Review: Mayhem by Estelle Laure

Mayhem by Estelle Laure

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Expected publication: July 14th 2020

Mayhem Brayburn and her mother are on the run, not away from home, but back to it: Santa Maria, California, a beach town that looks like paradise, like carnival rides and street food and bikinis under the hot sun.

It’s where Mayhem has always wanted to be. It’s where generations of Brayburns have lived and thrived, and she has never understood what made her mother leave Santa Maria in favor of the arms of her abusive stepfather.

But when she befriends her aunt’s foster kids and they take her to their hideout, decades of secrets unravel, and Mayhem is thrust into a world of chaotic magic, a serial killer’s mind, and finally, even the answers to her own past.

Set in 1987, MAYHEM is a mashup of The Lost Boys and The Craft with a bit of the Manson family thrown in for good measure. It’s original, compelling, and a little bit rock-’n’-roll, and reading it will leave you feeling deliciously wicked.

I loved the idea of this book more than the actual book. It sounded amazing but the execution could have been better. The writing style was beautiful, I loved it. The descriptions were so wonderfully written and creates such a lush visualization of the characters and settings.
I’ve never seen The Craft or The Lost Boys but I’ve seen multiple reviews saying it borderline copies The Lost Boys at various points, which if that’s the case, I’m not a fan of direct copying someone else’s work.
The biggest downfall I found was how slow this book is. If the pace was quicker, I’m sure I would have loved it but I just didn’t have the patience for the dragging pace of the plot. I also thought the last half of the book changed it tone rather quickly and felt like a different person was writing the story. The characters started acting completely differently and it felt so disjointed from the first half of the book.
I wish there was a better build up to the action, that it wasn’t forced into the last half of the book. And even though there was an attempt at speeding up the pace, it still felt slow to me.

 

An advance copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

 

 

 

Review: Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

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Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless. 

I wanted to love this book so much but I never did. I felt like it was lacking in plot, creativity with the characters, and there was an extreme amount of tropes. The amount of cheating was disgusting and made so many characters unlikeable to the point I hated them. There was so much girl on girl hate, I felt so disappointed because I expected better and thought YA was pasted that toxic trope.
The lack of creativity was what I found the most disengaging. The amount of parallels between the main character and the author was… odd to me. I don’t know a lot about Christine about I recognized enough from when I used to watch her YouTube videos to know that the main character is extraordinary like the author and the lack of creativity in the main character just made her boring.
I also thought the main character’s “relationship” with Pilot was so cringeworthy and I got so much second hand embarrassment while reading.
Overall, definitely not the book for me. I went in with high hopes but I left super disappointed with a lot of the author’s choices. I do look forward to seeing what else Christine writes in the future, I’m still rooting for her and hope she has much success.

Top Five Books I Read in 2019

Even though I certainly struggled to find time and energy to read in 2019, I did mange to read a fair amount of books and these are my top five. I loved these five books and I absolutely recommend them.

(in no particular order)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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There was so much hype around this book, I didn’t expect it to live up to my expectations but surpassed them and more. From the plot to the characters to the pace, Evelyn Hugo was as close to perfect as it could possibly be. This was the first book I read in 2019 that held my attention and had me staying up late to read one more chapter.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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2019 was the year that Taylor Jenkins Reid became one of my favorite authors. After finishing Evelyn Hugo, I raced to the book store and picked up Daisy Jones & The Six. Even though I thought this book lacked direction in the plot, it was still extremely entertaining and I loved the characters. I even look forward to hopefully rereading Daisy Jones in 2020.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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If I had to pick one book that was my favorite of the year, it would be this one. I read Where the Crawdads Sing cover to cover during a flight and as soon as I finished, I wanted to start reading it again. I had seen some hype around this book but I didn’t think it would actually live up to the hype but it totally did. The plot, writing, and characters are stunning. I’m amazed by the writing especially. This is one of the best written books I’ve read in years and I recommend it to everyone.

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker

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In the last year or so, I’ve become such a die hard fan of K.A. Tucker and her amazing books. K.A. Tucker knows how to write an engaging, emotional, steamy romance. The characters are so well written, the plot was fun, and the pacing was perfectly entertaining.

