Book Review: We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

 

Title: We Come Apart
Author (s): Sarah Crossan and Brain Conaghan
Release Date: February 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Overall Rating:  5/10
Genre: Coming of age, Romance, Contemporary, Poetry

“And my eyes don’t close for sleeping,
and it raining in my stomach,
and it storming in my heart,”
– We Come Apart ARC

It’s been quite a while since I last posted a review, with We Come Apart’s release coming up this week, I thought what a perfect time to write a review. I have a love/hate relationship with this book because there are some points that I hated and some things that I loved in this book but this book just wasn’t for me. Before reading this book, I had high expectations as I love poetry books and I really enjoyed Sarah Crossan’s other novel, One. However, I was disappointed and it didn’t quite match what I had imagined.

I loved the concept and themes that they explored in the novel, a refugee and a girl falling in love despite what the people around them thought. Especially with what’s happening with the world around us, this novel was highly relevant. Unfortunately, it wasn’t executed as well as I thought. There wasn’t really any relationship development and I didn’t quite feel the connection between the two characters. I thought that the characters fell in love for the sake of proving a point. There wasn’t really any depth to the relationship. I could definitely feel how Nicu fell in love with Jess but to me, it felt like puppy love.

In addition, I found the writing hard to read. I understand that the writing was trying to reflect the two main characters- Nicu and Jess but at times I couldn’t quite understand or follow what was going on.  Although the two characters had two completely different voices, at times I was confused as to whose perspective I was reading from.

Maybe it was because I found it a bit difficult to relate to the characters but this wasn’t my most favorite read. Don’t get me wrong, I still really enjoyed reading about the characters but there were just a few flaws to the book that let it down. However, when you do have the chance definitely check the novel out!

Have you read We Come Apart before?

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if you liked these books you’ll love we come apart:

Book Review: Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt

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dsc_0213_fotorTitle: Tell Us Something True
Author: Dana Reinhardt
Release Date: June 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating:  7.5/10
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Coming of Age

Dana Reinhardt’s Tell Us Something True is a simple but incredibly intriguing read. I’ll admit that when I picked up this book I was unsure about whether or not I would really like it- the plot sounded cheesy and the colour of the cover wasn’t really doing it many favours. However, the moment I read about River and the more I delved into the story I was addicted. It was an easy read because River’s voice has the typical voice of any teenage boy but the storyline made the novel extraordinary.

Tell Us Something True kind of reminds me of a modern West Side Story cross Beauty and the Beast. It might not make much sense but what I’m trying to say is I love how Reinhardt takes completely two different characters each with bad histories and makes them fall in love. I love seeing how their relationship developed and how their stories interlaced. When I discovered that Penny’s helper was Daphne’s mother my brain was exploding because I would never have guessed. Reinhardt really does take this classic foundation of a romance story and adds layers upon layers of new elements to create this fun read.

I also really like the character development of River because his coming of age and development are clearly evident, which I believe is an important theme in the novel. River grows from this dependent, young teenager to another more mature and older boy. I loved reading about who he was and then reading about who he then went on to become.

Dana Reinhardt’s Tell Us Something True is definitely a great read if you are looking for a fun, easy contemporary read. I think they only thing that let me down was the fact that it didn’t give much of a WOW factor but I believe that it was still a really intriguing novel!

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if you liked these books, you’ll love tell us something true:

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what did you think of tell us something true? let me know down below!

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Caramel Hearts by E.R. Murray Guest Post + Mini Reviews

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Hello!!

I recently finished E.R. Murray’s Caramel Hearts and I have such an action packed post for this novel. E.R. Murray will be guest posting today and I’ll also be featuring a mini review. Have you read Caramel Hearts yet?

dsc_0331_fotorTitle: Caramel Hearts
Author: E.R. Murray
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating:  7/10
Genre: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Romance

E.R. Murray’s Caramel Hearts was exactly like salted caramel- sweet with a tinge of salt. This novel was such an adorable read but it was also filled with a roller coaster of an adventure. I’ll admit it took me a while to get through but upon finishing the book I realised that this book was actually a pretty fun read. The character development was one of the highlights of the book, I love seeing how Olivia “bloomed” from this young, immature 14-year-old to one who had become more mature and had a grip on reality.

However, something that did let me down was how annoying the main character was at times. I know that it was part of the plot to do so but at times I was really pulling my hair out. 🙂 Some of the actions and thought processes she went through reminded me of a spoilt little girl. Nevertheless, her development was really something I enjoyed reading.

