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Book Tour, Review & Excerpt | Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGArry

Would you dare to defy destiny? Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people’s opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?

“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love” (Wendy Higgins), ONLY A BREATH APART is a young adult contemporary novel from critically acclaimed Katie McGarry. “Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful” (Tammara Webber), order your copy of ONLY A BREATH APART now!

About ONLY A BREATH APART:

They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.

The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year.

A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she’s psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

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Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.”
―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series


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Excerpt

~SCARLETT~

Evangeline fans herself. “That boy is hot.”

Hot isn’t exactly the word I would use for him. Hot somehow feels…lacking. Hot is for some boy in our gym class who has recently grown facial hair. Jess Lachlin is no boy. He has fire-red hair, a sun kissed tan from all the hours working on his land, deep green eyes and a body made to handle rough, rugged days.

I might have been ignoring Jesse for years, but I’ve seen him. Every girl in this school has gone out of her way to drive or walk along one of the country roads to watch Jesse as he works his land. Living across the street, I’ve had a front-row view. His shirt off, drenched in sweat, muscles rippling as he moves, the way he sometimes pauses in his front yard and looks across the road as if he knows I’m watching. A fluttering in my chest and then—

“Would you date him?” Evangeline asks.

“No.” Camila’s answer is swift. “And it’s not like he dates anyone. Except for his friends, the boy is a recluse.”

“Why wouldn’t you?” The kneejerk question surprises even me when it pops out of my mouth. Camila and Evangeline look at me as if those were the first words I’d ever spoken. If I could hide under the circulation desk without making this moment worse, I would.

“Besides the fact he’s cursed and anyone a Lachlin falls in love with drops dead?” Camila walks toward me and Evangeline follows. Camila watches me with more curiosity than I care for, but it’s nice that she’s moving the conversation in my direction. “Jesse’s a train wreck, and he taints anyone in his vicinity. Dating him would be a social, emotional and literal death sentence.”

I’m familiar with the curse, and it’s no truer than Glory and her prophesies. “That sounds melodramatic.”

“It’s not.” Camila has a swear-to-God seriousness to her. “Mom and Dad had Bible study at our house last night, and Pastor Hughes came. Everyone thought I was in the basement, but I went to the kitchen for something to drink, and I heard Pastor Hughes ask everyone what they knew about Jesse.”

Eavesdropping. How Camila.

“Did you know that before Veronica started hanging with Jesse that she was on track to be a concert pianist?” Camila says.

“Seriously?” Evangeline tilts her head in disbelief, and I’ll admit to putting down my cell.

“Seriously. And Leo Wheeling was a star soccer player, predicted to be the first freshman to play varsity for our high school, and then he started hanging out with Jesse.”

Faint middle school memories of hearing Leo’s name over the announcements regarding soccer emerge in my mind.

“Then someone said that before Nazareth Kravitz moved here, he had taken the ACT in the seventh grade and received a perfect score. He moved here, met Jesse and the rest is history.”

Nazareth sleeps through most of our classes, that is, when he bothers showing for school.

I nibble on my bottom lip as I’m not sure how much I like the Jesse-is-the-devil enthusiasm. I may share the opinion, but that doesn’t mean anyone else should.

“Of course, then there’s Jesse himself. Drinking, drugs.”

“The fights,” Evangeline pipes in.

“Don’t forget the suspensions—”

“And he’s been arrested!” Evangeline finishes Camila’s statement like the two share a brain. Her eyes sparkle like that precious piece of scandalous gossip was just too good not to spread.

“The boy is a walking disaster,” Camila continues. “Anyone who hangs out with him wants to become a loser. It doesn’t matter he’s going to be a millionaire once he sells his grandmother’s land. Anyone who spends time with Jesse is asking for hurt.”

And death.”


Review

I think it is safe to say that Only A Breath Apart is not what I expected. This is the first stand-alone that I read from Katie McGarry and I freaking loved every second of it.

From the very first chapter, my heart ached for Scarlett. I connected with her so much, and I grew obsessed with finding out how her story ends, which is how I managed to finish this book in one sitting.

Katie McGarry has an art for making her characters down to earth even while they deal with the family traumas that encircle them. The characters in this book are no exception. This book is a little darker than Katie’s other novels as our main characters deal with domestic abuse. There are a few graphic scenes that make my stomach churn, as I hoped that the victim would in the end be okay.

