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On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni

Summary: He is in a foreign city, he is alone, and he is just a boy…

Close to his tenth birthday, Abbas has to leave his parents and friends, and flee Tehran. The Iran-Iraq war is at its bloodiest. The Ayatollahs, the rulers in Iran, have reduced the age of recruitment into the army. And if Abbas doesn’t leave soon, he will have to go to war.
In the strange and often frightening city of Istanbul, Abbas has to grow up faster than ever. He has to learn difficult things – how to live on his own, how to make his way around, and most importantly, how to judge who is a friend and who an enemy.

Living alone for fifteen weeks in a run-down hotel, Abbas finds a friend in Mourat, the owner, while he waits to get his dream-visa to England. Meanwhile, he has to deal with his new life and work at several jobs to make ends meet. Most of all, he has to guard against being manipulated, and watch his back at all times.

This is young Abbas’s remarkable story of innocence and wisdom, and survival against the worst odds. Like all stories, this one is often happy and sometimes sad. But unlike most others, this one is true.

My Review:  This book is going on my 2017 favorites shelf, this book was a fantastic story about a boy who was NINE years old, escapes Iran ALONE to Turkey, with the hope of obtaining a British visa.  This story will break your heart, it will make you pull for the child, it will give you serious perspective into BOTH Iran and Turkey.

Truth is lately, I am obsessed with Iran, so many travel writers are obsessed with visiting and with all the recent turmoil it is almost like forbidden fruit and I can’t read enough fiction set in this country.

That being said, this book was not fiction, this was very much a true story.   This story is a powerful story about survival and I know I was personally worried about barbies at 9.  This author is only 4 years older than me, it is clear that my upbringing in the US was vastly different than his.  This story will give you powerful perspective that I highly recommend you put on your immediate to read now list.

five memorable and powerful stars.

Black Widow: Forever Red (Black Widow #1) by Margaret Stohl


Summary: Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy…

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments—until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type.

Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned—and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams…

Black Widow: Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

My Review:  So before I get going a few things first, I was super excited when this book came out, that I literally bought it the day it came back… then life got in the way and I just finished it.  I am trying to get caught up on all the books I set out to read but never got around to reading.

Second, I am so excited that we are finally going to dive deeper into Natasha.  I really wish she would get her own movie or netflix series… something, but alas I don’t think we will so therefore I am going to settle for the book.

Third, this book does appear to be in the MCU, based on some of the things said all I can tell you is the book appears to take place after the first Avengers movie and before Winter Soldier… because she is still working for SHIELD… but references the events of New York and Loki, so in my opinion that is the timeline we are dealing with.  If you have another theory I would love to hear it.

This book was fantastic, before the beginning of every chapter you knew that something ominous was going to happen as she is being interviewed for her actions.  Then you find out why she is being interviewed for her actions.

The book is action packed and very well paced.  WE see so much of her personality and her lack of attachment but spoiler Natasha DOES have feelings and does get attached and tries to do the right thing, but things don’t go the way she hopes.  There is a pretty sad moment in this book and it is like man, this sucks.

I have read other reviews and I have seen some negativity regarding Ava but I liked her, so as far as that goes I felt it worked in this book.   I certainly think if you have not read this and you are a Marvel fan girl like I am (I am seriously ashamed I have not read this, I brag daily about being a Marvel fangirl) you need to read this asap.

Love is a Pretty Girl with a Cape to Share Your Dreams With by Bob Boze



SummaryA humorous autobiographical anthology from the author of the best-selling love story series the Horses of Tir Na Nog.


What’s it like to have your love life devastated….twice……before you’re six?

What’s it like when everyone knows how your life will turn out…….5 months before you’re born?

What’s it like to step off a bus in a foreign country 3,500 miles from home and feel like you were always meant to be there?

What’s it like to be enchanted by history and a city that has been the center of trade and multiple empires for over 2000 years?

What’s it like to volunteer at the World Famous San Diego Zoo for over 20 years, only to find out 10 year olds know more than you do?

What’s it like to show the love of your life the world you so dearly love, only to find out she’s really the one leading the parade?


To find out the answer to these and thousands of other questions, come fly with me and my pretty girl with a cape as we travel the world and life!


My Review:  When I received an email from Mr. Boze offering up his book to read I was thrilled this book was completely right up my alley.   I am so glad I received his email because this book kept me up until the wee hours of the morning reading.  In short, it was delightful.  He has been everywhere had the opportunities I only dream about.  This was an adventure-filled love story that will pull at the heart strings while making you laugh at his outrageous stories.

I found his stories outrageous yet believable and his way with words made me feel like I was sitting next to him in the passenger seat.   The titles of his chapters were amazing and I found at times I was like uh oh what could possibly happen next.

This story had me smiling and I have to admit they have a beautiful love story that I am so happy I got to take part in through reading this amazing book.  I can only imagine what it was like when they experienced his stories first hand.  This was an amazing book and I am so happy I got to read it.


I downloaded a copy of the book on Kindle Unlimted.  If you have a copy of the book I highly urge you to read it.


Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin


Purchase Link: Last Train to Istanbul: A Novel

Country Set in: France, Turkey

This book caught my eye as I was searching for book set in “France”.  It caught my eye because the premise of the story is about an Islam girl who falls in love with a Jewish man right at the peak of Nazi occupied Europe.  It intrigued me because with all the negativity surrounding Islam  it was a firm reminder that hatred of some time has always been present historically.  That is a topic to be debated for another day, but I would be lying if I didn’t explain why this book interested me.