A near-death experience while giving birth to her first child sets the tone for "The Tavern" as Nina Simone struggles to find her freedom as she searches the world for answers of the nothingness she longs to feel again.
Through a poetic tone of voice, the description was captivating to read and made me feel as if I was there myself. The way Nina talks is the way I believe, every woman to think, she has a right to be herself and will do as she pleases.
"Dear, I know it might sound like madness to you, but the moment that death separated me from the life was the most beautiful feeling the nothingness that I've ever experienced."
I personally loved how fast paced the book was, a great beginning, loved the plot and I dug right into the problems at hand with no problem. Nina lost and gained so much in so little time, it's gives a sense of reality as this could happen to anyone.
Extremely satisfying to read and beautifully written.
Thank you to Burbuqe Raufi for sending me the novel to review.
These collections of poetry were simple incredible.
You could feel the growth and memorizing lines as they gained depth with every poem. You feel the passion and emotional background put into the poems.
They aren't just words but stories that compel you to feel her the pain in the voice.
I would like thank Dr.Nazree herself for sending me her book to review, I loved every poem and every piece was taken to heart.
A few of my favourites included:
I see the shadow of a frail lily
Obscured behind your tender eyes
Just before you turn them
Away from my inquisitive gaze
Without answering the question
That remains unspoken in our midst.
And I cannot help
How much longer
You will continue to pretend
That your feelings for me
Faded the day I chose another.
I sit huddled
With this terrifying silence
That crushes me
Behind closed doors.
Like ocean waves
They rush in and wreck me
Dark and deadly
Across ominous shores.
The shattered glass fragments
Shine beautifully and terribly
Weeping trickles of blood
Onto the floors.
And I finally know
What they mean by relapse
As the voices lead me to a razor
On all fours.
Maybe if I stand
To the fireplace
I can burn In something
Outbreak heroes with a history twist.
OUTBREAK MUTINY is alternate history. With Superheroes. It takes place in a world where superpowers are real and an entire generation known as Outbreak Babies manifest their abilities after suffering a severe injury or trauma. In this world, superpowers are treated like a resource and those who possess them are in demand by the powerful.
The Reich has taken over the world after Germany pledged their allegiance to the most powerful of all Outbreak Babies, The Reichsmensch. He governs a caste society ruled by Warlords in conquered territories. Those who join the Reich attend Acolyte Academies where they seek the honor of earning a Warlord Trial.
Life is hard for those living outside the Reich in the Remnant States. The map I provided should show the new boundaries of the land known as the Old US. When Issue 1 begins, we find the stragglers in the Remnant just struggling to survive as a Virus breaks out in the Chicago Buffer Zone.
Once a war broke between group of powerful human beings and the United States, then group ended in defeat at the hands of Reichsmensch.
10 years later, a virus had plagued Chicago, the Outbreak babies attacked the zones and what was left of humanity. Superpowers could manifest at any time, nobody was safe.
The added concept of superhero's gave the novel comic all the more captivating situations more in depth characteristics of a great fantasy.
The alternative history stories always catch me by surprise and this book left me wanting more and looking forward to the next issues.
I found Outbreak Munity well-crafted and took sharp stabs at characters mysterious components of their abilities that gave more depth to the story as a whole.
Even if you're not a comic book fan, this story will definitely not disappoint.
You Die Free, or Live in Chains. Which will you choose?
"Don’t let the movies fool you about how easy it is to be a hero. Or worse, give you unreasonable expectations for your significant other’s performance in dire circumstances."
Jasper Willis, an author, a traveler and a discovery junkie. Find himself in a similar situation, negotiating for a life, only this time it wasn't his daughters. Finding himself fighting for his life as he is held for ransom at the hands of murderers in Morocco, the reader follow the thoughts of Jasper as he undergoes the unimaginable- kidnapping.
As Jasper resurfaces into the world six months later after escaping from his kidnappers in Morocco, many have questions and he's not sure how the world will take his answers. With his story on the line and his life already in twists, Jasper has no choice but to dig deeper for the truth.
As an old friend, detective and now famous network host, Katie plans to use Jasper's story for her own fortune and travels to Morocco to find more details about his kidnapping. Little does she know she is walking right into a trap.
What she finds, will change.
What Jasper finds, will change everything.
It's been a lie, since the beginning.
A thrillingly-disturbing turn of events is what got me hooked while reading Home by Jack Price.
"You are ill Mr. Arnold, just not in the way that you think."
They say seeing is believing, but what if feeling could work the same?
While running from an unseen illness, Nathan can't seem to get a diagnosis for what he feels inside. After finding something that would change his life forever, his illness was the least of his worries. An overturned room, a missing usb with a recorded murder on it and an upbringing of mental instability is what drives Nathan into a unpredictable series of events. As Nathan catches multiple unlucky breaks, he starts to see who he really is, who he is supposed to be and who is really on his side.
