Book Trailers: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Every Saturday I share a book trailer of new releases, books we (other readers and myself) love, want to read, and anything that fits in with BA, in the hopes of helping readers find something new to enjoy.

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If you’d like to share a trailer for other readers to watch, including if it is your own, please read through my Special Features Policy and feel free to forward any enquiries.

Blog Tour Review: Conquering Shame and Codependency by Darlene Lancer

Shame and CodependencyA nationally recognized author and codependency expert examines the roots of shame and its connection with codependent relationships. Learn how to heal from their destructive hold by implementing eight steps that will empower the real you, and lead to healthier relationships.

Shame: the torment you feel when you’re exposed, humiliated, or rejected; the feeling of not being good enough. It’s a deeply painful and universal emotion, yet is not frequently discussed. For some, shame lurks in the unconscious, undermining self-esteem, destroying confidence, and leading to codependency. These codependent relationships—where we overlook our own needs and desires as we try to care for, protect, or please another—often cover up abuse, addiction, or other harmful behaviors. Shame and codependency feed off one another, making us feel stuck, never able to let go, move on, and become the true self we were meant to be.
In Conquering Shame and Codependency, Darlene Lancer sheds new light on shame: how codependents’ feelings and beliefs about shame affect their identity, their behavior, and how shame can corrode relationships, destroying trust and love. She then provides eight steps to heal from shame, learn to love yourself, and develop healthy relationships.

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TLC Book ToursThis review is part of Darlene Lancer’s book tour with TLC Book Tours. Find out more about the tour and all the stops here.

You can find more tour information and upcoming events by clicking through to TLC Book Tours.

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Review: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

American PsychoIn American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan.

Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

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I’m amazed my head did not explode while reading American Psycho. I’ve seen the movie plenty of times. I was aware the character is living in a very superficial world. I even knew there was a whole chapter on Phil Collins and his music. None of this prepared me.

I’m left with a mix of sympathy, pity, and loathing for Pat Bateman. He is a charming character, he has a great sense of humour, and he is lonely. Lonely, bored, and beyond superficial. Except, not as superficial as his friends. This surprised me, but then would he be so likeable if he was as greedy and empty as his supporting characters? I doubt it. There has to be some humanity present in a protagonist for the reader to connect. Pat Bateman has just enough to make him sympathetic, but only just. Continue reading

Book Trailers: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Every Saturday I share a book trailer of new releases, books we (other readers and myself) love, want to read, and anything that fits in with BA, in the hopes of helping readers find something new to enjoy.

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If you’d like to share a trailer for other readers to watch, including if it is your own, please read through my Special Features Policy and feel free to forward any enquiries.

BA Features The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

Welcome to BA’s Book Features showcasing a small collection of books to be released this week, or showcasing a special feature as part of a blog tour and promotion event. If you’d like to have your book featured on Bookish Ardour please send an enquiry.

Author A.R. Torre and her newest release The Girl in 6E

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Book Trailers: Endymion Spring

Every Saturday I share a book trailer of new releases, books we (other readers and myself) love, want to read, and anything that fits in with BA, in the hopes of helping readers find something new to enjoy.

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If you’d like to share a trailer for other readers to watch, including if it is your own, please read through my Special Features Policy and feel free to forward any enquiries.

Review: Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

Before I Go To SleepChristine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle- aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories.

But it’s the phone call from a Dr. Nash, a neurologist who claims to be working with Christine without her husband’s knowledge, that directs her to her journal, hidden in the back of her closet. For the past few weeks, Christine has been recording her daily activities—tearful mornings with Ben, sessions with Dr. Nash, flashes of scenes from her former life—and rereading past entries, relearning the facts of her life as retold by the husband she is completely dependent upon. As the entries build up, Christine asks many questions. What was life like before the accident? Why did she and Ben never have a child? What has happened to Christine’s best friend? And what exactly was the horrific accident that caused such a profound loss of memory?

Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more un- believable it seems.

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