Forgetting Yesterday


Author: Ava Wood

Genre: YA Romance

Publication Date: 28 October 2016

Series: Broken By The Sea #1

Source: Free ARC


Beautiful couple on the beach
Summer, sea. Cute, lovely couple on the beach



The curse of being an avid reader: you have to read repetitive and cliche plots one too many times.

Forgetting yesterday had a really nice cover, and an equally nice blurb.

Unfortunately, these things never give you a hint about the writing.

The start is OK. Then the story becomes unbearable and predictable, but just for the first few chapters.

I have to say this: new girl, butt of the jokes, collision with a handsome guy… Know where I am going with this? It’s the scene from a million other YA books.


I review while reading. So, I really hope after this the book picks up.

Don’t get me started on Missy’s  father. After his wife’s death, he just conveniently forgets his fatherly duties. No food, no greetings, no interest in his daughters life.

And yes Now the book is becoming a bit more interesting.

Missy’s  father is an alcoholic. He drove his wife away from his life and she ended up dying in an accident. Missy gave up  basketball to take care of her father. He is abusive and uncontrollable under the influence, but she never reveals anything to the authorities for the fear that she will be taken a way from her father.

Turquoise eyed Adam is a shining light in her life when Missy moves to florida.

He gets her and is trying to make her life pleasant. Their photography project for school brings them closer.

Missy never reveals anything to Adam.

They both are falling for each other.

But will Adam be able to convince her to let go of her abusive father? Will they endure the obstacles in their paths and be together, especially when he has to leave for college soon?

My Opinion:

At first I was annoyed by this book because of the cliche plot. This changed afterwards when story began developing.

However, the writing style was still a bit irritating. The variations of ” I will remember this night/day all my life” were thrown in a lot.

Sometime the plot was dragged on a little too much.

Still a book that can be read to pass time.

Don’t expect to fall in love with this series.

Rating: 6 out of 10

Recommended for:

YA romance fans. However as I said, this is not exactly a 10/10 book, but its good enough that you will be slightly curious to find out what happened next.

I received free ARC of this book in exchange of probiding an honest review

Goodreads Summary:

Missy Shaw thought she had her life planned out perfectly; do well in school, take her basketball team to state, and get a free ride to college. Her life wasn’t perfect, but it was constant. With her best friend Karley at her side, she could handle anything.  After the death of her mother, however, her dad had other plans. Moving Missy from everything she knew in Kansas to the great unknown created a new set of problems. Attending a new school, all she really wanted was to be invisible, but that simple feat proved difficult when she had a run-in with the school’s basketball star, Adam Miller, on her very first day.  Adam is every girl’s dream; charming, sweet, and gorgeous. And for some reason, he’s very interested in Missy. His attentiveness is unnerving as Missy does everything in her power to evade his interest. Living with secrets she’s not willing to share, Missy works to push Adam away in order to keep her family safe. But will keeping secrets really keep her safe?

About the Author:


Ava Wood is an insomniac who writes to calm the voices. When the voices get too loud, stories are formed.   Ava was born and raised in Texas but got to Florida as quick as she could, enjoying the fresh sea air and summer storms. She believes there is nothing more beautiful than an evening summer light show.   She’s married to the love of her life whom she shares two beautiful daughters and four sweet fur babies. Their marriage is the perfect “North-meets-South” pairing.   When she’s not writing, Ava can be found chasing her children all over the county, snapping photos of any and everything, visiting one of her local theme parks, or just spending quality time with her family.


Mirror Mirror



Author: Tami Lundimg_20161002_172253-240x361

Genre: Paranormal
Publication Date: 28 September 2016
Source: Free ARC provided by author.


Cover is eye-catching with nice color play.


OK. The name seriously mislead me. I was expecting this to be a spin on a fairytale. Well, it is, but not the way I expected.

Adelle is your average hot-but-unaware-of-her-hotness kind of girl.

She was jilted at the altar. This tragic event has led her to swear off relationships for good.

