Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton *Review*

Oh action.  The eternal thrill of the chase, the ever guessing of who will pull the trigger first, the heroes, the villains, the battles.  You know when you read a book and know there will be action scenes, but you read about 300 pages before anything really happens.  Not that thats bad because I am a huge fan of story development.  But Alwyn Hamilton has a way of developing the story while making each and every page a page turner.  I am not kidding when I say there wasn’t a boring page in this book.  There was always something going on and something to keep me entertained and focused, fantasy, magical beings, fights, and so on.  However, even though it kept me going there were a few negatives such as connection to the romantic relationship between Amani and Jin and the feeling of confusion about the world and legends when they were placed into the story at times.  Despite the negatives though, I enjoyed this fast paced journey beginning to end and I also loved the female empowerment this book boasted!

“The world makes things for each place. Fish for the sea, Rocs for the mountain skies, and girls with sun in their skin and perfect aim for a desert that doesn’t let weakness live.”
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My Life with Depression

I’ve been sitting here for two hours. Perched in front of my front windows on top of one of my kitchen barstool chairs. The windows are open and the cool breeze from this gloomy day causes me to wrap up in a blanket. It’s one of those days where if it’s not down pouring it’s misting, as if the world is determined to keep everything wet for the entire day. I love it. I love the smell of rain on asphalt, the pitter-patter of raindrops falling from the roof onto the leaves of the bushes.   I love the way everything looks a bit gray and for once I know the world is meant to be gray and it isn’t just my depression fogging my vision. It’s like rainy days were meant for those with depression, to make them feel comfortable and know the world can cry with you and you aren’t alone. One of my favorite quotes is “sometimes you need to cry out all your tears to make room for a heart full of smiles.” Well I think some days the earth just needs to cry too, to let the sunny days be that much more beautiful.

I’m sipping from my favorite mug, painted with leaves and a giant pumpkin depicting my favorite time of year, Fall. And as I type tears are streaking down my face. Slowly but surely they hit the keyboard and for the life of me I can’t understand why I’m crying. What is wrong with me that these tears occur so randomly that half the time I don’t know that I am crying? Why am I not just happy all the time? Well I suppose the answer is simple and yet not simple all at the same time. I’ve been suffering from severe depression since I was in 7th grade. I’ve probably been suffering from it my whole life, but it wasn’t diagnosed until then. For the longest time after I was diagnosed even my parents were unsure of just what depression was. I’d constantly get the “why are you so sad,” “cheer up it’ll be fine,” “you have a great life there is nothing to be upset about,” etc and so forth. Well how do I explain something that is so much deeper than just sadness, something that isn’t a common cold that will pass in a few days, something that affects you every single day even if you’re smiling and seemingly happy? I have read so many pieces on living with depression and it’s explained so well. But now trying to talk about my life with it, how do I explain so others can understand, relate, or learn? I suppose I’ll start from where it got so bad that I almost lost my life.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes *Review*

4.5/5 stars

I find all too much lately that insta-romances are in every romance book on the shelf.  To find a book that was about so much more than just an intense physical attraction or the standard boy likes girl/girl likes boy but they can’t be together for the whole book because of no reason what so ever and then end up together, is so refreshing.  I enjoyed this book beginning to end simply because the pace was well laid out and no “I love you’s” were rushed.  The character development was gradual and let you connect with the characters and feel how they felt every step of the way.  The fact that this book was so well put together and Jojo Moyes made you connect so deeply with the characters is what makes the ending that much harder.  I cried, not ugly cried as the book is a bit predictable and I sort of got ready for it, but I did cry and was left thinking long after I closed the book.  I also have to say I watched the trailer for the upcoming movie and I think they did a spot on job casting wise and I’m very excited to see it!

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The Bad Seed by Michael Lackey *Review*

*I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review*

Let me start off by saying that I really admire self published authors putting out their first work.  Not to say I don’t admire all authors, but I think there is something a bit more scary in doing it all on your own.  I can’t imagine doing that myself so I really give authors, like Michael Lackey, a lot of credit.  His first book to me is a cross between Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, but for a bit younger audience.  It was a fun adventure and I found myself enjoying it, however there were also quite a few things I didn’t enjoy.  The world Michael created was really magical and the journey was exciting, but there was a lot that could have been taken out, reworded, added, etc to make the overall story flow a bit better.

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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster *Review*

I have a love/hate relationship with rereading books from my childhood.  I say this because I love revisiting the books that totally swept me away and made an impression on me as a kid, but I hate that feeling of nostalgia.  I want to be a kid again where I can fully immerse myself in the world contained in the pages and visualize it so clearly only in the way the imagination of child can do.  Being older I still visualize the worlds and I still enjoy the journey but its always that tiny bit different.  No matter my desires to be a kid again this book is just as amazing as I remember it, if not filled with many more lessons that I didn’t really understand as a kid but that are still as applicable to me today as they were in second grade.  Like enjoying the beauty in the world around us, opening our eyes to more than whats right in front of us, listening to the world and seeing the color in the sounds.  Understanding words and how to use them, and the power of numbers, and the great trouble of anger and malice and know it alls and assumptions.  From visiting Expectations to the foothills of Confusion and swimming from the island of Conclusions and listening through the Valley of Sound and so many more amazing places, this book kept me laughing and learning every step of the way.

“‘You must never feel badly about making mistakes,” explained Reason quietly, “as long as you take the trouble to learn from them.  For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.'”

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