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The Handbook For Beautiful People

Marla seems to be getting her life back together. She has an accomplished musician boyfriend Liam and her roommate Dani is a true friend, minus her drug addiction. Marla enjoys her job at the diner and doctor’s office. When Marla’s deaf brother Gavin comes for a visit her world is upended. Gavin and Dani get along better than she thought. She wasn’t expecting them to fall in love. Liam tries to convince Marla that Dani is a bad influence on her. When Marla gets pregnant she thinks her happily ever after has finally arrived until she realizes Liam isn’t as much the night in shining armor she thought he was. When Marla gets into a car accident she’s sure Liam will come to her rescue, but it ends up Dani and Gavin arrive instead. Even though Dani has her drug and men addictions she truly does care about Marla.

This book was tough to get into except for the prologue. The story’s POV jumps around within chapters so it can get a bit confusing of whose talking. The chapter names make no sense in relation to the story except for one chapter. I had to force myself to finish this book. I don’t believe in DNFing a book. Thankfully the ending made up for the struggle.

I received my free copy of The Handbook For Beautiful People by Jennifer Spruit from TLC Book Tours care of Inana Publications and Education in exchange for my review. If you enjoy new adult novels you may enjoy this one.

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Off: Your Digital Detox For A Better Life

This year I wanted to be different. I wanted to use my phone less. I wanted to unplug more. Have I in the past month of 2018? Nope. I even downsized my phone on purpose so the screen size would dissuade me from being on so much. That confession shows you how deep the phone addiction is. It’s embarrassing, sad and the state of most people unless you don’t own a smartphone. I’ve been seeing a number of books about to come out that deal with this topic.

Off: Your Digital Detox For A Better Life by Tanya Goodin is a short little book with great suggestions on how we can be wise with our phone usage and balance our life more. There are a variety of categories that Tanya addresses from how to unplug when socializing, having family time, exercising unplugged and restoring our love for hobbies that don’t involve a screen. I received my free ARC PDF from NetGalley in exchange for my feedback. So excited I read this short book and hoping to read others on how to divorce my phone addiction. Phones can be helpful, but when they atrophy our socializing skills then that should be a red flag.

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Salvation On Death Row: The Pamela Perillo Story

What would you do if you committed a horrible crime and got sentenced to death? Would you despair? Would you feel like your due penalty was fair? Pamela Perillo lived through a very rough upbringing and drug addiction, which lead to a crime that landed her on death row back in the 80’s. In TX of all states.

In prison she was introduced to Jesus and came to faith. Through her new found faith Pam befriended a few of the other women on Death Row, aiding them in coming to belief as well. These women created a small family of sorts; praying, talking and encouraging each other through the tough days.

If you like true crime books with a spiritual twist you will like this book. It’s not for someone with a weak stomach. Pamela’s life was not a bed of roses whether while growing up or after she landed in prison. This book gives a realistic window into what it’s like to be incarcerated. I received my free ARC of Salvation On Death Row, care of KiCam Projects in exchange for my review of this book. Thank you for an opportunity to get to read Pam’s important story.

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The Temptation Of Adam

We all have our addictions. Adam is addicted to porn. He gets put on school suspension for something he did in. During his suspension he is required to attend Knights Of Vice, an addiction recovery group that one of his high school teachers sponsors. Adam is not keen on going, but his dad offers to go with him to his first meeting. At this first meeting he encounters fellow member, Dez Coulter, who is a beautiful mix of troubled, beautiful, sarcastic and intense. Will this support group help Adam slay his porn addiction? Will the beautiful Dez pull Adam into the world of the living instead of the digital?

When I first started this novel I wasn’t that into the storyline, but once I got a bit deeper in I was hooked to find out what happens to Adam. Porn addiction is not hugely discussed in YA, but it’s a common addiction teens need help with, heck so do a lot of adults. The Temptation Of Adam deals with this important topic with grace, humor and raw honesty. No matter what your own addiction might be, we all just might struggle like Adam does.

I was sent a free copy of The Temptation Of Adam from SkyPony Press in exchange for my honest assessment. Thank you Emma for sending me a copy. This book is heartfelt, funny, sobering and enlightening. Thank you Mr. Connis for writing about a very taboo topic and bringing it out into the light.

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Fix Me

fdd4a838-fc50-4306-a95c-499f1e2234fd-12208-000005a1ff8aa5ac_file.jpgPenelope tells herself she’ll quit, but if she takes Fix one more time she’ll be able to see Nate, her imaginary boyfriend. She knows Nate isn’t real, but she senses he’s trying to tell her something. Fix is the popular drug at school. Her best friend Rose is her supplier and she doesn’t want to piss off Rose by quitting. Penelope has been dealing with the year from Hell. Her sister killed herself and her mom has a verbally abusive boyfriend. Fix helps her get through life. One night when Penelope goes to a party at Rose’s the night turns ugly after a bad trip on Fix. Should Penelope turn to her childhood best friend Jenelle for help?

This YA Thriller covers a multitude of important topics. Teen drug use is the major one. Mind altering antidepressant pills are popular. Relationships are another topic covered in this novel. Penelope is trying to navigate her rocky friendship with Rose and her ships in the night relationship with her mom. Then there’s Nate who seems to only come to her when she’s on Fix. Penelope did have a real boyfriend, but that’s in the past. Grief is another big topic covered. How we deal with the sudden passing of a loved one.

If you enjoy mysteries and thrillers I highly recommend Fix Me by Lisa Cronkhite. I almost read this ARC in one day. I was given this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for my review. Thank you for an awesome read.

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The Crows Of Beara

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I didn’t quite know what I’d get into when reading The Crows Of Beara by Julie Christine Johnson. This book captured my heart. This novel follows Annie, a freshly out of rehab PR Rep who begs to be allowed to do an assignment in Ireland. Her boss is leery of her not being quite up to the task decides to allow her when her colleague has to back out at the last minute. Annie is excited to be back in Ireland where she previously vacationed with her husband, Stephen. The difference now is that her marriage is on the rocks. Annie hopes this time away will give her a chance to regroup.

When Annie gets to Ireland on her assignment she meets the local hiking guide named Daniel. They seem to have some inexplicable connection. Annie waves it off as nothing, but when her assignment in Ireland seems to be turning ugly she realizes there’s more to the assignment than she thought. Is there more to Daniel than meets the eye? Is Annie ready to fully face her demons?

If you like Ireland, love suspense, some possible romance this novel might be perfect for you. I received a free copy of it from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. This book was sweetly written, scenery spot on and the storyline hard to put down. I couldn’t help myself by YouTubing Beara. Yes, it is a real place in Ireland. This book does it justice with its description. Now I want to go visit it. For further information on the author, click here and if you are interested in purchasing a copy click here. The icing on the cake for me was the character being from Seattle and the nice shout out to Cafe Vita.