Friday, May 18, 2018

My Thoughts: The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

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The High Tide Club
by Mary Kay Andrews
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Publication Date: May 8th 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9781250126061
Genre: Chick Lit
Source: Netgalley

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From the New York Timesbestselling author of The Weekenderscomes a delightful new novel about new love, old secrets, and the kind of friendship that transcends generations.

When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island, her 20,000 acre remote barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter with Brooke, who is an attorney, but Brooke knows that Mrs. Warrick has long been a client of a prestigious Atlanta law firm.

Over a few meetings, the ailing Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, secrets, betrayal and a long-unsolved murder. She tells Brooke she is hiring her for two reasons: to protect her island and legacy from those who would despoil her land, and secondly, to help her make amends with the heirs of the long dead women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club—so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades—Millie, Ruth and Varina. When Josephine dies with her secrets intact, Brooke is charged with contacting Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met.

The High Tide Club is Mary Kay Andrews at her Queen of the Beach Reads best, a compelling and witty tale of romance thwarted, friendships renewed, justice delivered, and true love found. (Goodreads)


The High Tide Club is only the second book that I've read so far by Mary Kay Andrews, even though I have almost all of her books on my TBR right now, and I was super excited to read the book! I read The Weekenders last year and really enjoyed that story, so I was curious to see how this was going to compare. I definitely wasn't disappointed!

I went into this book kind of expecting a summer type read, (I'm ALL about the summer books right now), but that's not all that this book was. The High Tide Club is a story about friendship and love, and the secrets that are only shared between the best of friends.

One thing that I really enjoyed about this book was its interesting group of characters. There are so many unique and independent women in this story, and I really enjoyed the bond that was between the older friends and the one formed with the new friends as well. These bonds are the best, and they seriously make the best stories to read.

The storyline for this book was definitely interesting as well. I like that the story is told in alternative time periods, between the past and the present. I think I adored the setting for the book the most. Beaches are my thing, and this was set on a pretty secluded island, which was awesome. As with the previous book I read by Andrews, there was quite a bit of mystery in the story as well, and I enjoyed that. I figured out pretty early on in the book what was going to happen, but there were still a few twists and turns along the way that caught me by surprise. It was definitely an interesting read!

Overall; I really enjoyed The High Tide Club! As I mentioned above, this is only the second book that I've read by Mary Kay Andrews, but it definitely won't be the last. I'm really looking forward to diving into a few of her previous books now, and the first I'm hoping to get to is Ladies' Night, which sounds like a lot of fun! If you like a good beach read, do check out The High Tide Club!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

My Thoughts: The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

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The Favorite Sister
by Jessica Knoll
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Publication Date: May 15th 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781501153198
Genre: Adult Fiction
Source: Netgalley

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When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder…

Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her cast mates.

Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret.

Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt.

Lauren, the start-up world’s darling whose drinking has gotten out of control, is Goal Diggers’ recovery narrative—everyone loves a comeback story.

And Jen, made rich and famous through her cultishly popular vegan food line plays a holistic hippie for the cameras, but is perhaps the most ruthless of them all when the cameras are off. (Goodreads)


The Favorite Sister is the first book I've read by Jessica Knoll, though I have had her previous book, Luckiest Girl Alive, on my TBR for a while now. I was super curious about The Favorite Sister, after initially being drawn in by the awesome cover, and after reading the summary, I knew I would have to check it out. This book wasn't at all what I expected, but it was definitely a unique read!

The Favorite Sister is the story of five super successful millennial women who appear on a reality TV show called Goal Diggers. The show is all about being young and successful, and getting ahead in the world all on your own. We follow these women over the course of a new season of the show, which is full of drama and mystery, and even death.

The story is told from three of the Goal Digger stars viewpoints, by Brett and Kelly, who are sisters, and Stephanie who is a veteran on the show. (Brett was a veteran as well, but Kelly was new to the show.) It was interesting to read the same story from each person's different viewpoint, to see how different each woman thought of the show and of each other. All of the ladies were full of secrets and lies, and to be honest, they were quite vicious to each other. I can't even imagine having a friendship like these ladies have, if you could even call it a friendship. Too much drama!

