Book Review: When We Collided

I recently come across a new author to me, named Emery Lord. I purchase two of three books that she has published, When We Collided was the first I read. 
I was in the mood to read lovey-dovey, romantic novels and after reading the first chapter of both books and the back of the book, I knew that this would be a good read. Let’s get to the point, it didn’t fail me & I really enjoyed this book. 
Jonah and his family had experienced the dreadful loss of his father and never thought he would feel normal again. Vivi had moved to his home town for the summer with her artist mother in hopes to start experiencing the world in a way she’s always wanted too, happy. Never did they both know that, during the summer they would experience their first love that consumed them. 

It’s been months that I have come across a book that I’ve become obsessed with. This one really did it for me, I read this during the summer when I had been missing Matt so much and it just helped me to relive the happy memories and all of the loving feelings I have for him.

I especially liked that the stigma of mental health and death hadn’t been ignored and instead, totally emphasised in the most powerful and thoughtful way. Emery hadn’t ignored the fact that people have difficulties regardless of what they are and she noticed that all problems and life changing events should be recognised. 

The story was beautiful and full of love between two teenagers that eventually realised how to love themselves again. 

With love, Beth x 

Book Review: The Break Down

A few months ago I read the novel Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris and loved with. So, for my birthday Megan bought me the newest novel by B.A. Paris called The Break Down. I’ve finally had the chance to read it and I will say, it didn’t disappoint. 

After Cass’s mum died young, after being diagnosed with Early On-Set Dementia at 44, she was finally getting her life back together. She got herself a teaching job, married a wonderful man and everything started was perfect. Until, she began to forget things, appointments she had made and things to do. On a summer night the murder of a woman close to their home started to spook her, this is when things take a turn for the worse. 

I loved this book, this may seem weird but I actually was so interested in it, it gave me the shakes. It was brilliant, I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again and again, B.A. Paris is an outstanding author! She literally just knows what the reader wants from a thriller. I loved it so much that I know I’ll re-read this book.

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Book Review: Two By Two

I’m a sucker for a Nicholas Sparks book, I just can’t help myself. I always anticipate his newest books and I’m not ashamed to say that I find them so enjoyable and such lovely reads. He recently published a new novel called Two By Two and I actually listened to this through an audio book rather than actually reading it which was so different for me. 

At 32 Russell had the perfect life, a beautiful wife, Vivian and a fun loving 5 year old daughter, London. With his career booming and his family at it’s peak makes his life as perfect as ever. Until life comes along and changes everything he has ever known. Russel describes the problems he had facing his divorce to Vivian, his loss of job and the new venture with his business, which isn’t going well at all. 

I will admit, this isn’t the best book I have ever read (or listened to) by Nicholas Sparks but it wasn’t my least favourite. It started off slow within the first 5 chapters but eventually I begun to really enjoy the story and relationship between Russell and his daughter London. The story is very real and perfectly describes the issues couples and families face throughout their lives. It also focuses on Russell’s life as a single, newly divorced parent and how his life changed to create a comfortable and happy life for himself and his daughter. It was a lovely read, occasionally a little bland but something I could see myself reading again since it was so easy to follow, as are almost all of his books. 

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Book Review: The One Memory of Flora BanksĀ 

This novel by Emily Barr is truly wonderful and written with so much knowledge and heart. The One Member of Flora Banks is so different so any book I’ve ever read about characters with illnesses. In fact this books is written as though Emily had experience with this.  

Flora Banks has amnesia due to an illness at the age of 10. She can remember all of her memories before this age but cannot make any new memories. She has short memories that last a few hours and then she will completely forget them. Having been kept the safety of her parents her whole life, Flora is a lot more adventurous than she and anybody else would have though. 

Flora is a truly incredible character and this book turned out to be so much more different than I could have ever imagined. It didn’t end how I thought it would and it’s totally unpredictable. Admittedly slightly bland in a few chapters but overall a very pleasant read and I look forward to reading something else by Emily Barr! 

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Book Review: A Monster Calls

This novel by Patrick Ness  has more meaning to it than any book that I have ever read. It’s beautiful, thoughtful and inspiring to all, not just because of the story but because of whom it is dedicated too. Patrick Ness, you’re an asset to the writing industry and I just know that your heart is as wonderful as your writing.

 13 year old Connor had been experiencing nightmares ever since his mum became severally unwell. The nightmares only got worse as eventually took over his life. 

 This novel is dedicated to Siobhan Dowd an author who sadly lost her battle to Cancer in 2009 at the age of 47. The story of the book takes you through the difficult stages of an illness for Connor rather than his mothers point of view. It was different to any other story I’ve read that regards someone with a serious illness. It’s truly beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time, I cried more than I could have imagined. 

Such an excellent book that I recommend to everybody, get the tissues at the ready! 

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Book Review: Talking As Fast As I Can

I’ve been a huge fan of Gilmore Girls for so many years and when I saw this autobiography by Lauren Graham I knew I would eventually read it. 

Lauren Graham, actress and author, was spectacular and continues to be brilliant in every role she plays. I think she’s fantastic, but do I think she wrote a goood autobiography? Absolutely not. This book is called ‘Talking as fast as I can’ (I took this as a reference to Gilmore Girls and how fast Lorelai Gilmore speaks) ‘From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and everything in between’ (I assumed that this book would only be about Gilmore Girls season 1-7 and then whatever happened in her life between then and the new 4 episodes of Gilmore Girls.. spoiler, it wasn’t). 

I was so disappointed with this book that I couldn’t even finish it. I’m so upset with the turn out since I was so excited to read it. I was mostly dissapoinfed because of how many chapters aren’t about Gilmore Girls at all or anything to do within the middle part of her life. It’s about her upbringing and her career in acting, something that I wasn’t interested about or care for. I wanted to read about Gilmore Girls, her character, her role, what she liked and disliked, who she liked and disliked. I wanted more than just to read about her high school acting. 

Overall, disappointed and definitely don’t recommend fbuoure looking at reading about her life as a Gilmore. 

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Book Review: All The Bright PlacesĀ 

This weeks review is on the incredibly beautiful and heart breaking novel All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. 

After the loss of her sister Violet feels lost and destroyed. Eventually she comes across Theodore Finch who helps her to think twice about jumping off the bell tower at their high school. From the moment they met Violet learnt how to live again from a boy who wanted to die. 

I don’t cry at books very often but this book, I made many an exception for. This is an incredibly heart breaking novel and my goodness, I don’t recommend it for the faint hearted. The best thing about the book is that it captures the realities people go trough on an everyday basis and sometimes leading to their own deaths. The love between three was so obviously shown and continued to across the book and the cry for help that Theodore was asking for was never aided until it was too late. 

Incredible book and so much so since I read it in less than a day and cried for about a week.. beautiful book and totally recommend to everybody! 

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