Jun 30, 2019

The Tattooist Of Auschwitz( The Tattooist Of Auschwitz,#1)

☆☆☆
the tattooist of auschwitz.
The Tattooist Of Auschwitz #1
 heather morris.

Publisher Harper.
Publication Date: September 4,2018.
Genre: Historical Fiction|Romance.
 Format|Pages: Hardcover|262.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.
















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In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a T├Ątowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.



Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.



One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her. 



 






My heart. This book…There is almost no words to describe how I am feeling right now. A heart wrecking story, but the one that you will never forget.



I have been hearing about the THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ for quite some time, and recently seen that a lot of people were reading it. Being a big fan of historical fiction, I was curious so I finally got it at the library. From the moment that I started reading the book, I could tell why so many fell in love with this book, it’s… honestly I am not sure how to explain, even though some time had passed since I have read it, my emotions are still all over the place when I think about it. THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ will break your heart multiple times and you will cry, and at the same time you will fall in love, you will find it harder to put the book down, the each page that you turn. Your heart will break for Lale, Gita and all the victims at Auschwitz-Birkenau and that horrible time. I cannot even begin to imagine to go through what they had to, how can you lead a normal life after something that horrific? Every page, every chapter I hoped, I prayed for Lale and Gita make out of there, and be together. I just hoped that they would make it out of there alive.



The descriptions in this book were so vivid, but considering that it based on true story, I am not surprised. I don’t know how it feels during that time, but reading the book and the way that everything was described, how the emotions of characters were portrayed, I felt as I was there. I knew that this book was about holocaust and I knew that it was going to be hard to read, and once more I did not realize how hard. I cried few times while reading the book. It was real, and it is real, because it had happened. I know that it was one of the reasons that it felt real. I cannot imagine being a prisoner and working as a tattooist, placing tattoos on other prisoners. I could feel the connection between Gita and Lale from the start, even if Gita was scared, but the way she acted with him, looked at him, I had a feeling that there was something there. I loved the relationship between the two of them and I hoped that they would be able to escape together. Every time that I read the book, I prayed for them to make it out.



THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ was an incredible story. It’s hard for me to believe that this was HEATHER MORRIS debut novel, it was beautifully written and author hooks to the story from the very first page. I am eager to see what other stories, adventures the author come up with next, and I cannot wait to read it. I thought it was incredible that she actually met Lale Sokolov, and that she was able to tell his story. Despite being hard to read, it’s the one that should be told. THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ deserve a lot more than five stars, it deserves all the stars. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It will take your breath away.


Jun 20, 2019

The Sister Pact.

☆☆☆
the sister pact.
stacie ramey.

Publisher  Sourcebook Fire.
Publication Date:November 3,2015.
Genre: YA Contemporary.
Format|Pages: EBook|320.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.















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A suicide pact was supposed to keep them together, but a broken promise tore them apart



Allie is devastated when her older sister commits suicide - and not just because she misses her. Allie feels betrayed. The two made a pact that they'd always be together, in life, and in death, but Leah broke her promise and Allie needs to know why.



Her parents hover. Her friends try to support her. And Nick, sweet Nick, keeps calling and flirting. Their sympathy only intensifies her grief.



But the more she clings to Leah, the more secrets surface. Allie's not sure which is more distressing: discovering the truth behind her sister's death or facing her new reality without her. 



 






Powerful. Emotional. Haunting. Beautifully written book about grief.



I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up the book, I haven’t read any books by STACIE RAMEY before. I was blown away, it was an emotional book to read, and at the same time you didn’t want to put it down. It did take me few pages to get into story, and once I did, I was hooked. There were times where it got hard for me to read THE SISTER PACT , and I had put it down. I wanted to wrap Allie in a hug and just hold her in my arms; I cannot imagine losing a sibling the way she lost Leah. My heart broke for Allie multiple times, and I found myself wishing that Allie was dreaming. Reading THE SISTER PACT , the emotions in the book, I felt them. I could feel Allie’s grief, heartbreak, confusion, anger. Even as I reached the ending of the book, I felt all of those emotions. THE SISTER PACT is a book where you should be prepared for your emotions being all over place, even as you finish the book. Despite being a hard subject to read about, a story that you won’t be able to forget. I knew it be hard book to read, but did not realize it how hard. It is one of the reasons that THE SISTER PACT felt so real.



