surprise people // new blog

Looking unto the brighter side

WOOHOOOOOO! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

I'M GONNA MAKE THIS QUICK BECAUSE HONESTLY, I'M AM JUST SO EXCITED RIGHT NOW (OBVIOUSLY, I MEAN CHECK OUT THE ALL-CAPS).

I MADE SOMETHING. DON'T BE MAD. JUST. WAIT FOR IT. WAAAAAAIIIIIIT FOR IT...






I MADE A NEW BLOG FOR 2018!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *FIREWORKS*

I KNOW SOME OF Y'ALL ARE THINKING, DUDE WHAT? THIS IS YOUR NEW BLOG. BUT HAHAHAHA OH WHALE. IM JUST SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS TO SEEEEE IT!

Okay enough with the yelling. I'm gonna lose my voice and that's never good :P So without further ado................. PRESS THIS LINK TO GO TO MY NEW ABODE: A TRAGIC WONDERLAND 

(ps I won't be posting on here anymore! I will only be using the new blog !!!)

I'm going to miss using Thriving Hope, as it has been my longest title and virtual home... I started it after I came home from a mission trip to a Burmese orphanage called "Hope", so it does still mean SO MUCH to me. I will always remember this time as a time of growing and feeling and just... discovery and hope I guess. Life isn't perfect, but you just gotta believe that quote that goes something like, "you had a bad day, that doesn't mean you have a bad life" or something like that. You just gotta hope for a better time and thrive during the time you're given :) I love y'all so much!

Thank you all SO SO SO much for following me, this has been an AMAZING year and I am so excited for 2018 and all the things that will happen on this blog this coming year. I hope you guys have a wonderful New Year!! *hugs virtually* I can't wait to hear what y'all think of my new blog!


an open letter to all my friends who need to hear this right now


Hello there, you amazing and perfect little messed-up tragedy that is so loved whether you know it or not.

Believe it.

Know it.

Because even if you're going through a dark or tiring time in life, even butterflies go through a time of obscurity... turns out, all the anxiety, hurt, stress that you're feeling are just growing pains. You got this.

You aren't alone, though you may convince yourself you are. The burden is not yours to carry alone. You will not be turned away. You are not alone. Jesus above can give you comfort through others in your life. Through us, the people that love your dorky face, you can experience His peace and assurance.

Sure, you're messed up SO ARE WE. We are all walking crazies that don't know what we're doing. But that doesn't mean that we have to walk this journey alone. There are people in our lives that are there for this very reason: to be that friend, to listen, to help you, to guide you.

You are not alone, so stop saying things like "I suck, everybody, hates me cuz I suck." You are loved by so many. Open those tired eyes, even if the light hurts, we are surrounding you. We want to help you, we want to take away your pain.

I know you're hurting. I know you're wanting it to stop. Let us help you, we want to see your smiles again, we want to hear you express how passionate about music, your OTP's, heck, even your favorite order at Chick-fil-A. We miss you, even though you don't think you're miss-able. 
You are SO MUCH perfect you don't even realize.

So please, coming from a loving friend, for once, stop looking and hating yourself for being you, a messed up tragedy that makes countless mistakes but will never be unworthy of love and hugs.
I love you, you crazy-awesome-as-guac human child. I wish I could take away all the pain and send you to your happiest place, because we all deserve happiness.

Believe it.

Know it.

I love you.

Jazzy xoxo
*a gazillion hugs and so much love*

product review // paintings by Sarah Grace!


helloooo you!

Today I will be doing something kind different from what I normally post here, buuut oh whale I hope you enjoy it all the same (btw I apologize for my absence SCHOOL and LIFE and BOOKS but mostly PSYCHOLOGY and a little bit of PINTEREST *cough cough*-- hey don't judge me, you know you've been there too I KNOW YOU HAVE, DON'T LIE TO YOURSELF).

*queue the cute acoustic music* 
*realizes how much I love typing out "queue" because of the "ueue"...*

Ayeee, so these beautiful paintings are by Sarah Grace, a fellow blogger! She has two shops, one on Etsy and one on Amazon, where she sells a bunch of paintings, all originals, all done by herself. She was kind to send me a few of hers to review... so here it is :D 



This penguin... this little bundle of fuzzy-wuzzy cuteness... UGH. It's so cute! I saw it and I was like YAS DUDE YOU'RE MINE C'MERE. But seriously, look at how flurffy it is!!! This is actually a notecard... buuut... dunno if I wanna use it as a notecard or just put it on my wall for decor... cuz shoot, don't think I'd want to give this little flurffy bebbe away ;P



And then there's this one that I personally just ADORE because of the line-art-ish feels and just I love yellow flowers and paintings and all that combined just made something pretty magical. Yea. Magical. It goes with the vibes of my room (which is still a work in progress concerning the decor, but the theme and feels that I was going for... this works with it ^_^)


AND NOW... for my personal favorite because BICYCLES... 


