Dec 10, 2017


Posted by Jenia. at 12/10/2017 05:57:00 PM 0 comments
caela carter.

Publisher Viking Books.
Publication Date: June 7,2016.
Genre:  YA Contemporary|Sports.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|432..
      Source:  Goodreads|Library.


Five gymnasts. One goal.

Grace lives and breathes gymnastics—but no matter how hard she pushes herself, she can never be perfect enough.

Leigh, Grace’s best friend, has it all: a gymnastics career, a normal high-school life…and a secret that could ruin everything.

Camille wants to please her mom, wants to please her boyfriend, and most of all, wants to walk away.

Wilhelmina was denied her Olympic dream four years ago, and she won’t let anything stop her again. No matter what.

Monica is terrified. Nobody believes in her—and why should they?

By the end of the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, some of these girls will be stars. Some will be going home with nothing. And all will have their lives changed forever. 

I love gymnastics, well I love anything do with gymnastics, considering I am not good at it, I tried it when was younger. I watched gymnastics Olympics and even saw trials ones. Gabby Douglas she’s my favorite gymnast. I had read few non-fiction books about gymnastics in past. TUMBLING was the first fiction book I read about gymnastics, especially about gymnastic trials. I have read CAELA CARTER book last year and when I found out that it was about gymnastics, I knew that I had to read it. Not long into the book, I had a feeling that I was going to fall in love with it. I did. TUMBLING had a lot of going one with these 5 Gymnast, there were a lot of tension, anxiety and sometimes, hate. Considering that it was Olympics trials how could there could be no drama? I know some about gymnastics from reading the books, and watching Olympics and I could picture each girl in my mind as they did they routine. It was an amazing feeling, because I had that feeling that I was there along with Grace, Leigh, Camille, Wilhelmia and Monica.

I loved reading from each girl’s point of view. That made it all seem more real. Each girl, I could feel their thought and found myself feeling their anxiety, excitement, fear when they went through gymnastics Olympics trials. Then felt their disappointment when they didn’t do as well as they wanted to. When I saw their standings scores after each rotation, I found myself rooting for them. However, it was hard for me to pick up who I should be rooting for, mostly because I liked them all. Grace, Leigh, Camille, Wilhelmia and Monica were all unique in their own way. In beginning, I wanted Grace to make it, seeing how she was one of people who wanted this, and how she had deal with her father’s constant critique. Afterwards I was between Leigh and Monica. I did not like how Leigh and Grace made fun of Monica, or how Grace treated Monica, I think it was because she was jealous about attention that her father giving her. The attention he wasn’t giving her. There seemed a lot hate going on there, but guess that’s not that surprising.

I tried to like Grace’s father, I couldn’t. Even towards the ending. I didn’t like how he treated her, or the way he seemed to have over her life. How gymnastics is all she could think about. No distractions. I felt like he didn’t want for her to have a normal life, even outside gymnastics. There was also Bobby, I had a feeling that it couldn’t be anything good with him showing up at her trials, I knew that he was up to something. I guess I can’t blame him completely how he tried for her to quit gymnastics, but mostly I didn’t like how he tried to do it. TUMBLING was everything I enjoy watching, reading about gymnastics. I didn’t know much about process of gymnastic Olympic trials but once I read TUMBLING I felt like I knew about it, and gymnastics in general then I knew prior to reading it. I loved about each girl’s journey, I laughed, I cried, I hoped along with them. I know that book is fictional but to me it wasn’t. I felt as each of those girls became my friends.

A must read book for sports, gymnastics fans.

Dec 8, 2017


Posted by Jenia. at 12/08/2017 05:20:00 PM 0 comments
jennifer e. smith.

Publisher Delacorte Press.
Publication Date: May 2,2017.
Genre:  YA Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|416.
      Source:  Goodreads|Library.


Let luck find you.

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect 

Another beautifully written, heartwarming story by JENNIFER E. SMITH .

First, isn’t cover beautiful? I know that if I haven’t read the author before, that would be one of first things that would catch my attention. Title as well, WINDFALL , think about it, can you see yourself not be curious about the title, wondering if there is a reason behind the title. WINDFALL deals with winning lottery, friendship with romance in mix. I had always loved titles for JENNIFER E. SMITH books, to me they were always eye catching, with a reason behind it. At least that’s the feeling I got through years that I had read her books. I wasn’t aware that she came out with new book until I was at library and came across it. I was excited to read it. I started reading her books in 2012, and there hasn’t been a book of hers that I didn’t end up falling in love with. WINDFALL wasn’t any different, it didn’t take long before I was hooked, craving the next chapter and the next.

