Moti on the Water (Leylah Attar)

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A Greek family. An Indian family. A summer wedding on the Aegean coast…

Meet Moti Ferreira—spectacularly jinxed from the day she’s born.

Saddled with an eccentric mother, she stumbles upon the one man who holds the key to her freedom—the best man at her cousin’s upcoming wedding.

All Moti has to do is overcome her fear of water, board a yacht to the Greek Isles, seduce the dreamy Nikos Manolas, and survive two weeks at sea with her oddball family.

The only obstacle Moti doesn’t see coming is Alexandros Veronis, the onboard chef and star witness to her awkward mishaps. He transforms onions into chocolate and aroma into nostalgia. Day by day, his alchemy works its magic on Moti. But she’s not the only one falling under his spell. Everyone has a secret, growing round and ripe at Chef Alex’s table. When the masks fall off, they spill out one by one, and everything blows up in their faces.

Now Moti’s truth is exposed, and worse, she’s hooked on more than Alex’s midnight snacks. But this time, screwing up could be the best thing she’s ever done…


I devoured this.
Point blank.

Moti on the Water was just all around FUN! From the setting to the characters, when I read this it was so laid back, witty, and full of joy. I had NO worries or a care in the world. Not to mention: Moti MAKES THIS BOOK. It’s no wonder the title has her name in it. It belongs there. She is a force to reckoned with. And my new spirit animal. I think she is one female lead that I will remember forever.

I absolutely loved the banter between ALL of the characters, I thought they all had such great dynamic and great playful banter to keep the story moving at even the slow parts. It didn’t matter to me who was interacting, we were getting some LOL moments and fantastic one-liners that kept me chuckling. Leylah really shown through this book. I could see her personality on each page.

I think one of Leylah’s many great talents is her ability to write settings and locations with such vividness and clarity. Everything feels so real and feels as if  you’re actually there. Not only that, the settings always match the characters. They fit in where they are. If you think about her other books, I know you can absolutely agree with me! Moti on the Water was no different.

I think this review will be pretty short and sweet because I talked about the two things I loved the most: the characters and the setting. If I keep going I think you’ll get bored and then call me out for being a rambling person who doesn’t care how redundant she sounds. If you are looking for a book to escape with for a while, pick this one up! It’s such a light-hearted and fun read that I forgot about all of my other worries while I was on the water with Moti.

Sunshine Blogger Award

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Thank you, Ashley @ Ashes Books and Bobs for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. These are always so fun (to me) to fill out so I will try to be as interesting as possible so that it’s fun for you as well LOL.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How does it work?

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Laura Beth’s Questions

  1. If you could only listen to two artists or bands for the rest of your life, who would you choose, and why?
    Blink 182– every one of their songs are so different. Not to mention the fact that each of their albums have brought happiness to my life during many of my rough patches.
    Avril Lavigne / Pink– I am breaking the rules on this one. Each of these women empower me so much! Every single song. Every single album.
  2. What is your dream novel, or idea for one?
    I love the idea of someone writing a book about a break up. But not like, a boyfriend/girlfriend break up. A best friend break up. Those to me, are way more traumatic and hurtful than a boyfriend break up. These are the breakups that we need to read about. The hurt when friends break up is so raw.
  3. Do you remember the first book you ever read?
    By myself? I really only remember The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe being the first book I really read by myself. I want to say I was in the fourth grade? Maybe the third? Ugh– I’m really getting old. I can remember so many books that my grandmother read to me and with me though.
  4. If you could live in any sitcom, which would it be?
    Right now? Riverdale. Any other time? The Office.
  5. If money were no object, where would you be living?
    I always say that when I win the lottery, I won’t move any where fancy. I would stay where I am and build my dream Pinterest home. So, I would be living where I am at now. I love it. My family loves it. It’s home for us.
  6. If you could INSTANTLY become an expert in something, what would it be?
    Solving cold case files.
  7. Who are three people, living or dead, that you most admire?
    My husband & my mother.
  8. Is there someone you would love to see live in concert?
    Blink 182. Hands down.
  9. What was your favorite subject in school?
    English and History
  10. It’s “Self-Care Sunday,” what are you doing?
    I’m sitting in my recliner, with no pants on, my fuzzy taco blanket, reading. With no worries because I spent ALL of my Saturday off doing laundry, cleaning my house, and mowing.
  11. What historical time period would you like to visit?
    The 1940’s or even the 70’s!