Yaaaasss so beautiful. I just. I love this painting. So much. Bicycles. Pastels. ARGHSALDJFDK. Thank you, Sarah Grace, for being so amazingly talented and so willing to let me review your art. I LOVE IT ALL SO MUCH, GIRL.

AND GUESS WHAT, MY DUDES? Sarah Grace has two shops wherein all her products are 15% off right now through the end of the year!! Plus, free shipping on orders over 30$ (they're totally worth it, trust your girl Jaz!). 

Check out her ETSY shop here and her AMAZON shop here! She has some pretty freakin' gorgeous bird paintings that I didn't get my hands on, but they are totally something to check out and there are some Christmas themed cards as well! They're all original paintings done by Sarah Grace herself, which IS PRETTY LIT.

I am so stoked about the ones that I got in exchange for my review, they make me so happy whenever I see them. I'm always looking at art on Pinterest and room decor and I never find good deals for the kind of art that I like for my walls... BUT THESE, YOU GUYS, ARE EXACTLY THE KIND OF PAINTINGS I'VE BEEN WANTING FOR MY WALLS. Seriously. My walls are butt-naked because I haven't found anything that I like enough to hang. But now I do haha :)

This concludes this product review, once again don't forget to check out Sarah Grace's links: blog, Etsy, Amazon and her awesome sale!-- and don't forget to spread the love! Thanks so much to Sarah Grace for being so kind as to let me review these. 


EVERYONE HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING AND GOD BLESS :))

exiles // a book review and release blitz

HELLO, HELLO!

Guys guys guys! GUESS WHAT?! EXILES (THE 4TH INSTALLMENT IN THE ILYON CHRONICLES) WAS FINALLY RELEASED!!! *blasts confetti all over the universe from confetti-blasting-guns* I swear, it's taking every bit of my self control to not scream and shake everyone that comes near me, yelling in their faces, "ASDFKJDLKSJADFLKJDSASLKDJF!!!!" (which every bookworm/fangirl will translate into "OMyGUACAMOLE MY LIFE IS COMPLETE--I'M AM BLESSED--DREAMS DO COME TRUE--!!!" 

Y'know what I'm talking about, ya little bean. 

(I've just now realized how long it's been since my last plain simple conversational-let's-talk-about-life-post... sadness)

Honestly, I don't even know where to start with this book.
// the book


About:
 Exiled after their defeat in Samara, the Resistance struggles to find allies in their quest to restore King Balen to his throne and put an end to the emperor’s tyranny. When the crete people refuse to lend their aid, Balen leads a group to Dorland to reason with them and win their support. However, enemies prove to be everywhere, and they find themselves in a fight to keep Dorland from becoming Daican’s latest conquest. 

Back in Landale, the arrival of a new enemy forces Trask and Anne to tread more carefully than ever. Tensions are rising, and the enemy is determined to test Anne’s loyalty and root out the location of Trask and the Resistance once and for all. 

Feeling trapped within the walls of Valcré, Prince Daniel must contend with an ever-eroding relationship with his father. As their clashes escalate, the situation becomes potentially life threatening when his loyalty is called into question. His sister seems bent on branding him a traitor and actively seeking to condemn him to the fate of those put to death in their father’s new arena. Daniel is certain his father would never execute his only son and heir, but with other forces at work, it might not be that simple.  

One small misstep could prove fatal for all. 

// the author
Jaye L. Knight

Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

// an excerpt
"What's this? Stuck are we?"

Her head shot up, her eyes meeting Trask’s grin. He and a couple of his men, including Warin, sat on their horses at the edge of the water. She straightened as much as she could.

“Aren’t you astute?” She waited a moment, and then said, “There are two women in this carriage who could use a ride to safety, unless you’re going to make Elian tote us out himself.”

Trask nudged his horse forward, looking entirely too pleased by their predicament. Warin followed. When Trask reached the carriage, he offered Anne his arm, and Elian helped her onto the horse. She wrapped her arms around Trask’s waist. He directed his horse away from the carriage so Warin could reach Elanor and rode slowly so as not to splash her dress. She looked over his shoulder and could still see his grin.

“Don’t look so pleased with yourself.”

