A Million Feelings

A Million Junes By:Emily Henry

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Summary

In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O’Donnells and the Angerts have mythic legacies. But for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century old rift between them, except to say it began with a cherry tree. But when Saul Angert, the son of June’s father’s mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can’t seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn’t exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe. Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it’s finally time for her and all of the O’Donnells before her to let go.


Review

First Thoughts

I have literally been avoiding this book for the longest time, I kept saying I’ll read it later, then later came and I just really did not want to read with book it just seemed so boring when I started it. A book that takes place in a small town with two fighting families just seems like a ton of drama and ANOTHER remake of Romeo and Juliet and I think there are enough of those. Now I started with book like someone was forcing me to eat a food I hate, there was a step dad and mother with half brother, the best friend who has a crush on the guy June is not supposed to be around and the same guy who she runs into as fate would have it. Then things start to take a twist and I start to hate it less and less as the story starts to expand and you are introduced to a new world of lies and love all mixed in together.

The character are some that I think we see very often a misunderstood, a sweet shy girl, and two loud best friends, and normal parents and siblings to wrap it all together. So far I think the best friends I way way to cliche with them being loud, funny, and forcing the main character to be dragged along by them, but always there to back you up. I think I have a small connection to June but at the same time I think half the things that run through her mind are total crap. So far it looks promising.

Final Thoughts

This book started out in a way where I never wanted to read it but as the story develops the tone goes from one of a storyteller talking about two families drama into a voice of eire passion lace with sadness and love. The Author takes a step into the pages and pours her soul into it and we get to see it to feel everything the characters feel, the characters become so much more than just a shy girl and a troubled boy, they become a broken girl who is trying to find out what she wants in life and if everything she ever believed in was a lie, like her heart that was full of black and white has been shown color but the color is all red with blood and lies. The boy is just a boy who was on the wrong side of a bad decision and fate took its place and left him with the remains of the damage it had caused. These two characters I have wrapped my heart around and fell in love with both of them because I am like both of them in a way and I cannot help but to feel for both of them.

The ending of this book and the power of the story it holds in itself is one I think many can relate to and the truth about memories and the lies they hold within them, how things from the different point of views can be so completely different from the truth and how such hate can thrive from such sweet sorrow. I know the struggle of sweet June trying to hold onto someone you have lost and wishing with all your heart you can go back to them or bring them back to you but you also know they wouldn’t want that for you and you must try to be strong and more on. This book has brought me such much pain and love, in this one book, I found my Million Junes, and I think that you will too.

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The Heart They Took

The Heart We Sold by: Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Summary


Dee Moreno is just a normal girl living in a world full of Demons which can grant you wishes if you give them something in return and you would think that the return would be money or gold but all they ask for is a piece of your body. Dee is going to boarding school to stay away from her alcoholic parents but when her scholarship is cut due to low funding she seeks out a demon to strike a deal seeing as how her parents would never give her the money and time was far to short to raise it herself.

She took the bargain but when she thought the asking price of an arm of a leg would be ok she would somehow manage it but soon she found herself in a binding lease with a demon and her heart. Dee must do the demons bidding for five months then Dee would be given back her heart, what she did not expect to find are others like her and that she is now part of a group of heartless chained to a Demon until the day comes when they can all be free again, but until that day they must battle the odd things that don’t belong in this world while also trying not to lose her mind and herself in the process, and the most important try not to lose her heart literally.

Review


First thoughts

This book already has a hold on me that I find myself unable to put it down, I have literally been spending every free moment of my time trying to finish this book and even when at work I force myself to mop and read at the same time (I do not recommend it because you tend to lose your spot every time you look away), there is just so much going on in this book that I have even been popping out theories left and right wondering if this is the truth the lies behind the fake mask everyone wears.

Dee poor little sweet Dee I have grown fond of her and the others in the group, each one has their own past and secrets, the first thing I loved about this book was you know when a character gets thrown in and they are like how did you end up here and they just tell you how, well this book does that but we also get the flashback and in their perspective, what was running through their mind at the time they gave their hearts away. The characters are some I give a chance to like a dog letting someone pet them but still watching them waiting to bite if harmed, I just feel like they are promising me so much here and I don’t think i’m going to get to see the character grow and develop as much as I want them to. The Deamon is the one i’m dieing to get to know right now he is just being seen to look rude and callous but I think there is something deep down in him that makes him care about his group of kids, I mean if he didn’t he would take an arm or leg and not their hearts just give it back in a few months.

The story keeps me drawn in just when I think i’m getting bored with it I get something new with drama and heartfelt emotion, the writer has put a lot of thought into this story and has tied up a lot of ends about the demons and the way the live and exist and the “otherworldly things” that the team keeps having to battle.

Final Thoughts

I am not sure I can ever gather the words to express my final thoughts of this book, the ending was a total blind side to me and now I’m just sitting here staring at my computer screen left with the remains of my heart this  book has shattered. I wish I could now be heartless to make the pain I feel inside for this book go away because I did not think this book would hit me so hard but it hit me like a truck going 90 to nothing. The characters in this book are ones I did not know I would grow so attached to until the ending  from the broken Dee to the sweet and funny James to the crazy and unyielding Gremma.

