Sunday, September 1, 2019

Book Review: Dagger and Scythe by Emilie Knight

Dagger and Scythe by Emilie Knight

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis: Dagger and Scythe spent good decade’s together, stalking human prey at night, and taking out the targets the god Maniodes deems worthy. With one hundred years under her belt, Scythe is comfortable in her ways, and takes incredible enjoyment of her skills. Dagger may be new to the undead order, but he’s relishing in the work. The two of them together set beautiful bonfires, with the occasional corpse inside that fire.

When they enjoy each other’s time a little too much, and an entire village burns down because of it, Maniodes becomes sick of their rogue behavior. Regular punishments haven’t worked on either of them, so he tries something new: marrying them to each other. To keep each other in line or they’ll both end up properly dead.

Both have grown tired of the god’s odd punishments and lazy control, taking over his throne and the land of the dead should fix things.    

Her scythe is perfectly curved for slicing.
His dagger, made of folded steel, is ready to strike.
But are they strong enough to take on gods?

Like a twosome that just clashes but somehow works? Then you should read Dagger and Scythe by Emilie Knight. This duo has remnants of Bonnie and Clyde, only if that duo worked with murder. As these two create chaos, they end up being reckless and punished! What's their punishment? Marriage! Slightly offended as I am married but none the less I digress. One of my favorite things about this novel is the dialogue between the two protagonists. It is not stale nor do you feel as if it's beyond worldly limits, no you get a bit of humanity. As the two are forced in this marriage, you begin to see a relationship develop. Knight knew what she was doing by creating these two and revealing layers through dialogue. Whether you're part of this world or not, you kind have to root for the two? Right!? Another good tidbit about this novel? Its a romance story hidden underneath a dark fantasy, it's about two people coming together to go against a common enemy. It's about the connections, and you just really have to root for them!

So if I am rooting so hard for Dagger and Scythe was is it a four out of five? Glad you asked! (or read - let's not get technical). The story muddled a bit as I was confused at the point of the setting and world that was built if we didn't dive into it. Knight does an amazing job at world-building but it gets mushed underneath the character's quest and relationship. An example? Scythe is jealous of Dagger demanding she doesn't kill one person at a wedding reception they go to. So naturally, that makes Scythe want to kill this person more. (She's a woman! Duh) Scythe learns that one person turns out to be Dagger's sister who is still depressed over the ten years of his death. Another woman reveals how Dagger died (don't want to spoil it but WOW). Great scene but I forgot this was a dark fantasy! Believe it or not, ya girl wanted a bit more macabre in this!

However, this was book was quite enjoyable and I loved the journey these two go on and grow together.  

 I recommend this book for any reader 16+ of adventure, slight gore, dark romance, and fantasy.

The book can be purchased at on October 1st, 2019 or Preorder today at Amazon 
 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Story Excerpt; WIP

Tears dribbled down her cheek onto her lips and she could taste the salt from her agony. However, she didn't wipe away her pain but let it fuel her reason for why she was sitting in her bedroom alone. Graduation was a mere few weeks away, and the infamous clique six would be broken up as they attend different universities. Fingers trembled as she fingered the lace trim of her skirt and she gripped the cotton as her body racked with sobs. Sobs caught in her throat when she heard her door slam open and an affectionate laugh filled the room.

She could see him with a pale green bowl filled to the rim with cereal and a sweet smile. However, the smile quickly faded as their eyes met. He quickly strode over to where she sat at the bay window. The green bowl spilled milk onto the dusty rose cushions and he pulled her into a warm tight embrace. Weeps enclosed the room as it boomed off the walls and onto the two. She trembled within his arms and he placed his chin on top of her chocolate hair to subdue the pain she was feeling.

He quieted her, but she gripped his neck tighter and pulled him into her arms. Taken aback by her actions, he pulled her onto his lap and let her curl into a ball. He didn't expect this, she was always in a great mood and if she was sad she tucked it away with her dreams. They have never been this physically close, they were best friends, but the kind that you had because you saw them five times a week. Having her crumbled, she'll within his palms made him realized that she had to trust him. Her soul burst from the seams of her skin and he could see how fragile she was.

