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Book Review | The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

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SYNOPSIS

Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

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Set in the picturesque background of Alaska and seeing it through Calla’s eyes was certainly a fun experience. Also new and unfamiliar to the place, her sense of wonderment and puzzlement consumed me to the core and made me feel like I’m exploring it alongside with her. I love how the striking differences between the simple Alaska and fast-paced city life were described so well in the book. Alaska may be years behind in terms of advancement but the sense of contentment & community unquestionably makes up for it.

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Mini Book Reviews: Changing Forever by Lisa De Jong and Ten Tiny Breaths & One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

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CHANGING FOREVER
Author: Lisa De Jong (Website | Twitter)

SYNOPSIS

I’ve always let my past dictate my future, letting it paint a picture of exactly what I don’t want to be. Where I don’t want to end up.

Drake Chambers is as arrogant as I am stubborn. A college quarterback, a national star. I thought he was just another one of those guys … the type every girl should stay away from, but he’s carrying more than the weight of the football team on his shoulders.

He unravels the feelings and beliefs I’ve held onto for so long.

I thought we had it all figured out. Two people who’d finally found their happily ever after, but the past always has a way of sneaking into the present.

With one decision, everything changes … forever.

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Purchasing link: Amazon

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Changing Forever is a good read and addition to the Rain Series. Yes, there’s definitely feels between Emery and Drake but it wasn’t as emotional as When It Rains with Kate and Asher.

The plot for Changing Forever was quite simple. If you’re a keen observer or tries to note down some lines in your mind (and try to think if there are hidden messages behind it), I’m sure you’ll be able to figure out the story line/twist of this book even before reaching the 50% mark of the it. And I hate myself for being that! Though, I ended up still being surprised because it really did follow through with my guesses.

I love how the build up between Emery and Drake happened. It wasn’t an insta-love type or anything near rushed. There were parts of the story that tended to be a bit dragging (which I understood why it’s needed) because of the situations the characters were in and the decisions that they’ve made. Decisions that they were subjected to do because of them still chained to their pasts. There were some moments wherein I would want to jump inside the pages of the book already and shake some sense into them.

Lisa De Jong delivers another heartfelt book injected with important messages to her readers. Through this book, we see how one’s past can greatly affect his/her life if he/she doesn’t free his/herself from it. It somewhat limits us on what were supposed to do in life which is to enjoy and live it. Sometimes we tend to over think everything we do in life that we forget to have fun while doing it. I’m not saying that it’s bad to plan out and think about it but when you do it too much it defeats the purpose of fun, being in the moment and living our life to the fullest. Another thought that this book imparted to me is that some of the best things in life happens when it isn’t planned. Be spontaneous from time to time ’cause you’ll never know that it could probably bring out the best moments you’ll have in life.

All in all, I definitely recommend this book to you guys. To those readers who’ve read When It Rains already, I’m sure you’ll want to know and read about a book also set in the WIR’s world. The author tried to inject a few cameos of Kate and Beau … a mention or two about Asher. All good stuff.

“Two different people. Two different worlds. Two different dreams”

Rating: 4 stars

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Mini Book Reviews: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett, A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery and Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels

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ALEX, APPROXIMATELY
Author: Jenn Bennett (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: April 4, 2017

SYNOPSIS

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

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Just by reading its synopsis you can already tell that Alex, Approximately will be a fun and adorable read and it truly lives up to that. With all the geeky chat conversations of Alex and Mink to the fueled and witty banters that took place in between of Bailey and Porter, oh I’m so sure it will keep you entertained. Funny how they are just the same persons involved but you’ll be able to see the difference when it comes to how they approach each other. It just suggests that people really do have multiple layers and with social media involved you have the power on which part of you you want to share to the public. Alex and Mink’s conversation dwells more on the serious and film side and just having their phones to convey their thoughts. While Bailey and Porter have that daily face-to-face encounters, in which they always seem to clash with each other (especially during the early chapters). But once they smoothed out themselves, they figured out that there are actually some things quite common with them and that despite their differences they fit and complement each other. (Awww…) Bailey and Porter really makes a cute couple, you guys. Porter is such a swoony male lead.

In spite of the fluffiness and mystery (to Bailey) of it all, the book managed to incorporate some concerning issues and personal struggles of our main characters. We see them little by little pouring themselves out and we learn that they’re just like us, flawed and are facing hang ups too. It was handled perfectly. Bailey and Porter became each other’s support system (inspiration) to overcome their issues.

Yes, the synopsis dropped a major spoiler about the plot and the characters but the book still remained to be engaging. It was funny when hints were right in front of Bailey and yet she can’t seem to see it and connect all the dots. She’s overthinking things when she should have just thought of it simply. Definitely look forward to that particular scene wherein Bailey figured it out. (LOL)

I got fuzzy feelings thinking that no matter what version of themselves, Bailey and Porter seems to find a way and be with each other. Like they are linked together. Swoons. Kilig. 

RATING: 4 Stars

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