Thursday, 30 October 2014

Nightmare Before Christmas NOTD

Morning!

Today's post is going to be a bit different than the usual reviews because I always like adding snippets of something new, and I have more interests than reading alone! So here we have a Nails of the Day post. The design is based off that character Jack, from the movie the Nightmare Before Christmas. I tried to capture his pinstripe suit and face in my nails. Here's the character:

 
And here are my results!

 
 
How do you think I did?

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Olivia-Savannah x

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

You Had Me At Hello (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: You Had Me At Hello
Author:  Mhairi McFarlane

Publisher:  Avon/Harper Collins
Published Date:  6th December 2012
Rating: 5 stars


*Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy for review*

Synopsis: What happens when the one that got away comes back? Find out in this sparkling debut from Mhairi McFarlane.

‘Think of the great duos of history. We're just like them.’
‘You mean like Kylie and Jason? Torvill and Dean? Sonny and Cher?’
‘I think you’ve missed the point, Rachel.’


Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.

They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

Hilarious, heartbreaking and everything in between, you’ll be hooked from their first ‘hello’.

Review: This was just too cute. I don’t usually read books that are simply romance, but this one was definitely pleasing.

At first it was a bit hard for me to enjoy reading this. Throughout the book there are a lot of references to other things and people, and if you don’t know who/what they are, you’re missing out on some of the conversation. There was a lot of this in the beginning, but it gradually eased to less and less and I was able to enjoy the book more.

Throughout this book there are a lot of romance problems. Firstly, Rachel was engaged, but then her marriage breaks off. At the same time as this happens, Ben, an old time friend of hers pops back up again, happily married to his wife (called Olivia!) and happy to be friends with her again. The only problem is that Rachel ends up fighting her feelings for her best friend and a married man…

I loved the characters. Rachel was a good friend to her mates (who also have their own issues in the books and are very strong for secondary characters) and also a woman who had a lot of conflicting internal emotions. She was grappling with what is right and wrong when it comes to her feelings towards Ben, and also struggling with the troubles a job as a lawyer can throw at her. As well as trying to get over her ex-fiancée, this book also throws some other concepts at you. Security in appearance, friendships and being a family. I loved seeing her deal with each one, and there were definitely some life lessons in there as well.

Ben was a great romantic interest and also a fun character. Looking at his past he has been with a lot of women, but he was always a loyal friend to Rachel. He’s sarcastic, quick witty and loves a good joke. I thought he was a worthy romantic interest.

McFarlane also did a great job with showing us flashbacks at good times. We get to see the past of Ben and Rachel all the way from when they said their first hello’s, hence the title. But we jump from past to present, and sometimes the past unlocks a little plot twist for the story in the present, which was done expertly well. It was just another element to the story I loved!

This was a great book, and I really can’t wait to try another fun and light hearted book by this author. Schoolwork stopped me from finishing this in one sitting, but every spare moment was spent reading this until it was complete!
 
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Olivia-Savannah x
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Saturday, 25 October 2014

The Guardian (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: The Guardian
Author: Lydia Rodriguez-Clement
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Published Date: April 3rd 2014
Rating: 3.5 stars

 *Thank you to the author for sending me a copy for review*

Synopsis: THE GUARDIAN is a story about how Sarah's spiritual beliefs are reaffirmed when the existence of Angels and Demons are horrifically revealed. Never had she dreamt that her mundane life would be caught in not only a struggle to stay alive in this clash of worlds, but also in a sadistic plan by the Dark Angels to lure Jacob, her own Guardian, to fall.

Review: The Guardian is a book about an angel who falls in love with a human being. As well as that, the thoughts of want and jealousy could cause Jacob, the angel to fall and become a fallen angel. At the same time the Fallen Angels are stirring again, preparing for a large attack. Jacob and his band of angels prepare to fend off the coming attack, and yet, will Sarah, a human he has fallen for become a distraction?

What I liked about this story was the idea of the angel. I haven’t read many books that include angels and this one had a unique view of them. The abilities that they had made them stronger, older and were interesting to see gradually released to us.

