Poetry: Messages From The Sky

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Messages From The Sky

Shooting star

A meteor

Particles breaking free from a comet

Shooting across the sky

Burning when entering earths atmosphere

Stirring fear and faith

Omens or signs from deities

Lights reminding us we are not alone

Messages to be interpreted in ways

We see fit

The sky

Sending us exactly what we need

A reminder of faith

A warning of change

The universe communicating on a primal level

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Book Review: Beautiful Redemption

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Ethan Wate always dreamed of leaving the stifling Southern town of Gatlin.

But he never dreamt that finding love with Lena Duchannes would drive him away. Lena is a Caster girl whose supernatural powers unveiled a secretive and cursed side of Gatlin, so powerful it forced him to make a terrible sacrifice.

Now Ethan must find a way to return to Lena – and Gatlin – as she vows to do whatever it takes to get him back. Even if it means trusting old enemies or risking their loved ones’ lives.

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Can Ethan and Lena rewrite their fate and their spellbinding love story in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series?

Wow. What an amazing read. 464 pages filled with love, loss, darkness & hope. This novel was a perfect ending to a series that captivated readers across the world,

 This series was beautifully written and each entry was equally compelling.  We have grown to love the characters as if they were our own friends and family.  The last novel in a series is bittersweet; it is great to see how everything ties together, but it is heart wrenching to know the fictional universe you have grown to love has met its end.

Beautiful Redemption went out with a bang, there is not a thing I would change about the way this series ended.  It was a perfect contrast of light and dark, just as the rest of the series has been.  The ending embraced the idea that for light to take over, sacrifices must be made.

Perfect ending. Goodbye Gaitlin County, it has been a real treat.

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Book Review: The Girl in 6e By Alessandra Torre


The Girl in 6E by A.R Torre
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Published: May 16th 2014

1600108_10152164384975908_207743490_nI haven’t touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it’s not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.

I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.

They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide… my lust for blood, my love of death.

Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets… one is bound to escape.

What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl’s life depending on you venturing into society?

Enter a world of lies, thrills, fears, and all desires, in this original thriller from A. R. Torre.

Initial thoughts? Wow…

This is a very sexually charged story, but not a romance. Bear with me, and that statement will make sense. ” ” Is the oddest protagonist I’ve encountered.

She makes a living by performing sexual acts on webcams for online chats. If that wasn’t weird enough, she never, ever leaves her appointment. Each night she had a business acquaintance (one of her doctor clients on the sex site prescribes her pain killers for her to trade with an addict in exchange for favors) these favors include disposing of trash, and each night locking her in her apartment.

Cue the mention of Dexter on the cover. This lovely lady wants to kill. She dreams of murder. She fantasizes about crushing the life out of others; she can’t let it happen again, so she remains locked up.

What a unique and twisted story. I admit I was a bit uncomfortable with the graphic sex content, but the mystery and the unique storyline kept me in for the long haul and I am surely not disappointed.

I have read hundreds of books, and this story is in a complete league of it’s own. Very refreshing to find such an original idea.

Thank you Hachette Book Group Canada for the review copy.

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Book Review: Anomaly by Michael Gilwood

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Published: December 19th 2013 by KG Books

1600108_10152164384975908_207743490_nWhen two-hundred year old human remains are found on one of Neptune’s moons, Earth’s history falls into chaos. The momentous discovery points planet earth towards a solar system a thousand light years away.

Twenty years later, Captain Philip Wakefield and his team on-board the starship Excelsior, reach the solar system of Mintaka and continue the investigation but they are not the only thing evolving in the galaxy. Something frightening has them in its sights. Their discovery of the very cradle of humankind becomes a struggle for interstellar survival.1600167_10152164384800908_58508561_nThis was one CRAZY story!

Crazy in the best way possible. I loved the blending of science fiction and fantasy. I finished this book in one sitting because I couldn’t possibly sleep without knowing what the conclusion would be.

The ending? Surprising, but not infuriating like some ‘shocking’ endings.

At times I felt like I was skipping between an episode of Supernatural and a Star Trek film. Being compared to these two is by all means a compliment. I loved the world created in this novel. Everything was detailed to perfection. From sights to sounds, the reader lives the experience with the protagonist.

 

The prose was tight and compelling. I am not usually a fan of sci-fi because I find the writing to be too blah blah blah and blah blah. Otherwise known as wordy. Gilwood get’s straight to the point and therefore the story flows brilliantly.

Definitely recommend this gem of a book to mature readers of all genres.Michael GilwoodConnect With Michael: http://stevewoodenpoets.wix.com/books

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Book Review: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

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By Lauren DeStefano

Release Date: October 1st 201317339244

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On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 15-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan’s older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.

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Yessss!

Another Lauren DeStefano series is FABULOUS news for YA readers. The cover is stunning. After reading the synopsis, I knew I would love this book. So, it was no surprise I did!

