ONE WITH YOU (Book 5 Crossfire series) Review- Sylvia Day

This entire work has been so anti-climatic and lackluster that I couldn’t even recall if I had actually read it.

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So I finished the last installment in the Crossfire series some weeks ago and decided to tackle a review today, problem is, I couldn’t remember if I had read the book or not. Ridiculous right. YUUP!

While I thoroughly enjoyed books 1 and 2, I still hold the belief that Day could’ve wrapped up the series in book 3 and not let us all suffer through an uninteresting 4 and an even unpalatable book 5.

If you are reading this review, I’m assuming that you’ve already suffered the first 4 installment so nothing I say here can surprise you, then you’ll know that Eva and Gideon are already married.  This book could’ve easily been book 3 as it began to some degree where that book ended- They been married but still pretending they are just still engaged. The bulk of the book is Eva quitting her job, Gideon getting use to ‘married’ life and both navigating the peril of going public and the consequences, especially for Gideon.  They’re is absolutely no information or new plot except towards the end of the novel where Day decide to give Eva’s Mom a story and voila- a sub-plot is formed. It’s like you are now reading a different book altogether.

*****wait a minute here,

who’s story is it again? why are we now embarking on Monica’s story so far into the series. We kinda get the idea that Day is now fresh out of ideas for the Gideon/Eva story and is now desperately clutching at something that her readers may find interesting. Kinda like reading a trashy story in a tabloid and following up the next day for more juicy details only to realized they have fully run out of steam.

Cary’s story which for a moment got a bit interested there was abandoned and you have the feeling like you’ve been cheated out of something that could’ve been very good- or awful- since we don’t know how stretched that could’ve ended up as well.

ooops.

If you must read this, save your money and maybe look for a version online or- just continue to think that Gideon and Eva do happily ever after- The End.  There really isn’t much more to it.

Definitely a 1 star rating.

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BLOG HIATUS & Yea! NaNoWriMo/ NaNoBloMo

Everyone!

I have been neglecting my space for so long. I have been reading non-sop, that’s the not the problem. Problem is, every time I decided that I should write I felt as if I am doing a book some type of injustice, so, I stop. The result, 19 Drafts and no update since August. ooh man 😦

I have completed almost all the works of Chimamanda Adichie including her essays and when that was not satisfying enough I devoured her Ted speeches. I’ve started those reviews.

             –Americanah, Purple Hibiscus, We Should All Be Feminists…The single Story.

I have been reunited with Paulo Coelho in Adultery. (can’t wait for my entire posts on those quotables)

I have completed Marlon James’ Debut Novel ‘John Crow’s devil‘ and presently nose deep in ‘A brief History of seven killing’

I have become fascinated with Liane Moriarty’s style of prose compositions after I completed The Husband’s secret in less than 2 days.

John Green became a fascination and then…not so much. Paper town was very underwhelming

John Grisham being totally entertaining bringing back that lawyer kid in ‘Sycamore Row’

Still patiently awaiting ‘Wind of Willows’... (>.> some major sideye there Martin…we see you..)

still awaiting (not so eagerly) The end to the Gideon Cross Saga. like suffering through the unnecessary-ness of books 3 and 4 wasn’t enough Sylvia!!

 

Sooo. Its November 1 and I am determine to write a blog post everyday for the rest of this month. Yes. That draft folder is not going to empty itself. 

 

cant wait to share. Let The Blogging Begins!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

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By far, The most powerful, simple story I have ever read. Reading Coelho allows me this feeling of peace and burning desire to achieve, all at the same time. 

I read this book in one night. I was so caught up with the story about a shepherd boy and his great journey. Giving up everything that he is so familiar with to take on the unfamiliar, the unknown and doing it so bravely. A boys’ journey and determination to to go all the way to the finish line even when faced with difficulty and delay the dream was always there. Lingering, waiting.

What truly had me though was the message. Not so much of the journey but the message of perseverance, the message of coming full circle. The message of whatever it is you are searching for in this world, you already have it. Your treasures are within you if you only take a closer look. 

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No point in rating something that is so truly amazing.

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Waiting in Vain- Colin Channer

I’ve had this great Book in my sight from the moment I heard about it at Calabash (A literary festival held in St Elizabeth, Jamaica annually) from Channer’s mesmerizing reading. Somehow, it had escaped me throughout the years and it wasn’t until my vacation, Thanksgiving 2014, in 20 degree weather (awful for a tropical girl) that I came across it on my best friend’s Husband bookcase and like magic, I was once again caught up in the wave. This time I was determine to have a read. So, with warm socks, fluffy pillows, mega-stuffed Oreos and hot chocolate in tow I turn the first page of waiting in Vain and I was immediately caught up in the worlds of Fire, Sylvia and Ian. 