I’m not going to lie Jesse was hard for me to like in the beginning. I found his attitude to be quite demeaning, like he knew who others were, without taking the time to think about what others might be going through themselves. I couldn’t stay mad at him though because that boy has gone through a lot of heartbreak in his life, especially with his family being cursed to bring misfortune.

After everything these two characters have been through it made my heart swell to see them reconnecting again after not being friends since they were little. There was so much history between them and I was shipping them so hard throughout the entire book.

This book is no exception from all of Katie’s previous novels. It will leave you breathless, your mind turning, trying to grasp your feelings after being put on a roller coaster of emotions that doesn’t let up until the very end. This book just fuels my belief that Katie McGarry is a master storyteller, and she will forever be on my favourite authors list. Give this book a read if you are in the mood for a gripping contemporary dealing with long lost friendship, family curses, domestic abuse and even a psychic. This book truly has it all. Katie McGarry is an auto-read/buy for a reason!

Katie McGarry’s ONLY A BREATH APART – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

January 21st

@booksniffer7 – Review

Bickering Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Book Ballistic – Excerpt

Book Hoarder Mom – Review

Brittany and Elizabeth’s Book Boutique – Review & Excerpt

Celindareyesblog – Excerpt

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa – Excerpt

Crystal’s Book World – Excerpt

Do You Dog-ear? – Review & Excerpt

Little Shop of Readers – Excerpt

Novel Addiction – Excerpt

Resch Reads & Reviews – Review

Sister Sister Book Blog – Excerpt

This Jabberwocky Eats Books – Excerpt

Writing My Own Fairy Tale – Review

January 22nd

A Book Lovers Playlist – Excerpt

Beware Of The Reader – Excerpt

Beyourselfbebhaltair – Review & Excerpt

Booknerd1107 – Review

CeliaMoontown – Review & Excerpt

Crazy Chaotic Book Babes – Review & Excerpt

Echoing Books – Excerpt

GataLeitora – Excerpt

Its a mun thing – Excerpt

Mean Girls Luv Books – Excerpt

Mythical Books – Excerpt

Read more sleep less – Review

Stellar Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

The Lovely Teacher Addictions – Excerpt

The Romance Reviews – Excerpt

Words Are Life – Review & Excerpt

January 23rd

A Novel Glimpse – Review

Bewitching bibliophile – Review & Excerpt

Book Freak – Review

Books Are My Life – Review & Excerpt

Bookworm Misfit – Excerpt

ClaryNathanWill – Excerpt

Craves the Angst Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Latteandbook – Review & Excerpt

Once Upon a Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Phishbowl’s bookshelf – Review

Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt

Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored – Excerpt

The Book Hammock – Review & Excerpt

The Readdicts Book Blog – Excerpt

Velarisreads – Excerpt

January 24th

A Court of Coffee and Books – Review & Excerpt

Avid Reads – Excerpt

Book Boyfriend Reviews – Review

Bookishly Nerdy – Review & Excerpt

Collector of book boyfriends – Review

Dazzled by Books – Review & Excerpt

Kick Back & Review – Excerpt

Lisa Loves Literature – Excerpt

Milky Way of Books – Review

Star-Crossed Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Sweet Red Reads – Excerpt

Tale Out Loud – Excerpt

The Cover Contessa – Excerpt

The Lovely Books – Excerpt

The Start of Something New – Review & Excerpt

January 25th

A Literary Perusal – Review & Excerpt

Abellafairytale – Excerpt

Book Bite Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Boundless Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Confessions of a Wordaholic – Review & Excerpt

Fandomly Bookish – Excerpt

Girl Plus Books – Review

I Heart Romance & YA – Review

Kaidans Seduction – Excerpt

Short and Sassy Book Blurbs – Excerpt

Tales of dreams and nightmares – Excerpt

The Book Branch – Excerpt

The Book Trollop – Review & Excerpt

VoxLibris – Review & Excerpt

Witchy Richey’s Booktastic Reviews – Excerpt

January 26th

Ali’s Bookshelf – Review & Excerpt

Beauty and Lace – Excerpt

Blunt Book Blog – Excerpt

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

Bookish Intoxication Writes – Review & Excerpt

Confessions of 2 Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt

Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Family, Books and Food – Excerpt

Jesssiereads – Excerpt

Little Read Riding Hood – Review & Excerpt

Lovelyreadspublishing – Excerpt

Madison’s Library – Review & Excerpt

Rainy Days and Pajamas – Excerpt

Reese’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Southern Vixens Book Obsessions – Excerpt

