The Big Bookshelf jNIssue 2 It was advertised as adult romance but it is not I don t mind that it leaned towards the YA sideust don t try to trick me as a readerLook I don t like being lied to This year 2018 seems to be the year of miscategorizing books If a book is advertised an adult romance or contemporary romance read but it is not I get a little salty It reads like a YA book I have been trying to read YA so I would have read it at some point but I was in the mood for a romance novelI m going to start by saying that I am a HUGE Jamie McGuire fan I will always be a Jamie McGuire fan Even though All The Little Lights was wee a bit difficult to read and get into I will still read anything she writesI didn t enjoy this book much It was okay I didn t hate it but I damn sure didn t love it either By the end of this week I most likely won t remember the details eitherI can normally read a 300 350 page book in a day or so but a 400 500 page book takes 2 days max It took 4 days to finish this book because I was bored I kept putting it down because I would get distracted with interesting thoughts in my head Even though I got side tracked a million and one times it wasn t a horrible or overly difficult readI uite enjoyed Catherine and Elliott s relationship It was pure deep and at time visceral Their feeling poured from the pages and I believed every single emotional they expressed Their relationship kept me interested and swooning from time to time I found myself wondering where boys like Elliott were when I was in high school I loved everything about himCatherine s life difficult to say the least and Elliott s wasn t much better The main difference was that Elliott had a support of family and friends while Catherine had no one Elliott had a desire to be Catherine s rock and strength whether she wanted him to or not Don t look at them Look at me Elliott He wanted to protect her and love her She said you weren t her boyfriend not yet I m having a good night though I think I ust might talk her into it Yet there was a darkness to the story that I wasn t expecting It was a slow slow slow slow burn story I think they could have shaved off a good 100 pages and still kept the same story I will admit I had to skim a few pages as they were repetitiveThere is an interesting plot twist put it doesn t occur until 85% or 90% of the book and I wish it would have been revealed a lot soonerMy overall impression of All The Little Lights by Jamie McGuire was not a bad one The book touches on a lot of social issues that are going on in high school such as bullying The relationship between Catherine and Elliott was organic and sweet I don t feel like I wasted my time by any means and I can see why others might enjoy it than I didNow here are the most important uestionsDo I recommend this book Yes and no If you are looking for a YA book with a sweet teenage love than yes If you are a die hard Jamie McGuire fan like me than yes If you were looking for a books that fits into the type of stories Jamie McGuire normal writes noWill I read another book by this author Yes
If Jamie McGuire Writes It Jamie McGuire writes it can guarantee I m reading it Remember to follow all things messy SubcribeListen to my podcast What is it about Jamie Mcguire s books that I love so much It s that they captivate me I simply can t put them down until I finish and that s exactly how I felt when reading All the Little LightsWhen Catherine and Elliot met they seemed to click right away As young teens both were dealing with their own problems yet they became very close and "Started What Seemed Like "what seemed like unbreakable friendship When Elliot is forced to leave town Catherine is left to fend for herself and as time moves on she has to find a way to heal When Elliot returns
"for senior year "senior year few years later he ll do whatever it takes to win Catherine back but everything is different They ve both grown and changed so much He s now the high school football team s star uarterback and seems to have no problems making friends and being popular while Catherine struggles to make ends meet with feeling like an outcast at school and maintaining her family owned bed and breakfast As if their relationship wasn t complicated enough Catherine has a secret she struggles to hide and Elliot gets caught up in drama involving a missing studentI thought this book had a very interesting and complex plot The story alternates with Elliot s and Catherine s point of view It seems simple but there are other elements and a lot going on in the background to where you re left to guess until the end what s really happening I didn t feel like it was too predictable and I was surprised with the outcome There were a few themes that did remind me of some of my other favorite romance books like The Notebook for an example but I won t spoil anything with details This book deals with many teen struggles including divorce bullying racism neglect familypeer pressure mental health and othersI thought the characters were unforgettable and I was totally invested Elliot was everything I wanted him to be including persistent loyal courageous and totally supportive to Catherine He would do anything for Catherine and puts up with a great deal from her Both of them want what s best for each other but deal with drama and pressure from students and both sides of their families With that said I did find Catherine a little annoying sometimes but I needed to remind myself that with all she d been through how she acted was understandable as she was uite confused and dealing with a lot I liked her strength and appreciated that she stood up for herself and for what was right regarding certain events especially with the other students in her school By the end of the book everything tied together nicelyOverall I loved this book Even though it was different from other Jamie McGuire books I ve read in the past I was very pleased and it didn t disappoint This is easily a book that can be finished within one sitting even with its length I could barely put it down I do highly recommend this oneI d like to thank NetGalley the author and the publisher for sharing a copy of this book with me in exchange for my honest review 5This review can also be seen. ?s determined to win back her friendshipand her heartJust when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy Despite the town’s growing suspicions Catherine clings to her love for Elliott But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have le.