“Oh, come on,” he replied. “It’s not every day I get to rescue a certain damsel in distress.”

“That’s because this damsel is usually pretty good at taking care of herself.”

“Which is why I have to take advantage of every opportunity.”

Anne stifled a laugh. 

At the side of the road, where the ground was more solid, Trask dismounted. He turned to lift Anne off his horse, his hands lingering around her waist for an extra moment until Warin and Elanor joined them.

She cast him a suspicious look. “It seems awfully coincidental for you to show up right when we needed help.”

“One of my men saw you leave Marlton, and I thought I’d try to catch you on the way back.”

“You have men watching my house, do you?”

“Not watching, exactly, but passing by every so often to make sure things are as they should be. And it’s a good thing too, or you would be very wet and muddy by now.”

Anne smirked at him.

(me: squealing like an idiotic chimpanzee)

// my review
Oh, won't this be great fun? I LOVE writing reviews on books that I feel passionately about... and Exiles most definitely made that list. Oh before I go on. What kind of fangirl review would this be without any gifs?! A gif-less fangirl review I suppose. 

*scoffs* how blasphemous. 

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Ah, yes! The review may commence. 

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I couldn't help myself... I really wanted to use that one. Don't mind me (... as I watch that gif repeatedly, giggling to myself as my sister looks on as if I've finally lost all sanity. I mean, she's not wrong I suppose....)

Now that the fat creature has officially initiated the review, here are all my thoughts on the book:

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Yep. 

It's a great book, you should totally read it! :)

Of course... I'M BEING DEAD SERIOUS, YOU BEAN. Here's why:

The book is magic. Pure, entrancing magic that will grip your spiritual, mental, and physical being with its tasteful characters, engrossing plot, and enraging twists. (I'm trying to sound sophisticated-- is it working?) I, along with so many other fans, have awaited this book's release for a year, and can I just say, it was so worth the wait. 

When I first started reading it, I got a little mixed up with the Ilyon Chronicles peoples + world and the Blades of Acktar peoples + world. Because, let's be honest, they are pretty similar! And then I was a little afraid it was going to disappoint because Samara's Peril set the bar pretty high for the series. BUT OH MY GOODNESS. I am so sorry to ever have doubted your abilities, Ms. Knight.

particular things and stuffs that make jazzy's heart happy:


  • Let's start off with the writing. I am completely blown away with Jaye's ability to take different situations and bend them at her will. I was constantly caught off guard, which led to my poor, weak heart to suffering (in that good way that all bookworms understand). Her way of writing is just so enthralling! Even when the chapter ended well, and I could have closed it and gone to sleep... I felt drawn back to it, thirsty for more. It's that kind of book. Before you read it, you have to warn your family that you'll be disappearing for a day. 
  • The plot was a roller-coaster. There were SO many things happening all at once, that I could barely breathe while reading! So much tension. And doubt. But also happiness. And tears. *sigh* so many things, BUT I CAN'T SPOIL IT FOR YOU-- HOLD ME BACK!!! I'm so terrified for the coming books... YIKES YIKES YIKES. 
  • I loved flying all over Ilyon, seeing new places, meeting new people. It was so interesting learning about the other races! Especially the Cretes, I reeeaaaaally like the Cretes for some reason. Maybe because I reeeeaaaally like Talas. Mebbe. 
  • Their faith! The Resistance faces so many obstacles, constantly struggling for a foot hold. It was so amazing to see their faith put into play, even if they were drowning in fear and doubt. 
  • SHIPS. SHIPSHIPSHIPSHIPSHIP. So many ships, so many happy vibes. Things FINALLY get a'rolling with *argh* can't say... but yea. There is quite healthy amount of otp development in this book! 
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  • CHARACTERS. THE CHARACTERS. OH BLESS ME. They are literally (literally, not even kidding) cinnamon roll nuggets. I am so serious right now. That is EXACTLY what they are. And if you don't agree, then you can just fight me. 
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JACE: ohhh ohhh ohhh... this is my child. I love how, even after Elom has saved him, he still struggles with self-doubt. I think many people, myself included, can relate. To see him slowly release his grip on those insecurities and give them to the Lord is very encouraging. I am SO proud of him, he has grown SO much since Resistance! I also love how he is so passionate about his loved ones. It just makes him ENTIRELY TOO ENDEARING TO BE LEGAL. 

