[Rant Tuesday] Insta-Love

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If you already read my reviews then you know that I hate insta-love. A book, in which the two leads fall in love after meeting each other a couple of times, it’s absolutely not worthy of my time. Why? Because it’s not possible. You can’t love a person you don’t know. If you think you do, then you mistake your feelings because love is not just a feeling.

You love your family and your close friends, how can you put a person you’ve just met to the same level as these people? How can you say that you have similar feelings for a man you’ve just started dating? Do you even know what love is? So, let me ask you something, dear author. How can you make your character love someone so quickly? How can your 17-year-old female character possibly know that the boy she likes is her one true love and that she won’t fall in love again? That’s ridiculous.

I don’t know if this is just in my country, language or culture but when we say ‘I love you‘ to someone, it means ‘I love you‘ and not ‘I am in love with you‘. We have a different word about stating that we’re ‘in love‘ and it’s not even close to ‘loving‘ someone. So maybe when the authors use the ‘L’ word so easy, it’s because they confuse the meaning of the word. Maybe it’s because there is not a word somewhere in between ‘I like you‘ and ‘I love you’ to express these feelings in english language. But no matter what, there are actions to show how you feel. Don’t just rape the poor word without meaning it. Make your characters real, because it takes time to ‘fall in love‘ and even more time to ‘love‘.

(I can only accept some sort of insta-love in a paranormal book if there’s something like a bond or magic or similar stuff.)

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What’s your opinion about Insta-love? Do you enjoy these kind of books and why?

[Review] Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

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Earth. Fire. Air. Water.

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick understands pressure. He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, understands pressure too. She’s got a child of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could put her life in danger at any moment.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s ‘bad luck’. Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war.

They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. Everything is set for the final showdown.

Four elements, one family. Will they hold together, or be torn apart?

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What a book! Sacrifice is not just a title for the book but the whole point of the book. All people make sacrifices but some are big and some small. Michael and his brother made sacrifices. Hunter, Hannah, Tyler, they all made their own sacrifices in this book and that’s what humanity is.

“Adam told me that it was ok to let other people take care of me. The problem is that I’ve forgotten how”

When Michael’s parents died, left him in charge of his three younger brothers. Michael who had just gotten the first glimpse of adulthood had to take care and protect them and actually be the closest thing to a parent. In this book we understand how difficult and overwhelming this was for Michael. We realise that we expected too much from a young man who got to grew up faster than he should have. Being 23 and responsible for a bunch of teenage brats it’s not something one could easily handle, especially since these brats were full elementals.
Michael needed his parents and someone to be worried about him as well. Even though he was strong and capable of keeping the custody for years, he needed help but he couldn’t dare ask. He was sacrificing his youth and himself because he was trying to be a parent for his brothers. He couldn’t understand that the only thing his brothers needed was he. He couldn’t see why it was ok to be taken care of. He realised it the hard way.

{…He was so strong – so stoic. Seing Michael crying silently in the dark on a hospital bed surprised her.}

Hannah was experiencing a similar situation to Michael. She got pregnant when she was 17 and she ended up being a single mother. Her father was not supportive and she was trying to do anything in order to prove to him that she deserved his love and pride. In this book Hannah learnt how to let go of her teenage drama and how to really grow up in order to deal with her situation. She as well sacrificed her youth but never once regretted it. It was worth it.
Hannah and Michael could understand each other and at the end help each other as well.

I am also going to talk about Hunter’s ultimate sacrifice and it’s going to be a spoiler so please don’t read it if you haven’t read the book yet.
I was never font of Hunter because of all the betrayal Merricks had to endure. But in book four and five he grew more on me. He finally managed to feel loved and wanted and make things better with his family. He understood how friendship works and his life was finally stable. When he actually died in order to protect the Merricks I was devestated. I wasn’t expecting such thing and I was so shocked and heartbroken and yet proud. That kid was the most heroic character of all. He knew what love and appreciation meant and he sacrificed himself to make his point clear. I wish he could have lived because Hunter was amazing!

So this book was all about love and sacrifices. We were taught about what’s right and what’s wrong. We learnt that people could help each other for the greater good. Tyler was the first one to realise that and he actually helped the Merricks to fight for their lives.

“Why help us?”
“Because it’s the right thing to do.” – “Because it’s what my sister would want me to do.”

Brigid is so brilliant. She managed to sent so many messages through her story and made me touched because writting a good book is not just great imagination and talent. It requires courage and willingness in order to teach the readers something, to make them also develop the same way. Helping people become better is what we all need to do. That way we grow up and appreciate life to the fullest.

Thank you Brigid, for helping me understand a couple of things. Thank you for this great journey!


[Brigid Kemmerer]