Book Review: Appearances by Sondra Helene

“Those who’ve seen us
Know that not a thing could come between us
Many men have tried to split us up but no one can” – Irving Berlin

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3.5 disco balls

Published: April 9, 2019 by She Writes Press
Category: Women’s Fiction, Family Drama

I was recently selected to be a BookSparks 2019 Spring Campaign #SwipeRightonReading Ambassador! Over the next few weeks I will receive three ‘blind date with a book’ books. First up was debut novel Appearances by Sondra Helene.

When I first read the synopsis, I immediately thought of the song from White Christmas:  Sisters. Apparently I am not the only one; KIRKUS Reviews had the same thought and offered the following quote for the book’s back cover: “Sisters,’ the old Irving Berlin song, wrinkly covers primal themes of romance and family; this novel takes them with detail and realism…[and] makes quietly clear how precious any extra time with a loved one can be.Read More »

Book Review: A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

“A real choice doesn’t have conditions. A real choice is free.” 
― Etaf Rum, A Woman Is No Man

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5 disco balls

Published: March 5, 2019 by Harper
Category: Contemporary Fiction

Strongest prologue I’ve ever read and brilliantly done ending. (If that’s all you read of this review, I’m good with it. Run, don’t walk to get a copy of this book!) I was left holding my breathe after turning that last page; when I finally caught my breathe I noticed the goosebumps on my arm.

This book was intricately plotted and smartly written. I wanted to make sure I was using ‘intricately’ correctly and googled it – how many of you do that?! – and saw the previous sentence as an example. It perfectly stated how I felt about this book so thanks Cambridge English Dictionary!Read More »

Book Review: Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald

Did a book’s ending ever make it hard to fairly rate the book? I am not saying that the ending was terrible, its just that…well, I just didn’t like it. Which stinks because up until the 95% mark of this book I thought it was rather fun. I was whipping through the ending because I wanted to finish and then BAM, that “twist.”

It was a fun story; classic chick-lit, light read that is easy to whip through. I liked some characters, I hated some characters (which you were supposed to).  But obviously meh about the ending.

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3 disco balls

Published: February 13, 2019 by Bookouture
Category: Rom-Com, Chick-litRead More »

Book Review: The Good Ones (Happily Ever After #1) by Jenn McKinlay

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4 disco balls

Published: February 5, 2019 by Berkley
Category: Romance

If you didn’t already know: I am a sucker for a good cowboy romance. I have only read Maisey Yates’ Copper Ridge series, but when Berkley Romance gifted me with The Good Ones I couldn’t resist. After a few heavier reads I needed something sugary sweet. Ain’t no shame in my reading game. Read More »

Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of f*cking story.”
– Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones & The Six

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5 disco balls

Published: March 5, 2019 by Ballantine Books
Category: Fiction, Music
It was also a February Book of the Month choice

On March 5th, the highly anticipated Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – will hit bookshelves: RUN don’t walk to your local bookstore.

You will not want to miss out on this: think Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga chemistry meets an episode of VH1 Storytellers on Fleetwood Mac’s behind the scenes drama.

 

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Audiobook Review: To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

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4.5 disco balls

Published: February 12, 2019 by Dial Books
Length: 6 hours and 13 minutes, cast of narrators
Category: Middle Grade, Fiction, LGBT

Total Parent Trap vibes, but obviously not the exact storyline. If you are a fan of the original movie you will start singing “Let’s Get Together yeah, yeah, yeah” 🎶 to yourself quite often, or at least I did. 😉Read More »

Book Review: When You Read This by Mary Adkins

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5 disco balls

Publish date: February 5, 2019 by Harper
Category: Contemporary Fiction

Has a book ever made you laugh and cry at the same time? Well this book will make you “craugh” and craugh hard.

The story unfolded over a series of emails, texts and blog posts. I had never read a book entirely in that format and it totally worked here. It was expertly done! I read a majority of this book in one sitting because I needed to keep turning the page. Read More »

Book Review: A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

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4 disco balls

Published: UK – August 9, 2018 by Doubleday; US – November 13, 2018 by Hogarth Press
Category: Contemporary Fiction
It’s also a November Book of the Month choice

What the feature photo is telling us: by the looks of Kobe, he isn’t buying what Maurice is selling…but would you?! That is the question you will ask yourself time and time again reading Boyne’s latest novel A Ladder to the Sky.

Character Henrietta James would call this one crafty and clever. 😉Read More »