Blog Tour Book Review: An Uncomplicated Life by Paul Daugherty

An Uncomplicated LifeAbout An Uncomplicated Life

• Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (March 17, 2015)

A father’s exhilarating and funny love letter to his daughter with Down syndrome whose vibrant and infectious approach to life has something to teach all of us about how we can better live our own. Jillian Daugherty was born with Down syndrome. The day they brought her home from the hospital, her parents, Paul and Kerry, were flooded with worry and uncertainty, but also overwhelming love, which they channeled to “the job of building the better Jillian.” While their daughter had special needs, they refused to allow her to grow up needy—“Expect, Don’t Accept” became their mantra. Little did they know how ready Jillian was to meet their challenge.

Paul tells stories from Jillian’s mischievous childhood and moves to her early adulthood, tracing her journey to find happiness and purpose in her adult life, sharing endearing anecdotes as well as stories about her inspiring triumphs. Having graduated from high school and college, Jillian now works to support herself, and has met the love of her life and her husband-to-be, Ryan.

In An Uncomplicated Life, the parent learns as much about life from the child as the child does from the parent. Through her unmitigated love for others, her sparkling charisma, and her boundless capacity for joy, Jillian has inspired those around her to live better and more fully. The day Jillian was born, Paul says, was the last bad day. As he lovingly writes, “Jillian is a soul map of our best intentions”—a model of grace, boundless joy, and love for all of us.

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Welcome to my stop on the tour for An Uncomplicated Life! Thank you to the author and TLC book yours for letting me read this book for review!

An Uncomplicated Life is a memoir that is written by a father about his daughter who was born with Down Syndrome. It is a beautiful memoir that reads like a fathers love letter to his daughter.

I was really excited to read this book and I ended up loving it. Reading about Jillian made me feel a lot of things! This book made me smile and laugh. I love how Jillians parents approached her life from the start with not wanting to set limitations for her life but working hard to give Jillian every opportunity they could. An immense amount of love is evident through the telling of Jillian’s story, not only from  how her family loves her but also from how Jillian loves them and how she loves life. She sounds absolutely amazing and super funny. I’m really grateful that her father has shared the story of their family with us, I feel that my life has been touched just by reading about Jillian which is powerful!

This book is beautiful, warm, funny and even sometimes sad but mostly just beautiful and inspiring. A beautiful testament to the beautiful character of a girl named Jillian without whom I’m sure the world would be a far more dreary place. Awesome book, five stars!

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Paul DaughertyAbout Paul Daugherty

Paul Daugherty has been a sports columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer since 1994. He has covered nearly every major American sporting event, as well as five Summer Olympic Games. He is the author of Fair Game, a collection of his sports columns, and coauthor of books with Chad Johnson and Johnny Bench. He blogs daily at The Morning Line on Cincinnati.com. He lives in Loveland, Ohio, with his wife, Kerry.

Connect with Paul on Facebook and Twitter.

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Blog Tour Book Review & Giveaway: Tempus by Holly Lauren

TempusTitle: Tempus written by Holly Lauren
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy
Published by Libertine Press
Page count: 358
Format: Ebook (read on MS Surface Pro using Freda)
Rating: 5/5

Chapel Ryan isn’t crazy. At least, that’s what she’s been trying to convince herself of for most of her life. But after being hallucination-free for three years, Chapel finds herself facedown on her English classroom’s gritty linoleum floor. When she looks up, everyone around her is suspended in animation. Mouths hang open mid-yawn, feet hover mid-cross, Ms. Freeman’s arm flexes mid-sentence diagram. It’s another hallucination. Or, is it?

Chapel prepares to tear herself back to reality when something happens. Something that has never happened before in any of her hallucinations–someone moves. And not just any someone—it’s the new guy with a scar over his lip and a reputation as black as his perfectly styled hair. And all of the sudden Chapel’s white-knuckle grip on her life has slipped, and with it, her assurance that what she’s experiencing isn’t real. (Goodreads)

Hello everyone and I’m happy to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for Tempus! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

Tempus is certainly one of those books that I just HAD to read after having read and being pulled in by the synopsis. It also has a great book cover which I feel is beautiful but actually doesn’t do the story enough justice.

After that statement, it’s needless to say that I loved Tempus. Although I read the description I felt blindsided by how great the plot was. I loved all the characters in this book and the story itself had this sort of X-men type feel to it which a few characters in the book make light of as well so that was fun. I don’t want to reveal too much about the story and the characters because I think you should check it out and I don’t want to spoil anything. I will say though that there are some pretty cool powers in this book and I love that there are different groups of these humans with extraordinary abilities that have these rivalries amongst themselves. This fact and the ending sort of makes me feel like we might be seeing a lot more action in subsequent titles in this series (at least I hope so because I really liked the action pieces in this book). The first half of the book, although still dealing with Chapel’s ability, centers and lays the foundation for Zay and Chapel’s relationship and feelings towards each other. If it weren’t exciting I would have gotten tired of them but I didn’t mind at all in this book, it really just made the rest of the book better for me.

