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{Review} It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover


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It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Paperback 376 pages

Published August 2nd 2016 by

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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~Description~

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.

~Review~

Wow this book. What an emotional journey. This was one of the hardest and most raw books I’ve ever read. It was so real and riveting. I couldn’t get enough of it. I couldn’t stop reading yet I didn’t want to keep reading. Such a different experience. Reading a Colleen Hoover book is like going through an eye opening journey and this one was no different and was one of the hardest but most worthwhile to battle through. This is an extremely powerful story and it’s not what most people will be expecting. It gets its power from the singular first person narrative and we experience everything through Lily’s eyes. When she falls in love, we fall in love; when her heart is broken, our heart is broken; when she gets it all wrong, so do we.

I cannot stress how important and damn smart this book is. There is no black and white characterization – it’s much deeper and more complex than that, and therefore, far more emotional. It peels back the layers of characters and relationships to do something that so many other authors have tried and failed to do – to make you understand a situation that for most people makes no sense. It’s very sad, painful and exceptionally honest. My heart hurt while reading it and I almost cried several times.

The way that Colleen Hoover writes puts you right in the situation that Lily is in head first and makes you fall in love with both Ryle and Atlas. And it’s so twisted because of the kind of guy one of them turns out to be. In between this passionate love story that’s going on with Ryle and Lily we get these sweet innocent flashbacks of a life with a sixteen year old Lily and Atlas. Atlas who is this homeless boy who finds hope and a home in Lily. And Lily who is living a nightmare of home life and seeks comfort in him. Those stories were my favorite.

So perfect! I loved these characters, loved their history and their flaws and strengths. And the ending…..I have no words. Beautiful and bittersweet in the same breath. This novel is why CoHo is my favorite author. She tells stories in such a way that it makes you fell every emotion.  I highly recommend it!

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~Author Links~

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Happy Reading!

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{Review} Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver


Before I Fall

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Paperback, 470 pages

Published October 25th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published March 2nd 2010)

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Description~

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

~Review~

I was watching the movie trailer for the new Fifty Shades movie and I saw a trailer for Before I fall, I recognized the title and I knew there was a book by Lauren Oliver.  

This book was such a amazing surprise. I honestly didn’t think that it would be so good and I was amazed that it was. It was so heart breathtakingly beautiful, it was so thought provoking and powerful. I’ve never read a book like this, where the same day plays over and over again, and its different every time. I’ve seen a ton of movies like this but never really read a book like it, It was different, good different. I really enjoyed it. Even though it had elements of supernatural (being brought back to life and all) but this book is so realistic especially how high school is. The book describes the whole high school atmosphere and being a teenager perfectly.

The beginning really drew me in I enjoyed reading about Sam’s day and the events that lead up to her death.  But at some points, I really didn’t like Sam and I just wanted to slap her and say “Don’t you realize what you are doing?” but she didn’t listen to me LOL… What I loved the most about this book is the transformation of Sam from being one of the mean girls to a strong independent individual who really grows up in the 7 days following her death. The character development in this book is so rich. I also really loved the layout of this book, each chapter representing a day in Sam’s life following her death. Each day Sam tried to change what happened to her and her friends and the final chapter, I mean you knew what was going to happen but I didn’t stop me from wishing for a different ending.

I didn’t expect it to turn out the way it did, but I’m sure glad it did. So amazing. Lauren Oliver is an amazing writer, and has managed to make Sam’s story come alive in a way that made me unable to put the book down.

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~Author Bio~

Lauren OliverLauren Oliver is the cofounder of content development company Paper Lantern Lit. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren’s bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by AwesomenessTV; a major motion picture adaptation of Before I Fall was announced by Open Road Films in 2016. Her novels for middle grade readers include The Spindlers, Liesl & Po, and the Curiosity House series, co-written with H. C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU’s MFA program, Lauren Oliver divides her time between New York, Connecticut, and a variety of airport lounges.

~Author Links~

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Happy Reading!

-Ana

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{Review} Just Friends (Just Friends #1) by Billy Taylor


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Just Friends (Just Friends #1) by Billy Taylor

Paperback, 292 pages

Published March 11th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

~Rating: 3/5 stars~

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~Description~

August and Ethan have been best friends since the day they met at Ethan’s seventh birthday party. And now, twelve years on, their friendship continues to grow. But after magic, fame, money and an unexplainable miracle in a car accident, August realizes maybe she wants to be more than just friends.

~Review~

Just Friends by Billy Taylor follows the story of August Bishop and Ethan Knight, who have been inseparable best friends since Ethan’s seventh birthday. But when Ethan saves her life in a car crash, she begins to wonder if maybe they could be more than just friends.  They go through a lot but they always come back to each other.

At first I didn’t know what to expect, I kept hearing/seeing quotes and pictures on Twitter, about this book and new author, so I took a chance and ordered it, because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Honestly, I expected more, like A LOT more. I am a little disappointed…I did find it really hard to concentrate on the actual storyline; it was predictable, uninteresting and overall a very tedious book to read.  I honestly cannot see why it blew up on social media the way it did..

I thought the book would have been longer, more about their relationship (by this I mean, more intimate encounters between the main characters, August and Ethan), character development, and more challenges they have to face as a couple (but they weren’t really seen as an official couple throughout the whole book, which was kind of annoying), etc.

I also wish it was properly edited (grammar, paragraph& sentence structure)… hahah! Yes, I’m a total grammar Nazi~ xD

It’s just, it would have made the story so much better, if I hadn’t had to stop to re-word a sentence/add words to make it, make better sense/unnecessary sentences.

Okay, yeah, the author is British so some terminology is different/ things are said completely different from North American English. Like bathroom is loo, or high school is called college or that they say a person is called August, instead of named August, etc.

