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Monday Memos: Book Review of ‘Sky’ by Ondine Sherman

“This tree,” he touches a leaf, “is for Sky’s mum. She was loved greatly. And will be missed terribly. And tonight I honor her for raising a brave daughter who spoke up for the voiceless.” – Oliver from ‘Sky’

 

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to talk about a book called ‘Sky’ by Australian author Ondine Sherman. This book was provided for review by ‘The Author People’, and was released on June 27th, 2017. Ondine Sherman holds a BA in Communications from The University of Technology, Sydney & an MA in Environmental Education from Macquarie University. She is an Ambassador for ‘Action for Dolphins’ & Director of Conservation for ‘This is My Earth (TIME)’. She has been nominated for several awards including: ‘Australia’s top 10 Community Leaders’ by News Limited & Microsoft’ & Cosmopolitan’s ‘Fun, Fearless, Female’ Award in 2012. Ondine previously released a memoir entitled ‘The Miracle of Love’ in 2013, in which she discusses her experiences parenting twin sons with a rare genetic disorder. So now that you know all about Ondine, let’s discuss ‘Sky’. In full disclosure this will be a spoiler free review. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!

 

This is a young adult novel about a 16 year old girl named Sky, who moves from Sydney to the countryside with her aunt Paula & uncle Dave after her mother passes away from cancer. Sky feels out of place in her new surroundings due to the fact that she doesn’t have a close relationship with her aunt, doesn’t know anyone else in town, is starting out at a new school close to the end of the school year, and is a passionate vegan. Once at school Sky decides that she wants to be popular so she decides to hide her veganism to accomplish this. Sky’s teacher tells her about a contest that the other kids are participating in with a cash prize of $200, so Sky decides to do her project on Chickens, in hopes that she’ll win the contest so she can buy a fancy dress to wear to her school’s year end gala in order to fit in with her friends. Sky soon adopts a dog named Bella and through a dog training class at a local park Sky  begins to connect with an attractive classmate named Oliver (who the lead popular girl Marissa also likes). Sky decides to interview the owner of a local chicken farm for her project, and is horrified when she sees how badly the chickens are treated. This sets Sky on a path that will force her to pick between the new life she is trying to build for herself and the ethics she was raised with.

 

So now we’ve reached the review part of this post, and I will say that there are some things about this book that I liked and some things that could’ve been better. Firstly I did like the veganism premise of the book because it was interesting and informative. I also really liked Sky’s aunt & uncle because they were kind, loving, and extremely patient with Sky throughout the book. Lastly, Oliver & Lucy (a girl that Sky befriends later in the book), fit into their roles of love interest and eccentric friend well, but the author really does a good job of humanizing mean girl Marissa into a character you can understand. However although ‘Sky’ offers a lot of good things, the most glaring issue with this book lies with the character of Sky herself. Although Sky is young and obviously dealing with her mother’s death, she makes some questionable decisions throughout the book that make her unlikeable & unrelatable . She’s also very cruel to her aunt & uncle, but still expects them to help her and doesn’t apologize to them until the end of the book. Speaking of the end of the book, ‘Sky’ ends with a really sweet scene, but then an epilogue is added at the end that literally ends with the sentences “I stare at the tickets hoping that an answer will magically appear. What should I do?”. This is my least favorite type of open-ended conclusion. Now let me say that I don’t mind open-ended conclusions, but I also don’t like when an author leaves us without a real ending so the possibly of a sequel is higher (an example is the way 13 Reasons Why season 1 ended). It is perfectly possible to have an open-ended conclusion that leaves the foundation for a sequel, but also gives the reader a satisfying ending, and unfortunately ‘Sky’ failed to do this. There are so many other things that could have been improved on in this book (the epilogue alone has a few more issues), but I can’t really discuss that because I don’t want to get into spoilers. Unfortunately I do have to give ‘Sky’ a 1 out of 5 smiley faces because it had so much potential, but could never quite live up to my expectations of it.

