Book Reviews

RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

Let’s begin with something positive, shall we? I simply adore the Phantom of the Opera. Yes, I will be the first to admit that the story is a little strange with the Phantom’s insane obsession over Christine. But the music is absolutely divine! So needless to say, I was intrigued by the promise of a book based on the famous story. 

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Firstly, I was not expecting it to involve vampires. Perhaps if I had dome some more thorough research, I would have discovered this before, but I didn’t, it came as a surprise when it was first stated. 

Second, let’s talk about our main character Rune. While I thought her twisted talent was interesting and could lead the story down various roads, I cannot say Rune was the most intelligent protagonist. Who lets themselves be blindfolded and escorted in a hearse to some off the charts club? Even if she was desperate for answers, this felt a little extreme. 

Thirdly, there was simply way too much explaining at the beginning. The first two chapters are spent with Rune in the limo and the reader primarily gets her thoughts the whole time. I felt like I was plowing through the words rather than being transported by them. 

But I’ve gone on long enough, I will leave it at this. Unfortunately, I do not recommend this book.

Goodbye for now!

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Ramblings

50 Things I Love

Woot woot!!!! I have 50 followers! 😀 😀 😀

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I know, it’s not a lot, but I’m not super active on WordPress so I find it pretty exciting. To celebrate, I thought I would share 50 things that I love. The order might not be 100% accurate, but it’s relatively close. Kind of…

Anyways, here goes!

  1. My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
  2. My Family
  3. Music
  4. Books (Reading and Writing)
  5. Composing
  6. Singing
  7. Playing violin
  8. Playing piano
  9. Coffee
  10. Tea
  11. Gardening
  12. Baking
  13. Photography
  14. Movie soundtracks
  15. Drawing
  16. Singing Psalms and Hymns
  17. Playing guitar
  18. Vintage books
  19. Indoor plants
  20. Trying new recipes
  21. Baking without a recipe (hehe)
  22. Fruit
  23. Cats
  24. Horses
  25. Trail riding
  26. Receiving a paperback copy of my novel
  27. Telling myself stories
  28. CANADA
  29. Farming
  30. Rainstorms at night
  31. Roses
  32. Live music
  33. Taking nature walks
  34. Reading in the sun
  35. Getting reviews of my novel
  36. Blueberry muffins
  37. Essential oils
  38. Watching movies with my younger brother
  39. Tortilla chips and Salsa  
  40. Quiet mornings
  41. Dogs
  42. Soft blankets
  43. Herbal healing
  44. Butterflies
  45. Pizza
  46. Popcorn
  47. The after-rain smell
  48. Interacting with other authors
  49. Snowflakes
  50. The color purple 

Phew! That was actually harder than I thought it would be. Are any of these on your top 50?

 

Thanks for reading!

E. J. Hill

 

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The Music Tag

Hi there everyone! I love music and I saw this tag on a blog called The Perks of Me so I thought I’d give it a go.

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1) Favourite band/musician of the moment?
I think it’s a tie between Dean Brody and Hans Zimmer. I know crazy right?? But for example, if I’m driving in the car, Dean Brody is my go to (his music is fantastic). When studying or writing, though, Hans Zimmer is the best. So I suppose it’s a bit of a complicated question to answer since it depends on where I am and what I’m doing.

2) One band you’ve always come back to..
Hmm, I’m not a huge band person, but I would say Trading Yesterday. I really love their music. Honestly, I don’t know why, but there is something about that gets me every time.

3) Favourite Movie Soundtrack?
YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HARD THIS FOR ME! I absolutely love movie soundtrack. But let’s say it came down to a deserted island and I could only pick one… I would probably go for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Sigh…. Hans Zimmer is my hero, his music is the best.

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4) What is/are your favourite song(s) of all time?
Love Song Requiem by Trading Yesterday

5) What’s your most embarrassing song on Itunes?
Song…? Well, I have two albums of Disney music… 🙂 Maybe a specific song is the Tigger Song from Winnie the Pooh. (It’s adorable)

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6) Top 3 songs played on your ITunes?
1. Love Song Requiem by Trading Yesterday
2. Forgotten City from RiME by Lindsey Stirling
3. The Rains of Castamere by Hawthorne

7) Favourite Concert you’ve attended?
Hits from the Movies by the K-W Symphony Orchestra.

8) Most underrated musician in your opinion?
Peter Hollens. He is super talented, but I think he still struggles to acquire enough funds to support himself.

9) Favourite quote or song lyrics?

Let Her Go by Passenger

Well you only need the light when it’s burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low
Only hate the road when you’re missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go

10) Favourite musical?

Hands down the Phantom of the Opera. I have listened to it 1,000 times and I could listen to it 10,000 times more. It’s just soo… So beautiful.

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So there you have it, a few of my music favorites 🙂 What do you think? What would you answer?

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Check out my book Ashes of Glass.

Book Reviews

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

“What’s the use of running, if we are on the wrong road.”  

This book… Well, one day I had all four of my wisdom teeth pulled out and during that long night of blood and Tylenol (I wish I was kidding… I’m not) I bought this novel as an e-book to distract me from my misery.

Let me say right away. I LOVE the cover. Soo beautiful!

Anyways…

I think the biggest thing that I liked about this book was the storyline. Music is one of my favorite things in the world so having it play such a huge role really hooked me. But then to have the main character be a composer too….!!!! I am still ecstatic about that.

The whole setting – the time period, the inn, and the underworld – was quite nice as well; although, I felt like the underworld was a bit vague at times. For some reason, I imagined the underworld as this dark hole in the ground where there was a lot of dirt and roots were sticking through the ceiling. Maybe that’s just me though. haha

The ending…I actually loved it. I don’t want to give it away so I won’t say anything else, but if you’ve read the book, comment and tell me how you liked it. 🙂

Moving on, at first I really liked Liesl. Unlike many main characters, she wasn’t stunningly beautiful, she was just plain and ordinary, her beauty was found inside. I thought this was amazing! Also, she was a strong character who seemed sweet, level-headed, and sure, but as the book went on, she kind of lost those traits. It seemed as if she became rather frivolous and I found her annoying. Plus, I didn’t care too much for her attitude towards the Goblin King, she seemed to brush him off or use him for her own benefit and pleasure sometimes. I did like the Goblin King, though, he was so forlorn, yet mischievous and surprisingly gentle too.

Like Liesl, the writing started really good but dropped off a bit. I found that the characters reflected a lot and many words were spent on their thoughts, feelings, and musings. Maybe some readers enjoy that, but I would’ve liked more scenes especially with Liesl and the goblins.

Lastly, it wasn’t a clean read. It wasn’t super graphic or anything, but they do have sex. Personally, I think the book and the plot could be enhanced by taking this out. I thought it was a bit lame that sex was so essential to Liesl finding herself. Maybe that it is what broke the story for me. I don’t know… So it was an okay read, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

 

“What is eternal life but a prolonged death.”    

 

Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!

 

P.S. If you’d like to read a few quotes from my upcoming novel Ashes of Glass just click here.