Review | The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett (@laura_jbarnett)

23 July 2016


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Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Pages: 401
Summary:
What if you had said yes? The moments that change everything... One Day meets Sliding Doors in this outstanding debut that is causing a buzz across the publishing world. Some moments can change your life forever. Have you ever wondered, what if...?

A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment, their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their life.

Eva and Jim are nineteen and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva's then-lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply. The Versions of Us follows the three different courses their lives could take following this first meeting. Lives filled with love, betrayal, ambition but through it all is a deep connection that endures whatever fate might throw at them.

The Versions of Us explores the idea that there are moments when our lives might have turned out differently, the tiny factors or decisions that could determine our fate, and the precarious nature of the foundations upon which we build our lives. It is also a story about the nature of love and how it grows, changes and evolves as we go through the vagaries of life.


The Version of Us has been on my radar for a few months and I finally got around to reading it and I landed up reading the book in one day. The book opens with three versions of the same event leading to Eva and Jim meeting, or in one case, not meeting. 

As the book progresses we read three different versions of Jim and Eva's lives told in sets of chapters cycling through the stories and their two POVs. Laura weaves a beautiful set of tales and I loved seeing how seemingly ordinary decisions change the courses of their lives forever, bringing them together and, in some cases, pulling them apart.

I was intrigued by the concept of the book and interested to see how the version of Jim and Eva's lives would play out and whether there were any similarities and similar events throughout them and I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were some shared events across all three just with varying degrees of success and interaction. With the nature of the book we see these events occurring one after another and I loved seeing the differences which in some cases (particularly in the version Eva and Jim never met properly) how differently they play out. 

My main worry with this book was the way the chapters have been set up. As I said, the book cycles through the three versions in the form of chapters and at times I found myself having to check which version I was on and realigning it in my head who was who. I think it could have been better set up in parts, each part playing out each version, I read the book in a day so it wasn't that often I needed to check back but I think if you read this over a number of days you may need to. 

Even though in every version, both Jim and Eva have their moments, I was hoping deep down in all three versions fate would play out and they would be together in the end. I think my favourite version was version three. I'm not sure why but that one sat well with me and the whole journey made for a great read. 

This book is far from your traditional romance and it reminds me a lot of a film I watched at the weekend Love, Rose (also based on a book which I want to read soon). It also makes you think about how one choice can totally change the course of your life forever. 

Re-Readathon Book | The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

20 July 2016

The lovely Bex from Armchair By The Sea is running her fourth re-readathon between August 10th and August 21st and this time it is timed perfectly for me as I have recently decided to re-read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
It's been three years since I last read this book and about four and a half year since I first read it. I loved it the first time I picked it up and I have planned to have a quote from the book incorporated into the book themed tattoo I want to have done:

"The circus arrives without warning"


This time, I have decided to read the paperback version instead of the Kindle version but it's so pretty I'm not sure I want to read it...


International Giveaway | Win a Signed Copy of What The Clocks Know by @RumerHaven

17 July 2016



The lovely Rumer Haven has provided me with a signed copy of her latest release, What the Clocks Know to giveaway to one of you! 

You can read my original review here and all you have to do to enter is follow the steps in the Rafflecopter below.

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Review | Let's Be Just Friends by Camilla Isley (@camillaisley)

10 July 2016


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Publisher: Pink Bloom Press
Pages: 127
Summary:

What if the man you’ve always loved isn’t the right one for you?

Rose Atwood has been in love with her best friend since she was twelve years old. The only problem is, he's the biggest player to have ever landed on Earth. Rose has waited forever for Tyler to grow up, all the while keeping her feelings under wraps for fear of getting hurt.

But after watching Tyler go through girl after girl, Rose has lost hope he’ll ever change. Being Tyler's best friend is becoming more difficult with every passing year and every new woman in his life—especially when the girlfriend du jour is Georgiana, a snotty, beautiful girl who’s in Law School with them and who never leaves Tyler's side.

When Rose, dumped by her long-term boyfriend, moves temporarily into Tyler’s apartment, tension spikes. Georgiana wants Rose out of the house. Rose wants Georgiana out of Tyler’s life. And Tyler … well, he doesn’t really know what he wants.