 

Keep up with everything Ondine is doing:
Website:http://ondinesherman.com/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/ondines
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/ondinesherman/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ondineshermanauthor/
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YouTube Wednesday: Natalie Barbu, the inspirational beauty/fashion that YOU need in your life

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we’re going to discuss an amazing beauty/fashion/life guru named Natalie Barbu. Natalie is a recent college graduate who is now beginning her career as an Industrial Engineer. The reason why I decided to focus on Natalie’s channel today is not only due to her vast knowledge on beauty & fashion, but also because of how interesting & unique her channel is. Trust me as soon as you watch one of Natalie’s video you’ll be so immersed that you’ll instantly want to subscribe (which you should do because why miss out right? Right!). So now let’s get to the videos. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!

 

The 1st video we’re going to talk about is Natalie’s ‘My First Dorm Room Tour!’, which was uploaded on December 4, 2014 (you can check out the video below). I know, I know it’s summer & nobody wants to think about school, but it will be time to go back before we know it & you gotta be ready (stop booing!). Now what’s one of the most important things about starting college? You got it, shopping! If you’re gonna live in a dorm/apartment or just want to update your room then this video will offer you some GREAT inspiration about cool things you can buy/make in order to make your space uniquely you. So now that we’ve covered the future, let’s talk about a video that will help you right now! Let’s discuss Natalie’s ‘Healthy Summer Snacks | Quick And Easy’ video, which was uploaded on July 15, 2015. Now if you made a New Year Resolution to eat healthier but haven’t started (so basically all of us), this is a MUST SEE for you! In this video Natalie shows how to make easy, inexpensive snacks that everyone can enjoy all summer long. Also, as an added bonus you can also transition these snacks into your fall routine as a good after school snack (so you can be as lazy as you want & only memorize a few recipes while being able to snack healthily. Everyone wins!).

Now we’re going to look at Natalie’s ‘DAD TAKES OVER MY TINDER ACCOUNT Inspired by Why Him?’ video, which was uploaded on April 7th, 2017. In this video we definitely get to see more of Natalie’s fun, bubbly personality, as well as how funny her dad is. It’s hilarious to see Natalie’s dad swipe through her Tinder profile, and to hear his reasons why certain guys don’t make the cut. It’s a really fun video that we can definitely all relate to. Lastly we have her ‘BEING A GIRL IN ENGINEERING + Why More Girls Need to go into STEM’ video, which was uploaded on June 26th, 2018 (you can check out the video below). This is a very interesting video in which Natalie tells us about her experiences as a women pursuing a career as an engineer. She also goes into detail about the doubts & offensive questions she’s encounter while pursing her degree. It’s amazing to see YouTubers who are not only knowledgeable about the skills they showcase on their channels, but also take the time to talk about their own experiences/hardships with their viewers.

 

Keep up with everything Natalie is doing:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-27McNXi7E4Z3H1kZnTjzg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beautybynatxo

Instagram: @nataliebarbu

Snapchat: natalie_barbu

Twitter: https://twitter.com/natalie_barbu

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Monday Memos: Book Review of ‘The Lives of Desperate Girls’

“There was something so tragic about the acts of desperate girls. My helpless heart wished that I could write a different ending to the story, that I could have kept Chloe from disappearing and delivered Helen safely home. But trusting the wrong person wasn’t the only kind of desperate act. Wishing for the impossible could break you just as swiftly.Whether you wanted someone to love you or someone to protect you, it was hard to be a girl in need.” – Jenny Parker ‘The Lives of Desperate Girls’.

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to review a Young Adult mystery book entitled ‘The Lives of Desperate Girls’ by Canadian author MacKenzie Common. ‘The Lives of Desperate Girls’ is MacKenzie Common’s debut book, and this copy was provided for review by Penguin Random House Canada. MacKenzie Common is an author who is originally from Newfoundland but grew up in Northern Ontario. I do need to add a trigger warning due the sexual assault that is present in this novel. There’s a lot we have to discuss about this book, but keep in mind that this will be a spoiler-free review so let’s get into it. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
‘The Lives of Desperate Girl’s centers around high school junior Jenny in the aftermath of the disappearance of her best friend Chloe. Jenny has always felt inferior to her friend due to Chloe’s wealth, popularity, and ease in social situations, in contrast to Jenny who is the exact opposite in all of these areas. Jenny has a hard time adjusting to life without Chloe, which is made more difficult when a local Indigenous girl named Helen is found murdered. Jenny soon begins to investigate Helen’s murder with a classmate named Tom, who has a reputation of being a loner in school. As Jenny finds out more about who Helen was as a person, she also learn more about her country’s history with racism, as well as the racism that still lingers to this day. Although Jenny is very dedicated to finding out who killed Helen and if this has anything to do with Chloe’s disappearance, she struggles with a big secret that she and Chloe have tried to keep buried for nearly a year. 
 