KYRIN: I've always loved Kyrin because she is such a strong, compassionate character. But to be completely honest, I don't think there was much growth in her character in this book. I mean, Jaye spent so much time working on her in the last three books, that I feel like in this book the focus was less on her. Which I mean was a little bit disappointing, but Jaye focused on other important stuff. She was still very present, and strong as ever, but just as far as character development goes, she was lacking. Which isn't a bad thing, because Jaye got to focus on other characters!

KADEN: My lil fireball!!! I just have this obsession with him. It may be a problem (?). He's so confident and guyish, that I just adore is outlook on things. He's not so immature anymore, he's grown up a bit-- but he's still got a heavy dose charm. Unfortunately, like Kyrin, Jaye didn't really focus too much on his character growth, but him just being there was enough for me (I named my aloe vera plant after his dragon Exsis). 

MICHAEL: I mean, he wasn't THAT big in the book, but he was still a lot more there than the other books. And that was GOLD because he is adorable and I'm really realllllly hoping he'll have a bigger part in the next book hehehe <3 div="">

DANIEL: HOLY SMOKES. MY HEART HAS FOUND A NEW HOME. And this is part of the reason why the twins were no longer the main character focuses: we got to spend time with Daniel! *happy sigh* *sniffs* *cries* He is something. It is just so weird to think that the son of the evil Emperor Daican is a believer. Like mind = blown. His walk with the Lord may be the roughest, just because of his position. I was so full of dread whenever I read about him, anticipating some kind of attack... AGHHHHH. SO STRESSFUL. It was SO awesome to see him leaning on the Lord when his flesh wanted so bad to give in. I am just so pleased with how well Jaye developed his character. Like #glowup

LEETRA: Can we just appreciate the fierceness of this girl? LIKE SHOOT. I loved getting to know her better. In the other books, she was always just that mean short girl that dated the traitor and always grumbled if she couldn't fight with the men (sounds strangely like me tbh). That was Leetra. But holy cow! She's way cooler in Exiles, you guys. Watching her struggle with forgiving herself, and dealing with her own insecurities... how she builds walls to protect herself from being hurt. UGH. Those kind of characters always always always get to me! Like, LET ME PROTECT YOU MY PRECIOUS HUMAN. But she is so strong, so fierce, yet she's so broken and raw. AGH. Thank you Jaye, for creating such an amazing person like Leetra.

ANNE: Okayyy... Anne is pretty much goals. Like, you guys, she's so elegantly fierce! How?!? I was so happy to read more of her, because she is SO AMAZING. She's so proud and sassy, but so afraid yet brave (that made so much sense, ik). Through the entire book, she's treading on dangerous grounds, but her performance is so incredible! BUT UGHHH. Poor poor girl had to endure so much in  the book. *cries* *cringes* All the female characters in this series are so strong. Not perfect, they still fall every now and then, but 
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Aaaaaand that's if for characters. The list could go on... but, y'know. Spoilers ;)

I will not go into detail with the ships, for fear of unintentionally letting something loose. JUST KNOW THIS. It's beautiful. So, so beautiful................

Okay I give up. I will say a couple things. But I'll keep it short and blunt and hopefully I won't get too carried away. 

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Jace+Kyrin: I love how they don't have to question each other about certain things. And Kyrin is so patient with Jace when even he doesn't understand his feelings. And I love how they are more or less a "friends first" couple, those are literally my favorite ships ever. *hugs them both*

Trask+Anne: I love how much he asks her to marry him, and I love her response. They are so cute *squeals* While Jace and Kyrin are more on the sweeter side, Trask and Anne are definitely on the more playful flirty side, which is adorable. 

Timothy+Leetra: Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. They are literally so cute. Like, Leetra is all fierce practicality and Timothy is all tender kindness. Just AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. 

Daniel+???: I am not gonna say anything, but I just wanted to taunt you with this bit of info. Do with it what you will. ;)

// the giveaway

Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Exiles, a pewter dragon necklace by treasurecast, and a sword letter opener! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

// the schedule
Thursday, August 10
·         Book Spotlight at A Pinch of Faith

Friday, August 11
·         Character Interview at Reality Reflected
·         Review at Tricia Mingerink
·         Book Spotlight at She Hearts Fiction
·         Review and Excerpt at Literary Cafe
·         Character Interview and Excerpt at A Day In The Life
·         Review and Author Interview at The World of the Writer
·         Review at WritingAnyone
·         Review and Interview at Meagan Davenport
·         Review and Special Post at R535 Blog
·         Review at Leah’s Bookshelf
·         Author Interview at Liv K. Fisher
·         Review, Character Interview, and Excerpt at The Elven Padawan
·         Review and Author Interview at Books and Arrows
·         Review and Author Interview at The Artful Author
·         Review and Character Interview at Red Lettering
·         Review and Author Interview at PageTurners
·         Review and Author Interview at Sutori no Hana
·         Review and Character Interview at Bookends

