ARC Review: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

23719423Title: This Raging Light

Author: Estelle Laure

Publication date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

Pages: 288

Source: ARC from publisher (Thank you, HMH!)

Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Fully Booked / National Book Store

Synopsis: 

“A funny, poetic, big-hearted reminder that life can—and will—take us all by surprise.”—Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Can the best thing happen at the worst time?  Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

Of all the contemporary novels I read last year, there’s only one that took me three days to finish. That, my dear readers, is the fastest reading time I could afford at the moment because of my busy work schedule. It was such a breeze that I only stopped reading for bathroom breaks or when I needed to get back to work.

Showcasing a fresh, hypnotic writing style and decent pacing, This Raging Light is a debut novel that expresses raw and honest emotions with impactful depth. The feels claw out of the pages, making readers a part of the story. The characters are so authentic in a sense that they would pass off as living, breathing humans with problems and experiences that anyone could relate to. Lucille, the main character, is a strong and amazing sister to Wren. The romance is electric and beautiful! You’d feel the intensity of Lucille and Digby’s (the love interest) attraction to each other.

I love how This Raging Light is about being brave to face a scary world. Author Estelle Laure opens readers’ eyes to the firm realization that standing up on your own is all right. And yet you also have to keep in mind that it’s okay to ask for help. Oftentimes, there’s someone willing to extend a hand. You are not alone.

Burning with the brightness of hope and love, This Raging Light will definitely touch readers’ hearts.

 

Rating:

3.5/5 stars

 

2015 Highlights

2015 was a wonderful year! I had a great time in all 12 months! In this post, I’m sharing with you 4 things that indeed made my 2015 unforgettable.

I got a job! 

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After a year of being jobless, I had the opportunity to work at the Public Relations and Marketing department of an international school here in the Philippines. In my 8-month stay in the institution, I learned a lot about publicity and the ins and outs of marketing.

The opportunity to read amazing books by equally amazing debut authors

Books such as All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi truly made a huge mark in my life. ❤

Bookish events and bonding with blogger friends

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Book signing events are the ultimate get-together with blogger friends. We don’t see each other often so those events are reunions for us. Can’t wait for more bonding moments in 2016! 🙂

Speaking about book blogging 

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It was my first time to be part of a panel discussion on book blogging last November 28. It was a lot of fun! I was with Kai of Amaterasu Reads, Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs, and Hazel of Stay Bookish. We shared tips on writing good book reviews, establishing social media presence, choosing a blogging platform, and a lot more to bookworms and aspiring book bloggers!

Procuring a newfound love for local television shows

I haven’t watched a single Filipino TV show in years (I was 13 or 15 when I last watched one!), and all it took was one show to break the long streak. Hailed as “2015’s Most Romantic Teleserye (television series)”, On The Wings of Love (OTWOL) captured the hearts of many including mine. When teasers for OTWOL started to air on TV, I thought it was very promising. But then I didn’t plan on watching it because I’m not really into local shows. One night, I was flipping through channels in search for a good show and I chanced upon an episode of OTWOL. So I watched it, and my, was I very impressed! It was love at first watch! I adored the storytelling, the great acting, the spot on portrayal of Filipino values and culture, and most of all, the swoon-worthy, heart-melting love story of main characters Clark Medina (James Reid) and Leah Olivar (Nadine Lustre). The characters made me believe that true love is worth the wait. ❤  I won’t say much about the show to avoid spoilers! Watching OTWOL is like reading adult fiction that has YA feels! 🙂 If you wish to know more about On The Wings of Love, head over to the show’s website here.

 

Thank you 2015 and Hello 2016!

Happy New Year everyone! 🙂