Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekend Reads: Keeping Kyler by Siobhan Davis

I don't even know how to start this post, I'm wicked tired and even though the weekend is right around the corner there is not resting and relaxing ahead for me :(   I'm going to cry,  I have to much planning and work this weekend that it's not even funny but I will somehow survive, don't know how but I will, right?

Here is the book that I just started today and that I will be reading this weekend:

Keeping Kyler by Siobhan Davis

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Yes, this is the third book in the Kennedy Boys series and yes this is an ARC, because this book is not out yet (it will be next month-5/29) and I am SO EXCITED to be reading this book in advance.  I cannot wait to find out what is happening with Faye and Kyler.

What are you guys reading this weekend?  What are your plans?  Hopefully better than mine lol

XOXO,

Nelia

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Book Review: After You by Jojo Moyes

Who hasn't read Me Before You?  That was one of the most popular books of 2016, especially with the movie coming out.  I read the book and loved and yes I watched the movie too I actually really enjoyed the movie too.  I have had this book for a while on my TBR and I have finally read it so let's review it:

After You by Jojo Moyes

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After You follows Lou after what happens at the end of Me Before You.  And, basically Lou is a mess.  She is not the same bubbly person that we met on Me Before You, she is sad, depressed and pretty much miserable and doesn't know what to do with herself and her life.  At the beginning of the book she is on an unfortunate accident and ends up back at her parents house for a while, which she isn't too happy about it but ends up liking it at the same time.  Once she gets back up on her feet (literally) she goes back to London and her lot and back to the "life" she has created after Will.

She joins a grief group, we get to see her there and get to meet the people from that group, I actually liked the grief  group and wish there was of it than we got.  Then Lou gets a surprise from Will's past life, someone that even Will didn't know existed and she spends the whole entire book consumed by this person, trying to help and get this person's life back together, like it was more important than her own life.  (yes, I guess I had a little bit of problem with this part of the book).

Lou does meet someone else in this book and begins a relationship and I really thought it was going to get her up on her feet and see her back together, but nope, she was so not sure of herself even at the end of the book, which totally surprised me what she ended up doing.  I think I loved her love interest more than Lou (lol).

I ended up giving this book 3.5 stars out of 5, why?  It was nice to see the Traynors and Lou's family (even though I still don't know what her mother was doing to herself, you can be a feminist and love our husband, right?).  Her sister?  She was the one that had her entire life figure out and was doing better than anyone, a really nice change.  Lou was just a very different character in this book and I think that disappointed me a little.  Let me know if you agree with me.


XOXO,

Nelia

Monday, April 17, 2017

Book Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Okay, let's do this, time for another book review...and today we are reviewing a dystopian book.  I don't get to read that many dystopian books anymore, I promised myself to read more genres and I'm happy that I have accomplished that goal, but at the same time I miss reading dystopian books so I'm going to have to remedy that...yeah that sounds good.

Here is today's review:


Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

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From GoodReads:
Celestine North lives a perfect life.  She's a model daughter and sister, she's well liked by her classmates and teachers, and she's dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision.  She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions.  She could be imprisoned.  She could be branded.  She could be found FLAWED.

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Flawed takes place in a society where everyone is supposed to be perfect, you make a mistake and you are branded Flawed and you pretty much become an outsider, who people don't want to talk to, who people feel disgust by.  And because of the way they live, everyone tries to be Perfect, tries to never do something that will make them be judged and become Flawed.

Celestine has been a perfect role model her entire life, she believes in been perfect and she has always believe in the laws and the government, but when one morning she finds herself in a situation where her life turns 180 degrees?  She starts to doubt everything she always believed.

This was such a different book to read, but a book where we can learn from it at the same time, how would like to be perfect?  But then we see how the whole society lives and when Celestine gets judged by what she does we start to see all the flaws that whole society actually has.  Loved the writting, love characters...can't wait to read the next book.  4 out 5 stars.


XOXO,

Nelia

Friday, April 14, 2017

Weekend Reads: Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, I cannot believe that Friday is finally here and I'm wicked happy about it.  And besides Happy Friday, it's also Happy Good Friday and Happy Easter! :)

I cleared most of my weekend because it's Easter I want to spend the time with my kids and family.  What are you guys doing this weekend?

Here is the book that I'm currently reading and that hopefully I will finishing it by tomorrow:

Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

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And once I'm done with this one, I'm ready to jump into this retelling of The Little Mermaid :) I'm really excited about this one.  I don't think I've read any little mermaid retelling, YEAH!

