Showing posts from 2018

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

Have you ever watched or read something and thought "This gives (blank) a bad name"? That's what The Girlfriend is. It's dramatic and thrilling, but damn, it gives women a bad name. I'm hoping that the readers of this book are primarily female, because if not, women, we are doomed.

Laura is a successful career woman with a nice house, comfy lifestyle, and a dreamy son, Daniel. There are things that cold be better, like her marriage, but she's happy; and from an outsiders perspective, she has it all. The outsider in this case is Cherry. Cherry is Daniel's new girlfriend. She comes from the other side of the tracks, but she has dreams, and those dreams involve finding a man with money so she can live the life she's always dreamed of for herself. The first time Laura meets Cherry, she thinks Cherry is just nervous. But the more Cherry comes around, and the more she discovers about her, the more she begins to think that Cherry might have other plans in m…

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

Anyone who knows me know that I like learning about serial killers. It might even be unhealthy. But they're interesting. So I decided it was time to read about America's first serial killer: H.H. Holmes.

Taking place during the first Worlds Fair, Holmes used his "Murder Castle" to lure, torture, kill, and dissect anywhere from nine to twenty-seven (some even say 200, but it's unlikely) people. He was even married or in relationships with a few of them. He constructed his hotel with secret chambers, extra doors, and an extremely large furnace in the basement; and to get away with it, he hired and fired contractors consistently. And because of the Worlds Fair, he had an ever plentiful hunting ground of women traveling alone, a long way from home, who needed a place to stay during their visit; and it didn't hurt that Holmes was attractive and charismatic. In the end, it wasn't even the murdering that caused him to be caught; it was insurance fraud. Confessi…

Helter Skelter: The True Story of The Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry

Last year I read Member of the Family by Dianne Lake. Dianne tells her story about her life in the 60s, how she met Charles Manson, and her brave decision to testify against him. I've always had an interest in the Manson murders, as I'm sure a lot of people have, so I decided that Helter Skelter would be a good follow up novel since it tells the full story, not just the story from one person perspective. Parts are told from Bugliosi's perspective, but he does his best to speak in the third person unless necessary.

What I liked the most is the Bugliosi tells you about the lives of the people who were murdered. Sharon Tate was a model and actress who was married to Roman Polanski; she was eight months pregnant at the time of the murder. She loved life and was excited to be a mother. It was her and Roman's house that the murders took place at. Roman was in Europe working on a movie he was directing. Jay Sebring was a hair stylist catering to celebrities. He and Sharon da…

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

I always love when a book can surprise me; when I think I know what will happen, but something better happens; or when I think something will happen, but it happens differently. That is what makes The Wife Between Us so brilliant. You always think you know where it's going to go, but Green Hendrick and Sarah Pekkanen go one step further.

Vanessa has just gotten divorced from Richard and life isn't going so well. She is drinking heavily, she has a job she hates, oh, and Richard is about to re-marry. She isn't happy with this new information. It hasn't been long since the divorce was finalized, but the marriage ended long ago.

Nellie is happily in love with Richard. It's been a whirlwind affair, but she knows that he is the one she is meant to spend the rest of her life with. But the engagement has been filled with its bumps: mysterious calls, the photographer being canceled, someone following her. But Richard will make everything alright.

These women may sound like …

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

This is my second Ruth Ware novel. Last September, I read The Woman in Cabin 10 and absolutely loved it! I haven't read In a Dark, Dark Way yet, but fully intend to, and later this year, she is releasing a new book, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, which looks like it will be just as exciting and thrilling as the others! I picked this book as my Book of the Month a few months back after I saw Reese Witherspoon say amazing things about it on Instagram, and I always trust Reese.

Rule One: Tell a lie.
Rule Two: Stick to your story.
Rule Three: Don't get caught.
Rule Four: Never lie to each other.
Rule Five: Know when to stop lying.

