Review: Killer (The Hunt #4) by Liz Meldon

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204 Pages

Published: June 28, 2018

Author: Liz Meldon

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Synopsis: DEATH TO TRAITORS AND THIEVES

The predator corners its prey, and so the hunt must end–one way or another.

KILLER is the final novel in THE HUNT, a paranormal romance serial. It has a rating of EXPLICIT for coarse language, high heat, and graphic violence. The Hunt is considered a continuous story containing one novella and three novels, and should be read in order:

PREDATOR (#1)

PREY (#2)

STALKER (#3)

KILLER (#4)

Opinion: Killer is the final book in The Hunt series. We wrap up the storyline, but I will say that I do hope to see Severus and Moira again in some future stories/novellas.

We see a similar situation to what we saw in a previous book happen again. That was a little bit less shocking the second time around, in my opinion. I will say Killer was very slow paced for me as well, until the end when everything started happening at once.

That being said, my heart hurt for Severus and Moira more so in Killer than before. Killer contains many moments of growth and self discovery.

I recommend The Hunt series to anyone looking for a unique, heart stopping, gut wrenching, suspenseful storyline. You’ll definitely be left wanting more.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Review: Stalker (The Hunt #3) by Liz Meldon

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Published: May 25, 2018

Author: Liz Meldon

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Synopsis: TO HELL AND BACK AGAIN

After her first real lesson in demonic cruelty, Moira Aurelia needs answers–and Severus craves revenge.

The only creature who can give them both is Diriel, who, having failed his mission, has fled back to Hell until the heat dies down.

Battered but not broken, Moira is ready to charge into the pit, fears be damned, because she trusts the incubus by her side–trusts him, cares for him, maybe even loves him. Severus, however, can’t stand the thought of leading his little hybrid into the abyss. Because in Hell, there isn’t just fire and brimstone and tortured human souls awaiting them, but his family, too.

And for Severus, there is no greater hell than family.

Opinion: I. LOVED. STALKER. I think Stalker is probably my favorite novel in this series.

We get to see an all new side to Severus, his family. We’ve known Moira’s family from the beginning, that being her best friend, but we’ve always kind of been in the dark about Severus’s. We knew he had a family and that they didn’t necessarily get along, but we had never met anyone other than his cousin.

Stalker takes us into a new realm in The Hunt series, and we begin to see a lot of our questions being answered. Stalker is fast paced and a whirlwind adventure that you do not want to miss out on.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Review: Prey (The Hunt #2) by Liz Meldon

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Published: March 23, 2018

Author: Liz Meldon

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Synopsis: PEARLS AROUND HER NECK

Moira Aurelia has put her faith in a demon. She offered her hand and he took it. Partners. Just like that. Black eyes and sinful smiles, she trusts an incubus to lead her into the abyss if it means she’ll finally find her dad on the other side. Her real dad. The creature who cursed her.

Or blessed her. Because from the way Severus–snarky, seductive Severus–watches her, touches her, ravishes her, Moira can’t decide if this new body is a curse, or if she’s finally growing into the woman she was always meant to be.

POLAROIDS AT HER FEET

Unable to fathom how this woman, this ethereal creature, has so much raw power over his inner demon, Severus tries to keep her at an arm’s length while he helps her hunt down her father–but he can only abstain for so long.

Moira is the sweetest hell he’s ever tasted, a woman who squares off with his truest self and doesn’t even flinch. When he’s with her, the loneliness disappears, the bitter ache in his heart–mended. How can he resist such a divine temptation?

Meanwhile, the Farrow’s Hollow demon community is positively aquiver when news of Moira’s heritage leaks–and suddenly Severus isn’t the only demon in town who must have her.

Opinion: The more I read, the more I become emotionally invested in Moria and Severus’s relationship. I die. I love that they are absolute polar opposites but also equals in more ways than one.

Moira, you are such a pain in Severus’s butt (like a fictional character can hear me admonishing her.) Mini-Spoiler-ish?? None of this would have happened to you, Moria, if you would’ve done as you were told. But then that wouldn’t have made for a good story, now would it?

