Teaser Tuesday #8: The Opposite of Loneliness

Teaser Tuesday is a meme previously hosted by Books and a Beat and revived by The Purple Booker. Grab your current read, flip to a random page, share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page, be careful not to include spoilers. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

Welcome to another Teaser Tuesday. Today’s featured book is The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan. The Opposite of loneliness is a collected work by Marina Keegan, comprised of fiction and non-fiction. Marina Keegan was a brilliant and beautiful young woman whose life was cut tragically short only five days after graduating from Yale.

My Teaser:

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

 

We’re so young. We’re so young. We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time…What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over.


What do you think? Have you read this? Would you read this? What are you reading this week? Please leave a comment with the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post. Or Share a Teaser from your Current read.

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My journey with Social Anxiety | Discussion #4

This post is about something very personal to me. So today I’m going to talk about my blogging story and how books really did save me at a time when I didn’t know what else to do. Like I said, this is a very personal post. I’ve been thinking about posting this for some time.

I’ve never said this on my blog, but I suffer from anxiety and depression. Sometimes the way I’m feeling gets in the way of blogging. Blogging can be stressful, and I know I’m not alone in all of the anxieties I experience with this hobby. I love blogging, I love the community, I love discussing books with you guys and being part of something so amazing.

I face anxiety in social situations, especially around people I don’t know and places that I am unfamiliar with. Over the years, I just thought that I was overly shy — I could never understand why I felt so nervous and scared being around people. As I got older I thought that my over-worrying, nervousness and shyness wasn’t exactly something I was going to grow out of because if anything, it just seemed to be getting worse. I never told anyone about the anxiety I would feel in social situations.

As far back as I can remember I’ve shown signs of anxiety. My earliest memory is in primary school, when I would get nervous at the start of each day.  While I was a happy child and teen throughout those years, I now realise that those small events may have been my first anxious experience.

As I got further into High School, I started to realize that these feelings and thoughts weren’t going away. I felt unhappy and anxious constantly. I knew something was wrong, so I saw a therapist, but it was never “solved.” I’d go through periods where I convinced myself I was fine and just overreacting, but then there were times when I didn’t even want to wake up in the morning. I became hyper-aware of everything around me, was always on edge, and couldn’t concentrate on any of my work.

I am nineteen and have struggled with my mental health for basically as far back as I can remember. As a child, I was seen as very shy and sensitive, but as I reached my teens, I developed major social anxiety and depression. I have spent my whole life dealing with mental illness, and I still do, although I can now function far better than before, I still struggle severely. I cannot work, as my anxiety is just still too high for that.

It’s something you have to accept and live with. Worst mistake you can make, like I did, is to start avoiding everything. I was scared all the time. Now it goes up and down. Moments like now, where I feel good. But also moments where I have to drag myself out of the house, and just get through the day. And this problem follows me to blogging, too.

I have been an avid reader since 2013. Since then I have read many books. Over the years of my life, books have been my best friend, they have stood by me at every stage giving me the advice I needed. I used to read a lot when I was between the ages of 5 through 8. Then, I stopped reading. One of the worst decisions of my life.

Thankfully, I regained the habit and I’m very proud of that. Since then, I have never stopped reading for longer than two days. I have learned a lot of things, much more than I would’ve been able to without reading.

The Internet is like a safe haven for someone with an anxiety disorder or just for someone that can’t express themselves freely out in the real world. I’ve become so much better just in the last year with my social anxiety. It honestly helps that I have to interact with people all the time on this blog — it pushes me to be social and overcome my challenges. I’m still at a point where I have to convince myself this isn’t something to be ashamed of, because I still am. I feel like people will laugh at me, or think I’m weird. So this post is sort of a very big step.

What it comes down to is this: I love blogging. I love sharing my love for books, I love reading about all the other books people love. But because of my anxiety, I never really feel as if I’m a part of the community. I never really get to say what I want to say. I continue my unhealthy habit of avoiding communications and confrontations. And for once, I wanted to express that it isn’t a “silly little fear.” It’s something entirely unavoidable for me. It’s present as I write this post and imagine people reading it.