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

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Y’all already know I had to have CoHo’s newest book on my list. If you’ve followed the blog for awhile, you probably know I love Colleen Hoover’s books and she’s my absolute favorite author. I look forward to her books like no one else’s. I will always auto buy her books and she’s never let me down with her books. Regretting You obviously was no exception and I loved every second of it. It’s been a long time since I was physically screaming while reading and the plot of this book had me screaming. I had my suspicions of the plot twist but when it actually happened, I couldn’t help how emotional it got me. CoHo always writes the most engaging books that are endlessly entertaining.

Review: Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale

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From the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Everything series comes a new novel of love, lies, and deceit.

Lifestyle journalist Ella Skye remembers every celebrity she interviewed, every politician she charmed between the sheets, and every socialite who eyed her with envy. The chance meeting with her husband, Damien; their rapid free fall into love; and their low-key, intimate wedding are all locked in her memory. But what she can’t remember is the tragic car accident that ripped her unborn child from her. Ella can’t even recall being pregnant.

Hoping to find the memories of a lost pregnancy that’s left her husband devastated and their home empty, Ella begins delving into her past when she’s assigned an exclusive story about Nathan Donovan, a retired celebrity adventurer who seems to know more about her than she does him. To unravel the mystery of her selective memory loss, Ella follows Nathan from the snowcapped Sierra Nevada to the frozen slopes of southeast Alaska. There she discovers the people she trusts most aren’t the only ones keeping secrets from her—she’s hiding them from herself. Ella quickly learns that some truths are best left forgotten. 

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Review:

I’m always on the hunt for great stand-alone reads. More often than not, I don’t want to jump into a series but it’s so hard for me to find stand-alones that sound great from the start. Last Summer is everything I’ve been wanting in a book. It was full of suspense, it had such a creative plot, and I didn’t want to put it down. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a good drama so I was enthralled with Last Summer. There was great plot twists, extremely well written characters, and a great story line.

I’d definitely recommend Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale for your next summer read. It won’t disappoint.

You can download Last Summer starting July 9th, as well as other titles from Kerry Lonsdale. Be sure to follow Amazon Publishing for even more new book releases.

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Six Books to Read if You’re Tired of Reading YA

I’ve spent years reading Young Adult. Since I first grabbed a copy of Twilight from my local library at 14, I’ve read almost exclusively YA. Which is totally fine, I love that genre, and I know so many others do as well. However, in the past year or two, I’ve been looking for something else. YA doesn’t spark a massive interest with me lately and even though I still love the genre, I’ve been exploring other genres as well. And perhaps you’re in the same boat or you just want to broaden your horizons. So here are six books that I’ve read recently that aren’t YA and that I think you’ll also enjoy.

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

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Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.
Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

After a MAJOR two year reading slump that totally destroyed by love of reading, The Simple Wild brought me back to life. I read the whole book in 24 hours and couldn’t put it down. I loved the writing, the setting was amazing, and the characters were so well written. K.A. Tucker has become my reading saving grace the past two years and I can always count on her books renewing my love of reading.

Verity by Colleen Hoover

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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

I’m sure y’all know Colleen Hoover is my favorite author and I could go on and on about how much I love her books. I could spend hours talking about how much It Ends With Us means to me. But Verity has stormed into my life and it won’t leave. I’ll admit it took me a few chapters to get into it but as soon as I did, read it in one sitting. I couldn’t put this book down and it blew my mind. I didn’t know what to expect when I started it and seen a handful of people on Twitter and Instagram freaking out over it. It wasn’t long before I was freaking out over Verity and even though its been a couple weeks since I read it, I’m still freaking out over it. I’ve even had to stop myself from rereading it already. 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark.

But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens.

I read Where the Crawdads Sing cover to cover during a flight and as soon as I finished, I wanted to start reading it again. I had seen some hype around this book but I didn’t think it would actually live up to the hype but it totally did. The plot, writing, and characters are stunning. I’m amazed by the writing especially. This is one of the best written books I’ve read in years and I recommend it to everyone.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

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In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. 
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. 

I was so excited for this book and it 100% lived up to my own hype. It’s pretty lengthy and it’s taken me a while to get through it but I’ve loved every second. I listened to it on audiobook, which Michelle narrates herself, and it’s amazing as an audiobook. Michelle is a great writer and an equally as great narrator.

