Remnants: Season Of Fire by Lisa T. Bergren

I am writing this review based on everything before 290 where I stopped reading.

downloadWhat I Loved
The plot and even the characters I disliked in the first one grew on me. The writing also improved and I was rarely confused.

Profanity/Crude Language Content
“Curse under my breath” or “Mutter curses” Is the closest it gets to swearing.

Romance/Sexual Content
Men lust after Andriana all the time and look over her body. Feelings between her and love interests are explained, touches are explained. A mention of being molested, a few pervy comments and sultry glances. Ronan and Andriana Kiss deeply and are caught. Keallach uses his powers to force Andriana to kiss him, later that night he forces her to kiss him again and uses his powers to hold her still as he kisses her neck and she “Resists the pleasure of his kisses”. That is where I stopped reading.

Spiritual Content
The Ailith are gifted with powers from the Maker, Sethoes and The Sheolites are evil and have dark powers, Keallach is an Ailith but his powers have been enhanced by darkness. Sethoes is a sorcerer, he cast a spell over the castle so Andriana can’t use her powers, she feels darkness in him. Neiro and Vidar pray over Andriana and an oppression is lifted from her, Neiro goes into the woods and Andriana says an “Invisible army” Is with him. They pray to The Maker and give Him praises.

Violence
Bones are cracked, heads are cut off, blood is spilt, A lot of death and killing and combat and wounds. Way more gruesome than the first one.

Drugs/Alcohol
They drank alcohol often.

Wrapping it up
What’s so sad is that I was really enjoying this book and then….Yuck happened. I felt a little conviction with the first one and this one confirmed it, I felt a tug at my heart and knew God didn’t want me reading this, He knows my weaknesses and temptations, I want my mind to be a pure place and this book doesn’t align with that, I only wish I would have heeded His voice sooner. I will not be finishing this book or continuing with the trilogy due to the content throughout both of them. I’m immensely disappointed by this book and was genuinely looking forward to reading on and finding out how it all ends.

 

Unraveling by Sara Ella

*I was given this book for free by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions below are my own.*

Rating: 3.5 (Out of five)

Blurb

32673847Eliyana Ember doesn’t believe in true love. Not anymore. After defeating her grandfather and saving the Second Reflection, El only trusts what’s right in front of her. The tangible. The real. Not some unexplained Kiss of Infinity she once shared with the ghost of a boy she’s trying to forget. She has more important things to worry about—like becoming queen of the Second Reflection, a role she is so not prepared to fill.

Now that the Verity is intertwined with her soul and Joshua’s finally by her side, El is ready to learn more about her mysterious birth land, the land she now rules. So why does she feel like something—or someone—is missing?

When the thresholds begin to drain and the Callings, those powerful magical gifts, begin to fail, El wonders if her link to Ky Rhyen may have something to do with it. For light and darkness cannot coexist. She needs answers before the Callings disappear altogether. Can El find a way to sever her connection to Ky and save the Reflections—and keep herself from falling for him in the process?

 

Recommended for ages: 16+

Profanity/Crude Language
Crowe, Bleep, Flippin’, verity and void are all used.

Romance/Sexual Content
El is backed up against a wall and a love interest kisses her jaw, she says he has and hunger in his eyes, another love interest in a different scene kisses each of her fingers. Lots of thoughts of kissing. There is so much sexual tension in this book it could light up New York city. A love interest and El kiss passionately and he pulls her on top of him, he says he keeps his distance but craves her as he’s always craved her. The chapter ends with “I don’t want to keep my distance anymore.” A love interest thinks something to El and it makes her blush.

Spiritual Content
The void represents evil while the verity represents good and light. Some characters give into the void and serve it and are given dark powers. The callings are sourced by the verity. The Void overtakes someone. (Definitely darker than the first one)

Violence
People are murdered, stabbed, blood and wounds are described. Someone eats a fairy on purpose.

Drugs/Alcohol
Someone is drunk.

Other Content
Non sexual nudity.

