Monday, August 21, 2017

GIVEAWAY: 100 free copies - We Were Swans

So.. This is actually a last-minute thing!
I noticed my review of We Were Swans to be pretty popular.
You can read it here.

I received an email from the author, G.J. Freeman, just now.
On Inkitt there are 100 e-book copies available for free.
So if my review spiked your interest, you can get one over there!!

Let me know if you took the opportunity and share your opinion if you did read the book!

Go over to Inkitt, sign in with Facebook, Google or E-mail and get a free copy; here.






Genre: Thriller
Pages: 368
Synopsis:

Tom and Sacha are ordinary people. They have no special skills which they are forced to resurrect, they aren't retired CIA or former Assassins. There are no puffs of smoke, no trapdoors, no sliding walls to swish magically open revealing a startling array of weaponry. They are normal people, like you and me.

Until their 3 year old child is abducted and murdered by teenage freaks, as a game, a joke, or at least, that's how it played out in court. In the style of the feral underbelly of modern society, these vile, sick delinquents even film what they did on a mobile phone. Eight years later, they're out, their debt written off, ready to begin their lives as blithely as they destroyed yours. That can't be how this ends. If it were me and I were given the opportunity offered to Tom, would I take it? Yes. In a heartbeat. Could I do it? I'd like to think so. But here's the thing. Would you? Could you?

Review: May (Calendar Girl #5)


Author: Audrey Carlan
Started reading: August 3rd 2017
Finished the book: August 4th 2017
Pages: 112
Genres: Erotic
Published: May 28th 2015
Source: Kindle
Goodreads score: 4.11
My score:
Synopsis
Tai Niko had everything the average man lacked. Height, broad shoulders, a nipped in waist, square pecs, tree trunk thighs, and a look that rivaled “The Rock.” The part that made me drool and weakened my knees, was the thick, intricate tribal tattoos running down the entire left side of his muscled frame from shoulder to ankle. The design was unlike anything I’d ever seen, and I couldn’t wait to trace the tips of my fingers over every inch.

In the fifth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Oahu, HI. Still on her mission to save her father, she embraces the model life to prove beauty really does come in all sizes.


My thoughts
Okay.. So I really don't like writing negative reviews, but since I want to be a reliable Bookblogger and not only post 4 and 5 rating reviews, the not-so-popular opinion needs to be out there too!
I've told myself numerous times that I would stop reading this series, but I'm curious about one character: Wes. And since the books only take 2 hours to finish, I'm going to keep reading. I am curious about the next book though!
I do try to find the positives, so here goes.

Pros
  • Conversations: The conversations between Mia and her best friend are witty and snappy and I love to read those. I'm not really the person to call my best friend a slut, bitch or whore, but the conversations did make me laugh since the girls are both very stubborn and sarcastic.
  • Wes: This storyline is getting my undivided attention! What is going on with Wes?! This makes me so curious and the fact that he re-appears in all the books is a very big pro for me. It keeps this storyline hot and makes you keep reading.. Well it works for me!
  • Maddy: Finally a girl that is not all about sex and orgasms, but about love and going to college! Maddy is a refreshing character in this book that I would love to hear more about.
Cons
  • Too much too good sex: Since this is an erotic book there is loads and loads and loads and loads of sex. I get it, you need to have great, hot and steamy sex scenes, but after the 45th orgasm it's not that believable anymore. Does anyone have a bucket for me?!
  • So sappy: Everything in these books is SAPPY. Everything is always great and happy and loving and there is never a person that Mia doesn't like. She is best friends with everyone in the world and they are all living in a big castle in the sky and riding unicorns.
  • Modeling?! I thought Mia was going on a job to be a model. I've maybe read two pages that are about the modeling... This could've and should've been a bigger part in this book.
Overall
Sorry for being bitter and writing maybe a bit of a negative review, but I promised myself I would review all the books I've read, so there you are. I keep asking myself, and you are probably wondering as well: WHY DO YOU READ THESE BOOKS!? Well.. One reason: Wes.
I'm too curious and I really want to know where that storyline is going. So I read these books with all the sappyness (it's not a word), too much good sex and way too good looking guys. Yep.

