A Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review: ‘DEAR LIFE’ by Meghan Quinn.

ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Dear Life’ by Meghan Quinn.

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⭐★⭐★⭐★⭐

Title: DEAR LIFE
Author: Meghan Quinn
Series: Stand-alone
Publishing date: January 5th, 2017
(Review based on an ARC-early copy)

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The Synopsis for ‘DEAR LIFE’ :

Four lives. Four stories. Four sets of letters. Four brave souls in need of guidance while facing life’s greatest challenges.

The anonymously published Dear Life program is designed to help them step outside of their comfort zones, face their obstacles, and relinquish their demons…and prove their existence.

With their lives teetering between wanting more and losing it all, all four souls dive into the program as a New Year’s resolution, sending them on a crazy, life-altering journey.

Dear Life,

Please be kind.

Yours truly, Hollyn, Jace, Daisy, and Carter.

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My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC Review’ for DEAR LIFE by author Meghan Quinn:

The latest novel titled “Dear Life” by author Meghan Quinn, will take you on such an emotional journey and in a few instances is a tear-jerkier. This novel falls under the genres of New Adult and Contemporary Romance. Dear Life is written from the four main characters’ P.O.V.’s (Point of views) which are Hollyn, Daisy, Carter, and Jace.

All four of these characters must finally face the trials and tribulations that could easily break them and will undoubtedly change the course of their lives. As they struggle to progress in life, they are each introduced to a program called Dear Life, that is meant to help them face whatever personal challenges they are struggling with. One deals with the death of her husband, another deals with facing the world after a sheltered upbringing, one faces the aftermath of a selfless and painful choice they made for their baby, and another deals with having had nothing but a negative and tough life growing up.

Hollyn knew happiness and love but when her life is drastically turned upside down, she buries herself in the all consuming sadness she feels. Jace has a promising career as a professional baseball player but his life brings him to a place where he must make a heavy decision while trying to keep it out of the public eye. He must face the toughest choice of his life and the emotional results of it all. Next, you have Daisy. She’s been raised by her grandmother and finds it challenging to finally have to face everything that is new in her life. And then you have Carter. Despite having parents that were selfish addicts, and being raised by a mean uncle, he’s always had a dream that has been his constant light at the end of his unpleasant tunnel. He struggles to look beyond the negative that has become his normal perspective in life.

“Dear Life” is not your average romantic novel. It digs deeper and touches on dynamics that will, in one moment, just rip at your heart then flip completely, and tug at one’s heartstrings. Will life break Jace, Hollyn, Carter, and Daisy, or is there really a way they can grow past their obstacles in life? Will the the Dear Life program actually introduce them to something good or will it just make things worse? And when one door closes, no matter how painful it is, will the next lead them toward a place of growth and healing? Can they each succeed in the program and truly overcome whatever drawback or hurdle they’ve been dealt? This novel was quite unique and touching. I highly recommend this novel for those who love a great story that will emotionally hold onto you until the very end. And  to Meghan Quinn, it was a beautiful addition to add the personal touch at the end. You should definitely add “Dear Life” to your life!

MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘DEAR LIFE’  5 out of 5 stars:

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How I imagined Hollyn, Jace, Daisy, and Carter while reading ‘DEAR LIFE’:

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MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘DEAR LIFE’

Hollyn’s thoughts: What was supposed to be a love of everlasting armor was easily cracked, broken, and lost. Sorrow, anguish, and heartache pour from my eyes, coating my cheeks and soaking my shirt in a collection of lost memories. This is it, this is my life full of… nothing.

Jace’s thoughts: They are glazed over with sleep but I take this moment, I take it like a greedy fucking bastard and savor it. Eye contact. Inwardly, I speak to her, begging her to remember me, to know me, to believe me when I say I love her.

Carter’s words: “I lost the one thing that was going to change my life and put me on the right track, that was going to set me free. I know how you feel, Snowflake, wanting that freedom.” A little more quietly, looking down at his hands, he adds, “I know all too well.”

Daisy’s thoughts: The reflection in the mirror is the girl I’ve always known. She’s sheltered, naive, old-fashioned, maybe a little outdated, slightly childish. I’ve always liked her, but maybe there  is more for the girl in the mirror. Maybe it’s time for her to grow up. Maybe she’s not as likeable as I once thought. I want there to be more.

Carter and Jace: “Daisy and I are completely different. She’s exploring the world for the first time. I know the shit the world has to offer.”
“But you’re helping her,” I add.
He shrugs his shoulders. “There is something about her I like. She fascinates me. If I have to do this program, I might as well help her on her journey.”

Carter’s thoughts: She renewed my spirit with one simple, yet gorgeous smile. How is that even possible? That this woman, who knows nothing except how to be positive, can have such an effect on me? Either way, for whatever reason, I crave to be around her right now. She’s the only bright spot in my life. It might not be permanent -it can’t be permanent -but I’m going to be a selfish bastard and soak her up as much as possible, because at least around her, I don’t hate myself as much.

Jace and Hollyn: “Don’t throw that away on a few wasted words that were said in the heat of the moment but meant nothing. Like you said, don’t devalue what you had because of a mistake.”
He pauses, allowing time for his words to sink in. Shaking his head, eyes cast down, he chuckles. “Fuck, I hate that what we are going through is so similar and yet, so different.”
“Like we were meant to find each other. Help each other.”
“As if we were brought together in this world, at the most difficult times in our lives, to be mad, but with a purpose.”

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A Blogging Reader’s Review: THE NEIGHBORHOOD by Stylo Fantome.

Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Neighborhood’ (Twin Estates Series – Book #2) by Stylo Fantome.

