Wednesday, September 2, 2015

G631 Book Review of Riding by Cassia Cassitas

Name of Book: Riding

Author: Cassia Cassitas

ISBN: 9781511966139

Publisher: Createspace

Type of book: Olympics, 1983-2012, games, travel, world citizen, limitations, paralympics, athletes, cyclists, purpose of life and athletics, Brazil, Australia, China, South Korea, England, holding on vs letting go

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

Amidst real events and landscapes, men and women like us wander the cities we inhabit, rehearsing happier lives in the pages of this motivational novel. From each one, destiny took a part to make them perfect.

When he is born, André propels his mother’s life in a new direction, shifting her focus away from her professional aspirations. His father, an executive who organizes Olympic competitions around the world and doesn’t know when to come back home, strives to make him a worldly citizen. Cycling, his life acquires purpose: becoming an Olympic para-athlete.

Together with his friends, he experiences disappointments and new beginnings. A doctor that builds robots, the daughter of a lonely teenager, and a retired athlete teach André how to overcome his limits and live his dream.

Set in Curitiba with breaks in Los Angeles, Seoul, Johannesburg and Soweto, Barcelona, ​​Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London, the narrative ends in 2012, in Rio de Janeiro.

As a tribute to all those who choose to sign the next episodes of their lives, this book is about overcoming one’s self amid achievements, obstacles, love and heroism, written behind the scenes of life.

Characters:

The main characters include Mario and Elizabeth who work for Olympic Committee and oversee how different cities are. Mario is dedicated to his job and wants more independence for Andre, while Elizabeth suffers from guilt and in beginning doesn't really know what to do with herself until Andre inspires her to find a direction. Andre is a very dedicated and passionate cyclist who is determined to be in paralympics in Rio in 2016. He doesn't let anything or anyone stop him and overcomes whatever limits he can. Other characters do play a role in the book, but not as big as Mario, Elizabeth and Andre.

Theme:

Being an athelete is challenging yourself to go beyond limits and spaces

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative from Elizabeth's, Andre's, Mario's and Rose's points of view. At times Dr. Eureka also gives his own thoughts about Andre. The story also stretches on from 1980s up until 2012, and covers a lot of Olympic games from Seoul to London to Beijing to Australia and so forth. I do think that a lot of ideas that are presented in the story are a little too far our for me, or that I couldn't really understand because I'm really not into sports, but I found it pretty cool to learn about it and to think about it as well. When Andre begins to exist, the reader knows that something is off with him because of the reactions of the parents and grandparents and few others, but not until the very end of the story does the reader get the full picture. The pace of the story, despite spanning thirty something years, is slow as if the author has all the time in the world to talk about the characters.

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)

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Meet the author:  

"In my mind, words came in strides. They aligned themselves in arguments that were ready for combat after rebelling themselves - and that was just inkling. Were was my certainty to support the new image? And where were my emotions, with their brushes to bring color to life?"

Born in the interior of the state of Paraná, Cassia Cassitas accumulated various degrees throughout her carreer in Information Technology. The author of three novels, her texts convey ideas accumulated amidst the smell of coffee plantations, shoe factories, and the technology of the 20th century. These texts deal with life-altering episodes, in a path lit by a harmonious blend of memories and imagination.

Connect with the author:     Website    Facebook    Twitter

Opinion:

I barely know anything about Olympics, and I come from a family that doesn't really participate in sports or really cares for athletic things, thus reading a story that relates to Olympics and to cycling is a strange experience for me. I learned a lot from the story about the importance of Olympic games to different nations and how the games influenced the nations for a positive turn. The story itself strikes me as kind of disjointed, or something similar to Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley that I read few years back, but I liked this far more because I can definitely see the accumulating stories and layers that are presented, and there is definite character growth of Elizabeth, Mario and Andre. The writing tends to be a bit simplistic, but the story is enjoyable.

This is for iRead Book Tours

TOUR SCHEDULE:

