The Curse Mark: Chapter Three.

CAN ANGELS LIE? LENNOX VANDERWERKEN

“Is it nice down here?” The young angel asked Lennox Vanderwerken as they touched down, the feathers of their wings ruffling as though to shake of any dirt they may have gathered during their journey from the upper skies to the hardened earth ground.

“Your father has never brought you here?” Len asked her, turning his gaze to that angelic innocence that was familiar with all young angels.

“Oh no, he felt it was…corrupting, the influence of mortals, felt they were too emotional,” she said in a voice that was like honey.  It was a lovely voice, suitable for singing, being a little low but not alluringly low.

Lennox huffed, so corrupting, yet they still assign you to me for the mere purpose of eliminating the emotional tendencies you’re already showing.  “I would not like to contradict your father’s words, for they are very true.  As protectors of such delicate creatures, we cannot be excessive in our selfish desires.” He scanned Riverton’s grand fountain.  In the night, it was alight with the lights that edged the circular stone base.  “However, Kisa, he can be incorrect sometimes.”

“Incorrect?”    Kisa asked, a frown creasing her forehead.  Len had heard all about her history when she had been assigned to him.

“Yes, incorrect,” he said as he turned his head, spying a cosy motel for them to rest.   “Come, we must find some accommodation.”

“Accommodation, we must…rent?”  Kisa’s eyes were wide in surprise at this new understanding.  Len frowned, she did not know? She did not understand? Or was it because she had never actually rented before?

“When you were travelling around the world, did you not rent places with your companions?” He said gesturing with one hand for them to walk over to the motel he had seen.  While Kisa was wearing a thin white dress looking relatively modern, Len knew he looked out of place.  Carrying a large blade on his back, he was wearing a set of white robes, the kind that was popular in heaven.

“Um, not really,” she said, running a hand through her hair.  The sleeve of her dress slipped down her upper arm revealing a patchwork of white and light brown scars.  Len made no comment about the scars, he had been instructed to slowly uncover the story of her year away from home piece by piece.  It was amongst one of the things he had to attend to in order to mentor her properly.  She was not…like all the other angels anyway.

Truth, “I see, well since it’s too late to find the real estate, it is the more appropriate option.  Tomorrow, we will be moving in, in a manner of speaking, into the home that has been organised for us.”  Lennox pushed the door of the motel office open and looking faintly blank, he pressed the bell on the counter.  Next to him, he noted the way Kisa’s nose wrinkled in disgust at the quality of this office.

Lennox had often made frequent trips down to Earth for a variety of different reasons but he had never stayed more than a night so he had gotten used to checking into whatever motel was available.  Pleasant or not, he wasn’t bothered.

Smiling faintly at the manager who walked into the office, yawning and looking as old as their hair, grey and lined, perhaps mid-fifties?  The man’s eyes roamed over Lennox taking no note of anything unusual except the blade strapped to his back before looking over at Kisa, who certainly held more of his attention no doubt for her wavy blue-turquoise tresses, before his eyes dared to trail down.   Kisa too immersed in staring at her surroundings left it to Len to defend her honour.  He wondered if she even noticed, wearing a dress cut as low as hers was (albeit covering everything perfectly), revealing the line of five blue gems set in her chest.  The teardrop shaped gem in the centre, right below the joint of her collarbones.  One each side of this gem, set two smaller gems that lined the collarbone.  Now, Len knew the story behind the gems, they were related to her parentage, but he was to pretend he didn’t know anything.

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Ashes to Ashes. Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.


10662433Ashes to Ashes
by Jenny Han

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finishing this, I was left with mixed feelings. Overall, I really did enjoy this book as the final book to the series, at the same time, I was left pondering some questions.

The Plot:
This is the final book to the trilogy, and all the revenge that Kat, Lillia and Mary planned in book 1 is now coming to a final end. With the cliffhanger that we, as readers, were left with at the end of Fire with Fire, you definitely want to know what happens in Ashes to Ashes. Mary goes psycho in her thirst for revenge, while Kat and Lillia are left without Mary, wondering where Mary went, and dealing with the aftermath of Rennie’s death, and also the choices they made in Fire with Fire.

Overall I had nothing against the plot. The events of this novel was thought out well and displayed the maximum character development.

It was also quite gripping, and intense, and all of Mary’s sections were very emotional. Lillia’s too since she must deal with her choices and feelings for Reeve. As for Kat, she grew on me the most.

The Characters:
Oh god, how do I described the hurricane I went through with each of these characters? As much as I felt for each of these characters inthe other books, this one just really brought out their characters. You really see them develop, and you really see them hurt.

