Book Review: Mindspeak By: Heather Sunseri

Mind Speak ReviewMindSpeak, by Heather Sunseri, is a thrilling read. I would recommend it to anyone who reads YA. It’s geared towards young adults with a heavy sci-fi back-story.The story is told from Lexi’s point of view. She has a secret ability to influence people by inputting thoughts into their head – mind-speaking. Lexi has been hidden away at a prestigious boarding school by her father, an infamous geneticist, who has dabbled in controversial research. She’s been told that this was for her safety. Besides a grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s in a nursing home, her father is her only immediate family. She finds herself in danger after he ends up dead. All she knows is that people are after her father’s research journals and that she must find them before they do. The arrival of an incredibly handsome student named Jack may be the only person who can give her the answers she needs. She becomes captivated by his eyes and he’s the only person who seems to understand her. But can she trust him? He holds secrets of his own and with each question that gets answered, two more arise.

I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The action doesn’t really pick up until about halfway through, but it’s worth the wait. For the amount of scientific information in the book, you’d think it would be filled with difficult science jargon. It’s not. Heather Sunseri masterfully explained each topic in a way that was easy to understand. She kept me on my toes the entire time. Each time I thought I knew how the story was going to develop, she threw in another curve-ball. I, like Lexi, had a hard time figuring out Jack’s motives while silently rooting for them as a pair. By the time I reached the last third of the book, I couldn’t finish it fast enough. Overall, I give it it 4/5 stars.

Cons:

The only gripe I have with this book is that the ending wasn’t exactly resolved, although many questions are answered. It’s book one of a trilogy. I’m guessing that she picks up right where she left off in book two. I can’t wait to start on book two!

Book One, Mindspeak is available for free as an eBook on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Mindspeak-Heather-Sunseri-ebook/dp/B00B5N9SZ4

Changes/Post Schedule/New Writing

Hello! Being that it’s the last day of January, I thought now would be a good time to tighten up my blog. I don’t think that I have the stamina to post everyday. I just do not have enough content prepared for that kind of schedule. Kudos, to people who post everyday, though. I envy you!

I’ve decided that with school and working on becoming healthier, three days a week is good for me.

I’ve been writing all month in an effort to have new writing to publish on here. That is the main reason I only posted once in January. Additionally, I would like to introduce  a couple new elements into my blog.  I am officially a book reviewer for Book Look Bloggers. I’m excited to start posting reviews on my blog once per week. I also am trying to break into the world of Freelance Writing. Any articles that I manage to get published will be linked back here as well. I’m also enrolled in a couple of online writing courses in an effort to improve and refine my writing.

As of today, my posting schedule will be as follows: Effective February 1, 2015.  (hopefully, I’ll stick with it)

  • Mondays will be designated for Responses to Writing Prompts, Flash Fiction, Poems, and/or DAYDREAMS (I’ll explain further down the post.)
  • Wednesdays will be for my Short Story installments and/or Updates on my novel.
  • Saturdays will be solely for Book Reviews.

Now that we got all of that boring stuff out-of-the-way, let’s get to the fun part!

Writing Projects:

Yes, that is Projects with an S. I know that I said that I would only work on one project at a time, but apparently my mind enjoys being scrambled. I have a really short attention span and when I get bored, I start a new project. Oh, well.

  1. Short Story: A young woman has a hidden ability to see people’s soul-mates by looking into their eyes. When she sees her own reflection in the eyes of the last person she expected, her life gets turned upside down.
  2. Children’s Book: TBA
  3. Novel: TBA

Also, I want to tie up the loose ends on the two stories that I never updated. I don’t want to leave anything already posted unfinished. Considering one of them is a Christmas story and it’s almost February, you’d think I’d leave it be? Wrong. We’re all going to be eating Valentines Day Candy when we find out how Ronny broke Santa’s sleigh… Together.

Daydreams: 

I’m not sure why I felt the need to explain what I meant when I said I’ll be posting my daydreams. I just thought that it would be fun to post the little scenarios I spend way too much time envisioning in my head. Either that, or it’ll be building a case for me to become institutionalized. However, I’m going to be optimistic and go with FUN.

OH! From now on, I’m only posting writing related things on this blog. If you so happen to enjoy my routine break downs, and views on life you can subscribe to my secondary blog, https://thesewordsfrommyheart.wordpress.com/ . It’s full of emotions and heartache from a twenty year old college student who sometimes is afraid of her own shadow. Sounds fun, right?

Subscribe, Please! It’s for the Children!

Okay, I don’t have kids. Sorry.

I Think I am Afraid to Live.

KBanks:

I created a Secondary Blog.

