One True Loves (Taylor Jenkins Reid)


In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.
On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love?

What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.


I have this feeling that every Taylor Jenkins Reid book will leave a huge impact on you. This is my second one and it left an even bigger hole in my heart than the first one I read did. It opened my eyes to a whole new feeling that I have never felt before. So of course I am going to run out and grab her others that I haven’t devoured yet.

“Hollow and empty are terrible ways to feel when youre used to being full of joy. But it’s not so bad when youre used to feeling full of pain. Hollow feels okay. Empty feels like beginning.”

I will say this (no spoilers): I knew who I loved the minute I started reading this book. I knew who I chose and who I was smitten with. But besides just him, you will fall in love with every character in some way.

The one thing I would like to point out is how easy it is to get lost in this book. How easy it is to fall in love with her writing and the flowing. I feel as if she could write a children’s book and I would beg to read it to my son every single night. But just because they are so easy to devour does not make it any less deep than what they really are. Not only do the words dig deep into you but her story and her meaning behind the story digs deep into you.

I wish I could buy this book for everybody. It’s packed full of just the right amount of emotion from sadness to uplifting joy. How this fictional story can feel so real is beyond me but I have this prediction that all of this authors book are packed full of punches just like this one.

“It’s messy to love after heartbreak. It’s painful and ir forces you to be honest with yourself about who you are. You have to work harder to find the words fo ryour feelings, because they don’t fit into any prefabricated boxes.

But it’s worth it.
Because look what you get.
Great loves.
Meaningful loves.
True loves.”

I love the simplicity of the cover as well. It speaks volumes once you finish the book. I’ll end with this, most people when they read the blurb will think “oh God, another love triangle story.” But it isn’t that. It’s so much more. It’s about growth, acceptance, truth, and most importanly finding yourself. To me, it was about learning to play the piano when there wasn’t one near you. This book made me realize how special the heart truly is. It endures so many emotions, obstacles, stress and it still beats and beats as if nothing can drag it down.

Epic Lies (Trudy Stiles)

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DAX ANDERSON has always been the one to keep it all together.

~ His family~
~ His friends~
~ His band~

His heart is huge, but guarded. He’s the best friend. The protector. The shoulder to cry on. But he’s never been able to protect his own heart or himself. Lies from his not-so-distant past have destroyed his outlook on love – until he meets her.

GISELLE ANDREWS is confident and happy, but cautious. She’s learned to overcome many obstacles despite her past. She’s fiercely loyal and loves beyond measure. When she’s reminded of her past and the pain that she lived through, will her perfect world begin to crumble?

What connects Dax and Giselle?
And will EPIC LIES destroy their future?

EPIC LIES is the second book in the EPIC FAIL series and can be read as a standalone novel.

This series is a spinoff of the FOREVER FAMILY series. 

Trudy has went above and beyond again. I can honestly say that I have never met a Trudy Stiles book that I have not liked. Wait not liked..loved.

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My main interest in Trudy is her writing. It’s exceptional. It’s a huge breath of fresh air and I can always count on her to get me out of whatever book slump I might be in. It’s written in present and past tense which is some of my favorite type of writing. Even some of my preferred.

And that prologue…ugh. Just stab my heart right off the bat why don’t ya, Trudy?

Back to the writing: Trudy constructs words and sentences that don’t just flow together but they are so strategic and emotionally packed you feel them all the way through your read.

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The characters were solid and dynamic. Dax was a very strong hero, in my opinion. And we don’t see those very often. Trudy made it to where Giselle has went through some things that you don’t feel pity for her you empathize with her. You feel what she feels and you endeavor what she endeavors.

I feel like it’s completely safe for me to say that if you are in need of good book or out of your book slump you don’t have to just pick this one up. Pick up any of Trudy’s books. Her gift will soon make you feel complete.

All the Bright Places (Jennifer Niven)


Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.


