The Lucidity Project by Abbey Campbell Cook

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3 out of 5

I wasn’t totally sure what to expect in The Lucidity Project. I read the synopsis and it really intrigued me. It wasn’t really what I expected, but did surprise me at the end. A good surprise. I did not see that coming, lol.

It started off decent and continued to keep my interest and really grabbed my interest when I began to puzzle things together. The main idea of the story is to face your past troubles and move on. You don’t have to bring all your troubles with you into your future. That’s what you’re to get out of this, only the way Abbey says it through the story is pretty enchanting. At least to me. It was creative and fun and not so literal and sad. It got exciting and I didn’t mind learning that sort of message in this way. It didn’t feel too cheesy for my taste.

The ending really pulled my heartstrings. And was very abrupt. But it left me smiling.

The story as a whole was ok. The ending was what really made it awesome.

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SRC2016 has been updated again!

Check out my SRC post where I give my thoughts on the remaining books from Book Spark’s Summer Reading Challenge 2016 #src2016 #bestsummerever.

I touch a little bit on A House for Happy Mothers, Clear To Lift, and Swear On This Life. I also mention the one that I want to be the first one I finish. Which is the one that’s appealed to me the most.

Head on over and share your thoughts as well.

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SRC2016 Book Challenge-August!!

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A HUGE thanks to Book Sparks for all these goodies for their annual summer reading challenge! This is my first time participating in this (first time learning of it) and I can NOT wait. These covers are all so freaking beautiful and though summer is coming to an end I still feel it through this box alone!

It is unfortunate that when I signed up for the August box I didn’t know how busy I would be. BUT that isn’t going to stop me. I may not have all the time I had before to ATTEMPT all these (five) books within the month (also I got my box on the 10th), but I will do this:

I will read the beginning of each book (a generous portion) and review how I feel about it so far. With that, of course coming back and edit each one after finally having finished them all.

Here is the list: 1. Swear On This Life 2. The Lucidity Project 3. A House for Happy Mothers 4. Perfectly Good Crime 5. Clear to Lift

I read that backs of each one and chose The Lucidity Project to be the first one I read. I must say, I was VERY intrigued just by reading the summary! I am currently on chapter 9 I think I can’t put it down! Though, if I don’t then I might not be able to get through the beginning of the others! WHAT A DILEMMA! THE LUCIDITY PROJECT  is about a young woman who suffers from depression. She is eventually told that no meds are going to help her and is sent to a place that does, well, the lucidity project. It involves a sort of lucid dreaming treatment. She’s met people, and man, what characters! They each have their own “problems” or special abilities”. I am so eager to read more, but I think tomorrow I will give another a go. Perfectly Good Crime sounds interesting 🙂

Anyway, I hope your weekend will be as good as mine sounds right about now!

UPDATE! Perfectly Good Crime: So far, the pace and mystery on this one is quite good. It gives just enough to leave you wanting more. Over three million dollars worth of stuff have been stolen from a luxurious Hollywood mansion. The thieve (or thieves) left no trace of a robbery. No clues. No sign of entry, no fingerprints, and no visual on security cameras. Everyone is stumped and it’s getting good!

I think tomorrow I will start Swear On This or A House For Happy Mothers. Not sure which one yet. Also, I have to admit that yesterday I spent some time on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child :O I had to. I really really had to. Anyway, tomorrow is Friday so once again, HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! 🙂

UPDATE! Swear On This Life: I started that some time last week and so far it sort of reminds me of Portion of the Sea. If you read my review on that (which I think is my post before this SRC post) then you’d probably understand a bit more how I am about to explain this… I haven’t gotten too far into Swear On This Life, but the way it reminds me of Portion of the Sea is the back-and-forth scenes of journal and character. In this, it’s a [life changing] book by the character’s best friend’s favorite author. The friend locks herself in her room to read the author’s latest book and came out of it telling her friend (the main character) that she must read it. From what I remember getting from it is that it’s emotional. In a positive way, if I’m remembering correctly. So I can probably expect to read the author’s book while the character is also reading it and “seeing” how it will relate with her life and what she can learn and gain from it. A House for Happy Mothers takes place in India. This Americanized Indian couple goes to India for a visit. While they are there they planned for a baby. Through surrogacy. This is their story of that experience. Along the way you’ll read about others’ experience as they connect with others getting pregnant the surrogacy way. Already I have gotten a picture of the reaction you may get in India when announcing you’re getting a baby through surrogacy or being the surrogate. It’s already opening my eyes to negative and positive opinions about it. This book also seems like it will be an emotional ride. Clear To Lift started pretty fast-paced. the first chapter felt like I was watching a movie. It is about a rescue pilot in… Nevada? She would not have chosen that career path, but I feel like as I read on she might gain some rewarding and fulfilling experience that will change her mind. To anyone who has already read this I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW REACTIONS! I can see myself getting excited as I read on. I’m still very early in the book so no spoilers, please 🙂

I am still sad that this had to be a busy month, but I am glad I got to touch each book and get a sense of what to expect. I am definitely going to go back to The Lucidity Project now and finish that up. I have been eager to get back to that one. And after that the rest is fair game. To anyone who is reading this and also received an August box from Book Sparks I would love to know which one was your favorite.  I would love to do this again next summer.

