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Book Review | This Train is Being Held by Ismee Amiel Williams

SYNOPSIS
When private school student Isabelle Warren first meets Dominican-American Ale Rosario on the downtown 1 train, she remembers his green eyes and his gentlemanly behavior. He remembers her untroubled happiness, something he feels all rich kids must posess. That, and her long dancer legs.

Over the course of multiple subway encounters spanning the next three years, Isabelle learns of Alex’s struggle with his father, who is hell-bent on Alex being a contender for the major leagues, despite Alex’s desire to go to college and become a poet.

Alex learns about Isabelle’s unstable mother, a woman with a prejudice against Latino men. But fate – and the 1 train – throw them together when Isabelle needs Alex most. Heartfelt and evocative, this romantic drama will appeal to the readers of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen.

MY THOUGHTS

First of all, I want to thank to the publishing house Abrams & Chronicle Books for giving me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review!

First of all, I liked the romance between Alex and Isabelle and it was very emotional to read about it. The relationship between these two people is so beautiful and unique. Just reading the author’s description of it, makes me want to cry. Also, I like how the author, Ismee, tells the story in two ways. First of all, we have this cute, slow-burning romance between these two people. On the other hand, we have two emotional family stories. Even though I enjoyed the cute one, I was really interested in their families and their lives.

Isabelle chases her dreams. She wants to be a famous dancer someday and, honestly, she could be anything she wants. Her family is wealthy, but her mother has strict rules. I found very awkward the relationship between Isa and her mother, and it kind of bothered me. There are some situations when I couldn’t undrstand Isa’s mother. It’s like she is from another planet and I couldn’t help but think that she felt lost.

Moreover, Alex chases his dreams, too. He wants to be a successful poet, but his father has different plan for him. He wants him to be a sport star. This relationship between Ale and his father is even more annoying than the previous one. I was so angry about the fact how Alex’s father controlled his life. I wouldn’t say that Alex is a flat character, but there is something undefined about him. I do like more Isabelle in all this story and I see Alex as Isa’s lost part. She needed him in her life to complete her as a person.

Overall, I quite enjoyed reading this book, and I the author’s attempt to talk about certain issues is clearly seen and it’s a really good thing. I recommend this book to the people who like slow-burning romances.

My rating: 3/5⭐

Title: This Train is Being Held
Author: Ismee Amiel Williams
Published on: February, 11th, 2020
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young adult
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Book Review | A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

SYNOPSIS
‘If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!’

Introduction and afterword by Joe Wheeler
To bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it is too late.

Part of the Focus on the Family Great Stories collection, this edition features an in-depth introduction and discussion questions by Joe Wheeler to provide greater understanding for today’s reader. A Christmas Carol captures the heart of the holidays like no other novel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
undefined Charles John Huffam Dickens was a writer and social critic who created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

MY THOUGHTS
To start with the fact that I loved all Dicken’s novels that I have read, it isn’t surprising that I enjoyed reading this one too. A Christmas Carol is a holiday read and I am so happy to choose this time of the year to read it. I was familiar with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the whole concept of the story. Actually, I had this book in my hands couple of times, but somehow I always found myself reading something else. However, I think that the message in the book is very clear and it will never get old. There are times when all of us become Ebenezer Scrooge. Sometimes we get lost in all material things that life has to offer. We are crazy about money and Christmas is all about ridiculous sales everywhere and yes, sometimes we give in. We forget what Christmas is truly about. Charles Dickens with his characters is there to remind us that it is important to keep the christmas spirit all the time. Be nice to each other. Love each other. Forgive! Do not let the bad times destroy your kindness.
Also, I think everyone is familiar with the story and there is no need for summary. What is the most important here is the message that the book hides. I think everybody should read this book at least once in their life because it will open their eyes. A Christmas Carol will put you in your right place. Being that type of reader who has never seen any A Christmas Carol adaptation in their lives, I, for sure, will see one of them very soon.

