Rating System:

For those of you who don't know, I rate books based on their ability to hold my attention. I don't really like to rip apart someone's hard work. If I don't finish a book, then I don't feel comfortable rating it. So you might see a lot of 4 and 5 star ratings. However, if I do have issues with a book, I will always tell you. Enjoy! (:

Friday, November 18, 2016

Aftermath ARC Review

Aftermath by Clara Kensie
5 Stars

When I read the synopsis for Aftermath I knew I had to read it. To the best of my memory this is the first book I've read that has to do with being taken, surviving, and trying to return to normal. And to think that Clara has held this story in her mind since she was twelve years old just amazes me. I'm not going to lie and say this is an easy book to read because of it's subject matter, but it is worth the read if you're up for it.

Our main character, Charlotte, has been held by her captor for almost 4 years just dreaming of her family being happy despite her absence. Life goes on, you know? We meet this girl who has survived these horrors and she's so strong. Sure things aren't how she thought they'd be, but she is doing her best to make the best of things and make some changes. Doing it double because some can't do it at all. When you read this beautiful book, you'll get that line and maybe even cry the way I did. Alexa, Charlotte's twin sister, is kind of rough around the edges and understandably so. At the same time it's not always so easy to understand the way she is until we're finally shown why. Clara really did an amazing job with these two girls. To be honest, I was kind of expecting the twins to well be like the twins that Charlotte originally describes despite all the time that had passed. I'm so incredibly glad I was wrong.

Lastly, I want to talk about the detail Clara uses. I mean some parts made me sick to think about, but this story wouldn't be the same without them. The horrors are what make the journey through the aftermath so meaningful. That attic broke my heart. The hope inside Charlotte, her perseverance, kept me along for the ride. Honestly, I feel like we need more books like this one. It showcases real dangers that maybe we don't think about enough even though they're there all the time.

I highly recommend grabbing a copy of Aftermath for yourself. It isn't long and somehow it still packs quite the punch. Aftermath by Clara Kensie is out now and if you'd like to discuss it we totally can. Just leave a comment! You can also tweet Clara about it here. I do hope you'll give this one a chance. I'm so incredibly glad that I did. Thank you Clara, for sending me a copy.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

If I Fix You ARC Review

If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson
5 Stars

I want to preface this review with how this book even came to be in my hands. Earlier this year I was standing in line to get my copy of Dorothy Must Die signed by Danielle Paige when I noticed the girl in front of me had super cute boots. We got to talking and she told me she had just sold her first novel and we exchanged information. Even if you're shy, always make friends. You never know who you'll meet. On to the review.

All I really knew about If I Fix You at first was that our main character's mother did something inappropriate and left. Honestly, that was all it took to get my attention. I was beyond stoked that I was able to read it this Summer. Jill is your average sixteen year old who enjoys hanging out with friends, looking at the stars, and fixing cars with her dad. She even has a cute boy or two in her life. In my opinion, If I Fix You is anything by average.

Throughout this one novel we deal with romance, friendship, betrayal, family, violence etc. Trust me, it all fits together seamlessly. Despite the bigger problems in these characters' lives Jill, Claire, Sean, and Daniel are completely real and relatable. If you've read any of my previous reviews you'll know that that's something I always try to find.

One of my favorite things about this book is that while it's got the darker side of things, there are also such fun moments within. One of my favorites is the night with the wall walking. I used to do that all the time. Another fun bit is definitely the Creeper World Cup talk. Good memories to lighten up the mood. Another plus is Abigail's ability to set the scene. Seriously, I live in Arizona and it's just so accurate to the weather, location, people I see around etc. Just wow.

There is so much I want to say about this book that I think I might reread and do a spoiler filled review because honestly, this one just isn't cutting it. This book deserves so much more. If you're interested, my book club will be reading If I Fix You in January and anyone is free to join. I 100% recommend the book and if you have any questions feel free to ask me in the comments or on my Twitter. I hope you'll grab yourself a copy and see what I love so much. If I Fix You is out now! And thank you Abigail for sending me a copy. Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Where I've Been

Where's Gabriella?

So you may have noticed that my blogging has been severely slacking as of late. Well, the easy answer is that in the past three months I have only been able to finish two books. A major slump hit me in August at the same time that my life kind of picked up. I'm going to try to find a balance and I hope that you'll stick with me while I navigate through all of this. This coming week or so you can expect reviews from three different books that I have finished. These being If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson, The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti, and Aftermath by Clara Kensie. Thank you all for your understanding.