Such a Pretty Girl (Laura Wiess)

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They promised Meredith nine years of safety, but only gave her three. Her father was supposed to be locked up until Meredith turned eighteen. She thought she had time to grow up, get out, and start a new life. But Meredith is only fifteen, and today her father is coming home from prison. Today her time has run out.


A lot of things really irked me about this book. Not the subject matter, though. No, it was more than that for me. My first problem started with one of the main characters. Meredith’s mother.

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What in the ever loving hell is wrong with this mother? How could she be so inconsiderate, selfish, and dense? Is this a typical thing? I really hope not. As a mother, this is something I cannot stand for. Neglect. That’s how I see this whole thing. The ending of the book have the mother just what she had coming. I wish it would have been more.

Also, In what kind of world does a pedophile get THREE years of prison? After their daughter admits to the things he does? IN court? What kind of world is this book taking place in? Not to mention the amount of time we spend reading about this girl running away. Constantly. Every chapter she is running away. Where is this child’s help? Why would you want someone to run away so much? Once or twice will suffice, I promise.

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The plus side of Such a Pretty girl was how strong the dialogue was. It was intense and realistic but other than that, this book had nothing to offer to me. Nothing but an urge to help this child who’s mother clearly wouldn’t. Also, it’s a very short book that packs a huge punch that most readers might struggle with.

I really just felt like the author provided poor plots and situations. In turn, the characters make poor decisions and choices. And then everything was just lost to me. Pointless. I can think of at least four other ways this book could have went.

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The Truth About Me and You (Amanda Grace)

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Smart girls aren’t supposed to do stupid things.

Madelyn Hawkins is super smart. At sixteen, she’s so gifted that she can attend college through a special program at her high school. On her first day, she meets Bennett. He’s cute, funny, and kind. He understands Madelyn and what she’s endured – and missed out on – in order to excel academically and please her parents. Now, for the first time in her life, she’s falling in love.

There’s only one problem. Bennett is Madelyn’s college professor, and he thinks she’s eighteen – because she hasn’t told him the truth.

The story of their forbidden romance is told in letters that Madelyn writes to Bennett – both a heart-searing ode to their ill-fated love and an apology.


After I was finished with The Truth About Me and You, I scanned through quite a few of the reviews and I noticed that a lot people didn’t like it which was strange for me because well, I liked it. It worked for me. So, sorry bout it.

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I particularly enjoyed this book because the whole thing is written as a letter to someone. Almost completely in second person. It was interesting to read the story through Madelyn’s POV and know just how she felt and why she did what she did. I was intrigued from the get go and couldn’t put it down once I started.

However, I knew this book couldn’t end well. I knew from the beginning it just wasn’t going to be a satisfying or even a happy ending. And even though I was right, the ending strangely enough, seemed to please me. It opened a whole lot of doors and opportunities for the main character and to me, she needed that. Say what you will, that girl needed that ending.

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Now, every one knows I love the student/teacher romances. It’s not a secret. But, if the said teacher is creepy or predatory I can’t make myself like the book. Fortunately, Bennet was written as an enjoyable character. He wasn’t creepy and he never once took advantage of Madelyn so all in all, it worked for me.

Forever, Interrupted (Taylor Jenkins Reid)

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Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.

Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.

Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.


I am forever a Taylor Jenkins Reid fan. It’s officially inevitable for me.

My favorite thing about TJR is her ability to hit you right when you don’t expect it. I’m not a “feeler”. I don’t feel a lot of things. But her books are so impactful. They hit me deep forever leaving prints on my feelers.

Not only is Forever, Interrupted emotional and deep I found it to be very uplifting and powerful at the same time. Elsie’s soul redemption was so meaningful that it was overwhelming for me. Being there with her while she found her way was an unexplainable feeling for me.

This one may not be for every one. I can already see how it might not be. But for me it was full of warmth and forgiveness and second chances and for some reason my soul needed that right now.

