Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye

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Before my older sister Francesca died, I worked at the bakery and wrote songs, but now I write lists. Lists like ten reasons why it’s my fault Francesca’s dead, or five reasons why I should try and win Howie back, or one reason why I need to stop lying to everyone, including myself.

Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye is an extraordinary novel about one family’s struggle to make sense of their world after losing a family member to addiction. Through sixteen-year-old Carmella’s eyes, we witness the courage and strength it takes to overcome the consequences of grief, guilt and co-dependency. WIth conviction and determination, Carmella shows us what can happen when we’re open to love, feel the pain of our loss, and find the courage to accept the truth of our lives.

Review:
I like how the author has balanced the emotions in the book. It wasn’t downright sad or depressing, which is what I was scared about. It has moments of smile and tears both and it’s all very well done.

“Hi, I’m Carmella. My sister just died, I can’t sleep, I don’t eat, and I’ve got boy phobia so I can’t speak.”

I liked Carmella. She doesn’t know how to live without her sister and best friend, Francesca. She feels guilty for her death and is scared to open up about it. I wanted her to talk to her parents or Anna or anyone, she just keeps so much bottled up inside her. She isn’t trying to move on with her life. She wears black everyday and is just hiding from her life. She grows up through the course of the book and realizes how she is different from her sister. 

The romance is perfect. It’s realistic and awkward, sweet and adorable. This is how teenage love should be like. I loved Howie and all his ways. I also liked that romance was a part of the book but it didn’t just take over the entire plot.  Howie brought laughter and love back into Carmella’s life.
“Howie makes me think there’s a chance my life could get better”.
I liked Anna and she was a really nice friend. I think all relationships in the book are real and honest. Donny was someone who actually helped Carmella the most. The first few scenes, he seemed like a jerk but I guess it was not his fault. That was the alcohol talking. I hope he changed his lifestyle.

I liked the writing really very much. It’s simple and I think a good author is one who could give depth to the simplest of words. 
“So I turn away and walk along the wall of books, touching the spine of each one with my fingers, wondering what lurks inside the pages, wondering if someone became so torn apart by a story she’d decide to never take a chance on reading that kind of book again”.

My feelings for her parents are so all over the place. In the beginning, I was really mad with their responses and nothing-has-changed attitude. But I get it. Everybody deals with grief differently, some stay quite, some lie, some cry, some talk and some just ignore. They were scared and just trying to live through all of it. 

The romance is the best thing about the book. I wouldn’t have liked the book so much if it wasn’t for Howie. Also, the writing is perfect. I will be looking forward to more books by the author.

I recommend the book to everyone. 
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Review: The Lost Girl

Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination – an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her ‘other’, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known – the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love – to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive …

REVIEW
I have read many books but only some have managed to find a place in my heart. This is one such book.  I had a hard time writing a review for this book. I kept writing then deleting it because nothing seems right. Nothing seems good enough. I am still going to try. Sorry if it sucks!

“He told me how ordinary people, who can’t bear the idea of losing somebody they love, ask the weavers to make a living, breathing copy, an ‘echo’. And one day, if the person dies, the echo will replace them…..”


Eva is an echo. She has learned all her life to act like her other Amarra. To talk like her, to smile like her, to love the people she loves. But Eva is not Amarra. She is different. She has feelings, dreams of her own. She wants to fly, to learn art, to love who she wants. But the weavers who make echo have rules that need to be followed or the echo will face death. 

Eva is lovable. It’s not difficult to like her, to feel for her. I have cried so much reading this book. I was so involved in the story that I was shouting at the characters who betrayed Eva or caused her pain. My mom now thinks that if my books are not locked away I will lose my mind. She is genuinely worried. If I quote her, “First crying, now shouting, I swear to God I will lock away all your books in the basement” Well…..

Amarra doesn’t like Eva and even though in the beginning that made me dislike Amarra. I can see her reasons. How would you feel if you had to share everything about yourself with some stranger in another country so that after you die they can take your place. Yeah! It’s a little weird.

All the characters in the book have so much depth. The authors picks no side. She explains every character’s intention and reasons so well that even if you don’t agree with them, you understand them..huh! Did that make sense? Sorry, it’s late and I need to sleep.

‘What do you dream about, Sean?’He’s staring at me, but he takes a step back as a whistle blows. I raise my hand to wave as the compartment door stars to slide shut.‘You,’ he says, before the door closes all the way. ‘I often dream of you.’


Sean is one of Eva’s guardian. He is swoon worthy, caring, brave and sweet. I loved the moments between Eva and Sean. The romance is slow, sweet and realistic. Sean is good guy and frankly they are underrated in YA for some unknown reasons. I want him out of this book and in my life. I want my Sean!! I loved that he took Eva to the zoo, I loved that he came back for her. The station scene was heart wrenching. The time they spent in theater were beautiful and dreamy.

I can’t stop raving about this book but I think the review is already too long. There are so many characters that I want to talk about. Mina ma, Erik, Nikhil, Shasha, Lekha. I loved all of them. I loved the relationship Nikhil and Sasha (Amarra’s siblings) shared with Eva. How they accepted her for who she was. 

