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LET’S BEGIN!!! Surely with Jesus or even Paul, God will answer and take away the pain, right? References: [1]Tom Wright, Paul for Everyone: 2 Corinthians(Great Britain: SPCK Publishing, 2003), 160. [2]Moyer V. Hubbard, 2 Corinthians, ed. Mark L. Strauss and John H. Walton (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 2017), 379. [3]Ibid. [4]Wright, Paul for Everyone: 2 Corinthians, 160. […]
Hi friend! I’m going to try a new thing for this month. I want to do a Bible series every Wednesday for the month February. I am very very excited about this. If you’re not a Bible-lover like me, I hope you will still stick around and be open to be encouraged by it. A […]
Isaiah 6:3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” I used to think Heaven would be boring. When I read the Bible, it says we would worship God forever. My 14-year old self was not excited about that. (haha!) Well, […]
Ready? Here we go. On the 4th of November, 2019, I finally launched my online course on Plant-based lifestyle I call “HOW 2BPB” (which simply means “How to be Plantbased”) Yes, me! I launched a course online! What? I think I am the most surprised of us all. If you asked me 5 months ago […]
Hey there! If you’ve been a reader of my blog for years and years, thank you for sticking with me. If you’re new, welcome! My blog has changed so much throughout the years. I started in 2011, writing and reviewing books until 2014. In 2015, I moved to Sydney, Australia and mostly wrote about my […]
Relationship Reconciliation Advice #1 Firstly, I’ve decided to write this article/post not because I’m an expert when it comes to these type of things. I’m only 27 years old, not old enough to be a grandparent yet… because you know, our grandparents know a lot and have experienced a lot in life to be considered […]
Learning a new language is not easy. At all. I don’t know what I was thinking three months ago when I decided it is a good idea to learn a dead language. Yes, I’m learning a dead language. Koine greek. My precise reason was ‘to learn to translate the New Testament of the Bible’, by […]
The following are my thoughts from a month ago… July 15, 2017. I’ve been so sick this week (physically) and lonely (emotionally) and am overcome by this utter sense of unfinished unsettling feeling… I couldn’t pinpoint what is it. Have you ever experienced this? It’s like being hit by an arrow but you don’t […]
Hello guys! . So, I have to be honest. I haven’t been in the book world for a loooong long time. I mean, I do try to keep up every now through youtube, and through following my fave authors on social media. But that’s it. Better than nothing right? . ANYWAY… this post is about […]
What did I think of this book? I think this is the most emotional, honest and heartbreaking book Colleen Hoover has ever written yet. There’s too much emotion I could feel at the same time: fear, elation, hope, expectancy, sadness, empathy… that I did not even cry a single tear. And I always […]

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Hello guys! . So, I have to be honest. I haven’t been in the book world for a loooong long time. I mean, I do try to keep up every now through youtube, and through following my fave authors on social media. But that’s it. Better than nothing right? . ANYWAY… this post is about […]
[If you haven’t read any of the previous books, you should before you read this 5th book. And NO, you won’t understand this book if you skip even one of the previous ones. ?) …………….MY GOODNESS. I AM SO SPEECHLESS. THIS BOOK. ————-……………………………… …………………………………………………………………………..?? …………….I just honestly didn’t see that coming. I actually didn’t even know […]
What did I think of this book? I think this is the most emotional, honest and heartbreaking book Colleen Hoover has ever written yet. There’s too much emotion I could feel at the same time: fear, elation, hope, expectancy, sadness, empathy… that I did not even cry a single tear. And I always […]
I have so many emotions about this book. First things first, it was a couple of chapters into the book after I got my “hand” in reading it again. Getting used to the new characters in a “world” background I am already familiar and in love with. Then there were a couple of issues […]
I KNOW. Why just 3.5? I’m just gonna DIVE STRAIGHT to the point. I couldn’t count how many times this book frustrated me. I do love action scenes and the “dying before victory” kinda plot every now and then in books. But somehow “Winter” just brought it to a whole new other level […]
Let’s be real here guys. Robyn Schneider is like the Queen of Teen heartbreaker books, next to John Green. *** I think I didn’t start my review very well. lol. *** I wanna put Robyn Schneider in the same category as Rainbow Rowell and John Green and Jennifer Smith…. *** This book is seriously. heartbreakingly […]
Who am I to refuse reading another sure-to-be-good book from one of my auto-buy favorite author Julie Kagawa??? Julie Kagawa + dragons = uhm, YES PLEASE. I’m starting to think I’m getting a little bit older, when I read a book and can say ‘the story is good..’ BUT ‘a little bit too […]
(BRACE YOURSELF GUYS, I HAVEN’T HAD ONE OF THESE CRAZY REVIEWS IN A WHILE) (YOU’RE WELCOME.) AMAZING. EPIC. AAAH! There’s just so much energy flowing inside of me (even writing this review two months after reading the book!) guys, thinking of how GOOD this book was and now finally am able […]
Between the Lines and Off the Page is a book series written my mom-daughter duo Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer. It is a fairytale fantasy every reader (if you ask me) dreams of happening- where characters from your favorite book come to life. Isn’t that magical? It is for the main […]
First, I want to say thanks for reading this review/post! It’s been months since I last posted. I totally lack commitment writing on this blog! I hope to remedy that the next couple of weeks! Okay, for the review! It’s no secret that I love Sarah J. Maas, from the first […]

