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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

'Grace Lost" series by M. Lauryl Lewis


Hello All- I'm baaaacckk. I went to my son's 6th grade orientation. Fun..fun..how I love standing in lines waiting for schedules, pictures, oh ..and don't forget the locker combination. Oh how I wish these times would never end.

Before I had a complete breakdown, I headed off alone to get his school supplies. LOOK AT ME!!! Going early!!! I can now look down on others (like me-usually) who wait until the last minute, swearing, screaming...clawing through the isle's in a mad panic. I feel like Mrs. Cleaver looking down on Rosanne....YES!!!

What could go wrong? Well, a couple of things.

His list said ," Two 1 subject NON-PERFORATED notebooks"..how hard can this be?
After 30 minutes of clearing through sixty 1 subject notebooks I hit the wall. Literally. This item does not exist. Every damn notebook had those little holes in the binding. EVERY SINGLE ONE. I knew I had to wave the white flag when I threw down a green Mead notebook followed by a ,"Damnit it to hell! Is this some sort of joke??!". Only to hear a righteous 4 year old say," Mommy, that lady said a very bad word".

I decided I would move on to the ruler. A woman and a 7 yr old Boy Wonder were looking for similar item. Conversation went as follows:

Mom: I can't believe you need a protractor in 2nd grade

Son: What does it look like?

Mom: You don't know?

Son: Nope.

Mom: Well, you will. I guess kids in HIGHLY CAPABLE need things like protractors..ha ha ha ha!

Ok. For those lucky enough to not understand Highly Capable do let me explain. I had no clue what this was when we moved to this area 8 years ago. At my eldest's soccer practice (she was 8) these women were yapping about their gifted Highly Capable kids....notice...gifted. I inquired about what Highly Capable was and found it was for the children who are so superior to us mere earthling's that they need their own class of excelled learning. When asked if my Minions were going into the program I clearly stated, "No, my children are in the Dumb Ass Capable class".. Which I then threw my head back in a loud guffaw...unfortunately I was the only one. Don't get me wrong, it's not all horrid. I have had a couple  kids who have taken classes from HC. I don't tell other people, as I don't find it that entertaining. The name is hideous...Highly Capable...who came up with that???

I pride myself on being a non-bragging Mother. When eldest was in 7th grade she came home with one of those hideous ,"Proud Parent of a Honor School Student" bumper stickers.

As she was peeling off the back of the sticker I managed to scream,"STOOOOOOOOPPPP!!! DROP IT NOW!!!".

Eldest: Why??

Me: It's embarrassing..

Eldest: I earned it, everyone will know I made HONORS.

Me: I'll buy you a kitten if you throw it in the trash and we never mention this again.

Eldest: We go now...

Point is , Highly Capable bragging is similar to Select Soccer bragging. You had nothing to do with it. Chances are you skirted through school on a wing and a prayer. These are not your brilliant genes being passed on so calm down.

Now, back to the single notebook nightmare..

I was sick of looking for this non existent artifact. I was convinced the school district had it out for me. So I did the unthinkable...this is tough to type.....NO JUDGING!!

 I got on FaceBook..and expressed my angst. I KNOW. I have blogged and blogged about the hell that is FaceBrag or Dear Facebook. I was out of control. Here is my sin........love me.
Me: Everett School System hear me loud and clear. There is no such thing as a " non perforated one subj notebook". I just wasted an hour of my time off going through every gd notebook at Target..perforated is what your going to have to deal with."

Friend: Good grief, that is specific!
Me: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS NON PERFORATED! If little idiots everywhere are ripping there papers askew with abandon then send them to military school...jezus.
I know, I know. There are people on my list who work for the school system. I wanted to yell it out loud and clear. Slacker Mom's UNITE!!!!!
So Parent's everywhere, never fear. You are not alone...fight the system. Let them know, you will not be a joke! As we Highly Capable folks no there is no such thing as Non- Perforated notebooks..Good try teachers...good try.
On to the review...

Twenty-year-old Zoe Kate is young and naïve, and quite frankly a loner. When her lifelong friend, Adam Boggs, comes home for the summer they find themselves thrust into the middle of a zombie plague. As they flee their hometown in hopes of finding safety, they come across two other survivors, Emilie and Gus. The group of four quickly form bonds and must make difficult choices at every turn in order to stay alive. They will witness unimaginable horrors and experience unthinkable losses as life and death mix together in ways that were never meant to be. Things aren't always as they seem when God's Grace has been lost to humanity. (Amazon Description)

Book One of THE GRACE SERIES

Intended for mature audiences due to graphic gore, explicit sexual situations, and language.

Follow the author at:
www.mlauryllewis.net
@mlauryllewis
http://www.facebook.com/mlauryllewis.net


I know...Zombies. More Zombies. Hear me out!! Our local newspaper, The Everett Herald did a article on Lewis. She lives in Washington and is an registered nurse in a hospital that is affiliated with the place where I spend my days that pays me. As my Walking Dead, where art thou phase was hitting hard, I needed a fix.

Main character is young, but not too young. There is even a over 35 yr old who is one of the main characters...yippee!! Shout out to Middle Age! It takes place in Washington, frankly some of it takes place down the street from me.  I was thrilled. Clean up the neighborhood if you will.

Decisions are made. Friendships are formed and broken. Same spiel as Walking Dead, dead are scary, but the living is scarier. Main character makes great, heroic choices. She also makes some incredibly stupid choices. Wouldn't we all?  Like there is a guidebook to get through an zombie apocalypse...well, there is ...but still.

I read all three books in 4 days. I read them through breakfast, lunch, on the elliptical and until the wee hours of the morning. Completely addictive.

The cover scares me...well it does. I think it is well done, but I'm glad I have a kindle so I don't have to see it all the time...for I am a wimp.

The gore is gore, the sex is graphic, but for you prudes it doesn't take up the whole book so take a breath. In the Herald's article, Lewis's Pastor wanted to read the books. She pre warned him, but oh I thought of her Pastor during a couple scenes.....Gah! That couldn't sound worse if I tried.

If this was Father Olsen from my youth he would have water boarded her in holy water.

I thoroughly enjoyed her books. A 4th is on the way. I am still kicking myself for missing her book signing...there were Zombie cupcakes for Godsakes...CUPCAKES!  Next time...

Grab the books, you won't be disappointed.

Before I forget my Followers!



I got my Walking Hope shirt! I love it!! Here is a pic. Ignore the braces, God knows I'm trying to.




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