Say the Word (

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“The heart isn’t like the liver. It doesn’t regenerate, no matter how much time passes. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. I’d left mine with Sebastian when I walked away that day, and I hadn’t seen it in the seven years since.” — Lux Kincaid

At eighteen, Lux is forced to make a choice. One that nearly destroys her.

She breaks a boy’s heart.

She breaks her own, too.

Seven years later, Lux never expects to see Sebastian again — especially not when her career as a journalist is hanging by a thread and she’s stumbled onto the story of a lifetime. As she chases down leads and explores the dark underbelly of Manhattan, Lux will put her life on the line. But after crossing paths with a still-unforgiving Sebastian, it’s her heart she’s most worried about.

Amidst the blame and the betrayal, the hurt and the heartbreak… can two lost lovers ever find their way back to one another?

Lines will be blurred. The past will be unearthed. And Lux will find out that some secrets aren’t meant to be kept…


I must say, I’m very impressed with this book. It was strangely satisfying for me. It had mystery, romance, a nice amount of angst, a great story line, past and present POV’s and the right amount of drama. It was just all wrapped up very nicely for me. Completely blown away!

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“Regret was an emotional cancer, destroying you from the inside out. Eating at your most vital parts until there was nothing left but scar tissue and sorrow. It chipped away at you in small increments, shattering your defenses and tiring you out.”

Julie’s writing really worked for me and displayed a killer picture in my head for me to play out while I read the book. I could see the people, the places, all of the events taking place. Everything came to life very vividly for me. The dialogue between the characters made me smile a lot. I like that. The simplicity and ease of the interactions made me grin from ear to ear.

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I always like being surprised by books. I truly do. And that is what this one was. A complete surprise and I absolutely love that. It makes it that much more enjoyable for me. I went out a limb with this book, new to me author, cool cover. And it didn’t fail me. The emotion was real and the feelings stuck with me. Definitely a must read in my opinion.

“Because when you walk away from your soul mate –when you take real, true love and throw it in the fire and watch as it burns down to ashes –you know you’ll never be the same again. The heart isn’t like the liver; it doesn’t regenerate, no matter how much time passes. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good.”

The Contradiction of Solitude (A. Meredith Walters)

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You may notice me, but you will never know me.
I prefer it that way.
I am the daughter of a monster.
Born from blood and lies.
Dead before I have truly lived.
But Elian tells me that I’m different.
He tells me that I’m beautiful.
That I’m an enigma wrapped in irresistibly complicated skin.
Elian says that he loves me.
These words terrify me.
I can’t trust love.
Or hope.
Or truth.
Because I fear the beast inside.
It threatens to drown Elian and his sweet, unconditional love.
It’s a beast that will destroy everything.


This is my fourth A. Meredith Walters book and I am just as blown away with this was as I was with my first one.

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The Contradiction of Solitude was lyrical and poetic. It was bone chilling and eerie. It was satisfying and dark. By the end I couldn’t believe what I had just read.

“I wondered about the scars. I wondered about his false smiles. I wondered about Elian Beyer and his many, many secrets.”

Every time I pick up one of A. Meredith Walters books I get excited and giddy because her writing is  THAT good. I say that with complete confidence. It’s just that good. From the first page to the last page.

Layna was my favorite. Her unreliable-ness was suffocating but suffocating in a way that trapped me what a FUN and different character she was. The alternating POV’s were ingenius to the fact that we NEEDED to have Elian’s POV just as much as we needed to have Layna’s and the author didn’t disappoint. She gave you just what you needed at just the right time.

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The title isn’t ironic. Because just as it says the word “contradiction” that is what your feelings during this book will feel like. You will feel full of contradictions in the best way possible. You’ll feel remorse and sadness and overwhelming urges of angst and belonging.

Basically, I liked this book because of the tone of the book. The darkness and the haunting. I felt that same haunting long after I put the book down. You feel it in your bones for having such compassion for Layna or longing for Elian. Because once you hit that end you’re just so…whole. It’s one big circle and it all comes together.