LETTERS TO THE LOST BY BRIGID KEMMERER: Just One Snapshot of Your Life Can Ruin You (Review)

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Title: Letters to the Lost

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Genre: Contemporary-Young Adult

Published: 4th of April 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Reading Status: April 26-April 30, 2017

Rating: 4.8

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WARNING: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk if you haven’t read the book yet. 


synopsisJuliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

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There’s this photograph I can’t get out of my mind. A little girl in a flowered dress is screaming in the dark. Blood is everywhere: on her cheeks, on her dress, in spattered droplets on the ground. A gun is pointed at the dirt road beside her, and you can’t see the man, but you can see his boots. You showed it to me years ago, telling me about the photographer who got the shot, but all I remember is the scream and the flowers and the blood and the gun.


review

Letters to the Lost is a young adult fiction of Brigid Kemmerer which tells us a story about two teenagers who are suffering from losing someone they love.

This is the first (ever) book of Brigid Kemmerer that I’ve read. My first impression about this book is that it will give me a feeling of “light reading” and I was very wrong! Because it gave me heavy and serious feelings. Although at the end, I loved every bit of it.

I rated it 4.8 here but in Goodreads, I rated it 5 stars (just a matter of rounding off actually). I have so many feelings about this book. The book doesn’t purely depend on the love story of Juliet and Declan and it has so many things to do with family and friendships. Families that are perfectly imperfect. It gave me a feeling of being a teenager

The character of Declan has the “stereotype” attitude of a teenager who is perpetually misunderstood and easily judged because of a single mistake. It reminds me of the saying (in non-verbatim):

“Do good to people all the time and they never notice. But when you make one mistake, it’s never forgotten.”

The book covers some realities in a teenager’s life. It gives us a window on what will happen to kids when their parents failed them or left them to discover everything on their own. I don’t know but the situation of Declan really made me sad rather than the situation of Juliet. Although at some parts of the story, I don’t feel like Declan is a teenager. Sometimes he feels like somewhere in between 18-25 years old. (Is it just me or you felt it too? Haha.)

“Turned out he was scared of Geoff and Kristin because they’re black. His dad told him that black people were evil and sent by the devil.”

I loved this part because it’s timely and it’s related to issues about racism. I don’t know what was running through Brigid’s mind while writing this part but I’m grateful for it because it gave me an impact that you should NEVER (EVER!) judge people based on what race they came from. And just to clarify things, I am not a racist. I’m just stating here why I loved this part. 🙂

Another thing that I loved from this book is that it taught me the exact term for “silhouette with details” photography which is conte-jour. Furthermore, I loved this because I am an amateur and enthusiast of photography and it taught me a lot too. Brigid exemplifies some important things here through Juliet’s character in which people should never underestimate other people’s passion and people have different perspectives in making an impact and difference in this world.

“I’ve spent years idolizing my mother and her vibrancy, thinking of my father in boring shades of beige, when he’s been right here beside me the whole time.”

Just O-M-G! This part made me cry because admit it. We all have those moments in life when we were so blinded by other things that made us forget about the persons who were there beside us ever since.

“Because I loved you, and you loved her. I couldn’t take that away from you.”

“But I was here for those three days. And I’ll be here for all the other days, as long as you need me.”

Hands down. I can’t really describe how amazing this part is for me. But one thing I’m sure, I love this 100%!

All in all, I love the everything! Thank you, Brigid Kemmerer, for expanding my English vocabulary. I’ve learned a lot!

Let me know that you think about this book by posting your comments below. 🙂


favorite

  • “Do you think it’s funny when people say “lost” as if they were just misplaced?”
  • “I feel like I understand you. I feel like you understand me.”
  • “Sometimes you get to a point where it hurts too much, and you’ll do anything to get rid of the pain. Even if it means doing something that hurts someone else.”
  • “Doing all these unexpected things is leaving me off balance”
  • “You’re the one who showed me I could be normal.”
  • “If a rich kid taunts a poor kid for wearing old hand-me-downs, that’s obviously cruel. If a poor kid mocks a rich kid for failing a test, is it a lesser cruelty because of their stations in life?”
  • “But if you’re going to lose it, this is a pretty safe place to fall apart.”
  • “I mean a photo is just that: a moment in time. We don’t know what’s really going on with the people in the picture. And we don’t know what’s going on with the photographer. What makes it important is what we bring to the photo.”
  • “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”
  • “Maybe one day you’ll love a woman enough that a kiss will be worth all that trouble.”
  • “I’m so off balance today, waiting to see what happens when the world stops spinning so wildly.”
  • “Just because you can’t do it now doesn’t mean you can’t do it ever.”
  • “You don’t think you’re good enough? I promise you are.”

