May 04, 2017

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover Review

It Ends With Us
by Colleen Hoover
Published on August 2nd 2016
Atria Books, 376 pages


Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

- description

Cycles exist because they are excruciating to break. 
It takes an astronomical amount of pain and
courage to disrupt a familiar pattern. Sometimes it
seems easier to just keep running in the same 
familiar circles, rather than facing the fear of 
jumping and possibly not landing on your feet.

Wow, honestly, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I picked up this book. 
No. Idea.

Oh my feels, this book. It was one of the most real and heart breaking books I've ever read. It breaks my heart all over again when I think about it. 

Lily. Oh, Lily. Such a strong independent woman, and I admired her so much. She was so nice, and a really good person, considering all she has been through. It broke my heart when she had to go through things she had to go through. The best part about Lily is that every decision she makes seems so logical. She guides you through all the mental process and by the end of the process you agree with her. 

It was unbelievable how greatly Colleen Hoover embodied the feels. It was bloody real. It felt like it was happening next to me. Hell, it seems like it was happening to me. And it's bad and you feel bad and you just can't help it. It's a sense of trapped that I honestly hope I never ever experience. 

The romance was spot on. Beautifully written, and I would be lying if I say that I didn't fall in love a little bit with Ryle and the naked truths. But, ouch. 

I think everyone should read this book. It's raw and honest, and people need to know. We look at others and judge but we should educate ourselves and try to make a world a better place. This shouldn't be happening to anyone. Noone deserves this. And I think it's our duty as human beings to help others when we see such things happening. 

I will never forget the message of this book. We break the pattern before the pattern breaks us

Read this book. 

May 01, 2017

Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas Review

Then Came You
by Lisa Kleypas
Published on June 30th 2015
Avon, 384 pages

A woman with a secret...

Reckless beauty Lily Lawson delights in shocking London society. She will break any rule to get what she wants... and she is determined to stop her younger sister from marrying Alex, Lord Wolverton, a handsome and arrogant earl who has vowed never to fall in love.

A man who will do anything to possess her...

To Alex's fury, the headstrong hellion presents a temptation he can't resist. He vows to make her pay dearly for her interference—with her body, her soul, and her stubborn, well-guarded heart.

As Alex and Lily challenge each other at every turn, they are caught up in a white-hot desire that burns through every defense and exposes the mystery of Lily's past... and together they discover that love is the most dangerous game of all. 

- description

"Why hasn't she ever married?"
"Lily has always said that marriage is a dreadful 
institution devised for the benefit of men, not women."

This was one of the most beautiful historical romance novels I have ever encountered. 

The main character Lily was the most outspoken and brave heroine in historical romance fiction. She is unbelievable. I admired her so much. 

April 30, 2017

Readathon: Hour 24

End of Event Survey

Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 14. I crashed. Went for a power nap, which turned out to be a deep sleep for hours. Woke up at hour 23.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I insist contemporary romance books are the best way to go. 

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?
As I state every year (twice) this event is made of awesome. Keep the good work readathon people! The only thing that I skipped this time were the challenges. I haven't done any at all. The titles didn't seem intriguing. 

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The twitter feed was bat shit crazy good!

How many books did you read?
1 book + 

What were the names of the books you read?
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (367 pages)
Walk Of Shame by Lauren Layne (about 50 pages)

Total of: 417 freaking pages! 

Which book did you enjoy most?
The one that I actually managed to finish :D It Ends With Us was in intense read. I loved every second of it, but by all means, it was no light read.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I love participating in this event! It's a blast everytime!

See you again in October 2017 lovely people!

Readathon: Hour 12 I am still standing

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?
Walk Of Shame by Lauren Layne 
2. How many books have you read so far?
The first book read! 367 pages done!
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I guess Walk Of Shame, as it's supposed to be light and funny!
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
We went outside for a bit! Took my kindle with me! Switched my phone to silent mode and it's amazing how noone can bother you.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

That my reading is going so slow! I have gone with contemporary romance and It Ends With Us was so intense that it still took a long time to finish it! And twitter! It's an awesome event and enjoying every moment of it!

Hope you're having an amazing read-a-thon! Don't fall asleep! Make yourself a coffee and most of all, happy reading! And thank you cheerleaders for cheering! This means so much! :)

April 29, 2017

Readathon: Hour 1

#Readathon is here! :) :) I am so super excited about it! It's gonna be an awesome experience like always, I can feel it! :)

What is my goal? To read and have fun on Twitter and discussing awesome books!! :D

To read list:
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (367 pages)
Walk Of Shame by Lauren Layne (218 pages)
Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (400 pages)
Devil In Spring by Lisa Kleypas 
(288 pages)
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett (388 pages)

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I am reading from Brussels, Belgium! 

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
For It Ends With Us and Walk Of Shame! Read some cool reviews and heard good stuff. We'll see.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
COFFEEEEE all the way! I made shopping yesterday especially for the readathon purpose, so it should be good! 

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I moved to Brussels in October. I worked at the European Commission and now I am working in communications at the European Cyclists' Federation. Lots of social media stuff. So far so good and I really like in here. I love to read Adult and New adult books. I like Romance. Dystopia, contemporary, historical.. it has to have at least some romance in it and I am a happy girl!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I've learnt that reading contemporary romance books is the best for this kind of events - it goes faster. And I'll try to check more blogs and meet new awesome bloggers :) Click the follow button straight away, cause if not, it's lost forever. Learnt the hard way!

You can find me on Twitter here: @neabarabea
You can find me on Facebook here: MyLifeIsaFairytaleThatWillNeverEnd.

Happy readathon to all of you amazing people :) Good luck! Lets have a good adventure together! Remember to comment and take breaks! :) Drink lots of water (not only coffee!) and exercise from time to time ;)

February 28, 2017

One Wild and Precious Life as an EU Trainee: Last Day at the European Commission

I'm cleaning up my desk here, in my office at the European Commission, and I find this note from the very first week when I wrote down the tasks of that week and it's written "Stay strong, I'm waiting for you at the finish line". Who the fuck would have ever thought it was going to be so damn hard to let go?!

My traineeship is coming to an end and I can't seem to stop it. It's 4.30 and I don't have much time left, I don't have time, I. Don't. Have. Time.
I'm panicking, I am aware, yes. 

In these past week weeks I've been thinking "Who am I if I am not at the Commission?" It's not ridiculous, so don't laugh. I really identified with this lifestyle and I really rode this high wave like it was the ride of my life. And, it was. 

This traineeship is the best thing that happened to me. The best decision I've ever made. Screw that, all the decision that I ever made in life that led me to this moment were fucking great decisions.

I would do it all over again for the chance of doing the EC traineeship. With the same people ofcourse. I have met really incredible and wonderful people and I will cherish that for the rest of my life. I have finally had a feeling my degree and all that stress was worth it. Everything was worth it. So you might see how I am having troubles accepting that it's over. Once I leave my office tonight it's done. Done. And I am gone. 

I decided to stay in Brussels for a little longer. 

Hard times lie ahead. It's gonna be hard coming down from the high of 5 months of awesomeness. I am gonna miss everyone. My work, my routine, my social life, lunches, everything

Let's hope luck is on my side. 

Thank you European Commission. This was the best experience ever. I could not have dreamed of a better 5 months, and let me tell you I am a big dreamer. It was the best.

With all the love and hopes for the future!

I will be back for you. It's a promise.

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