Monday, March 24, 2014

Mers by Ami Blackwelder: A Book Review


Book Description

 December 21, 2013
What lies beneath the surface?
One hundred years from now the world has
changed and brought with it new forms of life.
Who are the Mers? Who is Mira?

“I am not a Mer,” A simple but profound statement that changes Mira’s life forever. She always knew she was different. She never quite fit in with the Mers. However, when her quest to understand her past leads her across the border that divides two vastly different worlds, she thinks the journey to find out who she really is will be an easy one.

But, in Jersey she finds more questions than answers. The “Garden State” has become a convoluted mix of Aristocrats who hate the Mers, Pirates who want to sell them, and Magi who want to use them, finding her true identity will be a challenge, especially when her traveling companion is a Mer willing to fight to the death.

Review

This was my first book from this author, and I found that I really enjoyed it. The character development progressed quickly and interestingly. I was pleasantly surprised at the twists and turns that occurred throughout the story, and am really looking forward to reading more in this series. It was definitely a new take on mermaids and/or the dystopian universe. Very well done!!

Overall, 4/5 stars.

Here is the link to Amazon.com for the ebook. 

Dark Storm by Christine Feehan: A Book Review


Book Description

 October 2, 2012
Return to the “steamy and dreamy” (Publishers Weekly) world of Christine Feehan’s New York Times bestselling Carpathian novels as thundering passions signal a dark force on the horizon…

Buried alive for hundreds of years in a volcano in South America, Dax worries that he has become the abomination that every Carpathian male fears, a victim of the insidious evil that has crept relentlessly into his mind and body over the centuries. But Dax isn’t the only one emerging from the darkness…

His name is Mitro, and he once stood by the side of the prince of the Carpathian people. Now he is the epitome of malevolence, and perpetrator of one of the most shocking killing sprees known to man. No one escaped the bloodshed, including his lifemate, Arabejila.

Now, between Dax and Mitro, a violent game has begun—one that has marked Riley Parker, the last descendant of Arabejila, as the reward.

Review

Fantastic installment to the Carpathians. I really enjoyed this book and the main characters, Dax and Riley. While Dax was the normal dark, dangerous, and strong Carpathian we've come to suspect... he also seemed to have a really fun and teasing side that isn't something you usually see in the main male characters of these books. The only thing that I found to be a negative in this book was that the ending fight scene with the vampire seemed slightly rushed. However, I would definitely recommend giving this book a try if you've felt the last couple to be lacking. Great job, Ms. Feehan. I'm looking forward to starting Dark Lycan and then Dark Wolf. :-)

Overall, 5/5 stars.

Here is the link to Amazon.com for the ebook.

UR by Stephen King: A Book Review

Book Description

 February 12, 2009
From Publishers Weekly

Wesley Smith buys an Amazon Kindle to keep his mind off his recent nasty breakup, but he finds that his version is no ordinary e-reading device. Smith's Kindle has a special Ur option, which reveals the future and all the works his favorite authors have written in parallel dimensions. However, when the Ur delivers news of terrible events on the way, Smith must decide if he should interfere in fate. 

Review

I loved this short story! Fantastic King all around. I really enjoyed the tie in to the Dark Tower series, and would love to go back and reread those books now! 

Honestly, I'm pretty jealous of having a kindle that can get books from different universes.... 

This is only available on Kindle books through Amazon.com, but I'd say it's worth the few dollars that it costs on there. This may stink for some people who do not own Kindles; however, there are free Kindle apps for smart phones and for computers that may be worth downloading.

Overall, I gave it 5 stars out of 5. I'm also biased on loving anything King writes that is related to the Dark Tower books.

Here is the link to Amazon if you're interested in purchasing it for  $3.19 




Friday, February 8, 2013

Entangled by Nikki Jefford: A Book Review

I received Entangled (Spellbound #1) as a free ebook from netgalley.com to read and review. 

Here is the link to Amazon, where this book is currently free for the Kindle as well as the book's description 


Book Description

 February 19, 2012
Magic, Murder, & Romance – A Resurrection Spell Gone Wrong

Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body. Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.

