Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"Unblemished" by Sara Ella Review

Book Synopsis:

Eliyana has always recoiled from her own reflection in the mirror. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world existed where her blemish could become her strength?

Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a hideous birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her as normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved.

But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird.

Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly.

Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself?

The following is my review of the book Unblemished by Sara Ella.  I hope you enjoy. :)

I'm walking down the streets of NY alone and cold, having forgotten my hoodie at home. It's dark, too dark. Why I hadn't I asked one of my friends to walk to my hotel with me I'll never know. I don't always make the wisest decisions. Crack! What was that? I whip around. Someone is behind me lurking in the shadows, following me. "Who's there?" I ask, slowly backing away. The figure steps out from the shadows so that I can just make out his black hoodie and sparkling eyes. 
"Sheesh, no need to jump out of your skin Mic." the figure smirks.
"The one and only."
"What are you doing here?"
"What am I doing here? What are you doing walking through alleyways alone at night?"
He has a point there.
"I'm meeting someone."
"Oh yeah, who? A mugger?" Very funny. 
Just then we hear footsteps approaching us from around the corner. Before I can react Ky's pushing me behind a large garbage bin. Talk about gross. "Ky, what are you doing? Get off me!" I whisper-yell. I elbow him in the ribs until I finally gain enough space to stand. Peeking over the top of the garbage lid I see another figure and immediately know it's you. You look nervous as both Ky and I make our way over to where you're standing. Ky and I coming out of the garbage in a back alley of NY in the middle of the night probably wasn't what you were expecting.
"You made it I see," I comment as I gingerly pick a rotten banana peel off my shoulder.
"Who's this?" Ky flashes you a hesitant but sparkling smile, his hand gripping the glass blade at his waist. 
I can't withhold a grin of my own. "This is my friend. They've come to hear my thoughts on Sara Ella's book Unblemished. You may have heard of it."
He flushes and smoothly holds his hand out to you. "Hello. I'm Ky, it's a pleasure to meet you." The two of you exchange pleasantries as we begin walking out of the alley together. Finally you ask me the inevitable questions. "So what was the book like?" "What's it about?" "Is it any good?" "Do you think I should try it?"
"Hold on, hold on! One at a time. I'll answer them all I promise. What's the book like? Well for starters it has the most gorgeous cover. One of the best I've seen. As for the inside well that's a bit different. Fantasy. Romance. Lots of awesome book and music references. You know the stuff most geeky teenage girls just adore. Myself included." 
"And I'm in it," Ky chimes in. 
"Yes, he's in it but he's not the main character." Ky gives me a glowering/sulky look. "Sorry for bursting your bubble. The main character's name is Eliyana. She's a pretty ordinary girl who lives here in the city."
"Oh yeah she's ordinary alright." Ky's sarcastic tone catches me off guard."So ordinary that she has a super noticable birthmark on her face and super amazing abilities that-"
"Ky! No spoilers!" 
"Fine, fine."
"As I was saying. Eliyana seems like just an ordinary girl until her mom dies and her life gets turned upside down. Joshua is also a main character in the story. Your opinion of him (and Ky too actually)-" he perks up at the sound of his name, "is gonna flip flop all over the place. There is a ton of drama and quite a few plot twists. Oh yeah and people die. Better you know now. If you haven't read the synopsis already I suggest you do it ASAP. It's pretty great. " We make a right turn onto a brightly lit street.
"Is the book any good? Do I think you should read it? YES to both. The book is intriguing. It will hold your attention to say the least. There were some confusing bits (what everyones powers were and how everyone was related for example)that had me questioning what was going on but I made it through fairly unscathed. And it ends well. Not at all like I was expecting it too/another author might've ended it. It's a book about courage and love. As for you reading it I highly doubt you'd be here if you didn't at least have an interest in the book. Give it a try. I went out on a limb and bought a copy on amazon. Finished it within 2 days, it's that good."
"There it is!" Ky shouts and we take off running through this large iron gate, weaving our way through tree trunks. We emerge in front of a large lake. 
"Here we are! Think you're ready to experience a Reflection unlike any you've ever experienced before?" I had you a copy of Unblemished as Ky and I wade out into the water. "We'll see you on the other side!"

