High as the Heavens Book Review

 

Hello, everyone! I had such high hopes this Summer for my blog, and I was excited to become a consistent blogger; however, life happened. Something happened a couple of months ago that made me want to just enjoy life for a bit. I have enjoyed doing other things, taking advantage of my free time while I still have. I still don’t know what I’m going to do with this blog, but I will pop on every so often. This is a creative outlet for me. Something fun, where I can share my thoughts on books and other things that I love. Hopefully you all understand my side of this, and thank you to all who have hit that follow button while I’ve been gone. ❤ Now, let’s get onto this review!!

 

Number of Stars: 5

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Synopsis:

“In 1917, Evelyn Marche is just one of many women who has been widowed by the war. A British nurse trapped in German-occupied Brussels, she spends her days working at a hospital and her nights as a waitress in her aunt and uncle’s café. Eve also has a carefully guarded secret keeping her in constant danger: She’s a spy working for a Belgian resistance group in league with the British Secret Service.

When a British plane crashes in Brussels Park, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to discover she recognizes the badly injured pilot. British RFC Captain Simon Forrester is now a prisoner of war, and Eve knows he could be shot as a spy at any time. She risks her own life to hide him from the Germans, but as the danger mounts and the secrets between them grow, their chance of survival looks grim. And even if they do make it out alive, the truth of what lies between them may be more than any love can overcome.”

 

Guys, this book was AMAZING. There were so many twists and turns, and I never knew what was coming next. You will not be disappointed if you pick up this book, especially if you love romance set during war time.

The characters in this book were built beautifully. Eve, the main character, was brave and cunning…sometimes taking risks that left me holding my breath, hoping all would be well in the end. All of the citizens of Belgium are full of secrets and are there for each other like family.

When Eve finds Simon Forrester, she has a long road ahead of her. A road full of secrets, lies, and heartache. I found myself hurting for her at her internal struggle. None of the suspense ended until the very last page. As I was nearing the end, I was wondering how all of my questions would be answered, but Kate Breslin tied everything in perfectly. I loved this book as a standalone. It was definitely a wonderful read.

One of my favorite things about this book was the references to God and the Bible. I loved seeing the Christian lifestyle in this book. Bethany House never disappoints with the books they publish! I have loved each book that they have sent to me.

 

Do you guys think you will be picking up High as the Heavens? I have already recommended it to two people, and plan to keep on recommending it! If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask in the comments! What have you been reading lately??

-Jamie

We Were Liars – Book Review

Hey, guys! I hope your day is/has been going well. Today, I am coming at you with a book review! I managed to finish We Were Liars in less than 24 hours, so it was a VERY quick read. Sitting at just 225 pages, with suspense on every page, it is a great book to pick up if you want something quick.

Number of Stars: 5

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Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

“A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.”

 

Non-Spoilery Review:

This book is full of suspense. Even the synopsis is incredibly suspenseful. The writing style creates such a foggy tone. I say “foggy” because as you read this book, it feels like you are searching through fog for answers, but the fog just gets thicker and thicker. Then, suddenly, it clears. All answers are spilled out at the blink of an eye. And you really aren’t ready.

The characters in this book are frustrating, but real. A family broken by money, but pretending as if everything is hunky dory. It truly puts into perspective what money can do. Cadence, the main character, starts to see the truth about what the money is doing and wants to change things, but she really can’t.

A romance forms among some of the main characters in this book and it is both beautiful and heartbreaking. I think the best way to describe this book is with those two words: beautiful and heartbreaking.

If you haven’t yet picked up this book, please do so. You won’t be disappointed! It is a page-turner, with an excellent setting and well-built characters.

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Spoilery Review:

As I was reading this book, I was thinking “I just want to know how it endddssss.” Then, the truth came and it hit me so. Hard. There were tears in my eyes because it was SO unexpected. The part I am speaking of is when you find out that Gat, Mirren, and Johnny perished in the fire that they set.

To be honest, when I heard their plan (one person on the second floor, one person on the first, one person on the main, and one person in the basement), I really wondered how they all got out alive. I guess this should have been a clue, but I was truthfully just happy that they all lived. But they are dead. Three of the Liars are dead.

Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I wanted Gat and Cady to stay in love and get married one day. I feel as if they were doomed, like Romeo and Juliet, from the very beginning. Cady’s grandfather’s dismay with their relationship certainly wasn’t helping them have a happy ending.

