Red Rising: Reborn - What is Re-Invention?

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As part of the #ReadRedRising December read-a-long, I have wrote a small piece on my thoughts on re-invention and being reborn in relation to that particular section in the book. Have fun reading folks.

In the second section of red rising, Darrow goes through what I would call an extreme transformation. He pays the ultimate sacrifice of his own identity in order to further the cause of the rebels who seek to create a better world. In this particular section of the book, we witness our main character Darrow go through not only a physical transformation but a mental one as well. He becomes stronger, more powerful and it would seem he loses himself in regard to his personality and beliefs. He does have the ultimate goal in the back of his mind, but from the perspective of the reader who hasn’t finished the book yet it would seem that maybe he loses sight of who he really is.

When we talk about being reborn, it is almost as if we are trying to say that we are starting a new chapter in our lives. Some people don’t see it as a new chapter, some people are more inclined to consider their change a new book, a brand-new beginning where everything that came before is snuffed out and acted like it never really existed. There isn’t a single person on this earth that can say that they haven’t ever had some form of identity crisis, the matter how big or how insignificant the issues have appeared.

When you look deeper into this idea of being reborn, or the idea of reinvention. It is something most of us do on a daily basis, whether it’s a new outfit or new way to style our hair. We are always seeking to change and improve some part of ourselves that we consistently display unhappiness for. So when does this idea of reinvention actually stop? 

It would seem in red rising, that the reason for this complete change of identity is the result of the wishes of a loved one who is no longer here. With the focus being on who the fight is for, could it be that the sense of oneself has been lost and forgotten due to the excessive nature in which the fight for freedom has taken over one’s mind? This is when it is clear that Darrow’s transformation has gone from being simply an idea to becoming a complete manifestation and creation of a new identity related to hating the people that he is now somehow become.

As mentioned earlier, I have yet to complete Red Rising and I am looking forward to seeing if my theories and ideas are correct or just the deep musings of a reader who likes to get overly involved in the story.

So far I am enjoying this book and am looking forward to seeing how this first one ends. Don’t forget to join me and the rest of us who are reading red rising by announcing it on Twitter by using #ReadRedRising



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Book Review: Paranormal Intruder | Caroline Mitchell

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It may be a small known fact that they actually consider myself a little bit of a wimp. So when it comes to reading books in genres which encapsulate something that could potentially evoke my fears, I generally steer clear. I must admit when I was sent Paranormal Intruder by Caroline Mitchell, it took me quite a while to build myself up to be brave enough to actually read it. This book tells us the real-life account of one family’s dealings with a very nasty paranormal intruder. The contents of this book are what actually happened to Caroline and her family, and I think the fact that the events in this book actually happened made it just that little bit more scary to actually try and read.

But eventually from somewhere I actually managed to grow some balls and read this book. What I was presented with was a very intense read that managed to keep my attention to the very last page. It may seem twisted to say that I really enjoyed this book, considering the fact that it documents the misery this family went through when something invaded their happy home. But this book was truly captivating in the way that it gave a first-hand account of paranormal experiences. I am somewhat of a believer in otherworldly beings and spiritual entities, and have always been curious about that particular world. So what I found in reading this book, was that it added fuel to the fire of my curiosity. I now have a new reaffirmed love for all things paranormal, and actively seek out television programmes or other forms of media in regard to the exploration of this world.

Caroline Mitchell is clearly a naturally skilled storyteller, and I can’t help but admire her commitment to reliving these events in order to tell her story to the world. Everything is told with such clarity that you can’t help but feel like you are actually there with her. While reading, I felt the fear and the intensity that Caroline wrote about and it gave me a better understanding of what she and her family went through.

This is an incredible book for believers and the sceptics, because it gives a true and honest perspective from people who originally didn’t give much thought to otherworldly beings.

Caroline is now a successful author with further books under her belt, while these new books are works of fiction with paranormal elements I have no doubt in her skills as a writer and look forward to reading more from her as soon as I can.

I gave Paranormal Intruder a chilling 10 out of 10

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Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her husband, four children and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. Five years ago Caroline and her family encountered real life paranormal activity in their home. Paranormal Intruder is her best selling true story.
Caroline’s new novels, the DC Jennifer Knight series have been published by Bookouture. These edge of your seat crime thrillers are infused by Caroline’s experience in both the police and the paranormal.

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Book Review: Secrets In Phoenix | Gabriella Lepore

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I received a free ecopy of this book from Oftomes publishing for an honest review. Thank you Ben and Oftomes Publishing

OK, straight up, this has to be one of the best books I have read in 2015. As many of you know I simply adore YA Fantasy books and this one ticked all the boxes. First off, I had heard of Gabriella Lepore a while back but I had never been able to find the time to pick up one of her books due to my other bookish commitments. But when I saw that new publisher ‘Oftomes’ had signed her, and offered me the chance to review some of their books I was more than eager to throw Gabriella to the very top/front of my TBR pile/Queue. I am so glad that I did because I finished this book within 2 days, and it was one of those books that I couldn’t let myself physically put my kindle down because I was utterly absorbed in the story.

I even bought a waterproof cover for my kindle so I could continue to read this in the bath. And yes, I actually read this in the bath. It was that good.

I love books about witches, and when I discovered that this book focused on witches, secrets and the learning of ones powers I was in love. Our protagonist Sophie and her brothers Sam and Todd are wonderful characters who really bring the story to life, they have a real relationship which is full of emotion and fun as any sibling relationship should be. The fact that they are all discovering their abilities together is so exciting, and also the fact that they are studying at a new school which is meant for others of their kind and their guardians. 

There are a number of twists and turns in this book that completely took me by surprise and I can honestly say there was never a dull moment in this book. I loved the scene on the train with the fortune teller, which is so wonderfully done. Another of my favourite scenes is where Sophie goes on a rescue mission and is double crossed by someone. That is literally all I will say because I don’t want to ruin this book for those of you who haven’t read it yet. 

After only reading one of her books, I am now a full Gabriella Lepore fan and convert, and like any true book addict I am going to need more and more of my literary Lepore fix. I just hope Gabriella can write fast enough.

An excellent book that I highly recommend everyone to read. If you don’t read this book or anything by this wonderful author then I’m sorry but I have no time for you. All I’m going to say now is just read it, you will not be disappointed. 

I gave this book a magical 10/10

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