Gibberish #34

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Hey everyone!

So the winners of the giveaway have been announced, and my congratulations to both, again. As I mentioned in that post, I have another Giveaway planned. I can reveal it right now, and say that it will be a Christmas Giveaway. I will not go into more details, as there is still a lot of time until then.

Because a certain day in October is just around the corner (yes, I am talking about Halloween), the blog will receive an overhaul, and be themed appropriately for the week ahead. More about this tomorrow.

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Book Giveaway Winners!

Hey everyone!

So today is the day when I announce the winners of the first ever Viking Reviews Book Giveaway. First of all, thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. There was 9 competitors, but at the end I had to exclude two, because they did not follow the rules and share the post.

Because it was such a small number I went with the Random Name Picker, and wrote all of you in there. As stated in the rules, those who followed me before the giveaway got two entries.

Without further ado, let us get to the draw. First, the winner of a Handmade bookmark from CrochetByRine.

IT IS BRITTANY! Congratulations! You win a handmade bookmark!

While Brittany is celebrating, we are moving on to draw the winner of the book of their choice. The pot stays the same.

AND THE BIG WINNER IS ELIZABETH M. HERRERA! You win When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi! Congratulations!

Both winners – shoot me a message through my Contact page with your personal information included.

A big thank you again, to everyone who participated. Some of you did not have the luck today, but I am sure you will have it the next go-around. Yes, I am planning another Giveaway, but let that remain a bit of a secret for now.

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Giveaway still up and running! Hurry up and apply!

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To celebrate 1000 followers, I have decided to host this giveaway. But first, a few words to thank you all.

When I started this blog on the 22nd of February, it was more of an experiment. I wanted to use it to have something that is mine, to do something that I like. Followers were never my concern and to be honest, if I would have reached 100 that would have been an amazing achievement for me. The first 100 came and after that, the number grew and grew and here we are today, at an amazing 1000 followers. My first post was titled “A New Journey” and boy, what a journey it has been. I know these two words sound so soulless by now, after being said so many times, but THANK YOU. To each and every one of you, who have been with me on this journey. I…

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Gibberish #32

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Hey everyone!

As I mentioned last week, I am currently working two jobs. That means I am quite short on time, so I had to set up a new schedule for myself. I will be writing the majority of posts during the weekends, as I just do not have enough time or will after work. All the reviews that I owe you guys are still coming up, do not worry.

Other than that, nothing much new to report. If something comes up, I will share it with you guys, as always.

Book Giveaway!

Remember! The giveaway is still up and running!

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Gibberish #30

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Jesus Christ, I have to stop scheduling posts before I am able to finish them. Anyway…

Hey everyone!

As most of you have noticed, the blog has a new “design”. I will try to keep it up to date from now on, which means that the header will always display something relevant to the time of the year. I hope you like it more than the blank space we had before.

I am UNAVAILABLE for NEW REVIEWS IN 2017. The schedule is full for every week until the end of the year. I am accepting requests for reviews in 2018, so if you would like your book to be reviewed amongst the first in the new year, I suggest you send me an email.

I probably forgot a bunch of things I wanted to talk about, but that is what happens when you do not schedule like you are supposed to. Sorry, blame it on Akon.

See you all tomorrow! 

Tightrope Walker by Shaun Hume

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Hetta is a Tightrope Walker. A leader of armies. She has been one all her life. But Hetta has just turned thirteen, and there has never been a thirteen year old Tightrope Walker. Ever. Is she too old to do her duty? Is she too old to walk upon the field of battle and survive?

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I do not know what it is about Shaun Hume’s books that draw me in like crazy. I just love his writing style, and it seems that no matter what he chooses to write about, I just cannot put the book down until I finish it. The feeling was the same with the first one that I read, Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith. That one earned the very first grade of 10/10. What about this one?

We follow Hetta who is a Tightrope Walker. It is quite a funny title when we think of it, but no, she does not walk on a thin rope in-between buildings. She is actually a commander of an army. This is when the Tightrope Walker actually materializes and comes into play. The title was never meant to be taken literally but figuratively. She does walk a thin line, but she walks that line on the battlefield and in her life. Let us talk about the former for a second.

As you have read in the description, Hetta is only thirteen years old, but with the gift that she has she is feared all around. Imagine being thirteen years old and have everyone run away or hide from you. And at the end of the day, it is not even your own fault that you are gifted. That is basically what Hetta has to go through on a daily basis and it is captured beautifully in the book. Although she is a very strong character, we can feel the struggle within. She is at the age when people make the jump from childhood into their teens. Hetta does not have that. The one thing that she does have, however, is The General.

The General stood with Hetta and fought beside her on the battlefield. He was the only one that managed to look beyond her being a Tightrope Walker, and he managed to see that she was still just a kid. Later in the book, there comes a moment when he explains everything to her, and addresses the issues she did not want to talk about. He is the one that gives a jumpstart to her mental growth, and with that, she finally steps into the shoes of the real world. The world that is full of self-doubt that you have to deal with.

In all honesty, the book did drag at certain parts. With that I mean that some parts could have been left out, as they did not influence the story too much. Other than that the book is a must read. Especially with the cliffhanger waiting for you at the end.

Book recommendation: 9/10