The Truth About Tomorrow (B. Celeste)

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Age is just a number.

Just like he’s just a boy and I’m just a girl.

Except that’s not true, is it?

Because fifteen may be a number, but it’s bigger than that. Bigger than us.

It’s a number that separates us.

An excuse that keeps us apart. 

But I’m not willing to give in until I get what I want.

After all, how many other girls can bring a grown man to his knees with one little smile?


I first want to start out by saying that I didn’t NOT like this book. I am going to do my best at explaining all of that just very briefly because I don’t feel like this book should have to have a lot of negativity.

The main thing I did not like about this entire story was the length of it. I’m never afraid to read a long book. I was not intimidated by the size of this story at all. 500 pages is a breeze for me. BUT…I just felt like it should have been 200 pages shorter. I really liked the author’s writing and the trope didn’t bother me (although I DO feel like if the author was going to be so explicit about it, the age gap should have been way less than what it was but I have read worse) but there was a lot of excessive scenes and internal dialogue that was just not needed. And when I say that, I don’t think I am exaggerating one bit.

Tropes like this story teeter on two different edges. People will know what this book is about, read it, and still hate it. Even though they are very much aware of the trope. I don’t think that is fair so I think that is why I really wanted to clarify that that WASN’T the reason I didn’t LOVE the book. I think book contained great writing and characters that had an immense amount of depth and feelings but the book as a whole was just too long.

The Falling of Stars (Traci Finlay)

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When a high school freshman commits suicide, everyone at Liberty School of Excellence is shocked—especially Eve Hunter, who is not only the English teacher at Liberty, but also a friend of the victim’s family. Although devastated, Eve is prepared to offer her love and support. 

But when the grieving mother discloses her theory that her son was secretly bullied to death at school, Eve is conflicted. Not at a prestigious school like Liberty, Eve is certain. Regardless, she agrees to do some underground (and possibly illegal) investigating—even if that means risking her career. After all, the pain of losing a child trumps that of losing a job. 

Eve isn’t the only one delving into secrets. Her son, Malik Hunter, is a sophomore at Liberty whose perfect life is a perfect lie. Behind his good looks, straight A’s, and the facemask of his football helmet, Malik battles a crippling depression. But someone sees through it all. Someone who reaches out to him on LibertyNet, the school’s online intranet. Someone who seems to know Malik better than he knows himself. Someone evil. 

Eve believes a cyberbully may be lurking in the dark realms of LibertyNet. 

Malik knows there is. 

Unless anybody in this household is willing to reveal their secrets, someone could end up falling over the edge … literally.


“Your worth is not determined by the lies in your mind.”

I think that quote above represents this book for all that it is. The Falling of Stars was a powerful read that goes inside the mind of a mother and her teenage son. Two very different POV’s but two people both struggling in their own ways. I know there are supposed to be all these twists and turns within the pages, and yes– there are, but I think this book was way more than that, whether you liked the twists or not. The message inside of these pages is so much more.

I don’t like to think that this is the type of world that we live in but I’m not naive nor am I stupid. It is. These types of things happen every single day. To our children, to students, to adults. And instead of romanticizing it or glorifying it with this book, Traci meticulously wrote about this topic with respect and educated writing. She was tender and calm when she wrote from both POV’s and didn’t deflect from the type of story that she wanted to write.

I thought Traci did a great job at structuring this story. She delicately constructed a story-line that was both realistic and emotional at the same time. A lot of authors struggle with doing that because they add some dramatics but I didn’t feel like that was done with this book.  It was a bit wordy at times. I think that was my only takeaway with this one. There were some scenes that went on a bit too longer than I thought they should, but nevertheless, I still enjoyed the book as a whole.

The Falling of Stars (seriously, when you discover the meaning behind that title your eyes will well up) was powerful, uncomfortable, and meaningful. I felt it exceeded my expectations of going inside the mind of a 16 year old boy and his mother. Even if you don’t enjoy or like this book– I think you will respect the message and the writing that Traci has portrayed all throughout the story.

 

Hate the Game (Holly Hall)

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My official title: Relationship Consultant. A modern-day, one-sided matchmaker. When I approach relationships like a formula, it’s simple really. If only I had the same success in my personal life.

