This is How It Happened: aesthetics and giveaway!

No, you’re not dreaming. It’s Monday and I have a blog post for you.

I know, this is not in my usual schedule, but this week promises to be quite fun for the blog and I AM EXCITED. More on that later on in the week, though. Today, I am really over the moon, because as you might have guessed it, there is a giveaway for you in this post, but it’s not only that. It is a giveaway for a book I really fell in love with a couple weeks ago, called This Is How It Happened. And you know me, I will take ANY chance I have to scream about the books I love a bit more.


When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can’t remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star who had just released his first album. Genevieve knows she was there, and that there was another driver, a man named Brad Freeman, who everyone assumes is guilty. But as she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—that maybe she had something to do with what happened.

As the internet rages against Brad Freeman, condemning him in a brutal trial by social media, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house, where she can hide from reporters and spend the summer volunteering in beautiful Zion National Park. But she quickly realizes that she can’t run away from the accident, or the terrible aftermath of it all.

Incredibly thought-provoking and beautifully told, Paula Stokes’s story will compel readers to examine the consequences of making mistakes in a world where the internet is always watching… and judging.

goodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5Read my full review (without spoilers)


Hoping this will keep on convincing you that you need the book in your life, here is an aesthetic I made for this gorgeous book.


Ready to win this amazing book ?


This giveaway is open internationally, from the 27th November 2017 to the 3rd December 2017, at midnight, C.E.T. The winner will be contacted by email on the 4th of December and must answer under 24 hours to win, otherwise a new winner will be picked. If you have any question about the giveaway, please let me know!

Do you want to read This Is How It Happened? What’s your latest favorite read? Let me know in comments!

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77 thoughts on “This is How It Happened: aesthetics and giveaway!

  1. OMG, Marie! You are on fire with the amount of great blog posts the past days! Love the aesthetic you made and the book definitely sounds interesting. I love when there are modern elements like YouTube and social media in books. It makes me feel the author really knows what’s up today haha

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    1. Well… November seems to be my month ahah, blogoversary feelings are taking over 😛
      THANK YOU! I love it when that happens as well, it makes me feel even more immersed in the story. Best of luck for the giveaway! 😀

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  2. This sounds like a read out of my comfort zone but still like something I’d enjoy!
    Especially with the social media-aspect of it all. It always intrigues me how social media impacts life and this book definitely sounds perfect on that account!

    Favorite reads are always hard to pick.. The last book I gave a five star-rating, though, is Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. I loved the descriptive writing, especially since it didn’t feel overdone – which I often have a problem with when it comes to descriptive writing styles, haha.

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    1. Oh yes – this book was really good when it comes to social media, what people say online and how it impact lives. I LOVED that it was an aspect of this story, we need more books like that.
      Funny you should mention Daughter of Smoke and Bone… I am planning on ordering this one soon and you made me SO excited for it now 😀
      Thank you so, so much for stopping by, Kathy, and best of luck for the giveaway 😀

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  3. This sounds really really interesting! Although many people say dumb things on twitter, I often see people being unnecessarily hateful and I really like it when books examine this aspect of real life. radio Silence kind of did this? Idk. Also, I love this aesthetic!! Also, national parks and outdoors in general are great and this book sounds amaze balls. I hope I win haha ❤

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  4. I’ve wanted to read a Paula Stokes book for a while. This sounds really complicated. I don’t know if you’ve read Wing JOnes, but in terms of responsibility and accidents, it seems like this one might have a bit of the same vibe? I’ve really loved Untidy Towns recently, and before that both of Emily Henry’s boooks.

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    1. Oh no, I haven’t read Wing Jones, but I think you reviewed it already on your blog? Or I hear you talking about it already and it made me want to read it ahah 🙂
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words, Shanti, and best of luck for the giveaway 😀

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      1. I think its my WordPress app. I can see the title picture for the book you’re reviewing, but when I go down to where you’ve put the cover with the blurb, it shows the wanderlust cover… but when I visit on the laptop, it shows like normal. So, I think it’s just a glitch with the app!

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  5. Oh this is another amazing aesthetic Marie. 🙂 I remember your review made me want to read this book, well seeing your aesthetic for it just makes me want to pick it up even more! 😀 I definitely need to get around to this book soon, but I know I say that about every single book on my to-read list so it seems soon means something very different to me than it does to everyone else.
    Great post, and oh I’m definitely intrigued about the news on your blog later this week. 😀 ❤

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    1. Oh thank you! I’ve been having fun with aesthetics lately, even if they take up a whole lot of my time hahaha.
      Oh don’t worry about it – soon means… well, for a bookworm, soon is a very hard word to define 😛
      Thank you so much!! ❤ ❤

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  6. Ooh, I read your review on this and it seems like an amazing book! Gritty contemporaries that tackle heavy issues are my WEAKNESS. I always trust you on contemporary recs, so I’m definitely entering the giveaway! You’re so sweet to host it ahghaghg. ❤ ❤

    (Oh and a recent favorite read would have to be… oh god I don't remember… A List of Cages, according to my Goodreads shelf ahahaha.)

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    1. YAY!! Best of luck for the giveaway, May! Whether you win or not, I hope you’ll get the chance to read this book sometime, it was such a good book ❤

      A LIST OF CAGES, that book BROKE MEEEEEEEEE ahah.

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  7. This book sounds amazing. I’ve heard only good things about Paula Stokes and this has made me all the more excited for when I finally get my hands on something. This book would definitely keep me up reading too late, also Zion Park just!!! I was there in July and the scenery is so different to what I’m used to here in Australia and I already miss it. Hopefully I can get me that book!! xx

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    1. Ohhh you were there??! Wow, that’s so cool. I’ve always wanted to visit these kind of parks and after reading this book, I’m craving for the Zion Park even more!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and best of luck for the giveaway 🙂

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    1. Oh you’re so welcome, thank you for entering and best of luck 😀
      I haven’t read that one just yet, but I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much – I need to read some of Laini Taylor’s books soon 😀


  8. Paula’s writing is gold. I will read everything and anything that she publishes.
    My latest favorite read is Tower of Dawn. Sarah J. Maas is one of my favorite authors.

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    1. You’re welcome, thank you for stopping by and entering and best of luck! 🙂
      Ohhh, so glad you loved City of Brass, this book is on my TBR and I only heard great things about it so far. Can’t wait to read it 🙂


  9. Well, I definitely want to read This Is How It Happened! I have recently read Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes and I loved it, so I would love to see what else she has written!!!


  10. Oooohhhh I love me some good aesthetics and they’re usually what gets me to be interested in a book! I definitely like the sound of this one so thank you for this chance! ❤️

    My latest favourite read has to beeeee…. Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda! It was THE MOST ADORABLE BOOK EVER AND I HAVE SO MANY FEELS AND I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE AHHHHH

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    1. Ohh you’re so welcome, Jackie, I’m so glad you enjoyed these! Best of luck for the giveaway! 😀

      AHHH YES, Simon vs. is sooooo adorable and that trailer made me swooon already haha, I loved it and I love the main actor as well. I can’t wait for the movie ❤

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  11. I loved Paula Stoke’s Girl Against the Universe and it’s one of my favorite reads last yea, so I’ve been wanting to read this since it came out! Thanks for the chance. ❤ My favorite latest read is You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane.

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    1. Ohh, so glad you loved that one! I have it on my TBR and can’t wait to read it. It sounds fantastic ❤
      I haven't heard of You Had Me At Hello, but… I love the title of that book already! :p
      Thank you and best of luck for the giveaway 😀


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