Thought of the moment....
No matter how hard you try, you will NEVER control anyone else's attitudes, actions, or outcomes. The only person that you have the ability to directly impact is you, and it is your responsibility to learn how to do just that...to utilize the knowledge, skills, and abilities you have been given to impact the world in the most positive way that you can EVERY chance you get!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Shannon's was one of the very first blogs that I started to follow when I found my way into the writing circle. She is amazing and it shows in her writing. I really like the fresh story line and tremendous character conflicts that rage among the pages of this book. Audra is so conflicted by her past that she is doing everything that she can to make sure that Vane is protected at all times. She avoids her true feelings that she harbors for him for the role of his guardian and her pledge to the Gale.
Vane has other ideas. When he discovers who he is and what he can do, there is no stopping him. He wants Audra and goes to extremes to show her how willing he is to fight for their love. He knows that she is resisting, but is hoping that he can break through to her in time. Even though events come to light that are not the most pleasant, Vane is set on one thing. Getting the girl.
Highly recommended for YA readers.
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Crush. Candy. Corpse. by Sylvia McNicoll
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a very tragic yet humbling story of a teenager serving her time in an Alzheimer's unit helping victims. Sonja doesn't really what all she is struggling with until she volunteers her time in the unit and meets so many victims that touch her life and make her realize the mistakes that she is making in life.
Sonja bonds and forges friendships with the patients, staff and one of the patients grandchildren. During these friendships, Sonja starts to change and open her opinion about things that she thought were certain in her life. With her mother's earlier illness, she is approaching everyone as someone who is bound to leave her. This makes her distant and hard to get to know. That is until she lets you into her life.
Sonja thinks that all she needs is her hot boyfriend and fantastic best friend. Once she starts volunteering, she realizes that she needs more connections than that and some of her current connections are not right for her. She opens up to one of the resident's grandchildren, Cole. Cole and Sonja become close and together make small moments special for the patients helping make what life they have left full of quality.
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