Behind Closed Doors (B. A. Paris)

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Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?


Oh look. Another book I fell victim to because of HYPE. And oh look! Another book that is being compared to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train…but alas! This one was better. Even with my three star rating it was way better. However, it’s very obvious this was the authors debut novel.

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I did semi-enjoy this book. I actually read it in about 6 hours. I just had really high expectations that just weren’t executed to my liking I guess you could say. I feel like all of the appeal and hype for this book lies in the action NOT the “suspense”. Because spoiler alert! There was no suspense.

You find out who the “villain” is within the first 10% of the book so that was kind of lame and it drained all of the suspense this book raved about or even hoped for. The writing was okay but what drove me nuts was the “past” and “present” POV’s. They were not even relevant to the structure of the story and I feel like the book could have all been told in “present” time. It was just sloppy, repetitive, and all over the place. Literally.

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I LOVED THE ENDING THOUGH. Esther totally pulled through and I just got goosebumps when I finished.

I really feel like this book is the definition of not really “enjoying” a book but still not being able to put it down. But I do feel like it would have been more suited for an over dramatic Lifetime movie with cheesy characters rather than a book.

I Let You Go (Clare Mackintosh)

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On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street . . .

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.

At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.


It really sucks when you guess the “twist” after the book is highly known for the reader to never guess the it. When the book jacket even says “a twist you’ll never guess!” PLEASE….it’s the ultimate buzzkill when you DO guess it. But I will say, one twist caught me completely off guard and actually surprised me, which in turn bumped it up a star.

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Truth be told, the first 205 pages are nothing but torture. Painfully slow. Which in my opinion is no good way to start such a highly talked about book. Not to mention by the time I got to the end, I had mentally noted at least SIX plot holes (which is a pet peeve of mine).

So, multiple POV’s are really nice touches to stories when they actually have something to do with said story. The police officers POV in this book had NOTHING to do with any part of the story. I could have skipped every single chapter that pertained to him and I still could have followed the story with no problem at all.

Just say NO to filler chapters!!

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Also, just because it’s yet ANOTHER unreliable female narrator can we please stop comparing it to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train? Please.

All in all, the writing was good and I finished the book.

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If you’re looking for a decent triller with some semi surprising twists and some mystery that you will probably figure out halfway thru, this is a good one. You just have to make it past those first 200 pages. Hang in there, baby!

Sunshine and Rain (M. Mabie)

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Welcome to Wynne, population 3402.

No rockstars. No major politicians. No media moguls.

Things don’t change quickly in a small town, except when they do. It’s been pouring rain all summer long, and the disc jockey and local farmer are all of the sudden attached at the hip. It’s not only the rising river getting deeper and deeper.

This is your basic water tower painting, tractor driving, tailgate cooler packing kind a guy chases the single, blonde, radio vixen with mosquito bite rage from his youth type of romance. Or is it the other way around?

Low on drama. High on Love.

Grab an umbrella because it’s a long wet summer.


Mo invited us all back to Wynne and it was such a fun and easy trip. Meeting Rhett was amazing and seeing him with Sunny was incredible. When you finish you just sit there feeling all sappy and junk. Smiling like a plain IDIOT.

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In Sunshine and Rain we get to travel back to our favorite small town city of Wynne and check back in with our favorite characters, new and old!

My only issue was how obsessed Sunny was with their age difference. Like, it just came out of nowhere but she has known the difference since they were in school so it shouldn’t be something that comes to a surprise to here.

I feel like you could read this in one sitting. The flow of the words and ease of the plot just comes right off the pages and it makes for a fun and easy read with no stress and eye rolls.

RHETT. I ADORE YOU.

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All in all, Mo just writes GREAT books. Whether they’re filled with angst or filled with all that lovey dovey sweet shit that we don’t like to admit that we ACTUALLY love. Sunshine and Rain is so low on drama but so high on love and friendship it’s just adorable. ADORBS!

Room (Emma Donoghue)

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To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.


Beautiful. Just beautiful.

I was completely ready to hate this book. I never thought I would adjust to reading the POV of a five year old boy but after a while it all flows together so nicely. I was crazy about the first half of this book but I felt like the second half was just half way done. Mediocre. I felt like the author could have went so many places but it just didn’t.

Um also, I heard the audiobook was narrated by a five year old boy and I’ve never wanted to listen to anything so badly in my life than I do right now.

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Room is not really a plot-driven book, although I found my heart racing on several occasions, desperate to find out what happens to this woman and her boy. The plus side to this book was how realistic it was. I felt like the author painted a perfectly chilling story for how a five year old child would adapt and react to the things he is seeing and doing in the outside world.

