Sunday, September 2, 2018

Book Review [ARC]: Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes by Holly Bourne


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Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?





https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39297840-are-we-all-lemmings-and-snowflakes

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.



"Sometimes it is comforting to know other people are going through the same thing."

I've read almost every Holly Bourne books and I had some of my favorites but every book that I've read are surely something is enjoyable to read and they are relatable. I love her writing style, it was like she really did research on the mental health things and wrote it to some kind of piece that even middle grade readers would understand.

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes is  another book that I enjoyed reading, aside from it is purple and that's my favorite color, LOL. It is a light read but I was really curious on how the character will grow at the end of the book. Will she be cured? What will be the twist in the story? Will she break down? What was her diagnosis? Those are just some of the questions that are running in my head while reading and I really feel bad I had to stop reading from time to time.

I love Olive's personality despite her mental stability. She's always positive on things and her determination to change her situation is inspiring. Some people who has mental illness will already give up and accept their situation but Olive? She wants to be better, she wanted to get well for herself and her family's sake. I think that kind of attitude is something we should have. It hard I know but trying is free, so why not take the risks? I guess on her journey, by reading this book I've learned something, it is okay to fall but make sure to get back up, there are other people who are waiting for you because to them you are an inspiration even if you don't see it yourself.

I do recommend this book to other readers out there, it's good to read something like this, straightforward and simple. I am looking forward for more Holly Bourne books and I'm sure I'm going to enjoy them too.

#KindnessIsContagious 

  
"What people don't understand about feeling such potent sadness is, when it lifts, it really lets you know what happiness means."

My Ratings

Holly started her writing career as a news journalist, where she was nominated for Best Print Journalist of the Year. She then spent six years working as an editor, a relationship advisor, and general ‘agony aunt’ for a youth charity – helping young people with their relationships and mental health.

Inspired by what she saw, she started writing teen fiction, including the best-selling, award-winning ‘Spinster Club’ series which helps educate teenagers about feminism. When she turned thirty, Holly wrote her first adult novel, 'How Do You Like Me Now?', examining the intensified pressures on women once they hit that landmark.

Alongside her writing, Holly has a keen interest in women’s rights and is an advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health problems. She’s helped create online apps that teach young people about sexual consent, works with Women’s Aid to spread awareness of abusive relationships, and runs Rethink’s mental health book club.
 
Source: Goodreads 
 
 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Home of a Book Lover is going back!

Hello lovely readers!

First of all, I want to apologize for being missing in action for the past three or four months? I also apologize for the unanswered emails, I've been really busy with work that it came to the point where I work more than twelve (12) hours. Aside from my work, I have to study some work related things as well so my time for reading and blogging are pretty much gone. It was really stressful! Hope you guys understand and won't get tired following my blog. 

Anyways, I am slowly going back, I'm trying to catch up from the lost times! It is a bit hard though but I am trying....... pardon me. I'll post reviews of the books that I've finished. Once of these days it will be up. Also, I had to catch up on my emails, I got a hundred plus! OMG!!! Give me time to read all those. 

Again, I will be posting blogs again soonest, some of my work projects are already done. And I'm reading a few books lately so I will just finish those. I can't wait to be posting stuff again. I missed you all a lot, I miss writing and of course reading! 

Have a great day everyone! 

PS. I created more poems lately, I'll share some of it as well. 


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Blog Tour [Excerpt]: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer


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Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay...until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34236194-more-than-we-can-tell?ac=1&from_search=true