Prey picks up where Predator left off. Moira coming into her true self, but that also means that new dangers are making themselves known.

Prey is a fast paced mixture of romance, mystery, paranormal, basically everything you could ask for, or want, in a novel.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Review: Predator (The Hunt #1) by Liz Meldon

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Published: February 23, 2018

Author: Liz Meldon

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Synopsis: BLACK SOUL, SUFFOCATING IN SILENCE

Severus: demon, incubus, escort–leech. After centuries of scorn from his own kind in the underworld, Severus went topside and settled amongst the secret demon community in Farrow’s Hollow. Located near a hell-gate, the city allows him to exist on Earth without sacrificing much of his demon abilities, but as with all incubi, he must take the life essence of humans to maintain his strength.

Working as an escort, he has been able to keep himself satiated, juggling enough clients to ensure that he doesn’t repeat the mistakes of past incubi–the murderers, the gluttons, the true demonic leeches.

In his line of work, Severus sees much of the same every night: human women searching for surrender, for a connection, for love. He caters to them, steals from them, not realizing that he’s desperate for all the same things.

BLUE EYES, WATCHING HER WORLD FADE AWAY

Moira Aurelia: grad student, TV-marathoner, bar trivia champion–unable to look in a mirror. Not anymore. Because when she does, she no longer sees herself. The person, the creature, staring back isn’t her. It can’t be.

The physical changes started after her mom died a year ago. Hair, skin, eyes. Nothing is the same as it once was, and no one can tell her why. Doctors refer her to specialists. Specialists shrug their shoulders. And Moira assumes she’s dying from the same mysterious illness that plagued her mom.

But if she’s dying, why is she getting stronger? Her body is changing, but into what? Something… supernatural. Inhuman. Other. Frightening new realities flash across her mind, but she can’t accept them. She must be dying–because the alternative is crazy.

Fearing the end is near, and refusing to accept other possibilities, Moira goes after the one thing she can control: her sex life. Twenty-three and still unable to experience a satisfying climax, she schedules a session with a Rus Tanner, esteemed male escort, and hopes for something to go right for once.

LIGHT AND DARK COLLIDE–DESPERATE TO CONNECT

But the night takes a turn from the moment they meet. Severus, expecting just another dull session with a new client, is thrown by the otherworldly creature seeking his services–this strange, beautiful woman who arouses his long dormant demon side like none other. Moira, meanwhile, finds herself face-to-face with a man who can handle her newfound strength–and wears a dark stare and sinful smile like a second skin.

Two lonely creatures grapple with the undeniable pull between them.

Moira flees. Severus pursues.

Desperate for answers, the demon seeks her out–unaware that he isn’t the only predator to have caught her scent.

Opinion: WOW! When I say this series completely captivated me, I mean it. I recommended it to a group of friends immediately after finishing Predator and we all gobbled it up.

Severus has dark secrets, but unbeknownst to Moria, so does she.

This first novella in The Hunt series follows the meeting of Severus and Moria, and continues as the two begin to delve deeper into Moria’s family history.

Predator is a seductive roller coaster, mixed with mystery and a cliffhanger ending that will leave you on your toes.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Review: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

I received a copy of Tess of the Road via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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544 Pages

Published: February 27, 2018

Author: Rachel Hartman

Synopsis: In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

Opinion: The concept is good and the plot is there but I will be honest, I DNF’d Tess of the Road at 17%. This is the quickest I have ever decided that a book is not for me but I just cannot stand it. Because everything to make a great story is there I am giving it two stars. It has promise but that is it.

Tess is angsty and angry. She does not care for others feelings and is very poor me, sob story, everyone hates me. I had trouble staying focused and found myself having to force myself to read one chapter all the way through. The whole time I was reading I wanted to stop. It is so slow. That is ultimately what led me to DNF. I just was not enjoying this story. I am not saying that you will not.

My Overall Rating: ★★

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Guest Post: Authors need Bloggers with Ms. Hannah Lynn

Hellllooooooooo blogging world!