Mostly, I wish I could express to others that, no matter how very dark the depths of your despair may feel, this will ease in time. It is the loneliest illness to battle, but in the end it does make you a stronger, more compassionate person when you come through on the other side Although I can barely speak to people in person, I have found that I can write. It is a huge part of me, but does not define me as a person..

Let me know if you would like me to write more personal posts like this. To all my Readers, I am very grateful that you take the time to read my blog. This Blog wouldn’t be here without you. I am so grateful to share my blogging journey with all of you. Thank you all and have an awesome week.

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The Sunday Post #15 | RYBSAT – 26/03/2017

The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news – A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I am participating in Read Your BookShelf-AThon (RYBSAT) hosted by Miranda at BooKss101. This round will go for 2 weeks, between the 27th of March  until the 10th of April. You can check out my TBR HERE

Currently Reading:

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Last Week on the Blog:

Teaser Tuesday #7: October 32
It’s my Birthday | Discussion #3
eARC Review: Inyoni Rocks by Carmen-Shea Hepburn
Top Ten Tuesday #2 | Books that will make you read the whole day away
RYBSAT Round 10 | The Pile
ARC Review: The Adventures of Lola by Jade Harley

Books Read:

The Adventures of Lola


Please comment below or make your own post. Tell me about what you have been up to! What are you reading? How was your week? Do you have anything planned for this coming week? Do you plan on participating in RYBSAT Round 10? What are you planning on reading? Let me know in the comments, leave a link to your own posts, I’d love to check it out.

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ARC Review: The Adventures of Lola by Jade Harley

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The Adventures of LolaThe Adventures of Lola by Jade Harley
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Publication Date: February  23rd, 2017
Genres: 
Children, Fantasy

Format: Paperback
Pages: 
148

Rating: 3
Date Read: 
March 24th, 2017
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To thirteen-year-old Lola, the world is not a very magical place. She often gets in trouble, whether it’s with her parents, who find her rich imagination a bit tiresome, or at school, where the teachers see her as being far too dramatic. But Lola knows she is meant to do more in life, like maybe save the day…someday.

But when Lola and her friends realise that something disastrous is about to strike their town, they gather their strengths and are determined to solve the mystery. Their sleuthing soon brings them all the way to the King, who is less than pleased with Lola’s fearless hunt for the truth.

As Lola struggles to remain in the good graces of the people in her life, she starts to realize just how unique she truly is…and just how magical her life might actually be.

An exhilarating and heartfelt story of adventure and intrigue, The Adventures of Lola proves you don’t have to stick to the status quo to save the day. Written with wit and gripping insight into what it takes for young individuals to stand up for what is right, The Adventures of Lola is dazzling in its magic and excitement.

I received a copy of The Adventures of Lola for review consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

Lola is a fairy, thirteen years old. She frequently gets herself in trouble, loves to vary the colour of her hair, wants to be an adventuress and resides in the Blue Mountains of Australia. Written in the first person, this girl has an attitude! She does not like school or the teachers. Whilst outside the headmaster’s office one day Lola overhears a partial conversation. Is there the smell of adventure in the air? Can she convince her best friends Jet and Allie?

We had one piece of the puzzle – the Past. What we needed now was the next piece of the puzzle – the Future.

After doing some research, she finds that no records can be found for 1985. The entire history of 1985 has been wiped from all record. why can she find no information on events that happened in 1985? Throughout Lola’s journey she learns about Mindreading, Protective shields, Manipulating time, Affecting the weather, Glimmering, Affecting electronic currents and energy fields.

Although, there were missing speech marks and poor grammar in some places, I did enjoy reading about Lola’s adventures toward protecting her home, but I was a little unimpressed. Lola was a bit one-dimensional for me. I did like how she was smart and brave though.