The storyline for this book was really interesting, but admittedly, I'm not much of a reality tv show fan. I barely watch TV as it is, and I tend to avoid reality shows because they are full of drama, and I'm not at all a fan. But, I really wanted to check out this book, so I charged ahead with it. (Reading this book was a good reminder as to why I don't do drama. Haha!) I enjoyed the mystery part of the story the most. We learn pretty early on in the book that there is a death, and I was SO curious to know what had happened. Because of that, I flew through the pages. There are quite a few twists and turns throughout the story, especially at the end, that kept me guessing, and I really liked that.

Overall; The Favorite Sister was definitely an interesting read! I can't say that I've read anything like this before, and I'm really glad I decided to check out the book. I'm now even more curious to check out Luckiest Girl Alive, which I plan to do as soon as possible. If you like a good book full of mystery and drama, you should definitely check out The Favorite Sister!

Waiting on Wednesday #319 - A Reaper at the Gates & Eden Conquered

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Reaper at the Gates
(Ember Quartet #3)
by Sabaa Tahir
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Publication Date: June 12th 2018
Publisher: Razorbill
ISBN: 9780448494500

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Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister's life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias's devotion–even at the cost of his humanity. (Goodreads)

I am embarressingly behind on this series, but I'm really excited to get caught up on it!
I really enjoyed the first book, An Ember in the Ashes, but I will definitely
have to re-read it before continuing along with the series.
At least I can read the series back to back when this is released!!


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Eden Conquered
(Dividing Eden #2)
by Joelle Charbonneau
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Publication Date: June 5th 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062453891

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The electrifying conclusion to the Dividing Eden series by the New York Times bestselling author of the Testing trilogy, Joelle Charbonneau..

The Trials of Virtuous Succession have ended. Prince Andreus is king—and Princess Carys is dead.

But even as he’s haunted by what he did to win the throne, Andreus discovers that his dream of ruling only brings new problems. The people love his twin even more in death than they did when she was alive. The Elders treat him as a figurehead. And worst of all, the winds of Eden are faltering.

But despite what everyone believes, Carys is alive. Exiled to the wilderness, Carys struggles to control the powers that have broken free inside her. And as she grows stronger, so does her conviction that she must return to the Palace of Winds, face her twin and root out the treachery that began long before the first Trials started.

The Kingdom of Eden is growing darker with each passing day. Brother and sister, former foes, must decide whether some betrayals cut too deep to be forgiven—and whether one will wear the crown or both will lose everything. (Goodreads)

I haven't actually started this series, but I've been meaning to for a while now.
The story sounds really interesting, and I can't wait to read these books together as well!!


Those are my WOW picks for this week!!
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

My Thoughts: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

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A Conjuring of Light
(Shades of Magic #3)
by V.E. Schwab
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Publication Date: February 21st 2017
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 624
ISBN: 9780765387462
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Own

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Witness the fate of beloved heroes - and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED...
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell - once assumed to be the last surviving Antari - begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace - but never common - thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay. (Goodreads)


I was super excited to get started on A Conjuring of Light by Victoria Schwab, and I dove into the story just moments after finishing up A Gathering of Shadows. I don’t normally read books back to back, but on this one, I just couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next. A Conjuring of Light was a great conclusion to this unique series, and though I didn’t want the series to end at all, it all came together perfectly in the end.

After the events of A Gathering of Shadows, I had no idea what to expect from A Conjuring of Light. The book picks up right where the second book leaves off, and I loved jumping right back into the story. The storyline is full of action and suspense, and keeps you captivated, wondering what’s going to happen next. There is seriously never a dull moment when reading this book, and I devoured it just as quickly as I did the second book. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to finish this series. I really enjoyed it so much!

I love so many characters in this book, but the one character that I totally didn’t expect to love was Holland. We get quite a bit of his back-story throughout the book, and between that and the character growth throughout the story, it’s hard not to absolutely love him. Lila is another favorite of mine, and has been since the beginning, and her growth over the course of the story was pretty awesome to watch as well. And, of course, there’s also Kell. Sigh. I pretty much love everything about Kell, and everything about Kell with Lila. They are perfection, as are Rhys and Alucard as well. I just really love all of tehse characters, and I’m so sad to have to say goodbye to them!