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shout out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!

A Christmas Tale, Charles Dickens

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and I will always cheerish the christmas spirit in books because it is something very important for me. However, this book is not my favorite Charles Dickens book, but I think that everyone should read this book at least once in their lives.

My rating: 3.5/5⭐

Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Published on: September 23rd, 1999
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Genre: Classics, Fiction
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The Thanksgiving Book Tag

A little “thank you” that you will say to someone for a “little favour” shown to you is a key to unlock the doors that hide unseen “greater favours”. Learn to say “thank you” and why not?

Israelmore Ayivor

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
I hope you will have an amazing day with your loved ones. Today I decided to do The Thanksgiving Book Tag because it sounds super fun. This tag is originally created by Erin & Becca so do check out their page and give some love.

Bread: What book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?
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Let’s make it crystal clear – I just love Twilight, I enjoyed this series so much but this is the first book that comes to my mind when I think of pure fluff. Cliche, right?!

Turkey: What book made you want to fall asleep?
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I know that many people adore this book, but I find it quite boring unfortunately. It was a lot of magic for me and I only read it because it was so popular among book community. This book is not for me.

Gravy: What book makes the whole series worth reading?
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For me it’s definitely To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I love this series so much and I plan on rereading it very soon. It’s so good and I highly recommend it!

Stuffing: What book is stuffed full of action scenes?
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Divergent is one of these books that grabbed my attention from the moment I opened it. There are so many events and unexpected scenes and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Mashed Potatoes: What book looked good, and then wasn’t?
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I was so excited to read Again, but Better by Christine Riccio because she is one of my favorite booktubers. I literally couldn’t wait to put my hands on this book, but it was disappointing. I feel like I outgrew this book and its plot is too simple.

Cranberries: What book has the sweetest romance?
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I Heart Hollywood by Lindsey Kelk. I adore this book and every other book in this series. It’s so good and full of romance and humor, I highly recommend it!

Corn: What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?
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The Notebook is it! I actually find all Nicholas Sparks books to be corny and I still can’t decide if I absolutely love or hate them.

Green Beans: What book is too long and needs to be shortened?
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848 pages! I mean come oooonn.. I have heard so many great things about this book and I know it’s a good one, but its 848 pages tell me that I’m not ready for it. Not yet..

Pumpkin Pie: What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?
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For now it’s The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. John Green is my favorite author and I adore all his books, but this one is just so, so good and heartbreaking.

Dog/Cat: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?
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It’s an apple pie. I love it and I could picture myself eating it everyday. I can’t get tired of it, I swear!

I tag everyone who wants to do the Thanksgiving Book Tag. Consider yourself tagged and once again Happy Thanksgiving!

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November Activities: My Graduation

Hello friends,
again I broke my promise by saying that I will be more active this month. It did not happen. If you follow me here you probably know by now that I suck at planning. It just never goes as planned. However, I have big news, are you ready?

I am proud to say that this month I graduated!

I am so happy and I can’t believe that I’m not a student anymore. It’s over now and now I’m a teacher. The funny thing is that my graduation surprised me at first because my final exam in Syntax was way too difficult. I studied but I thought I will have to re-sit it next time.
Also, I made a promise to myself that this is not the end. I will continue studying and exploring things that I’m interested in. In my opinion, we should encourage ourselves to always do something new. To learn something new. Life is useless without learning and knowing new things. It’s really important and I think people don’t talk enough about it.
We should motivate younger people and show them that without education your life is not complete. Let’s all agree on this one, please.
On the other hand, my graduation surprised me and my life turned upside down somehow. Everything’s different now and I barely read anything this month. I started reading Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky, but I read only like 20 pages of it. I opted for this book because I really love The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I have some strong emotions towards that book. It’s one of my all-time-favorites. I dare to say that Imaginary Friend is somewhat different and a bit of unusual considering the fact that Chbosky wrote it. I also started reading Love At First Swipe by Gareth Fosberry and I already like it. It feels good to read something other than a fantasy. One of the many reasons why I barely read is that in December I will move out. We are still buying all neccessary things for our home and honestly it takes a lot of time.How’s been your November so far? Have you read any good book?

