Mine by Courtney Cole Book Review

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this eBook by Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Addictive and Unputdownable!

Rating: 5/5

Book Insight: Tessa has a wonderful life, handsome husband, and great kids. She is a woman who has had all of her dreams come true. Or so she thought. She lives in Florida and one day she discovers a storm is coming. But not just any storm, a hurricane, and little does she know, this storm is more than just rain and thunder, and she isn’t going to sit through it alone. It’s Mrs. against Mistress while both fight for the man they love. They both think he is theirs and are willing to stake their lives on it. Which one is right? Or are both of them wrong?

The Good: I can’t say enough good things about this book. I haven’t found a book I’ve been able to read in one sitting because I was so engrossed in a long time, but this one was it. I literally could not put this book down. From page one the author draws you into a world that’s not your own. I had to keep turning the pages to see how this would end. Courtney Cole is a brilliant writer and her talent is so obvious in this book.

The Bad: I lost like 4 hours of sleep because I had to finish it. Yes, literally, that’s the only bad thing I can say about it! 😊

Should you buy it?: Yes, yes a million times yes. Keep your eyes open in May because you don’t want to miss this one!

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The Girl Across the Street by Vikki Patis Book Review

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this eBook by Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A twisty and heart pounding read!

Rating: 4/5

Book Insight: Isla has many secrets despite the picture perfect life that everyone else sees. However an accident brings Beth into her life to her at the perfect time. Isla doesn’t have to hide anything from her, Beth saw the problems before she ever voiced them out loud. Now Isla and Beth must find a way to figure out how to navigate through the darkness that is Isla’s life and their friendship might just be their lifeline.

The Good: Vikki Patis is a very skilled writer and is able to shock her reader even when they think they have it all figured out. Most of the book I felt I knew the twists, but I was totally wrong. This was one of those plots that may start slow, but once it gets going it doesn’t stop. I loved the depth of all of the characters and felt that there was just enough detail to really see them as people. I love how she handled controversial subjects within the story with such class.

The Bad: I wasn’t hooked in the beginning. I felt that the prologue was sort of weak and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get into this book, however Patis brought it together with an ending I never saw coming.

Should you buy it?: Yes, definitely! I can’t wait to read more from this author!

The House Wife by Valerie Keogh Book Review

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this eBook by Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A definite page turner!

Rating: 4/5

Book Insight: Diane is a wife and doting mother that has been through a lot, and after a recent breakdown her memory seems to have blocked quite a bit out. So much so that it starts interfering with her day to day life. She starts forgetting simple tasks and finds sleep doesn’t come easily anymore. Is something dark going on right under her nose? Or is she losing her mind and headed for another breakdown?

The Good: This story line was gripping from the first page. I immediately wanted to know what was going on. Valerie Keogh did an amazing job of building an addictive plot. The main characters were described flawlessly and I was really able to picture them and the story playing out as I was reading. And OMG y’all…the epilogue gave me chills. It was executed brilliantly.

The Bad: Although the plot of the book was extremely interesting there were quite a few parts that were very slow moving. Also, it was quite a predictable ending, but still enjoyable nonetheless.

Should you buy it?: I say go for it! I’d love to have it on my shelf! 😊

Do No Harm by L.V. Hay Book Review

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this eBook by Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Suspenseful, Twisty, and Addictive!

Rating: 5/5

Book Insight: Lily has finally found new love after being in a marriage with obsessive and jealous Maxwell. Her new love interest, Sebastian, is the complete opposite of Maxwell in every way and Lily is so glad to finally have a chance at a new life for her and her son. She marries Sebastian quickly and things start falling apart just as fast. Maxwell doesn’t seem to want Lily to move on without him. Will Lily and Sebastian be able to face the dark events that wait for them after their wedding?

The Good: This was a pacy and beautifully written book. I literally lost sleep because I just had to finish it. I could not put it down! The story had so many twists and turns that made you want to keep reading. The author was able to keep me guessing wrong until the very end. Usually I am able to figure out and predict the ending in these types of stories, but not on this one! I knew from the first page that I would be hooked. The characters all had just enough depth to them that you felt like you knew them. L. V. Hay has an unbeatable talent as an author and I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The Bad: I may have gotten whiplash from all of the twists! Okay just joking, but seriously I have nothing bad to say which is actually rare because I am a picky reader.

Should you buy it?: YES, YES, A MILLION TIMES YES! I can’t wait to add it to my collection!

After He Died by Michael J. Malone Book Review

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Book Insight: Paula Gadd just lost her husband of almost thirty years. As any widow is, she is distraught and drowning with grief. Soon after his death she quickly begins to realize the man she was married to may not be who she thought he was. It’s possible that whatever he has done is putting her in grave danger, and she must find out exactly who her husband was, because her life might just depend on it.

