September Wrap-up

monthly-wrap-up

I finally posted all my September reviews. So now it’s time for my September Wrap-up. I ended up in a little bit of a reading slump during the month of September. I didn’t end up reading as many books as I had planned. I did have some really good reads. I hope for October I can read more than 5 books. I’ve already finished 2 books. I hope I can keep this up. Now let’s get to the books I read in September. Continue reading “September Wrap-up”

Advertisements

August Wrap-Up

monthly-wrap-up

Hey guys!! I can’t believe it’s already September already. Time is seriously passing by that it’s time to post my wrap-up for August. I had planned to read a lot more books. I was hoping to read a couple while I was away but I ended up getting sick so I didn’t have the motivation to read. I did read this amazing comic which I should have a review up about tomorrow. So let’s dig in and see what I ended up reading! Continue reading “August Wrap-Up”

July Wrap-Up

Hey guys!! It’s time for another Monthly Wrap-Up. I usually try to post these the first of the month but I have been slacking this week with posts so I do apologize for that. I do hope this weekend on Sunday I sit myself on the computer to schedule some posts for the next coming weeks. The next couple weeks will be extremely busy for me so I do apologize for my absence this month. Also make sure to check out my giveaway which is going on until August 18th.  Alright now let’s get to the books I’ve read in July.


Best Day Ever

Best Day Ever By Kaira Rouda

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 384 pages
Publication Date: September 19th 2017
Publisher: Graydon House
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: 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.


A List Of CagesA List of Cages By Robin Roe

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 320 pages
Publication Date: January 10th 2017
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian–the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.


The Trees Crept InAnd The Trees Crept In By Dawn Kurtagich

Genre: Horror, Young Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 352 pages
Publication Date: September 6th 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: A spine-chilling psychological thriller from stunning YA talent and author of THE DEAD HOUSE, Dawn Kurtagich.

When Silla and her little sister, Nori, escape London and their abusive father, Aunt Cath’s country house feels like a safe haven. Leaving the smog and fear behind, the girls have the love and freedom they never had in their violent home. But slowly, ever so slowly, things begin to unravel.

Aunt Cath locks herself in the attic and spends day and night pacing; every day the surrounding forest inches slowly towards the house; a mysterious boy appears from the enclosing wood offering friendship, and Nori claims that a man watches them from the dark forest. A man with no eyes who creeps ever closer. . .


This is Our StoryThis is Our Story By Ashley Elston

Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller
Pages: 320 pages
Publication Date: November 15th 2016
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: Five went in. Four came out.

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the district attorney’s office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she investigates with Stone, the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot, she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.


Girl in SnowGirl in Snow By Danya Kukafka

Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 368 pages
Publication Date: August 1st 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
My Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: Who Are You When No One Is Watching?

When a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched—not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible characters—Cameron, Jade, and Russ—must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both.

In crystalline prose, Danya Kukafka offers a brilliant exploration of identity and of the razor-sharp line between love and obsession, between watching and seeing, between truth and memory. Compulsively readable and powerfully moving, Girl in Snow offers an unforgettable reading experience and introduces a singular new talent in Danya Kukafka.


Summer House with Swimming PoolSummer House with Swimming Pool By Herman Koch

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller
Pages: 387 pages
Publication Date: April 28th 2015
Publisher: Hograth
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can’t hide from the truth forever.

It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meiers’ extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy.


BonfireBonfire By Krysten Ritter 

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 368 pages
Publication Date: November 9th 2017
Publisher: Hutchinson
My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question: can you ever outrun your past?


Overall I would say July was a good month! Have you guys read any of these books? I would love to hear your thoughts on them if you have.

June Wrap-Up

Hey guys so I gotta admit for a little while during this month I was in a bit of a slump. There were a couple books I read and I didn’t end up enjoying as much as I wanted. Things have also been really busy because I started a new job so I don’t have much time to read but I’ve been trying to get in reading time whenever I can. I also went to Book Con in June which ended up being a lot of fun. I also got some books from there that I can’t wait to read. So let’s dive into the books I read for the month! Continue reading “June Wrap-Up”

May Wrap-up

Hey guys it’s that time again where I wrap-up all the books I’ve for the month of May. I didn’t end up reading as many book as I would have liked but I overall enjoyed the books I read. I am a bit sad with myself because I posted how I would be partaking in The Month of Matson. I’m sad to say I only read one Morgan Matson book. So I was a little upset by that. I’m hoping I end up reading all the books on my June TBR list.


Everything, EverythingEverything Everything By Nicola Yoon

Goodreads Synopsis: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

My Review

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


Pretty GirlsPretty Girls By Karin Slaughter

Goodreads Synopsis: Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

My Review

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


ScarletScarlet By Marissa Meyer

Goodreads Synopsis: Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

My Review

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


Night FilmNight Film By Marisha Pessl

Goodreads Synopsis: Everybody has a Cordova story. Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn’t been seen in public since 1977. To his fans he is an enigma. To journalist Scott McGrath he is the enemy. To Ashley he was a father.

On a damp October night the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her suicide appears to be the latest tragedy to hit a severely cursed dynasty.

For McGrath, another death connected to the legendary director seems more than a coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, he finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world, where almost everyone seems afraid.

The last time McGrath got close to exposing Cordova, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his grip on reality.

ONCE WE FACE OUR DEEPEST FEARS, WHAT LIES ON THE OTHER SIDE?

My Review

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


A Life in PartsA Life in Parts By Bryan Cranston

Goodreads Synopsis: Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father cast him in a United Way commercial. Acting was clearly the boy’s destiny, until one day his father disappeared. Destiny suddenly took a backseat to survival.

Now, in his riveting memoir, Cranston maps his zigzag journey from abandoned son to beloved star by recalling the many odd parts he’s played in real life—paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, lover, husband, father. Cranston also chronicles his evolution on camera, from soap opera player trying to master the rules of show business to legendary character actor turning in classic performances as Seinfeld dentist Tim Whatley, “a sadist with newer magazines,” and Malcolm in the Middle dad Hal Wilkerson, a lovable bumbler in tighty-whities. He also gives an inspiring account of how he prepared, physically and mentally, for the challenging role of President Lyndon Johnson, a tour de force that won him a Tony to go along with his four Emmys.

Of course, Cranston dives deep into the grittiest details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most memorable performances ever captured on screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin.

Discussing his life as few men do, describing his art as few actors can, Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance. But ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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

Goodreads 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.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


 

What books did you guys read in May? Did you discover any good books? I am happy to have discovered some new authors. I can’t wait to see what you guys have read!

January Wrap-up

monthly-wrap-up

Hey guys!! I hope you are all doing well. I’ve had a lot of down time the last month and I ended up doing a lot of reading. I ended up reading 13 books. It sounds like a lot but some of them were comics and I read a couple of The Series of Unfortunate Events books and those are pretty sure short books. Overall I enjoyed majority of the books I read and will be posting some reviews of those books.

Continue reading “January Wrap-up”