EBOOK / KINDLE [Nothing to See Here]
F their sprawling estate in tennessee doing her best to eep the twins calm extinguishing them when necessary and sensing in them Clawback kindred spirits an affinity unexpectedlyindling heh her unexplored maternal instincts Maybe that s what children were a desperate need that opened you up even if you didn t want itthe children have been uprooted and are full of raw emotional pain grieving their mother resentful of their sudden displacement their long absent father and his pretty young wife their pampered half brother and this stranger being paid to care for them the situation is not ideal but the three soon find their footing and begin to form their own outsider version of a family their trust built through honesty and candor and lillian s transition from reluctant foster parent into fierce mother bear is beautifully written They were me unlovedand I was going to make sure that they got what they needed They would scratch and ick me and I was going to scratch and ick anyone who tried to touch themi feel like i could go on and on about this book typing out lines from the oh so many folded over pages and all the ways in which lillian s situation of suandered promise and self disgust feeling defeated and giving up the anger frustration and shame of poverty was so horribly relatable to me as i was reading it that i just wanted to howl Because I Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America kept fucking up because it seemed so hard not to fuck up I lived a life where I had less than what I desired So instead of wanting sometimes I just made myself want even less Sometimes I made myself believe that I wanted nothing not even food or air And if I wanted nothing I d just turn into a ghost And that would be the end of itAnd there were these twoids and they burst into flamesAnd I had Cooking for Company known them for less than a week I didn tnow them at all And I wanted to burst into flames too I thought How wonderful would it be to have everyone stand at a respectful distance thisthe book simply crackles it is all flames and fire and emotional damage but it is also hope and purpose and human connection and even though i am not typically an emotional reader this one got me right in the feels i m sorry i didn t read it the moment it fell into my little hands but i m extremely glad i won a copy because i probably wouldn t have read it anytime soon without the guilt prod i feel every time i win or accept a free book maybe this glowing review will be your prod if not maybe this overlong uote ll do it the single best description of the oncreep of love i have ever read Sometimes when the Empire of Sin kids were invested in something when they didn t look entirely blasted by how shitty their lives had been I d try to truly look at them Of course they both had those bright green eyes like you d see on the cover of a bad fantasy novel where the hero can turn into someind of bird of prey But they were not attractive children the rest of their faces soft and undefined They looked ratty I hadn t even tried to fix their cult haircuts I feared that fixing them would only make the Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China kids plain They had round little bellies way past the point when you d expect aid to lose it Their teeth were just crooked enough that you could tell they hadn t been handled with care And yet And yet When Bessie managed to get the layup to bank perfectly off the backboard her eyes got crazy she started vibrating When Roland watched you do anything even open a can of peaches he looked like he was cheering you on at mile marker nineteen of your marathon When Roland put his fingers in my mouth in the middle of the night when Bessie My Wife's Affair kicked me in the liver and made me startle awake I did not hate them No matter what happened after this when theids moved into the mansion with Jasper and Madison and Timothy no one would ever think that they were really a part of that immaculate family They would always Chicken, Chicken, Duck! kind of belong to me I had never wantedids because I had never wanted a man to give me a id The thought of it gross the expectation of it But if a hole in the sky opened up and two weird children fell to earth smashing into the ground like asteroids then that
was something I could care for If it gleamed like it was radiating danger I d something I could care for If it gleamed like it was radiating danger I d it I wouldi missed out on this at BEA but i won it through goodreads hooray and it came with a suishy flame shaped stress thingiei feel seencome to
my blog a uirky story about two ids blog A uirky story about two ids once agitated light on fire burst into flames Nothing happens to the ids they are unharmed when it happens This book has a gentle pressure that pulls you through the text and Move Over, Victoria--I Know the Real Secret: Surrendering the Lies That Bind You to the God Who Frees You keeps you turning the pages I did not think I would like it but ended up enjoying it a great deal Its about relationships old and new How Lilian melds with the two children almost like an Old Yellerind of story that s a bad example but that s what it felt like I laughed out loud in several places the wry sense of humor in situational comedy I also found it easy to buy into the premise I think it was because Lilian the point of view character didn t make a big deal about it when it was explained to her almost like Oh the Slo Mo! kids just light on fire Since she bought into it so easily and I alreadynew her well before this occurred and trusted her judgement I went along for the ride It was weird how I dropped into the story and believed it That wonderful ever elusive Fictive Dream I m always on the hunt for is definitely present in this book I love a story that can evoke this Poor Mrs. Rigsby kind of emotion One bit of criticism I think the often overused F bomb didn t have a place here I m not a prude by any stretch but the book would have had such a stronger impact without it And it might have had a better chance of becoming a timelessind of story This is a four and half star book and I would recommend itDavid Putnam the author of the Bruno Johnson series I came SO close to missing out on this oneJust like all of you I d seen the great reviews for this book but I wanted nothing to do with a story about ids who burst into flames