“Emotive” Kevin Laymon – Book Spotlight

Emotive is a tale of life, love, compassion, and the pursuit of happiness as told through the eyes of the story’s narrator, Linus. Linus is a puppy living in a small city located in the rolling hillsides of upstate New York. When the abnormalities of his owner Sam are all he knows since birth, he gains a perspective of unyielding acceptance and love towards the man who feeds him, takes him to the park, and murders women in his basement.

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What reviewers are saying

“I absolutely loved this book. I stumbled upon it on accident while I was on the Goodreads site. I shelved it and waited anxiously until it was available for purchase on Amazon. Being a huge dog lover is why the cover sparked my interest. The description interested me a lot, even though I knew it was probably going to be a grim book. I love how the book is told from the dog’s point of view. It really makes you think about the emotions dogs probably really do feel, but can’t communicate to us. This book went in directions I didn’t expect. I was kept at suspense and enjoyed how it all played out.” – Kaylee

“Emotive was a unique read full of interesting perspective. The storytelling through the eyes of a dog created deep emotions & connections with powerful characters. The writing was strong & visual.” – Amazon Customer

“I absolutely loved this book !!! Blunt and straight to the point, a quick read that moves right along and delivers. A fresh point a view from the main character that I found myself rooting for and falling in love with. This story takes off like a bolt of lighting right from the starting line. I’m an avid reader and though this story is brutal it is well written and I found that I could not put it down and felt quite satisfied with the ending which was heroic to say the least. I give this book a solid rating of 5 stars. This is the second book in Kevin’s line up that I have read and I can eagerly say that I am looking forward to reading his next publication. He’s a new and young writer who shows a lot of promise. I highly recommend this book as well as his first ( FUTURE WINDS )” – Don B.

Have you read this book? If so, do Mr. Laymon a solid and give your two cents by reviewing it on Amazon or Goodreads! 

We loved this book and will tell you all about it in our review in a few days! Keep an eye out but in the mean time give it a look yourself and see what all the buzz is about!

 

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Nasty Comments & Crazy People

 

       I would say that this must be the week of the crazies but honestly I seem to draw a fair amount of them most of the time. Usually the nasty comments are mostly on Twitter but it seems they’ve migrated to my blog. Damn it Yay! 

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Wondering why you haven’t seen them? BAN HAMMERED those bastards I don’t approve nasty comments. If you just disagree with me on a book or a subject I won’t censor your comment but if it’s advocating violence or you cussing me out….yeah, I’m probably not going to let it post. 

           I got one the other day on my post about Oklahoma Turnpikes from forever ago (way to creep my page weirdo) that called me a bitch and told me if I didn’t like how things worked I should start ‘slaughtering politicians’…… Uhm…. holy shit this guy has lost his fucking mind Wow that guy is unhinged. I do not now or ever suggest that anyone “slaughters” anyone else….ever. He went from 0 to ape shit immediately.  Calm the heck down bro! Take a chill pill ( do people still say that?). I’d rather just vote out politicians whose policies I don’t agree with. Killing them is a bit harsh…I mean…if I killed every person I didn’t agree with….there wouldn’t be many people left. Plus, I’m a lover not a fighter. Peace is an actual solution people. Oh, and as of now, I’m still legally allowed to complain when politicians do stuff I don’t like. So, I think I’ll raise my voice and not a weapon because murder is a big fucking deal and I’m not about to take someone’s life over the dollar or so I have to pay to drive on a road. I mean, get perspective. 

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As if that wasn’t crazy enough, I’ve received about 20 emails from some guy pervert  asking me to review his graphic erotic novel……NO means NO fella. Just….read my damn review policy and these types of crazy situations won’t happen. When I said no he got his panties in a bunch upset and said it’s my fault his book can’t get any reviews…..dude, I’m not responsible for what other reviewers are telling you. 

To top all of that off, when I was mowing my backyard yesterday a rabid probably rabies infested tiny mouse ran up my BARE LEG till he got to the edge of my shorts and ran back down and away. So, I’m probably going to die thankful he didn’t decide inside my shorts looked like a path he wanted to take. 

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Oh, and I found a dead mole on my doorstep this morning. So, yeah. Good times.