Originally posted on HopelessDreamer:

Hello all. I decided to start this secondary blog as an outlet to vent my emotions. I didn’t want to clutter my writing blog with mushy feelings and complaints. I also  didn’t want to bore my subscribers, who subscribed to a writing blog, with my day to day mood swings.

I wish that I could start this blog on a happier note, but here goes.

I have no idea what I am doing. I am 20 years old and terrified of this thing called life. My social skills are horrific, and I am always second guessing myself. If I could make enough money as a writer, I would rarely leave home.

I feel like an outsider and have felt this way since I was twelve years old. Middle school wasn’t exactly a picnic for anyone, I know. For most students, it’s the first real transition from the safety net that…

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Prompt: Write a Diary Entry From A Disturbed Child (Entry One)

January 3, 2015

Dear Diary  Journal,

Murder isn’t always bad, right? I only ask because I think I may have to kill my stepfather, Thomas. He slaps my mom around when he’s drunk and I don’t like it. He’s threatened to kill her too. She’s always sad.  I thought that if I kill him, all of our problems will disappear. Sometimes I sit up at night and listen to them fight. My mom locks me inside my room, so I can’t help her. She says it’s to keep me safe, but I know it’s so I won’t kill Thomas. She knows I’ll do it too. The other night after dinner, I stole a kitchen knife and hid it under my bed. I waited for Thomas to come home. I was ready. My mom noticed the knife was missing and asked me had I seen it. I told her I stole it so that I could kill Thomas. She laughed and asked me what I’d really stolen the knife for. I walked up to her, smiled and showed her the book I had been reading. Hell on Earth,  By Marilyn Dickinson. It was about teen boys who had been abused by their evil stepfather. He was an alien who had taken human form and had come to earth to learn about human weakness. The boys found out their stepfather wasn’t who he said and attempted to get rid of him. Something about how they’ve never seen him eat food. I don’t remember every detail. I’m only on page 45 , but they stole a knife from the kitchen and planned to kill him in his sleep. The book has 176 pages , so I figured they must have survived, right? What else could the author write about for 100 and something more pages if the boys died. Yes, they killed him. They won. I know Thomas isn’t an alien. He eats all the time. My mom cooks him a hot dinner every day of the week. Sometimes, he even eats my food. He’s no alien. That should make him easier to kill.

Anyway, I decided I was finally going to kill Thomas the same way. Only, my mother got In the way. She took my book and smacked me across the face.

“Don’t you ever hear let me hear you talk like this again. Do you hear me!?”

It made me angry. My face was hurting. My heart was racing.

I’m really sad, because I now I have to kill my mother as well. It’s a shame, really. She’s such a nice lady. She makes me good meals and used to sing me to sleep when I had nightmares. But she smacked me – just like Thomas does to her. I mean, I was willing to kill Thomas for her. It would only be fair that I kill her too. We had a good run though – nine entire years.

Using Profane Language for Emphasis

I do not curse, generally. If you could peak into my mind in the heat of an argument, I’m sure you’ll find some expletives floating around in there. It’s rare that I verbalize them, however.The reason I do not curse is a personal preference. It’s not necessarily tied to my faith. I just choose not to. I don’t care if other people decide to do so. It DOES, however, bother me if every other word out of your mouth is an F-bomb. I just think that it is unnecessary. I always struggle with whether to use profanity in my own writing. I feel that it cheapens the story if half of the dialogue are swear words. However, I do think cursing has its place. There are just some scenarios that “dang” or “oh crap” just don’t do the story justice. But if a specific scence calls for profanity, I try to use it sparingly

Not My New Years Resolutions :)

New Years Resolutions are always fun to make. I’ve made them every year since I was seven years old, but have never managed to keep any of them. Sad, I know. Though, I’m in good company. The majority of people who make resolutions abandon them by the third week in January.

Anyway, I hope to change  this for 2015. I have a lot of growing to do, a lot of knowledge to soak in, and a lot of fun to have.

5. Become More Organized

I have the organizational skills of a newborn chimp. I have a countless number of file folders labeled: article research, rough drafts, personal poems, random bursts of emotions, dream journals, doodles and so on. I have half finished notebooks, forgotten stories, and random illegible crap that I write half- asleep. I have tubs of books I haven’t read and drawers of mail I just won’t throw away. I find old poems I wrote in HS, that reflect how F’d up my mind was at that time and other random tidbits from those years. I have so much crap that I have to weed through to get to what is actually good by my standards. This is part of the reason,  I decided to erase my flash drive. I have so much stuff to revise and edit, that I didn’t need to add anything else onto it.