It just sounded tooweird unbelievable fantastic No thanksThen my GR friend Michelle with whom I almost always agree read and reviewed this and she loved it I had to give it a go So I didand I LOVED it Do the ids explode Yes Is it weird unbelievable and fantastic Yes But it all works because our narrator makes some of the most hilarious and true observations I ve read in a long time I found myself cracking up as I listened even though I have been uarantined with my family for going on four weeks You KNOW that shit is funnyDon t miss this one it s short funny and pure escape uirky and Heartwarming Nothing to See Here is about two small children who have the power to spontaneously combust Yup Sounds crazy but Kevin Wilson pulls it off The premise is a little odd but it lured me in and works to examine an undercurrent of themes including class divisions the dynamics of friendship otherness loneliness and the power of loveI love the tone of Nothing to See Here narrated by Lillian the caregiver of the fire children it s dark emotional and filled with humor Her voice was riveting and made me want to eep reading This could have easily been a hot mess but Lillian s voice eeps the narrative in check and adds a layer of depth and intelligence to the odd storyline This is a uick and addictive read If I didn t have to go to work I could have easily nocked this out in a day Roland and Bessie the fire children are fascinating They can cause harm but are really sweet and endearing children who have been deeply hurt by those who are supposed to love them I wanted of them I especially loved Bessie s character and enjoyed seeing her relationship develop with LillianThis book left me feeling warm and fuzzy Its is a uniue read with a strong voice The premise might be a little too weird for some but if you are willing to approach this book with an open mind it s well worth the read. Ay cool while also staying out of the way of Madison’s buttoned up politician husband Surprised by her own ingenuity yet unused to the intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her urgently and fiercely Couldn’t this be the start of the amazing life she’d always hoped forWith white hot wit and a big tender heart Kevin Wilson has written his best book yet a most unusual story of parental love.
Kevin Wilson ✓ 0 reviewAted as Secretary of State so the children need to eep a low profile through the confirmation processLillian doesn t count on how observant and desperate for love and approval the children are and she doesn t count on how much she has needed to be needed She works on winning their trust making them believe her feelings are true which Lillian has to believe too Fighting for the children s best interests no mean feat given how the deck is stacked against them awakens feelings of love and protectiveness she never imagined she d feelThis is a uirky book but it s one that definitely worked its way into my heart The characters aren t sympathetic in many ways but I devoured this Kevin Wilson who also wrote The Family Fang really created a moving storyNetGalley and Ecco Books provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making it availableSee all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoriablogspotcomYou can follow me on Instagram at This book was a freaking balm on my soul You have to understand I have been completely SWAMPED in the waters of Moby Dick and the meandering ramblings of Midnight s Children I A Boy in Winter know WHAT WAS I THINKING But this book folks this book is short darkly funny and easily holds your interest There are no dissertations on whaling to be found here or a dizzyingly long character list Never at any point did a hopelessness descend on me or existential uestions assault me will I ever finish this will I DIE before I finish this does it matter There s no poorly hidden homoeroticism here no fetishizing of noses no Shakespearian language no high faluting themes eitherNow if you think that I liked this book simply on the basis that it is NOT Moby Dick or some highly lauded torture exercise written by Salman Rushdie well you d be wrong But I have to admit it probably gets an extra half star simply because it acted as a life raft in my reading world that it buoyed me back to the surface So thank you Kevin Wilson whoever you areWhile it has a weird premise 10 year old twins who spontaneously combust the message of this story is universal acceptance Acceptance when life is shitty when you don t get what you want when people disappoint you when younow going in that you re going to screw up when you look in the mirror Acceptance is not only sought by the twins but also by Lillian the woman hired to look after them a woman who has been closed off and fearful her whole life who lost faith that her life would ever amount to anythingIt s got a touch too much sugar in the mix for my particular taste and I could have done without the distracting repetition of admitted and offered as dialogue descriptors but otherwise this is a heartwarming not burning story Did I mention not a cetacean to be found here BonusPS for elouent thoughts on this novel please hop over to Betsy s review She nailed it This is weird Madison You want me to raise your husband s fire children i won this through the gr giveaways but i didn t read it right away choosing instead to read ARCs of books that were coming out before this one then delaying it further for my horror only october bookplan i thought i had plenty of time before it pubbed because i saw this on the side of the ARCand misunderstood it to mean it was pubbing on the 19th of november instead of in november 2019 which i now realize is a monday wait no it s not but ANYWAY THE POINT IS i put off reading it and the book came out before i began reading it and the joke s on me because i liked this so much than most of the books i read while i wasn t reading this one THIS BOOK IS SO GOODbefore this i d only read one other book by him Perfect Little World i liked it fine with some reservations which was probably another reason i dragged my feet in favor of books i thought would be slam dunks in my heartbut this one good lord i couldn t read it fast enough it grabbed me right from the start and i never put it down without feeling a little tug of regret that i had to go do other things i am someone who folds over pages in my books when lines are pleasing or memorable and i was already a folding by page two all of it the
