Review: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

51Z3ZotTWfL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things
Author:
Jenny Lawson
Publisher Info / Release:
Flatiron Books/ September 22, 2015
Source:
audiobook
Rating: 
4 / 5 ⭐️’s 
Synopsis: 
In Furiously Happy, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest:

“I’ve often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that they might be able to experience extreme joy in a way that ‘normal people’ also might never understand. And that’s what Furiously Happy is all about.”

Jenny’s readings are standing room only, with fans lining up to have Jenny sign their bottles of Xanax or Prozac as often as they are to have her sign their books. Furiously Happy appeals to Jenny’s core fan base but also transcends it. There are so many people out there struggling with depression and mental illness, either themselves or someone in their family—and in Furiously Happy they will find a member of their tribe offering up an uplifting message (via a taxidermied roadkill raccoon). Let’s Pretend This Never Happened ostensibly was about embracing your own weirdness, but deep down it was about family. Furiously Happy is about depression and mental illness, but deep down it’s about joy—and who doesn’t want a bit more of that?

***My Review***

My new adventure of listening to audiobooks led me to my overdrive local library in search of a new audiobook to listen to on my work commute.  My first reaction when I started listening to the books was this is freakin’ awesome the author is narrating the book, c’mon who knows their book better than the author.  I loved Jenny’s upbeat and enthusiastic voice.  Honestly I do not think another narrator could have done this book justice.  Anyhoo….

Let’s talk about the story!  I absolutely loved it!  I have anxiety and depression and found Jenny’s story to be relate-able to an extent.  I cannot relate to all the taxidermied animals.  I found Jenny to be an inspiration to similar sufferers.  She has been able to take these terrible diseases that she has experienced first hand and look back on those experiences and poke fun at what happened to her.  She doesn’t dwell on the past and the times that she can’t get out of bed or is so riddled with anxiety that she can’t leave the house.  She has found a way to tell her story and look back on those terrible moments and cast humor over them.  She is living FURIOUSLY Fabulous!!!   I needed this book, it made me laugh hysterically and at the same time say to myself YES that is totally me!

I can understand how her writing style may not be some peoples cup of tea.  I did find it hard to stick with some of her rants but I enjoyed her honesty so much it made up for that.  She writes as if she is writing a diary entry with some ADD thrown in.  This book definitely made me FURIOUSLY HAPPY listening to it.

 

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Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver

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Title: Panic
Author:
Lauren Oliver
Publisher Info / Release:
Harper Collins / March 4, 2014
Source:
Audiobook
Rating: 
4 / 5 ⭐️’s 
Synopsis:  
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

***My Review***

I never expected to get into audiobooks, I love to read so much that I always felt that listening to an audiobook was cheating.  But I have now listened to 3 or 4 and have realized that this is a great way to utilize time during my commute to and from work or while I do chores around the house!  With that said…let’s talk about Panic by Lauren Oliver!  It has been quite a while since I have read a book by Lauren Oliver but I will not lie the Delirium series was one of my favorites!  I went into Panic blind (without having read the synopsis).  It took me a hot second to figure out what was happening and that Panic was in fact a game, but once the story got going I found myself anticipating what would happen next.

The story is told in a duel perspective by Heather and Dodge.

Heather – a.k.a. Heath bar (I just love this nickname)!  I liked Heather, that summer after graduating high school she grew as she learned more about herself as she participated in panic.  Learning many of life’s lessons and being forced into a mother’s role at a young age left her a bit salty.  She was always looking for the next bad thing, never realizing what good she actually had.  I liked the strength that she gained/presented as the game progressed to some serious life threatening challenges. She loved her sister Lily (a.k.a Billy Goat) so much that part of the reason she was participating in the challenge was to free her of the horrible home life that they had.

Dodge – I can’t say I was Dodge’s biggest fan, he was fueled by revenge.  I found his decisions to be made irrationally and childishly.  He just rubbed me the wrong way through most of the story.

There were a bunch of other characters but the two I feel must be named are Nat, she is Heather’s best girlfriend and Dodge’s love interest.  Then there was Bishop, oh sweet Bishop I rooted for you and Heather through most of this story.  I can’t say I was a bit disappointed when I found out his secret.  But in the end you pulled through for me.

