In Every Moment We Are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist *Review+Book Tour+Giveaway*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Melville House for sending me a copy of this book for review and having me on this book tour!

Tom Malmquist writes a heartbreaking fictional story based on what he experienced in his own personal life. The grief he deals with is profound and what he has to go through in the wake of that grief is almost unbearable.  A touching story with insights into the Swedish culture, though the writing was not my favorite, I rated this book 3 stars.

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If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout *Review + Book Tour*

Thank you so much Harlequin Teen and TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I rate this emotional read 3.5 stars! A story about how one decision can impact your tomorrow, Jennifer explores the consequences of certain choices and the changes gone through after these actions.  While I found a bit of the story to be forced and a little uninspired, being similar to many story lines out there, the writing was well done and the characters were easy to relate too.  This was a perfect afternoon read when you’re feeling the need for something eye opening and emotional all while having a cute romance to make you swoon.

“Because sometimes happily-ever-after existed only in the books I read.”

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (Book 1 in The Great Library Series) *Review*

Thank you Berkley Publishing for sending me a copy of Ink and Bone in exchange for an honest review. (4/5 stars)

Originally I wanted to rate this book 3 or 3.5 stars.  It started off a bit confusing to me in terms of how things worked, the items, and the world. As the story went on though it quickly became a 4 star read.  And as the characters and world developed and more of the inner deceptions of the library were shown, I got hooked.

The truth was what the library wanted it to be.

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Lost Boy by Christina Henry *Review*

A Peter Pan retelling?? Sign me up!  Thank you Berkley Publishing for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  It was a very dark, yet fun read that told the story of how Captain Hook came to be and how he isn’t quite the villain of the story we think we know so well.  While Peter Pan isn’t really the hero we all love and his island holds more troubles than fun adventures.

All children grow up, or they die, or both.  All children, except one.

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones *Review*

I have heard that this is a love/hate sort of book.  I fall in the middle.  I can’t say I loved this book the way others did, but I did find the writing to be beautiful. There are so many gorgeous lines and quotes that I think back on all the time.  But the slowness of the read and lack of connection to the Goblin King took away from the story for me. 

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher *Review*

“everything affects everything”

This was a quick read, and easy in the sense that it was a fast read but not so easy emotionally. The story resonated and hit home for me many times.  As someone who suffers from severe depression and suicidal thoughts this actually triggered many flash backs and emotions for me.   It brought back so many awful memories from high school. The message in this is good though, that you never know what someone is going through and even the smallest act can spiral into undoing someone, so always watch what you say or do.

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman *Review*

One of my favorite reads of the year so far!!! 5 WHOLE STARS!!!  Let me just wipe some tears real quick…Gah who am I kidding it’s more like a flood of tears! This book was so precious I don’t even have words. I started off wanting to dislike Ove, I thought he was sort of funny yet depressing and that was it. Then I grew to love him, and I mean just completely adore him. I think that’s one of the main points of the book. Loving someone and connecting with someone you couldn’t have ever predicted.

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