"Characters The Story The "the story the it is brisk and funny and warm and wise and heartpunchy it s a perfect book about imperfect people of love and family and and heartpunchy it s a perfect book about imperfect people of love and family and and you better believe i cried and that that is a thing that just doesn t happen i d been drawn to this one initially because spontaneous human combustion is rad even if this is not uite SHC because the h s that are c ing spontaneously are physically unharmed by the experience they re just two little Frost at Midnight kids who burst into flames when they have temper tantrums How are they still alive I askedIt doesn t hurt them at all she said shrugging to highlight how dumbfounded she was They just get really red like a bad sunburn but they re not hurtWhat about their clothes I askedI m still figuring this out Lillian she said I guess their clothes burn offSo they re just these nakedids on fireI think so So you can understand why we re worriedwhich is all very striking an image but it is so much than the novelty of that situation uick aside i was at the bookstore the other day and this little girl was just LOSING HER MIND and through all the shrieking and wailing and snot and tears all i could think was welp at least she isn t on fire the children on fire angle is the hook but at its heart it is about lillian a woman trapped in the smallness of her own life after her chance to rise up out of her working poor upbringing was stolen from her by the betrayal of a friend as a teenager lillian worked her ass off to win a scholarship to an elite boarding school where she met her roommate madison billings a wealthy girl with just as much weirdness to her as lillian the two became close friends and teammates basketball phenoms who were inseparable until madison got into trouble her father paid off lillian s mother for lillian to take the fall and lillian was expelled and sent back to her hometown in disgrace the bribe money meant to be put aside for lillian s college tuition was instead uickly spent by her mother on her own comforts without the challenges and opportunities of the rich id school without the possibility of a college education lillian just sorta sunk into herself and stopped trying Everything was so easy and nobody cared and I lost interestI started to care less about the future I cared about making the present tolerable And time passed And that was my lifefifteen years later lillian is twenty eight years old and still right where she started she s been living in her mother s attic plodding through long aimless years of smoking pot living paycheck to paycheck defeated and angry but still in madison s thrall maintaining a periodic correspondence based friendship with her madison s letters filled with tales of one cushioned success after another the ease of wealth enabling a charmed life only getting charmed as she grows older when madison writes to lillian asking for her help lillian doesn t hesitate I tried to think of a time when I hadn t done what Madison had asked me to do That time did not exist what madison needs from lillian is her loyalty and discretion to take care of and eep out of sight her husband s children from a previous marriage ten year old twins bessie and roland who have just lost their mother and are afflicted with this unseemly fiery rage madison s senator husband jasper is in the running for secretary of state and flaming children would disrupt their picture perfect family image a beautiful wealthy couple with a young son of their own who doesn t burst into flames despite having zero training or experience with children much less
with fire children lillian accepts the position and becomes their governessfire children lillian accepts the position and becomes their governess sorta jailor which puts her once in madison s charismatic orbit living on the grounds Ing in with her family and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker However there’s a catch the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg but it’s the truthThinking of her dead end life at home the life that has consistently disappointed her Lillian figures she has nothing to lose Over the course of one humid demanding summer Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other and st. 45 It takes a lot of skill for an author to write a book about children bursting into flames and do it in a way that makes it not only believable but endearing I absolutely loved this uirky funny and sweet story Lillian hears from Madison her old friend and roommate asking for a favor The two have a checkered history with Madison being blessed with beauty and wealth while Lillian having neither does Madison s bidding getting nothing in return This time the favor is asking Lillian to be a governess to her husband Jasper s 10 year old twins Roland and Bessie The one tiny problem The children have a tendency to erupt into flames The children s unusual tendency could derail Jasper s political aspirations so Lillian s job is to The Pentagon Papers: Making History at the Washington Post keep them out of sight and out of trouble Wickedly funny and heartwarming I fell in love with Bessie and Roland Anyone who has children can agree that bursting into flames is an excellent metaphor to describe what happens when children become overwhelmed by strong emotions I felt for these children and for Lillian All three have been damaged by life and what they build together is utterly charming Lillian is a refreshing character and I loved the way she interacted with the children She sees something of herself in them I loved her voice and self deprecating demeanor She needs the children as much as they need her I found the first 25% a bit slow but once the children appear the story took off There s much to say here about family money power friendship and politics but the themes were delivered with a lot of humor and heart This was a fun read with substance one Marialyce and I enjoyed Highly recommendedA caveat If you are offended by the f bomb be aware that according to aindle search it s dropped 211 times in 272 pages I felt it was so overused it became tiresome But yet These characters wormed their way into my heart in a way I won t soon forget I received an e galley from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review For our duo reviews of this book