Review: Without Merit – Colleen Hoover

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Title: Without Merit
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Family
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★
Goodread // Amazon

 

 

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The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.
Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.
Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.
Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.

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Today’s review (finally i’m posting one) is of an author I respect and love SO so much. Colleen freaking Hoover.
It has been such a while since I’ve last read any of her books. MISSED IT.

Without Merit is a Fresh novel, refreshing yet heartwealming…it got me into an emotional rollercoaster and I LOVE IT!!!
It’s different from Colleen’s usual style. Different in a GREAT way. (Okay, did I give away I’m a sucker for Colleen Hoover’s work yet? Did it work? I sure hope so 😂 )

This book is about depression; the heavy truth about mental health, which is super important. I’ve given this book 5 stars, but if i could, i’d give it 20 out of 10.

 

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“I found out that depression doesn’t necessarily mean a person is miserable or suicidal all the time. Indifference is also a sign of depression.”

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Merit and her family are strange, She’s an unusual girl, living an unusual life among unusual people. Let that sink in.
She collects trophies she didnt win as a hobby of hers. She has two brothers and twin sister that althought they’re identical twins, they’re nothing alike in terms of personality.  Reading the novel we get to know Merit’s struggles and feelings when compared to her siblings.

I like the fact that Colleen included/mentioned so many topics in this novel. Don’t get me started on how thriller I was when Sagan (A character who’s wise for his age, with the ability to see things from more than one perspective) mentioned he’s majoring in Arabic, and spoke it (even if it was just one word)!!!! As a native Arabic speaker it makes me SO HAPPY! I also felt grateful as Colleen shed light on the Arab spring, as well as the refugee crisis.
At one point, I somewhat did connect with Merit…let’s say we both had a similar experience. Which made me understand how she felt and what she thought at certain scenes.
The story is told through the eyes of Merit, it’s interesting yet unpredictable, amusing and emotional with a beautiful minor touch of romance, but let me tell y’all…it end with a message (or should I say a lesson) hard to forget.. yes, THAT important!!

 

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“So many secrets in this house. And yet, the one secret I should have told years ago is the one I’ve kept the quietest.”

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If you need a different read, a quirky one that’ll get you laugh one second, and shake your head in the next one, then without a doubt Without Merit is the book for you. Share it and discuss it with people you know

 

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“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”

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Have a great read!
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Review: After You (Me Before You #2) – Jojo Moyes

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Title: After You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Genre: Chick-lit, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 29th 2015
Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★
Goodreads // Amazon

 

 

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How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?
Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future…
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

 

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  If you haven’t read Me Before You, note that there are spoilers for After You in this review.

 

Hello,

Holy!!!! I can’t believe I forgot to review the sequel to “Me Before You”.

I am truly glad that Jojo Moyes decided to write this sequel! while Will Traynor‘s story end within the previous book, Louisa Clark‘s continue..she’s got a whole life ahead of her and it was exciting and thrilling to know how to it was with no guesses.

I have seen a lot of negative reviews for this book, (most comparing it to Me Before You) and I totally get it..MBY was AMAZIIIING!! I fell in love with the characters just as well. HOWEVER, this book is NOT Me Before You.

Lou and Will had me crying and laughing altogether while reading their story. They became real to me and I missed them as soon as I finished and I cried reading Will‘s letter where he says his goodbyes.

 

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“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

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When someone too important in your heart and life is gone, you may have the thoughts being happy without them is disrespectful their memory, but that is not the case. Everybody deserves to be happy, and keeping that person’s memory in your mind and heart is already honorable enough. And like how life doesn’t have “endings”, you never stop to meet new people. In After You, Louisa will meet several new people making impacts on her life, and you have to keep in mind that not all impacts are negative 😉

This book ties up all loose ends in Lou‘s life. It is pretty enjoyable seeing Lou as lovable as ever, but a certain playful and cheerful spark has disappeared along with Will’s..

So many people loved Lou and wanted to know what happened to her. Then when they are told what happened, they automatically compare it to the first one that they loved and are disappointed. Remember that a book that you fall deeply in love with is a rare gem.
This book was a good story on its own. If not comparing the two and only looking at After You for its own merits, it is a good story. It showed Lou’s struggle with moving on, how she was stuck, and how she grew. I enjoyed meeting new characters (Sam, Donna, Jake, Lilly…etc) and liked watching Louisa’s life expand.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story and think it is worth a read.
Please kep in mind if you intend to read it, this is not Lou and Will’s story. This is LOU‘s story of growth … Lily‘s story of growth, as both learn how to move on from their pasts.

 

Happy reading!

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Review: Children of Vice (Children of Vice #1) – J J McAvoy

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Title: Children of Vice (Children of Vice #1)
Author: J. J McAvoy
Genre: NA, Contemporary Romance, Mystery, Crime, Mafia, Suspense
Release Date: May 17th 2017
Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★
Goodreads // Amazon

 

 

 

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I, Ethan Antonio Giovanni Callahan, first son of the former head of the Irish mob, Liam Alec Callahan, and former head of the Italian mafia, ex-governor, Melody Nicci Giovanni Callahan, solemnly swear to ruthlessly protect our family name, business and way of life, no matter the cost to me or anyone else. I shall show no mercy; I shall offer no forgiveness; there will be no peace for those who stand against me.

I will live for my family.
I will kill for my family.
I will marry for my family.

I, Ivy O’Davoren, the only daughter of Shay O’Davoren, solemnly swear to ruthlessly and mercilessly exact revenge on the Callahans and all those who betrayed my father and family.

I will live for revenge.
I will kill for revenge.
I will marry for revenge.