Her best friend Nicole is getting married to Nick (what’s up with these names though: Nicole and Nick , Ben And Bonnie??!!), and at their wedding, they have set up a fortune teller’s tent.

Adelle is forced to have her fortune read, where an old lady makes her look into an ancient mirror, which supposedly reveals her future husband.

After the mirror hints that Ben, Adelle’s roommate and best friend, is supposed to be her mate, she absolutely refuses to believe.

As Ben is not into relationships and is not willing to risk their friendship for anything, Adelle tries to forget this whole prediction.

But the old lady, Vivienne, is adamant. She follows Adelle everywhere.

Bonnie is the new girl in Ben’s life. For the first time, Ben is interested in dates and relationships. This jolts Adelle awake and with Vivienne’s help she realises that she has been in love with Ben.

But is it too late now? Will Ben start his life with Bonnie? Will Adelle be forced to watch her love  be with someone else?

My opinion:

Seems like a trying-too-hard kind of book. Unnecessary and cringe worthy detailing.

The story is not that great.

Vivienne’s character brings some liveliness to an otherwise cliché plot.

The scenes feel as if they are on repeat : Adelle misses a chance to tell Ben how she feels and Vivienne appears to scold her and then leaves without providing a solution.

Vivienne is a mysterious character: is she real or is she really a fortune-teller?

Warning: Mature language. This book contains graphic scenes and language .

My Rating: 3 out of 10

Recommended for:

Not really recommended. The book makes for a  light read but don’t expect can’t-put-the-book-down, want-to-know-what-happens-next moments to happen.

I received this free ARC in exchange of providing an honest review.

Goodreads Summary:

Adelle Hendrix doesn’t believe in hocus pocus. She doesn’t believe in happily ever after, either. So when she sees her best friend, Ben Jackson, in a supposedly enchanted mirror, she decides she’s not the crazy one, the loony old gypsy woman who showed her the mirror is.
Except that crazy old woman won’t leave her alone, and the more frequently she and her jack-o-lantern with the ever-changing carved faces show up, the more Adelle begins to wonder… Are she and Ben meant to be more than friends?
This book is not meant to be read by readers who are looking for a serious, boring read with a tragic ending. Only fans of funny and everlasting romance should pick this one up.

About The Author:tami-lund-headshot-2014

Tami Lund. Author. Wine drinker. Lover of romance. Writing happily ever afters, one book at a time.

She loves to interact via social media, and is on most major platforms as “Tami Lund Author.” Find her, like her, follow her!
Tami is published through Crimson Romance, Liquid Silver Books, Soul Mates Publishing, as well as self-published. She tends to write, a lot. Chances are, there is a new book coming out soon. Stalk her on social media, so you know when.
And most important, if you enjoyed one of Tami’s books, please let other readers know by leaving a review on the site from which you bought it, or on Goodreads. Otherwise, how will they know which book to read next?

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The Elf by Max Dune

Expected Publication:
October 20th, 201632320925

Author: Max Dune

Publisher: David and Duke Publishing, LLC

Genre: Holiday, YA

Source: Free ARC


The cover is a not that attractive,  but it does manage to depict the setting of the story.


When the book starts, you will feel sympathy and be enraged for the beloved movie character, Jack Frost and almost hate the ruthless  elf who is hell-bent on destroying him.

Soon though, the real story unfolds.

The elf is a story about, well, an elf . His name is Lucian. He is not the short and skinny thing as elves are usually portrayed as, he looks like a normal person and works at Santa’s factory located in a gloomy no-nonsense industrial area.

His life was turned upside down when Jack Frost unleashed a deadly virus on the elves.

This virus took Lucian’s parent’s life and most of the elves.

Now Lucian’s dreams are full of taking revenge. The thoughts of paying Frost for what he did, consume him.

When a oppurtunity presents itself, Lucian sets off to find Frost. The journey tests his strengths and motivation. He finds a mermaid, gets in a deathly chase by a pack of wolves and ultimately finds Frost.

But, will he accomplish what he planned?