Now we’ve arrived to the question of whether you should invest in this book or not. I will start this off by saying that I had to give this book 1 smiley face because it had a lot of problems. One aspect of the book that I didn’t enjoy was the romance between Jenny and Tom. I definitely felt that their romance escalated quickly and then towards the end of the book his character became less and less important to the story so the romance seemed pointless. The mystery aspect of the book also lacked that element of immersion that made you feel that you were never really invested in the story. One positive aspect was the representation of Indigenous people due to the various Indigenous characters we saw throughout the story. I will say that this book does contain sexual assault as well as very strong language that is not appropriate for all ages so if this is trigger or offensive to you I would skip this one. All in all this book felt like it tried to tackle so many topics at once and because of this was stretched too thin to accomplish what it set out to do. 
Keep up with everything MacKenzie is doing:
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16262394.MacKenzie_Common
Website:https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2142145/mackenzie-common
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YouTube Wednesday: Robby Reads…the BookTuber you’ll be OBSESSED with this summer!!!

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we’re going to discuss a new Booktube channel that you need to follow RIGHT NOW!!! If you’ve never heard of Robby Reads then you’re not only missing out on a great Booktube channel, but also an AMAZING Bookstagram page (seriously his bookish pictures are so beautiful that you’ll wonder how your Instagram feed lived without them). Although Robby gained a lot of fame in the book community through his Bookstagram, he is quickly proving that he is also an incredibly interesting online personality that you will want to watch over and over again. So now Let’s get to the fun part…the videos! Ready? Ok, Let’s go!!!

 

The first video we’re going to discuss is Robby’s ‘…Ready For It?’ video, which was uploaded on September 3, 2017 (you can check out this video below). In this video he answers bookish questions that are themed after Taylor Swift songs such as: the book you are never ever getting back together with…like ever (sorry I couldn’t help it), a red book, a forbidden “love story” book, etc. In this video we’re not only able to learn more about Robby based off of his choices, but we’re also able to see what a fun & bubbly personality he has. This video is the perfect mix for book & Taylor Swift fans that will give you all the feels. The next video we’re going to talk about is his ‘DIY Harry Potter Starbucks Drinks’, which was uploaded on March 12, 2018. This is definitely the perfect DIY project to do this summer whether you want a refreshing drink or even a cool Instagram picture. In this video Robby shows us how to make variations on popular Harry Potter themed Starbucks Drinks that are simple to make & low cost enough to make over and over again. This will definitely bring a little magic to your day!

Next up we have Robby’s ‘How I Take And Edit My Bookstagram Pictures’, which was uploaded on April 7, 2018 (you can check out the video below). This is definitely one of my favorite videos because it’s very interesting to see a popular Bookstagrammer explain his process. In this video Robby not only explains how he sets up his shots, but also which photo editing apps he uses, as well as tips & tricks in order to make the most out of these apps. The last video we’re going to discuss is his ‘Huge BEA, Bookcon, & NYC Book Haul’, which was uploaded on June 12, 2018. Now we all have to admit that we love book hauls (because honestly it’s like shopping without having to spend money), but the best hauls of the year are definitely the Bea & Bookcon Hauls. In these hauls we get to see cool new arcs so we can prepare for all of the new upcoming releases. Again we get to not only see Robby demonstrate his vast knowledge of books, but also the winning personality that has made people fall in love with him.

Keep up with everything Robby is doing here:

YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/rwills13/videos?disable_polymer=1

Website:http://www.robbyreads.com/

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/robbyreads/

Twitter:https://twitter.com/robbyreads

Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/robbyreads/

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7300316-robby

 

 

  • All photos and information used in this blog belong to Robby Reads, robbyreads.com, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Goodreads, all other original owners. I do not own anything in this blog. If any people, corporations, businesses, companies, etc, were not previously given credit for their work, they are given credit now and their previous absence was unintentional. All opinions expressed in this blog are my own. I wrote this blog for entertainment purposes and no copyright infringement is intended

