Book Reviews // Literary Discussion
Let's go to a place that takes us far far away
When you find that book that distracts you from the boring details of your everyday life, or the pain you have endured. That is what makes the written word so special. Some stories transport us to another time or another place. Our imagination sparks and everything else fades into the background. We spend hours and even days lost in the lives of those who were created. There is nothing quite like it.
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
better in the morning
Review: As a reader, every now and then I come across stories that touch my soul in a way that leaves an everlasting imprint. Better in the Morning did exactly that. This story is captivating, charming, and elegantly written. In the midst of my own chaotic life, I couldn't put this book down. Veronica is the essence of so many young women who make life choices for reasons that do not truly reflect their honest desires. She is incredibly witty and charismatic, but as you first get to know Veronica, her light is dulled due to the misery she is experiencing. I really enjoyed being witness to her journey of fighting through trial and error to get to the place that she always was destined to be...
the gender game
Review: I am so incredibly thankful that this book is part of a series, because I am obsessed with it! Normally, I listen to my audiobooks during my drives, but I was so engrossed in this book that I couldn't stop listening to it. I think the idea of splitting the U.S. into two areas (Matrus and Patrus) is a really cool concept. I think it shows the importance of understanding how the ruling of one gender (no matter which one) would be detrimental to the country's citizens in one way or another. Aside from the world that Forrest created, Violet's character is captivating, strong, and vulnerable...
I said yes
Review: I think that Emily is incredibly brave to have written this book and have it published. In this biography, Emily takes us through her difficult times and her happiest of times. At a few points, she talks about her battle with suicide. This is one of those topics that may come across as taboo to talk about, but Emily made her experience incredibly relatable. As I was watching the Bachelor and Bachelorette, I felt like I wanted to get to know Emily on a deeper level. This book let all of her fans do exactly that and even more so by helping her come across as more than just a reality TV star...
Review: This book was such an extreme disappointment after reading Red Queen. Ultimately, I felt like not much happened in this book and it could have been watered down to fit into either Red Queen or King's Cage. The story kept going around in circles and it seemed like there were very few things that the plot accomplished even though it was a fairly long book. The plot was not the only thing that was stuck in this book. I felt like Mare did very little growing of developing in this book of the series. There was very little self-discovery and that was very frustrating as a reader who loved the first novel...
it's not okay: turning heartbreak into happily never after
Review: This book is completely different from what I normally go for, but I thought that it might be something fun to listen to on my way to and from school. I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor/The Bachelorette franchise and Andi was by far one of my favorite ladies. During her time on both shows she presented herself as a sassy and independent woman who didn't take any crap from other people. I was really interested to learn more about her experience as a contestant, bachelorette, and newly single woman...
Review: The concept of this book's world was really intriguing to me. I like the idea of the reds and the silvers and how their body chemistry is genuinely different from one another. I think that Aveyard did an amazing job at providing her readers with an elaborate painting of this world. When I was listening to this book, I was transported to the Stilts and the Silver Palace. I also really enjoyed Mare's character and how dedicated she is to her family and her people. Although she becomes entangled with the silver royal brothers, she never loses sight of her true purpose, freeing her fellow reds from poverty and destruction...
behind her eyes
Review: This book is a total mind #$@%, but in the best way possible. Each character was incredibly distinct and they all played a monumental role in the story. I actually didn't read a long description of the book before purchasing it on audible, I just took a chance because I loved the cover. Louise's character had such incredible development even though she constantly made me want to yell at her through my car speakers. She becomes so consumed with David and Adele that their troubles begin to heavily impact her well-being. However, she cannot seem to shake them and she ends up paying the consequences. When listening from Adele's perspective, I often got chills because she was so psychologically corrupt...
the brothers of brigadier station
Review: This story is incredibly charming and such a fun romantic read. I love how Meghan seeks out a simple life in the country as opposed to the city life that our generation tends to lean towards. Her character really appreciates the outback and what the outdoors can do for the soul. I think the dynamic between Meghan and Lachie is interesting and I see how he was her connection to getting the life she always wanted. But the story didn't really become engaging until Darcy (Lachie's younger brother) came into the picture...
