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Chapter 2

Why online dating you ask?I thought with time things would get easier, every night I would go to bed praying that my mother would adapt to the culture here. Back in Somalia, people dated within their race and religion. “Dating outside your religion is a sin Sofia, it will bring a lot of shame to our family” my mother would say every time I mentioned anything about dating. I grew up obeying  the same rules; I always thought that the only reason my mother acted this way was because of where we were living, moving to Canada to me sounded like a good way to start over. Her rules never did change and the double standards got worse. Us girls always received a hard time any time we wanted to leave the house however, my brothers were allowed to come and go as they pleased. I didn’t have a curfew because she expected us to be at home at all times. Things didn’t lighten up when I entered high school; I still had the same curfew and was not allowed to attend games or dances that were hosted by our high school. To be honest high school was a blur. I had a best friend name Brooke Scott who I met in grade 10 and till this day we are still best friends. However, she never really understood why my mother was so strict; explaining it to her or anyone else was not fun so I started to lie in order to get out of going to places ( movie theaters, mall, school dances)

My senior year of high school was when I decided that I was ready to date. I had a whole speech prepared on how my mother is strict which made meeting her was out of the question. Now that I think about it, the lying was terrible. Every time I went out I had to make up some sort of excuse. Luckily for me, the boy I was dating also worked with me making seeing each other much easier. We dated on and off for one year, I had been warned that he was not a good guy, but because he said really sweet things to me and was my first boyfriend, I decided to over look his flaws. The last straw was when he cheated on me. We had a really bad break up; there was a lot of yelling and saying things that we both would regret. If dating was going to be this difficult, I decided that I would stay single for a while; which I did until I entered college.

Unlike high school, college was more memorable; I met great friends who helped me step out of my little bubble. Rachel, Ciara and Ivy soon became close friends of mine; I was able to share everything with them and in return they gave me great advice. Monday morning we were all sitting and having lunch, I decided to bring up online dating to get a idea of what they thought of it. “So guys, I have a random question, what are your thoughts on online dating?” Everyone stared at me before saying anything “I think its a way for creepy men to get laid, I have a friend who has an account JUST to sleep with women” Ciara blurted out. “I think it’s a good way to meet people. I met my first boyfriend online and we dated for 8 years.”  Rachel added. I was shocked by her answer because in the past I’ve only heard negative things about it. I knew that this would be a good way for me to communicate with people without my mother finding out. With that in mind I decided to change the subject.

People who don’t know me would say that I am very shy and quiet. People who know me would say the exact same thing. I don’t like to be the center of attention, matter of fact I don’t like any attention. I am 5’4 and 145 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. I like keeping to myself; I have a really hard time meeting new people because half the time I don’t say a word. I am the awkward girl who stands in a group full of people and says nothing, making things more awkward for everyone else. A combination of having a strict mother, being really shy and advice from friends is the reason why I decided to try out online dating.

Review: Entwined with You( Crossfire #3)

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Synopsis:

The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts, and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires…

From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession. ( Source: Goodreads)

Can be found: Online @ Amazon.com or in your local book store

Price: $9.99

My review

I am going to keep my review short. As many of you know by now, Entwined with You is the third installment of Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. This book picks up right where the last one left off. To be completely honest, I had really high expectations for this book because I really loved Reflected in You. ( I think that is why I was disappointed)  The first few chapters did keep me entertained but after that I felt like nothing  was really happening. Nothing gripping happened, they would either argue about something or have sex. This book basically explains what happened in the previous book and why certain characters did certain things. Some exciting events do occur but most of the time I found myself turning the pages hoping for something more interesting to happen.  The characters themselves have each grown a lot, which was nice to read. I guess my main complaint is how obsessed they are with each other. It was okay in the first two books but after a while it gets really annoying. Like I said earlier, I am keeping this review short. Over all thoughts: I was disappointed, I was hoping to feel more emotionally connected with the characters like I did in the first two books. As much as I enjoy reading sex scenes, I would of enjoyed it more if this book was focused more on the characters and their struggles. I love romantic novels, but there’s only so much sex and arguing that can happen before the reader gets completely bored.

Rating: 2/5. I heard there is a fourth book coming out in this series, I look forward to reading it. The first two books were amazing, if you have read them, read this one as well.

Let me know what you guys thought of this book. Which book is your favorite?

Chapter One

As promised here is chapter one of the short story that I am currently working on. This story is not complete yet so I will post whenever I finish the next chapter. Since I am not a professional writer, any feedback is welcome. If any of you enjoy editing and want to join me on this journey, e-mail me and we will work something out. With out further a do, here is chapter one. Thanks for stopping by!

