Intense, Real, Heartbreaking // REVIEW: Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Title: Girl In Pieces
Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Publication Date: October 6th 2016
Publisher: Rock The Boat UK // Delacorte Press US
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Rock The Boat UK (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.
It’s hard to describe what a book this deep, dark and intense makes you feel. Truth be told, I’m nothing but a bundle of emotions right now that I’m just trying to shove down so I can write this review semi-coherently.

I’ve had an e-copy of Girl in Pieces for a while now, but for some reason, I could never quite focus on everything going on in this book through the screen of my iPad. And so, when I got my hands on a paperback, I dove right in.

This book is one of the most intense portrayals of a harsh life that I’ve ever seen, but always with a glimmer of hope in the background and I fell in love with it.
”Each aberration of my skin is a song. Press your mouth against me. You will hear so much singing.”
Girl in Pieces opens with a girl lying on the snow in front of a hospital, the red seeping out of her body and into the white underneath her. It will grip you right then, make you feel Charlie’s pain and understand it and leave you reeling.

Some opinions/ thoughts:

1.       Girl In Pieces is a deep, heavy and accurate description of what mental health problems feel like. While it is primarily about self-harm, it also deals with physical and sexual abuse, substance abuse and emotional abuse. It’s an intense book that I needed to keep putting on hold for hours before getting back to it.

2.       This book is authentic. It handles the ups and downs or the ‘good days’ and the ‘bad days’ of mental health and addiction with stark clarity. It also shows the below average standard of health care given to those who need it when they don’t have the financial ability to pay for it.

3.       Charlie Davis is a heart breaking character. She has had a less than ideal life, and my heart ached for all the four hundred pages I was in her head. I’ve never understood a character more, all I wanted was for her to find some kind of love and to be happy. She was unique, living a painstakingly real life in a harsh world and I only want the best for her.
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    4.       I didn’t get Riley and Charlie. It felt like a bad idea from the start, not to mention the ten year age difference and the fact that Charlie was a minor. I didn’t get it, but I understood where she was coming from. I hated it when, as she put it, made herself smaller for him to notice her. Even the book portrayed it as something that wouldn’t end well, but I did sort of understand why Charlie did it.

   5.       The middle got kind of slow. There’s a sort of lag in the middle when Charlie and Riley are together, when Mike is gone and Blue isn’t there and they’re forming this unhealthy routine between them when I found myself counting pages, waiting for something to happen.

6.       Mike was such a… filler character. I didn’t know what to think of him. I just didn’t. Also, BUNNY? A real name?

I don’t quite know what I’ve even said in this.

Image result for girl in pieces kathleen glasgow quotesThis book is a gorgeous and heart shattering rendering of what it is to find yourself and find your place when your biggest enemy is you.

I’ve never read a better, more intense, more real or more heart-breaking book on mental health and hard lives and I could not recommend it enough.

It was absolutely positively fucking angelic.  
Kathleen GlasgowKathleen Glasgow lives in Tucson, Arizona. She likes Tyrion and Shireen, musty old paperbacks from used bookstores that have cats wandering the aisles, cheesecake, coffee, and the Isle of Skye. Visit her on Twitter (@kathglasgow), Instagram (misskathleenglasgow), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/KathleenGlas...) or her website (www.kathleenglasgowbooks.com).
What are some of the best books on Mental Health that you've read?
Have you heard of or read Girl In Pieces? What did you think of it?
I can't WAIT to hear from all of you.

April 2017 Anticipated Young Adult Releases

Every month there are just SO SO MANY books releasing that I NEED to get my hands on and so, instead of picking just one book to wait on, it's just easier to put them all together!

I have no idea how many of these AMAZING books will even release in India (where I live) but that doesn't make me want to read them less!

My exams start next week, and I'm trying to get some reading in before I'll have too much to cram into my brain and can't read too much.

Who, here are some of my most anticipated April 2017 YA Releases!

