|Book review: Girls on the verge ★★★★★|

A powerful, timely coming-of-age story about a young woman from Texas who goes on a road trip with two friends to get an abortion, from award-winning author Sharon Biggs Waller.

Camille couldn’t be having a better summer. But on the very night she learns she got into a prestigious theater program, she also finds out she’s pregnant. She definitely can’t tell her parents. And her best friend, Bea, doesn’t agree with the decision Camille has made.

Camille is forced to try to solve her problem alone . . . and the system is very much working against her. At her most vulnerable, Camille reaches out to Annabelle Ponsonby, a girl she only barely knows from the theater. Happily, Annabelle agrees to drive her wherever she needs to go. And in a last-minute change of heart, Bea decides to come with.

Girls on the Verge is an incredibly timely novel about a woman’s right to choose. Sharon Biggs Waller brings to life a narrative that has to continue to fight for its right to be told, and honored.

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Girls on the Verge by Shannon Biggs Waller is a coming of age story about a young girl and her journey to get an abortion on a road trip with her two best friends.

I really enjoyed this book and the topics it covers. It covers a character who is abstinence and two who have sex. It talks about how some girls just want to lose their virginity. I love that the overwhelming theme is girls supporting girls even when their beliefs don’t match up and looking past it to support one another. This was a fun story to read even though it tackles heavy topics. It shows us what women and girls go through to get an abortion. It made me feel a lot of things, and wish that us as women go through. I really enjoyed that when Bea didn’t understand something or anyone else didn’t she would say “I’ll Google it!” or even if they were curious. Even when they just needed to research some things too. The exchanges between the three girls Camillie, Annabelle, and Bea felt so real, made me feel like I wasn’t reading a work of fiction. I read this as an ebook but I want to get myself a physical copy.

“I look like I’ve been through a battle and I lived to talk about it.”


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|Book Review: You Brought Me The Ocean |

Jake Hyde doesn’t swim––not since his father drowned. Luckily, he lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, which is in the middle of the desert, yet he yearns for the ocean and is determined to leave his hometown for a college on the coast. But his best friend, Maria, wants nothing more than to make a home in the desert, and Jake’s mother encourages him to always play it safe.
There’s nothing “safe” about Jake’s future—not when he’s attracted to Kenny Liu, swim team captain and rebel against conformity. And certainly not when he secretly applies to Miami University. Jake’s life begins to outpace his small town’s namesake, which doesn’t make it any easier to come out to his mom, or Maria, or the world.
But Jake is full of secrets, including the strange blue markings on his skin that glow when in contact with water. What power will he find when he searches for his identity, and will he turn his back to the current or dive headfirst into the waves?

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I gave this a four out of five stars. I really enjoyed the art style of You Brought Me The Ocean. I really enjoyed the story, I liked the friendship between Jake and Maria. I also like the relationship between Jake and Kenny. I like the story of Jake accepting his sexuality. I liked the mention of superman and Aquaman. There wasn’t a lot of action in the plot but I still loved this. I want to get more into the new DC Comics. I have read a couple and I have really enjoyed them.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC copy for me to review.

This book features two queer characters and POC.


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April wrapup: books, tv shows, music, and more|

Books:

  • Doctor Sleep / Stephen King 3/5
  • Ghosted in LA / Sina Grace (arc) 3/5
  • Loveish / Sakshi Narula (arc) 3/5
  • It Sounded Better in my Head / Nina Kenwood (arc) 3/5
  • Always Human / Ari North (Dragons & Tea book club for April) 3/5
  • Something is killing the children / James Tyniaon IV (arc) 4/5
  • Mrs. Everything / Jennifer Weiner 3/5
  • Boneless Mercies / April Genevieve Tucholke 3/5
  • Everything Emergency / Jason Adam Katzenstein (arc) 4/5
  • The Kingdom of the Gods / In-wan Youn (arc) 4/5
  • A Darker Shade of Magic / V.E. Schwab 3/5
  • Eat and Love yourself (arc) 5/5
  • Necromancer novella 3/5
  • Dear Girl (arc) 3/5

To me most things were pretty okay reads only a couple that stand out to me. I didn’t do a lot of reading of my physical tbr. Either graphic novels, poetry, or audiobooks. Only read two books physically.

Tv shows:

I was obsessed with Schitt’s Creek and I’m just waiting for the last season. I started watching How I met your mother again.

Music:

Here’s a few song’s from my playlist I’ve been listening to, but everything I’ve been listening to is on there though.

