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Let’s Talk About Genres: What We Read!

How much do we know about the genres we read and love so much?

The Books That Stay With You Forever

Sometimes it so happens that you read a book and your life changes for good. It doesn’t happen often, to some it may never happen at all, but there are some lucky readers who know what it feels like. They will tell you exactly how exhilarating such experiences are. These books have the power to stay with us forever. You can never guess which book is going to stay with you. As we read, we hope every book is that book for us. Don’t we?

Every reader is unique. What we take away from a book depends on us and not the book itself or the author. Every person reads a book in his own unique way and understands it as no one else would. This is the most beautiful thing about the entire reading experience and this is the prime reason why we love to discuss books with fellow readers. Maybe we missed something? Maybe we felt something more than others did? Either way, it is a blessing to have fellow readers in your life so that you can share your reading journey with them. For me, it’s you guys and that’s why I love to talk about books so much.

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I’ve been reading since I was a kid. I don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t a reader. For me, reading is not only the best way to pass time, but also it’s my passion, my first and only love. I make time to read no matter how busy I am. And I read almost every day.

I can very well define my life’s journey by the books that I’ve read. As a child, I loved Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. As a teenager, my favorite books were Sweet Valley High Series and Fear Street Series. Those books used to keep me up all night long. In my late teens, I started reading classics and simply fell more in love with books than ever before. Jane Austen introduced me to the world of romance, while Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries kept me hooked for a long, long time.

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It is very difficult to say what makes a book exceptional. As I said before, I strongly believe that every reader’s experience is unique. No one ever reads the same book or so the saying goes. Readers’ personal experiences matter a lot. For example, the books that have stayed with me through the years include;

1. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (I also never wanted to grow up so Peter’s character was very close to my heart).

2. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (because she was lost and I could relate to her).

3. Matilda by Roald Dahl (because in my opinion, that book was written about my childhood).

4. Endless Night by Agatha Christie (it shows how misguided in our emotions we can be and how sometimes we do things we regret a lot, but still cannot do anything about it. Losing people through our own actions is a curse that we face from time to time in our lives. It may not be to the extent this story shows, however, it can be a painful experience and we even forgo the right to mourn our loss).

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (its simplicity is its beauty and let’s not forget Mr. Darcy).

6. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (I think this book is the perfect example of disappointments in life. How things are and how we perceive them to be are not always one and the same. Ultimately, we must learn to live with everything life throw at us).

There are a number of other stories which I can name here. but let’s keep it short. From what I can see, one thing that these books have in common is the fact that they have very strong, well-developed, and relatable characters.

Not every fiction book has the power to hold our attention for a long time. More often than not we just read to pass time and then forget about the story afterward. I’m not saying that such books are bad books. They also have their purpose, but the best ones will never leave you, and so far I’ve only seen that quality in the classics (mostly). I guess that’s exactly what made them classics in the first place.


P.S. Which books have stayed with you years after you read them? What do you think is the reason. Don’t forget to share your views and thoughts about them. I love to hear anything and everything about books.

Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2019/02/03/books-that-stay-with-you-forever

Bound by Air (Zodiac Shifters: Aquarius) by C.D. Gorri

Bound By Air: A Zodiac Shifters Paranormal Romance: Aquarius (The Wardens of Terra Book 1)

Welcome to the Wardens of Terra, an elite group of Zodiac Shifters destined to save humankind!

The Hounds of God have been disbanded by the Catholic Church, leaving a terrible void in the fight to save humankind. As a result, a much older organization returns to power and takes up the reins to fight to save the Earth from the evil that stalks it.

They are the Wardens of Terra, an elite force of Zodiac Shifters each carrying the power of their sign to aid them in the never-ending battle against the forces of darkness.

Alone they are fierce warriors. Once they’ve found their true mates, they become an unstoppable force. These are there stories.

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Instant attraction won’t stop him from doing his duty, but there are some things a shifter just can’t fight!

