Archive | June 2017

Review: The Bird and the Sword

Title: The Bird and the Sword

Author: Amy Harmon

Date of Publication: May 11th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Swallow, Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, Daughter. Stay alive.

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would trade his soul and lose his son to the sky.

My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.

But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?

My Review:

First off this book is written really well, and the prose just sucks you right in. The main girl, Lark, isn’t able to speak, and when she is taken as prisoner by King Tiras, she discovers that she can speak sort of mind to mind with some people. Also, I like anything with birds!

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I did like the story itself, but I just didn’t connect with the characters as well as I would have liked to. The romance is good… Tiras has a secret of his own that makes the book even more interesting, and the book does end perfectly. I just wasn’t jumping up for joy, but I do recommend picking it up for the beautiful words alone!

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Reading… Writing… Depression… Anxiety…

My whole life has been a battle with myself. You are your own personal best friend because no one can get as deep inside your brain as you can. People may relate to you, but they can never truly know how you feel.

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First, as many may or may not know I suffer from migraines that alone affects my reading that is my one true escape. When I know that pulsating drum beat is beginning to take shape, I want my brain to ultimately be crushed so it ends already. That triggers the depression, but when it stops I am like why did I ever feel that way?

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The back and forth pull in both directions is never ending. I began writing as a way of escape the headaches and my dad passing away. Over the past year, writing has helped tremendously, but then you get to the people that tear apart everything you have built which is all part of the process when you want to succeed. So, I battle again with myself. Do I stop? Do I go on? Am I good enough? Am I that terrible? It’s trash! I’m trash! Screw these people it’s awesome! I’m awesome! Am I?

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Anxiety is another issue that I have had since maybe around seventh grade. I can’t talk to people in person most of the time unless I have known them a long time. It’s all just a mix of awkwardness, and I may come across as rude, but that’s not it at all. If I am in a middle of a crowd anywhere, it’s like shakiness sets in and I’m in a bubble with a loud echo where all the sounds blend together. I just want to scream at the top of my lungs and run out of the room. Since I self published this feeling has only intensified, so I try so hard to rope it back in.

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I’ve been a grown adult for a very long time now, and when I feel these type of emotions it’s overwhelming. Since I’m a mother, I try to keep it all inside and level it out piece by piece. I have to put on a happy face and pretend everything is okay when sometimes it just isn’t. The days that are good are really good, and the days that are bad are the end of everything. This post may be a bunch of crap thrown together, but anyone who suffers from something that affects their daily life, just know you aren’t alone.

 

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Movie Review: Wonder Woman

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IMDB Summary:

Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

 

 

My Review:

So, I am not a fan of any comic book movie I have seen except for X-Men. I didn’t understand Thor except I did like Loki. I had to shut off Captain America, fell asleep during Iron Man, no to all Spider Man’s, etc. etc. etc. I take that back, I do like most of the Batman movies even the George Clooney one, even though he wasn’t my favorite Batman. My daughter wanted to see Wonder Woman, and I had to admit the trailer looked pretty good.

My number one complaint here is why does she have to walk around like a model the whole time? I get it, the actress was a model in real life, but when she is walking out on the battlefield with her perfectly shampooed hair all swaying with the wind and the model expression going on. Why?????????????? I mean couldn’t she at least have sweat or dirt or something? All the other women on the island looked like actual warriors! Especially the lady from Princess Bride! Other than that ridiculousness, I really liked it.

I loved the beginning with all the fierce women on the island and their awesome fighting moves. I need all those skills for myself. The dynamic between Chris Pine and Gal Gadot was pretty good, even though the romance was kind of off since Wonder Woman seems so robotic at times, but that’s just her awesome personality.

The ending was A+, and I even got a little choked up over a certain scene. If you like comic book movies already, you will probably love this one. If you hate comic book movies, check this one out because if I enjoyed it, you might too!

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Have you seen Wonder Woman yet?

 

 

My London Trip!

Our 2017 summer vacation this year was London, England. I was pretty excited!

First stop was Stonehenge!

