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Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire

“We went down, and at the bottom there was a door, and on the door there was a sign. Two words. ‘Be Sure.’ Sure of what? We were twelve, we weren’t sure of anything. So we went through."




Title: Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1)

Author: Seanan McGuire

Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult


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*** BOOK BLURB ***


Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.


*** REVIEW ***


 I ended up going into this book with low expectations because of all the hype around it and because it didn't seem like my kind of read. I'm honestly so glad I did, I ended up absolutely loving it!


To every kid who crossed a portal and is kicked back comes the moment of what-happens-next and what-do-I-do-now. There are those who never want to go back, who just want to move on and forget. They find a way. But what happens to those who have been inexorably changed and want to go back? Who are just bidding their time hoping that their door will reopen one day? They go to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.


And this is what I though the book will be about - children readjusting to their lives. But... Then, a couple of gruesome murders throw everything up in the air!


It's short, and while I wish it were longer so that I could have extended my reading enjoyment, it was really just the right length for what it was.


Every Heart a Doorway is the story of fantasy I never knew I needed.


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart



"The four of us Liars, we have always been. We always will be."





Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Genre: Contemporary | Young Adult


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*** BOOK BLURB ***


A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.


*** REVIEW ***


If I had to summarize We Were Liars in one word, I think I'd pick boring. The whole thing felt rather pointless. I kept reading it only because this books became Goodreads Choice Winner in 2014, so I thought maybe I'm missing something.


The book didn't have much of a plot other than Cadence understanding what happened during Summer Fifteen. So, we stumble through this book to find out the big secret and... That's it. Here's the secret and here's the end of the book.


The writing was odd and felt disjointed. I didn't develop any sort of emotional attachment to any of the characters, so by the time the "big revel" happened... I didn't care.


I'm still not sure where the raving reviews for this book comes from. I'd suggest to better skip this one and find another book to enjoy.


Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

Puddle Jumping - Amber L. Johnson

"I don't believe there's such thing as conventional love. Love is bending. Love is breaking. Love is constantly learning about the other person until you go crazy because it will never be perfect, but there's no fault in trying."




Title: Puddle Jumping

Author: Amber L. Johnson

Genre: Contemporary Romance | Young Adult


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*** BOOK BLURB ***


When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional.

Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special.

Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.

Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out.

When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.

Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.


*** REVIEW ***


It is a coming of age story about an unconventional relationship between a beautiful teenage girl and a wonderful teenage boy with Asperger's. This book is so much more than Lilly falling in love with Colton. It's about realizing true unconditional love has no boundaries.


What makes the story beautiful, is that everything Lilly does, encouraging Colton to be himself while helping him to navigate an altogether strange social world, is that she doesn’t consciously do it for him. She does it because of him, because she’s fascinated by him and cares about him and truly wants to understand his mind. She wants other people to see him as she does, this straightforward, socially inadept boy who simply wants to be near her.


The only reason this book for me isn't 5 stars, is the ending. As strange as it may seem, I didn't want story to end with Hollywood type happily ever after ending. I would have left the story with the last chapter, without Epilogue. And after finishing book, I found out author decided to make it series and is writing a second book, continuation of Lilly's and Colton's story. Don't know how I feel about it...


ETERN1TY (EXP1RE Duet #2) by Erin Noelle

ETERN1TY - Erin Noelle


"People say your life is a story, and this may very well be the outline of my last few chapters, so I made sure it's exactly what I want."




Title: ETERN1TY (EXP1RE Duet #2)

Author: Erin Noelle

Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance


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*** BOOK BLURB ***


They complete me.
Nothing makes sense without them, the building blocks of logic.
A math teacher by day, a statistics doctorate student at night, my obsession to solve problems is constantly fed.
I'm exactly where I want to be in life, no unknown variables or unsolved formulas.
Until I meet her.
The woman beyond the numbers.
How can I stay away, when everything about her draws me in?
But how can I fall in love, when she won't promise me eternity?


*** REVIEW ***


Unfortunately ETERN1TY was a bit of disappointment for me. I really liked the first book in this duet, so was expecting the same quality. But it ended up being mushy and  rushed read without any action.


