Book Review: My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes

46th – My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Rating: ❤❤❤❤ (Good read, definitely!)

What is it about: Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

What I Love: I love the characters because the writer was able to make them both relatable. You feel them, their pain, their hopelessness and even as they fall in love.

The struggles of the two main characters are revealed in a heart tugging way.

This book will make you smile, it will make you laugh, and it will make you feel for more sensitive for teenagers who may be depressed.

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing.

Wise Words:

“Depression is like a heaviness that you can’t ever escape.”

“Sometimes I wonder if gravity is the problem. It keeps us all grounded, gives us this false sense of stability when really we’re all just bodies in motion. Gravity keeps us from floating up into space, it keeps us from involuntarily crashing into one another. It saves the human race from being a big hot mess.”

“Maybe that’s what love really boils down to-having someone who cares enough to pay attention so that you’re encouraged to travel and transfer, to make your potential energy spark into kinetic energy. Maybe all anyone ever needs is for someone to notice them, to observe them.”

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Book Review: A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie

A Murder is Announced

“It’s what’s in yourself that makes you happy or unhappy.”

45th – A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5) by Agatha Christie

Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ (BEST, GREAT read!)

What is it about: Villagers expect a fun game after a Gazette announcement of murder, but when lights flash off, shots ring out, and a masked burglar falls dead, the Inspector and vicar’s wife Bunch call in expert Miss Jane Marple. Was Swiss hotel clerk Rudi framed? Miss Letitia Blackstone houses scatty Dora, cousins Julia and Patrick, gardener widow Phillipa, and paranoid cook Mitzi.

What I Love: Madame Agatha Christie is one beautifully twisted writer. You can never ever know who kills who. She is the best example why I love mystery and crimes. The tension, the suspense, the revelation! Geez!!

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing!

Wise Words: “…what people do see at a moment of intense excitement and nervous strain. What they do see and, even more interesting, what they don’t see.”

“…if you have pain, you know how to enjoy the exquisite pleasure of the times when pain stops.”

“One is alone when the last one who remembers is gone.”

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Book Review: The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott

The Way Back to You

“The beauty of being young is that you can change your mind a hundred times and life is still before you with all the options.”

40th – A book about a roadtrip – The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott

 Rating: ❤❤❤ (Good read)

What is it about: Six months ago, Ashlyn Montiel died in a bike accident.

Her best friend Cloudy is keeping it together, at least on the outside. Cloudy’s insides are a different story: tangled, confused, heartbroken.

Kyle is falling apart, and everyone can tell. Ashlyn was his girlfriend, and when she died, a part of him went with her. Maybe the only part he cares about anymore.

As the two people who loved Ashlyn best, Cloudy and Kyle should be able to lean on each other. But after a terrible mistake last year, they’re barely speaking. So when Cloudy discovers that Ashlyn’s organs were donated after her death and the Montiel family has been in touch with three of the recipients, she does something a little bit crazy and a lot of out character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a winter break road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they see the recipients—the people whose lives were saved by Ashlyn’s death—the world will open up again. Or maybe it will be a huge mistake.

With hundreds of miles in front of them, a stowaway kitten, and a list of people who are alive because of Ashlyn, Cloudy and Kyle just may find their way to back to her…and to each other.

What I Love: This book begins with a promising start. Its engrossing and intriguing.

But as it..

What I Don’t Love Much: …becomes confusing. The main characters are confuse themselves.

Wise Words: “The beauty of being young is that you can change your mind a hundred times and life is still before you with all the options.”

“Grief doesn’t seem to need much space at all; it’s more like it tightens and squeezes until there’s no more of you left.”

“More than anything, though, I’ve learned that, just like in cheer, life is all about support. Being capable on your own is important, but big or small, having the right team makes all the difference.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
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Book Review: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Fates and Furies

“Paradox of marriage: you can never know someone entirely; you do know someone entirely.”

39th – Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

   Rating: ❤❤ (Not for me, sorry.)

What is it about: Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years.

At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed.

What I Love: This book is filled with beautifully poetic lines. I actually thought this will be as great as All the Light We Cannot See but…

What I Don’t Love Much: As you kept reading, the book somehow losses its glory. The length is too long, the twists are too much. There are parts that are a bit too dramatic.

Wise Words: “Grief is for the strong, who use it as fuel for burning.”

“Struggle forms character. No struggle, no character.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
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Book Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray

“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother’s was worth a pocket watch.”

38th Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ (BEST, GREAT read!)

What is it about: Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

What I Love: Bold. Brutal. Cringe-inducing yet filled with almost prose poetic beautiful lines.

It hits the heart hard and it makes you feel the character’s agony, hope, anguish. Your heart will ache for them and that’s how great books are. They make you feel by presenting truths that you don’t know yet. They make you think. They make you care.

This will make you emotionally tired. A tiredness that is so worth it.

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing.

Wise Words: “Sometimes there is such beauty in awkwardness. There’s love and emotion trying to express itself, but at the time, it just ends up being awkward.”

“Was it harder to die, or harder to be the one who survived?”