I just loved reading this book, I really truly did and I’m really shocked to be speaking these words because I thought the plot was going to fizzle out and it did in a way but in another way it was so much more than anything I thought would ever happen. This book have captured my heart and crushed it but in another way made it fall in love, this book will bring you the “feels” so hard you better bring a box of tissues with you while reading it. The I chose this message is something I think I can hold onto for the rest of mylife, and it will shower a bright loving hope on all of my days because I know that I chose this.

Just like I chose to read this book, I will choose to read it again and I think I can even put it on my shelf of favorites because the impact of this book has just wrecked me so hard. This is a must read!

 

The Lying Game

The Lying Game By:Ruth Ware

 

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Summary


On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog along a beach known as the Reach. The dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be a human bone.

The next morning, three women; Fatima, Thea, and Isa receive a text from Kate, a friend that went to school with them back in Salten, that only said, “I need you.” That was all they needed to hear to come running back to Kate.

The four girls were best friends at Salten boarding school, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, with varying ranges from dangerous to playful. The lies were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The rules of the game are strict no lying to each other ever. But with their lies becoming unraveled before their eyes someone has broken the rule, someone is Lying to everyone in the group. The Lie that has been spun cannot go unanswered this time for someone will surely find out the truth fore the truth has already been spoken to someone outside the group, but who told and who did they tell. What really happened on that night fourteen years ago?

Review


 

First thoughts

So this book already has “Pretty Little Liars” written all over it, four friends coming together all because a human bone is found and they all know something about it. I had already written it off as a copycat in a way, I liked the PLL series so I thought I would just go ahead and read the rest of this book. My expectations while reading this were low very low in fact then I noticed something. The way this story is written there is not a certain answer, like while i’m reading this im solving the mystery in my head and she will give me pieces of information and just when I think I might know who it is, BAM she just kills it with the next chapter. This book is the Lying Game, the story makes you believe in what you’re being told and they spoon fed you little bits of information so you think you are on the right tack to knowing what really happened, then it’s like the lie is busted open and the answer is once again long gone. I love it! I hate when a mystery book gives away so much at like the middle of the book and you solve the case before the end is even near then you must suffer through so much filler just so you can confirm you were right all along. So far that has yet to happen and i’m exactly halfway into this book.

The character are not characters that you grow attached to, but they are real people who act in their own ways, each person has their own personalities. So far the characters are pretty normal story characters, I don’t hate anyone and i’m not attached to anyone either. They are just like a real person though I feel like if I looked these characters up on the internet I would find them, the author put thought into these characters and made them the way they are for a reason that I have not found out yet.

Kate seems to be closed off from the world and scared to leave her house. She seems to be the one character who doesn’t really stick out of the group, she acts like the victim of something the way she runs away from everything.

Thea is like the bodyguard of the group she is a girl that doesn’t take anything from anybody and she’ll shut them up quick, she can be hot headed and fly off the handle at the others, but she is quick to say sorry and protect her friends.

Fatima is the momma bear of the group, she had kids first and is a doctor so I just feel like she has a level head about her, she is not afraid to speak up to the other girls when they need a talking down to, and she is always there for advice, she is the first one to know what to say when no one else does.

Isa seems to be a normal love mother who will go out of her way to make sure her sweet baby is always safe. She tends to get a bit irritated rather quickly when it comes to the other girls, she knows how to bite her tongue in some cases and when to lash out in others.

Final Thoughts

Ruth Ware you beautiful writer you, I loved this book. It drew me so hard that I just kept telling myself one more page then I will stop, but I kept going, just like the story did. I was hooked everything she wanted me to think everything she led be to believe I believed it, I became part of the lying game just like all the other girls they fooled back in the day, I have now been added to their ranks. The book is full of twist and turns that always keep you on your toes, the friends you think are friends are not, the people you think you hate are the ones you love. The ending to the book was one I would never have been able to predict, it was just one that came out of nowhere but it also tied everything together nicely with no questions asked, that is what I loved so much about this book.

The main climax in the book is everything I could ever have asked for and even more, I thought the ending was going to fizzle out when I had about fifty pages left and had uncovered all the secrets but Ruth Ware, this woman knows how to write a mystery book is all I can say, the last part of this book was another joyride on the rollercoaster of life. She even takes the time to literally break down the ending, like the solving part incase you missed any of who did what along the way or who got what wrong, she covered it all, broke it down into a mere two paragraphs if that. If I was confused about anything if I didn’t understand the person point of view or if I got lost in the reasoning of who in the heck they found out who did the thing, no worries because she spelled it out in big bold letters.

I will more and likely read this book again at some point in time if I want to read a thriller/mystery without having to buy a new book. I really enjoyed reading this book and my first thoughts of a Pretty Little Liars spin off have been blown out of the water, and if this book were a series I think I might even like it more.