Embracing You, Embracing Me by Michelle Bellon

       Embracing You, Embracing Me

Young Adult novel begins in a 90s Trailer Park, and hits hard. In a decade when image matters, when the so-called Generation X is swelling with 'future perfect' hopes and pride, 16-year-old Roshell McRady dances her way through High School, never quite admitting that she's ashamed of her trailer park family home. Meanwhile she listens to Madonna while conjuring creative Top Ramen recipes to feed her younger cousins; she empties enough hairspray until her bangs are feathered and vertical like a lethal weapon; and she agonises over how to convince Gabriel Harrison, the new Mystery Guy in town, to invite her to the prom - a night which threatens to turn into a disaster. But then life takes a dramatic turn for Roshell, and her life changes forever. A love story emerges from the anguish of Roshell's life, and when she leaves school and finds work at a casino, things don't get any less complicated for her - until one night a powerful dream marks out the exact path that she must take. Embracing You, Embracing Me has young adult humour and nineties-style cultural aspirations, but surprises with some hard-hitting moments that give the book a keen edge.
Paperback, 266 pages
Published May 7th 2012 by Fingerpress 
Embracing You, Embracing Me is one of those books that called to my heart for me to read. I never expected this novel to be so powerful, but Roshell's story is an enthralling, rip-your-heart-to-pieces read. Michelle Bellon created the most amazing, heart-wrenching love story, and it broke my heart completely in two. I love and adore Roshell and Gabriel. Roshell's character is strong yet vulnerable. Gabriel is a beautiful, strong guy who's trying so hard to hold onto the girl he loves. Roshell and Gabriel's story went deeper than romance; it was about commitment—about what it means to give your whole self; your mind, heart, body, and your life to one person that will be your forever true love.

Embracing You, Embracing Me starts with Roshell as she’s turning sixteen and going into her sophomore year, where she first meets Gabriel, who is a junior. Then takes us though the next six years of Roshell’s life till she’s twenty-one. Roshell's life is a dysfunctional one due to never knowing her father. But she still holding on to her one fantasy  of her knight in shining armor romance, until one horrible night at a party takes that away from her, and at sixteen reality slaps her in the face and her fear; all men are liars, cheaters, and then they leave you. So, in her dysfunctional world, her motto to protect her heart from getting broken becomes: "Have no expectations." Gabriel is Roshell's knight in shining armor, and all he needs is time to show her his love and wait for her.

Embracing You, Embracing Me is an emotional heart-ache. When all you can embrace is the memory of love. I highly recommend Embracing You, Embracing Me, as a heart-gripping love story that will never let you go and one that I totally fell in love with.  A must, must read!! 

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One of My Favorite Swoon scene from Embracing You, Embracing Me. But I will have to start this first sentence in the middle, so not to spoil the whole swoon for you! J

…… his hungry eyes roamed before meeting mine again, “You are beautiful.”

 A sigh escaped my lips when he softly kissed my neck. There was only sensation. Thoughts left me as I was lost to the roaring fire that filled my body. I thought;  this is how it’s supposed to be.

 “Gabriel.” His name came out in a whisper.

He hesitated and looked into my eyes. “Are you sure?”
In that moment, there was nothing or no-one that I would ever want more. He had asked and that meant more to me than he would ever know.


Spotlight & Giveaway: Prophecy Girl (Lacuna Valley #1) by Faith McKay

                        Prophecy Girl (Lacuna Valley #1)
                                       Faith McKay


Book Description:

Published November 20th 2012

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Author Bio: 
Faith McKay writes stories about characters with real world struggles in otherworldly settings. She is the author of PROPHECY GIRL, a story where characters struggle with the idea of having a destiny. In comparison, she feels really lucky that her destiny was to struggle with comma placement and be that awkward lady who points out puns at parties.
Other things to know about Faith… She wears two different colored shoes. She is a survivor of child abuse. She has lived with chronic illness for over a decade. A lot of people don't like her because she laughs too much. It's also the reason a lot of other people do like her, so go figure. She listens to more music than people are probably supposed to. She's a nomad. The word sounds really cool, so a lot of people say it, but she actually lives in an RV with her husband and their pet bunny rabbit, Dorian Gray. 

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Prophecy Girl Chapter 1 Excerpt:
Violet looked up at her sister and rolled her eyes. “This place sucks! Penguin and Sara both
hate it.”
“I'm sure your rat will adjust, and your doll always has an attitude, doesn't she?” Sam tried to
force a smile, but couldn't remember how. It had been too long since she'd made the effort. Luckily
Violet was too annoyed to notice.
“How would you know?! You don't spend any time with any of us.” Violet folded her arms and
glared at the hole. “Do you want to play Littlest Pet Shop? You can have the turtle.” Violet tilted her
head to the side with a small hopeful smile.
Sam cringed and sunk down further in her chair. “Not today, kid.”
“You suck. You're no fun at all anymore.” Violet kicked the pile of dead grass. “I bet you'd
come inside and play if it rained,” she pouted.
“If it started raining I'd probably dance in it.” She sighed with desperate longing. The weight of
it was so heavy she was surprised it didn't push her into the ground. It hadn't rained all summer,
which apparently was normal for Lacuna Valley. Sam missed the rain more than the dying fields
around her did.
“Yeah?” Violet smiled and got down on her knees, clasped her hands together, and began to
pray for it to rain.
“I don't think that's how prayer is supposed to work, Violet,” Sam started to explain but shook
it off. Whatever made the kid happy. She leaned her head back and closed her eyes.
“It works for me,” Violet argued, barely breaking her concentration.
Sam tried to savor the cool breeze that moved through her hair. Red curls tickled her face, but
she didn't wipe them away. She didn't want to let anything distract her from the perfect feeling. The
hair on the back of her neck stood on end and she recognized the familiar change of pressure,
something she never would have consciously noticed before. She never used to pay much attention
to the weather, now there wasn't much else to pay attention to. She opened her jaw wide to pop her
“See!” Violet squealed.
Sam opened her eyes and blinked in disbelief at the dark shade on the hills in front of her. She
looked up to see gray clouds rolling through the sky. Violet giggled and jumped up and down next
to her.
“After you dance, can we play Littlest Pet Shop, please?!” Violet begged.

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