Have a lovely week,

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Book Review: Never Google Heartbreak by Emma Garcia

BLURB

When her fiancé Rob breaks off their engagement for the third time, Viv does what any girl would do – she Googles heartbreak.

Confronted by tales of misery, she decides to set-up her own self-help website for the broken-hearted. But as Viv passes through the three essential stages of grief (denial, vodka, disastrous haircut), she becomes determined that it’s not too late to try and get Rob back.

When things get out of hand after a drunken declaration of love at an extremely inappropriate moment, Viv’s scruffy, tequila-swilling best friend Max is there to pick up the pieces. Viv starts to realise that maybe the real thing has been under her nose all this time, and now – one ex and a massive error of judgement later – she has to face the question:

What’s the craziest thing you’ll do for love?

MY THOUGHTS

I was really looking forward to reading this book ever since I saw it on goodreads. I thought I was going to love this book because I like everything about female fiction/chick-lit genre. It’s always delightful, funny, and interesting but I had a really hard time reading this book. I almost didn’t finish it, but I don’t like to keep my books unfinished so it’s probably my only reason why I read the entire book.

Vivian is a 32-year-old woman who just broke up with her fiance, Rob. She’s desperate and she wants him back. She would do anything to get him back. However, Rob finds new girlfriend called Sam and after a month, he wants to marry her. Sam is everything Vivian wants to be – she’s successful, gorgeous, smart, and interesting. Despite Rob and Sam’s engagement, Vivian tries so hard to get Rob back. She wants him back in a way that it’s so irritating and unbelievable. A thirtysometing-year-old woman would never do that. You can’t be that much desperate to ‘steal’ a man from another woman. Grown-ups don’t do that. Another thing that bothered me so much was that relationship between Vivian and her best friend Max. They have been best friends since college, and immediately after Vivian’s break up, she jumps into Max’s bed and they spend few days together. Max tells her he loves her. All that in two pages. Vivian tells him that she loves him too, but as soon as she leaves his apartment, she is back with her ex fiance. These things are WRONG. Also, the relationships between Vivian and her friends are just poor. For example, according to Vivian, Lucy is her best frend, but I can’t see that relationship that best friends are supposed to have. They are friends, but based on the conversations they have, they can’t be best friends. My favorite character is Max and there is one part in this book where the author describes Max’s place, and it’s probably my favorite part. Also, he’s an artist and I loved his passion for his work.

To sum it up, my big expectations made me slightly disappointed. This book is not for me, but according to other people’s reviews, people who got their heart broken loved this book and they say it helped them during their crisis. In case you are broken hearted, I suggest reading this book because it might make you feel better.

My rating: 2/5⭐

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Book Review: The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson

In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson and Sara Zarr, one girl embraces the power of her voice: rules are meant to be broken and she won’t stay silent.

About The Art of Breaking Things

✦ SYNOPSIS ✦
Seventeen-year-old Skye has her sights set on one thing: getting the heck out of Dodge. Art school is her ticket out and she’s already been accepted to her first choice, MICA. All she has to do is survive her senior year, not get too drunk at parties, and be there for her little sister, Emma. Sure, she’s usually battling a hangover when she drives to pick Emma up, but she has everything under control. Until he returns.

When her mom’s ex boyfriend slithers his way back into her family, it’s all Skye can do to keep the walls of her world from crumbling. Her family has no idea Skye has been guarding a dark secret about her past – about him – and she never thought she would have to face him again. She knows she has to get away from him at all costs. But how can she abandon Emma?

Skye’s heart is torn between escaping the man who hurt her years ago and protecting her loved ones from the monster in their midst. Running away from her fears isn’t an option. To save her sister – and herself – she’ll have to break all the rules.

