Book Review: Divinity Falling By Nour Zikra

Author: Nour Zikra
Pages: 367
Genre: Adult Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication Date: 01.10.2019
Publisher: Lightbringer Publishing

Divinity Falling Cover, Coffee n' Notes, Nour Zikra

Blurb

Fierce twenty-two-year-old Addy hasn’t had the easiest of circumstances. Then she runs into Adriel, a half-naked young man with major back burns, kickstarting a series of disasters in her life, mainly her younger brother Reed disappearing into thin air with a strange man. She immediately suspects Adriel is the culprit. After all, Reed’s kidnapper had the exact same burn marks on his back.

Adriel, who a few hours ago had been a guardian angel, doesn’t know why he is on Earth with a human heart pulsating in his chest. After he sinned, he was sure he would be cast into Hell. Instead, the wild young woman he stopped for help on the road won’t stop questioning him about her missing brother.

Although Adriel claims innocence, Addy doesn’t believe him until she comes face to face with Lucifer, the lord of Hell, who has imprisoned Reed. Lucifer awakens the demonic blood dormant within Addy and sends her on a mission to corrupt human souls. His desire: to wage war on Heaven with an army of demon-turned humans.

And not following his plan? That’s a sure way to get Reed killed. Against Adriel’s objections, Addy must follow through with a job she never signed up for—preying on human souls.

Review
5 Stars

This is a spoiler-free review.

A small disclaimer… I read this book at a very hard time in my life when my mom wasn’t feeling so good and to top it all our beautiful dog Menta passed away, Reading this book not only made this time pass easier as I was truly immersed in the story.

Wow, wow… Wow. I can’t stop saying wow, hehe.

I truly enjoyed reading this book and I can’t wait to know more and read more.

This is a dual point of view story, between Addy and Adriel. Most of the time I can’t fully connect to these types of stories but here it was well made and thought off, that you can feel the characters and see their desires and understand how they work.

The main character Addy is so strong and so relatable, I instantly got invested in her and I enjoyed seeing how the character growth over time. I love how fearless Addy is especially with helping her lost brother Reed, but she herself is dealing with new issues as new things awaken in her and the things she finds about herself only makes her even stronger and better at understanding what is really good dor her. Addy showed her true self in these pages and I was fully connected to her because of that.

Adriel is such a strong and great character as well, that as a fallen angle needs to deal with so much as well but also poove to Addy that he is not the monster she thinks he is. This story cured my reading slump I was in and helped me with the sadness I felt, weird I know… But it’s the truth.

I loved the characters so much, each and every one of them felt so real and so strong in their beliefs, it made the story flow so smoothly and feel so much stronger as I read deeper into the story. They’re so much more I want to know and understand, I need more books by this author 😀

The writing style is on point, it usually takes me a few chapters until I dive deep into a story but here, from the first chapter I was completely in and hooked.

This story has everything you need, pure exciting adventures, angles, and demons, family and love. I think it’s a must book to read in this fall season and a must in every book lover’s TBR ❤

*** Don’t forget that it’s the last day that you can pre-order the book for a great deal, so grab it while you can.

You can find the book over at:

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: June Goals

Hello everyone, and a wonderful Sunday to you all ❤

Wow, I’ve just noticed that we are closing in on the end of the Writer’s Log series, only 2-3 more posts… Wow 😀

So I think you may already know but I failed in 2 goals in May, but I am so happy that I had the chance to write, declutter a lot of things, edit and meditate… Overall, it was a good month. I still hope to do better this month 🙂

Waking up at 5:15 am

LOL, I can already hear your laughter in my mind. But I still want to try… Waking up at 4 am didn’t go so well, so I hope that waking up at 5:15 will be a bit easier 🙂

Write 15K

I am slowly getting back to my writing and to my editing which feels amazing. I am more determined and much more willing to give up on everything in order to just write, edit and finish these books. So as you’ve seen in my Building a Road Map (5-Year Plan), I didn’t plan on writing at all up until June, because I wanted to focus more on decluttering and organizing but now… Now I am ready to get back and write and my goal is to write 15K.

