Book Review: Lost Along The Way

Lost Along the Way by Erin Duffy

Rated: ❤❤❤❤
One Word: Sisterhood

Jane, Cara and Meg were friends all through grade school to mid twenties. There friendship suffered a blow when Jane eloped for her wedding. Fast forward seven years, Jane is the subject of tabloids frenzy because her husband has defrauded his clients and in jail. Jane must now swallow her pride and seek out the real people who truly knows her to find solace. But what she finds in her friends life is that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. All three women must deal with how and why their friendship dissolved when they should have held on to each other and find a way to let go of past mistakes while looking forward to the future.

Duffy truly knows how to make you laugh while you want to cry. That was one of the things I enjoyed while reading the girls story. Jane was the sharp shooter, ready for an adventure and throughout the novel she didn’t disappoint. My favorite character would be Meg because she was the balancing factor between wild Jane and stern Cara.

I wanted to see a more clear decision on Jane’s part at the end of the novel. What would she do with her husband? Divorce him? Could she truly not think of a better option for what’s next than the one the girls thought about? Also the story broke in between scenes to send us to a flashback of their younger years. It was great but seemed too much and not necessary because what would ultimately happen have been revealed in the present time .

I know the focus of the book was to reconnect and remind us how friendships are important. What I took away from this story that is that in life you won’t get to do everything at the same time with your friends but been there, supporting them and not hiding your flaws -because everyone of us have them- is very important. It keeps the relationship real.

Lost Along the Way is a relaxed read on the beach or with a glass of wine with the phone near by ready to dial your best friend.

Happy Reading,

New Book Alert: Fair To Hope

Hey guys, I have this new book from Sam Reed, Fair To Hope that I received from the author! It’s release date is August 30th and I’d be writing a review once I’ve finished it. The book is an exchange for an unbiased review. 

Its a fantasy YA book about a young girl named Velma. She had a tough upbringing through the foster care and another in a secret order. She was chosen as Kachina along side her best friend who she will have to kill to save the world in the last battle. She runs out of time and must decide what fate to chose from, save the world that have always been difficult or bring it down?

I can’t wait to dive in and see what Velma and Josh is all about!

Happy Reading,

BOOK GIVEAWAY

Book Giveaway !!

This will be my first one and definitely not the last!

One lucky winner will recieve a copy of Colleen Hoover’s latest novel, It Ends With Us. I truly believe that this book is a must read for everyone! The message is an important one to be shared. Check out my review Here.

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4: Accounts must be public  atleast on the last day of giveaway.

Giveaway ends August 31st. Winner will be announced within the week after.

Giveaway is open Internationally. If under 18, must have parent permission to receive.

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Thank you and may the odds be in your favor❤📚

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CR: A la Carte

I started A la Carte earlier today and almost done with it. Love how real this book is making me check my life.

Elaine wants to be a famous African American vegetarian chef and she have a good start already in my mother’s kitchen. But whrn

#nationallipstickday 💄💄 and it goes great with my a la Carte book cover. #redlips is just so #classic . #rubywoo. I couldn’t find mine. My very first red lippy. #blackgirlmagic

Have you read any book with recipes included? Did you like it?

Book Review: Melody’s Key

Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell

Rated: ❤❤❤❤
One word: Melodic

Melody’s Key was not part of my #JulyTBR list and what book lover wouldn’t be happy to add more to her list?

In Melody’s Key, we meet Tegan Lockwood and she is a triple threat who creates music, art and write and is fiercely loyal to her family and friends. Although she has all these incredible talent, Tegan hides her craft for they reveal the true her and all the desires she keeps locked away since she must help keep her family business open. She would love to have her music out in the world and go to college but she refuses to leave her family in England.

Then Tegan met Mason Keane, international, sexy and arrogant pop star who came for an R&R at their family estate for the summer. After a very rocky starts and appropriate tantrums thrown, they both realize how much they needed one another. Mason needed the loyalty and compassion that Tegan had and Tegan needed Mason’s courage and love.

