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Monday, May 26, 2014

Under the Never Sky - Veronica Rossi - Book Thoughts






This copy was my own paperback. I purchased it myself. 

For a synopsis and more reviews click the link to the Goodreads page: 



* * * My Thoughts * * * 


I am certainly late to the Under the Never Sky bandwagon. It has been sitting on my shelf since it first came out and I am glad that I waited while the hype died down. I have mixed feelings about this novel, so I am going to do my best at sharing my opinion. I can say this though, I enjoyed it enough to order the next book and I cannot wait to see where Veronica takes the story,

When I started this, I went into it as blind as I could. I read the synopsis and it really intrigued me. I feel as though Veronica really executed the premise really well, although in truth I was looking for a little more science fiction then I got. This wasn't enough to deter me from the promise of the fantastic book that Under the Never Sky is. With semi solid world building and a unique concept, I was immersed with the landscape as a character in itself and the effects it had on the world as a whole [especially later on in the book when we meet a certain character. However I would have loved to see more of their home lands and the lands beyond. 

To me it read very character driven, the majority of the novel was about the characters understanding themselves and each other, developing stronger connections and transforming into the people they are at the end of the book. I love it when you can relate to the characters, I became invested in every aspect of their lives; especially the romantic intrigue, that thankfully was slow burning and realistic in this novel. I particularly liked the connection between Perry and Talon, their sub-story is beautifully explored and heartbreaking, while hands down my favourite side character had to be Roar, and I hope to see more of him in the next book. When it came to the two main characters Aria and Perry, I deeply enjoyed their individual battles as well as their battles together. They work so well together, the intriguing pasts that I am guessing are only touched on in this book. 

The dual perspectives was an interesting take. Being a big fan of writing in dual perspectives myself I found it great to be able to see the events from both points of view. It gave me as a reader a wider scope of understanding and enriched the emotional investment of the journey through reading. My main concerns with the book lay with a few scenes in particular that I could have done without, and if you have read the book you probably can guess which one I am talking about. I understood the impact of Arias change, however I felt it was poorly executed and didn't add to the story at all, other than to make Perry a little to creepy with his senses. My other concern was there was parts of the story read too convenient for me. I had a lot of trouble coming to terms with this giant village fortress in the middle of nowhere where everything was provided for them, without much of a back-story as to how it was created and who Marrion truly was.

Overall though I found Under the Never Sky to be engaging, creative, suspenseful and a promising start to the trilogy. It was a little slow in places, but the action scenes had my heart racing. I look forward to more development in the coming books and I cannot wait to see where Veronica takes the story next. I would certainly recommend it for all readers, especially those with an affinity to Dystopia novels with strong character growth, and great mystery. 



♥♥♥♥ ½

Feeling Frisky - In The Barn - Selena Kitt



This story contains adult content: 18 +

For a synopsis of this book and more reviews click the link to the Good Reads page: In the Barn - Selena Kitt

I picked this short piece up to have as my first read on my new kindle. I have a thing of pseudo incest, I am not going to sugar coat that I am a kinky bitch. So going into it I knew what it was going to be about. Although I was rather tempted by the idea of the Devil “actually” being inside the girls body rather than it being subjective. 

None the less once I got into the rhythm of characters natural naivety [although bracing since they are adults] I rather enjoyed the little short story. Not the best thing I have read, but the quotes were beautiful, ones I would write down and collect and Kitt's writing was a great introduction.

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The Fault in Our Stars - Brief Thoughts




I will be going to see the movie when it comes out June 5th. I wanted to share my brief thoughts about The Fault in Our Stars now, and then come back and do a discussion/ Movie Review after I have seen it.


Initial thoughts upon finishing the book

I don't think I need to say anything more than what has already been said about this book. It is a beautiful, heart warming, heart wrenching, emotional roller coaster that will stay in my memory and be a part of my collection for ever. I want to give my book to others to read, yet at the same time it is is ridiculously post it noted, and sacred !! Still I will be getting anyone who doesn't already know about it to read it.

P.S Hazel's parents were breathtaking. 

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Incarnate - Jodi Meadows




This book was my own purchase. It was a paperback of my shelf. 

For all information on Incarnate follow the link on Good Reads : Incarnate - Jodi Meadows

REVIEW

I have a deep fascination with past lives. From doing my own research, reading others and experiencing it myself, there was no way that I was going to pass up reading Incarnate. I was even more excited that a young adult writer had decided to explore the idea, and could not wait to delve into the world Jodi had created in Heart and in its unfolding of Ana and her journey.

Let's start by getting the issues I had with the novel out of the way, they were few, but they did impact my enjoyment of the book at times. 

The first being Ana and her frustrating victim complex. I fully understood where she was coming from, living with her mother as she did and then coming into a town where people viewed her as a victim, or worse like she should be dead, however after the halfway point I wanted to shake her for being so defensive and snappy. Can I say that Ana grew over the coarse of this novel? Yes I can, during the last quarter of the book she really came into her own body and owned who she was, which me happy. I hope she continues to grow as a soul and as a person. 