✦ SEXUAL ASSAULT, PEDOPHILIA, DRUG ABUSE ✦
Skye is an art student in high school and she works hard to get her scholarship at an art school. Her Mother and little sister are everything in her life. She loves them, but because of her secret – she can’t truly express her love for them. When she was twelve, Mother’s boyfriend, Dan molested her. Because of that, Skye hides herself in drugs – she drinks every night, she smokes joints, and she hits on the random guys.

The truth is that nobody knows how she feels. Even Sky herself don’t know what to do. She realizes that it is not natural that Dan touched her the way he did, but she can’t search for help when even her Mother doesn’t believe her. She’s on her own. Skye’s Mother is an alcoholic – she drinks every night and she is often moody. Because of that, it is difficult for Skye and Emma to have any kind of healthy relationship with their Mother.

Ben is a friend of Skye and she has a crush on him. He plays in a band and he does drugs at parties. Once he crosses the line, Ben’s parents send him to a rehabilitation centre expecting him to be clean after some time. They think Skye is the bad influence and they won’t let her get in touch with Ben. In some way, we realize that Ben is the one who badly influences Skye, because she just follows the pattern.


✦ ART AS A MEANS OF COMMUNICATION ✦
In this book, Skye uses art to express her thoughts and feelings. She has tried so many times to tell her Mother what Dan did that night, but somehow she couldn’t. She was scared and she thought that her Mother won’t believe her. She has tried once to tell her what happened, but she was too drunk to believe it. Skye sees her rescue in painting. Once, she starts working on that big, mosaic project – the truth comes out.

✦ CHARACTERS ✦
Skye is a brilliant and really strong character. Well, her only option is to be strong because she has to protect her little sister. She doesn’t want Emma to suffer the way Skye does. She is protective, but sometimes it cannot be seen because Skye shows her love towards Emma and her Mother in a wrong way. I think that’s because they, as a family, never had a healthy relationships. They could never talk about their feelings and secrets. There was no time for such things.

The little Emma is so smart and energetic character. She is amazing and even though she is only twelve, she knows how to deal with problems. I think she was forced to mature early. There are times when their Mother cannot take care of them just because she is drunk. Their Mother is the weakest character and her miserable life destroyed the perfect childhood.

‘There’s no such thing as perfect, Lu,’ I say softly.
‘Because we’re all a little fucked-up.’ I poke her in the arm and she looks at me,unsmiling. ‘That’s what makes us interesting.’

The Art of Breaking Things, Laura Sibson

✦ OVERALL ✦
This is a glorious book and I am so happy I got the chance to read it. It was emotional and I wanted to hug Skye and give her some love, she really deserves it. It broke my heart that she went through so many things alone. I love the strength in her and she will always be my hero, my super woman.
On the other hand, I hate Dan and I think the ending isn’t so strong. I don’t like how he just vanishes into a thin air. I think the ending could be a bid different and I felt like the book is unfinished.
To sum it up, I quite enjoyed reading this book and I will definitely read more of Laura Sibson books.

My rating: 3.5/5⭐

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Book Review: Commute by Erin Williams

An intimate and powerful visual exploration of the blurred lines between yes and no, consent and assault, and the daily decisions women must make between being sexualized or being invisible

About Commute

Thank you to Abrams ComicArts for giving me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review!

✦ ABOUT THE AUTHOR✦
Erin Williams is a writer, illustrator, and researcher living in New York. She’s the coauthor of The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People and The Big Activity Book for Anxious People.

✦ SYNOPSIS✦
In Commute, we follow author and illustrator Erin Williams on her daily commute to and from work, puncuated by recollections of sexual encounters as well as memories of her battle with alcoholism, addiction, and recovery. As she moves through the world navigating banal, familiar, and sometimes uncomfortable interactions with the familiar-faced stranger she sees daily, Williams weaves together a riveting collection of flashbacks.
Her recollections highlight the indefinable moments when lines are crossed and a woman must ask herself if the only way to avoid being objectified is to simply cease to draw any attention to her physical being. She delves into the gray space that lives between consent and assault and tenderly explores the complexity of the shame, guilt, vulnerability, and the responsibility attached to both.

