book post, review, YA

Till it Stops Beating by Hannah R. Goodman -review

Till It Stops Beating Full Tour Banner.jpgMy review:

Maddie is anxious seventeen years old girl. She is missing her ex and at the same time not so ex-boyfriend Justin. But she discovers that it is not the only problem in her life when her grandmother calls her and tells that she has cancer. How to deal with that, it is too much?

Firstly, Maddie thinks that her only preoccupation is a feeling of missing Justin.

“Three weeks ago, today… we were kissing underneath the giant oak tree in my back yard… five months and four days ago we were in my car, holding hands, reminiscing about a sophomore year when we were together…One year and nine months ago we were breaking up on my front lawn”

Maddie will try to find out how to resolve her worry, but it will cost her very much. This is the moment when she gets the first anxiety attack:

“It’s like I’m free falling from a cliff only nothing is happening. Nothing is happening, everything is happening… I’m losing it…dying…going insane…rolling out the door and into the hallway…”

Maddie has cor dynamic relationship with her friends, but emotional she is in crisis

“I’m telling you that everyone has a bottom and you seem to be hitting yours.”

Justin, even absent physically but his presence was in the air all the way while I’ve read.

“God, I love it when he would do that. Shove his hands in his pockets. Adorable, with his silky black hair falling over his blue eyes.”

The story is completely realistic and exceptionally relevant to this world today. The author gives me a perfect visualization of all the characters and the scenes, so I have feeling that I watched the movie.

Despite not having read other parts of this series I smoothly enter into the story.

Till it Stops Beating is an interesting read that young adults will most likely love and related with it.

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Purchase Link:

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/1684330807/‬‬  

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1684330807/‬‬

Author Bio –

Often referred to as “the teenage whisperer”, Hannah R. Goodman’s twenty-year career working with teenagers includes the titles teacher, tutor, coach, and, more recently, mental health counselor. Hannah has written essays about mental health for various online publications. Her work has appeared on MindBodyGreenOC87 Recovery Diaries,  Zencare.co, and The Mighty. Though she has previously earned the title author with her first three books, the last was released in 2009 and all were self-published. This time around, indie publisher Black Rose Writing released her novel Till It Stops Beating this summer.

Hannah’s  first YA novel, My Sister’s Wedding, won the first place award for The Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing Contest, 2004, children’s book division. She published the follow-up, My Summer Vacation, in May 2006, which went on to win a bronze IPPY in 2007. The third Maddie book, Fear of Falling, was released in the fall of 2009 and was praised by teachers and readers for tackling subjects like homophobia and coming out. She’s published young adult short stories on Amazon’s Shorts, in an anthology entitled Bound Is The Bewitching Lilith, and in the journal Balancing The Tides. She also has written columns for The Jewish Voice & Herald. Recent, previous projects include Sucker Literary, which features emerging YA authors and All The Way YA, a group blog of writers telling the real deal about writing and publishing YA fiction. 


Hannah is a member of  ARIA  (Association of Rhode Island Authors) as well as a graduate of Pine Manor College’s Solstice Program in Creative Writing where she earned an MFA in Writing For Young People. She resides in Bristol, RI with her husband, two daughters, and black and white cat named Zoe

Social Media Links –

You can find Hannah:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/969127.Hannah_R_Goodman

Twitter: @hannahrgoodman

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tillitstopsbeatingnovel/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tillitstopsbeating/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-goodman-76b9596/

Amazon Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/Hannah-R.-Goodman/e/B002BLU56K

Website: https://www.hannahrgoodman.com

 

 

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Dating the Prince by Alina Snow- book spotlight

Dating the Prince by Alina Snow

Small-town girl, Katie O’Connor has always dreamed of seeing her name in lights. Check the box for fame, a movie deal, the perfect leading role that comes with a gorgeous leading man! Katie moved to Hollywood, elbows her way into auditions, lives on a shoestring budget—whatever is required to land a deal, she throws her heart into… until she’s involved in a royal kidnapping.

As the future king, Prince Alexander refuses to rule from an ivory tower. Duty-bound, he intends to relate to his future subjects, regardless of their walk of life. Before his coronation, he needs a foolproof plan to outrun his security team and go temporarily AWOL. While visiting L.A., all it takes is a sound stage collision and Alex is blindsided by a headstrong woman who is simply irresistible. So much so, he calls in a favor in order to secure her help … as his pretend girlfriend.

Their worlds are oceans apart, but their immediate attraction is impossible to put aside, especially their nonstop banter. Miffed at being wrangled into a situation that might blow up in her face, Katie comes up with her own plan. If The Prince is serious about walking the walk of the common folk, she’s only too happy to oblige as his pretend girlfriend. Through an ice storm, a road trip, kitchen duty, and a Texas pig race, Alex captures the hearts of the locals as well as Ms. O’Connor’s.

