I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by JANDY NELSON

Sun? If it wont give you the sun, i don’t know what else, since this is one of the most illuminating reads i had ever set my eyes on. No confusion at all, just the right flow of the story. Jumping back and forth of the past and present between the two main characters is sometimes confusing but not Noah and Jude. Their parts were totally aligned, even the POVs were clear as daylight. You know who was telling the side of the story and you immediately jump to his or her account. You immediately relate and you instantly become him or her. Noah or Jude, it doesn’t matter.

And why wont you become Noah and Jude? They are interesting characters. Both of which are lovable, witty, funny and artistic, but imperfect in their own ways. Nasty and sometimes cruel, there’s always a reason behind those acts. The end justifies the means, as they always say, but these flaws were the ones that made them whole in the end. Both broken but finding their pieces. Situations and things helped them find and put them back together. CSA, Devil’s Drop, studio, the church and its pews, Woodbird, leather jacket, meteriotes, ladder and rooftop, oranges and onions, sketches and sandwomen. But mostly, people helped them. “Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story,” no matter how odd their part will be. Mom and Dad, Brian, Oscar, Guillermo, even the parrot too.

One of the more entertaining reads, if i may add. Why so? Because of how the author used words to describe. A lot of words, actually, but thats the point. Clear and lucid and very picturesque. In my mind, Noah and Jude became alive. I love how she painted the world in Noah’s sketches, Noah’s broken heart and broken dreams. I love how Jude turned herself and her world upside down, and back up again. I love how detailed she become when it comes to setting the mood, the feels, the aches and pains, the elated joy, the overall emotions in the story, rollercoaster ride or calm as a still water. I love how smooth the transition even though the scene was heartbreaking or overwhelming. I love. I love. I love. I could go on and on, but i really would want you to experience it by yourself. That laughing out loud, that harrumphing when annoyed, that disappointed and broken feeling, that squeals and feels for delight, disgust, or mixed emotions. She showed them all, quite comprehensibly.

I cannot help but to love Jandy Nelson, more and more! This is the second book that i read from her, THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE, being the first.
I remember how confused I was with her word-building and too much descriptions back then but now ive realized that was the secret. She did it on purpose so you can thoroughly enter the world she wants you to see and live in. That book took me by storm. I remember how i loved her characters back then, Lennie and Toby, big no. But Lenny and Joe, big yes. Joe Fontaine is such a sweetheart.

But I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN is another masterpiece. NOAHandJUDE.
I just finished reading minutes ago, and i sure feel the good vibes that it left behind. So go ahead, turn that very first page. Let’s start remaking the world.

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For you, little sister!

When you came, you complete us.
Poppie, Mommie, big Arjaye and little Jaemie.
Sometimes naughty, sometimes nice, Most important thing, you grew up good and wise.

Miles and miles apart, life took us.
I became the nomad, you became the guru.
I travel with people, you teach the people.
Really… flying and teaching, how can it mix?
Hey, we are the very best example!

Together, we did,
We complement, we exist.
You are the best travel buddy i got, I am your best student.
Love and life aspects, even im older, so what?

Sharing and learning, celebrating and idling.
Of all the similarities, what got us going,
Most are the abstracts, parallels and contrasts.
Seeing not eye to eye at times, our interest varies, our trait collides.

Misunderstandings, disappointments, but what sweeter and better than reconciliations and making ups?
I learn, you learn.
Nothing can beat that if we manage bad habits to burn.

Life in this world is better with you.
Every memories, every experiences, every bits and pieces.
Life may give me more choices and surprises,
But i will never trade the day when you came and be the cutest sister.

Those round eyes and big wide smile , all bundled up… Ooohhhh they just took our breaths away.

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Looking at you now, prettier and sweeter, all grown up…
Ooooohh you still take breaths away, mine and most admirers out there.

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I will always be here for you, little sister.
Happiest birthday!
God bless always!
I love you forever!

<3 <3 <3

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Weekly Photo Challenge : ADVENTURE

Amazing Niagara!

We are sooooo blessed to experience this one of a kind adventure at least once in our lifetime. But we really don’t mind if we’ll have the chance to come back again. Really.

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(Marj and i, about to board the Hornblower at Niagara Falls. 2nd to tick in our bucket list in CANADA.)

