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On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.

Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow, some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love…

On the Other Side will transport you to a world that is impossible to forget. Powerful, magical and utterly romantic, this is a love story like no other.

Thoughts

This was a story unlike anything I’ve ever read – and I have read quite a bit. The concept of the story is so unique and innovative – a love story told from beyond the grave, with flashbacks to Evie’s life. And it is not only a love story in the romantic sense (although the romance part is truly excellent), but a story that celebrates the love between friends, siblings, and parents and children, as well as loving yourself. Love truly is the central theme of the novel. Well, love and magic (but are they not nearly one and the same?). This story is based on the main character entering the afterlife and then going back to visit the mortal world to face the secrets she has kept throughout her life, so in order for that to be able to happen there has to be a certain amount of magic in the world. This is not something that is revealed grandly, but is a very natural part of the world. This magical realism might be a bit jarring at first, but as the story progresses the magic becomes as natural to the reader as it is to the characters. This was the first time I had read a story with such a small sprinkle of magic so naturally worked into the story, and I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. It has also made me look out for the small signs of magic in my own world, with a small piece of hope in my heart.

The author is very aware of making her characters reflect reality. They look and act like normal people (with flaws and all), and the novel has great representation of different sexualities. The fact that the characters seem plucked from the real world makes this story of magical realism seem very grounded and believable. The characters are really the strong card of this novel. They are such a diverse and original bunch. Each and every one of them is complex and well rounded, with both good and bad sides. I promise, you will not find a single flat character is this story! They truly come alive on the page, and their intricate relationships were wondrous things to behold.

Oh, yes, the cover! Can’t forget the cover! The masterpiece you see above ties in soooo well with the story, it’s not even funny. Just looking at it before reading the book one might simply think “Oh, it’s a tree with things hanging in it. I guess it’s rather nice”. But no, no, no. It is so much more than that. Not to spoil you, but each and every item you see on the cover has importance to the story. They each play an important role in the progression of the plot, and just looking at it now makes my heart squeeze with the recollections.

What I loved most about this story was the way it made me think. It opened my eyes to new concepts and ways of viewing the world. Especially the was Evie philosophized about the past made me stop in my reading tracks. Her theory is that she would not change a thing about her life, good or bad, because it has made her the version of herself that she is today. Thinking about life from the perspective of someone already in the afterlife was new to say the least. It has really made me think in a new way about the way a single decision can alter the direction of your life. I know this story will stay with me for a very long time. It will be the kind of book I can pick up when I’m feeling a bit down, and it will be sure to leave me with a warm, soothing feeling. It was unlike anything I’ve read before, and can only give it my warmest recommendations.

//Love from L

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  1. DOGS
  2. The perfect summer read
  3. It didn’t feel like a 500 page book
  4. The dynamic between all of the characters is just perfect
  5. Matson explores the depth of friendships and the importance of family relationships

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The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things || Ann Aguirre || 328 pages
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Top 3 Genres: Young Adult / Contemporary / Romance

Synopsis: Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…

Finished: August 26th, 2016.

Progress: 35 / 50. 70% complete.

My Rating: ★★★★★. [5/5]

My Review: [Under the read more - NOT SPOILER FREE]

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  • books with gay, male protags:a handful, nowhere NEAR as much as books with straight protags, with an annoying large amount of "Gay Suffering" books, but the number of books where the protag DOESN'T suffer is growing. you may find a couple you haven't read yet.
  • books with lesbian protags:harder to find than the above, but the number is slowly but surely growing. unfortunately, you've already read them all, and why are so many of them sad????
  • books with trans protags:there are maybe three in the whole ya section and 2 of them are sad. you've also read all three of them.
  • books with biseuxal protags:there is one. you own it and have read it 1000000 times. it's not even very good but it's the best option there is. you settle for headcanoning some (all) of the straight protags as bi. (the subtext is there... because you inserted it but you can still see it... if you squint...)
  • books with asexual protags:ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

COMING THIS FALL: 
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.

From the author of Seven Tears at High Tide, C.B. Lee, the super hero saga takes flight in September, from Duet Books.

Get to know C.B. Lee at CB-Lee.com

Today, I’m going to spotlight an amazing publishing company, @harpercollins / @epicreads! They’ve been sending me some “epic” reads this month and I wanted to share them with you!

📚Meet Me Here by Bryan Bliss (happy release day!)
📚The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
📚The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
📚My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
📚Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
📚Dreamology by Lucy Keating
📚Unrivaled by Alyson Noël

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Also, I have never taken a photo from this angle before! Mostly because my bed isn’t anything special… But you want to know a secret?

I hung up the photos and lights right before I took this picture LOL! Actually, this photo is exactly why I made my bed area pretty hahahaha.

That’s one of the many secrets of a bookstagrammer😂. I don’t really decorate a certain way unless it will look good in photos. And sometimes, a set up is just for show! Say for example a cup of coffee is in the photo - Of course I will end up drinking it (because I’m so obsessed), BUT 50% of the time I made that cup of coffee specifically for a photo lol.

Hmm maybe I will do a blog post or youtube video about this in the future 😏

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