The first thing that stood out for me from page one how will-powered Alaine is and on one side that good because she isn’t scared to discover the truth but on the other side that can also get her in trouble. She spoke out for things that she sees as right. I love the little hints of Haiti’s culture in this book since; it’s always great to learn about different cultures than mine.
One quote that stayed in mind is this “We’ve lived in this post-traumatic world for years now. We shouldn’t wait until there’s another tragedy to uplift this country.” It painted this image in my mind of a country that is trying to get back on its feet after the earthquake that happened back in January of 2010 that brought the country to its knees.
We get a taste of the traditional food which will make your mouth water for sure. One of the main characters (Alaine’s mother) was diagnosed with Alzheimer. We see how everyone is trying to process and learn to cope with this new lifestyle, and we see the effects that it has on her and her family. This book has some magical elements that surprised me a bit because I don’t know how everything is going to fit in together, but it does fit well when you see the big picture.
Something else I really liked is the usage of different media like email, diary entries and reports. I also appreciate that this book is its own voices. One negative point is that some parts were a bit slow going, but on the whole, I give this new release a four out of five stars.
My friend Hannah at HannacondaBlog came up with the Lol Surprise Readathon. It looks like there is something called ‘lol dolls’. If you guys know me enough, dolls aren’t really my style not even as a child. However, I’m still taking part since Hannah is hosting it. This readathon starts from October 1st till 31st October 2019.
1|Secret Message Ask Someone Else to Pick your First Read or Pick a Book at Random
2|Collectable Stickers [Pick One Challenge] Colour Changing: Pick a Book You Changed Your Mind About
Spitter: Read a Book that You have Been Putting Off
Cryer: Read a Sad Book
Tinkler: Read a Book that Scare You
3|Water Bottle Read an Unpopular Book and Spill the Tea! [If you Want to]
4|Shoes Read a Book where Travel is Involved [Physical/ Metaphorical/ Plans to Travel]
5|Outfit Pick a Book with Clothing on the Cover
6|Accessory Pick a Book with Your Favourite Colour on the Cover
First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
Finally… reveal the book
Curiouser and curiouser. Quoting my favorite line in my favorite book (Hi, Alice) was my first reaction when I came home from school today and saw the new laptop that I’d been heavily hinting at wanting for the last few months, placed carefully in the center of the small desk in my bedroom. Well. My first reaction was actually distrust. Now, I know that a normal reaction to receiving a gift that you’ve wanted for an eternity and a quarter should involve something like clasping your hands on either side of your face, tears of happiness sliding down your cheeks, and a toothy grin followed by a loud exclamation of “Oh, you shouldn’t have!” But gifting at my house doesn’t quite work out that way when you know for a fact that you’re not due to receive said gift for another six to nine months. Not when the only thing your divorced parents agree on is that their sole child should never feel entitled to anything without earning it, no matter what their salaries could provide.
And The Book Is…
When a school presentation goes very wrong, Alaine Beauparlant finds herself suspended, shipped off to Haiti and writing the report of a lifetime…
You might ask the obvious question: What do I, a seventeen-year-old Haitian American from Miami with way too little life experience, have to say about anything?
Actually, a lot.
Thanks to “the incident” (don’t ask), I’m spending the next two months doing what my school is calling a “spring volunteer immersion project.” It’s definitely no vacation. I’m toiling away under the ever-watchful eyes of Tati Estelle at her new nonprofit. And my lean-in queen of a mother is even here to make sure I do things right. Or she might just be lying low to dodge the media sharks after a much more public incident of her own…and to hide a rather devastating secret.
All things considered, there are some pretty nice perks…like flirting with Tati’s distractingly cute intern, getting actual face time with my mom and experiencing Haiti for the first time. I’m even exploring my family’s history—which happens to be loaded with betrayals, superstitions and possibly even a family curse.
You know, typical drama. But it’s nothing I can’t handle.
Okay, so here what’s going on, my computer picked up the topic socialism. However, I know nothing about politics. So instead I’m writing a post of tips that can help you be more social. I do get social anxiety, and at times I can’t cope with socializing at all. So, hopefully, this post will help some people out.
Be Polite and Respect
If you are starting a new job or feel like you need to socialise more with your co-workers, a good ice breaker can be as simple as a good morning and a smile to get the conversation going. Questions like ‘How are you? or Have a nice day.’ Can help build a working relationship. It’s always a good idea to avoid topics like politics, religion, race or other subjects that might create conflict.
Give and Take Feedback
A lot of times, when your boss or co-workers give you feedback is for you to get better at what you do. It will provide you with a guideline on what you need to improve on and the things that work to keep yourself on track with the job needs. When you give feedback, it will also help with any issues that might come up, and it provides a more peacefully work environment.
Showing Appreciation and Trust
It doesn’t take a ton of money to show appreciation sometimes, just saying thank you will do the job when your boss or co-worker helps you with a task or work situation and great way of doing so is by telling them that you value their input and opinion. Trust is significant, especially when you’re working in a team when you know that the people, you’re working with can pull their weight in the task or project it helps to create less anxiety on everyone.
So, I asked my friend Hannah from HannacondaBlog and Terra from Bookbanditblog to choose books from my kindle to read. To add a bit more of a challenge I will be trying to review all the books that they chose for me and if you read any of my reviews you know that I’m not really good at reviewing books but I try my best. Now onto the books.
