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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

You know what sold me on One of Us Is Lying before I knew anything else? On the front flap, in red letters, it says "The Brain," "The Beauty," "The Criminal," and "The Athlete." Any lover of 80s films knows this reference. Okay, so technically it's "Princess" and not "Beauty" and we're missing the Basket Case (it's replaced with "The Outcast), but come on! It's The Breakfast Club!!! This is my number one all time favorite movie! It didn't matter what came after that, I was sold. The fact that the book is really good makes it even better.

So, one afternoon, Bronwyn (Brain), Addy (Beauty), Nate
(Criminal), and Cooper (Athlete) find themselves in detention. The 5th person is Simon, the outcast, or as he likes to say "the omniscient narrator." They're all in a fuss because they are in detention for a bogus reason-their teacher, Mr. Avery, found them with cell phones. That's not the bogu…
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Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties by Dianne Lake

This was an extremely interesting read. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I know that I didn't expect this.

Dianne Lake was a child of the 60s who just wanted to live a life of peace, love, and happiness. However, reading her story, it's pretty obvious early on that it wasn't going to be that way. Her father was restless and wanted nothing but to follow his dreams of painting America beautiful. Her mother follows along with what her father wants, no questions asked. When the family travels to California so her father could continue pursuing his dream. When the family decides to drop out of society, you can see that this is when Dianne really loses a chance at a normal life. Her and her siblings are taken out of school; they live in a van; they drop out from society-literally. From here, it is just a short time before Dianne is introduced to Charles Manson.

Charles, or Charlie to members of the family, is clearly a replacement for her poor excuse of a father fig…

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

This is my second Stephen King novel, and my first Owen King novel. Last year, I read 11/22/63, and that was extremely interesting. I was very excited when I received my pre-order of Sleeping Beauties.

Sleeping Beauties takes place in a small Appalachian town called Dooling. The first morning, everything seems fine. That is until a mysterious woman appears from a tree, kills two men (they are drug dealers) and then proceeds into town where she is arrested by Sheriff Lila Norcross. The mysterious woman gives her name as Evie Black. Little does Lila know it then, but Evie holds the answers to questions she does not even know to ask yet. Lila takes Evie to the prison where her husband Clint works as a psychologist; she is hoping that maybe he can make sense of Evie's riddles.

As the day progresses, news of the Aurora virus is spreading. Women are falling asleep and not waking up. As they sleep, they are cocooned in a web-like material that doctors and scientists cannot explain. If t…

Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

Good as Gone is a Book of the Month Club book that has been sitting on my shelf for a little, like most of my books do before being read. However, I am glad that I waited to read it, as right now I'm in one of my mystery/suspense moods.
Eight years ago, in the middle of the night. Jane watcher her older sister Julie be kidnapped from her room at knife point. That was the last to be seen of Julie. Now, it is present day. Jane is in college, and her parents have formed a life around the void of their missing daughter. Of course it is not the same, how could it be; but it is a life nonetheless. Then, one evening as they are sitting down for dinner, the doorbell rings, and who should be at the door other than...drum roll...Julie! She passes out upon her mother opening the door and they rush her to the hospital. When Julie sits down with detectives, she tells a harrowing story of being sold to drug lords and sex traffickers and the years of abuse she faced at the hands of her captor; h…

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

If you're looking for a book to really mess with you, look no further! There's Someone Inside Your House is a psycho thriller like no other!

The book is told primarily from the point of view of the main character, Makani Young, who recently moved from sunny, beautiful Hawaii to dull, cold Nebraska. Like all main characters, Makani is hiding a part of her past that haunts her. But now it seems that Nebraska will be just as haunted as students are being brutally murdered for no apparent reason. When the killer attacks Makani, she begins to question if the killer knows her true identity.

The few chapters that are told from the points of view of others are the victims last few minutes before being brutally slain. You learn how the killer messes with the victims minds, and has been for quite some time. For one, the egg timer keeps appearing even though she has put it away a few times. For another, he wakes up to his house being rearranged. I won't lie; any time my keys show up …

A Big Review: Part 2

So we're going to play some catch up here because I've been a bad blogger. And I'm extremely sorry. I could give you every excuse in the book, some are valid, some are not, but it cannot be denied that I have neglected my books and my readers. So I'm going to do some mini-reviews for the books I've read. Mostly, they're mini because it's been so long since I've read them and it would be a disservice to you and to the author to write a full blown review when I don't remember all the details. But I do remember how each of these books made me feel, and that is what these will be based off of. So I hope you enjoy!

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury(Read from May 22nd-23rd, 2017)


Like a lot of people, I read this in high school; I really wanted to read it again so see how I felt about it as an adult. I'm sad to say that it was better in high school. I also know that I didn't fully read it in high school; Sparknotes were very essential to me then. I r…

A Big Review: Part 1

So we're going to play some catch up here because I've been a bad blogger. And I'm extremely sorry. I could give you every excuse in the book, some are valid, some are not, but it cannot be denied that I have neglected my books and my readers. So I'm going to do some mini-reviews for the books I've read. Mostly, they're mini because it's been so long since I've read them and it would be a disservice to you and to the author to write a full blown review when I don't remember all the details. But I do remember how each of these books made me feel, and that is what these will be based off of. So I hope you enjoy!

#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso(Read on May 5th, 2017)


I read this because I started the Netflix series and I wanted to have the background. The book had been sitting on my shelf for probably over a year and had picked it up many times to read it, but never did. I loved this book, and I wish I had read it sooner, but I think I read it at the right…