LOVE The Beat Goes On By Lynda Filler [Book Review]

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Book Review: LOVE The Beat Goes On By Lynda Filler

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Title: LOVE The Beat Goes On
Author: Lynda Filler
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir

Series: Standalone
Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing
Publication Date: April 6, 2017

Summary – LOVE The Beat Goes On

When your cardiologist tells you to “Get your affairs in order, your heart condition is incurable,” what do you do? In 2008 that’s exactly what happened to Lynda Filler. 

Lynda shares her journey in the typical fast-paced, edgy, in-your-face style she’s known for in her novels. She’s hard-hitting and tells you exactly how it is. She writes about romantic experiences that may shock you but makes no apologies for her unconventional lifestyle. Nor does she hold back taking responsibility for the things that she believes created her dis-ease.

First Thoughts

I enjoy a good memoir and love reading other people’s stories. So, when the author approached me about this book, I was more than happy to give it a shot.

Book Cover

I really enjoy the cover. It’s simple, but the colors really stands out and the heartbeat in the background tells a lot.

Plot

Lynda, the author, tells her story about when she was diagnosed with a heart disease that was supposedly incurable. She goes through all the steps of denial and acceptance, doing the right things and doing the wrong things, keeping it to yourself and talking to someone about it.

Since this is a memoir, it’s hard to discuss the “plot” of what happens. The majority, if not all, of what occurs in this book, so I can’t say whether it “worked” for me or not. The message came across nicely. I sympathized with the protagonist and her story was interesting to read.

Writing Style

This book was a quick read and it was easy to read as well. The narration was as though the author is sitting in a coffee shop with her readers. It was personable. However, there were some parts of the book that I felt like the author forgot it is, in fact, a book.

LOVE The Beat Goes On By Lynda Filler

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Plot
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Overall

This was an insightful memoir. I enjoyed reading the author’s story. There were a lot of medical terms that were explained well without info-dumping. It was a good read overall.

4

Favorite Quote

“We all have our own stories.”

Lynda Filler, LOVE The Beat Goes On

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Trust (Children Of Chiron 1) By Tabitha Darling [Book Review]

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Book Review: Trust by Tabitha Darling | book review | book blogging | review copy | fantasy | adult fantasy | RachelPoli.com

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Summary:

Dying, centaurs return to Earth in the hopes that humanity can help. War breaks out instead. One centaur, Ieang struggles to keep the last infant alive, finds himself trapped on this planet and on the run. Desperate, he and his companion capture one of the enemy, a human, but will the woman care for the infant girl?

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.comI like the art style of the cover. It’s simple but it shows the plot as well as one of the main characters and it works. I like it.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.comI don’t read much fantasy, but I’m always looking to try new things and this book sounded like it’d be an interesting read. When the author asked me to give it a try, I was happy to agree.

Plot | RachelPoli.comIeang, trapped on Earth with an infant of his kind, struggles to keep himself and the baby alive. He captures Brenda, a female human, to take care of the baby who Brenda names Aubrey. Together they learn the ways of each other’s cultures and ways of life. They get to know one another and teach each other new things.

I found this plot to be very unique. Honestly, it almost felt like a non-fiction book. I got the sense that, if this were based off real history, this would be a school-assigned book.

Characters | RachelPoli.comI enjoyed all the characters. Brenda and Ieang were great together. Even when Brenda finds her human family again they were well done too. Her father, Ken, and brother, Cody, are very stand-offish to Ieang. I definitely got a racism and prejudiced vibe from this story as well. The humans didn’t understand the centaurs and vice versa and therefore, they didn’t like each other. Still, it made for good storytelling.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

This book was fairly easy to read. I definitely thought the beginning was slow. I personally didn’t think the book picked up until about halfway through. Brenda and Ieang learning about each other was great, but I felt it lasted too long and some parts sort of dragged on for me. It wasn’t until Ieang was living with Brenda’s family and had to live as the humans do that things got interesting. I preferred them doing rather than just explaining to one another.

There was also a good amount of internal thoughts from Ieang but most of the time they were the same thought which got repetitive. There was also one or two thoughts that wasn’t in his POV as well which was inconsistent.

Overall | RachelPoli.comThis wasn’t a bad book. I enjoyed the story and thought it was well thought out. The characters were interesting and it was certainly unique. While it wasn’t my favorite due to the voice sometimes as well as the beginning being slow, it was still worth the read. The imagination and world building is strong in this one.

Trust (Children of Chiron 1) by Tabitha Darling gets…
Book Review Rating System | 3 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com3 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“This land was haunted, why did so many of these animals share aspects of his kind with four limbs and fur? It chilled him.” -Tabitha Darling, Trust

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About Tabitha Darling

Tabitha Darling is wife to a robot builder and mom to a toddler. By day, she is a barefoot farrier, horse trainer, and riding instructor. She lives in Texas, with her husband, toddler, three horses, four ducks, six chickens, three geese, and three doves.

