Folsom (Fisher + Aster)


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The nation as we know it is a thing of the past.

With the male species on the verge of extinction, a society called the End Men is formed to save the world. Folsom Donahue is one of twelve men whose sole purpose is to repopulate the Regions. The endless days spent having sex with strangers leaves Folsom with an emptiness no amount of women, money, or status can fill.

Until Gwen.

Gwen has wanted a child for as long as she can remember, but when she finally gets a chance to have her own, she uncovers a long hidden truth. The injustice she sees moves her to help save the men whom no one else believes need saving.

A forbidden love, grown in a time of despair, ignites a revolution.

Folsom and Gwen, torn between their love for each other and their sense of duty, must make a choice. But some will stop at nothing to destroy them.

“Autopilot was comfortable and you’ve made me uncomfortable. I’d been living without feeling anything and now I feel everything. Even if nothing externally changes in my life, the way you make me feel…I’m changed.”

Tarryn and Willow writing together might just be my new favorite thing. Folsom was so good and not in the least bit what I expected. It exceeded my expectations, actually. Completely blindsided me. I thought it was going to be a book full of 12 guys having random sex with all of these women but alas! It’s way more than that. Duh, Talon! Since when do you judge a book by it’s cover?

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The pacing of the story was fast and the momentum picks up right at the get go. I don’t read much Dystopian so I really went into this book hoping it had something to grab me from the beginning and it did, thankfully. The way things kick off and the way that the book progresses made everything come together nicely and left me interested in what was going on in the story.

It’s no surprise to me really when I think about it. Tarryn’s writing always has an emotional pull on me. My connection to her words is beautiful beyond belief. And every time I pick up one of Willow’s books my heart aches so much I can hardly stand it. I shouldn’t be surprised about the effect these two had on me once combined.

“You can be like this with me,” she says. “You don’t have to be an End Man when we’re together. Because no matter how many women you’re with, or where they send you, I will always be right here belonging to you. I promise.”

I really enjoyed the alternating POV’s because it made me connect not just to Gwen but to Folsom also. He wasn’t just an End Man and I think as a reader I really needed to be inside of his head to understand that. The REAL Folsom. And knowing that Gwen accepted him as more than just an End Man and what they stood for, made me love her that much more too. Kudos on the character development. Seeing Gwen in all of her fierce glory when all of the other surrounding women were just…there, was a breath of fresh air.

I have to know something though. Out of all the things that happened in this book and the scenarios that are being played out, this was the one thing that stuck in my mind and drove me mad. HAVE THESE PEOPLE NEVER HEARD OF STDs? I feel as if this is a legitimate question. Where were the tests? They can’t have protection so what gives? Do the diseases not exist? Inquiring minds need to know!

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I knew the ending was going to happen. It was going to come to that, but I still can’t help but wonder what is going to happen next Gwen, Folsom, Kasper, Jackal, and even Sophia.

I am surprised. I am very, genuinely surprised. I will tell anyone that all day long. I was terrified to read this book. Terrified that it wouldn’t be what I love most from Tarryn and Willow. I had absolutely no idea what to expect with this and I’m glad that I took the dive and read it. I haven’t read anything like this before and it wasn’t done in a dramatic way, not like you might think it would be. It was strategic, vivid, imaginative, and the images portrayed by the authors felt so real. I have to give all of my love to both Fisher and Aster. You got me, girls!


Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber


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Josie Buhrman has spent the last ten years trying to escape her family’s reputation and with good reason. After her father’s murder thirteen years prior, her mother ran away to join a cult and her twin sister Lanie, once Josie’s closest friend and confidant, betrayed her in an unimaginable way. Now, Josie has finally put down roots in New York, settling into domestic life with her partner Caleb, and that’s where she intends to stay. The only problem is that she has lied to Caleb about every detail of her past—starting with her last name.

When investigative reporter Poppy Parnell sets off a media firestorm with a mega-hit podcast that reopens the long-closed case of Josie’s father’s murder, Josie’s world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the unexpected death of Josie’s long-absent mother forces her to return to her Midwestern hometown where she must confront the demons from her past—and the lies on which she has staked her future.