Overall, The story was imaginative, fun, and magical all rolled up in one book. The illustrations are fantastic. However, I feel that I would have enjoyed it much more when I was younger.

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RYBSAT Round 10 | The Pile

I am going to be participating in Read Your BookShelf-AThon (RYBSAT) hosted by Miranda at BooKss101. If you’re not familiar with this read-a-thon, I’ll give you a little run down.  This is the 10th round and largely takes place on Twitter. The aim is to pick a spot on your bookshelf and read all the consecutive books – as many as you can during the read-a-thon. If you get to a series you can either read the whole thing or just the first one before moving on. It’s a great way to get a chunk of your bookshelf done and the sprints on Twitter are super fun. This round will go for 2 weeks instead of 1 week, between the 27th of March  until the 10th of April.

This read-a-thon is one of my favourites because it really gets you to read some of the books on your shelf that you have been ignoring for a long time.

Now to my TBR! I find the hardest part of read-a-thons is usually picking my TBR because I am usually a mood reader also there is that problem I have of never actually being able to stick to a TBR.

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This May Sound Crazy by Abigail Breslin

The first book that I’ll be reading is This May Sound Crazy.

This May Sound Crazy

Academy Award-nominated actress and musician Abigail Breslin is your best friend in her publishing debut, a collection of hilarious and heartfelt nonfiction essays on the subjects nearest and dearest to our hearts: love, loss, and Tumblr.

Growing up in film and the online era, Abigail knows better than anyone—it’s rough out there in love-land. And this generation is ill-prepared to handle it gracefully. Let’s be honest: if Cinderella had been on Twitter, she’d have ended up a crazy old cat lady like the rest of us. #realtalk

So when your “boyfriend” is liking different eligible young things’ selfies, what’s a modern ingenue to do? Put down the iPhone, step away from the hair dye, and ~chill~. Abbie is here with cautionary tales and solid advice on being a classy-ass lady in the digital age.

Because, girls, we’re more than what meets the newsfeed. And this may sound crazy…

But we’ve got this.

Plus, this book is gorgeous inside and out. With a foil cover and heavily designed interior, this collection will be the crowning jewel on any teen’s nightstand.


The Blue Cat by Ursula Dubosarsky

The Blue Cat

A boy stood in the playground under the big fig tree. ‘He can’t speak English,’ the children whispered.

Sydney, 1942. The war is coming to Australia – not only with the threat of bombardment, but also the arrival of refugees from Europe. Dreamy Columba’s world is growing larger. She is drawn to Ellery, the little boy from far away, and, together with her highly practical best friend Hilda, the three children embark on an adventure through the harbour-side streets – a journey of discovery and terror, in pursuit of the mysterious blue cat … 


Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan

Stargazing For Beginners

Science geek Meg is left to look after her little sister for ten days after her free-spirited mum leaves suddenly to follow up yet another of her Big Important Causes. But while Meg may understand how the universe was formed, baby Elsa is a complete mystery to her.

And Mum’s disappearance has come at the worst time: Meg is desperate to win a competition to get the chance to visit NASA headquarters, but to do this she has to beat close rival Ed. Can Meg pull off this double life of caring for Elsa and following her own dreams? She’ll need a miracle of cosmic proportions …

Fans fell in love with the warmth, wit, romance and fierce friendships in Flirty Dancing, Love Bomb, Sun kissed and Star Struck, and Stargazing for Beginners has all that and galaxies more. This is the best kind of real-life fiction – with big themes and irresistible characters, it goes straight to your heart. 


Suicide Squad: Movie Novelisation by Marv Wolfman

Suicide Squad: The Official Movie Novelization

The official novelization of the eagerly anticipated blockbuster film, written and directed by David Ayer (“Fury,” “End of Watch”) and based on DC Comics’ “Suicide Squad.”

It feels good to be bad…

Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?


