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Three Things I Know are True by Betty Culley

Book Summary:
The reminder is always there—a dent on the right side of Jonah’s forehead. The spot you’d press when you felt a headache coming on. The bullet tore away bone, the way dynamite blasts rock—leaving a soft crater.
Life changes forever for Liv when her older brother, Jonah, accidentally shoots himself with his best friend Clay’s father’s gun. Now Jonah needs round-the-clock care just to stay alive, and Liv seems to be the only person who can see that her brother is still there inside his broken body.
With Liv’s mom suing Clay’s family, there are divisions in the community that Liv knows she’s not supposed to cross. But Clay is her friend, too, and she refuses to turn away from him—just like she refuses to give up on Jonah.

My Review:

Three Things I know is True is a game that Clay, Jonan and Liv used to play all the time. Then one day everything changes for the three friends.

Liv is trying to keep balance between school and taking care of Jonah. After his accident, she became like his care giver. Learning from the nurses on how to ease her brother pain. She still a kid and should be living her life not worry about the stress of taking care of Jonah.With her mom so busy working and making sure Clay gets what her deserve on what happen.

Clay and Jonah were playing around in the attic one day. When Jonah found a gun and wants to play with it, he accidentally shot himself in head. Clay and his family are trouble for having a gun in the house and the lines are cross on who was right and wrong. Lucky for him, Liv sneaks out to see him to play their game. They just want to try to move on what happen and try to make sense of it all.

This book was emotional roller coaster between the characters. The details on how badly Jonah was shot in head, was well written I thought. You feel so bad for him, can’t move and cries at night for his sister. Then Liv will do anything to keep her brother with her and have Clay there also. I don’t think she blames Clay for the accident. She just wants everything like it should be before the gun went off. The book is written weird at first, but kinda got use to it.

Hopefully things work out in the end.

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What I’m Reading Monday

Diamond City

Release Date January 28th, 2020

Summary:

Good things don’t happen to girls who come from nothing…unless they risk everything.

Fierce and ambitious, Aina Solís as sharp as her blade and as mysterious as the blood magic she protects. After the murder of her parents, Aina takes a job as an assassin to survive and finds a new family in those like her: the unwanted and forgotten.

Her boss is brutal and cold, with a questionable sense of morality, but he provides a place for people with nowhere else to go. And makes sure they stay there.

DIAMOND CITY: built by magic, ruled by tyrants, and in desperate need of saving. It is a world full of dark forces and hidden agendas, old rivalries and lethal new enemies.

To claim a future for herself in a world that doesn’t want her to survive, Aina will have to win a game of murder and conspiracy—and risk losing everything.

Full of action, romance and dark magic, book one of Francesca Flores’ breathtaking fantasy duology will leave readers eager for more!

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{Arc Review} Echoes Between Us by Katie Mcgarry

Book Summary:
Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother’s ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it’s something more…
Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica.
A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose–can they conquer their demons together?

My Review:

Ghosts has a way of haunting the living. Some ghost can be evil, while others can be good. Some just want their story to tell and move on. Not everyone believes in ghosts.

Veronica recently discover there are ghosts haunting her new place. Lately she been seeing her mother spirit around, trying to give her advice. At school Everyone thinks she weird. Beside dealing with ghosts, she been dealing with a brain tumor. Only a few of her friends know how much pain she going through. She tries hard to just live her life like it’s her last day.

Sawyer recently more into Veronica building. His family are remodeling their house. They seems rich, but have their own secrets. He is one of those popular, good grades and everything. His mom plans out everything for him and runs his life. When force to do a project with Veronica, he starts rethinking things and maybe discover some ghosts may be real.

I really did enjoy this book. It was a very addictive read and there some twists in it. I always love reading Katie Mcgarry books. I could get lost in the stories she tells and fall in love with all the characters she makes. I really like Veronica in the book, she hides how much she hurting from tumor. She acts like nothing is wrong and still live a normal a life. Sawyer I do love him in the book. I like his story and how kindhearted he can be at times. They both grow on you in the book.

This book recently came out. Here are the rest of her books for you to check out.

Happy Reading!!!!

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Just Breathe by Cammie Mcgovern

Book Summary:
David Sheinman is the popular president of his senior class, battling cystic fibrosis.
Jamie Turner is a quiet sophomore, struggling with depression.
The pair soon realizes that they can be their true selves with each other, and their unlikely friendship develops into something so much more. But neither Jamie nor David can bring themselves to reveal the secrets that weigh most heavily on their hearts—and their time for honesty may be running out.

My Review:

It not easy dealing with a invisible illness, especially when your in high school.

David is the popular guy at school. He has good grades and has a supportive girlfriend. On the outside you never would never know he was fighting a deadly disease, cystic fibrosis. He always putting up a brave in front of his friends and try not to let his illness defy him. Now he is trap in the hospital, as his illness gotten worse. Slowly he starts to rethink his life choices, and hope his friends and family will be there for him in the end.