Morgan is the perfect protagonist. I absolutely love her voice; she is someone I can truly stand behind. As always with a DeStefano book, her stories make me inquisitive, I ask myself: hmm, I wonder what other worlds are possible.

Each chapter opens with the world of a girl whom was murdered, possibly for having such words.

The world of Internment in theory is a beautiful. A world in the skies. Higher than where birds soar. In lieu of Christmas is the month long Festival of the Stars. This festival is fantastic. I think Western traditions should adopt this idea.

There is group called Jumpers; whom were driven to the edge, like a siren song the edge called to them to come see what was below internment. The mystery and sadness surrounding jumpers is intriguing.

The idea that all members of society are betrothed was quite different. Everyone has a partner, and it is their duty to care for them. If their mate dies, they live alone until they are 75. At 75, all people of Internment are deemed useless and are removed from the world to let the young generation blossom.

Very cool and unique ideas. I cannot wait to read the rest of this trilogy.

Thank you, Simon and Schuster Canada for the review copy.

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Book Review: The Only Child by Andrew Pyper

The Only Child by Andrew Pyper

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Published: May 23rd 2017 by Simon & Schuster

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The #1 internationally bestselling author of The Demonologist radically reimagines the origins of gothic literature’s founding masterpieces—Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula—in a contemporary novel driven by relentless suspense and surprising emotion. This is the story of a man who may be the world’s one real-life monster, and the only woman who has a chance of finding him.

As a forensic psychiatrist at New York’s leading institution of its kind, Dr. Lily Dominick has evaluated the mental states of some of the country’s most dangerous psychotics. But the strangely compelling client she interviewed today—a man with no name, accused of the most twisted crime—struck her as somehow different from the others, despite the two impossible claims he made.

First, that he is more than two hundred years old and personally inspired Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Bram Stoker in creating the three novels of the nineteenth century that define the monstrous in the modern imagination. Second, that he’s Lily’s father. To discover the truth—behind her client, her mother’s death, herself—Dr. Dominick must embark on a journey that will threaten her career, her sanity, and ultimately her life.

Fusing the page-turning tension of a first-rate thriller with a provocative take on where thrillers come from, The Only Child will keep you up until its last unforgettable revelation.

ReviewPyper NEVER disappoints. Each time I finish one of his works, I think, wow, nothing will ever top this- then the next release does. Pyper has a way of crafting worlds. The settings jump off the pages and scurry into the readers surroundings. No longer am I in a quiet world reading, I am transported right into the action of his stories. From Alaska, to dismal psychiatry hospitals, there is never a dull moment.

I have mixed feelings about our protagonist. At times I am rooting for her, at other times I want to shake sense into her. She is deeply flawed, which adds to her allure and intrigue. If the character leading the journey had been a cookie-cutter of society’s view of perfection, the story would not have been as captivating.

Pyper has such haunting descriptions. Delicate, dark and even beautiful at times. His signature style of prose is peppered with gorgeous, gothic language. Imagine if Pyper were able to team up with the great, late Radcliffe?

Gothic horror is a tricky style that not many authors truly ‘get’. Pyper has revamped the classic genre and brought new vitality to the fundamentals of terror.

Amazing read. So PROUD that Andrew Pyper is a fellow Canadian. Go, CanLit!

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Book Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E.Smith

The Geography of You and Me – Jennifer E. Smith

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Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and — finally — a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.17735600

Published: April 15th 2014

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Contemporary is very hit or miss with me. It is definitely not my favourite genre, but somehow Jennifer E. Smith makes me feel like it is my favourite whenever I read her stories. She has a signature style of writing, which I utterly and absolutely adore. She crafts believable worlds and brilliant characters.

The Geography of You and Me takes the readers on a trip across the world. From New York to Paris, California to London. I loved the details described in each location; it actually felt like I was transported from snowy Alberta to balmy California.

For reasons unknown, really, I don’t know why—I envisioned Owen as Joseph Gordon Levitt. Throughout the entire story that is exactly who I pictured. JGL in all his glory. Owen was such a dynamic character. I find often that in YA books the male interest is usually dull, or exceptionally (to the point of being annoying) flawed. Owen had a colourful past, but wasn’t damaged beyond repair. He quite frankly was perfect.

Lucy is a postcard collector. Her parents travel the world without her, in return she receives postcards from all the exotic places they visit. Lucy and Owen take it upon themselves to use postcards as their method of communication. Postcards and hand written correspondence is unheard of in the age of technology. I found it so romantic and beautiful that our two protagonists stuck with these old fashioned methods of communications. It was so artistic, moving and beautiful.

Yes, the chances of being trapped in an elevator with someone and falling in love is unlikely, but we are all dreamers. A great story is like a good dream. It takes away from our world and enthralls us. That is what E.Smith’s writing is: a dream-like, compelling and poignant story of love and the beauty of life.

My favourite work of hers yet. Simply put, this is a happy book. It makes you smile, it makes you laugh, every positive emotion is triggered by E.Smith’s words.

Thank you, HBG for the review copy.

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