Review: Atheists Who Kneel and Pray

Title: Atheists Who Kneel and Pray
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Genre: New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 13, 2017
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Synopsis:

Yara Phillips is a wandering muse.

She dates men who need her, but always moves on to something new, never staying in one place for very long.

David Lisey is in need of a muse.

A talented musician lacking lyrical inspiration. When he first sees her, he knows he’s found what he’s been looking for.

Yara believes she can give David exactly what he needs to reach his full potential:
A broken heart.

David’s religion is love.

Yara’s religion is heartache.

Neither is willing to surrender, but religion always requires sacrifice.

This was my first book by Tarryn Fisher and HOLY. FREAKING. HELL. I’m in love.

Maybe it’s ’cause I’m crazy and insecure and an absolute mess too, but Yara is my spirit animal. Her journey to discovering herself is long, hard, and full of pain, and I was present for every second. There’s something about Tarryn’s writing that doesn’t allow you skim pass any details. Everything mattered and it was beautiful. So much of what Tarryn wrote about Yara’s psyche and her choices, and why, why, why she does what she does just resonated with me. I don’t think I’ve ever had a character who I just understood so easily. I’m rambling now, but my goodness my heart hurts.

David is perfect. He is everything I want, have already found, and yet dismiss as easily as Yara. Again, the details – all the looks, the quirks, the little things about relationships that are so often missed in romance books today were all there for me to consume and store away. It wasn’t just that he was present in her life, or their sex was fantastic, or that he was a brooding man who needed a girl to come change him. He was always present, in body, mind, and spirit with Yara and had this innate understanding of who Yara was. There was so much to his character and yet not enough. I was always hungry to know more about him, his life, and his thoughts. And I got just that (thank you to whoever thought of putting multiple perspectives ’cause it worked so so well here). His character bled music and feeling. They say artists feel more than normal people do, but with David I got it. I understand what that means now.

I have so much to say without the words to say it. All I know is that this wasn’t simply a romance. It was a book about self-discovery and understanding yourself before you give yourself away. It was beautiful, heart-wrenching, and real, and next time I’m in a bookstore, I’m grabbing another Tarryn Fisher book to read.

Side note: I’m giving this book a 5/5. I do this with a lot of books, but I mean it so much more than I usually do with this one. Honestly, if you have a chance, it’s amazing.

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
World Building: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Pace: 4/5
Overall: 5/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.4/5

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Day 18: An Author You Wish Was More Well-Known.

This is hard because most of the smaller authors I was tooting about last year are pretty darn big now. I’ll go with what I had before though, because I honestly can’t think of anyone else – though I do have one name to add.

Colleen Hoover

I still love her books. All of them. And yes, I have read all of them. Each of her series is unique and love how her characters come alive and the plot keeps you at the edge of your seat. And 90% of the time, it will feel wrong rooting for the main couple, but that’s what she wants, and I love how she just strings readers along for the ride of their life. Her newest book, Maybe Someday, and the book before that, Losing Hope, were two amazing books that I’d recommend everyone look into.

Tammara Webber

She’s been one of my favourite authors since I read her book Easy. However, she really captured my heart with her Between the Lines series. The four book series had some of the best character development ever. I loved the characters, the plots, the romances. It was a great series that really change my perspective of the NA genre, as these fictional actors/actresses, ages 21-24, grew in front of my eyes. With each book, each character got better and I love the series to bits.

Rainbow Rowell

I’ve only read one book by her, but I plan on reading many more in the future (I own them and everything, now I just have to read them). I really enjoyed how the characters in Fangirl were so real and so utterly relatable. I think that’s the part that got me. This girl, so similar to me, got her happy ending. It makes everything seem more attainable. What I also loved was the fact that the book hadn’t been centered on romance. Sure, there was some, but the novel stepped away from all the hot and heavy, romantic, sex-filled novels that seem to make up most of the NA genre. In fact, it’s so tame, it’s often considered YA, even though the characters have finished the whole high school thing and are in university. I liked that, for once, it didn’t seem like I was living my university life wrong.