I did a reread on this when I learned that they were making a movie out of this book (as I usually do). I’m so glad I did a reread. What an emotional book. I saw it all coming and knew what was going to happen but oops, guess I took this read to heart…again.

My most favorite part of this whole book was the characters. I enjoyed them immensely, every one of them. Namely Finch. He was my most favorite. His quirkiness, his personality, just all of him including his “issues”. He was a very well-crafted character who fit the definition of myself as a teenager to a T.

“For what it is worth, you showed me something—there is such a thing as a perfect day.”

My only negative thought on this book was the fact that it is strangely similar to The Fault in Our Stars. And the fact that the first part of the book is very slow. BUT the redeeming point is, the writing. I am not usually one to enjoy Young Adult novels but the writing in this one was so well done that I hardly even noticed that it was.

I appreciated how realistic this book was. We have all been teenagers. We know what that is like. Changing, high school, growing, adapting. It’s hard. This book depicts all of that. I feel like with how raw and realistic this book was, you will most likely end up being stunned into silence but the end of it.

“You are all of the colors in one, at full brightness.”

I feel like everyone needs to read this book. The topics are important and very serious. It showed the dark side of our lives and the crawling and digging we do to just scrape by in this challenging life.

It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover)

I am not including the blurb. I hope every one ventures into this book completely blind.

I know that everyone is going to say this but: this book…this book is Colleen’s best book. Not because of the characters. Not because of the hype that always revolves around Colleen and her new books. But because she broke so far out from her normalcy to write this that in return I fell in love with a whole new side of her.

“Maybe love isn’t something that comes full circle. It just ebbs and flows, in and out, just like the people in our lives”

It Ends With Us hits me right at home. Right where I hurt and where I hide MY hurt. I always tell people that Tarryn Fisher’s book Mud Vein saved my life and it did but this one? This one healed me. This book made me feel okay. Like my life was just where I needed it to be. And you know what else? I even sat there and said “Damn it Colleen. You make me so thankful for what I have and who I have”.  How awesome is it when a book can be that powerful? To make you feel that way?

There are a couple of things I could pick out that I didn’t like. I could maybe write you a short paragraph on that but it all comes down to the fact that the message that Colleen delivers with this book outweighs that short paragraph by a long shot. The message she delivers is SO important. I hope it saves lives and I hope it eases the heartache to those that need it.

Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)

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Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.


I plunged into the Outlander world and I came out alive. Although it was a long and treacherous read, a majority of it was a pleasant read.

When I started the audio I began enjoying it much more. So if reading a behemoth of a book with strange Gaelic language is not for you, try out the audio.

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First, the author is obviously well crafted in her talent. I can see how her story telling has captured the minds of a lot of people and a lot of my friends. Her descriptions are vivid and her characters are very well thought out.

I do have to say that Claire was my most favorite part of this book. Her mannerisms, reactions, her attitude. They were all so exciting to read. The story line was very enjoyable, even more so through her POV.

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Some would disagree with me but in my honest opinion, a lot of this story could be edited out. Longer is not always better. There were also some things in here that were triggers to me and very hard to read but nonetheless I pushed through.

I liked this book for the most part. My friends love this book, I respect that. This, however was NOT for me. It was long, it was wordy, and it was very strenuous for me. But I did it. I made outlander my bettttch.

Into the Tomorrows (Whitney Barbetti)

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I was born in sadness, which was just the beginning of a solemn and desolate life. I’m no stranger to pain—none of us are. The night I held my best friend’s hand as she died, I understood true agony. And I never thought I’d feel happiness again.

But that was so long ago…

Moving to Colorado to be with Colin, my high school sweetheart, was the perfect way to start over and rekindle what had begun to fizzle. I wanted that spark to ignite, to burn in passion and desire. Instead, I found myself falling for Jude, my boyfriend’s roommate. He’s the only person who understands my soul, who can breach the walls I’ve built. But I can’t have him.

Because I’m Trista Kohl, and my destiny is sorrow. 