Lillia > I liked Lillia a lot more in this book. It might be because I got to see her when she wasn’t thinking about revenge or worried about her rep or what. Lillia grieves for Rennie. But she also loves Reeve, and she wants to balance both except at the end of the last book, it’s obvious she can’t have both. And yet in this one, even though she can be with Reeve now, there’s so much guilty, not just with the dead Rennie in between them, but also Mary. I really liked seeing Lillia happy in this book. I liked seeing her with Reeve even though Reeve got corny sometimes, it’s evident that he’s really deeply in love with her. But then when things take a turn for the worse with Mary, Lillia does whatever she can to save Reeve.

Kat > Kat was probably my favourite character in this novel. She changes a lot. Well, without Lillia’s urging, she mightn’t have. But in this one, they are both clearly open friends (can’t remember when they revealed that in the previous book) and lean on each other. But Kat, out of them both, she’s the one who grows the most. From the beginning of the trilogy to the end, you see her go from outcast to someone who gave social gatherings a chance and wasn’t afraid to take that chance.

Mary > Her story hits the climax in this book. I loved her chaotic madness, her desperation for revenge and payback. But, for Mary, her ending kind of disappointed me. It was like there was so much climax, and then her resolution isn’t really very satisfactory. Rather, it’s very anticlimatic.


Relationships

Lillia & Reeve > their ending totally sucked. Sure I know it was fitting to the story, but it sucked. And while yes I loved the ending, loved how perfect it was for this kind of story and series, that needed an ending like this. I think it just wasn’t fair for the both of them. Though I try and rationalise how right the ending is, still, I can still say it sucked right?

Lillia & Alex > I like that they resolve their issues in this one. Poor Alex! But then, there was one thing I really hated. I hated how Lillia, the moment Reeve was threatened, she turned to Alex (even though they were fighting, he really does appear at the right moment) and I really don’t know what to think about the convenience of Lillia moving on and saying she and Reeve broke up, and yet never really explaining the truth to Alex. I don’t know, is it weird that I would have loved to have seen a seen in which she explains it? Yet at the same time I totally get why such a scene wasn’t needed. Lillia was hiding the truth, not just because she wouldn’t be believed, but because she wanted Reeve to live. Still it added to drama and I don’t know, sweet or not, Alex was way too nice.

Lillia & everyone else > Seriously, some people put Rennie on way too high a pedestal. This book really emphasises on extreme bullying and while I know bullying is a serious problem, geezzzz shouldn’t friends stick together? And yet, because Han and Vivian are geniuses, they make everything believable in this novel. They put the evens and feelings in the right places and you can’t just help but shake your head and believe in the story being told. I guess in the end, the way Lillia makes up with her friends was nice.

Kat & Oberlin > I liked her resolution, I guess it gives her a chance to move on from death, but after working so hard, it was a shame that what Kat had to give up on was a place at Oberlin…

O v e r a l l > Each character developed well. Reeve hurt the most, and at the end he was so regretful, I think his story was the saddest.

Actually. I should probably class this as a gothic novel.

Setting
Jar Island.

Overall:
This is a terrible review, but I would definitely suggest it as a suggestive read. It’s so much shorter than the previous book, but it ties up the loose ends. Satisfactory conclusion, intense, a little disappointing, but good nonetheless.

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Random Music Moment #140

I’ve been watching this Taiwanese drama lately, and this is the opening theme for it.  It might just be because I haven’t listened to a large amount of Taiwanese/Chinese pop music, but this is perhaps the first time I’ve heard something like this.  Clearly I’m highly naive in this are of music, but the way this sounds, it really reflects the theme of the drama.  Undeniably gloomy, as it’s about death, yet at the same time, it talk about issues.  But yeah, you know how sometimes it’s the score that drags you into a something rather than the plot and then later you get into the plot?  Well this was one of those cases.  I watched it mainly for the opening theme.  And now, I’m watching it for the story.  At the moment, I just finished an episode which ended on a lighter, happier note than the previous six episodes, and without a single death too, however, someone is going to die again, and I think I can guess who.  You see, every 2-3 episodes, the story shifts to the tale of a different set of people, with only two characters that are constantly appearing in every episode (they’re the main ones, though you don’t actually see much of them in the beginning).  I like this kind of story telling, you get to know your characters, see their lives, then when their story ends, you get to see some more.  It’s a good change compared to other dramas where you follow the same set of people through every episode and sometimes…it becomes a drainer.  Though mysteries/crime fiction/etc are a special case.