Finish Reading

I’ve still haven’t finished reading the books in my May TBR, so I want to focus on that as well and finish reading those books.

Keep Decluttering

I want to also focus on decluttering our home, as I am far from finished, hehe but I will do it slowly as I am more focused on my writing this month. I want to finish decluttering our big white closet this month.

Blogging

After my birthday and after we will be finished the Writer’s Log series, I will know better on how much to post in June. But if you want you can comment below if you liked me posting almost every day (and work more on every day) or 3 times a week or less.

Journaling

Summer is here already with days of 38 degrees Celsius and we are yet officially entered summer. I want to pick up journaling again because this summer I don’t know why but it’s becoming much harder for me to function in this heat, and I know that as we push further to the hotter days of 45-49 degrees Celsius, I know that my illness will act up and I am afraid I will lose my memory again, so I want to make sure that I am well organized and start journaling now my every day, so if something would happen, I will already have a good reference to look at and not get to stressed.

Well, that is it for my goals for this month, there are a few hard ones and a few easy goals, but I hope I will be able to achieve most of them 😀

What is your goal for June? Did you choose something to focus on this month?  let me know in the comments below

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: Building The Road Map For Your Life

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday to you all ❤

This will be a bit of longer post than my usual Writer’s Log so grab yourself a nice drink (I’ll wait) and keep reading 🙂

So I think that most of you get a sense of who I am, but I am sure that most of you don’t know my age… In June which is my birthday month, I land on a number that both excites me but also scares me to death, as the life I’m living right now may be good but it’s not the life that I want to live as I grow much older. I love my family and my husband so so much but as I said before I need these changes to happen as I enter the second phase of life.

In June I am turning old, hehe, and growing old is something that happens every second and in most birthdays until now, the number made no impact on me, but this time it hit me hard. This time, I want my future to be easier and better for my family and for myself.

I want to have a better vision of my life in 2020 or 2025, I want to know that my life is leading in the direction I want and not let life push me to where it wants. I may be old than a lot of blogger and YouTubers out there but I still want and need to see my life as it should be and not as a circumstance of life that happened to me, is that makes any sense? (I hope so).

I pulled out my eraser board and started planning. At first, I just brainstormed all the things that are on my mind… What I’m worried about, my thoughts, my wishes and my plans for our future.

After that, I wrote down the entire 2019 month after month in my bullet journal. I started with a look ahead, how will be Galit in the next year, 3 years, and 5 years… what I see that truly important to me and what I really to see happen. This process was an eye-opening moment, to say the least. It made me realize what I truly needed and wanted. These are some of the things I need to start taking more seriously and find what I need in my life not just objects that I declutter or keep, but what I need to make out of my life.

Most of us don’t like to think that far in advance, but I have to and that is why after I’ve visioned and brainstormed my plans, I started to do them immediately, and things started to shift to the right direction. For example, my journey to live my life in a lower waste living (not zero) and being more mindful of what I surround myself with. I just wrote them as a goal but soon after that, it became my reality and the start of my journey towards a somewhat minimal lifestyle.

So after tons of rambling hehe, I decided to share these steps with you in hopes that it might help you as much (or even a little) as it helps me 🙂

1. Years ahead: Write a small yearly plan for the next 5 years. Yes, lol, that sounds a bit too much but I promise you this is the game changer. Trying to think that ahead. Think of how your life will be in 2025 (Wow that’s a big number) and also to try and plan in a bit of detail each year so you will know what to really plan for every month since now.

2. Months ahead: Write down the 12 months from this month (from now till May 2020), don’t wait for the next year to start and don’t even wait for the month to end. Think of what your life could be like the next year after you worked on the things you really want and need.

3. Details: Under each month write things you want to work your butt off in order to accomplish those bigger goals you wrote under the years. Sometimes life will change things for you but you can always adjust to your new situation in life and try to achieve the things that you can with what you have and where you are right now.

4. Weeks/Days ahead: Put inside your planner or google calendar the goals you want to work on each week, this way when you do your daily planning you already know what to do and all that is left is for you to just do it.

