Oct 19, 2019

The Rest Of The Story.

☆☆☆
the rest of the story.
Sarah dessen.

Publisher  Balzer + Bray.
Publication Date:June 4,2019.
Genre: YA | Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|440.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.
















 CONTAINS SPOILERS




Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.



Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.



When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.



Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.



For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her will win out? 



 






My emotions…



SARAH DESSEN did it again. She created a story for you to fall in love with again. I am not sure if I could even put it into right words about how much I loved this story. I have been reading SARAH DESSEN since 2012, and there has not been a single book of hers that I did not enjoy. I always looked forward to her books. When I found out about THE REST OF THE STORY , I could not wait to check it. My only regret is the fact that I did not read it sooner. Reading THE REST OF THE STORY reminded me of how much I love this author, how much I enjoy the stories. I feel as if her books are stories that anyone could relate to, THE REST OF THE STORY wasn’t any different. It felt real to me. I even found myself thinking about it long after I finished it. There were few times I had to force myself to put the book down because had classes in the morning. If it weren’t for school, I would read it faster than I had.



I loved Emma Saylor and thought it was unique that she had two names. I did wonder which name she would end up choosing. Emma Saylor is a type of person that I would love to be friends with. I loved the bond that she created with her grandmother and her cousins in such a short time, considering that she haven’t seen them since she was little. I hope that it would be a bond that will stay with years to come. I liked Emma Saylor’s dad, but at same time, I did not like how he reacted when she said that she wanted to stay with them. I do understand why he was upset, but he could handle that better. I did not like how he treated Roo when she was discovered Emma Saylor drunk, how he assumed that he was the reason. I was glad for Emma Saylor and her father to work out the issues between the two of them in the end. I always enjoyed stories about families and THE REST OF THE STORY was one of my favorites.



THE REST OF THE STORY is another book that will play with your emotions; at least it did with mine. Not only did I fall in love with characters and the story, but made me feel inspired. Once I read it, I went to work on the book I been writing. It’s not the first time it happened with SARAH DESSEN book and I am sure that it won’t be the last. If you love young adult novels, I would highly recommend this one. A beautifully written story about family, friendship and love.






Oct 18, 2019

Five Feet Apart.

☆☆☆
five feet apart.
Rachael lippincott.
mikki daughtry.
tobias iaconis.

Publisher  Simon& Schuster.
Publication Date:November 20,2018
Genre: YA | Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|288.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.















 CONTAINS SPOILERS.



Can you love someone you can never touch?



Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.



The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.



Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.



What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too? 



 





A heartfelt story. It will shatter your heart. A story that will stay with you.



I did not find out about this book, until I saw a trailer for FIVE FEET APART . I had a feeling that it would end up a book that I would enjoy. Once I started reading FIVE FEET APART I was hooked after couple of pages, and every page had me wondering what would happen, how would Stella and Will make this relationship work? All through the book, I rooted for them but at the same time, I felt as it was impossible. I cannot even imagine being in that situation, not able to touch, be so far apart from someone that you love. My heart broke for both Will and Stella. It was clear how much the two of them cared for each other. What Stella did for Will on his birthday and what Will done for Stella when she had have surgery, and what he done towards the end of the book. That was a big risk.



I heard about Cystic Fibrosis before but I didn’t know much about it. I feel as if I learned more about it, just from reading FIVE FEET APART . It’s scary how much you have to go through and how much people suffer from the disease. I am glad that Will met Stella when he did, if it wasn’t for her, he probably wouldn’t done his treatments and who knows what would happened if he didn’t. I am curious about what happened to Stella and Will after. I am glad that Will convinced Stella to get the new lungs, but I do wonder what will happen to Will. How long will he have? Those are the types of questions that I cannot help but wonder about. There were few slow parts through the book, but in general, it’s a story that you will have hard time putting down. Now that I read the book, I cannot wait to see the movie.



It will play with your emotions. A story that will have you on edge of your seat, from start to the end.







Oct 13, 2019

The Golden Hour.

☆☆☆
the golden hour.
Beatriz Williams.

Publisher  William Morrow.
Publication Date: July 9,2019.
Genre: Historical Fiction.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|480.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.
















