Ok, so I have no clue what this book was about. It was hard to follow and didn't make sense. I'm ok with books that have a secret and as you read them the secret gets revealed, but this one was just confusing.
Maddie and Sarah are twins. They are psychic. They find a note regarding some legacy, but their mother disregards it. Confusing.
Jump forward to when the twins are sixteen. Sarah is apparently the darker twin. She's gotten into trouble and her parents pick her up. On the way home, they are hit by a truck. Their father dies and Sarah is in a coma.
Jump forward 10 years, and Maddie is now becoming a doctor. She's supposedly brilliant, but for the past 3 months she's been having disturbing nightmares. Sarah's mind has attached itself to hers, and they are sharing these nightmares. Confusing.
It gets even more confusing. Sarah is not in a coma but in a facility where they are using her as a weapon.Think Inception. Maddie tries to help her sister. There's a raven who's really a doctor trying to aid Sarah. Maddie has a doctor mate who's in love with her (whatever). There's a wolf who's some mystery evil. It made no sense.
Apparently it ends with a cliffhanger, but it only makes sense if you actually understood all the dreams vs reality stuff, and only if you're keen to read more about these twins.
The Drake sisters series has come to an end. An explosive end in Hidden Currents.
I had read some reviews on Goodreads, that stated this was pretty hardcore, but I was honestly not prepared for this. It was gut-wrenching. The first half of the book is hard to read, and even made me feel ill. But, it wasn't as graphic as I expected it to be, and it was done...tastefully....if I can use that word.
Elle is the last sister. She is destined to keep the Drake family legacy. Throughout all the books, you can see there's something going on between her and Jackson, so you know this is their time. Throughout the books, Jackson intrigued me, but Elle, she was, just there. I liked learning about Jackson's past and present. He was a lonely badass. Now he's a badass, but perhaps, not so lonely. Oh, and he has a heart. But sshhh... he doesn't want anyone to know that.
Elle feels rejected by Jackson, so she agrees to take an assignment overseas, undercover to expose a sex slave ring. (What's with me and books about sex slaves? See Girl Who Played with Fire) She is kidnapped, held captive for a month, where she is brutally beaten and raped on a daily basis. Intense. I know.
A lot of reviews criticised the way, once she was rescued, she jumped into bed with Jackson and seemed to heal quickly. Ok, yes that's weird, but the other option is having the book go on longer because we all know she needs her HEA.
What I liked about Hidden Currents was how all the sisters are re-visited. We see them again, and their men. We get to see what the men can do. BTW, all but 2 of them are really into guns and blowing things up! Also, it was great how the town of Sea Haven came together.
There is a sense of finality. We see a little bit of an ending to all characters we've met in the past. A new character arrives, and there is no ending. But then I'm told her new series begins with this one. But without the Drake sisters, I'm not sure if I'll begin that one.
If you want a cute, fun, short read, and you like vampires, here's one for you.
Joleene Naylor writes a tip book. She is currently dating a vampire and since there aren't any Facebook pages for humans dating vamps, so she shares some tips.
101 Tips for Travelling with a Vampire is broken into sections for your easy reading. There's tips on lodging, packing, travelling by car, train, boat and plane, and foreign travel. They are all filled with humorous antidotes.
And, there's a bonus!
25 Tips for Dealing with Your Vampire reminds you, that staking your boyfriend as a way to break up with them, may not be ideal.
I need to get back into the blogging world. My mate, Sarah, started this on her blog, and I thought it would inspire me to get blogging, at least for the next 10 days.
I think I've shared all my secrets. Let me think on that.
1. I was terrified of child birth. To the point, I asked if it were possible for either a vodka IV to ease the pain, or a bat to the head and be woken when Ethan was born.
