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All My Friends Are Dead, by Jory John and Avery Monsen

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:

 

Title: All My Friends Are Dead

Author: Jory John and Avery Monsen

Genre: Unknown

What I liked: the pictures

What I didn’t like: nothing!

Recommended Read: Yes!

Rating: 5 stars

 

Synopsis:

 

If you’re a dinosaur, all of your friends are dead. If you’re a pirate, all of your friends have scurvy. If you’re a tree, all of your friends are end tables. Each page of this laugh-out-loud illustrated humor book showcases the downside of being everything from a clown to a cassette tape to a zombie. Cute and dark all at once, this hilarious children’s book for adults teaches valuable lessons about life while exploring each cartoon character’s unique grievance and wide-eyed predicament. From the sock whose only friends have gone missing to the houseplant whose friends are being slowly killed by irresponsible plant owners (like you), All My Friends Are Dead presents a delightful primer for laughing at the inevitable. Plus, this is a fixed-format version of the book, which looks nearly identical to the print version.

 

Michelle’s Review:

 

This is a nice, short read with plenty of pictures to keep you laughing. The title really says it all, but you’ll be laughing from start to finish with this one. Honestly, the synopsis says everything the title doesn’t, so all I have left to say is yes, this is a 5 star read that I highly recommend.

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Dancing by Laurell K Hamilton

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:

 

Title: Dancing

Author: Laurell K Hamilton

Genre: Paranormal

What I liked: the glimpse into Anita’s life.

What I didn’t like: the lack of action

Recommended Read: Yes

Rating: 4 Stars

 

Synopsis:

 

For most people, summer barbecues are nothing to be afraid of. But Anita isn’t exactly plain vanilla – and neither is her love life. So it takes a special kind of courage to attend a barbecue thrown by her friend Sergeant Zerbrowski. Walking into a backyard full of cops and their families with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel both looking gorgeous on her arm won’t be easy, even with almost-four-year-old Matthew Vespucci to break the ice…

 

 

Anita is determined to have a good time with her family, just like everyone else. But it doesn’t take long for tensions to rise among the adults and kids. And Anita will learn that gossip and innuendo can be just as dangerous as anything the undead can throw at her…

 

Michelle’s Review:

 

Though I enjoyed this short read it felt as though it was lacking something for me. Whether that was the lack of action or the length of the descriptions, I don’t know, but something was off with it. I did, however, enjoy the read, and it was nice to catch up with some of my favourite characters in between books.

 

Having said that, the length of the descriptions really make the short drag in places, and I felt like we could have done without a page and a half description for each well-established character. But when it came to some of the new characters, there didn’t seem to be enough description.

 

If you’ve got the rest of the series, however, it’s worth a read.

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Dancing by Laurell K Hamilton

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:

 

Title: Dancing

Author: Laurell K Hamilton

Genre: Paranormal

What I liked:

What I didn’t like: the lack of action

Recommended Read: Yes

Rating: 4 Stars

 

Synopsis:

 

For most people, summer barbecues are nothing to be afraid of. But Anita isn’t exactly plain vanilla – and neither is her love life. So it takes a special kind of courage to attend a barbecue thrown by her friend Sergeant Zerbrowski. Walking into a backyard full of cops and their families with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel both looking gorgeous on her arm won’t be easy, even with almost-four-year-old Matthew Vespucci to break the ice…

 

 

Anita is determined to have a good time with her family, just like everyone else. But it doesn’t take long for tensions to rise among the adults and kids. And Anita will learn that gossip and innuendo can be just as dangerous as anything the undead can throw at her…

 

Michelle’s Review:

 

Though I enjoyed this short read it felt as though it was lacking something for me. Whether that was the lack of action or the length of the descriptions, I don’t know, but something was off with it. I did, however, enjoy the read, and it was nice to catch up with some of my favourite characters in between books.

 

Having said that, the length of the descriptions really make the short drag in places, and I felt like we could have done without a page and a half description for each well-established character. But when it came to some of the new characters, there didn’t seem to be enough description.

 

If you’ve got the rest of the series, however, it’s worth a read.

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All My Friends Are Dead

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:

 

Title: All My Friends Are Dead

Author: Jory John and Avery Monsen

Genre: Unknown

What I liked: the pictures

What I didn’t like:

Recommended Read: Yes!

Rating: 5 stars

 

Synopsis:

 

If you’re a dinosaur, all of your friends are dead. If you’re a pirate, all of your friends have scurvy. If you’re a tree, all of your friends are end tables. Each page of this laugh-out-loud illustrated humor book showcases the downside of being everything from a clown to a cassette tape to a zombie. Cute and dark all at once, this hilarious children’s book for adults teaches valuable lessons about life while exploring each cartoon character’s unique grievance and wide-eyed predicament. From the sock whose only friends have gone missing to the houseplant whose friends are being slowly killed by irresponsible plant owners (like you), All My Friends Are Dead presents a delightful primer for laughing at the inevitable. Plus, this is a fixed-format version of the book, which looks nearly identical to the print version.