Hushed by Joanne MacGregor

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What are you currently reading?  And what are you reading this weekend?

XOXO,

Nelia

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Book Review: Amy & Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Aright, since my dad got sick and I got bronchitis I have been on a book slump, I really need to get over it quick because it's affecting everything, even doing book reviews.  AH, HELP!  Let's try to remedy this by doing a book review today...that's step one.  Actually step one was going back to my Yoga classes, because I stopped going because of the running around that I had to do while my dad was at the hospital.  But just last week alone I went 5 days and I have been feeling amazing and dead...lol.  Now, I just need to get my reading back on.

But first let's get back to today's topic which is a book review:

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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From GoodReads:
Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer.  Her mother decided to move across the country and now it's Amy's responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut.  The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel.  Enter Roger.  An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip- and has plenty of baggage of his own.  The road home may be unfamiliar- especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory-but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.


I want to start by saying that Morgan Matson doesn't not disappoint, she really nails it in every book that she writes.  She is definitely one of the authors that is on my auto buys list, ah okay back to the review on this book.

Amy's dad passed away in a car accident and her mom decides that the best thing for the family is to start fresh and they are moving from California to Connecticut.  Her mom moves first and then Amy is in charge of bringing their car to Connecticut, but she refuses to drive as she isn't ready to get behind a wheel yet, which we find out why about halfway through the book.  Her mother's friend's kid, Roger agrees to drive the car and Amy to Connecticut as he is also going to the east coast to spend the summer with his father.

At first they don't know what to say to each other, they kind of remember each other from when they were little kids but that's about it.  Amy's mother has their road trip all planned out for them including the hotels where they should sleep and everything but what she didn't they was that Amy and Roger would plan a little detour of the trip and see and take care of a few things along the way.  A trip that was suppose to take 4 days ended up taking a few extras days getting Amy's mother upset with her but most important it ended up been an epic detour for both Amy and Roger and a detour that both of them needed.  Amy got to see and got to come to terms on a lot of things that she never thought she was ready too and Roger?  What he thought he needed ended up been the opposite, but at the end?  It was a great story about friendship, family, music and road trip fun for sure.

The end of the book was not what I was expecting but, for it was also nice that this book focused on something else other than romance and I totally recommend it if that's what you are looking for.

To conclude?  5 out of 5 stars, amazing writing, amazing story line and who doesn't like a book with music?  That's definitely a plus!!

XOXO,

Nelia

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This book was on my TBR for years and for years I kept pushing it away, I don't know why...first it is a short read, second the location is near where I live and third and most important it has really great reviews.  So, pretty much I have no clue why I put it out so long to read it but I finally read it and holly crap...let's get to the review:


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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From GoodReads:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends--the Liars--whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution.  An accident.  A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The Truth.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

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So, where do I begin...there is the family, this rich family that owe a private island and they all spend the summers together there.  The cousins are more that cousins, they are best friends and they do everything together so much that they get much more than they wish for.

And that's as much as I'm going to say about this book.  Expect summer adventures, family drama, an accident that will change everything but you will not find out exactly what it really changed until you get until the very end of the book, so be prepared.

This book is written so amazingly well and twists and turns that she throws at you is like nothing you expect and when you finally realize what the truth is?  You just have to stop and think about what the heck really happened.  And I'm totally not making sense, but trust me, read it...it is SO GOOD.

5 out of 5 stars.

XOXO,

Nelia

Monday, April 10, 2017

Book Review: Alone by Scott Sigler

Final book in The Generations Trilogy, it was definitely one of the books that I really wanted to read this year and when I saw it at NetGalley and then I got approved to read it early, Oh My I was sooo happy.  Thank you NetGalley :)

If you haven't read this trilogy yet, here are the reviews to the first two books: Alive book 1 and Alight book 2.  Now, let's jump to the review of the final book:

Alone by Scott Sigler

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From GoodReads:
Pawns in a millennia-old struggle, the young people known only as the Birthday Children were genetically engineered to survive on the planet Omeyocan-but they were never meant to live there.  They were made to be "overwritten," their minds wiped and replaced by the consciousness of the monsters who created them.

Em changed all of that.

She unified her people and led a revolt against their creators.  Em and her friends escaped an ancient ghost ship and fled to Omeyocan.  They thought they would find an uninhabited paradise.  Instead, they found the ruins of a massive city long since swallowed by the jungle.  And they weren't alone.  The Birthday Children fought for survival against the elements, jungle wildlife, the "Grownups" who created them...and, as evil corrupted their numbers, even against themselves.