Lucian discovers a sinister activity happening in Santa’s village. Someone is ruining Christmas and the children aren’t receiving the gifts. The elves are unaware and merrily continue making toys for the kids.

Who is the real villain? When Lucian discovers the truth and betrayal, he along with a group of fierce rogue elves, is determined to save Christmas and his brethren at all costs.

My opinion:

Thoroughly enjoyable book.

Loved the twist on the characters personalities which definitely deviate from the usual concepts.

The trek that Lucian takes through the frozen landscape was the most beautiful and engaging part of the book.

The story is action packed.

Sometimes the plot goes forward from other characters point of view, but Lucian’s point is the most prominent.

Even though Lucian is the hero, he is portrayed as pretty average though extremely brave elf. He fails, he falls, he doesn’t always win, but still he is an excellent character. The readers will find themselves rooting for him.

Rating:8 out of 10

Recommended for:

Although this book focuses on Santa and the elves and  Jack frost, it’s definitely not for children.

Adults and Young adults will enjoy this cool storyline.

I received this free ARC to provide an honest review.

Good reads Summary:

Elves are dying in the North Pole, and none of their scientists can find a cure. They believe it’s a virus, unleashed by a powerful enemy. All signs point to Jack Frost, who’s been biding his time from afar. Watching. Waiting. Plotting. One brave elf, to save his kind, will venture out to meet evil in the eye. But he uncovers a mystery more dangerous than he could have ever imagined. Now Lucian must join a group of warriors and fight. Fuego; a flame-wielding pyro.Tiktok; a brilliant bomb expert, Yuriko; a deadly ninja assassin. And Bullets; a hot-headed gun aficionado. These unlikely heroes must learn to work together and defeat the rising evil. Or Christmas will soon be lost…forever.

About the author:

Max Dune is a Southern writer who spent most his childhood watching TV, devouring comic books and weaving magical worlds in his head. In his mid-twenties, he decided to follow his true passion. He has since created a number of short stories, novels, screenplays and TV pilots. To be alerted to future books and giveaways, please sign up for his newsletter at

Lady of the Bridge


Author: Laura Kitchell.

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Smashwords eBook editions

Publication Date: 29-September-2015

Source: Free ARC courtesy of the publisher


The cover needs a bit more refinement.


Princess Saiko has returned to her father’s palace after living and training to be a warrior with her brother. However, she is bound to a fate where her father has decided that she will spend the rest of her life in confinement of the emperors castle, in order to restore peace between the two families.

Saiko is sad but duty bound. Her only escape is a walk in her garden. During one such walk she encounters a samurai,Takamori on her bridge. Soon, they are meeting daily. The princess is unaware of his status within the Samurai and has kept her own identity secret from Takamori.

Takamori is an elite warrior but now he grows tired of warfare and wants to learn and increase his knowledge. He dabbles in poetry and art.

Saiko and Takamori share stimulating talks about poetry. The more they get to know each other, the more they respect the other. Love between them grows, so much so, that when the time comes for Saiko to leave for emperor’s palace, she finds herself wanting to disobey her father, but the future of her country and love for her father stops her from disobedience.

She starts on her journey led by Marshal of the Samurai.

Will Takamori discover his Lady of the Bridge’s true identity? Will Saiko realize who Takamori is? And will she be able to overcome her fate and be with her Samurai? Will Takamori do anything to keep his lady with him or will his loyalty to her father take precedence?

My Opinion:

The pacing is slow at the start. The tension between Saiko and Takamori is stretched way too long and when they do proclaim their love for each other, it is somewhat anticlimactic.

When they discover each others identity, it is too, downplayed.

The war scenes are well developed.

The culture, the vivid descriptions of the society, princess’s attire and customs are beautifully depicted.

Nice enough, if a bit slow paced, read.


6 out of 10

Recommended For:

Historical romance fans.

I received this ARC for free, in exchange for providing an honest review.