Shallow breaths were the only sound that could be heard as she sniffled away her sadness. He didn't realize how tight he was gripping her in his arms until she squirmed so she can look at his face. Pink tinted nose, paired with ruby red bloodshot eyes sprinkled with the glitter of her pain. Shadowed swirls painted her cheeks and he thumbed a tear that escaped.

"What's wrong?"

His voice clouded with worry and he cleared away his own emotions for her. Her mouth opened and closed a few times, but she couldn't spill the words out. A malicious tongue twisted and locked away the words however she persisted.

"Is it because we are graduating? I mean its okay, you know. We are all going to stay in contact." He whispered as she shook her head.

She grabbed his hand and he could feel his heart race from her soft touch.

"I made a mistake."

Her voice wavered but he caught it quickly when he squeezed her hand to reassure her that he would be there.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Story Excerpt: Results

The cool breeze flapped the curtains open as I sloshed the mop across the floor. I stopped to fix the top knot of curls upon my head and proceed back to mop the floor clean of dirt. Since the pregnancy scare a month ago, Nick and I did not spend too much time together. He buried his time at work or his mother's. I spent my time cleaning the house and working on a few screenplays. However, that was going to change and I was going to make an effort to have some alone time tonight. 

“Babe?” Nick beckoned and I stopped the mop and looked at him in the doorway with his mother and cousin Nina. The smile dropped from my face and replaced with a scowl. I shook my head and placed a false smile and greeted his family. 

“Hola Estrella, hey Nina.” I greeted and placed the mop against the curtain. 

“Hola Ysabel,” Estrella said as her accent hit my eyes hard. 

“Hey, Ysa,” Nina said and gave me a once over of my clothes. 

My dirty sweats paired with a black hoodie did not scream high fashion.

“I didn’t know you were coming over,” I said and turned on the faucet to wash the smell of bleach off my hands. 

“Well you guys have been living here for almost four months and you haven’t invited us over Ys. I mean you can’t keep my Cuzzo away from me.” Nina said and gently patted Nick’s arm. 

Nina and Nick always had that brother and sister bond that irked me. I didn’t know if it was because Nina always wanted to be included or if it was because Nick always went to her when we argued. It strained my relationship with her over the years. Although Nick and I always got back on good terms, she and I didn’t. Estrella crossed the floor to the window and slammed it shut.

“Too cold Ysabel you should always clean with warmth.” She commented and I just gave a tight lip smile to her.

 I turned the faucet off and turned back to the three standing in the kitchen. Nina was still judging my attire while Estrella inspected the blue bucket filled with liquid. 

“Que eso? Why are you using bleach and Mistolin, you need to use fabuluso, Nick knows this.” Estrella said and rubbed her nose in annoyance. 

I had nothing to say and I looked at Nick for some assistance with his mother. Instead, he looked at his feet and let his mother continue her critiques. Estrella perused the counter and rubbed her hand across before she made a face.

“Ysabel you need to clean a little bit better,” Estrella commented and I tried my hardest not to roll my eyes at her. 

Nina laughed loudly at her aunt’s comments and nodded her head in agreement. 

“Yeah Ysa, you got to give Nicky the best, and this isn’t it, I mean why did you even move to this building? It’s in the hood and it’s so ghetto. I worry about Nick here. I mean what if he accidentally gets hurt by a hoodlum?”
I didn’t respond but walked over to the fridge and opened it to view what I already knew what was in there. They were disrespecting my neighborhood, my community, my apartment but I knew I could not lash out on them. They looked down on my small place because Nick's stepdad had purchased a few condos in Yonkers. 

“You should try to do your role better.” Estrella accused and I gripped the handle of the fridge harder. 