With these opponents finally defeated, Em and her people realized that more threats were coming, traveling from across the universe to lay claim to their planet.  The Birthday Children have prepared as best they can against this alien armada.  Now, as the first ship reach orbit around Omeyocan, the final battle for the planet begins.

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The first couple books was all about finding out about themselves and about finding a place to survive and on book two they had to find this alien race that had already claim Omeyocan for themselves.  And they did it but at the end of book two Em and their friends realize that the fight was far from over yet.  Because more alien races were coming to claim their home and the "Grownups" were among the aliens too, so they had to find out why all those ships were coming to Omeyocan, why this place was calling them and if it was worth it fighting for it.  And that's pretty much what this book is about, Em and her friends finally find out the reason behind Omeyocan and why all those ships were coming to claim it too and why so many races got a "call" and the desire to fight and kill for it.
And Em together with her friends also find out more about the Grownups and the ship they escaped and I'm not going to say much about it but that part of the book was probably my favorite.

So, overall 4.5 stars...it was still a very different book, totally different from anything I have read of course.  Lots of action, like I like in a book, you learn lots of new things but the author knew to wrap up everything nicely, every nicely.  Do I agree with how everything ended up?  Heck no, I'm mad how somethings ended but I do see why he finished it this way and Ok, I'll forgive him, but Em ending that way?  AH...I'm still upset about it.  And if you want to find out how Em ended?  Go and read it.

XOXO,

Nelia


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 2017 TBR

April...I cannot believe that we are in April, was just yesterday that 2017 started?  Wow, 2017 sure is flying, these are the times that I realize that I need to take a deep breath and don't forget to appreciate the small things in life.

I think I have wrote down this TBR list a few times because I'm really not sure what I want to read this month, so here is what I'm going to do, I'm going to keep this list short and go with the flow.  Leave the month open for more possibilities, right? Right...who's with me?

Here's what I''m going to do, pick the books that I need to pick for my reading challenges and then leave the rest of my TBR open...I like that, what about you?

April TBR

1. A Million Worlds Without You by Claudia Gray (my rock TBR book for this month)

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2. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (my diverse book for this month)

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3. Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

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4. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

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5. Saven Deliverance by Siobhan Davis

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So, this is my set TBR for the month of April, I'm pretty sure that I will read a lot more than these 5 books but I'm just not sure which ones.  We shall see...

What are you reading this month?


XOXO,

Nelia


Monday, April 3, 2017

March 2017 Wrap Up

I just cannot believe the month of March is over, why?  Because it is still wicked cold here in Massachusetts and trust me I need some warm weather SOON.  I see some weekend getaway to a warm place in the near future if the weather continues this way, oh yeah. Is it warm where you live?

I have been really lots and lots of books these last few months but besides the month been crappy, my dad got sick the last two weeks in March so I didn't get to read as much but here are all the books that I read this month:

March 2017 Wrap Up

1. United by Melissa Landers: 4 Stars - and it's another trilogy finished for this year (pats herself in the back lol)

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2. Far From You by Tess Sharpe: 5 Stars - my diverse book for this book and OMG I loved it.

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3. By Your Side by Kasie West: 5 Stars - my first Kasie West book and I read this one in one sitting.

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4. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: 4 Stars - It was okay, I still need to watch the movie though.

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5. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: 5 Stars - and probably one of my favorites Poetry books ever.

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6. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket: 4 Stars - good start for a new series

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7. Alone by Scott Sigler: 5 Stars - another trilogy finished this year, but I didn't wait to long to finish this one as this book only came out this month :)

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8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: 5 Stars - I'm not saying much about this one.  I had no clue what this book was about and that is the way you should go into it.

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9.  Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson: 5 Stars - last Morgan Matson book that is currently out that I needed to read and I did and of course I loved it.

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10. Flawed by Cecelia Ahern: 4 Stars - I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to continue with the series.

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11. After You by Jojo Moyes: Stars: ??? I'll let you know next book becaue  I finished this book on 4/1...I literally had 40 pages left on 3/31 but I was too tired and too sick to finish it but I'll include it here and next month too.

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Not as many books as the last couple months but still a pretty good number and what else was good?  The books themselves, I read so many amazing books but my favorites this month?  Milk and Honey and Far From You, I still think about those books and I actually would love to reread them soon.

10 books for the month of April, still a pretty good number, right?

How many books did you read this month?  Any of your favorites here?  

XOXO,

Nelia