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TRAVELS & ADVENTURES: EDGEWALK, CN TOWER, Toronto, CANADA

2 Days in Toronto means 2 activities ticked off in my bucketlist.

 

1.  EDGEWALK

CN Tower is not only known for the picturesque view of the city through its viewing deck, not only for the 360 degrees revolving restaurant, but most importantly so for experiencing one heaven of a heart-pumping activity called the edgewalk.

Edgewalk is a guided stroll around the tower.  It is a suspended 20-30 minute walk at the roof of the CN Tower restaurant 553 meters high above the ground.  The package for the price of 175 C$ plus taxes includes the walk, certificate of completion, a  video dvd copy and 2 printed copy of photos taken during the walk.  USB for other pictures is optional.  You can have it for an extra charge of 25 C$.

My best girlfriend, Marjori and I decided to try it for ourselves.

Skeptical at first, but excitement filled our system as soon as we hit the base camp, the starting point where they geared us up , jumpsuit, harness and all.  Test for alcohol in the system is a must, and nothing should be in your pockets like phones or wallet, and nothing in you even like jewelries or hair pins.  An orientation was held for safety reasons.

Then we were all set,  ready to go up, up and away.   Steven, our guidemaster, with Dave and Jenny triple checked our harnesses before they sent us out to the big, high, wide world.  Tell you frankly, I am much more excited than scared.  Really, I was almost always flying because of my work, but not like these, suspended just with the harness, nothing to hold on to, in a walkway not as wide as.  But still, this was a new experience for me.  The adrenaline was kicking hard.

The crew with us consisted of brothers Scott and Greg, lovers Cris and Nicole, father and son, Dave and Andrew, and yours truly, friends Arjaye and Marj.

Up there, we can see the different angles on a birds eye view of the city.  The roofs of the skyscrapers, the bodies of water and buildings and structures.  The air, the wind, the sun and the sky, we can feel them all.  In heights like that, you tend to panic sometimes and thoughts of falling or ropes breaking can consume you, that was why Steven always cracked some jokes to release the tension, plus the group’s encouragement helped us to enjoy the moment.  In the end, we all nailed it, successfully!

Overall, it is a must-try.  People like us, adventure-seekers, will truly appreciate EDGEWALK.

You should see how we conquered the fear of heights , once and for all, through this compilation.  One breath-taking, thrill of a lifetime , unforgettable experience.  I am glad I did this!  WE ARE REALLY PROUD OF US!

 

 

EDGEWALK IS LOVE!

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49. WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart

No.  I don’t have any ideas to give you about this book.

I never read this, never ever saw this my entire life.  Sorry.

But wait, yes, maybe i have because I remember it’s about dragons? or vampires? or elves?

It is about the doctor, kidnapped by aliens.

Or shadowhunter Jace frenchkissing Anna.

I don’t remember at all.  I’m not sorry, though.

Ahhhh, the life story of Pinocchio or Jim Carrey, just pick one!

I feel that i know something about this book, I think I dreamt about it last night.

But i didn’t sleep last night at all, I partied the whole night through.

You think i’m just inventing this but all the while i am saying the truth.

Well,

In the beginning, even Adam and Eve lied to God that they ate the apple,

Possibly, WE WERE LIARS, we are their sons and daughters after all.

 

we were liars

 

BRIEFEST REACTION EVER:

Mysterious. Puzzling.  Don’t ever read reviews or anything about this, it might spoil the fun or sadness, for that matter.  Do what i did, when i got the book, i just dove right in! Don’t be bothered by the words, they will connect the dots for you.  You will have  a lot of assumptions, but everything will fall into its places, don’t worry.  Just read on and then you’ll know, then you’ll understand.It was a tragedy, but then it’s beautiful. I laughed when it ended, but probably i’m just lying.

 

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48. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK by Piper Kerman

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Now watching:  ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Season 1 Episode 5 : THE CHICKENING

I must say that i am pretty much enjoying the first few episodes of this not so latest series of Netflix.  I know, it is already on it second season since it premiered last year, but I just got my hands on it last month.  And boy, ive been impressed!  It was an overhaul version of the book that i just read last month, but still I am quite thrilled to see these girls come alive in the tv screens.  Well, they did a lot of changes, major ones, like the names and the sequences of events, plus the characterization of each and every people Piper met while doing her time in jail, but still I cannot shake the fact that i already did have an idea before i watch them on tv.  This version is quite more explicit than its written counterpart, since it is more visual and vivid, seen by the naked eyes.  But honestly, im hooked.  Taylor Schilling is really fit for the job.

