December 19, 2015

Højskolen Cronicles #4

These are the nights that never die.

And our adventure is coming to an end. 

It's a bit bittersweet. 

If I look back at it, I must say we had a great time. Sure, there were some things that annoyed me to no end (which you can read here, and here), but overall we had a blast! Especially at the and after the Study trip!

At the beginning, it was a bit hard to get used to living with another 41 people. Feels like an extended school trip when we were 12 - only it lasts 4 months, and you are not 12. I am not gonna lie here, these were 4 long months. 

Living in a school filled with people from all over Europe is a challenge. You know, all the different cultures and people being used to do certain things in a certain way. Although I will say, the biggest group, the majority, was the harder to get used to. Danish people are quite loud, most of them stick with each other, and constantly speak only Danish. 

But after the trip, I got the feeling that we really connected with each other. We started to hang out a lot more, and we kind of let go of people who did not make an effort to hang out with us. I was less stressed after that. Everything was finally in its place.

I really feel that this was a great experience. I've never attended a boarding school, but this was fun. I only wish it wouldn't have taken us so long to become friends with each other. Cause now we are having the time of our lives. These, really, are the nights that never die.

And, I have learnt some. My German has improved from barely there to omg I am actually good at it. I have finally started learning French, which has been a dream of mine for a while now. I have learnt some interesting things about art, about Nazi time, about current affairs happening in Europe. I also sang a lot - all about Danish culture. I was writing for the school newspaper. Singing for breakfast is not as bad as it sounds. It's fun. Philosophy, body, and mind, creative kitchen all have thought me some things. Things I will remember cause I am gonna need them in life.

At the end of the day, I do feel a little sad, because I am really gonna miss this school. I am gonna miss living here with all these people, eating together with 50 people every day, having a roomie, going at the bar 20 meters from your room, having classes all day long, the best Friday nights. I am gonna miss the friends that I've made here. These are good people. And exceptionally good at partying. Those were the nights. In Tækkers bar every Thursday. In Makke bar every Friday. And everything in between. 

Life is so good, you know?

So I would like to say to everyone that was with me on this 4-months-højskolen-adventure, thank you, and for most of you, I am happy that I've met you. 

As for you, my lovely reader, if you have a spare 4 months in the very near future (end of January begins) or just want some change, or some time out, or simply a pure desire to go to folk school - I would highly advise you to go on this course. I pretty much summarized in this last entry how the life at højskolen looks like. And please, age is only a number. :P 

It was the best money that I've ever spent for 4 months 'vacation', and that's because it wasn't really a vacation. You actually have to attend classes and learn things. The fact that there are no exams does not exclude the fact that you have to attend classes. But it's a lot of fun, great atmosphere, lots of new things to learn, and a great life experience.

Either way, I am really glad I made the decision to attend Højskolen østersøen - it is a valuable experience in life to have.

For more information about Højskolen: Facebook - Hojoster website

December 18, 2015

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger Review

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
by Kody Keplinger
Published on September 7th 2010
Little Brown/Poppy, 280 pages

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

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“I was the Duff. And that was a good thing. Because anyone 
who didn't feel like the Duff must not have friends. 
Every girl feels unattractive sometimes. Why had it 
taken me so long to figure that out? Why had I been 
stressing over that dumb word for so long when it 
was so simple? I should be proud to be the Duff. 
Proud to have great friends who, in their minds, 
were my Duffs.” 

This is a YA book, and I've been meaning to read it for a while now, like years. And even though I've been having some troubles with YA these days (man, I am getting old!), I am happy to say that this was not the case. 

The DUFF was an excellent read, with real life struggles, a believable main character, and with realistic dramatic events. I loved this book so much!

December 12, 2015

Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid Review

Let's Get Lost
by Adi Alsaid
Published on July 29th 2014
Harlequin Teen, 338 pages

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. 

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named Leila. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. 

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth—sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

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“Well, everyone needs at least one long road trip in their lives.” 

Wow. This book was definitely different. I mean, five characters altogether? And made up to be meaningful? Quite awesome.

November 27, 2015

She turned her can'ts into cans, and dreams into plans.

Today was the best day of my life!

Today, 26. 11. 2015, was the day of my graduation! Not only did I make it to Edinburgh University after all the struggles that I faced, kept going between work and exams and lectures and stress and life, I also finished! I did it. 

It was a beautiful day. Sunny, which does not happen often in Scotland. 

