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Whammy by Ted Akin Review

Whammy was an interesting adventure. It was part mystery, part comic book. It was a lot of fun.

In Lily Grove, Texas two things keep the town moving, farming and the oil field. When an accidental death happens, Klive Anderson tries to find out why it happened. Stacey Karlise owns a coffee shop by day as a front for her other, less legal, business. She has lived in Lily Grove her whole life and small town life is wearing her down. But something is about to shake up her small town.

My Thoughts on Whammy

The story starts out by alternating between real life and the comic inspired book that Klive is writing. Klive started writing it to help relieve the pressures of his job at the oil field. When a death occurs that seems a bit suspicious, Klive’s book begins to turn into a mystery.

While Klive is researching a real life mystery, Stacey begins to read Klive’s journal. She starts giving him feedback and encouragement. When Stacey begins to get involved with the real life mystery it triggers the events that happen in the next part of the book. That’s really all I can tell you without spoiling the rest.

This book is a lot of fun. It is a quick read that I flew through. Klive is a likable character, but Stacey was hilarious. I loved her.

About halfway through the book there is a major shift in the events. Stacey becomes the main character. My only complaint is that there is no closure at the end. When Stacey becomes the main focus that is the last we hear of Klive. I wish he was included in the end to make it all come together. It made it feel a bit disjointed.

My Rating: 4/5

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Questions of Perspective by Daniel Maunz Review

I didn’t know I needed this book. It is so different from what I usually read. Peaches the cat was probably my favorite part of this whole story. I have a soft spot in my heart for little gray cats. Keep reading for my review of Questions of Perspective.

April 19, 2011, was the most important day in the world and only Dave Randall knows why. His friend John Manta disappears without a word. Without his friend there to distract him, Dave throws himself into his unfulfilling law career. Once Dave really understands what happened to his friend he set off with Peaches the cat to find more meaning to life. Soon Dave discovers that his journey to learn more about his existence will change more than his own life.

I wasn’t sure that reading about a man going through an existential crisis would be a good idea right now. Surprisingly, it brought peace to my heart. When Dave was working at the law firm I could feel the boredom and discontent that he was experiencing.

When Dave left the law firm I was so excited. Then he moved to a little cottage in upstate New York, where he hiked daily with Peaches. His life became more centered during his time in the woods. He started to figure out part of his purpose in life. It made me want to take my cat on a hike. Somehow though I believe that would bring more unnecessary stress to my life. My cat is not as mild mannered as Peaches.

I am not going to give anymore details because I want to keep this spoiler free. Questions of Perspective gave great life lessons that can be applied daily. The best lesson I came away with was at the end. The actions at the end of the book made me realize that people who are going through hard times need encouragement. It can literally change their life and the lives around them. Sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zone and reach out to people.

I think this is a book everyone should read. There are so many great lessons to take away from this. The authors writing and descriptions are great. I plan to read anything else that he writes.

My Rating: 5/5

*I was given an arc in exchange for my honest review.*

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Meet the Blogger

Since I have been doing this a while now I thought now would be a good time to tell you a little more about me. My name is Megan. Obviously, ya’ll know I love to read but there is a bit more to me than that. So today we are talking all things not book related.

Hobbies

Camping– I have been camping since I was born. It is a big part of my life. Off course I love to read while camping. It is part of the reason I named my blog Reading in the Wildwood. I love to read anywhere, but reading outside is my favorite.

Cooking– I come from a family of good cooks. Actually, I am pretty sure if I didn’t love to cook I would be kicked out of my family. My husband is also a great cook so we love to cook together.

Bullet Journaling– This is a new hobby but I really love it.

Favorite Movies

Phantom of the Opera

Gone with the Wind

Grease

Matilda

Nightmare Before Christmas

Corpse Bride

Hocus Pocus

Lost Boys

The Craft

A Few of My Favorite Bands and Singers

Nirvana

Fleetwood Mac

Dolly Parton

Waylon Jennings

Alabama

Let me know a little about yourself in the comments! I would love to get to know you.