Sunday, March 28, 2021

BOOK REVIEW: Living Strong with Cerebral Palsy by Amanda Forry-Fino


This is a redux of Cerebral Palsy Gal: A Novella. The new version is more heartfelt and touching, and I have used all my heart and soul into creating it, which I hope you will enjoy as much as I enjoyed putting together.

Amanda was born with cerebral palsy due to the complications that occurred during her birth. In her autobiographical, she recounts the trauma she experienced as a youngster, enduring physical, mental, and emotional abuse from her family and coping with her father's cancer diagnosis at the age of 59. It was a chance meeting with the former US intelligence officer, Ronald Fino, his Russian-born wife, Alla, and their son that eventually saved Amanda, enabling her to pursue her lifetime dream, becoming a best-selling writer. Living Strong with Cerebral Palsy is an inspirational, heartwarming, and profoundly moving account of a young woman's life and struggles to discover her voice and develop her self-esteem to advocate for other people with severe disabilities.




While Living Strong with Cerebral Palsy is autobiographical it also tells the tale of human nature in general. Amanda was born with cerebral palsy. She is a disability advocate and fighter for cerebral palsy research. She opens up on her life telling us her pain and struggles on living with CP. As well as enlightening us too as she opens our eyes explaining to us why she fights so hard to raise awareness. You can tell this is her tale and no one else’s, but if she can maybe inspire or educate just one person her job is done.


We open up to a sweet forward from Ronald Fino her dad as the preface and Chapter 1 introduces us to Amanda and all she is. Chapter two starts her life story as her birth is a malpractice suit in plain sight. Sadly no one sees until Amanda is three and her family is told by a physical therapist that she has CP. Still, she goes on to display a loving lavished childhood, which once you get deeper into her story reveals an even deeper message of her story.


Amanda writes with innocence and fierceness that makes you want to turn every page as you watch her story go from triumph to tragedy to triumph again. I applaud her bravery and commend her for sharing her tale. Her story shows the power behind love and believing in someone how it can change their world.


My rating *****5 stars



Amanda Forry-Fino is a Disability Self Advocate, and an active member of the Training Alumni Association (T.A.A.)--an association of graduates of the Partners in Policymaking program. Along with the Youth Leadership Academy supported by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities to facilitate grassroots advocacy.  She enjoys spending time walking with her mom and her dog Mila. While later watching a good film noir with her dad.


Thursday, March 18, 2021

BOOK REVIEW: Bounty Hunter: Book 4 The Council of Twelve Series by AJ Alexander


When Centriel roams the Earth in a dark mood and atypical despair, in a mountain clearing, far from humankind, he unexpectedly discovers a runner, followed by a petite hunter. The way the woman treats the giant fugitive amuses the Archangel, but he quickly learns that neither of them is what they seem to be.

 Simin Arnatt is an extraordinary woman. Her occupation as a Bounty Hunter takes her all over the world, as she follows her prey to the most unusual places. She would have never expected to meet the famous Centriel while on a hunt. When he offers to help her, she feels the enormous attraction, but she knows, with the secret she holds, she could never dare to hope for love.



Bounty Hunter is 4th book in ‘The Council of Twelve Series’ If you have not read the other three, I advise you do such. Especially if you happen to by chance start your introduction into the Council of Twelve Series with this book. It’s the perfect YA fantasy/ paranormal romance book that adults will gobble up as well. In Bounty Hunter, we meet Centriel the youngest Arch Angel in the Council of Twelve. A bit forlorn as the others have found their consorts or at least have a “someone” he decides to take a flight to clear his thoughts. He finds a clearing to land and rests on a rock only to stumble upon a scene as we meet Simin Arnatt a petite, but fierce bounty hunter with a secret. She bursts through with her prey and Centriel is stunned. Centriel steps in when her bounty the dangerously charming shadow demon Rapha Golden requests the Council of Twelve asylum. This very act throws Simin and Centriel into a fire that instantly ignites them in more ways than one.

Bounty Hunter is giddily delicious! So much fun to read! Alexander instantly welcomes you back into her luscious world with characters that are phenomenally created big or small. Alexander locks your eyes in at first sentence and you fall easily into her world and get lost. you do not want to put the book down.

Rating ***** (5 STARS)



A.J. is a fantasy author working on a paranormal romance series, called 'The Council Of Twelve' series, She has written short stories and poetry in the past. Some of her poems can be read on her blog 'Writer's Treasure Chest. 

In her rare free time, She is spending in extreme reading, excessive pool swimming, and playing monster-monopoly. Her strongest support system is my sister, most of her family, her friends, and her three cats.