~Ruined~ Book Review

Name: Ruined

Author: M.C. Frank

Rating: 4.5

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Summary from the back of the book:

The duke of Ashton sits at the opera at Vauxhall Gardens, bored out of his mind, and plans murder. He curses the day that brought the little governess, destitute and sad, at his door eight months ago, to upset his careless if a bit meaningless existence. How could he have guessed the terrible, evil secrets she was hiding? And now that he knows all, the truth appears wilder, even more despicable than even he could have imagined. He hadn’t counted on losing his heart to her, of course, but he did. What he doesn’t know is that a tendril of the shadows of madness and sin that followed Beatrice to his door is still out there, looking for something to devour. The only one who can save him from the darkness is the girl herself, but he knows he’ll never see her again. He who once prided himself on his indifference to other human beings, feels his chest constrict with pain every time he even thinks of her. Beatrice, smart, gentle, kind-hearted, lovely. Ruined. A perfect blend of darkness and light, this Regency reverse retelling of Jane Eyre will break your heart as well as uplift it.

My Thoughts:

I was so surprised at how much I loved this book. I haven’t read Jane Eyre so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this book just blew me away with everything from its writing down to the overall message. If I’m honest, it started out a little bit confusing for me. I don’t know if it was because I was distracted or what, but it was difficult to grab hold of the characters in the first chapter. ( I sometimes have a rough time starting new books and grasping the new characters in my mind – so that had nothing to do with this particular book, just my own mind not working correctly haha) However, once Beatrice was introduced, the story took off and I could not get enough of it; and as the story was developed, the opening chapter fully made sense to me!

The character development was incredible. Beatrice was revealed bit by bit of her intense background and personality. It was devastating and humbling. Dominic was also revealed bit by bit about his background and personality. His was heartbreaking and eye opening. Together, their story was devastatingly beautiful, while offering a true sense of hope. [It reminded me that no matter what hurt our past holds, we should never fully close ourselves off to opening our hearts to new people. You never know what that person can add to your life!]

There were twists and turns in the story that I didn’t see coming and it kept me flipping pages late into the night until I finished it. I highly recommend this book and I really look forward to reading more from this incredibly talented author!

Thank you so much M.C. for sending this to me for review. I will cherish this story for a long time!!

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April Book Challenge

Hi everyone! I’m hosting a book challenge for April over on Instagram. If you’re interested, please check it out! And if you had any questions about the prompts, here are some suggestions. Remember, every prompt is open for interpretation! So there are no wrong posts 😉

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  1. April TBR
  2. Feature any book merch you have
  3. Rainbow Books
  4. Feature your funkos
  5. A book you couldn’t finish so you started reading another one…
  6. Coffee, coffee, coffee
  7. Feature your Fav Author
  8. Pink books
  9. #SockSunday
  10. Book with a pretty cover
  11. A book you did not like
  12. Show what you’re currently reading
  13. Purple books
  14. A book that made you laugh
  15. Fav book couple
  16. Easter post!
  17. Do a pic with coffee or your fav coffee shop
  18. Hardcover books with or without their sleeves
  19. Green Books
  20. Ugly cover, great book
  21. Book stack
  22. Fav Series
  23. A book you could reread over and over again
  24. Infinite pages
  25. A book you’d never lend out because you love it so much
  26. Blue Books
  27. Feature candles
  28. One of your favorite books ever
  29. Book Haul
  30. Wrap-Up

 

That’s it! I hope you all have fun with it!

~TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY~ Book Review

Name: TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY

Author: Jay Asher

Rating: 5

Summary from the back of the book:

You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret…is to press play.
Clay Jensen doesn’t want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.
Then Hannah’s voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes – and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.
All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his small town…
…and what he discovers changes his life forever.

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My Thoughts:

This. Book. I was honestly hesitant to read it at first because it was another book about suicide. There have quite a number of books that I’ve read on this topic and some of them I really didn’t like because it came off like it was almost glorifying the character’s decision of committing suicide. Thankfully, this book was not like that and I am so glad I read it. It was a very intense read and obviously dealt with a heavy topic. However, it really made you think about how you’re living your life. Are you living it in your own bubble, making sure you’re doing everything for yourself and not paying attention to anyone else? Or are you paying attention to others and loving them as best you can and making an effort to truly get to know them? Now, I’m not saying that every bad thing someone decides to do is preventable. That would be an impossibility, but what I am saying is that it’s important to make sure we are giving our time to others and not just to ourselves.

Okay, back to the book. It was impeccably written. I won’t give away too many specifics, but it switched back and forth between the point of view of two characters and it was very easy to follow. Even aside from the font switching, I could tell when the character would switch. The character development was beautiful and I got really attached to Hannah and Clay.

Sidenote: I read this book in two days only because I didn’t have time to read it in one. That’s how amazing it was. It was suspenseful, happy, sad, infuriating, and devastating. I also feel like it is an important read and I definitely recommend it to anyone high school age and up.

~Meet Your Baker~ Book Review

Name: Meet Your Baker

Author: Ellie Alexander

Rating: 4.5

Summary from the back of the book:

Welcome to Torte – a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…

After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…

The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…

 

My Thoughts:

I don’t think I’ve ever read a murder mystery series! So this was a great one to start off with. It was deliciously addicting! The characters were wonderfully written and I’m still so attached to them. (I’ve only read the first book in a series of 6.) Jules is very relatable and I need to find out how her life turns out!!  And I’m totally rooting for Thomas…swoon ❤ !! I also love the relationship between her and her mother…it’s very real and sweet. The setting was created wonderfully. I so badly want to go visit Torte! Too bad it doesn’t exist :/

It was a fast pace book and easily kept my attention throughout. I couldn’t put it down because I had to find out what happened next! Not only was it a fun mystery to try and solve, but it had delicious recipes throughout the entire book. I love baking and I haven’t in a while so this inspired me to bake again soon! It also made me very hungry while I was reading haha

I’m currently reading the second book, A Batter of Life and Death and loving it just as much as the first one. I can’t wait to read the rest of them! Thank you to Ellie Alexander for sending these books to me for review! ❤ I highly recommend them!!