THE HILL by Simone Pond – BOOK REVIEW

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Author: Simone Pond

Type of Book: eBook

Length: 25 pages

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction

Release Date: February 7, 2015

Publisher: Ktown Waters

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This short story is part of Simone Pond's Voices of the Apocalypse series. There are ten stories in this series.

You will not regret spending money on books or short stories by Simone Pond. She is an amazing author and has quickly become one of my favorite authors of all time.

Anyway, enough rambling. Here is my review of THE HILL.

"That warm June night was the final time the five of us would meet at Gore's hill. We didn't know it was the last time we'd meet there, or the last real cigarettes we'd smoke together. We just knew it was the first day of summer break and the first year none of us had summer school."

The world had changed, and we now lived in an alternate universe where everything sucked and fun was illegal…We were the disintegrating middle class."

Toni is sixteen and her world is changing. The night she meets up with her friends on Gore's hill will change her life forever.

This short story was inspired by the New Agenda book series. There are four books in the series, including: "The City Center," "The New Agenda," "The Mainframe" and the thrilling conclusion to the series: "The Torrent."

I rate THE HILL as 5 out of stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Simone Pond is an award-winning author of dystopian fiction. Her current series includes The City Center, The New Agenda, The Mainframe, and The Torrent. She also has a short story series called Voices of the Apocalypse.

She grew up in Kensington, Maryland – a small town just outside of Washington D.C. As a young girl, she loved writing in her journal and making up stories, but after reading S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, everything changed. Amazed that a woman could write so convincingly from a teenage boy’s perspective, Pond became determined to become a writer as well.

Pond currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their Boston Terrier. Follow her blog at Simone Says… http://www.simonesaysblog.com

Be sure to join the mailing list for updates on new book releases at http://www.simonepond.com

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DOCTOR MARS by T.A. Uner – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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DOCTOR MARS

Author: T.A. Uner

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Elizabeth Phillips

Length: 1 hour and 8 minutes

Genre: Science Fiction

Release Date: June 10, 2015

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review through Audiobook Blast dot com.

This is the first episode of the Mindcop Dossiers.

DOCTOR MARS is set in the future. The story takes place on the planet of Mars which, after a century of preparation is now fully colonized. In fact, Mars houses a population of five million.

Liberty Rise works for the MCPF (Mars Colony Police Force) as a part of the Mind Cop program. She is a mutant with a unique power which she uses to help solve crimes.

When the mutilated body of a technology student is discovered it is up to Liberty to solve the crime and maybe even save the planet at the same time.

Even though this audiobook is only just over one hour in length, I enjoyed it. It provides just enough details about the Mars Colony to intrigue listeners and to pique their interest in the rest of the series.

The end of this story paves the way for the rest of the series. It does not end on a cliffhanger, it is a completed story which is something I very much appreciate. It is frustrating when an audiobook ends in the middle of a story and the listener is left waiting for the next audiobook to be released in order to finish the story.

The author has done a great job with character development, especially in such a short length of time. Listeners will feel the emotions that Liberty experiences along with her. This is due in part to good writing and in part to excellent narration skills. I would rate the narration as 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Overall I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

IGNITE THE SHADOWS by Ingrid Seymour – BOOK REVIEW

Cover image obtained from www.ingridseymour.com

Cover image obtained from http://www.ingridseymour.com

IGNITE THE SHADOWS: Book One

Author: Ingrid Seymour

Type of Book: eBook

Length: 400 pages

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Release Date: April 23, 2015

Publisher: Harper Voyager an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.

ISBN: 9780008113667

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

“I try not to look inside the alley. It’s dark. Creepy dark.”
“Really I don’t know what I was thinking when I let Xave slink in there to spy on his brother. He walked between the two buildings until shadows devoured him.”

It’s February in Seattle, Washington. Marci and Xave (short for Xavier) have followed Xave’s brother Clark to the “bad” side of town. They are trying to figure out exactly what Clark is up to.

Xave followed Clark into the alley while Marci waited with the motorcycle running. Marci spent long minutes trying to keep her stress level low. She knew that stress would trigger her and she needed to avoid all triggers.

