Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated by Tom Starita Book Review

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Everyone has a dream in their lives, but what are some people willing to do or willing to lose in order to accomplish that dream? That’s the question explored in author Tom Starita’s novel, Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated. Here is the synopsis:

Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated is a classic coming-of-age story that takes a unique and comic look at what we all fear— having to grow up and abandon our dreams. For a charismatic man like Lucas James, life is a breeze because everyone else provides the wind. This man-child front man for a mediocre cover band has been mooching off of his fiancée Jackie for years until she finally decides she’s had enough. Faced with the reality of having no income to support his carefree lifestyle, Lucas James abandons his principles and gets a job working in the stockroom at, “That Store.” How does he cope with this new found sense of responsibility? He casually steals… In a life spent bucking authority how will Lucas James deal with his manager, ‘Victor the Dictator’? How long can he survive Ralph, a starry-eyed coworker who desires nothing more than to be best friends? Will Lori, a twenty-something cashier, be like everyone else and fall for his charms? Will he ever find a place to live? And is “growing up” just another way of saying “selling out?” With this hilarious and engaging novel, author Tom Starita perfectly captures a character we have all met and perhaps some of us know all too well.
When you read this novel, you’ll quickly realize that we all know a Lucas James. He’s the kind of guy who abhors responsibility, challenges authority and is willing to use anyone to achieve their goals, and yet they work under the guise of being “free” and yet everyone around him feels drawn to him and his personality. That is who Lucas James is, and as he narrates his story, you’ll learn how he became the man he is today, and how he relates to those around him.
This is a journey of a man with a dream, and the consequences of pursuing that dream. The story itself is highly entertaining, and written with a fresh, unique voice from author Tom Starita. The brutal honesty of Lucas James to the reader while showcasing the lies he’s willing to tell to the people around him are a fantastic source of irony, and the very realistic depiction of not just a wannabe rock star, but of a person who’s dream trumps any and all relationships and responsibilities, makes this a must read novel that readers will not want to miss. 
Overall, this was a fantastic read. Often times it was funny, other times dramatic and sad. The tale of Lucas James is a familiar one, and yet it’s presented in a new and exciting way, and that’s why I give Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated by Tom Starita a 9/10 rating. Be sure to pick up your copies of this amazing novel today!
Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated https://www.amazon.com/dp/1520705816/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_5G3rzbMJZDS5C

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Blog Tour: J.D. Barker’s The Fourth Monkey

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Hello there everyone! It is my honor to be able to bring to you J.D. Barker’s The Fourth Monkey! I have the pleasure of being the first stop on his
official blog tour, and so I wanted to share some thoughts on the book, as well as some fun competitions, photos, and exciting news! First,
check out an excerpt from my official review of The Fourth Monkey!33154920

I have to say it: this is by far the best book I’ve read thus far in 2017. There have been nothing but great reads this year, but the way this
book is written and brought to life is truly awe inspiring. The story of the Four Monkey Killer, or 4MK, is one of the most brilliant character
developments in a story this year. Not only are readers taken on a journey to find the killer’s last victim, but they are given a rare,
disturbing yet addicting to read look into the personal mind of the killer, learning about what made this individual become a killer in the
first place.

Be sure to read the full review here: https://authoranthonyavinablog.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/the-fourth-monkey-by-j-d-barker-review/

Also be sure to check out my video review of the book on my YouTube channel, Avina Vlogs: https://youtu.be/JDfGdp3xQoU

I am also really excited to be able to share a couple of competitions for you guys. The first is a chance to win one of three paperback copies
of the book. The other is to win a chance to become a character in an upcoming book. Check out the links below to learn more!

Link to a competition where a reader can win one of 3 paperback copies of the book: http://jdbarker.com/fourth-monkey-contest-win-draft-copy-upcoming-novel-4mk/
and
Link to a competition where someone will win and get the chance to be a character in an upcoming book!: http://jdbarker.com/be-a-character-in-next-book/

The Fourth Monkey Cover - UK Edition JD Barker

If you enjoyed the review and want to pre-order or pick up your copies of the book, check out this page to get your copies in either Hardback or
eBook formats:

http://jdbarker.com/fourth-monkey-coming-june-2017/

And finally for some exciting news! J.D. Barker has sold the publishing rights for The Fourth Monkey in the US and other countries, and also has
a movie deal! Learn more about the exciting project with CBS Films by going to this page:

http://jdbarker.com/fourth-monkey-heading-screen/

Be sure to follow the author himself at the links listed below on social media:

Links to J.D Barker’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/therealjdbarker/

Link to J.D. Barker’s Twitter page: https://mobile.twitter.com/J_D_Barker @J_D_Barker

Link to J.D. Barker’s Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/jdbarker

Be sure to share this post online and use the hashtag #4MK to get this book trending online!