When I read summary, I wonder how things would change between Teddy and Alice after he won 140 million, considering that Alice was the one who bought the winning ticket, as a gift. It could been her. I can’t even begin to imagine to have that much money, or what to do with it. I do know I would want use part of it, to help a charity, to help someone in need. Not long after he won the money, I saw a change in Teddy, in his behavior. I think that the money got into his head. Considering how him and his mom lived before the winnings, I can’t say that I blame him. I was hoping that at some point he would possibly put some aside for college, just like his mom wanted. I was proud of him when he didn’t give to his dad when he asked to lend him some money. I thought something was fishy him coming into town after Teddy won, and like Alice I was suspicious about his intentions. My heart broke for Teddy when the truth came out.

I liked the fact that most of the book wasn’t based on relationship. It took time for Teddy and Alice grow closer, and eventually form a relationship. That felt realistic to me. I knew there was something between two of them and not only from Alice’s side. The way that Teddy kept offering part of money, went to visit college with her. Plus he admitted that he didn’t want her that far away. He wouldn’t admit it in beginning but there was something there, that went beyond friendship. You can imagine how happy I was when he finally confessed those feelings to Alice. I been wanting them get together since the kiss they shared, after Teddy won the lottery. Besides Teddy and Alice, Leo was my favorite character, you can’t help but love him. I loved how he was always there for her when she needed him, always supported her and listened to her. That’s a friendship that will last a lifetime.

I can’t stop thinking about it. I can’t seem to stop wondering about what would happen to them after. Most of her books seemed to have that effect on me, where I am thinking about story afterwards. I have feeling that WINDFALL will end up one of those books that I will end up reading multiple times. I would recommend this book to others, especially if you love YA Contemporary romance.

Dec 4, 2017


Posted by Jenia. at 12/04/2017 04:33:00 PM 0 comments
jillian cantor.

Publisher Riverhead Books.
Publication Date: September 3,2013.
Genre:  Historical  Fiction.
Format|Pages: Paperback|338.
      Source:  Goodreads|Library.


Anne Frank has long been a symbol of bravery and hope, but there were two sisters hidden in the annex, two young Jewish girls, one a cultural icon made famous by her published diary and the other, nearly forgotten.

In the spring of 1959, The Diary of Anne Frank has just come to the silver screen to great acclaim, and a young woman named Margie Franklin is working in Philadelphia as a secretary at a Jewish law firm. On the surface she lives a quiet life, but Margie has a secret: a life she once lived, a past and a religion she has denied, and a family and a country she left behind.

Margie Franklin is really Margot Frank, older sister of Anne, who did not die in Bergen-Belsen as reported, but who instead escaped the Nazis for America. But now, as her sister becomes a global icon, Margie’s carefully constructed American life begins to fall apart. A new relationship threatens to overtake the young love that sustained her during the war, and her past and present begin to collide. Margie is forced to come to terms with Margot, with the people she loved, and with a life swept up into the course of history 

I remember reading The Diary Of Anne Frank in my English class when I was in high school, and even though a tough subject, I loved the book. I remember that I even ended up re-reading the novel couple more times. I did, however always wondered about her older sister, Margot, I couldn’t help but not to. When I came across MARGOT and realized that book was about Anne’s sister, Margot if she had survived, I was curious. I couldn’t help but let the curiosity get the best of me. Once I started reading the book, I was drawn into the story within the first few sentence. There were still a small part of me that felt that she did not escape, she was still hiding. Her name, her religion. I could imagine what would happen if she were discovered, if her real name was discovered. I can understand why she went under different name and why she hid, considering what she went through. I can’t even begin to imagine how it must been to go through what she went through. To have those memories come surface back especially after Diary Of Anne Frank came to the big screen. I wondered if the truth was discovered, and what Joshua and Shelby would think.

I could tell from beginning, there was a special connection between Margot and Joshua, that went beyond her being his secretary. Fact, how much he trusted her with this secret case, and it was as if he knew, that she would help him. I knew that Margie would do anything that Joshua would ask her, I had this feeling that she didn’t have it in her to say no to him, even if she wanted to. In the end, she still ended up helping her. I know that Joshua liked Margie, more than a friend, mostly by way he was always smiling at her, and how upset he got when one client wanted meet her for coffee, he was protective over her. There was more to his feelings then he was willing to admit because he didn’t think that she was Jewish. I think that even Shelby noticed, that there might be something between two of them. I was hoping that at least Joshua would find out the truth about her. So he could finally admit his feelings about her. Margie deserved happiness.

