Ikelia Francis

Biography

I'm a Freelance Graphic Designer currently residing in Atlanta, GA. I love to read, literally it is an addiction. If I don't read for a day I start to literally itch, and I feel like something is missing in my chest. LOL!

I'm a former Navy Brat, so I have lived in a few places: Japan, Spain, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida. I wouldn't change all the moving around for the world. It has made me who I am, and I'm a well-rounded person, and adapt great to change, and love meeting new people, oh and I love to travel.

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  • The Athena Effect on Feb. 18, 2013

    It’s been a few days since I finished this book and I’m still thinking about it, going over favorite parts I highlighted and telling my sister and friends that they need to hurry up and finish what they are reading so they can start with The Athena Effect. Cali was raised in isolation in the woods by her parents and when her parents are in an accident she moves in with her Aunt, and is suddenly thrust into this new world. One night Cali comes across the schools “bad boy” Cal being brutally beaten by a group of men and intervenes saving his life. Since that night Cal is intrigued with the new weird girl from school that saves his life and has to know more about her, all the while Cali is trying to keep her ability of seeing the auroras of animals and people a secret. (I’m terrible of synopsis, but I think I summed it up with out giving too much away, LOL). I loved that as Cal is showing Cali new things, she is helping Cal rediscover himself without even knowing it. Through all this new discover they form a friendship that forms into something more. Even though it seemed like it took forever for them to admit their feelings for each other, I actually like that it wasn’t immediate like so many other books do. I could relate to being friends with someone and so badly wanting it to be more, but you aren’t completely sure if that person feels the same way, and the mere thought of them not reciprocating your feelings is extremely scary. I loved everything about this book. One thing I keep coming back to in my mind is how the book was written. Usually when there are two main characters, you have alternate chapters from their perspective so its back and forth, but in The Athena Effect, the author Derroyln Anderson has perfected coming from both the main characters perspectives without having to do the flip flop of chapters. It is all done right there in the scene and I never got confused as to which character the point of view was coming from. I actually think I prefer it this way than the flip-flop of chapters taking turns. The book was a great read, and I will be reading it again, and I recommend that anyone who loves Young Adult/Paranormal books to definitely read it. You will find yourself thinking about this book long after you finish it. I went through some emotions while reading this book, a lot of the time; I felt my heart sink into my stomach and my nerves where all over the place at times. I can’t wait for book 2 in the series. Sad that I read it so fast as I usually do with the books I read, I never want them to end because they are so good, but at the same time I didn’t want to stop reading it. A favorite quote from the book (which I find to be very true): “…with a really good book you get something new every time you read it. Because…well…because you’re a different person each time.” ~Cali
  • Baby, Species Intervention #6609 Book One on April 07, 2013

    I received a copy from the author for review. This book was very interesting and quite different from anything I have ever read. Netty, the main character has been married to a man who turns out to be this evil opportunist who abuses her. She finally escapes after a brutal encounter with her husband and right hand man. She travels back on to her family's farm, the only place she can go and feel safe. While trucking through the woods she stumbles upon a unique creature. She takes the creature home, and names it Baby; Netty and Baby grow fond of one another and Netty notices that Baby just brings her joy and her life is starting to look up. Then one night she comes upon a drifter and then the three of them become a family. Life seems like it just keeps getting better and better for the three of them until things turn take a turn for the worse. I couldn't put the book down because I just had to know what was going to happen. I loved the beginning to the middle of the book, As for Netty, I loved her character because she kept fighting no matter what and never gave up. It takes a strong person to deal with what she had to face. As for Wil, he was great for Netty, but some of his decisions just pissed me off. A lot could have been prevented had he chose a different path. Baby is an amazing creature and I feel like we didn't even get to know the half of what he was capable of. The relationship between Netty and Baby reminded me of that of a man and his dog; strong, everlasting, loyal companions for one another. After reaching the middle to the end of the book, that is where I was beginning to have trouble on whether or not I liked how it ended or if it may have drug on a bit too long. Don't get me wrong, a lot happens, and what happens will make your jaw drop and just make you want to keep reading, but for me when it ended I was just not happy with the ending because I was confused as to what was going one with Netty, Wil, and Baby at this point. I give praise to J.K Accinni on her imagination because this is like nothing I have ever read. It was a refreshing take on paranormal. I love when books don't fall into the norm when it comes to paranormal. Still a good read and I will be continuing the series because I feel as if the series will get better and that book 1 was just a small setup for more to come. I had a really tough time deciding on giving it 3 or 4 stars because there was tones I loved about it, but then the ending just wasn't what I expected and left me a bit unsatisfied, but at the same time makes me want to continue in order see what comes of the series.
  • Baby, Species Intervention #6609 Book One on April 07, 2013