Pandora Hearts #20, #21, #22 by Jun Mochizuki

Oz Vessalius, heir to one of the duke houses, has just turned fifteen. His life is rich and carefree, darkened only by the constant absence of his father. At his coming-of-age ceremony, however, everything changes. For no reason that he can discern, he’s cast into the prison known as the “Abyss”, only to be saved by a “chain” known as Alice, the bloodstained black rabbit. Why was he cast into Abyss, how does Alice factor into it all, and what does the organization known as “Pandora” want with him…?


The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket

The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10)

Dear Reader,

Like handshakes, house pets, or raw carrots, many things are preferable when not slippery. Unfortunately, in this miserable volume, I am afraid that Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire run into more than their fair share of slipperiness during their harrowing journey up–and down–a range of strange and distressing mountains.

In order to spare you any further repulsion, it would be best not to mention any of the unpleasant details of this story, particularly a secret message, a toboggan, a deceitful map, a swarm of snow gnats, a scheming villain, a troupe of organized youngsters, a covered casserole dish, and a surprising survivor of a terrible fire.

Unfortunately, I have dedicated my life to researching and recording the sad tale of the Baudelaire orphans. There is no reason for you to dedicate your-self to such things, and you might instead dedicate yourself to letting this slippery book slip from your hands into a nearby trash receptacle, or deep pit.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket


The Case Study of Vanitas by Jun Mochizuki

The Case Study of Vanitas, Vol. 1 (The Case Study of Vanitas, #1)

Step once more into the imagination of Jun Mochizuki, creator of New York Times-bestselling Pandora Hearts! A tale of vampires and curses set in a whimsical and dark steampunk Paris unfolds! On the streets, rumors abound of a clockwork grimier said to sow curses among the vampires. Now, guided by the Book of Vanitas, the gears begun to turn, and the story of two men, Noe and Vanitas, takes shape…


That Summer by Sarah Dessen

That Summer

For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s re-enters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.


We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

From two acclaimed authors comes an emotional story told in verse about friendship, love, and overcoming unbeatable odds.

Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?

For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page.


Have you read any of these books? Do you plan on participating in RYBSAT Round 10? What are you planning on Reading? Feel Free to link me to your posts or Let me know in the Comments.

I am very excited to be participating in another RYBSAT and I hope it’s a successful one for everyone! I hope to see you on twitter using the #RYBSAT hashtag and doing sprints together.

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Top Ten Tuesday #2 | Books that will make you read the whole day away

This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week bloggers share a list of books for the prompt given. Today’s suggested topic is:

Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.  

I ended up going the ‘books that will make you read the day away’ route.  It was easy to think of books that were so good I completely lost track of time and ended up reading the entire day away. I read pretty slowly, so I rarely read books in one sitting. So here are just a few titles that once I got started on them, I got so caught up in the story that I just wanted to read the whole day away.

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We Were LiarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Review)

We Were Liars is about a girl named Cadence Sinclair who is the heir to the Sinclair family island. The Sinclair’s are beautiful, blonde, rich and at first glance, their family seems perfect. Every summer, the family travels to their island. Cadence and three others are known throughout the novel as the Liars.

It’s been awhile since I read this one, but I’m pretty sure I read it in one afternoon. I could not put it down. I read the entire day away because I was so captivated by the story.


Amanzimtoti [2]: Inyoni RocksInyoni Rocks by Carmen-Shea Hepburn (Review)

Inyoni Rocks is the Sequel to The Ridge, a brilliant début set in South Africa. It takes up not long after the last book. The story is told in the third-person POV of Wayne Du Preez. I’ve been waiting for this sequel for a while now. I adored the first book, so I was pretty hyped up to read this sequel. I was hooked on finding out what happened to the characters and their relationship with each other.

This one was definitely an all day read. I didn’t finish it all in one day, but I did read the majority of it in one day.


25494343Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (Review)

This book is the start of a new series with different main characters in a new location, but it still brings in some familiar faces to connect all of the stories.

I read this in just three days. I could not put it down. This book was amazing, I loved the characters, loved the world-building and the secrets that were revealed, even the ones I was in no way expecting, and finally I loved the Annabel Lee inspiration this book has. 


Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Review)18296030

This is the story of Samantha and her trying to find what happened to her best friend, Cassie. Sam is popular, rich, beautiful and has it all or so it may seem at first glance. Perfect boyfriend, perfect friends, perfect family. But everything is not as it seems.

From the very first page, this book had me enthralled. The story was captivating. This book had my attention and kept me guessing right up until the end.


15870399Tilt by Ellen Hopkins (Review)

This book is told by three different teens; Shane, Mikayla, and Harley. They take turns telling their stories. Ellen Hopkins uses her mastery of sensory words to make a perfect world where the characters can always find their place to fit in in the world.

It looks like a big book but it’s actually a fairly quick read and I totally read it in one sitting without meaning to. I just couldn’t stop turning the pages. The format of Tilt made it an easy book to get lost in.


Every you, Every me by David Levithan (Review) 9972838

Evan is on his way home from school when he finds an envelope on the ground that has a photo inside. He starts to think that Ariel is back to torment him, because of what he did to her. As they unravel the mystery behind the photographs, he soon discovers how little he knows about Ariel and the truth.

I was so hooked on this story. I didn’t expect to really be hooked by this book. I expected to like it but it was one of those surprise books that absolutely hooked me.  I loved the characters and wanted to know what happened.


12000020Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Bejamin Alire Saenz (Review)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is written in first person by Aristotle. Ari is a fifteen year old moody loner who at the beginning of his summer break decides to go swimming at the local pool. Though he really can’t swim, never learned how, so he only floats around on his back. But when he hears, “Want me to teach you how to swim?” He meets Dante and a friendship blossoms.

I was so wrapped up in the friendship/romance, I easily devoured the book in one day. Almost one sitting.


The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (Review) 20958632

The story is written entirely in 3rd person and takes place in Fairfold, a town where both humans and fae co-exist. The book revolves around a brother and sister, Ben and Hazel. Ever since they were children, they have dreamed of waking up the Prince, a young man who is sealed within an unbreakable glass coffin and has been sleeping for generations in the depths of the forest.

I absolutely loved this book. One of my favourite stand alones. From the first paragraph I was sucked in.


6658391Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (Review)

I really enjoyed the overall experience of this book, it was a roller coaster ride of emotions but in the end felt so real and raw. Anderson doesn’t sugar coat eating disorders in this story, but instead shows all the highs and lows that Lia goes through.

I read this one in one night. I could not put it down. I got so swept up in it that I finished it really quickly.


Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1)Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews (Review)

This book begins by introducing the beautiful Dollanganger family. Corrine and Christopher have four children often referred to as “The Dresden Dolls, named after their blonde hair, blue eyes and doll-like beauty: Chris (14), Cathy (12), and twins Carrie and Cory (5). They are a very loving family and are well-off financially.

There is just something about this book that I thoroughly enjoy. I got completely absorbed in their world. I was hooked by the shocking developments, the taboo subjects, the weird twists and betrayals, and of course the innocent main characters sucked into the morbid world.

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Have you read any of these? What books have made you completely lose track of the time while reading? What books did you read in one sitting or want to read in one sitting? Tell me what books made you want to read the day or night away! Recommend me some books you couldn’t put down! Have you read any on my list and did you feel the same way?

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eARC Review: Inyoni Rocks by Carmen-Shea Hepburn

Amanzimtoti [2]: Inyoni RocksInyoni Rocks by Carmen-Shea Hepburn
Published by:
Publication Date: 
Series: Amanzimtoti, #2
Genres: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+
Format: eBook
Pages: 368
Rating: 4
Date Read: March 20th, 2017
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Author’s Website | Book 1

After a bleak winter break alternately spent between the snowy mountaintops of the Drakensberg and a self-imposed exile upon his return to Amanzimtoti, Wayne du Preez finds himself commencing his third term at Toti High with something akin to dread as the tangled web of secrets and lies he’s been spinning since the start of matric steadily begin to unravel.

