Blog Tour | Book Review | Better in the Morning by Fern Ronay

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book β€œBetter in the Morning” by Fern Ronay , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we?:)


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Title: Better in the Morning
Author: Fern Ronay
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Publishing date: 26th April, 2016
Pages: 280

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 


Summary:

Veronica Buccino has a plan: marry John DelMonico and quit her soul-sucking job as a lawyer.And when he tells her he has big news, she’s certain he’ll pop the question. But instead of
proposing, John informs her that he’s moving to London.

Heartbroken, Veronica feels lost. Salvatore and Antoinette, her dead grandparents, begin to visit her dreams in an attempt to steer her in the right direction. At their suggestion, Veronica takes a news reporting class, which leads to a challenging freelance assignment covering a conspiracy trial. She also begins dating an unlikely suitor: creative Syd Blackman.

Just when her love life and career are looking up, Veronica is tossed back to square one by an event that makes her question all her new choices.


My Take:

I had mixed feelings in the middle of the book but other than that this was a very enjoyable book for me. πŸ˜‰

When I started this book, I couldn’t keep this drama-packed story down. As the book reached the middle I started doubting the potential of the book because of the story going nowhere and giving no exact hints to what the book was exactly about. It kind of felt that the story was dragging with no exact goals. Veronica kept on messing up things back to back. I actually put it down, read another book and picked this back up. Good decision, I must say. πŸ˜€

She was kind of pathetic in the start.

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I like, how her character development takes place through and through. πŸ™‚

I am glad that I took a break instead of reading it in one sitting. Because when I came back to this book it did not disappoint me at all. It was like meeting a friend after a long time and realizing that you missed them more than you thought.

The message this book puts across is about happiness, about finding your true calling, and about working for it. I love fictions with such positive messages. πŸ˜€ You know what would have been bold for this book, bold and unconventional, if Syd didn’t realize he couldn’t stay without Veronica and he loved her and she moved on with her life. I guess, women’s fiction needs to always have some or the other cliche. I am not complaining, no!

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By the time I reached the end of the book, I kind of felt that this was going to have that bomb unconventional ending that leaves the readers gaping because of how unfocused that part of her life was. It was a simple mention like, it’s been a month since she last talked to him. Nothing too filled with emotions to make me think that he was important at that point in the book. But we all need a happy ending, so the author gives you that. πŸ˜‰

This book would’ve been something else if only Veronica spoke her mind. I swear, I would’ve loved her for saying the things she thought. πŸ˜€ Here are some examples-

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Now, this start of the explanation that Veronica’s grandpa gives her for them giving her signs without knowing the future kind of made me scratch my head. Like, you can’t see the future but six months ago you knew that Veronica would be here and she would need to see your sign. How exactly does that work?

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I loved this line…

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…and this was just ❀ A perfect way to sum up the plotline and the title accuracy. ❀

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All in all, this was a good book, that kept challenging how I felt about the book. It’s a good read on how a person develops and learns from their mistakes and wrong decisions and moves forward. No matter what, the future is always bright for those who learn to trust it’s ability to make everything alright. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰


Why would I pick it up?

For the drama and the lessons and ofcourse, for Hurricane Veronica! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›


Author’s Bio:

Fern Ronay was born and raised in Belleville, New Jersey. She is a lawyer and CPA as well as a writer, reporter, and blogger. After six years in Manhattan and six years in Chicago, she now lives in sunny Los Angeles with her husband.

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In addition to writing novels, Fern authors the blog Stop and Blog the Roses and is a co-host on AfterBuzzTV. When she is not writing, reporting, or blogging, Fern can be found eating something, reading something, or running.

Meet the author: |Β BlogΒ |Β TwitterΒ |Β FacebookΒ |Β 

Day 2 | 12 Days of Christmas Blogging!

I was tagged by DeannaΒ @ A Novel GlimpseΒ and Erin @Β Breathing in the PagesΒ for this Christmas tag. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Erin’s blog has a lot of contributors so you are sure to get a lot of variety in the writing and by now most of you know that I adore Deanna’s blog. So, be sure to check their blogs out! πŸ˜€Β 

I love tagging people but this time I won’t be tagging because they won’t have 12 days to complete it either so… :/

Anyways, let’s get on with it. πŸ˜‰Β 


The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (let’s face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

12 days of christmas blogging


Favorite Christmas Tradition!

I love everything about Christmas so pointing out something that is my favorite is difficult. πŸ˜€

But I think, for me, the favorite part that has kind of become a tradition in my family is opening the gifts on the Christmas morning together. Unless everyone is present or everyone has seen their gifts you can’t open yours alone. We have breakfast and then pick out our gifts from under the tree and open it one by one. Everyone staring at the one opening the gift with anticipation. The excitement in the room is contagious. πŸ˜› πŸ˜› Kind of makes it more fun! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Nothing great exactly but a little something that never fails to make me smile. πŸ˜€ ❀

 

Day 1 | 12 Days of Christmas Blogging!