 

Book Review “Fox In The City” Daniel Cabrera

This is the story of a fox–a fox named Tom. A fox who couldn’t in his wildest dreams imagine what it would be like to stand up on two. To behold and experience all the wonders of the world of man. The lights that light up the ground: The hum of the engines that roar and the fervor that engulfs everyone in the impassioned pursuit of happiness. Could he understand that the most amazing part is not in what we built?

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“Fox In The City” is the first book I’ve ever read that’s from a Fox’s perspective. The first part of the book was the most interesting to me since it goes through the daily struggles of being a wild animal left to his own devices. It was odd looking through that lense and I wish that part of the book was a bit longer. One, because I was really wrapped into it when it abruptly changed course and two because I’m just genuinely curious to see the author take it a bit further.

Tom meets Nora and she changes his life. Nora is a beautiful character and I loved everything about her. She was wise beyond her years and incredibly kind for all she had been through. It takes a special person to rise above hardship and thrive. Nora thrives and lightens the path of all around her. Her brutal honesty keeps Tom on his toes and gives him a thread to hold when all starts falling apart.

Tom’s introspection goes deep into what it means to be an animal but also what it means to be a human. Cabrera balances these sections well with his action scenes. One does not overwhelm the other and they exist in a nice harmony to keep the stories meaning as well as keep the reader engaged in the plot.

The only complaint I have about this book is it’s language is a bit choppy. Most of the story is very formal and it doesn’t flow the way it should. There was a time or two the choppy language pulled me from the story and damped my enthusiasm.  I would like to see Cabrera do another edit and smooth out some of the unneeded words and replace them with conjuctions to allow the story to flow much more smoothly.

Other than my one complaint, I very much enjoyed the story and loved how it appeals to such a huge age group. 4 stars!

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Title: Fox In The City | Series: N/A |  Author(s): Daniel Cabrera  |Publisher: LULU.com / Publication Date: 7-17-2017 |Pages: 193 (Print) | ISBN: B0749S2XGW |Genre(s): Fantasy / Novella / Fable |Language: English |Rating: 4 out of 5 |  Date Read: 8-15-2017 |Source: Copy from author.

Fox in the city Cover“The protagonist is well-imagined and its development will interest readers in many ways. It takes a lot of skill to create a story featuring compelling characters that readers can relate to, but it takes genius to write a fable that speaks straight to the heart of the reader, and Daniel Cabrera has just that. A very inspiring and entertaining story!” Five Stars—Reviewed By Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite

Book Spotlight – “Fox In The City” Daniel Cabrera

This is the story of a fox–a fox named Tom. A fox who couldn’t in his wildest dreams imagine what it would be like to stand up on two. To behold and experience all the wonders of the world of man. The lights that light up the ground: The hum of the engines that roar and the fervor that engulfs everyone in the impassioned pursuit of happiness. Could he understand that the most amazing part is not in what we built?

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One great thing about this book is it’s appeal to a wide range of age groups! Looking for a new book for your teen? Great! Adult? Great! It’s appropriate for everyone. Keep an eye out for our review in the next few days.

Spoiler – We LOVED it!

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Book Review “I Become You” Thomas Hughes

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A sometimes horrifying, sometimes hilarious post-modern, gothic fairy tale for people who don’t believe in fairy tales, I Become You is the tale of Sheep, an empathic lab experiment gone bad, desperate to do good and incapable of doing much of anything at all. Join Sheep as it learns to become itself while it becomes us, for better, for worse, and finally, forever.

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First lines: Doctor Bertram Engel cradles my tiny head in long, agile fingers. He examines my eye, human in all respects, the deep blue of the Sinclairs. The pressure of his fingers initiates some small connection. A spark is struck upon the rock.

“I Become You” is just as the summary presents. With elements of Gothic culture, Buddhism, and the exploration of extreme mental illness, “I Become You” is a long and winding tale of the human condition. 

For those of you who have lived hard lives, I don’t suggest this book as it may be triggering on a lot of fronts. With tales of extreme abuse ranging from rape, child abuse and self harm I will put out the warning that the scenes in this book are graphic and you may wish to steer clear.

This book is an honest gritty look at the inner demons humanity battles. With pages of deep introspection and the exploration of Philosophies great questions, “I Become You” will entertain and enrich you. That’s high praise.  

