It Ends With Us

::Spoiler Free::

Colleen Hoover… This is not my first or even my second blog post about a book of hers that I have read, this is my third.  I have literally read every other book that she has written and I think I cried during most of them.

I tried to stayed away from reviews of “It Ends With Us” because I didn’t want to see any spoilers.  The only thing I knew about this book was that people were very emotional while reading it, but that isn’t saying much because most of her books are emotional.  I prepared myself for the water works to come, but they never did.

I just finished “It Ends With Us” and I DID NOT shed a tear.  DO YOU HEAR ME?  Not one.  There were multiple times while I was reading that I had to stop mid sentence because I knew what was getting ready to happen and I thought I would cry, but once I started back up I was able to make it through without crying.  How is that possible?  Everybody everywhere that has read this book said they cried but why didn’t I?


So as I sit here thinking back on the words that I just read I can’t figure out what is wrong with me.  Maybe I am still so enthralled in the book that is hasn’t hit me yet.  Maybe, like Lily, I am so engulfed by all of the emotions that I feel from reading this book that I have not completely processed them all.

This book shattered me.  I was completely heart broken and gutted to my core.  I felt intense love, sadness, hurt, anger, disappointment, frustration, hope, regret, compassion, hate, remorse, shame, grief stricken and pure torture while reading “It Ends With Us”.  How can I feel all of that from a book and still not cry?  I am a sap.  I cry during commercials for goodness sake.

Maybe that is the problem.  Maybe I am so emotionally raw after reading this book that I can not feel anything because I have gone through so much already!

So now that I have been completely wishy-washy and still don’t understand how I feel, I have realized one thing and one thing only and that is that I want to be Lily Bloom when I grow up! Brave and Bold!

P.S. I 100% think you should read this book!  I know my thoughts and review do nothing for this book, but it was so good that I can not even get my thoughts out.  MUST READ!

Love,

Bri

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I know I know.  It is Wednesday and the book came out on Sunday.  I am super late to write this review, but I have had a sick kid that I was taking care of.  I just finished it though!  So this post can commence!  BTW this is NOT A SPOILER!

I learned something today.

Benkinersophobia: is the fear of not receiving a letter from Hogwarts on your 11th birthday!

Harry Potter holds a very special place in my heart (“After all this time?  Always.”). I read each of the books cover to cover one right after the other.  I was swept up in the magical world of Hogwarts and I never wanted to leave.  I was over the age of 11 when I started reading the books (the 1st time), but I still wanted a letter to Hogwarts!  (I am still waiting because it is never too late to follow your dreams)!  I was worried, to say the least, when I found they were releasing a book based on the play, but I was still intrigued enough to run out and pick up my copy last Sunday morning!

I was unsure when I started reading the book.  Was I going to like it?  Would it give me all the “feels” again?  Would I be disappointed?  well, it took the whole book for me to figure all of that out!


It is written in the form of a play (I knew this before I bought it, but I don’t think it fully registered), but after a couple of pages I realized that it was a very easy read!  The dialogue between all the characters flowed smoothly while also creating a vivid picture for readers. This was a good sign!

The book takes place where the last book/movie ends; with all the characters standing on Platform 9 3/4 sending their children off to Hogwarts for another year.  The story follows the main characters, Albus and Scorpius, as they try to find their place in the wizarding world as the son of “The Chosen One” and as the son of a famous “Death Eater”.  This book seamlessly jumps between the present and the past while also giving the readers a glimpse at how different the world could have been if Voldemort was not defeated in the Battle of Hogwarts.

While I do absolutely love the new character development and how well they tied in with all of the characters from the original Harry Potter books, this was a very ballsy move (turning the play into a book).  It could have gone very bad, but I think the authors tiptoed that very fine line between giving us what we wanted and taking it a step too far!  So long story short, this book was worth the read to me.  It was cute, nostalgic, endearing and funny, but it is NOT the next book in the Harry Potter series.  It was good, but I am sure the play is SO MUCH better!

Love,

Bri

Until Friday Night

Abbi, Abbi, Abbi… Let me tell you a little bit about Abbi Glines.  She is another one of my favorite authors.  She has a TON of books and I have read every single one of them, much like Colleen Hoover.  Abbi is seriously talented.  Her books are usually sweet, happy, loving and energetic.  The books are easy to read, have great stories to follow and the characters are perfect!  They are basically everything I look for in a book!

Up to this point, the Sea Breeze series was my favorite.  Abbi writes books about all the characters in a certain group (so every character gets their own book) which I absolutely love.  I love getting to read the stories of everyone in the book.  You get to see how they all met, how they all interact and you get to follow them all as they continue to grow throughout the books!

Well, Abbi finally started a new series with Until Friday Night and it is about what we all loved in high school (at least it was what I loved about high school)!  Hot jocks… High school parties… Your first love(s).. And some serious heartbreaks… The perfect amount of drama makes for some good books!

So I finally bought the book on Friday and I read the whole thing.  All 337 pages of it in less than 12 hours! I could not stop reading it (even when I was crying)!  This book was so sad at points that I was literally crying about half way through it and didn’t really stop until I was done!  I even sent a picture and a note to Abbi herself letting her know that she was making me cry while I was reading and it was NOT COOL…


So long story short.

Maggie moves in with her aunt, uncle and cousin that live in Lawton Alabama. As if your senior year isn’t hard enough, she is now moving to a new small town full of people that she doesn’t know.  It doesn’t help that she is trying to escape a very rough and dark past but you never know, maybe Lawton might be just what she needs to heal.  Meanwhile the star running back on the football team, West Ashby, is going through some very tough times with his family and instead of confiding in his closest friends, he turns to the most unlikely person to help him get through it all; Maggie.

Did I mention that Maggie doesn’t talk.  West uses the strength that Maggie gained from her dark past to help him get through his problems, while at the same time Maggie is realizing that she may be ready to re-enter the world and talk again.  The two of them are able to grow and help each other heal in their own way.  It may not make sense to everyone at first (since Maggie doesn’t talk), but  their relationship grows into something much more after they are both able to deal with their issues!


If this book doesn’t sound like your cup of tea then I am not really sure why you are reading this or why you are following me!  Seriously though.  I thought this book was so awesome.  The next book in the series is coming out next month and will follow fellow running back Gunner Lawton and I can not wait!  

Maybe I should start my own book club and just start sending these books out to people once I am done reading them!  My bookcase is getting a little too full!  Any takers?

Love,

Bri