Although Nick and I had been dating for five years his parents never took our relationship seriously. I wasn’t the type of girl they wanted for their son. They wanted someone who was a homemaker, cleaned the house, an obedient woman who followed the word of her man, and a woman who didn’t speak her mind. According to them, I barely hit those points and I didn’t want to. 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Book Review Request

Here is a short and very simple post for the day! If you would like for Inksoaked Page to provide your work with a review all you have to do is follow the link below. 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Road to Grad: Fork in the Road

8/1/2019

Writing has been my dream since as long as I could remember. Hell, ask a family member, and they will tell you that I off in the corner somewhere scribbling in a notebook about something. Writing wasn't just a hobby but a passion that I have coveted at the tender age of four? Or maybe six? It has been so long that I can't exactly remember my origin story. So with this fire under my belly, I tried shoving it away for years for my father had always told me I was "too smart" to be a starving artist, so I went to school for business.

However, writing was still in the back of my mind so I had to pursue this just may be a bit further down the line. Fast forward to Spring 2018, when I was accepted into The City College of New York MFA Creative Writing. I was elated and pleased to be given this opportunity but something happened. I was bored and not in an I am too good for this course but in a ... this is not how I foresee this going. I already had my BA in English, Creative Writing so I expected that in graduate school it would be different. Unfortunate that wasn't the case, and it wasn't that the courses were bad. I had great professors, and the subjects were interesting but the number of literature courses versus workshop courses was greatly unmatched. The requirements consist of five workshops courses, and eight literature courses, and one thesis course. You can only take these course one per semester and I just do not feel that is enough. I understand that you need literature to learn about writing but I feel at this point this amount was too uneven.

So what did I do? 

I switched programs like the crazy person I am and now I attend a new college with a new major. I went from Creative Writing to International Crime and Justice at John Jay College. While this leap was far, it wasn't entirely, my minor was professional communications and at John Jay, my focus is on advocacy policies and research. Its writing overall but just a different type. I think I will go back for Creative Writing or Publishing through an online program but for now, in this fork in the road, I went left.


Friday, July 19, 2019

Happy "Late" Birthday to Inksoaked & Updates!


Good Afternoon fellow readers, writers, and just simple viewers of Inksoaked! I usually post the birthday post of Inksoaked on its birthday June 23rd but this year between work, school and my family life has been overwhelming but that does not stop me! 

A few fun things to be on the lookout for the rest of the year will be

1. New Design: I currently love the design of my blog but what I will be changing around are the links and adding a few interesting widgets!


2. New Ventures: Lately the blog has been getting a good amount of book review requests, so I added a review policy request form in so people can get in contact with me easier and quicker. So check out this link to read and find out more!

3. Road to Grad - Is already two post in with a third going live in a few days for it. Unfortunately I am no longer attending CCNY, but I am attending John Jay with a whole new major and a deeper explanation will be coming! However, I will keep the series Road to Grad going because it isn't just about writing but about my time as a graduate student. 

4. All of August: My goal for August is to post everyday in the month! Why, because I am certifiable insane but also I love a challenge. The post will range and be all about different things but mostly writing/book things!

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July 2019 - Camp NaNoWriMo 

I was a no show this year and instead I will be focusing my stories for 2019 NaNoWriMo . However I am still here for any others who would like feedback or assistance. 

Happy Writings!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Latest Reads

Here is a random post of books I am currently reading for June and July. Will I do a review? Eh maybe, but I wouldn't count on it but then again you never know with me. 
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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Book Review: The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi Volume I: Homecoming by Kelvyn Fernandes

The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi Volume I: Homecoming by Kelvyn Fernandes

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Synopsis: Follow Peter and Fi as they work together, each searching for something uniquely special to them through the four kingdoms of their known world. It’s a tale of fantastical beasts, peculiar characters, remarkable settings, and a unique brand of biochemistry-based magic. A story that focuses on meaningful character interactions, delicate world building, and intense action battles.

Do you recall those books you've read as a child and drawn into an addicting adventure? That is what Kelvyn Fernandes did in The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi: Volume I. You have the dynamic duo of Peter and Fi, who navigate this fantasy world. Peter, is a twenty-year-old mage with abilities that others would not spark as interesting. Furthermore, you have fourteen-year-old, Fi who I believe is the breakout character in this novel, saves Peter's ass, I mean butt a couple of times. The dynamics of the two are displayed through their conversations and that is what gives them their true spark. While most fantasy stories focus on world building (I do have some cons about this), this novel focus on friendship and teamwork with two sides of a scale. Peter is snarky and sarcastic while Fi is snappy and sassy, its the highlight of the novel. 