Christmas! I have always loved December because of Christmas. The vibes for the whole month makes me cheery and bubbly. ❀ πŸ˜› I initially thought about doing a lot of Christmasy posts but well, my exams didn’t agree with me. πŸ˜› I still have one left which is on the 21st but if I wait till then, then I won’t get 12 days to complete this tag, so here we go. πŸ˜›

I love tagging people but this time I won’t be tagging because they won’t have 12 days to complete it either so… :/

Anyways, let’s get on with it. πŸ˜‰

I was tagged by DeannaΒ @ A Novel GlimpseΒ and Erin @Β Breathing in the PagesΒ for this Christmas tag. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Erin’s blog has a lot of contributors so you are sure to get a lot of variety in the writing and by now most of you know that I adore Deanna’s blog. So, be sure to check their blogs out! πŸ˜€


 

The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (let’s face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

12 days of christmas blogging


Favorite things about Christmas!

I love everything about Christmas! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ It makes December kind of my favorite month every year. ❀

More than anything it’s the good vibes from everything. It’s the time of sharing and giving. The love and positivity leaves me feeling all light-headed with happiness. πŸ˜€ Β I love giving gifts and love playing the role of Santa. πŸ˜› Thinking about gifts and shopping for them is fun! πŸ˜›

This isn’t exactly what I do but you get the picture! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

Decorating the Christmas Tree! ❀ ❀ I love, love, love to do it. I love making my tree look all blingy and beautiful. There’s no such thing as too much decoration. I am like a kid when it comes to decorating my tree! ❀ πŸ˜€

All the food! The fattening devil! πŸ˜› Cakes, Chocolates, Cookies, Sweets… need I say more? πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

And all the beautiful pictures that take over internet! ❀ ❀

There’s not a thing that I don’t like about Christmas. I just love everything. This is the most peaceful and laid back time of the year for me. πŸ˜€ Everything from the weather, food, decorations, gifts; to people makes me happy. ❀ ❀

The Book Cover Guessing Challenge!

This is a damn interesting challenge! πŸ˜€

It is called, as you can tell by the title, Book Cover Guessing Challenge. So for this challenge what you do is you pick a few books (typically well known) that you know little or nothing about and guess what they are about, based on the cover and title. Then, you compare it with the actual blurb on Goodreads and see how you fare.

I was tagged by TashaΒ @ Head in the clouds, heart in the books, she is so sweet, go check her blog out! ❀ πŸ˜€

I’ve no idea what books I am going to choose for this. To keep it fun I decided I will write about 1 book and then select another and I will also state why I chose that particular book. This is going to take more time but I sure won’t be regretting it. πŸ˜›

Let’s get started…

Oh boy… what book to choose? Umm… *scratches head* *buries head in the pillow* *Starts dozing off* *wakes up with a jerk* *Decides checking Goodreads*


  1. Another Day by David Levithan.

Why I chose this book:

I went on the explore tab on Goodreads and thought about which genre would be easier to guess and picked out romance and well, I think I have read this title quite a few times and the author’s name sounded familiar due to all the review titles I see.

My take:

This cover gives me a feeling of a girl who is being let down in life by every possible thing but she hangs on to the hope of tomorrow, or in this case another day, being better. This might be the story of hope for all I can tell with the cover.

Goodreads:

So, This is a sequel to another book… hmm… Well, I think what I thought can be the in depth analysis on the book. πŸ˜› (Because I don’t want to be wrong. πŸ˜› )

She has a shitty love life and has no hope, then one day something happens which gives her kind of some hope and she wants another day like that. (How you see things to suit yourself! πŸ˜› )

Click on the picture to be directed to the Goodreads blurb.

p.s. I picked this book under the Romance genre but still had romance nowhere in the guess. How stupid of me. πŸ˜›


 

2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.

Why I chose this book:

I read the name of the book in the blurb of the Another Day and was aware of this book so well, that’s it.

My take:

The first cover gives me no clue whatsoever, the second one feels like a detective novel but knowing John Green and reviewing the cover of a book by David Levithan, I don’t think that’s probably the case. :/
The third cover is a bit more expressive though. What does this cover suggest? I think, it is about a guy who kind of has a split personality or a more subtle thing as he hides his real self in order to be acceptable by the society but then something happens that proves that the hidden Will Grayson is way cooler. Another feel I get from this cover is the cool and the anger, I don’t know. I think the color of the two heads on the cover give me that feels but then again it points towards two sides to a person somehow.

