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One of the best books I’ve read

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Reviewed: 14-01-2021

Hands down this is one of the best of the books I’ve read. It deeply impacted me. Hearing Anita read her book deepens it impact. Anita’s story is compelling. The book is easy to follow and divided into 3 sections; her life up to the near death experience, the near death experience and the lessons she learned. Her life is one so many can relate to. She’s was a true people pleaser with a sense of not fitting in and not living up to other people’s expectations. She was trying to live up to her families cultural expectations despite knowing it wasn’t what she wanted. After battling cancer for 4 years, her body shut down. As she died, she experienced a near death experience. Her description of what happened, what she felt and her realisations is incredible. I’ve re-listened to her lessons learned/realisations a number of times. Not everyone will resonate with her words, it may be confronting for some who don’t believe in the possibility of near death experiences or personal spirituality.

A necessary read

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-2021

At times the author appeared angry and harsh, at others what she was saying was hard to read. There were moments where the text seemed to imply that all white people are responsible for racism, it’s our job to figure out how to fix it without asking people of colour for advice (it’s not their job to educate us) and where we share Ijeoma’s perspective it’s lip service and not genuine. This felt overwhelming and I can see why so many stop listening at this point. The more I listened the more I realised why people of colour feel the way they do and the systemic racism I’m not exposed to. I realised the ways I have unconsciously done and said the wrong thing. There are times when we need someone to point out we’ve done the wrong thing in order to change. This book does that in spades. This is not an easy read but it is a necessary read for all of us. There are lessons galore if you’re willing to listen and learn. I would love to see this as a dialogue starter in school.

A must read

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Reviewed: 28-12-2020

I didn’t know much about Turia apart from hearing her name as one of the survivors of the ultramarathon bushfire. Now I’m a massive fan, how could you not. Her story is inspiring but more than that she is humble, wise and generous. Her story of completing the Kokoda track had me in tears because of how she spoke about others. It’s speak volumes about her character. As for Michael, can we clone him. What a beautiful human. This book should be read by every teenager, to show them what’s possible, how to be a compassionate humble human and loving partner. Thank you for sharing your message Turia.

Everyone needs to read

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Reviewed: 01-12-2020

It’s hard for non-aboriginal people to understand inter-generational trauma, the decades and centuries of abuse and mistreatment aboriginal people faced and systemic racism which kept them down. This book gives you a glimpse inside that life. It’s beautifully and simply written. The lessons are there if your open to hear them or you can listen to a snippet of life during a different time.

Mis-pronounced names

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 22-11-2020

This is a great story. It’s well written and hooks you in. I’m looking forward to seeing how they rebuild the world and what comes next for this little family. However the narrator needs to learn how to say the Gaelic words. I know they aren’t easy but it grated everyone Nuala, Bridget etc was mis-pronounced. I had to turn her off. Honestly it was nails on a chalkboard. For Irish people read rather than listen. For everyone else please know this is not how you say many of the Irish names. Many of these names should sound magical when pronounced correctly. Also Eiru is the name of Ireland not the world.

So much happened...

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Reviewed: 04-10-2020

There were so many twists & turns to this story. The world & character creation is vivid & detailed. I cheered for Bryce & Hunt to find the answers & was shocked by their set backs. There were moments where I thought surely there are no more surprises and despised some of the characters like her father, only to learn more about them & reassess my opinion. I’m curious so see the story unfold in the future volumes.

A different life

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Reviewed: 08-09-2020

A glimpse into a different time and place. It was tough for women who wanted to follow a different path like Sophia. Her story is heartbreaking yet beautiful. It feels like she faced tragedy after tragedy. When the story line jumped back & forth in time it was off putting at first but you get used to it & it was nice to experience Sophia’s childhood learning her art.

Perfect for some, not for others

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 27-08-2020

This is a happily ever after novel with a strong high school vibe (think overly confident jocks & bitchy girls). I’m sure lots of people will find the story sweet. An alpha werewolf is so captivated by a girls (his destined mates) scent he bites her. Queue lots of fear, fighting the enviable, against a back drop of murdered parents and high school drama. It was a bit too juvenile for me, the premise was good but could easily have been a gripping story.

Only ok

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 22-07-2020

Easy read but not the best story or overly enjoyable. The story is written from the perspective of Jenny, she has bad anxiety and a bit neurotic which doesn’t make for the best reading. To zone out it’s fine but not don’t expect fireworks.

Not what I expected

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-2020

I didn’t know what to expect from the book, it’s the first from this author and series that I read. I loved it. It was easy to get stucked in. Chastitys reaction to learning about this new world felt natural without making her a victim or appear weak. I loved the dynamics between her and Devon, to see how they pushed each other’s buttons. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

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