Other opinions about this book
"This "episode" was hella sexy. Damn, the way Tai spoke in bed. I was ready to take Mia's place. Lol! This book is filled with lots of fun, adventure and so much more."
- Abibliophobia Anonymous Book Reviews Blog

"Another fabulous month! I cannot get enough of this series!"
- Maine Book Mama Blog

Memorable quotes from this book
"True love always is. I think you have to go through some trials and tribulations to get the happy ending, to find that happily ever after."

"You're going to make a man fall to his knees and thank the Heavens above when he secures you forever."

How do you feel about writing negative reviews?!

  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Review: We Were Swans

Author: G.J. Freeman
Started reading: August 1st 2017
Finished the book: August 3rd 2017
Pages: 368
Genres: Thriller
Published: February 25th 2017
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
Synopsis
Tom and Sacha are ordinary people. They have no special skills which they are forced to resurrect, they aren't retired CIA or former Assassins. There are no puffs of smoke, no trapdoors, no sliding walls to swish magically open revealing a startling array of weaponry. They are normal people, like you and me.
Until their 3 year old child is abducted and murdered by teenage freaks, as a game, a joke, or at least, that's how it played out in court. In the style of the feral underbelly of modern society, these vile, sick delinquents even film what they did on a mobile phone. Eight years later, they're out, their debt written off, ready to begin their lives as blithely as they destroyed yours. That can't be how this ends. If it were me and I were given the opportunity offered to Tom, would I take it? Yes. In a heartbeat. Could I do it? I'd like to think so. But here's the thing. Would you? Could you?


My thoughts
The fact that I get review requests from authors makes me stumble upon books that surprise me! And that's what I like about a Bookblogger, to read unknown books and find this little gem in the huge pile of books that are around these days. They say don't judge a book by it's cover, and that's how I would define this book. It's a story about love, loss and most of all; revenge. It's maybe a bit far-fetched, but if you're willing to just go with it, you would probably like it!

Pros
  • Cover makes sense: This cover makes sense once you've read the book. I didn't get it at all when I first saw the cover and it even felt kinda weird, but I understand now! I like the choice to put the ladybug-mitten on the cover.
  • Good pacing: You just get dropped into the story and the pacing is great. The book is 368 pages long, but it doesn't feel that way, because something is going on all the time. I think the book shouldn't be shorter, it would strip away some parts of the book and it shouldn't be longer, because it would drag out the story. It's exactly the right length, and that's something that's hard to achieve in my opinion!
  • Well thought through: The main part of the book is about revenge and since this book contains pretty smart people, you don't go out and just murder somebody with all the traces and DNA and all. The way the main character is going into this is very clever and really well thought through.
  • Satisfying ending: I liked the ending! It's about more than just this main character and his feelings, after all. It gave me a pretty satisfying feeling! Can't tell you too much, because I do hope some people will try this book and pick it up.
Cons
  • Cover: Don't judge a book by it's cover, I know. I'm just a sucker for a good cover. I think that if a graphic designer would make something beautiful with the ladybug-mitten, the book would seem more appealing. I won't judge the book on itself by the cover, because I liked it and gave it 4 apples, but the cover just doesn't fit the great book that's inside.
  • Feels unfinished: The book doesn't have chapters and it feels kinda unfinished to me. There are no acknowledgements and stuff like that. It's a pity, really! The book could use a little polishing to attract more readers.
Overall
I do need to point out that this is not a book for people who want to read a sappy-lovemaking-hearts-and-flowers-book. I like those once in awhile, but don't pick this one up if you want that. This book is about feelings, raw feelings, loss, revenge and hate and doing anything to achieve your goal.
I was surprised by the book and actually liked the way it stands out because of all those raw feelings and emotions. The way this book slowly unfolds.. I felt like this:

What's your opinion on the "not-standard" genres in books?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Review: The List


Author: Patricia Forde 
Started reading: July 27th 2017
Finished the book: August 1st 2017
Pages: 336
Genres: Fantasy, Dystopian
Published: August 1st 2017
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 3.55
My score:
Synopsis
In the city of Ark, speech is constrained to five hundred sanctioned words. Speak outside the approved lexicon and face banishment. The exceptions are the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta, the keepers and archivists of all language in their post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval world.

On the death of her master, Letta is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith, charged with collecting and saving words. But when she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and rob Ark’s citizens of their power of speech, she realizes that it’s up to her to save not only words, but culture itself.


My thoughts
If you're looking for a highly unique book, stop here, don't look further! This book is all about WORDS. About talking and understanding words, with little references to the flood from the Bible where Noah built an Ark. This story was so clever, so unique and it was actually kinda creepy to bestow a world where spoken language is minimalized little by little...