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You devoured the Ruthless People series. Now it’s time to revel in the reign of the Callahan children…

 

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Hello, hello!
I’m so excited for today’s review! couldn’t wait, I wrote it as soon as I finished the book 🙂

Children of Vice is the first in the series spin-off from the Ruthless People series, and Holy moly!! this series is a whole new level, it deserves WHOLE 5 STARS!!

I’ve fallen in love with JJ McAvoy‘s style of writing and her books, they made me feel hundred of things all at once..my emotions were all over the place; It IS that good, yes!

This book is told from multiple POVs; It is about Ethan Callahan (Liam and Melody’s first-born) who’s now a Ceann na Conairte.

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“If it means protecting this family’s name and legacy, I’d set myself on fire.” I felt my whole body tensing as I spoke. “I will not be the son who inherited the kingdom only to let it crumble at my feet. That is not my fate.”

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Ethan is so cold. I disliked that in the beginning but understood why, the more I kept on reading i ended up sorta loving it. He is a calculated, Methodical, sharp-eyed, intense and  absolutely ruthless.

Ivy O’Davoren has been set up and served SEVEN years in prison for a crime she did not commit. She blamed the Callahan’s for her parents’ death until she learned the truth..knowing she was blaming the wrong people all along. She’s ruthless but with a softer side. She has a quirky side and she’s perfect for Ethan! They complimented each other. And of course Liam and Melody are still the most ruthless of them all… There is no denying (There’s going to be a little surprise from them, keep your eyes open 😉 )

Donatella/Dona, Another character I come to love. She’s so much like her mother Melody, fearless and power-hungry. I am VERY ready for her book!! All i can say for now is WELL PLAYED..WELL EFFING PLAYED

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There is a huge turning point half through in the story, which really changes Ethan & Ivy’s relationship to the better (some facts revealed, and flashbacks from the Ruthless People are clicking together).

I surely ddon’t agree with everything in this story but I must say, it was one hell of an entertainment and I loved every second of it. Worth it!!

The cliffhanger at the end is driving me nuts, I SO need to read the next book, it’s going to be LIT!!

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Have you read the “Ruthless People” series? (you don’t have to read them in order to read this current one I just reviewed) What are your thoughts?

If you love mafia romances, with a fearless heroine, then this book is what you’ve been searching for.

Happy reading!

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Movie Review: Voice From The Stone

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Hello!!

I just got to finish watching “Voice From the Stone” movie and met me start this review off by saying that this movie isn’t a horror one, but more of a mystery, psychological, supernatural drama.

Voice from the Stone is a haunting and suspenseful romance set in 1950’s.
The film follows Verena (Emilia Clarke) a nurse who roams the Italian countryside nannying and helping emotionally damaged kids back to their mental health.

She’s called to a castle to try to help Jakob (Edward Dring), a young boy who mourns the death of his mother Malvina (Caterina Murino), and has refused to speak ever since her death.

The issue is that Jakob seems to hear the voice of his mother by putting his ear to the quarry stones around the castle walls.
Verena must try to help Jakob, all while dealing with his emotionally distant father Klaus (Martin Csokas),  Alessio, and Lilia who’s an associate of Malvina. Mysterious events take place and questions arise when Verena finds her core beliefs shaken by phenomena she can’t explain.

The ending got me confused, and it took me a few minutes replaying the scenes again and again to actually get it (Won’t spoil it! gotta see it for yourself)

Overall, I did love and enjoy the movie. The cast was on point and so was Emilia’s acting.

 

Have you seen the movie yet? what do you think about it?
Share with me 🙂

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Review: Kissed by an Angel Series – Elizabeth Chandler

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Title: Kissed by an Angel
Author: Elizabeth Chandler
Genre: YA, Romantic suspense, Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: August 1st 1998
Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★
Goodreads // Amazon

Hello!!

I’m back with another awesome 5 stars book series to read 🙂 I read this book over a year ago, so this review will probably be quite short.

Kissed by an Angel trilogy is an angelic romantic suspense trilogy.

Blurb:

Kissed by an Angel:  Ivy and Tristan have the love of a lifetime–until Tristan dies in a car accident. Now Tristan returns as an angel, but Ivy is unable to feel his presence.

The Power of Love: Tristan has learned that the person responsible for the car crash is after Ivy. Can he cross the boundaries of life and death to warn Ivy that she is in trouble?

Soulmates: Tristan must rescue Ivy, but if he does so his mission will be finished and he will have to leave his true love forever.

I absolutely love the books!(I have yet to read the rest “Evercrossed“,  “Everafter” and “Everlasting“.. but I can already tell that they’ll be amazing as the first ones) I TOTALLY recommend it!!!

 

This book consists of a combination of romance and mystery. It’s about Ivy and Tristan, a teen in-love couple that got teared apart die to a terrible accident that changed EVERYTHING!!!
Tristan ended up dying in the accident leaving Ivy devastated and depressed which resulted in her loosing her faith in Angels.
Tristan returns as an angel and met another girl named Lacey (another angel that helped him communicate with Ivy and try to restore her believe in angels).
Tristan found out that the accident wasn’t really as they all thought it was.. (I personally was not expecting it, it shocked me to find out who the real threat was).. Someone actually set them up.

“I wouldn’t have been sent back to help you,” Tristan continued. “I wouldn’t have been made an angel if it weren’t important that you live, Ivy. I want you to be mine” -Ivy could hear the pain in his voice- “but you’re not.”

“I am!” she cried out loud.

“We’re on different sides of a river,” he said, “and it’s a river that neither of us can cross. You were meant for somebody else.”

 

I loved the ending, and this series is great for adults and teens alike, hope you give it a try 🙂

 

Happy reading!

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