Cover for the science fiction book My Delicate Destruction

A Double Dose of Book Reviews

Welcome to this week in reading, and it’s time for your host Christy to take the stage ((enter theme music, anything but Jaws please)). Okay, okay, let’s be serious. Here are my reviews of two books I recently read. They are the memoir Almost Lost Hope: From Struggles to Triumph by Jimi Akanbi, and My Delicate Destruction by Jillian Ashe, which is science fiction. I received both books for free in exchange for providing reviews honest reviews. The authors found me through The IndieView.

Almost Lost Hope Book Cover

Almost Lost Hope: From Struggles to Triumph Book Cover. Photo via Amazon.

First up is Almost Lost Hope: From Struggles to Triumph by Jimi Akanbi. This memoir is the seventh book for Akanbi. In it, he discusses how he was born in Nigeria, was accepted to Georgia University in the US in the early 1990s and developed acute malaria. He discusses the ups (marriage, having a son, and university admission) and the downs (divorce and not being able to keep a job due to illness) of life.

The book features themes of hope and faith, with several mentions of God and divine acts. If you are not a fan of Christian books, then this one may not be on your to-read list. I believe in God and have myself witnessed events that I believe could not have happened if not for His presence. As well, I appreciate that author Jimi Akanbi is putting his personal experiences to paper and that English is his second language. I also like the title and the book cover art inspires me.

However, many parts of Almost Lost Hope: From Struggles to Triumph disappointed me. The book was short at just over 100 pages, which is highly unusual for a memoir. I felt it needed to be longer; author Akanbi did not delve into any subjects very deeply, instead skimming over them. For example, he wrote that he was separated for several years from his son and that section was brief. Also, there were grammatical issues, including commas incorrectly used and awkwardly worded sentences. I tried to overlook it, but it was throughout the book and did hinder my reading experience.

Do I admire Jimi Akanbi for re-rooting himself in the US from Nigeria? Absolutely! Do I admire that he is writing in his second language? Yes! I just wish there was a deeper level to Almost Lost Hope: From Struggles to Triumph as it did have a lot of potential. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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Cover for the science fiction book My Delicate Destruction

My Delicate Destruction, a science fiction book. Photo via Wattpad.

Next up is My Delicate Destruction by Jillian Ashe. It is a science fiction novella that is the first installment in the Wolfegang series. The kick-butt main character is Kat, who likes to live on the edge, which includes racing cars. She is living life at maximum capacity, as though it will make up for the limits that her twin brother Kris faces as he is in and out of hospitals battling leukemia. Kat is recently reunited with her ex-boyfriend Kevin and is content, until one day BAM she drops to the ground and is taken to hospital.

At this point, I was very worried about Kat, which means I was interested in the character. Thus, good writing. I thought to myself, oh no, I hope she’s not sick with cancer too. Then the doctor’s speech of yes, indeed, she had leukemia too, had me saying “noooooo” in my head!

Then the doctor explained to Kat what seemed to be a ray of hope – an experimental drug that could cure both Kat and Kris. But this drug requires she be frozen. Unfortunately, Kat doesn’t have a lot of options as it seems her disease is spreading fast and, if she doesn’t take the drug, the doctor explains she will likely die within two years. Kris agrees to be frozen with Kat, to support her and to hopefully cure him of leukemia too. So, Kat and Kris get frozen, but something goes horribly wrong (I’m not telling you what happens as no spoilers here!) and they aren’t unfrozen at the originally intended time. Also, the world is totally different when they awaken.

Well, I was hooked by the first chapter of this book! I loved the flowing action, the quick pace, and the way all characters were explained. My only other criticism is a minor one; it was a bit confusing at first to have so many “K” names (Kat, Kris, and Kevin), but I quickly figured it out. I rate the book My Delicate Destruction by Jillian Ashe 5 out of 5 stars. PSSSSTTTTT the eBook is free right now!