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Let us know what you think of the cover for Unraveled (Perfected, #3) by Kate Jarvik Birch, which releases April 3, 2018! This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled Teen. About Unraveled: Ella isn’t anyone’s pet anymore, but she’s certainly not free. After exposing the dark secrets about NuPet’s breeding program, forcing them to repeal the law that […]
[If you haven’t read any of the previous books, you should before you read this 5th book. And NO, you won’t understand this book if you skip even one of the previous ones. ?) …………….MY GOODNESS. I AM SO SPEECHLESS. THIS BOOK. ————-……………………………… …………………………………………………………………………..?? …………….I just honestly didn’t see that coming. I actually didn’t even know […]
Top Ten Reasons You Should Read Roald Dahl’s Books . 10 His books are in every childhood! 9 They will inspire you for a love for READING. 8 Even adults read them. 7 Read and Watch. Many of his books were made into movies! Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach! 6 Creative. […]
What did I think of this book? I think this is the most emotional, honest and heartbreaking book Colleen Hoover has ever written yet. There’s too much emotion I could feel at the same time: fear, elation, hope, expectancy, sadness, empathy… that I did not even cry a single tear. And I always […]
The Pretty App is a companion novel of The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise. Though this books is not as amazing as the first one, but it still put in some honest society perspective that I believe we should all look into as well. I do love these kinds of book though- light […]
Magonia is an extremely never before read kind of book, and that made all the difference. Yes, it’s enchanting and captivating and all nice things! Though Magonia is all good stuff for me, I fully understand not everyone is happy dancey with it. (I don’t understand why not but everyone has different tastes so…) I […]
Hey guys! It has been ages, like literally ages! Since I last posted a cover reveal! I don’t even remember when that was. Anyway, here we are. Sourcebooks invited me to be part of Renee Collins’ Until WE Meet Again cover reveal, and I said yes! This is how they dubbed the book: “Love, murder, […]
It’s been about four months since I read this book, and it’s awesomeness still reverberates in my bones. I’m not exaggerating! The first thing that ever captivated me with the book is the title itself- “Red Queen”. It made me wonder who is this Red Queen? And another female MC? Yes please. […]
Becky Brandon is probably one my most favorite book characters of all time. like ALL time. She’s the best. And she doesn’t fail to ALWAYS make me laugh, and whenever she does embarrassing, I am embarrassed for her as well. I’ve been reading the Shopaholic series for forever. And I love the Shopaholic movie so […]
[Review written on January 15, 2015] JUST finished the book a few hours ago. I’m having some withdrawal. Just to answer my “pre-book publication date” anticipation/expectations- I did get me some more of Blue+Gansey. Not enough not enough though. BUT the cover is really gorgeous and every time I read the book and pause […]

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Reality Check [It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover review]

What did I think of this book?
I think this is the most emotional, honest and heartbreaking book Colleen Hoover has ever written yet. There’s too much emotion I could feel at the same time: fear, elation, hope, expectancy, sadness, empathy… that I did not even cry a single tear. And I always cry from her books.
It also inspired me to write a well thought out article blog post about the main topic ingrained with the book’s plot.
It Ends With Us is a story of a woman, Lily, who fell in love twice in her life. First, was with a homeless guy (Atlas is his name) she helped when she was only 15 (he was 18 then), and how they both saved each other’s lives in more than one way. But then life happened, and they had to part ways, with an open promise. Many years later, Lily fell in love again, this time with a neurosurgeon Ryle. With the typical Colleen Hoover fashion, I fell in love with both Lily and Ryle together. They were amazing and fun to read. Their interactions were so quirky and easy and just right, ya know? And then of course Atlas came back to the picture.
All was right in the world with Ryle and Lily and somehow in the beginning of the book I was led to believe one of their major problems is Ryle’s commitment issues…and when they were past that, I thought well, I don’t know what else is gonna happen next. And then one night he slapped her without thinking after she laughed at him when he burned his hand. Fifteen seconds. That was what it takes for everything to change. You see, Lily grew up with an abusive father to her mom, never to her though, but still. They both worked it out then everything fell back to their normal routine, as if nothing happened. The mess just swiftly swept under the rug.
Meanwhile, in the deepest recesses of my entire being, I was freaking out. Fear just gripped my heart, yet I couldn’t stop reading because I was glued, I had to know what happened next. All the time I was chanting Lily to leave the relationship after it happened the second time. The first time it happened, I was internally screaming for them to talk about it, dig deep and be honest about everything, let it all out, as they have the habit of “Naked Truths”, talking about things with all honesty.
But eventually, I got Colleen’s message. It’s easy to say to someone who is experiencing domestic violence to leave their partners, fight for their lives, they’re being martyrs and stupid… But when you’re in the situation yourself.. What happens when you really do love the person and the ‘abuse’ just happens so rarely? The good should always top the bad moments, right? It should be okay, it’s part of marriage… Compromise, understanding, FORGIVENESS.
YET, HOWEVER, DESPITE the thousand good, heck even great, out-of-this-world moments, they quickly go out the window when an abuse happens.
The book played with my head a lot last night. Suddenly, I questioned a lot about marriage. Boundaries. I know, I don’t know how I escalated so far to talking about marriage already. In all honesty, marriage and having a family of my own is in my dreams for myself in the future, but now I’m … wow, that’s a lot of work and trust!
As a Christian, forgiveness is a value I value in my life. In the Bible, when Peter asked Jesus how many times should we forgive? Jesus said “seventy times seven”, some versions would say seventy-seven times. His point is, don’t count. Forgive, forgive, forgive.
But trust is a different thing. Yes, we can learn to trust another person again, but it takes time. Forgiveness takes time too. Sometimes, saying NO is even harder than saying YES. Sometimes, we just have to brave enough and bold enough to make the right decision. Because it doesn’t mean that what feels good, is the right thing to do.
And so I end with a praise to Colleen Hoover for bravely putting together this story, with not just another bawl your eyes out romance story that yes, you can learn one or two lessons from. BUT, a BOOK, with a message behind it, to inspire many of us, to be BRAVE, to SPEAK out, to ‘act justly, love mercy and walk humbly’.

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