Undoing the Loop by Nesha Tandon Ph.D.

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Title: Undoing the Loop

Author: Nesha Tandon Ph.D.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Rating: ***

Review: As a non-fiction book this review will be structed and written slightly differently to my other reviews. The introduction to Undoing the Loop was great, Tandon first presents us with what inspired her to undo the loop of repetitive emotions and thoughts which even lead her to do a doctorate in psychology. In Part One: The Art of Translating Emotions, Tandon presents the idea that as babies we present unconscious requests for love and nourishment and as young adult we being to make conscious requests and it is around here that the loop begins has the way our parents and teachers live their lives has been pressed upon us for a young age and we begin to exhibit repetitive thoughts, actions and emotions. One thing we have to accept is what we believe dictates how we live so if you don’t believe in killing animals for food you don’t eat meat, but if we blindly believe all thoughts without examining them in detail then are living a life of slavery and our masters are our own minds. A great example the author provides which actually happened to me is when we think about events that occurred yesterday or will occur tomorrow, our breathing becomes shallow, because our thoughts have become shallow. But if we are empathetic and connect with the present moment and whoever is with us in that moment, our thoughts slow down and move deeper into a place of now.

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The Brothers Locke Episodes 1-8 by K C Hunter

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Title: The Brothers Locke Episodes 1 – 8

Author: K C Hunter

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Rating: *****

Review: I loved how this collection was told in episodes and the first episode Solas was amazing it introduced us to some amazing characters like Perry; a security officer in a shopping center in pursuit of a thief. We are also introduced to Avidity, the largest city in the western part of the Dea and the thief turns out to be one of the brothers Locke who are identical triplets; Sharp, Echo and Mouth. These boys are very smart, cunning and very humorous. I love the fact all the brother has a disability of some sort and use it to their advantage rather than letting it be a hindrance. Sharp is unable to speak, but has perfect eyesight, Echo is blind but has amazing hearing he can hear everything from radio waves to the communication of animals and finally Mouth Locke is hard of hearing but possesses a voice that could shake buildings.

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Title: Gemina

Author: Jay Kristoff & Amy Kaufman

Genre: Sci-Fi/Romance/Fantasy

Rating: *****

Review: Gemina is the action-packed follow-up to Illuminae, a book quite unlike any I have ever read before. A combination of transcripts, reports and IM conversations. We are introduced to a whole host of new characters as well as some old ones. a new setting, but the same heart-racing, page-turning, rollercoaster-ride-of-emotion that I experienced with Illuminae.

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An Understanding by Holly Heisey

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Title: An Understanding

Author: Holly Heisey

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: *****

Review: The opening to this short story was great we meet Barein who is trying to close a wound in time by finding the person the wound relates to. He finds Lorin whose daughter was stolen from her and taken through time to another place where only Barein can retrieve her. After going through the time wall he finds the daughter only she is an old woman as time passes different once you pass through the walls. we also learn that there are two main races; Aezthena and human and only the Aezthena can cross through the time walls. This was a great little sci-fi story and sets up the larger story perfectly. I really enjoyed the small elements of this story especially Barein’s perspective and his emotional state at wanting to feel and be human once more.

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Alone in the Dark by J. A. Cipriano

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Title: Alone in the Dark

Author: J A Cipriano

Genre: YA/Horror

Rating: *****

Review: This short story was amazing we are introduced to Lillim whose mother likes to play “games” with her. These games can be deadly if Lillim does keep a cool head. This particular game in which Lillim finds herself in involves being locked alone in a dark basement in a house filled with vampire only half hour before sundown. As Lillim works her way through the house she contemplates how she ends up in these games and what some of them involve. While we don’t get masses of detail due to the dark setting of the story we can still feel Lillim’s terror and anxiety with each step.

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2446-89: Stassi’s Diary Review

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Title: 2446-89: Stassi’s Diary

Author: Sophie Davis

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Dystopian

Rating: *****

Review: The opening to Stassi’s Diary was great, we meet our protagonist Stassi who has lived in a work camp outside of Knoxville, Tennessee for the most of her 17 years. When the girls turn 17 they are given the chance to earn a placement outside of the work camp and make something of themselves, Stassi seems to have an edge on the other girls because she can read and write. When Cyrus Atlic arrives on calling day Stassi immediately knows he is different from the other rich men present as he seems interested in each girl and what she has to say.

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