Monday, June 19, 2017

The Curse of the Blood Moon (The Troublesome Tribble Twins Book 1)The Curse of the Blood Moon by Lisa Corbin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is nothing quite like reading a children’s book as an adult – it not only allows us an escape from our daily lives, but a trip back to our own youth, with all its innocence, optimism and curiosity. That’s how I felt while reading The Curse of the Blood Moon.

The story took me on a fanciful and suspenseful journey that toggled from modern-day, small town America to a mysterious, mystical village deep in a haunted forest. With its twists and turns and rich descriptions, I felt like I was right there with the heroes, wondering whether it was day or night and what was real and what was not.

The showstopper here was definitely the cast of characters. Everyone, from ten-year-old Basil Tribble and the old seaman Cappy, to the centuries-old evil witch and her band of ghouls, was fascinating and lovable. If I had to choose a favorite, it might be the ever-loyal and all-knowing hound, Blackbeard, who searched for his missing friend with all the gusto he would a juicy T-bone.
I was so glad to see that Corbin plans to write another adventure with the Tribbles – and I am sure everyone who reads The Curse of the Blood moon will agree.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Demise of Labor: The Brian Ahakuelo StoryThe Demise of Labor: The Brian Ahakuelo Story by Ahakuelo Brian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We all know someone who got a raw deal in their careers; who, after dedicating years, even decades, to a company or organization, found themselves cast aside or even thrown under the bus. This book is the story of how Brian Ahakuelo was ousted and maligned by the union he had served so passionately for thirty-five years. It also describes the decline of Organized Labor from a once-fierce advocate of the American worker to a bloated, largely irrelevant political machine.

What impressed me most about Ahakuelo’s book is that it goes far beyond his personal story. He touches on the importance of having faith in family, in God and in oneself. We all have a purpose, and we all have the right and the responsibility to find that purpose and live it every day. A disreputable company/organization can take away our livelihood and even our good name, but it cannot stop us from making a contribution to the world. This is Ahakuelo’s primary message, and it’s what makes The Demise of Labor a must-read for anyone who has been unjustly treated or is simply trying to find his/her own path.

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