Requested Review: The Defeatist by Sophie Bowns

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Title: The Defeatist

Author: Sophie Bowns

Genre: Literature Fiction, Family Fiction

Published On: April 19th, 2015

Available on:

https://www.amazon.com/Defeatist-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B00WEIF1ZK?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_cr_arp_d_bdcrb_top    (Kindle)

~Synopsis~

Sometimes you don’t realise the mess you’ve made until you hit rock bottom. My life is a car crash, and the only person I can blame is myself. I was the reason that my parents broke up, and I ruined my own chances of happiness. I’m not proud of what I’ve done, and worst of all I hate the person I’ve become. My name is Jude Reed, and when I arrived, I was helpless and alone.
Then I met Tiffany and everything changed.

My Rating: 4 Stars

~My Review~

I received the copy of this book by the author, Sophie Bowns, in exchange of an honest review.
This book revolves around the main character of the book, Jude Reed. The story starts at his death just after he commits suicide. I, personally liked the past and present description of the situations. It’ll certainly help the readers to understand that how Jude Reed’s childhood affected him and contributed to his current situation which led him to commit suicide. Important issues like depression, bullying, homosexuality and most importantly Juvenile Parkinsonism and to some extent domestic violence has been discussed. As a medical student I really appreciate the way Bowns has described the sufferings of Jude as a Parkinsonism patient as it is a condition about which not many people are aware and it is not much discussed either.
Even after death Jude Reed’s ghost of past continues to haunt him. Enters Tiffany, a bright spirited chirpy young girl to whom life means everything even if it’s life after death. She becomes that ray of light for Jude which he should’ve found when he was alive. She is the epitome of kindness and of being non judgemental. She proves that if you’re kind and listen to what someone feels then a depressed person can also feel alive.
Even though such heavy issues have been discussed the author hasn’t failed to keep up with the light mood. The most intriguing and interesting thing is who and what is Tiffany? From where has she come and how does she do things which she’s able to ? All these questions will make you want to finish it in one night. The climax is undoubtedly the best.
I’m looking forward to read her other works too. Her writing style is easy, straight forward and very catchy. Give this book a shot and you won’t be disappointed.

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Need (Need #1)

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Need (Need #1) by Carrie Jones 

Genre: YA Fantasy Fiction, Paranormal Romance

Published on: 1st April 2009

Available on: Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, Kindle, Barnes and Nobles and all other leading stores

Synopsis

Pain shoots through my head. Fireworks. Explosions. All inside my brain. The white world goes dark and I know what’s about to happen.

Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane…but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now.

She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right – not human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you’d have to fear.

My Ratings: 3 Stars

Review

I started this book few years back but due to some disinterest I avoided reading it and didn’t read it further. But I gathered some courage and started reading it again, surprisingly I wasn’t disappointed.
The new thing in this book is the difference between fae and pixies. We don’t usually differentiate between these two and that difference was the basis of the storyline. I’ll give just a gist of the story:
Zara White, a depressed teenager who recites the names of different phobias to distract herself, moves in to live with her step grandmother in Maine after her step father’s death. She is followed by a creepy stalker who is making her life a living hell. Who is that Stalker and what does he want to do with her is what needs to found out by her. New place, new school and she’s the “New Girl”, apparently her school isn’t that bad and she makes new friends quite easily and doesn’t have to deal with much problems. And the moment her eyes get laid on Nick Colt, she gets totally smitten (no story is complete without a swoon worthy guy in it, obviously). But every other person Zara tends to meet seems like is keeping a secret from her, everything they say seems to be a riddle to her, but somehow she’s coping up, except for the snow and the creepy stalker.
The story continues with various revelations which you might expect after some time.
Almost every character has a secret of theirs which you’ll get to know in the end (Duh!).
There isn’t much in the story till half of the book, you might have a hard time finishing it even, but it’s bearable. There is not much inspiring about Zara’s character but it’s clearly visible how much she’s afraid to lose her loved ones and that’s what forces her to do things she did which looks like she’s doing as an act of courageousness.
You can read it if you’re looking for a little bit of fantasy world to indulge in.

