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The Reluctant Sacrifice - Kerr-Ann Dempster

Centuries ago, sibling rivalry tore Aramith apart. As punishment, the losers were stripped of their immortal birthright and banished to Earth. There, they wasted away from old age and diseases. However, there is hope… 

If a Shaw child, born on the 12th day of the 12th month offers her soul in a public sacrifice, then the exiles will be forgiven and welcomed home to Aramith. 

Aubrey Shaw is that child, but dying for the exiles is not on her to-do list. Using her gift as a Jumper, Aubrey leaps between bodies to escape relentless shape-shifting hunters. Only, shedding her skin is not enough. Not when Joshua, her best-friend-turned-hunter, is hell-bent on dragging her to the altar. 

Will Aubrey’s love for Joshua change his mind? 

Or, will she have to trust the scarred stranger who shows up out of the blue cloaked in lies and secrets? Doing so means giving up on Joshua. But betting on Joshua's love could do more than break her heart. 

It could kill her.



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See how Morgan Shaw heats things up in The Reluctant Sacrifice on 08.08.15


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Come see the cover designed by J. M. Rising Horse Creations

 Cover reveal for The Reluctant Sacrifice is on July 31. Don't miss it. 



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review 2014-01-06 03:21
Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
Snow Country - Yasunari Kawabata,Edward G. Seidensticker

What an intriguing read! I read this for the GoodReads <i>International Reads</i> book club I am a part of and I am quite glad this was the book that was chosen for the month of December (yeah, I know I am late with this review shhhhhh!). I found this book to be very thought-provoking and beautifully written. The themes are not one a person may be able to grab at first glance. That's why, before reading this book, I recommend you put in some time into researching this book and then coming back to <i>Snow Country</i>. An article I highly recommend reading is from  <a href="http://japaneseliterature.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/snow-country/">Contemporary Japanese Literature</a>, a site that takes various Japanese works and analyzes them/reviews them. They did a wonderful job in explaining a lot of the meaning and hidden messages that were throughout the book in great detail. It definitely helps the reader to better understand what Kawabata was trying to convey in his work.

Yasunari Kawabata has a very interesting style when it comes to story-telling. I will not mention his actual "writing style" as this is a translated work and, therefore, will not be fair of me to rate. However, his manner of telling a story is beautiful in its own right. He incorporated beautiful imagery and astounding descriptions of Japan's scenery that take your breath away. Literally. The amount of depth he goes into in his own analysis of human behavior is a curious and interesting view. He goes on to question  what it means to waste one's own life for something that isn't necessarily important to one person but can mean the world to another. I really did find myself questioning the same things as I read the book. The one thing I could not truly appreciate about Kawabata's story was how he jumped around from one scene to the other with little warning. I understand that is his way of writing something and that it is very common in a book that is, basically, haiku-esque. However, I felt it to be a bit jarring and it took me out of the reading experience multiple times because I had to backtrack and figure out that we were in an entirely different area than we were previously. It's not a huge problem but it did appear often enough to distract from the main plot.

Kawabata's characters were one of the most interesting aspects of the book. None of them are likable except for maybe... one. But that's the point! You are not meant to like them! They are flawed. They are broken. They will be their own demise! All that coincides with the theme of the book. Humans are flawed. We go after things we cannot have and ultimately make ourselves miserable. Shimamura, main character, is always bored with his life no matter how good he has it. He has all this money and he knows not how to make himself happy because he detaches himself from reality. He conjures up these fantasies about his life and the people around him that when he finally gets to have that one person, he sees that they are not what he imagines. They, too, are flawed. This is why he and Komako's relationship is doomed from the start! He sees her one way and she is not like that. The same thing could be said about Komako. She wants to change him. She wants him to care more. To be more like how she wants him to be. And he can't. He is a detestable man with selfish needs and an uncaring heart. He is unable to fully commit himself to just one person because that is not who he is. Komako is no better. She lowers herself to him, drinks herself to sleep on most nights, and doesn't know when to let go of something that is not good for her. She is the perfect example of someone who puts up with abuse because she believes she doesn't deserve any better. And perhaps she doesn't... that is for the reader to decide.

One character that might be "likable" is Yoko. She is another girl that Shimamura is pining after. She might seem "likable" because of how little we know about her. She, throughout the most part, shows how polite and humble she is. But that's usually portrayed as a front. The way that Shimamura, in his mind, conjured her to be. However, there's a part in the book where he has a conversation with her and she says a few things that someone who is "pure" and "innocent" should not say. Like running away with a man who is married, has kids, and a mistress on top of that (I told you Shimamura is a very detestable man... the pig). What is Kawabata trying to say here? That nothing and no one is truly perfect. The ending perfectly reiterates that and drives it home to the reader that the relationships between these two characters (Shimamura and Komako) will never work out, their separation inevitable.

This truly was a very beautiful book filled with imagery and poetry, making this a read for many to enjoy. I recommend you to read this book at least once in your life. It has complex human emotions, beautifully written imagery, and thought-provoking scenarios. There are times when it feels like the transitions from one scene to the next are too abrupt but it's just a minor drawback. Read it for the simplistic beauty that is human relationships. Not for the characters or their selfishness, but for the study of their interactions. I think it should be quite the experience.

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2013-08-28 17:05
Something Strange and Deadly Book Club: Week 4
Something Strange and Deadly -
A Darkness Strange and Lovely -
A Dawn Most Wicked - Susan Dennard
If you're a member of Epic Reads (HarperTeen's website), you know that each month they have a Book Club pick. And for August, they picked one of my *favorites,* the absolutely amazing Something Strange and Deadly.It's hard to believe that it's already the last week!!

This week's question is about choice:

“‘Eleanor, you have a choice,’ [Jie] said softly. ‘You always have a choice’” (p. 166, Something Strange & Deadly)
How do you think this quote relates to the overall theme of Something Strange and Deadly? Do you think Eleanor behaves as if she has a choice at the start of the book? What about at the end of the book? And do other characters behave as if they have a choice or do some see themselves as victims of circumstance? 
*Warning: Spoilers for Something Strange and Deadly ahead!*

Eleanor behaves like she doesn't have a choice at the start of the book. Her goal is clear: get Elijah back, save her family, and then go back to doing all the things young ladies are supposed to do. But can you blame her? The alternative is turning her back on her mother, the one family member she has left (since Elijah, as far as Eleanor knows, is off galavanting across Europe). It's not like there are an abundance of alternative paths for women in the 19th century and, until she meets Jie, Eleanor wouldn't have imagined becoming a Spirithunter.

By the end of the novel, Eleanor sees that she is capable of anything. She's changed tremendously and yet she doesn't go with the Spirithunters. Why? She still can't abandon her mother. While Jie is right and there is always a choice, abandoning a mentally unstable, older woman is not the morally correct choice. So Eleanor has to wait and get things settled before she can go after what she wants. The difference, however, is that Eleanor knows what she wants.

She isn't just her mother's daughter, or Elijah's sister. Eleanor is her own person. She makes her own decisions and trusts in her own mind.

Do you feel Eleanor has a choice?

Source: thepagesage.blogspot.com/2013/08/something-strange-and-deadly-book-club_28.html
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