Wrap Ups

Weekly Wrap Up: August 13, 2017

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Good Morning Bloggers!

I hope your weekend has been absolutely fantastic! We got back home from Baltimore yesterday morning and I have never been so excited to be back in the comfort of my own home! Today is going to be spent reading, relaxing and visiting some friends. This week is going to be an excited week for me and I can’t wait to share the great news with all of you on Friday!

Below you will find what my week in books was like!

NetGalley Reads:

Still have not requested any more. I’m going to try and catch up once again since I requested so many two weeks ago. Story of my life!

My Posts From This Week:

The Breakdown (B.A. Paris) @BAParisAuthor

WWW Wednesday (August 9) What Are You Reading Today?

Bookstagram:

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Quote of the Week:

“As long as you’ve got passion, faith and are willing to work hard, you can do anything you want in this life.”


There you have it! That is my week in books! I hope you all have a fantastic week ahead of you!

Happy Reading! xx

Book Reviews

The Breakdown (B.A. Paris) @BAParisAuthor

 Author: B.A. Paris
Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.04)
Pages: 415
Published: July 18, 2017 | Harper Collins UK

Goodreads Synopsis:

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust? It all started that night in the woods. Cass Anderson didn’t stop to help the woman in the car, and now she’s dead. Ever since, silent calls have been plaguing Cass and she’s sure someone is watching her. Consumed by guilt, she’s also starting to forget things. Whether she took her pills, what her house alarm code is and if the knife in the kitchen really had blood on it.

My Thoughts (4 Stars)

Entering the book we meet one of few main characters, Cass Anderson, wife to Matthew and best friend to Rachel. She is a school teacher and after a party for the end of the year, to celebrate holiday, she decided to leave early to be home with her husband since having a migraine. On her way home she took a dark, twisty road that Matthew warned her not to take since it being nighttime and it’s severely storming. While on this road she sees a car pulled off to the side and her better instinct tells her to keep going, but somewhere deep down inside she knew the woman she just passed needed her help.

Not being able to tell if the woman needed help seeing she never got out of her car nor flashed her signals to Cass, Cass went home. The next morning when Cass wakes up she finds out that the woman she passed last night is dead. And she was her friend.

Being distraught, feeling like she helped kill her friend, Cass ends up becoming very paranoid. With the killer on the loose, she starts receiving phone calls with somebody on the other line yet they never say a word. Then the worst happens, Cass starts forgetting important things. What the alarm code is, how to work the microwave, not remembering placing orders, get-together’s, birthdays and dinner dates.

But just as she realizes she doesn’t know who she can trust, she gets diagnosed from a doctor with what her mother had before she died, early onset dementia. How can she even trust herself now?

After reading Paris’ first novel Behind Closed Doors I was very excited to hear that she was coming out with a second novel. While reading this book, I had the same likes and dislikes I did when reading her first novel.

There were parts of the story that I felt very bored with. These parts, I felt could have moved a little faster for my pace of reading but the story always knew how to keep me holding on.

I loved that Cass was the narrator of the story. I felt she did a great job at telling the story while having early on set dementia. You could feel the times the Alzheimer’s were really there but then you could tell when there was just a little bit more going on than forgetfulness. Cass, during the first part of the story made it very suspenseful. Being at a murder scene before it happened, keeping the secrets of being down that road to herself, getting creepy phone calls, it all had me on the edge of my seat. Then the middle of the book came and I couldn’t stand Cass. I was getting very fed up with her for how unrealistic she was being in certain situations. I wanted to scream at her myself but once the end of the book came, I could not in all my physical power, put it down.

I’ve been asked a lot when reading this book which was better: The Breakdown or Behind Closed Doors. I REALLY enjoyed both books. Behind Closed Doors started out very slow for me. To the point where I almost put it down but the ending was incredible! The Breakdown, as I said above started strong, got a little weak in the middle and ended with an incredible bang! In my personal opinion, more was happening for me in The Breakdown to stay engaged and I would say that I liked The Breakdown just a little bit more than Behind Closed Doors.

