Never Stop Falling- Read and Review

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I received a digital copy of Never Stop Falling by the New Adult Book Club’s Read It Review It and the author Ashley Drew in exchange for an honest review.

The cover was what attracted me to request a copy in the first place, I could tell just from the title that the story would be a heart-pounding read and I was not disappointed. The story is set in New York and California and revolves around the main character Cori who as a student in high school falls in love with her best friend Nick. The first chapter of the story was what really drived me to continue reading. I was worried for the main character as she gets caught up in a situation that could change her life forever.

The story involves love, falling in and out of friendships, family struggles and re-collection of memories. For a debut novel, I was really impressed by Ashley’s writing style and enjoyed all of the characters within the story tremendously. They all had their own perks and interests. My favourite scene was when Nick and Cori on a return visit to California travel out to shoot photos overlooking the coastline. As a photography person myself (not a professional but do enjoy photographing coastlines), it was refreshing to see something that I could relate to within the story.

My only little complaint is that I think the story could be a bit longer. If Ashley is working or planning to work on a follow-up to this story or a short spin-off, I would definitely read it!

I would recommend this for older teen readers 17+ due to scenes of drug-taking and drinking as well as some swearing and for those who like romances full of adventure and trying to move on from the past and look forward to the future.

(For more reviews, follow my twitter @marriedtobooks3 and my blog Married To Books Reviews and Blog!)

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In Love With… My Local Supermarket’s Book Collection!

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Last weekend, I went food shopping with my parents and dashed off to the book section. This is what I found and took a sneaky snap of the books when a couple of dudes had their backs turned to me and also because I didn’t want to look too suspicious or anything. So, the book section is rotated with books every week so some of the books on here now wouldn’t be on sale this week but they were last week since last Sunday is when I took the picture. Any books in the image catch your eye? Anything you’ve read or would like to read soon? I’m currently reading Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris at the moment which is on that image, the row above from the bottom one. I also have a copy of Black Eyed Susans which I’ve mentioned on my blog in the past.

Now, you see that empty gap on the second row? I got the last copy of a special book on sale for a limited time only because… I like buy one get one free offers, OK? 😉

I’ll be sharing with you guys just what I got in another blog post coming up because I’m also reading a different book by the same author so let’s combine the posts together!

Alice x

Real Life- Living With Anxiety

This is going to be a difficult blog post to share with you all. It has nothing to do with books but does tie into my blogging habits. If you don’t like triggering posts, I suggest that you skip reading this one.

At fourteen years old, I had a lot happening. I had started studying for my GCSEs, was taking part in fundraising projects with the Christian group that I was a part of, making new friends etc. It was all done and good until one day in November 2012, my life changed forever. I was sat in class doing an assessment, I had revised all of the topics thoroughly and wanted to do well. Then all of a sudden, my body started shaking like shivering type shaking. I started to see spots in front of my eyes, the palms of my hands become drenched in sweat, I started to lose sense of who and what were around me. I didn’t say anything because I was thinking that everyone goes through this at least once. It won’t happen to me again.

Three days later, I was sat on my bed at home reading a book when these experiences came back again. By now, thoughts of a bad virus were springing to mind.

As the weeks went by, these bursts happened more and more and each one was a lot worse than the previous one. On researching the internet for answers, I found something that was to change everything.

It was a panic attack, they were all panic attacks that I had been experiencing. But something didn’t click, sometimes, these attacks would come when I was in a really happy mood. Why did they suddenly appear out of nowhere? I’ll tell you why.

I wrote down a list of possible triggers that could have started off these panic attacks. In 2010, my best friend died, in 2011, a few really close family members died within weeks of each other, I was getting bullied, I have always struggled with various self-esteem issues, things weren’t all that comfortable outside of school. I didn’t seek any medical help about it. And to be honest, I think it is too late for me to do so, let me explain.

On average when I was fourteen-sixteen years of age in my final two years of high school, I had a panic attack every other day and sometimes, multiple times in a day. I was often absent from a number of lessons and when things came to a head that I might not even sit any of my GCSE exams, I chose to leave school early. I believe today now looking back on that, I potentially saved my grades from being an absolute disaster. I was near straight A as well in subjects like RE, History and English.

