Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Falling Of Hope

This book review is harder for me to write because i know that The Falling of Hope is the last book in The Falling series. The beginning of this book opens with happiness and gives you hope but then it's dashed and you're left feeling heartbroken once again. And i have to say to Marisa Oldham, why do you enjoy breaking so many hearts? I know you're sitting back laughing at all of us that come to you or have come to you when we ask you "Why, why so much pain and heartbreak?" and you sit back and told me for one, "Just keep reading." So anyone who reads The Falling of Grace i laugh at you now and tell you "Just keep reading." like Marisa told me when i read this the first time through. 

There is heartache and joy and so many emotions in this book and I have to say it is my favorite book in The Falling Series even though it is also the last in the series. The Falling of Love is great, The Falling of Grace is even better because Marisa expands upon the story she started in The Falling of Love but The Falling of Hope is even that much better. Not only because it keeps expanding upon the story thus far, but because of everything that happens in the book. The way things proceed, the way it makes you feel throughout the story, slapping you in the face, and telling you to pay attention and that you wont regret it. One of the only complaints that i can think to come up with about any of the three books is the same I've had of the other two, I don't speak french so i keep having to look up words to find out what they are saying. 

Almost halfway through the book now and your emotions get assaulted again all in one scene. Anger, sadness, shock, heartache, Marisa Oldham seems to be a master at manipulating people's emotions through her books and i'm loving every second. What i'm not loving is writing this review, not because i can't, but because i want to talk about what is happening and i can't seem to come up with a way to do it without giving spoilers. Halfway through the book and there is so much going on, and things that have gone on, I want to talk about them all. There's a calmness that i find very relaxing now and i'm enjoying it, because as with the other books, I've read this one before as well and I know what is coming. 

Happiness in the book finally but again, right afterwards Marisa decides to try to make us all cry again. This book is one huge emotional roller-coaster and i swear i can hear Marisa laughing at me as i'm reading this book again. The way she describes one of the places later on in this book makes me want to visit it badly. I wont say where it is so that I don't spoil anything but I definitely want to go visit and spend a whole month there. 

There are times in the last hundred pages that I'm thinking to myself oh gods please.... because i want two of the characters together so badly because I've gotten so invested in them. For anyone who believes in true love or thinks that two people who are meant to be are meant to be, then please go read The Falling Series you wont be disappointed at all because Marisa Oldham is such a wonderful writer. I love all three of these books and by far The Falling of Hope is my favorite of the three. Thank you for a wonderful series Marisa Oldham and i cannot wait to read Learning to Breathe.

The Falling Of Grace

As soon as The Falling of Grace opens, my heart swells seeing the very first scene and for those of you who have read The Falling of Love, you know why. In the first few pages i felt anger and hope and confusion as well as other emotions just from this one scene. There is so much going on just between two characters. It's the first real time i felt anger toward the main character Grace, the first, but not last. I want to yell at Marisa Oldham for making me want to slap sense into two characters from a book and laugh at the thought. There is one small spoiler that i will give in this review and it's not even really a spoiler. It starts in a city that is one I've always wanted to visit because it just sounds so lovely. And if you don't think it sounds wonderful, well there's always the Eiffel Tower.  

Within the first two chapters I feel shock and awe as well as anger, sadness, the loss of hope for the main character Grace as well as another character, then the discovery of new hope for both. There was such a wide range of emotions that i actually needed to take a break for a few minutes between chapter two and three, so that i could write part of this review, so that i could go back and read more. My light bulb in my living room also blew, so reading the book any further during the night hours just wasn't going to happen either because i was reading the paperback version. (which i now have a copy on my computer that i am finishing it on for this review.)