You can click here for my review of Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris.


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Interests

WWW Wednesday (August 9) What Are You Reading Today?

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WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. IT’s a blog that is open to anybody who wants to share what they’ve been reading. All you have to do is answer the three questions below and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog so she can read what you’re reading too!

The 3 W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

A similar meme I’ve also seen posted on my blog feed is one called This Week in Books and is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

What I’m Currently Reading:

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How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst:

I have no memory of what happened but I was told I killed my son. And you believe what your loved ones, your doctor and the police tell you, don’t you? My name is Emma Cartwright. Three years ago I was Susan Webster, and I murdered my twelve-week-old son Dylan. I was sent to Oakdale Psychiatric Institute for my crime, and four weeks ago I was released early on parole with a new identity, address, and a chance to rebuild my tattered life. This morning, I received an envelope addressed to Susan Webster. Inside it was a photograph of a toddler called Dylan. Now I am questioning everything I believe because if I have no memory of the event, how can I truly believe he’s dead? If there was the smallest chance your son was alive, what would you do to get him back?

What I Recently Finished Reading:

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The Breakdown by B.A. Paris:

This was a book I definitely enjoyed while being on vacation. It was the right amount of creepy, the right amount of twists and turns and it definitely had me on the edge of my seat through most of the read. Head here to check out my full review.

What I Plan on Reading Next:

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Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton:

I won a free ARC from Minotaur Books and the CJSREADS girls over on Instagram.

Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor. She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime. Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all.

Set to be released September 5th, 2017


Well there you have it! My WWW Wednesday. I’d like to hear what you’re currently reading and what your thoughts are on your book! If you read more than one, please still share or share your favorite of the bunch! I love hearing what you all have to say!

Happy Reading! xx

Wrap Ups

Weekly Wrap Up: August 6th, 2017

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Hello Book Bloggers!

I hope your weekend has been absolutely fantastic. Mine has been beautiful and it is only going to get better from here! Over the weekend Brett, my sister and I went to the Baltimore Orioles ballpark (Camden Yards) to watch them face off against our team the Detroit Tigers and it was an amazing experience! The Tigers won of course but so much fun since we were up in a box suite! Then yesterday we laid poolside and today was a shopping day for back to school clothes!

Read below for my week in books:

NetGalley Approvals:

I haven’t requested any book approvals since last week!

My Posts From This Week:

Throwback Thursday (August 3, 2017)

Here and Gone (Haylen Beck) @HaylenBeck @CrownPublishing

Bookstagram:

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Quote of the Week:

“We all deserve a little wanderlust.”


 

There you have it! My week of books! I hope yours was just as great 🙂

Happy Reading! xx

Interests

Throwback Thursday (August 3, 2017)

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Hello fellow bloggers!

I am so excited to be safe and sound in Maryland. Our flight last night had to stay up in the air an extra 10-15 minutes because of storm cells that covered the city right before we had to land. We hit some turbulence (nothing horrendous) and are now safely enjoying the hot sun and air conditioning!

The Throwback Thursday meme was created by Rene over at It’s Book Talk. She made this meme to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we want to read that were published over a year ago. Lord knows we all have a big enough TBR pile, but this is such a great way to share recommendations!

My Pick This Week:

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Published: November 20, 2014 | Transworld Digital

I am missing. Held captive by a blue-eyed stranger. To mark the twelve days of Christmas, he gives me a gift every day, each more horrible than the last. The twelfth day is getting closer. After that, there’ll be no more Christmas cheer for me. No mince pies, no carols. No way out. But I have a secret. No-one has guessed it. Will you?

I read this novel thanks to Pegasus Books last year around Christmas time and what a book it was! Please head on over to my review if you’d like to know more on what I thought of the novel! Dying for Christmas review.


Have you read this book? I’d love to hear what you thought of it!

