Review: You Were Mine by Abbi Glines

You Were Mine (Rosemary Beach 9)

You Were Mine
(Rosemary Beach #9)
Author: Abbi Glines
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Published: December 2, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

4

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Synopsis new

From #1 “New York Times “bestselling author Abbi Glines comes a brand-new Rosemary Beach novel about Tripp Newark and his hidden romantic past with Bethy Lowry.

In the eyes of the wealthy playboys who frequent Kerrington Country Club in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark is a hero. Under pressure from his parents to become a lawyer and lead a conservative, upper-class life, Tripp disappeared from town five years ago to travel the world, forfeiting the opportunity to inherit millions. Yet few know what he was really running from…

Bethy Lowry was unraveling long before her boyfriend drowned in a riptide trying to save her after she’d had one too many drinks–again. A trailer park kid working as a cart girl among the wealthy patrons of Kerrington Country Club, Bethy has always been impressionable. But five years ago, before she earned her reputation as a hard-drinking, easy girl, she had spent a single summer with Tripp Newark that changed her life forever…

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“With you, I want it all. If I get a taste of what it could be, I won’t ever want to let it go. I fell in love with you when I was sixteen, and that’s never changed. But trusting you with my heart again is different. With you, I need to know it’s forever.”

Bethy Lowry has always been one of those side-characters in the previous books of Rosemary Beach series that instantly got me. She was so strong and very likeable. What happened to her in Simple Perfection ruined me, though. That’s why when I knew that she was getting a story, I instantly felt hopeful for her happy ending.

This book gave that to me. I love Bethy and Tripp’s happy ending. Their history was vague in the previous books but it became clear here. I loved how these characters reunited in Rosemary Beach and eventually confronted each other about what happened in the past. Their story was bittersweet and heartbreaking, but I’m glad Abbi Glines was able to pull this one off.

I particularly loved Woods and Della’s beach wedding scene here and how everyone was present to celebrate their happiness. (view spoiler) As a whole, it was an emotional yet very romantic and unforgettable book. And as usual, I loved the setting. I think Rosemary Beach will forever be my fictional comfort zone. 🙂

 

Rating:

4

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xo pearl

 

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Review: Running from the Mirror by Howard Shulman

Running from the Mirror: A Memoir

Running from the Mirror
Author: Howard Shulman
Publisher: Sandra Jonas Publishing
Published: October 5, 2015
Genre: Autobiography, Non-Fiction
My Rating:

4 stars new

Synopsis new

Just three days after he was born, Howard Shulman contracted an infection that devoured half his face. Abandoned at the hospital by his parents, he became a ward of New Jersey under the care of a state-employed surgeon who experimentally rebuilt his face.

Running from the Mirror is the poignant true story of one man’s struggle to survive against staggering odds and create a meaningful life for himself. Howard gives an unflinching account of growing up a bullied outcast with no family to officially call his own. Relying on little more than street smarts and grit, he rises from dishwasher to successful entrepreneur. Along the way, a European actress, a schoolteacher, and a fiery Hispanic woman help transform his life.

Filled with heart-wrenching suffering as well as heart-lifting joy, Running from the Mirror is an unforgettable testament to the strength of the human spirit.

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“Recent events in my life have made me realize that our choices are not always as black and white as they may seem, especially the most complex ones– the ones involving family and love.”

There is something so incredibly beautiful about this memoir of Howard Shulman, the man whose face was devoured by an infection when he was born. It’s a story that inspires. It’s an eye-opener and a reminder that life is sometimes cruel but nevertheless, amazing because of the imperfections that somehow make us human.

Howard was left by his parents right after they discovered that he’s suffering a staph infection and his face quickly disappeared. Believing that he will barely make it, his parents handed him to the hospital and later on, he was sent to a foster family where he grew up normally despite his appearance.

This story centers on the importance of a child’s growth and development, of one’s self-esteem and a sense of belonging. Going through the pages, I felt so bad for Howard for being able to carry such burden from his birth right until he continued to grow up. Being bullied and being the center of one’s animosity and loathing… it wasn’t that easy to handle for him. But he was able to, even though he also had some bad decisions that turned his life into a mess at some point.

I love the message behind this autobiography. It simply tells the readers that despite your imperfections, you are still worthy to live and to be loved just like anybody else. Overall, this book is inspirational. If you fancy real life stories that can make a difference in your life, I highly recommend you to read Howard’s life story.

(A copy of this book was given to me by Sandra Jonas Publishing in exchange for an honest review.)

Rating:

4 stars new

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xo pearl

 

Review: Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora

Friend-Zoned (Friend-Zoned, #1)

Friend-Zoned
(Friend-Zoned #1)
Author: Belle Aurora
Publisher: Createspace
Publication: April 12, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

3 stars new

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Nikolai Leokov never thought he’d fall in love with the only girl he’s ever befriended.

Valentina Tomic has issues with commitment after the ultimate betrayal.

When Tina decides to make broody Nik’s day better, she never thought she would end up friends with the hard man.

Nik has never had a woman be so affectionate to him without expecting something in return.

Nik and Tina cordially invite you to read Friend-zoned.

A story of friendship, humour and love.

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(Buddyread with Allie. Check out her upcoming full review. :))

Friend-Zoned is one of those books you would gladly read for pleasure. It’s hilarious and practically delightful. Belle Aurora laced this book with humor and pure entertainment that readers will surely laugh out loud.

This book is actually a decent NA read. But while I didn’t hate it or anything, it left me quite me unsatisfied because I was expecting something different. I loved the story. The plot was simple and interesting but I wasn’t convinced with the delivery especially because of its slow pacing that dragged most parts of the book.

I also had an issue with the main character Tina who acted so childish despite her mature age. But it doesn’t mean I was annoyed with her. It’s just that I’m weirded out by her personality. In the end though, I warmed up to her because of what happened to her in the past. It was in the last few chapters of the book that I totally empathized with her.

Nik, on the other hand, was a great character. He’s a bit cliché but he’s one of the most likable of people to read about. He’s a typical rich casanova but he’s sweet and very passionate when he seriously falls for someone. I definitely swooned a lot with the way he cared for Tina. 🙂

All in all, this book is an enjoyable read but for me, it’s nothing extraordinary. I’m not closing my doors for this author though because I really want to read her Willing Captive and Lev which are highly recommended by friends. 🙂

Rating:

3 stars new

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xo pearl

REVIEW: After the Bridge by Cassandra Clare

After the Bridge (The Infernal Devices #3.1)

Clockwork Angel
(The Infernal Devices #3.1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Published: March 19, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
My Rating:

4 Stars

Short Story about Tessa, Jem and what happened after that meeting at Blackfriar’s Bridge at the Epilogue of Clockwork Princess.

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Thank you Carol and Sandy for introducing this to me! xoxoxo

I won’t be making this review long because it will spoil those who haven’t yet read the final book of The Infernal Devices.

So here’s my opinion…

This short story is somewhat a continuation to what happened during the epilogue of the Clockwork Princess. I have to say that  this one is satisfying, though it’s not at all necessary (for me) because I am quite satisfied with the Clockwork Princess’ ending. But because I was still hangover with the book, I didn’t hesitate to read this short story because I was too curious and I think I can’t sit still without finding out more about the characters.

The short story did not disappoint me as it entertained me and well, made me feel in love all over again. Still, I don’t know how to move on with this series. Ugh. It’s hard, you know.

So if you guys have already read the Clockwork Princess, you might as well proceed with this short story after reading the book, to extend the feels. 😀

(NOTE: Don’t read this short story if you haven’t completed The Infernal Devices series yet. Okay?) 😀

Rating: 4 Stars

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