A necromementor, meaning Nathan can feel the feelings of people who've just passed away.
Being framed for murder is not the only reason Nathan must prove his innocence.
Read Home by Jack Price to find out how this disturbing story plays out.
"There really was more to life than what meets the eye."
This book truly disappointed me as I loved when they said Nathan has a gift. But that was all it was, it was never talked about after. I wish Nathan's gift would have helped him along his journey, not just pushed aside. I felt as if the ending was rushed and lacked many aspects as to why they pinned the murders on Nathan and why there was a random old woman and her blind son in the forest awaiting him.
To say the least, the book was a good read, just disappointed in the ending.
What happens when your dream becomes a nightmare and your nightmare becomes your reality? That is the case for business owner & software developer Daniel King. Once on top of the world of online security with his program Bubble, he finds himself watching his hard works crumble beneath his feet. A life-changing encounter with a ‘mysterious’ woman sends off a domino effect for Daniel’s life, bringing more business than he can imagine. Now financially secured, he wants to use his money to change the world for the good of everyone. He maps out a seemingly impossible plan that undermines the government, but finds out the cost for such an idea, could be everything Daniel loves. What price is worth paying for an idea of a better tomorrow?
"The subconscious can be a playground full of illusions and passion. For an illusion, sometimes, is nothing more than a passionate idea not yet realized. "
They say that near-death experiences can change your life forever, but will it change yours?
After surviving an attempted suicide, Daniel experienced an out of body experience. One that would change the way he lived and the way he saw the world, for the rest of his life. A mind place in a coma for four months, Daniel woke up with a new outlook on life-redemption.
A survivor's quest for change and for life to be appreciated for what it is. Believed to never take anything for granted again, Daniel and his friends band together to bring justice to the technological aspect of their company, Bubble.
“Well, I guess I believe I’m obligated to use my ideas as a way to better everyone's lives.”
A plan only a genius could succeed in doing but Daniel has other plans for tricking a National Security Agency in order to save the world he has come to love not loathe.
This book is full of twists and evil tactics that make you question if your good is only preparation for evil in the end. This book also justifies the result; everything happens for a reason.
I recommend this book to anyone who has had seen their life flash before their eyes. You can't always control your life but you can enjoy everything it has to offer.
‘Those who release control, have it.’
Emboldened Jihadists are gaining ground, governments are crumbling, and viral outbreaks threaten to decimate entire continents. In the midst of it all stands Jena Ahmadi, an Iranian-American woman strengthened by trial and hardened by combat. Kidnapped as a teenager, she is known as the Queen of Suicide Bombers, an unwilling poster child for Islamic Terror. Dustin "Deep South" Parks is a no-nonsense Special Forces soldier who will move Heaven and Earth to keep Jen safe. He let her down once. Now, he needs to find her before anyone else, or he'll lose her forever. Together or apart, their world is changing. They will need every ounce of courage, and all the power their faith can muster. They must be REBORN if either one of them is going to survive.
What if you were wanted alive just to save those who died at your cause.
The same doctor that brought this upon you, your only chance left.
But you still wanted to save her.
On the run with the most unlikely of teams, would you sacrifice your safety for someone who didn't ask for a battle?
Everyone who fought for you, died because of you.
American girl turned warrior.
"A free solider, in Syria, fighting in God's name"
You're the only one who can save the world you destroyed.
Do you try to save the young woman who started the virus that is killing the world?
What if a cure was found, would your war still continue?
But what if the cure wasn't the end of suffering, and was only the beginning?
Read Path of Jen: Reborn by Sidney Wood and find out for yourself.
Jena's faith carries her through her hardest times and gives her the strength to continue along her path, as a walking weapon of the world epidemic. Becoming the face of Christianity among Muslims to fight Radical Islam and their Jihad was a campaign she couldn't turn down.
In this coming of age, thriller-mystery, Jena is the ideal warrior as she takes matters into her own hands for the ones she loves and her own safety.
This fast paced thrill gives the reader so much to grasp onto that I didn't want to stop reading.
US soldier Dustin "Deep South" Parks, becomes her greatest and only companion as Jen's path becomes deeper into what started her journey in the first place. Being kidnapped and sold into slavery, Jena fights her battles in faith as she turns from a slave, to a lab rat, to a military gunman.
In my opinion, Wood just keeps getting better and better.
Can I say, my new favourite author?
5/5 The reviews were right, can we please turn this into a movie? Please!
THE NEED TO READ BOOK OF 2017!
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Keep your hands visible.
No sudden moves.
Only speak when spoken to.
I was immediately draw to this story. I have read many books that involved racism but never one such as profound as Thomas captured this young girls life sink at the palm of her hands. Through a different lens, racism is grasping at a huge part of Starr's life through relationships and injustice.