The second being the romance. Now I love a good romance, and the romance in the story between the two characters was challenging in a fantastic way. I really did enjoy how it came about and their connection. However I did feel a lot of the times that romantic element squandered the possibility for more action growth. There were scenes where I wanted more mystery and growth of the overall arching plot, yet they were watered down by the progressing attraction between Sam and Ana [no surprises there] Does that mean that the relationship was frustrating? No, I found the elements of past life, present time, history and life and death to be interwoven wonderfully together to connect these two in something magical.

My favourite part of the story was the exploration of past lives and how they functioned/ or didn't in the world of Heart and beyond. I didn't have strong expectations for this element of the story, so I wasn't disappointed and after hearing such great things about the book and the premise I knew I would enjoy the interpretation. I found it to be addicting to read about, and how it affected the characters was fantastic. The concept of many lives and the system that was put in place to manage them was fascinating. The overall arc of the affects that it had was heartbreaking, especially from Ana's perspective. There were many moments when I had to stop reading to think about the impact it was going to have on these characters, and many times when my eyes were teary.

Another element that I loved was the unpredictability of the majority of this novel. For me, I thought I knew where something was going and then the novel went someone different and I really enjoy that feeling of not knowing, because it makes the reading a much more unique and enjoyable experience. I still have no idea where the story is going after Incarnate and I do want to get my hands on Asunder as soon as I can, because I do want to know what happens after that insane ending.

Overall my lovely readers, I would recommend picking up this book. Brad from Books YA Reviews talked it up a lot, and I must say that without watching his passionate videos. I might not have picked it up at all. I am so glad I did, and it has so many post-it noted quotes that I cannot wait to re-read it again at some point and enjoy the experience again. If you are looking for something fresh, fascinating, slower burning, but still really thought provoking, then check out Incarnate.

P.S There were a few things that I left out, as I could talk about them for days. Like Sam, the Temple, Music and what it means, and the relationships with other characters. These things I believe are better enjoyed on your own without to much explanation- Enjoy.



♥♥♥♥ ½

Monday, March 31, 2014

Y.A REVIEW: Taken - Erin Bowman




Taken is one of those novels that I would recommend to everyone. I believe the best way to read it is with as little knowledge of the book as possible. I am so glad that I picked it up when I did, it truly was one of those funk breaker books that got me out of my slow reading and pulled me back into my passion. Erin's writing is gripping, a page turner, and Taken was never far from my mind at any point in time. It was one of those novels where you truly cannot bare to be anywhere else, but reading it, yet at the same time you don't want to finish it either.

For this reason I am going to give you five reasons that you must pick up Taken, the first book in what I believe is to be a trilogy. I hope that at least one of these, if not all of these intrigues you enough to pick it up. Enjoy the synopsis. The premise was executed fantastically.

Emotional Turbulence – it had me feeling all the feels. My heart was in a constant panic, then just as I couldn't take it any more the plot turned and my emotions shifted. Time and time again. I was deeply invested.

Engaging political intrigue – Always a lover of rich details and subterfuge, I was twisted through a loop of espionage and intrigue with every turning page.

Riveting Journey – By the time I was half way through the novel it was hard to believe were I had started. With creative story telling, atmospheric settings and heart racing action, the story's growth was believable and provoking from cover to cover.

Ace Pacing -I did not want to stop reading it. Chapter after chapter, I would read pages and pages and didn't want to put it down. The pacing was brilliant. Suspenseful, with quiet moments interspersed between the drama and mystery.

Mali-faceted Characters – Each one was inventive and relatable. I was questioning each one time and time again for so many reasons. I fell in love with Gray and Blaine, yet every character pulled on the heart strings – some in worse ways than others. Erin paints a versatile landscape in the cast, each with their own strong drives and promising back story.

I think by now you can tell this one gets a huge thumbs up from me. This promises to be an addictive start to Erin Bowman's career as a writer and for the following books, and novella's. That I will certainly be picking up.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Granny Chic - Dottie Angel & Ted and Agnes





Synopsis

More than just a how-to guide, granny chic offers inspiration to keen crafters hoping to breathe new life into vintage fabrics and second-hand objects. From handmade notebooks to lace lampshades and pinnies made from tea towels, each of the craft recipes brings the granny chic look to life whilst allowing you to give them your own personal twist. This selection of 20 projects includes spruced-up coat hangers, a dingle dangle door screen, a patched and pieced lampshade and a crocheted tea cosy. In addition to the projects, granny chic offers advice on the granny chic lifestyle, from befriending your local fabric shop to creating a handmade home.






I picked this up on a whim at my local library on a hot day and it really gave me the up and go I needed to start on a few projects. Not only did it inspire me with its delicious photography and easy to achieve projects. There were a lot of projects in it that I can do over and over again, using things that I already own. I do love a good craft book that is packed full of tips, tricks, advice and little snippets of inspiration and the lovely ladies here have created a fantastic book here.

