★★★.5/5 | Goodreads
Will Juliette’s broken heart make her vulnerable to the strengthening darkness within her?
Juliette’s short tenure as the supreme commander of North America has been an utter disaster. When the children of the other world leaders show up on her doorstep, she wants nothing more than to turn to Warner for support and guidance. But he shatters her heart when he reveals that he’s been keeping secrets about her family and her identity from her—secrets that change everything.
Juliette is devastated, and the darkness that’s always dwelled within her threatens to consume her. An explosive encounter with unexpected visitors might be enough to push her over the edge.
I want to thank Tahereh Mafi for writing this book and giving me the feeling of wanting to read again after this awful long reading slump I’ve been having. School has been a pain in the ass and I’ve been so busy with my semester, I never thought I would write another review on this blog again. I was so out of the book community at one point that I completely forgot that Defy Me was coming out in April, making it a great surprise, tbh. I went to pick it up and gave reading another try and I actually read it in about 2-3 days. This book was such a quick read that I was left wanting more from Mafi. I’m definitely excited to see how it’s all going to conclude in the next novel.
Hi! I’m starting to realize that I have a really time management problem when it comes to this blog. I just wanted to post something to let you know that: 1. Yes, I’m still alive and 2. No, I didn’t give up on this blog. I’m just in the middle of my summer semester and I’m due to be done in about 2 weeks. Summer semesters are the worst because the course is condensed af and the weather is finally starting to clear up in Montreal but you still can’t enjoy it because you’re basically at school 24/7.
WWW Wednesday was formerly hosted by MizB @ A Daily Rhythm and is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.
I’m in the middle of reading a book since my last one but I’m not doing a lot of progress since I’m in a hectic period of my critical care class. I have my first day on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for my internship and I’m extremely stressed. It’s definitely not helping that it’s a 12 hours shift 😪. So I thought it would be fun to have a small update with a WWW Wednesday. I don’t think I would be able to make it a weekly post since the chances of finishing a book every week seem slim, but I’m definitely going to try to make more similar posts (like Top Ten Tuesdays) to update more often this blog. And also because they’re really fun to do!
Anyways onto the actual post. The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
★★★.3/5 | Goodreads
Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they’re happily married wives and mothers with successful careers–Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years.
As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie’s life–both professionally and personally–throughout a tragic chain of events in her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick’s unexpected reappearance during a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie starts to question everything she thought she knew about her closest friend.
This title card was probably the hardest to make because I just wanted to add so much but the book cover was already beautiful as it was. So after basically an hour of playing around – adding and removing stuff – I just resigned myself and opted to leave it as it was, lol. This is probably one of the most aesthetic cover I’ve ever seen, I’m kind of bummed I have the Ebook and not the physical copy to display it on my shelf.
Anyways, yay for book #4 of the year! My goal of reading 1 book this year has been surpassed by 400%, which is ah-ma-zing 😂. I’m attributing this to procrastination, though, so I don’t know if it’s supposed to be a good thing or not 🤷♀️. Like I mentioned in my last post, I heard about this book through a BookTuber and what really attracted me was the medical aspect of the plot. I’m not a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, which is a shocker because I feel like everyone in my class is insanely obsessed with that show. I don’t like that show because of its over-the-top drama and unrealistic plots and portrayal of the medical field. So, I was hoping that this book was not going to be basically an episode of Grey’s on paper. I’m happy to say that this wasn’t a hit and miss and that I really enjoyed it!
H E L L O.
Sorry I’ve been MIA for the past week or so. Unfortunately, I got the gastro and was basically bedridden for a whole week. It was causing me on and off nausea and just when I thought I was doing better, it suddenly got worse and for a whole day, I couldn’t eat or drink anything because I had a horrible upset stomach. I had to go to the ER, where they thankfully re-hydrated me with the help of 2 boluses because my pulse was partying at 160/min. They also gave me some Gravol IV, which was absolute magic and made the nausea go away. All that to say that now I feel the best I’ve been since that gastro episode. I’ve also been busy with school, so I haven’t been really reading because I need to study for my critical care final. I did buy some books and I did start a new one. Since I haven’t read anything since my last review, I thought I could do a small book haul and talk about the books I want to get to read soon.