I’m sure there are more authors out there who are absolutely amazing, but these were the first to come to mind. Other notable authors, who I haven’t really looked in to, aside from just reading one book by them, was Beth Pond (author of Podium Finish), Jacqueline Garlick (author of Lumieré), Kara Taylor (author of Prep School Confidential), and Mia Sheridan (author of Archer’s Voice).

Day 16: Your Favourite Genre

It honestly depends on what’s being written at the time or what’s big. After Twilight, I was really into paranormal novels and they were being published in excess at that time, then I read Cinder and got into novels retelling fairy-tales. After I got over that, I got really into New Adult contemporary novels, due to Easy and Slammed. However, since then, the NA genre kind of let me down with the quality of the books. While they still seem to be big, I’m more picky about which ones I read. Now, I’m reading mostly contemporary romance novels, both NA, selectively, and YA, so I guess that’s my favourite at the moment.

Here are some upcoming contemporary romances that are coming out soon:

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Breakable by Tammara Webber

Breakable by Tammara Webber

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti

Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti

I am also REALLY looking forward to Colleen Hoover’s novel Ugly Love, which comes out in August. But there’s no cover yet, but definitely look out for it.

What’s your favourite genre and what are some of your favourite books in that genre? I’d love to check them out!

Day 6: The Best Book You’ve Read in the Last Year

. . . -rolls back to my book list- UH… Just to toss some titles out there, I LOVED Here Without You, the 4th book in Tammara Webber’s Between the Lines Series, as well as Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, the 2nd book in the Shatter Me Trilogy, and Crash Into You by Katie McGarry. However, favourite book of the past year would have to be Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover.

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Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: July 8, 2013
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult Contemporary
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Synopsis:

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.

Day 4: Your Favourite Characters and Which Books They’re From.

There are a number of these, so let’s get to it!

1. Kenji Kishimoto

I am in love with Kenji from Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me trilogy. He’s that funny, witty character who manages to ease the tension and bring the mood back up when times get rough. Unfortuneately, we learn very little about him throughout the series, especially his background (i.e. what happened to his family, why he’s there, etc.) and I really hope that Tahereh will make a book for him (whether a full novel or a novella, I don’t really care, as long as we can see more about him in ther future).

2. Jem Carstairs

If you were around last year when I did my favourite male character, you would’ve seen this. If you don’t know Jem Carstairs, you can find him in Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices trilogy. Basically, I love him for his supposedly haunting musical talents, his half-Chinese background, and the fact that he’s probably the most forgiving and kind being never to live. He’s a saint, and a great friend to both Will and Tessa, and he gives one heck of a speech. /foreverinlove.

3. Adrian Ivashkov

I’m actually kind of conflicted, putting this on here, because while I usually love Adrian’s wit and sarcasm, in the past few books, I feel like it hasn’t been on par with his character’s usual foolhardiness as it was back in the Vampire Academy series. Maybe it’s ’cause of what’s happening in the Bloodlines series, or maybe I’m the only one who thinks this, but I just don’t love his character enough anymore. That being said, from the past, like, 7 books he’s been in, he’s been one of my favourite characters ever. Hopefully in the next book, he’ll be back to himself.

4. Reid Alexander

If you have yet to meet Reid, you can find him in Tammara Webber’s Between the Lines series. Honestly, his character probably had the most interesting character development ever. Started off as sarcastic superstar Reid Alexander, to just being sarcastic human being Reid Alexander. The change in his character was so smooth – he managed to become a pretty good guy in the end, while still keeping up his wit and charm, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Ah, the only thing I hate is that his story’s done… -rolls-

5. Chloe Saunders

Necromance Chloe is next on my list (which isn’t in any particular order, to be honest). I liked the innocence of her character, how she managed to still maintain it throughout the Darkest Powers trilogy. She became smarter, she became stronger, but her purity and kindness never waned and I loved that about her.

6. Yelena Liana Zaltana

Badass. Nuff said.

Honestly though, her story was insanely interesting and I loved the magic within the Study series. She’s strong willed, strong hearted, and strong, and can really kick ass. She was an entertaining character, as well as a cunning murderess.

7. Celaena Sardothien

Badass. Nuff said.

Well, it’s true. No, I’m not a parrot.