My gorgeous neighbor turns me into a fumbling mess, and I don’t exactly match the leggy, model-types I’ve seen him with. Despite the fact that we’re total opposites, our chemistry is almost hot enough to convince me to give the dating game another shot. (Not to mention, it’s totally off-brand to be a relationship skeptic.) 

What could it hurt to practice what I preach? After all, Theo Hartley would be a fun specimen to practice with. And if things go south—which is my luck—I just have to remember what I tell my clients: 

don’t hate the player…


Typically, I do not read books like this. There’s nothing wrong with them, they just don’t typically pique my interest. But I knew I wanted to read one of Holly’s book and this one seemed like just what I needed and it came to me at the perfect time.

And wow– I was right! Hate the Game was SO much fun to read! What a joy it was to actually laugh out loud with a book. The banter was genuine and unforced and the writing flowed so nicely that I got lost inside the pages. Not only all of that– the story line was completely original. How cool to read the POV of a relationship consultant?!

“Maybe love wasn’t about the perfect person checking off all the boxes on your list. Maybe it was about the steady in the chaos; the person who, as life buzzed on around you, kept you grounded instead of caged.”

I felt like the characters were so comfortable with themselves and confident and really three dimensional. It’s so refreshing reading a book that contains characters that have a sense of humor. Every time they interacted, I had to run to the bathroom and pee because lets be real– after you have kids your bladder just isn’t the same even if you’re giggling.

Holly needs to write more rom-coms. Period. Girlfriend really shined with this one. Hate the Game was just the right amount of light-hearted fun and heart-felt moments that kept me turning the pages just as quick as I could.

Lock Every Door (Riley Sager)

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No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.


“The twelfth floor is special”

Well, I enjoyed it. For the most part anyways. The build up was great, the setting was eerie, gothic, and vivid, the plot line the first half of the book was strong. But…

…I’ll admit that I thought things went completely off the rails and I rolled my eyes (a lot) toward the last 40% of the book. I think the ending (and the chapters leading up to the ending)  just didn’t justify the story as a whole. Not with how I thought the author was taking this one. I definitely wasn’t expecting it to go in the direction that it did (just like with The Last Time I Lied) but unlike with that book, I guess this one was a little bit more unbelievable? I don’t know. Maybe it wasn’t as far-fetched as I thought. Every one else seemed to love it, so I am going to say it’s just me LOL.

The characters in this one also lacked a lot of depth. They were very two dimensional and just seemed to be… people on a page. They didn’t jump out at me and they weren’t very vivid. Not like the setting anyways. I can remember reading his other two novels and the characters jumped right out to me. This one wasn’t so attention-grabbing. I have hope for the next one though!

I enjoy Riley’s writing. 100%. I feel like I have been following him since he first released Final Girls so I can confidently say that. I also feel like he has a very captivating writing style that not only keeps you filled with hours of guessing the countless possibilities, but it also makes it impossible to put his book down, because you want to see if he’s going to go where you think he’s going to go. But between the far-fetched story line, the direction he took with this book, and the characters of Lock Every Door, it just wasn’t my favorite of his.

You Were There Too (Colleen Oakley)

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Mia Graydon’s life looks picket-fence perfect; she has the house, her loving husband, and dreams of starting a family. But she has other dreams too—unexplained, recurring ones starring the same man. Still, she doesn’t think much of it, until a relocation to small-town Pennsylvania brings her face to face with the stranger she has been dreaming about for years. And this man harbors a jaw-dropping secret of his own—he’s been dreaming of her too.

Determined to understand, Mia and this not-so-stranger search for answers. But when diving into their pasts begins to unravel her life in the present, Mia emerges with a single question—what if?


“It’s him. It’s always been him.”

This review will be a little different. Maybe a little “story-telling-ish”. For that, I am sorry. If you only like to read about opinions on a book, or why I loved / didn’t love a book, I’d maybe skip this review of mine.

Firstly: You Were There Too was electrifying. Jarring. Captivating. And raw. If you like the types of books that Taylor Jenkins Reid writes— you will devour this one. It was FULL of characters with depth. Full of them. I thought the author did a fantastic job with the relationships, the struggles, and the way they reacted and handled the things they did.