Coryell included other current issues like homophobia, keeping bad company even though you know they are not good for you, family always sticking together but calling you out once you mess up. I enjoyed the characters alot and found the lyrics included in the book to be very good.

Once the climax wss reached, the book moved at a great pace but excluded many things it started with from the beginning.

***SPOiler AlErT SpOIler ALerT***

We was told that Simon, Tegan BFF was dating someone that was hiding his identity. Simon refused to let Tegan know who it was even though it looked like Simon’s decision may hurt her. I thought it was her ex, Cale that he was with if the way Coryell set up the plot from the beginning. I just want to know cause I’m naturally curious but it doesn’t create a big flaw.

Also the part of the story where Tegan found those old letters, read them and we became invested with this beautiful tragedy love story and it just felt like we was left hanging without a conclusion. So did she go back and replace the box?

I found the very last part of the novel with Tegan going after what she really wanted to be amazing. It showed how important it is that we don’t let what we want get away from us due to our fears.

I totally enjoyed reading this book and I recieved this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

Happy Reading,

Book Review: Saint Anything

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Rated: ❤❤❤❤
One Word: Incredible

Can I just say that the amount of pizza consumed and mentioned in this book made me very hungry? I had to stop reading just because the pizza was described many times as “delicious” “the best” and the garlic knots? Dont get me started.

What I should start on is this book review!

Sydney just watched her once full of life and fierce brother, Peyton, got sentenced to jail for drunk driving, injuring someone and she doesn’t know where to begin after. Her house was not welcoming with parents that was very distracted with the issues of Peyton and she felt neglected. Then shhe met the Chatham, and was welcomed in with no judgement. Layla and Sydney became fast friends but it was her brother, Mac, and his protectiveness and awarenesses that resonated with her the most.

Saint Anything goes over the issues of picking yourself and people around you up after a fall, how to deal with the downfall and that sometimes parents are only doing what they believe is best even if they can’t see past their own judgement. Dessen tackles the issue of friendship been very important through Layla and Sydney and Mac and Sydney. The girl and girl friendship is crucial to show in a time when teenagers are evolving the most and I think it is needed in life.

I liked Sydney a lot because she just wanted to be noticed by her parents. Layla is an unforgettable character with some of the wittiest comebacks. This is a very heavily family centered book like many of Dessens book and she didn’t disappoint.

This book ties many issues into one and I think one very important factor is to be present and aware. Take note of your surrounding, the people around and look beyond the surface. It can make a world of difference.

If you haven’t read the book, what are you waiting for?

Happy Reading,

New Book Alert: Melody’s Key

Hey peoples, I received Melody’s Keys by Dallas Coryell for an honest review and I am excited to start reading it very soon.

It is a New Adult romance book and the synopsis sounds intriguing already.

Here is a synopsis from the author.

“Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.”

What do you guys think so far?

Don’t forget to check back once I’ve started reading it. I’ll be posting a CR notes on what is going on in the book so far.

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Book Review: Dreamology

Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Rated : ❤❤❤❤
 One Word: Fantasy

I went into this book with alot of caution as I had previously mentioned in my CR : Dreamology post. I had read many reviews that said alot about the fluffy writing and fantasy state of this book, I didn’t know if it was worth it.

But I did and I’m glad I didn’t judge it solely on what others have said. I usually dislike overly sweet descriptive writing and for this particularly book, it just worked. There was no doubt whether it was fluffy, it just was and it had to be fluffy to get the idea of the plot and what was going on with the characters.

For as long as Alice has known, she always dreams of Max. In all her dreams, no matter the changes, she can always guarantee that Max will be there with her. Then Alice and her father moves back to Boston, where she was born and lived till she was 6 years old. With her move, she didn’t anticipate to see Max, in the real world, in her Psych class, at her new school. She was excited and eager to know if he knew her like she did him.

