Tiny Infinities by J H Diehl

@kidlitexchange #partner ☄Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book Tiny Infinities by J. H. Diehl. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Alice’s messy world is fascinating, heartbreaking, and inspirational all in the same breath. Alice wants her family back, not just before her father left and her brothers too, but before the “accident” that keeps her mother barley able to function. In her rebellious fit she takes to living in a tent in the backyard until everything will reset itself. She wants her name on the Swim Team Record Books. She makes a new friend named Harriett who loves Science. Alice babysits for the neighbor, a little girl named Piper, who never says a word. Not one. Alice begins to heal while helping Piper too. A truly inspirational story with so many aspects and so many directions for middle grade entertainment. There’s babysitting, swimming, chronic illness, seperation/divorce, rebellious attitudes, and healing all tied up in this book. Amazing. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

I checked this book out from the local library to read with Modern Mrs Darcy Bookclub. All opinions are my own. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell 🌟🌟🌟🌟 This was a short, light read that will have you in the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens with Evie. After WWII is over and Evie’s stepdad is home they decide a Florida vacation is in order for this New York family. Leaving Grandma at home the three embark on an adventure in the heat of Florida in fall. And 15 year old Evie is amazed and then bored until 23 year old Peter shows up and asks her to dance. Then dinners and movies and soda shops. And oh my how in a 15 year old mind can a story be twisted to be so much more than it really is and just how naive their minds work. But after realizing the truth of matters, Evie has the perfect plot to set it all straight. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Author Spotlight

Harsha Sheelam always had the passion for writing. In the year 2016, she practiced writing more extensively. This led to her recognition in newspapers, magazines, blogs, and digital content. She possesses versatility in writing stories, debatable topics, politics, social, fashion, entertainment, reviews, fashion and lifestyle. Today she is a children’ book author, she debuted in 2017 with the book ‘Beautiful Inside and Out’ which is a collection of short stories. She launched it with the aim of empowering young girls and boys. She has the dedication to her craft which makes the children believe that they are beautiful inside and out. Same year her juvenile fiction novel, ‘Good Exists in all that Exists’ released. As the title suggests, the book is based around the theme of ‘good overpowering the bad’. There is a hidden meaning for every action. The book does not fail to enhance the enchanted experience of the reader.

Beginning of a new year, in 2018 ‘The House of Terry Atterberry’ made it to book-selling portals. Terry’s tales champion hard work, perseverance, honesty and compassion. The riches that kids gain through this book are overcoming fear, not undermining people, understanding no one is perfect, knowing your true friends, and more. The book is a collection of 15 inspiring fables from the life of a fictional character.

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Harsha Sheelam concentrates on the issues of today that young teenagers face, and tries to motivate the young children towards positivity. She chooses an unconventional way, quite different from the stories of yesteryears. Her fantasy tales empower young girls and boys to be strong, optimistic and confident. She believes that children have the inquisitiveness to learn more every day, and in the era where they are exposed to wide variety of media, books are the only way to sustain their innocence. She accepts that every person is beautiful inside and out and shouldn’t be put down by anyone who think otherwise.

“Beautiful Inside and Out” is a collection of 10 moral stories. As the title suggests, the stories make the children believe that they are unique and beautiful just the way they are. They do not need to change themselves according to the likeness of other people.

The fantasy stories teach them the importance of standing up for themselves. Each of the stories is based in fantasy lands, as magnificent as they can be, with hidden meanings behind every action of the protagonists which are revealed as the stories proceed. The book is assigned chronologically, with colorful illustrations which are attractive and eye-catchy. Beautiful Inside and Out is a complete children’s book with the genre–fantasy and fiction. Each story has a different lesson to teach. They are based on different subjects, like color discrimination, mannerisms, bullying, sharing, animosity, self-confidence, respecting parents, prejudice, religion, love, and simplicity. The stories remain very unconventional, modern, distinctive and groundbreaking, with characters ranging from kings, princes, princesses, town girls and boys.

