Saturday, April 25, 2015

Darkness Within

24491525Release Date: December 31, 2014
Author: Carli Castle
Publisher: Amazon Digital
Series: Elements of Life
Volume: One
Age Group: YA
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book Subjects:
Death
Mystery
Romance
Overall: 

Book Summary:

For as long as he could remember, Lucas Ferrin had magical powers he didn't understand and couldn't control. He didn't know where they came from, or why he was the only one around who had them.
When he stumbles upon a dead body on his way to work, he immediately knows there is something very sinister going on. First, there was the feeling inside that told him something was very wrong, and then there was the fact that the young woman's soul never returned to say who had killed her—as was customary in the United Realms of Esmeralda. As a series of strange events begin to unfold, Lucas finds himself fighting something inside him that makes him want to do terrible things, something darker and much scarier than the creatures that have begun to roam the night in search for their next kill. It is a darkness he can't keep away; that talks to him in his most vulnerable moments. Can Lucas hold off darkness long enough to find out his destiny, or will he give into its dark, but satisfying desire?

My Review:

First we have the main character Lucas Ferrin, a grand council member of United Realms of Esmeralda with his brother Caleb serving as president. This character is reserved relentlessly bored and not too sure of his next step in life, like any other seventeen-year-old, yet he finds his passion in drawing. Yet the events leading to the death of a fairy makes him do an 180.
Next we have Eleanore Saye Parker Dahl who is not your typical princess. She is not interested in balls, shimmering dresses, and glass slippers. She doesn't spend hours primping for other's attention. 
She's a do it yourself/love yourself kind of girl, and she isn't ashamed of that. She loves being barefoot, learning new things, and trying to control telepathic powers as well as trying to advance the art of healing others.
I remember watching this film called Amelie when I was younger, and I couldn't really enjoy it as much as I would have liked because the narrator kept talking throughout the whole movie. Some stories, such as fairy tales, contrast really well with being written in third-person omniscient. I would have liked it better if Lucas and Elle told their own view in first person, for the sake of sounding natural. I just kept "hearing" the author speak for the characters, I wanted the character to tell their own story I didn't want it explained to me like a text book. 

Parallels

Release Date: January 31, 2014
Author: Paradigm
Publisher: Create Space
Genre: Poetry
Book Subjects:
Spoken Word
Realism
Social Issues
LGBTQ
Overall: 4/5

Book Summary:
I speak in 1000 rhymes
I’ve lived over 1000 times
So I feel like I’ve written 1000 lines from 1000 minds.
Rise and shine with clear mind…
Rebirthed on planet Earth.
As 1000 pages unfold from 1000 stories never told.

My Review:
Are you a fan of artists such as Kai Davis or Shane Koyczan? If so then you will definitely take a liking to Paradigm because when you read her lyrical work of honesty you can't help but connect with the flow. I've come across many page-poets (as Nathan Thomas would say) and sometimes I couldn't connect with what the author was trying to say to me as the reader. Some would say "you have to read it slower" but if I read it several times then to me you failed as the author.  Luckily this book didn't leave me feeling that way. So again, if you're looking for honesty in a poem then direct yourself to reading this book, because as Paradigm says "I'm not in the business for rhymes or riddles and sharing my demons for shits and giggles."

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Demon Princess

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Release Date: September 29, 2009
Author: Michelle Rowen
Publisher: Walker & Company
Series: Demon Princess
Volume: One
Age Group: YA
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Book Subjects:
High School
Paranormal Romance
Secrete Parentage
Half Demon
Fairies
Overall: 4/5

Book Summary:
Nikki didn't thinks her life could get any more complicated after she moved to the dreary town of Erin Heights - fitting in at a new school while navigating the social scene was stressful enough. But when her sixteenth birthday rolls around, she's visited by a mysterious stranger, Michael, who tells her that her long-lost father is actually the demon king of the Shadowlands - the dimension that protects our world from the Underworld and Hell.

Maybe it's because she's in shock, or maybe it's because Michael is seriously cute, but Nikki follows him into the Shadowlands. There she learns about her half-demon powers, about the potential war between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, and that her father wants her to assume the throne - forever. Not to mention that her growing crush on Michael is completely forbidden....

Ruling the kingdom, navigating a secret crush, and still making it home by curfew - what's a teenage demon princess to do?

My Review:

Story takes place in a high school cafeteria where Nikki Donovan listens to her best friend, Melinda James, go on and on about the school dance. All Nikki wants is for Chris, your typical blonde haired school jock to be her boyfriend, and for her mother to be happyeven if she hates her stepdad Robert. Then all of a sudden she spots an eerie dark haired beauty following her.

Fast forward, Nikki starts to feel a strange sensation come over her then all of a sudden a bald headed guy (Dax) is trying to save her, luckily Michael comes in time to save her and take her to the Shadowlands, off the border of Hell and Fearyland. There, Nikki meets her sickly father Desmond who’s the King of the Shadowlands and her aunt (Elizabeth).

Taking in this newfound information becomes more than what she expected. Now Nikki is on a mission to save both of her parents and try to figure out who wants her dead and why. As you can see I gave this book a five out of five because of the authenticy even though it was fictionalized it felt real.
8/8/14
 

Willakaville

Release Date: January 7, 2015
Author: Mathew F. Heinecke
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Age Group: Children's Lit.
Genre: Speculative
Book Subjects:
Humor
Magic
Surrealism
Overall: 3/5
 
Book Summary:
Welcome to Willakaville! An otherwise normal town turned upside down by crazy, silly, strange and supernatural wackiness. Amazing adventures of astronomical awesomeness has it all! Adventures, magic, mystery, time-travel, aliens, laughter, conspiracies, monsters, mayhem, dilemmas, and cats.