Happy Reading! xx

Book Reviews

Here and Gone (Haylen Beck) @HaylenBeck @CrownPublishing

Author: Haylen Beck
Goodreads Rating:
★★★★☆ (4.03)
Pages:
304
Published:
June 20, 2017 | Crown Publishing

Goodreads Synopsis:

Here and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother’s desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities. It begins with a woman fleeing through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she’s pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. And then the cops start saying they never saw any kids with her, that if they’re gone than she must have done something with them … Meanwhile, halfway across the country a man hears the frenzied news reports about the missing kids, which are eerily similar to events in his own past. As the clock ticks down on the search for the lost children, he too is drawn into the desperate fight for their return.

My Thoughts (5 Stars)

What a jaw-dropping, rollercoaster ride!

I started this book back at the beginning of the month, thinking that I could read two books at once but for the second time, I realized that I am a one book kind of girl. So back when I started this book I had read about four chapters and in that short amount of time, I was hooked.

Picking it up again two weeks later, the novel only intensified. This book was a perfectly well written novel about a mother who will stop at nothing to save her children.

Opening up the novel we meet one of a couple main characters, Audra, mother of Sean and Louise. Audra is a wife who is scared for not only her well being but also her children’s and when she gets pulled over on the highway, she knows something bad is about to happen. The fear of running from New York, running from her husband and running from social services is nothing compared to what she is about to endure when Officer Whiteside pulls her over.

The car is over packed, Audra and the kids are hot and tired so the officer so kindly helps them lighten the load of the trunk until a mysterious substance is found inside and Audra is arrested. After Whiteside calls it in, Officer Collins comes to help and takes the children somewhere safe while Audra is read her rights. But what Audra doesn’t know is that these two officers planned on kidnapping her kids before she was even pulled off onto the side of the road.

Amidst the backlash from the police, FBI and reporters Audra is stuck in a world who wants her head on a silver platter. Watching the news from a local bar is a man who feels connected to Audra, who feels her pain, who has seen this same situation. Danny knows how she feels because it happened to him. He has a violent past and an eye for an eye future. His brain books a flight to Arizona before his body can even process what he is doing. He has to help. He has to know who took his six year old little girl.

This story is chilling, intense and electrifying. It is a page turner that you won’t want to set down. There were times in this book that I actually had to stop reading because I would get so upset and angry.

One thing I really enjoyed about Beck’s writing style is the way he broke up the chapters between different points of view. Between Audra’s, the officers, Sean’s and Danny’s you get a look into the different emotions and perspectives that makes this novel so frightfully amazing.

I want to talk a little bit about a certain character. Sean. Audra’s eldest child. He was so resilient in this novel. The way he steps up from a boy to a man to not only protect his sister but also to take care of her in times of need. He stopped at nothing when it came to finding an escape and his will to survive was astounding. He was easily my favorite character inside the story.

One thing that I wish would have got touched on a little more was Danny’s character at the end of the novel. Something HUGE goes down and it’s left wide open. For the sake of not giving away any spoilers I will leave it at that and once you read it you can let me know what you think may or may not have happened!

I completely enjoyed this thrill ride and will be a book I recommend to others!

Thank you NetGalley, Crown Publishing and Haylen Beck for the opportunity to read Here and Gone for my honest review!


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Wrap Ups

Weekly Wrap Up: July 31, 2017

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Good morning to all your beautiful souls!

Today I am going to do my weekly wrap up first and then I’m going to share with you the few books I read this month. This month was SO busy for me so I didn’t have the most time to read but the few that I did were phenomenal books!

Read below for my week in books:

NetGalley Approvals:

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My Posts From This Week:

Throwback Thursday (July 27, 2017)

Bookstagram:

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Quote of the Week:

“I am a product of endless books.”


Books I read in the month of July:

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Click here for my full review!

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Review coming soon!


There you have it! My week in review and my monthly recap! Now it’s time to start packing for my 10 day trip to Maryland!

Happy Reading! xx