Book Reviews

Killman Creek (Rachel Caine)

Author: Rachel Caine
Goodreads Rating: ★★★★★ (4.32)
Pages: 348
Published: December 12, 2017 | Thomas & Mercer

Goodreads Synopsis:

Every time Gwen closed her eyes, she saw him in her nightmares. Now her eyes are open, and he’s not going away. Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war is not over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text… You’re not safe anywhere now. Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has become a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin’s victims, Gwen is going hunting.

She’s learned how from one of the sickest killers alive. But what she’s up against is beyond anything she feared – a sophisticated and savage mind game calculated to destroy her. As trust beyond her small circle of friends begins to vanish, Gwen only has fury and vengeance to believe in as she closes in on her prey. And sure as the night, one of them will die.

My Thoughts (5 Stars)

This second installment to Stillhouse Lake blew me away. If you have not read the first novel, you need to and you need to read them in order. You will be lost on background knowledge if you don’t start with Stillhouse Lake.

From the first page to the last page, I was completely engaged, I was on the edge of my seat and I did not know what was going to happen. This was a thrill ride! I loved the first novel, but I loved this one even more.

The book opens up with a little background story (not enough to fill you in though) of where the last book ended off. Gwen Proctor previously know as Gina Royal in her past life will stop at nothing when hunting down her ex-husband. During this adventure, Sam Cade stays by her side even though he has all the reason in the world to turn against her and kill her himself. Her ex-husband has brutally murdered his sister and how is he to know if Gwen actually helped. The evidence that shows up in this novel doesn’t make it look good for her in his eyes, or her children’s.

Not only does Gwen face the sicko patrol, Absalom, and her ex-husband she has to face the small circle of friends she does has and the reasons they turned against her when she needed them the most.

Gwen is at a fight for her life to protect her children and it was the most suspenseful read I have read. I could not read this book fast enough for how busy my personal life is. If I had no other engagements, I could have easily read this book in a sitting or two.

Looking at characters, I have to share my love for Sam Cade. Not only is a huge character in the book but he is a strong character. I want to have my own Sam Cade when fighting issues. He is brave, supportive, strong, gentle and flies by the seat of his pants. My favorite kind of character.

This novel was full of twists and turns. Reading it, I could picture this movie as a motion picture and I’m really crossing my fingers in hope that might happen one day. This is a great two book story and would make a great movie!

The Stillhouse Lake Series is a series I will love for all time and will read again when necessary. Highly recommended!


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Book Reviews

The Silent Children (Carol Wyer) @carolewyer @bookouture @NetGalley

Author: Carol Wyer
Goodreads Rating: 
★★★★★ (4.37)
Pages:
360
Published:
December 7th, 2017 | Bookouture

Goodreads Synopsis:

The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of this neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes along said, We will not speak of this… Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient in unnamed. Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint.

Then a woman is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her stepdaughter’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies connected, and has the killer only just begun? When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realizes she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing. Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost?

My Thoughts (5 Stars)

Carol, you have done it again! You have to stop leaving me on this cliff hanger…!

Readers/bloggers, if you have yet to pick up the DI Robyn Carter series I suggest you do TODAY! You are missing out on some amazing stories and an amazing writer. Carol Wyer in the past year has not only become a friend to me over social media but one of my most favorite authors to read.

Her writing is full of suspense, crime, passion, and cliff hangers. It’s everything I want and need in a story. Robyn Carter is hands down my hero. Which I’ve said before but I’ll keep saying it from here on out. Her character is determined to not only catch the bad guys but to make a difference in the community and it other people’s lives that she is a part of.

While Robyn has been fighting crime and solving murders she has a case of her own that hits a little too close to home in this novel. I have been waiting since book one for this “event” to happen and after reading book four I don’t what outcome I’d rather read.

Looking inside the story and the relationships that are forming make me so excited to get my hands on the next book to see how much further those relationships are going to go. My favorite one right now (and it’s not a total giveaway) is Shearer & Carter. It is so incredibly adorable how they both shy at the fact that there are feelings there.

Other than DI Carter my next favorite character who almost comes as close as the first is Robyn’s  cousin Ross. He is such a loveable man and willing to go above and beyond his job for Robyn. I would not mind if he ended up getting his own series either (hint, hint).

These books come highly recommended and if you have read them tell me what you think below in the comments. I love to hear what other readers and bloggers have to say about books that I am incredibly in love with!


