May Book Review

Happy June! There was a whole lot of reading being done the last few weeks. Here are the books that sucked me in and as always, leave a comment if I need to add anything to my ever-growing wishlist.

 

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I read this one because Mix and Match Mama (one of my fave blogs) said it was one of her favorite reads last year and because of super high the Amazon ratings. It was enjoyable enough but just kind of eh. It took me about a week to read which tells you right there that it was just okay. The book follows a young woman who travels to Georgia to spread her mom’s ashes and learn a little more about her mom’s past. She gets help from various people in the town and learns not only a lot about her mother, but herself too.

 

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The Bright Effect by Autumn Doughton and Erica Cope

I had to check out another book by these two authors because of how much I enjoyed Steering the Stars. This one is told by two narrators in alternating chapters, Amelia and Bash. They come from completely different worlds, but also find out they have much more in common than they originally thought. The story is told in two parts and let’s just say Part 1 was much happier than Part 2 (I gasped when I read the last few pages of the first part). Definitely recommend for those that enjoy young adult.

 

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I wish I could erase this book from my memory and start it all over again! Emiline is a struggling writer who never talks about her past. Her roommate, Cara, lends her a new book she just couldn’t put down and Emi reluctantly starts to read it. After the first couple chapters, she realizes the protagonist of the book is based on her. She struggles with reading the book, seeing the books author for the first time in 12 years, and figuring out her current relationship. This was basically a book within a book and I loved every second of it. The epilogue was way too short; I need a whole other book!

 

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Chasing Polaris by Autumn Doughton and Erica Cope

This is another one by Doughton and Cope. It was probably my least favorite out of the three that I read but I still liked it okay. This one follows Seth, Bash’s best friend who appears in The Bright Effect. He meets Imogen and they embark on a scavenger hunt to try to win tickets to a music festival. Little does Imogen know though that Seth is in the band that is headlining the show. It was okay and definitely an easy read but out of the books by these authors, I would definitely choose one of the others.

 

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One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is another one I read based on Mix and Match Mama’s review and also the reviews on Amazon. I liked this one WAY more than Cancel the Wedding! I read it in about two days and I am fairly certain that if work didn’t get in the way, it would have been done much sooner. Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse, and they are living a wonderful life in Southern California, traveling the world. Jesse goes missing in a helicopter crash the day before their first wedding anniversary and is declared dead. Fast forward three years later, Emma is engaged to another man and is happy again… until she receives a phone call from Jesse. Now Emma has to choose between the two loves of her life. It wasn’t sure who I wanted her to pick but I will say that I am satisfied with how it ended.

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

This is the third in a series by the author and despite having read the previous two SO SO long ago, it didn’t take me long to fall back into the characters. The book was totally predictable and the main character, Lara Jean, was such a goody-goody at times, but it was enjoyable enough. The author left it fairly open so I wouldn’t be surprised if there is another one in the series at some point.

 

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This one has been out for several years and was never on my to-read list for whatever reason. My mom bought recently bought it and lent it to me to read during state testing (no electronic devices allowed. Sorry, Kindle) and I am so glad she did! Alice is a well-respected Harvard psychology professor who, at the age of 50, begins forgetting things here and there. After seeing her primary physician, she wants to consult with a neurologist who tells her that she has early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The rest of the book is Alice and her family navigating her (and their) new life as she starts getting progressively worse. Definitely add this one to your list– don’t wait as long as I did!

 

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With how much I enjoyed One True Loves, I needed to get my hands on another one by Reid. I liked this one just as much, if not more. Hannah moves back to Los Angeles after living in several cities. She goes out with her best friend to meet up with old high school acquaintances and finds herself having to decide to go home with her best friend or home with her ex-boyfriend. From here, the book is told as two different stories in alternating chapters what would happen if she made either of those choices. I liked both storylines equally and in the end, couldn’t decide which I wanted to be the “what was actually happening” story. Two more books by this author; can’t wait to read them!

 

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I’d definitely recommend this one if you’re the Gone Girl or Girl on the Train type of book lover. The book is told in alternating points of view– one of the mother whose child is killed in a hit and run accident and the other the police officer investigating the case. It was pretty intense and there were some pages I needed to read again because I got confused with the narrators but overall, this one was a quick read that kept me picking it up.

 

 

I am currently reading one now that I cannot seem to get into so we will see if that one will make my June post or not! Happy reading!

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April Book Review

This month’s reading included a ton of young adult contemporary novels as well as a couple “thrillers.” I was able to read 8 books this month which brings my yearly total to 18. Here are the books that I read this month. And as always, if you have any suggestions for me, be sure to leave a comment!

