Review: November 9

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Book Title: November 9

Author: Colleen Hoover

Published By: Atria on November 10th, 2015

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Rating: ★★★★★

 

 

Summary : “Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.”


Every time I pick up a CoHo book I assume it is going to be a book about some type of domestic crime. This was a refreshing surprise by one of my favorite authors. She was able to keep my attention even though I went into the book expecting something completely different from what I was given. This book had so many ups and downs for me, there were times where I didn’t want to put it down and a few times where I was like OK.. I know how this is going to end, can we be done yet? If you feel like this while reading this book please do me the favor and DON’T put it down!! Because just like always she throws you a curve ball right towards the end that just blows your mind. I gave this book 5 stars because how can you not give a book 5 stars when you literally put off doing everything in your life for 7 hours so that you can read this in a day?? Exactly lol. Although this was definitely not my favorite book by this author, I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a quick read.

I don’t have many negative things to say about this book other than the fact that I didn’t really like the characters. I know what ya’ll are thinking, “How could you even like the book if you don’t like the characters?!?!”. so, it’s not that I didn’t like them at all.. I just don’t think that they progressed/developed very well. This book covers 5 years of the same characters going from ages 18 to 23 and I feel like they don’t change at all. Which is super unrealistic and it was driving me crazy that two 23 year old’s were still acting like teenagers. I didn’t hate them, but I would have really liked to see more character development.

My favorite part of this book is actually the idea behind it. It made me sit and think about if I was put in a position where I had to meet with a complete stranger once a year for five years. I love the idea and I wish it were more realistic to do something like this because I just love it! It;s like having a friend without having to do the crappy part. You pick up right where you left off and just have this completely awesome friendship that would last a lifetime. I don’t know how these authors come up with these stories but thank god they do because they make me use my brain and imagination so much.

I have about 3 or 4 more books of Colleen Hoover’s to read so look forward to seeing her name again.. hopefully in the near future 🙂

Review: Undertow

Book Title: Undertow

Author: Elizabeth Heathcote

Published By: Quercus on September 1st, 2016

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Rating: ★★★★

 

Summary: “Carmen is happily married to Tom, although she knows she’ll always live in the shadow of another woman—the mistress who ended his first marriage: Zena. Mercurial, mesmerizing, manipulative Zena—a woman who, Carmen begins to discover, had the potential to incite the darkest of emotions. Zena, who drowned in the sea late one night.

Zena seems ever-more present, even in death, and when Carmen unknowingly stumbles on evidence that her husband has not been telling her the whole truth, she can’t shake her unease. As she uncovers documents and photographs, a very different tale than the one Tom has led her to believe begins to unfold, and she finds herself increasingly isolated and paranoid. As the twisted events of that night begin to come to light, Carmen must ask herself if it’s really a truth worth knowing…even if it destroys her and the lives of the people she loves most.”


This book really tricked me! I don’t find myself saying that to often, I can usually solve the crime or main conflict pretty quickly just from reading so many crime/thriller novels but this one had me right until the last chapter. Just when I thought I solved it..BOOM, I was wrong. I gave this book 4 stars because although it was a great book and the character development was great I felt as though the ending just sort of fizzled out. I would definitely recommend this book but maybe as a library pick up instead of a purchase.

I was concerned/disappointed by the fact that it kind of reminded me of “Girl on the Train”, not that I don’t LOVE that book, I think it was just the fact that a lot of the crime/thrillers novels out right now always make the woman to be unemployed with all this time on their hands to go and find something wrong with their relationship and do all this crazy digging around. Don’t get me wrong, I love the books like this and thoroughly enjoy reading them but, I just wish it could be a little more realistic. Or that at least some authors start changing it up a bit because I feel as though I’m reading the same books over and over again.

Even though I felt that I had read a book just like this one many times this one had the ability to completely catch me off guard and turning the pages faster than I though imaginable. I particularly like that this book involved children and even an ex-boyfriend of Carmen’s. I felt as though Carmen was a fabulous character. Elizabeth Heathcote did a great job developing her character throughout the book and I mostly loved that she was portrayed as a great step mother. This book wasn’t very graphic and had very modest violence (meaning great description without being gory).

Once again, overall I would definitely recommend this book to friends and family looking to read a mystery/thriller and will also be looking forward to reading another one of Elizabeth Heathcote’s books!

They said her death was a tragic accident. And I believed them…until now.

 

Review: Blindsighted

Book Title: Blindsighted ( Grant County #1)

Author: Karin Slaughter

Published By: Harper on May 26th, 2015

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Rating: ★★★★★

 

 

Alright, for those of you who don’t already know.. I am a HUGE Karin Slaughter fan! Once I finish the rest of the Grant County series I will have read all of her books and I even begin to explain the feeling I have when I pick up one of her books. I always make sure I have the whole day free because I know I won’t be putting it down anytime soon.