Here’s a little bit about the author:

JD Barker At Work photo

About J.D.

As a child I was always told the dark could not hurt me, that the shadows creeping in the corners of my room were nothing more than just that,
shadows. The sounds nothing more than the settling of our old home, creaking as it found comfort in the earth only to move again when it became
restless, if ever so slightly. I would never sleep without closing the closet door, oh no; the door had to be shut tight. The darkness lurking
inside needed to be held at bay, the whispers silenced. Rest would only come after I checked under the bed at least twice and quickly wrapped
myself in the safety of the sheets (which no monster could penetrate), pulling them tight over my head.

I would never go down to the basement.

Never.

Read the rest here:

http://jdbarker.com/aboutjd/

JD Barker Photo 2

Thank you guys for joining me in celebrating this incredible book. I hope you will check it out for yourselves and share it online. This is one
of the most exciting reads for this blogger in 2017, and I think you guys are really going to enjoy delving into the twisted world of #4MK and
author J.D. Barker’s brilliant mind. Thanks to author Booklover Catlady Publicity for organizing this blog tour. I wish you much success with the release of
The Fourth Monkey and I look forward to reading and reviewing your future books.

Lindsay Stirling: Brave Enough Review

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Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough Review
In a new series of posts, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on some of the original programming from YouTube Red, the subscription service from YouTube that brings subscribers shows, movies and more. The first production i wanted to share with you guys is Lindsay Stirling: Brave Enough, an original documentary film that explores Lindsay Stirling’s Brave Enough tour and the emotional journey she went through to make the record and the tour a reality. Here is the synopsis:
Beginning on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, “Brave Enough,” documents violinist Lindsey Stirling over the past year as she comes to terms with the most challenging and traumatic events of her life. Through her art, she seeks to share a message of hope and courage and yet she must ask herself the question, “Am I Brave Enough?” Capturing her personal obstacles and breakthrough moments during the “Brave Enough,” tour, the film presents an intimate look at this one-of- a-kind artist and her spectacular live performances inspired by real-life heartbreak, joy, and love.
The one word I would to describe this powerful film is “emotional”. The emotional impact of Lindsey’s story and how this album and tour came to life brought tears to my eyes. The music performances she gives are breathtakingly beautiful, and when you hear the stories being told of her life and the inspiration behind her music, it makes the performances that much more powerful. 
Overall, this was a beautifully shot film with powerful and real life moments that so many of us can relate to, but with this film Lindsey Stirling shows us that it’s ok to feel these powerful emotions, but if we’re brave enough, we don’t have to be crippled by them. It’s a spectacular film that deserves to be seen, and so I give this film a 10/10 rating. Be sure to check out this film on YouTube Red today. 

Annihilation (Mind Breaker #3) by Marina Epley

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Annihilation (Mind Breaker #3) by Marina Epley
One of the first series I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing on my blog has come to a thrilling end. That series is the Mind Breaker trilogy by Marina Epley, and the third book in the series, Annihilation, sees the deadly war between humans and breakers come to a bloody end. Here is the official synopsis:
THE MIND BREAKER ANNIHILATION. The third and final book in the MIND BREAKER trilogy. For the brave ones who have navigated the roller coaster ride of the first two books, hang on, the upside down inverted portion of your ride continues.
Not all dreams are meant to be fulfilled. Somebody once said what doesn’t kill you only serves to make you stronger… well, they lied.
Rex and his team have to join forces with their worst enemies in order to have a chance to overcome an even greater threat, a level 5 breaker with Godlike powers and evil intentions.
Strap in and enjoy!
The final book in this series takes the reader on a pretty intense journey, showing the fate of several characters you’ve come to know and love over the course of the trilogy. Relationships bloom, and old enemies become unlikely allies as the fate of both humanity and breakers alike rests in the hands of Rex, but will he be strong enough to stop this new emerging threat?
While there were a few grammatical errors throughout the book, overall I found the author’s style of writing to be entertaining and engaging, building a dark and desolate future and mythology that could easily mirror our own future, should certain fears be manipulated and decisions made based on that unfounded fear. The final book is jam packed full of emotion, heartbreak and edge of your seat suspense as you read the final pages for yourself. 
Overall, this is a fantastic final book that you will not want to miss. Marina Epley pens a beautiful final novel that YA and dystopian fans alike will enjoy, and I give it a 8/10 review. I hope you guys will pick up your copies today!