Review “Love Letters to the Dead”, by Ava Dellaira

· “You can be noble and brave and beautiful and still find yourself falling.” ·


It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more — though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was — lovely and amazing and deeply flawed — can she begin to discover her own path in this stunning debut from Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead.

My Review

Goodreads Rating: 5*

A few months ago, I finished reading this book and decided to put the review on hold because the experience had been too—what’s the right word? Intense? Hard? Emotional? Maybe. But also beautiful, healing, and inspiring.

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“Love Letters to the Dead” was certainly the most dificult read I’ve done this year, not only for all the pain the characters are in, but also for the themes Ava addresses. Throughout a series of letters to famous dead people that influenced her life, Laurel tells us her story—one that’s full of hurtful events, feelings she doesn’t quite understand and people she’s getting to know. And we learn, as we read Laurel’s words and listen to her music, read her favorite poems or even watch her movies, important lessons:

“But we aren’t transparent. If we want someone to know us, we have to tell them stuff.”

As I turned the pages, I fell for a new character and experienced more heartache. Getting to know them, things only seemed to get worst for them.


Inevitably, my heart broke for Hannah, Natalie Sky, May, Laurel (our precious storyteller), and Aunt Amy. And then, somehow, Ava’s gifted writing style made it okay not to be okay. To hurt. And to be able to heal.

“I know I wrote letters to people with no address on this earth, I know that you are dead. But I hear you. I hear all of you. We were here. Our lives matter.”

All in all, this was one of the most beautiful books I’ve read this year, filled with inspiring quotes and insightful thoughts. Full of pain, full of loss… and yet so full of life.

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“Since We Were Friends”, by me (!) is Free!

Hi, guys, how are you? A few weeks ago, I updated every part of my blog including my new YA Contemporary novel “Since We Were Friends”, but silly me, I never created an exclusive blog post for it, so here it goes!

Let me start by showing you the cover and the blurp…



Sixteen-year-old Regan Clark only longs for the summer camp trip her dad takes her and her three brothers in each year. But everything changes when the unimaginable happens—her best friend, and acquired fourth brother, Harper, turns into a big cheat and she gets cast aside.
So when school starts again, Regan finds herself friendless, struggling with soccer practice and on the verge of failing math. On top of that, Harper’s own issues lead him to move in with the Clarks, which makes it impossible to hide all the bad blood between them. 
But meeting Sophie turns into a mindblower, for Regan’s introduced to the strange world of girls she’s been missing out until now. And, much to her dismay, she soon finds out what hurts the most about losing her best friend—to be secretly in love with him.


It is F R E E!

If you liked the cover and the blurp and you’re thinking about giving it a go, it is 100% free! That’s right! And here’s how to get it:

  1. Go to Swoonreads and create an account. (Don’t worry, registration takes less than 2 minutes and you won’t get annoying emails from anyone.)
  2. Add “Since We Were Friends” to your library (“My Reads”)
  3. Get the app or read on your computer! (It works like Kindle, so not much to say on this point.)
  4. Rate with the hearts and leave your comments.
  5. Share, share, share the love ♥ (I can’t stress enough how important this is for authors)
  6. Join my happy dance—it goes something like this:


Having said all that, I really hope you read it and enjoy it (and let me know your thoughts, of course)!


Review “Don’t Forget Me”, Judy Corry

· “Jess was the sun in my life and I wondered if I would ever make it out of the darkness now that he was gone.” ·

36275618Sparks are flying between these best friends. Could a practice kiss change everything?
Eliana Costa has never kissed a guy. Her best guy friend, Jess, is more than willing to help her out. He has plenty of experience, since he finds a new girlfriend every other week. But when a practice kiss brings on feelings Eliana hadn’t bargained for, her already messy life is thrown into a new level of chaos. 
Life is already more than she can handle after her dad’s disappearance. Eliana worries that if she admits her feelings to Jess, she just might lose her best friend. And right now, a best friend is all she needs. But when another girl tries to date Jess, Eliana is forced to decide if taking a chance on love is worth the risk.

My Review:

Goodreads Rating: 4*

A few weeks ago I got this book for free from Amazon and… Well, being a sucker for the best-friends falling in love sort plot, I absolutely loved this! 

Jess and Eliana have lived next door their entire lives. They grew up playing together and they came to develop a very unique sort of bond—they really, reaaaally get one another. But, being a womanizer, Jess is too bussy dating other girls (and breaking up with them) to do anything about his feelings for Eliana. Until Eliana asks him to kiss her, you know, just for practice, “to get it over and done with”. And then, everything changes.


To begin with, for Eliana, things at home are “rocky” to put it very mildly. And Jess is soon going away to college, which is not that far away, but it’s not exactly next door either… Not to mention that anything they do about their feelings could change their friendship for good…


But, some things are impossible to avoid… Like love! And when Eliana and Jess face their feelings, they get to know one their best-friend in a whole new level.

However, fate still has some obstacles in the way for these two… And it will be up to them to overcome their fears, predujice, self-esteem issues and pride in order to be with the one they love.