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Room is undoubtedly a hard book to read, and yet at the same time it’s a hopeful story, a story about unwavering love between a child and a mother, and about new beginnings. The bond between a boy and his mom is beautiful. But not as beautiful as Jack’s bond to his mother. This book was unlike anything I have ever read before and for that, I am thankful.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Iain Reid)

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You will be scared. But you won’t know why…

I’m thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It’s always there. Always.

Jake once said, “Sometimes a thought is closer to truth, to reality, than an action. You can say anything, you can do anything, but you can’t fake a thought.”

And here’s what I’m thinking: I don’t want to be here.

In this smart, suspenseful, and intense literary thriller, debut novelist Iain Reid explores the depths of the human psyche, questioning consciousness, free will, the value of relationships, fear, and the limitations of solitude. Reminiscent of Jose Saramago’s early work, Michel Faber’s cult classic Under the Skin, and Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk about Kevin, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an edgy, haunting debut. Tense, gripping, and atmospheric, this novel pulls you in from the very first page…and never lets you go.


I am just blown away right now. In complete shock. Confused. Creeped out. Googling discussion groups. I’m not even sure what I just read to be completely honest with you all.

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But it was BRILLIANT. It was spectacular. The writing was off the CHAINS! I don’t even care if no one says that phrase anymore. The unreliable narrator was my absolute favorite that I have read in quite some time. Do I trust Jake? The “girlfriend”? I don’t know! But I love it!

My anxiety was unreal the whole time. My heart was kind of beating fast and I was holding my breath there for a while. I literally had no idea what was going to happen. None. I drove myself BONKERS trying to figure out what was going on. Back and forth. Back and forth.

This book makes you question everything. Reality, human connection, relationships, personalities, humans in general. ITS SO SHORT! HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? Words. All of the words. So much story for such a short book.

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The authors descriptions. The settings. Feelings. All of it was just so overwhelming.

I’m just gonna be really honest. I’m speechless right now. I’m completely blown away. Pick up the book and read it. Then come sit in my corner and rock with me, baby.

“You can’t fake a thought.”

The Fragile Fall (Kristy Love)

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I’ve destroyed everything in my life and now I’m left with nothing.

Alone and scared.
Broken and shattered.
But I’ve found a way to deal with it.
Instead of all the pain being on the inside, I make the outside ache too. Anything to make it easier to breathe.
Until one beautiful morning when I look outside and see her.

She tries to help me…
But I’m lost.

And I’m not sure I can ever be found.

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His gentle eyes watch me from behind the window, the boy shrouded in mystery. I wasn’t expecting what happened when our worlds collided.

His storm to my calm.
His dark to my light.

I try to hold everything together. To put his life, and mine, back together.

But everything falls apart. My family. Him. Me.

And I’m trying to pick up the pieces.


This book was just a mess. A hot mess.

It was hard for me to like it because I didn’t connect to a single thing or character in this book. I just wasn’t sold on any of the things this book contained or tried to portrayed and I feel like that is the writing’s fault 100%.

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I just couldn’t focus. The writing was all over the place and it was very dull and sloppy. I feel like the authors idea of this book was much more than what it actually turned out to be.

This book might as well be classified as an extreme YA with a couple of F bombs thrown in here and there. The characters were very immature and let me just add this little bit:

INSTA-LOVE. Just stop it. Please. I’m begging.

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Most of the time I really enjoy a male POV. I usually tend to lean more towards those because I’m drawn to their brain and vulnerability. But this one wasn’t captivating in the least bit. I felt like I was trapped in a 12 year old boys brain who was sheltered and lost in this cold hard world.

The cover is nice but this book just wasn’t for me. On to the next.

Back to Yesterday (Whitney Barbetti)

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The distance from Colorado to Maine is not far enough to escape the memories.
The time I’ve been away is not long enough to heal the pain.

I left Colorado, determined to discover who I am outside of my grief, but I fell apart along the way.
I’m lost again.

When Jude follows me, I can’t turn him away. But I can’t let him in, either.
Not all the way.

I know when he finds out my secret, the one I keep hidden in the darkest part of my heart, he’ll leave me.

Alone.

Like I was before.


Whitney is one of my “go-to” authors so I was very excited to know that her follow up for Into the Tomorrows was quickly releasing. I received an early copy and I was ecstatic. But, it just didn’t live up to my expectations. It wasn’t quite the story I was looking for for Trista and Jude after ITT.

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First, I want to touch on Whitney’s writing. Which was a very strong aspect for me with this read. The poise and creativeness she evokes out of her readers is absolutely amazing. If you don’t want to feel vulnerable, don’t you worry! She will drag that right out of you. You don’t want to feel a certain feeling? That’s okay, she will make you feel it anyways. I feel like when I am reading her books, some lovely words just flitter into my brain and make their home and hatch more beautiful words. The touch of poetry in BTT was fascinating as well and also some great additions to the story.