The Upside of Unrequited1. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Releases Aprill 11th from Balzer + Bray
Description: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back. 
There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. 
Right? 
Literally2. Literally by Luck Keating
Releases April 11th 2017 from Harper Teen
Description: A girl realizes her life is being written for her in this unique, smart love story that is Stranger Than Fiction for fans of Stephanie Perkins.
Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine. 
It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her. 
But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word? 
The real Lucy Keating’s delightful contemporary romance blurs the line between reality and fiction, and is the perfect follow-up for readers who loved her debut Dreamology, which SLJ called, “a sweet, quirky romance with appealing characters.” 
Fireworks3. Fireworks by Katie Cotungo 
Releases April 11th 2017 from Balzer + Bray
Description: From Katie Cotugno, bestselling author of 99 Days, comes Fireworks—about a girl who is competing with her best friend to become the new pop star of the moment—and all the drama and romance that comes with it—set in Orlando during the late-'90s boy-and-girl-band craze.
It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along. 
But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing. 
It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through. 
Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno’s Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness. 
Blacksouls (Blackhearts, #2)4. Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman
Releases April 11th 2017 from Simon Pulse
Description: Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.
Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.
Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.
Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.
Letters to the Lost5. Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Releases April 4th 2017 from Bloomsbury
Description: Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.
Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart. 
What books are you DYING to read this April? 
Have you already read some of the books on my list? 
Let me know in the comments below! 

Top Ten Books I DEVOURED In One Sitting (Top Ten Tuesday #25)

Hey Top Ten Tuesday-ers,

How is it going? I submitted my final project of the semester just yesterday, finished up college for the semester today (except for finals UGH) and well, for the next five days, I'M A FREE HUMAN BEING! And then I need to hit the books but...

I just finished my binge of Jane The Virgin and IT IS SUCH A FUN SHOW. I especially loved the last few episodes that fast forwarded three years and well, I can't wait for next week's episode!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and this week's topic is Books You Devoured In One Sitting. So, here goes!
Just Listen1. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
One of the first proper young adult books I read (because it was the first one that started a long cycle of breaking my heart) I read this book in ONE SITTING when I was twelve years old. This book affected me in so mant ways and cemented Sarah Dessen as an auto-but author for me. It was heartbreaking and perfect and I think I've read it AT LEAST FIVE TIMES SINCE. 
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
This just sort of... happened while I was procrastinating studying for an exam last year and the next thing I knew, I'D FINISHED A BOOK and none of my portions for the exam. This was HANDS DOWN my favourite book in The Lunar Chronicles Series and Scarlet and Wolf and my Series OTP. 
Can You Keep a Secret?3. Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
When I went to MY FIRST EVER Comic-Con late last year with two of my best friends (we honestly don't believe that we even went) and bought this book for just Rs.100 at The Bookworm, Bangalore. It was SUCH A STEAL DEAL and I came home the next day and read this book all over again, despite the fact that it was only the third time!
Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)4. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
I got to read this book A YEAR AND THREE MONTHS AGO when the Guardian Children's Books sent me an ARC of this book. I dropped EVERYTHING the second it got here, and spent my ENTIRE DAY reading all through classes in school, and during my breaks and even when I came home. BEST. BOOK. EVER. 
The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I borrowed this one from my local library on a whim three years ago and instead of studying for my chemistry final, I DOVE INTO SAMANTHA SHANNON'S ABSOLUTELY UTTERLY BEAUTIFUL WORLD. I'm so excited that The Song Rising releases in India in JUST nine days because that means SERIES BINGE (I've forgotten what happened in Book 1) (Can you blame me?)
Only Ever Yours6. Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill
This is a dystopian book based on real life social perceptions of what women should be, and what they should look like. It is basically a BEAUTIFUL Description of the Patriarchy and all that is wrong with it, in a dystopian setting and I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. SERIOUSLY. 
Royal Wedding (The Princess Diaries, #11)7. Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
When this book came out and I rushed to the bookstore to buy it, I FREAKED AND READ IT ALL over one evening and night. Despite the fact that I was ACTUALLY OUT with my friends, I gave them as little attention as possible and dived back into Mia and Michael's world. It felt like a repetition of The Princess Diaries but for older readers and well, I still don't know what I really think of it. 
Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)8. Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
I flipped open this book in January of this year, mostly because the SUSPENSE of what wold happen to Aidan, Kady and Ezra next was KILLING ME. The only reason I sped read through this was because I was OH-SO-DESPERATELY waiting for my precious Illuminae characters to make an appearance again, and I NEEDED TO GET THERE SOON. It felt sort of second best compared to Illuminae to be honest. 
Paper Princess (The Royals, #1)9. Paper Princess by Erin Watt
I'd heard about this book (or rather seen people owning it on Bookstagram) but I never really knew what it was about until my sister asked me if I wanted to buddy read it with her. Over the course of one weekend, we devoured all three books in The Royals series and I LOVED IT. Sometimes, trashy romances are SUCH FUN!
Arcana Rising (The Arcana Chronicles, #4)10. The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole
I received this ENTIRE series as review copies last September and after a slow start to book one, I got COMPLETELY sucked into this world and fell in love with all the players. I can't believe that there has been NO NEW NEWS about the next book in the series, even though it's already supposed to be out. *cries bucketloads of tears*
How long does it take you to get through a book?
Which are the books you DEVOURED WHOLE in just one sitting?
I can't wait to hear from all of you!