Now I actually ended up reading the books out of order because I read the Will Trent series without knowing about Grant County. I would highly recommend reading these in order since they do feed off information given to you in the first books.

With that being said I was still able to enjoy this book. It was so awesome learning more about Sara’s past. I feel like in the Will Trent books it never really explained her the way I wanted to understand her and now I know why. Also, it is so fun to finally learn about Jeffrey and Lena! While reading this book I kept telling my friends/family the stuff that happens in this book is crazy!! It would never happen in real life, but I guess that’s why it’s a book haha.

The thing I love most about Karin Slaughter books is that you’re never left just wondering. She always ties up all the loose ends and never leaves you guessing or with the thought of “Well what happened to…”. Never. But at the same time you will be thinking about the books days later because you something that she vividly described happening.

This first novel of the Grant County series kept me guessing right up until the last few chapters. The gruesome, disturbing, yet exciting details along with the fantastic forensics and police work in this book is what really pulls it all together. I feel as though some crime/mystery authors don’t do enough research on how a police investigation would actually work and just kind of follow what would happen on a tv show but you will notice that Karin Slaughter is on top of it!! She thoroughly follows all of the right steps that would actually happen if the investigation was real. It makes reading this page-turner that much more enjoyable. I can not recommend Karin Slaughter enough. She has been my favorite author for probably the past year and I don’t see anyone taking her place any time soon.

 

**KS will be releasing a new stand alone novel in August. Try to pick up one of her books before then so that you can see how amazing she is. Can’t wait for my next KS review!!**

 

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Book Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Published By: Quirk on June 7th, 2011

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Rating: ★★★

 

I had a really hard time getting into this book. It just wasn’t like the books I normally read so I don’t know if that is why it wasn’t my cup of tea or if it’s because it is a children’s book that I had way higher hopes for.

When first looking at this book I thought that there was no way it could be a children’s or YA book because of the freaky pictures on the covers and it just looked like something I wouldn’t pick up at a younger age. Well it turns out I shouldn’t have picked up at my current age either! It’s not that this book was terrible it was just so BLAH. There was no feeling of thinking I needed to finish it as soon as possible like most books I read. I could’ve cared less if I didn’t finish it. But, for the sake of a full book review I finished it and couldn’t believe that there are actually more books to this series. Just for info, I will not be reading the sequels to this book.

Now I feel like I need to explain, it’s not that the book is complete garbage. There are some sweet parts in it and the writing is great! It’s just the story line.. I think the thing taht really made me not like this book was that once they revealed the main character to be “older” I expected him to, I don’t know, grow up more?? That probably makes me sound like such an adult but seriously!! I just wasn’t feeling this one.

 

 

** I’m currently reading Outlander and Throne of Glass. Review on Behind Closed Doors By: B.A. Paris will be posted tomorrow. Follow this blog so you will be updated every time I post! Stay tuned for more book reviews, fitness tips, and a glimpse into my life!**

 

Review: The Kept Woman

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Book Title: The Kept Woman

Author: Karin Slaughter

Published By: William Morrow on September 20th, 2016

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Rating: ★★★★★

 

I honesty don’t know how I haven’t done a Karin Slaughter review, probably because she hasn’t released a new book since this one. But you know I have already pre-ordered “The Good Daughter” because if you can’t tell by now, I am a HUGE Slaughter fan!! I have read every single one of the Will Trent novels as well as all of her stand alone’s. I cannot rave about this author enough, she is the reason I started getting back into reading as much as I do now and just like Gillian Flynn, I too will “follow her anywhere”.

If you haven’t heard of or started to read the Will Trent series I would highly suggest starting with the first novel “Triptych”. All of her books in the series are written so that you can any of them up and be up to speed but I promise, if you start with the first one you will appreciate the story so much more. The way she has been able to connect all of these books together is my favorite thing about them. But, let’s get to the review of just this book before I write my life away talking about how wonderful Karin Slaughter is..

Okay, this book is mostly formed around Angie (ew), which I hated at first but I ended up loving the fact the KS finally bought the situation between her and Will to a head and forced them to duke it out. We have all seen Will angry but this book will show you a whole new side to him that will make you love him even more than you already did. i wish I could write what I disliked about this book but I honestly can’t think of one thing other than why hasn’t another book been released?! I’m so ready for the end of Angie but then again I’m like, “GIVE ME MORE!!!” This is the most spoiler free I can give you but if you have read feel free to message me on here or Instagram so that we can talk about how amazing this book is!!

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Also, for those who live in CA, Karin Slaughter will be in Corte Madera on August 29th for a book signing to promote “The Good Daughter” release. I will more than likely post about this again but mark your calendars because I can’t wait to meet my favorite author and some of my followers!!

 

“Reading is not just an escape. It is access to a better way of life.”

-Karin Slaughter