Moving Blogs

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been seriously considering moving to a new blog. Just before I fell asleep last night, I decided to do just that, so that’s what I’ll be doing this afternoon. I’m hoping to get the majority of it done today, possibly even finish. I’ll make another post announcing when I’m done, and I’ll link you to the new blog. You are, of course, under absolutely no obligation to follow, but you’re welcome to! It’s totally up to you.

Unleashed Review

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Seventeen-year-old Claire Williams’ tough upbringing has taught her how to throw a punch or two to survive, especially when it involves a man’s unwanted attention. But her strength waivers when she visits Bodian Dynamics, a medical research facility, and stumbles upon classified information—someone has stolen a drug that not only changes a person’s appearance, but will also unleash a dark and evil alter ego.

After an intimidating security guard threatens the lives of her friends if she speaks to anyone about the incident, Claire pretends the drug never existed. That is until she meets Gage, a teenage boy who doesn’t seem to have a conscience and who is hell-bent on making her just like him by unleashing her dark side.

But Claire knows a secret—he can only die while in his normal state. And since Gage knows personal information about her, Claire thinks she knows who it is: either her best friend or her recent boyfriend. And once she figures out which boy Gage is hiding behind, she’s going to kill him, even if it breaks her heart.


I’ve always loved Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and I’m usually interested in YA takes on things, so of course I became quite eager when I learned of Rachel’s newest work. I must say, it didn’t disappoint me in any way!

C H A R A C T E R S  &  R E L A T I O N S H I P S 

Claire. I really like Claire! She’s a teenage girl who, on the emotional spectrum, isn’t exactly typical. She’s already had to deal with quite a lot in the years prior to the book’s beginning, and her life just gets more complicated as time goes on, it seems! In most regards, though, I think she’s an ‘average’ teen… She has her interests, she doesn’t get along with her mother much, and she enjoys spending time with her friends. Her passion for singing and for the band in general is quite evident. (Slight spoiler warning) One thing I really love is how, despite Logan’s interest in her, it never turns into what I consider a ‘love triangle’ —- she doesn’t return his feelings when he first brings it up, and this remains a solid stance throughout the book. Her feelings for Ethan are quite real, as far as I’m concerned. Logan’s her best friend, but that’s it. And I’m so glad for that.

Logan. Very real, ‘typical’ teenage boy. His feelings for Claire are important, and they do play a role throughout the story (as seen when he talks to Ethan and Claire on their date at the restaurant), but they don’t override everything else. It’s not in any way overbearing, and I believe him when he claims that his friendship with Claire is more important.

Ethan. He, too, is what I’d consider ‘average’ and ‘typical’. I like the chemistry between him and Claire! It’s enough to make me at least support the idea of them as a couple, though I was constantly aware of how I prefer them as friends. Either way, Ethan’s a real sweetheart, and I’m glad Claire has him in her life to help her along.

Kate. I was quite indifferent to her at first, but I found her a bit annoying as the story went along. Honestly, I can’t pinpoint the exact reason(s). Anyway, I do like her excitement and dedication to the band. She’s a pretty good friend to Claire, too, and I earnestly believe she’s a strong source of support for her.

Steph. There’s not really much to say about Steph. The only things I can readily remember about her are that she’s the band’s drummer and she has a famous growl/scream that she does at the beginning of the show.

Albert. All we know of him until the big reveal is that he’s someone very close to Claire, he has a seriously screwed up home life, and he wants things to be different…so he makes them different.

There are others in the story, of course, but these are the ones I recall seeing the most.

P L O T

This story has a lot going on, that’s the first thing that one should note. I knew it going in, simply from the description, but I suppose it’s best to confirm! It deals with everyday teenage things as well as things that are darker, more complex, and much less common. McClellan does a great job of weaving these things together when it’s called for. As for who Albert/Gage is…well, you can guess… Until it was finally revealed, I bounced back and forth between the possibilities too many times to tally. McClellan’s absolutely fantastic when it comes to suspense; it’s never too heavy, but nothing was ever brushed aside as though it didn’t matter, as though it was nothing.

Great job, really. I was so excited about this book, and I was right to be! It didn’t disappoint, and it kept me on the edge of my seat, threatening to push me over. Rachel McClellan’s a great writer, and I hope to see more suspenseful books from her in the future.

I rate Unleashed  4/5 stars. Very well-deserved!

Guest Post by Rachel McClellan

As part of the Unleashed blog tour, here’s a guest post by Rachel Mclellan! She has a bit of advice for you lot…

Why You Should Go Skydiving

If you are having a hard time in your life, maybe worried about work, stressed about kids, a feeling that you don’t know who you are anymore, or simply just tired of the same routine, then I highly recommend you go sky diving.

