Review: The Cowboy and the Cop by Christine Wenger



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I just looked at the cover and decided I wanted to read The Cowboy and the Cop. I haven’t read the author previously, and while this didn’t work completely for me, it was entertaining enough that I would read her again. Things kind of fell off the rails during the investigation into the cattle rustling, when there was just too much going on, making the plot hard to swallow.

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Mini Review: Night Shift by Debi Gliori


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Night Shift is a thin volume of brilliant illustrations depicting the author’s struggle with depression. As I read it, it touched very close to home. I struggle with anxiety. At times it is all encompassing. It sucks the joy out of many activities that I had been looking forward to. Vacations become nightmares. Travel days, especially if they involve an airport and the TSA, keep me awake at night days before the trip begins. I get sucked into a black hole of what if what if what if. What if I miss the flight. What if someone steals my bag at security (this almost happened, and now it is a constant fear). The anxiety dominates fear about work. What if I make a mistake. What if I can’t get everything finished in time.  What if I get fired?

Using images of dragons to represent her bouts of depression, the illustrations build in intensity as the monstrous creatures follow her from one page to the next, becoming ever more prominent, bursting into flame in one dramatic flash of color.  The hopelessness, the indifference of those around you, the fear of suffering through the darkness all alone. The author fruitlessly attempting to find a road map to “normal” and understanding why you don’t think like everyone else. I have been through all of this, too.

If you are struggling through depression and have no one to talk to, please all National Suicide Prevention at 1-800-273-8255. Someone will be there to talk to you.

Grade: 4 stars

Review copy provided by publisher

About the book:

‘Debi Gliori is amazing. Her pictures offer people an insight into depression that words often struggle to reach. She makes visible the invisible. And I for one want to thank her for that.’
– Matt Haig, bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive
A groundbreaking picture book on depression with stunning illustrations.
With stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text, author and illustrator Debi Gliori examines how depression affects one’s whole outlook upon life, and shows that there can be an escape – it may not be easy to find, but it is there. Drawn from Debi’s own experiences and with a moving testimony at the end of the book explaining how depression has affected her and how she continues to cope, Debi hopes that by sharing her own experience she can help others who suffer from depression, and to find that subtle shift that will show the way out.
‘I have used dragons to represent depression. This is partly because of their legendary ability to turn a once fertile realm into a blackened, smoking ruin and partly because popular mythology shows them as monstrous opponents with a tendency to pick fights with smaller creatures. I’m not particularly brave or resourceful, and after so many years battling my beasts, I have to admit to a certain weariness, but I will arm-wrestle dragons for eternity if it means that I can help anyone going through a similar struggle.’

Review: Twins for the Billionaire by Sarah M Anderson

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I’ll be honest. The only reason I picked up Twins for the Billionaire is because I like the author’s writing style. That said, I don’t enjoy the billionaire books as much I like reading about cowboys and ranchers, or heck, even the nice, middle-class guy who lives next door. Or the emotionally wrecked rich guy from Tempted by the Cowboy. Eric was so agreeable, so vanilla, that I didn’t find him interesting, or the romance very compelling. When the hero’s mind set is that all problems can be solved by throwing money at them, well, I just don’t find that very engaging.

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Review: Stealing the Cowboy’s Heart by Debbi Rawlins

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Debbi Rawlins is a new author for me. She usually writes under the Harlequin Blaze imprint, one of my least favorite lines, so I haven’t picked up one of her books before. Since Harlequin Western Romance is my favorite line, and this title appeared at the library, I just grabbed it and dove right in. Not everything worked for me, but I would read another title by her in the future.

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Manage Review: Haikyu!! V7 by Haruichi Furudate


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The battle between Karasuno and Aoba Johsai continues! And it may shock you, but it doesn’t end in Volume 7, either! I love the never-ending battles in shounen manga, be it cooking battles, board game battles, battles to the death, or my new favorite – VOLLEYBALL battles! I still don’t understand the rules of the game, but the tension is ratcheted up so high that all I needed to know was that Karasuno has their work cut out for them if they want to progress in the Inter-High Tournament!

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