Aug 17 - Olio by Marilyn - review / author interview
Aug 17 - Coffee, Books & Art - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 18 - Readers Muse - review / guest post
Aug 18 - Shooting Stars Mag - book spotlight
Aug 19 - T's Stuff - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 20 - Book Stop Corner - review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 21 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review / giveaway
Aug 24 - View From the Birdhouse - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 26 - 3 Partners in Shopping  - spotlight/guest post / giveaway
Aug 27 - #redhead.with.book - review / giveaway
Aug 28 - A Splendid Messy Life - review / giveaway
Aug 28 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review / giveaway
Aug 31 - Katie's Clean Book Collection - book spotlight 
Sept 1 - Book and Ink - review / guest post / giveaway
Sept 2 - Sveta's Reads and Views - review
Sept 3 - Elizabeth McKenna Romance Author - book spotlight / giveaway
Sept 4 - I'd Rather Be at the Beach - review / giveaway
Sept 7 - The Autistic Gamer - review 
Sept 8 - Being Tilly's Mummy - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sept 9 - Worth Reading It - book spotlight
Sept 9 - Cheryl's Book Nook - book spotlight / giveaway
Sept 10 - Vic's Media Room - review 
Sept 11 - Create With Joy - review / giveaway
Sept 14 - In This World of Books... - review / giveaway
Sept 15 - The Discerning Reader - review / giveaway
Sept 16 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
Sept 17 - Jorie Loves a Story - review / guest post
Sept 18 - Jessica Cassidy - review / author interview / giveaway
Sept 18 - PrettyPandaReads - review
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

G627 Book Review of Hello, My Love! by E Journey

Name of Book: Hello, My Love!

Author: E Journey

ISBN: 978-0-9962474-1-2

Publisher: Sojourner Books

Part of a Series: Between Two Worlds

Type of book: Modern day love story, accident, plot, secrets, player, evil brunnettes, lawyer, justice, single parenting, California, emotions, psychology

Year it was published: 2013

Summary:

Beyond broad shoulders and heaving bosoms.

It takes love to face reality and conquer messy feelings.

Short Synopsis:
A modern-day pastiche of Jane Austen novels. Elise is a bright, beautiful law student, focused on a career and distrustful of men. She butts heads with Greg, an alpha male haunted by past relationships.
Heartache and the specter of revenge. Unable to deny their feelings, they spend a night together. A jilted fiancée exacts revenge and forces them to face who they are and what they really want.
A love tale of this day. A delicious romance with a literary slant and spiced with a twist of whodunit, this escapist fare also takes us into the inner life (thoughts, hopes, and doubts) of the main protagonists as they contend with realities that often face couples in compelling relationships—revenge of a jilted lover, past relationships, abortion, career choices, reactions of friends and relatives.

Characters:

The main characters include Elise and Greg. Elise is in her early twenties and is a very mature and intelligent young lady who has ambitions of being a lawyer and doing good for people, even if she might disagree with their actions or motives. Greg, in beginning, is a player but he is also intelligent and becomes very enamored of Elise. Elise's parents are very mature and will do whatever they can to help their daughter, even if she does something against their wishes.

Theme:

Love is meant to be

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative from Elise's and Greg's points of view. I also think that Elise's parents also few times get their points of view, but I'm not one hundred percent certain. The story definitely has amazing maturity and a charm that's not to be missed, but I think the characters themselves needed a little more work, or at least I would have liked to be with characters during their darker moments instead of the darker moments being brushed over.

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)


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About the Author:  

EJourney is a realist who thinks she has little imagination. Credit that to her training (Ph. D., University of Illinois) and work in mental health, writing for academics and bureaucrats, and critiquing the work of others. She’s been striving ever since to think and write like normal people.

She’s a well-traveled flâneuse—a female observer-wanderer—who watches, observes, listens. And writes. A sucker for happy endings, she finds enough that depresses her about real life, but seeks no catharsis by writing about it. For her, writing is escape, entertainment. She doesn’t strive to enlighten. Not deliberately. But the bias of her old profession does carry over into her writing. So, instead of broad shoulders and heaving bosoms, she goes into protagonists' thoughts, emotions, inner conflicts, insecurities, and struggles to reach balance and grow.

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Opinion:

The writing of the story is that of maturity and its easy to read and get into. Yes, an engaging and well written story. However, there are some minor issues I had while reading the book; first of all I didn't appreciate that brunnettes tended to be the evil characters in the story, and I couldn't help but wonder if the author had a bad experience with a brunnette woman in her life? Also as well, I enjoyed watching Elise and Greg discover one another and seeing how the two fell in love through conversations and getting to know one another. What I think I found a bit unrealistic is the instantaneous sexual connection the two experience and how it was the best of the best of their relationships. Forgive me for being disbelieving, but I'm a bit skeptical of that angle. I also think I would have liked more indications of how much time has passed between certain events, or how Greg managed to discover himself and what he wants. I think there is something else that felt a little off for me, but at the moment I can't think what it might be.

