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It was all in the moment.

When I decided to open a blog, it was a spur in the moment kind of decision. I was entering the university soon, so I had a really long holiday. Then I thought “I should do something creative while at home’ so ta-da, I did.

Of course, I didn’t know what exactly a blog was all about but am learning every day. I am discovering that it requires a lot of dedication to keep it up and running. I think the coolest part about it, is been able to interact with different persons from all over the world.

First of all, justbeingnessa is about expressing myself. Welcome to the blog where I write book related posts and life related posts (#friendship, #happiness, #family, #art #literature, #teens stuffs…) and I would love to hear you think about each posts.

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Book Review: My Sister, the serial killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

TITLE: My Sister, The Serial Killer

AUTHOR: Oyinkan Braithwaite

PUBLISHED: 2018

BY: Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House

Synopsis (Goodreads);

When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in “self-defence” and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating a doctor at the hospital where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…

I opened this book with expectations after reading a few reviews. I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed. Last week I did a post on books set in my country and that pushed me to make this book number one on my TBR. I don’t usually read psychological thrillers or anything with a serial killer (don’t ask me why or maybe do) but this was set in Nigeria. I was curious.

Firstly, I’m glad for the pacing of the book. The length is just perfect. I love the fact that the plot wasn’t dragged out. It would have be boring if it was. This book reminded me a lot about Leila Slimani’s Adèle where the author doesn’t give an explanation for the psychological state of the character nor create a clear picture of her the character end with that particular flaw. It just tells the story as it is in the present.

I do have a few things to say about the characters.

Korede: The story is told from her point of view. Through her, we get to see the frustration and guilt and exasperation with having a sister and always having to cover up – who is a serial killer. I know this story tries to show the deep bond and loyalty that comes with sisterhood but I didnt get the vibe that Korede was helping her sister because she loved her but because she had no choice. She felt responsible for Ayoola (sister). In a way, she was well of how well her sister could get away with anything and still be adored by everyone. Though you have to admire how much Koerede puts her sister need before hers.

Ayoola is inconsiderate and selfish and reckless, but her welfare is and always has been my responsibility.

Ayoola: She’s the serial killer. She has psychological issues that no one wants to acknowledge enough to do something about it. She’s described as very pretty. I didn’t like her and not because she was a serial killer. With her, the whole sister loyalty was unrequited. She is selfish and manipulative. Even with knowing that her sister has feelings for Tade, she still toys with him not minding how much her sister has always covered up for her. I don’t know, should we blame it on the mental issue?

I look into his innocent light brown doe eyes and I wonder if I was ever like that, if I ever had that kind of innocence. He is so wonderfully normal and naïve. Maybe his naïveté is as alluring to Ayoola as it is to me.

Tade (the doctor ): I had high expectation for this character but was disappointed. He’s shallow and falls painfully into the stereotype of fickle minded men that falls easily to pretty woman snares.

The Knife : There’s something ominous about the knife or I want to believe so. It was a let down that the author didn’t tell us more than she did.

She tried to kill me! You can’t…” He blinks at me, as though seeing me for the first time. “You’re worse than she is.”
“Excuse me?”
“There’s something wrong with her…but you? What’s your excuse?”

This got me thinking, don’t you think Korede is a serial killer too as much as her sister?

However, I did enjoy the sub plot of the story. All that hospital drama was on point – relatable.


What do you think? Have you read this? Is it part of your TBR? Would it be? I wanna know.


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Nessa.

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Book Review: Anna Todd’s The Brightest Stars.

TITLE: The Brightest Stars

AUTHOR: Anna Todd

PUBLISHED: 2018

PUBLISHED BY: Frayed Pages, L.L.C.

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

RATING: 4 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Synopsis (google)

Karina knows the harsh realities of military life. And like anyone who has grown up around an army base, she knows the background noise that follows a soldier home from war. That’s why she’s forging her own quiet life in her own little house. But she hasn’t turned her back on her family. She’s the glue that holds them together–when her father is deployed, when her brother, Austin, has another brush with the law.

Karina knows that she has to look after herself, that she can’t always fix what’s broken. But when Austin’s behavior worsens and her father’s reactions grow more extreme, Karina feels her own edges beginning to fray. That’s when she meets him–a closed book she’s desperate to open.