CONTAINS SPOILERS





The Bahamas, 1941. Newly-widowed Leonora “Lulu” Randolph arrives in Nassau to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. After all, American readers have an insatiable appetite for news of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, that glamorous couple whose love affair nearly brought the British monarchy to its knees five years earlier. What more intriguing backdrop for their romance than a wartime Caribbean paradise, a colonial playground for kingpins of ill-gotten empires?

Or so Lulu imagines. But as she infiltrates the Duke and Duchess’s social circle, and the powerful cabal that controls the islands’ political and financial affairs, she uncovers evidence that beneath the glister of Wallis and Edward’s marriage lies an ugly—and even treasonous—reality. In fact, Windsor-era Nassau seethes with spies, financial swindles, and racial tension, and in the middle of it all stands Benedict Thorpe: a scientist of tremendous charm and murky national loyalties. Inevitably, the willful and wounded Lulu falls in love.

Then Nassau’s wealthiest man is murdered in one of the most notorious cases of the century, and the resulting coverup reeks of royal privilege. Benedict Thorpe disappears without a trace, and Lulu embarks on a journey to London and beyond to unpick Thorpe’s complicated family history: a fateful love affair, a wartime tragedy, and a mother from whom all joy is stolen.

The stories of two unforgettable women thread together in this extraordinary epic of espionage, sacrifice, human love, and human courage, set against a shocking true crime . . . and the rise and fall of a legendary royal coup
le. 








Such a unique, wonderfully written story!



This has been a third book that I read by BEATRIZ WILLIAMS , and it will not be the last one. I did feel the first couple of chapters were a slow start. However, once it picked up the pace, I had hard time setting the book back down, wanting to know what would happen next. I loved that the story took place in different locations and were told point of view from two different women, making it feel as if I were reading two different stories, and in a way, I was. Once I reached the end of the book, I found myself unable to stop thinking about the story. THE GOLDEN HOUR is a book that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. The descriptions in this novel were breathtaking, so vivid that I could picture it all while I was reading it. I had this feeling as if I was there along with Lulu and Elfriede.



I loved both Lulu and Elfriede's stories, though Elfriede's story appealed to me a bit more than Lulu’s. Besides, don’t you love that name? Both of these women went through so much, and I cannot imagine going through what they had to go through. I loved that despite everything that they faced throughout their lives, they kept on going. THE GOLDEN HOUR is everything that I love about historical fiction novels, and I have read quite few this past year, and it became my favorite genre. THE GOLDEN HOUR had everything I love about books and the fact that it had some mystery added to it, making it even more appealing to read. Of course, I loved the ending, the reunion that caused me to tear up a little bit myself. BEATRIZ WILLIAMS knows how to hook you to the story, and it’s clear how much research went into this book. I cannot wait to check out rest of her books. If you love historical fiction with some suspense, romance, then be sure to pick up THE GOLDEN HOUR .




Sep 30, 2019

Lost Roses(Lilac Girls,#2)

☆☆☆
Lost Roses.
Lilac Girls, #2
 martha hall kelly.

Publisher  Ballantine Books.
Publication Date: April 9,2019
Genre: Historical Fiction.
 Format|Pages: Hardcover|448.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.















CONTAINS SPOILERS



It is 1914 and the world has been on the brink of war so many times, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanov's. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and became close confidantes. Now Eliza embarks on the trip of a lifetime, home with Sofya to see the splendors of Russia. But when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia's Imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortuneteller's daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household. On the other side of the Atlantic, Eliza is doing her part to help the White Russian families find safety as they escape the revolution. But when Sofya's letters suddenly stop coming she fears the worst for her best friend.



From the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg to the avenues of Paris and the society of fallen Russian emigre's who live there, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways, taking readers on a breathtaking ride through a momentous time in history. 




 





A beautiful story about love, family, friendship, hope and courage.