Magical realism is one of my favorite genres and “I Become You” definitely does it justice. I will admit that the story is definitely drawn out and at times can be a bit long winded but for those who enjoy this kind of tale it isn’t bothersome. Each character is intricately developed and hauntingly real.

There are some really interesting twists to the story that I did not see coming. Especially the ending. Whew, that threw me for a biiiiig loop.

All in all, “I Become You” is a very good book. Hughes put his heart and intellect into every word of this story. It’s unique and will be a story that sticks with you long after you have turned the last page.

5 stars.

5 stars

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The Technical Data:

Title: I Become You  | Series:  N/A  |  Author(s):  Thomas Hughes |Publisher: Create Space Indepedant Publishing / Publication Date: 6-22-2015 |Pages: 274 (Print) | ISBN: 978-1508424383 |Genre(s): Magical Realism / Science Fiction |Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 10-17-2016 |Source: Copy from Author

Book Review ” A Place To Call Home” G. A. Whitmore

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A Place to Call Home is the heartwarming and inspiring story of an abandoned white German shepherd puppy named Toby and his cross-country search for a forever home. Narrated in part by the animal characters in the book, the reader experiences Toby’s world through his eyes and those of the animals he meets on his journey.  

Toby’s life begins on a farm where the carefree, happy days he has known come to an abrupt end when his breeder decides to “dispose” of him and his sister Tara because of the color of their fur. With the help of a kind farmhand, the two puppies escape unharmed.

After a tumultuous time during which Toby is shuffled from place to place, he is finally adopted, but he quickly realizes his new family has deep-seated issues that put him in danger, and what seemed like an ideal home, turns into another place he must escape from.

As Toby struggles to find a forever home where he can feel safe and secure, he experiences some painful losses, but he also makes new friends–friends who will help him to trust humans again and teach him the power of love.

Inspired by a true story, this middle grade/young adult novel can be enjoyed by dog lovers of all ages.

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First lines: Toby huddled beneath the small table in the corner of the room. His eyes darted back and forth in fear. The corner – at one time a place of refuge, a place to escape from a man and his wrath – had now become a trap.

Whitmore has written one of my favorite kinds of narratives with “A Place To Call Home”. Reading from the perspective of an animal (especially mixed with human narratives) has always been something that fascinates me.

I think part of what makes this book so great is that Whitmore pours her love of animals into every page. I think these are some of the most developed animal characters I’ve met that weren’t in a fantasy novel. 

Toby’s tale is a tough one to follow but very realistic. Humanity, for the most part, looks at animals as stupid. Which really is a shame since there is scientific evidence to prove their intelligence. For people who deeply love their animal companions, the idea of them being intelligent has always been a no brainer.

Toby’s tale is an emotional and thought provoking journey to find a forever home. However, it is so much more than just a story. It bring to light various issues that dogs face at the hands of human beings. This story spotlights the trials that humanity puts on anything or anyone that is deemed inferior.

As a dog mom, there was a lot of things that happened in this book that made me angry. I hope that this story elicits a similar response in society. Angry people make changes. Dogs and other animals have very positive effects on human lives. I hope that in the future humanity has more of a positive effect on them than we have had in the past.

5 stars.

5 stars

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The Technical Data:

Title: A Place To Call Home  | Series:  N/A  |  Author(s): G. A. Whitmore |Publisher: Outskirts Press / Publication Date: 2-19-2014 |Pages: 302 (Print) | ISBN:  978-1478700739 | Genre(s): All Ages / Contemporary |Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 9-8-2016 |Source: Copy from Author

Children’s Book Review “Solomon Crocodile” Catherine Rayner

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In his swampy home, Solomon is looking for fun but nobody wants to play. The dragonflies tell him to buzz off, the storks get in a flap, and the hippo is downright huffy. But then somebody else starts making a ruckus . . . and for once it is NOT Solomon. Could it be the perfect pal for a lonely croc? Matching vibrant art with rollicking words, Scottish artist Catherine Rayner has created a funny, reassuring story about a rambunctious youngster who chases off the friends he’s trying to make.

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This is a sweet story about finding a like-minded friend. In a lot of ways this story reminded me of my son.  As I was reading it to him for the first time, I couldn’t help but wonder if my son sympathized with Solomon. After having the book for several days I can safely say he does. 