As an unexpected argument brings Rose and Tyler closer than they’ve ever been, they must decide if there’s more to their relationship than being just friends. And they must do it quickly, as Georgiana is determined to do everything in her power to keep Tyler and Rose apart. After all, all is fair in love and war.

Will Rose make a leap of faith and trust Tyler with her heart?

Will Tyler make the right choice, or will he be too late?

Let's Be Just Friends is a fast paced, captivating novella that will keep you glued to the pages with humor, heartbreak, and romance. It's a story about friendship, love, and the choices we make.

This is the third of Camilla's books I have read and like the other three, I throughly enjoyed it. Rose and Tyler have been friends since they were kids, are both at Harvard and, following Rose's split from her boyfriend, Marcus, have been living together much to the disdain of Georgiana, Tyler's girlfriend. 

The book starts with them being just friends but one night they sleep together and their relationship changes forever. What follows isn't your usual old friends story and I loved that. This book didn't go how I expected it to at all and that's so refreshing. 

Over the course of the book we hear from all four of the central characters (Rose, Tyler, Georgiana and Ethan) so we get to see how they are all feeling and how the book's events are affecting them. I read this book in pretty much one sitting and I loved how complex and well developed the characters were considering this is a novella. We got to see a lot of them and I loved the love triangle concept too, it was well written and thought out. 

The fact that we also saw Rose dating Georgiana's brother, Ethan, was awesome too! That was a really surprising addition to the story and worked really well. I started out thinking I was going to land up hating him but I honestly loved the guy. I genuinely saw him as a better outcome for Rose than Tyler could ever have been. She needed that outside and older influence without even knowing it. 

I did wonder about halfway through where this was going to go and I was pleasantly surprised. Camilla has taken the rule book for love triangles and old friendships and rewritten it which, like I said earlier, was so refreshing. She took a concept that could have been so predictable from start to end and shook it up until you had no idea what way it was going to go. 

This is a story about saving friendships and starting new relationships with some scandalous behaviour thrown in and I honestly loved the ending. It just felt right even if it wasn't how some of the characters saw their lives landing up and I loved how Camilla gave them the ending that was fitting for them rather than the ending that would have been predictable and even expected.

Review | Come to Light by Shaniel Watson (@shanielwatson1)

08 July 2016


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After years of wanting her and fighting against myself, I finally had her. For one brief weekend I was whole, looking into the eyes of the woman I've always loved. The one person I'd do anything for.

Catherine Reed is the love of my life, but I blew it when she discovered her sister and I were engaged. But things have changed.

I know she doesn't want anything to do with me, she needs time. Time to heal and repair the damage the discovery of our relationship did to her and her family. I'm willing to give her time, but I will not give up on us. She is my one true addiction and a love as strong as ours is worth fighting for.

Coming back to New York to be with my family and the man I’ve always loved seemed like the perfect plan. Little did I know that I’d be living in a kind of hell after my family turned against me. In the end, I had no choice but to let go of the love of my life, Nicholas Alexander.

I'm not sure if I can ever truly recover from losing a once-in-a-lifetime love and I know things will never be the same with my family. I didn't think my life could get more complicated, but I was wrong. Consequences for the choices we've made may cost me everything.

This weekend just gone, I posted my review of the first book in this series and loved it. Well, I loved the second book just as much! Seriously! I love these books and characters. I couldn't put this book down, I was even reading it in the morning on the train to work when I am usually fast asleep. 

When Come to Light opens, Nick and Cat aren't together and are both missing one another with their split affecting Nick on a level a break up never has before. I had an idea of how this book would move forward to get Cat and Nick back together, it seemed like the most likely thing and I was right. When Cat collapses at school one day she gets the hospital to call Nick, following that turn she discovers she is pregnant and there is no one it is anyone else's child but Nick's.

I absolutely loved reading this book and seeing more of Nick. If you loved the man in the first book, you will fall head over heels in love with him reading this. Seeing him interacting with Cat when she is pregnant was just awesome, although if I were Cat I would get continually exasperated with him! But all he does comes from a well meaning place considering what he lost in the last book and how that is going to shape him going forward so you can't help but love him for it. 