My mom and my sister came to Scotland for my graduation too. And I had my friends with me. And I was wearing this amazing royal blue dress ala Blair Waldorf style. Life is so good! Since I got the results at the beginning of the month of November, I just couldn't contain my happiness. I did it. Life is so good. I invested and worked for my education, and I came out as a winner! I did it. Sometimes I still struggled with accepting this, but there was really no struggle left after this day.

I walked up the stage, and in that moment it hit me that I might have been a bit nervous. And, then they called my name and everything was a haze. Really. I swear I didn't even feel the hit with the ancient hat! But the woman in that moment said "Congratulations Nea" and I was all of a sudden back in the moment. Grounded. Woah. And, I said "Thank you" and I meant it. I had another 6 meters to walk, and in the middle of it, I stopped. I turned around to look at my mom, and I suddenly saw all these people. The entire hall full of people. And that was the moment it actually hit me. I did it. I did it. Me. It's mine and no one will ever be able to take this away from me. And, I opened my mouth and what it came out was a loud "Mom, I did it!" I waved (aimed as Kate Middleton style, came out as an overly excited wave) and left the stage. It was exhilarating. 

The final speech was really nice. They told us that now we are equipped with knowledge, and we are going to go in the world and make great things. That, we are going to shape the future of society. Future leaders of the world. Wow, in that moment I almost cried. Cause everything I did in life led me to that moment. All the sleepless nights, all the struggling, all the alcohol, all the drama, all the tears, all the sweat, all the blood, the counseling sessions, all the time and money - was fucking worth it. I am so proud of myself. And, maybe for the first time ever, I felt I deserved it. 

Thank you so much to all my friends, and family who supported me on this long journey. And, a big thank you to my blog (for all the emotional outbursts that I had a place to express), and my followers, who followed me and cheered for me on this path. Thank you.

November 16, 2015

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson Review

I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson
Published on September 16th 2014
Dial Books, 371 pages

A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell.

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once. description

“Reality is crushing. The world is a wrong-sized shoe. 
How can anyone stand it?”

Sadly I never wrote a review about it, but let me tell you that The Sky Is Everywhere, is one of the most beautiful books ever written. Jandy Nelson builds up her books with such beautiful writing is astonishing, really. And always, always about very important and tragic things that could happen to any of us.

November 10, 2015

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta Review

Saving Francesca 
by Melina Marchetta
Published on May 9th 2006
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 243pages

A compelling story of romance, family, and friendship with humor and heart, perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Lauren Myracle.

Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastian’s, a boys' school that pretends it's coed by giving the girls their own bathroom. Her only female companions are an ultra-feminist, a rumored slut, and an impossibly dorky accordion player. The boys are no better, from Thomas, who specializes in musical burping, to Will, the perpetually frowning, smug moron that Francesca can't seem to stop thinking about.

Then there's Francesca's mother, who always thinks she knows what's best for Francesca—until she is suddenly stricken with acute depression, leaving Francesca lost, alone, and without an inkling of who she really is. Simultaneously humorous, poignant, and impossible to put down, this is the story of a girl who must summon the strength to save her family, her social life and—hardest of all—herself.

- description

“It's a weird smile, but it reaches his eyes and I bottle it. 
And I put it in my ammo pack that's kept right next to my soul 
and Justine's spirit and Siobhan's hope and Tara's passions. 
Because if I'm going to wake up one morning and not be able
 to get out of bed, I'm going to need everything I've got to 
fight this disease that could be sleeping inside of me.”

Oh my god. I just finished this book and I am shattered. The FEELS. All these feels, I am overwhelmed. I read Jellicoe Road awhile ago, and I remember that I thought that Melina Marchetta was a total genius, and one of the best authors I have ever encountered. I was right then, and well, I am right again. 

This book is just wonderfully beautiful.

November 01, 2015

Højskolen Cronicles #3

Excitement, excitement! Brussels here we come!

The 4-months course includes this amazing Study Trip! And we went to Brussels, and Amsterdam for 9 days! Best Study Trip I have ever been! Here is a recap of Brussels. :)

We started the Brussels trip with, ofcourse, a city tour! We had a great Irish tour guy, and it was quite dynamic. He showed us every corner in Brussels that we needed to know, he told us about the history of the city, and thought us how NOT to get lost. It was a great tour.

