soft magic Review

  • soft magic.’ is the debut collection of prose and poetry by Malawian writer, Upile Chisala. This book explores the self, joy, blackness, gender, matters of the heart, the experience of Diaspora, spirituality and most of all, how we survive. ‘soft magic.’ is a shared healing journey.

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“In the tradition of Nayyirah Waheed and Warsan Shire, Upile Chisala’s debut is a collection of moving poetry that touches on subjects such as race and gender. Chisala’s writing is raw emotion, she has very obviously poured her heart and soul in to this collection and reading it was a pleasure. I strongly recommend this book to those who enjoy poetry and are fans of poets such as Nayyirah Waheed and Warsan Shire.” By Ari Tillett

“I loved all the water, war, softness, and magic imagery used. I felt myself bleeding into the words and almost gasped because her strength is reflected in myself. I will treasure so many quotes in this poetry book on what it means to be a dark-skinned African woman and be capable of more love than the world throws at you.” By Amazon Customer

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Author: Upile Chisala
Kindle Price: Paperback $9.35
Paperback: 122 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 4, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1516967887
ISBN-13: 978-1516967889
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,075 in Books

Acts of Contrition Review

  • Mary Morrissey is living the life of her dreams. She has a loving husband of ten years, Tom, two daughters, and twin boys. Her parents are just down the road. Her three sisters are nearby. Perfect—some might even say she is living the American Dream.
  • But beneath the shiny veneer, Mary hasn’t taken a calm breath in years. She lives in a constant state of panic, afraid that the secret she’s kept hidden for so long will be revealed, that it will shatter the life she’s worked so hard to build.
  • When Mary’s handsome and addictively charismatic ex-boyfriend Landon James reappears during his high profile Senate campaign, she feels the truth bubbling to the surface and knows she’s powerless to stop it. Mary has spent years trying to forget him, and now he’s on every TV she sees.
  • A conditional Catholic, Mary bargains with God, negotiating deals that will keep her happy life undisturbed for another day. She prays for strength and confesses her sins—anything that might let her sleep at night under the weight of the guilt she carries from lying to her husband and family for the entirety of her marriage.
  • When Tom learns what Mary’s been hiding, what once seemed unfathomable—a deep, heartbreaking divide between them—is now their new normal. Can they find a way to rebuild their life together? Is forgiveness possible?
  • Acts of Contrition is a richly drawn story of faith, family loyalty, and forgiveness, even in the face of moral ambiguity, guilt, and shattered trust.

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“Acts of Contrition is a very well written story about a woman who has kept a secret for far too long… a secret that might destroy her happy family. The secret finally comes to light and her world is turned upside down.” By Amy in Ohio VINE VOICE

“Acts of Contrition was a compelling, gripping book for me. The story picked up quickly, hooking me in to the lives of the characters. Mary’s troubles are apparent early on, but many details take a while to discover.” By Rebekah VINE VOICE 

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Author: Jennifer Handford
Kindle Price: Paperback $5.99 Audible $0.00 MP3 CD $14.99
Paperback: 318 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (April 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1477809503
ISBN-13: 978-1477809501
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (601 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,195 in Books

Fractured Review

  • Julie Prentice and her family move across the country to the idyllic Mount Adams district of Cincinnati, hoping to evade the stalker who’s been terrorizing them ever since the publication of her bestselling novel, The Murder Game. Since Julie doesn’t know anyone in her new town, when she meets her neighbor John Dunbar, their instant connection brings measured hope for a new beginning. But she never imagines that a simple, benign conversation with him could set her life spinning so far off course.
  • We know where you live…
  • After a series of misunderstandings, Julie and her family become the target of increasingly unsettling harassment. Has Julie’s stalker found her, or are her neighbors out to get her, too? As tension in the neighborhood rises, new friends turn into enemies, and the results are deadly.

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“Best-selling author Julie Apple (Prentice), who wrote The Murder Game, moves with her family from Tacoma to Cincinnati after a stalker seemingly upends her life.” By Laurel-Rain Snow VINE VOICE

“Fractured is a novel by Catherine McKenzie. It is definitely worth reading. It is one of those novels that you can hardly put down and then you get back to it as soon as you can. It definitely is realistic and keeps your interest. As you read, it is easy to put people you know or are acquainted with in the place of the characters.” By P. Blevins

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Author: Catherine McKenzie
Kindle price: Hardcover $14.95 Paperback $5.99 Audible $0.00 MP3 CD $9.99
Paperback: 362 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (October 4, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1503937828
ISBN-13: 978-1503937826
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,804 in Books

Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) Review

  • The international runaway bestsellers that inspired the most watched summer show of 2015. From executive producer M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines returns May 25th, 2016 and airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on FOX.
  • Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

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“Wow! Was NOT expecting that ending! Talk about blowing your socks off! The Pines is not what you expect in any way, shape or form. A bit of horror, a bit of sci-fi, some action, lots of suspense, some mystery, a bit of intrigue all thrown together that works oh so well together.” By J. Stroh VINE VOICE