author

brigid-kemmerer-head-shot-2017-web-450x300.pngBRIGID KEMMERER is the author of LETTERS TO THE LOST (Bloomsbury; April 4, 2017), a dark, contemporary Young Adult romance;  THICKER THAN WATER (Kensington, December 29, 2015), a New Adult paranormal mystery with elements of romance; and the YALSA-nominated Elemental series of five Young Adult novels and three e-novellas which Kirkus Reviews calls “refreshingly human paranormal romance” and School Library Journal describes as “a new take on the supernatural genre.” She lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and four sons. You can visit her online at www.brigidkemmerer.com.

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UGLY LOVE BY COLLEEN HOOVER: She Loved Me Back To Life (Review)

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Title: Ugly Love

Author: Colleen Hoover

Genre: Romance

Published: 5th of August 2014 by Atria Books

Reading Status: April 19-April 27, 2017

Rating: 3.2

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WARNING: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk if you haven’t read the book yet.


synopsis

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

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“Somebody stabbed you in the neck, young lady.”


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This is the second book I’ve read from Colleen Hoover. The first one was Confess. So, just like before, I have high hopes for this book because I loved the Confess and we all know that Colleen Hoover is so damn good! But these are my thoughts about Ugly Love.

Okay, I admit. At the first chapter, it got me laughing already! I don’t know why but I think the conversation between Tate and Cap was funny. Then after a while, I got this question mark hanging on top of my head saying “Is Miles really that attractive?”. But as I went on in the story, yeah, maybe Miles is really that attractive. I just can’t feel it yet.

I love the brotherly love and possessiveness of Corbin because who wouldn’t love to have a brother like that? (maybe it’s just me haha). I also love the part where Tate and Cap were talking as if they are the best of friends. Cap is really the character in here who portrays the “older and wiser”.

If I had a superpower, it would be infiltration. I would infiltrate his mind so I could see every single one of his thoughts.

I would infiltrate his heart and spread myself around like a virus.

I would call myself the Infiltrator.

I would love to call myself that too, Tate. Haha.

“What if he turns out to be gay?” Rachel asks me. “Would that bother you?”

“It would only bother me if he felt like he couldn’t talk to us about it. I want him to know he can talk to us about anything.”

This is the part where I loved Miles. This kind of maturity is not so common to men at his age and I loved him for that! I’m sure he will become a good father.

One of the things that I hate about this is I don’t feel the connection between Tate and Miles. Yes, they have sex all the time because that was what they have agreed upon but I really don’t feel the connection between them. I feel so detached about their story and all I could think of was Rachel and Miles and not Tate and Miles. And I’ve got so many things that running through my mind while reading the six years earlier from Miles POV. Is that really heartbreaking to have caused him never to love again? I’ve always wondered what made him shut off from love. These things were: did Rachel & Clayton died from a car accident where Miles was the driver?; or do Rachel and Ian have that “something” between them? Things like that. And I’ve got what I’m looking for in the several chapters before the ending.

Sorry but I just can’t feel Miles’ pain because all I could feel was Tate’s pain. I know they both don’t deserve that pain but I felt so horrible because of Tate’s situation. No woman should feel that she is objectified by a man who doesn’t know what he truly wants. And it made me sad because she’s doing it out of love.

The thing I’ve learned from this is just like what I’ve learned from The Problem With Forever. Our past is a huge part of ourselves and it’s up to us if we will let our painful past to destroy our present and future rather than using it as a lesson and an inspiration. And sometimes, a proper closure is the only thing we need… for us to move on.

