What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror?

I LOVE SUMMER!

… what does that have to do with anything you ask – especially since where I’m from, we are months away from it being summertime, well consider it because this book always reminds me of Summer!

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Yes, Sarah Dessen. I’ve read quite a number of her books, and some of them really stuck with me while some of them were just kind of “meh, I was hoping for more.”

Keeping the Moon is one of the few that really stuck with me. I read it when I was fifteen, fell in love with it then… reread it when I’m twenty-one (and let me tell you, I was terrified of ruining a beautiful memory) and I fell in love with it all over again.

Some info on the Book:

Fifteen year old Colie is sentenced to spending the summer in Colby with her quirky, crazy, out there artist Aunt Mira while her mother tours Europe promoting her exercise infomercial.

Colie had never been someone to have any friends – being overweight and teased non-stop makes her leery and introverted even with her new ‘thin’ body. When she gets thrown into working at The Last Chance Cafe she meets two girls Morgan and Isabel who happen to be the best friends with a brutally honest, sometimes rude, but incredibly loving relationship.

With the help of these two woman Colie begins to find herself and realize that maybe it’s not all about what everyone else sees, but what you see when you look in the mirror.

Keeping the Moon <—- Click to find on Goodreads

What’s not in the Synopsis…

The song I like for this book is…

Boats & Birds

by Gregory and the Hawk

Now I read this book for the first time quite awhile ago and while I was reading it I was addicted to this song. So whether this song truly truly fits the book… well I’ll leave that up to you.

I feel that it does because to me it represents loving someone enough to let them go without any form of surety about whether or not they will come back. It’s so sad :(. Now this book isn’t about letting a lover go or anything like that, but it’s about a girl who desperately needs to let go of her own self-esteem issues and truly find her happiness.

Overall Rating: 4.5 stars ****1/2

I loved this book. I loved Isabel. I loved Morgan. I loved Mira. And I absolutely loved Norman. He was such a sweetheart. Their ‘romance’ was adorable and I loved the pace of it. It was so slow and while it fell on the back burner of the book, it really stuck with me.

Through out the book, Colie made decisions that made me angry, but I couldn’t every really get mad at her. She was incredibly human – a young, inexperienced, teenage human. I don’t think a single person reading this blog can say we wouldn’t be somewhat able to related to the things she felt. I know I’ve felt them and while reading about them sometimes gets frustrating (because I swear I was never that age ;)) I truly from the bottom of my heart cannot fault her.

The book was truly a heart warming experience that held appealed to that sense of adventure that I desperately want/wanted. That sense of starting fresh and experiencing new things all while in the setting of a small beach town that reminds you of tourism, sunscreen, beach hair and sand beneath your toes.

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Cheers,

Tianna

Steampunk + Shapeshifters = Awesome

Can you honestly go wrong? I mean at look at this cover art!

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For those who are a little bit confused about what exactly the ‘Steampunk’ genre is, consider it a sexy Victorian mélange of corsets, clock gears, mad scientist, parasols & so much more.

What’s that? Do I have your attention? I thought so.

Let’s Start with a Little Bit About the Book Shall We?

Five years ago Sera Czedar, a panther shape-shifter, left her family, friends & home behind.

It was the day of her mating ceremony, where she would be chosen by her lover to become his life partner – his mate, his other half. Or was it?

When things go terribly wrong Sera is forced into fleeing from everything she knew and, instead creates a new life for herself in Varselles, the City of Outcasts. There she is a fighter, a woman who is feared in the ring and out of it. Her life begins to fall into place among the shadows and anonymity of the large city, but it isn’t long until her past begins to catch up with her.

When the man she left in a humiliating position while on the eve of their mating ceremony comes to find her, Sera is faced with the fear of facing everything she left behind and hurting those which she swore to protect.

Age is 17+ due to mature subject matter & sexual content.

Homecoming on Goodreads <—- Click  to check out the full summary

Anywho, moving onto MUSIC & Review

Now, the point of this blog is hopefully to connect great books, with epic songs. Going through my iTunes, I realized that the song I feel best represents this books is…..

Cosmic Love 

by Florence + the Machine

 What can I say, I’m a romantic. 😉

 This short story was a lot of fun. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and the sexual tension gave me crazy whiplash! It was sooooo hot, and then something would interrupt it making me angry and frustrated at the cold. It was like torture! I almost couldn’t handle it.

The tension between the MC’s was breath-stealing, captivating & primal. I couldn’t stop reading. I needed to know what happened!

Let me tell you, when the official book 1, Rise comes out, I will be holed up on my couch plowing through it because all this short story did was get me crazy invested.

While the pacing was a little slow at times, it was necessary due to the amount of world and situation building needed. In my understanding the story is a prequel to the series The Cloaked Devices and therefore you don’t learn a huge amount about said devices – which means the true story has yet to begin. How exciting.

Overall rating: 4 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟-

It was intensely original, I’ve seen very few books out there in the steampunk genre, and let me tell you, I personally think it’s a genre underused. There’s so much potential there and I can’t wait to read more about this amazing world that “Homecoming” has set me up for.

Cheers,

Tianna

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