I left my school with 10 GCSEs, I’m currently re-sitting one at the moment, Maths (sighs), I do like Maths because it helps to take my mind off my anxiety for some bizarre reason, I credit my old Maths teacher for helping me since he really understood how serious my anxiety got later on in high school. Thanks to him.

Here are the symptoms that I get before/during a panic attack:

  • Eyelids become droopy
  • Skin on my arms turns a deathly white colour
  • Increased heartbeat speed
  • Spots in front of my eyes
  • Lose awareness of surroundings
  • Shaking body
  • Teary eyes
  • Sweaty hands
  • Increased loud breathing

Here are the symptoms that I get after a panic attack:

  • Emotionally unstable
  • Lack of communication
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nightmares
  • Negative thoughts
  • Needing to go to the toilet frequently
  • Lazy slumps

When I feel anxious like this, I put a lot of things off doing because… I’m simply too frightened to do them. That includes homework for College, adding new blog posts to my blog, tidying my room and helping around the house and sometimes, using public transport.

I decided in the autumn of 2014 to get counselling to see if there was anything that could be done to help me but sadly after six months, none of their techniques that they suggested worked so I decided not to continue with it this year.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t think there is anything that can be done to stop my anxiety. So, I’ve had to manage it for my everyday life. And it has been an utter nightmare at times, I still get panic attacks, I got cyber bullied by some friends from the College I go too, had a bad break-up, suffered from hair loss. I just wished more people would be supportive about it, that’s all I ask for.

I’m not attention seeking, being accused of that hurts.

I’m very determined to leave my College because the experience I’ve had there has been at times terrible. The support from others with my anxiety hasn’t been good at all, I simply don’t fit in and haven’t got very far with my studies. It’s a real shame but people have just put me off from doing anything. I hate to disappoint people but I always let people down, that’s the truth.

But for right now, I would like to finish my course within the next few weeks and be out of there before you can say… marriedtobooks!

Alice x

(Twitter is @marriedtobooks3)

 

The Book Subscription Box- 5 I Have My Eyes On!

Hello everyone! Welcome to a very interesting blog post that I will be sharing with you all today. And that is on the topic of book subscription boxes. But before I get into that, I just want to update everyone on my last blog post which was to do with The Hunger Games. Well… I managed to get copies of the other two books yesterday very cheap and the same cover style as the first book that I already had. So, my favourite trilogy is now back in my book bedroom again and i’m thrilled about that.

A book subscription box is a box sent out monthly or once every few months or so that contains a copy of a brand new book or one selected by book bloggers/buyers along with some freebie gifts that include badges, candles, teabags and bookmarks. They have been growing in popularity and have been huge all over social media with famous book vloggers sharing videos of them unboxing a book subscription box. For my post today, I’ve been exploring on social media and on the internet for boxes that caught my eye and have selected 5 of them to share with you all. If I had these boxes, I would include pictures of them but sadly, I’ve never had a book subscription box 😦 so I can’t really include any pictures. I’m being extra careful when it comes to including pictures with my blog posts, I don’t want to get sued for copyright. Onto the boxes!

Box #1- Prudence and the Crow

I found this box on the internet and was immediately interested. I love Vintage books and anything Vintage.

Price for subscription: £12.99 a month, one off box also £12.99.

How does it work?: You select a genre and fill out a questionnaire so that the lovely team at Prudence and the Crow know what your book tastes are.

Genre I would select: Science Fiction.

Why?: I have been growing in excitement towards Science Fiction books in recent months. I am going to be reading and reviewing Ender’s Game as well as The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Ships internationally?: Yes!

Website: Prudence and the Crow

Box #2- Books and a Brew

I also found this box on the internet and really liked how simple it is. There isn’t a lot of things included within the box so I feel that may appeal to readers who just want something simple to explore.

Price for subscription: £12.99 a month, one off box £14.99.

How does it work?: You sign up and they do the rest.

Ships internationally?: Only the UK and any countries in the EU apart from Spain, Italy and Portugal.

Other information: You must be 18+ to subscribe to this box. I’m very very veryyyyyyy close to that now so I’m excited!