Goodreads-

What the hell! I am no were close to reality. :/ Instead of Will Grayson being a person with two sides, they are two different people whose lives are entangled by fate. Read the blurb on GoodreadsΒ here


 

3. Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell

Why I chose this book:

I googled famous books and chose the first title I saw that I have heard a lot about.

My take:

So, I think the girl is going with the flow, (from the third cover) you know like accepting what the life has to offer or like going on an adventure and… well, on second thoughts I think she left without a trace and the one who she left behind thinks she went with the wind. (That someone’s idea came from the cover that I think has the movie cover, which shows a guy and a girl. πŸ˜› Will that be considered as cheating? I don’t think so because I am pretty sure I am wrong. Let’s check. I didn’t include that cover because well that’s a movie.)

Goodreads:

I am so bad at guessing. :/ This story revolves around love and war.

Read about itΒ here


 

4. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Why I chose this book:

I thought of checking out my reader to see what all reviews were out there, while I was checking the titles I remembered some book which had something like earl and the dying girl in it and coincidentally when I scrolled down I found the title.

My take:

Hmm, that’s a really pretty cover. So, this can be about two best friends who love the same girl and fall apart for her and come back together to make her dreams come true when they find out that the girl is dying or it could be about the protagonist and earl helping a dying girl, whom they somehow cross paths with. ( I hope this is some what close, please… please… please. )

Goodreads:

Well, my second guess is somewhat right. (Ohh, thank God! Now I don’t look like a complete fool. πŸ˜› ) The protagonist, Greg, and Earl cross paths with Rachel who is diagnosed with leukemia and they decide to film her which becomes the turning point in their life. Umm… interesting…

Click on the picture to be directed to the Goodreads blurb.

p.s. The earlier three books had an angle of romance and I didn’t guess it and when I guessed it why is there no romance?


 

5. The unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Why I chose this book:

My Goodreads page directed me to a list and I found this book there and having heard about it a lot, I thought selecting this as the last book for the challenge might be a good idea.

My take:

The picture of the entangled bodies got me thinking, is this romance? and then I read the praise by Cassandra Claire on the book, so it really is romance. The name kind of suggests like a dystopian story. The girl, I think goes through a major transformation and that is when she meets the boy who helps her and they fall in love while she also has to fight some kind of a battle.

Goodreads:

Lol, kill me! I am totally wrong. You will find me under my blanket right now. There goes all my beliefs of me being smart. πŸ˜›

Well, Mara Dyer loses her memory in an accident and there is a mystery to it and also she falls in love. ( I hope she falls in love with the person who is helping her unravel the mystery, so that I can be right somewhere. πŸ˜› )

Click on the picture to be directed to the Goodreads blurb.


 

This is it for the tag. I think 5 books are enough with my great guessing power. I don’t want you all to think that I am an idiot. πŸ˜› ( My teddy says I am not. ❀ )


 

I tag:

I know I have tagged a lot many people but this tag is so much fun and I wanted to tag everyone but then the tag list would have been too long.

So, I tag anyone who wants to do this. If you want to do this tag and aren’t tagged, comment down below so I that I can tag you too! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

Spread the love! ❀

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge! DAY 3

I was tagged by the lovely Maryan @Β 1booklife! Thank you so much dear for tagging me. πŸ˜€Β 

I have always been in love with quotes and when you get a chance of sharing the quotes that make a difference in your life and help in shaping you as a person, it is difficult to select from the many quotes that have been a part of you! πŸ˜€Β 

Yes, the quote is from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield ❀ ❀  

Check out my Day 1 and Day 2 posts! ❀


 

Here’s the last quote for this challenge-


 

Well, with this I end my 3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge. The final three people I want to tag for this challenge are:

Spread the love with the awesome quotes! ❀  


 

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge! DAY 2

I was tagged by the lovely Maryan @Β 1booklife! Thank you so much dear for tagging me. πŸ˜€Β 

I have always been in love with quotes and when you get a chance of sharing the quotes that make a difference in your life and help in shaping you as a person, it is difficult to select from the many quotes that have been a part of you! πŸ˜€Β 

This quote is what gives me a reason to write. The love, the acceptance that you get from the readers is what the writers dwell on and I am no different. ❀

You already know that the quote is going to be from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. ❀ ❀  

You guys can check my Day 1 post hereΒ to know why I selected this quote. πŸ˜‰ ❀

The quote for today is-


The 3 people I would love to see doing this challenge are:Β 

(You guessed it right, blogs that I found recently. πŸ˜› )


Spread the love with the awesome quotes! ❀