October 2013 - Simply Samantha

Books for Fall

9:16 AM

In between chasing around a little toddler for work and planning a wedding, I try to find some time to read. It's usually during little ones nap time or bed time if I'm not finishing up some wedding plans.
Here is my list of reads for this wonderful fall season!

Love Me by Rachel Shukert
I adored the first book "Star Struck" and I can't wait to get a chance to read this one! If you love a cutesy fiction read. This is for you!


Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Next month I am going to re-reading Catching Fire before the movie comes out. It's probably my favorite of the 3 books. I feel like the story is much more involved and the characters really grow. I'm looking foward to re-reading this one, you should too!

Legend by Marie Lu
I'm working on this book right now. I've heard nothing but good things about it. Its just taking me a while to get into.  Let me know if you have read it! I could use some encouragement to continue lol.

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
I cannot contain my excitement for this book AND the movie, Divergent, comes out next year. It just keeps getting better!


Let's Chat

3:31 PM

Let's have a little chat shall we readers?? It's been quiet a while since we have had one.

Life has been non-stop lately. I was whisked away 2 weekends ago to a surprise trip up north to my roots. The trip was not so much a surprise but the bridal shower that awaited me was. I felt so blessed and beyond amazed that my bestest childhood friend took the time to plan a bridal shower for me along side my grandma and aunt. It will probably be one of my favorite moments/memories from that trip and probably from my time as an engaged women.

Speaking of wedding goodness. The big day is less then 2 months away. Eeep! So close. Yet so far. lol

So, on my trip up north, I decided that I would start rereading Divergent. So much better the second time around folks. I've taken a whole week to read it because I don't want it to be over and I don't want to be reminded the movie is so far away. Luckily I have Catching Fire to look forward to.
Ok. Book Nerd talk is over.

Thanks for reading readers. I will try harder to make more interesting post. I need to find some time to cook/bake or go on an adventure or something lol.

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Dark Halo - Book Review

1:30 PM

Book Review :

Dark Halo
Shannon Dittemore

One halo brought sight to Brielle. Another offers sweet relief from what she sees.

Brielle can't help but see the Celestial realm. Even without the halo, it's everywhere she looks. And with the heavens above Stratus ravaged by war, Brielle wishes for another gift, any gift. Because Jake is gone. The only boy she's ever loved has been taken by the demon, Damien--and she knows if she ever wants to see him again, she must fight.

But fighting is so hard when everything you see makes you afraid.

When she receives instructions from the Throne Room leading her to Jake, she unknowingly walks into a diabolical and heartbreaking trap. Then the Prince of Darkness himself offers Brielle a halo of his own making. With the dark halo, she won't have to see the fear and brokenness that surround her. She'll be free of that unbearable burden. And it comes with a promise: the guarantee of a life with Jake.

When confusing details about Jake's past emerge, and the battle above reaches a fever pitch, Brielle is forced to make a choice. Will she choose the dark halo and the ignorance that comes with it, or will she choose to live with her eyes wide open and trust the Creator's design--even if it means a future without Jake?

My Thoughts:
As you know, I adore this trilogy. It's great christian YA fiction that doesn't fit the norm. Shannon does an amazing job focusing on the characters, their development, and the story, while also implementing Christian ideal without letting it over take the story. I am so sad to see this series come to an end, but its a good end and I can't wait to see if Shannon Dittemore has anymore awesome books up her sleeve. 

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