2. I always wanted a girl. As a teen, I worked in retail, and would collect girl clothing for my unborn seed. Once we learnt we were pregnant, I was hoping for a boy. (A box of girlie stuff was then given to my cousin)
3. I hate coffee. And yet, in the past year, I've develop a fondness for lattes.
4. My parents sent me to many shrinks when I was a preteen.
5. In Grade 6, I hated my homeroom teacher with a passion. Every Friday, I had 90 minutes straight with her first thing in the morning. It was too much to bear, so for over a month, I skipped school every Friday. (which may explain #4)
6. I enjoy doing laundry.
7. I was a vegetarian for many years. When I was pregnant with Ethan I started craving meat (I always say that's how I knew he was a boy. No girl would make their Mommy eat meat.)
8. I was not a vegetarian when I met Scott. In fact, he would say, when I was, that if I were when we met, we probably wouldn't have dated.
9. I will not throw caution to the wind and admit to having the same #9 as Sarah's. (You're stuck visiting hers if you want to find out)
10. I lived off Dairy Queen banana splits during my last trimester.
Last year, I began reading The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. I had trouble getting through it, so put it away. I eventually went back and loved it.
Earlier this year, I started The Girl Who Played with Fire. Once again, I couldn't get into it, so I put it away. Upon returning from Canada, I realised I had nothing to read, so I picked it up again. This time I found myself intrigued with the mystery.
Just like The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire has a whole bunch of mini stories that come together. What makes it difficult, for me, are all the names. Blomkvist, Bjurman... While I know who they all are, when new characters are introduced, it takes me many chapters before I've sorted out who they are, how they fit into the main story and what their personal story is.
But then again, isn't that the point?
Blomkvist is working with two young people. One a journalist and the other a grad student. Millennium is about to publish an article and book exposing the sex slave trade. The two end up dead. The gun is found with Lisabeth's fingerprints. But we all know she didn't do it. All these characters are introduced with their own story and are somehow linked to Lisabeth. It's up to you to keep reading and solve the mystery.
I shall now begin The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, knowing that I may have to put it away for a couple of month before returning to it.
I found this over at Making Home and while I'm suppose to be busy unpacking, I'm stalling. And wouldn't this be a great way to stall?
The instructions with this are to bold the ones you've done, leave the others in normal type. So here goes.
1. Started your own blog 2. Slept under the stars 3. Played in a band 4. Visited Hawaii 5. Watched a meteor shower 6. Given more than you can afford to charity 7. Been to Disneyland/world 8. Climbed a mountain. 9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo (I don't sing) 11. Bungee jumped 12. Visited Paris 13. Watched a lightning storm at sea 14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (only if scrapbooking counts as an art) 15. Adopted a child 16. Had food poisoning 17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty 18. Grown your own vegetables19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France 20. Slept on an overnight train 21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked 23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill 24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon (I'm not a running fan) 28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice 29 Seen a total eclipse 30. Watched a sunrise or sunset 31. Hit a home run 32. Been on a cruise 33 Seen Niagara Falls in person 34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors 35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language (taught myself? no. Learnt? yes) 37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied 38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person 39. Gone rock climbing40. Seen Michelangelo’s David 41 Sung karaoke 42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt 43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant 44. Visited Africa (kinda living here) 45 Walked on a beach by moonlight 46. Been transported in an ambulance 47. Had your portrait painted 48. Gone deep sea fishing 49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person 50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris 51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling 52. Kissed in the rain 53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater55. Been in a movie 56. Visited the Great Wall of China 57. Started a business 58. Taken a martial arts class 59. Visited Russia 60 Served at a soup kitchen 61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies 62. Gone whale watching 63. Gotten flowers for no reason 64 Donated blood, platelets, or plasma 65. Gone sky diving 66 Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp 67 Bounced a check 68. Flown in a helicopter 69. Saved a favorite childhood toy 70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt 73. Stood in Times Square 74. Toured the Everglades 75. Been fired from a job 76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London 77. Broken a bone 78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79 Seen the Grand Canyon in person 80. Published a book 81. Visited the Vatican 82. Bought a brand new car 83. Walked in Jerusalem 84. Had your picture in the newspaper85. Read the entire Bible 86. Visited the White House 87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating 88. Had chickenpox 89. Saved someone’s life 90. Sat on a jury 91. Met someone famous 92. Joined a book club 93. Lost a loved one 94. Had a baby 95. Seen the Alamo in person 96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake 97. Been involved in a lawsuit 98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
Enough stalling. Back to unpacking. And making a list of the things I apparently need to do.
