Book Review: His Wounded Light ( The Light In The Wound #2) – Christine Brae

synopsis book 2

The perfect life. 

The perfect marriage. 

The jilted lover. 

Their worlds collide.

Fate intervenes twelve years later and their paths intersect once again. All three will question whether the heart is truly capable of dividing and being divided; each will decide whether it matters who you loved first or who you love last. 

Together they will learn that in the end, there can always only be one.


My Thoughts 2

It´s truly a rare moment when you favor book #2 more than book #1. Maybe it´s because I read `His Wounded Light`( The Light In The Wound #2 ) by Christine Brae before I read `The Light In The Wound`? I´m not entirely sure but I will say this:his wounded light

I totally enjoyed this book. It was deep. It made me say “Oh shit.” more often than I thought it ever would. It´s one raw piece of romance that seeps into your bones and stays there.

This book confronted me with real life issues I didn´t necessarily want to be confronted with.

You know- Those situations where you have to make life changing decisions? The “What would happen if this and this or that would happen to you/to us…”

This book has those types of situations and it´s not pretty to read about. But even life´s ugly sides can turn an everyday romance into something great.

There was so much tension in this book. So much devastation and longing and fear. I´m telling you, it´s deeper than the first book by a long shot.

And that´s basically what I loved about this story. It has more of everything.

  1. The pacing was much better.
  2. The character development was great.
  3. The issues dealt with were brutally realistic
  4. The romance / romantic aspect was captivating

You felt the love between the main characters. You felt the nasties this couple went through because the author painted out a horrific picture of it all. She made me believe with the right words / the right emotions the characters felt. I know this because I personally have dealt with at least one of the included issues myself and have seen another of the included issues happen to close friends.

As much as I enjoyed this read there were two minor things that didn´t sit well with me.

  1. The third-party. I didn´t necessarily like seeing one of the love interests from book 1 in this book. He felt out of place. The story itself was strong enough without him.
  2. The rich people party. This is not really something to complain about because, in the end, this is just a story. But I would have loved it if the characters were more poor – middle class. Would have made the characters more relatable. Not all of us can just effortlessly buy a plane ticket and fly across the country to clear our minds.

As I´ve said- this is a minor issue. I just don´t like characters with money. I´d rather see them financially suffer, like the rest of us.  Lol.

All in all I truly enjoyed this read and do NOT regret having read book #2 before book #1. While I understand that this might not work for others… it worked really well for me ( because I don´t care )


Would I recommend this book? Yes and no. This book carries topics such as: miscarriage, depression, drug abuse, and cheating. I can see readers being triggered left and right. If you´re anything like me and can stomach any of these topics then I´d say- go for it! It´s a romance with a great ending.

Would I reread this book? Yes.


The Cover – 4 stars: An improvement compared to the book cover for the first book.

The Story – 4 stars: Call me a schmuck because I do love myself a angsty story that puts me in a miserable state.

The Characters – 4 stars: Again, an improvement! I even liked the Heroine a lot more in this one.

My emotional state after finishing this read: Happy I read this one first because after the first one I don´t think I would have continued with the story.

4 stars

This book can be purchased on Amazon.com


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Book Review: Cry, Heart, But Never Break – Glenn Ringtved

synopsis 2

Aware their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings make a pact to keep death from taking her away. But Death does arrive all the same, as it must. He comes gently, naturally. And he comes with enough time to share a story with the children that helps them to realize the value of loss to life and the importance of being able to say goodbye.

 

My Thoughts 2

`Cry, Heart, But Never Break` by Glenn Ringtved is truly a treasure to have.

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Unfortunately, I wasn´t the one who purchased this book. I didn´t even know this book existed until my husband brought it home the other day.

The reason for that was: My husband´s work colleague´s brother in-law passed at a young age and he wanted to explain the meaning of death to his own children. To help them understand why their uncle wasn´t with them anymore, but help them understand in a child-like way.

My husband´s colleague googled for books and found this award-winning children´s book.

