ARC Review: Still Me – Jojo Moyes

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Title: Still Me (Me Before You #3)
Author: Jojo Moyes
Genre: Romance, Woman’s Fiction, Contemporary.
Release Date:  January 30th 2018
Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★
Goodreads // Amazon

 

 

 

 

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Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.
Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets–not all her own–that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

 

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*ARC kindly provided via NetGalley *

If you’ve read my precious reviews on Me Before You and After You you’d know how much I love this series! I was so happy to know there’ll be a third book, and you can imagine how delighted I am now that I got to read the first chapter of Still Me.

I knew I’d get into much heartache reading only the first chapter sample as i’d definitely want more while the release date is still ahead. But, honestly!! I couldn’t help myself…reading about Louisa again is like meeting an old friend you haven’t seen for ages. I miss her that much.

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The opening of this book, Still me, is everything I hoped for. I’m so glad to read Louisa‘s doing okay, building a life and a new career in New York. Oh!! and we definitely can’t forget about Nathan 😉

I’m excited to read the entire book to discover what kind of new adventure will Louisa get into..and also to know about her family and Sam (her paramedic BF)

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Review: Chicago Syndicate Series – Soraya Naomi

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Title: Chicago Syndicate
Author: Soraya Naomi
Genre: YA, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 27th 2014
Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★
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The novels follow the lives of the Chicagoan mafia members: the Chicago Syndicate. Love, lust, deceit, lies & betrayal taint the relationships between the alpha killers and their civilian women. Nothing is what it seems in this sinfully sexy mafia series.

 

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Hello!!

Back to you Mafia romance lovers!
I love mafia romances (who doesn’t?) and this one right here is FANTASTIC!! For Fallon, is worth the 5 stars if not more.

Fallon Michaels is copy writer. She’s a beautiful, a strong woman that is not whiney/needy.
Luca Demiliano, a mafia underboss. He had me intrigued, he was slightly hard to read at times but was sweet and sexy at the other hand.

Their relationship was sorta realistic rather than insta love, which was great! There definitely some hot smoky scenes.
The problem was that Luca hid his mafia life from Fallon (many business trips away, random texts, odd behavior..) this caused tension between them, and had Fallon wondering maybe she’d try distancing herself before getting in too deep.

This series is a romantic thriller/romantic suspense and it’s not just a lovey dovey romance. There’s always some action, mystery, drama and lots of suspense. you’ll like the excitement in here. For Fallon has that (the whole series does in fact). It’s a love story, but also a story full of secrets and unexpected surprises.

 

PS: Although part of the Chicago Syndicate world, For LoganBlack Hat Hacker, and The Lawyer and the Tramp are complete standalones and can be enjoyed either with or without reading the rest of the series.

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Review: Evercrossed, Everlasting, Everafter – Elizabeth Chandler

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Author: Elizabeth Chandler
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Release Date: March 8th 2011
Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★
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It’s been a year since Ivy’s boyfriend, Tristan, died. They’ve both moved on—Tristan to the other side of the afterlife, and Ivy to sweet, dependable Will. Now Ivy’s heading to Cape Cod, hoping to leave the horror of last summer behind. She wants nothing more than to lie on the beach, sip lemonade, and hang out with her friends.
But then a car crash ends Ivy’s life.
As she floats to the beyond, looking down on the life she’s left behind, Tristan breathes life back into her with a passionate kiss. She wakes up in the hospital, surrounded by Will and her family, but all she can think about is the love that she lost.
But memories aren’t all that’s come back from the past. And this time, Ivy’s not sure love will be enough to save her.

 

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Hello fellow bookworms,

As I previously mentioned on one of my previous reviews (first Kissed by an Angel trilogy post) that I haven’t given Fantasy novels and stories a shot before. But, this series has struck my interest and I’d like to read more similar works.

the trilogy had me heartbroken, not that I’m complaining or anything, but I felt like somebody has snatched my heart away. Not sure how to move forward from that (suggestions appreciated lol)

Totally bittersweet.
I enjoyed it. Actually, I LOVE it!!! I wasn’t expecting such an ending.

“I’m heartbroken” I cry
“I shall never forget you” I whisper
“what do I do with my life now?” I ask

this story brought a dramatic side out of me lol

Ivy is lovely girl, she’s strong and understanding, not to mention a beautiful person inside and out.

Tristan‘s love for Ivy run so deep, that he would do anything just to protect her and have her smiling.

Beth and Will, through there was some ups and downs in their friendship with Ivy, they remained loyal to each other.
Not sure how to feel about Will and Beth as a couple, I’m not against them that’s for sure, I’m just feeling a little bit weird lol maybe because of whom Will was with in the beginning of the story 😛 (I’ve spoiled enough, time for you to read and find yourself)

 

Have you read Kissed by an Angel, and this trilogy before? Do you have any suggestions on such similar Fantasy-Paranormal genres? Share with me

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Review: A Thousand Boy Kisses – Tillie Cole

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Title: A thousand Boy Kisses
Author: Tillie Cole
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: March 15th 2016
Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★
Goodread // Amazon

 

 

 

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One kiss lasts a moment. But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.One boy. One girl. A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade. A bond that neither time nor distance can break. A bond that will last forever. Or so they believe.When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.

 

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Hello my friendly bookworms,

It has been a while I’ve been looking for a certain specific book that would turn my world upside down (masochist much?). Now, I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but this book has been sitting in my library for MONTHS. I’ve finally picked it up and read it, my heart feels so full it could burst any given moment now.
In fact, there are no proper words to describe my current state and feelings.

Poppy and Rune meet when they are five years old. They are neighbors who quickly become best friends. Poppy’s mamaw (grandma) gives her a jar to fill with kisses..1000 boy kisses to be exact!! Rune, decides, out of anyone, he’ll be the very one to give Poppy these kisses.
After spending most of their childhood/teen years madly in love, Rune gets suddenly slapped by the reality he’s got to leave to Norway (his original country) and leave his one and only Poppy behind..

 

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“Moonbeam hearts and sunshine smiles.”

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You guys, these two characters, Poppy and Rune are both amazing. Their love and devotion to each other is itself amazing.

 

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“I closed my eyes and replayed our lives in my mind. I remembered the times I hugged him and he hugged me harder. I remembered how I kissed him and he kissed me deeper. And best of all, I remembered how I would love him and he would always strive to love me more”

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A thousand Boy Kisses has this cute heart sketches


and don’t get me started on how freaking cute Rune and Poppy are 😍 I SHIP!!!! A hundred, thousand, MILLION yes to these two cuties (now THAT was my reaction before it turned sore)
Why Tillie, Why 😭😭😭
BUT, I totally understand the ending and it somewhat gave me a sense of calmness and acceptance as I’m absolutely and definitely team Poppy and Rune.

 

Is anybody curious enough to know how else do I feel after trudging through this thing? Anybody?

D.E.P.R.E.S.S.E.D!!

Imagine if someone re-wrote all those ugly-cry stories we read and heard about or saw as movies into one book. This is the result…all wrote down on some cute pink heart-shaped paper.

This book is very VERY well written, you could absolutely feel the connection between the characters and get attached like you never had before!

Have you read it before? what are your thoughts? And, I would love to get suggestion to similar books.

Have a good read!
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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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