BOOK TOUR: Review: “The Messenger” and “The Assassin” by Pamela DuMond

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Reviews by Maria.

I would like to thank author Pamela DuMond for giving me the opportunity to read the first two books in her Mortal Beloved series, The Messenger and The Assassin, in exchange for fair and honest reviews of both novels.

The Messenger by Pamela DuMond

My review for The Messenger:

16-year-old Madeline Blackford is just trying to make her way through her crazy prep school with power tripping teachers, mean girls, and the guy that’s about to break up with her. Her mother left her when she was very young, and Madeline can’t remember much about the car accident they had before she left. But, she lives a basically happy life with her friends and her family. She never expected she was any different than other girls; and certainly never expected to have a super power; nevermind that her power would be to travel through time. More specifically that while she was falling to her death, she’d travel to Rhode Island, to the year 1675.

Madeline started off as a fairly regular female adolescent main character. There wasn’t anything about her personality or story that made her that interesting or different. Aside from her mother’s disappearance nothing made her stand out as a leading character. But when she traveled back in time to 1675, she went through huge character growth which made her much more interesting and likable. I thought her reaction to landing in the past was realistic as she went through many stages: confusion, acceptance, and acclimation. She proved to be tough and smart as she learned many ways of life in the past like chores such as weaving, taking care of livestock, and churning butter. While Madeline was in the past, she was able to convince the people around her that she’s their Abigail. She’s able to take over Abigail’s body after her settlement had been attacked and she was left for dead.

Samuel was an interesting love interest. He is a healer and will reincarnate in that role over and over during his lifetimes. He has a healing and powerful touch, but because of his native blood, he finds much distrust while living in a settlement full of white people. Some people fear he has magic and suspect his ways. The threat of witchcraft in that time was very real with the puritans suspecting everyone around them. He must walk this line and be smart enough not to cross it while living there. Samuel is useful, he’s allowed to stay. He is a simple man and proves his love to Madeline through simple deeds. Their romance is sweet and endearing. It also is tested through death, loyalty, accusations, and courage.

This book was a little slow in the beginning while Madeline was in the present but it picked up and got very interesting once she landed in the past. I really liked DuMond’s attention for historical fictionous details. While the people were probably fictitious, much of the story and past elements were probably real. I know that life for the early settlers was very hard, relationships with the native americans were tenuous, and religious zealotism was a way of life.

Adults and young adults would enjoy this book, especially if they enjoy historical literacy.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

The Assassin by Pamela DuMond

My review for The Assassin:

The Assassin picks up right where The Messenger left off with Madeline seeing Samuel back in her present time. Now that her two best friends know about her power to time-travel, they aid in her search for finding Samuel in this time. Madeline also gets a new trainer/mentor in fellow Messenger Ryan. She quickly travels back in time again, this time to medieval Portugal, the year 1355. She must deliver her message to Prince Pedro’s beloved Inez and travel back to her time. The only problem is when she strikes up an alliance with the Samuel of 1355 and feels herself falling for him all over again.

I definitely liked Madeline more in this book. After all her character growth in the last book this one was more about her coming into her powers and becoming a heroine. She trains and banters with Ryan which shows her feistier side in the beginning of this book. But when she travels into the past again she really shows strength. She enters the body of a lowly gypsy peasant, one who someone just tried to poison.  She seemed more centered and aware of her purpose and power in this book. Madeline knows more about time-traveling now and tries to acclimate to the time quickly. She shows brains and compassion when she cares for Inez’s children while Inez is being brutally murdered; after she discovers she’s too late to warn her. Madeline quickly builds friendships and alliances with others around her. She’s also better at crafting lies to cover up for her story. And slowly she lets herself fall in love again.