“Whether love of friend, love of country, love of God, or even love of enemy—love reveals to us the truly miraculous nature of the human spirit.”

“I planted a seed of hatred in my heart. I swore it would grow to be a massive tree whose roots would strangle them all.”

“You stand for what is right, Lina, without the expectation of gratitude or reward.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
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Book Review: The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

The Lover's Dictionary

“It was a mistake,” you said. But the cruel thing was, it felt like the mistake was mine, for trusting you.”

37th – The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ (BEST, GREAT read!)

What is it about: How does one talk about love? Do we even have the right words to describe something that can be both utterly mundane and completely transcendent, pulling us out of our everyday lives and making us feel a part of something greater than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary. Through these short entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of being within a couple, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.

What I Love: A book is great when I somehow wished I who wrote it. That’s how I feel for this masterpiece.

It is indeed a dictionary of love and you really have to decipher the story in each and every word (beginning from a to z).That’s what I love about it. It’s engrossing and intriguing.

Plus! Heart breaking!

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing

Wise Words: “People often say that when couples are married for a long time, they start to look alike. I don’t believe that. But I do believe their sentences start to look alike.

“You can be separate from a thing and still care about it.”

“Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
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Book Review: Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens

Eleven Hours

“The external world disappears; all she hears is her own sound; she is a cave filled with a great echoing voice. When she is done she closes her eyes for a moment, returning to herself.”

36th – A graphic novel – Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens

Rating: ❤❤❤❤ (Good read, definitely!)

What is it about: Eleven Hours is the story of two soon-to-be mothers who, in the midst of a difficult labor, are forced to reckon with their pasts and re-create their futures. Lore must disentangle herself from a love triangle; Franckline must move beyond past traumas to accept the life that’s waiting for her. Pamela Erens moves seamlessly between their begrudging friendship and the memories evoked by so intense an experience. At turns urgent and lyrical, Erens’s novel is a visceral portrait of childbirth, and a vivid rendering of the way we approach motherhood—with fear and joy, anguish and awe.  

What I Love: Such as short read it is extremely powerful in theme and technique. The lines are so vivid that it does felt like a graphic novel.

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing.

Wise Words: “if you carried yourself as if you had business, as if your presence somewhere was legitimate, people didn’t notice if you were in the wrong place or doing the wrong thing.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
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Book Review: Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine von Radics

Mouthful of Forevers

“I said, I love you
when I meant something much
more specific, I should have said,
Please don’t leave me,
I’m afraid to sleep alone.

35th – Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine von Radics  

Rating:❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (Good read, definitely!)

What is it about: Titled after the poem that burned up on Tumblr and has inspired wedding vows, paintings, songs, YouTube videos, and even tattoos among its fans, Mouthful of Forevers brings the first substantial collection of this gifted young poet’s work to the public.

Clementine von Radics writes of love, loss, and the uncertainties and beauties of life with a ravishing poetic voice and piercing bravura that speak directly not only to the sensibility of her generation, but to anyone who has ever been young.

What I Love: The craze for the main piece of this poetry book deserves it. The poetess has her own style and she is great on what she does. She surely knows how to tug the heart.

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing.

Wise Words:“Getting everything you ever wanted does not make you want less.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
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Book Review: The Crown (The Selection, #5) by Kiera Cass

The Crown (The Selection, #5)

“Maybe it’s not the first kisses that are supposed to be special. Maybe it’s the last ones.” — Kiera CassThe Crown (The Selection, #5)

34th – A book based on fairytale – The Crown (The Selection, #5) by Kiera Cass

Rating: ❤❤❤ (Good read)

What is it about: When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

What I Love: The unpredictable ending. And the annoying Eadlyn has matured now. 😉

This is indeed better than The Heir.

What I Don’t Love Much: It is still a bit weak for me compared withthe 3 first books of the series which I read for a night only. Yes, three books in one night , that’show great they are.

Wise Words: “This is a dandelion, ” I told him. He shrugged. “I know. Some see a weed; some see a flower. Perspective.”

“You have to embrace the idea of imperfection, even if the thing that is most perfect for you.”

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Book Review: The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

“…the death of those we love is so much worse than our own death, and yes all love is a form of suicide, you destroy yourself, you surrender yourself, you kill something in yourself, willingly, if you really love.” — S.K. TremayneThe Ice Twins


33rd – A book that takes place on an island  – The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

Rating: ❤❤❤❤(Good read, definitely!)

What is it about: A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.

But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity—that she, in fact, is Lydia—their world comes crashing down once again.

As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past—what really happened on that fateful day one of her daughters died?

What I Love: The mystery that kept me guessing until the end. The creative way of how the reality was told. This kind of book clutches you and will not let go until you are done.

What I Don’t Love Much: The characters itself. The crazy parents. But yeah, they are the reason why this is one insane yet great read.

Wise Words: “because sometimes saying nothing says it all.”

“It’s not so much my own death that is intolerable, it’s the death of those around me. Because I love them. And part of me dies with them. Therefore all love, if you like, is a form of suicide.”

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