My son is a very energetic almost three year old and, like Solomon, is always getting into trouble. Not trouble per say, more like he is looking to have fun and make friends. 

You wouldn’t think that would be such a big deal for such a small child but, it is. Solomon has a lot of fun doing things that others don’t find very fun at all. Like Solomon, my son often has these same issues.

My son’s favorite part of the book is the ending. He told me it’s because Solomon has a friend.

Beautiful story.

Five Stars.

5 stars

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The Technical Data:

Title: Solomon Crocodile | Author(s): Catherine Rayner | Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux  / Publication Date: 12-20-2011 |Pages: 32 (Hardcover) | ISBN: 978-0374380649 | Genre(s): Children’s Fiction  | Language:English |
Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 6-8-2016 | Source: Copy from Library

Book Review “The Dean Machine” Dylan Lee Peters

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Summary:

Meet Dan Delacor, an utterly boring citizen of Yellow City. Every day he puts on his yellow shoes, yellow shirt, yellow pants, and yellow tie, and catches a ride on the Tunnel Runner from the suburbs into downtown. He has a job, a home, and a girlfriend, and he never wonders what waits beyond the giant glass wall that surrounds Yellow City.
Except… Dan isn’t as boring as he seems. He often wonders why everything in Yellow City has to be yellow. He wonders why he suffers frequent anxiety attacks, and why he can’t help himself from strolling through dangerous neighborhoods, or running wildly through the fields that separate downtown from the suburbs. Mostly though, Dan wonders why he can’t remember how he lost his right arm, or anything that happened before five years ago.
So, when Dan’s mundane yellow world is interrupted with the seemingly impossible presence of a little red dog named Dean, he quickly finds out there are answers to his questions, and that everything he knows is a lie.
Follow Dan as he learns the secrets of his true identity, the scope of the world beyond the wall, and the true intentions of Yellow City’s mysterious leader, Chancellor Elgrey Vinsidian. Meet Wendy, the twelve-year-old girl on a rescue mission, Echo Valkzdokker, the woman with a love for danger, James Perkins, the wily pilot who has a way with words, and Bianna Kensington, the cold-mannered rebel with a cause. Look through the cracks of this new world with Dan as he learns why his little friend is nicknamed The Dean Machine, what special bond they share, and why the dog deserves a legacy that should live on forever.

He lives to love.
He would die to protect.
His heart is a machine.


 

The Preface of this story begins with the true story of the real dog named Dean. My heart aches for what that sweet little dog had gone through. Puppy mills are disgusting places and anyone caught doing that to an animal should have to face the severest of legal consequences. All life is precious and no life should endure such horror.

This was one of those books that has heavy moral meanings. First and foremost are animal rights. That’s a running theme in this book. Secondly, are human rights. This is really brought home with the humans in cages. Moral lessons are great when they are correctly wove into the existing story. Fortunately, they were wove in wonderfully in this story. What I mean by that is that even without the moral lesson’s there is still a story here. Moral lessons are great and all but the story is the reason that people read fiction.

This author spares nothing. His descriptions are gory and realistic. He pulls no punches and relates each scene’s emotions and scenery without candy coating any of the horror. He almost relishes in the horror. He describes the settings with an honesty I found refreshing.  

Each character is written wonderfully. I really got a sense of their individuality and their separate experiences. Each character has a vibrant personality and a clear role to play in the story. Even the characters who only have a short role in the story. They will stick with you even when their role is over.

There is a lot of plot twists in this book. It almost felt like too much. I would really of liked to see this worked into two books. I felt like parts of the story were hurried and needed more explanation instead of villain soliloquy . 

In a lot of ways this book moved like a Frank Miller movie.Especially  the Yellow City and the vibrant villains. This would make one hell of a comic book. It actually read a lot like a comic with the dramatic scenes and the clear villain/hero line.

Yellow City is a creepy place. The world building in this story was fantastic. I got the chills often as I was reading. I also cringed regularly. 

I really enjoyed reading this book. It had a great story and a deeper meaning. I was entertained and was persuaded to have a deep think about the world.

With that in mind I am granting this book 5 stars.