I read LILAC GIRLS few months earlier and fell in love with the story. I loved Caroline and was excited to read about her mother, Eliza. I was not disappointed, and even though I loved LILAC GIRLS , I fell in love with LOST ROSES . First, don’t you love that title? Since it is prequel to LILAC GIRLS, it can be read as stand-alone. From a moment that I started to read it I knew that I was going to love this book, however I did not realize how much I would enjoy it. A book that I found myself thinking about when I wasn’t reading it. The emotions in LOST ROSES were all over the place, and there were quite few parts that were hard to ready. All of the emotions that were described in the book were vivid that I felt that I could feel them all, along with all of the characters. I felt as I was experiencing everything that Eliza, Sofya and Varinka were. It was real.
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Eliza and Sofya were my favorite and I don’t think that I would be able to pick between the two of them. Both of them are the type of characters that I would love to be friend with. The two of them were through so much, and yet not once did they give up. What Sofya went through, I cannot even begin to imagine going through what she had face, especially with someone that she trusted. All through the book, I hoped that she would be able to locate her son and get him back. I cannot imagine being away from your child as long as Sofya was. I did wonder if Max would recognize her and hoped that he would. Varnika, I had mixed feelings about her, there was part of me that liked her and felt sorry for her, considering what she had deal with. Yet, another part of me wasn’t happy how she took Max and then refused to give him back. He was not hers to keep. I was kind of hoping that she would come to her senses and return Max where he belonged. I feel that she would not, if she wasn’t caught. I do wonder what happened to her afterwards.



I love the friendship between Eliza and Sofya, what the two of them had is a friendship that would last for years to come. The way Eliza tried to see what happened to Sofya after her letters stopped coming, and helping her get Max back. Their friendship reminded me a lot of my best friend. Of course I loved that the parts of it took place in Russia since I am from there. I loved reading a book that took place in my country. I could tell how much research was put into this book. Now that I read LOST ROSES , I am eager for her next book to come out. MARTHA HALL KELLY is an remarkable author and has already became one of my favorites. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. LOST ROSES will keep you on edge of your seat from beginning to end. A story that will stay with you.







Sep 21, 2019

Puddin'(Dumplin',#2)

☆☆☆
puddin'.
Dumplin', #2
 julie murphy.

Publisher  Balzer+Bray.
Publication Date: May8,2018.
Genre:YA Contemporary.
 Format|Pages: EBook|448.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.
















CONTAINS SPOILERS


It is a companion novel to Dumplin', which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean's star turn in the Clover City pageant.



Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined. 




 






JULIE MURPHY had me falling in love again. I have been reading her books since 2014, and every time I read her book, I cannot stop. I have read DUMPLIN’ back at the beginning of 2019 and I loved every minute of it. I was excited when I found out that there was a sequel, so I finally got a copy from the library and the moment that I started reading it, I was hooked. PUDDIN’ is one of those stories that you cannot help but fall in love with, especially the characters. I was not as hooked as I was in DUMPIN’ at least not at first, but the book picked up fast, and once it did, it was impossible to put it back down. Every page, every chapter had me wondering what was going to happen next. I liked Millie back when she appeared in DUMPLIN’ and was excited to read a book about her. Now that I have read the book, besides Willow dean, she has become my favorite character, and there is a part of me that wonders what happened after.



Callie and Millie’s friendship was unexpected, considering how she acted towards Millie at first. As time passed, I could tell how much she started to care for Millie, even if she would not admit it at first. I believe that Millie helped her to get through the tough time, considering how her friends ditched her. I do wish that Millie told her sooner than she had, that she was the one who were Callie caught, but I understood why she did not. At the same time, if she told her right away, the two of them might not become friends. Callie became the type of friend that Millie needed, and Callie. Her dance team friends, they not friends. What kind of friends let her take the fall and then refuse even to acknowledge her? I am glad that Callie had Millie. I had a feeling that Callie would find out the truth, and hoped that they would get their friendship back on track, they needed each other.



I enjoyed reading the book from both Millie and Callie’s point of view, and I felt as I got to know both girls better. I saw how much Callie changed through the book. Both of them came a long way since the beginning of the book. I do hope that the two of them could stay friends for years to come. After reading PUDDIN’ it is clear to say that JULIE MURPHY became one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I would highly recommend this book.

The Paris Seamstress.