Sunday, September 4, 2016

What I've been reading lately

Hello fellow bloggers, friends and just all around awesome people!

How have you all been?  It's been a LONG time since I've posted anything.  I'd like to say I have a good reason for neglecting my blog but to be honest...I really don't.  Sure, things have been busy with school picking up and everything and I've certainly THOUGHT about posting but I just...never...posted.  My apologizes.  I'm here now and ready to update you on what my reader/fangirl life has been up to these past few months.

I've been reading.  Not a lot, compared to my usual standard but a lot more than my, also neglected, (I'm so sorry) Goodreads account says I am.  And while I'm not going to be able to come up with book reviews for all of them (at least not for awhile anyway) I figured I'd at least share some of my thoughts.  So here we go.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

My friend recommended them to me once a couple of years ago but for some reason up until last month I had just never read these wonderful, wonderful books.  I happened upon the first book laying in a bin full of books that my Aunt was selling at our garage sale and decided to pick it up and give it a shot.

That was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

I flew through book 1, book 2, book 3, and before I knew it I had finished the entire series.  Did I love  these books?  YES.  Was I about to order the next series at my library.  HECK YEAH.  (I pick up the first two books on Tuesday. ) But to get to the point these books are just so good.  Theres humor. (Percy is SO funny) Adventure.  Tons of Greek Mythological stuff.  Romance.  I mean this series has it ALLLL .

I think what really appealed to me was how similar these books were to another series I read called "The Mission League" by Jill Williamson.  I rave about that series a lot online and to my friends (and occasionally my mom) .  One friend of mine is actually reading the Mission League books because I told her they remind me of Percy Jackson.  It might be the humor and the fact that both series are in the POV of a teenage guy.  Yeah...that's probably it.

Have you read either of or both series?  What did you think of them?  Let me know!

Audiobooks :

I've been listening to quite a few audiobooks lately.  It's just nice to be able to press a button and roam about my room as I please and do (usually) productive things while "reading" although I definitely prefer paperback books.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Synopsis: "Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper: 

I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.
I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.
The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late."

To say I enjoyed this books is a bit of a stretch.  To say I absolutely abhorred the books would be false.  My opinion lays somewhat in the middle.  It held my attention okay, although I don't know why.  The character's weren't flat exactly but they didn't have that well-rounded feel I like characters to have.  Average.  The book was average.  My expectations were high and I'll admit I was a little let down.  The book was still a good read it just wasn't...what I expected or wanted really.

Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage

Synopsis: "A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime

Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel--a café owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous café hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.

Full of wisdom, humor, and grit, this timeless yarn will melt the heart of even the sternest Yankee.

Contrary to the last audiobook this one was a pleasant surprise.  Not only was the book itself fascinating but the actual quality of the audio book was GOOD.  By quality I mean the reader's voice was on point.  The character's were brought to life vocally.  The overall reading of the book was flawless.  Very, very well done.  
The book itself was even better.  The characters were vivid and alive.  The book had a small town vibe but on a large scale level.  Plus, I'm a sucker for a good mystery.  

I'm currently reading the second (?) book in this series.  To my disappointment this audiobook has a different reader from the first but I think it'll be okay.  So far it's been good.  

That's pretty much what I've been up to book wise.  I joined the Percy Jackson fandom (Camp Halfblood!) and listened to a few audiobooks.  Not all that exciting.  Currently, I have the next 2 Percy Jackson books ready for pickup at my library, am in the middle of "Odds Getting Even" by Shelia Turnage and am patiently, waiting for the next book in (one of) my favorite series to come out (I've been waiting for over 2 years and the book is just now in the editing stage).  

I hope all is well with every single one of you.  Please enjoy today, wherever you are (it's going to be Fall here soon and I CAN'T WAIT) and take time to appreciate the little things and people that God's placed in your path.  There's truly a blessing around every corner. :)

Friday, June 10, 2016

"Samara's Peril" book review


Hello everyone!  For today I'm just going to share with you my goodreads review of the latest book in one of my favorite series.  Samara's Peril, the 3rd book of the Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight.  If you haven't yet please check out her website here:http://jayelknight.blogspot.com

Also I should warn you that I don't take reviewing books very seriously.  I like to have fun with it and I'm not much of an analyzer.  But I still HIGHLY recommend these books.  Enjoy!!