At just twenty, Kael is a handsome, brooding soldier struggling with the aftermath of two tours in Afghanistan. He’s emotionally damaged and closed off. Quiet doesn’t begin to describe him. But as Karina gets used to his stable presence, she finds it hard to ignore the way he makes her feel. In their time together, she finds the stillness she has always wanted and never found. She lets down her guard. And she lets herself fill in the blanks about this mysterious man.

But illusions quickly made are quickly shattered. That’s when Karina has to find her own courage–to untangle the truth from the lies, and decide what she’s going to do about it.

A riveting story about love and lies, THE BRIGHTEST STARS will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.

I might have mentioned here in one or two posts how much of a fan of Anna Todd I am. I love her writing and adore her stories. Her After series is still one of my favourite contemporary romance. The Brightest stars is the first book in a new series published in 2018. It revolves around Karina who is an adult living on her own and trying to find her ground. She’s a masseuse; she loves her jobs but hates the stereotype. She’s an army brat meaning she grew up around army posts all her life. Her dad is a soldier, an almost retired one. She has a twin brother, Austin who she loves fiercely.

So when I started reading this, I was expecting that this would be but hoping it would not be a mild version of After. I was glad that this was another story entirely still bearing the simplicity of Anna Todd’s writing. Kael and Harry are polar opposite. The Brightest Star is a slow, steady burn kind of romance while After is whirlwind fast full on chemistry. I know I shouldn’t compare.

I enjoyed reading this novel. The plot development and pacing was on point. Although I didn’t realise it wasn’t a standalone till the last chapter. I wonder why.

I did make an observation while reading this book. The male main character, Kael, is dark-skinned (black). Note; that’s not the issue. I’m African. The issue is on the first chapter while Karina describes his full beard on his face, his cheekbones and jawline, she kind of skip out that’s he’s black. Not until chapter nineteen when Kael asks Karina if her father was racist since she was hesitant to introduce him. Imagine my confusion and then she pops it up like, oh did I forget to mention he is dark skinned.

I guess I have to give Anna Todd a point for diversity. She does mention in a chapter of two about the racism faced by people of colour when it came to police situation.

That aside; this book captivated my interest. I loved the relationship between Karina and Kael. They are both flawed – Kael being a solider and just coming out from war and Karina with her family baggage. There are unexpected plot twist that brings hurdles in their relationship. Kael is my favorite character here. He is broody, quiet, emotionally closed off and collects his thoughts before speaking. He’s not really great at initiating conversation but he’s a real good guy. A lot having to do with what he has been through. I found it refreshing as against the whole Alpha attitude in a lot of Adult fiction. Karina is a brilliant character too. I admire her forwardness. She’s badass in her own way; managing her relationship while trying to make sure her brother doesn’t self destruct.

I am giving it four stars because it entertained me, the plot and character flowed together in sync and I loved the writing style. I would definitely be keeping am eye out for the second book. Did I mention I love the book cover?


Have you read this? Is it part of your TBR? Would it be? I wanna know.

Happy Weekend,

Nessa.

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WWW Wednesday 13/03/19

Hey guys! Hope you’re having a lovely week. Mine has been pretty uneventful. Just work.
WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

So I’ll be sharing three books

  • What I just finished reading
  • What I am reading
  • What I plan on reading next.

Laura Thalassa’s Rhapsodic (The Bargainer book one)

This was actually a reread. I read the series two years ago I think and I couldn’t finish it because the last book wasn’t released yet. Dark Harmony (the last book) was supposed to be out 2017 but got delayed and was released last year. However, I just got my copy last week so I starting the journey all over again.

This is one of my favorite paranormal romance. I don’t care what anyone has to say about it, I just love Desmond and Callie’s story.

Samantha Shanon’s The Priory of the Orange Tree.

I’m currently reading this. I’m struggling with it, honestly. It’s is so slow spaced, it’s killing me. The plot is developing and things are falling into places, yes but I don’t think I’m I have ever been aware of how long a book is till this one. Ead point of view is the most interesting, for me at least. I’m halfway through the book and I am determined to finish it. Plus I need to find out what happens to all the characters at the end.

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My sister, the serial killer.

There are so many books I plan on reading next but this got rolled to the top of the list since my last post. I’ve been reading a lot of reviews of this book so I want to read it now so I can judge for myself. And of course, enjoy the story.


Thanks for reading!