Synopsis:

Troy Waman is a Thunderbird Shifter, bound to the sign Aquarius, and a Warden of Terra. He is sent to upstate New York to investigate a disturbance in the balance of magic and nature. His job is to decipher whether the sudden string of winter storms is natural or the work of darker forces in the area.

Andrea Kristos’ estranged great-aunt recently passed away, leaving her a house in Shadowland, New York. The novice Romani Caster moves into the ancient house hoping to learn more about the parents who left her long ago. During her search, she discovers that some things are better left undisturbed.

Just when things couldn’t get any worse, a huge, devastatingly handsome stranger shows up at Andrea’s door in the middle of the night and puts her in handcuffs!

How will she get him to believe that she is innocent?

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I absolutely loved this book. It is a fast-paced, romantic, and enetertaining story about an almost-witch and a Zodian shifter. The beginning is very good and so is the ending. All in all, it is a captivating story that you'd want to read in one sitting. For me it was so difficult to put down the book once I started reading.

 

Troy is a powerful Zodiac shifter who has been brought up and trained for one purpose only; protect the Earth. That's his destiny and he has always been looking forward to it. Andrea is a witch who never learned how to cast magic. She has been running from her destiny all her life. When the two of them form a mate bond things become very interesting for both of them. Together they are far more powerful than any other shifter and wtich and also they both get to live for the cause they believe in. Troy has found his destination and Andrea is no longer running from what is inevitable.


C.D. Gorri is not a new author to me. I already love her work and I think her stories are always very interesting but when she writes about witches she always makes it epic. Or perhaps it is I who enjoy a good witchy story more than any other. In any case, it is a great book, I liked it a lot, and would recommend it to all paranormal fiction fans who enjoys a good steamy romance story. It is a standalone read and also book one in what seems like a very promising story.


P.S. I received a complimentary copy of thsi book for which I'd like to thank the author.

Source: http://www.iambookseater.com/2019/01/review-bound-by-air-wardens-of-terra.html

The Mirror Crack'd From Side To Side by Agatha Christie

The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side - Agatha Christie

She left the web, she left the loom

She made three paces thro’ the room

She saw the water-flower bloom,

She saw the helmet and the plume,

She look’d down to Camelot.

Out flew the web and floated wide;

The mirror crack’d from side to side;

‘The curse is come upon me,’ cried

The Lady of Shalott.

~The Lady of Shalott (1832) By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

About the Book

When Heather Badcock drops dead suddenly, it raises too many questions. It is no wonder that even a small village can hide many secrets. Miss Marple might be the one to unearth them even before the police can have a chance. It is very much possible that the murderer’s intended victim was someone else. As the story unfolds, all the pieces will fall into place and might end up shocking everyone. Nevertheless, ripples have now been caused over the surface of the water that is no longer peaceful.

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Review

4 out of 5 Stars

First of all, I want to confess that I am Agatha Christie’s fan. My review might very well be biased. But I did enjoy this book a lot. This is my first Miss Marple mystery and I have to say that I quite admired her sharp wit and amazing observation skills. I think I might even like her better than Hercule Poirot, whom I’ve come to admire for quite some time now. In any case, Agatha Christie has woven another great murder mystery here and I found it highly entertaining.

Miss Marple is an old lady who lives in a small village. For the most part, she is like any other old woman, set in her ways, and wary of the changing world. Things are changing though, new ‘Developments’ are happening and people are changing as well. Young people dress differently, they talk differently, and they behave in an entirely different manner. There are many new faces around her home town. But many things have remained the same. On the inside, people haven’t changed as much as one would think and murders still happen.

Mrs. Heather Badcock is a kind woman by all accounts. Then she ends up dead out of the blue and everyone is baffled. That’s when Miss Marple decides to help the police solve the mystery around her death. Who would want to kill such a harmless and kind woman, her husband perhaps? Maybe she wasn’t killer’s target. After all, it happened during a party and there were many people there.