Last year, Ethan was diagnosed with DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder). I hate labels. And worse, I can't find a whole lot on DCD. Ethan went for physio for a few months last fall. Then his physiotherapist went back to Denmark. She returned in April and he resumed. She tested him last fall, and again in April. He's improved a lot. But he still has issues.
One of my class parents lent me the book How to Understand and Support Children with Dyspraxia. It's a resource meant for teachers, but wow, did I learn a lot. So first off, DCD is a form of Dyspraxia. Now the book confused me a bit, since a lot of things they discussed didn't apply to Ethan.
However, I got some great ideas of games we can play at home. Ethan still struggles with a proper pencil grip, and an alternative grip was presented here. There's also a strong focus on teaching cursive immediately, which I think is a great idea.
I also liked a lot of the activities presented. There are a number I would use in the classroom. While I am unaware if any of my students last year had Dyspraxia, there were many activities and ideas that would benefit students that needed some additional fine motor work, or even some great games to play during class meetings and social-emotional games.
So while I still hate the label, and am not sure how severe Ethan's DCD is, I am thankful to have found a wonderful resource.
The thing I like the most about being in a book club, is I get the chance to read books I probably wouldn't think about ever reading, and I enjoy them.
Half Broke Horses is one of these books.
It is a true life novel. In that, Jeannette Walls has written the story of her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, but since her grandmother passed away when she was 8, a lot of the stories are second hand. But still, I would don't normally like biographies, but this was great.
Lily's father had me in stitches. I think reading about him, and the things he would say, really got me interested in reading more. "If words were simply spelled the way they were pronounced, he argued, pretty much anyone who learned the alphabet could read, and that would virtually wipe out illiteracy." His ranch was called Casey Ranch, but since he was a fan of phonetic spelling it became KC Ranch.
Lily lead an exceptional life. Forget about what she accomplished in the that time, most woman (myself included) would probably not do as much in their lifetime. Lily grew up on a ranch and learnt to break horses. At 13 she was sent to boarding school but was withdrawn when her father spent her tuition money on great danes. At 15, she got a job teaching in a small town, and went there on her horse. She moved to Chicago, fell in love, and got married, only to learn her husband was a double crossing arse, who was already married with children! She learnt to drive a car, fly a plane, remarried, had children, and kept up an exciting and adventurous life.
Thanks Amanda for choosing this book for us to read. I would probably never have thought of it.
Isn't this the coolest book cover? I kept seeing it in the bookshop and was drawn to the cover. Can't remember how many times I read the back, and yet each time I saw the book I couldn't remember what it was about.
Don't judge a book by it's cover. Why the heck not????
So it turns out this book is a part of the Woman of the Otherworld series. It's book 11. I've never read the series, and jumping into book 11 was a little scary.
If you've never read the series, but are drawn to the cover, there's no problem. Yes, the beginning is slightly confusing as I'm not exactly sure who everyone is. But you soon learn. There's a lot of background information I lacked on the characters, but I could still follow along.
Savannah is a ..no, not vampire.. witch! She works at a private investigation firm and her first solo case is to look into a series of murders which have a supernatural undertone to them. Soon, she finds herself being followed, people close to her are getting killed, and she's determined to find out what's going on.
The only issue is the book doesn't have a real ending. While the murders are solved, the story of Savannah isn't. Now it could be the way the series is written. All I know is if I want to find out what happens next, I need to find book 12.