Siobhan’s Questions

  1. Which authors are on your do-not-read list?
    This is such an awkward question. Wow. LOLOL *nervous laughter*
    Seth King & EK Blair
  2. Which blogger has the most impact on you?
    I don’t like this question. I take something from not only bloggers but readers in general. I have so many favorite readers. Each of whom have impacted me in some way, shape, or form.
  3. What book caused your latest book slump?
    The Night Circus (Talon will hate me for saying that) ASHLEY I’M GOING TO ACT LIKE I DID NOT JUST READ THAT.For me it would have to be Bed of Lies by TL Smith. It is what it is. It happens. *shrugs*
  4. Which villain do you like the most?
    Dr. Elgin from Mudvein
  5. What is your last five-star read?
    Lilies on Main by J Lynn Bailey
  6. What OTP did you wish survived but didn’t?
    I don’t really know what OTP means… but after googling, I do LOL!
    HARRY POTTER AND GINNY WEASLEY. UGH.
  7. What book do you want to read next?
    I have a list that I follow. I’m weird. The next on my list is HOPEFULLY Leylah Attar’s ARC of her newest book coming out…
  8. What book do you want to be turned into a TV show or movie?
    Stealing Ashley’s answer on this one because I 100% agree: The Chain by Adrian McKinty OR No Exit by Taylor Adams
  9. Who is your favourite character in the last book you read?
    Lilly– Lydia’s daughter in the book Lilies on Main.
  10. Which novel do you wish you never read?
    Woah. Another awkward one… heh…heh…heh…
    The last book in the Divergent series. Garbage.
  11. What is your guilty pleasure show?
    Keeping up with the Kardashians.

Ashley’s Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite book series?
    Love Me With Lies series- Tarryn Fisher
  2. Who writes your favorite feel-good stories?
    I really favor Mia Sheridan when it comes to this. Yeah– it might hurt, but home girl always comes through making you feel like a puddle of feelz.
  3. What genre do you turn to when you need to escape?
    New Adult. The angsty stuff that ruins my life. Like, please ruin my life worse than I already have, thanks!
  4. Where is your favorite real-life setting for a novel?
    J Lynn Bailey does a fantastic job of this. I love her settings and the way she writes about them.
  5. What do you love to do when you aren’t reading?
    I love to spend time with my boys. Hands down my favorite thing to do.
  6. Where’s your favorite vacation spot?
    What’s a vacation? LOLOL. I loved going to Seattle, I would love to go again.
  7. How many books do you want to read this year?
    I think I said 160? Maybe 150. I can’t remember. I just want to read and finish my Popsugar Challenge at this point, lol.
  8. What’s your favorite blog post you’ve written?
    Six Feet Under by Whitney Barbetti
    Pieces of Eight by Whitney BarbettiThe Surviving Trace by Calia Read
    The Reigning and the Rule by Calia Read
    Echoes of Time by Calia Read
  9. What was your last binge-worthy tv show?
    The newest season of Stranger Things.
  10. What’s a blogging goal you have?
    Just to write blogs that make people feel good.
  11. Favorite song at the moment?
    Hate Me- Ellie Goulding / Juice WRLD

 

In all honesty– I am not going to type out any questions. Mainly because I’m not good at tagging blogs to complete it. I always feel like I am leaving someone out. You guys are ALL rock-stars in my eyes. The bloggers, the -grammers, all of you. Your love of reading, is inspiring to someone out there. So, if you want to feel this out, please do it! I will LOVE to read every one’s responses! If you would love to have some questions from me, just holler! I will totally send some! Thank you all for reading!

