Book Review: A Monster Calls

A Monster CallsA Monster Calls By Patrick Ness

Goodreads Synopsis: The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth Continue reading “Book Review: A Monster Calls”

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Book Review: Dark Matter

Dark MatterDark Matter By Blake Crouch

Goodreads Synopsis: “Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of. Continue reading “Book Review: Dark Matter”

Book Review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

Amy and Roger's Epic DetourAmy & Roger’s Epic Detour By Morgan Matson

Goodread Synopsis: Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way. Continue reading “Book Review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour”

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books From The Thriller Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List

Hey guys once again it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s week’s theme is 10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR ListI want to know what books have piqued your interest lately from whatever genre you choose! So I decided to go with Thriller because that’s my favorite genre. I have been trying not to add too much to m TBR list but I have added some thrillers so I am excited to share my recent adds!


Emma in the NightEmma in the Night By Wendy Walker

Goodreads Synopsis: From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

One night five years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.


It's Always The HusbandIt’s Always The Husband By Michele Campbell

Goodreads Synopsis: Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge . . and someone else is urging her to jump.

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?


Baby DollBaby Doll By Hollie Overton

Goodreads Synopsis: Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked.

This is what happens next…

…to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter…and to her captor.


 

I Found YouI Found You By Lisa Jewell

Goodreads Synopsis: A young bride, a lonely single mother, and an amnesiac man of dubious origin lie at the heart of New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell’s next suspenseful drama that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Paula Hawkins.

In a windswept British seaside town, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside.

Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed.

Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kirsty are teenagers on a summer holiday with their parents. Their annual trip to the quaint seaside town is passing by uneventfully, until an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kirsty. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable—and it’s not just that he’s playing the role of protective older brother.

Two decades of secrets, a missing husband, and a man with no memory are at the heart of this brilliant new novel, filled with the “beautiful writing, believable characters, pacey narrative, and dark secrets” (London Daily Mail) that make Lisa Jewell so beloved by audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.


The Crime WriterThe Crime Writer By Jill Dawson

Goodreads Synopsis: In 1964, the eccentric American novelist Patricia Highsmith is hiding out in a cottage in Suffolk, to concentrate on her writing and escape her fans. She has another motive too – a secret romance with a married lover based in London.

Unfortunately it soon becomes clear that all her demons have come with her. Prowlers, sexual obsessives, frauds, imposters, suicides and murderers: the tropes of her fictions clamour for her attention, rudely intruding on her peaceful Suffolk retreat. After the arrival of Ginny, an enigmatic young journalist bent on interviewing her, events take a catastrophic turn. Except, as always in Highsmith’s troubled life, matters are not quite as they first appear . . .

Masterfully recreating Highsmith’s much exercised fantasies of murder and madness, Jill Dawson probes the darkest reaches of the imagination in this novel – at once a brilliant portrait of a writer and an atmospheric, emotionally charged, riveting tale.


Best Day EverBest Day Ever By Kaira Rouda

Goodreads Synopsis: “I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…”

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.


Sometimes I LieSometimes I Lie By Alice Feeney

Goodreads Synopsis: My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:

1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.


 

 

Our Little Secerts

Our Little Secret By Roz Nay

Goodreads Synopsis: The detective wants to know what happened to Saskia, as if I could just skip to the ending and all would be well. But stories begin at the beginning and some secrets have to be earned.

Angela is being held in a police interrogation room. Her ex’s wife has gone missing and Detective Novak is sure Angela knows something, despite her claim that she’s not involved.

At Novak’s prodding, Angela tells a story going back ten years, explaining how she met and fell in love with her high school friend HP. But as her past unfolds, she reveals a disconcerting love triangle and a dark, tangled web of betrayals. Is Angela a scorned ex-lover with criminal intent? Or a pawn in someone else’s revenge scheme? Who is she protecting? And why?

Twisty and suspenseful, Our Little Secret is an intense cat-and-mouse game and a riveting thriller about the lies we tell others—and ourselves.


The Marriage PactThe Marriage Pact By Michelle Richmond

Goodreads Synopsis: Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice s prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact.
The goal of The Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact. And most of its rules make sense. Always answer the phone when your spouse calls. Exchange thoughtful gifts monthly. Plan a trip together once per quarter. . . .

