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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.

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THE FIFTY BOOKISH QUESTIONS TAG

This is my first book tag on my blog, but I did some of them on my Instagram page, so feel free to check it out. I found this on Adventures of a Bookish Girl and I want to thank her. Also, if you want to do this tag yourself, consider yourself tagged by me.

  1. What was the last book you read? Yesterday, I finished The Burden of Trust by Tabitha Young. I posted the review in my previous post.
  2. Was it a good one? It was quite good, actually. I liked the plot and characters were very interesting and well-developed.
  3. What made it good? Like I said, the plot and its characters were really good. It was so easy to follow the plot and it was gripping from the beginning.
  4. Would you recommend it to other people? Oh, yes I would! If you like romance and moving stories, this one is definitely for you.
  5. How often do you read? I read almost every day. I say almost because I’m having chronic headaches and reading isn’t the best option in such times. However, when I feel better, I tend to read as much as I can.
  6. Do you like to read? What kind of question is this? Come on…
  7. What was the last bad book you read? Again, but Better by Christine Riccio. I read it last week and uggh! It was so bad for me, I couldn’t wait to finish it and just forget about everything in that book.
  8. What made you dislike it? Well, the plot was ordinary and predictable – it was nothing special to me. Also, I couldn’t trust its characters. They are weird.
  9. Do you wish to be a writer? Sure, but I have zero talent.
  10. Has any book ever infuenced you greatly? Yes, and I’m glad it did. It was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The first time I read it, I was going through a difficult times. I was a teenager and I reached that point in my life when everything seemed so pointless. This book made me change my views on life and I felt that I’m not alone in this world. The Alchemist saved my life.
  11. Do you read fan fiction? I don’t. I’m not very much interested in it.
  12. Do you write fan fiction? Not really, but in my mind I have at least billion scenes that don’t exist in my favorite reads.
  13. What’s your favorite book? You can’t ask me that question! You just can’t… I don’t have favorite book – I have favorite bookS. One book that I like to reread over and over is definitely Alice in Wonderland.
  14. What’s your least favorite book? Again – too many. I remember disliking The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. His books are definitely not for me. I find them boring and predictive.
  15. Do you prefer physical books or read on a device? I prefer physical books. There’s nothing better than holding a real book. However, physical books are way too expensive here, so I usually read on my kindle.
  16. When did you learn to read? I’m not sure, I was too young haha. But I know it was too early, maybe at age 5. I loved spending time with my grandma, we usually watched soap operas, and that’s when I learnt how to read. That’s what I was told haha. Also, it’s interesting to mention that firstly I learned Serbian Cyrillic alphabet, even though it’s not my native language. (I watched soap operas in Serbian Cyrillic)
  17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school? The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It was my fist book that I had to read in my elementary school and I was so excited, I think that was the key moment in my life. Right then I discovered joy of reading. I wrote on this topic in one of my previous posts.
  18. What is your favorite book series? How can I pick only one? It’s impossible! The series I usually recommend because I like them very much are The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk, and ACOTAR by Sarah J Maas.
  19. Who is your favorite author? I really like Leigh Bardugo, Cassandra Clare, Stephanie Garber, Lindsey Kelk, and Pierce Brown. There are many more worth mentioning, but these are my top 5.
  20. What is your favorite genre? I have to go with fantasy and YA.
  21. Who is your favorite character in a book series? Hmm, let’s see.. I liked Jace from The Mortal Instruments, he is amazing. I also liked Alex from the I Heart series, Hermione from Harry Potter.. these are great characters.
  22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else? Every book that I have read transported me somewhere else. I have been to many, many places because of books that I read. I liked being on the planet Mars in Red Rising by Pierce Brown. That book is brilliant!
  23. Which book you wish had a sequel? The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I loved that book, it was so magical.
  24. Which book you wish DIDN’T have a sequel? The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman. I really liked the first book in this series, but I couldn’t get into the second book, it was all too much for me.
  25. How long does it take you to read a book? It depends on many factors. If I really like a book, then I finish it in two days. However, on days when I get busy and barely have time to read – it usually takes a week or so.
  26. Do you like when books become movies? I don’t. It’s really bad if you read a book and then it becomes a movie. They always leave out some (important to readers) scenes and it can change the entire story. That’s not what we want, right?
  27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation? Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The book is amazing, but I felt like the concept of the story is missunderstood by watching the movie. They send us two different messages.
  28. Which movie has done a book justice? The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It is so. so. sooo. good! I highly recommend it!
  29. Do you read newspapers? Yes. There’s always something interesting going on.
  30. Do you read magazines? I used to. When I was teenager, I was obsessed with them.
  31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines? Newspapers.
  32. Do you read while in bed? Yes, I love reading in my bed, especially in the evening. It’s my favorite place to read. It’s so comfy and relaxing.
  33. Do you read while on the toilet? Sometimes yes. If the book is really interesting, I won’t go even to the toilet without bringing my book with me.
  34. Do you read while in the car? I wish! I get too dizzy.
  35. Do you read while in the bath? Not really.
  36. Are you a fast reader? I would say so. Yes.
  37. Are you a slow reader? Nope..
  38. Where is your favorite place to read? At my home in my bed. It’s super comfortable and peaceful.
  39. Is it hard for you to concentrate when you read? If I read something good, then it isn’t difficult at all. However, reading something boring takes a lot of time and it’s very difficult to concentrate.
  40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read? My family is quite big and our home is everything but silent. I learned how to read in a room full of people who are talking constantly.
  41. Who gave you your love for reading? My grandpa. He used to read and write every day. Even now, after his death I saved one of his Harry Potter notebooks. I love it so much.
  42. What book is next on your reading list? I’m not sure.. I finished Red Rising by Pierce Brown and I really want to read the second book. But I have some mandatory readings for the rest of July, so we will see.. I will keep you updated.
  43. When did you start to read chapter books? I’m not sure about that one. Probably it was in my elementary school.
  44. Who is your favorite children’s book author? The brothers Grimm – they made me fall in love with reading and I will be forever thankful.
  45. Which author would you most want to interview? Lindsey Kelk – I follow her on Instagram and she always posts about interesting stuff. She is a great person!
  46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with? Again, Lindsey Kelk. But I also want to be friends with Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J Maas.
  47. What book have you reread the most? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I pick it up whenever I feel down. There’s always something new to learn from it.
  48. Which books do you consider ‘classics’? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, and many more.
  49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school? Ugh, there are way too many books on my list! First of all, it is very important to include almost all genres (yes, here I’m talking about fantasy, YA, sci-fi…) I would give them Harry Potter to read, because everybody fall in love with this series. Also, I would let children choose what they want to read in most cases. It’s important for them to find what they like. Not all children love all genres.
  50. Which books should be banned from all schools? I don’t think there is such thing. Every piece of work matters and we should respect it just like everything else.

