Sweetwater Black: A Short Horror Story (Book 1) by Hannah Herrera

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Sweetwater Black

Review:

A sweet, little piece of horror at your fingertips. Short, but perfect in it’s own way. The only thing I need to add is, where is the next story for me to read?

Riptides by Hannah Herrera

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Riptides

Review:

This would be perfect to read sitting under an umbrella, with a drink in hand and relaxing on the beach. Riptides had me in a different world, as if I was reading a mermaid’s tale in the form of poetry. And being caught in the waves of her magic was only the beginning. Here is a small piece of it:

When life
throws
the unimaginable
at you and you’re
in an unbreakable
tide.

Don’t struggle
against it.

It’s scary as
hell
but if you
stay calm,
you’ll be able
to break
the vicious cycle,
and swim towards
better things
meant for you.

-Riptides

The Hostage Bloom by Hannah Herrera

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The Hostage Bloom

Review:

The beautiful thing about The Hostage Bloom, is that despite what dark corner you were placed in to die, you will live.  Abuse, of any kind, is hard to heal from because of the long lasting effects that are birthed from it.  You can end up losing yourself in a relationship because of the way it makes you feel.  The truth is, a lot of the times we are holding on to a beautiful idea of what we thought the relationship was or how it should be.  Also, it can be one-sided, in which you feel a certain type of way meanwhile the other is just coasting through the emotions.  It is very hard to believe you can survive a crushing blow that abuse can cause, but in due time you can.  I felt I can relate to a few of these poems that talked to certain types of abuse, because it is not always physical, but it shares a mental, psychological aspect as well.  You end up learning just how strong you really are after abuse and while you will never be the same as you were before, you will become a stronger version that sheds all that darkness away.  And though it will leave a scar, the scar reminds you that you’re a survivor.  And YOU ARE going to be okay.  In fact, more than okay!  Some of my favorites are: The Cat & Mouse game, Taking a sip really means a damn gulp, Shatter, Cheated, The Hostage Bloom, A Diamond in the rough and The Jigsaw Puzzle.

Quotes are Life… by Niki Kawa

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Quotes are Life

Review:

A seven year-old was inspired to share some of her favorite quotes with those willing to read.  Each quote has a beautiful hand-drawn illustration to go along with it.  Quotes are words that can help encourage people as simple as they may be.  They can also make you laugh, cry, think, show support, there’s quotes for anything.  After reading this collection, there are some that I have favored:

“If you treat every situation as a life-and-death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.” – Van Wilder

“I do not feel any age yet.  There is no age for spirit.” – Unknown

“When you say it’s too hard you are close to doing something amazing.” – Unknown

“Every disappointment or challenge is an opportunity for growth.” – Niki Kawa

“Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.” – Christian D. Larson

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” – Paul Valeny

“A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can’t go anywhere until you change it.” – Unknown

“Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny.” – David O. McKay

“I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle.  I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.” – Mother Teresa

“Success is the ability to move from one failure to the next failure with enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Cordell’s Poems of Spiritual Inspiration by Mack “Cordell” Moore

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Cordell’s Poems of Spiritual Inspiration

Review:

This collection has a short introduction that explains that the poetry is meant to be read for those who believe or don’t believe in Jesus Christ.  The purpose is to renew or strengthen people’s faith in God, hoping that people will be encouraged/inspired by the poems.  The grammar portion on some could have been tightened and content flow could have been presented a little better.  There were some poems that had shared the same lines even though they were separate poems.  Overall, message was received, and there are some favorites among the collection:  Life is a Journey, God is…, Just Listen!!!, All I want is Peace, Come Back Home, Salvation is Free and personal favorite is Remember in Times of Stress.