“The alley looks like a tomb of indefinite depth. I’m trying to tear my eyes away from it when my hands begin to shake. Crap. Not now. There’s never a good time for an attack, but right now has got to be the worst. Fear floods my chest, paralyzing my racing heart.”

Escaping on a motorbike, Marci feels her “self” being taken over. “All my senses are gone. Yet somehow, I know I’m here, pushed to a corner where I’m tiny and inconsequential. I’m weightless. A plundered body, a consciousness without gray matter, nerve endings or synapses. A wisp of nothing. WHAT IS THIS? Then I understand. The shadows have won. I’ve lost total control like never before. My brain, my body are gone. I have been … replaced…”

It is easy to imagine the absolute and utter fear that Marci feels. It is a terrifying concept to be fully aware, while something takes control of your entire body. Marci’s terror and helplessness are described by the author:

“This thing didn’t kill me. It made me a prisoner, and it’s worse than a thousand deaths at the blade-end of a thousand knives.”

As if fighting off some mysterious force trying to take over her body isn’t enough, something or someone has hacked into her computer system.

That should never have happened. Marci is one of the best hackers on the Net. She had set up the security on her “gear” herself and the protection she placed on it should have kept out just about anyone.

Now, throw in a mother who is totally emotionally absent and who spends all of her time obsessing over the sixteen year old kidnapping of Marci’s twin from the hospital immediately after their birth.

Poor Marci. She has quite the challenging life and more problems than any teenager should ever have to deal with.

When a classmate’s father is murdered, Marci’s entire existence is thrown into utter turmoil. Will Marci be able to get through it? Or will it all become too much for her to bear? And, what the heck does the dead man have to with her?

For answers you will need to read the book.

Ingrid Seymour has done an outstanding job of creating characters that are realistic and that readers (especially young adults) will be able to relate to.

The lead character, Marci, is not a typical heroine. Marci’s mother is caucasian and her father was hispanic. Marci inherited her coloring from her father and her grandfather who had come from Chile to the United States.

I love the fact that the author has chosen to use multiple ethnicities in her work. This is much more reflective of today’s society than books that contain only caucasian characters.

This book sucks the reader into the story right from the first chapter. It is packed so full of action that readers will not want to put it down.

I loved the science of the story and the unique take on an age-old concept. I also really enjoyed learning more about Marci.

There is a romantic sub-plot but it never takes over the story. The focus remains where it should be – on the plot.

The author also has a flare for describing complex emotions and perfectly captures the awkwardness and confusion of first love.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I will be eagerly awaiting the release of the next two books in the trilogy.

I rate IGNITE THE SHADOWS as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

FAVORITE QUOTES:

“We speed for a few blocks and I dare hope we’ve left the cop behind, but I’m fooling myself. He can go from zero to screwing-up-our-lives faster than I can.”

“My life as I know it is disintegrating like sandcastles in a windstorm.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author photo obtained from www.ingridseymour.com

Author photo obtained from http://www.ingridseymour.com

Ingrid Seymour is not only an author, she is also a software engineer. She spends some of her time cooking exotic recipes, working out and hanging out with family and friends.

Ingrid lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and two sons.

You can follow Ingrid on Twitter @Ingrid_Seymour

Visit her website at http://www.ingridseymour.com

CARY STAYNER: The True Story of the Yosemite Park Killer by Jack Rosewood – BOOK REVIEW

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CARY STAYNER: The True Story of the Yosemite Park Killer

Author: Jack Rosewood

Type of Book: eBook

Series: Historical Serial Killers and Murderers: True Crime by Evil Killers: Volume 4

Length: 71 pages

Genre: Non-Fiction, True Crime

Release Date: August 9, 2015

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐

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

Cary Anthony Stayner was born in California to a lower-middle-class family. He had three sisters and a younger brother. His family spent summers camping at different national parks, including Yosemite which was close to their home. Cary had decent grades at school and even played on the school baseball team. Sounds like an idyllic All-American childhood, doesn’t it?

So, if he grew up leading such a wonderful life, how did he end up becoming a killer?

The facade of normalcy that Cary’s family portrayed to the outside world proves that you cannot always judge a book by it’s cover. Cary’s childhood and his family life were anything but idyllic.