Depression, Suicide, Drug use is something that a lot of people can relate to, and that is something that happens in real life. Depression is something I dealt with since I was teen, it might not got as bad as Leah’s, but I know how it feels like. I could relate how Leah felt like. I also had couple friends through years who attempted suicide, and that was as hard to me, so I could imagine how Allie was feeling. I felt that maybe it why I could relate to those characters more than any others that I read about. I am sure that I am not the only one. I was rooting for Allie, I was hoping for her to get better, but then how could you get over something so painful? But I was hoping that she would find a way. I hoped she would find a way to paint again. I was glad that her mom was there for her, even when she didn’t want her to. I had to force myself to put the book down and if it wasn’t for my hectic schedule this summer, I wouldn’t have. THE SISTER PACT was a breathtaking story. Not only the story, but did you see the cover? That was actually what caught my attention and I am glad that it did. I would highly recommend this book, but be prepared for emotional ride.



Jun 16, 2019

Hearts Of Resistance.

☆☆☆
hearts of resistance.
soraya m.lANE.

Publisher  Lake Union Publishing.
Publication Date:January 10,2018.
Genre: Historical Fiction.
Format|Pages: EBook|324.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.
















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At the height of World War II, three women must come together to fight for freedom, for the men they love—and for each other.



When Hazel is given the chance to parachute into Nazi-occupied France, she seizes the opportunity to do more for the British war effort than file paperwork. Alongside her childhood friend, French-born Rose, she quickly rises up the ranks of the freedom fighters. For Rose, the Resistance is a link to her late husband, and a way to move forward without him. What starts out as helping downed airmen becomes a bigger cause when they meet Sophia, a German escapee and fierce critic of Hitler who is wanted by the Gestapo. Together the three women form a bond that will last a lifetime.



But amid the turmoil and tragedy of warfare, all three risk losing everything—and everyone—they hold dear. Will their united front be strong enough to see them through? 




 





A powerful, inspirational, heart aching story, which you will fall in love with.



I had always been captivated by World War I & II books, those are the type of stories that I cannot seem to pull myself away from. The past few books that I read, that were based around World War, I had ended up falling in love with the story. HEARTS OF RESISTANCE was one of those books which I couldn’t get enough of. HEARTS OF RESISTANCE is an emotional book and you will go through different emotions while you read the book, and there will be parts that will be hard to read. However, you will feel yourself captivated into the story only after few pages. I knew that I would love story when I read the first sentence, because of how it was written. It started out with action and as a reader; you cannot help but wonder what will happen next and how they got to that point. HEARTS OF RESISTANCE is one of those books that you eager to see what happens, how it will all end for Hazel, Sophia and Rose, and at same time don’t want to reach the end of the book, not wanting to come to an end. That’s how I felt about this book, and already know that this story that I will recommend to my friends, and will re –read multiple times in the future. HEARTS OF RESISTANCE is impossible book to not fall in love with.



The friendship in this book, I loved it. Sophia had her doubts about Hazel in beginning, but in the end they were there for one another, looking out for each other. The three of them made a wonderful team and I believe because of that, is why they made it as far as they did. Hazel, Sophia and Rose were strong, to have done what they did despite knowing how dangerous it was. I loved the fact that it didn’t stop them; even knowing what could happen to them if they were discovered. There wasn’t a moment where I didn’t worry for the three of them; I knew that they could get discovered at any moment. HEARTS OF RESISTANCE felt realistic to me and every page seemed to pull me into the story more. The point of view from Rose, Hazel and Sophia worked out great, because that way I got to know all three of the girls, and know what they were thinking, feeling. If I were asked which one was my favorite, I don’t think I would be able to pick because they were all unique in their own way. Reading the book, I felt as I was there besides them, watching them progress through the book. I felt proud of them, of what they had accomplished.



I cannot get the story out of my head. A heartbreaking story, and at the same time the one that you won’t forget. HEARTS OF RESISTANCE is a second book that I have read by SORAYA M.LANE and I am sure that she will be an author that I will love for years to come. I am eager to check the rest of her books already. My emotions are still all over the place after reading this book. I would highly recommend this book, I feel like everyone should read this book, you won’t regret it. Do you love historical fiction? Do you enjoy books about World War? HEARTS OF RESISTANCE is the book that you should pick up now. Be ready for emotional and yet thrilling roller coaster ride.


Whiskey In A Teacup.

☆☆☆
whiskey in a teacup.
reese witherspoon.

Publisher  Touchstone.
Publication Date:September 18,2018.
Genre: Nonfiction.
Format|Pages: EBook|299.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.

















Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.” We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.



Reese’s southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids—not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.



It’s easy to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a southern side to every place in the world, right?



 



I have been excited ever since I found out REESE WITHERSPOON wrote a book, but did not have a chance to check out until recently. WHISKEY IN A TEACUP was a pleasure to read, and even if I am not from south, I love anything southern, especially country music. It could be just be me, I feel as if I learned more about the south then before I read this memoir. WHISKEY IN A TEACUP is more than a memoir, but it had everything, including recipes and advice, and that was one of my favorites in the book. WHISKEY IN A TEACUP made the reader feel as he was involved as well, at least that how Reese had me feeling when I was reading the book. Every page, it had me craving for me and I found myself wondering what other advice she might have, what other recipes might be in the book. Those recipes, they actually made me hungry and I am thinking about trying some of those recipes myself, how could I not? Besides, I am always up for trying something new, and there were few dishes in there that I haven’t tried and can’t wait to.



REESE WITHERSPOON has been one of my favorite actresses for years; I have seen most of her movies. Sweet Home Alabama was my favorite. When I found out about WHISKEY IN TEACUP , I couldn’t wait to check out. Now that I have read it, I am glad that I had. I love the fact that she loves reading like me, and that she shared some of books that I plan on checking out. I always wanted to visit Nashville, and now that I read the book, I want to visit it more, because it seems a type of place that I am going to love. I loved the photographs that were in the book, it made the book to come to life more. WHISKEY IN TEACUP is different from the other memoirs that I read through the years, and in a good way. If you love a memoir, which includes some recipes and tips, this is the book that you should pick up today. After reading WHISKEY IN TEACUP , I find myself wanting to watch a REESE WITHESPOON


Jun 12, 2019

Even If I Fall.

☆☆☆
even if i fall.
abigail johnson.

Publisher  Inkyard Press.
Publication Date:January 8,2019
Genre: YA |Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|346.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.












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A year ago, Brooke Covington lost everything when her beloved older brother, Jason, confessed to the murder of his best friend, Calvin. Brooke and her family became social pariahs, broken and unable to console one another. Brooke’s only solace remains the ice-skating rink, where she works but no longer lets herself dream about a future skating professionally.



When Brooke encounters Calvin’s younger brother, Heath, on the side of the road and offers him a ride, everything changes. She needs someone to talk to…and so does Heath. No one else understands what it’s like. Her brother, alive but gone; his brother, dead but everywhere. Soon, they’re meeting in secret, despite knowing that both families would be horrified if they found out. In the place of his anger and her guilt, something frighteningly tender begins to develop, drawing them ever closer together.



But when a new secret comes out about the murder, Brooke has to choose whose pain she’s willing to live with—her family’s or Heath’s. Because she can’t heal one without hurting the other. 


 






My heart. My emotions. Heart aching, astounding story.



There some books out there, that no matter how much they break your heart, you cannot put them down. EVEN IF I FALL was one of those books. I knew that it was going be an intense book from summary, but it did not prepare me how intense it was going to be. EVEN IF I FALL is a book that will capture your attention from the start, and will have you wondering until the end. From the start, I couldn’t help but wonder: Did Jason do it? Did he kill his best friend, or was there something that we didn’t know? How can you not wonder about it? A person do not just goes out and murders his best friend, there had to be a reason behind it. Like Brooke I was curious, and I understand why she kept on pushing him to tell her, she was hoping that maybe he wasn’t guilty. Thought I noticed that she didn’t start asking him more questions about it, not until after she met Calvin’s younger brother, Heath. That did make me wonder if she was asking for herself, or for Heath. That was one of things that I loved about EVEN IF I FALL , there was some suspense added to it, and just like Brooke, I wanted to figure out what it was. The suspense is one of things that got hard to put the book down, because you wanted to know what happened, what the truth was.



