Book reviews! #bookwormsunite

All right, book lovers! I’ve got some more books for you to check out.

I just finished a trilogy series from Brodi Ashton called the Everneath series. A modern take loosely based on the Persephone myth.

In this series, Nikki has just returned from the underworld, called the Everneath, where she was lured by Cole, one of the everliving. Now she is allowed 6 months before she has to return to the Tunnels where her life will be drained away to feed the Everliving – or choose to become one of them after surviving the Feed. Thus needing to feed off other Forfeits like herself every 100 years.

 

Everneath
Everneath

 

Her boyfriend, Jack, ends up getting sucked into the Tunnels in her place, and she must now try and gain the help of Cole, the Everliving who lured Nikki into the Everneath in the first place. Nikki and Cole come to an uneasy truce as they decide to face the labyrinthine to save Jack before it’s too late.

 

Everbound
Everbound

In the final installment, Nikki and Jack face the Underworld in an attempt to destroy it to free Nikki of it’s power forever. Cole, while suffering from amnesia, agrees to help them take down the queen and the Everneath forever. Thus sealing his own fate in the exciting conclusion to this series.

 

Evertrue
Evertrue

 

And I just discovered a little novella from Cole’s point of view, which I have not yet read.

 

Neverfall
Neverfall

 

If that’s not enough, I also just finished a 3 book series from author Jodi Meadows. I really enjoyed this series.

In a world where the same souls have been reincarnated for as long as anyone can remember, Ana is the first newsoul born in almost 5,000 years. On the night she was born the Temple went dark and one old soul was not reincarnated. In her place, Ana was born. She was raised outside of the city by a mother who was full of animosity towards her for being born in place of one of the old souls. When she is 18, her mother sent her out on her own. She runs into Sam on her way to find the capital. Many people living in the capitol fear her as a ‘no soul’, and treat her with anger and disdain. Sam and his friends welcome her in to their group of friends.

 

Incarnate
Incarnate

Ana’s father creates another Templedark and more old souls are lost. Tension is high in the city and aimed right at Ana and any other new souls born after Templedark. Ana is determined to protect the new souls being born and finds out the truth about reincarnation. Sam declares his love for Ana, but after a lifetime of abuse and rejection, Ana has a hard time believing it.

 

Asunder
Asunder

Ana must make an attempt to stop Janan the Devourer from consuming more newsouls, but has been banned from the city. She flees the city with a group of her loyal friends, and makes plans to try and stop Janan from ascending. She has found unexpected allies in the Sylph, and journeys to the land where the dragons live to try and win them over to her cause before chaos breaks out over all of the Range.

 

Infinite
Infinite

 

The ending of the last book is left open, leaving you to wanting more and hoping another book will follow. There is also a smaller Novella written from Sam’s point of view – available only on E-book at this time. I have not read that one yet as I don’t own an e-reader at this time.

 

Phoenix Overture
Phoenix Overture

 

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Learning to stop comparing yourself with others

I’ve been taking a bit of a break from the blog this past week as I started comparing myself to others and finding I didn’t measure up. I honestly felt like I just had nothing to give and nothing to say. I tend to do things with the tenacity of a bulldog sometimes. I just keep going at something without taking good breaks until I feel totally burnt out and then wonder how I got to that point. I’m trying to recognize those moments when they start to happen and allow myself to take a break when needed.

Comparison is something that most of us do at some point or another in our lives, but need to stop doing. I started comparing my blog to other peoples. Or people who should make a blog because they have a talent the world would love to see.

I’d recently been telling my friend, Silke, that she should make a public blog of for her cake decorating (you can view her Facebook page here: Silks’n’Sweets. I can totally see those wonderfully decorated cakes being repinned all over Pinterest. Then I started thinking about how I didn’t have any wonderful talent like that I could showcase in a blog. I started thinking about others I know that blog who have a specific area they are good in and concentrate on that in their blog.

My friend, Alison, has a food blog – Redhotcenter. And she can take good photos of the food she is making. Unlike your normal cell phone snapped photos people take of the food they are eating for every single meal and posting it on social media – driving the rest of us batty with having to look at yet another shot of your dinner, lunch, breakfast, snack, ect, Alison is a professional food blogger and knows how to take an artsy creative photo of food. She’s earned her right to showcase her food photos on all her social media. (In my opinion, only the food bloggers have earned the right to showcase all the food they are making because they are so good at it!) The rest of you all with your dark, blurry casually snapped cell phone photos of every meal you eat – please just stop already. Once in a blue moon is enough for those kind of photos.

Another friend, Amy, has a wonderful blog, Amy Lynn Andrews on how to get started blogging, and all sorts of social media and blogging tips. She’s good at sussing out all the helpful, pertinent, new up and coming social media tips and tricks. In fact, I turned to her blog for help getting started on my blog. She rocks the blogging, social media world with her tips!

I have another friend, Elissa, who doesn’t blog but is totally crafty and should blog about all the crafts she makes. Again, Pinterest would eat that stuff up! She would need to invest in a good camera, because cell phone photos just leave much to be desired when it comes to professional blogging. But, seriously, that girls got crafting talent!

Another friend, Michelle, writes about autism and neurodiversity on her blog, Michelle Sutton Writesand even has a book out about it. I have an adult child with autism and I couldn’t write a book or blog post about it for the life of me!

And then I took a good look at me. Hmmm. I like books, cats, photography, fashion and acting. I started my blog because I wanted somewhere to showcase my photos. I don’t have any particular cool talent. I’ve got nothing compared to all these gals!

So this past week I’ve been taking a break from the blog and trying to find my way again in the blogging world. I took a walk earlier this week looking for signs of spring. Signs of new life and a new beginning. New hope. And in this time of transition between winter and spring, I can see spring trying to come forth – even though we are still getting cold weather and bits of snow coming down now and then. This season will change. Spring will prevail. New life and new hope will come forth. And I will carry on!

 

Camellia blossom
Camellia blossom

 

Neighborhood book exchange
I was so excited to see someone in my neighborhood put up a book exchange library!!!

 

White flowers
White flowers

 

Deep dark red hellebore
Deep dark red hellebore

 

Pussy willow
Pussy willow

 

Purple crocuses
Purple crocuses

 

As I’ve been telling God my woes about not having any particular area of talent to blog about. This is what I am hearing:

Romans 12:4-8

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if is is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

 

Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourself to other people.
Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourself to other people.

 

Know that you are enough. You are uniquely you. No one else could be you-er than you.

 

There is no one alive that is youer than you!
There is no one alive that is youer than you!

Hats off to the wonderfully talented ladies in my life that had me comparing myself to them this week, but I refuse wallow in comparison any longer. I’m not you, I am me. Made in His image. For what purpose or plan, I have no idea, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out as I go along.

 

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