Sunday, December 27, 2015

Blue's Best of 2015

Here's my Blue's Best of 2015 list.  These books consumed me in one way or another.  They woke me up in the middle of the night from either dreaming about the story or characters or I just had to get up and read one more chapter.  During times where I was forced to "adult", these books were still on my mind and they would find their way into my conversations with other people who may have thought I had finally lost what was left of my mind from my passionate ramblings about these books and authors.  

Books like these are why I read and they are what keep me reading.  These books are the needles in the haystack that I am always searching for.  These listed books are the holy grail of reads for me this year and are all Blue Kitty Certified!!!!
What's on your list?  Which books kept you from "adulting" this year?  

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Letters Written in White by Kathryn Perez

Blue's Book Reviews "LETTERS WRITTEN IN WHITE" by Kathryn Perez

No words.
Absolutely haunting.
Terrifyingly true. 

How do I even explain the emotions that this book brought out of me?  
I can't even put my thoughts into coherent words.  
The writing in this book sliced straight through my soul with a scythe.   It cut me into pieces.  
Because I KNOW this book.  I lived it once upon a time at the ripe old age of 18.

I too have suffered through debilitating depression.  I too had once decided to end the excruciating pain and suffering that was swallowing me up by choosing the black quietness of death over the unrelenting pain of waking up every day.   I too have written my story.   And maybe one day, I too will be brave enough to share it.

I've highlighted over 50% of this book so how do I even begin to pick what to share here?  

"Suicide doesn't happen all at once.  It starts small.  Those early seductive whispers of nagging self talk, worthlessness, self-hate, fear, or sadness curl into your ears subtly at first.  Eventrually it mutates into a relentless roar.  You really don't see death coming until suddenly, in one deeply dark moment, you're face to face with it.  Then, being worn down, exhausted from swimming in an ocean of despair, you drop at Death's feet and surrender.  Like a sander, it wears you down until there's nothing left to fight it off.  Soon your once strong oak exterior is worn down into a meager pile of sawdust.  I wish my husband knew how many times he's held the dust of me in the palms of his hands, slipping through his fingers."

Letters Written in White by Kathryn Perez is like nothing I've ever read before, but its also so very familiar for very person reasons.   
It will haunt you.
It will hurt.
It will give you not just a glimpse, but an IMAX view of depression.  
Everyone should read this book.  EVERYONE.
Whether you've suffered from depression, attempted suicide, or if you love someone who is suffering or had been successful at ending their life, this book brilliantly allows you to see and feel the hopelessness, the pain to keep living, the lullaby of lies that Death will sing so beautifully into your ears.  

Letters Written in White brings you understanding.  It does not sugar coat anything where depression and suicide are concerned.  
It is real.
It is raw.
It is a MUST READ.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Midnight Mass by Sierra Simone

Midnight Mass by Sierra Simone

Is it hot in here because it is really hot in here.
Yes I know its winter but I'm sweating like a whore in church.
Why are my glasses all fogged up?
And why are my pants wet?
And why am I sexually assaulting my husband???

Oh I'll tell you why, it's because FATHER BELL is back and he is not leaving anyone disappointed, especially me!!!   And I forgot to wear my #shamwowpanties so that's why my undies are soaked.

Yes, this book is volcanically erotic.
But that's not all it is.
Midnight Mass is also magnificently written.   Flawless even.

"Of all the ghosts that haunt me, it is the priest who stays the closest, who dogs my steps from dawn until dusk.  It's the priest who reminds me of my sins, of everything I've left behind, of every part of secular life that is flat and colorless and petty.  It is the priest who tells me to be afraid of being punished.  Like I'm not already afraid.  But I never expected my punishment to come so soon."

"I cultivate guilt the way a farmer cultivates land.  Long furrows of regret here, heaped mounds of shame there.  I weed away the excuses and the rationalizations, I water the sprouts of self-loathing with more self-loathing, I harvest it all and store it away - silos of contrition and self-condemnation and the knowledge I can't ever atone for all the things I've done wrong.
The sister I didn't save.
The vocation I abandoned.
The wife I'm neglecting."

Sierra Simone is once again absolutely brilliant with this book!!  I was so worried that I would be disappointed as I have with so many other "book two's", but not only did she go beyond my expectations, she has valiantly fought and won a place as one of my "go to authors".

My list of "go to authors" is not a long list, but Sierra Simone just made that short list of mine, one name longer from her books,  Priest and now Midnight Mass.

Midnight Mass made me literally "ACHE" from its nuclear hot scenes.

You must get this series and make sure you are wearing your overnight pad or SHAMWOW panties because you will need them!!!!

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November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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Finished November 9 by Colleen Hoover.


This book is absolute poetry.   The words sang into my mind as if it were my new favorite song playing inside my ear buds.  
Lines of words written, that needed to be re-read for the sole purpose of engraving those sentences into my memory.  
Colleen Hoover doesn't just put together letters to form words to form sentences, she creates works of art just by having her fingers hitting tiny buttons upon a keyboard, and with those simple movements from her hands, a masterpiece is created.  

"My flaws are what wake me up in the morning and what keep me awake every night."

"I just sometimes find it difficult to control my indignation in the presence of absurdity."

"One of the things I always try to remind myself is that everyone has scars," she says.  "A lot of them even worse than mine.  The only difference is that mine are visible and most people's aren't."

"You're a virgin."  He says it as more of a realization that a question.  "Yeah, but only for a few more minutes."

"He presses his mouth against my ear and whispers, "No combination of written words could ever do this moment justice."

And to throw back a quote from November 9;  No combination of written words could ever do this book justice.  
It is beautiful.  
It is breathtakingly poetic.  
If William Shakespeare were to be in an English class and study a love story just as we studied Romeo and Juliet in high school, old William would be studying November 9.
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November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Appealed by Emma Chase (Book 3 in The Legal Briefs)


The story of Brent and Kennedy is so much fun, steamy hot, and you can't help but cheer them on to make it.  I know when I really love a book by how my pace will slow down towards the end.  I will spend three days reading the last three chapters because I don't want the story to end.  And that's exactly what I did with Appealed.  I didn't want it to end.

Appealed by Emma Chase is the third book in The Legal Briefs series.  Our heroes are childhood best friends, growing up next door to each other with both having very affluent and privileged families.

Brent Mason is a defense attorney with a quick wit and a heart of gold.  As a child, a terrible accident caused him to lose one of his legs, but that does not keep him from having the women lining up to keep his bed warm.

Kennedy Randolph is a prosecutor who has not seen or spoken to her childhood best friend who also stole and broke her heart as a teenager in almost fifteen years.

I could not get enough of the banter between Kennedy and Brent!  It is all classic Emma Chase, and I could literally just banter like this for the rest of my life!!

"What'd you do to your face?" she asks, folding her arms.
I touch my chin.  "I grew a beard."
"Well, ungrow it.  It looks like a vagina from the 1970's porn film."

And just a beautifully, Emma Chase can take you from fits of laughter and then take you to into something so profound and meaningful in such a fluid way, and this always takes my breathe away.

"We shy away from the things that hurt us - that have hurt us in the past.  That's what scars are for.  They protect the wounds.  Cover them with thick, numb tissue so we'll never have to feel that same pain again.  The bottom of my stump is one, big callus.  But the scars Kennedy has inside?  They're even tougher."

The Legal Briefs series landed on my "Favorite Series List" with just Overruled alone.   Then there was Sustained, where Emma Chase shined so brightly with her writing that I had to put on a welding shield to protect my eyes from the beauty of her writing of this story.  And now here comes Appealed, and it just leaves you wanting more of all of these characters because I've become so attached to them all!!

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