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Happy valentines day

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up”

– By James A. Baldwin

happy valentines day everyone
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Be you and be okay with it

I came across this quote while scrolling through my news feed on Facebook. I absolutely loved it and wanted to share it on my blog.

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Discovering teas and mug wish list

So I have a weird obsession with mugs. I’m not quite sure why, but every time I pull out a book to read, I have to prepare some sort of beverage JUST so I can drink out of my mug. Weird right? What’s weirder is that I don’t really drink hot beverages. Nope, not coffee or tea even hot chocolate. ( In my defense I don’t drink hot chocolate because I am Diabetic) Recently I decided to give tea a try. I purchased my very first tea from Teavana called Youthberry White Tea.

teaDescription : “Youthful and fresh, this clean and crisp, pale pink, blushing tea is made from candied pineapple and mango pieces with Fuji and Golden Delicious apples added for spirit. ‘Superfruits’ red currant and acai berry create a youthful glow in this medley of smart, bright, refreshingly soft white tea.”

I first tried this tea in their store, it wasn’t hot which is why I think I liked it right away. I have tried a lot of teas, from Green tea to Chamomile tea and so far none of them taste that appealing to me. As for this tea I haven’t made my self a cup yet, I guess I’m afraid that it won’t taste the same and for $11 it better!

Question for you guys: Any recommendations on teas that I should try? I’m open to try any kind.

Mug wishlist

I was browsing the internet when I came across Pier 1 Imports, I have been in their store before so I decided to browse their mugs section. I found some that  I would love to purchase, here they are:

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Aren’t these all adorable? They range between $6-$9
If you want to know the exact prices,  click here to be directed.

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Guest blogger reviews: The sleepy hollow family almanac

Sarah Van Den Bosch
Review of “The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac” by Kris D’Agostino

​Cal Moretti is in a state of flux, suffering from a form of existentialism that is becoming increasingly common in the over-educated and underemployed millennial generation. While trying to figure life out post-college, the Moretti family is in the midst of a series of crises that only make Cal’s decisions more difficult. His father, a pilot, is stricken with an illness that grounds him indefinitely and his teenage sister is pregnant. Cal struggles to decide which path he’ll choose while his family tries to keep their home and themselves together.
​“The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac”, while centered mostly on around Cal, does not fail to equip secondary characters with dynamic traits and a voice all their own, serving to further enhance the story. D’Agostino debut novel pulls the reader into Cal’s world and presents his problems head-on. His struggle is relatable; I’m sure, to a broad audience. I mean, who hasn’t felt purposeless or had to make hard choices in the face of adversity?
​What’s best about Kris D’Agostino’s novel is that Cal is a severely flawed character. His motives were often selfish but there is a level of sympathy his character invokes. “The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac” is a quick read. D’Agostino favors succinct sentences over flowery prose without sacrificing the details that enrich the story. The narrative cuts from one scene to the next but time remains linear, making it an overall engaging read.
​I often found myself disagreeing with much of what Cal was doing but I sort of felt for him. I can’t really fault him for not being self-sacrificing while things fall apart around him. It’s hard to take the high road when your father is spontaneously crying in his bathrobe.
​The strong, entertaining characters push the story along and only lend to the refreshingly truthful narrative. It is truly worth the read.

Thank you to Sarah Van Den Bosch for submitting your review

Guest Blogger reviews: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Hi everyone,

Today’s review is by a guest blogger named Karla, she will be reviewing The Edge of Never by J.A Redmerski. Make sure to check out her blog by clicking here. Thanks Karla for your review!

aThe Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

“The heart always wins out over the mind. The heart, although reckless and suicidal and a masochist all on its own, always gets its way. The mind may be what’s best, but I don’t give a shit what my mind is telling me anymore. Right now, I just want to live in the moment.”

It has been days since I read this and I don’t know why but I’m still hang-overed from the story. Sigh. I don’t even know where to start this review for I’m still lost for words and this is definitely one of those rare times that I wish I could’ve given more than 5 stars rating.

The Edge of Never is definitely on of the best books I’ve ever read this year. As I’ve said I’m still hang-overed from the story even after days of reading this. In all honestly, I have extremely high expectations with this book because it appears daily on my feeds on goodreads and it really did get me curious and after reading the blurb and seeing and reading all the raves and reviews about it I immeadiately wanted to read it and wow all the raves and reviews is indeed true, this is one good book!

It has a beautifully written story that is overflowing of emotions. It was poignant and the characters were just so honest and easy to relate to. At certain times, I began to think that I know here the story was heading but y’all I’m definitely wrong when the story suddenly turned another way around, it was predictable in a very unpredictable kind of way – uhm does that even make sense?

A journey of discovery is what this story is about. Andrew was taking the long road avoiding a certain thing while Camryn was taking the road to nowhere and it just so happens that a series of unfortunate events lead them to the same place and to one another; they’re similar to some degree yet completely different in another.