I am confused about Matthew but I never hated him. He is a complex character and I think he cares for Eva in his own way.

Adrian is cruel and pathetic. Neil, Alisha and Ray betrayed Eva in some way. They loved Amarra and I understand that they were in pain and were coping from a great loss but I haven’t forgiven them yet. 

I cannot believe that this is a debut novel. And I can’t believe that there are no plans for a sequel. I mean you can’t end it like that. I want to know more. I don’t like open endings. My over active imaginations makes elaborate stories and it’s not good.
The plot is simple yet brilliant. The authors excels in character development. There was nothing I didn’t like in the book. It made me cry, made me smile, sigh and it made me think which few novels can do.
It’s a beautiful book and if you haven’t read it yet. Do it NOW! Go! BUY!!

‘He touches my face with his thumb. I’d rather spend the rest of my life without ever seeing you again,’ he says, ‘than watch them destroy you because of me.’




**This book was provided by Random House India for review purpose.**

Few Are Angels: Book Review + Interview!

 
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After a fatal hit and run accident, Ella Monroe fears that she’s lost more than her beloved parents. Horrifying visions of a past life and a disturbing voice in her head have psychiatric professionals convinced that she’s lost her sanity as well. But when Kale–a dark and handsome stranger with a mysterious past–reveals the true meaning of her visions and the tremendous power she wields through them, Ella must come to terms with the devastating truths of her own past, while eluding an ancient Dark Prince who seeks to control not only her future, but all of mankind’s, by means of abilities that Ella is only beginning to understand.
 Review:

I liked it. The plot is interesting and almost all the characters are likeable. Each chapter in the book begins with a quote and that’s something really cool. The story is original and the writing is good. Though editing could be better. The beginning had me hooked and the ending left me so many questions. I want the next book.

The prologue and epilogue are really interesting. The middle part of the story is a little dragged but it never gets boring. The romance between Ella and Kale was a little rushed. I am not a fan of insta love but I guess in this case it makes sense because they have a history together, literally!

Ella, the MC is a well developed character. She just lost her parents and is trying to cope up with the loss. I could feel her pain and sadness. Some things just shake life so hard that it gets really difficult to go back to normal.
So, my favorite character would be Alex. He is Ella’s best friend and is also kinda in love with her. He is really cute and if the next book has a love triangle I would be on his side. No offense Kale, you’re hot and mysterious. I am sure you will find many loyal followers! 😀
Jace is from the Council of Immortals and is trying to protect Ella. He doesn’t like Kale much. I am hoping to see more of him in the next book.
Seriously, this book is filled with swoon worthy guys. 😉
Mia was a little annoying at times. But she grows on me and I guess I like her, but she should stay away from Alex or else….. *mwahaha* (that’s my evil laughter, if you didn’t know)
Laurent is the bad guy. He is creepy and scary and is called “The Dark Prince” (Yes, I know!)
The chapters from his POV were interesting.
So all in all this is good book and I suggest this to anyone who loves fantasy.

I have the author Inger Iversen, for a quick interview. Read on!.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I live in Virginia Beach about ten minutes away from the beach. I live with my tree huggin’ boyfriend and chubby cat, Max.
What do you do when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing I’m usually reading.  Lately, I haven’t had time to read, but I normally spend a lot of time in Barnes and Noble or browsing the Kindle store on Amazon. I also work full-time at a chainsaw factory. When I tell people that they are always amazed, but I have to say that it’s pretty easy work. I make the small plastic parts that come together to make the whole unit.
How did you come up with the idea of “Few Are Angels”?
It came to me in a dream. I ignored it for a while because I was in the middle of writing Dream Walker, but once Few Are Angels started invading my daydreams I put it on paper.
Do you have a favorite scene or character from this book?
I love all of the characters, but I do have a major soft spot for Alex. He reminds me of my younger brother. I have a few things planned for him in second and final book of the series.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I work 12 hours a day, but it’s a rotating shift so I only work 15 days a month. I also work overnight and I keep the same hours on my off days. Most nights I stay up until four in the morning and depending on how motivated I am, I can write just about all night.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Yes, I have suffered from writers block and it was horrible. I was at the halfway point with Few Are Angels and I put it down for a few months. I didn’t know where to go next and my brain was no help at all.  Few Are Angels took a year to finish and it was partly because of writers block, but I stepping away from it for a bit was a good thing. When I came back to it my head was clear and I was able to get over the hurdle.
 
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? 

My favorite book from high school is Of Mice and Men, but there are more recent books that I love like the Pace series by Shelena Shorts and Kissed by an Angel series by Elizabeth Chandler.
What can we expect from the upcoming books in the “Few Are Angels” series?
In the next book I introduce a few new characters from the Council of Immortals and also from Kale’s past. In Awakened, Ella learns the truth about her parent’s deaths while Alex realizes what he has to do save Ella and Kale struggles with La Luxure, his Blood Lust. 

