Friday, October 20, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE BELL JAR by Sylvia Plath




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THE BELL JAR
Sylvia Plath
HarperCollins

Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.

Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.

MY REVIEW:

Esther Greenwood is a college student and an up and coming writer and editor for a fashion magazine. Everything seems to be going well for Esther: a scholarship, a boyfriend who wants to marry her, a job she loves. But then life takes a drastic turn when she is nearly raped and then falls into the deep, dark hole of depression. What follows is Ester's first hand account of existing in the distorted, hopeless world of mental illness and her long, difficult journey out of it.

I keep this long list of books I want to read before I die, and The Bell Jar has been on that list a long time. Published in 1963, this story is iconic in that it follows a young woman's descent into depression and attempted suicide from inside the mind of the woman herself. Reading this this exploration of the psyche in realistic and often disturbing detail, I felt as if I were reading something much more contemporary. Astounding, really, and prophetic for its time, when the medical community and society at large didn't fully comprehend the nature of mental illness. I think (and of course this is the case) that Sylvia Plath wrote from a very personal place, revealing her darkest corners to the world. That she took her own life in the same year this book was published is beyond tragic. It's as if The Bell Jar were her cry for help, her attempt to be understood and rescued. But the world wasn't ready for her message.

For those who have never read Plath's book, now is the time to do so. Like scripture was written for future generations, The Bell Jar seems to have been written for our day. Mental illness, in all its disguises, is better understood and better treated than ever before, but we have a long way to go. While you might not learn the specifics of depression and suicide in Plath's book, you will gain empathy. And the first step to improving conditions for those who suffer from mental illness is to empathize. The second step is to stop judging.

CONTENT REVIEW:

Profanity: None
Violence: Mild
Sexuality: Moderate


Thursday, October 19, 2017

GIVEAWAY: ANNALISE STORM CHRONICLES by May Freighter


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Case: 0
Annalise Storm Chronicles Book 1
by May Freighter
Genre: Dystopian Mystery, Romantic Suspense  

It’s the year 2330. At the end of the twenty-second century, the human race has divided into two distinct groups—purebloods and the ‘modded’. Those who are unfortunate enough to be genetically modified are now nothing but servants for their pureblooded masters.


Living in this time, you know your place, and you do not cross the line. So, when a violent death occurs in the Bronze District, Annalise is ordered to take this as her trial run at Divinity PD to prove that she can do the job as a member of the Human Possession Department. 



To defy her father’s wish to marry her off, and keep her Chief happy, she is determined to solve this murder by any means necessary—even if it means going to districts she has only read about in textbooks and fighting her forbidden feelings for her servant.



With internal battles, dirty politics, and sinister secrets, just how exactly will Annalise solve her Case: 0? And more importantly, will she live to see her next one?




Case: 1
Annalise Storm Chronicles Book 2

It’s official, Devlin is Annalise’s new partner. He’s charming, caring—a perfect gentleman who caters to her every need. That is until he starts to mix work with pleasure to convince her to marry him as per agreement with her father.


With her servant, Mavel, gone from her side, the cracks in the wall she created around her begin to come undone. To take her mind off the torment her heart is going through, she takes on another possession case in her old school, Montgomery Institute. But, what starts off as a simple case full of bad memories twists into a web of deception and lies involving everyone she cares about.





May Freighter is an internationally bestselling author from Dublin, Ireland. She writes Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Sci-Fi mysteries that will keep you entertained, mystified, and hopefully craving more. Her only pets are cacti. They're the only things that survived. It may be too dangerous to entrust her with an animal while she's engrossed in writing.


On sunny, rainy, and overcast days, she spends her time with her fictional friends, putting them through dangerous adventures while wishing them the best of luck. Her hobbies are photography, drawing, and plotting different ways of a characters' demise. 





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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

GIVEAWAY: THE BENDS by Bart Hopkins


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The Bends
Kane Montgomery #1
by Bart Hopkins
Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Marathon is a quiet little Texas town, and it’s getting quieter. Kids are vanishing, disappearing like tumbleweeds in the desert wind.


Somebody—or something—is taking them.



Action. Adventure. Romance. Suspense. The Bends is a supernatural thriller rollercoaster ride!



Recommended for Fans of Blake Crouch, Stephen King, J.A. Konrath, and Dean Koontz




**.99 cents 09/26-10/02 **











Bart Hopkins is originally from Galveston, Texas, but has lived all over the world during his 22 years in the Air Force.



