, so he stepped down from his ministry and embraced Catholicism, only to still feel misplaced and homeless. 

His feelings, thoughts, and troubles echo the disillusionment and confusion of many people who struggle relating to ancient faiths in a postmodern world. 

This book is primarily the story of ex pastor Jason Stellman, and it's a little rough around the edges. He deals with the issues of faith, like feeling like you aren't “christian” enough, or not being sure which faith is for you. The story is full of pop culture references and wit, which keep it engaging. He has the theological background to be able to question and explain things in a way that the normal lay person can't. If Christians today practiced Christianity they way Stellman explains Christianity, the world would be a much better place. Stellman has written a book that I would say is a must read for anyone who has ever struggled with their faith.

I recived this book in exchange for my honest review from Blogging For Books. All opinions are 100% my own.   

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

 When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem's chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem’s most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed "The Goddess Murders," in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night in 1989. He finds unexpected help in Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims newly returned to town. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian, is guilty of murder or witchcraft. But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly  happened, will evil rise again?

I absolutely love stories that weave in history, and have also always been fascinated by the Salem witch trials and stories about Salem. The 5th Petal incorporates the history well. I found the book a little hard to read though, as the author likes to jump between time periods, and takes a while to walk the story to it's conclusion. Most books I can sit and read for hours, this one I found myself having to put down and come back to a few times. The story evokes rich imagery for me, and includes some nice love(lust) elements. The ending led to the who of the crime, and it wasn't who you expect when you start the book. I liked that a lot, the lack of predictability. All in all, a good read.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Blogging for books . All opinions are 100% my own.

Monday, February 13, 2017

That's so 90s Pop!

 Join Britney Spears in a maze searching for the necklace she once thought the old lady dropped into the ocean. Join Mandy Moore for a Candy-fuelled adventure in her green VW bug. Color in the scorching tattoos on Nick Lachey's rippling biceps. All this and so much more to be discovered within the pages of That's so '90s Pop, a fill-in activity book featuring a bevy of beloved musical pop stars from the late '90s/ early '00s.

I absolutely love the adult coloring book craze. I find coloring to be so therapeutic and relaxing. So i love buying adult coloring books, and as someone who was a teenager in the very late 90s/early 2000s i knew i would love this one. The activities in it remind me of the activity books we used to get as kids, very simple but good for killing some time. There are lots of neat 90s trivia facts, and a lot of color pages. The color pages are where i was disappointed. Most of them look very little like who they are supposed to be. If not for the names on each page i might not have figured out who a few were supposed to be. But for the most part it was a fun book and one i'm glad i got to review. 

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Blogging for books. All opinions are 100% my own. 


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Home on the range by Ruth Logan Herne

Who doesn't love a man in a cowboy hat who has all the right ways to charm a gal into wanting to ride off into the wild blue yonder and live happily ever after? Well I do for one. But in Ruth Logan Herne's latest novel, Home on the Range it won't be that simple. This is the second novel in the Double S Ranch Series and in this novel we meet Nick Stafford, who is a bit of a prodigal. Not the one that ran off and spent his father's inheritance, but the one who stayed. Even though Nick has a firm foundation in his faith, it is tested both my his legendary father who has spent his whole life building up a ranch to leave as an inheritance for his sons and their families.

For Nick, that happily ever after dream disappeared the moment that his now ex-wife took the money he gave her for the house, divorced him and left their two daughters into Nick's custody. Now years later, the girls are still dealing with the effects in ways that are affecting their school work so Nick is advised to get counseling to help them deal with things beyond their years and get things back on track. As much as he hates the idea, he knows he will do whatever it takes to help his two young daughters.

 That is what the school's principal has recommended and not to mention it is her sister who used to practice child psychology. She believes that Elsa can help Nick and his daughters if only he is willing to give it a chance. Her sister believes that this might be the one thing that can bring Elsa out of her hermit like existence, but first they must agree to work together and with sparks flying from all of them, not just the romantic kind, it won't be easy. 

One thing i really loved in this book is the Stanford family.They are as loyal as the day is long and their faith is trusted because it is a faith that is tested on more than one occasion. I love that Elsa makes references to the Disney Elsa throughout the book and love how she manages to work through the hard issues facing the two young girls, giving them a different perspective without making them feel like she is counseling them. A brilliant and warm contemporary romance readers will come to love an remember long after they turn the final page.    

This is the second book i have read by Ruth Logan Herne, and i loved it as much as the first one. Her writing style, attention to detail and the way she weaves faith into her novels speaks to me. 

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.   

Friday, November 25, 2016

David Bowie Retrospective and Coloring Book by Mel Elliott

 Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke. . . . Bowie changed his style more dramatically than any other musician in history. His transformations brought about seismic cultural shifts, altering the definition of what it meant to be a popular rock star. This annotated collection of illustrations provide a remarkable overview of Bowie's nearly fifty years of evolution, featuring looks by the likes of Freddie Burretti and Kansai Yamamoto, further establishing him as the fashion king of self-invention.

I fell in love with David Bowie in the movie "Labyrinth." Jareth the Goblin King was a crush of mine for ages. As i got older i was able to delve into the music of Bowie, and see his true genius. His influence on pop culture, his stance on sexual fluidity and his challenge of gender norms...They made him a great man. His passing in the beginning of 2016 was terribly sad for me. 

Being someone who loves Bowie, and who also loves adult coloring books, i was excited to receive this one. The execution of this book left something to be desired. Each set of pages has a scene/costume of Bowie on one side, with a description on the other side. Most of the images relate to famous outfits he wore, which is fine, but i had hoped for more details on his life. There also a quite a few pages with no background images, which makes them look very plain and un-Bowie like to me. I'm glad i got to review this book, but i personally i wouldn't spend the $12 for it. 

I received this book for free to review from blogging for books. My opinions are 100% my own. 

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