Characters in this novel aren't given traditional common gifts, no Fernandes provides them with unusual gifts that fit their personality. There are no mary sues in this novel which tends to happen in fantasy novels. There is always that one person who is just oh so powerful or a key, here you have two buds ready to take on their world. Now their world is what stops this novel from being a 5 out of 5. While I loved all the uniqueness of certain aspects, (a wall of dead and alive humans), I didn't feel that it was enough to capture the uniqueness. However, I am assuming because it is volume I, we will get more of a world in future novels (right Kelvyn?), but this was just the surface. Also, I was not too much of a fan of the random gore that happened but it didn't affect this score.  

Hey Kelvyn, can't wait to see what is in store for these two in the future. 

By the way, look at that cover art! Amazing! 

 I recommend this book for any reader 13+ of adventure, gory, and fantasy.

The book can be purchased at Amazon or downloaded at Audible

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

I had the pleasure of living out my childhood dreams with my lovely husband and daughter. Moments like these don't last forever but I am glad I was able to capture some, so enjoy viewing the happiest place on earth, 

Disney World.








A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you will lose your heartaches

Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true

Monday, May 20, 2019

Road to Grad: Grad School Reflections: Recap of Fall 2018



Graduate School is no easy feat! I started my MFA, at The City College of New York in Fall 2018. I was putting myself into a place with other students who are passionate just like me. The two courses I took were Internet Writing and Poetry Critical Practice.

These two courses were not at all what I expected it to be because I was going in with the idea that Internet Writing was going to be about blogging and learning how to write content for online publication. Instead, I was brought into a world of science fiction and learned about a sub-genre cyberpunk. While it was great to learn something new it wasn't my cup of tea.

Whereas the course that I was going to have the most difficulty with was Poetry Critical Practice, I have mentioned before in another post, poetry is not my medium but lately every semester I have had to take a course. We had a fellow teach us and she is an amazing poet, her name is Nicole Sealey, and she pushed us outside our comfort zones of writing. It was amazing to learn about poets from different backgrounds of color and sexuality. Additionally, she had us rework the same poem through different prompts and it was to teach us to let our work sit and come back to it.

I am not a big editor, I feel like when I do edit I want to change the entire story or start doubting myself. However, it is necessary for one to grow as a writer, there are times where I go back to stories I had written ten years ago with friends. The plots were great but some of the aspects unbelievable, plot lines all over but stories that with a fresh pair of eyes that can be amazing.

As I finished that semester with a 4.0 GPA, I have discovered things about myself, my writing, and this journey I am embarking on.

Just thought this blurb would be interesting to see what I have been up to. 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Camp NaNoWriMo 2019


It is that time where every April, I participate in Camp NaNoWriMo and usually I spend the time revising a novel but for the last two years I have been writing new novels. So I am going to continue that trend and start a fresh novel that I have been toying with. It was inspired by a prompt and then I was reading old stories my friends wrote. They inspired me to write this new story focusing on real life drama and away from fantasy. 

Here is the usual info about the “Camp”

Camp NaNoWriMo is your virtual writing retreat. Every April and July, take four weeks to embrace your creativity and dive into your next great writing project.

At Camp, you can:

1.     Tackle any writing project, novel or not. Are you revising your next draft? Preparing to write the next great musical, a la Lin Manuel Miranda? Penning a collection of poems? Camp is fertile ground.

2.     Set your own writing goal. Warm up for 50K by setting a word-count goal of 25,000. Or track hours, lines, or pages… whatever works for you.

3.     Find your own, personal writing group. At Camp NaNoWriMo, you can be sorted into a public cabin with writers according to your preferences, or create a private cabin for you and your already-established writing buddies.

You can message me anytime! Name is Kimmyax3 and I will be checking in from time to time. 




This year I hope people venture out of their comfort zone and do something different. Also read something new that you haven't before to inspire you. Other than that here is to a good April!

Happy Writings!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Story Excerpt: WIP

I groaned as I could hear muffled yelling from outside my bedroom door. I tried to ignore it but the voices stumbled in front of my door. Of course they had to do it right now. My hands fumbled to grab my phone from the charger and whines when I saw it was six in the morning.