Pros
  • Highly unique: Like I just said, the story is highly unique. In a dystopian world where spoken language is reduced word by word. Talking whole sentences will get you a penalty, and with a certain amount of penalties, you won't be allowed to talk anymore. To make sure people only learn the words that are allowed, there is a new profession: Wordsmith. How original is this! I was astonished in every chapter about the world, the rules, the story and it all made sense in this book.
  • Biblical references: This is not a biblical book, don't get me wrong, but the flooding from the Bible is a big part in this book. Since Noah built an ark and saved mankind by doing so. A large part of this book is based on this story. And I actually liked it! I'm not a religious person, but I went to a Christian Primary School and I also teach the kids in my classroom about the Bible and the stories in it. I enjoyed reading a story with a different take on a biblical story! I don't think people who are religious will be offended by the book.
  • Creepy feeling: Not being able to express yourself because you don't have the words to do so, seems so creepy to me! Since I'm a blogger I NEED my words to tell the world how I feel/what I think. Art is not something that is accepted in this book and the words just keep being deleted, destroyed... It had a pretty creepy vibe!
  • Ending: The ending is a discussion point. I can't tell you if it's a good or a bad ending.. Decide for yourself, only then can we argue about it. I liked the ending, but I also like the fact that maybe not everyone will like the ending.. Do you get me? I like the fact that it can raise discussion! If you have read the book, or plan to do so, let me know your opinion on the ending!
Cons
  • Not wow-ing: Although I had a lot of Pros for this book, it's not a book that will receive a 5-rating from me. The book was intriguing, creepy, unique, but didn't WOW me. Now I'm thinking about it, maybe I missed a bit of tension in the final part of the book.
Overall
Unique, creepy and all about WORDS. I like the fact that words are such a big part in this book, or actually not, because the list of words that are allowed is only 500 words long. I'm also really curious about more books by Patricia Forde, I expect a lot more unique novels! I'll keep an eye out for new books.

Other opinions about this book
"The fantasy book of the year."
- Eoin Colfer, bestselling author of Artemis Fowl

"A gripping postapocalyptic thriller... it is a well-crafted page-turner, as well as a compelling commentary on censorship and the role of language, while also inviting discussion about what distinguishes humans from animals. For dystopian fiction aficionados, this well-paced entry offers plenty of food for thought."
- School Library Journal

"Forde's pacing and characterization are compelling... An intriguing speculation about authoritarian futures with a terrific cover."
- Kirkus

What's your opinion on discussable endings?

  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)


Author: J.K. Rowling
Started reading: July 27th 2017
Finished the book: July 30th 2017
Pages: 617
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Adventure
Published: September 28th 2002
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.53
My score:
Synopsis
"There will be three tasks, spaced throughout the school year, and they will test the champions in many different ways... their magical prowess - their daring - their powers of deduction - and, of course, their ability to cope with danger."
The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

My thoughts
YAY! Another Harry Potter review. I LOOOVVEE these books. The movies are actually pretty good, but the books are even better (as usual). So many funny moments, little remarks and extra storylines that the moviemakers are not capable of putting in the movies. Also; If they'd tried, the movies would probably be 5 hours long.
I read the last part of the book together with my boyfriend, it's so much fun to read together with someone and share my Harry Potter love.

Pros

  • Actual danger: So the previous books contained a younger Harry and in this book he's really growing up. Being in love and asking girls to a ball are totally happening in this book. The fact that Harry is growing up, also means that the book starts to contain actual danger and not only in the form of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. His followers are a pretty big part in this book as well, times are getting darker...
  • Ready for next book: The final chapter is called; The Beginning. This is enough information for me. SO READY FOR THE NEXT BOOK! Things are just getting started...
  • Great plot, again: It's something you're getting used to when reading a Harry Potter book. I already knew about the plot before reading it but I actually couldn't remember some parts of the plot because it was so genius. I remembered little parts, but the book creates even more layers to it, even if you have seen the movies!
  • More spells, creatures, teachers: More, more, more!! More spells, creatures and new teachers. Every book I'm more excited to get to know new teachers, learn new spells and learn more about different creatures, especially from Hagrid!
  • Shit gets real, dude: So yeah.. Pretty important characters actually DIE in this book. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named felt like a bit of a danger in previous books, but darker magic is totally happening now and it makes me STOKED for the next books. That's what I'm talking about; SHIT GETS REAL! (Pardon my French).

