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.

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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

BA Book Haul

For Mother’s Day, my husband told me he didn’t know what to get me. So, me being the addict I am, I told him, “Why not just let me pick out $35 worth of books from BookOutlet?”

Little did he know, I’d already had books picked out before this. But, I digress. So, here we are, a week after ordering, and my 13 pound box of 13 books for $35 came in the mail. (also, I’m almost a week late because they actually came in last Friday)

32837465_10155707020526848_3041977245284433920_oNow, don’t judge me, but I’m still reading my Kindle library books. Though I intend to read Because You Love to Hate Me as soon as I can, it just ain’t happening.

And then, I went to Books-A-Million last Saturday night. I have not set foot in that bookstore in at least 2 years, but because I’m an addict, I just wanted to see if they improved their bargain section at all.

They did. 

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In my defense, I’ve been wanting Armada ever since it came out. But, because I’m such a “doesn’t want to buy things full price, ever” kind of person, I’ve just been hoping I’d get it at a discount, even if it was the Kindle version. Lo an behold, both of these (hardback, might I add) were only $7 each.

also, don’t judge me, but I have 2 more orders coming from Book Outlet next week (hopefully) and an order of Stephen King books from ThriftBooks (mainly because I’m trash for SK and I have 2 of these on audiobook already) coming within the next week or so. 

However, now I’m on a book buying ban until at least Black Friday. I need a shock collar or something, to be honest, this is what happened Tuesday. “I am only doing these Book Outlet and ThriftBooks orders and that’s it. Oh, look, A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is only $2.99 on Kindle. *1-click buys*.” I am trash.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books in this BA Book Haul, what you thought about them, or what books you think I may have ordered for the next Book Haul!

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.)

Update. . . Stay Tuned!

Hey readers!

So, I almost killed my computer last night! Safe to say I cried for a couple of hours, went to bed early, and will never leave a drink in an open container near my baby ever again. All the while, I was planning on doing an update on The Raven Boys (audiobook & Kindle) and One of Us Is Lying.

As soon as I get an open space at lunch or this evening, I’ll do just that.

In the meantime. . .

What grave mistake have you made that made you make strict rules to keep the accident from ever happening again?

The Book Blogger Test Tag/Sunday Funday

The 

Book

Blogger

Test Tag

Taken from: The Book Loving Nut

The rules:

You must answer all of these questions truthfully and once you’ve completed this tag, tag 5 other book bloggers to answer the questions next.

What are your top three book pet hates?
Mass Market Paperbacks; broken spines; sticker residue.

Describe your perfect reading spot
In a big two-person recliner chair with a “bedside” table for snacks and drinks. 

Tell us three book confessions
I constantly buy Kindle books when they are on sale, even though I have 50 unread books on there; I have dog-eared books before (don’t come for me); sometimes getting so distracted, I’ll read a couple of pages, remember NOTHING, then have to go back and reread far back until I remember where I left off.

When was the last time you cried at a book?
I am not an easy crier, especially with books, so it’s 6-8 years, but it was with The Time Traveller’s Wife.

How many books are on your bedside table
I don’t have a bedside table, but I currently have 3 books and a 1-year writing journal on my desk. 

What is your favorite snack whilst you’re reading
Cheez-Its and Sweet Tea/Coke or Hot Chocolate w/ Marshmallows. 

Name three books you’d recommend to everyone
The Program Series by Suzanne Young; Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King – or really any of his short story collections; The CreepyPasta Collection Volumes 1 & 2 by MrCreepyPasta. I’m a fan of short story collections in general. 

Show us a picture of your favorite shelf on your bookcase

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This is the top of my 2nd bookshelf beside my desk. I just like this one because it has Stephen King novels and little decorations that I like. The sign says: “I drink coffee for your protection.”

Write how much books mean to you in 3 words
Books are life.

What’s your biggest reading secret?
I am not a big fan of classic novels. The Great Gatsby, Fahrenheit 451, Tale of Two Cities, etc. I just don’t like some of them. 

I Tag:

Sara @ The Bibliophagist

LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks

Strange Girl Gaming

Fictionally Sam

Ellie @ Crack The Spine