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    Powerful Love Spells review [App]  2018-2-13 13:9

    I don't like the little letters and words there hard to read.

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    Powerful Love Spells review [App]  2018-2-13 13:9

    I like it

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    Power Pivot and Power BI: The Excel User's Guide to DAX, Power Query, Power BI & Power Pivot in Excel 2010-2016 review [Book]  2017-10-31 18:1

    Awesome!! Funny, informative, and clear. This is a fun read that will obtain you excited about a fresh tool. The screenshots and explanations are perfect. I can't wait to transform my life with PowerPivot :)

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    Power Pivot and Power BI: The Excel User's Guide to DAX, Power Query, Power BI & Power Pivot in Excel 2010-2016 review [Book]  2017-10-31 18:1

    Awesome book. Simple enough to work through with a primary grasp of relational databases. To echo another review here, it is a small annoying that the sample worksheets are given to you with all of the work completed already. My solution that worked fairly well was to use the sample worksheet from the previous chapter.

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    Power Pivot and Power BI: The Excel User's Guide to DAX, Power Query, Power BI & Power Pivot in Excel 2010-2016 review [Book]  2017-10-31 18:1

    Awesome book, didactic, funny and inspirational. If your job is all about Excel, this book will change your life. I started in Power Pivot watching YouTube tutorials, but I realized that I was in front of such a huge, indispensable and necessary tool, that I decided to buy this book based on the reviews and I don't regret. In fact, I had not written any review in Amazon upon this purchase

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    Power Pivot and Power BI: The Excel User's Guide to DAX, Power Query, Power BI & Power Pivot in Excel 2010-2016 review [Book]  2017-10-31 18:1

    This is an perfect introduction to power pivot and power BI. Rob and his colleague are among the best in the business and bring their years of experience to those who read this book.

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    Power Pivot and Power BI: The Excel User's Guide to DAX, Power Query, Power BI & Power Pivot in Excel 2010-2016 review [Book]  2017-10-31 18:1

    Brilliant !! Extremely simple to follow the approach and learn fast. The writing style is easy and contains quite a few jokes, nice reading for a "guide". Helps to master more than enough skills to make and maintain your own BI. I'll buy a couple of extra copies for my department.

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    Power Pivot and Power BI: The Excel User's Guide to DAX, Power Query, Power BI & Power Pivot in Excel 2010-2016 review [Book]  2017-10-31 18:1

    Rob and Avi have mastered communicating complex ideas in a straightforward and clear method with a touch of snark and humor. It's like the excellent storm of insight and humor. Almost like snarknado. Obtain it? Because yes...In all seriousness, the work that Rob and everyone at PPP do is top-notch and these book have quickly become reference ep up the amazing work guys :)

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    Power Pivot and Power BI: The Excel User's Guide to DAX, Power Query, Power BI & Power Pivot in Excel 2010-2016 review [Book]  2017-10-31 18:1

    Top book even for a french reader! Simple for a non IT and powerfull. Thanks to the authors ;-)

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    Power Pivot and Power BI: The Excel User's Guide to DAX, Power Query, Power BI & Power Pivot in Excel 2010-2016 review [Book]  2017-10-31 18:1

    Very informative.

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    Power Pivot and Power BI: The Excel User's Guide to DAX, Power Query, Power BI & Power Pivot in Excel 2010-2016 review [Book]  2017-10-31 18:1

    Before I read this book I thought it is all about power bi, but what is a huge deal, as it is just a data visualization tool. Now I am amazed how strong this tool is and this tool is Power pivot!The book is funny written too!

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    Power Pivot and Power BI: The Excel User's Guide to DAX, Power Query, Power BI & Power Pivot in Excel 2010-2016 review [Book]  2017-10-31 18:1

    Highly recommend it.

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    On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power review [Book]  2017-11-16 18:1

    A amazing fast read that cuts to the meat very succinctly. Gene Simmons may rub some the wrong way, but he is a master of controlling not only his photo but his business environment as well. This is how a not good kid from Israel rose to the heights of melody and business by taking and using his mmons walks the reader through his core philosophies of hard work and confidence while presenting special social and political points of view, all while giving you calls to don't need to be a KISS fan to have fun and benefit from this book, in fact, Simmons only uses KISS stories to demonstrate his philosophies in action.I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to light a bit of a fire under themselves and obtain their life moving in a higher gear.

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    On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power review [Book]  2017-11-16 18:1

    In Gene Simmons’ fresh book On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Obtain More Power, the KISS cofounder goes into his theories on how regular people can climb the ranks to join the wealthy and powerful. In the book he looks into different huge players in different industries like Oprah Winfrey, Stan Lee, and Elon st interestingly, Gene looks into what drives power in the modern era. Everything from the power of celebrity and fresh media, to money, to connections. Its a bit unconventional but that makes it interesting. A fun read to obtain some insight into the fresh power dynamic.

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    On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power review [Book]  2017-11-16 18:1

    What a unbelievable book. Postive, inspiring, truthful, raw, and honest. Thank you, Gene!

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    Kitty Powers' Love Life review [App]  2018-2-10 13:0

    It's very interesting and entertaining, but... I had a small bug, and I can't hold playing the android game because of it. When I engaged this couple and the loading screen appeared, it got stucked. And when I reload the android game I can't do anything because I have this meeting on my schedule and can't skip it. Anytime I end this engagement stage It's always stucked in the loading screen... HELP PLEASE 😬

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    Kitty Powers' Love Life review [App]  2018-2-10 13:0

    So, I just recently got the game. However, whenever I load the android game it only gets as far as the 'start game', screen. Once I click on 'start game', my android game freezes on a black screen with white clouds. I can still tap and interact with the game, but I can't see anything. Please fix this bug, I'd really love to actually be able to play!

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    Kitty Powers' Love Life review [App]  2018-2-10 13:0

    It's absolutely perfect, except for one detail: the fact that your female characters *have* to wear makeup is just stupid. And it looks like the male characters don't have any makeup options, which I expected various from a android game made by a drag queen lol. Other than that, it's been loads of fun and I haven't stopped playing for a second since I installed it

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    Kitty Powers' Love Life review [App]  2018-2-10 13:0

    Support please... I just bought the android game and during my first download it stated that there is an installing error. The second time I tried it installed fine but after the loading screen my phone is just black with some random cloud visuals(?) I thought third time is the charm and in the end it's back to the black screen with cloud visuals... Anyone having this problem? For me, the android game is definitely bugged and unplayable =( please help...

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    Kitty Powers' Love Life review [App]  2018-2-10 13:0

    Was very excited to play this but whenever I test to play all I can see in the screen is black background with clouds and I am unable to play the game. I hope that this is only a temporary bug because I really wish to play the android game and I love the series. 😊

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    Kitty Powers' Love Life review [App]  2018-2-10 13:0

    Amazingly fun - it takes the Kitty Powers Matchmaker formula and delves deeper. I am loving it so far and am excited to build my lovely small town. I've been excited for this android game for a long time and it is better than I was expecting.

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    Kitty Powers' Love Life review [App]  2018-2-10 13:0

    Charming, fun, and full of content. Excellent for mobile.

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    Kitty Powers' Love Life review [App]  2018-2-10 13:0

    I love this android game

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    Kitty Powers' Love Life review [App]  2018-2-10 13:0

    I love it I love it I love it my

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    Love-Based Online Marketing: Campaigns to Grow a Business You Love AND That Loves You Back (Love-Based Business Book 3) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:1

    Michele PW knows her stuff! She's an expert at copywriting and marketing with years of experience. The best part about this book is that she shares not only the actions to make a success online marketing campaign but also goes into the inner items that gets in your way. She is a fabulous blend of inner and outer work for real success that is consistent. Definitely belongs in everyone's business success library!

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    Love-Based Online Marketing: Campaigns to Grow a Business You Love AND That Loves You Back (Love-Based Business Book 3) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:1

    This is the 3rd book in the series. I loved it as I really enjoyed the others too. I learned much about online marketing that I can use and AM using. so grab a copy. You can't go wrong. Michele has a writing style that is genuine and personal.

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    Love-Based Online Marketing: Campaigns to Grow a Business You Love AND That Loves You Back (Love-Based Business Book 3) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:1

    I've known this author for a while, and know her to be a talented and experienced online marketing expert. So I expected amazing words of wisdom. I got much more than that. In this book Michele gives her readers exact steps to structure online marketing campaigns that are not hard core selling, not cheesy, and not hard to understand. I love this book (and several others from this author) that I recommend them to others regularly and often end up sending a copy to a fresh client. If you wish easy to understand but profound in impact, Love-Based Online Marketing is for you.

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    Love-Based Online Marketing: Campaigns to Grow a Business You Love AND That Loves You Back (Love-Based Business Book 3) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:1

    Not really what I was expecting, however I did search some points of interest.

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    Love-Based Online Marketing: Campaigns to Grow a Business You Love AND That Loves You Back (Love-Based Business Book 3) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:1

    Being myself a marketer for years, I think it is time to leave behind the marketing of fear to implement a marketing based on Love. And a lot of of us will practice this marketing based on love and faster model will implant in the minds of people for their respect. I am French and I was delighted to read this book as the previous two, because that is exactly what explains clearly Michelle PW in these books. And in this one in particular, it explains how to integrate the love to your marketing and create it an ally and a force for your business. It also teaches you the method to make your marketing plan based on Love. Thank you for this book. For my part, I have already begun to publicize this book in France.

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    Love-Based Online Marketing: Campaigns to Grow a Business You Love AND That Loves You Back (Love-Based Business Book 3) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:1

    The globe of online marketing has exploded in the past few years. As an online marketer myself, I know the challenges with writing campaigns that both obtain people's attention and KEEP people's attention. I'm always looking for ways to speak to the hearts and minds of my clients without using any lack, fear or coercion. This book is a amazing tutorial for how to make campaigns in a love-based rather than fear-based way. Highly recommend all the love-based series from this author.

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    Love-Based Online Marketing: Campaigns to Grow a Business You Love AND That Loves You Back (Love-Based Business Book 3) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:1

    If you're an entrepreneur, then you have to shop if you ever wish to take your business beyond the hobby phase. And yet, the majority of biz owners cringe when it comes to letting the globe know about their amazing stuff. Or they come on too powerful and scare their ideal customers off. Michele has done an wonderful job of covering everything you need to allow go of the old school marketing tactics and embrace a much easier method of connecting with those who need your products and service most in the world. BRAVO!