Jude was another strong point for me. His character was just so…deep. Mysterious. I felt so connected and drawn to him and Whitney’s way of writing him into these books and the way she portrayed him was a huge part in that.

I just didn’t like the direction she went with this book. Especially with Trista. I just couldn’t bring myself to jump on board and engulf myself with the story line that Back to Yesterday followed. Plus, I felt dizzy with myself because the past and present times were so close to each other that I kept getting mixed up. One chapter she was meeting Jude during one year and the next chapter she was meeting Jude in the next year.

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I didn’t feel that WANT for Trista and Jude to be brought back together. I thought that by the end of ITT I would feel that yearning feeling for them but, I didn’t. Everything with them was “rushed” and instant per se in the first book with them. Almost easy and comfortable. So why when they first see each other again (during the “present” time) was everything so…..bleh. I hope that makes sense. I will try better at explaining as time progresses.

Bottom line is, I adore Whitney. I adore her writing and creativity. This book just didn’t sit well with me. Maybe it was because it wasn’t what I expected. Maybe I was thrown off guard. Maybe I was bored. Maybe the subject matter she took on just overwhelmed me.

We Need To Talk About Kevin (Lionel Shiver)

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The gripping international bestseller about motherhood gone awry.

Eva never really wanted to be a mother – and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.


I’m very blown away right. What a challenging and very uncomfortable read. It actually took me a while to read and process due to the subject matter and the things that happened throughout this book. I was just so….uncomfortable.

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Now. Give me the movie.

Okay for real. We need to talk about the character that which is Kevin. The thing with this book is I cannot pin point where just one character went wrong. Sure the mom might have been a very distant mother but Kevin? He stood out to me more. He was dynamic and daring and challenging and he put his mother through hell. But yet, she put him through hell. It was a very tedious back and forth of game of push and pull. Franklin? I can’t think of a single good thing to say about him. He is what they call “turning the other eye” at your children. Enabling. He was such an unattractive character to me.

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Is it the parents? The child? Society?

The ending? It took me by complete surprise. After I finished I googled the ending of the movie and it gave the same amount of feels. I can’t grasp it or put it into words. It was just so…mind blowing. Most of the reviews I have read have stated the same thing. It too them and extensive amount of time to read this book as a whole and I get it. I get that. As a parent I get it. It’s hard.

Like I said, I have mixed feelings still. The writing wasn’t “outstanding” but the story line kept me hanging by a thread long enough to trudge through this gritty and disturbing book. So for that, I applaud the author. I feel like I have been educated on what creates and ignites (non-scientifically of course) a sociopath. Or psychopath. However you want to look at it.

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Callum and Harper by Fisher Amelie

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Life sucks for orphans Callum Tate and Harper Bailey.

Kicked out of their foster homes because they suffer the ‘eighteen disease’ with nothing but a hundred dollar check from the government and a pat on the back, they’re forced to rely on a system that failed them miserably.

So they sit. They sit inside Social Services, waiting for their social workers to call their names and offer them the miracle they know will never come but they sit anyway because they have nowhere else to go, no other options on their very literal and figurative empty plates.

But as they sit, they notice the other. Although captivated, they each come to the conclusion that life is complicated enough without throwing in a boiling tension that can’t ever be acted upon because they’re both too busy thinking about where their next meal will come from but when their names are called and both are placed on a year long waiting list for permanent housing, suddenly relying on each other seems like a very viable plan B.

And, oh, how lovely Plan B’s can be.

Well, except for the psycho from Harper’s past that haunts her and, oh, yeah, there’s the little issue that neither of them knows they’re in love with the other.

Needless to say, Callum & Harper’s life just got a bit more complicated.


“One day, you and I are gonna’ wake up and be alright. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but one day. One day. I promise you.” – Callum Tate

This book brings a whole new meaning to “friends to lovers”. For sure. But the burn was well worth the wait you as a reader had to endure. Bottom line is: I enjoyed this book immensely. The writing, the plot, the characters, the struggles. I ate it up.

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It could have been a five star read for me had the communication between these two knuckleheads been about 50 times better. It was frustrating. But not even the good kind of frustrating. The first couple of times it was cute. After that, not so much

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The characters in this book, I can’t. They’re so superb. Each and every one of them. Not to mention, they’re intense. I felt everything for them. They’re personalities were so lifelike that I couldn’t NOT fall in love with the all of them. But, especially Callum and Harper.

And the Cover? YES. It’s amazing.

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I need a Callum and Harper in my life. I would even be happy with a tie dyed Tom. Hell, even a Cherry and Charlie. Any of them. They’re all splendid in my book.

Basically: with these twist and turns and the tension filled romance I just couldn’t stop. I just couldn’t get enough. Callum and Harper are two of the most deserving characters I think I have ever read about and they will remain that way until other wise proven.