*REVIEW* Before we were strangers by Renee Carlino

Before I start, let me just say that I love stories about artists in general so if I come off a little swoony, it’s because of that and because the book was really good ofcourse!

I’ve been a reader for so long and it still astounds me how much power books actually possess.
Cause let me tell you ladies and gents. This one is a gem. It gave me ALL the feels!

There’s something about New York love stories that always have something magical about them. I’ve read a few that take place in NY and they were pretty good, but obviously you need more than just the setting.
You need good plot, well written complete characters, as well as character development and plot development.
Renee delivered.
This is a one day book for me. Meaning, I sat and read it all day, unable to continue with life unless I finished this first.
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“To the Green-eyed Lovebird:

We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House.
You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more.
We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other.
Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding…
I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello.
After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half?”

The reasons I wanted to read this one was the blurp, which is super interesting, It’s mysterious and shares just enough to compel someone to read it without revealing anything major.
Also, that cover! WOW!!!

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‘m known to be a cover whOr, so once I saw it, I was like “yup”.
Continuing to the story, it was a cute love story that definitely reminds everyone who reads it of their first love, so It’s relatable on some level, no matter how far fetched it becomes later on.
The plot made me really emotional. I cried a lot in many parts of reading it, I don’t know if It’s because I’m hormonal or what. (I’m gonna need opinions on this one, did you guys cry at all reading it?)
I loved the past of the story (college years and love story) as well  as the present, even though I felt like some points were a  little repetitive.
This is a story about the one that got away, but was finally found 15 years later.
(I know it sounds cheesy but I just finished it and I’m still on cloud nine, bear with me!)
Finally, Renee’s writing is so good that it made me feel super connected and related to these characters, (way too much for my own good.)
I also wish I had some of the great qualities all of them possessed. Grace’s free spirit and joy about life, Matt’s quiet confidence and talent and Ash’s combination of their best qualities.
This is a tale, about love and second chances.
We all need second chances in life, even if they come 15 years later. But not too late.

Discover “Before we were strangers” by Renee Carlino
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Enjoy!!

xoxo

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*REVIEW* Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Just absolutely what I needed to read right now! It’s like the universe send it my way.

You know when you’re going through a weird phase in your life, whether it has to do with relationships,or work or friends and you read a book and suddenly it just fixes everything?
Well, that’s what Open Road Summer did for me!

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After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

This book is basically about Dee a Taylor Swift-y kind of musician who goes on tour with her best friend Reagan.
Dee is the sweetheart, the kindest person ever, always thinks about what people say, basically  a goodie good girl.
Reagan, well, Reagan is kind of the rebel.She’s been through a lot, just coming out of a relationship with the wrong person,she doesn’t trust anybody but Dee.
She is incredibly sarcastic, smart, challenging and an amazing friend to Dee.
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The whole story is from her POV.
Which is interesting, considering Dee is the “superstar” and “American’s Sweetheart”.
So the girls decide to go on Dee’s tour together, without parents, just with Peach, Dee’s aunt as a supervisor.
Dee is a photographer and thinks it’s a great opportunity for her to fill her portfolio as well.
Everything runs smoothly, until a “scandal” surfaces about Dee’s former relationship and that’s where Matt Finch comes in.
Cue THE SWOONING. 

Matt is a well known musician, friend od Dee’s and comes in to save the day and avert the eyes of paparazzi and reporters from the scandal.
A heated love-hate relationship begins to form between Matt and Reagan, and that’s where the best part of the book begins.
I just adored their relationship!!
Reagan reminds me so much of myself so I was able to relate. It was not some cute-sy love story.
(Although ofcourse it had its cute moments but without it being cheesy.)
It was unique,fresh and realistic in it’s own way, beautifully written and smart.
I have to say though,that the story progressed in a way that was kinda predictable (at least to me)at about 80% in the book.
But it doesn’t matter because the book was well structured,fast paced and the characters had chemistry.
So if you need a book that will lift up your spirits, make you fall in love with a fictional character and follow the journey of a beautiful friendship, pick up Open Road Summer.
It’s one of those books that I definitely will reread, and recommend to everyone!
5 stars to the the story and the cover!
Summer book: Check.
Find it : Goodreads Amazon  Barnes & Noble
Until Next time,
xoxo

Book Review: AT ANY PRICE by Brenna Aubrey

Hiya beautiful people!
How are we all doing today? Hope you’re fine, because today I’m going to review a 5 stars  book that’s gonna make you all squeal!

“At any price” by Brenna Aubrey

Summary:

Achievement Unlocked: Geek Virgin

When Mia Strong, proud geek-girl and popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she’ll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.

It’s a desperate step, but it’s the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother’s mounting hospital bills.

Difficulty Level: Millionaire CEO 

Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first million at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he’s sexy, driven and–as CEO of his own gaming company–he’s used to making the rules. Before Mia knows what’s happening, he’s found the loophole in the rules of her auction. Every stipulation she’s made to protect her heart gets tossed by the wayside.

She can’t tell if he’s playing her…or if he’s playing for keeps.

Cool right?? I know!

