July Book Haul

Hey guys! I haven’t done a Book Haul post in so long. I have to say I ended up getting a lot more books in July than I expected to. So I decided it would be fun to share them with you. I bought a couple of them, some I won from giveaways, a couple I got just to write a review about them, and two from Nocturnal Reader’s Box. So I have to say July ended up being a good month for me. So let’s hear about all the books I got. Continue reading “July Book Haul”

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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.

This Is Our Story Review

This is Our StoryThis Is Our Story By Ashley Elston

Goodreads Synopsis: 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. Continue reading “This Is Our Story Review”

Thrillerfest Teen Panel

Hey guys! I’m sorry I have been a bit inactive this past week. Work has been keeping me super busy and worn out but I actually ended up doing something fun and book related yesterday so I decided I needed to share. I went to Thrillerfest Teen Panel at Books of Wonder. Honestly such a fun experience. Let me tell you more about it before I talk about my experience.

Event Information:

Books of Wonder is proud host the ThrillerFest Teen Panel. Meet ELLE COSIMANO The Suffering Tree, New York Times bestselling author or All the Missing Girls, MEGAN MIRANDA for The Safest Lies, ASHLEY ELSTON for This is Our Story and KARA THOMAS for Little Monsters.

Get ready for an evening of psychological drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Starting at 6pm join us in welcoming these FOUR talented authors of great new thrillers. The authors will read from their latest novels, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all of their novels. Ages 12 and up. Thursday, July 13th. 6-8pm.


So I have to say going into this I only read two of these authors. I read The Darkest Corners By Kara Thomas and I read All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda. So I didn’t know too much about the other authors. I was interested in reading This is Our Story By Ashley Elston. I also was hoping they would be selling Little Monsters by Kara Thomas but no such luck. Thankfully I ended up reserving a signed copy for when it comes out.

So anyway I ended up getting to the event almost close to 7. I get out of work at 6pm so it sucks cause I get to miss the talking part of the panel. Thankfully when I got there the authors were taking questions so I got to listen to some of that for a little bit. I wish I could have heard the talking part but still q&as are also very fun. I did get to hear about all the upcoming projects they have coming up and I have to say I am super excited for each of them.

So surprisingly this was a pretty small event. Not a lot of people ended up showing up which is such a shame but I also liked that because it ended up being a smaller event and more intimate. When my friend and I were waiting to get our book signed by the authors whose books we bought we got a chance to talk to the other authors who didn’t have anyone talking them. We ended up going over to Elle Cosimano about her book cover. She was telling us about how the illustrator did such an amazing job with the cover and I agree.  It is such a beautiful design. She mentioned how each little detail has to deal with the story. She kept telling us about all these different things and I was super into it that I decided to go and purchase the book. Mind you I ended up buying The Darkest Corners and This is Our Story. I decided that since I would probably buy it in the future I might as well just buy it now and have it signed. So I did that.

I also ended up talking with Ashley Elston whose book I was really excited to pick up. The more I would hear her talk about the book the more I was sold and extremely happy that I decided to pick up the book. It had everything I loved. It’s a thriller. It’s also told from different perspectives. One of those perspectives is told from the shooter who you won’t find out is until the end. She also said the shooting happens right at the beginning so it sounds like I will be hooked from the start. I honestly can’t wait to jump into this.

Lastly I went over to Kara Thomas. I was so excited to go tell her how much I loved her book The Darkest Corners and that right after I read it I found out she had a new book coming out soon I was ecstatic. My friend told her how I got her to buy her book so she was super happy about that. I honestly can’t wait for Little Monsters to come out in less than two weeks. I read a little bit of it and I really enjoyed it. I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on the full book.

Overall I thought this was such a fun experience.  All the authors were so sweet and welcoming. Since it was such a small group of people you could take your time and talk to them without being rushed. You could tell they were super appreciative of everyone who came out and supported them. I am so glad I went. It ended up being a fun time and a fun experience. It did end up hurting my wallet a little but I’m so happy with my purchases. I can’t wait to dive into these books. I’m seriously ready to drop my current reads for these.


I hope you guys ended up enjoying my experience about The Thillerfest Teen Panel. It was such a fun time and hopefully found some new favorite authors. Have you guys read anything from these authors? I would love to hear your thoughts on any of these books.