Wait!

Don’t freak out and immediately say “You’re insane!” Hear me out. My nonsense makes sense.

Here are some totally sane reasons why you should go:

It resets you. Jumping from a plane makes your heart pound, your pulse race, your breathing quicken until you think you can’t take it anymore. And then you land safely on the ground, feeling like you’ve been re-born.

It’s the ultimate confidence booster. Once you’ve accomplished this you’ll feel ready to take on any challenge.

Gets your mind off the stresses in your life. Leading up to the jump all you’ll be thinking about is jumping from a moving plane. You won’t be worrying about your raggedy, naggy boss, the bills you have to pay, your mouthy teen, the mounds of laundry and dishes, and on and on.

People will think twice about messing with you. Once others know you’ve gone sky diving, they will think twice about approaching you with anything negative because if you’re crazy enough to go sky diving, what else will you do?

Puts life into perspective. Flying at 18,000 feet in the air makes you see things in a different light. Whether it’s the thinner air or the fact that the earth is only a blur of browns and greens, prioritizing what’s important in your life becomes easy.

Lastly, I just want to say that there’s nothing like the threat of death to make you feel more alive. Go skydiving. I promise you won’t regret it.

Unleashed Blog Tour

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Enjoy Happy Geek Media’s debut virtual tour of Unleashed by Author Rachel McClellan

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Unleashed: Young Adult (YA) twist on Jekyll and Hyde

Unleashed by:

Rachel McClellan

Genres: Romance, Thriller, Science Fiction

355 pages

Release Date: September 9, 2014

Seventeen-year-old Claire Williams’ tough upbringing has taught her how to throw a punch or two to survive, especially when it involves a man’s unwanted attention. But her strength waivers when she visits Bodian Dynamics, a medical research facility, and stumbles upon classified information—someone has stolen a drug that not only changes a person’s appearance, but will also unleash a dark and evil alter ego.

After an intimidating security guard threatens the lives of her friends if she speaks to anyone about the incident, Claire pretends the drug never existed. That is until she meets Gage, a teenage boy who doesn’t seem to have a conscience and who is hell-bent on making her just like him by unleashing her dark side.

But Claire knows a secret—he can only die while in his normal state. And since Gage knows personal information about her, Claire thinks she knows who it is: either her best friend or her recent boyfriend. And once she figures out which boy Gage is hiding behind, she’s going to kill him, even if it breaks her heart.


E X C E R P T

            After removing the vial from his pocket, he jerked off the top and poured the liquid down his throat in one gulp. Before it hit the bottom of his stomach, his body began to absorb the genetically altering chemicals, sending a searing heat through his blood and into his spine. He collapsed to the ground, his spine arching backwards until he thought it would snap. Pain, more than he thought he could bear, rocked his entire frame. It was so much more intense from when he first tried the serum that he wondered if he’d made a huge mistake. To stop himself from screaming, he covered his mouth with his forearm.

It was almost a full minute before the intense pain finally passed. In its wake came a warm calm, settling upon him like an early morning sunrise. He was free.

He took a few deep breaths before he stood up, feeling better than he had in a long time. All his fears and insecurities had faded with the darkness, and he no longer cared about anything: school, family—hell, even his life.


P L A Y L I S T

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Author Rachel Mclellan

Rachel McClellan, author of Unleashed and many others, was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she’s not in her writing lair, she’s partying with her husband and four crazy, yet lovable, children. Rachel’s love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was…

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Heather Dobbins’ Poetry Reading

Tuesday night, there was an on-campus poetry reading that I’d been debating going to for the past week. It was free, I want to attend more things like this this semester, and I honestly didn’t have anything that needed to be done that night, so why not? We were reviewing for the first Ethics exam (which happens to be today) when I decided that, yeah, I would go.

There were quite a few people there, including my former Intro to Poetry professor. We chatted for a bit before the reading began, and then we took our seats around 7:10.

Dobbins read several poems, half of them from the collection “In the Low Houses”. These focused more on family, love and passion, and loss. The rest were from her manuscript, “River Mouth”. These poems are much different, and I recall hearing one audience member mutter to her friend that, had she not known better, she’d have believed them to be written by a different poet entirely.

I, personally, was transfixed the entire way through. Her poetry alone can take you to another place, another time, another life, but actually hearing her read is mesmerising. I got the chance to speak with her after the reading, though I was unable to buy a copy of “In the Low Houses” at the time as I didn’t have any cash on me. As soon as I have a bit more money, I’m going to fix that. I spoke with my former professor once again, then I headed back to my dorm.

