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In The Darkness (A Poem By Me)

In the darkness
You call my name
I reach to touch you
But I’m surrounded by darkness

In the darkness
I call for you
I long for you
I need you

I’m yours
Despite it all
Through the darkness
I belong to you

I run from you
I stumble and I fall
You find me
You pick me up

You kiss me
Then you fade away
I’m surrounded by smoke
Longing for you

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Ford’s Fate by Michelle Dare Book Review

Ford struggles to get over Sienna after she writes and tells him that they will never be. She lost her mate and she feels her world shattered. She feels that letting herself love Ford would be a betrayal to Eli.

This is book two in Paranormals of Avynwood. I read and loved the first book, Wake’s Claim. I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series. I can’t wait to see what happens next with these sassy and snarky paranormals. I am so attached!

It was nice to see more of Ford. I remember him well from the first book. It was also nice to see Solomon too. I’d of liked to see more of Wake and Paige, but I know it wasn’t their story. I don’t really remember Sienna from the first book. I’m not sure if it’s because she wasn’t fully in it or I overlooked her.

The narrators were fantastic. I love Sarah L. Colton. I’ve listened to a few audiobooks with her before. She has a very sassy voice that a girl could grow very accustomed to. She’s become one of my favorites. I’m sure that I’ve listened to work by Troy Duran as well. Even if I didn’t, he’s very talented and I enjoyed his voice very much.

While I can’t say I enjoyed this book as much as the first one, I really loved this book. There are things I would have wanted to have been drawn out a bit more. They were a bit rushed, but not really. It’s hard to explain. I’m excited to continue reading this series.

Wake’s Claim

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Reading Wrap-Up: November 10th, 2019

I have a group to help keep up with page counts. I’m really the only active member, but all are welcome. Feel free to join if interested by clicking here.

The Flight Of The Sparrow

Taming My Whiskey

Kado

The Plus Ones

Personal Blog:

Featured Book: Big Little Lies

Featured TV Show: His Dark Materials

WWW Wednesday

Darkness (A Poem By Me)

Confused (A Poem By Me)

Promotions Blog:

Forlorn Series Blog Tour

I get so many readers who like and comment on my blog. It’s humbling. I wanted to take the time to show case five blogs that I particularly enjoyed from other blogs that I think my readers might also enjoy. It’s in no particular order and is not saying others aren’t as good. Just blogs I enjoyed.

Down The TBR Hole #107

Netgalley Book Tag

5 Amazing Graffiti Art Works

Mary E. Twomey – Interview

First Line Fridays

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Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown Book Review

Loosely based on a true story. Mary’s world is turned upside down when her village is attacked and she and her children are taken hostage. She loses many loved ones during the attack. As she’s held captive, she slowly realizes that things she believed to be true don’t seem to be as they appeared. She begins to question her own beliefs and ways of life.

I really enjoyed this story. I adore history so reading things historical is a joy to me. Especially if it’s based on a true event even just a little. I feel it encourages me to want to read and research about the event. Sadly, I seem to never be able to find the time. Maybe I’ll make a list and slowly chip away at all the research I want to do. This was very well written. It does have a bit of a slow start, but I believe that was done on purpose.

Giving my opinions on characters in a book that’s based on true stories and people seems weird to me. Especially if I do not know much about the people that the story is based on. So, I will stick my opinions to the characters in the story itself and leave it at that to the best of my ability. I really adored Mary. I feel like I would have been Mary in those days. I wish I had seen more of her children in the book. There were people that I just couldn’t stand at all.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I can’t lie, I didn’t think I would like the book at first. I was getting very annoyed with the characters and I was getting annoyed with the story itself. I do have to say that there are a few parts that get a bit too graphic and aren’t for the faint-hearted. There were parts that made me cringe and I read pretty heavy and graphic stuff sometimes. It was still a wonderful and thought-provoking novel that I enjoyed very much.

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Taming My Whiskey by Melissa Foster Book Review

Stone is attempting to find the perfect woman to be the face of his company. He doesn’t want just any model. He wants an authentic biker chick. He has a specific woman in mind but doesn’t think she’ll take on the project. When the one who does accept, breaks her leg, he discovers that his original lady has done a similar job in the past. He decides to try to talk her into it.

I really enjoyed this story. Had I known that it was a book 6, I’d of tracked down and bought the first 5 before listening to it. I was already too deep into the book before I discovered it, though. It’s probably for the best. My book allowance is nonexistent these days. Considering how this story played out, it seems like the series is a stand-alone series that can be read out of order. It’s just that I’m the type that reads series in order regardless of if they are stand-alone or not.

The characters were pretty amazing. It focuses the attention on Stone and Whiskey. For obvious reasons as they are the main part and point of the story. I just kind of wish that some of the background characters had a bit more of a highlighting role in the story. Sometimes I got a little confused with who was who and where they belonged. Not too often though. Thank goodness.

I really enjoyed the narrators. I am not sure if I’ve ever listened to anything from Devra Woodward before. I am willing to listen to other audiobooks by her though. I have listened to Aiden Snow before. He’s a very delightful listen. I plan to listen to more of his in the future. He’s got this really soothing voice.

