Book Review: Three Leaves by Steven LaVey

Three Leaves

Blurb:

Three Leaves chronicles Steven LaVey’s struggles as a young man as he comes to terms with his life after fledging home from an overbearing and dominant mother. Split into three parts, each leaf of the book concerns the budding and falling of the author’s tragic romances. Throughout his search for his identity as an adult, he experiences the madness of love and an inability to control his violent emotions. This poignant memoir is the true account of a broken man nearly destroyed by his pent up rage and inability to trust anyone including himself. Three Leaves is the disturbing tale of a fight to the other side of madness and self-destruction. It reveals the man behind the trauma, the pain behind the rage, the heart behind the hatred.

Review:

The human mind can be a breeding ground for greatness or destructiveness. This true story tells us how a young man struggles with his emotions and pain due to several failures in love after leaving home. I love how the book is split into three parts, highlighting the author’s rise and fall of romances. These parts show how this man progresses from one chapter to another chapter of his life and how he mature and handles love, emotions, anger differently as he faces each failure.

I believe anyone who has gone through failures in life would be able to relate to Steven to an extent, and that is what makes this book an interesting read.

4 stars for this book

About the author:

Steven LaVey gains sustenance entirely from bits of string and came forth into existence in a vacuum down the back of a settee in 1982. His main interests are solving crimes in his kegs and searching for Japanese prisoners of war in car parks around England. He lives and works in a small puddle.

From his Novocastrian lair he has contributed subversive articles, misanthropic short-fiction and vulgar poetry towards several print and digital magazines. He lists his interests as sex, the occult, eastern and western philosophy, the attainment of the perfection of the male human-animal form through physical trials, paleolithic cookery, the art of ancient brewing and the uses of mead in ritual, the writing and wisdom of Henry Miller, and the word-magic of William S. Burroughs. Steven LaVey describes his writing as an ongoing exercise in the attempt to understand the human-animal condition through empirical evaluation.

Link to Amazon : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Three-Leaves-Steven-LaVey/dp/1539324079

 

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Book Review: The Tattoo by Ronald Destra

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The Tattoo by Ronald Destra

Review:

This book is yet to be published on Amazon. It has 32 pages with illustrations. This story is about Stacie who wanted to get a tatoo for herself so badly but was warned not to do so by her mom. Stacie later learnt from her grandmother that her mom is against the idea of getting inked for a reason. Upon knowing it, Stacie realizes that life can be complicated and dangerous.

A 5-star for this well-written short book.

Author Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Ronald-Destra/e/B009QQBL48

Book Review: Partially Broken Never Destroyed II by Nataisha T. Hill

Partially Broken Never Destroyed II by [Hill, Nataisha T.]

Partially Broken Never Destroyed

Blurb:

THE ROMANCE GETS HOTTER THE SECOND TIME AROUND!!!

Kayla has a new job, home, and a sexy new love interest in her life. She has finally started to get everything on track as planned. She is living what she considers a normal life and all of the deception, betrayal, and violence had subsided, or so she thought.

It seems as if every time Kayla attempts to close a chapter in her life, someone from the past reopens it. The sex, lies, and drama follow Kayla like a plague. Her newest temptation, Bryan is a beast at his best.

Review:

This is a second book in the series. Nevertheless, you can read this book without reading the first one. The best part about this book is how the Kayla is portrayed as a strong woman who had managed to overcome an abusive relationship in the past. As a single mother, she tries her best to play the roles of a mother and a father. She tries to give herself a chance for love again but that’s when she her past starts to haunt her down.

This is not just a normal hot and sexy book. It’s something all women who had a failure in relationship can relate to.

A 4-star for this book!

Check it out on Amazon

 

Book Review: Ghosts of Manor House by Matt Powers

Ghosts of Manor House

Ghosts of Manor House

Blurb:
Edmund and Mary Wilder are very much in love. But the death of their young son, Tommy, has shattered their family. Edmund is determined to bring them back together, drawing on the only bit of strength he has left—his love for Mary and their daughter, Stephanie. But Mary sinks deeper into depression while little Stephanie’s anger grows. Edmund flounders in his attempts to rescue his family from the brink of collapse and doesn’t know where to turn.

Then Mary receives an invitation for the family to become guests at Manor House, a seemingly quaint Bed and Breakfast. This, she assures her husband, is the answer to all their troubles.

Edmund arrives ahead of his family to spend a couple days working on his long-delayed novel. But his growing curiosity about the old house leads Edmund to an encounter that will change him forever.

What will you sacrifice for love?

An old fashioned psychological thriller with a nod to Stephen King, Manor House will keep you guessing and compel you to turn the page to the very end.

A mother will sacrifice anything for her children. A husband will risk everything to save his wife. Manor House will take them all.

Review:
4/5 stars
One could easily think that this is just another ghost story revolving around a haunted house. However, you will be proven wrong as soon as Edmund arrived at the Manor House, where the twists in the plot will keep you wanting to turn the pages as the story reveals more surprises. What I liked most is the non-human characters that are involved in the story and how these characters relate to Edmund, who wants to work on his novel.
If you’d want to watch a great horror movie, I would recommend you to read this book as it gives the exact same feeling of watching one.