Add to this multiple family tragedies, one of which received nationwide attention and you have a recipe for disaster.

Find out what caused a seemingly normal boy to turn into an evil monster by reading this short novella by Jack Rosewood.

Shortly after starting to read this book I realized that I knew of parts of the story, but had forgotten the name of the murderer. However, I definitely learned much more about this crime by reading this book than I had known previously.

There are aspects of this book that I enjoyed immensely, but there were a few minor things that (in my opinion) could have been improved.

One of the things I did not like was that some phrases were not explained. For example, in 1999 when their granddaughter Carole Sund (age 42) and their great-granddaughter Juli (age 15) along with Carole’s sixteen year old exchange student, Silvina Pelosso, an Agentinian national went missing, Francis Carrington “… was called in for a three-house interview…” What the heck is a “three-house interview? This is not explained in the book.

The other issue I had with this book was that it needed an editor or proof-reader. Several paragraphs and sentences were redundant and some contained typos. For example: “told her I loved her, and slit her throat, driving the knife so deeply into her throat that her almost severed her head.” I assume this was supposed to say “…he almost severed her head.”, not “her.”
Example 2 – “He might just as well been talking about the bogeyman.” This should have said: “He might as well have been talking about the bogeyman.”

Once these two issues are addressed, the book will deserve a higher rating.

Author Jack Rosewood has done a terrific job of taking a huge amount of information and condensing it to fit into only 71 pages. This makes this True Crime book a quick and easy read.

Overall I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more true-crime stories by this author.

I rate this book as 3.5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author photo obtained from Amazon

Author photo obtained from Amazon

* Author information taken from his biography on Amazon.com

I live in one of the most beautiful places in Florida, Jupiter, with my wife, two kids and our golden retriever, Vincent. I’ve been a full time author for the last 15 years and I wouldn’t trade it against anything in the world!

My father was a journalist and wrote about some of the worst crimes you could ever imagine, and that’s where my big interest from serial killers and other horrible crimes comes from. Just to hear my father talk about the evil acts of Ted Bundy as we were out fishing as a kid are some of my best memories.

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THE BORROWED WORLD by Franklin Horton – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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THE BORROWED WORLD

Author: Franklin Horton

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Kevin Pierce

Length: 7 hours and 55 minutes

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Release Date: July 2, 2015

Publisher: Franklin Horton

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook through Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review.

ISIS is a terrorist organization that everyone has heard of. A group that only a year ago no regular US or Canadian citizen had ever heard of, is now extremely well known and much discussed.

Jim travels the five hour distance to Richmond, Virginia on a semi-regular basis for work. He hates it, but has no choice.

He is what is known as a Prepper. He is always ready for any emergency scenario and even travels with a “Get Home Bag.”

When small groups of terrorists simultaneously hit large numbers of key infrastructure targets all over the United States, they set in motion a devastating effect on the United States. They hit oil refineries and hydro stations – leaving 65% of the USA without power and without the means to create and distribute the fuel that is such an integral part of American life.

Stranded in Richmond, 500 miles from his wife and children, Jim is determined to get home to them.

At home his wife Ellen and Jim’s two children face a different set of challenges. Thankfully, Jim has written a manual to help assist and prepare Ellen in case of emergency.

With the power out and food and gas supplies quickly dwindling, it does not take long for the more primitive (and violent) side of human nature to start rearing it’s ugly head.

This audiobook is an excellent listening experience. Kevin Pierce, does a spectacular job as the narrator. He emotes very well and his sense of timing and pacing is perfect and keeps the listener enthralled. I especially liked the fact that he did not “overact” during dramatic scenes. Instead, he infuses his voice with just the right amount of urgency and inflection to pull the listener into the story.

I read and listen to a lot of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction because the genre fascinates me. I love the fact that Franklin Horton has added a Prepper twist to his book. It is a nice change from the typical book in which the characters are caught completely unaware and much of the book is spent in disbelief.

In this audiobook, the main character, Jim clues in very quickly to what is happening and the listener does not have to endure chapter upon chapter of disbelief. It is a refreshing change.

