QUICK NOTE...Update: 6/25/19
Still working through things. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and while the family is safe (pups, and parents), the house didn't fair as well. You'd think we'd be back in our home by now, since the disaster occurred October 2018, but nope. Things are very slow to progress towards normalcy...and every day presents a new headache/nightmare to deal with. Thanks for stopping by and sharing my bookish adventures. It helps remind me I'm not alone in this crazy journey called life.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Friday, January 25, 2019
Right from the start, I felt for Lucy and Oliver. No, I've not had the sadness of my heart breaking in the same way as theirs, but I definitely feel their pain in my own way. They were finding their way through the dark days that absence created and while getting on each other's nerves, they were also constantly on the look out for the other. It was utterly endearing and played an integral part throughout the story, including the DANGEROUS and SUSPENSE FILLED END. Though Oliver liked to reason his way through things, being close to teen-dom, he wasn't always thinking clearly...add in a dose of morose to the heart, and it's easy to see how the wool was pulled over his eyes, and yet I can't find room in my heart to totally write him off as a "bad guy" for his choices. Lucy is an equally lovable character, though prickly in her own right. Worried about worrying everyone else, she kept too many things to herself, but her heart was ever so much in the right place. Her kindness, her caring, her utter desire to do the right thing even when it was the hard thing to do, kept her shining in my eyes, even when her own self-esteem faltered.
All in all, it was DARK, and ENCHANTING, filled with HOPE and with DESTRUCTION, but in the end, it reminds us to love the ones we're with, try not to regret the past but most certainly learn from it, and always spare a bit of kindness for a stranger...just, you know, don't invite the darkness in.
**ecopy received for review
Monday, January 14, 2019
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Dragon Pearl...Myth. Legend. Reality?
Perhaps, but whether it is the creator or destroyer of worlds all depends on the hands in which it dwells. Once upon a time, there was an artifact of legend that fell into darkness. It's location remained unknown for so long, many doubted it ever existed, but there are always those looking for a challenge...though their intentions are as varied as their heritage.
When you crack the spine on this one, be ready for adventure in all its beautiful colors. There's high flying space battles with fiery ends, otherworldly mysteries that could crystallize the most stalwart of souls, and family bonds so precious no distance can keep them apart. There are new acquaintances made with family formerly unknown (with good reason, as we learn), so many lies told it'll be hard to keep the truth in sight, gi's tested to their limits, and enough latrines scrubbed this girl
open her own cleaning service! Seriously though, it's much more than it may at first seem and it already spikes your interest at first glance, so that's saying something...but beyond the Fiction, there's a lot of FACT with the lessons it teaches us about the world being better off in harmony, keeping our deceptions to a minimum, and accepting others for who they are not what you may have heard. Keep an eye out for the different types of spirits and magic running about, as they each have their own "flavor", their own razzle dazzle, and their own set of rules they live by.
In short, I loved the world building, the histories, the magic, and everything in between. What begins as a simple story to uncover the fate of a beloved brother, turns into a fight for not just their lives, but those of every other WORLD. Power is a funny beast...in the right hands, the possibilities are endless, but in the wrong hands, the devastation is unimaginable. Prepare for battle when you crack the spine on this one and strap in for one heck of a ride!
**ARC received for review, eaten by Hurricane Michael, but outsmarted by this reader by nabbing an ecopy on NetGalley
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