The author’s style is both formal and informal. It closely connects to the intended audience with unabridged metaphors and picturesque imagery. The language of the author is not only understandable, but also provides more scope for young children to learn new words, phrases and meanings. The stories are convincing, and realistic. They do not seem fictitious and easily fit in today’s world.

The most impacting lines from the book are quoted as, “I understood that some things take time, but when we work towards it diligently, it’s unobstructed. Win it or lose it, don’t forget to try hard until you fetch it.”

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‘Good Exists in all that Exists’ is a fictional novel. As the title suggests the story talks about how good is more powerful than evil. This teenage and adult fantasy novel is based in a beautiful fantasy land. The story unfolds with the Austin family moving into the magnificent and huge Wintershore mansion. Claire Austin is the youngest member of the family after Pap, the pet Pekingese. She is a simple girl, but she does something courageous. One day, Claire finds a way to the other side of the world. Adventure, magic and mystery grab her attention and she unfolds a new journey. Harsha Sheelam is a contemporary author and brings a new story to life, with a strong lesson to teach to children and adults.

The story is about Claire’s journey to discovering Crystalice, an enchanted land, where the Kings and Queens of the five forces of nature reside. The story is about the obstacles, courage, magic, mystery, enchantment, and this spins out a fascinating tale. Claire is the chosen one to save Crystalice from the wrath of the one who can’t be named. Claire respects friendship. And, no matter what she never stops fighting evil. There is a fierce battle between good and evil. There are many questions that will be unfolded in the story. How did Claire find about the enchanted Crystalice? Who is the evil one? What is the story behind her wrath? How did Claire prove victorious? There is a hidden meaning for every action.

The book does not fail to enhance the enchanted experience of the reader. The reader will experience an ocean of emotions, happiness, sadness, amusement, trying to conquer the mind of the reader. The novel is spread over 10 chapters. It is written in simple and rich prose, it promises to take children and adults on a rich ride to Crystalice and Claire’s endeavors.

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The House of Terry Atterberry is at the corner of Street 25, in Green Orchid. Terry, who is the tiny protagonist, clad in blue clothes and polka dot socks paired with yellow shoes. The rosy- cheeked boy teaches children 15 real-life lessons in the book “The House of Terry Atterberry”. He lives along with his parents in a mushroom house. He is best friends with Bernie, Darby, Pratt, and Mini. Along with his friends, Terry learns new things at Borrow Dale School and in ‘The House of Terry Atterberry’.

The book has age-old and contemporary wisdom in a delicious form. At the end of every chapter, the reader understands the lesson learned. These morals equip the children for a better adulthood. The riches that kids gain by reading these tales is love, care, honesty, humanity, hard work, overcoming fear, not to be greedy, avoiding laziness, not undermining people, understanding no one is perfect, knowing true friends, and lots more. The author pens instructive and inspiring fables from a fictional character’s life which will help children to develop character as well as have a fun time reading. The stories of Terry Atterberry are a rich mine of moral literacy which aids to anchor children in our culture, values, and ideals.

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Inside The O’Briens by Lisa Genova

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Inside The O’Briens by Lisa Genova. Ever since reading Left Neglected with @diversebookclub I have purchased a Lisa Genova book every month to read this month’s choice was Inside the O’Briens and if growing up Irish Catholic in Boston isn’t hard enough on one person how about being in law enforcement with a family of four children and being diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease in the prime of your life? The struggle for Joe O’Brien is real and if it’s not real enough for you that Joe has Huntington’s imagine how the rest of the family feels knowing this genetic disease could potentially effect future generations of O’Briens. This book takes you through each of their lives and is heart wrenching but when it all seems to becoming overwhelming someone in this family steps up to “stay in the fight”. There are not enough words to explain this novel so just read it! 🤣 Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

