Saturday, November 30, 2013
The temperature seemed even hotter than before as we pushed the trolleys back the same way to collect my belongings. My feet dragged as if I were wading through golden syrup with a ball and chain attached to each of my legs. I tried to imagine that we were trudging through some endless desert somewhere, but it obviously was not a desert, it was a main road lined with P30 parking signs, and the shopping trolleys were probably marginally easier to push along the footpath than through the sand. They did seem to have a life of their own, though.
Friday, November 29, 2013
The Last Bastion of the Living
Maria was dozing lightly when Dwayne crawled into bed with her. The fans around the bed hummed softly, and her body was cool beneath the thin sheets. As Dwayne’s naked body stretched out next to hers, she rolled over and kissed him.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Leia lives on an island where children, who reaches the age of 10, are separated from their parents and live on their own. They don't rely on anyone but themselves. They live on the minor with the other children to learn how to survive. Leaving and interacting with their parents is not an option; they could only do so when they get married or leave the minor.
In the minor, Saul is their leader. He follows and teaches what is written in the Book to everybody. However, it seems that Saul is not teaching them everything in the book and are keeping secrets himself. Is there really another world or life outside the walls? Is there another way of living other than the life they have? Leia may have been living in a world full of lies but will she be willing to let everything she knew and believe in go despite the circumstances?
This is my very first novella series. I'm not really into novellas. Most of the novellas I read is only a short installment to a series. I was a bit uneasy with this experience because most of the novellas I read are a disappointment. They just ruin the series for you. You'll think that the author is scamming you for writing something that is totally useless and letting you buy it because you won't really get the next book if you don't. However, this book isn't like that.
The flow of the story was really good. It was great actually. This is just like your normal book compacted into a novella. The events are well connected. Though, the story progressed way too fast but it's understandable considering it's a novella. Also, the thing about the plot is that you could easily see the ending or what's going to happen. In other words, it was quite predictable.
The author used Star Wars as her basis for the story. I don't really know anything about Star Wars so it was fine with me. Although, I think I'm missing some connections. I don't recommend this to Star Wars fans because if it was me, I would be so pissed with what the author did, taking up parts of series and using it for my own story. Again, I don't know anything about it so totally fine.
On the other hand, character-wise I didn't really see any improvement or drastic change because it was way too short. Favorite characters. None, as well, because I didn't really get the much time with the characters.
Over all, fine. If you want to read something short and has some sense to it, this book is good for you.
I would like to thank Jen Minkman for providing me a copy of the book for this review.
Walt lives in Hope Harbor, where they believe that Annabelle, their goddess, would come back for them to bring them salvation. They've waited patiently for the goddess, building ships and going to temples everyday. They are also taught to fear the Unbelievers beyond the wall.
Walt has been questioning his faith. He believes that he is becoming an Unbeliever. After the death of his friend, it seems that not everything that they are taught is true, about Annabelle & the Unbelievers. It is up to Walt to find the truth and give himself peace & happiness.
This novella is technically a mirror plot to the first novella. When the first book was about Leia, this one is about Walt. The first half of the book is basically about Hope Harbor and their belief while the second half is about Leia. Nothing much changed, really. You just get some insights about how Walt's people live and how he thinks.
I think this book is way better than the first one. First of all, the plot was way better than the Star Wars thing. I like this because it somehow reflects our religion & society, where corruption is present. How the head of churches use their powers to their advantage. How some believe blindly without really knowing about their religion first. Second, I think this book is well written. I think the lines were less cheesy or corny and the plot was smooth flowing. The story didn't really jump from one stone to another. You could see the improvement in both content and writing skill.
On the other hand, in the first book, there was no character improvement but now there are some changes and improvements in Walt. You could see how he struggled with himself and found the answer he was looking for.
I still think that the series is fine but you just get tired of reading the other novella, when you've read the first one. If you're really interested in Walt, this is the book for you.
I would still like to thank Jen Minkman for providing me a copy for this review.
Rating: 3.5 (This is way better than the first one but I just can't give it a 4)
The Waves Excerpt
THE FIRST memory I have of my grandfather is of a moment that we share together.
