I enjoy country music a lot and I’m a big fan of Faith Hill, Rascall Flatts, Lady Antebellum so when I saw this YA Contemporary story centered on country music, I was quite intrigued. I’ve read YA stories featuring rock stars but this is my first time reading a YA story centering on country music.
Clay was your typical bad boy, dragging a painful past behind him, hell-bent on a path of self-destruction. One of his latest transgressions led him into meeting Annie, a seemingly good girl. Their paths collided and only time would tell whether they’d complement each other or destroy one another.
Annie was the daughter of a famous singer and she grew up in the limelight. She got out and tried a different path but the lure of music was too hard to resist. When Clay came to convince her to come back and sing, she already wanted to and so started their tour together.
They both had their pasts and issues to work through. This story emphasized the beauty of music, the art of it, how it affected people. But also showed the darker side of the music world—the stress and pressure, the depression and the temptation to take the easy way.
I appreciated that the author showed the gritty side of the show business but there was a certain depth lacking in the words that would have given the story more impact. The writing style made the issues feel less dark instead of intensifying the impact.
That said, “You’d Be Mine” was a pretty good story, dealing with serious issues that impact teens and musicians. Also, throughout the book, one part of my mind kept trying to work out the significance of the title before I finally got it.
***Note: Received from Netgalley for an honest review.
I’ve had such lousy luck on Netgalley with books which looked really promising but ended up being disappointments that I didn’t really expect Neron Rising to be any different. But this book turned out to be a surprising little gem.
For a story of only about 30,000 words, Neron Rising sure packed a punch. This was my first book by Keary Taylor and I’m glad I wasn’t disappointed. The writing was so good that I couldn’t stop reading.
This story was well-written so that at no point in time did I feel it was a short story. It had all the feels you get with a saga and the author somehow managed to link the backstories in such a way that the story felt deep.
The plot-line gave me a Star Wars vibe that I enjoyed very much. The major plot twist was a tad obvious but no less spectacular. I’m rooting for the main character and her other half but I can’t quite imagine how they can get together.
I had forgotten how much I loved Sci-fi books but Neron Rising reminded me. I found this story pretty epic and can’t wait to read the other books in the series.
***Note: Received from Netgalley for an honest review.
Nine days later and the tonsillectomy still hurts like a mother. Thankfully today hasn’t been so bad (Yet. There’s still time for it to get worse.) and I’m doing okay. Still wasn’t able to read at all during this week as well. Just vegetated in front of the TV. I have become the ultimate couch potato. Where’s my Miss Couch Potato trophy?
It was super hard to do this post today. You see, I got a tonsillectomy on Wednesday (Ouch). These three days have been a blur of pain that seems unending. I wonder how people deal with pain. I’m not crying (so far) but I feel weak because it’d hard to endure. I’m trying to distract myself with other things, mostly vegging out with Kdramas because the pain’s making it hard to concentrate.
It’s a super lousy, dreary Monday today and I really needed some motivation. This song’s always been so inspirational to me, full of hope. Even years after first listening to it, “I Hope You Dance” still has the power to cause goosebumps on my skin.
[Sidenote to Drew: Don’t worry, I’m not torturing you with BSB today, it’s just country music. 😉 ]
I got a surprising notification from WordPress today. My blog’s two years old today! My second milestone. I can’t process this milestone without thinking of my old blog which I deleted in a bout of depression. I’m still fighting the good fight and I’ve been able to hang on for two years.
After my last experience with blogging, I started this one by removing all the pressure off my shoulders to gain more followers or likes/comments on my posts. I’ve reached an age where I know what matters and what doesn’t. I think that’s an important thing to decide for oneself.
I don’t know if it’s maturity or the apathy (pretty sure it’s the apathy) but it’s by taking off the pressure that I’ve started enjoying my blog. These days, after publishing a post, I don’t even check if it’s gaining any likes or comments or if my blog has attracted more followers. I just blog for myself, because I find pleasure in it.
In other words, I think of my blog as well, a monologue lol. If I do get followers/likes/comments, they’re always nice surprises for me.
I want to thank everyone who took the time to read my posts, to like and comment, to follow my blog. I’ve met some amazing bloggers. You guys are the best!
Ah, Friday my love, you’re back again. Only to leave so soon. The part of me that feels wonder, is full of possibility at the prospect of the weekend. The best part about Fridays is that you stand on the brink of the possibility of two whole days of freedom and in this moment before the weekend starts, you can imagine all the the productive things you can do.
For all those who know me, I’m a die-hard Marvel and DC Comics fan. Hell, any superhero or action-packed movies/tv shows with values like “With great power comes great responsibility” 😉 I’m in. What is it about superheroes that blows us away? I’m no different, I just love a good superhero movie/tv show with the huge Good vs. Evil battle.Continue reading “Movie Review – Captain Marvel (2019)”→
Well, 3 months gone and just like the year is over. (Okay, still 9 months to go, but blink 9 times and those will be gone too lol.) This is my first wrap-up post, the idea of which I totally copied from Drew’s blog – The Tattooed Book Geek. Okay, okay, I know a lot of book blogs do it as well. But I never used to so I’m going to try to keep a monthly wrap-up post from now on.Continue reading “March Wrap-Up”→