“A secret service agent wakes up injured in Wayward Pines, Idaho. His partner is missing, and he’s on a mission to find two other agents who had previously gone missing. He’s been in an auto accident, but the hospital doesn’t have his wallet or phone, and neither does the sheriff. Everyone acts just a bit … off. He can’t seem to leave town, and even begins to doubt his own sanity.” By TJ Mccarthy VINE VOICE

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Author: Blake Crouch
Kindle Price: Hardcover $33.88 Paperback $8.64 Audible $0.00 MP3 CD $9.99
File Size: 3170 KB
Print Length: 315 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (August 21, 2012)
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
Language: English
ASIN: B007FG9LIE
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190 Paid in Kindle Store

Hope’s Peak (Harper and Lane) Review

  • Beyond the shores of Hope’s Peak, North Carolina, evil waits as his next victim approaches. He’ll make her a princess like the others…
  • Detective Jane Harper can’t shake the image of the young woman discovered in a field—eyes closed, a crown of woven vines on her head. She expects macabre murders like this in her native San Francisco, not here. Jane and her partner, Stu, vow to catch the killer, but in this town, that’s easier said than done. The police department is in the grips of a wide-reaching scandal that could topple the entire force, and Jane and Stu face a series of dead ends. Until they meet Ida Lane.
  • Ida knows too well the evil that lurks in the cornfields. Tortured by her mother’s murder years before, Ida is paralyzed by the fear that she could be next. As the killer grows bolder, Jane must persuade Ida to use her remarkable gifts to help in the investigation. It’s a decision that brings them closer to the killer…maybe too close.

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“As a way to welcome you to Hope’s Peak, North Carolina, we start with a brutally slain girl in a cornfield. It happens close to this small tourist town where every so often a black teenaged or early-twenties girl gets brutally raped and murdered.” By Rob Natiuk TOP 1000 REVIEWER 

“This book was a waste of time. The plot resolution depends on the psychic powers of one character. Highly unrealistic. The only attempt at realism is the detail of the violent rape and sex scenes. Not for me.” By debra fleig

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Author: Tony Healey
Kindle Price: Paperback $11.99 Audio CD $14.99
File Size: 1616 KB
Print Length: 220 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (January 1, 2017)
Publication Date: January 1, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01FW1W07M
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10 Paid in Kindle Store

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis: The Vampire Chronicles Review

  • “In my dreams, I saw a city fall into the sea. I heard the cries of thousands. I saw flames that outshone the lamps of heaven. And all the world was shaken . . .” –Anne Rice, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis
  • At the novel’s center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat’s undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe.
  • It is through this spirit, previously considered benign for thousands of vampire years and throughout the Vampire Chronicles, that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times; a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent–and of how and why, and in what manner and with what far-reaching purpose, this force came to build and rule the great legendary empire of centuries ago that thrived in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • And as we learn of the mighty, far-reaching powers and perfections of this lost kingdom of Atalantaya, the lost realms of Atlantis, we come to understand its secrets, and how and why the vampire Lestat, indeed all the vampires, must reckon so many millennia later with the terrifying force of this ageless, all-powerful Atalantaya spirit.

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“It is so very interesting to me to see Anne Rice’s style of writing and storytelling evolve over time. If you look back, she wrote the first book in her Vampire Chronicles in the seventies. The seventies! She’s had a long, wonderful career, but over time, she has grown and evolved as a person, and naturally, her writing has, too.” By Scarlett Knight

“A little while afterwards there were great earthquakes and floods, and your warrior race all sank into the earth; and the great island of Atlantis also disappeared in the sea. This is the explanation of the shallows which are found in that part of the Atlantic Ocean.” By M. Galishoff

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Author: Anne Rice
Kindle Price: Hardcover $14.47 Paperback $29.00 Audio CD $45.00
Series: Vampire Chronicles (Book 12)
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (November 29, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385353790
ISBN-13: 978-0385353793
Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515 in Books

End of Watch: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy) Review

  • The spectacular finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers—In End of Watch, the diabolical “Mercedes Killer” drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.
  • In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.
  • Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney—the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield’s head that put him on the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill’s heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.
  • In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding, supernatural suspense that has been his bestselling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.

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“I have read many Stephen King books. My favorite books are when he spends the time to develop rich characters with a supernatural edge that can border on reality. I believe he committed himself to a trilogy and struggled to finish it with this book.” By John the scholar

“NOTE: It’s hard to get into my feelings about End of Watch without describing the basic premise of the book, which, in turn, is going to spoil some details from the first two books in the Bill Hodges/Mr. Mercedes trilogy. So, if you haven’t read those, just know that I liked End of Watch quite a bit, but I think it’s not as good as either of the first two books in the series. If you have read the first two books, feel free to read on. I won’t spoil anything from End of Watch beyond the basic premise.” By Josh Mauthe

 

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Author: Stephen King
Kindle Price: Hardcover $18.00 Paperback $14.99 Audible $22.58 Mass Market Paperback $9.99 Audio CD $14.99
Series: The Bill Hodges Trilogy
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Scribner; Book Club Edition edition (June 7, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1501129740
ISBN-13: 978-1501129742
Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,878 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628 in Books

The Walking Dead: Compendium Three Review

  • Just in time for the new season of The Walking Dead on AMC, the fan-favorite, New York Times bestseller series returns with its third massive paperback collection! With over 1,000 pages, this volume contains the next chapter of Robert Kirkman’s Eisner Award-winning continuing story of survival horror. Rick Grimes’ dream of rebuilding civilization is tested as the people of Alexandria come into contact with other communities that have developed their own methods of survival. Collects The Walking Dead #97-144.

