The Shock Value is REAL // ARC Review: This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

Title: This Cruel Design
Author: Emily Suvada
Publication Date: November 1st 2018
Publisher: Penguin UK
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 2/3 of the This Mortal Coil trilogy
I Got A Copy Through: Penguin India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: Cat thought the Hydra epidemic was over, but when new cases pop up, Cat must team up with an enemy to fix the vaccine before the virus spirals out of control in this thrilling sequel to This Mortal Coil, which New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman says “redefines ‘unputdownable.’”
The nightmare of the outbreak is finally over, but Cat’s fight has only just begun.
Exhausted, wounded, and reeling from revelations that have shaken her to her core, Cat is at a breaking point. Camped in the woods with Cole and Leoben, she’s working day and night, desperate to find a way to stop Lachlan’s plan to reprogram humanity. But she’s failing—Cat can’t even control her newly regrown panel, and try as she might to ignore them, she keeps seeing glitching visions from her past everywhere she turns.
When news arrives that the Hydra virus might not be as dead as they’d thought, the group is pushed into an uneasy alliance with Cartaxus to hunt down Lachlan and fix the vaccine. Their search takes them to Entropia, a city of genehackers hidden deep in the desert that could also hold the answers about Cat’s past that she’s been searching for.
But when confronted with lies and betrayals, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts. And while Lachlan is always two steps ahead, the biggest threat to Cat may be the secrets buried in her own mind. 
If you didn’t already know, This Mortal Coil, Emily Suvada’s debut novel and the first book in this series, was one of my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITES of 2017. It was unique, fast-paced, and kept me at the edge of my seat throughout. I was absolutely awestruck and when I got the opportunity to read This Cruel Design, because after the previous book’s ending, I NEEDED THIS ONE.

I read this book in large chunks, having to put it down time and again because HOLY GOD THIS BOOK IS INSANE, and in the best way possible. The stakes are higher, the betrayals are rampant, the returning memories are shocking, the twists are fast and unexpected and the coding is… borderline insane and almost unrealistic, but somehow, brings this dystopian novel together with precision.

MY THOUGHTS:

1.       EMILY SUVADA (and I distinctly remember saying this in my review of This Mortal Coil as well) is a PLOTTING GENIUS. She recently wrote in her newsletter that she writes the last line of each of her chapters first and works backward from there, all for the SHOCK VALUE AND, YOU KNOW WHAT? I SEE THAT. Almost every chapter ends on such a note that you’re gasping in shock and grasping for more.


2.       I LOVED re-meeting Cat, Leoben, Cole and even Anna, whom we learn more about in These Precious Scars. As we learnt the characters more, going deeper into the trauma of their past, the truth of what really happened to Jun Bei and how everything that happened affects their actions now. There was so much growth – or rather, revealing of – in all of the characters and I LOVED IT SO MUCH.

3.       I cannot talk about how much that ending made me want to fling the book away and scream in agony at the year of waiting I have to do to get answers (I didn’t, obviously, I never hurt my precious book babies) but that cliff-hanger was INSANE and I don’t know what to do with myself.

4.       Honestly, this book was AMAZING. There was never a single moment that I was bored, but always ALWAYS at the edge of my seat. The new characters, Mato and Regina in particular were so well fleshed out and I love that in ADDITION to great pacing and plot, the characters were so real.


Would I recommend this book? YES. DEFINITELY. Pick up This Mortal Coil and then This Cruel Design because they are probably the among the BEST series’ I’ve read in the last two years and YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE. 

Emily Suvada

Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to study mathematics and astrophysics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take minutes to complete on her own. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen. She currently lives in Portland, OR, with her husband.

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Brutal, Real and Brilliant // REVIEW: A Reaper At The Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Title: A Reaper at the Gates
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publication Date: September 5th 2018
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 3/4 of the Ember Quartet
I Got A Copy Through: HarperCollins India
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Blurb Description: The highly anticipated third book in Sabaa Tahir's New York Times bestselling EMBER QUARTET.
Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.
The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister's life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.
Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight.
And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias's devotion--even at the cost of his humanity. 