Pre Review:  "I've been waiting a long time for this."  SO HAVE I RAYAD, SO HAVE I.  KADLFKJSDFKJA;LKDFJ.  EXILES CANNOT COME SOON ENOUGH.

My review:

"Uh Kaden?" I ask, tightening my grip around his waist.
"Yeah?" he glances over his shoulder at me as we soar upward.
"Isn't Exis flying just a little too high?"
Kaden grins one of his famous grins "flying a little too high for you maybe.  But this is normal for us."  He frowns when he sees my pale face.  "I can take her down some if you want"
"No!  No, that's okay thank you."  Last time he had "taken her down" he had sent Exis into a nosedive that ended with her steadying at 600ft and me screaming at Kaden (haven't puked yet thankfully).  There is no way I'm going through that again.
"Who's that?" Kaden asks as you fly over on your own dragon, pulling even with ours.
"Oh it's just my review reader(s) don't worry they love you."  I smirk and Kaden rolls his eyes.
"Hello again!  I see you've managed to follow me to Ilyon.  How considerate of you.  Have I really been gone that long?  Only 3 years?  Well that's not too bad.  I'll come back in another 2 maybe.  Oh you're here for my review on "Samara's Peril"?  What a surprise."
"What's that?" Kaden interrupts.
"I'll tell you later.  Now, please focus on keeping this beast steady."
"She's not a..."
"I know, I know just...please." Kaden shrugs and turns back to watching the sky.
"As I was saying.  You want to hear my review?  I honestly don't know why you keep wanting my opinion on this series when you KNOW how freaking amazing it is.  But I guess I'll tell you anyways.  First off this book focus' mainly on Jace (WOO HOOO!!) so if you don't like Jace don't read this book and please leave my presence.  Kidding!  Kinda.  I'm pretty sure it's IMPOSSIBLE for someone not to love Jace at least a little bit and if you didn't before, you sure will after you read this book.  Ah, what can I say without spoiling anything?  Well, let's just say that Jace's heart gets sewn together, torn apart, and sewn together (permanently) just in these 400 some pages.  We see a internal battle as well as an external one.  Good vs evil.  Light vs dark.  Guilt vs Grace.  Love conquers all.
I will say there are some adult themes in this book however they're not very detailed and being a teenager I was very impressed with how the author handled such situations.  These books are geared towards "young adults" but I didn't even know that till after I read book one and was hooked. :P
Let me say to all you Ilyon Chronicles fans out there.  You will fangirl/fanboy A LOT.  You will squeal and laugh and giggle and say "awwwww!" numerous times and if you have a heart attack in the process Miss Knight will not be at fault.  No, I don't know where to find "fangirl insurance" I'm still looking for "dragon-riding insurance".  But if you find either please let me know.
As for everything else well Kyrin, Kaden..." he straightens as I say his name, " Talas and everyone; they're all there, just not as prominently as in the first 2 books.  I really felt that this was a good thing though because we needed to see these things happen with Jace's character before things furthered with the world of Ilyon itself.  Not to say stuff didn't happen, I just can't talk about that stuff. ;P  Oh!  But I will say it was nice to see Jace and Holden's friendship especially with how dynamically it's changed since book 1.
This book in many ways exceeded my expectations for it.  I was up till 6am fangirling my heart out.  I absolutely CANNOT WAIT for book 4.  These books just keep getting better."
"Are you done?" Kaden asks, not looking at me.
"I think so.  Why?"
"I saw Rayad signal it's dinnertime and I don't wanna be late."  He nods at you.  "Goodbye."
"Goodbye!" I barely say before Kaden sends us streaking towards camp.  " Oh no, not...KADENNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!"

Friday, May 27, 2016

Book Spotlight: Defy by Tricia Mingerink

Hi Everyone!  Today I'd like to share you the upcoming 3rd book in the Blades of Acktar series by Tricia Mingerink!