Nevertheless, I love the ending and it made me lessen my bitterness towards Miles. Haha. Sorry, Colleen. I still love you though. 🙂


favorite

  •  “Sometimes it’s easy to forget how much you miss people until you see them again.”
  • “I’m not an exhibit, yet the way he watches me makes me feel like one.”
  • “I’ve always found guys more attractive when they put less effort into trying to appear attractive.”
  • “Not everyone wants the same things out of life,”
  • “Love isn’t always pretty, Tate. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”
  • “I’m beginning to fear that maybe I’m not so tough after all.”
  • “If that boy can’t see what a good thing he could have with you, then he ain’t worth your time.”
  • “It’s easy to confuse feelings and emotions for something they aren’t, especially when eye contact is involved.”
  • “Sometimes a man’s spirit ain’t strong enough to withstand the ghosts from his past.”
  • “When life gives you lemons, make sure you know whose eyes you need to squeeze them in.”
  • “The difference between the ugly side of love and the beautiful side of love is that the beautiful side is much lighter. It makes you feel like you’re floating. It lifts you up. Carries you.”
  • “The beautiful parts of love hold you above the rest of the world. They hold you so high above all the bad stuff, and you just look down on everything else and think, Wow. I’m so glad I’m up here.
  • “Some people… they grow wiser as they grow older. Unfortunately, most people just grow older.”

author

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Colleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels and five novellas. Hoover’s novels fall into the New Adult and Young Adult contemporary romance categories. Hoover published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012. Since then, all her eligible works have become New York Times best sellers. In 2013, Colleen’s third novel, Hopeless, was the first self-published novel to reach #1 on The New York Times, where it remained for several weeks. Hopeless went on to become one of the top 20 bestselling ebooks of 2013. In 2015, Colleen’s novel CONFESS won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance. That was followed up in 2016 with her latest title, It Ends With Us, also winning the Choice Award for Best Romance. Colleen founded The Bookworm Box, a charity subscription service and bookstore, with her family in 2015. Colleen’s next release is WITHOUT MERIT, a contemporary romance novel due to release through Atria Books in October, 2017. Colleen’s current work-in-progress is an exciting revisit to a previous novel, not yet announced, due to release in early 2018. You can visit her online at www.colleenhoover.com.

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THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER BY JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT: We Can Never Undo Our Past (Review)

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Title: The Problem With Forever

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance

Published: 17th of May 2016 by Harlequin Teen

Reading Status: April 13-April 19, 2017

Rating: 4.4

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WARNING: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk if you haven’t read the book yet. 


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For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.

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Dusty, empty shoe boxes, stacked taller and wider than her slim body, wobbled as she pressed her back against them, tucking her bony knee into her chest.


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First things first. I might be a little late for reading this book, but still, I want to make a review because I fell in love with it. My first impression upon reading the title was “cheesy and lousy” because why not? This is the first (ever) book of Jennifer L. Armentrout that I’ve read. So I guess, my first impression never lasts (sometimes) and I was so so wrong for judging the title (sorry Jennifer, FORGIVE ME).

This book made me think about the profound and deep meanings of life and how it differs from one another. At first, I was easily attached to Mallory. Not that I have the same painful past but because I related myself with her. I was the same “mouse” when I was a kid because I was bullied a lot during Grade One. But as time goes by, I have learned to dealt with it and moved on. I love her transformation until the end. Who wouldn’t? We all know that dealing with that kind of past is hard and it may drag you down for the rest of your life. But she did it! And I admit, I get butterflies in my tummy too whenever Rider tell sweet things to Mallory. I just feel like he was directly talking to me! Hahaha.

I love Ainsley and Jayden’s personality in here because I can really feel the free-spirited vibes from them. I also love the strictness of Carl because he reminded me of my papa when I was a teenager. He was also like Carl who was very protective when it comes to guys around me. I just wished my mama was like Rosa who was very understanding but of course, I love my mama so much.

What I’ve learned from Paige was that people cope up with their fears and painful experiences differently. We should learn to face and deal with it.

Lastly, I just hope that there will be a novella for Hector and Ainsley because I’m sure I will love that!


favorite

  • “Anxiety circled like a viper waiting to attack with its crippling venom.”
  • “Knowing he was okay meant I could officially close that chapter of my life.”
  • “Frustration bloomed inside me, because I knew I could talk, but every time there was the perfect moment for me to speak up, I got too caught up in overthinking what I could say.”
  • “Words were not the enemy or the monster under my bed, but they held such power over me. They were like the ghost of a loved one, forever haunting me.”
  • “Today was a freaking success. Go me.”
  • “I didn’t give anyone the satisfaction of my attention.”
  • “You never really know someone, not even family sometimes. People show you what they want you to see. You have to remember that.”
  • “People can say crap. They can think whatever they want, but you control how you feel about it.”
  • “Have you noticed that when you feel strongly about something, you don’t take pauses?”
  • “There were things I liked, things that had caught my attention over the years, but for the most part, I was empty.”
  • “I know you deserve better, but I want to be better. I want to be that for you.”
  • “…not lasted forever, but some things, some scars, ran too deep to ever fade away.”
  • “Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it didn’t really exist.”
  • “I want to be the guy worthy of your love, and I swear, if you’ll have me, I’ll do everything in my power to be that man. I’ll never stop trying. Ever.”
  • “My past was a part of me and it molded who I was today, but it was not the sum of who I was to become. It did not control me.”