Lilies on Main (J. Lynn Bailey)

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For bookstore owner Lydia White, another geographical move doesn’t faze her. She doesn’t even bat an eyelash at one more curveball thrown into her life plan. Five years running from a man who broke her heart, and her spirit, has taught her to keep her walls up. 

Scared to trust again, Lydia swears to keep all men off limits. Even Aaron Casey, who seems too perfect to be true. With a daughter to protect and a life to build, she simply can’t afford to let her guard down. 

But when William Davis, a seventy-something recovering alcoholic, steps into Lydia’s bookstore for the first time, holding the secret to saving both of their lives, she might have to learn that trusting a man with her life is just as dangerous as trusting one with her heart.


By the time I had finished Lilies on Main, I was utterly speechless. All I can say is, J. Lynn Bailey finds an incredible way to put together some romance, some mystery, some strength and power of some incredible women, and wrap it up into one book for us to devour and then just sit and become a pile of feelings. I was completely blown away and honestly– I cannot sit here and tell you when the last time I felt that was.

I mean, just read this:

“I suppose it’s the same way the red fern bends and shrivels its leaves in a shade of brown when winter starts to set in. The way seasons pass without regard to our life plans. Rain. Snow. Humidity that makes our skin stick to our leather seats. Hot days that make our makeup drip down our faces like tears. Life just is.”

I loved her writing. Truly loved it. There is nothing more I can say about it that will justify how much I loved it. So, moving on…

I fell in love with not just one character in this story, not just two, but every single one of them. They truly make this story what it turns out to be. From Gwen to William to Lily (OMG MY HEART) to Aaron and Lydia. It was a truly beautifully crafted, character driven story (which I also love very much) especially because they all have some type of character development and growth that I truly admired. They all played a crucial part to this book and I love when that happens and then I love it even more when it all comes together. *cue water-y eyes*

I have to add this also. I just have to. I LOVE HOW THE TITLE PLAYS IN. OMG. Instant FEELS and GOOSEBUMPS! AND THEN THE LAST PARAGRAPH. I can’t. If you have been on this journey with J. Lynn Bailey since day one, it will really gut punch you.

Basically, I’m in love. I am captivated. With this story, the characters, and the author. The setting, the message, ALL. OF. IT. If you haven’t visited Granite Harbor yet, I would almost beg you on my kneed to read this one first. J. Lynn Bailey truly saved the best for last.

Death (C.M. Radcliff)

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Surrounded by violence and hatred, I was born with a target on my back.
The monsters sought after me, slowly tainting my soul.
A person can only withstand so much before they snap.
I’m a grenade and they pulled the pin.
Tick, tock; the clock’s running out.

We all come into this world, sentenced to death.
And when he calls, we have to answer.

As for me, I’ll be making the calls.
I am Death.


Death was not my typical read (I have to throw that out there right now) but I do have to say: once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down. I think since reading the first set of books from C.M. Radcliff that I had read, her writing (especially for this genre) has improved immensely! That’s always a plus for me. Growth.

The story itself was quick paced and sharp. It was told in past and present POV and in my opinion, that fit this story and Curtis perfectly. Especially the way that he tells his story. I liked that he told it in a way that didn’t make us wonder what made him the way he was, no holds bar. AND! adding in the reporter’s POV was a nice touch as well.

Not having a HEA was my fave thing about this book. Curtis didn’t deserve it. No matter how much I wanted to think that he did, I couldn’t bring myself to root for him. Life handed him a shitty hand, true, but he chose to be a product of his past. He had choices– he chose the wrong one.

If you like to dip into the dark genre and like to have a quick paced read, I think Death would be a good one for you. It doesn’t consume too much of your time and I think the elements inside of the story make it readable in one sitting. At times it’s gritty, cringe-y, and hard to read but I think it’s what made the story what it was as a whole.

Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)

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Buy link: https://amzn.to/2lyfPm7

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan..

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?


“I’m rooting for you.”