I loved the memories that Margie had about her and Anne, and Peter. There is part of me that was curious, if it happened or not. Considering that Margot’s diary was never recovered. MARGOT Was a heartbreaking story, a story that will stay with you long after you finish the last page and have you asking What happened after? at least that is the thought that ran through my head. Despite a hard subject, a beautifully written book. If you loved Diary Of Anne Frank and curious about her older sister, MARGOT Is a book you will fall in love with.

Dec 3, 2017

Gem & Dixie.

Posted by Jenia. at 12/03/2017 05:45:00 PM 0 comments
gem &dixie.
sara zarr.

Publisher Balzer+Bray.
Publication Date: April 4,2017.
Genre:  YA Contemporary.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|288.
      Source:  Goodreads|Library.


Gem has never known what it is to have security. She’s never known an adult she can truly rely on. But the one constant in her life has been Dixie. Gem grew up taking care of her sister when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table, and definitely not their father, whose intermittent presence is the only thing worse than his frequent absence. Even as Gem and Dixie have grown apart, they’ve always had each other.

When their dad returns home for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie—on their own in Seattle and beyond. But this short trip soon becomes something more, as Gem discovers that that to save herself, she may have to sever the one bond she’s tried so hard to keep. 

There is something about her books. SARA ZARR has a way to make readers fall in love with her story more, by each new book she writes. At least, from my experience. Just when I think that her novels can’t get any better, I am proven wrong. There hasn’t been a single book of hers that I read, that I didn’t love. It wasn’t any different for GEM & DIXIE first I love the title and the cover. I feel like a title alone and the cover would attract any reader’s attention. By looking at those girls laying there, you can’t help but wonder about them, wonder what they are thinking about. I feel like the cover itself tells a bit of story about Gem and Dixie.

I love stories about family relationships. GEM & DIXIE was just about that, but mostly it dealt with sisters, family drama. Two of them were so different, at least when it came to their parents. I feel that Dixie was wrapped around her father’s finger, the way she still managed to think best of him. Even after they found all that money. Nobody could have that much money and not be in trouble, especially considering how he was demanding the money once he realized that they had it. I had a feeling that him coming, couldn’t be good, that he came because he needed something. When Gem & Dixie found the money, it all made sense. He needed somewhere to hide the money. Dixie still believed that both her parents changed, Gem didn’t. She knew that they wouldn’t.

I haven’t read SARA ZARR book in few years. Minute that I started to read GEM & DIXIE I remembered why she became one of my favorite authors. Despite, what Gem & Dixie had go through and all the fights, I think getting away for a while from their mom is what they needed. I think is what Gem needed most of all, to realize that she needed to get away, to get help. I was glad that she was finally be able to escape. GEM & DIXIE was a beautiful, hear aching about family, loss, choices and the true meaning of family. I still can’t get the story out of my mind. Another masterpiece by SARA ZARR

Nov 25, 2017

Turtles All The Way Down.

Posted by Jenia. at 11/25/2017 10:00:00 AM 0 comments
turtles all the way down.
john green.

Publisher Dutton Books.
Publication Date: October 10,2017.
Genre:  YA Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|286.
      Source:  Goodreads|Library.


Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 


I’m speechless. That was…magical. A part of me wants to start the book over again and read it again. I have been JOHN GREEN fan since I read LOOKING FOR ALASKA years earlier, when I was in college. I have been wondering when he would write a new book, and when I found he wrote a new book, I put it on hold at library right away. I loved all of his books, but now I have a new favorite TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN was one of his best ones, in my opinion. JOHN GREEN has a way to have you get you addicted to the story, to the point that you will spend hours reading the book. It made me glad that I didn’t have work because that meant that I could spend more time reading it. I was eager to see what would happen with Aza next, (Loving that name). All of her thoughts, her emotions, while I was reading the book, I felt as I was there and thinking, feeling almost everything that she was.

