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Safe and Sound

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This is absolutely perfect for renters and DIY'ers alike! I have been following Mercury for awhile on TikTok and enjoy her videos and they are SUPER informative! This is such a great book and the illustrations are great! I would def recommend to anyone who has someone coming out of college and needing a quick/easy repair guide!

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I loved this book so much. I loved the emotional resets at the end of each chapter, the compassion for renters that might not have known otherwise and gotten stuck in a difficult situation, and the straightforward way Mercury describes concepts. Mercury walks through each repair in a super easy to understand way and I am seriously so thankful that she wrote this book because as a renter, I have already been able to use some of the tips Mercury talks about in my home.

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I got a chance to view a copy early and it’s such a great book - for renters and homeowners alike! Especially love the tone and how accessible all the information is. Mercury does a wonderful job of helping readers feel empowered to tackle projects in their homes and offers compassionate advice and support along the way. The book is filled with QR codes to all sorts of great videos - pep talks, how-to demonstrations, and more, making you feel like Mercury is right there beside you cheering you on. The book covers so much - advice around apartment hunting, how to create a basic toolkit, lots of common issues and ways to repair them, info about personal safety, tenant rights, and includes so many other great resources. The book itself is also really well designed with colorful illustrations, fun text, and easy to follow steps. Great resource to have on hand and makes an awesome gift for a friend - highly recommend pre-ordering a copy for yourself today!

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This book is a great resource for renters. Mercury does a wonderful job at breaking down how to fix various issues around your home with simple instructions and very helpful illustrations. Additionally, she also provides some extremely helpful information on renting, such as what to look for, red flags, rental laws, and rental contracts. This was an extremely helpful book and I can’t wait to get my hands on the physical book because I know it will be a resource I use in the future.

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Safe and Sound is a brilliant and much needed book on home repair for renters, but it could be equally useful for homeowners who need a helping hand too. Mercury Stardust is a ray of sunshine and her book is such a wonderful gift to people looking for solutions to problems they could fix if they only knew how. Like she often says, “You’re worth the time it takes to learn a new skill.” And armed with this book, readers can.

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This is a lovely book and I am so glad to have had the chance to read it early. This book is so helpful and respectful. Mercury is a damn treasure!

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Mercury is a beacon of light in a world full of darkness, and her wit and gentle presence is something the world needs now more than ever. I leapt at the opportunity to read this book and while it’s pretty straight forward what you’d expect from a self help book, Mercury’s personality shines through and wraps you up in a warm hug the whole way through. Where other books of this nature feels like cash grabs, Mercury’s genuine care about your safe toy and knowledge is prevalent throughout. A must have for any renter or any Mercury fan

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I'm so in love with Mercury Stardust tiktoks that I was excited to see that she was getting a book. I loved the book and the concept,

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This is a great resource for renters, but even if you own a home it could be useful. Newbies in home repair can gain confidence to take care of things themselves. It has instructions, renting/moving advice, & even bits of mental health support sprinkled in. It has a nice layout. Mercury's wonderful personality shines through in her videos & it expands into this book. I need a physical copy in my life!

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Dropped everything to read this when I got the approval email from Netgalley.

What a lovely how to go guide for all things home/rental repair. I definitely want a physical copy to reference when I encounter some of these things that arise int house. I loved the way this was written with care and easy explanations and the diagrams are so helpful.

Loved.

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Mercury Stardust is such a bright light and this book is reflective of that. It takes something as intimidating as home improvements and repairs and then breaks it all down in such a calming, easy to understand kind of way. I absolutely adore how she includes "Emotional Resets" at the end of each section. She easily identified the feelings you might be experiencing and shares some personal insights about her own struggles and what helped her through that. For instance, in a section that talks about washers and dryers and other luxury home appliance items, she talks about her being homeless for a time and the complexity that came with being a handyperson while seeing everyone else's "stuff" that they had in their life. And how easy it was to be tempted to compare what they possessed and what she didn't have at the time. She wanted the people who didn't have those items in their home to know that she sees them and understands. I found that absolutely touching and beautiful in a how-to home repair book.

I have a house but know absolutely nothing about home repairs or improvements. This book, along with the QR codes that she provides was everything that you'd be hoping for.

Oh and the artwork was fantastic.

Overall, I can't say one thing I'd change about this publication. Mercury and the whole team behind this release simply nailed it.

Thank you to NetGalley and DK publishing for allowing me to receive this E-ARC so that I may share my honest feedback and review.

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This is THE guide for renters! Mercury does an incredible job explaining the financial and technical skills we need to have in order to rent safely and affordably. She has drawn out how-to guides for complex issues and she gives thorough explanations on how to diagnose and solve everything else.

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“Safe and Sound: A Renter’s Guide to Home Repair” is a thorough and easy to understand guide for anyone just starting out with their own place. It covers everything from the tools you should have in your toolbox to basic plumbing and electrical to how to cover those pesky nail holes you tapped into the wall to hang that favorite poster.

I had seen a number of Mercury Stardust’s videos online and was excited to see that she created a whole book on home repair. This guide is perfect. The pages are well designed and easy to read. Directions are easy to understand. Illustrations are simple, but clear. Perhaps the best part is the words of encouragement readers can access via QR codes spread throughout the book. As someone who is nervous about ANY kind of home repair, the reminder to breathe and the option to hear words of encouragement are amazing features.

This book would be great for any renter or new homeowner. “Safe and Sound” is a fantastic gift for young adults who are getting their first place, even if they are moving into a dorm room.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book provided by NetGalley and the publisher, DK. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I adore Mercury. Get this book if you’re a renter or first time homeowner. It’s excellent, lots of great tips and supports. Ok, now we’re done with that part. Can we stop with being such dicks to trans people? Can that stop being trendy or popular or whatever? Because just stop. Mercury is a beam of light and joy in this world, she radiates helpful and caring. Can we just acknowledge how great she is? Get. This. Book.

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Mercury Stardust is the greatest for putting this book out! I've followed her for a while on TikTok so when I saw she was putting out this book I knew I had to check it out. She gears this towards apartment renting but I own a home and I think it's great for homeowners too! Knowledge is such a great thing to have when you are living on your own.

Some of the things covered are what to look for in an apartment, what to do when you first get into your apartment, different repairs in all aspects of your home (sinks, toilets, etc), what kind of tools you'll need and what you don't need, things you'll need for safety and security, even for when you ultimately move out of your apartment.

I loved everything about this- including the artwork throughout! Thank you Mercury for putting this book out there! Thank you Netgalley and DK for the advance reader copy for my honest review!

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