☆☆☆
the paris seamstress.
natasha lester.

Publisher  Forever.
Publication Date:September 18,2018.
Genre: Historical Fiction | Romance.
Format|Pages: EBook|455.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.


















1940: As the Germans advance upon Paris, young seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee everything she's ever known. She's bound for New York City with her signature gold dress, a few francs, and a dream: to make her mark on the world of fashion.



Present day: Fabienne Bissette journeys to the Met's annual gala for an exhibit featuring the work of her ailing grandmother - a legend of women's fashion design. But as Fabienne begins to learn more about her beloved grandmother's past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and family secrets that will dramatically change her own life.



"The Paris Seamstress is a gorgeously rich and romantic novel about young women finding their way in the world." -Kate Forsyth, author of Bitter Greens. 


 






Outstanding. Heartbreaking. Unforgettable.



Once again, so many emotions went through me while reading it. I came across THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS while browsing through the library’s digital collection, and I am glad that I did. There were days that I wished I had more time to read it, and every day I look forward to picking up again, finding out what happens next. Reading THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS , it is clear how much research put into this book. A book that made me fall in love with historical fiction more than I have been already. I loved that the story went back and forth between the 1940’s and present time, and fact that it was written from Estelle and Fabienne point of view which fit the story perfectly. I loved both of the girls in the story, but Estelle’s story fascinated me more, and I found myself that I could not put the book down. The way that it was written, and all the emotions in the story, I could feel them all and I felt as I was there along with Estelle and then Fabienne. A part of me did not want the story to end because I became so attached to the characters and the story. I have a feeling that it will be one of the books that I will go back to and re-read, in the future.




One of the things that I loved about the book was the mystery that was added to the book. Historical Fiction with mystery, now that sounds like a type of book that I would love. When Fabienne set out to find out the truth, I wondered if she would and what she would find out. I had a feeling that there was something that Estelle was not telling her granddaughter, but it wasn’t what I had expected. I was in shock. There were quite few unexpected twists through the book. I loved the twists and turns which made the book so much more interesting to read. When I came across THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS , I didn’t know what to expect since this is the first book that I have read by NATASHA LESTER , but I have seen quite few good reviews, and now that I read it, I know why. I did think the ending was a bit slow, but not for a long time. If you love historical fiction with mystery and romance in the mix, THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS is the one you should check out. Be prepared for emotional ride, but it’s worth every single page.




Sep 8, 2019

The Life She Was Given.

☆☆☆
the life she was given.
ellen marie wiseman.

Publisher  Kensinghton.
Publication Date:July 25,2017.
Genre: Historical Fiction | Mystery.
Format|Pages: EBook|304.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.















 CONTAINS SPOILERS




On a summer evening in 1931, Lilly Blackwood glimpses circus lights from the grimy window of her attic bedroom. Lilly isn't allowed to explore the meadows around Blackwood Manor. She's never even ventured beyond her narrow room. Momma insists it's for Lilly's own protection, that people would be afraid if they saw her. But on this unforgettable night, Lilly is taken outside for the first time--and sold to the circus sideshow.



More than two decades later, nineteen-year-old Julia Blackwood has inherited her parents' estate and horse farm. For Julia, home was an unhappy place full of strict rules and forbidden rooms, and she hopes that returning might erase those painful memories. Instead, she becomes immersed in a mystery involving a hidden attic room and photos of circus scenes featuring a striking young girl.



At first, The Barlow Brothers' Circus is just another prison for Lilly. But in this rag-tag, sometimes brutal world, Lilly discovers strength, friendship, and a rare affinity for animals. Soon, thanks to elephants Pepper and JoJo and their handler, Cole, Lilly is no longer a sideshow spectacle but the circus's biggest attraction. . .until tragedy and cruelty collide. It will fall to Julia to learn the truth about Lilly's fate and her family's shocking betrayal, and find a way to make Blackwood Manor into a place of healing at last.



 
 

Heart-wrenching. Extraordinary.