Saturday, August 12
·         Review and Excerpt at Thriving Hope
·         Book Spotlight at Today, by Bryn
·         Review at Honey Rock Hills
·         Excerpt at Rachel Rossano's Words
·         Excerpt at Tell Tale Book Reviews
·         Excerpt at The Overactive Imagination
·         Review and Author Interview at One Word At A Time
·         Author Interview at Marrok Macintyre
·         Review and Author Interview at Sarah, Plain & Average
·         Review at A Camera and a Dreamer
·         Review and Excerpt at Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections
·         Character Spotlight at God's Peculiar Treasure Rae
·         Review and Author Interview at Sarah Allerding
·         Author Interview and Excerpt at Dreams and Dragons
·         Review and Character Interview at Resting Life
·         Review and Character Interview at The Music of a Story
·         Review and Character Interview at Ruffles and Grace

Sunday, August 13
·         Review at Woman at the Well
·         Review at Lakeside Publications
·         Review at Ember's Reviews
·         Review at Backing Books
·         Review and Author Interview The Ink Lizard
·         Excerpt at Lianne Taimenlore
·         Book Spotlight at Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens

Tuesday, August 15
·         Review at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

// that's a wrap!
If you haven't read these books yet... GO DO SO RIGHT NOW OR I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN AND THROW SAND AT YOU. Thank you so much Jaye L. Knight for blessing this world with the Ilyon Chronicles... and thank you Elom for blessing this world with Jaye L. Knight! I love you both!!! 

* I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my review. 

a flight of arrows // a book review

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review*

Greetings, my beloved pineapples. Today I finally decided to get off my lazy butt and write a review that's been due for a while now! The deal was, I had gotten it from Book Bloggers as a reviewer's copy, but it was the second book in the series, and it's just one of those series where you HAVE to read them from the beginning. So, I had to get the first book from the library. The thing is, we were kind of taking a break from the library (idk my mom just stopped going there for a while don't ask why, I'm not sure why) and so it just took an embarrassingly long time to get myself to read the first book so that I could read the second book and write this review.

And now I'm rambling again.

Peachy.

ANYWAYS, without further ado!



//the book 




October 1776--August 1777

It is said that what a man sows he will reap--and for such a harvest there is no set season. No one connected to Reginald Aubrey is untouched by the crime he committed twenty years ago. 

Not William, the Oneida child Reginald stole and raised as his own. Identity shattered, enlisted in the British army, William trains with Loyalist refugees eager to annihilate the rebels who forced them into exile. Coming to terms with who and what he is proves impossible, but if he breaks his Loyalist oath, he'll be no better than the man who constructed his life of lies.

Not Anna, Reginald's adopted daughter, nor Two Hawks, William's twin, both who long for Reginald to accept their love despite the challenges they will face, building a marriage that bridges two cultures. 

Not Good Voice and Stone Thrower, freed of bitterness by a courageous act of forgiveness, but still yearning for their firstborn son and fearful for the future of their Oneida people.

As the British prepare to attack frontier New York and Patriot regiments rally to defend it, two families separated by culture, united by love, will do all in their power to reclaim the son marching toward them in the ranks of their enemies.


//the review 

writing style: 3/5
This was actually one of the biggest problems for me. The plot, the characters, the setting, I loved it all! But when it came down to the writing in general, I felt it was too slow and (I really hate saying this) boring a lot of the time. Certain parts lacked climax, others were drawn too long. 

However, there were some very tasteful elements that Benton included in the book that I did enjoy! A lot of the descriptions were beautiful, and that made it bearable when things got slooooow. 

characters: 5/5
Okay, pineapples. Let's talk about these characters (?!). 

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While the writing was slow, and the development was equally as slow, the characters pretty much saved the day for me. BLESS THEM. They're all so cool in their own blessed way! Although more time passes in the first book (about 20 years), we get to see their fruit in the second book, which was so encouraging and challenging and I cried. 

Each of the characters are dealing with their own baggage. For Reginald, he was dealing with so much guilt and self-loathing, and doesn't even want to try to see that God's mercy is just a heartbeat away. He sees grace in the other characters, but refuses to allow that kind of peace for himself. I think the author did a marvelous job with Reginald! He's so lost, but refuses to be found, and yet God never leaves his side. The Lord's amazing agape love is shown through several choice characters, trying to draw this one lost sheep to the foot of the cross. I love it!

