The Simple Wild By: K.A. Tucker

simplewildI am adoring K.A. Tucker! Her writing is so heartfelt and genuine. This one made me want to pack my bags and move to somewhere remote and wild (LOL). Truly, her writing makes me want to live in this moment. I read this over the summer and sitting outside it was the perfect setting. I recommend this for anyone who is a little confused as to where they are going in life…It might motivate you to take a big leap of faith!

The Turn of The Key By: Ruth Ware

I am a big Ruth Ware fan! I think In a Dark, Dark Wood is my personal favorite, and I know everyone raves about Woman In Cabin Ten (which I also enjoyed). So, when I found out she had a new book coming out…I had to have it! I won this on Instagram (so excited) and it will be released August 6, 2019.

I read it in a matter of two days. It was a fast read with plenty of twists, turns, and action. The premise is that Rowan Caine comes across an ad in the paper for a “to good to be true” live in nanny job. She decides to go for it and gets the job. The twist, its in a smart house with a less than normal family, who has gone through four nannies in the past year. Seems odd, right?

The house itself is creepy, then the stories behind it start to surface and stuff gets real strange y ‘all. It was a bit of a slow build, and a less than climatic ending. But overall, it creeped me out and had me checking all the locks on my doors at night! I’d say it was sufficient in the chiller sense for sure! I still love Ruth Wares descriptive and enthralling writing!

 

The Two Lila Bennetts BY: Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

Its publication day for this Title! Yay!! Congrats Lisa and Liz on the release of this time sucking (in a good way, like I sat around reading it when I had so many other things to do lol)!!!

Lila is a high profile criminal defense lawyer, who helps the “bad guys” go free (I guess we really don’t know if they are actually bad or not?). She’s had her fair share of life tribulations and has done some not so worthy things herself. After winning a big case, she suddenly finds herself in trouble. The story splits here into alternating time frames. In one she’s being held captive and fighting for her life. In another, she is free but being chased. She has to face her demons and come to terms with some pretty shitty stuff. Will this break her? Will she come out alive?

I rated this 4.5 Stars!

I loved the alternating time switching between the chapters. I found this kept me wanting to read as much as I could at once to figure out what was going to happen. I came up with all these different scenarios for who was doing this to Lila and why, but then something would happen that would me change my though process. It was well written and exciting. At times I felt bad for Lila, and other times I thought she was a crappy person and maybe deserved to be punished for her wrong doings (some of them were really bad y’all)! But in the end, everyone makes mistakes…

A special thank you to @netgalley @lakeunionauthors and @lisaandliz for this free copy in exchange for my honest review.

The Silent Patient By: Alex Michaelides *Review

Overall, if you are looking for an easy thriller read, this one might be for you!

Pros:

As for most thrillers, there has to be mystery to it to keep my attention. From the beginning of this book you are prompted with a question of; why did the main character kill her husband? The very first chapter sets the tone for this mystery and prevails throughout the book until the very end. I was hooked on knowing WHY?!

There are several little twists and turns through out the story that make you want to keep reading, this is always a plus!

Cons:

The character development…I felt a lack of connection with the characters. I feel that the author throws in some unnecessary background and filler info. in here and there. In the place of that, I would have much rather gotten to know the main characters better. This is solely my opinion, and I am a “character driven” reader, I just have to connect.

Descriptive scenes, again, likely a personal preference, but I love some good description on the settings and such! I would have loved for the author to go into more descriptive writing regarding Alicia and the actual murder scene.

Overall 4 out of 5 stars for me! It was an easy thriller read that has you wondering until the end. It was a great plot twist and the overall story line was well thought out.

All opinions are my own.

Daisy Jones & The Six By: Taylor Jenkins Reid

So, I must start by saying I have had this book for a while. I read it the first time a while ago also, but I couldn’t exactly put into words how I felt about it the first time I read it. Then, over the past few days, I read it again! I bought this book at a local library book sale. I was surprised to find it there actually, and the fact that it was in large print was perfectly fine! (LOL) I knew there was a lot of hype about this one, I’d seen it every where. I bought it solely for that reason…the synopsis didn’t exactly resonate with me.

