Book Review: The Lightbearers by Nora M. Garcia

The Lightbearers

Book Description (from Goodreads):

THE LIGHTBEARERS is the story of an ancient Egyptian King and Queen, Akhenaton and Nefertiti, who have been reincarnating together for the past 3300 years. They have been entrusted with the mission of The Lightbearers, whose responsibility is to be guardians of the human race and to enlighten any whose path they cross. Through reincarnation, during each of their lifetimes, they strive to overcome violence, greed and injustice and in each lifetime they leave pockets of individuals with whom they have shared their secrets of life and death. They have also been ascribed with the powers of telepathy, astral projection and psycho kinesis. They are highly evolved and highly enlightened.

Discovery of their innate mystical powers is facilitated by the assistance of an alien being who introduces them to the mission of the Lightbearer. Through a series of flashbacks two of their previous lifetimes are revealed beginning in Ancient Egypt and including 17th century France where they switched genders.

The story unfolds in the 21st century where Jean Crystal, Nefertiti’s incarnate, has been kidnapped by Dr. Natas, whose plan for world domination has been temporarily disrupted by Jean and her husband George, Akhenaten’s incarnate. Jean and George have discovered a secret about Dr. Natas experimental school, a school completely computerized and robotized.

Jean is held captive on a laboratory table by a motion sensitive laser directed toward her central nervous system. Not realizing this, upon awakening from a narcotic sleep induced by the doctor, she attempts to move and is suddenly wracked by a mind numbing pain. The more she moves the more pain she receives. By astrally projecting herself she is able to overcome the pain and investigate her circumstances. George has already been assassinated and while awaiting her own demise, George pays Jean a visit in the lab, assuring her of their eternal vow to each other. Jean is very shortly, thereafter, assassinated. Upon the joyful reunion of their spirits on Petite Terre, a tiny island just off the Normandy Province of France, Jean and George plan their return. While it is possible to determine their gender and the time in which they return, they cannot predetermine their identities. They must pick a place, a time and a signal by which they can find and identify each other in their subsequent lifetime. In this particular lifetime, their favorite song was “Imagine” by John Lennon and so on the first Monday of October, 2024 at 12 noon, they decide to meet outside the computer science building on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. She will find him sitting under a tree near the building with a guitar strumming “Imagine”.

Their reunion takes place 20 years later, albeit not without a hitch. Together they set out to rescue the United States from Dr. Natas’s well-placed plans, he has already begun to execute.

Book Review:

Reincarnation, astral projection, telepathy, robots and romance, are some of the elements that make The Lightbearers a very interesting and captivating story.

The protagonists of this story are Jean and George, two Lightbearers with some special powers who have been together through different lives and times and are trying to fulfill its mission of helping humanity (although this is not an easy task for them!). The author did a nice job making these two characters really likable and interesting.

The book starts with Jean (in the contemporary times), who is in the hands of the evil genius Dr. Natas, owner of Alpha Beta Corporation and creator of a school that uses robots instead of humans (He is a true villain, dark and very manipulative, who won’t stop until he gets what he wants).
There are some unexpected twists and turns involving some of the secondary characters (I won’t give any spoilers here), but all of them contribute to make the story even more interesting.

With a mix of science fiction, action, romance and supernatural aspects, this is an entertaining book (well written and with good characters), that I really enjoyed, kept my attention until the end and I will surely recommend.

Book Review: This morning I woke up dead by Mindy Larson

This morning I woke up dead

Book Description from Amazon:

Things are seemingly perfect for Hadley Christensen and Dominic Morris. They’re engaged, both of them have promising careers in the medical field, and they’re happier and more fulfilled than they have ever been. When Hadley heads off to work one morning, she realizes things aren’t as they seem. While staring into the headlights of a fast approaching oncoming vehicle, life as she knows it is forever altered. Her last breath on Earth is only the beginning.

She isn’t about to die.
She is already dead.
No one else knows but they are all dead too.

This powerful realization forces Hadley to leave Dominic behind and exist in another realm. Neither soul handles the painful separation well, nor can their bond be broken. Even in death. Hadley is given the rare privilege to make contact from the other side, desperately hoping to convince her beloved of his true state and ensure they be together once more.

This Morning I Woke Up Dead takes you on a journey of discovery as two souls fight against their undeniably difficult situation of being tormented and separated by different realms of existence, proving that those who are destined to be together will not be kept apart by a beating heart.

Book Review:

My Rating 4.5

“This Morning I Woke Up Dead” explores the existence of an afterlife, a different realm of existence, and how life could be in that place.

I loved the beautiful love story of Hadley and Dominic, from the beginning I was waiting for them to find their happy ending.

This book also addresses some difficult issues, like the loss of a loved one, the grief and what follows for those who remain, but the author manages to do it very well.

Something I enjoy in books is the narrative from different POV, in this book the story alternates between the POV of Hadley (the main female character) and the one from Dominic (Hadley’s boyfriend), this allows us to see what they are experiencing in a parallel manner and in two different worlds.