Website: Book and a Brew

Box #3- Illumicrate

I started seeing videos of my favourite vloggers (Sasha AKA abookutopia) unboxing one of these and I fell in love with it. I was interested to find out more! Each box contains one book which is mainly a YA book but can be subject to change and some free goodies including bookmarks, candles and notebooks.

Price for subscription: £29.99 per box, four boxes a year.

How does it work?: You sign up and they do the rest.

Ships internationally?: Yes but does include additional shipping costs depending where you live.

Website: Illumicrate

Box #4- FairyLoot

I took part in FairyLoot’s first ever Twitter chat yesterday with the author that was featured in the March box, made a ton of new friends and fell in love with the box. FairyLoot is a monthly subscription box containing a YA hardback book recently published and goodies relating to what the theme of the month will be! There can also be signed goodies too from the author featured in the box.

Price for subscription: £24.50 for a single box, £72.50 for a three month subscription.

How does it work?: You sign up and they do the rest.

Ships internationally?: Yes!

Website: FairyLoot

Box #5- The Willoughby Book Club

I saw this on the internet and really liked the variety of book subscription gifts that you can choose from. Either for yourself or for someone else.

Price for subscription: Depends on which subscription programme you go with. Cheapest is £29.99 up to £44.99.

How does it work?: You select which programme and fill out a questionnaire.

Ships internationally: Yes!

The programme that I would choose: The Bespoke Book Club.

Why?: The variety of genres that they offer within this club appeal to me.

Website: The Willoughby Book Club

 

That concludes my post! Thank you all for reading. Here are my various social media links:

Instagram: marriedtobooks44

Twitter: marriedtobooks3

Goodreads: Marriedtobooks44

Have a great day!

Alice x

 

#TrilogyThrowback to… The Hunger Games!

Which has still got to be one of my favourite trilogies of all time. And yes, I first read the trilogy four years ago over the course of the summer break and became addicted to it. So, for anyone who doesn’t know what The Hunger Games is about, let me give you a brief synopsis.

The Hunger Games is set in the fictional world of Panem in the USA. There is a rich and vast area known as The Capitol and that is surrounded by twelve other districts that aren’t as well off. There used to be thirteen districts but a revolt caused that district to be destroyed. That is where the title of the novel and indeed the trilogy comes in. Every year, each of the twelve districts would send a boy and a girl to compete in a life survival event known as The Hunger Games. The selection process for this is called the Reaping, the aim is to be the last one standing. So, in other words, you have to try and kill off your competition from the other districts to be crowned champion.

The main protagonist in the series is Katniss Everdeen, when her younger sister gets selected to represent her district which is number 12, Katniss volunteers as tribute because she doesn’t want her sister to go through the trauma of the Games. Together with the other tribute selected Peeta Mellark, it’s up to them to be the last ones standing. The trilogy as a whole was simply fantastic because throughout the whole Games scenes, you never quite knew what to expect. It really opened my eyes towards the Fantasy and Dystopia genres which I hadn’t really read before.

Sadly, I don’t have copies of the full trilogy anymore. I only have the first book since the other two were library copies and had to be returned. I’ve only watched the first film which I did enjoy but because I prefer reading books to watching the TV/Film adaptations of it, I prefer the books more.

There are some new cover designs out for the trilogy which I thought looked bright but I wished that they could be more… dystopian.

Thanks for reading this post! Alice x

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Introducing Something New!

So, a few weeks ago whilst browsing my Goodreads account and all of the reading lists (you should friend me there, it’s Marriedtobooks44), I realised that reviewing books the way I was setting this blog out to be was going to be an issue. I had no idea that categories and tags exist, until now… cue major facepalm since I’ve had this blog running for nine weeks now.

But because my Review TBR list is huge and includes books that I brought myself, not just from publishers, I could see the difficulty in posting reviews and myself getting mixed up about where the reviewed book came from, like into my hands either as a giveaway prize or spending a ton of cash on it. So, that’s why I have decided to split my reviews out! This is how it will work.

Any title with Alice’s Reviews in will be books that I have won in giveaways or sent an ARC copy of by the author/publisher for read and review. And any title with Books I Own in will be books that I previously purchased myself or were given to me as presents. All of the posts will have the relevant tags in so they will be easy to access and also for me when it comes to sorting out my posts.

This spring break will consist of a lot of reviews and reading so stay tuned!

Alice x