Skinniness is Next to Goddessness?- Lacey’s Story Review

Review: Skinniness is Next to Goddessness?- Lacey’s Story
Author: Julia Keanini
Publisher: Pickled Plum Publishing
Publication Date: 2nd February 2015
Pages: 258

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Synopsis (via Goodreads):
In the wake of her parents ugly divorce, Lacey Steele is forced to choose to stay with her dad in the home she loves or to move to California with the woman who has never had time or patience for Lacey, otherwise known as her mother. When Charity, Lacey’s sister, choses their dad and home, Lacey knows she has to side with her lonely mother. Yet, four years later, after having no contact with the father or sister she left behind, Lacey is sent back to them when her mother decides to get remarried. Moving back to a household that used to be filled with love (it’s now icy cold) and finding her ten-year crush has found his way into the arm’s of Lacey’s sister, are the last straws of many. Lacey decides it’s time to stand up for herself and take matters into her own hands. Everything would be fixed if only she were thinner and fit into the mold both her mother and sister had perfected. With her friend Ashley, they create the Future Goddess Girls Club. All it will take to lose the future? Drop the extra pounds plaguing them. Extreme calorie cutting may be a bit much, but no one would actually get hurt, would they? Skinniness is Next to Goddessness? Lacey’s Story takes on a dark subject in a brighter manner combining the difficulties of body image and eating disorders with hope, love, and eventual acceptance. Book 1 in the Skinniness is Next to Goddessness? Series.

Monisah’s thoughts:
*I was sent an e-book of Lacey’s Story in return for an honest review*
This book is an emotional rollercoaster to say the least. There were so many wonderful aspects of this book, such as family, love and self-worth. Initially I thought this book would be about eating disorders and body image, and although it was, there was so much more to love about the book. Friendship and family were other key issues that were heart-warming to read about. I loved how Lacey and her Dad’s relationship grew throughout the book and her friends’ support was a lovely thing to read about.

I loved reading about Lacey’s life. She was a very likable character, and although I have not suffered from the issues in this book, she was easy to relate to. This made it so much easier to empathise with her struggles, and Keanini did an amazing job of helping the reader understand Lacey’s situation. Every teenage girl goes through struggles with body image at some point in their life, so it was easy to relate to Lacey’s situation.

One thing that I really loved about this book was that it made it clear that you do not have to be on the extreme sides of the scales to have an eating disorder. Anybody can suffer from them no matter your appearance. The book also showed that there is a very thin line between cutting down on portion sizes and having an unhealthy relationship with food. You don’t just wake up with an eating disorder, that’s not how it works.

The best thing about the book for me was the characters. There were a lot of characters that all contributed to the storyline, but it was never confusing to read. Each individual had a significance but together they made you want to hop into the book and join the friendship group! Tuck was probably my favourite character aside from Lacey. He was such a sweetheart and will be pulling at your heartstrings in no time at all! I also loved the fact that the girls soccer team was the favourite to win the championship at Lacey’s school. Who said girls can’t play sport?!

There were a couple of things that I had a slight problem with though. Lacey attended a class called the “Sunday Lunchers” where she met with other people who also had a bad relationship with food. There were 5 members, and all of them were girls. I think it would have been nice to have a character who represents a male who has a bad relationship with food because let us not forget that boys and men can also suffer from eating disorders. Also, the romance in the book was a little fast for my liking but that’s just me being picky!

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to everybody. It’s one of those reads that really stick with you after you’ve finished them. It’s not an easy read but it is so worth it in the end. The story has such a powerful message behind it: don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Rating: 4.5/5

Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day/night!

