BOOK REVIEW // GET THE HELL OVER IT BY SARAH MOORE

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Cravings. We all have them. But these days, it’s easier to indulge your sweet tooth than it is to reach your wildest dreams. At least, it certainly feels that way. And you know the type of dreams we’re talking about, right? Everything from living where you want and building a career you can pursue around the
world, to accomplishments that stand the weight of time. These dreams go beyond hashtags and high-resolution photos, and the best part is that they’re well within your reach. In fact, they’ve always have been waiting for you. But when we’re afraid, it’s hard to pull back that huge curtain of fear and see our heart’s desires. Don’t worry; you just need help putting it all together.

Using your creative talents to build a lifestyle that’s unapologetically, delightfully, and incredibly all your own is beyond satisfying. Sure, you’ve seen examples of other people doing this. And you know deep down it can be done. Yet you’re stuck in your own personal adventure-movie quicksand, with no handy tree branch in sight.

That’s where this book, Get the Hell Over It: How to Let Go of Fear and Realize Your Creative Dream, comes in. Short and sweet with plenty of ideas, this book will give you a sturdy branch to grab onto when the quicksand starts pulling you down. New opportunities for a profitable, creative life await
you…if you dare to reach out again.

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REVIEW

I was lucky enough to be contacted by the lovely Sarah Beth Moore (many of you probably know her as @newleafwriter on Instagram) and asked to review an early copy of her book, Get the Hell Over It, a motivational book for creatives everywhere.

Once I sat down and began reading, I couldn’t stop devouring Moore’s words. She has this way of speaking as though you’ve known her for years, listening to your best friend as they give you advice on your career.

Sometimes you think you know exactly where you stand with a word, but then you realize you never really saw to the heart of it.

I agreed with everything Moore said, from discovering and following your passions, to understanding when you should keep certain activities hobbies. I really appreciate her honesty with the creative field, because it isn’t easy. It drains your heart and soul, it beats you down when you’ve felt you couldn’t fall any lower, and just when it seems like there’s an opportunity, it suddenly slips through your fingers like sand.

Being in the creative industry is more difficult than most people realize, and I think Moore captures that perfectly. Your passion can only take you so far. You have to place in hours upon hours of hard work and dedication in order to succeed, and even then, you might not. But we do this anyways because it’s our passion. It’s what makes us feel alive. And without creativity, where would the world be?

And no matter what form it takes, creativity is power, wealth, currency.

If you’re a fellow creative looking for some motivation and inspiration, then I highly recommend picking up Get the Hell Over It.

Thank you again to Sarah Moore for giving me access to an ARC of her book. Get the Hell Over It is expected to be released September 1, 2017. Pre-order your copy with one of links below!

RATING: ★★

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LET’S CHAT

For all of you creatives out there, what is your advice for staying positive in such a tough industry? What keeps you motivated even when everything seems to be falling against you? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this.

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BOOK REVIEW // THE CHANGELING’S JOURNEY BY CHRISTINE SPOORS

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SYNOPSIS

Ailsa is dead. Leaving Morven the last surviving changeling in the village. Everyone knows it is only a matter of time before she too is dead. Desperate to find out why the fairies steal human babies, and to save her own life, she leaves her family behind, travelling north into the fairy kingdoms with her best friend.

They soon find that making their way through vast magical forests, across kelpie-ridden lochs and over seemingly endless mountain ranges is more than they were prepared for. Despite the countless evenings spent listening to stories about adventures, fairies and magic, they find themselves out of their depth. Fighting to stay alive.

Meanwhile in the fairy kingdoms, Princess Freya of Culhuinn struggles to cope with life now that her love has been taken from her. Whilst Queen Euna of Norbroch spends more time lost in her memories than she does ruling her kingdom.

One changeling’s journey to save her life will alter their world forever.

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REVIEW

A year or so ago, I was lucky enough to meet Christine through Bookstagram. We quickly bonded over reading and writing, and have since supported another with our writing endeavors.