”The truth is never complicated. It’s just the truth. Circumstances may be complicated, but the truth is always black and white.”

At first I was positive this was going to be another five star read for me but as the pages kept turning and the story kept playing out, I realized maybe I was more unhappy with the book than I thought I was.

I liked Are You Sleeping. It was addicting and I liked the concept the author took of combining the podcast and social media elements and the impact it has on the family said podcast is based around. When I listen to podcasts, I don’t particularly think about the family or people involved and this book helped put that into perspective.

The characters in this book were all very interesting aside from Jo who was rather boring. With the book being told mainly in her POV, that really affected me because she wasn’t an interesting or vibrant character. She was almost irritating in the sense that I scanned a lot of pages because of her whiny presence and the way she portrayed the things happening in the book. To me, she never actually came alive on the pages. She stayed stagnant.

Once I got towards the end I was really unhappy with the way the author went with the story. It was kind of generic and bland. Predictable. Abrupt. Like the author thought to herself, “oh! I’m almost at my ending so what is the easiest and most predictable plot twist I can throw in here?” And then it was just…done.

For a debut novel- I am blown away. Kathleen’s writing and story structure showed true depth. She kept my interest and my pages turning constantly. But when you have a protagonist who is truly unlikeable and at times very annoying and a rushed and abrupt ending predictable and easy to see coming, it’s hard to connect to the book and story at hand.

One Small Thing (Erin Watt)


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Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

“What’s your small thing for today?” I ask as I cross the neighbors’ lawn to my own. “You.”

IMO, it ultimately gives away spoilers and the whole premise of the book. I like to go into the books I am reading blind (and then read the blurbs afterwards) so if you are anything like me, take my advice.

Every time Erin Watt puts out a new book it’s like an instant jolt of excitement coursing through me.

Although the conclusion of the Royal series was not my favorite, I was ready to see what they came up with next. And I am here to say that I was highly impressed with One Small Thing.

Guys, this story line has been done before, but I don’t feel like that should matter. It’s much different in other aspects. Erin Watt slayed. I didn’t realize they could write such a compelling YA novel but I am SO here for it.

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These two girls have a way of writing that captivates me, story line wise. I get so lost in their story that I feel like I am actually there with these characters. I was with Beth and her parents, at the parties, at school, in Beth’s backyard. I was there for the whole book I couldn’t even put it down. I was too afraid I would miss something, I HAD to keep going. That kind of writing, the kind that gets you hooked from the get go and doesn’t let you go until you are done and you have goosebumps on your skin from reading the last sentence, yeah. THAT is my favorite kind of writing.

The best part of the entire book is the character growth of both Chase and Beth. Yes, BOTH. They both dug through their lives and worked out what needed to be worked out and worked on themselves before they focused on each other. Not only that but they were both exciting and interesting characters to read about. The only thing that could have made this book even an ounce better, was multiple POV’s. One for Beth and one for Chase. Regardless- I was satisfied with the way their story played out.

And y’all know I am all about that high school angst and drama.

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One Small Thing is a great story about forgiveness, loss, and finding that hope you’re searching for when it’s so dark in your life you don’t ever think you will find it. This book isn’t just another YA book, this book shows how people can put differences aside, stop being selfish, and accept others for who they truly are, regardless of their past. At the end of the book, the way the title fits into the story lit up my face with the biggest smile. Because it’s true- at the end of the day, we just need that one small thing.

Silent Child (Sarah A. Denzil)


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In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son’s red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year – a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. 
His body was never recovered. 

Ten years later, Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life. She’s married, pregnant, and in control again…
… until Aiden returns. 
Too traumatized to speak, he raises endless questions and answers none. Only his body tells the story of his decade-long disappearance. The historic broken bones and injuries cast a mere glimpse into the horrors Aiden has experienced. Aiden never drowned. Aiden was taken. 
As Emma attempts to reconnect with her now teenage son, she must unmask the monster who took him away from her. But who, in their tiny village, could be capable of such a crime?