throne of glass
sarah J. maas
Review: I have seen Maas's novels all over the internet recently, but it took me a little while to jump onto the bandwagon. When I was younger, I enjoyed reading fantasy and SciFi immensely. But as my bio suggests, I have more recently been engaged with romance novels and mystery, so I was a little nervous how I would like the first installment of this series. But I am very glad that I took the chance, because I am obsessed with this book! So obsessed in fact, that I am trying my hardest not to read the second book so that I can finish the other novels I have lying around. During the first few chapters, I immediately began to fall in love with Celaena Sardothien...
the unexpected everything
Review: This book is incredibly charming and the perfect read for summer. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Andie and her three friends. They all had their own quirks and contributed to the group in unique ways. The relationship between Andie and her father was torturous for me in the beginning, because I hate to read about conflicts between parents and their children. This was just a personal dislike for me, but I think the beginning really made room for relational and character growth as the story progressed. Clark's character was also really engaging and intrigued me. I think that his maturity added a lot to the plot and it helped Andie's character move forward...
Review: I was really disappointed after finishing this book. I had high hopes for it after reading a bunch of reviews and seeing that it was compared to 50 Shades of Grey and the Crossfire Series. Rome and Calloway obviously have a very strong connection, but as the story progressed I realized that there was very little substance. Sure, they each had each gone through incredibly difficult situations that led to their adulthood problems. However, I find that storyline to be so typical among erotic novels now that I am craving for something more...
behind closed doors
b. a. Paris
Review: To put it mildly, I am obsessed with this book! I read the description multiple times before finally deciding to take the plunge because honestly, the description does not do the story justice. This book is certainly one to keep you on your toes until the very end. One thing I found interesting was how the chapters rotated from past to present. Personally, I have never read a book in this format and I was not sure how I would like it as the story went on. However, it made for a really great presentation of the story...
all souls trilogy
Review: This trilogy is by far my favorite when it comes to fantasy featuring witches and vampires. Each book followed its own path while still remaining connected to the main plot. Unlike other novels within this genre, Harkness was able to create a realistic world where vampires and witches exist while staying hidden from humans. It was also very obvious that she did her research about the settings that she placed her characters in. Her knowledge of present-day England and the United States, as well as the history of England made her written world come to life in an incredible way. There was never a scene that I couldn't picture in my mind...
Review: I have to admit that I am a huge sucker for erotic romance novels. I don't know what it is, but after reading the 50 Shades of Grey saga, I became hooked! I came across Craving when I was on Instagram. It was an ad that stated the storyline was steamier than that of Christian Grey. So naturally I had to give it a chance! Although the story was stimulating in some ways, it was really difficult for me to concentrate on that and the characters because there were so many glaring typos and grammar errors. The errors were not just in the beginning, middle, or end of the book, but all throughout...
Review: This is one of the many books that I listened to via audible. Although I realize that listening to a book is obviously much different than reading it myself, I still feel like I can get the picture in my mind of what the author is trying to paint. I gave this thrilling story 4.5 stars instead of 5 because the first few chapters were not as captivating as the rest of the story. I don't mind a slow start, but this one was almost excruciatingly slow. I found myself paying more attention to the road than I was to the story (which I probably should pay more attention to the road while driving haha!). However, once Meyer started to establish the storyline more, it became incredibly exciting and I was on the edge of my seat the entire journey...
Review: I know Samantha virtually through our YouTube beauty channels and when she started talking about releasing her 5th novel I immediately emailed her for a signed pre-order copy. Although I have only talked to Samantha through social media, I can tell how genuine of a person she is. Writing is her passion and it definitely shined through in Defining Her. This story transported me to a situation that felt extremely similar. The characters in this novel were eloquently created and their growth throughout the story was portrayed in the best way possible....
HOW TO sTart the book you have always wanted to write
April 3, 2017
Ever since I was a teenager, I have always wanted to write a book. Although still very young, I have lived through some very interesting events that I think would make an exciting base for a great adventure. However, I tend to procrastinate and I consistently told myself that I would get to writing my book one day. For about 10 years that day never arrived...until recently. As I approached an age that made me closer to 30 than 20-years-old, I quickly became anxiety ridden that my life only consisted of one thing, school. I have been in school for 21 years now and being a student has become my identity. I never thought that I could be more than that, but I am thankful for my sudden change of heart. Why not now?...
Hello everyone! I am a lover of many things! I have always enjoyed reading books and I have decided to turn my passion into something more. I enjoy a wide range of genres, but my favorite is a good romance. I am currently working on my first novel, which I hope to have finished by the end of this year. I married my best friend in 2016 and I am the mother to three incredible doggies and a feisty kitty.
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