Light tried to peek through my thick curtains and I tossed over my comforter. I stumbled across the floor and threw open the door. The yells did not desist at my appearance and instead I got pulled it in to it.

“Mackenzie tell your psychotic roommate that she does not have the right to eat my shit!”

I glanced at Riley who had her hands on her hips staring daggers at Mariluz.


“Mari don’t eat Riley’s shit,” I groaned and leaned my head against the doorway.

“Well tell Riley she has no right stealing my makeup,” Mariluz spat.

“Bitch were not the same skin tone, why the fuck would you even think I would want to be like you anyway!” Riley spat and I rubbed my temple in annoyance.

Once upon a time the three of us were the tightest crew to ever exist now we could barely be in the room with one another/

“Mackenzie she needs to move out!” Mariluz yelled and threw her hands up in frustration.

As I rolled my eyes I slammed the door in both of their faces. Trotted over to my bed and collapsed back onto my bed with my hands cover my face. The door flung open and slam shut once more. I peeked through my hands and saw Riley with her hands on her hip with an annoyed look on her face.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Representations Matters


It broke my heart to find out one of my favorite shows was cancelled. I have mentioned One Day At a Time, before I love me some Lupita but today I mention it in a different way. I do not think Netflix understands the importance of having representation of television. This show touched on so many topics in the three seasons that it was on. It touched on immigration, LGBTQ+, racism, depression, family values, religion. It went there and I feel like it is one of the reason's it was pulled. A few people felt that it might have been too political but it wasn't, it was real, it was raw and they had so many funny moments. I really hope that another network picks them up or does something but #SaveODAAT needs to trend. 

Friday, March 8, 2019

International Women's Day 2019


© Credit to Lauren Carney
Two years ago, I wrote about the various diverse leading women in my stories. They were complex, they did not fit the mold. This year one of my novels focuses simply on a group of teen girls and friendship. Of course, it has drama but not the romantic kind, or bullying kind. It is a new take on everything. 

So this year I wanted to write about some powerful women on television especially from some of my favorite shows. 


Jane Villanueva
I did not know about Jane the Virgin until it was about three seasons in but I binged it one weekend and your girl was hooked. Jane is a sweet bubbly overly-cautious bundle of craziness. I see myself in her because she too is a writer, and I think that is one of the reasons I was drawn to the show. Jane is a Latina woman who is a writer, and her passion for it is a mirror of my own. She ends up falling in love with two different guys and we join her on her romantic journey. She is not perfect, and I love it. 

 Elizabeth 'Beth' Boland
I binged Good Girls when it came out on Netflix. Beth is not your average housewife, she turns out to have a slight dark side. After Beth founds out her husband has been having an affair, completely ruined both of their credit, she decides she will do something crazy. It turns out her sister and best friend, had a crazy idea to rob her sister's supermarket. This leads to many crazy mishaps but Beth does not let one inch of golden blonde hair get frazzled. She does have moments where I want to smack her because she goes too far but Bethie is amazing. 

Penelope 'Lupe' Alvarez
One Day At a Time is such an underrated show, I stumbled upon this show and I was obsessed. Penelope is a Cuban single mom, who was in the army and is currently a nurse trying to finish school. Lupe is my all time fave this year because I relate so much to her as a Latina who suffers from depression as well. Penelope can be a lot to handle and has her walls up but when we get to see the softer side you just want to hold her tight. 

Monse Finne
The itty-bitty of my faves come in the form of fourteen year old Monse from On My Block. Monse is being raised by her single dad and is in a crew of boys. Monse is not an average girly girl but she is tough, no bullshit loud mouth loveable girl. Monse can be too bossy against her friends and has a no filter mouth that makes you sigh. Yet, Monse is an amazing writer and when she loves, she loves hard!

So to all my ladies out there, keep being you!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Social Media Tags

For a long time, I wanted to re-brand Inksoaked Page, not because it needs a change but for it to expand to the other sides of the social media sphere. It took a bit longer than I wanted to (life, motherhood, career) but I needed to put this as a priority if I truly wanted this to be a major aspect of my life. 