Of course, it isn't plain sailing and both Cat and Nick have moments where I wanted to lean into my Kindle and scream at them, because the both of them really do do some stupid stuff that they know isn't going to end well, yet they still do it. After the reveal of one of Nick's moments I hated seeing what it did to Cat but I was so proud of her when she finally got her comeback over the person who told her the lies she did and made what happened so much worse than it was. Equally, I also wanted to kill Nick for not telling Cat in the first place! Plus Nick's reaction makes you melt again. The man is just too damn perfect. Seriously. And there's another book boyfriend to add to the ever growing list. Like I needed another one, hey? 

Like the last book, there's an undercurrent of the back story involving Cat and her family following the fallout after the truth of her and Nick's relationship comes out after the final events of the last book. I thought I hated Cat's family the first time round but they get even worse in this book, I honestly don't think her mother or sister have a truly nice bone in their bodies and yes, Kate went through something horrific but the way she treats her own flash and blood is astounding.  


The one saving grace in Cat's family is her brother, Chris, he, out of them all, is the most likeable. Yes, he isn't happy but he manages to look past that and be there for her. And then there's Ava, oh Ava. Ava is the kind of best friend we all need, there with us and looking out for us. She really is awesome.

There are some really great moments in this book, one of my favourites has to be the trip that Cat and Nick take together later in her pregnancy where they just spend their days together and seeing them like that was so enjoyable to read. When they were able to get away from everything and just be without needing to worry, seeing them carefree and just being a young couple in love was awesome to read.

There were some predictable moments in this book but that didn't take away its awesomeness for me and the ending was just beautiful if heartbreaking for a time. My heart was in my mouth and I just had to know what was going to happen. Shaniel did another awesome job with this book and I cannot wait to see where she takes us next.


Review | Imperfections by Shaniel Watson (@shanielwatson1)

03 July 2016


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Pages: 534
Summary:
Who knew falling in love with my best friend had the potential to single-handedly destroy my entire family?

For as long as I could remember, I'd been in love with sexy, lawyer extraordinaire Nicholas Alexander. We’d always had a certain chemistry growing up, especially after we shared one passionate, forbidden, perfect kiss as teenagers. For years, I’d hoped he could look past my overprotective brothers and our age difference so we could be more than friends, I was wrong. Four years ago, I left New York and my heart behind. Now I was back to stake my claim on the only man I'd ever loved. But unbeknownst to me, things were way more complicated than I could’ve imagined when I learn he's engaged—to my sister.

Will the love and desire I feel for the one man I've ever truly wanted destroy me? Am I willing to risk it all, for a chance at everlasting love?

Catherine Reed was the one woman I couldn't have, but the one I always wanted. She was my best friend’s baby sister, which meant she was definitely off-limits to me and anyone else if I had my way. Not even having a merry-go-round of beautiful girls could stop me from wanting her. Watching her leave was hard, but I knew giving in to what I wanted back then would ruin her... us. All I've ever wanted was for her to be happy and to see her beautiful smile.

I haven't gotten to where I am by always doing what's right. She's back. I want her. I have every intention of making her mine.

This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18 due to language and sexual content.

Wow! Wow! Wow! This book is worth every single one of those five stars. I was contacted a few weeks ago about this book by Shaniel's PA and after realising I had time this month to fit in the book this month I am so glad I did. This book is one of the best romance books I've read, the characters are so well developed and you really rally around Cat and Nick. 

Cat and Nick have loved each other since their childhoods but neither of them acted on their attraction mainly due to the fact that Nick is Cat's brothers best friend. Cat has been away from home and decides upon her return home to finally go after Nick and make him hers but things go wrong when she discovers Nick and her sister, Kate are engaged to be married with the announcement happening the night she returns home.

I really felt for Cat at that point and I just wanted to hug the poor girl and, even more so, when it appears that nothing is as it seems between Nick and Kate and she is essentially trapping him into something he wants as much as a hole in the head. Nick and Cat have an intense attraction to one another and are pulled to each other whenever they are nearby. Once Cat learns the truth behind the engagement and what led to it she realises that nothing is as it seems with her sister and the love of her life.