Rhodi Saga : The Complete Series Review

Author:Meghan Linski
Publisher: Gryfyn Publishing
Genre:Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy
Source: ARC courtsey of the publisher

Publication Date: 4th-September-2016
Series: Rhodi Saga

Rhodis Light( Book #1)

Cover: The cover is OK. Color play is attractive. Artwork is good too.


Dylan and her twin Devin are left homeless when their parents die in a car accident. Dylan blames herself for distracting them, and suffers from mental problems due to her grief. They are adopted as students by a group called the Rhodi, who claim to be the protector of their people.
Dylan and her brother train to become one of the Rhodi’s.
Meanwhile, she is struggling with her grief and trying to use and master her craft, an ability that every rhodi has.
The crafts include turning into an animal, flying, running at high speed and manipulating emotions, and more.
Rachel, the leader of the Hunters Guild is bent on destroying the Rhodi’s.
Will Dylan and Devin along with their masters, be able to thwart her advances or will Dylan have to lose her new family?

My Opinion:

This is an amazing story.
All the elements of a YA that make this genre a fantastic read are incorporated in the story. However , there is more.
The protagonist is dealing with mental health problems. Throwing light on these matters through fiction, Rhodi’s Saga deviates a bit from the norm, not in a bad way though.
However, there are a few cons. At the beginning, the writing is amateurish: too much detailing, repetition of a few points, and the fact that everyone is able to estimate the exact age of the  kids without even asking.
Dylan’s character sometimes went overboard with expressing her emotions.
But overall this book makes for an entertaining read.

Rating: 8 out of 10


Synopsis Book 1:

Flight. Hyperspeed. Clairvoyance.


These are some of the powers gifted to the Rhodi, an ancient sect of assassins who defend Crescentia, a dystopian world with a dying hope.

Dyliana Fairsson is one of them. After losing her parents to a suspicious accident,she and her twin brother, Devin, join the Rhodi to avoid starvation. Under the direction of her master, Dylan struggles to learn the strength of her magic …as well as hide the growing scars on her wrists. Can Dylan become the warrior, the hero, she’s destined to be? Or is she fated to fall from the light into the darkness?

The first installment in the epic fantasy series by bestselling author Megan Linski, Rhodi’s Light is an action-packed thrill ride that will leave readers begging for more.

Rhodi Rising( Book #2)


Lovely colors.


Rhodi Rising is the sequel to the Rhodi Saga.

Dylan and Devin, twins with powers are warriors and belong to a group called Rhodi.

They have returned from their uncle’s house after being ambushed, to find that their masters are missing.

So, with the help of two spies, Enfys and her sister, the twins set out to find their masters. The search is on, but it seems that their masters are no where to be found.

Dylan and Devin make a deal with Saffron, who discloses the location of the ancient Rhodi weapons. These weapons are supposed to help bring the Hunters downfall.

Dylan also finds herself as being the center of enfys attentions.

Will she be able to find and rescue her beloved teachers? Will they successfully obtain the weapons??

My Opinion:

I liked this book better than the first book, at least in term of execution of the plot.

The story seemed well developed and thankfully did not feel lacking like the first one, in terms of pacing: it was fast enough and there are enough plot twists to keep you entertained.

The focus is solely on the teens as the adults are mostly in captivity throughout the book.


6 out of 10

Synopsis book 2:

Forced into hiding.

Desperate to find their masters.

In the past few months since the attack on their home, twin assassins Dylan and Devin have grown restless. With the Rhodi facing extinction, they search for their masters Talidin and Tavana, only to discover they’ve gone missing. With nowhere to turn, the twins seek help from a pair of mysterious spies, only to find the trail gone cold, marked by hints of torture and destruction. 

Dylan and Devin piece together the events that led to the disappearance of their fellow Rhodi. As their enemies close in for the kill, Dylan discovers that some things are impossible for a Rhodi…but not for a tigress. 

The stakes and romance are heightened in this epic dystopian sequel to Rhodi’s Light. Bestselling author Megan Linski brings readers a young adult fantasy with magic, mystery, and an epic adventure that races quickly to a breathless conclusion.

Rhodis Lullaby( Book #3)


Best cover of the series with the best color pallette.


