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Dead Woman Walking (Sharon Bolton) @AuthorSJBolton @MinotaurBooks

Author: Sharon Bolton
Goodreads Rating: 
★★★★☆ (4.12)
Pages:
352
Published:
September 5, 2017 | Minotaur Books

Goodreads Synopsis:

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…

My Thoughts (4 Stars)

I’m pretty positive I held my breath through half of this book! 

People. If you have not read this book, you need to! This might be one of my favorites book this year! Even though I went through a reading slump from being so busy at work, it was by far a very face paced book for someone who can just sit down to read in a setting. Dead Woman Walking was a brilliant novel and an exciting story to get sucked into.

This is a novel that I cannot go too in depth about because plain and simple, I’d give the important parts away. This is also a book that you really need to pay close attention to. There are many parts inside the pages that made me go back a few to double check information. It’s so hard to discuss any of these parts because I don’t want to spoil anything. So what I am going to do is talk about some of my favorite things about book and a couple of things that I didn’t find interesting.

The first thing I absolutely loved about this book was the fact it opened with a hot air balloon crash and there were nuns throughout the story. I have never laughed so hard at nuns before in my life than I did within the 352 pages of this book. That was an unexpected turn I was not ready for. My favorite part about the nuns, they watched the Big Bang Theory on their recreational time.

Another thing I really enjoyed was the bond Jessica and Isabelle shared. After Isabelle being in the convent for 20 some years, Jessica always visited her and knew how to break all the rules together. It is something I could see my sister and I doing if we ever ended up in their shoes.

I’ve talked to a few other bloggers and readers about this book and everyone has told me that easily predicted what was going to happen. I must have been off my game during this book because I didn’t see any of it coming.

One thing I wasn’t a fan of though was a little lag in the story right before part two. It just started to drag out with nothing exciting happening for me and I almost gave up. Glad I have my book besties to keep me going strong because it definitely turned out to be one of the best novels I’ve read.

To end on a positive note, for the readers that have read the story. That ending was perfect. I was in tears and all I could think of was the quote “Be still my heart.”


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Goodreads Monday: Labor Day 2017: The Ex by Alafair Burke

Hey Bloggers!

All I can say right now is wow. It has been two weeks since I’ve been on my blog and I’m so sorry for being absent. Starting the new teaching position has been more work after hours than I thought. Walking into this position, I follow someone who never liked changed and was a person who never got rid of anything. So I’ve been doing so much work just to be able to be ready for the first day of school. This weekend has been the first three days I have not felt rushed for time or have felt extremely stressed to finish something up.

With that being said, I’m hoping I can be more apart of the blog now and that things at work start to slow down a bit!

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, simply choose a random book from you TBR and show it off. Be sure to check out Lauren’s blog and link back to add your own links!

Today the book I’m going to show off is: The Ex by Alafair Burke.

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Publication Date: January 26, 2016

Publisher: Harper

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Twenty years ago so ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it. Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That’s when Jack’s world falls apart. Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defense lawyers. When she hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide – and that one of the victims was connected to his wife’s murder – there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him – and why? For Olivia, representing jack is a way to make up for past regrets, to absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?

My Thoughts: 

This is another book that has been on my book shelf for a while now and reading the synopsis again as I typed it make me want to put this up farther on my to read list! I love the idea of this book and its premise. A widowed husband possibly of to avenge and get justice for his dead wife only to be framed? WHAT! I hope this book is as good as I have just amped it up in my brain!


Have you read this novel? What were you thoughts on it!? Just remember… no spoilers! 🙂

Happy Reading! xx

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Goodreads Eclipse Monday: Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

Hey bloggers!

Did you see that eclipse today!? We were out and about today and actually got to borrow a pair of eclipse glasses to watch it. I’ve heard a lot of people voice their opinions on how stupid it was or how unimpressed they were but I thought it was really wild. I’m not a big science person but I do love to see how science works. And I’m not afraid to say that it was one of the coolest things I’ve been a part of to see!

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Be sure to check out Laruen’s blog and link back to add your own links!

Today the book I’m going to show off is: Baby Doll by Hollie Overton.

