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review 2017-08-06 20:34
Starr Fall (Starr Fall Series) (Volume 1) - Kim Briggs

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Starr Fall was an exciting read! I liked the idea of this type of shadowy government unit recruiting the best and the brightest in this really suspect way, even against their will. I really want to know more about them and the kids that they are warping to their surely nefarious ends.  We got to see the lengths they are willing to go to for what they want, but it is still kind of a mystery as to what is really driving them to these lengths and why they are so desperate to get their hands on Starr Bishop.



I quite liked Starr, she was very bright and resourceful, and she has a kind heart. I loved the systematic, logical way she broke things down each time she was faced with these seemingly impossible situations. A lot of this book was Starr just trying to survive and stay off the radar, but I have a feeling that we will see a lot more of her striking back at this corrupt organization in future books, because there's no doubt that Starr is a fighter, she just needed a just cause.



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I'm a little unsure of my feelings on Christian. On one hand he is definitely a noble kind of guy so far, it seems to be like he had a penchant for sticking up for the underdogs, or rather people in need. The relationship between him and Starr seemed a little rushed to me, and to be honest I would have preferred to have a little more of the mystery/suspense and a little less of the romance. But this was a faster paced story in general so I suppose that makes sense to have things advance more quickly. I just have this weird vibe from Christian though like he's somehow mixed up in this situation more so than just trying to help Starr. I have this feeling that he has a secret or two and they may impact things between Starr and him later.






I'm curious to see what else happens in the next book! I have a few burning questions that I would love to have answered. 




I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

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text 2017-07-03 13:01
The Longest Fall by Anna Argent.
The Longest Fall (The Whisper Lake Series Book 1) - Anna Argent

Title: The Longest Fall
Series: Whisper Lake #1
Author: Anna Argent
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 15, 2017

Daisy Grace fell in love with her best friend’s brother before she was old enough to wear a bra. But Mark barely noticed she was alive. She held out hope for years until he set his sights on the older, more glamorous Janey, Daisy knew Mark would never see her as anything more than a friend. He was taken. Forever.
Years later, after Janey’s tragic death, Daisy is once again forced to face the only man who has ever made her heart pound.
All Mark wants is to be left alone to grieve in peace. For nearly two years, he’s lived in isolation, punishing himself for what happened to his fiancée. When Daisy comes to convince him to attend his baby sister’s wedding, his life of quiet grieving is shattered. Daisy makes him feel things he has no business feeling, but no matter how hard he tries, he can’t convince the force of nature that is Daisy Grace to leave him alone.
Daisy refuses to give up on him. If she can’t lift Mark out of the dark place he’s made for himself, the man she’s been falling in love with forever will be too far gone to save.
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After spending years working in corporate America as an engineer, Anna traded it all in for a quiet life in the country. She lives with her husband on a small cattle ranch in the Ozark Mountains, penning stories filled with love, lust and a healthy dose of magic. She loves to hear from her readers at anna@annaargent.com.
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review 2016-12-31 07:42
Colonisation from the Colonised
Things Fall Apart (African Writers Series: Expanded Edition with Notes) - Chinua Achebe,Simon Gikandi,Don C. Ohadike

Look, I am going to give this book a good rating, not because I actually enjoyed it or was drawn into it, but more because it gives us an insight into the colonial world from the eyes of the people being colonised. This book is set in Nigeria, and is written by a native Nigerian in English (which by the way is his second tongue, though he is also a professor at Brown University). However, one sort of wonders if this example of post-colonial literature is designed to criticise the colonists or the world that is being colonised.



There is a concept, I believe first coined by Rudyard Kipling, called 'White Man's burden'. This is the idea that the European civilisation has been given the job of taking their civilisation out to the world and raising the non-European races out of barbarity. However, one sort of questions whether this burden, as it is coined, was really the intention of the colonisers, or simply propaganda that was spoken by the imperial overlords. I am inclined to lean towards the second interpretation.



The reason that I say this is because if we take one case study, that of the Australian aboriginals, we see that white man's burden never actually lifted them out of poverty, and it was not for lack of trying. In fact, the attempts to civilise the aboriginals had almost the opposite effect than was intended. Granted, there is a very small group of aboriginals in our society that have successfully integrated into our culture, but there are still many that haven't. While it is possible to wonder around an Australian city and not actually see aboriginal tribes camping in the city parks, I assure that they are there (and I caution anybody against approaching them 'just to have a look').



What we see in this book though is a view from inside the culture that is being colonised, and like the aboriginals, it does not work. However, the book is divided into two parts, the first part involves the social collapse of the indigenous culture from within due to its own contradictions, and the second part involves the destruction of the lifestyle and the culture as the imperialists (in the form of missionaries) force their gospel of European Economic prosperity upon them.



In many ways we like to criticise the imperialists for destroying the natural cultures of the indigenous people, however sometimes it is necessary. There are many aspects of our culture that we take fore-granted, and there are many aspects which are truly barbaric that we simply want to step back and say, 'but that is their culture'. Take the aboriginal act of spearing somebody through the leg for punishment. What is it supposed to do other than cripple the person. Is it supposed to be a deterrent? Well, like most deterrents, it does not work. The death penalty is a deterrent against drug smuggling in Singapore and Bali, but it does not seem to stop people smuggling drugs, or killing people in the United States. What about cutting off the right hand of a thief in some cultures (the right hand being the hand you eat with and the left hand being the hand you wipe your butt with), is that a deterrent, or simply a punishment that literally prevents the person from ever being able to integrate back into society again. We all make mistakes, and one of the good things about our society is that punishment does actually allow people to return and become productive members of society (as has happened with myself).