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Interests · Life

New Years Book Resolutions 2018

Happy New Years

Happy New Years to all of you lovely book bloggers! This is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s filled with love, friendships, dreams, goals and most importantly magic. This is the time of year where you can start over if you need to. Make the most of a new 365 pages. It’s the time of year where you can re-evaluate the year before to make it even better!

With that being said, I have 5 bookish goals that I would love to share with you. I am making these goals in hopes that I can stick with them because as some of you know from Bookstagram, I got engaged at midnight New Years Day! So I will have some planning and goals to make of my own in my personal life but there will always be time for books! Here are my 5 bookish goals:

Goal #1: Goodreads Challenge:

The first goal I made is to read 35 books in 2018. My goal in 2017 was 30 books which I did not meet. With my new job and just simply being way more busy than I was as an assistant teacher, I didn’t make the time to read. This year is going to be different. I would like to read at least 3 books a month.

Goal #2: NetGalley Train:

This goal means I want to read more of my NetGalley books. I have gotten so behind and have neglected those reads. My 2018 goal for NetGalley is to catch up and stay at an 80% or higher.

Goal #3: Book Organization:

This goal is dedicated to starting a book planner. I bought a new personalized planner in hopes that it will keep me on track to read more books to reach my goal. I am going to use it to track not only the books I’m reading but my thoughts when I’m reading that books and how many stars I would rate them. Then, I’m also going to use it for planning out blogging days.

Goal #4: No More Neglect:

This goal means I want to read more of my neglected books that are still sitting on my shelves. There are just so many good novels being released that I have neglected the good novels that could be sitting on my shelf!

Goal #5: Be More Active:

With this goal I really want to be more apart of the bookish community. Before I got my lead teaching position I was posting pictures every day, I was blogging at least 3-4 times a week, was more active on twitter and was reading two books at a time (physical copy & NetGalley). This may be the hardest goal for me just because when I get home from work I am exhausted but this year there are going to be some changes at work and our load may be getting a little lighter.


 

I hope you all had the most wonderful start to your New Years! Do you have any bookish goals you set for yourself this year? Do we have any that are the same? I’d love to hear your comments!

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Interests

Goodbye 2017 – Top 5 Favorite Reads @carolewyer @colleenhoover @rachelcaine

As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to share with you my top 5 favorite books I have read this year! This year has been truly amazing for me. I am incredibly blessed to have met all of the people and new friends I have made in this book community. Without you, I would have never found out who I am as a reader/blogger. I have strengthen a lot of relationships with family and friends this year but I have also let some of those relationships go. I am very thankful for being in mostly good health all year long (besides the nasty sinus infections I’ve had) but most of all I’m very thankful for the opportunity for the new job I stepped into. Nothing makes my days than seeing the happy faces of preschoolers every day knowing they have a place to come where they know they will be taken care of and loved.

With that being said, here are my top 5 favorite books of this year!

Carol WyerHoly Crow .. My number one spot goes to Carol Wyer. She wrote 4 books that released this year and each book is amazingly gripping from the very first page till the last. DI Robyn Carter is by far my most favorite character ever written and she is hands down my hero. This series will be a series I recommend for a lifetime. To check out my reviews of the first three novels you can click here: Little Girl Lost, Secrets of the Dead, The Missing Girls. My review for The Silent Children will be coming in 2018!

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My second favorite book of 2017 was Without Merit by Colleen Hoover. Outside of the mystery/crime thriller genre, Colleen Hoover is my go to author. Colleen Hoover is my favorite adult fiction author when I need a nice break from all the horror inside of the thriller books I read. For this novel, I was asked to be apart of a blog tour. My first ever blog tour. I was so honored to be asked due to the fact that she has written some amazing novels that can be devoured in one sitting. To find my review for Without Merit click here.

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My third favorite book of 2017 was Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. There was so much hype about this book that I was actually afraid to read it at first. I was afraid it would not hold up to the expectations like other readers said. Boy was I ever wrong! There is a second installment to this novel and I cannot wait to read along with the Criminally Good Book Club in January for Killman Creek. Here is my review for Stillhouse Lake.

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The Snowman written by Jo Nesbø was my fourth favorite book this year! This book was recommended to me by Abby over at Crime by the Book! It was also a buddy read of mine with Megan over at Coffee by the Novel and WOW! What a book. I fell instantly in love with Harry Hole and his investigative skills. This book definitely made me re-evaluate my love for snowmen as well. Click here for my review.

