Tag: Book Review

Little Monsters

Little Monsters

Little Monsters is the first book I’ve read by Kara Thomas. The tagline hooked me immediately, probably because I’m a big Pretty Little Liars fan, and that’s what prompted me to pick up a copy. For fans of Pretty Little Liars, Little Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls. The part in the tagline about girls manipulating each other took me straight back to high school and the cliques, the peer pressure, and the downright nastiness that can sometimes exist between girls. It’s a sad truth, […]

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The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

I’m not quite sure where to begin. There are so many things I could say, but they all have the potential of spoiling something important. And this book is one that you don’t want someone to spoil. It’s meant to be savored page by page. It’s meant to entertain, and it does, but it’s also meant to get the gears in your brain moving. Can you figure out the twists and turns, the who, and the why? The how and the what-happens-next? Maybe. First line: Anne can feel the acid churning in her stomach and creeping up her throat; her […]

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Nemesis

Nemesis

Nemesis was a complete mind bender. I have to be honest, I requested the book at my library by mistake. I thought I was requesting a different book by the same title… I’ll let you figure out which one. So, when I saw Reichs’ Nemesis, I thought, eh, the cover is different, but the title is right, and put it on hold. And I’m so glad my brain was addled that day and confused the two books, because Nemesis might just be one of my favorite books of the year! First line: I swore to myself I wouldn’t die that […]

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Love Me Crazy

Love Me Crazy

Love Me Crazy is the first book I’ve read by Camden Leigh and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a short, sexy read, full of angst and southern charm.   First line: “Five years ago, if you’d asked me what I’d be doing today, sitting in a red piece-of-crap car surrounded by the dead, heavy heat of summer on the driveway of a stereotypical plantation—yes, think pristine white siding, wide porches, and an avenue of geriatric trees during an afternoon thunderstorm—would be my last guess.” ~Cassidy   Cassidy and Quinn—the two main characters—are likable and relatable. They are both strong, […]

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Worthy

Worthy

Worthy by Donna Cooner has so many layers that it’s hard for me to gather my thoughts to write a cohesive review. I picked up Worthy on a whim. The jacket cover sounded fun and different and I thought I’d give it a try. I’m not exactly sure what I expected, but I know I didn’t expect what I got, which was an awesome story with an even better message. Everyone at Linden’s high school is obsessed with Worthy. It’s this new app that posts pictures of couples, and asks: Is the girl worthy of the guy? First, it’s a […]

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Romeo and What’s Her Name

Romeo and What’s Her Name

Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff was full of cuteness, from the cover, to the title, to the story. Yet, I found that while the story was a cute, sweet romance (sort of. I’ll get to that), it touched on some deeper issues too, like the importance of friendship and learning about and accepting oneself. Emily was a great character. She was funny and smart and most importantly: she wasn’t perfect. She was relatable. One of Emily’s quirks is that she babbles when she’s nervous. Oh, wow, can I relate to that. I felt like I was reading about […]

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The Matchmaker’s Replacement

The Matchmaker’s Replacement

Wow, this is like the third Van Dyken book I’ve reviewed in the last month. She’s going to think I’m a creepy stalker. I’m really not (Promise). I’m just catching up on all the reviews that need to be written that are piling up next to the stack of books in my TBR list that need to be read. Okay, so confession time. As much as I love Rachel Van Dyken’s work, and as much as I loved the first book in the Wingmen Inc series, I wasn’t hyped for this book. Why? Lex. As soon as I learned there […]

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The Boyfriend App

The Boyfriend App

I picked up The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise on a whim. I was browsing my local library’s Overdrive account, looking for another book, and it popped up in the “suggested for you” area. It sounded fun and different so I decided to give it a try. It’s the first book of Ms. Sise’s that I’ve read. I was expecting a cutesy, swoony romance. I was pleasantly surprised when the story turned out to be about a high school girl who was somewhat of a hacking genius. Awesome. Yes, there was a romance, but it was surprisingly light. The majority […]

