Review: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom.

Title – A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Author – Eric Lindstrom
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 346 pages
Publication Date – January 23rd 2017 by Griffin Press Australia
ISBN – 9780008183011
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Mel Hannigan’s life isn’t easy. Mourning her brother, facing the loss of friendships that used to mean everything to her and struggling to deal with a condition that her closest friends don’t even know about. She wants to protect herself and everyone else. Which is why Mel locks away her heart so she’ll never feel pain again.

Until Mel meets someone new and the plight of an old friend shows Mel that sometimes C9QQhRLUIAAnpxKits worth it to take risk. That opening up to life – and who she really is – is what makes everything wonderful.

I received a copy of A Tragic Kind of Wonderful from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. I read Eric’s debut novel, Not If I See You First, last year and loved it. So I was looking forward to reading this. If you want to read my review of Not If I See You First you can here.

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful deals with the grief of losing a child and brother as well as mental illness. I’ve been reading more books about mental illness and I don’t think it’s something that should be hidden and not talked about. Mel hid it from some important people in her life. She didn’t want people to look at her differently and I do understand that but if they were her friends then they should accept everything about you. Mental illness isn’t something to be ashamed of, or something you should try to hide from people.

I was glad that even though there is a love interest for Mel in this book that it wasn’t written in a way that had this new guy swooping in and fixing her because that’s not realistic at all. And Mel doesn’t need fixing. I’m not talking about medication, I think that’s a personal choice and that’s something that comes up in the book between Mel, her mother and aunt.

I think this book was more about Mel’s journey to accept herself the way she is and not a romance. That’s what I took for the book anyway.

I really enjoyed A Tragic Kind of Wonderful and would recommend both this and Eric’s first book, Not If I See You First, to anyone who hasn’t read them.

*Thank you HarperCollins New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

April Wrap Up & May TBR.

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I’ve finally got my May TBR together so I decided to share it and my April wrap up today. I did forget one book in my wrap up photo but it’s so hard to get back into the box set that I couldn’t be bothered getting it and taking a new one. So I’m just going to jump right in.

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Ewing – 4/5 stars
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling – 5/5 stars
Black by Fleur Ferris – 4/5 stars
What Girls are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold – 3/5 stars
Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton – 4/5 stars
The Silent Invasion by James Bradley – 3/5 stars
Front Lines by Michael Grant – 3/5 stars
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – 4/5 stars
But then I Came Back by Estelle Lure – 3/5 stars
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – 5/5 stars

For some reason I’m having trouble with WordPress on both Google Chrome (it won’t load at all) and Internet Explorer. For some reason it won’t let me post the stars that I usually use as my ratings in my wrap ups. I tried Firefox or whatever it’s called but that was slower to load than the computer and I just could not be fucked with that. So if anyone can tell me why it won’t load on Chrome it would be great! I’ve uninstalled it and re-installed it and still have the same problem.

Anyway, onto my May TBR.

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I started reading The End of Oz yesterday. I didn’t get a lot read because I kept getting distracted but I’m hoping to read more today. I’ve already picked what I’ll be reading next, Finding Nevo. This sounds so good and I can’t wait to pick it up.

What’s on your May TBR?

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [April 19th 2017] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –  9
I started reading Front Lines this morning. This is the first book in the Soldier Girl series. Front Lines is set in an alternate world where women were enlisted to fight WW2.

There are four-ish main characters in this book. Four young women in the army. They are suffering the prejudices, not only with their sex but also race and religion, as they become soldiers.

I’m really enjoying this so far. It’s an interesting idea and I can’t wait to see where their story is going. Obviously to war but I meant individually. 5

Recently Finished –
I finished The Bone Season yesterday and I loved it! This edition included the prequel, The Pale Dreamer, but I haven’t read that yet. I want to read it before I review The Bone Season but I’m not sure if I’ll remember to.

I’m sure most of you know what The Bone Season is about so I’m not going to get into it here. I’m kind of late to the part with this series.

I want to review this soon but I’m so far behind with my reviews at the moment.

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful didn’t take me long it read. I was hooked from the start and 9really wanted to know what was going on.

This book follows a family not only dealing with the grief of losing a son and brother but also mental illness and the different ways it affects them all.

I though this would be another book where a girl meets a boy and he saves her. Which I have read a lot of but this isn’t like that. Yes, she meets a boy and falls for him, but there’s so much else going on in her life. And I’m just going to stop there because I still have to review this and I don’t want to give it all away here.

Reading Next – 6
I received a copy of But Then I Came Back to review from Hachette New Zealand.

I don’t really remember what this is about other than a girl in a coma, waking up and what she does from there…

I’m sure it sounds better than that but that’s literally all I can remember.

I don’t know when I’ll be picking this up because I don’t know how much reading I’ll be doing tomorrow but hopefully it’ll be sometime this week.