I am really looking forward for more wonderful episodes of OITNB.  Not that i want to experience it myself in real life, though!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

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“With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there. — goodreads”

MEMOIR. the first that i was able to read one. in all honesty, i was excited to read this because of its Netflix’s adaptation. i heard about the book mainly because of the show. As much as i wanted to dive into watching, i would really want to have a headstart by scanning through it. hence, i listened into its audiobook counterpart. What did i get? Yes, a true-to-life-story, personal experience, blow-by-blow updates of a day-to-day life inside prison. Though it was very factual and informative, i lost track of all the names and their doings. Yes, some of them stuck to my mind because Piper was constantly mentioning them, but unfortunately, the way she sometimes narrated, truly confusing. Jumping from one topic to another, the flow was just frustrating to follow through. it was because she wanted to put all of those details, even the most minute ones, to emphasize, or rather to squeeze in the one year chock of informations about her imprisonment.

The book was really an eye opener for me. though, it happened at the other end of the geographical world, far from my local home, i believe it doesn’t fall far away from the realities and actuality of the situations, also happening in every prison cells in my country and others. the book revealed most of the unfairness and mistreatment, racial discrimination, impartialities of the justice system.

Though, Piper seemed to get away from the harsh truth of being confined in jail, by being helpful and friendly to everybody, by constantly using her good and charmed looks, by befriending who’s who while inside, and by being tagged as rich, blue-eyed, white blond who almost got everything she wanted, there was no mistaking that still, she lost some of her good months away from her family and loved ones. nobody dreams of going into jail, thus i assumed that in that one year, she really learned her lesson well, along with other useful crafts she did inside.

The conclusion tugged my heart, as the reconciliation with Larry gave a wonderful feeling. i just wish she mentioned more of the life outside, especially with all the bonds she formed with other inmates, i just wish she remained in touch with them. because in a lot of ways, these women had impart life wisdoms to her that she will carry through and remember for the rest of her life.

I’m glad, somehow, i knew one Piper Kerman out there.

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47. SECOND CHANCE SUMMER by Morgan Matson

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The plot is not something as new and not extraordinary. In fact, it has the common theme of family, love and friendship drama. Just the heavy topic of death hovering the lead page. But the simplicity of how it is written, of how it is centered on one place, made the story personal, heart-melting even.

It mainly focused on the family aspect. While struggling to accept the fact that a loved-one might be gone in 3 months or four, the whole Edwards family went back to their old summer house in Lake Phoenix, after 5 long years. Mom, Dad, Big brother Warren, Little sister Gelsey and Mid-child Taylor. All were used to the comforts of the city and their individual busy lives there that when they found out that Dad has stage 4 cancer, it was decided that they should spend the summer, the “maybe-last summer” together in the familiar and homey place of their lakehouse.

Unwillingly, Taylor, was half-heartedly dragged home due to some personal reasons. She left some unfinished business 5 years ago, and would not want to confront her fears. It allegedly involved Lucy, her former bestfriend, and Henry, her first love. Now that she came back, meeting them was inevitable. But the fact that Taylor knew she was the one at fault before, she had to make some amends and rekindle the friendships.

The summer was just like any summer. Beach, dock, movies under the stars, bicycle rides, flip-flops, kisses, falling stars, ice cream and cake and more. But the best thing about Taylor’s summer was the chance that she got to make all things right. With her family, especially with her dad. I love the scenes when they sneak out to have their quality time, like breakfasts and getting to know each other questions. I really loved that! I was overwhelmed with the fact that they get to say their respective goodbyes. That while facing and accepting death is not an easy thing to handle, the whole family faced it together. They had the best last summer together!

Henry and Lucy and Warren and Gelsey and other sub characters made the story more interesting. I was just quite disappointed on how the revelation of Taylor’s not wanting to go back because of what happened 5 years ago turned out. I just thought it was that silly. But when i come to think of it, it was very Taylor. Because she was this person who always run away when the going gets tough, when life for her becomes hard. It was not a good trait of her, and i hate her for that. She was that coward in every little thing.

