Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Review: Flawed

Today's review is on Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
I have been a fan of Cecelia Ahern's books since I was about 14 when I came across a copy of Thanks For The Memories at my high school library. I have read almost all of her books and when I heard she was releasing her YA debut I knew I had to get it!

Flawed is set in a future society which is kind of dystopian, although not really. Celestine is the model citizen, she is a great student and a dutiful daughter. However, one day Celestine makes an instinctive decision in which she is arrested and could possibly be branded Flawed. To receive the brand makes one a social outcast and there are different rules that the Flawed are forced to live by. She ultimately does end up branded (this is not a spoiler) and has to learn to live a life that is very different from the one she used to live, as well as discover that everything is not as perfect as it seems.

First off, I really enjoyed this book! I know it probably has common tropes found YA and dystopian novels, but I haven't read a whole lot of dystopian books and Flawed was great! I loved the world and I loved that even though not a lot happens in the book there are several twists that surprised me, for example the villain ends up being more villainous than when he/she first appears (if that makes sense at all). It also dealt with corruption and how sometimes when something seems so perfect it can actually be a cover-up for something sinister.

I loved Celestine, I enjoyed seeing her develop as a character throughout the book and how she has to adjust to living the life of a Flawed person. I also enjoyed watching her discover that her world wasn't as black and white, or perfect as it seemed before the whole ordeal started. I also liked getting to know the side characters in this book.

Cecelia Ahern definitely proved that she is a dynamic writer in that she can almost write in any genre she wants to because she is both a great contemporary author, and Flawed definitely shows that she is a good YA author. I really enjoyed seeing the small allusions to The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne throughout the book and how she used the concept of being branded with an "F" for Flawed.

I can't wait for Perfect to come out early next year because I am excited to see what happens next, although it will be the conclusion because I believe it is only a duology.

I gave this book 4.5/5 Stars because I loved it and I enjoyed the world-building even though it did contain some common tropes throughout the story.

Happy Reading,
Janelle L. C.

P.S. If you have any book recommendations let me know and I will check them out! :) 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Library Haul #12

Hello everyone! 

And welcome to the latest edition of my library hauls. Here are the books that I picked up recently at work:

Adulting: How to Become a Grownup in 468 Easy(ish) steps by Kelly Williams Brown

Love Story by Karen Kingsbury

Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz

Roald Dahl's Even More Revolting Recipes

Happy Reading,
Janelle L. C. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Book Review: 16 Lighthouse Road

Today's review is on 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber
I have been a fan of Debbie Macomber's books for little over a year, and even though they're not extremely well written, I love them. They are my guilty pleasures, I can get through one of her books in a day. This is the first book in her Cedar Cove series and I was excited to finally start this series.

Cedar Cove is a small seaside town on the Washington coast. In this town there are many interesting people to meet. In this first installment  readers are introduced to Cecilia and Ian Randal, a young couple who after knowing each other for a year want to get a divorce. However, the judge, Olivia Lockhart refuses to grant them a petition for divorce because she wants them to at least try and salvage their marriage if they can. During this time, Olivia might have met someone who has shown interest in her. However, her daughter Justine is stuck in a loveless relationship that her mother doesn't approve of at all. At the same time, Olivia's best friend Grace suspects that the reason her husband is acting so distant is that he is cheating on her.

I loved how the novel focused on several different characters and relationships in this town, rather than just the main couple, it really made me feel like I was getting to know more about life in Cedar Cove. It also wasn't just one age group' perspective, it was multi-generational, from Olivia's mother who is 75 to Cecilia Randal, who is only 22, it definitely added to the small-town atmosphere of the novel.

I also enjoyed the various issues that are presented in the novel and how the characters have to try and cope with them. It was interesting to see Ian and Cecilia's relationship grow over the course of the novel. I was sad for Grace because she has to deal with the aftermath of what Dan ends up doing in the middle of the novel.

I loved the characters in this novel, especially Olivia Lockhart, she is just awesome. I enjoyed seeing her reason through the petition for divorce and why she chose to deny it, she made it because she had some experience of what the young couple was going through. I also enjoyed seeing her getting to meet someone and start dating because she definitely deserves to be happy.

Even though I liked this book, there was one pretty steamy scene that I was not expecting at all because Debbie Macomber's books are relatively clean, so I didn't really appreciate that. But other than that it was a good book and I can't wait to read the other books in this series and get to know the people of Cedar Cove even more.

I am giving this book 3.5/5 Stars because even though I enjoyed it, it was mainly because it is nice Chick Lit book that is a fluffy read and I also did not like the aforementioned steamy scene.

Happy Reading,
Janelle L. C.

P.S. If you have any book recommendations let me know and I will check them out! :)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Blog Tour and Giveaway: None So Blind


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About the Book

Book title: None So Blind  
Author: Chautona Havig  
Release date: September 29, 2013  
Genre: Contemporary  
 Dani and Ella Weeks–two women who share one thing in common. The same life, the same family, and the same body. When Dani wakes with no knowledge of who or where she is–no memories of her life at all–David and Dani Weeks discover that “til death do us part” takes on an entirely unexpected meaning. Practically speaking, Dani died. But she didn’t. What’s a gal to do? In a desperate attempt to separate the old life from the new, Dani insists on a new name, a twist of her old one–Ella. Ella’s doctors can’t explain what happened. Her children can’t understand why she doesn’t know them. David, her husband, finds himself torn between admiration for the “new” version of his wife and missing the woman he’s known for over fifteen years. Will Ella ever regain her memory? Why does their pastor suspect it’s one great hoax?