During my small break from school (small in an understatement), I really took the time to focus on what I want my brand to be and what I want to come out of all this. Fame is definitely not one of the aspects, but I do want to grow a community of writers in my world. Although, I do have friends that write stories they do not have the same passion and drive I do about it. They like it and I love it, they do it when they want to and I do it because it wakes up my soul. Now, this is not an insult to my friends, I love them with all my heart but I need to find a community where they share the same feelings towards writing, especially when it comes to the good, bad and ugly. 

So I started to branch in different social media such as Twitter, Instagram, and even Youtube. 

So come and join me in this adventure, and grow with me. 


Instagram

Twitter

😊

Thank you guys for the support, love and friendships!


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Book Review: The Day My Kisses Tasted Like Disorder by Emmanuella Hristova

The Day My Kisses Tasted Like Disorder by Emmanuella Hristova

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Synopsis:  It is a short collection of poems that explores a tumultuous year of love, heartbreak and unimaginable loss. It documents the birth and death of a relationship, and the death of my sister. Each poem is an emotional time-stamp that plunges the reader into the depths of my feelings as they burgeon and wane. The book reads like a diary and chronicles the boundaries of the things that we all feel: passion, heartache, and pain that gives way to hope. 

Want to feel the raw intensity of a woman trying to find herself through the throngs of trauma, passion, and suffering, then this book is for you. Emmanuella Hristova pens gut-wrenching poems in the style of entries in a journal to allow the readers into her world. When she sent an email asking if I wanted to read it I was a bit hesitant, I mean I studied prose mostly but I said sure why not?  It did help a bit that her nickname is my daughter's nickname Emmy. Yet it wasn't the sheer coincidence that happened it was the work that sucked me in. It was as if I was peeking through a stained glass window that was covered in agony and light. You're automatically pulled into this work and you want the voice to find her way to happiness, to escape the hands of the men who harmed her and the grief she experiences with the death of a family member. 

However, the work is not just detailing trauma and suffering, you get poems that remind yourself of when you first fall in love. These reminded me of any relationship I  have been, the honeymoon stage, where every new thing is wonderful and what could go wrong? Well, Emmanuella eventually takes off those rose-colored glasses and shows you. I enjoyed reading this work, and it was not a long read which is great for a person like who doesn't read poetry often. I give this book a 4.5-star rating and hope that others enjoy this piece as well. 

Emmanuella thank you for writing such an intimate revealing piece of work and allowing me to peek inside your world. 

 I recommend this book for any reader of poetry, heartbreak, and growth. 

The book can be purchased at Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Friday, February 15, 2019

Book Review: Colour Me Father: An Open Letter To My Son by Paolo Hewitt

Colour Me Father: An Open Letter To My Son by Paolo Hewitt

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis: On August 21st 2015 at 10.30 pm in an Archway hospital, my son Rafi Supino Arif came into my life. It was of course a momentous occasion, filled with all kinds of emotions. But as he started to grow, one thought kept repeating itself in my mind. Would I write about him or the experience of raising a son? The answer was always no. There was no handle for me to grab onto so I put it to one side. Until his first birthday. It was there that Rafi first heard applause and the look on his face hit something inside of me. Within a week I had begun writing Colour Me Father. 

One of the first memoirs I read this year and it intrigued me right from the first page. The book is written as a long letter from the author to his son Rafi. What wows me is the intimate insight into the father-son dynamic that Paolo writes with. The stylizing of the writing although not my favorite fits perfectly with this story.  As the story progressed we learn more about Paolo's background, his relationships with other people in Rafi's life, and just the growth of Paolo turning into a father. Not everything is sunshine and roses (as a parent I know this) but it is raw and real. The shining star of this is that right, the rawness, and reality of the story. 