Today’s random music moment, Gloomy Salad Days performed by Wan Fang (萬芳)

Quote #170

From Sarah Dessen (Just Listen)…

Sarah Dessen

“Don’t think or judge, just listen.”

[ Notes ] Personally one of my favourites books to read and quotes.

Very Inspiring Blog Award; One Lovely Blog Award; & Versatile Blogger Award

Hi All, so I’ve been given the pleasure of receiving to lovely awards recently, and I must really thank Aquileana @ aquileana.wordpress.com, Liam @ LiamsLibrary and Emma@Emdoesbookreviews for the following awards.  Thank you both so much!  And Congratulations to all I nominate, which I hope covers a lot, but knowing how many blogs I see every day, I know there will be a lot of unmentioned, yet wonderful and amazing blogs out there!  Also, I would like to point out, I nominate each and everyone of these blogs to show how much I admire and appreciate one.  If you have been nominated and don’t accept awards, then please accept my appreciation for your blog in its stead and don’t worry about the technicalities :) , and know that I wish to share it with others.  So thank you all for having such wonderful blogs.   Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

 Thank You again Aquileana for this beautiful award.

►Here are the Awards Rules for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

1) The nominee shall display the respective logo on her/his blog and link to the blogger that has nominated her/him.

2) The nominee shall nominate fifteen (15) bloggers she/he admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about the nomination.

3) The nominee has to answer these seven (7)  questions.

THE QUESTIONS:

1. Who is your favorite public figure? My favourite public figure?  That would be Georgette Heyer, I guess.
2. What do you like most? I like weaving stories the most, but then, there are a lot of things I like the most.  I like stopping and looking at the clouds, and taking pictures of them.  There’s something so wonderfully ordinary about them.
3. Do you follow trends?  Not really.  In fact, whether its books, movies, certain slang, clothes, etc, I’m pretty much behind all the time.  I prefer my own things, and moving at my own pace.  I’d rather not have to follow something just because it’s a trend.
4. What do you do when someone gets angry? Depending on who, I would try and be as calm as possible.
5. What have you loved most?  Why is this question so hard to answer???  And I can firmly say I have no one thing that I  loved most.  I have too many things I loved.  Is it odd to say that the thing I loved the most was my old laptop?  It saw me through good and bad writing times, and sure it’s just a piece of technology, but it was the very first personal item that I owned that I could indeed write my stories on without an old fashioned pen and paper.
6. Do you have causes?  No, not really.  
7. What quality do you admire most?  In people? Honesty.  I like it when people can just be themselves.  How ordinary, but yet, that is how I feel.  In books, emotion.  I want to feel the emotions of character, and it doesn’t matter how many times a plot like that is done, so long as the character is well formed, and expressive, as well as relatable, then I will love the story.

THE NOMINEES:

1. Poison For The Senses

2.  I Am A Writing Monkey

3.  Story Smitten

4. RenxKyoko’s Space

5.  Walking with the Alligators

6. Retireediary

7. Dock Kitty

8. Terry1954

9. Kindness Blog

10. Good Time Stories

11. You’ve Been Jaded

12. Written Word Worlds

13.  Flashlight City Blues

14.  Emdoesbookreviews

15.  Battered Wife Seeking Better Life

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Thank you Liam for this Lovely Award!

Here are the guidelines:

1) Thank the person who nominated you for the award.

2) Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post and/or blog.

3) Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.

4) Nominate 5 bloggers you admire.

THE SEVEN FACTS:

1.  In summer, there is nothing more acceptable than a good pile of figs to eat, I love figs the most during summer.

2.  Most of the books I read come from the library, and all those that I own but haven’t read, have a tendency to sit on my shelf for a long period of time before I can bring myself to read them.

3.  I have a tendency to be clingy with the things I love the most (though in a relationship I will hold back to give space, but make sure that I love my partner alot of course!) ad find it difficult to part with them, even though they’re old or broken or not really much use any more.  Hence why I tend to have the same piece of technology for six years and more.

4.  I eat rice with almost anything, but if I have a dinner meal that doesn’t consist of rice (and perhaps another kind of grain) then I’ll most likely be hungry throughout the night.  It’s funny, even though I only eat rice with perhaps some small side dish, I’d still be fuller than when I eat a dinner meal (might be a full dish) without it.

5.  I like to go cloud gazing.  Not just for the shapes, but because I like seeing the different patterns in the sky.  And you’ll probably more often than not see more pictures of clouds in my phone than of people.

