WAITING ON WEDNESDAY WOW

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK:

 

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CARAVAL BY STEPHANIE GARBER

 

CARAVAL

 

Publisher: Flatiron Books

 

Date Published: January 31st 2017

 

Pages: 401

 

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BLURB:

 

Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

 

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My eye has been on this one for ages now and the UK cover release was only last week. Therefore, I felt it was an apt time to mention this book in my WOW post. I am so interested to see what this book has to offer. The reviews from the ARC’s have all been positive… I cannot wait…

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

 

Kati

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SEPTEMBER BOOK RELEASES

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There are so many awesome books being released in September 2016. I thought I would share with you the books I am most excited for. So, buckle up and enjoy the ride!

 

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The Graces by Laure Eve

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Release: September 1st 2016

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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Release: September 6th 2016

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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Release: September 6th 2016

The Reader by Traci Chee

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Release: September 13th 2016

 

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

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Release: September 13th 2016

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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Release: September 20th 2016

 

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

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Release: September 20th 2016

 

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

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Release: September 20th 2016

 

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

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Release: September 20th 2016

 

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Meniscalco

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Release: September 20th 2016

 

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis 

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Release: September 20th 2016

 

Metaltown by Kristen Simmons 

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Release: September 20th 2016

 

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

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Release: September 27th 2016

 

 

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What is your most anticipated book release for September?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

TOP TEN TUESDAY

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme was:

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TOP TEN BOOKS BASED AROUND SCHOOL

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Any book that has school in it will be considered for this meme.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

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Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

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Beastly by Alex Flinn

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han 

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Alienated by Melissa Landers

ALIENATED

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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P.S. I Like You by Kasie West 

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The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger 

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 

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Do you have a favourite book based around high school? What did you think of my list?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

RYBSAT TBR

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This is my first time taking part in the Read Your Book Shelf A Thon (RYBSAT). This is a readathon where the goal is to read as many books in your bookshelf as you can. This time the readathon has a theme, and the theme is:

VILLAINS!!!

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As everyone is sharing their own villain makeovers I thought I would share one of my own. I am Mrs. Captain Hook! Loving the hat.

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Now, to show you what I will be reading. I have decided to go along with the theme of villains and all the books on my TBR feature anti-heroes.

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TBR:

 

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

 

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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake 

 

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer 

 

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Wicked by Gregory Maguire 

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Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

 

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman 

 

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What do you think of my TBR for RYBSAT? Are you going to join in with RYBSAT?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BOOKMARK MONDAY

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Bookmark Monday was a meme started in 2009 which is hosted by Guiltless Reading. The requirement of this meme is to find a picture of bookmarks you love, if they’re your own or just pictures you found.

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I saw this adorable bookmark at a bookshop and just had to get it. I am in love with this little bookworm.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: THE DARKEST MINDS BY ALEXANDRA BRACKEN

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Publisher: Disney Hyperion

 

Date Published: 18th December 2012

 

Pages: 488

 

 

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Blurb:

 

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

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Review: 

 

I cannot believe it has taken me this long to read this book… I mean seriously, am I the last person to read this? My first impression of this book was that this book reminded me so much of the movie Zombieland… minus the zombies. I mean, a group of misfits travelling in a car across America.

 

Ok, now let’s discuss the actual book…

 

Let’s start with the powers. The concept of colour coding the different powers the children were endowed with was one I had never come across before. It is a breath of fresh air. I liked the conflict of the camps that are motivation for the characters to get away.

The different powers are interesting too. I will not go into what these powers are, because I do not want to spoil anyone who hasn’t read the book yet. I liked that we were able to glimpse the wide array of powers through our very diverse cast of characters.

I found Ruby to be an excellent character. I found her experience of to be very realistic. She does not begin as a strong character. She is a typical teenage girl, and when the disease wipes out the teenage population and she is dragged to the camp, the experience is exactly what I think I would be like if I experienced it.

Personally, I am giving this book a rating of 4.5 / 5. A dark and gritty road trip book stuffed with supernatural powers. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Have you read The Darkest Mind? What did you think of it?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

COVER CHARACTERISTIC

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It is Sunday again and that means it’s time for another Cover Characteristic meme post. This meme was created by Sugar and Snark. Every week a characteristic is chosen and we post 5 book covers with that weeks characteristic on it.

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THIS WEEKS THEME IS: CHEERLEADERS

 

 

 

5. Game On by Melanie Spring

4. I was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader by Kieran Scott

3. Undead by Kirsty McKay

2. The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading by Charity Tahmaseb 

And my top pick this week is: 

 

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Generation Dead by Daniel Waters 

 

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What did you think of this weeks picks? Do you have a favourite cheerleader book?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

STACKING THE SHELVES

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Another week gone by, another haul for you to see whats new on my shelf. This meme is brought to you by Tynga from Tynga’s Reviews.

