In 27 Days Book Review

Friday, April 20, 2018

The book is set during autumn/winter, hence the wintery background photo. It's the best I could do, okay? xD  
I gobbled up Alison Gervais's In 27 Days in only two days. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down. For a person who doesn't read as much as I'd like, I sure picked a great book to read! Read on to see my review. =)
My Rating: Four and a Half Penguins out of Five 
Back Cover Blurb (Taken From Amazon)
The cover... Did I mention how pretty it is?!
Hadley Jamison is shocked when she hears that her classmate, Archer Morales, has committed suicide. She didn’t know the quiet, reserved guy very well, but that doesn’t stop her from feeling there was something she could have done to help him. Hoping to find some sense of closure, Hadley attends Archer’s funeral. There, Hadley is approached by a man who calls himself Death and offers her a deal. If Hadley accepts, she will be sent back 27 days in time to prevent Archer from killing himself. But when Hadley agrees to Death’s terms and goes back to right the past, she quickly learns her mission is harder than she ever could have known.

Hadley soon discovers Archer’s reasons for being alone, and Archer realizes that having someone to confide in isn’t as bad as he’d always thought. But when a series of dangerous accidents starts pushing them apart, Hadley must decide whether she is ready to risk everything—including her life—to keep Archer safe.

From award-winning Wattpad author Alison Gervais (HonorInTheRain) comes In 27 Days, a story of redemption, first love, and the strength it takes to change the future.
What I Loved...
Aaaaalllllll the cuteness. I think I was squealing for about 50% of the book. Just ask my poor sister. Yes, there are some pretty dark elements to In 27 Days, but that didn't stop Alison Gervais from adding so many cute moments. ESPECIALLY THE ONE WITH THE PENGUINS (if you've read In 27 Days, you know what I mean). I should probably stop before I spoil the book. xD 
Mama Rosa's Coffee Shop. First of all, there was sugar in the form of cinnamon rolls and Danishes and all sorts of baked goods. Second of all, there was hot chocolate. Third, a fireplace. If only Mama Rosa's was real.... It would be the greatest place EVER to write. And read. And do it again.  
The personification of Death and *spoilers*. Death's character really was done well. Death was interesting, and he had some depth to him that I didn't expect seeing. Basically, all of the characters were spot on! 
The way the author handled the topic of suicide. I appreciated that the author portrayed suicide in a negative light and showed that there is hope for those who feel suicidal, but I did wish that she dealt with it a little more than she did. I felt that it almost became a background issue. Maybe it's just me that feels this way though? 
Aaaaaaalllll the quotes. I have about a dozen or so quotes from this book that I may or may not have saved on my phone. See the one below to understand. 
I would go on with what I loved, such as the plot, but that would take waaaayyyyy too long! xD
What I Didn't Love...
There was a tiny bit of language. But only a tiny bit! I feel that when there was a bit of language it was unnecessary, but it didn't detract from my reading experience. Overall, this was a pretty clean read. 
Typos. Be warned that there are some noteiceable typos in the hardcover format, and I read in another review that it was the same way in the Kindle format. To be honest, they didn't bother me that much, but I felt that they should've been cleaned up. 
In 27 Days was a great story with a great message and memorable characters and settings that had me hooked from the first chapter. Because of some more mature elements, I would recommend this book for readers ages 14 and up. 
About the Author (Taken From Blink's Website)
Watty Award winning author Alison Gervais is an undergraduate student at Colorado State University Pueblo, and has been writing for as long as she can remember. In 2011, she began posting her work on, and has been active on the site for the past five years.

Have you read In 27 Days? If so, what was your favorite cute moment? If not, what about it sounds most interesting? 

5 Places To Find Inspiration For Your Writing-Guest Post At Audrey Caylin's Blog

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Guess who did a guest post? MMMMMMEEEEEEEEEE. =D Click here to head over to my friend Audrey Caylin's lovely blog, where you'll find me rambling about five places to find inspiration for your writing when you desperately need it. And while you're there, be sure to leave a comment and stick around! Audrey has an amazing blog, and she's one of the most inspiring bloggers out there. =) I hope to see you there!

