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Blind Mission

Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first attempt at the “espionage” genre. And truthfully, I was so bored during most of this book that it took me three times as long to get through it as it should have. The plot was slow moving, there was barely any action, and the characters were not well-developed.

I would have loved to have read some action scenes rather than, person A does this, person B thinks person A is doing this, etc.

Very disappointed.

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Music Can Save Your Soul

Music can save your soul. I truly believe that. And when you lose music, it feels as if a part of you has died.

When you hear a song and all you can think about is a certain person. When an entire genre is ruined for you because there are a million memories associated with it. Because every time you hear that style, your mind takes you back, floods you with memories of a different time. A time when your life was different. A time when you were different. For good and/or bad.

It can take years before those memories don’t overwhelm. Years before you don’t feel as if you will breakdown.

But one day, you’ll find yourself listening to a particular song. And you’ll realize, you stayed in the present the entire time. And you’ll realize, that you are healed.

You’ll realize that music was never what was wrong. You’ll realize that music will always be there for you. That there is a song for every situation. And you’ll realize that music is one of the best ways to express yourself. Because music expresses your innermost thoughts and feelings. Even when you can’t express them to yourself.

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Ruins (Pathfinder 2)

This was an incredible second installment in the Pathfinders series. It was exciting, riveting, suspenseful, and engaging.

As the characters develop, you are able to relate better to them. You can understand the internal struggles they have with themselves and each other.

The plot is extremely well-developed, fast-paced, and leaves the reader excited for the next chapter.

Books 1 & 2 were huge success, I can’t wait for book 3.

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Radcliffe’s Rival 100 Best Novels List

http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/radcliffes-rival-100-best-novels-list/

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  6. Ulysses by James Joyce
  7. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  9. 1984 by George Orwell
  10. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  11. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
  12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  13. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  17. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  18. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  19. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  20. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  22. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
  23. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  24. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  25. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  26. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  27. Native Son by Richard Wright
  28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  29. Slaughterhouse-Five  by Kurt Vonnegut
  30. For Whom the Bell Tollsby Ernest Hemingway
  31. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  32. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  34. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  35. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  36. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  37. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  38. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  39. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
  40. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  41. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
  42. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  43. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  44. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
  45. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  46. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  48. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  49. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  50. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  51. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  52. Howards End by E.M. Forster
  53. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  54. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  55. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  56. Jazz by Toni Morrison
  57. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  58. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  59. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  60. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  61. A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
  62. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  63. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  64. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  65. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  66. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  67. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  68. Light in August by William Faulkner
  69. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
  70. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  71. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  72. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  73. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
  74. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  75. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
  76. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
  77. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
  78. The Autobiography of Alice B. Tokias by Gertrude Stein
  79. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  80. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  81. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  82. White Noise by Don DeLillo
  83. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
  84. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  85. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  86. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  87. The Bostonians by Henry James
  88. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  89. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  90. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  91. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  92. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  93. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
  94. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
  95. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  96. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  97. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  98. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
  99. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  100. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
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Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves 1)

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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. I kept hoping “not another stereotypical paranormal adventure”, and I definitely got my wish! From beginning to end, I could hardly put the book down. I stayed up until 2am reading and picked it back up at 8am after a few hours sleep. I haven’t done that in quite some time.

The writing was at a simple level to understand but the plot line was what kept me turning the pages. The characters grew into their roles as the book progressed which made the story more “believable” (obviously the story is fiction).

While most paranormal books end up boring me, this book kept me engaged from page one to the end. I can’t wait to read the second book.

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Peppermint Essential Oil

Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.IMG_0096.jpg

I absolutely love essential oils. When I saw this company on tomoson.com, I knew I had to give it a try.

Simply Earth is a wonderful organization. A large reason that I like them is because 13% of the profit from your purchase goes to help end human trafficking.

The products are also fantastic. They are great scents that aren’t overwhelming. My favorite way of using essential oils is by adding a drop of the oil onto lava beads in various bracelets that I wear. With this peppermint scent, two drops lasted the entire day without being overpowering. It is a great scent to breathe in to help you relax. And it is the perfect scent for the winter season and holidays.

If you are interested in trying it out for yourself, here is a link for you to use: http://simplyearth.com/_llc?ref=JW30

 

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Knight of Light (The Watchers 1)

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

As much as it pains me to do so, this will not be a good review. I am giving this book a personal rating of 2/5 stars, and I am giving it 2 stars because of the potential of the storyline.

It is very rare that I am excited at the beginning of a book and then disappointed as it progresses. I loved the story line of the book, but I felt that it was poorly written. During many parts I felt that huge sections were simply skipped over. How did she get from point A to point B? What happened to person A? Person B’s story is over that quickly? As I read, I simply had more and more questions. The story line was not complicated to follow, I would have just preferred to have more substance and character development. I am hopeful that the second book will be better.