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All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

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display-779903f7f072dbce0ff33be539878e03To start, I absolutely love Emily Giffin. Her writing is superb and she is such a great storyteller, I have not read a book of her I didn’t like and I practically screamed when I found out she was coming out with another book.

This story is told from three perspectives and I honestly thought it would be a problem, but it isn’t. This story follows Nashville’s elite and shows that one “mistake” can alter so much. I am also a big fan of stories following “wealthy” families when they get the light shone on them, showing that they are just like the rest of society with their problems and their secrets, they just deal with their problems at white tie galas and I deal with mine binge-watching Parks & Rec in sweatpants.

Release Date: TODAY


The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

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40389527Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Let me just start off by saying, even though it took me a full week to finish reading this book, I actually read it in about two day’s reading time. As you all know, one of my favorite genres is thrillers. I love the suspense of not knowing where the book is headed, twists that I anticipate, or twists I expect and then am floored by my wrong assumptions. This book had all of that. The writing was incredible and made this book so enjoyable.

*semi-spoilers, but nothing too deep*

     Anna Fox, a former child psychologist, suffers from agoraphobia after a terrible accident with her husband and daughter, unable to leave her house beyond the backyard. She spies on her neighbors through the windows of her home, most notably through her bedroom window. On Halloween night, Jane Russell, the new neighbor, saves Anna from the nasty teens who throw eggs at her house.

A few days later, Jane pops by again. This time, she stays awhile, and Anna and Jane become friends, bonding over wine, old movies, and chess. Jane gets a little drunk and slips up, mentioning that Alistair, her husband, is controlling and loses his temper.

A few days later, Anna hears a scream from the Russell’s home. She looks over and sees Jane with a sharp silver thing sticking out of her chest, bleeding. After she calls for help, she ventures outside – the first time in almost a year – and across the street to help Jane. She collapses on the way and then wakes up in a hospital room to a nurse and a detective.

After the detective takes her home when she recovers, he and another detective survey the house. Their most troubling find is the table left littered with pills and wine, both recently used.

Perhaps she imagined the whole thing? That’s what the detective thinks, anyway. And then the doorbell rings and Alistair walks in with Jane in tow…

…and Anna’s never seen this woman in her life.

When I tell you I’ve never been in love with a thriller book until this one, I am telling the TRUTH. The writing from A.J. Finn makes this book stand out above the rest, and the twists and turns just gripped me throughout its entirety. I was questioning everyone, every reality, and every possibility I could, but I was still floored with the last twist near the end.

If you enjoy thrillers and suspense, read this book, you won’t regret it! As a matter of fact, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t read this book. The way the chapters are set up makes it a quick read, but the writing sucks you into this world.

Snow – A Review

snow coverI enjoyed the premise immensely before reading the book, but I knew I’d heard of it before – at least I did the premise. This was actually published last October, and I enjoyed it this time around more than I did then – I didn’t get to finish it the first time.

Overall, I liked the writing style and enjoyed the story being told from different points of view – a tactic or style that helps me immerse myself into a story even more, or at the very least makes the book go by faster, and I think that is this book’s strong suit for the most part.

The story was told well and I found myself “in the character’s shoes” more than once. I was glad to have a second chance to read this, for I didn’t get to enjoy it quite as much the first time as I did this second time.

Released in 2017.

Widows – A Review

display-4b81231fd0e2337be5e843a7422b6a5d.jpgI loved just about every bit of this book. I mainly wanted to read it because it is soon to be a motion picture, and with its premise, it certainly was intriguing to say the very least. This story reminds me of the soon to be released movie, Ocean’s 8. While the plots are wildly different, they both bare the same basics – a team of women pulling off a heist.

The whole mystery of “where’s the 4th man” captured my attention, and this book was wild from start to finish. Lynda La Plante certainly has a way with her writing, and it shows in this book. She’s been awarded for screenwriting before, and you can tell she has the art few possess of showing instead of telling. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the story and the writing, immensely.

 Release Date: June 5th, 2018

Lies You Never Told Me – A Review

lies you never told meI was so so excited for this book as soon as I found out about it. Adult thrillers are one of my favorite genres and so are young adult contemporaries (or even thrillers/fantasy/etc). This book meshes both the thrills an adult thriller gives me with the enjoyment of what a young adult novel gives me.

All of the characters, especially Elyse and Gabe, are relatable, but they are the characters that resonated the most with me along with their parts in the story. I feel bad for Sasha, in the sense that she is loving her love, but then I don’t because she’s on the tad bit psychotic side.

The writing for this book immersed me into their world and I devoured it in one sitting and didn’t want it to end.

Release Date: May 29, 2018

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) – A Review

I loved this book and it was a great start to a 4-book series.

I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this book (and series) for months since I learned of its existence. Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is grand and I really immersed 
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myself amongst Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah throughout their adventure. I only give this a four-star rating because sometimes it would drag only slightly (now, this could be a personal problem and can be linked with my recent reading slump, of which this book pulled me out of). I started off with a bang, got a little hung up there in the middle, and then from about 60% on through to the end, I couldn’t stop reading. I love these characters, they’re so lovable and relatable, and I can picture them all sitting in front of me while reading this book. I loved every bit of this book, am so glad I found this series, and can’t wait to continue on in this search for Glendower.


While it may take me a few weeks or even the end of the summer before I pick up book #2, I can’t wait to continue this series. (Also, the reason for this wait is due to the library books I need to read now, soon, and library books that I’ll get soon from the holding list, of which most are extremely long and there’s several I’ve been on the waiting list for months, so that’s top priority.)

Everybody, Always – A Review

display-21f25aa201f46695ae557cb66790ca90.pngWhile I have not read Bob Goff’s prior book, Love Does, I can see from others he followed up well with Everything Always.

I am not normally one to enjoy “self-help” type of books, but Goff’s writing and explanations in his writing certainly made the topic in this book enjoyable. I loved the insight this book provided and it is certainly a book that anyone who likes self-help type books should own and have in their arsenal.

This book provides a way to love and have love in a world full of difficult people. The contents of this book provide a great insight into how we should love others in a difficult to-love-world, and love those that are difficult to love. Bob Goff knows how to captivate a reader with his writing and his content.