Nick and Cat's relationship is so well developed in this book and it isn't just them. All the supporting characters are well developed and I give major credit to Shaniel, you fell like you know something about all the characters, not just the main ones and that's the way it should be. 

There's a moment in the book where the walls come crashing down and Nick and Cat find their way to each other and you can't help get behind them. One of my favourite points in this book is when Nick and Cat spend a weekend together, in a bubble and are so happy, I just wanted it to carry on like that but I knew it wouldn't.

Every scene in this book is so well thought out and I love how we switch between Nick and Cat's point of view, it means you see from early on just how ripped up Nick is by the situation he is in and how clear it is that he knows he's made a huge mistake and that makes you not hate him. It would be so easy to hate Nick and I think that's why it's so important we need to see his POV and it's only through his eyes we begin to see Kate's true colours and plans before Cat does. 

Can I just say how much I hate Kate? I don't think I have ever hated an antagonist in a book as much as her, she honestly doesn't have a nice bone in her body and that's when she's talking to her own flesh and blood. Also, Cat's mother isn't much better either! I really hope in the next book they have a stand-off and are told how badly they've behaved by Cat.

But for all the bad Kate brings with her it is balanced out by Cat's best friend, Ava, who is also Nick's cousin. Ava is all kinds of amazing and I loved this girl to the moon and back, there isn't anyone better who could be there for Nick and Cat and she's there for them both through this all and, despite Nick being her cousin, she wasn't afraid to stand up to him and tell him where to go when she needed to. She is the best friend every girl needs and Cat definitely needed her. 

Throughout the book, Nick and Cat spend more and more time together and fall further in love and I really wanted it to work but I honestly didn't see how it would. I had an idea in my head how things would go between Nick and Kate and I was right but that didn't ruin the book for me. 

I honestly cannot wait to start to read the next instalment and I honestly hope these two get the happy ending they deserve without any more damage to themselves or those that they love around them. I know it'll be a bumpy ride but I'm hopeful, that in the end, they will land up where they're meant to be, together. 

Cover Re-Reveal | On The Dotted Line by Kim Carmichael (@kimcarmichael4)

01 July 2016

Read on to view the new cover for On The Dotted Line by Kim Carmichael and find out all you need to know about the book and its author.

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Summary:

A signature can change everything…

Rather than silver, Randolph Van Ayers III was born with a platinum spoon in his mouth and plenty of strings attached. Faced with a list of specific goals he must achieve in order to earn control of his family’s banking empire, he’s accomplished each task and triumphed. One item remains on his list. He must marry by his thirty-third birthday and stay married for one year. However, when his so-called fiancĂ©e leaves him on the courtroom steps only hours before his deadline, he realizes he might lose for the first time in his life, and a Van Ayers never fails.


Taught to rely on the universe for answers, Willow Day has always struggled in the material world, specifically her lack of material. With her small holistic store near foreclosure and without a home, she must do anything within her power to make the business work and take care of the woman who raised her. When the rude, yet gorgeous, Randolph the Third offers to fix all her troubles in exchange for one year of her life, she opens her mind and takes a chance.


On The Dotted Line is a full-length (90,000 + Words) stand alone novel

It’s the battle of the mystical over the money. Between a hidden pet who looks more like a cotton ball, performance artists with wings, and a woman who spouts advice like a living fortune cookie, everything from restaurant reservations to a trip to celebrate the winter solstice create clashes for the couple as they learn how to fit into each other’s worlds.


With both their futures at stake, they must learn to accept reality, what the fates have dealt them and the consequences of falling in love from the moment they decided to sign on the dotted line.

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About the Author:

Kim Carmichael began writing ten years ago when her love of happy endings inspired her to create her own. She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep her all her gadgets running. When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.

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Review | The Keeper by Rebecca E. Neely (@Crossing_Realms)

26 June 2016


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Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Pages: 194
Summary: 
Nick Geary, jaded clan leader of human guardians the Keepers, is doomed to love a human woman who’s forgotten him, time after time, for thirteen years: Libby Klink, a skittish accountant who’s as terrified of her recent and strange intuitions as she is of her mundane existence.