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BOOKSHOP:

The Memory Book by Lara Avery

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Treading Air by Ariella Van Luyn

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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E-BOOK:

Gilded by Christina Farley

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Time bound by Rysa Walker

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Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman

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The Snow Globe by Jenna Nelson

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Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

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Nefertiti’s Heart by A.W. Exley

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Zodiac by Romina Russell

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The Break-Up Artist by Phillip Segel

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Damsel Distressed by  Kelsey Macke

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THE DRAGONS HOARD BOX:

The Just City by Jo Walton

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OWLCRATE BOX:

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West 

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FAIRYLOOT BOX:

Nevernight by Kay Kristoff 

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THE YA CHRONICLES BOX:

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley 

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LIBRARY BOOKS:

Longbow Girl by Linda Davies

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Cleo by Lucy Coats

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Hexed by Michelle Krys

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Tonight The Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

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Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott

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Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Winterspell by Claire Legrand

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Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

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Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee

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The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

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NETGALLEY: 

Lethal in Love by Michelle Somers

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Stuck on You by Patricia Mar

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Burning Bright by Melissa McShane 

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Pirate Heiress by Chloe Flowers

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Rhodi’s Light by Megan Linski

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Fall Far From The Tree by Amy McNulty

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Kiss Cam bt Kiara London 

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The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

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M.I.N.D by Elissa Harris 

MIND

Every Little Kiss by Susan Hatler

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Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh by Cornelia Funke 

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Imperfect Love by Isabella White

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The Reader by MK Harkins 

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Seasons of Love by Emily Murdoch 

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The Mermaid and the Murders by Rachel Graves

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Love to Win by Lisa Ricard Claro 

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Merm-8 by Eric J. Juneau 

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The Sun Chaser by Dafni Ma

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This Above All by Lindsey Roth Culli

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The Soul Mender by R.S. Dabney

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A Thousand Salt Kisses by Josie Demuth 

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Wow, that was a long list.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

AUGUST THE YA CHRONICLES UNBOXING

 

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It is that time of the month, time for another The YA Chronicles unboxing! The theme for the August box was themed “Professional Booklover”.

 

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Open the box and there’s some lovely green tissue paper.

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The first item I see in the box is this lovely soap from Behind the Page made especially for this box.

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Who doesn’t need a book light, every booklover needs this necessity.image

 

This is a stunning scarf with a Library card print. STUNNING!!

The book in this box was Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.

The book has a signed book plate and is embossed with The YA Chronicles logo.

 

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There was some cool swag in the box as well.

As always, there is the bookmark with the theme on the back.

The monthly post card is also included.

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As always, this was a stunning box and I cannot wait to wear the scarf and read this book!

If you’re interested in having a look at this box you can find the website here.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: IT ENDS WITH US BY COLLEEN HOOVER

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Publisher: Atria Books

 

Date Published: 2nd August 2016

 

Pages: 384

 

 

 

Blurb: 

 

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

 

 

REVIEW: 

 

I was torn apart by this book!

I am going to split this review into two sections, a non-spolier section and a spoilers sections.

I will begin this review by stating that Colleen Hoover writes the most realistic romance novels I have ever read. I love a romance with minimal conflict and a pre-determined happily ever after… but that’s not realistic. Real life is hard and mistakes are made, we are human. This is what we can see in Colleen Hoover’s books, a purely human experience.

I finished this book in approximately two and a half hours, I could not put it down. I think this book is best experienced blind, don’t read on if you haven’t already read this book. You do not want to be spoiled.

 

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Ok, you have been adequately warned, I am now going into a discussion that will contain spoilers… turn back now.

Colleen Hoover set this book up so well, I was so invested in the characters and did not see the plot twist coming. When Lily was pushed at first by Ryle I was stunned… this was the guy who three chapters before I was frustrated because Lily and Ryle weren’t getting together fast enough.

The domestic abuse storyline is such a tough topic to delve into and Colleen Hoover managed this very well. I could understand how hard it was for Lily. She did not leave straight away and because the readers were given the story of the relationship from the very beginning we could see why. Even at the end of the book, I still had empathy for Ryle. I didn’t want him and Lily to be together, but I couldn’t help but feel for him.

Allysa is an excellent side character. When she was introduced I knew immediately that she was Ryle’s sister as it was set up back in chapter 1. I did not know how invested I would become in her connection with Lily. This relationship made it all the more complex. How can you end an unhealthy relationship when your best friend is their brother?

Let’s talk about Lily’s backstory, there are two elements to her backstory that are the most prominent in how Lily ended up. These are that she was a child witnessing an abusive relationship and her relationship with Atlas. We see this backstory through Lily’s letters to Ellen DeGeneres. This is a truly unique way of portraying a backstory that I thoroughly enjoy.

Let’s talk about the parents relationship. Lily is quite heavily influenced by the relationship that she witnessed between her mother and father. We can see history repeating itself with her relationship with Ryle. When she finally makes the decision that “It Ends With Us” it is such a strong and important moment. She is breaking the cycle and making sure that her daughter will never have to feel like she needs a knife to defend her mother.

Atlas was a strong support figure through her teenage years. There are elements of Atlas in her life in Boston. Lily’s whole move to Boston stemmed from her relationship with Atlas. It was really important when Atlas turns up in Lily’s life again when she needs a support figure. I feel Colleen Hoover did Lily a justice by not having Atlas be a white knight figure. Lily saved herself and that gave her a sense of self worth and control.

I love that Lily uses a phrase from pop culture as a motivational tool to help her keep going.

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“Just keep swimming” keeps popping up through the novel, and is a lovely way to tie things together.

Thank you Colleen Hoover for writing this book. After reading the Author Notes I understand how hard this was for you to write. I really appreciated this book, even though it tore me apart and I am slowly mending the pieces. This is easily a 5/5 book!