I also love the idea of integrating sweet, desert recipes! I thought that was so cute and I loved reading about how Olivia bakes them and also reading the delicious recipes in general! I thought what made this novel so different was the fact that it dragged me into this life I have never explored before. The Bloom family had its issues and reading it from a younger perspective really made me realise the effects  addiction and bullying had on a child. Overall, I thought Caramel Hearts was an easy read filled with sweetness but had undertones of serious and important themes.

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guest post from the author of caramel hearts: e.r. murray

Favourite Caramel Recipe

I don’t have a sweet tooth, but I do love salted caramel – in ice cream or truffle form. Unfortunately, I don’t have a recipe for either, so I’ll have to go with my Caramel Hearts recipe from my book. They’re spongy & gooey & tasty & versatile, so they can be made cupcake-style instead if you prefer! Scroll down for the recipe:

Advice for high school teens

Ooh, this is a tough one… I wrote Caramel Hearts because I wanted to explore certain issues; bullying, the effects of addiction on a family unit, sibling relationships, poverty and friendships. These are all issues that affect us throughout our lives, but what we experience as teens burns brighter, deeper, more destructively. I think one of the main reasons is that as a teenager, we’re ready for our voices to be heard, but very few people are willing to listen. And so, the advice I’m giving is what I wish someone told my teenage self …

You’re not alone: whatever you’re feeling – be it tired, stressed, embarrassed, angry, ugly, pressured, unloved, friendless, fake, mortified, helpless, horny, bullied, misunderstood, disgusted, crazed – trust me, there’s someone nearby that’s feeling the same. It’s just that no one will admit it, because they’re too busy trying to deal with whatever it is they’re going through.

Dare to dream: seriously – dream big. If you love art, think about where it can lead. If sport is your thing, go for it. Want to write a book? Do it! I was a grade A student in a rough area and I remember being told I could aspire to working in a supermarket! I’ve travelled the world (there’s still more to see) and now I write books! So dream big – then make it happen. The path might not be easy, but it’ll be your own.

Hope is your weapon. If you have hope, you have a way out. Hope gives you wings – it means you can see another way, something to reach for, something to strive for – and when you get there, you’ll enjoy it all the more because you and you alone managed to get there.

Help others: in any small way you can and you’ll find you’re probably helping yourself too. We all know what it feels like to be on the periphery, or even too much in the centre of attention at times – if you see someone struggling, go help. Just a kind word or a smile or helping them move away from an uncomfortable situation can be enough.

Do it your way: adults think they have all the answers, but inside, they’re still just as uncertain and messy. If you have an idea, you go for it. It’s called progress. You’re the future.

These days will end: If you’re having an awful time, school is not the rest of your life. It is a part of your life for a small(ish) period of time, though it may not feel that way right now. Once school is over, you never have to see those people or think about it again – it can only follow you afterwards if you let it.

To learn more about E.R. Murray visit her website www.ermurray.com or connect with her on twitter @ERMurray or instagram elizabethrosemurray.

Caramel Hearts Recipe

No matter how spiky people seem, they’re always softer on the inside than you expect. Melt even the coldest of hearts with these golden, caramel treats and wipe your tears away.

Ingredients:

125 g/41⁄2 oz golden butter

125 g/41⁄2 oz light brown sugar

150 g/51⁄2 oz self-raising flour

2 eggs

1⁄2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp sweet vanilla extract

70 g/2 1⁄2 oz of your favourite nuts (pecans, almonds or hazelnuts are best), finely chopped

For the ‘Salty Tears’ Caramel Sauce

200 g/7 oz caster sugar

70 ml/2 1⁄2 fl oz water

50 g/2 oz butter

150 ml/5 1⁄2 fl oz double cream

tsp chunky sea salt

 

How to Make the Magic Happen

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 oC/350 oF/Gas mark 4. Place all the cake ingredients into a bowl and beat rapidly until well combined and creamy (plenty of elbow grease required).
  2. Line a baking tray with silicone heart-shaped cases and split the mixture equally between them. Bake for 20 minutes until risen and golden. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
  3. Now make the caramel sauce and wash those tears away. Add the sugar, salt and water to a small pan and place over a gentle heat. Stir occasionally until all of the sugar and salt has melted.
  4. Turn up the heat and keep watch as the mixture boils – stir constantly to make sure it doesn’t burn. After 8–10 minutes, the mixture will thicken and turn a pale almond brown.
  5. Remove from the heat and carefully add the butter and cream. Return to the heat, stir, and as soon as the sauce thickens, pour lashings of it over the heart-shaped cake and serve to whichever prickly person you need to soothe.