February/March Cocoa Break

Friday, April 6, 2018

It's time for another cocoa break! This time, it's a cocoa break for both February and March because I totally failed and didn't do a cocoa break for February. And yes I know it's April. Bear with me, folks.   
Real Life...
February wasn't all that exciting, to be honest. School. Babysitting. Rain (it's the PNW, of course there was rain). But then March came.... AND I TURNED SIXTEEN?!?!?! *cue gasps* It was the sweetest sixteen ever. I mean, there were three types of cupcakes. Chocolate with salted caramel frosting, red velvet with cream cheese frosting, and coconut with coconut frosting. My mom is the greatest on so many levels. =)
There was also a sweet party with some of the best friends ever. =) Everyone spoiled me rotten for my sweet sixteen! I still almost can't believe that I'm sixteen now. I'M OLD ENOUGH TO DRIVE?!?!? Don't worry, I still haven't taken driver's ed, so the roads of America (and this writer) are safe... For now. xD 
This March, I also got to take my younger siblings to Barnes and Noble. I picked up a Sherlock Holmes collection, and my younger siblings brought home quite the haul. I'm a proud big sister. =) Of course, a trip to Starbucks was also called for (thanks, Mom!). Starbucks and books. They go together like chocolate and caramel, peanut butter and jelly, Oreos and milk.... I need to stop. xD And yes, I did shop for books online after Barnes and Noble. THERE IS NO END TO MY OBSESSION.
Of Notebooks...
...Think, think, think. SERIOUS BRAINSTORMING IS GOING ON. I have a whole notebook that I'm filling up with snippets, prompts, etc. Brainstorming is fun and not-so fun at the same time, to be honest. The fun part is brainstorming. The not-so fun part is not being able to use every single idea/prompt OR trying to fit the prompts together. #writerproblems
This is how I celebrated. Such a sweet way to celebrate. =) And yes, that is salted caramel. 
Also... My short story "Dear Jamie, Love Rory" won the One Teen Story writing contest! HOW AWESOME AND INSANE IS THAT? =D Click here to see the announcement on One Story's blog.
Of Novels...
I AM AN EMBARRASMENT TO BOOKWORMS EVERYWHERE. I've only read one book a month this whole year?!?! SOMEONE HELP ME. But honestly, the books I have read were GREAT. I gobbled up Alison Gervais's In 27 Days in two days. That is seriously one of my favorite books ever now! I highly recommend it (don't worry, a review will come!). And don't get it in ebook form. Grab it in print. The cover is too pretty. =) 

Looking back on this, I'm pretty sure that all you guys think I do is read, write, and eat sugar. xD So tell me, what's an amazing book you've recently read? An amazing sugary treat? What's your favorite Starbucks drink? Let's chat, friends! 

A Very BIG Announcement!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

I have big news people. Big, ginormous, humungous news. Drumroll, please...


*insert confetti, fireworks, and my screaming here* 
My short story "Dear Jamie, Love Rory" won the 13-15 age category in One Teen Story's writing contest! You can read the announcement here. And here's a snippet (the same one from the announcement post):

“I hate that I had to sing happy birthday to a blurry figure on a screen that looks like you, but at the same time, with his buzz cut and camouflage…Doesn’t.”

So, dear readers, "Dear Jamie, Love Rory" is going to be PUBLISHED IN AN ISSUE OF ONE TEEN STORY!!! I am SO excited and blessed! God is so good! I am extremely honored to have won, and I would like to congratulate the other winners and thank everyone at One Story for this opportunity. I can't wait for you all to meet Jamie and Rory in "Dear Jamie, Love Rory." =) 

Also, happy early Easter, everyone! <3 I hope that you all have a great Easter weekend! 

P.S. I know this is a short announcement, but don't worry, I will have a regular post coming next week. =) 

Top 5 Writerly Fears

Saturday, March 24, 2018

We're all scared of something, although many of us don't like to admit it. Spiders, snakes, public speaking, darkness... Me? I'm afraid of heights. Any and all heights. Once I rode a ski lift, and that was one of the scariest things I've done. It didn't help that the ski lift was at a zoo and if I fell it would've been into a tiger's cage. *shivers in memory* 

If you're a writer, you probably have some things you fear that send you running away screaming, notebooks and pencils being scattered in your wake. Whether it's a barrage of plot bunnies or the much-dreaded writer's block, here are five things I've noticed that scare writers (or at least the writer inside me).
Yup, there's some fear, Yoda. 
1. Having to Tell Someone What Your Story is About
"What's your story about?" 

Ah, the dreaded question that every writer faces at one point or another. You either jump at this question, ready to tell all about your story, or you wish you could hide under a rock until you come up with a good answer. This question comes up in casual conversations, all innocent, and to the non-writer, it's a safe question. But a state of panic is going on in the writer's head, and once some coherent answer comes out, one that usually sounds like, "It's about a human being with hairy feet who goes on an adventure," you can almost see the other person saying.... 
2. People Not Liking Your Writing
Who ISN'T afraid of people not liking their writing?! This one's pretty self-explanatory, right? THE FEAR IS REAL WITH THIS ONE. 
3. Having to Watch Someone Read Your Writing 
Maybe this is a fear/pet peeve that I just have... But have you ever handed your writing over to someone to read... And then just couldn't sit there and watch? I hate watching people read my writing. If I hand over a blog post/article/snippet, I have to leave so I'm not staring at the reader's face wondering what's going on in their head. I just... I CAN'T WATCH. I'm afraid of what's going on in their heads as I watch. #problems
4. Losing Your Writing
Whether it's the fear of losing a notebook or having your computer crash and take ALL your hard work down with it, the fear of somehow losing your writing is a particularly paralyzing one. All of your hard work and great "quotable" lines that you cleverly made up... What if they were all taken away?! 