With Kyle still circling him, and Jessica demanding answers, it’s finally left to Travis to offer his best friend an ultimatum that will set the course for the rest of the school year, and indeed, the rest of their lives:

“You tell her. Everything. You tell her now, or I will.”

I received a copy of Inyoni Rocks from the Author for review consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

Inyoni Rocks is the Sequel to The Ridge, a brilliant début set in South Africa. It takes up not long after the last book. The story is told in the third-person POV of Wayne Du Preez. I’ve been waiting for this sequel for a while now. I adored the first book, so I was pretty hyped up to read this sequel. I was hooked on finding out what happened to the characters and their relationship with each other. And I actually enjoyed this Sequel so much better than the first.

This book is also trigger heavy, Wayne is dealing with his problems the only way he thinks is possible, denial and self-harm. His family is horrible beyond reasoning. His only pillar of hope are his best friend and his best friend’s sister who also happens to be his girlfriend.

Wayne’s situation is so suffocating, and he is damaged by it. He has a controlling father and older brother who would hit him whenever he doesn’t act how they want him to be. His mom doesn’t even support him.

Once I got a few chapters into this book, I found it incredibly hard to put down. I was completely sucked in by Wayne’s internal conflict, Kyle’s persistence of a relationship of any form and Jessica’s unwavering dedication and kindness. I honestly loved every single character and the relationships and dynamic built between all of them.

The characters felt real, the situations they’re in felt real, I was pleasantly surprised by how relatable and realistic the characters in this book were. It was extremely easy for me to relate to Wayne and become attached to him. I loved how Wayne couldn’t just turn off his anxiety because in so many books the main character will be worrying or upset about something and they just decide to not worry and it works, but that’s so unrealistic in my opinion.

I found myself exceptionally fond of Kyle as he tried to break down Wayne’s walls. Although I appreciated Wayne’s best-friends, Jessica and Travis, I felt that the hold Kyle had on Wayne was far more powerful than the twins’ support system because it was blunt and honest. I think he’s a very likeable character.

I also love Travis and Jessica, their friendship and support of Wayne are wonderful to read. Jess is a very patient and loving girlfriend, while she questions Wayne and worries about him, she also gives him space when he needs it. Travis worries about his best friend too, but he also loves his sister and would do anything to protect her.

Other than the intensity of Hepburn’s novels, my favourite component of this was definitely the writing. It is so beautiful. A lot of her descriptions were so vivid. She also did a great job of showing, not just telling, the constant internal battle that plagued Wayne. Hepburn did such a good job of characterization and such a beautiful job of writing this book.

Carmen-Shea Hepburn has taken on a subject matter most authors shy away from. It is not a fast-pace, action-packed kind of story. It is contemplative, inquisitive, dark, and brutally honest. The author expertly portrays the suffocating grip of self-hate, and the emotional roller-coaster of denial.

The only problem I had was that this book felt a little repetitive after a while because of similar descriptions and words used a lot. Also, I felt that too much time was dedicated to Wayne’s internalised homophobia and self-harm and anxiety issues. I understand that this is incredibly important, and I loved that it was in the book, but I believe we saw one too many instances of it. But again, it is incredibly important to see these issues discussed and described, especially in the case of teenage boys.

This book explores the awful struggle of anxiety in a realistic way. This is not an easy topic to write about convincingly, yet the connection between the writer and the character is extremely strong throughout the book.

I also loved the exploration of Amanzimtoti, not just hearing about the beaches but getting to know the people and places in general. I really enjoyed being able to read about a quiet little coastal town and seeing it through the eyes of its inhabitants. (Also, check out the interactive map!)

Overall, I really loved Inyoni Rocks and it’s quite a memorable read. I really enjoyed the experience of this book and the final outcome, it was a roller coaster ride of emotions but in the end felt so real and raw. The book is so vivid that there is not one single point that I couldn’t visualize what was happening.

