Book Review : Foot prints in the Sand by Michelle Horst

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Excerpt:

He is all I think and dream about.
My teenage heart beats only for him.
Until he becomes part of my worst nightmare…
Now, I avoid him.
I ban every thought of him.

(This is a stand alone novel. It is written from both Lacey and Seth’s point of view. It has a HEA!)

REVIEW :

When you first start reading this book, you would think that this is just another romance story. But it is not , for this story not only has romance, it has murder mystery, drama and heart breaking moments.

Lacey is a teenage girl who is in love with Seth, a neighbor who doesn’t even know that Lacey even exists. Lacey always tries everything to see or be near Seth They both attend the same school, Lacey is considered a outsider because of the way she looks and dresses. Actually she is picked on by one of Seth’s friends until Seth intervenes and notices Lacey’s beauty. Now Seth does notice Lacey and starts to get to know her. A chain of events keep them apart but you will need to read this book and take it from me, you will not want to put it down.

Michelle Horst gave this story so much passion and yet, it was very mysterious which made the story very intriguing. There is a cliffhanger for sure in the ending of the story, this is a must read book !!

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Book Review : Just Listen by Sarah Dessem

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Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

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Just Listen is a beautiful coming of age story. It follows Annabel Green, a girl who, at first glance, appears to have everything: looks, popularity, friends. All that changes during the summer before junior year. Something happened at the beginning of that summer, that left Annabel lonely, friendless and despised by her former best friend.

Contrary to what you might think at first glance, this is not a love story. At least, the love story is not the central part of the plot. This is a story about family, about how important it is to speak up and at the same time, to listen to others. It’s about how we hide the truth a lot of time, for different reasons, either to protect others, or because we consider our problems to not be as important as everyone else’s. We keep people in the dark, we push them away because we don’t know how to ask for help. We’d rather say were “fine” instead of saying “I’m not as okay as I seem”. We hide things out of shame, or because we believe others might not pay any attention to us if we asked them to. We don’t realize that most of the times, our silence speaks louder than words, it may even become deafening.

It’s a story about loneliness, appearances and how deceiving they may be. About bullying and friendship – how easily it can break and how difficult it is to put back together. About music. About sisterhood and personal growth. About how we shouldn’t think or judge sometimes, we should just listen.

I saw a lot of myself in Annabel. Her silence, her white lies – it’s something I do as well, a lot of the times. Because I never see myself as important or because I don’t want to burden the ones around me. She’s a compelling character and I loved the dynamic of her family. I loved that this was a story about how family can help, how family can heal and support its members. How, although you may go through tough times, they’re always there to help you through thick and thin. Even if sometimes it may seem it’s too late.

I should mention trigger warnings for eating disorder and abuse. Keep that in mind.

Favourite quotes:

“Don’t think or judge, just listen.”

“Because this is what happens when you try to run from the past. It just doesn’t catch up, it overtakes … blotting out the future.

Book Review : This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

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This Lullaby is my favourite Sarah Dessen book along with The Truth About Forever. There is no denying that Sarah Dessen follows a specific formula when writing a novel, a formula that doesn’t change too much (if at all) from book to book. But not only does this formula work, she manages to make it work wonderfully. In my opinion, Dessen has a gift, in that she is able to turn simple plots into beautiful and deep stories that work when in the mood for an entertaining, light, fun book, but one that really leaves you with something too.

In This Lullaby, Remy has very strict rules about relationships. These rules come from the fact that her mom is currently on her fifth marriage, so it is from experience that Remy knows: relationships don’t last. To avoid herself the pain she has seen her mother go through again and again she has always followed specific guidelines about dating, which -in general- have the purpose of her never getting too involved. However, one summer Remy meets Dexter and his personality starts making her change these rules, so Remy goes on an emotional journey, trying to come to terms with the fact that sometimes it’s ok to take a chance.

From the description of the plot, one might think they have the story figured out, from beginning to end. In a sense, this can be correct. We know that by the end the character will have grown and there will be a happy ending. However, as I said before, Sarah Dessen manages to turn simple plots into stories that go so much deeper. This isn’t just about Remy’s relationship with Dexter, it’s about Remy’s relationships with everyone. It’s about how she relates in general, how she learns to deal with people, with her feelings, with her experiences. It is about Remy learning to have a bit more freedom, tofree herself from herself. I think we can all identify with this, at least I know I can. This is where the heart of the story really is, and it’s where Sarah Dessen really shows her talent. She is able to develop likeable, and relatable characters. Maybe not all of us make conscious rules, like Remy, about how to relate to other people. But we all have a way of thinking, we all have a way of relating, a way we have adopted from experiences, from people we have met, from parents, since our childhood, and some of these schemes that we operate under sometimes prevent us from enjoying different ways of relating with other people. This is not a story about a girl meeting a guy, falling in love, and changing for him. This is a story about a girl growing up, learning to break out of her structured thoughts, learning to be more free, learning to stop defining herself and her life by her past experiences, or by the things her mom goes through, and in that process learning to be happy.