My Review:
Love reading kids books with a touch of spunk? Then you will  love Matthew F. Heinecke, he hits the ball at delivering something unique. The story takes place in the utopian world of Willakavile, that's quickly turning upside down with strange occurrences happening left and right. The story starts off with Billy and Charley walking to school when they encounter a little man on top of the tree. Like I said they story takes off from there; between a giant tomato, wish bearing animals, knights, and evil visitors. The only thing this story was missing was heavy illustration.

Sublimation

Release Date: November 7, 2014
Author: Khalilah Yasmin
Publisher: Self
Age Group: Mature Audience
Genre: Spoken Word
Book Subjects:
Realism
Angst
Poetry
Overall: 4/5

Book Summary:
Sexual sublimation, which can be a spiritual practice; transfers normal human sexual impulses into creative energy by transference. In this volume, Sublimation is a collection of spoken word; written as it would be performed aloud. Sublimation was created to share experiences that have been enhanced by the author's imagination.
 
My Review:
 I'm amazed at the fact that every time I go to The Beat, I always leave with something beautiful to take with me. In this case, I got a chance see and speak with the featured artist that particular night, Kahlilah Yasmin.  Very sweet and welcoming, that's what I like about her approach it's down to earth just this story I'm reviewing. The book contains a variety of subjects from a broken heart, redemption, sex and love.  Kahlilah knows how to draw the audience in and make them feel compassion. The only thing I didn't care for was the calibre font, right-sided quotes, and the grammatical errors.

My Name is Meth

I destroy homes, I tear families apart,
Take your children, and that's just the start.
I'm more costly than diamonds, more precious than gold,
The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.
If you need me, remember I'm easily found,
I live all around you — in schools and in town,
I live with the rich; I live with the poor,
I live down the street, and maybe next door.

I'm made in a lab, but not like you think,
I can be made under the kitchen sink.
In your child's closet, and even in the woods,
If this scares you to death, well it certainly should.
I have many names, but there's one you know best,
I'm sure you've heard of me, my name is Crystal Meth.
My power is awesome, try me you'll see,
But if you do, you may never break free.


Just try me once and I might let you go,
But try me twice, and I'll own your soul.
When I possess you, you'll steal and you'll lie,
You do what you have to — just to get high.
The crimes you'll commit for my narcotic charms
Will be worth the pleasure you'll feel in your arms.
You'll lie to your mother, you'll steal from your dad,
When you see their tears, you should feel sad.


But you'll forget your morals and how you were raised,
I'll be your conscience, I'll teach you my ways.
I take kids from parents, and parents from kids,
I turn people from God, and separate friends.
I'll take everything from you, your looks and your pride,
I'll be with you always — right by your side.
You'll give up everything - your family, your home,
Your friends, your money, then you'll be alone.

I'll take and take, till you have nothing more to give,
When I'm finished with you, you'll be lucky to live.
If you try me be warned — this is no game,
If given the chance, I'll drive you insane.
I'll ravish your body, I'll control your mind,
I'll own you completely, your soul will be mine.
The nightmares I'll give you while lying in bed,
The voices you'll hear, from inside your head.

The sweats, the shakes, the visions you'll see,
I want you to know, these are all gifts from me.
But then it's too late, and you'll know in your heart,
That you are mine, and we shall not part.
You'll regret that you tried me, they always do,
But you came to me, not I to you.
You knew this would happen, many times you were told,
But you challenged my power, and chose to be bold.

You could have said no, and just walked away,
If you could live that day over, now what would you say?
I'll be your master, you will be my slave,
I'll even go with you, when you go to your grave.
Now that you have met me, what will you do?
Will you try me or not? It's all up to you.
I can bring you more misery than words can tell,
Come take my hand, let me lead you to hell.
 

Angela T. Fatino
(April 26, 1982 - October 8, 1997)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

19 Struggles All Fanfiction Addicts Understand by Emma Lord


1. You’re constantly hiding your computer screen from your friends and family.

2. And found out the hard way how dangerous it is to read fanfiction on your phone in public.

3. Everybody thinks you only write/read smut.

4. When in fact you write/read PLOT INTENSIVE smut.

5. It takes forever to find The Perfect Fanfiction for your OTP.

6. And when you get to the best part, you realize it hasn’t been updated since you were basically in MIDDLE SCHOOL.

7. Your other priorities usually take a backseat.


8.You don’t have enough muscles in your face to cringe at new authors who put “A/N”s right in the middle of their chapters.


11. When you’re one of the first ones in a new fandom, the lack of fanfiction for it is debilitating.

12. So you take it upon yourself to shoulder the burden of writing your own.

13. Good reviews are more potent than liquid crack.

14. But people are always asking things like, “Don’t you want to write something you can actually get paid for?”

15. You have genuine trouble not looking at life through fanfiction goggles.

16. You keep thinking a day will come that you’ll grow out of the fanficking habit.

17. But then the writers on your show do THAT THING to your faves, and you get sucked right back in again.

18. So you’ve pretty much resigned yourself to the fact that you will be a fanfiction addict forever.

19. Oh, and also? No matter what you do THE MARAUDERS WILL NEVER GET THEIR OWN MOVIE.