Thank you so much to E.R. Murray for guest posting on my blog today! I really enjoyed her novel and if you haven’t read it yet, you have to give it a try!

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“Spring Is In The Air” Spring Reads

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Hello!!

I haven’t talked to you guys in what feels like ages. I guess you could say I was taking a little bit of a break. These past few months have been quite busy and the next few months will be busy as well but I’m going to try my best to read as much as I can. I was also in a reading slump which didn’t help much with my motivation but I’m starting to gain it back!

Although it may be Fall in many other places in the world, it is spring where I am and because of that, I decided that it would be a good idea to share with you three books I’m going to read this spring as well as recommend two books that remind me of spring. For me, spring is one of those beautiful and blissful months, I feel love and romance in the air as well as something blooming like flowers. Contemporaries are a perfect fit for spring reads because they are filled with romance, highlight the blooming of something new and are usually beautifully written. Many of the books I’m going to mention today are contemporaries for this very reason.

what i want to read this spring:

I want to read so many adorable, romance contemporaries this spring because they always fill me with so much happiness and positivity. There is just something so satisfying about the wistful and heart fluttering feeling after you finish a contemporary. Here are three books I want to read this spring:

Have you read these books? What do you want to read this month?

my two spring read recommendations

I have so many spring recommendations and it would take me an eternity to list all of my recommendations. Here are two recommendations for a good spring read:

dsc_0035_fotorTo All The Boys I’ve Loved Before | Jenny Han

There is no way I would have skipped this novel because this novel literally screams spring. It’s adorable and fills my heart with joy. I love the storyline and the characters are so relatable. It is the perfect spring read!

My Life Next Door | Huntley Fitzpatrick

This romantic contemporary also reminds me of the romance filled atmosphere that spring brings. This story is a whirlwind of an adventure. I love reading about the romance between the two characters and there is just something about this contemporary that makes it one of my favourites.

These are some of my favourite spring reads and some books I’m planning to read this month! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Blog Tour + Book Review When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel- Fattah

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Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah
Release Date: June 2016
Retail Price: $18.99
Overall Rating:  7/10
Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Reading the first few chapters of Randa Abdel-Fattah’s When Michael Met Mina, brought a wave of familiarity. I soon began to beileve that this book would be a cute contemporary simillar to Tale of Two Cities. However, as I progressed through the novel I realised that this book isn’t a simple young adult romance- no. In fact, it dove deeper than that and together the novel brought a parcel of cuteness, reality and depth. If you ever need a quality contemporary novel this book is definitely for you. Mina, one of the main characters in the story, is a refugee from Afghanistan but Michael’s family has always wanted to stop the refugee boats from coming into Australia. When Mina moves into town, Michael is torn between supporting his family and Mina. This novel tells the story of how these completely two different people fall in love and discover what they really stand for.

Before reading this novel, I was slightly hesitant. I had read Abdel-Fattah’s previous novel, Does My Head Look Big In This and I didn’t really enjoy the book at all. However, I read When Michael Met Mina in two days. It was a fresh and unique novel that dealt with what feels like an untouched topic in books: Refugees. It was really interesting to see both sides of the story and I loved how this was in two perspectives. After reading this, I have developed a more personal understanding of the issue and it was really enjoyable to read how Abdel-Fattah has woven this story and issue together. Furthermore, the overall main message of the story was very apparent and I liked how it was dealt with because the novel didn’t seem overly educational and political but rather it felt heart-warming and overall really enjoyable.

Michael and Mina’s character development was perfect. Due to the little amount of characters and the main focus on the two main characters, you can really see how well executed the development of the two characters were in the novel, especially Michael. Michael grew from a passive follower and a boy who wouldn’t fight for what he stood for to a more mature and strong-willed boy. It was interesting to see how he dealt with going against his father’s point of view about the refugees, as well as how he broke the news that he no longer wanted to be an architect. Mina’s character was admirable and not annoying at all, in fact at times her voice was easy to click with and I enjoyed reading from her point of view.

