Bergen

I thought I’d give you guys a little update on how my trip to Bergen went. Unfortunately, I suck at finding photo opportunities so I have basically no photos from the trip,sorry.

Overall the trip went fine, I had a couple of episodes which had the potential to be really bad, but I somehow, with a little (okay maybe a lot of ) help from a little white pill,got through it.  I actually feel really bad that I had to resort to taking medication, but it is what it is I guess. The episodes in question were both during the trips to the airport. (From Ålesund to Bergen, and back) I felt somewhat okay when arriving at the airports,maybe a little jittery and on edge, but nothing serious.
Also, while we were there, it was the first week back to school for a lot of  students so the streets were literally packed with students. It was sort of a slap in the face since I couldn’t stop thinking that I should’ve been a part of that, but it somehow also made me realize that even though I want to move to a big city to study for a few years, I could never move to one permanently . I will probably always be a small town girl at heart.Bergen_Norge_1_original

Life Lately: Fight or Flight

So a couple of days ago my dad surprised me and my mom by buying plane tickets to go to Bergen to see my brother and unfortunately my initial thought were not ones of excitement. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but a couple of years ago I had a major meltdown at an airport and I haven’t really been traveling since then. But in approximately 11 hours and 8 minutes, I’ll have to face it again. I hate that this is a part of my life now. I  used to love airports, especially big ones. i loved watching people rush by and make up stories about who they were and where they were going .
Now, i have to concentrate on trying to breathe evenly and locating the nearest bathroom at all times.I’ve been off my medication for a little over two months now and  truthfully, it’s not going as well as i’d  wanted it to. But i guess i’ll wait it out a little longer, if only because it was such a nightmare to go off them in the first place.

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A Court Of Thorns And Roses & A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J.Maas

 

It’s been well over a month since I finished A Court Of Mist And Fury, which is the second book in the new-ish Sarah J. Maas series, and I honestly can’t stop thinking about it. 

Just like in Mass’s first series Throne Of Glass (TOG) I wasn’t really feeling the first book, but seeing as I ended up loving the second book in that series, I figured I had to give it a chance and boy am i glad i did !

A Court Of Thorns And Roses summary taken from Goodreads
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
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The amazing thing about Maas’s writing is that she has an incredible way of having a (very intricate) red thread throughout her novels. It might be one of the most important reasons as to why i love her books so much. It’s not until the second book in this series you realize how much groundwork she’s done in the fist book for the entire series. You’re just left there stunned with a stupid look on your face when you get into the second book. This was me the majority of the book…↓
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Another thing that surprised me about this series was how grown up it was, and I’m not just talking about the grown up scenes(though there were a few of that,not that I’m complaining) but the sensitive themes Maas’s tackled like; PTSD and the difficult issues Feyre has to deals with, was handled with such grace and respect from Maas, it made me fall in love with the story all over again. I don’t know how else to describe it without spoiling the entire book for you, neither can I insert the summary for ACOMAF  (Cause, spoilers.) but just trust me when i say that she knows how to keep things new and interesting and you won’t regret picking up one of her books, you just need to power through the first one, cause it will be worth it.

I guess by now it’s needless to say that I LOVED the second book and I can’t wait for the next one to come out ! I feel like I’m just living in between Maas’s  worlds, in anticipation of the next installments in her series…. cause I’m trash for Sarah’s characters.. really, it’s sad.

Jellicoe Road Review

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. At first, i had no idea what i was reading, they kept talking about war strategies and borders, which for a minute, made me think that  i’d misunderstood and was reading a Dystopian and not a Contemporary novel.  

The story is about Taylor Markham who attends a boarding school (Jellicoe school) where she’s the schools leader in a territory war between the local teens and a group of military school cadets. When Taylor was young, her mother abandoned her at a SevenEleven and she was placed in the care of Hannah who’s a housemother at the school. Taylor lives with her for six years until one day Hannah disappears, leaving only a draft of an unfinished book behind to comfort Taylor. We follow her while she deals with Hannah’s disappearance, as well as trying to keep her school’s territory intact. All the while, trying to sort out her feelings for a boy from her past suddenly re-surfing again.  6e7d5ca480406c82385bd3d5eaba9d70

I loved this book! It left me a blubbering mess in the middle of the night. I felt all the feels and cared about all the characters. But it was without a doubt the beautiful writing that dragged me in. It was effortlessly poetic, all the while being an easy read. But don’t get me wrong, the story itself was really interesting and made it very difficult  for me to put down the book.
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