*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*

“I’m vexed.” ~ Helene Aquilla, Blood Shrike to the Empire

These two words just about perfectly sum up my feelings about the brilliant, twist-filled marvel that was Sabaa Tahir’s A Reaper at the Gates. So much happened through these 400+ pages and despite the face that I finished it hours ago, I’m still reeling from it all AND I AM HONESTLY, VEXED.

How could you do that, Sabaa?

A Reaper at the Gates simultaneously broke me heart, surprised me, gave me hope, took it away and, like I said before, LEFT ME VEXED.  

MY THOUGHTS:

1.       I ABSOLUTELY LOVED that we got to see Helene’s, Laia’s and Elias’ view points again, with the added addition of OPENING AND CLOSING WITH THE NIGHTBRINGER? I actually dropped the book in surprise when I saw the first chapter starting with his name. It was SUCH A BRILLIANT EDITION to Reaper and I honestly loved it.


2.       We should just give Sabaa Tahir the official title of, “Making readers fall in love with characters and then breaking them (both) slowly.” Yes, I realise it’s not a very effective title but IT APPLIES, OKAY? Laia, Helene and Elias had such HEART-BREAKING personal journeys through the book, but especially Helene and Elias.

3.       A Reaper at the Gates made me, for the first time in the series, truly appreciate Keris Vetruia’s cunning and determination. Her political machinations (and Sabaa Tahir’s, by extension) were brilliant and were such a great addition to the plot.

4.       I should probably also mention that after reading three pages of the Nightbringer’s viewpoint, I promptly felt bad for him and ALSO THOUGHT HE WAS JUSTIFIED through the book, which should say a lot about my morals but I CAN’T HELP IT, OKAY? I loved learning his story and about his past – it was probably my favourite aspect of the book.

5.       CAN WE ALSO PLEASE TALK ABOUT HOW ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL THIS GREEN AND BLACK COVER IS? I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

6.       Oh, the ending. The prophecy. The sacrifices. The magic. A Reaper at the Gates was all kinds of perfect, and I absolutely loved it. SOMEONE GIVE ME BOOK FOUR NOW.

Would I recommend this book? YES (AND BY EXTENSION, THE WHOLE SERIES, OBVIOUSLY)


Sabaa Tahir is a GENIUS PLOTTER and her characters have so much DEPTH. This world is brutal, real, brilliant and if you’re a fantasy fan, DIVE IN NOW! 

Sabaa Tahir

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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Slightly Unrealistic // REVIEW: Assassin's Creed Awakening: Volume II (Manga)

Title: Assassin's Creed Awakening: Volume 2
Author: Yano Takashi & Kenzi Oiwa (Illustrator)
Publication Date: October 2017
Publisher: Titan Comics
Part of a Series?: Yes, Part 2/6 of the Assassin's Creed Awakening Series
I Got A Copy Through: Bloomsbury India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: 1715. The Pirates reign supreme over the Caribbean and have just founded their own republic where corruption, greed and cruelty are now commonplace. Captain without faith or law engaged in a perpetual quest for riches, Edward Kenway insatiably foams the seas. Regarded as one of the most fearsome pirates of his time, this fierce and seasoned fighter will find himself in spite of himself projected into the heart of the millennial conflict that pits the Assassins against the Knights Templar ... Discover the Assassin's Creed IV Black manga adaptation Flag and embark on a prodigious adventure, alongside the greatest pirates of history!
 
I’ve probably never picked up a sequel as fast as I did with Volume II of Assassin’s Creed Awakening. The end of the first part was SUCH A CLIFFHANGER and I simply had to dive into the second installment immediately.

My Thoughts:

1.       I was definitely more USED to the right to left reading format while I read Volume II. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED it in Volume I, as I did in Volume II, but after years of reading in left to right, it was a conscious effort to flip the pages the other way and read in the exact opposite direction and in volume II, it was just a lot easier.
 
2.       I quite loved where the story took us, and especially where it ended. There was a little I didn’t understand about the technology that was being used (it went over my head, but I just took it in stride) but it was still fun and fast-paced.