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The Technical Data:

Title: The Dean Machine | Author(s): Dylan Lee Peters |

Publisher: Create Space Independant Publishing / Publication Date: 12-4-2015 |Pages: 294 (paperback) | ISBN:  978-1519414663 | Genre(s): Scifi/ Fantasy / Horror |Language: English | Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 1-19-2016 | Source: Copy from author

Book Review for “Night-Night Forest Friends” by Annie Bach

 

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As the sun sets, animals all over the forest get ready for bed. Papa rabbit tucks his babies in among the leaves, fuzzy bears settle in their den, and little foxes snuggle together under the moonlight. Up above, an owl hoots a lullaby. The gentle rhyming text and soft illustrations in this charming book will help little ones settle down for a cozy night.

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This is such a sweet bed time story for littles. My two year old son love’s saying “night night” to all the animals in the illustrations. The story is calming and sweet. It flows well and helps to coax those adorable little yawns. It has been the last book we read to my son for the past few nights. Works like a charm. He’s ready to drag his stuffed T-Rex to his bed and get tucked in.

I want to point out that Bach also illustrated the story and did a fantastic job!

Mason and I give this book the full 5 for bedtime stories.

5 stars

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The Technical Data:

Title: Night Night Forest Friends | Series: N/A |  Author(s): Annie Bach  |Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Nov Brdbk edition  / Publication Date: 5-16-2013 |Pages: 24 (Print – Board Book) | ISBN:  978-0843172782|Genre(s): Pre-school & Toddler |Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 2015 |Source: Copy from library

Book Review “Cry of the Sea” D. G. Driver

 

Juniper Sawfeather is choosing which college to attend after graduation from West Olympia High School next year. She wants to go to San Diego to be far away from her environmental activist parents. They expect her to think the way they do, but having to be constantly fighting causes makes it difficult to be an average seventeen-year-old high school student. Why do her parents have to be so “out there?” Her feelings on the subject are changed when she and her father rush to the beach after a reported oil spill. As they document the damage, June discovers three humans washed up on the beach, struggling to breathe through the oil coating their skin. At first she thinks they must be surfers, but as she gets closer, she finds out that these aren’t humans at all. They’re mermaids! Now begins a complex story of intrigue, conspiracy and manipulation as June, her parents, a marine biologist and his handsome young intern, her best friend, the popular clique at school and the oil company fight over the fate of the mermaids.

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I’ll let you in on a little secret about me…..I LOVE MERMAIDS! I hope beyond all hope that some where out there they really do exist. I will straight up devour any story about mermaids. So, naturally the realistic descriptions of the mermaids in this book had me foaming at the mouth.

I liked Juniper from the beginning. Her character is very believable. Can you imagine living in the shadow of such brilliant parents? I can fully understand her desire to make her own path and try to detach her name and future from her parents. Don’t we all want to forge our own path? Don’t we all want to make our own mark on the world?

I love stories set in the northwest. I get lost in the beauty of the forests and the oceans. The author does a great job of describing what I would imagine a “native” of the area would see. I love the transformation of Juniper. She goes from wanting nothing more then to just get away from all the rain and the gloomy beaches. But, then she sees the beauty in not only her own native heritage but the beauty in the native creatures as well.

This book also brings up some serious philosophical questions as well. Would we as a species do more to protect our oceans from pollution if we believed that human like creatures resided there? Would we just brush them off as a lesser species?

All in all I loved the book. I hope beyond hope that it inspires young adults to care more about the oceans of this planet. I hope that it incites a curiosity that allows people to look at other species as something to protect and learn from. I hope this book creates a whole pile of brand new activists. And, most of all, I hope there really is a whole group of mermaids some where out there just waiting to be discovered.

This book gets the full five stars.

5 stars

 

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DID YOU KNOW: Cry of the Sea is one of the Fort Bookworm double-dips? Both Lilyn from scifi and scary and myself have reviewed it. Click HERE to see Lilyn’s review!

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Title: Cry of the Sea | Author(s): D. G. Driver |

Publisher: Melange Books / Publication Date: 2-23-2014 |Pages: 208 (paperback) |
ISBN: 9781612357867 | Genre(s): Young Adult Fantasy | Language: English |
Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 9-23-2015 | Source: Copy From Author