The little motifs throughout the novel, such as the slam poetry definitely help tie the knots together in the novel. I really enjoyed the analogies throughout the book because they all felt weirdly correct. Overall, the important issues and themes were discussed so so well in this novel, which is one of my reasons for why I enjoyed this book. Might I add, the romance was adorably cute! 🙂 What brought down this novel for me was the fact that it didn’t exactly suit my cup of tea but I definitely enjoyed reading this and I will be recommending it to many people!

if you liked these books, you’ll love when michael met mina:

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have you read when michael met mina? p.s: don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour!
tomorrow’s post will be on: Bookss101
yesterday’s post was on: Loony Literate

That’s all for my review! I hope you guys enjoyed it and now I am off to read! I have some good posts coming up so stay tuned. P.S: Sorry for not posting last week, I was away and I didn’t have internet connection.

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Alicia’s Time Capsule…What makes me, me?

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Hey Guys,

I am finally back with another post and I promise that I’ll be posting more soon. I’ve been so busy lately as it is the end of the term but when the holidays arrive (In less than three weeks! YAY!) I will be writing some pretty cool posts! It was my birthday recently and I have recently finished reading The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Goodman. Since Gottie and Thomas compiled a time capsule when they were younger, I decided why not dedicate a post to what I personally would put in my time capsule.

what would you put into your time capsule?

Before I get going with what I would post in my time capsule, I’ll tell you a bit about the novel. The Square Root of Summer revolves around Gottie, who has had her past summer ruined by a chain of events. This novel tells the story of how Gottie is coping this summer, which leads to the new but old boy coming back into town. I really enjoyed this novel although I found it hard to connect ith some of the characters, it was a cute and easy read. It wasn’t my personal favourite but I did enjoy the concept of the novel. Have you read The Square Root of Summer yet?

my time capsule:

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Let’s start with the most obvious thing I would put into my time capsule! A novel, most likely one of my favourites. As you can probably tell, books are one of the most significant things in my life and so it isn’t a surprise that I would obviously put books into my time capsule. I think I would either put What We Saw or one of Shadowhunter Chronicles into my time capsule because I love these novels so much and it’s only fitting to put them into my capsule!

 

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I love photography and taking snapshots of my life. So, to remind my older self of my many memories from when I was younger, I decided that I would place some of my favourite photos into my time capsule! Photos are something that literally speaks a thousand words to me and I know that I would definitely put many photos into my time capsule, especially happy photos.

Bracelets

Something I love wearing with everything is bracelets. Putting bracelets into my time capsule is a definite must. I feel like bracelets can tell you a lot about someone’s personality. Not only that but bracelets are super cute and they add a nice touch to everything. Stacking bracelets is something I also love doing and so why not put in some bracelets into my time capsule!

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Although this is probably the most cliche thing to put inside a time capsule, I think it’s one of the most important. I want to be able to open this time capsule to be transported back to when I was younger. If I were to write a letter, I would write one which includes my current favourites and my daily life at the moment. I would love to read this letter late on and remind myself of where I am currently. Maybe I might write about some of my latest obsessions and little achievements, so I can look back on them.

Bucketlist and Goals

The last little things I would put into my time capsule would be little paper scrolls of my goals and bucket lists. I would write at least twenty and so when I’m older, I can open them all to see if I have completed anything off my bucket list. I would write goals, such as, live a happy life, travel the world and volunteer in a third-world country. I have so many things I have yet to check off my bucket list and so I think that it is fitting that I put a bunch off these little scrolls in my time capsule.

These are some of the things I would put into my time capsule! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and don’t forget to tell me what you would put into your time capsule and your thoughts on The Square Root of Summer!

I am so sorry for not posting at all lately for the past week, I’ve been so busy with school since the holidays are drawing near. 🙂 YAY! I am in a little bit of a slump but hopefully I can get out of it soon!

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Five Reasons Everyone Should Read Whisper To Me by Nick Lake

Hello, guys!

I recently read Nick Lake’s latest novel Whisper To Me and I absolutely loved it. I think it’s one of my favorite contemporaries I read this year! There was just something so emotionally gripping about this novel that left me perpetually page-turning til the end. Nick Lake is truly talented and Whisper To Me left me breathless, touched and awed. I don’t want to give away too much about this book but here are five reasons you should pick this book up right now.