This book really didn’t introduce present day Samuel aside from presenting him as somewhat aloof. So I’ll delve more into 1355 Samuel instead. So Samuel is a healer and reincarnates but doesn’t remember his past lives. So he will never recognize Madeline in any lifetime, unless she meets him in enough past lives for him to start to remember her in the present. Unfortunately he doesn’t remember her in this past. He’s a stuffy, privileged lord living amongst the royals. He hasn’t discovered his healer powers or his purpose yet. While he forms an alliance with Madeline while they help Inez, he still thinks little of her. So this past Samuel was kind of a big jerk and it took a long time for me (and Madeline) to like him. But eventually his character did reveal his inner layers and that he thinks of more than just royalty and politics. He shows strength and kindness when in his station, when he didn’t have to. He also genuinely cares about the servants and people around him. Samuel has the moral dilemma of loyalty to his kingdom or to his heritage. He’s a very enigmatic character in this lifetime.  Watching his walls start to come down as he falls for Madeline was very exciting to see, making this Samuel my favorite so far.

I did want to mention Ryan because even though he was introduced in this book and wasn’t around very long before Madeline time jumped; I believe he’ll probably be back in the series. It was very nice to see Madeline have a strong, knowledgeable mentor. Also one who wouldn’t take any of her crap -i.e. her feistiness- without putting her in her place. For awhile there I was really concerned Ryan was going to be another love interest, and while it was brought up, it was never really explored. Which made this relationship refreshingly mostly platonic; because Madeline’s got enough problems in that department.

This 2nd edition to this series went fast and like the first, had great historical scenes. I’m not sure how historically accurate it was, being I know nothing about Portugal in 1355, but I’m sure the essence of the story was true. Life in medieval times was rough for everyone not just the servants but for the rich as well. Crowns changed hands, assassinations happened, and the threat of murder, illness, or death was around every corner. I believe the author did a great job portraying how life was back then. I just wished she would have gone into a little more detail about how Madeline learned the skills as a servant back then.

This book would be a great read of Young Adult and Adult historical fiction readers alike.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

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The Assassin by Pamela DuMond
(Mortal Beloved, #2)
Publication date: July 5th 2015
Genres: Time-Travel, Young Adult
Synopsis:

“All the excitement of Outlander if it was a YA series.”

THE ASSASSIN IS the anticipated sequel to the YA Time Travel romantic thriller — THE MESSENGER.

The Messenger has been optioned for Film/TV.

The Assassin will be featured in Glamour UK Magazine September 2015 edition.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Time Traveler. Messenger. Beloved. Spy.

“I was a Messenger: I kept the memory of all our encounters, our lives, like a locket that brushes the skin and bones covering my heart. But Samuel was a Healer: he didn’t time travel. His kind lived, died, re-incarnated, and he didn’t retain memories from his past lives. Every year I landed in required starting our relationship over: from ashes, from scrap… Every place I journeyed had beauty as well as darkness; all my time-travels were bittersweet.” ~ Madeline.

Madeline’s a Messenger: time traveling across lifetimes and delivering messages that could change one life or many. When she discovers that her true love, Samuel, is alive in present day, but doesn’t remember her from their past, she journeys to a deadly royal conflict in medieval Portugal hoping to rekindle his memory. Mortal assassins as well as dark-souled time travelers seek to kill her. Will Madeline and Samuel be together again in life—or only in death?

THE SEEKER (Mortal Beloved, Book Three) publishes Winter 2015/2016.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Pamela DuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.

She writes romantic comedic mysteries, romantic YA time travel and New Adult romance.

Her book The Story of You and Me was a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance.

Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys was a Quarterfinalist in ABNA 2013 in Mystery .

She’s addicted to TV shows — The Voice and Reign. The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon — not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time she watches them. (Like — a thousand.)

When she’s not writing Pamela’s also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.

She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle.

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Review: “Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues” by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani

"Red Sonja, Queen of Plagues" by Gail Simone by Walter GeovanniA review by Courtney.

Red Sonja is a title that I was reluctant to read for a while because of the level of violence I was expecting. I finally decided to read it based on the author alone. Gail Simone is one of my favorite comic book authors and at this point I will follow her anywhere she chooses to write; that was how I found myself with this volume in my hands.