What have you been reading lately?

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [April 12th 2017] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading – 2
I started reading The Silent Invasion yesterday. I recently received a copy of this from Pan Macmillan New Zealand.

I’m pretty sure I’ll finish this today. Fingers crossed. I have really liked the story so far and I’m interested in this alien disease that’s infecting the people, animals and plants. It sounds crazy but I don’t think I’ll get any answers with how much I have left to read.

There is this insta-love going on which I’m just choosing to ignore because I’m not into that kind of thing at all. I don’t think the book needs it to be honest. But that’s just my opinion. Aside from that it’s been a good read and I’m looking forward to seeing how it ends. This is the first book in the Change trilogy.

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I finished Traitor to the Throne on the weekend and I loved it! I thought I’d have to re-read Rebel of the Sands before I picked this up but there’s a little re-cap at the start of Traitor to the Throne, which I found very helpful.

This is the second book in the trilogy and I cannot wait for the next and last book to come out. Even though I’m not ready for this to end. I love Amari and all the rebels.

Anyway, I’ll talk more about this in my review, which I hope to post soon. But if you haven’t read Rebel of the Sands then I recommend finding a copy. I loved both of these books. 5

Okay, I’m not really sure what to say about this book… It didn’t have the best message at the start, that there are conditions to love and the main character (I’ve forgotten her name) is willing to do almost anything to prove to her boyfriend that she’s worthy of his love and his time. Which is completely ridiculous!

I don’t know how to review this book yet. I can’t understand the mother at all. But she definitely played a part in the way her daughter thinks. What Girls are Made Of really frustrated me at times. Hopefully I can get my thoughts in order soon so that I can review it. 9

Reading Next –
I read Eric’s debut novel, Not If I See You First, last year and I loved it. I’d never read a book from the perspective of someone who’s blind before but I am so glad that I did. It was such a good book.

Which is why I’m looking forward to reading A Tragic Kind of Wonderful. I think this book deals with mental health issues. But don’t hold me to that. I could be wrong. I’m hoping to start this tomorrow.

What have you read recently??

– Aimee.

March Wrap Up & April TBR.

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I read a lot more in March than I did in February. I was actually falling behind on my reading challenge in February but I’ve managed to be ahead of schedule now. So yay. Anyway, onto my wrap up…

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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken – ★★★/5
The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold – ★★★/5
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard – ★★★★/5
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – ★★★★★/5
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng – ★★★★/5
Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley – ★★★/5
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles – ★★★/5
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – ★★★★/5
The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil – ★★★/5
Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott – ★★★★/5
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson – ★★★★★/5

My favourites were definitely The Hate U Give and Allegedly. Which I didn’t think I’d finish in March so I put it on my April TBR. I couldn’t be bothered taking another photo though.

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So Allegedly doesn’t count and I’ve already read The Roanoke Girls. That was disturbing but really good. I couldn’t put it down.

I’m actually reading a book that’s not in this photo because I didn’t have it at the time I took it. I started the new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them by J.K. Rowling this morning. It’s got a forward by the author, Newt Scamander, which was the best! I can’t wait to find the six new beasts in the book.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will be a re-read. I wanted to re-read the series after seeing the Fantastic Beasts movie last year.

What’s on your April TBR?

– Aimee.

 

March Book Haul.

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Last month’s book haul was pretty good. I only bought one book and I won another in a competition on Facebook. The rest were kindly sent to me for review. So, I’ll just jump into it. 1

The first book I received last month was from Penguin Random House New Zealand. This book has 100 stories of women throughout history. I say women but there are some teens and even a five year old (I think she’s five…).

I’ve actually read this and I loved it. The writing is definitely for kids but if you can look past that then it’s a really good read, even for adults. There were a lot of women in this book that I’d never even heard of. I’ll talk more about this in my review which will hopefully be up soon. But if you were thinking of getting a copy of this then I highly recommend it.

I bought a copy of Big Little Lies when I saw it in a store here for $14.99. I wanted to see 2the TV show because it looks really good and I love Reese and Shailene. But I need to read the book first.

I haven’t read this yet and I don’t know a lot about it other than it follows the lives of three women in a small town and one of them is dead or dies.. That’s pretty much all I know. I’ve tried to stay away from spoilers because I want to find out what happens myself.

If I get a chance I might read this in April. I already have my TBR picked for the month but if I get through them then I might pick this up. 3

I received The Roanoke Girls from Hachette New Zealand to review. I actually started this today. I’m not that far in yet but it’s pretty good so far. It’s taken a disturbing twist but I’m interested to see where this is going.

Apparently everyone wants to be a Roanoke girl, but they don’t know what being a Roanoke girl means. The Roanoke girls either run away, or die. Lane made it out once, eleven years ago, but she came back because her cousin, Allegra, is missing. Is she strong enough to leave a second time? That’s what I remember from the synopsis. This book is kind of addicting already.