All in all, it was a deleightful story. I loved the characters and felt like Eliana went a long way from the beginning till the end. The plot is fast-paced, things are happening all the time and it’s really easy to follow. The ending felt a bit rushed (in terms of solving the family conflict), and as for the love story, there’s something I really didn’t agree with (but I won’t spoil it for you!) Finally, the book fell in a few clichés that were great to add conflict to it and keep it moving, but clichés nonetheless.


Review “Lady Danger”, by Glynnis Campbell

· “Marriage was man and wife, side by side as they were now, sharing life’s adventures and battling its challenges…together.  It was an alliance forged of the finest steel, tempered in the fires of adversity, and thus blessed by unrivaled strength.” ·


19038544Damsels in shining armor…riding to the rescue!
Deirdre, Helena, and Miriel, three kick-arse Scots wenches, aren’t about to become any man’s chattel, until they meet heroes who are strong enough to tame their wild ways and worthy enough to win their wayward hearts.
Born to the blade and raised to fear no one, Deirdre of Rivenloch never shies away from a fight and never turns her back on a threat to her land or her family. But she’s never met a man like Sir Pagan Cameliard, the bold and powerful knight who comes at the king’s command to make a marriage alliance with Rivenloch. To save her younger sister, Deirdre tricks Pagan into marrying her instead, and now she faces a new kind of enemy who crosses swords with her by day and lays siege to her heart by night.

My Review

Goodreads Rating: 5*

Let me start by saying…


This was so much better than I anticipated! I’m gonna go ahead and confess that what I love the most about Historical Romance as a genre is that it’s full of clichés and it rarely ever lets me down. I know I’m gonna have some adventures, some laughs and a lot of “aw” moments. I know I’m not gonna have to do a lot of thinking or a lot of emotional processing, which is why I choose these novels when I’m swamped with work or just can’t deal with “heavier” reads.

Anyways, back to Lady Danger (which you can and SHOULD get for free thanks to Bookbub), let’s start with the biggest cliché breaker—cover and blurp already anticipate  damsels that, far from being in distress, are wearing shinning armours and willing to fight and die for those they love ♥


This is true to the point that even the sister that seems more “fragile” ends up being a complete bad-ass and I would completely enjoy to read their stories!

When Deirdre marries Pagan to protect her younger (“fragile”) sister from a marriage without love, she’ll find herself fighting the heardest battles—proving her husband that she’s cut out for the battlefield and not giving in to the strange feelings he awakes in her… especially when he kisses her.


On his behave, Pagan fears for his wife’s life and strongly believes a woman’s place is not in the arena. He’s commited to keep Deirdre safe… even if that means breaking her most precious belonging to keep her from sparring—her sword.


As I said, this book was most enjoyable and if you’re into the genre and would like a refreshing twist or two, this is definitely for you 😉

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Review “The Darling Boys”, by Kyra Weiss

· “Maybe they were right about me not living my life to the fullest. The Darling boys were kings at that, they were kings of everything.”·

TheDarlingBoys_SwoonReads_s2B604h“The Darlings have lived next door my whole life. They kept a low profile, never leaving the house. None of them except their three boys, the boys that would soon ruin my entire life.”
Sienna Hall never questioned her rude neighbors next door. They had always just been in the background. That was until Sienna saw a stranger walk into the house as if it were his own. And she does the stupidest thing possible. 
She follows him. 
She couldn’t have ever imagined what she would find behind the closed doors. Or who and what the Darling Boys really are.


My Review

My rating: 4*

If you’ve been following my blog last friday, you already know that a good review is on the way for this one 😉 I read this book during last week’s readathon and I couldn’t have made a better choice! Before I jump to spill my thoughts on this one, I’d like to remind you all, this is available for free on Swoonreads.

The moment you open the book, you find a Peter Pan quote and you know you are in for an awfully big adventure ♥ And indeed, far from a retelling, this is quite something else. It has a lot of new twists that detour the story line from Peter and point it towards the closest to “the lost boys” in the story. Boys who are growing, but refuse to continue to do so; boys who throw killer parties, have a mysterious past and good hearts… but refuse to grow up!


But then, Sienna follows a stranger into their house and everything changes… for everyone! For she’ll awake unknown feelings in Robbie, feelings that don’t really suit a boy. And thus, the story unfolds. (And I refuse to spoil that for you, so don’t ask!)


Personally, I think so far the story is greatly achieved. However, the author kind of forgot “everything else” and made it all about the boys and Sienna, leaving aside a lot of factors that could have enriched the story immensely. (I nonetheless, loved the book!)

Also, this story has an alternative ending and I really hate that. I think that as an author, you write the story, so it’s your job to give it an end, even if it’s an open ending. I don’t understand (and never did, actually) movies and books that include alternative endings.  Everyone knows it—you cant walk with god and hold the devil’s hand.

Other than that, I think you should really give this a go if you’re into Peter Pan. It really is strong and original, and definitely worth some word of mouth. The ball is in your court now 😉