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    Love-Based Online Marketing: Campaigns to Grow a Business You Love AND That Loves You Back (Love-Based Business Book 3) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:1

    A easy proposition is endorsed by this book, create your online marketing shine by a focussed plan that will allow you make a company you love that loves you back! Does this sound a bit too “small business” and restricted in its utility for larger enterprises? The jury may be still e author correctly identifies that far too a lot of struggle with marketing and promotional activities, yet these can be essential locations for every business to master. Online brings a lot of advantages, as well as a few risks for amazing measure, yet a lot of don’t understand the globe of online marketing and it is greater than just sticking a few adverts on Google and running a “like and share”-campaign on amazing thing about this book is that it is not going to break your budget, so you can easily afford to have a read and even if you only search one point that is fresh and actionable you’ve still got a bargain. Of course, it can be quite feasible that you will obtain a whole lot more out of it, dependent on your needs, background and experience. It did not exactly gel with this reviewer, but a lot of this can come down to individual taste, yet it did not entirely alienate and tune-out him either! It just felt a bit too chatty, overly private and difficult to form a connection to.If you fancy a bit of a gamble you don’t stand to lose a lot and may have everything to gain from trying this book. It feels as it may not scale up easily to huge organisations with their various needs, yet it need not be an impossible task either. The smaller business owner potentially may learn something and if it gets them even a small bit better at marketing and communicating this is surely a amazing thing.

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    Love-Based Online Marketing: Campaigns to Grow a Business You Love AND That Loves You Back (Love-Based Business Book 3) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:1

    Amazing book for business owners and independent specialists who wish to learn about how to shop in an authentic method that speaks to your prospective clients or customers.

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    Love-Based Online Marketing: Campaigns to Grow a Business You Love AND That Loves You Back (Love-Based Business Book 3) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:1

    Michele is a brilliant copywriter so when I first heard about this book I jumped on the opportunity to grab a copy! If you do online marketing, email marketing or plan to then you need to obtain this book. When it comes to marketing, it's getting harder and harder to stand out among all the noise and the old method of selling and marketing is going the method of the dinosaur. Today it's all about making an authentic connection with your audience and this book will support you do that. Highly recommended reading for any business!

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    The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love review [Book]  2017-11-28 18:2

    Here’s the thing: while Melissa Faye Greene’s newest book, "The Underdogs," is filled with anecdotes about unbelievable dogs, their trainers and owners, and the kids they save, it is so much more than that. It’s an awesome crossover book with something—quite literally—for everyone. There are, of course, the dogs; there’s the fascinating story of their subtle intelligence and their fresh role as guardians of kids with autism and other striking debilities; and then there’s Ms. Greene’s own role as a most compassionate observer. She’s a remarkable guide, taking us through a universe in which we are beginning to see ourselves less as masters and more as fellow-creatures. There’s a wealth of arresting detail that she synthesizes with humor and skill, and, finally, we search that we have joined the book’s families. Like them, we are left moved—even changed—by what this book and its writer have revealed to us.

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    The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love review [Book]  2017-11-28 18:2

    I am not a nonfiction reader. As a lifetime lover of fantasy and science fiction, I really ordered this book mostly to help 4 Paws for Ability. This book may have converted me. I was immediately sucked in. Greene weaves the history of dogs, modern scientific studies, and stories from 4 Paws together seamlessly. As a parent waiting for our daughter's service dog (class of August 2017!), the stories of kids that could not be reached by anyone until they met their furry best friend. I cried more than I would like to admit. Sometimes with joy, sometimes with sorrow, sometimes simply because Greene describes the isolation of a unique needs parent so well that its like she is talking about me. If you know anyone who has a kid with unique needs, I urge you to buy them this book. Hope is hard to search sometimes, but it is so important. Thank you, Melissa Fay Greene, for writing this book. Thank you, 4 Paws for Ability, for doing what you do.

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    The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love review [Book]  2017-11-28 18:2

    I, too, have read all of Melissa Fay Greene's books and know that while she writes of true happenings, she is a master storyteller. Her writing evokes laugh-out-loud laughter and tears as you become entwined with her characters and their back stories. If you have ever lived with dogs, you know that they DO have feelings and emotions - they can and do feel and understand "their people." My first Dalmatian nursed me through an early tragedy and my third stayed by my side when I had a gravely ill child. It was never a question about their understanding and empathy. Such a attractive read!

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    The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love review [Book]  2017-11-28 18:2

    I love all this author's books and her newest "The Underdogs" exceeded even my greatest expectations. I have learned much from her other books and love how she "teaches" in such a fascinating and entertaining way. I knew I'd like this book about dogs, kids, and unique needs. I'm a total crazy dog lady and also mom of a lot of unique needs children. I feel much more educated now about these subjects dear to my heart. This is a book I know I will read again. Some books too amazing for one just one read.

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    The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love review [Book]  2017-11-28 18:2

    Nor does the title convey the necessary work and contributions of this organization which trains dogs as service animals for severely handicapped children. Kids greatly loved despite their challenges. Kids who exhaust me just reading about their needs and behaviors. Parents who amaze me with how far they go to give their kids --and themselves -- some semblance of a normal existence. And the awesome dogs who bring that indefinable and desperately required something that brings relief, whether it is love, acceptance, even a amazing night's sleep. This book is educational and heart-warming and emotionally challenging, and evokes wide-ranging emotions as one is forced to examine what he or she might done under related circumstances. From Karen's determined caregiver who forced Karen back into the globe from which she had withdrawn after contracting a debilitating disease, to the marvelous German Shepherd Ben, whom she trained when no agency would match her with a service dog, and from that inauspicious beginning, to grow a business that would touch so a lot of lives (dogs and humans), I remained riveted and awed and humbled throughout the entire book.

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    The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love review [Book]  2017-11-28 18:2

    This is the real story of how an organization called 4 Paws for Ability came into being. Karen Shirk was diagnosed with a disease that left ventilator-dependent. She tried to obtain a therapy dog but was turned down by all of them because of the ventilator. So, she found Ben a German Shepherd and through trial and error trained him to support her navigate life. She began to obtain inquiries from people with kids with unique needs that were also turned down by the current agencies. So, she developed 4 Paws for Ability and has placed over 1,000 dogs at the time of this book. Stories about selected families and also dog behavior create this book very educational and enjoyable.

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    The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love review [Book]  2017-11-28 18:2

    I am nearing (sadly) the end of 'the underdogs'. What a unbelievable experience it has been. I typically read not so much for enjoyment, but 'to learn stuff'. So usually science, medical etc. This book was VERY enjoyable reading- such fluent, concise writing with attractive usage of vocabulary, without 'showing off'. But at the same time i was educated in regards to emotions, canine history, the iditarod -- even prisons. I felt completely part of the subject's lives, feelings, circumstances almost as if i were actually PRESENT while the happenings were taking place. I think that any non-dog owner reading this book will never look at dogs the same method ever again.

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    The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love review [Book]  2017-11-28 18:2

    I LOVED this book. Melissa Fay Greene brings her loving, kind, insightful and often funny storytelling skills to the story of training service dogs for disabled kids. I cried as these children found a required mate in the dogs. If you're interested in dogs and families, you'll love this book.

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    The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love review [Book]  2017-11-28 18:2

    I have a fresh puppy and I'm overwhelmed with the amount of work it takes to raise it even with a full family to share the load- it seems like me, mom is doing most of the work. But I have one puppy and compared to what parents with autistic kids go through it's awesome and these dogs with the four paws for mobility are so inspiring. This book came at the right time I really required to see how magical dogs really are I see it in my family but it makes me wish to support these amazing organizations . we are taking our own our own puppy for training and we will continue and I'm just so thankful for dogs(a bonus from God)

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    The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love review [Book]  2017-11-28 18:2

    This is a amazing read for anyone who loves a dog or knows someone with a disability. The bonds we form with dogs is unparalleled. We still have so much to learn from each other.

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    Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart review [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    I've followed Scott Stabile's Fb page for several years now and have long been a fan of his inspirational writing. Huge Love, however, is a wholly various experience. Part memoir, part self-help, Stabile takes us on an emotional, funny, wise and uplifting ride, one I will be hard pressed to stop thinking about. Each chapter tells a private story, along with the lessons Stabile has learned along the way. To say he makes himself vulnerable in his writing is an understatement. His vulnerability may be the most necessary aspect of the book, as he invites us to be honest with ourselves simply because he has chosen to be so raw and honest with e you paralyzed by your fear and looking for a method to go beyond it? There's a chapter for e you tired of the grip your shame holds on you? There's a chapter for e you finding it hard to forgive someone? There's a chapter for abile covers so much necessary ground in this book, but I never felt weighted down by the prospect of diving into his experiences, or considering my own. He writes in a method that inspires, rather than overwhelms, and if his vulnerability is the most necessary trait he brings to the table, his humor may be the next most important. Huge Love had me laughing A LOT. Stabile is not afraid to laugh at himself, or call himself out for all the ways he's just another messed-up human being. I prefer this to the guru types who claim to know it all.If you're looking for a thoughtful, uplifting, funny and hopeful book, I can't recommend Huge Love more highly. It's the excellent balm for all the chaos and division we're seeing in our world. I'll go back to this book all the time.

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    Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart review [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    As a Clinical psychotherapist, I read a lot of books. Some books I read for pleasure and others as a tool for my continued development, as well as guidance for my patients. Reading for me has always been an escape from the every day globe in addition to a put where my emotions can dance with the poetic writings shared by the writer. This is the first book review I have EVER cared enough to write.I strive, on a everyday basis, to be my authentic self as well as a human being who is centered in love. Naturally this title, BIG LOVE, peaked my curiosity. Upon opening the book and getting a feel for the author, I found myself immediately swept up in the vulnerability and honesty of the author’s words. After the first few chapters, I knew that I would mourn the end of my ability to read this book, and I must savor each chapter like the next delicious course of an awesome meal! Secrets being shared, I’ve actually read it twice already. I required to truly absorb the content because the first time through I found myself laughing out loud in joy as well as crying in sorrow. This book touched my soul. Scott Stabile’s openness in this book and his relatable guidance towards applicable skills for self-evolution are unsurpassed. Truly remarkable! This book now sits on my “go to” shelf with a select few of other masterpieces within my collection. I will go to it for pleasure and reassurance, as well as a tutorial to support my patients experience the acceptance and normalization of life’s challenges, as I did. BIG LOVE is relatable on so a lot of various emotional and experiential levels. BRAVO! Scott Stabile! I also ordered the audio book because I wish to experience how the author emotes his experiences and lessons through his words. In addition, this book is already ordered for a lot of of my mates and colleagues for future gifts. What can I say? It is THAT good!