The Ridge was incredible, but this one was so much better. I absolutely adored this book! It fully lived up to my expectations. This book will forever be one of my favourites and I can’t wait for future books in this series as well any other books Carmen-Shea writes. So I’m looking forward to the novella coming out and he third book in the series. I truly look forward to reading more from Carmen-Shea. I’m sorry for this extremely long review.

Here are some of the trigger warnings: Panic attacks, Self harm, suicide, homophobia, mentions of violence and alcohol, references to child abuse. Generally I would say this book is for mature audiences only – there is quite a lot of strong language, some violence and also casual use of alcohol and drugs. It could be incredibly triggering.

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It’s my Birthday | Discussion #3

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It`s my birthday today (March 21st). I turned 19. Even though it’s my birthday, I usually just treat this day as a normal day for me. It never really feels like my birthday.

My Mum took me to Bliss Organic Garden Café for lunch. I have been wanting to visit Bliss Organic Café for a while now.  I have walked past this café many times.  Today I finally made my way there. Bliss Organic Café is located in Compton Street, just off Gouger Street, a minute walk from Adelaide’s Central Market. It is located on a side street opposite the market.

On entering the café, there were pictures hung up on the walls, and many books on the shelves.  There was a front seating area, a more private section if you desire, and even an outdoor secret garden at the back.  We were welcomed by a friendly staff member.  If you love your organic produce, this is the place to be.

Whether you’re vegetarian/Vegan, Gluten Intolerant or Lactose Intolerant, they cater for everyone. Bliss Café is pretty much my dream come true. All organic, serves soy, rice, and Almond milk. This little place definitely caters for vegans and vegetarians but even non-vegans are likely to enjoy the menu choices.

Also, here is our attempt at a Rainbow Layer Cake. Considering this is the first year we’ve had to make a Gluten & Dairy free Cake, I think it turned out pretty well.

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And if you feel like giving me a free, quick gift, why not like my Facebook Page, Follow me on Twitter, or Follow my blog if you haven’t already, Follow button is on the Sidebar, along with the rest of my Social Media accounts.

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Teaser Tuesday #7: October 32

Teaser Tuesday is a meme previously hosted by Books and a Beat and revived by The Purple Booker. Grab your current read, flip to a random page, share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page, be careful not to include spoilers. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

Welcome to another Teaser Tuesday. Today’s featured book is October 32 by Larry Rodness. Alexander Malefant is making a living day by day travelling as an insurance salesman. When he gets sent to the small town of Elora on Halloween, where they are celebrating its annual Halloween festival, strange things begin to happen. A young boy nearly drowns while bobbing for apples. Shortly after, a group of children are attacked by a flock of crows.

My Teaser:

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Some Cultures believe that a crow flapping its wings signifies  an accident about to happen, or that, if you open your door to find a crow, it’s a sign of danger. The more superstitious will tell you that the crow signifies death because it’s known to circle over road-kill before it descends to eat the remains.


What do you think? Would you read this? What are you reading this week? Please leave a comment with the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post. Or Share a Teaser from your Current read.

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The Sunday Post #14 | 19/03/2017

The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news – A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Currently Reading:

Amanzimtoti [2]: Inyoni Rocks

Last Week on the Blog:

Review: Calamity Jane: How the West Began by Bryan Ney
Cover Reveal: Ninja Girl by Cookie O’Gorman
Blog Tour: The Last Call by R.B. Hilliard

 Coming Soon

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (Review)
Sapphire by Sarah Fay Olson (Review)
Petals on the Wind by Virginia Andrews (Review)
Inyoni Rocks by Carmen-Shea Hepburn (Review)
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Books Read:

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Review e-copies Received:

Amanzimtoti [2]: Inyoni Rocks

Physical Review Copies Received:

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Please comment below or make your own post. Tell me about what you have been up to! What are you reading? How was your week? Do you have anything planned for this coming week? Did you find any good books last week? Comment with the link to your own post so I can check it out.

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