✦ THE FEMALE FACE OF SHAME ✦
In her book, Erin talks about an uncomfortable reality and the way she accepted the truth about herself. Erin represents many women who have experienced exactly the same thing. Almost every woman has been taken advantage of by some guy and after she felt shame. And now, Erin ecourages these women to talk freely about that subject. She tells us that it is natural to feel this way, but she also says that we should stand up for ourselves. There is something intriguing about the power of women that makes them so unique.

✦ SEXUAL OBJECTIFICATION OF WOMEN ✦
There is one big, ugly truth. Men view women as sex objects. No matter how much we try to reject that fact, it just exists. It’s our reality and the author of this book shows us that. Erin tells us her story about relationships with guys. Each one of them saw her as a sex object. This sexual objectification reflects on her self image in a way that she was constantly searching for male approval. She invites guy to come over her place, but she doesn’t feel anything.

✦ IT IS OKAY TO STAND UP FOR YOURSELF ✦
Many women do not talk about female shame or any kind of abuse. Women are raped, treated badly, or were neglected and some of them just remain silent about that. They think it is something natural – the way it should be. The truth is that it is NOT natural and it should NEVER be like that. They deserve much, much better things and Commute is all about that. The author wants us women to be united and always support each other.

✦ OVERALL ✦
I really enjoyed reading this book and it was so emotional experience for me. Just the way Erin talks about her battles freely is so uncomfortable for me, and I admire her for her strength. It takes a lot of courage to talk about your life openly, especially when you have been through so much.
I also loved the illustration in the book and I can’t wait to order the final copy – it will be printed in color and I am beyond excited! Also, this book is not for young readers because there is some explicit content. I definitely recommend this book to adult readers who like to read self-help books.

My rating: 4/5 ⭐
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Abrams ComicArts

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Reading Update: Commute by E. Williams and The Art of Breaking Things by L. Sibson

Hello bookworms,
It is Thursday and I felt like I need to write something here, so I decided to do the update on reading. As you probably know, last week I created an August TBR list and decided to stick with it. So far I have finished Commute by Erin Williams and I enjoyed reading it. While I was reading the book, I had the feeling that every woman needs to read this book. It is about women – learning that their voice is equally important and how it should be heard. It is full of feminism and I liked how the author carefully chose her words.

Commute contains some brilliant illustrations and you cannot run away from this book – it grabs your attention the moment you open it. The illustrations are personalized as the woman portrayed in the book looks very much like the author herself. I think it’s beautiful! Speaking of the illustrations – there’s some exciting news: the final version will be printed in colour. Yay! I will have to order it. I must have it.

Also, Commute is definitely something written for the adult reader because it contains some explicit content. You might not want to recommend it to the young readers. This book deals with some serious issues such as alcoholism, recovery, and addiction. We learn about the author’s battles and the ending carries such a strong message. I know I said that I wanted some light reads this summer, but from time to time we must read something that will rack our brains, right?

The second part of this post I wanted to dedicate to the book I’m currently reading. It is called The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson. I’m halfway through it and I just love it. It’s a moving story about the young girl Skye who goes through so much trouble. It breaks my heart!It is a really sad story and it also deals with some dark stuff like family abuse, drugs, and alcoholism. From the beginning of the book, I suspected that something is terribly wrong with Skye’s relationship with her mother’s boyfriend. And I was right!

All I want is to hug Skye and tell her that she’s not alone in this world. She puts on her brave smile every day, but I know that she needs somebody who will tell her that it is going to be alright. In this moment, I hate her Mother because she simply doesn’t care about Skye and her sister Emma. The only important thing for Skye’s Mother is to have a full bottle of vine. It’s just so, so wrong… I hope she will open her eyes and finally see the truth.