My Thoughts

I liked this book! It was interesting concept and it ended up being different from what I was expecting it to be. I loved the whole concept of waking up with all your memories and personality erased and how in a way it allowed you to live your life differently from what it was before. It also made me appreciate my memories and that they are often something that I take for granted. 

I loved watching Ella develop as a character especially since she started out as a "blank slate" at the beginning of the novel. I felt like her reactions were realistic and it was interesting to see how she became a totally different person from who she used to be, and a lot of the changes are for the better. I also loved David, I think he was a great character especially in the love he shows towards Ella who is very different from the woman that married and how he takes the time to get to know. I also liked how he didn't just try to figure things out on his own - he also sought counsel from his pastor and put it into action. 

I loved the three children, even though they were more side characters I liked how we got their perspective several times throughout the novel and saw how they had to deal with a "different" mother. I also liked the other interactions that Ella had with other people as she tries to navigate through life. 

As I mentioned before this was an interesting novel and it dealt with an interesting concept in regards to memory loss, personality change and getting a second chance to live a different life. I am looking forward to reading the next book, Will Not See, soon. I am giving it 4/5 Stars. 

About the Author


Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert with her husbnd and five of her nine children. Through her novels, she hopes to encourage Christians in their walk with Jesus.


Guest post from Chautona Havig

“Who are you, again?”

“I’m Joe’s, daughter. Vyonie.” My sister pointed to me. “This is Chautona.”

For some odd reason, the niece she spent the least amount of time with, Aunt Doris remembered—somewhat. But she didn’t remember Vyonie from what I could tell. She smiled at me, that amazing, sweet smile I’d never forget. She asked how I was. I always thought that Mrs. Sanderson—mother of John, Alicia, and Carl on the TV show, Little House on the Prairie—looked and sounded like Aunt Doris. Of course, that memory of me didn’t last. A minute or two later, she gave me a big smile and asked if she knew me.

It gave me a picture of what it must have been like for my character, Ella Weeks—to wake up every day with these children there—children who knew her, but she didn’t remember. The hurt she caused every time she had to struggle to admit she didn’t know something she probably should—again. So, I thought I’d ask her to tell us about it.

Ella: People often assume that the worst part of losing my memory are the memories that disappeared, too. But it’s not. A much as I’d love to remember my wedding day, my daughter’s first steps, my son’s first words, or that moment I realized I was pregnant with my third, those are blessings that I don’t think about often. No, what hurts most is seeing the pain in my children’s eyes when they need me to remember something and I can’t. For me, not remembering their first day of kindergarten is an inconvenience. For them, it’s a further reminder that if they didn’t tell me, I wouldn’t know them. That without them pushing themselves into my life, I wouldn’t care about them any more than any other human in my path. I do now, of course, but not at first. I hate that they heard David say once, “…she doesn’t know me. She doesn’t trust me. She doesn’t know our children. She tries, but she could walk out of our lives tomorrow and never miss us.”

Living so close to it every day, I missed those little bits of pain that I inflicted without meaning to, but when I went with our Bible study to a nursing home and visited with the residents, then I saw it. Women with tears running down their cheeks as loved ones patted their hands and tried to comfort. I heard one man offer to find a woman’s father. She squeezed him close and whispered, “It’s okay, Daddy. I love you. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

The man promised to try to find her father in the meantime.

Those people there—most of them didn’t realize they didn’t remember someone important. They didn’t struggle to remember this or that. Their dementia had gotten bad enough that their lives had gone from constant frustration to, by comparison, blissful oblivion.

And their families withered with each forgotten face, name, moment.

That’s what my “episode” did for my family. It caused them pain that just resurfaced every time something new happened. Pain that I didn’t know I inflicted. And since that visit, I have a greater compassion and awareness of just how amazing and powerful memories are.

I also have a greater appreciation for those beautiful words in Isaiah when the Lord promised… “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.”

You see, there’s a lifetime of the sins that Jesus died for buried somewhere in my brain—or, at least at one time there was. I know that those sins were in there, because the ones I committed yesterday are there today. The ones I’ve already confessed and been forgiven for—I beat myself up for the next morning. A week later. A month. But the Lord has wiped them clean. I just keep smearing them back out there again as if to say, “But You don’t get how BAD I was.” Yeah. The arrogance, right? Because an almighty, holy God can’t possibly understand how sinful a sinner that He had to DIE to save from those sins… is. The arrogance? That’s an understatement.

But all those years before that horrible morning… gone. Maybe I stole something. I don’t know. It was forgiven, wiped clean, and then wiped from my memory. I can’t rehash it with the Lord over and over. I can’t drag it back up like a wife who won’t let her husband forget the one time he forgot her birthday. I can’t use it as a whip to beat myself up with. And I think there’s something beautiful in that.

