Fowl Language: The Struggle is Real by Brian Gordon

Book Review


Fowl Language: The Struggle Is RealBook Genre: Humor, Graphic Novel, Comic

Book Series: N/A

Released: 10/10/17 by Andrew McMeel Publishing

Pages:  128 Price: $14.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher for an honest review.



Book Synopsis:

Are you a mom or dad? How wonderful and annoying for you!
Do you know someone who will soon have a baby? How exciting and terrifying for them!
Are your friends parents, too? Of course they are, those poor sons of bitches . . .

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Fowler Language is for you.
And if you answered no, then congratulations, and feel free to sleep in this weekend!

Thirty percent of the content in Fowler Language is original to the book, and the Fowl Language bonus panels will be included.

My Review:

Let me start with I am not the targeted audience for this book.  I am not a parent and relish my child-free lifestyle.  When I saw this book’s cover and that it was a read now title over at Net Galley I decided to review it because who hasn’t enjoyed these illustrations when they pop up in their newsfeed on Facebook.

I have never laughed so hard while reading a book about the ups and downs of parenthood. I laughed so hard I worried about my blood pressure!  This book was so funny and I even found parts that, as a pet parent, I could relate to.  Other bits I got simply from having once been a child myself.  So no matter who you are, parent, aunt, uncle, child-free I believe you will enjoy this book.  If you know someone who is a new or experienced parent than this would make a great gift!

My Rating:5 Stars


Top Ten Tuesday: LOL

Top Ten Tuesday


Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

April 19: Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)

Okay I think I recently did a freebie week on books to make you laugh, so I will strive to find some books or authors that might not have made it onto that list, but please be aware that there will be crossover because I’m tired today and just want to get this list posted so I can tackle the next item on my to-do list.  (Upon further research it appears I have not done a funny list recently, but still expect some crossover) 

Ten books to make you laugh out loud.


Warning:Do not read in public.

  1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) Just to make sure we don’t have all paranormal books on this list I decided to add this funny yet odd modern classic.  From what I’ve seen people either get this type of humor or they don’t I think it is hilarious and enjoyed this read immensely.
  2. I'm the Vampire, That's Why (Broken Heart #1) While browsing through my read shelf on Goodreads I came across this author that I’ve not read in a while.  She is very funny and I particularly enjoyed this series.  The earlier books are better so just walk away when you aren’t enjoying them anymore.
  3. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Another funny series that I shouldn’t read in public.  Again the earlier books are much funnier than the later ones which take a more serious tone to them.  Still funny, but just dialed down a notch.
  4. Redshirts While this wasn’t always laugh out loud funny as a fan of Star Trek I found much delight in this story within a story that poked all kinds of fun at my beloved Trek franchise.
  5. The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1) I discovered this series through Top Ten Tuesday lists.  It was billed as a good read for fans of Big Bang Theory and it sure did deliver.  Again more cute than ha ha, but still a funny read.
  6. The Martian Okay you all know my love of this one.  I’ve worked hard to keep it off the lists lately, but for a week of funny reads I can not not include it.  This book is so sarcastic and literally laugh out loud funny that it had me following my husband around the house reading excerpts from it.  Probably the funniest book on the list.  Read THIS one.
  7. The Accidental Vampire (Argeneau #7) This series is another one that has made many a TTT list.  The books fall into one of two types, either more serious action or crazy hilarious situations.  This is book seven which is one of the crazy situations reads.  Lots of fun.
  8. You Slay Me (Aisling Grey #1) This author cracks me up.  Her style works better for the paranormal genre as I am not a fan of her contemporary heroines, but man she knows how to make you laugh and steam up your glasses.
  9. Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1) This is another author that has funny down to a science.  The chemistry between characters is authentic and makes you wish you could be part of their gang.
  10. The Good Samaritan Strikes Again Okay to end with something different.  I believe I’ve mentioned this author before.  I used to read these short stories out loud to my dad (who was blind) and could not make it through one of these without loosing it.  If you are familiar with rural life, hunting & fishing or camping then give this author a try I bet you enjoy him too.

Top Ten Tuesday: Wanna Laugh?

Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish


Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday.  This week they ask us:

March 10: Ten Books For Readers Who Like _________

I’m not feeling too hot today, so this is going to be quick and simple.  I decided to fill in the blank with to laugh. So I’m picking ten books that had me laughing out loud at the silly antics and situations the author thought up. All of these are great reads for when you are feeling down or just want some fluff to fill your afternoon.  Of course most of them also have a bit of romance thrown in for good measure.

Ten books for readers who like to (or want to) laugh.

  1. A Girl's Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones, #1)  Most anything you read by Ms. MacAlister is going to make you giggle.  This is the first book in her Dark Ones series, but her Dragon world is just as fun.  I’m not such a fan of her contemporary romance though, and haven’t tried her historicals though.
  2. How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, #1)  This is a finished series that started off really strong but ended kinda weak.  Still a lot of fun to read though and it is a nice mix of outrageous situations and some more serious drama.
  3. Happy Hour at Casa Dracula (Casa Dracula, #1)  This quartet of books sat on my to-read shelf forever.  Then #1 was offered for free for my Kindle and I decided to finally get around to reading it.  SO funny and a great little series too.
  4. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)  I’ve sung the praises of this series before.  Warning: do not read in public or while eating food/drinking (you will spew).  Besides the great wit of the lead character, Charley, there is also the smoking hot Reyes to keep your fantasies warm and a great battle of good vs evil.
  5. A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1)  This is another one of my favorite fun reads.  The series is like 20+ books long already and some are better than others, but on the whole it is a nice mix of humor/drama/steam.
  6. Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1)  OMG This author is so talented when it comes to humor.  She is another one where you don’t want to be reading this while sitting in a waiting room,  unless odd looks don’t bother you that is or you are better at stifling your giggles.
  7. I'm the Vampire, That's Why (Broken Heart, #1) I haven’t read a title in this series for some time,  it has kinda lost its way as the author has tried out new stories.  Still though, give the beginning of this series a try and I bet you will be picking up the rest.
  8. The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)  This book has been on a lot of blogger’s lists over the past year and I’m sure you’ve heard of it.  Still a fun read and if you love Big Bang Theory you are going to love this.  Book two is just as good too.
  9. High Stakes (Vegas Vampires, #1)  This is another little quartet of books that were way funny to read.  I haven’t read anything else by this author, but this series is definitely one to try to tickle your funny bone.
  10. 17383789  This series is done and I need to finish up the last three books I think, but if I was to pick one series on this list for most wacky, this would be the one.


ARC Past My Defenses by Wendy Sparrow – 4 Stars

Past My Defenses (Taming the Pack, #1)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #1 in the Taming of the Pack series, pub date June 23, 2014

I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review

Book Synopsis:

Vanessa is the fastest Lycan around. In wolf form, the only threat she can’t outrun is her allergies. After a feline dander-bomb takes her down, she wakes up naked in a cage staring at a hot park ranger who had no idea what he’d trapped. But ooooh, he smells so good. Mine.

Dane hoped to tame the silver wolf in his kennel, but all bets are off with the deliciously sweet Vanessa on two legs. Her temper makes his pulse race, and he can’t escape the feeling they belong together.

They’re hot as a forest fire even before they scent-match, but Glacier Peak’s Alpha considers Dane a danger to the pack. Meanwhile, Lycans are being poached, and Vanessa has been targeted. Dane will have to keep her close to protect her, but with Vanessa in heat and mad to mate, who will protect him


My Review:

I’d like to start off by saying I wish this book had a different cover.  There is something about the cover that didn’t click for me.  I can’t put my finger on it, but I almost didn’t request it over at Net Galley.  Then once I was approved for the title, that cover held me off again from starting it right away and it almost got pushed back in my to-read list.  I double checked the release date and decided I needed to start irregardless of how drawn to it or not.  The synopsis and cover just didn’t match up for me, I think.   The description lead me to believe it was going to be a funny light-hearted read, and the cover was all dark and brooding.