I want to take the time to thank Ms. Hannah Lynn, author of The Afterlife of Walter Augustus, which will be releasing July 12, 2018, for stopping by today!

The blog tour for The Afterlife of Walter Augustus will be running from July 15th-July 31st.

Make sure you stop by on Sunday to check out my stop on the tour!

Without any further ado, I am handing the mike (so to speak) over to Ms. Lynn!


Authors need Bloggers:

Why self-published authors need to take a little more care when they are contacting bloggers.

As a writer, I am a member of various online groups and forums aimed to connecting readers and writers. Some of this is for promotion — writers seeking out reviews for their latest novel — and others are simply there to allow you to make a connection. Time and time again on these forums I see the same thing, reviewers frustrated by the impersonal blanket emails sent out seeking reviews. In all honesty, I don’t understand why any writer — or generally any well-mannered person — would do that. So, I thought I would offer an explanation as to why this is such a bad idea and why taking the time to know bloggers can be not only worthwhile, but incredibly rewarding.

Writers need bloggers, not the other way around

Perhaps it has escaped your notice as a writer, but there are hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of books out there. Yes, yours may be incredibly unique, a masterpiece, rewriting fiction as we know it — I could go on and on, but I’m making myself a little nauseous — but even if it is, (and the truth is that it’s probably not) it won’t matter if no one ever gets to see it. Bloggers are our doorway to readers. And they don’t have to unbolt the door if they don’t want to.

Bloggers are people

Again, it may have escaped your notice yet again, but bloggers are actual people. You know that annoying work colleague, the one who can’t be bothered to learn your name but thinks you should jump to his or her command when they call. That’s you if you can’t be bothered to go to the effort of finding out who you are actually talking too. It is just plain rude. You are asking for vast amounts of their time, if you can’t be bothered to even find out their name, you don’t deserve it. Which brings me to my next point.

Blogs are hugely time consuming

For about 3 months my husband did a daily vlog. I nearly killed him and I’m not joking. I never saw him, let alone spoke to him. Every waking thought was about his vlog, and that was only 3 months long.

The amount of time that goes into preparing material for any blog is massive, but with a book blog, it’s colossal. First the bloggers need to read the book. Even a fast reader is going to need to give over a day of their time to do this. Then they need to hone the review as well as post it on various different sites to up your exposure. If you don’t believe me, write a guest post for a blog — I’m certain you will find plenty of blogs willing to accept your offer — and see how long it takes you. I’d be impressed if you could get anything worth reading done in less than an hour (I mean that, I would be genuinely impressed. It takes me ages to write them).

Now let’s not forget that many of these blogs have been running for years. Some have passed the decade point. These guys have followings that lots of us self-published writers would die for, and if you don’t respect that, you’re in the wrong business.

Blogs are good

This is my last point. There is a reason that so many of these blogs have vast followings that stick by them year after year, and it’s quite simple. They are good. Bloggers are writers too and a lot of them are damn talented. Their posts are witty and clever, both detailed yet succinct; everything a lot of us hope our writing could be. Throw in with that some great recommendations and light-hearted humour and why wouldn’t you want to spend half-an-hour reading through their back catalogue of posts?

It can be hard as a self-published writer to get people to even look at our books, so for the good of all of us out there, can we try and be a bit more mindful of our manners in the future please.

Hannah Lynn, Author of The Afterlife of Walter Augustus available on Amazon from 12th July 2018.

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Review: Escaping Destiny (The Fae Chronicles #3) by Amelia Hutchins

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Published: February 17, 2014

Author: Amelia Hutchins

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Synopsis: I thought things couldn’t get worse. I was wrong.

I found out what I really wanted and was forced to give him up. Just as I found out who I really am, I was presented to the elusive Horde King as a gift.

This was the mystical being I was hidden from for more than twenty years.

Although Ryder promised to save me, I couldn’t let him get near this creature, so I willingly (sort of) signed myself over to be his new plaything.

Now in the Horde Realm, nothing is going remotely like I thought it would.

