As You Feel, So You Heal & The Weight of a Soul – Two NetGalley Reviews

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Goodreads Synopsis: What if you could dance freely through life’s emotional ups and downs? What if you could connect with your innermost character and ultimately, gain unshakable self-acceptance? In Write of Passage, award-winning author Donna DeNomme leads you on a journey of self-acceptance through writing. Using engaging stories, exploratory journaling prompts, and contemplative meditations, DeNomme provides clear, practical strategies to comfort and encourage you as you move through five gateways: awakening, departure, meeting life’s challenge, venturing into the inner cave, and returning with the golden insights. Whether you make your way with pen and paper or simply meditate on its thought-provoking content, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation of your authentic self by discovering emotional guideposts for personal healing and soul evolution.

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As you all probably know by now I’m going through a period of time where I really enjoy books about emotional growth, self-help, shadow work or whatever else you want to call it.  They just really seem to be speaking to me recently, so I was excited to give this book a try when I received it from NetGalley.

Sometimes I can really get a lot from these books, and sometimes I just can’t. Sadly this was one such book that I couldn’t get into.  From the beginning the language and writing style just felt really fake to me. Like the author was using all of the ”right” words for the genre, but the meaning behind them lacked depth.   And as much as I really do want to connect better with my emotions, I just couldn’t look past the bullshit to something that would mean more.

The drawings in this book were really pretty, and that’s probably the only positive thing I have to say. I didn’t finish the book because I never connected with the connect. In the end I gave As You Feel, So You Heal two stars on Goodreads. Maybe others will have better luck with it than me.

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Goodreads Synopsis: When Lena’s younger sister Fressa is found dead, their whole Viking clan mourns—but it is Lena alone who never recovers. Fressa is the sister that should’ve lived, and Lena cannot rest until she knows exactly what killed Fressa and why—and how to bring her back. She strikes a dark deal with Hela, the Norse goddess of death, and begins a new double life to save her sister.

But as Lena gets closer to bringing Fressa back, she dredges up dangerous discoveries about her own family, and finds herself in the middle of a devastating plan to spur Ragnarök –a deadly chain of events leading to total world destruction.

Still, with her sister’s life in the balance, Lena is willing to risk it all. She’s willing to kill. How far will she go before the darkness consumes her?

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Damn, this synopsis really hooked me when I first read it so it was incredibly disappointing when I ended up quitting just a few chapters in.

Here’s the thing, I love Norse mythology and the history of Vikings. So when I read a book about them, I want it to be very historically accurate and this book was not. From the writing style, to the names to plot points, I was sitting there feeling very skeptical the whole time and I just couldn’t stand it.  The name Lena is even a Norse name, but rather Estonian. This seems like a vital detail that should have been double checked!

Also we’re told that Lena’s sister Fressa is a good fighter, but that their father the chief doesn’t recognize this because she’s a woman. But Vikings had female fighters all time, this would not have been a novelty.   From just the few chapters I read I had to wonder if the author did any research at all.

On top of all that the writing style was so hard for me. At times it would sound too modern and at others it would sound like it was trying to be old fashioned (but failing the entire time), it was so annoying.

So in the end I only got about 8% into my kindle copy.  I don’t recommend this book and I gave it one star.

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