What I loved:

It’s about a geeky girl obsessed with blogging and gaming! I could definitely relate to that!
I simply adored all the feministic messages it passed, and Mia’s strong inner voice was so refreshing!
It was fast paced, and one of those books you simply can’t put down. (I started the book at 9 pm, and finished it at 6 am. Yup.)
Mia was very relatable.Her actions and her way of thinking remind me a lot of me and the way I’m thinking, and my friends as well.
Adam. How do I even begin? He’s the most recent member of “The book boyfriend club”
He is a genuinely good person,wants the best for Mia and is very protective. Even though she doesn’t need it, that girl is a BADASS.
Character development. Simply amazing.
The exquisite way of handling the whole losing your virginity situation, which in some other books I’ve read becomes romanticized and as we know in real life it’s not  THE best thing in the world lol.
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What I didn’t like:

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I loved everything alright? I loved everything.
Besides wanting to slap them both to get together sooner, I loved everything.
I’m fangirling here ok? shut up.

In conclusion,this was a very unique storyline,fast paced, with a really well thought out messages that shine through.
I cannot wait for book #2 and book #3!

AMAZON

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A really cool playlist I was listening to when I read it.

So,that’s it my lovelies! Until later! xoxo

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover REVIEW

5 Amazing -screaming over the top of my lungs- fangirling stars!
What an awesome way to start my reading year!
First of all, just look at that cover. Just look at it. GAH! I’m a cover whOre what can I say! Very pleased with this one!17788403
Now let’s get to the good part.
I definitely didn’t think that Colleen Hoover could get any better at writing books. (She is already the best)
I guess I was wrong.
After the slammed and the Hopeless series, Colleen is coming back better than ever!
This heartwarming story about love,betrayal,loss and hope is propably her best work so far!
I love that she gets better and better every single time and I can be a witness to that.
The story is about Sydney, a 22 year old woman, who finds out after a 2 year relationship, that her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend.
Devastated, she finds refuge to the cute guy’s apartment, just opposite of hers.
Ridge is a musician and Sydney has been secretly listening to him playing guitar for some time, when Ridge desperately asks her to help him write lyrics because he is going through a terrible writer’s block.
That’s where it all starts.
I will not be posting ANY spoilers because this book is something you must read about and gasp,laugh,cry and curse out loud without knowing anything beforehand.
I was very impressed about how original this story was, because to tell you the absolute truth, when I read the blurp,I thought “Well it sounds good but not something I haven’t read before.”
I was again wrong.
You will gasp for air and you will wish about a love so selfless and strong.
Maybe….Someday.

FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL REVIEW

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Okay! This book gets all the stars everywhere!
It deserves everything!


But just to go along with the “rules” it gets 5 out of 5 amazing stars.

The cover, is AMAZEBALLS! I mean look at it! Look at the colours, look at the drawings!
It definitely got me thinking that this was going to be a very interesting read.

It’s been 3 days since I finished reading the book,and I still don’t quite know what to say, because I don’t want to undersale it in any way.

This book was me . This book was people I know,friends I have,
my sister.
My social difficulties all inside one book. (they are a lot! lol)
I think It’s the very first time I relate to a character this much.

Cath is a freshman in college, she has a twin sister Wren, and they’re both completely different.
They got in the same University but Wren decided to live in another dorm room so she could meet new people. (Breaking Cath’s heart in the process)
Cath is the introvert. The bookworm. The Fangirl. She LOVES Simon Snow so much, she spends whole nights writing SS fanfiction.
She afraid to go out of her room even for food. She doesn’t really “like” or get people.

“I feel sorry for you, and I’m going to be your friend.”
“I don’t want to be your friend,” Cath said as sternly as she could. “I like that we’re not friends.”
“Me, too. I’m sorry you ruined it by being so pathetic.” 

This is where Reagan steps up.
Reagan is Cath’s sassy,grumpy,hilarious roommate who becomes her only friend.
Together they help each other come out of their comfort zones and live a little differently.
I love Cath’s relationship with Reagan.It’s so entertaining!
Along with Reagan came Levi.
Levi is the sweetest,kindest character I think I’ve ever read about.

“You give away nice like it doesn’t cost you anything.”
― Cath to Levi. 

And he really did. He smiled to everyone! From the people he knew, to the ones he just met.
He’s just one of those rare characters you can’t help but love.
He was always there for her even when he didn’t need her,but Cath didn’t understand that cause she thought Levi was Reagan’s boyfriend.
Yeah you guessed right. He wasn’t.

I adored all the Cath-Levi moments.
From the fights, to their reading sessions, to the first time they kissed.
They are so different and yet so,so alike!
He is propably the only person who didn’t try to change her at all.

“It’s okay if you’re crazy,” he said softly. “You don’t even know-”
“I don’t have to know,” he said. “I’m rooting for you.”

Finally, this book was a such an incredible read.
It was fandom,love,second chances,friendship,family,devotion and so much more.
It left me all warm and fuzzy inside!

The only thing I want is more!! I feel like there’s so much more to find out about these characters!
Rainbow Rowell do you hear me?
Please write another one!