Shared through a diverse perspective, an honest, first-hand account of what goes unseen and but not unheard: racism.
Starr's character is an inspiration to woman of every ethnicity and race as she stands for a purpose and resilient. As you follow the growth of Starr, you see the selflessness within her as she possess the means to be fearless, regardless of what challenges she may face.
The Hate You Give tackles many topics responsibly such as racism, police brutality and discrimination in a non-judgmental, hateful way.
This book NEEDS to be read and taught in High Schools, no doubt about that, but also read in youth groups and communities as this novel demonstrates the dynamic lifestyle many of the world live every day. This is reality, no matter how hard the world tries to look away, there is always a voice and a side that needs to be heard.
Starr's voice is refreshing, realistic and captivating.
Kidnapped, sold, now running for her life. Jen is an American girl who struggles with her Iranian heritage. At sixteen she is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Follow her journey as she fights for her freedom, stands up for truth, and finds her faith. Filled with action, intrigue, and suspense, Path of Jen will get you fired up and tug at your heart all at once.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a completely different world." If only Jena knew this wasn't a world she wanted to be a part of.
After not putting this book down for the past 5 hours, I can honestly say I was captivated the entire novel. I like to describe this book as 'one to remember' as the lifeless act of trafficking young woman in the Middle East does not go unnoticed within Wood's novel. This story engrossed my mind beyond belief to the point where I could image the situational emotions Jen was feeling in every instance of the book.
This story captivated the reader into the terrifyingly intriguing world of Jen. A cry for faith is what engulfs her mind and pushes her heart through the unimaginable-slavery. An all American, Texas born Iranian, must prove her strength not only to herself, but to those who captured her. Travelling to the Middle East and being taken is the least of Jen's worries.
Branching off the Islamic law and how unseen acts go unnoticed across the world, Wood uses the elements of faith, perspective and diversity but chooses to connect the ties of characters to untold truth of experiments which brings a uniqueness to the books entirety.
Waiting to be rescued.
Or taking matters into her own hands?
What if you were used to make the next world epidemic, against your will and knowledge?
You'll just have to read Path of Jen by Sidney Wood to find out.
Now she has killed once, she knows she can do it again…
Imprisoned by MI6 for two long years in solitary, Nadia suddenly finds herself free again. But there is a price to pay for her release. Another dangerous and near impossible mission – retrieve the Russian nuclear warhead stolen by her old nemesis, the deadliest of terrorists.
But he is always one step ahead, and soon Nadia finds herself at the front line of preventing London from disappearing into a cloud of ash. Only this time, she is ready to pull the trigger at any cost.
And with the clock counting down from 37 hours, time is running out…
What if you watched someone die and then you became the target?
What if you got someone you loved back but had to be exchanged for your sister?
I found this book very intriguing at the beginning, two stories evolving into one.
I like how the author made the beginning intriguingly suspenseful as he articulately described the van structure and where we was being held.
"Vladimir mapped the van inside his head. The van layout was standard: two seats in the front facing forward, two benches in the back facing each other. Two front doors on the driver and passenger side, a double door at the rear. He was on the left-side bench, a heavy beside him, one opposite. The leader was in the left-hand front seat, the driver on the right. He needed to know if there was anything between him and the driver, in front on the opposite side, such as a vertical strut, or a metal grill. Because if there was either of those things, his plan wouldn’t work."
This paragraph had me indulged with every word.
This book reminded me a lot of the movie "Taken" where a man's issues becomes his families as well.
I also enjoyed how the author jumped back and forth between the fathers and daughters situations as they were extremely different but were both looking for the same thing; freedom.
One quote that will stick with me for a very long time will be the following. This quote makes the story turn darker and gives the reader a wandering mind as to what this character may be like.
"He is blind, but can see. Water and air are the same to him. He will find you in the darkness. You will not hear him when he comes for you."
The first couple chapters are an adrenaline junkies dream while reading- being hidden for not the protection of others but herself, deep sea diving into what could be your death, not aware of what others around you may have on their agenda and if it involved you.
After the first 10 chapters, I became lost as the story began to trail all over the place. First Nadia's father was back, then she was needed for another job, then they took her sister for ransom as a trade for her father, than London was threatened. I found it everywhere.
I was very confused on why certain characters were huge in the beginning than were forgot about until the end and weren't discussed. Sergei was a huge character in the beginning but doesn’t come back to life until the last couple chapters.
I was also disappointed in how I didn't feel much connection between the characters as I wish I did.
I wish the author would have elaborated on the militaries previous plans as if they didn’t plan on having Nadia as their frontline. It jumped from a threat to an abduction to saving London. It was everywhere.
I personally would not recommend this book.
Rate: 2/5 stars