In Your Dreams (In Your Dreams #1)

First of all I’m very sorry for not being active for past 6 months. Things have been very hectic with studies. I can’t promise for how long I’ll be active here but I’ll post reviews whenever I can. Thanks everyone!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15834810-in-your-dreams

In Your Dreams (In Your Dreams #1) by Amy Martin

Genre : YA Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Published On: 16 August 2012

Available on Amazon

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Zara “Zip” McKee lives for three things: basketball, books, and bailing out of tiny Titusville, Illinois, where the junior high and high school are in the same building and everyone’s known everyone else since birth. But when Kieran Lanier moves to town and passes out on her desk on his first day at school, Zip’s life gets complicated in a way she never dreamed.

Kieran has narcolepsy, and although he sometimes struggles to stay awake, he has no trouble capturing Zip’s heart and trusting her with his most guarded secret–he sees bits and pieces of the future in his dreams.

But just when Zip thinks that maybe she can handle having a boyfriend who sees things before they happen, her budding relationship with Kieran gets a jolt when Kieran’s parents reveal that his sleeping disorder is not what it seems and may be putting them in harm’s way. And when Zip begins to have unsettling dreams, she must decide if she can live with knowing the future in advance when she’s afraid of what might happen.

*Recommended for Young Adult readers 13 and up (mild cursing, some adult situations)

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Review

I received the copy of this book for reviewing and I’m glad that I was able to read it. This is a debut novel of Amy Martin which is so beautifully written that you won’t realise that it’s a debut novel. The story is very well written and the characters are well described.

Kieran is new to Titusville and he and his family have some secrets which they don’t share with anyone. They don’t even have any friends. Enters Zip into the scene . A basketball jock, fun loving , intelligent and a kickass girl who is the first person ever to befriend Kieran and his sister. From there the tale of love, friendship, secrets and action starts.
The story was unpredictable and I wasn’t able to make assumptions for which I’m glad and that’s the reason I enjoyed it. This is a true YA book with a mixture of everything. There’s romance, paranormal, sci-fi cuz of the chemical. I loved all the characters. I’ll read the sequel soon. And I suggest everyone to read this book whoever reads this review. It’s a YA with a change.

Maybe Someday (Maybe #1)

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Maybe Someday (Maybe #1)

by Colleen Hoover

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance 

Published On: March 18, 2014

Paperback and Ebooks available at leading stores and websites like Amazon and Barnes & Nobles, Kobo, iBooks etc.

Synopsis

At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.

My Rating: 2.5 Stars

Review

This was not what I expected when I first started reading this book. It was one of a kind and good in it’s on way. I’ve never read a contemporary romantic fiction of this type. There’s a lot and lot of crying in this book. Sydney and Ridge are the characters which are totally unrealistic in my opinion. In fact all the characters that are there, are either way too good-natured and matured or way too bad.
The way this love story is described is way too different. If you’re a sucker for love stories then you’ll be able to read it and if you like stories with a lot of crying,and pain, and agony then go for it too 😉 😛
Ridge is in short deaf and plus he’s a musician. That combination doesn’t make sense but that is what makes the book worth reading in my opinion. This thing about him encourages us to pursue our passions. And I think it clearly tells us that no matter what and how many difficulties you’ve to face, no one can separate you from the thing which you love the most. As far as Sydney is considered, she’s the stereotype girl. She’s way too bad in trusting people. She made a mistake of falling for someone who was not her, in my opinion she made the mistake twice. The book leaves you with a bittersweet feeling because in the end what they two get is what they want but is this the way they wanted it? I don’t think so. And there’s an air of sadness in this book, depends whether you can comprehend with it or not.
Read it if you want. It wouldn’t be highly recommended from me but I’d still be recommending it. It’s worth reading as an experience.

Review: It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer#2) by Jenny Han

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It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer#2)

By Jenny Han

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Published On: 1st January 2010

Paperback and Ebooks available at leading stores and websites like Amazon and Barnes & Nobles, Kobo, iBooks etc.

Synopsis

Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.
But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started–at Cousins Beach.