Clean Rating
PG 14 (a scene that alludes to going further than kissing, SO MUCH SEXUAL TENSION, and pretty dark)

Wrapping it up/My Thoughts
If I just look at the plot I’d give this book a million stars, but I can’t do that. The sexual content got to be a little much. I have to say, this book made me begin to dislike a character I NEVER in a million years thought I would dislike. Honestly it breaks my heart to put a low rating on such an amazingly written book.
But content is content.
I hated the whole “I need him by my side to feel complete” like gurl no, you a strong Independent woman who don’t need no man to complete you.
It may sound like I hated this book but in all honesty I really loved it, but I can’t bring myself to recomend it fully due to the content. (Stupid beach scene)
Can we all take moment to look that those plot twists though??? If I wasn’t reading this on kindle I would have thrown it across the yard. Should you read this series? That’s why I review books so you can look at the nitty gritty content and decide for yourself. (Also before I go can we make it a rule that authors are banned from using #’s in books unless they’re using it as a number sign? Please and thank you.) ALSO, seeing the different reflections was so neat! Honestly my brain is still processing this book and all the things, SO MUCH HAPPENED. We got so many details and scenes and I just…cannot… I honestly don’t remember half the things that happened because as soon as we found out one thing another thing would happen and just, am I rambling? I feel like I’m rambling. This book is written so beautifully, the world and plot done SO well. Sara Ella, you are a genius.

What team are you? #TeamKy or #TeamJoshua because I legitimately have no idea what to think anymore, strangely enough I started liking Joshua more in this book??? Someone help, I think I’ve officially gone insane.

 

 

Unblemished by Sara Ella

Blurb
Eliyana has always recoiled from her own reflection in the mirror. But what if that were 28449231only one Reflection—one world? What if another world existed where her blemish could become her strength?

Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a hideous birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her as normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved.

But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird.

Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly.

Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself?

What I Loved
This world never ceases to fascinate me, like, it’s seriously genius. The plot twists (even the second time around) were just as cool and it was awesome to see everything coming to be and knowing what’s going to happen.

Recommended for ages: 15+

Profanity/Crude Language
Crowe, Flippin, Verity, Void,bleep and wh*re are all used.

Romance/Sexual Content

El daydreams about a love interest kissing her, a character has multiple children out of wedlock, rape is alluded to, lots of hoping for kisses and sexual tension. Characters kiss (one is quite passionate) and feelings are described.

Spiritual Content

 The Verity represents all things good and pure and light while the Void represents all things evil and corrupt and dark. The Allegory is pretty easy to follow.

Violence

Wounds are described, characters are beaten and a few are stabbed.

Drugs/Alcohol

El takes the reflection equivalent of ibuprofen.

Other Content

Non sexual nudity.


Clean Rating

PG 13 (sexual tension and a confusing plot line)
Wrapping it up
All in all, a wonderful book, full of fairy tale esque things and plot twists, I was, however, noticing how annoying El is in his book and also…it’s a little cheesy, like, it’s cool and the characters are awesome but it definitely has a fair amount of mozzarella.

The Girl Who Could See By Kara Swanson

The Girl Who Could See By Kara Swanson

(I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own)

Blurb
All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but, what if she is the only one who TGWCScan truly see?

Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear normal, she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.

Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man is not a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.

What I Loved
Holy cow.

This book was amazing. So I went in thinking ‘well, this will be different’, I came out completely blown away. The writing, the characters, the plot, they were all so interesting and intriguing and complex and packed into a mere 150 pages! Kara managed to pack in to that page count what some authors can’t do in 500. Also I’d like to note that i could picture the characters so well throughout the book and all in all could picture everything fairly well. I loved the relationship between Tristan and the whole idea of seeing into another world, totally got that Marvel/Sci-fi feel!

Recommended for Ages: 13+

Profanity/Crude Language Content
A handful of ‘He swore under his breath’ or ‘He cursed under his breath’

Romance/Sexual Content
Mentions of touches and a kiss.

Spiritual Content
God is mentioned once in a character’s head and one mention of praying for safety.

Violence
While I wouldn’t consider this an overly violent read I would give caution to those who are squeamish, mentions of blood splattering and dripping and scars and a few battle scenes with fighting.

Drugs/Alcohol
None.

Clean Rating
PG (Violence)

Wrapping it up
Overall a very enjoyable, interesting read, full of imagination. While I loved it, the end was a little bit convenient, some scenes were kind of confusing and the characters could be a little annoying but for this one, the good FAR outweighs the bad! Honestly I’m still so blown away by this book. I definitely recommend!

Buy Link:
https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Who-Could-See/dp/1542515483/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1487653901&sr=8-2&keywords=the+girl+who+could+see

Clue
Clue 15

Author Info
Author Headshot

As the daughter of missionaries, KARA SWANSON spent sixteen years of her young life in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped suddenly into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the speculative genre and was soon penning stories herself.