I remember back when I was writing my second book, Christine was telling me how she was thinking of writing her own novel. I encouraged her to give it a try, and through our writing process, we both kept each other inspired and motivated. And here, about a year later, Christine’s novel, The Changeling’s Journey, is in my hands.

I’m so, so incredibly proud and happy for Christine, and so lucky to have been with her through the entire process. I throughly enjoyed reading The Changeling’s Journey, a novel heavily based on Scottish folklore, which YES PLEASE.

The Changeling’s Journey is a fun story of adventure told from three perspectives: Morven, Freya, and Euna. In this fictional world (based on Scotland), humans serve the faeries, but the changeling’s of the land remain a mystery.

Morven, a changeling herself, wants to know where she and the other changeling’s came from, and why she has outlived all of them. This question on her mind propels her to journey up north to the faerie kingdom with her friend Glen. From there, they encounter various characters and mythical creatures, including kelpies and will o’ wisps. There is love, action, and adventure—everything you could ask for.

While Morven is off on her adventures, Freya mourns over the loss of loved one, unable to remove herself from the past. Nieve suffers from the abuse of her father and the heartache of her true love, who by the way, is a girl. Christine features many gay characters throughout her novel, which is something we can all appreciate.

Again, this was a really fun adventure novel, but it still does deal with some more serious subject matter, like abuse and death. However this novel does take place pre-Christrianty, therefore there is no discrimination against gays (AS IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE), so that was refreshing. The characters interacted really well with one another and felt quite raw in their thoughts and feelings.

I loved the addition of mythological creatures and the use of magic. I do wish that these fantastical elements, along with the characters, were developed a bit more, but I suspect these things will be fleshed out in future novels.

And even though this wasn’t technically Scotland, I loved how Christine based it on Scotland and used the same slang and mythology. This is a culture we don’t see much of in the world of arts, so I was happy to finally read a book with the Scottish culture.

If you’re looking for an easy tale of adventure with some fantastical and mythical elements, then The Changeling’s Journey is for you! And I mean, look at that cover. How could you resist?

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LET’S CHAT

I hope you all enjoyed this quick little review and consider picking The Changeling’s Journey up yourself. (I recommend you do.) Do let me know what your thoughts are if or when you have read this fantastical journey yourself!

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BOOK TAG // UNPOPULAR OPINIONS

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UNPOPULAR OPINIONS

I know this is an old tag of Booktube and Bookstagram, but I have yet to participate in it myself. I’m usually discussing the stories I adore and the characters who have captured my heart, although I have not spoken in-depth of my dislikes. I’d like to think I’m more optimistic when it comes to the arts, but there’s nothing wrong with talking about the things I’m not fond of, so I thought this tag would be a good way to vent a tad.

(Note: I mean no offense to anyone who likes the books or characters I mention below. These are simply my opinions and I mean no harm towards anyone.)

Q. What’s a popular book or series you didn’t like?

A: All right, well there are actually quite a few of these because for some reason, I find most popular books are overhyped and are simply repetitions of the same best-selling themes we’ve seen before.

One of my least favorite popular books is probably A Court of Thorns and Roses. I found the writing to be simple and repetitive and the characters to be predictable and a bit bland, but what really bothered me about this book was the problematic themes. Feyre’s relationship with Tamlin was borderline abusive and possessive. I’m so tired of these controlling men to be romanticized as something you want in a man. It’s not cute to hold someone against a wall and basically force yourself on them until they give in. You know what is cute though? ASKING FOR CONSENT.

Q. What’s a popular book or series that you love but everyone else seems to hate?

A: There are a couple of books I happen to love but don’t have the best reviews, though the most popular out of that bunch is probably The Paper Magician.

Yes, this book was slow at times and didn’t offer too much character depth (which is typically a massive no from me), but there was something so charming about this series. I love Holmberg’s writing style and the sort of magic she created. I could see everything play out in my head as though it was a film, and that’s not something I experience often. This series isn’t mind-blowing, but I really enjoy it.

