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Monday, 20 February 2017

Book Review: Saven Deliverance by Siobhan Davis

Today is release day for the final book in a wonderful series by Siobhan Davis. I've really enjoyed the series, and have reviewed the other books here. I figured sharing my review today would be a good things. And as an added bonus, the first book in the series Saven Deception is free till Friday. I thoroughly enjoyed the series, so do give it a try.

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Saven Deliverance (Saven #4)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is on the boarder of 3 and 3.5, which is disheartening for me; I love Siobhan Davis' work. As I finished the book I felt sated, not satisfied. It's probably due to their just being so much ground to cover. I had forgotten just how much was happening in this series...and therein lies some of the "it doesn't feel quite right" feelings I have about the book.

The end of a series is always a bittersweet moment - you've grown attached to the characters, they're your friends now, but you have to say goodbye. But when there is a lot, and I mean a lot, of ground to cover things tend to feel a bit rushed. It felt just as one thing got resolved, there was another moment...so the pacing of the tale didn't work for me. There needed to be just one moment where the characters could be, without the next thing happening.

Sadie and Logan's relationship added some sweet moments, but there were times where I just wanted some peace from all of the emotions going around. Again, there needed to be a moment where the characters could be.

All in all I enjoyed this read. As yet, there hasn't been anything of Siobhan Davis' that I've read and not enjoyed. The series as a whole is a 4.5 read. I can highly recommend this to anyone and everyone - but do try to have all the books, because you dive into the world and don't want to leave it.

*I'm a lucky fish and on the author's ARC team.*

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Gratitude



Topping the list this week:
  • excellent people
  • no, seriously excellent people who are happy to share what they know
  • chocolate
  • part of my funding being paid out
  • new books
  • sorting out clothes for K for the cooler weather to come
  • being able to try a new restaurant
  • K enjoying his first movie
  • being able to take K to see a movie
  • winning tickets to something I've never been to before, and having it happen when it's possible for just J and I to go
  • aircon
  • fans
  • learning new things
  • good food
  • pink headphones
  • hugs
  • not buying all the things just because I could - this is a big one for me
What's topping your list?

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Gratitude



Topping the list this week:

  • coffee
  • opening specials at hair salons making getting my hair done possible
  • good chats
  • therapy
  • hugs
  • seeing J in the middle of the day for lunch
  • kid birthday parties, they equal seeing folks I haven't seen in awhile
  • baby cuddles
  • student specials
  • books
  • K walking through a shop and not touching everything
  • the money lessons we're teaching K working out - he bought a treat for himself, and paid for it without complaint
  • ice cold water
  • watching comedies
What's topping your list this week?

Friday, 10 February 2017

Five for Friday:Odd thoughts floating around in my mind

I've been pondering just when people decided it's okay to be mean all the time about all the things. It's not hard at all to tell someone that it's cool that something is for them, but it's not for them. Why the urge to yuck on someone's yum? [a cool phrase I saw on twitter]

What do you do to temper your negative voice? It's been really hard for me again lately...so tips are most welcome.

Is it better to be hard or soft as you go through life? Where do you draw the line between not caring and caring just enough? How are we supposed to prep our kids to deal with that, when we can't quite get it right for ourselves?

One of the Honours kiddies is very opinionated, and said that one of the other kiddies has assimilated (both are PoC) and that was just an odd statement. We've all done that, it's a survival tactic. So it got me wondering what do people do, and how is it wrong to be going with a route that can lead to less emotional harm to yourself?

I both want to and don't want to do something new with my hair. But maintenance and my laziness 0_o Suggestions?


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Gratitude


Topping the list this week:

  • Keiden having a great birthday
  • a good visit with my mil
  • coffee
  • a busy week
  • thesis inspiration
  • good conversations about my work
  • learning new things
  • realisations about friendship
  • taking steps about making sure I'm doing all I can to be in a good mental space
  • being trusted on making work calls
  • bright pink headphones
  • removal of some digital clutter
  • sushi
  • good food
  • exploring
  • good, real conversations
What's topping your list this week?

Friday, 3 February 2017

Five for Friday: Things Keiden Says


  • "I really tired" while preparing to fight bedtime.
  • "Wait a moment" - one he picked up from me, and he loves saying it to us.
  • "Listen!" with a finger wag...no surprise it's something he picked up from me.
  • "R2 says beeb beeb boob poob" - a fan of the droid is he.
  • "Anyway" usually added onto the end of a sentence where he says he doesn't want to do something, i.e. "I not pack away, anyway."

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