The Dreamhouse by Nicole Thorn

The Dreamhouse by Nicole Thorn 
Release date: October, 2017
Pages: 334
Source: Received from Curiosity Quills Press

My feelings: 

Description:
Layla Hall is one of the Paperdolls. Four girls were kidnapped at the age of twelve, and held in an underground bunker that they called ‘The Dollhouse’. Seven years later, they’re free from their captor, and trying to rebuild their lives. Layla distracts herself with other people’s pain. She wants to heal them, and Bennett needs healing. 
Bennett Posey is broken. He knows it, and everyone in his life knows it. His life changes when he decides to end it. Before he does, he calls the crisis hotline that Layla volunteers at. She promises him that life will get better, and that she would show him. 
Bennett is gone from the start, obsessed with the girl who makes life hurt a little less. She can make him forget about his abusive mother, and passive father. He thinks he deserves what he gets, so what does it matter if they hurt him? As long as Layla doesn’t find out, everything will be fine. It has to be fine.

My Review:
I haven't read the first book in the Paperdolls series, but when I read the description of The Dreamhouse I was excited to read it. Yes, I know. Who does that? Well, me apparantly.  I do recommend that you read the first book first, but you don't need it to understand/follow The Dreamhouse

Layla is such a strong character. She has gone through literally HELL and how she deals with her and Bennet situation is pretty amazing. This girl needs an standing ovation. I didn't get to know the other characters very well, but that's really because the story is all about Layla and Bennets relationship.

I usually don't cry while reading a book, mostly because I'm not a fan of sad stories, but when Layla was giving her speech I cried my eyes out. The speech she gave was heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. I got very emotional reading it.


The ending was way too 'perfect'. I could not believe Layla parents reaction to the "news" 
and that's why I'm not sure how I feel about their 'ending'. If the ending was more realistic, I probably would have given this book 5 hearts.

Even with the ending being to unrealistic for me, I did loved reading The Dreamhouse by Nicole Thorn. 

*I recently received the first book for review, so I will be reading the first book very soon. 

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Finally Fall Book Tag

Yay! Another Tag.  Nuria from Unwrapped Dreams tagged me in the Finally Fall Book Tag. Thank you Nuria, always fun to be tagged, especially a tag fan as me!
Here we go,

In fall, the air is crips and clear: name a book with a vivid setting.
All of Terry Pratchett books that I've read. The Color of Magic has such a vivid
setting. The way Terry Pratchett describes Discworld is fantastic.

Nature is beautiful, but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.
Love you, Hate you, Miss you by Elizabeth Scott. The main character, Amy, has to deal with the loss of her best friend. The story was beautiful written and almost made me cry. A very emotional read.

Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea. I always love to learn new things and last year I read Nothing to Envy. It's such a interesting and very sad book. It tells you real stories about people who lived under a terrible regime and how they escaped.

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be part of.
There are so much! Let's see, I want to be friends with everyone in From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas. I loved all of those characters. Will is my favourite and I want him to be my best friend. He is super hilarious and we would have so much fun together.

I also want to spend time with Piper from Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. Pipers family is very caring and supportive. I would love to hang out with them.


The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-coloured spines.
Okay, this is difficult to do, because most of my books are in boxes. If you don't know, I used to live abroad and now I'm back in the Netherlands. But, I'll try with the new books that I bought. Not showing the spines, but the covers. :)




Fall is the perfect time for storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
I don't really know.

The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.
The Silence by Tim Lebbon! I haven't written a review for it yet, but everyone who loves a great horror story needs to read The Silence. This book was super creepy,  super intense and just so so good!

The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
Short read? How about The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams. It has 288 pages, not too long right? I really loved this book, it was super cute and charming.

Fall returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Why? Years ago I read this book and I really loved it, but I never picked up the second book in the series. So, I really want to reread it again and then finish the series.