When Nick is ordered by the clan’s guiding force to seek Libby’s help in defending the clan against enemy Betrayers, romance sizzles as the pair forms an unlikely alliance in their desperate search to discover the key to the clan’s salvation—which Libby alone holds.

But a haunting secret could cost Nick everything, and in a race against time, both will be forced to choose between their hearts and duty. Can their love, and the clan survive, or will the very forces that drew them together ultimately destroy them?


A few week's ago, Rebecca contacted me with details of her latest release, The Keeper and as soon as I read the summary I wanted to read it. The Keeper meets the books I love to read to a tee and its been far too long since I have read a book in this genre. 

When the book opens, we meet Libby, a young accountant who isn't confident and is all over the place. She's running late for work and then Nick, a Keeper appears before her, the source of her inability to get to work and he has knowledge that is going to turn her world and who she knows herself to be upside down.

I loved the world Rebecca created in this book, the whole premise of Keepers, who exist to help humans in their times of need and Betrayers who are the opposite to Keepers and are out to destroy the world and the Watchers, those who help the Keepers do their job. I love the idea, that we all have someone who looks after us and watches our backs, almost like guardian angels and that they face an evil that want to end all their good endeavours. 

As soon as Libby meets Nick everything changes and they go on a whirlwind journey together that leads to Libby finding out she isn't what she always thought she was and the revelation that the Keepers need her to help them defeat the evil they face who has managed to do the unthinkable. As soon as we met Nick, I could tell there was an undeniable pull between him and Libby and I wanted to see them together, they are just perfect for each other and I was rooting for the both of them. 

I really loved seeing Libby progress and grow, she starts off being unsure and unconfident in herself and in the end she realises that she can use these tools for good and they will help her help the Keepers and Nick. She is slowly accepted into the fold by Nick's family (who are equally as awesome as Nick is) and they help train her up to face what is coming. 

I loved the build up to the finale of this book and seeing Libby do something she never thought she would able to and gain a new family out of it after so long being alone and without anyone. I can't wait to see where Rebecca takes this series and will certainly be reading the next book when it comes out and I hope we get to see lots more of Libby and Nick in it. 

Release Day Blitz | #AmWriting: A Collection of Letters to Benefit The Wayne Foundation

07 June 2016

Read on to find out all you have to know about this fabulous new collection of letters being sold to raise money for The Wayne Foundation.

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Knowing what you know now of writing, publishing, and putting your art out into the world, if you could go back to the day you sat down to start typing in your very first manuscript, what words would you offer to yourself? Words of encouragement? Words of advice? Caution against certain pitfalls? Would you change anything about how you got to where you are today?

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The publishing community is so much bigger than it was before the self-publishing boom and it continues to grow exponentially every day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a handbook or support group. #AmWriting is a collection of letters written by authors from all different corners of the publishing community. The letters provide words of encouragement or advice to those just starting out or those who have become discouraged in their art. At Pure Textuality PR, we believe in supporting each other as a community, and we felt this project would be a good way to bring writers together and maybe give some new artists just the right nudge to keep going.

100% of the net proceeds of #AmWriting will be donated to The Wayne Foundation, a charity dedicated to offering aid and services to young women victimized by illegal sexual exploitation and the sexual trafficking of minors. For more information about The Wayne Foundation, you can visit them on the web at http://waynefdn.org.

Who is Involved

#AmWriting has a great list of more than 60 authors, including NYT bestselling author Jeaniene Frost!

A.D. Ellis
Amy Joy Lutchen
Andrew Jericho
Ashlynne Laynne
Becky Flade
Beth Dolgner
Brandy Dorsch
Brenda J. Pierson
C.L. Foster
Cassia Brightmore
Cecilia London
Cherron Riser
Cithara Patra
Courtney Houston
Crystal Dawn
E.J. Stevens
Elizabeth Sharp
Ella Col
Emily Cyr
Emma Nichols
Erin Hayes
Erynn Crittenden
Felicia Starr
Gabbie S. Duran
Geri Glenn
   Harlie Williams
J. Nichole Parkins
J.B. McGee
J.M. Gregoire
Jamie Summer
Jeaniene Frost
Jess Haines
Jessica Cage
Jody Pardo
K.c. Stewart
Karina Espinosa
Kasey Belle
Katie Kenyhercz
Kendall Grey
Kory M. Shrum
L A Cotton
Leyla Kader Dahm
Louisa Lo
M. Never
M.L. Steinbrunn
Mary Crawford
Michelle Mcloughney
Mike Gonzales
Misha Carver
Misha Elliott
Muriel Garcia
Nicole Zoltack
Pamela K. Kinney
R.A Mizer
Rachel Walter
Rebecca Sherwin
Renee Dyer
Sara Dobie Bauer
Serena Kearney
Shakuita Johnson
Shannon Bell
T.J. Michaels
T.L. Manning
Tracie Podger
Xandra James