October 06, 2015

Højskolen Cronicles #2

Today I want to talk about the language barrier. And respect of others.

First I would like to specify that I speak fluently 3 languages. I am re-learning (or improving, depending how you look at it - I think I pretty much suck at it) German, and I have finally picked up French and I started a beginner course. I wanted to learn French for so long, 4 years I think. But back home I didn't where to start, and in Edinburgh well, I didn't really have time to pick up a language course on top of my job and academic pursuits. So, here I am, finally making my dream come true and learning French. 

September 29, 2015

Højskolen Cronicles #1

For the love of god, will I ever find a place where I feel good myself and everything else? I suppose not. Which I swear is becoming some kind of freaking tradition. I am not happy about this. So I moved to Sicily to have the adventure of my life and became depressed instead. I moved to London for the fun and adventure of it.. and I felt lonely there. I moved to Edinburgh to search for a job and save money for my Masters and afterward start my Masters and I felt.. not sure I can fit it all in one word, but let's go with tired. And miserable. And out of place. And I hated it. Then I got this idea to move to Denmark to do a »boarding school« for 4 months. Sweet god, have I not thought this through at all?! Apparently not.

At the beginning it was fun. The first week was cool and everyone was so nice and all was lovely. Three weeks in.. I am going mad.

September 14, 2015

Everything you and I could have been if we weren't you and I by Albert Espinosa Review

Everything you and I could have been if we weren't you and I
by Albert Espinosa
Published on July 2nd 2015
Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, 205 pages

Can you imagine a future where everyone has given up sleeping?

What if I could reveal your secrets with just a glance? And what if I could feel with your heart just by looking at you? And what if--in a single moment--I could know that we were made for each other? Marcos has just lost his mother, a famous dancer who taught him everything, and he decides that his world can never be the same without her. Just as he is about to make a radical change, a phone call turns his world upside down.

Albert Espinosa has a peculiar talent for generating immediate congeniality around him, for shifting people's moods toward the positive and for reconciling them with themselves and the world, when needed. 

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Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.

"Don't get lost, Marcos, the world's limits are 
where you decide they are."

Well, I must say that the description of the book caught me, sucked me in. It sounded intriguing. But damn, I never could have possibly imagined that this book would be about - what it is about. This book is simple and very complex at the same time. And the writing style - I loved it. And like the Alchemist, this book isn't about the story so much, as it is for the message it conveys. 

September 04, 2015

We are never ever ever getting back together

Farewell Edinburgh. Farewell.

This is unbelievable. I cannot believe this journey has finally reached the end line. And today, I crossed it. It's done.

It has been almost 3 years since I left home form my quest to study at the University of Edinbugh. 3 weeks ago I handed in my Masters thesis. Still feels surreal sometimes, when I think of it. I did it.

And now I am leaving Edinburgh behind. You'd think I'd be so happy I could fly, to be able to finally leave, but I am not sure I feel this way. I am happy that is over, but I think I will need some time to adjust that this is over.

I was in such state of panic today. Proper blow out panic. A lot of things happened in the last month and I tried hard to stay organized, but doh. I managed though, somehow.

So many things left behind, and I don't know. I will miss my friends and Uni. The parties too. Not the work though. I will miss it all.

They were anouncing that we were about to land in Copenhagen, when it suddenly hit me »I am never coming back to Edinburgh to stay«, I will only go on holidays. After Denmark is over I am not going back to Edinburgh. I am not going back. The realisation was startling – where will I go? Which is a little ridiculous I know, but hell, I wondered.. if I am not going back, where will I go? And what on earth am I doing in Denmark? This is the eastest Europe I have ever been, and I know that people are nice if you need help they will help you, but holy hell I am in Copenhagen and I have never been here and I have no idea where to go.
I did however looked the people around me and OMG, they are all blond with blue eyes. And beautiful, so beautiful. This country will be good for me I think.

I am sitting on a train now, on my way to the other side of the country where my course it. I managed to get till here. Last step in few hours. My friend Sylwia, who kindly took me to the airport, otherwise I would have really freaked out, said that I shouldn't worry cause »You are Nea and you are like a cat – no matter what you always land on all four«. And I suppose it's true. But hell I was freaking out nonetheless. I forgot how nervous and panicked travel arrangements make me. And then I sit on the plane I breathe in and out and I am ok again. All that stress for nothing. Ridiculous, but I never seem to learn.

