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  • 150 pages
  • Grounded
  • Narrelle M. Harris
  • 01 May 2015
  • 9781489276834

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GroundedGrounded by Narrelle M Harris is a sweet empowering tale of renewal Benedick Sasaki has to learn to deal with his new reality No longer can he fly As he moves into an new flightless friendly building he meets his neighbor artistactivist Clementine Torres She helps him realize that there is beauty on the ground that those with wings never take the time to see She helps him realize that his new reality isn’t something to morn I really enjoyed this book It made me feel for those marginalized by society because they don’t fit the “norm” but that doesn’t mean they aren’t valuable and can’t contribute This book doesn’t preach but you get the message In a world where wings gives everyone the freedom to fly an artist born wingless uses her art to show the winged world the wonder of the ground But when she meets a recently injured police officer who finds himself grounded they will both learn that there is than one way to soar 3 STARS YOU CAN ALSO FIND THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG honestly love and I'm crazy about fantasy books featuring angels They are fascinating and interesting creatures to me I was attracted to Grounded because of this because it's a book with angels on it Everything is focused on those winged creatures it's a world where everyone is an angel even those that are wingless or have wings that don't work properly I loved also the fact that this book in a way is current with racism and discrimination being in the center of it This world even though it's different than ours have our same social problems but other than this the author wasn't able to build a storyline not enough to understand what goes on in this world and why one of the main characters was shot by protect a politician The author talks about political parties with acronyms and everything but the reader is unable to understand what's happening and why there are 'rebels' because the author doesn't bother to explain and to describe a little bit at the beginning what in this world is going on We don't know anything of this world except that there are two 'kinds' of people the ones whose wings work properly and the ones who don't have wings or whose wings don't work as they should Another downside personally speaking is the lack of connection between me the reader and the characters in this book I didn't connect with Clementine and Benedict I liked the way Clementine and her way of seeing things she's strong willed she doesn't let herself giving in on the threaths and the discrimination she faces and she is victim of every day She is an activist and she fights for her rights the rights of those who haven't wings that work properly However like I said her and Benedict aren't those kind of characters and it's sad because I know that this story would have been better Also with a storyline building a background regarding this world would have been a good start to develop this brilliant idea very much current and in which lots of people relate to Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review An unfortunate DNF for a book that had a lot of potential and so much to give A shameHonestly the concept was promising A world where two castes those with wings and those without coexist but not as smoothly as one would expect The wingless are considered below in status and are treated as such even if everyone acts like this is normal and acceptable In this world a wingless artist named Clementine is being bullied because of her scandalous exhibition that shows how life can be beautiful even without flying in the sky and a former flying individual Benedick meet and fall in love trying to overcome society's obstacles and their own insecuritiesI was so taken with the plot and what could have been This is seriously something I've never encountered in a story before and I was anxious to start reading it Benedick also made this easier since he was perfectly depicted as someone with a newly formed disability struggling to get used to it and trying not to let the world see how much he missed his previous life But the book was ruined for me thanks to Clementine I mean bitter much? I get that she was angry from the unfairness of it all but she was also rude to those who weren't like her It was like every person who dared to be born with wings was an enemy and a bully just for breathing she kept preaching but never practicing what she preached Where's the euality when you treat poorly and with suspicion and disdain any winged person? Not to mention she was always ready to get pissed off at the worst possible moments because of the slightest hint of unpleasant comment How is it that Benedick viewed her as a strong woman? She was anything but Aggressiveness doesn't always translate to strengthI tried with this one I really did because I was so curious to see where it would lead me as a story But I just couldn't stand that female lead she was a menace to read especially her parts and thoughts A real headache that one I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The opinion stated in this review is solely mine and no compensation was given or taken to alter itRead this and other reviews at Grounded was set in a world of humans with wings Everybody can fly and if you for some reason can not fly you are labeled as disabled Benedick Sasaki is a former police captain hurt in the line of duty and now grounded He meets his neighbor Clementine who is a budding artist who was born without wings They strike up a friendship and each help the other deal with life I instantly felt a connection to both characters and their situation I loved Benedick and felt bad for being hurt in the way he had been I could feel his pain and anguish when he no longer could fly He needed to find a new mission in life and Clementine helps him see that it is ok to miss flying but also realize his potential