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Something Lost (Funerals and Weddings Series Book 1) by Bernadette Marie – Review by Dahnielle Hibbert

Something LostSomething Lost by Bernadette Marie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In an instant, Author Bernadette Marie, has a new fan! Something Lost was a wonderfully sweet story that brought out so many different emotions in myself as I read through it. Dealing with grief is never easy and so many Authors attempt to bring out the pain their characters feel in a very real way. Ms. Marie has not only accomplished that, but made me care deeply about the characters as well. I had a real connection with Rachel and Craig. I found myself unable to put this book down and finished it in two days time. I cannot wait for the next novel by Bernadette Marie! As I said in the beginning she has a fan for life!! You won’t regret reading one of her extraordinarily impressive, emotional, beautifully written tales!

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Lines by Leon by Leon Stevens – Review by Mandy Ott

I really liked this collection of poetry by Leon Stevens. Many of the poems spoke to me in the sense that they put into words things that I have been feeling and have felt in the past. I also love Leon’s use of descriptive language in his poems; it really painted a picture in my mind, a sort of moving poetry. The poems definitely made me think; about love, heartbreak, and loss. Various topics were also discussed in Lines by Leon, which I appreciated.

Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens – Review by Megan Brasington

Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesLines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m trying to rack my brain around when was the last time I picked up a book a poems that I wasn’t forced to read in school. How did I forget that I enjoyed them so much? Lines by Leon felt like I was reading someone’s true organic thoughts. I’m not going to line I reread some lines over and over just to truly take in what they were saying. This isn’t a happy love sick book of poems this is a raw emotion, tell us like it really is boom of poems. As an adult who struggles with my own demons and went to school for psychology to better understand my inner workings I want more on the Author and found myself scanning the internet for more of their words to digest. I loved the little drawings that accompanied the words, it was like peering even more in-depth into the authors brain.

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Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens – Review by Anantha Rusum

Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesLines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is an inspiration for me. As a writer, I have a collection of poems and short stories , all scattered around . When I read this book, it was a sign . A sign to follow one’s heart (which is what the author did). Each short story and poem is heartfelt, the author touches on various topics which involve the environment and human emotions, which are so realistic. Every word you read, you feel, that it is written in such a simple well expressed language and you can connect easily to both the prose and poetry. I absolutely loved the book. And Leon Stevens, you are an inspiration.

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Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens – Review by Rachel Moss

Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesLines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So typically I’m not a huge fan of poetry, but I really enjoyed reading this short book of prose by Leon Stevens. Some of them I didn’t quite understand (and that’s fine, I’ve never been great with deciphering the meaning of poetry) and others completely resonated with me. I think the two sections The Human Condition and People and Places contained my favorite pieces. I give this book 4 1/2 stars but I’m going to round up and say 5. I really did enjoy these pieces, so a big thanks to Stevens for allowing us the opportunity to read them.

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Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesLines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a compilation of poetry, a couple of short stories and some illustrations throughout which combine to make a thought provoking and interesting read, it deals with a lot of subjects in the current climate, as well as ways of looking at both the light and dark sides of life, this includes personality aspects, the environment, inanimate objects, places throughout the world, from big cities to small businesses and some light-hearted sketches deposited throughout to keep the separation, as well as tying it all together. It is a collection which varies in style and is written in a manner which leaves you in a state of anticipation, wanting to know what the next item will be.

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Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesLines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This inspirational book of poems, prose and pictures takes an observational and contemplative look at “ego, behaviour, human relations, places, and the environment”. Although the poems do address the subjects of loss, refelection, and struggle the writer has taken a more lighthearted and at times humorous take on these subjects. Each poem, prose or short story definitely makes you think and reading them can take you on an emotional rollercoaster, as the blurb says, “the author invites his readers to laugh, think, cry, and meditate on the wide variety of thoughts”. I particularly enjoyed the short stories and could have read more of them. I found the layout of the book a bit muddled, I was unsure at times where one poem ended and another started.
There were phrases and lines in the poems that really jumped out at me and resonated with me. However, some of the longer poems seemed to me to be a jumble of the authors thoughts which I did not understand. Unfortunately although I liked the inclusion of the hand drawn sketches in the book as I thought it made it feel more intimate and personal to the author, again many of them I just did not understand. I have given this book four stars because I did enjoy reading it and it has introduced me to a different genre, but as I’m not a usual poem reader I did feel that I just wasn’t ‘getting it’. However whilst reading ‘Lines by Leon’ I could see how others could get so much more out of the book than maybe I have.

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Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens – Review by Debi Kircher

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens

4 Stars

Lines by Leon was a really nice break from the heavier books I’ve been reading lately. I truly enjoyed it. It was refreshing, some made me giggle a bit, and some made me think a lot! I don’t normally read or pick up books like this but I’ll be honest, the cover drew me in but the words inside kept me reading. It was awesome and I read it in one sitting.

I will definitely read more by this author.

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Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens – Review by Nakyshia Leger

Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesLines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book definitely took me by surprise! I am a huge fan of poetry but not knowing this poet left me reserved. However, Leon Stevens did not disappoint. He takes us through a journey of his mind and soul. We get an in depth look at how he feels about many aspects of life from the environment that surrounds us to people and places. I had to read this slowly and often put it down for a bit because it triggered some deep thoughts and emotions for me. Along with his beautiful poetry, Leon Stevens also blesses readers with some of his beautiful artwork. It helped the stories to come to life a little more. I will definitely read this again.

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Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens – Review by Chrissy Spulak

Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesLines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens is a delightful compilation of images built with words. The author makes good use of all the senses, and I found myself stepping into these little “snapshots” of life and becoming fully immersed. It has been quite a while since I have found a collection that has rekindled my appreciation of good poetry. The poems are relatable and poignant, and yet there is an essence of light humor wound through. There are also sketches sprinkled purposefully throughout to add even more to this read. The structure the author uses makes the words flow seamlessly together; before I knew it, I was finished and left wanting much more. Lines by Leon is very easy to read, but stimulating to the mind, and I recommend picking this one up. 4 stars.

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