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One of the many things I loved about this novel, was its format. Whisper To Me is a long, d3oej1drawn-out love letter written by Cassie, who is the main character of the novel, to a boy she meets during a dark period of her life. Whisper To Me follows the story of Cassie’s previous summer in which, she went through multiple horrific events, which scared her mentally. Throughout the course of summer, Cassie hears voices, which causes her to do irreversible things and it leads Cassie to a downward, mental spiral. This story is a love letter and apology to the boy she meets. What I love about the format, is how genuine the book feels. It honestly felt like I was reading a private love letter. From the start, the novel jumps straight into an apology and the reader is left questioning what happens and throughout the story, we see the unfolding of all the events that happened to Cassie that summer. I literally felt like I was the boy reading the novel, it felt so personal and deep at the same time.

the emotions

There is something so intriguing about reading a book that tugs multiple emotions all at once, which I why I love books such as All The Bright Places and The Infernal Devices. All these books, unleash a whirlwind and roller coaster of emotions, whilst you are reading it. Whisper To Me did just that. About three-quarters through the novel, I knew I was going to be left emotionally unstable by the end of the book. Throughout the novel, I got attached to the characters. I really don’t want to spoil it but I can safely say that I had a gaping hole when I finished it. I shed a few tears and at the same time, I was so happy and proud of the main character. I felt every possible emotion whilst reading this book and it was one of the many reasons why I loved it.

mental illness from a deeper perspective

This book dealt with a lot of mental illness but from a very personal perspective. We never really get a proper diagnosis for the illness Cassie has throughout the novel but it definitely felt like PTSD and Schizophrenia. Not many books deal with this kind of mental illness, especially one from a personal point of view. It was really interesting to see how Cassie dealt with and how it really came to be. I’ve never really had a proper understand about how people deal with PTSD and Schizophrenia and how much it effects the people around them, although Cassie didn’t have full on Schizophrenia I really enjoyed understanding what she dealt with and it was so interesting to read about it.

the thought-provoking ending + book hangovers

e32e2mYou have probably heard a lot from other posts, that I adore thought-provoking novels. Especially the ones that leave you with an intense book hangover. I haven’t had a book hangover in ages and when I finally got one with this novel, my heart and emotions were not okay. I literally devoured this novel and my head was spinning by the end. I loved the ending and how realistic it was . Whisper To Me is so unique that you can’t help but feel attached to the events and characters in the book. I was left thinking about what happened in this novel, over and over again. If you are craving a book that will leave you with a book hangover, this book will definitely be for you.

whisper to me is unique in so many different ways

Yes, I am using one of the most cliche things in book reviewing but I’m not joking this book is so unique, fresh and different. I have never read a story like this and I honestly can not search or rack my brain to find one to compare to this one. It’s so wonderfully unique that you can’t help but love it. The themes dealt with in this novel are hardly touched on by other authors. The main character, Cassie is so different to a normal YA contemporary protagonist and the plot of this novel is unlike anything I have read before. Like I said before, this novel is an apology and love letter to a boy Cassie had harmed but loved during that horrible summer and throughout the novel, I was gripped.

Each element to this story is like an ingredient to a perfect concoction. There are obviously little flaws in the story which got my annoyed or frustrated but overall the positives outweigh the benefits and I discovered that this book was amazing by the end of it. Anyway, I really hope you pick this novel up. I honestly can’t recommend this book enough. I was definitely not disappointed!

have you guys read this novel before? what were your thoughts?
If you haven’t read it yet, don’t forget to pre-order this novel! It comes out in June and trust me on this, it will not disappoint you!

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Thank you so much to Bloomsbury publishing. I received Nick Lake’s Whisper To Me from Bloomsbury Publishing, in exchange for a review.  Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in this post.

“Maths + Romances” Teaser Tuesdays April 19th

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Hello everyone!

Yes, I didn’t post all weekend or on Monday and I am sorry!! I posted way too much last week and I have been quite busy as it is the start of the term but I have a Teaser Tuesdays today *ques to confetti* 🙂 ! I will definitely have some reviews up later this week as well as I have read some amazing books lately. School has started again and that means I can say goodbye to fast reading. Every single time school starts, I will literally go through a book a month but I am trying to manage my time well this month. Hopefully, it will go well for me! Also, I hope you guys liked my last post, it was a bit different it was kind of a fashion/lifestyle post but I hope you guys enjoyed it. I don’t want to completely limit my blog to just books because I will for sure, burn out one day (although, I could probably talk to you about books all day long.) but I just would love to share some other things rather than just my bookish life. Anyway, let’s get into the actual post…Teaser Tuesdays.

currently reading: the square root of summer by harriet reuter hapgoodCapture

I am reading The Square Root Of Summer, which is a contemporary romance that I received from Pan Macmillan. I am loving it at the moment and I am currently, halfway through it. However, it is a bit slow, which is annoying. I love the main character, Gottie, she is such a unique and fresh character and I really enjoying reading from her perspective. I am excited to see how the story plays out but at the moment it is going awfully slow. Hopefully, it’ll escalate soon as I have high hopes.