My powers and emotions are on the fritz, and each day seems to bring surprises that I am not sure how to deal with.

The Horde King thinks he has me exactly where he wants me. He thinks he has taken all of my options away.

I still have choices.

Embracing what destiny has planned for me, or escaping it.

Opinion: Okay so ONE OF MY THEORIES WAS ACTUALLY RIGHT. Kind of. I can’t tell you what it was, because that would be a spoiler, but I am so happy I guessed correctly, kind of. I read Escaping Destiny in less than EIGHT hours. I read it at work, sorry work. Some steamy scenes in this one. STEAMY. Be aware of the little cautionary tale at the front. Definitely not for the kiddies, this one.

Synthia gets gifted to the Horde King and, y’all, Horde King is bae. You’ll see. It all makes sense now. Synthia isn’t as she seems. What? She was a human witch, then fae, then a princess, what’s happening?? It just keeps getting more twisted, don’t worry.

I love that this series keeps me on my toes. I have such a hard time not just reading non-stop. What is sleep? Who needs it when you’re reading The Fae Chronicles? Not I. If you haven’t read this series yet, check it out. You’re missing out. I can’t believe I never read it until this week. And I am powering through it. Powering.

Ryder is up there on my list of book boyfriends. Rhysand is still numero uno, then Ryder, who knocks Barrons out of the second place spot. I am still thinking that this series may be better than Fever, sorry KMM. It’s just less drawn out, more steamy scenes, and more angsty romance. Which is starting to look like it might be my favorite. THE ANGST. UGH. MY HEART.

Read it. Love it. Talk to me about it. Let’s GO.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John

Okay this review is going to be a little different so I wanted to add a little warning here.

I read this for my Diverse Populations class and had answer the professor’s questions as a “review”. I figured that I could just transfer that all over, so it is a little long and it is way different.

If you don’t want to check it out, that’s okay! I just didn’t want to retype what I had already typed. I thought this would be unique.

Thanks for understanding!

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Published: April 21, 2009

Author: Warren St. John

 

Synopsis: The extraordinary story of a refugee football team and the transformation of a small American town.

Clarkston, Georgia, was a typical Southern town until it was designated a refugee settlement centre in the 1990s, becoming home to scores of families in flight from the world’s war zones – from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan. Suddenly Clarkston’s streets were filled with women wearing the hijab, the smells of cumin and curry, and kids of all colours playing football in any open space they could find. Among them was Luma Mufleh, a Jordanian woman who founded a youth football team to unify Clarkston’s refugee children and keep them off the streets. These kids named themselves the Fugees.

Outcasts United follows a pivotal season in the life of the Fugees and their charismatic coach. Warren St. John documents the lives of a diverse group of young people as they miraculously coalesce into a band of brothers, while also drawing a fascinating portrait of a fading American town struggling to accommodate its new arrivals. At the centre of the story is fiery Coach Luma, who relentlessly drives her players to success on the football field while holding together their lives – and the lives of their families – in the face of a series of daunting challenges.

This fast-paced chronicle of a single season is a complex and inspiring tale of a small town becoming a global community – and an account of the ingenious and complicated ways we create a home in a changing world.

 

