Mini Reviews [03]: The Alchemist, The Edge of Never

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Genre: Fiction, Drama

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Goodreads Synopsis

PAULO COELHO’S enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom points Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transformation power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

my rating: 5leaves

You know when I fell in love with this book?

When I read this:

“We are told from childhood onward that everything we want to do is impossible. We grow up with this idea, and as the years accumulate, so too do the layers of prejudice, fear, and guilt. There comes a time when our personal calling is so deeply buried in our soul as to be invisible. But it’s still there.”

That was from the Introduction. Yes, the introduction. I knew from that moment that this is gonna be just what I need these days. And there’s no better feeling than reading the right book at the right time as I always believed. This was even a great one.

I am blown away by how much thought has gone into writing such story with such depth of meaning and clever way of putting dialogues and drawing characters. There’s so much wisdom embedded that you feel ignites the sleeping giant in you to go and pursue your Personal Legend like Santiago did. It is so inspiring. So many of my beliefs I found were reflected in this story. And in it too, I was looking for something I thought I lost. But it actually gave me hope that “it’s never too late to be what you might have been” like George Elliot once said.

This is a true masterpiece that I regretted not reading earlier but this is its moment where I think I would mostly put it to good use. I would recommend this to everyone I’d know that’s for sure.

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

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Goodreads Synopsis

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction

my rating: 4leaves

I was recommended this book by a friend of Goodreads. Otherwise, I probably would not have known about it. Very glad I did decide to read it.

The story was written so beautifully. It was engaging from the start. It was sweet, nice and new take on the contemporary romance genre. I loved how the story was written in a very original way. The romance comes from within the characters and didn’t feel forced at all.

It’s a journey for both characters, Camryn and Andrew, to rediscover themselves and what they want. Both faced their own share of pain and suffering and now they both meet and began to know each other on a deeper level. Cam and Andrew have an unconventional relationship. One that I found weird at first, but grew to believe later (who says that couldn’t happen in a part of the world?) . One thing I find lacking in me was how much I didn’t connect to the characters emotionally for more than half the book. But Redmerski nailed the emotions in one of the most intense heart-pounding scenes at the end of the book.

The character development is evident in both characters. They did make each other better at the end, .. or shall I say the beginning of their story. It’s a sweet story with weird characters (in a good way that is) I would recommend this to a lot of people I am sure.

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