It’s Aiden who has the answers, but he cannot tell the unspeakable.

“As is the jealousy of a lover could ever compete with the ferocity of a mother.”

I didn’t hate this book. It’s actually quite the opposite. I enjoyed it and the quick pace hooked me from the start but something just didn’t sit right with me. A couple of things didn’t, actually. The lack of plot (in the second half), the unrealistic situations, and the lull of the second half of the book.

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I didn’t guess the twist, I noticed that some people did and so I sat there wondering how they could have possibly picked up on it but once I finished the book and actually sat and thought about it all, maybe it was obvious the whole time. Maybe I just dumbly missed it and stayed completely oblivious to it because there was so much going on, I was distracted.

“People are multi-layered. Anyone can have a private side that verges on the dark and dangerous. Your doctor could be a sadist. Your primary school teacher could be a paedophile. Your beauty therapist could be a murderer. It could be anything.”

The author has an incredible writing ability that makes you think three different possibilities at once. In my opinion, she was also very strong with distractions. There was so much going on in this book that you could never look one direction for too long without getting sidetracked with what was really happening, you’d completely miss it because you were focused on something the author wanted you to think was major but quite frankly- it was minor. When this happens, the story gets messy and strays far from the whole plot of the story.

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I kept asking myself “who could do this?”, “what exactly happened?”, “will Aiden help his mother?” “where was he, for ten whole years?” and those are the reasons I kept turning the pages. That is why I felt compelled to the story line we were presented with at the beginning of the story. The first half of this book is incredibly gripping and fast paced but once you breeze through, the second half drags and things become murky and very unrealistic to me.

Anonymous (L.P. Dover)


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Every person has a story to tell. Some may be sweet with a happily ever after, but there are others that end in tragedy. Mine has yet to be finished.
My name is Elizabeth Kingston and this is where my story begins.
I never thought my life could be so perfect. I have an amazing job owning my own bakery, and a wonderful husband who I love and who loves me back. Never once did I have to worry about anything, at least, not until the texts started coming in. They always begin the same way … numbers that spell my nickname when read upside down.
It’s someone from my past, only they won’t to tell me who they are, but that by talking to them, I’ll figure it out. It’s a game I refuse to play. Unfortunately, I’m left with no choice when things begin to take a dangerous turn.
His name is Anonymous and there’s only one thing he wants … ME.

Anonymous was my first book by this author and it will probably be the only one that I read by her. The writing wasn’t awful, it was just flat and very plain. There were no powerful lines to highlight and no exciting and refreshing writing style present.

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The cover to this book drew me in, not having read the blurb, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The story line in this book drags and drags and is very excessive. Not to mention, there is no plot and the mystery aspect was predictable and very dull. Whatever plot the author tried achieve, I felt it was poorly executed. At times, it was even off, timeline wise. Lots of inconsistencies. Like scenes in the book had been moved around, but the author forgot to move them back. It wasn’t hard to keep up with, but it was messy.

I think the book could have had a lot of potential had the author took the time and care with the plot alone. Not only the plot, but the editing and proofreading as well. Lots of errors and inconsistencies.

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This book is good for a quick read, as I read it in about 3 hours, but other than that it was just another book. I didn’t feel as if it was dark or suspenseful. I really would have enjoyed seeing Jake and Ellie grow, character wise and relationship wise from all of the things that occur in the book but I just didn’t feel like they did.

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces (Lynn Weingarten)


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When Sasha’s best friend Xavier gets back together with his cheating ex, Ivy, Sasha knows she needs to protect him. So she poses as a guy online to lure Ivy away.

But Sasha’s plan goes sickeningly wrong. And she soon learns to be careful of who you pretend to be because you might be surprised by who you become…

“It made me feel so good, it wasn’t even safe. Feeling that good could kill a person.”

Bummer man. This book had potential. It had GREAT potential actually. And it’s frustrating because the beginning started out so strong and profound. Part one absolutely blew me away. But then something happened. It was like the entire story shifted and shut down. Basically by the end of the book, it was all foreplay and no climax. Which let’s face it: that sucks.