Red Sonja is known as the “She Devil with a Sword” and you quickly learn why as the book progresses. I was expecting a certain amount of violence and that was definitely there, however there were also layered back stories which helped explain Red Sonja is the way she is. The story line with Dark Annisia is particularly intriguing as their relationship is complicated and multifaceted. Dark Annisia is a friend, enemy, and more to Red Sonja; she is also possibly one of the only people capable of actually besting the She Devil with the Sword.  It is incredibly rare to see such a dynamic relationship between two female characters in a comic book with both characters being so strong. Red Sonja battles for her life and kingdom, sometimes with Dark Annisia by her side and sometimes against her, throughout volume one.
The art in this book is amazing, however it is racy and it can be bloody and violent. If severed heads make you squeamish, this may not be the book for you. There are also times when some of the characters do not wear a lot of clothes, but I honestly thought that the story itself made up for that. For me, Red Sonja  became another fantastic fiery red-headed heroine for me to look up to. I can’t wait to pick up volume two.

 

My rating: 4.5/5 stars.

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BOOK TOUR Teaser: “Autumn Moon” by Jan DeLima

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Thank you so much for hosting a second tour! It is truly appreciated! Jan

ONCE UPON A RECIPE

I often use food in the scenes of my books.  It’s a nurturing element, but it also adds texture through our senses and memories.  Autumn Moon is Elen and Cormack’s story, and I wanted their first shared meal in this book to reflect a feeling of home and security—because that’s what Elen offered him during his curse.  The setting of Autumn Moon is in the forest regions of New England during autumn, and pumpkin muffins immediately came to mind. Nothing conveys comfort more than spiced bread baking in a familiar kitchen as a fire crackles in the hearth.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with my books, I write the Celtic Wolves series, which begins with Celtic Moon and is followed by Summer Moon.  Autumn Moon, book three, is my latest release.  The stories are inspired by Celtic folklore and are a mixture of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.  Each installment features a new couple’s love story, while the fantasy elements span the series.  The books are written for adults and contain graphic love scenes and battle scenes—and a few shocking scenes as well.  It’s those graphic scenes that may have landed my books on the urban fantasy side of things instead of paranormal romance.

I created the above art graphic for Autumn Moon. I wanted an image that shows the fairytale elements of my series, since I’ve drawn inspiration from some of the oldest documented fairytales and brought them into a modern day setting.  There are dark elements in my books, but beauty as well, and plenty of romance.  Plus there’s a precocious pixie that humans only see as a winter wren.  Ms. Hafwen was sent to teach Elen how to control her magic and she lives in the stone cottage pictured in the background.  The wolf is exactly how I envision Cormack while he’s in wolf form.  Attributions for the graphic are available on my website at http://jandelima.com/elens-garden-attributions/

Of all the emails I get from readers, Elen and Cormack is the couple I’m asked most about.  They have been secondary but significant characters throughout the series, and this is the book where they finally get together.  They are both outcasts for different reasons, and drawn together as friends because of it.  Elen is feared for her magical abilities, and Cormack has been trapped in wolf form for centuries.  They’ve lived together as friends for hundreds of years, bound by an emotional connection—but a platonic one because of their unique circumstances.

Everything changes when Elen frees Cormack from his curse.  Cormack is now a man and he fully intends to protect the woman he loves.  In Autumn Moon they are learning each other for the first time with hearts that are already bound.  Their journey was truly magical to write.

You are welcome to visit my website for an excerpt from Autumn Moon and Elen’s pumpkin streusel muffin recipe pictured below at http://jandelima.com/2015/09/pumpkin-streusel-muffin-recipe/

As always, I hope you’re reading something just for fun!
Jan

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Autumn Moon

The Celtic Wolves Series

Book 3

Elen and Cormack’s story

Jan DeLima

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: ACE

Date of Publication: September 29, 2015

ISBN: 978-0425266229

ASIN: B00SI0B9DQ

Number of pages: 304

 

Book Description:

The heart of a warrior, the soul of a wolf, and the desires of a man…

For centuries, Cormack has lived between worlds—a man trapped in the body of a wolf, shunned by humans and shifters alike. Only one person has ever welcomed his company: Elen, a kindred outcast who is feared by others of her ancient Celtic race for her strange healing abilities.