Sometimes, I didn’t know what was ACTUALLY happening in this book. What was reality, and what was simply a metaphor? For example, E. Lockhart speaks of Cady bleeding on Gat, but she was never physically bleeding. She was hurting, and he was there. It wasn’t physical pain, it was emotional pain. Little details like these metaphors throughout the book added to the overall dismal and spooky tone. It was so perfect and I wouldn’t change it.

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I know this was relatively short, but share your thoughts down below. Have you read this book? What were your opinions?

Thanks For Reading 🙂 – Jamie

Friday Favorites Edition #2: My Favorite TV Shows

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Friday Favorites! Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite TV shows with you guys! These will all be shows that I start over throughout the year just because they are THAT fantastic.

  1. 90210 (the newer version) – I will never stop raving about this show because I will never stop loving it. I know this because I have restarted it maybe 10 times…or more. All of the episodes are on Netflix and I will cry the day that they are taken off! It takes place in California and revolves around a bunch of spoiled rich kids, so there is a TON of drama. I love watching that kind of stuff!!! And of course, the romance is my favorite. ❤ I think I love this show so much because the ending was just perfect.
  2. Gossip Girl – Oh my my my! Gossip Girl is equivalent to 90210 in the aspects of drama and spoiled rich kids. This TV show takes place in the Upper East Side in New York, and it also has a perfect ending. I just love this show and have restarted it soooo many times. All of the episodes are on Netflix, too!
  3. Switched at Birth – This show is almost over (sadly), but it is on Netflix! I liked the earlier seasons the most, but I still love the show (don’t mind the fact that I am behind)! It revolves around two girls who were switched at birth and when they find out/how their lives change/etc. It is full of drama and other good stuff!
  4. The Fosters – This show is also still playing, and I have loved it from the very beginning. It follows Stef and Lena, who begin to foster Callie and Jude. A lot of crazy stuff goes down (more drama…yum) and there are so many good messages throughout the show regarding family and having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences may be for your own life!
  5. Young & Hungry – This TV show is quite different from all of the others on this list because it is a comedy! I love all of the characters in this show; they are hilarious! It is primarily about a chef who starts working for a really rich guy. I really don’t want to give anything away because I am a hater of spoilers of any kind, so just please go watch the first episode (yes, it is on Netflix)! It is only 20ish minutes long! You WILL laugh, I promise!!

 

This is a short list, but I only wanted to mention shows that instantly came to my mind because I love them THAT much! Have any of you seen these shows? Do you love them too (say yes…or else (jk, I wouldn’t hurt a fly))? What shows do you love? I love recommendations! J

Bye For Now ❤ – Jamie

Friday Favorites Edition 1: My Favorite YouTubers

As some of you may or may not know, I am kind of obsessed with YouTube. In particular, I love to watch book-related videos, beauty/lifestyle videos or vlogs! I wanted to share a list of the YouTubers I have been loving lately. If you love YouTube, then keep reading!

  1. KirstenLeighty – I have watched her for YEARS. She does planner videos, beauty videos, and hauls. I typically don’t watch her planner videos, but I love her other videos!!
  2. Brianandkirstentv – Brian and Kirsten’s little family is ADORABLE. Kirsten’s main channel is the first one I listed (kirstenleighty) and this little family vlogs almost daily. I never miss a video!
  3. Katie Legate – I have been subscribed to Katie for quite some time, but I didn’t start watching her videos loyally until recently. She’s been doing “My College Life” vlogs and I love them. They are very true to what college life is like, so I really relate to her! She also does beauty videos!
  4. EleventhGorgeous – The two sisters who make videos for this channel are awesome!! They do beauty videos. Unlike other YouTubers, they review a lot of drugstore makeup. Also, they are super funny and inspiring!
  5. Zoella – Zoe is adorable and inspiring. She is British and beautiful. I love watching all of her videos! She does beauty and lifestyle videos.
  6. MoreZoella – This is Zoe’s vlog channel. She vlogs occasionally, and they are always entertaining to watch!
  7. PointlessBlogVlogs – The creator behind the Pointless Blog brand is Alfie, Zoe’s boyfriend. Zalfie (Zoe and Alfie) are so cute and I love any videos with them in it. Alfie vlogs every single day and I have really been enjoying watching his videos!
  8. PointlessBlogGames – This is the only gameplay channel that I have been watching. The reason I included this channel is because I’ve been obsessed with The Sims lately. Zoe and Alfie are doing a Sims 4 series that I have been keeping up with. They have convinced me that I really need to buy the game. My sister claims that I’ve “reached a new level of weird” because I enjoy watching these videos. Lol!

