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“Socialpunk” by Monica Leonelle – Book Review

Social Punk“Social Punk” is the first of a science fiction trilogy written by Monica Leonelle, all of which is coming out this year.

Apart from writing Monica Leonelle is a well-known digital media strategist, a blogger at Prose on Fire and shares her writing and social media knowledge with other bloggers and authors through her Free Writer Toolkit.

Social Punk is set in a futurist society where the degradation of the environment has led to cities being isolated from each other and entrapped in domes…. or at least that’s what your lead to believe.

Ima, our main character, would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win.

The story and plot of the book is quite compelling. With several twists and turns leading you deeper in to the world created by the author and expanding the connections between the characters and their stories. The characters are well built with depth and intricate emotions to them giving you the feeling of not truly understanding what drives them. That is, with the exception of our protagonist that we watch grow throughout the book and fight between the will to do better and the fear of failing.

In many ways the book explores the opposites of this world and how they can so easily coexist.

Although not the most brilliant of writing, the construction of the plot and characters is quite compelling and makes for quite a pleasant reading.

One could easily classify this book as a teen novel, however I would advice it to anyone that likes science fiction.

If you listen hard enough the book might actually give you pause to think, not only about the consequences of destroying the environment but also about what is it that defines us as human beings and a society and what, if anything, can truly influence what we shall become in the future.

All in all it was a good, fun read and I’m excitedly waiting for the second book to come out.

 

For my honest review I received a complementary copy of this book.

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“The art of Non-comformity” by Chris Guillebeau

Just finished reading “The art of Non-Comformity” by Chris Guillebeau.

What an amazing book!

Loved every single piece of this book, even though it took me a few weeks to get through it. I made it my mission to follow the advices of the book and really look into my life and what I want to do with it, which turn a two day read it almost a month.

Chris Guillebeau’s book is the perfect tool to find you way in this world of ours.

The book is filled with useful advice and wonderful examples, Chris manages the amazing feat of writing a book about how to live without ever actually telling you what to do! This may seem like a bad thing, but that’s just the objective: that you find your own way and forget the rules others layed in front of you.

The book shows you that your crazy dreams can actually be achieved and that life is way to short to live on someone else’s terms.

If you want more from life than what people tell you, you can have, or if there’s a piece of you that feels that there should be more to life than this!

The “The art of non-comformity” is definitely the book for you.

You can visit Chris Guillebeau blog and learn more about The Art of Non-comfomity here!

If you’re still not sure about the book read the manifesto: “A brief guide to world domination” it’s direct and to the point and it will go a long way!

A special thanks to Chris to all he taught me! And for the courage he helped me find in myself!

Have a great evening everyone! And be brave!

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“Reckless” by Cornelia Funke

I love fantasy books!

Really love them! So I’ve got to start by saying that I’m not exactly impartial when it comes to this book.

Cornelia’s book “Reckless” takes you on a fantastic journey to a world just on the other side of the mirror, where every fairy tale monster and fantastical creature are not only real but a vibrant part of the world.

The Reckless brothers will face many dangers and adventures in other to prevent an awful curse to fulfil itself.

The book is a read that you just can’t put down. Unlike most fantasy book the story moves at an accelerated pace without disregarding the details of the mysteries this new world hides.

A great book, beautifully written!

Great for anyone that likes fantasy, but also for anyone looking to introduce themselves to the theme.

Reckless (Funke novel)

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Hand to Mouth by Paul Auster

It is said that nothing is achieved without effort, will and passion. However, when you walk around a book store and see all those successful writers it’s hard to believe that things could have ever been hard for them. But Paul Auster shows us just how wrong we are.

Cover of "Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of E...

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A few years ago, while I was still in high school, and still trying to figure out what to do with myself I bought a book by Paul Auster called “Hand to Mouth”. The book talks about his struggle to find a place for himself in this world and how he became a published author.

When I first bought the book I couldn’t even finish it, it bored me and I couldn’t see the interest in reading about the problems he faced…. bad timing I guess. The truth is that now this book speaks to me louder than most, although I’m not as bad of as he was I can relate to what he felt then. I can see myself in his fears and doubts and seeing how it all turn out okay for him gives me the strength to believe that, much like him, I’ll find my way.

It’s a wonderful book, and everyone should read it, but I specially advice it to those that are fresh out of college, unemployed or considering a change of career.

In this book, Paul Auster brilliantly captures all the challenges and feelings of entering the real world, and for all of us going trough that shift it serves as an anchor that reminds us that everyone feels like this, and that as long as you have the will to keep fighting there’s still hope.

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Bookmarks With Legs to Stand On

Straight from Ukraine, Kiev comes a collection of bookmarks that have legs to stand on!

Wicked witch in the book

Witty and fun these bookmarks will surely make an impression.

Cats paws in the book

From animal lovers to children. There’s one for every taste.

Sexy Legs in the book

You can find the full collection on: Unusual ART Bookmarks on Etsy

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