Cormack has always valued Elen’s kindness and understanding, but after a desperate act of friendship causes Elen to free him from his curse, he realizes he wants more. He wants all of her—completely and forever. Except before Cormack can win Elen’s heart, Pendaran, the evil leader of the Guardians, captures her, determined to manipulate her incredible power to aid him in his twisted war against the shapeshifting tribes.

Now Cormack must use all of his skills as a warrior and a wolf to save the woman he loves—before Pendaran’s vile schemes destroy them all…

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Excerpt from Autumn Moon

Too wired to sleep, Elen opened the wine and poured a glass, sipping quietly as she walked over to the bed.  Cormack slept above the coverlet and on his back, with one arm raised over his head, while the other rested by his side.  His hair was still damp from his shower, and he wore jeans but no shirt, as if he’d just rested his head and sleep claimed him first.

His chest rose and fell with even breaths.  She was not one to marvel over physical attributes, but this was Cormack, and his body was meant for pleasure, like a goddess had molded him for her personal divine gratification.  His frame was large, and toned, with wide shoulders and a firm chest that tapered down to his hips.  His hardened stomach would provide the perfect friction were she to ride him just like this.

And as that image flooded her mind, another, more wicked one, followed.  It was greedy, and selfish, but all her niceness had been used up for the day.  He looked peaceful, and innocent, but the man was practically immortal after all.  Their kind did not die from lack of sleep.  They might go mad, of course, but that took a few weeks.  And had he not said, do with me as you will?

She needed to touch him.  That was all.  Well, no, she wanted more, but for now that would do.  Taking a sip of her wine, she gently set the glass on an end table by the bed, and gave into temptation.  Starting by his heart, she brushed lightly across his chest, tracing down the indent between, and lingering on the valleys and curves of his muscles.  Flattening her hand over his stomach, she felt the soft hair that began just above the waistband of his jeans and disappeared below.  She had never seen him in this restful state, at least not in his human form, and took in her ravenous fill.

Her hand lingered over the button of his jeans.  She swallowed, wanting… Oh, how she wanted.  It burned like molten earth, fed by a need that had been denied for too long.  Even now she felt her body moisten and swell just from imagining what waited beyond that closure, and how it would feel inside her.

Or how it would taste.

She thumbed the button.  A quick flick was all it would take.

A sound made her jolt, an intake of breath perhaps, followed by a sudden rise under her hands.  She snapped her eyes to his face.

Cormack was awake.

And watching her.

A fire raged within his cerulean gaze.  “Kill me now if you stop, Elen, because then I’ll know I’m well and truly cursed and I cannot be tortured anymore.”

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About the Author:

Jan DeLima is the author of the Celtic Wolves novels, including Summer Moon and Celtic Moon. She lives in Maine with her husband and their two sons. Unlike many authors, Jan didn’t pen stories at an early age, but she has always been a dedicated reader.  It wasn’t until after her children entered school that she began writing. Raised in a military family, she lived in different countries such as Thailand and Germany, but home base has always been Maine.

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BOOK TOUR Review: “Shifter: City of Wolves” by Avery Burch

Shifter City of Wolves by Avery BurchA review by Maria.

I would like to thank author Avery Burch for letting me read and review her new novel, Shifter.

Lyla is one of the rich elite training in school to become a powerful enforcer. She’s going to be engaged to her uncle against her will. He’s a powerful and ambitious man holding her and her mother under his thumb. She wants nothing more than to escape his clutches and find happiness. Zac is a bit of a nomad, risking his life to come to New York and pursue his dreams. Security into the city is fierce and protected by enforcers.  Shifters are outlawed, hunted, and killed. When Zac starts to turn into a shifter, and imprints on Lyla for his fated mate, he needs to hide who he is or risk being killed.

I liked Lyla’s character quite a bit. She has no rights and is chained to a man she doesn’t love. She has enough magic to be considered one of the best in enforcer school, but it won’t help her escape her uncle and his obsession with her. Her character evolves and she develops quite a backbone and stands up for herself.

Zac was the romantic forbidden love; sexy, charismatic, and a shifter. At times he was downright sappy in love with Lyla. But he was still very likable, sweet, and smart. They were a very good match and the romance between these two was well done.