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    Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart review [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    For the past few years, there is one voice I’ve turned to more than just about any other for comfort, for inspiration, for feeling understood, for feeling like I can, for feeling never ever *ever* alone: Scott Stabile. As a longtime part of Scott's awesome Fb community, I've seen day in and day out that he is among the most real, honest, wise and inspirational souls around -- right up there with the likes Elizabeth Gilbert, Glennon Doyle, Brené Brown, and Cheryl Strayed -- and I couldn't wait to obtain his book "BIG LOVE" when it was released. Scott does not disappoint. His signature humor, care and wisdom leap out of each private essay in the book, and every chapter inspired me to think about my own life in a various way, from a put of greater love. If you, like me -- no, like most of us -- have struggled through pain, grief, conflict, self-doubt or judgment, then this book is for you. Scott's words and insights are a salve for even the rawest of wounds, and the understanding gained from his own experiences give us a blueprint for navigating this crazy thing called life. See for yourself:"I used to be so afraid to be with my sadness -- over my parents' death, my brother's addiction, the state of the globe -- that I did everything in my power to avoid it. I turned my sadness into a creature that would crush me if I faced it. So I didn't. Only when I started to look at my sadness honestly, to sit in it and feel the pain of it, was I able to see that I could survive it. It wasn't comfortable, but it didn't destroy me; it created me stronger and more compassionate, for myself and others. I don't fear my sadness like I used to. Or my anger, or my pain. I pay attention to them, I feel them, I stay as begin as I can to the lessons they wish me to learn. And I take care of and love myself through them. Love matters. It's our greatest healer."

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    Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart review [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    I opened "Big Love" today intending to read one chapter, maybe two, with my morning coffee. Six chapters later, I was entranced, so grateful, and happily late for work. "Big Love" addresses our largest and most strong experiences as human beings -- love, loss, forgiveness, healing, and the capacity for change -- with humor, tenderness, authenticity, and hard-won insight. It makes you laugh and it makes you think. It reminds you to be kind to yourself and honest with yourself. I felt like Scott Stabile was sitting with me and telling me his attractive story as I drank my coffee this morning. "Big Love" inspires me to bring more compassion, clarity, and love to my own life. This book is a gem.

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    Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart review [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    In his book BIG LOVE Scott Stabile takes you, the reader, on a journey of self discovery. He does this by intertwining the challenging sometimes satisfied sometimes sad happenings of his life and those of his family and friends. Subjects such as Love, Kindness, Authenticity, Gratitude, Resilience, and a lot of more are explored. Scott's insights and experiences flow in a manner that connects to the readers own life and this creates a deep relationship between author, book, and reader. Each chapter is a mini story on its own, yet the chapters are linked together by the main themes of love and being real to yourself. We are all here on this earth and we can create it a better put each day by sharing and giving of ourselves without judging or belittling others. You never know the impact that you have on those you encounter in your life. Go forth with BIG LOVE and a smile on your face. Be ready to learn from all life has in shop for you to experience. Also remember that you are never alone as love flows between us as an universal thread of support. Thank you Scott Stabile for writing and sharing this strong book with us. BIG LOVE ❤️!

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    Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart review [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    I love a amazing dose of positivity and enlightenment from authors. What I love even more is when an author can achieve sharing such things while also remaining both authentic and realistic. Don't allow the title of this book deceive you. Scott Stabile is not all about puppies and rainbows. Yes, there is plenty of Huge Love and feel amazing moments to be found in these pages, but they are blended in with the realities of life. As he asks at one point in chapter three, "When did it become destructive to feel anything but happy?" Scott's ability to capture universal struggles and condense them into poignant 2-3 sentences that speak to your heart, is what originally drew me to his Fb page a lot of moons ago. But it is his willingness to place himself out there and share not only his *Isn't Life Grand, Let's All Hug It Out Hippie Style*, but also his *I've Had A Crap Day, And Life Kinda Sucks* moments with his readers, that has kept me faithfully following him all these years g Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart is one of those books I found myself highlighting and dog-earing as I devoured its contents (my apologies to the book purists). Each chapter is setup like a private essay of sorts, with a lesson to be taken away from each. By the end, I almost felt like I had had a really amazing conversation with a amazing friend. Scott's writing style is pure and draws the reader in from beginning to end. Whether you are reading about poorly created green tea, the death of a loved one, or random strangers in airports, you can trust that by the end of the story, not only will you have become invested, but Scott will have found a method to flawlessly weave in small nuggets of wisdom along the way. As time marches on, I know this book will obtain several rereads from this Stabile fan.

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    Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart review [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    What an awesome read! Scott gives a whole fresh meaning to love! With his true life experiences and candid vulnerability, shows the reader how you can navigate "real life" with t all scenarios are going to be rainbows and butterflies but with compassion, empathy, an begin heart and mind and a lot of love, you can bear any storm life has to is book makes me wish to be a better human! To love and embrace all the universe has to offer! I wish to spread love and peace through, not only my words but my actions as well.Judgement and hatred towards others has nothing amazing to give our souls. Compassion, empathy and LOVE towards all, will create this a better globe to live in.I will be reading "Big Love" over and over again to hold the raw emotions and feeling that Scott offers new in my mind and heart!

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    Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart review [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    Inspiring? {check}Interesting? {check}Funny? {check}Relevant? {check}Heartfelt? {check}Actionable? {check}Scott Stabile's Huge Love is a book that transcends genres - being both memoir and self-help/life-coaching. When I'm not reading novels, I love memoirs. And I really really loved Scott's book. As a fellow Detroitee, the Michigan connection and the stories of growing up feeling ostracized, swallowing fears and hiding differences resonated with me. I appreciated Scott's transparency and the call he created to live a huge love life - not one with shallow and "meme-worthy" false optimism - but a real BIG LOVE LIFE. This book isn't a hard read - but it isn't an simple read either. To read this book is to create some little life-changes that may have huge impact in the years to come.

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    Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart review [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    At a time in our lives where the globe is scary and hard, Scott's book comes to the rescue to remind us all that love and empathy still exist, all we need to do is begin our eyes and look for it!I very much enjoyed Scott's book of short, easy stories. Some created me laugh, some created me cry. Overall, Scott's notice of love shines through. Scott reminds us all that everyone we encounter has something going on behind the scenes and life's crappy moments aren't just all about you!If you have never heard of Scott before and this book pops up as a recommendation for you, please do read it! And follow Scott on Facebook. I admire him greatly and think his notice of love first is something that every single person on Earth could benefit from

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    Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart review [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    Scott openly shares his life with us, inviting us to look into the depths of our soul and ask how we can be honest with ourselves in order to share that honesty with others. He compels the reader to search ways to be vulnerable, open, honest and kind in communication. How love is a choice, each and every day. Whether you have faced the trauma and challenges he has, you will search yourself drawn to his words as he helps you to see the power of living with a wide-open heart! His stories beg you to a deeper self-acceptance, self-compassion, and self-love inviting you to empathy at a deeper level towards each person you meet. You will review your life and wonder how much BIG LOVE you have and how you can have more of it! In my opinion, you can never have too much love and to look at more ways to invite this into your life, is a boldness we all need to breathe into today!!! And this choice is one we obtain to create every second of every day. Will you?

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    Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    A unique thank you to Thomas Nelson--W Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Walk to Beautiful, The Power of Love and a Homeless Child Who Found the Method is a poignant and inspiring acc of Jimmy Wayne’s journey, written by Jimmy Wayne and Ken Abraham—one which will forever change your life!Jimmy Wayne is known for his altruistic and giving heart. In the country melody industry he is known for his song writing, and hit songs, while being supported by his a lot of fans, ever, readers may not be aware of the horrific childhood and challenges on his method to stardom and adulthood. This is like “Job”; one hurdle, obstacle, disappointment, and challenge after another, and yet Jimmy possessed the drive, talent, determination, and tenacity, even in his darkest moments; to overcome his troubled past. He was fortunate to have some people along the method who took a possibility on this remarkable young man, and he desires to give back and pay forward.I will be honest, I am not a country melody fan (even though my sister who resides in NC is an avid fan). A amazing deal of Jimmy’s childhood took put in Gastonia, NC area, with some of the crazy people and backward , I had no idea the power and impact of this beautifully written and extraordinary book. The more I read, the more intrigued, I became and began reviewing Jimmy Wayne’s website, and listened to all the videos and was highly impressed.Walk to Attractive portrays the story of how Wayne was able to rise above his background with the support of supportive, adoptive parents as a teen, and become a successful country singer and in-demand motivational e book takes you from Jimmy’s early years as a boy, left a lot of times on the road alone by his mother, bullied by his peers, to fend for himself; growing up being passed from one foster home to another, with neglect and abuse, tortured, with no meal or put to live, or sleep. However, one woman and man took him in, and taught him about love, melody and living.When you look at this highly talented musician, good-looking guy, today, and listen to his attractive words and songs, it is hard to believe the rough street he has traveled. Through his determination, he has not allow his past define him, nor his future; however, has used his humble and troubled past to support others going through related experiences.Jimmy has dedicated the book, his life story to Bea, a unbelievable 75-year old woman who took him in when he was 16 years old, after a voice told him to stop and see if she required support with her yard work. Bea and Russell later asked him to move in, and were instrumental in turning Jimmy’s life around. Bea who passed always in 1997, will always be in his heart, and now Jimmy is giving back to the community to support other foster children, who have nowhere to om 2010 when Jimmy walked from Nashville to Phoenix on his Meet Me Halfway campaign, he set out to raise awareness for foster youth who have aged out of the system. The walk in itself helped stem the idea to document certain thoughts and memories, which led to the birth of Walk to Beautiful.“Thirty Thousand children every year age out of the foster care system the moment they turn eighteen. A lot of of them will become homeless, addicted, or imprisoned. Some will never see their twenty-first birthdays. I knew I wanted to support those children the method somebody had helped me. But how?”Walk to Attractive is an inspiring and remarkable book. It does not read like a non-fiction, or memoir. As an avid reader of over 350 books a year, a professional reader and blogger—Trust me, this is a story you cannot place down! It is so shocking, you feel as though this has to be fiction. How could any one person survive this life?On a Private Note: I formerly served as a Board Member for an organization in Atlanta for at risk teens, YES Atlanta (Youth Experiencing Success) and commend adults who strive to support these youth, by providing positive role models, and resources in order to change their environment, with an opportunity to lead healthy and rich lives as an adults.Even though the book will bring you to tears, there are a lot of parts which are witty and humorous. I especially loved the parts about growing up in the south. He had such poor role models when it came to Christianity, with the distorted views of church, beliefs, and hypocrisy. It was refreshing to learn he did not lose his faith, through all of this, when he finally got to see firsthand from Bea what faith and love really means.I highly recommend this beautifully written and inspiring book, and well deserving of 5 stars. It will change you. Nashville, and country melody fans will love all the stars, names, mentions, and tidbits. Foster kids and troubled youth, will search hope and joy in these words, for the ngrats, Jimmy, thanks for putting yourself out there, with courage and bravery to tell your story, and relive your past, forgive those who turned their back on you, and share with others while making a difference in lives across the world.