My Life As A Rock Album by L. J. Evans

I received this ebook from the author to read in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 My Life As A Rock Album by L. J. Evans. Oh my, Evans has done it again, sucked me into a romance story I would swear I don’t like. But after reading Cam and Jake’s story and then Mia and Derek’s I couldn’t help but want to know PJ and Seth more. Poor, poor messed up bad boy Seth that you learn to hate in book 1 comes completely undone in this one while PJ rips a hole into himself and her from page 1. Seth’s million dollar career scares PJ into believing every time he does something for her its to buy her affection. But Seth being as broken as he is doesn’t know how to use words to explain how he feels so buying her things and protecting her is his way of saying I love you. And while PJ decides she must fix herself, Seth comes completely undone. I am not completely convinced I liked the letter format in this book, but I understand why it works, so I don’t hate it either. However, no matter how this story would have been written it’s hot and steamy and heartbreaking and healing in all the right places. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Library Thing, Go Read, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Monster of Selkirk Book 1 The Duality of Nature by C E Clayton

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @halflostbutterflyreadalong. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Monster of Selkirk Book 1 The Duality of Nature by C E Clayton. This book started out slow for me. The details are so very descriptive and it took a few chapters to really capture me. However, in all honesty if the details were not present you wouldn’t feel the story the way you should. And you need those details to understand how the characters develop. Every detail of every animal and tree in that forest gives the spooky, doomed feeling in order to understand the characters position and the reasons behind the choices they make. The story line is great and you can’t help but root for Tallis and her small group as they progress through the story. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read with @blackheartreads. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Broken Girls by Simone St. James Fioana is a struggling writer dating a cop. Fiona struggles with the death of her sister twenty years ago and being in a small town doesn’t help. Everyone knows but no one talks, the old you do me a favor and I will owe you one mentality. Until Fioana learns the old boarding school was purchased and being renovated and she decides she should be the one to cover the story. Only the story she sets out to write will be so many broken pieces of history that should have long ago been written. The story is creepy but not gory, wonderfully written how the past meets the present and the details everyone should have noticed but probably won’t until it’s all pulled together in the end. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

April Wrap Up

I’m wrapping up April with 20 books read and 2 picture books. Not bad. I’m happy with that number. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie for #modernmrsdarcy, Scythe by Neal Schusterman for @halflostbutterflyreadalong, The Broken Girls by Simone St. James for @blackheartreads, Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate for @diversebookclub, Tangerine by Christine Mangan for @saltwaterreads, Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan, Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel, The Shadow Cypher by Laura Ruby, The Princess Saves Herself In This One and The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace, Geekerella by Ashley Poston a #buddyread with @mycornerforbooksand, Whiskey and Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith, Every Note Played by Lisa Genova, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Roomies by Christina Lauren, Guns, Rations, Rigs and The Undead by K.E. Radke, Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner, Listen To Your Heart by Kasie West, Nice Try Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke, Ozland by Wendy Spinale, Flashnight Light by Matt Forrest Esenwine, and I Speak Peace by Kate Carroll. Reviews all posted on my blog at readsbystacie.com. I am looking forward to starting my May TBR! It’s already out of control!

Do you plan your month by books? How do you organize your TBR?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I purchased this book from Half Priced Books to read. All opinions are my own. 🌊Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Ok, Ok, I know…..but guys this ending! Really????? The story is well written I could almost taste the bad coffee everyone kept drinking throughout the story and I could feel the frustrations when flip flopping from one bad guy to the next. But the ending……No, No, No……Oh I was flustered and frustrated. Review posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Library Thing, Go Read, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

@kidlitexchange #partner 📽 Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke. Jane is an almost graduate from high school until something in her life so humiliating causes her to be expelled from school. But at her religious parents urging Jane makes a choice to enroll in local community college to finish. On her first interview there she grabs and fills out an application to be on a local reality tv show for a chance to win a car. A chance at a clean slate. But soon her minor “celebrity” bubble is busted and Jane must make choices of who she really is. This book is beautifully written the characters are written just shady enough you don’t trust them all but you will continue to root for their success or failure. 📽📽📽📽 Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com