April & May Book Haul

I know i usually post my book haul every month. But i skipped the month of April because i had so many exams going on that had to i stopped both blogging and posting on Instagram. But exams are finally over and it is now my holiday so i decided to combine both my April and May stuff together 🙂

In the month of April, i bought 4 books.

1.Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

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I bought this only because i love the cover. I don’t even know what it is about hahaha. I will find out soon and start reading this (i have seen really good rating of this on Goodreads though)

2.Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

I bought this in Kindle format right after i finish All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven as it is recommended i read this if i enjoyed ATBP and i LOVE that book so much. Words cannot express how much i love it.

3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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I read this on Kindle but i fell in love and had to buy a physical copy of it. I really want to reread it before the movie is release but i don’t think i will have the time for that.

4.The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

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I love retellings. You probably know that if you have been following my blog since the start. So, i obviously couldn’t give up the opportunity to buy this when i saw it in my nearby local bookstore.


MAY

In the month of May, i bought 4 books too

5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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If you don’t already know, i joined a book club called TheBookishOwls in the month of May and this is our book of the month. I was already very interested in this book from the beginning so i was really happy that i finally got to read it.

Some of the information about our book club:

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Instagram: @thebookishowls

Website: http://thebookishowls.wordpress.com

Our website will be more active in June so look forward to it!

6. Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

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I think it was the month of March where i went to Bangkok, Thailand and bought 3 Colleen Hoover book? Once again in the month of May, i bought 3 books by her again 🙂

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

7. Confess by Colleen Hoover

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This is probably the book i am most excited to read by Colleen Hoover. I wanted this book even before i got any book by her. I am so happy i finally got a copy of it.

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

8. Slammed  by Colleen Hoover

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A lot of people read this book first before any other by CoHo but not for me. This will probably be my 6th book. Remember that 3 books i bought in March? I finished it all in March 🙂 that really shows how much i love Collen Hoover writing style.

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

9. Bridge of Snow by Marie Rutkoski

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I cannot believe i didn’t know about this book earlier. The Winner’s Trilogy is one of my favorites and i didn’t even know that there was this installment.

Links: Goodreads | Amazon


Books i received in exchange for an honest review

10. Every Wrong Reason by Rachel Higginson

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I was so happy when i saw this in my mailbox and i can’t wait to read it!

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

11. To Hear The Ocean Sigh by Bryant A. Loney

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I was given the opportunity to read and review this. I will try my best to get my review up early June.

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

12. Inherited by Freedom Matthews

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Most of you probably know this book already. It is published by Oftomes Publishing and i was given the opportunity to read and review it. My review will be up at the last week of June.

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

13. The Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett by Jan Birley

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Last but not least, I received a copy of this in Kindle to review. It should be up around the end of June.

Links: Goodreads | Amazon 

Thats all for the month on April and May. I must say, 13 books is a lot. I can definitely see my account growing since i started it and i am really thankful to be given the opportunity to read and review books. Lets hope for better days in the future!

xoxo,

cleo ❤

Mirror Image Book Blitz

Mirror Image
Michele Pariza Wacek
Publication date: May 27th 2016
Genres: Adult, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Which would be worse, knowing that your dead sister has come back to life and is now a serial killer or that someone else is the killer….and that person is you?

Six months after Linda’s sister Elizabeth killed herself, Linda has finally gotten her life back to some semblance of normalcy. Until a killer appears who is stalking men … a killer who resembles Elizabeth … a killer who seems somehow familiar to Linda.

And, to make matters worse, Steve, her old high school crush and now a detective, is assigned to this case. He’s asking Linda all sorts of questions, questions Linda couldn’t possibly have an answer to.

There’s no reason for him to be investigating Linda. She couldn’t possibly have anything to do with this.

Could she?

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hen Elizabeth was born, her mother knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that the hospital had made a mistake.

It had been a difficult pregnancy. Marie spent most of it in bed, nauseated, uncomfortable, exhausted. She barely kept anything down, subsisting mostly on tea and saltine crackers. When the time came to deliver, the doctors performed an emergency Caesarean section, so she wasn’t able to actually watch the birth.

She couldn’t explain it, but the first time the nurses presented her with Elizabeth, she refused to even hold the baby. “There must be some mistake,” she insisted.

“There’s no mistake,” the nurses said, their approach firm and no-nonsense.