Chapter One ” There’s a first time for everything”

Another night spent at home alone doing absolutely nothing. I can hear my mom downstairs calling my name, which can only mean one thing. I am in trouble. The best thing to do when my mother gets into one of her moods is to ignore her and hope that she will forget whatever she’s ranting on about.  “ Sofia I know you can hear me, come down right now” Instead of listening to her I decided  to browse the internet to pass the time.  I ended up on a social networking website called connectU. ConnectU in a online dating website that my friend Ivy had told me about. Sitting in my room alone, I decided to check out the website and see what kind of people were on it. ” There’s a first time for everything” I thought to myself. I knew this was something that I have been wanting to try for a while but at the same time I was ashamed of it. Growing up as a Muslim woman, we never spoke about dating let alone online dating. If I wanted to try this, I would have to keep it to myself. I looked at my watch and noticed that it was already 7:00 pm. I really need to start my math homework. As much as I hate school, summer class allowed me to get out of the house more often. This way I was still able to see my friends and socialize.  I spent the next few hours working on my homework but when 11:00 pm rolled around, I decided to browse the profiles listed on ConnectU. Some of these people were really creepy and others seemed really intriguing. After one hour of searching I decided to sign up. I filled out all the required fields and included a short bio. I even went as far as adding a picture hoping that no one I knew would be on this website. Right away I received a couple of e-mails that made me really uncomfortable. Two of them consisted of guys asking me for nude photos. Maybe this is not for me? An hour and a half later I received an email that caught my attention. The first thing I did was skim through his profile, it looked promising, I then proceeded to look through his pictures to confirm that he wasn’t fake.  Right when I noticed his ethnicity, I knew this was going to be a problem.

1:30 AM
E-mail from Carson Thompson

“ Hi, my name is Carson, I know you must receive a lot of messages on this website so I will keep this short. I would like to start off by saying that I am very intrigued by your profile, from reading what you wrote I feel like we have a lot in common. If you have the time, I would like to chat and get to know you better. Thanks, Carson.

That is the first e-mail that I have read from this dating website that did not make me cringe. At this point I got curious and decided to completely read his profile. “Single, college student, personal trainer.. not bad” I thought to myself, maybe this guy isn’t such a creep after all. I spent the next ten minutes crafting the perfect message and all I could come up with was “Thanks for the message, I read your profile and  I also wouldn’t mind chatting. By the way, my name is Sofia”

That’s all I could think of, mind you its 1:30 am and I’m supposed to be working on my math homework instead of surfing the net.
Five minutes later Carson responded with a small bio of himself which included where he attends school, what kind of music and food he enjoys, his goals and ambitions. Everything he said was what I was looking for in a partner. So far, he is selling himself really well. We ended up messaging each other back and forth throughout the night. Around 5:20 am we decided to call it a night and promised that we would resume our conversation later that day. The last thing he said to me was
“ I hope this is not to forward but can I have your phone number?” I gave him my phone number and two minutes later received a text message saying “ It was nice to meet you Sofia, sweet dreams”  At first I was worried about the fact that I just gave a stranger my phone number but for some reason, I felt like I could trust him.

10:00 am

Text message from Carson

I could barely sleep all morning, all I kept on thinking about was him. Would he text me?  “Good morning Sofia, how did you sleep?”  I have been waiting for this text all morning “well “ I replied “ How about you?” To tell you the truth I did not sleep one blink last night, all I kept on thinking about was how this boy could make me feel this way when we have only been speaking for a few hours. There was something about the way he wrote that made me feel like he cared about me already. He never used slang or improper grammar and at the end of every sentence he would include my name. We continued talking throughout the morning until I had to attend my summer class.

When I got home that day, my mother was cooking supper for me and my sister. I walked in said my hellos and headed straight to my bedroom. Let me tell you a little bit about me and my family. My name is Sofia, I am 24 years old and I am part of a very strict Islamic family that consists of my mother, two brothers and three sisters. Growing up we had it all, my dad was a wealthy man and treated my mother like a queen. When I was 5 years old, a war broke out in my home country Somalia. Before I knew it my mother packed our things and we were on a flight to Canada. Things did not go according to plan and instead we ended up in Spain where I lived for four years before moving to Canada. Once we moved here I quickly realized that my life was never going to be the same again and boy was I right.

If you have any feedback, please leave them below, it will help me improve. lastly, if you love editing and want to contribute, email me at syassin@hotmail.ca. Thanks!