Overall the characters were alright, I did not get that feeling of wanting to crawl into the story and be best friends with them.  This was a negative for me because I felt maybe they could have been a bit more character development.

The concept of the story was interesting and kept my attention. The game of panic kept me on the edge of my seat with its dangerous challenges.  Overall I enjoyed the book, but that’s par for the course with Lauren Oliver’s work.  She has not yet disappointed me.

 

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All my truths & one lie by Fabiola Francisco

Book: All My Truths & One Lie

Author: Fabiola Francisco

Release Date – 23rd January 2019


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Blurb:

A captivating story about love, family secrets, and self-discovery.I finally followed the life I always dreamed of. All of the pieces fell into an easy path, but the illusion of perfection hid the pain I was still carrying.Until I met him.

They say when you cross paths with a twin flame, everything changes. Matthias proved that to be true as he stripped me down, removing the illusion and baring every single truth I refused to look at.

He was the love that could deconstruct my patterns. If only I could accept that the one lie I’ve believed my entire life is the only truth.


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Fabiola Francisco is a contemporary romance author from South Florida. Writing as been a part of her life since she was a teenager. Even at that age, she dreamed of happy endings with emotional twists. Her novels include Perfectly Imperfect, The Restoring Series, Sweet on You Duet, and Red Lights, Black Hearts.  

Her passion for books and writing has inspired her to write her own stories. She writes novels readers could relate to and grow with. She’s currently working on writing more stories that connect with readers on a deeper.

Fabiola also loves expressing herself through art and spending time in nature. In her spare time, she loves to cuddle with a good book and a glass of wine.

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Review: All I Want for Christmas is My Sister’s Boyfriend by Brooke Blaine & Ella Frank

42965901Title: All I want for Christmas is My Sister’s Boyfriend
Author:
Brooke Blaine & Emma Frank
Publisher Info / Release:
November 26, 2018
Source:
ebook
Rating: 
 4/ 5 ⭐️’s 
Synopsis: 
Some people want their two front teeth or a hippopotamus for Christmas. 
Not me. That would be too clichéd. 
Then again, I never thought I’d stoop to sitting on Santa’s lap and asking him to bring me a boyfriend, either. In my defense, though, the man of my dreams had just knocked me into a store display ten minutes prior, so I wasn’t exactly thinking straight. 
Hah, but when did I ever. 

I never thought I’d see Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome again, but it looked like fate—or Santa—had other plans when I ran into him the following night. Seemed like I might be getting my Christmas wish after all, right? Right. 

So imagine my surprise when I showed up at my parents’ house for the holidays, only to find out that my sister had asked Santa for the exact same thing I did—and he’d delivered early. 
Yep, my sister scored herself a handsome new boyfriend, and he’s absolutely perfect. He’s charming, my parents love him, and even Lucifer the demon cat tolerates him. 
Oh, did I mention he also happens to be my dream guy? The one who’s supposed to be under my tree? 
Yeah. Merry freakin’ Christmas to me. Someone pass the hot buttered rum. 

This is a fun, feel-good MM Christmas novella.

***My Review***

What can I say from the very first moment Aiden knocked into Miles in the mall, I was team Maiden all the way! They were just so incredibly perfect for each other!

Never did I expect that Miles would go home for Christmas and come face to face with his love interest but he is there and is his sister’s boyfriend! WTF! Can’t say I blame Miles for his temper tantrum, especially when you spend a long ride home thinking about this perfect man you just met.

This visit home turns into quite an interesting one.  This family goes from sweat and welcoming to crazy drama with the slip of a kiss. One thing I absolutely loved about this story was the family dynamic.  They all got along so well and were well mannered and stood up for each other. Truly a family so many dream of having.  That is until your older brother goes psycho steam roller on your man.  I was absolutely dying of laughter during the fight in the snow. You cannot beat Mom coming running out of the house with a frying pan and all intentions of taking someone out with it!

If you are looking for a sweet love story, with a loving family and a little crazy humor.  This is a book for you. Consider it an early Christmas gift to yourself you won’t regret it.  Brooke and Ella have more than proven they work together seamlessly.  I look forward to more of their collaborations in the future.