Besides this series, what other projects are you working on?

I have a lot of ideas, but I can only write but so fast. I have a series that I started before Few Are Angels called, Dream Walker and I plan to polish it up and publish it sometime next year. I also have a new project that I am working on a called Ena’s Wolf, here is the synopsis:

The students of Hovsgrove High aren’t letting the recent deaths of two students ruin their summer and why should they? It’s not like the deaths are related or caused by an evil presence prowling in the night, right? Summer vacation before senior year was supposed to be one of the best times in Ena’s life. Summer parties, cook-outs, hanging out at Mackie’s—a pool hall in Hovsgove, with her cousin Vi and best friend T.W. was all ruined in a matter of minutes. The last day of school proves to be the worst day of Ena’s life when she witnesses a student chased into the woods and killed by an obscenely large dog. After the “incident” the only thing that Ena gets to see for the first three weeks of her summer is the inside of her bedroom. When no body is found and Ena can’t explain why she made up a story about a dog attack/murder, she ends up grounded and an outcast with the kids in school. Her only hope to salvage the rest of her summer vacation after her three week prison sentence is over is her cousin Vi and best friend T.W. The energetic, smart mouthed New Yorker Vi not only convinces Ena to sneak out to one of the best parties of the summer, but also convinces her to investigate the murdered student herself. Neither girl nor T.W.  knows what is in store for them and as they start asking questions they find out that there are missing teens that the residents don’t know about. How could the HPD have missed this key information that a sixteen year and her friends uncover in a matter of days? Are the police really doing all they can to find the missing kids or is there something dangerously making its way throughout Hovsgrove and stealing teens in the night, without the fear of justice?

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
                            Keep writing and always be yourself.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Indie authors rock! Take the time to check out some indie authors!
*The book was provided by the author in exchange of an honest review*

ARC Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl

Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make…
1. I’m livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I’m allowed to be irate,don’t you 
2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enragedand out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and “seeing red” means being angry—get it?) Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.(Don’t know what they mean? Look them up yourself.

Review:

I really love the cover. Blue and white look awesome together!
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Have you ever been so angry that nothing else matters. That all you wanted was to throw something or punch someone? 

Rose Zarelli, is angry. Angry because her father died, angry that her brother would rather spend thanksgiving with his girlfriend than her, angry that her mother is acting more like a therapist than a mom, angry that her best friend Tracy wants to have sex with a guy who is a complete jerk, angry that the guy she likes has a girlfriend who is mean and wants to destroy her life.  

Before starting the book I was a little skeptical. I mean, the MC is 14 years old. I wasn’t sure that I would be able to connect with her but I loved the book. It’s one of the most realistic novel that I have read in a long time. 

I liked Rose. I could understand her anger and pain. Losing someone is hard. Moving on with life is not easy especially for a 14 year old girl who just enters the big bad world i.e. High School. Rose has flaws, she takes some bad decisions. All these things made her real and relate-able. I liked Jamie. He is kinda cute with his mysterious ways and I can see that he cares for Rose. It’s sweet. Though I would have liked him better if he would have let Rose punch Regina. I really hate Regina. How can anyone be so mean? *hmph* Tracy, um…I didn’t like her. She was not a good friend. She was just too selfish and weak. But towards the end, she does realize her mistake and I hope she will be more like-able in the next book. 

The writing is really good. I could feel the emotions that Rose was going through. I even shed a few tears with her whenever she talked about her Dad. The author did a great job in getting into the head of a 14 year old.  I wish this book came out when I was 14. 

Rose grows so much through the book. I hope she made that website for her father. I really liked the idea. I didn’t know that this book was a part of the series. The ending left me wanting more. I need the next book.

 This was provided by HarlequinTeen as an ARC from NetGalley.

Book Review: The fault in our stars

Author: John Green

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

Review:
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Damn…..I am trying not to cry! 🙁

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” 
Wow!
This is why I love reading. This book is amazing, even though it made me cry. I am glad I read it. 
John Green, is really talented. Why haven’t I read more of his work?. Well I sure, am going to. 
I laughed, I cried and I fell in love. This one is going to my favorite shelf.

 It’s really well-written. Each and every line is beautiful and deserves to be quoted. 


“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”

“That’s the thing about pain…it demands to be felt.”

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.” 

Hazel Grace, she is the incredibly like-able. She is witty, sarcastic, brave and so real. My heart goes out to her. She has such a tough life and yet she manages to be strong. That’s really impressive! 
She was never whiny or melodramatic. John Green has done a great job writing from a female perspective. 
Augustus, he is a great guy. I wish he had a different fate. I wish so many things for him. But like he says, 
The world is not a wish granting factory”. 
He and Hazel were adorable together. There story was so sweet and romantic. I am so glad they found each other. 
The book is so honest, it touched my heart. It’s something you will treasure on your bookshelf.
I like how it ended. I like how it began and I loved everything in between.

Go and buy it!
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               John Green reads the first chapter of the book here
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