Book review : “Maybe In Another Life” by Taylor Jenkins Reid ( @tjenkinsreid )

Title: Maybe In Another Life

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Romantic Women’s Fiction

Publication date: July 7, 2015

My ratingNovel Girl - 5 stars


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From the acclaimed author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do comes a breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Liferaises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?

Hannah believes there is.

And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So far in 2015, I’ve read 33 books. Maybe In Another Life is easily in the top few. In fact I labelled it on my official Goodreads shelf “Best Everrr“. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a unique author with magical qualities that totally take you away. Her best book yet!

“If there are an infinite number of universes, I don’t know how I got so lucky to end up in this one. Maybe there are other lives out there, but I can’t imagine being as happy in any of them as I am right now, today. I have to think that while I may exist in other universes, none is as good as this.”

Maybe In Another Life 
is the story of Hannah Martin. Not too far into the book she makes an ordinary decision that has an extraordinary “fork in the road” effect. In one life her choice leads her to go home with her old flame, Ethan, after a night at a bar. In another life she decides it’s best not to rush things and go home with her best friend Gabby.

“I no longer believe all is fair in love and war. Your actions in love are not an exception to who you are. They’re the very definition of who you are.”

Given the blurb for this book (if you haven’t read it, go back and read it) I somewhat expected a certain story to play out. But I have to get real now and say that it didn’t exactly play out that way. In almost every case Taylor spun a curve ball and *bam* another choice turned things and we were following a different storyline. I love Taylor’s style of books for these twists. They’re not Hollywood BANG! and yet they aren’t mundane. Her books feel like real life. You constantly as What If, not only in the story context, but there’s a ripple effect that has you asking What If to your own life.

“Maybe one day, we’ll get the timing right. Maybe this is the middle of a longer love story.”

I wish i were as good as writing as she is. Then I might be able to explain better why this book and her style of writing are both so freaking epic. In short you can expect to feel the whole spectrum of emotions while reading this story, but there’s a basal dosage of happiness going on. I loved how happy this book made me. It’s halfway between women’s fiction and contemporary romance. It’s with strong conviction that I announce this book is pretty darn close to perfect as one can get. There are no stupid decisions, no whiny female characters, no frustrating miscommunications — I suspect that this book took a great deal of effort because the end result is so effortless.

♡♡♡♡♡ – highly recommended!

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LIVE: Converge (the new and updated version of The Rental)

LIVE! The new cover and updated book is available!

Converge v2 - Rebecca Berto (prev. rental)SMALLThis is the same story but there are new scenes and the book has been updated in general. I love this version. (I even think you should read it again if you already read the original The Rental.)

I’ve contacted Amazon to make this update available to people who’ve already purchased the old edition (nee The Rental).

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Download the free prequel:

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I’ll keep you updated about the release of the sequel to Converge, which is now titled, COMBUST! ♡

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Converge update! (the new version of The Rental)

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Getting super close now! I’m hoping that in the next few days the new version of Converge (nee The Rental) will be live at retailers to download!

It has all new scenes, deleted old content, and the story is basically an enhanced version of the old one, so the core of it remains an erotic love story between Rick and Vee.

You don’t need to re-read this version, but I recommend you do because it’s awesome. ;) I’ll be contacting Amazon to make a free update available to all those who’ve already purchased the old version of The Rental.

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Cover reveal and a sneak peek!

~ P A R T  O N E  O F  P O S T ~

Hi, lovelies! How are you? First of all, here’s the revamped cover to the formerly known prequel, (book #0.5) The Masquerade. It’s now just Masquerade. The content in this book is mostly the same. Just some very minor updating. Without further ado, here is the pretty!

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*Squeals* I love that this cover looks sexier. The darkness to it is symbolic of the dark kind of sexiness this book is about. What do you think? Don’t be shy to share your thoughts in the comments whether you agree or disagree with me.


~ P A R T  T W O  O F  P O S T ~

Wow, TONNES of writing done today! I think it’s time I make another announcement. Some of you may already know that I’m working on a revision. Well, The Rental will be updated with the new title, CONVERGE!!

Here is a sneak peek of the new cover! Let’s play a game. Guess the BODY PARTS! hehe 👄👂👃👀😏

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Until next time . . .

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Hey all! It’s going to be a busy time for me in the next couple of months! A lot of you have asked and wondered about The Reversal (sequel to The Rental). I’m finally at a stage where I can share a few details–but not too many yet! I swear I will when I am able to.

  1. Yes, I am working on The Reversal right now, but see 2.
  2. I am renaming, rebranding, rewriting and giving new covers to this series. What does this mean for the books? Vee and Rick and the characters will still be there and so will the story, but the content is changing. Why is it changing? As this series unfolds, I am uncovering loads of potential. I want to make changes in The Rental that will set it up in a better way for its sequel than it iscurrently written.The Rental and The Reversal will feature new and enhanced content, and The Masquerade: a prequel will mostly remain the same on the inside although its changes will mimic the other two books for the same “look”.
  3. That name change … Look out for the new names that I will reveal in the near future. Each book cover will have a small subtitle to indicate which book was named what from the old titles.
  4. I am in the very early stages of co-writing a new book with another author. *cue squeals* Sorry to be a tease–or am I?😉 I can’t wait for this, you guys!