Have you read any of this? Is any part of your TBR? I wanna know. Anything and everything.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books Set In My Country.

Hey guys! How’s your week going. This is my first time of participating in this meme bionicbookwormblog

I’m excited for this topic. I’ll be sharing books set in Nigeria because that’s where I’m from. I’m being fair when I say this, Nigerian authors are brilliant and are breaking new grounds everyday. Their books are also published in the US and UK, other parts of Africa or you can get them at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

1. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo:

This has to be one of my favorite books. I’ve read it thrice now. I’ve no problems with reading it again. Marriage is a big deal. Having a child while married is the bigger deal. What happens to a couple whose marriage is one of love after four years of childlessness?

Synopsis:

‘There are things even love can’t do . . . If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But even when it’s in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn’t mean it’s no longer love . . .’ Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything – arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, dances with prophets, appeals to God. But when her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair. Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 80s Nigeria, Stay With Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings. Ayobami Adebayo weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. It is a tale about our desperate attempts to save ourselves

2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi:

This book won the Goodreads award for best debut author. It is the first book in the Legacy of Orisha series. The novel is rated 5 star everywhere. It is worth it. The world building of this fantasy novel is rooted in the yoruba culture while exploring other cultures and places in Nigeria.

Synopsis (Goodreads) :
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

3. Purple Hibiscus by Chiamanda Ngozi Adichie:

There’s no debate, Chiamanda is a brilliant woman. If you don’t know her for her books, she gives talks on feminism all over the world. I recommend all her novels but I’m picking this one out because Purple Hibiscus is special to me. It’s her only book where the protagonist is a teenage girl. Kimberly is relatable and the conditions she found herself. Also, her crush on Father Amadi was just bitter sweet.

Synopsis: from chiamanda.com

Fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world is circumscribed by the high walls and frangipani trees of her family compound. Her wealthy Catholic father, under whose shadow Kambili lives, while generous and politically active in the community, is repressive and fanatically religious at home.

When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili’s father sends her and her brother away to stay with their aunt, a University professor, whose house is noisy and full of laughter. There, Kambili and her brother discover a life and love beyond the confines of their father’s authority.

The visit will lift the silence from their world and, in time, give rise to devotion and defiance that reveal themselves in profound and unexpected ways. This is a book about the promise of freedom; about the blurred lines between childhood and adulthood; between love and hatred; between the old gods and the new.

4. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi:

This book is set in both Nigeria and America. There’s a kind of chill you get while reading this book. It is one of those you won’t forget for a while because there isn’t one quite like it.

Ada has always been unusual. As an infant in southern Nigeria, she is a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents successfully prayed her into existence, but something must have gone awry, as the young Ada becomes a troubled child, prone to violent fits of anger and grief. But Ada turns out to be more than just volatile. Born “with one foot on the other side,” she begins to develop separate selves. When Ada travels to America for college, a traumatic event crystallizes the selves into something more powerful. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these alters—now protective, now hedonistic—move into control, Ada’s life spirals in a dangerous direction.

Read my full review here.

5. I’m sorry but I’m going to cheat here and mention two books.

My sister, the serial killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite:

This book is pretty much all over the book scene. I haven’t read it yet but I’m looking forward to it. I would admit that my excitement has been a bit dulled up by a review I read. I still have hope and when I do read it I’ll post my review.

Synopsis (Goodreads);
When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in “self-defence” and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating a doctor at the hospital where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…

Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo:

I just got this. Haven’t read it though but I’m in love with the cover.

Synopsis:

When army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows that it is time to leave. As he travels towards Lagos, he becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a better life.
Their arrival in the city coincides with the eruption of a political scandal. The education minister, Chief Sandayo, has disappeared and is suspected of stealing millions of dollars from government funds.
After an unexpected encounter with the Chief, Chike and his companions must make a choice. Ahmed Bakare, editor of the failing Nigerian Journal, is desperate for information. But perhaps the situation is more complex than it appears.
As moving as it is mesmerising, Welcome to Lagos is a novel about the power of our dreams for the future and the place of morality in a sometimes hostile world.


What do you think? Have you read any of this book? Are you planning to? I wanna know – everything and anything.

