Grad Update: So Close!

Hello everyone! I was going to share a review with you today but I’m about to pass out at my desk so I think I’m better off doing a little check-in and then heading to bed 🙂

FYI I write these posts the night before, I’m not going to bed at 9am

So, my first term of grad school is almost over! This past week I submitted two essays and wrote an exam, and I have one last report to submit before I get to go home for the holidays.

It’s been both more challenging and easier than I expected; I pretty much came in brand-new to the field and there was a ton of information constantly being thrown at me from the very beginning. Thankfully after this first term, I feel that I’ve got a better handle on all these concepts so second term should get off to a better start.

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Book Tour: The One Apart by Justine Avery

It’s time for another spotlight! I’m joining iRead Book Tours again and I’m excited to highlight this new book by Justine Avery coming out in only 3 days!! It sounds super creepy so maybe a perfect pairing with the cold weather starting to sneak in.

You can find the whole tour schedule here and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

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The One Apart by Justine Avery

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy | Paranormal

Only one obstacle stands in his way of enjoying a normal life. He remembers—every life he’s lived before.

Tres is about to be born… with the biggest burden any has ever had to bear. He is beginning again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body.

He and his teenage mother face life filled with extraordinary challenges as they strive to protect, nurture, and hide how truly different he is. But Tres alone must solve the greatest mystery of all: who is he? The answer is linked to the one question he’s too afraid to ask: why am I?

In his quest, Tres discovers that all is considerably more interconnected and dynamic than he could ever imagine—and fraught with far more danger. He cannot hide from the unseen threat stalking him since his birth.

Life as he knows it—as all know it—is in peril. And Tres is the only one aware.

Pre-order it on Amazon!

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Review: X: Poems by James Galvin

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So as you can probably tell from the title of this one, I picked it purely because I could count it as my X book for the alphabet challenge, and it was available at the library! There were some poems that really stood out for me, but I’ll get into that more below 🙂

X: Poems by James Galvin
Genre: Poetry

“X” is the kiss and betrayal, the embrace, the crucifixion, the mathematical unknown. In his sixth book of poems, James Galvin writes from a deep, philosophical engagement with the landscape and faces a “vertigo of solitude” with his marriage dissolved, his only daughter grown and gone, and the log house he built by hand abandoned. “What did I love that made me believe it would last?” he asks.

Get it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

I’ve talked about my “issues” with poetry or short story collections before where it’s very rare that I’ll enjoy every piece within a collection, though at times I’m close. This one was not that but there were still some poems I really liked and even some lines from poems that I pulled out to save. It felt a bit like the author was being deliberately obscure, which I know is somewhat typical of poetry but here it was just frustrating that they seemingly unnecessarily used big, complicated words; it just muddled the meaning and impact for me.

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