Then there are the missionaries, not that I actually have anything against missionaries. Many have suggested though that missionaries are the first wave of colonisation. This means that when the missionaries arrive you can be sure that the merchants, then the army, and finally the colonisers, are close behind. However, I am doubtful that many missionaries, both then and now, ever considered themselves to be the first of a wave of colonists. There are many historical missionaries that actually went out to do what they believe (and I believe) is a good thing. I do not believe it is wrong to offer somebody an alternative to their religion, especially if their religion keeps them living in fear and oppression. However, it is clear, historically, that more scrupulous people have used missionaries as the vanguard for colonial efforts, and when the missionaries were expelled from China, I guess that was one of the reasons for doing so.


The title of the novel is about the destruction of the traditional life of the village. To us it is about change, where as to them it is their world that they have lived in for thousands of years being destroyed. Colonialism was always going to happen, and I do not believe that we should not give tribal people the opportunity to experience a new way of life, however I do not believe that we have the right to roll out a monoculture across the world. One thing us Europeans, especially us Christian Europeans, forget is that Christianity was never meant to create a monoculture, but rather it is our stubbornness, and refusal to look outside the narrow box that we surround our lives with our own misguided sense of what is right and what is wrong.


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review 2016-01-03 07:51
Bully By Penelope Douglas
Bully: The Fall Away Series - Penelope Douglas

Bully (Fall Away #1) by Penelope Douglas



My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all. No, he'll barely even speak to me.

But he still won't leave me alone.

We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him.

But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way in hell I'll allow him to ruin my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back.

I'm not going to let him bully me anymore.




My Review:

I'm going to use the same review for each book because I had the same issue with each book because it repeated in each installment. I'd like to note that I did have moments that I liked the story but for the most part but I struggled with the same thing in each book. The Fall Away series was an exploration into the mind of a child/children caught in adolescence taking their feelings and emotions out on one another without much reason for it despite the explanation as to why they are the way they are. You would expect to find a story like this written on a sex story website or something of its equivalent for all I felt toward the series as a whole.

My biggest problem that I had with the books is that these kids understand their relationships and reason their emotions and actions by living with the backwards thought that abuse equals passion and sex equals love.

You have absent parents who are completely oblivious to anything but themselves and in some cases are worse than the kids and the second issue is that they're kids.

They don't know what they're doing except looking for some kind of validation in the wrong place because they're certainly not finding it in mom and dad.

Its an interesting journey into the different perspectives to explain the sexual and abusive relationship between them and their need to find love and hate in eachother because of the giant hole that is in their lives.



My Rating:

3 Stars





Reviewed By: Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews

Note: I received a print copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley

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review 2015-11-04 19:15
While We Fall (The Eva Series Book 2) - J. M. Wilde

4.5 stars. This was an amazing second book, I am truly sad that this series never got a paperback edition. I would really, really love to add these to my bookshelves and be able to read them whenever I want.

This one starts immediately where we left off. In other words, the end of the first day, the start of the second day. Our little band of friends is still together, still worried and still fighting for survival. Quite soon the action starts, and several things happen. We meet new characters, both good and evil, both stupid and smart. I really liked that we didn’t only have our band of friends. While I love all the characters dearly, I still don’t mind seeing other survivors, even if some of them are just evil and thinking of themselves. While I don’t approve of what some of the characters did in this book, I can also see that a zombie apocalypse might change people, might make them desperate, might make them do stuff they would have never done if not for all this. Again, I still don’t approve of it, but I can just imagine why it happened.

I was a bit frustrated with our characters this time. I can imagine they want to help everyone, help anyone who is a survivor, and while I am not sure what I would have done in the situation, I would think that after 2 close-to-death situations, I wouldn’t be helping people again. I would be just cruising by, or running, or whatever. I can imagine that they want to show how good they are, that even in a land ravished by death, a land turned to a wasteland, that there are good people to rely on. But they also have to see that the world has changed. And that not everyone has that mentality.

Elliot, dear Lord, I hated him from the start. I just knew something was weird/off about him, and while I won’t go into details (as they are spoilers), I can just say that I was sad for Wyatt. The previous book and quite a part of this book he was looking forward to seeing his brother, to see his family, and it must be hard to find out about stuff like what he found out in the book.

Quite a bit of the book takes place in Elliot’s place, and while it seemed it was paradise, there was enough going on, and there was enough zombie action (though even without that, it would have been good, Elliot’s situation and what goes on there, is creepy enough).

I had goosebumps throughout the book, I screamed when characters got in danger, I fangirled when Wyatt and Eva got closer, I awwed at the friendship between the characters and especially Jo and Eva.

The ending also brought a twist to the whole story and had me just staring at the book, mouth wide open, and then screaming: “No way! Really? OMG OMG OMG!”. I just loved that it was added, and I truly can’t wait for the next book, which I will probably read in very very soon, since I just want to know how this end. It wasn’t in the planning for me to read the series in one go, I was planning to read just book 1, but then I finished that and loved it, went to book 2, devoured and loved that one, and now I just want to read book 3. :)

I would really highly recommend this book (and the series (at least book 1 and 2 for now)) to everyone! Looking for a creepy read with the occasional romance (very light)? Wanting to get in the Halloween spirits? Then read this one now!

Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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