Overall; A Conjuring of Light was an absolutely perfect ending to this wonderfully unique series! The storyline was completely captivating, the characters were all wonderful, and the ending was perfection. I loved everything about this book, and this series, and I can’t wait to re-read it again and again. If you’ve not yet checked out this magical series by Victoria Schwab, I do recommend you check it out! And I totally hope you enjoy it just as much as I do.
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Monday, May 14, 2018

My Thoughts: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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A Gathering of Shadows
(Shades of Magic #2)
by V.E. Schwab
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Publication Date: February 23rd 2016
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780765376473
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Own

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It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift--back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games--an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries--a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall. (Goodreads)


I started the A Darker Shade of Magic series last year, and really enjoyed the story, and I was super excited to get started on the rest of the series. Unfortunately I couldn’t start A Gathering of Shadows right away, thanks to my ever-growing TBR, but I was determined to read it this month, and I’m thrilled to have finally done so!

It has been a few months since I read the first book, and I didn’t have time to re-read it before starting this sequel, and I was a little worried about all the things I had forgotten. I shouldn’t have worried at all, because once I started reading this book, everything from the first book came rushing back in my mind, which was awesome. The storyline for this book picks up not long after where the first book ends, and it was really nice to get right back to the story. This sequel starts off with a bang, and keeps going throughout, which kept me completely hooked, and I devoured this book in no time at all.

There are SOOO many great characters in this series to love, and two of my favorites are, of course, Lila and Kell. We don’t see them together for most of the first half of the book, but once they finally get together, there are fireworks! I love these two, and their chemistry is kind of insane. I hope that we see more of them together in the next book. There are also a lot of characters in the book that we get to see once again, including Kell’s brother, Rhys, who I am so curious about, as well as a slew of interesting new characters, including Alucard Emery, who I definitely want to know more about. I am curious to see what’s next for all of these characters in the third book.

Overall; I really enjoyed A Gathering of Shadows, and I thought it was an excellent sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic!  This series is definitely unique, and I’m really excited to get started on A Conjuring of Light, to see what’s going to happen next for Lila, Kell, and the rest of the characters in this book. If you’ve not yet checked out this series, you should totally do so!
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My Week in Review • Week 19



Happy Sunday, er Monday, Bookworms!!

Welcome to my weekly Week in Review post!

Here I share all the things I've been up to during the past week.
Check back every Sunday for new updates!

Now, here's what I've been up to this week!

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This past week was pretty busy, and I didn't get to read quite as many books as I had hoped. I did read The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews, as well as Paper Princess by Erin Watt and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I'm hoping to have my thoughts for all of these books up on the blog soon!



My plan to watch a movie a month in May is not going very well at all. *grin*
I am coming to terms with the fact that I'm really just not a movie person.
Or TV, apparently. *shrug* I guess I'd just rather be reading. ;)

I am still going to try to reach my goal of 100 movies this year, and I've watched 43 so far, so I seem to be on the right track.

This week I watched She's All That, and Transformers: The Last Knight!

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I'm a little late getting this post up, but better late than never! (Again.) Yesterday was Mother's Day, so I basically just chilled all day, and it was awesome. Now I have a whole lot of catching up to do!

It's officially the last week of school for the kiddos, and though they all have a busy summer ahead, I'm looking forwarding to things calming down a bit. (AND not having to wake up at 5am for a while.) I'm hoping for a great summer with lots of reading and relaxing.

That's about all for me this week! How was your week??

Friday, May 11, 2018

My Thoughts: Still Me by Jojo Moyes

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Still Me
(Me Before You #3)
by Jojo Moyes
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Publication Date: January 30th 2018
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Pages: 390
ISBN: 9780399562457
Genre: Adult Fiction
Source: Own

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, a new book featuring her iconic heroine of Me Before You and After You, Louisa Clark

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life.