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This past week I have been trying to keep busy it helps me mental health. My mental health hasn’t been great in March or April. Hopefully in May it will be better. I rearranged and cleaned my room the last couple of days.

Some of my favorite drinks and snacks to consume: snickers, pepsi, iced coffee, and ice water. I’m all snickered out at the moment.

In May I’m hoping to step on my game, I want to post more on here, on instagram. I would also work on my WIP, I haven’t worked on it much. Some reviews are coming in the next month.


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Book Review: Small Town Hearts

Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy.

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?

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The first three times reading this book I didn’t continue reading it. This time I around I finished it in less then 48 hours. I gave this a four out of five stars. I really enjoyed it. In the beginning I really didn’t like Penny and Chad, and I didn’t like them for most of the book. I’m not even sure I liked them in the end. I hope they work on being a good friend towards Babe. I felt like Lucy was being a better friend to Babe. I really like the chemistry and connection between Babe and Levi. I liked their story. I loved the atmosphere and vibe of the small sea side town in Maine. It made me want to live somewhere like that. It seemed like the perfect place.


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|February wrap up 2020|

My February Reading wrap up:

  • Teen titans: Raven ☆☆☆☆
  • Ice Planet Barbarians ☆☆☆☆
  • Josh and Hazel Guide to not Dating ☆☆☆☆☆
  • The Body ☆☆☆
  • Planting Gardens in Graves ☆☆☆
  • Planting Gardens in Graves II ☆☆☆
  • Ireland ☆☆☆☆
  • Queen takes knights ☆☆☆
  • Locke & Key ☆☆☆
  • Cescent City exerpt ☆☆☆☆☆
  • A strangely wrapped gift ☆☆☆☆
  • Where Demons Hide ☆☆☆☆
  • The Other People ☆☆☆☆
  • Hookup ☆☆☆
  • Locke & key vol 2. ☆☆☆
  • Small Town Hearts ☆☆☆☆

In February I finished watching How I Met Your Mother, which I watch when I don’t want to do a lot of thinking. I finished watching part 3 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I thought part 2 was better then part 3. I started Criminal Minds from the begginning, I’m now on season 2. I just really loved all the main characters so much.


 

What was your favorite read of February?

 




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|Book Review: The Other People|

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Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window. She mouths one word: ‘Daddy.’ It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy.

He never sees her again.

Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead.

Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them. Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter.

Then, the car that Gabe saw driving away that night is found, in a lake, with a body inside and Gabe is forced to confront events, not just from the night his daughter disappeared, but from far deeper in his past.

His search leads him to a group called The Other People.

If you have lost a loved one, The Other People want to help. Because they know what loss is like. They know what pain is like. They know what death is like.

There’s just one problem . . . they want other people to know it too.


I gave this book a four out of five stars. I read most of this book in less than 24 hours. I guess wrong on who Fran was related to. I would have enjoyed it if it happened to be my guess. I guess correctly about a plot point to do with the Samariten. I really enjoy the whole book. I liked the different P.O.V.’s. I plan on getting myself a finished copy and plan on recommending it to others. I’m going to work on reading others works by the author. If this sounds like your cup of tea, you should definitely pick yourself up a copy and read it.




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|Book Review: Where Demon’s Hide|

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The City of Sin holds more than secrets.

He doesn’t remember me.
But, I remember him.
The mysterious and brooding Jay McCall.
His touch. His kiss. His hands on me.
It’s burned into my mind.
The one incredible night we shared.

But, that was before…
Before I lost my brother.
Before grief held me hostage.

He’s back, and it has nothing and everything to do with me.
The secrets he’s keeping are tangled with my brother’s death.
My heart. My body.
At war over a man I barely know.
A man who knows the truth.

He wants me to trust him.
I want to.
But to survive in a place where demons hide,
I must trust no one… not even myself.


I gave this a four out five stars. I really enjoyed this, it kept me on the edge of my seat. I haven’t stayed up late to finish a book in a long while until now. I started it last night and stayed up all night to finish it. I’ve been having trouble with reading keeping my attention and to continuously read. With this book though I didn’t have that problem at all. Some of the conflicts in this book could have been worked out by communicating. I liked how the main character wanted to do things herself and not have everyone else do things for her. This book made me feel a lot of things.




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|Book Review: House of Earth and Blood Extract|

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Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.


m so thankful that I got to read and excerpt of the first five chapters! I really like the characters and I’m feeling so many things! I can’t wait to get and read the rest of this, it’s already so good! I need the rest now! The book is coming in only a couple more weeks and I can’t wait. I keep thinking about what’s going to happen next.




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