BOOK REVIEW: Kaitlyn Deann “The Brand of Anem”

41xtnkquoclTitle: The Brand of Anem

Author: Kaitlyn Deann

Genre: Dystopian/Romance

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

 

A brand is a divine marking that results out of intimacy and is considered beautiful… unless you’re unwedded.

Margaret James is the Duchess of Deneb and the daughter of the highest political figure in their city: Judge Mark James. She is expected to follow the rules without fail and to never, ever falter to her flesh. She has been pledged to the chief officer, William Lach. But there is one problem with this arrangement…

Margaret James shares a brand with Carson Owens.

Carson belongs to the infamous Owens family and to the Middle Class, which means it’s impossible for him to marry the woman he loves. Despite the rules, the two of them bound themselves together as young teenagers, and now they will do everything in their power to hide the brand given to them by Anem, the goddess of souls. If caught, they will suffer dire consequences.

Getting caught is inevitable.

The first in a series of novellas to follow, The Brand of Anem is a wild ride from start to finish.

Described by the author as an afternoon read, this book, while short, packs a punch. Deann manages to fit a lot of information in a limited number of words, and the story flows in an easy, simple way. We’re introduced to the characters and are immediately swept up in their lives and their forbidden love.

The Brand of Anem poses a lot of interesting questions about right and wrong, morality, sin and love. This will leave the reader with both a wonderful story and hopefully an engaged mind.

I found the world building fascinating and I’m excited to see the author develop on this in the next books. There was the obvious air of mystery regarding the Owens family and their history, and what lies in store for Carson and Margaret. The cliffhanger of this book was devestating and if I don’t get the next installment soon, I’m gonna lose my mind. (Trying to remain professional but on the inside, I’m screaming and using lots of exclamation points. Take that however you’d like.)

Definitely can’t wait to find out what happens next, and I highly recommend this special read!

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Mental Health Update

Good morning, readers! It’s been a little while since I’ve updated my blog, so I thought I’d follow up with some real talk for a bit.

The diagnosis is in: I’m depressed. This diagnosis has actually been in for a while now, but I ignored it the first time. It went a little something like this:

Doctor: “Miss, you’re depressed.”

Me on the outside: “Oh, okay.”

Me on the inside: “Psh, yeah alright, are we done here?” 

I’ve always been scared of it. Depression. If I’m being honest, I knew I was depressed. I had known for a few years, but hearing the words spoken out loud was daunting. I never believed that I had a problem because my issues were nowhere near as bad as other people’s. I never believed that I had a problem because I had a great life: family and friends that love me, a comfortable life, endless opportunities. There was no reason for me to be depressed; how dare I?

What I’m slowly realizing is that it’s not necessarily depression based on circumstances, although things have been rough lately (see; recent miscarriage + life just sucks sometimes?). I finally decided after these recent events that I wanted to find out what was wrong with me once and for all. I decided to seek help.

It took a lot. Months, actually. I decided I was going to talk to my doctor about it back in October, and guess when I finally made the appointment? December. It took me 3 months to make a stupid phone call.

Anyway, I’m set to have my first counseling session soon, and I am not excited. Talking about my feelings with a stranger does not sound appealing to me in the slightest. There’s a 99% chance I’m going to cry in front of said stranger. This is not going to be an easy journey.

However, I owe this to myself. I deserve to feel good and healthy in all ways. I deserve to resolve my mental health, no matter what I’ve been conditioned to believe about depression. My depression has effected my marriage, my physical health, my friendships, my schooling, my energy, my motivation. It has made it difficult to get out of bed, leave the house, lose weight. If I want the other aspects of my life to flourish again, I have to make my mental health a priority.

Like I said, I have a difficult road ahead, but I’ve taken the first steps toward recovery; and those are the most important. It took me about 4 years too long, but better late than never, right? I’ll try to share updates on my journey as this new year progresses and I hopefully begin to see improvements. I have high hopes for 2019 and the things I will accomplish, so look out world!