As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

Funny, romantic, and poignant, Still Me follows Lou as she navigates how to stay true to herself, while pushing to live boldly in her brave new world. (Goodreads)


Still Me is the third book in the Me Before You series by Jojo Moyes, and I added the book to my TBR the moment I discovered it. Unfortunately it has been sitting on my bookshelf for longer than I care to admit, as I totally meant to read the book back when it was released in January, and I even re-read Me Before You and After You beforehand to refresh my brain before starting the book. But, my overwhelming TBR kept getting in the way, and I kept pushing the book further and further down my TBR. I was determined to finally read the book spring, and I’m thrilled to have finally done so! I really enjoyed this book!

Still Me follows along the same storyline as the previous books. In this story we follow Louisa to New York, where she’s starting a new chapter in her life as an assistant/companion to a millionaire’s new, young wife. I have to admit, I was pretty curious to see Louisa’s reaction to New York, and how she would take living in the big city. (It’s definitely not a place my introverted self could handle, but I love reading other people’s stories of the city.) I enjoyed following her along on her adventures, as, there’s never a dull moment in Louisa’s life, as I’m sure you know if you’ve read any of the previous books. I really enjoyed following her along on her adventures, the ending of the book was perfect for her.

As I said in my thoughts for After You, I enjoyed this book in a completely different way than I did for Me Before You. I know they are all books in the same series, and they have many of the same characters, but I have completely different feelings than Me Before You than I do for After You and Still Me. It’s so weird that I do this, and I guess it could be than one of the main things I loved about the first is missing from the second and third books, or maybe it’s because I had such strong feelings for the first book. I’m not sure. That’s not saying that I didn’t enjoyed the second and third books extremely, because I did, I just feel completely different about them than I did about the first book. It’s super hard to describe, especially since this is basically the only series that I feel this way about. Sigh.

Overall; I really enjoyed Still Me!! It was a great addition to this wonderful series, and I’m thrilled for how things worked out for Louisa. I’m assuming that this is the last story in the series, but I totally wouldn’t mind continuing Louisa’s journey. She’s such a great character, one of my favorites, and I could never get enough of her adventures. If you love a good contemporary story, or if you’ve read Me Before You and After You in the past and enjoyed those, do check out Still Me as well!  If you’ve not yet picked up this series, you totally should!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

My Thoughts: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

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The Dark Prophecy
(The Trials of Apollo #2)
by Rick Riordan
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Publication Date: May 2nd 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 414
ISBN: 9781484746424
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Mythology
Source: Own

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Zeus has punished his son Apollo--god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more--by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers?

After experiencing a series of dangerous--and frankly, humiliating--trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he's gaining in new friendships--with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . . (Goodreads)


I have finally made it to The Dark Prophecy in my journey of reading all of Rick Riordan’s books, and I really can’t believe how much I am enjoying the Trials of Apollo series. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed all the books I’ve read of Rick’s so far, but there’s just something about this series that has really made it stand out. Maybe it’s because the main character is one of the actual Gods? I’m not sure, but whatever it is, I’m hooked!

The Dark Prophecy picks up right where The Hidden Oracle leaves off, and it was super fun to dive right back into the story. The God Apollo is still stuck in the body of a pimply teenage boy, which is something I’m not sure he will ever get used to, and in this sequel we follow him and a fun group of demigods, both old and new, on a journey to find a dangerous Oracle, and a cave that may hold all the answers to his becoming a God again. This story was full of twist and turns that kept me engrossed in the story, and I devoured the book in no time at all. I want nothing more than to get started on The Burning Maze RIGHT NOW, but I’m making myself wait until next month, and hopefully the anticipation won’t kill me.

One thing I love about Rick’s books is that even though they are all completely different series, they’re entwining as well, which means that we get to see our favorite characters from previous books pop up from time to time. You’d think that this would get old, but it totally does not, and I really enjoy visiting with some of these characters again! This is seriously the best. And I love that Apollo, who is in fact a God, has to rely on the help of some of my favorite demigods from previous books. Apollo is a really interesting character, and watching his character growth over the past two books has been kind of insane. I absolutely can’t wait to see what’s next for him and the rest of his crew.

