Book Review · Psychology · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Equilibria

This month I had the pleasure of partnering with BookSirens and Vrinda Pendred to read Equilibria. Thank you to both for the gifted copy of this book.

Synopsis

Meet Anna Nolon. She is obsessive…about everything. She worries about her grades, her appearance, germs, the pattern of her footsteps, the number of syllables in the words she says, her parents’ approval, the future and, most of all, death.

It’s okay – so does everyone else. This is Equilibria: the first society built to accommodate OCD.

But when Aaron comes along – the strange new boy who doesn’t quite fit into that pristine society of Holy Balance and Order – Anna is forced to look at the dark shadows hanging over her and decide if perfection is really what she wants.

Review

Overall, I quite enjoyed this book. It was an interesting read for someone who has OCD herself. Much of what Anna was going through in the book I could relate to. I think that Vrinda Pendred did a fantastic job of explaining what the disease is like, while at the same time respecting the disease for the impact that it has on people. I also think she did a fantastic job describing what the other side starts to look like when you are fighting the disease. I am not sure if that was the true plan she had, but the image of sailing away in a boat will forever be in my mind when I think about OCD. The only thing that I did not like about this book is Equilibria: the first society built to accommodate OCD. While I did need accommodations while I was fighting the disease and sometimes still today, I would never, ever want to live in the fear for always like the people of Equilibria did. I hated that the book made it seem like those with OCD should be separated and accommodated. I think that is wrong on so many levels. I know when I was fighting the disease, all I wanted was to be like everyone else…to be “normal” again. Overall, I think Vrinda Pendred writes a great story with such detail to what the characters are experiencing, especially those with OCD. She writes of the struggles and the wanting to break free with such excellent descriptions that even without a diagnosis of OCD you can experience what the characters are going through. This was a fun book to get lost in.

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About the Author

Vrinda originally grew up in Arizona, but moved to England in 1999, where she now lives with her husband and their two sons. Her first novel was The Ladder, a story about two friends learning to grow through their difficult childhoods and find the light that lies inside themselves. She followed this with the YA sci-fi / fantasy series The Wisdom.

Vrinda also runs a publishing house for writers with neurological conditions, called Conditional Publications. Their first book, Check Mates: A Collection of Fiction, Poetry and Artwork about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, by People with OCD, was released in 2010 (Kindle and paperback), with future books in the pipeline.

In addition to her writing, Vrinda also does freelance proofreading and editing, and spent 9 years tutoring GCSE / A-Level English.  She holds a BA Hons in English with Creative Writing, a proofreading qualification with the Publishing Training Centre, and has completed work experience with Random House.  On the side, she sometimes writes and performs her own music and runs a herbal tea review blog with a friend.

Favourite Book Genres: YA / NA, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror

Favourite Fiction Authors: Stephen King, Michael Grant, Graham Joyce, Cassandra Clare, Brigid Kemmerer, Holly Black, James Dashner, Margaret Atwood, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Edgar Allan Poe

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Witches Protection Program

I recently reconnected with Goddess Fish Promotions to be a reviewer of up and coming books. When I first read the symopsis of this book, I said to myself, “I just have to read this book.” I was excited to read this this author, Michael Okon, and see what his writing style was like as I have not ready any of this author’s other works.

Synopsis

Meet Wes Rockville – a law enforcement agent that has disgraced his family name. His father, Harris, has fired him from his job in a federal undercover branch that has been created to perform jobs that local law enforcement couldn’t handle. Harris gives his son one more chance to prove himself in a secret government organization that is 232 years old: The Witches Protection Program.

There is just one problem. Wes does not believe in witches. He is skeptical that they are real and living under the noses of him and everyone around him. Wes’ first assignment is to protect Morgan Pendragon. Her aunt, Bernadette, is the head of Pendragon Cosmetics, a billion dollar cosmetics company. Wes’ job is to figure the company’s diabolical plan to take over the world. Will Wes be able to accept that witches are real? Will Wes and long time veteran witch protector and Wes’ new partner, Alastair, be able to stop the company’s plan before it is too late?

Review

When I first read the synopsis of this book, it intrigued me right off the bat. Growing up I loved watching shows like “Charmed.” (And if you must know, I still enjoy watching it, but the original series, not the new one on the CW 🙂 ) You always here about the bad witches or the “Wicked Witch” in movies like “Wizard of Oz.” I was fascinated by the prospect that there could be good witches that protect the world for the greater good.

As I started to read the book I was not sure if it was going to live up to the expectations that I had given the book after reading the synopsis. The book started out a little slow for me and I was not sure where it was going to go, however after reading 30+ pages, the book really picked up and it was full of the action and adventure that I expected. The book was full of great writing and descriptions that made it easy to imagine exactly what was happening. The descriptions Michael Okon provided in this book made the book an excellent and exciting read. Once started, I could not put this book down. I hope that there will be more books written by Michael Okon that will continue to story of Wes, Alastair, and the Witness Protection Program!!!

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Excerpt from Witches Protection Program

The narrator filled in more information. “It wasn’t until this land became my land that the government decided to create an organization to protect women at risk. The Davina Doctrine went against everything that the Willas stood for. Even though they ran the risk of persecution, the Davinas chose to work with law enforcement to expose the evil deeds of the rival sisterhood. President George Washington established secret legislation under Title VI of the Control Act of 1792. The law was enacted to protect the good witches that exposed the evil deeds of their sisterhood.”

The screen went dark. There was only a chair in the center of a dimly lit stage. A single spotlight focused on the top of the blond actress’s head. Wes was right; it was the actress he’d suspected. She had a hit sitcom and two Emmys, and there was some recent Oscar talk about her last movie.

“Yes. There are witches. Living among us. They are women who believe in using their power to protect love and life. And then there are some who use their powers for all the wrong reasons.”

The camera came to rest on her beautiful face. She winked saucily as she placed a triangular witch’s hat on her head. “Welcome to the Witches Protection Program.”

Alastair smiled broadly. “I love that part.”

“That was Jennifer Anis—”