Dawn-Zhang from Letters To Princess awarded this lovely blog award to me and I’m chuffed to pieces! Thanks sweetie!!
Heres what I have to do!
iDig Your Blog Award Regulations
1 ) Gratefully accept this award.
2 ) Link the wonderful person you received it from.
3 ) Post 3 interesting facts about yourself.
4 ) Pass this award around to, at-least, 5 blogs you dig.
5 ) Notify them.
3) That’ll be a struggle ;D
i) I’m plagued by a runny nose, 24/7. Argh! Nothing to do with an infection or virus, just an over-sensitive nose. That’s so typical of me!
ii) I love horror books and movies, even though they give me nightmares ;D
iii) I am presently in UK visiting my yummy family! Hurrah!
4) The exciting part!
i) Erin O’riordan@Pagan Spirits
ii) Gabrielle Bisset@ A Writers Blog
iii) The Possy @ The Blog Entourage
iv) Tami Jackson @ The Vampire Review
v) Heather @ One Toe in the Water
vi) Fenny @ Crazy Rambler
5) Notify them- Feel like Santa ;D Check. ;D
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
BLURB From GOOD READS: In his final year at the Royal College of Music, star pianist Flynn Laukonen has the world at his feet. He has moved in with his girlfriend Jennah and is already getting concert bookings for what promises to be a glittering career. Yet he knows he is skating on thin ice – only two small pills a day keep him from plunging back into the whirlpool of manic depression that once threatened to destroy him. Unexpectedly his friends seem to be getting annoyed with him for no apparent reason, he needs less and less sleep, he is filled with unbridled energy.
Events begin to spiral out of control and Flynn suddenly finds himself in hospital, heavily sedated, carnage left behind him. The medication isn’t working any more, the dose needs to be increased, and depression strikes again, this time with horrific consequences. His freedom is snatched away and the medicine’s side-effects threaten to jeopardize his chances in one of the biggest piano competitions of his life. It seems like he has to make a choice between the medication and his career. But in all this he has forgotten the one person he would give his life for, and Flynn suddenly finds himself facing the biggest sacrifice of all. Told in alternating chapters from both Flynn and Jennah’s points of view, this is the breathtaking, poignant sequel to A Note of Madness.
I so wanted to love this. Suffering bipolar disorder myself (along with family members), anything which lifts the lid on the real experience is all good in my eyes. The trouble wasn’t with the story, although because I couldn’t finish this book I don’t know how it all panned out, rather with the writing style, which was jarring to say the least. In particular, the series of unending short sentences in place of exposition.
Egs (semi quoted): I woke up. I opened my eyes. I looked around. I smelt school dinners and bleach. He had tears in his eyes. I felt sore. It went on and on like this. Bleh. Come on – Purrrlease!
It was agonizing. So much so that I stopped reading, and started reading Jinn Nation instead. This was also a freebie for my kindle ;D (Click link for your copy)
The dialogue bits were fine and I felt the story might have been reasonably good. But I couldn’t get past her writing style.
Needless to say, I don’t recommend it. But take a look for yourself. If you don’t mind the style, you might enjoy the story.
Have you read this book – did you enjoy it?