What starts out as a deal Katie can’t refuse becomes the acting role of a lifetime… letting Prince Alexander go without a fight.

A delightfully funny retelling of The Prince and The Pauper that romance readers of all ages will enjoy. On a two-week 1,500-mile road trip, Katie and Alex discover the end of the road might just be the beginning of their ‘Happy Ever After’ together.

 

Author Alina Snow

Southern gal at heart. Alina is a librarian who adores her job. She has a degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt and loves writing offbeat romance comedy. To refuel, Alina sings karaoke, bakes sweet treats, and can be found at the Y, kickboxing. She lives in Knoxville with her husband and Callie, their doxie mix.

Website * Facebook * Twitter

 

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I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Froman – review

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Title: I have lost my way

Author: Gayle Forman

Genre: Fiction, YA, Contemporary

Pages:  368( I’ve read digital edition)

buy it: Amazon, BookDepository

author’s page: http://gayleforman.com/

 

 

My review:

Freya, a young singer, lost her voice and went to different doctors to solve the problem. The problem tortures her, her mother and her manager.  Looking her sister Instagram pictures with the engagement ring in her hand Freya finds herself in the park.

Nathaniel with the map in his hands arrives in New York trying to live his father’s and his dream evoking the memories.

Harun is in love.  That is good and noble feeling, but for him it’s torture.

All of those three characters have lost their way, the path in their life. And standing in one huge crossroad, they suppose to choose where and how they will continue.

I have lost my enjoyable way book which makes me want reading more and more, stopping just to take a breath.  The author wrote this book like a diary to Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel whose life path crosses in one moment of the loss they feel.

Freya is the most likable character in the book. She is young, full of life. She is smart. Life brings her in front of a challenge she must make a move.

“She wishes she’d read some of the responses before deleting that tweet. Maybe someone would’ve told her what to do. Maybe someone would’ve told her it didn’t matter if she could sing. They’d still love her. But she knows that’s bullshit. Love is conditional. Everything is.”

Nathaniel is on edge, everything that matters to him is gone and nothing left to lose.

“You’re doing okay, aren’t you? People used to ask Nathaniel that sometimes- the teammates practiced with, the girls who used to flutter around him, the coaches who thought he had promise. You’re doing okay? they asked. After Mom left. After Grandma Maty died. After he lost his eye. You’re all right, aren’t you?”

Harun is different than Freya and Nathaniel but is not less special. He comes from different culture and has a different religion, but he is kind, normal person with real feelings. He is a dreamer.

“Harun is coward is not for debate.”

“Still, the best way to defang someone is to kill them with kindness.”

I recommend this book to people who want well-written books about difficulties in the life and how could deal with them and sometimes a stranger could help better than someone close.

This copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

contemporary, Danika Stone, review, YA

All the Feels by Danika Stone- review

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Title: All the Feels

Author: Danika Stone

Genre: Contemporary, YA

Pages: 336(I read paperback copy)

Expected publication:  June 7th 2016 by Swoon Reads

Author’s page: http://www.danikastone.com/

Pre-order: Amazon , BookDepository

 

My review:

Life could be much easier with your favorite movie character alive, isn’t it?

College freshman Liv is fan girl of the Starveil Movies. She can’t move from the theatre after she saw that her favorite character Spartan from Starveil movies dies. With little help from her best friend Xander she goes back home, but she doesn’t looks or feels right, she is mourning. Spartan is everything to her not just fictional character. Liv decides that the best she could do is to try bring back Spartan alive. She tries that with help of Xander.

This book makes me believe in the power of the social media and how powerful could be one person when her world is apart and she is determinate to bring that world back.

The story is in the modern world where internet and the social media rules. I really can’t imagine the world without internet. It is about Liv, young girl which is fan of Starveil movie. Everyone could understand Liv because we all are fan of some movie or book. But Liv is more than fan, she lives for that movie. I like how the story goes and I like because I learn great things about cons and fandom, which I didn’t know. I enjoy reading the story because the author’s writing brings the story so vivid and real and captivating.

Live is more than great character to me, she is so good developed and well described by the author that I feel like I had her near me. I like how she acts and I understand her sorrow about losing Spartan- the movie character.  I like that she is modest girl and that she is withdrawn she reminds me how I was in the past. Then I love how she goes straight on her feet to bring back her favorite character of the dead.

Xander is favorite character to me because he is little bit mysterious in his feelings that give him specialty and charm. He is good friend and supportive with Liv even when he thinks that she is not reasonable. Without him the book will be hollow.

I recommend this book to YA fans and to everyone who likes the good story about passion, fandom and friendships.

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 5/5(amazing book).