As questions are asked, things start making sense and soon the mystery is solved. A very well-written story. I love how the author first prepares the stage, then a murder happens, and then in a very logical way the mystery is unfolded to reveal the truth. I especially loved The Lady of Shalott analogy used to describe how the glamorous actress Marina Gregg looked while talking to Mrs. Heather Badcock. And the book ends in a perfect way. So, all in all, a great read if you enjoy a good old murder mystery, without too much drama and theatrics. I did!

‘He said: “She has a lovely face;

God in His mercy lend her grace,

The Lady of Shalott.”‘

Favorite Quotes

“I’m not very good at forgetting, I’m afraid.”

“She didn’t know at all,” said Miss Marple slowly, “what the world was like. She didn’t know what people were like. She’d never thought about them. And so, you see, she couldn’t guard against things happening to her.”

“It’s one of those days when flowers won’t do anything you want them to.”

“She can’t help it. She’s made that way.”

“You can’t tell, of course,” said Dr. Gilchrist, “how people are going to react. You can’t tell however well you know them. They can always surprise you.”


P.S. Have you read any of Agatha Christie’s novels? Did you like it or do you like murder mysteries in general? Do share your thoughts and happy reading!

Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2019/01/27/the-mirror-crackd-from-side-to-side-by-agatha-christie

Friend by Fizza Younis

A friend like you is hard to find,

My foolish jokes you never mind.

I am glad to have such a friend,

You are my start and my end.

That is not all you’re much more,

I do love you that is for sure.

Our friendship started in an odd way,

But this is how it will always stay.

A friend like you comes by once in a lifetime,

Together, this ladder of friendship we must climb.

I love that you can say whatever you feel,

Your honesty was our friendships’ own seal.

I hope you think of me the same way,

To be loved back is now my only pray.

 

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Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2019/01/21/monday-musings-things-to-talk-about

How to Blackmail a Highlander by Michelle McLean

How to Blackmail a Highlander

Synopsis

Lady Alice Chivers is done being controlled by her family. On the run from an arranged marriage, she needs a strong highlander to escape. Only Philip MacGregor insists on sending her back to her pampered life, so she’ll just have to blackmail him instead. But now they find themselves in an accidental marriage, and soon they’re both playing a role that feels like it was meant to be real.

Philip is cautious, in control, and in way over his head with his unexpected wife. She’s intense, spontaneous, and can’t follow an order to save her life. And he might be falling completely in love with her. However, her distractions endanger the lives of those he loves. Now he must somehow undo the damage that has been done, before his friends pay with their lives.

Review

 

 

This is such a fun read. I quite enjoyed Lady Alice's character. Her tendency to leap before thinking made this story very entertaining. She is definitely an infuriating woman. On this, I agree with Phillip. Poor highlander doesn't stand a chance. ;)


Alice is being forced to marry someone who scares her. She strongly suspect that the rumors about her future husband are not simply rumors. Unfortunately, her parents disagree and refuse to listen to her complaints. In the end, she decided to take matters into her own hands. It was her life after all, and she is determined to have a long and happy one. That's when she decides to balckmail the highlander...


Phillip can't believe that his simple mission turned into a disaster. It is all thanks to one English lady who refuses to take no for an answer. He will put up with her for now but he plans to send her home as soon as he can find a way. Little did he know how difficult of a task that would turn out to be...


I loved both the main characters. Story is very interesting and well-written. It is definitely one the best books I have read. I do enjoy a good historical fiction.


P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Source: http://www.iambookseater.com/2019/01/review-how-to-blackmail-highlander-by.html

You Don’t Deserve My Love

I did try to be a good friend,

I promised to be loyal till the very end.

But now I am tired, as you must know,

If you didn’t know how to trust,

How not to imagine the worst,

Then it’s your choice,

If you couldn’t hear my heart’s voice.

I am leaving you never to return,

And all your memories, I plan to burn,

Your problems will no longer be any of my concern,

From this day onward, whether I live or die,

No longer my friend! Bye! Bye!

