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quote 2015-06-30 21:55
“Find yourself in the present. See the possibilities right in front of you and hold on tight to the ones you want to keep.”
Blame it on the Kiss (Entangled Bliss) (Kisses in the Sand) - Robin Bielman

― Robin Bielman, Blame It on the Kiss

(Kisses in the Sand, Book # 2)

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quote 2015-04-14 13:11
"You choose if you're happy. Only you can let somebody take it away from you, Abigail."

Just let those words soak in..............
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quote 2015-04-07 06:03
“Guys are like fish. You wave something shiny at them and then once you get your hook in, you yank real hard and reel him in.”
Act Like You Love Me (Accidentally in Love, #2) - Cindi Madsen

― Cindi Madsen, Act Like You Love Me

(Accidentally in Love, Book #2)

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review 2015-01-03 20:26
Overall 4.5 star

-Book Description: 3.5

-Cover: 4

-Plot: 4

-Creativity: 4

-Grammar: 4.5

-Simile Use: 4 (minimal usage)

-Description: 3

-Show Not Tell: 3.5

To the Sea is the debut novel of New Adult Author, Deidre Riordan Hall, and it will certainly leave you happy and with a smile on your face. The book description, honestly, did not draw me in. Perhaps, I have a small attention span, but with a description that long, I got lost somewhere in the middle. I like short, concise blurbs that draw me in. Still, something about it caught my attention. I wanted an easy read, so I clicked buy, and that was what I received. Not only that, but the cover is so pretty! Each cover in this series has an easy cohesiveness that draws you in. The novels each have warm covers, and you can imagine yourself there. The plot of this novel, is not like one I’ve read before. It was nice to read a New Adult novel that smoothly mixed the physical aspects of relationships, working life and captured human emotion so well. Many New Adult novels I’ve encountered focus on sexual expatiates that leave the other interactions feeling emotionless and dull, because that’s the core of the story. That was not the case with To the Sea. The one thing that felt slightly forced, at times, was the word choices for the inner monologue. The first chapter was filled with flowery words, and while they are a part of my own repertoire and make sense for the MC’s background, it left me with a feeling of trying too hard. It’s very clear that Ms. Hall is an extremely talented author, and, in my humble opinion, those ‘fancy’ words aren’t necessary. In fact, they distracted from the story and pulled me out of the novel at times. If you like books with a lot of description, then this book will be something you will love even more than I did. I don’t personally find a need to know exact details of the salad the character is eating, unless it’s important to the story line. That being said, the descriptions were well written, unique and were not similes or cliques; I just found myself skimming over many of them. Working directly with show not tell, the amount of description led to the lower rating here. Overall, this book demonstrated Ms. Hall’s writing skills, editing skills and ability to create an easy read the pulls at the heart strings. The book was the perfect balance of real life, lust and love, all which led me to say 4.5 stars. With a bit less description and more show not tell, this book could be a perfect 5 stars, but both of these are unique to my tastes. Now, pick up this book, and Find Your Bliss!
Source: cgiovanniauthor.com/2014/12/31/review-to-the-sea
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-09-27 04:54
"'...Where they are put into boxes
And all come out the same'
Malvina Reynolds," Lauren Myracle from Bliss
Bliss - Lauren Myracle

Bliss by Lauren Myracle



Title: Bliss
Author: Lauren Myracle
Type: Young Adult
Genre: Horror
Tea: Swiss Vervaine Melange, has many components, but all are required for the overall effect
Rating: 3.75 out of 5


*Warning! Here be spoilers!*




What to say about this novel. Well first off I read the book Rhymes with Witches, also by Lauren Myracle, to which Bliss is a prequel, which I didn't know, but thank you Goodreads members for informing me!So now onto Bliss.




Bliss is the story of Bliss in the Morning Dew (yes, that's her name and yes, her parents are hippies). Bliss is unceremoniously deposited at her grandmother's doorstep in the South (Atlanta, to be exact) while her parents flee to Canada away from Nixon and his policies. I like the idea that Ms. Myracle has of bringing in an outsider into this world of prep, money and...blood magic.




Bliss, even though she was not raised in typical society, notices things quickly. But she is also guided by the mysterious vision her friend, Flying V, had for her transition to private school. The first part of the book is your fairly typical new girl scenario, meeting new people, deciding who she wants to be friends with, should I be nice to the weird girl? But tossed in there is a creepy voice talking to her about blood. Frankly if I heard that at my school I'd hightail it out of there or find myself an exorcist.




Bliss makes a group of three friends: DeeDee, Jolene and Thelma. She also befriends the weird, loner girl, Sandy, despite everyone's warnings. There is also Sarah Lynn, always around, the perfect, popular girl.




So weird stuff starts happening at Crestview (the school). It used to be a convent, where a girl supposedly killed herself. Bliss is drawn to the mysterious third floor of one of the school buildings where she finds a blocked off corridor with creepy, old, shut up rooms. One has a dove and a key in the door, which attempts to posses her to open it. She manages to tear herself away and tries to forget about it. But the strange isn't over with yet.




Safe to say everyone's warnings about Sandy were not unfounded. Yes, she's a little off. But it's much more than that. She has all the markings of a young serial killer. She's possessive, creepily so. She hears voices telling her what to do and how to gain ultimate power. She's mean and angry and often lashes out. She also tortures animals.




Sandy and Bliss's relationship eventually culminates to the creepiest sleepover ever, where everything finally registers in Bliss's head. She sees Sandy slowly unraveling and decides to have nothing to do with her anymore. After this time she befriends Sarah Lynn, who we learn isn't the mean girl she's made out to be, she was actually afraid of Sandy and had to do what she did to be free of her.




The book reaches is climax with a deranged Sandy looking for a blood sacrifice, Bliss refusing her and Sarah Lynn, unwittingly, becoming the sacrifice. Many people were upset with the ending as it seems to just end and life goes on. I think that was the point. It was her way of showing how power shifts and can change people. It shows how the power Sandy has now gained and all the attention she gets overshadows even the most popular of people and the loss of them.




Placed throughout the novel are quotes from Andy Griffith, the only show Bliss's grandmother allows her to watch; quotes from the Charles Manson trial, the disturbing backdrop to Sandy's disturbing downward spiral; and racial discrimination. Ms. Myracle brings all of these together very well and makes it cohesive.




Now that I've read this I'm going to read Rhymes with Witches again so I can see how this one relates.




If you're looking for a creepy book with some pretty decent twists and turns, check Bliss out!


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