I really enjoyed this story despite not being able to read the first 5 books that were before it. It was hilarious and glorious. I wound up giving it a 4 out of 5-star rating. I’d of given it full 5 stars, but I felt like some of the major points of the story were overlooked and rushed over. It didn’t ruin the story, but it did leave some questions unanswered.

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Featured Book: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time. It’s been on my massive TBR pile for a long time. Mother and I have been buddy reading books for a couple years now. We started with Harry Potter books. Then we moved to The Storm Of Swords series. After that, we read the Stephanie Plum series. While waiting on the next release for Plum, we decided to read Big Little Lies. Giving me the most excellent excuse to bump it up my pile.

I’m really enjoying it so far. I mean there are some pretty intense parts. It’s hard not to get emotionally invested. But it’s good. I understand it’s been adapted to a television series. I’ll be interested in watching it when I finish the book. I watched an episode or two awhile back but I didn’t really understand much of it.

Being that I haven’t finished this book yet, and won’t for another week or so, this is not a review. It’s just one of the books that I’m currently working on that I’m interested in enough to feature for the week. It’s raw and open and real. I’m loving every second of it.

If anybody has read this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments. Have you watched the show? What’s it like? I’m looking forward to watching it. Hopefully, I won’t be watching it alone. We shall see! 🙂

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Featured TV Show: His Dark Materials

I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting to watch this. It’s taken a lot of restraint not to talk about it every second of every day. His Dark Materials aired for the first time this Monday. I’ve been hearing about it for at least a year. I was so excited when they finally announced the release date!

For those who don’t know, His Dark Materials is a television adaptation based on the trilogy written by Phillip Pullman. I originally read it for the first time ever in high school. My best friend (at the time) insisted I do so. I’m glad she did. I fell in love with it. I’m reading it now for the second time and loving it even more!

I can’t lie and say that I was fully excited about the television show. The trilogy was originally adapted into movie (The Golden Compass) years ago. I wasn’t fond of the movie at all. I was afraid the television show might have the same result. My opinion changed when I saw the very first trailer. I am not ashamed to admit that I obsessively watched every trailer that has been released since then.

I’ve only seen the first episode. It’s the only one released so far. I loved it. Most, if not all, of the characters practically walked out of the book. They did take some liberties with the plot and twisted scenes around, but it wasn’t horrible. I really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to seeing where things progress in the show. See what they added in and what they took out.

My mother and boyfriend are watching the show with me as well, but I’m curious to know who else is watching this show. I’m curious to know other people’s thoughts. I’m so excited. You know they have book clubs, but do they have tv clubs? I guess that would be just something where everybody watches it together, huh? LOL! I really enjoyed the pilot episode and I hope my adoration for the show maintains.

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WWW Wednesday (11/6/19)

My favorite time of the week is here! WWW Wednesdays. This meme was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm but was revived by Sam from Taking on a World of WordsIt’s a place to talk about the books you’ve been reading, plan to read and have read. 

To take part all you have to do is answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?

What have you recently finished reading?

What are you going to read next?

I decided to add my reading for the past three weeks since I didn’t post the past two.

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Darkness (A Poem By Me)

Darkness surrounds me
It swallows me whole
I go to scream
But I don’t make a sound

I reach out for help
I feel the empty air
I am alone
Always alone

Tears stream down my face
As I try to fight
But the darkness takes hold
The darkness stays tight

Why can’t you see
How badly it hurts
How badly I need you
Can’t you hear me calling for you

My body gives up
I stop fighting
The darkness is too strong
It’s taking over

Then I hear him
The darkness goes away
I feel his arms and his gentle kiss
And everything is okay

He fought the darkness
When no one else would
He held me dearly
And I gave him my heart

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Kado: Lost Treasure of the Kadohadacho by E. Russell Braziel Book Review

Tom Murrell finds himself in the middle of an Indian war when he stops and protects Indians from a brutal attack. One of the Indians passes his gift to Tom and makes him promise to deliver a message to his tribe. While delivering the message, Tom finds himself heading for a great adventure.

This story was impressive. I really enjoyed reading about it. It made me want to go and surround myself with literature from that time period. This is a fictional account of events that actually took place. I suppose one could complain that the text is written more modern than historical. That doesn’t really bother me. As long as the historical events remain pristine, I’m okay. If one of the settlers had pulled out an iPhone, then I’d have a problem. Just giving an example.

I really adored the characters. Especially Mattie. I feel like Mattie has the personality that I would have in those times. She’s fierce and determined and doesn’t let the fact that she is a woman get in the way of what she wants or her pursuit of learning. I really hope that her character was based on a real person from that time.

The narrator did too amazing of a job. I really felt like I was actually there. There were times he even made words sound like the sound he was going for. There were times where there were sounds of drums. I felt like he was actually depicting drums. His name is Eddie Garvar. I haven’t heard of him until this book but I’ll definitely seek other audiobooks by him because of this one.

This book has impressed me so much. I will probably find a way to get a physical copy of it to read multiple times. It has inspired me to do research on the people the story references. I’m not really shocked to learn that it took the author fourteen years to write this book. He definitely made sure that it was a book worth reading that didn’t disappoint anybody. Is it possible to give a book 50 stars?