Franklin Horton has also done an incredibly believable (and I believe – accurate) description of how people react when faced with a major catastrophe. He takes into account that not everyone will act in the same way when faced with the same circumstances. The scene at the Interstate Rest Stop is particularly well written. He has a great sense of timing and every single event in this book comes across as believable. This is what makes THE BORROWED WORLD such a compelling audiobook. The print version of this book is also available, but I highly recommend listening to the audiobook instead. As I mentioned above, the narration by Kevin Pierce is excellent. In fact, I give the narration 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My biggest complaint about this audiobook is that it ended with a cliffhanger. I did not want to stop listening. I need to know what happens next with Jim and his companions. And, what about Ellen and the kids? I need to listen to the next audiobook in the series asap. I will be eagerly awaiting the release of the second book in this series.

Overall I have to rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loved it! Give this audiobook a chance and I think you will love it too.

HOUSE OF CRIMSON AND CLOVER – BLOG TOUR POST – NEW RELEASE

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The House of Crimson & Clover Box Set Volumes I-IV
by Sarah M. Cradit
The House of Crimson & Clover #1-5
Publication Date: August 17, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Tour: The House of Crimson & Clover Box Set Volumes I-IV by Sarah M. Cradit

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The Sullivans, a family of hard-working Irish lawyers, came from nothing and built a life they can be proud of. The Deschanels amassed incredible wealth by siding with the North during the Civil War, betraying their people. Both New Orleans families have a dark and rich history, painted with secrets, treachery, and colorful, supernatural abilities.

The House of Crimson and Clover unravels the mysteries surrounding both families, pulling us further into their tangled, enigmatic lives.

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About Sarah M. Cradit

Sarah M. Cradit

Sarah is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Paranormal Southern Fiction series, The House of Crimson & Clover. The series was born of her combined loves of New Orleans, family dramas, and the mysterious nature of love and desire. Her books combine elements of paranormal, mystery, suspense, intrigue, and romance. She is always working on the next book in the series, and absolutely loves connecting with her fans.

Sarah lives in the Pacific Northwest, but has traveled the world from Asia to Europe to Africa. When she isn’t working (either at her day career, or hard at work at writing), she is reading a book and discovering new authors. The great loves of her life (in order) are: her husband James, her writing, and traveling the world.

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HOUSE OF CRIMSON AND CLOVER – BLOG TOUR POST – NEW RELEASE

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The House of Crimson & Clover Box Set Volumes I-IV
by Sarah M. Cradit
The House of Crimson & Clover #1-5
Publication Date: August 17, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Tour: The House of Crimson & Clover Box Set Volumes I-IV by Sarah M. Cradit

Purchase on Amazon

The Sullivans, a family of hard-working Irish lawyers, came from nothing and built a life they can be proud of. The Deschanels amassed incredible wealth by siding with the North during the Civil War, betraying their people. Both New Orleans families have a dark and rich history, painted with secrets, treachery, and colorful, supernatural abilities.

The House of Crimson and Clover unravels the mysteries surrounding both families, pulling us further into their tangled, enigmatic lives.

Add to Goodreads

About Sarah M. Cradit

Sarah M. Cradit

Sarah is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Paranormal Southern Fiction series, The House of Crimson & Clover. The series was born of her combined loves of New Orleans, family dramas, and the mysterious nature of love and desire. Her books combine elements of paranormal, mystery, suspense, intrigue, and romance. She is always working on the next book in the series, and absolutely loves connecting with her fans.

Sarah lives in the Pacific Northwest, but has traveled the world from Asia to Europe to Africa. When she isn’t working (either at her day career, or hard at work at writing), she is reading a book and discovering new authors. The great loves of her life (in order) are: her husband James, her writing, and traveling the world.

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MEMORY’S WAKE by Selena Fenech – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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MEMORY’S WAKE: Memory’s Wake Trilogy: Book One

Author: Selina Fenech

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Em Eldritch

Length: 8 hours and 48 minutes

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

Release Date: April 17, 2015

Publisher: Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook from Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review.

This audiobook is targeted at Young Adults. I believe that it is perfect for this age group.

Listeners will find themselves immersed in a tale of adventure, fantasy, romance and full of fantastic creatures.