Professional, experienced contract burglar.
It’s not exactly something you can put on a business card.
Molly Miranda has made a successful living from “acquiring” valuables and delivering them to clients who pay buckets of cash for her unique services.
So what if she has to lie about her lavish lifestyle in Manhattan and her frequent trips out of the country? Molly has everything under control.
Things go astray when she knocks boots with her charming roommate right before taking off to Scotland with an untrustworthy wildcard on a job assignment that doesn’t go quite as planned.
It doesn’t help that this new partner-in-crime is super annoying. And attractive…
Join Molly on her hilarious adventures as she dodges bullets, trespasses, wears disguises, and steals her way into trouble.
Rafael’s and Akilah’s Story: An African American New Adult Urban Romance
After fleeing Miami for a new start, Akilah was the last thing 19-year-old Rafael needed.
She was everything he avoided in the past with girls. Opinionated. Assertive. Shrewd. Too curious for her own good. Bold. Daring. The type you didn’t want involved when you were running and had something to hide.
He fell for her anyway.
There are a lot of big reasons that Rafael shouldn’t be with Akilah. There are a lot of big reasons why he can’t be with her.
But shouldn’t and can’t aren’t in her vocabulary. And there are a lot of other reasons, little things really, that Rafael should be with her that outweigh the big things.
But when his past, my abuser, the reason he lived on the streets for three years, the reason he can never go back home, the biggest reason he shouldn’t get involved with Akilah, comes knocking on the door, Rafael has a choice to make.
Confront it. Or lose Akilah forever.
This is an alternate cover version for ASIN: B006KHWEKQ
Tasmyn Vaughn didn’t expect much when her dad’s job moved them to a small town in Florida; it was just another new school. But there is more to King than meets the eye, and soon Tasmyn’s ability to hear other’s thoughts is the least of her worries. Entangled in a web of first love, quirky and secretive townsfolk, magic and blood rituals, she discovers the town’s secrets aren’t just bizarre, they’re deadly.
College professor Mallory Fredrick loves her job in a city that feels like home, but after a student attacks her on social media, she loses her peace of mind and confidence. When her college offers a sabbatical, she jumps at the chance to escape to her hometown in Texas.
Entrepreneur Alec O’Donnell specializes in helping people in crisis. He’s built his company and career on packing up lives as people start over. It’s just business until he meets Mallory. Something about the beautiful and fragile woman who still manages to hold on to her sense of humor affects him. As feelings develop, he realizes he’s not ready for her to move out of his life.
Can Mallory find peace, or will a second setback keep her from coming home for good?
George Mahood had a nice, easy, comfortable life. He had a job, a house, a wife and kids. But something was missing. He was stuck in a routine of working, changing nappies and cleaning up cat sick. He felt like he was missing out on a lot of what the world had to offer.
He then discovered that it was Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. The day after that was National Curmudgeon Day, and the day after that was Inane Answering Machine Message Day. In fact, the calendar is FULL of these quirky, weird and wonderful events. He realised that somebody somewhere had created these holidays, believing that they were important enough to warrant their own official day. Surely he should therefore be more appreciative of their existence? So he decided to try and celebrate them all. As you do. He hoped that at the end of the challenge he would be transformed into a happier, more intelligent and more content person.
Follow George on his hilarious, life changing adventure as he tries to balance his normal life with a wealth of new experiences, people, facts and ridiculous situations. It’s a rip-roaring, life-affirming, roller-coaster of a ride, where every day is a holiday.
If you think you know how this story ends — think again!
Centuries ago, the royal house of witches in Vernanthia split into two factions: House Cambridge and House Montgomery. These two houses warred with each other for an age, causing widespread bloodshed and death. Those without magic — the Nulls — suffered the most. One day, a favored daughter of the Nulls was slain. With her dying breath, she cursed the covens to know no peace until love was possible between the houses.
That curse had long since been forgotten — until now.
Julian Montgomery is the reluctant Prince of House Montgomery and Rowan Cambridge is in no rush to become the Queen of House Cambridge. Both heirs long for freedom from their birthright obligations. When fate throws these two star-crossed lovers together, it sends them on a collision course with destiny that neither could have predicted.
Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet is reimagined in this compelling drama about two young people drawn by fate into an unwinnable situation. If you think you know how this story ends — think again!
(Lucky in Love #3)
by Lila Monroe
Will Cassidy is hot, infuriating, and the guy behind the biggest heart-stomping humiliation of my life. He’s also hosting my BFF’s destination wedding at his super-luxe tropical resort, so short of a hurricane or outbreak of the plague (here’s hoping), I’m stuck within t̶o̶n̶g̶u̶e̶’s̶ arm’s reach of him for the next seven days.
But I’m not a naive college girl anymore, and there’s no way I’m falling for his (many) charms again. I just have to ignore the romantic wedding shenanigans, his miraculous abs, all those intimate beach sunsets… And did I mention those abs?
Maybe a wild vacation fling is exactly what I need to even the score… But between the scorching chemistry and all-inclusive margaritas, I’m getting drunk on love. Which definitely isn’t part of the plan.
Can I keep my heart zipped – even if my bikini bottoms are lost somewhere on that nude beach? And how do you let go of the past when you’re holding on tight to the past’s (very ripped) torso?
It looks like my friends chose seven books for me. I’m honest with you guys I’m not worried when it comes to reading the books but reviewing them is another story.