 

Do any of you like to watch YouTube? What are your favorite channels? I go through phases where sometimes I will be obsessed with beauty– videos, other times– book videos, and other times– vlogs! I will post updated lists as my obsessions change. However, I’m always looking for new YouTubers to support and watch, so tell me any and all channels that you guys think I would like!

Have a Fabulous Day – Jamie

Limited Edition Book Boyfriend Box: The Infernal Devices

*I realize this post is up wayyy late, but I still wanted to share everything for those who haven’t seen what was in the box!*         

Hello hello hello!! I hope everyone is having/has had a fantastic day! Today, I am bringing you my unboxing of the Limited Edition Book Boyfriend Box, which was themed around The Infernal Devices series. When I saw this, I thought how I NEEDED it. Also, I had never purchased a box from a subscription service so I decided to give it a try! Let’s get on with the unboxing.

*Side Note: sorry for the bad pictures in this post. I thought I had taken better ones. Forgive me. :/

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Item #1: A pen (aka stele) from Dynamic Alley

So this is a really really cool design for a pen, but I wasn’t very impressed with the paint job. On the bright side, I am now one step closer to being a shadowhunter, right? Haha!

Item #2: The mini print by Taratjah

Item #3: A little mirror

Item #4: Clockwork angel necklace

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Item #5: A candle by Wick and Fable

This candle smells wonderful! I am very pleased with it. I have never been one to burn candles, and now I really want more!!

Item #6: Lotion by Amber Hollows

I not only love the name of this lotion, but the quality and the smell as well! I put it on last week, then gave my two dogs baths and I could STILL smell it on my hands afterwards.

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Item #7: A tote bag

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Alright, so overall, this was a cool box. I really like the candle, lotion, tote bag, and the mini print. These are definitely items I wouldn’t have chosen to buy for myself, so it was fun to get them in a box like this as a surprise! I am not sure if I will be purchasing another Book Boyfriend Box in the near future, but I might try some other subscription services!

Now, PLEASE share some of your favorite Etsy shops with me! I really want to support people who create their own business. I already have one shop in particular I plan to buy from in the near future. One of my bookstagram friends owns it. She makes candles and bookmarks! Check out her shop: Flameworks Creations.

Did you guys receive this box? If so, did you like the items? What is your favorite subscription service? What is your favorite item of the one I received?

❤ – Jamie

5 Series that I Highly Recommend

 

Hello guys! How are you all doing today? I decided I’d just write a short post recommending some of my all-time favorite series! In return, I’d love to hear about all of your favorite series!

  1. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. These books influenced my reading taste. They were the first paranormal romance books that I read and then that genre became my favorite. I know some people do not like these books, but I loved them all (aka the first four because I have yet to read the last two…I didn’t know she wrote more than three)!
  2. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Cassandra Clare blew me away in her prequel series. She is such an amazing writer! The world she has created is one of my favorite worlds to read about. Can I please be a shadowhunter? Sign me up!
  3. Harry Potter by J. Rowling. I know this is such a basic answer, but I don’t care. They are a must read! Hermoine is definitely my favorite character. If you haven’t read these, go read them now. What are you doing? Go. Read them.
  4. The Shadow Falls novels by C. Hunter. These are not very well known, but I loved them! There are lots of different types of paranormal creatures in these books and it is so diverse. I read some of them when I was on vacation in Germany and I couldn’t put them down! I chose to read over looking at the scenery! THAT is when you know you are reading a good book.
  5. The House of Night Series by P. C. Cast and Kirstin Cast. I am not sure how well known this series is, but I loved it. There are a lot of books in the series, but I read them all. I have actually been wanting to reread them!

 

Well, I hope you all enjoyed this short post with some series that I recommend! Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Have a great day everyone!!

 

-Jamie

Book Review: Pretty Bird

*I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are always my own!*

Hey guys! I’ve got another book review for you today! This was another genre that I typically don’t pick up, but I definitely enjoyed it for the most part. There are a few things I didn’t enjoy, but you will hear all about that in the review!