Sixteen years old and all alone. She has no idea where she is … or who she is and has no memories at all. She only knows that someone or something is hunting for her and that the world she has awoken in is not her own.

Lost in a world full of creatures she thought only existed in fiction, the troubled 16-year-old has to find out who she is and why her memories were stolen before she is found by those who want her dead.

She takes the name “Memory” and wants to go home. But, since she doesn’t know who or where she is, and there is no technology to be found, trying to get home is going to be extremely difficult.

Memory finds herself caught up in a world full of magic and intrigue.

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook and narrator Em Eldritch does an amazing job of distinguishing between multiple characters. She emotes like the professional she is and I would definitely listen to more audiobooks narrated by her. I rate the narration as 5 out of 5 stars.

I believe that young adult fantasy fans will love this audiobook. It would be perfect for them to listen to while at the beach or on a long car ride.

I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Memory’s Wake has it’s own website with heaps of great content, art samples and free chapters at http://www.memoryswake.com

Check out a terrific trailer for Memory’s Wake on YouTube at

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author photo obtained from www.selenafenech.com

Author photo obtained from http://www.selenafenech.com

Selena Fenech is an Australian author and artist. You can learn more about her books and see some of her gorgeous artwork on her website at http://www.selenafenech.com

From her website:

“Born in 1981 to Australian and Maltese parents, Selina lives in Australia with her husband, unnamed cat, and a lorikeet who’s far too clever. During her life Selina has found ancient Roman treasure, survived cancer, had knights joust at her wedding, earned a living from her art, written a novel and eaten every bizarre and wonderful food put in front of her.

Once upon a time, on the night of a full moon, in a small country town in Australia a girl was born with a vast imagination. She was given the name Selina, meaning “Moon”, named after the moon that shone that night.

As a child Selina loved to read. Her favourite stories were those of myth and magic, princesses and fairies. She soon learned she had a greater love than reading when she would spend countless hours staring at the illustrations in these books, ignoring the stories told in words in preference of the stories shown by the artworks. She would study each brush stroke, marvelling that any human hand could create such beauty. The images enchanted her, bewitched her, and filled her head with magic and romance.”

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

Em Eldritch answers a Q&A session on YouTube

DEVIL IN SNAKESKINS by Andy Henion – BOOK REVIEW

All photos obtained from http://andywritesstuff.blogspot.ca

All photos obtained from http://andywritesstuff.blogspot.ca


THE DEVIL IN SNAKESKINS: A Surreal Post-Apocalyptic Western

Author: Andy Henion

Type of Book: Softcover

Length: 103 pages

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Western

Release Date: May 20, 2015

Publisher: Beat to A Pulp Press

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cover image obtained from http://andywritesstuff.blogspot.ca

Cover image obtained from http://andywritesstuff.blogspot.ca

This book is in a word: UNIQUE.

I won a softcover copy of this book through Goodreads and I am thrilled that I did.

I love the look of the cover of this book. At first glance all you see is the shadow of a man with a cowboy hat and a gun, but once you look again you realize there is much more to it.

“The Devil in Snakeskins” is set in the Western part of what was once California, USA. It is set many, many years into the future. Civilization as we know it has ceased to exist. “The Nuke Era” has passed into memory and a plague has wiped out much of the remaining population. In fact, the plague still seems to show up randomly and often.

People live in a way that is very similar to what we think of as the ‘Wild West.’ The Professor lives surrounded by books on a ranch way out in the middle of nowhere. He is an oddity. Most people of the post-nuke era can’t read, and books are used mostly for target practice. (This is horrifying to someone like me who is an avid reader.)

You would think that someone named “The Professor” would be meek and unassuming, maybe even a bit of a wimp. Not this professor. He is a renowned quick-draw gunslinger who has killed more men than he can remember.

One day while writing in his journals, he sees a man on a horse approaching and this seemingly small event sets off a chain reaction that has far-reaching consequences, not only for The Professor, but for many others as well.

I must warn potential readers that if you are squeamish, this might not be the book for you. The Professor is a curious man and he enjoys autopsying those he kills. He is fascinated by the wonders of the human body and mind, and in particular, he is fascinated by the many ways in which people die. He has many journals full of his observations about death. He is fascinated by the subject and is not just interested in the deaths caused by his gun. Death by poison, death by hanging and more, it all attracts his interest.