About The Wayne Foundation

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Mission Statement

The Wayne Foundation is committed to spreading awareness of CSEC (Commercial Sex Exploitation of Children) DMST (Domestic Minor Sexual Trafficking) occurring within the United States.

Vision Statement

The Wayne Foundation’s vision is for a world without child slavery. We are dedicated to providing direct assistance to those victimized by exploitation.

Drop in Center

The Wayne Foundation operates the third drop in center in Florida recognized by the Department of Children and Family Services. It is located in Charlotte County Florida, and serves clients throughout Southwest Florida. Our target clientele are young women aged 13-25. Our DIC is equipped to provide daily services that include, but are not limited to: Food, New Clothing, Access to Shower, Media Center, Mental Health Assistance, SNAP/ Medicare Benefit sign-up/renewal, Family Counseling, Education Assistance, and Transportation To and From the Center.

Shelter Services

The Wayne Foundation continues to have the goal of providing shelter services to young women victimized by exploitation or trafficking. This is our primary long-term objective.

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Review | 18 Things by Jamie Ayres (@jamiemayres)

06 June 2016


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Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Pages: 246
Summary:

Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten.

Then, Conner is killed in a freak boating accident and Olga feels responsible for his death.

When she downs an entire bottle of pills to deal with the emotional pain, her parents force her into counseling. There, her therapist writes a prescription in the form of a life list titled “18 Things”: eighteen quests to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.

But there’s more to Olga’s quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken.

There’s only one thing she knows for certain: her choices won’t just affect her future, but all eternity.

PSA: Sorry for being MIA! I have been binging The Walking Dead the last few weeks so my poor book's have been neglected #bookbloggerfail 

I picked up this book a little while ago and finally thought I would give it a read. This book has an amazing premise and starts off well: Olga is in love with her best friend and loses him in a freak accident. 

Olga has never bee a popular member of the school body but the death of Connor means she becomes even more unpopular. It seems everyone, aside from her friends in the Jedi Order, hate her and blame her for Connor's death. 

Finding it hard to cope, Olga makes a decision that is going to change her life forever, she attempts to take her own life and after that point her life takes an unexpected turn. Following her suicide attempt, her parent's book therapy for her and her therapist asks her to make a list of 18 Things she wants to accomplish before her eighteenth birthday. 

From that point on her life becomes completing the list and her friends help but she also becomes friends with her enemy through the process and learns things that blow her assumptions of Tammy out of the water. With the help of her group of friends and Nate, a guy she meets through therapy, Olga starts to move on and what follow was a great read of friendship and overcoming pain and less to move on and become a person you never thought you could be. 

See, Connor wasn't just her best friend but the love of her life and she fells completely lost without him but Nate is there with her every step of the way and she starts to fall for him but can't find the courage to tell him even though she regrets having never told Connor. I was rooting for her the entire time and wanted her to tell him so badly! 

Working through her list of 18 Things, Olga does things she never thought she would and has the help of her friends and Nate. One of my favourite things that comes out of this book was how Olga goes from being an outcast to being welcomed by the school and embraced by them and how they rally around her list and create their own lists. I loved that aspect of the book and seeing how it helps Olga overcome what has happened to her. 

The thing that stops me giving this book is the ending, you go through the book waiting for the paranormal aspect to come through and it never does then WHAM it hits and you don't have much time to process that aspect of that book and just as Olga wraps her head around it the book ends. It all just felt a bit rushed and I think the reveal would have been better earlier one so there's more processing time, both for the characters and for the readers.