Tell the Wolves I’m Home

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Carol Rifka Brunt’s  debut novel Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a brilliantly beautiful and haunting story of June. June is in her early teens in the 1980’s and loses her beloved uncle to AIDS when the disease is only beginning to come to light. This story focuses on relationships between siblings and across generations in a way that echos through the reader in personal and moving ways. Even though this novel is realistic fiction, there is a magic between the pages that some fantasy novels never quite reach. This is a magnificent read that will grasp your heart and will not easily let go.

(Realistic Fiction  rated: PG-13: for adult situations and content)  This is definitely an adult novel. Not only does it deal with adult situations, but the themes, lessons and emotional content will not be appreciated by younger audiences.

 

NOTE: IF YOU CHOOSE TO READ FURTHER —– SPOILERS!!!!!

One of the criticisms of Brunt’s novel has been the relationship suggested between June and her uncle.  Many readers have been disturbed by the fact that June alludes to being in love with her sophisticated artist uncle, Finn. While I do think that this is partially the case, I don’t think that her “being in love” with Finn is the point of the presence of that element to the story.

June is a fourteen year old girl who has a very tumultuous relationship with her older sister, Greta, and whose parents are pretty absent from day-to-day affairs, much less so from deep emotional issues that June may be facing. While Greta and June’s parents have a jaded, cynical attitude about life and are embittered by jealous, June sees beauty and light in most things. Including Finn and his partner Toby. Perhaps more importantly, Finn and Toby see the wonder and beauty in June that she herself feels distances and separates her from her nuclear family.

While it may seem that June has a “crush” on Finn, and later maybe Toby, it seems far more likely that in her youth and naivite, June is actually learning what true, deep unconditional love really looks like. She feels little love or warmth from her parents and she receives the brunt of Greta’s anger and jealousy more than her affection, which leads to the conclusion that the love and attention that Finn showers on June exposes her to something she has never felt before and can’t quite identify. Finn accepts her for who she is, exposes her to art and the more subtle beauties in the world around them. He encourages her love for fantasy and pretend and does not judge. Finn gives her a place and a sense of being and importance in the world that June does not feel elsewhere.

And then he is gone. June feels Finn’s loss like the loss of a limb. But when Toby comes along and she begins to understand who he is and what he meant to Finn, what he now means to June, it becomes more clear that June’s crush seems more of a beginning  understanding of what it means to truly love someone. Not romantically – but in all aspects and without jealousy or judgement. So what a fourteen year old girl mistakes for a crush, isn’t so much a disturbing romantic love, but that of a loved girl learning to accept love and return it wholeheartedly and with all of herself.

 

I Dare You to Watch

Today is the day! March 18th! The second season of the Netflix original – Daredevil – premiered today. And let me just say, it’s going to be a long night because I will be binge watching!

If you are a super hero junkie and you haven’t had the chance to catch season 1 of Marvel’s Daredevil – I highly recommend it. With this new installment to the growing Rolodex (yes, I just dated myself) of super amazing, super fun super hero TV, Marvel has upped its game.

Just in case you are unfamiliar with the back story for Daredevil, Matt Murdock is a lawyer who takes up shop in Hell’s Kitchen with the desire to refurbish and clean up the streets.  As a child he was blinded in an accidental chemical spill. The chemicals stole Murdock’s sight but left him with his other senses so heightened that in his present state he sees better than he did with his eyesight. So, that’s the nutshell.

And can we all say: “Ben Affleck who???” Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock annihilates the 2003 attempt at a live action Daredevil. Cox is far more believable as a character and he pulls off the “dark” quality superbly. Which is perhaps why I’m not incredibly excited about Affleck as Batman…not a great track record in the hero department.  Let’s all just agree to pretend that the 2003 film never happened and go ahead and accept Netflix’s production as the first majorly awesome representation of the “blind” hero.

Because this hour-long drama is made for Netlix audiences, it definitely has advantages over its main stream TV counter parts. There is more blood, majorly kick-ass fight scenes, and the villains are quite a bit more ruthless in Hell’s kitchen than in Starling or Central City. Season 1’s Vincent D’Onofrio would give Malcolm Merlin nightmares. And this season, I can’t wait to hate The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal (Shane) more!

So – if you are looking for some cinema quality action and hardcore super heroism then…

I dare you to watch!

