Arc Review: Jar of Hearts

Jar of HeartsJar of Hearts By Jennifer Hillier

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Fiction
Pages: 311 pages
Published: June 12th 2018
Publisher: Minotaur Books
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

PlotThis is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s been searching for the truth all these years . . .

When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong—one of the most popular girls in school—disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school.

But fourteen years later, Angela Wong’s remains are discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home. And Kaiser—now a detective with Seattle PD—finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women.

To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he’s something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo’s first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed.

For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela’s death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison.

While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong.

How far will someone go to bury her secrets and hide her grief? How long can you get away with a lie? How long can you live with it? Continue reading “Arc Review: Jar of Hearts”

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Book Review: You’re Welcome, Universe

You're Welecome UniverseYou’re Welecome Universe By Whitney Gardner

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Disability
Pages: 297 pages
Published: March 7th 2017
Publisher: Knopf
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

PlotWhen Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

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Arc Review: Lying In Wait

Lying In WaitLying In Wait By Liz Nugent

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Pages: 336 pages
Publication Date: June 12th 2018
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Plot: My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.
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Arc Review: Bring Me Back

Bring Me BackBring Me Back By B.A. Paris

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 336 pages
Publication Date: June 19th 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Plot: A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again.

Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.

As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?
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Waiting On Wednesday: The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. WestawayThe Death of Mrs. Westaway By Ruth Ware

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 384 pages
Release Date: May 29nd 2018
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press

Plot: On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.


Why I Need This Book: I am a huge Ruth Ware fan. She is an auto buy author for me. I’ve been hearing really great things about this book. Plus the plot seems really interesting. I really can’t wait to get my hands on this when it comes out.


Have you gotten to read this early? If so what are your thoughts on it? If not, are you guys interested in picking this book up? I would love to hear your thoughts on it. I seriously can’t wait for it to come out!

Book Review: Still Me

Still MeStill Me By  Jojo Moyes

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 390 pages
Published: January 30th 2018
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Plot: Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life.

As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

Funny, romantic, and poignant, Still Me follows Lou as she navigates how to stay true to herself, while pushing to live boldly in her brave new world. Continue reading “Book Review: Still Me”

Waiting On Wednesday: The Outsider

Outsider X RD5BThe Outsider By Stephen King

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 576 pages
Release Date: May 22nd 2018
Publisher: Scribner

Plot: An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.


Why I Need This Book: First off, it’s Stephen King. Also this book just sounds so up my alley. Sure I have a couple of Stephen King books I have yet to read but I really want this one. I can really see myself enjoying this. Plus I just love the vibes I’m getting from that cover. I also heard that Holly from the Bill Hodges series makes an appearance in this. The Bill Hodges series was one of my favorite series that I read last year. I have been missing the characters so much. I am excited to see what Stephen does with her in this book.


Are you guys interested in picking this book up? I would love to hear your thoughts on it. I seriously can’t wait for it to come out!

Book Review: Mean Girls

Mean GirlsMean Girls By Micol Ostow

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 304 pages
Published: September 12th 2017
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Plot: You know the story–or do you? Cady Heron grew up homeschooled in Africa with scientist parents as her teachers, monkeys as her classmates and the African plains as her playground. But when her family moves to the suburbs of Illinois, she finds herself a stranger in a strange land: high school.With no prior research to guide her, Cady’s forced to figure out North Shore High all on her own. Suddenly she finds herself sucked into Girl World as a new member of the social elite dubbed “The Plastics.” Cady discovers that unlike the wild, Girl World doesn’t have any rules–especially when you maybe, possibly, okay definitely, have a giant crush on their ruthless leader’s ex-boyfriend. Turns out, life in high school might be even more brutal than a showdown on the Savannah.Based on the screenplay by Tina Fey, this retelling of the cult classic film includes tons of extra, never-before-seen bonus content.
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Book Review: Bring Her Home

Bring Her HomeBring Her Home By David Bell

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 434 pages
Published: July 11th 2017
Publisher: Berkley Books
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Plot: Just a year and a half after the tragic death of his wife, Bill Price’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, disappear. Days later, the girls are found in a city park. Haley is dead at the scene, while Summer is left beaten beyond recognition and clinging to life.

As Bill holds vigil over Summer’s bandaged body, the only sound the unconscious girl can make is one cryptic and chilling word: No. And the more time Bill spends with Summer, the more he wonders what happened to her. Or if the injured girl in the hospital bed is really his daughter at all.

When troubling new questions about Summer’s life surface, Bill is not prepared for the aftershocks. He’ll soon discover that both the living and the dead have secrets. And that searching for the truth will tear open old wounds that pierce straight to the heart of his family…
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Book Review: Bird Box

Bird BoxBird Box By Josh  Malerman

Genre: Horror, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Post Apocalyptic
Pages: 262 pages
Published: March 1st 2014
Publisher: Ecco
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Plot: Something is out there . . .

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?

Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?

Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.
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