Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Review: Gathering Darkness By: Morgan Rhodes

Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms, #3)Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The wait was worth it!!!!!

The continuation of the Falling Kingdoms Series - Book 3 - one word - Exceptional!!

Okay, we left off with the wedding of Cleo and Magnus, with King Gaius taking over the lands and building a road that his Melenia was telling him to do - in blood, with Jonas being an outlaw, Lucia developing her power and Cleo knowing that her ring has something to do with calming her...

This one has more involvement of The Watchers - enter Alexius, in mortal form. Enter Felix, a mysterious stranger that helps Jonas, with an interesting twist. Enter a Kraeshia Princess Amara, who will stop at nothing to get what she wants which is power, and her brother Prince Ashur, who finds something better in the most unlikely of places. Magnus finds out the truth behind his mother's death, and there is something deeper that seems to be developing between him and Cleo. Nic also plays a deeper role in this book.

I must say, without giving too much away, Lucia begins to develop her power, the stones are hunted. This is a really exciting book, with each character racing to get ahead of the other. The ending if you know where the stones are and who has what - WOW! And the last chapter had me holding my breath and filled with theories. Can't wait for the next.

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Review: The Year I Met You By: Cecelia Ahern

The Year I Met YouThe Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jasmine has been fired and put on gardening leave for a year. A full year to wait to get another job, a full year to do nothing. Nothing that is except watch from her window the neighbor across from her and his downward spiral. Matt, the famous DJ. The one all those years ago she decided to hate. She watches he alcoholic spats, his wife and children leave, she watches until they meet.
It is during the seasons, throughout the year as Jasmine begins to find herself, even through her once detestful neighbor. This is not a 'normal' type of romance or chic lit. This is more the development of the main character, who has to go through stages, ups and downs, even judgements, understand and change the different dynamics she is in, and in some way Matt is the physical embodiment of her internal roller coaster. It is a love story of finding oneself, of growth.
At times I was surprised that Ms. Ahern was the author of something like this novel, normally her style is not like this, although you will find some of the humor and quirk in the pages, it is not the usual. It is good, worth the read, don't go in with preconceived notions.

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Review: Right For A Reason By: Miriam Weaver and Amy Jo Clark

Right for a Reason: Life, Liberty, and a Crapload of Common SenseRight for a Reason: Life, Liberty, and a Crapload of Common Sense by Miriam Weaver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*****This is a First Reads, Thank You Goodreads*****

Miriam Weaver and Amy Jo Clark have been doing a blog "Chicks on the Right" since 2009, they also have a radio show, and a newspaper column - and a fan - me. For years I have read, listened, commented with these amazing women. Do they make you think, discuss, hold a little debate with family, friends, even within yourself - at exactly what it is that you stand for and why - and what is it that you are willing to battle for. Sometimes there is a deeper battle that you need to look at, stop wasting your time with the secondary that has been placed as the fundamental. A house divided will fall. As conservatives, we have to stop playing into the hands of playing against each other, get with a program.
The book touches on some of the important basics that we all should find focus on and not allow the rights of the land only to hold for the few. The First Amendment for one, is for all - not just for the use of liberals. The Second Amendment being attacked looking at objects doing crimes, not the people - what is the root cause. There is a need for personal responsibility (the government is being promoted as a sugar daddy to live off of and is a generational issue), the hypersexualization of role models, rather then finding solutions the promoting of victimhood and race obsession has fractured society. As liberals claim to be feminists, exactly who are the ones calling who the ugly names on social media and in front of the cameras, and in the papers - who is truly empowering who here.
The subjects range, the personal stories are heartfelt, but throughout there is thought provoking commentary asking for just plain old common sense.

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