Stay beautiful,
Monisah xo

Review: The Reaper’s Daughter by KM Randall

Title: The Reaper’s Daughter
Author: KM Randall
Publisher:
Booktrope Publishing
Publication Date:
May 9th 2015
Pages:
(PDF File 153 pages)

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Goodreads Synopsis

“I’ve always felt like an average girl … except for my strange relationship with death. You could say I like to court it. Whether I’m soaring through the air as a flyer for Specter University’s cheer squad, or speeding down the steepest mountain with only grace and balance keeping me from an icy end, I’ve always needed to feel a rush. But now Death is courting me―in more ways than one. First, there’s Rishi, a rogue death deity who has a penchant for annoying me nearly to my grave and whose intense gaze has the power to see right through me. Then there’s Hades, who I’d rather had stayed just a myth. Now that he knows I exist, he’s not going to leave me alone until I meet the same end as my mother. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention her? I spent my whole life thinking she had died when I was a baby, but now I’ve found out she’s much more than dead. Fifty years ago, Hades banished my mother from the underworld and took away her ability to cross over souls―souls that have wandered lost through the world ever since. Now she wants me to clean up the mess. You may have​ heard of her before … They call her the Grim Reaper.”

Ayesha’s Thoughts

I received an e-ARC of this book in return for an honest review, which doesn’t affect my opinions at all!

From just reading the synopsis I knew I had to read this book, I was captivated and left wanting to know more just from reading the synopsis, and the book definitely didn’t disappoint!

I loved the originality of the storyline, a story from the perspective of the Grim Reapers daughter… What’s not to love?!I loved how the storyline progressed and how the layers of the story were revealed the deeper you read into the novel. The writing kept me hooked chapter by chapter and I felt myself never wanting to stop reading.

The story had its share of strong female characters which I absolutely loved. Both Blake and Shelby (the quirky best friend) knew what they wanted, and dealt with everything they went through in a realistic and optimistic mind set. I loved the friendship between Shelby and Blake and how they were even stronger when they were together. Shelby was probably my favourite character, she was optimistic and supportive and frequently dyed her hair different colours, from black to bright orange, she was so different and so loveable!

Death was a huge theme in the book (as expected). I thought Randall portrayed death in a very realistic way, especially through Blake. I loved how raw and real her emotions were when she had to deal with death of someone close to her or even of someone she had never met before.

The overall story was executed in a faultless way! The ending tied up all the loose ends and I can’t wait for the second instalment! I’m giving The Reaper’s Daughter a well-deserved 5/5! I would just like to thank Erin and KM Randall for allowing me to read a copy!

Thank you for taking the time to read my review, I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Stay beautiful,

Ayesha xx

The Blogger Recognition Award!

Hey everyone! Today we’ve got the Blogger Recognition Award! This was the first award our blog was nominated for and we are so very grateful. We would like to give a huge huge shoutout to Angelina and Jessica over at MyCrazyReadingObsession and Kenzie at BookishThingsAndTea for nominating us for this award! Thank you so much girls! Both of these blogs are AWESOME and definitely some favourites of ours! Go check them out!!!!

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The rules for this award are:

  1. Select 15 other blogs to give the award to. You might have to do some searching, but you can find those blogs. You can’t nominate yourself or the person who nominated you.
  2. Make a post to show off your award! Talk about how your blog got started and give some advice to the other bloggers out there. And share the fancy picture!
  3. Comment on each blog to let the blogger know that you have nominated them.
  4. Link to the original post at Edge of Night that way anyway can find the original guidelines and such.

How This Blog Got Started

A couple of years ago, we came across the magical world of BookTube. We’d spend most of our free time watching videos including reviews, hauls, and book discussions. I guess you could say that we inspired by BookTubers to create our blog. We actually wanted to make a YouTube channel at first, but we were too frightened of making one. (For some reason making a YouTube channel seems much more daunting than making a book blog.)

We heard about the Reader Reviewing Panel for lovereading.com though our friend and fellow bookworm Nia, and started writing reviews for books that hadn’t been released yet, and honestly we both felt as though it was the best thing ever. We then started to follow more and more book blogs and it wasn’t long till we were brainstorming names for our own book blog! We were already writing reviews for lovereading.com and we soon came to realise that 300 word reviews were not enough at all to vent out about our feelings of the books.