This is for iRead Book Tours

TOUR SCHEDULE:

Aug 17 - Book Stop Corner - review  of Hello, My Love / giveaway 
Aug 17 - Cheryl's Book Nook - books spotlight / giveaway 
Aug 17 - T's Stuff - books spotlight / giveaway 
Aug 18 - Book Stop Corner - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway 
Aug 18 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 19 - Book Stop Corner - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Aug 19 - Confessions of the Perfect Mom - review of Hello, My Love
Aug 20 - The World as I See it - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 20 - 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 20 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 21 - Book and Ink - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 21 - Svetlana's reads and views - review of Hello, My Love
Aug 21 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 24 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Hello, My love
Aug 25 - A Blue Million Books - books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 26 - The Booksnake Etc. - review of Hello, My Love
Aug 27 - The World as I See it - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Aug 27 - 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Aug 27- A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Aug 28 - Book and Ink - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Aug 28 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Aug 31 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Sept 1 - Heidi's Wanderings - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Sept 2 - 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 2 - Confessions of the Perfect Mom - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 3 - The Booksnake Etc. - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 3 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 4 - Book and Ink - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 4 - Svetlana's reads and views - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 7 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 7 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Hello, My Love
Sept 7 - Readers Muse - review of Hello, My Love / guest post
Sept 8 - Heidi's Wanderings - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Sept 8 - Everything Distils into Reading - review of Hello, My Love
Sept 9 - The World as I See it - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 9 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Hello, Agnieszka / giveaway
Sept 10 - The Booksnake etc. - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 10 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Sept 11 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 14 - Svetlana's reads and views - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 14 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 15 - Readers Muse - review of Hello, Agnieszka! 
Sept 15 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 15 - Everything Distils into Reading - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 16 - Confessions of the Perfect Mom - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 17 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 18 - Heidi's Wanderings - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 18 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 21 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 22 - Readers Muse - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger 
Sept 22 - Everything Distils into Reading - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 23 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Sept 24 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Sept 25 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

G623 No Poverty Between the Sheets a Memoir

Title of the book: No Poverty Between the Sheets a Memoir

Author: Pauline Kiely

Publisher: A passionate pen

Publishing Date: 2012

ISBN: 978-1-927396-00-1

Summary:

"If you were so poor why did you have ten children?" "To be certain, there was no poverty between the sheets!" This book flows like a river, spanning four generations. It shares characters, voices, & hilarious stories of a large half Irish and half French Canadian family. It is full of gems. A horse theme and song lyrics are nicely woven throughout. It is straight from the hip aimed at the heart.

Author Info:
(From iRead Book Tours)

Buy the book:   Amazon
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Meet the Author:

Pauline Kiely has been an avid student of Creative Writing her entire life. This author has consistently taken various courses and workshops offered at University of Toronto and Trent Universities. A year long memoir course with Susan Reynolds brought out this witty honest voice that shoots straight from the hip aiming for the heart.  

Connect with the author:   Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook
Personal Opinion:

Okay, there are things I liked about the book, and there are things that I wasn't very fond of. What I enjoyed about the book is learning about the author's family, and how much attention she pays to her Irish father. Considering the modern day culture that I grew up in where distant relatives aren't connected to one another and rarely help, at least in my family, it was an eye opening experience of how close and well established the relationships between various family members are. I also enjoyed learning about life in Canada, in Qubec in particular and learning about how the culture functioned. What I didn't enjoy about the book is that the story seemed to lack a single narrative or focus. One minute the author is discussing something that I think would be important to the story, then the next minute she is talking about something that doesn't seem relevant. Also, while including a lot of focus on the closeness of the family members and neighbors, the author neglected to detail how these experiences shaped her personality for better or worse. I feel that I barely got to know the author throughout the book. I think if you're interested in Canadian life or culture, or else are seeking nostalgia of how things are better, or are part of the author's family, then the story will be enjoyable. If you're looking for a single narrative story, or are hoping to see a character grow up, then its not the right book or story.

This is for iRead Book Tours

Tour Schedule:

Aug 10 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
Aug 11 - Life as Leels - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 12 - I'd Rather Be at the Beach - review / giveaway
Aug 13 - 100 Pages a Day - review / giveaway
Aug 14 - Book and Ink - review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 17 - #redhead.with.book - review / giveaway
Aug 18 - Just One More Chapter - review / giveaway
Aug 19 - The World As I See It - review / giveaway
Aug 20 - One Frugal Girl - review / giveaway  
Aug 21 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review / giveaway
Aug 24 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
Aug 25 - 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 26 - Cheryl's Book Nook - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 27 -prettypandareads - review 
Aug 31 - Laura Fabiani - Top 500 Amazon.ca Reviewer - review\

3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)