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    Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    "Walk to Beautiful" is an wonderful real story based on one young man's ability to survive, overcome a loveless childhood, triumph, forgive, and give back. It is an simple read and every page created me realize how fortunate I was to grow up in a positive and loving home. God locations unique people in your life, when you need it most. And this story is no different, as Jimmy finds Bea and thus his life begins to have security, love, and direction.

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    Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    Five stars are not enough to say how much I loved this book. It created me cry, it created me smile and laugh. Although I had a unbelievable childhood, I could still connect with Jimmy on so a lot of levels. The author emailed me back when I first started reading his book and now that I've finished, I might have to write a book just to tell him all the things I got from reading his book. I've also told several people about what I was reading and I bought a copy to give as a Christmas present. Even the circumstances of me discovering this book means that I was lead to it for there are no coincidences with God. Thank you Mr. Jimmy Wayne for your unbelievable & inspiring story...!!!

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    Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    This is an awesome story of overcoming adversity, having a more than difficult childhood, yet through eventually meeting the right people and his belief in God, Jimmy Wayne was able to have a successful melody career and also dedicate his life to helping other foster children. His "Walk to Beautiful", a cross country walk to raise awareness forisk youth aging out of foster care, lead to some changes in the foster care system. He experienced situations in his youth that a lot of of us would search difficult to bare. God Bless him.

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    Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    Just finished the book. I highly recommend Walk to Beautiful. Not only is it very well written, but the story is gripping. The first half is emotionally tough to read, but it is also a large component of why the story is so inspirational..... not only overcoming nearly impossible odds, but excelling and going full circle to return and support others in need. The Meet Me Half Method campaign is truly worthwhile work. Thanks to Jimmy Wayne (with support from Ken Abraham) for the hard work and for being so begin and honest about the poor times, the struggles, and your faith. I encourage folks to read this book, you'll laugh, you'll cry, you may even obtain angry, hopefully you will feel grateful and be motivated to go out there and "BEA" someone, take action and don't wait for someone else to do something! The notice of the book for me was.... you may not be able to do everything, but do what you can where you are, right now (not someday). That's sure what Bea and Russell Costner did! Thanks

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    Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    It always amazes me, how someone can have such a turbulent childhood and yet come out to be so strong. I remember someone once said, "I choose to create it an happening in my life, NOT a lifestyle". Jimmy Wayne is just that person and his story is both heart wrenching and inspiring. I would say there are 3 parts to this story: 1. Jimmy's young troubled life 2. Jimmy's country career 3. Jimmy's Walk. I gave it 4 stars because I found the melody career part a small boring (I'm not a country melody person) and had to skip over some pages. Over all I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.

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    Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    This was one of those truly inspirational books. It deserves ALL 5 stars!There wasn't one part of this book I didn't like. There were several characters whomI didn't care for. This young man and his sister were place through living he'll. I am gladthey had a few breaks . Without the love of at least one parent a kid can take a fast downward spiral. Jimmy did very well at being able to climb out of that downward spiral . When Be a and Russel took him in it created my heart soar. So glad to know there are Attractive people out there with amazing hearts.

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    Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    Love, love, love this book!! It's well written and I truly both laughed and cried while I went on this journey with Jimmy. I was transported into his globe and have to say...what a ride! He is a very inspirational man. It goes to present that you never know how you can change someone's life by your actions (and even little actions matter!) Bea Somebody!

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    Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    I am loathe to admit I had not heard of Jimmy Wayne before this book. And country melody is my life so I am doubly ashamed. Now that I do, I can't obtain enough of his melody and will do all I can to promote his book and his cause. I highly recommend it.

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    Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    First off, I don't read. The latest books I read were "A Kid Called It" and "The Lost Boy" both by Dave Pelzer and ironically related to Jimmy's book. I read those the year I started college in 2002. I received my book latest Friday (7 days ago) and I just finished! The things I love most about this book are Jimmy's perseverance, belief that people are amazing (even with what he had been through), and the knowledge he gives to foster parents, adoptive parents and anyone working toward caring for these children. In my opinion EVERY social worker, foster parent, adoptive parent, guardian ad litem, judge, lawyer, public defender and so on should read this book! I foster and have adopted a sibling group of 4, I never knew these things actually happened. I'm not sure if saying I have been enlightened is an appropriate term but I feel I have. Thank you for going out on a limb, while people turned their backs, and allowing the globe inside your past, present, and future. I've cried, laughed, and been shocked more in this past 7 days, than I have in years! Go obtain this book now!!! You will definitely LOVE it!!! I will definitely Walk To BEAtiful!

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    A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival review [Book]  2017-12-31 18:0

    I'm halfway through this book. It is from the point of view of a young girl and then the same girl as a young woman. It shows so clearly that her family as so a lot of others just wanted to create a living and buy meal and take care of their families. But the government totally annihilated everything. The government brought tanks and started to demolish building that people were still living in. This family did not wish to leave Syria but if they stayed they were afraid that they would be killed or worse. It is heartbreaking but told in a method that is very simple to read. I'm learning a lot from this book. About how this never ending battle started and why it continues and how all the refugees would love nothing more than to go home but it's all been destroyed. At least their home towns have been destroyed. I'm at the point in the book where the heroine is just getting on the boat to test and obtain to Europe. Very nervous about this.

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    A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival review [Book]  2017-12-31 18:0

    I loved this book! A tragic and attractive story of hope, love, and perseverance encompassing the Syrian refugee crisis. As a born and raised American, I am so far removed from the problems the Syrian people face daily. This book gave me an understanding and empathy that I wouldn't have without reading this story.

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    A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival review [Book]  2017-12-31 18:0

    Fate moves in mysterious ways. I place this book on my Kindle just about the time of Donald Trump's Inauguration. People need to read this book in order to understand the humanity of refugees and to gird themselves to war for the protection of them from policies which do them harm.

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    A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival review [Book]  2017-12-31 18:0

    A very strong story. I thought I was up on the news, but I learned so much about the Middle East and the refugee crisis. I thought the writing was a bit clunky, but unfortunately, so few of these stories and books are available in the US, that this is one of the best books we can get.

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    A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival review [Book]  2017-12-31 18:0

    Perfect book!! Education is the key to empowerment. This book gives a very eye opening encounter of the devastation Syrian refugees face daily. Denying refugees a safe haven IS NOT the answer. Please take the time to read this unbelievable and heartbreaking book.

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    A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival review [Book]  2017-12-31 18:0

    This is an awesome story that required to be told. I binge read it in 2 days! I was however, disappointed by the writing style. I found myself skimming through to the relevant parts, and there are several locations in the book that are simply repetitive, word for word. The story itself stands on its own... and was just that enticing so I kept on. It's a glimpse into a globe that the majority of us can't even imagine, but it's a reality to too many.

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    A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival review [Book]  2017-12-31 18:0

    Awesome story loved every min of her awesome courage

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    A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival review [Book]  2017-12-31 18:0

    From the very first page this book connected to me in a method that no other book has. This story is told so beautifully that it causes you to go through a tidal wave of emotions as you move from one chapter to the next. And at the heart of it is something that every human being can connect to.........an endless find for hope and love. This is a must read for anyone who wants to truly understand what the human spirit is able to endure.

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    A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival review [Book]  2017-12-31 18:0

    The writings is clunky, but the story is incredible. This book is hard to read at times, the story is graphic and heartbreaking, but it's an necessary story given our current political climate. You won't regret reading it.

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    A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival review [Book]  2017-12-31 18:0

    Heart wrenching. Powerful. Eye opening. I literally couldn't place this book down! It took my only a couple of hours to [email protected]#$%!. It is amazing if you wish to place a face to the Syrian refugee crisis. This book is a must read, It's a rare, close-up into the life of a Syrian refugee, Doaa, a brave young girl who survived insurmountable odds.

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    Saints Protection & Investigations Box Set (Books 1,2,3): Serial Love, Healing Love, Seeing Love review [Book]  2018-4-18 18:0

    If you love protective Alpha males, you have to read this autiful books with lots of suspense and each couple in these books are awesome. The men of the Saints are so protective of their woman and will do everything to hold them of my favorite series.

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    Saints Protection & Investigations Box Set (Books 1,2,3): Serial Love, Healing Love, Seeing Love review [Book]  2018-4-18 18:0

    Love this series!Serial LoveMaryann Jordan has become one of those authors for me that I will read whatever she writes because I know it will be that good. This book was just as awesome as her latest series. It was full of romance, mystery, suspense, steamy scenes and a brotherhood among the men. This book grabbed me from the beginning and kept me hooked all the method through. I never could have predicted the killer, I was really surprised because I thought I knew who it but I was wrong. This book is a amazing begin to a fresh series and I can't wait for eing LoveMaryann Jordan has done it again. Her books never disappoint me. I loved Bart's and Faith's story. I was hooked from the start. Even though I didn't like Bart too much in the beginning, he redeemed himself. This story had twist and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me in suspense. It was very unpredictable, I never saw it coming.Healing LoveI just love Cam and Miriam's story. Cam is sent to rescue Miriam in Mexico. She is a Red Cross Nurse and was kidnapped to support the drug cartel with their injured people. Cam is sent into Mexico to search her and bring her home. She is his bosses friend's sister. Along the method we obtain to follow their adventure trying to escape and a love blooming through the danger they are in. Will they create it out, if they do is there a possibility for them to be together? This story had me hooked from the start. I loved their adventure and couldn't wait to read what would happen. I loved these characters, Miriam is so giving, helping those who required here support even when she was a captive herself. Cam, a powerful alpha male, who has a amazing heart and wants to save those who need to be saved.

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    Saints Protection & Investigations Box Set (Books 1,2,3): Serial Love, Healing Love, Seeing Love review [Book]  2018-4-18 18:0

    These alpha males are enough to create you sweat and swoon with this also being a unique deal having them all in one set to begin off with 3 of them. Jack starts it off with him starting the agency with you getting to see from the beginning the foundation and also who captures his attention. It will be quite the firecracker but then that is what it takes. Next will be Cam in the driver's seat who will take us the thrill in more ways than one with danger and drama at every turn but with one goal in mind that he has his sights on. Then lastly in this fine collection of alpha males is Bart who will continue to captivate us and pull on our emotions because this one has a unique touch with that being connected to a mighty fine lady that has a gift. All are amazing for a escape into intrigue and deliciousness with characters that capture us. When finished with this one you will go in find for more because it is only the beginning.