I’m so glad I went! It was so rewarding, and better than anything else I could have spent that hour doing.

To learn more about Heather Dobbins, her poems, and to listen to her read some of them, please go here.

The Glass Casket Review

Death hasn’t visited Rowan Rose since it took her mother when Rowan was only a little girl. But that changes one bleak morning, when five horses and their riders thunder into her village and through the forest, disappearing into the hills. Days later, the riders’ bodies are found, and though no one can say for certain what happened in their final hours, their remains prove that whatever it was must have been brutal.

Rowan’s village was once a tranquil place, but now things have changed. Something has followed the path those riders made and has come down from the hills, through the forest, and into the village. Beast or man, it has brought death to Rowan’s door once again.

Only this time, its appetite is insatiable.

**I do not own a copy of this book, it was one among many plucked from the library’s shelves a week (or so) ago. Also keep in mind that, as always, these are my opinions as this is my review, and it should be viewed as such. 

Writing Style

Before anything else, I’d like to say that the first half or so of the book is very well-written. It’s in the same style as the above summary, and I am quite fond of it! I’m not certain what happened with the second half of the book, or if it’s perhaps only in my head, but the writing seems to have grown distinctly dull. I recall seeing glimpses of the more elegant writing throughout the second half, but it was sparse and, I must add, I missed it. I had to put The Glass Casket aside more than once during this time simply because the dullness was overwhelming. With the first part, I felt so much more engaged in the story. I had little trouble envisioning this world, these people that Templeman has written into being. With the second part, it felt like I was slipping from their world more and more, faster and faster with each page. I never considered leaving it unfinished, as I was already far too interested and I had to finish, but I wonder if it might be enough to throw others off. Considering I’ll return to this time and time again in my review, it’s certainly worth noting that I feel the idea of ‘Show, don’t tell’ is at least taken into account with the first half, but that seems to be tossed aside for the second part. I think I’ve made my view on the writing style clear, so onto other matters!

I should also mention that the book is quite slow at the beginning. Perhaps too slow for some, but it’s what I would generally consider a nice pace…when it serves a purpose. I don’t really have a preference as to whether that space is used for character-, world-, and/or relationship-building, I simply hate to see it wasted! The Glass Casket displays adequate relationship-building, and poor character- and world-building. Let’s start with the relationships.

Relationship-building

Honestly, I’m borderline about calling the relationship-building adequate. Yes, we’re told of how close Rowan is with her father, Emily, and Tom. Yes, Rowan’s hatred of Jude (and the progression from that) is evident in Templeman’s writing. There are more relationships explored, of course, but I’m going to use these as examples. Please note how I stated ‘…we’re told…’, and ‘…in Templeman’s writing…’. Remember how I said I’d come back to ‘Show, don’t tell’ numerous times throughout my review? Well, here’s one! We’re hardly shown of Rowan’s relationship with her father, but instead told that they’re close. Told that they love each other very much. Told that they often work on translations together. We’re also told that Rowan and Jude hate each other. We’re shown, to some extent, how Jude’s relationship with her grows as their situation pushes them closer together, how his feelings aren’t what he’d have us (and Rowan) believe, but even then it all seems so very shallow and one-dimensional because things aren’t laid out in a believable way. (Minor spoiler ahead!!) When Jude confesses his true feelings to Rowan, I honestly read that three times but I still couldn’t believe it. Not that I doubt Jude, but instead I simply only recall being told of the supposed chemistry between. I have no reason to believe or doubt him! I can certainly see how they would have chemistry, yes, and I honestly want to get behind the pairing! But I don’t think Templeman gave us enough to make it real. I could support it, definitely, but I need good reason to. The possibility of chemistry is there, but it’s yet to be truly tapped into.

Tom and Rowan… Templeman certainly did a better job building and providing proof of their relationship! I still don’t fully feel the ‘best friend’ vibe they supposedly have, but I am at least convinced that they’re friends, and they want the best for each other. I was extremely glad to see the flashback to years prior where they played in the waters, brief though the recollection was. It’s by no means a great display of ‘show, don’t tell’, but it doesn’t fall completely flat! It’s obvious these two love and care for each other, and that’s a step in the right direction!

The one relationship I feel has a great amount of substance and backing to it is that between Emily and Rowan. We’re given, shown many times of the ways Rowan helps Emily around the house, of the ways they care for each other…it’s evident even in their words, and I absolutely love their relationship. Emily is certainly a form of support for Rowan, but Rowan is by no means wholly reliant on her. (Spoiler warning!!) Sad to say, though, that the only time I had even a sense of Rowan’s grief over Emily’s murder was during her confrontation with Merrilee. At least it’s something, though I would have liked more than one instance as proof of her mourning. Mind you, there were other attempts to prove this, but they were —- you guessed it —- only told of. Briefly, at that.