Even if they did not want to admit, I saw a connection between Heath and Brooke, and it horrible that Calvin’s murder was the reason. I knew that was the reason that Heath would pick fights with Brooke, he was trying to deny the feelings that he was having. He was grieving. I cannot begin to imagine losing someone you love, to murder. How do you get over something like that? If it were me, I am not sure if I would be able to. I did hope that two of them would be able to move past it and be together. I wondered how long it take the two of them to see how much they cared about each other. I know that Heath wouldn’t agree to help her if he didn’t care about her. I loved reading the scenes between the two of them, seeing how their friendship progressed through the book. To me, it seemed that the time that they could be themselves was when they were with each other. I hated how others treated Brooke because of what her brother done. I don’t believe if fair to treat her like a murderer when it was her brother who killed someone. That’s what I loved about Heath, he did not treat her that way, though it was his brother that was killed. There was a part of me that wanted to hug Brooke. It wasn’t fair how she was treated due to somebody’s else actions.



EVEN IF I FALL was an emotional, heart breaking book and at the same time, it felt realistic. You could feel yourself relating to the characters, and by middle of book, it felt as if they became yours friends and in way they had. EVEN IF I FALL was the second book that I read by ABIGAIL JOHNSON and I am already in love with the author, her writing. I cannot wait to explore the rest of her books. Her writing will take your breath away and will have you craving for more. I can see that ABIGAIL JOHNSON is going be an author that I will love for years to come. EVEN IF I FALL is a book that you should check out if you like YA Contemporary with thriller in the mix.


Jun 8, 2019

On The Come Up.

☆☆☆
on the come up.
angie thomas.

Publisher  Balzer+Bray.
Publication Date:February 5,2019.
Genre: YA Contemporary.
Format|Pages: EBook|447.
 Source:  Goodreads|Owned.

















CONTAINS SPOILERS



Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.



On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families 




 





Another inspiring, magnificent story.



I fell in love with ANGIE THOMAS’S Writing when I picked her debut novel, THE HATE U GIVE which I read last year, twice. I been excited about ON THE COME UP from the moment that she announced it on twitter. How could I not? Considering how much her debut novel affected me. When I started reading ON THE COME UP I was instantly hooked, to both the story and the characters. I had feeling that it would be a story that I would fall in love with. I did. I even recommended to a few of my friends as well. ON THE COME UP was different on THE HATE U GIVE and in the good way. I loved how Bri kept on fighting, despite what others said about her, to her. Not once did she give up on her dreams, and to me that’s dedication, courage. You cannot help but love Bri, and I know that she is type of person that I would love to be friends with. I don’t rap and only listen to rap music sometimes, and I thought that Bri’s rap that she came up with was catchy, and I actually found myself singing along with it few times, while I was reading the book. I hated how others started treating her afterwards, I understand that they thought the message that she was sending to others, but that gives them no right to assume what that song was about. I don’t know how she did it, how she handled it for as long as she did. If it was me in that situation, I wouldn’t be able to. That was one of the things that I loved about Bri, and how she kept going after her dream, no matter what was said about her song.



What I loved the most about this book was how realistic it was. Poverty. Addiction. Gang is something that actually happens, and I am sure that it is what a lot of people can relate to. Bri, she dealt with so much in this book. Besides Bri, her mother was my second favorite character in ON THE COME UP but then how could she not be? She’s recovering addict and just by reading this story, I saw how much she changed, and how hard she worked to provide for her family. She even gave up her education. I felt proud for her, and at same time I felt sorry, how hard she had work to provide for her family, and yet sometimes that wasn’t enough. I knew that Bri and her mom had their moments, especially when it comes to Bri;s rap, but I feel that was because she was afraid that she might lose her, the way that she lost her husband. She was trying to protect her. Despite their arguments, I knew that in the end they would be there for each other. Like Bri’s mother was when she found out what the guards at the school done to her, how they treated her. I knew that they would deny it, but I knew what they did was wrong, and that they shouldn’t been allowed back in school afterwards. I smiled, I cried, I got angry and I got scared while I read ON THE COME UP . It was as if I was feeling the emotions that characters were feeling in the story. It was…spectacular.



Just like THE HATE U GIVE , ON THE COME UP will be a book that you will be thinking about long after turning the last page, the story that you will be talking with your friends about. I did. I thought about the story, and the impact that this book had on me, days after I finished it. I fell in love. I am already eager to see what ANGIE THOMAS will come up with next. Highly recommended. A must read.





 

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