Here is my plan for the next 5 years 🙂

My Bullet Journal, 5 Year Plan, Coffee n' Notes

I started planning this in mid-February 🙂

I wrote in the middle of the page, 2025 because this is how far I wanted to plan ahead. and also wrote the year up until 2025 and under them wrote some goals or big projects I want to finish until the end of that year. From there I planned the months of this year accordingly as I already had thoughts of how I want my year to progress. From here I opened my google calendar and started planning my weeks in advance, and if something will interrupt my planning (as it usually happens to me, hehe) I just plan with that interruption in mind.

Even though I planned to start my writing/editing in June, I’ve already started to do some editing 😀 I think that by decluttering and planning ahead helps a lot with clearing my mind which helps me feel more creative and work on my book ❤

Oh btw, I saw a video over at Kalyn Nicholson second channel Koze about planning your next 3 years and we did the same layout, how cool is that lol. Anyways check it out, I am sure you will enjoy the video and learn even more about planning ahead 😀

Where do you want to see your life in 5 years from now?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: Finally Writing

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday to you all. I hope you are having a good day ❤

If you been following these posts series of Writer’s Log so far then you know that I am working hard on decluttering our home as much as I can and try to more mindful of what I keep or throw and how much plastic I use, or even trying to figure out how to reduce our waste.

Since this Sunday I’ve decluttered over 2000 things from papers I organized to items we held onto for far too long and books. For my husband this process is a hard one, he really doesn’t like to throw out things (just in case he will need something, someday). I truly know how he feels because I was the same just a few months back, so happy that I am o longer in that place 😀

From time to time, our home is in complete chaos with all the decluttering that is going on, but I still feel lighter than before. I gave so many clothing items away, books and blankets that we already starting to having more space for the things that were left in our home. Finally, I can breathe, but I know that there’s much more to do. When we finally have every item in its own “home” he’s the right place then I will know that I get closer to what I want.

On the low waste department, I am doing better but not as much as I want. We got Brita the water filter to help reduce the plastic water bottle we buy each week, and today is just our true first day of using it.

Today I even wrote for a bit, and just jotted down ideas of some problematic scenes and it felt amazing. It’s been a while since I sat down and wrote or edited and I missed it a lot. It feels like a muscle just after a workout after a while that you didn’t work out, hehe. It was hard getting into it but after a few minutes, I was started to get into it and felt better after editing a few lines. With all the holidays, doctors and decluttering our home, I barely go sit and write or edit so having the opportunity to do that felt just right 🙂

Btw, almost finished reading Again but Better and so far I have mixed emotion about this book but I will let you know in this weekend in my review.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: Failing But Keep Trying

Hello everyone, happy Wednesday to you all ❤

Hope your day is going well, and if not… It’s almost tomorrow 😉 A new day.

Recently I’ve been trying to wake up at 4 am and absolutely failing at it, lol. No matter what I do, I just get more frustrated with my bedtime routine and not getting up at 4 am at all. However, I did learn that most of my problem beyond stress is that my nighttime routine is a real shit (sorry of the language). I watch TV or youtube until 1 am at best and I barely have any relax time away from a screen.

Even though I consider this challenge a failure, I still think I would love to wake up a bit earlier than normal which is 6 am in most days. I would love to wake up at about 5:30 am and see if this way I will have a bit of time to eat something light and get ready slower without the stress of getting ready in the morning.

I do believe in a good night routine and I think that I need to work harder on creating a routine that will work… And this is what I came up so far:

  1. Clean and organize for 15 the living room and kitchen.
  2. Drink a glass of water.
  3. Decide the clothes you want to wear the next day.
  4. Make a chia pudding for breakfast (we love this).
  5. Take a shower (don’t own a bath).
  6. Creative time 10 minutes: Read/Journal
  7. Set alarm to 5:30 am
  8. Go to bed no longer than 23:00 without phone/TV/tablet.
  9. Go to bed at the same hour, every day.

So this is my new and improved bedtime/winddown routine, what do you think? any suggestions?

I would love to read some of your tips for waking up early or good night sleep.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: May’s TBR

Hello everyone, happy weekend to you all ❤

My weekend was fine with some family time, and house chores but overall it was a good weekend. This week will be a busy one with lots of doctor appointments, holiday (Our Independence Day) and some friends visiting… As I said a busy week.