3.       I feel like this manga was a little unrealistic. Edward Kenway had such GREAT skill, that he could singlehandedly board the flagship of the British Armada and kill the captain, and it honestly just felt a little far-fetched.

4.       I LOVE where this manga left off, tying the past to the present and I cannot WAIT to get my hands-on Volume III.

Would I recommend this? As a series, yes! This book didn’t impress me too much, truth be told. It was just a little unrealistic, but a nice filler in the six-book series.


Kenji Oiwa
Takashi Yano is a novelist who had written spin-off novels for the Tekken gaming franchise and Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings as well as the Assassins Creed Awakening Volume I Manga.

大岩ケンヂ Kenji Oiwa is a Japanese manga artist. Some of his major works include Goth, Welcome to the N.H.K., a one-shot, Tsukumo Happy Soul published in Shōnen Ace, Kadokawa Shoten's manga magazine, and the manga serialization of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
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A Boatload of Fun // REVIEW: Assassin's Creed Awakening: Volume I (Manga)

Title: Assassin's Creed Awakening: Volume I
Author: Yano Yakashi & Kenzi Oiwa (Illustrator)
Publication Date: September 2017
Publisher: Titan Comics
Part of a Series?: Yes, Part 1/6 of the Assassin's Creed Awakening Series
I Got A Copy Through: Bloomsbury India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: In 1715, pirates established a lawless republic in the Caribbean and ruled the land and seas. They threatened the power structures that ruled Europe and left a legacy that still endures. Into this world sails a young, cocky and fearsome captain named Edward Kenway. His skill with a sword and disdain for authority earn him the respect of pirate legends, but thrust him into an ancient conflict that threatens to destroy everything the pirates have built. 

 
Assassin’s Creed has been EVERYWHERE these last few months. Even if you’re not a gamer, you probably would have heard SOMETHING about this series.


Having only heard great things about the series in general, when I got the opportunity to read and review the manga for Assassins Creed Awakening, I JUMPED.

I finished this book in less than a day and while I didn’t know what to expect going in, Assassin’s Creed Awakening Volume I took me completely by surprise. I absolutely loved how we saw the past and the future, the action, the pace and, most of all, the actual story.

MY THOUGHTS:

1.       I LOVED HOW UNIQUE THE READING EXPERIENCE WAS FOR THIS MANGA. For starters, it was presented from right to left. Flipping pages the opposite way and reading from top right to bottom left was a fun experience. I also loved that this was a manga. I haven’t read a lot of comics/ manga and I thoroughly enjoyed the format and the story.
2.       Which brings me to HOW MUCH I ENJOYED THE PLOT! I didn’t know what to expect going in, except, as the title states, ASSASSINS but this manga was so well thought out! It kept me on the edge of my seat and I loved it.

3.       I loved the storyline in Edward Kenway’s timeline especially. He was a fearless, motivated pirate and reading his story (and his conquests) was a lot of fun.

4.       I loved the Edward – Masato connection and how everything was revealed. I especially love that it ended on a cliff-hanger and this manga made me want to pick up the next volume INSTANTLY.

Would I recommend this book? HECK YES! It was a boatload of fun, gorgeously illustrated and a quick, well-plotted read. Pick up this series NOW

Takashi Yano is a novelist who had written spin-off novels for the Tekken gaming franchise and Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings as well as the Assassins Creed Awakening Volume I Manga.
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A Magical New Series // ARC Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Title: The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publication Date: 15th January 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 1/2 of the Gilded Wolves Duology
I Got A Copy Through: Macmillan Intl (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.
Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can't yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.
Together, they'll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.
The Gilded Wolves is National Treasure meets Six of Crows in 1800’s Paris, brought to life with Roshani Chokshi’s vivid, lush world-building and humour. Filled with magic, fireballs, cakes, tradition, heists and the aristocracy, this book was ABSOLUTE PERFECTION and I loved every minute of the week I read it through.

MY THOUGHTS:

Image result for the gilded wolvesBefore I go into everything I ABSOLUTELY LOVED about the book, there were two things about it all that bothered me a little:

1.       The world was a little difficult to get used to. There’s this huge information dump at the beginning, which I see now at the end was necessary, but it was a lot to process at the time.

