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How to Walk Away by Katherine Center Book Review 

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Book TitleHow to Walk Away

Author: Katherine Center

Date Published: May 15, 2018

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Women’s Fiction, Chic Lit, Contemporary 


The best day of her life and the worst day are the same day. On the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, Chip proposes to Margaret in the plane that he’s driving. Just after the proposal, when they both thought that the future is certain, the most unexpected thing happens. Will Margaret find her happily ever after?

My Thoughts on How to Walk Away by Katherine Center:

This is my first Katherine Center book and it’s one of my best reads this 2018!

Captivating, inspirational, and unputdownable, every page will keep you on your toes.

Let me share to you my top 3 favorite scenes.

Favorite scene #1:

At the rooftop

Two people are alone with a scenery. I don’t know about you but I find scenes like this very romantic. Adults are acting like teenagers, Ian shares about his past, meaning he gets comfortable with her and trusts her. You know you’ve got him when he lets you in to his life by telling you about his past. Not to mention he carried her piggyback through the hallways, made her wear his sweatshirt, and told her about his mistakes. Cutest scene in the book.

Fave scene #2: 

At the pool

Favorite Scene #3: 

Saucer smashing

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Book Review: Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart

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Hey! Ho! What’s up readers? I’m back with another book review! 😄

“There once was a girl named Milly who was the wolf’s coveted meal. Whose father left her in the clutches of an evil stepmother. Whose stepmother imprisoned her with monsters.”

Book Details:

  • Format Paperback | 226 pages
  • Dimensions 133.1 x 202.95 x 12.95mm | 263.08g
  • Publication date 14 Aug 2017
  • Publisher Michael F. Stewart
  • Imprint Publishing House
  • Language English
  • ISBN10 0993757944
  • ISBN13 9780993757945
  • Synopsis:

    Milly’s evil stepmother commits her to a pediatric psych ward. That’s just what the wolf wants. With bunk mates like Red, who’s spiraling out of control; Pig, a fire-bug who claims Milly as her own—but just wants extra dessert—Vanet, a manic teen masquerading as a fairy godmother with wish-granting powers as likely to kill as to help; and the mysterious Wolfgang, rumored to roam for blood at night; it doesn’t take long for Milly to realize that only her dead mother’s book of tales can save her.

    But Milly’s spells of protection weaken as her wolf stalks the hospital corridors. The ward’s a Dark Wood, and she’s not alone. As her power crumbles, she must let go of her magic and discover new weapons if she is to transform from hunted to hunter.

    “The wolf hunts. It prowls as I hurry down the hall past teenagers scavenging for pencils and kisses. Locker doors slam and laughter sprays like gunshots, but I ignore the jibes. I’ve bigger things to worry about. Like the wolf. Like the fire door. It’s a door in the middle of the hallway. For me, that door might as well be a bank of thorns. It might as well be a dragon’s hellish maw. But the wolf hunts, and through that door is my only escape.”

    Let’s take a minute to appreciate the cover design. It looks intruiging doesn’t it? A disco ball and a circle of chairs in the middle of the woods, what could possibly be happening here? The title and the cover design got me hooked when I first laid my eyes on it and when I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read this. And boy was I not disappointed with that decision. (Sorry, I got distracted there for a while.) Let’s get back to the review, shall we? 

    My Thoughts on Counting Wolves:

    Mental health has become an issue in today’s society what with the growing number of people suffering from anxiety, depression, OCD, anorexia, etc., mostly among teenagers.

    Numerous books focusing on metal health have been published and these books have helped victims realize that they are not alone and that there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel.

    Of course, different people have different experiences when it comes to mental health problems and some sufferers might relate to a book and others might feel offended for how an author describes anxiety or other disorder because it might be different from what they experienced and so they might think that what they’re going through is taken lightly and not seriously. (At least that’s what I’ve heard from negative comments of a mental health-themed book I’ve read before).

    This makes it hard for those trying to find mental health books that speak to their soul in which they can relate to. It boils down to picking the right book to read. 

    Boldly tackling issues of mental health, Michael F. Stewart tells the story in an honest and realistic way with hints of classic fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood,  Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, etc., almost like a fairy tale retelling but with mental health issues.

    A unique way of describing Anxiety and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Counting Wolves made me look at a different side to OCD. I’ve seen people suffering from OCD in real life but I think what I’ve seen are the stereotypical side to OCD where one is obsessed with cleanliness and get paranoid when one sees disorganized things and dirty stuff. But with this book, I learned how different people suffer from OCD in different ways.