January 27th

3 degrees of fiction – Excerpt

All Things Dark & Dirty – Excerpt

As the Book Ends – Excerpt

Book Bitches Blog – Review

Books 4 Girls – Review & Excerpt

Bumbles and Fairy-Tales – Review & Excerpt

Chasing Faerytales – Review

Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Review

K&M Sultry Reads – Excerpt

K’s Korner – Excerpt

Less Reality More Books – Review & Excerpt

My Fangirl Chronicles – Excerpt

Poetry law and something more – Review & Excerpt

Roxy’s Reviews – Excerpt

Two Books in a Shelf – Excerpt

January 28th

Aaly and The Books – Review

A Book Fanatic Obsession – Review & Excerpt

BenderDreamerGirl: read.dream.escape – Excerpt

Book Reader Addicts – Review & Excerpt

Bookishly Slytherclaw – Review & Excerpt

Contagious Reads – Review & Excerpt

Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Escape 2 Fiction – Review & Excerpt

Midnight Book Girl – Excerpt

PBC – Excerpt

Rad Babes Read – Review & Excerpt

The Book Hookup – Review & Excerpt

Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

We Live and Breathe Books – Review & Excerpt

January 29th

A Gingerly Review – Review & Excerpt

A Lovely Book Affair – Excerpt

Bangor belle books – Excerpt

Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt

Books & Tea – Review & Excerpt

Chapter by Chapter – Review & Excerpt

Cupcakesandbookshelves – Excerpt

Desperately Seeking HEA’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Echosreviews – Excerpt

GotToReadThoseBooks – Excerpt

Kindle and Me – Review & Excerpt

Lita’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Margay Leah Justice – Excerpt

The Book Maven – Review & Excerpt

The Library of Belle – Excerpt

January 30th

Actin’ Up with Books – Review

Book Reader Chronicles – Review & Excerpt

Bookistry_by_Ashleigh – Excerpt

Buttermybooks – Review

Ficwishes – Review & Excerpt

Geeky Reading – Excerpt

Little Bookworm Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Lo’s Lo-Down on Books – Review & Excerpt

Read. Eat. Love. – Review & Excerpt

Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Review

The Butterfly Reads – Excerpt

The Writing Finch – Excerpt

YA Bibliophile – Review & Excerpt

January 31st

Adventures in Writing – Review

Becca’s Bookish Life – Review

BookCrushin – Review & Excerpt

Here’s to Happy Endings – Excerpt

Little Lovely Books – Review & Excerpt

Margaux – Excerpt

Ms. Me28 – Excerpt

Nerdy Soul – Review & Excerpt

Readers Live A Thousand Lives – Review

TBR Book Blog – Excerpt

The Bookish Introvert – Review & Excerpt

True Story Book Blog – Excerpt

February 1st

Alotabooks13 – Review & Excerpt

bad boys and bedtime stories book blog – Review

Caitlin’s World – Review & Excerpt

CJR The Brit – Review

Court of Binge Reading – Excerpt

Hedwig Reads – Excerpt

Literary misfit – Excerpt

Moonlight Rendezvous – Excerpt

Readers Retreats – Excerpt

The Reading Faery – Review

Total Book Geek – Excerpt

Twirling Book Princess – Review & Excerpt

Vera is Reading – Excerpt

Whoo Gives A Hoot – Excerpt

YA/NA Book Divas – Excerpt

Katie McGarry Bio:

Katie is the author of the PUSHING THE LIMITS series, THUNDER ROAD series, SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME, and the upcoming YA novel, ONLY A BREATH APART. Her novels have received starred reviews, critical acclaim and have won multiple awards including being a multiple Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for YA Fiction, multiple RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award Finalist for Best YA Fiction, including a win in the category, and she was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick.

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Book Review

Review | Bird Box by Josh Malerman

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Author: Josh Malerman (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Website)
Published: May 13th 2014
Publisher: Ecco
Pages: 262
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

Review

Everyone is raving about Bird Box right now. Having just seen the movie adaptation on Netflix, I knew that I needed to read the book ASAP. Everyone said that the book was better than the movie and I wanted to find out for myself if I agreed with their claims. And after rating this book 5 stars, I realized that everything they’ve been saying about the book is true. I’m upset that it took the movie to discover this gem, because I would have bought it on the release date, had I known about it.