For me the narrative of Dominic (particularly at the beginning) was really heartbreaking, through the pages you can feel his pain, his agony over the loss of Hadley, but also all his love for her.

Reading the book there were times when I experienced some sadness, but there were also moments that really made me smile (one of them was while reading how Hadley and Dominic met and began dating).

Besides the main characters there are others that I found good and likable, like Logan (Hadley’s “Guide”) and Emerson (Dominic’s sister) and it’s interesting to learn their stories.

This book is an emotional journey for the characters as well as a journey of learning and I think the author did a very good job in showing this in the story.

Something I think is important to mention is that there are moments in the book with transitions between past/present, one realm of existence and the other, in which you should pay attention so you don’t lose track of the progression of the story.

As the writing in this book is emotional, and the characters feel very real, be prepared to possibly shed a few tears as you read.

Overall I think this is a really good book and I recommend it, also I look forward to reading more from this author.

Currently Reading: This morning I woke up dead by Mindy Larson

This morning I woke up dead

This morning I woke up dead by Mindy Larson is the book I’m currently reading, as soon as I finish I’ll post the review.

Book Description (from Amazon):

Things are seemingly perfect for Hadley Christensen and Dominic Morris. They’re engaged, both of them have promising careers in the medical field, and they’re happier and more fulfilled than they have ever been. When Hadley heads off to work one morning, she realizes things aren’t as they seem. While staring into the headlights of a fast approaching oncoming vehicle, life as she knows it is forever altered. Her last breath on Earth is only the beginning.

She isn’t about to die.

She is already dead.

No one else knows but they are all dead too.

This powerful realization forces Hadley to leave Dominic behind and exist in another realm. Neither soul handles the painful separation well, nor can their bond be broken. Even in death. Hadley is given the rare privilege to make contact from the other side, desperately hoping to convince her beloved of his true state and ensure they be together once more.

This Morning I Woke Up Dead takes you on a journey of discovery as two souls fight against their undeniably difficult situation of being tormented and separated by different realms of existence, proving that those who are destined to be together will not be kept apart by a beating heart.

Book Review: Between the Lines (Book 1) by Tammara Webber

Between the Lines

Official Book Description:

When Hollywood It Boy, Reid Alexander, arrives on location to shoot his next movie, his goals are the same as always—film another blockbuster hit and enjoy his celebrity status to the fullest while doing so. His costar is a virtual unknown with whom he had blazing hot chemistry during her auditions. The universe is lining up nicely to grant whatever he wants, as usual, until he’s confronted with unexpected obstacles on location like a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for the first girl to spark his genuine interest in years.

Emma Pierce just got her big break after more than a decade of filming commercials for grape juice, department stores and tampons, and more recently, bit parts in made-for-TV movies. Nailing the lead role in a wide-release film sent her agent, father and stepmother into raptures, and should have done the same for her. The Problem? Emma is experiencing a building desire to be normal, and starring in a silly, modernized adaptation of one of her favorite novels—opposite the very hot Reid Alexander—isn’t going to advance that aspiration.

Graham Douglas doesn’t fear playing the part of a nerdy dimwit; when it comes to choosing film roles, if it pays, he’ll do it. Besides, his friend Brooke Cameron snatched up the role of the bitchy hot girl and could use his help as a buffer, because her ex is the star. Graham has no problem keeping a handle on the situation, until he finds himself attracted to Reid’s costar, Emma, the girl Reid is pursuing full-throttle with his standard arsenal of charm, good looks and arrogance.

Book Review:

There are some books that catch your interest from the beginning and keep it until the end, for me “Between the lines” by Tammara Webber was one of those.

I read this book in one sitting and as soon as finish I knew this was a book I’ll be re-reading in the future, (and I’ll enjoy it just as the first time).

The book offers a glimpse to the life of a group of young celebrities (most of the time while they are working on a new movie), through the story we can see their lives inside and outside the set, how they manage work, fame, relationships and family issues (which is not always easy for them in that kind of circle).
This book is written from two POV, one from Reid’s, a famous young movie star, and the other one from Emma, a young actress who has mostly played small roles but is now having her first big opportunity.

For me this was an entertaining read, I liked the pace and how well written it was (this allowed me to be quickly immersed in the story), I also enjoy the characters created by Tammara Webber (from the main to the secondary ones).
My favorite character was Graham, he is just the perfect guy: romantic, warm and supportive, and I’m really excited about the continuation of the Series “Where you are”, which includes Graham’s POV.

This is the first book I read from this author and I really recommend it, also I look forward to reading the next books from the “Between the Lines” Series:
Where you are (Book 2)
Good for you (Book 3)

Books with romance and sports – Review for Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

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Book Description:

“Whoever said football and girls don’t mix hasn’t read Catching Jordan. I couldn’t put it down ” — Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series

ONE OF THE BOYS

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart’s on the line?

Book review:

“Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love” 
Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown in “Peanuts”

Jordan is a girl, but she’s also the quarterback of her High School Football team, she’s used to be focused 100% on the game, until Ty Green appears in the picture and suddenly things change…

This is a sweet story about dealing with your feelings while you are growing up and deciding what to do with your future. Is about love, friendship, dreams, and also about the importance of stand for what you really want and be open to different options in life.