All That Girl Power // REVIEW: Daughter Of The Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Title: Daughter Of The Pirate King (Daughter Of The Pirate King #1)
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publication Date: February 28th 2017
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan)
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 1/2 of the Daughter of the Pirate King Duology
I Got A Copy Through: Feiwel and Friends via NetGalley (THANK YOU!)  
Blurb Description: There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.
Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.
More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.
When I hit the request button on Netgalley, I remember not reading the synopsis and basing my NEED to read this book purely on the title alone.

I guess that’s why it took me SO LONG to bring it to the top of my lung crushing, bookworm drowning TBR pile but now that I finished it, I AM SO SO HAPPY THAT I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT IS EASILY ONE OF THE BEST I’VE READ THIS YEAR!
“I believe we create ourselves to be what we want.”
Instead of describing this book, I’m going to rant about ALL THE GREAT THINGS that I LOVED TO THE BOTTOM OF MY FANGIRLING HEART (and I hope you will want to read it too!)

1.       ALL THE GIRL POWER: What’s better than a Badass Female Main Character who is ALSO the captain of her own ship? A SUPER SASSY Protagonist with the ability to hold her own EASILY in a ship full of enemy male pirates, FIGHT LIKE NOBODY’S BUSINESS and also HAS A CREW FILLED WITH THE MOST AWESOME SAUCE AND LOYAL GIRLS. (Who I am SO SO EXCITED to read more about in book two.)

2.       ALL THAT BANTER: One of the things I loved the MOST about this book was THE EASY, sometimes sassy, sometimes flirty banter that Tricia Levenseller managed to create that made a book about pirates, mythical sea creatures, hostages and treasure SO MUCH MORE FUN. (If that is even possible) SERIOUSLY. Some AMAZING DIALOGUE.

3.       ALL THAT FLIRTING: I LOVED LOVED Riden and Alosa together. It was such a FUN, refreshing romance with NO PINING, all honour, attraction and flirting and I LOVED IT. (Yes, I have used the word ‘love’ about 36,289 times in this review already) I loved the kissing scenes, I loved the turmoil that went through Alosa’s head during those moments, and I loved them. I cannot WAIT to see what book two does with them.
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4.       ALL THOSE PLOT TWISTS: Most days, I can predict where a fantasy will end up. Daughter of the Pirate King, however, had me saying ‘OH HOLY WOW. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING.’ These are such AMAZING twists too, fitting pieces in place and WOW. LOVE. (Yes, again)

5.       ALL THAT ALOSA KALLIGAN: Move over Celaena Sardothien, MY NEW FAVOURITE BADASS FEMALE CHARACTER IS HERE. This girl takes NO NONSENSE, has ALL THE SASS AND THE BRAINS AND THE FIGHTING SKILLS and well, I LOVED LIVING IN HER HEAD FOR A FEW DAYS.
There was NOTHING AT ALL WRONG WITH THIS BOOK. In fact, IT WAS SO PERFECT I COULD CRY.

A fast paced, swashbuckling tale with an amazing cast and ALL THE GIRL POWER. I’m so in love, all I want to do it read it again. 5 stars.
Tricia LevensellerTricia Levenseller writes historical fantasies for young adult readers. Her debut, DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING, is set to release Feb. 2017 from Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers.

Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountains with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and editing and is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.
What is you FAVOURITE Pirate Book/ Movie?
Who is your favourite badass female character?
Have you heard of/ read Daughter of the Pirate King? Is it on your TBR? 
I can't wait to chat with all you lovelies!

Book Tour Grand Finale for Sanctuary Cove By Kate James

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out...
Launch - Note from the Author
In Sanctuary Cove, when New York-based communications executive Emma Meadows finds her personal and professional life in shambles, she retreats to her lakefront cabin in the Adirondack Mountains. Aiding an injured animal at the side of a rain-drenched road, she meets local veterinarian Joshua Whitmore. . .
"The mystery adds just the right touch to the story--it keeps things interesting and causes some friction for the characters to grow from, but it's not overpowering. The romance is sweet and tender, if a bit on the quick side. Overall, it's a highly entertaining and enjoyable read."