Synopsis:  "The war for Acktar has begun. 

With his betrayal revealed, former Blade Leith Torren flees into the Sheered Rock Hills, pursued by King Respen’s vengeful Blades. 

Left behind at Nalgar Castle, Renna Faythe tries to find her purpose, yet that purpose isn’t what she expected. 

Brandi Faythe has been torn from her sister, and that isn’t all right. If Leith can’t rescue Renna, Brandi will take matters into her own hands. 

War demands sacrifice. Courage falters. Who will find the strength to defy King Respen?

Acktar rests on one hope: 
The Leader is ready."

Sounds positively thrilling am I right?  Ekkk!  I'm so excited for this book!  It releases May 31st, only 4 days away!  And of course you can always pre-order on Amazon.

"Defy" :  https://www.amazon.com/Defy-Blades-Acktar-Book-3-ebook/dp/B01FBI0M9O

But if you haven't read the first two books "Dare" and "Deny" I suggest you start there!

"Dare": https://www.amazon.com/Dare-Blades-Acktar-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00YO77MO2/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1464404672&sr=1-2

"Deny": https://www.amazon.com/Deny-Blades-Acktar-Book-2-ebook/dp/B017KRIVVU?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc

Here's the link to Tricia's blog if you want to see more!


The Blades of Acktar series is one of my favorite series ever.  I highly recommend them.  You will not only fall in love with the characters but with the plot itself as it has themes of persecution, doubt and grace throughout.  What are you waiting for?  Go buy the books now!! :)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Somethings I love about Fictional Characters

So, as most of you probably know I LOVE to read.  Ninty-nine percent of the books I read are fiction.     And in those books are people, people who are not real or alive in a scientific sense but are alive in my mind, and live inside the pages.  Each one has their unique characteristics, quirks and personalities.
Some we like, thinking "hey this person's kinds cool!  I hope nothing bad happens to them!" (Spoiler alert: something bad will happen to them because you like them, but you don't like them enough to actually care all that much)
Some we despise like the guy who murdered someone important in the book and is generally a very bad person.
While others we LOVE and hang pictures of them on our walls, write about them in fan fictions, and squeal every time their name is mentioned.  There is also an eighty percent chance that this character will die.  Sorry.
There are also some characters that we're supposed to hate because they're the bad guy but don't because they're so cool, really good looking, and/or witty.  Examples would be Gollum from Lord of the Rings and Loki from the Avengers (I know it's a movie not a book but still fictional).
I love so many fictional characters it'd take me until May to name them all.  But heres the thing, why do we love them?  Well I can't speak for everyone but I love fictional characters because:

1: Characters allow us to invade their lives and become apart of their story.
I mean come on, for an introvert life is boring!  School, work, school, puppies.  There are no fire-breathing dragons in my backyard or a knight in shining armor at my door coming to rescue me from it.  That would be way too much for me to handle.  But hey with my book here I can tag along with whoever I want and watch them work out their exciting life problems.  All the while yelling at them for making stupid mistakes. :P

2.  They're imperfectly perfect.
Contradictory statement, I know.  But think about it.  Characters have flaws and thats why we love them.  In fact we tend not to like characters who have "perfect" boring lives because we want to connect with the character through their hardships and trials which is hard to do if a character doesn't have any!  So being imperfect is what makes a character perfect.  Maybe George lost his parents in a fire or Sammy has been a slave all his life.  Those are characters we sympathize with.  We feel sorry for them and want to see them succeed in their little fictional world.

3. They never leave.
This is a big one that's been on my mind lately.  People in real life leave.  Whether it be just moving from one place to another to death itself every human knows what it's like to miss someone that's left us.  For me especially I tend to get attached to people fairly easily and it always hurts when someone leaves.  But heres the good news and maybe what makes fictional people so magical: Characters never leave.  Hold on, yes, I know characters "die" all the time in books (and movies) but they never actually leave.  As soon as you've finished the book you can just flip back to the front cover and start reading it again.  The character you love will still be within those pages for as long as they exist.  Characters are dependable, always there when you need them even centuries after their book is published.  Again, look at Lord of the Rings.  Yes, most everyone dies but they always come back again and again.  It's probably the thing I love most about them.