This book promises a clean romance, and that is what we get! I am happy to read books like this, but then I found the romance to be a little bit too clean. Sarah is over twenty years old and yet when there is a guy in her room the door needs to be open, and also when she visits Jacob’s flat unattended she then has to see the priest afterwards. I found this to be a crazy amount of supervision, and I will admit it put me off a bit.


As for the plot, it was very well done! There were some moments where it got a bit slow, but otherwise the action was good and the final fight was brilliant! The book ends on a huge cliffhanger so I really hope Lydia writes the sequel quickly so I can keep reading more of their story!

I have decided to rate this book 3.5 stars and would recommend this book for all those who like angels in their stories, clean romances and a bit of action too.
 
Author Bio: Lydia Rodriguez-Clement, a native Texan, grew up in the beautiful city of San Antonio where this story takes place, and where she attended a local college and university. It was in high school, however, where she was told she had a flare for writing, and decided many years later to persue this noble art. She has been married for 19 years, and has five children and two dogs. Her family life keeps her very busy, but after surviving Leukemia with the help of God, family and friends, she followed her life long dream to continue writing.

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Olivia-Savannah x
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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Burning Bright by Sophie Mckenzie

Hey there!

Title: Burning Bright (Book #2 in River & Flynn series)
Author:  Sophie McKenzie
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Published Date:  January 3rd 2013
Rating: 4 stars


I wanted to tell you about these two books in an awesome romance trilogy I love reading. The first book is called ‘Falling Fast’ by Sophie Mckenzie, and the second (the one I just read) is called ‘Burning Bright’. It’s a romance series, and definitely a chick-lit.

The series follows River and Flynn. River is smitten when she first sets her eyes on Flynn in the first book while he acts Romeo in a school play. But Flynn has a rough past and has trouble dealing with things in the present because of it. Will this drive a wedge between Flynn and River, or will they be able to deal with it together?

I loved River’s character. She has something that I’m sure any female teenager can relate to. Whether it’s a problem in her love life, insecurities about her appearance or the general image of a lady, or trusting her friends, River has the problem. She’s a girl who follows her heart and is always struggling to see the difference between right and wrong, because in real life it’s not as easy as some people think it looks. And that is what I love about her as a character. She’s always trying, and never giving up on people, no matter how many times she’s been let down.
 

I think Sophie McKenzie is an underrated author and should definitely be more well-known than she is! Which is why I hope to review a lot more of her books. So, go try this out! Any teenage girls or chick-lit lovers should charge straight for it. It has an awesome story, and the second book also deals a lot with controlling anger. I have yet to read the third myself though. I would give book one four out of five stars. I loved it.

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Olivia-Savannah Roach x
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Sedich (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Sedich
Author: R. Ann Humphries
Publisher: 29 Palms Publishing
Published Date: 23rd May 2014
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis: Rilan Crendu is a slave. Laboring alongside the rest of his conquered race, he lives his life at the whims of his Regiment overlords. But when a secret society captures him and leads him to touch the Sedich – a centuries-old stone imbued with the power of the Creator – Rilan becomes not only a rebel, but the rebel leader.

Able to control fire with his hands, Rilan attracts the attention of the Sovereign - the bloodthirsty leader of the Regiment - whose sole focus is bringing Rilan down. Joined by soldiers, civilians, and slaves from across Lusiartha, Rilan must learn how to command and lead those he once had to obey, and he must do so quickly. For if the Sovereign succeeds and Rilan falls, Lusiartha’s last chance for freedom falls with him.

Review: I have to say this was a fairly good read! What I liked so much about the plot was that it was a dystopian that I haven’t quite seen before. This seems like something people would like if they enjoyed the Hunger Games, but this time we have a male voice in the lead role and the group of people are brought into the city to go to school – yet are treated horribly.

I thought the characters were believable and realistic, and Humphries doesn’t spare you emotions. When it comes to stories like this there will be characters you like who have to die or sacrifice themselves for the team, which made this book incredibly sad at some points. I thought it was also a way to show that I had connected with these characters as well. I would think that Aobren is my favourite character, because she’s someone who thinks about her choices and decisions, and weighs the consequences carefully beforehand. I would like think I was someone like that too.