    I received a copy from the author for review. This book was very interesting and quite different from anything I have ever read. Netty, the main character has been married to a man who turns out to be this evil opportunist who abuses her. She finally escapes after a brutal encounter with her husband and right hand man. She travels back on to her family's farm, the only place she can go and feel safe. While trucking through the woods she stumbles upon a unique creature. She takes the creature home, and names it Baby; Netty and Baby grow fond of one another and Netty notices that Baby just brings her joy and her life is starting to look up. Then one night she comes upon a drifter and then the three of them become a family. Life seems like it just keeps getting better and better for the three of them until things turn take a turn for the worse. I couldn't put the book down because I just had to know what was going to happen. I loved the beginning to the middle of the book, As for Netty, I loved her character because she kept fighting no matter what and never gave up. It takes a strong person to deal with what she had to face. As for Wil, he was great for Netty, but some of his decisions just pissed me off. A lot could have been prevented had he chose a different path. Baby is an amazing creature and I feel like we didn't even get to know the half of what he was capable of. The relationship between Netty and Baby reminded me of that of a man and his dog; strong, everlasting, loyal companions for one another. After reaching the middle to the end of the book, that is where I was beginning to have trouble on whether or not I liked how it ended or if it may have drug on a bit too long. Don't get me wrong, a lot happens, and what happens will make your jaw drop and just make you want to keep reading, but for me when it ended I was just not happy with the ending because I was confused as to what was going one with Netty, Wil, and Baby at this point. I give praise to J.K Accinni on her imagination because this is like nothing I have ever read. It was a refreshing take on paranormal. I love when books don't fall into the norm when it comes to paranormal. Still a good read and I will be continuing the series because I feel as if the series will get better and that book 1 was just a small setup for more to come. I had a really tough time deciding on giving it 3 or 4 stars because there was tones I loved about it, but then the ending just wasn't what I expected and left me a bit unsatisfied, but at the same time makes me want to continue in order see what comes of the series.
  • Echo Species Intervention #6609 on April 07, 2013

    Read from March 22 to April 06, 2013 — I own a copy (I received this book from the author for review.) I really enjoyed this book. I have to say I'm glad that I continued on from the first book (Baby) because Echo was a great read. I was a bit hesitant because of the brutality in Baby, but there was only one incident in this book. I found myself constantly thinking about this book whenever I put the book down to do something. My mind, no matter what I was doing, would drift back to the book and wonder what is going to happen next, or think to myself, what does this mean, or that mean, or will the plan be successful, etc. So of course with books that make me think like that, I can't go long with not reading on. The characters of Jose, Abby, and Scotty all have sad background stories, but it is those backgrounds that causes them to have such a strong bond and form a family, a solid family that has each others back no matter what. The developments that result from their close proximity to Echo are amazing and develop far beyond the character of Netty in the first book. Echo is adorable and hard not to love and her relationship with the dog is too cute! The powers that she has are far more advanced than that of Baby, and in this book we get to see Echo use them to protect her loved ones. The villains of the book were depicted so well that every time they were mentioned in the book, I scrunched up my nose in disgust. Especially when the character of Armoni was mentioned. Talk about disgusting and not just his evil deeds, but his description. Then when I found out his background story, I was even more disgusted, but felt pity for him at the same time. However, I still dislike him and his actions out weigh his abuse as a child. Some people come through better people and some people go on to commit evil as a result of abuse; Armoni has chosen the path of evil. Of course he is not alone in this, he has his partners Kelly and Thomas. These evil psychos are twisted! One of the aspects of the book that I loved is that it all tied back to the first book. Some events that took place were directly tied back to Netty and her coin! Loved it! Makes me believe that Netty may come back into play in the other books. I have hope! I won't go in to detail into what all happens in the book because I want you to read it. LOL! I loved the ending to this book, a bit sudden but it was much better than the first books ending. I'm eager to read the next book in the series, Armageddon Cometh. My favorite quotes: Echo to Scotty- "I need you in my heart Brother Scotty." Ginger on men- "They never understood that a woman judges a man differently. Bright confident smile? Check. Any brains? Check. Does he have a good heart? Check. Does he have any money? Well, can't have everything. These characteristics made the sex good. Not the size of his c*ck. A woman only cares about the c*ck if it doesn't work."