Oh and Strange Angels by Lili St.Crow. Strange Angels is my favourite series. I freaking adore every book in the series. I need to reread the Strange Angels books.


Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”. 
I don't have any! I think. Whoops.


Spread the AUTUMN appreciation. 
If you like tags, then YOU're tagged! Looking forward to all of your answers.
Just let me know in the comments and I will check it out. 

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Any Way You Slice It by Kristine Carlson Asselin

Any Way You Slice It by Kristine Carlson Asselin
Release date: November, 2017
Pages: 225
Source: Kristine Carlson Asselin & Netgalley

My feelings:

Description:
Penelope Spaulding just can't catch a break. Between long hours at the family pizza shop, piles of homework, and her dad’s new obsession—getting the restaurant on a new foodie reality show—it's hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, the world is hers to control and everything else slips away. When the bad boy who lives down the street dares her to join the Rink Rats, the local misfit hockey team, she surprises herself and joins in silent defiance of everything her parents have forbidden. The more she plays, the easier it is to keep lying, and soon Pen finds it impossible to come clean. She’s sneaking out to practice—and loving every minute of it. It doesn’t take long for her to fall in love with hockey…but she’s not entirely sure if it’s the game she’s falling for or the boy. Because it can’t last. As soon as her dad finds out, she’ll be benched. For good. And the one thing she IS sure of...she can't stop playing.


My Review:
Any Way You Slice It was a fun and adorable read. 

Penelope (love the name) is hard-working, caring and very loyal to her family's restaurant. But, she has a different passion and unfortunately her dad doesn't like what she loves to do. I liked Penelope a lot. She doesn't let anyone, even her dad get in her way. She's very determined. I also really loved Jake! He's very caring and such a great friend to Penelope. 

The plot is really fun to read. The romance is cute, nothing to deep here and that's okay. Sometimes I don't need those deep love connections. The romance between Penelope and Jake was just adorable! 

After reading Any Way You Slice It, you will want to eat pizza! So you're warned, get a slice!  
I recommend Any Way You Slice It for anyone who from time to time needs a simple, but fun and adorable story to read.

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Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Release date: April, 2014
Pages: 336
Source: Borrowed

My feelings: 



Description:
It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. 
Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. 
And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more -- though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was -- lovely and amazing and deeply flawed -- can she begin to discover her own path in this stunning debut from Ava Dellaira

My Review:
I thought I would absolutly love Love Letters to the Dead. I mean the description of the book sounds very interesting and I heard a lot of great things about it. But, I didn't love it, I did not even like it that much. 

Laurel was a very naive and dull character. I did not care for her, at all! There was a lot of peer pressure in the book. The things her friends did were too much for me. And when Laurel did those things with them, I just thought 'really? ugh'. I didn't like any of the characters, mostly
because their actions were just terrible. 

The letters, oh wow, I found them boring. In the second part of the book the letters became more interesting to read. Now, not quite that interesting that it made me end up loving the book, but to the extend that I wanted to find out what happened to the sister. So, I skimmed some of the letters. Yes, I did! 

Thinking about the book again, I feel just blah. Love Letters to the Dead was not for me! 

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Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders.

The Broke and the Bookish created this weekly feature where bloggers/readers can post their top ten list. 

Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders:


1. Will from What I Remember by Stacey Kramer & Valerie Thomas would be a great leader of the music club.
2. Bria from Wanderlove would be a great leader of the travel club.      
3. Kate from The Goddess Test would be a great leader of the greek mythology club.
4. Meg from The Disenchantments would be a great leader of the music club.
5. Helen from Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood would be a great leader of the revenge club.
6. Lily from Firespell would be great leader of the fighting club.
7. Hannah from Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne would be a great leader of the Athletic Club. 
8. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter would be a great leader of the Magic club.
9. Madison from L.A.Candy by Lauren Conrad would be great leader of the drama club. 

Only nine, can't think of another character who would make a great leader. :)

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