 

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 Set in Jamaica, New York and London, Channer weaves a story about 2 talented young men who are so very different but who choose similar path to showcase their talent to the world. One more successfully than the other. One who conquers the world and suffer for it, The other steeped in humility and grounded to the core, conquers the world and went right back to living. Their journey of friendship and brotherly love explored. About falling and staying in love and conquering fears to stay in love. 

About how Fire, the protagonist, found love (he who is always with unavailable women) and how he waited for that love to come to him. desperate at times even but still he waited. 

About Sylvia and how she stuck to a certain status quo down to her Rich, highly visible boyfriend because it is what she thinks people expects of her.

About Ian and how he distanced himself from his mother, his family, his home (Jamaica) for years and returning home at last minute only to leave without his mother getting to see him. ever again.

About the passionate descriptions of my beautiful country my beautiful language and and my beautiful people.

About the lush sensuality and the intense connection between people several physical distance away.

 

And about Lust…lots of it…

Love without infatuation is not enough. Cause its infatuation that brings playfulness indulgence, romance. Love, on the other hand, is about patience and loyalty and, very importantly, nurturing that impulse to take care of someone and see their needs. So when you hear people saying, ‘I love you but I’m not in love with you’  what they’re really saying is that the infatuation is gone.  So yeah, they’d die for you; but they wouldn’t go with you at two in the morning to find a pint of haagen-dazs anymore.

Fire

 

RATINGS: 4/10

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Half of a Yellow Sun- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 I was encouraged to read this book by a fellow blogger who I admire and whose literary judgement I trust to some degree. He had selfish reasons of course (He needed to talk to someone about it) and he proceeded to send me a link also of Adichie at a TED conference speaking about ‘The danger of a single story’ and how she was first perceived by her English roommate not as a Nigerian but as an ‘African’.  (Andre is you’re reading this, yes, i did finally got around to watching the TED talk 🙂

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In this Novel, Adichie recounts the era of that brief Passionate history of the Biafran-Nigerian war between 1967 and 1970 through the eyes of three very different characters; Olanna- daughter of a rich Igbo businessman and mistress to a the revolutionary university professor, Odenigbo,Her twin sister Kainene’s lover, the white Englishman writer Richard and the Odenigbo’s houseboy from the nearby village, Ugwu. The war though brief told through the eyes of these individual is very vivid and the reason is so clear by that the reader is able to identify with the Igbo’s very easily. Within the story of the war the subplot of the twins relationship and that of their lovers and help brilliantly narrated.  If you were unaware of the cultural divide that existed between African ethnic groups prior, this novel will basically spell it out for you.  

 

RELATIONSHIPS

‘The benefit of being the ugly daughter is that nobody use you as sex bait’ Kainene

Preceding the war, in the first part of the Novel, the twins relationship was strained even before the incident involving Richard. Olanna often find herself wondering when did they drift  apart living as distance relatives instead of the person she shared her mother’s womb with. I greatly admire Kainene as one of the strong characters in the Novel notwithstanding her portrayed cold and tough exterior. sharing a shared womb with someone for 9 months does not guarantee that this person will be your best friend for the rest of your life as with the case of these two. It does however mean that in times of difficulty if you will can always turn to that person and no matter what they will never turn you away. As was in this time of war. Kainene is what I would describe as a ‘Boss Lady’ whereas Olanna would be the ‘sweet crowd pleaser’ 

 

HALF OF A YELLOW SUN- SYMBOLISM

when I picked up a novel I am always intrigued as to why the author choose a particular title. Adichie’s reasoning was not revealed to me until the Biafran declared their independence and the Biafran flag was flown and hoisted by the people who broke out in songs and celebration in the streets.

“swaths of red, black and green and at the center, a luminous half of a yellow sun.

It was the symbol of their freedom, of pride, and mentioned numerous times in the book whether sewn into items of clothing and on the the shoulders of the soldiers of the Biafran army.

‘red was the blood of the siblings massacred in the north, black was for mourning them, green was for the prosperity Biafra would have and, finally, the half of the yellow sun for the glorious future’.

 

This book took me back to when i use to love reading African literature back when I was completing my A’Levels so much so that I start up a new found love once again with Chinua Achebe and NGugi wa Thiongo. 

Also: see, Half of a Yellow sun- The Box office Film with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose. 

RATINGS: 8.5/10

 

 

 

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