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“Rev,” Declan says. “If you want to believe in God, fine. If you want to debate theology, fine. If you want to believe a higher power offered you some protection, fine. Btu every mark on your body—your father did that. Your father. You survived what he did to you. You got yourself out of there. And you walked yourself over here tonight. You, Rev. You did that.”
                I can’t breathe. He’s never said these things to me. I feel as if I’m made of stone, and Declan has struck me with a chisel, sending cracks along my surface.
                And suddenly, I know I can’t tell him about the letter. About the e-mails. Not tonight. He won’t understand why I sent the first e-mail. He won’t understand why I let it go on.
                “Are you okay?” he says.
                My breath shakes. “Do you know the story of the Prodigal Son?”
                “Oh my god. Rev—”
                “Do you?”
                He sighs. “I don’t remember the whole thing.
                So I tell him the story.
                He listens. When I’m done, he says, “What does that have to do with anything?”
                “Which one am I?” I finally ask.
                “Rev—”
                I didn’t stay with my father. So I’m obviously not the devoted son.”
                “Dude.”
                “But is that saying that if I went back to him, he’d welcome me with open arms? Am I supposed to be that son?”
                “Are you listening to yourself right now?”
                “No.” I study him. My voice is a breath away from breaking. “Help me, Dec. Which one am I?”
                His eyes are dark and serious. “Neither. Is that what you need me to say? You’re neither son.”
                “But—”
                “You’re not selfish. You wouldn’t be the son who asks for his money and leaves. And you’re not spiteful. You don’t resent anyone, even the one person you should.”
                I flinch again. “Don’t you understand? I have to be one or the other.”
                “No, you don’t! You moron, there are three people in the story.”
                “You’re neither son, Rev. If you’re anyone, you’re the man who watches his kids act like total dicks, only to stand there with open arms and forgive them.”
                I’m speechless. I might be gaping at him. As many times as I’ve read that parable, I’ve never considered a third perspective. But of course it’s right there. It’s so clear.
                Declan pulls his pillow away from the wall, fluffs it up, and lies back down. He yawns. “Now. Tell me about the girl.”

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Book Review: The Dating Debate by Chris Cannon



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Nina Barnes thinks Valentine’s Day should be optional. That way single people like her wouldn’t be subjected to kissy Cupids all over the place. That is, until her mom moves them next door to the brooding hottie of Greenbrier High, West Smith. He’s funny, looks amazing in a black leather jacket, and he’s fluent in Harry Potter, but she’s not sure he’s boyfriend material.

West isn’t sure what to make of Nina. She’s cute and loves to read as much as he does, but she seems to need to debate everything and she has a pathological insistence on telling the truth. And West doesn’t exactly know how to handle that, since his entire life is a carefully constructed secret. Dating the girl next door could be a ton of fun, but only if Nina never finds out the truth about his home life. It’s one secret that could bring them together or rip them apart.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book is not for anyone who has to get in the last word, but it is for all book nerds, especially those who live next door to so called unapproachable gorgeous guys. There’s no debating the chemistry.

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38086189-the-dating-debate

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.



I received an e-book copy to review this book and as far as I remember this is the second Chris Cannon book that I've read, the first one was the Blackmail Boyfriend (my review can be found on this link) and I honestly enjoyed reading this one. The story was not complicated, it was an easy read and it has the happy mood when you read it. 

The flow of the story is something that every reader would enjoy and I will never forget the phrase "I couldn't date someone who didn't read, much less someone who didn't understand the fabulousness that was Harry Potter", I will surely remember this book for the rest of my life because I am a Harry Potter fan as well (and bonus, my man is a Harry Potter fan too LOL). Back to my review, I love the story of Nina and West, they're both adorable and even if they fight? I find it cute (maybe I'm weird that way). This book isn't something that will stress you out in fact you will have a hard time to put this down because all you wanted to know what will happen to the characters. How can West accepts his family issue especially his mom? What will happen if Nina finds out the truth about West? those are just simple questions that runs in my head while reading and I was really satisfied when there were answered in this book. 

I do suggest people read this especially if they want a quick read. I am sure that they will enjoy it as much as I do and I promise it has a good ending aside from that no cliffhanger. I would love to have another Nina and West story though. They sound perfect to each other and I like Nina's attitude! *girl power*

I'm looking forward to reading more Chris Cannon books, with those two books that I've read, so far I didn't get disappointed yet. 

"In real life, if you're unhappy, you need to work to change yourself. Having someone who cares about you helps, but it's not a magic anti-jerk pill." 

My Ratings


Award winning author Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures and snarky contemporary romance.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Book Feature: Ashael Rising by Shona Kinsella


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Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their

The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land.

Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of those taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance.

When Ashael meets Iwan in the forest, neither realise that she is the one the Zanthar are looking for. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on her shoulders.



 


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34097124-ashael-rising?ac=1&from_search=true


Author Bio – Shona Kinsella is the author of Ashael Rising, (Unbound, 2017) the first in her series, The Vessel of KalaDene. She is also one of the editors of the British Fantasy Society’s fiction publication, Horizons. When she is not writing or wrangling her three children, she can usually be found with her nose in a book.
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