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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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{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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Keystone by Katie Delahanty

Book Summary:
When Ella Karman debuts on the Social Stock Exchange, she finds out life as a high-profile “Influencer” isn’t what she expected. Everyone around her is consumed by their rankings, in creating the smoke and mirrors that make them the envy of the world.
But then Ella’s best friend betrays her, her rankings tank, and she loses—everything.
Leaving her old life behind, she joins Keystone, a secret school for thieves, where students are being trained to steal everything analog and original because something—or someone—is changing history to suit their needs.
Partnered with the annoyingly hot—and utterly impossible—Garrett Alexander, who has plenty of his own secrets, Ella is forced to return to the Influencer world, while unraveling a conspiracy that began decades ago.
One wrong move and she could lose everything—again.

My Review:

Keystone is a place where you are disconnected from the world. You learn the art of the heist and to become anyone you want to. A school for learning to be the best thief.

Ella life kinda blew up in her face. When tragic strikes her friends on a boat, she becomes someone new. Now learn at a school of thieves. It kinda hard to do when the pass has a way of catching up with you.

She has the skill of good instincts. Ella can act her out of anything and be prefect fit to train at Keystone. She becomes a new person and hopefully can leave the past behind, if Garrett will let her.

This book was so good. I so engrossed in the story and world building. The world is pretty neat in the book. You have life online and being watch all the time. You must learn to become popular in order to make it big. You can become discounted and disappear from the spotlight if you don’t follow the rules.

I likes the interactions with Garrett and Ella. It was fun when they always bumping heads,yet they feel something for each other. They both have there own secrets at keystone. Ella and Garrett are both very skill and must work together to pass a test.

Looking for a good original heist story, Then enter the world of Keystone.

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..

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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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{Arc Review} Reverie by Ryan La Sala

Book Summary:
All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.
As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

My Review:

What happens when you wake up in a hospital with hardly no memory or how the accident happen?

Kane is confused on what happen when he almost die. He remembers his family, but can’t remember having friends. First day back from school, he meets a girl who seems to have the answers. After over hearing her and group of other people talk about him, he knows something is up. Kane life is on the line and must remember who he is before it’s to late.

The book was such a magical read. It hard explaining to much without giving it all away. I want my readers to be surprised what the Reverie truly is for themselves. I did like the idea being confused in the beginning of the book like Kane was, on what’s happening with the story. This book will blow your mind on what’s real or not. This magical adventure will leave you such fun twist and turns you may not see coming. It recently came out last week. Just behind reviewing it.

If your in the mood for a good read, then check out Reverie. Not sure if it’s a stand alone, but would love more from this book.

Happy Reading!!!

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Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandira

Book Summary:
In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary.
But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

My Review:

What happens when you start using your favorite fantasy book on advice with a crush?

Phoebe is the local bookworm in her group of friends. She hardly notice her best guy friend has a crush on her. With a little push from her best friend, she takes notice of him outside her book world. Phoebe slowly starts changing herself to become like her favorite fantasy character she likes. With slowly building confidence, will she gets the guy she likes?

This book was such a adorable read. Can relate to the main character on being a book worm myself. It was neat story on getting advice from books on getting a boy. Never thought of doing that before. This is a some slow burn romance but still a cute read for contemporary readers. There two other books in this series, based on the main characters friends. This is a low key read hardly most readers I know never read it. So hopefully more people find this book out and give it a chance.

Happy Reading!!!

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Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh

Book Summary:
Astrid is the surrogate for Princess Renya, which means she bears the physical punishment if Renya steps out of line. Astrid has no choice—she and her family are Outsiders, the lower class of people without magic and without citizenship.
But there is a way out of this life—competing in the deadly Race of Oblivion. To enter the race, an Outsider is administered the drug Oblivion, which wipes their memory clear of their past as they enter a new world with nothing to help them but a slip of paper bearing their name and the first clue. It’s not as simple as solving a puzzle, however—for a majority of the contestants, the race ends in death. But winning would mean not only freedom for Astrid, but citizenship and health care for her entire family. With a dying father to think of, Astrid is desperate to prevail.
From the beginning, the race is filled with twists and turns. One of them is Darius, a fellow racer Astrid meets but isn’t sure she can trust. Though they team up in the race, as Astrid’s memories begin to resurface, she remembers just who he was to her—a scorned foe who may want revenge. Astrid also starts to notice she has powers no Outsider should—which could help her win the race, but also make her a target if anyone finds out. With stakes that couldn’t be higher, Astrid must decide what is more important: risking her life to remember the mysteries of the past, or playing a cutthroat game in order to win her—and her family’s—freedom.

My Review:

To enter the race you must loose your memories, and follow the clues. The person who win gets citizenship for the whole family.

Astrid has no desire to enter the race. She has a comfortable life being the princess friend. Trying her best to keep the princess in line. Then on the day of the Racers of Oblivion festival things take a change for Astrid. She looses her father and her younger brother is taken away. Now with nothing holding her back, she enters the race to save her family.

The summary does give most of the story away. I like the idea that it set in kinda modern times. They have cars, trains and even motorcycles to steal along the way during the race. Of course you can’t really trust anyone. Astrid discover she has magic and suddenly the royal guards are hunting her down. What happen to her before she enter the race?

I like how the book is kinda like an hunger games feeling to it. Sadly it’s only a standalone fantasy read. I wish there was more to read at the end. The characters where fun to read about and can connect with how they are feeling. This book was well written and I did enjoy the action pack story.

Looking for a standalone fantasy read, than check out Crown of Oblivion.

Happy Reading!!!

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Signing Events Week

Hello my readers,

Despite suffering a bad cough for nearly 3 weeks I been busy attending two awesome signing events. Sorry for late blog updates also. Just have been really sick and hardly reading much. Got some reviews upcoming hopefully soon. In meantime enjoy some fun pictures of my signing events.

I was lucky enough to get a chance to met Holly black and Brigid Kemmerer. It was such a fun event and very packed night. These two was lots of fun and excited to read both their books.

Here are my sign reads:

Also today I met three very nice authors.


Tiffany Schmidt, she wrote Bookish Boyfriends books. It a cute contemporary read for book nerds. Wish more people read it.

Isabel Bandeira, she has three books release. The first book call Bookishly Ever After. Another adorable contemporary read. I’m in the middle reading it and enjoying it. Will a post review of it when finish.
Julie Eshbaugh, I was lucky enough to bump into at this event. She wrote Crown of Oblivion book. Which was very awesome fantasy stand alone. Will be writing up my review of that book this week.

Here are my sign reads:

Hope my blog been helping you guys to discover some awesome new reads.

Happy Reading!!!