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The Matchmaker’s Playbook

The Matchmaker’s Playbook

I know I’m going to sound like a broken record, but you just can’t go wrong with a Rachel Van Dyken book. Seriously. I don’t even bother reading the blurbs. I just grab the book and dive in. And I haven’t read one I didn’t like. The Matchmaker’s Playbook… what to say. First, I really liked that the story was told from the male POV. I haven’t braved writing too much from the male perspective, so I like reading anything from the male POV. And Ian Hunter’s mind is a virtual playground. He’s smug, cocky, confident, funny, and sexy as […]

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Forbidden Dance

Forbidden Dance

There are very few authors whose books I’ll read without looking at the synopsis first. Very seldom will I pick up a book based on the author’s name alone. Deanna Roy is the exception. I’ve read multiple books written by her (and her alter egos Annie Winters and JJ Knight). If I see a book authored by her… Done. Don’t need the synopsis. Just grab my tea or hot chocolate, download the book, and start reading.  And, oh yeah, fall in love with the story. That’s a given.     Forbidden Dance, the first book in Deanna Roy’s new Lover’s […]

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Cheater

Cheater

There aren’t many authors I have on pre-order. In fact, I can count them on one hand. But Rachel Van Dyken is one of them. And Cheater, her newest release and the first book in the Curious Liaison’s series, is a perfect example of why.   Okay, I should start by saying I hated Lucas Thorn. I mean, we know from the title of the book what kind of guy he is, right? Then we flip it over (which, admittedly, I didn’t do until after I’d purchased the book because I’m fearless that way) and our worst fears are not […]

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Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum… well, I’m going to tell you three things.   First, I almost didn’t read the book because the anniversary of my dad’s death was just seventeen days ago, (at the time I’m writing this review) and I didn’t know if I was emotionally up to reading a story about a girl who’d lost her mother. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to review it objectively. I’m so, so glad I read the book. Even though Jessie is sixteen and I’m, well, not, I could still relate to her. Her character is real. She’s […]

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The Bachelor Auction

The Bachelor Auction

You just can’t go wrong with Rachel Van Dyken. I’ve read a few of her books. Unfortunately, not all of my reviews survived the migration from Blogger to WordPress, but that’s a different blog post. The point is, I’ve enjoyed all her books. And the Bachelor Auction was no exception.   First lines: He’s senile. Last night he asked if I believed in unicorns.   The Bachelor Auction is a modern day take on the Cinderella fairy tale. And while Van Dyken takes some liberties here and there, changing things a little to make the story work, it was very […]

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Gilded Cage

Gilded Cage

Gilded Cage by Vic James is set in a world where the Skilled, those with magical abilities, rule. The Unskilled are merely tolerated and, for at least a decade of their lives, work as slaves during their mandatory slave days.   Slave days are usually spent in slave towns. The conditions are horrible. Poor living conditions, poor and unsafe working conditions, not enough to eat, and just all around horribleness.   I thought this was a unique blend of dystopian and paranormal when the market for both can tend to become overly saturated with versions of the same type of […]

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Kiss Me Quick

Kiss Me Quick

Kiss Me Quick by Ally Blake is the first book in the Cinderella Project Series. It’s a fun, sweet, and super cute romance. But don’t let that fool you into thinking there isn’t substance behind the sweetness.     It was a quick read. I read it in one sitting—just a few hours. But while short, it wasn’t short on feels. I really enjoyed the characters, especially some of the septuagenarians on the second honeymoon cruise. I only wish I could have had more of the quirky, meddlesome matchmakers! Kane and JJ were great characters and easy to like and […]

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The Star Touched Queen

The Star Touched Queen

There are two main reasons I picked up The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi at my local library. First, the cover. Very seldom do I get sucked in by a cover. And while the cover isn’t the only reason I read the book, it did draw my attention to it. Second, and this is the real reason, I won the second book in the series, A Crown of Wishes, in a giveaway. I was told I didn’t need to read the first book to understand the second. My understanding is that they are more companion books rather than sequels that […]

