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Friday, March 06, 2015

Review: When We Collide

When We Collide by A.L. Jackson
My Copy: eBook, 239 pages
Publication Date: August, 2012
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Source: Author

William has spent six years running from his past and the last eight months trying to rid his mind of the dreams that increasingly haunt his nights. Trapped in a world of false ambitions and feigned affections, William knows he’s reached a breaking point and something’s going to give.

Maggie had lived her entire life without hope until one man showed her what it meant to be loved. He’d been her light in a lifetime of darkness. Six years ago, that darkness stole him away. Without him, she’s surrendered herself to an existence she doesn’t know how to escape.

When the family William left behind is struck by tragedy, he is called back to the one place he’s sworn to never return to again. 

In a moment that will change his life forever, William comes face to face with the girl who, with one look, captured his heart. He is unable to ignore the buried desires and the hope for the future they’d once believed they’d have. 

Now William is ready to fight to take back what had been stolen from him six years before.
But he never imagined what that fight might cost him. 

A.L. Jackson gives you an intimate look into the lives of a family bound by an unseen connection in this new contemporary romance. 

I feel like the genre Contemporary Romance gives people the impression of something light and fluffy and full of romantic gushiness. Those are the first labels most people think of when they hear Contemporary Romance. However, sometimes there is more to it than that. Sometimes it is nothing like that.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Awkward Breaks in Dialogue

You know those awkward sentences where the speaker begins the dialogue with (usually) one word, then the narrator cuts in before the speaker is able to finish his/her sentence?  This is a huge pet peeve of mine while reading. It completely jars me out of the reading zone whenever I come across this style of writing. I can't stand dialogue that is broken up by the narrator. Do you know what I mean? 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hits Stores Tomorrow Review: Finding Jake

Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon
My Copy: ARC eBook, 217 pages
Publication Date: February 24, 2015 (Tomorrow!)
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

A heart-wrenching yet ultimately uplifting story of psychological suspense in which a parent is forced to confront what he does—and does not—know about his teenage son, in the vein of Reconstructing Amelia, Defending Jacob, and We Need to Talk about Kevin.

While his successful wife goes off to her law office each day, Simon Connolly takes care of their kids, Jake and Laney. Now that they are in high school, the angst-ridden father should feel more relaxed, but he doesn't. He’s seen the statistics, read the headlines. And now, his darkest fear is coming true. There has been a shooting at school. 

Simon races to the rendezvous point, where he’s forced to wait. Do they know who did it? How many victims were there? Why did this happen? One by one, parents are led out of the room to reunite with their children. Their numbers dwindle, until Simon is alone.

As his worst nightmare unfolds, and Jake is the only child missing, Simon begins to obsess over the past, searching for answers, for hope, for the memory of the boy he raised, for mistakes he must have made, for the reason everything came to this. Where is Jake? What happened in those final moments? Is it possible he doesn’t really know his son? Or he knows him better than he thought?

Brilliantly paced, Finding Jake explores these questions in a tense and emotionally wrenching narrative. Harrowing and heartbreaking, surprisingly healing and redemptive, Finding Jake is a story of faith and conviction, strength, courage, and love that will leave readers questioning their own lives, and those they think they know.

This was a good book. Not the greatest, but not bad by any means.

Friday, February 20, 2015

DNF: Unwind

DNF Explanation for Unwind by Neal Shusterman

How far I got: 28%

Keep in mind throughout reading my DNF explanation that I am merely basing my opinions on the
first 28% of the book.

I found this book to have an unrealistic concept. I don't believe that parents would raise a child for 13-18 years only to have them "unwound," which is just their way of saying "killed" for the purposes of donating organs to others. This just doesn't seem plausible to me.

The story starts off throwing the reader right into the action. Unfortunately, this doesn't leave much room for development of the story or the characters.

The world building isn't the greatest. We don't really know much about the past or the war or how they came to the conclusion in the end that this "unwinding" idea is a better option than abortion. So, did anyone really win the war that was fought over abortion? It seems to me that the two sides must have settled to come to a compromise of sorts: no more abortion, but you can kill kids between the ages of 13 and 18 as long as their organs are donated to those in need? This way, at least it's not a complete waste? Oh, and we will brain wash people into thinking that we're not really killing the person, but each stays alive through his/her organs, just...separated. So, am I to assume this is how it went and there was no true winner of the war?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My Nails This Week - Icons

This week, my nails were inspired by the book cover of Icons by Margaret Stohl!  I was reading it and I thought the cover design might look cool as a nail design.  What do you think?

I would like to try to do this more often.  I mean, I love books, my blog is all about books, and I love playing around with nail designs.  Why not merge the two?!

Any ideas for other book covers that might look good as a nail design (I may have to modify the design a bit, of course)??

What do you think of this design?  Let me know in the comments what you think, link me up to your own, or suggest a design for me to try!

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