And note to my future self: Never ever again travel with all this laugage. We can ship it and other people will carry this shit for you. Everthing hurts.

And another thing hit me when I was on the metro from the airport – people around me will not speak English anymore. They are gonna speak Dannish. I love being in an English speaking country, what the fuck.. Ok, I think it's time to realise I might be slightly freaking out again. But hey, I am on the right train, with all my belongings, and with functional brain. I shall be fine.

As for you Edinburgh – you were the scariest, hardest, most crazy place for me. But I have learnt a lot from you. I even think I might have grown up. I have learnt my lessons, and hard work. You made me a stronger person. Even a little more judgemental, haha. But I am glad we are over.

Moving on is never easy. Today it feels especially difficult. But an end of something means the beginning of something else. And in Edinburgh they thought me that new isn't scary, new is exciting!

Now, I am looking forward to my new adventure.
Until next time,

August 17, 2015

This is the part when I break free, cause I can't resist it no more

Pic found here.

On Thursday, 13th of August, I submitted my master's dissertation. It's been a very stressful past couple of months, I must say. The past couple of weeks were especially stressful, for me and for everyone around me. 

I want to take a moment here to thank everyone who stood by me and supported me in the past couple of years. I would have never made it if it wasn't for you. Thank you.

I am sure I will write in more details about my study in a few months here on my blog, but for now I just don't want to think about it anymore. To summarize it in plain words, I wanted to research if society today was as fucked as I thought it was, and the answer is yes. Research proved it. More details to come in the foreseeable future. 

That aside.. it's over. It's done. I still can't quite believe it. True, I still have nightmares about my thesis, and when I wake up my first thought is "is it really over?" It is. It's been a long 2 years and I put into this everything that I had. 

Everytime, when things got hard I told myself "just a little bit more", but that little bit was never little and always so far away. 

Everytime, when things got hard I told myself "just a little bit more", but that little bit was never little and always so far away. So the day before my handing-in I thought "just a little bit more" and it suddenly hit me that, holy shit, this was a little, and sure as hell it was about to be over. The feeling was surreal. All the blood, and sweat, and stress, and anxiety, and counseling sessions, and long hours shifts, and forcing myself to Uni and study after a long shift, forcing myself to be strong, and breaking down in the next moment, and all the bloody hard days were over. This was it. I made it to the finish line. 

I dreamt about this moment for 3 years. All those things lead me to this moment. The moment where all that pain, and stress, and hard work, and persistence was over and it leads me right here. All that shit was worth it. I did it! ..But never, ever again. 

And now it's done. The only thing left is to hope for the best. I've done everything that I could, and I gave all that I had. Fingers crossed that it was enough. Please, let it be enough. 

It's been a long journey and I am glad is over.

I am ready for new adventures to come. 

July 22, 2015

Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren Review

Sweet Filthy Boy
Wild Seasons #1
by Christina Lauren
Published on May 13th 2014
Gallery Books, 416 pages

One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.

But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.

When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away.

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“What we know is the unrequited possibility, the temptation of the idea.
 The make-believe. The adventure. But when you choose the adventure, 
it becomes real life.”

I am just gonna throw it out there. This book is one of the best contemporary new adult romances I've read this year. Ok, scratch that. One of the best books I've ever read. Yes, it was that good and more.

July 16, 2015

And now tell me I am the problem in this system

Today is one of those days.

You know what? I am tired. I am so tired. The bone tired, that sleep cannot fix. Cause, believe me, I sleep as much (and too much) as I can.

Today a sequence of events happened. First, I want you to watch this short video of spoken word poetry titled "Worthless". It's 3 minutes long, and trust me, you want to spare these 3 minutes. This is what I love about spoken word poetry. It's real, and it comes from within, and you can always find a way to identify with it. Pretty real, huh?

I was doing statistics for my master dissertation today. Not to bore you with it, my sample is 90 students. When I checked the assumptions for ANOVA and regression, I figured my variables were not distributed normally. Now, I don't want to bore you with statistics, but the fact is, I thought I should do a robust manova (don't ask). And it's a tricky way to do it, or at least that what the stats book says. I spent 3 hours making the trick. For then, after 3 hours figuring out that my study was different from the example in the book. But let's go on. In the stats program called R, you need to download packages for various tests. Easy. Download it and run it. Easy peasy. 3 hours. And then I run the package and it doesn't work. First time ever, it does not freaking work. Package in non-existence no more! HA. Just my luck. Believe me, I googled, I did everything... won't work. 