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I Am A Failure By Akhil Sharma [Book Review]

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Book Review: I Am A Failure by Akhil Sharma | Memior | Autobiography | Nonfiction | RachelPoli.com

I received a free digital copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

Have you experienced failures in your life? Is your startup business facing a downturn? Is your dream partner telling you she hates you? Don’t despair. Failure encages us all.

Akhil, born with a plastic spoon in India, was specially designed for all failures life can bring. Growing up like everyone, the more he tried for success, the more he failed. Not until when he redefined his stupidity and started listening to his heart, his failures brought forth his keys to freedom and made him discover that ‘Failure encourages us all’.

This book is about his transformation from being a failure to the creator of the award-winning technique ‘The Art of Failure’. It talks about his technique, hidden in the form of an entertaining but true autobiographical story. It is helpful for everyone who wants to become a fearless failure warrior rather than being a usual success hunter.

The narrative is set against the transformation of India – from its analog days to the digital age and bubbling startup economy. One thing which hasn’t changed with time though is the hatred and fear towards failure and how it has been eating up our enormous innovation potential for ages. It is time to accept failure as a part of life – where there is no failure, there is no growth. Learn from your experiences and move on!

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

I think the cover goes well with the words inside. It shows the author well put together but in fragments as well. He fails, but there are some successes and failing is part of life and what makes you the person you are today.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

I’ll admit this isn’t the typical story I’d pick up on my own if I saw it in the bookstore. Though it intrigued me enough when the author reached out to me. We all fail, so I knew it was definitely going to be something relatable.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

This is a non-fiction memoir piece about the author by the author. He describes his life in detail from the moment he’s born up until now.

Details about his life, events, places, and people, are prominent as he describes his life’s ups and downs.

I found this to be an interesting topic for an autobiography because it’s one we can all relate to. We all fail in life multiple times, from something simple to something much bigger. The question is, how do we overcome it and move on? The author explains how he overcomes failure – how he expects it – and it’s done pretty well.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

The writing style is easy to read. The story is written in block text (much like blogging) rather than indented paragraphs right after another.

The tone of the narrator seemed to fit right in with me. It was almost as though he knew he was talking to the reader. We just sat down in a coffee shop one day and he told me his life story. It felt natural and well done.

I’ll admit there were a couple parts here and there that seemed to slow down. Some parts might not have needed as much detail, but it was pretty good all the same.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

This was certainly an interesting read. It was well written and the context is something everyone can learn from. It’s quick at 160 pages so if it piques your interest, please give it a try.

I Am A Failure by Akhil Sharma gets…
Book Review Rating System | 4 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com 4 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“We were scared of death back then and we still are. For us, it’s still the circle of life and not the circle of death, although both are one and the same thing.” -Akhil Sharma, I Am A Failure

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About Akhil Sharma:

Akhil Sharma, AuthorAkhil Sharma aka ‘The Failure Guy’ is a renowned award losing entrepreneur, inventor and innovator. In his decade long career, ranging from being a mariner, selling credit cards to being a technologist, he is blessed to have failed almost every time. Specially designed for failure, he is using his extensive experience to conduct ‘The Art of Failure’ workshops through which he has helped individuals to keep up the spirit of trying despite failures and coached them how to listen to their hearts and find their real inspiration. These workshops have taught them how to be innovative and creative amidst a failure environment. His lifelong mission is to make the human mind friendly to failure – a concept which stands in stark contrast to the general interest in success.

In 2016, the United Nations and iCongo chose him for the Rex Karmaveer Chakra award and Global fellowship, and he is often called upon to talk about it for free on various platforms in India. He is also a Mentor for Change selected by the Niti Ayog, Indian Government in 2018.

Connect with Akhil:

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Rot 6: Filling Time By Aidan J. Reid [Book Review]

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Book Review | Rot 6: Filling Time by Aidan J. Reid | Short Story | Dark Comedy | RachelPoli.com

I received a free eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

The final instalment of the Ray Jones story.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

I enjoy how simple and consistent the covers have been. This one is no exception. It’s bright and I think it’s a great shot of a certain character.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

After the cliffhanger from the last book, I was eager to read the finale in the story of Ray Jones.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

The plot in this one ties everything together. We’re at the pique and while things have been tense, this is the final showdown. Ray has Lena back and together they go to get rid of the Fairy Godmother once and for all.

They run into a couple more hiccups while doing so, which made the plot tenser. It worked.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

About half of this story was the final showdown and the other half was like an “aftermath” or “epilogue.” While I loved watching the plot wrap up, my favorite part was the ending.

The author did a wonderful job bringing the story full circle between the six parts of this short series. It was a sweet ending and I was certainly satisfied after being on such a journey with Ray.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

This was a great ending to a wonderful series. There are six parts, but each one takes about 30-45 minutes to read. You could read the whole series in one sitting if you had the chance. It’s certainly something different, fairly light-hearted, but tense with high stakes. Give it a try.

