Addiction to Fiction

Sep. 20, 2017

Summary: Comedian Gabbie Hanna brings levity to the twists and turns of modern adulthood in this exhilarating debut collection of illustrated poetry.

In poems ranging from the singsong rhythms of children’s verses to a sophisticated confessional style, Gabbie explores what it means to feel like a kid and an adult all at once, revealing her own longings, obsessions, and insecurities along the way. Adultolescence announces the arrival of a brilliant new voice with a magical ability to connect through alienation, cut to the profound with internet slang, and detonate wickedly funny jokes between moments of existential dread. You’ll turn to the last page because you get her, and you’ll return to the first because she gets you.

Review: I have to preface this review and I don’t want any of you to get the wrong idea… I don’t like poetry. There, I said it. However, Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna really read more like short, rhythmic essays than a book of poetry. I mean, I didn’t realize I read the whole book, which is 248 pages, in an hour! That’s how good it was. Besides having witty, dark, and [hashtag] relatable poems, Hanna’s book had gorgeous illustrations that the author drew herself. This just means that Ms. Hanna is not only a really funny YouTuber but a talented writer and artist to boot. It may be unfair to the rest of us common folk, but it doesn’t make it any less true when talking about the brilliance that is Adultolescence. The only downside is that Amazon clearly had no care in getting the book to me because the cover is bent in ways this reviewer cannot describe. Other than that, it’s a beautiful, funny, insightful, and vivid look into the mind and talent of Gabbie Hanna, which I would recommend to anyone any day of the week. (Even if that someone doesn’t like poetry, such as myself.)

 

So it’s going to be a whopping 5 out of 5 stars for the very funny and talented work that is Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna (a.k.a. The Gabbie Show). 

Sep. 4, 2016

Summary: Three years ago Gabrielle Tanner was in love, but fear of rejection kept her silent. How could she tell her best friend that he'd stolen her heart? Especially when their friendship was coming to an end.

Three years ago Jayson Adams lost his best friend when she moved half way across the country, shattering his world. He spent months in a deep depression, cursing the universe for ripping her away from him so cruelly.

When their worlds collide again, old wounds are torn open.

Gabrielle fights against a one-sided love, forced to watch the man she desires in the arms of another.

Jayson, on the other hand, is determined to hold onto his friend this time, even if it means denying his heart what it truly wants.

Review: Excuse Me, First Love is the delightful first book of Danielle Burton. This debut novel follows the intersecting lives of two college students, Gabrielle and Jayson. Both of which were separated for three years, and both of which have deeper feelings than just friendship for each other. This novel is filled with farcical predicaments when it comes to Jay and Gabi’s “romance” and “friendship”. And it’s also filled with twists, turns and the occasional tear jerking moment.

This is not your typical Romance Novel. I can’t stress that enough. The pacing is good and it’s not too sentimental, which is something I liked when it came to this particular story. The only really overly dramatized thing is the tension between Jay and Gabi. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I found myself skimming certain parts just to get through the drama. However, there are two characters that really stole the show for me, and they were Gabi and Benji, who is Jay’s cousin. They are fantastic, and I loved every scene that they were in. I have to admit that I was more a fan of Gabi’s chapters than I was of Jay’s, but even though I didn’t like him, I did like Danielle Burton’s writing. She’s a great writer and Excuse Me, First Love is a really good debut novel.

So, it’s a solid 4 out of 5 stars for Excuse Me, First Love! And I can’t wait for Danielle to dazzle us with more of her work.

LINKS TO THE BOOKS

AMAZONhttps://www.amazon.com/Excuse-First-Love-College-Daze/dp/1534631437/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473028778&sr=8-1&keywords=danielle+burton 

AMAZON UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Excuse-First-Love-College-Daze-ebook/dp/B01FBFLOU8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473034083&sr=8-1&keywords=danielle+burton 

BARNES AND NOBLEhttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/excuse-me-first-love-danielle-burton/1124286765?ean=9781534631434 

Jun. 15, 2016


TO CELEBRATE THE AUTHOR'S BIRTHDAY

THE COLLIDE SERIES IS ON SALE!

 

DOWNLOAD FOR FREE: Collide (The Collide Series Book 1) 

SUMMARY: Harlow Jones has a troubled past, and a questionable future. Surrounded by death, tragedy, and intrigue, she is forced to mature long before her time. Plagued by anxiety and depression, she hides her inner turmoil with spite and sarcasm. Her thick skin is impenetrable…or so she thought. Until she becomes involved with her grade twelve English teacher. In this exclusive entry into the new adult genre, with raw style that is as dark as it is poignant, Collide presents the ultimate choice: forbidden love or doing the right thing.

LINKS: 

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SUMMARY: Jax Walker is a hard man to resist. He’s tall, dark, and delicious. Harlow didn’t plan on falling for another, with her heart still stuck on Iain. But it’s so hard with him gone. And she’s been aching since they last touched. Two whole years of silent wondering; of desperate sleepless longing. Fate, however, may have other plans. Just as Harlow’s ready to open herself to new love, her whole world is pulled into a twisting and painful spiral. 
In this new adult novel, readers are consumed by the collision of past and present. Raw and dark, this emotional minefield is the perfect second book in the continuing story of Harlow Jones.

LINKS:

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SUMMARY: As the scars on Harlow's body slowly fade, the ones etched into her soul take longer to heal. Harlow faces her biggest challenges yet, as she navigates the trauma of being attacked in her home, the struggle of trying to move on with her love life, and a dark secret that could destroy her most enduring friendship.
This new adult novel is the darkly satisfying third installment of the Collide series. Here, Harlow Jones is at her most raw, as she finally faces her demons, and Iain Bentley, head on.

LINKS:

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May. 31, 2016
Summary: The Snake Den (The Shadow & Ink Series, Book Two)
 
The box has opened a door to the dark place where the voice Corbin hears dwells. Not only that, but she’s brought it forth in human form, into her world, into the light. But others have been alerted to her existence, and Six is only the beginning of the imaginary becoming real. Torn between her love for Six and wanting a normal life, Corbin must decide if she should live in the light or hide in the dark.
 
 
And if you want to read the first book here is the summary and link for that as well!
 
Summary: The Crow Box (The Shadow & Ink Series, Book One)
 
The small wooden box is dirty, the size of a human fist, and sealed with wax. When Corbin takes it upon herself to clean it and break the seal, a voice she has tried to ignore gathers strength. Shadows play on the walls at night, and with a family history of mental illness, Corbin fears the worst. But the voice tells her it is real. That its name is Six and it will prove it in time.
Drawn to this mysterious entity, Corbin isn't sure what to believe and the line between reality and her imagination blurs more every day.
Some doors should not be opened; can this one be closed?
 
May. 31, 2016

Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.