My feelings. There were so many emotions; I think that it’s one of saddest books that I read this year. When I came across THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN at library, I had a feeling that it was going be a story that I was going to enjoy. I had a feeling that it was going be a sad one when I read the summary of the book, but I was not prepared how emotional it would be. Even after finishing reading, I cannot get the story out of my mind. THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN is a book that you won’t forget; it will stay with you long after you reach the last page. I had always loved books about circus; one of my best friends does that, Circus. For as long as I remember, it always fascinated me and THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN wasn’t any different, even if there were times where it was hard to read the book because of what was happening. I enjoyed reading both from Lilly and Julia’s point of view, though Lilly’s story pulled me more into the story. I was curious what Julia would find out, though it wasn’t what I was expecting at all, took me by surprise.



THE LIFE WAS GIVEN Is a story that will pull you in, but at the same time there will be times where it get hard for you to read. You will cry, I did. That ending, I wasn’t expecting and with everything that happened, even I did not expect that ending. I loved Lilly, and out of all the characters in the book, she was my favorite. Considering everything that she went through, she kept on going and that takes a lot of courage. There were times when I wanted to give her a hug and just hold her. All the feelings that Lilly was feeling, I found myself having the same feeling while I read the book. I prayed for her to get out of the situation and find some happiness. It seemed like there was always something going on, and the way she was treated at the circus. I am glad that she at least had Cole. I was hoping and rooting for her happy ending. I still cannot get over how the story ended. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this book, I couldn’t put it down despite the fact how sad it was.



THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN was the first book that I read by ELLEN MARIE WISEMAN and now that I have, I am eager to check the other books that she had written. If you love historical fiction with some mystery in the mix, be sure to check out THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN. Be prepared for emotional roller coaster ride.







Aug 31, 2019

All The Feels.

☆☆☆
all the feels.
danika stone.

Publisher  Swoon Reads.
Publication Date:June 7,2016.
Genre: YA | Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Paperback|336.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.



















CONTAINS SPOILERS



College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.



Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants. 



 





I loved everything about this book, and I felt as I could relate to most of it. Like Liv, I remember there were few characters through the years that died, that I did not expect to and like Liv, it devastated me. It might been extreme like Liv felt after Spartan is killed on, but I do remember all the emotions that went through me. I loved the way that emotions were portrayed in ALL THE FEELS, they were so real and I felt as I was there besides Liv, feeling all those emotions that she was going through at that moment. I wondered about the title from the start, and once I started reading the book, it all made sense and it fits the story perfectly. I was pulled into this story instantly, and if it wasn’t for my classes starting and work, I would finish it sooner than I had. Every time that I had put it down, I couldn’t wait until I could pick up again and see what happens. I couldn’t get enough of this book, and once I reached the end of it, I wanted to read it again. I have a feeling that ALL THE FEELS will be a book that I will be re-reading in the future.



I loved Liv; she reminded me a lot of me. When I was younger, I used to write fanfiction until I got into fiction writing. After reading ALL THE FEELS I want to try and go back to it, work on my old fanfiction stories. Like Liv, I also have anxiety, especially when it comes to talking to strangers and being in crowds. When I went to AwesomeCon last year with my friend, I was a bit overwhelmed but at the same time I remember how exciting it was. I felt as if I could relate to Liv in few different ways, and that made the book a lot more realistic for me. I am still curious what happened to Liv after the end of the book. I loved what she did, in order to try and bring Spartan back, now that is a dedicated fan and it paid off in the end of it. Xander, what is there to say about him? I loved him from start, besides Liv, he was my favorite. I had a feeling that Xander cared about Liv more than a friend, just the way he was around her and how he tried to cheer her up, always there for her. I was waiting for Liv to figure that out. I wanted for two of them get together. All through the book, I was rooting for them to.



I still cannot seem to get a hold of my emotions after reading this book. ALL THE FEELS is the second book that I read by DANIKA STONE and won’t be the last one. I am already excited to check her newest book out. How can I not be? She has me hooked already. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t love about this book. Once again I am in love. It makes me feel inspired to write, to finish my book. It was…magical, delightful debut novel. I already know that DANIKA STONE will be an author for years to come. If you love YA, this is a book that you should check out.


 

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