Blond and pale, Elizabeth looked nothing like the other dark haired members of the family. But it was more than that. Elizabeth felt wrong. Marie sensed it every single time she looked at Elizabeth, touched Elizabeth, smelled Elizabeth. The baby was alien to her. Elizabeth was not her baby.

But she could do nothing about it. Her husband hadn’t seen the birth. He had refused to attend any of his children’s births. The nurses kept assuring her that no one had made, could possibly have made, a mistake. So Marie had little choice but to bring her home.

Elizabeth was different, always — strange. Marie hated to use that word about any of her children, especially her youngest, but she could find no other word to describe her. Elizabeth was strange. Period.

From birth, the baby kept quiet. Rarely fussed. Hardly cried. She started talking at six months, much earlier than the rest of her children, and started forming full sentences at just over a year old.

She spent most of her time alone or, once she learned how, reading. In fact, Elizabeth remained such a quiet child, Marie could easily forget about her. It made her nervous. Elizabeth was too quiet.

Even her scent was all wrong. Babies smelled warm and sweet, of milk and talcum powder. Elizabeth’s scent reminded her of meat just beginning to

spoil: thick and rotten.

But there was something else wrong with Elizabeth, something more serious than her near silence, her behavior, her scent. Even more serious than that alien feeling, which Marie had tried to dismiss as simple post-partum depression, although it never did go away entirely.

When Marie was really being honest with herself, which didn’t happen often, she could admit what really disturbed her most about her daughter.

Her eyes. Elizabeth had silver eyes.

Not always. Most of the time they looked gray. But sometimes, they changed to silver. Occasionally, Marie even thought she could see them glowing, like a cat’s. Especially at night. There Elizabeth would be, lying on her back, perfectly quiet in her crib, her eyes strangely open, shining faintly in the darkness. Marie would tell herself that Elizabeth’s eyes merely reflected the nightlight in a bizarre fashion. After all, none of her other children’s eyes ever glowed. But it still didn’t make her any easier to face, late at night, as silver eyes stared at her from the darkness. They seemed so old, so ancient. Eyes that had seen thousands of years and hundreds of lifetimes. Those eyes peered out from her newborn’s face, watching her every move, strangely calculating, full of adult understanding and knowledge. She felt afraid, if she were being honest … all alone in the room with those peculiar silver eyes watching, watching, always watching.

Nonsense, she reassured herself. Surely, she could not be afraid of her own infant daughter! What would her husband say? Plenty probably, and most of it with his fists.

Still, she found herself checking on Elizabeth less and less. She argued with herself: Elizabeth didn’t fuss much anyway. Marie didn’t need to check on her so often — not like she did with her other, noisy, “normal” babies.

Her other children. Such a joy they were, her four boys and other girl — Peter, Mark, Mike, Chad and Linda. All healthy, regular children, with coarse dark hair, brown eyes and a little bit of baby fat on their bones. They looked the way children should look, the way her children should look, like their parents. But more importantly, they acted the way children should act — loud, boisterous, rough, needy. Marie loved them for it, loved how she couldn’t get a moment’s peace when they played together. Even when their play turned to fighting, she still preferred it to Elizabeth’s silent, eerie presence.

But Marie loved Elizabeth, too. Loved her fiercely, with the same passion she felt for her other children. Marie knew she did. She told herself she did, time and time again. The fact that she felt relief when Elizabeth wasn’t around meant nothing. She just needed time away from her children, after all. Almost all mothers welcomed the time they had away from their constant, children-related responsibilities. It didn’t mean she loved them any less. It didn’t mean anything at all.

 

Author Bio:

When Michele was 3 years old, she taught herself to read because she wanted to write stories so badly.

As you can imagine, writing has been a driving passion throughout her life. She became a professional copywriter (which is writing promotional materials for businesses), which led to her founding a copywriting and marketing company that serves clients all over the world.

Along with being a copywriter, she also writes novels (in fact, she just published her first novel, a psychological thriller/suspense/mystery called “The Stolen Twin” and her second novel “Mirror Image'” is set to be published in May 2016) plus, she is also the author of the “Love-Based Copy” books, which are a part of the “Love-Based Business” series and cover both business and personal development.

She holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and her border collie Nick and southern squirrel hunter Cassie.

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Blog Tour & Review: Calm Like Home by Kaisa Clark

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Alexa Clausen has never fallen. She’s never soared. She’s lived her entire life floating midway between passion and despondency, never experiencing those extremes. But all it takes is one evening with Adam Westbrook to draw her out of her shell, to leave her feeling bold for the first time ever. He is fiery and magnetic. He is gravitational, that inescapable pull no one can avoid. After a few chance encounters, Alexa finally accepts that she can’t stay away, can’t deny the electricity she feels every time he comes around.