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Book Review: Freshwater

Book Title: Freshwater

Author: Akwaeke Emezi

Published: 2018

Synopsis from Akwaeke.com

Ada has always been unusual. As an infant in southern Nigeria, she is a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents successfully prayed her into existence, but something must have gone awry, as the young Ada becomes a troubled child, prone to violent fits of anger and grief. But Ada turns out to be more than just volatile. Born “with one foot on the other side,” she begins to develop separate selves. When Ada travels to America for college, a traumatic event crystallizes the selves into something more powerful. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these alters—now protective, now hedonistic—move into control, Ada’s life spirals in a dangerous direction.

Written with stylistic brilliance and based in the author’s realities, this raw and extraordinary debut explores the metaphysics of identity and being, plunging the reader intothe mysteries of self. Unsettling, heart-wrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.

I’ve been meaning to write this review for a while now. This was the last book I read last month. I don’t really have any particular reason for getting this book, I didn’t read any synopsis except that it was Nigerian and published here by Farafina.

There’s a story in the igbo cosmology that some children are born with the sole reason of tormenting their mothers. This is because they are possessed by or are an óbanjé (evil witches). In a cases where a child is born and dies at young age, the mother bears another child that ends up dying at the same young age and on it goes. This make the family believe that the children are being possessed by an óbanjé so a chief priest is consulted. A chief priest is a diviner, a connection between man and the spirits. Every óbanjé is believed to have a tether buried in the earth that makes them able to come back. The young child under the administration of the chief priest leads them to where the tether is buried {this could be in the form of a cloth, wood or clay pot}. The chief priest destroys the object, following that the óbanjé is separated from the child. With the ritual completed, the evil spirit is banished and the child is able to grow up into a healthy adult.

Freshwater is plotted in this story except it is set in this modern times so there’s no chief priest to consult. When Ada is born, she is possesed by óbanjé as a result of the name that her father invokes when she was to be born. There is the theme of the unification of body but separation of mind that runs round the story. Ada shares a body with these witches who are petty, vengeful and vindictive spirits. At a young age, she is mischievous and she would lose her temper easily. However Ada’s character is a contrast to that of the witches. She is first devoted to Yeshwa and wishes to be pure and chaste. Ironically, the óbanjé enjoys sensuous desires because those are the moments they can be their wicked selfs. They do make a promise to Ada that she wouldn’t feel any of the moments.

“No god would intervene, because ọgbanje are entitled to their vengeances; it is their nature, they are malicious spirits.”

But it is only a fool who does not know that freedom is paid for in old clotted blood, in fresh reapings of it, in renewed scarifications. If Saachi did not know this before, then being a god’s surrogate surely taught it to her. Such lessons are never easy.

When I read a book, I always take note of how I am feeling. Reading this was interesting. I didn’t feel particularly happy. I was pretty much mad most of the times and I didn’t like any character in the book but like I said, they were interesting. The plot was intriguing however and that’s what kept me on it.

A lot of the story is written in the òbanjé point of view. There’s one that stands out and that’s Asụghara. She affects a lot of Ada’s life while Ada is in London even when Ada meets Ewaen. Ada and Asụghara do form a connection though because Ada feels it is only Asụghara that can save her from the madness that is her mind.

I felt a lot of emotions of Ada – being in a constant wrestle with her mind; the voices in it and her self of sense. She does grow up to be a beautiful young lady and falls in love. The time I do admire her is when she tries to stand up for herself against the spirits and try to seek psychiatric help. She holds on to her life even when they try to break her. She is on a constant journey everyday to find out what exactly she is.

You see, you’ve gone and caught me. I’m talking as if I’m them. It’s all right. In many ways, I am not even real. I am not even here.”

At the beginning, the plot is really confusing. I literally had to take notes. There were a lot of questions, why Ada? Why are the óbanjé in her? Is she one?

“All we know is that there was a prayer, that the Ada was the answer, that our iyi-ụwa was hidden thoroughly in her body, making her the bridge between this world and ours.”

Akwaeke Emezi did an awesome job with her debut novel in my opinion. She writes this superstition with such brilliance. I don’t think I have read something quite like it. Do I recommended this? YES! Read it!

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Happy International Women Day. We are our own superpower.

I hope you enjoyed the post though. I want to hear what you think.

Have you read this? Is it part of your TBR? Would it be? I wanna know.