A romance novel needs to have a romantic connection and probably will have intense love scenes. I had two qualms with the love scenes in this book. In one of the scenes Lyla loses her virginity, but while romantic and passionate, it didn’t feel believable. There was no real shyness, or awkwardness or real pain involved and almost all of those should have factored into loss of virginity. I think these things would have enhanced the scene more. The second qualm I had is that all around Lyla and Zac the city is being attacked and destroyed. Everyone they love is at risk or dying. Yet they stop to have sex two times while this is all going on! I realize it was all still new to them, and there’s the celebration of life factor. But usually the celebration of life sex happens after they have survived. Not while they are still in the middle of running for their lives! This part while also passionate, was hugely unrealistic for me.

This book went fast for how long it was. It had very few slow moving parts. Telling a story through two different perspectives can sometimes make it choppy but this one blended well. While reading Shifter though, I couldn’t help draw comparisons from this story to the love story featured in the movie Titanic. Both Titanic and Shifter featured forbidden romance across the classes, a gap between the classes, banned from elite privileges, a poor boy saving a rich girl and invited to a fancy dinner because of it. It even had a version of the big “making it count” speech. I thought these similarities were interesting and the paranormal added a new twist to it.

Despite Lyla and Zac being fairly young characters I wouldn’t classify this as a Young Adult novel. There’s a scene with a brutal beating, several torture scenes, graphic violence, sexual violence, death, sex, and a war.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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Shifter: City of Wolves by Avery Burch
Publication date: August 3rd 2015
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Synopsis:

He’ll risk anything to be inside me. I’m his fated mate. 

Lyla: 
What the hell am I thinking? I can’t fall for a wolf. He’s a criminal and an outcast. I’m an elite. If we get caught, they’ll destroy us. I’ll be disgraced. He’ll be tortured and killed. But his wolf instinct has locked on me. He says I’m his fated mate. And every time we’re alone together, he melts my heart … and makes me so wet I’ll risk anything to feel him throb inside me.

Zac: 
Everything they told me about fated mates is true. And that means I’m in a lot of trouble. I’m risking everything. As a shifter, I’m used to living on the edge. The regime wants me dead. But now it’s so much more complicated. I’m obsessed with this girl. I can’t get her out of my mind. I need to devour her, body and soul. I know I should resist, for her sake as much as my own, but I physically can’t. My wolf lust has locked onto her. There’s no way we get out of this alive, but one night inside her will be worth any punishment.

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Avery Burch is a hot new paranormal romance author and her series, Shifter: City of Wolves is going to have a huge impact. She writes chilling tales of shifters and heart-wrenching stories of love and lust. If you like your romance spicy, your shifters sexy, your love stories intense, and your heroines passionate, then her books are for you.

She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Review: “Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery” by Kurtis J. Weibe

Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. WeibeA review by Courtney.

Rat Queens is a fantasy story about four best friends from varying backgrounds who happen to also be a band of mercenaries. This feels like the adventure you would have if you were playing a game of Dungeons and Dragons with three of your lady besties and you got sucked into the game. Rat Queens is not your average comic book. Volume One of the series is terrific because it contains the first five issues, which allows you get to know and love the characters without having to wait for the next issue. It starts with a quest for our unlikely heroes that doesn’t go perfectly, but they make it work because they are the Rat Queens.

Volume One has a lot of action, humor, and intrigue and yet you still have time to fall in love with the characters. The Rat Queens are Dee, a human cleric; Hannah, an elven mage; Violet, a dwarven warrior; and Betty, a smidgen thief. The diversity of the characters is one of the reasons that I loved this series. The Rat Queens are all very different and yet they come together and are supportive of one another. It is incredibly refreshing to see a group of female characters that really seem to love each other. The pacing of the story was good and moved quickly. The comic does have a lot of action and is a bit graphic. It also has a couple of drug references and sexual content so I would not recommend this to young readers. I do recommend it to anyone older; if you’ve never picked up a comic book before, this is a terrific place to start and if you do regularly read comics, I would add it to your pull list!

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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BOOK TOUR Review: “The Ark” by Laura Liddell Nolen

The Ark by Laura Liddell NolenA review by Maria.

