Category Archives: Review

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

36256402It took me a while to read this one, simply because I had heard so many mixed reviews. People hated it, and people loved it. A lot of the negative reviews I’d read mainly focused on Leah’s off-putting personality or her being a “b*tch.” I can see where they’re coming from, but that’s just Leah. Even Becky Albertalli has referred to Leah as her “grumpy girl,” so it’s no mystery that Leah isn’t a big ray of sunshine.

Taking this book as Leah is, knowing there may be sometimes that she’s unreasonably grumpy or b*tchy, allowed me to enjoy this book so much more. I am a grumpy girl myself. I’ve struggled with being overweight since I was in high school, so I totally get where Leah is coming from 99% of the time. Sure, she may have been a little harsh towards Abby on their college visiting trip, but I also kind of get where she’s coming from.

Overall, I absolutely loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda when I read it last year, and nearly squealed when I caught this on sale for Kindle, because that library wait list was loooong. Take Leah as she is, grumpiness and all, and enjoy the characters of Creekwood as they are in their senior year, prepare to go off to college, and begin their new lives in various colleges on the East Coast. Right now, I haven’t seen any mentions of there being any more novels or novellas following this one, but I would be delighted to indulge in all the stories involving this great cast of characters. ❤

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Chronicles of a Radical Hag by Lorna Landvik

image_processing20190221-41-u01rlnIf the title of the book doesn’t grab you, the content will. I’ve never read anything by Lorna Lanvik before this book, but I’ll certainly start now. Her background in stand-up and improvisational comedy certainly shines through this book from start to finish. This is a unique story, sharing stories from Haze’s column in the past. Not only do you get the true feel of Haze as if she were your best friend, but the cast of characters touched by the Granite Creek Gazette, especially Susan and Sam. The writing within certainly captures your interest and make for a quick read, simply because you don’t want to put it down until you know what’s going to come up next. I read this in one sitting and would do it over again if I could.

Release Date: TODAY (March 26, 2019)

Murder Mile by Lynda La Plante

display-a785585dc884488f3ada15bd0809fc4d.jpgAh, another book by Lynda La Plante. She is such a talented author that I know, no matter what I read of hers, it’s going to be good, interesting, gripping, and will leave me by the seat of my pants until I flip the last page. My first book of hers was Widows, and let me tell you, it set high bars as far as writing is concerned, and she does not disappoint.

Follow Jane Tennison on her journey to hunt down and discover the identity of a serial killer wreaking havoc and murder on the wintry town. Tennison is a likable and relatable character, who you root for from beginning to end.

This book weaves in and out of events seamlessly, never leaving you without suspense and always leaving you with wanting more.

Consumed by J.R. Ward

display-6bc9c690f06159b45838926ea270557bI have heard great things about J.R. Ward prior to this book, but never had the pleasure of reading her books. . . until now.

Consumed is everything a thriller and mystery should be and more. The mystery of the fire starter and Danny and Anne’s search for the fire starter is what kicks this book off to a whirlwind of a start, but when the fire starter begins to target Anna when they’re hot on the arsonist’s trail, this is where the suspense of the novel picks up and grabs you, not letting you go until the very last page.

The writing in this book is wonderful and captivating, thrusting you into the character’s world. It is all-consuming and leaves you thinking about what will happen next. If you’re not reading the book, you’re thinking about the book.

Release Date: October 9, 2018

The Byline Bible by Susan Shapiro

display-5813de1fceae32dc759cc478766ce9d9.jpgThis is a great book that will no doubt help a lot of people. This will be best used and kept as a reference book and is certainly a good book to have in your arsenal, whether or not you’re in the entertainment field or looking to go into it.

As someone who is currently most of the way through earning a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, this is definitely a useful book. I am pleased to have this as not only a reference guide, but to also have in my arsenal.

While this book may not give you every single thing you need to know on how to get published, it will certainly be handy for your journey into publishing and certainly can’t hurt. I’d suggest going out there and grabbing this one, no matter where you are on your journey.

Release Date: TODAY August 21, 2018

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

display-d39b6c6f4b4a74c4fc87915004a25977.jpgI LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. The writing, first and foremost, was captivating and thrilling, well put together, flowed extremely well, and made me not want to miss one second of reading this book.

I am a big fan of psychological thrillers and this one certainly falls within my ‘Top 20’ list for gripping thrillers. A man, getting married, loves his wife. His mother, however, isn’t prepared to let him go. As irritating as this sounds, it is a REALITY, though only partly, because Pammie (a.k.a. mother) is a piece of work, I tell you. I’m sure you’ve known someone like her in your life. The closeness of reality and the thrilling addition of being a work of fiction is what made this book enjoyable, it was a quick read, and it engulfed me.

Release Date: TODAY August 21, 2018

The Darkest Lecgacy by Alexandra Bracken

display-1d859f37f4e132734125e8231555be96.jpgSo, I jumped right into this book as it’s been a while since I have been in the Darkest Minds world, but nevertheless, I loved every page of this!! I love Alexandra Bracken’s writing from the Darkest Minds books and it still carries on in The Darkest legacy. I am super hyped for the movie, releasing this Friday – August 3 – and I love these characters so much. I was glad to see Suzume in a better light and her journey in this book is certainly one of intrigue and interest as she tries to clear her name. I love this series so much, and since reading this, I’ve picked up a copy of the Darkest Minds to sort of re-read, since it’s been years, so I can fully appreciate this book later on, even though it was amazing this first read around!

Release Date: TODAY