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Cinder

Cinder

I love fairytale retellings. But, to be honest, I didn’t think I’d like one that involved cyborgs. And that’s why it has taken me so long to read Cinder. A cyborg Cinderella? Really? How could I possibly get on board with that?   But, hey, I loved it. I mean, I’m not a big science fiction fan. I’m not even a huge fantasy fan (well, lately I have been). And I’m definitely not a cyborg fan. But I loved Cinder. Go figure. A cyborg Cinderella totally worked for me.   Meyer’s characters are well developed. Cinder has just enough snark […]

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Pull Me Close

Pull Me Close

Pull Me Close by Sidney Halston… hmm, what to say? I liked it? No, that’s not right. I loved it? Not right either. I related to it? Yes. That’s it. To be fair the first two statements fit as well.   I’ll be honest. There are very few—very few—books dealing with mental illness that I will recommend. Why? Because I live it. And, therefore, I’m very critical about how it’s presented. Panic attacks? Been there, done that. Anxiety that sometimes confines me to my home? Um, yes, that too. Depression? Well, they all go together, so yeah. When a person […]

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The Thousandth Floor

The Thousandth Floor

Okay, so, I’ll admit that I picked up this book at my local library because of all the buzz about it. It made me a little curious and I thought I’d give it a try. And, I must say, I have mixed feelings about The Thousandth Floor, the debut novel by Katharine McGee.   I thought it would be more of a dystopian-thriller/mystery. I knew a girl would die and got the impression from the first story blurb I read for the book many months ago that there would be some type of investigation or something of the like. Instead […]

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Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows is the fourth book in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. The series has quickly become one of my favorites—along with thousands of other readers. I enjoyed Queen of Shadows more than I did Heir of Fire, book three. The action and intrigue starts on page one and doesn’t let up. It’s go, go, go. There’s a prison break, a courtesan and her young protégé saved, monsters killed, a prince , witches tortured, magic, a queen, kings, death, life, hope, and on, and on.   Characters, in my opinion, are one of the best aspects in […]

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Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns

I’ve wanted to read Anna Dressed in Blood for so long. I don’t know why I haven’t yet. Life, I suppose. So, when I saw Three Dark Crowns one Saturday when I was with my twin daughters at the library, I snatched it up. It’s not Anna Dressed in Blood, but it is by the same author: Kendare Blake. And I’ve heard great things about her writing.   Let me start with the cover. It’s awesome. It’s simple, no fluff or flowers or loving gazes. Just three crowns on a dark background. At least that’s the cover of my edition. […]

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The Girl On The Train

The Girl On The Train

What an awesome debut from Ms. Hawkins! I’ll admit, I’d never heard of The Girl on the Train until I saw the previews for the film. And since I’m a big fan of the lead actress who’ll play the main protagonist, Rachel Watson, in the movie (Emily Blunt), I immediately put the book on hold at my local library… along with every other resident of Winston-Salem, I think. But the weeks-long wait to get a copy was well worth it!   Rachel Watson is an odd protagonist. The reader almost pities her. Her husband cheated on her, divorced her for […]

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Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire is the third book in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass Series. This series has rapidly become one of my favorites and I’ve devoured the books as fast as I can get my hands on them, which is odd because I’m generally not a huge fantasy genre lover. I suppose I can’t really say that anymore, however. I’ve just finished Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (awesome, btw) and now I’m starting Throne of Glass, book four: Queen of Shadows. I’m officially a fantasy genre convert.   I fell in love with the characters and world in […]

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CIN

CIN

“Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin; you never come out the way you went in.” Okay, so I have a confession to make. While I’ve never bought a book based solely on a cover I’ve loved (I have not bought one because of a bad cover, but that’s a different post), I’ve also never read a book based on a tagline… until now. The tagline of Pritchard’s CIN caught my eye (or ear, whatever) and made me take a second look at the jacket blurb. And I’m so glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed CIN and the world it transported me […]

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Legendary Saga

Legendary Saga

I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings. One of my favorites right now is Throne of Glass (which is loosely based on Cinderella for those who don’t know, which is probably no one. Apparently I’m the only person who has been living under a rock the past few years, but moving on.) So when I was given the opportunity to read L.H. Nicole’s Legendary Saga I didn’t hesitate. I’ve never read a retelling of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. I have seen the movie with Clive Owen, however, and couldn’t stop picturing him (and hearing that […]

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