Remy and Dexter are both likeable characters, with flaws, they are not perfect, in fact they are far from it. Remy can be stubborn, close-minded, and cold, but she’s also vulnerable and the most important thing is that she knows she has flaws, she knows the way in which she has always related to people, the shell that she has created to protect herself, is not always healthy. She wishes she wasn’t like that. And that’s what’s beautiful about our story. I always believed that your worst enemy is always yourself. Our mind is the most powerful thing, it can have a great hold on how we act, and it can prevent us from being happy. Remy sees this, she wants to change, and she tries to… Even though she knows that by doing it she’s opening herself to a huge amount of hurt. That’s what makes her a great character. Dexter is outgoing, perhaps he can come on too strong, he’s friendly and unafraid to speak his mind. He lives his life much more relaxed than Remy does, and so he teaches her how to let go a little and just relax. Together they are very fun to be around, I extremely enjoyed their conversations, I laughed out loud at Dexter’s challenges, I continually looked forward to their interactions.

Every single character, however, no matter how minor their role might be, influences Remy in one way or another, and so in turn, they influenced me as well. They are all flawed, but they are all trying to be better people. And that’s just it right? It’s not about being perfect, there are no rules for perfection, it’s just about being permeable to change. In one’s journey towards happiness, or towards being a better person, sometimes you might get it right, and sometimes you might not. It’s about being flexible, and open, and ultimately just – free.

Book Review : MAKE ME BELIEVE BY KAREN FERRY

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Make Me Believe by Karen Ferry

Series: Believe #1
Published: July 6, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis

Sometimes, a chance meeting is just the push you need in order to break free from the darkness within…

My name is Emma, I’m 23, and I’ve never been kissed. I’m no virgin…But kissing is too intimate, too intense, and I don’t want that – not ever. I like sex, though, and most of my hook-ups don’t seem to mind the no-kissing part.

But then I meet Daniel, who’s such a geek, and definitely not the kind of guy I’d normally take an interest to. He’s the shy, quiet type, but with such a charming smile, and he makes my heart race – something I’ve never experienced before.

Daniel has his own issues to work through, and I know my hardened heart shouldn’t melt when he looks at me. I really shouldn’t be falling for him, either, but somehow, he manages to tear down my walls, and I’m scared…because once he learns my secrets, he’ll want nothing to do with me.

All I know is that Daniel makes me feel things that I have never felt before – but do I dare let down my walls and confide in him?

Will I let him be my first kiss?

This is my story, and I’ll reveal everything in my own sweet time…

Just don’t expect all the hearts-and-flowers stuff.

Life is messy, and mine is no different…

INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS

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Review :

Make Me Believe is everything: sweet, innocent, heartbreaking, funny, hot and sexy.

It shows you the story of Emma and Daniel.
Emma is stubborn, funny, strong and messed up.
Daniel is geeky, sweet and innocent.
Together they make the perfect match. They understand each other and show each other that no matter how inexperienced you are or how messed up you are, love always wins.

It is a really emotional read and has such a unique story, I just couldn’t put the book down until it was finished!
Make Me Believe shows us that even if you feel as if you don’t belong and as if you aren’t worth anything, there is still somebody out there that loves you no matter how messed up you are. It makes you believe that the fairytale love we all dream of exists and that one day our prince charming comes and sweeps you of your feet.

They laugh, kiss, or simply look at each other in such an intimate way that I feel as if I’m an intruder to their show of affection. And I also feel saddened by it…because I know I’ll never have that. – Emma

Make Me Believe is a really great book and I can’t wait for another book from Karen Ferry.
I received an ARC of Make Me Believe

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Karen Ferry is a thirty-something writer, wife to a quiet, laidback man, and mother to a gorgeous, stubborn, redheaded girl who keeps her parents on their toes.
Karen tends to have a short fuse if she does not get a proper caffeine fix first thing in the mornings, but she is, in fact, a gentle person deep down.
Karen loves Italian food and wine, travelling, and spending time with her family. When she is not writing, she reads – her favourite genres are New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotica and Romantic Suspense. She can never get enough of romance. Or of too many book boyfriends, either.
Even though Karen is Danish, she has always felt more at ease writing stories in English, and she has not read a book in her native tongue in over ten years.
She can be very outspoken and a complete fan girl of other authors online but will, in fact, be very shy once she meets you in person.

Book Review : Before Time by Xunaira J .

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His eyes told her what his tongue could not.

Nineteen-year-old Onaiza Shahid is a loner and a dreamer, bookish and socially isolated. A chance ramble into a chatting software changes everything. The words of a stranger compel her. Addicted and falling fast, their secret love changes her life. But will the idealistic teenager get her happily ever after?