The only problem was: The book hasn´t been translated in german and his children don´t understand english, yet. He asked if I could translate this book for him so he could help his children understand what had happened.

I didn´t hesitate. Translating 32 pages is a piece of cake, especially when there´s only 2 sentences per page.

First off, I would like to say that this book is, indeed, perfect for children who are confronted with the loss of a beloved family member. I´d even go so far and say that adults should take a look inside this book, too.

The cover image and illustration art might not be overly inviting for children but it fits it´s purpose.

This isn´t a book about how to sugar coat death and make children believe in something we have no proof of knowing…

There is no mention of God or Heaven. No one sits on a cloud and looks down at the people still living. That option is left for a reader to include ( should they feel the need to add that kind of spirituality at the end of the story ).

This book get´s to the point with little words. It breaks your heart and gives you a sense of warmth in a time of sadness.

Wonderful.

“What would life be worth if there were no death? Who would enjoy the sun if it never rained? Who would yearn for day if there were no night?”  – Death

Sometimes adults fail to find the right words to help children understand. But there are books like this one that´ll help in the best way possible.

 

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. For all ages. It´s important for children to deal with certain situations because there are things that can´t be prevented, such as death. I´m not one to shove the issue in a child´s face but when someone beloved passes then I´ll definitely reach out for this book and tackle the topic.

 

Would I re – read this book? Yes and no. Although beautiful, it still is sad.

 

The Cover – 3 stars ( I think the illustration is a tad gloomy but it fits the topic.)

The Story – 5 stars ( It helps small minds and makes larger minds sit back and think. A fantastic read. Perfect.)

The Characters –  ( I don´t think it´s necessary to rate Death and the children who spent time with him. This is not something where character development plays a role.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Teary. I had a hard time swallowing down the lump in my throat. But I also felt completely satisfied and less shattered than I thought I would be.

5 stars

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Happy Cover Reveal for Envy by Dylan Allen

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Envy by Dylan Allen

Publishing Date: May 31st

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Model: Jamie Walker

If envy is a sin, then let me be damned.

Graham was born to be a star.

Once upon a time, that star shone only for me.

Now, I have to share him with the rest of the world.

For a while, I thought I could do it. Because, beneath the hypnotic smile, gorgeous body and God-given charm that made him famous, I still caught glimpses of my best friend.

Of the boy who called me sunshine and loved me.

I wore that love like a crown . . . until he placed it on another’s head.

Losing him was agony, distance felt like the only cure.

When tragedy reunites us after years apart, it only takes one touch to erase the past. Just like that, I’m back in his arms.

He promises this time will be different. But I’m afraid to believe him.

Because behind his star’s blinding brilliance is a darkness that doesn’t want to let him go.

I know a star that bright can’t belong to just one person, but my jealous heart doesn’t want to share him.

I want all of him . . . even if wanting what doesn’t belong to me leads me to ruin.

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A self-proclaimed happily ever junkie, she loves creating stories where her characters chase their own happy endings.

When she isn’t writing or reading, eating or cooking, she and her family are planning their next adventure.

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Book Review: The Silver Cage – Anonymous

Very Opinionated Review Without Major Spoilers

( This is not a warning. This is a matter of fact. )

 

Synopsis

A bitter, mysterious author. A young and naive journalist. A tragic past, a dark secret, and an unforgettable tale of passion and love. 

WARNING: The Silver Cage is intended for mature readers; it contains graphic sensuality and strong themes including suicide, sexual identity, and self-harm. 

— 
Anonymous is a pseudonymous international bestseller. The Silver Cord, a companion novel to The Silver Cage, will be released in the first half of 2018. – Taken from Goodreads

My Thoughts

How do I write this review without offending people?

I have 2 choices. Either not write a review at all or just go for it and accept whatever shitstorm will come my way. Just bear in mind that I am not religious, by any means, ( like- at all) but I´m relatively tolerant about religion ( until religion becomes a problem). I accept the beliefs of others ( unless they try to sell me their beliefs). But I will become an unpleasant companion when I hear / read about discrimination towards love.