Monday Memos: Book Review of ‘180 Seconds’ by Jessica Park

YOU CAN’T REACH WHAT’S IN FRONT OF YOU UNTIL YOU LET GO OF WHAT’S BEHIND YOU“- from ‘180 Seconds’

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to discuss a new book by author Jessica Park called ‘180 Seconds’, which was provided by ‘Skyscape’ and ‘Two Lions’ for review. Jessica Park grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has also previously written several books entitled ‘Clear, ‘Relatively Famous’, as well as the series ‘Left Drowning’ and ‘Flat-out Love’. This review will be spoiler free, so if you’re ready let’s find out whether you should add this book to your summer TBR or if 180 seconds of your time is more than this book deserves. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!

‘180 Seconds’ is about a college junior named Allison who lived within the foster care system until she was adopted at the age of 15. Due to what she experienced as a child, Allison is not comfortable forming strong bonds with people, which includes her adoptive father Simon. The only person that Allison feels truly close to is her childhood best friend Steffi. All of this begins to change when Allison unwillingly participates in a social experiment conducted by social media star Esben Baylor. The 180 seconds that this experiment takes sends Allison on a path to discover what love and friendship mean to her, as well as the realization that sometimes the strongest people hide the darkest demons.
Personally I really loved this book as a whole. Immediately we are introduced to a cast of interesting characters that show new layers the further into the story you go. Allison is a relatable, interesting protagonist that we see tremendous growth from throughout the course of the novel. Esben is also an interesting character that at first glance appears to be the stereotypical perfect love interest, but is later shown to have much more to him.  However one of my favorite characters had to be Allison’s adoptive father Simon. He is our diverse character in ‘180 Seconds due to the fact that he is gay however, Jessica Park does an amazing job to show that Simon is also fun, funny, and above all an amazing father (seriously this guy has a superhuman amount of patience). Although I did thoroughly enjoy this book, there were a few places here and there where the book lagged a bit and I felt myself skimming the pages a bit until the story picked up again. Although this didn’t happen often, I did have to knock my rating down from 5 to 4 smiley faces because of this. Also, this book does mention sexual assault twice in reference to two of the characters’ backstories so if you are triggered by this please proceed with caution. In conclusion I would say that this book is definitely worth the read due to its interesting mix of fun romance and deep emotional topics.
Keep up with everything Jessica is doing:
Website:http://www.jessicapark.me/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/JessicaPark24?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark/
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22159.Jessica_Park
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YouTube Wednesday: Merphy Napier…the BookTuber you need to subscribe to NOW!!!

Hello people of the internet!!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we’re going to talk about an amazing new Booktuber that every book lover will be ADDICTED to!!! For about a year I’ve been watching a Booktuber named Merphy Napier, and during this time I’ve noticed that her channel has become better and better the longer I’ve watched it. Merphy has a natural ease in front of the camera, which allows the viewer to feel as if they’re having a discussion with one of their friends also, her video content is very diverse and interesting which allows her viewers to know that they won’t ever feel bored watching her channel. I know that Merphy will quickly become a very popular Booktuber, so I thought that now was a perfect time to discuss what her channel has to offer so that you can subscribe to her today. Also she is a self-published author so make sure you support her by checking out her debut book ‘Perfection’ on her website here: https://www.merphynapier.com/menu/. So now let’s get into the fun part of this post, talking about the videos. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!

 

The first video that we’re going to talk about is Merphy’s ‘DISCUSSION: How Many Books Is Enough?’ video, which was uploaded on November 12, 2016. This is a very interesting video that quickly discusses the topic of competition in the BookTube community. Many people have posed the question of whether or not our need to read as many books as possible in a month is a consequence of book tracking websites such as Goodreads, or even BookTube itself. This expands into other questions such as: ‘Should you only read what’s new and popular in order to stay relevant in the community (which goes into another topic about buying new releases as soon as they come out)?’, and ‘Are you allowed to DNF (not finish) a book if you aren’t enjoying it?’. Honestly this is a very complicated and interesting topic that still floats around the BookTube community today. I think Merphy does an amazing job of discussing her point of view on this topic, which is basically that reading shouldn’t be a competition, it should be fun. The next video we’re going to discuss is her ‘Top Five Wednesdays: Unlikable Protagonists’ video, which was uploaded on June 20, 2017 (you can check out the video below). I found this to be a very fun video to watch because as much as we love gushing about our fav protagonists, we also love complaining about protagonists that we consider unlikable (I’m looking at you Bella Swan!). In this video Merphy discusses several popular Young Adult protagonists that are considered unlikable, and gives her opinions about why they may not be as bad as everyone thinks. It’s a very fun video to watch and a must see for all fans of the Young Adult genre.