And that’s it. I hope to finish The Art of Breaking Things by the end of this week. Also, I will write the book review on Commute but it will probably happen sometime later in this month because I want to read the rest of my August TBR list, and then I will decide about my opinion and ratings.

What are you reading this week?

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August 2019 TBR Pile

Happy August, book fellas! I still cannot believe that July is behind us – time flies indeed. In my previous post, I was talking about the books I read in July. Some of them I really liked and some of them I wish I hadn’t read at all. All in all, July was quite interesting and enjoyable.

Now, it’s time for me to make my August TBR pile. I must admit that I am horrible at planning and everytime I plan on doing something – I fail. It’s like the Universe doesn’t want me to schedule anything, uggh! I am also worried a little bit because I will have some very important events this month (at least two of them) and both of them are happening in the last two weeks of the month.The important thing is that this time I will try my best and hopefully by the end of the month I will say: Yes, I have made it! But, we shall see…

Considering the fact that it’s summer, I will read some light reads and some of them will be self-help books. I am that type of reader who depends on seasons – during summer I tend to read something light (romance, contemporary YA), and during winter I like to read some other things.

Commute by Erin Williams
This graphic novel is going to be my first August reads and I am beyond excited about it. It’s the first graphic novel that I’m reading and I just know I’m going to love it! Or maybe hate it. I checked it out and it seems to be that there are only two types of readers – the ones who loved the book and the others who hated this book. I hope I will be in the first group. Anyway, I’ll let you know.

That cover tho! It’s gorgeous

An intimate, clever, and ultimately gut-wrenching graphic memoir about the daily decision women must make between being sexualized or being invisible.

From its covers

The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson
I started reading this one in the last week of July, but somehow I didn’t get to finish it. I’m like maybe four chapters into it and it’s very interesting. It’s about the teenage girl, Skye, who doesn’t want to live in Dodge. She feels like she had enough and all she wants is to move out. The only thing that can save her is her art school that has already accepted her. Now, all she needs is to survive one more year without causing any major problem. It seems easy, but her secret from the past could change everything.

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura
I must be honest about this one, I only picked it up because I found it somewhere on somebody’s list of recommendation. Plus, its plot sounds intriguing, so why not to give it a try! Basically it’s about a seventeen-year-old girl, CJ, who is not sure about what to do with her life. Her Mother has it all – and she knows what’s the best for her daughter. However, CJ feels like a failure and she doesn’t live up to her mother’s expectations. She finds herself a hobby- flowers arranging. CJ helps her aunt Hannah, but she doesn’t agree with her about the meaning of flowers. Everything is just almost perfect until her mother decides to sell the shop.

Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith
I am so excited about this one – I saw its covers and that was it. I just had to buy it. I can’t wait to read it because it sounds like a great story. It’s about a transgender who fell in love for the first time and it tells about the way it changes them. You see what I’m talking about? WE LOVE IT ALREADY, RIGHT? I will (hopefully?) tell you more about it in one of my following posts.

Just get up: And Manifest Your Inner Genius by Isaac Samuel Miller
This book is supposed to be an ARC and I hooope that it will arrive sometime in August. As far as I know, it’s is some kind of biography/self-help because it talks about the author itself. It shows up the way he fights his way out of a life of crime, drugs, mediocrity, and poverty. It sounds great to me and I would like to read this book. Also, I will always support budding authors, I have huge respect for them.

These books found its place on my August shelf and I will try so hard to read them all. That would be great!
What is on your August TBR?

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Book Review: Love and Hate by Lara Wilde

Sometimes love turns into hate and hate can sometimes turn into love.

