Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Book Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Okay, I'm going to admit that the only reason I bought and picked this book up was because of all the hype it was getting.  Everywhere I looked I saw this book, it is all over Instagram and all over Youtube, I just needed to know what all the hype was about and if it was all worth it, you know?  So, I went to Barnes and Nobles and bought it (together with a few more books because you can never go into that store and buy just one book, right? Right!), anyways, I bought it and placed it on my nightstand and I read it this month...and Holly Molly...let me jump to the review now:

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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From GoodReads:
Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival.  About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose.  Deals with different pain.  Heals a different heartache.  Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.


Even though this book was getting so much hype, I didn't know what it was about, yes I knew it was a poetry book, but that was it.  Once I started to read it?  First of all I couldn't put it down, so I read the freaking book in one sitting, but don't you worry because this book will not leave my nightstand because I plan on reading it over and over again, that's how amazing it was.  Second of all, be prepared because it is raw, a very raw poetry book about everything that can happen to a women.  You will read about abuse, violence and in those poems you will feel the pain, yes in those small poems those words are so powerful and raw and real that the pain and reality is so transparent.  You will also read about love, loss and femininity and while you are reading all those powerful words, poems you will have a hard time picking which ones are your favorite.  I want to put a favorite poem here but I don't want to spoil the book for you, instead I will leave a page (page 80) and when you get there, let me know if that poem will move you like it moved me too.

I just want to finish this review by saying that every single woman should read this book, but also men out there should too, because they should know all the pains and also how big our love can be.

5 out 5 stars for sure.

XOXO,

Nelia

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekend Reads: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

TGIF for SURE!  This week has been a real roller coaster for sure, my dad got sick and we ended up in the hospital with him, he is home now and getting better.  I'm just glad that he is home and we know what is wrong with him and can take care of him.

Here is the book that I have been reading these last few days and that I'm hoping to finish soon:

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

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I'm half way through with it and it's getting pretty good now...what are you currently reading?

XOXO,

Nelia

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

If you have been reading my reviews for a while you know that I don't watch the movie unless I read the book first, at least I try and I'm really, really good about this because let's admit, 99% of the time the book is better than the movie, right?  So when I heard that Before I fall was coming out as a movie I knew that I was time to read this book, I have had it on and off my TBR for years and that was it...this was the month that I was going to read it and I did.  Let's review it:

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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From GoodReads:
What if you had only one day to live?  What would  you do?  Who would you kiss?  And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High--from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot.  Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance.  Seven chances, in fact.  Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death-and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.


When I read the summary of this book it sounded so interesting and I knew that I want to read it and then there is a movie about, so I knew for sure I had to read it and I did.  Samantha is a typical popular girl at high school, not a typical girl, because typical girls are not popular, right?  Samantha is popular, not only her, her and her friends too.  The whole school knows them and they are afraid of them too,  the young ones don't talk to them unless they tell them too, they are invited to all the parties and things like that.  Then one day while Samantha and her friends are leaving a party they have a car accident and she dies but the next day she wakes up and relives the previous day over again for seven days in a row.  For the first couple days she doesn't get it why she is reliving the same day over again but then she decides to find out why she died and if there is something else behind her death and that's when she starts to discover more about her life, about herself, her friends, her boyfriend and everybody around her.  It is a pretty interesting book and a interesting concept and you start to try to find out why she keeps to wake up and relive the same day and what she is going to do different and what the outcome will be at the end.  But to tell you the truth?  Samantha pissed me off at times, and when you start to get to know more about her friends?  They are not who you thought they were.  And don't even get me started on her boyfriend...Did I feel bad for her, sure, of course I did, but was I happy with the end of the book?  It has been a few days since I finished and I still don't know if I'm okay with it, I don't want to give too much away but maybe I shouldn't be surprised with the ending but...after all she was going through I was excepting something else, that's all I'm going to say.

Overall 4 out 5 stars.  Now, I just need to watch the movie, I needed some time to process it before I watched the movie, but it's going to happen and soon.