I love road trip stories and everything that accompanies it but Camryn and Andrew take my fondness of it to another level. Their journey was moving and very touching. I like their easy conversations, teasing and flirting, especially the playlist they have. The songs mentioned are oldies but it makes me feel nostalgic (more songs to add on my book playlist! Yay!)

Andrew and Camryn are both lost and they’re still both so young and most of the things they did was by impulse but it really did get them to where they wanted to be and being able to commit with another. I really love watching their relationship grow and sigh sigh sigh they’re just so perfect for each other.

The story packed up amazingly! It was just perfect and behold there’s an epilogue so yay for that! It was a beautiful story about love, friendship and living in the moment and to its fullest. It is one of those rare reads that you should definitely not miss, so do yourself a huge favor and give time to read this.

I got the fever for books

There are a few books that I am looking forward to buying once I get my Christmas shopping out of the way. One of them will not be released until February of 2013.

In no particular order, here are the books that I’m looking forward to purchasing 🙂

– Entwined by Sylvia day
– Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
– Beautiful Bastard by Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings under the pen name Christina Lauren. (Release date February 13th)
– Divergent by Veronica Roth
– Fallen by Lauren Kate

Those are the books that I can name from the top of my head. I heard a lot of good things about Divergent so that might be the first book I read. Another one I’m really excited to read is Beautiful Bastard. I’m a sucker for romantic novels!

If anyone has suggestions on books I should read, feel free to leave it below.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Book review: Something Borrowed By Emily Griffin

20121215-052756.jpgOn today’s post I’m going to review Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin.
About this book:
Something Borrowed tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl—until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiancé.

Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. Something Borrowed is a phenomenal debut novel that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your best friend.”

 

My review: I found this book really interesting. For the first time, I actually felt bad for the person who is considered the wrong doer. There are many reasons why I sympathies with  the main character Rachel,early on in the book you find out how she puts everyone’s needs before hers, she always does the right thing.As for Darcy ( her best friend from her childhood) the author does a great job making it difficult for the reader to like her even though she’s technically the one that we are supposed to feel bad for. There are a few things that you will find out about Darcy that make you question if she deserved what she had coming.

I was indifferent about Dex, to me I was more interested in how Darcy and Rachel’s friendship would be affected by Rachel’s betrayal.Through out most of the book, I was making excuses to why what Rachel was doing wasn’t, she did meet Dex first and has always had feelings for him.  It’s almost like the author wants you too root for Rachel and Dex. I do admit that I was glad that Rachel finally decided to go after something she really wants instead of backing down. I don’t want to give too much away so I will end it by saying that I really enjoyed this book. Some of the things that happened were unexpected, I especially love how the author makes you think about the situation at hand instead of placing blame right away. I definitely recommend this book. It can be found at any major book store and online at Amazon.com.

If you have read this book and want to share your thoughts on it, please leave it in the comment box below.

Discussion question: Would you risk your friendship ( a friend that you have known your whole life) for love?

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Book review: Bared to You

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Today’s book review will be on  a book by Sylvia Day called Bared to You. Price: $11.99 CAD at Walmart

Synopsis:

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…

He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds… and desires.

The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…

My review:

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I thought to myself ” Great another 50 shades copycat” I was never a really big fan of that series, so when I went searching for a book to read, I was hoping to find a romance novel without all the kinks. ” Never judge a book by it’s cover” That is exactly what I did when I first came across this novel, but since I was determined to buy a book that day, I bought it anyways in hopes that I was wrong about my assumptions.

Bared to You is is narrated in first person by one of the main characters Eva Tramell. Eva moves to New York in hopes to start her career  as a executive assistant at a advertising firm. Joining her in New York city, is her hilarious bi sexual best friend Cary. Eva and Cary are roommates living is a luxurious apartment in Manhattan courtesy of Evas step father.

During her first weekend living in New York, Eva decides to visit her new work place at Crossfire in order to get a feel for the place that she will soon be working at. While helping a woman who dropped her belongings, Eva bumps into the man that soon will win over her heart. Gideon Cross, is a self made millionaire who owns all sorts of businesses throughout Manhattan.

With out giving too much a way, this novel is a roller coaster full of emotions. Early on in the book you learn that both Eva and Gideon experienced traumatizing ordeals during their younger years. Those experiences cause a lot of problems for them. Eva from the get go is attracted to Gideon, who can blame her? Gideon is the CEO of his  own company and he is only 28. His wealth is not the reason she is attracted to him though, Eva herself comes from a wealthy family. Her step father is a high powered millionaire. I found this aspect interesting because in most romantic novels, one character is wealthy and the other isn’t. There was a lot more to this book than I expected, the author does a great job is describing all the characters which in the end made this book a good read.

Final thoughts.

I enjoyed reading this book, as similar as it was to the  50 Shades series, I feel that this book had more to offer besides sex. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of that in this book but not as much. What I found the most interesting is the troubles that each of them experienced and how they dealt with it. If you are looking for a light read, this is the book for you. I know this is not a lengthy review, I want you guys to form your own opinions.

If you have read this book, let me know what you thought of it without spoiling it 🙂

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