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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…

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…

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

I received Behind Her Eyes from Book of the Month a few months ago, and after finishing Night Film, another psychological thriller, I was ready for this one. I love the entire book-the characters, the plot, the authors writing style. And then I read the last three chapters and my love for the book deflated. I have never been so let down by an ending in my entire life. It's funny how just a few pages can ruin an entire book for you.

Behind Her Eyes follows Louise, a single mother who is stuck in a rut, and Adele, the new girl in town who seems to have her shit together. And of course there is a man. David met Louise in a bar one night and they shared an amazing kiss. David is married to Adele. Oh, and when Louise goes to work on Monday, she finds out that David is her new boss. Nothing awkward about that. It gets worse when Adele bumps into Louise and invites her to coffee and they become friends. But Adele makes Louise promise that she won't tell David about their friendship b…

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

I've had Night Film on my shelf for a little bit, and I finally got around to reading it. What attracted me to it originally was that there was an app that you could use on your phone to uncover clues; however, the app has since been removed from the app store (at least when it comes to Apple, I cannot speak for other phones). There is a website that you can go to, but I found myself not needing it, or want it. I liked the book on its own.

Murder or Suicide?
Night Film is told from the perspective of investigative journalist Scott McGrath, who has, over the recent years, become a bit of a disgraced reporter and divorced, and is now trying to make it by by occasionally teaching classes. The cause of his disgraced status is the reclusive film director, Stanislas Cordova. McGrath had tried to take down Cordova after receiving a phone call saying that Cordova spent his evenings driving around to school playgrounds and taking souvenirs. "There's something he does to the childre…

Anna by Kendare Blake

So it's been a good five weeks or so since I read a book; not a textbook, or a magazine article, but an actual book. I had started 2 books previous to this, but school took over my life, as summer courses tend to do, and although I attempted, I couldn't just pick up either book from where I left off. I needed something new to get the blood pumping again. After asking friends, flipping through my own books, and research on, I came upon Anna Dressed in Blood. I'm a sucker for a good ghost story, so I decided that this would be the book to get me going again.

Anna Dressed in Blood follows Cas Lowood in his hunt to kill a ghost the locals call..well duh...Anna Dressed in Blood. Anna Korlov was brutally murdered in 1958, and the murder was never solved. Since her death, any unfortunate soul who wandered into her deserted Victorian would surely never see another day. Until Cas, that is. Cas himself is confused by the turn of events, not only because does …

Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab

The Shades of Magic trilogy follows Kell and Delilah Bard through the worlds of Red London, White London, and Grey London as they fight unknown evils that are seeking to return power to Black London, a London that has been locked off from the rest of the worlds because it craved magic more than life itself.

The Story of the Magic
The world is set up like the pages of a book, and Kell is one of the few left who can travel between the pages. On one end, you have Grey London, that is dirty, boring, free of magic, and has a mad king on the throne. Red London is on the next page, and here magic is looked upon highly, as are people like Kell, who can wield it. And lastly is White London, a place that is constantly in turmoil as the people seek to overthrow the current ruler, and each ruler drains the city of more and more magic. Once upon a time, Black London was on the other side of that, but it was locked away after corruption threatened to take down all of the worlds.

Kell hails from Red…

The Dark Days Novellas by Ginger Gelsheimer and Taylor Anderson

The Dark Days novellas are intertwined with the story of Hunger Games. I purchased them because it tells what may have caused the formation of the 13 districts and Game 1. There are three novellas, End of the World, Dorian Lennox, and The Others, and take place within a matter or days/weeks.

End of the World starts with Claudia flying to Denver to see her brothers wedding. Everyone knows the world is ending, and asteroid is currently hurling towards Earth, and so many people are being a bit irrational, like getting married even though you're all about to die. On the plane, Claudia meets Benjamin, who is just a kid. While in flight, the asteroid hits and everything begins to fall apart. Claudia and Benjamin survive the disaster, but are left to fend for themselves in this new world that is nothing like we've seen before.
Rating: 4/10

Dorian Lennox tells of life for Claudia and Benjamin, along with a few other survivors. For a few days, the small group lives on top of floating vehi…