Book Review: Polished steel: Lessons from the dojo

Polished steel: Lessons from the dojo by [Davis, Shaz]

Polished Steel: Lessons from the dojo

Blurb:

Discover the wise words and life lessons gleaned from Sensei as he uses everyday dojo practice to encourage his students to learn and grow. Polished Steel recounts entertaining and amusing tales and lessons that have been learned by a range of students from different backgrounds, each of whom discovered some humility from their experience, but learned important life lessons at the same time.

Martial arts teaches more than just defense, it teaches humility, respect, and strength. This book is a collection of stories from the dojo featuring various students as they learn lifelong lessons.

Written with style and humour, Polished Steel will have you laughing and smiling while nodding in agreement throughout. Delve inside, learn something new and leave your ego with your shoes, at the door…

Join Mary, Edmund, Simon, and other students in the dojo as they learn important life lessons from their Sensei. There are no shortcuts in life and training with Sensei provides the tools to traverse it. This collection of stories beautifully illustrates these teachings through simple but effective lessons that you can use in your own life.

The stories in this book, with an accompanying haiku, cover many of the principles of several martial arts, as well as body, mind, spirit and life-lessons. In fact, it is likely that there will be something for everyone to learn inside.

Review:

A perfect leisure time read. The author had weaved stories from each martial arts class and the valuable lessons the students learn from Sensei. I find this book an interesting way to learn more about martial arts because these self defence classes are actually more than teaching just self defence alone. Students get to learn important skills and the right attitude to approach life as a whole. Therefore, anyone reading this book would find it very encouraging to take up martial art classes as readers will be able to see the beauty of it. Kudos to the writer for this brilliant book.

I personally liked how students from different background come to learn martial arts and how they put their differences behind to learn something martial arts that originate from another culture.

Ratings: 4/5 stars.

Book Review: Learning English with Tasha and Benji

Review:

If you are a non-native English speaker and looking to teach your children English, this book will help do that excellently. I loved how the author tried to use Benji and Tasha to attract young readers. The simple choice of words is appropriate for kids between the age of two and eight. The illustrations used in the book too are very attractive and I find this book appealing to young readers.

Blurb:

The Tasha and Benji series is published by an online English school for children. The website and books are created by English for Children Worldwide. The website offers free video lessons for young children. The Tasha and Benji books are presented by native speakers with a variety of accents, and they also produce beginning vocabulary lessons presented by Samantha Weiland the author of the Tasha and Benji books as well as the beginning vocabulary books also available for sale.

Tasha and Benji’s adventures are a delightful way for the young learner to learn vocabulary, practice reading, and listening English.
The Tasha and Benji books are delightful short stories for young children that introduce English vocabulary and sentence structure. The Tasha and Benji characters introduce young learners to English in an entertaining manner. Their adventures will captivate and hold the attention of children who are new to the language and provide a wonderful foundation for their future English language education.

These classic Books for beginning readers are dedicated to changing English for young children through the power of English language and English literacy education. The books contain innovative, modified language and reading platforms to drive progressive learning results in both beginning readers and children learning English as a second language (ESL).

Our goal is to help children under 8 years old begin their English education and provide a solid foundation in the language as well as an advantage when they begin school and throughout their life. When a child learns to speak and read fluently at an early age, they will develop skills that stand out from the rest.

Book Review: Of Elven Blood by Leslie Fish

Of Elven Blood by Leslie Fish

Blurb:

Roxanne Defarge has three strikes against her; she’s an unsuccessful painter, miserably unlucky in love, and is carrying psychological scars of a childhood spent in a wretchedly dysfunctional family. She has given up on love, and on any hope of selling her paintings, but at least she’s found a job she likes – working as a newspaper editor for a union in Chicago. But then Roxanne witnesses a murder in the newspaper’s office, and she’s sent to Arizona for her own protection. Now she must start again, and chooses to do so at Treemark Arabian Farms, working with horses. But who can protect her from Brian Treemark, the mysterious ranch owner who reveals that he and Roxanne are members of a mysterious, ancient race—and they’re in more danger than Roxanne ever could find on the streets of Chicago? She’s going to have to learn fast, because she has an immensely extended lifespan, very rapid healing ability, and vast but untrained psychic talent. In brief, she is now an Elf and must learn to live as one. Thrust into the middle of an Elven battle, and still needing protection from those in Chicago who’d rather see her dead, Roxanne finds herself in even more danger than she ever could have imagined. Only the training she receives at Brian’s hands can protect her life. Her heart is another matter, and it will take all the skills she possesses to keep it safe from the one who told her she was of Elven blood.

Review:

I would give this book a 4-star rating. It’s an interesting paranormal story that keeps you engaged to the events taking place in the lives of the main characters. I like Roxanne and the ordeals she go through in her life especially after witnessing a murder and then learning that she was of Elven blood. The story also cuts across many cultures, which makes the plot even more interesting as the story brings the readers to different dimension. A well-written story.