The next two books are from Walker Books Australia. Pointe, Claw follows two best 4friends. One is a ballerina and the other is turning into a bear.. So that’s all I remember about this. It stood out for a reason. A girl turning into a bear.. Should be an interesting read.

I think the last book I read with ballerinas was Tiny Pretty Things, which I loved. I still need to read the sequel to that.

But look at this cover! I love it. I don’t know why but I do. I can’t remember if I put this on my TBR for April. But if not hopefully I can squeeze it on there. It sounds different. 5

The second book I received from Walker Books Australia was What Girls Are Made Of. I think this follows a girl, Nina, as she tries to figure out love? Her mother told her that there’s no such thing as unconditional love. Now she’s trying to prove to her boyfriend why she deserves to be with him. Sounds like a healthy relationship. I have this on my TBR. It’s only 180+ pages so it shouldn’t take too long to read.

I won a copy of Lifeblood in a competition on Facebook. I haven’t actually read the first book in this series yet but I loved Gena’s other 6YA series, The White Rabbit Chronicles or something like that. So I’m sure I’ll love this when I eventually get around to reading them.

Lifeblood is an ARC so I’ll have to buy a copy of the finished book when I see it. I haven’t seen it in the stores I go to yet. I don’t actually know when this was released so I’ll just have to keep an eye out for it. Not like I’m in a rush though because I still need to read them and I have the ARC for now.

I love these covers. Although you can’t see the first book in this photo it’s just as good as Lifeblood. 7

Walker Books Australia also sent me a copy of Shadows on the Moon to review. This is a retelling of Cinderella set in fairy tale Japan. It’s a companion to Barefoot on the Wind which is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, also set in fairy tale Japan. Apparently you can read these in any order but Shadows on the Moon was written first.

I’ve actually read this and it was pretty good. Although I kept forgetting that it was a retelling of Cinderella and not Aurora. I don’t know why. I’ll be talking about this more in my review, which I’ll hopefully be posting soon.

Hardie Grant Egmont sent me a copy of The Secret Science of Magic to review. I’ve never 8read anything by Melissa Keil before but I liked this. It’s a contemporary, which I don’t read a lot of.

This follows Sophia and Joshua in their last year at high school. Sophia is a child prodigy but is freaking out about her future while Joshua isn’t giving his a second thought.

There’s more to it than that but I don’t know how to word it right now. I need coffee. It’s also diverse and by an Australian author, set in Melbourne I think. I’ll be reviewing this soon. I think the book came out today. 9

The next two books I received from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. The first is A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom. I read his debut novel last year, Not if I See You First, and I loved it so I can’t wait to read this. Not that I can remember what it’s about. I think someone’s brother died or something like that. But I could be completely wrong.

I’m hoping to read this in April but I don’t know yet. We’ll see how the month goes. I think I can feel a slump coming already.

10The other book I received from HarperCollins New Zealand is Allegedly. I think this is a debut novel but I’m not really sure.

I finished reading Allegedly yesterday and it was sooooo good! It has an amazing twist to the story that I was not expecting but really should have seen coming. I gave it five stars.

This follows Mary, who was convicted of killing a three month old baby when she was nine. Now she’s seventeen (I think) and pregnant. The state wants to take her baby away from her. Mary never had the chance to set the record straight before, but now she needs to. For her and her baby. I’ll be reviewing this soon but it was really good, I could not put this down. 11

Hachette New Zealand also sent me a copy of New York 2140 to review. I really liked the sound of this when I read the synopsis and the cover is gorgeous but I was not expecting the book to be so long…

I think this follows some people that live in one of the skyscrapers in New York which has flooded and now each skyscraper is an island. Or the sea levels rose.. I’m not really sure. But I love these kinds of movies, like Day After Tomorrow and 2012, so I’m hoping this is just as good as watching a movie.

The next book was sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand. I wasn’t 12expecting this. It’s by a New Zealand author, which I don’t read a lot of so I’ll definitely give it a try.

But it follows a guy in a war. I don’t remember which war. I think it was WW2 but don’t hold me to that. I’m not really into reading books that focus on the war. I mean, I’ve read some but not a lot.

Anyway, I’ll definitely give this a chance. If I have time I might read it sometime this month. But I have other books to read first. It’s not a very long book so I should be able to read it quickly.  C8H_vdLVoAg_9R5

The last book I received this month was from Bloomsbury Australia. This is the new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It has six new beasts and a new forward by Newt Scamander which talks about his time in New York from the movie.

I’m hoping to read this after I finish The Roanoke Girls. I’ve read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them before but I’m looking forward to reading about the new beasts and more about Newt. And I cannot wait for the next movie to come out. I hope Jacob is in it because he was hilarious. And the Niffler!

So that’s my March book haul. How many books did you get last month?

– Aimee.