Book Review: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover #ItEndsWithUs #ColleenHoover #BookReview #Fiction

It Ends with Us

by: Colleen Hoover

My Review:

The story begins with Lily, a young college graduate who’s just moved to Boston. She’s excited to begin her life, but her father has just passed away, and she’s dealing with some rough emotions. One evening, she meets a man named Ryle on a rooftop. Lily is drawn to him right away, and they quickly fall for one another. Once they get involved in a relationship, Lily realizes that Ryle has some issues from his past, and by now, she’s deeply involved with him. Lily is all too familiar with some of Ryle’s behaviors because she too has an ugly past. 

I’m just going to start by saying that I’m glad I was able to get past the first part of this book. There were issues with the characters from the get-go. I didn’t like any of them, especially Ryle. There were red flags with his character from the beginning. He’s too straightforward and aggressive, and because of this, I was not feeling the emotion or romance in the story. The love they were supposed to have was unconvincing to me. As the story moved on, it seemed odd that some of the characters made it seem like Ryle’s past was a validation for his behavior. Bad decisions were made one after another. Perhaps my biggest problem with the story was the end, which was way too ‘happy’ and came to a close without much explanation. 

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Book Review: Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas #LostInTheNeverWoods #BookReview #Retelling #YoungAdult #RetellingReadingChallenge

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

Blurb:

It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.

My Thoughts:

Peter Pan is one of my favorite childhood stories, so picking up this retelling was a no-brainer, especially with the beautiful, captivating cover. This is my first Peter Pan retelling, and I had no idea what to expect. Without a doubt, this book was a pleasant surprise.

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Music Monday: Chris Stapleton “Fire Away” #MusicMonday #ChrisStapleton #Music #FireAway #MentalHealth

Music Monday

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.


Last time I shared Steve Winwood “Back in the High Life”

This week’s share:

Chris Stapleton

“Fire Away”

I’ve contemplated sharing this song’s video for some time now. It’s one of my favorite Chris Stapleton songs, but the video gives it a whole different meaning. It brings awareness to mental health, which to me is very important.

My husband and I are huge Ben Foster fans. He acts as the police officer character in this video. Due to the nature of this, I’ll warn ahead of time that it deals with mental illness and suicide.

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Book Review: The Pastel Effect by Arly Carmack #ThePastelEffect #BookReview #Fiction #YoungAdult

The Pastel Effect

by Arly Carmack

Blurb:

Caroline seems like a typical high school sophomore. She has a best friend, a crush, and the coolest dad a girl could ever ask for. But she also has something inside of her that she knows doesn’t belong. Something that casts a shadow over her adolescent rites of passage. Something she’d rather not name for fear that it will become too real. She knows it lives in her mind — the self-doubt, the sadness, the feeling that all is doomed, that everyone leaves, and that maybe it’s her fault. It flips on as easily as a switch, and it can burn out as fast as a match, but it’s always there, waiting.

Cody feels the pressure from everyone in his life. His parents expect an academically capable athlete. His friends want the life-of-the-party. He tries to be everything for everyone and loses himself somewhere along the way. He’s amused by Caroline, someone so completely unlike him that he can’t help but fall for her. In a world where being himself feels wrong, he finds the acceptance he longs for in their friendship.

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