Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Review - Because I Was Lonely by Hayley Mitchell

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Review by Suze
 
Rachel and David used to have a lot of fun together and they were very close. After starting a family and having two kids things changed. Rachel is no longer the confident woman she used to be. She's depressed, doesn't care about her looks any longer and is struggling with the care of two small children. She's on her own as David has withdrawn himself from their family. He works long hours and doesn't support his wife at all. He comes home every night, but isn't really there in spirit.

Adam used to be a jovial man who got along with everyone. He's married to the ambitious and critical Julia and they have a family. After a terrible accident their life changed. He was too traumatized to be the person he once was and he's now obsessively compulsive and has nothing to look forward to. Julia escaped this life of doom and gloom and is working and living somewhere else during the week. Adam can do nothing right and this doesn't help him heal.

Adam and Rachel used to be best friends when they were students. When Adam sends Rachel a friendship request on Facebook she accepts. They discover that talking to each other is easy. It makes the loneliness and boredom disappear. Because they live far away from each other they keep themselves happy with texts, but for how long can it continue without consequences, what effect does their renewed connection have on their daily life?

Because I Was Lonely is a raw emotional story. Adam and Rachel are both depressed and Hayley Mitchell writes about their problems in an open and honest way. I was surprised by the amount of detail she gives and sometimes it shocked me, but I also admired the way the information is being presented. Adam and Rachel's text message are versatile, sometimes they are sad and sometimes flirtatious, but from time to time they're mean and jealous too. They have many different emotional layers and that makes the story interesting to read.

Adam is a good guy who has lost himself and Rachel is lost inside herself, which makes them have a lot in common. There was already a connection a long time ago, but now it's even deeper because of everything they've been through. Hayley Mitchell's story is realistic, it's something that could easily have happened to two people who are alone and desperate. I loved that she's chosen such a serious and difficult topic for her book and think she's turned it into an excellent story. I learned about a side of Facebook I'd never given any consideration and I loved the originality of it.

Hayley Mitchell's writing flows easily. I liked that there are four points of view, which makes it possible to get to know all the main characters through and through. Most of the story focuses on Adam and Rachel, but their spouses, Julia and David, have a voice as well. This gives an objective insight in the situation. Hayley Mitchell doesn't judge, she just tells their story, which is something I applaud. She writes about the black and the white and the many shades of grey in between in an equally fascinating way and there's never any blame and there aren't imposed opinions. To me that felt like being enabled to look through someone's window while being able to hear and see their conversations. I think that's fantastic. Because I Was Lonely is very special and I absolutely loved this unusual, complex story.

Advice

If you like to read about real people with realistic problems and are looking for a complex and impressive story to read, Because I Was Lonely is a great choice.
 


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bookmarks & Book of Choice Giveaway

 
Enter this giveaway for a chance to win two lovely bookmarks made by Kawaii Craft Cottage and a book of choice worth $10. Good luck!
 

 
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Book Review - Future Threat by Elizabeth Briggs

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Review by Suze

Aether Corporation has a time machine and they send teenagers to the future to get information for them. Elena made a trip to a future thirty years from the present together with several others she didn't know at the time. Unfortunately not all of them made it and she's still struggling daily with the results of what she'd been recruited to do. It did have a positive effect too though. She now has money, she has a nice place to live, she can study whatever she wants and she's found a great friend, Chris, and a boyfriend, Adam.

Elena is dealing with a lot of survivor's guilt. She also has a hard time accepting her relationship with Adam, as she's never had anyone good in her life before. When Aether picks her up together with Chris and Adam to go to the future again Elena doesn't want to go. The scientists at Aether want them to find the next team of teenagers, because they didn't make it back to the machine on time and they aren't able to locate them. Aether won't take no for an answer and before she knows it Elena, Chris and Adam are being transferred to the same time once more. It looks completely different though, due to Aether's research the future has become much more technologically advanced. Elena realizes that everything they do will have consequences that can alter the future. Can they retrieve the other team and will they come out unharmed or will time traveling cost her dearly once more?

Future Threat is a fantastic gripping story. Elena is tough. She can fight, she isn't afraid of dangerous situations and she's smart. The teenagers are all gifted, so she isn't the only talented one for a change. Elena's memory is exceptional and Adam is a genius. They have to strategize to get things right and to make sure their trips to the future don't alter their lives in a bad way. Adam is a gentle guy, he's patient and sweet, which makes him ideal for Elena, if only she could let him in. Elena is fierce and she has a lot of skills that come in handy when they have to make fast and complicated plans. I love the way her mind works, she's a true survivor and together with Adam she can make anything happen. The group of teenagers they are trying to find consists of interesting new characters. Elizabeth Briggs makes their stories come to life very well and therefore Future Threat is both compelling and intriguing.

Elizabeth Briggs writes about the future in an amazing and fascinating way. I love the way her mind works and enjoyed reading about her version of the future. Thirty years isn't that far ahead and the changes she makes are often only small and just a few of them are huge. She keeps it pretty subtle and I liked that every adjustment she makes feels realistic. Elizabeth Briggs shares her ideas and creativity in a vivid and detailed way, which makes the story intense and captivating. Future Threat is well written and action-packed, it's a terrific constant adrenaline rush. I love the Future Shock series and highly recommend it.

Advice

Future Threat is the second book of the Future Shock series. If you like action and intelligence combined with a gripping story you will love this series. I'd advise you to read Future Shock before Future Threat if you want to know the full story.
 
About Elizabeth Briggs

 
Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She's the author of the new adult Chasing The Dream series and the upcoming young adult novel Future Shock. Elizabeth lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of fluffy dogs. You can connect with her online at:www.elizabethbriggs.net

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bookish Girl Tote Bag, Mug & Pillow Giveaway

 
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