Lydia was as strong a character you'll ever come by. She knows things, and yet she loves with God's agape love and is a light in a darkened house. She's constantly pointing other's to Jesus, and ministering to the needy. I was so inspired by her servant's heart! 

One character I can relate to was Anna. Her walk with the Lord was rough. She wanted to follow what is good and right, yet her flesh would combat that knowledge. In obeying the Lord, she must first lay down her own will and give everything to the Lord... and that is SO not easy! Her heart wants left, but the Lord is calling her right. I loved watching her grow in this book. It was so wonderful to see someone with this kind of faith, not perfect but growing-- like so many Christians out there. I know I can relate with her! 

TWO HAWKS (or Jonathan). Oh my word! Can we just... take a moment... *silence* *happy sigh*... okay. Let me just begin by saying, I want to marry a Two Hawks. He was amazing. Utterly, divinely amazing. His faith, his walk with the Lord. He was so devote, and honoring, and he just loved the Lord so much! Even when awkward moments conjured, he acted with utmost integrity and, with the Lord's strength, self control. I just really love him you guys. He had to face so many things in his lifetime, and yet his faith is so unwavering. He doesn't know the future, but he knows who holds the future and that is enough for him. 

I feel like although he made up so much of the main plot, William didn't really play a huge role. I mean. OBVIOUSLY he did. But like, I feel like he was hardly there. I really was hoping to get to know him better in the second book, but that hope was squashed when all the scenes with him were the bland parts (except for the occasional "I wonder what my real family is like" parts). I really really really hate saying stuff like that, but I honestly just made myself push through those chapters to get to the next character POV's. 

Good Voice and Stone Thrower were a showering of blessings and mercy! In the book, both were already saved and walking the straight and narrow. And both just dripped of God's mercy and agape love, especially towards Reginald. Both were broken by their loss, but both had turned away from the bitterness and instead turned to God's grace. There were so many parts with these two where I just sat back and was just like "Wow." They are so incredible! 

Oh and Strikes-the-War... she was fierce. 'Nuff said. 

setting + plot: 5/5
The plot, though sad at times, was fantabulous! I mean. Twins separated at birth? BLESS YOUR HEART LORI BENTON. 

I have an odd obsession with twins :) 

Back to the review! I really enjoyed the plot because it was dramatic, and heartbreaking, and it was very well executed (minus the slow pace). Another plus was that, while there were so many characters and names, each one played an important role and none of them are just random. So while there are more names to remember, I'm not mad because they all drove the plot. 

There were so many "Noooooooooo!!! YOU'RE SO CLOSE!!!" moments, I would literally scream and kick my legs. It was pretty frustrating... but in a good way! 



Like I said above, the only thing that really really annoyed me was how slow the plot was. A lot was supposed to be happening, but it didn't feel that way because it was all in slow motion. 

OH AND CAN WE TAKE A MOMENT TO EXAMINE THESE SHIPS: it be like we FedEx or somethin'
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And they sail so  beautifully
my heart is so happy. 

Lydia and Reginald: I've always loved the "took you long enough to know I've loved you for 20 flippin' years" kind of romances. This was no exception! Lydia and Reginald were adorable and, although their ages were very far apart, it wasn't awkward at all. I feel like it was executed very nicely and appropriately. Lydia was patient and loving, and even when Reginald would rebuff her attention, she let the Lord handle his heart and just ministered to him in the only ways she knew how: prayer and kindness. 

Two Hawks and Anna: OKAY. Can I just... seriously I need to just marry this guy. Like right now. One thing I LOVE about their relationship, was that Two Hawks knew when to take the lead and when to tell Anna no. Unlike a lot of other so-called Christian books where the guy and girl are like, "Oh, we shouldn't be doing this blah blah blah" and yet neither of them stop anything, THEY ACTUALLY STOP IN THIS BOOK. *victory dance* That makes me happier than you can ever understand. It shows chastity, self control, and who they are choosing to follow. I love how tentative Two Hawks was about how he went about courting Anna, and how he wanted everything that they did in their relationship to honor God and her father, even if that went against what they wanted. He was patient, and she learned to lean on the Lord. Both displayed a huge huge HUGE amount of grace in doing so, which I believe makes the perfectly imperfect (but that's why it's perfect) relationship! 

OVERALL: 3/5
I enjoyed reading this book, even with its shortcomings. The characters were marvelous and the conclusion was... *inaudible bookish fangirling* EEEEP. 

