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.


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.


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.


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

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 .


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