Scrap A Book (5)

Today I’m bringing you my 5th and final post in my Scrap A Book series.

Today’s book is super special to me. It is the first time I was a beta reader and the first time my name went into the acknowledgements of a book. It will forever be a milestone in my blogging life. This series is one of my favorites and the author is someone I am happy to call a friend.

Breathe, Annie, Breathe is my favorite Miranda Kenneally book. Not only do I love Jere with everything in me, I love the struggle that Annie goes through and the changes she makes to help herself deal with loss and fear.  It is such a strong story and one I think every one should read. (It also just so happens to be only $2.99 for the Kindle right now.)

Fun fact…A line from my review is listed under the Editorial Reviews on Amazon.

What did you think of my Scrap A Book series? Something you would be interested in seeing more of?

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The ABCs with Madalyn from Novel Ink

Welcome to The ABCs where you can see what accessory, book and clothing item others are lusting after!

Today on The ABCS we have Madalyn from Novel Ink  showing off an accessory, book and clothing item of choice.

Let’s give Madalyn a way ABCs welcome:

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Accessory: Bronze Emerald Necklace from Adam Rabbit
I own a bunch of Adam Rabbit pieces (a boutique I used to work in carried their stuff), and I love them. I’m really into crystal jewelry, and this necklace incorporates my favorite color in the world– emerald green.

Book: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
I read A Study in Charlotte at the beginning of this year and enjoyed it, so I hope to get my hands on this sequel soon! Plus, how gorgeous are the covers of this series?

Clothing item: “Chill with that Misogyny” shirt from GreenBoxShop
I NEED this shirt in my life. Love the sentiment, love the light pink color. I think this would look so cute with light-wash, highwaisted jeans and a black cardigan.

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And there you have Madalyn’s ABCs!

I hope you enjoyed!

 

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On My Radar – Lauren Miller (8)

It is no secret that I’m a fan of Lauren Miller. I fell in love with her writing the second I started her debut novel Parallel back in March of 2013. She took a subject that I knew little about and made it readable and enjoyable. It quickly became a favorite of mine and it has been my goal to get anyone I can to read it. Parallel (currently $5.99 for Kindle) is smart and thought provoking. It makes you wonder what your life could have been like if you made one choice differently. If you went to a different college; applied for a job somewhere else; turned left instead of right. The characters where awesome and you really felt what the felt. Not to mention that one little twist that still gets me every time. I think it is a book everyone should read and I may not rest until that happens.

And then there was her second book, Free to Fall. Free to Fall (currently $3.99 for the Kindle) is so current. In a world where technology rules our lives it fit the scope of where the world is perfectly. It got you thinking about how we do let technology help us make decisions. We look on line now before we buy something to see what others think. We rely on it to talk to friends and make plans. Technology is everything in the world and Free to Fall takes it a tiny step further with technology being the only way to make decisions. Another fantastic character driven story with just a hint of dystopian/sci-fi to it.

What brought this post on? Miller’s third book, All Things New. I just finished it yesterday and it was so unbelievably amazing. It is probably Miller’s most real book to date. It has a hint of something to it that doesn’t make it a straight contemporary, but even with that the book is just so truthful and honest. It’s a story about a girl that is scarred from an accident and can suddenly seeing wounds on people that aren’t there. It’s a struggle about seeing what is below the surface and what people hide and how it is okay to not be okay. It was straight up fantastic and I think it is something that people need to read and I want it on your radar. You won’t be disappointed. I know I wasn’t.

On My Radar – Lauren Miller (8)All Things New by Lauren Miller
Published by Three Saints Press
Goodreads

From the author of PARALLEL and FREE TO FALL comes a novel about how it feels to be broken and what means to be real.

Seventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn't help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and noticeable scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumble—now she looks as shattered as she feels. Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, but things go from bad to worse when she realizes she’s seeing bruises and scars on the people around her that no one else can see. She blames it on the accident, but as her body heals and the hallucinations continue, Jessa wonders if what she’s seeing could somehow have a deeper meaning. In her quest for answers, she falls for Marshall, a boy whose kindness and generous heart slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world—a place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.

ALL THINGS NEW is a love story about perception and truth, physical and emotional pain, and the messy, complicated people we are behind the masks we put on for the world.

So now I ask, have you read a Lauren Miller book?

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The Art of the Reread – The Books

Back in January I mentioned my love of rereading and some of the books I planned to reread this year. It has been 2 months since that post I have already reread 4 of the 7 books on that post.

Honestly I just can’t help myself. I get a book in my head, a book that I loved, and I can’t get it out of my system until I’ve read it again. And sometimes that doesn’t even work. I’ll Meet You There is an example. There are many times someone will say the name Josh and I immediately want to reread that gorgeous book. Truthfully, I just reread it and I want to do it again already (so if you haven’t read it, do it for me please!)

Since it is only March and I have read 4 of the 7 on my original list, I figured I should add a few more to go with the original 3 that are left:

Original 3

New Editions

The Sea of Tranquility: This is one of my favorite NAish books. The characters and the story break my heart but I love it all the same.

Something Like Normal: When ever I reread I’ll Meet You There I feel the need to read about Travis and Harper all over again. This Trish Doller book is one of my favorites.

What Happens Next: I still think this book is one of the most underrated books I have ever read. It is so great and it makes me sad that fewer and fewer people talk about it. Corey Livingston is the best!

Froi of the Exiles: Ah, the book that almost wasn’t. Probably my favorite books in the Lumatere Chronicles. When I reread this beast it will be on audio because the audio is fantastic.

The Program: I recently just did a post on why you should read this series. I finished The Adjustment not that long ago and I feel like I want to read all the books now. Stay tuned in the fall for when I plan to do a readalong.

What books do you think you will reread? Have you read any of these?

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Review: Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welsh

Review: Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans WelshLove & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Published by Simon Pulse
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Amazon, Goodreads

A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure.

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept from Lina for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

I was drawn to Love & Gelato by the cover. There, I said it, I judged a book by its cover and that’s why I bought it. I’m sorry, but I’m a sucker for ice cream-ish covers. After I got over the cover love, I got serious and looked up what the story was about. I was immediately invested. A mystery that unfolds in Italy and a story about a 16 year old girl and the father she never met? Yes please. It just screamed a me book, and it was…to an extent. Honestly I really enjoyed Love & Gelato. It lived up to my expectations in a way. But there was one part that didn’t do it for me and it was the romance.

Before I get into the romance part let’s talk about what I loved: the diary/journal mystery unfolding, the relationship between Lina and her father, and the use of Italy. The diary/journal part of Love & Gelato was truly the star of the show.  Reading how Lina learned about her mother’s history and find out a part of her life that she never knew about was such an amazing experience as a reader. By getting to know a part of her mother this way, Lina got to see Italy and what her mother fell in love with and she got to know her father. Without that diary Lina would have missed out on what Italy had to offer which would have been a shame. Instead she got an experience all her own with her mother’s guidance that was really one of a kind.

And I really wish the story ended at that. For me that was all Love & Gelato needed, the journal and the eye opening experience. Instead a romance was added in and it just took away from the story for me, which is super rare because I’m always team romance. I personally think that Lina didn’t need to fall in love or have a boy she was crushing on for Love & Gelato to be a truly great book. For me the story was Lina falling in love with the idea of new experiences and learning her mother’s history. It just didn’t need the romance.

All in all I enjoyed Love & Gelato. If I could have taken the romance out I would have been 10 times happier and the book would have been given a solid 4 stars. With that said though I really liked this one and the story it told. I suggest you pick it up and see for yourself how you will feel.

 

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