Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Hello and Welcome to my blog!

There isn't much here now, but this should change over the months. I've decided to join the 10th Canadian Book Challenge! I joined last year, but procrastination got the better of me =( 
This year, however, will be different!
I'm sure I'll still procrastinate some, can't change in the blink of an eye, can I? But I've already started my book reviews, so that's a plus! Woot!! =D

What is the Canadian Book Challenge, you ask?

It's a personal challenge to read 13 (or more) Canadian books in a year! These can be books written in Canada, about Canada or by Canadians. You choose which books you want to read, if you want to follow a theme, the genre, etc. 

Once you've read a book, write up a review. It's pretty simple! 

Here's a link to the website hosting the Challenge: The Book Mine Set

And a link to books reviewed thus far: Canadian Book Reviews

The Crashes of Waves by Rebekah Nicole

This book is to be the first in a series. As far as I can see, the sequel has yet to be published, but don't let that stop you from picking up a copy of this little gem. 

If you want a book that steps out of the norms, this is the book for you. 

Leila has a secret. She is unlike any other. The eldest of four daughters, she's been sheltered and home schooled by her parents, her entire life. This is all about to change, for when the summer ends, she will be attending high school. Living with a secret only her family has ever known, she has fears of how others will react if they ever come to discover that she's a mermaid. 

There is a boy who is known as V. He's very social, but never talks about himself, nor his past to anyone. V has a younger brother, Alec, with whom he is very close. They're not related by birth, yet they're inseparable. 

On the first day of school, while waiting for the bus, Leila and V meet. There's an indescribable attraction between them. As time goes on, and they get to know each other, V can't help but feel scared. He knows that soon, he'll have to tell Leila, as well as Alec, about his past. How will they react? More importantly, how will he keep them safe? 

This was a great read! I found myself not wanting to put the book (or in this case, my cell) down. I enjoyed the way the story unfolds, how the author puts mermaids into a different perspective and V's secret. That was a surprise! No scenario I had imagined came close to what that was! 

I found it a bothersome that we didn't discover V's name until the end of his second chapter. I feel that when someone is being introduced, they should first be named and afterwards, we can be told what others usually call them.

Also, I have mixed feelings about the ending. They say their goodbyes and that's it, it just ends. I don't want to say that the ending was rushed, because it didn't feel rushed, but it feels like maybe, it was cut short? I understand there's to be another book, and the story might be resumed there, but I feel like this could have been ended differently. Don't get me wrong, I don't feel that the ending took anything away from the story, I just feel that there could have been more. 

Overall, this is a great story and one that should be read.

If you've read the book, let me know what you think in the comments below. 

A little bit about how I discovered this gem:

Rebekah Nicole is an author I stumbled upon recently. I had been reading a blog and at the end of an entry, she gave a link to her "newly" published book. Newly is relative, the post dated back to 2013. At the time of this book's publishing, she was attending University in Guelph, Ontario. The book is available on paperback or as an e-book.