Cons
No mischief managed.

Overall
I still hope to persuade the people who haven't read Harry Potter to read the books! Just do it, just pick up the first and you'll be hooked! After this fourth book, things get real and you just want to know what is coming.
Even if you've watched the movies, the books add even more to fangirl over. More creatures, more characters, little extra storylines. You will not be disappointed!


Memorable quotes from this book
"Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike."

"Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect."

"Accio Brain!"

Did you watch any movies, read any books? Plan to read them?!

  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review: The Mercenary (The War Chronicles, #1)


Author: Petra Landon
Started reading: July 24th 2017
Finished the book: July 27th 2017
Pages: 175
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance
Published: August 25th 2017
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
Synopsis
In a far corner of the galaxy, a deadly war rages on. The Budheya people are one of the worst affected. Once the most advanced civilization in the quadrant, they now struggle under the cruel yoke of Ketaari occupation.

Saakshi, a Budheya girl imprisoned by the Ketaari Imperial Forces, is sent to a distant space station to work as a server girl in an alehouse. For a girl who has known only hardship in her short life, things could be worse. Until an old foe from the past walks into the alehouse. Alone, friendless and far from home, desperation forces her to turn to an unlikely source for assistance. Zoran is Hadari’Kor, notorious across star systems for their prowess in battle. Their reputation as nomadic mercenaries who owe allegiance to none and only fight for hire make people wary of tangling with them.

The fallout from this improbable alliance between a Budheya rebel and the Hadari’Kor mercenary reverberates across space. Old assumptions are broken and new partnerships between unlikely allies forged. Through the minefield of shifting alliances, Zoran must fight to protect Saakshi from a relentless enemy. When passion flames amidst the embers of a smoldering war, will one warrior’s quest for justice being a mighty Empire to it’s knees…

My thoughts
So glad to have my hands on another Petra Landon book! Her first book The Prophecy was a great book and I had high expectations for this book as well. I have to say; Petra Landon did not let me down! The Prophecy is categorized as Fantasy and this one is in the Science Fiction genre and I'm blown away on how well Petra Landon can handle both these genres. The worldbuilding in her books are amazing! Don't forget to check back on August 27th, when I will organize a Giveaway for The Mercenary!

Pros
  • Couldn't put it away: I read this book WAAAAYYY past my bedtime. I was on vacation when I took this book with me and I remember one evening when I was reading this book in front of my tent. It was around 11 PM and I was exhausted so I told my boyfriend that I was going to bed. I took the book with me and decided to read some pages. I remember my boyfriend also going to bed, falling asleep and when I checked the clock it was 2 AM! I did not want to put the book down.. But yeah.. Bedtime was calling for me! I love it when a book just pulls you in, makes you forget time and makes you read past your bedtime.
  • Great world building: I expected great worldbuilding after reading The Prophecy and I was not disappointed. This whole world, all the races and tribes and language, it all comes from Petra Landon's mind. It's incredible and believable at the same time. It's so nice when a book introduces you to a whole new world that you're eager on exploring!
  • Is there more to come?! Since the book is called War Chronicles #1, I'm pretty sure there is more to come and I NEEEEDDD more to come. I was kinda sad that the book was over already and I don't feel ready to say goodbye to this new world with all its inhabitants.
  • Listened to advice: I have to give Petra Landon a lot of credits. The way she handles feedback, positive remarks as well as criticism is admirable. After my last review for The Prophecy we just kicked it off and had a lot of contact, but I can tell that she took my criticism by heart and actually did something with it. I'm not telling you that every author should listen to the things I have to say, but some authors don't even thank you after writing a review and the way Petra Landon handles her contacts is very professional and not like any I have seen before.
Cons
  • Liked more background: I would have LOVED to learn more about the history in this world. The little bits and pieces of history left me craving for more and I got very curious, especially about the rebellion. I would've loved to know more about Saakshi's life before being imprisoned. I really hope I'll get even more background stories and history in the next book(s).
  • No flaws in main characters: I sometimes felt like Saakshi and Zoran were (too) perfect, both as individuals but as well in their relationship. (Sorry that I won't stop comparing this book to The Prophecy). But, in The Prophecy, for example, I felt like the Alpha Protector did have flaws in his personality, which made him even more realistic. I hope to learn more about Saakshi and Zoran's personalities in next books, not only the good things, give me the flaws as well!
Overall
If I'm honest... I can't imagine Petra Landon NOT becoming a bestselling author one day. I highly advise anyone who likes Fantasy/Sci-Fi to pick up one of her books and keep your eyes open for her new books. This is a very professional author whose strength is the worldbuilding which totally comes from her imagination. If you're a sucker for some good romance, action and great worldbuilding you should pick up this book.
I will not stop reading these books, talking about these books, promoting these books. Petra Landon deserves huge audiences reading her books, so I really hope to persuade some people to just try one of her books!