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A collection of poems about love, heartache, and not losing yourself in either.

I don’t read a lot of poetry but I adore all of Jessyca’s books. I originally read all three of her books on Kindle but I loved them so much I bought paperback copies. Even though her books aren’t as well known as the mainstream poetry books that you seen on every other Instagram picture, Jessyca’s poems are just as good, if not better.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

I had seen so much hype about this book and I 100% did not think I was going to love this book as much as I did. It took me a couple weeks to finish but every time I sat down to read, I was excited and enjoyed my time reading so much. I also didn’t expect the amount of diversity that was in this book. I really loved that as well.

Why I Don’t Read Anymore

Okay, so that’s a little clickbaity of a title. I do still read. Just not much.

I’ve gotten a lot of questions over the past couple of years about why I don’t review books anymore, why I’m not as active on this blog or GoodReads. I didn’t really want to talk about it because I didn’t think I had a good reason. I thought I was just in the biggest reading slump ever. But I’ve come to realize that that’s not necessarily true. So here’s my rambling explanation as to why I don’t read as much.

For the past couple of years, I thought I’ve been in such a reading slump, but I’ve long since accepted that it’s not even a reading slump anymore. I just don’t read like I used to. At 23, I’ve gotten so caught up in adulting, I’ve lost some interest in reading. I have excuses; I’m too busy, I’m too tired, I haven’t had time to find new books to read. All are true in some shape or form. But the real truth is that I just don’t want to read. I’d rather watch a movie with my boyfriend, I’d rather waste hours a day on social media, I’d rather re-watch Jenna Marbles’ YouTube videos for hours at a time.

I used to feel guilty about it. After all, even after unhauling thousands of books last year, I still have hundreds of books, many are unread. I have dozens of books I haven’t read, books I still claim I’m excited to read. Yet I don’t read them.

And even though I know that not every adult loses interest in reading, I do put a lot of blame of my lacking of reading into newfound adulting. In the last three years, every aspect of my life has changed and I find myself being extremely tired at 9pm and falling asleep in the middle of movies and TV shows. I just can’t stay up until 2am reading the newest book from my favorite author or the latest installment in a series that I love. As a teen, a large chunk of my reading time was at night and that was when I could read in entire book in one sitting. Unfortunately, after making dinner and doing the dishes, I’m ready to clock out for the day and stay in bed until my alarm forcefully wakes me up at 6am sharp.

It took me some time to realize the main reason I stopped reading so much was based on why I started reading so much to begin with. At 14, I picked up the Harry Potter series for the first time and I was amazed with it. It took me away from all my problems and made me feel so free. I loved opening up those books and going on an adventure. After all, Hogwarts was so much cooler than my school. I loved reading about friendship, something I lacked most of my teen years. Soon after Harry Potter, I picked up Twilight and I was blown away. A main character close to my age, so many cool supporting characters, and, of course, the plot focused around romance. I quickly realized that Young Adult romance books was everything I wanted in books and started reading them by the dozens, soon even by the hundreds. I would read around 200 books in a year. Looking back, I’m amazed and wonder how I did it. So, you might recognize a pattern in why I really jumped into books. I read books to escape my life because it was so boring. I read about things that I thought I wanted at the time. And in the past three or four years, I’ve started actually living life and stopped needing to read books to escape. Now, I’m not saying that people who read books are lacking anything in life or need to escape their lives. I’m only talking about myself and myself only. Your reasons are reading might be completely different from mine.

In past four years, I’ve made many great friends, I go out so much more, I’ve tried my best to make myself happy and not rely on books to fill a void in my life. I’ve been enjoying living life more than I enjoy reading. That’s not to say that I don’t still read because I do. I don’t read 200 books in a year anymore but I’m currently reading my 14th book of the year and even though it is taking me some time to get through it, I’m really enjoying it. I still love going into Barnes and Noble. I don’t buy 10 books when I go in anymore, sometimes I don’t even buy one book, but I still can’t help but go in the book store when I pass by one.

