Thursday, January 16, 2014

REVIEW: Weight of Earth

Weight of Earth
By Stevie Mikayne

Genre: Contemporary Women, Occult
Publication date: 11.29.2013
Pages: 278

Date read: 1.16.2014
Recommended by: Read 2 Review

Summary: Ella is determined to uncover her mother’s past, but what she learns could destroy her family. Secrets run deep in her family.

Twelve years ago, her mother turned her back on her sister Lydia—a high priestess of the Mother Goddess—and has since forbidden Ella to learn anything about their heritage, or her gifts. But during her mother’s dark days, Ella lives on Lydia’s ranch, watching her perform candle spells, circle castings, and prayers at dawn.
Ella’s mother refuses to talk about what happened—a secret Lydia also keeps tightly guarded, for reasons Ella doesn’t understand.

But when Ella meets William, a little boy with special needs, her mind opens in ways she never imagined. William reminds her of Jonathon, her little brother who died, and this bond makes her take risks she never thought possible, even defying her mother and opening her untrained psychic senses.

Her world tilts on its axis when Zeth barges into her life, complicating everything. His mind sucks her in like a vortex, and being with him burns her—literally. How can he know more about her than she knows about herself? Will loving him unlock her gifts, or destroy her fragile mind? And is their love worth uncovering a truth that their families would rather keep buried?

Weight of Earth is a compelling story of how family loyalty entwines with personal secrecy, and what it means to be exceptional.

My thoughts

I have read several books so far this year and I have to say that this one, by far, is my favorite so far.  I am so happy that I got the opportunity to read it. 

I connected with this book in so many ways - each one of the characters teaches you something about life; each setting is described beautifully, as if you can see yourself walking along the river, feel the cold, sitting by the fire; the intense, raw emotions that are felt by everyone at one time or another throughout this book are amazing.  I laughed, I worried, I cried ... the author pulls you in and makes you part of it by the way that she writes things.  I started yesterday evening (after a few days of wanting to read, but having other things on my plate) and before I knew it, it was 4am and I was at 72% (according to my Kindle).  I finally had to get some sleep, but as soon as I woke up, I had the Kindle open and was reading it while getting ready this morning.  I didn't want it to end.


My favorite character: This is a hard choice because I  honestly liked every single one of them.  I think, though, that William is the one that stands out the most for me ... and the one that I will remember for a long time.  He really touched my heart.  

I also liked Bren.  She's Ella's aunt's girlfriend.  At first I feel sorry for her because of the way she's treated like an outsider by Meredith (Ella's mom), but when she held William, I knew that she was amazing (and wish I could have known more about her).  A truly great character with a huge heart.

Favorite line: "Imagine the strength of heart it takes to volunteer to come to this world without being able to speak a word.  That's why he needs people like you in his life: to understand him even when he can't make himself understood."

"I think each soul is here on a journey.  We have any number of lessons to learn, then we leave and go on.  You might call it heaven or something else, but in any event, it's the place we go when we've learned all we can. ... Each person we meet guides our journey."

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