At seventeen, she independently published a fantasy novel, Pearl of Merlydia. Her short story Distant as the Horizon is included in Kathy Ide’s 21 Days of Joy: Stories that Celebrate Mom. She has published many articles, including one in the Encounter magazine. Kara received the Mount Hermon Most Promising Teen Writer Award in 2015.

Blog Tour Dates
FINAL TGWCS BLOG TOUR HEADING

Remnants: Season of Wonder By Lisa T. Bergren

!Mild Spoilers!

Blurb
THEIR ARRIVAL WAS FORETOLD FOR YEARS . . .17679376

Andriana is a Remnant, gifted as an empath and one of the Ailith, destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.

After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley is more dangerous than they imagined.

The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants’ cause. And as the Remnants battle the demonic forces, still other enemies close in. Dangers intensity, but so do Dri’s feelings for Ronan–the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must find a way to master her feelings. Or risk compromising everything . . .

My Thoughts
So….I don’t exactly know what to think of this book. The over all story was very interesting, the Ailith and knights, politics and the cool medieval feel of the world, But it fell short for me, especially in the writing. I’ve read other books from this authors and loved them and understood them but this one…It was just confusing. The way she explained things left me just like ‘okayy..?’ Throughout the whole book I just felt so lost and not in a good way.
I feel like the over all politics and stuff weren’t really explained, either, and when they were it was in a passive ‘you-should-already-know-this’ way. As for the romance, I found myself cheering them on through the book but when it came down to that scene in the second to last chapter I found myself just feeling annoyed by them and really just wanted the kissing scene to be over. (Also ‘My lower lip, swollen from his kisses.’ boi, just no.) Also the pacing was really weird like, we had these scenes of these long winded people droning on and on and driving the same point home and then all of a sudden it was just ‘we walked for three days and then we were there.’ it just seemed a bit inconsistent at times. Also, the humor wasn’t all that funny(I realize Vidar was supposed to be the comic relief but I only actually laughed two or three times) I also think the world really needed to be expanded on like, i still have no idea where this book is set.
Okay, okay. Enough of my roasting this book, it’s time to say things that I LIKED about it! So, the Ailith were so neat! Also the evil vs good was awesome and I really liked how Andriana struggles with a curiosity about the dark and how the internal battle of dark VS light and head over heart is explored a bit. I liked the plot and it kept me interested, saving a prince held captive by his evil twin brother?? YES PLEASE! And ultimately, I think that will be what drives me to read the next one (Also Kapriel is such a cool name like, Can we all just agree on that?)

Recommended for Ages: 15+

Profanity/Crude Language Content
‘He swore under his breath’ is the closest it ever gets to swearing.

Romance/Sexual Content
Throughout the whole book there is unmistakable sexual tension between Andriana and Ronan, Lots of thoughts of attraction and a yearning for him, She recalls a time that they rolled down a hill and he landed on top of her and he almost kissed her, she wishes she would have let him. There is a man who has three wives. Mentions of men buying and trading for women. Lustful glances are directed towards Andriana and the other females of the group, Andriana senses lust and desire in some men. While Andriana is tied up a man caresses her body and offers to free her if she gives him “a tumble around the corner”.  In a few scenes there are women sitting on men’s laps, kissing them, mentions of cleavage and men stroking them, Andriana reads there feelings and senses they wish to escape. A man runs his hands up Andrianas leg, lifting her dress up along the way to reveal a birthmark and puts his hands on her hips. Ronan holds and hugs Andriana on multiple occasions. Andriana imagines what it would be like to kiss Ronan. Throughout the whole book, men rake there eyes over Andriana and lust after her, (Including guys in there group) Ronan and Andriana kiss passionately towards the end of the book (Even though there relationship is forbidden)

Spiritual Content
Mentions of Sorcery and dark powers. The Ailith posses gifts from The Maker. Vidar can see Angels and demons or ‘dark angels’. Andriana struggles with a pull to the dark side and has a curiosity about it. Lots of prayers and praises for The Maker. Keallach and his followers have dark powers and use sorcery. The sons of Sheol are demons and Vidar can see there true forms. Andriana can sense darkness or light within people. The group comes to a sanctuary full of monks who practice a ‘peaceful’ religion, it is mentioned that they pray to multiple gods.

Violence
People are killed and stabbed and punched. Blood is splattered on the walls where people were murdered. Lots of sword fighting and combat. Tons of people getting knocked out and murdered.

