Atheists Who Kneel and Pray – Review

“Gimme, Gimme more,
Gimme, More,
Gimme, Gimme, More..”


Tarryn Fisher makes me sing Britney Spears after every book of hers I finish. I want more of her words. I want to live inside her mind. I want to be her friend, absorb some of her badassery.

She’s my favorite author for a reason, but often times when I try to pimp her writing out, it is met with lackluster reviews. That makes me love her more. Her writing is deep, emotional, and not everyone’s merry cup of tea. She is a soul writer, she doesn’t write to impress, she writes for the sake of art. Her art tugs at the red thread in my soul. Be warned, when you pick up a Tarryn novel,  you must leave any expectations at the door. You’ll never get what you think.

“She’s insane but those are the sorts of people you cherish.”

I was enjoying a vacation when I started this book, so I was unable to completely devour it like normal. I’m glad I took it slow. This story needed time to digest. When I started, I kept thinking, “I can’t find Tarryn here.” Yara was so insecure, so unsure of herself. She sounded more like a young version of myself than the Tarryn I’m used to. Honestly, I was wondering if this might be the first book of hers I didn’t like. Yara’s running, her quirkiness, and her mommy issues were like looking in a mirror. A dirty, broken mirror I didn’t want to see my reflection in. Ouch, sometimes it really hurts to examine our pasts. By now I should expect some of those sharp edges of reflection to cut me when I read her books. I didn’t realize how much I need to look back, to fix my present, until I was staring myself in the face. Yara reached out, handed me the confidence I needed and told me not to let it go. I’m worthy. By the end of this book, I was in tears. The conclusion felt so personal. Tarryn “gave feet to my thoughts;” my deepest, most buried desires. The fictional ending gave me peace for a real-life resolution I am unlikely to ever experience.

“You don’t forgive because they deserve it. Most of the time they don’t. You forgive to keep your heart soft. To move forward without bitterness. Forgiveness is for you.”

I don’t know how to review Tarryn Fisher novels, because they’re unlike anything I’ve ever been exposed to. They touch parts of me other books cannot reach. Instead of a traditional review, I wrote something to all of you that I would write in a diary. My personal feelings of how this novel cracked me open, put things I needed inside, and stitched me back together. Simply, it’s 5 stars from me. I’m not telling you to read this book because you’ll love it – you may not. I’m telling you to read this book because Yara is woman, and you need to hear her roar. She is written with a realness that I think all of us without a Y-chromosome can relate to. Not to mention, she’s British!

Oh Yara, I love you so.

Lots of Bookish Love,
♥Ashley


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Keep It Fresh Award

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(credit goes to Jax from @readingwithjax)

The lovely Kayla @ kdrewkthebookworm tagged us for the Keep It Fresh Award! Thank you so much! If you love YA books, be sure to check out Kayla’s blog (she “specializes” in YA as well as middle grade books).


THE RULES:

1. Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.

2. Part AAnswer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.

3. Part BChoose your favorite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.

4. Part CCreate your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!

5. Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!

6. Notify your nominees of the nomination.

7. The most important rules? Have fun and of course, keep it fresh! Continue reading “Keep It Fresh Award”

Atheists Who Kneel and Pray is LIVE!

SURPRISE! #AWKAP is LIVE!!! Who’s ready for Yara and David?
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Yara Phillips is a wandering muse.

She dates men who need her, but always moves on to something new, never staying in one place for very long.

David Lisey is in need of a muse.

A talented musician lacking lyrical inspiration. When he first sees her, he knows he’s found what he’s been looking for.

Yara believes she can give David exactly what he needs to reach his full potential:

A broken heart.

David’s religion is love.

Yara’s religion is heartache.

Neither is willing to surrender, but religion always requires sacrifice.

 

Yara’s Yesterday Spotify List:

https://open.spotify.com/user/1226318453/playlist/6h5mCg008D4VxjkWuudzQ7

 

Dear Yara,

The bands in London, November 12th. Want to catch up?

David

So casual. So nonchalant. You’d think we were only acquaintances, that we’d once sipped a couple of beers together instead of tattooing love on our skin and reciting marriage vows. I read the e-mail again and analyze the shit out of it. How can I not? I count out the words: thirteen. The punctuation: four. His name, my name. A flippant, casual turn of phrase: catch up. In the end, there’s only so much psychoanalyzing you can do to a thirteen-word e-mail. I move on with my life, feeling rather pathetic. But not before I e-mail him back. And okay, sure, I don’t move on with my life. What does that even entail? Forgetting? Forgiving? Being happy? Besides, I know what he wants to talk about. I know why he’s coming.