2.       It was also a little hard to understand and see the ciphers and clues that were unveiling themselves through the book. Treasure hunting has been a visual medium until now, and despite the illustrations that were there, it took a little getting used to and wrapping my hear around.

THINGS I LOVED IN THE GILDED WOLVES:

1.       I LOVED THE PLOT. The storyline, the execution and all the twists and turns were SO BRILLIANTLY CRAFTED and the story was just stunning. I loved France, the food, the palaces, the Forging, and all the six characters we got to know through the book.


2.       Which brings me to how much I LOVED Severin, Laila, Tristan, Zofia, Enrique and Hypnos. I LOVED getting to know this little family, surviving and deviously planning acquisitions across Paris, each with their own goals and motivations. They were such brilliant characters and reading through the story through their different points of view was constant fun.

3.       Laila and Severin’s individual stories were STUNNING. I loved how Severin’s seven fathers were named after the seven deadly sins and his motivations behind everything. Laila’s origins were so heart-breaking and I loved that her Indian-ness came into 19th century Paris, especially the very concept of Bharathnatyam.

4.       The inventions, especially from Zofia and Tristan’s experiments and Laila’s culinary marvels were SO MUCH FUN TO READ ABOUT. There were so many ingenious things happening at all points and I honestly can’t do it justice by describing them here.

5.       The dialogue was ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS. I especially loved Hypnos’ airs and fancies as he tried to become a part of the group:

“There was a fireball and the ground broke and we thought Tristan and Enrique were dead.”“What?”“Tristan is fine,” soothed Laila. “He’s upstairs now, standing guard.”“Did you say fur ball?” asked Hypnos. “Like a puppy? How endearing.”“She said fireball.”
“Oh. That is decidedly less endearing.”

6.       THE ENDING WAS ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING AND AFTER READING THE LAST PAGE, I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF ANYMORE.


Would I recommend this book? YES! The Gilded Wolves is a magical piece of artistry that I loved every minute of and I can’t recommend it enough!

Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen and A CROWN OF WISHES. Her middle grade debut, ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME, released April 3, 2018 from Disney/Rick Riordan Presents. Her next young adult novel, THE GILDED WOLVES, is slated for Winter 2019. Chokshi's work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. She was a finalist in the 2016 Andre Norton Award and the Locus Top Ten for Best First Novel. Her short story, "The Star Maiden," was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.

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Guaranteed To Make You Laugh // REVIEW: Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivinson

Title: Freshers
Author: Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivinson
Publication Date: August 3rd 2017
Publisher: Chicken House
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Scholastic India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: Uni beckons. Phoebe can't wait to be a fresher - especially since her crush from school will be there too. She'll be totally different at Uni: cooler, prettier, smarter ... the perfect potential girlfriend. She'll reinvent herself completely. But Luke's oblivious, still reeling from the fallout of the break-up with his ex. Thrown head first into a world of new friends, parties and social media disasters - can Phoebe and Luke survive the year, let alone find each other?
Reading Freshers is probably the MOST fun I’ve had reading a book in a while. I went in with no expectations of what I would get and honestly, I REALLY REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK.

More importantly, this book made me LAUGH. Multiple times. Not just smile or THINK the thing happening was funny, but actually ACTUALLY laugh.

Things that I completely loved:

1)      Feminist movements that involved taking on toxic jocks and their “it’s just a joke” practices perfectly (!)

2)      Quidditch society (with brooms and flat volleyballs) that ACTUALLY GOT COMPETITIVE (!!)

3)      Arguing over Hogwarts houses (because, who doesn’t, really?)
4)      Unconditional female friendships (!)


This is actually the second book I’ve read by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivinson – I read Lobsters many years ago. While the concept of that book was nice enough, the actual execution felt long and dragged out and THERE WAS JUST SO MUCH ANGST?