I want to start off by saying that I find the warning in the synopsis completely unnecessary. There are topics in this book that don´t need warnings.  They need a spotlight brighter than any stadium light can provide.

The topics tackled in this read are painful, yes. Yet, none of those deserve to be warned about. They´ve been kept in the dark long enough. Those topics deserve to be talked about. The thing about warnings are: They give people a heads up before they read something uncomfortable. If suicide, sexual identity and self harm are topics that need a warning label then I´m slowly losing faith in humanity. Those words need just as much spotlight as the words happiness, joy and fulfillment already have.

This really aggravates me to no end because there is nothing I dislike more than people shying away from the topics mentioned above or not liking to be confronted with sexual identity. It´s sad enough people struggle with the idiocy and hypocrisy from many people.

With that being said….

`The Silver Cage`by Annonymous – A dark M/M romance that was more tragic than romantic. A tragedy that didn´t quite tug the right heart-strings. I thought I would get to read a deep emotional, ugly cry story. What I got was, indeed, emotional… I just became utterly pissed instead of sad. the silver cage

Pissed about the fact that somewhere, someone is truly suffering like these characters were.

Pissed about what religion / faith can do to people ( Because if God is picky about who he/she/it loves then he/she/it is no better than a mother picking a favorite child. I bet alot would call child service on a mother quicker than blaming God for not being the embodiment of perfection ).

Pissed that there isn´t enough tolerance in our day of age. We live in 2018. Give me a damn break.

I´m more emotionally charged that being an emotional mess.

`The Silver Cage` is not just a simple fairy-tale. It´s a punch – in –  your –  gut story that´s more real than not.

I applaud the author for the clever pen name. I applaud the author for being brave when they shouldn´t have to be. I bow before anyone who writes a story that´s about 2 men struggling to live their lives.

So why am I giving `The Silver Cage` 3 out of 5 stars? It´s not because of the story itself. I liked the story alot and think there aren´t enough stories like this one available, especially for a younger audience.

I wasn´t particularly a fan of the writing style and I felt the characters weren´t as committed as they were set out to be. I might be completely alone with my opinion * shoulder shrug * . I just think that when you struggle with something then there should be more of an inner conflict going on.

Still- I enjoyed this book and would advise anyone to read it.

`The Silver Cage` by Anonymous is an eye – opener and it sends out a deep and meaningful message. Something I completely welcome in books.

Would I recommend this book? Without a doubt, yes.

Would I reread this book? I can´t say. I probably would. It´s deep. I´d have to be in the mood for deep.

The Cover – 4 stars ( It´s simple. It´s one of those covers that stop you for a second look)

The Story – 3 stars ( While I believe it´s a good story about topics that need attention, the writing wasn´t my cup of tea.)

The Characters – 3 stars ( My heart goes out to these poor souls but… the connection between them was a bit flat for me)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Aggravated. Satisfied. I want to drown myself in wine at the thought that there are still people who aren´t accepting.

3 stars

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Book Review- Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Book Description

Sometimes you have to look at life in a whole new way…

From the bestselling author of PS, I Love You comes a delightfully enchanting novel about what happens when two people who are meant to be together just can’t seem to get it right.

Rosie and Alex are destined for one another, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, their relationship gets closer by the day, until Alex gets the news that his family is leaving Dublin and moving to Boston. At 17, Rosie and Alex have just started to see each other in a more romantic light. Devastated, the two make plans for Rosie to apply to colleges in the U.S. 

She gets into Boston University, Alex gets into Harvard, and everything is falling into place, when on the eve of her departure, Rosie gets news that will change their lives forever: She’s pregnant by a boy she’d gone out with while on the rebound from Alex. 

Her dreams for college, Alex, and a glamorous career dashed, Rosie stays in Dublin to become a single mother, while Alex pursues a medical career and a new love in Boston. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel, structured as a series of clever e-mails, letters, notes, and a trail of missed opportunities, Alex and Rosie find out that fate isn’t done with them yet.