XOXO,

Nelia

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top 5 Books I Read this Winter 2017

I love watching and reading the top 5 books people pick for every season but I never do this kind of post, so let's remedy this and start doing it this year.

 And let's start with this past winter, I have been reading tons of books lately but we are going to talk about all the books that I read in December, January and February and then pick my 5 favorites of all the them.

Okay, let's start with the month of December; I read a total of 5 books; not a lot of reading but it was Christmas time and I spend most of my time shopping and wrapping gifts lol; here are the books that I read:

1. Ten Thousands Skies Above you by Claudia Gray: 4 stars


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2. Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins: 4 stars


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3. The Giver by Lois Lowry: 5 stars


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4. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard: Queen Song 4 stars/ Steel Scars 2.5 stars


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5. Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier: 5 stars

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Now for the month of January, I read 12 books that month and here they are:

1. Wild by Cheryl Strayed: 4 stars


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2. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco: 4 stars


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3. The Hidden Prince by Jodi Meadows: 4 stars


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4. The Glowing Knight by Jodi Meadows: 5 stars


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5. The Burning Hand by Jodi Meadows: 4 stars


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6. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: 5 stars


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7. The Black Knife by Jodi Meadows: 5 stars


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8. The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi: 5 stars


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9. Prince of the Elves by Kazu Kibuishi: 5 stars


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10. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco: 4 stars


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11. The Magicians by Lev Grossman: 3 stars


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12. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin: 5 stars


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And now into the last month, February and I read the total of 15 books that month and here they are:

1. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi: 4 stars


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2. Rat Queens: Volume 2 by Kurtis J. Wiebe: 4 stars


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3. The Moth and the Flame by Renee Ahdieh: 4 stars


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4. The Mirror and the Maze by Renee Ahdieh: 4 stars


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5. The Crown and the Arrow by Renee Ahdieh: 4 stars


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6. Frostblood by Elly Blake: 5 stars


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7. Escape from Lucien by Kazu Kibuishi: 4 stars


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8. Looking for Alaska by John Green: 4 stars


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9. Macbeth by William Shakespeare: 5 stars


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10. Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi: 5 stars


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11. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir: 4 stars


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12. Caraval by Stephanie Garber: 4 stars


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13. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson: 5 stars


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14. Saven Defiance by Siobhan Davis: 4.5 stars


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15. Losing Kyler by Siobhan Davis: 5 stars


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And now for probably the hardest part, my 5 favorite books for the last 3 months:


1.  Losing Kyler by Siobhan Davis: one of the best second books in a series I have read in a while, so many twists and turns and probably a 360 in a story that you will never see it coming.  Totally recommend this series.

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2. Frostblood by Elly Blake: So good, I haven't heard that many people talking about this book and they should because it is such an amazing book.

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3. The Giver by Lois Lowry: Everybody knows this book and it's such a short read but sooo good.

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4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: I don't know why it took me so long to read this, I cried and cried and rooted for these characters so much.

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5. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson: Another book with another life lesson and that everybody needs to read, and it's written in verse, it doesn't get better than that :)

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Have you read any of these books yet?  If you haven't then I totally, totally recommend them, especially my top 5 because those are so, so amazing.

What were your top 5 reads this winter?

XOXO,

Nelia

Monday, March 20, 2017

Book Review; Losing Kyler by Siobhan Davis

I got a beta copy of this book from the author but this review is totally my sincere review and when I say that I totally enjoyed this book?  I mean it...if you haven't read book 1, here is my review for it: Finding Kyler.

Now let's get to the review of book 2: )

Losing Kyler by Siobhan Davis


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If you read book 1 you know that it ended in a freaking bomb and we have been dying to know what was going to happen.  I had a million and one scenarios for that bomb to not be real, but Siobhan Davis surpassed all of them and more, she made me so happy with this book, the first half of it, I kept saying let's go, tell me, tell me but when things started to fall into place? Holly molly, tamales, she gave what I wanted and much, much more.