In today’s Writer’s Log, I want to share my TBR (My To BE Read) for this month. I only have 3 books I want to read/finish. I don’t know if I will review them all, but will see how it goes 😀

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence 

Blurb: I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.
But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.
Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…

Evalene’s Number: The Number Series by Bethany Atazadeh

Blurb: Everyone in Eden is assigned a Number, tattooed on their neck, which determines their value and place in the world.
On her Numbering Day, Evalene Vandereth anticipates joining the élite. Born in an upper-class family, she knows exactly who she is and what she is worth. Even as the needle breaks her skin, she is blissfully happy. She never considers another outcome, until it’s too late.
Now 18-year-old Evalene lives in fear, struggling with her new identity, stripped of her freedom and basic human rights. Can she escape her Number? Is anyone else asking the same question?
Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will love Evalene’s Number and its incredible dystopian tale.

You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want by Sarah Knight

Blurb: Being yourself should be easy, yet too many of us struggle to live on other people’s terms instead of our own. Rather than feeling large and in charge, we feel little and belittled.
Sound familiar? Bestselling “anti-guru” Sarah Knight has three simple words for you:
YOU DO YOU.
It’s time to start putting your happiness first–and stop letting other people tell you what to do, how to do it, or why it can’t be done. And don’t panic! You can do it without losing friends and alienating people.

What are you reading this month?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: May Goals

Happy Friday to you all and I hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend ❤

I can’t believe that we are already in May, this year flew by so fast. I have a few goals this month that is a continuation of April 😉

So let’s start…

Wake up at 4 am every day but Saturday.

So far it is not going well, lol, but I still want to keep trying. After all, it takes at least 21 days to form a habit so I will keep trying.

Write 5K.

I want to just start writing again. I am slowly finding my “groove” again and I want to start writing again, so my goal is to minimum write 5K.

Edit 2 chapters.

I really want to try and keep editing and revising my book. I would be happy even with 2 chapters edited. I want to keep my writing/editing goals small so I won’t get overwhelmed and I would be able to stay motivated… Hopefully 😉

Read 3 books.

I am in a huge reading slump. I read a book in every few months, so I want to get back to reading and ease myself to reading more. I still haven’t picked up the books I want to read but I hope to do that tomorrow so I will let you know tomorrow 😉

Blog (mostly) every day.

Okay, I think I did really good with the goal on April with a few days I’ve missed posts, but in May I want to try and really do better 😀 So far I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to share all my insights on June as I finish this challenge.

Declutter the house.

Did a great job on April with decluttering my house but I need to work much harder on declutter our closets and bookshelves in May.

Meditate 4 times a week (at least).

I was doing well with meditating almost every day in April but by the end of the month, I neglected this and I want to get back to meditating and that is why I thought it will be a great idea to add this as a goal for May.

Well, that is it for my goals for the month of May, there are a few hard ones and a few small goals, hehe but I hope I will be able to achieve most of them 😀

What is your goal for May? Did you choose something to focus on this month?  let me know in the comments below

 

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: Hello Night

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday to you all ❤

So in today’s writer’s log, I want to share with you a plan (or a challenge, hehe) I’ve made with my friend to wake up for the entire month of May at 4 am, yes 4 am (screaming in my head). I am not a morning person at all but I really want to try and wake up earlier so I can focus on my writing and be able to have more creative time for myself.

I want to experiment more with my time and how I use it and I want to try and add more creativity to my life. I am already waking up early at 6 am almost every morning but I don’t have much time, by 6:25 we are already out the door and on our to our car and drive to the city to start our day. Waking up at 6 am is already hard for me, so even try waking up earlier?

Hmmm… That’s a great question actually, why would I even try to wake so early? Well the answer for me is very simple, I am doing this because I want to, hehe. But mostly because I was to reboot my day and try organizing my days better to fit my own dreams and my own creativity in my day.