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    Saints Protection & Investigations Box Set (Books 1,2,3): Serial Love, Healing Love, Seeing Love review [Book]  2018-4-18 18:0

    Full of alpha males, powerful women and steamy romance. Each book keeps you guessing with plenty of suspense.

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    Saints Protection & Investigations Box Set (Books 1,2,3): Serial Love, Healing Love, Seeing Love review [Book]  2018-4-18 18:0

    This series is a must read! You'll fall in love right away! Saints are hot!

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    Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious Book 1) review [Book]  2018-1-7 18:0

    This is definitely a various kind of book. It is my first Sara Wolf book and I have Book #2 that I am definitely going to read and then we'll see about Book #3. In case you don't realize it - this is a cliffhanger!!Isis Blake has problems - to place it mildly. She's to be applauded for getting physically healthier, but mentally - she has a long method to go. She exudes confidence on the outside, but inside - there is a lot of self-loathing. Which is understandable due to her history, but disturbing nonetheless. At times I felt the writing was a small immature along with the characters. Jack Hunter is a scarred soul as well with a deep hidden, dark secret which we never fully realize, but obtain enough tips to figure out what the gist of it is.I felt the book dragged out the secrets a small long and again they aren't even completely revealed by the end of the story.I gave this 4 stars due to the fact that I do wish to know what happens to these characters. The cliffhanger I did not see coming and I have mixed feelings about how it will go. I'll give Book #2 a possibility and see if this rating holds up.

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    Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious Book 1) review [Book]  2018-1-7 18:0

    Love Me Never by Sara Wolf is book one in the Lovely Vicious series. It is a YA romance novel."A guy broke my heart - No, more than that. He broke my soul, my heart, and who I used to be."Isis is powerful and ready to take on the world, but not take anyone's crap. She is also super awkward in a stick-you-in-my-pocket-and-take-you-home kind of way. Mix these qualities with a bit of a crude, self-deprecating reflection of self and you know that teenage Isis, at a fresh high school, among strangers, may be set up for times of heartbreak."Jack is steel and black ice. He's deadly serious, sharp as a katana, and as disorienting as a mountain blizzard in December."Enter Jack Hunter. He is intelligent and gorgeous, and all of the girl's at their high school crave him and his attention. But, he has secrets and is a closed book. The likelihood of him giving one ounce of attention to ad oddity like Isis is so very unlikely, but he does. And in doing this, he opens the door for a relationship that is mostly unwanted and completely unexpected."...hope is hard to keep without cutting yourself on it, so I test not to keep on too tight."Written in dual points of view, Love Me Never was the book I had to place down to adult, but doing so created me wish to cry. I seriously LOVED this book. There are times when a novel filled with funny one-liners tickles my funny bone, but often lacks more substance. Lover Me Never tickled my funny bone, but also danced all over my emotions in a method that only an Isis-dance could do. The linguistic expressions and crazy, laugh-out-loud moments had me rolling in laughter. But, the intensity of the story line as it progressed created me hang on every word."An immovable object meeting an unstoppable force.""Two unstoppable forces crashing and careening off a cliff to their untimely deaths."Although Isis and Jack had declared battle versus each other, they soon realized that love and hate were such closely similar emotions, and could cause a crossing of opponent lines. This revelation amped up the story to an entirely fresh level, making my heart pound harder and harder as each page was turned. This progression of desperation led all the method to the ending that abruptly stopped my pounding heart and created me gasp for air then shout. Holy smokes! What a method to leave the door begin for Me Never was an exciting, entertaining, and emotion-filled novel that I couldn’t obtain enough of...on to book two.

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    Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious Book 1) review [Book]  2018-1-7 18:0

    While I didn't love the plot of "Love Me Never" I loved the voice and personality of Isis Blake. She was confident, quirky, weird, full of references and extremely lovable. I would love to be like her, able to snap back at anything that comes my way. I have never had as much fun getting to know a hero as I did getting to know Isis. Her fun and carefree side mesh well with the pain and darkness that lurks beneath her exterior. This darkness makes her feel real. It makes her more than a fluffy hero and it makes her simple to connect with. She lures you in with her carefree side and slowly reveals her e plot of this novel is related to most young adult reads. Girl meets mean boy and falls for him. Boy has hidden depths that he masks under his rough and villainous exterior. Boy hurts girl and tries to obtain her back. However, there are a lot of subplots that are woven throughout this novel and I very much enjoyed them, but the info listed above create up the majority of the story. If the story doesn't suck you in then Isis will. She will grab a keep of you and never allow go.I recommend this novel to fans of "Me Earl and the dying girl" because Isis is related to Greg. A hero full of quirks with a personality you just can't support but eat up. In addition, like "Me Earl and the dying girl" there are some true problems lying between these books pages that create it more than just a fluff story and instead something true and tangible.

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    Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious Book 1) review [Book]  2018-1-7 18:0

    Wow, cool book. Loved the intelligent heroine, Isis Blake, who is amazing at math and globe history ("history of the planet") and talking -- she tells it how it is and stands up for what she thinks is right. Her selfless, jaded, realist friend, Jack Hunter, does not quite know what to do with her, since she won't allow him ignore her. To learn more about Jack, Isis picks his pocket and goes through his wallet. Later in the book, she sneaks upstairs into his bedroom and reads a letter he's saved in a cigar box. He is less stalkerish about her, although he has read her school file. Late in the book he drives to her house and is surprised by its little size and the scraggly overgrown yard. Frankly, I am surprised that Isis doesn't work harder on the house exterior to hold under the radar and hold up appearances. I am sorry that Jack, who has more insight into human behavior than most people, has not place two and two together (her run-down vehicle with a broken headlight might have tipped him off) and understood this side of Isis is is a story to be continued. The ending is abrupt, but it's a stopping point. Look forward to reading the next installment.

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    Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious Book 1) review [Book]  2018-1-7 18:0

    Love Me Never is an original. This is the kind of book you stay up reading until 3:30 in the morning even when you know you have to obtain up for soccer in the morning and will have to war to stay awake in mass. It's description may sound like a typical teen-age novel; high school girl gets bullied due to her weight, gets her heart crushed by a guy, loses weight, reinvents herself, and starts all over at a fresh high school. It's far from a typical coming of age novel is is the most wonderfully, quirky lead female imaginable. She's so random with her constant rambling and her one of a kind mind. She's a strange blend of confidence and low self-esteem. Her wit is boundless. Jack is the school's Ice Prince. He's beautiful, but unattainable; reserved, brilliant, and possibly dangerous. Their first encounter does not go well and battle is declared. They are well matched to go up versus one another and both entertained by the challenge of the is book alternated between amusing me, disgusting me, and hurting me. Isis broke my heart. Her aloneness, her lack of real belief in herself, her pain. Jack found so a lot of ways to damage her. His career, although based on amazing intentions, is just icky. He's hiding a dark secret, consumed by guilt, but still rationalizing all of his poor behavior. It seems like he has lost so much of his humanity until Isis bursts into his life. Their relationship is more about an unlikely friendship than romance. There is definitely a romance starting, but it's developing from a fragile friendship that neither Jack nor Isis saw coming. Their characters are so well developed and this friendship progressed so naturally that it makes for a believable story and a real connection to the main characters. The secondary characters are also nicely developed (Love our industrious Prez) making it a richer story overall.I don't wish to share what happens toward the end of the book, so that it doesn't ruin your reading, but there is a cliffhanger. This book had such an impact on me. I was gutted by the ending. Just when things were looking up, it's suddenly spoiled. I had fallen for Jack by this time and could feel his pain. Hope is hard to come by and once you begin feeling it, to have it disappear is devastating. I am also afraid for Isis. I felt a sense of danger on the final pages coming from Jack's past. I am rooting for Jack and Isis and can't wait to see if my hope is rewarded in book 2.

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    Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious Book 1) review [Book]  2018-1-7 18:0

    This book didn't begin off powerful for me. It seemed like it would be nothing but immature insults between the main hero and the love interest. I also didn't like that she punched him. Beginning a relationship with physical violence makes me uneasy. The main character's quirkiness seemed exaggerated too. I wasn't sold on her, and Jack was unconvincing as an unfeeling jerk. I liked the descriptions of his icy gaze, but his words didn't match it. I kept reading though, and more interesting facets of these characters were is started to grow on me just like she grew on Jack. I liked how their relationship developed by getting to know each other rather than through physical attraction. I experienced how they started to care for each other, and I cared for them too. The secondary characters also had distinct personalities, and I especially adored the "prez" as Isis calls him. I love how Isis wasn't ever the wallflower despite all her insecurities. She refused to be ignored or stepped on by the famous people, even if it meant that she had to settle for annoying them. She also confuses them by showing compassion to people who have been nothing but rude to e tragic past plot line has been overdone in too a lot of books, but there was enough uniqueness here to hold me intrigued. The author managed to create me swallow all of it except how inexperienced children were able to dispose of evidence that seasoned serial assassins haven't always been able to hold hidden. Maybe that will be explained in the next book, but I'm willing to overlook it due to being hooked on the story. I never read the original ver of this, but I liked the original title better. I don't know why it was changed, but that's a minor thing anyway.

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    Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious Book 1) review [Book]  2018-1-7 18:0

    I was dying to read the fresh version. I have only discovered in the latest year that I actually like to re-read books. Anyway, I am so very satisfied to report that I noticed almost no changes to this story!!!!Also, I was reminded of how much I really love this book. I believe my original Goodreads rating was 4 or 4 and a half stars, but now Im just going the full 5. I literally laugh out loud during this book. Isis is ridiculously funny. Also, I associate with the strange things she does better than I have probably ever associated with any hero ever. Talks out loud to herself? Check. Says statements in the form of questions? Check (though not nearly as frequently as Isis). Call people completely ridiculous names created up on the spot? Check. Her personality is just awesome. As with any novel of this kind, there is a dark time from the main characters past that greatly impacts the method feels about life and the method she treats/trusts people. So she has her weaknesses, even though she is an incredibly powerful hero that wears a constant brave en there is Jack Hunter. The Ice Prince.I love Jack. He is intelligent and witty and funny and such [email protected]#$%. The battle between him and Isis is so ridiculous and funny. Who doesn't love a amazing opponents to mates story? Jack also has his own... umm... dark side? He definitely has a dark past. But his is also desperately attempting to be a amazing person and right his wrongs. But he has a small crazy in him... it's kind of hot.I definitely cried at least once (maybe more?) during the re-read. The end is heart wrenching, but then you're like WHAT? Oh snap. But then comes the part where I know what happens because, duh, I already read the whole series. BUT WILL IT BE THE SAME? What if they change stuffs? No. I refuse it. They can't do that to us. RIGHT?One thing I always found strange about this series is that I feel like it is borderline Fresh Adult. There is something grittier about it, with its vulgar language and mature feeling (in the later books especially) that create it stand out above YA. I mean, in the later books they are actually in college and stuff, so YA feels even less right at that point. I would say this series, overall, leans more toward NA. I wouldn't hand this series to a 12 or 13 year old. Unless they remove the things that create it mature. But then I will have to hunt people down and plot revenge and it will be very time consuming and I am lazy, so let's hope that doesn't happen, okay?

