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Essence of An Age

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Essence of An Age by Lydia Redwine

Essence of An Age is the first poetry collection by Lydia Redwine and explores the depths of the heart, mind, and soul during the years where one is finding that they are growing up. Its emotional imagery will sweep readers into a world as real as their own, a world dealing with the dualities of life. The salt and sugar. All that is experienced in love and growth.

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Lydia Redwine

About the Author

I am a young author who is Cincinnati, Ohio born and raised with three younger siblings. I have been home-schooled since age four, hence why I have found the time to indulge in writing. I wrote my first book when I was eleven and published it via amazon kindle when I was fourteen. My goal is to write novels that are both fresh and impacting.

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My Review

5 Stars

So I will be honest, I’m not much of a poetry person but I did offer to review this book. I’m really glad that I did. This is a touching collection of poems about a young girl growing up. I will be the first to say that it’s easy to forget what it was like to grow up but this collections of poems show how wonderful and dark that growth could be.

I have to say that the line that sticks with me is, “when monsters beneath my bed became a matter minuscule to monsters in my head.” Talk about hit home when you remember that cusp of becoming an adult. Just as you have happy, light times there are also dark times with this new world that you are growing in.

This is a great collections of poems and one that I recommend checking out. Like I said, I’m not a poetry person but this collection even made me remember the challenges of adulthood.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank the Author for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Days of Reign

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Days of Reign by Elisa Hansen

Zelenka is an outcast. Tormented by the harsh rules and punishments of Eldon, she will soon be imprisoned in the horrifying government factories. Her lover, the charismatic Fraco, may be her one chance to escape. But Zelenka is drawn to the dangerous and elusive world of the Amaryllians. Only through them can she triumph in her two dreams: freedom, and survival.

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About the Author

Growing up in Melbourne, Australia, Elisa Hansen was curious about other worlds. The travel bug bit her young, and she spent her early years with a pack on her back and hiking boots on her feet. Beyond exploring and writing, she loves to dance, cook, eat, learn other languages, and paint.

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My Review

5 stars

Eldon is a planet that controls its people with religion and a broken moral code. Women are nothing more than property, barely educated. At the age of 19 they must marry or are sent to factories where they will birth children until they die. Zelenka is a special girl. Her parents married for love and have taught her so much more than is allowed. On her 19th birthday she hopes to marry a man for love but he turns her down. Other information comes to her and she becomes desperate to escape Eldon.

Amaryllis is near Eldon and has grown as a peace loving world. Zelenka dreams of escaping to Amaryllis and has an opportunity when she meets Fianna. But Amaryllis is not all perfect and comes bearing its own problems. But Zelenka is not safe on Amaryllis, she is being hunted and this is going to put the whole planet in trouble.

This is an amazing story. Eldon is Earth after it has been nearly destroyed. It is a pit of corruption with the world polluted both physically and spiritually. I felt for Zelenka and the horrible future that she is faced with, especially after she learns the fate of one of her friends. She dreams for a better world but, as the saying goes, the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence.

The real thing that got to me was the world building. Eldon is this dystopian world that has become broken and damaged and knows nothing but violence and death.  Amaryllis is a peaceful utopian world yet no real defense against serious injuries or attack. It makes you really thing about the things that could go wrong in both of these worlds especially when one never thinks or has a plan for worst case scenarios.

This is a fantastic read and the ending makes it feel like there may be a sequel but I am not seeing anything. I would love to read a sequel so fingers crossed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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