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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Audio A-Go-Go: Struck

I have not had a lot of time to read lately, but I have found a way around that: Audio books!

Luckily, I'm able to listen to audio books occasionally at work. Because I highly believe that reviews are invaluable, I absolutely want to share them with you. Maybe you will discover a new favorite.

So here is the latest:

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Struck is about Mia, a seventeen-year-old who is addicted to being struck by lightning. That is what hooked me. Lightning is crazy. Being addicted to it is crazier. Add to that a post-apocalyptic LA that has been ravaged by natural disasters. Of course, no disaster is complete without a cult and a secret society of sorts.

Bosworth described Mia's world very well. The "displaced", those who lost their homes during the disasters, and their almost feral demeanor at times born from fear and desperation, felt authentic. Everywhere Mia looked, loss upon loss. Her own world, consisting of her mother and brother, was not without its own type of loss. Her mother is suffering from a sort of PTSD from being trapped under the rubble, almost killed. Mia and her brother return to school only for the daily food rations promised to every attending student. And prices are so inflated that a few dollars won't even buy a loaf of bread. Mia even has to take her chances with a drug dealer for her mother's medication rather than buying them legally.

So what is going on in this horrible wasteland of a town? Well, the end of the world is coming. Some are aligning themselves with Prophet, the blind bible-thumper, eager to ring in the end of the world. Others are part of a group hoping to stop Prophet and his people from creating a storm that could do just that, end all. You see, there are others who have been hit by lightning, not just Mia. And it has left its mark on them in more ways than the visible red scars. They have power. And the more power Prophet collects, the more likely his plan will work. He only needs one more: Mia.

While Mia's world is well thought out and the storyline pretty solid, it began to waffle toward the end. Jeremy is the wild card of the story. He pops out of nowhere, a foe turned love interest. And though I appreciate his complicated backstory, he turned into a distraction for Mia. Almost as if this broken world only needed love to save it rather than a crusader with the capability to harness the power of lightning. With such a hefty world view set up, I can only feel that Bosworth missed her chance to impart some wisdom to Mia's plight, to relay a deeper message to the reader.

Unless that, in fact, was the deeper message: A broken world only needs love to save it.

If anyone has read or listened to Struck, I would love to hear your theories.

If you haven't been Struck, you can:

I'm sure you can find it in many places in many forms, but I feel that two links is acceptable. ;D

As a reminder: I write honest reviews based solely on my own dorky opinions.  

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Forgetfulness Has a Season

Sometimes I forget how to write. Or so I think. That's how it feels, anyway. I get lost in the world, in my head. I live and love, and experience so much away from my computer and paper. It's wonderful to be "here" in the moment rather than "there". To not be accountable on social media. To not worry about updates or word counts.

I take pleasure in the little things. I take time to grieve the big things. With everything, I take my time.

But then my brain wants to make sense of it all. It wants to piece it all together, string it to my heart and back. Only, in order to do that I have to remember how to write again because it is how I process the world. And it feels just as wonderful to write as it does, during those times of forgetfulness, not to. 

Forgetfulness has a season, but every season has an end. And ends are just as important as beginnings because sometimes they are the same thing.

So maybe I'm back for a time. To write and chat and piece the world together.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review - 'The System' by Teshelle Combs

1 + 1 = Dead.
That’s the only math that adds up when you’re in the System.

Everywhere Nick turns, he’s surrounded by the inevitability of his own demise at the hands of the people who stole his life from him. That is, until those hands deliver the bleeding, feisty, eye-rolling Nessa Parker. Tasked with keeping his new partner alive, Nick must face all the ways he’s died and all the things he’s forgotten.

Nessa might as well give up. The moment she gets into that car, the moment she lays her hazel eyes on her new partner, her end begins. It doesn’t matter that Nick Masters can slip through time by computing mathematical algorithms in his mind. It doesn’t matter how dark and handsome and irresistibly cold he is. Nessa has to defeat her own shadows.

Together and alone, Nick and Nessa make sense of their senseless fates and fight for the courage to change it all. Even if it means the System wins and they end up…well…dead. 

Readers become a part of 'The System' from the first page. However, unlike Nessa Parker, who unwillingly becomes immersed in an underground world of assassins, readers can't get enough.

Nessa's world no longer centers around boy-crazy friends and familiar hugs. Rather, she is surrounded by "recruits" - trained killers - and a captor that prefers extreme corporal punishment, such as cane beating, to address unwanted asking questions. However, Nessa's character growth drives the plot, with all its heartache and tough lessons. She is smart, spry, and, most importantly, armed with humor.

"If I succumb to my wounds in the night, will you cremate me? Spread my ashes on the beach to the theme song from Pocahontas?" -Nessa Parker

Of course, it's easy to keep a sense of humor in the face of death when your new partner is as hot and feisty as Nick Masters. Handy with an automatic weapon, Nick can also move faster than it takes Nessa to blink...because of his algorithm. You see, everyone in the System has a personal mathematical algorithm that allows the use of a special gift, whether it be reading minds, healing others, or controlling electronics. Everyone has their own algorithm...except Nessa. So why is she there? The answer surprises Nessa more than anyone.

'The System' will definitely appeal to 
fans of the 'Divergent' series.

'The System' embraces the tough and gritty moments of Nessa and Nick's lives in a poignant manner. Nothing is ever clean or easy. People die. People kill. And people learn to survive. But what does this mean for Nessa and Nick?

Is this the end? 
Or simply a new beginning?

Purchase 'The System' here.

Also check out Teshelle's first novel, 'Core', if you like kickass female leads and dragons. Yeah, I said dragons. :D