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    Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious Book 1) review [Book]  2018-1-7 18:0

    This could have been more enjoyable if it is more cohesive. That been said, Isis did carry this book because she is hilarious, if juvenile at times. It is okay though because she is young. The plot did not reach maturity throughout this book. The hero, Nick, and the heroine, Isis, are engaged in a kind of 'war', because Jack was rude to a girl. Isis wanted him to apologize but he refused. ere are underpinnings of serious discuss, but the main theme was just immature to me. Jack also saw it fit to be a gigolo, so he can pay his girlfriend's medical bills? Sheesh, just plain asinine.

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    Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious Book 1) review [Book]  2018-1-7 18:0

    I really liked it, I only had 2 issues. One, I thought our leading lady was a tad too aggressive. I like that she is powerful and speaks her mind, but she uses her fist a small too much and that just did not ring real to her charactor, in my opinion that is. Second, the cliff hanger at the end. Like a few reviewers have mentioned in their reviews, it just did not create any sense. I felt that the author added the cliff hanger just so that everyone would wish to read the second book to see what happened next! Honestly, the book was amazing enough on its own, there was no need to add a twist for the easy sake of "adding a twist."All in all, I liked the book and really liked the writing. Nice job! and despite my 2 problems with the book, i will be the first one in line to download book 2! So do i recommened? Most definetely.

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    Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious Book 1) review [Book]  2018-1-7 18:0

    It's amazing to search a fresh series that you just click with and I certainly did with this. Isis is the most prickly late teen you can imagine, jaded and sarcastic, ready to protect her feelings from outsiders. Isis has been through the ringer somehow with her first love, info are scratchy but she has downsized her capacity for feelings and physical size. She and her mother have moved to a fresh city and she's joined a fresh school. The ice prince, Jack goes to this school. Superior aloof and the object of beautiful much every girls affections and he knows it but he's not interested. Isis and Jack have a skirmish early on and battle lines are drawn. A amazing begin to the series and I've bought #2 & #3.

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    The Power review [Book]  2018-3-25 18:0

    At the heart of gender politics is the question of whether men and women are inherently different, or are shaped by our experiences. The Power takes this on by asking, what would happen if women gained a physical advantage over men? Would the globe be transformed into a nurturing, empathetic utopia? Or do women and men who obtain power inevitably exploit it?The novel is framed as the manuscript of a (subservient) male academic called Neil, writing five thousand years in the future, which he has sent to ‘Naomi’ for review. He is trying to create sense of happenings that occurred in our e story begins when adolescent girls suddenly develop the power to deliver electric shocks. They can also awaken a latent power in some adult women. This causes dramatic social change, told through the stories of three female and one male characters. Roxy is a teenager from an East End gangster family, Ally, an American of around the same age who is running from abusive carers, Margot an ambitious US governor and single parent and Tunde, an ambitious freelance journalist from Nigeria.What’s interesting is that not all girls and women have the same power. Some have greater electrical capacity, and some are better able to control and use what they have. But there are also those who have the vision to see how the globe is changing and how to use existing structures to exploit it. Immediately power begins to shift.Women in countries from Saudi Arabia to India rise up. The three female characters all see opportunities – Roxy in organised crime, Ally by starting the religious cult of Mother Eve and Margot by organising a public-private paramilitary organisation. Tunde travels the globe documenting change and finds both allies and danger among the women he e first part of the book also takes a nuanced approach to what the power might mean. At times the power is turned versus women. They are barred from certain posts if they have it. There is talk of restrictions and cures. Teenage girls turn on each other. But as their power becomes more entrenched and men start to encounter the limitations that some women do now (like not leaving home without the permission of a female guardian) it highlights to the reader how wrong and bizarre they the novel went on though, I found my attention wandering and I struggled to [email protected]#$%!. There are a couple of reasons. The plot loses its method and the ending is a bit of a cop-out. There’s a certain amount of exposition. But the key issue is in the narration.When I think of the dystopian novels I’ve enjoyed the most (eg 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale) they present the workings of a society through the perspective of one character. You gain a rich, immersive sense of the fear and the humiliation and the tedium they face every day. Here we have a kind of helicopter view. The four main characters and those around them just aren’t that interesting as individuals and their stories overlap in ways that aren’t always ey are all in positions of power and influence in some way, perhaps because those are the stories that would survive. They are all single at the begin of the book so we don’t see how the changes affect long-term relationships and the institutions of marriage and the family (key locations for feminists). We also don’t have much sense of what happens to women and girls who have the physical power but no social or economic capital to e book ends with Naomi commenting on Neil’s manuscript, in particular being mildly dismissive of his assertion that men once dominated society, because there is small evidence of it in the historical record. Neil insists that is because those who have power decide what is history. This shows both the strength and weakness of the book to me. It’s a nice reversal and makes its point, but the point is quite an obvious one.*I received a copy of The Power from the publisher via Netgalley.A longer ver of this review first appeared on my blog

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    The Power review [Book]  2018-3-25 18:0

    If you haven’t read it, you’ve probably seen it: Margaret Atwood’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE, published in 1985 but created newly popular by the Hulu miniseries. It’s likely the best-known dystopia in latest history, and I mention it because Atwood’s monumental presence hangs over this book. Not that Naomi Alderman is a nobody. Her debut novel, DISOBEDIENCE, got the Orange Award for Fresh Writers in 2006, and THE POWER, her recent (first published in the UK), won the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. But Atwood is clearly a mate and mentor (the book is dedicated to her and her husband), and as for the theme --- well, call it the anti-HANDMAID’S e women in THE HANDMAID’S TALE become, essentially, sex slaves and baby receptacles, while in Alderman’s book, they dominate the globe --- physically. Sometime in the distant past, a fresh organ of the body, the skein, shows up in teenage girls and enables them to generate electric shocks that can maim, manipulate and kill. Soon this capability spreads to older women, abruptly shifting the balance of gender power and the nature of reality derman frames her novel with a satirical device. We are now in a future where women have been in charge for thousands of years, and one Neil Adam Armon, a member of The Men Writers Association (male novelists being so rare and unexpected a breed that they have to be labeled as such), is showing an historical novel to his mentor, an eminent author by the name of “Naomi Alderman.” Neil’s manuscript, The Power, purports to trace the origins of the matriarchy, positing an earlier age in which men were the ruling e narrative alternates among four main characters, all intelligent and ambitious, each showing various sides of the march toward a gender flip-flop. There is Allie, who kills her sexually abusive foster father, then escapes to a convent, where she hears voices, heals the sick, adopts the name Mother Eve, and founds a cult based on a feminist reinterpretation of the Bible. There is Tunde --- the only male hero of any weight --- an beautiful young Nigerian man who becomes the blogger/video chronicler of the female takeover. Margot is the mayor of an East Coast town whose power is activated by her adolescent daughter. She becomes governor, then senator, developing military training camps for girls and realizing that “the power to damage is a kind of wealth” --- even if you don’t use it. Finally, Roxy, daughter of a London crime family, witnesses her mother murdered around the same time as her skein comes alive. She becomes an international mover and shaker in the trade of a power-enhancing drug, Glitter, until betrayal and mutilation force her back on her own unenhanced e structure of THE POWER is in the form of a 10-year countdown --- but to what, at first the reader doesn’t know. The earliest stirrings of unrest are in countries where women have been most abused (Saudi Arabia, for one, and Moldova, a center of sex trafficking, for another), while in the West, media and government alike test to include and normalize the situation. A sort of Greek chorus is provided by a TV news team, consisting first of Tom (lead anchor) and Kristen (eye candy), then evolving to Kristen (sober fresh face of the news) and Matt (sweet, decorative, earnest). As women organize, train and terrorize, they evoke an answering response among male extremists, until at latest all four main characters converge in Eastern Europe. Women have broken away from Moldova to form the increasingly authoritarian female state of Bessaraba, culminating in...well, that would be derman is a skillful writer whose book bristles with intelligence and wit. Sometimes, though, I felt distanced from the characters by her ironic tone, especially when it’s clear from several poignant passages that she can do more. Here, for example, are Tunde’s notes for the book he plans: “At first we [men] did not speak our damage because it was not manly. Now we do not speak it because we are afraid and ashamed and alone.... It is hard to know when the first became the second.” And here are Roxy and Tunde, their bodies “rewritten by suffering,” making love: “They move slowly and easily, taking acc of each other’s particular pains, smiling and sleepy, and for a moment without fear. They come with soft, animal grunts, snuffling into each other’s necks, and fall asleep like that, legs intertwined…in the center of a war.”The danger in any dystopian novel, I suppose, is that ideas will overwhelm hero and plot. When Alderman returns in a coda to a further exchange of letters between Neil, the supposed author of The Power, and the future fictional ver of herself, I found it unnecessarily didactic, if entertaining. Having read the manuscript, “Naomi” is by turns supportive and patronizing (she calls it “a fun exercise” in the reinterpretation of history). She can’t quite believe that Neil’s book is anything other than a heretical fairy tale. How could men, innately kind and nurturing, ever have been soldiers or rapists or pimps? How could the standard history of the globe be nothing but a large lie? The point, of course, is that history is fickle, amassing and legitimizing evidence that supports the winners, not the the very end, “Naomi” suggests that her protegé consider publishing under a female name. Surely this is meant to remind us of the Brontë sisters, sending JANE EYRE, WUTHERING HEIGHTS and AGNES GREY to London publishers under male pseudonyms in the 1840s. It’s amusing, in a ghastly E POWER is often disturbing, sometimes exhilarating and, above all, a healthy reminder --- particularly apt in the age of Trump, Cosby and Weinstein --- that even if women do not experience male violence in an immediate physical sense, the implied threat is always with us. Often that is enough to hold us frightened, silent, intimidated, self-censoring and ed by Katherine B. Weissman

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    The Power review [Book]  2018-3-25 18:0