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Publication Date: July 12, 2016

Publisher: Redhook

Goodreads Synopsis:

Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked. This is what happens next … to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter … and to her captor.

My Thoughts: 

This book has been on my book shelf for a while now. Every time I look for a new book to read, I take this one off the shelf and as I  continue scanning, I always find something more interesting or more talked about. I am going to make this book a priority though. I remember hearing such great things about this novel that I feel like I’d be silly not to pick up this book soon!


What are your thoughts on the novel? Have you read it? What did you rate it?

Book Reviews

How I Lost You (Jenny Blackhurst) @JennyBlackhurst

Author: Jenny Blackhurst
Goodreads Rating: 
★★★★☆ (3.89)
Pages:
384
Published:
October 10, 2017 | Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Goodreads Synopsis:

I have no memory of what happened but I was told I killed my son. And you believe 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?

My Review (4 Stars):

This was a novel that had me on the edge of my seat asking for more!

Starting off this story we meet the main character Susan Webster whose name is now Emma Cartwright. She has been in a Psychiatric Institute for the past four years. Now she is out and has the chance to start over. She has done a great job so far. She’s made new friends, kept an old friend from the institute, Cassie, and is well on her way to living a new life. Until it all goes wrong, or maybe I should say right. Inside an envelope that has been dropped off on a Sunday there is a handsome picture of a 4 year old boy. On the back of that picture is the name of her son who she killed almost 3 years ago.

The first person Emma calls is Cassie. Cassie reassures her that this is just a nasty prank. Even though she has a new identity, if a person wanted to, they could figure out your past. People don’t like child killers, do they? There is completely no way possible that her son is still alive. Or is there?

One day, as Emma is sitting at home trying to convince herself that her son is not alive, a man comes to the door. His name is Nick and he knows exactly who she is and she knows exactly who he is. A reporter. Not feeling at all comfortable she slams the door in his face.

Emma starts experiencing the feeling of being watched. She has had her house trashed and she even came home to her cat murdered. Who could be tormenting her like this? Turning to her new found friend, Nick, and her dearest friend Cassie, they set out to find the perpetrator behind the tormenting. But more importantly to find out if Dylan is still alive.

Deep within these pages you see a woman go from confidently believing in the fact that she killed her child, to not knowing who she can trust, digging up her husbands past secrets and fighting for her life. Then to realize that she spent the last four years in a place she might not have deserved to be at.

I really enjoyed Emma/Susan’s character. Not having children of my own, I could still very easily put myself in her shoes. I mourned the loss of her eleven-month-old son. I was terrified with her as she was getting harassed and attacked. I even fell in love with her when it came to the characters of her past and her present. She was very easy to get long with it which is something that wins me over in a novel!

Throughout this novel, I always thought I had the answer. I always thought I had the characters figured out, only to be side-railed with another twist to remind me not to judge too soon. This book was absolutely clever and can easily be read in one sitting

This was a novel that had me on the edge of my seat asking for more! There were twists, there were turns and then there were shocking moments that had me saying “oh sh*t!” The characters are developed perfectly and are charming. But while you’re reading, I must warn you: trust at your own risk!

Thank you tremendously to Atria Books, NetGalley and Jenny Blackhurst for allowing me to read this novel for my honest review!


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Wrap Ups

Weekly Wrap Up: August 20, 2017

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Good morning book bloggers!

What a week we had! We had our fair share of down time around the house and we have been busy this week! In last weeks weekly wrap up, I told you all that I would have a big announcment to share … and well here it goes! I was offered a lead teaching positiion in a preschool classroom and I officially signed my papers this past Friday! My first day back to work is going to be this coming Tuesday and I am so ecstatic. I honestly feel like the days are creeping by!

Back to books, below you will find my week in books!

 NetGalley Approvals:

I’m going strong again being determined on not requesting any more books!

Bookstagram:

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Quote of the Week:

“Wherever you go, becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai


Well there you have it bloggers! My week in books. Hasn’t been a whole lot but I’ve still been here! I hope everyone has had a great weekend!

Happy Reading! xx

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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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