Hope I convinced you to read one of Petra's novels!?


 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Review: No Time To Say Goodbye


Author: Bill Adler Jr.
Started reading: July 27th 2017
Finished the book: July 27th 2017
Pages: 50
Genres: Science Fiction, Short Story
Published: April 1st 2017
Source: Got a physical copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
Synopsis
Yesterday, all Dennis Tanner wanted was to love his wife, Rachel, and to be the best doctor he could. Today, all Dennis wants is to stop traveling forward in time, before the woman he loves, his friends, and his entire world are gone.

Will Dennis discover the answer to why he’s been traveling into the future? Will he finally be able to stop or will he continue to travel, alone and bereft, until time itself ends?

No Time to Say Goodbye is a gripping novella about one man’s desperate attempt to hold onto love and life no matter what happens, no matter where—or when—he is.


My thoughts
It's pretty hard to rate a book that only took you an hour to finish. The story is short, but very enjoyable! I wanted to give the book 3 apples, but I just really enjoyed it, so it will be 4 apples. If the book was longer, I would've given it 5 apples, because the main character is likeable and the story is written pretty well!

Pros
  • Characters: The story is mainly about Dennis Tanner, who all of a sudden starts traveling through time without him knowing it. He is living together with his wife Rachel. Dennis is a rational person and I like the way he is trying to solve his problem. I love both Dennis and Rachel as individual characters, but their chemistry together is awesome as well!
  • What is happening!? I really had no idea what was happening and let myself just be sucked right into the story. I couldn't think of a rational explanation for what was happening and I really like the mysterious vibe that plays along the whole book. The ending was pretty satisfying as well!
  • Getting thrown right in: There is no stalling, you get thrown right in from the beginning of the book. It's build up in a great way. The time traveling starts with small bits and pieces but spins out of control pretty fast as well. I really like the build-up!
  • Needed more: 50 pages is just too short.. I want more, in this book and others after this as well!
Cons
  • Wish it was longer: This story easily could have been longer. At some point in the book Dennis just skips from time to time and keeps traveling into the future. It would've been nice having him longer in between the time traveling, just to explore the world he's in right now. This is not my decision to make, of course, but 50 pages are finished pretty quickly.
  • Gaps are too short: Like I just said; at some point Dennis just keeps traveling and the time in between is so short, too short to my opinion. I would've loved to know where in time Dennis was and what the world looked like at that point. It got me a bit frustrated, because Bill Adler Jr. proves himself to have enough fantasy to tell me more about the time and place.
Overall
If you have the time; just pick up this book! It will take you maybe an hour to finish, but it's pretty awesome. It's creative and fast paced and full of mystery! I just wished it was longer and I hope that maybe a sequel will be written...

Other opinions about this book
"Adler writes a compelling sci-fi narrative, with the reader as eager as Dennis to figure out what's happening."
- Kirkus

"A great read for fans of time travel."
- Books a Plenty

What's your opinion on short stories?

  

Friday, August 11, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Mercenary by Petra Landon

Hi there,
So.. This is the first ever Cover Reveal here on Bite Into Books.
I don't plan to do a lot of those, but there is this one author that I can't refuse!
I'm talking about the awesome Petra Landon.
Her new book, The Mercenary will be published on August 25th!


I've first read her book The Prophecy and after that I hosted a Giveaway.
Since then I've been having contact with Petra and her next book The Mercenary is just what I expected after The Prophecy; A great book with the necessary romantical vibes!
My review for The Mercenary will be online this Sunday and a Giveaway will be hosted August 27th, here on Bite Into Books, where you can win 1 physical copy, and also 4 e-books are ready to be given away!

So.. About the book!

