Wednesday, March 27, 2013

She Book Review and Giveaway



An entity from nothing space and time, Akaesman lurks in his dominion, waiting, watching through his peephole into our world for the right prey. And when he spots a good one, he forces himself into our space and time, evading the Akaesman patrol, invading his chosen one. He spreads his evil to everyone, one by one, male and female, changing them forever into his image.

But the young songwriter and her fiancĂ©, enjoying the end of their road trip, have never heard of Akaesman. On the eve of the summer solstice, they fly home to Toronto down a local highway past slumbering fields, toward a thick starlight-sucking forest, oblivious of their destination: Akaesman. He comes out of a green neon wind. He smacks their car; he cracks the window; he’s in her. Her songwriting career is dead. Her name is gone.

When she learns of his presence, she resists him; she wrestles with him; she seeks help in her battle. Yet she loses ground. She’s ready to quit. And that’s when she discovers that there is more than one kind of evil…
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My Review
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Zarine and Jim are driving home from a road trip.  While Zarine was napping, to her dismay, Jim decides to come off of Highway 10 and take a back road through the forest.  Zarine is suddenly filled fear and begs Jim to go back on the highway.  Out of nowhere comes a neon green wind that spins their car, damages the windshield and invisibly enters Zarine.  Her life is inexplicably changed.  This is Zarine’s journey, fighting Akaesman Syndrome.

I love the fact that someone mixed an alien invasion into a Christian Fantasy novel.  This book was brilliantly written, with the good versus evil concept.  Akaesman, even the description of him and his behavior tells you that this ‘thing’ is Satan.  I enjoyed the fact that she needed to be spiritually strong to defeat him.  There were a lot of parallels to Christianity, the way we think and how it assists in overcoming obstacles.  I enjoyed this very much.  I felt really bad for Zarine with the situation she had with her friends.  The issues she had with them were realistic and so was what she was going through, her symptoms seemed close to Fibromyalgia.  I loved her fighting spirit and the fact that she never gave up.  All in all, a great book that teaches us to never give up, and that when you feel alone, you’re not.
About the Author
Shireen Jeejeebhoy was born to English and Parsi parents, grew up in Bombay and Toronto, and received a B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Toronto. Her first book, "Lifeliner: The Judy Taylor Story," won the 2008 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award for best biography. Her first novel, "She," received good reviews on Goodreads and was a finalist for the 2012 Canadian Christian Writing Awards. "Eleven Shorts +1," her collection of short stories, is available in Kindle format and on Wattpad.com.
 
Iguana Books published her latest non-fiction book "Concussion Is Brain Injury" at 2012's end. Her main credential to write this book is as a person with a brain injury. But she also drew on her education and experience. She was trained in the scientific method and, from her experience in research labs and research jobs, is schooled in designing, conducting, analyzing, and writing up research papers. As part of her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Toronto, she studied physiology and neurophysiology, did an original-research thesis on reducing inattention in a child with attention deficit disorder, and conducted a year-long study on food perception in various eating populations and wrote the Abstract. For "Lifeliner," she conducted over sixty interviews, read the literature, and waded through a massive amount of medical data in order to translate into English that the lay reader can understand.

Jeejeebhoy is working diligently on her next three novels, and when she is not writing, reading, or taking photographs, she hunts for good coffee and sensational chocolate.
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