25 05, 2017

Review: THE NEWS AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Emily Jeanne Miller

By | Thursday, May 25, 2017|3 Comments

This is kinda funny but, I really thought this book would be about the end of the world. I thought it would have some sort of apocalyptic event in it. It turns out I was wrong. It wasn’t a total disappointment, but that was a big let down. THE NEWS AT THE END […]

7 11, 2016

Review: CERTAIN DARK THINGS by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

By | Monday, November 7, 2016|1 Comment

Review: CERTAIN DARK THINGS by Silvia Moreno-GarciaCertain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on October 25th 2016
Pages: 336
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Paranormal, Dark Fantasy, Literary, Romance
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Welcome to Mexico City... An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires...
Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eeking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life.
Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Domingo is smitten.
Her plan doesn’t include developing any real attachment to Domingo. Hell, the only living creature she loves is her trusty Doberman. Little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his effervescent charm.
And then there’s Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries.
Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive?

It has been a minute since I read a good vampire novel. CERTAIN DARK THINGS was an adult story about vampires. This story takes place in Mexico City, one of the many cities in the world that doesn’t allow vampires. There are many different species of vampires in this story. Atl is perhaps […]

28 09, 2016

Review: LAST SEEN LEAVING by Caleb Roehrig

By | Wednesday, September 28, 2016|10 Comments

Review: LAST SEEN LEAVING by Caleb RoehrigLast Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 4th 2016
Pages: 336
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT, Mystery, Young Adult
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Flynn's girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can't answer, and her friends are telling stories that don't add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January's boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January's disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

Oh this book! I am scratching my head that more people aren’t talking about it. It is so good! I admit it started off slow. In fact at first I didn’t think I liked the characters very much. I kept reading though and slowly I found myself thinking a lot about Flynn, wondering […]

10 06, 2016

Review: THE SUDDEN APPEARANCE OF HOPE by Claire North

By | Friday, June 10, 2016|6 Comments

Review: THE SUDDEN APPEARANCE OF HOPE by Claire NorthThe Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
May 19th 2016
Pages: 480
Genres: Fiction, General, Thrillers, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary
ARC provided by BEA 2016, Little Brown Books

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My name is Hope Arden. I am the girl the world forgets.
It started when I was sixteen years old.
A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A friend who looks at me and sees a stranger.
No matter what I do, the words I say, the crimes I commit - you will never remember who I am.
That makes my life tricky. It also makes me dangerous . . .
The Sudden Appearance of Hope is the tale of a girl no one remembers, yet her story will stay with you for ever.
Praise for Claire North:
'Just extraordinary' Claire Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go
'Beautiful and gripping' Guardian
'Little short of a masterpiece' Independent
'North's talent shines out' Sunday Times
'One of the fiction highlights of the decade' Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club

This is was such a great read. Hope is the kind of character that will stay with me for a long time. Hope has a unique condition. People forget Hope almost as soon as she leaves the room. Her words and deeds can only be recorded electronically. It started when she was only […]

7 06, 2016

Review: THE CRESSWELL PLOT by Eliza Wass

By | Tuesday, June 7, 2016|5 Comments

Review: THE CRESSWELL PLOT by Eliza WassThe Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass
Published by Disney-Hyperion on June 7th 2016
Pages: 272
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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The woods were insane in the dark, terrifying and magical at the same time. But best of all were the stars, which trumpeted their light into the misty dark.

Castella Cresswell and her five siblings-Hannan, Casper, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem- know what it's like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.

Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. But, at school, they're still the freaks they've always been to the outside world. Marked by their plain clothing. Unexplained bruising. Utter isolation from their classmates. That is, until Castley is forced to partner with the totally irritating, totally normal George Gray, who offers her a glimpse of a life filled with freedom and choice.