 

Second stop was Legoland. This was for my daughter. I absolutely hate pretty much all theme parks. I hate standing in lines because all it does is make me feel claustrophobic. Needles to say… she loved it! I did, however, love the miniature version of the city that was build entirely out of legos! Amazing!

 

Drove around the city some!

 

Next stop was Bodiam Castle which was my favorite! This castle had me at moat. I also need that barn owl!

 

The British Library is A+. I scored my one and only souvenir because hey it’s Mr. Darcy. I am not a big souvenir fan at all!

 

Next stop was to check out the actual Harry Potter film set. Again for my daughter, but it was freaking great!

 

Overall, minus the traffic, it was thoroughly awesome! I am already ready for our next family vacation next year!

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Where are you going this summer?

My Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Hearts Are Like Balloons

  1. Today is the cover reveal for Hearts are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover is designed by Jenny Zemanek from Seedlings Online.

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By Candace Robinson
Genre: Contemporary
Age category: upper Young Adult
Release Date: June 30, 2017

Blurb:
May Falkner’s past two years have been a rough road. When her father suddenly passes away, May needs to find a job to help out her mom and regain some control over her life. Working at the bookstore helps her heal, laugh, and hope again. It also leads her to cross paths with Nico Evitts, who begins as just a co-worker, but becomes so much more

When it all becomes perfect, because there is no perfect, life steps in to prove once again that it all can crash down harder than before. This is a story about finding yourself, love, and the things in life that are still here.

Hearts are like balloons. Sometimes they inflate… Sometimes they deflate…

You can find Hearts are Like Balloons on Goodreads

Pre-order your copy of Hearts are Like Balloons for only $0.99 on Amazon

Candace RobinsonAbout the Author:
Candace Robinson is just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. Her days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books. She live just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! She resides with her husband and daughter.

You can find and contact Candace here:
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Review: Death and Night

Title: Death and Night

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Date of Publication: May 2nd, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

An exclusive Star-Touched novella over 100 pages long!

Before The Star-Touched Queen there was only Death and Night.

He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.

My Review:

I love love love Roshani’s writing. I liked A Crown of Wishes a lot more than The Star-Touched Queen, but I really wanted to read this prequel to TSTQ. It pretty much entails how Maya (Night) meets Amar (Death).

The writing is exquisite and captures my soul into its beautiful pages. There was also some humor with Gupta and Death. Gupta is one of my favorite characters, and I feel like he needs his own book! The meetings between Death and Night had me feeling butterflies, and I need more!

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“She tasted like the edge of imagination, like the shadows of a new idea, which chases away your thoughts and leaves you lost in dreams.”

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Review: The Beautiful Ones

Title: The Beautiful Ones

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Date of Publication: October 24th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society in hopes of landing a suitable husband. But Antonina is telekinetic, and strange events in her past have made her the subject of malicious gossip and hardly a sought-after bride. Now, under the tutelage of her cousin’s wife, she is finally ready to shed the past and learn the proper ways of society.

But Antonina, who prefers her family’s country home to the glamorous ballrooms of the wealthy, finds it increasingly difficult to conform to society’s ideals for women, especially when she falls under the spell of the dazzling telekinetic performer Hector Auvray. As their romance blossoms, and he teaches her how to hone and control her telekinetic gift, she can’t help but feel a marriage proposal is imminent.

Little does Antonina know that Hector and those closest to her are hiding a devastating secret that will crush her world and force her to confront who she really is and what she’s willing to sacrifice.

My Review:

So, I really loved this one. It had a slow pace that was very character driven, but I never found myself bored with it at all. I was really interested in the characters throughout. There are three POV’s which include Hector, Antonina, and Valerie.

Valerie was a real piece of work, and I truly hated her throughout the book. Hector at first was just so melancholy with his love (obsession) over Valerie. This guy had been pining away for this woman for ten years even though she had married someone else more for status. I wanted to shake him—-HARD.

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Antonina was my favorite character because she was just so cool, she was interested in different types of bugs, and maybe that is the nerdy side of me kicking in, but it was great! I never quite knew how the story was going to play out with betrayal going on, misunderstandings happening and heartbreak occurring. Overall, I definitely recommend this one.

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What do you think of the cover?