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Penpal was my fifth favorite novel of 2017. Penpal is incredibly written by Dathan Auerbach. This book has been the creepiest book I have read in my entire life. I was very leery at first when picking up this book because not a lot of people had read it and not a lot of people had reviewed it. After reading this book, I am extremely afraid of living in the woods, and it will be a great read to recommend to readers who are ready for a terrifying read. Check out my review here.


 

Thank you to everyone who has been following my book reviews on my blog and over on my bookstagram. There were plenty more books that I have enjoyed this year but I really wanted to narrow it down to my top 5 so I can get ready to celebrate with my loved ones tonight. I could spend all day here at my computer writing about the books I’ve read this year.

Thank you to all the amazing authors out there who have allowed me to read their novels for my honest reviews and to the awesome publishers who have sent me ARC’s and books just because to help promote those authors.

I can’t wait to see what the book publishers and authors have to offer in 2018! I hope everyone has a safe and lovely New Year! See you in 2018!

Happy New Year

Book Reviews

The Christmas Gate (T.A. Cline) @Old_Farmer

Author: T.A. Cline
Goodreads Rating: 
★★★★☆ (4.22)
Pages:
100
Published:
December 6th, 2016 | Tate Publishing

Goodreads Synopsis:

Robert Robinson, a renown author from New York City, is traveling unwillingly through a snow storm on his way to a small farm in upstate New York owned by his editor. Robert’s fame from the success of his books has changed him. His indulgence in big-city parties and being in the spotlight has allowed his arrogance to swell and for him to lose focus of his obligations. Now, being excessively late on the third book of a three book contract, he is given an ultimatum.

Robert is oblivious to Christmas and all that goes along with it. His parents loved Christmas, but he hadn’t spoken  with them in over eight years. Over the years, he has slowly disconnected from everything that reminded him of them. Christmas just became a day for a bigger party. While at the old farm house, Robert discovers something that has been hidden there for possibly generations. What secrets lay just beyond an old screeching gate? Will the miracle of Christmas find its way to Robert?

My Thoughts (4 Stars)

This was an incredibly heart warming Christmas read. I am so glad I picked this book up to read for this specific season. This book is a novella and is part 1 of 2 that leaves you with a “to be continued…” The Christmas Gate 2 is the second book to this novella and I cannot wait to pick that up and hopefully finish it before the beginning of the New Year.

This novella could easily be turned into a Hallmark movie on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel. This is a traditional Christmas story that touches on forgiveness, family hardships, greed and spiritual beliefs. This is more of a Christian based novella but is not over the top to make you feel uncomfortable if you don’t follow the belief. It’s a story that highlights the different stages of love and grief along with showing us that life is too short to not love and live life to the fullest. I love how it kind of goes along the lines of the story A Christmas Carol.

I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it if you are looking for a cute holiday read or simply if you’re looking to meet your Goodreads goal before 2018!


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Book Reviews

Stillhouse Lake (Rachel Caine) @rachelcaine

Author: Rachel Caine
Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.11)
Pages: 302
Published: July 1st, 2017 | Thomas & Mercer

Goodreads Synopsis:

Gina Royal is the definition of average –  a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor – the ultimate warrior mom. With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake – and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed – or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One this is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.

My Review (5 Stars)

Looking at my pile of books that I have on book shelves gave me no intentions to go out and buy another book to read. I keep telling myself that I am not going to buy anymore books so I can read more from the books I already have. Well I was in a group chat with 3 other lovely ladies and they convinced me that I would not regret buying this book.

Upon buying the book I made this into a buddy read with a friend of mine, Kathleen over at betweentleaves and this book definitely lived up to all the hype I have heard. You always wonder and second guess the reviews of others. Sometimes books live up to those reviews and other times they don’t.

This novel was not only spot on to the amazing reviews but I was engrossed from beginning to end!

This is a riveting story about a family who is ripped at the seams due to their loving father being a serial killer. I loved this idea for a premise. For one, you didn’t see it coming. For two, you didn’t expect the opening to start with a bang and for three it just goes to show even though you think you may know a person, everyone has secrets.