Have you read a book recently that you would rate 5 out of 5 stars?
 
 
©2015 Christy Birmingham

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57 thoughts on “A Double Dose of Book Reviews

  1. rollyachabotbooks

    Hi Christy…
    Thank you for the honest and as always welcomed book reviews, they are much appreciated. I have the Jimi Akanbi book on my Kindle and I agree the reading is difficult but the story is one of hope. I just ordered a copy of My Delicate Destruction and looking forward to reading it. Well done Christy…

    Hugs as always
    Rolly

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  2. Resa

    Okay, have downloaded My Delicate Destruction into my Kindle. It didn’t work at first. then I went to Amazon.ca and it worked.
    Perhaps it’s your inspiration, but I’ve tried my hand at another review. “lol” It’s as scary as writing a book!
    Hope you’re having the best weekend!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Yes, we have to use the .ca version here. I put the .com one on the link as most readers are in the US. Oh cool about your new review and I will be over in a min to take a look! PS I will be reading your book in about a week, woot!!

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  3. Billybuc

    Thanks for the reviews my friend. I am curled up on the couch with a good book while it rains outside. I love it when nature gives me an excuse to do nothing but read. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. Aquileana

    The idea of being frozen and waking up years later entrains a sort of trick leading to immortality… It is a good twist for a sci-fi book, I think… ❓ ~> Frozen!
    However, I have certain objections as to the book covers (both)… But it seems the second reading was definitely a good one!…
    Thanks for sharing your readings, Chris… Happy weekend … xo Aquileana 😀

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  5. macjam47

    Great reviews. Your review of the Almost Lost Hope sounded really interesting. I’m glad you explained your rating. I probably won’t read it. My Delicate Destruction sounds like a great read.

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  6. peakperspective

    One of the things I enjoy most about your reviews, Christy, is the fair-minded tactics you employ. You’re encouraging and thoughtful, and have a way of bringing out the best and highlighting areas the author might want to work on in the future.
    Lovely as always, and now I’m hungry for more.

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  7. Debbie

    Christy, I so appreciate your frank book reviews! I’m not sure the memoir would draw me in, as it doesn’t sound like a book I’d enjoy. Not the Christian part — that, I’d welcome! — but the grammatical errors, lapses in time, and brevity. As for the other one, you’ve piqued my interest, though, like you, I’d rather an author use a bit more care in not naming characters so similarly, ha! Have a super Sunday!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Debbie! You leave beautiful comments for me. Thank you for appreciating that is not always easy to write these reviews and that I do take time to really reflect on the books. Knowing it is appreciated by you is wonderful to know! I hope your Monday is going beautifully 🙂

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  8. Pete Day

    Hmmm thinks My Delicate Destruction could be on a read list for me Christy …thanks for not spoiling the good bits😝

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  9. reocochran

    I have a Nigerian friend who was educated as an engineer. He writes about the slavery and pre-civil war, in his own country. There were some elements of romance, definitelyy pain and anguish due to slavery. It has been awhile since I have been in touch with Uzoma. Wonder if Jimi Akanbi knows of him or his blog?
    I liked the science fiction part of the second book, that it is medical and not soaring into outer space. I am funny, because my Dad worked with rockets and nuclear power, but I tend to feel that stories which have science should not have to deal with space. Jillian Ashe’s book sounds fascinating and well drawn out, filled with suspense and action, too. I hope both authors have excellent reception in their book sales and publicity. It is hard to get into writing let alone be successful. Keep on featuring these, Christy. I enjoyed your summaries and honest reviews.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      I am so glad that my reviews are well-regarded as I know they can be lengthy posts to read. That feedback is good for me to read so I thank you for it. Yes, I liked that there was suspense in Jillian’s book and when I started to care about the character of Kat that is when I knew it was well written. If I don’t care enough about the character then it might mean there’s not enough detail being given to me (or it’s not realistic to me). Of course everyone likes different reads, which is the beauty of it all! Hugs

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