Freshers, on the other hand, was a fun, real and hilarious book to read that I absolutely enjoyed. I love that it took on so many important topics that college (and high school) level girls face, how jarring it is to make the jump from school to university, how to find real friends amongst all the drunken haziness, and how the boy you’ve been crushing over from a distance may just be better off in your head.
I LOVED Pheobe, Frankie and Negin and the rest of D Block. I also ADORED the chemistry between Josh and Pheobe and honestly, I had a great time reading this book as a whole.

Would I recommend it? YES! I had such a fun time reading this book that kept me smiling of thinking through the 300+ pages and if you’re looking for a contemporary read that’s more than your average YA, READ FRESHERS.

Tom Ellen and Lucy IvisonTom Ellen and Lucy Ivision met at the end of high school and quickly became sweethearts. Though they broke up in college, they remain best friends. Lucy runs the online teen magazine Whatever After and teaches in girls' schools across London, specializing in building confidence and creativity. Tom is a journalist and has written for Time OutViceESPNGlamour, and many other publications. They co-wrote A Totally Awkward Love Story, which was partially inspired by their own high school relationship, with Tom writing Sam's chapters and Lucy writing Hannah's. Freshers is their latest novel.

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REVIEW: Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Title: Girl Wash Your Face
Author: Rachel Hollis
Publication Date: February 6th 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: HarperCollins India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of TheChicSite.com founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have.
Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.
Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.
From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son's request that she buy a necklace to "be like the other moms," Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.
I’ve honestly surprised myself this year by picking up self-help and nonfiction books. I typically don’t read nonfiction at all, but this being in my final year of college and with the big bad world of choices and adulting ahead of me, I’ve needed every book-shaped piece of help I can get.

When a lovely human at HarperCollins informed me that a copy of Girl, Wash your Face was coming my way, I was QUITE excited. I’ve been reading this book chapter by chapter over the last two weeks, trying to absorb all the messages within and take them to heart and now that I’m done, I’m going to try writing a review for it.

MY THOUGHTS:

1.       I believe that self-help books are personal. Some words or chapters might strike a cord with some people and others with other types of people. As such, my experience with this book might not be yours, but I’ll explain how I felt anyway:

2.       The introduction was STUNNING. The author managed to raise my hopes, make me think and had me EXCITED for what came next. As she spoke about how the only thing standing in between you and everything you want in life is YOU, and spoke about how she was going to break down the lies we’ve been telling ourselves all our life, I genuinely thought that this book would be something that would make me feel and think.
 
3.       I jumped into the first ‘Lie’ almost immediately after, and then put the book down to try and absorb it and then, the next day, picked it up again to dive into the next lie.

4.       Now, at the end I sincerely feel that Girl, Wash Your Face was this rushed book, attempting to dissemble years’ worth of self-inflicted damage in just a few pages. While the opening chapter left me inspired, the rest of the book was exactly the opposite.

5.       If this book was supposed to make you believe that YOU can be everything you want, I’m not sure it did. The phrase, “easier said than done” came to my mind more times than I can count, because through the rushed explanations that were more statements than explanations I just didn’t believe, after a while.

6.       I did take away one thing from the book, at least partially, though, and that is that only WE can control what we make of our lives.


Would I recommend this book? Like I said before, self-help books are so personal and I can’t say that a book that didn’t help me won’t help you but I’d only recommend it if you’ve read the synopsis and think it’s really something you need in your life. 
Rachel HollisRachel Hollis is a bestselling author, TV personality, in-demand speaker, and founder and CEO of Chic Media, the foremost authority on premium digital content for women. Named one of Inc. Magazine’s "Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30,” Rachel uses her infectious energy to empower women to take control of their lives and pursue their passions without fear.

Motivational, inspirational, and always approachable, Rachel’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude is a refreshing approach that allows her to authentically connect with millions of women around the world. Rachel has worked with top brands including Walmart, Disney Junior, JCPenney, Rubbermaid, Sprint, and Keurig to create innovative and compelling content for Chic Media’s award-winning women’s lifestyle blog. Rachel is the author of the bestselling Girls Series, including Party Girl, Sweet Girl and Smart Girl, as well as a cookbook, Upscale Downhome. Rachel resides in Los Angeles with her husband and four children. 
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