Bird Box follows Malorie,  a woman in her thirties, left alone with two children, trying to find a way to survive in the new world where no one can look outside without dying. The hardships that she had to face by herself, as well with by the group of survivors she holes up with throughout the book. The book is goes back and forth between the past and the present, over a course of 5 years where we learn everything that’s happened to her while the world comes to an end.

This book was thrilling on every page. There was never a dull moment and I read the book in one sitting. It was impossible to put down, because I needed to know what happened to all the characters in this grim tale. The lengths that they were all willing to go to survive was remarkable. The friendships and the divides that were presented throughout the book were all matters of life and death. No one was safe, as much as I wished certain characters were still left standing.

Thrillers like Bird Box are honestly what I am looking for in a book. Suspense, likeable characters, and ruthless plot problems that show the characters no mercy. I recommend Bird Box to anyone looking for a good horror/thriller vibe that takes place during the end of the world. I can’t wait to read more of Josh Malerman’s stories. If they are anything like this one, I know I am going to love it.

5 Stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

artist__199075Josh Malerman is an American author of novels and short stories. Before publishing his debut novel Bird Box with ECCO/HarperCollins, he wrote fourteen novels, never having shopped one of them.

Being the singer/songwriter of the Detroit rock band The High Strung, Malerman toured the country for six years, as the band played an average of 250 shows a year, and Malerman wrote many of the rough drafts for these novels in the passenger seat between cities on tour.

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Only A Breath Apart Release Day!

 

Would you dare to defy destiny? Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people’s opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?

“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love” (Wendy Higgins), ONLY A BREATH APART is a young adult contemporary novel from critically acclaimed Katie McGarry. “Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful” (Tammara Webber), ONLY A BREATH APART is now available!

 

About ONLY A BREATH APART:

They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.

The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year.

A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she’s psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

 

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Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.”
―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series


 

Add it to your Goodreads today!

 

 

EXCERPT:

~SCARLETT~

A scraping of a chair, a tray full of food and I glance over with my practiced smile in welcome. It’s not Camila, Evangeline, or anyone else from the group. It’s green eyes, red hair, a familiar mischievous smile that used to be reserved only for me, and my blood pounds with excitement as if someone lit a sparkler in my chest. Then I frown because I’m not supposed to feel this way. Not with him. Not with anyone.

Jesse Lachlin winks at me as he sits across from me like no time has passed from when we climbed trees together. “What’s up, Tink?”

Another thrill runs through me but then my muscles tighten. Stupid, antiquated reaction belonging to a dead past. “What are you doing here?”

Jesse pops a fry into his mouth, chews, then picks up another as if he has no intention of answering. I scan the cafeteria. Several people are watching us, curious as to why Jesse Lachlin is sitting with me, or is event at lunch, or even at school.

From the lunch line, Camila’s and Evangeline’s eyes are bugging out of their heads.

What is going on? Camila mouths.

I raise my eyebrows to inform her I have no idea. Jesse digs into his corn with his fork and that’s crossing a line. “Maybe you didn’t hear me, but I asked what you’re doing here.”

He lifts his eyes to meet mine and there’s a glimmer in them that causes my lips to flatten. Fantastic. He’s here to make my life a living hell.

“It seems obvious,” he says.

If he remembers anything about me, he should recall I was never known for my patience and that he should be speaking, and speaking soon. “Just answer the question.”

“I’m eating lunch.”

I honest to God groan in frustration. “There’s no room at the inn.”

He surveys the table, takes in the empty seats, my books, and then gives me a good look. A slow look. As if he’s trying to memorize every inch he’s drinking in. My cheeks redden because that somehow feels a little too intimate for lunch. Feels a little too intimate for someone I’m no longer friends with. It feels too intimate if we were friends.

I glance away, but I sense him still staring at me. God help me, I want to stare back.

 

 

 

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Katie McGarry Bio:

Katie is the author of the PUSHING THE LIMITS series, THUNDER ROAD series, SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME, and the upcoming YA novel, ONLY A BREATH APART. Her novels have received starred reviews, critical acclaim and have won multiple awards including being a multiple Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for YA Fiction, multiple RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award Finalist for Best YA Fiction, including a win in the category, and she was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick.

 

 

 

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Book Review

Review | Slayer by Kiersten White

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Author: Kiersten White (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Website)
Series: Slayer #1
Published: January 8th 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 368
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis

Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

Review

This book has been getting crazy hype across social media. When I read the synopsis for Slayer I understood why. It’s a book about a Slayer after Buffy! And if you don’t know who Buffy is, you’ve been living under a rock and you need to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer as soon as possible.