My Thoughts

Talk about missed opportunities! Sheesh. I´m sweating just buy thinking of this story.

I can easily say that this book is one of the most frustrating books I have ever read. And I loved it! What a cute read! It´s kind of a flappy romance with a serious vibe in between.

A wonderful story that had me from the get-go and I couldn´t think of any other chick-lit better than `Love, Rosie`by Cecelia Ahern.Love Rosie

The storyline is simple yet it´s packed with so many heavy emotions. I was able to see the characters faces and feel their inner turmoil.

And…. what I love most ( besides everything else, of course ) is the fact that this story isn´t too far-fetched from reality. I´ve seen couples / friends slip into the friendzone although they didn´t belong there. Reading about it in a book, though, is a complete differen´t matter. It´s more personal, more emotional. I was a peeping Tom, shocked, stunned, frustrated and so in love!

The characters were a joy. So much of a joy that I felt the need to hit them over the head with a frying pan sometimes.

Rosie made my `fav book chick` list. Awkward, sweet, quirky. Just overall a lovable character.

Alex, although it felt like his character drifted off the mark a little, was also great.

I believe it was a fabulous idea to let a reader accompany the two characters from a very young age up to their middle ages. That way a reader has the opportunity to see more, feel more, understand more of what´s going on. It´s a slow build up with colorful emotions, with the main emotions being frustration and angst. I´ll tell you why:

Yes. I, despite my endless love for the main characters I still felt beyond frustrated with them. I mean- they clearly had a massive communication problem going on and that left me, as a reader, wanting to play the middle-man and knock some sense into Alex and Rosie because the angst was, at times, alot to handle.

I kept thinking „ Okay, now´s the time…. Do it! NOW, damn it! What the hell are you waiting for? The weather isn´t going to get any better if you keep this shit up! DO SOMETHING! I´m not getting any younger and neither ARE YOU GUYS!“

I went through a few sessions of face palming, sighing, tossing the book aside, went through a bottle of wine and nail-biting ( which I normally don´t do). That´s how frustrating this book was for me. But that´s the purpose of a good book. To evoke all kinds of emotions from it´s readers.

And just as I was about to give up on everything… it happened! My special moment I was waiting ages for! The moment that sealed the deal for me.

I had a winner in my hands. A great, timeless romance I will forever cherish.

When I found out that the story was turned into a movie ( yes, I´m a hermit and hardly leave the house and hardly watch TV, don´t judge.Lol) I was out of it with joy and then had mixed feelings because it dawned on me that every single book – to – movie adaptions was just awful. So, I refused to watch the movie at first.

I have no will power, whatsoever.

I watched the movie. I was NOT disappointed. In fact- I was just as in love as I was when I first read the book! The casting was spot on ( besides Lily Collins. I don´t like her much ). All the feels from the book were felt while watching the movie. Brilliant!

Of course, the blogger side of me is dead-set on recommending the book, only. But in this case, I recommend reading the book AND watching the movie. Both are fully worth it. Why? Because it´s a lovestory. Who can resist a good romance? Who can resist watching Sam Claflin and his irresistable smile and listening to his sexy english accent?!

Would I reread this book? I already have. And I´ll do it over and over again.

Would I recommend this book? Definitely.

The Cover – 5 stars ( What´s there to bitch about? Nothing. It´s an eye catcher and definitely different from all the other books I have on my shelf.)

The Story – 5 stars ( The author certainly didn´t reinvent the wheel but the story was beautifully told. It´s a romance. A proper romance. )

The Characters – 4 stars ( Frustrating. Both of them. But 100% lovable. And relatable. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – My emotions were shot after I finished `Love, Rosie`.

I´m giving `Love, Rosie` by Cecelia Ahern 5 out of 5 stars

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You can purchase this book in ebook, hardcover and paperback format on Amazon.com