And that’s it. I answered all of them and if you’re still reading this – thank you!
Happy reading!

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Book Review: The Burden of Trust by Tabitha Young

Sometimes, the heart exacts more than we want to pay

Te Burden of Trust, Tabitha Young

✦ SYNOPSIS ✦  
Faced with a decision that would change her life forever, Katerine ‘Kate’ Woods took the route that seemed best with the circumstances. Only time would tell whether or not she had made the right choice. Her own family required more than a bit of finesse. From being an on-demand aunt for her niece when her sister checked out on them to dealing with her mother’s peculiarities, she just needed some solitude to get her life back on track.

Chris Cody – sexy, arrogant, and in need of of a serious attitude adjustment – enters Kate’s life in nothing less than the dramatic way known as second nature to the very handsome movie star. Armed with his own issues and in need of a good friend, Chris lands on Kate’s doorstep with a proposal to shock them both.

From New York to Florida to California, the two find themselves in a situation that is not ‘ripped from the headlines’ but makes the headlines in all the ways that Kate does not want. The bonds of love and friendship are truly tested in this moving tale about relationships, families, and life’s surprises.

✦ LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT KATE AND CHRIS ✦
Kate is that type of person who has too much going on in her crazy life. She is torn between her past and present and all she wants is to escape it. However, Chris Coddy (read the sexiest man alive) enters her life in a dramatic way and that is the moment when everything changes for Kate. Kate is a brilliant and well-developed character. She is caring and I think there’s no better person than her. She is going to kill us all with her kindness.

On the other hand, there is Chris. He is an amazing character – so strong and I loved the way he helps Kate to heal and I wouldn’t say that he made her happy. It is more that he helps Kate to learn how to be happy. I want to have Chris in my life because he would be the greatest motivational speaker. There is so,so much to learn from him, if you ask me.

✦ FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE EVERYTHING ✦
I really liked friendship in this book, it’s so good. I loved Kate’s friends because they are really helpful and they made her feel she is not alone in this. I want Kate’s friends. Can they be my friends too? Moreover, they are very protective but it does not necessarily mean that it’s something good. There’s a fine line between protectiveness and possessiveness. And this book is great example if you look the Becky-Kate-Cris relationship.

Also, I liked Chris and his friends – they are great, but let’s say I liked them 1-2% less than Kate’s friends. They are so strong secondary characters and they kept the plot interesting.

✦ OVERALL ✦
Overall, this book was very enjoyable. I loved reading about Kate and Chris – it was really great! Even though the plot was characters were quite predictable but believable, I found the plot easy to follow. It was so easy to get into the book and everything. I also liked the small fragments of drama that kept me wide awake.