Those are just three things I love about fictional characters.  I hope you enjoyed reading this. :)  Comment and let me know who your favorite book/movie characters are and why you love them!


Friday, April 22, 2016

What's on my Heart: Italy

The country known for it's yummy cuisine, luxurious cars and beautiful beaches.  Why is this country on my heart you ask?  Well, to tell you the truth, it wasn't always.  Italy has always been apart of who I am.  I was born in Maryland to an italian mother and an italian father making me 100% italian american.  Oddly enough I didn't like pasta growing up which sometimes caused problems when having two italian grandmas who love to cook it. ;P  But my favorite food is pizza so that made everything okay.  When visiting family it seemed I'd usually hear some remark about my italian heritage whether it'd be about food, about how loud we are or about how many family members had shown up at a reunion.  It was all because I was italian and that was something to be proud of from the way my family spoke of it.
But I remember when I was younger my friends would always be like "I'm polish and german and..." and list off all these nationalities and what percentages of them that they were.
The first time I heard this I went up to my mom and asked her, "Mom, what am I?"
She said, "you're italian."
I said, "yeah but what else?" and she told me I was, "only italian."
This was something my six year old brain just couldn't process.  Why were all my friends families from all over the world while mine was just from Italy?  I didn't like being "only Italian" at that time.
But moving forward quite a bit as I grew older I began to wonder more and more about my ancestry.  I guess my interest really started when my parents told me I needed to have dreams and set goals for my life (and apparently eating an entire pizza by yourself in one sitting wasn't one they approved of) so I thought, "hey why not investigate Italy?"  To be honest I think my main reason for doing this was because when I was very young my mother read a book to me about a city in Italy (Venice) where all the people got around my boats (gondolas) and it fascinated me as a child.  So fast forward a little more and I haven't learned much about Italy at this point, I just know that I want to know more about that specific country.  I thought that maybe someday (and I'm still hoping)I could find some living relatives over there and become pen pals or visit them (I mean who doesn't want to go to Italy?) or something.  I remember my mom coming home one Saturday afternoon after going to several garage sales (she's the queen of garage sales) with a book for me.  I got real excited when she mentioned that the book took place in Venice, Italy.
I had no idea how big of an impact this book would have on my life.
The book turned out to be The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke, a fictional story about two orphaned brothers who run away to Italy and end up finding a magic carousel.  I read the entire book in a day or two and it got me thinking.  At that time in my life I started to realize that God gave me a heart for children.  A book about orphans in Italy made me want to go there and either become one or adopt all of them. XD  I know, I know fantasy right?  But hey my parents told me to have dreams so you can't blame me for dreaming big.
As a christian I grew up hearing about missionaries in church.  I'd listen when they came and visited us and read several books with my dad about different missionaries from around the world.  The hardships they went through and the perseverance they had to spread the gospel message has never stopped inspiring me even now well into my teen years.  So naturally I thought, "I wanna become a missionary in Italy."  As you can imagine I got some pretty strong responses differing from "Italy?  Honey, they're all christian over there."  to "Mhm.  If you say so."  But nobody really took me seriously.  I didn't take me seriously.  I mean, this was just some fantasy right?  All in my head.  This is what reading too many books does to a person; makes them think crazy things and dream crazy dreams and takes away reality.  Oh, but I knew reality.  Reality was it's never gonna happen.  Honestly, my negative thinking is probably the reason why I don't have many long-term dreams at the moment.
Moving back on track High-School came and hit me like a train wreck and I found out that I had to take some type of language course for the next four years of my life.  Blah.
Quick backstory: my parents tried to get me to learn Spanish from the age of 5.
Long story short; it didn't work.  I suck at Spanish and Rosetta Stone.
So I told my parents I definitely didn't want to try spanish again which left us looking for other alternatives.  Guess what I decided on. :)  *drum roll please*  ITALIAN!  Yup, you guessed it none other than the national language of Italy!
Another quick backstory:  My mom loves the italian language (even though she doesn't understand it) and so I grew up listening to Patrizio Buanne singing italian/american songs in my basement.  Fun Fact. :)
I started Rosetta Stone and learned some from it (at lot more than I did from the Spanish courses anyway) but it was still hard for me.  I struggle with English as it is, haha.  I kinda gave up on Rosetta Stone and we started seeking out alternative courses.  Well, this is how you know God is good ladies and gentlemen.  Not long after we received an email from a retired professore who was giving a variety of language classes one of them being...yes, italian. :)  I'm currently in year 2 of 4 and before you ask:
Ciao!  Mi chiamo Micailah.  Mi piacciano le pizze, i gelati é i libri.  Io parlo l'englese é italiano ma Io non parlo italiano bene.
I'm sure there were numerous mistakes in that. XD
One day I decided to look up "missionaries in Italy"  and I highly encourage you to do the same.  Everyone kept telling me that Italy is where the church is, they're all christians there yada yada yada.  I mean I know they're mostly catholic (which is not the same as being a christian); all my extended family is catholic except for my parents and I, but I googled it anyway and am I glad I did.
Did you know that in all of Italy (with a population of 61 million) only 1.1% of the people living there are born-again believers in Jesus Christ?  84% claim to be roman catholic, 14% non-religious and 2.6% muslim.  26% of italians say that religion is unimportant in their lives and only 23% of italian catholics attend church regularly.  At least 80% of the population will go to see a fortune teller at least once in their lives.  Go to: https://italy.team.org for more.
Do these statistics surprise you?  They seems I surprise everyone I tell them to.  The Bible itself was banned from Italy until about 50 years ago.  So maybe my crazy dream isn't so crazy after all huh?