Author: Petra Landon
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance
Published: August 25th 2017
Synopsis
In a far corner of the galaxy, a deadly war rages on. The Budheya people are one of the worst affected. Once the most advanced civilization in the quadrant, they now struggle under the cruel yoke of Ketaari occupation.

Saakshi, a Budheya girl imprisoned by the Ketaari Imperial Forces, is sent to a distant space station to work as a server girl in an alehouse. For a girl who has known only hardship in her short life, things could be worse. Until an old foe from the past walks into the alehouse. Alone, friendless and far from home, desperation forces her to turn to an unlikely source for assistance. Zoran is Hadari’Kor, notorious across star systems for their prowess in battle. Their reputation as nomadic mercenaries who owe allegiance to none and only fight for hire make people wary of tangling with them.

The fallout from this improbable alliance between a Budheya rebel and the Hadari’Kor mercenary reverberates across space. Old assumptions are broken and new partnerships between unlikely allies forged. Through the minefield of shifting alliances, Zoran must fight to protect Saakshi from a relentless enemy. When passion flames amidst the embers of a smoldering war, will one warrior’s quest for justice being a mighty Empire to it’s knees…



Check out this hot sci-fi romance and don't forget to return for my review this Sunday or for the Giveaway on August 27th!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review: We Are All Made of Stars


Author: Rowan Coleman
Started reading: July 23rd 2017
Finished the book: July 24th 2017
Pages: 432
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Published: January 28th 2016
Source: Borrowed from library
Goodreads score: 4.09
My score:
Synopsis
Stella Carey has good reason to only work nights at the hospice where she is a nurse. Married to a war veteran who has returned from Afghanistan brutally injured, Stella leaves the house each night as Vincent locks himself away, unable to sleep due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

During her nights at the hospice, Stella writes letters for her patients, detailing their final wishes, thoughts and feelings – from how to use a washing machine, to advice on how to be a good parent – and posts them after their death.
That is until Stella writes one letter that she feels compelled to deliver in time, to give her patient one final chance of redemption...


My thoughts
This is a book where you just... *sigh* when you've finished it. I loved the book. Have been near to tears at various points. It's full of feelings and love. It's highly unique with all the letters in between. It's so inspiring to read what a person would tell a loved one when he/she died.

Pros
  • The Feelz: If you like a book with, so called, ALLTHEFEELZ you should definitely read this one. It was heartbreaking and tear jerking but gave me a warm feeling as well. What we people are willing to do for love...
  • Ending: The book has 3 different storylines and the ending was satisfying for me, in every storyline. It's always a great feeling when a standalone ends in a way that you are content with it.
  • Letters in between: The unique part about this book is all the different letters that are in between the chapters. Some letters are actually relevant to the story, but others are from people who died in the hospice were Stella works. It's a pretty emotional ride, to read the last thing someone wanted to tell their loved ones.
  • Stella: This woman is STRONG and KIND. She is ready to fight for what she's worth. I loved her. She has all those great characteristics, but Rowan Coleman made her human as well. Stella makes mistakes, cries, get's frustrated, but is still willing to do everything for love. She is definitely a character that will stick with me!
Cons
You tell me.

Overall
A great feel-good story including the not-feeling-so-good parts. I rushed through by the way, finished it within a day. The letters in this book are unique and this book is definitely an emotional rollercoaster ride. I totally recommend this book if you like romance, fiction, and allthefeelz.
So satisfying...

Other opinions about this book
"A beautiful web of a book that reminds us of how we are all connected, and how to die - and live - without regrets. Is that a tear in my eye? No, that's a tear in your eye."
- Jody Picoult

"Coleman uses several voices and perspectives to turn a potentially dark story into one filled with light. Fans of Jojo Moyes will love this beautifully written, deeply engaging novel that understands death and celebrates life."
- Booklist

"Coleman has written a poignant story that examines the value of life, love, and forgiveness... A tear-jerking but ultimately uplifting story."
- Kirkus Reviews

Memorable quotes from this book
"The feeling of how much I loved you almost drowned me - it was like I couldn't catch my breath."

"And that's what it's about, isn't it? Love? Love's about making it last, making it stick, making it count - even when it hurts, when times are hard, when people change, when life changes them. If you love someone, then you have to want to love them, whoever they are."

"You can't worry about the rest of the world, never mind the rest of the universe. All you can do is look to your left and your right and try to be kind to whoever is there."

Did you already read this book, or do you want to read it?