Waking up early may not be for everyone, and as a rule, it’s not for me, hehe. Even my husband wasn’t hiding how difficult this will be for me, and he is right. Even as I write this post to you it’s already 23:06 and it’s extremely late for a person who needs to wake up in less than 5 hours.

Today was a busy day and tomorrow will be even busier but I still want to try this experiment and see where it will lead me. This may be the thing ever and it may be a mistake, but I can’t wait to see how this month will go 😀 So this 30 days challenge will be hard but I am hopeful that I will learn a few things and maybe even be more creative and productive.

So, wish me luck as I step into a new world of waking up while it’s still night, hehe 😉

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: Minimalism and Low Waste

Hello everyone, and happy Sunday to you all ❤

In today’s writer’s log, I wanted to talk about my journey to lower my waste and become more mindful and consume less stuff.

This topic is a bit loaded these days with all the environmental issues we are having and people from all over the globe open up about their opinion on this. For me, though I am sure that people in my life and even my husband are thinking that this is just a phase or following some trend… This is not the case with me.

I am under a lot of stress almost all the time, and because of that and my illness my body started to reject a lot of the food I am eating so I’ve become as you already know, Gluten-Free Vegan (+peanut free) and I already feel the huge difference it made on my body for the better.

However, taking care of my body is great but I am feeling a strong pull to taking care of my mind, my home and my environment.

It is a well-known fact that when your surrounding is not cluttered and not overstimulate you, then you can accomplish more and be more creative. It is true that there are people out there that can thrive in chaos, but I am not one of those people. I need clean and open space to create and think and I want to that in the most sustainable way I can.

My journey with lowering my waste and being more minimal had begun a few months ago, but it will take the entire year I think to get to where I want us to be. I will never be one of those esthetic minimal people, hehe but I do want to lower the amount of stuff we own. I don’t want to feel that we are paying rent for our stuff, I want things that are useful to our lives but also that makes us happy.

I want to create the space for us that will bring us together and make the space for me to create again and feel that I can sit and write and not worry by all the chaos we are living in. Don’t get me wrong our house is relatively organized but there a lot of things that still don’t have space and where to put them.

As I mentioned in my post Another Minimalism Game, I wanted to declutter lots of items from our home and I’ve already decluttered over 150 items not including over 60 books.

All of these changes are a bit hard for my husband, but slowly I hope that he as well will see the benefits of not buying so much stuff and living a more meaningful life by creating a better space for us to live in and for our environment. We may never be zero waste but I know that I can lower my waste, even by just not baying every piece of shining cute item I see in the stores or on Instagram.

Well, that’s it for today’s somewhat short update, hope you are having a good day and I will see you tomorrow 😀

Minimalism, Coffee n' Notes

(Btw, This gif is so true in my case, hehe)

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: Cleaning

It’s almost weekend! Hello everyone, hope you are all having a good day and you are ready for the weekend ❤

Writer’s long, today I was starting to feel better finally, and it gave the energy to something around the house. I woke up at 7 am looked at the clock and went straight back to sleep until noon and it felt so good to sleep that late, hehe. After taking my meds and some Camomile tea, I started organizing our kitchen cabinets and changed things a bit.

It feels much better now and I felt strong enough to tackle the mountain of dishes. I haven’t written anything today and that’s okay because I was creative with some planning and doodling. I’ve read from my Writer magazine, highlighted a few things that inspired me. The only thing that I am a bit sad about is that I haven’t written my dream in my journal… I had such a great dream and I remember the good feeling of it and I regret not writing it done.

From tomorrow we are entering a holiday here in Israel, called Passover. Tomorrow is the Eve of Passover and we are going to celebrate the holiday at my husband’s parents so I will not be at home at all almost all day so there won’t be any post tomorrow. Btw, this will be my first vegan Passover in years, this will be so weird for me, but I know I will have lots of yummy things to eat 😀

Today was the first time in a long while that I managed to do 30 minutes meditating and it was so calming and energizing, I love the high after that, lol.

My goals for the weekend are decluttering my makeup, I have too much and I almost ware none, haha and I want to keep decluttering the closet and maybe our bedroom as well 🙂

What are your plans for the weekend?

That is all for today’s post and I will see you again on Saturday.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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