Monday, October 31, 2016

Review: Burning September by Melissa Simonson


Title: Burning September
Author: Melissa Simonson
Purchase: Amazon ~ Kindle

Kat’s life is going exactly the way her sister has planned it, until a detective shows up at their front door early one morning and arrests Caroline for murder. 
Suddenly and utterly alone, Kat doesn’t know how to navigate a world without Caroline, the woman who raised her. During the aftermath of the crime, Kat tries to figure out who she is without her sister, but unlocking those doors only leads to more troubling questions. Kat realizes the one person she thought would never lie to her had, and quite frequently. Sorting through the skeletons and lies might be more than she can handle, but it's a necessary evil if she ever wants to see her sister acquitted.


My most favorite thing about this book is the family connection. I wish I knew that my sister would have taken care of me if my parents passed away while we were young. I wish I had a connection like that with my sister.

The characters in this book were made so well. You can tell that Melissa put a lot of thought into each of them. This entire book was so well written, not just the characters.

I just love books like this because it's apart of my age group and I relate to it more.

It's a very steady paced book and it doesn't rush you into anything. I really enjoyed it and I'm glad that Melissa chose me as someone to review this book for her.

Definitely five out of five stars!!!


Sunday, October 30, 2016

October/Birthday Book Haul:


This month was magical. I had the best birthday I could ever ask for. I got everything I wanted, plus more. Some of these were paid for by all of the surveys I do online, some were won from giveaways. Some were great bargain deals, a dollar a piece! Others were birthday presents. I wouldn't be shocked if I don't do too much book shopping the rest of this year!

Just keep in mind, I do not post hauls to brag about what I buy. The books I get hardly ever come out of my own paychecks but from all of the online stuff I do to make money so that I can buy books. I've saved up for roughly six months so I could make sure I could get a decent amount of books.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Review: Whisper To Me by Nick Lake


Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She's trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won't let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.

Desperate for his forgiveness, she's telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She's hoping he'll understand as well as she now does how love -love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself- can save you after all.





Purchase: Amazon ~ Kindle

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Review: Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers



Title: Tone Deaf
Author: Olivia Rivers
Purchase: Amazon ~ Kindle

His world is music. Her world is silent.

Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century- until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She's a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she's swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He's a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there's more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali's bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can't turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she's traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace's RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Review: Twisted by K.A. Robinson


Title: Twisted
Author: K.A. Robinson
Purchase: Amazon ~ Kindle

Chloe and Drake have found their happily ever after... Almost.

When Chloe's mother comes back into her life with a bang, it sets off a chain of events no one could have ever expected. Everyone has their demons, and Chloe and Drake's hit them with a vengeance.

Sex, drugs, money, a crazy ex, and Rock 'n' Roll... Can they survive it all?

Things are beginning to feel a bit... twisted.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Review: Torn by K.A. Robinson



Chloe hasn't had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high school, she leaves to start a new life away at West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan, determined to leave her demons in the past.

On her first day, she meets a stranger who takes her breath away at first sight. Until she met Drake, no one had ever sparked her interest. Now this tattooed and pierced bad bot is all she can think about, no matter how hard she fights it.

Falling for Drake was never part of her plans, but when it happens, things seem to do anything but fall into place.

Dealing with a tragic past, Drake has never cared about anyone else but himself and his band. But when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, things start to change. Instantly drawn to her, he begins to wonder if one girl can take a cold hearted womanizer and change every part of him?

Lon hidden feelings are revealed and friendships tested to the brink.

This is your typical bad boy romance. This is also my second time reading this series because I wanted to write a review.

Good girl falls in love with the bad boy while her best friend is sitting on the side pining after her.

Chloe can't stop thinking about Drake while Logan can't stop thinking about Chloe. Drake tells Chloe he's no good for her and tells her to date Logan. Chloe and Logan date and she cheats on him with Drake. (Totally saw it coming.) She does tell him after the second time and they fight, they make her choose which one of them she wants. Of course, she chooses Drake in the end.

There's a whole bunch of other stuff that happens throughout the book, but I'm leaving them out for you to read about.

This book was so well written and I love it. Drake is my favorite bad boy. He tops them all in my opinion. Logan, can't stand him, pretty sure the story would have been fine without him.

It leaves you with a cliffhanger, so if you want to know what happens next you need to have the next book.



Thursday, October 6, 2016

Review: Come This Way by Michelle Schlicher


A hiking and outdoor enthusiast, fifty-year-old Fern Conrad can't imagine spending her time doing anthing else, much to the dismay of her daughter, Colby.

Kara Dawson, a twenty-five-year-old student therapist, has shut life out to focus on her sister's illness. That is, until a chance meeting pushes her to confront the possibilities- but letting go and moving forward.

Eight-three-year-old Nettie Campbell heals in the hospital while facing the consequences of her actions. Can she repair relationships and forge new bonds as she comes to terms with the truth?

Come This Way is an emotional, honest look into the lives of women who are discovering their own strength. It is a story about difficult choices and the people around us who help us find our way.

PURCHASE: AMAZON ~ KINDLE

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Review: Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch


The tour-de-force, hair-raising new novel from Herman Koch,New York Times bestselling author of The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming Pool

Once a celebrated writer, M's greatest success came with a suspense novel based on a real-life disappearance. The book was called The Reckoning, and it told the story of Jan Landzaat, a history teacher who went missing one winter after his brief affair with Laura, his stunning pupil. Jan was last seen at the holiday cottage where Laura was staying with her new boyfriend. Upon publication, M.'s novel was a bestseller, one that marked his international breakthrough.

That was years ago, and now M.'s career is almost over as he fades increasingly into obscurity. But not when it comes to his bizarre, seemingly timid neighbor who keeps a close eye on him. Why? 

From various perspectives, Herman Koch tells the dark tale of a writer in decline, a teenage couple in love, a missing teacher, and a single book that entwines all of their fates. Thanks to The Reckoning, supposedly a work of fiction, everyone seems to be linked forever, until something unexpected spins the "story" off its rails. 

With racing tension, sardonic wit, and a world-renowned sharp eye for human failings, Herman Koch once again spares nothing and no one in his gripping new novel, a barbed tour de force suspending readers in the mysterious literary gray space between fact and fiction, promising to keep them awake at night, and justly paranoid in the merciless morning.

Another book that I thought I could easily get in to and enjoy. The plot seems really good. When I read the synopsis, I knew this was a book I could love. But it's not. There's hardly any dialogue in the first few chapters and I find myself always checking out and forgetting what I have read. I'm sure this book is great for many others, just not for me. 

HERMAN KOCH is the author of eight novels and three collections of short stories. The Dinner, his sixth novel, has been published in twenty-five countries, and was an international bestseller. He currently lives in Amsterdam.

**I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review**

Saturday, October 1, 2016

September Wrap Up:


September felt like such a busy month! I somehow only managed to read four books, although one of them technically contains three books. So does that count as three instead of one? I'll let you guys decide that one. These were all five star books to me, that's all that matters I guess!

Review: The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry



Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie's last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start... until she starts seeing the "wrong things." They're just momentary glimpses at first- her front door is red instead of its usual green, there's a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn't right.

That's when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls "Grandmother," who tells her: "You have three months to save him." The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it's as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.
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