Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer | Review

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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Trigger Warnings: school shooting joke, grief, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, car accident, cheating, the death of a sibling, the death of a parent, alcoholism

Pages: 400

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Genre: contemporary, young adult, romance

Goodreads blurb:

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

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Undone By The Ex-Con by Talia Hibbert | Review

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Star-DividerRating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

Trigger Warnings: homophobic comments, murder (off the page), emotional abuse, drug addiction

Pages: 370

Publisher: Nixon House

Genre: contemporary, romance

Goodreads blurb:

To protect her brother, Lizzie must seduce the man she despises…

Isaac Montgomery is a killer. A savage. He doesn’t belong in the glittering world of high-society, but somehow, that’s where he’s ended up. 

After all he’s been through, it should take more than a prima ballerina with a cut-glass accent to get under his skin. But when Isaac meets Lizzie Olusegun-Keynes, he doesn’t just lose his cool. He f$*king melts.

Lizzie is losing control of her body, her life—and her desires. She shouldn’t want a man like Isaac, a man who’s rough and coarse and forceful, but the lust that sparks between them is impossible to ignore.

When a sinister power threatens Lizzie’s beloved brother, the decision is taken out of her hands. Like it or not, she’s forced to get close to Isaac.

There’s only one problem: she’s starting to fall for the brooding ex-con.

The ex-con she has to betray.

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Hold Me by Courtney Milan | Review

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: October 25th, 2016

Trigger Warnings: transphobia, suicide mentions

Pages: 303

Genre: contemporary, romance, new adult, LGBT+

Goodreads blurb:

Jay na Thalang is a demanding, driven genius. He doesn’t know how to stop or even slow down. The instant he lays eyes on Maria Lopez, he knows that she is a sexy distraction he can’t afford. He’s done his best to keep her at arm’s length, and he’s succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.

Maria has always been cautious. Now that her once-tiny, apocalypse-centred blog is hitting the mainstream, she’s even more careful about preserving her online anonymity. She hasn’t sent so much as a picture to the commenter she’s interacted with for eighteen months—not even after emails, hour-long chats, and a friendship that is slowly turning into more. Maybe one day, they’ll meet and see what happens.

But unbeknownst to them both, Jay is Maria’s commenter. They’ve already met. They already hate each other. And two determined enemies are about to discover that they’ve been secretly falling in love…

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Whisper by Lynette Noni | Review

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: May 1st, 2018

Trigger Warnings: dead parents, torture, ableist language (insane & crazy used), graphic panic attacks, anxiety, murder, miscarriage mention

Pages: 320

Publisher: KCP Loft

Genre: science fiction, young adult, fantasy, urban fantasy

Goodreads blurb:

For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes, Subject Six-Eight-Four — ‘Jane Doe’ — has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word.

As Jane’s resolve begins to crack under the influence of her new — and unexpectedly kind — evaluator, she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, discovering that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot … and one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.

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Reasons Not To Watch/Read 13 Reasons Why | Discussion

TRIGGER WARNING: this discussion contains mentions of depression, abuse, suicide, rape and sexual assault.

I’m pretty passionate about my hatred for both the book and show of Thirteen Reasons Why. I have been incredibly vocal about it since the airing of the first season last year. I believe the show promotes a terrible stigma around mental health and should be pulled from Netflix. I also have an immense hatred for the book and the author. I don’t recommend either to any audience.

I thought about making this post title something catchy like ’13 reasons why you should avoid Thirteen Reasons Why’ but I realised I have way more than thirteen reasons I hate this trash fire book and show.

Some of you may not know what Thirteen Reasons Why is though. Both the show and book are about high schooler Hannah Baker. Hannah has recently committed suicide which has left her town a bit shocked – who knows why though, they were all terrible to her. One day Clay receives a box full of 13 tapes. These 13 tapes share the reasons in which Hannah has killed herself. God, even writing that feels stupid. Both versions of the text highlight the use of shock value to keep the audience engaged but all it simply does is create more stigma for everyday scenarios that youth face.

The list is pretty endless as to why I do hate it. I figured I should probably make a list which highlights some of the problems I have with both seasons of the show. Keep in mind, I have only watched 6 episodes of season one before the B grading acting did my head in. I additionally watched 30 minutes of the first episode of season two while at a friends house before they turned it off because of my bitching. All the information I have received about this show is from trusted friends and reading episode descriptions online. I am not going to risk my mental health to watch this trash fire of a show. I have, however, read the book and I can say with great confidence that it should never have been published. The romanticisation of suicide is disgusting and offensive. The author himself was clearly making a money hungry grab with shock factors throughout the book.

Disclaimer, I will focus more on the TV show throughout this post simply because I know more people have seen it despite this being a book blog.

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Books I Thought I’d Love But Didn’t | Discussion

I’ve done the alternate version of this post, with books I thought I’d love and ended up hating twice (click here and here). I figured it was only fair that I do the reverse of this. Considering the book community kind of thrives on hatred (no judgement here) and I hate a lot of books I truly expected to love. Some books I hate read – yes, I hate-read, let me live my life – but I promise these aren’t books that fell into that category.

These are all books I went in to with the highest of expectations. I was so ready to drop five-star ratings and scream praise from the rooftops. Unfortunately, they were all flops. I’ve kept it mostly fantasy book theme in this particular post, or books with fantasy elements in them. I definitely want to try and theme these posts so they aren’t just books from every single genre because I feel that makes them a little bit messy.

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Grumpy Fake Boyfriend by Jackie Lau | Review

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: May 22nd, 2018

Publisher: Jackie Lau Books

Genre: contemporary, adult, romance 

Goodreads blurb:

I’m a pretty simple guy. When I’m not writing a science fiction novel, I’m watching a good movie or reading a book. Alone. I like my reclusive life. That is, until my only friend asks for a favor—pretend to be his baby sister’s boyfriend on a couples’ getaway. Her ex is going to be there and she needs me as a buffer. 

I should have said no, but Naomi is bubbly, energetic, and beautiful. She also means everything to her brother. But now, our fake romance is starting to feel all too real, and I find myself stuck between the promise I made to my friend and risking my heart to the one woman who might actually get me…

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