Burly by Paul Drewitt

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Genre: Literary Fiction

My Ratings: 4/5 stars

I received an ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.

My Review:

  Burly is a book that reads like a classic Hollywood movie. I envisioned the characters and the events of the book in Black and White in my mind. Given that the protagonist is 75-years-old, it only seemed logical. The theme of nostalgia is so deeply rooted in the book, that it reminded me of the stories my grandparents told of “their time”. Sam, in his old age, only has these memories to recall and rejoice that he had a great life, with all the ups and downs. He is no longer the adventurous teen with always one thing or the other up his sleeve. He is no longer the guy who thinks a LOT before asking a girl out. He doesn’t have those friends anymore, the ones he did all the mischiefs with. But he does try to have one last BMX ride.  

It is a book that one would like, if one likes short, slow quaint novels. One thing that irked me was the first-person narration because it isn’t my personal preference while reading book. I believe the prose can be turned much more beautiful in third-person narration. So while the author does a good job with the writing style, the first person narration kept me from fully enjoying the book. It does seem suitable to the story though. Because a reader is thrown in the memory-box of Sam. You get to see what he is seeing and feel what he is feeling. The thrill of the racetrack and the taste of eggs, the heartbreak and the beauty. It was a book that one would read for leisure, for nostalgia and for reliving the good old days. I do think this book has potential to attract both old and teenage readers.

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H2Liftships- Beyond Luna and Backstory by Bob Freeman

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My review: 4/5 stars


 

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H2LiftShips, a tech manual for a future
Imagine a world, exactly like ours, but different. Part Road-Trip, part solar sailing, always with food, gambling, jail, and pirates, not necessarily in that order. No: Aliens, Monsters, blasters, pyrotechnic computers, or Anti-Grav powered rockets. Yes: Lasers, Primates, Canines, Octopus, Space Travel via Solar Sails, and the rare Rocket Ship. No violence, except for the spinning meat bolas and asteroid pebbles coming to the defense of their home rock.

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The Fiery Crown Act 1 and 2 by Charles Cutting

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The Fiery Crown Act 2

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My Rating: 4/5 for Part 1 and 5/5 for Part 2


 

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Dawn Nightingale is trapped in a life of drudgery in a dead-end town until a mysterious child walks into her life and changes it forever when he tricks her into summoning a mythical beast. Forced to flee her home town, Dawn is is pursued by deadly creatures from out of the mists of time who want her, the beast and the boy for their own purposes. 

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Eyes (Half-Alive #1) by Nghịch Tử

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My Ratings: 5/5 stars


 

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An eerie children’s nursery rhyme lures Thanh – an intelligent college girl with an unnatural level of trust issues – into an adventure of her lifetime. On this journey, she meets Điền Mục, a young ghost catcher who can’t see ghosts but was raised by a 500-year-old spirit and has about zero experience in human interactions. The fates of two unlikely companions intertwine on the spider web of a criminal mastermind who has been evading arrest for the past 40 years. Their lives are on the line; the trap has been set! Meanwhile, Thanh still hasn’t trusted Mục yet… But can you honestly blame her for not choosing a total stranger, and a weirdo no less, over people she’d known her whole life?

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Horn-Horn by A.D.T. McLellan

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My Ratings: 5/5 stars


 

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When teenage loner Cassie Gellar moves with her family to the seaside town of Horn-Horn, she finds herself at odds with the battling cliques at her new school. There’s Eleanore Parker, Principal’s daughter and social butterfly. Then there’s Hayley and the ‘backseater’ misfits. But there’s also Zag, a shackled little boy she finds hiding in the woods. Where is he from, and why does he have a woman on a moose chasing after him? Cassie finds herself catapulted into a world of magic and danger, one where nothing is ever as it seems and nobody is to be trusted. Full of intelligent comedy, fantasy and horror, the constantly evolving town of Horn-Horn proves that friendship and family can transcend even space and time itself.

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Knowledge by Yessoh G.D

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My Ratings: 4.5/5 stars



 

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When two strangers are thrown into a world of African sorcery, unseen evil, and mystical phenomena, they are forced to confront a fantastical realm that they never imagined existed.. Very few manage to land a job working in the special services for the West African government of Côte d’Esperance. Even fewer are given the responsibility that has been entrusted to Kobenan at such a young age in a role that includes analyzing files for the secretive S-cell, a unit that specializes in incidents involving African mysticism and sorcery. Tasked with investigating a high-profile murder seemingly brought about by mystical means, Kobenan joins Agent Biafle in order to defuse this delicate political situation. What Kobenan discovers will force him to change his perspective on the world around him as he learns truths he never thought possible and things he never imagined. Dive into a world shrouded in mystery and learn of the multifaceted face of Africa. Its lives, its rituals, its many beliefs and thought processes. Observe what one will never be able to see if he has not gained access to a very specific circle rooted in the continent.

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Delos:The White Tree by Blake Miller


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My Rating: 4/5 stars


 

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The gripping and exciting story of impossible 16-year-old twins, a black girl and a white boy, who find themselves being called on by a mysterious source to come to its help. Answering this call, however, reveals that they are part of a world much larger than our own, one filled with deep mysteries and life-changing revelations; with Lurkur Witches and evil shadowraiths; with new loves and devastating betrayals; and with battles for survival and a realization of their own momentous destinies…In these days of the pandemic, why be stuck at home when you can go on the adventure of a lifetime with Cynthia and Kaden?

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Island Girl (Strands of Existence) #1 by Aino Lahteva

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My Ratings: 5/5 stars


 

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As an opportunist, Istrae yearns to get off her home island and visit Kerth, the City of Light and Abundance. Her preferred method of travel, however, didn’t include drowning. And she didn’t expect the city to be so dirty. Her memories are as broken as her body. She begins to piece them together with the help of a spirit bound to a statue and an ambitious army captain called Rime she enjoys teasing. While Rime guides Istrae in her new life, it becomes evident the rigid rules of society and the city’s Temple do not welcome those who seek to shake the established rules, which is something Istrae is incapable of resisting. Island Girl is the first book in a fresh epic fantasy series Strands of Existence with tones of adventure and a splash of romance. A whole new world with its own laws, intuitive magic, and religion.

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