Meanwhile I'm still in the USA trying to get through high school.  I can't say for sure that God has called me to Italy.  But I can say for sure that Italy needs help.  Most missionaries that go to Italy leave after a few year because of lack of support and funding.  This is largely because no one know about the spiritual crisis going on in Italy.  If you feel called to help funding for missionaries going over there are easily accessible through the internet. Prayer for these people is appreciated always.  I'll put a few links to more information down below and if you have any questions feel free to comment!
Someday I hope to go to Italy maybe as a missionary or maybe as just a vacationer.  I might go on a missions trip there sometime in the future.  It's all up to God at this point.  I've just got to trust him and walk in his footsteps.

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord.  "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.  Plans that give you hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11

Links: https://christsworkinitaly.wordpress.comhttp

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Meager Beginnings

I'm probably the least qualified person to start a blog.  I'm not very literate.  I'm a major procrastinator. I've even tried to start a blog before and didn't get very far.  But I'm inclined to go with the old saying, "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again" and attempt yet again to navigate my way through the blogosphere with a leaky ship and a broken paddle.  Especially since I've recently felt the need to share my thoughts, insights, and overall goofiness with the world.  I hope you don't mind. :)  So I've named this blog "Love is Essential so Share My Heart" for a number of reasons.
One being that love IS essential.  I can't express enough how much I need love; to be loved and to show love.  It is essential for living life.  It's essential for happiness.  It's essential for friendships and relationships.   My hope is that through this blog I can fully express my love and make it grow.  I love a number of things and people.  Books, chocolate, superheroes, Fall, Lord of the Rings, puppies the list goes on.  But most of all I love Jesus Christ which brings me to number two.
I want to share Jesus with you. I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is the son of God, that he died, that he was buried and was raised again taking the punishment for my sins because he loves me.  He loves YOU and He died for you.  I believe that with my whole heart and I'm seeking to share the truth with all of you through love.  "We love because He first loved us."  - 1 John 4:19
Lastly, I want to share my heart with you.  Everything I've mentioned before now is stuff that's been in and on my heart.  I love things.  I love people.  I love you.  Does that mean I'm perfect and therefore this blog is going to be perfect?  Heck, no!  Haha, I still have a lot to learn and I want to share with you my ups and downs with you.  My journey through life as a follower of Jesus, reader, writer, and who knows what else!  So my friends I hope you'll choose to take this journey with me.  It's going to be a long and narrow road but I'm positive it's going to be well worth it. :)