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Book Review: Elle Kennedy’s The Risk

PUBLlCATION DATE;

Synopsis:

A sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy!
Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.
And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying,and too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a much-coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me.
I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend.
For every fake date…he wants a real one.
Which means this bad girl is in big trouble. Nothing good can come from sneaking around with Jake Connelly. My father would kill me, my friends will revolt, and my post-college career is on the line. But while it’s getting harder and harder to resist Jake’s oozing sex appeal and cocky grin, I refuse to fall for him.
That’s the one risk I’m not willing to take.

Happy New Month guys!!!

This is my first Elle Kennedy book. I see a lot of her books for top Romance. I didn’t plan on getting this but Goodreads have been pretty much blowing my email with it. The fact that I’m writing this review means I gave it a try.

We all know Jake and Brenna are going to end up together. I mean it’s pretty obvious from the synopsis. Reading this book was fun. I think I laughed out loud at one point. I just loved all the wits, jabs, jokes and sacarsm flowing through the pages.

Brenna; I love the heroine of this book. She’s a total badass. She knows what she want, she knows she has made mistakes and fucked up in the past but she isn’t letting it define her. Brenna is the daughter of the Brair University hockey’s coach. She and Jake are acquitance first, because he is the captain of the opposing hockey team. She’s a young/new adult who already has most of her life figured out (kind of).

Jake: He’s your usual handsome, athletic, cocky (but not too cocky) ,confident and self assured hero like in most standalone romances. What I do like about him, is that he’s isn’t an Alpha male. I mean the possessive, dominating, over bearing type. A lot of novels makes them out to be romantic and a good Alpha male in a book can make you swoon but other times, it can be borderline annoying.

The plot touches modern issues like sexism in the workplace. Brenna plans on being a sport journalist most especially hockey. However, it’s hard for her to get an internship because the boss is a sexist asshole.

I liked the romance. It was modern. Firstly, I liked that the chemistry between the two characters grew bit by bit through out the course of the book. It wasn’t love at first; it wasn’t lust at first (well, kinda). They were two people who were cool with each other and found each other attractive and as they spent more time together, things started kicking up.

Also, I liked that the two love interest were equal in the relationship. No one seemed to have more power than the other or was dominating the other.

One problem I have with a lot of romance is that the lust always seems to come first. And sometimes when that is not properly handled, it then seem like the characters personality are kept in a corner. I don’t get to relate with them apart from how attractive they are created to be. Anyways, I think Elle Kennedy did a good job with this book though. It was simply fun.

Would I be reading the next book in this series? It’s coming to print October. Maybe. I don’t know yet. I’m not sure.

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Did you like this? Have you read it? What did you think? Is it part of your TBR? Is it going to be? I wanna know. Everything and anything.

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February Wrap up and Mini Reviews

Hey!

February, I would say was a successful reading month. I didn’t have school this month so it was pretty much work; read during work and read after work.

So here is February wrap up; Most of these books here, I liked it one way or the other. I am the kind of person that doesn’t bother to finish a book if it stop interesting me. Sometimes I try, I struggle to finish it but more times, I just give up.

Anna Todd’s Nothing more and Nothing less.

I loved the After series since when I first read it on wattpad and then the published work. It was the book that made me love contemporary YA. This series is a spin off from the After series. Landon’s story is beautiful and full of emotions and heartbreak. Landon is a nice guy and in the book, he tries to figure out his conflicting feelings between his long time girlfriend and now ex and a young lady who he is now very attracted to. I read this book and at the same time I didn’t. I skipped a lot of chapters mostly because I knew who he would choose. Note; it’s not that predictable but I just knew. Some of it was sad, you could really feel Landon’s conflicting emotions through the pages but it was a bit depressed. I think maybe that’s why I skipped a few chapters. I love Anna Todd’s writing, the simplicity. I think I would read this again but when I’m in a better start of mind.

Jennifer Armentrout’s If there’s no tomorrow

I enjoyed this book even when it broke my heart. You can read the full review here.

Mhiari Mcfarlane’s Don’t you forget about me

This story has made Mhiari Mcfarlane number three of my favourite British authors. Number one and two is still Sophie Kinsella and Jojo Moyes. Georgina and became friends and started dating in high school but they choose to keep it a secret till when they graduate. However, a misunderstanding during their homecoming night tears them apart and they go their separate ways. Fast forward and now Georgina is a 30 year old young woman.

Why I love about this novel is that the romance wasn’t a 100% paramount, I mean it was important in moving the plot forward but I felt the book was much more than the romance. That is, it narrates a story about a young woman who at thirty is trying to deal with her recent breakup, her living situation being a college drop out, not being married and dealing with pressure from family.