Q: What’s a love triangle where the character didn’t end up with who you want or an OTP (one true pairing) you don’t like? *spoilers for The 5th Wave ahead*

A: Many people don’t know of this book, and this is one of novels that actually doesn’t have great reviews but I think is ONE OF THE BEST COMING-OF-AGE STORIES EVER MY HEART IS STILL BROKEN. *ahem* But The Vanishing Season by the incredible Jodi Lynn Anderson features the most realistic love triangle I’ve ever read, which is why it didn’t end the way I wanted it to. Anderson approached the situation with realism, and though it made sense and I knew it was going to happen, I was still devastated and I STILL AM.

As for an OTP I don’t like, it has to be Cassie and Evan from The 5th Wave series. Sorry, but I think stalking someone you were meant to kill and falling in love with them from simply observing them over weeks (months?) is both unrealistic and quite frankly creepy. BEN WAS MUCH CUTER AND HAD A BETTER PERSONALITY. Just saying.

Q: What’s a popular genre you rarely reach for?

A: As a writer, I try to keep an open-mind and read just about any genre. But, I typically don’t like reading books that are all about romance. There has to be some magic or family drama or a war going on in order to keep my attention, otherwise I’ll probably be rolling my eyes at the absurdity of romance. There are a few romance books I have loved *side-eyes Etienne St. Clair* but those are very rare occurrences.

Q: Who is a popular or beloved character that you don’t like?

A: This has to be Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. I only read the first novel, but I found Katniss to be extremely bland and unrealistic. She showed no emotion during chaos and death, no sense of urgency or doubts. She came across sort of robotic, only showing feelings towards Peeta or Gale (both of which I also didn’t like).

Q: Who’s a popular author you can’t seem to get into?

A: Definitely Sarah J. Maas. After reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, I don’t wish to continue reading anymore of her work. Quite frankly, I’m tired of seeing her books all over Bookstagram when there are hundreds upon hundreds of books without problematic tendencies.

I don’t say this as an attack towards Maas at all. I don’t think she was trying to write anything problematic or make POC feel lesser, but still, I don’t wish to continue with reading any of her books.

Q: What’s a popular book trope you’re tired of seeing?

A: Oh my stars, let me get the list.

I’m so tired of the “you’re different from other girls” saying (It’s demeaning towards other women and WOMEN NEED TO SUPPORT WOMEN). I’m exhausted of the special snowflakes who begin as underdogs. Also, why must every family member die? You don’t have a single cousin or SOMETHING COME ON. Also, INSTA LOVE AND LOVE TRIANGLES CAN JUST STOP. And finally, I have had enough of the shy girls who are super awkward and clumsy but attract the attention of the most popular douchey guy. No. Just no.

Q: What’s a popular book series you have no interest in reading?

A: Definitely A Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Again, her writing style wasn’t for me and I’ve heard the problematic tendencies in her series, so I don’t plan on ever reading this series.

Q: The saying goes, “The book is always better than the movie”, but what film or television show adaptations do you prefer to the book?

A: I would have to say Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children played out very well on-screen. I did enjoy the book, but there was something lacking in my reading experience. I suppose it felt younger than the intended audience, and not nearly as scary as I thought it to be. (Also, it was in the film where I discovered Finlay MacMillian and I have never been the same since.)

I still haven’t recovered.

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LET’S CHAT

Once again, I want to apologize to anyone after this short rant of mine. I do not mean in any way to attack your favorite books or characters, although I do urge you to consider some of these things that can be very harmful and problematic to certain communities. I’m still becoming educated myself, but it’s important now more than ever to listen to unrepresented voices and give them the recognition they deserve.

I don’t enjoy being negative, but it feels good to get those thoughts out. I hope you all enjoyed this book tag and hearing my thoughts on certain subject matter. I would of course love to hear your opinions as well and if you agree or disagree with these thoughts.

I look forward to participating in more tags in the future!

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