Character-building

Well, it’s really the same thing here. We’re told how Tom likes to help the elderly, how Rowan’s father feels about the idea of witches and magic and the like, how Rowan feels a strange connection to Fiona, etc., but I never saw anything to actually back these things up. What I do remember seeing, however, is proof that Rowan is indeed passionate about her translations and someday visiting the City. I remember how Tom and Fiona affected each other from first glance onward, how the coin’s power and hold over all those within range was so evident… I recall how Rowan avoided the witches for the longest time, how she at least tried to hold scorn for them, though it wasn’t exactly easy to pick up on. I’ve been going on and on about showing and not telling, and I think it’s only fair that I give credit where credit is due for the times I can easily recall being shown what was happening. (Minor spoiler warning!!) At the very end, Rowan mentioned how Tom seemed to have aged by years in a few short months, how different he seems, and how she doubts he’ll ever be who he was. This is definitely one thing I’d have loved to see — perhaps a description of how his eyes have changed, if applicable. Or how lines now seem permanently etched into his face, etc. Whatever Templeman saw, I want to see that too.

(Spoiler warning!!) At the end, with Jude and Rowan heading off to the city together, I still couldn’t get behind the idea of them being a couple. It’s like the idea was just set before us, possible chemistry there but untapped, and we were told to accept it. That’s exactly what it felt like. And we don’t really get any sense of how they’ve changed after what they’ve gone through; I can’t imagine that they’re truly the exact same people they were! All I know is that Rowan mourns her father every day, but that was just one line…

World-building

I’m a record on repeat at this point, aren’t I? We’re given a bit of information about the world in which The Glass Casket takes place, such as an idea of what the terrain and the woods are like, the goddess that is worshipped by the villagers, how women are viewed and treated (we actually get a few actual examples of this!), how they handle those who’ve passed on, and so forth. Still, nothing ever felt in-depth. I felt like I was constantly flickering in and out of a rather shallow and incomplete world. I want to know more about this world! We can’t even be sure if it’s set in some parallel part of our own world or a completely different universe, and that’s one thing I was wondering throughout the book. Where exactly is Nag’s End?

A few things I didn’t address above:

The nods to fairy tales did not go unnoticed! I appreciate them quite a lot, actually.

The title…the casket itself was briefly mentioned a few times, and certainly not enough that I’d call the title fitting. It’s not a main focus of the tale by any means.

I mentioned that the beginning is slow… Well, the second half picks up good speed, then just…snowballs. Not in a good way. From the climax to the very end, it’s incredibly rushed in my opinion. Pacing from beginning to end, of suspense…all of that could’ve used more consideration.

I only recall seeing one typo —- a missing opening quotation mark. I forgot to mark the page number down, but that’s the only thing I saw!

I didn’t see the big revelation coming. Admittedly, there wasn’t much to go off of. I’m not saying it should have been obvious, only that I simply wasn’t surprised. I only found myself thinking, ‘Oh. That’s cool, I guess.’ I can’t say that, at that point, I really cared who the bad guy was. Even once the truth was out, there wasn’t much information given…just another instance of ‘This is how it is. Accept it.’

Okay…I should wrap this up! Overall, I think The Glass Casket has good potential, but it needs work. A lot of work, honestly. I want to know more about this world, about these people…I want to see them grow as they go through such trials…I want to see how the relationships change and merge with time and pressure. The writing style is horridly inconsistent, but I really like what I saw in the first half of the book.

I think with more time and editing, planning, and overall consideration, this could be a much stronger and better book.

As is, I rate The Glass Casket at 2.5 stars.

Come, the Dark

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Thanks for stopping by to view this quick announcement on Rebecca Hamilton’s latest release, COME, THE DARK, book 2 in the Forever Girl series. Although this book is the second in the series, it is a complete standalone following a completely new set of characters. And you can grab your copy today for only $0.99! Still apprehensive about reading the second book in a series? Well, you can grab the prequel, HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL, off kindle–Always Free–and on January 9th, THE FOREVER GIRL will be free also, for the first time ever! Worried you might forget the date? Join the mailing list using the option on the Rafflecopter below and you’ll receive a reminder on January 9th to download your free copy anytime between January 9th and 13th!

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COME, THE DARK

by USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton

Come, the Dark 2Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.

The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.

Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.

A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.

TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse.

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THE FOREVER GIRL

by USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton

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Beautiful blonde with dandelionsAt twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.

Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she’d settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.

One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor’s hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.