Dylan and devin along with their masters are hiding. But when their house gets ambushed, the group is forced to go deep in the dessert to search for the message on the ancient letter.

But what they discover is beyond their imaginations.

Dylan’s nemisis Saffron gets in  new terms  with her.
The trek through dessert is eye opening. Betrayals, deaths and deeper connections, its a journey of surprises.

But, Dylan and Devin have to become mature and their respective relationships are taking a toll on the siblings. They blame each other and are unhappy with each other.
At the end of their journey, Dylan and her friends discover an unexpected sanctuary. A lot of changes ensue. Enfys and Dylan are driving farther apart and April’s prophecy is taking a toll on Dylan.

Red Queen is persistent and taking advantage of the Rhodis absence, she has practically taken over the world.

Will the Rhodi be able to rise again, will they put their differences aside to fight for the ultimate peace.

My Opinion:

The final battle was awesomely depicted.
The most beautiful thing was the increasing friendship of Dylan and Saffron, although I was a bit disappointed when Saffron didn’t get to play a major role in the final showdown.
Devin was less likable because of his disregard and lack of interest towards her sister.

Tristan had a bit confusing part. He trains to be a Rhodi and has the rhodi weapon, so his character should have recieved a bit more spotlight .

But still, overall it was a satisfying end to the series.


9 out of 10


Synopsis book 3:

Cities burn.
Governments fall.
Lives are lost in a desperate war…one the Rhodi are losing. 

The world has been devastated by the tyranny of the Red Huntress. To save Crescentia, Dylan and Devin attempt to decipher the mystery of the ancient letter their ancestors left behind, the only hope of salvation for their kind. Dylan continues to fight foes both on the battlefield and within her own mind, all while wrestling with the confused feelings she has for Enfys, the alluring spy who has become devoted to her cause. 

In the epic conclusion to the thrilling Rhodi Saga, one brave warrior will stand in the way of corruption, to take place before her destiny…or her death.

Rhodi’s Lullaby is the third installment in the suspenseful young adult dystopian series fans and critics are calling an original masterpiece in the epic fantasy genre.

Recommended For: Dystopia fans. This series is entertaining and has all the elements of a good YA book.

I recieved free ARCs of these books from the publisher inexchange of providing an honest review.


The complete saga:

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Goodreads / Amazon

Author Bio

Megan Linski is the owner of Gryfyn Publishing and has had a passion for writing ever since she completed her first (short) novel at the age of 6. Her specializations are romance, fantasy, and contemporary fiction for people aged 14-24. When not writing she enjoys ice skating, horse riding, theatre, archery, fishing, and being outdoors.
She is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and is an
active fighter against common variable immune deficiency disorder. She lives in Michigan.
Megan Linski also writes under the pen name of Natalie Erin for the Creatures of the Lands Series, co-authored with Krisen Lison.

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Origami Chic: A Guide to Foldable Fashion

Author:Sok Song
Genre: Craft
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Publication Date:1-September-2016
Source:ARC from netgalley


Creative and artistic cover. It is eye-catching.


The book showcases techniques of origami to create fashion items.


The book is cute and has really neat graphics. Some truly wonderful and creative ideas are presented.
From making tops to flip-flops, you will find a variety of dress designs to create on your own.
Origami is an art form where shapes are created using paper. The paper is manipulated by making a variety of folds.
The book also includes a huge collection of printed paper with beautiful color schemes and designs, that you can use to create your origami outfits.
Outfits include:
And more…
Plus points: Creative layout, wonderful ideas and good quality illustrations.
Negative points: The techniques can be a bit difficult and complex, especially at the beginning. Even though multiple illustrations atr provided, you might have to go back again and again to grasp a certain step.


8 out of 10

Recommended For:

Craft fans. Everybody who enjoys doing creative things and wants to feel the satisfaction of seeing a finished item from a piece of paper. Suitable and ideal as a hobby.
I received this ARC for free, in exchange for providing an honest review.