So this book was super fun to read because I read it on my Nook. I haven’t used this thing in ages!! I’ve missed it! I have the very first version that ever came out and it still serves me well. I wonder if they even sell these anymore??

Now, for an important question before I start my review for Pretty Bird by Olivia Howe: physical books or ebooks? Which do you prefer?

Number of stars: 4/5

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Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

“Kenna loses her forever, Derrick, in a tragic plane crash that kills everyone on board—150 people, including the love of her life. People keep calling her lucky, but she feels the opposite. Now she has to move on with her life without Derrick in it and no strategy for getting past this senseless tragedy.

Investigators tip her off that there may be more to the story… behind the crash, the menacing Company that controls people, and even her dead boyfriend.

When someone tries to kill Kenna again in her own home, she is shocked into action and starts to uncover the truth about the corruption and craziness around her, finding herself and her heart again in the process. They say that time heals all wounds. Kenna has a chance to find out if that is really true.”

Non-Spoilery Review:

I didn’t know how many stars to give this book. I almost put 3/5, but I did not think that was fair. There were a few scenes that made me uncomfortable, but I know that some people would be fine with them. Personally, I am just not comfortable reading about certain things.

The reason I did give it 4/5 is because the couple’s kept saying “baby” to each other. It felt overused; they would say it after almost everything they said to each other. Also, the main character, Kenna, used a lot of profanity, which I also did not enjoy so much. However, I felt like it was justified a bit because she did go through a traumatic event.

Other than those few things, I really enjoyed this book. It even gave me chills a few times! I felt like I needed to look over my shoulder when a scary scene would occur. Do you guys ever get that feeling when you are reading?

I feel like the reason I loved this book the most was the mystery. When I read a mystery, I can’t ever stop reading. I NEED to know what happens. It’s all I think about until I finish the book. This is exactly how I felt during this entire book. I was so excited every time I’d get a couple of minutes to read a few pages. Great job with the mystery, Olivia Howe!

Spoilery Review:

This thrilling book starts off with a plane crash where everybody dies except for Kenna. Bam! What a start! It looks like a normal plane crash, until Kenna finds out some disturbing news: her boyfriend, who died on the plane crash, was an assassin for a company called…..The Company. Crazy stuff, right?

Kenna starts to get involved with the case once she hears this news. The detective for the case, Nathan, tries to keep her out of it, but fails. They find out that The Company was the reason for the plane crash that killed Kenna’s boyfriend. This causes Kenna’s obsession with the case to increase.

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Then, Kenna is almost killed in her home, and Nathan is almost killed by his partner. Kenna moves in with Nathan for safety reasons. Shortly after these events, Kenna finds out that her brother-in-law, Chase, is also a part of The Company; however, he wants out…just like Kenna’s boyfriend, who clearly didn’t make it out alive.

Chase, Nathan, and Kenna devise a plan. The head of the company, Jeff, was in need of a secretary. The plan? Kenna will apply for the secretary position and, assuming she gets the job, will snoop around to find what they need: the flash drive that contains all of The Company’s information.

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Kenna gets the job and does as much snooping as she can….then Jeff starts making moves on her. He threatens to fire her if she doesn’t sleep with him (not in those words). This occurs within a short amount of time, and Kenna did not have the flash drive. She sets her mind to finding the flash drive, and goes to the office…at night.

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Jeff finds her snooping in his closet, trying to crack his safe. When Kenna took the job, she had a different identity; however, Jeff knew who she was the whole time. Nathan comes to save Kenna (they had a microphone and camera attached to her at all times for safety reasons), but Kenna gets knocked out and Jeff and his minions take Nathan.

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It is up to Chase and Kenna to save Nathan. They get the help of Martin, a man that Kenna’s boyfriend trusted completely. In the process of saving Nathan, Kenna gets shot, but doesn’t die. She wakes up in a hospital for the second time in the book; this girl goes through a lot in just 180 pages!

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Throughout the book, a budding romance occurs between Nathan and Kenna. They seemed like they were perfect for each other. Overall, this book pleasantly surprised me.

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I hope you enjoyed my review!! Have any of you heard of Olivia Howe? Do you think you will check out some of her books? What have you all been reading lately?

-Jamie