The Good: I really enjoyed the solidness of this book’s story line. As soon as I read the synopsis of the book I couldn’t wait to dive in. The book starts out with gripping information and you are almost able to put yourself in the shoes of the grieving widow of Thomas Gadd. I love the dimension of Paula Gadd’s character and at first it is easy to wonder if she may just be going a little crazy with grief. Once I started this book I was anticipating the outcome and Michael J. Malone was able to keep me guessing as I read on and he tied everything together perfectly. Also, I just can’t express the love I have for that cover! It really drew me in when I saw it!

The Bad: The book had several parts at which it went on and on about unnecessary plot points. There were several pages I feel I could have skipped and still gotten the whole story.

Should you buy it?: I would definitely purchase and add it to my bookshelf! Especially if you like plot twists! 😉

Little Fires Everywhere Book Review

“Most of the time, everyone deserves more than one chance. We all do things we regret now and then. You just have to carry them with you.”
-Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere

Rating: 3/5

Book Insight: Shaker Heights is the perfect community where everyone follows the standards of high society. The Richardson family is no exception, but their new tenant, Mia Warren likes to push the boundaries and is definitely not cut from the same cloth as the members of this suburb’s population.

The Good: I loved that the author explored topics that are somewhat controversial in such a classy manner. The story line was solid, and Celeste Ng definitely has a way with words. There were several quotes from the book that moved me and made me think. That was probably the thing that I enjoyed most from this book.

The Bad: I will start by saying that in my opinion this book was slightly overrated. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good book. However, it wasn’t a book that lived up to the hype it received. I found that the characters had no depth even though there were sections that dragged on about them. A lot of parts were very slow moving, and I got bored several times. The ending left much to be desired.

Should you buy it?: Personally, I say save your money. Borrow from the library? Sure.

My Top 5 TBR for Feb 2019

I’m not going to lie, having to choose a top five for this post was hard for me. Like most book lovers, I had a hard time narrowing it down because I have a lot of books I want to read. Okay, Okay, a lot is a major understatement. I’ll probably never finish all of the books on my list. Anyway, let’s get to it! These are the five books that are at the top of my To Be Read List right now:

  1. Educated by Tara Westover (ISBN-13: 978-0399590504)
    I know that I’m totally late to this party, but fashionably late is still a thing right?This book has came with high praise in the reading community. Educated is Tara Westover’s memoir about growing up in a different environment than many others. As a young girl she did not experience school, doctors, or other common parts of life, but she worked her way to a PhD despite her circumstances. I may not be able to relate to Tara’s story, but I feel it will be a very captivating read. Although I haven’t found many memoirs that I have loved, I believe this may be one that I do. Tara has taken her life and childhood and is allowing readers to live and see the world through her eyes. I feel that is a wonderful and beautiful thing for a writer to do. I am extremely excited to get my hands on this book!
  2. Clean by Juno Dawson & James Dawson (ISBN-13: 978-1786540362)
    Let me just go ahead and let the cat out of the bag: I am OBSESSED with books involving drug abuse and/or rehabs. I know that may sound odd, but I dated an addict for several years who died from a heroin overdose last year. From the descriptions I have read, Clean is about a girl who overdoses and her and the other patients’ journeys before and after rehab. Books with this subject matter make me feel like I am able to relate to the story and even see some things from an addict’s point of view. Something I always felt I couldn’t do with the man I dated. Although sometimes it does bring up sadness for me, it also allows me to be thankful I never endured the demons that addicts do. Clean has many five star reviews and has received a lot of admiration as a gritty and life-like story and I can not wait to read it!
  3. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell (ISBN-13: 978-1501154652)
    I have been an avid mystery/thriller reader lately. I have heard wonderful things about this book from friends so I quickly added it to my list when I read the synopsis. Then She Was Gone is a book about a woman whose daughter disappeared. Years later, still with no answers, she is trying to move on with her life and falls in love. However, when she is introduced to her new beloved’s daughter she realizes that she looks just like her daughter that disappeared ten years earlier. I cannot wait to dive into this book and see how it plays out and what the connection is, if there is one!
  4. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (ISBN-13: 978-0062678416)
    Unreliable narrators are one of my favorite things about reading thrillers. I get the feeling from the synopsis and reviews I’ve read of this book that the narrator is not completely believable which I am totally here for! The Woman in the Window is about a woman who is a recluse that watches her neighbors to get through the days. One day she sees something she isn’t supposed to, or maybe she just imagined it. Twisty story lines are my favorite and I am ecstatic to see how this book plays out.
  5. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney (ISBN-13: 978-1250144850)
    Psychological thrillers are the mind games of books, and I am totally a fan if you can’t tell. Unlike most people, I enjoy when a book alternates between past and present and gives you a good backstory to lean on. Sometimes I Lie is about a woman in a coma who believes her husband doesn’t love her anymore and may have had something to do with how she ended up there. Just reading the synopsis I am in total suspense and want to know how this ends.

What books are at the top of your To Be Read List? I love recommendations so feel free to comment below!