and others please visit Why have I waited so long to read this This may have been one of the cutest stories I have ever read Lillian is asked by her best friend Madison to become the governess to her two 10 year old twin step Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution kids Bessie and Roland Their mother has just passed away so they will be coming to live with them and she could really use the help However there is a catch Theids spontaneously combust when ever they become upset and let me tell you that hilarity ensues from here Oh my heart how I love these characters Lillian is the best friend every one should wish for and Bessie and Roland are just the most adorable little fire demons you could ever ask for My life seems almost richer from having met these unforgettable fictional characters and for that I thank you Kevin Wilson ALL THE STARS Surprising entertaining emotional originalDysfunctional family dynamics political ambitions fire starter ids seem like little Drew Barry s incarnations not reciprocated uirky best friend aka nanny s surprising connection with them finding her new life purposeThis book is definitely different fiction you ve lately read Lillian doesn t come from money She needs to work so hard to deserve a place and prove her value in the society She has no father and a problematic selfish mother with lots of boyfriends When she finally gets her scholarship to have a chance for better education at the boarding school she thinks her luck has changed She befriends rich awkward roommate Madison but as soon as her friend gets into trouble with drugs Madison s parents offer to bribe her to take the blame And of course Lillian s mother accepts the offer taking the money causing her daughter get expelled from the schoolAfter the incident Lillian stops fighting and living her life without any aim dream or future plans living at the small room at her mother s house But her life changes again when her old best friend now she is married with US senator having the benefits of luxurious wealthy life comes with a job offer She wants her to be the governess of her step ids who recently lost their mothers and they will move to live their mansion Of course they will live separated at the guest house with their future nanny But yes there is a little problem about the ids They can be violent biting and attacking people But no That s not the only people Yes they re suffering from trauma because they were with their mother when she committed suicide They also PUT EBERYTHING INTO FIRE while they re singing Disco Inferno And guess what Lillian accepts the offer because
she doesn t have any better thing to do She needs a separate place she needs money she has to getdoesn t have any better thing to do She needs a separate place she needs money she has to get from her shitty room and her own mother s shitty attitudes but mostly she accepts it because she wants to reunite with her friend and spend time with her But instead of reconnecting with her friend she sees different face of her and realized the facts and dynamics about their long distance friendship some ind of pen friendship and she connects with those uirky but neglected innocent children As soon as they also start to form a deep friendship with her Lillian s life will never be the same because their parents are so adamant to send them to the boarding school for getting them out of their way to follow the political carrier they planned meticulously So Lillian needs to make a big decision which will affect both her life and the children sThe final twist of the book made me smile and entertain a lot Seeing the hypocrisy ambition selfishness of the characters and putting their lives at first made me love Lillian Maybe she seems like a loser without anything she fights for but it doesn t mean she doesn t care anything or she doesn t have enough capacity to discover and develop her skills I liked her and I liked those firefly ids so muchI read
This Story At Onestory at one and I couldn t put it down skipping the meals Thankfully at Christmas day I ate for entire week so it didn t affect me as I expected It s one of the uniue smart interesting moving powerful readings of the year and I absolutely highly recommend itbloginstagramfacebooktwitter edit it s been days and i can t stop thinking about her so i guess it got to me than i thought2am at didn t Nini know shituirky and wholesome story about loneliness family and someids who catch fire literallythe cover is not a metaphor idk if i don t have much else to say bc this didn t leave an impact on me or if it s bc it s currently 2 am but i have no other substantial thoughts about this book it was cute lol i don t I Love My Dad (Disney Princess) knowi need to go to bed This is truly an odd funny poignant book about finding a place and people with whom you belong and how family can spring from the strangest of situationsHow did people protect themselves How did anyoneeep this world from ruining themLillian has always accepted that she won t accomplish much in life For a brief moment in her teenage years however she attended a private high school and befriended Madison a beautiful but uirky rich girl and Lillian started to believe she had potential But Lillian had to leave school in the wake of a scandal and everything went back to the way it used to be And that s the way her life went for a number of years until Madison now the wife of a US senator with greater ambitions summons her with a proposalMadison s young stepchildren have lost their mother and the right thing to do for appearances sake is for them to move home But these children have been raised horribly mistreated all because of one thing they spontaneously combust when they get agitated and flames ignite their skin without harming them Is this something they can control No one has ever really tried to figure it outLillian agrees to serve as the children s governess of sorts and Flight, Vol. 7 keep them out of harm s and the media s way for a while It is expected that Madison s husband will be nomin. Kevin Wilson’s best book yet a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilitiesLillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school But then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal and they’ve barely spoken since Until now when Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her helpMadison’s twin stepkids are mov.