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A lot of the story elements were sloppy and lazy. Elements that are cliche and typically done in a lot of YA books. But after part one, the author didn’t feel like she didn’t need to execute it the way it needed to anymore, that’s the only thing I can think of.

The only cool part of this story was the cat-fishing element. That’s about all I can think of that I liked.

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“Bad Girls sink their teeth in.
Bad Girls use every weapon they have.
Bad Girls know there is no right and no wrong. There is just what you’re willing to do. What you need to do.”

To me, there was no mystery in this book. I picked up on a lot of the things each time they were mentioned or even insinuated. There was no plot so the story felt like it was all over the place. The characters don’t have any growth- they stayed pretty two dimensional the entire time, which was boring in most parts.

Basically, I was glad the book ended the way it did. And I was even more glad when I was finally finished with it.

Blind Kiss (Renee Carlino)


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Penny spends her afternoons sitting outside a sandwich shop, surrounded by ghosts. Fourteen years ago, this shop was her childhood dance studio… Now she’s a suburban housewife, dreading the moment her son departs for MIT, leaving her with [a] McMansion and a failing marriage. She had her chance at wild, stars-in-her-eyes happiness, but that was a lifetime ago. After The Kiss. Before The Decision.

The Kiss was soulful. Magical. Earth-shattering, And it was all for a free gift card. Asked to participate in a psych study that posed the question, “Can you have sexual chemistry without knowing what the other person looks like?” Penny agreed to be blindfolded, make polite conversation with a total stranger, and kiss him. She never expected The Kiss to change her life forever and introduce her to Gavin: tattooed, gorgeous, and spontaneous enough to ask her out seconds after the blindfolds came off.

For a year, they danced between friendship and romance—until Penny made The Decision that forced them to settle for friendship. Now, fourteen years later, both of their lives are about to radically change—and it’s his turn to decide what will become of their once-in-a-lifetime connection.

“My relationship with Gavin was rooted in love. Maybe a kind of love people would never understand.”

I am rating this 3.5 stars but I was really torn on that (star wise) so on Goodreads I went with the good ole’ four stars just because Renee and her books never fail in the emotional department and her writing is top-notch in my opinion.

But ultimately- I am conflicted. I am conflicted because although I love Renee and her writing and the way she is able to construct a relatable story every time you pick up one of her books. I am conflicted because Renee made me fall so much in love with Gavin but Penny… Penny just really got under my skin. And not in a good way.

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“Life will change and change again. You just have to find a port in this storm. It doesn’t have to be another person, Penny. Find something just for you.”

I did love the concept of the book. As someone who is a huge fan of 180 Seconds by Jessica Park this was definitely an idea I could get behind but the execution of it really fell flat to me. I feel like these characters should have explored more of what they had and while Penny said she didn’t want that, the author never really explained why Penny pushed away so hard. Not even when you finished the book.

Penny. To me, Penny was hypocritical. She was wishy-washy and indecisive and used Gavin as her doormat- which is not okay for me. Typically heroine’s have reasonings as to why they are like they are but with Penny we don’t really get any. She loves dance. And she wants a college degree that she doesn’t really do anything with (under circumstances that come, I know). But to me that’s not a believable enough reason to push as hard as Penny pushed Gavin. Usually in romance books, I am a fan of the female and it takes the male a while to grow on me but in Blind Kiss it was the opposite except, I never really grew to like Penny which it unfortunate.

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What I didn’t love was the constant back and forth, both between Penny and Gavin and the timelines in the book. It was exhausting. Both of them. Not only that, but it was insanely hard to read about the two main characters push each other away for the whole book. Yes, the whole book. 14 years. Pushing. Pulling. Jealousy. Wanting. It was too long for me, I got bored with it because Gavin was constantly begging or Penny was constantly begging.

I thought the book as a whole was great. There was just no gasping revelation or dramatic turning points that held perked my interests. It was a nice book to read in one sitting or if you are looking for a second chance romance. It’s really a bummer, I do enjoy myself every time I pick up one of Renee’s book but this one just wasn’t my favorite.