I loved how emotional and interesting this book is! I cried, I laughed – and more importantly – I learnt from it. I recommend it if you like romance.
3.5/5 ★

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How to deal with Book Hangovers

I do not get book hangovers.
– said no book lover ever

Do you know that feeling when you finish a brilliant book, and you just can’t move on to read something new? Well, congratulations – you are one of us! You experienced a book hangover. This kind of hangover is very common among bookish community, which includes readers and, sometimes, authors. The symptoms of book hangovers are very clear – crying and lying on your floor or in your bed. You’re asking yourself ‘WHY? OH WHY IT HAD TO END,’ referring to the book you’ve just finished.

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If you are experiencing a book hangover, what to do? Here are some tips that will make your hangover bearable.

First thing first – It might sound silly, but go and find a new book to read. And good luck!
I know it is very difficult and you just don’t want to read anything else, but you have to! You are SO going to read something new, and you are going to love it. And you are going to experience the book hangover all over again.

2. Spend 24 hours in your room searching for appropriate memes that will express your feelings. Let the world know how much you are suffering right now. Go and tell your friends about your feelings, they must hear you out.

3. If you simply can’t accept the fact that you will have to read something new – then try reading some fanfiction. They are great and, more importantly, they are based on the book you love. It’s all about your old, favourite characters.

4. Try rereading your favourite book. Start it from the very beginning and hope that this time it will be different and that your book will never end.

5. Write a review. Because telling the world about how you feel is never enough. Why not to leave a note (review) about your feelings. It’s a smart thing to do.

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Book review: I Heart Hawaii by Lindsey Kelk

‘I am a woman who has it all,’ I said quietly, staring at my own face reflected back in the screen of my iPhone. ‘I am a woman who owns her power.’
The version of me looking back rolled her eyes but I went on regardless. ‘I am strong, vital and beautiful.’
And tired, emotional and, according to the tag in the front of my pants, wearing knickers back to the front. Although they were clea, so at least there was that. The affirmations were my best friend, Jenny’s idea.

I Heart Hawaii, Lindey Kelk

✦ SYNOPSIS ✦ 
When Angela Clark’s best friend Jenny invites her to join a press trip to Hawaii, three days of sun, sea and sleep sounds like the perfect antidote to her crazed life.

At the work in New York, she’s supossed to be the face of Having It All. But the only thing Angela feels she excels at is hiding in the printer cupboard, eating Mini Cheddars and watching Netflix on her phone and if this is living the dream, she’s more than ready to wake up.

A few day away with Jenny sounds like exactly what she needs but Angela’s talent for getting into a scrape guarantees nothing goes to plan – and not even the most beautiful beaches, blue skies and daiquiris will get her off the hook…

✦ SUMMER DASH ✦
I Heart Hawaii is the last book in this amazing series, and its title makes you want to grab the book and go read it somewhere on the beach. Ideally, that would be somewhere in Hawaii, but let’s keep it real. This book is so romantic, brilliant, and funny. I absolutely loved it!

‘Look at the ocean. I’ve never seen so many shades of blue. ‘
As we rode higher up the rocky road, I could see the shoreline in the distance and the outline of another island a few miles away across the ocean. On the other side of us was a science fiction landscape, cast in every single shade of red and brown that had ever been conceived.

I Heart Hawaii, Lindsey Kelk

The author’s descriptions of Hawaii are so realistic and, I’m usually not really into long descriptions, but this book could be all about Hawaii and I would still read it, because, oh my God.. If I could, I would pack my suitcase and go to Hawaii.

We sat down just as the blue sky started to turn pink, laughing and joking, and most importantly, eating, until the sun was completely swallowed up by the ocean. What seemed like a hundred candles of tiki torches glowed in the sand and the moon rose above the water, keen to show us she wasn’t afraid of a little flashy competition.

I Heart Hawaii, Lindsey Kelk

✦ ANGELA, JENNY, AND ALEX SQUAD ✦
First of all, this is my favourite squad, I want to be one of them! Angela Clark is an amazing woman, I admire her. She is the mother of Ellis. Ops, I mean Alice. She is a strong woman and the way she keeps the balance between her career and her private life. She has the most handsome husband in the world, the cutest baby, the bestest friend, and she is very successful. Do you need anything else?

Jenny deserves an award for being the best friend in the world. She is gorgeous, smart and kind. She is the new Oprah, I knew it from the beginning. I love how she always has some new, fantastic ideas. She always has solution for any kind of problem.

I love Alex Reid! I’m so jealous of Angela for being his wife. He’s the most handsome man walking on the planet. Actually, he exists only in the I Heart series, which is painful for me. I want him to be real.

✦ OVERALL ✦
I loved this series, I don’t want it to end. I remember reading this series almost ten years ago, and I was obsessed with it. I loved everything about it and these books will always be something I would gladly reread.

I have read this book under 24 hours and I’m still hungover. Somehow I managed to write this review and express my thoughts and feelings about this book. All I know is that I loved it and it’s my favourite summer read so far.

Definitely a huge 5 star read for me that I highly recommend.