I’m sitting on his knee looking out over the harbor. Grandpa is smoking a pipe. He points at the horizon. “Look, Walt. Our ships are out there. And one day, another even more beautiful ship will appear at the horizon. A mighty ship to take us all away.”
The Island Excerpt
WHEN I step out of my bedroom door, mother and father are waiting for me in the hallway.
The clothes I’m wearing feel uncomfortable. They’re grown-up clothes: rough-textured and of practical cut. Made to last for a long time.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
"A sugar daddy can make your money woes disappear overnight. But for sugar babies, life is like a chocolate covered time bomb: sweet on the outside, deadly on the inside.
Young, beautiful, and hungry, Maire, Esme and Niki want what every woman wants: love, work, safe shelter, the bills paid off, a diamond-studded Rolex, and a two-bedroom condo with an ocean view. Working as sugar babies seems to be the only way to make this happen. But the sugar life is more dangerous than they thought.
Maire O’Rourke is too hot to handle herself properly. She tends to wear too tight clothes and too much make-up, but she’s got more than sex on her mind. She’s already landed one of the richest sugar daddies in Coconut City, a tropical paradise boasting more lonely men per multimillion dollar estate than just about anywhere else.
Sweet Esme Grant is a buxom blonde with a rough and tumble lover she’s left behind somewhere in hill country. She’s come to Coconut City in order to find herself a sugar daddy, a rich older man willing to fund her, along with her hometown boyfriend and their Mayberry-gone-bad dreams.
Niki Stephanopoulos, a dark, iconoclastic artist enrolled in a teaching certification program at Coconut College, struggles with depression fueled by guilt. She is embarrassed by her dependence on her family for the money she needs to survive. But she feels even worse after sleeping with her sexy, much older landlord when she’s short the rent.
Welcome to the secret lives of sugar babies. On the first day of the month, Maire, Esme and Niki struggle with overdue bills and sexy beaus. Readers can join them as they figure out ways to pay the rent, make decent love to indecent men, and stay upright on the rough road to happiness. Sugar Babies is a modern-day romance, a blue martini with a nasty twist. An intoxicating mystery steeped in social satire, the story of Esme, Niki and Maire is an all-American morality tale.
Three beautiful young women: place your order now."
I seriously didn't know what I was getting myself into when I joined this tour. I just signed up and waited for the author to give me a copy of the book, without reading the synopsis. Before actually reading the book, I read the synopsis. I was seriously shocked; the plot is way out of my comfort zone. I was stunned that someone would actually write something about sugar daddies, mommies & babies. Given the plot, I was a bit reluctant to read the story and just wanted to back out from the tour. However, I thought, "What the heck. I should just try and give it a chance, maybe it's good. Also, I signed up for this so I need to see this through." I'm actually quite contented that I pushed through with this book.
Monday, November 25, 2013
The final battle has come. A lot more illegal demons are going through the Mortal Realm. It seems Dougal has been getting impatient and is deep trouble. The council needs to put a stop to the demon outbreak before it gets out of hand. However, the people who could give them information are turning up dead. They need to find a way to lure out Dougal to the Mortal Realm to kill him and stop his plans.
Other than the demons, Brian, Morgan and Lugh need to get used to each other if they are going to be with each other. However, it seems that Brian is having a hard time with this.
This is a great book for the finale. I seriously love it. The events were seriously intriguing. This is the final stage of Morgan's development. She is not shitty anymore.
After exorcising the son of one of the most powerful man and him ending up dead, Morgan Kingsley is suspended by the Exorcism Board. She is living with ramen noodles & cheap coffee. Someone is out to ruin her life. She is receiving death threats & severed body parts.
Dead bodies are showing up leading to Morgan, leaving her in the hot seat with the police. It seems that the person after Morgan will not stop until everything she holds dear is gone from her.
I really like this book. It's the best book yet in the series. Though, this book doesn't really have a connection to Lugh's problem, it's still a great story. This mainly tackles Morgan's internal struggles, meaning her trust issues. Finally! The author is focusing on the relationship problems.