I felt like this book had everything that I look for in a young adult novel…romantic conflict, a relateable main character, strong/and some not so strong friendships, excitement, action, parent drama, a swoon worthy romance, super human powers…need I go on?

It wasn’t hard at all to get into this book, I was into it from the very first page and it kept my attention and interest throughout. Although there were various spelling and grammar errors I didn’t even care because the story was just that good. There was a lot that happened in the story that I just didn’t see coming and was completely surprised by where the story ended up, the ending just floored me. My husband always knows when I have read a good book because I always close it and say “well that was good or I talk to the book (for example, oh my god seriously, that’s how you’re ending! Wow) It was awesome. I am definitely going to be recommending this to my friends and family that love a good YA novel.

When I immediately finished this book, I went in search of the author’s blog to see if this is going to be a series because well with that ending I was sure of it and YESSSSSSSS it is most definitely a series and I could not be happier. I can’t wait to spend more time with these characters, see more of the romance between Zay and Chapel, learn more about her father and get a closer look at  not only Chapel’s power but other character’s powers as well. Also she has written chapter one in an alternate perspective which you can find on her blog, and you better believe I set to reading that right away and ugh my heart…that’s all I can say. Please do yourself a favor and read this book…it was so good! 5 out of 5 hands down. This is a debut novel so we can be expecting some really great things from Holly Lauren and I am looking forward to it!

HC-HeadshotHolly was born and raised in a small town in North Georgia. The third of four children, Holly grew up telling stories to get herself out of—and her siblings into—trouble. When she was eight years old, she penned her first publication: a newspaper called Sunny Dayz News. While she didn’t sell any actual copies, her sympathetic grandmother did peruse through the edition at least once.

When Holly isn’t dreaming up new plotlines for her next book, she enjoys breakfasting at Picnic Café in Dahlonega, Georgia with her (handsome) husband and their two (adorable) daughters. To connect with this author visit her twitter, facebook or her blog!

Lastly, because GMTA Publishing and Holly Lauren are awesome, they are letting me give away 20 copies of Tempus. Exciting stuff right? Just enter in the Rafflecopter contest below (simply click the link to be taken to the giveaway, my wordpress doesn’t support Java sorry!). Good luck and happy reading!

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Blog Tour Book Review: Oddities & Entities by Roland Allnach

Oddities and Entities

Title: Oddities & Entities written by Roland Allnach
Genre: Horror – Short Story collection
Published by All Things That Matter Press
Page count: 256
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #45

“Set in the mysterious space between the everyday world and an existence just beyond reach, “Oddities & Entities” traces a path through the supernatural, the paranormal, and the speculative. With moments of horror, dark humor, and philosophical transcendence, these tales explore a definition of life beyond the fragile vessel of the human body.”

Welcome to my stop on the Oddities & Entities blog tour! I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review and I’d like to take a moment and thank both TLC Book tours and Roland Allnach for letting me be a part of the tour!

When I read the description above, I was instantly intrigued by Oddities & Entities. The title itself is intriguing as well and I’m happy that I got to read this book during the month of October which is when I like to read paranormal books even more due to Halloween. Surprisingly the only experience I have had reading short story collections has been in undergraduate English classes, other than that this is my first real experience with a book consisting of short stories so I’ve been super excited to read this book.

I found the experience of reading Oddities & Entities to be exciting. Not only was I deeply intrigued by the stories I encountered within the pages of this collection but I found myself biting my nails and trying to guess at where the stories were headed…something I couldn’t do! Although all the stories in this collection subscribe to the horror genre, they deal with vastly different paranormal entities and concepts that can only be described as “odd” or otherworldly. They range from a story about a woman who has grown up in the company of a freaky, paranormal entity called a Curmudgeon to a guy who pretty much snot rockets a gray being out of his brain (you MUST read the book for further detail!). I can honestly say that I have never experienced stories quite like what I encountered in Oddities & Entities which was a wonderfully good thing. I was impressed with the authors style of writing, I love the way he describes the people, places and events in his stories, I think he is a gifted storyteller and is able to craft a narrative that easily transports you into his stories. I was really impressed with the story of Elmer Phelps which is a story about a vampire which is pretty different from any vampire story I have ever read. The vampire is such a pervasive character in the horror genre that when I read a vampire novel sometimes it can feel like a repeat of something I have already read but this story was an entirely different treatment of a vampire that I enjoyed immensely. I almost wish it was a full novel!

I definitely recommend horror fans to check out this collection of horror stories, they are a different breed of their own and I found them immensely enjoyable!

Roland Allnach
To read more about the author, Roland Allnach and his works please visit the links below!

Author’s Website

Author’s Blog

Facebook Page

Also don’t forget to add Oddities & Entities to your Goodreads To-Read List!

 

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