Fall Footwear: Creepers!


10615765_10152636104010908_2108803493_nFall is my favourite season for fashion! The weather is perfect for layering, and showcasing your unique sense of style. Over the summer I fell in love with the uber popular TUK line of creepers. They are unique, comfortable—and they add a few extra inches to your height (when you’re a shorty like me, this is a huge plus!) These are just a few of my favourite designs. Fall Footwear: Creepers!

Poetry: Our Spirit Is Invincible


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When we lose someone we love

That love is never lost

Love can never be lost or destroyed

That love is recycled

We are the greater sum of our parts.

The memories we shared.

The love we professed.

It is always there.

There is a part of you greater than the sum of what we knew

That part goes somewhere

It is eternal

We need never be hopeless

Because we can never be irreparably broken

Our spirit is invincible

We cannot be born

We cannot die

Like all energy and matter

We simply change over time

Different shapes, sizes and manifestations

The part of us that is our soul

Cannot begin nor end

So it cannot fail

This truth is what brings comfort

And faith in what lies ahead

Book Review: Dangerous Dream & Dangerous Creatures


Dangerous Dream (Dangerous Creatures 0.5) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl18478956-1

Published: December 17th 2013

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Catch up with Ethan, Lena, and Link as they finally graduate from high school and get ready to leave the small Southern town of Gatlin. But when Dark Caster Ridley makes an appearance, the sometime bad girl can’t resist picking a fight with her sometime boyfriend, Link. Angry and rebellious as ever, Ridley ends up alone in New York City and becomes entangled in the dangerous underground Caster club scene, where the stakes are high and losers pay the ultimate price.

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I was ecstatic when I learned the world of our beloved posse from Gatlin County would be continuing in a new series. I read Dangerous Dream the day it was released and was left WANTING DANGEROUS CREATURES TO RELEASE IMMEDIATELY. It is important for readers to read this novella first, as it sets up the key players for the series extension. Go, read it!

 

Dangerous Creatures (#1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl18478956-1

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A new series returns to the world of Beautiful Creatures. Some loves are cursed…others are dangerous.

Ridley Duchannes will be the first to tell you that she’s a bad girl. She’s Dark. She’s a Siren. You can never trust her, or even yourself when she’s around. Lucky for her, Wesley “Link” Lincoln can never seem to remember that; quarter Incubus or not, his heart is Mortal when it comes to Ridley. When Link heads to New York City to start a music career, Ridley goes along for the ride-and she has her own reasons. As if leaving small-town Gatlin for the big city, trying to form a band, and surviving life with a partially reformed Siren isn’t hard enough already, Link soon learns he has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay.

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthors of Beautiful Creatures, are back and casting another magical spell. Their signature mixture of mystery, suspense, and romance, along with a dash of fun and danger, will pull fans in and leave them begging for more.10615742_10152636104000908_946602225_n

Dangerous Creatures begins in the small-town of Gatlin County (the same setting of Beautiful Creatures.) This time, instead of focusing on Lena Duchannes, whom is all things light—her siren cousin, Ridley Duchannes takes centre stage and leads the story.

Ridley and her boyfriend, part human/quarter incubus Link Lincoln set out for a new life together in New York City. Hoping for a bright future, and all the drama and chaos of what occurred in Gatlin to stay in Gatlin. Rid and Link are the couple you will always root for, they are hilarious with their jealous attitude and no matter the situation—always entertaining. As they travel to New York to start a new life after graduation, Ridley’s hiding a few secrets… most importantly, the results of the events of Dangerous Dream, which most certainly drives the narrative for this book and therefore must be read first.

Ridley is unapologetically bad, a no nonsense, modern day femme fatale. She is a protagonist you can’t help but love. Typical Ridley, she enters a high stakes card game and tries to use her powers to win. Ultimately she loses and now owes the house a marker—a favour that can be asked at any time, forcing Ridley to do anything.

Throughout the whole book there is tension. The foreboding feeling that a storm is brewing in the distance. A storm that has the power to uproot and destroy everything Ridley and Link have built together, and ultimately everything that defines Ridley.

I love these characters and this world. It is one of my favourite fictional worlds to escape to.

I love when Garcia and Stohl team up, it’s magic!

Book Review: The Poetic World of Emily Brontë: Poems from the Author of Wuthering Heights


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by Laura Inman22309468

Published: July 25th 2014 by Sussex Academic Press10568008_10152636103980908_450754996_n

Bringing an unjustifiably marginalized poet out of the shadows, this book presents Emily Brontë’s poetry in a way that enables readers, even those who shy away from poetry, to appreciate her work. She is widely known as a novelist, but she was first and equally a poet. Her poems are varied, lyrical, intriguing, and innovative, yet they are not well known. Unlike any other collection of Brontë’s poetry, this volume arranges selected poems by thematic topic: nature, mutability, love, death, captivity and freedom, hope and despair, imagination, and spirituality. It provides literary and biographical information on each topic and interpretations, explanations, and insights into each poem. Fans of Wuthering Heights wanting more from Emily Bronte will discover that her poetry is as memorable and powerful as her novel. This book is for all who appreciate poetry, especially from the golden age of 19th-century verse. The exploration of her poetic world allows a greater and different understanding of Wuthering Heights and insights into Brontë’s fascinating mind.1600167_10152164384800908_58508561_n

This was an absolutely fantastic collection. I was expecting something completely different entering into this gorgeous selection of poetry. It speaks both to the academic reader and to the casual reader. I was worried it may be a bit too dry and be a difficult read. I was clearly mistaken. Inman blended Bronte’s works and her personal insight and created a literary treasure.

The beginning chapter introduces the reader to the Bronte sisters, specifically Emily. We learn the differences and similarities of the sisters and how their unique personalities shaped their writing.

A unique quirk about Emily’s poetry is that much of it takes place in a fictional world, which she and her sisters had created. Many times the names of the residents of this world are used in the poems. I loved this. Such a vivid imagination!

It was fascinating to read Bronte’s poems and text followed with Inman’s unique thoughts and reflections. As I was reading I felt like I could identify with Bronte and understood the symbolism behind her works.

What spoke most to me, were the chapters on nature. One of the things that I love most about Emily Bronte’s writing style is how she incorporates nature and makes the benign seem elegant and ethereal.

Inman does a wonderful job illustrating her argument and presenting supporting evidence to validate her interpretations. I thoroughly enjoyed her unique style of prose. This was a wonderful pairing, and I would recommend it to any fan of Bronte.

A unique idea, presented and executed to perfection.

Poetry: Mirror


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A window into the past opens.

I catch glimpses of myself.

The better version of me.

Whole and complete.

I had a full life because I had you.

A wave pushes me back towards the present.

I no longer see you.

You’re not here in this life.

You were my mirror.

Without you I can’t see myself.

Poetry: To Know Better


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We live with things done and things left undone

Things that did not go right

Things that seemed okay at the time because we could not see the future

 

We couldn’t know

What would later lead to a path of despair

Taking things for granted

What we foolishly believed would always be here

 

If only we could see the endless string of consequences

That result from our even our smallest actions

If only we could have known better

 

We should have known better

But we couldn’t have known better until knowing better was useless