Tag: Mental Illness

Review : Deck The Halls (Darling, Vt, #3.5) by Donna Alward

Review : Deck The Halls (Darling, Vt, #3.5) by Donna Alward

As a veteran suffering from PTSD, it can be hard to get back on your feet, but after fifteen years, George is finally able to do so. In Deck The Halls, with the help of some of the townspeople of Darling, George is able to hold down a job, get his own apartment, and finally become self-sufficient instead of the homeless man he used to be. With the Christmas season upon Darling, George is excited to celebrate for the first time in a long time, and takes it upon himself to start making wreaths to sell at The Ladybug where […]

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Hello There : Depression and Absence

Hello There : Depression and Absence

We can make this awkward I’m sure you remember back at the new year I said I was essentially retiring from the blogging world. True, I never said in so many words, but it was pretty much implied. I just was so tired with the politics of the book world and not feeling like I was doing anything to add to the positivity of the community. If I’m being honest, I’m not sure much has really changed in regards to the politics, and if anything, it seems very much worse. But as I live day after day I feel this […]

Posted 04/18/2017 by Ashley in Discussion
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Review : Into My Arms (Off the Map, #3.2) by Lia Riley

Review : Into My Arms (Off the Map, #3.2) by Lia Riley

I’m so sad, everyone! So. Sad. I cannot believe the Off the Map series is now officially over. We had three books of Bran and Talia, a novella for Sunny and now there’s Beth. If you don’t remember Beth, she’s one of Talia’s best friends, as well as Sunny’s. I adored Beth and Z and their story is one that will stay with me for some time. I adored Beth, so much. Working her butt off because her parents took out thousands of dollars in loans in her name, Beth eats, sleeps, and breaths work as Z’s assistant. I understand […]

Posted 09/04/2015 by Ashley in Reviews
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Review : Focus on Me (In Focus, #2) by Megan Erickson

Review : Focus on Me (In Focus, #2) by Megan Erickson

Focus on Me is not for the faint of heart, let me tell you. A little something about myself? I’m usually have the emotional capacity of a stone when it comes to reading and I bawled while reading about Colin and Riley. Seriously, big, fat ugly tears. I think my husband looked at me like I was crazy, but that’s okay. Focus on Me touched me in a way that few books do and I loved every minute of it. Colin and Riley are such wonderful characters. They are everything I would want from this story and maybe even more […]

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Let’s Get Serious . . . Mental Illness and Me

Let’s Get Serious . . . Mental Illness and Me

This is a post I’ve been thinking about writing for a long time now. I’ve only recently broached the subject with close blogger friends because I figured if they thought it might be worth doing, it probably is. I am Bipolar. Why would I want to share this with the world? Isn’t it bad enough that the vast majority of people who find out someone is Bipolar treats them like a second-class citizen? Why would I want to put this out there in the world? Because this community has helped me in more ways than meds ever have. I cannot […]

Posted 05/17/2015 by Ashley in Discussion
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Review : Inside Out (Off The Map, #3) by Lia Riley

Review : Inside Out (Off The Map, #3) by Lia Riley

Inside Out is the emotional conclusion to Lia Riley’s Off The Map series. I cannot say how much I loved this series. The characters are flawed but able to learn, stubborn but easy to fall in love with. Bran and Talia are two characters that I know will stay with me for a very long time. Lia’s ability to show the growth of her characters is something that everyone can learn from. Inside Out really captures the love of these two characters. It’s so real and easy to become invested in. Bran and Talia feel so much for each other […]

Posted 12/17/2014 by Ashley in Reviews
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Blog Tour : Sideswiped (Off The Map, #2) by Lia Riley

Blog Tour : Sideswiped (Off The Map, #2) by Lia Riley

It’s no surprise that I absolutely loved Upside Down when I read it. Lia Riley wrote a book about two deeply flawed people who found each other on the bottom of the world and they finally let themselves love. It was magical. I loved Bran and Talia like they were my own children in a way. I wanted to love on them, soothe their hearts, and even strangle them at times. They had their drama but in the end, their relationship was something that I adored and it just felt easy for them to be themselves and to let their […]

Posted 10/06/2014 by Ashley in Events, Reviews
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Review : Upside Down (Off The Map, #1) by Lia Riley

Review : Upside Down (Off The Map, #1) by Lia Riley

I went into Upside Down with no expectations. I’ve had a few NA reads lately that I knew going into that I was going to absolutely love them and nothing would be wrong but was disappointed in some way with each. This is not that case with Upside Down. Thankfully. I had heard that it was good and that I was going to love it, but I didn’t let those comments gets to me. Upside Down is a roller coaster of laughter, tears, and out and out frustration and anger. Talia and Bran are my favorite kind of broken. They […]

Posted 07/20/2014 by Ashley in Reviews
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Review : Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings, #1) by Helena Hunting

Review : Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings, #1) by Helena Hunting

I’ve had Clipped Wings for a few weeks now and finally got around to reading it. Mostly I wanted to read the prequel, Cupcakes and Ink first. I’m glad I did. It helped to bring a bit more insight into the characters of Tenley and Hayden. I don’t think I could have asked for two better characters in a book. Both Tenley and Hayden are so beautifully broken that you cannot help but love and feel for them. There were plenty of points in the books where I had to put it down for a moment and mentally give one […]

Posted 03/14/2014 by Ashley in Reviews
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Review : Cupcakes and Ink (Clipped Wings, #0.5) by Helena Hunting

Review : Cupcakes and Ink (Clipped Wings, #0.5) by Helena Hunting

Tenley Page has just moved to Chicago from a small town outside Minneapolis to go to school for her Masters degree. She keeps to herself for the the most part, but it’s really because she doesn’t know anyone. The only person she is close to is her land lady, the owner of the used bookstore and antique shop she lives above. For some time she just spends her days going through the shop to it’s little cafe for coffee and snacks as well as looking out her window at Ink Armor, the tattoo shop near her apartment. During her people […]

Posted 02/24/2014 by Ashley in Reviews
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Review : Real (Real, #1) by Katy Evans

Review : Real (Real, #1) by Katy Evans

So, let’s chat about Real, shall we? I don’t even know where to begin with this book. I really don’t. It was all over the place that I didn’t know whether to scream, laugh, or cry. Brooke Dumas used to be an Olympic hopeful but then she injured her ACL. Twice. What brought her out of her depression was sports rehab, something that she decided to make her life. When her best friend, Melanie, drags her to an Underground fight, she knows her life will change forever. She meets Remington “Riptide” Tate. Remy is every woman’s fantasy. He’s strong, sexy, […]

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Blog Tour : Before You Break (Between Breaths, #2) by Christina Lee

Blog Tour : Before You Break (Between Breaths, #2) by Christina Lee

Christina Lee’s Before You Break is a heart-breaking novel full of love, loss, and hope. The characters worm their way into your heart and stay there, making you wish the story never ends. Quinn should be celebrating his life. He’s young, one of the best players on his university’s baseball team, and girls around campus want him. Instead he’s depressed, living with grief and guilt over his best friend’s death. Ella’s no stranger to loss and grief herself. Her eldest brother committed suicide when he was in high school. Filled with grief, she and her family sought the help they […]

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