Okay, okay, let's back up a bit, because I'm already jumping the guns because that's what this book is doing to me, I want to talk a million miles an hour because so much happened and there isn't enough time to talk about everything, and at the same time I don't want to tell you that much that happens here because you just have to trust me that it is so worth it reading and that you'll love it.  Here is what I going to tell you:

After the bomb from the last book, Faye and Ky promise each other to stay out of each others way because they just cannot be together if what James told them is true.  Ky doesn't want to become James and do what James did when he was younger.  Faye just cannot believe what James told her and she is having a hard time to forgive her mother and her father for lying all her life.

But when the truth comes out and they start to mend their hearts, Faye uncovers another family secret that may take Ky away from Faye forever.

These Kennedys, OMG...somethings were explained in this book as to why some of them where acting strange and weird on the last book and it really made me connect with them more.  Kal is one of my favorites of the Kennedy boys for sure, I really felt for him in this book and I'm hoping we get to see more of him in the next book.  Kent is just screwed up 100% and more, what the heck are we going to do with him?  He needs help ASAP... Keaton, he is the sweetheart of the brothers for sure.  The older brothers found a space in my heart in this book, totally, yeah that's all I'm going to say.

This book took a turn that I totally did not see it come, but such a great turn, because I just want more of Ky and Faye and all of the Kennedys, this family's drama is non ending.  By the end of the first book I hated James to the max, now I feel bad for the guy.  Siobhan is messing with my brain lol.  I need more Kennedy and drama now.  I cannot wait for book 3 to come out.

5 out of 5 stars and if you read the first book and weren't sure if you want to continue with the series, give this book a try and I promise that it will change your mind!!!

XOXO,

Nelia

Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekend Reads: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Happy Friday!!!! It's ALMOST Spring, how else is happy that Monday it will officially be Spring?  Even though I live in New England and that doesn't really mean anything (it's currently 28 degress, freezing) but just knowing that we are going towards the warm weather just makes me happy.

Already back to today's topic and what I will be reading this weekend, I just started reading this book yesterday, it's the last Morgan Matson book that I haven't read and it's about time that I read, right?

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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What are you currently reading?

XOXO,

Nelia

Thursday, March 16, 2017

By Your Side by Kasie West

Not that long ago I had this cold that totally knocked me out, I spent two weekends in bed and I remember one weekend where I read nothing but contemporary books and here I am, doing a bunch of these reviews not.  Not that I am complaining but I freaking  loved them, it was an amazing weekend to be sick lol

Let's jump to this review:

By Your Side by Kasie West

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From GoodReads:
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn't think things could get any worse.  But that's before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her.  Autumn doesn't know much about Dax except that he's trouble.  Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he's not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with.  Still, she just keeps reminding herself that is is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn't come.  No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her.  Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye.  As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection.  But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn's old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax's side?


This is was my first Kasie West book and I loved it.  Yeah, there was some things that some people had issues, like how come the library doors didn't open from the inside and stuff like that.  But, I think people were just expecting too much to happen inside the library, I personally loved the whole story, I loved how Autumn and Dax connected, it wasn't instant love and she didn't even trust him at first and she does say too.  But she also gives him the benefit of the doubt and that's when things start to happen.  Another great subject that was touched was anxiety, Autumn deals with anxiety and she is even on medication, I had read some reviews that people said that it would be nice if they dealt with anxiety the way that Autumn dealt with, well let me tell you something, everyone deals with anxiety on a different level, I personally deal with a small deal of anxiety and I don't even take medication for it and I'm not even going to go into much detail because I don't like to talk about it but I just want to say there are lots and lots of different kinds of anxiety.  But back to the book, I loved the romance, it was just enough and cute.  And the family support?  Amazing, loved how they were always there checking in on Autumn and supporting her all the way.  Overall, a one sitting read and 5 out 5 stars, I loved it.

XOXO,

Nelia