Throwback Thursday Review: Tairen Soul by C.L. Wilson

Queen of Song and Souls (Tairen Soul, #4)Queen of Song and Souls by C.L. Wilson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can safely say that I’ve become addicted to the Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson. I have been devouring these books like there’s no tomorrow. The Winter King was the first book by Wilson I read and from there I discovered the Tairen Soul series, which I haven’t been able to put down. Wilson delivers just the right amount of romance, royal court intrigue, action and magic to weave an incredible story about a woman who rises out of a small loving life to embrace a power that will either save the people she loves or destroy everything she holds dear.
I’m onto the next and final book of the Tairen Soul series but I don’t want it to end!

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Throwback Thursday Review: In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks

In Bed with a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy, #1)In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’re looking for a period romance featuring a sexy Highlander, then this is a great book! I zoomed through this book in a day! A satisfying story,  it featuring great chemistry between the two main characters. Paired with solid writing, the pace produces an urge to finish the story asap. After finishing this book I found out it’s part of a trilogy and it left me wanting more. I look forward to reading the next book!

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Throwback Thursday Review: Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey

Dragonswood (Wilde Island Chronicles, #2)Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting YA book that hooked me with the mention of dragons. I enjoyed the characters, especially Tess and Bash but would have liked to see the author go deeper into their characters. While reading I felt the author only touched the surface of the characters and could have fleshed them out more and in doing so would have made this a solid unforgettable YA book.

I really do recommend this book if you’re looking for a quick fantastical YA read. This book only took me six hours to get through.

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Throwback Thursday Review: Lux Series by Jennifer Armentrout

Opposition (Lux, #5)Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout blew my mind! I stumbled across the series on a Friday with intentions of only reading the first page to see if it’s something I’d put on my tbr list. By Monday morning I had read the entire series and spent the weekend in my pajamas, overdosed on coffee. Halfway through the first book I thought, “this is Roswell meets Twilight but better.” By the second book, I knew I had to finish Katy and Daemons story! There was no putting down these books until I finished and I am so glad that I did.
Armentrout delivers a fascinating story with great character development where the girl doesn’t straight away fall for the hot alien next door. In the Lux series you never know who’s going to stay alive and that just adds to the mystery behind the Luxens and the secret government branch that keeps them in check.
A great series to check out and easy to read, I recommend to everyone!

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Throwback Thursday Review: Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis

Wedding GirlWedding Girl by Stacey Ballis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great chic lit book with mouth-watering recipes! This is a light chic lit book that’s a fast read and best for a rainy Sunday. I liked the pace of the book, but felt left out of the main characters thought process sometimes because of the authors writing style.

There were one or two events in the book where the reader could have gotten a closer look into Sophie’s character if it were written out and not explained in past tense. This would’ve developed Sophie more, made her more tangible and closer to the reader.

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Throwback Thursday Review: The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott

The Shattered Court (The Four Arts, #1)The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved reading The Shattered Court! This book has been on my to-read list and I finally picked it up during my last trip to the library. For some reason I thought this was a YA novel, so at first the description didn’t have me as excited as if it wasn’t a YA novel. I’m just glad I picked this book up!

I have to say I loved the characters and the dynamic between Sophia and Cameron. The only thing I wish this book had is a map! Seriously, a map would have helped when reading about Anglion, the traveling that takes place and Illvya. Keeping a mental map while reading about these different places, especially with the type of travel done, is not the best. I think a map would have also helped with the world building in this novel. We don’t get to see much of this world that M.J. Scott has created and that sucks. Whether the world building just wasn’t the greatest or Scott did this intentionally to make the reader just as ignorant of the world outside Anglion as the characters, I don’t know. In my opinion, I hope it’s the latter. I will be following this series and can’t wait for book 2!

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13 Ways of Looking at a Hero

Throwing it back to when i wrote this parody of thirteen ways of looking at a black bird by wallace stevens for class

I

Among twenty muscled superheros

the only one moving

was Kal-El of Krypton.

II

I was of three persons

like Superman

who lived three lives.

III

The intergalactic traveler grew into a man.

It was a small part of a larger journey.

IV

Clark Kent and Superman

are one.

Clark Kent, Superman and Kal-El

are one.

V

I do not know which to prefer

the beauty of what can be

or the beauty of what is,

The black glasses after

or just before.

VI

Kal-El filled the phone booth

with red, blue flashes.

The flashed of Clark Kent

working lat night.

The costume

of suits before and after

an unveiling of true self.

VII

I know Hero

and inescapable dwellings of past

but I know too

That Kal-El has

influenced what I know.

IX

When Kal-El took flight

it marked the end

of one of many dark paths.

X

At the sight of Kal-El

flying in a red, blue blur

even the fast paced reporter

would cry out sharply.

XI

He rode over Metropolis

in a yellow taxi cab.

Once he walked into a street

in that he mistook

the flash of color

for Kal-El.

XII

The blue kryptonite is near.

The son of Jor-El must be weak.

XIII

It was quiet all night.

It was spinning.

And the Daily Planet globe would continue to spin.

Kal-El stood

In the black sky.

 

Halloween Part 2

I could feel the crisp breeze between my fingers, could smell the heavy dose of chocolate floating in the air and taste the bitter fear in my throat.

“Are you alright my dear?” I remember an old woman asking.

I nodded, wishing the old woman would leave and smiled politely while praying that my sister would find me. Hesitating only a second, she did just that, carrying two orange pumpkins full of candy and leaving me with my eye patch. Not a second later the silence crept along my skin expanding the tight ball of fear between my lungs. I remember the fear. I remember breathing in and out until my sister found my hand. I remember she slid her gloved hand into mine, twining her long fingers with my short ones. I remember I grasped that hand so tightly I never wanted to let go again.

Halloween Part 1

On the cold night of October 31st, I wore an eye patch. I don’t remember how old I was this specific Halloween, but I remember the sensation of wearing an eye patch, only seeing out of one eye. Holding my sister’s hand, we made our way across the neighborhood in search of candy. As a child you have no sense of fear, at least not until it’s right in your face.

I had no fear until the warmth of my sister’s hand disappeared and I was left alone standing between a group of older children. I know now that I shouldn’t have been as afraid as I was. I had gotten separated from my mom, dad and sister before. But if you’ve ever worn an eye patch it dulls one sense and you become aware of the others. I could hear the laughter of children down the street, the skipping of feet and haughty laughs of plastic demons. False demons never seemed more frightening.

Snapshot

Capture this moment. Right now.

You can start, but you can’t finish

You need variations in color from Cobalt to Orange.

Layout below the sunset in the warm grass.

Slip your fingers through the air.

Jump into the pond and take a sip.

 

Caress the Dahlia’s petals, the black ones too.

Dip your finger into the sunset and dream.

Carry that dream like a soft summer

Breeze. Don’t think, just dream and

Capture this moment like a

Snapshot.