Review| Tears, Music, & Harmony

 

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Kindle Price: $2.99

Synopsis:

“Eleanor is a singer. Her songs keep nature in balance, but when they are stolen from her, a grey mist descends and her world fails to thrive. This timid orphan is thrust into a course of action she never asked for, nor envisioned. Set against a backdrop of abandonment, loss and betrayal, she must find her way through strange and dangerous landscapes in her desperate search for the Perfect Tear, a dark crystal which holds the future of her world. But, Eleanor is no savior. She is a simple girl with strong instincts and she must learn to trust them. Just like the notes of song must connect to create a melody, Eleanor must discover the connections needed to create the harmony required to truly save her world.”

My Review:

Ugh. Honestly.

Books like these just don’t help when you’re still reeling from some other book breaking your heart.

Lansberg has poured hand sanitizer in my paper cut and I can’t say I like that very much.

And yet, I ate it up, didn’t I?

(Not the hand sanitizer, the book)

Okay, truly? I was rooting for the villain when I started reading this. I didn’t know they were the villain, but I just wanted them to succeed, it seemed like it was the right thing, the cause, you know? So imagine my surprise when they become the villain and at one point, in my notes I said,

I don’t want Eleanor hurt! But I want [them] to win!!!

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Review | Princesses, Elves, and Humans

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Kindle Price: $0.99

Synopsis:

“Coal has lived most of his life in the fey realm with his elven best friend, but when a human child he promised to protect unintentionally breaks a law in front of the fey elite, he will have to choose between betraying his best friend or saving the child’s life.”

My Review:

The first couple of pages drew me in, and then after a few chapters, it lost me. It’s like riding a rollercoaster for the second time after two years and at first it’s “WHOO! Oh yeah!!” Then you’re like “oh, I remember these turns. This isn’t as fun as the first time.” The only difference is that I’ve ridden variations of this rollercoaster many many times.

Since only Coal is mentioned in the synopsis, I can’t talk about any of the characters. I loved Coal though. I would love to be his best friend. Coal was a gentle, kind, honest, and hardworking character to the point that he wasn’t a character, but a person. I truly appreciated him and I hope in the later books he gets the recognition he deserves.

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Review | Knights, Kings, and Betrayal

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Kindle Price: $0.99

Synopsis:

The King was dead.

His body was found slain in his room, only months after his son had been brutally murdered. Skylar Mandolyn, his daughter, has now become the last heir to inherit the throne. But instead of becoming Queen, she has been imprisoned for helping in the escape of Sir Harlin Brien, her knight who was framed for the King’s murder.

Confined to darkness, Skylar’s captors have given her no choice but to yield to a new kind of enemy: a kingdom that has advanced in both technology and warfare. It’s when she refuses that the prison uses its other means of persuasion, and although unmerciful, the whip lashings and isolation can’t suppress the memories of her family’s downfall. Pulled between her subconscious and reality, Skylar already knows who the true enemy is, because even the darkness can’t hide the deceptive hands that have destroyed them all.

With two kingdoms on the brink of war, Skylar’s only hope is in the person who has gone missing — Harlin, the knight who was sworn to protect her. The memory of him surrounds her when the darkness screams louder than the prisoners, and when Death smiles a faceless grin in between the cracks of the stone. While the tremors start to rise from the deep, crawling up through the prison’s walls, Skylar doesn’t realize that she will soon see why he’s one of the Benighted.

The mystery was never how Harlin escaped. It’s how he’ll return.”

My Review:

If I’m being totally truthful (and I am), I would say that I started off by being impressed and then it kind of leveled off. The Benighted still received a 4/5, so, as you can see, it clearly wasn’t too awful though.

I liked Skylar. She was resilient, clever, humorous, a strong leader, and even though I can’t relate to her particular issues, I felt as if I knew her personally. Skylar didn’t really undergo character development, at least not in the normal, “selfish to generous” obvious kind of way. Rather, her experience throughout the book most definitely developed her in some way that readers will probably realize in the next book.