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Photo of JenniferJENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT
is a # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author and lives in West Virginia. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen. Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. You can visit her online at www.jenniferlarmentrout.com.

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Happy Birthday To Me!

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They said never expect too much from people. That’s why I deleted my birthday on Facebook yesterday just to see who of my friends will remember my special day. Unluckily, it turned out that only three (Thank you so much!) of my bunch of friends remembered. How uncool is that? Despite that, I am still happy, really and honestly. I’m not disappointed because I’ve been expecting that. I’m just a “little” hurt and I know it will go away very soon. It should be.

On the brighter side, I am still grateful for everything I have right now, my family, my boyfriend, my successful student life, and of course, my life. Thank you God for my twenty-two years of existence in this big world.

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YOUNG ADULT Releases (April 2017)

This got me excited! Looking forward to read each book! 🙂

1st of April:

  • DRAEKORA (The Medoran Chronicles, 3) by Lynette Noni
  • ALONE IN PARIS by Ashley Earley
  • WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF by Elana K. Arnold

3rd of April:

  • Night Swimming by Steph Bowe

4th of April:

  • TOWARD A SECRET SKY by Heather Maclean
  • DEFY THE STARS (Defy the Stars, 1) by Claudia Gray
  • ALEX, APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett
  • PERFECT (Flawed, 2) by Cecelia Ahern
  • LETTERS TO THE LOST by Brigid Kemmerer
  • RED SISTER (Book of the Ancestor, 1) by Mark Lawrence
  • THE INCONCEIVABLE LIFE OF QUINN by Marianna Baer
  • DEFINITIONS OF UNDEFINABLE THINGS by Whitney Taylor
  • GEM & DIXIE by Sara Zarr
  • CAGE OF DARKNESS (Reign of Secrets, 2) by Jennifer Anne Davis
  • THE END OF OUR STORY by Meg Haston
  • BUT THEN I CAME BACK by Estelle Laure
  • SHADOWCASTER (Shattered Realms, 2) by Cinda Williams Chima

11th of April:

  • GIVEN TO THE SEA (Given Duet, 1) by Mindi McGinnis
  • THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli
  • SPINDLE FIRE (Spindle Fire, 1) by Lexa Hillyer
  • BLACKSOULS (Blackhearts, 2) by Nicole Castroman
  • ALEX AND ELIZA by Melissa de la Cruz
  • THE FREEMASON’S DAUGHTER by Shelley Sackier
  • DUELS AND DECEPTION by Cindy Anstey
  • FIREWORKS by Katie Cotugno
  • LITERALLY by Lucy Keating
  • UNEARTHLY THINGS by Michelle Gagnon
  • OUT OF THE SHADOWS (Shadowlands, 1) by Ashlee Nicole Bye

12th of April:

  • SANGUINE (The Sentinels of Eden, 2) by Carolyn Denman

17th of April:

  • THE SKY THRONE by Chris Ledbetter

18th of April:

  • THE ADJUSTMENT (The Program, 3) by Suzanne Young
  • MISSING by Kelley Armstrong

24th of April:

  • BEGIN, END, BEGIN: A #LoveOzYa Anthology by Danielle Binks, Amie Kaufman, et al.

25th of April:

  • LUCKY GIRL by Amanda Maciel
  • LOOKING FOR GROUP by Rory Harrison
  • NORTH OF HAPPY by Adi Alsaid

27th of April:

  • AN EMPIRE IN RUNES (The Runes of Issalia, 3) by Jeffrey L. Kohanek

29th of April:

  • OUR SWEET GUILLOTINE by Mary Gray

30th of April:

  • MIDNIGHT CASTLE (Souls of Darkness, 1) by Prem K. Kaur

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Let me know which books you’re looking forward to through writing your comments below. Happy reading! 🙂

Love,

kim

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