 

© 2019, Fizza Younis. All Rights Reserved

Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2019/01/14/you-dont-deserve-my-love-a-poem

The Angel Island (Dark World: The Angel Trials #5) by Michelle Madow

The Angel Island by Michelle Madow

Synopsis

The journey to Avalon is full of trials, and not everyone who ventures there is welcome.

After escaping the bunker where she was held captive by demons, Raven’s finally safe with Noah, the wolf shifter she imprinted upon. And they saved all the other prisoners in the process.

Their next destination? The mythical island of Avalon. There, Raven will enter the Angel Trials so she can become a Nephilim and help fight in the war against the demons.

But it turns out the trials don’t start on the island. They start before it. Because only the worthy are allowed entrance to Avalon.

Many challenges await. Challenges that will separate every person in their group, push them harder than they imagined possible, and force them to make insanely difficult decisions.

Who will be worthy enough to enter Avalon? Who will be turned away?

Find out in The Angel Island, a magical urban fantasy adventure with twists and turns you’ll never see coming!

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This journey is so exciting. I absolutely love this series and each book is better than the previous. I can't wait to read the next one!


Raven is on a mission to save her mother. All she knows is that her mother was taken by the demons. Soon she joins shifters and a vampire to hunt down demons and go to Avalon. That's where the Earth Angel is right now and that is where anyone should go if they want to fight against demons. But this journey to Avalon isn't simple nor is it easy. Along the way, they face many trials. Lose companions and make new friends. Now it seems that this exciting adventure is almost over or maybe a new adventure is just beginning...


Although I missed Sage I was glad to read more about Raven. She is my most favorite character of this series. I love everything about her. She is human in the world of supernaturals still that has not caused her to lose her courage or determination. In fact, she seems to be right at home among vampires and shifters. Noah and Thomas are no less likable. In fact, all the characters are amazing and well-developed and each book in the series brings us closer to them. Every time we learn something new about them, what motivates them, what are they afraid of, how they deal with difficult situations, so on and so forth.


It's a very exciting series and I can't wait to see where it will lead us next. I think it's a must-read for paranormal/adventure fans.


P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book.

P.P.S. I just want to say this, I love the cover! I think this series has the best set of covers I've seen in a while.

Source: http://www.iambookseater.com/2018/12/review-angel-island-dark-world-angel.html

Dreams

How much do you believe in dreams? I have always believed that our dreams are never random. They are our brain’s way of telling us things that we really need to know. It can be about ourselves, about others, about life, or any other thing. But it is important and I usually pay close attention to my dreams. And honestly, they do have a tendency of coming true every now and then.

Also there are times when reality so sad that dreams become our escape. As one of my favorite quotes goes;

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” ~Ernest Hemingway

Interestingly enough my dreams are usually highly entertaining. They are complete stories with clear beginning, middle, and an ending. Sometimes they can be bizarre and disturbing too. I rarely have nightmares though. They’re always vivid and I find it intriguing how they have the ability to make me feel so many different emotions. Dreams can make you happy, sad, scared or any number of normal human emotions. Don’t they fascinate you?

There are different theories about dreams but no one knows for sure why we have them. Experts tend to have different opinions on the subject. Some say they’re nonsensical and have no purose whatsoever. I disagree with this assessment. Others say that dreams help us process our emotions, unconscious desires and fears and I agree with this whole heartedly. My dreams are often too obvious for me not to understand their purpose. Although, many a times I simply cannot understand them. They can be so farfetched and strange that it become impossible for me to interpret them in a way that will make any sense. In any case, I do love to dream and find dreams to be highly entertaining.


Dream by Fizza Younis

 

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Monday Musings

 

Close your eyes and let your mind drift,

Sleep will come, dreams will follow.

It is painless to dream,

Let your woes be swallowed.

A way to escape the chaos,

As well as the worries of tomorrow.

Enter this new world, to imagine, to wander,

To escape and ponder.