Do I wish I could stop hurting my family with my blank past? Of course. But am I also grateful for a living picture of the fresh start the Lord gives His people at salvation? Definitely. I hope I never take it for granted again.

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Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize that includes:

1 $25 Amazon Gift Card
1 Paperback Copy of None So Blind 
1 Paperback Copy of Will Not See 
1 Lampwork Necklace
1 Cool denim mini-backpack (to hold your stuff!) 
1 Custom Travel Mug (with quote from book) 
1 FREE eBook code to share with a friend!

Check out this cool video from Chautona: https://youtu.be/5K_cTjlg4S8

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ba35

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Side Ships

Hello Everyone,

It is time for a another Top 5 Wednesday post, although this one is more like Top 5 Thursday because I have been struggling with this topic and I tried my best! This week's topic was favorite side ships, basically any side character relationships that I loved. This was hard because I don't really focus on side characters a whole lot, so it was a struggle to try and come up with five, but I did it! Here are my favorite side ships:

1. Morrigan and Cassian from A Court of Mist and Fury

2. Coco and Mark from It's Not Me, It's You

3. Violet and Quigley from A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope

4. Astrid and Des from The Waterfire Saga

5. Harper and Daniel from the Watersong Quartet

And those are my Top 5 Side Ships. I haven't given any explanations because they would contain spoilers for the books.

Happy Readings,
Janelle L. C.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Library Haul #11

Hello everyone,
Welcome to another library haul, here are the books that I have recently checked out from my library:

1. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

2. The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket

3. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

4. Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl

5. Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

6. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

7. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

8. It's Not You, It's Me by Stephanie Kate Strohm

9. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

10. Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown 

I also got a few ebooks through my library's Overdrive app, they are:
1. Unfiltered by Lily Collins

2. Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard

3. Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard

4. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

These are all the books I have currently checked out from my local library and I have no idea if I will get a chance to read them all!

Happy Reading,
Janelle L.C.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

What I Read In May

Hello everyone!

I know this post is a little bit late, but here are all the books that I read in May:

1. For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund
I read this for a blog tour I was a part of early on this month. I liked it but I feel like there was a lot that could have been added to the story to make it more interesting. 3.5/5 Stars.

2. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
This was the final book that I had to read for my Detective Fiction class. It was interesting read especially since it is a murder mystery set during the 14th century. 3.5/5 Stars.

3. The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
The 9th installment in the A Series of Unfortunate Events. It was interesting but not much happened until the very end. 3/5 Stars

4. Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
This was an interesting graphic novel that had elements of magic realism in it. I really enjoyed it and it made me want to read the Scott Pilgrim series. 4/5 Stars.

5. Princeless Vol. 2: Get Over Yourself
An interesting continuation to the series. 3/5 Stars

6. Princeless Vol. 3: The Pirate Princess
An interesting continuation to the series as well as a good introduction to a spin-off series.

7. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I had been looking forward to reading this book for a while however it didn't really live up to my expectations. It was interesting but it didn't live up to the hype. 3.5/5 Stars

8. Princeless Vol. 4: Be Yourself
This was a great continuation to the story and I can't wait to find out what happens next. 3/5 Stars.

9. Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen
I have been wanting to read this for over a year now and I did and I loved it! I found the Auden to be relatable and I loved how it dealt with the effects of divorce as well as other things. 4/5 Stars.

10. The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
This was my first Nicola Yoon book and it was interesting, but it also wasn't the greatest. I don't know, I have mixed feelings about this book. But I definitely want to read Everything, Everything! 3.5/5 Stars.

11. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
It was hard for me to get into this book because it is dealing with such a heavy topic and there were several times where the pain that characters are going through had me depressed and even in tears. But it was a good read, although there are triggers for suicide and depression in it. I enjoyed it, especially with how the plot progressed. 4/5 Stars.

12. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
This is another book that I have been wanting to read for a while and I really enjoyed it! It was a great summer read! 4/5 Stars.

13. Crown of midnight by Sarah J. Maas
This was a good continuation of the series, although it took me a while to get through it because it dragged in some places. However, I am looking forward to continuing this series because there was kind of a cliff hanger at the end that needs to be explained further in the next book! 4/5 Stars.

14. The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket
A good continuation of the series, although it was kind of slow at times. I am looking forward to finishing this series in the next couple of months. 

15. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
This was another great read that takes place in Italy and I just really enjoyed it. It was light and fluffy whilst dealing with the effects of grief and moving to a new place. 4/5 Stars.

#AtoZReadathon Update:
This month I kind of took part in the #AtoZReadathon. I did the easy challenge which was to read books where the letters in the title and the author's name contained letters of the alphabet and the goal was to try and check off as many letters as possible. So without further ado I am going to list all the letters and cross them out as I go along and then see how many I managed to check off:
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

So I managed to read books that contained twenty-three out of the twenty-six letters in the titles or the names of the authors, which isn't bad! The letters that I missed were Q, X, and Z, which are hard ones anyway.

And those are all the books that I read in May!

Happy Reading,
Janelle L. C.

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