“You remember to trust in Heavenly Father. Life is a blessing, but it is also a testing. Take the one as you do the other and trust Him who allows all. Trust what Creator is doing, though we cannot understand it or see the full path.” 

cover reveal // lightporter (well I missed the memo, but SO STOKED)



Oh my goodness! How did I forget to post this?!?!?! WHAT IN THE WORLD. Okay. Just so you know, I'm SO sorry for posting this late... I feel like trash. I'm SORRY. 

What book already had the major cover reveal, but will have a mini one here on my humble blog?

IT'S IDIA BOOK 2!

I'm so stoked, man. Ever since first reading Twinepathy (read my review here [it's on my old Wordpress blog]!), I've been just waiting for the next book to come out. And now it's finally happening. Thank you so much for all your hard work, C.B. Cook, you bring me much happiness. :)

Now, for the big reveal.....



*dramatically majestic music*



*wait, is that Vader's theme song playing? *scowls**



*music cuts*



*the Eye of the Tiger blasts*



*yeaaa boi*


Links
Twinepathy on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26793603-twinepathy
Twinepathy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HYQEK1C/
C.B. Cook’s Blog: http://www.theworldofthewriter.wordpress.com
C.B. Cook on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorcbcook/
C.B. Cook on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13546187.C_B_Cook
IDIA Group Board on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorcbcook/idia-group-board/

And there you have it, you check it out, and BE SURE to read Twinepathy, you WILL NOT regret it! I promise you. It's excellent. :) so amazing.

And I'm off, much loves xoxo

P.S. AGAIN I apologize for being such a bad promoter/blogger human. I cannot even. How did I forget to do this, I don't even know. So confused. So frustrated. Okay bye. 

invitation // a book review


Hai gang. It's been crazy. Trying to finish school, birthdays, Mother's Day, end of the year programs, and all sorts of craziness. And tonight I'll be going to watch my coop's production of The Music Man, which I'm really really excited about! :) .... but despite all the stress and losing-my-mind-stuff, I have gotten some reading done *YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY* So here.... we..... gO!!! 

Summary taken from Goodreads:

In "The Call" by Bill Myers, four strangers are drawn together to help a student at the mysterious Institute for Advanced Psychic Studies. His gifts are supposedly being honed to assist world leaders . . . but there are some very disturbing strings attached. 

Frank Peretti's "The Haunted" confronts a supernatural mystery, a case of murder, and an exploration into the darkness of the human heart, all centering around a mysterious house. 

In Angela Hunt's "The Sentinels," animals around the world are mysteriously dying. What could it mean? When the tragedy begins to touch Andi's dreams, she discovers a terrifying theory. 

"The Girl" by Alton Gansky is a gripping tale of a young barefoot girl found holding a scroll in the snowy Oregon mountains. She is sweet, innocent--apparently not of this world--and something wants to kill her.


Um, words? anyone? This was so much fun, man! The book is essentially split into four sections, where each writer would continue the original story, taking the journey to who-knows-where. I mean, that's so cool! Normally, I would think I'd feel disconnected from the characters because of the different writers and their different voices, BUT because each author had their designated character, I think it made the whole thing come together really nicely.

I am very easily spooked by this kind of paranormal material, so I never really read books in this genre. I have read This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti, and I wasn't scared, however I think it had to do with the fact that the angels were very well prominent and present. In this book though, we see mostly evidence of darkness. YA. So I couldn't read this by myself DON'T JUDGE ME, I'M VERY SHELTERED AND I STILL GET THE SHIVERS WHEN I'M WATCHING DOCTOR JIGGLE AND MR. SLY.

I mean, don't get me wrong. This book was WONDERFUL. It didn't glorify any of the darkness, and it wasn't like... brutally graphic. I'm just a sensitive wiener when it comes to paranormal material. Ha.

And now, I'm gonna dissect the book. I mean, I COULD write just an overview of the entire book as a whole... but I want to talk about each of the separate stories because this is my review and you can't tell me how to live my life. Although you're probably inwardly groaning because I talk too much, and you may be thinking of exiting my blog. DON'T. Tell you what. Instead of writing paragraphs and rambling about each thing I loved and hated, I'll just write a list! M'kay? M'kay.

