Orion Book Review from @kleffnotes

This month sees the debut of K.L. Hingey’s new addition to her The Elyrian Chronicles series. I had the chance to review the first book, Kimber, and was eager to review the second. As of right now there are three books set in to be be part of the current timeline with two prequel books to follow. This is the sort of distopian future series that fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent I think will really enjoy.

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The Way It Breaks Book Review from @kleffnotes

Polis Loizou is a writer whose works are frequently published through Cloud Lodge Books. He often appears on my review requests list and after reviewing Disbanded Kingdom I was intrigued to review The Way It Breaks. This book is not yet out, but you can pre-order it already.

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You Might Feel a Little Prick Book Review from @kleffnotes

You Might Feel a Little Prick is a new novel from tv writer Reuben Leder. The story is presented as a Kafkaesque examination of the American healthcare system. Through the use of the fictional Cleveland Mercy Hospital Leder is able to craft a curious story that follows a young couple and their misadventures in the pre-Covid era. Please keep that in mind while reading this story, this is set in a pre-pandemic time when hospitals were a bit different.

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Watkins Glen Book Review from @kleffnotes

Watkins Glen is the most recent book from numerous award-winning collections of poetry and short stories, as well as numerous novels. This new work examines finding hope and meaning in life as we progress. It is a deeply human story that looks at how time and fate can change the course of our lives. This can even include changing relationships that were once thought gone.

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Act of Negligence Book Review from @kleffnotes

John Bishop MD is back with a new addition to the Doc Brady Mystery series. As with previous books each case ties into the field of medicine in some way. This story is one that was truly frightening as it showcases patients who are unable to help themselves. Act of Negligence will be out this month, but you can preorder it today.

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Battered Blessings Book Review from @kleffnotes

Battered Blessings: Surviving My Abusive, Toxic Relationship is a memoir by Shannon Ezzo. She hopes that by sharing her story that she will empower others so that no matter what their circumstances they should not have to go through it alone. Spending so much of her time keeping silent during the course of relationship she found herself constantly living in fear unsure of what would happen next. Writing this book for others is truly powerful.

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Cruella Movie Review from @kleffnotes

When I saw trailers for Cruella I was definitely curious about this new Disney Villain origin movie. This curiosity increased so much more when people on my Instagram began saying how much they loved this movie. Even though we had just gone to see A Quiet Place Part II, Krista surprised me with another movie day the very next day. On Saturday we went back to the theater and bought our tickets early, we wanted to ensure better seats. Beyond that we also signed up for Regal Unlimited so we now had a reason to go to the movies so much more.

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A Quiet Place Part II Movie Review from @kleffnotes

New York State is slowly opening up and this means that the movie theater near our house has officially opened back up. We had been so excited when we moved about being so close to a theater, but we had no idea if it would be opening back up. To our surprise it did and we decided we needed to go. Krista is a huge fan of John Krasinski and while she typically isn’t a fan of horror movies she really wanted to see A Quiet Place Part II. After work on Friday we headed to the theater and let me tell you it was an experience.

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Julia Scotti: Funny That Way Review from @kleffnotes

Julia Scotti: Funny That Way is a documentary that has been officially selected for the Documentary Competition at the Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival and is also an official selection at Austin’s AGLIFF 2020(All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival). This is the first documentary film by filmmaker Susan Sandler, who was 72 at the time she directed this feature. The focus is on Julia Scotti, who we learn performed decades ago under a different name, Rick Scotti. Continue reading “Julia Scotti: Funny That Way Review from @kleffnotes”

Harley the Dog Updates and A Bit of a Holiday from @kleffnotes

Since I’m pretty sure everyone loves dogs and especially rescue dogs, I thought I would give y’all an update on Harley, the most recent addition to our family. If you haven’t seen the first article I did, you can give it a read, but as a quick recap Krista and I rescued a dog from a kill shelter in North Carolina and her name is Harley. She has been adjusting to her new life and I thought I’d share some of the strides she has made.

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