Happy Pretty Messy Cultivating Beauty and Bravery When Life Gets Tough by Natalie Wise

happy pretty messHappy Pretty Messy Cultivating Beauty and Bravery When Life Gets Tough by Natalie Wise was released in February 2017. I have heard many wonderful things about this book! So, when I got the chance to read it for myself I was beyond excited. I am a huge fan of self help books. I found that reading this book was a pure joy. Wise does a great job making this a very uplifting read. Her writing style is careful and thought. She makes this book the perfect resource to read again and again. I think this would be a great gift for the women in your life. **I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can get you copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Ever felt like you needed a refresher course on how to be happy in life? Happy Pretty Messy is a modern-day inspirational guidebook for women of all ages seeking to live with beauty and bravery. As a modern lifestyle philosopher, Natalie Wise brings her trademark poetic prose to finding and cultivating balance, joy, and depth of self in daily life. Filled with wit and fresh insights for the heart and home, you’ll learn how to: Thrive through tragedy, Turn off your inner monologue, and Get “back to brave”.
You’ll also learn Wise’s secrets to enjoying the “everyday arts”—such as keeping home, keeping in touch, and creating memories. Wise writes, “Sometimes we don’t even realize our hearts are broken. We are fragile creatures, really. A heart has to search to set itself aright just about every moment. That is, unless there is an equilibrium we choose. A balancing point, a weight transfer where things even out and we decide to call life in all of its gutsandglory: Enough. What I have is enough. Life is tenuous and precious. I say that with certainty. And I say with even more certainty: that is why I celebrate the every day.” From cultivating your inner self to creating community and the perfect homemade latte, Happy Pretty Messy inspires a life that flourishes with charm, color, caffeine and, most importantly, courage. Finding value in these things might be the most important thing you do, so grab this book and dig in today.

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Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne

future leadersFuture Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne was released March 2017 by Ylva Publishing. This is the first book that I have read from author Emily O’Beirne. I find her writing style to be different than most young adult authors because it as a real naturalness or freshness. This book is really relatable and has a warm, loving overall feel. I found myself laughing a lot as I read this book. O’Beirne does an outstanding job in creating the setting and story line for this novel. She has created a group of characters that you can relate to or they remind you of someone you know. I found this book to be a very good read and well written. This book does have diversity and shows how teens deal with such issues. I look forward to reading more of Emily O’Beirne’s works in the future. **I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** If you would like to read this amazing book, you can get a copy HERE.

Synopsis: Finn’s solid. Not in body, but in being. She’s gravity and kindness and all those good things that anchor. Willa’s confusing. Sometimes she’s this sweet, sensitive soul. Other times she’s like a flaming arrow you hope isn’t coming for you. Finn and Willa have been picked as team leaders in the future leader camp game. The usually confident Finn doesn’t know what’s throwing her more, the fact she’s leading a team of highly unenthusiastic overachievers or coming up against fierce, competitive Willa. And Willa doesn’t know which is harder, leaving her responsibilities behind to pursue her goals or opening up to someone. Soon they both realize that the hardest thing of all is balancing their clashing ideals with their unexpected connection. And finding a way to win, of course.

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

carve the markCarve the Mark by Veronica Roth was released January 2017 and after reading the Divergent Series I knew I wanted to read more from the author. I really like Roth’s writing style. Carve the Mark is a science-fiction novel told from Akos and Cyra points of view. Akos from Thuvhe, the ruling half of the planet and Cyra is from Shotet, the half that has not been recognized. When the children on this planet each a certain age they gain abilities. While Cyra’s ability is to harness the current, her counter balance is in Akos because his ability is to disrupt the current. Akos can touch Cyra without hurting himself and his touch seems to lessen the pain on Cyra. This creates a problem because even though they are from the same planet, they were raised differently. However, this does not stop them from being curious and kind to each other. While I found that it took me a few chapters to truly understand what Roth was creating, I started to get drawn in wanting to know more. I highly recommend this to any reader who loves science fiction books. This is definitely a journey worth taking with the characters, they will always make you wonder what will happen next. It is another great series for Veronica Roth and I can’t wait to see where she takes us. You can keep you copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world? Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows. Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