Jamie is mostly anti social. She suffers from depression and a bit of anxiety after a tragic event that has happen to her. Her mother force her to work at the hospital and be more social. There she meets David. Somehow David and Jamie form a connection with each other. Also they confide into each other on secrets they hardly tell anyone.

Once David leaves the hospital. Will he and Jamie connection with each stick or they go back to their normal lives at school?

This book was so good and emotional read to me. There some sensitive talk on mental health in it. I think it was well written the story. I love the interactions between David and Jamie. They seem like the prefect fit. They both seem to come out if their shell a bit and standing up what they believe in. This book recently came out and should be check out.

If you like stories like Five Feet Apart and A fault in the Stars, then you will enjoy Just Breathe.

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{Blog Tour} Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the REAL PIGEONS FIGHT CRIME by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The
Book:

Title: REAL
PIGEONS FIGHT CRIME

Author: Andrew
McDonald & Ben Wood (Illustrations)

Pub.
Date:
January 7, 2020

Publisher: Random
House Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover,
eBook

Pages: 208

Ever
wonder why pigeons act so weird? Because they are secretly chasing bad guys and
flying around saving your butt! This hilarious illustrated series is perfect
for fans of BAD GUYS and DOG MAN.

What do REAL PIGEONS do? They fight crime, of course! Wait, what? You didn’t
know your town is protected by a secret squad of crime-fighting feathered
friends? Well, you are about to get schooled. REAL PIGEONS solve mysteries!
REAL PIGEONS fight bad guys! And REAL PIGEONS won’t stop until your
neighborhood is safe and the questions are all answered: Like, why have all the
breadcrumbs disappeared? And which food truck smells the best?

My Review:

In a city where a pigeon is a master of disguise.

Rock is just not just your average pigeon, he can has a special ability to dress up as anything. Someone takes notice of it and takes him under his wings. Now Rock has a group of friends with powers to fight crime.

This was a cute middle grade book. The graphic to the novel was pretty neat. I enjoy the little story. It was nice seeing Rock grow a bit in the book. In the beginning he seem alone, but now see him master his ability and accept where he belong. It was a fun read and prefect for every age.

Happy Reading!!!!

(INSERT YOUR REVIEW, EXCERPT, OR INTERVIEW HERE!)
About Andrew:
Andrew McDonald is a reader and writer of
books for young readers.

His brand new series REAL PIGEONS debuts in
2018, with hilarious illustrations by Ben Wood.

His first children’s novel, The Greatest
Blogger in the World featured the story of Charlie Ridge, a young blogger
navigating family, friends and the perils of internet life. His second novel
Son of Death, a black comedy about a family of modern grim reapers, was named
by The Age as one of the ‘best books of the year’ in 2015.

He is also the creator of a blog post about
‘camera loss’ that somehow went viral and he wasn’t embarrassed enough to
decline an invitation to be a Cleo Bachelor in 2011.

Andrew is an avid reader of children’s and YA
literature. He has worked for Readings bookshop in Melbourne and at the
flagship Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road in London, where he was thrilled
to put his knowledge to work as a children’s bookseller. He has previously
judged the Young Adult category of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and
the Centre for Youth Literature’s Inky Awards.

Andrew is a graduate of RMIT’s Professional Writing
and Editing diploma and his writing has taken him around the world. He
completed an artist resident at Caldera Arts in Oregon, USA and a May Gibbs
Children’s Literature Trust fellowship in Adelaide.

He is a regular presenter on the schools
circuit in Australia, conducting writing workshops; talking about his writing
life; and sharing the stories and experiences behind his books. Enquire about
booking Andrew for your school here.

About Ben:

Ben Wood is
a children’s illustrator based in Victoria, Australia. He has been commissioned
to work with clients such as Hardie Grant Egmont, Penguin Random House, and
Scholastic Australia.

Ben is able to
offer clients a wealth of illustration styles and techniques in both digital
and traditional mediums. Recent publications include ‘Blast Off!‘ by Shelly
Unwin and the Squishy Taylor series, by Ailsa Wild. He is currently
illustrating the Real Pigeons series by Andrew McDonald. “It’s super coo!”

Ben also
runs presentations or workshops in schools, public libraries and bookstores.
His sessions can vary from small to large groups, depending on what suits best.
He is more than happy to work with Prep-Year 9 students, and adults too. Please
contact Booked Out Speakers Agency to enquire about a booking.

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of REAL PIGEONS FIGHT
CRIME, US Only.