This is a story about family. And love between them, between friends, between lovers. This will make you appreciate more the life that you have and the time that you get to spend with your loved ones. Don’t waste opportunities when you can be with your family and friends dear to you. Always show them that you care. Always tell them that you love them. Because no matter how easy going your life maybe now, you don’t know when the time will be up. You don’t want to have regrets in the end.

Over all, the writing is simple and easy to comprehend. The vivid details made you know more about the characters and the setting. The fact that i love the beach and the sun and summer. Plus the fact that i get to learn classic movies to watch out for, Casablanca and the Thin Man. I learn to appreciate the book not only for the story itself but the things i get to learn from it. Now, i know what to do with my lazy coffee bondings with friends and families, get to know more with q & a’s. :)

NOW WATCHING CASABLANCA.  Thanks SECOND CHANCE SUMMER for introducing this to me.

I have a full copy here, though.  But i’m sharing you the trailer of the Youtube link, anyway.

 

My favorite quote:

“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine. — Rick”

“Awwwww… wait, quick info.  I’ve been to Casablanca, Morocco already. My stay was short and sweet, cultural and of course,  a taste of modern times, year 2006.  Casablanca movie was year 1942, a lot had changed already.  Still, i enjoyed it though.  CLASSIC! — arjaye”

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43-46. UNEARTHLY, HALLOWED, BOUNDLESS, RADIANT by Cynthia Hand

Angels, angel-bloods.  Humans.  Bonds.  Family.  Love.  Adventure.  Destiny.  Free-will.  Loyalty.  Go0d versus Evil.

UNEARTHLY (#1)

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“In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees…
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?”—goodreads

BRIEF REACTION:

angels and angel-bloods. this is just a smooth sailing book with action just in the climax. written good as an introduction to their world, this is quite easy to comprehend. it doesnt bombard you with information overload. dull at times, but curiosity kept me on my toes, just because my first read about angels was a fail at that. so this unearthly, it redeemed the status of angels as one that i would like to know, and explore about. what they can do and what are their purposes interacting literally in the human world. and if they do fall in love with a human, like Carla did with “i will not name yet”, what will happen? say, this a new realm that i want to dive into, not aggressively but calmly. :)

and im telling you… the twist at the end, made me question about destiny. :)

HALLOWED (#2)

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“For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn’t prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.”

BRIEF REACTION:

Boy, i wouldn’t have imagined that this will up a notch.. but it did, in my opinion and in the state of my heart where Ms. Hand left after i closed the last few pages. Hallowed left me almost breathless, though no heavy climax or action needed to support that. Just the feelings of each and every character, enough to put my heart in its most saddest form. Like something was squeezing the life out of it, my heart was tattered and shredded into heavy pieces. Why o why did she have to do it? I had this heaviness since she gave me the scenario of Clara’s next vision right at the first chapter. Imagine the struggle?! I had so many speculations, and i fear for them to happen. I was afraid for it might come true. What she thought of losing might be happening on my next turn of a page. And i dreaded that. Every troubled situation they were in, I prayed that Clara will be as tough as. But when it finally did happen, i cannot say if i am relieved or devastated. I was in denial, for quite a few minutes. After all, the revelations and the happenings and the decisions made were a lot to take in. But It cannot be the end for everything… I refuse to believe that. No matter how righteous everyone’s decision, it just can’t be the end of it. :(

and i’m telling you… it kept me sullen for quite a few hours, mulling over how this one ended.  it just cannot be that sad!

Bonus: RADIANT (a novella #2.5)

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“Clara is desperate to get away—from the memories that haunt her in Wyoming and the visions of a future she isn’t ready to face—and spending the summer in Italy with her best friend, Angela, should be the perfect escape. . . .

For as long as she can remember, Angela has been told that love is dangerous, that she must always guard her heart. But when she met a mysterious guy in Italy two years ago she was determined to be with him, no matter the costs. Now she must decide whether she can trust Clara with her secret, or if telling her the truth will risk everything she cares about.”

BRIEF REACTION:

THAT summer in Italy.  a nice escape to yes! a quick novella, entertaining to read but not in a “must-to-be” sense. because with or without this facts or infos about angela’s affair with phen, the trilogy will still harbor the same result. after reading, it didn’t alter my opinion on angela or phen’s character. wit or without this RADIANT, the trilogy is complete as it is.

BOUNDLESS (#3)

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‘The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California – and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.”

