It might be my ‘Thing’

As the time goes by ,I am starting to get more and more convinced of what defines me.Of course you can never be sure,we humans are unpredictable.
I didn’t pay much attention to my blog for quite some time.I kept searching for something that I could pursue,but it kept coming back to writing .My love for writing ,surpassed every other thing that I tried.Specially in the moments that I was down or happy,writing was my outlet.
I had become a bit reluctant of writing personal experiences here and I gravitated towards my other passion in life,reading.So I began posting reviews of the books I read.Soon I began acquiring ARCs and the rest is history.
Even though I started this blog with the purpose of documenting the daily enjoyments that life brings ,I have found that writing should have a purpose other than documentation. Journals are there for a reason.Writing ,specially in blogs ,should give something to readers.And it might not be much,but I find pleasure in writing reviews of upcoming books.Even though I am still giving my opinion,it ,at least enables someone to discover a new book as well as promoting authors work.
Now I don’t say I won’t write anything other than reviews.Truth is I still haven’t set or decided what this blog is going to be.I will write what I feel like.
And maybe just maybe writing will prove to be a constant in my life.There are no guarantees in life .But who knows ?This might be my thing.Maybe I will be able to love this blog like a mother loves her child.

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What I thought of Brink of Dawn

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A book by Jeff Altabeff
The Cover
The cover is pretty good .Specially the play of color and hues is really eye-catching.Illustration wise, it seems too much is going on.But somehow,specially with the help of aforementioned colors ,it works.And you dont get an idea of what this book is about by looking at the color ,but you still want to pick it up and read it ,which means it serves the ultimate purpose of making you want to buy it.
The Story Flow
This is one of those type of books ,that open straight into action,without wasting your time.My favorite type.
The story unfolds bit by bit ,with pieces of background info thrown in a strategic though seemingly random way.You don’t get a complete rundown of how it all began ,if you haven’t read the previous book.Rather the characters and the progression of plot ,help in uncovering the story.And by half the book ,you get a pretty good idea.
The Plot
The story revolves around a young protagonist Juliet Wildflower Stone.Love the name.
Juliet is a strong ,solid character with no  nonsense attitude and her feet firmly planted in reality.Well as realistic as it can get when you are a half alien hybrid.
For those of you thinking this is one of those sci fi books ,filled with machinery and horrible slimy aliens,its not .It is actually pretty engaging with strong emphasis on emotions and loyalty.And even though Juliet thinks she is losing her humanity,the basic human need to be connected ,to be part of something ,is actually what drives the story forward.
Juliet appears strong and steady ,specially in her dealings with her team .And she has to be that rock to successfully fulfill her duty as an alpha.
She is one of the four Chosen.These chosen are hybrids from around the world,destined to protect the earth from alien invasion.Armed with special abilities and crystal swords,the four must group together and defeat the prime elector of the aliens.
Juliet ,along with her team of chosen hybrids and completely human best friend ,Troy ,has to successfully pass a series of tests ,set by their host ,an alien by the name of Stuart.The tests are deadly but designed to test their strengths.It is meant to help the chosen discover and embrace their individual abilities and powers.
And while Juliet must fulfill her duties as chosen and the alpha,she has another personal battle to deal with.Her feelings for Troy confuse her,along with a growing attraction for her Chosen team mate Connor.
And even though she battles with understanding her destiny,ultimately she has to do what’s right .Stopping the prime elector from destroying the humans is her duty.
Will she be able to unite her team?will she be able to do what’s needed to be done to protect her best friend ?Can she put others before her feelings? And will she be able to defeat the enemy?
Character development
The characters are developed adequately,with each member having their unique backgrounds and personality traits.Since each chosen hails from a different region of the earth,the particular characteristics  of their native culture ,reflects in their personalities. A whole spectrum of abilities is assigned to all four of them,thanks majorly to alien DNA in their blood.
Juliet’s constant companion and her support system throughout her journey is her childhood friend Troy,who is one of the few people entrusted with her secret.He is a human and in my opinion ,the most  relatable character.His loyalty is his most prominent trait.And one which both endears him and causes anoyyance to Juliet.

All in all ,it is a well developed story.Though it may leave you wanting more .The plot needs to be developed more.Specifically ,it needs more depth in terms of basic storyline ,which seems cliché sometimes.As characters inner thought processes, feelings and relations with each other ,is seemingly given more prominence, it leaves one wanting to know more and explore the background story.

My rating:7/10
I got this book from netgalley ,in exchange for an honest review.

Sanctuary Bay

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My first impression from the title was definitely not what it actually turned out to be and this is not necessarily a bad thing.

The book starts off interesting enough, but by the second chapter and the boat ride, it just seems too detailed and stretched.Too much emphasis on appearance, which in my opinion was not necessary.

Then it is the details about school which can seem too much .

But once the story starts to unfold, it gets interesting and demands your attention .

Sanctuary bay is a private school on an island.Sarah Merson,a girl with a troubled past and a photographic memory ,is given the privilege to attend.
Sarah is made a member of a secret society.And Ethan, on and off boyfriend of Sarah’ s friend is on her mind .He is rude and pushes her buttons but the attraction is unmistakable even if she denies it .

The school is not what it seems.Hidden behind the posh exterior is a darker, hideous truth.Its a road of discovey, distrust and fear for Sarah, and all the experiences are enhanced due to her eidetic memory.
But she has Ethan by her side.The arrogant guy is just as distrustful of authorities as her and when they are thrown together by circumstances, they must do everything to uncover the terrible secret and clever manipulation of the kids going at school.

Will they succeed?Will they be able to escape?its just is a rollercoster ride from there on.

It is an interesting book, once you get past the initial introductory chapters. The cover can do a bit better.Some secondary characters are given unnecessary descriptions.Ethans character on the other hand needed more development.

The plot is intriguing enough.

Sarah’s character doesn’t exude warmth, which may be intentional, given her past.But this may make it difficult to get readers loyalty to the protagonist.

MY Rating:6/10

Makes you want to read prequel:5/10

I got this book through netgalley for reviewing