This is a fear I recently had to deal with, as my computer was being stubborn. In my terror, I sent myself back-ups of all of my writing documents. But thankfully, nothing tragic happened. Yet. *nervously looks at computer* 

This is seriously me sometimes. No lie. xD
This is probably the king of all writerly fears (bloggerly fears too, if we're honest) WHAT IF I HAVE NO IDEAS!?!??!?!?!? WHAT IF ALL OF THE OTHER GOOD IEDAS WERE TAKEN AND ALL MY IDEAS ARE GONE?!?!?!?!?!? WHAT IF I NEVER GET AN IDEA AGAIN!?! WHAT IF *fill in the blank here*?!?!? Writer's block is serious business... And a serious worry/dread/fear. 

 What are some writerly fears do YOU face? Do you have any to add to my list? 
Which of these fears do you fear the most? 

Girl Defined Book Review

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Who knew that March was National Women's History Month? Certainly not me! At least, not until my cousin sent me a sweet text and reminded me. =) And now that I know that March is National Women's History Month, I want to share with you all one of my favorite books on Biblical womanhood: Girl Defined by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird. Warning: You might be surprised as to how radical this book is.
My Rating: Four and a Half Stars out of Five
Back Cover Blurb (Taken From Amazon)

In a culture where airbrushed models and career-driven women define beauty and success, it's no wonder we have a distorted view of femininity. Our impossible standards place an incredible burden of stress on the backs of women and girls of all ages, resulting in anxiety, eating disorders, and depression. One question we often forget to ask is this: What is God's design for womanhood?

In Girl Defined, sisters and popular bloggers Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird offer women a countercultural view of beauty, femininity, and self-worth. Based firmly in God's design for their lives, this book helps women rethink what true success and beauty look like. It invites them on a liberating journey toward a radically better vision for femininity that ends with the discovery of the kind of hope, purpose, and fulfillment they've been yearning for.

My Review
It is my belief that every Christian woman should read Girl Defined. This book has truly changed my view on womanhood. At first, one of the reasons I bought Girl Defined was the pretty cover (yes, that's how shallow I can be xD), but as I started reading, my eyes were opened to the lies about womanhood that our culture has fed me. Culture says that my womanhood doesn't define me, that I can be whoever I want to be. But God designed us as women for a reason. 

In Girl Defined, I was introduced to the idea of women being equal in value to men but purposefully different. Women are just as important and valuable as men, but we have different purposes. Let me try to illustrate this: Just like a paintbrush and paints are equally important in an artist's repertoire (he couldn't paint without them!), but they both serve different purposes. It's the same with gender. There is a purpose to our being womanhood, not some biological accident! 
Womanhood isn't about liberation and domination. It isn't about pink, sparkles, and tea parties. Womanhood isn't a curse to be reversed. Womanhood defined by God is one of the most beautiful things in the world. 

Girl Defined doesn't just touch on the topic of Biblical womanhood. It talks about romance, beauty, and identity. It's full of incredible stories, eye-opening Biblical concepts, and plenty of encouragement. There are also some great study guides at the end of every chapter. It's quite an easy read; I had to pace myself so I didn't read it all in one day! =) Yet it has such a powerful and life-changing message. I encourage every woman to pick up this book with an open mind and allow God to shape her beliefs through the message it presents. Go grab your copy now! 
About the Authors (Taken From the GirlDefined Website)
Kristen Clark is married to her high school sweetheart, Zack and is the co-founder of GirlDefined Ministries. She is passionate about promoting the message of biblical womanhood through blogging, speaking around the country, mentoring young women, and hosting Bible studies in her living room. In the end, she's just a fun-lovin Texas girl who loves all things outdoors and eats dark chocolate whenever possible.
Bethany Baird is a Texas born and raised girl doing life with her parents and seven siblings. She is the co-founder of GirlDefined Ministries and is passionate about spreading the truth of biblical womanhood through blogging, speaking and mentoring young women. To her family and close friends, she is simply a tall blonde girl who loves any form of competition, drinks way too much coffee, and can't get enough of her little fluffy dog.

Have you read Girl Defined or any posts from the Girl Defined blog? What is one word you'd use to describe your view of womanhood? Why? How has God shaped your ideas of womanhood?

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