Insperience: Meditation Unbound Review

Inspirience: Meditation Unbound: The Unconditioned Path to Spiritual Awakening
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Inspirience is an audiobook by Richard L. Haight that describes his journey with meditation. He teaches his readers how to properly meditate and become one with their surroundings to gain inner peace. I would suggest that you read the book rather than listening to the audiobook, as the audiobook still has several audio glitches where the volume will increase and decrease between chapters. This made listening a chore as I had to remember to constantly turn my sound up and down. Other than this, it was an enjoyable listen.

I would recommend the book to anyone looking for a real guide to meditation, and I would recommend the audiobook to anyone looking for a more sound-led version of the book but who can ignore the glitches.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

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Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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End of the Last Great Kingdom Review

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In Sulphurium the enlighten, whose with magic, are tested at the edge of adulthood to see if they have what it takes to become mages. For Leaf, an orphan who has not awaken his powers yet the trials are insurmountable. However, by the skin of his teeth Leaf manages to pass and is reborn as Mage Brimstone. Just as Brimstone becomes comfortable with his new life, the Order arrives and turns his world upside down. Their intent is to use him as a political and military pawn. Brimstone and friends will need to learn quickly if they ever hope to survive.

The Brimstone Chronicles is a dark fantasy series following the life of the Mage Brimstone. The story is fast paced and filled with unique characters and captivating creatures. Be warned this series is not for the faint of heart. Death and suffering lie around every corner, and not even the innocent are safe.

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I truly wanted to enjoy this dark adventure story with teenaged characters, but I felt as if I wasn’t truly connected to any of them. Each character had a unique trait, but their general personalities were sort of bland. By the end of the book, the only character that I truly knew was Brimstone. The rest had melded into one big pile of “Brimstone’s friends.”

Also, dark fantasy does not mean that all of the characters have to come off as being nearly soulless. Brimstone is cruel in this book by the end, and he is not even remorseful about it in the least. You would think that a 13-year-old would have some sort of physical reaction to such violence. I mean, he seems to be the slave boy at the beginning of the story, and those memories that he lost could have been of great suffering, but this was never explained. He didn’t even seem to be that strong at the start of the novel, constantly being bullied, so how is he this beast of a man who would never listen to anyone but himself by the end. Only a few months have passed!

Overall, I didn’t really like this novel, it could have definitely been more for me, but I did like the premise. I might still read the sequel to see if anything gets better and to find out what happens to Brimstone and his friends

I received a copy of this book and reviewed it through the Online Book Club. https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=98323

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 books

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If Life Stinks Get Your Head Outta Your But’s Review

If Life Stinks, Get Your Head Outta Your Buts: A No-Nonsense Guide to Happiness and SuccessThis has been one of the first self-help books that I have ever read, and it really changed how I view the genre! Wdowiak doesn’t talk down to his readers, and he teaches readers how to change their mindsets. He doesn’t act like he always followed his rules, which made him more relatable to his readers. I flew through the book all in one night, and I was motivated to work on some projects I had been putting off for ages the very next morning. I would recommend this book to both people who like self-help books and people who are wary about the genre. It is just that good!

My Full Review: https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=88214

Strutting and Fretting Review

Strutting and FrettingBob is on a journey to find himself, after graduating with an acting degree and having his wife leave him. He lands a four-month theater job in California, but he still continues to doubt his decisions and talents. Nevertheless, he needs the money, and takes the plunge.

I could not connect with Bob at all. Even though it is considered to be bad for Bob’s wife to leave him, he admits that he never loved her later in the novel. This doesn’t make it right, but it does say that he wasn’t being the perfect husband either. Then, he does the same thing to another unfortunate married man. He spies on a woman having sex with her husband, and falls for her, and starts having an affair with her. Not only did this seem creepy to me, but he basically betrayed one of his best friends. He is also generally questionable in his life choices. He can’t decide if he REALLY wants to be an actor after getting a master’s degree, and he claims that he became an actor because he wanted to “use the adulation I received to my advantage and make women do whatever I wanted.” Even though this is supposed to be 1970’s historical fiction, I don’t think that people back then were this ridiculous.

My main pro in this book was the portrayal of the theater. I didn’t know much about show business in the 70’s, and this book portrayed it in a realistic light. Bob and the other actors and actresses were at the mercy of the producers of the show. If the producers made any mistakes, the whole show was going down, and they wouldn’t be paid. They were not immediately living glamorous lives, but they had to work their way up. I was immersed in this gritty world of show business the entire time that I read this novel.

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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Ironbark Hill Review

IRONBARK HILL: There lies ahead a long, rough road for a girl fighting discrimination, seeking revenge, and pursuing a career in landscape painting.Natalie must protect her mother and brother from her abusive stepfather. She has dreams, but she will do anything to keep them safe. She also wants to avenge the death of her part-aboriginal father, so she is determined to find out the truth about how he died. This book is a historical fiction novel based in Australia during the 1950s and talks about many of the issues the country had during that time. It also touches on more difficult issues, such as the issue of Natalie falling for her middle-aged married boss at 17 years old. It is definitely a tough read, but it is still an important book that will teach readers many lessons.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an inspirational historical fiction novel about hardships and family ties.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Becoming The Dragon Review

Becoming the Dragon (The Dragon Inside, #1)In this novel, a boy named Andy is going on a journey where he transforms from boy to dragon. It should have been amazing, but the execution of the novel was flawed. I could not understand what was going on for the first 60 % of the novel. It was from multiple points of view for some reason even though Andy was supposed to be the main character. Andy did not even start to change into a dragon until the novel was 60% over, and only then did the novel start to come together. Then, a new side plot is added in the last 10% of the novel, and all of the previous work is thrown to the dust. Even though there was worldbuilding, it was more like a random information dump after a particular scene rather than being done smoothly. There was little to no character development and the characters just began to meld together. I would not be able to recommend this book to anyone in the current state that it is in.

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

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