I really like Celaena’s story too. While the Throne of Glass series hasn’t finished yet, this is another series that I’ll remember for a while. Eerily similar to Yelena, this girl is a master assassin, and instead of seeking out her history she often avoids it. her willpower and determinaion is inspiring, and her ability to kill people within a matter of seconds is actually a little freaky… But I’ve got to say, I’m really excited to see where the next book with take us.

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I’m sure there are a lot more characters that I love, but these are the first to come to mind. I was actually going to make a list of ten, but I can’t seem to hit it. Oddly, not all the characters in my top ten book list made it to my top eight characters list. That just means these guys really shined through the words. Especially Kenji. He’s not even the MAIN main character, but I love him nonetheless~!

Day 30: Your Favorite Book of All Time

This is really hard to choose ’cause I love all books… well, not ALL books, but you get the point. I would make a top ten to twenty list again, but let’s face it that will make this supposed 30 day challenge into an even longer challenge than that. I mean I started this in FEBRUARY. I think I extended the 30 days as far as they could possible go.

Anyways, back to the point. My favourite book. I loved Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as well as the Goblet of Fire. I also really enjoyed Tammara Webber’s Easy and Colleen Hoover’s Losing Hope. The list could go on extending to Cassandra Clare’s amazing novels and series, or even Marie Lu’s Legend and Prodigy. But I have to say, my favourite book of all time has got to be The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. If you haven’t heard about this book from me yet, well then, this will probably be the first and last for you ’cause all my old followers are probably slumming around tired me of me constantly talking about it book. Honestly though, I love the complexity of it, the characters are all amazing and distinct, and  love so many quotes from this book, if I did that whole highlighter thing, my copy would be florescent. Anyways, here it is again, my favourite book of all time ~

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Synopsis:

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

If any of you do end up picking this book up, let me know,  I’d love to hear your opinion of it ~!

Day 28: Favorite Title

I don’t think I’ve ever really talked about this series on here. I know I’ve spoken about Ally Carter’s Heist Society series though, however, the titles for all the Gallagher Girls book fit so well with the story and the old sayings that I can’t help but love them all!~

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Day 26: A Book That Changed Your Opinion About Something

This book changed my opinion about a lot of things, but I think the biggest impact it had upon me was the fact that it changed my view on reading. Back in first grade, I hated reading, I only did it ’cause my teacher was like “The more you read, the more stickers you get. The more stickers you get, the more free pizza you get from Pizza Hut.” Of course I had to comply. However, once grade one was over, I dropped books. I was a slow reader, I didn’t enjoy it, and my first Pokemon game was calling my name. However, when my class read Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson, my whole stance changed. The book was so emotionally charged, third grade me was amazed. I read it again years later in 2007, when the movie came out, and felt like my childhood had just punched me in the gut. My first thought was, “How did this not scar me when I was a kid.” It may have not ruined me, but it had left its mark. I don’t know how into reading, or how much later I’d have gotten into it, if I hadn’t read this book. Definitely changed my opinion about books, writing, and reading.

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Day 22: Favorite Book You Own

Once again, I’m going to pluralize this. Books. While I bought all my books for a reason, I absolutely love the Lorien Legacies Series by Pittacus Lore. This series is especially cool, and by owning books, you get something that you couldn’t get through ebooks or even the paperback copies. I own the entire series in hardcover, and each book has a unique design printed on the actual cover, with a relatively textured cover jacket. Then there’s also the edges of the pages, which have the series name printed across them. Overall, the series is very visually appealing, and I LOVE the way they look (especially The Power of Six)

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Day 21: Favorite Book From Your Childhood

While I adore Dr. Seuss, I have to say that my favourite books growing up were the Berenstain Bears books that my dad would read to me before I’d go to sleep.

I loved these books because honestly, everything you need for life was depicted pretty darn well in this series. The truth was also passed on pretty well – The Truth was one I particularly liked for this purpose (see what I did there). The way they showed that when you lie, even though it starts off small, we always begin embellishing stuff and end up screwing up everything.

The only thing I will not back up was when the cubs went to the dentist and they pretended that everything was alright. That was a big fat lie that hurts my soul every time I go to the dentist now… (mature Alicia, I know, haha)

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