I want to try something new and put myself out there because I really want my passion for books, life and happiness to shine through and although I hope my blog already emphasizes these qualities. I want to push myself further and perhaps try and video blog on YouTube.
I am just super worried about being overly awkward and shy, if I posted a video about my August ‘to be read books’ or ‘my top five favourite books’ (or something along those lines) would you lovely follows watch it and give me criticism?
My fear level at the moment is Ron + spiders.
I would love for you to get to know me more and I believe this will help my confidence and allow me to prove (to myself) that I can do anything I desire with determination.
Want to help me achieve getting over my fear?
Support me and lets go on this adventure together…
I was asked by Densie Webb to read and review her book ‘You’ll Be Thinking of Me’ and I loved it!!
A chance encounter with a celebrity, an impromptu video of an innocent kiss and a shiny new espresso machine. It all added up to a juicy tale for 24-year old Rachael Allen to share. But when her best friend posts the video online, bizarre threats from an obsessed fan follow close behind. Mick Sullivan, the star in her video, offers to help and in the process, Rachael discovers that despite his reputation as a player of Olympian caliber, he’s down-to-earth—and emotionally damaged. Despite wildly divergent life paths, their shared southern upbringing and a passion for good music create a common thread that draws them to one another. As the threats escalate, and their relationship deepens, Rachael struggles to accept Mick’s past and ultimately decide if being with Mick Sullivan is worth the collateral damage.
READABILITY- I become obsessed with this book while reading it, I could not put it down and when I did it played on my mind, I kept thinking ‘WHAT WILL BRENDA DO NEXT?’ It was easy to read but really intense. If you want to be sat on the edge of your seat, mesmerised by the story and the engrossing writing, read this book.
Mick the Hollywood act, had the heartthrob, broken artist thing going for him which made him a really easy character to visualize. The fact he was a soft and down to earth person at heart made him so easy to sympathize with, which instantly made me forgive all the negativity surrounding him.
I could also connect with Rachael which made me invest more into the narrative because I could envision myself in her position, she was that everyday girl that anyone could relate to; she was awkward and clumsy for example. However she was just placed into a terrible situation, forcing the reader to root for her to achieve happiness.
While Brenda is a very enigmatic character who really grabbed my attention, although she was really messed up, each therapy session revealed more and more about her life. I found this fantastically frustrating (in a good way) because I wanted to fully hate her but with each therapy session, a new horrendous story from her past was revealed which made my emotions for her torn. While I felt hatred mostly, sympathy slipped into that and made me feel sorry for her.
These three characters work so well together, yet stood alone they have such powerful and emotive background stories which makes the reader feel so invested into the characters lives.
The other characters helped make the story more intense, funny, anxious and addictive.
NARRATIVE- The point of view switches from character to character but mainly switching between Brenda and Rachael. Their juxtaposing narrations create tension which both grips the reader and pushes the narrative forward. I could feel how the characters extreme emotions overwhelmed them through the powerful description that was beautifully written on the page, I could feel; the fear, anxiety, passion and most of all love ooze with every declaration the characters made. The swapping of narratives worked really well for this story because it created dramatic irony, giving the audience the upper hand because they know who the stalker is before either Rachael or Mick do.
COVER- I think this cover is amazing, the eyes pierce into the readers, forcing them to be captivated by her. This is a really good glimpse into the book because that is what I felt Brenda was doing, demanding attention.
I am pretty sure this was my face most of the time…
Then the really cute Nick and Rachael moments would come along and it would change to this (I am secretly a hopeless romantic),
“As he pressed his lips harder against mine, he took in a sudden sharp breath and I was plunging down that first breathtaking drop on a roller coaster.”
If you are looking for a new book to read, then you need to go and buy this because it is incredible, definitely one of my favourite books of 2015 so far. I was so happy with the conclusion of this book and although I was heartbroken by certain loses, the happiness the characters felt outweighed them. You can purchase it by clicking here.It is £1.99!
I was lucky enough to be sent the story ‘More than Love‘ by Jennifer Siis and although I did not know what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by the unique and inspirational message that was portrayed through the beautiful words she placed delicately on the page. This book is about Jennifer’s journey on self discovery, so I found myself questioning and reflecting back on my life. Each chapter brought with it a new sense of achievement and I found the pulsing narative very motivating. I felt like I was also on the journey with her and saw each chapter as a self improvement guide and even found myself underlining certain phrases that I could use as quotes to inspire myself. I felt that the narrative represents the awakening of self, encouraging everyone to delve inside themselves in order to find out the real purpose of their life. When I asked the author what she would like the reader to take from the books, she stated that she wanted people to reflect deeply on their own lives. While reading this book, I did this through forcing myself into Jennifer’s situation and asked myself the questions she was. I think when reading her book, the reader should keep an open mind and interact with the words in order to fully appreciate them and take happiness, warmth, inspiration and motivation from them. I also asked Jennifer to summarise the book in 3-5 words, to which she stated, “It takes more than love, because in order to find my calling, and my deeper journey in my life, I had to stretch and go beyond what I thought was love, and what I thought was living. ” I think that people should go and check out this book, it is full of passion and oozes inspiration. If you are interested, go to www.likeaflower.ca to find out more about the book and you can even purchase it there as well. I am so thankful to Jennifer for trusting me to review her beautiful words, thank you, and know I am forever inspired…