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While I didn’t add any actual physical books to my shelf this week I managed to finish reading one. I wrote a review of a cutting-edge story which I posted on Amazon, Goodreads and Jackie’s Bookbytes. I admit there are spoilers but honestly, I consider my measly reviews don’t even begin to scratch the surface of a real book, especially one like Scythe. I only write what I “gleaned” from it (pun intended), that’s all and if that includes spoilers, I’m sorry but I try not to.
In a world where sickness and disease have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do. Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, (reminded me of The Hunger Games) Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives.
↬I very much liked the ideas and concepts in this story. I feel it underlines the positive and powerful message from the Bible about death and dying. You know the one? About death being swallowed up in victory? 1 Corinthians 15:54 and that there will be no more pain and suffering or death and disease? Revelation 21:4 Except without scythes.
I added 4 ebooks to my kindle and even repaired my wifi connectivity!
I’m happy about that and so over it.
Forget Me Not by Willow Winters
OMG, this sounds twisted and is about abuse, and well, hell and nightmares.
I fell in love with a boy a long time ago.
I was only a small girl. Scared and frightened, I was taken from my home and held against my will. His father hurt me, but he protected me and kept me safe as best he could.
Until I left him.
I ran the first chance I got and even though I knew he wasn’t behind me, I didn’t stop. The branches lashed out at me, punishing me for leaving him in the hands of a monster.
I’ve never felt such guilt in my life.
Although I survived, the boy was never found. I prayed for him to be safe. I dreamed he’d be alright and come back to me. Even as a young girl I knew I loved him, but I betrayed him.
Twenty years later, all my wishes came true.
But the boy came back a man. With a grip strong enough to keep me close and a look in his eyes that warned me to never dare leave him again. I was his to keep after all.
Twenty years after leaving one hell, I entered another. Our tale was only just getting started.
It’s dark and twisted.
But that doesn’t make it any less of what it is.
A love story. Our love story.
I also got 3 audiobooks from Audible
Arc of a Scythe
Written by: Neal Shusterman
Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Series: Arc of a Scythe, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
Traitor to the Throne
Written by: Alwyn Hamilton
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Series: Rebel of the Sands, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
Strange the Dreamer
Written by: Laini Taylor
Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins