WWW Wednesday: October 12th 2016

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


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Last night I wanted to start something, but I was waiting for Cátia to finish the arc we had both been reading, and we’re starting one together next as well, so I went to my Netgalley archive and digged out a book I should have reviewed ages ago, so I’m reading Tempting Fate by Brinda Berry, and I’m loving it so far (and by so far, I mean the 76% I’ve already read of it).


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This was a good reading week for me! I finished Watch Me Rise by Tara R.,  Draw Play by Tia Lewis,  All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher,  The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy (I love Tucker and Sabrina… oh my…), then I finally finished listening and reading November 9 by Colleen Hoover, which is now my second favorite CoHo book… well, it’s up there with Ugly Love, and then, finally, I read Just One Moment by Jami Wagner.


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Next I’ll try to read My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill, which should be read by now, Three Simple Words (Kingston Ale House #3) by A.J. Pine and maybe Bittersweet (True North #1) by Sarina Bowen, because I think it’s time (and I just got it today on sale!).

Watch Me Rise (Tara R.)

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*SEQUEL TO NOVELLA “FEEL ME BREAK” *

After the loss of her brother, Chloe Reed left Fairville for a fresh start. Now she is back to get answers to the questions surrounding her brother’s death. But coming back home isn’t easy, especially when it’s a home filled with painful memories, a home where her life was ripped apart. However, there is someone who has been stuck in her head for a long time who makes it all easy. Her knight in shining armor who saved her life two years ago. Nick Grayson. Except this time maybe he needs saving.

Nick Grayson is back in the town of Fairville where it all started. The town that left him with nothing but guilt and regret, the town where he destroyed a family. He met Chloe on the worst night of his life. He knows he doesn’t deserve her but he can’t stay away – and neither can she.


Awhile back I was asked to review a novella, Feel Me Break, which I did, and quite enjoyed, so when the author asked me to review the sequel to that novella, I didn’t even hesitate and said yes right away (even though I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the release date).

This book starts right where the novella left off, and I won’t be able to talk about any of it, unless I spoil the novella a bit. So, people, this review will have SPOILERS for the Feel Me Break novella, so now it’s the time to get out, if you don’t want to know anything about it.

Both characters grow a great deal during this book, and I thought they did it in an organic and believable way. Chloe is still struggling to deal with the death of her brother, her mother’s addiction and her father’s abandonment. Even though she made a lot of progress since the night she and Nick met 2 years prior, she’s still self harming on some occasions, and dealing with a lot of pain. Same goes for Nick, who can’t forgive himself for having caused someone’s death on the night that he met Chloe. It doesn’t help that his family is still very distant from him, and he desperately wants their support.

I still very much liked these characters. They’re both super flawed, but their hearts are in the right place, and they both have so many layers to them. I love their connections and their romance. Even though it started out a bit of insta-love, they do end up having a deep and beautiful connection, and the chemistry is very much palpable. The romance evolved at a right pace, and I was glad for that, because after the novella, I thought that they would jump right into the relationship, so I was super glad that that was not the case.

I was a bit surprised by the direction the plot took, because I wasn’t quite expecting a mystery, but even though it’s not my favorite thing, the book managed to surprise me, and I thought it was a good twist to the story. It also gave it some much needed closure.

I’m somehow hoping that there’ll be another book, about their friends Danni and Nathan? Because there’s something mysterious there too, and I’m curious.

There was just a couple of things that I didn’t quite like. One of them was how perfect the wrap up was… I know that’s how it’s supposed to be, but it felt kind of forced, especially on Nick’s side of the story.

Another thing that bothered me was some parts of the writing. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the writing in general. But there were some expressions and sentences that made me think that maybe English is not Tara R.’s first language?! I’ll give one example, throughout the book the expressions “rookie cop” was used a lot. If I read this, I will understand that it’s a newbie cop, right? Because that’s the meaning of rookie, but Tara R. uses the expression as indicating a corrupt cop, and not a newbie one, so… ?! o_O

Other than these couple of small problems, this was a good read, and I would read more from this author, for sure.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Recommended to me by Cátia and Deanna

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

All About Books You Read Because of Recommendation – Ten Books I’ve Read Because Of Another  Blogger (Or Book Person) or Ten Books I Read On Recommendation From People Outside Of This Community or you could talk about recommendations of books you read from other sources – a magazine, a podcast, a “because you read this” algorithm.

I look for book recommendations everywhere, but if I take a long look at my read books from the last year, I see that 2 bloggers have recommended me more books than anyone else. Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much is not only my constant companion while reading – because we do a bunch of buddy reads, but she made me read AMAZING books lately. The other blogger whose opinion I trust like crazy is Deanna @A Novel Glimpse, who pretty much introduced me to some of my favorite New Adult reads. So here are some books that they have recommended to me, and that I loved-


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Musical Mondays: November 9 by Griffin Peterson

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So… I just finished November 9 by Colleen Hoover… I’m wrecked!! I cried so damn much! So, this one is fitting. If you have not read the book, and you don’t want ANY spoilers, then don’t listen to this one, ok? But read the book… it’s so beautiful!

You’ve got scars, so do I
If I could, I’d take them all and make them mine
But for now, I’ll play the part
And let you in just far enough for this to start
For this to start

I remember everything when the fire of your heart began to sting
I couldn’t tell you all my sins
Much too scared of what the truth might bring

I’ve been lying from the start
You know it’s tearing me apart
Would really want the whole truth?
When I finally tell it all, will it be a wrecking ball
Or a bitter taste you try to hide as smooth
I know I took it all away
So let me give it all back to you, you, you, you
Give it all, give it all back to you

You read the truth
I tell no lies
Every page outlined for you ends with goodbyes
I’m losing sleep
‘Cause I write all night
Always end up with the words November nine

I’ve been lying from the start
You know it’s tearing me apart
Would really want the whole truth?
When I finally tell it all, will it be a wrecking ball
Or a bitter taste you try to hide as smooth
I know I took it all away
So let me give it all back to you, you, you, you
Give it all, give it all back to you

You, you, you, you
Give it all back to you

Your heart is on fire and my soul’s aflame
But the damage left behind us is not the same
So let me give it all back to you, you, you, you
Give it all, give it all back to you

You, you, you, you

All Laced Up (Erin Fletcher)

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Everyone loves hockey superstar Pierce Miller. Everyone except Lia Bailey.

When the two are forced to teach a skating class to save the rink, Lia’s not sure she’ll survive the pressure of Nationals and Pierce’s ego. Not only can’t he remember her name, he signed her bottle of water like she was one of his groupies. Ugh.

But if there’s one thing Lia knows better than figure skating, it’s hockey. Hoping to take his ego down a notch — or seven — she logs into his team website under an anonymous name to give him pointers on his less-than-stellar playing.

Turns out, Pierce isn’t arrogant at all. And they have a lot in common. Too bad he’s falling for the anonymous girl online. No matter how much fun they’re starting to have in real life, she’s afraid he’s going to choose fake-Lia over the real one…

Disclaimer: This book contains a swoony hockey player (and his equally swoony friends!), one-too-many social media accounts, kisses that’ll melt ice, and a secret identity that might not be so secret after all…


There’s two things that are usually good ideas for a read: books from entangled cush, which are usually really cute, and hockey books, because hockey just rocks! So, requesting this book was a no-brainer for me.

The writing was so good, it flowed super well and fast, so fast in fact that I read the book in way less than a day. The book is told in dual POV – my favorite kind – and Pierce and Lia’s voices are different enough that the dual POV is super enjoyable.

Both characters were really great, and both had several sides to them. I really liked how they opened up to each other throughout the book, and started seeing each other in a different light because of it. It was very well done.

I did like the romance, the pacing was done right, and the chemistry was believable. These two were super cute together :-).

The plot was interesting too, I was hoping that the whole “secret identity” thing was well handled, because I’ve read some books where it wasn’t. Luckily, this one was pretty great. See… Pierce KNOWS, and while he does make some mistakes, because of the way his words come out of his mouth, and Lia is impatient and somewhat blind to some stuff, it works fine for them.

I really liked how they helped each other go through some rough patches and realizing their full potentials.

Overall, a very good and cute YA read. I recommend it, for sure.

Draw Play (Tia Lewis)

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Jake:

I can’t believe my coach assigned me a tutor. I’m all that on the field and between the sheets — who cares about my stupid grades? 

But Claire doesn’t treat me like I’m dumb. When we’re not busy fighting, she actually encourages me. And with those sexy curves of hers, I know just how to thank her.

Claire:

I hate football players, but I need the money. Jake is just as cocky and arrogant as the worst of them … but his touch sets me on fire.

I have to believe he’s different, that he won’t use me and break my heart. Because I can’t stop wanting him. I just hope I survive the ride.


A couple of days ago I came across this book on Netgalley and shared the link with Cátia. After seeing some reviews we came to the painful conclusion that maybe we wouldn’t like this one, because the reviews weren’t that stellar. She controlled herself, but I didn’t. I was in the mood for some college romance, so I thought “eh, it can’t be that bad, right?!“. Yeah… I shouldn’t really have requested it.

The writing and pacing of the book were OK. I saw the potential there. The problem – and this had more to do with the characters than the writing itself – but sometimes the language was just a bit too much, you know?

Now, I wasn’t a fan of either of the main characters, to be honest. Let’s start with Jake… I thought he had potential, with his horrible background and all, but he comes off as a bit jerk at the beginning, and that’s mainly because of the way he talks about women. At one point he calls some girls sluts, just because they are inhibited and like to get around… dude… you need to learn a lesson from Dean Di-Laurentis, because he knows that people are free to do what they feel like and should not be judged.

But I also had a huge problem with Claire, because she was so judgmental… all the freaking time! Either it was because joks can’t be smart, or every guy who plays football can’t be trusted, you get the drift, right?  It was too much. Also, she had a tendency to misinterpret EVERYTHING that would come out of Jake’s mouth… not good.

I didn’t feel the romance either =/. I saw the beginning of a good friendship, but then I thought things went a bit too fast, and I didn’t see them connecting as much as I thought they should. On another hand, I did like the conflict, and the fact that it wasn’t solved easily.

A few things that bothered me a lot in this book: the foul and demeaning language, the slut shaming, the fat shaming, the stereotyping. Also, I have to say that Claire cried a lot for my taste?! I feel bad writing this, because there is absolutely nothing wrong with crying whenever you want and feel the need to, but she got offended by the stupidest things, and she would start the waterworks… it was a bit too much.

Another thing that I thought was weird was the sex. Ok, wait a minute, not exactly the sex, but the timing of it. I’m gonna drop a couple of SPOILERS, so look away for a bit, ok? Let’s just say that Claire is hugely unexperienced in the sexy business, but she and Jake sleep together right after their first kiss… which came out of nowhere too. I don’t know… The moment would have felt more natural to me, if that wasn’t just her second time, and if her first experience would have been better.

I was kind of disappointed that Jake only truly noticed Claire after she had a makeover, and even so, he kept her hidden from everyone he knew, and wasn’t keen on being seen out with her. I hated this, and I thought it was a huge missed opportunity. I thought it would have been more interesting if there was no makeover, at least not before they got together. If Jake had showed interest before, and had helped Claire see herself like he did – beautiful – BEFORE, I think it would have made their bond stronger and the relationship more believable.

Also… have I mentioned how much I hated the fat shaming? I could not understand it though, because Claire is curvy, but she’s not fat!

At the end of the day, the bad outweighed the good by a long shot on this one, so I can’t really recommend it. Sorry =/.

Product Review: Mystery Date With a Book Etsy Shop

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Hey guys! This is something that I never done, so I hope it goes well 😉 . So, awhile back Fernanda from Mystery Date With a Book asked me if I could review some products from her Etsy shop, MysteryDateWithaBook – where she sells handmade bookish accessories (mainly bracelets, necklaces and keyrings) – to which I said YES (of course)! Take a look at her shop:

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 So, here’s what Fernanda sent me.

As soon as I opened the package I was excited, because I’m pretty crazy about these books. So, what did I get? First off it’s a Harry Potter bracelet, the book is Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, and the details are insane.

Next I got a Little Women bookmark :D. I love this story, and even though I haven’t read the book – though I own 2 – I’m in love with this bookmark. Check it out!

Now I have to admit, my favorite piece is definitly the keychain, because it’s FANGIRL! I’m so in love with this keychain :D.

Aren’t these items just the most adorable thing? Visit the shop, go follow the blog, twitter and facebook. Keep an eye on what more it’s coming, because I’m sure I’ll be. I love my new bookish items :D. Let me give you the links you should follow ;-).

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The Movie Version (Emma Wunsch)

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A whip-smart, heart-wrenching debut YA novel about first love, first loss, and filmmaking that will delight fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven 

In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch sweep Battle of the Bands and build a “beach party” in the bathroom. As for Amelia? She’s Toby Anderson’s Younger Sister. She’s perfectly happy to watch Toby’s hijinks from the sidelines, when she’s not engrossed in one of her elaborately themed Netflix movie marathons.

But recently Toby’s been acting in a very non-movie-version way. He’s stopped hanging out with his horde of friends and started obsessively journaling and disappearing for days at a time. Amelia doesn’t know what’s happened to her awesome older brother, or who this strange actor is that’s taken his place. And there’s someone else pulling at her attention: a smart, cute new boyfriend who wants to know the real Amelia — not Toby’s Sidekick. Amelia feels adrift without her star, but to best help Toby — and herself — it might be time to cast a new role: Amelia Anderson, leading lady.


I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Kat@Life and Other Disasters. You can check out  Kat’s review of this book here, and go to Cátia’s blog on the next few days to read her thoughts on it.

So…. let me honest here for a moment: I requested this book mainly because of that cute cover. It’s super cute, right? Also, that blurb? Interesting, right? Oh well… Not really. The blurb is probably the most deceiving one I’ve ever read. I thought this was your run of the mill contemporary, where a girl learned to live outside of the shadow of her older and cooler brother, what I got was a kind of insulting representation of a mental illness.

If you don’t want to read any SPOILERS about this book, leave now, because I will talk freely about the plot and theme, it’s the only way really to explain how much this book didn’t work for me.

Back to the issue, Toby is diagnosed with schizophrenia during the first half of the book, and the book actually deals with how much Amelia can’t come to terms with his disease.

I just couldn’t, for the life of me, connect to Amelia, like her, or feel any sympathy for her at all. This is a girl who has pretty cool siblings, she doesn’t work, doesn’t drive, somehow everyone does everything for her. She gets average grades – though I got the feeling she didn’t actually try to hard there, she has friends, she’s normal. The only thing different is that she looks up a lot to her older brother, and lives in a kind of movie world, where she rather see movies than actually get out and live. I see nothing much wrong with this, except that if movies were her passion, shouldn’t she know about movie club at school? I found it odd that she was so removed from everything.

Back to Toby, Amelia and Toby have a pretty great relationship in the beginning, but after being away for 7 weeks, Amelia starts noticing that Toby is acting a bit weird. Then a LOT weird. Does she try to talk to him? Find out what is going on? Maybe talk to their parents? NO! She does not! She’s too worried about her own problems, and that her “cool brother” doesn’t want to hang out with her, and what will people think of this new Toby.

Once Toby gets diagnosed – after Amelia ignored a lot of things – she gets ashamed of his diagnosis, she refuses to talk to her friends, family or boyfriend, even when they try to reach her and help. She also refuses to learn anything about the disease. And then she goes and ignores her brother for months. Yep! Her AMAZING brother! The one she looked up to and loved more than anything. One of her best friends. The person that was always there for her. What does she do? SHE DOESN’T VISIT HIM OR EVEN PICKS UP THE PHONE OR SENDS A SHITTY TEXT! No, she does none of those things, because she can’t deal with the fact that her brother is not cool anymore.

I can’t even…

I get that this is a hard thing to come to terms with, but Amelia is 16/17, yet she acts like a spoiled little brat, pushing people away and failing to be there for the one person that needed support most of all.

There’s this stupid thing that I can’t get over with… her dad gives her 2 books when her brother is diagnosed, so she can learn about the disease. She shoves them under the bed and doesn’t pick them up again. EVER. I mean… really? Then she accuses her friends and boyfriend of not understanding what she’s going through, when at least they are worried about the right person and getting informed and involved? Please…

Let’s talk about the evolution of Toby’s schizophrenia for a moment, shall we? It was so badly done. I just… it was a huge NO for me while reading it. I’ll be honest, I have ZERO experience with it, and I don’t know anyone with it (I think), but I think I’ve informed myself relatively well throughout the years to understand the basics and I felt that the representation here was so wrong. It was like the “original” Toby was completely replaced from a second to the next, it didn’t make sense, at least not for me. I read a book last year about this mental illness, also told through the perspective of someone who loved the person, and it was a million times better (Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier).

Onto another topic that I really can’t come to terms with: Amelia’s relationship with Epstein, her boyfriend. We don’t get to actually see how they met, only through flashbacks, so when the book starts they’re already in a long distance relationship. They hardly know each other, ok? They text and talk on the phone, and then visit each other, but even though it’s pretty obvious that they are in a relationship, Amelia has a hard trouble with whether or not she and Epstein are girlfriend and boyfriend. The chemistry is non-existence! And the intimate scenes come out of nowhere and are a bit cringe-worthy. Hey, this is me guys! I have no problem with sex in books, as you know, but I had a major issues with every sexual scene in this book. I felt that Amelia was not mature enough and their relationship was nowhere near the point where they should be having sex in closets (?!).

The way that particular relationship was left off, grated on my nerves. I didn’t think they had chemistry or anything like it, but Amelia had a few very shitty attitudes towards the guy she supposedly loved, and I was not ok with that.

In the end, Amelia grows a little, and she reaches the point where she can talk about her brother’s mental illness, but she’s still not over being a little ashamed of it, and wishing that the “old/cool Toby” would return, and I didn’t like that. Amelia should realize that “cool Toby” was still there!

I guess the writing was ok, but I had so many issues with everything else that I just can’t really tell you. I didn’t like the writing of some scenes, mainly the sexual ones, they were truly cringe-worthy and the vocabulary used was just UGRRR… NO.

I honestly can’t really recommend this one to anyone, I think it’s a poor representation of a mental illness and actually offensive. I was cringing the whole time it took me to read this book, and Amelia’s immaturity and actions made me sad.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

The Martian (Andy Weir)

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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive — & even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills — & a relentless, dogged refusal to quit — he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?


Kat @Life and Other Disasters had loved The Martian a long while ago, and she had been telling me to read it since then. I got the ebook (don’t remember when to be honest), but I just wasn’t in the mood, and I kept putting it off… maybe I thought that because it was Sci-Fi, it would take me a long time to get through it? I don’t know! But then I got the audiobook, because I thought that this one would be amazing as audio, and I started it on my first day off of work, and I listened to nothing else for a whole day! I was cooking and listening. At the gym? Listening! Riding in a car with the family? Listening… to my sister’s dismay. Long story short: I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK!

On to the review now. The writing is genius! I loved how funny it was, even though the majority of the book is written in logs – and monologues can be boring sometimes – this one is anything but. Mark Watney is a funny SOB. The humour is on point! I also loved how different the narration is, depending on the POV we’re on. Mark’s POV is mostly told by logs, or emails, messages, but when the book focus on other characters, the narration changes to the third person. It’s a very smart way to write a book. I approve :D.

Mark is amazing! Seriously, he’s amazing! I love how he doesn’t panic at all. EVER! He gets a problem, he thinks about it – in a very funny way – and then he solves it. He’s awesome! 😀

I really liked the supporting characters and the various interactions between the different characters, as well as how representative this team was. The collaboration between the various teams and members was great, and it was a pleasure to read about. I might have teared up a bit when the chinese get involved, to be honest.

The plot flows supper nicely, and it didn’t feel nearly as long as the book actually is. I didn’t find this book predictable at all, and mind you, the movie has been out for awhile, I hadn’t seen it yet, but I still didn’t know where this was all going. I was just really hoping that he would be able to get out of Mars somehow, because come on… that was logical, right? I loved all the science stuff, loved it. The scientist in me was like: YES! (even though I’m not that kind of scientist, and astrophysics is not my thing at all).

Overall, I really really loved this book, so I HAVE TO recommend it to you guys. You need to read The Martian. NOW! If you don’t want to pick up the book, listen to the audiobook, because you won’t be sorry!