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Review: My Ladybird Story by Magus Tor

★★★½ My Ladybird Story by Magus Tor

John Bird is your typical suburban American kid in many ways, and yet secretly, he knows he isn’t. His dad tries to beat it out of him with sports, and his words cut almost as sharply as the taunts his schoolyard bullies chant at him every day: “ladybird.” Everyone knows John is different, but nobody knows why, exactly.…

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Review: Less Stress: 88 Best Practices by Gabriella Kindert

★★★★½ Less Stress

Inspirational quotes books are always fun and interesting, but when the person writing the book is also inspirational, that’s when the book gets really good. Gabriella Kindert, author of  Less Stress: 88 Best Practices and Inspirations from Historical Leaders is something of an “overachiever” – mother, wife, hugely successful in her career, world-traveled, speaking several languages, and drop dead gorgeous.…

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Review: The Busy Executive Diet by Gabriella Kindert ★★★★

The Busy Executive DietThe Busy Executive Diet by Gabriella Kindert is a conveniently-planned and well-researched guide book to eating healthily while maintaining a hectic professional lifestyle including how to eat on the go while traveling and how to lose weight and stay hydrated. While a lot of offices now provide buffet breakfast with unhealthy cake and loads of strong coffee, it’s interesting to see how exactly it might be possible to cope with a modern lifestyle without resorting to that all-important sugar/caffeine combo we all have become dependent upon.…

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Review: The Coalition by Samuel Marquis ★★★★

The Coalition by Samuel MarquisThe Coalition by Samuel Marquis is a complex but fast-paced conspiracy thriller about a political assassination. Moderate Republican president-elect Krieger is shot down in Denver by a ruthless female assassin. FBI agent Kenneth Patton tries to hunt her down and becomes embroiled in a far larger conspiracy than one lone assassin.…

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Review: Banehunter: A Vereldan Tale by Greg McLeod ★★★★★

Banehunter: A Vereldan Tale by Greg McLeod Something dark stirs off of the coast of Marillin, and soon it will threaten the entire world. As the Wards weaken and the people of the Vales are constantly thwarted in their efforts to push back the darkness – or even merely survive it in many places – only the last of the rangers can hope to put the Bane back into order.…

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Review: Embracing the Wild in Your Dog by Bryan Bailey

★★★★½ Embracing the Wild in Your Dog by Bryan Bailey

Embracing the Wild in Your Dog by Bryan Bailey teaches the important and eye-opening lesson that dogs are, and will always be, part wolf. Though owners may anthropomorphize dogs and see them like little humans, they have inherent wild instincts at the core, and this knowledge will enhance every dog owner’s relationship with their dog, as well as how they approach training.…

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Review: Squirrel Days by Dustin Costa ★★★★

Squirrel DaysSquirrel Days by Dustin Costa is the hard-to-classify but always-entertaining satire about the so-called US drug war. Renegade disc jockey insults the wrong people on the radio and flees to the marijuana capital of Northern California with his one-legged girlfriend, Juanita.…

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