The rules are simple, the points don't matter; just make sure they believe you and you don't get caught. When Isa, Fatima, Thea, and Kate attending Salten boarding school, they bond over this game. They don't lie to just anyone. Thea started it when she was tired of being the new girl at boarding schools because the new girls were always tricked. Ins…

The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

I love when I love a book. It makes me a happier person. I love when I love an entire series. For the last month that I have spent with these three books, I have enjoyed reading every word.Very few books have brought me the joy that these books have. They have found a spot not only on my LOVE shelf, but in my Top 5.

A Discovery of Witches

Diana Bishop lives a quiet life as a tenured professor at Yale, currently working on research at Oxford. She spends her days in the Bodleian Library, reading alchemical manuscripts; and her evenings are spent doing yoga, rowing, running, and drinking tea. Despite the mask that Diana keeps up to pretend she is normal, she is anything but. She is a witch, although she uses her magical only sparingly. So she is quite surprised when one of the manuscripts she requested is filled with magic. However, after quickly reviewing the book, she sees that it will not help her with her current research, and so she sends the book back. The book, known by call number…

Walk of the Spirits by Richie Tankersley Cusick

You guys know I hate saying this, but I really did not like this book. I actually bought Spirit Walk which contains both books in the series, Walk of the Spirits and Shadow Mirror. I trudged through Walk of the Spirits, and then made my way into the fourth chapter of Shadow Mirror before deciding that I was going to have to add it to my DNF list.

Walk of the Spirits follows Miranda Barnes who has just moved to St. Yvette, Louisiana after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina. But since her and her mother moved back to her mom hometown, she's been plagued by screams and visions and scents that make no sense to her. When she has a chance reunion with her grandfather, who has a reputation of being crazy, Miranda learns that he is haunted by the same thing as she; either that, or she's as crazy as him. But as visions of a Civil War soldier and a rose-scented debutante become more clear, Miranda learns that she will not find peace until she helps them find peace. With the help of he…

Janie Johnson by Caroline B. Cooney

I first read the Janie Johnson books in seventh grade. Well, only the first two books. I don't know why I didn't continue reading. But any who, this was a partial second read for me. I was so excited to read them again. I loved them so much the first time. It was a thriller and kept me on edge. I had to know what happened to Janie? This time was a bit different.

The Face on the Milk Carton (3/10)

Janie Johnson has the best life she could ask for. She has parents who love her, she's about to get her licenses, she's got an amazing group of friends, and the boy next door is no longer just the boy next door. But then one day at lunch, she looks at her friends milk carton and sees a little girl in a black and white checked dress with her hair in braids down each side of her head and suddenly, Janie realizes that it's her. But how can that be her? Because that would mean that her loving and devoted parents kidnapped her. That would mean that her life as she knows it is a…

Notes from the Upside Down: An Unofficial Guide to Stranger Things by Guy Adams

I don't know about you, but I love Stranger Things. If you haven't watched it, stop right now and go watch it. Not because there are spoilers below (there are), but because it's literally that good. I'll wait.

Okay, now that you've watched it and fallen in love, and not just with Steve Harrington, but the entire cast and premise, you can read the review.

Notes from the Upside Down is a collection of all of the nerdy things related to Stranger Things. Now, I would never write a companion novel for a TV series, I'm more of a closet nerd, I'm very grateful for Guy Adams writing this, because now I can go watch all movies and TV shows, listen to all of the music, and read all of the books that are referenced and inspired the Duffer Brothers.

The book goes through each episode of season one (it's only about the first season, I don't know if there will be more for season two and future seasons). It gives you a little recap of the episode and then it starts…

The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

I hate saying this. You all know I hate saying this. But I don't know how good my review will be. It's been two months since I finished The Arsonist and am just now getting to the review. I'd like to blame the holidays or new job or finishing my degree, but those would all be excuses and those don't do anyone any good.

Ava Dreyman lives in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. She's tough, she's determined, and she wants a life better than the one she's been dealt. Molly Mavity's mother killed herself three years ago, but Molly doesn't believe it. Her father is about to be executed for his crimes. Molly's world is imploding on her. Pepper Al-Yusef is a Kuwaiti immigrant who spilled too much to a girl, has a seizure dog who's always finding new ways to embarrass him, and unless he can write some really good essays, he won't graduate high school. How are all of their lives connected? The Arsonist; a diary written by Ava, sent t…