There is heaven, there is hell, but…

As long as you can dream, all is well!


P.S. I keep a dream journal. I started it because dreams are easily forgotten and I just wanted to keep record of them. They are very useful when it comes to finding ideas for my stories. What are your thoughts on dreams? I’d love to hear your opinion on this. Thank you.

Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2018/12/24/why-do-we-have-dreams

The Unpopular Opinions About Books

1. Popular books or series that you didn’t like.

Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James is definitely one such series. I only read the first few chapters of the first book and hated it instantly. After that, there was no point in continuing reading. I don’t know if it gets better later or maybe it just wasn’t for me, but there was no way I was going to waste time reading it when I didn’t like it at all.

Another book that everyone seems to like but I don’t is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I know it is a very quotable book. I myself love so many quotes from it but the story itself was nothing good, as far as, I think. Don’t get me wrong though I do enjoy a good gothic romance that one just wasn’t for me.

2. Popular books or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.

I think Mansfield Park by Jane Austen can be considered one such book. I am not sure how popular it is though, but people seem to hate it for some reason. I, on the other hand, loved it. After Pride and Prejudice, it is my second most favorite book by Jane Austen.

People also seem to dislike Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo for some reason. I think the book is a work of art and I can see why it is so popular. I really loved it!

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with or an OTP you don’t like.

This list can go on and on, and never end (lol). First of all, I want to mention that I generally do not like love triangles. I know they are very common in romance especially YA books but I tend to stay away from them. Especially, the ones where the protagonist seems to be attracted to both the contenders and have a hard time choosing one of them. That is just not something I enjoy reading. Still, sometimes books are so well-written and this whole scenario is downplayed in a way that it is interesting to read.

I guess The Twilight Saga by Stephnie Meyer will be the first on the list. I really wanted Bella to end up with Jacob but we all know that wasn’t going to happen.

4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.

That is the contemporary romance. I tend to read more of fantasy, paranormal, historical, and other sub-genres of romance than contemporary. Not that I have anything against it but I just love fantasy aspect of the stories more.

5. Popular or beloved characters that you do not like.

I think by now even you can guess it. Edward Cullen is definitely one such character. So is Heathcliff. And let’s not forget everyone’s beloved Anastasia Steele. (I am sure you can guess which books I’m talking about here).

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

That would be Sidney Sheldon. Back when I was a teenager everyone seemed to love his books and they were the talk of those days but I never liked his work. Although to be fair I only read one book by him i.e. A Stranger in the Mirror. But I disliked it so much that I never picked another one.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.

Well, to be completely honest I don’t mind any tropes at all. To me, the most important thing is that the book is well-written and the characters are likable. If that is the case then everything else goes.

8. Popular series that you have no interest in reading.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I love the Outlander serial and really enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars movie but I have no interest in reading these books. The former because I don’t think I will like to read it and the later because I know it will only make me cry. But mostly I am not reading these books because I watched the serial/movie first and I already know what will happen in the books. I usually don’t like spoilers. They make me lose interest in the story.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

The Twilight Saga by Stephnie Meyer is one of the series which I did not enjoy reading as much as I loved its movies.

Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2018/12/23/the-unpopular-bookish-opinions

Something To Think About: To The Past

In the midst of despair, a desire emerged,

To relive my life and this time I get what I really deserved.

All of a sudden I am seven again,

That cute little child inside of me somewhere remains.

I see the world through a whole different light,

Silly little things that will always end in a fight.

Nothing is ever life or death when you’re a kid,

You love with all your heart and nothing is morbid.

I am beginning to be happy with my trip to the past,

Then all of a sudden I get another new start.

I’m sixteen and trying to fit in the world somewhere,

Feeling strange things that I cannot yet share.

“Oh, it’s just the teenage,” that’s what they say,

To me, it’s my life, if you may.

These are not the memories I wish to retain,

Alas! the dreaded teenage, I don’t want to live again.

Now I’m twenty-five, just starting on my own,

A glimpse into the life that I want, all the things that I’m shown.