Next up we have Merphy’s ‘Books I Never Should Have Read’ video, which was uploaded on September 7, 2017. I really love the topic of this video because at first you think it’s going to be a rant video about her least favorite books, but in reality it’s a video about how incorrect marketing can cause a book to suffer. In this video Merphy explains that if a book is not marketed to the correct audience then this can result in low-ratings, bad reviews, and the author being branded a “bad writer”. This video is a perfect example of how Merphy can take a serious topic and not only perfectly explain her point of view on the topic, but do so in a way that’s interesting and engaging to the viewer. The final video we’re going to discuss is her ‘Diverse Book Recommendations’ video, which was uploaded on May 19, 2018 (you can check out this video below). This has to be one of my personal all time favorite Merphy videos, because it discusses a very important topic not just in literature, but in media in general. Although we have seen a rise in books/movies/TV shows with diverse characters and situations, there is always room for even more diversity. In her video Merphy discusses underrated books that deal with: Physical Diversity, Racial Diversity, and Sexual Diversity. These books range from LGBTQ+ topics, to blind and deaf representation, and so much more. It is very exciting to see more Booktubers discussing diverse books/authors that aren’t always on the forefront of everyone’s minds, because this way you get to see a much wider range of experiences/perspectives which is what makes reading so amazing, and why we keep coming back story after story.

 

Keep up with everything Merphy is doing:

 

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Monday Memos: Book Review of ‘Before I Let Go’ by Marieke Nijkamp

“She took my heart and held it safe. She promised to wait for me, with words that echo in my mind and tender touches that I can still feel on my skin”Corey from ‘Before I Let Go”.

 

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to review a new book by New York Times Bestselling Author Marieke Nijkamp. You may recognize Marlene’s name due to the popularity of her 2016 debut book ‘This Is Where It Ends’, as well as the editor of the anthology Unbroken: 13 Stories Starting Disabled Teens which will be released in the fall of 2018. Today we have the privilege of reviewing her latest book ‘Before I Let Go’, which was released on January 2, 2018 and was provided for review by Sourcebooks Fire. This will be a spoiler free review however I will discuss how the ending affected my opinion of the book. So now let’s get to the review. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!

 

‘Before I Let Go’ is a Young Adult suspense novel surrounding the suicide of a bi-polar young teenage girl name Kyra in the small town of Lost, Alaska. When Kyra’s best friend Corey returns to Lost after moving away for several months, she begins to realize that the town is very different than she remembered. Corey is shocked to find that she is now treated like an outsider by people who have known her for her entire life, and feels that there is an aura of secrecy surrounding the town. However the thing that Corey finds the most shocking is the fact that everyone in town speaks very highly and lovingly of Kyra, despite the fact that Corey always saw that everyone in town mercilessly tease and abused Kyra her entire life. Corey begins to suspect that there is more to Kyra’s death than what she has been lead to believe, so she decides to investigate the story herself. Throughout the story Corey finds out dark secrets about the town and herself that she had never considered before. Corey also finds that she has enemies and allies in the town that will play an important role in uncovering the truth.

 

So now we’ve reached the point in the review where I tell y’all if you should buy this book or not. Honestly, this book is a little difficult to recommend because it was a solid 5 star read until I reached the ending of the book. Now this book does have some problems throughout, such as the fact that Corey is not a very likeable protagonist because of the way she treated Kyra after she moved (which is made even worst by how mentally ill Kyra is, and the fact that Corey knows this but still treats her this way). The book also contains several pages where the writing suddenly changes to a script style (like a play would have) which was really jarring and completely unnecessary to the story because it didn’t tie in with anything. However a positive point of this book is that we do get to see a lot of diversity with the inclusion of asexual, pansexual, and homosexual characters, as well as a very detailed accounting of Kyra’s mental illness that helps us really understand and fall in love with her character. The author truly does an amazing job of pulling you into the mystery of Lost and keeping you engaged throughout every twist & turn that comes our way. Unfortunately this is all ruined by the ending of the book. As soon as Corey solves the mystery we reach the climax of the book and then the story just ends. It does not resolve, it just ends. After all of the build up and great storytelling that the author does, this ending is just so disappointing that it honestly ruined the whole experience of the book for me. Because of this, I have to give this book a solid 2.5 smiley faces out of 5, which truly saddens me to do because this story deserved so much more.