Never mention The Pact to anyone.

Alice and Jake are initially seduced by the glamorous parties, the sense of community, their widening social circle of like-minded couples.
And then one of them breaks the rules.
The young lovers are about to discover that for adherents to The Pact, membership, like marriage, is for life. And The Pact will go to any lengths to enforce that rule.
For Jake and Alice, the marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.”


FracturedFractured By Catherine McKenzie

Goodreads Synopsis: Julie Prentice and her family move across the country to the idyllic Mount Adams district of Cincinnati, hoping to evade the stalker who’s been terrorizing them ever since the publication of her bestselling novel, The Murder Game. Since Julie doesn’t know anyone in her new town, when she meets her neighbor John Dunbar, their instant connection brings measured hope for a new beginning. But she never imagines that a simple, benign conversation with him could set her life spinning so far off course.

After a series of misunderstandings, Julie and her family become the target of increasingly unsettling harassment. Has Julie’s stalker found her, or are her neighbors out to get her, too? As tension in the neighborhood rises, new friends turn into enemies, and the results are deadly.


Have you guys read an of these thrillers? If so which ones and did you like them? If you haven’t are you looking forward to reading any of these? I do love my thrillers.

Book Review: Eleanor & Park

1 Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Goodreads Synopsis: Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Continue reading “Book Review: Eleanor & Park”

Random Act of Kindness

A Court of Thorns and Roses

I hope everyone is doing well. I have a cute story that I just couldn’t pass up telling you guys. So on Monday night me and my friend decided to go out for a walk. Originally we were planning on just going to Dunkin Donuts but that didn’t really end up working out so we went over to Barnes & Nobles. We were looking around and all of a sudden came across the signed section. There were so many good ones but I decided I was going to pick A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’ve been dying to read this book for ages and I loved owning signed copies so why not. My friend ending up picking Perks of Being a Wallflower. So as we are getting ready to go up the escalator and this woman stops us. She tells me she has a question. So she asks me how much my book cost. I told her how much and she said she’s going to buy the book for me. I am standing there looking at this lady in couple shock. I kept asking her if she was being serious and she said yes she was. She then went on to explain she had just went to talk to her priest and they talked about her doing nice for someone for reconciliation and she just felt this feeling about buying the book for me. I almost started to cry because this is honestly so sweet. I was ready to buy all her books or take her out to eat or something. I gave her a huge hug and couldn’t stop thanking her. She gave me 20 dollars and then went on her way. I really still can’t get over the kindness this lady showed for me. I am forever thankful for people like her. I really wish I knew her name or something so I could tell her how happy I’ve been this week because of her.

 

Have you guys ever done a random act of kindness for a stranger or had a stranger do a random act of kindness for you? I would love to hear your story in the comments below. 😀

The Coffee Bean Challenge

This post is a bit late but better late than never. I got tagged in The Coffee Bean Challenge by Maria. Thank you so much for tagging me. 😀 Go check out Maria’s blog @BigCityBookworm  Her blog is one of my favorites. So here is The Coffee Bean Challenge.


 

 

Black: A series that’s tough to get into but has a hardcore following

1. Game of ThronesGame of Thrones (A Song of Ice & Fire, #1) By George R.R. Martin

I have to read these books. I think I’ve been scared to read them because of the size of the book. I have also heard the books are a bit slow at first as well. I know the fandom for this show is extremely hardcore and they take the book very seriously. I am a huge fan of the show so I know I’m going to force myself to read them at some point.


Peppermint Mocha: A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year

2. Harry PotterHarry Potter by J.K. Rowling

This was a bit hard for me to pick from because I wasn’t too sure what becomes popular when but I always think about Harry Potter during Christmas. I always find myself thinking about the scene where Mrs. Weasley sends Harry a sweater when he thinks he isn’t getting any gifts.


Hot Chocolate: A children’s book

3. Trial by JournalTrial by Journal by Kate Klise

This is one of my favorite kid’s books. I had to read it for school in about maybe 4th grade or so and it was great. It has drawings in it and is just a fun book. I remember that I liked the book so much I went out and bought other books by the author. This is something I plan on refreshing myself with because it’s super enjoyable.