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  1. Thoughts and Feelings about reading this book
    • Do you like to read books that are not textbooks? Yes, I do. I actually run my own book blog and posts reviews on what I read.
    • What are your thoughts about this book? I am excited. It is different from books that I normally read. I have recently enjoyed reading about refugees and culturally diversity though.
    • What do you think it will be about? I think it will be about sports bringing refugees together. It will show the impacts of teamwork and comradery through soccer for those newly in a completely different environment.
    • How do you feel like this book will fit in with the diversity course? I think it fit in due to the refugees assimilation into American society. It will show the impacts of a diverse population in a small American town.
  1. Chapters 1-5
    • Talk about why you think the people of Clarkston were scared of the refugees that were moving into their town? The refugees bring a complete and total change to Clarkston. The citizens are scared of change, the refugees, and what they will bring with them. There is a lack of understanding.
    • What did Luma do to show her independence and follow her dream?  How did it affect her family? Luma decided to stay in the USA after college. Her family completely cut her off and disowned her.
    • Why do the refugees see Coach Luma as not knowing what she was doing?  Is this way of thinking different in the United States culture than theirs?  Why or why not? The refugees viewed Luma as an imbecile because she was a woman and older than they. Men/boys often seen women as subordinate to them.
    • Why did Jeremiah acquire the name “One Shoe”?  Talk about the significance of the shoe. Why is it so important and why do you think he only has one? Jeremiah acquired the name “One Shoe” because he only owned one soccer cleat. He took care of it and it was his prized possession.
    • Even though Coach Luma was not a social worker, what social work roles did she play with the refugees? Luma was able to understand what the refugees were going through. She was able to relate to them on a personal level. She listened to the refugees, but did not pry. She let them speak to her as they needed.
    • Talk about the biggest challenge coach Luma faced with the players.  What ways can you think of that she can get the team to work together? Luma’s biggest challenge with the players is underlying racism and discrimination between the different nationalities. The players would split up into teams with players of the same background or language as them. Luma should split them up herself and really focus on teamwork and diversity.
  1. Chapters 6-10
    • If given the same situation and options as Paula was given what would you choose to do and why? I would’ve done the same thing if in the same situation as Paula. I would’ve tried to keep my family together, but I probably would’ve tried to move to the USA sooner.
    • Imagine being told you were moving to another country in 2 week, like Bien was.  You are moving to a country where no one speaks your language, the culture is very different, and you don’t know anyone.  How do you think you would feel? I think they would feel absolutely horrified. It would be depressing and lonely. I couldn’t imagine.
    • Talk about how you felt after reading about Chime in Chapter 8.  What prompted Jordan’s attack? As a social worker in Clarkston, is there anything you could have done to prevent incidents like this? It made me feel angry, ashamed, and hurt. Jordan was questioning the officer and reached for his wallet. I’m not sure what could be done. I believe it take one person to instigate change, but it takes everyone to completely prevent circumstances. One person can’t do everything. There would have to be a complete makeover of the police department to prevent these incidents.
    • How did Luma use Networking to benefit the Fugees?  Why do you feel Networking is so important in social work? Luma talked through the parents to find help for the Fugees. She worked with the YMCA to find a field to practice on. It is all about who you know. It is easier to network and work together. With more people, there are more opportunities.
    • Discuss the Fugees and how far they have come from the first day of practice until now.  Do you think the Fugees have a fair chance in Clarkston to win or not? What are the limitations they face and do they allow these limitations to control their success? I believe they had setbacks, but they never gave up. They pushed and pushed to achieve their goals. I think their chance of winning is so-so. Clarkston is racist, anti-refugee, and anti-soccer. They will have to keep fighting in order to succeed.
  1. Chapters 11-15
    • Do you feel like Luma’s way of coaching was too harsh on the Fugees, considering all that they had been through?  Why or Why not? I believe Luma’s way of coaching gave the players focus and drive. It provided them with an outlet from what was going on in their personal lives.
    • Were you surprised at Luma cancelling the 15’s season?  Do you feel like it was the right thing to do? Why or Why not? I was not surprised when Luma cancelled the 15’s season. I am back and forth on whether or not it was the correct decision. They were disrespectful and unappreciative, but Luma could’ve used other tactics to control the team.
    • Why is it so important for Kanue to get the team back together?  Why does he push so hard to achieve this goal? The team was all Kanue had in this new country. His uncle was always gone to work and he was alone. Soccer brought him the joy he was missing in his life.
    • Why do you think that the refugees had the idea that coming to the United States would be easy and “magical”?  What, in your opinion, game them this false picture of reality? I believe everyone talks the United States up. The refugees are leaving the harsh environments in their country and the USA is a better alternative to what they were put through in their home country.
    • Burnout is common among social workers and people in the helping profession.  Luma exhibits burnout in these last few chapters. How could have prevented feeling this way?  What are some things she could have done to help her cope with the increasing challenges she faced with the refugees? I believe Luma could’ve prevented her burnout through deep thought and meditation. She could’ve been more open and understanding with the refugees and less set in her ways.
  1. Chapters 16-20
    • Luma felt like she was setting the Under 15 team up for failure since she kept the team alive.  Do you think she is setting them up for failure? Why or why not? I do not believe Luma was setting the team up for failure. She was providing them with an outlet. She was giving them something to focus on and goals to attain while teaching responsibility.