Unknown-1Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

This may be the one of the best books I’ve read so far this year*. And the best part is this author has a TON of other books for me to dig into! This book follows Lindsay who left her abusive husband years earlier. Fast forward ten years later when her ex-hubby, Andrews, gets out of jail (serving time for reckless driving and killing the other driver) and weird things start happening. They suspect it is Andrew trying to make her pay for leaving him years ago. The book kept me hooked the entire time and I’ll definitely be checking out other books by this author.

 

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Yupp, I read another Colleen Hoover book! This one she wrote with Tarryn Fisher. It was a super short read (one of the reasons why I wanted to read it) and was somewhat enjoyable. The book is told by alternating narrators, Silas and Charlie, who “wake up” in the middle of their day having no idea who they are or where they are. Helping each other, they both try to figure out who they are and why their memory got erased. It was a quick read and was decent enough. I didn’t connect to the characters like I have in other Colleen Hoover books but if you’re looking for a super quick read, this may be a winner.

24422492Never Never Part 2 by Colleen Hoover

The first book left on a cliffhanger (or really, it just ended) so of course I needed to read the second book. It picks right up where the first left off and you come to find out that Silas and Charlie’s memories are erased every 48 hours. They have been writing down notes for their “new” selves to remember and try to figure out what is happening to them. I finished this one in about 2 hours. Still enjoyable but still not connecting to the characters like I usually do. Yet right after I finished this book, I downloaded the third…

 

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…and finished it in about 2 hours as well. These weren’t the best books I’ve very read whatsoever. The whole premise was weird and even in book three, I still cared very little about the characters. If you like Colleen Hoover, I’d say check these ones out. Or if you’re in the mood for a super quick, easy read. Otherwise I’d say spend your reading time on something a wee bit better.

 

 

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

Unknown*I thought Never Let You Go was the best book I’ve read so far this year until I finished this one. The book starts with Will and Iris celebrating their seventh anniversary. The next morning, Will gets on a flight to Orlando. Fast forward a few hours later when Iris learns of a plane crash and finds out Will was on board. The kicker? The plane was headed to Seattle, not Orlando. Iris’ life begins to unravel when she realizes how little she knows about her husband and how he had been lying to her for years. There were tons of twists and turns and I gasped out loud at least twice. I also stayed up until 1030 to finish it and if you know me, something has to be really good for me to stay up past by bedtime. I am hoping this author has more books!

 

First & Then by Emma Mills

{84C2BFC3-6FBC-49DE-83DA-01DF25C289BF}Img400The old saying goes, “never judge a book by it’s cover.” Oops. I did with this one. The cover of this book is BEAUTIFUL! I saw it at Barnes and Noble forever ago, took a picture of it, and added it to my E-libary wish list. It took a couple of chapters to get into but I ended up enjoying it. Devon’s family takes in her cousin Foster after his father dies and his mother is unable to care for him. He is different and Devon is extremely protective and worried he won’t fit in. Foster ends up finding his place on the football team of all places and Devon continues to figure out her new life, with her new cousin and new relationships. Overall, an easy read. Somewhat predictable but really, aren’t all YA books?

Steering the Stars by Autumn Doughton and Erica Cope

51+kqM9m-HL._SY300_This book was super cute! It follows two best friends, Hannah and Caroline, and is told from their points of view in alternating chapters. Hannah is a writer and gets an opportunity to spend a year abroad in London at a prestigious school where she can work on her craft. That leaves Caroline in Oklahoma, where she has to navigate her junior year without her best friend. I really enjoyed both characters, as well as all the secondary characters. I read this one in less than 24 hours… because it was super easy and also because I enjoyed it. I sometimes am disappointed when books end because I want to stay with the characters a little longer and find out what happens, and this is one of those books. I would love for there to be a sequel.

 

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

{4EC78560-15E3-4EF2-8432-047F1705B873}Img400Okay, so I only read about 25% of this book in April. I had checked it out several weeks ago but in the middle of reading it, my loan period ended so it was deleted from my Kindle. There was no way I was going to buy the book when I was almost done with it, so back on the waiting list I went. Jessie moves to Los Angeles after her mother dies and her dad meets someone new. LA is totally different from her life in Chicago and the book follows her trying to navigate her new surroundings. Insert SN, an anonymous boy who begins emailing (and then texting) Jessie. There are several people who you think could be SN, but you don’t find out until the very last chapter. This one was a typical YA book, so of course I enjoyed it.

I am currently in the middle of Cancel the Wedding. You’ll have to come back next month for that review. Happy reading!