I'm a die-hard bibliophile and I'm also an introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy)
I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami.
Hola, Dragons, how are you guys doing? I’m finally crawling my way out of a recent funk. Other than books, music is such a miracle to me. There really isn’t anything better than your favorite reads especially when it comes to the In Death series by J.D. Robb but music really helps as well.
I just love this song, it has such a good beat but the lyrics are pretty awesome too and upbeat, especially with depression dragging me down.
First of all, that cover is absolutely apt for this book. It was what drew me to it. I have anxiety and depression and sometimes it feels like I’m drowning and the surface feels too far away. This cover emphasized that and resonated with me.
Maybelline’s brother was the perfect one, who had his life all figured out, who he wanted to be, where he wanted to go to college whereas Maybelline can’t seem to get her mother’s approval for even one achievement. Then the unthinkable happens and Danny takes his own life, leaving May and her family reeling in the aftermath.
The author’s writing was exceptional. She did a remarkable job emphasizing and showing difficult issues such as mental health and racism. I liked that she didn’t just focus on Asian but Black people and the ignorance of others over the prejudice they have to endure.
Best of all, you could see May’s character growth as she fell down and picked herself back up, how she learned to see the world as it was and not how she wanted it to be. And you couldn’t help but love Tiya, Marc, Hugh, and Celeste.
The emotions in the story surged through and had a huge impact on me. The grief and the guilt, the sibling love between May and Danny, the friendships, that glimmer of hope at the end. And there were scenes that ripped your heart out and left you in tears.
The fact that the author could pull these powerful emotions in me says it all. This is by no means an easy story, with powerful scenes that will change you forever. And that is exactly why you need to read it.
Thanks to HarperCollins Canada for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Being a Holloway Girl means your kiss is literally magic. One kiss and good luck knocks on your door. Each Holloway girl gets one kissing season. But there are rules to follow. Break one of those rules and who knows what peril will befall you?
Remy’s older sister, Maggie, had her kissing season and now it’s Remy’s turn. She hopes and dreams of an amazing, successful season. Alas, her luck runs out with her choice for her first kiss, which starts a mess that spirals her life down the drain.
The story started out well, though I can’t imagine kissing anyone just to bestow luck. I did like Remy’s outlook on that, on being more selective than Maggie, on choices that actually meant something. I loved all the baked goods and the new characters were quite charming. I loved the intensity and pull between Remy and the new boy.
That said, the book dragged a bit at times, and the ending was kind of anticlimactic for me. I wanted the people who’d wronged Remy and her family to actually get their comeuppance and wished Remy had a stronger character. But all in all, it was a nice story.
I was going to review the book a day before the release date but decided to wait a few days because of my 3-star review. Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Hola, Book Dragons. It’s been a while since I’ve done this post. It’s been a while since I’ve felt grateful for anything. Do you practice gratitude? Is it hard? It gets hard sometimes, to be grateful for everything you have especially when it feels like there’s no hope.
But I’m trying to stay grounded, to find things to be grateful about every day.
F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)
I got the NetGalley e-ARC of The Luminaries today! 😍 That’s one thing to be grateful for, right?
Hola, dragons, I’m currently obsessed with this song. The official vid had me in tears. It’s hard to keep going on when you can’t find a way out. When nothing seems to go right. How then, do you hold on to hope?