Granny Chic is a lifestyle I resonate with whole heartedly. I am a resourceful woman. I love creating art from second hand bits and pieces and I am obsessed with floral's and bright colours. Vintage trinkets and cute pieces that make my heart sing. I now live with rose coloured glasses on me at all times when on the hunt online or offline or even when just going through my little bits and pieces and the photographs of fabric storage and suitcases gave me a fantastic idea of how to use an old suitcase as a home for all my fabrics and laces.

This is a definite for your collection if you love Granny Chic and photography are a collector of everything and anything and love to try different and easy projects. The only downside for me was the crocheting projects which hold little interest in me. I would recommend this as a pick me up full of vibrancy, cuteness and joy as well as a great tool for finding ways to connect with your creative old soul, and possibly even your partner or kids in doing some of the projects. It is certainly a keeper for me and I will be picking up my own copy.

♥♥♥♥ ½

Two Spiritual Reviews - Return Again & The Courage to be Free


TWO NON-FICTION REVIEWS






Synopsis

We were not born with the persistent negative, self-doubting, self-limiting thoughts and feelings most of us carry around. Those limitations are not part of our "original equipment." In the words of bestselling author and beloved teacher Guy Finley, "When you realize no one else on this earth can be like you... that no other soul may know the beauty, sorrow, light and darkness you alone are given to see, then you will no longer want to be like anyone else on this earth. You will, at last, be the fearless individual your heart of hearts has called you to be.


I picked this up at my local library after a quick flick through. At this moment in my life I am seeking to find myself on an endless life long journey and I am always interested in other people's perspectives on how to live a rich and free like while maintaining our authentic self. Guy presents a myriad of blunt suggestions, refreshing story telling and to the point key steps in which you can implement in your own life to activity be your powerful self.

Much with any book pertaining to spiritual enlightenment and self help I took what resonate with me and discarded the parts that say uncomfortable with me to reconsider and look at, at another time. I believe this is a book that you would need to read a few times to really ingrain his teachings into your mind in a manner that made them automatic. It takes practice and consistent learning to break through the resistance of freedom and I do think guy did a good job at giving those tools, however there were some parts that felt a little to forced for me and other parts where I felt that he was discarding natural human reaction.

Overall it is a book that I would probably buy if I could find it really cheap, but I wouldn't pay full price for it. However I would recommend it for a good read if you are interested in a different perspective of being and expressing your fearless self. It is a quick, thought challenging read.

♥♥♥1/2




Synopsis:

Discover your true purpose in this life, by exploring your past life in this do-it-yourself guide to past life regression.


Lately I have been awakened to the truth of past lives. I find the phenomenal experiences of other people both who have expressed their identity of deceased celebrities and well known world figures to be utterly provoking, stimulating and spiritually intriguing. From as young as Ten that I can recount I have always been drawn to Anne Frank and the time of the holocaust. I have read anything I can get my hands on about the time period and always when I am done with the curiosity of reading I feel a sense of deep sadness. I have flashbacks already, and I know within my heart that while I might not have been Anne Frank I was in that war. I know I am not the only one, and so when I started this journey into learning about Past Lives, not only did it bring amazing people with experience and knowledge into my life, but it is beginning to bring me great documented accounts and teachings that I can gain so much from.

When at my local library I said – I wish I could find a book on Past Lives, literally the next book I pulled out was Return Again – How to do your own Past Life Regression by Georgia Cannon.

This informative and positive guide read more to be like an introduction to Past Lives more than a regression workbook. I would recommend it for those readers who are new to the concept of Past Lives and Interlives as well as those who would like to learn about Soul agreements, Karma, the different kinds of soul mates and the planes of existence. I would also suggest that if you are triggered by the topic of death and reincarnation that you have a support system put in place before you try any of the exercises later on in the book.

I found it to be extensive enough to keep me interested. As someone with a little background and experience in practising the regression, I always love learning different techniques, exercises and reading about other peoples experience in a field that is deeply fascinating. Georgia did a fantastic job at drawing me into her teachings and I could not put this book down. I had to keep reading, learning, relating and appreciating the wealth of knowledge from the experience of reading this book. It has given me a lot to consider and a great tool for taking my own journey into past life regression.

If you are interested in the field or wanting to learn a little more about life, death and spirituality as well as Karma and soul mates I would recommend picking this book up. I am certainly going to be adding it to my own collection and doing the self recorded hypnosis in the near future.

♥♥♥♥ ½


My Passion is Reading

I always aim to have review books out before or on their release date but as many people understand life gets in the way. My passion is reading and I love to share that. I believe reading should be for enjoyment and not stress so if I do request a book you will receive a review as close to the release date as possible.

Thank you to all the support you give as readers, writers and fellow bloggers and Vloggers. You have opened up a new world for me. A world I now call home.