The setting was described perfectly, especially at the beginning when we are on a certain island and there is a celebration going on. It was lovely to hear the descriptions of the tin whistle, so well  done that I could imagine being there.

The one thing that this book lacked for me was the pacing. It seemed slow in some parts, intense in others, and the ending seemed to whizz by too quickly. I think if the author had managed to smoothen things out a bit more than the book would’ve been more face paced the entire way through.

I would recommend this to all dystopian lovers! 


 
Author Bio: R. Ann Humphries is a lifelong science fiction and fantasy addict. Unable to find a portal to Narnia in her closet, she started inventing her own fantasy worlds and storylines. She graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a BA in Creative Writing. She lives in western North Carolina with her two weenie dogs, Smith and Wesson.

Humphries was introduced to the world of science fiction and fantasy by her father, who made her sit down and watch every episode of the original Star Trek series at a young, impressionable age. Hopelessly hooked from that point on, she moved through dozens of sci-fi/fantasy television shows, books, movies, and video games like a true addict. While the entertaining, escapist side of such stories is obvious, Humphries believes there's a truly valuable side to far fetched and whimsical stories, one that allows readers to examine themselves and humanity through nontraditional and unfamiliar lenses.

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Olivia’s Question: If you could have any super power, which would it be?

Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Poetry Love - Dead Poets Society 4/5

Welcome!

I hope you have been enjoying our weekly posts about life lessons we can gather from the Dead Poets Society movie. Last weekend we were talking about perspective, but this week I would like to talk about why we write poetry.

 
I think the movie sums this up pretty much itself which is why I have included it’s quote here. I write poetry myself, and I know it’s a way or releasing my emotions, giving a little bit of myself to the words so that people can know my thoughts and opinions, or sometimes just to create a new form of beauty. (If the writing goes well, that is :P)

I have included some lovely quotes from poems! I hope you enjoy them, and feel inspired to try your hand in poetry as well ;) I haven't written much for this post, but these words speak for themselves.
 
 
 
 

 
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Olivia-Savannah x
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Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Seven Deadly Sins Tag!

Hello everyone!

I would like to thank the wonderful and ever gracious Morrighan @ Elysian Fields for tagging me! All you have to do is answer the questions... so here we go!

1.) Greed: What is the most expensive book in your library, and what is the most inexpensive?
I don't really have an expensive book or anything, I haven't even bought my own school textbooks yet, so I can't say those! I would have to say my hardcovers of some of Roald Dahl's books in Dutch. He was always a favourite author of mine, and has inspired me to write fiction for children.

As for inexpensive, it is those free books I get for review! One of which arrived yesterday, called The Canary Room... so expect a review of that soon!

2.) Wrath: Which author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Hm, this is a tricky question! I think it would be Ally Condie. I raced through her Matched series like no one else could, loving them, all except the last one which took me a while to read. A few days later I finally realized how boring those books actually were, and how slow paced and not that great at all! She has recently released a new book called Atlantia, and I don't know whether or not I should read it...

3.) Gluttony: What book have you deliciously devoured over and over again, with no remorse whatsoever?
Oh, so many books I could say! I have never read all of the Mortal Instruments again, but I do pick it up every now and again and read my favourite chapters. But my final answer would have to be the Gone series by Michael Grant and Twilight!

I have read the first book in the Twilight series 5 times, and the second one 2, because I always promise myself I will read through them all again, but never get to do it because there is something else I have to read. I never get bored of them, and really will reread the series sometime!

As for the Gone series, the first book is one I read THREE times in a row with NO book in between. That means I read Gone, and then read it again, and then again, before moving on to another book. Yes, I was abroad with nothing else to read, but I absolutely loved it and wished I had the sequel there with me!