Hearts & Scribbles - Character Descriptions


Josh comes from a family of healthcare professionals, but he decided to choose a different path. He’s a veterinarian, passionate about his job and the animals that come under his care. . .

"As often in her books, Kate James catches the reader's attention with the first page then gradually builds on the intrigue, with added mystery and momentum, leading to a strong climax. "

"I loved the characters and the setting. I could feel the characters' emotions and got a good sense of their excitement and disappointments. . . . I would definitely recommend this story to other readers. "

“My name’s Emma Meadows. There’s been an accident. A dog—or possibly a wolf. He’s been hit. He’s bleeding and his leg’s broken. But he’s alive and he’s in a lot of pain.” She knew she was babbling, but she couldn’t help it. Animals were her soft spot. She walked back toward the dog as she spoke, and with a sinking heart noted that the feeble growl had been replaced by whimpers and shallow breathing.
Becky on Books - Interview
What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?
In addition to Sanctuary Cove, I will have two more releases this year. Home to Stay, the fourth book in my award-winning San Diego K-9 Unit series releases on July 1st, and A Priceless Find, a sequel to A Child’s Christmas, will be released on October 1st. Home to Stay is in production now and A Priceless Find is in the editing stage.
"Sanctuary Cove is a great unique book with a wonderful heartwarming ending. . . . If you like small town romance combined with amazing dogs and a gripping plot Sanctuary Cove would be a very good choice."


Emma was excited. Why hadn’t she thought of training service-and-therapy dogs before? She could do it! She had the time, at least for now. And Josh was willing to stand by her again in this, as he had been with just about anything she’d done since she’d arrived in Sanctuary Cove.

She looked up at him and was about to thank him…
But in Josh’s eyes, Emma saw what was in his heart.
"While I had no doubt that I would enjoy this book, it actually exceeded my expectations and I was pleasantly surprised by the wide range of emotion this story evoked."


deal sharing aunt - Interview
How long does it take you to write a book?
On average, it takes me three months to write a book. There’s usually another three to four months for the three stages of the editing process, but during that time I’m already working on my next manuscript.

"I loved the moments when they were close and helping each other. Josh is an excellent supporter of Emma- strong and capable. I just really liked them both. I'm also coming to realize that with Kate James, there is probably going to be a dog or two involved in the story as well!"

"I love Emma and Josh. They’re so cute together, and being animal lovers gives them extra points. The storyline in this story is one that could totally happen today. . . . I definitely recommend Sanctuary Cove to clean romantic suspense lovers!"

A Slice of Life - Review
"Sanctuary Cove is a gripping story involving politics, right and wrong, and the love of nature and animals. I would highly recommend this suspense-filled adventure to anyone who is looking for a well-written book that’s intriguing until the end.

"Sanctuary Cove was a fun, easy-to-read story and I think it's a great book if you're looking for a light romance, with a little bit of suspense thrown in."

Reading Is My SuperPower - Emma's Cottage


Emma’s cottage is situated on a large, secluded property, on a knoll overlooking a small, private lake. The location looks like this . . .

Harlie's Books - Review
"Overall, I just loved Emma and Josh. They took their time in their romance and realized just how much they truly meant to each other. Bravo to the people at Harlequin for this line. You have a fan for life. Did I mention that there are dogs and puppies?"


Don't forget to check out the giveaway below...

Title: Sanctuary Cove 
Author: Kate James
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Formats: Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
Publication Date: March 1st 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Can his safe haven be enough for her?Emma Meadows never imagined that sticking to her principles against an act of corruption by a New York senator would cost her her job as VP of communications. Heartbroken, she retreats to her cottage in the Adirondacks to lick her wounds and, in the process, rescues an injured dog that only Josh Whitmore can save.
The veterinarian works diligently to bring dog and woman back to full fighting form, until allegations against the senator become more serious. Seeing Emma's reaction to the increasing pressure, Josh realizes that inevitably she'll find a way back to the top…and he'll likely lose her for good


Kate spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word. Kate's goal is to entertain her readers with engaging stories featuring strong, likable characters. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her writing. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors, with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.
Kate would love to hear from you! You can connect with her by email, through her website, her Facebook pageTwitter, or mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.


  
  


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