Giveaway time!- Pride and Prejudice

Hi everyone,

I know I haven’t reviewed books for a while, I have been dealing with personal matters and work. Now that things have calmed down, I will be back to reviewing again. Before I do so, I want to do a quick giveaway to say thank you for following my blog. This giveaway is open internationally!

What will I be giving away?

pp3A book: Pride and Prejudice

A note book and a set of pens.

* There will be ONE winner who will win both the book and the notebook.
*Must be following my blog

*Like this post and comment letting me know that you have entered.

*Must be over 18 or have parental/guardian approval

Giveaway runs from May 24th- June 7th

 

Thank you for stopping by and good luck!

Book Review:The Pope’s Stone by Marc Kuhn + GIVEAWAY

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00025]Title: The Pope’s Stone

Author: Marc Kuhn

Published: October 9, 2012

Paperback: 242 pages

Kindle Edition: 229 pages

ISBN: 1479185299

Purchase links: Amazon Kindle * Amazon Paperback * Barnes and Noble

Synopsis:

THE POPE’S STONE is a fascinating historical novel that follows the lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas, descendants of the Barrington family of Virginia. Each young man keeps life-long journals which eventually reveal their parallel lives; lives that are mirrored by similar events and experiences, similar relationships and consequences. The two, however, lived a century apart. The only connections between them are their family heritage, their journals…and the Pope’s Stone.

The Pope’s Stone was a slab of engraved marble given to America in 1854 by Pope Pius IX. It was to be embedded within the walls of the Washington Monument, then under construction in the nation’s capital. John Henry Barrington, a stonemason working at the Monument site, was persuaded to assist a small party of anti-Catholic activists in stealing the Pope’s Stone, smashing it to pieces and tossing them into the Potomac River. The Pope’s Stone was never to be seen again, except for a fragment that John Henry secretly kept for himself. This small piece of the stone passes down through generations of Barringtons, leaving a path of hardship and unexpected tragedy for those who possess it. Coincidence? Bad karma, as Cousin Sarah calls it? Or is it more than that? And, what role does the stone play in the lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas? These are some of the questions you’ll be asking…discover the answers in THE POPE’S STONE.

The Pope’s Stone Website

My review

I was excited to be part of this blog tour right from the beginning. A friend of mine, Monica e-mailed me to see if I would be interested in joining the blog tour for this book, without hesitation I agreed. This is my first blog tour and this book, even though it’s not in the genre that I typically read,it  was still interesting enough to keep me flipping the pages. I have to start of by saying that I really enjoyed how the author described the characters, the way it was written made it really easy to follow and understand what they were going through during that time period. I really felt deeply for each of the characters and the issues they faced, it was definitely a emotional read. Even though they lived a century apart it was really interesting to read how similar their experiences were and how they correlated. I also really liked how each character wrote their own journal, it was a great way to truly see how they each felt about their journey.

This book took me on a  emotional ride, what each of the character went through was truly heartbreaking. I found myself holding back my emotions and reminding myself that this was just a book. I felt really bad for them and couldn’t possibly imagine the grief they endured.

Even though I don’t read books about history, I found those aspects of the book to be quite interesting. The stories that were tied in with the war were really sad to read; I liked how it answered some of the questions that I had about Nathaniel and Nicholas’ family. It’s tragic but uplifting at the same time. It truly makes you appreciate  life  and how short it can be. I enjoyed reading how everyone suffered from Henry’s mistake, I found it to be realistic; I’m sure many of you can relate to that, experiencing something similar myself , I know I can. It’s crazy how one persons greed can affect so many people.

The ending for me tied everything together. I wasn’t too happy while I was reading it, but when I look back now it all makes sense. It all came full circle. I really liked the whole concept of this book and how everything tied together. The author does a great job transitioning from chapter to chapter without confusing the reader. All the chapters had something in common and that is really apparent from the beginning.

Last thoughts- My rating: 4/5

I don’t like to give away a lot when I review books, that’s one of the things my readers appreciate the most. When writing this review, there were a lot of things I wanted to mention but didn’t because it wouldn’t be fair to you guys. I can’t describe how much I enjoyed this book. I found it a little bit slow in the first chapter but after that it really picks up. As you are reading you start noticing the direction this books is going in and you start understanding the plot. Even if you don’t read books in this genre, I highly recommend you read this one. I was hooked right from the beginning, some parts made me want to cry and some parts really frustrated because like all things, life is not fair, its up to you how you deal with what life throws at you. There was a great message behind this book, and I know it will stick with me for a very long time.