Double Shot of Espresso: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat

4. Where They Found HerWhere They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

This book kept me in suspense the whole time. I did not figure out anything until the very end. Kimberly does a great job keeping you guessing. I also enjoyed how we get 3 different narrators. In this book the narrators work very well and they all end up being connected. This is hands down one of my favorite books. I wish I could read this book again without knowing the ending. 


Starbucks: A book you see everywhere

26 Red Queen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This is a book I’ve been seeing a lot of people talk about. They’re either talking about this or the sequel. There was just something about the cover I really liked so I ended up buying it. It’s on my March TBR list. I’m hoping to start it within the next couple days. I’m very excited. It sounds really interesting. 


The Hipster Coffee Shop: A book by an indie author (a shout out)

6. In the BloodIn the Blood by Lisa Unger

This is a book I really enjoyed that I don’t see people really talk about. It’s another mystery/thriller book. This book kept me guessing a lot of the time. I did feel that you possibly could have predicted the ending but I didn’t. If you’re into mystery/thriller this book is worth a try. I’ve read another book by Lisa Unger but did not like it as much as this one.


Oops I Accidentally Got Decaf: A book you were expecting more from

7. The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This is one of those books I’ve heard nothing but great things about. It’s been compared to Gone Girl but I just didn’t feel that way about it. I thought the story was interesting but I felt it was very predictable. I figured the killer within some time of reading. Such a shame but not much I can do. I’m still willing to give the movie a chance because I’m a huge fan of books made into movies. Maybe the film will help.


The Perfect Blend: A book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying

8. Something BorrowedSomething Borrowed by Emily Giffin

I have to say the story behind this book is something I don’t agree with. I don’t think it’s ever okay to cheat especially with your best friend’s fiance. However I felt myself rooting for the two of them the whole time. I was a little sad about the end but overall happy.


Green Tea: A book or series that is quietly beautiful

9. The AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I rated this low on goodreads but I overall enjoyed the book as a whole. The cover was beautiful. There were so many amazing quotes in this book that I always found myself stopping to write them down. Plus the story is very inspiring. It wasn’t something I would normally read but I’m so glad I gave it a chance.


Chai Tea: A book or series that makes you dream of far away places

10. 13 Blue Envelopes.jpg13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1) by Maureen Johnson

This is such a wonderful series. It’s about a girl name Ginny whose recently passed Aunt sends her traveling around Europe to learn more about the person she was. Then in the second book she gets the last letter which got stolen from her and begins another journey to create a piece of art which her Aunt already started. I wish someone sent me on a journey. I love traveling and this sounds like a amazing reason to travel. I can’t wait for more of my own adventures.


Earl Grey: A favorite classic

11. Death of a SalesmanDeath of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

This was a book I read for school a couple years ago. I remember though I really ended up enjoying it. I don’t really remember too much of the story but I know I liked it enough to buy another one of Arthur’s books. I haven’t read many classics but this was one I actually read all the way through and enjoyed. I just found my copy of it so I’m feeling a reread soon.


 

I would like to tag:

Nicay @The Nerdy Side of a Queen

Camryn @The Writing Crafter

Heena @Heena Rathore P.

Katerina @Bookbox by Kat

Tanya @Tanie’s Reviews

March TBR

So for the month of February I ended up reading a lot more books than I normally do. I was extremely impressed by that number that for March I decided to set my goals pretty high as well. I am not sure if I will be able to get to read all these because I’ll be taking my time with them. The only reason I had such a high number last month was because of the 5books7days challenge I did. I’m also looking for a job so if I end up with something my free time will be taken away from me. Might as well take advantage of it while I can.

12 Charlotte's Web

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

47 A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Mad about the Boy

Mad about the Boy by Helen Fielding

I'll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

52 Perfect Days

Perfect Days by Raphael Montes

26 Red Queen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

9 The Catcher and the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

So there is my March TBR list. I hope I can finish these all. If there are any I don’t finish this month I will push them over to my April TBR list. I already finished Charlotte’s Web and am currently reading The Alchemist. I can’t wait to see what everyone else is reading for March.