BRIEF REACTION:

oooh..what a ride…oops a flight, is more fitting! hehe Angel-blood clara and all her adventures made me like this series more. I can truly say that every thing fits perfectly into its places. the words, the scenes, the characters. not forced, but was presented in a very smooth way. oh i just loved each and one of them. the story itself is quite predictable but boy, there were a lot of times that i never saw things coming. some were sudden and drastic turn of events but flowed smoothly at that, leaving a transition of one feeling to another heartfelt and tugging moments right at the core of your soul. i loved how Ms. Hand played about the love conflicts. it was just the ideal way. and the revelations, they kept on coming without warning. so you were left craving for more of Clara, Christian, Tucker and Jeffrey.

finales can make or break a series. BOUNDLESS passed that stage with flying colors.

CLOSING NOTE:

I never would have imagined that i would like this series more than i am willing to admit. But i did! I LIKED UNEARTHLY, I FELT FOR HALLOWED, AND BOUNDLESS CLOSED THE DEAL. i may not tell you whom clara ended with, but this i will leave you to think about. “because, he is my home.” now, destiny or not, your guess is as good as mine, when i just started on this. to know how will it happen, that is your quest. But i am a sucker for happy ever afters, i just want you to know that. :)

Go, fellow readers, read and find out for yourselves!

As for me, this a good break for scouting for more paranormal angelic readings.. hence, angels redeemed their likable status for me.  Thank you Ms. Cynthia Hand.

 

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TEASER TUESDAYs (July 15, 2014)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

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this is mine,

 

“… but most of all, i was trying not to think about the fact that we had been told, by experts who knew these things, that he had approximately three months left to live.” 

 

second chance summer

SECOND CHANCE SUMMER by MORGAN MATSON

what’s yours??? :)

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42. HOW TO KILL A ROCKSTAR by Tiffanie Debartolo

Freaking goddamn 5 stars, if i can’t have more!

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What’s with these rockstar images that i cannot help to resist in reads like this???

RIDGE of Maybe Someday (Click here for the review), ADAM Of Where She Went (Click here for the review), and now you, PAUL HUDSON of How to Kill a Rockstar.  Given with your good looks, and fine built and charming adorable eyes, dash up some that rough on the edges, that “i dont give a damn” act that you always try to show off, that cool and mysterious exterior that you keep on letting on.  But in real, you are as emotional as the girl next door.  The love for music, just like the air you breathe, deeply immersed on that world as sensitive as you can be.  The longing for that somebody, deep and rich that i wish i am that somebody.  Oh, Paul, Paul, peel that mask off, and let me see the real you.

‘This is the story of Eliza Caelum, a young music journalist, and Paul Hudson, a talented songwriter and lead singer of the band Bananafish. Eliza’s reverence for rock is equaled only by Paul’s, and the two fall wildly in love.

When Bananafish is signed by a big corporate label, and Paul is on his way to becoming a major rock star, Eliza must make a heartbreaking decision that leads to Paul’s sudden disappearance and a surprise knock-your-socks-off ending.—goodreads”

Seriously, this book is awesome, complete and worth reading. All the twists and turns, all those lines, and most of the ‘i never saw that coming’ parts kept me hooked.  All those feels that the characters had given me, that i can barely contain.  Those hopeless romantic, sappy, heart tugging simple moments that made my heart went ballistic, each and every other time.  I am telling you, this excited me, surprised me, confused me, made me hope, crushed me, shattered me, made me hope again, went in-denial, accepted willingly but very grateful in the end.  Pretty sums it all up, in that particular order! But it was all worthy of my time.  I guess, what is meant to happen, will happen,anyway.

Truly, it was a knock-your-socks-off-ending! That moment when you abandon all hope and leave it to fate, whatever comes after those tragedies in life.  Suddenly, there was light, a very bright light! Ahhhhh, life is really full of surprises!  Oh, Tiffanie, thanks for this story.

PICK THIS UP, AND READ THIS AS SOON AS! 

Please, let me assure you that this one will truly go up the top of your most favorite books.  If that’s not enough, let me relay to you on how they described Paul Hudson.  Maybe, this will convince you to know him more.

“He possesses the heat of a madman, the soul of a hopeful romantic and the voice of a god!”

And Eliza Caelum, she’s the epitomy of the saying,

“whatever you desire, if you put your heart and soul in it, you can conquer your fear and follow all your dreams.”

 

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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