 

Michelle’s Review:

 

This is a nice, short read with plenty of pictures to keep you laughing. The title really says it all, but you’ll be laughing from start to finish with this one. Honestly, the synopsis says everything the title doesn’t, so all I have left to say is yes, this is a 5 star read that I highly recommend.

 

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Twisted Imaginings, Vol 1 by Garry Charles

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:

Title:  Twisted Imaginings, Vol 1

Author: Garry Charles

Genre: Horror

What I liked: It certainly appealed to my twisted sense of the world

What I didn’t like: where it ended

Recommended Read: Yes

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis:

Another two blood soaked tales from the author The Horror Channel is calling “The UK’s Horror Supremo”… In ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ we are given a new reason to fear the Big Top and clowns haven’t been this scary since Pennywise… In ‘The Tunnel’ something is waiting in the dark and its hungry… very hungry.

Michelle’s Review:

When I mentioned above that this appealed to my twisted sense of everything, I meant it. A disturbed young man well and truly under his mother’s thumb. An event that changed everything. And though where it ended is my least favourite part of this short, it left me smiling.

Well written, fast enough moving but not too fast, and horror as I like it best. Partly in the mind, partly in reality and blurring the lines so you’re not quite sure which is which.

I’m not sure what else I can say about it other than go get it whilst it’s still free. Get it, read it, and then reread it. Well worth downloading. Click the title above to go to smashwords.

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A Meeting at a Critical Juncture by Michael Doran

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:

Title:  A Meeting at a Critical Juncture

Author:  Michael Doran

Genre:

What I liked: The ending and the message

What I didn’t like: the grammar and repetition.

Recommended Read: Maybe

Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis:

A young boy waits anxiously in an empty room. The boy has been bullied extensively during his life, both at school and at home, and is unsure what to expect.  A familiar face walks in, introduces himself, and the conversation they have has a profound impact on each of their lives.

Michelle’s Review:

If there’s one thing more people need to do in life it’s learn to love themselves. Everyone has little bits about themselves and their lives that they hate, and a lot of people spend far too much time focusing on those negatives. So a story that encourages people to do just that is a good story to be reading.

But there were some issues. The grammatical problems were consistent throughout, but if you’re not sure where commas and apostrophes go anyway, then you can more than likely ignore those. For me, however, they did detract from what the story could have been.

Secondly was the repetition. Almost ever sentence starts with either the or this, it seems. Words, phrases and descriptions were used over and over again, making the story feel clunky and awkward. In my opinion, it could do with a lot of those sentences rewording to take away that feeling.

Having said that, the message in the story is one that I think a lot of people need to learn, and for that alone I am giving it three stars.

As to whether it is a recommended read or not, go have a look at the free view on Amazon and see if you feel the same regarding the grammar and repetition. Click here to go to Amazon.

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Girls and Monsters by Anne Michaud @annecmichaud

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:

 

Title:  Girls and Monsters

Author: Anne Michaud

Genre: horror

What I liked: the twists and turns

What I didn’t like: the length

Recommended Read:  yes

Rating: 4 stars

 

Girls and MonstersSynopsis:

This dark but uplifting collection of five Young Adult novellas includes:

Death Song: Liz is in love with Joe, but the monster of the lake has other plans for them.

Black Dog: Scarlet is engaged in a struggle for her sanity, but according to the voice in her head, she may be too late.

A Blue Story: When Katherine’s beloved dog goes missing, she fears her strange new neighbor might be involved.

Dust Bunnies: Christiane faces her childhood arachnophobia and ends up confronting even greater fears in this test of sisterhood.

We Left at Night: Brooke and her family must abandon their home and their lives to make it out of a disease-plagued town overrun by zombies.

Girls & Monsters is for everyone who has ever been brave enough to confront their childhood fears…and lived to tell about it.

 

Michelle’s Review:

 

It has taken me a little while to read this collection of short stories, but that is by no means a bad thing. There are some books you want to make last that little bit longer. This is one of them. There are five short stories in this collection.

 

My favourite of the five has to be Black Dog, closely followed by A Blue Story. The first of which I felt was highly accurate regarding its subject. All too often people try to write mental health issues and self-harm stories and they get it wrong. They miss the mark by such a long way. But with this short story, I felt that the mark was firmly hit and that made for an enjoyable story.

 

A Blue Story appealed to my twisted side. I always enjoy it when people start doing strange things, and the tie in with the Blue Beard story was right up my alley. That is one story I grew up with that I always found fascinating. The twist on it that this short story gave me fitted perfectly.

 

The only issue I had, actually, with any of the stories is that I felt like some of them dragged. A couple of them could have been much shorter and still read just as well as they did. However, having said that, they are all worth a read, and for the price, it is absolutely a recommended read.

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