Rot 6: Filling Time by Aidan J. Reid gets…
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Favorite Quote:

“I’m half-expecting some horrific twelve-foot troll from the underworld to be parked outside.” –Aidan J. Reid, Rot 6: Filling Time

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Madam Tulip And The Bones Of Chance By David Ahern [Book Review]

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Book Review: Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance by David Ahern | Mystery | RachelPoli.com

I received a free eARC of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

A surprise role in a movie takes actress Derry O’Donnell to a romantic castle in the Scottish Highlands. But romance soon turns to fear and suspicion. Someone means to kill, and Derry, moonlighting as celebrity fortune-teller Madam Tulip, is snared in a net of greed, conspiracy and betrayal.

A millionaire banker, a film producer with a mysterious past, a gun-loving wife, a PA with her eyes on Hollywood, a handsome and charming estate manager—each has a secret to share and a request for Madam Tulip.
As Derry and her friend Bruce race to prevent a murder, she learns to her dismay that the one future Tulip can’t predict is her own.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

Like the first two books before this one, I like the cover. The colors go nicely together – as far as green and orange can go together. Yet, the orange really makes the green title pop and it works. The bird makes sense, even if the title doesn’t suggest so.
First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

I enjoyed the first two books of the series, so when approached by the author to read this one, I was more than happy to give it a go.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

Madam Tulip has gotten herself into yet another pickle – and I’m not just talking about the crime sense either. Her publicity has taken an interesting detour, her parents are as neurotic as usual, and, of course, there’s a crime involved.

This plot is just as compelling as the rest of the series. The crime was woven in a way that it was easy to understand and it made sense. It was able to come together nicely by the end of the book.

Characters | RachelPoli.com

I’m still a huge fan of Derry – Madam Tulip – and Bruce. They made great protagonists and I love both of their voices.

I’ll admit, I could still do without Vanessa and Jacko, Derry’s parents. While their banter can be humorous, I sometimes didn’t think it fit well with the rest of what was going on.

Jessica and Sally were two great characters. I really loved their addition to the story and they really brought a lot to the table.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

This book is easy to read and the crime is laid out well enough that I was able to understand it. I’ll admit I felt there were some scenes that weren’t needed, but nothing really jarred me out of the story.

While this is the third book in a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. However, there were a few references to the previous book, so I’d suggest reading it in order, if not just to get a feel for the characters.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

This was another great adventure for Madam Tulip. I enjoyed reading it from start to finish. While there were some slow parts, I never felt bored or had to stop for any reason.

Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance by David Ahern gets…
Book Review Rating System | 4 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com 4 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“‘I’ll try not to run anybody over,’ said Jessica. ‘I’d hate to make that woman’s career.'” –David Ahern, Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance

MADAM TULIP AND THE BONES OF CHANCE WILL BE OUT ON APRIL 12, 2018.

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About David Ahern:

David Ahern, Author | RachelPoli.com

David Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland but ran away to Scotland to become a research psychologist and sensible person. He earned his doctorate but soon absconded to work in television. He became a writer, director and producer, creating international documentary series and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.

Madame Tulip wasn’t David Ahern’s first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’s ever had with a computer. He is now writing the fourth Madam Tulip adventure and enjoys pretending this is actual work.

David Ahern lives in the beautiful West of Ireland with his wife, two cats and a vegetable garden of which he is inordinately proud.

You can learn more about David Ahern and Madam Tulip on his website.

Connect with David Ahern on Facebook and Twitter.

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Rot 3: Flossed And Found By Aidan J. Reid

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Book Review | Rot 3: Flossed and Found by Aidan J. Reid | Short Story | Comedy | RachelPoli.com

I received a free eARC copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

Ray Jones and his wife Lena are on the run.

They’ve traveled to the far reaches of the Fairy Kingdom to seek cover.

But Her troops are coming together.

And they’re looking for revenge.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

I love the cover because it’s simple yet it tells a lot about what the story is going to be about. The titles in this short series are getting more clever as well.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

As part of the author’s review team, I’ve read and reviewed Rot 1 and Rot 2. I enjoyed both of them so I was looking forward to this part.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

This short tale shows Ray and his wife, Lena, on the run. They travel far and wide meeting all sorts of new, interesting characters that “help” along the way. Some more than others. Ray has gotten rid of the Fairy Godmother only to find out that she may still be lingering about.

This was another great adventure for the tooth fairy. With each part we’re delving deeper and deeper into the plot and it keeps getting interesting.

 

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

This story has an interesting sense of humor. As a short story, it’s, of course, short and sweet. It’s easy to read and fun to just sit and relax for a bit reading it from start to finish. It flows nicely throughout and it picked up right where part two left off.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

This was another great part for Ray and I’m glad to get to see more of Lena, I really enjoy her character. If you’re into a little twisted humor and short reads, check this one out. I’m looking forward to the next part.

Rot 3: Flossed and Found by Aidan J. Reid gets…
Book Review Rating System | 4 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com4 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“He’s hideous. A face that would make an onion cry.” –Aidan J. Reid, Rot 3: Flossed and Found

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