 

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Review: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage (Audiobook)

BTTitle: Baby Teeth
Author:
Zoje Stage
Publisher Info / Release:
St. Martin’s Press / July 17th, 2018
Source:
Audiobook
Rating:
5 / 5 ⭐️’s 
Synopsis: Sweetness can be deceptive. 

Meet Hanna.

She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.

Meet Suzette.

She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette’s husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all.

***My Review***

I had this book on my radar for awhile and decided when I saw the audio book was available to give it a shot.  As with most books I went in blind, I did not read the synopsis or look at any reviews.  Within minutes of clicking play I was bewitched by this truly disturbing story.  This is one of the most chilling and terrifying stories I have read in a long time.

Hannah is the daughter of Alex and Suzette.  Suzette is a stay at home mom who has her own issues with her own mother – daughter relationship and was determined to not make the same mistakes that her mother made.  But by doing so she makes some of her own mistakes.  Hannah hates her mother and is determined to make her go away so she can be with her daddy.  Suzette is dealing with major behavioral problems with Hannah and feels guilty that she has done something wrong.  When bringing up these issues to her husband she is met with resistance and he just doesn’t believe that his precious little “Squirrly Girl”  could possibly do the things she is accusing her of.

As I read this creepy AF story, my mind was racing with questions and thoughts.  What the !@#& is wrong with Hannah?  What the hell did I just read? (and yes I did rewind numerous times and listen to it again, to make absolute sure I had actually heard what I thought I had.) And Oh God what will she do next?

If you like horror this is one you don’t want to miss.  This is the bad seed with a little Exorcist thrown in.  The book is disturbingly fantastic and I needed a book like this to snap me out of the slow reads that I was pushing through lately.  My mind is BLOWN!

I am over her hoping for a sequel or another great disturbingly creepy story from Zoje!

 

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The Secret to Dating you Best Friends Sister by Meghan Quinn

How do you date your best friend’s sister? Easy.

Step one: Pretend you want her to set you up with someone else. That will bring the two of you closer.

Step two: Go on date with lots of random women, proceed to get stupid drunk and talk about your best friend’s sister, thus gaining the courage to finally make a move.

Step three: Randomly show up at her apartment and confess your love. Women love that, right?

It all seemed so simple. A fool-proof three step process that will guarantee the love of you life to fall madly in love with you.

At least–that’s what I thought was going to happen. But my attempts to win over Julia Westin backfired in more ways than I can count. The thing about Julia? She’s smart–really smart–and her wicked gaze cuts through all the charm I’ve tried slinging her way. She’s not interested in games, my gifts, or my stories. She might want me too; but she’s not giving in that easy…

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Review: Badcock Tour 2: A Cox Sister Cruise by Christine Beseze

ACSCTitle: Badcock Tour 2: A Coxsister Cruise
Author: 
ChristineBeseze
Publisher Info / Release:
October 16, 2018
Source: ebook

Rating: 
4 / 5 ⭐️’s 
Synopsis:
What’s better than a free cruise?

Seamen. Lots of seamen.

Lisa’s ready to set sail with a full-on booze cruise experience. Thanks to the help of her cocksisters, she’s able to let her freak flag fly full mast and get her Jolly Roger off. It’s just too bad these ladies get more than they bargained for.

With lube, chocolate dicks, and a monkey, what could possibly go wrong?

***Warning*** If you do not have a sense of humor, enjoy your drinks dirty, and your puns even dirtier then this book is not for you. Jump ship! Jump ship now!

 ***My Review***

Another laugh out loud hysterical Cocksister adventure!  How do you out do a girls trip to Ireland that entertains you with some studly male companions, sore lady bits and lots and lots of alcohol?  You take the party on the road…or should I say water!

Lisa entered to win a cruise at the sex toy shop they went to in Ireland….what kind of cruise do you think they ended up on?  Let’s just put it this way it was quite the interesting cruise filled with pineapples and swingers.  But these ladies somehow land themselves in a shit ton of trouble wherever they go!  You absolutely do not want to miss this girls cruise filled with flowing alcohol, more damaged lady bits and and some bad guys that send these ladies on the run.  The adventures of this cruise is a journey you do not want to miss out on!  I do not want to give away anything because you really need to just experience it for yourself!

I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review! 

 

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