    • Mehlinger, the Thriftown owner stated, “If you don’t change, you’re gone”.  How does this statement relate to your own life and your work as a social worker/human service worker? People are constantly changing and evolving. My views are not the same as they were five years ago. You cannot be stuck in your ways. You must be open minded and considerate.
    • The Clarkston Baptist Church, now called the Clarkston International Bible Church, changed to accommodate the influx of refugees.  One of the previous members made the following statement: “I know it’s the 21st century and we have to change and do things differently, but I don’t think it’s fair that we had to cater to the foreign people rather than them trying to change to our way of doing things.”  Do you feel that the refugees should have assimilated into Clarkston culture or do you feel the city did the right thing by changing to meet the needs of the refugee population? Why? Nothing goes one way, it goes both ways. The refugees did change by coming here but the town must also accommodate and change for them.
    • Scipio, the new chief of police implemented several programs to combat the treatment of the refugee populations.  What were 2 of the things he implemented? Do you feel like he went overboard with citations or do you feel it was necessary? The two programs Scipio implemented were diversity training and civilian ride along with the officers. I do not believe he went overboard with citations. I believe it was necessary to control the “power” the officers were exerting over the citizens.
    • The term super-diversity is used in the book.  What are the steps/strategies for making super-diversity work? There are three steps for making super-diversity work. One: Instead of informing categories, consider ALL categories one belongs to. Two: Recategorization – what everyone has in common, not us vs them. Three: Mutual differentiation – acknowledge interdependence, or different group identities.
  1. Chapters 21-25
    • Why do you think that teenagers are attracted to gangs?  What did Luma do to help the Fugees understand gangs and how to protect themselves from them? Teachers are attracted to gangs due to “safety” and “comradery”. Luma gave the players alternative options. She spoke to them on their level and really informed them of the negative aspects of gangs.
    • What signaled a turning point for the Fugees 13’s?  How did this make you feel when you read it? The turning point for the 13’s was the players chanting while running. They were creating inside jokes. The fast runners slowed down for the slower runners so that they could all run and chant together.
    • Think about your teenage years.  How hard was it for you to “find yourself” and adjust to moving from your childhood to adulthood?  What additional pressure would you face as a teenage refugee? It was very hard to “find myself”. I couldn’t imagine being a teenage refugee and having to learn a totally new language and way of life.
    • Cole, a youth service coordinator at a refugee center, states, “maybe our modern ‘civilized’ world has lost something that we need as human beings.”  Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? I do agree with Cole’s statement. People are not always open to change or welcoming to diversity. We get scared and sometimes forget what we were founded upon.
    • What do you think is going to happen to Mandela since he is no longer on the team? I believe Mandela with either shape up or might succumb to a gang to find the same comradery he found with his team.
  1. Chapters 26-28
    • In other countries if someone new moves in from out of the country people want to talk to them and get to know them.  Why do you think Americans, in general, tend to be afraid of refugees/immigrants? I think they tend to be afraid of refugees because they are coming from a hostile environment and they fear they will bring it here with them.
    • Do you feel like you have any fears when it comes to people who are different from you?  What are they? I have a fear of the unknown, so I would say I do fear those who are different. I also fear being alone, especially in what I consider to be a “bad neighborhood.”
    • Why is the soccer team so important for the kids?  What other aspects of their lives do playing on a soccer team help with? They players feel the “American Dream.” They feel welcome and not alone as they are with people who are going through the same thing as them.
    • What assumptions did the officers who were booking Luma into jail make due to the fact that she was born out of the country?  If this had been you that had been arrested do you think you would have been treated differently and why? The officers assume that she is a refugee and a trouble maker. They assume she does not know the laws. Yes, I do believe I would’ve been treated differently as a white female. I’m not sure I would have even been arrested for the same incident.
  1. Chapters 29-30
    • Why do you think that the under 13’s had more faithfully adhered to Luma’s rules, drills, and her way? The 13’s are more impressionable. They look up to Luma and learn from her. She’s their “leader” and coach so they respect her.
    • What was impressive about the way the Under 13’s prayed before their game?  If it had been an American team with a few refugee players do you think it would have gone differently?  How? It was impressive because it was quickly and easily decided to adhere to the other religions so that everyone was included. Yes I do believe if it was an American team that it would’ve been different. It would’ve been a Christian prayer to God, and non inclusive because they wouldn’t think to consider someone may worship something different.
  1. Chapter 31 and Epilogue
    • What was your overall impression of the book? my overall impression was that Outcasts United was unique and awe inspiring. It was a very well written novel on a touchy subject.
    • Do you feel like you learned something about diversity and about your own biases?  If so, what did you learn? I learned that I have changed and evolved a lot over the last five years since coming to college. I am more open minded and am actually in an interracial relationship now preparing our wedding.
    • Do you think that your work as a Social Worker/teacher/ (insert any other service field) with diverse populations will be enhanced by reading this book? I do think this novel helped enhance my future career. It opened my eyes to diversities in the classroom and what all they may have been through before coming here.
  1. Your final thoughts
    • Tell me your final thoughts about the book.  Was it what you expected? Outcasts United was what I expected as I have been reading similar books here recently. I have always lived here and I know that small town way of seeing things.
    • Did you enjoy the book?  Why/why not? Yes, I did enjoy this novel. It was very informative and hard to put down. I enjoyed Luma’s guidance, encouragement, and tough love but constant support with the Fugees. She was a true hero to those kids.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★