4.) Sloth: What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I really really want to read this... sometime. I have easy access to it but for some reason I am never bothered to pick it up :3

5.) Pride: What book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader?
Any of the classics I have read! That could be 12 Years a Slave, Mansfield Park or Jane Eyre. Along the lines of that...

6.) Lust: What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?
Hm, this is a difficult question for me because I am not into all those steamy reads that some people do read. And I don't find characters like Gale or Four to be the hottest characters ever either! I am all for someone loyal, funny or practical. Which means someone like Edilio from Gone or Reed from the Legacy.

7.) Envy: What books would you most like to receive as a gift?
I would probably most want to receive Snow Like Ashes because it has recently been released and looks awesome, or Cinder by Melissa Meyer because it has been on my TBR list the longest!
 
I will be tagging these lovely people!
Auggie @ Auggie Talk
Suzy @ Suzy Turner
The Misses @ Fangirling Misses
 
 
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Olivia-Savannah x
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

A Cry from the Deep (Blog Tour & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: A Cry from the Deep
Author: Diana Stevan
Publisher: Self-published
Published Date: October 15th 2014
Rating: 4 stars

*Thank you to the author for sending me a copy for review*

When I picked this book up I was not sure what to think. I am not a scuba diver at all – even though I loved swimming. So I wasn’t sure how to approach this. But it turned out to be a beautiful book that I loved and flew right through.
Is it fate that we meet the right one? How do we know? And when we die, is it over?A Cry From The Deep - a story of a love so powerful it spans several lifetimes.  
When Catherine Fitzgerald, an underwater photographer, buys an antique Claddagh ring, she is troubled by nightmares that set her on a path to fulfill a promise of love made centuries before. As she begins to unravel the mystery of the woman who haunts her dreams, she has to come to grips with her own struggle to find true love. Will it be her ex, psychiatrist Richard Egan, who still loves her, or Daniel Costello, the handsome but unavailable marine archaeologist on the dive team?
Set in Provence, Manhattan, and Ireland, this romantic mystery exposes not only two women’s longings, but also the beauty of the deep, where buried treasures tempt salvagers to break the law. 

This book had a beautiful balance between descriptions, characters and romance. I have never been to Ireland but from the beautiful description of setting I feel as if I have been! It also dug into history quite a bit with a mystery from the past waiting to be solved, and the Claddagh ring. On top of that, there is a mention of reincarnation and psychic happenings. I recently read a book called The Bridge Of Deaths, and I couldn’t like it as much because of that theme running through the book. However, I thought it worked well for this story and wasn’t overdone at all, which made me able to sail through it.

Catherine was a lovely character. She cared a lot for her daughter and her farm, but she also misses the busy life. She is interested in history and mystery, and loves to admire the beauty in life. Yes, she is torn between choosing the guy she wants, who happens to already be taken, or returning to her ex-husband. As well as trying to solve a mystery, catch a criminal and take great underwater photos, she is also busy chasing after her heart. I loved her loyalty and determination. Occasionally her mind would leap to erotic thoughts out of nowhere, which I found a bit out of character, but otherwise she was brilliant!

The romance was twisted enough for us to never know which she might end up with or where it was going, and never too steamy that it became erotic. But it was sweet and there, and written very well. I loved reading it. The relationships between the characters is what made this such a fab read.

I recommend this to everyone who loves a good romance, good character relationships and a beautiful setting. I have rated it a 4/5 stars! I can’t wait to read more of Diana Stevan’s books.

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Diana Stevan took many detours to get to the writing phase of her life.
After marrying at 19, she received a Bachelor of Science in Home
Economics and a Master of Social Work, both with honors, from the
University of Manitoba. She moved to B.C. in 1979 with her husband and two children. As a clinical social worker, Diana spent over twenty-five years in the field, working in a variety of settings—psychiatric, child guidance, cancer agency, and private practice.
 
She’s also worked as a teacher, professional model, actress and a
sports writer-broadcaster for CBC television. Writing has been her passion, even though it was relegated to the back seat while her children were young. She’s published fitness and travel articles for newspapers, poetry in the U.K. journal DREAMCATCHER and a short story in ESCAPE, an anthology published by Peregrin.