 

Keep up with everything Marieke is doing:
Website:http://www.mariekenijkamp.com/musings/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/mariekeyn
Insragram:https://www.instagram.com/mariekeyn/
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Cover Reveal: Katie McGarry’s latest Young Adult Book ‘Only a Breath Apart’

 

Hello people of the internet!!! Today we have the pleasure of being apart of the cover reveal for Young Adult author Katie McGarry’s latest amazing book entitled ‘Only a Breath Apart’ which will be published by Tor Teen on January 22, 2019. If you haven’t heard of Katie McGarry’s previous work, then you HAVE to check out her book IMMEDIAELY (seriously her books are the best you can thank me for this recommendation later). So know that you’ve seen how gorgeous the cover is (and seriously that is such a beautiful cover I honestly can’t wait to give it a place of honor on my shelves), you probably want to know what the book is about right? Don’t worry I have y’all covered! Ready? Ok here we go!

 

Jesse dreams of working the land that’s been in his family forever. But he’s cursed to lose everything he loves most. Scarlett is desperate to escape her “charmed” life. But leaving a small town is easier said than done. Despite their history of heartbreak, when Jesse sees a way they can work together to each get what they want, Scarlett can’t say no. Each midnight meeting between Jesse and Scarlett will push them to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other.

 

I mean honestly we all know that this will be on EVERYONE’s TBR in 2019 so definitely keep your eye out for it. Now even though this book will be available for sale on January 22, 2019, it is currently available for presale through any of the links below, and I HIGHLY recommend you pre-order this one, because once you read 1 Katie McGarry book, she will be an auto-buy author for you!

 

Pre-order ‘Only a Breath Apart’ here:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2K4poUy

Kobo:http://bit.ly/2M7Sn7f

Google Play: http://bit.ly/2M6S24K

B-A-M: http://bit.ly/2M2na5h

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2tnkyXZ

iBooks: https://apple.co/2K0iAE4

 

Keep up with everything Katie is doing here:

Website: www.katielmcgarry.com

Twitter: @katiemcgarry

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katielmcgarry

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4575371.Katie_McGarry

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/katielmcgarry/

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YouTube Wednesday: Beckah Shae, the artist that’s breathing new life into pop music

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we’re going to discuss an AMAZING singer that you’re going to be absolutely OBSESSED with!!! If you haven’t heard of Beckah Shae then prepare to be introduced to your favorite new singer. With years of experience in the Contemporary Christian genre, Beckah’ reputation has gained her award nominations (including a very prestigious Dove Award nomination, which is the highest award a Christian artist can earn), as well as a guest track on multiaward winning artist TobyMac’s 2010 album ‘Tonight’. Recently Beckah has been making waves on her YouTube channel by posting Christian versions of popular Pop songs. Not only is this an innovative and genius spin on the concept of covers, but has also allowed Beckah to show off her extremely impressive vocal range to a larger audience. So I know what you’re thinking now. You want to get to the music right? Ok then let’s jump into it. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!

The first song that we’re going to talk about is Beckah’s cover of Ed Sheeran’s song ‘Shape of You’, which was uploaded on April 20th, 2017 (you can check out the video below). This was the 1st cover of Beckah’s that I ever saw and honestly it hooked me right from the beginning. I love how she took a song about someone finding the love they crave in a person and instead turning into a song about finding love in Jesus. Although Ed’s version is great, I really like how Beckah took a club song and made it an AMAZING worship song. The next song we’re going to talk about is Beckah’s cover of ‘Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato. This is the cover that will really show you just how much control and power Beckah’s voice has. This is definitely not an easy song to cover due to the incredibly high notes and long vocal runs the song has. This song definitely provides a round of vocal gymnastics for most vocalists however Beckah handles this challenge with ease. This is a cover that you will definitely want to blast from your car speakers this year!