We soon went on to post our first post and post our own reviews and hauls, we’ve opened a twitter account and we’ve taken part in twitter chats and the Blogolympics, and it’s probably been the best experience ever. We’ve met so many new, amazing and talented people and made so many new friends. Joining the blogging community was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made, AAAAH WE LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH.

Advice to Other Bloggers

  • Start a blog with someone else!
  • Read and comment on other blogs. This is a great way to stay up to date with all book-related news and meet other bloggers!
  • Don’t feel pressurised to read all the new releases. Read what you want!
  • Create a twitter account for your blog. Twitter is another great way to meet other bloggers, and take part in twitter chats – They are SO FUN.
  • Have a schedule to when you post (we are really bad at posting frequently, so maybe we should take our own advice!)

Honestly we aren’t the best bloggers in the world, and maybe we don’t post as much as we should, but don’t forget to have fun in the process! You have obviously created a blog because you are passionate about something so have fun with it, and make friends with people who share your passion while doing so!

Now for the fun part! Here are all our nominations:

  1. An Overthinking Teenager @ Books, Tea and a Onesie
  2. Aentee @ Read At Midnight
  3. Pip @ PipSqueak
  4. Fantasy Angel @ Avid Reader
  5. The girls @ The Feministas
  6.  Elly @ A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts
  7. Kayleigh @ Miserable and Magical
  8. Emalie @ BookGatherer
  9. Sincerely, A Book Nerd
  10. Kristin @ SimplyBookishThings
  11. Sushmita @ FerventlyCurious
  12. Erika @ Erika Reads
  13.  Emily @ Always Opinionated Girl
  14. Pearl @ Bibliopearl
  15. Lissa @ Joysofbookworms

Thank you for reading everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Stay beautiful,

Ayesha and Monisah xx

Mockingjay Part 2- Trailer Talk

Hello wonderful people!
It has been a while and I apologise for that but life has been kind of hectic (a blog post is coming your way updating you on everything we have been getting up to!). But today the official Mockingjay Part 2 trailer is out, so I wanted to share my thoughts with you guys!

Mockingjay was probably my least favourite book of the series. It’s the ending. I hate the ending. However, the movie for Mockingjay Part 1 was absolutely amazing, and it got me really excited for Part 2! I am hoping both the films help me love the book a little more!

The trailer starts with President Snow warning Katniss that the game is coming to its end. Snow’s brilliantly creepy voice sets the mood for the whole trailer- an eerie, thrilling atmosphere, with just enough action to please the adrenaline junkies among us.

The trailer carries on to reveal the 13 districts marching towards the capital. Ready for war. There are explosions, and fire, and collapsing buildings and everything else that comes with war. You get to see snippets of Finnick and Annie’s wedding that left me feeling all the feels possible. Honestly, what I am looking forwards to the most is the wedding. It was my favourite part of the book and I am so excited to see how the film makers have interpreted my favourite scene.

Peeta’s quote in the trailer really stuck to me: “Our lives were never ours. They belong to Snow and our deaths do too.” I think this quote was a brilliant one to put into the trailer. It reminds us why the districts are going to war, and why they want to overthrow the capital: for freedom.

The trailer had just the right amount of drama and action, and it has succeeded in making me extremely excited for the finale to the Hunger Games. I am still debating whether or not to re-read the book before the film because it wasn’t my favourite and I’m not sure I want to put myself through that again.

Are you planning on re-reading the book before the film, and what are your opinions of the trailer? Let me know in the comments!

Watch the trailer here.

Stay beautiful,
Monisah xo

Quick Review- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Hey guys!
I’m here today with a quick review of TATBILB, hope you enjoy it!