Tour
Schedule:

Week
One:

1/6/2020

Interview

1/7/2020

Review

1/8/2020

Review

1/9/2020

Review

1/10/2020

Excerpt

Week
Two:

1/13/2020

Review

1/14/2020

Excerpt

1/15/2020

Review

1/16/2020

Review

1/17/2020

Review

Week
Three:

1/20/2020

Excerpt

1/21/2020

Review

1/22/2020

Review

1/23/2020

Review

1/24/2020

Review

Week
Four:

1/27/2020

Review

1/28/2020

Review

1/29/2020

Review

1/30/2020

Review

1/31/2020

Excerpt

Week
Five:

2/3/2020

Review

2/4/2020

Review

2/5/2020

Excerpt

2/6/2020

Review

2/7/2020

Review

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{Arc Review} Eight will Fall by Sarah Harian

Book Summary:
In a land where magic is outlawed, eight criminals led by seventeen-year-old Larkin are sent on a mission to kill an ancient evil that plagues their kingdom. Descending into an underground realm full of unspeakable horrors, Larkin and her party must use their forbidden magic to survive what lies in wait, teeth sharp and jaws deadly.
As she fights for her life, Larkin finds a light in Amias, a fellow outlaw with a notorious past. Soon Larkin and Amias realize their fates are entwined. The eight of them were chosen for a reason.
But as the dangers multiply and her band of felons are picked off one by one, Larkin must confront a terrible truth: They were never meant to return.

My Review:

Eight criminals force together by the queen, to kill a god.

Larkin all her life knows how to hid her magic. She does things in order to survive and take care of her family. On the night of her birthday she is taken away with her brother. Now force to do the queen bidding or her family will be in danger.

Secrets lays within the underground. No one has ever live to tell them. Will 8 powerful strangers, be able to unlock the secrets, save themselves and their family?

I really did like this book. It was a bit action pack and fun. You get so engrossed on the actions and the creatures that go bump in the night. Even some the characters you get to know and like. Not everyone is bad as they appear. You know people will do anything to just to survive in a world where no magic is allow.

This book is already out now. Looking for a brand new fantasy read, then check out Eight will Fall.

Happy Reading!!!

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{Arc Review & Giveaway} A Heart so Fierce and Broken

Book Summary:
In the sequel to New York Times bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the world of Emberfall in a lush fantasy where friends become foes and love blooms in the darkest of places.
Find the heir, win the crown.
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.
Win the crown, save the kingdom.
Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

My Review:

The book picks up right after first one.

Grey is on the run hiding, while Rhen is picking up the pieces of his kingdom with Harper.

Grey wants nothing to do being a long lost heir. He thinks Rhen can rule his people just fine without him. He is also afraid what Rhen will do to him if he knew the truth. Now he is hiding and hope the kingdoms can be at peace without needing the heir help.

Rhen is getting fearful of this hidden heir with magic powers. He is loosing his sense on what is right and wrong. Rhen is becoming a ruthless king to be fear, while on the hunt for Rhen and answers he may have. With Harper still by his side, she still believes in him.

I did liked this book, but not love it like the first one. At times the story felt like it drag out a little. Still the ending makes me excited to see what happens next. It told in three points of views and adds a new character in the mix.

It comes out January 7th. One lucky reader gets a chance to win a arc copy from me. Sorry US only..

You can enter here to win, Rafflercopter

Good Luck and Happy Reading!!!!

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Bella’s Top Ten of 2019

Happy New Year my Readers!!

This year I read about 118 books, so it was hard just picking out 10 favorites for 2019.

Here are Bella’s favorite reads of the year and you can look for reviews of each book on my blog.

The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu

Rules for Vanishing by Katie Alice Marshall

Every Stolen Breathe by Kimberly Gabriel

Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh

Lock Every Door Riley Sager

Unpregnant by Jenni Hendricks and Ted Caplin

The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons

Crown of Coarl and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan

The Kingdom by Jessie Routhenberg

What was some of your favorite read of 2019??

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What you Reading Monday?

Slowly working my way through this book. It comes out January 7th. It good so far.

Summary:

In the sequel to New York Times bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the world of Emberfall in a lush fantasy where friends become foes and love blooms in the darkest of places.

Find the heir, win the crown.
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom.
Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

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{Arc Review} On a Scale of 1 to 10 by Ceylan Scott

Book Summary:
Tamar is admitted to Lime Grove, a psychiatric hospital for teenagers.
Lime Grove is home to a number of teenagers with a variety of problems: anorexia, bipolar disorder, behavior issues. Tamar will come to know them all very well. But there’s one question she can’t… won’t answer: What happened to her friend Iris? As Tamar’s emotional angst becomes more and more clear to her, she’ll have to figure out a path to forgiveness. A shocking, moving, and darkly funny depiction of life in a psychiatric world.
A stunning journey of one girl’s mental illness and the redemptive power of truth and healing.

My Review:

Two friends were out drunk one night, only one made it home that night.

Tamar has been admitted to a mental hospital. Things had been hard for her since her friend, Iris passed away. She mostly blames herself on what happen that night. Her mental state of mind is not almost there. Hopefully being lock away will help her deal with the pain inside.

This book was an emotional read. It deals with mental disorders and may have trigger warnings for some readers. The whole book centers around inside a mental hospital. The main character trying to coop after the lost of her friend. Tamar takes on a lot of blame and punishes herself on what had happen.

Did she really have something to do with Iris death or was it all in her head?

This book been out for a while. If your in the mood to read about mental health, then check out On A Scale to One to Ten.