Reasons to read and reasons why one loves reading is subjective to each person and there’s absolutely no excuse to judge others on why they read, how often they read, or what they read. Reading is wonderful and should always be encouraged, not surrounded by judgement. I see this often in the online book community and it’s very discouraging.

I’ll always have a large book collection, I’ll always try my best to read as much as I feel like it, and to read as diversely as I can. Reading and books will always have a place in my heart. I’m just going to be spending every free moment inside of a book anymore, and that’s okay.

Top Five Books I Read In 2018

Even though I didn’t read nearly as many books as I typically read in a years time, I did read a few really awesome books. I rounded up my top five favorite books that really stuck with me all year.

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Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

This was one of the first books I read this year and even after months, I still refer back to it. I don’t read self help books but Rachel was super motivating and I really enjoyed it and would recommend even if you don’t grab a lot of non fiction reads.

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doll eyes. by Jessyca Thibault

I don’t read a lot of poetry but I adore all of Jessyca’s books. I originally read all three of her books on Kindle but I loved them so much I bought paperback copies. Even though her books aren’t as well known as the mainstream poetry books that you seen on every other Instagram picture, Jessyca’s poems are just as good, if not better.

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

Okay, to be honest, I haven’t completely finished Becoming yet. But I only have a couple hours left in the audiobook so I’ll probably finish it tonight and it’ll totally count as read in 2018.

Anyway, I was so excited for this book and it 100% lived up to my own hype. It’s pretty lengthy and it’s taken me a while to get through it but I’ve loved every second. I listened to it on audiobook, which Michelle narrates herself, and it’s amazing as an audiobook. Michelle is a great writer and an equally as great narrator.

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The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

After a MAJOR two year reading slump that totally destroyed by love of reading, The Simple Wild brought me back to life. I read the whole book in 24 hours and couldn’t put it down. I loved the writing, the setting was amazing, and the characters were so well written. K.A. Tucker has become my reading saving grace the past two years and I can always count on her books renewing my love of reading.

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Verity by Colleen Hoover

Is this my new favorite CoHo book? Perhaps.

I’m sure y’all know Colleen Hoover is my favorite author and I could go on and on about how much I love her books. I could spend hours talking about how much It Ends With Us means to me. But Verity has stormed into my life and it won’t leave. I’ll admit it took me a few chapters to get into it but as soon as I did, read it in one sitting. I couldn’t put this book down and it blew my mind. I didn’t know what to expect when I started it and seen a handful of people on Twitter and Instagram freaking out over it. It wasn’t long before I was freaking out over Verity and even though its been a couple weeks since I read it, I’m still freaking out over it. I’ve even had to stop myself from rereading it already.

Review: Until the Last Star Fades by Jacquelyn Middleton

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Published November 8th 2018

Touching, heartfelt and passionate, UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES blurs the line between slow-burn romance and women’s fiction, and is a must-read for hopeful romantics, devoted daughters, and the moms they cherish. 

COULD YOU BE THE ONE WHO CHANGES EVERYTHING?

In her senior year at NYU, Riley Hope appears to be on top of the world. With a loving mother who makes Lorelai Gilmore look like a parenting slacker, ride-or-die friends, and a long-time boyfriend destined for the National Hockey League, she puts on a smile for the world. But behind it, she’s drowning. Racked with fears for the future, she battles to stay afloat amid life in the shadows of a heartbreaking illness.

And then, Ben Fagan comes crashing into her life. Twenty-three-years-old, British, and alone in the Big Apple after a disastrous pilot season in LA, the struggling actor is looking for an escape: booze, mischief, sex—minimum commitment, maximum fun—anything to avoid returning across the pond. 

As they form an unlikely bond, Riley keeps her reality from Ben so that he remains a happy refuge. But how long can she hold back the truth…and is Ben keeping his own secrets, too?

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I loved the main characters so much and I thought Riley was so relatable. It was so refreshing to read about a character that deals with anxiety and depression, something I definitely relate to but rarely see represented in books.
I was so invested in the story and couldn’t put this book down, which doesn’t happen that often for me. I went out of my way to make time to read this book and it was definitely worth it. Jacquelyn Middleton never fails to write a book that I fall in love with but Until the Last Star Fades is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year.