    Favorite Quote: “And can you call back the lightning? Or does it return to your hand?”The Power is an awesome feat of speculative fiction by Naomi Alderman. Girls all over the globe realize they have a newly developed ability to blast electrical arcs from their bodies. As they wake the power up in older women, the balance of power in the globe begins to shift. Women, long held captive by fear and and inequality, use their power to take control, creating riot groups, fresh nations, and worldwide faith organizations. The book rotates through hero perspectives. Margot, an aspiring political leader, tries to search the best policy to tutorial The Change. Tunde is a journalist trying to capture the heart of social tensions in Europe and the Middle East. Allie is an abused runaway who manages to channel her power into a matter of faith, creating a loyal following of female worshipers reshaping modern religion. Roxy is the fierce daughter of a British gang syndicate, and possibly possesses the strongest power of all. These characters view The Change from their own corners of the world, and watch as global society struggles with the revolution of e Power is a gem. Alderman’s book verges on Atwoodian women’s fiction, but manages to stay entirely special and original in both delivery and content. Alderman doesn’t just ponder the consequences of women beautiful much gaining a super power; she performs high-quality globe building. Her brand fresh globe is totally rooted in modern truths and realities. She often makes cheeky jabs at the reversal of gender dynamics, like when her male narrator, Tunde, confesses he is scared to walk down the street at night. The plot is very busy-we are taken to the hills of Moldova, as an uprising creates Bessapara, a women-run nation that eventually verges on a dictatorship. Alderman’s novel actually ends up straying from “girl power,” instead showing that the “power” is simple to use for evil reasons. The women become as violent and authoritarian as men have been in true life. Momentarily, I wondered if this ruined the book for me, if I would have preferred to believe that women gaining a violent power and running the globe would only have amazing results. However, I have come around to appreciate the bigger picture Alderman presents to us of gender dynamics. Power of any sort requires balance, and amazing and evil isn’t separated by biological differences. She manages to show this concept while maintaining the emotional impact of switching gender inequality. Even thought the book almost ends up emphasizing the speculative fiction more than the feminist ideals, she presents us with scenes that are heart-wrenching imaginations of women taking back their autonomy. Specifically, she narrates a stage in which a group of sex trafficking captives overtake their oppressors, eventually becoming the catalyst for the foundation of Bessapara. This stage tugged so harshly and hopefully at my heart. If only this power was real, am I right?Despite a busy plot, her characters remain distinct and interesting. Allie was my favorite to dig into. Her troubled past of abuse at the hands of her stepfather is something that too a lot of of us can empathize with. She becomes a religious prophet for the masses, leading her followers on a path to completely change the world, even if she has to destroy it first. Through her narrative, we witness some strong changes to the idea of religion. “They have said to you that man rules over woman as Jesus rules over the church. But I say unto you that woman rules over man as Mary guided her infant son, with kindness and with love.” God becomes “She”, as they embrace their woman goddess. I particularly love the unnecessary level of sacrilige that these changes embody. Allie preaches that their god is still the same god, but that She has now taken the form of a woman, and that Mary’s role in Christianity is now the basic basis of their faith. As a non-religious person, this philosophy is incredibly interesting to r all of its strengths, I will say that The Power is incredibly ambitious. I don’t think any of its business necessarily detracted from its quality, but this is one of those books that I would’ve patiently read over a series or saga. I found myself wondering even after the novel concluded. Given that the happenings of “the Change” take put over the entire world, I would have liked to delve even deeper into more of the societal changes taking put in various regions. I also wondered what the novel would have looked like if it took put in a first-world country, instead of largely in Moldova. I think Alderman could have had a amazing saga on her hands.I think The Power will eventually be looked on as a classic of women’s literature. It is simply so impressive and important, and such a grandiose scale of gender dynamics. I appreciate Alderman’s nuances so much, and the fact that every act and comment in her novel is massive with purpose. She closes her novel with a correspondence between herself and another author, Neil, who has been writing the preceding novel. It seems that, after the results of the novel, the globe erupted into a nuclear war, known as the Cataclysm, and they are now reviewing historical documents indicating that women have long been the dominant sex. Naomi, giving feedback to Neil, makes a suggestion to reach a wider audience. “Neil,” she says. “I know this might be very distasteful to you, but have you considered publishing this book under a woman’s name?”

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    The Power review [Book]  2018-3-25 18:0

    Book: The PowerAuthor: Naomi AldernamRating: 1 Out of 5 StarsThis is another Our Shared Shelf book. I’m only a few months behind now on my reading and reviews for the , I guess this is supposed to be one of the best books of 2017....I see...Well, now, if it were up to me, I would consider this to be one of the top books of 2017. In fact, I really don’t understand how this book is so famous and how it won so a lot of awards. Personally, I think the whole thing is a hot e plot line just sounded okay to begin out with, but I decided to give it a test because it was a group book. Normally, I would not have picked up anything like this, because it’s really not my cup of tea. I mean, women having powers to defend themselves is amazing and the men having to search ways to protect themselves...Well, now, that I think about it, this does sound like a amazing book. It gives men a possibility to live in fear-something that a lot of women live in every ever, it felt like there was no focus. I felt like I was just being told about a concept, but no story. I don’t know, it just seemed like everything had been thrown together without any proper focus or editing. I really feel like had we had a decent editor, everything would had been better. It almost felt like everything was being forced for the sake of a deadline instead of allowing things to develop on their own. That’s the feeling I got from this e plot that we were expecting and got was really different. I was expecting something very complex and engaging, but, instead, I got something that was very easy and not well developed. I felt like parts that would have created everything create more sense, were just gazed over. The plot also called for women to throw out their culture, aka, Muslims, which kind of bothered me. I just don’t think women in the true globe would give up their culture so easily-again had there been more development, this would had been more clear.I thought that the characters were not interesting at all. They blended into one and were not developed at all. I honestly feel like if you are going to write a book like this, you need to have powerful characters to really create the globe come out to the reader. It felt like Naomi had made some of the characters just for the sake of filling the book up. Some a lot of of them did not add to the plot. It almost felt like, once again, Naomi was forcing some of the characters, instead of letting them develop on their ain, I feel like this has a lot of promise, but it’s just a mess with zero focus and a lack of development.

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    The Power review [Book]  2018-3-25 18:0

    In full disclosure, I'm writing this review at the 70% tag of the book. Though this itself should be telling because I honestly don't know if I'll even finish.Let's begin with what's already been said: The premise, that teenage girls start to develop some kind of electrostatic power that leads to a shift in gender relations, is interesting. How can it not be in the current climate of gender politics and revelations concerning sexual assault committed by men of power in all kinds of industries?My largest problem was that the entire book feels built around this hook rather than having the hook lead into believable, realistic hero decisions and arcs. We experience the story through a handful of POVs--just one of them male--but I didn't feel compelled to root for (or against) any of these POV characters. They don't create choices that so much relate to their values and conflicts but as if they have to create decisions to create the book's invariable conclusion come true. So a lot of scenes felt like this, where it was clear what the outcome would be pages ahead of time because of how strongly the author is driving us towards a conclusion and a specific philosophy surrounding this conclusion that seems to anchor heavily in ide from the problems with flat characters, I also struggled with the writing itself. As others have said, it reads like a history book at times, slamming large dumps of major happenings in between chapters while highlighting just a handful of the action that does an insufficient job of acting as a proper proxy. It's dry at times and hammy at others, and I think Alderman would have done well to avoid the show tense as it only exacerbates how the scenes drag and how the book in general has a severe momentum stly, as it currently stands at 70% I have a bit of an problem with how genders are portrayed in the story. I'm male and I'm sure that colors my viewpoint to a degree, but I was hard-pressed to search any redeemable male hero except for the POV hero Tunde who is almost a caricature of the do-gooder journalist. Women too are one-dimensional, portrayed as either righteous and unfailing or as a few of the "bad eggs" who have used their power for private gain. There's small nuance to be had, no smart characters stopping for even thirty seconds to discuss the wide range of possibilities such power might have in the world. Instead it's all conflict and extremism and hyperbole.Oh, and there isn't (at least as far as I've noticed) any mention AT ALL about transgender individuals which seems oddly absent given how much THE POWER seems to be trying to bank off gender politics.I have no doubt THE POWER will continue to be praised because, again, how can it not? It [email protected]#$%!&ing on a sensitive subject at a sensitive time. But it is not approaching that subject sensitively. Unlike THE HANDMAID'S TALE (which THE POWER is being compared to), THE POWER fails to paint realistic characters thrown into a dizzyingly changed world.P.S. A note on the audiobook, which has comprised part of my reading. I found the acting overdone and had to constantly adjust the volume as the speaker went from low tones to screeching highs. I also found that the inflection of the speaker colourful the characters in a method I did not experience in print, which if I were Alderman I might be upset about. At the very least though it is more interesting to listen to than to read Alderman's dry, textbook-esque show tense prose.

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    The Power review [Book]  2018-3-25 18:0

    The primary premise is much like Flatland:4. Concerning the Women.IF OUR highly pointed Triangles of the Soldier class are formidable, it may be readily inferred that far more formidable are our Women. For if a Soldier is a wedge, a Woman is a needle; being, so to speak, all point, at least at the two extremities. Add to this the power of making herself practically invisible at will, and you will perceive that a Female, in Flatland, is a monster by no means to be trifled with.But here, perhaps, some of my younger Readers may ask how a woman in Flatland can create herself invisible. This ought, I think, to be apparent without any explanation. However, a few words will create it clear to the most a needle on a table. Then, with your eye on the level of the table, look at it side-ways, and you see the whole length of it; but look at it end-ways, and you see nothing but a point, it has become practically invisible. Just so is it with one of our Women. When her side is turned towards us, we see her as a straight line; when the end containing her eye or mouth - for with us these two organs are identical - is the part that meets our eye, then we see nothing but a highly lustrous point; but when the back is presented to our view, then - being only sub-lustrous, and, indeed, almost as dim as an inanimate object - her hinder extremity serves her as a kind of Invisible e dangers to which we are exposed from our Women must now be manifest to the meanest capacity in Spaceland. If even the angle of a respectable Triangle in the middle class is not without its dangers; if to run versus a Working Man involves a gash; if collision with an officer of the military class necessitates a serious wound; if a mere touch from the vertex of a Personal Soldier brings with it danger of death; - what can it be to run versus a Woman, except absolute and immediate destruction? And when a Woman is invisible, or visible only as a dim sub-lustrous point, how difficult must it be, even for the most cautious, always to avoid collision!Many are the enactments created at various times in the various States of Flatland, in order to minimize this peril; and in the Southern and less temperate climates where the force of gravitation is greater, and human beings more liable to casual and involuntary motions, the Laws concerning Women are naturally much more stringent. But a general view of the Code may be obtained from the following summary: -Every house shall have one entrance in the Eastern side, for the use of Females only; by which all females shall enter "in a becoming and respectful manner"3 and not by the Men's or Western Female shall walk in any public put without continually keeping up her Peace-cry, under penalty of death.Any Female, duly certified to be suffering from St. Vitus's Dance, fits, chronic cold accompanied by violent sneezing, or any disease necessitating involuntary motions, shall be instantly destroyed .