Interview with Veronika Gasparyan

Yesterday I reviewed Veronika’s awesome book ” Mother at Seven”.

She was kind enough to answer some of my questions about the book.

Here they are:
Interview Questions

1 You had to beg and work for money, and you even had to get food from the trash. But, you still thought of your family first. One wonders where did you get this sense of responsibility, when neither one of your parents displayed it?

I think that we all have a survival instincts within us and under different circumstances they come right out. In my case I would say that because my baby brother was so little and helpless that I naturally felt responsible to protect him and to take care of him.  Especially, since I HAD to do so from age 7. It was pretty much a learned behavior that evolved from the basic survival needs I was born with.  

2 Writing this book must have been an emotional rollercoaster. How did you manage to bring those overwhelming emotions in your writing after all this time? 

It was very hard to do. It was difficult to stay focused at first because it had been almost 20 years since I buried as much of it as I could deep inside. Some chapters were harder than others and some, like the last one, I had to take couple of weeks off completely, before writing the first sentence in. I cried to myself many times but just continued to think of the main reason I am writing my story, and that made me pick myself back up and continue. 

3 Will you write more about your life, as there are still many questions unanswered?

Most likely I will have a sequel to this book within the next 2 years but meanwhile I have many stories to write about. There are few true stories that are in works about people I knew once. The book I am working on now is called Forgive me, Nadia and It hopefully be out by December 31st, 2016.

4 Did your parents read this book?

I don’t think they read it yet. My parents, especially my mother doesn’t speak any English so I doubt that she read any of it yet.  I am sure she will have someone translate it to her or will ask others who read it about the details in it.

5 Were you able to reunite with your brother?

Yes, eventually we were reunited. Under quite unusual and unexpected circumstances but we did. I will be telling about it in the sequel of this book.

6 Your grandfather was an important influence in your life. He taught you about visualization. Was he a believer of law of attraction?

Yes, he was definitely Mr. Positivity. He saw good in every situation, no matter how bad, or negative it seemed to be to others around him. He was the first one who explain to me how the universe works and how powerful our mind and believe system is. If not for him putting me in the right path, I am not sure I would have made it out alive.

7 What are you doing with your life right now in terms of your career?

I have an on line business and work out of my own office. I write almost daily and sometimes up to 10 hours. On those days I concentrate on writing and on writing only. I also am in process of finalizing my non-profit organization called It is US based and only for the good of American people. My main goal to service others and to show people, especially teenagers and young adults that with the hope and believe everything is possible. And things could be much worst. Therefore no matter how bad the situation they are in, I want them to know that they don’t have to be stuck in it. 

8 Do you plan to return to your homeland soon?

You know it’s really strange but I think that America has become my homeland by now. I did go back to Sochi, Russia twice in the past 17 years but other than few good memories, most of my emotions towards it are all full of painful memories. So, let’s just say I have no cravings to go back there.

9 Your rough treatment started after your brother was born. Knowing this, did your brother ever blamed himself for your poor treatment at the hands of your parents?

Joy, this is a very interesting questions. I am not sure that he is aware of everything I went through to keep him safe. He was mostly sheltered from it by me so I don’t think he blames himself for anything. Maybe after he reads the book, it would change but I don’t think that he would feel that way so many years later.

An Indecent Proposal: A Review

Author: Katee Robert

Series:   The O’Malleys

Publisher:  Forever, Hachette

Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher.
Expected Publication: 30th August, 2016


Cover: Love the color palette and overall concept.


Cillian O’Malley is grieving the death of his younger brother. He blames himself and the guilt has brought his life to a standstill.

The only distraction in his life is the fiesty bartender, Olivia, who is not willing to give him a minute of her life.

Olivia Rashidi’s first priority is her daughter’s safety. She barely managed to escape her own life. So, when Cilian O’ Malley tries to enter her life, she turns him away because he is trouble.

However, they can’t ignore the attraction for long.

Their pasts, however, catches up to them, and Cillian will do whatever it takes to protect Olivia and her daughter from her powerful family.

