Friday, December 9, 2011

Daily Dose #7

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Review: The Five People You Meet In Heaven By Mitch Albom

From the author of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, a novel that explores the unexpected connections of our lives, and the idea that heaven is more than a place; it's an answer.

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It's a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: "Why was I here?"

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Would you want your life explained? After you lived, would you die happily without a question?
Eddie has died. Tragically or heroically? At 83, Eddie does not believe in anything anymore, bitter and crippled with the memories of his past, he believes his life was a waste. When it's his turn in heaven, there are five people that he meets that help explain why certain things in his life happened. The story takes you, and Eddie, on a journey of discovery and life appreciation.

I picked up this book a while ago (more like years ago) and didn't read-read it till this week. It is quite straightforward, nothing too complicated to understand which makes it so easy to read and enjoy!  Eddie's character the entire time in my head, reminded me a lot of Carl Fredricksen from the Disney Pixar movie 'UP'. Now, for those who have watched the movie you understand how devoted Carl was to his wife and that love never breaks, no matter the distance or worlds between them. Eddie is the same way with his wife and it adds such depth to this story! Not only does the story explore the relationship between Eddie and his wife but his parents to. The struggles of growing up with a loving parent and a really hardass one is shown perfectly, in my opinion, because nothing is held back. Not even when the story takes you to the time when Eddie's war-friend was shot directly in the ear by enemy soldiers.

It was a heart breaking novel! Not in the tragic love story way, but the 'move-you-in-life-changing' way. The book shows the darkest moments of comradeship, parenting, and self-discovery. Eddie gets a chance to learn about his own life and see moments that have changed his life forever from a different point of view. In the end, he finds solace within himself and is finally set free from the blackness that's been tearing him apart. No matter who you are, or what type of person you are, there is something EVERYONE can learn in this book, moments where you find yourself reflecting on the moves you've taken so far in life!

I give this book
Mitch Albom, you write beautiful books ;)

Have you read The Five People You Meet In Heaven before? Let me know your thoughts on the book down below in the comments. Maybe we can have a tête-à-tête about this dear book =) ?

As Always,
-Sherry Lay

Monday, October 24, 2011

Review: Silence By Becca Fitzpatrick

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.
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What has happened to Nora Grey in the last 5 months? Better question, why can’t she seem to remember anything? Even Patch. Nora has woken up at the cemetery, bruised, cut and deathly aware that nothing in her world is right. There is something looming over head, dark shadows, dark figures, and a pair of eyes that seem all too familiar. 

She’s told she was kidnapped and her amnesia is only temporary. Nora knows there’s much more to her mysterious kidnapping than anyone lets her believe and she’s on a mission to figure it out. She guarantees it has something to do with her mom’s new boyfriend, Hank Miller.

As she dives deeper into the journey of piecing her life back together, Nora rediscovers old friends and new enemies that lead her down one heck of a dangerous path! As the bridges of her memory slowly start to reassemble, Nora comes to realize there is a war erupting between worlds closer to her than she knows.

Will she chose the right side to fight for or will everything she has ever loved fall through her grasp?

I have to say, the Hush Hush Series NEVER disappoints! SILENCE is the best by far out of the series. Nothing short of pure EPICNESS!

We are captivated and thrown into action from the very first page! There are villains in books. People who do bad things but then there is Hank Miller. Oh, the reason for my beloved Patch’s heartache! There were SO many moments where I wanted to take Patch and do REALLY bad things to him, if you know what I mean. The sexual tension between Nora and Patch were unbearable in Silence and definitely had me turning the pages with lightening speed! I was sad to see Nora’s relationship with Vee faulter a little but I understand why they decided to hide the things they did from each other. Oh and remember Scott? He reappears and I did not find one thing wrong with it. ;) Even though he pales in comparison to Patch, it was funny to see him try. I give him a star for the effort! 

Becca Fitzpatrick draws us back into the world of Nora once again with much more action to keep us entertained till the next! Thank god she decided to write another one because I cannot bring myself to say goodbye to these beloved characters just yet!

I give Silence

For keeping my mind occupied with thoughts of a certain fallen angel all night long
If you live under a shoe and have not read Hush Hush and Crescendo, the first two books in the series, make sure to check them out by clicking their covers below!

As Always,
-Sherry Lay

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Daily Dose #6

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