read & download ß eBook or Kindle ePUB Û Jamie McGuireI ve been given an advanced reading copy of this book by Montlake Romance via Netgalley but it had no influence on my willing and always honest review 5 I ve been tricked stars When I learned that Jamie McGuire would publish a new book I reuested this one immediately and crossed my fingers I was really overjoyed when I learned I could read it because The cover is so pretty D I had a good feeling and so far my intuition never misled me Now that it s all read and done I can honestly say that it was totally different from what I expected and from what I had read from Jamie so far First of all there is one major ingredient in this book the atmosphereI got a gothic vibe from the story and it was a constant companion Always present weighting on my thoughts Surprisingly right from a book happening in Oklahoma and not in a Scottish castle The reason for this feeling is an additional unanimated character Catherine s big old and spooky house This house is filled with whispers and creaking noises The Juniper is looming ominously throughout the book filling the pages with a constant tension What secrets are hidden within these walls Second important element the secret When I was reading Catherine and Elliott s story I found it sweet cute and somewhat angsty but I was headed toward 4 stars The I liked it very very much but I did not get my wow factor Then I learned Catherine s secret and I was BLOWN AWAY I nearly feel off my chairI had been tricked all along Blinded Totally and utterly blinded So now I want to bow to Jamie McGuire because she wrote a really uniue and grave story But the worst is I CAN T TELL YOU Of course if I explain the secret all your fun will go away and that s a big no no So let s get back to a mini plot summary think Mini Moy summary and develop the main characters Catherine s family has been wealthy decades ago but their business had poisoned the town and now she and her mom are considered like pariah They are responsible for every illness striking the town s peopleCatherine will be constantly bullied and lonelyElliott Youngblood is part native American and met Catherine while he was young up in a tree to catch great pictures He saw her at a very sad time when little Catherine had to bury her dog in her backyardFrom that first glimpse Elliott fell for Catherine He really fell hard for her but she didn t saw him before years as he visited his aunt and uncle every summer needing a breath from the constant fighting between his parentsWhen they properly met Elliott had braces glasses and was all gangly I know I m Elliott Want to walk down to Braum s with me for an ice cream cone He was half a head taller than me but by the looks of it we weighed the same His arms and legs were too long and skinny and he hadn t uite grown into his ears His high cheekbones protruded enough to make his cheeks appear sunken and his long stringy hair didn t help the appearance of his oval face They soon became friends Catherine was not alone any They spent a wonderful summer together that ended dramaticallyWhen Catherine lived the worst day of her young live Elliott had to leave suddenly without saying goodbye Can you imagine what Catherine felt Betrayed and lonely Rejected once These were her feelings When Elliott came back years later let s ust say that he had much groveling to do This story about loyalty and love Elliott s loyalty to Catherine His utter devotion to her He was protective He would have given his life before letting her be hurtCatherine s loyalty to her mom I have never read about a dedicated daughter to her mother Her mother was fragile and Catherine had to protect and care for her constantly She had no happy childhood or carefree teenage yearsCatherine s mom loyalty to the family house She could not bear to be parted with this family inheritance even if it was in dire need of repairs and they had no money to care for it This huge and menacing house dragged them down This was a story about abuse be it from bullies from neglect by parents or by physical blows This was a story about saving you and helping others You can t help others if you are trapped You can t get someone out of uicksand if you re stuck in it too This is a story about difference and racial issues In this small town many people would treat
Elliott Badly Because He Wasbadly because he was First Nation or native kid Elliott had to grow a thick skin and to let it go But of course once he became the football star all was forgiven and people did not see his skin color any I m always angry when I read such hypocrisy I consider someone s worth not based on his skin color religion or gender but I will rank him based on his actions There are good and bad people in every culture The same you have smart and idiots in every religion To say witnessing such hypocrisy made my blood boil is an understatementAnd on that topic I so loved that uote My uncle John says people can only make us angry if we let them and if we let them we give them power That you either get good at rising above and meeting ignorance with education or you get really good at being bitter I loved both main characters but Catherine was harder to really connect to As he holds her secret close she held the reader at arm s length Hard to connect with someone who wants to be left alone for fear of having her secret unraveled Yet I had so much compassion for that poor girl who shouldered so many responsibilities alone When I discovered the truth I was horrifiedElliott Youngblood on the other hand was very easy to fall for He was a handsome giant who preferred hitting trees when he was angry than risk hurting someoneElliott is dedicated protective smart artsy handsome courageous and loyal The perfect her for this young adult novel To conclude I would say that Jamie tackled very difficult topics with an absolute mastery in the storytelling When you ll reach the end of the book you ll realize that Jamie spoke about a very sensitive and not of the book you ll realize that Jamie spoke about a very sensitive and not well known topic in a realistic and skilled fashion Recommend it Without a doubt and please go on with the book don t DNF because you ll miss the whole purpose of the storyAnother favorite uote because it happened when Presley bullied Catherine constan. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire comes a riveting tale of first love that starts young but runs deep The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun he’s SOS Schlank ohne Sport - just a boy with a camera and he’s never seen a sadder and beautiful sight Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts yet they find an easy friends. Tly and Elliott defended her it was sooo good You know why you ll never outgrow the need to make others feel like shit so you can feel better Presley She narrowed her eyes at him watching him like a snake ready to strike Elliott continued Because it s a temporary high It never lasts and you ll never stop because it s the only happiness you ll ever have in your sad pathetic life that revolves around manicures and highlighting your hair Your friends They don t like you No one ever will because you don t like yourself So every time you give Catherine a hard time she ll know She ll know why you re doing itust like your friends will know Just like you ll know that you re overcompensating Every time you throw insults Catherine s way it s that much less of a secret He made eye contact with each clone and then Presley Have the day you deserve Once again a huge thank you to Montlake Romance for its trust Let s chat do you love surprises in books Have you read Jamie McGuire s books before Thanks for reading Sophie Please could someone else read this because I need someone to talk to about this book The plot was incredible That ending has me shook and I don t know how to react or feel because it was so unexpected I swear the author did such a phenomenal Charming the Firefighter (In Shady Grove, job of creating a story that was so shocking and stunning all at the same time Thanks again to Montlake Romance for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review All the Little Lights is a book about Catherine and Elliot who meet during one hot summer in a small town in the United States They fall in love but when Catherine needs him most Elliot has to leave town A few years later though he comes back to her and he s determined to win back her heart Butust when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliot again he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy and a dark secret Catherine is keeping could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left I really like As everyone who has come before me in reviewing this title I m having trouble finding the proper words and the spoiler free topics to discuss ust how this book made me feel While it was unforgettable multi faceted and tender it was also dark and mysterious mostly in the second half I was pleasantly surprised with the change of pace and tone in the latter portion of the story and almost wish that had been a focal point for the entirety of the novel It was a bit lengthy for the type of book that this is so I felt about 75 pages could have been cut without changing any major vibes or story anchors I was like most others have stated surprised and shocked by the twist in the ending It was moving but felt slightly disjointed from the overall feel of the novel As a whole I enjoyed reading this and as my first Jamie McGuire title I m eager to continue on with her books My review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley i love books about love there i said it especially when its about a boy falling for the girl next door ughhh why did my parents insist on raising me in the middle of nowhere i would have loved to have my own cute boy next door to pine over lol its a good thing this book made up for the tragic absence of my
Own Teenage Love Because This Was Soooo Cute So Ifteenage love BECAUSE THIS WAS SOOOO CUTE SO this was soooo cute so seen other reviews for this youre well aware the first 34 or so is literally ust about catharine and elliot fawning over each other once tragically separated but now reunited their love can finally blossom "go 35 4 stars I haven t read a book from Jamie McGuire in years so I didn t know "35 4 stars I haven t read a book from Jamie McGuire in years so I didn t know to expect from thisThis was definitely an interesting and uniue storyI find myself captivate in the storyI was hooked from the first pagesCatherine and Elliot are both uniue charactersTheir relationship was sweetI don t want to give anything away from the storyI think it s better to go in this one blind it will make it enjoyableI enjoyed the premise of the bookIt has great suspense and I was curious to see what will happen nextThere is a mystery around the characters and I loved itThe only reason this wasn t a 5 stars was the fact that it was a little bit slow in some parts and also some things was strangeOverall it was an interesting story and I m glad I had the chance to read it RATING 3755ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewOkayI am not sure how to feel about this book The first 70% felt flat for me Nothing really happened except two characters falling in love in a very unrealistic way if you ask me then a tragedy and then a time Everwar (Cal Leandros, jump into the future The characters are nothing special really Catherine is the type of girl who thinks of herself as plain and boring and Elliot is the type of guy who needs to save their significant other no matter the cost Both of those tropey character traits annoy the hell out of me Also they both seemed really fake I know they re fictional but come on and all of their conversations were the exact same It was always Catherine being insecure and Elliot telling her she was beautiful Now about the plot It is clear from the beginning that the home lives of both Catherine and Elliot are really crappy I can t say much without spoilingust that Catherine s been keeping a secret from everyone and it s scary And the ending It is really smart and even though I guessed it I still applaud the author s intelligence My rating umped from 275 to 375 because of thatIn conclusion I don t know if I should recommend this or not It wasn t terrible it was ust meh 70% of the book is nonsense But if the premise interests you then go for it All the Little Lights has a bit of thrillerish vibe going on throughout the book for me I wasn t sure how I d like this from her previous reads but I must say I did like it it isn t anything like her precious books though Elliot Catherine have that once in a lifetime love that carries with them through separation My heart ached and healed during this read There are many twists and turns and surprises that will keep you guessing Although I struggled with the middle of this story I enjoyed the ending 3 STARSI want to start with 2 issues I have the All The Little Lights by Jamie McGuireIssue 1 It was long AF for no damn reaso. Hip with each other But when Catherine needs him most Elliott is forced to leave townElliott finally returns but he and Catherine are now different people He’s a star high school athlete and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed and breakfast Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her but he?.