Drugs/Alcohol
At a party, people drink champagne and get drunk.\

Other Content
A man tastes Andrianas blood after she pricks her finger in a rose thorn (I just thought this was so weird i should probably include it.)

Clean Rating
PG 15+ mature teens. (Hints at sexual assault, passionate kissing, violence)

 

Wonder By R.J. Palacio

BlurbWonder_Cover_Art
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

What I Loved
The characters were amazing. As someone who has a sister with Cerebral Palsy, I really related to Via at some points, also, her name is Olivia so….:))))) I loved August from page one, The author totally captured how little children are and how they think, it was amazing! I love the family relationships and just the over all cozy feel of this book. I love the themes of loving people who look different than you and self acceptance, Also this story was told from multiple peoples perspectives and that gave it such a cool feel and I REALLY hope the movie does it justice!

Recommended for Ages: 10+

Profanity/Crude Language Content
The name of God is taken in vain multiple times. Friggin’ and freaking is said a few times.

Romance/Sexual Content
Mentions of children having crushes on fellow students and ‘dating’ (Can one really date at that age though??) Jack calls Summer hot, Via and Justin are seen kissing on the front porch, a brief mention of an affair.

Spiritual Content
Heaven is mentioned multiple times, ‘The Universe’ is mentioned two or three times, Luck is mentioned and talked about (Would that go in this category? meep)

Violence
The main character is bullied by an older boy and a fight breaks out. (It ends quickly)

Drugs/Alcohol
None.

Other Content
People gossip and hurtful things are said, kids keep secrets from there parents.

Clean Rating
Clean with a PG warning (Bullying)

Wrapping it up
Over all I loved this book and enjoyed it so so much! It had the perfect balance of making me laugh and cry. The author, while having a writing style I wasn’t the biggest fan of, still weaved an amazing story and wrote adorable characters I couldn’t help but love!

Watch The Book Trailer

 

 

 

The Songs, Movies, and Books tag

The Songs, Movies, and Books tag

1. A song that describes you in some way

I Wanna Go Back by David Dunn. I’m an extremely nostalgic person and this song captures everything perfectly.

2. A movie that inspires you
This is so hard because so many different films inspire me in different ways BUUUT, I’m gonna have to say PRICELESS, It really inspired me to take a stand on Human Trafficking and speak out about it and spread awareness and show people that THIS HORRIBLE THING IS HAPPENING IN OUR OWN BACKYARDS.
3. A book that the main character is like you
Uhhhmmmm…. I’m going to say Parvin Blackwater. We’re both impulsive. We both have trouble with doubting and not putting our full trust in God. We both love Jude. What? I’m not crying at all. I’m fine. *Sobs*
4. A song that you love
For this one I’m going to say It’s Not Over Yet by For King & Country, this song has encouraged me through many a sleepless night.
5. A movie you love
Hands down, Epic put on by Dreamworks. THIS movie guys. THIS MOVIE. It’s sooo gooood.
6. A book you love
A Time To Die by Nadine Brandes (We all saw it coming)
7. A song you do not like
Chainbreaker by Zach Williams. Sorry not sorry, i hate that song.
8. A movie you do not like
Captain America: The First Avenger. That movie is just so bad XD
9. A book you do not like
Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof. I love Joanne but that book….couldn’t even finish it.
10. A song that makes you happy
To The Dreamers by For King & Country, SUch a GooD sOng
11. A movie that freaked you out
All The Lord of The Rings movies, too dark and creepy for me.
12. A book that made you cry
I’ve cried over so many books it’s so hard to narrow it down but I think I’ll go with Revolutionary by Krista Mcgee, that book hurt so bad.
13. A song you listen to a lot when you were younger
My mom would always play this Winnie The Pooh CD and it was my life.
14. A movie you watched a lot when you were younger
When I was like, 10, me and my sisters were absolutely obsessed with the Musical CATS and watched it every day for a week once and watched scenes from it on Youtube constantly…(This musical might be considered inappropriate to some people, you have been warned)
15. A book you read a lot when you were younger
The Giving Tree and any Shel Silverstein book tbh, I also would ALWAYS be listening to audiobooks.
16. A song that irritates you
Any song where they sing the SAME THING for a million years and it just keeps going ON AND ON AND ON….
17. A movie that kept you on the edge of your seat
The Hunger Games movies…Holy cow.
18. A book that left you breathless
Unblemished by Sarah Ella. Hands. DOWN.
K, that’s it. Hope you enjoyed! Byeeeee