Memoirs have a boxy sense to them, here we are pulled into the world and becoming a new parent right along with Paolo. So what stopped this from being a five star in my book. While the whole story is written in as an epistolary, the length of it was a bit too long. At the time I felt driven a bit away from the story as there is nothing to break the story so it is continuous. You can't exactly just stop it or you will lose your place. Other than that the story is a great piece of work. One of my favorite lines is towards the end of the novel 

"And you, my darling young son, will look up at me - and you will smile" 

 I recommend this book for any reader of Memoirs and Family Dynamics 

This book can be purchased at Paolo's personal website

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Book Review: Pricked by Winter Renshaw

Pricked by Winter Renshaw

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Synopsis: All I wanted was a tattoo.What I got was a broody, enigmatic demigod with an electrifying touch and a mysterious past.We were night and day in every way possible, not an ounce of anything in common, and yet, I wanted him in the worst way.It didn't matter that he was emotionally unavailable or that he was exactly the kind of man who would give my father a coronary should I dare to bring him home. It didn't matter that his heart was wrapped in barbed wire or that he made me promise never to fall for him.None of it mattered because he was the most perfectly imperfect, beautifully tortured soul I'd ever known, and I was besotted, addicted to all the thrilling and wondrous ways he made me feel when we were together.They say a single moment can change the entire trajectory of your life. But looking back, I never could have imagined all the ways my world would change the moment it collided with his.I learned too late that he kept his past a secret for a reason.

Pricked was a great premise of a novel, first, we meet two very different people. Madden, the owner of a tattoo shop is seen as broody and struggling to succeed in his life. Then here comes Socialite Brighton an unhappy, wealthy, young lady who wants a tattoo in an act of rebelling. While don't get me wrong the story had its high points, the chemistry between the two is strong, and you want to root for them. Yet, I could not get passed the bits of cliches in this novel. 

First, their names which are to me just signified too much. Then it was their financial status, I had to pause when I read how there was absolutely nothing in Madden's mother's fridge and shake my head, then to see how rich Brighton was. Lastly, I couldn't connect to Brighton and I felt at her age (22) she could have just done something more than mope. I could be a bit too harsh but these things kept popping up within the book that just made it unrealistic for me. Some of the good points come in the secondary characters such as Devanie who was just the right amount sass, and power this book needed. Thanks to her the book was able to move forward for me. While I wasn't a big fan of it doesn't mean you can't be!

 I recommend this book for any reader of Romance stories/Opposite Attract 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Book Review: Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle



Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Synopsis: Attempted murder, that's how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte's engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent. When her kingdom's attacked, Charlotte's parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people, Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom's future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart? One must fall.

Just that alone drove me into this story with an intrigued and open mind. As I opened the PDF to do this ARC Review my jaw dropped at the length of pages, but as I began to read the two hundred pages didn't daunt me anymore. Instead, I was driven into a world of fantasy that had so many twist and turns, you had to keep turning the pages. The story starts out with what you would expect of a fairytale-esque story, a young girl is off to be wed to a young man that she simply does not love. Yet Chenelle takes what is expected and flips it into such a creative whirlwind of drama. 

Princess Charlotte does not just whine about she does not want to marry Prince Young. She takes drastic actions against Prince Young from attacking his carriage upon arriving at the castle and forgoing a hunger strike. She will do anything to escape this marriage. While you get to know Princess Charlotte and Prince Young, it is Minseo who steals the show. Brittni, I need Minseo to have a standalone novel just saying. I mean I won't say any spoilers (the end is insane), I will say I understand Princess Charlotte, I understand. I stated that the book is a bit long but the read is quick and breezy, three chapters in and you will not be able to put it down!

What stopped this from being a 5 out of 5? I am not a fan of multiple first points of view stories, but Brittni attempted a great deal at making it flow. However, I do believe that it pulled away from something that could have been stronger. Maybe if it focused on Charlotte's point of view and may be switched to Young then it would have been more powerful. We could have developed a deeper relationship with the characters. 

 I recommend this book for any reader of Young Adult Fantasy/Young Adult Romance. 

The book can be purchased at Barnes & Noble or Amazon

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Day 1 of 2019

To start the year right I'm going to use these four journals. 

  1. Creative Year Planner 
  2. Harry Potter Journal to Document Writing
  3. Personal Journal 
  4. Creative Journal 
As the days dwindle on I'll continue to grow as a writer, mother and wife. Look out for post for each journal. Happy New Year!
 

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