Overall; The Darkest Prophecy was yet another great addition to my Rick Riordan collection, and I am SO ready to move on to The Burning Maze next! After that, besides a few side stories, I will be completely caught up on ALL the books by Rick Riordan! Go me! If you’re a fan of Ricks books, and have not yet started this series, do check it out! I’m really enjoying this series so far.

Waiting on Wednesday #318 - The Death of Mrs. Westaway & The Favorite Sister

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway
by Ruth Ware
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Publication Date: May 29th 2018
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
ISBN: 9781501156212

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game comes Ruth Ware’s highly anticipated fourth novel.

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time. (Goodreads)

You guys!! Does the new Ruth Ware book sound awesome, or what??
I love all of Ruth's books, and I'm so curious about this new one.
I've been sitting on a copy for a while now, trying to get to it as quickly as I can,
and I can't wait to finally start it! I hope it's awesome.


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The Favorite Sister
by Jessica Knoll
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Publication Date: May 15th 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781501153198

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When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder…

Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her cast mates.

Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret.

Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt.

Lauren, the start-up world’s darling whose drinking has gotten out of control, is Goal Diggers’ recovery narrative—everyone loves a comeback story.

And Jen, made rich and famous through her cultishly popular vegan food line plays a holistic hippie for the cameras, but is perhaps the most ruthless of them all when the cameras are off. (Goodreads)

This is yet another book that I've been meaning to get to for a while now,
and I'm SO curious about it!
I've had Jessica's previous book, Luckiest Girl Alive,
on my tbr for a while now as well,
and I can't wait to read both of these books!

Those are my picks for this week! Now what are YOU waiting on this week??
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

My Thoughts: Puddin' by Julie Murphy

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Puddin'
(Dumplin' #2)
by Julie Murphy
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Publication Date: May 8th 2018
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780062418388
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Edelweiss / Own

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It is a companion novel to Dumplin', which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean's star turn in the Clover City pageant.

Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined. (Goodreads)


Puddin’ by Julie Murphy was one of my most anticipated reads for May, and I’m thrilled that I had the opportunity to read this book! I recently re-read Dumplin’ before starting Puddin’, and I am really glad I decided to do so, as it gave me a bit of a refresher about the characters and their stories. Not only did I enjoy reading Puddin’, but I also enjoyed re-reading Dumplin’ as well!

Puddin’ is a companion novel to Dumplin’, but this book is Millie’s story. Actually it’s Millie and Callie’s story, and we get their alternate viewpoints throughout the book. I love Millie, and I have since the very first book. Her enthusiasm and positive outlook toward life are infectious, and she just makes you want to hug her. Her determination throughout the book is inspiring as well. Callie, on the other hand, took a while to grow on me. She wasn’t my favorite character when we first met her in Dumplin’, but she had some pretty nice character growth over the course of this story, thanks mostly to Millie’s influence, and I definitely warmed up to her, and found many things about her relatable, once I started reading her story as well. I really enjoyed watching the relationship between these two girls grow over the course of the book. And I also love that we get to catch up with some of our favorite characters from the previous book in this story as well. I especially enjoyed seeing what Willowdean, Ellen, Amanda, and Hannah have been up to since the last book, and I would LOVE for any of these girls to get their own stories as well. I’d totally read them!

I adore a good contemporary novel, and I have enjoyed ALL of the contemporary stories that I have read of Julie’s so far. This book is no exception; the storyline was fun and engrossing, which made it a really quick read. Puddin’ is one of those books you could totally read in one sitting, which is what I wish I could have done, but alas, life got in the way. When I wasn’t reading this book, I was pining away until I could get back to it. The book has it all; it made me laugh and smile like a fool, it made me angry at how mean people can be, and it even made me tear up a few times. All the awesome qualities of a really great book, and I loved it.

Overall; I never doubted for a second that I would love Puddin’ by Julie Murphy, but I think I enjoyed it even more than I expected to! I love when that happens! This book has great characters, and an engrossing storyline, and I devoured the book as quickly as I could. If you’re a fan of sweet contemporary novels, do check out Puddin’, and if you have the opportunity, check out Dumplin’ beforehand as well! I hope you enjoy both books just as much as I do!
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