Laurie Devore’s How to break a boy

This is a contemporary YA fiction. It’s real good. This is one of the very few books were I did not like the protagonist. Is a generic mean girl. She’s popular and a cheerleader (I want to ask, what’s the thing with cheerleaders most times being mean especially in the books and movies. Is it how it is in American High Schools? I don’t live there but I would like to know) Olivia is not the leader of their group though. Her best friend, Adrienne is who I should mention is a psycho. She’s more of a second in command. After she catches her boyfriend sleeping with her best friend, she decides to ‘redeem her ways’. Then there’s Whit Du Rant, he’s the boy who get caught in the crossfire between Olivia and Adrienne war. He’s the only reason I read this book. He’s the only character I felt something for. I was scared for him most times because those two girls are trying to ruin his life. This dude has universities scholarships lining up for him and they almost destroys that. I know she was trying to redeem herself but the way she went around it came off wrong to me. The romance, I think was a bit dark with the way the story came out. I would admit this is a nice book but not a personal favourite.

Jenna Black’s The devil inside

I bought this book only because of the title. One of my favourite Asian series is called the devil besides me and I love the Devil May Cry anime series. Hope you get the logic. It’s about a demon exorcist (she destroys for a living) who is possessed by the demon king to be unknowingly to her. When she does find out, she is tossed into the politics of the demon world and the rest. This book is interesting but I pretty much feel indifferent about it. I still I’m planning get the second book in the series.

Erin Watt’s The Royals (book one)

This one was a reread and it was nice to read something familiar. Reading this contemporary YA romance for the second time, the romance was still as intense as ever but I started finding a bit of faults in the character. Would It recommend it? I think you should give it a chance.

Emma Mills’ Famous in a small town

Firstly, I like the cover. It reminds me a lot of lollipop 🍭 This book is slow paced but it’s one slow paced book I ended up liking. Here’s the synopsis

Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater.

I talked a bit about this book a bit in my last post. It’s an African fiction with a supernatural theme but I’m planning to write a full review on this. So I will wait till then to share my thoughts.

Elle Kennedy’s The Risk

I have started writing a full review on this too. Its still contemporary romance, one I had fun reading.

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Today’s post was a lot, I guess. From what I’ve noticed I read much more of contemporary fiction this month. The only fantasy was Jenna Black’s The devil Inside. It is what it is.

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Have you read any of the books here? Are you planning to? Is it part of your TBR? I wanna know. Anything and everything.

Thanks for reading!

Posted in Book blogger

WWW Wednesday!

Hey, beautiful people!
WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words! All you have to do is share three books; what you just finished reading, what you are reading and what you plan on reading next. This is my first WWW post. Here we go;

What I just finished reading?

Elle Kennedy’s The Risk

This is the second book from the Briar U series. I didn’t bother to read the first one because it’s a standalone book. Reading this was a lot of fun. It was sweet and charming.

What I Am Reading?

Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater.

It’s an African supernatural fiction. The story revolves around a girl who is possessed by Obanje (witches) who are petty, vengeful and vindictive spirits. The theme is centered on the unification of body but separation of souls and mind. Reading this is just insane but I’m totally invested.

What I Plan On Reading Next?

Jackie Collins’s Poor Little Bitch.

I’ve been seeing a lot of Jackie Collins on bookstagram so I want to start with this one. Hopefully I enjoy it.

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Have you read any of this? Is it part of your TBR? I wanna know. Ask me about anything and everything.

Ig @ just_being_nessa

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Book Review: Jennifer Armentrout’s If There Is No Tomorrow.

Synopsis : Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.
Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.
Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.
For what she let happen.
With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

So I had this book way back when it was released, I think 2017 but I didn’t read it then. And it just got kind of lost with the other books that came along. Anyways, this week just seemed like the perfect time to do.

The book broke my heart and then made it back. It was beautiful and heart breaking. It was real and heart wrenching. The story revolves around Lena living a really nice life with all her friends until tragedy occurs.

From the beginning, I started enjoying the book. It was fun and lay back even when it broke my heart.

