For those visiting for the Artist's Reading Challenge scroll down if you don't fancy reading the Rocking Your World element of my post. So your question - what is 'Rocking Your World Friday?' - a brief summary of the little glimpses of positives that have made life easier and better and happier during the last 7 days! It's our way of acknowledging the positives and we are a small band of Rockettes (although Rockers welcome) who put a post together each week to acknowledge the same!
Crikey it's a dig deep week if I'm honest, time with hubby and son this week has been in short supply due to work but there have been some positives (just not as many as I would like).
- Terry Pratchett's book Snuff (next month's ARC book), thoroughly enjoying the same.
- Spending time with said 12 year old.
- My colleague at work who has been an absolute star this week despite bad news - she really is an utter star.
- Hubby for finding a mini-book on line that I wanted to make but couldn't find the instructions - he's an angel.
- Hubby for making a cinnamon cake for work when there were lots of crappy news
- The WW girls - for being their usual awesome selves!
- For finally being able to get my tablets from the hospital despite the weather
- For my sister for keeping me sane recently when I've needed someone to talk with me, rather than ask me to say what's in my brain out loud!
- Double base gel for keeping my skin manageable
- E45 shampoo for keeping my scalp manageable
- Milky coffees
- And Asda for having memo pads in that I've searched high and low for - who'd have thought!
ARC - Grave Sight
Well here we find ourselves with our next review. After last months epic read as I neared the date I went for my thinnest book in order that I attempt to get a little ahead. It took only a couple of days to work my way through this book. I'm already a Charlaine Harris fan having read all of her Sookie Stackhouse books (that were subsequently turned into the TV series True Blood not that the recent series bear much resemblance to the initial printed books) and bought this book (in a trilogy set) almost 18 months ago and it's sat on my bookcase gathering dust every since!
The story centres around two key characters Harper and her brother Tolliver. Harper was struck by lightning as a teenager and now has the ability to find dead people if she knows the general area they are and know what caused there death. So let's be honest it was never going to be a particularly happy book to begin with. But I found myself drawn into the book which flowed well, centring around one particular death and the subsequent fall out from finding the body in a little town that wasn't too keen on Harper's help. You get to know other key characters of the town and subsequent deaths occur as part of the story. I enjoyed the read and liked the pace of the book although I'd 'guessed' the punchline about two thirds of the way in.
Unlike Sookie (of the Sookie Stackhouse novels) who always has a slightly positive disposition, Harper was different, physically affected by the lightning strike and no family ties she goes from motel to motel working for clients finding dead people, with her step brother assisting along the way. They seemed quite sad characters overall, with no roots to talk of, coming from a dysfunctional childhood you wonder how long they can continue to make a living this way. Don't get me wrong they have aspirations and dreams just no real substance to achieving them.
I've got two more of these to read (although not on my book list for the reading challenge) and will be more than happy to while away a few hours completing the set. So if you don't mind a bit of a mystery with dead bodies and not fancying a mentally 'heavy' read then this is the book for you! If however, you are after a happy happy read - I suggest walking on by nothing to see here!
The artwork created from reading the book is another art journal page, created background on gelli plate, wrote the title words in black and the authors name in red, used an altered image on the left, distress inked the edge of the pages, a little masked inking in places and title bottom left in life with other pages I've done!
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