He was born in the middle of the 1970s, owned an Atari, and loves 80s music. He can use a card catalog like nobody's business.



Now, Bart likes to travel, enjoys pretending he's a photographer, and shares as much time as possible with his beautiful wife and three awesome children. They own a Westie Yorkie named Lulu ... or maybe Lulu owns them.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MYTHS, MISCHIEF AND MAGIC - FREE FANTASY BOOKS & A $50 PRIZE!!!


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Welcome to the
MYTHS, MISCHIEF & MAGIC FREE FANTASY BOOKS GIVEAWAY!!!
(Whew! That's a mouthful!)

AND...

Enter for a chance to win a
$50 GIFT CARD to AMAZON/B&N/iTUNES!

Just click on this link: https://mybookcave.com/g/c135011a/ 
 Select the books you want and enter the giveaway.
Ends on Halloween (10/31)!


Monday, October 16, 2017

GIVEAWAY: HARMLESS by Katherine Dell




Harmless
by Katherine Dell
Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Be careful what you wish for.

After moving from Vancouver to isolated Hazelton, BC, high school senior Rachel Barnes hopes she’ll finally find closure and a sense of direction after tragedy has torn her family apart. When she and her friends discover the old spirit box her grandmother gave her, they see it as a chance to wish their troubles away. But the Great Spirits—deer, crow, bear, and the mythical wendigo—give away nothing for free. 

So instead of worrying about fitting in and finding a boyfriend, Rachel finds herself in a race to control the malevolent spirit who’s taken up residence in Mason Allen, who she fears and craves in equal measure. What began as a harmless game forces Rachel to confront her past—and offers her a future she never imagined.

Step into a reality that is not as it seems in Book 1 of the Harmless series.

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Katherine Dell is a young adult fiction author fascinated by the supernatural and the stories that surround them. She began her writing endeavours in 2011 when she wanted to reinvent herself from her previous career as an event planner. When she’s not writing, she can be found in cold hockey arenas sipping coffee, working on her tan at little league games, or trying to keep her dog out of her many gardens. She lives with her husband, two boys, and fur babies, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.



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Book Giveaway: SWING VOTE by Donna K. Weaver


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SWING VOTE
Donna K. Weaver

Enter below to win a copy of SWING VOTE!


Marc survived an IED, but will his heart survive McKenzie?

An IED blew up more than Marc North's career as a Cobra pilot; it shattered his plans for marriage. After being dumped by his girlfriend and spending more than a year in rehab, all he wants is to fly again. He jumps at the chance to partner with a combat buddy in a helicopter sightseeing business. Now in a boomtown in southern Utah, Marc gets caught up with local politics. And the local election official.

At work, McKenzie Terkildsen struggles to keep control of a dangerously contentious election. At home, she shares the challenge of raising younger half-brothers with her older step-brother. He complicates things by inviting a Marine buddy to stay with them while the two build a business together. As a council member takes liberty with facts and stirs the already caustic election brew, the last thing McKenzie needs is one more guy messing up her life—or her heart.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

COVER REVEAL: OBLITERATE by L.L. Hunter


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Title: Obliterate (Hidden Magic Series, Book 3)
Author: L.L. Hunter 
Genre: urban fantasy/ paranormal romance
Cover Designer: Desiree DeOrto
Publication Date: Nov. 30, 2017
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR
Blurb: Emma thought she’d made peace with herself and her past,
But when her past comes back to haunt her,
She’ll be forced to face her demons once more.
 When she is turned unexpectedly mortal, she and Darcy reluctantly return to the world she fled to seek help.
But when they arrive, Emma is confronted with a choice.
One which, if she chooses wrongly, could come between her and Darcy forever.
Emma never met a challenge she couldn’t handle.
She once ran from her destiny, but she can’t escape her fate.
You can’t obliterate your demons
L.L. Hunter is the author of over 20 published works, including The Legend of the Archangel Series and The Garden of Eden. She has studied everything from veterinary nursing, forensic science, and dramatic arts, but has always known her true calling was to be an author. 

She has been writing since her teens - everything from fan fiction, to song lyrics, to plays and musicals. When not working on her next paranormal romance, she can be found at home in Australia, reading somewhere comfortable with one or both of her “fur babies.” Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @llhunterbooks, and her blog - http://llhunter.blogspot.com.au.
Pre-Order Links: Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2wUEVfv