Jordan is talented and strong and I liked her since the beginning. The rest of the characters were really fun to read and my favorites were Henry (Jordan’s best friend and one of her teammates) and Mike (Jordan’s brother, the older brother I would have loved to have).

One of the things that I liked about the story is the great relationship between Jordan and her teammates (all of them were very protective and supportive), also the evolution in the relationship between Jordan and her Dad.

This was an enjoyable book and I would love to see a continuation for Jordan’s story, but for now I look forward to reading the newer book from Miranda Kenneally, “Things I Can’t Forget” that takes place in a Summer Camp.

Book Review: A Shade of Blood (A Shade of Vampire 2) by Bella Forrest

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Book Description from Goodreads:

In A Shade Of Blood, Bella Forrest transports you deeper into a unique, enthralling and beautifully sensitive story.
Prepare to be lost in its pages…

When Sofia Claremont was kidnapped to a sunless island, uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet, she believed she’d forever be a captive of its dark ruler, Derek Novak.

Now, after months of surviving an endless night, the morning sun may soon rise again for Sofia. Something has possessed Derek’s heart and he offers her a gift no human slave has ever been given in the history of his cursed island: escape.

High school, prom and a chance to move on with her life now await her.

But will she be able to forget the horrors that steal her sleep away at night? … and the feelings that haunt her for that tormented prince of darkness?

Book review:

Another amazing book by Bella Forrest, A Shade of Vampire is by far one of my favorite paranormal books and after reading A Shade of Blood I reconfirm that she’s a great writer and one of my favorite authors.

This book is dark, captivating and intense, it was impossible for me to put it down, even when that meant for me to stay awake almost all night.
The story is still as good as in the first book, and thanks to the fact that places and scenes are well described and detailed, it’s fairly easy to be transported to the world that the author created, that mysterious and intriguing place called “The Shade” where exist all these vampires governed by Derek Novak.
The characters are well developed and for me it was really easy relate to them, you can feel their pain, frustration, love, their struggle and I think this is why I’m so captivated by Bella Forrest’s books.
One thing I really enjoyed was the multiple POV’s that we find in this book, to be able to switch between Sofia, Derek, Ben and Lucas really helped me understand these better characters (their feelings and what was behind their actions).
In this second book we learn more about Derek’s past, “The Shade” and also we get to know Ben better (Sofia’s best friend who after this book became more interesting to me than in the first book).
This book in a manner explores the subject of how people deal with their pain and how after a life changing event it seems fairly impossible forget and leave everything behind, also it shows that even when there’s love, relationships are not always easy and sometimes you have to fight for what you want.

The end of this book left me wanting to read the next in this series (can’t wait for the release) and I definitely recommend it to YA, Romance, Fantasy and Paranormal fans, but to understand and really enjoy this book you should read first “A Shade of Vampire” also by Bella Forrest.

Book Review: Falling for you by Lisa Schroeder

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Book description (from Goodreads):

“Rae’s always dreamed of dating a guy like Nathan. He’s nothing like her abusive stepfather—in other words, he’s sweet. But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her…and the less she wants to give. 

As Rae’s affection for Nathan turns to fear, she leans on her friend Leo for support. With Leo, she feels lighter, happier. And possessive Nathan becomes jealous. 

Then a tragedy lands Rae in the ICU. Now, hovering between life and death, Rae must find the light amid the darkness…and the strength to fight for life and the love she deserves.”

 

My Book review:

I really liked this book and it was impossible for me to put it down until I finished (that was around 3 or 4 am).

The story was really heartbreaking at times, this book is so full of emotions and I found myself so immerse that in some moments I was sad, but in others I was angry because just couldn’t understand why some characters acted the way they did, I think this is what happens when the characters are well written and you can relate to them (is easy identify who are good people and who are not).

For some people this may no be an easy read, it’s not your typical love story, it’s dark at times and addresses some hard topics, but I think the author developed the story really well and everything fitted into place.

I think this book did a good job of showing that in difficult and hard times, we have to keep strong and hold on to the good stuff, even when sometimes may seem impossible.

The poetry in the book was good and the idea of share your feelings through the writing made me remember the time I got my first journal (diary) and I used to write in it all the time.

Overall I really recommend this book.

Children’s Book: Thanks By Luciana Reis

Even when this is a children’s book (and I don’t have any yet) I was curious about this Kindle book, after I started reading I got caught by the beautiful photos and the messages than appear in each page.

This book is about gratitude and be thankful, something that I think is really important to teach to children since early ages and also an important value than we must live as adults.

Something really nice is that the book is available in different languages in the Amazon Kindle Store (english, spanish, portuguese and even catalan) and a few moments ago that I visited the Kindle Store in US the four editions were free (the prices in the kindle books may vary by country and also can change at any time, is important than you review the price before any purchase).

I’m really thankful 😉 that I found this book, and I would love to share it with my nieces the next time I meet them.

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