Forgive Me – Original Poem

She sits alone, her head in the clouds

Tired, weary and lost to the world.

A ghost in the flesh, A child in the dark.

She does not cry, does not speak,

Bright as daylight and dark as night,

A little girl wrapped in shrouds.

Adults cry fateful tears,

wiping sorrow off their cheeks.

A mother wails and blames herself,

A father’s strength slowly crumbles.

Guilt spreads and covers the earth,

Blood, blood, blood – it spreads,

Upon this fateful grave she smears.

That night she felt no anger,

She had released her tortured soul.

Mother screamed, father choked,

Don’t go, I’m here, I’m here…

Time ticked by, sirens wailed,

Her heart had stopped…

Did you see her or look right past?

Was it cruelty or blatant ignorance?

Should I help or should I go?

Questions, questions, useless things,

Denial eats and tortures them.

Looks in eyes, oh so dark,

Mind unable to conform,

Turns away,

Shakes head,

Am so sorry,

Please Forgive Me.

Vera’s Song (Creatures of the Land #2) – Natalie Erin


Synopsis – 

Five years have passed since the battle for the Verinian Forest. Kia, Keota, the wolves and Ionan have been living peacefully since, though things aren’t as happy as they appear. Ionan longs for the shores of Nesting’s Haven, the isle of Changers that he left long ago, and the eyes of his first love, Vera.

Things are turned upside down when Vera arrives, claiming to have left her abusive Accompany. Almost immediately after Kia’s young son Kennu and his Changer Allie go missing. Allie and Kennu have been kidnapped by an evil mastermind hellbent on taking total control of the Lands and all that surrounds them. But there’s a twist this time, as the foe is one they not only know well, but fear, because his powers are beyond all imagining and his cunning is enough to outwit them all.

Our heroes are left with no choice…in order to bring back the children they love, one of them must be sacrificed. Kiatana and her friends will discover that their previous battles are nothing compared to the upcoming war, and what they’ve lost so far is in no way equal to the danger brewing on the horizon…

Goodreads Rating – 4.29/5 Stars

**Disclaimer: I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review**

My Review – 

I wasn’t super impressed with the first book so I had low expectations heading into this, however, I was pleasantly surprised with how good this book was in comparison with Kiatana’s Journey. 

The book was action packed to the point where I couldn’t put it down. I was finally able to connect with the characters and really began to care about what happened to them. Lot’s of new characters were introduced and I think that perhaps there were too many because I found it hard to keep track of how everyone was related/knew each other.

Ionan and Allie are my favourite characters as they are so well portrayed and I can’t help but worry about them. Ionan broke my heart in this book and I hope things start to look up for him soon. 

Once again, the romance is rushed and doesn’t quite fit the flow of the plot. Some aspects of the novel such as the events that occur… the authors are brilliant at, but some aspects such as character development, personal relationships and realism still seem a little wobbly. 

All of that being said, I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the next book! 

My Rating – 4/5 Stars

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