But… I don’t know… I don’t know how to feel about this book…. There was absolutely no flow in this book what so ever. The thoughts weren’t blended or merged in anyway and the events that happened were far-fetched, for happening to two people in such a short amount of time, which made the story, seem immature.

Ahhhhhhhhhh, I know it probably sounds like I totally hated it, but I did like it, kind of. It just needs some major improvements…

Putting all the negativity aside, the ending was REALLY FREAKING ADORABLE. The ending was so cute it was almost worth reading the rest of the book…. xD

I don’t know if I’d actually recommend it though, maybe if you were really, truly curious about the book yourself, then I would say go for it… though I’d wait to see if it was at your local library where you could borrow it… without spending money on it…

Also! I read on Billy Taylor’s twitter, he’s writing a second book called Mutual Feelings, which is being released in March-ish… I’ll probably get it for the sake of knowing what’s next… but from reading this one, I definitely have low expectations for it…

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~Author Bio~

Billy TaylorBilly Taylor is the bestselling author of Just Friends. It went on sale on March 31st 2016. Since then it has sold over 150,000 copies. Billy’s next novel, Mutual Feelings, will be on sale from March 31st 2017. It is now available for pre-order on ibooks.

~Author Links~

Twitter | YouTube | Website | Goodreads | Instagram

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Happy Reading!

-Ana

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Teaser Tuesday (#29) ~ Just Friends by Billy Taylor

 

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Teaser Tuesday (#30)


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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. Anyone can do it. All you have to do is: (1): Grab your current read. (2): Open it to a random page. (3): Share 1 or 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

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~Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver~

Paperback, Enhanced Edition, 470 pages

Published October 25th 2010 by HarperCollins (first published March 2nd 2010)

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#1:

“Here’s one of the things I learned that morning: if you cross a line and nothing happens, the line loses meaning. It’s like that old riddle about a tree falling in a forest, and whether it makes a sound if there’s no one around to hear it.
You keep drawing a line farther and farther away, crossing it every time. That’s how people end up stepping off the edge of the earth. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to bust out of orbit, to spin out to a place where no one can touch you. To lose yourself–to get lost.
Or maybe you wouldn’t be surprised. Maybe some of you already know.
To those people, I can only say: I’m sorry.”

#2:

“It amazes me how easy it is for things to change, how easy it is to start off down the same road you always take and wind up somewhere new. Just one false step, one pause, one detour, and you end up with new friends or a bad reputation or a boyfriend or a breakup. It’s never occurred to me before; I’ve never been able to see it. And it makes me feel, weirdly, like maybe all of these different possibilities exist at the same time, like each moment we live has a thousand other moments layered underneath it that look different.”

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Jennifer Johnson, Bridget&Britney Darwin, Ana&Sophia&Stephi Carter, Cassandra Livingston, Crystal&Nicole Walker at So Many Books So Little Time.This is where book bloggers gather to talk about what books they read and/or reviewed last week, what books they’re currently reading and what books they’re planning to read. This is a great way for us to plan our reading week/month, and to take a sneak peek at what others are reading. Usually Posted on Monday’s.

Read/Reviewed Over the Last Few Weeks:

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Honor and Obey (Honor Series #3) Honor Thy Teacher (Honor, #2) Honor Student (Honor Series, #1) Release Me (Stark Trilogy, #1)
 
 
Honor and Obey (Honor #3) by Teresa Mummert
Honor Thy Teacher (Honor #2) by Teresa Mummert
Honor Student (Honor #1) by Teresa Mummert
Release Me (Stark Trilogy #1) by J. Kenner
 
 

A Duke's Promise: A Forgotten Castles Novel The Reluctant Countess The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County

 

A Duke’s Promise: A Forgotten Castles Novel (Forgotten Castles #3) by Jamie Carie
The Reluctant Countess by Wendy Vella
The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County by Miguel Santana
 
 

Betrayals (Strange Angels, #2) Season of the Wolf Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3) Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)

 
Betrayals (Strange Angels #2) by Lili St. Crow, Lilith Saintcrow
Season of the Wolf by Jeffrey J. Mariotte 
Fire (Graceling Realm #2) by Kristin Cashore
Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by Kristin Cashore
 
 
 
 

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 Neferet's Curse (House of Night Novellas, #3)

Neferet’s Curse by P.C. and Kristen Cast

Neferet's Curse (House of Night Novellas, #3)         

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Jennifer Johnson, Bridget&Britney Darwin, Ana&Sophia&Stephi Carter, Cassandra Livingston, Crystal&Nicole Walker at So Many Books So Little Time.This is where book bloggers gather to talk about what books they read and/or reviewed last week, what books they’re currently reading and what books they’re planning to read. This is a great way for us to plan our reading week/month, and to take a sneak peek at what others are reading. Usually Posted on Monday’s.

Read/Reviewed Last Week:

Book Titles are linked to the Book Review:
 

Vision in White (Bride Quartet, #1) Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet, #2) Savor the Moment (Bride Quartet, #3) Happy Ever After (Bride Quartet, #4)

Vision in White (Bride Quartet #1) by Nora Roberts
Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet #2) by Nora Roberts
Savor the Moment (Bride Quartet #3) by Nora Roberts
Happy Ever After (Bride Quartet #4) by Nora Roberts 

Duty and Desire  Threads of Desire Stalking You Now Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)

Duty and Desire (Winds of Fire #1) by Anju Gattani 
The Secret Life of E.L. James by Marc Shapiro
Threads of Desire (Spellcraft #1) by Eleri Stone 
Stalking You Now by Jeff Strand
Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore
 
 
 

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