I’m so glad I decided to not judge a book by its cover and requested the title.  It was a blast to read.  Filled with a great mix of humor, witty come backs, great chemistry, a suspenseful mystery to be solved and a killer to be stopped.  For those paranormal romance lovers out there what it wasn’t filled with was lots of sex.  Plenty of teasing, but I don’t think I read one steamy scene in the whole book.  To me that was fine.  I read a lot of books classified as romance and perhaps I am getting tired of the sex scenes. (Gasp!  Say it ain’t so!  Calm down.  I think I just need a break for a while.)  Quite frankly I think the story didn’t need them.  The build up and bringing together of these two was interesting and fun enough.  I didn’t feel gypped by not reading about their time in the sack.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I am definitely going to be checking into more of her titles.  This was a fun ride.  Interesting set up and world she has created.  I am so glad that this is going to be part of a series.  Much of the story centered around Vanessa and Dane, but there was almost but not really a love triangle with Jordan the Alpha.  The story didn’t end so well for him and I would love to see him get his own book.  The chemistry was not only good between the two love birds but with Dan and Jordan.  Sure they were practically at each other’s throats the entire book, but I think there is a budding bromance in their future, especially if Jordan finds his own love.

We don’t learn a lot about the Were world here, like Dane we were kept in the dark a bit.  I hope that in future books we get to explore more of the pack structure and rules.  I don’t need a lot of details, but it would be nice to see behind the curtain a bit more than we did.

Only other complaint that I had was about Vanessa.  I understand it was part of her character to be this way, but I wish she had not doubted herself so much.  It got a bit annoying after a while.  Most of the time she was this tough werewolf with a smart mouth, then she would get all wrapped up in her head and over think everything.  I wish she would have had a bit more confidence at times.  Then again it did give her room to grow, but man sometimes I just wanted to smack her upside the head and tell her to stop over thinking.

This was a great read.  Surprised me quite a bit.  If you are a fan of Patricia Briggs, Molly Harper, Jacqueline Rhoades, Lynsay Sands, or Kerrelyn Sparks you might want to give this one a try too.


Slight change of plans and why I should not be allowed…

…to visit a library or bookstore or yard sale or online bookstores…

Hello my name is Amy (welcome Amy) and I have a book problem.  I can not resist the temptation to bring home books.  I don’t really see it as a problem, but my husband might beg to differ.  Anyways,  I was planning on reading off my to-read bookcase that sits in my bedroom and mocks me every night with ever growing stacks of books upon books.  I turn away only to have my three, count them three, e-readers join in on my condemnation.  So I came up with this plan of only reading new authors in the month of March and clearing off some of those books before I am forced to bring home a bigger bookcase or die a slow death after being burred under the avalanche of books that will someday come crashing down upon me as a really big train passing by shakes them loose.  I started out good, got through a few titles, despite the distraction of this shinny new blog, which is quite frankly like crack to a socially deprived opinionated person such as myself.  Then I come to the Charley Davidson series and LOVED it.  I popped over to neighboring library’s website and check to see if they carry the next books in the series, you know for next month…or whenever…  Only to see that they do.  Books 2-5 are there…and they are all in.  They could be mine after a quick 18 mile trip (both ways).  NO AMY, I tell myself.  You promised to stick to your reading plan.  They have the books and they will continue to have them NEXT month.  But what if someone checks them out.  What if someone doesn’t return them.  They are there now. I must go NOW.  After some mental talking down and promises of a trip there on the first of next month. I manage to last a total of 3 days before I am at the circulation desk of aforementioned library asking ‘Do you have a limit on how many books a patron can check out of a series at one time?’

So here we are, I have come to the realization that I have no willpower when it comes to a book I really want to read.  Hence why I should not be allowed in a place that houses books, and lets you take them home for free or after purchase.  I hang my head in shame (over book 2: Second Grave on the Left) and promise myself and you that I will return to my March reading goal of only new authors after I finish these four books.  Cause now that I checked them out and they are due in two weeks and I don’t wish to deprive another reading addict of their fix.  This does give my readers more time to vote on my poll to pick my next read.  I have I think 4 votes, one of them mine… You can find it over on this post, Pick My Next Read Poll. 

Well I’m off for a weekend of binge reading.  See you Monday or my next review.


Woman starts book review blog and never reads a book again…  I need to get my butt off WordPress and start reading.  I’ve spent most of the day going from one great blog to another.  Good thing I’m so far ahead in my reading for the year,  I might take me a couple days to get over the fun newness of all this.    What are some of your favorite blogs to visit?