I am not a huge YA reader, not because I dislike them or have some type of prejudice against them but just because they aren’t typically the genre I like to pick up and read first. But I think Rainbow Rowell has a way with words that most YA authors do not have. I think she writes in a way that most YA authors don’t. And for that reason every time I read one of her books, I fall in love with YA genre one book at a time all over again.

I loved the characters in this one. If I were to pick one favorite part of this story, it would be all of them. All of the characters. I am not picking just one. From Cath’s quirks, to Levi’s heart, to Reagan’s friendship development, to Wren’s journey, to their father’s endeavors and adjusting: I loved it all.I do not have one single person who was my favorite. And that is the great thing about Rainbow’s books. They include not one but multiple people who ultimately find their way into your heart.

I think I will keep this review short and sweet and end with: Fangirl was an absolute joy to read. It was refreshing to pick up a genre that I do not typically read and fall in love with reading all over again. I mean, isn’t that why we as readers read in the first place?

Teofila’s Guide to Saving the Sun (Cynthia A. Rodriguez)

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We’re all saving somebody.

Since the day she met Elijah, Teófila’s been the one being saved. 

The girl whose darkest shadows live inside her head and the boy who hides his own with a smile and a song.

But after a terrifying encounter precedes his skyrocket to fame and fortune, the tables turn.

And while attempting to forget his close call with another life—
another end
—he loses his way back to her.

Now, years later, it’s Teófila’s turn to do the rescuing, even after he’s left her behind. 

We’re all saving somebody, but what if we can hardly save ourselves?

What happens when best friends become forgotten lovers?

Or when it’s the moon’s turn to light the sun?


When I picked up this book, I had no idea what to expect. The title threw me for a loop and I had ZERO idea where Cynthia was going to take this one. But once I started reading, everything kind of just fell into place. The title meaning, the story meaning, the characters, all of it. It was a fantastic journey.

I think my most favorite part of this book was watching Teofila and Elijah grow and evolve over the years. They took turns. While one went through something, the other was there to help and vice versa. I think the balance of it all was executed nicely. Not only that, bu the time span of this book is 20 years. Not many people can pull this off in one book, but Cynthia does an incredible job of making it all flow together nicely.

This book contains some of Cynthia’s best writing. To date. It was sharp and articulate. It was delicate and all engaging. No line was left untouched. Every line I read packed a ton of feeling. Whether it was short or long, the words in this book will hit someone in all the right places. 

If you are looking for:
Two unforgettable characters.
One unforgettable story line.
A best friend that is a true ride or die for Teofila.
 (I freaking LOVED Miley)
A book full of self-discovery, love, second chances, and hope.

Look no further– I think Teofila’s Guide to Saving the Sun is just the book for you. I know it was just the book for me.

A Nearly Normal Family (M.T. Edvardsson)

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Buy link: https://amzn.to/2S9pcoj

Eighteen-year-old Stella Sandell stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fifteen years her senior. She is an ordinary teenager from an upstanding local family. What reason could she have to know a shady businessman, let alone to kill him?

Stella’s father, a pastor, and mother, a criminal defense attorney, find their moral compasses tested as they defend their daughter, while struggling to understand why she is a suspect. Told in an unusual three-part structure, A Nearly Normal Family asks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them?


“I’ll never understand people who open up like shaken champagne bottles.”

A Nearly Normal Family was easily one of the best thrillers that I have read this year. It seemed like when I first started it, that it would be a long and tedious read but once I got started it really didn’t feel like that. It flowed together very nicely.

I thought that the writing was smooth and the pacing was nice. The two of them combined was refreshing. With me saying that– I enjoyed the twists that were strategically placed throughout and the execution of them. I think the story structure and the writing helped a lot with that.

I also really loved the concept and multiple POVs that we received throughout the book. Stella’s POV was some of my favorite parts of this one. I think that what the others lacked, Stella’s really picked up on. It was all very crucial to the story.

At times this one was a tad predictable, but all in all I really enjoyed the book as a whole. The characters were questionable as was the plot at times but that didn’t slow me down one bit.