★★★★/5 | Goodreads
In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.
Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.
Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.
As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?
Holy crap, what a busy week it’s been 😪. I had to take a break from reading for a couple of days because of my critical care midterm on Monday. I think the last time I was this stressed for an exam was my nursing licence exam 😂. But this class has been killing me. It’s an intensive 9 weeks course and after that you have to complete 7 days of internship as well as perform 2 lab simulations, which one I did yesterday 😭 (it’s similar to OSCEs to those who are familiar with that, bless your soul) and do a nursing assignment on your internship. And at the end of aaaaaall that hard work, you get to go through another exam that is on everything critical care-related that we’ve seen since the beginning of the semester 💀. Needless to say that I definitely need a break 😩.
Anyways, back to the actual review. I’ve tried reading this book back in 2015, but I had a hard time getting through the story. I didn’t think the pace was moving as quickly as I wanted because I was used to YA books being a quick read. I’m not a big reader of historical fiction (the only one I read was All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr) but I’m definitely glad I decided to give this book a second chance because it was a great ride 😄.
★★★★★/5 | Goodreads
Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.
Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.
It’s been a while since a love story made me feel so many feelings. I went from all the ranges of happy to sad over the chapters. I flew through this one. It was so good! I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it because the reviews were either they loved it or completely hated it. But I’m very happy to have trusted my instincts and picked it up because it’s the kind of book that stays with you after the last lines. The last time I had that feeling, I think it was when I read Karma Brown’s The Choices We Make. When the author said that what inspired her initially for this book was her own breakup from a long and stable relationship, it definitely made sense. You could see the heartbreak through her writing and that made everything more genuine and relatable.
Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?
I read the Shatter Me series back in 2015. They were on sale in the iBook store and I was looking for something to read. I knew they were quite popular but I haven’t heard much on the story. I pretty much dove into the series blind and it ended up being the best reads of the year. I’m pretty sure I flew through them. So it was no surprised when I learned that there was going to be a sequel to the series, it got me excited to read again, something that I haven’t felt in a while. I quickly went through the trilogy to remind myself of the pig lines of the plot and the world so that I wouldn’t be too lost when Restore Me would come out. Re-reading some parts of the book really reminded me why I loved the series and how beautiful Tahereh Mafi’s writing is.
Hi. It’s been a long time.
My last blog post dated back from 2016, which is embarrassing… A lot has happened since and I felt like the right thing to do before trying to post other book reviews is to explain this strange hiatus.
★★★★★/5 | Goodreads
Hannah and Kate became friends in the fifth grade, when Hannah hit a boy for looking up Kate’s skirt with a mirror. While they’ve been close as sisters ever since, Hannah can’t help but feel envious of the little family Kate and her husband, David, have created—complete with two perfect little girls.
She and Ben have been trying for years to have a baby, so when they receive the news that she will likely never get pregnant, Hannah’s heartbreak is overwhelming. But just as they begin to tentatively explore the other options, it’s Kate’s turn to do the rescuing. Not only does she offer to be Hannah’s surrogate, but Kate is willing to use her own eggs to do so.
Full of renewed hope, excitement and gratitude, these two families embark on an incredible journey toward parenthood…until a devastating tragedy puts everything these women have worked toward at risk of falling apart. Poignant and refreshingly honest, The Choices We Make is a powerful tale of two mothers, one incredible friendship and the risks we take to make our dreams come true.
To continue on my adult fiction rampage, I decided to read this book. I had fallen on this title very randomly while I was browsing on the website where I order my books. Not gonna lie, the book cover looked like the ones from Catherine Mackenzie and that’s what caught my eye first.
I expected to like it but I did not expect to absolutely love it and feel completely heartbroken at the end 😭.