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⭐★⭐★⭐★⭐

Title: NEIGHBORHOOD
Author: Stylo Fantome
Series: Twin Estates Series – Book #2
Publishing date: January 4th, 2017
(Review based on reading a copy of this novel)

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The Synopsis for ‘Neighborhood’ :

Things a bad neighbor can do to you:

1. Have loud parties late at night

2. Refuse to mow his lawn

3. Steal your newspapers

4. Rip your heart out and walk all over it

Katya Tocci is willing to admit that she may have bitten off more than she could chew.

Liam Edenhoff showed her a side of life she’d been missing out on – sex and friendship and tacos. But then he betrayed her.

Wulfric Stone taught her that big surprises can come from unexpected places – like from a surly, aggressive, withdrawn bastard. But then he broke her heart.

Now one of them wants forgiveness, and the other wants forever. And Katya? She just wants to forget.

Who knew neighbors could be so difficult?

This story contains scenes of a graphic sexual nature, multiple uses of coarse language, and quite possibly enough confusion to drive a normal person insane. Reader discretion is advised.

My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading ‘NEIGHBORHOOD’:

***WARNING: Possible SPOILERS if you haven’t read the previous Novel of the Twin Estates Series.***

In the highly anticipated sequel novel “The Neighborhood” of the Twin Estates Series by Author Stylo Fantome, we’re thrust back into these character’s lives soon after the first novel’s story-line ended. The twisted lies and sexual betrayal that led to the mind-blowing cliffhanger of “Neighbors”(novel 1 of this Twin Estates Series) left us with the ultimate question: Is Katya done with Liam and Wulfric forever? This novel is written from the three main characters’ P.O.V.’s(Point of views): Katya Tocci, Liam Edenhoff, and Wulfric Stone.

Katya Tocci was left feeling hurt, used, and betrayed by two people she had grown intimately and emotionally close to. Knowing what she knows now, she channels her pain and anger, and sets off to bring to life a “New Katya.” This new her – is sexy, not afraid to make the rules this time, and plans to never let her self be toyed with again! Before long, Katya finds herself tangled in a web of games and confused emotions that only seem to leave her more unsure than ever before. Can Katya let go of Liam and Wulf or will she always be stuck between the two?

Liam Edenhoff feels horrible for everything that happened with Katya. He isn’t afraid to beg for her forgiveness and go back to her like a bad puppy with his tail between his legs. He’s made up his mind that he is good enough for her, while trying to figure out if that is what he truly wants. To make the situation a little more complicated, in walks his troubled and idolized twin brother, Landon. Can Liam really change his old habits for Katya or will he be the fun playboy that he’s always been?

Now that Wulfric Stone has had his time with Katya, he knows what he wants. He’s never been one to give up when something takes work. He has his own issues, like Liam and Katya have theirs, but his go back to so many secrets and problems that stem back to his childhood family life. Wulf will not give up his fight for Katya but when he sees Katya’s plan, he plays along while trying to be keeping some of the control in his own hands. While trying hard to win her back, he must face with his own family problems between his parents and siblings. Will Wulf be able to handle it all? Can he win Katya back once and for all or will she push him away for good?

The Neighborhood is gripping, enticing, and offers up a fantastic story-line. The main characters: Katya, Liam, and Wulf, all are well-written and are enjoyable in their own twisted and imperfect ways. The supporting characters like Katya’s roommate Tori, Wulf’s sisters Genevieve and Brighton, Liam’s twin Landon, and the other smaller-part characters keep this story interesting and full of dynamic and entertaining dialogue. This story seems to conclude, more or less, about what will happen between Katya, Liam, and Wulf. On that note, it does open up a whole new direction for this series to go. I highly recommend this novel and the Twin Estates Series because it is enthralling. Plus, you get a little teaser excerpt at the end of this novel for what’s to come in this series next! “Block Party” follows and we see that the drama and riveting story is just getting started for other characters in this series who have yet to find their HEA. This is definitely worth reading! Check it out! 🙂

 

MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘NEIGHBORHOOD’ 4 1/2 out of 5 stars:

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How I imagined Katya, Wulfric, and Liam while reading ‘NEIGHBORHOOD’:

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MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘NEIGHBORHOOD’

Katya’s thoughts: How did we go from kissing and cookie dough, to yelling at each other in a garage? What is it about kissing me that makes men want to yell and use dessert as a weapon?

Katya’s thoughts in the heat of the moment: It had been so long. She hadn’t realized how much she missed touching him. Bad idea or not, she was beyond caring. Beyond rational thought, even. Definitely beyond stopping. Both their hands were between their bodies, pulling his belt apart, shoving his pants down.

Liam’s thoughts:  Kissing her always felt good. But also to constantly remind her of who she was dealing with, what kind of man was standing in front of her. How good he was for her, and how much better he was than Wulfric goddamn Stone.

Wulfric and Katya: “I never stopped,” he said.
“Stopped what?”
“Looking at you like you were Christmas. Even when you were angry. Even when you thought you hated me. Even when you were with him. You’ve always been a gift to me.”
“A gift,” she whispered, pressing her face to the side of his as she started crying again.
“Thank you, Katya. For being the best present I ever got.”

Katya and Wulfric:  “You’ll always be my teenage dream, Wulf.”
“And don’t you forget it.”
“Never. Never, ever, never.”
“I guess it’s fair. You had to deal with an unrequited fantasy for years. Now it’s my turn.”
“Sometimes you are so beautiful, Wulf.”
“Take care of yourself. And if you ever need anything, anything at all, just call me.”
“Okay.”
“But it was good, whatever it was.”
“It really was.”
“Katya Tocci – the best neighbor I ever had.”
“Wulfric Stone – the most interesting neighbor I ever had.”

Katya’s thoughts:  Having a good neighbor is nice, but having one that loves you and takes care of you and makes every moment feel like it’s catching on fire? Well, that’s just the best neighbor ever…

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