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Friday, 19 January 2018

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Book Thursday: Dragon School: Initiate by Sarah K L Wilson [Review]

Magic comes to Dragon School. Can it be trusted? 

With First Flight behind her, sixteen-year-old Amel believes she can finally settle into her studies and learn to be a Dragon Rider. 

But when a friend is brutally injured, another has a dark secret, and Amel is entrusted with a vital message, she must question where her loyalties lie. Worse, Magikas have arrived at Dragon School and they bring both change and new prejudice against Amel. 

With the home Amel found at Dragon School quickly disappearing, will she know who to trust or will her new friendships disappear as quickly as her safety? 

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My thoughts


Dragon School: Initiate

Well hello second book of action packed punches.

In this read - which is far too short, I need more answers - the world is fleshed out much more with magic beyond that we see at the school shows up. It's great seeing Amel find her feet around the school and with those who keep on doubting she'll make it. Her growing relationships with those around her is great to see. Not to forget that while she can dither on making a decision when needed she can be decisive and get things done.

It's another enjoyable four stars for this read from me.

*I'm a lucky fish and received an ARC of this*

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The power of music



I was introduced to The Cranberries, well Zombie specifically by the older daughter of friends of my parents. She changed the way I saw music, and the world. From it I learnt that the world was so much more, and bigger,  than my ugly family bubble. That anger could lead to something beautiful and powerful. And that, that power could change the world.

I find it fitting that the words that best describe the loss of Dolores O'Riordan comes from another musician we lost, Chester Bennington [who wrote the song for the loss of Chris Cornell]

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone's time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We're quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

Friday, 12 January 2018

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Book Thursday: Dragon School: First Flight by Sarah K L Wilson [Review]

Join Dragon School. Learn to Fly. 

Sixteen-year-old Amel arrived at Dragon School just like everyone else – with a dream to ride dragons and join the Dominion Dragon Riders.

But Amel has a crippled leg and Dragon School training is grueling. Before she can even become an initiate, she must complete her First Flight on a dragon. 

Can Amel survive First Flight and become a Dragon School initiate or will her dreams dash on the rocks below?

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My thoughts


Dragon School: First Flight
This was an enjoyable taster of a fascinating world. I really enjoyed the pace of it, the protagonist, and the other cast of characters. It's a really quick read that grabs you from start to finish.

It's a four star read for me.

There are two things that stopped this from being a five star read: I didn't enjoy that the school despite the attention made to it not mattering who you were before with all being equal as a dragon rider, this was not done with the dragon selection. I understand that it shows the other factors at play, but it would have been great if Amel wasn't the last to pick her dragon. Another quibble is about the dragons, if her chosen one was so special why how did he make it to last pick?

*I'm a lucky fish who got given an ARC of the book*

Monday, 8 January 2018

You contain multitudes

Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan on Unsplash

You contain multitudes.

Your issue/thought/concern X matters because you matter - the right people will understand this.

Your multitudes mean that you can see and care about the state of the world, all of it's ugh and ugly and tear inducing horrors...all while being annoyed by bad coffee. 

You matter.

But while you matter it does not mean that you can treat anyone like they and their concerns matter less than you and your concerns. There is no scale of who matters and who doesn't - find people who understand this.

Find people who understand that while they have BIG things going on, it doesn't mean your things aren't BIG too.

Treat and care as you desire to be treated and cared about.

You matter.

You contain multitudes.

There has never been, there is not now, and there will never be someone like you.

You are multitudes.


Thursday, 4 January 2018

Book Thursday: Modern Persuasion by Sara Marks [Review]

Modern PersuasionModern Persuasion (21st Century Austen #1)
by Sara Marks
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb:

Which would you pick: the person you love or your own dreams?

What would you do if given a second chance at that decision?

Eight years ago Emma Shaw picked her career and family over the man she loved, Fredrick Wentworth. Since then she has built a career in publishing and spends her free time making sure her father and sisters are taken care of. Fredrick has spent the same years building his career as a screenwriter under increasing public scrutiny as a celebrity. When the editor of Fredrick’s first book is injured, Emma is forced to travel with Fredrick on his book tour.

Tension builds for the two former lovers over the course of the tour. Emma and Fredrick must face their emotional baggage and their misunderstanding about how their break-up impacted the other. Will they be able to find their way back together for a second chance at love? 

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My thoughts

For the most this was an enjoyable read, but there were some moments of pacing that just didn't work for me. I enjoyed the ways in which the characters grappled with their emotions, each other and the situation. I was not a fan of the way everyone in Fredrick's life loved her - it just felt forced. I am a fan of the use of messaging within the novel.

His half in agony, half in hope "letter" had some rare moments of insight into Fredrick's perspectives of some moments, but ultimately it felt like a recap of everything I had just read...a waste of space, and part of the pacing issue.

If you're thinking this is because it's a re-telling of a loved Austen, it's not. Persuasion is the one Austen I haven't read - I do though know the general gist of it, and the way in which it was used in other books and a movie. It's actually because I haven't read Persuasion that I thought I could give this book a whirl - I'm cautious around re-tellings.

*I'm a lucky fish and got a given a copy of the book.*

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Transformation - my word for 2018

Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash
Let me specify, positive transformation that it :p The word for the year thing works better for me than resolutions. The goals I want to achieve are all related to my self transformation. So here are my goals in no particular order.

  • Create more, consume less/with more purpose. This will be done with 3 blog posts a week, more colouring in, less mindless scrolling and reading, reading more nonfiction. Creating more also means writing an article or two from my thesis.
  • Have fewer moments of feeling not enough/not good enough/that I don't belong. This means more therapy, more reflection and tons of interior work. It also works with my keep on learning, focus on the visual studies plan for this year, keep on doing duolingo, and PhD dreams.
  • Feel less hate towards my body. This means I need to treat it better, do exercise, watch my portions, treat it with care.
Do you have a word for the year? Goals?

Monday, 1 January 2018

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Book Thursday: Will by Christine Bernard

A book by a local author - yay for Saffa's :D

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Blurb


No power comes without a price! A supernatural thriller that will make you wonder, "What would I have done?"

What would you do if you stumbled across a magic eight ball with all the answers? Would you ask it for lottery numbers? Would you ask about the love of your life? That’s what thirty-six-year-old Will Pearce did. However, nothing good comes without a price. Will learns that with the good, comes the bad. How much is Will prepared to pay for the answers that he seeks?

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My thoughts

A dark and twisty 4 star read.


I'm starting to wonder if Christine Bernard just doesn't like people ;) Her poor, poor characters are always being tortured. They're given a taste of the good life, and then bam...she pulls the rug out from under them.

I enjoyed this story more than Unravel. And it's far more dark and twisty. So worth the read.

*I'm a lucky fish and on the author's ARC team*

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