Diana has traveled widely and uses her experience to color her stories.
A CRY FROM THE DEEP is her debut novel. She now lives with her
husband on Vancouver Island, in beautiful British Columbia. You can
visit her at www.dianastevan.com

Olivia’s Question: Have you ever been scuba diving or swimming in the ocean? What was your experience like?

Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Sisterhood of the World Tag!

Morning! 

I've been nominated by the wonderful Jennie over at A Bookworm Called Jennie! Thanks for the tag!
Let's begin!
Like all other tags and blogger award, there are a few rules:

1) Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their site
2) Post the award's logo on your blog
3) Answer the 10 questions you've been asked
4) Nominate 10 bloggers
5) Set 10 new questions for your nominees
 


Jennie's Questions!

1) What is a genre you rarely read by wish you did?
 
I rarely read mystery and detective novels, and I wish I read more of them!
 
2) Do you prefer to read lots of books at once or just one at a time?
 
I prefer reading one book at a time, but now that I have a book blog I end up reading approximately three at a time so that I can meet some of those request deadlines, and still do leisure reading!
 
3) Hardback, Paperback or Ebooks?
 
I love paperbacks most of all! I do end up reading a lot of ebooks though, because they are much cheaper!
 
4) If you could be one character in a novel for a day, who would you be?
 
Oh, this is definitely a tricky one! There are so many worlds I would love to go in. I rhink I would be Annabeth from Percy Jackson so I could have him as my boyfriend so that I could experience all the Greek mythology adventures for myself!
 
5) What do you like eating when you read?
 
I don't usually eat as I read because my mum doesn't like me doing so xD But I do have a cup of tea and maybe some chocolate digestives along with it.
 
6) When you read, do you do it in silence or listen to music and if so what songs are on your playlist?
 
Silence! I end up drowning out the music with my focus on the novel if there is any background music/noise anyway.
 
7) What was your first blog post/book review?
 
I posted 12 blog posts before I wrote my first book review, because I wasn't quite sure what I wanted this blog to specialize in. But the first review was of Allegiant.
 
8) Where is your favourite place to read?

In or on my bed. In fact, my bed is my favourite place to chill :P
 
9) What's your opinion on love triangles?

At first I was against them, but then I read a few books where it just seemed to work very well, like The Legacy, and now I am open minded. They can work, sometimes they don't, it's not the idea of love triangles but how well they are executed that matters.
 
10) Do you have any autographed books? If so which ones?

I only have one! I haven't been to many book signings, and the one I do have is The Fountain of the Earth by H. L. Le Roy.

I nominate:
Diane @ Fictionzeal
Tanja and Glass @ I'm a Reader, and you?
 
And whoever is reading this!
 
 

My Questions!
 
1) What is one of your favourite authors?
2) Ebooks, Paperback or Hardcover?
3) What is your favourite genre and why?
4) Why/when did you start your blog?
5) Why/when did you start to love reading?
6) If you could enter a fictional world for a day, which would it be?
7) Who would be your fictional boyfriend?
8) What is your opinion about love triangles?
9) If you could only read series or standalone books for the rest of your life, which would it be?
10) What is your favourite book blog to follow (Not your own, guys xD) and why?
 
 
Olivia's Question: Can you answer one of the above?
 
Olivia-Savannah x
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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Sherlock Holmes (Movie Review) [2009]

Good afternoon everyone!
 
I just watched this movie called Sherlock Holmes, which was made in 2009. What I did without noticing was watch the second movie first! Because I enjoyed the second one so much, I decided it was worth getting this one and hoped it would be as good. I was kind of disappointed, although it was still an entertaining film. I think I would’ve enjoyed it more if I’d watch this one first, and then the second one.

This film stars Robert Downey Jr., Rachel McAdams (yes, mean girls!) and also Jude Law. It follows Sherlock Holmes who is on a quest to solve 
a string of mysterious murders. He Is with his most trusted ally Watson as they solve these crimes. They often encounter Sherlock’s problem woman, Irene Adler as well. This movie is filmed with action and shadowy happenings.