THE CALL- Bill Myers


  • Brenda. OMguac. She's the tat artist, and she's fierce and mean but not and I just really enjoyed her character. 
  • The plot was... yikes. So mind-boggling. So weird. So creepy. I'd say it was a very good introduction to the characters and their involvement with stuffs. 
  • The writing wasn't my favorite, but it's not like I absolutely hated it either. Like, it kept me interested, but not entirely enthralled, if you know what I'm saying. 
  • The attitude. I mean, this is Brenda. She's like... the savage one with dreadlocks in the group. Totally awesome, not perfect-- making the dialogue extra spunky and a fun. 
  • Ummm... that one time when that happened and I just... I was crying and it wasn't fun. Yea. Read it and you'll understand which part I'm talking about. *sniffles*
  • The elements of darkness were very well balanced with the light feels and the awkward humor. Wasn't the creepiest tbh because I knew what kind of darkness they were dealing with, and I knew what it would take to defeat it. It was still really cool and mysterious though. 
  • BABY.
And that's about it for "The Call", it was interesting and fun and scary and I liked the intro to the members of the group. They're all so weird and quirky in their own way, which made the book very enjoyable. 

THE HAUNTED- Frank Peretti

  • the Professor was definitely not one of my favorites out of the characters, but you gotta hand it to him for being such a pain. It made him that guy in the group, which gave him some individuality. 
  • The plot in this book was creeeeeeeepyyyyy man. Like, in the Call there were demons, in this story we have ghosts and stuff and I can't really do that. *shivers* Absolutely not. The story was very much a mystery/thriller and despite not being able to read it by myself, I did enjoy it a lot! 
  • I actually really liked the writing. It was very straight-forward and I was pretty engrossed. 
  • The sarcasm and the arrogance was hilarious. The professor is so smart and yet he's such a pig-head. Even though it was mean, how he treated everyone else in the group was just so funny. 
  • In the end, I felt a but like... What just happened???? But I honestly think that was the feeling Peretti was going for, so that can easily be pardoned.
  • DANIEL. 
I have to say, I enjoyed this one the most. It was exciting, and the writing never bored me. Even though I still don't like the professor, it was interesting seeing things from his POV. There was plenty of weird WHATWHATWHAT moments, which of course I LOVE. So yea, loved it. 

THE SENTINELS- Angela Hunt

  • AWEEE Andi. The weird, crazy, awkward Andi, with the kind spirit and spunky personality. I love her so much. 
  • I honestly don't know how I feel about the plot. I mean, I loved what each of the characters experienced in this story, but I'm not too sure what I think about how and why they experienced those things. In the end, there wasn't really a conclusion. 
  • The writing was pretty good, but like I said the plot was kinda awkward so... idk not too many thoughts on the writing
  • The quirkiness was awesome. Seeing things from Andi's POV was fun, because unlike the professor and Brenda, she was very optimistic.
  • Honestly, the plot was a little but draggy, but I do think the things they did and how they solved some things was pretty interesting. I just didn't find myself really loving the story, I guess. 
  • DOGGY.
I know, this was pretty negative. If I don't like the plot, you can bet your bottom dollar I won't have too much fun with the rest of the stuffs. I mean, yes there was some interesting parts! Like all the visions and all that, it was cool. But... I didn't really get or care why it was all happening. 

THE GIRL- Alton Gansky


  • Oh Cowboy. Tank. Whichever. He's so innocent and empathetic and sweet, he's exactly like a baby puppy. (baby puppy? how?) a gigantic puppy. 
  • The plot was liiiiit. The mysterious girl, the stress, the dreams, the stress. It was all so thrilling and scary and I just wanted to scoop the Tank and the girl up and hug them forever and protect forever. There were so many NOOOOO moments where I was internally screaming and ripping the pages from the book. 
  •  I think the writing was just right. Not too blunt, but not too draggy. The Tank's POV was really funny, just how ignorant he is, and how he's just so translucent. 
  • The passion and compassion and all the feels were so strong! Like... I felt so much while reading this! It was soooo good I CAN'T. 
  • LITTLEFOOT. 
This book/section is actually (now that I think of it) probably maybe almost my favorite out of the stories. It was so exciting! And scary. But not in the paranormal way, but in the NO THIS CANNOT HAPPEN ASDJFDLK way. Cowboy was great, his heart is so pure and so caring and so gentle. Go you. YAY.

IN CONCLUSION:

My mind is pretty blown by the creativity and thought put into this novel. I am definitely keeping this one for a future re-read! Due to some of the themes and the use of A** (only once, but it took me off guard since this is by Christian authors) i'd recommend it for mature teens and up. Otherwise, this is a great summer read! It's fast-paced, especially since each of the stories are only about 100 pages max. Totally something you can read in a day or two. :)

Have you read this book?
Heard of it?
Read from any of these authors?
What are you currently reading?

(disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my review.)