Will he be successful in protecting her? Will his family accept Olivia? And, will Olivia, finally be able to trust a man with her life?

My Opinion:

When I was given the opportunity to review to this book, I wasn’t that much excited, to be honest, given the impression the last book of the series left on me.

However, it turned out to be a really interesting read.

The characters are really well developed and both Cillian and Olivia’s personalities are interesting,

The plot is good and the story keeps you entertained.

My Rating:

 7 out of 10

Recommended for: 

Romance fans. Especially if you like fiesty heroines and a knight in shining armor hero.

I received this free ARC from the author to provide an honest review.

Mother At Seven: A Review


Author:  Veronika Gasparyan

Genre:  Autobiography

Publisher: Stillwater River Publications

Publication Date: 20th July 2016

The book is a true story of a young girl who was subjected to cruelty and had to take care of her baby brother at the age of seven.


It is an adorable cover and somehow makes the story that much real.


A seven year old acts like an adult. She pampers and cares for her baby brother, all the while suffering from her mother’s hatred towards her.
Whan Veronika’s baby brother came into this world, her peaceful existence was suddenly disturbed. Her parents attitude towards her took a horribly dramatic turn. So much so, that the reader may find themselves asking if they are actually the birth parents of Vera.
Having a son has made Vera invisible and disposable. But she happily takes care of the baby, no matter how much it interferes with her studies and play time.
Infact, she almost feels motherly to him. She puts him before her.
Her parents, though, are seemingly never happy. Soon she is subjected to abuse in an attempt to discipline her.
Her uncle is assigned the job of teaching Vera manners and he is more than happy to oblige. He hit her cruelly for very small things, using belts and even a blade.
Vera went through a depression that is unimaginable at such a tender age. She hated her existence so much that Vera wished to die and attempted suicide.
But she survived, only to continue her miserly life.

Her thinking became like that of an adult. When their parents left for vacations without leaving her any money, Vera knew she had to ration the food supplies for her brother and grandmother.

In order to bring water and bread, Vera sold fruit, worked at people’s houses and even begged for money. Even then she had to forge for her food in the garbage at night. But she still kept her pride intact.

Vera went through health troubles, faced emotional abuse and suffered neglect.
Her ray of sunshine was her grandfather, who instilled in her a hope for the future, who was everything that her parents could never be.

Was Vera able to get out of her miserable situation?
Did she manage to survive and make something of her life?
Read this book to find out.

My Opinion

This is such a heartbreaking read. Veronika went through so much abuse, you can’t help but feel sad for her. The world needs to know what some children have to go through. And this book throws light on this topic.

A mother’s love is a child’s right. Veronika was deprived of this right. The cruelty she faced at the hands of her parents knew no bounds.
Currently Veronika is trying to promote justice and protection for young kids, so that no one goes through what she had to. It is a much needed service and more people should become aware of this.
Waiting for the next book.


9 out of 10

Recommended For:

Autobiography fans. Those who don’t mind reading an emotional book.


Veronika Gasparyan, author of “Mother at Seven,” was born in the beautiful city of Sochi, Russia in 1981. She is a proud descendant of many generations of Armenian ancestors from both sides of her family. Today she lives in her own home, in Smithfield, Rhode Island with her two sons.
From a very young age, Veronika enjoyed playing piano which resulted in her attending a music school for ten years, and eventually, the prestigious Sochi College of Arts and Music. Other than the music, Veronika has always displayed a profound love of reading, and at a very young age, read dozens of books from her grandfather’s vast, personal library.
Veronika possesses an innate passion to help others in any way that she can, which has displayed itself in many situations throughout her early years and adult life. She considers herself to be a true survivor of what many would call a traumatic and brutal childhood, but has still found a way to not lose her kindness, patience or hope for better days.
Veronika is a strong believer in laws of attraction and positive thinking and is working on other books that she hopes will provide emotional support to those who are in need — those who have given-up or have already lost their hope for better days and a joyful life.
Veronika believes her lifelong mission is to help one person at a time while making the world a better place for us all.

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