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Unnoticed by Amanda Deed

unnoticedUnnoticed by Amanda Deed is a completely different take on the classic Cinderella story. This story is based in Australia and makes the story take on a different charm. I really like how Deed creates a unique plot line, settings, and character list that takes this Cinderella type story to the next level. We all have read that classic story and know how she always get her prince. However, this story is based in the Aussie outback with wildlife and interesting characters that help make this a really great love story. The prince does not have a castle and a royal court, instead he is the town dentist and barber.  Little does the town know that the family he left in America owns a major railroad empire. If you love a happy ending, this is the book for you. **I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. ** If you want to read this love story, you can get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Plain Jane O’Reilly is good at being unnoticed. Detested by her stepmother and teased by her stepsisters, Jane has learned the art of avoiding attention. That is until Price Moreland, an American with big dreams, arrives in her small town.
Does she dare to hope someone might notice her? However, Price Moreland may not be the prince that the whole town thinks him to be. Was his desire to be a missionary a God-given call, or just a good excuse to run from his past? Complete with an evil stepmother, a missing shoe and a grand ball, Unnoticed takes the time-old Cinderella fairy tale and gives it an Australian twist.

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The Last Valentine (A Labyrinth of Love Letters) by Felix Alexander

The Last ValentineThe Last Valentine: A Labyrinth of Love Letters by Felix Alexander was released February 2017 and has received a lot of praise. After reading this book, I must admit that it was written for a true romantic. Now if you love the romantic love stories then this is the book for you, because Felix Alexander does a very lovely job a creating an amazing plot line, list of characters, and setting. Alexander does have a very poetic style of writing. I read this book within two sittings because I really found it hard to put down. The characters are easy to relate to and you can become attached to them wanting to know what happens next. The author makes you feel the way that the characters feel both joy and pain. I found this book an overall incredible read. **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can your copy HERE.

Synopsis: When Olivia Villalobos finds a bloodstained love letter she endeavors to deliver it before Chief Inspector Sedeño finds it in her possession. A city along the southern coast of Puerto Rico emerges in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War. Olivia, daughter of a drunkard police investigator who never knew the truth behind her mother’s disappearance, finds a bloodstained love letter in the hidden compartment of her father’s coat. Convinced it belonged to the man recently found dead she sets out to deliver it to the Labyrinth of Love Letters. A mysterious place believed to be an urban legend where the transients of forbidden love leave missives for one another. She enlists the help of Isaac Quintero to find the Labyrinth and they soon realize their quest has opened the door into Old Sienna’s darkest secrets—the perils, madness and depth of tragic love.

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Under The Lights (Field Party Series) by Abbi Glines

under the lightsUnder The Lights by Abbi Glines is the second book in The Field Party Series. I read Until Friday Night awhile ago and when I saw this book I knew I had to read it as well. I must say I am a huge fan of Abbi Glines and love all of her books. So, it did not surprise me that I love this one just as much. This book picks up from where the other one left off but from two different characters and a new plot line for them. It all starts when Willa Ames moves back to town and in with her Nonna. Ms. Ames is the housekeeper for Gunner’s family and has been his whole life. That is where Gunner and Brady meet Willa for the first time. They where a lot younger then. Willa was in Gunner’s treehouse playing with his army men when they caught her. After that day the three of them where always together. That is until Willa’s mom sent for her and she moved away. Now, six years later she is back. Both Gunner and Brady are well aware of the fact that she has changed and not sure what as happened to make her come back. This reunion starts another case of them both fighting for her attention. This book struggles with adult issues that most teenagers don’t often have to face. Glines does an amazing job with the plot line and characters in this book. I will not spoil the ending even though it was a big surprise for me. You will have to read it yourself to find out. Get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—which bestselling author Kami Garcia called “tender, honest, and achingly real”—three teens from a small southern town are stuck in a dramatic love triangle. Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her. High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know. Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can. As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.

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Sucktown, Alaska by Craig Dirkes

57fe884d08a26Sucktown, Alaska by Craig Dirkes is an incredible young adult novel that follows the main character Eddie as he explores the ups and downs of becoming a man in a rural Alaskan Village. Eddie failed his first semester in college and is trying to redeem himself by taking a journalism job in a Kusko, Alaska. Kusko is one of many small bush villages. Dirkes does a wonderful job describing the life and hardships that accompany being out in the bush. This story tells of making mistakes and learning from those mistakes. When Eddie misses up he realizes that he could lose his chance at love with Taylor, a girl he met while interviewing for the paper. She is smart and as no time for trouble while she achieves her goals in life. Taylor being head strong helps Eddie see the way on the right side of the law. I feel this novel is a good read for anyone who likes to see the underdog win. ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

