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review 2017-06-26 01:03
NO ORDINARY STAR BY: M.C. FRANK
No Ordinary Star - Frank M. Turner

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"He doesn't look like a Drone at all. He looks...he looks like a Felix. He looks like something only he could be in the entire One World, in the universe. All people used to look like that, once, her father had told her. They used to be like that."

 

 

No Ordinary Star was a very interesting read! Set in the year 2524, where things are much different than they are now. Boys and Girls grown in labs rather than being born to parents, and being raised separately from one another, each into their predetermined gender roles in life. In a world where there is no hunger or illness anymore, but there's also no wonder, no family, no love.

 

 

is this real life

 

 

"It doesn't enter his mind right then that he's been robbed of all of this, of beauty, of life, of the very world for seventeen years."

 

 

Felix, an impressive soldier in the Chairman's Army, Astra, a rebel on the run, and Ursa, maybe the last polar bear in existence, band together as reluctant comrades to figure out what is really happening in the world around them, and what has brought them all to this deserted Clockmaster's home full of secrets, treasures, and hopefully answers.

 

 

"She knows what they are; at least she thinks she does. They're the most dangerous weapons, and none are supposed to have survived the Revision. But the Rebels had a couple of them, caked in the mud of decades and half burned -they'd been salvaged from the Revision burnings- still she's fairly certain that's what they were.

 

Books.

 

"Oh," she gasps.

 

In here there are thousands of them. A room full of weaponry -illegal weaponry."

 

 

book magic

 

 

I really enjoyed the dystopian world that Frank has created! I am curious to find out even more about it. I feel like we've only just had a glimpse of it here. I like the coming together of these radically different people like Astra and Felix. Astra has been raised by rebels and has a lot more insight into how messed up this world is and exactly what drones like Felix have been missing out on. On the flip side, Felix has been a good little soldier and quickly climbed the ranks of the chairman's army and his knowledge of the inner workings of the whole system is vast. I can't help but think that this will come in very handy later on in the series. Survival in the harsh elements of the Clockmaster's home has kind of forced them to rely on one another just to make it. But there was definitely a sense by the end that they were forming, at least a shaky sort of alliance.  

 

 

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"Why does it feel like it's the greatest felony of all, the biggest crime in the Planet, that this smart, animated little person who's managed to keep herself as well as him alive for days, isn't able to put letters together to read a simple phrase?"

 

This was a quick read that set an intriguing foundation for this kind of frightening futuristic dystopian world. I am looking forward to seeing how things proceed from here! Also has to be said that this cover is so GORGEOUS!! I might just have to pick up the physical copy to add to my shelves!

 

 

 

 

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

 

**This book (and its sequel) is currently only $0.99 on Amazon for the Kindle copy right now!

If you're interested, you can get your copy here: https://goo.gl/A4hzKY

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review 2017-06-02 19:33
Slice of life is fun to say
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life - Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Not very long ago, I saw an article that had gone viral about a woman who knew that she was going to die and she wanted to make sure that her husband found someone (it was like a dating profile but way better). The author was one that somehow hadn't made it onto my radar before this time and I couldn't help feeling thankful that I had found her even though it was under very tragic circumstances. You might have guessed who I was talking about at this point but just in case it was Amy Krouse Rosenthal and the article I'm talking about can be found here. Ten days after the article was published she passed away. It turns out that not only was she a prolific writer of children's books but she also wrote for adults. I thought I'd start with one of her well-known adult nonfiction pieces called Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. It's somewhere between a memoir which depicts a slice of Rosenthal's life and a quirky encyclopedia. It's one of the most unique books that I've ever read and after doing some research into the author that seems to adequately describe her. She took the events and circumstances of the year in which she wrote the book to record alphabetically (as one would do in an encyclopedia) different aspects of herself (and the world around her somewhat). For example, under the letter J you would find information about her husband, Jason, with a "See Also Husband" at the end of the entry. It was a lot of fun to dip in and out of it and learn about this totally singular individual. It's a shame that I'm late to the game discovering Amy's work but I am certainly glad that I've found her now. 9/10

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2017-05-17 13:01
Cover Reveal - Bi Your Side
 
Bi Your Side by Nikki - Michelle 
Series: No Ordinary Love Series #1
Release Date: September 1, 2017
Cover Design: Colorful Harmony Design
Genre: Erotic Romance 
Goodreads Link: Coming Soon!
 
 
Book Blurb:
 

He belongs to someone else. So does she, but the passion they once shared can’t be contained.
 
Ten years ago Marshawn Cruz and Della Sway decided to leave the three nights they spent together in their rear-view. Marshawn is now married and Della in a long term relationship. Who knew they’d run into one another again after all these years? And just like before, the burning passion between them is undeniable.
 
Will they risk it all just for one more night or are the people they love more important than one night of pleasure?
 

TEASERS
 
 

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
 
 
 
 
Nikki - Michelle resides in Metro- Atlanta, Georgia by way of Lexington, Mississippi. Inspired by her love of reading, she began writing at the early age of twelve and has been on a journey of "trying" to pen the perfect novel ever since (she's still working on that). Her love of writing and wanting to create stories with true to life situations are what inspire her to continue to write stories readers will enjoy with characters they can relate to. 
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review 2017-04-07 21:53
Hero in the Highlands: A No Ordinary Hero Novel - Suzanne Enoch

Major Gabriel Forrester loved battle. Gabriel was suppose to be on the hill this morning watching with Wellington and his commanders. But Gabriel had not answered general wellington and forged into battle. Then Gabriel is called to general wellington and told he needs to go as he is now the Duke of Lattimer. Gabriel is now on his estates with his aide - de-camp who has been in Gabriel’s company for eight years and he practically knows Gabriel’s thoughts. Gabriel had inherited his lands and title from a distant uncle. Fiona is the Lattimer's Stewart and has been since her brother disappeared. Fiona's main focus is seeing that her people are looked after. Fiona's cause was making her job a little difficult.Fiona knows Gabriel doesn’t plan on staying. Fiona is attracted to Gabriel and Gabriel is  fascinated with her and determined to have her in his bed. Fiona is no virgin and has had lovers even the Gatekeeper of the estate. But someone seems to be stealing the sheep from the estate.  Fiona wants Gabriel to leave his own estate for she hates all things English and Gabriel is English.

I didn't care for this story. First I would have liked more background on gabriel. I didn’t like or really connect with Fiona as I felt she was bratty and immature and it was Gabriel’s estate not hers whether he was English or not and she had no right to want him to leave who did she think she was? She wasn’t doing that good of a job if sheep were being stolen at least as far as I am concerned. This definitely didn’t WOW me in any way. I also didn’t feel the chemistry between Gabriel and Fiona. I don’t even know why Gabriel was even attracted to her and really she was a floozie as far as I am concerned.  Also there was too much going on.

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review 2017-04-07 20:37
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Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective? - Brian P. Cleary,Jenya Prosmitsky

This book is a creative, colorful, and exciting way to to introduce adjectives to students by whimsical illustrations and funny sentences. I would use this in my classroom to introduce the idea of adjectives in sentences, and then guide the students to make sentences using adjectives and to circle them. I would use this for many elementary ages, but is ideal for 2nd grade. This book is Lexile Level NP. Great for usage in the classroom. 

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