But as the intensity between them deepens, she also can’t avoid the subtle hints that Adam is hiding something. His wide smile and radiant eyes obscure some burning secret, some detail of his past that resurfaces to steal his joy. The farther Alexa falls, the more she realizes just how little she really knows about Adam and how far he is willing to go to cover up the truth.

Calm Like Home is a story about love and longing, growth and stagnation, discovering one’s counterpart but losing oneself, and ultimately finding that one person truly has the power to change everything.

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My Thoughts

❤ ❤ ❤ / 3 hearts

I received this in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book however i didn’t LOVE it.

Kaisa Clark is such an amazing writer. Like i said i didn’t love this book but it definitely did not make me want to stop reading. Something about the writing is just so captivating that made me keep going back to reading it. I did take a long time to finish this book (about a whole month) but that was because of my exams.

This book is put into 4 parts. The Spring, The Summer, The Fall and The Winter. It is something i enjoy a lot, seeing how their relationship progress throughout the year and how the different season kind of matches with what they are going through. Something i didn’t like in this book was the ending. It felt really rushed to me.

The characters. Lex was such a fresh character. Usually you will not get such main character in New Adult books like Lex. They usually have their problems to deal with but in this book, it really just focuses on Lex having a crush on Adam. There will definitely be problems that all character faced but it really was not a big thing in Lex life.

Adam however, i didn’t like him a lot? He was really annoying from time to time. Especially during the second half of the story where he was constantly angry. I get that he have his own problems and he is trying but he didn’t have to shout at a certain someone right?

Overall i enjoy this story and i will recommend it to those who love New Adult books and it is definitely a book perfect for summer.

 

“I want him and me and future.”
― Kaisa Clark, Calm Like Home

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Kaisa Clark is the author of the new adult novel Calm Like Home. She is passionate about reading and writing and also has an intense love for music, coffee, and dark chocolate. She lives with her amazing husband and daughter, along with their sweet dog and kooky cat.

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Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Title: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary

Publication Date: Published December 31st 2012 by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking

Pages: 385 (Kindle) 

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ / 5 hearts

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Goodreads Summary

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.


My Thoughts

I got a new book in my favorite shelf guys, so exciting! It’s been awhile since i updated my favorite shelf. This book was beautifully written and I’m sure all of you who read it felt the same way i did. I’m so glad i picked it up before the movie comes out. I only found out about this book when the movie trailer came out and i did spoil myself by watching the entire trailer but it is also one reason why i decided to pick this book up so no regrets.

This is the first Jojo Moyes book that i read and it messed with my feels so much that i want to try out some of her other books too. She did write After You which is a sequel to Me Before You but I’m not sure i want to pick that up. Those who have read After You please tell me if i should read it too.

So like i said, i LOVE this book. Honestly, it might even be one of the best book I’ve read in my entire life ( not that I’m very old i only started reading a lot like 3 years ago so… ) It is heartbreaking and it deals with some serious issues. So if you are like me and expected a really cute and sweet contemporary romance, you are wrong. Well, actually it is cute and sweet but so much deeper than that. By the end of the book i was sobbing, the tears just won’t stop, i was heartbroken. I honestly cannot remember the last book where i cried this much.

I enjoyed the entire book since page one. The plot was really well develop there weren’t a moment where i think it was boring. My favorite scene is definitely when Will got Lou a birthday present. 🙂

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We get quite a number of narrators in this book but it was mostly Lou herself. I love Lou so much. She is so relatable and i like that we got to see her relationships with her sister and parents in this book. Like Lou, i often quarrel a lot with my sister and i can see that happening in the book which really just made everything so much more relatable.

Will Traynor to me is really different from other male characters. He is bossy, stubborn and witty and is constantly pushing Lou to live her life to the fullest. I really like him as i constantly tell me parents that i don’t want a good job with high pay. I want a life where i enjoy myself everyday i want to live it to the fullest as i never know when might be the last.

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“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” 

This book really teaches you the importance of living your life to the fullest, appreciating whats around you and understanding happiness. I recommend it to everyone and make sure to prepare a box of tissue when reading this book. You will need it, trust me.

“Push yourself. Don’t Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”
― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

xoxo,

Cleo ❤