This book is not for those who are looking for a sanitized version of what life would be like after the apocalypse. This book is so interesting because it is down-and-dirty. There are sex scenes that can and will offend some people, but I feel that the author did a great job even with those scenes. The Wild West of the past was not a time of women’s rights, or a time known for law and order. Crimes that are wholly unacceptable today were commonplace and justice often did not exist. The guy with the gun had all the power and victims had no way of seeking justice except with a gun of their own.

I think Andy Henion has done a truly phenomenal job of creating his post-apocalyptic world.

In 1924, George Santayana, the author of “The Life of Reason or The Phases of Human Progress: Reason in Common Sense” wrote that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The fact that very few people read in Andy Henion’s post-apocalyptic world can be seen as an example of the truth of this statement.

The character building in this book is terrific. Readers start out seeing “The Professor” as nothing more than a cold-blooded killer, but as the story goes on, readers learn more about him and his past.

This could be considered a novella due to it’s length, but the story is so full of detail that it is just as satisfying as a full length novel.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would love to read more stories set in this world. I am hopeful that the author will be writing more books soon. I can easily see this becoming a series of books and once people start to find out about “The Devil in Snakeskins” I believe that Andy Henion’s fan base will grow exponentially.

I enthusiastically rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Andy Henion is a writer of stories. He is a Lover of noir, humor, lyrical gold, literary fiction with punch.

He was raised in northern Michigan and is a former newspaper reporter and editor turned media relations manager. He is both a husband and a father and was born the day before Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.

His fiction has been shortlisted for Best American Mystery Stories 2014 and the Derringer Award, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Read his Tweets at @Henionwrites

To learn more visit http://andywritesstuff.blogspot.ca

THE NARCISSIST BORDERLINE RELATIONSHIP DYNAMIC by J.B. Snow – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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Cover image obtained from http://www.audible.com


THE NARCISSIST BORDERLINE RELATIONSHIP DYNAMIC

Author: J.B. Snow

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: D. Gaunt

Length: 19 minutes

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Psychology

Release Date: July 2, 2015

Publisher: J.B. Snow Publishing

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Definitions:

BPD – Borderline Personality Disorder

NPD – Narcissist Personality Disorder

This audiobook delves into the phenomenon of “Borderline Personality Disordered women and the Narcissistic Personality Disordered men who date or marry them.”

What causes BPD?

“The female likely lived in an emotionally invalidating environment. She was born with a sensitive temperament and subsequently grew up in an environment where her parent was largely self-absorbed.”

If a child grows up feeling that their needs are not important, it can result in the child having BPD.

What causes NPD?

If a child grows up feeling that he is the center of his/her parent’s world and can do no wrong, and is put on a pedestal by his/her parents, this type of childhood trauma may result in NPD.

According to the author, she “…has first hand life experience in all of the topics that [she writes] about.” She says that “… unlike a mental health professional, [she has] lived and breathed many of the difficulties that [sufferers of these disorders] are going through now. [She has] largely overcome childhood traumas. Persevered and found the peaceful place that [she] is in today.” She has researched these topics for thirty years.

This audiobook is similar to another audiobook I listened to in the same genre. According to author J.B. Snow, every problem men and women have can be traced back to their childhood and how they were treated by their parents.

While I do believe that a traumatic childhood will obviously adversely affect a person’s life, I also believe that some people use their upbringing as an excuse for their own poor behavior when they did not have especially difficult childhoods. I guess I am a bit of a cynic. I think people need to “man up” and take responsibility for their own behavior.

However audiobooks like this one do offer some great advice on relationships. I just don’t think that advice is limited specifically to people with NPD and/or BPD. For example, the author states that when couples are dealing with their in-laws, they need to be on the same page and present a united front. This applies to every marriage.

The narrator, D. Gaunt does a terrific job with difficult subject matter.

This audiobook is extremely short (only nineteen minutes long) which I believe limits the amount of knowledge that is gained. Listeners do not get enough detailed information or enough tips on coping mechanisms for this audiobook to be truly effective. It is for that reason that I rate this audiobook as 3 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