being groundedI also very much liked Clementine A little uirky and strong she has been a fighter for the flightless accessibility rights her whole life When she is threatened and her art exhibit trashed she stood tall I admired her resolve even when she was scared Meeting Benedick helps her see her single minded focus could use a little loosening up They had a burning chemistry from the start and it was simmering throughout The mystery of the stalker added another dimension to this storyThe storyline was such an interesting one that I found myself enthralled with the entire concept It made me view the grounded from a totally uniue perspective which I really liked The author had a writing style which I enjoyed and the pacing was perfect The message is clear without having to beat us over the head with it The world held me captive and I would love to read within itI voluntarily chose to review a gifted copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley The review and rating are my opinion A different worlda world of flying people Those that can't are considered disabled I'm thinking the winged are elitists for the most part A cop winged by a bullet has to adapt to his new life His neighbour is a feisty little non winged artist I really liked herAs an accessibility liaison in my job I was cheering for the underdogsThis book was thoroughly entertaining I was so invested in the story and the characters I love a good paranormal and this one was uite uniue Grounded was a very different read from my normal genre but the storyline was interesting and had underlying messages build in about disabilities and transitioning to new limitations I liked the concept the characters were real and I would definitely read from this author Was given a copy by the publisher for review and very glad of it I'm picky about romances but Harris is a very talented writer and her skill shines through in GROUNDED Also I'm a sucker for anything with wings 35 Stars An intriguing storyline believable characters made Grounded an enjoyable read for me I look forward to reading by this new to me author Grounded is one of the best paranormal romances I've read It is smart and sweet with some fantastic worldbuilding and genuine warmth between the charactersThe book is set in an alternate world where humans have evolved from birds rather than monkeys While this world looks much like our own and is in fact set in an alternate version of my home town it is clear the author has put a lot of thought into the differences that manifest Some of these are big things like architecture and furniture there's not much call for elevators or chairs with backs And some of these are small like the jokes people tell and the slightly different turns of phrase Then Harris goes a step further and imagines the challenges facing someone born without wings This is not the same as being born a human as we would think of it Instead we're shown what it would be like to live as a being evolved to have wings but doesn't due to genetic defect How does this body keep warm and protect its kidneys? How does one keep back musculature in shape? This is uite aside from the difficulties in getting around and finding clothes that fitThese are the challenges that face Clementine At first she comes across as uite an angry person and this is certainly the impression she leaves Benedick with after their first encounter as neighbours And there would be some justification for this if it were true After all Clementine is forced to spend a lot of time fighting for the space to even exist However there's so much to her than that Unsurprisingly she has a strong sense of justice fighting not only for herself but for others as well This is paired with an eye for wonder and beauty Her disability means she sees the world from a different angle to most and she's uick to share that with Benedick She sees his suffering and generously steps in to helpBenedick starts out as a bit of a mess Having permanently injured one wing he can no longer fly and is struggling to adjust to his new life to the point where suicide has crossed his mind However he's uick to seize the lifeline Clementine offers him intrigued by his new neighbour and the joy she sees in this world Like her Benedick also has a strong sense of justice When Clementine starts receiving death threats and her artwork is vandalised he follows the particulars of her case and advocates for her when his former co workers are uick to dismiss herOne of the things I loved most about Benedick was the ways in which he works against ideas of toxic masculinity He cries several times on his own and in front of others as he adjusts to this situation This is never made a big deal of but simply shown as a natural reaction His relationship with his brother Peri is warm and supportive; their scenes together were some of my favourite and I really hope that one day there might be a book about Peri meeting the man of his dreamsThis book really packs a lot into such a small space examining disability and microaggressions and sometimes straight up discrimination and lack of consideration However the pacing never feels too slow and there's a nice synergy between the development of Clementine and Benedick's relationship and the bigger issues If I had one uibble it's that the resolution of Clementine's case was a bit predictable but that did not in any way detract from my enjoyment of the bookI'd really like to read paranormal romance of this calibre and to see of this world so I shall be hoping for future books from this authorThis review first appeared on Earl Grey Editing

About the Author: Narrelle M. Harris

I grew up in a home bursting with books My father was in the Royal Australian Air Force – we moved roughly every three years – and my parents were passionate advocates of reading and the importance of access to a library of ideas no matter where we livedBetween a childhood spent on the move yet steeped in literature and a naturally dramatic personality it’s no surprise I became a storyteller