I received a copy of this book for an honest review. A a big thank you to Monica!!

A big thank you to Marc Kuhn for writing this book, you did a great job and I truly enjoyed it. To read more about this author please read his bio below. Thanks everyone for stopping by and make sure to check out the giveaway hosted by Monica at the end of this post!

 

About the Author

Marc Kuhn

Author Marc Kuhn has worked in radio broadcasting most of his life as a journalist, a program director and a marketing executive. He has held positions at major radio stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami.

Now retired, he has turned his attention to writing. His first book, NEVER GOOSE A MOOSE! is a collection of whimsical verse for young children.
ABOUT A FARM is his second children’s book. It features lessons in life beyond the barnyard.

A third book, THE POPE’S STONE, is Kuhn’s first adult novel. It is a fascinating historical novel about two descendants of the same family who live parallel lives, but a century apart!

Kuhn lives in South Florida with his wife, Rosemarie, and seven grandchildren.

Contact the Author

Website * Blog * Goodreads * Twitter

The Pope’s Stone Tour Schedule (March 8-19)

Make sure to check out all the tour dates below. Let’s show some support!

March 8 – Impressions of a Princess

March 10 – YA Big BOOKworm

March 11- Book Adoration

March 12 – For the Love of Books

March 13 – Nazninazeez

March 14 – Amidst Books

March 15 – Lollipops and Rainbows

March 16 – Emma Snow

March 17 – Prisailurophile Blog

March 18 – Pretty Little Dreamer

March 19 – Edge of Jade

The Giveaway

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Marc Kuhn, the author of the historical novel The Pope’s Stone, is very generous to offer a combo prize package of a signed paperback of his book plus a simple black journal. To sweeten the deal, four winners can totally get this awesome gift. Awesome? Two US residents and two international participants will be chosen by an electronic raffle after the giveaway ends. So what are you guys waiting for? Kindly check the rafflecopter links below. The first one is for International giveaway and the next is for US only.

International Giveaway – link

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/182a4e6/

US Giveaway – link

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/182a4e5/

Note: Both giveaways are open until Friday, March 22. All entries will be checked for validity. On or before March 25, two international and two US residents will be randomly chosen by Rafflecopter. These four winners will be announced in this blog and they will have 48 hours to respond/comment on the announcement post.

Movie review: Safe Haven

20130304-042052.jpgMovie: Safe Haven

Rating: 3.5/5

MOVIE DESCRIPTION
Safe Haven is an affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to love again. The movie is based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit films The Notebook and Dear John. When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.

My review
Right off the bat I was skeptical about this movie, I think it’s because I expect all movies based on Nicholas Spark books to be the same. They are usually really lovey dovey and are meant to make you cry. When I first saw this trailer I was hoping it would be different than all the other movies before it.  The trailer I watched was short and did not give much away and I did not read any reviews or the synopsis of the book. I basically went in knowing nothing about the book/movie. Before the movie started I already felt bad for dragging my boyfriend a long; the entire time the trailers were on, I was hoping this movie wouldn’t be a complete bust because I knew my boyfriend would tease me about it. All that said, I was pleasantly surprised.
Starting off with the casting choices, Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel really sold me the movie. They aren’t my favorite actors but they played their respective roles well. I felt their chemistry from the moment they meet in the movie. What surprised me the most was the plot. There was a real message behind it, it wasn’t just about two random strangers meeting in a random city, there was an actual reason for her moving there. Most of the time I find the dialogue in romantic movies cheesy but in this movie, they stayed away from the cheesy lines and really focused on the characters and their interactions. I do have to admit that I found some parts of the movie boring. Some scenes were really random and to me felt like fillers. I haven’t read the book so I don’t really have anything to compare it to but I felt like some of the scenes were not necessary. For those of you who have read this book you already know the different events that happen in this movie, since I never read the book, I was surprised and awed at some of the twists in the movie. I liked the element of surprise because I did not expect what did happen to happen and that is the main reason I liked this movie. It was not predictable and that is really hard to say for a romantic movie.

If  you are browsing for movies to watch and you are a hopeless romantic like me, I recommend this movie for you. Actually I suggest you take your significant other or male friends because my boyfriend also liked it more than he thought he would. He enjoyed the story and all the struggles the main characters were facing. It wasn’t all about the “romance” between them, it was also about how each of us make mistakes and how life is about second chances. I honestly enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would. It wasn’t a tear dropper but there were moments where I felt deeply for the characters. I loved how the author gave the characters real issues that people can relate too. That concludes my review, if you have any thoughts on this movie, feel free to leave them in the comment section below. Thanks for stopping by!