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“This entire compendium is a steal. It’s highway robbery and we are ALL committing the crime but it’s fine, because this is what they wanted. This compendium alone save you more than $60 worst( probably more) and it only cost $36.00?(at least at the time I bought it) That alone is enough of a reason to buy. So much content for so little money, as is the case with the rest of the compendiums.” By Alex

“Most of the folks here already know that The Walking Dead saga is a compilation of stories by Robert Kirkman that expand on the story that is well know to any zombie movie fan. The main story. The one started in earnest by George Romero in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead [and was later remade in 1990 (the version that I prefer) by Tom Savini (with Romero oversight)].” By Sky VINE VOICE

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Author: Robert Kirkman
Kindle Price: Paperback $37.88
Series: Walking Dead Compendium Volume 3 (Book 3)
Paperback: 1088 pages
Publisher: Image Comics; 3 edition (October 13, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632154560
ISBN-13: 978-1632154569
Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.2 x 10.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5,275 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424 in Books

This Book Loves You Review

  • From the mind of PewDiePie, the #1 YouTuber in the world with 40 million fans and more than 10 billion views, comes This Book Loves You, a collection of beautifully illustrated inspirational thoughts and sayings. In This Book Loves You, PewDiePie delivers advice and wisdom that everyone can use. If all else fails, remember: “Don’t be yourself. Be a pizza. Everyone loves pizza.”

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“Love the book, very funny, if you like the YouTube channel you’ll like the book it’s got Pewd’s sense of humor. Was a little disappointed because the paperback came a bit bent on the corners and also the cover and backing were bent as well. Idk if that’s on Amazon or the people that shipped it to Amazon but it looks more like a book I’ve had sitting around for like a year rather than a brand new book. It’s a shame because I wanted to display it somewhere and now it’s like eh Idk if I want to display something all bent to hell.” By Chris Dillon

“This is one of the funniest things I have ever had the pleasure of reading! This goes on my favorite funny book lost with “How to Tell if Your Cat is Trying to Kill You” and “My Dog: The Paradox” By the Oatmeal and “Got the F*** to Sleep” By Adam Mansbach. This book made me cry with laughter! Do yourself a favor and buy it. Just buy it and have no regrets!” By Tera 

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Author: PewDiePie
Kindle Price: Paperback $9.99
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Razorbill (October 20, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1101999047
ISBN-13: 978-1101999042
Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (442 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,645 in Books

The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire: The World of Dan and Phil Review

  • From YouTube sensations Dan Howell (danisnotonfire) and Phil Lester (AmazingPhil) comes a laugh-out-loud look into the world created by two awkward guys who share their lives on the Internet. More than 11 million YouTube subscribers can’t wait for this book!
  • Since uploading their first ever videos as teenagers, Dan and Phil have become two of the world’s biggest YouTube stars. Now they invite you on a behind-the-scenes journey, filled with absolutely essential advice, tons of humor, lots of awkwardness, and TMI honesty that they will probably regret. Here’s just a small sample of the fun surprises readers can look forward to:

    • The inside story of that time they met One Direction.
    • Excerpts from Phil’s teenage diary.
    • Reasons why Dan’s a fail (so far).
    • How to draw the perfect cat whiskers.
    • Reasons why Phil was such a weird kid (back then).
    • Quizzes! Which of their dining room chairs represents you emotionally?
    • What really happened in Vegas. . . .

  • In The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire, Dan and Phil are candid, heartfelt, and hilarious. Their struggles and success haven’t changed their strong friendship or their core belief that it’s okay to be weird. The cat whiskers come from within!
  • This full-color book is bursting with unseen photographs and drawings, making it an ideal gift for that hard-to-shop-for teen.

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“This book will make you laugh, smile, and possibly question your existence in the best way possible. Dan and Phil have truly crammed their lives into a single book, and it’s amazing. (no pun intended) This book is perfect for anyone, and by the end, I felt like a good friend of theirs who had just finished a chat with them. It’s nothing groundbreaking or mindblowing, but it is a heartwarming book that I couldn’t put down until I finished it. Thank you Dan Howell and Phil Lester for an undeniably wonderful book.” By Amazon Customer

“It was clearly a project Dan and Phil had a wonderful time working on, and for that alone, the book is worth having. But buyers looking for new content are going to be disappointed. This book is a summary of youtube content that is, frankly, funnier on youtube. It reads like a series of inside jokes that are funnier to the people directly involved.” By Laura Burrows

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Product Details

Author: Dan Howell
Kindle Price: Hardcover $14.99 Audible $20.98
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Lexile Measure: 0950 (What’s this?)
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 13, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1101939842
ISBN-13: 978-1101939840
Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (908 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,507 in Books