So Lena is your normal high school girl. Small town with friends she has known forever. I think the one thing I l liked about the book is the character growth. We follow Lena’s journey from being this girl with no issues even though there’s the occasional family problems. We see this girl who’s carefree though responsible and we watch her from being that to trying to deal with something she had never expected. Having to go to therapy to try to cope so she could be better and be able to move on. Dealing with her guilt, having to face her father and wondering if she can be in a relationship. It makes you want to treasure everyday because tomorrow can never be guaranteed.

Sebastian. He’s the handsome childhood and best friend of Lena. They’re neighbors and they just have lots of connection with each other. I liked that Jennifer tried to make him not so cliche. He’s a football player in school and he is good at it but he has a lot of uncertainty about it. He doesn’t think that’s what he wants to really do. If the whole ‘play football, get a football scholarship and keep playing it till College’ gig that everyone expects him to do is exactly for him and it was just relatable because there are a lots of time we’re good at something but we’re unsure if that’s what we want to really do. It’s the uncertainty that comes with being a teenager and a young adult.

I loved the romance. It was sweet. Honestly, I enjoy the whole from friends to lovers sort of romance better than the love at first sight thing. It feels a lot more real. Lena and Sebastian romance felt real. These are two characters who grew up together and watched each other grow up and then grew in love with each other. It was charming. Ahhh! The tension! Lena had had a crush on Sebastian a long time though she never admits it and the same thing for Sebastian. I liked that she was the one who took the first step in trying to create something more for their relationship.

I was still afraid of Sebastian sounding cliche like the way a lot of guys in YA do when they suddenly get in touch with their feelings with the girl and they start making all these profession of love. It can be cute and all but sometimes I’m like *blah blah cringe*. Okay so maybe he sounded a little bit cliche at one point but I could totally forgive that.

The book is divided into three parts, yesterday, today and tomorrow. From today and tomorrow, there’s a lots of tension and guilt and drama with the characters and it just pulls you in. I definitely did not expect the plot twist that came along. It was insane. Then there’s Lena trying to stay sane and just trying to be a better person and be strong and understand that some times good people make terrible decisions.

In summary, I really liked the book . It made me laugh and emotional at different points. I would recommend it if you’re into YA contemporary romance and if you’re not, I still recommend it.

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So this is my first review (post) since a long time and I was pretty excited to write it. I’m sorry I’ve been gone for so long.

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What do you think? Have you read this? Did you liked it or not? I wanna know.

Posted in Motivational Corner, Style it Out

Your Routine Needs That First Step (Jogging)

Your routine needs that first steps and a few more; it’s all about keeping fit.

so I officially started classes in uni about a month ago and in all the rush of trying to adjust to the school system, I abandoned my fitness routine. In my new year resolutions post published January, one of my resolution was to stick to a fitness routine, so you could say I was feeling a tragic about the whole thing.

During the course of the temporary hostel accommodation, my roommates have been cool. I talked with them and they were all excited about the whole fitness thing. We planned on jogging and we fixed it for saturdays early mornings because it’s a morning free class day for all of us.

For the first two weeks (saturdays) procrastination kicked in and we found excuses not to go. it was pretty funny because every day of the week, we would hype idea of us jogging, tell people about it and on saturday; it’s a different story.

Fortunately last saturday, the spell was broken and we all went jogging early that morning. we started from our hostel all the way to the school’s main gate; back and forth and we spent about 40 minutes. 5am-6am, we decided to go pretty early because we didn’t want anyone to back out. it was pretty fun and we did it again sunday morning

Now when you are about to start a new exercise you are going to get all excited, your adrenaline is all over place and you would push yourself really far you won’t realise. First thing first, if you’re are just starting out make sure to take it slow and easy.
 
When you start jogging for the very first time, you feel aches. You don’t feel it while jogging most times but hours after the exercise or the next day. Now this can be scary for beginners and the first thing that comes to your mind is to give up. here’s why you shouldn’t;

• Soreness after a good day work out is totally normally especially if you are just starting a new routine or increasing your physical intensity and it’s a sign that your body is adjusting to your physical routine. I did a bit of research on it and its called delay onset musle soreness [DOMS] you read more about it here

• You have a goal. Now when you start a routine, you aim to achieve something so why give up so easily. There’s nothing like determination, with it comes perseverance and with it  comes the willingness to go on.

• Plus you don’t have to do it everyday if you are just starting out.  Once every two or three days in a week is fine but whatever schedule you decided on for your routine, try as much to keep to it.

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