As I started reading the first time around, I knew it was going to be tough for me to finish. The writing style was just so unique, with it being in all dialogue (interview) form. I just was not into it. I couldn’t grasp the story due to the fast paced switching back and forth from different characters. I kept on and finally managed to reach the end…I did love the story and the concept, but I still had a hard time loving the style of how it was written. For that reason, I hesitated to write my review.

After a few weeks, I decided to pick it back up. I am so glad I did!! After thinking on it a while (and admittedly googling the band to ensure it wasn’t real – like everyone else) I had processed the whole thing and had some unanswered questions floating around in my brain. The second time around, I didn’t focus so much on who was saying what and just read…just read the story and imagined myself as Daisy. I found it much easier to play out the scenes in my head, like a movie.

There are so many powerful messages of strong women, women who know what they want in life and won’t back down to get it. After re-reading I felt…empowered! The messages about addiction and love are also very powerful. If you’ve never dealt with addiction or an addict before, be prepared to get angry at this book. You may wonder how someone can love someone who hurts them so, which in itself can be seen as an addiction. It puts light to the powerful cycle of this triangle.

Overall this was a four star read for me! Solely due to the fact that I had a hard time following the fast paced writing. But the style is so unique I couldn’t help but give mad props to Taylor Jenkins Reid for her brilliant mind set that it would have taken to write a story like this.

Give into the hype! Read this and enjoy a fresh, new take on fictional story telling!!!

Something In The Water By: Catherine Steadman

Something In the Water

Synopsis:

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to a tropical island, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then while scuba diving, they find something in the water….

Review and Thoughts:

I have to admit, this one was a bit of a let down for me. Sadly.

The first chapter really captured my attention, had me wondering what was next. After that, I found the characters lacked development, the plot started to lose its threads, and the twist became less and less of a twist. I really wanted to like this one more.

One major flaw for me was the lack of character/relationship development. Mark and Erin are supposedly “madly in love”. Yet I never really felt that. Which in the end, once you understand what Mark has done, its actually not that surprising at all. I would have liked more detail on their relationship, which would have made me feel a lot more for them once the twist is revealed.

I will say I did enjoy the descriptive writing, and the “what ifs” of this book. You could make several conclusions based on the events that take place. Some people find this annoying when reading a book, I find it intriguing!

Lights All Night Long By Lydia Fitzpatrick #bookreview #yallneedbooks @lydia_fitzpatrick_david @ PenguinPress

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Press for my early reader ebook copy of Lights All Night Long By Lydia Fitzpatrick!

This was totally out of box as far as what I normally read. I do love a good mystery, but not so much the thriller side of those. This book is also set in a different country  for parts, with a lot of references to Russian language and culture so I learned a bit, but it also made it harder for me to grasp.

While the plot was interesting, the characters and sequencing were hard to follow. There was a lot going on at once. The overall story was definitely a good thriller and left me guessing. I did have a hard time connecting myself to it all, the characters and the neighborhood felt a bit far fetched with their elaborate backgrounds and life stories.
Three stars from me. I really enjoyed Amber Crowies use of twists and descriptive nature of writing. I just had a hard time following story lines and deciphering.

I would love to continue to read more of Fitzpatrick’s works!

All opinions are my own.

**Trigger Warning: References drugs and sexual content.

Review~ Ghosted , Rosie Walsh

Wow.

This was one of my top to be read books for 2019 and it did not disappoint. I loved the buildup to the intense plot twist. It may have been one of my favorite ever! Steadman does a fabulous and admirable job of creating characters that are likable and relatable. I never once had the feeling of not being able to connect to the characters here. The love story amidst the suspense was something fresh and new that I really enjoyed.

The plot twist. Oh man the twist!! I can’t say much about this without giving it away. Just know that it will truly be a twist and you may even find yourself rereading that part, just to convince yourself of what you have just read. I did! It was certainly worth staying up half the night to get to that point! (or maybe to just go ahead and read the entire book in less that 2 days) ! 😉  Even with two toddlers in tow, I read this one in record time for me.

Had to pull out the highlighter for this one…so many memorable quotes and pieces of writing that pulled at my heart-strings. Well done Walsh, well done.