I wanted to get my hands on this book as soon as I could. Slayer is about Nina and Artemis, but ultimately from Nina’s point of view. During her whole life, she’s been living in the shadow of her twin sister Artemis. Both raised by Watchers, the two girls are struggling to live up to the expectations that their council has set for them. And then everything changes when Nina discovers that she is the last Slayer. Ever. So now the twins and their group of friends are hunting for demons and trying to understand the changes that is happening with her.

I loved this book. I got all the slayer feels that I was hoping for. I love how the author was able to incorporate the history of Buffy without changing to much of the original story. Don’t get me wrong this book is completely original story, having created a complete new set of characters, but Kiersten White was also able to insert her new characters into the original lore created for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I was very impressed by how everything fit together perfectly. Every sentence in this book, had a meaning and a twist and everything fit together like a puzzle piece before the last page.

Nina was my favourite. I loved her character and how much she needed to learn to become the best Slayer she could possibly be for her family and for everyone depending on her. Artemis did get on my nerves at time. She was just so overprotective that it felt like too much as times.

I love how I wasn’t able to guess who was the villain in this story. I was shocked by the ending. No one is who they seem to be in this story. There were so many twists and surprises that I was left breathless. I needed to know what happened, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

I’m giving this book 4 Stars for the amazing story-telling, and for the fact that the author was able to take a beloved story that everyone loves and add an original spin on it that makes it even better. This was my first book written by Kiersten White and I can’t wait to read her other works.

4 Stars

happy_pic_8225001ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of the And I Darken trilogy, the Paranormalcy trilogy, Beanstalker and Other Hilarious ScarytalesThe Dark Descent of Elizabeth FrankensteinSlayer, and many other novels. Kiersten lives with her family in sunny San Diego, California, where she perpetually lurks in the shadows. Visit her at http://www.kierstenwhite.com.

Movie Review

Cinema Sunday #21|Bird Box (2018) Movie Review

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Released: December 21st 2018
Length of Film: 2h 4 min
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis
When a mysterious force decimates the population, only one thing is certain — if you see it, you die. The survivors must now avoid coming face to face with an entity that takes the form of their worst fears. Searching for hope and a new beginning, a woman and her children embark on a dangerous journey through the woods and down a river to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. To make it, they’ll have to cover their eyes from the evil that chases them — and complete the trip blindfolded.

Review

I’ve been into thrillers a lot recently, so when I saw the trailer for Bird Box, and seen that Sandra Bullock was the main character, I knew immediately that I needed to watch this one. This movie is by far the best movie I have seen this year, thriller wise. I am so glad that I took the time to see it because I am in complete awe.

po2j5bt4sg72Bird Box has one of the most unique plots I have ever heard of. An outbreak has spread across the world, making everyone that looks outside break down, and resort to committing suicide. It’s intense, it’s dark and it’s thrilling to the very end. I was at the edge of my seat the entire time, and I was crossing my fingers that my favourite characters survived.

DSC04279.CR2The creators of this film does not hold back. No one is safe as the more the movie goes on, the more people die. As soon as you think you know what is going on, a twist in the plot arrives and you are left breathless and sad over the loss of so many.

birdboxthumb-1542149318374All the actors did such an amazing job in bringing the thrill to the screen. Sandra Bullock is so amazing, she continues to surprise me with each movie she stars in. She has proven that she is capable of playing any roll that is giving to her. She is the actress of all trades. Sandra Bullock is one of my favourite actresses of all time, and this movie just adds to the list of the reasons why I love her.

1540458771_sandrasocialI am giving this movie 5 stars, simply because it was incredible. I encourage everyone that is looking for a good thrill to add this one to your list because you will not be disappointed. I know for a fact that I will be watching this one again very soon, it was that amazing. I am also going to recommend it to all my friends and family. Everyone should know about Bird Box. It deserves recognition for the amazing job that everyone involved in this movie performed.

5 Stars

What movie is showcased for your Cinema Sunday! Please let me know in the comments and don’t hesitate to leave the link to you Cinema Sunday post! Happy watching!

 

Book Review

Review | Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

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Author: Rachael Lippincott (Goodreads, Twitter)
Published: November 20th 2018
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 288
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis
Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

Review

The trailer for the upcoming movie is what sent me over the edge. I just new that I needed to pick this book up as soon as possible. And I am so glad that I did.