Reading further and further into The Falling of Grace and things are happy, until it makes you want to rage once again as the book slaps you in the face and asks you if you really thought that it would be that easy. There are so many emotions happening in this book that even halfway through, i'm feeling emotionally weary. I love the way Marisa Oldham writes her books, she makes you invested in the characters, so much so that when bad things happen you want to scream or cry or go to Marisa and yell at her. The Falling of Grace, in my opinion, is better than The Falling of Love, but that's not to say that i don't love The Falling of Love because i do.

And again, about three quarters of the way through the book and it makes you want to cry. The things that happen in this book and the way Marisa Oldham describes them is wonderfully done. It makes you feel everything and I for one want to just keep reading and reading. I've already read this book once and i know what is coming at the end and i don't want to come to the end of this book because of that, but even knowing that i don't want to stop reading. 

Almost done with the book now and looking back on everything in the book there are so many emotions to experience throughout this book. As i said earlier, The Falling of Grace is better than The Falling of Love in my opinion, not because The Falling of Love is bad or anything but because Marisa Oldham improved upon a story she had already begun in The Falling of Love. While i don't agree with everything that happens in this book i understand why it has to happen the way it does and that it leaves you yearning for more. But to me, The Falling of Grace leaves you heartbroken as well, at least it did for me because of the characters i was secretly rooting for.

Marisa Oldham, I've read all three of your books and i cannot wait to read any others you release. I strongly suggest if you haven't gone and gotten her books on kindle or in paperback, that you do so because you are missing out. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016


This Tuesday heralded the second of my "TUESDAY THEME" Shows and what a stumper it turned out to be! Thanks to everyone who tuned in and wore out my PM with all their various guesses, but very well done to Vamp from #Vamps`Cafe on both the XxXChatters and servers, who was the only person [out of both listeners AND DJs] to correctly guess that all the songs played contained lyrics naming a famous person. 

She receives this month’s “KUDOS TO YOU” award and a block of ten songs of her choice to be played this coming Tuesday.

Be sure to tune in to my "TOP TUNEAGE FOR A TUESDAY" Show next month to see whether you can guess the theme!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

DJ Shadow's Book Club

The way Marisa Oldham describes just the beginning few pages of The Falling of Love is masterful. 

I remember my own awkward teen days in high school and remember some of the same feelings that she describes and it's awesome, she catches all the awkwardness of teens perfectly. the way she describes the settings of each new scene is also masterfully done and it keeps the reader engaged in the story. 

I've read all three of her books before and as i read this one again i find that i don't want to put it down again, or should i say i don't want to minimize my kindle so that i can even write this review. I find myself sucked into the story again. I'm not the type of person who likes to read a story more than once. I find that once I've read a book if i try to go back and read it again, even more than a year later, i can read a few sentences in and remember everything that happened in the book, as I am reading The Falling of Love and at this point i'm only a few pages in. 

I'm already remembering everything, but i still don't want to minimize my kindle to type this up. Reading more and more of this book and I can't give any spoilers because i promised Marisa Oldham that i wouldn't, but i can say that there are things in here that make you want to scream and cry and put the book down and yell at it but you can't, it makes you want to keep reading. There is plenty of emotions in this book. as before, it makes you want to scream, or cry, or sometimes even makes you want to rage against the book, or at least i did at times, could just be me and the things I've lived through but it's true, there are things that happen in this book that I'm sure everyone can relate to. but again, I can't go into detail because that would be spoilers. 

When you get to the end of the book like i did, I wanted more, the story is engaging and you always want more. At the time when i read this the first time The Falling of Grace wasn't released yet, I remember wanting to scream at Marisa Oldham and her editor(s), because lets face it there were a few who she relied upon to help her find mistakes that she herself had overlooked, just like i know there are mistakes in this review, though it's not a book . I wanted to yell at them all to hurry up so i could read more about Grace and Michelle and everyone else. i wanted to see what else would happen. But, you will all have to wait just like I did, at least till next week when i do a review of The Falling of Grace. That is, unless you have all three of The Falling books already. Happy Reading and Marisa Oldham and all you who help her, keep up the awesome work. It's very much appreciated.

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