Out of all his novels, I felt as I could relate to Aza the most. I had dealt with Anxiety myself, as a teen and later in life, not as extreme as Aza’s. To me, there were parts of her like I felt that I could relate too. Mental health is a hard subject to write about and I have read few novels about it. TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN was one of the best, and even if I didn’t experience what Aza did, while reading the book, I felt like I was. I dealt with anxiety before but it never been that extreme, and I can’t even begin to imagine feeling like that all the time. I don’t know how she was able to handle it for as long as she had. The descriptions, the emotions that went through Aza’s mind were so descriptive, I had this thought as I was inside her mind. It had me wondering if it would ever get any better, and I hoped that for her sake that it would. Despite her being a difficult person to deal with, I understood it and she was actually my favorite character in the book.

Davis, not a long time passed when you could see a connection between him and Aza. I did wonder if their relationship would work, considering how Aza was. I was surprised that the two of them got to kissing, even if Aza did freak out not long after. That was what I loved about Davis and I believe what made their relationship work, at least for a while, he liked the way they were, he understood her and he didn’t pressure her into anything. Davis just wanted to be with her, to spend time with her. I was sad when it came to end, I was hoping that two of them would find a way to work around that. At same time I wasn’t surprised either. The scenes between Davis and Aza were my favorites, I think he was one of people that actually made her happy and same goes for Davis.

Daisy, she’s one of those people that you can’t help but love. I know that she would get frustrated with Aza at times. In the end, she was always there for Aza. She understood her and helped her calm down when she would get anxious. I feel like not many people would be able to deal with way that Daisy had. What the two of them had, that’s a real friendship, the one person that you know you remain friends with for years to come. I loved everything about this book, the plot, the characters, and of course the title, TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN how can you not love that awesome title? It was different from what JOHN GREEN usually writes, but in a good way. It took my breath away. I fell in love. I am already looking forward to his next book.

If you haven’t read any of his books, be sure to pick up TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN , It’s worth every page. After reading it, had actually inspired me to work on my own book I am writing. A book that you will find yourself thinking about and will stay with you.

Nov 22, 2017

The Retribution Of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3)

Posted by Jenia. at 11/22/2017 07:46:00 AM 0 comments
the retribution of mara dyer.
Mara Dyer,#3
Michelle hodkin.

Publisher  Simon & Schuster.
Publication Date: November 4,2014
Genre: YA Fantasy|Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|470.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.


Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.

There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.

She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.

She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived. 


A heart aching masterpiece.

I can’t remember last time that a series played this way with my emotions, not way that Mara Dyer had. I finished it not long ago and I am still thinking about it, especially that ending. When I first started reading the series, I had a feeling that I was going to love it. I, however did not realize how in love I would fall in love with this series, especially with Noah and Mara. From beginning, I wondered how their story would end up, if the two of them would be able to find their happily after. It felt like anytime they got anywhere to being happy, something seemed get in their way. It was as if universe didn’t want them to be happy together. Like, Mara I was hoping that Noah was somewhere out there, alive. Not once did she give up, she kept on going until she found him, despite the obstacles that got on her way. Nothing seemed to stop her, even if she was only one who seemed to believe that he was alive. I was hesitant at times, wondering if Noah was actually alive, and was happy to find out that he was.

There were so much more going on in this book, then the rest of series or at least that is how it felt like to me. I loved Jamie, besides Mara, Daniel and Noah he was my favorite character. I loved that he always stood by her side through it all, even when Stella left at the end, because of her ability. He stayed. That’s a real friendship right there. I wonder what happened to him after. THE RETRIBUTION OF MARA DYER had me go though a lot emotions while I read it. I even cried multiple times. At times, it was hard book to read but I couldn’t seem to put it down. Last night I ended up reading it most of the night, I could not set it down even if I wanted. I wanted to see how it would end for Noah and Mara. I know there were few people who were hesitant about Noah’s love for Mara, but I knew that he loved her. The two of them belonged with each other. It made the ending of the book so beautiful.

Mara Dyer will be one of those series that will always stay with me. A series that I most likely re-read multiple times in future. I am so glad that I finally got around to reading it. One of the best books I read so far this year. Books that are worth every page.

Nov 17, 2017


Posted by Jenia. at 11/17/2017 06:45:00 PM 0 comments

lauren kate.

Publisher  Delacorte Press.
Publication Date: June 14,2011.
Genre: YA Fantasy|Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|420.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.


Every single lifetime, I'll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever.’

Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way . . . Luce is certain that something – or someone – in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . forever. 



