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: In Another Life by C.C. Hunter

“Whatever you’re trying to pull, don’t do it.”
– In Another Life, C. C. Hunter

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4 disco balls

Publish date: March 26, 2019 by Wednesday Books
Category: Young Adult, Thriller

I could definitely see this story translate well as a Netflix film. You hear that Netflix? Please and thank you.

Chloe’s senior year is the pits: on top of her parents divorcing, she is starting at a new school. Ripped away from her old life and friends she must start over while taking care of her mother and resenting her father. Oh and the real kicker…someone suspects that she was in fact kidnapped as a child and her real parents live nearby. As if high school isn’t hard enough?!Read More »

Book Review: Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce

“Find out what you’re good at…and then get even better. That’s the key.”
AJ Pearce, Dear Mrs. Bird

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4.5 disco balls

Published: July 3, 2018 by Scribner
Category: Historical Fiction

Protagonist Emmy Lake had that same spark and spunk as Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (one of my favorite classics and also my favorite literary character).

Not your typical WWII novel. It had the right amount of cheeriness and personality without taking away the fact there was a war going on; literally right above their heads.Read 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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Book Review: Little by Edward Carey

“What casual monsters we are. What calamities we are capable of.”
Edward Carey, Little

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4 disco balls

Published: October 4, 2018 by Riverhead Books
Category: Historical Fiction

This is why I love book club: I would not have picked up this book on my own, but so glad I read it.

It was not my typical jam and sounded a bit strange…and boy was it strange – an oddity – BUT I couldn’t stop turning the page. You really want to know what happens to all these characters; although I hated me some Widow Picot, what a wicked character.

I was a bit fascinated by it all.Read More »

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 »