    In this book for instance, our main character is obsessed with counting 1 to 100 before opening a door, before taking another bite of her food, before talking and before doing other things. If she doesn’t do this, she feels that the wolf will catch her and that something bad might happen not to herself but to someone else. This was her way of protecting those who she cares about. 

    As a reader, I know it’s all just in her head and our main character, Milly, knows this as well. That it’s all just in her head but with OCD and anxiety, she can’t help herself from obsessing and being anxious. It feels so real to her, that she can almost touch the wolf.

    At first, I was annoyed by the counting and it  made me impatient. I can imagine how the people around Milly felt when she had to count to a hundred before responding but as the story progressed, I slowly understood her and came to enjoy every bit of the book. You can see the growth of the main character as well as the supporting characters and not only them, but as the reader, you grow along with them too. 

    I like how the counselors handled them and the techniques used and how trained they are. I’m happy for Milly that she was brought to the care of professionals who really know what they’re doing and who are dedicated to doing their jobs because it is not always 100% guaranteed that when you go to a professional to seek for help with regards to your mental disorder, they will be able to help you. Countless lives were taken by suicide because not even therapy have helped them and a lot of sufferers have given up. It’s a sad fact but true nonetheless. But this book makes us realize that as long as there’s life, there is hope.

    I cannot emphasize enough how much I really enjoyed this book. A million thanks to NetGalley for sending me an ARC of Counting Wolves! And to the author, Michael F. Stewart, thank you for writing such a wonderful book. 

    “That fairy kid is intellectually disabled and is actually really nice, and sure people have been naked, and they do help people here who try to commit suicide or are thinking about that, but that’s better than having it happen, right? Listen, I’m one of these people.”

    About the Author:

    Michael is an award winning author who lives in Ottawa, Canada. His graphic novels, novels , and early readers have been published by Rubicon Publishing and distributed by Pearson Education, Scholastic, and Oxford University Press. To learn more about Michael and his projects, visit his website at http://www.michaelfstewart.com.

    If you like this review, please give it a thumbs up 👍 to let me know and comment down below 👇  your favorite book with a mental health theme.

    Cheers to more books! 😄📚❤



    Book Review: All Things New by Lauren Miller

    Hi readers! How have you been? I’ve been busy lately and haven’t posted for a while but I’m back now with another book review! 😊


    Seventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn’t help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and noticeable scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumbles. Now, she looks as shattered as she feels. Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, but things go from bad to worse when she realizes she’s seeing bruises and scars on the people around her that no one else can see. She blames it on the accident, but as her body heals and the hallucinations continue, Jessa wonders if what she’s seeing could somehow have a deeper meaning. In her quest for answers, she falls for Marshall, a boy whose kindness and generous heart slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world, a place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.

    My Thoughts on All Things New:

    A compelling story about love, coming of age, anxiety and psychological issues, All Things New by Lauren Miller is a worthwile read.

    I used to not like books having characters that deal with mental health wherein the characters fall in love but I guess I can make an exception to this. Jessa and Marshall’s chemistry remind me of Hazel and  Augustus in John Green’s novel, ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and it’s just bomb.

    I’m sorry this review is very short. I just can’t find the words to describe how much I enjoyed this book. It may seem like I only gave emphasis on Jessa and Marshall but I promise, there’s so much more to this book than just revolving around the two.

    About the Author:

    Lauren Miller grew up in Georgia. She went to college at Yale and law school at Berkeley, then got married and moved to Los Angeles to practice law.

    She liked it. But at the same time, she felt like she was supposed to be doing something more creative. That feeling got stronger. So she started writing. It wasn’t long before she found herself typing out random bits of dialogue on her phone and pitching story ideas to her co-workers. One of those ideas became a script for a TV pilot. When it didn’t sell, she wrote another one and another one. Soon, she was ducking out of work to go to pitch meetings at studios and networks. She felt like she was getting somewhere.

    She wrote a novel in the first 100 days of her child’s life and blog about it, an experiment she called “embracing the detour.”

    That novel was her debut, PARALLEL, which came out in May 2013 from HarperTeen. Her second novel, FREE TO FALL, followed it a year later. Her third, ALL THINGS NEW, is coming out in August 2017 from LA-based indie publisher, Three Saints Press.

    *Big thanks to NetGalley for sending me an ARC of All Things New.

    Thank you for reading! 📚💕📖