Forget the fact that Whitney Barbetti is cool as shit. Forget the fact that Ten Below Zero is one of my my cherished books still to this day. And forget the fact that Whitney Barbetti likes tacos as much as I do. Whitney, as an author and her book Into The Tomorrows portrays some of the best writing I have seen to date. You don’t like the characters or plot? I don’t care. Whitney’s writing is poignant, charismatic, and breathtaking.

“Time means nothing. Time is disposable. Time is the biggest thief of our lives, but only if we let it steal from us.”

The characters. The amount of connection and feelings I felt towards them all was astounding. We all have a little Trista in us. Even some Mila. And as much as I hate to admit it, we all know a Colin. Hell, we may even be a Colin. He drove me absolutely batty. Everything about him screamed wishy washy so I was very timid with him. You may want to hate some of the characters, but you won’t. You’ll empathize and understand them all. So, GOOD JOB WHITNEY!

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Beautiful descriptions, incredible scenery, Taco Bell, gin and lemon lime soda, tent loads of angst, and a mysterious, sexy, and captivating Jude. I couldn’t really ask for more from Whitney with this one.

“I think fear itself is healthy. It’s when you’re drowning in it that it’s not. Fear grounds you, but it can bury you too. Take a little bit, but then push on. And that’s what I did. She was profoundly beautiful and tremendously scary. Which is how every worthwhile thing should be.”

I’m going to go back to my whining about having to wait for the second book because OH MY GOD THAT ENDING. Barbetti, I’ll give you 100 pounds of tacos with extra cheese if I can have Back to Yesterday now. BRAVO, BARBETTI. BRAVO.

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Weightless (Kandi Steiner)

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I remember the lights. 

I remember I wanted to photograph them, the way the red and blue splashed across his cold, emotionless face. But I knew even if my feet could move from the place where they had cemented themselves to the ground and I could run for my camera, I wouldn’t be able to capture that moment. 

I had trusted him, I had loved him, and even though my body had changed that summer, he’d made sure to help me hold on to who I was inside, regardless of how the exterior altered.

But then everything changed.
He stole my innocence. He scarred my heart. He took everything I thought I knew about my life and fast-pitched it out the window, shattering the glass that held my world together in the process.

I remember the lights.
The passionate, desperate, hot strikes of red. The harsh, cruel, icy bolts of blue.
They symbolized everything I endured
that summer.

And everything I would never face again.


Actually I would maybe give this book 2.5-3 stars, just to be clear. The blurb was a little exaggerating in my opinion.

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I want to discuss the good things first. The cover, for one, is amazing and very fitting to the story especially in a certain part. The symbolism was there, I seen it. Also, the writing was very nice as well, it made for a quick and non-exhausting read. Willow. She was a GREAT secondary character and probably my favorite part of this whole book. Her quick wit and loving personality was so much fun to me.

So here’s the thing: Rhodes. He gave me whiplash. And his relationship with Natalie made me feel very awkward. For the both of them actually. It honestly felt like my first high school relationship. “Are you made at me?” “What’s wrong?” “Did I do something?” “Where are you going?” Natalie was almost too clingy and desperate and Rhodes was so hot and cold I couldn’t come up with a logical excuse as to what his deal was.

My biggest issue with this book was how it portrayed a man making a woman love herself. To validate herself. To find her self-worth. I couldn’t agree with that. It happens in two instances (with Mason & Rhodes) and I could barely stomach it. The all around message of this book about being weightless was well developed but the big picture of it wasn’t and it didn’t sit well with me.

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The cover caught my eye, the prologue hooked me, but Rhodes lost me. I connected at some parts with Natalie but I couldn’t connect with Rhodes and I felt zero attraction towards him. I’m used to being the minority so I hope that anyone else who picks up this book enjoys it. I think it was just lacking in the depth and story line department for me.

Murder (Ella James)


Let me tell you now: I kill her.
I love Gwenna White more than my life. And still – I’m her demise.
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It should have been simple. Easy come, easy go, and in between: atonement.