But Max didn’t recognize her or so she thought. As we read further into the book, Alice is put through a wild roller coaster of trying to figure out real life Max and the Max she always dreamed of. She continues to dream and the dream are included in great details in the book.

Along with her quest, her dreams have started to bleed into the real world. She sees things that are not real and she must figure out what is happening to her before its too late.

Keating did a great job of bringing this concept to life! The style of writing was superb with great characters. I love Oliver, he is probably my favorite character. He was funny, down to earth and just misunderstood. And he was totally down for Alice from the get go! Max was amazing as well in tbe perfect teen book character type of way. He was sweet, smart and focused which complemented Alice sunny, hyper and fantasy land mood completely.

The circumstances where Max was crass toward Alice at times was not his finest moments but I understood his behavior because he was stuck between a rock and a hard place. The book truly was about figuring out who you were, the people you wanted around and making the best choices under the circumstances.

I loved the book as whole but some technical problems was up. Keating rushed the ending of the book. After we got the climax, she just pushed us down the hill and said “bye, happily ever after!” Some more explanation was needed, a scene and better description of the event that followed after the solution was found to the problem was necessary to complete this book.

Alice and Max were great characters to know and I enjoyed reading this novel.

Check out Dreamology if you have not and let me know what you think!

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Review: Just Listen

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Rated: ❤❤❤❤❤
One Word: Melodic

As I started to read this book, I had a sense of Deja Vu, as if I’ve already read it but just not putting the puzzles pieces together. I still don’t know the answer but I think I might have read this years ago. But anyway, I read the book and enjoyed every moment of it (Again…).

Annabel is a model, the youngest of three sisters and when she began her junior year of high school, she had no friends. She hated her model job, had a secret that was eating her away and she deals with it the only way she knew about ; She kept quiet, withdrew into her shell and did everything to avoid been the center of attention in her family with one of her sister just healing from a disease.

Then she started to interact with the school number one outcast: Owen. They forged a friendship with each other as Owen showed Annabel the world of authentic music and how to be truthful at all times. These lessons were hard for Annabel, who always omitted things to spare others while also not speaking up for herself. As her secret hurts another person she knew, she had to find the strength to come clean and be strong for herself.

Dessen did an amazing job of crafting such a touching story. This story plot is one that many girls could relate to, from Annebel sister’s disease, to the pressure of trying to keep everything inside because you believe it’s the best option to the real ordeal that Annebel went through that cost her the life she knew.

This book teaches young adult to look for confidence from within themselves even if no one else will believe in them.

My favorite character was Annabel. Something about her broke my heart because no one should have to go through what she did and she kept it together for a while. She was very protective of her family and I loved the girl she became at the end of the novel.

I also liked Owen. His character was exactly what Annabel needed. Someone who would call her out on her choices, whether good or bad. We all need someone like that in our life.

If you haven’t read this book, please make sure you check it out!

Happy Reading,

CR: My Life Next Door

My Life Next Door by Fitzpatrick

I started to read My Life Next Door earlier today while on the ferry and as I write this post, I’m getting ready to board the ferry again.

I have had this book for a while and was always putting it off in my tbr pile but now I wanted to tackle it. When I first saw it I thought it reminded me of On the Fence by Kasie West. I just find it interesting when a book is written and neighbors are a big part of the story plot. It reminds me of the quote “It take a whole village to raise a child”.

I am up to page 144, chapter 20, so I have a  pretty good idea of the book so far.

It is about Samantha Reeds who lives next door to a very large, loud and happy family, the Garrett, that is the exact opposite of what her family was. She grew up always gazing at them from her window, dining room or porch. They amazed her and she was curious. Until one day she isn’t just looking but actually interacting with one of the Garretts! Then its all of them and her whole summer and routine has changed.

So far I truly like what I’m reading and the writing is great. She tackles many issues that are ever present in families of today’s generation and hopefully the second half of the book is just as amazing as the first. This is my first Fitzpatrick book and I’m sure I’ll be looking for more from her.

Please check back later for a review and what else is next!

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