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    The Power review [Book]  2018-3-25 18:0

    "Roxy feels the thing like pins and needles along her arms. Like needle-pricks of light from her spine to her collarbone, from her throat to her elbows, wrists, to the pads of her fingers. She's glittering, inside.""Margot waits to see Jos do something; keep her breath, or wrinkle her brow, or present exertion in the muscles of her arm, but there's nothing. Only the pain."The Power by Naomi Alderman is one of those books that people are going to be talking about and analyzing decades from now. As I read, I was struck almost immediately by how clearly, how perfectly, The Power fit into a very short list of culturally relevant, beautifully written, "social criticism as dystopian fiction" works. This is this decade's respond to The Handmaid's Tale and Never Allow Me Go, and carries as much meaning, as much depth of social awareness, as much horror, and as much lovingly made characters as Atwood's and Ishiguro's genre-defining works.I was surprised by the perspective in this book, which is set up in the prologue and which became a lens that colourful my interpretation of happenings - particularly as I questioned how reliably I could trust the narration. This is absolutely a book that is begin for interpretation, and deserves to be analyzed in book clubs and classrooms for at least the next century. To start establishing setting/context for The Power, an author and his publisher exchange letters back and forth, discussing the manuscript (which is, of course, The Power). Of it, the author says:"I've seen audience's eyes go blank as I test to explain my research. So what I've done here is a story of hybrid piece, something that I hope will appeal more to ordinary people. Not quite history, not quite a novel. A sort of "novelization" of what archeologists agree is the most plausible narrative."This, then, is the lens through which we should read The a story, it follows four POV characters across the globe and through time, from before the happening through years of political and social upheaval to, well, a conclusion - of sorts. These are true people, whose feelings and experiences are believable, understandable, and moving, even as they're otherworldly and at times surreal. This, I believe, is Alderman's superpower as an author. She writes these characters so skillfully that their experiences become our experiences, and we live in The Power's changing globe through these glimpses into their at is not to say that this was an simple book to read. Not by a long rsonally, I search the assumption that women would rule the globe as violently and irresponsibly as men have to be reductive and insulting to humanity in general, but The Power sidesteps almost all of that through sheer force of artistry. Still, it's there, both in the method the globe deals with "the event" and in male and female actions and reactions. It rears its head for the first time at the end of the prologue, and more than once I had to remind myself of the layers of intentional perspective you have to read this book through. Alderman wields perspective like a deadly weapon, and cleaved my calm in so, it has to be noted just how much of a factor it is that I was reading this book at this time in this place. As a white woman living in America in the time of Trump, I'm already overburdened by outrage and a yearning for feminist power. When (in the book) teen girls feel The Power coursing through their veins and urging them to strike, I feel it too. And when I read news stories of yet another strong man and his history of (unpunished) abuse toward women, or I'm reminded of all the abuses I and my female mates and family have suffered, I cannot support but think of The Power. And I understand how tempting it would be to use it to burn everything down - to remake the world.

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    The Power review [Book]  2018-3-25 18:0

    “The Power” might be described as dystopian by some and might be (and in fact has been) described as a fantasy or a want by others. I think most readers would agree that it is a wild The Power, women suddenly explore that they have electrical current running through their bodies that they can use for endless purposes. Most of the women who explore that they have the power are actually girls. These girls are able to pass the power on to their mothers. As time goes by, the power is used, of course, to take over the globe from e story focuses on 4 individuals, with asides focused on others. Roxy learns that she has the power when she is 14 years old and inadvertently uses it to some result during a home invasion. Roxy, the daughter of a known gangster, learns to maximize the power with age and becomes a formidable soldier in the effort to take control from men. She has three half-brothers, all of whom continue their father’s business, one of whom is especially envious of Roxy’s lie is an abused foster kid who has been playing with her power and at the age of 16 uses it to punish her abusive foster father. As a result, Allie has to escape and takes refuge in a convent, where more “orphaned” girls with the power also take refuge. Allie, who hears voices that tutorial her, uses the power to cure infirmities, renames herself Eve and ultimately becomes known as Mother Eve. Allie meets Roxy at the convent and they make a strong friendship.Tunde, a man from Lagos, discovers women with the power when he is 21, during a mildly disastrous romantic endeavor. He decides to movie women with the power as he sees it and ultimately travels the globe reporting on the impact of the power. His reporting takes him to Riyadh where women who have never been able to drive are rioting and destroying vehicles with their power. “He knows then that this thing is going to take the globe and everything will be different…”Margot, is a local mayor whose daughter, Jocelyn has intermittent power. Despite Jocelyn’s problems with the power, she is able to transfer it to Jocelyn who goes on to become a governor, a senator and possibly e story is told as a historical record during a time when women have ruled the globe for centuries and men and their rights are restricted. The book has lots of violence, sex, drugs and rock and roll and ultimately of course, power corrupts regardless of gender. There are amazing and bad! The author of the history is a man and he is corresponding with an author and mate named Naomi for tip and constructive criticism. In her latest letter, she suggests to him that “I know this might be very distasteful to you, but have you considered publishing this book under a woman’s name”? I loved this book and you will too! It is a lot of fun.

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    The Power review [Book]  2018-3-25 18:0

    It’s not too surprising that there is a flood of fiction hitting the shop these days about women and their responses to generations of systemic subjugation and abuse. Maybe it's time for a new genre—vengeance fiction? Whatever the genre, The Power by Naomi Alderman is a fierce and provocative novel about what happens when evolution (possibly aided by manmade chemicals) steps in and suddenly, women are no longer defenseless versus males who create unwelcome advances, harass or attack. Instead, beginning with teenage girls, females can produce electricity through their hands. In short order, these girls can pass the ability on to older women and soon all females have the power. At first, men test and control the situation with mandatory testing and firing of female employees shown to have the ability and segregation of teenage girls in schools, but as the bonus spreads, the power structure is upended and the novel lie, Roxy, Margot, and Tunde are the three standard bearers for the globe Alderman creates in The Power. Shortly after discovering her ability Allie quickly sheds her past and styles herself as a new-order religious leader, Mother Eve. Roxy is a British teen whose father runs a little scale criminal enterprise. Where Allie has finesse and patience with her power, Roxy has brute force—more wattage and capabilities than anyone she encounters. Her upbringing makes her perfectly suited to providing the muscle Allie needs to achieve her goals. In return, Roxy finally has control over her world. Margot is the novel’s only adult, having had her power activated by her teenage daughter. A mayor of a huge U.S. town she has much bigger ambitions. And Tunde is the only male in the novel who is able to move amongst women unfettered. From Nigeria, he uploads one of the first videos of a girl jolting a man who is harassing her and quickly becomes the foremost reporter on the power. He travels the world, studying, interviewing and documenting what is happening. Using these four, Alderman encapsulates the true forces that are always behind the power: religion, government, the media, and the military.I complain about plot overload. A lot. I imagine there are readers who felt that method about The Power, but Alderman marshals her forces in a method that swept me along with the story without pulling me under. The novel is a book within in a book, in that it opens with a male historian sending a female counterpart a manuscript. It soon becomes clear that they live 5,000 years after the power appeared in women and the ‘history’ we’re about to read occurs at some point in our future. With that, Alderman begins peeling back the layers on what lies ahead. She carefully works her method around the world and women who have been enslaved in every method imaginable slowly search their method to this bonus and start to use it to tear down the structures of the patriarchy. Men fall…and fall…and fall in this dark novel and I, for one, didn’t feel poor about it.But The Power is science fiction not a fairy tale. It would be safe to think that, as we see females now, nurturing and collaborative, so they would remain if given the biological ability to dominate males, to completely change the landscape of the world.  But what if that is just a construct based on centuries of religious, military, governmental, and media pressure? And what would a fresh globe look like if that construct were obliterated? Suffice it to say, Alderman doesn’t go simple on either gender. The Power is a dark, turbo-charged novel I could not place down. Even in the final sentence, as my mind was already short circuiting from all my thoughts about what I’d read, she throws one latest hook and MIND. BLOWN.

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    The Power review [Book]  2018-3-25 18:0

    I sat and stared at my Kindle for several mins after finishing this book. The Power belongs on the same shelf as The Handmaid's Tale and American War. It's just amazing. The book begins in our globe - but then takes a twist sideways. Teenage girls begin manifesting an electrical power. They can zap people, with varying degrees of strength. It can be a pleasing, arousing tingle, or a warning jolt, or a breath-stealing, heart-stopping (literally) bolt. They soon explore that older women can also manifest the ability, but it has to be kick-started by a jolt from someone who already has it. (Even later in the book it's revealed that there's actually a muscle - they call it the skein - that controls the electricity, and women have, in the latest twenty years or so, evolved to have that muscle.)The book revolves between the points of view of a few various women and one man. The man is a journalist reporting on the emergence of the fresh power, while the women are prominent figures in the fresh globe order that is emerging. Allie - Eve - becomes the leader of a fresh religion, Roxy is the daughter of a crime syndicate boss, and Margot is a mayor climbing the political ranks. Margot's daughter also gets a few 's been pointed out that perhaps men are afraid of women having equal rights because they can't picture a globe in which strong women don't treat men the method strong men have always treated women. They can only imagine men and women interacting as oppressors and oppressed, not as equals. Whereas feminism wants a globe where we are truly equals. The Power imagines a globe where women do become the oppressors, and men are forced into the feminine role. This is enforced by the framework the novel is told in - the novel itself is bracketed by letters between the "author," presenting his historical novel, and a woman supposedly editing his work. Through the letters, you explore the novel is a slightly embellished history of their world, with about five thousand years between the happenings of the novel and the time of the letters. In the tone of the letters, you see the stereotypes switched - the man is apologetic and unsure while the woman is authoritative, patronizing, and a small bit sexist. "Oh, you silly boy, imagining a globe where men were dominant! What a naughty idea! Don't you think men as soldiers is preposterous? Men are homemakers, women are the aggressive ones!" I think, if feminism achieves its goals through legislation, we will search real equality. If something like this were to happen - a drastic change, giving women a physical method to dominate suddenly, the outcome might indeed be more like the novel. Enough women have been traumatized that they'll wish - need - to avenge themselves, and violent upheaval will the latest third of the novel, we see strong women and societies acting just the same as strong men always have - I'd like to think we'd have learned from the men's mistakes, but humans are only human. Perhaps this is more e book is NOT for the faint of heart. There are graphic rape, abuse, and violence scenes. They're not gratuitous - they serve the author's point - but they are still disturbing, as those scenes should be.I'll be thinking about this book for a while. It's excellent, and I highly recommend it, if you can handle the dark themes.

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