Saturday, March 22, 2014

How do you talk to an Angel?

With your mind of course.

I just finished reading Angels Dawn by Komali Da Silva and I really loved it. It seemed like a very fast paced story but at the same time gave me the feeling that there was still a whole lot more to come. It really left me wanting more of the story as soon as possible.

Angels Dawn is a love story, a first love, love story. We're introduced to Dawn first who's celebrating her 16th birthday when something life altering happens. Afterward she realizes slowly her world is completely changing. Her boyfriend Nate isn't really who she's meant to be with. The guy she is meant to be with, Angelo, has secrets he's keeping from her.

There are things I truly loved about this book.

The heroine isn't necessarily some whiny 16 yr old. She's a bit of a tough chick. I loved that. When there are so many books out there where girls don't know what to do with themselves, she says, "No. I'm stronger than that. I'm not weak.". Even if we're allowed to see her heart being broken.

Then I loved the story line and it's pace. At first I thought it may be a little too fast paced but the fact there was never one slump, or down point in the story, had me reading it non stop until I'd devoured the whole thing.

I loved that both the male characters gave the female space when they knew she needed it and didn't push her into anything she didn't want to be doing.

(Image from Google)

Now for my dislikes. (And I only really hold one against the author, but not really.)

As a mother I had a problem with the main characters, especially the main female being 16. I felt maybe had she been 17, or even 18, I would've felt more comfortable with several of the sexual scenes in the book. Or even some of the non sexual ones. I just felt she was a bit young for me. That's why it's not really the author's fault, it's just more my preference.

Lastly, there were several misspellings and grammatical errors that bothered me. I'm just a grammer nazi like that. I'd be happy to proofread anyone's book. I've got a serious knack for all things written. Just ask my parents and everyone I've ever help write a paper for high school or college. Or those who just need help expressing themselves. That one's on me too. Just a tiny pet peeve of mine.

Once again though, I really liked the book and have already recommended it to several personal friends to read. I suggest you definitely make room on your shelves for this one!

P.S. Right now it's only $0.99!  Amazon Link

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I feel like a zombie brought back to life

I love reading with a passion. I've taken a break from it for awhile for a few different reasons, now that I'm back in my zone with it, I realize how much I've missed it. And this. This blog. It's not a big blog. Not fancy in the least. But it's MINE. I enjoy this space. These words being typed bring me all the happy butterflies of production back.

When I was younger, and still possibly, my parents wanted me to be a writer. I read to fuel my imagination as a kid and  the results were I could write effortlessly. In my teens I had a letter to the editor published in a small newspaper in my home town. My small literary claim to fame. And yes I was the kid who was always caught reading after bedtime. A book in one hand, sometimes a pen in the other.

That's why I love this. It's my roots. It's my true love.

A mix of reading and writing. Best of both worlds.

In the past few days I've been entering book contests and liking tons of new author pages on Facebook (and following them on Twitter too). It's helping me find new blogs to follow. New authors and books that I haven't heard of yet.

A couple of weeks ago I won a ticket to RomCon and I am still walking around like I've won the lottery. Most people might find that a sad thing or just not understand. Book people will know that feeling. I really wish I could afford to go to the RT Convention in New Orleans too, seeing as majority of my favorite authors will be there. Sylvia Day, Julia Templeton (AKA J.A. Templeton), Laura Kaye, Vanessa Kelly, and so many others. Plus New Orleans in that mix? Heck yeah! I'm just happy that after so many years of dying to go to one of these conventions I'll be able to attend RomCon.

Not only that I'll be attending....but....

my best friend will be there with me!

We'll actually be road tripping from NC to CO. Epic girl's road trip. The only thing that I think will make that better is if we get to do the 8 hour detour down to see Roswell. Roswell is on my bucket list. As a lover of all things alien, it's a must. I've also been researching random roadside attractions for us to see along the way. Did you know Knoxville, TN has the world's largest basketball??

It's still far off away in June (you know around the time we might actually be out of winter....) but the excitement is coursing through me non stop.

I'm back feeling like myself again, happy and back into doing what I love to do. Reading and telling everyone what I thought of what I read.

Sometimes even to the point of pushing books into peoples hands. (They must absolutely read Brooke Moss's The What If Guy!)

(All images via Google.)