Ah, to be so young and full of hope,

To be able to aim for the stars with just a little bit of rope.

When you’re in your twenties, how dreamy life can be,

Falling in love as you go, growing like leaves on a sturdy tree.

This is where I want to stay and be at the top of the world once more,

This is the age I missed the most, yes, yes, for sure.

But that is not the purpose of this journey through time,

Reliving what has already been lived would surely be a crime.

So, here I’m to the age I belong,

Where a moment ago I was crying,

I now have no regrets because I know I was trying.

I finally understand that it was futile to regret,

A trip to my past has reminded me all which I should never forget.

From here onward, I will live in the present, be my age,

And give my final performance on this life’s stage.

 

Note: First published at commaful and wattpad.

© 2018, Fizza Younis. All Rights Reserved

Death, I Don't Fear (A Short Story) by Fizza Younis

"Life is always uncertain and we all die someday. I, however, know the exact time of myimpending death. I don’t know how, I don’t know where, but I know that on December 22, 2019 I will die. I’ve always known that. You might think that it must have prepared me for death, no such luck. All my life I have just ignored this knowledge. Now, I only have one year left to live and I have come to realize that there is so much I still need to do. One year would never be enough. I wonder if I am crazy and this is just paranoia. In my heart, though, I know this to be true… death is looking for me and it’s very close to finding me."
Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2018/12/21/death-i-dont-fear

To The Past by Fizza Younis

In the midst of despair, a desire emerged,

To relive my life and this time I get what I really deserved.

All of a sudden I am seven again,

That cute little child inside of me somewhere remains.

I see the world through a whole different light,

Silly little things that will always end in a fight.

Nothing is ever life or death when you're a kid,

You love with all your heart and nothing is morbid.

I am beginning to be happy with my trip to the past,

Then all of a sudden I get another new start.

I'm sixteen and trying to fit in the world somewhere,

Feeling strange things that I cannot yet share.

"Oh, it's just the teenage," that's what they say,

To me, it's my life, if you may.

These are not the memories I wish to retain,

Alas! the dreaded teenage, I don't want to live again.

Now I'm twenty-five, just starting on my own,

A glimpse into the life that I want, all the things that I'm shown.

Ah, to be so young and full of hope,

To be able to aim for the stars with just a little bit of rope.

When you're in your twenties, how dreamy life can be,

Falling in love as you go, growing like leaves on a sturdy tree.

This is where I want to stay and be at the top of the world once more,

This is the age I missed the most, yes, yes, for sure.

But that is not the purpose of this journey through time,

Reliving what has already been lived would surely be a crime.

So, here I'm to the age I belong,

Where a moment ago I was crying,

I now have no regrets because I know I was trying.

I finally understand that it was futile to regret,

A trip to my past has reminded me all which I should never forget.

From here onward, I will live in the present, be my age,

And give my final performance on this life's stage.

Stood Divided (Two-Nation Theory) by Fizza Younis

 

The night was dark and it was dreary,

Walking through the mist,

The stranger was weary.

He didn't know what the next day might bring,

He was witnessing something historic,

Written in blood, a song his soul would sing.

The day that left many in an utter mess,

What future might hold,

Was anyone's guess.

But one thing was for sure and then some,

All the things that led them to this point,

Would be talked about for years to come.

They were free, at last,

The stranger mused, taking with him,

The wounds he endured in the past.

There was hope for the story untold,

But there was dread too,

For what might unfold.

Between the pages of history,

The truth might be lost,

Somethings might remain forever a mystery.

A nation stood divided that day,

It was true, the freedom was theirs,

But a hefty price they had to pay.

'One' would now become a 'two,'

As he walked into the dark, towards the unknown,

Wondering of the past and the things he knew.

To make his mark, with freedom gained,

And it was all that mattered the most,

The fact that both the nations remained...

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Note: This poem is entered in the 'history-retold-2018' competition at Commaful.com. If you are able to then kindly comment or like my story there because that will count as votes. Thank you!