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Review
I liked this book better than the first one. Susannah is no more that we all almost knew after reading the first one. But the question is where does Conrad and Belly end up? Together or separated? Or do they ever get into a relationship with each other?
The writing style is nothing extraordinary or there’s no typical language used which you might find difficult to read. But this doesn’t make it a book not worth reading. The beauty of this book is that how, a simple book with simple story written in a simple language can keep your interest perked up. You’ll be able to feel the pain and loneliness of the characters, their agony is very beautifully brought to life in words. Belly’s heartache is also very much felt by a reader.
This book is strangely addictive. I just couldn’t put it down and wanted to finish every word till the end. The author did a commendable job by describing how 4 children who grew up together realise the difference in their adolescent age and their kid age. The way it’s written about the guys realising that now Belly is a grown up is fantastic. And the flashback chapters were very heart touching. The things which happen with them and in their life are very ordinary and few of you might have experienced it even that’s why this book is very relatable. And the way Susannah’s loss is written it might make you miss her too.
This book shows how a simple book can be heart touching too. The words have the power of touching our hearts and that’s the beauty of reading, this is what I feel for this one.
Regarding the story and characters, in this one Belly became strong personally in her character and the way Conrad and Belly are described together is very corny and sweet. Jeremiah though, I don’t hate that guy but I don’t love him either. I think he’s very immature and he should mind his own business. There are few chapters by his POV too, and what I understood by them was that he just want Belly because he thinks that it’s Conrad who always win and this time it’s his chance. He doesn’t actually love Belly but he wants her just to prove everyone he’s good enough to win at something or in getting someone. After finishing this one my first goal was to finish the next one. It ended up not on a very good note. So let’s just hope for the best.

Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1) by Jenny Han

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The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1) 

By Jenny Han

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance 

Published On: 1st January 2009

Paperback and Ebooks available at leading stores and websites like Amazon and Barnes & Nobles, Kobo, iBooks etc.

Synopsis

Some summers are just destined to be pretty.

When each summer begins, Belly leaves her school life behind and escapes to Cousins Beach, the place she has spent every summer of her life. Not only does the beach house mean home away from home, but her favorite people are there: Susannah, her mother’s best friend, and her sons, Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly has been chasing Conrad for as long as she can remember, and more than anything, she hopes this summer will be different. Despite distractions from a new guy named Cam and lingering looks from Conrad’s brother, Jeremiah, Belly’s heart belongs to Conrad. Will he offer his to her? Will this be the summer that changes everything?

My Rating: 3 Stars

Review

It was sweet. A love triangle but with an edge. I won’t reveal much, I don’t want to spoil anything. But I’m curious what’ll happen now. I’ve read the next book too. Review will be coming soon.
A sweet, innocent, a forever and ever sorts of love. I really felt bad for Belly. And Conrad is someone with whom I fell in love with from the very first page that I read of him. Though there are few things that are off about him but that’s what’s attractive and his cockiness is swoon worthy. About Jeremiah I don’t have much of an opinion. He’s already friend zoned for Belly in my mind.
Middle school students can read it. There’s not a single situation of obscenity. The whole trilogy is worth reading. Reading a single book wouldn’t create your interest. The series progresses on it’s own once you start reading it.
If you are looking for a sweet romance then go for it no matter what your age is! 😀 ^.^

Requested Review: The Sower Comes (The Solas Beir Trilogy) by Melissa Eskue Ousley

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Title: The Sower Comes (The Solas Beir Trilogy #3)

Author: Melissa Eskue Ousley

Genre: YA Fantasy Fiction

Published On: 11th July 2015

Available on: 

http://www.amazon.com/Sower-Comes-Three-Solas-Trilogy/dp/1938281403/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1437668569&sr=8-1&keywords=The+sower+comes  (Paperback)

http://www.amazon.com/Sower-Comes-Three-Solas-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0113W35IC/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1437668569&sr=8-1&keywords=The+sower+comes   (Kindle)

~Synopsis~

As the new king of a world in turmoil, life for David Corbin is grim, at best.

Abby Brown, the love of his life, has vanished without a trace, and David fears the worst: that she was brutally murdered by the Daughters of Mercy, vicious creatures employed by Tynan Tierney, an evil lord vying for the throne. One of David’s best friends, Jon, has been captured by the Kruorumbrae, Tierney’s army of bogeymen, and David has no idea if he’s still alive, or how to rescue him. The powerful Eastern Oracle has pledged loyalty to Tierney’s cause, and all communication with David and the other three Oracles has ceased. Cai Terenmare is on the brink of war. And, to make matters worse, a new evil has arisen, the mysterious Sower, a monster puppeteered by Tierney himself.