Love and Hate, Lara Wilde

✦ ABOUT LARA WILDE ✦
Lara Wilde is a young lawyer, surfer and most of all she is a Romance author with a great passion for true love stories and feelings inherent to the human nature. Lara grew up in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and also in Virginia, USA. At a point in her life she decided to follow her childhood dream of being a writer and explore the world.

As an avid observer passionate for people’s behavior, she immersed herself in different places and cultures. A thing Lara realized though, was that no matter where she was or the culture she was involved in, humans have the same basic emotions. The everyday dramas and stories of love thend to repeat within different scenarion.

Currently based on the contient of Europe, Lara loves the good wine, weather and history that feeds her inspiration to write good stories.

✦ SUMMARY ✦
Love and Hate is a novella that takes place in Portugal (Porto,Cascais, and Lisbon). It is a love story about Leonor and Manel, two teenagers who fall in love at first sight. Leonor is a young, smart girl who has a very strict parents. However, it does not mean that Leonor should stay at home every night.

Manel is a young, cute boy who takes Leonor to the parties. They dance, swim and sing at the beaches of Portugal. It was all great until Leonor meets a young member of the band who is immediately attracted to Leonor. Of course, Manel gets very angry and all jealous and he breaks up with Leonor and goes to study medicine in Porto.

Leonor is broken-hearted. She calls him everyday, but Manel never responds. She is desperate and even starts hating him a little bit. After all, she decides that they simply weren’t meant for each other. Who knows? Maybe it’s better that way because they will never see each other again. The story gets complicated when Leonor comes back to Porto and runs into Manel.

Leonor finds herself questioning about her feelings.

✦ SUMMER AND BEACH LIFE ✦
This book is a good summer read and I am glad that I read it now, during summer because all of Lara’s descriptions got me daydreaming about those stunning beaches of Portugal. You just can’t read it without wishing to be right there.

She stepped out of the car and took in the sight of her new work place. The building was gorgeous. It was a white three-story building with pink flowered vines running up each side of the entrance way. The smell of salt was in the air from the sea and with it being such a warm day, she could still feel the cool ocean breeze. Which she had always loved

Love and Hate, Lara Wilde

I think I’m in love with these descriptions because they are just what I need. There were too many descriptions like this one and it was hard for me to choose which one to post here. I really want to go to Portugal now.

She smiled in return and sipped at the rosé. It was refreshing and sweet, and in the evening sunlight, it perfectly matched the dreamy view. The fading warmth of the sun mixing with the cool ocean breeze stirred that part of her once more.

Love and Hate, Lara Wilde

✦ BARBIE AND KEN ✦
The love story between Leonor and Manel is so romantic and cute and ugggh.. It made me emotional so many times. I was sad at the beginning of the book because Manel was kind of stubborn and he did not want to hear what Leonor has to say. On the other hand, I understand him somehow. He is deeply in love with her, and just seeing her talking to that random guy was just.. painful, I would say.

I loved how Leonor was strong enough to move on with her life without him. She is a successful architect and she has it all. Also, I noticed how she changes once Manel leaves her. But, she had no choice! Of course that she would go on with her life and do her best. She deserves only the greatest things!

But, I repeat, the romance between them two is the cutest! I can’t get enough of it.

‘You know what I realized that day?’
His voice was so low, she was afraid the sea would swallow his words.
‘What?’ She prompted breathlessly, her heart hammering in her chest.
‘How much I wanted to kiss you,’ he whispered.

Love and Hate, Lara Wilde

✦ OVERALL ✦
To sum it up, I quite enjoyed reading this book. Lara Wilde is an author that will always be special to me because she writes good things, but her work is unrecognized. She is brilliant and the world should know her and her books. Love and Hate is a perfect light, summer read and I can see myself bringing this book with me on holiday. The plot was cute and easy to follow. The characters are cool and I felt like I could relax together with them. There is no need to get into a deep observation of them. All you need is to sit back and enjoy yourselves.

If you want to read something that will relax you, then I suggest picking up this book, you might enjoy it.