Unveiling Motion and Emotion

Unveiling Motion and Emotion by Anabella Lenzu lenzu
Genre: Essay
Rating: 5

This is a collection of essays by Anabella Lenzu, a dancer and dance teacher who has a very clear and unique style of choreography and dance. She was a classically trained ballet dancer who then went forward into the modern dance scene and truly began to find herself. As a teacher myself, I find some of the things she said in her book to be the words surrounding ideas I couldn’t describe. Some of my favorites: “In my life, dance is a bridge that connects my inner and outer worlds.” and my personal favorite, “Dance is a means, not an end.”

I adore this book and will continue to read it for inspiration and encouragement!

Know your Beholder

Know your Beholder by Adam Rapp
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 3, DNF

I got halfway through Know your Beholder before I quit. I still wouldn’t be able to tell you what it was about. It’s really too bad, to. I only had one problem with it.

It was like a lot of things happened, but nothing actually happened. There was no plot, just a bunch of events strung together with lyric, hilarious, over thesaurus-ized sentences. The writing itself was great and it was what kept me listening past the first track, but when I was halfway through and I still wasn’t sure what was going on, and I didn’t like the main character any more than I did when it started, I opted to spend my time on something else.

The Mechanical

The Mechanical by Ian Tragillis
Genre: Steampunk
Rating: 5
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The Mechanical surprised me. The first few chapters were hard to get into. It was so different than anything I’ve read. I’m not a fan of historical fiction (even if it is supernatural or steampunk) but I gave this book a chance based on a recommendation from a friend. I’m so glad I did.

The Mechanical is a wild ride through the lives of three characters; a catholic priest pretending to be protestant and smuggling information to New France, a female spy known in the legends as The Tallyrand, and Jax, the mechanical in question. The characters stories intertwine together to create a rich well-developed adventure of excitement, love, treachery, betrayal, and euphoric freedom. The book looks you in the eye and challenges the idea of free will, religion, and the tendency for us to believe everything the government wants us to believe.

In the beginning, I found the narrator hard to listen to, maybe because of his pacing, and steady non-fluctuating voice. But as I got more and more into the story, learned more about this world and what was going on, fell in love and hatred with the characters, I appreciated the way he read more. It worked for the characters and for the story.

I am super excited for the rest of this series and highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a well thought out story. Ages 17 + for some violence and sexual scenes.

My name is Jax.
That is the name granted to be by my human masters.
I am a clakker: a mechanical man, powered by alchemy. Armies of my kind have conquered the world - and made the Brasswork Throne the sole superpower.
I am a faithful servant. I am the ultimate fighting machine. I am endowed with great strength and boundless stamina.
But I am beholden to the wishes of my human masters.
I am a slave. But I shall be free.

Un-Review: Canary

Canary could have been really awesome… if. Why does there always have to be an “if?”

This was a case of “High Concept, Poor Execution.” Here’s the thing about this book: I didn’t like the main character. For an honors student, she was an idiot.

You meet this drug dealer. You kinda maybe not even sure if you like him but you might like him. You accidently become his accomplice in a deal and don’t realize it until after it’s over. Then you help him get away from a cop. And you defend him and refuse to give the cop info in exchange for you being completely removed from the evidence. Why?

You aren’t sure.

Thing is, that’s a really bad reason to not snitch on a drug dealer. If her dad was being held captive, or he had something important of hers, or if they’d been together for six years, those are all good reasons. But “I just met you and I’m not sure if I like you but I’m still not going to rat you out?” not a good reason.

Review: Touch

Touch by Claire North
Genre: Supernatural of some sort
Rating: 5

Touch was crazy. It threw you in at the first sentence. It hung on tight the whole story through. I was amazed at the beauty and ugliness of the thing that was the main character—whatever her…his…it’s name was. I was amazed at all of it. Up until the end when  I thought I would cry.

I didn’t want it to end, and when I finally figured out how it would, end I was furious. But I also knew there was literally no other way it could work; and yet it was still so hard to accept.

The mystery, the suspense, the back-story that fed into the current events, it was all enchanting and amazing and well written, and I will 100% read it again, and 100% recommend it to anybody. Claire North, you’re on my Author Watch.

As well as being well written, it was also well performed. I loved the voice chosen for the reader, it was read at a good speed, and it was read well.

Content/Recommendation: Some language. ages 15+

Review: The Forgotten Girls

The Forgotten Girls
Genre: Adult, Crime
Rating: 3

The Forgotten Girls was a pretty good book. I can’t say it was amazing, but it definitely wasn’t bad. It is a book in a series. It’s designed so you don't have to read the others to enjoy this one and even though I didn’t need the other books in the series to know what was going on, I did feel a little lost at times, and I felt like I was thrown into the middle of a movie (like I skipped the first scene) and it was disconcerting.

That being said, the story itself was okay. It was a good execution of a concept that just wasn't that high. The climax didn’t feel that phenomenal and I felt like it ended just as it got going.

All in all, it was a fine read, I wasn’t annoyed by it, I certainly enjoyed the process, but it didn’t force me to keep reading like some books, and I wasn’t that impressed with the overall experience.

Content/Recommendation: Some language, violence, rape scene (not overly-grotesque). Ages 18+

Review: Bombproof

Bombproof by Michael Rotbotham
Genre: Crime
Rating: 3.5

Bombproof was a fast-paced thriller with a reluctant hero who seriously just wanted all this *&$#%@ to be over with. The plot is detailed and well executed. There were only two spots through the story where I had trouble, and it was because it slowed down too much that I lost track of what was going on.

The end seemed a little abrupt, and I’m still not sure if I like it (though honestly it ended the only way it could have ended… and maybe that’s why I didn’t find it awesome or amazing). All in all it was an enjoyable fast-paced read with great characters and a very good plot. It wasn’t the most thrilling thriller I’ve ever read, but I would definitely read another book by Rotbotham again.

The narrator had a very deep gravely voice that I liked a lot, but it was hard to focus on at times. He did read at a good pace.

Content/Recommendation: Drugs, sex, alcohol, violence, and language. 17+


Prudence: Book 1 of The Custard Protocol by Gail Carriger
Genre: YA Supernatural
Rating: 5 Stars!

I absolutely adore Prudence, both the book and the girl. I don’t have a single bad thing to say about it other than I wish I had the next book in the series right now, because I’m quite unhappy to leave her world.

Gail Carriger has a knack for making incredible characters full of life and wit and hilarity. Every story I’ve ever read by her has made me want to jump right into the book and live there. It doesn’t even matter which character I’d be, as long as I was there. Added to that is her eloquent, witty, and distinct writing style. I wholeheartedly recommend Prudence to any fan of YA fiction, drama, romance, adventure, or supernatural adventures in an air ship.

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances - names it the Spotted Custard and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone's secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?


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