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Review: Taunting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles #2) by Amelia Hutchins

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455 Pages

Published: September 18, 2013

Authors: Amelia Hutchins

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Synopsis: I thought things were bad and weird before—hold on—it’s getting worse.

Adam and I are both going through identity crises of epic proportions as we Transition from who we were, and discover who we were meant to be. More Fae are dying, and I feel as if time is running out for us to find all of those responsible and put an end to the killings.

The people I thought I could trust have betrayed me and the one person I should absolutely not trust; is taking me deeper and deeper into his world.

Ryder’s secrets are dangerous and devastating.

With each touch and word, he pulls my heart closer to himself and at the same time he is trying to keep me at arm’s length. The dance he and I have begun, is getting more complicated as our worlds are being shaken from all sides, and the visions of the future are frightening, and nothing like I had ever pictured for myself or those I care for.

This time, destiny is taunting me.

I had always thought that I controlled my destiny. Now, my rights are being taken from me by powerful people and leaving me with alternatives that range between bad and awful.

This time, the choices I have to make can decide the fate of both worlds.

Everything is unraveling, and nothing will ever be the same again.

Opinion: I wasn’t sure this series could get any better and boy was I wrong. Taunting Destiny is even more of an emotional roller coaster than Fighting Destiny. It was just as hard to put down, and when I say hard it was nearly IMPOSSIBLE.

There are so many twists and turns in this story line that you just don’t see coming. It is one of those novels that you can make guesses and theories about and more than likely, you’ll be wrong. Because I was. On all of my theories. And that usually doesn’t happen.

This novel made me feel everything. Sadness, anger (LOTS OF ANGER), I want to say joy but there wasn’t a lot of that in this one. Mainly sadness and anger. A good author draws you in and makes you feel the emotions of the characters, as well as your own. I can promise you Amelia Hutchins is an AMAZING AUTHOR.

There is a lot of “smut” so if you’re not into that sort of thing, don’t read. These novels come with a mature content warning at the beginning and that is no joke. It may have comedic undertones but it is serious. Don’t let your kids read because “it’s about fairies!” No. Don’t do it unless you want to have the “talk” on some serious levels.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★

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