I almost have no words, to describe how I am feeling about this book, this series. I didn’t think that it was possible to fall in love with these books even more. I was wrong, I have fallen in love more than I was. I feel like every book and I fall a bit more in love with this magical story. PASSION wasn’t any different. I loved it from beginning to the end and afterwards found myself thinking about the story for hours after. Not only that, but I wished that I had the next book in series, to find out what would happen next. It’s one of those series that I wished I read when I first started hearing about it. Now I know why so many were talking about. It’s magical, thrilling love story. I don’t think that I have read a love story quite like this one. Not that I know off. I wondered if maybe Luce could find a way to stop their curse, to keep herself from dying every time. At same time, I wonder if there danger for her traveling that way and possibility of changing past and if that would mess things up for her and Daniel.

Of course I loved fact that one of her travels took place in Russia, considering that I am from there. It was easier for me to picture the location. From moment that I read FALLEN I loved the realthionship between Daniel and Luce, despite how tragically it seemed to end for both of them each other. It was love. I did not realize how much both of them had gone through, not until Luce’s travel. How much of Luce’s death , Daniel had seen, how many times he had to mourn her death. I don’t know how he managed to handle it all this time. I feel like I wouldn’t been able to if I were in his situation, I wouldn’t be able to handle that much pain. What Luce and Daniel have is meaning of true love. I am hoping that the two of them would be able to find how to get past, because honestly I am not sure how much of it Daniel can handle until he had enough. There is so much one person can handle, even an angel. I am rooting for both of them. I hope that they can find their happiness soon.

LAUREN KATE had taken my breath away, by another astonishing addition to the Fallen Series and I cannot wait how it all ends, what other challenges and adventures everyone will face. Especially Luce and Daniel. I will highly recommend this series to any fantasy and romance lovers. You won’t put it down. A must read.

Nov 6, 2017

Fallen ( Fallen,#1)

Posted by Jenia. at 11/06/2017 06:10:00 PM 0 comments
lauren kate.

Publisher  Delacorte Press.
Publication Date: December 8,2009.
Genre: YA Fantasy|Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|452.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.


What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall . . .


What a beautiful story.

You know by now that I love any books, that has to do with Angels. Besides Vampires, those are my favorite type of Paranormal stories. I have read few books through years about Angels. I heard, I read about Fallen angels, and who hasn’t? I haven’t read anything like what I read in FALLEN , an unique spin on angels, on a love story. I didn’t like how Daniel treated Luce in beginning, he gave me a bad vibe. Like Luce, I was confused why one minute he was sweet to her, and the next giving her the cold shoulder. I wondered if he had something against Luce, or if he was jealous of Cam since he seemed to be giving her so much attention. Once I found out reason behind Daniel’s odd behavior, and it all made sense. I can’t say that I don’t blame him. I am not sure how he kept going through it for as long as he had. If that’s not real love, then I don’t know what is.

Daniel and Luce had connection, even before I found out about their history. There was something between them. I saw how Daniel couldn’t seem to stay away from her, the two of them always ended up with each other. I did wonder why he kept on putting off kissing her, I knew that he wanted to, what was stopping him. I can’t imagine how relieved he might been when he finally gave in, and Luce was still there. Of course now Luce in danger. I think it’s romantic that the two of them always end up finding their way to one another, falling for each other every single time. I am Team Daniel all the way, even though I like Cam, or at least I liked at beginning. I know he was bit pushy, but at same time I thought it was sweet all attention her gave to Luce. I know that Cam cares about Luce, he might not love her like Daniel does but I know he cares, otherwise why would he agree on truce with him, in order to protect her? I know that there something there, even if neither of them would admit. Cam and Luce care for one another, or it could be just me.

My favorite from Luce friends was Penn, she helped her through so much. Penn always seemed to be there when Luce needed someone. I’m sad that things ended way they did for her. Mrs. Sophia, wow. Even I did not see that coming, I would never guessed that she wouldn’t be on their side, not the way she always acted around Luce, and Penn. I believe that there was a part of me that refused to accept that she is evil, I think I still am. Nobody saw it coming, not even Daniel who trusted her and why he sent her off with her. I can’t imagine how guilty he must felt. FALLEN was filled with so much suspense, each page had you craving for more. As you reach the end you will want to dive into next book right away. I was blown away by this book. I have read LAUREN KATE Teardrop Series and now I am in love with her writing even more. I am eager to dive into rest of the series.


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