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Girl on Fire: You only live once

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser December 31, 2015]

Tonight marks the final of the past 365 days in 2015. At midnight tonight, we will ring in a shiny new year. And with 2016 comes all those things people try to achieve, but may not actually accomplish: resolutions.

Resolution: /reze-looSH(e)n/: noun, a firm decision to do or not to do something.

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Book Review: The White Rose by Amy Ewing

The White RoseTitle: The White Rose
Author: Amy Ewing
Series: Lone City #2
Published: October 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages:
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

I was perusing the Barnes and Noble app on my phone when I came across a book with a shiny white cover of a flower and a girl in the center. It caught my attention and I looked at the overview of the novel. I discovered it was part of a series and purchased immediately the debut novel and its companion: The Jewel and The White Rose.

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Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The Last OlympianTitle: The Last Olympian
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Published: May 2009
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages:
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

I finally finished the fifth and final installment of Rick Riordan’s first Greek gods series, and I must say I’m so glad I hunkered down and dove in.

Riordan’s novel The Last Olympian, the fifth novel in his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, takes place four years after the first words in The Lightning Thief. Percy Jackson, a young man who happens to be the son of the Greek sea god Poseidon, goes through some serious changes personally, physically, emotionally and spiritually just to reach the point where he is capable of battling Kronos, the king of the Titans.

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Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

The Battle of the LabyrinthTitle: The Battle of the Labyrinth
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4
Published: May 2008
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages:
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 7/10

And we’re back.

In the fourth installment of American author Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, we see Percy and his friends battle through the Labyrinth from ancient Greek mythology to save Camp Half-Blood.

But, things take a dark twist when someone is not who they say they are.

I really enjoyed this novel, like I’ve enjoyed the rest of Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. It feels like Riordan has even enjoyed the adventure himself, always maintaining his writing style and integrity throughout each book. He, yet again, has managed to blend ancient and modern into one book and still make it relateable to his young demographic.

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Book Review: Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett

Mother of EdenTitle: Mother of Eden
Author: Chris Beckett
Series: Dark Eden #2
Published: 2015
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages: 480
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

Chris Beckett came out of left field. The British author, who does social work as well as writing novels, wrote a novel called Dark Eden, which takes a biblical approach to a group of astronauts stranded on a distant planet they named Eden.

Mother of Eden takes place two hundred years later. In those two hundred years, the inhabitants of Eden have made technological advances in mining and creating weapons and armor, but seem to have taken steps backwards in the ideas of society and equality.

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Girl on Fire: Life is short

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, April 2, 2015]

As I get older, I keep learning new life lessons. Recently, the lesson that has been playing over and over in front of me is that life is short, and we must take chances.

My heart goes out to fellow firefighter Kevin Webb, his son Tanner and their family during such a harsh and sad time.

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Book Review: The Kiss by Kathryn Harrison

The KissTitle: The Kiss
Author: Kathryn Harrison
Published: 1997
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 207
From: Drake Public Library

While I was reading Kathryn Harrison’s disturbing memoir, The Kiss, I was also reading several other books.

Those books were a lifesaver. They broke up the dark themes woven throughout the memoir I picked up at a local library booksale and kept me reading from a safe place.

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