“I bring it up to let you know that this is the way I feel right now.
Like Pluto and Jupiter are aligned with the Earth
And I’m floating.
― All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven
This has been one helluva emotional roller coaster for me. Another one after I’ve read Slammed by Colleen Hoover last year. I was happy, hopeful, sad and broken as I read along from start to finish. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven have so many negativity in it and each negativity comes to an equivalent positivity. This book is about hope and despair, it’s about living and dying all mixed up into this simple yet beautifully crafted story. I never thought I get hooked… or get emotionally damaged at the same time.
It is a story about a girl named Violet who was saved by a teenage nobody called Finch who was compelled by death or the different ways to take his own life.
I really want to give you a summary of the story, just like I’m always doing with my previous review, I want to describe how Violet and Finch met, how they end up together, how they became best of friends, how they fell in love, about their marvelous field trip or “wanderings” but I really feel that I won’t give justice to this book. You must read it to experience it all.
I like the characters so much, they felt real to me, not just a fictional character. Their feelings, each actions to events… they are real. I can relate to them in all different kinds of way. I understand why Violet slowly fell in love with Finch, his character is so beautiful. He is very smart and witty, they both are, and their chemistry is a blast! He always say the right thing to say, he always know what to do ( when he is with Violet…) He is super funny and perfect gentleman.
I think I’ve got a map in my car that wants to be used, and I think there are places we can go that need to be seen. Maybe no one else will ever visit them and appreciate them or take the time to think they’re important, but maybe even the smallest places mean something. And if not, may they can mean something to us. -Finch, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.
Aside from the story, I was really captivated how this book contains the most inspiring quotes I ever read. It was truly a life changing experience for me.
Your hope lies in accepting your life as it now lies before you, forever change. If you can do that, that peace you seek will follow. – Violet, All the Bright Place by Jennifer Niven.
It shatters me into tiny pieces, and for
a moment or two an hour or two, I felt what Violet felt in the end.
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Jennifer Niven started compiling her written works since she was 10 years old but at the year 2000 she decided to take writing as a professional career and never looked back. She is now working on her tenth book and her 9th book will be released on October 4, 2016.
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“I wish I could truly hear the way normal people do.
Surely it has nothing to do with the fact I wonder what
his heart would sound like beating in his if I lay
my head on it. I can’t work it out and I don’t like it.”
― Undeniable, Cherrie M. Hudson
Undeniable by Cherie M. Hudson is a lite new adult contemporary romance. It is heart warming, mixed with funny scenes and horny bits.
Premature birth and an ear infection caused Chase to have a hearing deficiency. She is deaf in one ear and partially deaf on the other. She grew up with an overly protected by her father, bullied by other kids, but these never stopped Chase from being independent, a fighter that she is. Although, these events made her snarky, sarcastic and have an issue about people who wants to protect her just because of her defect.
She was determined to forget a solid heartache caused by her college professor, who made her believe that she is a normal and special girl, only to find out that she was used as a bed warmer, just one of his conquers. Now she is waiting for the Australian Hunk named Caden, her brother-in-law’s cousin to arrive at the airport. A guy who overly in love with her and Chase can’t deny their connection.
Caden is head over heels with Chase. The moment he saw her, he knew that he has to make that girl his. Desperate to show his honest intention, even with Chase always shaking him off and absolutely making a clear “YOU-ARE-NOT-MY-TYPE” impression. Caden is now out to get Chase and make her realize that she is also in love with him.
I was at first interested in the story, Chase is a very interesting character. She truly is strong, she expresses herself artistically through her body, I visualized her as a punk chick ready to kick ass anytime. But for a deaf who seems to be anti-social, and according to her she hates to be around people aside from her really close friends, she talks a lot in her head. At first, I find her amusing, admire her on how she see things as if she had loads to say about everything, that is not in any way would help the story, I found myself a bit annoyed by it.
She most of the time hates her defect and seems to blames it for all the negativities in her life, her personality evolves around those situations. Perhaps it’s the reason why she falls for the wrong person. I can’t seem to understand why she hates people who (perhaps…) genuinely expressing compassion towards her. Maybe she doesn’t like it or is fed up with it, but I think she can consider thinking that these people don’t usually interact with a person with a defect and would normally act carefully around them. But hell yeah, she can bitch out with the insensitive ones!
Caden, on the other hand, is nothing but a lovesick dog. Although I admire him being the gentleman that he is and his attachment to animals. He is sensitive enough to always put Chase feelings in everything he does and I give him an A+ plus for not going down easily when Chase wanted to go to the motel and get working.
Undeniable is an O.K. read for me. The author had created the world where we could look inside a person with a hearing deficiency. Made me realize that we should be careful on how we act around them. Sure, we tend to careful but being careful sometimes made them even feel worst. Cherie M. Hudson gives you the feel not just read, of what the character is going through, I specifically enjoy reading what’s on Caden’s head. Undeniable is your light comedy romance for you.
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“You know that place between nightmares and dreams? The place where tomorrows never come and yesterdays don’t hurt anymore? The place where your heart beats in sync with mine? The place where time doesn’t exist, ad it’s easy to breathe?
I want to live there with you.
– The Air He Breathes, Brittainy Cherry
I’ve always read books that have great story but with not so good ending, but this time I think I finally found my happy ending!
The Air He Breathe by Brittainy Cherry is about two hearts finding each other amidst all the pain they’ve been through. Tristan and Liz both have dark past and heartbreaks to deal with. Something you can never recover from.