6.  Even though I’m Pisces, I don’t exactly like eating fish.  But this might be related to the fact that we cook fish whole at home rather than filleting them, and because of that, I find it incredibly troublesome, avoiding all those bones, big and small, just to eat my fish.

7.  While I’m on the topic of food, I actually have a very economic diet.  I eat enough for each meal, snack in between but would be pretty happy to go without food in between meals.

THE NOMINEES:

1)  Apple Pie and Napalm  — Great Blog, and love the name and design too!

2)  The Savvy Senorita — A lovely blog indeed!

3) The Happy Lifeaholic –What can I say?

4) Harvesting Hecate — Always lovely!

5) Leanne Cole Photography — Beautiful as always.

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Thank You Emma for this wonderful Award!

HERE ARE THE RULES:

1. Show the award on your blog

2. Thank the person that has nominated you.

3. Share 7 different facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 blogs of your choice

5. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.

THE SEVEN FACTS (additional, well aren’t you lucky to learn a bit more about me? :P ):

1)  I have been to 2 primary schools, 3 high schools (since I’m in Australia, that’s including middle school, and none of my high schools, I’ve actually attended twice), and 1 university.

2)  I’m obsessed with Eurovision and must catch it every year.

3)  I have three dogs, two of whom are still puppies, and adorable little rats.  They’re all part Jack Russell, the two pups though, are half pomeranian.

4)  Did I mention clouds?  Oh yes I did lol.   Well okay, here’s another cloud fact about me, I did my yr 12 art-photography portfolio on cloudscapes.

5)  Reading is good for writing.  Writing is good for writing.  But reflection is the best for writing.  Thinking about what you’re writing and then making the changes to improve it.

6)  I pretty much have a very open minded taste of all things and usually am willing try anything (any genre, or type) when it comes to movies, books and other creative stuff.  I don’t believe in restricting oneself to one genre or style or type, it doesn’t allow for development nor for a wider scope of what’s actually available to read out there.

7) Which brings me to my last fact on this page.  I love my Book Club:  The Quarterly Book Club and can’t wait to experiment with books I never thought about reading (which despite my previous fact, is a lot.  Since there are times where even I dismiss something based on the cover or premise).  P.s.  I know, it’s shameless advertising the Quarterly Book Club, but hey, I believe in and want to have as many book discussions with any and every one who wants to!

THE 15 NOMINEES:

1.  Belsbror

2.  Nirvana’s Pocketful

3. Liamslibrary

4. Chester Maynes

5. Dear Kitty.  Some Blog.

6.  Howdy YAL

7.  Darly – Lifestyle Blog

8.  Beautiful Insanity

9. My Success is Your Success

10. Christian Mihai

11. Richard Ankers

12. B00kreader

13. Legends of Windemere

14.  Stars Rain Sun Moon

15. Helen Valentina

Thank you all and congratulations to your beautiful blogs.  I wanted to nominate some of your for two awards, but well, too many…anyway, CONGRATULATIONS!

Book Spine Poetry #5

Trying this again, because well, I have so many more books now, and not just more, I had heaps from the library.  So:

Book Spine Poetry #5: Requiem

In the afterlight,

The Immortal rules.

 -

The Young elites,

In

the city & the city,

this world we live in…

 -

Just listen

Pandemonium…

 -

The girl with the iron touch,

Old magic.

 -

Poison princess,

The golden lily,

 -

The book thief

Keys to the repository…

 -

Imaginary girls

a thousand pieces of you

and,

All our yesterdays

Within the

Circle of Silence

Requiem.

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Sorry the picture is a little blurry…the pile was really high.

The Young Elites. Marie Lu.

nullThe Young Elites by Marie Lu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the space of a few hours, perhaps not even a few of which belonged to a portion of the long and difficult to endure car trip, I flew right through this. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve really been engaged in a world. I’m glad I finally decided to start reading this. The Young Elites does have its flaws, but on the whole I enjoyed it. There wasn’t really a moment, action or event that did not have a motivation. Although I don’t love Adelina’s character in all I did and could sympathise with her. My favourite character might just be Raffaele. Also there are scenes in this book that are really dark. At one stage I was reminded of Poison Study. Although there is something that nags me (I will say that the switching perspectives in TYE at least was not as pointless as those in Kimberley Derting’s The Pledge) is the switching perspectives. Adelina is written in first person while the others in third. I didn’t hate it but, well.

Overall, good. I want the next one!

**P.s.**  Sorry it’s so short, I wrote it while on my phone in the car as mentioned above lol

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