Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Audio: The easy part of impossible by Sarah Tomp

Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 04-21-20
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio
YA Fiction
in exchange for an honest review

For what I thought would be one of my emotional YA ones, but it was more denial denial.

Ria was aiming for the Olympics, now she has given it all up and is drifting and doing teen thing she never had time for.

Then there are the darker thing that she is in denial about, what her coach did. I did want more there, I get that she is in denial, but it was over so quickly. Denial over, talk, done.

Also what happened to Esther!?

It is also about her meeting someone new, a new friend, getting a new hubby. Slowly reaching the closure she needs. I liked Cotton, and I guess she really needed someone who saw, and who would not judge (but then she was in denial).

Oh, and I will never go caveexploring, just saying.

It was a good one, I liked the narrator. She was great as Cotton and Ria. As always the narration makes the book 

After an injury forces Ria off the diving team, an unexpected friendship with Cotton, a guy on the autism spectrum, helps her come to terms with the abusive relationship she's been in with her former coach.

Ria Williams was an elite diver on track for the Olympics. As someone who struggled in school, largely due to her ADHD, diving was the one place Ria could shine.

But while her parents were focused on the trophies, no one noticed how Coach Benny's strict rules and punishments controlled every aspect of Ria's life. The harder he was on her, the sharper her focus. The bigger the bruise, the better the dive.

Until a freak accident at a meet changes everything. Just like that, Ria is handed back her life, free of Benny.

To fill her now empty and aimless days, Ria rekindles a friendship with Cotton, a guy she used to know back in elementary school. With Cotton, she's able to open up about what Benny would do to her, and through Cotton's eyes, Ria is able to see it for what it was: abuse.

Then Benny returns, offering Ria a second chance with a life-changing diving opportunity. But it's not hers alone--Benny's coaching comes with it. The thought of being back under his control seems impossible to bear, but so does walking away.

How do you separate the impossible from possible when the one thing you love is so tangled up in the thing you fear most?

Tuesday, 5 May 2020


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

May 5th: Goodreads reviews: do your round your ratings up or down? Do you think it matters? (Courtesy of Roberta@ Offbeat YA)

Like if a book is good I round it up to great? Nope.

To be honest I hate rating cos everyone looks at them differently. And sometimes it is so hard to put a rating on it. But I do not make it better, though at times when I feel the narration is better than the actual book...ok that is a tough one.

I will just say no, also ratings are evil

Monday, 4 May 2020

Carole's Monday: The Baroness of New York

The Baroness of New York
Author: Anya Silverthorne 

Title: The Baroness of New York
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: ebook
Pages: 229
Published:  May 1st 2020
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

It started with a kiss.
Baroness Adele von Mueller learns the sweetest love is forbidden....

Baroness Adele von Mueller

It's 1903 and free-spirited 18-year-old Baroness Adele von Mueller has just arrived to live with her spinster aunt in New York City. After a previous impropriety tarnishes her reputation with the German nobility, her father sends her overseas to give her one last chance to marry into money and save the family's name. Instead, Adele finds herself falling for charming and wickedly handsome Nick Mason, the foreman of a paper factory, who is as gorgeous as he is poor. As family secrets are revealed, Adele learns there's much more riding on her marrying wealthy than just keeping the family's name...

Nick Mason

Nick Mason has a habit of falling in love with every girl he sees. An orphan, former newspaper seller and now a foreman at a paper factory, he's nursing a bruised heart after being dumped by a laundry girl. But when he meets Baroness Adele disguised on a night out as a maid in her family's house, he knows right away there's something different about her. Once she reveals her true identity, he's even more intrigued. Nick has fallen for white women before, but never one so wealthy, and never one he knew he couldn't live without. With most people firmly against their love, he must visit her in secrecy to make their romance blossom.

Nick and Adele must stand up to a society and a family that won't accept their love for what it is: true and enduring. Can they withstand the storm, or will they be forced apart by a deck that's stacked against them in this steamy Victorian romance?

I couldn't resist checking this out! Forbidden love is sort of my favorite in a romance ;) There is just something about two lovers knowing they can't be together but wanting to be. 

The story follows Adele who is sent to live with her aunt in New York as a final chance to find a man to marry and save her reputation. Nick is a romantic through and through. He is in love with love until he meets Adele and finally realizes what real love is. Not only does her standing in society pose a problem, but the matter of race comes into play too. Society is not kind. 

This is pretty much a doomed love for sure. Even if they end up together, they are going to have terrible people treating them like crap. I feel so bad! I want them to be together! They really do love each other even with all their past and flaws. 

I did like Theo a lot too...sighs. I am torn. I want her to be with Nick, but then there is Theo. How does one pick? Security with a chance of happiness? Or true love and a life that is not going to be easy. Poor Adele...she cannot win. 

My one and only complaint is that there were some terms and words that seemed too modern for this time period. I could be wrong, but it was a little jarring here and there. Besides that, I adored this book. I read it in a couple of sittings because I simply could not put it down. I had to know what happened. 

AND I CANNOT WAIT FOR BOOK 2!!!!! EEEE! That cliff hanger!!!!! So good, so good. I must read book 2. 

Overall, I really liked this book. I feel so bad for Adele. It is not an easy choice to give it all up for true love. I'll stamp this with 4 stars. 

Friday, 1 May 2020

Best of April

Happy May! 

Here are our favorites for last month. Hopefully, everyone is safe and doing okay.  

We are skipping the movie category this month.

Best Book of the Month:

My pick...........Wild Country by Anne Bishop

Wild Country (The World of the Others, #2; The Others, #7)

"Best book obviously goes to Wild Country."

The Illustrated World of Tolkien

"Loved the art and all the facts and information I got from this!"

Best TV show of the Month:

Carole's pick............Tiger King (2020)

Tiger King Poster

"Such a weird show. It is addictive and I adored the last episode when it reminds us that sure all these people are shit and terrible and entertaining...but let us not forget about the poor animals!"

Blodeuedd's pick...............The Windsors , The Umbrella Academy, & Never Have I Ever

The Windsors Poster  The Umbrella Academy Poster Never Have I Ever Poster

"No best movie cos meh movies. But I have been binging a lot. Like The Windsors, it was SO BAD, that it was funny. And the Umbrella Academy! Good stuff, I want more! Though I do find that shows over 40 min are sooo long. At the moment of writing this I am binging Never have I ever and cute and fun. So awesome tv shows this April and they all needs to be mentioned! I recommend them all."

Best Cover of the Month:

The Queen of Blood  (The Queens of Renthia, #1)
Blodeuedd's Pick ^

Of Flame and Fury (Weird Girls, #9, Flame, #3)
Carole's pick ^


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