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Review: Everybody, Always by Bob Goff

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Published April 17th 2018

What happens when we give away love like we’re made of it? 

In his entertaining and inspiring follow-up to the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Love Does, Bob Goff takes readers on a journey into the secret of living without fear, constraint, or worry. The path toward the liberated existence we all long for is found in a truth as simple to say as it is hard to do: love people, even the difficult ones, without distinction and without limits.

Driven by Bob’s trademark storytelling, Everybody, Alwaysreveals the lessons Bob learned–often the hard way–about what it means to love without inhibition, insecurity, or restriction. From finding the right friends to discovering the upside of failure, Everybody, Always points the way to embodying love by doing the unexpected, the intimidating, the seemingly impossible. Whether losing his shoes while skydiving solo or befriending a Ugandan witch doctor, Bob steps into life with a no-limits embrace of others that is as infectious as it is extraordinarily ordinary. Everybody, Always reveals how we can do the same.

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I’ve been searching for around for new Christian books to read and I’ve seen Everybody, Always around a lot and so many people have high praise for it so I knew it had to go at the top on my TBR.

I really liked this book but there was a few things here and there that weren’t my favorite.
I did, of course, love the message of the book. Mr. Goff used each personal story as a lead up for how to become love and really express it, which I really liked. I really enjoyed hearing about his life stories and he’s had some very unique ones.
Sometimes I did feel like the stories weren’t very organized and that the book was more of a memoir, which I didn’t mind but it also wasn’t that I expected when I started reading.
I thought it was interesting how casually Mr. Goff mentioned how upper class his life and activities were through out the book. It’s not something I, or many people, can relate to so I felt a pretty big disconnect. I wasn’t really sure if Mr. Goff really noticed how most of the things he mentions are very privileged. Perhaps it’s just the mild disorganized manner of the stories that unintentionally paints that picture but I’m really not sure.

And I also feel the thing that bothered me the most, was something he mentioned towards the very end of the book. He mentioned how he told witch doctors from Uganda to not kidnap children or he’ll kill them. I was so startled by that and honestly, I haven’t stopped thinking about it. It felt extremely out of place from the message of the book.
I’m obviously not saying it’s okay for those witch doctors to kidnap children but saying “don’t make me kill you” is a very bold statement.

Other than a few things, I did really enjoy the book and I think the message is so important. I definitely took away from very meaningful things and I would recommend checking this book out. I listened to it on audiobook with Mr. Goff narrating and I really loved it so if you get chance to listen to the audiobook, I definitely recommend it.

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Review: The Spring Girls by Anna Todd

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Published January 2nd 2018

Four sisters desperately seeking the blueprints to life—the modern-day retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women like only Anna Todd (After, Imagines) could do.

The Spring Girls—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—are a force of nature on the New Orleans military base where they live. As different as they are, with their father on tour in Iraq and their mother hiding something, their fears are very much the same. Struggling to build lives they can be proud of and that will lift them out of their humble station in life, one year will determine all that their futures can become.

The oldest, Meg, will be an officer’s wife and enter military society like so many of the women she admires. If her passion—and her reputation—don’t derail her.

Beth, the workhorse of the family, is afraid to leave the house, is afraid she’ll never figure out who she really is.

Jo just wants out. Wishing she could skip to graduation, she dreams of a life in New York City and a career in journalism where she can impact the world. Nothing can stop her—not even love.

And Amy, the youngest, is watching all her sisters, learning from how they handle themselves. For better or worse.

With plenty of sass, romance, and drama, The Spring Girls revisits Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women, and brings its themes of love, war, class, adolescence, and family into the language of the twenty-first century.

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I’ve tried several times before to enjoy a book by Anna Todd, she seems like such a nice person and I really want to jump on the hype wagon that is her books, but The Spring Girls is no different from her other books.

I felt like the writing was poor and needed better editing, the characters are shallow, boring, and unlikable, and the plot could use a revamp or two.

After about 20%, I decided to speed read through the rest of the book, hoping it would get better towards the end but it didn’t.
I haven’t read Little Women since I was a kid so I don’t remember enough of it to compare to The Spring Girls so I can’t really speak on that aspect of the book. I did think the idea of a modern Little Women was really cool but this book just didn’t do it for me at all.

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