“When he drops his hand, stepping away, all the stars ripple back. The whole thing only lasted for a moment- a fluorescent light on the fritz, spluttering in and out”
-Square Root Of Summer, Harriet Reuter Hapgood

what are you currently reading?

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When We Collided by Emery Lord: Interview + Review

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If you didn’t know, When We Collided by Emery Lord officially came out on the fifth of April! When We Collided follows the story of Vivi and Jonah. In the town of Verona Cove, Vivi is the new girl whilst Jonah is the boy with the tragic past. Since the death of Jonah’s father, Jonah has carried the weight and burden of his whole family on his shoulders. He is expected to look after them, pay their finance and organize his sibling’s life. However, he feels lost in this vastly different lifestyle. Vivi is the new girl, she is the “wild child,” she changes everything in Jonah’s life. When Vivi and Jonah are together it seems like an explosion but sometimes explosions can go too far and both of them have to bear the consequences.

If you haven’t picked this up, I definitely recommend it but I’ll explain more in my review later on. First up, I am so excited and honoured because I got the chance to interview Emery Lord! I loved Open Road Summer and had a major book hangover after reading it, which goes to show how much I loved it. When We Collided is her latest novel, which I highly recommend if you are looking for a unique contemporary! Without further ado, lets get right into the interview with the one and only, Emery Lord:

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what is one writing tip you have for all the aspiring writers out there?

Protect your wonder!

when in your life did you decide to write this book; what was your inspiration?

I started in 2013. My inspiration is always part my curiosity (What would it be like to live in a vacation town? What would it be like to have a bunch of siblings? And so on) and part things that are happening in my own life (grieving a family member, depression, etc.)

 what is your favourite young-adult book, what are some book recommendations?

My favorite YA books are, in fact, by Australia’s very own Melina Marchetta. I would recommend every last one—I can’t pick!!

 have you ever met someone who has an amazing love story and relationship?

Of course! I hesitate to call us AMAZING, but I started dating my husband was I was 16, and he is still my favorite human on Earth.

What are your advice and tips on how to improve your mental health?

Well, different things (and combinations of things) work for different people, so I guess my advice is to be gentle with yourself and realize you’re in control of how you manage your health. I’m personally open to a lot of things because I like to see what suits me!  Whether it’s yoga and meditation and/or therapy and/or medication or simpler lifestyle things like long walks and good sleep, I think being open to possibilities is a huge help!

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Title: When We Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Release Date: April 2016
Retail Price: $17.99
Overall Rating:  8/10
Genre: Romance, Drama, Contemporary and Coming of Age

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heard of this sensation before, in TV shows and from friends. Emery Lord’s When We Collided left me with tingling shivers. I’ve never felt goosebumps like I did whilst reading this book. I’ve never shed a tear of happiness and hope but I truly did with this book. I loved it so much. It definitely did not disappoint and I can safely say that it blew me away.

The storyline for this book was so unique. It was refreshing and intriguing at the same time. I thought it would be like a copy of We Were Liars or All The Bright Places but When We Collided took the themes from these books and twisted them into this book. Hope, family, loss, mental illness and coming of age: all of these themes fitted into this book perfectly like a puzzle. Emery Lord’s writing was perfect. Writing contemporary books are literally like an art. You have to capture the voices of all the characters into a concise and descriptive writing and Emery Lord did that with both Jonah and Vivi’s voices. I actually really enjoyed the dual perspectives in this book. Since Jonah and Vivi were such contrasting characters, I thought it was very fitting how we got to see both of their thoughts. I didn’t find myself getting confused with both characters because of their different voices.

Another element I loved about the plot was how much it left the reader hooked. I was perpetually page turning throughout the book. It was so spontaneous and exciting that I constantly needed to read it to catch up. I don’t think I found myself bored during any part of it. Jonah and Vivi were constantly on some kind of adventure or argument and it really kept me entertained throughout the novel. However, it did feel a bit choppy at times, which brought the book down for me.