#src #forever #lol

Portion of the Sea by Christine Lemmon

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5 out of 5 stars

This story is about a young teen who is first presented with a portion of a complete stranger’s journal. The journal is owned by a woman two generations behind her own. She quickly learns that they both have so much in common, such as not being a “proper lady” and wanting to do things that men can do, like ride bicycles and work. Now, when she started this journal, lent to her by a stranger during her family vacation, she was only given a small portion of it. She was to return it once done to get a next portion. It wasn’t until years later that she was able to return it and read more. The girl and the woman who lent her the journal (not owned by her) became very good friends over the years and she reads the journal well into adulthood. She also felt like she was very good friends with the girl the journal belonged to because of all the similarity they’ve had in their lives.

The story concept was pretty excellent. The character has a friend who she has only known through the journal. It time-jumps back to the late 1800s and forward to the 1950s and 1960s. The challenges and life choices that Lydia (main character) were obstacles that Ava (1800s girl, owner of the journal) would mention in her journal. Ava wrote about her family situations, her love life, her dream of being a novelist and more. Lydia, with life being life,  inevitably comes across some similar situations and relies on the journal for advice. It was like the journal was a living and breathing girlfriend. Gal pal. Ava also wrote of her mistakes and Lydia will learn from it.

I got incredible feelings towards both their stories. I felt like I grew with them. Because this goes years from where/when it started I was hoping and wishing for them to come out with happy endings. I also felt for the boys in the story. The love interests. Ugh. My heart.

Such feminine stories are not usually my go-to genre, but I did enjoy this. I do recommend this to anyone who loves a love story, a hopeful story, girl power, and happy and sappy endings. Definitely a book to break out when relaxing. The pace it goes is just right.

Oh, and I’m watching Gilmore Girls. I had to include it in the picture 😛

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Ways of Leaving by Grant Jarrett

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2 out of 5 stars

“A standout novel about going home, where old girlfriends, awkward funerals, deeply buried parental secrets and naked, drunken, nocturnal escapades irritate a man like scabs of his squandered youth and misspent adulthood…. Ruthlessly brilliant writing brings grace to a story smoldering in pain.” -Kirkus Reviews

I really wanted to like this novel. In some ways I did. I like the writing and I definitely don’t mind vulgarity and sexual scenes. It’s another type of excitement that I enjoy reading. However, the story was full of pain and questions, not pain, questions AND ANSWERS. At least not to me, not really. And it’s the answers that make a story worth a read isn’t it? I mean, in a book full of questions?

It wasn’t a terrible concept or anything, it just doesn’t help that depressing stories like this one isn’t my particular choice of genre, but when I do read it I always like a good ending. Not necessarily a happy ending, but one that ends with a “BAM, BITCH! END!” sort of feel, lol. This just sort of… ended.

What I did like about it was the writing style. Vulgar and dark. What I didn’t like was the main character. He was a straight up ass and I couldn’t stand him. Now, that may be exactly how Grant Jarrett wanted him to be, but that sort of character, with barely any character growth, is not my cup of tea.

Though, he does know how to write a good steamy scene or 5 😉

I hope I don’t discourage anyone from reading this if dark relationship problem type stories is their thing, but it isn’t mine. I do want to continue to follow everything else from him, though. I just get the feeling I will like a different book of his.

And I want to give credit to the cover artist. It’s upside down, including the “a novel”, and it’s just so trippy, lol. I love it.

P.S. This was one of my favorite books to take pics of, lol. It’s so pretty and cool and was great for summer color, summer vibe picture posts.  Also, this was one of the books I won from an Instagram contest from BookSparks. Even though I gave it only 2 stars I am still happy to have the chance to read it ❤ Thank you, Mr. Grant Jarrett and thank you, Booksparks.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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4 out of 5 stars

This is in a world that is invaded by aliens. Your BODY is invaded by them, for years it has been and it is almost too late to save humankind.

Sometimes when reading young adult books I have to remember to think about how I think I would have liked it if I were still in high school and I think I would have really enjoyed it. I give it 4 stars because there were times when Cassie, the main female character, would seem a bit too whiny and silly, but it didn’t ruin my want to read further. I do have a favorite part that she is in where I totally applaud her, so she wasn’t TOO bothersome for my taste.

The other characters were very good. Strong, brave, clever. I love a good story with total badasses and there are quite a few in here. I was hoping there would be more excitement, more action. However, the scenes where there was action some of it was awesome and intense. I think I do have a favorite action scene where I was thinking to myself “dayuuuum!”, lol. It involves Evan Walker sneaking up on soldiers in the woods. If you’ve read this this might have also been a memorable scene for you, too. If you have not read this yet, well then… get on it. It was a pretty awesome moment.

To be honest, there was just enough to keep me going. It wasn’t boring, but it wasn’t bad. To me, it was just good. A good series all the way through. Where there were interesting things going on it captivated my attention. Where there were feelings and emotions being expressed I didn’t care much for some of them.

I would definitely gift this to high school family members or friends who like to read. There are some romantic scenes in there and I have to admit a lot of those did sort of make my heart flutter, lol. I felt like a teen-aged girl again being flirted with 😛

And of course I have to comment on the cover arts… BECAUSE I LOVE THEM.