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Link to my post: https://commaful.com/play/angrygirl87/stood-divided-two-nation-theory/

 

Christmas in Marlow Center by Jordan Elizabeth

Christmas in Marlow Center

Synopsis

Nastassia loves visiting her grandmother’s farm, but when financial struggles strike, the family must face letting the land go. It looks as if this will be her last Christmas on the farm, memories made all the sweeter when she meets Jesse, a young man renting a house on the farm. He came to Marlow Center as a way to come to terms with his broken family. He didn’t expect to fall in love.

Their idyllic holiday crumbles when they find a body in the woods. Dark pasts are about to surface, and the secrets plan to drag them under.

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It's a sweet, romantic, and intriguing story with a little bit of tragedy involved. I loved that even with such a deep storyline it is written in a very light-hearted and relaxing way. I quite enjoyed reading it. It's a story about two young people who meet by chance not realizing that their families are forever connected by heartbreak. As the mystery unfolds many things become clearer to both Jesse and Nastassia. Most importantly they realize that the past should never hold them back. It's a story about family, love, traditions, and letting go of all the things that weigh you down. While at the same time keeping dear the things that matter most.


Nastassia is visiting her father's family farm. Unfortunately, it needs to be sold but her grandmother is not ready to let go of the home she has lived in for many years. However, it is no longer up to her because keeping the farm will simply not be an option anymore. Nastassia has mixed feelings about the place. She doesn't live there but feels a deep connection to the place where her father grew up. It has been in their family for a long time and she wonders if her grandmother is right and maybe they really need to keep it in the family.


Jesse is in town fighting his own demons. He is staying away from his family and trying his best to figure things out for himself. When he meets a sweet girl like Nastassia, he can't help but fall in love with her. But is it the right time for them to be together or are they bound to face heartbreak if they started a relationship? One thing is for sure they do need to figure everything out when the time is right.


I think it is a very well written story. It has the right amount of mystery and haunting pasts to keep readers interested from the very beginning until the end. I'd definitely recommend this short holiday novel to my fellow readers.
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Source: http://www.iambookseater.com/2018/12/review-christmas-in-marlow-center-by.html

It is a great collection of Paranormal short stories!

Shifters Furever: Paranormal Romance That Rocks - C.D. Gorri

His Winter Mate: Mike and Claire's story is absolutely amazing. It is a quick and fun read. Claire has a crush on Mike but she thinks that he hates her. At least, that's the impression he gives her when she asks him on a date. But the truth is something else entirely. Soon nothing will be able to keep those two together. And finally, they might get their happy ending. 

Snow Angel: Cael and Rayne's story was no less interesting. It even has that "wow, the title makes perfect sense" moment too. I quite loved the ending. Cael has been living in the woods for a while now, he doesn't want to disrupt anyone's life by returning to the city. He is in trouble though, in addition to being malnourished for a werewolf he has sustained an injury that requires care. Just when he thinks things won't get any better Rayne shows up at his doorstep. One thing leads to another and suddenly his life is not looking as bad as it had before.

Home For The Howlidays: David and Cassie's story is even more emotional than the other two stories. David doesn't believe in fated mates until he meets Cassie. Now his wolf wants her and he knows that she is his. But she is a 'normal' so he must keep a few things to himself because he doesn't want to scare her. Cassie is not really like other normals. She has an ability too. She can tell shifters apart. She knows what he is and she is waiting for him to say something. Are they making things unnecessarily complicated or is it the best way to work everything out?

I absolutely loved Cassie's character, I think she is my favorite in this book. I enjoyed her story. 

All in all, it's a great collection of paranormal short stories featuring werewolves. I quite enjoyed reading these stories, they are especially perfect for reading during the cold winter days. The pace is good and the characters are all amazing so it will keep the readers interested. The best thing about short story collections is that you can take breaks between stories without feeling rushed. That's why I really love them.