The setting in the film was great; it really reflected the old times this movie is set in. I think it’s set in an olden day England, you know, when there were still carriages and long dresses. Where criminals were hung for their crimes if they were severe enough.

I think Robert Downey made a great Sherlock! When I first watched the second one I was also a bit skeptical because I thought I wouldn’t be able to see him as anything but Iron Man :P But yeah, he was very good. He managed to show the clumsy side of the character, and how he doesn’t even know at times what he is saying is offending. Because sometimes Sherlock just makes deductions of people or things as he is trying to solve something and doesn’t notice that he could be revealing their secrets or something private. I thought he managed to bring it across quite well.

It’s a really long film, it runs for about two hours! It’s a Warner Bros production that was directed by Guy Ritchie. I would rate this movie a three out of five, although the second one does get higher points :)
 
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Olivia-Savannah x
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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Dying for a Living (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Dying for A Living
Author: Kory M. Shrum
Publisher: Timberlane Press
Published Date: 2nd March 2014
Rating: 5 stars

*Thank you to the author for sending me a copy for review*

On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. As a Necronite, she is one of the population’s rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don’t have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory.

But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself—or die trying.
YOU GUYS THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING GO READ IT RIGHT NOW
*ahem*

As I was going to say, I loved every single aspect of this book. Yes. It blew me away! It was something new for me because I have never read a book including zombies, so this was a new concept to me. But the way they were used here, and the whole idea of this book was just dripping originality. I have never read a book like this one before, which makes me love it all the more. On top of that, it was amazingly well written, funny and deserves a lot more publicity than it already has!

 My favourite character had to be Jesse – she was strong, determined and sassy as well. You’ve all heard of those amazingly strong female characters so I am going to move on and mention my second favourite character. Lane. He was someone who puts up with Jesse’s mood swings, stands by her and can be equally cheeky too. I loved him!


There was a love triangle in this story, but it wasn’t the main focus of this book and did a good job of adding something to the story. What was also a twist to this love story was that one competitor was male, and the other female. Which was something I didn’t expect. #TeamLane

 The plot was full of so many twists. Yes, some I was able to predict, but the general outcome of how those things worked in her favor or didn’t was something I was never able to guess ahead about. The plot had me so captivated I couldn’t put the book down!

Style and writing was perfect! Kory managed to build a new society with a few different laws and different clashes, and yet manages to explain them all without seeming info-dumpy or boring in any case. I just absolutely loved, loved, and LOVED this book.

I recommend this to all mature readers! There is some language in this book and brief sex scenes/mentions. It gets the big five stars from me!
 
Kory M. Shrum lives in Michigan with her partner and a ferocious guard pug. She has dabbled in everything from fortune telling to martial arts and when not reading or writing, she can be found teaching, traveling, and wearing a gi. She is author of the urban fantasy novels Dying for a Living and Dying by the Hour. She'd love to hear from you on Facebook, Twitter, or her blog: www.korymshrum.com
 
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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Perspective - Dead Poets Society 3/5

Good morning J

Welcome to post three about Dead Poets Society, where we discuss life lessons that the movie teaches us! In the previous post we talked about conformity, and seizing the day. Today's post is going to be all about perspective! I have read some great posts over at Jumping Gene, a blog I follow, and I thought it fit in well with a life lesson in the movie as well. You check them out here and here.

Unless we are up in the air, or down under the sea, we’re always looking at things from one perspective. And even though there is so much to see, don’t you think it ever gets boring? In the movie the boys all take turns standing on a desk, and looking at the classroom with a different perspective than they have before. I did try this myself in my bedroom. And yes, you do notice things you never have before.

But there is such a thing as empathy as well, which I find to be something that goes hand in hand with this topic. We can see things from various others points of view, and that can be taking on a new perspective as well. Doing this is especially difficult if the person has an opinion on a topic or something you don’t quite agree with, or if they’re not someone you particularly like. But I dare you. I dare you to take on this challenge of seeing something from another’s perspective today.
 

 
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