(from amazon.com) Sucktown, Suckington, Suckfield, Suckingham, Suckland, Suckmont, Suck Francisco. By any other name Kusko, Alaska, would still smell like human sweat, moose stew, and dog poop. But Eddie Ashford can t be choosy after partying his way out of college in one semester s time. He lands a job in tiny Kusko, a bush town located in the heart of unromantic Alaska, he s warned. Eddie intends to straighten out his act and make good on a promise to stay for a year, but soon he s indebted to his employer, overworked, and underpaid. He s also spurned by the almost-perfect girl, frustrated, and bored. He finds himself caught in a dilemma: do the right thing, work hard, and stick it out in Kusko or take a chance, smuggle some goods for the local pot dealer, and pile up the cash to pay his way out of Suckramento?

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The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren

the last thing you saidWhen I got the chance to read The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren I was so excited! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this book and author. I will admit that this is a tear jerker but there are laughs along the way. The story follows Lucy (Lulu) whose best friend (Trixie) dies without warning. This leaves Lucy and Trixie’s brother Ben in shock and having a hard time excepting the fact that she is gone. The story takes places in a Minnesota resort town where Ben’s family owns a resort where they both work during their summers. It has been almost a year after the accident and they still are not talking. Lucy makes a friend with Hannah, a new girl at their school. While Ben spirals out of control drinking and going from girl to girl. However this summer takes a different turn from last summer. They find that they can’t stop thinking and worrying about each other bring them together at the end. While I could not put this book down, I found that it is really an emotional read with a happy ending, Biren  does an amazing job a creating a story that really pulls at your heart strings. ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**  You can get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

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Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts

playing the playerPlaying the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts is an amazing young adult book. Roberts does an outstanding job creating the characters making them realistic and relatable. Trina and Slade decided to nanny for their best friends over the summer to help their friends. They are complete opposites and this helps make the book even more interesting. While Trina plans everything and carries an organized binder with her everywhere she goes. Slade is the laid back popular guy who’s looking for a good time. They really can’t stand each other at the being but that soon changes as the story plays out. They go from being completely mean to each other and not having much respect for the other to developing a friendship that is unexpected. When secrets are revealed their friendship gets tested. I really enjoyed reading this book and found myself laughing out loud a few times. You can get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Trina Clemons needed the money. Why else would she – the most organized, prepared student in school – spend the summer as a nanny and partner with the biggest slacker ever? Now she’s ready to tackle nannyhood with her big binder of research and schedules. Just don’t ask her about the secret job of “fixing” the bad habits of a certain high school player. Slade Edmunds prefers easy hook-ups, and Trina is definitely not his type. She’s all structure and rules, while Slade wants to just have fun. Fortunately, Trina has no idea about the bet Slade made with his best friend that he can totally get her to unwind by the end of summer. Then the weirdest thing happens. There’s chemistry. A lot of it. But nothing gets between a boy and a girl like a big, fat secret.

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Starflight by Melissa Landers

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Starlight by Melissa Landers is a story about Doran and Solara. They are soon forced to become allies after a series of circumstances leading them to team up with a different group of people and all are running from something from their pasts. This mixed-up group of people along with a rundown old ship that is ready for a junk yard instead of being in service. I feel that Solara and Doran’s romance was much fun and even crazy at times because their hate at the beginning of the book is completely genuine. Doran is a spoiled rich kid making Solara hard to trust him let alone like him. Throughout this book, they deal with space pirates, crazy humans and over controlling parents which makes the bond they share even tighter. I feel that this book is not really action packed and is more of a love story set on a space ship. I did feel that I never could guess what would happen next. This book is a good read, you can get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Solara Brooks needs a fresh start, someplace where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. The outer realm may be lawless, but it’s not like the law has ever been on her side. Still, off-world travel doesn’t come cheap; Solara is left with no choice but to indenture herself in exchange for passage to the outer realm. She just wishes it could have been to anyone besides Doran Spaulding, the rich, pretty-boy quarterback who made her life miserable in school. The tables suddenly turn when Doran is framed for conspiracy on Earth, and Solara cons him into playing the role of her servant on board the Banshee, a ship manned by an eccentric crew with their own secrets. Given the price on both Doran and Solara’s heads, it may just be the safest place in the universe. It’s been a long time since Solara has believed in anyone, and Doran is the last person she expected to trust. But when the Banshee’s dangerous enemies catch up with them, Solara and Doran must come together to protect the ship that has become their home-and the eccentric crew that feels like family.
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