Hi David,

Yeah, sounds good. Let me know when and where.

Yara

My e-mail is a word shorter.

I’m that petty.

 

Tarryn was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. She immigrated to America with her parents when she was thirteen, and spent the next eighteen years in South Florida where she earned her degree in Psychology, wrote her first novel, and had two children. In 2012, on a whim, she moved her family to Seattle, Washington where she currently makes her home safely away from the sun. Tarryn is the founder of Guise of the Villain, a fashion blog, and has written eleven published novels. Tarryn is a Slytherin.

Website:

www.tarrynfisher.com

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https://www.facebook.com/authortarrynfisher

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Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Tarryn__Fisher

 

 

 

 


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They Way It Hurts – Review

thewayithurtsI think I speak for most of us bookworms when I say that we read to escape our mundane lives: We want to discover new worlds, travel to farwaway countries and “hang out” with people whose lives seem more interesting than ours. But sometimes it’s necessary to bring real life problems into a book to raise awereness. And this is what Patty Blount did with The Way It Hurts.

The most important thing in Elijah’s life is music and his hard-rock band “Ride Out”. He will do just about anything to get their band the big break-through. This is why he would prefer practicing with them instead of sitting in an auditorium on a Friday night and listening to a musical. Then he hears the voice of the lead: Kristen. She lives and breathes stage performances, just like her grandmother. She wants nothing more than to study at one of the best conservatories in the country and pushes herself to get better every day.
A picture taken on that Friday night and an out-of-context comment go viral. Suddenly, Elijah and Kristen are in a new spotlight as the online backlash spins out of control. And the consequences are bigger than they both could have ever imagined because these threats don’t stay online…they follow them into real life.
Continue reading “They Way It Hurts – Review”

The Winner’s Curse – Review

IMG_9989editedWhat I admire most about YA dystopian authors is their massive imagination and their creations of new worlds, new societies, new rules and new ways of thinking. Nothing is impossible. Some dystopians focus on a new world and a society that was only recently formed as a result of a war that our current society caused. Other dystopians focus on a world and a society that existed for hundreds or thousands of years because our world as we know it never existed in the first place. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is one of those dystopians. It focuses on seventeen-year-old Kestrel and the world she lives in.
In the Valorian empire that fights war and enslaves those it conquers, young ladies like Kestrel have only two choices: get married or join the military. Kestrel doesn’t want neither. Then one day, she and her friend stroll through the empire’s city and witness a live auction. On a whim, Kestrel buys young, nineteen-year-old Arin for a sensational prize that makes the people start talking. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing feelings toward Arin. But not only Kestrel has things to hide, Arin has his own secrets that are bigger than him, maybe even bigger than both of them. Continue reading “The Winner’s Curse – Review”

The Wildling Sisters – Review

wildlingLet me tell you now, folks, The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase is a summer release you are going to want to pick up. This book captivated me from the very first page. It begins in 1959 at Applecote Manor in Cotswolds, England with the Wilde sisters dragging a body through the landscape. This haunting tale combines past and present perspectives, diverging in the end, to reveal the story of a young girl who unexpectedly vanished. The walls of Applecote Manor haven’t changed much in decades, but the secrets within are silently screaming to get out. It will only take the right person to uncover them.

I cannot rave enough about this novel, as it had numerous elements I loved. To begin with, the cover is instantly eye-catching. When I look at it, I want to know the story the girls are going to tell. What are they up to? What secrets lie behind their eyes? It has such an interesting mystery, just like the pages to follow. I’m also enamored by stories set in England, especially the countryside; I love the written prose of British English; and enjoy reading about the quirks of life in Great Britain. Though this story was set in a beautiful place, it had a haunted feel throughout. I imagined the house speaking the sounds, thoughts, and feelings of its previous occupants. Continue reading “The Wildling Sisters – Review”

June Recap


Happy July book lovers!
5171 Miles Books achieved two exciting milestones in June. Our shared review of Edge of Regret was the 150th post to be published on this blog. On top of that, our Instagram account @5171milesbooks reached 1.2k a few days ago. Yay!

Now it’s time for our monthly recap! Here are the books we reviewed in June:

Last month we were approached by the furniture store Arhaus to create our own dream reading spaces. It was so much fun and we came up with some cool and totally different ideas. Check them out here.

We were also nominated for the Versatile Blogging Award. Check the post here.

Last but not least, here’s our list of possible reviews in July:
The Way It Hurts by Patty Blount, The Windling Sisters by Eve Chase, Where The Road Takes Me by Jay McLean, Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka, A Conflict of Interest by Adam Mitzner.

Happy Reading,
♥Ashley & Sabrina♥


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