I absolutely loved the idea of the metaphor with the planet colliding. The thought of having two completely different people collide together but breaking away to follow their own separate paths is heartbreaking and eye-opening at the same time. I feel like Emery Lord took the whole typical plot of “two very different people who fall in love,” very differently and I loved what she did with it. The romance between Jonah and Vivi is so unique I fell in love with the idea. Their relationship was so cute and heartbreaking at the same time and I have never read anything quite like their love story, which was so refreshing. Lately, I’ve been reading a few cliche love stories and When We Collided’s love story was so unlike what I’ve read before.

Vivi’s character was very bubbly and quirky. It was enjoyable to read from her perspective but at times, I found myself cringing more than once. However, I loved how she kind of acted like a beacon and life saver for Jonah, I thought that was so cute. Jonah’s character was that boy that I felt so sympathetic for. I loved how much his character developed throughout the story. He was a character I truly admired because of his courage and his ending chapter was amazing!

Overall, I highly enjoyed this novel and it’s definitely one of my top ten books this year, so far. If you loved Museum of Intangible Things, The Fault In Our Stars, We Were Liars or All The Bright Places you will definitely fall in love with this book! Emery Lord brought this explosive book that was amazing. It was both unique and intriguing and for me it was a highly enjoyable read!

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#tagthursday The TBR Book Tag

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I don’t know about you but I have way too many books on my TBR pile. I think if I were to pile all the books I have on my TBR list, it would reach the top of Paris! 🙂 I think that it’s only right that the tag I do this Thursday is the TBR Book Tag! I saw this tag on the blog Bookshelves & Biros and thought this was a very fitting tag! I would love to hear some of the books you have on your TBR down in the comments below!

how do you keep track of your tbr pile?

Confession time: I actually don’t! (hehe) I just have heaps of book titles swimming around in my mind. If I am looking for a book, I do have an abandoned shelf on my Goodreads or I’ll go to Bookstagram and recognise a book that was on my TBR. There are just so many books out there that look so intriguing and I know that I’ll never run out of books to read

is your tbr mostly print or ebook?

Definitely, mostly print because if there is one thing I do not enjoy about reading its ebooks. I just started wearing glasses (Oh boy do I hate glasses…I actually have so much respect for those who wear them all the time,) and it’s most likely because I used to read books on my Ipad all the time and that was definitely a horrible decision. Now, I try to read printed books, which is why my TBR pile is mainly printed books.

a book that has been on your tbr pile the longest:

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Store. I have been eyeing this book before it’s release date and around the time, I started this blog, which was about a year or so ago and for me that is a long time. I loved the blurb and storyline. I’ve only heard very good reviews for this book and I have to get around to it soon!

a book you recently added to your tbr pile:
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I recently added, Yellow by Megan Jacobson to my TBR pile. I loved the idea and concept for this book and it’s a mash with supernatural and contemporary! How good is that? This is definitely one of my recent additions to my list!

a book on your tbr strictly because of its beautiful cover:

A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston. Both the hardback and the paperback are gorgeous and that is definitely a win-win situation. Not only that but I love any book that has a story inspired by a fairytale. I definitely have this book on the top of TBR and I’m actually flailing while I write this! 🙂

a book on your tbr that you never plan on reading

Truthwitch. I’m sorry guys but the blurb doesn’t seem that amazing andI’ve heard mixed reviews about it. I probably won’t be reading this anytime  soon  at all.

an unpublished book that you are excited for

I don’t really know because I don’t read anything that hasn’t been actually put on the list as potentially published. However, I am super excited for The Rose and The Dagger!! OMG! OMG! I actually can’t wait! I fell in love with this book last year and I desperately need the next one!

a book on your tbr that everyone has read but you

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. Everyone I know has read this. I swear. I enjoyed Red Queen but to me, it was nothing extremely special. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed this book but I just didn’t feel motivated to pick up Glass Sword. Hopefully, I’ll read it soon!

a book on your tbr everyone has recommended to you that you are dying to read:

This would definitely have to be Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe! I’ve only heard very positive reviews of this book and apparently it is an adorable book! I am definitely up for anything that is super adorable! I am dying to read this and hopefully, I’ll read it this month!

nominees:

Here are the five people I nominate! If you want to do this tag, feel free to do it! I would love to see your answers! (So, definitely link your tag post down below)!

Geraldine @Corralling Books
Jina @Ember books
Kat @Kat reads a lot
Adhvika @Books and Fiction
Isabella @youthbooks