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How I Fall (How I Fall – How I Fly series) by Anne Eliot

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Kindle Price: $4.95

Official Review: 5/5

Synopsis:

*WHAT IF YOU HAD AN IMPOSSIBLE CRUSH?*
Impossible because she’s Ellen Foster. The beautiful, smart, and possibly fragile photography-girl. You’re Cam Campbell. The guy who plays football 24/7 with no life. But what if during junior year, you decide to finally try for her phone number—until this glitter-crazed new girl ruins your plan. Worse, the girl is Irish, awkward, and insists you and Ellen should become best friends—with her! Only, you don’t want to be friends with a human tornado, and you think Ellen might need to stay a crush. This is because after one interaction you’ve discovered Ellen Foster really is fragile. Your problems and secrets are too big for anyone to understand.

*WHAT IF YOU COULDN’T RESIST?*
But what if the three of you wind up assigned to a group photography project, where rumors are already circling about the new girl being ridiculous? You know she’s nice but very alone, so you convince your crush to help protect the new girl. Suddenly, working on the project makes hanging out, texting, talking—and even high school—seem fun and completely normal when it’s anything but normal.

*WHAT IF YOU KISS*
What if you kiss Ellen Foster and it’s perfect enough to make you believe in things you shouldn’t. You tell her secrets and share your dreams. You make the kinds of promises and create plans to be together that might be impossible to keep when you’re only sixteen and your parents control your entire future,
but…

*WHAT IF YOU HURT HER…*

High School Romance, Sweet young adult.Book one in the two-book How I Fall series, ending with How I Fly”

My Review:

I could cry because of this book. I had to stop and start as I read it just so I could draw it out longer because I wanted to write the review as soon as I finished it. Bottom line: We all need a Cam Campbell.

I don’t know much about Cerebral Palsy so I can’t claim that it was represented accurately, but from my perspective, it was written respectfully and wasn’t presented as something to look down on a person for, but to admire them for living with it.

Ellen Foster. The way she looks at life is so amazing. She has Cerebral Palsy (CP), is extremely self-conscious about it, is treated by others who have deplorable manners, and yet manages to smile. She truly amazed me and I loved her. She was so patient and wise and kind and I’m so very sorry that she isn’t real because I would love to get to know her. (I’m going to use the word love in this review quite a bit because this book was just wonderful.) I loved how she had somewhat of a play going on in her mind, with pieces like “*Debut actress and first time nominee, Ellen Foster, is up for the Best Actress award for her short-film titled: Pretending to Breathe Steadily as Cam Campbell sits.*” Ellen was totally real to me, with fears and challenges and her responses to situations. I loved that she tried to be strong in front of everyone and only gave herself weak moments when she was alone, but at the same time, allowed herself to be vulnerable. Her motivational chant that went along the lines of “The people that work hard to bring you down are beneath you” was something everyone should remember. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. One of the best parts about Ellen was that she refused to let Cerebral Palsy define her. She absolutely refused. Sure, she gets frustrated it, wishes she could run and not have the struggles that she does, but when you think of Ellen, the real Ellen Foster, you don’t think Cerebral Palsy. No, you think there goes a girl with a natural talent for photography, who loves immensely, whose smile lights a path in the midst of a dark storm, and never stops moving forward. Eliot wrote Ellen as a completely and totally admirable character, a joyful and down-to-earth character that I very much enjoyed reading about.

Cam Campbell. He was such an interesting character. I think everyone at some point or another can relate to a parent or someone else pressuring them to follow a dream that isn’t theirs. That and the other issues that arise in his life shaped him and made him a real person to me. I could see how his struggles were hurting him, how manipulated he felt, and how bad he wished he could be free. What I really appreciated about him was that he wanted to know Ellen, as much as he could. Cam didn’t look at Ellen and think “She’s a nice girl, I love her, just wish she didn’t have CP.” Quite the opposite. Cam looked at Ellen and thought “Ellen is an amazing girl who I admire and I want to get to know all of her, including her CP. I want to know everything.” He didn’t let anyone get in the way, even though you can bet a million dollars that they tried. It seemed the whole world was against everything, but he pushed and pushed and carried the weight on his shoulders and didn’t back down.

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