The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampires, ghosts, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.

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About the Author

BeccaRebecca Hamilton is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author who also dabbles in Horror and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA and has been published internationally, in three languages. You can follow her on twitter @InkMuse

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Of Shadow & Stone Cover Reveal

I happen to consider Michelle Muto not just a good friend, but also a fantastic writer, & it’s for both reasons that I’m always so excited when she releases something new! I’m so excited for the book already, & the lovely cover is only increasing that excitement! So without further ado!!


Shadow & Stone cover

Humans are so unobservant. All they have to do is look up… and hope the gargoyles looking back down don’t target them as prey.  

Gargoyles were created centuries ago to protect mankind, but something went horribly wrong. Now only the sentinel—a mortal chosen to control the stone beasts—stands between them and their human prey.

When the latest sentinel is killed, Kate Mercer is destined to take his place. But Kate has enough going on in her life—like a skyrocketing film career, a delusional ex-boyfriend, and a crazed stalker who will stop at nothing to get to her. But the powers that be have decided, and Kate is transported to Shadow Wood, a mysterious castle that serves as a sanctuary for the supernatural. Although beautiful, Shadow Wood is no safe place for a mere mortal. Yet Kate is drawn not only to the gargoyles but also to Ian McGuire, a charming novelist who might be in the greatest danger of all.

As Kate decides whether to accept the most perilous role of her life, she discovers there are more secrets than answers within the castle’s walls. Her survival and Ian’s depend on her ability to master the gargoyles before time runs out. Is fate really cast in stone?


Michelle Muto

About the author:

Michelle Muto lives in northeast Georgia. She loves changes of season, dogs, and all things geeky. Currently, she’s hard at work on her next book.
Her other novels include: The Book of Lost Souls, Don’t Fear the Reaper, The Haunting Season, and the upcoming short story collection Nature’s Fifth Season.


About the cover artist:
Cliff Neilsen’s portfolio includes The Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, The Giver, The Chronicles of Narnia, Blood & Chocolate, Ruins (Marvel Comics), and has illustrated cards for Magic: the Gathering collectable card game.

Publisher: Amazon Skyscape

Release date: February 2015

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Restart (Again)

Hey, folks!

So I’m going to spend the day planning what the remainder of the year & the new year will bring in way of this blog. I know my first ‘real’ (aka book-related) post will be for Michelle’s cover reveal. What comes after that…we’ll see. Bear with me a little while longer, if you can!

The Making of Nebraska Brown – Review

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To start off, I’d like to say that I absolutely adore the cover! When Rebecca first sent out the news for the tour, I stared at the cover for a good two minutes; it is definitely my favourite of…at least the past year.

Onto the review!

Wow. Well, let’s see if I can make at least partial sense. As I’ve already mentioned elsewhere, this book needled every available feeling…several times over.

In short, Louise Caiola has done a magnificent job telling Ann Leigh’s* story. Now all we need is the tale of when/how the disgusting sea urchin Tommy dies. … I just harbor a lot of hatred for him. I didn’t like him from the very beginning, he’s one of the types that I despise. Still, Ms. Caiola’s storytelling skills are so remarkable that even my most hated person throughout the entire bloody novel is memorable. This might not seem like that big of a deal–the hated are often remembered, are they not? For me, though, not many people that I hate are so easily stuck in my memory–I tend to forget them within a few days/weeks. I don’t think I’ll forget him anytime soon…
Enough of that, I suppose. I’d rather focus on how much I love this book! When I first started my review, it got extremely long in an exceptionally short span of time. I have, over the course of the past week, trimmed it down. Way down.
“The Making of Nebraska Brown” is, without question, one of the best books I have ever read. Not just within the past X days, months, or even years–no, of all time.
“You can go home again. But it may not be there when you finally arrive.”–this is my favourite quote. Possibly my favourite thing ever. I’m all too aware of how true this is, and I believe this message is why, even though I’ve never been in Ann Leigh’s exact position, I can relate to her so closely. Why I have such a connection with her. In the end, it all goes back to Louise Caiola’s incredible writing, way of connecting us–me–to the most complicated of situations that I haven’t a personal inkling of…she deserves an award, to be honest. All the awards! I can go on and on, but nothing will ever fully express my love for this book. I did promise myself I wouldn’t gush for too long, so I suppose I can simply end it here. Well, after I give my rating!

I’m extremely guarded when it comes to 4.5 and 5 star reviews, but this…it stole my heart almost immediately. It’s something I hope to revisit within this year, that’s how good it is.

Without any hesitation, I give “The Making of Nebraska Brown” 5 stars.

*I refuse to call her “Ana,” I don’t care what anyone else says.