On the bright side, David has his treacherous aunt locked up in his dungeon. Lucia’s not happy that her ex, Tierney, tried to kill her, and she owes David for saving her life. Lucia may have critical information about Tierney’s plans for the Sower, but after all the trouble she’s caused, can David ever trust her again?

My Rating: 5 Stars

~My Review~

*Firstly I’d like to thank the author of the book, Melissa Eskue Ousley for providing me with a paperback ARC. I’m very grateful of her that she found me capable enough to review her book.*

This book starts from where the last one ends. David Corbin is the Solas Beir of Cai Terenmare but he very well knows that his throne is in danger and with Abby not by his side he has lost all his hopes to live even. The book starts with a very depressing note since nothing good is going on as last read in “The Rabbit and the Raven”. Lucia is back in Cai Terenmare and is really hurt by the way Tierney used and treated her. For the sake of his people David is still sitting on his throne but for how long would he be able to,even he doesn’t know.
Tierney who is the main villain of the story has unleashed a beast, Sower who has the power and capability to snatch away the throne of Solas Beir from David, but would he be able to protect his people from the ruthless Sower and save them from getting infected even after losing all his powers is the primary question of the book.
Writing style is narrative and the language used is very good. A perfectly entwined and written urban fantasy fiction. This book does justice to the other two prequels written. The unpredictability of the book and the suspense of what is going to happen lasts till the end. This book teaches us that there is a bit of Darkness amongst all of us but we have to deal with it and not let it dominate us and control our decisions. And there is Light in all of us too. Which path do we choose depends entirely upon us. There has been a constant message in this trilogy and that is that there is a bit of magic in all of us. Abby being a human became a C’aislingaer. We just have to believe in ourselves and discover that hidden power and magic. The author has woven the emotions and feelings of the characters very commendably. You’ll be able to perfectly imagine the war scenario and feel the tensed feelings of the characters. This book contains all the ingredients to be a perfect read. Beautifully written book of Love, Affection, Loyalty, Sacrifice, Responsibility and nonetheless of having faith and believing in oneself. This is recommended to all ages. A truly deserving finale, I’ll miss the characters and the kingdom of Cai Terenmare. This book gave me a fairy tale feeling and I hope the author writes more books with the same genre.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Melissa Eskue Ousley is the award-winning author of The Solas Beir Trilogy, a young adult fantasy series.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with a piranha, her family, and their Kelpie, Gryphon. When she’s not writing, Melissa can be found hiking, swimming, scuba diving, or walking along the beach, poking dead things with a stick.

Before she became a writer, she had a number of enlightening jobs, ranging from a summer spent scraping roadkill off a molten desert highway, to years of conducting research with an amazing team of educators at the University of Arizona. Her interests in psychology, culture, and mythology have influenced her writing of The Solas Beir Trilogy.

Website:

http://melissaeskueousley.com/

Hey Fellas! I’m Back

Hey People!

I know I’m a very very very bad blogger. it’s been months since I posted any review. But I’ve been very busy past few months with my exams and studies. I’ll be gone after a while again. My pre university exams are going to be there in few months. So I apologize in advance.

There are few changes. I won’t be posting any Book of The Week anymore. I’d rather post reviews of the currently read books. As soon as I’ll finish reading one, I’ll post a review.

Wait till tomorrow. There are few books in line. So the reviews will start from tomorrow.

See ya Tomorrow!

Take Care 🙂

Book of the Week

WEEK 19/53 : 8 May 2015, Friday

A supernatural book this week. Happy Reading! 🙂

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Title : Beautiful Creatures

Author : Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Genre : YA Urban Fantasy Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Supernatural

Published On : 1st Dec 2009

Buy it on :

http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Creatures-Kami-Garcia/dp/0316077038/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1431108281&sr=8-1&keywords=beautiful+creatures    (PAPERBACK)

http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Creatures-Kami-Garcia-ebook/dp/B002WAUV7S/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1431108281&sr=8-1&keywords=beautiful+creatures    (eBook)

Is falling in love the beginning . . . or the end?