Okay, story time:

For years, I’m talking years. Like, the first I can remember is from when I was 13. I have dreamed about a person. He’s always in my dreams, he has no name, sometimes I don’t even think he has a face. You know, maybe it’s even a woman. I can’t tell you for sure. But he’s always there. And when I am around him there is such a powerful pull. A connection. Something so strong I wake up and still feel the ping in my chest of his absence. Our interactions are always platonic, strictly friends being around each other, sometimes at places as random as Walmart. Or me seeing him in the audience at my wedding. But the pull is there for him.

But I’ve never met him.

For 16 years I’ve never once come across this person. Not even for a brief second. I would know it. I know I would. So reading about Mia’s experience meeting Oliver after the years of dreaming about him, in a non-sexual way, was SO enjoyable for me to read. I loved it. I loved them together, the way they fit, the way they responded to each other. They complimented each other so well. But I also loved Harrison. I loved him and Mia together. I respected the way Mia handled everything so much. I just really loved this book.

You Were There Too was a fun journey for someone like me who has experienced this type of re-occurring dream. Or even the ones who are hopeless romantics. Or even the ones who like to have your heart ripped out and handed to you on a silver platter. Enjoy!

I Stop Somewhere (TE Carter)

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Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.

But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn’t the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.

The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.


“The things we wish for don’t happen. This is how things really go.”

I Stop Somewhere was SUCH a powerful read and the type of YA novel that I like to read. Not only did it deliver messages in a mature type of manner, it was respectful of said messages. It wasn’t added for dramatic effects and it wasn’t glamorized.

Hands down, the most amazing thing about this book was the POV and the way it was as a whole written. It tells Ellie’s story in a way that no other writing method could. Similar to The Lovely Bones and 13 Reasons Why, I Stop Somewhere tells Ellie’s story in a poignant, stunning, and respectful way.

I Stop Somewhere was horrifying, painful, yet so beautifully written and definitely a necessary book in a day like today. Having the POV that we do in this story was electrifyiung. I ached and I wanted to fight. I got teary eyed and I wanted to run to Ellie and the other girls that surrounded her.

Read this book. Soak it all in. You won’t regret it.

 

The Body Painter (Pepper Winters)

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“Must be slim, able to stand for long periods of time, and be impervious to the cold.”
The headline caught my attention.
“Hours are negotiable, pay is minimal, clothing absolutely forbidden.”
The second line piqued my curiosity.
“Able to hold your bladder and tongue, refrain from opinions or suggestions, and be the perfect living canvas.”
The third made me scowl.
“Other attributes required: non-ticklish, contortionist, and obedient. Must also enjoy being studied while naked in a crowd.”
The fourth made me shudder.
“Call or email ‘YOUR SKIN, HIS CANVAS’ if interested in applying.”
The final made my heart race.
I should’ve kept scrolling past the advertisement.
I should’ve applied for the boring receptionist job at minimum wage.
I should’ve clicked on any other job where I got to keep my clothes on.
But I didn’t.
I applied.
My interview is tomorrow…


“How could a man who surrounded himself in barricades suddenly leave himself wide open for attack?”

I loved this book.
I love Pepper Winters.
She is my absolute favorite guilty pleasure author and read. If I ever want to indulge myself into some troubled men / troubled women I ALWAYS go to her— her writing never fails me.

I love how Pepper creates the relationships that she does. The heart-wrench filled / angst filled ones. The troubled boy, the troubled girl. The troubled past. I LOVE THE TROUBLE! LOL! Give me all of your turmoil and trouble, Pepper! I’m stingy.

I also really loved how Pepper created such dynamic characters and I think the use of her dual first person POV helps with that immensely. Getting the past and present and the girls POV and the boys really helped build this story into what it was. The writing and time-line building was genius.

Not only allll of that— but her story line is completely original. I loved the entire concept and felt the characters filled their parts perfectly. The way these character shift and change, really kept me flipping the pages.

If this book surprised me the way that it did. I can only IMAGINE what the next book will do to me. RUIN MY LIFE, PEPPER! Do it. I dare you.