This is the first book that Rachael Lippincott has ever published and it is an amazing debut. I was hooked from the first chapter. I needed to know what happened to our main characters. I needed to know that they would be okay.

This book switches characters each chapter so that we have the chance to understand the perspective of both Stella and Will. The two terminally ill patients that are both residing at the same hospital for the time being, hoping that the direction that the doctors are taking are going to improve their health.

This book made me cry so much. And it takes a lot for me to cry because I am usually pretty good at calming my mind when something bad happens in a story. But I couldn’t do that through this one because I could feel the heartbreak that these teens were facing every day. It made me hurt and contemplate about why the world is so unfair.

I loved the characters and how their personalities began to rub off on each other. The risk taker began to be more careful with his decisions. And the good patient started to become more reckless. They brought out the best in each other. And yet they weren’t supposed to be within 6 feet of one another. It honestly reminded me of The Fault In Our Stars a little bit.

I’m going to give this book 4 stars for breaking my heart and then slowly letting it heal. This book went by very quickly and my mind was whirling the entire time. I didn’t realize how invested I was in the story until the last page. I wanted to know more! Don’t get me wrong I was satisfied with the ending but I still wanted more and more of these two innocent souls. I would recommend you pick this book up because it was amazing.

4 Stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Version 9Rachael Lippincott was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, splitting her time between writing and running a food truck with her partner

Book Review

(ARC) Review|Brief Chronicles of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid

33952377Brief Chronicles of Another Stupid Heartbreak
Author: Adi Alsaid (Goodreads, Twitter, FacebookWebsite)
Published: April 30th 2019
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Pages: 384
Genres: Contemporary
Rating: 2 Stars
Where to buy: Amazon US |Barnes & Noble | Amazon CA | Indigo CA |

Synopsis
The summer after senior year is not going as eighteen-year-old Lu Charles expected: after her longtime boyfriend unexpectedly breaks up with her, Lu can’t write a single word, despite the fact that her college scholarship is tied to her columnist job at hip online magazine Misnomer. Then, she meets Cal.

Cal’s ever-practical girlfriend Iris is looking ahead to her first year of college, and her plans do not include a long-distance boyfriend. When Lu learns that Cal and Iris have planned to end their relationship at the end of the summer, she becomes fascinated and decides to chronicle the last months the couple will spend together.

The closer she gets to the couple, the more she likes them, and the more she wants to write about them. The summer unfurls, and Lu discovers what it really means to be in love. On the page, or off it. The book is touching exploration of love and how it shapes us both during a relationship and after it has ended.

Review

I wish I could say that I loved this book. The first couple of chapters showed such promise. But in the end I was let down by the main character Lu, who was honestly the most unlikeable character I’ve ever read from.

Lu is a writer for an online magazine, where she specializes on the thoughts of love. But when she gets her heartbroken by her boyfriend, she develops writer’s block to the point where her editor must give her an ultimatum. Produce a column or you’re fired. Out of pure luck or chance, Lu discovers a couple that are facing the same troubles her ex and herself faced. She becomes obsessed with this couple convinced that they’re story is the only thing that will save her job and her future writing career.

Oh Lu. She is tactless, selfish, unreliable and a pain to read about. I detested her character. She begins to ignore her family and best friend. Obsesses over two love birds that she doesn’t know and even develops a crush on the boy who is her muse for her story. Newsflash he already has a girlfriend! Girl, you are not a smart cookie by any means.

What upsets me the most about this book is that I loved the idea of it! I wanted to love it so much but the main character and her horrible personality made this book hard to pick up. I’ve been putting off finishing this story for weeks because I didn’t want to read from Lu’s perspective anymore. She drove me crazy.

I’ve never written a book by Adi Alsaid before, and this story showed such promise I wish it could have followed through. I will however, still pick up some of his other works because apart from hating the main character, I thought the story idea was genius. And I would like to see what other stories the author has created.

I am giving this book 2 stars simply for the fact that I could not get over how much I disliked the main character. Take her out of this books equation and this would have probably been a marvellous story.

2 Stars

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

4505164Adi Alsaid is the author of several young adult novels, including Let’s Get Lost, Never Always Sometimes, and North of Happy. He was born and raised in Mexico City, where he now lives and spills hot sauce on things.

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