This book falls more to the contemporary romance genre. The only fantasy/paranormal aspect in the story is that main characters - Lyra and Tavian - can see everyone's date of death in their eyes. And these numbers was the main driving force for me to finish the second book. I wanted to get the answers: Why only they can see the numbers? Why numbers started changing? And of course, Can fate be changed? But... Author didn't gave me any closure, only the happy ending love story.



Dewey's 24h Readathon Finished

-- 24 HOURS -- 6 BOOKS -- 1084 PAGES --


I'm wiped out, finally time to hit the bed :)


#READATHON 22 hour progress update

— feeling terminator

5 books (988 p.) finished, another 2 hours to go.


Decided to go for Midsummer Delights: A Short Story Collection (Fairy Tales) by Eloisa James as a final book for this #reversereadathon. Need something light and fluffy, don't think my brains would be able to absorb any deeper book after reading without sleep for 22h :)


#READATHON 18 hour progress update

4 books (819 p.) finished, another 6 hours to go.


Few stretches, another cup of coffee and on to the next book :)


#Readathon reading progress update: 39% We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Still don't get how it became winner of Goodreads Choice Awards. I'm only mildly interested in what's going on. Staying hopeful - maybe second part will blow my head off.


#READATHON 12 hour progress update

3 books (577 p) done, another 12 hours to go. Sleep is finally catching up with me, but staying strong :)


#Readathin reading progress update: I've read 6%.

Puddle Jumping - Amber L. Johnson

"It begins with a boy and it ends with a boy, but what story doesn’t?"


#READATHON 2 hour progress update: I've read 53%.

ETERN1TY - Erin Noelle

"I’ve got a story to live. A man to love. And bacon to eat."

My First 24-Hour Readathon


I have decided to participate in Dewey’s 24-hour readathon witch will start tomorrow at 8 pm EST. And because I'm crazy, I will be reading 24h non-stop :)


Why would anyone want to do this, you ask? Firstly, the last few days I was experiencing reading stupor, so hopefully it will help me get back to my usual self. Furthermore, I like to challenge myself, and time spent reading is my kind of fun. It’s not about the number of books I’m able to finish but rather about the journey, traveling through stories and character’s minds without too many interruptions.


Of course there will be few obstacles I will have to overcome, mainly readathon starting time - which in my time zone will be 2am, and really hot summer day to survive through. Wish me good luck!


Even though I have a few books I would like to finish first, I am not going to constrain myself to those novels. I want to have a variety for this day. So I made the list of 10 books under 300 pages, and will choose from them depending on my mood and level of tiredness. These books are:


- Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

- A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay, Sam Taylor Mullens

- Sex Love Repeat by Alessandra Torre

- ETERN1TY by Erin Noelle

- Some They Lie by Frederic William Farrar

- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

- A Thousand Perfect Notes by Christine Drews

- Confessed by Nicola Rendell

- Small Town Rumors by Carolyn Brown


Are you planning on participating? Feel free to share your previous or current readathon experiences.




CATCH UP: Books Coming Out as Movies in August

If you're like me and prefer to read a book before watching it's adaptation in the cinema -  here are 4 book hitting the big screens in August.


1. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (Genre: Young Adult | Dystopia)


Movie coming out: 3 August 2018 - Trailer




2. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Genre: Contemporary | Chick Lit)


Movie coming out: 15 August 2018 - Trailer




3. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (Genre: Young Adult | Romance)


Movie coming out: 17 August 2018 - Trailer




4. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (Genre: Historical | Horror)


Movie coming out: 31 August 2018 - Trailer




"It is a slightly arresting notion that if you were to pick yourself apart with tweezers, one atom at a time, you would produce a mound of fine atomic dust, none of which had ever been alive but all of which had once been you. ― Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything"

'Between The Covers' Book Club

'Between The Covers' Book Club is for everyone who loves to discover fresh reads from new voices in literature. We will read one new debut novel every month.


Come and join us - Between The Covers Book Club. Spread the joy of reading :)




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Molly Harper
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