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Book Details: Title: How to Be Your Own Genie Author: Radleigh Valentine Genre: Law of Attraction, New Age, Self-Help Publication Date: November 28th, 2017 Publisher: Hay House Welcome to my review of Law of Attraction Secrets: How To Be Your Own Genie by popular HayHouse […]
Book Title: Twelve Months of Awkward Moments
Author: Lisa Acerbo
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: August 30th, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
I am not sure what I was expecting when I started reading this book, but I know I did not expect what I found. While Twelve Months of Awkward Moments did feel at times – well, awkward to read – and that is mostly because I prefer books that are not written in the style of first person present tense narrative. But for the most part – I was highly entertained, and thoroughly enjoyed spending time on the journey of the main character, Dani, a sweet young girl, who truly has good motives, and simply wants to do her best – even if it does not always pan out that way.
This book is absolutely written for a Young Adult audience in mind, but it clearly is entertaining and relatable enough, that even I – who is far from a Young Adult – could enjoy the story. The Author managed to carefully craft a plot, (which I do not want to give away) that shares a lot of the Angst, and troubles many young people go through, maybe not in that dramatic fashion, but without making it sound cartoonish, or distant. And – for once – it was a Young Adult novel, that did not feature the paranormal, or some kind of dystopian fantasy, which seem to have had its prime over the last few years. Instead, it features a stalker – which is something way too many of us have to deal with – a sad but scary truth. Emotional, and raw, the reactions of Dani rang true and were not forced, which made it even more “entertaining” to spent time in her head, in this journal style novel.
If you ever struggled with anxiety, as I have, I think you should give Twelve Months of Awkward Moments a try. I read that the Author was inspired to write this books after doing research on the subject, and her care for the subject matter shows.
4 out of 5 Stars
Dani can’t wait for senior year at college. A straight-A scholar whose anxiety is a daily struggle, being awkward, introverted, and studious has become a way of life. She vows this year will be different. It’s time to move beyond her comfort zone, but that’s not easy.Dani’s wild roommate and handsome best friend hate each other; her crazy family won’t leave her alone; and a new job forces her to be social. Unfortunately, when college romance finally calls, Dani is unable to answer thanks to a stalker who has her all tied up.Can she stay alive long enough to find love and graduate?
About the Author:
She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, two dogs, and horse.
When not writing, she mountain bikes, hikes, and fosters dogs.
Book Details: Title: To Say Goodbye Author: Lindsay Detwiler Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing Publication Date: September, 24,2016 Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction My thoughts: To Say Goodbye is a heartwarming story, that is emotional and raw, which is exactly what I hope […]
Book Details: Title: Ida Author: Alison Evans Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction Publisher: Echo Publication Date: December 6th, 2016 I received this book via NetGalley for free in return for an honest review My Thoughts: There is a way to do a first person, […]
Book Title: Dark Prayer
Author: Natasha Mostert
Publisher: Portable Magic, LTD
Publication Date: July 17, 2017
For thrillers and books in the suspense category, I personally prefer books that get down to the action straight from the beginning. Sadly, Dark Prayer took a little time to warm up to that point. In my opinion, the Author decided to take a long time to develop the characters and their background story with much details – which in itself is fine, but it is what essentially led to the slower beginning, and can be a turn off for some readers.
I did find that it was worth the wait at the end though – the rocky start was forgotten, once the real action began, and from that point forward, I did not want to put Dark Prayer down.
Despite the fact that the Author created the main character in a thankfully not often occurring fugue state, the story seemed believable and mesmerizing. It is easy to root for Eloise Blake (the female lead of this story) because she is a likable character caught in an impossible to escape the situation.
Even considering the bumpy start, I found Dark Prayer a worthy and enjoyable read.
4 out of 5 Stars
Eloise Blake is on the run from a life she can no longer remember. And from a killer who will stop at nothing to protect a secret as old as time. From the award-winning author of SEASON OF THE WITCH comes a thriller about memory, identity and the murderous consequences of a quest gone wrong.
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