This book had only a few things that I would have changed. Page lengths is the first one. I am such a stickler for long chapters. Don’t get me wrong, each chapter was equally filled with gripping scenarios and situations, I am just not a fan of long chapters. One only huge detail I would have changed (I will not ruin) is the ending. I realized a few chapters before the end what exactly was going to happen once the killer was caught. It was a little predictable but I still loved this book as whole regardless. I will be ranking this book as top 5!

This was a book that isn’t like all other thriller novels, it’s a book that builds on someone’s anxiety, it builds on a persons fears and it builds on a family’s will to survive. I am very thankful to my bestie Megan over at Coffee By the Novel for getting me the second installment: Killman Creek. I already know my 2018 is going to start of with a BANG!

This book is HIGHLY recommended. Enjoy!


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Interests

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

I have not been present on my blog very much lately due to my work schedule being very busy and hectic. But now that I am on Christmas Break, I finally had the time to actually scroll through my blogging feed and boy did that feel good. I’ve been missing all of you fine bloggers and what you are writing!

Scrolling through my blog this morning I stumbled upon this wonderful 12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge posted by ReadRantRock&Roll. It was originally introduced by abbeycoseattle when she presented it earlier this month. I am very excited to share my Christmas spirit and love for the holiday seeing it is now already Christmas Eve!

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*Rules*

  1. Link back to Abbey’s original post here so that way she can see who all is joining and she can follow along.
  2. Link back to this post in the challenge so that way I can follow along as well.
  3. Save the image and join in for the fun!

12 Days of Christmas!

  1. Favorite Holiday Tradition: 

My favorite holiday tradition that we like to partake every year is taking a night out of our busy Christmas schedule to go around the town we live in to look at the Christmas lights. We first stop off to get hot cocoa or coffee from a gas station and we slowly make our way around town to see all of the beautiful decorations.

Another favorite holiday tradition of mine is watching my most favorite Christmas movies before the day of Christmas actually comes.

2. Christmas Tree – Real or Fake?:

Surprisingly, I am a fake tree kind of girl. Real trees bother my sinuses so I stick with the fake and make it as beautiful as I can! Also, I remember my grandmother have real Christmas trees back in the day and the one thing that sticks in my mind is how much maintenance goes into having one.

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3. Favorite Christmas Cookie:

My favorite Christmas Cookies are hands down chocolate chip cookies. They are my favorite to make along with my favorite to eat!

4. Your Christmas Wish List:

A kitten and a proposal 🙂

5. Your Favorite Holiday Destination:

My house. I have never went anywhere for the Christmas holiday and I don’t think I would ever want to. I am huge tradition person and as long as my family lives close to me, my house is always going to be my favorite holiday destination!

6. How is you House Decorated? 

I have a 3 story home. They only story that is not decorated is the basement. My first and second floor is decorated top to bottom. The yard is decorated along with outside of the house. *I really decided going outside to take pictures so I could post then on here to show you but it is currently 0 degrees out there right now and I’m not going there unless I have to!* I currently have 4 Christmas tress up (Living Room, Dining Room, Front Porch and the loft) along with a lot of Christmas lights, Christmas houses and knick knacks.

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7. Favorite Christmas Movie:

My all time favorite Christmas movie is Elf. Then some close seconds are White Christmas, A Muppets Christmas Story, The Grinch and A Christmas Story!

8. Tree Topper – Angel or Star?

My favorite tree topper to use are stars.

9. Favorite Christmas Craft:

I am not an artsy fartsy type of person. I lack in this area of life but my favorite craft to be a part of is wrapping Christmas presents!

10. Decorations – Silver & Gold or Red & Green?

Right now, my house has colors of all four. But I am a more Red & Green kind of decorator. Maybe one day I’ll got elegant by doing Silver & Gold.

11. Your Christmas Dinner Menu:

Tomorrow for dinner we will have:

Ham
Chicken
Piroghis
Corn
Rolls
Cheesy potatoes
Green Beans

Dessert:

Cookies

12. What is Christmas like where you live?

Christmas in Michigan looks magical. Very rarely do we not have a white Christmas. This year we are looking at a snow storm coming for us tonight and it makes me so incredibly happy. To me, there is no holiday that brings out the magical personalities in people. It brings out the good in people the world needs right now. But waking up Christmas morning in the dark with only Christmas lights on in the house, while Christmas music plays softly in the background is where it’s at in my house. It’s where it is always going to stay.

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(Don’t mind all the hoof prints … the deer love to walk through our yard!)

Merry Christmas book bloggers! I hope you have a magical holiday with your friends and your families!