Ever since she met Darian Alexander, Natasha Hemingway's life has been anything from normal. Where once she swore that she'd wanted nothing do with al...moreEver since she met Darian Alexander, Natasha Hemingway's life has been anything from normal. Where once she swore that she'd wanted nothing do with all things supernatural, she's now had a profound change of mind. Immersed in a world she never could have imagined being a part of, she's content with the protection and affection that Darian and his lover, Xavier, lavish on her. Her wish is their every desire, and they'd do anything to make her happy. Unfortunately, everything isn't as good as it can be.
Natasha still feels the loss of her beloved best friend, Annette. She knows there's nothing she can do to bring her back, yet she can't help but to wish that things were different. Deep inside, she understands that the circumstances that brought about her friend's demise was not of her doing. Yet she can't help but to blame herself, none-the-less.
Determined to make the most of the life she now has, Natasha immerses herself in all things surrounding Darian and Desires Unleashed. She's grateful to him for the fact that he's provided her with a home, and a means to keep herself busy. Her new world might be a little mind-boggling, but she knows it's the only one she now has. One, she'll make the most of.
When it becomes apparent that someone has started to kidnap supe's, Natasha hops on board in the hopes of discovering who's committing the atrocious acts. The thought of losing someone close to her is something she does not want to consider. If she can prevent the loss of further life, she'll gladly do so. To do that, she'll need to delve deeper into the world Darian and the rest of the supernaturals reside. Deep inside, she knows she'll do what's necessary. The question is, can she remain firm in her beliefs, and still come out unscathed?
This was another lovely addition to the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. Granted, I do need to catch up on book two, but each story can be read as a standalone, while still giving insight to past actions/occurrences that have taken place in previous books. D. N. delivers a story that pulls you in from the very beginning, full of a myriad of characters that leave you wondering as to what will happen next. There were a couple things I never saw coming, but that's the beauty of a well-told tale. It leaves you wanting more by the time you get to the very end.(less)
Belief and faith in God are two things that guide many along the righteous path. The scriptures show us that anything is possible; we only need to bel...moreBelief and faith in God are two things that guide many along the righteous path. The scriptures show us that anything is possible; we only need to believe. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. It’s hard, sometimes, to believe in something we can’t see, to place our trust in someone we’ve never truly met, but that’s what faith is about, isn’t it? To love God whole-heartedly and place our lives, our trust, and our beliefs within his hands.
Using aspects of his own life to show us what the grace of God has done for him, Max Lucado is able to broaden the reader’s understanding of what having faith in Him is like. He breaks things down so that anyone of any age can find significance with the passages he writes. Embedded throughout the book are lessons he’s learned along the way, lessons meant to enrich and fulfill the life he’s lead. With each stroke of the pen, he allows us to understand the sacrifice that our beloved God has made in order for us to life a fulfilling and righteous life.
The book is quite thought-provoking and the meaning behind Max’s analogies strike deep within one’s soul. This book will definitely give the reader a thorough understanding of what Jesus Christ went through in order to cleanse of us of our sins. I truly recommend this book for reading and enjoyed reading it very much. (less)
I absolutely loved this book. While I'm not much of a classical music afficionado, I've always held a curiosity about Mozart's life.
Nancy Moser provid...moreI absolutely loved this book. While I'm not much of a classical music afficionado, I've always held a curiosity about Mozart's life.
Nancy Moser provided a very unique view into his world via the eyes of his sister, Nannerl. Their world comes alive as Nancy describes in vivid detail how they traveled all over Europe with their parents in hopes of making some kind of life for themselves. We can feel every triumph, every disappoint, as they grow up and grow apart as the years go by.
Nannerl's happiness is short lived when her brother rises above her to be come a great composer, spurred on by her father who fails to see that she is suffering deep inside. She's always wanted to be a part of the musical world only to be denied that chance so blatantly by her father. She's left feeling inadequate, at times.
Her loss of the one man that she has always loved is very heartfelt. It made me want so much for her to finally get her dream of being with Franz. In the end, I suppose she did, for she was buried beside him upon her death.
I've enjoyed immensely the world that Nancy has painted of Nannerl and her family's life. At times I felt as if I were truly there. It's worth reading. I highly recommend it.(less)
**spoiler alert** Reading this book opened my eyes to the hardships and many trials that soldiers experienced during World War 1. Most especially the...more**spoiler alert** Reading this book opened my eyes to the hardships and many trials that soldiers experienced during World War 1. Most especially the Battle of the Somme. It's heart-wrenching to read the scenes where Stephen and the others are fighting against the enemy and seeing that the most of them didn't make it.
I enjoyed reading about Stephen and Isabelle's tumultuous affair. I even felt her heartache when she ran away from Stephen without telling him about the child that they'd created. For a moment, she made me hate her for doing so, but I can totally understand how things were back then and why she decided to do what she did.
Sebastian Faulks brings each scene/each character to life with such vivid descriptions that one can almost envision themselves there. He's created such an intense world, allowing us to experience things in ways that keep a reader glued to the book. Quite a few times while I reading I felt myself empathizing with Stephen and several other characters. Many times, I found myself in tears over the event that occurred as I read along.
The scene with Stephen and Jack near the end had me to tears. Seeing Stephen's strength in trying to keep them both alive, although Jack dies along the way, shows that any man is capable of compassion and determination when it comes to trying to stay alive. This made me like Stephen even more. Because although he portrayed himself to be cold and uncaring, he truly wasn't. He just didn't know how to show it properly.
The author was able to portray the horrors that was that war and I confess that this book has broadened my knowledge of it. I knew little of it, but nothing like what Sebastian has described within his book. Birdsong is definitely worth reading and I recommend it to anyone. (less)