In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .

There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head . . . Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.

There is a curse. On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it’s been promised. And no one can stop it.

In the end, there is a grave.

Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.


MY RATING: 5 Stars

MY REVIEW

When I started this book I knew I was going to like it. It’s a southern gothic, dark fantasy fiction which is hauntingly beautiful. Writing style is good. It’s a male POV book. Lena and Ethan’s character is nicely written but I loved the side characters too like Macon Ravenwood, Amma, Mariam, Ridley and Link. If you’re fan of L.J Smith’s books then this is the one for you. This I found quite similar too The Secret Circle- Magic, small town, family genealogy/history, and way too many secrets kept. The atmosphere of the book is very urban and haunting. It’s not a horror book but it’s mysterious. The story revolves around the choices we make and sacrifices that’re made to save your young ones. There’s a family history to which every thing is tied to. Powers and it’s misuse. So if you want to read haunted magic with a forbidden love story and town history and you like L.J. Smith’ books especially The Secret Circle (which is somewhat similar) you should go for it. I can re read it, it was that much entertaining.

Book of the Week

WEEK 18/53 : 1 May 2015, Friday

Sorry for missing out last weeks’ book suggestion. But here to compensate I’m suggesting one from my new favourite author. Don’t forget to add it in your to read shelves.

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Title : Just One Day

Author : Gayle Foreman

Genre : YA Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Published On : 8th Jan 2013

Buy it on :

http://www.amazon.com/Just-One-Day-Gayle-Forman/dp/0142422959/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1430309072&sr=8-1&keywords=Just+one+day    (PAPERBACK)

http://www.amazon.com/Just-One-Day-Gayle-Forman-ebook/dp/B00AKBEH76/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1430309072&sr=8-1&keywords=Just+one+day    (eBook)

From the New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay

Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.


MY RATING: 3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

I’m actually confused about what words would be most suitable to describe this book.
Gaye Forman though didn’t disappoint in her writing style and in the way she described all the characters and their emotions.
The book revolves around Allyson Healey, an uptight, scared girl who is afraid to take risks and prefer to play by the rules. I’ve used the word Scared here for her not Coward because that she’s surely not. She’s scared to take risks but not coward to back out of the situations. She’s the sort of girl who if believes in herself and gives her life an actual chance by saying Yes to things then might be able to discover her true self. Being an only child of her parents, a lot is expected from Allyson, but what does she expects from herself she barely knows. After graduating from high school she is gifted a tour package to Europe by her parents which she’s afraid to go to because of her overprotective childhood. Though by the end of the tour she meets a Guy (Yeah, right. There’s always a guy.) who apparently changes her opinion about things and helps her to look at her own life by a totally new point of view. She meets Willem, “The Guy” on the last day of her tour. It was fate, miracle or an “Accident” as how he says or merely a coincidence, is hard to say. But that so-called “Accident” of meeting him intrigued her for the first time and made her go against the rules which she set up for her own life. That one day which she spends with Willem in Paris changes her whole outlook towards people, her own life and about travelling and gave her a new identity. In that one day she experienced the adventures worth remembering for a lifetime, she felt the turmoil of emotions which she didn’t know was suppressed inside the core of her.
People say that one person can change your life and this book does justice to that phrase. I don’t know what happens to Willem since this book is written from Allyson’s POV. After spending that one day together they part their ways. It might seem sad or depressing to many people but I don’t agree with that. If they’d have been together for that one year, after that one day then she might not have been able to discover her own adventure, meet new people and new friends. That one year helped her cope up with situations on her own rather be dependent on her own parents. That one year made her bold enough to face life as it comes and say “Yes” to things and her life. Sometimes the people who know us less, understands us more. This book also covers the important issues of parenting.
The author keeps up with the standards of her other books. And it would surprise you that how you could feel so many things in just few hundred pages. Enchanting tale of adventure, wanderlust, independency, discovering and about believing in “Accidents”.
There are many questions unanswered so I’ll read “Just One Year” that is written from Willem’s POV.