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Synopsis (via goodreads)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Monisah’s thoughts:

I went into To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before thinking it was going to be a story about love letters and romance. Although it was a story about love letters, it was so much more than a love story. I was surprised to find that family was a BIG theme in the book. I loved the bond that the Song sisters held, and the friendship they had between them. Laura Jean’s mum passed away, leaving Margot (Laura’s older sister) to be the mother figure of the house. However, Margot leaves for college in Scotland, so Laura Jean has to take up the role. I loved reading about her dealing with the change. Laura Jean was a successful, relatable character which made the book so much easier to read. I also have to applaud Han for her character progression. I thought all the characters grew throughout the book, especially Peter who turned out to be a decent human being!

However, the ending of the book came as a bit of a surprise because it ended in the middle of nowhere! I guess that’s what the next book is for!

Overall, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was a fast and easy read. It was the perfect laid-back book to kick off the summer season. (Oh, and it looks beautiful sat on my shelf!)

Rating: 4.5/5

Stay beautiful,
Monisah xo

Review- Leeway by Colleen Caitin

Title: Leeway
Aut
hor: Colleen Caitin
Publisher:
Mirador Publishing
Publication Date: February 2015
Pages:
161

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Goodreads synopsis:  

“Ye know sometimes people wanna tell ye how they feel, but they can’t.”
“Why not?” I ask sadly.
“Because they are afraid of what ye think about them.”
“When you love someone you should be able to say anything. No matter what.” “Yeah, that’s the theory…”

What happens when a very young and charismatic pirate captain meets an unbelievably annoying and bitchy princess? All hell breaks loose!

Captain Lian loves the sea and the life he built for himself. No rules. At least he did before he ended up with the youngest daughter of the King on his beloved ship which couldn’t be more problematic. Everyone knows that a girl on board of a pirate’s ship brings bad luck!

Now he has to figure out how to get rid of her as soon as possible without incurring the King’s wrath on him and his crew. Easier said than done. While facing one heated argument after another with the royal pain in the ass, it turns out the captain and the princess have more in common than they would like to admit.

As both of their lives start to fall apart they see themselves making choices that could change their lives forever.

Ayesha’s Thoughts

I received an e-version of this book for review but the author! The synopsis mentioned Pirates and Princesses so I knew I had to pick it up! I would just like to say thank you to Colleen for giving me the chance to read this novel!

This was an adorable story about a princess and a pirate falling in love. Both characters had different backgrounds, but were able to put their differences aside to overcome prejudice. The story was clichéd at times, especially because it contained the “I like him but he doesn’t like me” and “I like her but she doesn’t like me” scenario which seems to be everywhere in YA fiction! However, the story did contain some very cute scenes and I found myself growing to like Lian and Mila’s (the princess) relationship.

I loved the character development (of the 2 main characters) in the story, especially with Mila. She was quite reserved at first but as the story progressed, I found myself liking her more and more. As for the other characters, I don’t think we got to see them in as much detail as I would have liked. Sometimes I felt as though the story was dominated too much by Mila and Lian, and I would have liked to read more from other characters.

The story was told in both Lian and Mila’s point of view, and I thought Caitin did an amazing job of writing from two different perspectives. When writing in Lian’s point of view Caitin used pirate specific vocabulary and Mila’s POV was more polite and gentle. I loved how the writing reflected the personalities of both characters, and it made the overall reading experience more enjoyable.

The love story dominated plot line was quite a problem for me, I found myself getting tired of reading about Lian and Mila’s relationship, as I felt as though nothing else happened in the storyline. The last 50 pages were probably the most exciting of the whole book, and I would have liked to see more of the action and drama I saw a glimpse of towards the end. As for the ending, it was left on a huge cliff-hanger, however it was quite predictable.

Even though the story didn’t really “wow” me, I would still pick up the prequel (I hope the storyline doesn’t end there!) because I feel as though this story has so much more potential!

Overall, I would recommend this book for a light summer read, and to someone who enjoys cute love stories. I just wouldn’t suggest going into it expecting a lot of drama and action. All this being said, I don’t regret reading Leeway at all and would give it a solid rating of 3.5/5.

Rating: 3.5/5

Thank you for reading everyone! Let me know in the comments your favourite romantic novels!

Stay beautiful,
Ayesha xx