And then I am like... will this be ok? Running just a normal manova instead of robust ANOVA? Hopefully. But.. after 3 hours of figuring things out and then being met with zero package to solve my problem? I was pissed off. No, that's putting it lightly. I was mad. So mad, I started to cry. 

Which made me think.. what a metaphor for this life this is. At least, as I perceive it as my reality.  Cause this is my reality. 

Study hard, work hard. And, because I was born in a country that (thank God) values life and alcohol, party hard. 

I didn't have time to volunteer in my first year in my masters, cause well, working up to 40 hours per week in hospitality (that paid for my living cost and my tuition fees) and studying for homework and exams, I didn't really have time. Cause for God's sake, those few hours per week, I wanted them, no, needed them to be mine, for me. 

Just to let you know, I did apply for graduate jobs. Got no reply. Or a "sorry, someone else was more qualified". I couldn't really apply for an internship. The internships are usually unpaid or paid very minimum. And I needed a job to pay my rent, for my food, for my tuition fees, and for everything else. I couldn't be too picky, could I?

Now I am volunteering once a week. I have a job that offers me fewer hours (which translate into less money) and just my dissertation to write. I can volunteer now, and honestly, I love my volunteer job. But 4 months of this.. will it be enough? Will it count?

I started working when I was 16. That's like 6 full years of working experiences, counting altogether. But all these years don't count, right? Cause that was hospitality and opposite to some popular belief (listening to people at the bar explaining their life history and problems), nothing to do with psychology. All the hard work, multi-tasking, attention to detail,.. don't count. All being reliable, organized, dependable,.. doesn't count. 

Education. I have a bachelor degree in psychology. I am about to get my master degree. Well, this doesn't seem to count either, with no experiences in the field. 

Now, tell me, what does count? What does count?

I am one month from graduation. 

Nothing seems to count these days. And you know what, this would have never happened in socialism. And another funny fact. As much as I think America is pure capitalism, this would have never happen in America. A graduate working in a cafe. Or a master graduate being scared of having to stay in hospitality and the fear of not getting a "proper" job. No. And I am pretty positive about this.

Where did I mislead my way? Or even better, where did I mislead the "proper" way?

Maybe I should have indebted myself for the next 10 years and volunteer for 2 years during my masters and.. that would make it ok? But I hate being indebted to someone. So really, this wasn't the answer. 

They say the world these days is full of opportunities. Well, where are they? You know one? Please point me the way.

Last week my friend asked me where I see myself in 5 years. Where indeed?! 

I know the future has always been unpredictable. But it has never been as unpredictable as it is today. And believe me, it's a scary feeling.

Until next time,

June 29, 2015

Things we know by heart by Jessi Kirby Review

Things we know by heart 
by Jessi Kirby
Published on April 21st 2015
HaperTeen, 304 pages

When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all. 

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn't want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they're connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.

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Jessi Kirby did it again! Her book, Golden was stunning, and I knew this one will not disappoint one bit. And it didn't! This book is absolutely beautiful. It's real and it's sad, and it deals with letting go, moving on and start living again. I adored this book so much.

June 26, 2015

All these things I've done by Gabrielle Zevin Review

All these things I've done 
Birthright #1
by Gabrielle Zevin
Published on September 6th 2011
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 354 pages

In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidentally poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.
Engrossing and suspenseful, All These Things I've Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and the fantastic.
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There are no words for how excited I was for All these things I've done. I loved the title and the premise of the book. But I must say it was very disappointing.

June 24, 2015

Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout Release Week Blitz

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Jennifer L. Armentrout's SCORCHED!! SCORCHED is a standalone New Adult Contemporary Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Frigid Series. And be sure to grab FRIGID, the first standalone in this amazing series!!

May 18, 2015

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Review

Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
Published on September 1st 1998
Harper Perennial, 268 pages

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress...

Huxley's ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

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What on earth did I just read?

May 04, 2015

The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III Blog Tour Review + Interview
The Unholy
by Paul DeBlassie III
Publisher: Sunstone Press (October, 2013) Category: New Age Fiction/Metaphysical Thriller, Paranormal Thriller Tour Date: April & May 2015 Available in: Print & ebook,  203 Pages

Winner of the 2014 International Book Award and the Pinnacle Achievement Award! A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, "The Unholy" is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.

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