Liebster Award :)

Thank you to Danielle for nominating me for the Liebster award, I’m truly honored!  When a blogger is nominated for this award, they need to do the following:

  1. Thank the person who nominated them
  2. Answer the 11 questions provided
  3. Write 11 questions for the people you will be nominating
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers
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What is the Leibstar award?
This award is given to upcoming new bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It’s a great way to promote new blogs and help spread the word. I love reading other peoples blogs, it’s the perfect  way to come across new books and authors and meet new bloggers.

Danielle created questions for the nominees to answer. Below are my answers

  1. If you had to live anywhere in the world and never leave where would it be?
    Paris! It inspires me everyday.
  2. Three things you can’t live without?
    my books, my camera and my laptop
  3. Favorite Book Hero/Heroine?
    I don’t really have a favorite book but right now I read way to many books making it really hard for me to pick one. Right now,I am loving Sylvia days crossfire novels
  4. What did you want to be when you grew up at age five?
    I wanted to own my own hotels. Now I’m not too sure.
  5. What music do you like?
    All types of music. It all depends on my mood that day.
  6. What would be written on your tombstone?
    live long and prosper
  7. What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
    Wash my face! And check my emails
  8. What’s your favorite part about blogging?
    interacting with other bloggers. We need our own convention!
  9. Are you a PC or a Mac
    I used to own a PC for five years, when my computer died, I decided to invest on a Mac.
  10. If your BFF was down in the dumps, what would you do to cheer him/her up?
    since I’m usually a terrible singer, I sing and dance for her. It usually puts a smile on her face ( even though I look redicioulus)
  11. Do you believe we’re alone in the universe
    for a second. Dun Dun Dun

My questions

  1. Who are your top 3 favorite authors?
  2. Favorite book that was adapted into a movie and did you like the movie version?
  3.   What is your favorite hot beverage?
  4.   Favorite genre to read?
  5.   What is your favorite season of the year?
  6.   Favorite romantic movie?
  7.   Favorite TV show?
  8.   What is your guilty pleasure?
  9.   Tea or coffee? What do you prefer?
  10.   What is your favorite quote?
  11. Twilight or Warm Bodies?

My nominations: Make sure to check out their blogs!

  1. http://aalisun.wordpress.com/
  2. http://kirstywales.wordpress.com
  3. http://emzsnow.wordpress.com/
  4. http://karlaamaemaglaoy.wordpress.com/
  5. http://gongjumonica.wordpress.com/about/
  6. http://belleofthelibrary.wordpress.com/
  7. http://analyzemaster.wordpress.com/
  8. http://missbookaholic.com/
  9. http://littlebrokentypewriter.wordpress.com/
  10. http://DanielleFazeela.wordpress.com/
  11. http://teacupsandbookends.wordpress.com/

Once again I would like to thank Danielle from http://whatdanielledidnext.wordpress.com for nominating me!

Guest Blogger Reviews: The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson

Today’s guess blogger review is brought to you by Kirsty Wales s from http://kirstywales.wordpress.com

Dorothy  I have read all of Dorothy Koomsons books and I have to say they are all so beautifully written,The Rose Petal Beach is no exception to this. The story tugs at your heart from the first page and makes you think about what you would do in that same situation.

What would you do if your husband was arrested for a heinous crime that he says he didn’t commit, but the person accusing him of this crime is your best friend?

The Rose Petal Beach is about Tamia Challey who has to deal with all of these things, as the plot gets thicker and secrets and lies are revealed for what they are can Tamia deal with it all.

The main question throughout the story is what would you do for the one you loved, how far would you go? The entire story centers around the tale of The Rose Petal Beach, which is a beautiful tale about love and loss and a womans search to find her true love.

This story will make you smile, will make you think and it might even make you cry but it is definitely worth reading. Have you heard the story of the rose petal beach?

Thank you to Kirsty for submitting your review. Make sure to check out her blog by clicking here

Live Love Laugh

Another poem written late at night. It’s almost 4 am, whooppie! I hope everyone else is having a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by!

Live, love laugh, sounds easy right?
Life is short and love can be hard to find.
That doesn’t mean you that should give up on yourself
Everyone goes through rough times, don’t be hard on yourself.
Don’t forget about laughter, we all need it in our lives.
Sometimes you have to  laugh at yourself, trust me you will survive.
Live, love, laugh, three simple words to live by.
Grab life by the horns and aim sky high.