Castley's world rapidly expands beyond the woods she knows so well and the beliefs she once thought were the only truths. There is a future waiting for her if she can escape her father's grasp, but Castley refuses to leave her siblings behind. Just as she begins to form a plan, her father makes a chilling announcement: the Cresswells will soon return to their home in heaven. With time running out on all of their lives, Castley must expose the depth of her father's lies. The forest has buried the truth in darkness for far too long. Castley might be their last hope for salvation.

The Cresswell Plot is about a “cult-like” family known for their religious beliefs and the way they live. Castella Cresswell is the main character. She has recently been sent to a public school after DCF got involved. If only they had stay involved. The Cresswells are living in their ramshackle home, without power […]

23 05, 2016

Review: DON’T YOU CRY by Mary Kubrica

By | Monday, May 23, 2016|5 Comments

Review: DON’T YOU CRY by Mary KubricaDon't You Cry by Mary Kubica
Published by Mira Books on May 17th 2016
Pages: 320
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Psychological, Thrillers, Thrillers & Suspense
Also by this author: The Good Girl, Pretty Baby
ARC provided by Harlequin

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New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica returns with an electrifying and addictive tale of deceit and obsession.

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she's the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under Pearl's spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.

I met Mary Kubrica at BEA this year. She was a delight in person. I loved her debut The Good Girl and her follow up suspense Pretty Baby. Don’t You Cry was almost as good, and better in other ways. This book is not as suspenseful as her other two books have been. […]

27 07, 2015

CONFESS by Colleen Hoover

By | Monday, July 27, 2015|2 Comments

CONFESS by Colleen HooverConfess by Colleen Hoover
Published by Simon and Schuster on March 10th 2015
Pages: 320
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General, Contemporary, New Adult
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry. For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

I went into this book expecting to be disappointed, I was so wrong. Confess is such a well written novel about love. This book drew me in right away and I found it hard NOT to love this book. Auburn knew love once. She loved a boy named Adam who died when he […]

13 07, 2015

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid

By | Monday, July 13, 2015|4 Comments

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins ReidMaybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Simon and Schuster on July 7th 2015
Pages: 352
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women, Family Life, Romance, Contemporary, General, Thrillers, Suspense
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From the acclaimed author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do comes a breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan. Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate? Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

Awwe! This story just made me so happy. I love the premise of Maybe in Another Life. I just want more books like this. I am so grateful to have read it, and so excited to tell you all about it! Hannah has no real direction in her life. At 29 she has […]

22 06, 2015

PAPERWEIGHT by Meg Haston

By | Monday, June 22, 2015|9 Comments

PAPERWEIGHT by Meg HastonPaperweight by Meg Haston
Published by HarperTeen on July 7th 2015
Pages: 304
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, PSYCHOLOGY, Young Adult
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Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. In her body. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert.
Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at mealtime, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid.
Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn't plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh’s death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she too will end her life.
In this emotionally haunting and beautifully written young adult debut, Meg Haston delves into the devastating impact of trauma and loss, while posing the question: Why are some consumed by their illness while others embark on a path toward recovery?

This was such a touching story. Paperweight follows a girl through her stay at a treatment center for her anorexia/bulimia. She is so lost, her story was very hard to put down. Stevie is planning to kill herself. Her anorexia/bulemia has a purpose. She wants to die on the anniversary of her brother’s […]

19 06, 2015

EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES: A NOVEL by Laura Dave

By | Friday, June 19, 2015|7 Comments

EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES: A NOVEL by Laura Dave

EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES: A NOVEL by Laura DaveEight Hundred Grapes: A Novel by Laura Dave
Published by Simon & Schuster on June 2nd 2015
Pages: 260
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Family, Family & Relationships, Women's Fiction
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There are secrets you share, and secrets you hide…Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands.But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever.Georgia does what she’s always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets…

I just finished reading Eight hundred Grapes. I found it hard to put down once I got to know everyone. There was much to love about this heartwarming story. Georgia just walked out on her dress fitting for her wedding. She found out her boyfriend has been harboring a secret and now she […]

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