My review :

Onaiza is a socially isolated shy nineteen-year-old young woman looking for her place, and that perfect guy in her life. After she logs into an online chat site, where she chats with random people without giving out her personal information, she encounters a strange person; with the nickname Impassioned. She starts chatting with him on regular basis and soon become attached to him. Onaiza finds herself completely addicted to this stranger and what he was saying to her.

The story is set in Islamabad and Onaiza’s life and interactions give an authentic feel of the city. Names of real places have been used in story and Onaiza’s preferences show what they are known for. Areas such as Jinnah Supermarket and Kuch Khaas are prominent with other shops and restaurants making their presence felt.

Similarly the author has also explored mIRC well, anonymous interactions between various people and how cyber bullying impact the victims. The way chat rooms have general discussions and users move on to private chat streams for personal discussions is well highlighted through Onaiza’s experiences.

This is a wonderful book that is very well written. The author has done an amazing job in keeping the reader intrigued and glued to the pages

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As a thirteen year old teenager, Xunaira J. aspired to be an author someday. From short stories to novellas, she has written them all but as an adult now, she has published two short stories and is now aiming to publish her first Novel, Before Time, scheduled for November release. Xunaira resides in Islamabad, Pakistan and enjoys a hot cup of cappuccino, a good romance novel and her favorite music from the 80’s. Apart from that, when she’s not working on her current literary project, she loves developing mobile applications and studies as a software engineer.

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REVIEW: FREE TO FALL BY LAUREN MILLER

What if there was an app that told you what song to listen to, what coffee to order, who to date, even what to do with your life—an app that could ensure your complete and utter happiness? What if you never had to fail or make a wrong choice?

What if you never had to fall?

Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision making for the best personal results. Just like everyone else, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn knows the key to a happy, healthy life is following what Lux recommends. When she’s accepted to the elite boarding school Theden Academy, her future happiness seems all the more assured. But once on campus, something feels wrong beneath the polished surface of her prestigious dream school. Then she meets North, a handsome townie who doesn’t use Lux, and begins to fall for him and his outsider way of life. Soon, Rory is going against Lux’s recommendations, listening instead to the inner voice that everyone has been taught to ignore — a choice that leads her to uncover a truth neither she nor the world ever saw coming.

“I formed them free, and free they must remain,”



Free To Fall had almost everything I like in a book – conspiracies, tons of plot twists, people-who-were-not-who-you-thought-they-were, seemingly invincible villains, betrayals, NO insta-love, and (best of all) the the story was set in a boarding school (I have a soft spot in my heart for boarding school stories)! It was undoubtedly my favourite summer read.


The first three or so chapters of the book weren’t too eventful and rather draggy, but due to the fact that as a personal rule, I never abandon books in between, I read on. I am so glad I did, because the book quickly picked up speed and it became painfully difficult to look away from its pages. 


The book addresses a problem we all face today: dependency on technology. Set in 2030, a time when majority of people consult their handhelds (called Geminis) when forced to make a decision, however trivial, the book asks the question: is a life without the freedom to choose, the freedom to make mistakes, really a life at all?   Now, usually when authors try to address this issue, I find it very off-putting, but that was not the case with Free To Fall. The author gets her point across without being preachy and all “hurr-durr technology is evil and destructive and Thomas Edison was a witch”. 

Although some of the plot twists were a bit predictable (or maybe that’s just my brain working overtime), and some events that took place in the book were too convenientlytimed. it didn’t lessen the overall enjoyability factor of the book. Overall, a lovely read, and a reminder that more attention should be paid to books by authors that aren’t too publicized.

REVIEW: WE WERE LIARS BY E. LOCKHART

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.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

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

 “The island is ours. Here, in some way, we are young forever” 

I’ll be keeping this review short won’t be discussing too many aspects of the plot, because I’d recommend everyone to start reading this book with little knowledge of it. That being said, a warning to those expecting a fast-paced mystery, or an intricate plot: don’t bother with this book.

We Were Liars, although it didn’t follow a plot, per se, still managed to somehow keep my attention. I don’t know if it was the fairy tales littered throughout the book (I adored those) or the melancholy tone it held, but somehow I couldn’t stop reading it.

One thing thing I noticed which upset quite a lot of people was the writing style. The sentences were choppy and fragmented, and there was a heavy usage of dramatic imagery and metaphors. While it was off-putting to many, I found myself enjoying it despite my usual hatred for writing styles similar to the one in this book.

Without being too spoilery, let me just say that I adored the ending. My tear glands had just about dried up upon completing the book, Maybe it was just my thick-headedness, but I never saw that one coming.

This is the first E. Lockhart book I’ve ever read, and I must say she made quite an impression on me. I’ll definitely look out for her future releases. To those who are contemplating upon whether or not to read the book or not, I’d say just give it a try. It’s a short read, and even if you end up hating it (which, hopefully, you won’t), you won’t regret having wasted too much time on a book.