I would like to thank author Laura Liddell Nolen for giving me the opportunity to read her new  young adult story, The Ark.

The Ark was a fresh new take on mixing young adult fiction with science fiction. It reminded me as a cross between The 100 and Star Trek.

Sixteen-year-old Char is a criminal. She and her fellow prisoners are left to die when the earth will be destroyed by a meteor in a few hours along with many citizens left behind. Her wealthy parents and brother are among the lucky ones with starpasses chosen for space shuttles to escape the pending disaster and survive. But on her final visit her mother risks her life to give her a starpass. Now Jess must escape from prison and risk everything to make it to one of the space shuttles before Earth is destroyed.

The characterization of Char really boosted my opinion of this novel. She was an excellent, compelling main character. She was imprisoned for a crime she didn’t commit, but had committed in the past, only this time she was set-up. She gets into insanely dangerous situations and is around dangerous people all the time but still manages to keep a cool and level head. She is smart, brave, and incredibly resourceful for such a young character. She is constantly being conned, betrayed, and sabotaged, but she still has compassion for others. People close to her are dying left and right around her, even the whole world will die, but she’s ready to fight for her survival.

This book was short and very fast paced for the most part. I did encounter one chapter toward the end that probably could have been split up or shortened into several chapters. It was very long and dragged on a bit. However, even though the story went fast; sometimes the plot seemed choppy and would jump from one big event into another almost like the author was still trying to work out her writing style.
I recommend this book to adults and young adults. I do not recommend it to anyone younger because there are some very graphic moments in it.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen
Published by: HarperVoyager
Publication date: March 26th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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There’s a meteor headed for Earth, and there is only one way to survive.

With her criminal record, sixteen-year-old Char is never going to get a place on an Ark, one of the five massive bioships designed to protect Earth’s survivors. The Arks are reserved for the real goody-goodies, like Char’s mom, dad, and brother, all of whom have long since turned their backs on her.

With Earth on the brink of destruction, Char must use all her tricks of the trade to swindle her way into outer space, where she hopes to reunite with her family, regardless of whether they want to see her or not.

Once she arrives on the North American Ark, Char discovers that the remnants of humanity haven’t achieved the egalitarian utopia they’d planned for. For starters, the “Officers of the Peace” are anything but peaceful, especially since stealing a spot on an Ark is a crime punishable by death…

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Laura grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent an excellent childhood playing make-believe with her two younger brothers. The Ark is the direct result of those stories and a lifelong devotion to space-themed television. It received a Work in Progress Grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Laura has a degree in French and a license to practice law, but both are frozen in carbonite at present. She lives in Texas with her family.
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Review: “You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost)” by Felicia Day

You're Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia DayA review by Amanda.

You might recognize Felicia Day from such shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, Eureka, and Supernatural. Perhaps you’ve seen her web series The Guild on Youtube, or as a frequent guest on Wil Wheaton’s series TableTop. She also sang and danced alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion in Joss Whedon’s internet musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. If none of these are ringing any bells, then chances are you wouldn’t recognize her if you saw her out and about – something she is used to. This book is the story of a precocious, talented, lonely child learning to embrace what makes her different and make those differences work for her.

Ms. Day tells an eloquent tale of a young girl, homeschooled by her somewhat “hippie” mother, who grew up to be an innovator of internet entertainment, and an inspiration to nerdy girls (and guys) across the world. The book is full of anecdotes and photos; some embarrassing, most hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking. Anyone familiar with Felicia’s other works will immediately recognize her voice in this book. She comes across as genuine, down-to-earth, and raw.

I found this book to be an enticing read. Felicia’s frankness and humor drew me in and wrung me out, emotionally. I found myself relating to her struggles, particularly those concerning anxiety and depression, more than I had expected. It’s amazing for someone who deals with severe social anxiety to accomplish so much; founding Geek and Sundry, an online digital channel; writing, producing, and performing in various projects; starting a popular book club with thousands of members; and maintaining an active presence in social media.   All of this gives me hope that I can achieve my goals despite my own anxiety issues. I encourage anyone who feels trapped or limited by their fears to read this book, regardless of your familiarity with the author.

 

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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