Liz took off with her daughter and would desperately try to live anew. She refuses to end up like her mother who is constantly having a new man in her life almost every week, just to stop the pain and fill the emptiness with temporary joy. She was determined, even if she is broken, shattered into pieces, for her daughter… she would.
And then she met Tristan, many people warned her against him. He is the wrong kind of person to be with, hell, even just talk with, but Lis saw differently. Tristan is hiding something from those cruel, cold eyes and bad attitude, something she can relate with. Liz understands because she is exactly like him.
“You’re beautiful. You’re a beautiful, broken kind of monster.” – Brittainy C. Cherry
Even with all the warnings, Liz and Tristan can’t deny their connection, they became friends and slowly progress into something more intimate, deeper and then in turn into something real.
The Air He Breathes grab hold of me… literally! I was lost in the writer’s storytelling. I really admire how Brittainy Cherry seems to pull each scene with a heart-warming choice of words. I can visualize each character as if they truly exist. It was a totally amazing experience. It is a whole new breath of fresh air for me.
As a mom, I can relate well with Liz. I admire her for choosing to have a new life and start again for the sake of her daughter. She is strong and a perfect mom even though she doesn’t know it. I find her human enough to see faults in what she does but she was actually doing an amazing job with her child.
“Even when your heart was hurting, there was something so hopeful about reading a book filled with love. The pages were somewhat of a reminder that maybe one day I would be okay again. Maybe one day I would be alright.”
– Brittainy C. Cherry
Not to mention her adorable kid! I really want to meet her in person and hug and kiss her! Emma is the sweetest! I love each idea that Brittainy puts in this book. The feathers, the how she behaves with Tristan. She’s like a little grown up Miss with an attitude and her love for zombies!
“Hey, Mister! I’m talking to you!” she said, tapping her feet. Stranger looked down at her. “You’re a big, fat, giant TICK!” – Brittainy C. Cherry
Tristan is your perfect dream husband and father, but then he can also become your perfect hottie jackass, running away and still grieving about his past. He gives off this arrogant bitchy attitude because he is afraid of being close to someone and was afraid that they might lose them again. His transformation to being his old self again begins when both Liz and Emma broke through the wall he built.
“I love her, Lizzie. I adore her, and there is nothing about her that is baggage. Emma is a luxury. I’ll take care of her for the rest of my life because it would be an honor. Because I love you. I love your heart, I love your soul, I love you, Elizabeth, and I’m never going to stop loving you or that beautiful girl of yours.” – Brittainy C. Cherry
OMGEEE!! Don’t you want someone like that in your life? I surely do! Not to mention the supporting characters. I especially like Liz’s best friend. She is super hilarious! I can’t imagine how Liz can live without her. I love how they bond and I love when there’s no filter around them. It is something real and solid!
The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry is such a heartwarming, roller coaster ride and a mixture of heartfelt laughter and soul crushing tear jerker! Brittainy is one hell of a storyteller! I would definitely look out for her books after reading this one.
“What did you wish for?” I ask. “If I tell you, it won’t come true.”
“Hmm..” A sudden, hard rush of longing fills my chest.
I nuzzle her ear with my nose like I’m about to tell her a secret.
“Then how will I make it come true?”
– Forever Kinda Love, Clara Stone
I’ve got a love and hate relationship with this book. Though I can never deny that I instantly got hooked by the story. Ace and Heath shared the most awesome past, I love that their connection is deep and unbreakable.
Ace lost her mom when she was 7 and she blames herself for it, Heath lost his through cancer. Heath meet the crying, broken little Ace at the hospital and right then on he decided to stay by her side. They became best of buds until high school but friendship blooms into a much deeper feeling. Can they risk their friendship?
Who wouldn’t be thrilled with the kind of plot? Your best friend since childhood, a handsome, rich and popular guy could pass any book boyfriends list requirements. Yes, this is what I thought about Heath… at first. The good old nice guy who would love no one and have eyes for no one but his little best buddy who knows nothing about his feelings. Someone who is deeply, madly head over heels but then here comes Heath imperfection.
He who is in love with his best friend but wouldn’t want to risk telling his true feelings seems to find traits he loves about Ace with another girl and screw with them whenever he wants.
I mean, how can he be in a relationship and actually be intimate with them when you claim to be in love with your best friend? No, no, no… that’s awfully sick! Plus, I really feel disgusted by the way he treats Lisa.
Yes, Heath! You can’t even be nominated as one of my book friends.
Ace, on the other hand, has her own quirks and just like Heath who is afraid of stepping out of the friend zone for the same reason. Though, I like her personality. She is strong, pretty, has a good head on her shoulder and knows what and how to get what she wants in life ( aside from her love life).
I can’t figure out why she can’t bring herself to find someone else who is much, much, much better than Heath. Well, I guess that’s love for you.
I felt sympathy over her relationship with her Dad and admired her for handling it over the years.
“Don’t let love pass you by because you’re too scare to take a chance. For once, throw away all logic and let your heart lead you.” – Forever Kinda Love, Clara Stone
I enjoyed some of the scenes with both of them and hated some, especially the one where Heath have to “announce” to all the audience that he is in love with Ace, which is a bit too much for me.
Author writing style is admirable, I haven’t got an issue on visualizing the character, events, and feelings but the story was a bit predictable, especially the one which Ace have to go through in the end. Some issues were left undiscussed and I also felt that the ending was hastily done.