Now we’re going to discuss Beckah’s cover of ‘Havana’ by Camilia Cabello. I thought that this was a really creative cover because of Beckah’s change of the word Havana for Hosanna which makes her transition of this track into a worship song appear flawless. It never does cease to amaze me just how creative Beckah is. The final song that we’re going to discuss is Beckah’s cover of ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran, which features musician Damien Horne. This is an absolutely cover that is truly able to show how both artists are able to perfectly express the emotions and tenderness in this song and truly make a remarkable worship song out of it. Honestly I could sit here all day and explain why you should listen to Beckah’s music however her talent is something you must experience to fully understand, and recommend you do this immediately!
Keep up with everything Beckah is doing:
YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS_XVTUI83rmHl0uJ6vpf9A
Website:http://www.beckahshae.com/
Pateron:https://www.patreon.com/beckahshae/memberships
Twitter:https://twitter.com/BECKAHSHAE
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/beckahshae/
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/beckahshae
Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/4Pi85G2JqF1PZeHfr3tGpu

 

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Monday Memos: Discovering Heaven…the documentary that will inspire and uplift you

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to discuss an amazing new documentary I was recently given the opportunity to screen about a man who died and went to Heaven. If you loved films such as ‘Heaven is for Real’ and ’90 minutes in Heaven’ then prepare for a documentary that will lift your spirit and make you question just where the line between life and death is drawn and what exactly happens to us when we die. Through the use of beautiful cinematography as well as captivating storytelling, director Stephen Gray is able to demonstrate just why this film has won best documentary awards at: Festigious IFF Los Angeles, New York Film Awards, Los Angeles Film Awards, and selected as a Daily Pick on Film Shortage. So if you’re ready to hear an incredible story that will truly inspire you then please read on! Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!

 

On July 18th, 1969 at 19 years old, Capt. Dale Black became the sole survivor of a non-survivable plane crash in Burbank, California. In ‘Discovering Heaven’ Capt. Black describes his vast 40 years of experience as a pilot, flight instructor, standards captain, aviation safety counselor, and FAA designated examiner, which was though to be impossible after the extensive bodily damage he suffered as a result of the crash. In the documentary Capt. Black explains the horrific experience of crashing 5 feet from the top of a 7 story tall concrete dome called ‘The Portal of The Folded Wings’ (which was made to honor fallen pilots) at 135 miles per hour. Prior to the crash the plane of deemed suitable for flight and appeared to be in perfect operational order. In a split second Capt. Black’s life would forever change. After the crash occurred Capt. Black describes viewing his own body, as well as the bodies of his two co-pilots, after the three individuals fell 70 feet from the air. He then traveled to Heaven with two angelic beings, before returning to his body in the hospital. Capt. Black described his experience as feeling alert but without fear or pain. Upon waking up in the hospital Captain Dale had to undergo a vast amount of physical therapy due to his bodily injuries which included his back being broken in multiple places, and well as pieces of debris having to be removed from his body, among other injuries.

 

Capt. Black goes on to describe how this experience truly changed him due to his family’s background as logical indivduals who believed that there was a scientific explaination for everything. I truly do believe that Capt. Dale’s story is an increbile account of a miracle that few of us are given the opportunity to experience. However I think Capt. Black says it best in ‘Discovering heaven when he states that his advice is to, “Get a good bible and read everything Jesus said and keep your mind alert but open your heart, and then make your own decision. It’s your life, it’s your eternal life, so do with it whatever you want to do”.

Check out the trailer for ‘Discovering Heaven’ below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6HDysj6u3c

 

If you’d like to stay up to date with Captain Dale and At First Sight Films (which produced ‘Discovering Heaven’ please check out the links below. Also, if you would like to donate in order to help At First Sight Films produce more stories like Captain Dale’s and turn ‘Discovering Heaven from a 10 minute documentary into a full length film please considering checking out their website below:

Discovering Heaven Links:

Website: http://discoveringheaven.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/discoveryheaven

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/discoveryheaven/

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/discoveringheaven/

YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ0BE-GjVuKvLEEBn_Ix42w/featured

Donate Here Please!: http://discoveringheaven.com/donate/

 

Captain Dale Black’s Links:

Website: https://daleblack.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/captdaleblack?lang=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/captdaleblack/

 

 

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