Liebster Award + Blogger Recognition Award + Beautiful Blogger Award

Before anything else, I’d like to apologize for my abrupt inactivity in blogging. Well, technically, I’ve only been MIA for five or six days, which isn’t really a long while. I think. My absence will be explained via a blog post in the near future. If I don’t end up feeling too lazy, that is. Anyway, let’s move on to the point of this post.

Early on, I’ve decided against participating in blogger awards and tags. I never specifically announced it on this blog as it was more of a personal vow. While I understand that these tags and awards are meant to boost camaraderie among bloggers and to serve as an avenue to better introduce one’s self to the virtual community, these activities – and this is going to sound very vague – didn’t really feel like my sort of thing. As mentioned in my bio (hint: visit my ‘About’ page), I am not a huge fan of writing about myself. Truth be told, I’m pretty terrible at doing so, and the mere thought makes me feel very awkward. Also, I’m not so great in interviews as well. But I digress. Mainly, I wanted people to get to know me better in a way and at a pace I’m more comfortable with. That’s actually one of my intentions when I decided to establish Shealea writes – a humble category for my late night thoughts, incoherent rants, nearly unintelligible musings, meaningless scribbles and everything else in between.

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Review || The Light of Day


Title: The Light of Day
Author: Kristen Kehoe
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Copy: Digital
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I received a free digital copy of this book (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Kristen Kehoe!

The Light of Day is Kehoe’s self-published romance novel which tackles dark themes and sensitive content. The story revolves around Cora Whitley and Jake Ferrari – two strangers who met through Cora’s cousin and somehow ended up becoming roommates. Right from the start, Jake finds himself effortlessly drawn to Cora and her less than fairytale-like past. Perhaps it’s because the two of them share a common trait: they’re both broken and haunted by their past.

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First Month of Blogging!

I never quite understood all the hype and excitement over monthsaries, particularly the romantic kind. Ones wherein couples celebrate by posting photo collages of their selfies together with a novel-length, sentimental caption that features a hundred kissy-faced emojis. Yeah, that one. I mean, a month consists of 30 or 31 days. That’s like 1/12 of an entire year. Now, if these couples intend (or at least, hope to, I guess) to spend the rest of their years still madly in love with each other, that little fraction is kind of statistically insignificant in the grander scheme of things. If we really think about it, that is. Don’t glare at me. Blame the math. I just pointed it out.

Regardless, as I type this, I think I finally get what all the fuss is about. Or at least a portion of it. I think. Whatever. Disregard my entire rant, and let’s get down to business to defeat the Huns.

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Mini Reviews || Batch 1

The books for Batch 1 are as follows:

  • The Lonely Hearts Travel Club: Destination Thailand by Katy Colins
  • Sever by J.M Miller
  • Everealm by J.D. Wright
  • Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Segue: Okay, okay. I know. Chronologically, my next review should be about Forgetting August by J.L. Berg. However, I’m having a hard time with it because I have yet to really wrap my head around the novel’s story. I mean, I am a hundred percent certain that I really, really, really enjoyed the book, but the rest of my thoughts are pretty jumbled. I figured I should work on the reviews for these four books instead because 1) it’s a lot easier; 2) my opinions on these books are pretty straightforward; 3) I wanted to write down all my thoughts on these books before moving on and picking up another novel to read.



Title: Destination Thailand
Author: Katy Colins
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
Rating: N/A (I only finished 8% of this book.)

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Official synopsis:

What if you had a second chance… to find yourself?

Instead of slipping on her something borrowed and tripping up the aisle to wedded bliss, Georgia spends her big day crying into a warm Sex-on-the-Beach, wondering where it all went wrong.

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Review || Defects


Title: Defects
Author: Sarah Noffke
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Copy: Digital
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Before anything else, I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Sarah Noffke and her publishers!

As far as I know, Defects is Sarah Noffke’s fourth published novel, which is (from what I’ve heard) eerily similar to her first trilogy, The Lucidites. This is the first time I’ve read one of her works. When I received her email, I immediately replied (and quite enthusiastically, if I may add) because damn it to hell, the book’s synopsis is insanely intriguing. The concept of Dream Travelers was very foreign to me, and I wanted to know more about them! Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed in the least.

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Review || Defiance


Title: Defiance
Author: C.J. Redwine
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Copy: Paperback
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Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the citizens of Baalboden cower at the mere thought of the Cursed One, a wingless dragon-like monster who looms outside the walls of their city-state, the story begins with Rachel Adams’s grief over her father. Having failed to return from a courier mission, Jared Adams is deemed dead by the city’s disciplinarian Commander. As written in Jared’s will, Rachel is then assigned under the Protectorship of his young apprentice, Logan McEntire, whom she has loathed for the past two years ever since he rejected her by giving back the heart she offered.

However, the two form an unlikely camaraderie as they share the same unwavering belief in Jared’s survival outside the walled city-state, in the Wasteland where the Cursed One roams free. Because of this, Logan and Rachel set out on a nearly suicidal quest to search for him themselves, determined to find answers and more importantly, the truth behind his absence.

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Entry || First 2 AM Thoughts of 2016

Entry #1
In which Shealea ineloquently writes about writing about her 2015 (without actually writing about anything that happened in 2015). At 2 in the bloody morning.

There have been plenty of times I wished I could write a tad more eloquently. This instance certainly falls under that category. I spent many a year talking myself out of writing about New Year’s Eve and anything that’s remotely related to the world completing another revolution around the Sun. Truthfully, the mere thought of writing about what my year was like and how it changed me as a person – it intimidates me. But more on that later.

I personally find it difficult (and sometimes even frustrating) to write about my day for multiple reasons:

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