  • I plan on limiting myself to ONE writing project at once. That’s all that my mind can handle. When I write multiple things at the same time, the quality decreases drastically. So, in 2015, I’ll only daydream about one make believe world at a time.
  • I also plan on maintaining a better posting habit for my blog. I stopped posting for awhile, and as a result I’m way behind the number of posts I should be at for six months. I should have about 26 entries (about one post per week). I tried to catch up, but my posts have been pretty random. They weren’t cohesive or well thought out. I was posting just to say that I posted. I also hope to upgrade my domain next month,so that I can have full control over the layout and design of it. There’s only so much you can do with the free options, but you get what you pay for.

4. Stop Procrastinating:

I’ll fill in this part later. No, I’m kidding- kinda. This has literally been my attitude for everything I’ve done this year. “I’ll do my essay the night before it’s due,” or “I’ll study for my 6:00 P.M exam at 1:.M. the same day.”  It’s a nasty habit that I’ve allowed myself to slip into. I’m going to try my hardest to break it in 2015.

3. Get Healthier :

YES! I’m so looking forward to getting healthy in 2015. I’ve gone back and forth all year with working out. I would start for a couple of weeks, then slack off. Start. Stop. Start.Stop. Start. Stop. My body didn’t know whether to lose weight or to gain it. Back in June, I had a couple health scares because I contracted pneumonia. I also would wake up in the middle of the night with my heart racing and it scared the crap out of me. One doctor told that it was a result of adrenaline that was from my body fighting off the pneumonia. Another told me that it was a result of too much caffeine. Whatever it was, I don’t want it to happen again.

I plan on becoming more active. I actually enjoy exercising – especially if it’s something fun like a Zumba video or dance- cardio. My problem is remaining consistent and giving up junk food.

I also hate getting up early on days I don’t have to go anywhere. My sleeping habits are terrible, and I’m surprised I’m actually an adult. LOL. I stay up half of the night, sleep until 10:00 A.M and sit with my computer , dreaming of the day I can have my own family and travel around the world promoting my book.

I’m 100% percent sure that my issues with confidence stem from my body issues. I’ve never thought that I was ugly. I mean, everyone has had days where their hair waged a war on them and just wouldn’t act right. I’ve had days where my skin freaked out because I ate a candy bar and as punishment decided to break out. We’ve all had “ugly days.” But, in general, I’m okay with my face. I actually like the way that I look. I don’t like my, weight, however. I’ve never been completely comfortable with my body.

Do you know that in Twenty years, I will have barely any pictures of myself from my teen years? I have almost no pictures of myself with my little four year old Baby Buddy, Ja’ Kiyah(niece). I have almost no pictures of my mom and I. I hated taking pictures. It never dawned on me that one day I will regret that decision. That day is today.

Starting tomorrow, January 1, 2015, I’m going to change that. And. I’m. EXCITED.

I’m starting my new workout regimen and am going to document my progress over the course of a year. I’m actually thinking about making a(mini) blog about it. I would update four times next year in three month intervals: March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.

The halfway point would come just in time for my 21st Birthday. (6/4/15)  :)

Do you know the thing I’m looking forward to the most? SHOPPING! I can’t wait to go shopping and buy all of the frilly dresses and skirts and other trinkets I’ve always loved, but wouldn’t actually buy because I didn’t like how I looked in it.

2. Have More Fun

If I’m not comfortable around someone I will not be talkative. I withdraw and stay to myself. But, if you have the misfortune of gaining my trust, I will never shut up. I love to laugh and make people laugh. I love life and I love to have fun. My mom affectionately calls me “Ms. Giggles” when we’re getting along, and “Megaphone” when we’re at odds. Both describe me very well.

I plan on taking a few deep breaths and stop stressing about every little thing. I will do as much that my anxiety allows me to do.

I can’t wait until my birthday – for two reasons. One, I want see how far I’ve gotten on my fitness journey. Two: I have no idea what I’m going to do or who I’ll be doing it with, but my birthday is going to be amazing next year. I can’t wait.

1. Grow Closer to God/ Make a Difference/ Better Myself

My faith has decreased a lot over the past year. I haven’t been diligent in my prayers or reading the bible. I just reached a point where I began to question everything. In my efforts to find answers, I created a lot of doubt. I did something similar in 2013. I’m still looking for answers, now.

I am very fortunate. Yes, sometimes I complain. But I know that I am blessed. I know that I have alot to be thankful for. I have my health, my limbs, my mother, my mind, a house etc.

In 2015, I plan on helping as many people that I can.

I only want to put out good things into the atmosphere. Words are powerful. Thoughts are powerful. What you see yourself as is what you will become. In 2015, I see myself as healthy, beautiful, kind, intelligent,and successful.  I’ve spoken enough negativity into my life. 2015 will be different – but, in a good way.

Happy New Year, Everyone! God Bless You!!!!!!!