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review 2017-03-31 00:29
Review: Normal
NORMAL (Something More) - Danielle Pearl

‘Normal’ by Danielle Pearl was anything but normal. It completely blew me away. It was inspiring and heartbreaking. It was nothing like I expected, but what it delivered was all I hoped for and more. I believe that every female, teen or adult, should read this book.  This is the type of story that will stay with you days after you have finished reading. It is a story of one girl’s desire to get her life back to normal.  It will break your heart into tiny pieces.

 

Now and again, I come across characters that are inspiring and make my reading experience worthwhile. Rory is one such character.  She is relatable and it helped that I got the story from her POV. Seeing the story through her eyes helped me to understand her emotional turmoil.  I admired her strength in conquering her demons.  She may not have seen it, but it was there. I could not fathom all she had been through, but one thing I knew is that she was a survivor. Her desire to get her life back to normal was a perfect demonstration of her survival skills. The pain, the grief and struggles she faced daily were heart-wrenching, but watching her overcome them one day at a time was inspiring. I know there are persons who would be quick to judge her, thinking that she made poor choices, and as a result placed herself in her current position.  In addition, some may believe that because she lived in the electronic age, she should not have made those choices, but I consider that as sheer rubbish. I haverealised that it is easy for persons who have never been in the situation to passjudgement, but until they are in the position, they will never truly understand. Yeah, her actions may seem frustrating, but who are we to judge?

 

The highlight of this story was that Rory did not have to fight her battles on her own. Rory had trust issues when it came to the opposite sex, so meeting Sam and becoming his friend was a life altering experience.  I appreciated how he treated her. At no time did he judge her. He was patient and gentle with her, even when herbehaviour bordered on erratic. He was just what she needed. Thanks to him, she was taking charge of her life and finally living again. He showed her what it meant to enjoy life and helped her acknowledge that she was a survivor.

 

‘Normal’ is a well-written story that took me on an emotional journey, which I may not recover from anytime soon. There were times I found myself putting the book down so that I could absorb the events, as they were intense and overwhelming. The story was well- developed, captivating and the pace fitting. It moved between the past and the present, thus providing readers with insight into Rory’s life and the events that led to her current state. There was some repetition, which was due in part, to how the story was presented.

 

My advice to you is, read this book. However, do not expect a sweet and fluffy story. It is definitely not a story for the faint of heart. It touches on sensitive issues of abuse and assault so if this is a trigger, then this is not for you. However, if these issues do not bother you, and you take my advice be ready for an intense and emotional journey.

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review 2016-04-27 11:16
Review: Something More Than This
Something More Than This - Barbie Bohrman

Barbie Bohrman has the cuteness factor down pat with Something More Than This. She’s written a great contemporary romance with a side of Chick-Lit. The heroine loves sports, so much so that she’s a trivia whiz when it comes to sports facts and lingo. She’s also very independent minded, but works hard, even though she sometimes waits until the last minute to meet her deadline, to her boss’s dismay. But her indecisiveness is almost her downfall when it comes to love and the two men she has to choose, which for some reason won’t be a big surprise for the reader when she picks the one man over the other for a typical HEA.

 

Katy Lewis has a great job writing for a newspaper, even though she reports on local high school sports. She has two older protective brothers, one a lawyer, the other a police officer who is always at odds with her best friend and roommate, and bartender at her favorite watering hole. She also has a great relationship with her boss, Dylan, who she met in college, and become her mentor, even though he’s only two years older than her. He got her the job at the paper, and outside of the job, they’re really good friends.

One day a blast from Katy’s past gets in touch with her. It’s Conner, her best friend from high school who she lost touch with after she wrote him a letter telling him about her undying love for him. He left for college and never spoke to her again. Now nine years later he wants to reconnect for the short time he’s in the area. Her feelings for Conner are still there, but unlike the last time, she plays it cool and keeps it to herself. She wants answers why Conner left after she wrote her letter, but she’s afraid of getting hurt a second time. Then when Dylan finds out her old friend is in town, and a guy, he becomes distant. Could Dylan be jealous of her relationship with Conner. If so, what does that mean for them?

 

Something More Than This was a fun read with not a lot of drama and angst, other than Katy’s issues with the men in her life- Conner and Dylan. The romance factor is very PG, and simply sweet. There’s some miscommunication that goes on, but if we didn’t have that, there wouldn’t be a story. The ending is every thing you would want in a romance. Great HEA!

 

Need a pick me up and something to make you smile? Something More Than This is the book to hit that spot.

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review 2016-04-25 00:00
Something More Than This
Something More Than This - Barbie Bohrman Katy was content with her life. Cool friends, loving family and a great job. UNTIL!! Her childhood crush reappears and sets her heart aflutter. Conner comes calling and Katy starts falling. Seriously he came across as a self possessed jerk a lot of the time to me but maybe that's what she wanted. Or is it? When confusion sets in, Katy has to figure out her heart and what makes her happy. Not very original, but still a exciting, breezy barrel of laughs. Entertainment at it's finest.
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text 2016-02-04 22:06
Books I Cannot Get Out of My Head
Something More Than Night - Ian Tregillis
Archivist Wasp - Nicole Kornher-Stace
Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
The Fifth Head of Cerberus: Three Novellas - Gene Wolfe
Shadowshaper - Daniel José Older
Love Is the Drug - Alaya Dawn Johnson

I haven't managed to finish a book in a while. Yeah, just keep starting new ones instead of finishing anything. Ha. So instead of a review this week, here's a bunch of books that drilled into my brain in the best possible way.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-04-19 11:24
Something More than Night - Ian Tregillis
Something More Than Night - Ian Tregillis

I started this book not knowing ANYTHING about it. I read it because I loved the Milkweed Triptych and wanted to read more from this author.

 

This book was nothing like his previous three, completely different feel,even the reading style was different. Over and over again, I likened it to having a really really rich dessert. You want to keep eating it, but you have to take breaks because of the richness.  It's very cerebral, sometimes I found myself re-reading some sections because the descriptions were so heavy, I wanted to be sure I was able to take it all in.

 

Bayliss really was a trip! Sometimes i really liked how he talked but sometimes, it was just obnoxious, as were his jokes.  He just never took anything seriously and it really annoyed me, but I realized by the end, it's because he just didn't give a shit about Molly.  Molly was just a tool to get what he wanted, just another monkey.

I really liked that Molly was able to fix Ria and Martin, I just wish she could have been happy at the end, too, but I guess by then she would be so far removed from earth that it will be ok.

It would have made more sense for humans to become angels anyway, because they may actually CARE about Earth instead of letting it go to shit like the last residents did.

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I really liked the concept of memories being tangible, like objects, and the Magisterium concept was really cool. I don't know how he comes up with this stuff, but he has a style of writing  that can paint an image in your head of something that you've never even seen before, which is really a feat.

 

All and all I enjoyed this book.  I probably won't read it again, because it's so heavy, but it was really a unique ride into the celestial realm

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