Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Goddess Fish Blog Tours: Excuse Me my Brains Have Stepped Out By: Pandora Poikilos

Goodreads Summary

Anya Michaels is having the time of her life. She has the man of her dreams by her side. She has graduated at the top of her class. She has the job others were lining up for. Between late night drinks at her favourite bar and fancy dinners at the most expensive restaurants, she has a string of adoring friends.

Everything changes when she hears the dreaded words, "You are sick." Being diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder, her world starts to fall apart, one piece at a time. Now dumped, her four year relationship is nothing but a memory filled with pictures, thoughts and a very broken heart. Her job becomes an even further challenge as she tries to hide her condition. Her friends suddenly have more important things to do, what is a party without a party girl? Perfect could not crumble any faster. Soon, caught between situations, people and pieces of life that she never dreamed of planning for herself, Anya begins to wonder if her brain condition is all that bad. As she absorbs the changes in her life and realization sets in, she begins to wonder if she is the only one saying: Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out.

My Review: 

ReadingNook Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Anya is living a normal life, that is until she finds out she has a rare neurological disorder, that affects not only her vision but her life, with painful spinal taps, and the critisism she recieves from those around her.

This book reads more like an inspirational, memoir, or a "be a better you" self help type book. It was not at all what I thought it was going to be from the description and going into the book, I thought it would be more about Anya's daily struggles with this disease, and about her life, when really it wasn't. I felt like the topics jumped all over the place to from chapter to chapter which left me feeling a bit confused.

That being said I felt like there were a lot of good messages in this book, and I did like some of the advice it give. A lot of it was insightful and good advice for everyone. I was just left confused by the subject matter in the book, and wish it had been more about Anya and her daily struggles, vs. her wanting to point out everything wrong with the world. I didn't get what I had expected from reading this book, but at the same time, I got a lot of good advice and outlooks from this book instead.

Pandora will be issueing a $10 Amazon Giftcard to one random commentor during this tour!! So be sure to leave a comment on this post and the other posts during the tour.

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International best-selling author, Pandora Poikilos has been writing for more than 10 years for various media which include newspapers, radio, television and various websites.


  1. Thank you for your honest review. It does promise to be an interesting read.


  2. I really believe that more stories should be written about the difficulties some people have emotionally and with other type health issues. This sounds very enlightening.

  3. I imagine one of the problems about writing about a really rare condition is having to explain the condition throughout the book. Thanks for the review!


  4. Interesting and thoughtful review, Laura. As a leukemia survivor, I have read a lot of memoirs and fictional accounts of people dealing with health problems/conditions. They can sometimes be scattered--without a clear focus or purpose. Thanks for the insight.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  5. Thank you for hosting me during my recent book tour and for the review. All my best.