She was not who I’d have chosen.

Gwen was delicate and lovely: a former model with a ruined life, living loudly in the quiet of the Smoky Mountains, healing injured bears.

When she laid her hands on me, she healed me too.

That’s how it began. That’s where it went wrong.
I knew she could never be mine. But I sinned.
I sinned.


Oh man, OB-SESSED WITH THIS ONE.

Yeah there was romance but this baby was packed FULL of suspense and mystery. Just enough to keep my eyes wide and my breaths short. The mystery element in this one was so fantastic. Even if you say you knew what was going to be the outcome or how this story was going to pan out, it was still very well written and I don’t think anyone can argue that. The metaphors, the descriptions, analogies, tension. All of it. It was so well done that you don’t even know who is bad, who is good, who is helping, nothing.

“Love doesn’t give choices. It’s like a blanket: protective. I’m not ready to drop it yet. Sometimes I think I never will be.”

The one thing I have noticed about Ella and her books that I have read this far is that she writes characters that are so dynamic and realistic its completely mind-blowing. Barrett was exceptional and his POV chapters were so captivating. You empathize with him and you want to understand him and hug him but then you’re swooning over him because his level of broodiness is just RIGHT.

The only thing that kept this from being a 5 star read for me was the inconsistency and grammar/spelling. Some chapters would say “Barrett” at the top but they would really be in Gwenna’s POV. I feel like these should have been discovered in the beta process or the editing process. And one big hole that had to do with Jamie towards the end.

BUT, just like in Sloth, the sex in this book was riveting and so damn hot. *side eye*

This book might be long but it is well worth it. I never wanted it to end and it wasn’t even repetitive. Ella kept a great pace and flow that made me feel like I wasn’t just reading “some book that never ended”. It had a purpose. It had a reason. I was completely consumed and in love with not just the book but the characters and the plot line. It was very much worth the wait and I look forward to her next ones that she releases.

 

Translucent (Erin Noelle)

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Sometimes you reach a point where you just can’t take any more — a breaking point, some call it.

The day I watched my husband murder the woman who was pregnant with his child, my point didn’t just break, it exploded like a full magazine’s worth of hollow points firing through the barrel of a fully-automatic AK-47.

Literally.

I am no longer his American Princess, nor am I his slave.

Now, I’m a murderer in hiding. My name was Bryleigh Carter Oliveira, and that was my story.

Can I please just first say this: I adore the hell out of Erin. I’m a very avid follower and supporter of her. Plus her smile could brighten the worst day ever. That being said…

Let’s begin.

This book started out so strong. There was so much potential with the story line, the characters, and the elements. I was drawn to Bryleigh and her story almost immediately. Up until around 20% and then I got sleepy…

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Blake’s character was just okay to me. I could tolerate her easily enough to push through the story. My only complaint with her was despite her shady past and her incessant reassurance to herself that she didn’t want to jump into anything, she quickly jumped into another relationship. Once she met Madden, her character development and depth went straight out the door. Along with her backbone.

INSTA-LOVE. Also, is Insta-Trust a word? It’s definitely a thing in this book. Every thing was rushed despite what they kept saying about taking their time. I mean, hello. You can’t think that I forgot about that!

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I loved the flashbacks. They were my complete favorite out of the whole book. I almost wanted to skim just to get to them. I mean…yeah, there was suspense there but it never remained constant. I only felt it when we had the flashbacks. I didn’t feel that anxiousness in my stomach throughout all of the book. But I think that’s because of my constant irritation with Madden.

He drove me batty. He got all of my eye rolls. All of them. He was a huge wannabe alpha. Just because you get some sirs thrown around in the sack and a blindfold doesn’t make you a bonafide alpha mackdaddy. Had he simmered it down a little bit, he would have made a great three dimensional character.

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For a short and quick, semi-dark read this one is a good selection. Plus, there’s a huge cliffy so if you enjoyed it enough you’ll grab the second one.