The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.

Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death while working out a way to disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.

“Freaky Friday gone wrong anybody? Being a big fan of witch stories, Entangled quickly topped the chart in my list of favourites.” ~ Xpresso Reads

“Entangled is that rare book that is going to make you tape your eyes open to read into the ungodly hours of the night…” ~ Book Whispers

**The Spellbound series is intended for older teens.


Review

This was a wonderful, quick, and addicting read! I had trouble putting it down (obviously, since I finished it in a night!). There were some minor editing issues in the copy that I received, i.e. words notspaced apart, but besides that I did not see any issues!

The characters were well developed and evolved nicely throughout the story, I loved the hate the main "bad" girl! I honestly can't wait to read the next book in the series and would highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys paranormal YA.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Welcome back!

Let me just start off by saying WOW it's been a long time since I've posted on here! By a long time I mean almost five years, where has the time gone?!

Update on myself: I graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne (IPFW), after four yeah with my Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Pathology, aka speech therapy. I am now living down in Nashville, TN living out my dream of becoming a Physical Therapist! Say "Hello" to three more long years of school. I can't wait to graduate with my doctorate degree in PT and start practicing!

Another exciting update: I'm engaged to my best friend and the love of my life!!!! *See sappy profile pictures, haha*

Monday, April 7, 2008

Analyzing My Argument


Claim: Patriotism cannot be described by only one definition.

Qualifier: Most people only think of one definition for patriotism. Either the dictionary definition or those provided by the media.

Good Reasons: People die in the name of being Patriotic.
There are a multitude of different definitions for every word.
Every word can have a different meaning for every person.


Warrant: People should realize that the definition of patriotism depends on the person doing the defining and that it is all of the ideas and thoughts of all Americans combined that makes up the genuine and complex definition of Patriotism.

Backing: The general public should be aware that each definition is unique to the situation and person, and that one should take what the media says with a grain of salt.

Evidence: People are dying for their definition of patriotism.
The government and media take advantage of the community’s feelings of unanimity and patriotism.

Authority: Quotations from different public figures regarding patriotism.

Rebuttal: Some people in the community use the idea of patriotism for their purposes only and don’t care about the true definition.

Response: If people do not wish to be informed or taught, they do not have to listen. However, everyone has the same right to being educated and informed.

I thought that this essay was incredibly hard to do a Toulmin Analysis on since there was really no hard evidence provided. My essay was basically based on opinions and thoughts. However, it did present the different views and versions of definitions of patriotism. If I had to rewrite this essay in a Toulmin style I would most likely need to find some more hard evidence and use that to support my ideas that were presented. I would possibly use more statistics and polls from the general public on their ideas and feelings.

GE's Claims


I thought that this was an interesting way to analyze. However, I found that analyzing a written paper was much easier than evaluating a photographed or drawn image. There were not any Toulmin terms left out that I saw, but there may have been something that I missed. I thought that the arugment was very well turned-out.

Claim One: The Evolution is the cleanest locomotive ever made.

Claim Two: GE locomotives are at work maintaining and preserving the world around us.

Claim Three: People should ride the GE Evolution locomotive because it is the best for the environment.

Claim Four: If people ride the GE Evolution locomotive they will help to preserve the environment.

Reason One: The GE locomotive does not disturb the environment.

Reason Two: The GE locomotive is in sync and at peace with nature.

Warrant One: What gets along with nature and does not disturb it must be good for the rest of the environment.

Warrant Two: If the GE Evolution locomotive does not do any harm or injure the environment, then it must be the safest, cleanest and the finest to travel on.


Evidence One: The birds are content to have the locomotive pass them by.

Evidence Two: The image presents a calm, clean, beautiful and serene environment.

Evidence Three: There are no train tracks to mar the perfection of nature.

Evidence Four: In the image there is no pollution, trash or smoke that could potentially harm the environment.


Qualifier One: Most trains add to pollution.

Qualifier Two: Most trains do not protect nature.

Qualifier Three: Most trains disrupt and harm the environment they run through.