Stay tuned! I’ll update you whenever I can. Make sure you subscribe to my blog (buttons in the top left corner sidebar on home page) or to my newsletter so you don’t miss a thing.

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For the first time since Pulling Me Under I am taking time to research a specific disorder/disease for my #‎ForbiddenLoveProject. I always invest as much of my capabilities I can into each story. Can’t wait to get started but the best things take time. I’ll be proud to say that about this novel. Waiting is hard, especially when a writer is bursting at the seams with a story in their mind, but I know this will be worth it.

I might just tear myself with all these emotions! But I will do it for the cause. #believeinthepowerofstory

Book review : “Confess” by Colleen Hoover

22609310Title: Confess

Author: Colleen Hoover

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication date: March 10, 2015

My ratingNovel Girl - 5 stars


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Book Description

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

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WOAF. This is Colleen Hoover at her best! Along with her trademark gut-wrenching emotional style, Confess has the added wow factor with real life confessions from fans submitted to Colleen Hoover, which have been used within the story.

This is an amazing original storyline for an otherwise flooded New Adult market that has many similar stories. And New Adult is great at times for that reason as you have plenty to choose from, but sometimes someone takes a chance like Hoover has and it blows you away. She captured me with the originality. He’s an artist with life-changing trouble brewing. She’s a strong woman with a terrible past who still comes through fragile despite putting on a brave front. Their stories may seem familiar, but it’s part of the Hoover charm. You can connect to the characters even when the story turns out so much more different than you expected. They have one heck of a story that unfolds — which i won’t go into detail as it’ll tell far too much.

“I’m scared I’ll never feel this again with anyone else,” I whisper.
He squeezes my hands. “I’m scared you will.”

Now I hope this isn’t too late to back up a bit and talk about my reading habits. I’m a slow reader for an author and book lover. Typically I read books in 1-3 weeks. I read this in a little over 24 hours. Why? I simply could not stop. Every chapter leaves you a little more breathless and on edge. At every turn things get worse and better at the same time. Damn that Hoover! I am a super picky and frustrated reader. I pick apart every little thing and one issue can distract me so much I sometimes put down stories. Yet in Confess I was far too invested to put the book down and space it out as I usually have to do. I’m not going to lie and say it ended with all the little bits and bobbles making sense and to my liking, but I can honestly say that they didn’t factor at all into my rating of this book. It’s a solid 5 star read for me, and I cherish those. I don’t have many true 5 star reads these days.

“I love you so much.” His voice is breathless and full of fear. “I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.” My tears fall harder at his words. “And I’ll love you forever. Even when I shouldn’t.”

This book gave me hope and made me cherish the human condition. I loved and learnt. And i think i just made some new friends (and enemies) in 306 pages. For real, you guys. Confess is everything we book lovers crave in a fictional story — nothing about it feels fake at all.

“Some secrets should never turn into confessions. I know that better than anyone.”

It’s like peering into a part of the world yet undiscovered and it’s all your secret to keep.

“I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.”

Highly recommended!

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Book review : “Writing Plots with Drama, Depth & Heart: Nail Your Novel” by Roz Morris

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Author: Rox Morris

Genre: Writing, Research & Publishing Guides

Publication date: January 5, 2015

My ratingNovel Girl - 5 stars


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Book Description

What keeps a reader curious? It’s the story. You might have a dazzling prose voice and plausible characters, but if they don’t do anything, the reader is likely to lose interest.

So where do you find story ideas? How do you make them into a captivating read?

Do you know what genre you are best suited to write? What is literary fiction and how do you write that? How will you give your book depth without seeming preachy or bringing the plot to a standstill?

What are the hidden patterns that ply the reader’s emotions, regardless of your genre or style? How can you use them with originality? If you want to write a story that breaks the usual conventions, how do you do it?

Whatever type of novel you want to write, this book will show you, in down-to-earth tutorials, games and exercises.

Use it before you write and when revising, to diagnose your story’s strengths and weaknesses, to decide how to begin, what to put in the middle, how it should end. If you’ve had feedback from critique partners and editors, use it to decode what’s really wrong – instead of what they think might be.

Most of all, use it to find out where you already have spellbinding plot material. Discover where your best ideas are hiding and how to tell stories with drama, depth and heart.

By a bestselling ghostwriter, literary author, creative coach and book doctor.

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I have a “Best Everrr” shelf on Goodreads and I haven’t added a new book to it for 8.5 months — that is until a minute ago when i added this one. It’s reserved for books that are more than five stars, books I would happily read twice (as a rule of thumb I dislike re-reading books), and ones that went above and beyond what i hoped and expected.

I loved Writing Plots With Drama, Depth & Heart: Nail Your Novel, as it states the basics you’d expect in a ToC but then it feels written in a personal way, easy to connect to, and really reaches out to find a way to make the reader understand the content in a way they can readily apply to their own work.

I won’t delete this book from my Kindle for a while although I delete most books after I finish. I’ve bookmarked some pages that I will reference often and am finally relieved I’ve found information that I’ve been hoping to have for revision/editing phases of writing my books.

This book is a good all rounder yet avoids the Jack Of All Trades trap. There are minimal sections you’d skip if you were an experienced writer and beginners could easily understand it.

I highly recommend this investment if you’re a writer. We never stop learning, so why stunt your writerly growth?:)


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