If you’re a fangirl in any way,you’ll adore this one.
Until next time xoxo

 

“Blood Flows Deep in the Empire” Book Review

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So,I juuuust finished reading Blood Flows Deep in the Empire.

Let me tell you. That was one hell of a book!
It was something very different for me, because  even though I like fantasy,I’ve never read anything similar to this one.
I was very pleasantly surprised by the theme of the book,and I’m definitely going to try and find more books with the same theme.

The story starts around eleven thousand years ago and revolves around Delytri, God of Fertility, who vows to bring back his dead lover Dimithynia, by sacrificing a young woman named Ismini,to take her place.

Years pass and we’re back in our time,when it’s actually the time for Ismini to get sacrificed.
But what happens when feelings that Delytri thought were long locked away,resurface when Ismini comes into his life?
How will he handle sacrificing her, when he feels so strongly for her?
Is destiny always right?

“Some things are destined to be — it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.” 

What I loved about this book,is how well build the characters are.
They are so relatable.
Yes,they are Gods,but also, they behave completely like mortals.
I love how there is no superiority in the way they talk,because personally, it would make this book really hard for me to read.
I also loved the relationships formed between Ismini and the Gods, it provides a fun, silly atmosphere to the book which made it delightful to read.
The negative side to that ofcourse,is that it was not realistic,because it all happens in the snap of a finger.
Now let’s continue with Delytri and Ismini’s relationship.

Boy is it steamy!

First of all their chemistry is AMAZING!
It doesn’t happen that often that two characters, even though they’re in a book and you can pretty much describe their relationship perfectly,but weirdly they don’t always click.
The author made a really good job of providing us with well written characters.
Sexy,Can’t keep their hands of each other, smoking hot characters.
The thing that kind of bothered me,was the graphic language in some of the scenes,I just…it was too much and it kinda made me uncomfortable.
Maybe I’m a prude and it’s just me,I don’t know. But overall, it was a very enjoyable book, good suspence build up, there was action,romance,comic relief and it was all well balanced.

Can’t wait for the next one!

Review of Hopeless by Collen Hoover

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5 out of 5 stars.
Cover is exquisite,Story is amazing.
I wish there were more stars, cause this book just deserves a whole fucking sky of them!
I just finished it,and I promised myself that I would review it right away,when my feelings
about it are still raw.
But I don’t know where to start.
Okay.

The story follows the life of Sky, a 17 year old girl,living with her adoptive mother,
who is kind of quirky in a way cause she “doesn’t believe in technology”
so no tv,no laptop,not even a phone for Sky.She is also homeschooled so the only connection to the
“real world” is her hanging out with her best friend Six,who lives across from her.
They are inseparable.
Sky goes through boyfriends,not for the reasons any girl her age would,but for other deeper issues.
Time goes by and Sky and Six convince Sky’s mother to let her go to public school for her senior year.
By the time Sky is enrolled and ready to start though,Six has an opportunity to go study abroad for a semester.
Even though it’s hard for both girls,Six decides to go.(With the blessing of Sky)
That’s when we meet Holder.
Holder is gorgeous and mysterious.
Sky had an interesting first encounter with him at the grocery store,when she caught him staring at her.
She immediatelly run out,then he followed her,and told her she reminds him of someone.
He weirdly asks for her ID and she gives it to him,and once he’s convinced she isn’t the one he thought she was,he storms off.
Later that day,she runs into him again,outside his house,after her run.
He is very kind to her,refilling her water and walking her home (where she passes out)
All the while he seems so worried for her,and Sky is intrigued by this mysterious boy with the conflicting emotions about her.
She talks to Six about him and Six shares some of the gossip that is going around about him.
Thinking he’s a bad guy,she decides to stay away from him,but it’s not easy.
So here begins the journey of Sky and Holder.
I’m not gonna get into more details because I don’t want to give anything away.

So my review.
The book as a whole was…wow.I literally have no words.Beautiful?Heartbreaking?
It seems like nothing fits really.
Until propably about 70% of it,it’s really fluffy,with a couple of flashes from Sky’s past,nothing too serious.
Why I didn’t say is that the book starts with a pretty intense flashback so the author is building up to that moment,and you keep expecting for something dramatic,but not something tragic.
But to me,what actually happened,once I realised the base of the story was tragic. I was shocked.
It gutted me.I literally had to put the book down several times cause it hurt too much.
It kind of hit close to home for me so it was hard.
But what I do know,is that the lessons I take from this book are endless.
I’m not saying anything else cause really I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone,it would be a shame.
So if you’re looking for a book that will easily go in your top 10 best reads of this year,please choose this one.
If you’re looking for something to inspire you,make you happy,sad,infuriated,make you lose all hope and then find it again,this is the book for you.
Pick it up.
Do it.

Thank you Colleen this was amazing.
Until next time. xoxo

Quotes:

“I want you to keep them open…because I need you to watch me give you the very last piece of my heart.”

“Fuck  all the firsts, Sky. The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers.”

“The moment my lips touch yours, it will be your first kiss. Because if you’ve never felt anything when someone’s kissed you, then no one’s ever really kissed you. Not the way I plan on kissing you.”