 

Liebster Award

Thank you so much Casey at adoptabookaus for nominating me! I’m so excited because I am so new to this blogging world and this is a great treat. What a great way for small bloggers to be known! 

 

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So this award is a way of finding new blogs and getting to know smaller blogs, if you’re nominated just take the badge/button above and post it on your blog!

The rules:

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 question that the blog gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
  • Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

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  1. What author do you own the most books from?

It used to be Margaret Atwood. I was really obsessed with her writing for a long while. I have since kept my favorites and donated the rest. Now I don’t own as many books as I used to because I have really tried to utilize my local library.

2. What started you reading?

I’ve been reading and falling into story since I can remember. But if I could put my finger on it, it would probably be my mom – the way she fostered reading and would spend time at night reading really fun books to my sister and me. That’s probably what did it. (That, and magic….)

3. What started you blogging?

Well, my desire to write more frequently and my love of story are what started me blogging.  My amazing sister suggested it and we talked through the logistics until I was so excited I couldn’t stand it anymore.

4. Who is your favorite fictional couple?

Who is my favorite fictional couple….oh goodness. This is hard. Ummmmm…..Elphie and Fiero from Wicked. Or Aragorn and Arwen in The Lord of the Rings.

5. A book I hate that everyone else loves…

To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s ok – you can say I am a horrible person. I just never liked it.

6. Books that made me want to throw them across the room (because of anger or feels).

Oh gosh – what a great question. Tell the Wolves I’m Home, Chainfire: Sword of Truth, Champion – all because of MAJOR feels!

7. Favorite book quote:

At this point in my life – this is impossible to answer. I have read too many books and loved too many quotes to be able to pin it down. But here is one from The Lord of the Rings:

“‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.'”

8. My favorite underrated book –

Oh! Such a good question…hmmmm. Chaos Walking trilogy, Crown and Key trilogy – that I just finished! It is usually whatever I just finished! Ha!

9. If your house was flooding and you could only fit 5 books into you backpack to save them what would they be?

  • my small, travel size ESV Bible, Wicked, Lord of the Rings trilogy

10. Who do you like more? Batman or The Joker? Superman or Spiderman? Iron man or The hulk?

This is my kind of question! Batman, Superman and Iron man.

11. What is your favorite book?

Your maniacal laughter is echoing in my brain! I have to say Wicked. LOVE

 

5-11 Random facts about myself….

  1. I love anything that deals with comics or superheros! TV, movies, books – name it.
  2. I enjoy writing and am working on my own YA novel.
  3. I graduated high school from the American School of Bucharest in Romania.
  4. As much as I want to devote endless time to writing – this blog or my book – I am a mother and a wife first.
  5. Because Casey mentioned dancing – I will say that I hated dancing growing up because I was always so self-conscious – but now, if I have the opportunity to dance, I don’t care who is watching.
  6. My husband is the Green Arrow in disguise and he is the most wonderful man alive.
  7. The first 3 Harry Potter books were given to me as a gift way before all the hype and I was really skeptical about reading them…glad I got over that!
  8. My familiar, patronis, spirit guide – what have you – would be a dragon.
  9. I don’t have any tattoos but if I even had one, there would be no way to stop me and I would be covered head to toe in ink.
  10. If I were a mutant who was part of the XMEN, my mutant power would be super strength and agility….today. It might be different tomorrow.
  11. A life skill I wish I was better at – math…of any kind.

 

I choose you Pikachu! – 5 blogs that I nominate for the Liebster award are:

  1. Meg at Think Outside the State
  2. Michelle at The Bibliophile Struggle
  3. Rina at Booksofthemuggleborn
  4. Biblioworm
  5. Gina at Books a Girls Best Friend

11 Questions for you to answer:

  1. Who is your favorite superhero?
  2. Why and how did you start blogging?
  3. Where is the farthest place from your home that you have traveled?
  4. What is your first priority in life over blogging?
  5. What is your least favorite book?
  6. What book character most describes you?
  7. What book did you read that haunted – the emotions echoed through you – for the longest amount of time?
  8. Do you have any tattoos? Of what?
  9. If you were one of the XMEN, what would your mutant power be?
  10. What life skill do you wish you were better at?
  11. What is your current favorite book – if you’re anything like me, it changes!