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Friday, March 21, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Spirit Vision by Morgan Straughan Comnick

Spirit Vision
By Morgan Straughan Comnick
Check out the rest of the blog tour here! :D

If God gave you a mission, would you answer His call?

The Lord has given Stary, a high school freshman, a mission: extinguish the evil residing in the murderer of two teens—Maren and Umbra. Stary never imagined that her strange visions meant that she was the Spirit Warrior for God and now with her powers activated, she must train to use them and try not to get caught by the murderer who has the ability to hide and conjure up the dark powers from the fallen angel himself—Lucifer. If Stary fails, not only will she lose her life, but Maren and Umbra will lose their entry into heaven and the world will be exposed to the madness of the murderer for the next forty years until the new Spirit Warrior is born.

First off I would like to thank my friend Sheenah for notifying me of this tour. I saw the cover reveal on Facebook and WOW! Can we just stop for a moment and appreciate the detail and the beauty of the art? The art is by Cherriuki. Yeah, just wanted to give a shout out before I start the review. And do note, even if I am friends with Sheenah and Morgan, my opinion on this book is unbiased.

Okay, let's start!
For the first 2 chapters, I was confused with the story, especially with chapter 1. We weren't given any context and that threw me off a bit. The descriptions were hard to imagine. And the added mystery and confusion the author intended was not helping. However, this isn't a total bad thing (intentional or not). Due to the "confusion", the mystery was that much better. I mean you don't want to show all your cards before the match even begin. ;) So it wasn't bad that I was lost because it just adds to how weird and confusing everything is to Stary. Plus it was only the first two chapters, no biggie, because the fun is about to start from there on.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Morgan Straughan Comnick's Favourite Wintery Reads: Book in Hand, Walking through a Winter Wonderland

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Today, I'm super happy to have Morgan Straughan Comnick, author of Spirit Vision stopping by the blog to share some of her favourite winter reads. Without further adieu, Morgan Straughan Comnick! (Pssshh, by the way, go check Morgan out, she's sooooooooooo cool. Here, I'll even give you her website, do it.)

Book in Hand, Walking through a Winter Wonderland
Guest post by: Morgan Straughan Comnick
January 2, 2014
            The leaves are gone, the trees bare. You can see your breathwinter is here! Ah! The chilly air, the excitement for teachers that you may get off of school due to a fluffy type of perception, wrapping up in hats, coats, and scarves, wanting to sled once more like a child, but knowing you’re too old to.  Hot cocoa is waiting for you and getting out of your nice warm bed gets a little harder each day.  Welcome to the alpha and the omega season for the year!
I’m from Missouri; I know what winter is! But, although I like being cool, I do not like being freezing.  I remember what that was like.  In 2006, I was a senior in high school and a giant ice storm hit my part of the nation.  We were out of power for several days and I truly knew what it was like to be cold. We had to wear all our winter stuff inside and our animals laid on us for warmth. It was miserable and I never want anyone to have to go through that, but despite this, I still made myself do one thingI read.  I luckily had some books from the library checked out before this happened; I had no idea they would become my best friends and worst enemies at the same instant. Have you ever tried to turn the pages of a book with thick gloves on? It’s near impossible, but if you take them off, your hands go numb.  Ever been shaking so badly that you could barely hold your book up and yet, you could not put it down because you got to a thrilling part?  I recall those few days so vividly, so cold sitting on my bean bag chair by window, refusing to put my book down.  It was my escape from the harshness of the ice storm.
I always got lots of books for Christmas after that and I think this fateful event kindled a flame in my heart to love books again once more like when I was little.  They became worth the world, my warm blanket, a magic carpet that transported me to another world and made me see how grand mine was at the same time.  Because of this, every year, I pick a winter story to read, even if I’ve read it several times before.  In this guest post, I would like to share that with you.
One of my favorite authors of all time that I was introduced to in high school as a library worker is Lurlene McDaniel. She is a Young Adult author who writes about children who have or have to deal with terminal illnesses or tragedies.  

Friday, December 27, 2013

My All-Time Favourite: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. 

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. 

Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.
Happy Holidays! I'm honoured to say that I was picked to be a Star Blogger for Penguin Canada for their Holiday campaign. I cannot express my gratitude towards Penguin Canada. You guys let me discover my new all-time favourite book!!! That is incredible! You have no idea how happy I am.
From the start, I immediately knew I would love to review And the Mountains Echoed (AtME) by Khaled Hosseini from the list of books I was sent. I read The Kite Runner (TKR) in grade 12 and it was one of the most brilliant reads I've ever encountered. So when Elizabeth emailed me the complete list, BAM! I emailed her back with the pick without a second thought. So now here I am, revealing my thoughts on that quick decision. I hope this ramble makes sense. :)

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